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Courtesy photo Deacon Ann Staples, executive director of Coal Country Hangout Youth Center, receives a grant presented by William Uhlig from FirstEnergy Foundation in support of general operations. CCHYC’s initiatives align with FirstEnergy Foundation’s focus on organizations that support its priorities to help improve the vitality of communities, promote local and regional economic development and advance an educated workforce by supporting STEM initiatives.

War veterans council meetings resume

The Blair County War Veterans Council will resume its monthly meetings starting Thursday at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.

The council will meet at 3 p.m. in the Eisenhower building.

Membership is open to all veterans.

Society seeks help to review book

BEDFORD — A new book detailing the history of Bedford County is being produced by the Bedford County Historical Society.

The new book will be titled “Bedford County, Pennsylvania ~ Two And One-Half Centuries in the Making.”

The chapters pertaining to the townships and boroughs of Bedford County are nearing completion. All of the churches, schools and businesses — places where the public meets or assembles — are included. If you own and operate a business or simply have an interest in the public places within your region, your assistance in ensuring that those chapters are as accurate as possible is requested.

Copies of each individual chapter are available for anyone’s review at the Pioneer Library of the Bedford County Historical Society, 6441 Lincoln Highway.

The library is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

The Bedford County Historical Society will hold its quarterly meeting at 2 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Hall at Kinton’s Knob, 6441 Lincoln Highway, along with a brief membership meeting.

The program is free and open to the public. The topic will be “The 1918 Influenza Pandemic.”

For more information, contact the BCHS at 623-2011 or email

Allegheny Chorale to begin rehearsals

The Allegheny Chorale will begin rehearsals for its spring concert season at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Tyrone High School Music Room.

Anyone with a love for music is welcome to join the chorale; no auditions are required.

The Allegheny Chorale will present two spring concerts: April 29 at St. James Lutheran Church in Altoona and May 2 at First Presbyterian Church in Tyrone.

Association for Blind sets programs

The Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind offers weekly opportunities for educational programs and socializing. All programs are at 10 a.m. Unless otherwise stated, programs are held at 300 Fifth Ave., Altoona.

For more information call 944-2021. Programs are open to the public.

Wednesday — “Blood Pressure,” Melanie Hindinger, Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries.

Jan. 17 — “Balance Scans,” John Mills, NovaCare Rehab.

Jan. 24 — “Hands-only CPR,” Shelley Lockard, UPMC Altoona.

Jan. 31 — “Orcam Glasses Demo,” John Post, Sage Vision.

This Specialized Services program is funded in part through grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services, and Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Cabin Fever Dance to be held Jan. 20

DUNCANSVILLE — The Duncansville Community Days 2018 Committee will sponsoring its annual Cabin Fever Dance from 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Duncansville Community Center, 315 14th St.

The event, for which you must be at least 21 years old to attend, will include an all-you-can-eat fried chicken buffet with meatballs, baked beans, salads, desserts and beverages served from 6 to 8 p.m.

Games, raffle tickets, snacks and beverages will be available throughout the evening.

DJ Davey B will provide music from 7 to 10 p.m.

The cost to attend is $15 per person, in advance, or $20 at the door.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the borough office at 1146 Third Ave. or by sending a check to Duncansville Community Days, P.O. Box 308, Duncansville, PA 16635.

Additional information can be obtained by calling the borough office at 695-9548.

Proceeds from this event will go toward entertainment costs and the fireworks display for this summer’s Community Days event being held from July 19 to 21.