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VFW to hold Food Share program

DUNCANSVILLE — The Duncansville Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 8724 will hold its monthly Military Food Share distribution at noon Monday, April 12, at the post, 1665 Newry Lane.

It is for all active military, veterans and widows or widowers of veterans living in Blair County. Take your military and photo ID and enter from Dunnings Highway/Newry Lane.

The auxiliary wants to thank all the volunteers, local businesses, individuals and Pennsylvania Skill Charitable Giving for helping to keep this program going.

Auxiliary meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the post. Membership is open to individuals related to a veteran who has served overseas in a location of foreign conflict, earning the campaign medals eligible. That veteran can be a living or deceased spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent or grandchild.

For more information, call the VFW at 814-695-9703.

Johnstown PolkaFest cancels June event

JOHNSTOWN — Visit Johnstown and St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church announced that the 2021 PolkaFest at St. Mary’s in Cambria City will not be held June 4-6. The announcement is a result of ongoing COVID-19-related planning challenges for hosting large events.

Lisa Rager, executive director of Visit Johnstown said, “We were informed that St. Mary’s is unable to serve as the host site this year.”

St. Mary’s, which hosts most of the festival on its grounds, prepares and serves a variety of ethnic foods in its dining hall, which is filled with festival goers throughout the weekend, often with lines stretching to the rear of the hall.

“The health and safety of volunteers, performers, attendees, and planners must remain top priority. Unfortunately, this decision can’t be delayed any longer because the bands, vendors and other participants need time to make other plans if they’re able to.”

PolkaFest has taken place since 1998 and is considered one of the country’s best Polka Music festivals, combining both Polish and Slovenian-style music.

PolkaFest performers include Grammy-nominated and award-winning bands, attracting an estimated 10,000 people from multiple states and the region throughout the weekend, generating visitor spending throughout the community.

Playwriting contest accepting entries

EVERETT — The sixth annual OPS OPEN Playwriting Competition will run from April 1 to Aug. 1.

For $10 per entry, authors in the Central and Western regions of Pennsylvania, and the Cumberland region of Maryland, may submit a new, unpublished one-act play for judging.

Off Pitt Street Theater Company will produce the first-and second-place winners and highlight the third-place winner at its “Winner’s Showcase” in April 2022.

All plays are judged anonymously by an independent panel.

For contest details and rules or to upload an entry, visit www.offpittstreet.com/contests.html or email info@offpittstreet.com.

For more information, call or text 814-310-1987.

Extension offers ‘Dining with Diabetes’

UNIVERSITY PARK — Individuals who want to learn how to better manage diabetes can now register for a series of webinars offered by Penn State Extension.

“Dining with Diabetes” is a nationally accredited diabetes education program taught by extension educators across Pennsylvania. It is geared toward anyone who has type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, has a family member with type 2 diabetes or is at risk for developing diabetes.

Each series includes four consecutive weekly webinars with a follow-up webinar three months later.

Each live webinar offers information on healthy food and physical activity choices, food demonstrations and guidance on important numbers to know for managing diabetes. In addition to program-related booklets, participants will receive the Dining with Diabetes cookbook and course-related handouts.

A new series is planned for6 to 7:15 p.m. April 12, 19 and 26 and May 3 with a follow-up on July 12.

For more information or to register, visit extension


Beekeepers to meet in Houtzdale

HOUTZDALE — The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at the Houtzdale Fire Hall, 601 Good St.

The topic will be “Hive Maintenance.”

There is no charge to attend, and participants do not have to be beekeepers.

For more information, call 814-472-7637 or email pigeonflyr@verizon.net. Visit www.ccbee.org for directions.

Area clubs and nonprofits can email articles and photos to community@altoonamirror.com. For more information, call Brenda Carberry, community news coordinator, at 814-946-7459.


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