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Dinner to aid pumper restoration HOLLIDAYSBURG — Geeseytown Fire Company will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at 4 p.m. Saturday until sold out. The dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, dessert and drinks. Cost is $8. The project is for funding the restoration efforts of the ...

Newry festival is this weekend

NEWRY — St. Patrick School and Parish will hold its 37th annual Festival in the Shade from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. There will be food, a craft booth, entertainment, a flea market, hay rides, 50/50, Balloons By Miss Choo, a handmade quilt raffle and games. ...

Health By Choice sets program

Honoring Native American Heritage Meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Health By Choice, 1721 Lafayette Road, New Enterprise. Cost is a $10 donation. For more information email info@hbcer .org or call 766-2182.

Across the area

Rotary plans Summerfest 5K, parade PORTAGE — The Rotary Club of Portage will sponsor a parade and 5K run this weekend as part of Summerfest. The Portage Summerfest 2019 5K Run will be held Saturday at the football stadium. Awards will be presented to winners in various age groups. ...

Becky Sheetz golf event Thursday

The Altoona Sunrise Rotary Club will hold its 24th annual Becky Sheetz Memorial Golf Tournament on Thursday at Park Hills Country Club, Altoona. Proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics of Blair County, The Arc of Blair County and the Rotary Club of Altoona Sunrise Foundation. ...

ArtsAltoona plans fundraiser: Paint the Town Street Party set for Aug. 18

ArtsAltoona is set to Paint the Town from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 18, as it announces its second annual street party fundraiser, Art Jive II. With the Altoona Brass Collective greeting guests with its brass sounds and regional favorite Tommy Wareham and the Intrigues returning to provide music for ...

Park programs

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Gallitzin, 886-6150 “A Day in the Life: Working on the Allegheny Portage Railroad,” 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. through Sept. 29. Programs vary on a daily basis and may be moved indoors or canceled during inclement weather. Black ...

Bellwood library sets activities for August

BELLWOOD — The Bellwood-Antis Public Library has announced its activities for August. n Summer Sprouts is the library’s summer toddler time for children ages 18 months to 3 years. Families can join others at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday through Aug. 15 for stories, fingerplays and fun. No ...

Across the area

VFW seeks golfers for tournament Duncansville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8724 is seeking participants for its 10th annual golf scramble, which will be held Aug. 17 at Sylvan Hills Country Club, Hollidaysburg, with a 9 a.m. tee-off. Proceeds will benefit the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home ...

Annual Altoona Day held in Florida

A record turnout of 163 people attended the annual Altoona Day festivities in February at Duff’s Original Buffet in Bradenton, Fla. The luncheon has been held for many years at various Florida locations and attracts people from the Altoona and Blair County area, who either live in Florida ...

Honoring veterans

Courtesy photo Boy Scout Troops 49 and 117 and Cub Scout Packs 349 and 3117 placed flags on veterans’ graves at Calvary Cemetery on Memorial Day weekend. This annual service project helps the scouts to learn about citizenship in the community and to express their gratitude to veterans who ...

Blood donors to get $5 Amazon gift card

To help address the current emergency blood shortage, all who come to give blood or platelets with the American Red Cross through Aug. 29 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types available and less than a ...

Local bridge winners

The Altoona Duplicate Bridge Club has announced the winners of its recent games. June 26 — John Regan and Lydia Kachur, first; Barbara Marinak and Jeannine Fagley, second; Cheryl Wherry and Carol Moyer, third. June 27 — Allen Ettenger and Frances Allison, first; John Regan and Summer ...

Pet obituary – BoKay Shaffer

BoKay Shaffer BoKay. Quite a name for a dog. My wife, A.K.A. as “Mom” to our dogs, both past and present, was very innovative. She took part of the name of her second cocker spaniel, Bosley (BO) and part of the name of her first cocker spaniel, Katy (KAY), and created the name for her ...

Yesteryear

The Altoona Area High School Class of 1969 will celebrate its 50th anniversary reunion with a buffet at the Swiss Rifle Club on Aug. 16 and a dinner-dance at the Blair County Convention Center on Aug. 17. These photos are of the morning and afternoon kindergarten classes from Fairview ...

Club notes

Scottish Rite awards scholarships Alyssa Reed of Roaring Spring and Mya Burk of Hollidaysburg both received scholarships from the Scottish Rite Valley of Altoona to further their undergraduate education at a recent ceremony held at the Jaffa Shrine. The Scottish Rite Valley of Altoona ...

Blair County War Veterans seek parade participants

The Blair County War Veterans Council Veterans Day Parade will be held on Nov. 11 in downtown Altoona. Lineup is at 10 a.m., and the parade will start at 10:30 a.m. There will be a service in downtown Altoona following the parade. Groups interested in participating this year are asked to ...

Service notes

DEREK M. SHRINER U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Derek M. Shriner graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, ...

Central PA Autism Speaks Walk to be held Oct. 6 at PNG Field

Children and adults with autism, their families, friends, colleagues and neighbors will join the Central PA Autism Speaks Walk at 9 a.m. Oct. 6. Held at Peoples Natural Gas Field, home of the Altoona Curve, this year marks the 12th year of the event. Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting ...

Remember the rules to cool your pet during the dog days

We always called these overwhelmingly hot summer days the dog days of summer because even the dogs seem spent in the heat and lay around “ugly,” often getting some stomach upset to accompany the high temps. The farmersalmanac.com explains that aside from the lax dog behavior during these ...