Club notes

Hollidaysburg Lions install officers

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?The Hollidaysburg Lions Club held its installation banquet on June 4.

The following officers were installed by Michael Turek, past governor of District 14-L: Linda Schaefer, president; William Bottenfield and Fred Morris, vice presidents; Janet Clabaugh, secretary/treasurer; David Clabaugh, Lion tamer/tailtwister; David Clabaugh, membership director; and Ralph Arthur, Thomas Felix, Eugene Horomanski and Robert Schaefer, directors.

The world’s largest service club association, Lions Clubs International has 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs in approximately 200 countries and geographical areas.

Lions are men and women who volunteer their time for humanitarian causes.

Founded in 1917, the association’s motto is “We Serve.”

The Hollidaysburg Lions Club, chartered in 1945, has 31 members and last year contributed in excess of $8,000 to various causes in the community.

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 is the only chartered national organization whose 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.

AFSCME to meet Wednesday

DUNCANSVILLE – The American Federation of State, County and Muncipal Employees Retirees Sub-Chapter 8306 will meet Wednesday the AFSCME building on Patchway Drive.

The executive board will meet at 12:30 p.m. with the regular meeting starting at 1:30 p.m.

The special speaker will be Dave Zeek, fire marshal and president of the Hollidaysburg Borough Fire Department.

A demonstration on fire extinguishers and what types of fire extinguishers to use on different fires will be

presented.

A question and answer period will follow.

Women’s Connection plans luncheon

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?Altoona Women’s Connection will hold its “Let Freedom Ring” luncheon at noon July 9 at The Blairmont Club, 265 Larch St.

The cost is $14 per person.

Karin Williams of Midlothian, Va., will be the guest speaker.

Her topic will be “Freedom is a Gift.”

Special music will be presented by Frances Fleck of Altoona.

Mike DeGennaro from the Razor’s Edge will be the special feature guest.

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

The luncheon is sponsored by Altoona Women’s Connection, which is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

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Gardeners hear about water supply

Members of Blair Garden Club learned about some of the many things affecting the water supply at their monthly meeting at the 28th Street Church of the Brethren, Altoona, on May 19.

The presenter, Amy Sipes, an environmental microbiologist with the Altoona Water Authority, talked about how microbiology is used in water and wastewater treatment. She showed photos of algae and protozoa through a microscope and discussed how they are used to make process control decisions.

She also talked about the processes needed both to ensure safe clean water and to clean-up wastewater.

The presentation was concluded with an educational video of photos taken at area watersheds. Several conservation issues of concern in keeping water clean, such as litter and acid mine drainage, were highlighted in the video.

Conservation is being emphasized by the club this year as a leading project of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania.

A special water project, chaired by Nancy Smith, was completed in May with the sixth-graders of Pleasant Valley Elementary School, when a Riparian Buffer was constructed under the management of the Blair County Conservation District.

Additional May projects included the planting of annuals at the Western PA Conservancy Gateway Garden, the Mishler Theatre and the intersection of Frankstown Road and Route 22 and the maintenance and planting of Baker Mansion, Altoona, and the Discovery Garden at Legion?Park, Hollidaysburg. These gardens will be maintained throughout the growing season.

Flower arrangements were also provided for the Baker wedding celebration held at the mansion on June 7.

The club’s next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the 28th Street Church of the Brethren. Interested persons are invited to attend.

State society recognizes local woman

The Pennsylvania State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored Barbara Garver.

She was recognized for her exemplary service to literacy, her 10 years of volunteering for the toddler and preschool story hour for the Claysburg Public Library, her 34 years as a member of the Claysburg-Kimmel School Board and as a volunteer for the Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary second grade reading program for children with difficulty in reading.

Garver is an active member of the Adam Holliday Chapter, DAR. She is the literacy promotion chairwoman for the group and was nominated for outstanding work with children. The Adam Holliday Chapter donates books for the children to take home to read.

The DAR National Literacy Challenge Committee was established in 1989 to meet the needs of the increasing number of illiterate individuals. The name was changed to Literacy Promotion to better reflect the work of the committee.

Across the country, Daughters of the American Revolution members are meeting the challenge and helping those with significant literacy needs to learn to read, to gain self respect and confidence and to reach life goals.

Bridge club announces recent winners

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

June 11 – North/south: Barbara Marinak and Othella Anderson, first; Diana Colabrese and Jeannine Fagley, second; John Soldo and Phyllis Robbins, third. East/west: Carl Hurd and Jean Green, first; Dauby Oswalt and Louise Magee, second; Bob Bellon and Irv Seltzer, third.

June 12 – Hurd and Peg Robinson, first; Oswalt and Magee, second; Marinak and Hope Sheehan, third; Bellon and Carol Moyer, fourth.

Beginning bridge classes will start at 1 p.m. Monday at Park Hills Country Club, Altoona. For more information, call Peg Robinson at 942-8396.

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District 26 auxiliary elects officers

TWIN ROCKS – The Veterans of Foreign?Wars Ladies Auxiliary of District 26 held its convention/election on May 18 at LaRue’s Taverns.

Officers for 2014-15 are Susan DiDomenico of Auxiliary 4315, president; Nancy Hoover of Auxiliary 7377, senior vice president; Levonne Jacobs of Auxiliary 4963, junior vice president; Margaret Rogal of Auxiliary 1586, secretary; Eileen Brown of Auxiliary 4963, treasurer; Tammy Slebodnick of Auxiliary 4963, chaplain; Kay Nagle of Auxiliary 779, conductress; Arlene Milchak of Auxiliary 1586, assistant conductress; Mellissa Nagle of Auxiliary 779, guard; and Jennifer Keith of Auxiliary 7503, assistant guard.

Trustees are Arleen Milchak of Auxiliary 1586, three years; Debra Wade of Auxiliary 7377, two years; and Jennifer Keith of Auxiliary 7503, one year.

After the convention, the auxiliary members met the VFW District 26 comrades at VFW Post 7605 in Twin Rocks, where they had a meal provided by the post.

Violin-maker to speak at meeting

BELLWOOD -?The Bellwood-Antis Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. June 23 at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library.

Mark Garber of Bellwood, who has been making violins for a dozen years,will talk about his craft.

He will have on hand some of the tools he uses, pieces of wood of various kinds that make up a violin and samples of his finished product.

Mark also will provide a short history of violin-making and display some posters showing violins that had been made by famous violin-makers.

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

Genealogical society to host author

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

Francis “Hezzie” Thompson, author of “Tales from the Bench,” will be the guest speaker.

Thompson grew up in Newry and now lives in Altoona. He will share the many stories this evening from his book, in which he tells his tale about growing up with 11 brothers and sisters in a small rural town in central Pennsylvania in the 1930s and ’40s.

The title of the book stems from a bench located in front of a main street establishment and was a gathering place for locals to sit and share stories.

Those attending the meeting will have an opportunity to purchase a signed book or get an autograph for an already-purchased book.

Patton Garden Club awards scholarship

PATTON -?The Patton Garden Club recently awarded a scholarship to Cambria Heights High?School student, Joseph Davis of Patton.

Davis has been accepted to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and is enrolling in the biology department, where he will pursue a degree in physical therapy.

Besides being an excellent student academically, he is active in many extracurricular activities, including sports, 4-H, National Honor Society and Student Council.

The scholarship was presented at the Cambria Heights academic banquet on May 21 by scholarship chairwoman, Mary Lou Colussy.

Bridge club announces recent winners

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

June 4 -?Bea Stevens and Mary Moran, first; Carl Hurd and Helen Gorsuch, second; Peg Robinson and Roger Howey, third; Barbara Marinak and Othella Anderson, fourth.

June 5 -?Ed McCauley and Irv Seltzer, first; Dauby Oswalt and Louise Magee, second; Hurd, Robinson, Cheryl Wherry and Leslie Musselman, tied for third/fourth; Marinak and Anderson, fifth.

June 7 -?State College Tournament: Jean Keller and Jeannine Fagley, third in B.

June 8 – Robinson, Marinak, Moran and Stevens, first in B.

Beginning bridge lessons will start at 1 p.m. June 23.

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

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Rogals receive District 26 Award

INDIANA, Pa. -?The Veterans of Foreign?Wars Posts and Ladies Auxiliaries of District 26 held their annual Loyalty Day Banquet on May 3 at the VFW Post 1989 in Indiana.

During the presentation of awards, District 26 gave a special award to Past Department President Margaret “Peg” Rogal and Joe Rogal, department credentials chairman, of Hastings VFW Post 1586.

They were recognized for their many years of “dedicated service to all veterans,” especially those at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.

Peg Rogal has served as department hospital representative for the last five years and as deputy for six years prior to that.

Joe Rogal is the District 26 hospital chairman.

The Rogals have made sure that many veterans’ lives have been enriched.

Woodland association announces picnic

PATTON – The Allegheny Mountain Woodland Association will host its 11th annual Family Picnic and Forestry Education event from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Jim and Sandy Yahner’s Clearview Farm, 3441 Colonel Drake Highway on Route 36, south of Patton.

The event will be held rain or shine.

Forest landowners and anyone interested in learning more about trees, forests and related topics are invited to attend this free event.

This year’s picnic will feature a program on Pennsylvania Big Trees.

Local forester Paul Noll and PA Bureau of Forestry foresters will offer a PowerPoint presentation on Pennsylvania’s champion trees and follow with a demonstration of the point system used to rank trees.

One of many woodland owners associations across Pennsylvania, the Allegheny Mountain Woodland Association connects property owners, outdoor enthusiasts and forestry professionals in Cambria and surrounding counties through various networking and educational opportunities.

The organization schedules informational presentations, workshops, field trips, industry tours and other activities throughout the year.

AMWA’s annual picnics provide an opportunity to meet fellow woodlot owners, learn about trees and forest management, enjoy food and share information on all aspects of planting, growing and appreciating trees.

Food and beverages will be provided at the picnic (lunch served 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). Covered dishes would be appreciated, but are not required. Call 472-8560 for directions or more information.

Sewing club plans annual picnic

The Altoona Area Sewing Club will hold its annual picnic at 6 p.m. June 16 at the Greenwood United Methodist Church, Altoona.

Attendees will also be planning events and classes for the upcoming year. Anyone interested in sewing or crafts is invited to attend. If interested in attending, call Claire Barney at 943-5341.

Bridge club announces recent winners

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

May 28 – Ed McCauley and Kevin Davis, first; Barbara Marinak and Jeannine Fagley, second; Jean Keller and Helen Gorsuch, third; Carl Hurd and Peg Robinson, fourth.

May 29 – Marinak and Fagley, first; McCauley and Irv Seltzer, second; Hurd and Robinson, third; Diana Colabrese and JoEllen Gehl and John Soldo and Phyllis Robbins, tied for fourth.

May 31 -?Carol Daley-Robson and Bud Kury, first; McCauley and Seltzer, second.

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.

Naval Reserve Association plans reunion

The Naval Enlisted Reserve Association, Central PA Chapter, is sponsoring its 15th annual Naval Reserve Center Altoona Reunion on Sept. 27 at the Bavarian Hall, Altoona.

The reunion is scheduled for all Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps personnel who have been attached to the Altoona Naval Reserve Center that opened in 1947 and closed in 1994. Current Central PA Chapter members and their guests are also eligible to attend. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Altoona Naval Reserve Center closing.

The Naval Enlisted Reserve Association, established in 1957, is the only military/veterans organization representing Sea Service Reserve members of the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps.

NERA is also a member of the 32-member Military Coalition, a consortium of uniformed services and veterans associations representing more than 5.5 million current and former service members, their families and survivors.

The Central PA Chapter conducts monthly meetings at the Catholic War Vets Club in Altoona.

For reunion or membership information, contact Bob Bentley, president, at 696-3366 or cpapnera@atlanticbb.net.

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Women’s Connection to hold luncheon

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Altoona Women’s Connection, affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries, will hold its “Keeping in Touch” luncheon at noon June 11 at The Blairmont Club, 265 Larch St.

The cost is $14 per person.

Nancy Underhill of Centreville, Va., will present “Keeping In Touch, Can You Hear Me Now?”

Music will be provided by Paula Delattre of Duncansville, and Eric Daum, community and business development manager at Barnes and Noble, will present the special feature.

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

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 is the only chartered national organization whose sole purpose is the protection of your 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, president of Unit 173, at 886-2113.

Society plans St. Anthony Celebration

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?The annual St. Anthony Banquet, sponsored by the Italian Heritage Society, is scheduled for June 22 at The Blairmont Club, with hors d’oeuvres beginning at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5 p.m.

A dance will be held following the banquet from 7 to 9 p.m., with music provided by Mario Crocetti Orchestrina Italiana.

The Dr. Joseph J. Bentivegna Outstanding Italian American awardee will be Sister Paula DelGrosso. The John Monti Arts awardee will be John Rita. The master of ceremonies for the evening will be Tony DeGol.

Preceding the banquet, there will be a Mass in Italian at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Altoona. The Mass and banquet are open to the public with tickets for the banquet at $33 per person.

Please plan to attend to enjoy an afternoon and evening of fellowship and to recognize the achievements and endeavors of those of Italian heritage.

Reservations are due by June 18 to any member of the St. Anthony Celebration Committee: Eileen Fabbri (886-5791), Peter Gardella (943-5304), John Salvetti (472-9298), Julia or Tiberio Scarfone (944-2779), Dr. Ronald Stellabotte (695-6652), Steve Trovato (695-5730) or Anne Zelnosky (942-2723).

American Legion auxiliary holds meeting

LORETTO -?Members of the Loretto American Legion Auxiliary met recently, with Bridget Yahner, president, conducting the meeting.

Treasurer Lorraine Noel reported that $400 was raised from the recent flea market held at the Legion Hall.

Mary Ann Baker and other members commended Kim Biter for the “awesome job” she did in raising more than $600 from Friday fish dinners held recently at the Legion Hall for a fund that is available to help victims of cancer in the area.

Noel reported that she and her husband had gathered more than 500 pounds of returnable cans with proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund.

Members are reminded that their dues for the past year must be paid now.

It was voted to give the girls from St. Michael’s and Penn Cambria $25 each for their award on Americanism.

The auxiliary will give $50 to the Cambria County 4-H. It was also voted to give $25 to the County Council for their lottery tree that will be featured at the Cambria County Fair on Labor Day weekend.

Nominated for new officers, to be elected at the June 12 meeting were: Bridget Yahner, president; Annette Farabaugh, vice president; Lois Stoltz, sergeant-at-arms; Alma Scanlon, chaplain; Lorraine Noel, treasurer; Laura Dunham, public relations; and Annette Scanlon, secretary.

AFSCME retirees to meet Wednesday

DUNCANSVILLE -?The regular meeting of the retirees of the American?Federation of State,?County and Municipal Employees Subchapter 8306 will be held on Wednesday at the meeting hall on Patchway Road.

The executive board will meet at 12:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Bridge club announces recent winners

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

May 21 -?North/south: Barbara Marinak and JoEllen Gehl, first; Jean Keller and Cheryl Wherry, second; Ed McCauley and Helen Gorsuch, third. East/west: Irv Seltzer and Bob Bellon, first; Carl Hurd and Jean Green, second; Roger Howey and Peg Robinson, third.

May 22 – Carol Moyer and Kevin Davis, first; Bea Stevens and Mary Moran, second; Othella Anderson and Jeannine Fagley, third; McCauley and Seltzer, fourth.

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

For more information, call Robinson at 942-8396.