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Friends plan golf-themed fundraiser

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Friends of the Hollidays-burg Area Public Library will sponsor “Families ‘Fore’ the Library” from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 24 and 25 and 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 26, at the library at

1 Furnace Road.

A variety of putting greens created by community members and organizations will be available for adults and children to try their skills. Greens fees are $2.50 for ages 15 and younger and $5 for all others. All proceeds will benefit the library.

For more information, call the library at 695-5961.

Genealogical society to host speaker

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Genealogi-cal Society will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 for their monthly meeting at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Road.

Jim Snyder, president of the society, will present “Lost Cemeteries of Blair County.”

Snyder will talk about “lost” cemeteries and cemeteries with several names. All cemeteries have GPS and driving directions.

Snyder is a local historian, especially of the Hollidaysburg and Frankstown Township areas.

The program is free, and the public is welcome. The library is handicapped-accessible.

The library has resumed normal hours. Hours are 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

The new officers are Jim Snyder Jr., president; Kathie Phelps, recording secretary; Julie Moyer, corresponding secretary; Patti Seidel, research secretary; and Mary Russell, publicist.

Lakemont alumni to meet Monday

The Lakemont Schools Alumni will hold its monthly meet and greet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, Duncansville.

Spouses are welcome to attend.

Altoona native part of London parade

The Hempfield Area Band from Greensburg departed for London Dec. 28 to march in the London New Year’s Day Parade.

The Hempfield Band is under the direction of Altoona native Brian Tychinski, a 1987 graduate of Altoona Area High School.

The parade boasts 650,000 spectators on the street and broadcasts live to more than 50 countries around the world, reaching more than 50 million people.

Additionally, the wind ensemble performed Dec. 30, and the jazz band entertained VIP parade guests at a reception on New Year’s night.

Tychinski has taught in the Hempfield Area School District since 1997. He has been the director of bands since 2006.

Under his leadership, the band has performed in Florida, Texas, California, New York, Washington, D.C., and Hawaii.

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