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Volunteers create Courage Capes for pediatric patients

DANVILLE — Toni Reed of Janesville spent a better part of her day painting designs on ‘Courage Capes” as she volunteered for a project for Children’s Miracle Net-work at Geisinger. The store employment associate and check out coach for the Logan Boulevard Martin’s Food Store in ...

Got cabin fever? Let the indoor games begin!

By now, the excitement of the holidays is over, the decorations are back in storage and spring seems a long way off. Short days with hit-or-miss sunshine and long cold nights mean that my morning dog walk takes place in the dark and my evening dog walk takes place … you guessed it … in ...

Yesteryear

Charlie Rabold submitted this photo of the church choir of Third Evangelical United Brethren Church in Altoona, which made its initial appearance at the Dec. 2, 1951, service, under the direction of Mrs. William McMinn with Sandra Reifsteck as piano accompanist. Several Christmas programs were ...

Club notes

Central Class of ’69 plans dinner Jan. 23 The Class of 1969 from Central High School, Martinsburg, will gather for dinner at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 at the U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg. Horseshoe Seniors to hold dinner-dance The Horseshoe Seniors will hold a dinner-dance Thursday at the Bavarian Hall, ...

WISE Women offers scholarship assistance

WISE Women of Blair County is seeking applications for scholarship assistance. One or more scholarships will be awarded up to a total of $10,000. The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. March 27. These completed applications must be received by mail to WISE Women, P.O. Box 134, ...

Local Scout attains the rank of Eagle

Boy Scout Troop 117, sponsored by St. Mark Catholic Church in Altoona, held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Dec. 16 in recognition of Ryan Z. Kimberling’s achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout. Kimberling is the son of John and Lisa Kimberling of Altoona. The eldest of the Kimberling’s ...

5 generations

Courtesy photo Five generations of Cora Phelan’s family include (from left): seated — Freda Sipes of Bellwood, great-great-grandmother; and Becky Keagy of Altoona, mother, holding Cora Phelan; standing — Sherry “Mimi” Keagy of Hollidaysburg, grandmother; and Mary Parson of Altoona, ...

Volunteers learn warning signs of Alzheimer’s, celebrate the holidays

Blair Senior Services Inc. held its monthly in-service for Foster Grand-parent and Senior Companion volunteers Dec. 18 at the Hollidays-burg American Legion Post 516 Social Hall. Volunteers listened to Jill Curtis, education and outreach coordinator from the Alzheimer’s Associ-ation Greater ...

Across the area

SAMA, humane society plan soiree BEDFORD — The Bedford County Humane Society and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art are teaming up for the second annual Crystal Soiree 2020. With this year’s theme, “The Black & White Masked Ball,” the event will be held from 5:30 to 11 ...

School notes

C-K Elementary raises money for St. Jude’s CLAYSBURG — Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School kicked off its second annual coin drive for St. Jude’s Sept. 6 with a toboggan “hat day.” The students wore knit hats to show their support for children who have experienced hair loss resulting ...

Erin Dodson Memorial Scholarship

Courtesy photo The Altoona Area High School Lady Lions presented a check for $3,500 to the Brian Morden Foundation designated to the Erin Dodson Memorial Scholarship Fund, a scholarship fund for area high school students. Shown are (from left): first row — Rylee Albright, Anna Batrus, ...

Park programs

Fort Roberdeau Historic Site and Natural Area, 383 Fort Roberdeau Road, Altoona, 946-0048 Open for tours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission fees: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children under age 12. Greenwood Furnace State Park, 15795 Greenwood Road, ...

Blood, platelet donations critical after the holidays

Donors have chance to win trip to Super Bowl The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types — especially type O — and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Right now, ...

Roaring Spring Library sets January activities

ROARING SPRING — The Roaring Spring Community Library has announced its activities for January.  The library is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. The library will be closed Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Free ...

Across the area

Friends plan golf-themed fundraiser HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Friends of the Hollidays-burg Area Public Library will sponsor “Families ‘Fore’ the Library” from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 24 and 25 and 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 26, at the library at 1 Furnace Road. A variety of putting greens ...

Educators collect food for pantry

Public school teachers and support staff employees from public schools in Blair and Centre counties raised more than $2,500 for the St. Vincent DePaul Assump-tion Chapel Food Pantry at their annual trivia fundraising event Nov. 14. More than 90 public school teachers competed in three-hour ...

ACT seeks national award for late director

Altoona Community Theatre will nominate the late Steven C. Helsel for a national award in 2020, for a lifetime of outstanding leadership and service to community theater. Helsel dedicated his life to serving the theater and the community from 1987 until his death in November 2018. Among the ...

Across the area

Blood screening set for Saturday EVERETT — A Multiphasic Blood Screening will be held from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital cafeteria. The cost is $25 for the blood screening and $3 for a urinalysis. The screening is a series of 28 tests, and includes cholesterol ...

Altoona library announces Jan. activities

The Altoona Area Public Library, 1600 Fifth Ave., has announced its January activities. n History Buffs and Fallout Fans ages 13 to 18 can attend “What a Disaster!” at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and 27. This hands-on history series will explore some of the worst disasters experienced by mankind. ...

Thanking, honoring veterans

Courtesy photos In 2018, Abundant Life Assembly of God created a special program to honor and thank the veterans in the church, and it was so well received that it expanded it in 2019 to the community. As part of this event, the church invited the Altoona Area School District elementary ...