Community

SAMA graduates first class of gallery hosts

BEDFORD — The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art recently graduated its first class of gallery hosts. These individuals went through a four-week training session this summer at SAMA’s Bedford Museum that taught participants the ins and outs of working in a museum. Chuck Olson, a ...

Local bridge winners

Altoona Duplicate Bridge Club has announced the winners of its recent games: Nov. 7 — North/South: Jeannine Fagley and Barbara Marinak, first; Jean Keller and Jean Green, second; Marcia and Dave Dravis, third; Hope Sheehan and Helen Gorsuch, fourth. East/West: Bea Stevens and Mary Moran, ...

Sponsors needed for ‘Night at the Races’

The George M. Lechner Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School is seeking support from local businesses with a donation to help with its fundraising event, “George’s Pony Rides: A Night at the Races.” The inaugural event is scheduled from 5:30 to 11 ...

Yesteryear

The Beccaria-Coalport-Irvona Joint High School class of 1958 visited Washington, D.C., for its senior field trip. Among those in the photo are Kay (Peacock) Ricketts, Sandra (Kingston) Holtzclaw, June (Shope) Laughard, Janet (Spangle) Fleming, Janice Boone, Carol (Leyo) Morrison, Gwen (Green) ...

Birthday Cora Blanche Gillaspie Milligan

Cora Blanche Gillaspie Milligan will celebrate her 100th birthday today. She was born Nov. 21, 1918, in Altoona, the daughter of Don and Ada Gillaspie. She was named Cora Blanche for her twin great-aunts, Cora and Blanche. She attended the Coleman one-room school in Homers Gap for grades ...

Gift-givers needed for Operation Santa

MARTINSBURG — Home-wood at Martinsburg is seeking individuals, families, businesses and civic groups to brighten the holidays for healthcare residents this Christmas season through “Operation Santa.” The “Operation Santa Program” is a long standing tradition at Homewood at ...

Golf outing benefits Special Olympics

The Friends of Dave Baronner Memorial Golf Outing was held Oct. 13 at Iron Masters Country Club, Roaring Spring. Proceeds of $5,500 was donated to Special Olympics of Blair County. The money was used to help fund the local Special Olympians’ trip to Villanova earlier this month to ...

Club notes

VFW urges members to attend meeting All members of Veterans of Foreign Wars James L. Noble Post 3 are urged to attend an important meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Catholic War Veterans Post. Attendees will discuss and vote on the consolidation of Post 3 with the American Legion and the ...

4 generations

Courtesy photo Four generations of Colson John Marin’s family in-clude (from left): Steamer Marin, father; Maxine Cover, great-grandmother, holding Colson John Marin; and Mary Marin, grandmother. All are from Altoona. The Altoona Mirror accepts photos of families who recently added a ...

Local bridge winners

The Altoona Duplicate Bridge Club has announced the winners of its recent games. Oct. 31 — North/South: Phyllis Robbins and Ted Shade, first; Joan Blinn and Bruce Baldwin, second; Hope Sheehan and Barbara Marinak, third. East/West: Marcia and Dave Dravis, first; Bill Pounds and Ed ...

Horseshoe Chorus hosts Hemlock Harmony Brigade

Nineteen years ago, a small group of barbershop singers from central Pennsylvania and western Maryland started gathering to socialize and demonstrate their craft. Barry Halbritter, in conjunction with the Altoona Horseshoe Chorus, has been hosting the event at Halbritter’s Hemlock Lodge in ...

Smart Driver courses offered at Blair County locations

Residents can refresh their driving skills and have the opportunity to save money on their car insurance with the AARP Smart Driver courses. Full classes are open to anyone. Refresher classes require completion of any driver safety class within the previous three years. There are no ...

Yesteryear

Gary Reid of Altoona submitted this 1931 photo of Keith Junior High School’s first band. His father, William (age 13 in photo), is in the front row to the left of the big drum. Readers are encouraged to send or deliver old local photographs of general interest for use in Yesteryear. ...

Pet planning for natural disasters

Sadly, many friends and family were victims of Hurricane Michael as it wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast a few weeks ago, and I heard firsthand the devastation they encountered. We also traveled to a tropical island recently (during hurricane season, call us crazy) and worried a bit about what ...

Community Arts Center plans Holly Bazaar

JOHNSTOWN — The Community Arts Center of Cambria County will hold its 48th Holly Bazaar through Dec. 24. The Community Arts Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays during the Holly Bazaar. The Holly Bazaar, located in the ...

Day of Music nets $18K for Healing Patch

This year’s event to be held Saturday The planning team for Patched Together: A Day of Music earlier this year presented a check for $18,134 raised to benefit the Home Nursing Agency Healing Patch: A Program for Loss and Hope for Grieving Children and Their Families. The sixth annual ...

Across the area

Courtesy photo Natasha Rasmussen of Altoona represented the United States in the international “IBA-UIBC-Cup of Bakers” in Munich, Germany on Sept. 16. Natasha, with her teammate, Chef Eddie Batten, competed by baking assorted breads and a large bread sculpture showpiece in the theme of ...

Car club events

Blair County Antique Auto Club (BCAAC) monthly meeting, 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the 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. Altoona Corvette Club (ACC) ...

Community Foundation announces scholarship winners

The Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation recently announced its 2018 scholarship winners. Sgt. Brandon Adams Information Technology Memorial Scholarship — Samuel Dick, Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center and Central High School, Martinsburg. Officer Chris Amerine ...

Across the area

Donations fund diabetes education November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger works each year to help provide Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital with the equipment, programs and services to help children diagnosed with pediatric ...