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WISE Women of Blair County Award 2020 Grant to Hollidaysburg Library

WISE Women of Blair County awarded $6,670.00 in grants to three organizations on Jan. 15, 2020. Funded for the 2020 grant cycle were the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library, Family Services Inc., and the Altoona Area School District... — Updated 1/17/2020


Curve offers auditions to sing National Anthem

The Curve is asking fans: Would you like to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" or "God Bless America" at a Curve game in 2020? The Curve has two opportunities to audition. The first audition will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the... — Updated 1/10/2020


Blair County Sheriff's Department permit system again operational

The Blair County Sheriff's Office office has reported that its license to carry registration system update has been completed and is now operational. The department stated that it appreciates the public's understanding while the... — Updated 1/10/2020


Blair County License to carry system temporarily out of service

As of Friday, Jan. 10, the Blair County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the license to carry system (gun permit) system is temporarily out of service. The system upgrade is having an unexpected compatibility equipment delay,... — Updated 1/10/2020


State Police Make Troop Press Releases Available Online

Col. Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, announced Monday, Jan. 6, that Public Information Release Reports (PIRRs) issued by stations that comprise the department’s 16 troops will be posted online,... — Updated 1/10/2020

 By Rick Boston    News

Blair County Welcomes Two New Commissioners As Two Say Goodbye

The newly renovated Courtroom 1 at the Blair County Courthouse was the scene for what Blair County Commissioner Bruce Erb called "one of our nation's most valued principals, the... — Updated 1/10/2020


Public Meeting and Plans Display for Route 4002 (Sugar Run Road) Sugar Run Bridge Replacement Project in Blair County

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will conduct an open house and plans display on the proposed Route 4002 (Sugar Run Road) over Sugar Run Bridge replacement project in Allegheny Township, Blair County. The... — Updated 1/10/2020


Hollidaysburg School District Receives Grant to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Students

Hollidaysburg and Spring Cove school districts will receive grants from the Department of Education to improve classroom instruction by connecting educators with local employers, according to Senator Judy Ward (R-30) and... — Updated 1/10/2020

 By Heather Conrad    News

Two Years without a Christmas Tree

Two years ago, PennDOT paved 3rd Avenue in Duncansville Borough. During that construction time period, the location for the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony was paved over,... — Updated 1/9/2020


Historian to speak about lost cemeteries

The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, for their monthly meeting at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Road, Hollidaysburg. The speaker this month is Jim Snyder,... — Updated 1/7/2020


Keller Engineers, Inc., announces new hire

Keller Engineers, Inc., with locations in Hollidaysburg and State College, is a full-service engineering firm offering civil and structural engineering, and surveying services. Keller Engineers is proud to announce that Jared J.... — Updated 1/7/2020


State Police: One Killed; 87 Injured During New Year's Holiday Enforcement Period

Members of the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) investigated 460 crashes over the New Year’s holiday enforcement period from Dec. 31, 2019 through Jan. 2, 2020. Of the collisions investigated, 30 involved alcohol, 87 people were... — Updated 1/3/2020


PSU offers web seminar on maintaining municipal neighborhood trees

The Tree Tenders Training webinar series program empowers concerned residents to make dramatic strides towards restoring and caring for the tree canopy in their communities. Join thousands of other concerned citizens like yourself.... — Updated 1/3/2020


PSU offers web seminar series for municipal officials

Communities planning for places that provide accessibility and connectivity for people — also known as active transportation — will be the focus of a web-based seminar offered at noon Jan. 15 by Penn State Extension. If you... — Updated 1/3/2020


WISE Women seeking scholarship applicants

WISE Women of Blair County is pleased to announce that they are seeking applications for scholarship assistance. One or more scholarships will be awarded up to a total of $10,000. Deadline for applications is no later than 4 p.m.... — Updated 1/3/2020


Law Expands Charities' Fundraising Options

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law on Dec. 27 a bill containing two legislative initiatives sponsored by state Sen. Judy Ward (R-Hollidaysburg) aimed at enhancing fundraising opportunities for local organizations whose... — Updated 12/31/2019


Wrapping Paper will not be Recycled in 2019

Due to current market conditions, the IRC will not be accepting Christmas wrapping paper at the Buckhorn Recycling Facility or the Duncansville R&D Facility. Also, the after-Christmas Collection at the Logan Valley Mall will not... — Updated 12/26/2019


Hollidaysburg, Duncansville Recognized for Safety Efforts

AAA East Central honored local police departments on Dec. 17 for their “outstanding efforts” to increase road safety for all motorists. Three Blair County departments received Platinum Awards, while an additional five... — Updated 12/26/2019


New Bald Eagle Livestream Launched in Pa.

Good news, Eagle Cam lovers: There’s a new nest to watch. The Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap and Comcast Business have teamed up once again to offer a new bald-eagle nest livestream for the 2019-20 nesting season. The PA F... — Updated 12/26/2019


Writers Group to Meet Jan. 7 at Duncansville

The next Inkwell meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Marzoni’s Brick Oven and Brewery, 165 Patchway Road in Duncansville. The evening will begin with dinner (paid for by attendees) at 6 p.m. Shared readings, with peer... — Updated 12/26/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

'Wood Ministry' Warms Those in Need

Ideas can hit when you least expect them. For John Lawler of East Freedom, an afternoon of cutting wood 10 years ago produced an idea that has helped keep those in need warm... — Updated 12/26/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

For the Love of Axel

If you stand in front of the old Charlie's Barber Shop in Williamsburg on any given day, you will see people walking their dogs around town. During the summer months, the bench in... — Updated 12/26/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

Fire at Country Club Terrace Friday, Dec. 13

At least a dozen families were left homeless after fire ripped through the Country Club Terrace Townhouses in Hollidaysburg on Friday, Dec. 13. Geeseytown Volunteer Fire Company... — Updated 12/16/2019

 By Heather Conrad    News

Local Convenience store assists first responders

Multiple fire stations from Blair County responded to a dwelling fire along Old Route 22 in Allegheny Township at approximately 5 a.m. Sunday morning, Dec. 8. Duncansville (Station... — Updated 12/13/2019

 By Heather Conrad    News

Purple Puck Night

Galactic Ice in Lakemont was shrouded in purple Friday, Dec. 6, for the Penn State Altoona Men's hockey game against Saint Vincent. The reason was "Purple Puck Night." As part of... — Updated 12/13/2019


Blue Knob All Seasons Resort To Open Saturday, Dec. 7

Blue Knob All Seasons Resort in Claysburg is set to open on Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day. The resort will run its beginner triple chairlift with limited terrain available for skiing and... — Updated 12/10/2019

 By Heather Conrad    News

Of Cats and Coffee

The Nine Lives Lounge is Blair County's first cat cafe. The cafe's mission is to aid in improving Hollidaysburg and surrounding areas by creating a safe and fun environment for... — Updated 12/3/2019


DUI Task Force Report

On Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, officers of the Blair County DUI Task Force made their presence known locally by conducting a DUI roving patrol. The following results are from the detail: 62 Individual contacts 37 Citations or... — Updated 12/3/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

Children's Roundtable Honors Families Who Help Kids

November is National Adoption Month and to celebrate, the Blair County Children's Roundtable and Blair County Children Youth and Families brought together foster and adopted... — Updated 12/3/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

Blair County Genealogical Society Celebrates 40 Years

Everywhere we go can be a lesson in history, all it takes is a little imagination and a willingness to look behind the surface of the present. Blair County is 173 years old and fill... — Updated 12/3/2019


Everett Railroad offering holiday season steam-train trips

The Everett Railroad is again offering the opportunity to ride aboard an old-fashioned steam train this holiday season. The trains feature Christmas music, colored lights and an... — Updated 12/3/2019 Full story

 By Heather Conrad    News

Be A Santa To A Senior

"Be A Santa To A Senior" is a true community program, with support from local businesses, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community. The Home Instead Senior Care o... — Updated 12/3/2019 Full story

 By Katrina Pope    News

Hollidaysburg Borough Prepares for Winterfest Celebration

Hollidaysburg Borough began preparations this week for the annual Winterfest celebration with the placement of the "Diamond tree" in front of the Capitol Hotel. The Diamond tree... — Updated 12/2/2019

 By Dom Cuzzolina    News

Blair County Projects $1.89 Million Shortfall

The Blair County commissioners introduced on Tuesday, Nov. 12, the proposed 2020 budget with a shortfall covered, in part, by a property tax increase. The general fund projections include revenue of $54.89 million with expenses... — Updated 11/19/2019


Chamber offers seminar on business safety

As safety in the workplace takes-on even greater importance, it’s rare that any business attempts to address safety issues without the benefit of a safety committee. Just having a committee, however, doesn’t guarantee... — Updated 11/18/2019

 By Heather Conrad    News

No tax increase for Duncansville Borough in 2020

Roll call, motions and seconds of the minutes of previous meetings, and the Duncansville Borough Council meeting was underway. Council President Jeff Wolfe started the meeting by... — Updated 11/18/2019

 By Katrina Pope    News

Hollidaysburg Borough Announces Citizen of the Year

The Borough of Hollidaysburg announced its 2019 Citizen of the Year on Nov. 13 at the American Legion Post No. 516 social hall. Donna Malone of Hollidaysburg was recognized in front of her family and friends for her commitment to... — Updated 11/18/2019


Pa. Sen. Ward Announces Grants to Improve Three Blair County Parks

State grants awarded Nov. 14 by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will fund numerous improvements to three local parks in Blair County, according to state Sen. Judy Ward (R-30). A $127,500 grant will aid i... — Updated 11/15/2019


Blair County gets state grant for Ft. Roberdeau development

Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) announced on Thursday, Nov. 14, that Blair County will receive a $127,500 grant to further develop Fort Roberdeau Park. Work under the grant includes the construction of a comfort station, walkway and... — Updated 11/15/2019

 By AAA East Central    News

AAA: More than 55 Million Americans to Travel this Thanksgiving

More than 55 million travelers are making plans to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving. This will be the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking... — Updated 11/15/2019


Be A Santa To A Senior

By Home Instead Senior Care The holiday season is the season for giving and a time to share smiles and cheer with those around you. As you gather with your family and friends this year, it's important to remember there are many... — Updated 11/15/2019

 By Heather Conrad    News

Duncansville Community Days: Expect great things!

On Nov. 4, Lloyd Forshey stepped down from the Duncansville Community Days Board. Eric Fritz and Pam Jones were appointed to take his place. Forshey ended his tenure by reviewing important happenings of the past year since Communit... — Updated 11/15/2019

 By Heather Conrad    News

50 Years Later, Vietnam Veterans finally get the recognition they deserve

"We lost 58,000 soliders. Not that it was a waste, but why? And that became the emotional question," Rocky Bleier said Nov. 8 as the community gathered at the Jaffa Mosque in... — Updated 11/14/2019

 By Heather Conrad    News

40 Years Young

Most everyone is curious about where they come from and use many sources to search for their family lineage such as Ancestry.com, newspaper clippings, the family bible and/or tree,... — Updated 11/14/2019

 By Heather Conrad    News

Allegheny Township allows subdivision adjustments

After review of a minor subdivision plan at the Nov. 6 Allegheny Township supervisors business meeting, it was found that one person built over the property line onto another person's property. The subdivision is moving the... — Updated 11/14/2019


Herald office in Martinsburg now offering CBD products and consultation

The Herald office in Martinsburg is now selling CBD products and offering consultations on the appropriate use of the products, according to Publisher Allan J. Bassler The CBD products are available at the Herald office at 113 Nort... — Updated 11/14/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

'Because of them, we live free'

The human heart can be a big place, with plenty of room for the many things a person holds dear to them to reside. For Pennsylvania State Sen. Judy Ward, veterans of all branches... — Updated 11/13/2019

 By Rick Boston    News

Blair County's New Voting System Makes a Successful Debut

Voters who went to the polls last Tuesday to cast their votes for their favorite candidates were met with a new, simplified way to vote. Adhering to the state mandate that all votes have a paper trail, Blair County’s new paper... — Updated 11/13/2019

 By Dom Cuzzolina    News

Voters Made Changes in Blair County

In last week’s Blair County election, more than 23,000 voters embraced changes in county and local government. Of the 76,085 total registered voters in Blair County, 31 percent cast a ballot on Nov. 4, based on the unofficial... — Updated 11/13/2019


Holiday Lights on the Lake at Lakemont Park to Open Nov. 15

The 23rd annual Holiday Lights on the Lake at Lakemont Park is set to open on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Lakemont Park will be lighted up with a 51-acre, drive-through tour of thousands of holiday lights and animations. Holiday Lights... — Updated 11/13/2019


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