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Spring Hike set for Saturday

HUNTINGDON — Greenwood Furnace State Park’s Spring Hike is still on for Saturday, but the trail may be changed due to the recent snowfall, and the park will have some snowshoes available for people to use on the hike.

“Get Outdoors Pennsylvania” and welcome spring with this hike at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Park Manager Mike Dinsmore will lead the moderately difficult hike along a section of the trail to the Greenwood Fire Tower, and return, and will be about 6 miles in length. Hikers are to park and meet at Pavilion 1 (behind the lake).

For information about this and other park programs, visit or click on the Calendar of Events at the state parks’ website at

Underhill to exhibit yarn at festival

Underhill Farm shepherds William Churchill and Fred Stowell will again be exhibiting their single source yarns at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival/Creative Arts Festival at the David Lawrence Convention Center, March 24, 25 and 26.

The fibers from their rare breed Leicester Longwool Sheep and Angora Goats create an exceptionally lustrous yarn.

The yarns are spun at U.S. mills from the wool and mohair produced at their Blair County farm.

A variety of blendings of the wool and mohair are left natural or dyed by the farmers.

St. Patrick’s dinner set for Sunday

COALPORT — The Glendale Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the fire hall on Water Street.

This is the 62nd year for the annual tradition for the fire department, which is scheduled for the Sunday closest to St. Patrick’s Day. The meal will be a choice of ham or turkey with all the trimmings for a cost of $9 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and younger.

Tickets will be available at the door, and carry-outs will be available. A raffle also is scheduled for the day.

Blair Hope to mark anniversary

Every year, the staff at Blair County Children, Youth & Families serves more children through its foster care program than any county in the region.

Just over three years ago, Blair Hope for Families was founded to come alongside Blair County CYF in serving and providing a more typical childhood and family experience for the children in Blair County’s foster care system.

Blair Hope for Families will hold its third anniversary celebration luncheon at noon April 8 at the Greenwood United Methodist Church, 1505 E. Walton Ave., Altoona.

In the three years the charity has existed, Blair Hope has provided birthday parties, sports league registrations, summer camp program fees and Christmas gifts for hundreds and hundreds of children.

Blair Hope for Families was founded in November 2013 by Doug and Connie Sloey and is a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity that provides numerous levels of support and service to the children in Blair County’s foster care system.

For more information, visit


PSU Altoona to host documentary

Penn State Altoona will host an excerpt of the forthcoming PBS documentary “The Great War” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Edith Davis Eve Chapel.

Produced by the award-winning American Experience series, the six-hour film series is a timely production for the centennial of World War I in April.

This 40-minute excerpt opens in the fall of 1918, on the eve of the bloodiest battle in American history — the Meuse-Argonne in northeastern France.

Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, “The Great War” tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as “doughboys.”

The series explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten.

The event is sponsored by Penn State Altoona’s History Department and is free and open to the public.

It will be followed by a question-and-answer session with history faculty members Steven Andrews, Jared Frederick, Thomas Martin, Mark McNicholas and Elizabeth Seymour.

UPMC offers reduced-cost screenings

EVERETT — UPMC Bedford Memorial is offering health screenings that consist of a series of 28 tests, including cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

The tests will be held from 7 to 10 a.m. April 11 at UPMC Internal Medicine, Bedford.

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 are as follows: 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 can be made by cash or check only. Testing fees cannot be submitted for insurance reimbursement.

Registration is not required.

For more information or to ask specific questions about the screenings, contact the hospital laboratory at 623-3506.