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

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|May 13, 2021

    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 every year. There will also be a kid's race. It will be a short race and the kids will get a certificate for participating. The Hollidaysburg Area High School Drumline will perform at 9:45 a.m. The stores will open around 10 a.m. Most will stay open until about 2 p.m. and will have specials throughout...

  • Blair County Loses 'A True Patriot'

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|May 6, 2021

    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 veteran who passed away April 12, lost a leg by stepping on a landmine in Vietnam. According to Minister Paul Johnson, he still never gave up on life. "John was a real go-getter. He didn't let the loss of a limb slow him down," Johnson said. Johnson said that if you knew Gority, you knew he was a...

  • Lines Being Drawn in Battle over Fair Voting Districts in Pennsylvania

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Apr 15, 2021

    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 guarantee that one party wins and the other party loses any election in the district. The group wants to get Senate Bill 222 and House Bill 22, also known as the "Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Act," passed and in place in time to make a difference in the redistricting that will happen...

  • Alternative Baseball Helps Players Develop Life Skills

    Eric Shields, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Apr 1, 2021

    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 adults (ages 15 or older) with autism and other disabilities for physical and social skills enrichment in life on and off the baseball diamond. In Alternative Baseball, games are played using professional league rules." The league helps to teach physical and social skill enrichment in life on and off th...

  • Duncansville Turned 130 Years Old on March 4

    Eric Shields, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Mar 25, 2021

    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 town Duncansville. Around the same time, Jacob Walters settled on the eastern side of the stream and named his settlement Walterstown. Eventually, the two settlements decided that it would be mutually beneficial to merge. A big celebration was held, where the locals came out and assembled on the...

  • The Mysterious Faces of the Blair County Courthouse

    Eric Shields, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Mar 18, 2021

    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 heads. Former Blair County Commissioner Terry Tomassetti contacted the Blair County Genealogical Society and asked for their help in identifying the faces. The courthouse was dedicated in the summer of 1877. In the July 11, 1877, edition of the Hollidaysburg Democrat Standard, all four pages were...

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

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Jan 28, 2021

    "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 smile on his face," Joe Hurd, president and CEO of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, said. "His family was very important to him. He considered everybody that he worked with every day to be part of his extended family," his grandson Bryan Imler said. Fred Imler Sr., who passed away Jan. 12, was...

  • Pro Basketball Team Coming to the Altoona Area

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jan 21, 2021

    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 is far enough from the bigger cities like Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, where there is more competition from other pro sports teams. "It is an area where I can bring a professional sports team and give the people the entertainment that you can get at this type of event," Coleman said. Coleman said...

  • Roaring Spring Author Had a Good Year

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Jan 14, 2021

    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 also had a Christmas short story collection published in December. McKee said that the "Beyond" series started out centered around Ella. She is a middle-age woman whose life is spiraling out of control. Her daughter is a teenager and Ella feels like they are not connected any more. Her husband left...

  • Pro Basketball is coming to Altoona

    Eric Shields, Correspondent|Jan 14, 2021

    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 is far enough from the bigger cities like Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, where there is more competition from other pro sports teams. "It is an area where I can bring a professional sports team and give the people the entertainment that you can get at this type of event," Coleman said. Coleman said...

  • Theater to Bring Christmas to Loysburg

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Nov 25, 2020

    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 p.m. Dec. 11 and 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13 at the former United Methodist Church in Loysburg. Mary Ellen Laird, director of the Cove Community Theater, says Christmas Town is about Elf, which is Buddy trying to find the real meaning of Christmas. He starts at New York City and walks through all of...

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