Byce, iGavel enter an agreement
Byce Auction & Realty recently entered into an agreement with iGavel, an online auction site based in New York City.
The auction website is dedicated solely to the sale of fine arts, antiques and collectibles to an international audience. Sales are in a traditional auction catalog online, with each lot accompanied by a number of images and clear descriptions.
The company also displays items at a gallery in New York City so customers can experience the products firsthand. The partnership will allow Byce Auction to work as iGavel’s Northeast Ohio associate.
Record home sales
Howard Hanna reports record Ohio sales in 2012, with sales volume up 21 percent from 2011.
Total closed sales at the company, one of the largest in the U.S. with 144 offices across Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York and West Virginia, were $3.6 billion at year’s end, for 41,348 in all.
Additionally, closed sales volume hit $7 billion for the first time in the company’s 56-year history.
Youngstown Business and Professional Women will host an individual development course from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 23.
The course will focus on public speaking, general communication and job-performance skills in 14 modules. Course completion is documented with a certificate and a letter from the Business and Professional Women of Ohio.
The fee is $50 and includes course materials and refreshments for both sessions. For information, call Sandra Barger at 330-518-5383.
Thrift shop to grow
The Church Mouse Thrift Shop will soon be bigger. The business plans to begin an expansion on the space next door this week. Renovations will allow for more merchandise, including furniture and appliances to be sold.
As a result, the store, located at 26 W. Broad St., is encouraging its donors to reach out and make such donations. Owner Doug Herlinger asks that the items be in good repair.
The Church Mouse is seeking furniture, mattresses, box springs and any functioning appliances. For information, contact the store at 330-872-5574.
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association has launched a new Internet page highlighting the personal stories of farmers concerned about Ohio’s boom in oil and gas drilling.
Available at www.policy.oeffa.org/frackingfarmland, the website will depict farmers affected by drilling operations.
According to the group, “farmers are most at risk to suffer from the negative impacts of fracking.”
Vindicator staff reports
Selected local stocks
Aqua America, .70, 27.47 .24
Clear Channel, .29 32.12 .17
Cortland Bancorp, 9.80.04
Farmers Nat., .126.75 .17
First Energy, 2.20, 40.49.00
FirstMerit Corp., .64,15.30 .07
First Niles Financial, .32,7.10.00
First Place Fin., .005.00
FNB Corp., .48,11.82.23
General Electric, .76,22.62.34
Motors Liquidation, .0422.00
Huntington Bank, .16, 7.08.12
JP Morgan Chase, 1.20,47.85.80
Key Corp, .20,9.47.07
LaFarge, 15.64 .41
Macy’s, .80, 39.51.00
Parker Hannifin, 1.64, 93.85.88
RTI Intl. Metals,29.16.76
Simon Prop. Grp.,4.40,161.971.79
Stoneridge 6.39 .13
United Community Fin. 3.18—.01
Selected prices at 4 p.m. Friday. Provided by Stifel Nicolaus. Not to be construed as an offer or recommendation to buy or sell any security.