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PSU Altoona cancels Winter Plunge

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Penn State Altoona 2018 Winter Plunge, scheduled for Jan. 28, has been canceled.

Though the event is canceled, all funds raised for the Winter Plunge will still support our two causes: Penn State Altoona Benefiting THON and the Penn State Altoona Alumni Society’s scholarship program.

Gifts can still be made in support of the Winter Plunge through FirstGiving or by calling the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 949-5655.

Contra dance will be held Jan. 19

STATE COLLEGE — The Central Pennsylvania Country Dance Association will sponsor a Contra Dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the State College Friends School, 1900 University Drive.

The event will feature live music. No partner or experience is necessary. All dances will be taught.

Bob Nicholson will call the dances to music by Contra Intuitive.

For more information, call 880-0338 or visit

Cabin Fever 2018 set at Jaffa Shrine

The Blair County Respiratory Disease Society will present Cabin Fever 2018 on Feb. 26 at the Jaffa Shrine Center, Altoona. The doors will open at 6 p.m.

Flight 19 will provide the music.

The event will include prizes and food.

All proceeds will benefit the programs offered by the Blair County Respiratory Disease Society, including Cribs for Kids and safe sleep education programs, in an effort to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and to eliminate accidental suffocation.

Tickets are available at The Gingrich Agency, Frederick’s Lock & Key, RC Print Shop and the Respiratory Disease Society.

For more information, call the Respiratory Disease Society at 944-8222.

Society elects officers, sets programs

BELLEFONTE — The Mount Nittany Philatelic Society has elected officers and set a tentative program for 2018.

The club promotes all facets of stamp collecting and meets once a month at the American Philatelic Center, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte. The main entrance is at the back of the complex. Most meetings start at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month.

Officers for 2018 are Gerald “Gerry” Robbins, president; Jeff Stage, vice president; Dennis Gilson, treasurer; and Ed Tracey, secretary. Don Heller is stamp show chairman.

Upcoming programs for 2018 are: Jan. 18, postal stationery; Feb. 15, basic exhibiting; March 15, computer-aided stamp management systems; April 19, France and its Colonies; and May 17, Mystery Covers. The June meeting will be June 14 and will involve preparing for the annual Scopex stamp show, which will be June 23 and 24 at the philatelic center.

Visitors and stamp enthusiasts are always welcome to visit a meeting or join the club. All meetings include a chance to talk about other topics and share philatelic news or items.

For more information, contact Robbins at; or call Stage or Ken Martin at 933-3803.

Presentation focus is opioid overdose

A free presentation, “Overdose Prevention: Reverse Opioid Overdose and Save Lives,” will be held at

3 p.m. Jan. 24 and 5 p.m. Jan. 30 at Blair Drug and Alcohol, 3001 Fairway Drive, Altoona.

Naloxone (Narcan) can reverse the effects of opioid overdose. Find out more about opioid overdose risks and the opioid antidote Naloxone at this free training.

Free Naloxone kits will be available at this training.

Registration is preferred by contacting the Blair Drug and Alcohol Program at 381-0921 or