Across the area

Courtesy photo Elise (left) and Ellen Gerhart represent the Stephen Gerhart family, which received the 2017 Conservation Award from the Juniata Valley Audubon Society on April 22, Earth Day. The Gerhart family live a few miles south of Huntingdon.

PITTchFEST deadline is Tuesday

JOHNSTOWN — Entrepreneurs, dreamers and innovators are invited to make a pitch for cash and services to a panel of fellow entrepreneurs and business leaders at the fifth annual PITTchFEST 2017, which is set for June 1, at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.

PITTchFEST is co-sponsored for a fifth consecutive year by the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s Entrepreneurship Program, the Greater Johnstown/ Cambria County Chamber of Commerce and Johnstown Area Regional Industries.

The event will be part of the 27th annual Showcase for Commerce.

Take your idea or prototype to the next level and win prizes of $1,000 or more and support services from backers.

There are two categories this year:

Student Team — Must be in a current undergraduate program or have an undergraduate degree in 2016 or after.

Proficient Team — Non-student or graduate student with an undergraduate degree before 2016.

To apply, download an application and submit it electronically by the midnight Tuesday deadline to

For more information, visit

Y offers teen summer membership

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA is offering a summer membership for teens ages 13 to 17.

The membership is available for purchase through Aug. 31.

This membership costs $25 per month, prepaid, plus a one-time $5 card fee.

The Teen Summer Membership includes full use of the wellness center, open gym, open swim and select fitness classes.

For more information, call 695-4467.

Y changes date for diabetes program

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA has changed the date for its diabetes prevention program. The program will begin May 30.

The YMCA is working with the Centers for Disease Control and the Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program to help individuals reduce their chance of getting type 2 diabetes.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is geared to people who are at risk of type 2 diabetes or who are pre-diabetic. This class will be in a small group setting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and will be led by a lifestyle coach. Groups will meet for 16 weekly sessions and six monthly follow up sessions.

The main goal of this program is to help individuals learn ways to make small changes in eating habits and ways to be more physically active. YMCA lifestyle coach Keely Berkheimer will support participantswhile helping them lose weight and create lifestyle changes that will bring a big difference to their health and their lives.

There is no charge for those who qualify for the program.

If interested, call 695-4467 or email

Golf event to benefit Miracle Network

PAXINOS — The annual Cameron’s Miracle Golf Tournament will be held June 3 at Indian Hills Golf and Tennis Club, 1167 Old Reading Road.

Registration for the four-man scramble format tournament begins at 7 a.m. Tee times will be in two waves from 8 to 10 a.m. and 12:40 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $80 per player and foursomes must be paid in full by May 26. Prizes will be awarded at dinner.

Sponsorship opportunities and registration forms are also available online at

For more information, call Bo Scandle at 570-648-9904.

Golfers are invited for a practice round on June 1 with only a $20 cart fee needed. Tee times are not needed.

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.

Basket bingo to help area blind

The Blair-Clearfield Association for the Blind will hold its sixth annual Longaberger Basket Bingo and “Thirty One” fundraiser at 1 p.m. June 11 at the Jaffa Shrine Center, 2200 Broad Ave., Altoona.

The doors will open at noon, games start at 1:00 p.m.

Admission tickets are $25 and Value Packs are $60. All ticket-holders will receive a barbecue chicken dinner.

Those who purchase their tickets by Friday will receive extra cards for the 15 regular games.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 944-2021.