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Community Plant Swap is Saturday

The public is invited to the annual Community Plant Swap, an opportunity to meet like-minded people, share your enthusiasm for gardening, give abundant plants and take home lots of new varieties to transform your 2019 garden.

Take your plants for registration and swap between 9:30 and 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 801 Allegheny St. Refreshments will be provided.

Participants may take seedlings, annuals, bulbs, rooted-cuttings, shrubs, trees, perennials, houseplants, herbs, divisions, flowers, vines and extra plants, anything that grows.

If you don’t have plants, you may take garden related items such as gently used garden tools, decorative planters, horticulture/nature books or even baked goods for everyone to share or if you do not have any of the above to swap, free-will donations are accepted in exchange for plants, which will help support the church garden club.

For more information, contact Lisa Long at 502-3510 or

PARSE to meet Thurtsday at Hoss’s

STATE COLLEGE — The Mount Nittany Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees will meet at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at Hoss’s Steak & Sea House, 1450 N. Atherton St.

Members and guests are on their own for lunch. The featured speaker is Garrett Mowery, director of business development for Mowery Associates.

Mowery will apprise attendees on the benefits received from Professional Insurance Services Inc., especially the dental and vision benefits.

All PARSE members and retired state employees are encouraged to attend. PARSE provides a variety of benefits to state retirees: dental insurance, vision insurance, pet insurance, long-term care, etc.

For more information, contact PARSE Vice President, Lynn Herman, at 861-0770.

Aircraft Association to meet Saturday

MARTINSBURG — The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 400 in Martinsburg will meet at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at hanger 39 at the Blair County Airport.

This month’s meeting will include static display, weather permitting, of Amateur Built (experimental) aircraft built by area pilots.

Limited rides may be available depending on the weather and availability of aircraft.

A cookout is planned. New members are welcome, and the meeting is open to all who are interested in airplanes and the people who fly them.

To ensure adequate food and soda, non-chapter members planning to attend are requested to RSVP to

Cemetery clean-up set for Saturday

The Friends of Rose Hill Cemetery will hold a clean-up day at the cemetery on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.

Some equipment will be available, and the Friends will provide gas if you take your own equipment.

Lunch, drinks and snacks will be provided to all volunteers.

Escort sailors to meet Thursday

MARTINSBURG — The Horseshoe Curve Chapter 37 Destroyer Escort Sailors Association will meet at noon Thursday at the Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company, 205 S. Market St.

The cost of the noon meeting followed by a luncheon is $15, including a $3 donation to the firehall.

The guest speaker will be Martinsburg’s Chief of Police Kerry Hoover.

He will speak about the problem of dealing with opiods and how it is being handled in communities around the nation.

The association’s 2019 dues are $10 per year or $50 for a life membership. Dues can be paid at this meeting or sent to Bob Guyer, P.O. Box 129, Woodbury, PA 16695.

Those attending the meeting are asked to take non-perishable food to donate to the Martinsburg Food Pantry.

For more information, call 793-3958 or email