‘Choo Choo’ fundraiser
The real-estate agents at Howard Hanna Real Estate office here are having their annual “Choo Choo Chow Chow” fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today.
The money raised will go into the Children’s Free Care fund and will be distributed to local hospitals. The mission for the free-care fund is to provide money to those without health care coverage. Howard Hanna’s offices have donated more than $7.5 million to the fund in the past 25 years.
This year’s event will be at the Magic Tree Pub & Eatery, 7463 South Ave., Boardman. Tickets are $25. There will be appetizers, select wine and beer bar, jewelry and clothing vendors, two decorated Christmas tree auctions filled with gift cards and more.
AAA: Thanksgiving travel to increase
Slightly more Americans will hit the road this Thanksgiving, according to AAA. That includes people who are choosing to drive instead of fly as household budgets remain tight.
In its annual Thanksgiving travel forecast released Tuesday, AAA predicts 43.6 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday, up just 0.7 percent from last year.
Though more people are traveling, it appears that the pent-up demand seen after the recession has largely dissipated. Demand grew a healthy 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively, in the two previous Thanksgiving holiday periods even though economic growth was moderate. Now, AAA says it will take a stronger economy to spur a significant jump in travel demand going forward.
Deal announced on online classes
Nearly 2 million students could be a step closer to getting credit for their work in free, online classes under an agreement announced Tuesday.
Mountain View, Calif.-based Coursera — an online platform for about 200 classes from 34 universities such as Princeton, Duke and Stanford — said the American Council on Education would begin evaluating about five Coursera classes initially for possible credit recommendations, and the number could grow.
It would still be up to individual universities whether to grant credit to students who complete such classes, but a stamp of approval from ACE likely would go a long way toward persuading at least some U.S. institutions to do so.
Vindicator staff/wire reports
Selected local stocks
Aqua America, .66, 25.04 .13
Clear Channel, .73 70.30 —1.37
Cortland Bancorp, 10.03—.01
Farmers Nat., .125.91 —.09
First Energy, 2.20, 42.10.22
FirstMerit Corp., .64,13.30 —.21
First Niles Financial, .32,6.60—.10
First Place Fin., .022.00
FNB Corp., .48,10.51—.19
General Electric, .68,20.68—.21
Motors Liquidation, .0422.00
Huntington Bank, .16, 6.09—.07
JP Morgan Chase, 1.20,40.04—.54
Key Corp, .20,8.17—.12
LaFarge, 14.40 .03
Macy’s, .80, 39.08.38
Parker Hannifin, 1.64, 78.23—.91
RTI Intl. Metals,23.62—.38
Simon Prop. Grp.,4.40,151.81—.32
Stoneridge 4.85 —.10
United Community Fin. 3.46.07
Selected prices at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Provided by Stifel Nicolaus. Not to be construed as an offer or recommendation to buy or sell any security.