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Pennsylvania Experts Offer Foliage Tips for Residents and Travelers

To highlight some of the world’s most beautiful, diverse fall foliage, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is making its experts available to serve as regional advisers, offering tips and... — Updated 10/1/2021


Veterans Homes Residents, Families Brought Closer Together Thanks to Vaccination Clinics

Residents at Pennsylvania’s six veterans homes are safer and closer to their families and friends thanks to each home recently holding a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The clinics were open to residents and staff who had not yet... — Updated 7/2/2021


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


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


County Historical Society Issues Booklet To Celebrate Blair County's 175th Anniversary

In celebration of the 175th anniversary of Blair County, the Blair County Historical Society, along with the county commissioners, has issued a souvenir booklet showcasing vintage... — Updated 6/24/2021


New Framing Business and Gallery to Open by End of July

Picture Perfect Frame and Gallery, located at 309 Allegheny Street, will be a complete framing gallery for all pictures and photos of any size with custom framing available. This... — Updated 5/27/2021

 By JUDITH OTT    Life

Bair Foundation Child and Family Ministries Celebrates Commitment to Families and Children

The Bair Foundation of Blair County, located at 615 Howard Ave. in Altoona, held a celebration at Valley View Park on May 4. The Bair Foundation, founded in 1967, has said its... — Updated 5/26/2021


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


Blair County Balloon Artist Brings Global Happiness Campaign to Area

When department of health and state officials across the country mapped out plans for mitigating the spread of COVID-19, one of the most polarizing mandates was the requirement to... — Updated 5/5/2021


Tom Catalano to sign books at Thompson Pharmacy

Local author and poet Tom Catalano will be signing copies of his books at the Thompson Pharmacy in Hollidaysburg on Monday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Catalano, a Hollidaysburg... — Updated 4/28/2021


Monarch Butterflies Need Some Help

Monarch butterflies are in danger, declining rapidly due to habitat loss, climate change and pesticides. Now is the time to think about planting flowers that will attract and feed... — Updated 4/12/2021

 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


St. Patrick: Not So Irish?

St. Patrick's Day, which is often referred to as "Patty's Day" or "Paddy's Day," is a popular holiday. Though the holiday honors the life of the patron saint of Ireland and has... — Updated 3/11/2021



The following students from the Hollidaysburg/Duncansville area have completed requirements for graduation from Indiana University of Pennsylvania as of December 2020 and January 2021. Local graduates, their hometowns, majors and... — Updated 2/26/2021


IUP Announced Fall 2020 Dean's List

The following students from the Hollidaysburg/Duncansville area have been named to the fall 2020 dean’s list at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Students achieve dean’s list status when they are full-time (12 or more... — Updated 2/22/2021


Briar Nystrom of Duncansville graduates from Edinboro University

Edinboro University celebrated the academic success of nearly 600 students during virtual undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies in December. Associate and bachelor's degrees were conferred upon 264 undergraduates and... — Updated 2/17/2021

 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


Ryan Negola of Duncansville named to James Madison University dean's list

Duncansville resident Ryan Negola has been named to the dean's list at James Madison University for the fall 2020 semester. Students who earn dean's list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of between... — Updated 2/15/2021


Cory James of Duncansville named to fall Deans' List at Nebraska

Cory Michael James of Duncansville has been named to the Deans' List at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the fall semester of the 2020-21 academic year. James, a graduate student working toward a Master of Business... — Updated 2/11/2021

 By Rick Boston    Life

Blair Co. Man Pens Book Celebrating Famous County Natives

A fascination with celebrity along with an appreciation for local history has led to an Altoona man to publishing his first book. "They Came from Blair County," authored by Blair... — Updated 2/4/2021

 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    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 Kathy Reshetiloff    Life

Holly Brightens the Landscape Beyond Holidays

As I walked through a tiny wooded trail near my home, I tried to tread softly so I could spy any birds or mammals remaining for the winter. It was impossible as my feet crunched on... — Updated 12/31/2020


Jamie Emerick from Duncansville Achieves Fall 2020 Dean's List at Belmont University

Jamie Emerick qualified for the fall 2020 Dean's List at Belmont University of Nashville, Tenn. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.... — Updated 12/24/2020


Sen. Lemon and the Lemon House

From the archives of the Morrisons Cove Herald, October 15, 1970 By MILTON BURGESS One of the outstanding features of the Old Portage Railroad National Park near the summit of... — Updated 12/10/2020


How to find more time to read

Avid readers know that a good book can be a great escape. In addition to being a go-to hobby on rainy days and a great way to get away from the daily grind, reading can have a... — Updated 12/3/2020


How small businesses can support and help each other grow

Small businesses play a vital role in economies across the globe. The Small Business Administration says small businesses - which are defined as firms that have fewer than 500... — Updated 12/3/2020


Shopping locally is now more crucial than ever

The importance of shopping locally has been emphasized with increasing urgency in recent years. Events like Small Business Saturday and Plaid Friday have brought some much-needed... — Updated 12/3/2020


PA Council on Aging Releases Interactive Health & Wellness Guide for Older Adults

The Pennsylvania Council on Aging (PCoA) on Nov. 16 released an interactive guide with information and resources to help older adults cultivate a healthy mind, body and spirit amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The... — Updated 12/3/2020

 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 Olivia D. Snyder    Life

For HARP, The Show Must Go On

With many aspects of life coming to a screeching halt, it seems that normalcy is simply out of our reach for now. But for one Hollidaysburg group, the pandemic doesn't stand a... — Updated 11/11/2020  Website

 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


Hollidaysburg Manages a Happy Homecoming Despite Obstacles

Despite having two positive COVID-19 cases that closed Hollidaysburg Area High School, the district still managed to hold a Homecoming event on Friday, Oct, 9, giving the community... — Updated 10/12/2020


Altoona Symphony to Present Alabaster Trio Nov. 1 at Mishler

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra has announced its Musician Spotlight Concert Series. The Altoona Symphony Orchestra continues to work diligently to navigate the ongoing pandemic situation working with local partners to provide a... — Updated 10/6/2020


Things to Consider Before Warming Up Next to Your First Fire of Winter

A warm fire can make even the coldest winter day more enjoyable. Fireplaces may not get much use in spring or summer, but come late fall and throughout the winter, the fireplace... — Updated 10/5/2020


Area Fire Departments Remind Residents that Cooking is the Leading Cause of Home Fires

Area fire departments are teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 year – to promote this... — Updated 10/5/2020


Altoona Symphony to Present Concert Series

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra has announced its Musician Spotlight Concert Series. The Altoona Symphony Orchestra continues to work diligently to navigate the ongoing pandemic situation working with local partners to provide a... — Updated 10/5/2020


Duck Eggs and Dragon Tongue Beans Highlight Farmers Market

Autumn arrived Tuesday morning with a chilly frost on the pumpkin. That didn't stop local farmers and artisans from bringing some interesting produce and food to the Hollidaysburg... — Updated 9/28/2020


Symphony Sets Cushion Concert Series

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra is currently working diligently to navigate the ongoing pandemic situation and what this will mean for live performances in the foreseeable future. “As we work to reinvent the possibilities, we do... — Updated 8/27/2020

 By Erin Schoenberg    Life

Eight Tips To Make Farmers Markets Successful

Are you a part of your local farmers market, as a customer, vendor, manager, cheerleader, or funder? Markets carry great tradition, and whatever your current or future role is, here are some tips and experiences from managers and s... — Updated 8/13/2020


Local College Student Lori Delk Receives Scholarship

Lori Delk of Duncansville received the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation Endowed Scholarship scholarship from Central Penn College Education Foundation. Delk is studying Information Technology at Central Penn College,... — Updated 8/10/2020

 By Sabrina Azad    Life

The Mentor: Inspired by "The Wolf and the Sheep" by Alec Benjamin

Editor's Note: The Hollidaysburg Herald is working with Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School teacher Lindsay Detwiler to publish the work of her students. The following piece is a fictional story written by Hollidaysburg Area Seni... — Updated 4/15/2020


Early Bird: America's Beloved Purple Martins Return To Pennsylvania

In a sure sign that spring is not far behind, the first Purple Martins of the year have been spotted in Pennsylvania. The birds were seen on March 10 in the small southern... — Updated 4/9/2020


Once a year: Antique Car Viewing

A 1957 Bentley Mark VI owned by Lenny Fiore Jr.... — Updated 12/31/2019


Hollidaysburg Author To Read New Book at Library

Local author Tom Catalano will be reading stories from his newest book, 'The Edge of Imagination,' at the Hollidaysburg Public Library on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Adults and... — Updated 12/10/2019


Blair Concert Chorale to present 'A Glorious Holiday Concert'

The Blair Concert Chorale will present A Glorious Holiday Concert, a concert of John Rutter’s magnificent Gloria and additional works that will enhance the spirit of the season on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. at First... — Updated 12/3/2019


Professionals Auto Body seeks to help Santa

Professionals Auto Body is again teaming up with Santa and local law enforcement this Christmas to help less fortunate families in our area. PAB is asking for monetary donations to purchase toys, clothing, gift cards, school items... — Updated 11/19/2019


Altoona Symphony Orchestra to Offer 'Home for the Holidays' Dec. 7

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestra Teresa Cheung, will celebrate the holiday season with "Home for the Holidays" on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at the Mishler Theatre in downtown Altoona. Each year the... — Updated 11/18/2019


Hollidaysburg Area Arts Council to host painting workshop Nov. 19

The Hollidaysburg Area Arts Council is hosting a Painting Workshop at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The art project, conducted by artist Colleen Park, will be an 11x14-inch... — Updated 11/15/2019


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