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Patton club members tour maze PATTON — Patton Garden Club members recently toured the Smithmyer Sunflower Maze on St. Augustine Road near St. Augustine. This was the first year for the sunflower maze and since it was such a success, there are plans to repeat it again next year but with ...

Barktoberfest to be held Oct. 7 in Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG — The Blair County Dog Park, a nonprofit, member-owned park in Martinsburg, will hold its seventh annual Barktoberfest from 1 p.m. to dusk on Oct. 7 at the dog park. The rain date is Oct. 14. According to Caitlin Morder, board member and event planner, “This event is a day ...

Fall conditions favor fleas — yikes!

I was talking to a co-worker this morning about her cats. She has a couple of her own cats, plus a stray new mom and three kittens (now several months old), which she is going to end up keeping because she is a sucker like me (enter smiley face here). She was telling me all is well except ...

BG to host ‘Live Your Best Life’ lecture

Date change: Event now scheduled for Oct. 26 Speaker announced for event The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Alumni Association has announced that Lisa (Lightner) Georgiana will be the featured guest speaker at its annual “Live Your Best Life Lecture Speaker Series,” sponsored by ...

Local girl in National American Miss Pageant

Laura Reed, a sixth-grade student at Juniata Elementary School, participated in the National American Miss Pageant in Harrisburg in August and took fourth place. This gives her the opportunity to compete for the national title in California in Novem-ber. This is her second time making it to ...

Bellwood class of ’49

Courtesy photo The Bellwood High School class of 1949 held its 69th anniversary reunion on Sept. 7 at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House in Altoona. A memorial was held for the deceased members and an update of the members who are sick and unable to attend. Shown are (from left): seated — Irene ...

Girl Scout to build grotto as Gold Award project

Julia Cacciotti is a Girl Scout Ambassador from Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania Council working toward earning her Girl Scout Gold Award. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouts, earned by completing projects that promote community service, personal growth, positive ...

4 generations

Courtesy photo Four generations of Abigail Link’s family include (from left): Katie Link of Patton, mother, holding Abigail Link; Colleen DeLeo of Altoona, grandmother; and Miriam Pellegrine of Altoona, great-grandmother.

On campus

Student receives Schlegel scholarship STATE COLLEGE — South Hills School of Business & Technology announced that Hayley Butcher, a second-year graphic arts student and graduate of Williamsburg High School, has been awarded the 2018 Kari Schlegel Memorial Scholarship Award. The ...

Yesteryear

These photos show Alexandria’s railroad stations. The railroad purchased this section of the canal in 1866, but did not close it until 1875; thus, the transportation industry in Alexandria during the last quarter of the century was served by one railroad, and this was the first, albeit ...

Volunteers sought for Cleanup Day

The City of Altoona, along with community partners, will present a Community Cleanup Day from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 6. This community-wide initiative aims to help clean up designated neighborhoods in Altoona and to assist economically underprivileged homeowners to make necessary repairs and ...

Coalport Commission seeks museum docent

COALPORT — At the Coalport Area Museum Commission’s Aug. 28 meeting, the group learned that the museum docent, provided through the AARP Foundation’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), got a job elsewhere, so the group is looking for another eligible local candidate paid ...

Car, motorcycle club activities

Blair County Antique Auto Club (BCAAC) monthly meeting, 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Bavarian Hall, Altoona. New members are welcome. For membership information, call Betty Campbell at 942-2525 or download a membership form at www.bcaac.org. Altoona Corvette Club (ACC) ...

Golf event aids Gates Foundation

The eighth annual “For the Kids” Golf Tournament was held on June 9 at the Park Hills Golf Club in Altoona. The tournament benefits the Gloria Gates Memorial Foundation which sponsors three after-school programs in low-income housing developments. The $12,000 raised at the tournament ...

Contact Altoona seeks volunteers

Training classes begin Oct. 1 Contact Altoona, Blair Countys only 24-hour telephone helpline service, will be conducting fall training classes starting Oct. 1 at the Contact Altoona administrative offices, 2729 Eighth Ave., Altoona. Contact Altoona training classes last two weeks with local ...

Across the area

Duncansville VFW plans 200 Club DUNCANSVILLE — The Duncansville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8724 Auxiliary will host a 200 Club on Oct. 13 at the Duncansville VFW Post 8724, 1665 Newry Lane. The doors will open at 5 p.m. The 200 Club will begin at 6 p.m. and includes a turkey dinner. ...

Park programs

Fort Roberdeau Historic Site and Natural Area, 383 Fort Roberdeau Road, Altoona, 946-0048 Open for tours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission fees: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children under age 12. Prince Gallitzin State Park, Patton, 674-1005 National ...

AAHS grad selected to work at Def Leppard/Journey concert

Amber Gordon, a graduate of Altoona Area High School, worked as a VIP assistant at the Journey and Def Leppard concert in Pittsburgh on June 2. She is featured in the following Point Park University website feature ...

Across the area

Astronomy club to hold sky watch HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Starlight Astronomy Club will hold a free public sky watch from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Canoe Creek State Park. The club will meet n the parking lot on the beach side of the lake. The rain date will be Saturday. Visitors are ...

Grandparents raising kids invited to Hershey School event

HERSHEY — Milton Hershey School is hosting a free, informational event at 4 p.m. Sept. 25 exclusively for grandparent caregivers who are interested in learning more about the school’s top-notch education and nurturing home life environment, and how it could help their grandchildren reach ...