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Courtesy photo The Miracle League of Blair County presented Tyler Sky Rispoli, volunteer “Buddy,” with its inaugural student scholarship on July 15. The Miracle League of Blair County provides a baseball experience for all children with special needs. Shown are (from left): Tyler Duprick, Gary Butler (vice president), Tyler Rispoli (catcher/Buddy) and Casey Rispoli (pitcher/Buddy). For more information about the organization, visit

‘Medicare 101’ presentation is Tuesday

Blair Senior Services Inc. will hold a “Medicare 101” meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday at its office at 1320 12th Ave., Altoona. The event is geared toward those consumers who are approaching Medicare eligibility.

Attendees will be provided an overview of all the supplemental insurance, Medicare advantage plans and prescription plan options that are available to choose from as they prepare for Medicare. Following the meeting, counselors will be available to meet individually with consumers to answer questions.

There is no charge for attending the meeting and reservations are not required, but space is limited.

Blair Senior Services is the Area Agency on Aging for Blair County. In addition to meeting the needs of older adults, Blair Senior Services serves eligible residents of all ages through diverse programming and contracts that help provide transportation, housing, assessments and volunteering.

For more information on the “Medicare 101” informational event, contact Melissa Hey at 946-1235 or

Baskets needed for backpack fundraiser

Maybrook Hills is looking for donations for its second annual basket raffle event to benefit the Mountain Lion Backpack Program, which ensures that elementary school children do not go without food for the weekends.

The fundraiser will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at the facility.

All donations should be dropped off to Maybrook by Wednesday. This also includes baskets with your business logo. The goal for this year is 20 baskets.

Names of all donors will be posted at the event and on its Facebook page.

For more information about the fundraiser, call Crystal Burgoon or Alex Shaffer at 944-0845, ext. 470.

For more information, visit www.mountainlion

Farm2Fork Dinner set for Sept. 23

To celebrate Blair County Conservation District’s new Urban Agriculture Program, the district staff members will host a Farm2Fork Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Railroaders Museum, Altoona.

The Farm2Fork dinner will be made with wholesome food that is locally sourced. Mandisa Horn, chef and owner of Horn O Plenty Restaurant, will make the meal. Two local wineries — Woody Lodge and Oak Spring — will be on site to sell their wines by the glass or bottle.

Mama Corn will provide musical entertainment. This group of four are also locally grown. Their bluegrass music is rooted in Appalachian history.

Tickets are $35 and preregistration and payment is required by Tuesday. Preregister by emailing Beth Futrick at or call 696-0877, ext. 3329.

Tickets are also available through Eventbrite — search for “Blair County Farm2Fork.”

Torrance 5K benefits Indigent Fund

TORRANCE — Torrance State Hospital will hold its inaugural Torrance Trot, a 5K walk/run race at 9 a.m. Sept. 30 on the hospital grounds. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. The race is open to the public.

Registration for the race before Sept. 15 is $15, and a T-shirt is guaranteed. Registration after Sept. 15 is $20, but a T-shirt is not guaranteed. Interested participants may register by mail or at and search “Torrance Trot.” Prizes will be given for the top female and male finishers.

The race will benefit the hospital’s Indigent Patient Fund. This fund provides a small monthly stipend to Torrance State Hospital patients who, because of their mental illness, have no means of income to assist them in purchasing personal items and incidentals.

Torrance State Hospital provides treatment to persons with mental illness from 14 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.

For any questions regarding the race or to obtain a mail-in registration form, call Valerie DeMatteo at 724-459-4489.

Lyme disease, ticks topic of program

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Penn State Master Gardeners of Blair County, in conjunction with the Hollidays-burg Area Public Library, will host a presentation by Penn State Commercial Horticulture Educator Tom Ford.

“Lyme Disease and Tick Vectored Diseases, A Threat for Anyone Who Works or Plays Outdoors” will be presented at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 in the community room of the library. There is no cost, but reservations are requested by calling the extension office at 940-5989. Refreshments will be provided.

Ford will discuss Lyme disease and the other tick-vectored diseases that can be transmitted to humans by ticks in the area. Ford also will discuss how to conduct tick assays, how to utilize tick repellents, how to utilize pesticides to manage tick populations and how to employ landscape practices that can reduce tick habitat.