Community

Hollidaysburg library sets Jan. programs

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area Public Library has announced its January events. Library hours are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The library will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday and ...

Yesteryear

Debra (Tomasetti) Picano (right) of Altoona submitted this photo of herself and her sister, Michele “Mickey” Tomasetti of State College, speaking with Santa at Gable’s Department Store in Altoona in December 1958. Santa was played by Thommy Moyer, who was a school friend of her brother, ...

Helping others

Courtesy photo Diane G. Lopez, CEO of G.A.P. (Government and Postal) Federal Credit Union, presents a check for $2,644.52 to Keith Rager, president of The Lucas Foundation, at the credit union complex in Richland. The credit union held its sixth annual charity golf outing on Sept. 10 at the ...

Try some of these clicks and tricks for taking better pet photos

I have several friends who are pros at photography. Some even get paid real money for taking pictures. However, this column is aimed more at those people, like me, who pray each time they point the camera that something legible appears. I have an old copy of Kodak’s “Top 10 Tips for ...

Club notes

DAR chapter holds Christmas party The Adam Holliday Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution met on Dec. 3 at Park Hills Country Club, Altoona. Following the business meeting, the members enjoyed a Christmas party with a luncheon and gift exchange. The club will ...

Area groups sponsor free taxi service on New Year’s Eve

Pyramid Healthcare, Blair Drug & Alcohol Partnerships, the law offices of Edgar Snyder & Associates, and WTAJ-TV announced the return of their annual “Take a Cab, We’ll Pay the Tab” campaign. From 10 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Pyramid Healthcare will ...

Flight 93 National Memorial begins volunteer recruitment

SHANKSVILLE — The volunteer program at Flight 93 National Memorial is initiating a recruitment campaign for individuals to join its volunteer program in 2017. “This recruitment effort is being conducted to support the strong work of our knowledgeable ambassadors and the volunteer greeters ...

BackPack Program receives $10,000 grant

The Mountain Lion BackPack Program has received a $10,000 grant from the Ronald McDonald House of Charities, Mid-Penn Region. For more six years, the Mountain Lion BackPack Program has provided food over the weekends to Altoona elementary school children during the school year. Almost 1,400 ...

Mentoring in Medicine Program accepting applications for 2017

JOHNSTOWN — Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Mentoring in Medicine program is accepting applicants for the 14th annual 10-week summer program. Mentoring in Medicine is designed to give area college students, planning on a career as a physician, the opportunity to shadow physicians at ...

Headed to the Rose Bowl

Courtesy photo This picture shows the 11 Altoona Area High School alumni now marching in the Penn State Blue Band. Shown are (from left): front row — Eric Yarnell, Austin Cheers and Bradley Scherden; back row — Nathan Pearlman, Kaylyn Ebersole, Gabi Dancha, Tori Horell, McKenzie Madden, ...

Lower Trust awards $52,773 in grants to local nonprofits

Grants totaling $52,773.54 from the T. Dean Lower and Jane Young Lower Trust were made through the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation to three local nonprofit groups, including the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, the Altoona Community Theater and the Blair County Arts Foundation. The ...

Legion donation aids in volunteer recognition

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Blair and Huntingdon Counties (RSVP) hosted a volunteer appreciation luncheon this month to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of the RSVP volunteers. This event was made possible due to the support from American Legion Post 516 in ...

Rep. Hayes selected for Army ROTC National Hall of Fame

A Pennsylvania Army veteran and state civic leader was inducted into the inaugural group of U.S. Army Cadet Command ROTC National Hall of Fame inductees in June. He and 325 other former Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets were chosen to represent 100 years of Army ROTC. State Rep. ...

Event raises $22,385 for Dreams Go On

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The 10th annual Lehman Engineers Horse Trail Ride & Trail Walk to benefit Dreams Go On was held on Sept. 5 at Canoe Creek State Park. The event generated a record-breaking $22,385.46 for Dreams Go On, a nonprofit therapeutic horseback riding organization for adults ...

Tyrone Hospital golf event raises $21,236

TYRONE — The Tyrone Hospital Foundation raised $21,236 from its 15th annual golf tournament at Sinking Valley Country Club. Funds raised from the event will be used to continue improvements at Tyrone Hospital, including new equipment for surgical services, emergency services and diagnostic ...

Across the area

HASD alumni seeks volunteers HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area School District Alumni Association is re-energizing and needs the help of area residents. Anyone interested in volunteering to serve on the board or council is asked to attend a brief presentation followed by a holiday ...

Event raises money for kids with cancer

The second annual ThinkBIG for Kids Golf Tournament was held Sept. 23 at Sinking Valley Country Club with $7,228.55 raised for families with kids battling cancer. Sixteen teams competed in the four-person scramble tournament, with the team made up of the Altoona Mirror’s Mike Boytim and ...

Subway Restaurants makes donation of $26,500 to THON, Four Diamonds

HERSHEY — Central Pennsylvania Subway Restaurants presented a check for $26,500 to THON and Four Diamonds on Oct. 17. The event took place at Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey. Throughout September, Subway featured the Cookie That Cares, an M&M cookie that was made ...

Honor roll

ST. PATRICK’S SCHOOL, NEWRY HIGH HONORS FIFTH GRADE — Samantha Dodson. FOURTH GRADE — Brooklyn Becker, Miranda Little. THIRD GRADE — Gavin Boslet, Kiri Dougherty, Cammie Krug, Sarah Little, Kiaya Smith, Fisher Wolford. FIRST GRADE — Kendra Dodson, Naira ...

Club notes

Alpha Beta Chapter holds Christmas tea OSTERBURG — The Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met Dec. 3 at the Ivy Stone Restaurant for its annual Christmas tea and business meeting. Linda Clapper of the Projects Committee reported that the ongoing project “Books ...