Community

Contact Altoona announces spring training

Contact Altoona, Blair County’s only 24-hour telephone helpline is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with a “35 for 35 Challenge” in trying to recruit more volunteers. Contact Altoona’s spring training classes begin March 27, and the nonprofit organization is taking an ...

Super Spring Swap Meet

The Blair County Antique Auto Club will hold its 12th annual Super Spring Swap Meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the National Guard Readiness Center, Duncansville (Meadows Intersection). Admission is $5 per person. For more information about table rentals, call Dick at 946-5257 or Ken at ...

Park programs

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Gallitzin, 886-6150 Staple Bend Tunnel Hike, 2 p.m. Saturday, meet at the tunnel site in Mineral Point. The hike commemorates the 183rd anniversary of the opening of the Allegheny Portage Railroad. Greenwood Furnace State Park, Greenwood ...

Art In Common exhibiting works at library

The Artist of the Month for March at the Altoona Area Public Library isn’t one artist. It’s a collection of local artists known as Art In Common. Art In Common is a nonprofit organization that started in 1986 as a forum for artists, photographers and sculptors to network with other ...

Across the area

Mount Aloysius to hold open house CRESSON — Mount Aloysius College will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Friday by inviting prospective students and their families to tour the college campus. Attendees will learn how to start preparing for their future careers. The open house will be ...

Tyrone to honor Irish heritage

TYRONE — Irish eyes will be smiling and celebrating in Tyrone this weekend when the community takes to the downtown area to honor its Irish roots during the annual Irish Heritage Festival Friday through Sunday. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday with the Lighting of the Shamrock at Hotel ...

‘Sing Out’ set for March 25 and 26

ROARING SPRING — The Cove Community Chorus will hold its annual spring concert titled “Sing Out” at 7 p.m. March 25 and 2 p.m. March 26 at the Spring Cove Middle School auditorum. The chorus will feature Easter hymns, a segment of “The Muppets,” songs from the 1950s and the rock ...

Cancellation of Lyme Disease program

Because of the predicted snowstorm and PennDOT warning to stay off the roads, Tuesday night's program on Lyme disease at the Monastery Gardens is canceled and will be rescheduled later, if possible.

Club notes

Genealogical society to host speaker HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Road. Alan W. Maples will present “The Everett Railroad: Past, Present and Future.” Maples has been owner ...

Tickets on sale for WISE Women Tribute

WISE Women of Blair County, through the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, will hold its annual Tribute to Women dinner at 6 p.m. April 19 at The Casino at Lakemont Park, Altoona. These honorees are recognized for their community input or involvement in organizations whose projects ...

4 generations

Courtesy photo Four generations of Penelope Crumm’s family include: front — Josephine Worthy, great-grandmother, holding Penelope Crumm; back — Diana Kennedy, grandmother, and Chad Crumm, father. All are from Altoona. The Altoona Mirror accepts photos of families who recently added a ...

Yesteryear

Bill Neugebauer of Altoona submitted this February 1955 photo of the Temple Lutheran Church Junior Choir. Shown are (from left): first row — Susan Thomas and Pete Hersperger; second row — Dottie Knowl, Bill Neugebauer, Dick Snyder, Nancy Furrer and Carol Summers; third row — Diane ...

First-hand look shows canine seizures can be treated effectively

When we adopted Mabel two years ago, we didn’t know her actual age, let alone her breed or that she was possibly epileptic. It wasn’t long, however, until her daily seizure-like episodes became apparent. Having witnessed seizures before, I kind of had an idea we might be dealing with ...

Doctorate

Lindsy M. Sammarco Lindsy M. Sammarco graduated with a doctorate in physical therapy from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, on Dec. 16 and recently became board-certified in Pennsylvania. She completed her clinical rotations (acute rehabilitation) at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, ...

‘Bear Crawl’

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec The next football season is months away, but Altoona Area High School coach Nick Felus has kids at all levels in the Sheetz Weight Room for strength-conditioning and team-building drills every day after school. Above, Aidan Palilla, 13, an eighth-grader, takes ...

Across the area

Poster contest to focus on water The Blair County Conservation District and Altoona Water Authority are holding their annual poster contest, to be displayed at the Logan Valley Mall during the week leading up to the Earth Day event on April 22. The contest will focus on water and is open to ...

Glendale Drama Club to present ‘Jeckyll, Hyde’

FLINTON — The Glendale Drama Club, under the direction of Jen and Larry Putorek, will present its 11th annual musical, “Jekyll and Hyde,” at 7 p.m. March 30 and 31 and April 1 and 2 p.m. April 2 in the high school auditorium. “Jekyll and Hyde” is a Victorian Era musical, adapted ...

Society recognizes Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society designated March 6 to 10 as MS Awareness Week, according to Sharon O’Keiff Fusco, manager of the Duncansville office of the society’s Keystone Chapter. Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system ...

Rotary International president set for visit

The Rotary Clubs of Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia will welcome the Rotary International president for 2017-18, Ian Riseley, and his wife Juliette, on Saturday. Riseley is due to take the reins as president of Rotary International’s 1.2 million members and 34,000 clubs for the ...

Across the area

Portage Rotary to hold dance Saturday PORTAGE — The Rotary Club of Portage will sponsor its annual St. Patrick’s Day Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Royal Ballroom, 701 Main St. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Live entertainment will be provided by PT Cruiser. Food and ...