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UPMC ‘concerned’ about AASD change

Pittsburgh-based UPMC is expressing concern about the recent health care coverage voted on by the Altoona Area School Board for district employees. According to a press release provided by UPMC, all hospital services, including surgery, scans and blood work done at UPMC hospitals, will be ...

Staying afloat

A fisherman and kayakers enjoy the lake waters at Canoe Creek State Park. The holiday weekend kicks off today with continued sunny skies and warm temperatures. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Nursing homes earn praise

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County leaders praised local nursing homes Thursday for ongoing efforts that have kept their facilities nearly free of COVID-19 cases. Because of the homes’ preventive efforts and their success, Blair County’s COVID-19 cases have remained low, to everyone’s ...

Fourth of July celebrations

* Friday — 10 p.m., Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, Martinsburg. * Saturday — 9:30 p.m., Peoples Natural Gas Field, Altoona Curve fireworks (250 advance tickets were sold to view from the VIP parking lot. Tickets to the parking garage, priced at $4, are still available at the Curve ticket ...

Altoona officially cancels prom

When the COVID-19 pandemic altered school calendars and forced districts to make alternative plans for end-of year traditions, the Altoona Area School District remained hopeful that it could provide graduation ceremonies, a prom and afterglow this summer for seniors. In May, the school board ...

Solar remediation project eyed

The Altoona Water Authority has received proposals from five companies to install solar panels on old filter beds that have been a longtime environmental liability at the Westerly Sewer Treatment Plant. Such a project could result in remediation of the filter beds at little or no cost, ...

By the numbers

By the numbers New/total county COVID-19 cases: Blair 2/74 (1 death); Bedford 1/88 (4 deaths); Cambria 2/85 (3 deaths); Centre 6/211 (7 deaths); Clearfield 3/75; Huntingdon 0/252 (4 deaths, although SCI-Huntingdon has reported 5); Area/total cases: 14/785 New/total cases statewide: 832 ...

Rec board cancels meeting

The Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission’s July 16 board meeting has been canceled. The commission’s next meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Logan Township municipal building.

Detwiler remembered as ‘a friend to everybody’

NEW ENTERPRISE — Bob Detwiler is being remembered for his many contributions to the community. Robert “Bob” W. Detwiler, 84, of New Enterprise died Saturday at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, where he had been a patient due to complications from COVID-19. Detwiler ...

Parking dispute leads to assault

An Altoona man is in jail after police say he beat a man who asked him to move his vehicle from an alley. According to Altoona police, Donald P. Moyer, 29, of 214 E. First Ave., was arrested at his home after police said he punched and kicked a man in the alley on the 1500 block of 15th ...

City man arrested on drug charges

A city man police said tried to hide a stash of methamphetamine and marijuana behind a tree is now in jail. Gage Leonard, 23, was arrested about 11 a.m. Wednesday after Altoona police were dispatched for a report of a suspicious person, according to police. Police were told the man, who had ...

Claysburg man scammed

BEDFORD — A Claysburg man has been scammed out of $3,000. According to state police in Bedford, a 77-year-old Kimmel Township, Bedford County, resident was scammed after he was contacted by someone pretending to be an employee of the Social Security Administration on Monday. State police ...

Pool sales making splash as coronavirus incentivizes ‘staycations’

As many public pools remain closed due to COVID-19, one industry is seeing an unexpected spike in sales. With summer in full swing and festivals, concerts and events canceled because of COVID-19 concerns, many families are looking to make a splash by purchasing a swimming pool for their ...

Gov. Tom Wolf expands mask wearing order

The administration of Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday expanded its COVID-19 mask order to encompass outdoor activities where there’s close contact with others — on the same day the state Supreme Court ruled that the General Assembly lacks the power to end the governor’s COVID emergency ...

Tyrone Regional appoints Anna as new CEO

TYRONE — Anna Marie Anna has been appointed CEO at Tyrone Regional Health Network/Tyrone Hospital. Anna has served in an executive leadership role since joining TRHN in 2016. She first served as chief nursing officer. In April 2019 she was promoted to acting CEO. Kelly Wike, president of ...

Morrisons Cove events planned

Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, Martinsburg, is wrapping up its annual J4 festivities with a tractor pull competition at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, July 2, on the south end of the campus. The group Back in the Day will provide entertainment at 7 p.m. on the gazebo stage. On Friday, Nashville ...

Extra $600 coronavirus aid ending soon

The state Department of Labor & Industry has distributed $10 billion in federal funds to Pennsylvanians entitled to unemployment compensation since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, at $600 a week under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. But those ...

Bill removes convictions as barrier to job licensing

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed a bill that will eliminate criminal records as an obstacle for many people seeking professional licenses to earn a living — part of the administration’s ongoing effort toward criminal justice reform, according to a news release from the governor’s ...

Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund gives $1M in loans

PHILADELPHIA — The Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund has now provided $1 million in forgivable loans to more than 335 small businesses across the commonwealth. This comes less than 60 days after the nonprofit organization was founded on May 6. More than 40 percent of the businesses funded are ...