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Courtesy photo Michelle Buttry (left), chief nursing officer at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, is shown with Judy Reffner (center) and Heidi Kreider.

Conemaugh Nason honors volunteers

ROARING SPRING — Conemaugh Nason Medical Center celebrated National Volunteer Appreciation Week with a luncheon in the Nason Board Room on April 27.

All volunteers were thanked and honored with small gifts and pins acknowledging their service hours.

Judy Reffner, Nason Auxiliary president, was honored as the 2017 Volunteer of the Year.

Reffner has been a volunteer at Conemaugh Nason for six years. Under her leadership, the auxiliary has implemented its Comfort Cart program, purchased a deluxe massage chair for staff and volunteers and opened its Rejuvenation Suite. It also donated funds to construct coffee stations in the front lobby and outpatient lobby for visitors and staff, electronic charging stations for patient family convenience and has made the auxiliary a more visible organization in the community by reaching out to help other community organizations.

She is overseeing a project to replace window coverings in the Gift Shop/Snack Bar and add decor to the lobby. She was instrumental in hosting a Pennsylvania Association of Healthcare Auxiliaries (PAHA) regional conference at Nason.

She has continued to update the look and the merchandise in the Gift Shop and coordinates many other auxiliary fundraisers and projects.

She also recruited her husband to utilize his bookkeeping skills to become a volunteer at Nason.

Somerset coroner to speak at Flight 93

SHANKSVILLE — Wally Miller, the Somerset County coroner who played an integral role in the aftermath of the crash of Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001, will be the featured guest at a “Flight 93 Speaker Series” event on Saturday and Sunday at Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County.

Miller was one of the first local officials to reach the crash site near Shanksville on the morning of Sept. 11. He assisted FBI agents and other authorities in the immediate aftermath of the crash and became a key liaison with family members of the 40 passengers and crew members over the next 10 years during the development of the national memorial.

Miller will share his perspective of the Flight 93 story in three talks that are open to the general public free of charge. They will be held at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday — all in the Learning Center.

Moderating the event will be Tom McMillan, author of “Flight 93: The Story, The Aftermath and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11.” McMillan is the Pittsburgh Penguins’ vice president of communications, his passion for history is well-established.

The Flight 93 Speaker Series is a joint effort of the National Park Service and Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial.

The summer-long series is presented by Somerset Trust.

Dance to conclude Juneteenth event

HUNTINGDON — The Huntingdon County Juneteenth Celebration Committee announces that the eighth annual Huntingdon County Juneteenth Celebration will end with a free community dance.

The dance runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and will feature both “old school” and “new school” music. DJ Tayvin will provide the music.

The Juneteenth Celebration is from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at Portstown Park. The event is free and open to the entire public. More information may be obtained from

CountyJuneteenth or info@HuntingdonCounty

Pressure canner gauges to be checked

Canning season is just around the corner, and if you have a dial gauge pressure canner, it is important to have it checked for accuracy each year.

Accurate pressure is critical for safe processing of low acid foods such as green beans, beets, corn, soups and meats. If the pressure reading on your gauge is not accurate, you may not be killing all the bacteria and spores that could cause illness or death.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 21, master food preserver Jackie Forsht will be at the Penn Extension-Blair County Office, 266 Aviation Way, Martinsburg, to test dial gauge pressure canner lids. If you are not able to come that day, you can drop off your dial gauge canner lid beforehand for testing.

The testing is available at no charge and you need to bring only the canner lid with the gauge.

Weighted gauge canner lids do not need to be tested.

In addition, Forsht will have information on food preservation and will answer questions about preserving your summer harvest.

For more information on home food preservation or canner lid testing, contact Elaine Smith, extension educator, at 940-5989.