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Donations fund diabetes education

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger works each year to help provide Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital with the equipment, programs and services to help children diagnosed with pediatric diabetes.

According to a study by the Center of Disease Control, nearly 18,000 people younger than 20 years old are newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes annually and 5,000 people of the same age group are annually diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Each year, donations are used to purchase books for newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetic patients. The books provide information to families in terms they and their children can understand. Thanks to Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger, these books are provided to the families at no cost.

Additionally, donations are used to help fund Camp Setebaid, which allows kids dealing with diabetes to have a fun camping experience together. The camp is one of nearly a dozen specialty camps that receive funding from Children’s Miracle Network.

For more information on these programs or others funded by CMN, or to make a donation, contact Mike McMullen at mmmcmcmullen@geisinger.edu.

Health, welfare council to meet Friday

The Blair County Health and Welfare Council will meet from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday at The Arc of Blair County.

Denise Adams from the Family Resource Center will be speaking about families in recovery.

The council provides education and information to the public on health and human service needs, services and resources.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting.

For more information, visit www.blairhealthand


Relay team plans craft show Dec. 2

The Pinecroft Volunteer Fire Department Relay for Life Team “Ignitors of Hope” will host a Christmas craft show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Pine-croft Firehall, 2134 Old Sixth Avenue Road, Altoona.

Admission is free. The Ignitors of Hope will be selling homemade soup by the quart.

Commission discusses lighting, stove

COALPORT — The Coalport Museum Commission met on Oct. 23, and the board voted to upgrade hallway lighting in the community building on Forest Street by purchasing six LED ready strip fixtures to replace the current fluorescent fixtures.

“This is a win-win for the Coalport Area Coal Museum and the Coalport Borought,” said Richard W. Snyder II, curator/treasurer, “… as it will provide brighter lighting for patrons to view our displays, while decreasing energy costs for the borough by 44 percent.” All electrical work will be completed by the borough maintenance staff.

Some directors joined Snyder on a short trip to Blain City to view the original pot-bellied stove from the old Irvona railroad that was donated to the coal museum by Fred Renelli.

Library holds fundraising dinner

EAST FREEDOM — The Claysburg Area Public Library raised more than $13,000 during its seventh annual fundraising dinner on Oct. 20 at the East Freedom Fire Hall.

The turkey dinner was prepared by the fire company and supported by local businesses. There were 95 items donated for silent auction, 54 baskets donated to be raffled and 18 door prizes. More than 200 tickets were sold.

Patrons visit the library to use computers for free. The staff helps anyone who has difficulty navigating websites. Another service offered is proctoring for tests. Many online colleges and occupational certifications offer online testing which require a librarian to proctor their test. Copying and faxing are available at a reasonable cost. Educational programs and books and recreational reading sources are available for free.

Recently the library received the gold star status from the Pennsylvania Library Association, based on the library providing proof that it offers programs and resources to support the community with information on five major life skills: basic literacy, information literacy, health literacy, civil and social literacy and financial literacy.

Library hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.


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