Red Arrow wreck to be topic of meeting
HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Road.
Joe DeFrancesco will present the “70th Anniversary of the Wreck of the Red Arrow,” a tragic wreck of a passenger train in the Allegheny Mountains of Central Pennsylvania.
DeFrancesco is the executive director of the Blair County Historical Society. In addition to his full-time duties with the historical society, he is the chief curator of the Railroaders Memorial Museum and Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark.
Since his arrival at the historical society in 2015, DeFrancesco has worked with the board and staff members to expand the range and scope of the society in a number of ways focusing on preservation of the society’s historic sites and improving the visitor’s experience making the Baker Mansion History Museum relevant to current generations.
DeFrancesco is an active member of the Horseshoe Curve Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and is a board member of the Conrail Historical Society.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
Horseshoe Seniors to hold dinner-dance
The Horseshoe Seniors will hold a dinner-dance on Thursday at the Bavarian Hall, 112 S. 13th St., Altoona.
Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., followed by three hours of dancing to a DJ. This dinner-dance is a monthly event, usually held the third Thursday of every month.
Admission is $10 per person. Singles and couples are welcome.
Reservations must be made by the Monday before each event. For reservations and more information, call Don Beatty at 946-1074.
William Penn Association plans activities
Officers of the William Penn Association, Branch 800, held their October meeting at Our Lady of Lourdes Education Center, Altoona.
The annual Mass for deceased members will be said at 9 a.m. Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day, at Sacred Heart Cath-olic Church, Altoona. All members are urged to attend.
The yearly branch Christmas party is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Hampton Inn, Altoona. Cost is $7 per person with no charge for children under 12 years of age. Members and guests are welcome. Call Dan Greiner at 943-7471 for reservations by Nov. 22.
The WPA is a fraternal organization with headquarters in Pittsburgh and branches throughout the United States.
For information, call Bob Jones at 942-2661.
Catholic Daughters to meet Wednesday
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Our Lady of The Alleghenies Court No. 1755, met Oct. 11 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Hollidaysburg.
Beverly Buterbaugh from St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Hollidaysburg, was welcomed as a new member.
The chapter voted to donate money to the Hurricane Fund to assist victims of the disasters. The money will be sent to the Catholic Charities for distribution.
Members continue to make fleece lap blankets to provide for people in residential facilities.
The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Court Chaplain Father Anthony Legarski will celebrate Mass.
Members are asked to take a covered dish for dinner after the Mass and items of a personal nature to package for the American Rescue Workers.
All Catholic women are welcome to come to the dinner and Mass. For more information about the Catholic Daughters, call Toni Prough, regent, at 695-7033.
Historical society seeks materials
DUNCANSVILLE — The Duncansville Area Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Duncansville Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1200 Fourth Ave.
The society is interested in obtaining pictures and information regarding Duncansville. Information or pictures can be taken to the meeting or can be sent to Nancy DeLozier, P.O. Box 115, Duncansville PA 16635, or call 695-1017. The society will make copies of the information, and it will be returned promptly.
New people are welcome to attend the meetings, which are held on the second Tuesday of every other month in the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Bridge club announces recent winners
The Altoona Duplicate Bridge Club has announced the winners of its recent games.
Nov. 1 — Barbara Marinak and Bruce Baldwin, first; Bea Stevens and Mary Moran, second; Helen Gorsuch and Dr. Tudor Trifan, third; Jeannine Fagley and Betty Covino, fourth; Hope Sheehan and Dave Maletta, fifth.
Nov. 2 — Jeannine Fagley and Barbara Marinak, first; Mary Moran and Bea Stevens, second; Ed McCaulley and Irv Seltzer, third; Carol Moyer and Kevin Davis, fourth.
Games are open to the public and are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at the American Legion Social Hall in Hollidaysburg.
For more information, visit altoonaduplicatebridge
.com or call Bruce Baldwin at 695-0182.