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Lifelong dedication to volunteering gives Beals pride

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Steve Beals says he’s been a volunteer all of his life. “I enjoy it. It is a feeling of self worth when people thank you. It is giving back to your community and your fellow man,” said Beals, 71, who has lived in Snyder Township since 1990. “It gives you a sense of pride,” said ...

Hunter finds human remains

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A hunter on Saturday found the skeletal remains of a human being in woods above Mile Level Farm Market on Route 30 in Snake Spring Township, Bedford County, according to state police at Bedford, WJAC TV reported on Sunday. The remains have been removed, and a forensic anthropology team from ...

Victims of deadly fire named

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DUDLEY — A pair of neighbors on Sunday provided the names of the people killed in a house fire on Broad Top Mountain Road here before dawn Saturday. The victims were Brandon Ritchey and Heather Heaton, according to Jerry Buseck and another neighbor who didn’t give his name. Ritchey and ...

Kids use Legos as learning blocks

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Central Cambria Middle School eighth-grader Anna­liese Niebauer remembers when her love of engineering and science — the foundation of her ambition to become a NASA rocket engineer — ignited. She was in the sixth grade, and the robot her FIRST LEGO League team had constructed and ...

Blair to host public review of new voting machines

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Voting machines that Blair County will consider buying for next year’s elections will be available for public review on Wednesday. The county elections office has arranged for voting demonstrations from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Blair County Convention Center. Representatives ...

Roadwork

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PennDOT lifts Route 26 detour STATE COLLEGE — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reopened the westbound exit ramp to Route 26 (College Avenue) on Route 322 in the State College area today. The exit ramp had been closed since October 15 while crews worked to repair bridge beams ...

Cut the trash

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Stacks of scones laid at the bottom of a trash can, tossed by a coffee shop employee at closing time because of expired shelf life. Raw poultry and produce topped a pile of trash in a kitchen garbage can. An estimated one-third of the food produced for human consumption worldwide — about ...

Magisterial District Judges

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Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio: Charges waived to court June 6: Nicholas M. Leonard, 28, 2112 Sixth Ave., charged by Blair County Sheriff’s Department with resisting arrest on the 2100 block of Sixth Avenue April 13. Michael S. Erb, 56, 1200 14th ...

Senate measure for lifers pulled

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The Pennsylvania Senate during its now-closed session debated many bills, but Blair County District Attorney Richard A. Consiglio is pleased that at least one bill dealing with life-sentenced inmates never made it to the floor. Senate Bill 942 proposed that any inmate sentenced to life would ...

Court of Appeals upholds dismissal of lawsuit against REA

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The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has upheld a decision by U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson in Johnstown dismissing a lawsuit that sought millions of dollars in payments to customers of a rural electric cooperative. Initially filed in Blair County, the lawsuit was against ...

Back to the old clothesline

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It is a common saying often heard from those of us who are retired, “I don’t know when I found time to work!” It is true that somehow as we age, there seems to be fewer hours in the day, and for some reason, try as we might, we just can’t seem to get everything done. Speaking ...

‘Fear’some creatures

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Betsy Wasil of Cresson (left) and her daughter, Valerie Gresko of Lilly, wait to enter Fear ’N’ Beer on Saturday at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The Halloween-themed event offered craft beer tasting and food vendors, and a portion of the proceeds went to benefit Mending Hearts Animal ...

Fire ignited by faulty cord

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A fire ignited by a faulty extension cord for a work light caused about $50,000 damage Saturday afternoon to a house on Franklin Street that was being remodeled. There was extensive heat and fire damage to the first and second floors, although the main part of the blaze ...

Razor’s Edge turns 50

Local Business

Joe DeGennaro Sr. didn’t plan on becoming a barber. “It wasn’t one of my aspirations. I wanted to be an auto mechanic. I found I had the talent for doing hair. It came so naturally, and I enjoyed doing it,” DeGennaro said. The business that he founded in 1968 — Razor’s Edge — ...

Two die in fire near Saxton

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Two people died in a house fire before dawn Sat­urday on Broad Top Moun­tain Road near Dudley. Authorities didn’t identify the pair, who were boyfriend and girlfriend, because there may be relatives left to notify, Hunting­don County Coroner Paul Sharum said. The house, about 6 miles ...

Behind the Desk

Local Business

Name: Vicki Seiler Company name: Anytime Notary Service Address: 430 Donnertown Road, Duncansville Telephone number: 695-8766 Position: Notary Years with company: 10 Family: Husband, Mike; two daughters: Gwendolyn and Helen; and a son, Michael A. What products or services does ...

Water Authority moving ahead with digester plan

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The Altoona Water Authority has given the go-ahead for a preliminary energy savings “audit” that could lead to creation of a digester operation at its sewer plants — producing gas that could heat the plants, be sold to the gas company or be used to generate electricity — which could ...

Wolf stops Medicaid bill

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Of the scores of bills Gov. Tom Wolf is sorting through after the Legislature’s final fall session days, one is already in the bin: a plan to force able-bodied Medicaid recipients to get jobs or participate regularly in job-training programs. The bill — cosponsored by Rep. Judy Ward, ...

Deeds

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Blair County Ronald R. Jr. and Kaitlin Ross to James M. Raihl, 2324-2326 Third Ave., Altoona, $57,750. Steven J. Jr. and Kimberly A. Bacza and Kimberly A. Woodcock to Amy L. Romig and Jonathan M. Benson, property in Logan Township, $89,900. Helen A. Fleming to WYSY LLC, property in ...

Area briefs

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Blair County trick or treat Thursday Blair County municipalities will observe trick or treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The countywide observance has been planned for the evening of the last Thursday of October for several years. The police agencies of Blair County remind parents to walk ...