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Train open house starts Friday

The Altoona Association of Model Railroaders

will host its annual open houses from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Dec. 6 and 13; and 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 7 and 14 at 2930 S. 10th Ave., Altoona.

The association boasts the area’s largest HO/O and N Gauge layouts.

Tree of Light event set for Dec. 6

TYRONE — The Tyrone Regional Health Network Foundation invites the community to attend its 18th annual Tree of Light ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 6 in the main lobby at Tyrone Hospital.

This year, the Tree of Light event will be held in conjunction with the Tyrone Hospital Auxiliary’s annual holiday tea. The event includes the lighting of Christmas trees bearing angels with the names of loved ones being honored or remembered, a benediction, vocal performance by a choir comprised of Tyrone Regional Health Network employees and refreshments.

The Tree of Light event is held annually in conjunction with the Tyrone Regional Health Network Foundation’s Tree of Light fundraiser. Community members have the opportunity to make a donation to display an angel in honor or in memory of a loved one. Angels may be purchased and displayed on Christmas trees located in the main lobby at Tyrone Hospital. The Tree of Light fundraiser continues through the end of December.

Funds raised will be directed toward the purchase of 3D mammography technology for Tyrone Hospital.

For more information about the Tree of Light or to make a donation visit https://tyroneregionalhealth

network.org/mission-vision-about or call 684-1255, ext. 2101.

Quaint Corner to host Santa Claus

Santa will visit Quaint Corner Children’s Museum and Discovery Center, 2000 Union Ave., Altoona, from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 7.

Admission will be the usual $4 per person. Those under age 2 are free. ($3 for member children)

Families are invited to come for stories and songs, a visit with Santa, decorating a cookie and play in the museum.

There is no extra charge for taking your own photos with Santa.

For more information, call 944-6830.

Lakebed rehab meeting is Dec. 11

ST. MICHAEL — The Johnstown Flood National Memorial will hold a public meeting regarding the Lakebed Rehabilitation project slated to begin in early 2020 and continue throughout the year.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial Visitor Center.

The goal of the project is to restore areas of the lakebed to what it looked like shortly after the flood and thereby enhancing visitor experience at the memorial.

Various methods for tree and woody shrub removal will be used, including manual removal, mechanical removal, herbicides and prescribed fire.

Special care will be taken to protect wetland areas and the stream in the lakebed.

The secondary goal of the project is to have areas outside of the wetlands and stream flourish with low-lying vegetation and native grass and plants that can be maintained by the National Park Service.

Park representatives and other subject matter experts will be on hand at the meeting to discuss this project and answer any questions or concerns from attendees.

Johnstown Flood National Memorial can be reached by taking the St. Michael/Sidman exit from U.S. Route 219.

Park signs will direct you to the ruins of the South Fork Dam, the Club House and the Visitor Center.

The Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Tuesdays. The Visitor Center is closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. Park grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Johnstown Flood National Memorial was created by Congress in August of 1964 to preserve the ruins of the South Fork Dam and to commemorate the 2,209 lives lost in the Great Flood.

For more information call 886-6171 or visit www.nps.gov/jofl.

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