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Club takes field trip, makes wreaths

PATTON — The September meeting of the Patton Garden Club was a field trip to the Nathan’s Divide Education Center located near the Ebensburg reservoir.

This area marks a dividing point for the path of rainwater with water from the east eventually winding up in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay and water from the west ending up in New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico.

Members learned what Nathan’s Divide represents, how the organization is working to improve educational and recreational opportunities within the watershed and also enjoyed a nature walk on the trails.

This project ties in with the National Garden Club Inc.’s water conservation platform.

In October, members met at LaFerme Rouge and participated in a wreath-making workshop presented by member, Fran Lansberry.

Wreaths were made using wire frames or grape vine forms, evergreen cuttings, dried and fresh plant material, pinecones, ribbon, etc.

Everyone went home with a wreath to hang outside or indoors.

The club plans to finish up its year on Nov. 23 with the annual Christmas Tea. The theme for this year is “Gingerbread Kisses and Christmas Wishes.”

Anyone with an interest in gardening, flowers,

horticulture or joining the club is welcome to attend a

meeting or call Mary Lou at 674-5293 for more information. “You do not have to be from Patton to join,” she said. “Maybe you could make this your New Year’s resolution.”

Health, welfare council to meet Friday

The Blair County Health and Welfare Council will meet from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday via a Zoom meeting.

Judy Rosser, executive drector of Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnership, will be the guest speaker and provide an update on her program.

The Blair County Health and Welfare Council provides education and information to the public on health and human service needs, services and resources.

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting.

For more information, visit www.blairhealthand


Christmas in the Park set for Nov. 21

CLAYSBURG — Plans are underway for Christmas in the Park 2020. Residents can visit Santa from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 21.

Santa and Mrs. Clause will be transported to Claysburg Community Park by the Claysburg Volunteer Fire Department at 4 p.m. Nov.21.

For visits, please enter from Bedford Street onto Arden Street, onto Catherine Street, then left onto Edgewood Street.

Santa’s helpers will be there to assist with directions. The Clauses and their helpers will be in the parking lot. Organizers ask that you do not leave your vehicle and exit the park via Dunnings Highway after your stop to greet Santa and Mrs. Clause.

Santa will be accepting letters from children with their Christmas wishes. A gift bag will be given to all children in the vehicle by one of Santa’s helpers for the visit. If parents require a receipt of their child’s letter, please add an email address and a copy of the letter will be sent to you.

Santa and Mrs. Clause will depart at 5 p.m.

Lighting of the Community Christmas display will follow immediately.

Organizers hope to return to a normal celebration in 2021.

Catholic Daughters planning Christmas

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Our Lady of The Alleghenies Court 1755, held its regular monthly meeting on Oct. 14 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Hollidaysburg. Twenty-two members attended, including officers.

Members came early to make Christmas gifts for the residents at St. Leonard’s Home to be delivered in December. Due to state restrictions, the Christmas luncheon at St. Leonard’s has been canceled. Make a Difference Day at Garvey Manor was also canceled.

Dani Fitch is making arrangements with Garvey Manor to arrange virtual visits between their residents and members of the Court.

Members at the meeting signed up to participate in the CDA National Education Contest. Entries are due by Jan. 13.

Pat Gildea talked about the 9th Patriotic Rosary scheduled for Oct. 31 at St. Michael’s Church. Due to attendance restrictions, the format for this special rosary, held annually the Saturday before the General Election, was limited to only local Court members.

The annual Memorial Mass and dinner to honor deceased members of the Court was held Nov. 11 in the Knights of Columbus Hall with Court Chaplain Father Allen Zeth presiding.

Plans are being made for the Court Christmas Get-Together in December.

Any Catholic woman interested in joining the Court can contact a member or Laurie Staub, local regent, at 327-9663.

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


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