Club notes

Women’s club plans fundraiser May 4

The Women’s Club of Altoona will host a Spring Fundraiser featuring Vera Bradley bags at 2 p.m. May 4 at Father Kelley Hall in Altoona. The doors will open at 1:30 p.m.

Club members are filling the designer bags with gift cards and other gift items.

The general admission ticket costs $25, which includes 15 games, as well as sandwiches, snacks, soft drinks, wine and dessert. A Super Value Pack is $50, which includes general admission and refreshments plus two packages for five special games and more than 100 tickets for door prizes.

Tickets may be obtained from any club member or by calling 942-4238. Tickets will also be available at the door.

At the April meeting, the club heard selections from “Sweeney Todd,” the spring musical by Altoona Community Theatre, with Jonathan C. O’Harrow directing. Club member Amy Misera is appearing as pie shop owner, Mrs. Lovett.

Conservation Chairman LuAnn Hallinan announced that her committee will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. today to pick up trash on 17th Street.

The annual student art awards, chaired by Anne Dixon, will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona. The committee will provide refreshments for the art teachers, the winning high school students and their guests.

The club will elect officers at the May meeting. Prospective members for the present club year, who have not yet attended a club meeting, should plan on attending the May 6 meeting. The program will be “Cooking Class.”

Mary Lou Appleman is the head of the hostess committee for that evening.

Officers will be installed at the June banquet at The Allegro restaurant. Also that evening, the club will acknowledge new members. Membership in the Women’s Club of Altoona is open to any woman residing in Blair County who is over the age of 18. The club accepts members throughout the club year.

For more information, contact any current member or call the clubhouse at 944-6341 and leave a message to be returned by the membership chairwoman.

Knights of Columbus thriving at SFU

LORETTO -?After having been dormant on campus for about 20 years, the Knights of Columbus is once again thriving at St. Francis University.

On March 30, the St. Francis University Knights of Columbus, Council No. 8222 conducted its eighth 1st Degree ceremony since the council was established in October 2012 and officially rechartered in February 2013.

This particular 1st Degree ceremony recognized five new inductees, including the university’s president-elect Father Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R.

Membership in the Knights is restricted to practicing Catholic men, age 18 and over. Initiation in the 1st Degree is only the beginning level of membership. There are a total of four degrees within the order, each one advancing the members to higher levels of responsibility within their respective councils, their communities, and to the Catholic faith and its global mission.

The ceremony was conducted by the 1st Degree Team of the St. Anne’s Council, No. 4259 in Cresson.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest lay Catholic organization and since its founding in 1882 boasts nearly 2 million members in nearly 15,000 councils worldwide.

For additional information about the SFU Knights and opportunities for membership, visit

knights or email the council at

For additional information on the Knights of Columbus, visit

Bridge club announces recent winners

The Altoona Duplicate Bridge Club has announced the winners of its recent games.

April 16 – North/South: Barbara Marinak and JoEllen Gehl, first; Bea Stevens and Mary Moran, second. East/West: Dave and Marcia Dravis, first; Ed McCauley and Carol Moyer, second.

April 17 – Jean Keller and Jean Green, first; Ted Shade and McCauley, second; Dauby Oswalt and Louise Magee, third.

April 19 – Unit championship game: Marinak and Othella Anderson, first; McCauley and Moyer, second; Carl Hurd and Peg Robinson, third.

Club notes

Allegheny Club makes donation for dog

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Allegheny Club of Hollidaysburg continues to support the community with a $2,000 donation to the Lily Canine Fund.

Lily came to the Hollidaysburg Sheriff’s Department from Army Special Forces at Fort Bragg, N.C. She is trained in detection of explosives and gun powder. She is also trained in tracking and apprehension techniques.

Lily has served two tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan. She has found more than 700 explosive devices, and that alone has saved countless military men and women.

Deputy R.J. Peo went through training to become Lily’s handler.

Historical society to host program

BELLWOOD -?Area residents are invited to join Park Ranger Nathan Koozer for a program relating to the 125th anniversary commemoration of the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889.

The program, sponsored by the Bellwood-Antis Historical Society, will be held at 7 p.m. April 28 at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library.

Koozer, originally from Clearfield but now residing in Bellwood with his wife Amanda, is a park ranger at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial in St. Michael.

Besides providing details about the deadly disaster, Koozer will talk about the four owners of the South Fork Dam, which from its creation to its demise suffered insufficiencies and oversights that led to its failure on May 31, 1889.

The program is free and open to the public.

Dinner to help association’s playground

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Blair County Game, Fish and Forestry Association will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the lodge at 301 Riggles Gap Sportsmen Road, Altoona.

Proceeds will be used to buy equipment and upgrade the children’s playground.

The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 4 to 11. Children ages 3 and younger can eat for free. Takeouts will be available. For tickets or more information, call Ashley Merritts at 944-2363.

DeMolay sets Friendship Night, open house

A Friendship Night and Open House is scheduled for

2 p.m. April 27 at the Altoona Masonic Hall, 600 Jackson Ave., Altoona.

Friendship Night is for the young men of DeMolay and potential members, their families and friends and for any invited guests who would like to know more about DeMolay.

The afternoon will consist of a general information session about DeMolay, followed by light refreshments and fun for the kids.

DeMolay is dedicated to teaching young men between 12 to 21 years of age to be better persons and leaders. DeMolay members learn leadership skills, public speaking, time management and financial management.

DeMolay also offers an expansive social and athletic program with the opportunity for civic awareness, responsibility and character development through a variety of self-directed, real-world applications and activities.

The local DeMolay Chapter has nearly 20 members that work with the officers and members of the Masonic Lodge/families in the Blair County area to build a better and promising future for mankind.

For more information, visit or contact Ian Lang at 381-5700 or

Bridge club announces recent winners

The Altoona Duplicate Bridge Club has announced the winners of its recent games.

April 9 – Barbara Marinak and Othella Anderson, first; Carol Moyer and Kevin Davis, second; Bea Stevens and Mary Moran, third; Helen Gorsuch and Peggy Gutshall, fourth; Jean Green and Carl Hurd, fifth.

April 10 -?Stevens and Moran, first; Green and Jean Keller, second; Hurd and Peg Robinson, third; Diana Colabrese and JoEllen Gehl, fourth.

Games are open to the public and are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at Park Hills Country Club, Altoona. For more information, call Robinson at 942-8396.

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Women’s club awards adult scholarships

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The GFWC Hollidaysburg Area Women’s Club awards a scholarship annually to an adult woman who is returning to school after a break in education from high school, who lives in Blair County and who is attempting to improve the life of herself, her family and her community.

The club’s education committee reviews applications, conducts interviews and selects the winner.

This year, the club was able to award two scholarships. The 2013-14 recipient of the $1,000 Adult Woman’s Scholarship is Barbara Weakland, a member of the GFWC Hollidaysburg Area Women’s Club who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business at Penn State Altoona.

A second award in the amount of $750 was presented to Lori Remis, a nursing student at the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center.

The GFWC Hollidaysburg Area Women’s Club’s scholarship and grant program is made possible by the support of their fundraisers by the community, local businesses and its club members.

‘Writing Family History’ topic of meeting

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Road.

The guest speaker will be Carol Bickel, a genealogist for the last 30 years, who has written family genealogy, history books and established genealogy discussion groups in Harford County, Md.

She will cover topics such as why you should write a book, how to write it, where to start and what information to use. She also will show examples of different ways to turn research data into a book.

Check out the library’s latest publications and upcoming events at or at the meeting.

Bridge club announces recent winners

The Altoona Duplicate Bridge Club has annouced the winners of its recent games.

April 2 -?North/South: Jean Keller and Louise Magee, first; Bob Bellon and Irv Seltzer, second. East/

West: Dauby Oswalt and Jean Green, first; JoEllen Gehl and Phyllis Robbins and Carl Hurd and Helen Gorsuch, tied for second.

April 3 – Seltzer and Ed McCauley, first; Keller and Green, second; Barbara Marinak and Othella Anderson, third; Bea Stevens and Mary Moran, fourth.

Games are open to the public and are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at Park Hills Country Club, Altoona.

For more information, call Peg Robinson at 942-8396.

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Newry Lions Club honors Central senior

NEWRY – Cody Thompson, a senior at Central High School, Martinsburg, was recognized by the Newry Lions Club during its January meeting.

Thompson, a member of Boy Scout Troop 31, Duncansville, along with family and friends, constructed six park benches with concrete bases, along with building a sign and installing it on the south side of Leighty’s Market along Old Route 220.

The project went toward Thompson earning the rank of Eagle Scout.

Newry Lions Club sponsored a Christmas party in December for the community. Dr. Keith Eicher of Roaring Spring provided the music.

Cresson Lions to hold pancake breakfast

CRESSON – The Cresson Area Lions Club will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13 at the Cresson American Legion.

Advance tickets are $5.50 for adults and $4.50 for children. Tickets at the door will be $6 for adults and $5 for children.

Bridge club announces recent winners

The Altoona Duplicate Bridge Club has announced the winners of its recent games.

March 19 – Carl Hurd and Jean Green, first; Roger Howey and Peg Robinson, second; Helen Gorsuch and Ed McCauley, third; Bea Stevens and Mary Moran, fourth.

March 20 – Hurd and Robinson, first; Stevens and Moran, second; McCauley and Irv Seltzer, third.

March 26 – Hurd and Robinson, first; Dauby Oswalt and Louise Magee, second; Bea Stevens and Mary Moran, third.

March 27 – Stevens and Moran, first; Jean Green and Jean Keller, second.

Games are open to the public and are held Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. at Park Hills Country Club.

Beginning Bridge lessons will start Monday at 1 p.m. at Park Hills Country Club.

For more information, call Robinson at 942-8396.

VFW?ladies auxiliary to elect officers

DUNCANSVILLE – Duncansville Veterans of?Foreign?Wars Post 8724 Ladies Auxiliary will hold nominations for and the election of officers for the 2014-15 term at the April 16 meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

All members in good standing are encouraged to attend.

Armed Forces Mothers recognize woman

The U.S. Armed Forces Mothers elected Helen Hoover of Altoona as Mother of the Year for 2013 at the annual Christmas party.

For information about the group, contact Michelle Focht at 317-7705 or Helen Patterson at 695-1289.

Alpha Beta holds chapter meeting

On March 15, Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society gathered for its first meeting of the year, a brunch at Spring House Estates in Everett.

The projects committee has been focusing on School for Africa, raising funds for education improvements for children in Africa.

Linda Clapper introduced the guest speaker, Genevieve Robine, who in 2013 had the opportunity to teach for one month at a school in Beyin, Ghana, in West Africa. Her presentation included a slide show and commentary on her work there and on the daily lives of the people.

Robine grew up on the Barnes Family Farm near Blue Knob and graduated from Greenfield-Kimmel High School. She taught biology, life sciences and special education during her 35-year teaching career. She is a member of the Beta Xi chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.

The next meeting of the chapter is scheduled for May 1 at the Spring House Estates. Planned are a visit from the Alpha Alpha State president and a flower auction to raise funds for grant-in-aid, the scholarship program of the chapter.

Ostomy society to resume meetings

The Central Pennsylvania Ostomy Society will meet at 2 p.m. April 13 at UPMC Altoona, sixth floor rotunda. There will be a roundtable discussion.

At the May 18 meeting, there will be a speaker from Convatec. Light refreshments will be served.