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Yesteryear

William Barger of Altoona submitted this photo of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Rose Tower, circa 1950. Helen Varley, a clerk, is the little woman who is fifth from the left. Rose Tower, which was at Eighth Street in Juniata, was built in 1907 and demolished in early 1985.

‘Hop’ stuff at the farm show: Competitive rabbit hopping event

I love the Pennsylvania Farm Show. A few backyard tomato plants were as close as I ever got to “farming” in my suburban Pittsburgh neighborhood. So I’m always amazed to see the agricultural diversity and abundance we have here in Pennsylvania. As the largest indoor agricultural ...

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Father-daughter dinner-dance Feb. 8 MARTINSBURG — Morrisons Cove Memorial Park will host its annual Father-Daughter Dinner-Dance Feb. 8 in the banquet hall. The meal will be catered by Frederick’s Catering of Roaring Spring. Tickets are $20 each and include dinner, dancing and ...

Hollidaysburg to present ‘Frozen Jr.’

Courtesy photo Hollidaysburg Area Junior Theatre will present “Frozen Jr.” at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 and 2 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School auditorium. The musical is under the direction of Holly Mercer, with musical direction by Kelly Hartman. Tickets are $8 for ...

Foundation donates to fire company

DeGol family enables Geeseytown to purchase sign HOLLIDAYSBURG — The DeGol Family Founda-tion recently made a donation to the Geeseytown Community Fire Company for the purchase of an electronic digital sign. The sign will be used by the fire company to make announcements and advertise ...

Juniata College will create spirit/pep band

HUNTINGDON — The timbres of musical instruments will ring out at Juniata’s campus and athletic events alongside the cheers of Eagles fans beginning this fall with the creation of a new spirit/pep band. With this musical addition, Juniata welcomes Jon Yon of Altoona as the new spirit/pep ...

Students in engineering competition

Students from Cambria Heights in Patton placed third at a Pittsburgh Engineering Competition and also claimed a special award. On Dec. 10, the Carnegie Science Center, along with Westinghouse Electric Co., LLC, collaborated to challenge high school students to build a contraption that ...

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Little Rock offers free classes ROARING SPRING — Little Rock Natural Remedies is offering a number of free educational classes. All classes begin at 6 p.m. and are held at Little Rock Natural Remedies, 908 Spruce St., Roaring Spring, unless otherwise noted. Thursday — “Understand and ...

Birthday

Irene DeBernardis of Altoona celebrated her 90th birthday Dec. 21 with family and friends. She was born Dec. 23, 1929, in Altoona, the daughter of Ida and James Catina. She married Benedict DeBernardis, who died May 31, 2008. She has three children: Debbie Locke, Cindy Sharbaugh and Thomas ...

Recreation commission sets winter programs

The Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission is offering a variety of programs in the upcoming months. Online registration is available at www.cbrcparks.org. You can also register at the CBRC office, 2101 Fifth Ave., Altoona. For more information, call 949-2231. Joe Landolfi Basketball ...

PSU Altoona plans African American Read-In activities

Dinner reservations due Jan. 27 The annual African American Read-In at Penn State Altoona will take place Feb. 16 and 17. This year’s theme is “Black Theatre through a Black Lens,” celebrating the African American dramatic literary tradition — its themes, forms and playwrights — ...

Wreaths Across America

Courtesy photo The U.S. Armed Forces Mothers placed wreaths on the graves in Arlington Cemetery with Wreaths Across America in December. Shown are (from left): Charlene Johnson, Inge Gill, Patty Davis, Joyce Villani, Kathie Baker, Sally Miller, Helen Hoover & Phyllis Sheehan.

Club notes

Courtesy photo Pam Strasser (left) was presented the U.S. Armed Forces Mother of the Year Award by Patty Davis, president, at a recent dinner. Toastmasters plan open house Feb. 6 Toastmasters invite the public to an open house to gain confidence and “find your voice.” The event will be ...

Girl Scouts launch cookie campaign

On Jan. 7, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania and Girl Scouts of the USA launched the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie season. This season, GSUSA announces two new ways to celebrate young, female leaders: refreshed packaging reflecting the amazing experiences cookie earnings make possible for girls, and a ...

Wine pairing event is Feb. 5

Catholic Charities will hold a wine tasting and small bites pairing from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at The Blairmont Club in Hollidaysburg. This will be an evening of wine, food and fun. A wine expert will share five specially-selected wines, each carefully paired with small bites. Tickets are ...

Hollidaysburg class of 1964 reunion

Courtesy photo Hollidaysburg High School Class of 1964 held its 55th anniversary reunion Aug. 9 and 10. Friday night was at Marzoni’s in Duncansville, and Saturday was at the U.S. Hotel in Hollidaysburg. Shown are (from left): first row — Betty (Hart) Ritchey, Carol (Chamberlain) Stahl, ...

Local bridge winners

The Altoona Duplicate Bridge Club has announced the winners of its recent games. Jan. 2 — Mark Blanchard and Amy Rhodes, first; Larry Gourley and Jeff Gourley, second; Marcia Dravis and Dave Dravis, third; Diane Buck and Roger Reese, fourth. Jan. 8 — Acbar Samii and Jean Green, first; ...

Yesteryear

The 1955 eighth-grade graduation class at Edison School included (from left): front row — Francis Plutko, Michael Spahn, Dennis Clark, Gary Hartman, Joe Good, Bernie Ickes, Robert Clapper, Jay Delozier, Robert Lafferty, James Riggleman, John Blazevich; second row — Hazel Eckard, Barbara ...

For seniors, pets take the ‘lonely’ out of living alone

Sadly, loneliness and social isolation often mark the end of a lifetime of activity and engagement for many senior citizens. While that long-awaited retirement may put an end to the daily grind, it also puts an end to daily interaction with coworkers in the workplace. Over time, spouses or ...

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Blair YMCA to hold Welcome Week HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair Regional YMCA will hold Welcome Week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The community is invited to try the Y at no cost. Guests can participate in any one of dozens of land-based classes for all fitness levels, from ...