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Holliday chapter holds virtual meeting
The Adam Holliday Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution held a virtual meeting on March 20.
Doug Bosley, supervisory park ranger at the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site and Johnstown Flood National Memorial, gave a slide presentation on the Johnstown Flood of 1889 titled “Recipe for Disaster: Ingredients of a Deadly Flood.”
Bosley indicated the Johnstown Flood Visitors’ Center in St. Michael, Cambria County, is open, and tours are available.
Members were reminded that March 29 is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. It was on this day in 1973 that American troops were withdrawn from the country and the last prisoners of war held in Vietnam arrived on American soil. Members were reminded to thank these and all veterans for their sacrifices.
The chapter continues to celebrate a century of service. As part of the organization’s historic preservation mission, donations were given to the Canal Basin Park in Hollidaysburg and Fort Roberdeau in Altoona.
All members are asked to keep track of volunteer hours and submit them on a quarterly basis.
Any woman 18 years of age who can prove lineal descent from a patriot who served in the Revolutionary War or gave aid to American Colonists during the Revolution is eligible for membership in DAR.
For more information, visit the chapter website at http://pssdar.org/chapter_sites/adamholliday.php.
AFSCME 8306 cancels April meeting
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Subchapter 8306 Retirees will not have an April meeting due to COVID-19 precautions.
The Patchway Road office is closed for meetings at this time. The group plans to meet in May.
Juniata Civics to meet Tuesday
The Juniata Civics will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Juniata Civics, 206 W. 12th Ave., Altoona.
There will be a spring wreath making class at 6 p.m. Friday, April 9. The cost is $25, which includes all materials. Call 814-505-4405 to reserve a spot.
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NARVRE to meet Wednesday
DUNCANSVILLE — The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees will meet at
11 a.m. Wednesday at the Prime Sirloin Buffet following COVID-19 guidelines.
Members and nonmembers are welcome to attend.
NARVRE is the only chartered national organization whose sole purpose is to protect our pension rights.
All retired, veteran and present railroad employees (or widows) of any craft are invited to attend the meeting of NARVRE Unit 173, Altoona.
For more information, call Jim Bacza, unit president, at 814-934-1673.
Community Foundation offers grants
Each year, the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation (CPCF) accepts project proposals from eligible organizations requesting funding via its competitive grants process.
Each applicant must be located in or serve Blair County.
Only 501(c)(3) organizations or organizations that qualify for a deductible contribution using IRS rules are eligible. The charity must be a qualified organization that meets the 50% limit organization rules.
Additionally, only organizations that meet one of the following criteria are eligible for funding:
1. To promote scientific research for the advancement of knowledge.
2. To support art, music and culture of all kinds.
3. To provide scholarships or otherwise assist deserving persons in obtaining an education.
4. To assist the improvement of living and working conditions for the health and welfare of the community.
5. To provide facilities for public recreation.
6. To provide funds to assist in the delivery of medical services.
For a full list of grant guidelines and the application, visit https://centralpagives.org/ways-To%20receive/grants.
This year, applications are due in the CPCF office by 4 p.m. April 30. This is not a postmark deadline. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be accepted.
Area clubs and nonprofits can email articles and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call Brenda Carberry, community news coordinator, at 814-946-7459.