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Recovery course starts Monday

Stacey Karchner, a family recovery life coach through the BALM (Be A Loving Mirror) Family Recovery Program will be teaching a free course sponsored by Blair County Drug and Alcohol Partnerships for those in Blair County who are affected by another’s substance use disorder/addiction.

The course is a component of the BALM program consisting of 12 lessons. Lessons include topics such as The Crucial Role the Family Plays, Leverage and Boundaries, Motivational Interviewing, Enabling vs Helping, Responding vs. Reacting, Self-Care, Mindfulness, Brief Interventions and more.

Family members find a new perspective and learn new ways of being, acting and speaking without anger and judgement, becoming the chief supporter rather than the obstacle.

Karchner has been a family recovery life coach for 4.5 years and has been teaching the course for four years in multiple counties with success.

The course begins Monday June 14 and will be held from 5:45 to 8:15 p.m. once a week for eight weeks at Blair County D&A Partnerships, 3001 Fairway Drive, Altoona

To find out more information or enroll, contact Karchner at 814-360-7590 or skarchner9@gmail.com.

Catholic Daughters to meet today

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Our Lady of The Alleghenies Court No. 1755, held its regular monthly meeting on May 12 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Hollidaysburg.

All officers were present, and 27 members attended, including the officers. Financial secretary Anita Burket reported the current membership is 80.

Pennsylvania CDA State Regent Shirley Hall was the invited guest for the meeting. She presented the court with an appreciation plaque for its assistance with the state convention.

A motion was made to cancel the semi-annual ham and cheese sale due to COVID. Tentative plans are being made to conduct it in the spring.

Director Danielle Fitch presented an idea to work with Garvey Manor in establishing a virtual program to have some spiritual/personal connection with the residents. Contact Fitch for more information.

Patti Metzgar reported that the combined efforts with the Knights of Columbus in a blood drive resulted in 22 units of blood donated to the Red Cross.

Fitch met old and new members interested in belonging to the CDA choir. Practices will be one half hour before regular meetings. A further report will be given at the next meeting.

The next regular meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. today at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Hollidaysburg.

If interested in attending/joining, contact any Catholic Daughter member or Laurie Staub, local regent, at 814-327-9663. All Catholic women are welcome.

Train museum sets open houses

The Alto Model Train Museum Association will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19 and 20 and July 17 and 18 at 1117 Ninth Ave., Altoona, across the street from Altoona Pipe and Steel Company.

Open houses will continue each month on the third full weekend.

Because of COVID-19 concern, the children’s play area will not be available.

There is no admission charge although donations are accepted.

For more information, call 814-942-2676 or



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