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 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    October 7, 2021

Off Pitt Street Theater Offering Multiple Fall Events, Starts in October

In this time of uncertainty, Off Pitt Street Theater (OPS) in Bedford continues to bring live theater to the stage. The fall theater schedule begins with "Fall Fright Nights," a Halloween edition of...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    October 7, 2021

Historic Hollidaysburg Inc. to Present Halloween Fundraiser Next Weekend

Historic Hollidaysburg Inc. will be presenting a Halloween Fundraiser at their location at 516 Walnut Street, Hollidaysburg on Friday, Oct. 15, and Saturday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 10 p.m. each evening. The event is a fundraiser to raise additional...

 

Claysburg Homecoming Happening This Weekend

It is that time of the year again. Homecoming is here. Claysburg’s homecoming will begin with the traditional football game on Friday, Oct. 1, at the Hollidaysburg field. Claysburg-Kimmel will play Juniata Valley, which just recently acquired...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    August 26, 2021

Ye Old Time Fair to be Held at Baker Mansion

The Blair County Historical Society will be holding a Ye Old Time Fair on Saturday, Aug. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. in the yard at The Baker Mansion. According to events committee member Barbi Burns, there will be a wide variety of vendors including...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    July 29, 2021

Picture Perfect Frame and Gallery Opening in Hollidaysburg

Suzanne Pequignot is not only opening a new art gallery. She is also set to take over her brother-in-law Brian Smith's custom framing business, which he has run for 29 years. Pequignot said that...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    July 29, 2021

Baker Mansion Events for August

Movies, dance, music, history and a Ye Old Time Fair: These are just some of the exciting things that are coming up in August at Baker Mansion in Altoona. The month kicks off Aug. 4 at 8:45 p.m. with a free movie night featuring “Toy Story 4....

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    July 22, 2021

Blair County Court to Celebrate 175th Anniversary on July 27

In conjunction with the 175th anniversary of Blair County, the Blair County courts are also celebrating the milestone birthday. A special free event will be held July 27 at 3 p.m. in courtroom one...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    July 15, 2021

Five Inductees to Join Claysburg Area Hall of Fame Saturday, July 17

Induction into the Claysburg Area Hall of Fame is the highest honor any resident or former resident can receive. "It's normally an annual event" said Rich Allison, founder of Claysburg PAST, the Clays...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    Faith    July 8, 2021

Blair Co. Anniversary Continues with Colonel William Murray Civil War Days

The celebration of Blair County’s 175th anniversary continues the weekend of July 17 and 18. The Colonel William Murray Civil War Days will be a two-day event taking place at two different locations including the Historic Hollidaysburg Inc., (HHI)...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    July 8, 2021

Blair County Historical Society to Hold Charity Auction

Editor's Note: The craft show and charity auction have been postponed due to the forecast of thundershowers. The craft show and auction will take place Sunday, July 18. The craft show will last from noon to 5 p.m. The auction will begin at 2 p.m....

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    July 8, 2021

Blair Co. 175th Anniversary Events Will Go Through Summer into Fall

Blair County is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. There will be several events marking the occasion throughout the summer into the fall. • July 17 and 18, Historic Hollidaysburg Inc.,...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    Life    May 27, 2021

Pa. Roundhouse Rally to Start May 27, Run Through September

Summer in Blair County can only mean one thing for motorcycle enthusiasts. It is time for the Pennsylvania Roundhouse Rally to be held at Roundhouse Harley-Davidson in Duncansville. The event started...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    Life    May 13, 2021

Off Pitt Street Theatre Provides Plenty of Summer Entertainment

Off Pitt Street Theatre (OPS) in Bedford will provide many entertainment options for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. Starting Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15, OPS will be performing a...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    May 13, 2021

Hollidaysburg's Springfest Back With Races, Live Music, Sales

Spring is here and that means Hollidaysburg's Springfest will be here soon as well. Springfest is set for Saturday, May 15, beginning around 8 a.m. with the YMCA Diamond Dash, a race that is done...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    Life    May 6, 2021

Blair County Loses 'A True Patriot'

John F. Gority has been described as a true patriot. According to fellow veteran Stanley Snyder, John really loved America. He was proud of his country and he was proud of his family. Gority, a...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    April 15, 2021

Lines Being Drawn in Battle over Fair Voting Districts in Pennsylvania

Debbie Trudeau, volunteer for the advocacy group Fair Districts Pennsylvania, says the group's goal is to end gerrymandering. Gerrymandering, is the process of creating voting districts to try to...

 
 By Eric Shields    Sports    April 1, 2021

Alternative Baseball Helps Players Develop Life Skills

Georgia native Taylor Duncan would like to bring an alternative baseball league to Altoona. According to its website, Alternative Baseball "provides an authentic baseball experience for teens and adul...

 
 By Eric Shields    News    March 25, 2021

Duncansville Turned 130 Years Old on March 4

March 4 marked Duncansville's 130th anniversary as a borough. It all started around 1830 when Samuel Duncan settled on land on the western banks of the stream which cut through the area. He named the...

 
 By Eric Shields    Life    March 18, 2021

The Mysterious Faces of the Blair County Courthouse

During the recent renovations on the courthouse, it was discovered that there were carved stone faces adorning different areas of the exterior of the building. It turns out that there are 55 to 58...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    Life    January 28, 2021

Community , 4-H Had a Leader and Friend In Fred Imler, Sr.

"He was a Shriner's Shriner," Dan Kindle, Jaffa recorder, said of Fred Imler, Sr. "Anything that supported the kids, he was always there," Kristin Bigelow, former 4H educator, said. "Fred always had a...

 

Pro Basketball Team Coming to the Altoona Area

York native Rikk Coleman said that he decided that Altoona was the "perfect spot" for a new professional basketball team because of the community's love for the game. Also important was that the city...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    Life    January 14, 2021

Roaring Spring Author Had a Good Year

Roaring Spring author Trisha Ridinger McKee had three books come out this year. First, she had "The Beyond" series, which consists of three parts. The third and final one came out in December. She...

 

Pro Basketball is coming to Altoona

York native Rikk Coleman said that he decided that Altoona was the "perfect spot" for a new professional basketball team because of the community's love for the game. Also important was that the city...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    Life    November 25, 2020

Theater to Bring Christmas to Loysburg

The Cove Community Theater group, Loysburg, is practicing for its upcoming production of "Christmas Town" in December. Performances are planned for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6, 6:30...

 

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