Society to host talk on courthouse
HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Road.
Blair County Commissioner Terry Tomassetti will present “Unveiling the Treasures and Troubles of Blair County’s Historic Courthouse.” The talk will focus on the repairs and upgrades at the courthouse.
Tomassetti began his first term as county commissioner in January 2008 and served as chairman of the board for eight years. He is now in his third term and serves as vice chairman.
The Courthouse Preservation Project began in 2014 when Tomassetti commenced his efforts to address the county’s historic courtrooms which had fallen into great disrepair and to incorporate current technologies to improve their use.
Tomassetti has taken on the responsibility of remedying and raising awareness of the poor condition of both the 1875 and 1906 sections of the courthouse.
Catholic Daughters to meet Feb. 21
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Our Lady of The Alleghenies Court No. 1755, will meet on Feb. 21 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Hollidaysburg.
This month’s meeting is on the third Wednesday of the month because of Ash Wednesday being on the second Wednesday. All Catholic women in the area are encouraged to attend.
The group sponsored a Christmas party on Dec. 10 at St. Leonard’s Home, Hollidaysburg. Residents were given the gift of a fleece laptop knotted blanket made by the Catholic Daughters, along with a gift bag of personal care items. The Court also sponsored other holiday events, along with giving donations to the Rescue Mission, County Youth and Coats for Toddlers.
Donna Gildea, a member from St. Michael’s Church, Hollidaysburg, was welcomed as a new member.
At the Jan. 10 meeting, committees, projects and programs were discussed and finalized for the coming year.
Members were asked to bring boxes of birthday cards, sympathy cards and get-well cards to the next meeting.
Starting Feb. 15, each member will put aside a canned goods item to be taken after 40 days to the Knights of Columbus Hall. This project is being held in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus to help feed the poor in this area.
For more information about the Catholic Daughters, call Toni Prough, regent, at 695-7033.
Blair Garden Club offers scholarship
The Blair Garden Club of Altoona is offering a $1000 scholarship to eligible high school seniors.
The requirements for this scholarship are as follows:
Applicant must be a resident of Blair County.
Students must be interested in pursuing further education in one of the following areas of study: botany, ecology, environmental engineering, environmental science, floriculture/floral design, forestry, horticulture, landscape architecture and design, nursery production/management, plant pathology/science, soil science/conservation and turf management.
Graduating high school students who meet the qualifications are urged to contact their high school guidance counselor to obtain an application or contact Sue Brower at 696-1500 or Bev Kennedy at 942-1953.
The deadline for completed applications is April 6.
Horseshoe Seniors plan dinner-dance
The Horseshoe Seniors senior citizens group 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 music by a DJ.
Admission is $10 per person. Singles and couples are welcome.
This is a fun evening for people ages 55 and older, and new people are encouraged to come out and enjoy a time of friendship, fellowship and companionship with others. The dinner-dance is a monthly event, usually held the third Thursday of each month. Reservations need to be made by the Monday before each event.
For reservations and more information, call Don Beatty at 946-1074.
Hollidaysburg class of 1950 to meet
HOLLIDAYSBURG — The class members of the Hollidaysburg High School class of 1950 holds its monthly luncheon meetings at 12:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at The Dream Restaurant at Hollidaysburg.
Spouses are also welcome to attend. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday.
For more information, call 695-1573 or 695-0028
Ford car club to meet next Sunday
The Central Pennsylvania All Ford Club (formerly the Central Pennsylvania Stang Gang) will hold its first meeting of the 2018 season at 5 p.m. Feb. 18 in the back room at Perkins Restaurant on Pleasant Valley Boulevard, Altoona.
The club has been opened to all Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles. It holds several events throughout the year, such as cruise-ins, parades, fun-runs and an annual all Ford show. All money raised benefits both the local domestic abuse shelter and Mending Hearts, a no-kill animal shelter.
Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
Bridge club announces recent winners
The Altoona Duplicate Bridge Club has announced the winners of its recent games.
Jan. 31 — Hope Sheehan and Helen Gorsuch, first; Akbar Samii and Tudor Trifan, second; John Regan and Lydia Kachur, third; Bruce Baldwin and Thana Moussa, fourth.
Feb. 1 — Summer Rifkah and Thana Moussa, first; Christa Brenner and Bonnie Robeson, second; Cheryl Wherry and Carol Moyer, third; Mary Moran and Larry Gourley and Betty Covino and Barb Vander Jagt, tied for 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 237-5653.