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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 7/29/2021


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 7/29/2021


North Juniata Street Construction Project Update

Construction and related detours continue in Hollidaysburg as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) continues the long awaited North Juniata Street intersection... — Updated 7/29/2021


Mount Aloysius College Announces Spring 2021 Dean's List

Mount Aloysius College is proud to announce the Dean’s List for the spring semester of 2021. The Dean’s List honors full-time students who have earned at least a 3.50 grade point average (GPA), part-time students who have... — Updated 7/26/2021


Callie Dunmire Places 5th in the National SkillsUSA Competition

Callie Dunmire, a student who completed the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center (GACTC) Visual Arts Technologies program in 2021, recently placed fifth in a national SkillsUSA Championships in the category of Advertising D... — Updated 7/21/2021


State Police Seizes More Than $19.6 Million in Illegal Drugs During the Second Quarter of 2021

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced today that troopers confiscated $19,601,549 worth of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamines, and other illicit drugs in the second quarter of 2021. From April 1 through June 30,... — Updated 7/21/2021


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


Vets' Charity Orgs. Host Cornhole Tournament, Give Scholarships

On Saturday, July 17, two local 501 c3 Veteran's charity organizations combined forces to provide assistance to local veterans during these times of uncertainty. The Marauders MC... — Updated 7/21/2021


Fire Destroys Hollidaysburg Home

Three people escaped their burning Frankstown Sportsman Road home in Hollidaysburg on Friday afternoon, July 16. According to the Geeseytown Fire Company, the call came in around... — Updated 7/21/2021

 By RICK BOSTON    News 

Inmate Accused of Smuggling Drugs into Blair County Prison

An inmate at the Blair County Prison is facing additional charges after police said she smuggled heroin packets into the prison. According to the charges filed by Hollidaysburg Borough police, on July 5, Samantha Jo Miller, 36, of... — Updated 7/21/2021


Blood Shortage Continues: Red Cross Needs Donors Now

While donors across the country have rolled up a sleeve to give this summer, the need for blood and platelets remains crucial for patients relying on lifesaving transfusions. The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe... — Updated 7/21/2021

 By RICK BOSTON    News 

Local Fairs and Festivals Seeing Large Crowds After Year Off

Summer 2021 has a lot to make up for. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to most traditional summertime activities including fairs, festivals, and farm shows, but now that mo... — Updated 7/21/2021


Hollidaysburg Area School District Board of Directors Discuss Masking Requirements

The Wednesday, July 14, committee of the whole/voting meeting for the Hollidaysburg Area School District Board of Directors was held at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior Library. This meeting was highlighted by safety issues. There... — Updated 7/16/2021


HACP Highlights Events Coming Up

The monthly meeting of the Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership (HACP) Board was held Wednesday, July 14. The Marketing Committee announced that the Duncansville Community Days were to start Thursday, July 15, with more than... — Updated 7/16/2021


Live Music Returns to Hollidaysburg with Free Outdoor Concerts

Get your folding chairs ready! Live music in Hollidaysburg has returned with free outdoor concerts provided by the Hollidaysburg Borough, Hollidaysburg Arts Council, Hollidaysburg Community Band and the Altoona Symphony Orchestra.... — Updated 7/14/2021


Blair County Household Hazardous Waste Collection to be Held in Altoona

To help reduce the amount of hazardous waste in our homes, waste stream and our water supply, the Intermunicipal Relations Committee (IRC) will hold its annual Blair County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Friday,... — Updated 7/14/2021


Route 4002 (Sugar Run Road) Bridge Replacement Project to Start in Blair County

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that Wen-Brooke Contracting, Inc., of Three Springs, will start work Thursday, July 15, to replace the Route 4002 (Sugar Run Road) bridge over Sugar Run in... — Updated 7/8/2021

 By RICK BOSTON    News 

Mysterious Illness Infecting Songbirds; PGC Recommends Removing Feeders and Baths

A mysterious disease is causing the deaths of songbirds in Southeast Pennsylvania and parts of the United States including Washington D.C., and until officials can determine what... — Updated 7/7/2021


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

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... — Updated 7/7/2021


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


Mount Aloysius Announces 2021 Graduates

Mount Aloysius College celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2021 during two Commencement ceremonies held at the College’s Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center on May 15. One ceremony was for the School of Nursing and... — Updated 7/1/2021


Church's New Addition Collapses

Construction on an addition to the Grace Fellowship Church in Leamersville, located on Brethren Lane, Duncansville, came to a halt early Sunday Morning, June 20, when the structure... — Updated 6/30/2021


Church's New Addition Collapses

Construction on an addition to the Grace Fellowship Church in Leamersville, located on Brethren Lane, Duncansville, came to a halt early Sunday Morning, June 20, when the structure... — Updated 6/30/2021


Hollidaysburg School District Committee of the Whole Votes to Raise Property Taxes

The Hollidaysburg Area School District Board of Directors voted by a 5-4 margin to raise property taxes from 9.0961 millage to 9.432 millage at their June committee of the whole/voting meeting. This represents a .3365 millage... — Updated 6/30/2021


Used Book Sale at The Friends of the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library

The Friends of the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library will hold a used book sale Wednesday through Friday, July 21 to 23, at the library at 1 Furnace Road, Hollidaysburg. Hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and... — Updated 6/30/2021


Hollidaysburg School District Committee of the Whole Votes to Raise Property Taxes

The Hollidaysburg Area School District Board of Directors voted by a 5-4 margin to raise property taxes from 9.0961 millage to 9.432 millage at their June committee of the whole/voting meeting. This represents a .3365 millage... — Updated 6/28/2021


Providing High-Quality, Fresh Snacks at a Great Price

Davison Snacks has a simple philosophy: provide high-quality, fresh snacks at great prices. Since their grand opening in May, owners Nicole and Gary Davison have seen business... — Updated 6/25/2021


WISE Women of Blair Co. Award Scholarships

WISE Women of Blair County announced the scholarship winners for the spring 2021 term. A total of $10,000 was awarded to the following three women: Jean Jones, who is a student in the Bachelor of Science degree program nursing... — Updated 6/24/2021


Blair, Centre Chambers form Alliance

The Blair and Centre County Chambers of Commerce formed a collaborative relationship, known as “The Alliance,” in an effort to mutually advance the interests of business and industry in the region. Blair and Centre Counties... — Updated 6/24/2021


Blair, Bedford Co. Receive PHFA Grants to Expand Housing Opportunities

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency approved nearly $45 million in grants to be used for creating, rehabilitating and supporting affordable housing initiatives in Pennsylvania communities. In Blair County, three grants have... — Updated 6/24/2021


EAS Carpenters Newest Training Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Eastern Atlantic States (EAS) Regional Council of Carpenters hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at their Training Center on Patch Way Road in Duncansville on June 2, 2021. The EAS... — Updated 6/24/2021


HACP Promotes 2-Month Story Walk

The Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership (HACP) held their monthly meeting on June 9 with the primary focus on numerous program and development events that are underway or being planned in an effort to stir public interest in... — Updated 6/17/2021


Law Enforcement Memorial Service: Show Support To Those Who Gave The Ultimate Sacrifice

This year’s Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Service will be hosted by the Blair County Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Foundation Inc. The service will be held at the Memorial Site, located in front of the... — Updated 6/16/2021


Local Students Named to Lock Haven University Spring 2021 Dean's List

The Dean's List honor at Lock Haven University recognizes achievement of a scholastic average of 3.50 or higher in at least 12 semester hours of academic work, subject to letter grade evaluation, during the Spring 2021 semester.... — Updated 6/16/2021


Hollidaysburg Borough Business to Resume In Person

The Hollidaysburg Borough Council Teleconference Meeting was held on Thursday, June 10, at 7 p.m. The borough council announced that all borough business will be live and re-opened to public as of Tuesday, July 6. The public will... — Updated 6/16/2021


Detour to be Placed for the Route 4029 (Clay Avenue) Sinking Run Bridge Replacement Project

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that Wen-Brooke Contracting, Inc., of Three Springs, will place a detour for bridge replacement work to begin on the Route 4029 (Clay Avenue) Sinking Run... — Updated 6/15/2021


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 spring 2021 semester. Students who earn dean's list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of... — Updated 6/11/2021 Full story


Saint Francis University Students Named to President's and Dean's Lists

More than 700 Saint Francis University students made one of the Spring 2021 the President's List or Dean's List. To achieve either list, students must have full-time status and attain a quality point average of 4.0 (President's) or... — Updated 6/11/2021


Lakemont Park Dam May Collapse

The Blair County Emergency Management Agency advises that due to conditions at the Lakemont Park Dam, off Park Avenue in Logan Township, the public should avoid the area downstream of the dam along Brush Run. The public is warned... — Updated 6/10/2021


Emilee Brasseur graduates from Bridgewater College

Emilee A. Brasseur of Duncansville graduated with a master of science in Human Resource Management from Bridgewater College during the May 1, 2021, commencement exercises. In accordance with the Commonwealth of Virginia's capacity... — Updated 6/9/2021


SAP&DC Announces Grant Awards for the Southern Alleghenies Regional Greenways Mini-Grant Program

The Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC) awarded $115, 568 in grant funding to local communities throughout the six-county region. This funding was provided through the Southern Alleghenies Regional Gre... — Updated 6/9/2021


Pa. Ranks 9th in First- Dose Vaccinations

According to the CDC, as of June 7, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 59.4 percent of its entire population, and the state ranks 9th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of... — Updated 6/9/2021


Blood Donations Needed as Cancer Patients Resume Care After Challenging Year

Upcoming Blood Drives BLAIR COUNTY Altoona • June 10: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hampton Inn, 180 Charlotte Drive The American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society have teamed up this June to encourage people across the country... — Updated 6/9/2021


How Pa. Organizations Support Dairy Production, Distribution

June 2021 is being celebrated as National Dairy Month. Dairy month is a reminder of the importance of dairy. Milk's nutritional benefits are touted and some of the dairy groups... — Updated 6/9/2021


Pa. Residents: Prepare for Extreme Summer Heat

As the Atlantic hurricane season begins and summer is approaching, the Wolf Administration urged Pennsylvanians to have an emergency plan in place and to be aware of dangerous impacts that extreme heat can have on themselves and... — Updated 6/9/2021


Blair County Conservation District Receives NFWF Grant

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced $9.6 million in grants to support the restoration and conservation of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The 11 grants will le... — Updated 6/9/2021


Civil War Reenactors Meeting in State College

The June meeting of the 148th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C, Civil War Reenactment Group will be held on Wednesday, June 9, at Hoss’s Steak and Sea Restaurant, 1450 N. Atherton Street, State College... — Updated 6/9/2021


Hemlock Project: The Quick Success of a Blair County Environmental Effort

At merely 20 years old, Riley Wiesinger of Altoona is on her way to setting up a nonprofit organization that will benefit Blair County and the environment. Wiesinger started and... — Updated 6/9/2021


Cambria-Clearfield-Blair Co. Beekeepers Meeting

The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will meet in Cambria County Saturday, June 12 at 11 a.m. This meeting will take place at the residence of Bernie and Anne Svidergol in Ebensburg. The meeting will be outdoors. It is... — Updated 6/9/2021


SRU Announces Spring 2021 Dean's List

Slippery Rock University has announced its dean's list for the spring 2021 semester. The dean's list consists of SRU undergraduate students who earned an adjusted semester grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, based on a schedule... — Updated 6/9/2021


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