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Courtesy photo Blair County Chapter members Linda Hollobaugh (left) and Ruth Mitchell (right) stand by donations to the Altoona Teen Shelter from members of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees.

PASR donates to Altoona Teen Shelter

Blair County Chapter members Linda Hollobaugh and Ruth Mitchell presented donations to the Altoona Teen Shelter from members of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees.

Both women retired after careers as cafeteria employees and aides with the Altoona Area School District.

Each month the chapter selects an area organization to which members contribute items or a monetary donation. Groups they help in addition to the Teen Shelter are the Altoona Food Bank, the Mountain Lion Backpack program, the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, the American Rescue Workers, the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society and Mending Hearts Animal Rescue.

In July and August, the group will donate to the Stuff the Bus program sponsored by the United Way of Blair County which provides backpacks filled with school supplies to help area students get started in the new year.

Meetings for the organization are held at 11 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month through September at Altoona’s Highland Park for a picnic lunch.

To reserve a spot, call Pat Waring at 814-946-9911. All retired public school employees are welcome.

AFSCME cancels meeting for July

The July 6 meeting of AFSCME Retirees Subchapter 8306 has been canceled.

Plans continue for the annual picnic, which will be held on Aug. 3. Please arrive at 12:30 for the meeting and plan to eat at 1 p.m.. Please call MaryAnn at 814-696-3019 for a head count for the picnic. The last day to sign up is July 26.

NARVRE to meet Wednesday

DUNCANSVILLE ä The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 6th, at the Prime Sirloin Buffet following COVID-19 guidelines.

There will be a representative from the Railroad retirement board available to answer questions.

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.

Juniata Civics to meet Tuesday

The Juniata Civics Association will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at the Civics building, 206 W. 12th St., Altoona

Membership is available to anyone for $5 and attend any meeting to help us plan events.

The Juniata Civics is looking for older photos from events and years past for its archives. If you have any please contact Civics to donate copies.

The Civics building is available for renting for events. For information, call 814-943-5641.

Check out the Civics Facebook page for upcoming events and Crafting with Char held at Civics Building. “Like” the Juniata Civics Page on Facebook.

Catholic Daughters resume meetings

Catholic daughters of the Americas Court Prince Gallitzin 2625 resumed its monthly meetings in March at St. Rose of Lima Social Hall. Sharon Weyant and Valerie Weaver educated the court about their organization, Precious Life. Court members presented them with baby items for new mothers to be.

The annual Education contest winners were announced and they received their awards at their respective parishes. Dates were announced for the upcoming anniversaries of the sister courts.

A nominating committee was formed and secured the slate of officers for the next two years.

Catheter bags were made and will be given to local nursing facilitiese. Members have been attending monthly Marian masses at local parishes, Members continue to collect winter socks and gloves for local agencies.

Through the membership driv,e an “Invitational Tea” was extended to any Catholic women who might be interested in joining the court. It was held at the Park Hills Country Club. The court welcomed eight new members and they will be installed in July.

Winners of the Education Contest attended the 10: a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and received their award certificates from Bishop Mark Bartchak.

Court officers were installed at a Mass at St. Rose of Lima Parish. New officers are: Carol Galioto (regent), Annette Ajay (vice regent), Judy Wood (treasurer), Mary Grace Horton (financial secretary) and Kris John (recording secretary).

Upcoming events include filling and distribution of Jared Boxes, a picnic at Canoe Creek and a fall quilt raffle.

All Catholic women interested in joining the court may contact Regent Carol Galioto at 814-946-3769.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, July 11, at St. Rose of Lima Social Hall.

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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