Club notes

Courtesy photo The Loretto American Legion, Post 748 Auxiliary sponsored its ham basket raffle “Trunk Load of Groceries” on April 2. Winners were Patrick Sweeney of Portage and Tom Shedlock of Cresson. Proceeds of the raffle are used to assist the auxiliary’s programs in helping veterans and their families. The baskets contained various foods, including canned, boxed and paper goods and also included a gift certificate from Smithmeyer Store in Loretto. Items were donated by the auxiliary members and the community-at-large. The auxiliary will sponsor a turkey basket raffle in the fall.

Genealogy society to host speaker

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

Judith Redline Coopey will present “Dig or Die: A Soldier’s Life in World War I,” based on her father’s memories of serving in the U.S. Army during the war.

World War I was largely forgotten in the wake of World War II, but now, 100 years after the U.S. became involved, there is a re-awakening of interest.

“Dig or Die,” a novel written by Kenneth Redline (1896-1970), a native of Altoona, and edited by his daughter Judith Redline Coopey, shows the real life of an American soldier as he fights his way through machine gun fire, gas, flame throwers and uncounted hardships to break the stalemate and bring peace to Europe.

Probably written in the 1930s, Redline’s novel, based on his war memories, languished in his closet until his death in 1970.

Now, in commemoration of the centennial of American involvement in World War I, Judith Redline Coopey, a well-known author of historical fiction in her own right, has edited her father’s book to bring to the reading public an incomparable reading experience.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Juniata VFW plans cancer benefit

The auxiliary of Juniata Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8685 will hold its annual cancer benefit on May 6 at the post. The buffet will begin at 6 p.m.

Music will be performed by Rok Kandy from 9 p.m. to midnight.

There will be door prizes and a Chinese auction.

Tickets are $8 per person and must be purchased in advance by calling the club at 942-1347 or Leanna at 932-9411.

No tickets will be sold at door.

Blair Garden Club to travel to CSA farm

The Blair Garden Club will meet Monday and will travel to Friends Farm for a presentation by Chris Wise, owner of the Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm.

The topic is “Maximizing Our Gardens and Succession Planting.”

Those planning to attend will meet at the Hollidaysburg Area High School parking lot at 5:30 p.m. and carpool to Friends Farm between Williamsburg and Martinsburg.

The club’s business meeting will be held at the farm.

Horseshoe Seniors to hold dinner-dance

The Horseshoe Seniors will hold a dinner-dance on Thursday at the Bavarian Hall, Altoona.

Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., followed by three hours of dancing to a DJ after the dinner.

Admission is $10 per person. Singles and couples are welcome.

This dinner-dance is a monthy event usually held the third Thurday of every month. It is a fun evening for seniors and the group encourages new people to come out and enjoy a time of friendship, fellowship and companionship with others.

For reservations and more information, call Don Beatty at 946-1074. Reservation need to be made by the Monday before each event.

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