News in brief from around the region


Veterans Day celebration set

The Portage Area Junior Senior High School will hold its 71st Veterans Day Celebration at 10 a.m. today in the school auditorium.

All local military personnel are welcome to participate and will be recognized for their service. A lunch will be provided to all participating military members following the program. The program is open to the public.

Van Zandt to recognize vets

The Van Zandt VA Medical Center, with the help of the Altoona Curve, will hold a veterans recognition event at 9 a.m. today in the second floor auditorium at the hospital.

Hospital Director Sigrid Andrew will be the keynote speaker, and the Curve will present a donation to help with the hospital’s care, according to a news release from the hospital.

The Curve has worked with the hospital previously, with recognition games, visits to the hospital by players and donated tickets for veterans in the hospital’s nursing home section.

The event is one of many that will take place during the upcoming week at Van Zandt facilities, including its outpatient clinics.

The recognition week will culminate in the Second Annual Veterans Recognition Basketball Game at Saint Francis University at 7 p.m. Nov. 16.


Fire leaves 3 homeless

A fire in the Butter Milk Hollow area of Claysburg has left three people homeless and efforts are underway to aid the family members.

Monetary and furniture donations are being accepted at Dilly’s Bar, 12807 Dunnings Highway. A couple and a male child lived in the structure, which is described as a total loss.

While the American Red Cross is assisting the family, family friend Martha Albright said she is also helping the family who is in need of everything. For more information, call Dilly’s Bar at 239-5622.


Teacher apologizes

School officials in Pennsylvania have apologized to parents after students received a homework assignment involving President Donald Trump.

WJAC-TV reported that the assignment sent home from a teacher at Penn Cambria Middle School had some parents upset on Wednesday.

The assignment had asked students to pretend they were refugees “being forced” to leave their homes as Trump tried to “take control of the United States.”

The students were tasked with having their parent time them for 10 minutes while they pack a bag under the guise that they will “never return” home. The objective was to present the items in the backpack and why they chose them.

District Superintendent William Marshall said the teacher called each parent individually to apologize.

From Associated Press and Mirror reports