Area briefs


Tree and Plant Sale catalog now available

The Cambria County Conservation District’s 46th annual Tree and Plant Sale catalog is now available.

Since 1972, the conservation district has been offering seedlings and nursery stock to help residents create small orchards, wildlife habitat, small fruit gardens and landscapes.

This year’s catalog includes many new varieties of fruit trees, shade and ornamental trees/shrubs and evergreen seedlings.

The berry selection includes strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and elderberries.

Grapes, asparagus, rhubarb and a selection of perennial flowers, peonies and ground cover also are offered. Wildlife boxes are available along with support items for plants.

The catalog is available at the conservation district office. Residents can pick one up or call 472-2120 to have a catalog mailed.

Customers can also go on the county website: to find the catalog and order form.

The deadline for tree and plant orders is March 23 with payment.

Orders need to be picked up on April 13 at the Cambria County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Eichelberger hosting town hall meeting on state budget

Ahead of upcoming budget hearings, Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. R-Blair, is hosting a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Claysburg Community Center, 122 Senior Drive, Claysburg, to discuss the proposed 2018-19 state budget.

“As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I’m looking forward to asking the heads of each state department and agency how they’re going to reduce expenses and operate more efficiently this year,” Eichelberger said in a press release. “They’ll also have to justify why they deserve the money the governor has proposed. The feedback and ideas I get from people who participate in this town hall can play a role in how we ultimately develop a fiscally responsible budget that will still provide the services taxpayers deserve.”

The event is reserved for 30th District residents. Proof of residency is required for entry.


Martin Oil Co. purchases Barkman Oil of Woodbury

Bellwood-based Martin Oil Co. has purchased Barkman Oil Co. of Woodbury.

Martin Oil President Tom Martin said he was contacted by Barkman officials and “things worked out well.” The acquisition of the business has added about 9,000 customers and 28 trucks to the Martin Oil business, Martin said.

“We were friendly competitors for years serving Bedford, Morrisons Cove, Breezewood and Saxton. This makes it easier now to serve them,” Martin said.

Barkman operated offices in Woodbury and Hopewell and a convenience store in Hopewell.

Martin Oil is leasing the convenience store to CoGo’s.

Crash results in power outage in part of Altoona

A crash in Altoona knocked out power and closed a portion of Sixth Avenue.

According to Altoona police, an SUV struck a utility pole at 11:42 a.m. Wednesday at 57th Street and Sixth Avenue.

Power was knocked out when a tractor-trailer drove through shortly after the crash and snagged guide wires, further damaging the pole and cutting off power to the area.

Sixth Avenue, between 56th and 58th streets, was closed for several hours as Penelec was called in to restore power and replace the pole.