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Field of green

Anthony Rispoli cuts corn for silage on his farm in Yellow Springs on Tuesday afternoon. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Clearfield County man pleads guilty to arson, burglary

CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield County man accused of trying to set fire to a home after he burglarized it will serve time in a state prison. The incident happened on May 24 in Lawrence Town­ship, Clearfield County, where two men stole an ATV from a residence and then entered the home, police ...

A lifetime of service

CLAYSBURG — Winning prestigious awards is nothing new for Dave Burket. Burket, 86, who operates Burket Falls Farm with his son, John, has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Holstein Hall of Fame member, a Larry Moore Distinguished Breeder by the National Red and White Dairy Cattle ...

Small grain cover crops considered

With this year’s late planting and abundant moisture, corn silage may come off later than usual. Therefore, cover crops may be established later, limiting options to small grains. Fortunately, there are a variety of winter-hardy small grains out there; however, there is often not enough ...

Cambria County Farm Bureau to hold annual meeting

The Cambria County Farm Bureau annual dinner and business meeting will be held on Sept. 20 at St. Monica’s Church Basement Hall at 3037 Colonel Drake Highway, Chest Springs. All members and guests are invited to attend. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by several reports to the ...

Agriculture briefs

TYRONE FFA recognized The Tyrone Area FFA chapter has been named a 3-Star Chapter for 2018 by the National FFA Organization. The National Chapter Award Program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. TYRONE Chapter ...

FFA Spotlight

Haylee Blowers Age and school: 16, Tyrone Area High School Family: Mother, Heather Johnson; stepdad, Steve Johnson; father, Toby Baldauf; brothers: Eli Johnson, Bowen Johnson and Deegan Baldauf; and sister, Ava Baldauf FFA Chapter: Tyrone Area Years involved with FFA: 1 Amount of ...

Briefcase

Blair Chamber to host Breakfast Club meeting The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club will meet at 7:45 a.m. Sept. 13 at The Casino at Lakemont Park. Guest speaker will be the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center’s new executive director, Eric Palmer. Career and ...

Sentencing set for duo in fatal ATV crash

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The young men who rendered guilty pleas to criminal charges in connection with a fatal ATV crash are scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 11. Blair County Judge Timothy Sullivan is scheduled to sentence Trenton Ross Bilak, 24, of Everett, at 8:30 a.m. and Jacob Ralph Helsel, ...

Agriculture department backs off some school milk rules

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is relaxing school lunch rules by making it easier for schools to serve flavored milk with 1 percent fat. Flavored milk had been banned, but in May 2017, revised federal guidance allowed schools to request a waiver to serve 1 percent flavored milk. To ...

First responders enjoy free lunch

Trays of breadsticks, lasagna, spaghetti and salad lined up across a couple of tables in the kitchen of the AMED facility on Seventh Avenue on Monday as local first responders received a free Italian lunch from Olive Garden as a gesture of appreciation for their community work. Chris Smith, ...

Blair County volunteers help drill, repair wells

Members of Sunrise Rotary and Overflow Church in Altoona drilled a well in Acajulta, El Salvador, and repaired a second well to bring clean water to people living there. About 40 people in a poor village of Acajulta will benefit from the new well and many more will use water from the other, ...

IRC to distribute batteries

The Intermunicipal Relations Committee, on behalf of Keep Blair Beautiful, has taken delivery of nearly a million volts. The IRC plans to set up a transmission system, so it can discharge that voltage — free of charge — before Christmas. The electric potential is contained in nearly ...

Inmate seeks sentence review

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona woman accused of running a heroin-selling operation with her husband is asking a Blair County judge to vacate her 10- to 20-year prison term because it turned into a longer sentence. Jacqueline C. Alberts-Gomez, 34, rendered guilty pleas in May 2017 to several ...

Legions of Fun

EBENSBURG — Alica McCarty of Summerhill gives her grandchildren timeouts on occasion for misbehavior. On Sunday, McCarty gave them what she called a timeout — but it was no punishment: rather, an eagerly awaited trip to the American Legion County Fair, where Brady Wills, 13, and Brittany ...

Osborn sets tone annually for Relay for Life volunteers

For more than 22 years, Don Osborn has served as the “go-to” guy for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society behind the scenes and behind the microphone at the 24-hour Relay For Life at Mansion Park. Osborn, 67, of Altoona, became involved with the American Cancer Society through ...

IRC gets funds to set up recycling dropoff site

The organization that over­sees curbside recycling in three of the four Blair County municipalities where it is mandated has received a $20,000 grant to establish a 24/7 keycard dropoff to serve several non-mandated muni­cipalities in central and southern Blair. The Intermunicipal ...

Riding for a cause

Tracy and Michelle Saylor take off at the start of the 15th annual Burgi’s Low Life Riders Annual Charity Ride on Sunday afternoon in Duncansville. About 550 motorcycles took part in the ride to raise funds for Camden Rhodes and Nathan Kost, two local children with medical needs, said event ...

Roadwork

State College I-99 overnight paving planned Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College will resume overnight paving on a 3-mile section of I-99 in Centre County on Tuesday. Paving on the southbound lanes will continue from 8 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. During daylight hours, ...

Magisterial District Judge

Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones: John N. Delozier, 53, 1386 Spangler St., Hastings, charged by Altoona police with conspiracy, two counts of receiving stolen property, illegal possession of a firearm, carrying an unlicensed firearm, possession of a small ...