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Courtesy photo Mary Jane Hammers and Ron Skupien, members of the Blair County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, pack groceries donated by their members to send to the Altoona Food Bank.

Courtesy photo

Mary Jane Hammers and Ron Skupien, members of the Blair County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, pack groceries donated by their members to send to the Altoona Food Bank.

Blair PASR invites new members

The Blair County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees invites anyone who has worked in a public school setting to participate.

The group meets at 11 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the United Veterans Association (UVA) Club at 1809 Union Ave., Altoona. The next meeting is Feb. 1.

To reserve your spot for lunch, call Pat Waring at 814-946-9911.

Recognized as one of the most active chapters in Pennsylvania, the Blair County Chapter donates monthly to various food banks, the Mountain Lion Backpack program, the Altoona Teen Center, the Rescue Mission, the Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home, the Red Cross, the Central PA Humane Society and other local philanthropic groups.

Health, welfare council to meet Friday

The Blair County Health and Welfare Council will meet from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, via a Zoom meeting.

Jeff Hackenberg, client relations manager from the Penn State Cooperative Extension, will be the guest speaker. He will speak about the programs currently being offered through the extension.

The Blair County Health and Welfare Council provides education and information to the public on health and human service needs, services and resources.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting. For more information, visit www.blairhealthandwelfare.org.

Horseshoe Seniors plan dinner-dance

The Horseshoe Seniors will hold a dinner-dance on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the Bavarian Hall, 112 S. 13th St., Altoona.

Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., followed by three hours of dancing to music by a DJ. Admission is $13 per person. Singles and couples are welcome.

This is a fun evening for seniors, and new people are encouraged to come out and enjoy a time of friendship, entertainment and companionship with others.

This dinner-dance has been a monthly event and will usually be held on the third Wednesday of every month.

Reservations need to be made by the Monday before this event. For reservations and more information, call Pat Cheeseman at 814-650-2449.

Genealogical society to host speaker

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday Jan. 20, at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Road.

Bob Dollar, president of the Tyrone Area Historical Society, will present the “Remember a Vet” program and the “Long Journey Home” about World War II Flyers, one being from Tyrone.

Dollar is a 21.5-year Air Force veteran who rose to the rank of captain after being commissioned. He has written many articles for the Historical Society on Tyrone’s involvement in World War II and military in general. He has also authored two books “The Rest of the Story” and “The Long Journey Home.”

White Shadow to perform Jan. 22

PLEASANTVILLE — The Alum Bank Community Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will present the band White Shadow from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the fire hall.

Admission is $5 per person. The kitchen will open

at 5 p.m. The dance is held in a smoke- and alcohol-free atmosphere. For more information, call 814-839-2358 or visit www.facebook.com/AlumBankFireCompanyAux.

Patton Garden Club plans activities

PATTON — The Patton Garden had a busy close to 2021.

The club hosted the District VI annual meeting on Sept. 7 at the Queen of Peace Parish Center. The theme was “Hats off to Sheila” in honor of the newly elected PA State Garden Club President,Sheila Croushore of Somerset. Guests wore decorated hats in assorted themes to celebrate Sheila’s appointment. District VI President Janice Davis of Patton welcomed guests and presented Sheila with momentoes.

On a September day, approximately 18 members of the club gathered at Prince Gallitzin State Park for a nature walk led by Jessica Lavelua, park superintendent.

On Oct. 8, the club traveled to the State College Arboretum and enjoyed a walk through the gardens. The final stop was at Ways Fruit Market to shop and enjoy lunch.

Road Cleanup was held on Oct. 25. Garden club workers picked up trash on Route 36 near Patton. Election of officers was held at La Ferm Rouge near Patton. New officers for 2022 are Mimi Bradley, president; Donna Krise, vice president; Vickie Legros Dautlick, treasurer; Jeannine Cymbor, secretary; and Cheryl Vescovi, corresponding secretary.

The annual Christmas Tea was held Nov. 22 at Cambrian Hills Golf Course, Hastings. “O Holy Night” provided a beautiful theme for the event with numerous nativity scenes displayed on tables. Mary Davis provided the creshes from her personal collection.

The club is planning an exciting and energetic year of gardening, education and travel. Anyone who would like to join the club should contact any member or call Judy at 814-674-5143.

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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