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Grammys CEO put on ‘administrative leave’ following allegations

NEW YORK — The Recording Academy has placed Deborah Dugan, its president and CEO of just six months, on administrative leave following an allegation of misconduct by a senior leader at the organization. The move announced late Thursday comes 10 days before the 2020 Grammy Awards will be ...

Message of hope

Tony Melendez is a self-taught guitarist. He had to be. No instructor knew how to teach him to strum the strings with his feet. The son of a mother who took thalidomide to ease morning sickness during pregnancy, Melendez was born in 1962 in Rivas, Nicaragua, without arms. The sedative drug, ...

Spiritual notes

Free luncheons - St. Mary Catholic Church, Mulberry and Clark Streets, will host the Hollidaysburg Free Soup Program the next two Saturdays, Jan. 18 and 25. Meals include soup, sandwiches, bread, butter, desserts and beverages. An offering will be accepted, but is not mandatory. The Free Soup ...

Arise convocations set

Arise Together in Christ, a renewal program being celebrated throughout the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, will begin its fourth season with a choice to attend one of two diocesan convocations. Peter Ascosi, assistant director for ChristLife, a Catholic apostolate in Baltimore, will ...

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Kiwanis hosts Reliance Bank tournament

TYRONE — The ninth annual Reliance Bank Holiday Tournament was hosted by the Northern Blair County Kiwanis Club Dec. 27 and 28 at the Tyrone Area High School Senior High gymnasium. The tournament tipped off at 2:30 p.m. with a boys game between the Holli-daysburg and Bishop Carroll boys ...

Across the area

Blair YMCA to hold Welcome Week HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair Regional YMCA will hold Welcome Week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The community is invited to try the Y at no cost. Guests can participate in any one of dozens of land-based classes for all fitness levels, from ...

Birthday-Joseph S. Dell

Joseph S. Dell of Duncansville, known as Wes, recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Eric P. Fritz, mayor of the Borough of Duncans-ville, issued a proclamation “recognizing with respect and admiration the contribution of senior citizens to our community” and stating that “longevity of ...

Blair Dance to present ‘Winter Showcase’

The Blair Dance Academy will present “A Winter Showcase” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mishler Theatre, Altoona. This performance will feature solos, duets, trios and group dances specifically commissioned for the Blair Dance Company and Hip Hop Overdrive, as well ...

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Deans’ lists

YORK COLLEGE OF PENNSYLVANIA — Dean’s list: Jordan Johnson, Ebensburg; Joseph McEwan, Manns Choice; Joseph Patterson, Hyndman; Jacquelyn Spicher, DuBois; Maisie Supp, Hollidaysburg. BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE, Bridgewater, Va. — Emilee A. Brasseur, Duncansville, fall semester. ALVERNIA ...

Honors lists

MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY — Dean’s list, fall term: Tanner Demchak, Woodland; David Guerra of Kylertown; Mark Lyons, DuBois; Sydney Reed, Alexandria. BOB JONES UNIVERSITY, Greenville, S.C. — Presi-dent’s list, fall semester: David Donnelly, Huntingdon; Erin Kilian, James Creek.

On campus

Local students receive scholarships from Frostburg State University FROSTBURG, Md. — Frostburg State University announces the following area students have received scholarships for study at the University. n Jacob Coughenour of Hyndman received the Woodward and Virginia Pealer ...

Local Scout attains the rank of Eagle

Boy Scout Troop 117, sponsored by St. Mark Catholic Church in Altoona, held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Dec. 16 in recognition of Ryan Z. Kimberling’s achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout. Kimberling is the son of John and Lisa Kimberling of Altoona. The eldest of the Kimberling’s ...

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Bradley Hillegas, Morgan Malovich

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Malovich of Claysburg announced the engagement of their daughter Morgan Malovich, to Bradley Hillegas, son of Jody Hillegas and Tracy Hartman of Berlin, Pa. Ms. Malovich is a 2014 graduate of Claysburg-Kimmel School District and a 2018 graduate from Mount Aloysius College, ...

Rebecca Trexler, Allan Dively

Jason and Anne Trexler of Altoona announced the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Trexler, to Allan Dively, son of George and Jackie Dively of Claysburg. Miss Trexler is a graduate of Altoona Area High School. She is a certified nursing assistant at Garvey Manor Nursing Home, ...

Emily Dickman, Van Lanzendorfer

Emily Dickman and Van Lanzendorfer are engaged to be married. Miss Dickman is the daughter of Lisa Wolf. She is a 2012 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School and a 2017 graduate of the physical therapist assistant program at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson. She is a physical ...

Kelsey Jo Dick, Brady Clair Ebersole

Kelsey Jo Dick and Brady Clair Ebersole, both of Martinsburg, are engaged to be married. Miss Dick is the daughter of Richard and Melissa Dick of Henrietta. She is a 2014 graduate of Central High School, Martinsburg. She is employed by the Hollidaysburg Area School District. Mr. ...

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Dick and Audrey Butler

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Butler of Roaring Spring recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They were married Dec. 24, 1949, in Roaring Spring. Mrs. Butler is the former Audrey Gahagan. The couple have five children: Cheryl Gladhill (Harv) of Mount Joy, Rick Butler (Bev) of Roaring ...

William and Mary Robb

Mr. and Mrs. William Robb of 2000 Juniata Gap Road, Altoona, celebrated their 50th anniversary Nov. 8 with a dinner, hosted by Brenda O’Leary and Patrick Eckenrode, at the Bavarian Hall, Altoona. The couple renewed their vows at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona, with Bishop ...

Charles and Linda Wolf

Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Wolf of Altoona celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday with a Holy Mass, concelebrated by Rev. Father Brian Saylor, Rev. Father Carl Spishak and Rev. Father James Crookston with the assistance of Rev. Deacon James Woomer at St. Rose of Lima Church, ...

Chuck and Betty George

Mr. and Mrs. Chuck George of Grant Street, Gallitzin, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Friday. The couple plan to take a casino trip. They were married Dec. 27, 1969, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Gallitzin. Mrs. George is the former Betty Plunkett. They have five ...

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Laura Ritchey, Logan Williams

Laura Ritchey and Logan Williams were united in marriage at 3 p.m. June 22, 2019, at Woodbury Church of the Brethren. The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Cindy Ritchey. She is the granddaughter of Dale and Susan Hoover and Evelyn and the late Paul Ritchey Jr. The bridegroom is the son ...

Joanna Swartz, Luke Blattenberger

Joanna Swartz and Luke Blattenberger were united in marriage at 3 p.m. Sept. 21, 2019, at Juniata Valley Winery, Mifflin, Pa. The bride is the daughter of Joel and Jill Swartz of Palmyra. The bridegroom is the son of Dan and Karen Blattenberger of Martinsburg. Pastor Warren Peachey performed ...

Emiley Stapleton, Thomas Scales

Emiley Stapleton and Thomas Scales were united in marriage at 3 p.m. March 21, 2019, at Crystal Ballroom, Orlando, Fla. The bride is the daughter of Norm and Marsha Stapleton of Bellwood. The bridegroom is the son of George and Lori Scales of Berkshire, N.Y. The Rev. Aaron Russell, the ...

Kala Swope, Jon Dreisigacker

Kala Swope and Jon Dreisigacker were united in marriage at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 27 at Strock Enterprises Inc., a barn in Mechanicsburg. The bride is the daughter of Carl and Sandra Swope of Claysburg. The bridegroom is the son of Stew Dreisigacker of Tower City and Larry and JoAnn Slingwine of ...