District 26 auxiliary elects officers
TWIN ROCKS - The Veterans of Foreign?Wars Ladies Auxiliary of District 26 held its convention/election on May 18 at LaRue's Taverns.
Officers for 2014-15 are Susan DiDomenico of Auxiliary 4315, president; Nancy Hoover of Auxiliary 7377, senior vice president; Levonne Jacobs of Auxiliary 4963, junior vice president; Margaret Rogal of Auxiliary 1586, secretary; Eileen Brown of Auxiliary 4963, treasurer; Tammy Slebodnick of Auxiliary 4963, chaplain; Kay Nagle of Auxiliary 779, conductress; Arlene Milchak of Auxiliary 1586, assistant conductress; Mellissa Nagle of Auxiliary 779, guard; and Jennifer Keith of Auxiliary 7503, assistant guard.
Chief Master Sgt. Scott Stoy (third from left), 318th Recruiting Squadron superintendent, presented the Air Force Salutes Award to Michelle Focht, president of the U.S. Armed Forces Mothers, recently in Altoona. Also shown are Stoy’s parents Ray and Shirley Stoy. The “Moms” began as the Air Force Mothers Association in 1985 and then expanded to all services. They provide support to all the troops.
Mary Lou Colussy, scholarship chairwoman of the Patton?Garden?Club, presents a scholarship award to Joseph?Davis of Patton.
Trustees are Arleen Milchak of Auxiliary 1586, three years; Debra Wade of Auxiliary 7377, two years; and Jennifer Keith of Auxiliary 7503, one year.
After the convention, the auxiliary members met the VFW District 26 comrades at VFW Post 7605 in Twin Rocks, where they had a meal provided by the post.
Violin-maker to speak at meeting
BELLWOOD -?The Bellwood-Antis Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. June 23 at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library.
Mark Garber of Bellwood, who has been making violins for a dozen years,will talk about his craft.
He will have on hand some of the tools he uses, pieces of wood of various kinds that make up a violin and samples of his finished product.
Mark also will provide a short history of violin-making and display some posters showing violins that had been made by famous violin-makers.
The program is free, and all are welcome to attend.
Genealogical society to host author
HOLLIDAYSBURG -?The Blair County?Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch?Valley Road.
Francis "Hezzie" Thompson, author of "Tales from the Bench," will be the guest speaker.
Thompson grew up in Newry and now lives in Altoona. He will share the many stories this evening from his book, in which he tells his tale about growing up with 11 brothers and sisters in a small rural town in central Pennsylvania in the 1930s and '40s.
The title of the book stems from a bench located in front of a main street establishment and was a gathering place for locals to sit and share stories.
Those attending the meeting will have an opportunity to purchase a signed book or get an autograph for an already-purchased book.
Patton Garden Club awards scholarship
PATTON -?The Patton Garden Club recently awarded a scholarship to Cambria Heights High?School student, Joseph Davis of Patton.
Davis has been accepted to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and is enrolling in the biology department, where he will pursue a degree in physical therapy.
Besides being an excellent student academically, he is active in many extracurricular activities, including sports, 4-H, National Honor Society and Student Council.
The scholarship was presented at the Cambria Heights academic banquet on May 21 by scholarship chairwoman, Mary Lou Colussy.
Bridge club announces recent winners
The Altoona Duplicate Bridge Club has announced the winners of its recent games.
June 4 -?Bea Stevens and Mary Moran, first; Carl Hurd and Helen Gorsuch, second; Peg Robinson and Roger Howey, third; Barbara Marinak and Othella Anderson, fourth.
June 5 -?Ed McCauley and Irv Seltzer, first; Dauby Oswalt and Louise Magee, second; Hurd, Robinson, Cheryl Wherry and Leslie Musselman, tied for third/fourth; Marinak and Anderson, fifth.
June 7 -?State College Tournament: Jean Keller and Jeannine Fagley, third in B.
June 8 - Robinson, Marinak, Moran and Stevens, first in B.
Beginning bridge lessons will start at 1 p.m. June 23.
For more information, call Peg Robinson at 942-8396.