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Courtesy photo Taking part in a ceremony at Bishop Carroll High School, Ebensburg, are (from left): Christina Canning, Emma Goltz, Blair Pawlowski, Heidi Carey, Fred Goltz and Mimi Choksi.

Bishop Carroll receives donation

EBENSBURG — At last year’s Carrollian Gala, CEO Lynn Weber shared exciting news with the crowd — an anonymous donor made a generous matching challenge pledge of $250,000 toward Bishop Carroll’s capital improvement campaign, in honor of longtime teacher the late Ursula Pawlowski.

This year, Weber, the Pawlowski family and members of the BC community welcomed this generous donor, Fred Goltz, class of 1989, and his wife Emma, to a small reception the evening before this year’s gala.

The Goltz’s, along with their son William, traveled from their home in London to celebrate their commitment, which will upgrade the current library and name it the Ursula Pawlowski Media Center.

“We need institutions like Bishop Carroll to preach real values, every day and with the volume turned up to 11,” Goltz said. “And we need to make sure that the resources and infrastructure are in place to allow this to happen. This is why my family has contributed as it has to this effort. We hope and pray that together we can make sure that 30 years from now there are many others who have been as inspired by this place as I have been.”

So far, an additional $131,501 has been pledged by generous supporters toward the Goltz’s matching challenge, bringing the current campaign total to $631,851. Volunteers are currently working to secure pledges from alumni and friends to help bring the project closer to its phase 1A goal of $1,000,000.

Learn more about how to support the campaign by visiting BishopCarroll.com.

NARFE to meet Friday at King’s

Altoona/Blair Chapter 0328 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will meet Friday at Kings Restaurant, 301 Sierra Drive, Altoona. Lunch will be at noon with the meeting to follow at 1 p.m.

Members are encouraged to invite an active federal employee or retiree to join them.

Representatives from Highmark and Aetna will provide information on insurance coverage changes for 2020.

For more information, contact Mike Grove at

329-8274 or mgrovehealth@gmail.com.

Addictions, distress topic of conference

DUNCANSVILLE — St. Jude Retreats, with its professional staff of behavioral health instructors, will sponsor a conference for those facing challenges with addictions and emotional distress personally or through association by family, spouse or friend.

It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Comfort Inn, 130 Patchway Road, Duncansville. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. with a free country-style breakfast.

The senior instructor is a former clinical supervisor for UPMC with more than 40 years experience in the field of behavioral health.

St. Jude’s approach is unique and different from many of the conventional methods used today. Participants will learn how complete healing and a better quality of life is possible through the highly successful and proven Golden Thread Method.

St. Jude is a nonprofit spiritual organization with a mission to reach out to those in despair through retreats and conferences without the expense, inconvenience and long-term commitment of an uninviting inpatient treatment facility. Participants are St. Jude’s utmost concern and ongoing support is offered.

Cost is by donation. Reserve a space by calling

207-7557 or emailing stjuderetreat@yahoo.com.

Arts council plans fall workshop

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area Arts Council will host a fall workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Hollidaysburg Public Library.

The art project, conducted by artist Colleen Park will be an 11-inch-by-14-inch snowman on canvas. The cost is $25. Receipt of payment holds your spot for the class. There are 15 spots available.

Checks should be made payable to: Hollidaysburg Area Arts Council. Please indicate your registration on the memo line and mail your check to:Christine Liebal, 413 Cedar Blvd., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.

For more information, call Christine at 696-4226.

KB & The Crew to perform Nov. 16

PLEASANTVILLE — The Alum Bank Community Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will host KB & The Crew Saturday from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 16 at the fire hall.

Admission is $5 per person. The kitchen will open at 5:30 p.m. It is a smoke- and alcohol-free atmosphere.

For more information, call 839-2358 or visit www.facebook.com/AlumBankFireCompanyAux.

Contra dance set for Nov. 15

STATE COLLEGE — The Central Pennsylvania Country Dance Association will hold a Contra Dance and Old Time Country Dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the State College Friends School, 1900 University Drive.

All dances are taught and easy to learn. No partner is needed. Ted Crane of Ithaca, N.Y., will call the dances to live music by the Open Contra Dance Band.

First-time dancers will receive a coupon for a free dance. For more information, call 880-0338 or visit cpcdc.org.

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