Club notes

Hollidaysburg Lions Club installs officers

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Hollidaysburg Lions Club held its installation banquet on June 17.

Officers were installed by past district governor Mike Turek. They are William Bottenfield, president; Richard Curry, Fred Morris and David Clabaugh, vice presidents; Janet Clabaugh, secretary/treasurer; Sheldon Burk, Lion Tamer; Ken Miller, Tail Twister; David Clabaugh, membership director; and Ralph Arthur, Richard Gajewski, Darrell Wallace and Jack Frank, directors.

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

Lions are men and women who volunteer their time for humanitarian causes. Founded in 1917, the association’s motto is “We serve.” The Hollidaysburg Lions Club, chartered in 1945, has 21 members and last year contributed more than $3,000 to various causes in the community.

For membership information, call David Clabaugh at 695-4096.

Kiwanis to honor distinguished citizen

The Kiwanis Club of Altoona will present the 2016 Distinguished Citizen Award to Rex Kaup during the club’s annual dinner on?Sept. 28 at The Calvin House,?Duncansville.

Kaup was chosen for the award because of his dedication and hard work as a partner in the accounting firm of Young, Oakes, Brown & Co., P.C., and his involvement with various business and community organizations.

Kaup, a certified public accountant, a partner of Young, Oakes, Brown & Co., has been providing accounting, tax and advisory services to businesses in central Pennsylvania for a number of years and has spent a tremendous amount of time giving back to his community through various organizations such as the Penn State University Alumni Association, Rotary Club of Altoona, Advisory Board of Penn State Altoona, Blair County Sports Hall of Fame, Blair County Chamber and various other business and community organizations.

Individuals interested in attending the dinner can contact David Scott at 944-4153, ext. 235, or Tickets are $40 per person.

Association plans ox roast festival

The Blair County Game, Fish and Forestry Association, 301 Riggles Gap Sportsman Road, Altoona, will hold its 78th annual Ox Roast Festival on Sept. 4 and 5.

The festival will kick off with a 99 bird trap shoot at 6 p.m. Saturday. The 3D Archery (30 target course) starts at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 4 and 5. Other activities both days include trap shooting, 5 Stand, running deer, handgun steel plate shoot, kids games, sportsman’s flea market and a .22 caliber shooting gallery.

Bands include Down to the Wire at noon Sept. 4, Rokkandy at 2 p.m. Sept. 4, The Backyard Rockers at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 5 and Borrowed Time at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 5.

Sept. 5’s special activities include a field day of six events, which are .22 rifle, high power rifle, running deer, handgun, archery and disappearing bear.

There will be food, including ox roast sandwiches and baked macaroni and cheese, hay rides, bingo at 1 p.m. and lots of vendors. Admission and parking are free.

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

DAR hears talk about Pentagon

The Adam Holliday Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met Aug. 13 at Park Hills Country Club.

Retired Lt.?Col. Deborah (Hanwell) DePastina, a Hollidaysburg native, presented a program about the Pentagon, her workplace. Although no photographs are allowed to be taken in the interior of the building, she gave descriptions of the many displays for viewing in the various corridors.

Karen Morrow was inducted as a new member in June, and Shirley Fahr was inducted in August.

Any woman who can prove lineage to a Revolutionary War Patriot and would like to find out more about DAR membership and activities may call Secretary Rosalyn Howsare at 942-9149.

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Patton Garden Club plans dinner

PATTON -?The Patton Garden Club presented its first Garden of Distinction Award for this year to Rick and Dana Sherry who live on Palmer Avenue.

The club will hold a progressive dinner and garden tour on Monday.

Members will enjoy appetizers, salads and desserts as they tour the gardens of club members Mona Weakland, Helen Ivory and Mary Davis.

The club will hold its annual mum sale on Sept. 1. Mums must be pre-ordered from a club member.

Anyone with an interest in gardening, flowers or horticulture or joining the club is welcome to attend a meeting or call Mary Lou at 674-5293 for more information.

Blair Garden Club to meet Monday

The Blair Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library.

Members will carpool to the gardens of Cathy Schwartz, a Penn State master gardener, and learn about growing vegetables and flowers in straw bales. The public is welcome to attend.

Participants will return to the library for a business meeting.

The club’s flower show, “Books in Bloom,” will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the library.

Historical society to meet in?Bellwood

BELLWOOD -?The Bellwood-Antis Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library. The meeting is open to the public.

Lynn Herman of Philipsburg will offer a program titled “The Lewis and Clark Expedition, Thomas Jefferson and Indian Diplomat Chief Sheheke – 1806-1807.”

He will speak about captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, bringing reports, along with Indians, to President Jefferson.

Golden Nuggets plan dinner-dance

The Golden Nuggets senior citizens club will sponsor a dinner-dance on Thursday in the upstairs ballroom of the Bavarian Hall, Altoona.

Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., with dancing for three hours after the meal.

Admission is $10 per person, and the club is accepting new members.

For more information, call Hilda at 944-6320 or Mackey at 793-2859.

Bridge club announces recent winners

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

Aug. 3 -?North/South: Hope Sheehan and Phylliss Robbins, first; Mary Moran and Bea Stevens, second. East/West: Irving Seltzer and Larry Gourley, first; John Regan and Jeff Gourley, second.

Aug. 4 -?Ed McCauley and Irving Seltzer, first; Mary Moran and Bea Stevens, second; Jeff and Larry Gourley, third; Marcia and Dave Dravis, fourth place.

Aug. 10 – North/South: Hope Sheehan and Phylliss Robbins, first; Barbara Marinak and Jean Green, second; Carol Moyer and Cheryl Wherry, third. East/West: Peg Robinson and Roger Howey, first; John Regan and Helen Gorsuch, second; Dave and Marcia Dravis, third.

Aug. 11 – North/South:?Genia Sommer and Peggy Gutshall, first; Jeff and Larry Gourley, second. East/West: Thana Moussa and Summer Rifkah, first; Leslie Musselman and Cheryl Wherry, second.

All of are games are open to the public. Games are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at the American Legion Social Hall in Holidaysburg.

For more information, visit altoonaduplicatebridge

.com or call Bruce Baldwin, manager, at 695-0182.

Parrot Head Club to sponsor fundraiser

The Altoona Railway Fins Parrot Head Club will sponsor a beach-themed fundraiser on Friday at St. Patrick’s School gymnasium in Newry. Proceeds will benefit the school.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

The event will include a pre-party feast from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by music by DJ Davey B from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.

There will be a silent auction, basket raffles, a 50/50 raffle drawing and tear-off tickets.

Tickets are $25 per person or $125 for a table of six, which includes the pre-party feast, dessert, beer, wine and soda. Those attending must be at least 21 years old.

For tickets, contact Jim Weaver at 935-1325 or Scott Donnelly at 505-5206 or

Tickets also are available at the church and school offices.

For more information about the club and its other fundraisers, visit Railwayfins on Facebook.

Area clubs and nonprofits can email their news and photos to more information, call Brenda Carberry, community news coordinator, at 946-7459.

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Morrisons Cove Rotary installs officers

MARTINSBURG – The Morrisons Cove Rotary Club has announced its 2016-17 officers with President Craig L. Carlson accepting the leadership gavel from Immediate Past President Derek Martin.

Cheryl J. Gonsman, vice president, and Bryan S. Horetsky, treasurer, joined the Executive Committee as first-time club officers. John R. Biddle will continue as secretary.

Morrisons Cove Rotary Club represents Southern Blair and Northern Bedford counties, formerly the Roaring Spring Rotary and Martinsburg Rotary Clubs. The club’s original Charter Date is July 15, 1926. Morrisons Cove Rotary Club is a member of the Rotary Clubs of Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia in District 7360 of Rotary International

Morrisons Cove Rotary Club is deeply rooted in its communities with several youth programs. These include the annual Dictionary Project, Four-Way Speech Contest, Students of the Month Program (honoring a student from Central, Northern Bedford and Williamsburg High Schools each month during the school year,) Interact Club, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Inbound and Outbound Foreign Exchange Students Program participation.

The club meets at 7 a.m. every Tuesday at the Spring Cove School District Administration Building in Roaring Spring. For more information on becoming a member of the club, visit

Genealogical society to meet Thursday

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

James Lowe will present “World War I and II American Propaganda Posters.”

During the 1990s, Lowe began collecting artifacts from the American Home Front in World War II and has amassed one of the largest collections in the country. He has contributed to a number of books on the Home Front in World War II, and photos of his collection have also been used in a number of publications.

Lowe is a social studies teacher at Altoona Area High School, where he has taught American history for 26 years. He has been recognized with the AASD CARE award for excellence in teaching and the President’s Award from the Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies. He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Club of Altoona. Lowe is vice president of the Blair County Historical Society.

After the presentation, the society will offer tours of the research library and book store.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Club notes

Genealogical society to host author

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Blair County Genealogical Society will host author Michael Fields for a book signing from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Road.

Books will be available for purchase.

Fields has a bachelor’s degree in education from Edinboro University and an master’s degree in English from the University of Dayton.

Now retired, Fields taught high school English and coached basketball for 30 years.

His first novel, “Chicken Thief Soldier, A Death at Valley Forge,” is a 2012 Eric Hoffer Finalist Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing. He said it is a must-read for any visitor to Valley Forge National Park.

“Twin River,” his second novel garnered 2014 Finalist Recognition in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

“Twin River II, Have Weapons will Travel” (2015) was also a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

“Twin River III, A Death at One Thousand Steps,” is set in central Pennsylvania.

Bridge club announces recent winners

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

July 25 – Bud Kury and Carol Daley-Robson, first; Barbara Marinak and Jeannine Fagley, second; Dave and Marcia Dravis, third; John Regan and Peg Robinson, fourth.

July 27 – North/South: Hope Sheehan and Helen Gorsuch,first; Jean Keller and Irv Seltzer, second; Carol Moyer and Betty Covino, third. East/West: Peg Robinson and Carl Hurd, first; Genia Sommer and Phyllis Robbins, second; Jeff Gourley and John Regan and Justin and Barbara Marinak, tied for third.

July 28 – North/South: Barbara and Justin Marinak, first; Jean Green and Jean Keler, second; Carol Moyer and Deborah Anthony, third. East/West: Peg Robinson and Carl Hurd, first; Jeff and Larry Gourley, second; Bonnie Robeson and Christa Brenner and John Regan and Summer Rifkah, tied for third.

Games are open to the public and are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at the American Legion Social Hall in Holidaysburg.

For more information, visit altoonaduplicatebridge

.com or call Bruce Baldwin, manager, at 695-0182.

Nursing alumni to hold picnic Sept. 17

The Altoona Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association will hold its annual picnic at 1 p.m. Sept. 17 at Legion?Park, Hollidaysburg.

It is a catered event, with soda and water provided. The cost is $15 per person or guest.

Reservation money should be mailed to Carolyn Troy 1101 Flamingo Drive, Apt. 2104, Altoona, PA 16602. The deadline is Sept. 2. For information, call 944-1750.

Altoona Nursing graduates and Mercy Hospital nursing graduates are welcome to attend.

The association is collecting School of Nursing memorabilia to be displayed in a new area and display case in the main lobby of UMPC Altoona.

For more information on the project, call Carole Taylor at 942-5681, Judy DeCoskey at 695-8332 or Dot Lansberry

at 201-2556.