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Courtesy photo Healthcare workers around the area received pizza due to the generosity of the Democrats of the Cove. Shown are (from left): Reggie Nail, Laura Helsel and Renee Miller.

Democrats of the Cove send workers pizza

The Democrats of the Cove collected money to send pizza to healthcare workers at the start of the new year.

The Democrats of the Cove is a Facebook group started in 2020 with approximately 550 members.

The group wanted to do something to express their gratitude for the work done by the staff at facilities that experienced hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was decided that pizza was a way to also support local restaurants in a time when they were being heavily impacted.

So far, pizza has been sent to the staff at the Village and Homewood in Martinsburg, Nason hospital and UPMC Altoona.

It’s estimated that around 300 healthcare workers have been fed so far.

Due to the generous donations received, the group has hopes of working with additional facilities to provide lunches to other healthcare staff.

Spring Chicken Barbecue set for March 28

The St. Vincent DePaul Society will hold a Spring Chicken Barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen, 2201 Union Ave., Altoona.

Tickets are $8, which includes a half chicken, Murf’s potato salad (prepared by DelGrosso Foods), applesauce and a roll.

Tickets may be purchased at the soup kitchen from 8 to 11 a.m. weekdays or at the door on the day of the event.

Those attending should wear a mask when picking up their dinners.

Blair Garden Club offers college scholarship

The Blair Garden Club of Altoona is offering a $1,000 scholarship to eligible high school seniors.

Applicants must be a resident of Blair County. Students must be interested in pursuing further education in one of the following areas of study: agricultural education, botany, city planning, ecology, environmental engineering, environmental science, floriculture/floral design, forestry, horticulture, landscape architecture and design, nursery production/management, plant pathology/science, soil science/conservation, turf management or wildlife science.

Graduating high school students who meet the qualifications are urged to contact their high school guidance counselor to obtain an application or contact Sue Brower at 696-1500 or Bev Kennedy at 942-1953.

The deadline for completed applications is April 2.

Tree tapping ceremony to be held Feb. 27

CONFLUENCE — A tree tapping ceremony at 2 p.m. Feb. 27 at Sechler Sugar Shack LLC, 7758 Kingwood Road, Confluence.

The event is sponsored by the Somerset County Maple Producers, Pennsylvania Maple Queen LXXIII Maggie Walker.

This year’s queen contestants will be in attendance. Maple King Kyle Hillegass will officially tap a maple tree to begin the 2021 sugar season.

Rus Ogburn, general manager of Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative Inc. will be this year’s guest and speaker.

The public is invited to attend, where free maple candles and baked goods will be enjoyed.

For more information, contact Everett Sechler, president of the Somerset County Maple Producers Association, at 814-395-3200.

Class for new beekeepers to be held Feb. 21

The 2 Cs and a Bee Beekeeping Association will present its annual Introduction to Beekeeping Class at 2 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Cambria County Extension Office, 499 Manor Drive, Ebensburg. This will be the only class for 2021.

This free class will be aimed at the total novice. Thinking about starting to keep honeybees? If you are interested in becoming a beekeeper, instructors will try to show you the basics and give you the information you need to decide.

Preregistration is required at least 48 hours before the event. In the event of a cancellation, due to the weather, a makeup date will be set.

If you do not wish to register online or need more information, call Tim at 937-0830 or Ken at 946-4412.

The next regular meeting of 2Cs and a Bee will be held in March.

For more information, visit www.ccbee.org.

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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