Friends donate $50,000 to library
The Friends of the Altoona Area Public Library recently presented the library with $50,000.
This gift was made possible by the interest money from the Friends Endowment Fund, profits from the book sales, pecan sale and membership drive.
Pennsylvania Federation of Clubs Blair County Unit 1 nominated five of its members for life membership. They are (from left): Tim Cassidy, president; club members Clair “Moonie” Ferguson, Moonie Maier, Mike Snyder and Anthony “Gabby” Bruno. Not present for the presentation was Dick Difolco.
This money helps the continuation of children's programming and Wi-Fi Internet for patrons to use free of charge.
All are welcome to become a member of the Friends throughout the year.
Photo society presents awards
Eric Gaston was recognized as Photographer of the Year at the 62nd Banquet of the Altoona Blair County Photo Society, held April 21 at Jethro's, Altoona.
Brenda Sanner was named Print Photographer of the Year, and Cindy Schaner was named Projected Image Photographer.
The banquet was chaired by Eric Gaston, president.
Gaston, Brandon Hirt, Jerald Carey and Cindy Schaner took top scores for the club year. Brenda Sanner received the Rookie of the Year Award. The award is presented to the new or returning member with the highest point score for the last three years.
The society enters competitions held by the Photographic Society of America, competing against photographers all over the world.
Ken Becker, John J. Varljen Jr. and Randy Klobetanz took top awards in these competitions in 2013.
The ABC Photo Society meets at 7:15 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA and does photo outings for the summer meetings.
Genealogical society to host speaker
HOLLIDAYSBURG -?The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch?Valley?Road.
Milann Ruff Daugherty will talk about her 2011 book, "Your Affectionate Son."
When Daugherty came across a box of yellowed letters in the bottom drawer of an old dresser, she discovered not only that the letters were all written by her great-great-uncle nearly 150 years earlier, but that they were a fascinating first-hand account of the Civil War as seen through the eyes of a young soldier.
James Cleaver's letters reveal his passionate commitment to the cause and his abiding faith. They also give us fresh insight into the daily life of a soldier in the Civil War and the politics of the day.
Over the course of three years, Daugherty painstakingly transcribed each of the letters, which had suffered from the passage of time, and undertook research to elaborate on much of what Cleaver described.
Her annotations enhance this collection of letters that attest to the extraordinary courage of an ordinary soldier during a critical time in the nation's history.
Cleaver always signed his letters to his parents, Your Affectionate Son.
Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Ostomy society to end spring session
The Central Pennsylvania Ostomy Society will meet at 2 p.m. May 18 at the UPMC Altoona, sixth floor rotunda.
This is the last meeting of the spring session. The fall session will begin the third Sunday in September.
The public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
Historical society to meet in?Duncansville
DUNCANSVILLE -?The Duncansville Area Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Duncansville Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The discussion for this meeting will be planning a self-guided historical tour of part of Duncansville, showing where some of the businesses were located.
The society would appreciate any pictures or stories you might have or remember.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, information can be sent to Nancy DeLozier, P.O. Box 115, Duncansville, PA 16635, or call 695-1017. The society would like to make copies of your photos, and they will be returned promptly.
New people are welcome to attend the meetings, which are held on the second Tuesday of every other month.