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Week of action planned

The Altoona and Johnstown Healthcare Rights committees of Put People First! PA are joining a national week of action with the Nonviolent Medicaid Army the week of Sept. 13.

In Altoona, a Health Fair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at Heritage Plaza. The event will offer resources on healthy eating options, wound care tips, mental health resources, free haircuts and more.

In Johnstown, there will be a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Hornerstown Garden, 535 Wood St., for lives lost to poverty and the health care system.

Pick Up Pennsylvania targets litter

To prevent litter from ending up in Pennsylvania’s waterways, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful urges residents to participate in Pick Up Pennsylvania, in support of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.

This year’s program runs from through Nov. 30. During this period, registered events can receive free trash bags and gloves provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT and the Ocean Conservancy, while supplies last.

To register a cleanup event, visit keeppabeautiful.org/programs/pick-up-pa/. For more information, contact Michelle Dunn, Pick Up Pennsylvania Program Coordinator, at 877-772-3673 ext. 113 or mdunn@


Military museum commemorates 9/11

The Pennsylvania Military Museum, a Pennsylvania Trails of History site owned and administered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will mark the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 this weekend.

The museum, at 51 Boal Ave., Boalsburg, will mark the occasion with a series of talks exploring different perspectives of the conflicts that followed — air, sea, and ground.

At noon Saturday, Sept. 11, the museum will host a lecture about combat aviation during the War on Terror from the perspective of a pilot, Jennifer Bennie, who earned her wings just days before the terror attacks. At 2 p.m., the museum will host MG Gronksi, former Commander of the 28th Division, who will share his experiences commanding the 2nd Brigade Combat Team during the assault in Ramadi, Iraq, 2006. The free lectures will take place in the museum’s theater.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, the museum will host an online lecture presented by SW2 Charles (Chuck Johnson), who will discuss his experiences as a Seabee during multiple deployments in support of the War on Terror. The lecture will be presented via Zoom, registration link can be found on the Museum’s website, www.pamilmuseum.org.


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