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 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    February 2, 2023 

Stuckey Presented with Chamber Award

Hollidaysburg businessman Matt Stuckey received the Donna D. Gority Servant Leadership Award at The Blair County Chamber of Commerce's 2023 Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation, which was held at...

 

Duncansville Native Inducted into the Mt. Aloysius College Athletic Hall of Fame

Duncansville native Aaron Kovach was a complete player. He played great defense. He had great speed. He stole some bases. He was a hitter, a pure hitter. Because of his success on the field, Kovach wa...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    November 23, 2022

Baker Mansion Gearing Up for Christmas

Christmas is coming to the Baker Mansion. The Blair Garden Club will be decorating the three trees that will be on the first floor. Executive Director of the Blair County Historical Society and the Baker Mansion Museum Kate Rimbeck said that Baker Ma...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    Life    November 17, 2022

Claysburg Community Theater to Put on 'Elf the Musical'

The Claysburg Area Community Theatre will present "Elf the Musical" at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19, at the Claysburg-Kimmel High School Auditorium. Director Dan Crist said that most...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    October 27, 2022

Duncansville Bridge Dedicated for Vietnam Veteran

"People are going to drive by and see the sign and they're going to remember that this bridge is dedicated to an awesome brother and patriot to this country," said Gail Regets, sister of Ralph Hammel,...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    October 13, 2022

Haunted Mansion Tours to be Held at Baker Mansion

Baker Mansion is hosting a Haunted Tour by candlelight of the mansion, which will be held Oct. 14 and 15 and Oct. 21 and 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. Kate Rimbeck, executive director of The Blair County...

 

Catalano Releases a Christmas Book Centered on Santa, Baby Jesus

Former Hollidaysburg author Tom Catalano has released his latest book entitled “Nicholas, the Santa Story.” Growing up, Catalano always celebrated Christmas the traditional way, with Santa,...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    August 25, 2022

Donald E. Witherspoon Memorial Basketball Court Dedicated

"Don Witherspoon was a man of few words but can be described by so many. A man of honor, distinction, of courage, of dedication, of perseverance, a man connected to his roots, a servant-leader," said...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    July 28, 2022

Colonel Murray Not 'Lost to History': Civil War Days Presented

Earlier this month, Historic Hollidaysburg Inc. presented Colonel Murray Civil War Days. It is named for Murray, who was the first colonel killed in the Civil War from Pennsylvania. Historic...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    July 28, 2022

Hollidaysburg Library Director Retires After 18 Years

Hollidaysburg Area Public Library Director Janet Eldred's retirement took effect as of July 15, the day before her 65th birthday. After receiving her Master's Degree in Library Sciences, Eldred...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    July 14, 2022

African American Heritage Festival to Be Held in Altoona

The African American Heritage Festival returns after an eight-year absence. The event will be held Saturday, July 24, from noon to 8 p.m. with a Gospel Fest on Sunday, July 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m....

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    July 14, 2022

Enjoy Revolutionary War Days at Fort Roberdeau

Revolutionary War Days is a weekend of encampments. "We have reenactors from the Revolutionary War period that come to Fort Roberdeau and we have people representing the United States," Director of...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    July 7, 2022

Alberta Hayes Museum Opens in Altoona

As part of a summer-long campaign celebrating television's number-one comedy, CBS continued the "Summer of Ghosts" campaign celebrating the Prohibition Era Songstress Alberta Haynes by bringing to...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    June 23, 2022

Local Business Receives Award At the Business HOF Luncheon

Mill Hill Farms of rural Williamsburg received the sustainability award at the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame luncheon, held on Monday, June 13. Jim Biddle, who owns the farm, along with his son Josh and their wives, Carol...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    June 9, 2022

Cove Community Theater to Put on Annie Jr.

The sun will be coming out in Loysburg on Friday, June 17, through Sunday, June 19, at The Cove Community Theater. According to owner/director Mary Ellen Laird, Annie Jr. is this year’s theater camp show. Participants will have two weeks of...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    June 9, 2022

Claysburg Area Community Theater Showing 'Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses'

Love is in the air in Claysburg. Claysburg Area Community Theater will present its spring production "Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses" by Michael and Susan Parker. The play follows the goings-on of The...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    May 26, 2022

Blair County Historical Society Prepares for Summer Events

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Baker Mansion being used as a museum. The Blair County Historical Society rented the mansion from the Baker heirs beginning in 1922. To kick off this...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    May 26, 2022

Pennsylvania Roundhouse Rally Returning for 2022

The roar of the bikes will be returning to Duncansville four different weekends this summer. Debbra Heath, marketing director for Roundhouse Harley Davidson said, "We are doing four events this year:...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    Sports    May 12, 2022

Central's Parker Gregg Receives Scholarship for College

After an amazing 2021 season, Central High School student Parker Gregg earned an all-state selection in football. He is the first player in PIAA history to gain 1,000 rushing and receiving yards. He...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    May 5, 2022

Downtown Bedford Offering Spring and Summer Events

Looking for some exciting things to do this spring and summer? Downtown Bedford is the place to be. Coming up on May 7 is the car show, bed races and wing off. Bed races For the bed races, there are teams consisting of four runners and a rider. The...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    April 28, 2022

Hollidaysburg Heritage Guided Tours This Spring

Hollidaysburg Heritage Guided Tours Spring season runs Saturdays from April 30 through June 4, 2022. All dates provide the popular brunch option, at the U.S. Hotel and Tavern, with brunch beginning at 11 a.m. and including an informative...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    April 28, 2022

Claysburg-Kimmel's Bailey Garver Recognized With Blair Co. Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship

Claysburg-Kimmel Senior Bailey Garver was one of two local students to receive a scholarship from The Blair County Sports Hall of Fame. The other senior, also from the Cove, was Central's Parker...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    April 21, 2022

John Lingenfelter Inducted Into the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame

From his early days racing go-carts on dirt tracks in Blair County to his championship days at drag strips across the country, John Lingenfelter excelled in everything he did. If he won, he wanted to...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    March 31, 2022

Claysburg Hee Haw Show to be Presented April 8, 9

Members of the Claysburg community are presenting the 19th edition of Claysburg's annual Hee Haw show to benefit the Rotary Club. The program will take place Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, at...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    March 10, 2022

Northern Bedford to Perform 'The Wiz'

Dorothy and all of her friends are easing on down the yellow brick road to the Northern Bedford High School on March 17 through the 19 at 7 p.m. According to director Brett Keith, “The Wiz” is a contemporary retelling of L. Frank Baum’s The...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    March 3, 2022

Bedford Co. Business Hall of Fame Induction Tomorrow, March 4

The Bedford County Business Hall of Fame induction will take place tomorrow, March 4. “We have been giving a Hall of Fame Award since 1998,” said Kellie Goodman Shaffer, president and CEO of the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. “It has...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    February 24, 2022

H-burg Natives Live Their Dream of Television Production

Two childhood friends from Hollidaysburg have made their dream of working on a major television production a reality. After graduating from Hollidaysburg Area High School in 1999, Matthew McLoota...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    February 17, 2022

OPS Theater Spring 2022 Events Approaching

Off Pitt Street Theater (OPS), Bedford, will play host to “Molly’s Hammer,” a play based on true local events in the 1980s. According to Director Dawn Ziviello, “It is a really compelling drama about community activism and putting others...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    December 30, 2021

Baker Mansion Sees Many Renovations to Walls, Floors

Baker Mansion, home to The Blair County Historical Society, continues to undergo renovations with the help of artist Michael Allison. The professional artist has dabbled in different disciplines,...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    December 2, 2021

Historic Hollidaysburg Inc. Hosting 30th Candlelight Christmas Open House

Historic Hollidaysburg Inc. will hold its 30th annual Candlelight Christmas Open House on Dec. 4 and 5 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day. The theme for this year's event will be 175 years of Christmas to coincide with the 175th anniversary of the...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    December 2, 2021

Cove Community Theater Presents Christmas Classic

Cove Community Theater in Loysburg will present an age-old musical with a twist. The group will be presenting "A Christmas Carol" Sunday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m.; Saturday, Dec....

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    Life    November 24, 2021

Author From Roaring Spring Releases Christmas Book

Author and Roaring Spring native Trisha Ridinger McKee's new release is a Christmas romance, where the main character, Winona, was sheltered by her father growing up. He had the best of intentions...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    November 10, 2021

The Sun Will Come Out in Claysburg Nov. 19, 20

Claysburg Area Community Theatre (CACT) will present Annie Jr. on Friday Nov. 19, and Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning best...

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News    October 28, 2021

Blair County Historical Society's Fall and Winter Events

Blair County Historical Society announced their upcoming fall and winter events beginning with this year’s Trick-or-Treat on Thursday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the lawn of Baker Mansion. Along with candy, they will have little trinkets and...

 
 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...

 

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