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Nason Hospital Auxiliary annually awards a $500 scholarship to a local high school senior interested in pursuing a career in a healthcare field. Students from six area school districts were eligible to apply: Claysburg, Hollidaysburg, Northern Bedford, Spring Cove, Tussey Mountain and Williamsburg. Students were asked to submit an essay that explained why they were interested in pursuing a career in health care sciences. Shown are (from left): Linda Steele, auxiliary scholarship coordinator; Tori Ramsey, scholarship winner; and Heidi Kreider, Conemaugh Nason volunteer coordinator. Ramsey, a 2019 graduate of Tussey Mountain High School, Saxton, is pursuing a degree in occupational therapy at Saint Francis University, Loretto.
YMCA sets diabetes program
HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair Regional YMCA is working with the Centers for Disease Control and the Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Pro-gram to help reduce the chances of getting type 2 diabetes.
Starting Sept. 18, the YMCA will offer a program geared to people who are at risk of type 2 diabetes or who are pre-diabetic. This class will be in a small group setting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
Groups will meet for 16 weekly sessions and six monthly follow-up sessions.
The main goal is to help participants learn ways to make small changes in eating habits and ways to be more physically active.
Lifestyle coach Robert E. Vonada III will support participants while helping them lose weight and create lifestyle changes.
There is no charge to those who qualify. To qualify, contact Vonada at 207-5592 or email rvonada
@blairregionalymca.org to take part in a screening process. The screening process will end Thursday.
Cancer benefit set for Saturday
The “Cancer Can’t But Krisha Can!” benefit will be held Saturday at The Casino at Lakemont Park, Altoona. The doors will open at 6 p.m.
Proceeds will benefit Krisha Patterson for medical expenses. She is fighting MTC and MEN2.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets are available at The Casino, Thompson Pharmacy (Chestnut Avenue and Hollidaysburg), Norcom in Hollidaysburg or at www.CentralPA
Tickets.com. There will be a cash bar, 50-50, basket raffles, door prizes and dancing to This Albatross, as well as a full concession stand.
For more information, email sparrowsomething5
Chinese auction to aid cancer patient
Outkast Kuts, 601 N. Fourth Ave., Altoona, will hold a Chinese auction to benefit Kara Merritts Eber-sole Saturday during its grand opening celebration.
Ebersole has stage 4 cancer, and all proceeds from the auction are going to Kara and her family.
Donations in any amount would be greatly appreciated, and it’s a day to meet the stylist and barber.
A GoFundMe page also has been created.
Health By Choice sets meeting
NEW ENTERPRISE — Health By Choice will hold an “Honoring Native American Heritage” meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday at Health By Choice, 1721 Lafayette Road. Cost is a $10 donation.
For more information, email email@example.com or call 766-2182
Glendale sets free community concert
FLINTON — The new 40-member Glendale Com-munity/Alumni Choir will hold its inaugural concert at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Glendale High School auditorium.
This one-hour celebration of choral music is free, but free-will donations will be accepted to help purchase music for next season.
Light refreshments will be available after the performance in the auditorium lobby.
YMCA taking donations for yard sale
HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair Regional YMCA will hold its fifth annual Community Yard Sale Fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27 and 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Y’s Hewitt Street location on the outdoor basketball courts (weather permitting).
Donations will be accepted from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday and Sept. 19 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17.
All proceeds will benefit the Blair Regional YMCA annual campaign, which provides scholarships to those who cannot afford the YMCA’s services.
Suggested donations are toys, furniture, sports equipment, books, bikes, kitchen and housewares, tools, seasonal/holiday and camping and outdoor gear. No clothing, shoes, magazines or tube TVs will be accepted.
For more information, contact Phyllis Baker at 695-4467, ext. 220, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newburg to hold raffle Saturday
The Newburg Volunteer Fire Department, 2808 Washington Ave., Altoona, will hold its annual raffle from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased the day of the event. Tickets will include a meal and beverages.
For more information, visit Newburg via Facebook.