Lynsey Woodson Attends Youth State Police Camp
Lynsey Woodson is a 2017 Senior at Belle Vernon Area High School and employee at Belle Vernon Hoss's. Recently, she attended Youth State Police Camp held at York College in York, PA. Not everyone who attends the camp survives the whole week! It is not a recreational camp.
This camp is run by the PA State Police and National Guard. She was sponsored by the local Fayette City American Legion. This camp is intended for those wishing to pursue a career in military or law enforcement. Lynsey's dream is to serve and protect as a PA State Police Woman. She represented Belle Vernon and did us proud, even receiving a shout out on Janelle Hall's facebook page from WTAE!
*Lynsey is on left of Officer Reed.
Campbell University Class #2 Graduates
by Pam Weakland
It just keeps getting better and better! Class 2 of Campbell University graduated on Friday, August 12, 2016. It was a week full of new experiences, comradery, and a lot of learning - learning about expectations, time management, HR laws, and situations. The tour of HCP is always a highlight during the week and working diligently on the class project.
This class put together a presentation on increasing the average check and suggestive selling now that all Hoss’s are providing Better Service! You will be seeing some of these ideas soon in LMS training coming your way! So, thank you to this outstanding class, and we wish you much success!
Back L-R: Shawn Stottlemyer HT, Candy Martin WYK, Kelly Divens DB, Katie Gipe LT, Kayla Hetzel BD, Corie Poche Marzoni’s SG, Brandon Soellner Marzoni’s DV
Front L-R: Chris Ruble LT, Kylie Hershey LZ, Mel Terwilliger CB, Allegra Moats WYK, Briana McCready Marzoni’s GW, Aaron Harpine HN
District 1 Softball Tournament 2016
By Troy Horner, District Manager
On July 28, six stores from District 1 got together for their 5th Annual District Softball Tournament. The teams were Lititz, West York, Hanover, Gettysburg, Chambersburg, and Martinsburg. Each team played five games which allowed them to play every store.
The two teams with the best record then met in the championship game. Martinsburg had the best record going 4-1, and Lititz, Chambersburg, and Gettysburg were all tied at 3-2. The tiebreaker was the most runs scored throughout the tournament which was won by Gettysburg. In the championship game, Gettysburg came out on top of Martinsburg. Gettysburg not only won the bragging rights until next year, they got to take home the district trophy and display it until next year!
Many friends and family members were on hand to watch the games and everyone was treated to pizza for lunch. It was a great day, and some teams are already talking strategy for next year.
Click here for team photos and more pictures from the tournament.
Marzoni's Donates School Supplies
Marzoni's Duncansville made a large donation of school supplies to the "Stuff the Ambulance" School Supply Collection Event. The charity event was held by the United Way of Blair County, and the purpose was to collect enough school supplies to fill an ambulance for needy children in the area whose families cannot afford school supplies.
Jeff Stephenson Runs 5K
Below is Cranberry General Manager, Jeff Stephenson, finishing a 5K run for a fallen police officer in his area. He has run this race almost every year they have held it. This year, it was 90 days after knee replacement surgery! The 27.57 is his time (the other time is from another race that day). He finished 4th in his age group!
Happy Retirement, Bob Pleva!
Later this month, Bob Pleva, Vice President of Operations, will be retiring. Thank you, Bob, for 44 HOSSome years!
Click here to view the HossTV episode honoring Bob Pleva!
2016 Leadership Blair County
by Jim Fogle, QA Manager at HFX
I just graduated! Wow, that’s funny to say at my age but true. I graduated on June 9th with 23 other classmates from the 2016 Leadership of Blair County. This program, which is run by Blair County Chamber of Commerce, is a 10-month program where we met as a class once a month at different business locations and learn about the economics, justice, business, social, history and many other attributes of Blair County.
We had a retreat, homework and many, many mini projects and volunteering throughout the year and we also had large class project. For our class project, we helped a teen center called “The Beacon” in Altoona that needed some upgrades to their building and supplies. With a lot of hard work and fundraising we were able to raise over $40,000 to help The Beacon.
It was great to be a part of LBC making new friends, learning new things about the county that we live in and taking on a project that will help support and feed kids in our community that need help. Thanks to Hoss’s for the support and opportunity to be a part of Leadership of Blair County!
District 5 Input/Feedback Meeting
A District 5 Input/Feedback Meeting was held on July 13 at Hummelstown Hoss's.
Those in attendance were: Bedford - Cindy Otto and Tracy Baumgardner; Mechanicsburg - Meagan O’Leary and Amy Clark; Carlisle - Jesse Ramirez and Lilly Wicks-Forman; Huntingdon - Rebecca Diggins and Michael Giordano; Hummelstown - Matt Crawford and Jenna Armstrong; Lewistown - Derrick Evans and Nate Baumgardner; Enola - Cindi Ward and Kate Walls; Home Office - Rob Billet, Tami Chadick, Bob Pleva, and Phil Sukenik.
Relay For Life Breakfast
by Pam Weakland
The definition of Community is: Self-organized network of people with common agenda, cause, or interest, who collaborate by sharing ideas, information, and other resources. This is truly what the Blair County Relay for Life is about. A wonderful group of people that organize, plan, and raise money for a cause, the fight against Cancer, that has effected so many of us and hopefully will soon have a cure. Community is also about coming together to serve, share, and have fun, and that is also what the relay is about. Activities and a 24-hour walk to show the support for this cause.
Hoss’s has also been a huge part of this community for the last 16 years. Volunteers that show up every year and cook a delicious, hot breakfast for all the walkers that have camped there all night. It is greatly appreciated by all. All the Volunteers receive a huge thank you and cheer from the walkers and me!! I would like to thank everyone on that team that rise at dawn to come and help make it all happen: Bill Campbell, Nancy Campbell, Bill Bratton, Bob Pleva, Carl Swope, Sandy Swope, Jim Fogle and family, Dawn Baier, Becky Moorehead, HBS, Mark Spinazzola, Tim Schmuck, Dave Decker, and Pam Weakland.
2016 Hoss Graduates
We would like to extend a special congratulations to all of our high school and college graduates in Hossland! You should all be very proud of your accomplishments!
Click here to see a listing of graduates submitted by our stores.
Don Imler Named HR Professional of the Year
On May 18, 2016, Don Imler was named HR Professional of the Year! The HR Professional of the Year award is an award recognizing service for the Blair County HR Organization and contributions to the Human Resources Profession.
The Human Resources Professional of the Year Award is intended to recognize an individual who exemplifies the highest standards of the human resources profession. The successful candidate is someone who serves as a role model for the profession, who is a leader that sets standards for others, and who applies his/her expertise outside his/her own organization.
Below is information from the award presentation to Don:
The Human Resource Management Association of Blair County is pleased to announce that this year’s winner of HR Professional of the year is Don Imler, Director of Human Resources at Hoss’s Family Steak and Sea House.
Don has been employed at Hoss’s since 1986 in various management-related positions, and has been an HR Professional since 1994. He has an extensive background in compensation management, 401K and ESOP management, recruitment, retention, management development, policy development, and compliance. He also has a strong background in safety and risk management. He is a member of the American Payroll Association and is certified and teaches both CPR and ServSafe.
Don has earned his PHR and SHRM-CP. In our chapter, he has held the position of Program Director, Treasurer, Vice President/Secretary, President and Ex-Oficio. During his tenure on the Executive Board, Don focused on documenting processes and procedures for each position, creating manuals and checklists to keep the board and chapter compliant and effective, and has done a terrific job in training and supporting the Executive Members who have come on to the board behind him. His legacy on the board is strong, and we still miss him terribly! He has also served as Past Chair of the Blair County Chamber Safety and Risk Committee.
After five years of volunteer service to our local chapter, Don is now the current Treasurer of the PA SHRM State Council, and has been instrumental in the success of recent state-level conferences as well.
Don lives in Hollidaysburg, and his hobbies outside of HR include working around his house, spending time with his wife Nancy, daughter Danielle, and especially with his grandson, Atticus, and anything Corvette-related. He is the current Treasurer and a Past President of the Altoona Corvette Club.
Everyone who has had the opportunity to work with Don - either through Hoss’s, our Chapter, or other organizations he has been part of - know that Don is extremely hardworking, dedicated, detail-conscious, and friendly. He truly represents the SHRM mission, which is to serve the HR Professional and advance and lead the HR Profession.
Mother's Day 2016
Some of our locations held special drawings for Mother's Day. See some our lucky Moms below!
Edith Guyer won this beautiful rocking chair!
Deborah Sebock was the winner of a Mother's Day Spa Basket!
Fire Company Helps DuBois With Spring Clean-Up
Below are some photos of Gordon Weaver and members of the Goodwill Fire Company cleaning our parking lot.
Gordon has been a member for 11 years and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant. We are thankful for his help in cleaning our lot, as well as him being a key cook in our kitchen.
Erie's Heartfelt Mother's Day Idea
by Ashley Hayes, Assistant Manager
I wanted to share with you an idea we had for all of our crew Moms who worked on Mother's Day. We used pictures of each Mom's kids and made a button out of them using our name tag buttons for each Mom to wear. (I included a picture of mine.)
We surprised all of our crew Moms with these, and even had a few in tears!
Hope you all had a nice Mother's Day!!
The Perfect Prom Request
Austin Bussard (Dish) and Kelia Foor (Salad Bar) from Bedford Hoss’s came up with a perfect way to ask off work to go to the prom! Who could say “no” to this?
Andrew Zeller Signs With Detroit Lions
Andrew Zeller, former cook who worked for us for several years in East York, signed this weekend with the Detroit Lions! He played at the University of Maryland.
His older brother, Tyler (Eagle Leader of the Year for East York 2014), worked for us for several years, and his younger brother, Dustin, currently works in East York.
Click here for the article. Congratulations, Andrew!
DuBois Raises Funds To Help Family
by Kelly Divins
Cancer is a disease that does not discriminate. A few months ago a young, beautiful 18-year-old relative of one of our long-time employees, Lisa Farrell, was diagnosed with bone cancer. She has to endure many, many weeks and surgery in Pittsburgh. Not only does her family have to endure the pain of having a loved one go through this, but the hardship that all the time traveling back and forth to Pittsburgh doctor appointments and travel expenses weighs heavily on the family also.
Here in DuBois, we all pull together to help where is needed, so we were ready to help this family as soon as we could. Along with having a Hoss's Community Day, we wanted to do as much as possible. The plan was to hold a basket raffle, bake sale, and join the school district to help sell NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE t-shirts.
Along with Hoss's generous donation from the Community Day program, many, many people, local businesses, near and far, and all the volunteer bakers and helpers from within the Dubois Hoss's, we were able to raise $5,838!!!! That total includes money from the basket raffles, bake sale, t-shirt sales, and Community Day contribution.
I know the family is forever grateful for the help and support, and they can concentrate more on healing than on money issues for the time being.
The list is long of people we would like to thank: Hoss's for having the Community Day program and also for a generous donation of a beautiful basket; all the employees here in Dubois that volunteered time and energy to help pull this off; Chip Gapshes for answering any questions and encouragement; the many, many businesses and people of this community that took the time to donate items, and that supported us by coming into dine on April 17. Thank you all once again!
Our 9th Annual Eaglefest Celebration was held on Saturday, April 9, 2016. Eaglefest is a celebration of those high flying individuals who soar daily to new heights at Hoss’s through their enthusiasm, dedication, and compassion for others. Congratulations to all of our 2015 honorees!
HOSS'S AND MARZONI'S HEROES
June Powers - DuBois; Cyrus Notestine - Lewistown; Brittany Rife - Hanover; Kayla Filingo - Scranton Marzoni’s; Adaria Lingham - Scranton Marzoni’s; Jackie Wheeler - Scranton Marzoni’s
IDEAS OF THE YEAR
Andy Gibbs - Hanover; Steve Stouffer - Elizabethtown; Deb Lehman - Annville; Katie Kincade - Greensburg
WEB SURVEY AWARD
Huntingdon - Mark Shreffler;
Indiana - Joe Hirsch
Joe Hirsch - Indiana;
Gail Fairman - DuBois;
Jay Petrou - Bedford;
Deb Lehman - Annville;
Mark Shreffler - Huntingdon;
John Tomlinson - West York
Gail Fairman - DuBois; Eve Campbell - Greenwood Marzoni’s; Joe Hirsch - Indiana; Jay Petrou - Bedford
Cyrus Notestine - Lewistown; Deb Lehman & Michelle White - Annville; Christy Steele - St. Marys; Craig Caravella - Meadville; Michaelle Crawford - Murrysville; John Tomlinson - West York
Cyrus Notestine - Lewistown; Joe Hirsch - Indiana; Jason Lehman - State College; Eve Campbell - Greenwood Marzoni’s; Craig Caravella - Meadville
YEARS OF SERVICE HONOREES
Click here for a list of the Years of Service Honorees.
DISTRICT EAGLE LEADERS OF THE YEAR
Click the links below to learn more about each recipient.
District 1 - Mark Milburn - Gettysburg
District 2 - Shirley Mull - Shamokin Dam
District 3 - James Weaver - State College
District 4 - Mary Beth Kreger - Erie
District 5 - Maggie Oldham - Bedford
Marzoni’s - Eugene Lizardi - Selinsgrove
Hoss's Central Processing - Ernie Wilt
MANAGER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Joe Hirsch - Indiana; John Tomlinson - West York
Manager of the Year 2015 - Joe Hirsch
SPECIAL PEPSI SPONSORED PRIZES AND TRIP WINNER
TVs: Dan Mutter – HCP (20 Years’ Service); Jim Perry – Grove City (20 Years’ Service); Gail Fairman – DuBois (10 Years’ Service); Eve Campbell – Duncansville Marzoni’s (10 Years’ Service)
iPads: Allen Hainsey – Home Office (20 Years’ Service); Carol Donahue – DuBois (30 Years’ Service); Larry Swartz – Lewistown (10 Years’ Service)
Trip: One week’s paid vacation, $500 cash, and accommodations to Hoss’s Ocean Isle, NC, Condo, or to Hoss’s Bonita Springs, FL, Hossienda: Connie McMunn – Cranberry (20 Years’ Service)
Click here for pictures from the event!
Hoss Hero - Connie Beamer
by Fred Fuess, General Manager
On 3/13/16, during a busy Sunday lunch, long-time server at Williamsport, Connie Beamer, observed a guest performing the Heimlich Maneuver on an elderly gentleman. Connie quickly noticed that the son was unsuccessful in clearing his 97-year-old Father’s airway.
Connie immediately took charge of the situation and successfully performed the Heimlich on the man. The gentleman and his family were very appreciative and promised to come back soon. When we checked on him the next day he said he was fine, just a little sore, but very happy with Hoss’s.
This is the second time Connie has jumped in to save a guest's life. She is truly our Hoss Hero.
Greensburg Manager Wins Prestigious Award
Katie Kincade, Hourly Manager at Greensburg Hoss's, recently received the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association’s 2015 Future of the Industry Award! Click here to read all about it!
Manager of the Year 2015 Finalists
Congratulations to the following General Manager of the Year 2015 Finalists. Each individual will be honored at our Eaglefest Celebration at Huntingdon Country Club on Saturday, April 9, 2016.
Hoss Hero - June Powers
A special thank you to June Powers, server at DuBois Hoss's, for helping a guest in need.
The following is her account of what happened:
I was working over lunch shift, cleaning up my zone, and was just about done for the day. I overheard my co-worker Jan asking her guest if he was choking. I didn’t think twice about running over to help him immediately. He was handicapped and sitting in a booth, which made it very difficult for me to get the proper angle to help him. I had to pull him out of the booth and get him on his feet to perform the Heimlich Maneuver.
I could not get my arms around the man completely, but I still proceeded to try the best I could. I needed help from someone with longer arms to be able to reach around the man. I was shouting for help when a gentleman in a nearby booth came to assist me. I held the victim up while the other man got his arms around him so that he could perform the Heimlich.
It took us about five tries to successfully save his life.
All I could think about was saving his life, and it has been very humbling to know that I was able to help someone.
Eagle Leaders of the Year 2015
Congratulations to the following Eagle Leaders of the Year 2015. Each individual will be honored at our Eaglefest Celebration on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Huntingdon Country Club.
We would also like to extend a special congratulations and thank you to all of our Eagle Leaders who were honored at our luncheons. We are very proud to have such an elite group of individuals as part of the Hoss Team.
|Mary Beth Kreger
Hoss's Central Processing
Store Eagle Leaders Of The Year 2015
The Eagle Leaders Of The Year were honored at the Annual Eagle Leader Luncheons held during the month of January. Congratulations to each of these individuals for achieving this prestigious award!
Click here to see pictures of all the honorees.
Two Local Children Win Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest
Son of DeAnna Oakes (Accounting Specialist at HBS), Jeremiah Oakes, and fellow Claysburg-Kimmel sixth grader, Logan Brehm, won the 2016 National Red Ribbon Week Theme contest!
Click here to see the poster and read more about it.
Click here to see coverage on WTAJ-TV news!
Somerset Server Gets Full College Scholarship
Somerset soccer standout, Lexy Pucci, announced she will continue her career at Robert Morris University on Wednesday, February 3, during National Letter of Intent signing day.
Lexy is a server at our Somerset location. Below Lexy is pictured with her parents and soccer coaches in the back row.
Hoss Hero - Cyrus Notestine
On January 31, 2016, Cyrus Notestine, General Manager at Lewistown Hoss's, performed the Heimlich Maneuver on a choking guest.
Fortunately, the guest recovered and all ended well!
Thank you, Cyrus, for helping a guest in need!
Eaglefest Years of Service Recipients 2015
Below is a list of Years of Service Honorees. This list includes employees who have achieved 10, 20, 30, or 40 years of service between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016.
Home Office – John Brown, Billie Jo Walls
Home Office – Allen Hainsey
Hoss's Building Services
Hoss’s Building Services – Bill Bratton
Central Processing – Daniel Plummer
Central Processing – Adam Clemens, Brian Morrissey, Daniel Mutter
Central Processing – Cheri Fleegle
Chambersburg – Judith Horst; East York – David Barber
East York – Lynn Gromling, Susan Hoke; Lititz – Emily Hackman; Martinsburg – Kristen Fisher
Shamokin Dam – April Stahl, Mary Graybill, Shirley Mull
Duncansville – Joy Gentry; Williamsport – Marcia Mitchelltree, Wendy Schaeffer; Elizabethtown – Ruth Mumma, William Price
Duncansville – Jennifer Barnard; Williamsport – Jennifer Snyder; Elizabethtown – Jennifer Hoffman, Keith Shearer; Leesport – Ida Lisko
Dubois – Carol Donahue
Indiana – Dana Baker; Richland – Jeffrey Miller; St. Mary’s - Andrew MacWilliams
Dubois – Gail Fairman; State College – Jay Hodges, Christine Roland; Indiana - Monica Truitt; Somerset – Luke Younkin; St. Mary’s – Pamela Forster, Jacqueline Mongerson, Christine Steele, Cheryl Zimmerman
Cranberry – Jeff Stephenson
Cranberry – Anthony Deeter, Shawn Dinger, Connie McMunn; Erie – Maggie Figueroa; Murrysville – Kristen Metcalfe; Belle Vernon – Amy Topole; Grove City – Barbara McConnell, James Perry
Cranberry – Cheryl Brown, Nicole Englert, Allison McMunn; Erie – Cheryl Gibbens; Meadville – Samantha Rickel; Grove City – JoAnn Randolph
Bedford – Cindy Otto, Mary Spangler; Mechanicsburg – Diane Barber
Huntingdon – Darla Yocum; Lewistown – Tami Shawver
Bedford – Stephanie Leydig; Carlisle – Julie Wineman; Lewistown – Larry Swartz
Marzoni’s DV – Nicole Hemminger; Marzoni’s GW – Eve Campbell
Shamokin Dam Honors Shirley Mull
On Sunday, January 17, Shamokin Dam Hoss's presented Shirley Mull with flowers and a cake. Shirley has been named District 2's Eagle Leader of the Year! Congratulations!
Eagle Leaders Recognized
Congratulations to the following District Eagle Leaders!
Eugene Lizardi, Marzoni's Selinsgrove
Ernie Wilt, HFX
West York Ugly Sweater Contest
by Angela Kuhn
To help everybody get in the spirit of Christmas, West York Hoss's held an Ugly Sweater Contest on December 19. Deanna Porter came up with the idea, and it was a lot of fun! Tara Hood won first place and received a small prize. Second place, the first loser, was myself, Angela Kuhn!
Below is a picture of all of the employees that participated in their ugly sweaters!
Bottom Row (left to right): Jordan, Missy Kline, Deanna Porter
Middle Row (left to right): Stephenie Harrison, Alexis Miller, Allegra
Back Row (left to right): Angela Kuhn, Eric Spahr, Candy Martin, Colton Gautier, Tara Hood
Carol Myers Retires
by Andy Todd, Assistant Manager at Mechanicsburg
On December 30, 2015, one of our long-time salad bar employees, Carol Myers, retired. We threw a great party in celebration that included cake, presents, and a dancing Elvis bear.
Carol started working for us in November of 1998 and has had a hand in training many, if not most, of our salad bar employees.
We wanted to thank Carol for her years of hard work and loyalty towards our company, and we wish her the very best in her retirement!
Couple Celebrates 62nd Anniversary at Mechanicsburg Hoss's
by Andy Todd, Assistant Manager
Max and Arlene Kretzing came in on December 26 to celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary! The Kretzings have been eating at Hoss's for nearly 30 years and have had three of their grandchildren work for our company.
They thoroughly enjoyed time eating with their family and even shared a story from their first visit to Hoss's (in Bedford in 1987). Our staff made their special day even brighter by singing and bringing out a milkshake for them to share.
We wish them many more years of love and happiness together and thank them for their continued patronage.
Brittany Rife, Hoss Hero
By Andy Gibbs, General Manager at Hanover
On December 14, as Brittany Rife, one of our greeters in Hanover, was leaving for work, she looked over into her neighbor's yard and saw her neighbor, an 80-year-old woman who lives alone, laying motionless.
Brittany, a nursing student, rushed over and found her unresponsive and not breathing. Brittany restored the woman's breathing with CPR. Brittany then called 911, and the woman was then taken to the hospital. She is ok now and back home!
Hats off to you, Brittany! Hossome job!
Campbell University Class #1 Graduates
by Pam Weakland
Well, it’s official! The first, yes I said first, class of Campbell U graduated on Friday, December 4, 2015. Not only was this the kick off class of Campbell University, but it now incorporates both concepts of Hoss’s and Marzoni’s and includes managers at all levels - department, salaried, and hourly Assistant Managers.
It was a very full week for the class with a full agenda and working on class projects researching PCI Compliance and how we can better educate and communicate with our employees, researching origins of our menu items and how to answer many guest questions, and also researching effective methods of attracting crew members and working on a new information piece to be used in your communities to entice good hires!
Wow, like I said, it was an awesome week making friendships and making sure they made their mark as Class #1.
Congratulations to Campbell U Class #1. We wish you much success in your future!!!!