Community

Successful Season of Sharing

Courtesy photo Officials from the Altoona Mirror and the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation recently presented a $10,679 check to the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, the proceeds from the media company’s 2016 Season of Sharing Holiday Fund-raiser. Pictured (from left) ...

One special cat changed this late-blooming cat lady’s life

My love affair with cats began on a cold, rainy May afternoon in 2008. Before then, I had never really been around cats. Growing up, we always had dogs. I knew nothing about cats except that I thought they didn’t like humans. How wrong I was. On this dismal Sunday, a friend had been visiting ...

Students honored by state VFW in Voice of Democracy essay contest

The Department of Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States recently celebrated the patriotism of Pennsylvania’s high school students during the organization’s annual Voice of Democracy banquet in Pittsburgh. Tyrone resident Haley Butina won the VFW patriotic essay ...

Woman selected as Fulbright Scholar

Sara E. Skrabalak, daughter of John P. Skrabalak of Altoona, has been selected to receive a 2017-18 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Fulbright Award to Spain in 2018. The Fulbright Program, which aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries, is ...

Bishop Carroll to present ‘Hello, Dolly!’

EBENSBURG — The Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Drama Club will present “Hello, Dolly!” at 7 p.m. March 30 and 31 and April 1 in the school cafeteria. The school is located at 728 Ben Franklin Highway. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. In turn-of-the-century New York, Dolly ...

Across the area

Garden program slated for Tuesday HOLLIDAYSBURG — The St. Vincent De Paul Community Gardens will hold a program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Care for Creation (C4C) Center, 793 Monastery Road. Chris Wise from Friends Farm will present “Making the Most of Your Garden.” Friends Farm is ...

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Spring Hike set for Saturday HUNTINGDON — Greenwood Furnace State Park’s Spring Hike is still on for Saturday, but the trail may be changed due to the recent snowfall, and the park will have some snowshoes available for people to use on the hike. “Get Outdoors Pennsylvania” and ...

WISE Women presents scholarships

WISE Women of Blair County has announced the scholarship winners for the fall 2016 term. These scholarships are available to women residents of Blair County 21 years of age and older who have overcome adversity in their lives and are pursuing post-secondary education. WISE stands for ...

Group offers tips for National Nutrition Month

Get Active Blair County encourages area residents to stay on track and improve their diet as a part of National Nutrition Month. This March, Get Active Blair County offers a few tips as part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge to help people work healthy habits into even the ...

Car and motorcycle club activities

Blair County Antique Auto Club (BCAAC) monthly meeting, 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, Bavarian Hall, Altoona. New members are welcome. For membership information, call Betty Campbell at 942-2525 or download a membership form at www.bcaac.org. BCAAC cruise-ins, 6 p.m. every ...

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Deaf gathering set for Friday CRESSON — Mount Aloysius College’s Department of American Sign Language and English Interpreting will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a deaf gathering from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Bertschi Center and Technology Commons on campus. There is no cost for ...

Contact Altoona announces spring training

Contact Altoona, Blair County’s only 24-hour telephone helpline is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with a “35 for 35 Challenge” in trying to recruit more volunteers. Contact Altoona’s spring training classes begin March 27, and the nonprofit organization is taking an ...

Super Spring Swap Meet

The Blair County Antique Auto Club will hold its 12th annual Super Spring Swap Meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the National Guard Readiness Center, Duncansville (Meadows Intersection). Admission is $5 per person. For more information about table rentals, call Dick at 946-5257 or Ken at ...

Park programs

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Gallitzin, 886-6150 Staple Bend Tunnel Hike, 2 p.m. Saturday, meet at the tunnel site in Mineral Point. The hike commemorates the 183rd anniversary of the opening of the Allegheny Portage Railroad. Greenwood Furnace State Park, Greenwood ...

Art In Common exhibiting works at library

The Artist of the Month for March at the Altoona Area Public Library isn’t one artist. It’s a collection of local artists known as Art In Common. Art In Common is a nonprofit organization that started in 1986 as a forum for artists, photographers and sculptors to network with other ...

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Mount Aloysius to hold open house CRESSON — Mount Aloysius College will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Friday by inviting prospective students and their families to tour the college campus. Attendees will learn how to start preparing for their future careers. The open house will be ...

Tyrone to honor Irish heritage

TYRONE — Irish eyes will be smiling and celebrating in Tyrone this weekend when the community takes to the downtown area to honor its Irish roots during the annual Irish Heritage Festival Friday through Sunday. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday with the Lighting of the Shamrock at Hotel ...

‘Sing Out’ set for March 25 and 26

ROARING SPRING — The Cove Community Chorus will hold its annual spring concert titled “Sing Out” at 7 p.m. March 25 and 2 p.m. March 26 at the Spring Cove Middle School auditorum. The chorus will feature Easter hymns, a segment of “The Muppets,” songs from the 1950s and the rock ...

Cancellation of Lyme Disease program

Because of the predicted snowstorm and PennDOT warning to stay off the roads, Tuesday night's program on Lyme disease at the Monastery Gardens is canceled and will be rescheduled later, if possible.

Club notes

Genealogical society to host speaker HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Road. Alan W. Maples will present “The Everett Railroad: Past, Present and Future.” Maples has been owner ...