VFW food sharing program scheduled for Monday
DUNCANSVILLE – The monthly military food distribution at Duncansville VFW Auxiliary 8724 will take place Monday, September 12 beginning at noon.
This is for all active military, veterans, and widows or widowers of veterans living in Blair County. The program serves veterans in need and gives to people who meet income criteria. Military ID or DD214 or VA card and photo ID are required. Enter from Dunnings Highway/Newry Lane and line up on Turek Drive. Food sharing takes place on the second Monday of each month. Anyone interested in volunteering can pull into the parking lot and speak to Donna George.
The historical society will meet in Duncansville
DUNCANSVILLE – The Duncansville Area Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1200 Fourth Ave., Duncansville. Enter through the back door.
James Snyder Jr., president of the Blair County Genealogical Society, will discuss some maps he discovered in the society’s archives that show businesses in the 1800s.
The company wants to borrow photos and information about Duncansville to copy and return. Please send to Nancy DeLozier, PO Box 115, Duncansville, PA 16635 or call 814-695-1017 and leave a message.
PARSE will meet on September 20 in Holidaysburg
HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Association of Retired Pennsylvania State Employees (PARSE), Blair, Bedford, Huntington Chapter 1-10 met July 19 for a picnic at the American Legion Social Hall. Entertainment was provided by Steve and Apryl Caldwell.
Sharon Dell and Jim Dell were chosen as delegates, and Eva Howell volunteered as an alternate delegate to attend the state’s PARSE board meeting Sept. 13-14 in Gettysburg.
The next chapter meeting will be at noon on Tuesday, September 20, at the same location. The election of officers and directors for 2022-23 will take place. Anyone wishing to nominate a candidate should contact Sharon Dell at 814-793-0060.
September lunch will consist of fried chicken, pasta salad, broccoli salad, fries, cookies and drinks. The cost is $5 for members and guests. Members will receive a reservation form by mail.
Trooper Christopher Fox representing the Pennsylvania State Police, Hollidaysburg Barracks, will present “Scam Protection and Other Safety Practices for Seniors.”
Contact James Dell with any questions at 814-793-0060 or [email protected]
SAMA will host Blue Jean Bash on September 30
BEDFORD – The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Bedford will host the Blue Jean Bash from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, September 30.
The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is housed in the historic Anderson House at 137 E. Pitt St., Bedford.
All proceeds will go towards the development of the new Children’s Discovery Gallery which will open on Friday October 21st.
Reservations include local culinary specialties and live music. Enjoy a beer from the Olde Bedford Brewing Company at their cash bar or BYOB. Must be 21 or older to attend. Sit on the back porch and enjoy the changing seasons and live music in the straw bale amphitheater located in the middle of the Mouse Myers Grass Memorial Garden. Try your luck at the 50/50 draw. This open-mic pickfest will bring together the region’s most talented local musicians. Artists should call SAMA Bedford to reserve a spot in the lineup. Wear your blue jeans and boots to dance the night away.
The cost to attend is $20 per person in advance or $25 per person on the day of the party. Registration is encouraged and can be done at https://www.sama-art.org/event-list or by contacting the museum.
Genealogical Society to host speakers
HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Road.
Carl Sellers, his daughter Lora Sellers and his brother Gary Sellers — all members of the Dutch Corner History Group — will present “Indian Eve’s Legacy.”
“Indian Eve” or Mrs. Eve Ernst, was captured by the Indians and lived with them in their camp before being exchanged to the English at Fort Detroit. She eventually returned to Bedford County. She is buried at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Messiah at Dutch’s Corner. The Sellers family are direct descendants of Indian Eve and grew up with history in her family. They formed the Dutch Corner History Group to collect and preserve the history of families who live or have lived in the Dutch Corner area of Bedford County and to share the story of Indian Eve.
This meeting is free and open to the public.
Round table on the civil war to meet
STATE COLLEGE — The PA Central Roundtable on the Civil War will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the auditorium of the PA Military Museum, 51 Boal Ave., Boalsburg.
Brian Luskey will speak “Mercenaries or patriots? Bounty Men in the Union Army. This conference is sponsored by the Penn State Civil War Era Center and the Central PA Civil War Round Table.
Luskey is a professor of history at West Virginia University. He is the author of two books, “On the Make: Clerks and the Quest for Capital in Nineteenth-Century America” (published by NYU Press in 2010) and “Men Are Cheap: Exposing the Frauds of Free Labor in Civil War America” (published by University of North Carolina Press in 2020). At the WVU, he teaches courses on prewar and Civil War America, Abraham Lincoln, American cultural history, and the history of capitalism.
All members and anyone interested in joining the Central Roundtable on the Palestinian Authority Civil War are encouraged to attend.
Catholic girls are having a baby shower
Catholic Girls Court No 1755 recently held a baby shower organized by Every Life Matters of Tyrone.
The regular monthly meeting was called by Regent Laurie Staub on Wednesday, August 10 at Knights of Columbus Hall, Hollidaysburg. A total of 43 members were present, including officers and six guests.
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There are currently 87 members. It was reported that long-time dedicated member Thelma Daus passed away in July.
The fund allocation motions were as follows: Allocate $200 from Crafters Picnic Auction for Quilting Supplies, Donate $100 to Mary’s Day, Donate $300 to Holy Schools Trinity for school supplies, donating $250 each to the three Holy Trinity Schools and St. Patrick School, and purchasing two officers’ robes at $155 each,
Gloria Kolonich received the Catholic Girl of the Year award at the local court’s annual picnic.
The guest speaker was Carol Steffen from the organization Every Life Matters.
This group was founded to provide support to pregnant women in Blair County in any way they might need. Catholic Girls Court No. 1755 hosted a baby shower at the meeting.
The next regular meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14. For more information, contact local regent Laurie Staub at 814-327-9663.
Train weekend scheduled for September 17-18
After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, the Altoona Association of Model Railroaders has announced the return of the Mike Phillips N-Scale Weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. September 18, at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona.
The model train show will feature over 12 operating layouts, including a horseshoe curve model and over 100 vendor tables.
Admission is $7 per day or $10 for a two-day pass. Children 12 and under are free with paid adult admission.
For more information, visit www.theaamr.org.
AAMR operates three model railroads (O Scale, HO Scale, and N Scale) from its facilities at 2930 S. 10th Ave., Altoona. Additionally, visitors will also find a library dating back to the 1800s and a large collection of railway memorabilia, including one of the largest collections of locomotive builders’ plates in the region.
The AAMR is open to the public from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Fridays all year round and by appointment.