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Courtesy photo The Lions Sight Conservation Foundation of Blair County made donations to all Blair County libraries this year. Courtney Gensimor (left) of Roaring Spring Library accepts a $3,000 donation from Delores Hite, past district governor and foundation board member. All money will be used to purchase materials for the visually impaired.

Booklet celebrates women’s suffrage

Blair Votes for Women 100 has published a booklet celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

The Blair County commissioners recently issued a proclamation recognizing this historic milestone for women.

Elaine Conrad, a local resident and well-known historian, has put together material drawn from local newspaper clippings about women and events related to the women’s suffrage movement. She included facts and bios of the national leaders as well.

A copy of the booklet is available in all eight Blair County libraries. However, you can purchase your own copy at Copy-Rite Banner Zone on the Diamond in Hollidaysburg. Copy-Rite’s number is 696-5833.

Toy train show, open house set

The Alto Model Train Museum Association will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18 and Nov. 21 and 22 at 1117 Ninth Ave., Altoona, across the street from Altoona Pipe and Steel.

The open house will continue each month on the third full weekend.

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

There is no admission charge, although donations are accepted.

The Toy Train Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona.

Admission for the train show is $5 per person with children 12 and younger admitted free.

For more information, call 942-2676 or 695-3246.

Christmas Craft Show starts Oct. 22

WOODBURY — Kathy’s Country Cricket will hold its 20th annual Christmas Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 22, 23, 29 and 30 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 and 31 at 214 Potter Creek Road.

The show features handmade items by local crafters. The show is held in the old 1800s log cabin with two floors of the house open to the public for those two weekends.

For more information, call or text Kathy at 502-5420.

Longer to host Flashlight Night Oct. 17

HOLLIDAYSBURG — With the cancellations of so many favorite fall events, the Charles W. Longer PTO announced that its Flashlight Night is scheduled for Oct. 17. This event is perfect for social distancing while having fun with family, friends and co-workers.

Flashlight Night is an orienteering event held in the evening. The campus surrounding CW Longer will be mapped out with checkpoints. Maps are created for different difficulty levels and teams set out with their map to locate checkpoints.

The goal for each team to find their checkpoints, in the correct order and in the shortest amount of time.

Course levels are: Beginner, Challenge and Advanced. Courses can take anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes, depending on difficulty and the team.

Because of the various course difficulties, the event is perfect for everyone from young children to adults.

The cost is $5 per team in advance and $7 on the day of the event.

Find more information and ticket information on Facebook by searching for Flashlight Night or clicking https://facebook.com/events/s/flashlight-night

/2777190249225201/?ti=cl.

State retirees to meet for lunch Oct. 29

DUNCANSVILLE — The Pennsylvania State Retirees of the Cresson, Altoona and Ebensburg Centers will meet for lunch at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House on Patchway Drive.

This will replace the November luncheon due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Home Instead urges pen pals for seniors

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four older adults experience social isolation. Spread joy and help end senior isolation and loneliness by becoming a pen pal with Ready to Care by Home Instead.

How it works: Write a letter sharing your favorite hobbies or interests. Submit your handwritten or digital letter to the Home Instead team which will handle delivery. Stay connected by requesting a response from your pen pal to keep in touch.

Each initial letter is screened for safety and security. Sharing your personal contact information is entirely up to you. Home Instead will only use your contact information for the pen pal program.

To begin, visit www.readytocare.com/penpals.

To request a letter (seniors only), contact the local Home Instead office at 693-2911 or HomeInstead.com/336.

Area clubs and nonprofits can email articles and photos to community@altoonamirror.com. For more information, contact Brenda Carberry, community news coordinator, at 946-7459.

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