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Photos for contest due by Jan. 15

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area Arts Council is sponsoring a photo contest, “Reflections of Hollidaysburg.” Photos must be dropped off between Jan. 10 and 15 at 321 Gallery at 321 Allegheny St. Photos will be judged with cash prizes for first, second and third place. Photos ...

Sheedy family makes memorial gift to University of Notre Dame

The Sheedy family of Hollidaysburg endowed a gift to the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., in honor of John G. Sheedy, M.D, a lifelong Altoona-area resident, cherished family doctor and 1954 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Sheedy, who passed away in 2011, was a 1950 ...

5 generations

Courtesy photo Five generations of Emmett Luke Walker’s family include (from left): Jordan Walker of Cincinnati, father, holding Emmett Luke Walker; Lorrie (Smith) Walker of Cincinnati, grandmother; Leola Smith of Newry, great-great-grandmother; and Terry Smith of Newry, great-grandfather. ...

Yesteryear

William Barger of Altoona submitted this July 4, 2004, photo of the Horseshoe Curve lit up at night. The event marked the 150th anniversary celebration of the groundbreaking engineering that produced the curve and the 1954 Sylvania Big Shot photo that helped make it famous. The Big Shot image ...

Here are some hot items for your cool pet or pet lover

It’s down to the wire, and you’re still looking for the perfect gift for your favorite pet or pet lover. We scoured the local pet boutiques and with help from Michael Mastalski from JustJaks Pet Market, Altoona, and Chris Schez-zini from Poochey Chef, Duncansville, we learned what’s ...

Studio on 5th completes competition season

The Elite Competitive Team of The Studio on 5th has completed another successful season of dancing. This group of performers has traveled all over the state to three regional competitions and has, most recently, returned from nationals in Atlantic City, N.J. The 35 team members of The ...

Birthday

Alma Burgoon Alma Burgoon of Ashville will celebrate her 100th birthday on Dec. 20. The family invites you to celebrate with her by sending birthday greetings to: Alma Burgoon, 107 E. Railroad St., Ashville, PA 16613. She is the daughter of Dennis and Hattie Westrick. She married James ...

Across the area

Education Foundation awards grant CLAYSBURG — The Claysburg Education Foundation received a Venture Grant request prepared on Oct. 27 by Suzanne Wicker, Robin Dunmire and Kristi Hoover for the Carnegie Science Center mobile unit to visit the elementary school and involving all grades ...

Scouting for food

Courtesy photos Boy Scout Troop 49, sponsored by Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church, Altoona, participated in “Scouting For Food” food drive. More than 350 pounds of food was collected and delivered to the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. The troop thanks all neighbors who donated to this ...

Golf event raises money for veterans’ activities

The Duncansville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8724 hosted its eighth annual golf scramble, on Aug. 26 at the Sylvan Hills Golf Course, Hollidaysburg. A meal followed the tournament at the VFW and was catered by the Duncansville VFW. A total of 48 participants raised more than $1,000 for ...

Across the area

Altoona library recognizes artist Brittany Cogley is the Altoona Public Library’s Artist of the Month for December. In search of a degree that offered flexible creativity, Cogley attended Mercyhurst University and Penn State Altoona. She graduated from Penn State Altoona with a bachelor of ...

Birthday

Verna Christine (Chambers) Swope of Prescott Valley, Ariz., formerly of Altoona, will celebrate her 100th birthday with a card shower. Cards can be mailed to Verna Swope, 7901 East State Rt. 69, Lot No. 59, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314. She was born Dec. 22, 1917, in Altoona, daughter of Oscar ...

Petco Foundation presents $15K to CPHS

The Central Pennsylvania Humane Society of Blair County has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to help support medical expenses for its animals. Part of the Petco Foundation’s investment supported the annual CPHS Fur Ball on Oct. 14. In previous years, the Fur Ball ...

JustJak’s launches pet food drive

JustJak’s Pet Market has chosen #Pounds4Paws as its year-round food drive campaign to support Blair County area rescue and animal welfare organizations. Currently sponsored by Fromm Family Foods, JustJak’s is able to purchase quality cat and dog food at significantly discounted prices for ...

Puppy’s spay day sure was no play day

Nothing I do can be a simple process — especially involving the pets. We were scheduled to have Rio, our 7-month-old German shepherd, spayed a few weeks ago. Even the trip to the vet was right out of a sitcom. As a younger puppy, Rio got violently car sick so we limited her time in a ...

Club notes

Bridge club announces recent winners The Altoona Duplicate Bridge Club has announced the winners of its recent games. Nov. 15 — Lydia Kachur and John Regan, first; Jean Keller and Jean Green, second; Helen Gorsuch and Ed McCauley, third; Peggy Gutshall and Ted Shade, fourth. Nov. 16 — ...

Yesteryear

Charlie Rabold of Altoona submitted this photo of members of the Pleasant Valley Gun and Rod Club at the Seven Mountains area of Mifflin County around 1930. Shown are (from left): first row — Joe Pielmeier, Mr. Bacon, Jack Tongue, Mr. Fornwalt and Tom Filer; second row — Earl ...

ShowTwirlers win national titles

The ShowTwirlers Competitive Team of Altoona is celebrating another successful trip to the Midwest for national competition. More than 30 twirlers, plus their coaches, spent the final week of July competing in team and individual events at America’s Youth on Parade held at the University of ...

Across the area

Hospital launches Facebook contest TYRONE — The Tyrone Hospital family is encouraging area residents to support the hospital by sharing a story about how Tyrone Hospital has touched their life and how it makes a difference in the community. Share your story using your phone to create a ...

Operation Our Town hosts two golf events

Tournaments raise money, awareness for prevention of drug use Operation Our Town held its fourth annual Tee Off Against Drugs Student Golf Tournament on Sept. 18 at Park Hills Golf Club, Altoona. A total of 136 students from 18 school districts participated. The winning teams each ...