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Lamb's Gate named cash mob recipient

Dec. 14, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Lamb's Gate Fair Trade Market at 415 9th St. is the winner of this week's cash mob drawing by Create Huntington.

The idea behind the cash mob is similar in concept to a flash mob, with the goal of expressing appreciation for local businesses. People are urged to "mob" the business at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and spend at least $10.

Lamb's Gate Market donates 100 percent of its net profits to support abused and orphaned children in Nicaragua, providing supplemental nutrition, a well-rounded education, medical care, housing and other services.

Fair trade businesses focus on making sure the artisans and farmers who create and grow the products sold are fairly compensated so they can support their families and communities. The unique, handcrafted gifts are from all over the globe.

Create Huntington's cash mob initiative was founded earlier this year. Create Huntington collects nominations for businesses to mob and randomly draws a winner. A cash mob is set for every Saturday in December, with winners drawn every Monday. The business selected will be "mobbed" the following Saturday.

Anyone is welcome to nominate a business to be "cash mobbed" and can do so at http://www.createhuntington.com/getinvolved/cash-mob-nominations/. For information about the Lamb's Gate Market, go to www.lambsgatemarket.com.

Bioscience conference planned in Charleston

CHARLESTON -- Registration is open for the West Virginia Biosciences Summit on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, in Charleston.

The event focuses on policies and programs to grow the bioscience industry in the state. Also discussed will be university research that is ready for commercialization, and highlights from West Virginia bioscience companies.

The third annual summit is sponsored by the Bioscience Association of West Virginia, BIO, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Mylan, Amgen, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC and TechConnect West Virginia. To register, visit www.biowv.org.

PBS Coals idling two mines in western Pa.

PITTSBURGH -- A southwestern Pennsylvania coal company is idling two of its mines and laying off 138 workers, but it hopes things will get better next year.

PBS Coals' announcement Thursday comes on the heels of a July announcement that it had laid off 225 workers. Before those layoffs, PBS had roughly 1,000 employees. Now, the Roytown and Hart mines about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh will be idled, too.

, leaving the company with about 600 employees.

PBS Coals Inc. spokeswoman Lori Mason said the Somerset-based company has been hurt by the weak global steel market. PBS is owned by Russian steel giant OAO Severstal, and almost all its coal is used to produce steel.