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 By ERIC SHIELDS    News

Blair County Historical Society's Fall and Winter Events

Blair County Historical Society announced their upcoming fall and winter events beginning with this year’s Trick-or-Treat on Thursday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the lawn of Baker Mansion. Along with candy, they will have... — Updated 10/28/2021 Full story

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News

Historic Hollidaysburg Inc. to Present Halloween Fundraiser Next Weekend

Historic Hollidaysburg Inc. will be presenting a Halloween Fundraiser at their location at 516 Walnut Street, Hollidaysburg on Friday, Oct. 15, and Saturday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 10 p.m. each evening. The event is a fundraiser to... — Updated 10/7/2021

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News

Blair County Offering Past, Present and Future Poster and Essay Writing Contest

The Blair County Library System, in cooperation with the Blair County 175th Anniversary Committee, announced an upcoming poster and essay contest that will commemorate Blair County’s 175th anniversary. Children in grades... — Updated 9/28/2021

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News

Fort Roberdeau/Mt. Lion Observatory Double Feature

Some of the best night sky exploration is done with your own two eyes, and bright lasers are invaluable in directing your attention to specific spots above. Adults 18 and older will have the option to purchase lasers of their own,... — Updated 9/23/2021

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News

Port Hollidaysburg Guided Walking Tours to Start Sept. 11

Nearly two dozen people participated in the dry run of the upcoming Port Hollidaysburg Guided Walking Tour. “I have lived here for thirty years and I learned things that I didn’t know,” Hollidaysburg Area Library Director... — Updated 9/3/2021

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News

Local Library Director Wins Award

Hollidaysburg library director Janet Eldred's courageous battle with early onset dementia has helped to earn her a national award. The American Library Association's Lemony Snicket... — Updated 9/2/2021

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News

Baker Mansion Events for August

Movies, dance, music, history and a Ye Old Time Fair: These are just some of the exciting things that are coming up in August at Baker Mansion in Altoona. The month kicks off Aug. 4 at 8:45 p.m. with a free movie night featuring... — Updated 8/23/2021

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News

Picture Perfect Frame and Gallery Opening in Hollidaysburg

Suzanne Pequignot is not only opening a new art gallery. She is also set to take over her brother-in-law Brian Smith's custom framing business, which he has run for 29 years.... — Updated 8/5/2021

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News

Blair County Court to Celebrate 175th Anniversary on July 27

In conjunction with the 175th anniversary of Blair County, the Blair County courts are also celebrating the milestone birthday. A special free event will be held July 27 at 3 p.m.... — Updated 7/21/2021

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News

Blair County Historical Society to Hold Charity Auction

The Blair County Historical Society is holding a craft show and charity auction to benefit the society. The free event will take place Sunday, July 11, on the lawn of The Baker Mansion. The craft show is from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.... — Updated 7/7/2021

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    Life

Local Author Tom Catalano Happy to Share His Words

Hollidaysburg author Tom Catalano writes about a variety of different themes and subjects. His first book came out in 1993 and his most recent one was released in 2020. Catalano... — Updated 6/30/2021

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    Life

Local Author Tom Catalano Happy to Share His Words

Hollidaysburg author Tom Catalano writes about a variety of different themes and subjects. His first book came out in 1993 and his most recent one was released in 2020. Catalano... — Updated 6/30/2021

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News

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

Summer in Blair County can only mean one thing for motorcycle enthusiasts. It is time for the Pennsylvania Roundhouse Rally to be held at Roundhouse Harley-Davidson in Duncansville.... — Updated 5/26/2021

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News

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

Spring is here and that means Hollidaysburg's Springfest will be here soon as well. Springfest is set for Saturday, May 15, beginning around 8 a.m. with the YMCA Diamond Dash, a... — Updated 5/13/2021

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    Life

Blair County Loses 'A True Patriot'

John F. Gority has been described as a true patriot. According to fellow veteran Stanley Snyder, John really loved America. He was proud of his country and he was proud of his... — Updated 5/5/2021

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News

First-Ever AdventureFest Gave Ideas for Outdoor Activities

The U.S. Hotel and Stuckey Automotive sponsored the first-ever AdventureFest on April 18. Donald Delozier, organizer of the event, said that because of everything that has happened... — Updated 4/21/2021

 
 By ERIC SHIELDS    News

Lines Being Drawn in Battle over Fair Voting Districts in Pennsylvania

Debbie Trudeau, volunteer for the advocacy group Fair Districts Pennsylvania, says the group's goal is to end gerrymandering. Gerrymandering, is the process of creating voting... — Updated 4/16/2021

 
 By Eric Shields    Faith

The Caldwells to Offer Free Concert at Abundance of Grace Church

National touring Christian artists The Caldwells, formerly Gospel Sounds Duet, will be presenting a 90-minute concert at the Abundance of Grace Church, 516 Pine St., Hollidaysburg,... — Updated 4/12/2021

 
 By Eric Shields    Sports

Alternative Baseball Helps Players Develop Life Skills

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... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By Eric Shields    News

Duncansville Turned 130 Years Old on March 4

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... — Updated 3/26/2021

 
 By Eric Shields    Life

The Mysterious Faces of the Blair County Courthouse

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... — Updated 3/19/2021

 
 By Eric Shields    News

Blair County Celebrates a Milestone Birthday

Blair County celebrated 175 years on Friday Feb. 26, and will be celebrating throughout 2021. Blair County Commissioner Laura Burke said that there are celebrations of the... — Updated 3/4/2021

 
 By Eric Shields    Life

'Miss Virginia' made the Community Better

"Virginia Day was very committed to the community," Donna Gority, former Blair County Commissioner, said. "Miss Virginia was a pillar in the community," said the Rev. Keith Moore... — Updated 2/15/2021

 
 By Eric Shields    Faith

Former Altoona church relocates to Hollidaysburg

The Abundance of Grace Church which had been meeting in the annex room at Nicolettas restaurant in Altoona has moved into the former Hollidaysburg First Church of God at 514-516... — Updated 2/15/2021

 
 By Eric Shields    Life

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

"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.... — Updated 2/4/2021

 
 By Eric Shields    News

Couple Sets 'Moonshot' Goal for Helping Hollidaysburg Library

Janet and Keith Eldred are embarking on a "moonshot" goal to raise a million dollars for the Hollidaysburg Area Library. The "This is Red" Campaign was prompted by Janet's... — Updated 1/28/2021

 
 By Eric Shields    Business

Third in the Burg Seeks to Boost Business Sales

According to Kerrie Kinzle, owner of Finds Furniture on the Diamond in downtown Hollidaysburg, her store has seen an increase in business during the Third in the Burg hours. Joshua... — Updated 1/25/2021

 
 By Eric Shields    Sports

Pro Basketball Team Coming to the Altoona Area

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... — Updated 1/14/2021

 
 By Eric Shields    Life

The Community Loses a Friend

This past weekend, my family, along with the entire central Pennsylvania community lost a friend. Don Witherspoon, president of the local chapter of the NAACP, died from COVID-19... — Updated 1/4/2021

 
 By Eric Shields    News

Third in the Burg, a new monthly tradition for Hollidaysburg

Hollidaysburg merchants are trying something new to get customers to take a look at what they have to offer. Getting people to go out during COVID-19 restrictions can be tough. But... — Updated 11/30/2020

 
 By Eric Shields    Life

The history behind Duncansville's own log cabin

Along old Route 22 in the middle of Duncansville, sits the oldest known structure still standing in the borough. Built around 1820, the log cabin was the Jacob Walters Homestead.... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
 By Eric Shields    Life

Spreading the word about the ukulele

Strolling the streets of downtown Hollidaysburg at a recent outdoor event, I encountered Melanie Ramsey and Claire Burk from the Allegheny Ukulele Kollective strumming some of... — Updated 11/12/2020

 
 By Eric Shields    Life

The story of Hollidaysburg is alive and well on Walnut Street

Have you ever wondered about the history of your hometown? Historic Hollidaysburg, Inc., brings back the stories of yesterday. When founded in 1981 as The Blair Foundation for... — Updated 11/2/2020

 

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