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

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Dec 15, 2022

    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 was chosen this past October to be part of the first class to be inducted into The Mount Aloysius College Athletic Hall of Fame. "He is our career leading hitter with a .401 career batting average," Mt. Aloysius Athletic Director Kevin Kime said. "He had somewhere around 218 hits in his four year care...

  • Baker Mansion Gearing Up for Christmas

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Nov 23, 2022

    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 Mansion held on Santa Paws on Nov. 12, which is a fundraiser for the historical society and Mending Hearts. “It gives you an opportunity to get your picture taken with Santa Claus on the side porch, bringing your fur babies with you.” Then, they will go into their Christmas season. “We will be o...

  • Claysburg Community Theater to Put on 'Elf the Musical'

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Nov 17, 2022

    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 people are familiar with the movie: Santa accidentally takes human baby Buddy to the North Pole by accident, where Buddy is raised as an elf. Buddy travels to New York City to meet his real father. "The story evolves from there, where he meets his family, gets turned away from his family and then...

  • Duncansville Bridge Dedicated for Vietnam Veteran

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Oct 27, 2022

    "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, for whom the bridge near their childhood home is being renamed. The bridge, located on Charger Highway, near the Frankstown branch of the Juniata River will now be known as Corporal Ralph Hammel Memorial Bridge. The dedication took place on Sept. 28, 2022. Ralph's grandnephew Shane Kennedy read abo...

  • Haunted Mansion Tours to be Held at Baker Mansion

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Oct 13, 2022

    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 Historical Society and the Baker Mansion History Museum, said, "We are turning off the lights to the mansion and we are giving the participants an LED lantern and sending them through the mansion to hear stories about the hauntings of the mansion based on research, facts and first-hand experience." In...

  • Catalano Releases a Christmas Book Centered on Santa, Baby Jesus

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Sep 29, 2022

    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, gift-giving, the Christmas tree and all of the other pageantry that goes along with the season. “We always knew that the reason that we did all of that was in celebration of the birth of Jesus,” Catalano said. “At our house, we have a Christmas tree ornament that shows Santa kneeling next to baby...

  • Donald E. Witherspoon Memorial Basketball Court Dedicated

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Aug 25, 2022

    "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 Andrae Holsey, president of the Blair County NAACP. "My brother wasn't about a pat on the back. He wasn't about tooting his own horn. He was only trying to do God's will," Jerry Witherspoon said about his brother. "Every time I saw him, anytime we were together, we always hugged and I always said,...

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

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jul 28, 2022

    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 Hollidaysburg Inc. President Joshua Juda says that it is important to remember Murray because he was an important person in the community, including being a volunteer firefighter, the Hollidaysburg postmaster, local small business owner, and a high-ranking member of the military. Juda continued on to say...

  • Hollidaysburg Library Director Retires After 18 Years

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jul 28, 2022

    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 worked at Mt. Aloysius, one of the libraries at the main campus of Penn State, and the Centre County Library. Eldred also completed an internship at the Library of Congress. "I have always enjoyed books, so this seemed like a good fit for me," Eldred said. Eldred was the library director at Hollidaysburg...

  • African American Heritage Festival to Be Held in Altoona

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jul 14, 2022

    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. along with a special presentation from a Frederick Douglas reenactor at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The festival will be held at The Railroaders Memorial Museum. African American historian Harriett Gaston said that the festival was started to help promote something called The African American Heritage...

  • Enjoy Revolutionary War Days at Fort Roberdeau

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jul 14, 2022

    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 Fort Roberdeau Glenn Nelson said. "They have units that are fighting for independence and a couple of units that are loyal to the king and representing the king." They set up a field camp. They have a camp representing the continentals and a camp representing the loyalists. During the days, they do...

  • Alberta Hayes Museum Opens in Altoona

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jul 7, 2022

    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 life the storied Alberta Haynes Museum, an exclusive pop-up experience in her hometown of Altoona at the Amtran Metro Transit Garage on June 29. Amy Eicher, director of social strategy for CBS, said that they were there to celebrate "Ghosts." "It's the number-one new show of the past season," Eicher...

  • Local Business Receives Award At the Business HOF Luncheon

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Jun 23, 2022

    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 and Amanda, said that he manages the crops while Josh manages the dairy. He added that they have a milking herd of about 490 Holsteins and 370 replacement heffers and they crop about 630 acres. “We started as Mill Hill Farms in 2000, but I think that I am about eighth generation and Josh is the...

  • Cove Community Theater to Put on Annie Jr.

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Jun 9, 2022

    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 theater camp and will perform the play. “We have 43 children enrolled for the camp,” Laird said. “We have a lot of extras for the show.” There will be a Friday evening showing, mostly for the parents at a reduced rate. Saturday and Sunday, there will be a dinner show. Saturday’s dinner show will...

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

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Jun 9, 2022

    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 Lovers' Landing Beach Hotel, a popular wedding destination that has been recently inherited by Audrina Brown. She quickly discovers that her Uncle Bubba, who has worked for the hotel his entire life is running a variety of (illegal) "extra curricular enterprises" within the hotel. Arriving at the...

  • Blair County Historical Society Prepares for Summer Events

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|May 26, 2022

    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 celebration, the historical society will be holding the Sunday on the Lawn Series. Beginning on May 29 and every other Sunday, they will have events that will be on the back lawn of the mansion. "Guests can bring a blanket or a chair to sit in," said Executive Director of The Blair County Historical Society...

  • Pennsylvania Roundhouse Rally Returning for 2022

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|May 26, 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: May, June, July and September." She added that it will be very similar to what they did last year, except they will be doing only Fridays and Saturdays this year. "We will have vendors and bands," said Heath. "One month, the demo fleet will be here. There will be stunt shows. The Wall of Death will...

  • Central's Parker Gregg Receives Scholarship for College

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|May 12, 2022

    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 has lettered in football, track, basketball and baseball. Gregg is in the top 50 of his graduating class with a 95 grade-point average (GPA). "I am in both the regular National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society," Gregg said. He is also an innovator. With the sudden passing of his...

  • Downtown Bedford Offering Spring and Summer Events

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|May 5, 2022

    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 cart not an actual bed. It’s in the shape of a bed with wheels on it. “They can make it into their own thing,” said Downtown Bedford Main Street Manager Lindsay Salas. There are seven teams signed up and they are going to race on South Juliana Street toward the Coverlet Museum. The overall...

  • Hollidaysburg Heritage Guided Tours This Spring

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Apr 28, 2022

    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 presentation to enrich the overall tour experience. Tours are recommended for anyone interested in history, architecture, engineering marvels, or just an enjoyable, educational event. Three different tours will be offered this spring: Canal Basin, North Montgomery and Allegheny/Walnut. The Canal Basin tour...

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

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Apr 28, 2022

    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 Gregg. "This scholarship is going to be a huge benefit to my college tuition," Garver said. "It is a great prize to receive and a very prestigious award. The best of the best receive it." Garver said that her guidance counselor came to her one day and told her to fill out a paper. "I said there is no...

  • John Lingenfelter Inducted Into the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Apr 21, 2022

    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 do better the next time. If he lost, which wasn't very often, he wanted to know why. Lingenfelter was posthumously inducted in the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame on April 9. "My brother John was a very humble person, a man of few words," Charles Lingenfelter, John's younger brother, said. "He...

  • Claysburg Hee Haw Show to be Presented April 8, 9

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Mar 31, 2022

    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 7 p.m. Director Dan Crist said that the show is a take on the old Hee Haw show from television. "We adapt some of the skits like the Schoolhouse scene," said Crist. "On TV, they would use one little quick thing. We make a little scene out of it with the kids and Miss Pearl, always getting the brunt...

  • Northern Bedford to Perform 'The Wiz'

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Mar 10, 2022

    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 Wonderful Wizard of Oz. “ It is the exact same story,” said Keith. “However, it is told through music that is rock, gospel and pop styles.” Keith said that the theme of the show – returning home to a family and people who care about you – it is relevant coming out of COVID shutdowns and...

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

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Mar 3, 2022

    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 traditionally been given at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner, which is held in the fall.” She continued on to say that there are a lot of businesses that have been given the award. The annual dinner has grown, and the Chamber allocates about 16 awards every year. The Hall of Fame Award is one. “This is...

  • H-burg Natives Live Their Dream of Television Production

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Feb 24, 2022

    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 received a degree from Syracuse University in 2003. He was a film major with a minor in acting. Then, he moved to New York City. He started doing live shows as a production assistant. McLoota said that he would send out three or four resumes every day for months until he started to get replies. Most of...

  • OPS Theater Spring 2022 Events Approaching

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Feb 17, 2022

    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 before yourself.” The play features Molly Rush, a suburban housewife from Dormont near Pittsburgh in 1980. Molly was working with a group called The Plowshares Eight, a political and social activist group adamantly against the prospect of nuclear war. They took many actions to protest nuclear war....

  • Baker Mansion Sees Many Renovations to Walls, Floors

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Dec 30, 2021

    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, including sculpture, murals and abstract, is working on restoring the various rooms of the museum to their original glory. Allison has been an art advocate all of his adult life and has worked commercially in various art-related fields and has worked in the building trades. He said that because of his...

  • Historic Hollidaysburg Inc. Hosting 30th Candlelight Christmas Open House

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Dec 2, 2021

    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 formation of Blair County. The award-winning, completely restored 200-year-old Jacob Walters Log cabin will showcase the early years of Christmas from the early 1800s to 1880s. The cabin will feature what a Christmas and a holiday was like in 1846, the year that Blair County was founded. It is one of the...

  • Cove Community Theater Presents Christmas Classic

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Dec 2, 2021

    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. 11, at 11 a.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Show director and theater owner Mary Ellen Laird said that the show is a very well-known show, but this version has a little bit more of a Christian perspective. Laird said that it is great to be back inside the theater building. Because of COVID-19, las...

  • Author From Roaring Spring Releases Christmas Book

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Nov 24, 2021

    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 and was hiding a past from her. She finds herself pregnant, and the guy wants nothing to do with her. Winona knows that she has to branch out and start her own life and take responsibility. The book is about Winona finding the courage to move on and branch out. McKee said that she was inspired to...

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

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Nov 10, 2021

    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 musical by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie Jr. tells the story of a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents. Making his directorial debut with CACT, Edward Weiss believes that the show has an upbeat message. He said the positive message it tells makes it the...

  • Blair County Historical Society's Fall and Winter Events

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Oct 28, 2021

    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 toys. On Friday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 31, the Altoona Dance Theatre will be doing a murder mystery at the Baker Mansion. Kate Rimbeck, Operations Manager for the society, said, “The event consists of someone being murdered and then you have to go room to room and talk to each individual. By the...

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

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Oct 7, 2021

    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 the group's Atomic Radio, on the third and fourth weekends of October. Director Dawn Ziviello said, "We've got a great cast with a lot of people, a changing cast, probably fifteen different actors." She continued, "We have been hired by several business organizations to do original interactive...

  • Historic Hollidaysburg Inc. to Present Halloween Fundraiser Next Weekend

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Oct 7, 2021

    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 funds to continue renovation projects of the Hollidaysburg Museum House. The roof project is finished. Now repairs to the exterior wood trim, restoration of the original windows, and painting of the wood frames need done. “We decided on a more educational style Halloween event because we are a...

  • Claysburg Homecoming Happening This Weekend

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Sep 30, 2021

    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 players from Williamsburg, as Juniata Valley and Williamsburg are doing a co-op. On Saturday, there will be a parade featuring Claysburg-Kimmel’s band, cheerleaders and football team, as well as community organizations, Little Bulldogs and Little Cheerleaders. The parade will start at 2 p.m. and will...

  • Ye Old Time Fair to be Held at Baker Mansion

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Aug 26, 2021

    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 both crafts and food vendors. There will be a beer tent, plus music, games and a scavenger hunt. One of the highlights of the event, beginning at 2 p.m., will be a beard and mustache contest, which will be from Victorian Times. There will be ten different categories. Winners will receive prizes. There...

  • Picture Perfect Frame and Gallery Opening in Hollidaysburg

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jul 29, 2021

    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 Smith decided that he wanted to do something new. "He was thrilled when I said that I was interested in taking it over. So, I am doing that along with expanding to include an art gallery," she said. She added that she has been having an amazing time interviewing many very talented artists in the area...

  • Baker Mansion Events for August

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jul 29, 2021

    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.” Then, the 2019 version of “The Lion King” will be presented for another movie night on Aug. 23, also at 8:45 p.m. The mansion’s Sunday on the Lawn series will feature a variety of entertainment starting on Aug. 8 with the Huntingdon Dance Academy on the backyard stage. A week later on Aug. 15,...

  • Blair County Court to Celebrate 175th Anniversary on July 27

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jul 22, 2021

    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 and is open to the public. According to District Court Administrator Janice Meadows, there will be a celebration commemorating the date of the first court case in Blair County. Senior Judge Jolene Kopriva will be presiding over the event. She says that the ceremony will include admission of new...

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

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Jul 15, 2021

    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 Claysburg history group. The group annually selects up to five people for the induction. The 2020 event, which was postponed due to COVID-19, will be held Saturday, July 17, at 3 p.m. in the Claysburg-Kimmel High School's auditorium. Light refreshments will be served afterward. The seventh annual event,...

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

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jul 8, 2021

    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) House Museum Headquarters located at 516 Walnut St., Hollidaysburg, and the Jacob Walters Log Cabin Homestead, built in 1820, located at 819 3rd Ave., Duncansville. A wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Union Soldier Monument in front of the Blair County Courthouse Sunday afternoon. Also...

  • Blair County Historical Society to Hold Charity Auction

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jul 8, 2021

    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. The Blair County Historical Society is holding a craft show and charity auction to benefit the society. The free event will take place on the lawn of The Baker Mansion. The craft show is from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. with the auction beginning at 2 p.m. Events coordinator for the historical society Kate...

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

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jul 8, 2021

    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., is holding Colonel Murray Civil War Days. The cost is $10 for adults and free for children under fifteen. Events will take place in both Hollidaysburg and Duncansville. There will be reenactors, a presentation on Lincoln, information about medicine during the Civil War and Colonel Murray himself....

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

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|May 27, 2021

    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 in 2018. The first two years, it was held at the Railroaders Memorial Museum in downtown Altoona, and it was a three-day event in June with vendors and bands. Then, according to Marketing Director Debbra Heath, the organization decided at the end of 2019 that they wanted to do weekend events that wo...

  • Off Pitt Street Theatre Provides Plenty of Summer Entertainment

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|May 13, 2021

    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 special edition of Atomic Radio. Titled "Spaceballs," based on the late '80s movie by the same name, the show has been adapted for radio by OPS director Dawn Ziviello and will feature a very talented cast of voice actors. The times for the show will be 8 p.m. each night with the doors opening at 7:30...

  • 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...

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