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The residents of Hillview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center received a visit from Loco, the mascot of the Altoona Curve baseball team. Loco arrived to help the residents celebrate “Sports Day” as part of National Nursing Home Week. The 2017 National Nursing Home Week theme is “The Spirit of America,” which prompted the staff to embrace America’s greatest pastime: baseball. Resident Merrill Barroner and his wife, Winnie, are shown with the mascot.

Lunch to benefit leukemia patient

NEWRY — St. Patrick Parish, 731 Patrick Lane, will host a spaghetti lunch fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the St. Patrick School cafeteria.

All proceeds will benefit a 6-year-old girl named Lily, who is battling leukemia.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for ages 12 and younger. Takeouts are $8.

Tickets will be available after Sunday Masses, at the rectory and school and at the door.

Sponsors include DelGrosso Foods Inc., the St. Patrick Guild and Outreach Ministry.

Sailors association to meet July 20

MARTINSBURG — The Horseshoe Curve Chapter 37 Destroyer Escort Sailors Association will meet at noon July 20 at the Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company, 205 S. Market St.

The program will be presented by the winner of the Fleet Reserve Association Essay Contest, Victoria Waite.

The cost of the luncheon is $15, which includes a $3 donation to the Martinsburg Firehall.

DESA 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 are due by Monday by contacting Linda Smith at 793-3958 or

New food pantry to open July 27

Opening day for the food pantry at St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., Altoona, will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. July 27.

Adults in the household are required to provide a photo ID and piece of current mail. Household members under the age of 18 need to provide a birth certificate.

For more information, call the office from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at 942-1372 or Beth at 762-6779 or contact the Facebook page at food pantry at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

WISE Women moves to new offices

HOLLIDAYSBURG — As of July 1, WISE Women of Blair County has obtained new office space in the Osgood Towne Square in Hollidaysburg.

The new mailing address is P. O. Box 134, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648. The email address is The website is

UPMC Bedford employees aid animals

EVERETT — UPMC Bedford Memorial employees donated more than $550, as well as cat and dog food and other pet items, during the annual drive to assist the Bedford County Humane Society.

“As chair of the ‘chow wagon’ for several years, I praise employees’ and physicians’ continued generosity for our four-legged friends,” said Rebecca Feight, medical staff office coordinator.

Staff donated 46 pounds of dog food, 18 pounds of cat food, five blankets, cleaning supplies and toys.

Horseshoe Curve adds live train cam

Virtual Railfan announced the installation of a live train cam atop the Horseshoe Curve.

Participants can enjoy live 360-degree HD views of this location and enjoy it after hours, courtesy of the new live cam.

This cam is state-of-the-art and will deliver stunning views of the entire curve and valley below. This system is complete with lighting for nighttime viewing and audio for a full immersive experience.

Virtual Railfan provides live train cams all over the U.S., providing live views from some of the most iconic railroading spots on earth.

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Dates set for Portage Summerfest

PORTAGE — The 27th annual Portage Area Summerfest Inc. will be held Aug. 11, 12 and 13 at Crichton-McCormick Park, 100 Monument Way.

The event will feature live music, an arts and crafts show with more than 80 booths, ethnic and American food, entertainment, games, bingo, an antique and classic car show, a parade, a 5K race, a golf tournament, a pancake breakfast, a magician, laser tag, kids’ activities, inflatable rides and a $10,000 Community Fundraising Drawing.

Admission and parking are free. Proceeds will benefit Crichton-McCormick Park.

Friday’s entertainment will be provided by Mind Guerillas. Saturday’s lineup includes The Sharptones, KB & The Crew, Portage Community Band and a concert with PT Cruiser & Tom Sadge (Neil Diamond impersonator). Sunday will feature The Boomers, Clay Bowser, concert with Bon Journey (Bon Jovi and Journey tribute band) and Three Of Hearts.

For more information, call 288-6035 or visit