News in brief from around the region
Commissioner forum is Tuesday
The Blair County Tea Party and Indivisible Blair County will co-host a nonpartisan candidate forum featuring the candidates for Blair County commissioner: incumbents Ted Beam Jr. and Bruce Erb along with challengers Laura Burke and Amy Webster. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bavarian Hall, 112 S. 13th St.
Questions for the candidates will be submitted by members of the two groups and will likely address such issues as property taxes, social services, gun rights and the environment. Each candidate will be given two minutes to introduce themselves at the beginning and two minutes at the end to cover any topics which were missed.
In between, there will be two rounds of questioning. One will consist of rapid fire questions with yes/no or short answers and the other will allow longer responses about county policies.
This free event is intended for any resident of Blair County.
Extension to offer ServSafe class
Penn State Extension will offer a ServSafe Food Safety Manager Course at the Domestic Relations Building Meeting Room, 499 Manor Drive, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 and from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 4. The certification exam will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 4.
Starting in 2020, the Pennsylvania Food Code will require that a certified food protection manager must be onsite at all times during operating hours. That means at least one employee on each shift must become certified.
After completing the course and passing with a 75% or higher score, participants will receive a ServSafe Food Protection Manager certificate. This certification is good for five years.
The course fee of $185 covers the cost of the most recent edition of the ServSafe Manager book, exam, answer sheet and learning materials. To register, visit extension.psu .edu/servsafe or call 877-345-0691. For more information about the course, contact Elaine S. Smith at 414-0583.
Shooter drill Monday at Mount
A contained active shooter drill, run by the Cambria County Emergency Management Agency, will be conducted Monday morning on the Mount Aloysius College campus in Academic Hall.
The drill will run from 9 a.m. to noon.
Emergency vehicles and departments will be in place on campus for the start of the drill. To simulate gunshots, a weapon will fire several blank rounds during the drill inside of Academic Hall. No other buildings or roadways will be affected.
Mount Aloysius will send test alerts that will start with the word “DRILL” via multiple channels, but no parties need to take action except for those involved in the drill in Academic Hall.
Staple Bend tours planned
Reservations are required for Saturday evening’s “Spirits of the Staple Bend Tunnel” presented by the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site.
Visitors will meet park staff at the Staple Bend Tunnel Trailhead parking lot in Mineral Point and take a short bus ride to the tunnel.
At the tunnel, visitors will meet historic characters who will share some of the darker stories of traveling and working on the Allegheny Portage Railroad. The hourlong program includes a lantern-lit walk through the 901-foot tunnel.
The family-friendly tours begin at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $2 per person. Call the park visitor center at 886-6150 for information or to make reservations.
In the event of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled. Check the local media outlets, the park website or call the visitors center for updates.
Drug take back program Saturday
The Blair County Sheriff Office, along with the Altoona, Freedom Township and Martinsburg Borough police are participating in this year’s National Take Back Initiative for unwanted medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Altoona police will be collecting at their station at 1106 16th St.
The Blair County Sheriff Office will be collecting in front of the Blair County Courthouse, 423 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg.
Freedom Township police will be collecting medications at Walmart, 200 Commerce Drive, Duncansville.
Martinsburg Borough police will be located at James Drug Store, 119 W. Allegheny St., Martinsburg.
From Mirror staff reports