Club notes

Society presents conservation award

The Juniata Valley Audubon Society presented the 2014 Conservation Award to Ron Singer, founder of the Jacks Mountain Hawk Watch, at the society’s annual banquet in April.

Singer started watching migrating birds on Jacks Mountain in Mifflin County almost 40 years ago, before many people knew that the mountains in the ridge and valley province in Pennsylvania were critical flyways for thousands of birds.

Singer’s particular interest was documenting the hawks and eagles that migrate over Jacks each year.

Singer is still very active today, as he is the main facilitator and compiler of the Hawk Watch. He organizes a fall hawk watch each year, and all data are sent to the Hawk Migration Association of North America. This data is at

Because of his love of the mountains that surround him, Singer has helped with Mid-State Trail maintenance, and he was instrumental in organizing a large scale cleanup project along the sides of the Jacks Mountain Overlook, which removed huge amounts of trash that had been dumped there for decades.

His leadership and dedication to the Jacks Mountain Hawk Watch have also ignited a larger group of people to form a group known as Friends of Jacks Mountain. This new organization is a community action group that was organized to stop the proposed industrial wind turbine projects on Jacks and Stone Mountains.

The Juniata Valley Audubon Society 2014 Conservation Award honors Singer’s dedication to observing and documenting raptor migration, as well as founding and maintaining the Hawk Watch at Jacks Mountain.

Alpha Beta visited by state president

EVERETT -?Members of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met May 1 at Spring House Estates.

Following dinner, the group heard greetings and remarks from Alpha Alpha State President Kay Stuart.

Stuart reminded the group about future society conventions and challenged them to create a “week of action” that would engage nonmembers about the work of the society in philanthropy, projects and scholarships. Members should engage others, equip themselves and empower the society to carry out its purposes.

Chapter President Patricia Harrison reminded everyone that Delta Kappa Gamma celebrated its 85th anniversary on May 11. Delta Kappa Gamma has expanded from one local chapter in Texas to a society of 18 countries.

Projects chairwoman Patricia Brenner thanked the members for their support of the Schools for Africa initiative. The chapter has donated more than $1,200 to the charity in the last two years.

Harrison awarded certificates of membership to those with long-standing membership in the society: Ellen Diehl and Faye Mickle, 40 years; Ann Marie Brown, Linda Clapper and Susan Clark, 20 years; and Royce Boyd, Patricia Harrison, Cheryl Zwick, Arlene Fuller, Beverly Brumbaugh, Candace Claar, Kathy Wakefield, Paulette Fleegle, Debbie Tweedy, Susan Trimeloni, Melissa Flynn, Kim Arnold, Jane Brown, and Joanne Leighty, 10 years.

Brenner announced that Harrison is a recipient of the “Album of Distinction” for service performed beyond Delta Kappa Gamma Society. Harrison had been recognized locally as the Bedford County Historical Society’s Volunteer of the Year. Having been nominated by several chapter members, Brenner was informed of the honor at the May 1 meeting and will be formally honored at the Alpha Alpha State Convention in State College in June.

Members donated flowers and flower-related items to benefit the Grant-in-Aid Scholarship.

The next chapter meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 26 at the Ivy Stone Restaurant in Osterburg.

Bridge club announces recent winners

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

May 7 – Carl Hurd and Helen Gorsuch, first; Bea Stevens and Mary Moran, second; Barbara Marinak and Othella Anderson, third; Barbara Cook and Jean Keller, fourth; Hope Sheehan and Barbara Vander Jagt, fifth; Dave and Marcia Dravis, sixth.

May 8 – North/South: Jeannine Fagley and Anderson, first; Stevens and Moran, second. East/West: Dauby Oswalt and Louise Magee, first; Marinak, JoEllen Gehl, Hurd and Peg Robinson, tied for second.

May 14 – Ed McCauley and Fred Colabrese, first; Bob Bellon and Seltzer, second; Hurd and Jean Green, third; Bea Stevens, Moran, Marinak, Anderson, Keller and Carol Moyer, tied for fourth.

May 15 – McCauley, Seltzer, Stevens and Moran, tied for first/second; Green and Keller, third; Phyllis Robbins and John Soldo, fourth.

Games 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.

Club notes

Jobel Court holds election of officers

Members of the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America Jobel Court No. 11 in Altoona celebrated their 2014 installation ceremony on March 23 and welcomed the following officers for the 2014-15 court: Julie Bratton, high priestess; Kathy?Brown, princess; and Diana Wilkins, associate princess.

Jobel Court raises money all year for the Shriners Hospitals in Philadephia, Cincinnati and Erie. Last year, its three annual fundraisers (homemade apple dumplings, homemade peanut brittle and the annual basket fundraiser) raised more than $14,000 for the Shriner’s Hospitals.

The court also has a sewing club that makes Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for kids to choose as a “buddy” before going into surgery and also to have with them during their hospital stay, as well as their recovery at home. The court recently sent body and neck pillows to the hospitals to help keep them more comfortable after surgery.

This year, the potentate’s theme is “All About the Kids.” Jobel Court intends to hold to that theme and do all it can to help the kids at Shriners Hospitals.

DAR members attend state conference

The Adam Holliday Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, was represented at the 117th annual Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference April 24 to 27 in Pittsburgh.

Members were active in various workshops, business sessions, luncheons and the state banquet. They also participated in the 250th celebration of the Fort Pitt Block House, the 85th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Madonna of the Trail Monument and a memorial service for deceased members at Mount Lebanon Methodist Church.

DAR regent Janet Hoover and members Jayne Garver (district director), Lynne Hoover (recording secretary) and Virginia Smith (chaplain) have been working to promote the state regent’s theme “Our Heritage, Our Members, Our Future,” tying into the National Society DAR theme “Honoring our Heritage – Focusing on the Future – Celebrating America.”

The state regent has engaged the state’s 6,200 members with her project to raise funds for the Pennsylvania Children’s Day Care Center at Tamassee DAR School in South Carolina.

Hoover reported on the chapter activities for the year, which have included support of the DAR schools, Good Citizen and American History essay programs for local students, support of Project Patriot and service for veterans.

In April, the chapter hosted students and their guests for the Good Citizen and American History programs. Abigail Martin chaired the American History program with students in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades from the Spring Cove School District, including Victoria Waite (sixth grade winner), Reagan Bush, Lindsey Kensinger, Jaraka Waite (eighth grade winner), Austin Garner, Cassie Mock and Yvonne Longenecker.

Viola Bettwy chaired the Good Citizen program, which had seven seniors from area high schools, including Jenna Conner, winner, Huntingdon Area High School; Mitchell Vogatsky, Central Cambria High School; Emily Chobany, Portage Area High School; Samantha Ochs, Juniata Valley High School; Kylor Kieswetter, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School; Caitlin Villa, Tussey Mountain High School and Katie Smith, Mount Union High School.

Bridge club announces recent winners

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

April 30 – North/South: Kevin Davis and Ed McCauley, first; Carol Moyer, Betty Covino, Dave and Marcia Dravis tied for second. East/West: Peg Robinson and JoEllen Gehl, first; Hope Sheehan and Barbara Vander Jagt, second.

May 1 – Robinson and Carl Hurd, first; Othella Anderson and Barbara Marinak, second; Jeannine Fagley and Peggy Gutshall, third; Dauby Oswalt and Louise Magee, fourth; Cheryl Wherry and Leslie Musselman, fifth; Dave and Marcia Dravis, sixth.

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.

Club notes

Friends donate $50,000 to library

The Friends of the Altoona Area Public Library recently presented the library with $50,000.

This gift was made possible by the interest money from the Friends Endowment Fund, profits from the book sales, pecan sale and membership drive.

This money helps the continuation of children’s programming and Wi-Fi Internet for patrons to use free of charge.

All are welcome to become a member of the Friends throughout the year.

Photo society presents awards

Eric Gaston was recognized as Photographer of the Year at the 62nd Banquet of the Altoona Blair County Photo Society, held April 21 at Jethro’s, Altoona.

Brenda Sanner was named Print Photographer of the Year, and Cindy Schaner was named Projected Image Photographer.

The banquet was chaired by Eric Gaston, president.

Gaston, Brandon Hirt, Jerald Carey and Cindy Schaner took top scores for the club year. Brenda Sanner received the Rookie of the Year Award. The award is presented to the new or returning member with the highest point score for the last three years.

The society enters competitions held by the Photographic Society of America, competing against photographers all over the world.

Ken Becker, John J. Varljen Jr. and Randy Klobetanz took top awards in these competitions in 2013.

The ABC Photo Society meets at 7:15 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA and does photo outings for the summer meetings.

Genealogical society to host speaker

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

Milann Ruff Daugherty will talk about her 2011 book, “Your Affectionate Son.”

When Daugherty came across a box of yellowed letters in the bottom drawer of an old dresser, she discovered not only that the letters were all written by her great-great-uncle nearly 150 years earlier, but that they were a fascinating first-hand account of the Civil War as seen through the eyes of a young soldier.

James Cleaver’s letters reveal his passionate commitment to the cause and his abiding faith. They also give us fresh insight into the daily life of a soldier in the Civil War and the politics of the day.

Over the course of three years, Daugherty painstakingly transcribed each of the letters, which had suffered from the passage of time, and undertook research to elaborate on much of what Cleaver described.

Her annotations enhance this collection of letters that attest to the extraordinary courage of an ordinary soldier during a critical time in the nation’s history.

Cleaver always signed his letters to his parents, Your Affectionate Son.

Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Ostomy society to end spring session

The Central Pennsylvania Ostomy Society will meet at 2 p.m. May 18 at the UPMC Altoona, sixth floor rotunda.

This is the last meeting of the spring session. The fall session will begin the third Sunday in September.

The public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Historical society to meet in?Duncansville

DUNCANSVILLE -?The Duncansville Area Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Duncansville Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The discussion for this meeting will be planning a self-guided historical tour of part of Duncansville, showing where some of the businesses were located.

The society would appreciate any pictures or stories you might have or remember.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, information can be sent to Nancy DeLozier, P.O. Box 115, Duncansville, PA 16635, or call 695-1017. The society would like to make copies of your photos, and they will be returned promptly.

New people are welcome to attend the meetings, which are held on the second Tuesday of every other month.

Club notes

Rotary Club of Altoona has speech contest

The Rotary Club of Altoona held the Four Way Speech Contest on March 11. The contest’s purpose is to help youth, Rotarians and the community at large to more completely understand, encourage and foster the principles of Rotary and the objects of “Service Above Self.”

Area students that participate in the contest choose a topic of their speech. However, their speech must show clearly the practical application of all four points of the Rotary Four-Way Test:

Of the things we think, say, or do:

1. Is it the truth?

2. Is it fair to all concerned?

3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Winners of the Altoona contest are Derek Arnold, first; Noah Katcher, second; Ashley Davis, third; and Rachel McIntosh, fourth. The first-place winner will next compete in the Rotary Club Regional Four Way Speech Contest.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Altoona, call 946-8682 or visit

Railway employees to meet Wednesday

DUNCANSVILLE – The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees will hold its monthly meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Prime

Sirloin Buffet.

NARVRE’s sole purpose is the protection of railroad pension rights. If you are a retired or veteran railroad employee (or widow) of any craft, you are invited to an informal meeting of NARVRE, Unit 173, Altoona.

For more information, call Steve Phillips, unit president, at 886-2113.

Women’s Connection plans luncheon

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Altoona Women’s Connection will hold a “What a Deal” luncheon at noon May 14 at The Blairmont Club, 265 Larch St.

The cost is $14 per person.

Sandra Barton of Beaver Falls will present “Perfect Storm,” and the special feature will be “Yard Sales and Bargains” by Sandra Barton.

Reservations must be made by Saturday by calling Mary Lou at 944-5438.

Friends of Library plan spring program

The Friends of the Altoona Area Public Library will hold its spring meeting and program at noon May 15 in the library theater.

The guest speaker will be Jerry Zolten, associate professor of communication arts and science and American studies at Penn State Altoona. He will present “Tracking Down Tracks: Discovering America’s First Roots Music Recording Artists.”

He will talk about his adventures in discovering the stories of roots music artists from the dawn of the recording age.

Zolten is a writer and an advocator for and producer of American roots music.

Bridge club announces recent winners

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

April 23 – Othella Anderson and Peggy Gutshall, first; Peg Robinson and Carl Hurd, second; Jean Keller and Helen Gorsuch, third; Jean Green and JoEllen Gehl, fourth.

April 24 – Hurd, Robinson, Anderson and Barbara Marinak, tied for first; Gehl and Diana Colabrese, 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, Altoona.

For more information, call Robinson at 942-8396.

Garden club to landscape monument

BEDFORD – Judy Lloyd, treasurer, and Dennis Tice, member of the Bedford County World War II Monument Committee, recently accepted a seed money grant presented by the Pennsylvania Federation of Garden Clubs to enable the Bedford County Garden Club to add landscaping around the Bedford County World War II Monument, which will be installed in Bedford this summer.

The seed money will help grow a fund to purchase native shrubs and trees to enhance the monument site.

Tice presented a brief program on the monument and its placement to the club at their April 15 meeting.

Donations are still being accepted for the construction of the monument. Visit for more information on the monument. For information about the garden club, call Claire Leichliter at 356-3158.