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Johnstown injustice resurfaces in new book

Ninety-seven years ago, an ethnic cleansing occurred in Johnstown. The tale of two-thousand Black and Mexican community members ordered to leave the city resounds in Cody McDevitt’s recent book, “Banished from Johnstown.” McDevitt, an investigative reporter based in western ...

Negotiating life with COVID-19

There are small moments of joy that happen in a day – speaking a kind word, sharing a smile, or taking that first sip of coffee in the morning. These moments often exist in the background of daily life. So much so that they can be taken for granted and not be appreciated for what they are ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Aug. 7, 1970 Members of “Project Mountain Lion,” John Kazmaier treasurer, visited German born sculpter Heinz Warneke, 75, in East Haddam, Conn., where he suggested using bronze instead of limestone for the sculpture that was to sit in front of Altoona Area High School for ...

Combat recovery course launched

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-based Military Families Ministry USA Inc. is launching a program designed to provide practical help for service members, veterans and families dealing with the moral and spiritual wounds from combat trauma. The ReBoot Combat Recovery Course will begin Sept. 1 at The ...

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Yesteryear

Dean Butler of Martinsburg submitted this photo of what he calls “bridge builders back in the day (hollow log) Butler Hollow-style, circa 1952. Dean is the one sucking his thumb with his two brothers on the outside. The big guy in the middle is his brother-in-law.

‘Dis-dancing-ing’ outdoor recital

Courtesy photo On July 11, Dance Fusion completed its 18th season, “Dis-dancing-ing,” with an outdoor recital in the studio parking lot. It held three socially distant shows to help spread out the students and audience members. The studio switched to the Zoom platform on March 23 and ...

SAMA creates signs in appreciation for healthcare workers

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art announced the display signs with individual works of art created by SAMA teaching artists Deb Bunnell and Amy Roadman in honor of local area healthcare workers. These signs will be placed around UPMC Altoona for workers to view as they are going into the ...

Local bridge winners

The Altoona Duplicate Bridge club has released the names of winners of its recent games. July 22 — Marcia and Dave Dravis, first; Jeannine Fagley and Barb Marinak, second; Carol Daley-Robson and Roger Reese, third; Ed McCauley and Bill Pounds, fourth. July 23 — Marcia and Dave Dravis, ...

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On campus

Central Penn College awards scholarships to local students SUMMERDALE — During the 2019-20 academic year, the nonprofit Education Foundation awarded more $243,000 to 288 Central Penn College students. Katrina Montgomery of Dudley was awarded the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler ...

‘Dis-dancing-ing’ outdoor recital

Courtesy photo On July 11, Dance Fusion completed its 18th season, “Dis-dancing-ing,” with an outdoor recital in the studio parking lot. It held three socially distant shows to help spread out the students and audience members. The studio switched to the Zoom platform on March 23 and ...

Dean’s list

CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA SPRING DEAN’S LIST Bedford County Noah Dillow, Alum Bank; Paul Styer, Alum Bank;; Karson Ellingson, Bedford; Paige Hillegas, Bedford; Kyle Reese, Bedford; Logan Tew, Bedford; Brittany Ewing, Everett; Randi Plummer, Everett; Caitlyn Williams, ...

Children of DOC employees receive scholarships

HARRISBURG — The Correctional Leadership Association (CLA), which formerly was called the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA), has awarded college scholarships to students of correctional employees. Ninety-seven Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC) employees ...

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Lauren Lucas, Andrew Matzik

Lauren Lucas of Hollidaysburg and Andrew Matzik of Altoona are engaged to be married. Miss Lucas is the daughter of Dr. Timothy Lucas and Tanya Lucas, both of Hollidaysburg. She is a 2015 graduate of Altoona Area High School; a 2018 graduate of Juniata College, Huntingdon, with a ...

Gabrielle Dancha, William Sukovich

Gabrielle Dancha and William Sukovich, both of Charlottesville, Va., are engaged to be married. Miss Dancha is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Dancha of Altoona. She is a 2014 graduate of Altoona Area High School and a 2019 graduate of Penn State University, University Park, with a ...

Sarah Prosser, Ryan Wawrzaszek

Sarah Prosser and Ryan Wawrzaszek, both of Ann Arbor, Mich., are engaged to be married. Ms. Prosser is the daughter of Bob and Debbi Prosser of Altoona. She is a graduate of Fran-ciscan University of Steu-benville with a bachelor of arts degree in legal studies. She received her juris ...

Brynne Troxell, Marc Riley

Brynne Troxell and Marc Riley, both of Altoona, are engaged to be married. Miss Troxell is the daughter of Janine and John Campbell of Hollidaysburg and Roger and Rhonda Hileman of Altoona. She is employed at Lamar Advertising, Altoona. Mr. Riley is the son of Gina Riley of Altoona and ...

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Carolyn and Charles Becker

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Becker of Altoona recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married June 20, 1970, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Altoona. Mrs. Becker is the former Carolyn Frederick. The couple have two children; Julia Dodson and husband Tyke of East Freedom and ...

Joe and Kay Balestino

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Balestino of Fallentimber celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They spent a week at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Fla., with 11 family members in December. They were married Feb. 7, 1970, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Altoona. Mrs. Balestino is the former ...

Ken and Donna Robeson

Mr. and Mrs. Ken Robeson of Russell, formerly of Altoona, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married June 13, 1970, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Altoona. Mrs. Robeson is the former Donna McConnell. The couple have two children: Amy Solomon (Michael) of Allison ...

Connie and Joel Bert

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Bert of Hollidaysburg recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married June 27, 1970, at South Mountain Chapel, Shippensburg. Mrs. Bert is the former Connie Reath. The couple have three children: Bradley (Heather) and Eric of Hollidaysburg and Brian ...

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Nikea Ulrich, Noah Davis

Noah Davis and Nikea Ulrich were united in marriage June 13 in Tipton. The bride is the daughter of Jim Ulrich and Elaine Norris of Homer, N.Y. The bridegroom is the son of Todd and Shelly Davis of Bellwood. Noah, a 2013 graduate of Bellwood-Antis High School, earned his bachelor’s ...

Makenzie Wilt, John Negri III

Makenzie Wilt and John Negri III were united in marriage on June 22, 2019, at Juniata United Metho-dist Church, Altoona. The bride is the daughter of Greg and Lori Lanzendorfer of Altoona. The bridegroom is the son of John and Judy Negri Jr. of Altoona. The Rev. Julia Piper and the Rev. ...

Hailey Mitchell, Theodore Smith

Hailey Mitchell and Theodore Smith were united in marriage Aug. 1, 2019, at Heavenly Mountain Resort, South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The bride is the daughter of Timothy and Joanne Mitchell of Altoona. The bridegroom is the son of the late Patrick Smith, who had lived in Reno, Nev., and Linda Smith ...

Briana Quist, Andrew Redden

Briana Kathryn Quist and Andrew Jack Redden were united in marriage Sept. 28, 2019, by Father Thaddeus Rettger in Hastings. The bride is the daughter of Lois and William Quist of Hastings, and the bridegroom is the son of Rick and Lisa Redden of Clearfield. Laken Smith served as maid of ...