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Learn how to help aging dogs deal with mobility issues

Mabel, or Mubel as we affectionately call her, is our oldest dog. We don’t really know how old she is since she was found as a stray. She’s a chocolate Lab mix, but my husband, Ray, had a DNA test done on her that showed she was one-eighth golden retriever in her blood so he calls her ...

Visiting the nation’s capital

Courtesy photo Congressman John Joyce (PA-13) welcomed students from Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School to Capitol Hill on May 21. “It was an honor to greet the seventh-grade class from Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School during their visit to the nation’s capital,” Joyce said. ...

School notes

Students participate in leadership competitions PATTON — The new Cambria Heights High School Technology Student Association attended the 41st annual Pennsylvania Technol-ogy Student Association Leadership Conference and Competitions at Seven Springs Resort and Conference Center in ...

Car, motorcycle club activities

Blair County Antique Auto Club (BCAAC) monthly meeting, 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Bavarian Hall, Altoona. The next meeting is July 11. New members are welcome. For membership information, call Betty Campbell at 942-2525 or download a membership form at ...

Library to hold program for youth

The Taking Control Scholarship Board will host “Youth, Government & Employment” at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Altoona Area Public Library 1600 Fifth Ave. Youth ages 11 to 18 are invited to to hear presentations by guest speakers. Children ages 10 and younger must be accompanied by a ...

Fort Bedford District honors 11 Eagle Scouts

The Fort Bedford District Boy Scouts of America has recognized 11 Eagle Scouts from the class of 2019 in Chestnut Ridge and Bedford school districts. Fort Bedford District is part of the Laurel Highlands Council and serves all of Bedford County. Chestnut Ridge School District n Ian ...

Across the area

Wheels for Meals to provide backpacks The Mountain Lion BackPack Program will hold a fundraising event, “Wheels for Meals: Car, Motorcycle and Truck Show,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 24 at Peoples Natural Gas Field VIP Lot. Event organizers are seeking vendors for crafts, home party ...

Park programs

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Gallitzin, 886-6150 “A Day in the Life: Working on the Allegheny Portage Railroad,” 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. through Sept. 29. Fort Roberdeau Historic Site and Natural Area, Altoona, 946-0048 Open for tours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ...

YEA! program graduates 15 student CEOs

Fifteen local students in grades six through 12 representing 13 self-made businesses and social movements graduated from the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) on April 30 at The Casino at Lakemont Park, Altoona. Throughout the 25-week program, students ...

Across the area

Friends-Raising meeting Wednesday GALLITZIN — Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site will hold a Friends-Raising meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the park Visitor Center, 110 Federal Park Road. Park staff will share what’s going on this year at the historic site and to explore ...

Penn State Altoona offers summer programs for kids

Penn State Altoona has week-long fun and educational programs for kids entering kindergarten through ninth grade. Pick from an array of camps about science, technology, engineering, art, history and more. Kids’ College will bring children’s imaginations to life and their thinking skills ...

American Legion County Fair invites participants

EBENSBURG — Plans are in the works for the American Legion County Fair, which will be held Sept. 1 to 7 at the Cambria County Fairgrounds. Each year, in addition to the fun and excitement of the rides and shows, the fair enables residents to show what they’ve been working on in their ...

SAMA plans ‘Arabian Nights’ gala

LORETTO — The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is soaring through the Arabian Nights to the 41st annual gala hosted by SAMA Loretto on June 29. This year’s chair, Michelle Passarello, and the rest of the gala committee have been working diligently to create one of the best galas yet. ...

Five generations

Courtesy photo Five generations of Sophia Ross’ family are (from left): Linda Myers of Bellwood, great-grandmother; Shirley Nearhoof of Bellwood, great-great-grandmother; Lauren Ross of Latrobe, mother, holding Sophia Ross; and Amy Snyder of Bellwood, grandmother. The Altoona Mirror ...

Remember ‘fur coats’ when assessing pet’s summer heat risk

Rio, our 2-year-old German Shepherd “puppy” is still extremely active. She loves to play and has two old soles from Ray’s shoes that she insists he toss in the yard so she can chase and fetch. It’s debatable whether she will bring it back to us, but if she wants it thrown for her, ...

Blair Historical Society to host 1940s lawn party

The Blair County Historical Society at Baker Mansion will host a 1940s lawn party from 6 to 9 p.m. July 13 at the mansion, 3419 Oak Lane, Altoona. It will include comfort food by Snappy Chef, yard games, raffles, World War II re-enactors and entertainment by the San Tones Orchestra. ...

Service notes

ERIC M. AYERS U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Eric M. Ayers, formerly of Martinsburg, was awarded the White House Military Office Outstanding Member of the Year for 2018 on April 30 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. SAMANTHA L. WATERHOUSE U.S. Air Force Airman 1st ...

Club notes

Genealogical society to host speaker HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Roller Hojeth Memorial Library on Scotch Valley Road. David C. Hsiung will present “Central Pennsylvanians That Joined the Klondike Gold Rush of ...

Volunteer of the year

Courtesy photo Conemaugh Nason Medical Center marked National Volunteer Week April 7 to 13 with a luncheon in the Nason Boardroom on April 11. All volunteers were thanked and honored with small gifts and pins acknowledging their service hours. Linda Steele (left) was honored as the 2019 ...