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Huntingdon Standing Stone bridge meeting set PennDOT will conduct an open house and plans display to discuss the proposed Standing Stone Creek No. 2 bridge replacement project on Alan Seegar Road in Jackson Township, Huntingdon County. The meeting will be 7 to 8 p.m. today at the ...

Mount, council partner on debate

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CRESSON — A Mount Aloysius College political science professor and three students are partnering with the Central Penn­sylvania Council of Republican Women to host a debate at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Altoona Grand Hotel. The debate will feature Republican candidates vying for seats in ...

Births

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March 21, 2018 Harper Ann Patton, a daughter born to Janelle L (McNeal) and Jonathan K. Patton, Altoona, at UPMC Altoona at 7:05 p.m. March 25, 2018 Lincoln Benjamin Miller, a son born to Danis M. (Kilgore) and Benjamin A. Miller, Roaring Spring, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring ...

Weather hampers landscapers

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Last Monday’s snowstorm, which dumped up to 7 inches of white stuff across the area, didn’t do area landscapers any favors. “The weather has put everyone upside down. We are about a month behind at this point,” said Russell McCloskey, owner of McCloskey’s Landscaping of Bellwood. ...

Kopriva sets trial dates for friars

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury trial for two Franciscan friars facing child endangerment and criminal conspiracy charges is now scheduled for May 29 through June 9. New dates for the trial of Robert J. D’Aversa, 70, and Anthony J. Criscitelli, 63, were set last week when Senior Judge ...

Dry brought continuity to domestic relations

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The Blair County community is made up of many workers who have dedicated their careers to helping the people, and children, of the area. For the past 33 years, Diane Dry has been one of these workers. Dry began working at the Blair County Domestic Relations Office in 1984. When she first ...

Girls from Altoona’s sister city visit

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The three teenage girls from Austria who are staying at Jim and Mary Jo Manley’s house in Altoona with the Manleys’ daughter Lizzie were impressed with the abundance they encountered the other day on a visit to Weis Market in Valley View. But the girls, who are among 30 visitors here from ...

Race organizers run ultra marathons

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Most of the 319 individuals who ran through mud and up and down hills in Canoe Creek State Park Saturday morning in the Allegheny Train Runners Dirty Kiln Trail Races — either 5 miles or a half-marathon — probably didn’t realize their suffering was intended as a mere introduction. “An ...

Ward to run for GOP State Committee post

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Local businessman and Navy veteran Bill Ward Jr. announced his bid for Republican State Com­mittee, challenging three other candidates. “I’ve been involved in the party for years,” Ward said. “I wanted to be part of shaping the future of the party,” commenting on how he thinks he ...

Coroner: Teen drowning victim had been drinking

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The 17-year-old Irvona boy who drowned in Clearfield Creek Saturday had a post-mortem blood-alcohol level of 0.17 percent, a little more than twice the legal limit for driving, according to Blair County Coroner Patty Ross. David Rydbom had been camping with a friend on his family’s property ...

One hall of a night

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Cael Sanderson (left) is greeted by Jim Swaney (center) and Tom Goss at the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame banquet Saturday. Sanderson, the Penn State men’s wrestling head coach, was the guest speaker at this year’s banquet held at the Blair County Convention Center. See event coverage ...

Saxton again eyed as pot grow site

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A group of Maryland-based medical marijuana growers who hope to cultivate cannabis in Bedford County could soon turn that pipe dream into a reality. That is after a Thursday announcement from Pennsyl­vania Gov. Tom Wolf’s office that a second round of permitting for local growers, ...

Glendale senior’s death mourned

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A 17-year-old Irvona-area boy drowned in Clearfield Creek near the borough Saturday, after spending the night camping with a friend on his family’s property, according state police at Clearfield. The death of David Rydbom, a senior at Glendale High School, was ruled accidental, ...

Two major downtown buildings ‘red-tagged’

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The city Codes and Inspections Department has condemned two major downtown buildings after a broken water pipe flooded part of their common basement, leading to exposure of several other problems. The city “red-tagged” Penn Central Place and The Columns on 11th Avenue across from the main ...

Bills would give options for students to graduate

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The state Legislature has already tossed out the requirement for career and technical education students to pass the state’s standardized Keystone Exams in English, algebra and biology. Now, bills in the state Capitol are aimed at giving all students multiple pathways to graduate if they ...

Fire damages Tyrone church; services continue

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TYRONE — A fire in the fellowship hall of the Tyrone Christian Missionary Alliance Church caused extensive damage Saturday afternoon, although most church activities will continue without interruption. The fire was confined to the closed-off attic area of the five-year-old hall, but the ...

History banquet set

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The Bedford County Historical Society will host its 33rd Annual History Banquet at 6 p.m. April 28 at The Hall at Kinton’s Knob, 6441 Lincoln Highway, Bedford. The society will host military leader General John “Black Jack” Pershing, portrayed by actor and historian David Shuey, in ...

Heritage Plaza to host street fair

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Last May, for the Downtown Altoona Business Community’s first street fair, police closed off 11th Avenue — a closure that displeased some business owners, particularly Bill Sell of Bill Sell’s Bold restaurant. DABC is planning a second street fair for Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5 — ...

Breakfast has become (much) too tough a sell

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My wife, Ann Marie, is a saint. That’s been said on these pages before, and it will be said in the future, but what I can say for the first time is that no one — no one — holds a grudge like yours truly. If you do me wrong, I will hold it against you forever. For instance, I’m the ...

Trade wars would hit Pa.

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As President Donald Trump threatens an expanded trade war that could impact farms, industries and consumers in Pennsylvania, local lawmakers are along for the ride — whether they like it or not. Republicans, who for decades tended to back free trade over protectionism, have in many cases ...