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  • Atlas Furniture Imports Delivers the World

    JILL BRUBAKER REIGH, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jan 27, 2022

    Atlas Furniture Imports opened in the former Calvin House location on Plank Road in Duncansville last August. Owner Jason Bradley said that after purchasing the building, he spent about six months in construction and remodeling to convert the space from a banquet hall. Some original elements, including the columns and chandeliers, still grace the space, lending a fitting element of transformation into a furniture gallery. Within these walls, shoppers can explore high-end furniture from across...

  • Hollidaysburg Trying to 'Make Strides' Against Cancer

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Oct 8, 2020

    "Walk where you are" was the theme of the 2020 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Central PA walk. It is still 2020 and the only thing that is the same as before COVID-19 is the number of patients diagnosed with breast cancer every day. This year, 276,480 women are expected to hear the words, "You have breast cancer." Yet, breast cancer occurs in men too. Ask Jim Daversa of Altoona. After bumping into a post at home last year, the pain made his wife suspicious, though to him it was just a...

  • Teachers Use Parade Route to See Students

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Mar 26, 2020

    Teachers are by nature social creatures who are also driven to instill knowledge on our youth. Why else would one choose a profession that requires daily face-to-face interaction with children? Is it any wonder then that the new norm of social distancing is making teachers stir-crazy? While some teachers in the area choose daily walks to see their "kids," others decided on a parade. Yes, a parade. After six school days since students were in the classroom, and no end in sight, a group of...

  • New Option in Used Car Sales Shopping

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysbu|Jan 30, 2020

    By JILL BRUBAKER REIGH Hollidaysburg Correspondent Hollidaysburg native Max Rothrauff began his professional career in banking, yet his strong family-fueled entrepreneurial spark led him through the challenges of starting his own business this past year. Today, at the age of 25, Max is a business owner, one of a growing number of his generation that have chosen to stay in their hometown rather than relocate in search of a successful career. While others search for a particular entrepreneurial...

  • H-burg District Receives Workplace Grant

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jan 16, 2020

    By JILL BRUBAKER REIGH Hollidaysburg Correspondent Educators in the Hollidaysburg School District will be pairing with local business leaders thanks to the “Teacher in the Workplace” grant from the Department of Education to improve classroom instruction by connecting educators with local employers, according to Senator Judy Ward (R-30) and Representative Jim Gregory (R-80). Meant to bridge the gap between the classroom and industry, this program will enable educators to visit local employers to learn skills and industry trends that will...

  • Children Enjoy Pumpkin' Picking Perfection at Kladder Station

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Oct 31, 2019

    "Coming into Kladder Station," the conductor announced as the powerful steam engine rounded the bend. Up ahead, the green grass accentuated the gleaming orange pumpkins. "Time to pick your pumpkins!" Engine No. 11, a nearly century-old 55.5-ton steam locomotive, pulled into Kladder Station with a complement of five passenger cars, tender and crew. Passengers on the first trip of this final 2019 Pumpkin Run totaled 200, all eager to jump down from their car into the grass where their prize...

  • Making Strides 'Younited' at PNG Field

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Oct 24, 2019

    What unites us ignites us! On Sunday, Oct. 13, pink was the color and "Younited so that no one walks alone" was the theme as survivors, caregivers, men and women from all walks of life joined together to celebrate their passion for saving lives from breast cancer. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Blair County drew a large and enthusiastic crowd to raise money for research and awareness about breast cancer and the positive impact made for those...

  • Annual Hollidaysburg Pumpkinfest Celebrates Autumn

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Oct 17, 2019

    Saturday brought a chilly damp start to the 14th annual Hollidaysburg Borough Pumpkinfest. But that didn't deter folks from coming out to celebrate autumn and harvest time. Vendors, mostly non-profits, stretched along Allegheny Street for nearly four blocks from Front Street to just shy of the post office. Worthy returning organizations included Home Nursing's Healing Patch "Patched Together" program, promoting "A day of music" at the Bavarian Hall in Altoona on Nov. 16 (patchedtogether.com), al...

  • Look for Me on the New Hollidaysburg Herald Website

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Oct 10, 2019

    For the past three and a half years, my byline has made a weekly appearance in the Morrisons Cove Herald. Some of you have been kind enough to tell me you enjoy reading my articles. Thank you for that. But things change and the century-old Herald is changing, too. So, if you don't see me in the printed Herald, it may be because our fearless leaders – Allan and Brian – have posted my happenings from Hollidaysburg and Duncansville in the Hollidaysburg Herald! Yes, in addition to the...

  • What an Interesting Bunch at the Farmers' Market in H-burg

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Oct 10, 2019

    To the untrained eye, the Hollidaysburg Farmers' Market isn't the biggest you could imagine, but talk to some of the vendors. They have interesting stories to tell that will make you glad you visited. Eric Noel, co-owner of Maya Mountain Coffee and Spice Co., is an entrepreneur selling jungle-sourced spices, organic oils and coffee for six months each year. The other six months, he and wife and business partner, Cindy, perform non-profit mission work in Belize. After visiting there in 2017, and...

  • Record Crowd Wraps Up Concert Series

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Correspondent|Sep 26, 2019

    Just walking down Allegheny Street toward the Diamond, it was easy to surmise that this was an exceptionally large crowd. Downtown Hollidaysburg Community Partnership officials confirmed the numbers. The final 2019 Downtown Live Hollidaysburg Community Partnership concert on a spectacular Thursday evening, Sept. 19, brought record crowds. With three fun options – the music of Felix and the Hurricanes, along with food truck alley and night-time farmers market – there was something for...

  • Campaign Underway at H-burg Library

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Sep 19, 2019

    Imagine reading in the Herald that a public building project came in under budget and mortgage-free. Five years ago, the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library did just that. In 2014, the new Hollidaysburg Area Public Library (HAPL) opened its doors across from the high school. Under the leadership of Library Director Janet Eldred, the capital campaign produced a new $2.8 million public library that was under budget and did not need a mortgage at completion. Joe Keller of Keller Engineers and HAPL...

  • The Most Powerful Card in Your Wallet is Your Library Card

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Correspondent|Sep 12, 2019

    Ray Bradbury said, "Without library cards, what do we have? We have no past and no future." September is Library Card Sign Up Month. At the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library (HAPL), you will receive a coupon for a free book from the Best of Friends Bookstore and a HAPL button when you sign up for a library card in September. The library offers convenient hours and friendly people to help you find just about anything you want to know. Thanks to technology, the interlibrary loan system allows...

  • Russian Artist Featured at H-burg Gallery

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Aug 15, 2019

    Art lovers need not to travel to Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., or New York City to see fine art. Take a leisurely stroll along Allegheny Street from the Diamond in Hollidaysburg, where you can experience a variety of the arts. Just up from the Diamond, heading toward the courthouse, a unique "Open" sign will catch your eye. The sign, artwork in its own right, announces that 321 Gallery is open. The sign was created by Russian artist Evgeny "Zheka" Krayushkin. Zheka now resides in central...

  • Blair County's Annual Night Out Against Crime Continues to Grow

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Aug 15, 2019

    Observed annually across the nation on the first Tuesday in August, National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. In Duncansville, families from across Blair County enjoy a summer evening outside at the Antique Depot each August for Blair County Night Out Against Crime. The evening of Aug. 6 began with a traditional emergency responders parade along Third Avenue. Blair County Sheriff James Ott led the parade to...

  • Hollidaysburg Presbyterian Church Installs Pastor

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Aug 15, 2019

    Though this story has many more chapters yet to be written, consider this the final installment leading up to the Installation of the 18th senior pastor in 231 years at First Presbyterian Church of Hollidaysburg. Over the past three years and two months, you have read about challenges this historic church has faced courageously. On Sunday, Aug. 11 11th at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, the Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith was installed as the 18th pastor of First Presbyterian Church by members of the Hun...

  • Farmers Market, Concert Today In Hollidaysburg

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Aug 15, 2019

    Each Tuesday, Downtown Hollidaysburg features a farmers market from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Though the market is an attractive event, many working people just cannot get there. Katrina Pope, Hollidaysburg Borough director of community relations and events, heard about the conflict and has a solution. Today, Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Downtown Live concert, Hollidaysburg's first-ever nighttime farmers market will be set up across from the concert stage. Stephanie and the Wild Hearts will play from 6...

  • Fitness Studio Opens in H-burg

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Aug 15, 2019

    Proper equipment is fundamental in a fitness studio. For people in search of a good workout, so is variety and new challenge. Shape of You Fitness Studio held its grand opening at 311 Allegheny St. in early August with the promise of delivering on all those fundamentals. Owner Delsie Detwiler must have found the right combination. This is her second grand opening this year. She opened her first Shape of You studio in February on Montgomery Street, and has already had to relocate for expansion. W...

  • NatureWorks A Walk in the Park in Hollidaysburg

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Aug 1, 2019

    Nature is the first name of this amazing new Hollidaysburg park owned by the Blair County Conservation District (BCCD). Located beside the big red barn on Bedford Street just below Route 36, NatureWorks Park is home to a myriad of wildlife species and agricultural features. Beth Futrick, BCCD PA Agricultural Ombudsman program manager, invited the Herald on a tour of the approximately 13.5-acre NatureWorks Park to see Phase I of the project. This Environmental Education Park plan includes a...

  • Takin' It to the Streets in Hollidaysburg

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jul 25, 2019

    Downtown Hollidaysburg came alive after hours last Thursday, July 18, to the sounds of classic rock as the Downtown Live Concert Series continued on the Diamond. Folks lined Allegheny and North Montgomery streets to dance and sing along with "Hot Wax Classic Rock," a central Pennsylvania-based rock band. With temperatures soaring into the 90s, guitarist Mike Zerbee went wireless so he could take his guitar and vocals to the street and into some shade. He thanked "Whoever built that building,"...

  • Duncansville Celebrates Annual Community Days

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jul 25, 2019

    Duncansville Mayor Lloyd Forshey and an ambitious volunteer group work diligently for nearly a year to bring three days of celebration to Duncansville. This year, Duncansville residents and surrounding communities came to enjoy traditional Community Day activities in a newly renovated Memorial Park. Revitalized with new paved, handicapped accessible walking paths, bridges, rain gardens to help with past flooding issues, upgraded baseball fields and more, the park welcomed visitors from...

  • Where There Is Great Love, There Are Always Miracles

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jul 18, 2019

    The signs lining the parking lot at First United Methodist Church of Hollidaysburg for the Zack Hinish Foundation annual Yard Sale on Saturday, July 13, said it all. "No Prices. Donations Accepted." Though different than most yard sales, the Hinish family, including Granddad Joe, parents Tami and Jeff and daughter Sydney, operate on faith that love always brings miracles. Their annual sale is testament to that faith, in meeting their goal to raise money for foundation projects. "We start with...

  • Old Mortar, New Brew in H-burg

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jul 11, 2019

    Irony is always fascinating. If you know much at all about Allegheny Street in the Borough of Hollidaysburg, you know that the buildings are architecturally fascinating, built close together, of various styles, and beholden to one common element. They're all old. So imagine that you and your business partners have decided to take your entrepreneurial fascination with beer-making to the commercial level. Having experienced success with your first location in downtown Altoona, the Railroad City Br...

  • Blair Remembers Fallen Officers

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jun 27, 2019

    "Always hug your family before you leave for your shift." That was advice given by Tim Rutledge, guest speaker at the 28th annual Blair County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service in front of the county courthouse, to law enforcement officers in attendance. Officer Rutledge, who served 30 years in law enforcement, including with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and founder of Law Enforcement Alliance for Peer Support (LEAPS), recognized all law enforcement spouses in attendance,...

  • Treasures Abound in Hollidaysburg for Area Art Lovers

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jun 27, 2019

    The second annual Hollidaysburg Art Walk, sponsored by the Hollidaysburg Area Arts Council (HAAC), featured eight treasures within a short walking distance of the historic Diamond district. The Art Walk included 321 Art Gallery, the Mimosa Courtyard Inn B&B, Maker Studio, Railroad City Brewing Co., Brenner Insurance, Community Mural, Pat and Pam Baechle's Gardens and the Blair County Courthouse. At 321 Art Gallery, featured artist Evgeny "Zheka" Krayushkin described his carvings, paintings and s...

  • Classic Cars Line the Streets of Hollidaysburg During Cruise-In

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jun 6, 2019

    After a wet week, the only slick thing on this Friday evening, May 31, were the buffed chrome fenders and wheels on the classic cars lining the streets of Downtown Hollidaysburg. Gleaming metal shone in the sunshine as Friday evening brought droves of folks to the Diamond. The event was the popular Downtown Hollidaysburg Allegheny Street Cruise-In hosted by the Borough of Hollidaysburg. The event originally started with the borough's 175th anniversary, returning for its ninth year. Stuckey...

  • Traditions Prevail at H-burg Prom

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|May 30, 2019

    Tradition accompanied by perfect weather prevailed for the Hollidaysburg Area High School (HAHS) Prom on Friday, May 24. School dismissed early for the entire district while senior high students and their guests spent the day preparing for this annual rite of passage that many have been planning since January. As is tradition at HAHS, the prom-goers take pictures with family and friends at home before venturing off to other photogenic spots. In the past, Legion Park was the place. Now, other...

  • Funds for Job Sustainability and Growth Announced

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|May 23, 2019

    Blair County's railroad revival picked up more than $2 million of steam recently with the announcement of rail infrastructure funding that has been earmarked for two Hollidaysburg projects by the governor's office. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced the transportation system initiatives in late April. In all, Gov. Tom Wolf announced the approval of 27 rail freight improvement projects, totaling nearly $3.5 million that, according to a press release, will help create and...

  • Springfest Features Area Singer

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|May 23, 2019

    If you've wondered when it was finally going to stop raining and feel like spring, the answer is Saturday, May 18. Despite forecasts for rain, morning sprinkles gave way to a surprisingly hot and sunny afternoon. It was the perfect day for the Historic Hollidaysburg Springfest. Presented by the Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership (HACP), a membership-driven organization that plan and promote downtown events, support streetscape improvements and other community efforts, Springfest was...

  • Katrina Pope Resigns from IRC to Join Hollidaysburg Borough

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|May 2, 2019

    Katrina Pope announced to her current Intermunicipal Relations Committee employers on Tuesday, April 23, that she would be leaving her position as education and enforcement coordinator, effective May 18. This news came just weeks after the same group received John Frederick's resignation as executive director. While Blair County's recycling organization, the IRC, was grappling with a change in leadership, coincidentally the Borough of Hollidaysburg simultaneously decided to replace its Main Stre...

  • Hollidaysburg Planetarium Recreates Sky from 4,000 Years Ago

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Apr 25, 2019

    The new Hollidaysburg Area High School (HAHS) Planetarium became a time machine on Thursday, April 18, catapulting a captivated audience 4,000 years back in time. Guided by Fred Marshak, planetarium volunteer assistant, astronomy and astrology fans watched as the April sky shifted to what earthlings would have seen in 1983 B.C. Marshak, a retired HAHS Astronomy teacher, in this first live show in the new planetarium, demonstrated how different the placement was of well-recognized constellations...

  • Pope Resigns from IRC to Join Hollidaysburg Borough

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Apr 25, 2019

    Katrina Pope announced to her current Intermunicipal Relations Committee employers on Tuesday, April 23, that she would be leaving her position as education and enforcement coordinator, effective May 18. This news came just weeks after the same group received John Frederick's resignation as executive director. While Blair County's recycling organization, the IRC, was grappling with a change in leadership, coincidentally the Borough of Hollidaysburg simultaneously decided to replace its Main Stre...

  • Steam Fans Go Hunting for EGGSpress in Hollidaysburg

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Apr 18, 2019

    As the Everett Railroad Easter EGGSpress Steam Train approached Kladder Station on a spectacular Saturday morning, April 13, the families aboard were brimming with excitement. They weren't the only ones waiting for this train to arrive. Rail Fanners – including Penn State Altoona students Kevin Ackley from Lock Haven, a communications major, Andrew York from (state of) Indiana, rail security major, and Shawn Bickel from Kentucky, rail transportation major – like to take pictures of trains....

  • IRC Continues Mission Despite Helm Change

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Apr 11, 2019

    Katrina Pope wears many hats at work. As the education and enforcement coordinator for the Intermunicipal Relations Committee (IRC) since 2010, she balances a myriad of daily job demands. "Education is the favorite part of my job; just being out working with the public and talking to people about recycling, answering their questions and busting the common myths," Pope said. Her top myth to bust is that all plastic is recyclable. Yogurt containers, strawberry containers, frozen dinner trays, butt...

  • A New (Recycling) Game in Town

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Mar 14, 2019

    Plastic has been making headlines recently. Heads are turning at camera footage of wildlife being choked by plastic can rings, littering of plastic containers so thick that it literally piles up in streams and rivers. When recycling makes new headlines like plastic has recently, residents seek ways to ramp up their recycling efforts. A convenient new option was introduced for 2019 by the Intermunicipal Relations Committee (IRC), Blair County's council of governments (COG). In conjunction with...

  • Too Much Stuff

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Feb 28, 2019

    Yesterday, my adorable neighbor girl came knocking at my door. She announced proudly that she was selling "stuff" and wanted to know if I would buy something. Just a couple days earlier, she was walking down my driveway on her way home from a friend's house after school. After chatting a moment, we agreed that when Spring came, we were going to do something fun together. We were probably both thinking this fun time will include ice cream! Though many decades separate us chronologically, we seem...

  • Popular Dog Boutique Expands Its Doors in Duncansville

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Feb 21, 2019

    Christine and John Schezzini started making treats for their pooches at home. Inspired by their favorite four-legged family members and driven by a natural entrepreneurial spirit, Poocheychef became a retail reality. Boston Terriers Lily, Bella, Blossom and Dakota, one Frenchie named Louie along with one cat, Mr. Kit, continue to spur new ideas for Poocheychef in Duncansville. Thanks to a large following, this popular pooch shopping destination expanded to nearly double the original space last...

  • Indoor Golf Event Raises Money for H-burg Library

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Feb 21, 2019

    Local families combined two favorite hobbies – golf and reading – to raise money for the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library (HAPL). Carol Scarbro of Duncansville was at the library on a cold, snowy January Saturday afternoon to operate and talk about the "Families Fore! The Hollidaysburg Public Library" indoor golf event. This first event was organized by Friends of the HAPL to raise general operating funds with six different putt putt golf holes. Each hole was designed by a different club...

  • Great Weather for Reading

    Jill Brubaker Reigh, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jan 31, 2019

    James Charlesworth lived his entire life up until college in Hollidaysburg. His parents still live in the house where he grew up and learned to love reading. At a very young age, he could (and was happy to) recite his favorite books. At 41 years old, James Charlesworth is now listed as one of the 10 new authors to watch. His first published book, “The Patricide of George Benjamin Hill,” arrived on bookstands on Jan. 15. By his own admission, James has deep family roots in central...

  • Roundhouse Harley-Davidson Expanding Into Powersports

    JILL BRUBAKER REIGH, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jan 17, 2019

    Roundhouse Harley Davidson in Duncansville has been operated by the Burgmeier Hauling family since 2017. With the recent acquisition of Steve Seltzer Powersports in Pinecroft, the Burgmeiers are expanding their recreational vehicle line, renaming it Roundhouse Powersports. "We believe we represent the best brands in the business." Burgmeier Vice President Matt Burgmeier said. "By bringing them together we will be able to provide an experience for our customers that no other dealership in our...

  • WISE Women Seeks Nominees for Annual Tribute Awards

    JILL BRUBAKER REIGH, Hollidaysburg Correspondent|Jan 17, 2019

    Compiled by JILL BRUBAKER REIGH Hollidaysburg Correspondent WISE (Women Involved in Scholarship and Empowerment) Women of Blair County Tribute recognizes and honors Blair County women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in promoting the awareness of the significant role of women in the quality of life in our community and its economic growth. WISE Women is seeking applications for nominees for its annual tribute dinner in the categories of: Arts & Letters, Business & Professional, Community Service Volunteer, Education,...

  • Hollidaysburg Music Educator Makes 'Grammy' Short List

    Jill Brubaker Reigh|Dec 20, 2018

    Scott Sheehan, director of bands and music department chairman at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School (HAHS), is one of 10 nominees for the GRAMMY Museum Music Educator Award for 2019. The top 10 finalists were announced on "CBS This Morning" on Dec. 12. "I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this recognition," Sheehan said. "The support from everyone has been completely overwhelming and there has been quite a buzz among the students. This was never something that I thought would g...

  • Hollidaysburg Yuletide Tour a 'True Victorian Christmas'

    Jill Brubaker Reigh|Dec 20, 2018

    Though advertised images of a snowy stroll through Historic Hollidaysburg were actually a rainy drizzle, more than 200 people purchased tickets and participated in the 2018 Yuletide Tour on Sunday, Dec. 16. Participants walked between eight historic homes and sites filled with the magic of Christmas Past, enjoying a true Victorian Christmas filled with authentic charm. The event was sponsored by the Blair County Historical Society (BCHS) and FINDS Consignment of Hollidaysburg. "Proceeds from...