Penn Association recognizes BG student
Each year, the William Penn Association, Branch 800, Altoona presents a financial award to the graduating male student from Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, Altoona, who attained the highest grade point average in religion classes during the past four years.
This year, the award was given to Bryant Tyler Speck, son of Sam and Michele Rupert and Jeff Speck of Huntingdon.
While at BG, Bryant was consistently on the honor roll. He was selected to play in the Ken Lantzy All-Star Football Game June 14 and was a two-year starter for BG as an offensive guard and defensive tackle.
Bryant will attend Clarion University to study psychology and continue playing football for the Golden Eagles.
The annual WPA branch summer picnic will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at Highland Park, rain or shine. Cost is $5 per person with children ages 11 and younger free.
Reservations must be made by July 31 by calling Dan Greiner at 943-7471. All members and guests are welcome.
Old Timers’ Baseball Picnic set Aug. 15
The annual Old Timers’ Baseball Picnic is scheduled for Aug. 15.
Former baseball players from the area are invited to attend the picnic at DelGrosso’s Park Pavilion No. 3 to reminisce their past playing days with fellow players and opponents.
The event begins with beverages at 3:30 p.m. and appetizers at 4:30 p.m.
A dinner featuring a chicken barbecue and potato salad and much more begins at 5 p.m., and a raffle drawing begins at 6 p.m.
A complimentary raffle ticket will be given to any paid member and paid guest with additional tickets being sold at the picnic.
Parking is limited, although there will be additional handicap parking spaces available this year. Please use your handicap placard. These spaces will be on a first-come basis. Carpooling, if possible, is recommended.
The deadline to RSVP is July 31. The cost is $10 per person and $10 per guest. Check should be made payable to Old Timers Baseball Club and sent to: 1352 Spook Hollow Road, Altoona, PA 16601.
Registration forms are available by calling Kathy at 932-3204 or Gary at 695-2619.
Old Timers’ Baseball Club board members are Dick Lingenfelter, John Leamer, Patrick Miller, Kathy Morgan (secretary/treasurer), Steve Sauers, Bill Wolf and Gary Zimmerman Sr. (president).
Blair Garden Club to meet Monday
The Blair Garden Club will meet at 5 p.m. Monday for its annual picnic at Highland Park, Altoona.
Members are advised to check their yearbook as to which covered dish to bring.
The program for this meeting is “Stop this Invader: Spotted Lanternfly.”
Penn State Master Gardeners Dee Martin-Spallone and Cathy Schwarz will explain the life cycle of the lanternfly, summarize the insect’s potential damage and discuss efforts to curtail its invasion in Pennsylvania.
Civil War descendants to meet
BELLWOOD — The Descendants of Civil War Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library.
Jim Lowe will speak about World War II and the local veterans who served in the conflict.
The meeting is open to the public.
Catholic Daughters to hold retreat
HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Our Lady of the Alleghenies Court No. 1755, met June 12 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Cynthia Moringiello from St. Michael Church was installed as a new member by Regent Toni Prough. The court was also advised that Frances Rhoa of Hastings has become the new district deputy.
Members voted to give a gift card to Garvey Manor to assist in the operation of the facility’s new van to transport the residents.
Patti Metzgar, chairperson of the Boscov’s fundraiser, will continue with the project of selling a ticket for $5 for a 25 percent discount on Oct. 16 purchases.
A spiritual retreat for Catholic Daughters will be held at 9 a.m. July 29 at St. Bernardine Monastery. Cost is $15 and includes lunch. Contact Darlene Harella for reservations.
A covered dish picnic was held July 10 at the home of Arlene Gildea. Auction proceeds will be used for the group’s charitable work.
Beta Epsilon attends state convention
STATE COLLEGE — Nearly 300 women attended the Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Alpha Pennsylvania State Organization Convention held June 14 to 16 at the Nit-tany Lion Inn on Penn State University’s main campus.
Five members from Beta Epsilon Chapter attended, including Susan Blazosky, teacher, State Correctional Facility-Somerset; Amy Dobbins, teacher, Hollidaysburg Area School District; Melanie Dudak, speech therapist, Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8; Marcia Erickson, library media specialist, Hollidaysburg Area School District; and Ann Pastovic, retired, Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8.
At the Saturday luncheon, Beta Epsilon received a communications certificate for its website, and Beta Epsilon Chapter President Blazosky participated in the Saturday evening banquet procession along with Erickson as the Pennsylvania State Organization’s 2019-21 corresponding secretary.
Preceding the convention, Dobbins, first vice president, collected donations and crafted a fundraising basket based on Pam Jenoff’s novel “The Lost Girls of Paris.”
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is an organization of key women educators, with about 90,000 members in U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and Japan.