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  • Claysburg Area Hall of Fame Inducts New Inductees

    ERIC SHIELDS, Herald Correspondent|Jul 11, 2024

    The Claysburg Area Hall of Fame inducted its latest class. The 2024 inductees included Dahl Bowser, Lynn and Janice Crist, Brent Miller, Dolan Mosser with Bill and Suie Burket – Bill's Place receiving the Pioneer Award. Each inductee received an individual award, citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania Senate and will have his/her name engraved on The Hall of Fame Monument located in the Claysburg Community Park. Dahl Bowser Dahl Bowser was introduced by h...

  • Bedford Sports HOF Holds Induction in June 2024

    ERIC SHIELDS, Herald Correspondent|Jul 11, 2024

    The Bedford Sports Hall of Fame held its 2024 induction ceremony on Saturday, June 29 with two sessions. The first session honored the individuals. The second session honored the teams that were inducted along with some special recognitions. Jeff Batzel, secretary of the Hall of Fame, says that the Hall represents the best in Bedford County sports history. "I think it is very important to honor people who have brought publicity to our county, to our communities and to our area via athletics -...

  • Bedford County Native Leah Shackley Olympic Trials Results

    ERIC SHIELDS, Herald Correspondent|Jul 3, 2024

    Bedford County native Leah Shackley came up short in the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials at Lucas Oil Stadium. Shackley said that she is completely proud of how she handled such a long meet. “With such a long meet, you have so many ups and downs. Your emotions are never the same — so, everyday is different, “ she said. Shackley began Saturday night June 15 by competing in the women’s 100-meter butterfly. She finished sixth in her semi-final heat in 58.44 out of the eight competitors and did not qua...

  • Watters' Photo Chosen As One Of The Top Ten

    ERIC SHIELDS, Herald Correspondent|Jul 3, 2024

    Everett photographer Della Watters competed in the World Photographic Cup. Her photo "Showered with Blessings" was taken at a summer wedding in Bedford at the Community Light Fellowship Church. Watters said the photo was a simple and pure wedding in the morning with a lunch reception. It was very similar to a church worship service with a sermon and hymns and was a reverent occasion. In the photo, she said the just-married couple was exiting the church to go to their vehicle and the entire crowd...

  • Leah Shackley Send Off Party

    ERIC SHIELDS, Herald Correspondent|Jun 20, 2024

    It’s not every day that a community gets to send off one of their own to compete in the Olympic Trials. That’s just what happened at the Blair Regional YMCA on Thursday June 13. Bedford County native Leah Shackley made the trip to Indianapolis to compete. However, before her journey began, she was given a send off party at the Y. “I could not have done any of this without you guys. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much, “ Shackley said to the crowd, which consisted of dozens of well-wi...

  • CACT's Production of Murder on the Orient Express

    Eric Shields, Herald Correspondent|Jun 20, 2024

    Claysburg Community Theatre will present Murder on the Orient Express on June 14 and 15 at the Claysburg Kimmel High School Auditorium. Director Maria Leppert says that the play is based off of the Agatha Christie book by the same name. It is about several passengers on the Orient Express and obviously a murder takes place. So, we see how the person is murdered. “If you have ever read any Agatha Christie books, you know that it’s a good story,” Leppert said. “We have some really great actors...

  • Baker Mansion Hosting From Civil War to Civil Rights Guided Tour

    ERIC SHIELDS, Herald Correspondent|Jun 20, 2024

    The Baker Mansion will be hosting the From Civil War to Civil Rights guided tour of the mansion on Friday June 21 at 7 p.m. This event will highlight the Baker Mansion’s new exhibits on African American Heritage and the Underground Railroad in Blair County and Blair County in the Civil War. The event will begin with a presentation by Dr. Jared Frederick on the events that preluded the Civil War, and from there guests will be guided through the exhibits by local historian Harriett Gaston and E...

  • Awards Gala Features Cove Winners

    Eric Shields, Herald Correspondent|Jun 13, 2024

    The Blair County Chamber of Commerce is presenting its first ever Awards Gala on June 20 at the Blair County Convention Center. For many years, the Chamber has had their annual meeting where they have given out different types of awards to individuals and businesses. They also had their Hall of Fame dinner, which also had a full slate of awards. Those two award events have been combined. Now all the awards will be presented at a red carpet event. Linda Stotler, Communications and Marketing Manager for the Blair County Chamber of Commerce said...

  • Central Wins at Isaac Awards

    ERIC SHIELDS, Herald Correspondent|Jun 6, 2024

    The 19th annual Isaac Awards was held Memorial Day weekend at the Mishler Theatre. The ceremonies were divided into two evenings with half of the schools being honored on Saturday evening and the other half on Sunday evening. Executive Director of Altoona Community Theatre Tara Enedy said that the Isaacs were created to recognize excellence in high school musical theatre. She said that for the last nineteen years, they have been supporting the local high schools through these programs both with...

  • Dedication of Claysburg Kimmel's Tennis Court

    ERIC SHIELDS, Herald Correspondent|Jun 6, 2024

    Claysburg Kimmel’s tennis court was recently dedicated and named for Don Witherspoon, who passed away in December 2020. Witherspoon’s widow Linda Witherspoon says that she is just overwhelmed. “I can’t believe all of the honors that Don is still getting — I can’t believe all of the honors are still coming in for him,” she said. Linda says that the principal of the school contacted her and he said that they redid the tennis court and they were going to name it after Don. “Don would be so pro...

  • State Treasurer's Visit to the Cove

    ERIC SHIELDS, Herald Correspondent|May 30, 2024

    Pennsylvania State Treasurer Stacy Garrity, Retired Secretary of Agriculture Sam Hayes and Executive Vice President of Penn Ag Industries Association Christian Herr visited Renaissance Nutrition in Roaring Spring. “When I travel around the state because we have 67 counties, of which 48 are rural —I always like to say that we have more cows than people in Bradford County,” Garrity said, who is a Bradford County native. Because of this, it has allowed her to understand how important agriculture is...

  • Blair County: A People's History Premieres at Mishler Theater

    ERIC SHIELDS, Herald Correspondent|May 30, 2024

    On April 18, the Blair County Arts Foundation hosted the Blair County Historical Society for the grand premiere of Blair County: A People’s History. This film traces the cultural influences of the county through interviews, reenactments, photos and archival footage to tell stories of the past. Executive Producer Julia Plummer Schokker said that her job was to find the money and to find the director. “I had very few requirements for the director — one he had to be local and would be a great...

  • Claysburg Hall of Fame to Honor Those Who Stayed in Town and Those Who Returned

    ERIC SHIELDS, For the Herald|Apr 4, 2024

    The Claysburg Hall of Fame has announced the induction of its 10th class on Saturday, April 13, at the Claysburg-Kimmel High School Auditorium. The ceremony begins at 3 p.m. with a reception following. The public is invited to attend. The dress is business casual. This year’s inductees are Dahl Bowser, Lynn and Janice Crist, Brent Miller and Dolan Mosser. Bill and Suie Burket will be receiving the Pioneer Award. Dahl Bowser Retired Master Sergeant Dahl E. Bowser enlisted in the U.S. Army a...

  • C-K Resumes Productions with 'Camp Rock'

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Mar 21, 2024

    Claysburg-Kimmel will present the musical “Camp Rock” at the high school auditorium on Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, at 2:30 p.m. The show is based on the Disney movies Camp Rock 1 and Camp Rock 2. It is about a group of kids at a music camp for the summer. There is a rival music camp across the lake that they do battle with. Theatre advisor and show Director Maria Leppert said that this is the first show that the school has done since 2011. She said that the district wan...

  • Claysburg Rotary Presents 'Hee Haw' March 15 and 16

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Mar 14, 2024

    The Claysburg Rotary is presenting its 21st “Hee Haw” show at the Claysburg Kimmel High School auditorium at 7 p.m. March 15 and 16. The comedy variety show offers jokes and skits and singing and dancing. Performing on Friday evening are Will’s Mt. Cloggers, Mt. City Grass, Becky’s School of Dance, Marshal Neff, Lauren Albright Hall, Cindy John and Ridge Hershberger. On Saturday night, there will be the Horseshoe Cloggers, Country Traditions, Shining Stars Twirl and Dance, Marty Walters...

  • Central Continues to Ramp Up Theater Productions

    ERIC SHIELDS, Columnist|Feb 29, 2024

    After a hiatus, Central High School is putting on a production of “Bye Bye Birdie,” a musical comedy set in the 1950s, according to show Director Rachel Wagner, who is also a first-grade teacher in the school district. Tickets can be purchased online at centralhigh.booktix.com or at the door. The play will be presented at Central High School Thursday. Feb. 29, through Saturday, March 2, in the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. Wagner said that the school chose the show because of the music and th...

  • Off Pitt Street Theatre Winter and Spring Events

    ERIC SHIELDS, For the Herald|Feb 1, 2024

    The Off Pitt Street Theatre (OPS), located in downtown Bedford, has announced its winter and spring events. On Feb. 5, the group will offer its monthly writing club, “Monday Muse” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Feb. 17, OPS will host the “Bad Romance”show with five headlining performers, and in line with the group’s theme for February. At the end of February, OPS will hold auditions for the eighth annual Winners Showcase. The top two winners of the annual script-writing competition will be produced. Auditions will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on...

  • Brian Gates Found Success by Putting 'Passion Before Profit'

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jan 18, 2024

    Hollidaysburg businessman Brian Gates grew up in a small area “up the mountain,” as the local saying goes. His father was a hard-working entrepreneur who worked all kinds of odd jobs. Gates, who is an International Protection Specialist, said, “That gave me a lot of drive, watching him work. Things like that. He also taught me how to dream. You really want to be able to do something instead of saying that ‘I wish I could do that’, say ‘How can I do that?’ or ‘How can I achieve that goal?’ Mos...

  • Chimney Rocks Star Continues to Shine

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Dec 28, 2023

    Have you ever wondered how the star came to be up on top of Chimney Rocks? Shining brightly every Christmas season, the star that overlooks the borough of Hollidaysburg has an interesting story. Between 1960 and 1964, the Hollidaysburg Jaycees was formed and local businessman Richard Meadows was elected to be the first president. One of the first projects that they discussed doing was something for the community that everyone could appreciate. One of the topics that came up was putting a star...

  • Hollidaysburg Library's Talking History: Dr George Walker

    ERIC SHIELDS|Dec 28, 2023

    Hollidaysburg native Dr. George Walker was a local dentist and founder of the Blair County Chapter of the NAACP. Chairperson of the African American Heritage Project of Blair County Harriett Gaston spoke at the Hollidaysburg Library’s Talking History Lecture Series in early December about Dr. Walker. Walker was a native son of Hollidaysburg and was very much involved in the Civil Rights in the Commonwealth of PA. “We need to realize that he was very much into the Civil Rights,” Gaston said. At the end, though, his rights were violated becau...

  • John Eicher Presents The Industrial Revolution

    ERIC SHIELDS|Dec 28, 2023

    John Eicher presented The 19th Century Industrial Revolutions during part four of his eight part series “Modern Western Civilization (1500-present) From Dawn to Decadence to Disillusionment” at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library earlier this month. It is the processes that created the entire built environment that we live in and the technologies that were produced during that time. Eicher wanted the audience to understand that the 1800s was the era that saw the idea of the development of progression, the idea or often assumption that the...

  • Claysburg Community Theatre Presents 'The Sound of Music'

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Nov 30, 2023

    Claysburg Area Community Theatre presented "The Sound of Music" on Nov. 17 and 18 at Claysburg-Kimmel High School. This classic story follows Maria, who leaves the abbey where she's studying to be a nun to become the governess for Captain Georg von Trapp's seven children. The story that follows is one of love, growth, family, struggles and very real fears in the pre-WWII era. Director Dan Crist said that he hoped to show the playoff between the Austrians and the Germans, as the audience is...

  • Eicher Presents on Nationalism

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Nov 30, 2023

    Dr. John Eicher presented part three of his eight-part lecture series Modern Western Civilization (1500 to present) From Dawn to Decadence to Disillusionment in early November. This portion of the lecture series was titled "Nationalism, an Invented Tradition." Eicher talked about Nationalism and how it is a relatively recent concept in western history, only maybe about 200 years old. It was actually invented by people. There are a few specific things that feed into the growth of Nationalism....

  • Arts Council Teaches Stained Glass Painting

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Nov 30, 2023

    The Hollidaysburg Arts Council presented A Stained Glass Christmas Workshop in early November. Board member and instructor Theresa McKeegan said that the class teaches stained glass art, a paint medium that looks like leaded glass once dry. "We are doing ornaments using Christmas themed ideas or they can use some geometric ideas," McKeegan said. This is the second stained glass workshop and the first ornament class. Board member Jill Bulman said that the council does adult workshops, children's...

  • Eldred Presents on Charles Dickens' Visit To Hollidaysburg

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Nov 30, 2023

    Charles Dickens, his wife and George Putnam, the traveling secretary, passed through Hollidaysburg during the canal era. Dickens set out on his first two tours of America in an attempt to change international copyright law, as his books were very popular in the United States, but he wasn’t making any money from them. Author Keith Eldred presented the story of Dickens’ journey through Hollidaysburg at The Hollidaysburg Area Public Library’s history hour earlier this month. Eldred said looking at how difficult it was travel back then, we shoul...

  • Claysburg Native Inducted Into Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Nov 22, 2023

    Claysburg native Dick Lingenfelter, along with 42 other Blair County natives who played semi-pro baseball were inducted into the National Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this month at the Blair County Convention Center. Lingenfelter began his baseball career, playing in The Blair County Twilight League in 1953. When the Twilight League disbanded, local Claysburg teams joined The Greater City League. He started out as a catcher, but quickly moved into the pitching position. During his...

  • Fall, Winter Events to be Hosted by Historical Society

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Nov 9, 2023

    Kate Rimbeck from the Historical Society announced the fall and winter events taking place at the Baker Mansion. On Nov. 15, the society will have the final installment for the year of its lecture series featuring “Altoona in Photos 1968-1971 Part II: AHS Railroad Areas Before Urban Development” by Dr. Michael Farrow. This event will be held at the Hawthorne Building, Penn State Altoona Campus at 7 p.m. A tree lighting ceremony will take place on Nov. 17. This will be the lighting of the outside tree, according to Rimbeck. “Our Christmas tours...

  • Smail Presents Iron Furnaces to Genealogical Society

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Nov 9, 2023

    Author Byron Smail addressed the monthly meeting of the Blair County Genealogical Society to speak on about his book "Iron Furnaces of the Cove." Smail said that he wanted to get the history out there for the people of the Cove and their ancestors who worked those furnaces and mining. "There wasn't a whole lot of information on them," Smail said. "Curiosity made me want to look into it." Smail did this and tried to piece together how those in the furnaces and mining worked, how they were run...

  • ACE Award Posthumously Honors Hoover

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Nov 9, 2023

    The Blair County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Farm-City dinner at the Freedom Township Fire Hall in East Freedom on Nov. 1. Chairman of the Farm-City Committee Joe Diamond started off by saying, "We are paying tribute to a special family member of the Farm-City Committee family who, along with her family, helped showcase the agriculture industry here in Blair County." He was referring to the late Stacy Hoover, recipient of the 2023 ACE Award. "I knew Stacy for 27 years. She knew that she...

  • 'United We Can' Luncheon Featured a Hero

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Nov 2, 2023

    Attendees of the last United We Stand luncheon of the fall had a chance to listen to a real hero. Retired PA State Trooper Tim Strohmeyer is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Gulf War during Operation Desert Storm and is a State Police Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient. He is also the 2013 International Police Officer of the Year recipient, awarded by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. On Dec. 21, 2012, a man named Jeffrey Michael decided that he was going to...

  • Hoover Presented with Lifetime Achievement Award

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Nov 2, 2023

    The Blair County Chamber of Commerce held its 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award for Business Excellence on Monday, Oct. 23. This year's award was presented to Dan Hoover from Roaring Spring Blank Book and Spring Cove Container. The dinner was created 22 years ago. "This is essentially an event where we present the Lifetime Achievement Award for Business Excellence for the year to somebody in the business community, who has done very significant positive things for our business community over a...

  • Miss Pennsylvania Speaks at 'United We Can Lecture' Series

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    Miss Pennsylvania 2022 Alyssa Bainbridge recently spoke at the United We Can luncheon to help raise awareness about mental health and substance abuse disorders. Her message is success doesn’t just happen. According to Bainbridge, people assume things come easy to others. “The reality is that I had to try four times,” Bainbridge said. “It took several years before I could achieve that dream (of becoming Miss Pennsylvania). With failures and setbacks along the way, I didn’t give up. I didn’t give up fighting. I used those times where I didn’t be...

  • 'What Goes Up Must Come Down': Lecture Series Continues

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    The second in an eight-part lecture series was presented at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library earlier this month. Professor John Eicher continued his series on Modern Western Civilization (1500 to present) From Dawn to Decadence to Disillusionment. His presentation "What Goes Up Must Come Down" featured the period from 1750 to 1830, which includes the Enlightenment, Napoleon and the Romantic Movement. Building on the lecture series themes of abstraction, bureaucracy and control, which...

  • Farm-City Dinner to Honor Agriculture Community

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    The Blair County Chamber of Commerce and the Farm-City Committee will hold its annual Farm-City dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Freedom Township Fire Hall in East Freedom at 6 p.m. The evening starts off with a milk punch reception with the dairy princess. The family-style dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. Event Coordinator Jennifer Fleck said that every year at the dinner, the Farm-City Committee honors somebody with the Blair County Agriculture Community Excellence (ACE) Award. This year, they are posthumously honoring Stacy Hoover. The awar...

  • Bedford Chamber Recognizes Local Businesses

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Oct 12, 2023

    The Bedford County Chamber Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration took place recently at the Bedford County Airport. Chamber Director Kellie Goodman Shaffer said that the Chamber Awards Celebration is the Chamber's signature celebration of business of the Bedford County region. It is one of the two major award ceremonies; the other - the Hall of Fame - is held in spring for businesses that have been in business for 25 years or more. There are 16 fall awards. They are given for a variety of areas...

  • Canoe Creek Ranger: Park is for Everyone

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Sep 28, 2023

    Resource Ranger at Canoe Creek State Park James Effinger spoke recently during the history hour at The Hollidaysburg Area Library. Effinger focused on the park's ability to supply different enjoyment for different people. Different groups are coming that didn't come before. After a spike during COVID, the park saw less people, but they are now seeing more people than ever using the park for different things. For example, disc golf is extremely popular. There isn't a day at the park, where...

  • Former Steeler Speaks at 'United We Can' Opener

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Sep 28, 2023

    Former Pittsburgh Steeler Rocky Bleier spoke at the season opener of the United We Can Luncheon on Sept. 21 at The Casino at Lakemont. Bleier's message to the almost-capacity crowd was no matter what obstacles that you may face in your life, don't give up. Instead, find a solution and overcome. Bleier emphasized that it is easy to quit at times, but you never know when that turnaround point is going to be. Bleier said that he thinks that the biggest takeaway received should be to not giving up....

  • Altoona Basketball Court Honors Cove Native

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Sep 21, 2023

    Re-dedication of the Donald E. Witherspoon Memorial Basketball Court in Altoona took place on August 24. Witherspoon, a lifetime member of Blair County NAACP and longtime president, was born in Roaring Spring and graduated from Claysburg-Kimmel High School. He passed away on Dec. 26, 2020. The court was originally revitalized in 2011 under Witherspoon's leadership. Last year, the first dedication was held, and the court was renamed in his honor. This year, the re-dedication brings with it a new...

  • Blair County Sports Hall of Fame Announces Inductees

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Sep 21, 2023

    When the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame holds its 20th induction ceremony on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at The Blair County Convention Center, there will be five individual inductees and one team inductee. Artie Fink Jr. Artie Fink Jr. will be the first golfer and bowler inducted into the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame. "It kind of came as a shock. I am one of only three people in Blair County who has played in a USGA Event for Golf," he said. Fink won close to 100 tournaments, both...

  • Recovered Stolen Weapons On Display at Baker Mansion

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Sep 7, 2023

    It was a cold day in 1973 when Blair County residents opened their newspapers and discovered there was a story featuring the Baker Mansion and The Blair County Historical Society. Chairman of the Board for The Blair County Historical Society Jim Lowe said that normally, that would be a good day. However, that day, it wasn’t good news. The discovery was made that somebody had broken into the mansion the previous evening. Their mission was clear: they removed a number of valuable antique r...

  • Dr. Eicher Holding 'Entertaining and Unexpected' Lecture Series on Modern Western Civilization

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Aug 31, 2023

    Dr. John Eicher, associate professor of history at Penn State Altoona and current US National Endowment for Humanities Fellow, will present an eight-part lecture series titled "Modern Western Civilization (1500-present) From Dawn to Decadence to Disillusionment" beginning Sept. 13 at the Hollidaysburg Public Library. This is a lecture series that covers all of what historians refer to as the Modern Era - the Reformation and the Renaissance in the 1500s up until the present. The series is meant...

  • Plummer Schokker Presents on Local Heroes

    ERIC SHIELDS, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Aug 24, 2023

    Local historian Julia Plummer Schokker (shown right) presented an homage to the WWII veterans, the local heroes, both alive and those killed in action during the war. The presentation, which took place on Aug. 16, had a special focus on the memorials to WWII. This was the first part in a series of lectures covering multiple wars and multiple memorials. Plummer Schokker said there are so many memorials around town, and all you see on a memorial is a name, sometimes the unit and maybe the date tha...

  • African American Heritage Festival Held in Altoona

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Aug 3, 2023

    This year's African American Heritage Festival was held on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30. This is the second year of the event after Paige Lightner reintroduced the festival last year. Lightner said that organizers put together a lot of educational entertainment as well as an African American Drum Ensemble, soul and funk bands, a children's corner and food trucks. Lightner explains the origins of the festival. "About 20-plus years ago, my father, godfather, Harriett Gaston and Rev. Paul...

  • Blair Co. Historical Society July Speaker Series Features Talk On Underground Railroad in Area

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Jul 27, 2023

    Community Historian Harriett Gaston spoke to a capacity crowd at the Railroaders Museum for the Blair County Historical Society's Speaker Series. She said that she was hoping to find, share and document the history of African Americans in this community of Blair County and beyond. "I want to show what I have found makes the evidence (of the Underground Railroad) that has been put out there before me." Gaston hopes that people will know that the underground railroad did exist in this county and...

  • Genealogical Society Hears from Genealogist on Her Ancestors from Ireland

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Jul 27, 2023

    Professional Genealogist Mary Kircher Roddy from the National Genealogical Society made a stop at July's meeting of the local branch. She talked about her research on the Bradley family, her ancestors. Rev James Bradley was pastor at St. Patrick's in Newry for 51 years, from 1832 to when he passed away in 1883. "I used him to figure out all about the siblings and where they came from in Ireland. I was really just interested in my great-great grandfather's brother. At first, I didn't know there...

  • RS Native Makes Sculpture Honoring Brian Morden Foundation, Families Dealing With Childhood Cancer

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Jul 20, 2023

    After the late Dawn Morden lost her son Brian to cancer, she established the Brian Morden Foundation in 2003. With this, she began Altoona Gold Ribbon Game at Mansion Park. At this game, everybody wears ribbons and raises money for families affected by childhood cancer. David Beach, a Roaring Spring native and owner of Fox Chapel Iron Works, was approached shortly after Dawn passed last June. "I actually never got to meet her," Beach said. "The board of the Brian Morden Foundation came to me...

  • County Mourns Loss Of Billy Sweet

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Jul 13, 2023

    Billy Sweet passed away at the end of June, and leaves behind a lifetime of service to Blair County. Sweet was an active fireman for over 45 years at Claysburg and vice president of the Blair County Chapter of the NAACP for many years. "He wore a lot of hats. He was a firefighter, VP for awhile, Fire Police Captain for while..." Travis Finnegan from the Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company said. "The NAACP's successes in Blair County would not have been possible without the added contributions of...

  • County Mourns Loss Of Billy Sweet

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Jul 13, 2023

    Billy Sweet passed away at the end of June, and leaves behind a lifetime of service to Blair County. Sweet was an active fireman for over 45 years at Claysburg and vice president of the Blair County Chapter of the NAACP for many years. “He wore a lot of hats. He was a firefighter, VP for awhile, Fire Police Captain for while…” Travis Finnegan from the Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company said. “The NAACP’s successes in Blair County would not have been possible without the added contributions of Bill Sweet,” NAACP Andrae Holsey said. Sweet’s son...

  • Central High School's Marah Goff Wins an Issac Award for 'Footloose' Performance

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Jul 6, 2023

    The Isaac Awards recognized Central High School at the annual awards ceremony that was held in May. Central's drama program was nominated for best dance for its title number "Footloose." Izzy Boyer, who played Rev. Shaw Moore, was nominated in the category of best featured actor. He was one of the leads of the show. He is a freshman. Freshman Marah Goff was nominated for and won best supporting actor in a female role for her role as Rusty. Rachel Wagner, director of Central's production of...

  • Blair County Genealogical Society Hosts Discussion on Highland Hall

    ERIC SHIELDS, Correspondent|Jun 29, 2023

    Blair County Genealogical Society hosted a talk about Highland Hall at the May meeting. The hall is a good example of a public building created by a group of citizens who wanted to have a an educational institution. It has lasted for more than 160 years and it is still in use. Genealogical Society member and presenter Margaret Skriesath said that she hoped that the crowd understood the different uses of the building and how it continues to be an important place in Hollidaysburg. It all started...

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