Bellwood library honors photographer
BELLWOOD - Amy Renney Sipes is the artist of the month at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library for July and August, displaying more than 40 photographs taken over the years.
A Penn State graduate with a bachelor's degree in microbiology and a teaching certificate in chemistry, Sipes has worked for the Altoona Water Authority for 19 years in many capacities and currently serves as the Water Authority's Environmental Microbiologist, coordinating sampling, testing and treatment of 12 reservoirs and seven water treatment plants.
Amy Sipes is the Bellwood-Antis Public Library artst of the month for July and August.
Many of her photos are influenced by her passion for protecting the environment and have been taken throughout Blair County on local watersheds.
Two years ago, Sipes and a friend created a website on Facebook titled, "Poetry through the Lens," which displays her favorite photograph of the day.
"Most of the time, I am surprised and thrilled with what the camera has captured," she said. "A single moment in time ... a cloud formation that can never be repeated ... a sunset that is one of a kind."
Sipes has submitted photographs in competitions and placed second at the 2013 and 2014 Pennsylvania Lake Management Society's Annual Conference. Her photograph, "Reflection," was chosen out of hundreds of entries for the 2014 Altoona Mirror wall calendar, for the month of August.
Sipes has a daughter, Shayan, and is the daughter of former Bellwood residents Jim and Linda Renney.
Her photographs can be seen in the library during regular library hours, 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Summerfest parade seeks participants
PORTAGE - The Rotary Club of Portage will be sponsoring the 2014 Portage Summerfest Parade on Aug. 9.
Line-up will begin at 1 p.m. at the Centre Town Mall on Caldwell Avenue, and the parade will start at 2 p.m.
Groups wishing to participate in the parade are asked to contact Mike Scarton at 736-9313. Several fire companies, rescue vehicles and ambulance associations will be there, and judges will be awarding monetary prizes to the best floats and walking groups.
Best of the Best Show set for Sunday
STATE COLLEGE - The 28th annual Last Cruise Best of the Best Show will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday on Allen Street downtown State College.
This is an invitation-only event with pre-approved cars.
In addition to the car, truck and motorcycle show, there will be kids activities and live entertainment featuring Your Dad's Friends.
Following the show, anyone may participate in the cruise around downtown State College.
Master gardeners to hold workshop
EBENSBURG - The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Cambria County will offer a Garden Art Hypertufa Workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 16 in the Penn State Extension meeting room at 499 Manor Drive.
Gardeners will craft their own platters at a hands-on workshop out of a lightweight, fake stone mixture called "hypertufa." The platter, which will be in the shape of a leaf, may be used as a birdbath, bird feeder or simply as decoration in the garden.
The demonstration will include painting and sealing. Participants should take a 1- or 2-gallon bucket and a sturdy surface like a cookie sheet to put their platter on.
The cost of the workshop is $14.95, first come, first served, as the class size is limited.
Call 472-7986 to reserve a space by Aug. 13 or to get more information. The meeting room is handicapped accessible.
Civil?War Round?Table to meet
BOALSBURG -?The Central PA Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Pennsylvania Military Museum auditorium, 51 Boal Ave.
John Quarstein will speak on "The Battle of Mobile Bay." Quarstein is an award-winning historian, preservationist, lecturer and author. He previously worked for 30 years as the director of the Virginia War Museum and as consultant to The Mariners' Museum's MONITOR Center. Quarstein currently serves as a historian for the City of Newport News,?Va.
Quarstein is the author of 14 books.?He also has produced, narrated and written several PBS documentaries and is the recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 1993 President's Award for Historic Preservation.
Anyone who is interested in the Civil War or joining the Central PA Civil War Round Table is invited to attend. For more information, contact Central PA CWRT president, Lynn Herman, at 861-0770.