Club notes

NARVRE to meet Wednesday

DUNCANSVILLE – The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees Inc. will meet 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 this informal meeting of NARVRE, Unit 173, Altoona.

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

Women’s Connection plans luncheon

HOLLIDAYSBURG -?”Fall Into Fashion” is the theme of the Altoona Women’s Connection luncheon scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at The Blairmont Club, 265 Larch St. The cost is $14 per person. All women are invited to attend.

The special feature will be a fashion show by Christopher & Banks.

Judy Inman of Erie will speak on the topic “Who’s In Control.” Special music will be provided by Twila Manganella of Altoona.

Reservations must be made by Sept. 7 by calling Mary Lou at 944-5438.

Club notes

Patton Garden Club to meet Monday

PATTON – The Patton Garden Club will hold its August meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Patton Library.

Penn State Master Gardener Becky Prostejovski will do a presentation on “Garden Art.” This will be a hands-on program, where the members will make leaf-shaped platters out of hypertufa to be used as garden art.

Members should take a sturdy surface, such as a cookie sheet to take their project home on.

The club recognized Slovikosky Landscaping for its donation of mulch for the Corner Lot Garden in Patton.

A garden tour was recently held at the gardens of five members. Each of the gardens had its own special and unique plantings and was enjoyed by all who participated in the tour.

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

War descendants to meet Wednesday

BELLWOOD – The Descendants of Civil War Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library.

Belle Boyd will speak on “Confederate Spies.”

The meeting is open to the public.

Bridge club announces recent winners

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

Aug. 13 – Barbara Marinak and Othella Anderson, first; Pat Dorfmeister and Martha Plummer, second; Bob Bellon and Irv Seltzer, third; Jean Keller and Helen Gorsuch, fourth; Bea Stevens and Mary Moran, fifth; Dauby Oswalt and Louise Magee, sixth.

Aug. 14 – Seltzer and Ed McCauley, first; Marinak and Anderson, second; Carl Hurd and Peg Robinson, third; Stevens and Moran, fourth.

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

For more information, call Robinson at 942-8396.

Association plans ox roast next weekend

The Blair County Game, Fish and Forestry Association, 301 Riggles Gap Sportsman Road, Altoona, will hold its 76th annual ox roast from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

This event will kick off the association’s 100th anniversary celebration.

Activities include trap shooting, 3D archery (starting at 8 a.m.), running deer, bowling pin and novelty shoot, kids games, bingo, bottle cap shoot, sportsman’s flea market, a .22 caliber shooting gallery and drop the block on the main range.

Labor Day activities include a field day shoot and live music from the Back Yard Rockers.

There will be food, including ox roast sandwiches, hay rides, arts and crafts vendors. Parking is free.

For more information, call the lodge at 942-8522 or visit

Club notes

Blair Garden Club holds annual picnic

Members of the Blair Garden Club met at Canoe Creek State Park for their annual picnic on July 28. Members shared their special dishes for the picnic.

Jody Wallace, environmental education specialist for the Blair County Conservation District, presented a hands-on environmental program stressing the damage pollutants cause to streams.

Blair Garden Club held its own private flower show. Members brought the results of their efforts to the meeting and each discussed their display.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at the 28th Street Church of the Brethren. Mary Jo Gardill, member of the Garden Club of Johnstown and flower show judge since 1994, now a master judge, will instruct club members on the basics of flower design.

Altoona Sewing Club to meet Monday

The Altoona Area Sewing Club will hold it’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at The Greenwood United Methodist Church.

This month’s class will be on Rotary Cutting, Applique and patchwork lessons for completing a quilt.

The class will be taught by Lori Bigelow and Diane Zodel.

If interested in attending, please call Kathy Carosielli at 742-8202 and we will let you know if any supplies are required. If you would like more information about the Club, please call Kathy at 742-8202.

Bridge club announces recent winners

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

Aug. 2 Unit Championship: Carl Hurd and Peg Robinson, first; Bud Kury and Carol Daley-Robson, second; Irv Seltzer and Ed McCauley, third; John Soldo, Phyllis Robbins, Carol Moyer, and Jean Green, tied for fourth.

Aug. 6 McCauley and Fred Colabrese, first; Hurd and Helen Gorsuch, second; Robinson and Roger Howey, third; Dave and Marcia Dravis, fourth; Seltzer and Bob Bellon, fifth; Jeannine Fagley and JoEllen Gehl, sixth; Keller and Moyer, seventh.

Aug. 7 – Hurd and Robinson, first; Keller and Green, second; McCauley and Seltzer, third; Barbara and Justin Marinak, fourth.

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, please call Robinson at 942-8396.

Club notes

PFFSO holds convention in Butler

The Pennsylvania Federation of Fraternal and Social Organization held its annual convention from June 6 to 8 in Butler.

This organization is made up of clubs throughout Pennsylvania with the mission of helping clubs stay in tune with rules and regulations regarding operations.

PFFSO also offers legal and lobbying efforts to help benefit these organizations.

At the convention, delegates were brought up-to-date on the legislation that has been passed recently or may be coming up for votes in the state houses.

Thomas Hanzes, president of the state PFFSO, presented the President’s Award to Mike Snyder, unit director of Blair County, for his contributions to the county and state PFFSO.

Laura Kelly of the Buccinese Club received the Blair County Club Person of the Year award for her contributions to the Buccinese and the Blair County PFFSO, where she serves as treasurer.

Any organization interested in joining can email

Iota chapter elects officers for 2014-16

The Iota Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators recently announced its newly elected officers for 2014-16.

They are Florence Warfel and Deanna Haddle, co-presidents; Josephine Romani, first vice president; Edna Neely, second vice president; Nancy Robinson, treasurer; Elaine Smith, corresponding secretary; Norma Biesecker and Jean Thompson, co-recording secretaries; and Lelia Calderwood, parliamentarian.

Koi Club to meet in?Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG -?A local Koi Club will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Williamsburg Borough Building.

The club meets each month to exchange knowledge, ideas, tips and photos with koi owners in Morrisons Cove.

They also try to solve pond or koi issues through a network of experts. September activities include a seminar field trip and outdoor meeting.

Each month covers one essential element. The next topic is “How to Grow Koi Big.”

For more information, visit

The club is free to join.

Blair Garden Club presents scholarship

The Blair Garden Club of Altoona offered a $1,000 scholarship to eligible high school seniors.

At the club’s June 23 meeting, the Sue Brower and Linda Renney of the Scholarship Committee presented this scholarship to Sierra Satterfield.

Sierra will be attending Penn State Altoona, where she will be majoring in environmental resource management.

Bridge club announces recent winners

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

July 30 – Jean Green and Jean Keller, first; Othella Anderson and Mary Moran, second; Carl Hurd and Helen Gorsuch, third; Carol Moyer, Ed McCauley, Dave and Marcia Dravis tied for fourth.

July 31 – Keller and Green, first; McCauley and Irv Seltzer, second; JoEllen Gehl and Louise Magee, third.

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 Peg Robinson at 942-8396.

Club notes

Lakemont Lions Club installs officers

During the June meeting of the Lakemont Lions Club, the officers for the 2014-15 year were installed by past district governor Bill Higgins.

Higgins challenged all officers to serve in their position in the true spirit of the Lions organization, with the motto being “We Serve.”

The Lions organization is the world’s largest, nonprofit service organization serving more than 215 countries with 1.3 million members.

For information about joining, call Edwards at 943-6310.

Blair Garden Club hosts speaker

The Blair Garden Club met June 23 at the 28th Street Church of the Brethren, Altoona.

Ed Meek of Meek Tree Service in State College suggested which trees to grow successfully in the area, the general care and diseases associated with these trees.

The company offers a full line of tree services throughout central Pennsylvania from tree and shrub pruning/surgery to fertilization and insect control.

Women’s Connection plans luncheon

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Altoona Women’s Connection will hold its “A ‘thirty-one’ Woman” luncheon on Aug. 13 at The Blairmont Club, 265 Larch St. The cost is $14 per person.

Suzanne Updike of Johnstown will speak on “A Summer to Remember.”

Clair DeArmitt of Bellwood will be the soloist, and the special feature will be Christine Zernick, who will talk about “thirty-one” gift ideas.

Reservations must be made by Aug. 10 by calling Mary Lou at 944-5438.

Altoona Women’s Connection is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

AFSCME to meet Wednesday

The executive board meeting of Subchapter 8306 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Retirees will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Patchway Drive office, followed by the regular meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Those attending can sign up for their covered dish for the Aug. 20 picnic, to be held at Duncansville Park.

Cloggers attend dancing workshop

Members of the Horseshoe Cloggers had the opportunity to attend clog dancing workshops this spring.

These workshops offer local clog dancers to take classes from nationally known instructors, dancers and choreographers, thereby exposing local cloggers to the world of clog dance styles and opportunities.

The Spring Stomp, a one-day workshop at Westminster, Md., held by the Carroll County Cloggers, was held on March 15. The featured main instructor was Morgan Hudson from Stanton, Ky. Additional teaching was done by instructors from Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey.

Those who attended were Jennifer Harclerode, New Paris; Jimmy, Cheyanne, Sierra, Alyssa and Ann Beiswenger, Ashville; Tracie Madden and Jeremy Reese, Roaring Spring; Judy Schirmacher, Altoona; Kelly Bushore, Duncansville; Marylou Wells and Darlene Eicher, Hollidaysburg; Gerry Brigman, State College; and Krista Maola, Bedford.

For more information about the Horseshoe Cloggers, contact Tracie Madden at or call 224-1533. Classes and exhibitions are available.

Bridge club announces recent winners

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

July 23 – Phyllis Robbins and John Soldo, first; Justin and Barbara Marinak, second; Dauby Oswalt and Louise Magee, third; Helen Gorsuch and Jean Keller, fourth.

July 24 – Cheryl Wherry and Leslie Musselman, first; Carol Moyer and Kevin Davis, second; Ed McCauley and Irv Seltzer, third.