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Local student wins Patriot’s Pen contest

The Department of Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars celebrated the patriotism of Pennsylvania’s young people recently by announcing the winner of its annual Patriot’s Pen essay contest for junior high students.

Student Carley G. Mykut, representing Huntingdon VFW Post 1754 and District 17, was crowned the VFW state champion.

She collected $1,000 for her VFW Department win and $500 from the National VFW contest.

Mykut was honored at the Department’s youth scholarship banquet held during the recently Mid-Winter Conference in Gettysburg.

She delivered her winning speech in front of several hundred VFW members.

Patriot’s Pen is a nationwide VFW competition that gives students in grades six through eight the opportunity to write essays sharing their views on democracy, patriotism and veterans service to America.

The 2018-19 theme is “Why I Honor the American Flag.”

In Pennsylvania, VFW Posts and Auxiliaries sponsored local contests that featured more than $90,000 in prizes and program support for students.

Each year, around 170 VFW posts and auxiliaries hold local contests with more than 8,000 students essays.

Interested persons can check with their school and local VFW Post to see if they participate in the program.

Local post winners advance to the regional district contest before the top essay is chosen from districts winners.

Students and teachers should contact their local VFW post for contest information.

Catholic Daughters host representative

Our Lady of The Alleghenies Court No. 1755 of The Catholic Daughters of the Americas met May 9 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

State Rep. John McGlnnis of the 79th Legislative District in Blair County was the featured speaker on the topic of immigration.

He talked about the United States being a nation of immigrants, his family ancestry and the need to be accommodating to others while protecting our borders and maintaining sovereignty.

McGinnis noted that our country can embrace others through legal means. He concluded his talk by urging attendees to vote in the May Primary Election.

The following will be the new officers for June 2018 through June 2020: Marilee “Toni” Prough, regent; Barb Frye, vice regent; Helen Moyer, recording secretary; Frances “Fritzie” Durbin, financial secretary, and Cecelia Hazenstab, treasurer.

Members voted to make contributions to Bishop Mark Bartchak and the pastors of the court’s sponsoring parishes and to the newly established Our Lady of Fatima Court in Exton.

The annual picnic will be held July 11 at the home of Arlene Gildea. Those attending are reminded to take an item for the auction to be held for charity.

Gloria Kolonich talked about monthly Fatima devotions at Saint Francis, Loretto, on the grounds of the Schwab Estate. She may be contacted for information on car pooling for anyone interested in going.

Members also attended “Make A Difference Day” on May 19 at Garvey Manor.

The next meeting will be Wednesday at the Knights of Columbus Hall. All Catholic women are invited to come and enjoy the fellowship.

For more information, call Prough at 695-7033.

Hollidaysburg class of 1950 to meet

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The class members of the Hollidaysburg High School class of 1950 holds its monthly luncheon meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. at The Dream Restaurant. Spouses are also welcome to attend.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday.

For more information, call 695-1573.

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