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After two years of effort, Abby Novak has hit her target as Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School has formed a rifle club. Guy Forshey carpentry have taken off as h\e flies the radio-contolled scale models of famous airplane and replicating them down to the smallest detail. The intense ...

BG senior starts rifle club

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School has a new rifle club. “The club is a unique opportunity for BG in the area,” said Abby Novak, a senior at the high school who led a two-year effort to start it. Novak, a Gallitzin native, grew up shooting with her uncles, starting with BB guns, ...

Hobby takes flight for Hollidaysburg model airplane builder

To say Guy Forshey is talented with his hands is like saying Les Paul played guitar. It tells half a story as it overlooks Paul’s innovative contributions to the music recording industry. So it is with Forshey. Upon entering the Hollidaysburg home he shares with his wife of 41 years, Nancy, ...

Election spurs deluge of threats

The aftermath of the recent presidential election — unofficially won by Joe Biden but still contested by President Donald Trump — has resulted in a flood of insults and threats to at least one local Republican lawmaker. “Democrats have been demanding that I go out in public and shout ...

Decked halls, closed doors

For more than six decades, Blair Garden Club members have used their talents to create a unique visual delight inside Baker Mansion during the Christmas holidays. This year, members decked the halls to the theme “It’s a Victorian Christmas,” but few people had the chance to see all the ...

COVID-19 testing expands to Bedford

Bedford County will be among the first beneficiaries of an extended state contract, with a team setting up free COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday in the Bedford High School parking lot, 330 W. John St., Bedford. The state Department of Health has extended its contract with ...

AASD shifting to virtual learning

The Altoona Area School Board voted Tuesday to shift the district to a full-virtual learning model. According to the district’s virtual learning plan, junior and senior high school students will follow a standard school-day schedule, attending live classes using their devices. Elementary ...

Feeling blessed

When asked what she feels grateful about this Thanksgiving, in spite of COVID-19 and 2020’s other disruptions, Pat Griffith of Tyrone spoke of her volunteer work, which satisfies a compulsion that surfaced when she was a child in Bald Eagle. Her family had a cocker spaniel, Randy, and she ...

Gun sales ablazing for deer season

Business has been booming for area stores as Pennsylvania’s firearms deer season gets underway Saturday. “It is crazy. Supply is down and sales are way up for guns and ammo,” said Ken Westover, owner of Allegheny Trade Co. in Duncansville. “It is an election year, and that usually ...

Retailers optimistic as shopping spree kicks off

As shoppers converge on area stores today, they are finding a different Black Friday than they have experienced in years past. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll. “We know this holiday season will be unlike any other, and retailers have planned ahead by investing billions of dollars ...

Best of the week

An Altoona Area and Juniata College graduate is on front lines fighting COVID-19 in Seattle, Washington,and was picked as the Seahawks' 12th man for a special flag raising. Altoona Area School Board after a heated debate votes to switch to virtual learning for December and January.wed Despite ...

Altoona grad on front lines of virus fight

Like lots of boys, Eliot Fagley had dreams of becoming a professional baseball player. “I loved baseball. I played Little League, Teener league, and played in high school and at Juniata College and the Federation. I was all over the place: I started at shortstop, did a lot of pitching and ...

Weinberg was a friend to everyone

Henry Weinberg was a friend to everyone, and continues to bring joy to so many who knew him. In simply hearing Weinberg’s name, former state Lt. Gov. Bob Jubelirer said, “You just put a smile on my face.” Weinberg was an Altoona native, small-business owner and active member in his ...

UPMC nurses hold vigil for fallen

Nurses from UPMC Altoona held a vigil in front of the hospital Wednesday evening to commemorate the lives of the 43 Blair County people who have died from COVID-19 and to encourage everyone to wear masks. Gathering along Howard Avenue, the nurses set out small battery-operated candles on the ...

AASD under fire over crowding students in Fieldhouse

Altoona Area School Board members responded to a controversial photo circulated via social media over the weekend. The photo showed hundreds of masked Altoona 11th and 12th grade students side-by-side in the AASD Fieldhouse, apparently against Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Hollidaysburg senior high moves to virtual

HOLLIDAYSBURG ­— The Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School will move to a virtual-learning model until after Thanksgiving break. HASD Superintendent Robert Gildea notified parents on Thursday that students will make the transition on Monday, and are to return on Dec. 1. All extracurricular ...

Saint Francis gesture touches longtime employee Mo Malloy

By Damian Runk For the Mirror LORETTO — Saint Francis University is commemorating a 50-year employee for her many years of devotion to students and the university. A newly constructed basketball training facility was named for Maureen Malloy, who has served the school as its assistant ...