Club notes

Club bestows awards on youngest player

Justin Marinak, 13, recently received the Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs Awards from Altoona Duplicate Bridge Club manager, Peg Robinson.

Marinak is the youngest bridge player in the area ever to receive such honors. Justin is the grandson of club member Barbara Marinak.

Bridge club announces winners

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

July 9 – Carl Hurd and Jean Green, first; Peg Robinson and Roger Howey, second; Diana Colabrese and Jeannine Fagley, third; Phyllis Robbins, John Soldo, Helen Gorsuch and Jean Keller, tied for fourth.

July 10 – Ed McCauley and Irv Seltzer, first; Hurd and Robinson, second; Keller and Green, third; Barbara Marinak and Ted Shade, fourth.

July 17 – Hurd and Robinson, first; Soldo, Betty Covino, Hope Sheehan, Fred Colabrese, Barbara and Justin Marinak, tied for 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.

Patton Garden Club to meet Monday

PATTON -?The Patton Garden Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Patton Library.

The guest speaker will be Monique Ridet, who will be doing a presentation on table top fountains.

Last month, the club held its annual picnic at the Patton Park, and members enjoyed a presentation on miniature gardening by Mary Davis.

The members have been very busy this year with their civic beautification projects, which include weeding and planting of the corner lot and various planters throughout the borough of Patton and planting at the Cambria Heights High School.

In May, the members went to Piney Creek Nursery and learned about some new plants and had a demonstration on the techniques in planting containers.

In June, the members went to the Renzie Park Rose Garden in McKeesport for a tour of the rose gardens.

Anyone with an interest in gardening, flowers or horticulture is welcome to attend club meetings or call Jan at 674-3390 for more information.

NARVRE cancels August meeting

The August meeting of National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees Inc. has been canceled due to vacations.

The next meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 3 at the Prime Sirloin Buffet, Duncansville.

NARVRE is the only chartered national organization whose sole purpose is the protection of railroad pension rights.

Retired or veteran railroad employees (or widows) of any craft are invited to this informal meeting.

For more information, call Steve Phillips, president of Unit 173, at 886-2113.

Catholic Daughters introduce officers

A dinner meeting of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Victoria No. 646 was held for Priest Appreciation Day and introduction of new officers.

The new officers are Kathy Kasubick, treasurer; Jenny Leskovansky, financial secretary; Peggy Murawski, treasurer; Genya Bannon, vice Regent; and Toni Krupa, Regent. Installation of officers will be Sept. 10 at Christ the King Parish Center, Houtzdale.

Longstanding members were given pins for their years of membership in Court St. Victoria.

An officers and members conference will be held Oct. 3 and 4 at Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

A trolley tour of Hershey will be offered. Anyone wishing to attend the conference or the trolley tour must make a reservation by calling Toni Krupa at 378-6181 for more information.

Club Notes

Beta Nu Master Chapter installs officers

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?Beta Nu Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority recently installed officers for 2014-15 at their mother-daughter banquet held at The Dream.

They are Carole Pipetti, president; Carole Dodson, vice president; LuAnn Hallinan, secretary; Sharon Luther, treasurer; and Debbie Avent, extension officer.

Beta Sigma Phi International is a non-academic sorority with 20,000 members in chapters around the world. Each chapter determines its own service projects and international funds that donate millions of dollars to health research groups, hunger projects and other worthwhile causes.

Historical society to host speaker

BELLWOOD – The Bellwood-Antis Historical Society will sponsor a program at 7 p.m. July 28 at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library.

Lynn Herman of State College will offer a program on the Lewis and Clark Expedition titled “River in View, O’ the Joy.” The presentation is the sixth in a series made to the society about the Corps of Discovery’s adventure through previously unexplored territory west of the Mississippi River.

Herman and his wife followed the Lewis and Clark Trail from Pittsburgh to the Pacific Ocean in Oregon and back from 2003 to 2006 during the bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Herman will provide a historical review of the trials and tribulations that Captains Meriweather Lewis and William Clark, the men and an Indian woman endured in their journey across the western half of the continent, including their encounters with numerous Indian tribes and previously unknown wild fauna.

Herman is a former state representative of Centre and Clearfield counties, having served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1983 to 2006. He has a degree in history and public administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

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

Auxiliary elects officers, lauds student

LORETTO -?Members of the Loretto American Legion Auxiliary elected new officers for the coming year at their June meeting.

They are Sara Ann Ivory, Ashville, president; Kim Biter, Ebensburg, vice president; Annette Scalan, Ebensburg, secretary; Laura Dunham, Ebensburg, corresponding secretary; Lorraine Noel, Ebensburg, treasurer; Mary Ann Baker, Loretto, historian; Lois Stoltz, Cresson, sergeant-at-arms; and Alma Scanlan, Gallitzin, chaplain. The officers will be installed at a later date.

President Bridget Yahner presented Rose McDermott, a rising senior at Penn?Cambria High?School, with a certificate honoring her for first place in the American Legion Auxiliary Americanism contest. McDermott’s essay was titled “How Can I Share My Pride in Being an American.” Every Memorial Day, McDermott places flowers on the local grave in honor of those who lost their lives “in order that I and others can live free.”

“I love my country,” said McDermott, “and I get a lot of my pride from my late grandmother Rosemary McDermott of Loretto.”

The auxiliary made a donation for the Make-A-Wish gala event, scheduled for noon to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Cresson Sportsmen’s Club.

The members welcomed Hannah Snyder, a longtime member, and her 2-week-old daughter, Iris, the newest member to the auxiliary.

The members voted not to meet in July, and possibly have the installation of the new officers in August.

Bridge club announces recent winners

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

July 2 – Carol Moyer and Jean Keller, first; Ed McCauley and Peggy Gutshall, second; JoEllen Gehl and Jeannine Fagley, third; Barbara Marinak and Othella Anderson, fourth; Bob Bellon and Irv Seltzer, fifth.

July 3 – Marinak and Anderson, first; Keller and Barbara Cook, second; Seltzer, McCauley, John Soldo and Phyllis Robbins, tied for third.

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

Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha holds convention

STATE COLLEGE – Nearly 300 women flooded the Nittany Lion Inn for the Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha State 77th Anniversary Celebration and State Convention held June 13 to 15 on Penn State University’s main campus.

Six members from Beta Epsilon chapter, including Vanessa Sral, director of curriculum, Forest Hills School District; Dana Lawlor, librarian, Penn Cambria School District; Susan Blazosky, teacher, State Correctional Facility-Somerset; Amy Dobbins, teacher, Hollidaysburg Area School District; Mari Grace Lingenfelter, teacher, Conemaugh Township School District; and Marcia Erickson, teacher, Hollidaysburg Area School District, attended the recent state convention and participated in various events during the educational and fun-filled weekend.

Sral, the 2013-15 biennium Alpha Alpha State recording secretary, served on the executive board at the convention. She also presided over the “First Timers, 101” workshop. Blazosky, Dobbins and Lingenfelter participated in the Alpha Alpha State Chorus, and Erickson presented a workshop titled, “Great Geocache! I’ve Found It! I’ve Found It!”

In addition, Dobbins, outgoing Beta Epsilon Chapter president, and Erickson, incoming president, participated in the banquet procession, and Lingenfelter assisted in the presentation of past state presidents during the procession.

The convention focused on ways to “Engage, Equip and Empower.” The keynote address was presented by Northeast Regional Director, Mary Lee Makinen.

Saturday morning’s keynote speaker was 2013 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Ryan Devlin, the youngest educator to receive the award. His accolades include winning the Keystone Technology Integrator award for his extensive use of technology in his classroom, and he is a two-time recipient of the PSEA Innovative Teaching Grant.

Society Business workshops were held Saturday morning, and the afternoon educational and enrichment workshops included “Forgotten Women in Pennsylvania History,” “Turbocharged Teaching with Technology,” “Getting to Know Our International Guest,” “CFAs on PEI,” “Great Geocache!” and “A Summer Bouquet.”

Bridge club announces its recent winners

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

June 25 – Carl Hurd and Peg Robinson, first; Othella Anderson and Peggy Gutshall, second; John Soldo and Phyllis Robbins, third; Dauby Oswalt and Louise Magee, fourth.

June 26 – Hurd and Robinson, first; Robbins and Soldo, second; Barbara and Justin Marinak, third; Diana Colabrese, JoEllen Gehl, Jean Green, and Jean Keller, tied for 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 information, call 942-8396.

Club notes

Duncansville Historical Society to meet

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

The discussion will be the planning of the historical tent at Duncansville Community Days, July 17-19.

The society would appreciate borrowing pictures and stories regarding Duncansville. Information and photos will be scanned and returned promptly.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, information can be sent to Nancy DeLozier, P.O. Box 115, Duncansville, PA 16635, or by calling 695-1017.

The group meets the second Tuesday of every other month. New attendees are welcome.

Roaring Spring Lions install officers

ROARING SPRING – The Roaring Spring Lions Club held its installation of officers and induction of two new members on June 1.

District Governor-Elect Anna Clark of the Burnham Lions was the officiating officer for both.

Lion Doug Imler took over as president on July 1.

The two new members are Bob Harpster and Dave Metzgar.

Lion Mel Musselman was presented a Pennsylvania fellowship award from the district for his service over the years.

Bridge club announces recent winners

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

June 18 – North/south: Carl Hurd and Jean Green, first; Mary Moran and Bea Stevens, second. East/west: Helen Gorsuch and Ed McCauley, first; Barbara Marinak and JoEllen Gehl, second.

June 19 – Louise Magee and Dauby Oswalt, first; Green and Jean Keller, second; Hurd and Peg Robinson, third.

June 21 – Bud Kury and Carol Daley-Robson, first; Hurd and Robinson, second; Kevin Davis and Bill Georg, third.

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.