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Dairy Promotion marks Dairy Month

The Blair County Dairy Promotion Committee presents a gift bag to the first baby born in June each year as a way to celebrate June as Dairy Month.

Included in the gift bags are dairy-themed toys, books and recipes. The 2016-17 Blair County Dairy Princess, Jenna Kephart, visited Nason Hospital in Roaring Spring and UPMC Altoona to deliver the gift bags and congratulate the parents.

n Kandace Anne Peppetti was born at 8:09 a.m. June 1 at Nason Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19 inches long. She is the daughter of Joel Peppetti and Melissa Peppetti and has two older brothers, Nikolas, age 4, and Lukas, age 2 1/2.

n Rylan Alexander Mazzei was born at 4:35 a.m. June 1 at UPMC Altoona. He is the son of Jacob and Jennifer Mazzei. He has an older sister, Zelma. He was 21 1/2 inches long and weighed 10 pounds, 7.5 ounces.

Claysburg Community Days Aug. 13-14

CLAYSBURG – The 41st Claysburg Community Days will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 13 and 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Claysburg Area Community Park.

There will be food, games, crafts and entertainment on both days.

Saturday’s entertainment includes the Little Miss Claysburg Pageant at 11:30 a.m., the band Country Tradition from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Gayle’s Shining Starz from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Felix and the Hurricanes from 7 to 10 p.m.

Sunday will begin with breakfast available starting at 9 a.m.

A community worship service will be held from 10:45 a.m. to noon. Pastor Ron Paige of the Harvest Church in Claysburg will deliver the sermon. The Claysburg Church of God Drama Team will present their special message of music. Also the Claysburg Community Chorus will perform under the direction of Tom Ringler. The proceeds of the offering will benefit the Claysburg Backpack program.

Sunday afternoon entertainment will include the band 5 Degrees Cooler from noon to 1 p.m., the Claysburg American Legion Band from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and the Moore Brothers Band from 3 to 6 p.m.

A softball tournament will be held both days at the Claysburg Little League Field.

New this year: Many food booths will be open at 9 a.m. Sunday for people to purchase breakfast items and beverages. All food booths will be closed from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. for the church service.

Organizations want booth space may contact Nancy Musselman at 239-5827 for details.

Hoedown to be held in Tipton

A hoedown featuring Steinbeisers and Friends will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Tipton Firehall.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase starting at 5 p.m. No alcohol is permitted.

Every person in the audience receives a free ticket for door prizes. Tickets also will be available for basket raffles.

Proceeds will go to a local family in need.

Veterans invited to horse therapy

Victory Therapeutic Horsemanship is seeking area veterans for its upcoming sessions, which start in August.

The group has been serving veterans in Blair, Centre, Cambria and Huntingdon counties since March 2015.

VTH is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded to provide veterans in central Pennsylvania a much-needed equine therapy program. It is headquartered in Bellwood.

Courses offered through VTH last eight weeks and they start from the ground up, teaching veterans the basic skills of horsemanship, and they keep building on the skills that they learn.

While the introductory classes are held at a stable near their headquarters, other locations in the area will host the riders as they progress to more challenging trails and ride longer distances.

Programs are offered to veterans at absolutely no cost. VTH is operated by an all-volunteer staff and operates entirely on donations, fundraisers and sponsorships.

For more information, visit or check out their Facebook page.

Officials to visit YMCA Aug. 3

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA, 1111 Hewit St., will host its third annual YMCA Advocacy Event on Aug. 3.

Local and state elected officials will be at the YMCA from 9 to 11 a.m. to see the Y in action, as well as the impact the Y has on the community.

Activities will include refreshments, tours, a showcase of the Y’s community benefit and an informal constituent forum.

For more information, contact Joy Bell at 695-4467 or

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‘Five Star 5 for 5’ set for Aug. 20

Greg Sloan, owner of Five Star Mitsubishi Altoona and Five Star Powersports, is hosting a 5K walk/run on Aug. 20 to raise money for five charities in Blair County.

In the “Five Star 5 for 5,” participants can choose to support Sister Paula’s Soup Kitchen, the American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis, the American Heart Association or the Mountain Lion BackPack Program – or all five charities equally.

The event will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 20 at Five Star Mitsubishi 1200 Logan Blvd. Altoona.

Race packets can be picked up beginning at 7:30 a.m. on race day.

For more information, visit or

Prizes will be given for first $200, second ($100) and third ($50) places in male, female and 12 and younger categories.

Early registration through Aug. 5 is $25, which includes a T-shirt.

Preregistration from Aug. 6 to 16 is $30.

Race day registration is $35.

Donations can be made on the website, or checks payable to Five Star Foundation/CPCF can be mailed to the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, 1330 11th Ave., Altoona, PA 16601. Unless otherwise advised, CPCF will notify the Five Star Foundation of donations.

Juniata Civics to meet Aug. 2

The Juniata Civic Association is planning fall activities.

After a very successful and increased use of its building and sports complex, the building committee will discuss changes in leases and rentals for both facilities,

Changes on the use of its sports complex will be discussed by the sports committee due to its overuse, along with additional programs requesting its use.

The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Juniata Pavilion.

Dorothy Day Center has new hours

LORETTO – The Dorothy Day Outreach Center at Saint Francis University has announced new hours, effective immediately.

With an overwhelming amount of administrative responsibilities, the center will be closed on the weekends and Mondays.

Food will now be distributed from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays only.

Because of a new opportunity enabling the center to give out fresh breads, vegetables and fruits to its clients, the food needs to be distributed immediately to prevent spoilage.

As a result, clients will be funneled to these new specific days and times, allowing more food to be given out with less waste.

The clothing pantry will be open from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Financial assistance, which operates from Oct. 1 through April 1, will remain by appointment only, as will furniture requests (appointment and availability only).

For more information, visit


Mount Nittany golf classic is Aug. 13

STATE COLLEGE – The 26th annual Mount Nittany Medical Center Golf Classic will be held Aug. 13 at the Penn State Golf Courses.

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11 a.m.

All golfers are welcome, and funds raised will benefit renovations to the medical center’s cardiac catheterization lab.

For more information or to register, visit or call 234.6777.

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Service Paws reaches out to community

Service Paws, a group that provides service dogs for people in need, will have an information table set up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Sam’s Club in the Wal-Mart Plaza, Altoona.

Representatives will be selling gift packages. There will also be small grab bags for children to purchase.

This is an opportunity to advise the group of anyone who may need the group’s services.

For more information, call 312-0009, email or text 414-6585.

The group also is collecting aluminum can tabs.

UPMC Bedford sets blood screenings

EVERETT – UPMC Bedford Memorial is offering health screenings that consist of a series of 28 tests, including cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Results are available the next day and can be sent to primary care physicians. For accurate results, patients must fast for 12 hours and not drink alcohol for 24 hours prior to screening.

The cost for the blood screening is $25. Additional tests/fees include urine microalbumin testing for kidney function in people with diabetes, $5; urinalysis, $3; TSH to check thyroid function, $5; A1C to test for diabetic compliance, $5; and PSA for prostate cancer, $10. Test results can be sent directly to the patient for $3.

Payment to be made by cash or check only. Testing fees cannot be submitted for insurance reimbursement. The schedule includes:

7 to 10 a.m. Aug. 13 – UPMC Bedford Memorial, 10455 Lincoln Highway, Everett.

7 to 10 a.m. Sept. 16 – Chestnut Ridge Family Medicine-UPMC, 2040 Quaker Valley Road, Fishertown.

Registration is not required. For more information, call the hospital laboratory at 623-3506.

Workshops to help relationships

The Children’s Aid Society in Clearfield County will launch Real Relationships in August.

Real Relationships, the newest program of Children’s Aid Society, offers marriage and relationship education workshops and retreats to teach the tools needed to establish, build and maintain successful relationships.

Free one-day workshops and couples retreats will be held in Altoona in August.

The one-day workshop is designed for engaged couples or those considering marriage. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at Comfort Suites, 140 Stroehman Drive, Altoona.

The weekend couples retreat is designed for married couples. It will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 13 at Comfort Suites. An overnight hotel stay is included.

Both programs address topics such as Encouraging Teamwork, Exploring Expectations, Improving Communication and Strengthening Commitment.

Free meals and Sheetz gas cards are included.

To enroll, call 205-4193 or email realrelationships

Christmas in?July event is Saturday

Our Community Cares Inc. will hold a Christmas in July event from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Capt. Jack Lions Park, Route 22, Mill Creek.

The event will include entertainment, games, a dunking booth, food, raffles and vendors of all types.

Proceeds will help replenish funds to help future applicants with emergency needs.

For vendor information or to be part of the entertainment, call 386-4912, email ourcommunitycares or message the group on Facebook.

For more information, visit

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Antique show planned in?Somerset

SOMERSET – With just less than a month to go, the list of vendors signing up for the 46th annual Somerset Antique Show Aug. 13 continues to grow.

The show, sponsored by the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce and Somerset Trust Co., is set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 13 on the streets of uptown Somerset.

It draws more than 100 vendors and an estimated 5,000 visitors to the region. The show features furniture, sports memorabilia, jewelry and quilts to glassware, books, paintings, toys, coins and more.

The event also includes an antique and classic car show from noon to 2 p.m. in the Somerset Trust Co. parking lot on West Main Street, as well as various food and drink vendors.

Admission is free, and free parking is available in the Somerset County parking garage along East Catherine Street, as well as at legal metered parking spaces. The event will be held rain or shine. Those attending should leave their pets at home.

Dealer space is still available. Contact the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce at 445-6431 or “”> for details.

For more information on the antique and classic car show, contact Somerset Trust Co. at 443-9200.

Raffle to benefit cardiac services

TYRONE – The Tyrone Hospital Foundation is conducting Disney raffle fundraiser to benefit cardiac services at Tyrone Hospital. The drawing will be held Nov. 23.

The first-place winner receives a trip for four people to Disney World. Trip includes: roundtrip airfare, transfers to and from resort, hotel accommodations, Disney’s Dining plan, Disney’s Hopper pass and all taxes paid.

The winner selects dates of travel with Heritage Travel.

The second-place winner receives $1,000.

Tickets are now for sale for a donation of $10 each. Tickets may be purchased by adults age 18 and older. Only 2,500 tickets will be sold.

Community members can purchase tickets at several locations on the Tyrone Regional Health Network campus including at the Tyrone Fitness & Wellness Center, the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute, the Tyrone Hospital snack bar, the Tyrone Hospital billing office and at the ProCare Outpatient Physical Therapy office. Tickets may also be purchased in Tyrone at the Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce, State Farm Insurance and Community Pharmacy.

“We will also be selling tickets at several different community events between now and the drawing date. People can follow the Tyrone Hospital Facebook page at and view the postings and events calendar to see the events where we will have a ticket booth,” said Murray Fetzer, director of the Tyrone Hospital Foundation. Events include Hoopsfest in Tyrone on Saturday and the Walk the Wine event in Tyrone on Aug. 12.

For more information, to purchase tickets or to help sell tickets, contact Fetzer at 684-1255, ext. 7121, or

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Cartwheel-a-thon set for July 23

The Allegheny Mountain Gymnastics League, along with the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA, will host a cartwheel-a-thon from 9 a.m. to noon July 23 at the YMCA to raise money for Emma Auker and her fight against brain cancer.

The event is open to anyone who can do a cartwheel and collect donations.

Forms can be downloaded from the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA website or register at the Y on the day of the event.

Events celebrate Sandwich Generation

DUNCANSVILLE – Join the community during Sandwich Generation Month to commemorate and celebrate the dedication, patience and caring of adults who are part of the Sandwich Generation – those caring for their children, as well as their own aging parents.

Events will be held throughout the U.S. in July, including displays at local libraries, organized by Griswold Home Care in Duncansville.

Griswold Home Care will maintain displays at the Blair County public libraries and at various other community locations.

These displays will provide information about the Sandwich Generation and ways to cope with the problems associated with their obligations.

The public is invited to participate in the events and celebration.

SFU students conducting research

LORETTO – Students from the physical therapy, occupational therapy and psychology departments of the Center for the Study of Rural Cancer Survivorship at Saint Francis University are conducting a research study on rural cancer survivors.

The goal of the research is to better understand the cancer survivor population on factors such as depression, fatigue (before, during and after treatment), quality of life, physical activity levels and satisfaction with the outcome of care, in order to improve the quality of care for cancer survivors.

Participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of eight $50 prize gift cards.

Individuals interested in participating in this research study, or simply want to learn more about it, may call 472-3249 or email

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Ticket raffle to benefit school

NEWRY – St. Patrick’s School will hold a ticket raffle fundraiser on July 31 in the school hall.

The doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and the raffle starts at 1 p.m.

Admission is $100 and admits the holder and one guest. Tickets include a free buffet.

Limited tickets are available.

For more information, call Monica at 215-7320.

Free movie night set for July 22

HOLLIDAYSBURG – A free family movie night will be held at dusk on July 22 at Canal Basin Park.

If it rains, the event will be held at First United Methodist Church, Allegheny Street, Hollidaysburg (limited to 200 people).

This is a drug-, alcohol- and tobacco-free event.

It is sponsored by Rise for Recovery and Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnership.

Hollidaysburg farm, craft market begins

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Hollidaysburg Farm & Craft Market returned in downtown Hollidaysburg this week on?Montgomery Street, off The Diamond.

It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Sept. 27.

Items for sale include fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs, fresh-cut flowers, baked goods, jams and jellies, honey, eggs, cider, crafts generated from farm-raised products, handmade jewelry and specialty products.

For more information and to join the market, contact the Hollidaysburg Community Partnership at 696-0544

DABC to hold ‘Open Mic Afternoon’

A casting call for “Open Mic Afternoon,” hosted by the Downtown Altoona Business Community and DiVersity Salon, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 21 in Rossman Park at 11th Avenue and 13th Street, next to the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

There will be food available from local food trucks.

For an application, email The deadline to audition is Aug. 6.

Historical society plans July events

EVERETT – The Bloody Run Historical Society has planned its July activities.

n An open house will be held at 2 p.m. July 24 at the Everett Train Station Museum. Fred Will will discuss Bedford County barns and barn stars. Visitors are invited to take photos of their barns and barn stories to share. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to help maintain programs and the facility.

n The society’s historical exhibit at the Everett Library for July features early churches of Everett with photos and descriptions done by Barbara Sponsler Miller. There will also be a Statue of Liberty poster, a challenge to “read” and a tribute to the Fourth of July.

Duncansville VFW?plans golf scramble

The Duncansville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8724 will hold its seventh annual golf scramble on Aug. 13 at Sylvan Hills Country Club, Hollidaysburg, with a 9 a.m. tee-off.

Proceeds will benefit the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home Activities Fund.

Organizers are looking for hole sponsors. A $50 donation will get a business card enlarged to 8×11 inches and placed on a green of choice. A $100 donation will include hole sponsorship and Facebook recognition.

For more information, call John?Gentry, event

coordinator, at 329-0369 or the VFW at 695-9703.

SAMA offers glass mosaic art class

The Southern?Alleghenies Museum of Art will offer “Glass Mosaics: Art Class for Adults” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 2, 4, 9 and 11 at SAMA’s Altoona museum.

The instructor will be Terry Johnson. Participants will create their own mixed glass work of mosaic art.

Classes are small, so everyone has maximum instructor interaction and they are all offered in a relaxed atmosphere to encourage discovery and development of creative skills. The classes are designed for beginners and intermediates.

The cost is $30 per person for all four days. All materials and refreshments are included. RSVP by calling 946-4464 or by visiting

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Backpack program sets night at Curve

The Mountain Lion BackPack Program has several events planned so the public can help it continue to provide food to 1,300 local children during the school year.

Saturday is Mountain Lion BackPack Day at the Altoona Curve. Cheer on the Curve at the 6 p.m. game against Harrisburg. Take a box of new, unopened granola bars to donate to the program.

July 29 is the second Summer Tasting of the Red, White and Brew at the U.S. Hotel Restaurant &?Tavern in Hollidaysburg.?The event is presented by the Blair/Bedford Builders Association. It will feature Brookmere Winery and Railroad City Brewing Co., with live entertainment from Dreadnot, Mama Corn and Raining Blue.

Tickets are $40 each or $75 for two. For tickets or more information, contact Ashley at 946-3651 or

Flea market to help flood victims

Bombshell Vintiques Downtown Altoona Flea Market will host an event with the American Red Cross to help West Virginia flood victims from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at 1419 11th Ave.

Vendor spaces are $10, which will be donated to the Red Cross. To reserve a flea market/yard sale space, call 946-7630.

The Red Cross will be there to collect monetary donations. A local musical group will provide entertainment, and local food trucks will be there.

Visit the event on Facebook.

‘Tee Off for T-Cells’ set for Friday

PHILIPSBURG – The second annual “Tee Off for

T-Cells” charity golf tournament is set to take place Friday at the Philipsburg Elks Lodge & Country Club.

The event, held by the Emily Whitehead Foundation, will bring together community members and golfers, including local sponsors and special guest celebrity athletes, to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

The CNB Bank-sponsored event will again be hosted by Oakland Raiders long-snapper and Philipsburg native Jon Condo.

Last summer’s inaugural tournament raised more than $40,000 – the funds of which went toward Ethe foundation’s first grant in the amount of $100,000, awarded to Dr. Stephan Grupp, a pediatric oncologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and used to further develop and provide T-cell therapy to children with cancer.

Special guests scheduled to attend include Matt McGloin, former Penn State quarterback and Oakland Raider; Nate Stupar of the New Orleans Saints; Zak DeOssie of the New York Giants; and Kerry McCoy, former Penn State wrestler, two-time Olympian and University of Maryland wrestling head coach.

Golfers and community members may have the opportunity to meet these celebrity athletes by attending the post-tournament social hour.

Golfers have already filled all available spots for the tournament; however, the public is invited and encouraged to attend the silent auction and post-tournament live auction and social hour.

While attending the live auction and social hour will require purchase of a ticket, the silent auction will be free admission and open to the public – a change from last year.

More information on “Tee Off for T-Cells,” including a complete list of auction items and social hour ticket information, can be found at www

Hollidaysburg class of ’50 to meet today

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The class members of the Hollidaysburg High School class of 1950 hold luncheon meetings at 12:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at The Dream restaurant. The next meeting is today.

Spouses are also welcome to attend.

For more information, call 695-1573 or 695-0028.

Voice problems to be discussed

EVERETT – The UPMC Bedford Memorial Alive and Well Series will discuss chronic hoarseness and other voice problems at 6:30 p.m. July 28 at Homewood at Spring House Estates, 150 Victoria Ave.

During the presentation, a UPMC Bedford Memorial expert will discuss common voice disorders, in-office diagnosis techniques, symptoms, causes, non-surgical and surgical treatments.

Participants will learn about vocal conditions such as chronic hoarseness.

The presenter will be Dr. Elliott Bilofsky of UPMC Altoona Ear, Nose & Throat, with offices in Altoona, Everett, McConnellsburg, and Huntingdon.

This event is open to the public, but reservations are required by calling 623-3773. Refreshments will be served.

Beekeepers to meet Sunday

NICKTOWN -?The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in Pavilion 10 at Duman Lake County Park, 157 County Road.

The speaker will be Seth Mesoras from the Pennsylvania Game Commission. There is no charge to attend, and participants need not be beekeepers.

For more information, call 472-7637 or email

Association for Blind sets programs

The Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind offers weekly opportunities for educational programs and socializing.

All programs are at 10 a.m. Unless otherwise stated, programs are held at 300 Fifth Ave., Altoona.

Today – “Budget Counseling,” Jody Cris, Center for Independent Living.

July 20 – Shopping at an Amish market.

July 27 – “Senior Companion Program,” Lindsay Wilson, Blair Senior Services.

For more information, call 944-2021. Programs are open to the public.

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Mini-golf event set for July 23

The Altoona Walk to End Alzheimer’s will host its second annual Mini-Golf Tournament from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 23.

The tournament will be held at the largest mini-golf course in the county at Lakemont Park.

The tournament helps to support the more than 5,000 Blair County residents affected by the disease.

Prizes will be awarded to the best/worst scores. Participation is a $5 donation.

Any questions can be directed to walk chair, Endy Reindl, at 693-3610 or Endicott.Reindl@homeinstead


Book sale planned in Curwensville

CURWENSVILLE – The Curwensville Public Library, 601 Beech St., will hold a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Saturday is $4-a-bag day, or, if you only want paperback books, you can fill a bag for $2.

New books will be added to the sale each day.

All proceeds will benefit the library.

Council seeks groups for parade

The Blair County War Veterans Council is looking for groups to participate in the 2016 Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11 in downtown Altoona.

Interested organizations should send a letter to Cmdr. Lloyd Peck, 2000 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602.

200 Club to benefit Miracle Network

Tickets are on sale for a special 200 Club benefiting Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger.

The event will be held from 5 to 11 p.m., July 23 at the Swiss Club of Altoona, 1219 Harrison Ave.

Tickets are $100 and include dinner, beverages and entertainment for two guests. Ticketholders need not be present to win.

For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Paula Salyards at 327-4258.

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.

Re-enactors to meet Wednesday

STATE COLLEGE -?The 148th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C, Civil War Re-enactment Group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hoss’s Steak & Sea House, 1450 N. Atherton St.

The group will discuss upcoming Civil War re-enactment events, including the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Manassas/Bull Run, which will be held the weekend of July 22 to 24 at the Cedar Creek Battlefield in Middletown, Va., and the annual Civil War Days at Greenwood Furnace State Park, Huntingdon County, the weekend of Aug. 20 and 21.

The regiment is recruiting new members. Anyone who is interested in learning more about Civil War re-enacting or the Civil War in general is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Lynn Herman, president, at 861-0770.

AFSCME 8303 picnic is Wednesday

EBENSBURG -?The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Sub-Chapter 8303, will hold its summer picnic at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Penn Gables Restaurant.

Those attending should take a canned food item.

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Golf event to aid cancer patients

The ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund is planning a golf tournament on Sept. 23 at Sinking Valley Country Club. Registration for the four-person scramble tournament begins at noon, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $100 per player.

Proceeds from the ThinkBIG for Kids Golf Tournament will be used to help children with pediatric cancer and their families.

The mission of ThinkBIG is to take the stress away from families of pediatric cancer patients by providing financial support for unexpected out-of-pocket expenses related to the child’s care.

Recently, ThinkBIG separated from Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital to better serve patients.

Already this year, ThinkBIG has been able to help dozens of families across the state, including families in the Centre and Blair county regions.

For more information about ThinkBIG, sponsorship opportunities or to register for the tournament, contact Mike McMullen at mmmcmullen@geisinger

.edu or 949-2302.

Veterans, widows invited to food bank

DUNCANSVILLE – The Duncansville Veterans of Foreign War Post 8724 Auxiliary sponsors a monthly Central PA Food Bank at the Duncansville VFW Post 8724, 1665 Newry Lane.

The next give-away will be held on Monday. It is for area veterans, widows and active duty service members.

Additional dates are Aug. 8, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.

Proof of eligibility is needed – Military ID or DD-214. Participants must preregister by calling Keri at 207-9495 or Alice at 239-9264.

Quaint Corner sets summer program

A Quaint Corner Children’s Museum, 2000 Union Ave. Altoona, will hold the following programs. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Admission is $4 per adult and children age 2 and older and free for members.

10:30 a.m. July 13 – Environmental Education Program with the Blair County Conservation District. Participants will enjoy hands-on learning about plants and pollinators and make seed balls. Explore the Museum beforehand and/or afterward.

The program is included with admission and is free for members.

For more information, call 944-6830 or email

Center selling discounted park tickets

TIPTON -?The Northern Blair County Recreation Commission is selling discounted amusement park tickets to regional amusement parks.

Tickets are available at the Northern Blair County Recreation Center at 4080 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona. The center is near DelGrosso’s Amusement Park on Old Route 220.

Tickets may be purchased by cash and credit cards. A convenience fee will be charged for all credit card transactions. There are no refunds and/or returns. Please feel free to call the Rec Center at 742-9500 with any questions.

The following discounted tickets are available:

Baltimore Aquarium – $33 for adults/$21 for ages 3 to 11.

Cedar Point – $50; Ride and Refresh: $56/$11 in drinks; Crayola Experience: $15.

DelGrosso’s Amusement Park – $21 all day rides/waterpark

Dutch Wonderland – $34.

Hersheypark – $49 for ages 9 to 54/$38 for ages 3 to 8.

Idlewild – $32 for ages 3 and older.

Kennywood – $30 for ages 3 to 54, more than 46 inches tall.

Knoebel’s Amusement Park – $34 (weekday more than 48 inches tall/$20 (weekday less than 48 inches tall).

Maryland Zoo – $13 for ages 12 and older)/$10 for ages 2 to 11.

Pittsburgh Zoo general admission – $12 for ages 2 and older.

Sandcastle – $23 for people more than 48 inches tall.

Six Flags – $43 for ages 3 and older; $40 for regular 3+ theme park; Hurricane Harbor Waterpark: $31.

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Association for Blind sets programs

The Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind offers weekly opportunities for educational programs and socializing.

All programs are at 10 a.m. Unless otherwise stated, programs are held at 300 FifthAve., Altoona.

Wednesday – Shopping at Dollar Tree.

July 13 – “Budget Counseling,” Jody Cris, Center for Independent Living.

July 20 – Shopping at Amish Market.

July 27 – “Senior Companion Program,” Lindsay Wilson, Blair Senior Services.

For more information, call 944-2021. Programs are open to the public.

This Specialized Services program is funded in part through grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services, and Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Dance Saturday to feature Flashbacks

The Blair Bedford Labor Council will sponsor “A Night with the Fabulous Flashbacks” from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Unter Uns Society, 1400 Van Buren Ave., Altoona.

Tickets are $5 per person and are available at Thompson’s Pharmacy in Juniata and the Unter Uns Society or by calling 941-2776.

Carry-in snacks will be permitted, but no beverages can be taken in.

Historical society plans July events

EVERETT – The Bloody Run Historical Society has planned its July activities.

n The society will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Everett Train Station Museum on Fifth Street. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and features not only railroad memorabilia but community history as well. Check out the new Instant Ancestor addition featuring old area photos unidentified but for sale. Coming soon will be a selection of old and new colored post cards and an Everett post card book available in the gift shop, as well as a small table-size Thomas the Engine layout, where youngsters can play engineer.

n An open house will be held at 2 p.m. July 24 at the Everett Train Station Museum. Fred Will will discuss Bedford County barns and barn stars. Visitors are invited to bring along photos of their barns and barn stories to share. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to help maintain these programs and the facility.

n The historical exhibit at the Everett Library for July features early churches of Everett with photos and descriptions done by Barbara Sponsler Miller. There will also be a Statue of Liberty poster, a challenge to “read,” a tribute to the Fourth of July. It is being presented by the Bloody Run Historical Society.

Across the area

Waste collection set at PNG Field

The Intermunicipal Relations Committee will hold a two-day household hazardous waste collection from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 9 at PNG Field,?Altoona.

The charge is $10 per car trunk-load with an additional charge for all paints. Latex and oil paint will be accepted and recycled for 25 cents per pound.

Residents throughout Blair County are encouraged to take their household hazardous waste to the collection. Material from businesses will not be collected without a preregistration appointment.

Acceptable items are aerosols, antifreeze, automotive batteries, corrosive acids and bases, flammable liquids, solids and adhesives, fluorescent light bulbs, garden chemicals, herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, used motor oil, oil-based paints, oil filters, paint solvents, organic peroxides, oxidizing liquids and solids, poisonous liquids and solids, pool chemicals, PCB ballast and capacitors, reactive and non-reactive chemicals and indeterminate chemicals.

No other items will be accepted at this event. No medications or alkaline batteries will be accepted.

This is an annual event, but will not be hosted again in Blair County until 2017. The event is co-sponsored by the IRC and the State Department of Environmental Protection and the State Department of Agriculture. MXI of Virginia was the successful contractor.

Volunteers are needed on both days. For more information, visit

If you have questions or would like to volunteer, call 942-7472 or email

Inkwell to meet Thursday at Marzoni’s

DUNCANSVILLE – The monthly meeting of the Inkwell will be held July 7 at Marzoni’s Brick Oven and Brewing Co., 165 Patchway Road, beginning with dinner at 6 p.m. and followed at 7:15 p.m. by “Pulling out the Words with Prudence.”

The presentation is based on 20 years developing interactive strategies for pulling out words from timid international college kids in three different levels of writing classes at Juniata College.

This month’s presenter is Prudence Ingerman.

The Inkwell is a group of individuals dedicated to educating and supporting novice and accomplished writers and is open to writers of all levels and genres.

During the monthly meetings the creativity, craft, and business of writing will be emphasized.

The group is supported by Pennwriters Inc., a nonprofit multi-genre writing organization established in 1988 as a networking tool for published and aspiring writers. Pennwriters offers an annual three-day writers conference, area events, on-line courses, E-mail groups, and social networks.

The Inkwell in Area 4 Pennwriters covers Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Mifflin and Somerset counties.

The dinner and presentation are open to all writers, from beginner to published. A membership in Pennwriters is not necessary. If you plan to attend the July event and for more information about Pennwriters and the Inkwell, contact Tanya Schleiden, Area 4 representative, at

Civil?War Roundtable to meet

BOALSBURG – The Central PA Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the PA Military Museum auditorium, 602 Boalsburg Road.

Lynn and Julianne Herman will speak on “Civil War in the Far, Far West.”

Lynn and Julianne Herman have been long-time members and officers in the Central PA Civil War Round Table and are Civil War re-enactors for the 148th PA Volunteer Infantry, Company C.

All members and anyone interested in joining the Central PA Civil War Roundtable are encouraged to attend.

For more information, call 861-0770.