Club notes

Courtesy photo Officers of the Altoona-Mercy Hospital Schools of Nursing Alumni Association are shown with their guest speaker. They are (from left): Ruth Wesley, recording secretary; Judy Decoskey, vice president; Stacy-Ann Okoth, chief officer nursing services and vice president of patient care services at UPMC Altoona and Bedford, guest speaker; Mellissa Mulhern, president; Patty Elliott, treasurer; and Carole Taylor, corresponding secretary.

Nursing alumni host guest speaker

The Altoona-Mercy Hospital Schools of Nursing Alumni Association celebrated a Thanksgiving luncheon Nov. 7 at The Dream restaurant, Hollidaysburg.

Guest speaker was Stacey Ann Okoth, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at UPMC Altoona and Bedford. Also attending was State Sen. Judy Ward, a 1984 graduate of the Altoona Hospital School of Nursing.

Okoth is part of the corporate restructuring of administration for the UPMC hospitals. She updated the group on the changes, accomplishments, improvements and future plans for the UPMC Altoona and Bedford hospitals.

The Altoona Hospital School of Nursing (1908-1996) Alumni and the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing (1910- 1987) alumni have combined to form one alumni association. Any graduate nurse from an accredited school of nursing may join the association.

For information or an application, contact Carole Taylor at 942-5681 or email caroledtaylor@verizon.net.

Woman honored as 50-year member

A certificate was presented to Camilla Burns, past president of the Cresson American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 238, to commemorate her 50 years continuous membership in the legion auxiliary.

Burns is a resident of the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.

The presentation was held Dec. 9 in Arnold Hall at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home when the Department of Pennsylvania Legion and Auxiliary conducted their annual Christmas tour at the home.

Swinging Squares plan Christmas party

The Swinging Squares Square and Round Dance Club will meet from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Jaggard United Methodist Church, 1801 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona.

It will be the club’s Christmas party. There will no dance Dec. 26.

Dances are on Thursday nights. Club caller is Howard Williamson, and the club cuer is Donna Williamson.

It is always free to watch. Class member fee is $4. Nonmember fee is $4.50.

For more information, call 742-7078 or email


Chimrocks’ Christmas party is today

The Chimrock Square & Round Dance Club will hold a dance from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Masonic Hall, 1008 Edgar St., Hollidaysburg. It will be the club’s Christmas party.

The cost is $5 to dance. It is free to observe.

For more information, call 695-4874.

PARSE holds holiday luncheon

The Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees (PARSE), Blair Bedford Huntingdon Chapter 1-10 held its holiday luncheon Nov. 19 at the Prime Sirloin Buffet, Duncansville.

Sam Hess provided musical entertainment.

During the business session the following were elected officers: Eva Howell, president; Lou Gresik, vice president; James Dell, secretary; and Shirley Kurtz-Flaugh, treasurer.

Directors are Cloyd Anderson, Jane Anderson, Victor Ballash, Naomi Detwiler, Paul Flaugh and Eugene Garner.

The next meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the American Legion Social Hall, Legion Park, Hollidaysburg.

Members are asked to bring nonperishable food items for donation to a local food pantry.

For information about joining PARSE, contact James Dell at 793-0060 or icdell@centurylink.net.

Penn Assn. awards grants, donation

At a recent meeting of the William Penn Association (WPA), Branch 800, Altoona, officers voted to make donations to Catholic Charities, St. Dismas Parish at SCI Huntingdon, American Rescue Workers, Hollidaysburg, and to five local families.

Three students from Altoona were awarded grants for the 2019-20 school year from the William Penn Fraternal Association Scholarship Foundation. They include; Jacob M. Kupchella, a new recipient, and renewal recipients Michala Cooney and Paige Hammond.

Applications for scholarship grants for the 2020-21 academic year are being accepted. For information, WPA members may contact branch coordinator Bob Jones at 942-2661.

Horseshoe Seniors to hold dance

Horseshoe Seniors will hold a dinner-dance Wednesday at the Bavarian Hall, 112 S. 13th St. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., followed by three hours of dancing to a DJ. Admission is $12 each. Singles and couples are welcome.

This is a fun evening for seniors and new people are encouraged to come out and enjoy a time of friendship, entertainment and companionship with others.

This dinner-dance is usually held the third Thursday of each month. Reservations must be made by the Monday before each event. For reservations and more information, call Don Beatty at 946-1074.


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