Across the area

Courtesy photo This Christmas season, the Gallitzin office of PennCrest Bank helped with the Angel Tree Project, sponsored by the Cresson Area Women’s Club. Gifts from the Angel Tree Project are distributed by the Women’s Club to families in Cresson, Lilly, Gallitzin, Loretto and Ashville. Dina Afzal (right), PennCrest branch manager at Gallitzin, presented the gifts collected to Cresson Women’s Club Committee member Jennifer Piper.

Office offers free Narcan training

The Blair County Drug and Alcohol Program is offering free Narcan training at 1 p.m. Tuesday and at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at its offices at 3001 Fairway Drive, Altoona.

Naloxone (Narcan) can reverse the effects of opioid overdose. Individuals can find out more about opioid overdose risks and the opioid antidote Naloxone at this free training.

Free Naloxone kits will be available at this training.

To register, contact the Blair County Drug and Alcohol Program at 381-0921 or

Sailors association to meet Jan. 19

MARTINSBURG — Horseshoe Curve Chapter No. 37 of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association will meet Jan. 19 at the Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company, 205 S. Market St.

The cost of the noon luncheon is $15 including a $3 donation to the Martinsburg Fire Hall.

The dues are $10 per year or $50 for life.

Those attending are asked to take nonperishable food to donate to the Martinsburg Food Pantry.

Reservations must be made by Monday by calling Linda Smith at 793-3958 or Bob Mock at 224-4016 or 215-0697 or by emailing

Contra Dance set for Jan. 20

STATE COLLEGE — The Central Pennsylvania Country Dance Association will sponsor a Contra Dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the State College Friends School, 1900 University Drive.

The event will include live music. No partner or experience is necessary.

All dances will be taught. Hilton Baxter will be calling to the music of the Gnutones.

For more information, call 880-0338 or visit

Frontier Girls plan dinner-dance

CRESSON — The Frontier Girls Troop 213 and the Cresson American Legion Post 238 together with Jae Smith, The Rattlers and Untyed are sponsoring the fourth annual Beat the Winter Blues Dinner, Dance and Basket Raffle on Feb. 4 at the Cresson American Legion Post on Ashcroft Avenue.

The doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

The $10 tickets include a spaghetti dinner to be served at 5:30 p.m.and the dance.

A cash bar will be available.

Participants must be at least 21 years old to attend. Tickets can be purchased from the Gallitzin Moose Lodge 185 and Cresson American Legion or by calling Lori Shaw at 207-0737 or Cori Adams at 935-8798.

All proceeds benefit the Frontier Girls Troop 213.

In addition, a basket raffle will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 3 and starting at 1 p.m. Feb. 4.

Service Paws grateful for donations

Service Paws of Central PA wishes to extend its gratitude to the following for their generous donations during the holiday months: the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies (specifically, the Mark F. Gojmerac Fund), the Allegheny Club of Hollidaysburg, Bedford Wal-Mart, the staff and clients of Lakemont Veterinary Clinic, Sherry and Mal Morris of Dubois and all the holiday shoppers at the Logan Valley Mall who stopped by its gift wrapping table and showed their appreciation with donations.

The club continues to collect aluminum can tabs.

For more information, email or call 814-940-0270 and ask for Joe Fagnani or text Leslie Kelly at 414-6585.

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Conservancy plans art, chocolate gala

STATE COLLEGE — ClearWater Conservancy will host its signature event, the 18th annual Art & Chocolate Winter Gala, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 1450 S. Atherton St.

The event is expected to draw nearly 300 guests for an evening of chocolaty sweetness, combined with an art auction, which sells out each year.

Tickets are $50.

For more information, call 237-0400 or visit