Community

Health, safety fair to be held Feb. 17

BELLWOOD — Bellwood Antis Public Library, Tyrone Regional Health Network/Tyrone Hospital (TRHN) and the Northern Blair County Recreation Center (NBCRC) will co-sponsor the 12th annual Family Health & Safety Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bellwood-Antis Public Library, 526 Main St. ...

Car club activities

The Blair County Antique Auto Club will hold a Valen-tine’s Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Bavarian Hall, Altoona. Music will be provided by The Boomers. Potato chips, pretzels and door prizes will be provided. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at Unkel Joe’s Woodshed ...

Bellwood library announces programs

BELLWOOD — The Bellwood-Antis Public Library has announced its February activities. Sprouting Readers: The library’s free story hour program for children ages 3 to 8 will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 and 26. Due to the library being closed on President’s Day, there will be no Sprouting ...

Birthday

Helen L. Decker will celebrate her 99th birthday Feb. 13 at her son’s home with cake and ice cream. Cards can be sent to her at: 579 Reservoir Road, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648. Helen was born Feb. 13, 1919, in McKee. She was married to Chalmer R. Decker, who died Nov. 21, 2001. She has a ...

Holiday spirit

Courtesy photo Each year, Dawna Padula puts on her Santa cap and pushes her shopping cart around the stores to gather canned goods, caps, gloves, scarves and socks for the Martinsburg Community Food Bank. Padula has been doing this for nine years; however, this was her last year, for she is ...

Park programs

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Gallitzin, 886-6150 The Allegheny Portage Railroad and the Forgotten war of the 19th Century, presentation by Park Ranger Nathan Koozer, 2 p.m. Saturay, visitor center theater. Canoe Creek State Park, 205 Canoe Creek Road, Hollidaysburg, ...

Supporting Tyrone Hospital

Courtesy photos The Women’s Club of Tyrone donated $20,000 to the Tyrone Regional Health Network Foundation. The donation was made to support women’s health services at Tyrone Hospital. The club raised the funds via its annual 200 Club Raffle Event/Silent Auction held last spring. Club ...

Baker Mansion to host Prince/Princess Tea

The Blair County Historical Society invites “all princes and princesses in the Kingdom of Blair County” to a Prince and Princess Tea from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at Baker Mansion. “We warmly welcome you to participate in this enchanting event,” said Joe DeFrancesco, executive director of ...

Claysburg library holds gospel sing, sets programs

CLAYSBURG — A large crowd of library supporters attended the annual Com-munity Gospel Sing & Soup, Bread and Dessert Meal at the Christ Lutheran Church in Claysburg on Jan. 27. Various churches in the community donated food and beverages. The Friends of the Claysburg Area Public ...

Roaring Spring library to host activities in Feb.

ROARING SPRING — The Roaring Spring Public Library has announced its February activities. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Manage your Evergreen library card account at www.roaringspring library.org. n Join or renew a ...

Across the area

Historical display on view at library EVERETT — The Bloody Run Historical Society’s monthly historical display at Everett Free Library is “The Tragic Train Explosion That Shook Everett in 1901.” The display will be presented by Barb Miller. The explosion will be revisited in photos ...

Club notes

Club volunteers with backpack program The Women’s Club of Altoona joins other organizations in support of the Mountain Lion Backpack Program. The club previously labeled backpacks at local elementary schools to get ready for the new year. Chair Debbie Wedge reports that the next night ...

African American Read-In Chain set for Feb. 12

The 29th annual African American Read-In Chain will take place Feb. 12 at Penn State Altoona. This year’s theme is “African Diaspora Writers in the U.S.” Contemporary African authors living and writing in the United States have introduced different voices and dialogues into the ...

PSU Altoona Philanthropic Council chair endows scholarship

Steve Richards, chair of the Penn State Altoona Philanthropic Council, and his wife, Shelby De Leon, have made a $50,000 gift commitment to establish the Harold (Had) C. Richards Memorial Open Doors Scholarship at Penn State Altoona. Named to honor the life of Richards’ father, the ...

Yesteryear-correct caption

Leslie Miller of Duncansville submitted this photo from the 1960s. Her grandfather, Lester C. Wilson, is third from the right in the photo. Additional information was provided by Marcia Hinton of Hollidaysburg, who said the photo is of Piper’s Body Shop, 2324 Union Ave., Altoona. Employees ...

Essential oils can pose hidden dangers to cats

Just about every room in our house currently has an oil diffuser or scented candle in it. I’m not alone. Essential oils have become all the rage for their use in aromatherapy and alternative medicine, in cleaning products, food and drink flavorings, herbal remedies, perfumes, personal care ...

Birthday

Elverda Holtz of Altoona will celebrate her 95th birthday on Tuesday. She was born Feb. 6, 1923. She was married to Regis Holtz for 54 years. He died in 1997. They have eight children: Regis Jr. of Patton, Janice of Altoona, Earlene Medley of Tennessee, Joe of Minnesota, Marie of Altoona, ...

Across the area

Blue Knob to host ‘Knob Jam’ CLAYSBURG — Blue Knob All Seasons Resort in Claysburg will hold “Knob Jam,” a rail jam competition, at 1 p.m. Saturday in the resort’s terrain park. A rail jam is an event where skiers and snowboarders perform a variety of tricks on terrain park ...

Coalport Museum Commission expresses need for volunteers

COALPORT — For anyone visiting the Coalport Area Coal Museum, it’s no secret it’s open the same hours and days as the Glendale Area Public Library, not only because they share the same building — but also the same library staff. For a variety of reasons, the library has been closed ...

Tee Off for a Cure raises $26,000

Golf event raises money for pancreatic cancer research, awareness The Griffith Family Founda-tion/Sideline Pancreatic Cancer Youth Initiative hosted its sixth annual Tee off for a Cure to Sideline Pancreatic Cancer at Scotch Valley Country Club on Aug. 18. Portions of the $26,000 raised ...