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Miss Central Pennsylvania Pageant seeks contestants for Miss, Teen Pageants

LEWISTOWN — Contestants applications are being accepted for the 2017 Miss Central Pennsylvania Scholarship and Miss Central Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen Pageants. The pageants will be held together on Jan. 14 at the Mifflin County Middle School in Lewistown. The pageants are ...

B-A students collecting food next week

BELLWOOD — The Bellwood-Antis Education Association, with the local cluster of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, will be collecting nonperishable goods from Monday through Thursday to donate to the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. Students will be bringing nonperishable food ...

Erin Dodson Memorial Volleyball game

The Altoona Area High School Lady Lion Spikers presented a check for $3,000 for the Erin Dodson Memorial Fund to Bernie Dodson, Michelle Dodson and Dawn Morden of the Brian Morden Foundation. Erin Dodson, a 2004 graduate of AAHS and All-State volleyball player, lost her battle to brain cancer ...

Across the area

Red Kettle Campaign starts Saturday Saturday marks the day when The Salvation Army Worship and Service Center of Altoona officially kicks off the annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign. Members of Penn State’s Sheetz Fellows Program will host their kickoff by collecting donations at the ...

Picking for Wishes

The Picking for Wishes Bluegrass Festival Committee presented a check for $29,000 to Lindsey Herzing, regional manager for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, on Sept. 20, from its annual event in August. Shown are (from left): Mary Ann Baker, Barbara Mallory, Joe Yartin, Beverly Bender, Michelle ...

Grief Awareness Day set for Nov. 17

Home Nursing Agency’s Healing Patch is encouraging local residents to wear blue on Nov. 17 to recognize Children’s Grief Awareness Day. One out of seven children will experience the death of a parent or sibling by age 20, according to the National Alliance of Grieving Children ...

Blair health, welfare council offers grants

The Blair County Health and Welfare Council has announced grant opportunities for member organizations. The council provides competitive grants to council member organizations for services, programs and events provided for Blair County residents that reflect the mission of the council and ...

FOT launches drive for McDonald House Charities

DUNCANSVILLE — Foot of Ten Elementary School has chosen to give back to an organization that has given so much to so many families this holiday season — the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Each grade level is responsible for a different category of items: nonperishable snacks, small ...

Park programs

Prince Gallitzin State Park, Patton, 674-1005 Survival Series: Packing Hacks, 10 a.m. Saturday, lower level of the park office. Learn what to pack for a day trip and some neat ways of starting an emergency fire. Autumn Outdoor Bingo, 1 p.m. Saturday, stop by the lower level of the ...

Across the area

Horseshoe Curve to host living history The Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark will commemorate Veterans Day weekend with the Furious Fourth World War II Living History Group. From 1942 to 1946, the Horseshoe Curve railroad link connecting east and west was not its typical ...

ShowTwirlers win national dance twirl team title

The ShowTwirlers Competitive Team of Altoona earned its ninth national dance twirl team title on July 27, during America’s Youth on Parade at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. AYOP is the national championship of the National Baton Twirling Association. The ShowTwirlers ...

Across the area

Homer’s Gap Civics plans activities The Homer’s Gap Civic Association has announced its upcoming activities. The annual membership drive is underway. The cost is $15 per person or $25 per family. For more information, call Meg Eardley, president, at 932-3883. Saturday — ...

Actors guild hosts actor, director

BEDFORD — On Aug. 20, the Off Pitt Street Actors Guild of Bedford hosted a professional workshop directed by Ayne Terceira, award-winning improvisational actor and director. Terceira is the owner of Uncumber Theatrics, a member of Bricolage Improv, Steel-City Improv, a founder of Carnegie ...

Club Notes

St. Stan’s to mark Marines’ birthday The St. Stanislaus Club will celebrate the Marine Corps’ 241st birthday on Thursday at the club at 1901 16th Ave., Altoona. The doors will open at 6 p.m., and the ceremony will start at 7:30 p.m. Veterans from all branches of the ...

United Way creates volunteer initiative

United Way of Blair County has launched a new volunteer initiative in an effort to bring local volunteer opportunities to one location. This cost-free volunteer hub is hosted on the United Way of Blair County website and streamlines the volunteer process for both volunteers and nonprofit ...

Service notes

CALEB M. SELL U.S. Navy Sailor Caleb M. Sell graduated from basic military training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Ill. Sell completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Navy core values, physical fitness, swimming and basic ...

CMN Turkey Trot set for Nov. 19

The seventh Annual Geisinger Turkey Trot 5K Walk and Fun Run will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 19 at three locations. The races will begin at Geisinger Medical Center Hospital for Advanced Medicine (HfAM) in Danville; Nay Aug Park in Scranton and Geisinger-Gray’s Woods in Port Matilda. The cost ...

Martin companies support Family Services

BELLWOOD — Family Services Inc. announced Martin Oil Co./Martin General Stores donated $5,204.67 over the course of a year to Family Services for the operations of its programs. One event that Martin’s typically holds for their employees and community is the Christmas Shopping ...

Yesteryear

Larry Carter and Paulette Detrich submitted this photo of the 1959 eighth-grade class of McKinley School, Logan Township. Shown are (from left): first row — Robert Edwards, Alberta Worley, Grace Noye, Bonnie DeLancey, Donna Bickel, Sharon Pine, Barbara Snyder, Gloria Black, Carol Harding and ...

Fighting cancer

Courtesy photo The inaugural “Put Your Breast Foot Forward” Fashion Show benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, was held Oct. 2 at The Casino at Lakemont Park, Altoona. Alivia Jacobs, a 15-year-old student at Bellwood-Antis High School, is ...