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Roaring Spring teen is fourth in state Voice of Democracy

Veterans of Foreign Wars State Commander Wayne D. Perry and National VFW Commander-in-Chief William J. “Doc” Schmitz honored Lillian Baird of Leola as the state Voice of Democracy winner at the Midwinter Conference Feb. 1 in Gettysburg. The following students also placed: Gabriella ...

Miracle-Ear franchisee raises $30K for hearing aid clients

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – In February, Julie McKelvey, owner of 32 Miracle-Ear stores across Pennsyl-vania, including the one in Altoona, and Miracle-Ear Foundation board member, completed her third of the Seven Summits (the highest peak on each continent in the world). McKelvey, along with ...

Master gardeners offer help by taking email questions

The Blair County Penn State Extension office is temporarily closed to the public, so the Master Gardener Garden Hotline is currently unable to accept telephone calls or plant samples. If you have a plant question, please email blairmg@psu.edu and a Penn State Master Gardener will respond to ...

Smith donates to Guardians of Children

ROARING SPRING — Each year, Smith Transport Inc. chooses various nonprofit charities in local communities for which to fundraise throughout the year. The charity chosen in 2019 was the Guardians of the Children Keystone Chapter. The Guardians of the Children (GOC) is a 501(c)(3) ...

Brian Morden Foundation announces spring spotlight

The Brian Morden has announced its BMF CARES Spotlight for Spring 2020. Ava Miduri is an adorable 6-year-old from Duncansville who was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma on Sept. 18, 2018. Ewing’s Sarcoma is the same kind of cancer that took Brian Morden’s life in 2003. Ava had a ...

Nominations for ‘20 Under 40’ due Friday

The Mirror is accepting nominations for its 13th edition of 20 Under 40, which will recognize 20 deserving community members younger than 40 years old in the June edition of Blair Living. Criteria for nomination include business success, entrepreneurial spirit and community service of those ...

2020 Armed Forces Day events set for May 16

Armed Forces Day will be celebrated May 16 at The Wall That Heals at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center on Pleasant Valley Boulevard, Altoona. This year’s program will honor First Gulf War veterans. Each service man/ woman wishing to be honored will receive a pin. Those wishing to be ...

Club notes

Blair Garden Club offers scholarship The Blair Garden Club of Altoona is offering a $1,000 scholarship to eligible high school seniors. Due to the coronavirus, the deadline for all completed applications has been extended to May 1. The applicant must be a resident of Blair ...

5 generations

Courtesy photo At her 98th birthday party in February, Nellie Lang of Williamsburg had her photo taken with her daughter, Barbara Carper of Williamsburg; her grandson, Keith Carper of Williamsburg; her great-grandson, Joe Carper of Altoona, and two of her great-great grandchildren, Charlotte ...

Scholarships available for ACT drama camps

Altoona Community Theatre (ACT) is partnering with Investment Savings Bank this year to provide scholarship opportunities for local students. For more than 30 years, ACT has offered drama camps for children and teens to help build self-expression, self confidence and concentration skills ...

Yesteryear

The 1970-71 Keith Junior High School basketball team included, left side: front to back: Johnny Moore, Candy Futrell, Mark Allison, Bill Lutz, Bob McGeary, Bill Harvey, Mike Palazzi. Right side: Danny Mock, Frank Baronner, Doug Cadle, Louie Page, Wayne Piper, Dave Warner, Jeff Hancock, Tom ...

Food booth canceled on first day of trout fishing due to coronavirus

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Due to Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order, the annual Canoe Creek Brethren In Christ Church Food Booth Fundraiser, normally set up in the church parking lot on the opening day of trout season, has been canceled. Donations for the Youth Group’s summer mission trip would ...

Residents can send cookies to those on the front line

Girl Scouts launch online ordering service during virus Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania launched a new Girl Scout Cookie donation initiative to provide recognition to front-line workers who must continue to work to maintain the safety and health of others during the ongoing COVID-19 ...

Friends help library

Courtesy photo The Friends of the Altoona Area Public Library presented a check for $60,000 to the Altoona Area Public Library. Shown are (from left): Cookie Hall, Helen Gorsuch, Jennifer Knisely, Paula Ford and Alice Balest. The Friends work year-round to raise money for the library through ...

Clearfield Charitable Foundation creates office

CLEARFIELD — As the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation approaches its 20th year of existence, the board of directors of the foundation has been looking at ways to stimulate growth and identify new projects for the foundation to become involved in. To attain this goal, in early ...

Troop 3031 takes first in Klondike Derby

Scouts compete in annual event DUNCANSVILLE — Boy Scout Troop 3031 of Duncansville recently captured first place in the 2020 Chief Logan District Klondike Derby. The Klondike Derby was held Feb. 1 at Camp Wopsononock in Altoona, and is an annual winter skills competition for scouts in ...

Claysburg PAST trivia night ‘huge success’

CLAYSBURG — Claysburg Preserving Artifacts, Stories and Traditions (PAST) and the Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company teamed up to hold a Trivia Night Contest and turkey and ham dinner with refreshments at the Greenfield Township Center on Feb. 29. Proceeds from the seventh annual event ...

Club notes

Society makes changes to schedule EVERETT — The Bloody Run Historical Society has made several changes to its spring schedule. The Railroad and Community Museum now plans to re-open May 2 and will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday through October. There are no April hours. ...

5 generations

Courtesy photo Henry Skelley is the fifth generation of the Copenhaver family. Shown are (from left): front — Tina McCloskey, grandmother; Louise Copenhaver, great-great-grandmother; and Emily Skelley, mother, holding Henry William Skelley; back — Nancy Copenhaver-Herr, great-grandmother. ...

Yesteryear

Blair Candy/Penn Lincoln won numerous third-grade basketball tournaments in 1978-79. Team members include (from left): front row — Randy Reed, Jeff Porta, Scott Wood, Scott Macak and Bobby McMullen; back row — head coach Pat Dandrea, George Clinger, Bob Harding, Craig Curry, Scott Leaper, ...