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AFSCME to meet in Ebensburg

EBENSBURG – The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Sub-Chapter 8303 will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Ebensburg Municipal Building.

Thursdays garden line ends Sept. 25

EBENSBURG -?The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Cambria County will be ending their “Garden Line” on Thursdays, and Sept. 25 will be the last “Garden Line” for this growing season.

During “Garden Line,” Master Gardeners answer gardening questions from the public at 472-7986 between 10 a.m and noon Thursdays.

“Garden Line” will resume in the spring.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Sept. 13

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?The fourth annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Sept. 13 at Legion Park.

Walk registration begins at 8 a.m., with the kick-off ceremony at 9:30 a.m.

Additionally, a chicken barbecue will be held with all proceeds going directly to the Alzheimer’s Association.

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis presents many challenges for families living with this disease. Annually, there are more than 400 newly diagnosed Alzheimer’s patients in Blair and Cambria counties.

An estimated 70 percent of people with Alzheimer’s live at home, with the responsibility of care for them usually falling on their families. It can place a large burden on their families.

The walk is an annual tribute to those fighting the disease and their families by carrying commemorative flowers representing all facets of the Alzheimer’s battle. Last year’s walk raised more than $20,000.

For those who want to donate but cannot participate in the event, donations are being accepted via the Walk to End Alzheimer’s website at

Country dance slated for Sept. 13

PLEASANTVILLE – A dance to music by the Country Gentlemen will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 13 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- and alcohol-free. It is sponsored by the Alum Bank Community Fire Company Auxiliary.

For more information, call 839-2358 or visit

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Rubber duck races set for Saturday

CLAYSBURG -?Claysburg Preserving Artifacts, Stories and Traditions will sponsor rubber duck races on Saturday.

Claysburg P.A.S.T. will sell two sizes rubber ducks. The smaller ones will sell for $10, and the larger ones will sell for $20 each. Ducks will be numbered and registered. Ducks will be placed at the starting line in Smokey Run near the Claysburg Church of the Brethren at 2 p.m., and the race will end at the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata stream at the Senior Center.

The estimated travel time will take approximately 30 minutes, depending upon stream flow. Half of the total proceeds will be awarded to a number of the winners yet to be determined. If 100 ducks are sold at $10 each, $500 would be awarded. If 500 ducks are sold at $10 each, $2,500 would be awarded. Proceeds of the Rubber Duck event will be used for 2015 Hall of Fame expenses estimated to be approximately $1,500.

Food will be available for purchase from the Claysburg P.A.S.T. at or near the senior center with proceeds going to the Claysburg Education Foundation.

Members of the food committee are Rhonda Eckley, Brenda Marriner, Maria Leppert and Mona Eckley.

Lynn and Janice Crist are the co-chairmen of this event.

Ducks are on sale at Yingling Insurance, the Claysburg Library and from members of Claysburg P.A.S.T.

Rockhill Trolley Museum sets car show

ROCKHILL FURNACE – The Rockhill Trolley?Museum is looking for people with an antique car, tractor or any vehicle 25 years of age or older to display alongside its vintage electric trolleys at its Steel Wheels Meet Rubber Tires event.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Sept. 13.

All drivers will receive a free ticket for unlimited trolley rides during the day. Bring your cameras and record the special lineups with the vintage cars and the electric trolley cars.

Trolleys from Johnstown, York, as well as an old open summer trolley (like Mr. Rogers’ Trolley) from Brazil (if weather permits) will be available for scenic three-mile rides along the Blacklog Creek passing the Rockhill Iron Furnace remains to Blacklog Narrows.

Participants can see other trolleys in the collection, including a snowplow, snowsweepers, a freight motor and a Bullet trolley. See the 100-year-old interurban trolley undergoing restoration. The museum store offers trolley-related gifts. Snacks and drinks may be available at an additional cost.

Besides the free tickets for all drivers displaying their automobile, fares are only $8 for all riders over 2 years of age; those under age 2 are free. Tickets are good for unlimited rides all day long.

A Best of Show Award will be given as well, with the winner receiving a free opportunity to participate in the “Run A Trolley” and a one-year membership to the museum.

The museum is on PA 994 just west of the US 522/

SR 994 intersection at Rockhill Furnace/Orbisonia.

Signs along US 522 guide visitors to the adjacent East Broad Top Railroad. Maps, directions and more information are available at or by calling 447-9576 (weekends).

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. 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:

Sept. 10 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Presbyterian Village, Hollidaysburg.

Sept. 13 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., UPMC Altoona

Sept. 25 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Curwensville Library; 1 to 5 p.m., Bellwood-Antis Public Library.

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Association supports Project SOAR

Members of the Altoona Area Education Association recently presented Altoona Area School District’s Project SOAR program with a check for $334.

The monies were raised at the annual AAEA Variety Show that included performances by Altoona Area School District teachers, as well as a guest appearance from Felix and the Hurricanes.

The variety show featured dance, music and dog show performances. The evening concluded with a special guest performance from Felix and the Hurricanes, which included AAHS English teacher Steve Oswalt singing vocals.

“As an organization we wanted to support a project that most directly affected our students,” said AAEA President Doug Rosenberry. “Project SOAR is a perfect fit. We know these funds will be used to assist students with their post-secondary education expenses.”

Project SOAR (Study, Overcome, Achieve, Reward) is a structured orientation and mentoring program designed to assist students in achieving their post-secondary education goals. Tax-deductible contributions to the program may be made to the Altoona Area School District Foundation, 1415 Sixth Ave., Altoona, PA 16602. Write Project SOAR in the memo line.

Shawnee to hold kids fishing derby

SCHELLSBURG -?A free kids fishing derby for carp and catfish will be sponsored by the Friends of Shawnee State Park from 7 a.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Participants must be 15 years or younger, and all fish must be caught from Shawnee Lake.

Participants must register by calling the park office at 733-4218. Weigh-ins will be held at regular intervals near Lil Joe’s Boat Concession, and trophies will be awarded.

At 7 p.m. Sunday, the park will present “Pennsylvania’s Geologic Rock and Roll.” This geologic adventure explains how the sliding, colliding and tearing of the earth’s plates produced today’s area landscape.

During the presentation, participants will hear of Pennsylvania’s “lost mountains” and dinosaurs in Bedford County. There is no charge for this program, which will be held in the Historic and Interpretive Center located at the main office.

For more information, stop by the park office at 132 State Park Road, Schellsburg, or call 733-4218 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. For additional information, call Ron Barlick at 733-4892.

If you need accommodations to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the Shawnee State Park office at least three days before your visit.

StrongWomen forming in Huntingdon

HUNTINGDON -?Ready to get back into a regular routine of physical activity? Consider joining the StrongWomen program sponsored by Penn State Extension and J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital.

It is a safe, motivating, highly effective weight-bearing physical activity program that includes food, health and nutrition education information.

The 12-week StrongWomen session begins on Sept. 22 and ends Dec. 15. Classes are held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the J.C. Blair Education Center, 860 Bryan St.

The program is based on years of research on how strength training and proper nutrition improves the health of women of all ages. The program is targeted to both sedentary and active women.

For more information or to register, contact Sharon McDonald at 940-5989 or visit

The early bird registration fee is $75 for the 12-week session. After Sept. 8, the fee is $80 with a deadline of Sept. 15.

Juniata Civics to meet Sept. 2

The Juniata Civic Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Juniata Pavilion.

At the August meeting, the association held a corn boil. Vice President Cam Pickens called on Sports Chairman Don Beichler to give an update on the future of the Memorial Park and the Juniata Sports Complex.

This discussion will continue at the September and October meetings as the association must consider some changes to be made at these facilities.

A large attendance is urged as many projects are being planned for the fall and winter.

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‘Big Bucket Dump’ set at DelGrosso’s

The family of Tim Edmundson Jr. of Duncansville is organizing a fundraiser on Saturday at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park,?Tipton.

The “Big Bucket Dump” will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday in the pool at Tipton Waterworks at DelGrosso’s. The dump will cost $10, and T-shirts will be $15. Money will be collected at the gate. Since the fundraiser is being held before the water park actually opens, there is no additional admission fee during that hour.

Edmundson was diagnosed with ALS nearly threeyears ago. He turned 40 this past April and has a wife and a 9-year-old son. He previously worked/co-owned Bettwy Systems, coached Little League football, Little League baseball and Trackers ice hockey, served in various capacities at his church and has given much to his community.

Since his diagnosis, he has become debilitated physically, but has a sharp mind and great attitude. He believes he will live to see a cure, or God will perform a miraculous healing.

This fundraiser, a spin-off of the Ice Bucket Challenge, will help him and his family. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend and to support Tim.

In addition, an account is open at First National Bank “Benefit of Tim Edmundson, Jr”. Anyone wanting to make a donation can do so at any branch.

Free to Breathe Walk/Run is Sept. 13

STATE COLLEGE -?The State College Free to Breathe Walk/Run will be held Sept. 13 at Tom Tudek Park, 400 Herman Drive.

Registration and check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. with the opening rally beginning at 9:40 a.m.

Free to Breathe is a partnership of lung cancer survivors, advocates, researchers, healthcare professionals and industry leaders. Funds raised from the event benefit research programs that are dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022.

Cancer Care Partnership, a partnership of Mount Nittany Health and Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, is a community sponsor of the event.

To register, visit

Hunters’ Health Day set for Sept. 13

STATE COLLEGE -?Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 E.?Park Ave., will host Hunters’ Health?Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 13 near the ambulance entrance of Mount Nittany Medical Center.

The event will feature free blood sugar, cholesterol, vision, hearing, blood pressure, total body fat and EKG screenings, along with health-related information.

Appointments can be made by calling 234-6727. Walk-ins are accepted. A valid Pennsylvania hunting license is required.

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Model train show set in Bedford

BEDFORD -?The Bedford Model Railroaders will host their 10th anniversary “N-Scale Weekend” Saturday and Sunday at the ProCare Sportsplex building between Bedford and Everett, above Walmart and behind Altoona First.

The show will feature model train displays, with 13 large N-Scale model train layouts.

There will be 24 dealers, with N-Scale supplies.

N-Scale is 1/160 Scale or 1/16 of an inch equals one foot (or half the size of HO Scale). Many of the layouts are being run by DDC Digital Command, where the locomotives are run by remote control.

The show will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $5. Children ages 11 and younger will be admitted for free with an adult.

For more information, contact Mike Phillips of

the Bedford Model Railroaders at 977-4933 or or visit

Birthday Bash Committee to meet

The Altoona Area High School class of 1973’s 60th Birthday Bash 2015 Committee will hold a meeting at 4 p.m. Aug. 30 at Cracker Barrel in Altoona.

For more information, call Jeannie Maher Shirk at 244-3476.

Professionals car wash to aid charity

DUNCANSVILLE -?Professionals Auto Body will hold a car wash from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Duncansville location, 1109 Plank Road, to raise money for Ronald McDonald House.

A Ronald McDonald House provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close to their hospitalized child at little or no cost.

Donations will be accepted the day of the car wash.

Fall StrongWomen classes forming

Individuals looking to get back to a regular exercise routine should consider joining the Strong-Women program, sponsored by Penn State Extension and Central Blair Recreation and Park.

It is a safe, motivating, highly effective weight-bearing physical activity program that includes food, health and nutrition education information.

This is a 12-week session offering classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The next session begins on Sept. 9 and ends Dec. 4. The class sessions are 10 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the East Juniata Community Center, 1608 N. Fifth Ave., Altoona.

The program is based on years of research on how strength training and proper nutrition improves the health of women of all ages. The program is targeted to both sedentary and active women.

For more information or to register, contact Sharon McDonald at 940-5989. Class size is limited, and the registration deadline is Sept. 2 or until each class is filled. The cost for the 12-week program is $70.

LifeQuest begins meetings in?Everett

EVERETT -?LifeQuest, a new service and outreach organization, will meet from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Union Hotel. The meetings began this week.

Everyone is invited to join and attend LifeQuest. All ages are welcome, and there is no cost to join.

LifeQuest is designed to be the ultimate expression of openness, understanding and true love.

The three main goals of LifeQuest are:

n To provide an environment for people to realize their own worthiness and potential, to freely search for truth and to unite over common bonds and goals.

n To help others through open understanding and love.

n To work to create a better life and a better world for all.

Those attending the regular meetings will sing, dance, discuss, explore, question, laugh, cry, share thoughts and feelings and change the world.

Additionally, LifeQuest will be planning many service projects and other activities, from joining existing service groups and projects to hosting its own events. Activities ranging from food drives, character education and numerous volunteer opportunities, to events like movie nights, picnics and a dinner and meditation walk will be planned.

For more information on LifeQuest, visit or call 652-9966.

GriefShare to begin meetings Sept. 4

HOLLIDAYSBURG – GriefShare, a grief support group for people experiencing the grief and loss of someone close, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning Sept. 4.

The meetings will be held at Grane Hospice, 106 Zee Plaza, Hollidaysburg.

For more information, call Nicole at 695-0766 or Mike at 866-383-1456, ext. 10311.

Mount Nittany plans weight loss series

STATE COLLEGE -?Healthy Weight for Life: Weight loss/management class series will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29 and Oct. 6 in conference rooms 2 and 3 on the ground floor of Mount Nittany Medical Center.

A pre-and-post program evaluation will be provided. The cost to attend is $25, which includes a three-month follow-up class.

For more information or to register, contact Heather Harpster at or 231-7194.

Centre County Heart Walk is Sept. 28

STATE COLLEGE -?The annual Centre County Heart Walk will take place at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at Millbrook Marsh.

Registration will be held at noon and the walk will start at 1 p.m.

For more information or to register, call 717-730-1717 or visit

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Charity Gump Run set for Saturday

Vets Supporting Vets will hold its annual charity motorcycle run benefit “Gump Run,” which includes overnight camping, a pig roast, prizes and games, on Saturday and Sunday.

The event helps defray the expenses incurred during hospitalization, rehabilitation and recovery. This year’s funds will be divided between the Van Zandt VA Medical Center for homeless veterans in Blair County and Forest County Transportation Veterans transportation.

There are two start locations: Vin-Joe’s in Butler and The Monkey Wharf in Altoona. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. and is $25 per person. The ride starts at 11 a.m. The end location is Shady Rest Farm, Marienville.

For more information or registration, call Bobby at 931-0735 or email

Beekeepers to hold auction, picnic

PATTON – The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will hold its annual auction and picnic at 10 a.m. Saturday at Prince Gallitzin State Park’s Crooked Run Campground Pavilion No. 1. The auction will begin at 2:30 p.m.

For more information, call 472-7637 or visit

Knights of Columbus plan car wash

The Knights of Columbus Council 551 will sponsor a car wash from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Advance Auto Parts, 631 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona.

The cost is $5 per car. Donations also are welcome.

All proceeds will benefit the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society.

Historical society program is Monday

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

Peggy Ann (Bradnick) Jackson will tell of her experiences in May 1966 at the age of 17 when she was kidnapped by an ex-convict and mental patient known locally as “the mountain man” and held captive for seven days on Tuscarora Mountain, in southern Huntingdon County near Shade Gap.

Jackson was rescued by the Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI at a farm in Burnt Cabins. Her ordeal made national headlines, and the search was the largest manhunt in U.S. history at the time.

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

Beatles conference to receive award

Penn State Altoona’s spring conference, “It Was 50 Years Ago Today: An International Beatles Celebration,” will be recognized with an Association for Continuing Higher Education’s 2014 Distinguished Program award.

The award will be presented to members of the program’s staff at the ACHE annual conference and meeting Oct. 28 in Las Vegas. Awards are presented based on a program’s originality, including topics, content and delivery system and the program’s success.

The International Beatles Celebration was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the musical group’s legendary appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” In addition to panels and presentations, the conference included film screenings, musical performances, art and photography exhibits and keynote addresses by leading Beatles critics and musicologists. The conference concluded with a commemorative screening of “The Ed Sullivan Show” as it was originally broadcast on Feb. 9, 1964.

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Mill Run Community Day Fair set

On Saturday, Cornerstone Fellowship of Mill Run church will be hosting the second annual Mill Run Community Day.

The fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church on Mill Run Road (31st Street) just past the Island on the opposite side of the street.

Children’s activities will include a bounce house, water slide, carnival style games and much more.

Participating vendors include direct selling companies and local businesses.

Other family activities include live chainsaw carving, a classic car show, and a Christian music concert. The church will be sponsoring the concession stand as well, and tons of food will be available.

For more information on becoming a vendor, participating in the classic car show, having your business sponsor the event, or general information, contact Pastor Steve Olivieri at 703-629-0441 or

The fair is open to the public, and all are welcome.

Singles dance to be held Saturday

TYRONE – will hold a rock-in Summer Dance from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tyrone Elks, 5496 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd.

You don’t have to be a member to attend.

Doors open at 7:15 p.m. A DJ will be playing music.

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

For more information, call 867-7771 or email

Vietnam Vets plan vigil for Sept. 19

The Vietnam Veterans of America, Blair County Chapter 967 will hold its annual Candlelight Vigil for POW/MIA Remembrance Day on Sept. 19.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Wall That Heals replica at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center.

The guest speaker will be William Knipple, a former POW from the Korean Conflict.

For more information, contact the VVA service office located in the VA Hospital of Gregg Miller 695-3246.

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Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day today

Dairy Queen is holding its annual Miracle Treat Day today to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

During Miracle Treat Day, $1 or more from every Blizzard purchased at Dairy Queen stores, including those in Altoona and Duncansville, will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger.

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.

Genealogist to speak on Aug. 21

HOLLIDAYSBURG?- Mini Reed, genealogist and house researcher, will be the guest speaker for the monthly meeting of the Blair County Genealogical Society at 7 p.m. Aug. 21, at the Blair County Genealogical Society, 431 Scotch Valley Road.

Did you ever wonder when and by whom your old homestead was built? Researching house history has many parallels to the skills needed for researching family history.

Mimi Reed presents a unique program on how to get started with your house genealogy. She is a Hollidaysburg native and has eight generations of her family interred in the Hollidaysburg Presbyterian Cemetery.

Reed has been a genealogical researcher for 20 years and has numerous credentials in research and historical fields. Her interest in genealogy began when she started to study local history.

Dutch Corner 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. The “Dutch Corner Schools” book is still available. Call 814 623-6303 or email schools@ Websites are or

Learn how to make sauerkraut

HOLLIDAYSBURG – John Trimble, professor of Biology at Saint Francis University will present a free program entitled “An Introduction to Fermentation: Make Your Own Sauerkraut” at the Care for Creation center, 793 Monastery Road at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28.

The presentation will cover the usefulness and benefits of food fermentation, demonstrate the process of wild fermentation of cabbage to make sauerkraut, and also guide those who want hands-on experience.

The do-it-yourself participants should bring a cutting board, sharp knife, cabbage and a food safe container such as a wide-mouth glass jar or crock, from 40 ounces to one or two gallon size. Also bring an empty jar or plate that fits into the larger container as a weight to hold it down. Salt will be provided.

The program is sponsored by the Franciscan Friars of St. Bernardine’s Monastery. Call 942-8254 for more information and/or directions to the center.

Historical group sets Aug. 25 program

The Bellwood-Antis Historical Society, will sponsor a program at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library.

Peggy Ann (Bradnick) Jackson will tell of her experiences in May 1966 at the age of 17 when she was kidnapped by an ex-convict and mental patient known locally as the mountain man and held captive for seven days on Tuscarora Mountain, in southern Huntingdon County near Shade Gap.

Peggy Ann was rescued by the Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI at a farm in Burnt Cabins. Her ordeal made national headlines, and the search was the largest man hunt in United States history at the time.

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

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Ward group donates to Healing Patch

The Ward Foundation recently presented a $5,000 donation to the Home Nursing Agency Healing Patch: A Program for Loss and Hope for Grieving Children and Their Families.

The Healing Patch is a free peer support program for children of all ages, preschool through 18 years, and their families who have suffered the death of a loved one.

The safe environment allows grieving children and families to discover they are not alone and that hope and healing are possible. The Healing Patch is offered free-of-charge to children and families and relies on individual and community dollars, grants and community events for support.

Altoona karate students win awards

The Altoona Dance Theatre Karate Program, under the instruction of Master Gates, has competed in three local tournaments, and their students received the following awards.

Bellefonte competition: Asher Shultz, first place, sparring, and first place, forms; Atticus Oster, second place, forms; Alex Lowery, second place, sparring.

Ebensburg competition: Asher Shultz, third place, forms; Gigi Gates, first place, forms; Rhea Liss, second place, sparring.

Johnstown: Cale Costa, third place, forms; Noah Staines, second place, forms, and second place, sparring; Bradley Gates, first place, sparring; Charles Lantz, second place, sparring; Asher Shultz, third place, sparring; Gigi Gates, first place, forms, and third place, sparring.

For more information about Altoona Dance Theatre Karate, visit or call 940-1250.

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IUP?honors couple for research

INDIANA, Pa.-A local couple completing their doctoral studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania were honored for research excellence during the 20th annual Outstanding Achievement in Sponsored Programs and Excellence in Graduate Student Research awards program.

The program is sponsored by IUP’s School of Graduate Studies and Research and the IUP Research Institute.

JoAnna Cogan-Ferchalk and Matthew Ferchalk, now of Wernersville, were chosen for the outstanding graduate student research award.

Both have completed their doctorate in education and school psychology at IUP.

Her dissertation is “The Utility of the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers in a Preschool-Age Special Educational Sample.”

She is the daughter of the Rev. John and Arlene Cogan and is a 1999 graduate of Penn Cambria High School, Cresson. She received her bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree from IUP.

Matthew Ferchalk’s dissertation is “Test Nationally, Benchmark Locally: Using Local DIBELS Benchmarks to Predict Performance on the PSSA.”

He is the son of Joseph and Sheila Ferchalk, Johnstown, and is a 1994 graduate of Forest Hills High School, Sidman. He received his bachelor’s degree from Lock Haven University and his master’s degree from IUP.

The couple have one son, Jonah.

Math students honored at IUP

INDIANA, Pa.- Two area students majoring in mathematics have been selected by the mathematics department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for a scholarship.

* Ryan Hillegass of Roaring Spring received the Arthur G. Morrell Memorial Scholarship. This cash award is given to a mathematics major completing the sophomore or junior year at IUP, who best reflects the character and interests of Captain Arthur G. Morrell.

The scholarship has been awarded since 1981 in memory of Art Morrell, a 1975 IUP graduate in the mathematics education, captain of the football team, and U.S. Marine pilot who died on a training flight. Art’s father was an IUP mathematics faculty member, now retired.

Hillegass, son of Michelle Davis, of Fort Lauderale, Fla., and Scott Hillegass, Normal, Ill., is a 2011 graduate of Normal Community High School.

* Kaitlyn Lishinsky received the Mildred M. Reigh Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is for an undergraduate or graduate student with junior standing who exemplifies excellence in or potential for excellence in mathematic teaching at the elementary or secondary level.

Lishinsky, daughter of Laura and Dave Lishinsky of Duncansville, is a 2011 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School. She is a dean’s list student, provost scholar and recipient of Dean’s Innovative Merit Scholarship and Marion Welsch Memorial Scholarship.

Lishinsky is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and co-president of Pre-Service Teachers of Mathematics.

Respiratory therapist class passes CRT

YTI Career Institute, Altoona, announced that all eight May graduates of the respiratory therapist program successfully completed the certified respiratory therapist test.

Administered by The National Board for Respiratory Care, the test objectively measures essential knowledge, skills and abilities required of entry-level respiratory therapists and must be passed prior to licensure in Pennsylvania and 48 other states.

The students are Andrew J. Gehlmann, Johnstown; Breeanna N. Himes, Altoona; Lisa K. Jones, Altoona; Kayla M. Morgan, Altoona; Brandon W. Phennicie, Hyndman; John Poole, Altoona; Sandra L. Southard, Philipsburg; and Jason P. Wyper, Hollidaysburg.

Student awarded WBC Scholarship

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. -?Tyler Dibert of Imler has been awarded an Academic Excellence Scholarship to attend Williams Baptist College.

The scholarship is awarded to students transferring to WBC from other institutions, based on their academic achievements.

Dibert is a graduate of Chestnut Ridge High School, New Paris.

He is the son of Jeffrey and Suzanne Dibert of Imler.

Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college.

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Photographer is artist of the month

The Altoona Area Public Library invites you to enjoy the unique photography of Kevin Suckling, its artist of the month for August.

The display includes a small portion of the award-winning “Endangered Species Series” by this local photographic artist. The series, a “photo safari” of sorts, consists of photographs of painted signs, which utilize animal imagery, in varying states of decay.

The series began accidently by Suckling more than 20 years ago, who up until then was known for his fine art copy work and landscape photography.

Suckling has selected a majority of local images for this exhibition, many of which have already become “extinct,” but also includes some from farther afield.

Local residents may enjoy recognizing and remembering some of the local signs.

Suckling credits his love of folk art, collecting and the appreciation of the lost art of the sign painter as his inspiration for this ongoing project.

This exhibit may be viewed during library hours through Aug. 29.

Out of the Darkness Walk is Sept. 27

The Blair County Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention and to honor those who have lost their lives will be held from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Sept. 27 at Mansion Park Field, Altoona.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and the opening ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. The speaker will be Carolyn Donaldson from WTAJ-TV.

Area residents are encouraged to preregister and donate today by visiting


For more information, email

Forest Hills Festival starts Aug. 30

ST. MICHAEL -?The Forest Hills?Festival will be held Aug. 30 and 31 and Sept. 1 at Berwind Wayside Park.

It will include live music, arts and crafts, ethnic and American food, games, bingo, children’s activities, a duck race, fireworks and an all-you-can-eat breakfast daily.

Admission and parking are free.

Proceeds will benefit the Adams Township/St. Michael Volunteer Fire Company.

Entertainment on?Aug. 30 will include Lights Out, Russell Wilburne and Fuse. Entertainment for Aug. 31 includes The SharpTones, Hard Rock, KoKo and Jo and Three Of Hearts. The entertainment for Sept. 1 will include Allon, Rosie and the Jammers and the Button Box polka group.

For more information, call 495-4111 or visit

Wine festival to aid Sandyvale Gardens

JOHNSTOWN – Following the success of the event’s inaugural year, the Sandyvale Wine Festival committee is planning for even more activities on Sept. 12 and 13. The event was founded to raise funds for the historical Sandyvale Memorial Gardens, in an effort to maintain the park, dog park, gardens and to make it a viable asset to the community.

This year’s new addition, the International Grand Tasting, kicks off events at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Crown Ballroom, Holiday Inn in historic downtown Johnstown. The dinner features the PLCB Chairman’s Selection wine buyer, Steve Pollack. The five-course dinner with specialty wine pairings promises to be festive, educational and gourmet. Seating to this event is very limited. Tickets are available for purchase online only at $150 per person.

The Sandyvale Wine Festival is being held on Sept. 13. Enjoy a day of wine samplings from 12 wineries, dozens of vendors, hot air balloon rides, entertainers and live music. The event is located at Sandyvale Memorial Gardens, 80 Hickory St., Johnstown.

Festival hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Performing bands will include Pittsburgh recording artist, Kenny Blake. Admission includes souvenir wine glass and access to all music, vendors and wineries. Attendees can also opt for a horse and carriage ride or to take a tethered hot air balloon ride at an additional cost.

Advanced admission tickets are discounted to $25 for a single ticket, or $20 each if purchasing two or more online, before Sept. 11. Tickets at door are $30 each or two for $50. Designated driver tickets are $10 at the door only. Tickets for both the International Grand Tasting and Sandyvale Wine Festival may be purchased at wine-festival.

Senior center plans entertainment

The Central Blair Senior Center, 1320 12th Ave., Altoona, will host entertainment by Clay Bowswer at 11 a.m. Sept. 5.

The event is free for individuals age 60 and older.

To RSVP, call Rhonda Manna, center coordinator, at 946-1235 by Sept. 4.

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Civil War festivities set for Aug. 17

WILLIAMSBURG – Royer Mansion will host Civil War festivities from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 17.

The mansion is on Route 866 between Martinsburg and Williamsburg.

Participants can talk with local Civil War re-enactors and learn about local involvement in the Civil War. There were 900 Civil War veterans from the Morrisons Cove.

There will be music and demonstrations of basket and loom weaving, rug plaiting, candle making, carving, fishing lures and powder horns.

Kettle corn will be available for purchase, and a pig roast by Frederick’s Meat Market will take place at 4 p.m. There is a $15 per person charge and RSVP for pig roast only. Children under 6 are free.

RSVP to 695-8087 or 381-9501 by Monday, Aug. 11.

Peach festival to be held Aug. 16

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Presbyterian Church, 601 Walnut St., will hold its annual Community Peach Festival from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 16. It will be held on the lawn in good weather, inside in inclement weather.

Music will be provided by Raining Blue.

The menu will include fresh peaches and ice cream, corn on the cob, hamburgers, hot dogs, sauerkraut, veggies, chips, soda and water.

Humane society offers special pricing

The Central Pennsylvania Humane Society has extended its special pricing through Aug. 31.

The price to adopt a kitten has been reduced from $75 to $50, with a second kitten free. If an adopted kitten has not been spayed or neutered, both must be of the same sex.

Adult cats can be adopted for $35 instead of $50, with another unaltered one for free. A spayed or neutered adult cat can be adopted for $10.

The shelter is also offering a half-off sale on the fees to adopt dogs. A dog that has not been spayed or neutered between 1 and 8 years of age can be adopted for half price, while dogs ages 9 and older can be adopted for free. Puppies up to 1 year old are full price.

The shelter also offers veterans’ pricing reductions, along with the Senior to Senior program.

For all adoptions, there is a $5 application fee required, and a microchip for the pet that also costs $5. There may also be additional fees for necessary dog licenses.

Burpee Garden offers special opening

DOYLESTOWN – The public is invited to August in the Garden at Burpee’s Historic Fordhook Farm, 105 New Britain Road.

The farm will be open for self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16, and Burpee experts will be on site.

Admission is free. For more information and directions, visit

Pistol Peg concert to benefit CMN

Pistol Peg and the Beer Kegs will hold a concert to benefit Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger from 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Bavarian Hall, 112 S. 13th St., Altoona.

The band is an all country cover band with a very large following in Blair and Cambria counties and has played several venues in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.

A limited amount of tickets will be sold for the event. Tickets are $10 and can be obtained by calling Paula Kane-Salyards at (814) 327-4258 or Bob Salyards at (814) 515-4732.

Raffle games and small games of chance also will be held during 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.

Library lists board members, hours

COALPORT – At its meeting on July 23, the Glendale Area Public Library Inc. board of trustees voted in two more members: Cheryl Adam and William D. Washell of Coalport.

These individuals bring the total number of board members to seven, which include the four officers who were voted in at the last meeting.

President Nancy Washell also informed the group that because patrons had not been visiting on Fridays, the library is now open on Mondays.

The new schedule of library hours are: 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays.

This change in hours has created a need for more volunteers. Washell requests anyone interested to visit or contact the library at 672-4378.

Sarah Stephenson, library activities director, noted that their recent “Pirate Party” was successful, with 14 children attending. The final story time of the summer – the “Back to School Bash” -?is scheduled for Aug. 17. Parents can enroll their children for this fun activity by calling the library.

A library book sale fundraiser will be running from Sept. 24 through Oct. 1 during regular open hours.

The board is trying an outreach program to provide books on-site for Tomorrow’s Hope and the Glendale Senior Center.

Juniata River Clean-Up is Aug. 24

The second annual Juniata River Clean-Up will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24.

Volunteers should meet at the Point Access (near Snyder’s Run) and will clean trash from the river via boats. Participants should take boats, gloves and sunscreen.

There will be a free shuttle, free lunch and discounted rentals through Rothrock Outfitters for those who don’t have their own boats ($15 for kayaks and $25 for canoes).

Interested individuals should sign up at

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S’more’s Day is Sunday at Raystown

ENTRIKEN -?Lake Raystown Resort, Lodge and Conference Center, 3101 Chipmunk Crossing, will hold its fourth annual National S’more’s Day celebration Sunday in the River Birch Ballroom.

The event will feature S’mores-themed activities and refreshments for all ages. You will even get a chance to indulge in our ultimate S’mores eating competition. The event is free to all participants!

Come and enjoy everyone’s favorite summer snack while watching a candy-themed feature film.

The ultimate S’mores eating and building competitions will be open to anyone who wishes to participate, and prizes will be awarded to the winners for both events. The winning S’mores in past years included things such as gummy worms, pretzels, sprinkles and more.

The schedule includes:

2 p.m. -?Registration and movie begins.

3:30 p.m. – Games and activities.

4 p.m. -?Ultimate S’more Building Competition.

4:30 p.m. -?Ultimate S’more Eating Competition.

5 p.m. – Winner’s Circle and event concludes.

Patton to hold Labor Day events

PATTON -?Labor Day will once again be celebrated in Patton Park on Aug. 31. This annual event is reminiscent of traditional hometown gatherings, attracting residents and visitors of the greater Patton area.

The day’s events include a car show, live bands, barbecue chicken dinner, basket auction, slow cooker cook-off and crafts/vendors. The concession stand will also be open.

In addition, there will be a 5K “Run for the Park” at 9 a.m. Aug. 30. Preregistration is available at www This run will feature a run/walk along the banks of Chest Creek.

The weekend events are sponsored by the Patton Park Commission, and all proceeds benefit continuing improvements and bath house construction at Patton Park.

Help is needed for all events, and student service hours will be documented. If interested, call the Patton Borough office at 674-3641 or Vickie at 674-5480.

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Unter Uns plans German Day

The Unter Uns Club, Van Buren Avenue and 14th Street, Altoona, will hold German Day from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

This event was started by Unter Uns, Brush Mountain Sportsmen Club and Bavarian Aid Society to help support the German tradition of music and dance. This is still one of the only events to continue to support the German tradition that the Unter Uns was founded on.

This year’s event will feature the music of Maria and John from Lancaster. They play a variety of old and new, polkas, waltzes and modern music.

During the intermission, attendees will be entertained with the dancing of the Almrausch Schuhplattlers. This dance group has been in Altoona since 1935 and has performed in many cities, including Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio and Buffalo, N.Y., as well as many areas in Pennsylvania. The group will be performing dances that are both old and new and originated in different regions of Germany.

This evening is filled with many German traditions, including German foods, such as German potato salad, hot pork sandwiches, bratwurst and hot dogs with sauerkraut.

Attendees can play corn hole or horseshoes in the club’s outdoor gardens.

A donation of $5 per person will be taken at the gate, and the event is open to all members, their guests and the general public.

Carrolltown Fire Jubilee starts Friday

CARROLLTOWN – The Carrolltown Fire Company Jubilee will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Each day will include rides, refreshments and games, and a Chinese auction will be held in the fire company banquet hall.

On Friday, the fire queen and princess contest will be held at 7 p.m., and Kuzi Night will begin at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the tractor parade will start at 5 p.m., a chainsaw carver will demonstrate from 3 to 9 p.m., music will be provided by Never Enough from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., and fireworks will begin at 10:30 p.m.

On Sunday, there will be a turkey dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $8.50 for adults, $4 for children ages 12 and younger and free for children ages 2 and younger.

The parade will begin at 3 p.m., and music will be provided by Stacy & Tony from 7 to 10 p.m.

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Balance, vertigo screenings offered

Keystone Physical Therapy will offer free balance and vertigo screenings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 14 at its offices at 169 Lakemont Park Blvd.,?Altoona.

This is for anyone experiencing dizziness, falls, loss of balance or motion sickness.

To register, call 946-0105.

Clothing give-away set for Aug. 16

CRESSON -?Cresson Alliance Church, 908 Fourth?St., will hold its eighth annual back-to-school clothing give-away from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 16.

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

All clothing and supplies will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All are welcome.

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.

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:

Tuesday and Wednesday- 1 to 4:30 p.m., Epworth Manor, Tyrone.

Aug. 9 and Sept. 13 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., UPMC Altoona

Aug. 11 – 4 to 8 p.m., DuBois Library.

Sept. 25 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Curwensville Library; 1 to 5 p.m., Bellwood-Antis Public Library.

Screenings at Ag Progress Days

UNIVERSITY PARK – The Pennsylvania AgrAbility Project and the PA Office of Rural Health, directed by Lisa Davis, will jointly host the Rural Health and Safety tent at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days Aug. 12 to 14.

Visitors to the Rural Health and Safety tent will have the opportunity to receive free health screenings that will include blood pressure readings, tetanus shots and vision screening.

In addition to the free health screenings, AgrAbility staff will be available throughout Ag Progress Days to answer questions about Pennsylvania’s AgrAbility program and how it can provide services to farmers and their families.

The tent will be located at the end of West Sixth Street at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs.

Program focuses on breast health

TYRONE -?The Tyrone Fitness and Wellness Center will provide a free educational program titled “Breast Health: Get the Facts” from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 18 in the main lobby at the Tyrone Health & Wellness Building on the Tyrone Regional Health Network campus at 154 Hospital Drive.

The program will be presented by Dr. Kelly Biggs, medical director of radiology at Tyrone Regional Health Network, and Lannette Johnston, certified registered nurse health coach at the Tyrone Fitness and Wellness Center and director of outreach at Tyrone Regional Health Network.

Those who attend will learn steps to take to support good breast health, signs and symptoms of breast abnormalities and the importance of mammograms.

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

Center to host Equality?Day program

The Van Zandt VA Medical Center EEO/Federal Women’s Program will host a Women’s Equality Day program at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 in the center’s second floor auditorium.

The program will feature Lori Bechtel-Wherry, Penn State Altoona’s chancellor and dean, the first woman to hold such a position in the college’s history.

The program is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 943-8164, ext. 7991.