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Model train museum sets open house

The Alto Model Train Museum Association will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20 and Oct. 17 and 18 at 1117 Ninth Ave., Altoona, across the street from Altoona Pipe and Steel.

It will continue on the third full weekend of each month.

Because of COVID-19 concern, the children’s play area will not be available.

There is no admission charge, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 942-2676 or 695-3246.

Master Gardener applications available

Penn State Cooperative Extension in Cambria County is accepting applications for the 2020-21 Penn State Extension Master Gardener program.

The volunteer training course is designed to provide experienced home gardeners with information and skills they need to share their experience and knowledge with others. A program fee covers the cost of training materials and expenses. Classes will be taught online through Zoom meetings weekly from Oct. 1 to March 4.

In exchange for 40 hours of instruction, candidates must agree to volunteer 50 hours to Penn State Cooperative Extension. Volunteer activities can include a Poison Prevention Education Program for local first-graders, answering garden questions during the weekly “Garden Hotline” phone-in-sessions and seasonal “Garden Day” programs with educational presentations on current gardening topics. These types of activities will resume when in-person events can resume safely. Garden Hotline questions can still be answered through phone or email.

Anyone interested in becoming a Master Gardener or learning more about the program is encouraged to contact the Penn State Extension office in Ebensburg by calling 472-7986 (messages are answered) or emailing cambriamg

@psu.edu. Applications and detailed information about the Master Gardener program can be viewed at https://


Glendale choirs plan chicken dinner

FLINTON — Larry Putorek, high school chorus director, has announced that the Glendale choirs will hold a barbecue chicken dinner fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at Elderberry Park in Irvona.

The cost for each meal is $10, which includes a half chicken, two sides, roll and dessert. It will be “take-out dinners” only-with mandatory social distancing guidelines in place. In addition, there will be both basket and 50/50 raffles and more. Tickets can be pre-ordered by emailing lputorek@gsd1.org.

State retirees to hold elections Tuesday

The Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees Blair, Bedford, Huntingdon Chapter 1-10 invites members to vote for officers for the 2020-21 year.

Please plan to attend the business meeting at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the American Legion Social Hall at Legion Park, Hollidaysburg.

Those attending will vote for chapter president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and drectors.

Refreshments will be provided. Social distancing and other health procedures will be followed.

Questions regarding duties of officers may be addressed to James C. Dell, secretary, at 793-0060 or jcdell@centurylink.com.


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