Across the area

Golf event to aid St. Patrick School

St. Patrick School, Newry, will hold its third annual golf tournament on Oct. 5 at Iron Masters Country Club, Roaring Spring.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. The tournament will follow a four-person scramble format with the shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Lunch and prizes will be offered upon completion of the course.

Sponsorships and team entries are still available.

Sign-ups are due by Friday.

To enter a team, become a sponsor or make a donation, contact the church rectory at 695-3413 or Jon at 935-4120.

All proceeds will benefit St. Patrick School.

Lakemont Lions plan barbecue

The Lakemont Lions Club will hold a chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood Lions Park, Walton Avenue and Greenwood Road, Altoona.

Dinner includes a half chicken, baked beans, applesauce and roll. All meals will be packaged for take-out. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased by contacting Rick Simonis at 381-4168 or Terry Stacey at thstacey@yahoo.com or 717-414-1139 (call or text).

Proceeds help the Lakemont Lions Club to do sight-related and other projects in the community.

Whipple Lake being drawn down

PETERSBURG — The lake at Whipple Dam State Park will be at full drawdown beginning this month as part of a large improvement project, park officials announced Sept. 14.

The main goal of the project is to remove accumulated sediment from the lakebed to revive ecological health of the lake and restore recreational opportunities impeded by sediment, which averages 3.5 feet in depth throughout the lake. The project is expected to be complete in the spring of 2020.

While the lake is drawn down these additional projects will be completed: installation of a wheelchair-accessible ramp into the swimming area; construction of a new wheelchair-accessible fishing pier; paving repairs to roadways; and improvements to the dam structure.

Fishing and boating will be permitted until the lake is at full drawdown. As lake levels recede, boating access will be severely limited, and the boat launch will eventually be unavailable. Once the lake is drawn down to the level needed to facilitate the work, it will be closed to all activities.

Park roads or portions of park roads may be closed while the project is underway.

For more details, visit http://www.dcnr.pa.gov.

Civil War Round Table to meet

BOALSBURG — The Central PA Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the PA Military Museum auditorium, 51 Boal Ave.

Renowned Civil War historian, author and lecturer William C. Davis will speak on “Looking for Loreta Velasquez — the Fantasy Life of a Confederate Heroine.”

This lecture is being sponsored by the Penn State Civil War Era Center and the Central PA Civil War Round Table.

All members and anyone interested in joining the Central PA Civil War Round Table are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Central PA CWRT President Lynn Herman at 861-0770.

Program plans volunteer open house

Are you interested in becoming a tutor for adults? The Altoona Area School District Adult Education Program is planning an open house for tutors and classroom aides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24 at 200 E. Crawford Ave., Altoona.

Learn how you can impact adult students and help them prepare for the High School Equivalency (GED or HiSET), learn English as a second language or brush up on math, reading and/or language skills.

Volunteers receive training that is designed to provide the applicant with the skills and knowledge necessary to tutor adults. No experience is necessary.

Tutors meet with their learners three hours per week and receive free ongoing professional development training.

Interested individuals may drop by the open house or contact Barbe Daugherty, tutor coordinator, at

946-8495, AASD Adult Education Program, 200 E. Crawford Avenue, Altoona, PA, email bdaugherty@altoonasd.com or on Facebook at


This program is a partnership with the Altoona Area School District and the PA Department of Education.