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Fish fry dinners available St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish, Altoona, will hold Lenten Fish Fry Dinners from 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent through March 26, at Father Kelley Hall on 25th Avenue and Fifth Street. The menu includes choice of baked or fried fish, choice of two sides ...

Inkwell to hold Zoom meeting on March 2

The monthly meeting of the Inkwell will be held at 6 p.m. March 2 live via Zoom with guest speaker author Hilary Hauck conducting the live-stream workshop “All Is Lost.” Hauck will explore that bit in your story when your hero hits rock bottom. Participants will answer questions like: ...

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Free lunch offered A free to-go bagged lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or while supplies last, Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave., Altoona. Lunches will be handed out at the Second Street door. Those attending are asked to ...

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Spaghetti dinner planned The Altoona Alliance Church will host a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. The dinners will be take out only. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. The meal includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, roll, drink and dessert. All funds raised will ...

Catholic radio available

JMJ Catholic Radio, WMMH, 91.9 FM, affiliated with EWTN national broadcasting network, is available to Altoona listeners. The first JMJ station was started in Scranton in 2008 by a devoted Catholic couple, Ed and Carol Ann Niewinski. Since then, JMJ has expanded into five stations in the ...

Ministry reaches beyond tax assistance

Taxes. That word alone can strike fear and anxiety in people as they face the task of filing annual tax returns at the local, state and federal level. But assistance is available thanks to the New Life Worship Center Tax Team, headed by founder Scott Seifer. He has been helping local residents ...

Blessing of Throats will be offered

The traditional Blessing of Throats will be offered to assemblies this year as a safer alternative to individual blessings, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has announced. The Blessing of Throats is a sacramental of the Roman Catholic Church, ordinarily celebrated on or around Feb. 3, the ...

Martinsburg author writes ‘delightful’ children’s fiction book

Tale follows young girl on big adventure in a small town “Messy Bessy Goes to Town,” a new book by Annette Ritchey of Martinsburg, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc. “Messy Bessie Goes to Town” is a delightful short tale inspired by author Annette Ritchey’s small ...

Spiritual Notes

Free lunch available Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave., Altoona, will offer free to-go bagged lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. Lunches will be handed out at the Second Street door. Those attending are asked to keep a social distance while waiting ...

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Virtual Christmas Day service set Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church will host a virtual Christmas Day service at 10 a.m. Participants can join the Zoom service at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89742957641?pwd=VDg1clh3WD MxWE8zeTg4aGpTa2hPQT09. The meeting ID is: 897 4295 7641; Passcode: 515261 ...

Hollidaysburg library plans activities

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area Public Library has announced its activities for December. The library will be closed Dec. 24 through 27 and open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 28 through 31. The display for December features the Blair County Genealogical Society’s ongoing research ...

Local author: ‘They Came From Blair County’ to be released in Dec.

Local author Eric Shields has announced his first book to be released at the beginning of December and is currently available for preorder through www.theycamefrompa .com. The book “They Came From Blair County” features the stories of 31 Blair County natives that have accomplished ...

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Christmas services changed First United Methodist Church in Hollidaysburg has adjusted how it will celebrate the Christmas season. In order to keep the community and congregants safe, this year’s Christmas Eve service will be online only. In addition to regular weekend worship services, ...

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postponed -- Quilt, craft show to be held in Newry A quilt and craft show will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14-15, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of St. Patrick School in Newry. The show will be held in the school’s gym. Baked goods will also be available for ...

A bad trip from Europe ends with damaged luggage

If you recall, I had some issues at the airport in Germany both with checking my guitar and then fearing I’d be detained after accidentally carrying a pocketknife into security. However, it seemed all was well once I got through security and walked to my flight. Well, that wasn’t exactly ...

Ding! Ding! New youth boxing program piloted by local police

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com For more than 40 years, the Altoona Boxing Club, under the direction of Johnny Robertson, served well over 10,000 young people in the community who benefited from both the physical training and personal self-discipline that is involved in boxing, ...

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Volunteer gift wrappers sought The Altoona Salvation Army Worship Center is seeking volunteers the Christmas Season. Beginning November through Christmas Eve, community members, businesses or groups can volunteer to be a gift wrapper for a free community gift wrapping station. The free ...