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Letter carrier food drive goes virtual

Since 1991, the Blair Bedford Labor Council has collected food gathered by the letter carriers in Altoona, but this year, due to COVID-19, the event will be a virtual food drive.

The council normally collects 27 tons of food, so it is trying to raise funds to make up that void, as it distributes to five food banks locally (Altoona Food, Reapers, Sister Paula, Sacred Heart and St Vincent DePaul).

Donations can be sent to the Blair County Community Services Agency, 302 E. Wopsononock Ave., Altoona, PA 16601. The agency is a 501(c)(3).

For more information, call Bob Kutz at 814-944-4081.

CDA conducts first meeting of 2021

NORTHERN CAMBRIA — The Lady of Victory Court No. 722, Catholic Daughters of America, held its first meeting of the year following the pandemic guidelines.

The Court invites area students to participate in a contest of writing and artwork on select topics. The local winners will be submitted to the state, then advance to nationals. Local delegates will represent the court at the upcoming state convention to be held at the Blair County Convention Center. Winners from the cash raffle will be notified.

The spiritual sharing was presented by Merlann Malloy, vice regent, and Annette Fisanick, recording secretary. Members were encouraged to read their Share National CDA Magazine for a picture of the White Ribbon Campaign materials used by Court members during the White Ribbon Campaign against Sexual Abuse and exploitation of women. The Court was recognized for its work and participation.

The next meeting has been changed to April 8 due to the regular meeting date being Holy Thursday. This meeting will be a Baby Shower. A reminder to members that still have the White Ribbon materials to take them to this meeting. Any questions should be addressed to Cindy Keefe, regent. All Catholic women are welcome.

Everett museum to open this week

EVERETT — The Bloody Run Historical Society will open the Everett Railroad and Community Museum for the 2021 season on April 3. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday until October.

All COVID rules will apply. No open house programs are scheduled at this time.

The next board meeting will be at 6 p.m. April 5 at the railroad station. All interested individuals are welcome.

The board needs public support in new members and financial donations.

Chocolate Walk winner announced

BEDFORD — Naomi Shields of Altoona was the winner of Downtown Bedford Inc.’s fourth annual Downtown Bedford Chocolate Walk.

This year, instead of having one big event with 400 people, the Chocolate Walk was held throughout four Saturdays with 100 tickets available each Saturday.

Twenty-six businesses throughout downtown Bedford took part, with their main goal to get people to stop in and get some type of chocolate from each business. A golden ticket was hidden in one of the giveaways.

As the golden ticket winner, Shields will receive a half-pound of chocolate every month for the rest of the year, courtesy of Bedford Candies.

Catholic Daughters plan activities

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Our Lady of The Alleghenies Court No. 1755, held its regular monthly business meeting on March 10 via video, phone and members in person at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Anita Burket, secretary, reported the current membership at 77 members. Prior to the meeting, members assisted in preparing baskets for St. Leonard’s Home residents to be delivered to the home prior to Easter.

Much of the evening was dedicated to the discussion of the upcoming state convention. The local court will assist in hosting the convention from April 16 to 19.

Volunteers are need to help prepare hospitality bags to be given to members, to prepare food bags and put on Saturday night Fun Gala activities. Contact any officer if you can donate any of your time.

Reports were given on the status of current committees: Adult Education Contest, Dani Fitch; Tele-Buddies for Garvey Manor Outreach, Dani Fitch; CDA shirts for sale, Patti Metzgar; 40 Cans for 40 Days of Lent, Patti Metzgar; and pillow for Mary Wallace celebrating her 100th birthday on Feb. 16, Dani Fitch; Court lottery tickets, distribution in March, payouts for May, Cecilia Hazenstab.

Upcoming events include: April 16-19 — state convention at the Blair County Convention Center; April 25 — Make a Difference Day at St. Leonard’s; and May 11 — Blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Canceled events include: April 10 — diocesan meeting; April 13 — Ham and Cheese Sandwiches at Duncansville VFW, financial review will be rescheduled.

The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. April 14 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. If interested in joining, contact Laurie Staub, local regent, at 814-327-9663. All Catholic women are welcome.

Families of Flight 93 make donation

SOMERSET — The Families of Flight 93 contributed more than $175,000 to the Friends of Flight 93 in December to establish a fund in support of Flight 93 National Memorial, the third 9/11 attack site.

The Friends of Flight 93 is incredibly grateful for this gift, and for the Families of Flight 93 trust in the organization’s mission and education outreach efforts during this historic 20th commemoration of the events of September 11, 2001.

“As a lasting contribution to Flight 93 National Memorial, the Families of Flight 93 are honored to be able to help establish a fund dedicated to the upkeep and maintenance of the memorial’s Sacred Ground, Wall of Names and Tower of Voices,” said Families of Flight 93 President Gordon Felt.

“For nearly 20 years, we have worked hand in hand with our partners at the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation and the Friends of Flight 93. With the completion of the development phase of Flight 93 National Memorial, we know that the legacy of our loved ones is in good hands. Their lives, their actions and their passion will forever be honored and stand as a symbol of hope to inspire future generations of freedom loving people.”

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