Area briefs

Tea party to host Blair commissioner

The Blair County Tea Party will host Blair County Commissioner Terry Tomassetti at its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Express in Altoona. The meeting is open to the public.

Tomassetti will discuss property reassessment. The commissioners voted unanimously in March to move forward with countywide reassessment, which is estimated to take up to two years and cost $4 million.

Park commission reschedules meeting

The Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission has rescheduled next month’s board meeting. The board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at City Council chambers.


Blue Knob pool to close temporarily

The Shaffer Homestead pool at Blue Knob State Park will be closed Monday through Friday this week. It will reopen for Labor Day weekend and will close for the season on Sept. 2.

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Quadrathon set

HomeWaters Club in Spruce Creek will host central Pennsylvania’s first Quadrathon today with teams of four competing.

The event will benefit St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Boalsburg

The day includes fishing and shooting on the HomeWaters campus, a 10-mile Rothrock Forest trail bike ride and a two-person team scramble at Sinking Valley Country Club.

Blair Cab running

The state Public Utility Commission Thursday reinstated the certificate to operate of Blair Cab Inc., an Altoona taxi company owned by Harry Pelton.

The company’s certificate to operate was canceled July 10 for lack of insurance. The insurance was suspended in March. The company was then cited for operating without a certificate.

Blair Cab was able to get its certificate to operate reinstated by filing a new application for a Certificate of Public Convenience, including proof of insurance to the commission.

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PSU dean to speak at women’s event

Lori Bechtel-Wherry, Penn State Altoona’s chancellor and dean, will be the featured speaker at a Women’s Equality Day program on Wednesday at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center.

The EEO/Federal Women’s Program will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the medical center’s second-floor auditorium.

Bechtel-Wherry is the first woman to serve as chancellor in the college’s history.

The program is open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact the center’s federal women’s program manager at 943-8164, ext. 7991

Liberty Dinner, speaker announced

The Blair County Republican Women announced the fall Liberty Dinner will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Blairmont Club in Hollidaysburg. Keynote speaker will be state Sen. Scott Wagner, who won a write-in vote in a special election in York County in March.

There will be an optional private reception with Wagner at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for the general public. Private reception tickets are also available, as well as advertising space in the program booklet.

For more information, call Lois Kaneshiki at 207-0011 or visit

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Woman faces drug charges

An Altoona woman, who as a passenger in a vehicle, faces resisting arrest and drug charges after a traffic stop on Fourth Street, according to Altoona police.

Autumn K. Koch, 36, of 1000 Eighth Ave. was charged this week by Altoona police with drug possession, paraphernalia and resisting arrest counts stemming from a traffic stop Aug. 2 in which Koch was a passenger.

Police said Koch said, “Nothing in there is mine,” as she got out of the car about 1:30 a.m. at the request of police, who noticed an open container of alcohol in the car.

Koch struggled with police as officers attempted to put her in handcuffs, police said, and inside the vehicle officers allegedly found a small, torn plastic bag with suspected cocaine residue as well as Suboxone. Two more bags, one containing a powdery white substance, were also found in the car’s console, along with a marijuana pipe and another make-shift pipe fashioned from an aluminum can, police said.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence but has not yet been charged.

American flags stolen in Tyrone

Tyrone police say someone has been stealing American flags from borough porches and houses.

According to Tyrone police, about a dozen residences had American flags stolen between Sunday and Monday, mostly in east Tyrone.

The flags were stolen from homes in the area of 15th Street through 18th Street and other parts around east Tyrone, police said.

Anyone with information about the flag thefts is asked to call Tyrone police.

Hagerstown, Md.

Motorcyclists ride for 9-11 memorial

Hundreds of motorcycles are traveling across parts of western Maryland and northern Virginia as part of a Sept. 11 anniversary event.

They left Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Friday morning after visiting the spot where one of the four jetliners hijacked by terrorists crashed in 2001. Friday’s route includes parts of interstates 68 and 70, U.S. 15 and the Dulles Greenway.

The group is spending Friday night near the Pentagon, where another jetliner crashed.

After visiting the Pentagon today, the ride continues up Interstate 95 to New York City. It ends Sunday at the World Trade Center memorial to victims of the two jetliners that crashed there.


Corbett commits $7M to center

Gov. Tom Corbett has announced $7 million in state funds to begin redeveloping an area dotted with former coal mines and a waste dump into an international trade center near Pittsburgh International Airport.

The project would be built on 195-acres near the airport, though site preparation alone is expected to take three years.