Association for Blind receives grant
The Blair Clearfield Association for the Blind received a grant for $8,305.30 from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Penn Region Inc. for its Preschool Prevention of Blindness program.
The grant will be used to purchase a Welch Allyn SureSight Vision Screener, which will make the screenings easier, quicker and more accurate in detecting eye problems in children ages two through six. A child who can not see well will start their education at a disadvantage. In turn, the sooner an eye problem is discovered, the better the chance for the child to receive the necessary treatment.
Gloria Pattie, executive director for the Blair Clearfield Association for the Blind, and Darin Tornatore, board member for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Penn Inc., are shown with “Reckless” on the wall.
The grant will also be used to enhance a new children's education program, "Reckless Returns, Eye Safety 101," written by Cory Geishauser for the BCAB.
The enhancements will include the purchase of the material for a mascot costume which will allow Reckless to come to life and catch the attention and hold the interest of the eye safety message being presented to the children.
Food drive underway for those in need
Norcom Mortgage is conducting its inaugural food drive through March 27 to help local families in need.
Several local realty companies have volunteered to be collection centers for non-perishable food items and/or grocery gift cards.
Items can be dropped off at the following locations:
Norcom Mortgage, 219 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg.
Coldwell Banker, 300 Union Ave., Altoona.
Howard Hanna, 300 Orchard Ave., Altoona.
Stultz Real Estate, 501 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg.
Remax Realty, 1001 Logan Blvd., Altoona.
All donations will benefit the Altoona Food Bank and the American Rescue Workers of Hollidaysburg.
The goal is 2,000 pounds of food and $1,000 in gift cards.
"The number of our neighbors in need continues to increase, and we all want to do what we can to help. Any contribution you can make will be greatly appreciated. Please join us on March 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Norcom for our final drop-off and the weighing of the food," said Peter Nastase of Norcom. "A big thank you to the above agencies for volunteering to support our community."
For more information, call Nastase at 695-0909 or any of the above-mentioned agencies.
HARP to present 'Broadway in Burg'
HOLLIDAYSBURG - The Hollidaysburg Area Repertory Players will present "Broadway in the Burg" at 7 p.m. March 18 in the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School auditorium.
It will be an evening of singing, acting and dancing. Tickets are $7 and will be available at the door.
Fall prevention workshop is April 4
EAST FREEDOM -?Blair Senior Services Inc. will sponsor a "Healthy Steps for Older Adults" workshop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 4 at the Southern Blair Senior Center, 15229 Dunnings Highway.
The class is a free one-day workshop designed to help older adults make their homes safer, manage their medicines and learn how to improve their strength and balance.
Preregistration is required. To preregister for the class or for more information, call Angel Dandrea, community services program supervisor, at 946-1235 one week before the workshop.
Summit Level Hike set for March 22
CRESSON -?The 180th Anniversary Summit Level Hike will be held at 1 p.m. March 22 at the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Summit Level Visitor Center.
Join Park Ranger Doug Bosley on a 3- to 3.5-mile hike of the Summit Level to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the Allegheny Portage Railroad.
The hike is free, but reservations are required by calling 886-6150.
Wear good hiking shoes/boots, take water and be mindful that weather conditions within the hike area are unpredictable.
The hike will go rain, snow or shine, so prepare for snow, ice, mud, rain, roots, rocks, puddles and other potential hazards.
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site is 10 miles west of Altoona, off the Gallitzin exit of U.S. Highway 22.
Brain injury support group to meet
HUNTINGDON - The Brain Injury Support Group-Huntingdon will meet at 7 p.m. March 17 at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, Education Center, 860 Bryan St., across from the main hospital.
The topic will be "Life With a Brain Injury - Telling Your Story."
To request accommodation or for more information, contact Lisa Cullen, project coordinator, at