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Flush with cash

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They say a child who has experienced starvation will hoard food when it becomes plentiful. So it’s understandable that the city of Altoona would build up its reserves after stabilizing its finances through Act 47, after a long period of financial struggle caused by systemic demographic ...

Agency, adoptive families help kids

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Editor’s note: This is another of a series of stories by Pennsylvania 50 print, digital and broadcast news organizations on the opioid crisis in the state. INDIANA — They are the youngest victims of the nation’s opioid epidemic. Statewide, nearly 2,000 children — 15 out of every ...

Glendale set Ninosky on right path

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Over the past 35 years, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania has honored only 365 of its 140,000 alumni with its Distinguished Alumni Award, and this year, a renowned attorney originally from Clearfield County is among the select group of recipients. John Ninosky, a 1993 graduate of IUP, ...

Blair County reviews plans for Snare building

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Blair County Planning Commission members said Thursday the plan for Snare & Associates Mortgage Services to construct a new office building is generally consistent with countywide planning efforts, but they have some concerns about the project. Snare plans to construct a 7,500-square-foot ...

Southern Alleghenies hosts spotted lanternfly session

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The Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission will present a spotted lanternfly symposium from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 17 at the commission office, 3 Sheraton Drive. A quarantine is in place for 13 southeastern Pennsyl­vania counties to try to combat the movement of the ...

Heat wave claims Tipton woman

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The heat wave that has engulfed the Altoona area since Friday has claimed a victim. According to WTAJ-TV, a 64-year-old Tipton woman died of heat stroke Saturday afternoon while working in her garden. Officials at UPMC Altoona could not be reached for comment, but an official at Conemaugh ...

Keep Blair Beautiful seeking help with battery project

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Keep Blair Beautiful hopes to recruit local organizations like fire companies and human service agencies that would be willing to distribute donated batteries for home safety use. If it can obtain enough commitments, KBB will apply to Keep America Beautiful, which is overseeing a no-charge ...

Roadwork

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I-99 lanes will reopen STATE COLLEGE — PennDOT has announced that crews will complete structure repair and rehabilitation of bridges spanning the Bellefonte Trail near the Waddle Road interchange by close of business today and long-term lane closures on a 3-mile section of I-99 in Centre ...

Boy charged with assaulting trooper

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The 14-year-old seen in a video with a state trooper who appears to strike the handcuffed boy in the face has been charged by state police. The 14-year-old boy — identified as Preston Weakland by his parents in early June after a video surfaced showing two state troopers taking him into ...

Getting soaked

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That old saying about sweet corn, “Knee high by the Fourth of July,” probably won’t apply this year thanks to a warm, wet spring that has left area farmers dealing with a rainy spring followed by another wet June. “This is, for the most part, a really bad year,” said Tom Ford, ...

Businesses funding drug fight, prevention

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Editor’s note: This story is part of a series about battling Pennsylvania’s opioids crisis. If asked why he started a Blair County nonprofit to tackle a surge of heroin and the accompanying violence, Altoona businessman Michael Fiore has a simple answer. “You can either put your head ...

Altoona woman killed in crash

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BALD EAGLE — An Altoona woman died in a Friday morning crash on Interstate 99 in Blair County, a few miles south of the Centre County line. Mary Henry was pronounced dead at the scene from severe blunt force trauma after she was ejected from her vehicle, Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross ...

Brace yourself for Friday the 13th

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If any of you suffer from triskaidekaphobia, brace yourself for a shock. That malady is a fear of the number 13, and a week from Friday is the worst possible combination of that number and the day of the week. It’s Friday the 13th. It is said that fear of Friday the 13th has its roots in ...

Restoration project honors veterans

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Two local organizations — with a lot of help — have turned what was a rundown area into a beautiful tribute to veterans. The Central Pennsylvania National Guard & Veterans Association and the Blair County War Veterans Council held a rededication service on Saturday for the 40th Street ...

HNA celebrates milestone

Local Business

From its humble beginning in 1968 with six part-time nurses, Home Nursing Agency has grown into a trusted leader in the community health network, with nearly 1,000 employees serving more than 23,000 people throughout western and central Pennsylvania. Home Nursing Agency — then called Blair ...

Kratzer retained by Democrats

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Gillian Kratzer was recently re-elected to a four-year term as chairperson of the Blair County Democratic Committee. Other executive committee members include: 79th District Vice Chair Ned Kratzer, 80th District Vice Chair Leslie Long, Treasurer Tom Patterson, Recording Secretary Josh Aboud, ...

Senior centers offer escape from heat

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Older area residents can visit local senior centers Monday through Friday to get relief from the heat. Blair Senior Services Inc. noted that the centers are open weekdays. The Central Blair Senior Center in downtown Altoona, Southern Blair Senior Center in East Freedom and Northern Blair ...

Behind the Desk

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Name: Gail Allen Company name: Knit-Treat at the Cottage Address: 208 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg Telephone number: 330-1788 Position: Owner Years with company: 2 months Family: Husband, Bob; three children: Lance (Kristen), Stephanie (Brian) and Lindsay (Eric); four grandchildren: ...

Spring Cove students win award for invention

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Spring Cove students Parker Gregg and Cayden Wright, who just finished eighth grade at Spring Cove Middle School, won first place the National Tech­nology Student Association competition recently in Atlanta, Ga. They placed first in the Innovation and Inventions category; their invention ...

Deeds

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Blair County Thomas J. Hovan to Goods Properties LLC, 2804 Sixth Ave., Altoona, $15,000. Elisha and Nigel M. Trainer to George B. Jr. and Margaret A. Blackie, 807 First Ave., Altoona, $67,900. Haitham and Slwa Abdelghani to Richard L. and Jodye A. Hunter, 1518-1520 23rd Ave., Altoona, ...