Community

Park programs

Prince Gallitzin State Park, Patton, 674-1005 Brunch with the Birds, 10 a.m. Thursday, meet in the lower level of the park office. Learn about winter birds and birdfeeding while enjoying a mid-morning snack, then move outside to visit the park’s feeders. Some binoculars will be available or ...

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Lions to offer vision screenings The Lakemont Lions Club and the Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind will participate in Kid’s Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Logan Valley Mall, Altoona. All ages can sign in to be screened. There will be information available about ...

Community comes together

Courtesy photos Bob Dilling, secretary of the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Company, Hollidaysburg, presented certificates of appreciation to volunteers who prepared and donated food for firefighters and EMTs during the Feb. 1 fire at an apartment building on Bedford Street in Hollidaysburg. Absent ...

Youth attend leadership conferences

More than 500 young people descended on State College during the last weekend of January. Among them were Blair County 4-H members Scott Sessamen of Bellwood, attending State Leadership Conference, and Andrea Slusser of Altoona, attending the Junior Leadership Conference. The weekend is an ...

Birthday

Anna ‘Dee’ Ainsworth Anna M. “Dee” (Slee) Trostle Ainsworth of Graystone Court Villas, 1101 Flamingo Drive, Altoona, will celebrate her 95th birthday on March 25. She was born March 25, 1922, in Osceola, the daughter of Herschel Slee and Geraldine Heffern. She married John A. ...

Home Nursing seeks volunteers for Family Hospice Program

Home Nursing Agency is seeking individuals who have a desire to help others to serve as volunteers in the Family Hospice Program. Volunteers are an essential part of Family Hospice, which serves patients with life-limiting illnesses their caregivers. Family Hospice volunteers have the ...

Yesteryear

Joyce Drass of Hollidaysburg submitted this May 19, 1916, photo of the Pennsylvania Railroad inspection pit crew that was taken at Engine House No. 3 in Altoona. Her grandfather, George Beard, is on the far left in the back row. Readers are encouraged to send or deliver old local photographs ...

Service notes

JENNIFER E. ROWZER U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jennifer E. Rowzer graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core ...

Club notes

Bridge club announces recent winners The Altoona Duplicate Bridge Club has announced the winners of its recent games. March 8 — Summer Rifkah and Thana Moussa, first; Jeff Gourley and Larry Gourley, second; Helen Gorsuch and John Regan, third; Jean Keller and Carol Moyer, fourth. March ...

Successful Season of Sharing

Courtesy photo Officials from the Altoona Mirror and the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation recently presented a $10,679 check to the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, the proceeds from the media company’s 2016 Season of Sharing Holiday Fund-raiser. Pictured (from left) ...

One special cat changed this late-blooming cat lady’s life

My love affair with cats began on a cold, rainy May afternoon in 2008. Before then, I had never really been around cats. Growing up, we always had dogs. I knew nothing about cats except that I thought they didn’t like humans. How wrong I was. On this dismal Sunday, a friend had been visiting ...

Students honored by state VFW in Voice of Democracy essay contest

The Department of Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States recently celebrated the patriotism of Pennsylvania’s high school students during the organization’s annual Voice of Democracy banquet in Pittsburgh. Tyrone resident Haley Butina won the VFW patriotic essay ...

Woman selected as Fulbright Scholar

Sara E. Skrabalak, daughter of John P. Skrabalak of Altoona, has been selected to receive a 2017-18 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Fulbright Award to Spain in 2018. The Fulbright Program, which aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries, is ...

Bishop Carroll to present ‘Hello, Dolly!’

EBENSBURG — The Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Drama Club will present “Hello, Dolly!” at 7 p.m. March 30 and 31 and April 1 in the school cafeteria. The school is located at 728 Ben Franklin Highway. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. In turn-of-the-century New York, Dolly ...

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Garden program slated for Tuesday HOLLIDAYSBURG — The St. Vincent De Paul Community Gardens will hold a program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Care for Creation (C4C) Center, 793 Monastery Road. Chris Wise from Friends Farm will present “Making the Most of Your Garden.” Friends Farm is ...

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Spring Hike set for Saturday HUNTINGDON — Greenwood Furnace State Park’s Spring Hike is still on for Saturday, but the trail may be changed due to the recent snowfall, and the park will have some snowshoes available for people to use on the hike. “Get Outdoors Pennsylvania” and ...

WISE Women presents scholarships

WISE Women of Blair County has announced the scholarship winners for the fall 2016 term. These scholarships are available to women residents of Blair County 21 years of age and older who have overcome adversity in their lives and are pursuing post-secondary education. WISE stands for ...

Group offers tips for National Nutrition Month

Get Active Blair County encourages area residents to stay on track and improve their diet as a part of National Nutrition Month. This March, Get Active Blair County offers a few tips as part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge to help people work healthy habits into even the ...

Car and motorcycle club activities

Blair County Antique Auto Club (BCAAC) monthly meeting, 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, Bavarian Hall, Altoona. New members are welcome. For membership information, call Betty Campbell at 942-2525 or download a membership form at www.bcaac.org. BCAAC cruise-ins, 6 p.m. every ...

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Deaf gathering set for Friday CRESSON — Mount Aloysius College’s Department of American Sign Language and English Interpreting will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a deaf gathering from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Bertschi Center and Technology Commons on campus. There is no cost for ...