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Rotary,?Elks seek Citizen of the Year

BEDFORD -?The Bedford Rotary and Bedford Elks clubs are partnering to seek nominations for the 2014 Bedford County Citizen of the Year.

The award recipient will be chosen based on recent contributions to the life and welfare of our county’s citizens and whose lives exemplify both the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self,” as well as the Elks Motto of “Elks Share, Elks Care.”

The nominee must be a resident of Bedford County.

To nominate a person for this award, pick up a nomination form at the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, the Bedford County District Attorney’s Office or the Bedford Elks Club, or you can submit the nomination in a letter. Be sure to include your name and contact information, the nominee’s full name and contact information and a detailed summary of the nominee’s qualifications.

Nomination forms and letters should be submitted no later than June 10 and sent to: Bill Higgins Jr., Rotary/Elks Citizen of the Year Committee, 228 S. Bedford St., Bedford, PA 15522

The Citizen of the Year Banquet will be held in July at the Bedford Elks Lodge. Also at the banquet, there will be recognitions of both the Elk of the Year and Rotarian of the year.

Amtran offers ride to farmers market

Amtran will offer free bus rides to anyone traveling to the Juniata Farmers Market this summer and fall.

Just tell the driver you are going to the Juniata Farmers’ Market at Penn State Altoona on Thursday afternoons and you ride for free both ways.

In addition to locally grown fruits and vegetables, the market will also have baked goods, cheeses, milk, eggs, soap, bath bombs and kettle corn.

The farmers market will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. every Thursday from June 12 through?Oct. 30 at Penn State Altoona in the Rider Parking lot. Most vegetable growers accept the Farmer Market Nutrition Program vouchers and most vendors accept credit cards. (At this time, SNAP cannot be accepted.)

To learn more about using locally grown products in their own cooking, area residents are invited to the free cooking demonstrations with local culinary expert and educator, chef Michael Roddey.

2 to 3:30 p.m. June 10 – Pleasant Village Picnic Pavilion, 2700 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona.

1 to 2:30 p.m. June 11 – Senior CARE, 1311 12th Ave., Altoona.

3 to 4:30 p.m. June 12 -?Fairview Picnic Pavilion, Fairview Hills, 1614 First St., Altoona.

Financial support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Cooperative Potato Growers Inc. through the 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant.

Plant clinics set in Blair County

At several area plant clinics, area residents can get answers to general gardening questions, learn about proper plant selection, bring a sample of a diseased plant for diagnosis and treatment recommendations, and have an insect or plant identified and learn the least toxic ways to treat diseases and pests.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7 -?Tyrone-Snyder Public Library, 1000 Pennsylvania Ave.

2 to 6 p.m. June 17 – Farmers Market at Penn State Altoona, Rider parking lot, Juniata Gap Road.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 21 -?Bellwood-Antis Public Library, 526 Main St., Bellwood.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 12 -?Altoona Area Public Library, 1600 Fifth Ave.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 26 – Hollidaysburg?Area Public Library, (new building).

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Golf outing is June 8 in Hastings

HASTINGS – The third annual St. Benedict School Alumni and Friends Golf Outing is scheduled for June 8 at the Cambrian Hills Country Club, Hastings.

The 18-hole scramble begins with player registration at 10:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at noon.

A $70 per player registration fee includes 18 holes with cart, lunch, course refreshments, prizes and a 4 p.m. family-style picnic.

Non-golfers are welcome with a $10 per adult picnic-meal purchase.

All proceeds benefit St. Benedict School, Carrolltown.

To register and reserve a spot for your team, contact the event coordinator at 937-2559.

Art camp registration due Friday

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Hollidaysburg Area Arts Council is accepting final registrations for two of their 2014 Art Camps until Friday.

The enrollment is limited, and prepaid registration is required.

Camps will be held the week of July 7 to 11 at Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School with instructor Alicia Watt.

Camp 1 is for ages 6 to 8. It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

Camp 2 is for ages 9 to 11. It will be held from 1 to 4 p.m.

Cost of the camps is $75 per camp.

For more information, call Christine at 696-4226 or Jill at 695-7718.

Spade and Trowel to meet Monday

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Members of the Spade and Trowel Garden Club met recently to plan for its participation in the various community beautifcation projects they have suppoted for many years.

A work party was held May 12 to weed the planter at Longer Elementery School and the planters on the Diamond in Hollidaysburg.

On May 13, members joined with parents and students of Mrs. Gildea’s Head Start class at Frankstown Elementery School. A workshop and program was held. Students served relish trays of vegetables they had grown.

On Arbor Day, a check for $100 was given to the Shade Tree Commission to help purchase new trees for Allegheny Street. The club has made a contribution for more than 25 years.

Karen Woomer was appointed treasurer due to the death of treasurer and longtime member Evelyn Diehl.

Weather permitting, the next meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Legion Park.

Strawberry festival set for Sunday

CRESSON – The Cresson Presbyterian Church will hold a Strawberry Festival from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the church on the corner of Keystone Avenue and Third Street.

It will include homemade cake, strawberries, Vale Wood Farms ice cream and drinks.

Eat-in or takeout will be available.

Entertainment will be provided by Dan and Galla, and there will be clowns for the children.

A silent auction will include two club seats to a Pittsburgh Steelers football game, a Pittsburgh Penguins basket, gift cards and more.

Pressure canners to be tested

MARTINSBURG – Master Food Preserver Jackie Forsht will be at the Penn State Cooperative Extension Office, 310 Airport Drive, Suite 9, to test dial gauge pressure canner lids from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

If you are not able to come that day you can drop off your dial gauge canner lid beforehand for testing.

The testing is available at no charge and you just need to bring the canner lid with the gauge. Weighted gauge canner lids do not need to be tested. In addition, Forsht will have information on food preservation and will be able to answer questions about preserving the summer harvest.

For more information on home food preservation or canner lid testing, contact Sharon McDonald, extension educator, at the extension office, at 940-5989.

Dysphonia group plans picnic

The Altoona Spasmodic Dysphonia & Dystonia support group will hold its annual picnic at 2 p.m. June 8 at the home of one of its members.

For directions or additional information or to RSVP if you haven’t spoken to Cherie, call Linda Bashore at 309-9398 or Dr. Steve Kaplan at 696-4361.

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Nason recognizes volunteer of the year

ROARING SPRING – Nason Hospital recognized Dorothy Mellott of Loysburg as the 2014 Volunteer of the Year.

Mellott received a certificate and other gifts as the Volunteer of the Year from volunteer coordinator, Linda Ritchey.

Mellott has given more than eight years of service to Nason Hospital. She has volunteered in the outpatient lab, outpatient surgery, medical records and Nason Auxiliary and has helped with numerous volunteer projects.

She is retired from the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md. She enjoys reading and traveling in addition to her volunteer work.

A carry-in dinner and awards program was held on April 17 at the Martinsburg Church of God Fellowship Hall. Awards and gifts of appreciation were given to all volunteers.

The theme of the event was “Volunteers Take Care of the Little Things.”

Series addresses exercise, child obesity

“I Am Moving, I Am Learning” will be offered by the Penn State Extension office from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Child Advocates of Blair County, 319 Sycamore St., Altoona.

All parents, foster parents, child care providers, teachers and other service professionals are encouraged to attend the training facilitated by Jacqueline Amor-Zitzelberger, Better Kid Care Extension Educator.

The workshop discusses the growing problem of obesity in children and provides solutions for caregivers to encourage children to get up and move.

Participants will learn to use music and movement to motivate kids to increase their heart rate and move their bodies. Dress comfortably and be prepared to move.

The workshop is part of a statewide Better Kid Care child care provider training program presented by Penn State Extension. Preregistration is required at or by calling the extension office at 765-7878.

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American Legion holds Easter party

GALLITZIN – American Legion Post 174 of Gallitzin, Sons of the American Legion and Auxiliary recently expressed their thanks to the special contributors for the post’s annual community Easter party.

More than 180 kids plus parents attended, making it their biggest crowd ever. The post gave away bicycles, fishing rods and numerous toys all because of donations received.

There were visits with Easter Bunny, who has volunteered for the last nine years, treat bags of goodies and craft tables for all to make their own.

Boy Scout Troop 59 and leaders helped with the crafts. Business sponsors included Algas, C&G Savings Bank, Degol Organization, Gallitzin IMS, Gallitzin Fire Co., Gibbons Funeral Home, Kos Body Shop, Mazz’s Pizza, Midway Cafe, Moreland Small Engine, Myers Insurance Agency and S&T bank, all of Gallitzin, as well as Martin’s Foods, Sam’s Club and Toys R Us, all of Altoona.

Leukemia benefit set at Cathedral

Knob’s Knockout Leukemia Benefit, a spaghetti dinner, basket fundraiser and silent auction, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona.

Proceeds will benefit Terry Knob, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. All money raised will go to medical and living expenses.

The spaghetti dinner is $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and younger. Take out is available, and you need not be present to win baskets. Silent auctions also will be held.

Tickets are available at LTD Academy, Core Physical Therapy, East Side Concrete and Blair Dance Academy or by contacting Michelle Metzgar at 937-0451 or

A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door.

Golden?Tiger Golf Classic is June 16

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?The Hollidaysburg boys and girls golf team will hold the third annual Golden Tiger Golf Classic on June 16 at Scotch Valley Country Club.

The format is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at noon. Registration begins at 11 a.m.

A meal will be served following the tournament, and the fee also includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, 50/50, prizes for a hole-in-one, closest to the pin, longest drive and more.

All proceeds benefit the Hollidaysburg boys and girls golf team.

For more information, including pricing, contact

Blair County 4-H selling blueberries

Blair County 4-H clubs are selling 10-pound boxes (approximately 10 pints) of large, clean blueberries for $27. Berries will be delivered on June 23.

Orders can be placed through any 4-H member until Friday. Proceeds benefit both the specific club and county-wide 4-H activities.

4-H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System, offering youth opportunities to learn by doing in a variety of arts and sciences.

Blair’s community clubs are based in Altoona, Bellwood, Duncansville and Hollidaysburg, with three more to begin soon in Martinsburg and Sinking Valley.

Historical society plans June events

EVERETT -?The Bloody Run Historical Society has announced several activities for June.

The society will meet at 7 p.m. June 3 at the Everett Railroad and Community Museum on Fifth Street.

At 2 p.m. June 29, Laura and Michael Jackson will present a slide show titled “Wonders of Wildlife” at the museum at 2 p.m. Note: This month’s open house is on the fifth Sunday not the usual third Sunday of the month. The museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m., including the gift shop and the nearly completely renovated caboose. There is no admission, but donations are appreciated and needed to maintain the facility.

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday with no admission charge. Visit for a look inside the museum and more details. Groups are welcome.

The topic for the historical exhibit at the Everett Free Library for June is the Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame and is assembled by Barbara Miller. The exhibit can be visited during library hours.

Deadline for SFU camp is Saturday

LORETTO -?Registration for the St. Francis University’s Scholars in English Summer Camp will end on Saturday. The camp will be offered from July 6 to 11 at St. Francis University.

It is for students in grades 10 through 12 who are dedicated to the study of English writing and literature.

Teens attending the camp have the opportunity to earn three transferrable English credits while learning from full-time faculty members at St. Francis.

Campers will stay in Agnes Hall for five nights and dine in Torvian Hall for a buffet-style dining experience. Resident assistants will supervise campers at all times. For more information, visit

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Couple complete veterans’ memorial

TYRONE – Marilyn and Don Boytim of Tyrone completed the Veterans’ Memorial Project at Charlottesville Cemetery, just in time for Memorial Day.

They offered special thanks to Joe Ieraci, Randy Showalter and Martin’s Garden Center for their contributions.

Royer Mansion plans craft fair

WILLIAMSBURG – Royer Mansion will hold a Spring-Time Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the mansion, which is on Route 866, five miles south of Williamsburg and eight miles north of Martinsburg.

The fair will feature a book signing by local author Katrina Waddington, tables full of affordable antiques and creative crafts from local vendors, a wide variety of flowers and plants from local greenhouses and information about affordable rental opportunities for family gatherings, club events, weddings, parties and retreats.

A catered lunch will be available for purchase.

Admission is $2 per person; children under 12 are free.

A list of vendors is available at

Proceeds from the fair will support the upkeep and expenses necessary to keep Royer Mansion open to the public.

Senior driving programs offered

Seniors for Safe Driving will hold several highway safety education programs for seniors ages 55 and older in the area.

The programs are certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The successful completion of the program makes senior drivers eligible for a 5 percent discount on their automobile insurance premiums, across the board, for a period of three years. Receiving the discount is mandated by Pennsylvania state law.

Those who have never participated in a senior driving program previously must attend a two-day (four hours each) or one-day eight-hour standard class. To qualify for a one-day refresher program, seniors must have attended a senior driving program in the past.

To register for a class, call 800-559-4880 or visit

Upcoming classes include:

June 9 – 4 to 8 p.m., DuBois Library.

June 14 and July 12 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., UPMC Altoona

July 18 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Windy Hill Village, Philipsburg.

Singles dance set for Saturday

STATE COLLEGE – SinglesMakingConnections.

com will hold a dance from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Post 245, 1950 Pine Hall Drive. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m.

Admission is $8, which includes snacks and music by a DJ. Participants must be at least 21 years old. ID will be required.

For more information, call 867-7771 or email

Back-to-school giveaway items sought

CRESSON – The Cresson Alliance Church, 908 Fourth St., is looking for donations for its eight annual back-to-school clothing giveaway, which will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 16.

Over the years, the church has given away more than 500 backpacks filled with school supplies, as well as school clothes, winter coats and shoes for area families.

Donations will be accepted through the end of July. All clothing should be new or gently used, child’s size 4 through adult sizes and appropriate for school-aged children.

Needed items include backpacks, coats, school supplies, scarves, pencil boxes, pencils/pens, hats, notebooks (spiral bound), folders, mittens/gloves, glue sticks, erasers, all types of clothing, new underwear and socks, toiletries (any size), shampoo/conditioner, body wash/soaps, shoes/boots, toothbrushes/toothpaste/dental floss, lotions, combs, lip balm and coupons for free children’s haircuts.

For more information, call Cindy Conway at 935-1391.

Civil War meeting is Wednesday

BELLWOOD – The public is invited to a meeting about the Civil War at 7 p.m.?Wednesday at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library.

Doak Marasco will speak on the 125th Pennsylvania and the 208th Pennsylvania. He will bring Civil War artifacts and firearms.

Killbuck Dancers to hold classes

PATTON – The Killbuck Square Dancers will start beginner sessions at 7:30 p.m. June 2 at the Queen of Peace Social Hall.

Couples, singles and families of any age are welcome to come and learn the new modern dance patterns. The first two weeks are free.

For more information, call Tom Miller, caller, at 687-4389 or Grace at 674-8762.

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Mo Valley to mark 50th anniversary

HOUTZDALE – This year marks the 50thyear of operation of the Moshannon Valley Junior-Senior High School.

The Houtzdale/Woodward/Brisbin, Bigler Township and Moshannon Joint (Madera) high schools were the foundation of ther current school district.

In 1955, a jointure was formed between these local schools called the Moshannon Valley Area School District. The current building was constructed at its current location in Amesville in 1963.

To acknowledge this milestone, the Moshannon Valley Board of Directors and the Alumni Association would like to invite the public to an open house at 2 p.m. Sunday May 25.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. with keynote speaker Rep. Tommy Sankey. Additional guest speakers include longtime MVSD school board president and local historian Larry Kokoskie and longtime MVHS history teacher and local historian Dave Wulderk.

Tours of the school will be available, and there will be items on display to commemorate classes.

Each class will be provided an area to display yearbooks, scrapbooks, pictures and any other memorabilia. If you have any items (pictures, yearbooks, team photos, band/athletic uniforms, etc.) that you would like to lend for display purposes, contact the school. The committee is looking for items that pre-date the consolidation of the Moshannon Valley School District in addition to any MVHS memorabilia items.

This event is open to all graduates from Moshannon Valley, not just graduates from the building.

The School Board and the Alumni Association hope kick-off a membership interest to promote future events. Alumni, current students, past and present facility and former school board directors are invited to attend, and light refreshments will be provided in the cafeteria.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Rob Reed at 378-7422 or

Donation night to aid leadership class

Blair County Chamber’s Leadership Blair County class of 2014 will host a donation night at Texas Roadhouse on Thursday.

Ten percent of your total food purchase will go toward revitalization of Family Services Inc.’s Domestic Abuse Shelter.

Contact the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, or any member of the LBC Class to obtain the necessary flyer.

Regatta part of Celebration Weekend

TIPTON – The second annual Rubber Ducky Regatta will be held during Children’s Miracle Network’s Celebration Weekend at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park at 4 p.m., June 1.

More than 1,000 rubber ducks will slide down the Great White slide at the Tipton Waterworks. Ducks will be selected at random, and dozens of prizes will be awarded.

Duck tickets are available online until May 30 at or by calling 800-451-5437.

For more information, contact Vanessa Houser at

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Hospital seeks old photos, clippings

TYRONE – Tyrone Hospital will celebrate its 60th anniversary in September. The hospital is seeking old photos, news clippings or other documents that help tell the story of the hospital’s 60-year history.

Select items will be used during the hospital’s 60thAnniversary celebration.

Any items that community members have and would be willing to share are most welcome. Items will be scanned into a computer and returned in tact to their original owner.

Members of the community who wish to submit items may do so by June 1. Any items submitted should each be marked clearly with the owner’s full name, mailing address, phone number and email address. Items submitted should be secured in an envelope and addressed to Theresa Yanchetz, director of marketing, Tyrone Hospital, 187 Hospital Drive, Tyrone, PA 16686.

Items may be mailed to the hospital or dropped off at the hospital’s main registration desk.

If you have questions or require additional information, contact Yanchetz at 684-6348 or tyanchetz@

CMN?yard sale raises $28,000

CLEARFIELD – The Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger yard sale was held May 9 and 10 and raised $28,000.

Five tractor-trailer loads of items that were donated by the Walmart Distribution Center No. 6024 in Woodland, were sold both days at the Clearfield County Fairgrounds Expo Buildings 1 and 2.

The Clearfield County Fair Board and Clearfield County Queens for a Cause Program provided volunteer help and generous support for the event.

The funds raised by this event will help to provide pediatric equipment, programs and services at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and throughout Geisinger Health System.

Funds provide wigs for cancer patients

The American Cancer Society, in partnership with, Amazing You in Altoona has free, brand-new wigs and head coverings available to those with cancer, regardless of income.

Funds raised at the local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Blair event, helped make these wigs and head coverings free to local cancer patients.

The free wig program has human hair wigs with modern styles and highlights, synthetic wigs and head coverings, such as cotton scarves.

To make an appointment to get a wig or head coverings, call 800-227-2345.

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Greater Blair event is scheduled for Oct. 4.

Country dance set for June 14

PLEASANTVILLE – A dance to music by Country Traditions will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. June 14 at the Alum?Bank Firehall on Route 96 just north of Route 56.

Admission is $5 per person. The kitchen will open at 5:30 p.m. The event is smoke-free and alcohol-free.

It is sponsored by the Alum Bank Community Fire Company Auxiliary.

For more information, call 839-2358 or visit

Gardeners plan ‘Christmas in July’

EBENSBURG -? The Penn State Master Gardeners will sponsor “Christmas in July,” a holiday tea, from 1 to 3 p.m. July 19 in the Cambria County?Cooperative Extension Office meeting room at 499 Manor Drive.

The cost for the event is $14.95.

The public is invited to join the master gardeners for an afternoon of food and fun and be inspired to host their own holiday tea this Christmas season.

Many unique and inexpensive ideas will be presented.

Participants can relax with a cup of tea while sampling a variety of scones, savories and sweet treats and take home a copy of all of the recipes.

They also can learn the history and etiquette of the afternoon tea as it has been celebrated for centuries and enjoy demonstrations on making wreaths, topiaries, kissing balls and tabletop fountains using natural material found in the backyard, garden or woodlot.

To register, call the extension office at 472-7986. The deadline for registration is July 14. Space is limited.

Mail your payment of $14.95 to Cambria County Cooperative Extension, 401 Candlelight Drive, Suite 220, Ebensburg, PA 15931.

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Book distribution set for Saturday

COALPORT – The Glendale Area Public Library and the Glendale Education Foundation will co-sponsor a book distribution by First Book, Clearfield County Chapter, from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Coalport Community Building.

First Book is a national organization organized to help promote literacy via distribution of free books to children.

The Clearfield County Chapter will provide a wide variety of books from which children attending the event may select a free copy. Books distributed are for toddler through teen levels.

Volunteers and staff of both organizations will offer an afternoon of fun activities at the upcoming distribution.

Car/bike show, 5K to benefit CMN

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield County fair queens will host the third annual Queens for a Cause Car and Bike Show and 5K on June 8 at the Clearfield County Fairgrounds.

The 5K registration will be from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. with the race starting at 8:30 a.m. Awards will be given following the race. The car show registration begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. Trophies will be awarded at 4 p.m.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for this event. For more information or for a sponsorship, please email Brenda Morgan at clfdfairqueen@

The funds raised by this event will help to provide pediatric equipment, programs and services at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and throughout Geisinger Health System.

Patton car show, auction, dinner slated

PATTON – A basket auction, spaghetti dinner and car show will be held June 15 at the Patton Firehall.

The car show will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a basket auction will be held, with drawings starting at 3 p.m.

For more information or to donate a basket, call 674-5913.

Barbecue part of Celebration?Weekend

TIPTON – A chicken barbecue dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. May 31 as part of Children’s Miracle Network’s Celebration Weekend at Delgrosso’s Amusement Park.

The dinner will include chicken, baked beans, Murf’s potato salad and a dinner roll.

Tickets are $8.50 each and can be purchased online at

For more information, contact Vanessa Houser at 943-8887 or or Michele Reese at 441-2321.

The funds raised by this event will help to provide pediatric equipment, programs and services at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and throughout Geisinger Health System.

Archaeology Day Camp is June 23-27

HUNTINGDON – This summer, Greenwood Furnace State Park is offering a unique opportunity for the public to participate in a real archaeological dig.

“Diggin’ The Past” Archaeology Day Camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the week of June 23 to 27.

Camps are open to children ages 9 and older. Those 9 to 10 must have a parent, grandparent or other relative participate with them. Teachers can earn Act 48 credits, as well. Contact the park for information on the course.

There is a $30 fee per person to participate, including parents/relatives who participate with their children. For an application, contact the park at 667-1800 or The camp is limited to 15 youth participants plus adults.

The camp offers historically-minded young people and adults the opportunity to participate in an authentic archaeological dig at Greenwood Furnace.

During the camp, participants will experience aspects of archaeology, from proper digging and removal of artifacts, to the cleaning and cataloging of what is found. During previous camps, many new discoveries were made, enhancing the story of Greenwood Furnace.

More information about this and other park programs can be found at

greenwoodfurn or on the Calendar of Events at the State Parks website at

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Expo donates $2,650 to cancer society

The 2014 Pennsylvania Adventure RV Expo, held Feb. 27 to March 2 at the Blair County Convention Center, donated a portion of its proceeds to the American Cancer Society.

Pennsylvania Adventure RV Expo donates annually to the Cancer Society, with this year’s donation totaling $2,650, historical giving reaching more than $26,000.

Each year, members of the American Cancer Society volunteer their time to help sell tickets at the door during Pennsylvania Adventure RV Expo.

The show promoter, DiAndrea Promotions, significantly increased attendance at this year’s event, bringing in a variety of entertainment, fun and new ideas about family camping.

Entertainment included Hubie the Clown, Pennsylvania Bigfoot Investigations, Bald Eagle presentations and more.

“This year’s show was all about the family,” said Rachel DiAndrea of DiAndrea Promotions. “We look forward to continuing our support of the American Cancer Society while further growing the show in 2015.”

This year’s show sponsor was WTAJ. Next year’s event is set for Feb. 27 to March 1. Check out for 2015 show details.

Barbecue set for Memorial?Day

PLEASANTVILLE -?A Memorial?Day chicken barbecue will be held starting at 11 a.m. Monday at the Alum Bank Firehall, which is on Route 96 north of Route 56.

The cost is $9 for a half chicken plus sides, $6 for just chicken and $6 for a child’s dinner.

The event is sponsored by the Alum Bank Community Fire Company.

For more information visit


Hospital foundation plans golf outing

TYRONE – The Tyrone Hospital Foundation will hold its 13th annual golf tournament on Aug. 27 at Sinking Valley Country Club.

The tournament is a best-ball four-man scramble, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Colonial Courtyard Tyrone is this year’s outing sponsor.

Additional sponsorship and golfer opportunities are limited. The following sponsorship levels are as follows:

Corporate sponsor: $ 1,500, which includes signage at the course, fee for a team of four, pre-tournament publicity and distribution of company marketing materials at the event.

Course sponsor: $750, which includes signage at the course and fees for a team of four.

Beverage cart sponsor: $500, which includes signage on the beverage cart.

Tee/green sponsor: $250, which includes signage on a tee.

Four person team: $500, which includes fees for a team of four to golf and lunch.

This year’s tournament will benefit Tyrone Hospital’s capital campaign, which will fund an extensive hospital renovation project slated to begin in early 2015.

For registration forms or more information, contact Alex Brennsteiner at 682-1813 or abrennsteiner or Theresa Yanchetz at 684-6348 or

Wing Night planned in Blue Knob

Area residents are invited to the first Wing Night/

Basket Raffle of 2014 on May 31 at the Blue Knob Volunteer Firehall.

All proceeds benefit the Blue Knob Community Play Park initiative. The proceeds from this event are specifically going toward a basketball court area, signs for the park area and trash receptacles.

Wings start selling at 5 p.m., and the tickets for the raffle will be drawn at 7:30 p.m.

Prices are as follows:

n Dozen wings, $8.

n Half dozen wings, $5.

n Meal (dozen wings/fries/bottled water), $10.

n French fries, $2.

n Drinks, $1.

n Basket raffle tickets, two for $1, 12 for $5 and 30 for $10. You do not have to be present at the time of the drawing in order to win.

A bake sale also will be held.

Delphi Chapter plans spaghetti dinner

The Delphi Chapter No. 65, Order of the Eastern Star, will sponsor a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. May 31 at the Altoona Masonic Hall, 600 Jackson Ave., Altoona.

The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children.

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Library features young adult artist

The Altoona Area Public Library welcomes Casey Lee Young as the young adult artist for May.

Casey is a junior at Glendale Junior/Senior High School and a commercial art student at the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center.

“My teacher, Mrs. Lowther has taught me many things that have helped me with growing my artistic talent,” she said. “Many children are inspired by their parents – my parents are inspired by me. Not really, but that would be cool.”

“I hope to have a successful career, no matter what it ends up being. I would like to be an elementary school teacher. I want to continue growing as an artist.”

Casey’s artwork may be viewed on the first floor during regular library hours through May 31.

A&J Iaia Post to place flags on graves

The A&J Iaia American Legion Post 827 will put flags on the veterans’ graves at 10 a.m. Saturday.

All members and Boy Scouts are urged to attend.

May 26 is Memorial Day, and the post and auxiliary will participate in the Altoona parade. Members should be at the parade, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Miniature golf part of Miracle Weekend

A Miracle Miniature Golf Tournament will be held in conjunction with Children’s Miracle Network’s Celebration Weekend at the Championship Miniature Golf Course at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park, Tipton, at 1 p.m. May 31.

The cost is $7 per person or $25 per team. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams of each flight.

Register at or contact Vanessa Houser at 943-8887 or

Beginning runners group forming

EBENSBURG – The Ebensburg Area Running Club is forming a training group to prepare beginning runners to complete a 5K (3.1 mile) race.

The group will meet at 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays from May 28 to July 23 at the Central Cambria High School track.

Brand-new runners, recreational joggers (people who can complete 1 to 2 miles) and people looking to get back into shape are encouraged to join.

There will be a $20 fee, payable in cash or check at the first training session. The fee covers training sessions, an EARC shirt and entry fee for the Ebensburg Homecoming 5K on July 26. Participants should wear running shoes and comfortable running attire and bring a water bottle. Runners under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All participants are responsible for their own safety.

For more information, contact Art and Kate Remillard at or 472-6772 or visit

The Ebensburg Area Running Club is a club for runners and walkers of all abilities in the Ebensburg area.

Signups for workshop due Thursday

Rich Melheim, the founder and creative force behind Faith Inkubators, will present a community workshop, “Holding our Families Together,” from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 7 at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona.

This workshop will help families, and those who work with them, to “dream the dream” and work a plan for growing closer to God and each other.

The cost is $15 per person or $25 per family. Child-care is available for children age 3 and younger.

Register at or for more information, call 942-1042. The registration deadline is Thursday.

Conference focuses on faith nursing

LORETTO -?St. Francis University’s Nursing Department will present “Foundations of Faith Community Nursing” from June 8 to 10 and June 29 to July 1 at the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness on campus. Registration will be accepted through Friday.

The conference will educate professionals and students on ways to combine health practice with spiritual growth to promote overall well-being in patients.

The conference will focus on core concepts of spiritual formation, professionalism and health and wholeness. Participants will also learn more about leadership roles in collaborative health ministries, as well as how to sustain a faith community nursing practice.

The cost of the conference is $350, which includes some meals, all conference materials and continuing education credits.

The application form is at

foundations-of-faith-community-nursing, along with more information on the instructors, course schedule and additional information on faith community nursing in general.

For more information, contact Cindy Drenning at 472-3027 or or visit

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Department president to visit district

Julia Marie Dever, president of the Department of Pennsylvania Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., will make a visit to the area this weekend.

Dever will arrive today and depart on Monday. She will be laying a wreath during the Armed Forces Day event at 2 p.m. today at The Wall That Heals at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center, Altoona.

At 6 p.m. today, she will visit the D. Merl Tipton VFW Post 43 in Martinsburg for a meet-and-greet with District 22.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, she will conduct District 22’s inspection. District 22 consists of Blair, Clearfield and Centre counties with 1,492 members. The current District 22 president is Linda Dilling.

On Monday, Dever will tour the Van Zandt VA Medical Center, where she will meet with hospital director William Mills and then meet with the residents on the Community Living Center floors.

Beekeepers to hold meeting Sunday

EBENSBURG – The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the home of Bernie and Anne Svidergol at 2654 Ben Franklin Highway.

The topic will be “Queen Reaing and Making Splits.” There is no charge to attend, and participants do not have to be beekeepers.

For more information, call 472-7637, email or visit .

Family planning intro offered

STATE COLLEGE – A free introduction to the ovulation method of natural family planning will be offered at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St.

The ovulation method allows couples to confidently identify their times of fertility and infertility and then use this information to either avoid or achieve a pregnancy.

For more information, visit www.creightonmodel.

com or email

UPMC offers speech, language screening

EVERETT – In recognition of National Better Hearing and Speech Month, UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital will provide free speech and language screenings from 9 a.m. to noon May 24 in the hospital’s speech therapy office on the second floor. It is for children of Bedford County residents ages 2 to 18.

Certified speech-language pathologists will evaluate children for concerns, including:

n Speech sound disorders (difficulty pronouncing sounds).

n Language disorders (difficulty understanding what they hear or expressing themselves with words).

n Stuttering (fluency disorders -?interruption of the flow of speech that may include hesitations, repetitions or prolongations of sounds or words).

n Voice disorders (quality of voice, including hoarseness, nasality or volume that is too loud or too soft).

Registration is recommended. For more information, contact Rebecca Burns at 623-3545.

Health, welfare council to meet

The Blair County Health and Welfare Council will meet from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at The Arc of Blair County, 431 Jackson Ave., Altoona.

The council provides education and information to the public on health and human service needs, services and resources. The public is welcome to attend.

Discovery House to hold open house

DUNCANSVILLE -?Discovery House Blair County will hold an open house and fifth anniversary celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 12 at 3438 Route 764.

Discovery House welcomes the community and health professionals to attend. Enjoy refreshments and speak with experienced staff.

Information will be provided about how Discovery House helps patients, families and the community live healthy lives free from illicit drug use.

There will be a slide show, educational materials, door prizes and fun.

Attendees can tour the facility and learn about its Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) philosophy applied to Medication Assisted Treatment.

For more information, call 944-7000.

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Civil?War headstone to be rededicated

COUPON?- A headstone rededication ceremony for Civil War Union Veteran Samuel Butterbaugh will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Cemetery, across from the small brick schoolhouse.

Butterbaugh served in the 125th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Company G. On Sept. 17, 1963, he participated in the Battle of Antietam, one of the bloodiest battles in American history.

The ceremony will be arranged by the 125th Pennsylvania Volunteers Living History Descendants Union Veterans Regiment with participation from Col. Crowther Camp No. 89 Sons of Union Veterans, the Logan Guard 46th PA Band and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4325 in Ashville.

The public is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Doak Marasco at 215-3914 or John Crider at 207-9123.

Shaver’s Creek to hold Trails Day

PETERSBURG – Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center will host Central PA Trails Day, a first-time family-friendly event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Penn State environmental center in Huntingdon County.

The event is aimed at enhancing people’s appreciation for the outdoors.

Central PA Trails Day will include free hikes, nature walks and demonstrations.

Shaver’s Creek is partnering with two State College nonprofit organizations, Allegheny Outdoor Institute and Clearwater Conservancy, to hold Central PA Trails Day. It’s the first time the environmental center has collaborated in organizing an event.

Advance registration is required for some activities.

For a schedule of activities at the event, go to

Playgrounds seek donations, help

The Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission, along with the Booker T. Washington Revitalization Corporation, is looking for donations and volunteers for the Juniata Memorial Park and Prospect Park community playground installations.

About 30 to 35 volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday at each site.

Juniata Memorial Park is at 201 W. 12th Ave., and Prospect Park is at 112 S. 15th St.

In addition to volunteers, donations of food and drinks for the volunteers are also needed.

To volunteer or to donate food or drinks, contact the Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission at 949-2231 or

Astronomy club plans sky watch

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?The Starlight Astronomy Club will hold a free public sky watch from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Friday at Canoe Creek State Park.

Visitors are encouraged to take binoculars or telescopes. Club members will also have telescopes available for public use.

Highlights of the evening sky will be the planets, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, the moon and several deep-sky objects, including many galaxies and globular and open star clusters.

The club will meet in the parking lot on the beach side of the lake. The rain date will be Saturday.

For more information, call 937-6991 or visit

Gun show set for this weekend

The Riggles Gap Sportsmen’s Club (Blair County Game, Fish and Forestry Association), will hold a spring gun show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 301 Riggles Gap Sportsmen Road, Altoona.

Admission is $3 (16 and younger admitted free).

The ranges will be open for shooting so you can “try it after you buy it.” (There is a special range fee of $5 with paid show admission).

Spring gun raffle tickets will be drawn at 4 p.m. Sunday immediately after the gun show.

For more information, visit www.blaircountygame.

com or call 946-9315.

United Way seeks Day of Caring projects

The United Way of Blair County is soliciting volunteer projects from local nonprofit and human service agencies for its 21st Annual Day of Caring.

The Day of Caring promotes the spirit and value of volunteerism and increases the awareness of local human service agencies, as well as demonstrates how people working together for the good of the community can accomplish great things.

The 18th Annual Day of Caring will be held on June 18. Last year, more than 250 volunteers donated their time and effort to help more than 36 local agencies.

The projects in the past have included outdoor work such as landscaping and gardening, indoor jobs such as painting and cleaning, and assisting the people nonprofits serve with activities or events. This day is a time for volunteers from all areas to come together to make a difference for agencies in the community.

If you are interested in planning a Day of Caring event at your agency or organization, contact Vicky Buda at or 944-0884 no later than May 23.

Deadline for golf event is Friday

EVERETT -?Memorial Hospital of Bedford County Foundation’s 29th annual Chili Open Golf Tournament will be held June 6 at Down River Golf Course, 134 Rivers Bend Drive.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the scramble begins at 11 a.m. The registration deadline is Friday.

Registration includes a picnic-style lunch, snacks, dinner, beverages and player gifts.

For more information, golf prices or to register a team, call Sandy Boyd at 623-3773.

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Fort Roberdeau topic of meeting

BELLWOOD -?Glenn Nelson, director at Fort Roberdeau, will speak about the future direction of Fort Roberdeau, located at Fort Roberdeau Historic Site and Natural Area, a Blair County Park.

The site is best known for the Revolutionary War fort on the park grounds.

The presentation, “Back to the Future at Fort Roberdeau,” will include a slide show of current programs and activities, as well as a discussion of the vision for the fort’s future.

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

The program is free, and all are welcome to attend.

South Hills plans block party May 31

South Hills School of Business & Technology Altoona campus will hold its inaugural South Hills Our Town?Community?Block Party from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31 at the campus, 541 58th St., Altoona.

This family-friendly neighborhood block party will include a drawing for an iPad, live local bands playing all day, a craft fair, face painting, temporary tattoos, flower planting, duck pond, bean bag toss, kids fingerprinting/ID cards, mini-sessions on Cloud technology, social media and more, along with a variety of food and beverages.

All are welcome, and proceeds from the event will benefit the Operation Our Town project in Altoona.

Boy Scouts to hold breakfast Sunday

Boy Scout Troop 25, sponsored by St. Mary’s Church in Altoona, will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary’s Memorial Hall, 1420 Fourth Ave., Altoona.

It will include made-to-order eggs, pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, toast, home fries, omelets, scrambled eggs, egg-white omelets and orange juice.

The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for ages 3 to 8 and free for ages 2 and younger.

History group to meet Sunday

BEDFORD – The Bedford County Dutch Corner History Group will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 741 Messiah Church Road.

Anyone interested in the history of that area may attend. For more information, visit

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Library features Altoona artist

The Altoona Area Public Library is exhibiting the oil and watercolor paintings of Rosemarie Weinzierl of Altoona.

“As a retired wife and great grandmother, I should be baking for my family and rocking babies to sleep. And I do those things with great joy,” she said. “But there’s a nagging inside me that says I have to paint. I still haven’t painted the great American masterpiece, and most likely I never will, when you consider all of the talent out there attempting to do the same thing. But somehow I have to keep trying. What you see on exhibit are the results of some of my attempts.”

The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours through May 31.

Association for Blind sets fundraiser

The Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind will hold a Longaberger basket and “Thirty One” fundraiser at 1 p.m. June 1 at the Jaffa Shrine Center, Altoona. Doors will open at noon.

Admission is $25, which includes a barbecue chicken dinner. Value Packages are available for $60.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 944-2021.

Making Strides night set at the Curve

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will host its annual “Throw Breast Cancer A Curve Night” at the Altoona Curve on June 13, beginning at 7 p.m.

MSABC teams can earn $2 for every ticket sold.

For ticket information, contact the American Cancer Society office at 8695-9232.

The MSABC of Blair County walk will be held on Oct. 4 at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

Spa Day planned in?East Freedom

EAST FREEDOM – Blair Senior Services Inc. will host a Spa Day from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 22 at the Southern Blair Senior Center, 15229 Dunnings Highway.

The goal of the event is to provide a day of therapeutic wellness, education, pampering and tips on staying healthy and fit.

For more information or to reserve lunch for that day, call Sondra Stacey, center coordinator, at 317-5181 by May 21.

NOTE:CORRECT DATE FOR EVENT IS SATURDAY, MAY 17:Gardening extravaganza planned

UNIVERSITY PARK – The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County will host a Garden?Fair and Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Ag Progress Days site at Penn State’s Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs. The site is nine miles southwest of State College on state Route 45.

A map and driving directions are available at


The event, which is the premier fundraiser for the Centre County Master Gardener program, will offer more than 5,000 native plants, free educational garden talks and demonstrations, and a large vendors’ mart with unique and useful garden products.

A special lineup of how-to talks by experts in their respective fields will cover horticulture tips, techniques and fresh ideas for every gardener – from experienced growers to the greenest thumbs.

Presentations are scheduled on the half hour beginning at 10 a.m.

A blacksmith will demonstrate how he makes 18th century gardening tools, and the Pasto Agricultural Museum will offer free tours. All talks and workshops are free thanks to the generosity of event sponsors.

A wide assortment of garden tools, decor, supplies, furniture, accessories and some unique products will make the vendor mart a must-stop place for visitors.

The environmentally conscious will find birdhouses and garden statues made from recycled materials as well as furniture made from recycled plastic milk jugs.

Attendees also can buy garden sheds and fences. A number of new food and condiment vendors will provide an opportunity to taste their food products or buy organic and heirloom plants. Breakfast and lunch items also will be available.

Other activities will include a silent auction featuring items from local merchants – such as a truckload of mulch from JRS Landscaping – and a garage sale of garden items. Free chances will be distributed for door prizes: a heavy duty wheelbarrow, a rain barrel and a garden cart all donated by Ace Hardware of State College, as well as a compost bin donated by the Master Gardeners.

Organizers suggest that visitors bring a wagon or cart to transport their plants. A cool, shady, supervised spot will be provided where wagons can be parked while attendees move about the grounds.

The Garden Fair and Plant Sale is free and open to the public, and plenty of free parking will be available. A schedule of activities and a list of event sponsors are available at‘>

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Station Medical Center sets health fair

The Station Medical Center, 17th Street and Ninth Avenue, Altoona, will hold its third annual Women’s Health Fair from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Exhibitors will be available with information and to answer questions on a number of health-related topics, including diabetes, fibromyalgia, joint pain, cardiology and depression.

There will be additional exhibitors with fun items such as jewelry, home decor and more.

The fair is open to the public and is geared to women of all ages. There is no cost for admission.

J.C. Blair marks Women’s Health Week

HUNTINGDON – This week, in celebration of National Women’s Health Week, J.C. Blair Hospital is asking women to take charge of their health. The hospital is providing a series of events to give women an opportunity to participate in health check-ups, screenings, education and an exercise program.

Noon today -?The hospital auxiliary will host its full membership meeting in J.C. Blair’s Education Center. Lois McGuire from PinnacleHealth will provide a Skin Glow Analysis and information on the essence of sun safety and prevention of skin cancer. All are welcome to attend the luncheon for $5. If you would like to join the auxiliary, you may do so for $10, and lunch will be included. Call 643-8833 for information.

11 a..m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday – J.C. Blair’s bone density technologist will offer free heel screenings in the bone density suite to measure bone density, which is used to screen for osteoporosis. Learn about prevention, testing and treatment. For information, call 506-4007.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday – J.C. Blair will offer free blood pressure screenings, body mass index calculations and a circuit exercise class taught by J.C. Blair’s health and wellness coordinator Andrea Teeters in J.C. Blair’s Education Center. Participants should wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and sneakers. For more information, call 506-4007.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday – J.C. Blair will offer a “Superwoman Syndrome and Stress” open house in the J.C. Blair Community Health Resource Library. J.C. Blair’s director of behavioral health services will be offering a self-assessment tool to identify life stressors, how to manage them and when it is time to seek help. For more information, call 506-4007.

8 a.m. Saturday -?J.C. Blair’s Women’s Imaging Center will sponsor a “Mom and Me and Grandma Makes Three” mammogram and tea in the Women’s Imaging Center. Mothers, daughters and grandmothers can share the experience of a 3D screening mammogram, a free professional photography portrait and a special tea. A doctor’s order and appointment are required. Appointments will be scheduled from 8 to 11:45 a.m. For an appointment, call 506-4007.

J.C. Blair also regularly offers the following free screenings and assessments:

Free lung screenings -?For smokers and those exposed to secondhand smoke. Call 643-8645 to schedule an appointment.

Free mental health assessments – For depression, anxiety disorder and other mental health concerns. Call J.C. Blair Behavioral Health Community Assessment Center for an appointment at 643-8880.

Tyrone Hospital offers diabetes program

TYRONE -?The Tyrone Fitness and Wellness Center will provide a free educational program titled “Learning About Diabetes.”

The program will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. May 19 in the main lobby at the new Tyrone Health & Wellness Building on the Tyrone Hospital campus at 154 Hospital Drive.

The program includes a free blood sugar screening. Attendees will learn signs and symptoms of diabetes, key diabetic terms such as hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, the meaning of lab values such as HbA1C and blood glucose levels, what to do if you suspect you have diabetes, diabetic meal plans, how to effectively manage diabetes, risk factors and steps you can take to lower your risk of developing the disease.

The program will be presented by Leigh Montecalvo, diabetic educator.

The program is free and open to the public. RSVP is requested as seating is limited. To reserve a seat or for more information, call 684-2117.

BIG-H to hold movie night May 19

HUNTINGDON – The Brain Injury support Group-Huntingdon will meet at 7 p.m. May 19 at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Education Center, 860 Bryan St., across from the main hospital.

The movie “A Calling of Courage” will be shown. It is based on the true story of a young girl fighting to get out of a coma.

To request accommodation or for more information, contact Lisa Cullen, project coordinator, at 800-237-9009 or or Beth Thomas, co-leader/volunteer at 684-0335 or

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Seniors prom today in Mount Union

MOUNT UNION -?The Big Band Sound, in conjunction with the Mount Union Area School District, will hold the annual seniors prom from noon to 2 p.m. today in the school gymnasium.

Student Council will help with light refreshments and hospitality.

This year’s theme is “Under The Sea.”

Adults of any age are invited for two hours of free dancing and listening enjoyment.

Area man seeks help with getting van

Johnathon Martin of Hastings is in need of a handicap-modified van to get him around.

Martin, 23, a college student, has short arms and is in a wheelchair. He recently passed his driving test, but has a license limited to a vehicle modified with joystick controls.

“I have realized graduation is creeping up on my and when it comes, my degree is pretty much worthless unless I can get a vehicle to transport myself to work,” he said.

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation only covers the cost of the modifications, not the cost of the vans, so Martin needs to come up with a 10 percent downpayment on the $30,000 vehicle.

An account has been set up through

TOPS to hold open house Thursday

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?Hollidaysburg Chapter 379 of Take Off Pounds Sensibly will hold an open house Thursday in the basement at Zion Lutheran Church, Allegheny Street. Weigh-in is from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by the meeting from 6 to 7 p.m.

Members pay an annual registration fee of $28, and monthly dues are $3. A TOPS magazine is also sent once a month to those who join.

TOPS is a support group for children (7 years or older), teens, women and men who are struggling to lose weight. There are no contracts to sign.

For more information, call 934-9139.

Dinner, basket fundraiser is May 17

ST. BENEDICT – A spaghetti dinner and basket fundraiser will be held May 17 at The Rembrandt Club 393 Jackman Road.

The basket fundraiser will start at 10 a.m., and dinner is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Take-outs will be available.

All proceeds will go toward medical expenses for Ricky Myers, who was in a very bad car accident.

For more information, contact David Morgan at 724-422-1429 or, Brian Toth at 243-7674, Mike Toth at 977-4146, Tim Neal at 724-388-5576, Bobby Colgan at 724-465-8679 or Deana Neal at 724-465-8679.

Orchid show set in State College

UNIVERSITY PARK – The Central Pennsylvania Orchid Society will hild its 49th annual orchid show May 17 and 18 at the Snider Agricultural Arena on the campus of Penn State University.

Admission is free. For more information, visit

Fairview to host children’s dance

A free dance for children of all ages will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 19 at Fairview United Methodist Church, 2214 Fifth St., Altoona.

No church affiliation is necessary. Children are supervised at all times by safe sanctuary-certified church members, and snacks are provided.

This month’s theme is “Disco.”

For more information, call Rhonda at 330-6761.

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Program focus is suicide, depression

The Blair County May Is Mental Health Month Committee will present “Depression and Suicide Prevention: What We Know and What We Can Do,” a free program, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Altoona Heritage Discovery Center, 1421 12th Ave., Altoona.

Professional continuing education credits are available.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and for an hour attendees can visit representatives from different agencies to learn what help and services are available locally for those coping with depression and suicidal thoughts.

Nationally, May is designated as Mental Health Month to decrease the stigma society attaches to mental illnesses. For 18 years, a group of local mental health service organizations have presented programs designed to increase awareness, knowledge and understanding of mental health-related subjects.

This year, May Is Mental Health Month’s featured speakers include Dr. Joseph Antonowicz, medical director, UPMC Altoona Behavioral Health Services, and Holly Wilcox, associate professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Antonowicz will open the presentation by sharing what we know about depression, and Wilcox, also a researcher for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will discuss what we know about suicide and how we can help prevent it.

The program will conclude with testimonies from those who have experience with depression and a suicide loss.

For information on professional continuing education credits, call 889-2706.

Sponsors include the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Blair County Department of Social Services, Blair Family Solutions, Community Care Behavioral Health, Home Nursing Agency, Lytle EAP Partners, Meadows Psychiatric Center, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Blair County, Penn State Altoona Health & Wellness Center, Primary Health Network and UPMC Altoona.

Friends’ Spring Fling raises $5,250

The UPMC Altoona Atrium was bustling with activity on March 14 at the first annual Spring Fling Basket Raffle, sponsored by Friends, the hospital’s auxiliary.

Hospital employees and visitors made their way around the tables of baskets trying to decide which they wanted to try their luck with, and luck was a common basket theme with St. Patrick’s Day just a few days away.

Gregg Weise, Friends’ ways and means co-chairman, said he was very pleased with the results. Twenty baskets were donated by various hospital departments and groups.

Sally Young, Friends member and retired employee, said many of the prizes were worth several hundred dollars, some as much as $400.

Determined by number of entries, the most popular basket was a wicker patio furniture set and other patio accessories donated by Volunteer Services, Marketing and Communications, Foundation for Life and Community Education.

The Friends will hold another basket raffle in September.

Foundation discusses scholarships

COALPORT – At the April 28 meeting of the Glendale Education Foundation, held in the new conference room upstairs at Josie’s Restaurant, the board of directors voted unanimously to change the name of the Glendale Education Foundation Scholarship to the Dr. Edward B. Turchick Scholarship.

The change was made as a way to not only honor a longtime charter member of the board – who resigned in February – but also for his many years as superintendent of Glendale School District.

Besides this newly named $500 scholarship, awarded to a student with an influential community or school-based senior project, the board randomly chose their Glendale Educational-Community Scholarship winner based on pre-determined criteria.

Both scholarship winners will be announced Wednesday evening at the high school.

Executive director, Richard W. Snyder II, announced that a total of 41 students have earned the foundation’s “Academic Letter,” representing the first group of students in grades nine through 12 who have achieved the minimum 94 percent grade point average the first three nine-week grading periods.

These students will be awarded their letters around mid-May, and another 10 students can earn this academic letter the final nine weeks’ grading period.

Elementary principal Edward DiSabato informed the group that a record total of 13 sixth-graders have perfect attendance this school year, for which they will potentially receive a new bicycle as part of the Elementary Attendance Award co-funded by the foundation and the Horace Mann Insurance Co.

Snyder updated the board on the upcoming GEF Golf Tournament fundraiser (set for June 13 at Eagles Ridge Golf Club).

Any business, organization, alumni or other individual who were not mailed requests for sponsorship can email the executive director at rwsnyder@

JoAnn Wagner, proprietor of Josie’s Restaurant, is planning to donate a portion from the cost of gob cake slices to the foundation during the month of June

The board also provided funds to help support Holocaust speaker Eva Olsson’s recent talk at Glendale and five other school districts.

The next meeting of the Glendale Education Foundation is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 29 in the upstairs meeting room of Josie’s Restaurant.

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Association for Blind offers programs

The Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind offers weekly opportunities for educational programs and socializing.

All programs are at 10 a.m. Unless otherwise stated, programs are held at 300 FifthAve., Altoona.

Today – “Companionship & Home Helper Programs,” Endicott Reindl, Home Instead Senior Care

Friday -?Shopping at Big Lots

May 16 -?”Senior Life Programs,” Suzie Knorr

May 23 – “Choices Program,” Sherry Pfister, Blair Senior Services.

For more information, call 944-2021. Programs are open to the public.

Lettercarriers food drive is Saturday

The Blair Bedford Central Labor Council, in conjunction with the National Association of Lettercarriers and the U.S. Post Office in Altoona, will conduct a food drive on Saturday.

Residents are asked to place canned goods and/or dry goods on their doorsteps or under their mailboxes, so that the carriers may pick them up and return them to their trucks.

The food will be transported to the Altoona Post Office to be sorted and sent to five local food banks in the Altoona area.

This is the 23rd year of the drive and the need is ever increasing for those in need.

Tussey Relay to meet Tuesday

SAXTON – The next Tussey Mountain Relay For Life meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Church basement, 1001 Church St.

For more information, call Jane Brown at 635-3780 or Angela DeLuca at 635-4157.

Altoona NARFE to meet Friday

Chapter 328, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, will meet Friday at King’s Restaurant, 3000 Sixth Ave., Altoona.

NARFE meets for lunch at noon, with the meeting to follow at 1 p.m.

All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Michael Grove,

president, at 329-8274 or

Blair Bassmasters plans panfish derby

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Blair Bassmasters will hold its annual panfish derby from 9 a.m. to noon June 7 near the boat rental area on the swimming side of Canoe Creek Lake. The rain date is June 8.

Prizes for casting and fish catching will be awarded in the following age groups: 3 to 5, 6 to 10 and 11 to 15.

There will be prizes for all participants. Anglers are asked to take their own fishing equipment and bait. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

Penn State Altoona plans golf event

The Penn State Altoona Advisory Board will hold the 30th annual Sheetz-Pepsi Golf Tournament on May 29 at Iron Masters Country Club in Roaring Spring.

The event begins with registration and a breakfast buffet at 9:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 11 a.m.

The tournament format is a scramble with handicap. Registration is $150 per person and $600 per team, which includes breakfast, greens fee, cart, beverage and snack service, prizes, a gift, use of locker room and post-tournament reception and awards program. The entry deadline is May 22.

Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third-place teams overall and to the winners of six skill contests. Golfers will also participate in four hole-in-one contests sponsored by the Penn State Altoona Bookstore.

The grand prize is $10,000.

Tee sponsorships are available for $100 for one and $150 for two.

Individuals and foursomes may register for the tournament by contacting the Penn State Altoona Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 949-5091.

All proceeds benefit Advisory Board initiatives that support Penn State Altoona.

Hope Center, Darden aid hunger relief

BELLWOOD – The Hope Center, which provides food, a place to belong and other basic needs to the community of Bellwood-Antis, recently announced it has been selected to receive a $3,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation Inc., the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants.

The grants program, now in its third year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable The Hope Center to provide meals to elderly people who are homebound. Each week beginning in mid-September and continuing through the month of April, The Hope Center delivers an average of 70 dinners every Thursday afternoon throughout the community of Bellwood-Antis.

The Hope Center also provides a free lunch, called “Soup’s On,” at noon every Wednesday from September to April, which is open to the public.

Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse participated in the program.

Many restaurants and brands work together to award one nonprofit organization with a larger grant and make a greater impact in their community. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: education, preservation of natural resources and hunger relief.

For more information about the Darden Foundation, visit For additional information about the center, visit bahopecenter.


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Silent auction surpasses $10,000

MARTINSBURG – Once again, the Homewood at Martinsburg auxiliary’s silent auction exceeded its goal by raising more than $10,600 that will be used to enhance the lives of the residents.

Held March 14 and 15, the event drew crowds that included more than 300 bidders from among the surrounding communities, as well as Homewood residents and staff.

In addition to the more than 1,000 items that included furniture, jewelry, home decor, kitchenware, toys/

games, electronics and holiday decorations, several specialty bids drew much attention, including a gourmet dinner for six, Skybox and 20 tickets to an Altoona Curve baseball game, a handcrafted high chair made by residents in Homewood’s woodshop, original art pieces painted by Homewood residents Charles Barr and Nancy Lucas and a hand-stitched quilt made by Homewood’s sewing and quilting volunteers. Two “gift card trees,” each worth $300 in gift cards and a lottery ticket basket with more than $300 in donated lottery tickets, were raffled. Winning bids ranged from $1 to $400, demonstrating that there is something for everyone at this annual event.

The silent auction is the auxiliary’s largest fund-raiser, with proceeds being used for the benefit of Homewood’s nursing residents. This year’s proceeds will be used to expand the Springfield picnic pavilion. Past projects underwritten by the auxiliary have included purchasing wheelchair-accessible vehicles to transport residents to doctors’ visits, installing an automatic door opener at one of the entrances and paving walking paths.

Items were donated by residents and their families, staff members and largely from businesses and individuals in the community.

Jean and Ben Kensinger were chairmen of the auction, assisted by Bonnie and Skip Earle.

PA Wilds Child to be held June 14

PHILIPSBURG – Black Moshannon State Park and the Friends of Black Moshannon fwill hold “PA Wilds Child” on June 14.

Participants can enjoy a fun-filled day of activities in a friendly noncompetitive environment.

Children ages 4 to 16 get to choose four classes they would like to attend throughout the day.

The classes include kayaking, canoeing, campfire cooking, colonial candle-dipping, bird identification, fly fishing, trapping, atlatl, firefighting and safety, archery, fishing skills, fly tying, campfire cooking, outdoor photography, bluebird habitat, turtles, kid’s craft, geocaching, making plastic bottle rockets, snake identification, gardening and primitive fire building.

For a registration form and class list, contact the park office at 342-5960 or blackmoshannonee@state The cost is $15 per child, which includes lunch for the child and one adult. Extra adult meals are $3. Registration includes a light breakfast, lunch cooked over a campfire, four classes and equipment needed for use during classes.

The registration deadline is June 6.

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YMCA children’s festival is Friday

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA Children’s Center will host a children’s festival from 5 p.m. to dusk on Friday at the Children’s Center, in front of Frankstown Elementary School.

This festival promotes “good old-fashioned family fun” with carnival games, children’s crafts, food booths and prizes. T-shirts will be given away, while supplies last. All proceeds form the festival will benefit the programs and services of the YMCA Children’s Center. Admission is free.

For more information, call 695-3204.

Pancreatic cancer walk is May 17

The third annual Lou Davies Pancreatic Cancer Walk, sponsored by the Griffith?Family?Foundation, will be held May 17 at Mansion?Park,?Altoona.

Registration begins at 11 a.m., and the walk will wrap up around 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided at no cost.

The registration fee will be $30 per person, with children 12 and under walking for free. All proceeds will benefit Dr. A. James Moser and the Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer.

For more information, visit or

Symposium focuses on disabilities

The Center for Independent Living of Southcentral Pennsylvania, in partnership with Blair County Emergency Management Agency, Department of Social Services and Contact Altoona, will present the Blair County?Emergency Management Symposium Regarding People with Disabilities.

The event is for agencies who work directly with Blair County people with disabilities. The goal is to identify where they live and inform first responders so they can be prepared to meet their needs in the event of a weather, human or technological disaster.

The symposium will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25 at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona. There is no cost to attend, and lunch will be provided.

Registration is requested by June 16 by contacting Melissa Gillin of the Blair County?Department of Social Services at 693-3052 or

Meeting topic is vocal cord techniques

The Altoona Spasmodic Dysphonia & Dystonia support group will meet at 2 p.m. May 18 in conference room No. 2 of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, 2005 Valley View Blvd., Altoona.

Guest speaker Ann Marie Montgomery will discuss vocal cord relation techniques.

Montgomery joined the HealthSouth team in 1996 as the department director of the speech pathology department and has been an active member of the brain injury and stroke programs ever since.

She specializes in treating individuals with cognitive/communication disorders, as well as disorders of voice and swallowing.

Friends and family are welcome.

For more information, call Linda Bashore at 309-9398 or Dr. Steve Kaplan at 696-4361.

Breast cancer benefit set for May 31

BELLWOOD – The Celtic Knot, 423 Main?St., and the Punishers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club will host a benefit on May 31 to raise funds that will go toward awareness and research for breast cancer.

The night will be full of entertainment. There will be music, singing, dancing, a variety of prizes, food and drinks.

This event is to show that breast cancer isn’t just a woman’s issue, but rather, a human issue. This disease affects both men and women, mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, brothers and sisters.

At 8 p.m. that night, Karen Baney, co-owner of the Celtic Knot, will have her head shaved and donate her hair to Locks of Love.

For more information, call 742-8229.

Ashley Furniture donates mattresses

Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s “A Hope to Dream” program, which was founded in 2010, is aiming to provide new Ashley-Sleep mattress sets to even more children in need with its latest round of nominations.

Since the program began, Ashley has made a $5 quarterly donation to A Hope to Dream for every mattress purchased by customers at participating locations. These donations go toward purchasing new kids’ beds for less fortunate children, who are nominated by local community members.

Winning nominations are chosen based on originality, need and expression of thought.

To nominate a child, visit or request an electronic application by emailing

In-store applications are also being accepted at participating locations, which include Altoona and Johnstown.

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Leukemia, lymphoma support offered

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Altoona Family Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 12 at the Station Medical Center, 1620 Ninth Ave., Altoona.

This meeting will feature an update on the society and the free services available. The program is open to all blood cancer patients, caregivers and family members dealing with a diagnosis of leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma or myelodysplastic syndrome. Light refreshments will be served.

If you, a family member or friend have been affected in some way by a blood cancer and would like to register for this meeting or need more information about other free services and programs, call 800-726-2873, ext. 2882, or email Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended.

Pinnacle Health to host education

HUNTINGDON – Dr. Mubashir A. Mumtaz, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the Pinnacle Health Cardiovascular Institute, will host the free community education event “Leaky Plumbing and Rusted Pipes – Common Heart Conditions and the Latest Treatments” at 6:30 p.m. May 15 at the Comfort Inn, 100?S. Fourth St.

Participants will learn about minimally invasive heart surgery, including robotic heart bypass, surgery for atrial fibrillation and valve surgery.

Refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Register at or by calling

717-231-8900 or 877-499-3299.

Pampered Chef ‘helps whip cancer’

The Pampered Chef, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, is raising funds for breast cancer awareness and early detection programs through its Help Whip Cancer Campaign.

Area residents are encouraged to show support for the cause with local independent Pampered Chef consultant Sarah Frederick.

Throughout May, The Pampered Chef invites people to host a Help Whip Cancer fundraiser cooking show. Hosts and guests can make a difference by raising money for breast cancer awarenemss and early detection, while enjoying simple and delicious recipes and learning valuable cooking tips. Up to 25 percent of the total fundraiser show sales will be contributed to the American Cancer Society.

Customers can also Help Whip Cancer by purchasing pink limited-edition kitchen tools. Available at shows and online only in May, this year’s products include the Pink Mini Mix N Chop and Pink Bar Board. One dollar from every pink item purchased will benefit the American Cancer Society.

For more information about the products or hosting a fundraiser cooking show, call Frederick at 515-1396 or visit

Chicken barbecue set for May 10

A chicken barbecue will be held at 11 a.m. May 10 at the Kittanning Trail Volunteer Firehall, 937 Edison?Ave., Altoona (near Ebner Elementary School).

The $8 dinner includes a half chicken, homemade baked beans, homemade macaroni salad and dinner roll/butter.

For more information, call 944-4121

Trash to Treasure sale is May 31

Penn State Altoona will hold its annual Trash to Treasure sale from 8 a.m. to noon May 31 in the Adler Gymnasium.

Community members will be able to purchase gently used items, including appliances, electronics, athletic equipment, furniture, clothes, books, cleaning supplies, dishes and decorations.

Modeled after Penn State University Park’s award-winning Trash to Treasure program held each spring at Beaver Stadium, proceeds from the sale at Penn State Altoona will benefit the United Way of Blair County’s community impact partners.

Collecting and selling tons of unwanted items benefits the environment as well, by keeping these materials out of landfills.

Volunteers are needed to help prepare for the sale and to help on sale day. To volunteer, contact the United Way of Blair County at 944-0884, ext. 302.

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Pet calendar contest launches today

The Central Pennsylvania Humane Society’s Picture Perfect Pet 2015 Calendar Contest is now underway.

To enter, submit a good-quality digital photo of your cat, dog, horse – any pet – to the humane society, or have a picture taken by a participating photographer. Then begin fundraising on behalf of your pet.

All proceeds and calendar sales go to help the animals of CPHS.

The top 13 fundraisers’ pets will be featured as a pet of the month on the calendar, but every entry that raises at least $50 will appear in the calendar. The contest ends on July 7.

For more specifics, see the CPHS website at or call Jill Reigh, director of outreach and marketing, at 942-6900.

Holocaust survivor to speak next week

Six area schools are joining together to bring about a lesson on caring, compassion and character.

Six schools districts, including Glendale, Cambria Heights, Moshannon Valley, Harmony, Central Cambria and Altoona High School, have invited Holocaust survivor, Eva Olsson, 89, of Ontario, to speak to their students and community members.

Olsson will discuss tolerance, the power of hate and the importance of having compassion to the students and community members of these school districts beginning Monday.

In 1945, Eva was liberated from Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. Being a survivor of Nazi Death Camps and innumerable occurrences of hate crimes, Olsson has been bringing her message of understanding to students across Canada and the U.S. since 1996.

Evening presentations for the public to hear Olsson speak are: Monday at Cambria Heights, Tuesday at Harmony High School, and Wednesday at Central Cambria High School. All evening speaking engagements begin at 6 p.m.

AFSCME to meet Wednesday

EBENSBURG -?The American Federation of State,?County and Municipal Employees Sub-Chapter 8303 meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ebensburg Municipal Building.

Juniata Civics to meet Tuesday

The Juniata Civic Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Juniata Pavilion.

President Kirk Beichler is requesting a large turn out and asking residents of the northern area of the city and Logan Township who enjoyed and benefited in using the Juniata Pavilion and Memorial Park in the past to come forth and volunteer their services to the proposed following summer projects.

The group has been asked by the Central Blair Recreation Commission to help assemble the newly purchased children’s playground equipment, along with their input for helping plan activities in cooperation with CBRC for the future spray park, which is under construction.

The sports committee is asking for volunteers to help spread sawdust, along with planning volleyball activities. The Civic Sports Complex is operating with AASD JV baseball. They are planning AAABA and City League baseball.

Joan Kelly is requesting assistance as her kitchen committee will be serving the Blair County Historical Society’s World War II reenactment USO Dance at the Juniata Pavilion on May 10.

The membership for 2014 dues of $5 per person can be mailed to P.O. Box 623, Altoona, PA 16603 or by attending the next meeting.

Dietle Memorial Run is Saturday

SIDMAN – The Max Deitle Memorial Foundation will host the inaugural Max Deitle Memorial 5K Run/Walk on Saturday at the Forest Hills Middle School cross-country track, 1427 Frankstown?Road, Sidman. Registration/check-in starts at 9 a.m. and the 5K run/walk starts at 11 a.m.

Max was a 15-month-old boy who fell into the family swimming pool on Aug. 29, 2013. He died on Sept. 6, 2013. A balloon release will be held at 12:30 p.m. in remembrance of Max’s second birthday.

There is a $20 registration fee at the event, which includes a T-shirt, while supplies last. A $12 youth registration is available for participants ages 17 and younger. For the Kids Dash, children 8 years and younger are admitted free.

The foundation’s mission is to provide pediatric emergency medical equipment to local first responders. All proceeds from this event go directly into a fund to provide pediatric-sized medical equipment to aid in the event of a pediatric emergency call.

For more information, contact Theresa Martinage at or Stacie McCall at

The Arc offers special training session

The Arc of Blair County is collaborating with multiple agencies and organizations to host a unique training on relationships and safety for people with disabilities. The training, scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon May 14 at The Arc of Blair County, is open to the public at no cost.

Presenters Dr. Michelle Garcia from Houston and Dr. Bev Frantz from Philadelphia will cover changes bodies go through, starting at puberty, safety, Internet and social media exploitation, dating and understanding the law and what constitutes a criminal offense.

The conference is relevant for criminal justice professionals, parents, self-advocates, educators and professionals within the mental health and intellectual disability agencies. The deadline to register is May 9.

For more information or to register, call The Arc of Blair County at 946-1011.