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HACP Discusses Website Updates

The Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership (HACP) held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 13, with President Dr. Robert Gildea presiding. The HACP will be holding a new event called "Restaurants Giving Back." Board member D... — Updated 10/14/2021


Blair County Sets Trick-or-Treat for Oct. 28

The Blair County Sheriff’s Office, James E. Ott, sheriff, has announced the official Trick or Treat night For Blair County. Trick or treat will be observed in Blair County on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Parents... — Updated 10/14/2021


Penn Highlands Foundation Awards Over $28,000 in Academic Scholarships for 2021-2022 School Year

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is excited to announce the distribution of more than $28,000 in scholarship money to students for the 2021-2022 academic year. These scholarships are funded by local businesses, area... — Updated 10/13/2021


Pennsylvanians Can Vote In Person by Mail Ballot at County Election Office Locations Through Oct. 26

Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid reminded Pennsylvanians that they can vote now in person by mail ballot at their county election office or satellite election... — Updated 10/13/2021


Red Cross Emergency Blood And Platelet Shortage: Find Upcoming Blood Drives

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Oct. 16-31 • Bedford Bedford 10/18/2021: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Bedford Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, 9391 Lincoln Highway Loysburg 10/22/2021: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Northern Bedford... — Updated 10/13/2021


Fall Season Fire Prevention and Safety

Fall is here! As we enjoy the season, we also need to take a moment to think about how we can all be more fire safe at home and during outdoor activities. Check Your Heating System October is perfect time to check your home’s hea... — Updated 10/13/2021


Blair County Genealogical Society Meeting Planned

The Blair County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Roller Hojeth Memorial Library, 431 Scotch Valley Road. Dr. Pat Farabaugh will present on his new book “Disastrous Floods and the Demise of... — Updated 10/13/2021


Blair County Dog Park Will Host Free 'Howl-O-Ween' Event

The Blair County Dog Park, located in Martinsburg plans to host a free "Howl-O-Ween" event on Sunday, Oct. 31, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the 10-acre park off Agway Road. Members and... — Updated 10/7/2021


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


Nine State Game Lands Tours On Tap In October

Pennsylvania’s state game lands are something to behold. Want to see for yourself? Take one of the tours through game lands the Pennsylvania Game Commission is holding in October. The first tours of the season are scheduled for... — Updated 10/7/2021


Beekeepers Meeting This Sunday

The Cambria-Clearfield-Blair County Beekeepers will meet Sunday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Lighthouse in Altoona. The topic will be producing value added products from the hive. Need not be a beekeeper to attend. For more... — Updated 10/7/2021


Community Banker Elected to the 2021 ICBA Federal Delegate Board

The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) today announced that community banker Troy M. Campbell, President and CEO of Altoona First Savings Bank was elected to the ICBA Federal Delegate Board. ICBA is the nation’s... — Updated 10/7/2021


Wolf Administration Updates Strategy to Protect In-Person Instruction at Schools

The departments of Education, Health and Transportation recently discussed the state’s strategy to address a shortage of school bus drivers, and provided updates on the anticipated rollout of the vaccine for those age 5-11, and... — Updated 10/7/2021


Hometown Bank Announces Common Stock Offering

Beth Manges, President and CEO of Hometown Bank of Pennsylvania, has announced that the bank is undertaking a common stock offering starting Oct. 1, 2021, to further support the bank’s continuing growth. The bank is conducting... — Updated 10/7/2021


Detours Lifted on the North Juniata Street Intersection Improvements Project

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced Cottle’s Asphalt Maintenance Inc., of Everett will be lifting all detours associated with the project by close of business on Thursday, Sept. 30, on the... — Updated 10/1/2021


Emergency Blood And Platelet Shortage: Red Cross Supplies Drop To Lowest Post-Summer Levels Since 2015

The American Red Cross is experiencing an emergency blood and platelet shortage and must collect 10,000 additional blood products each week over the next month for the blood supply to recover and meet hospital and patient needs.... — Updated 10/1/2021


Job Fair at Jaffa Shrine Oct. 6

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, PA CareerLink will host a job fair in association with Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board, Altoona Blair County Development Corporation, Blair County Chamber of Commerce, and Greater Altoona... — Updated 10/1/2021


Pandemic Prompts More Americans to Consider Travel Insurance

A recent AAA travel survey found that 31 percent of travelers are more likely to purchase travel insurance. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on Americans’ travel plans, including how they protect their trips. Accor... — Updated 10/1/2021


Gov. Wolf Announces Veterans' Trust Fund Grant Awards

Governor Tom Wolf announced today that nine Pennsylvania county Veterans Affairs Offices will receive $150,000 in grants, and 20 charitable or Veteran Service Organizations will receive $650,000 in grants from the Veterans’ Trust... — Updated 10/1/2021


Game Commission Takes Measures To Address Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has taken important steps to address Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD), a considerable threat to the Commonwealth’s domestic and native wild rabbit and hare populations. A recent executive order... — Updated 10/1/2021


FDA And CDC Authorize Booster Dose of Pfizer Vaccine To Certain Adults; Pa. Vaccine Providers Are Ready

Following an in-depth approval process by the federal government, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced this week a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be immediately available for certain adults who were... — Updated 10/1/2021


Pennsylvania's Unemployment Rate Down to 6.4 Percent in August

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for August 2021. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point over the month to 6.4 percent in August.... — Updated 10/1/2021


Pennsylvania Spotlights Rich Food Culture on Four New Culinary Trails

First Lady Frances Wolf and Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary for Marketing, Tourism & Film Carrie Fischer Lepore celebrated Pennsylvania’s rich food history and heritage with the launch of... — Updated 10/1/2021


Check Car Seats to Ensure Child's Safety

As National Child Passenger Safety Week wraps up (Sept. 19-25), new research reveals a concerning gap in child passenger safety awareness. AAA East Central and the National Safety Council are sharing data that sheds light on the... — Updated 10/1/2021


Hollidaysburg Area Public Library's Used Book Sale Coming Up

The Friends of the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library will hold a used book sale Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 20 to 22, at the library at 1 Furnace Road, Hollidaysburg. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday,... — Updated 10/1/2021


Pennsylvania Farm Show Set for Jan. 8-15

Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding announced last week that the next Pennsylvania Farm Show will be held Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, through Saturday Jan. 15, 2022. This year’s Farm Show, unlike last year’s... — Updated 10/1/2021


American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Walk Set For Oct. 10

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Central PA will be held Oct. 10, 2021, at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona to unite communities, honor those touched by the disease and raise awareness and fun... — Updated 10/1/2021


Introducing A New Library Backpack Program: Birds of Central Pennsylvania Backpack

The Blair, Bedford & Huntingdon County Library Systems are pleased to announce a new library backpack program in cooperation with the Juniata Valley Audubon Society. Library patrons are invited to check out a FREE Birds of Central... — Updated 10/1/2021


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


Digital Hunting Licenses Available

In time for squirrel season, Pennsylvania hunters now may carry digital versions of their licenses, in place of paper licenses. Unlike Pennsylvania’s former hunting and furtaker licensing system, the new system, HuntFishPA, is... — Updated 9/24/2021


WISE Women of Blair County Announces Funding Opportunity

WISE Women of Blair County is providing a new funding opportunity, entitled Empowering Women & Eliminating Racism: Grant Application. WISE Women of Blair County, through the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, has... — Updated 9/24/2021


Pennsylvania Farm Show Set for Jan. 8-15

Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding announced last week that the next Pennsylvania Farm Show will be held Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, through Saturday Jan. 15, 2022. This year’s Farm Show, unlike last year’s... — Updated 9/24/2021


Blair County Historical Society Plants Cherry Tree for Blair County's 175th Anniversary and Sunday on the Lawn 2021 Season Finale

A tree dedication ceremony celebrating the 175th Anniversary of Blair County was held by the Blair County Historical Society at Baker Mansion Sunday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. Blair... — Updated 9/24/2021


Pa. Ready to Provide COVID-19 Booster Shots Upon CDC Authorization

Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam signed an order to ensure that vaccine providers are prepared to start COVID-19 booster shots as soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues the necessary federal... — Updated 9/24/2021


Low-Interest Loans Awarded to Companies Through PIDA

The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) has approved low-interest loans to three businesses, located in Bedford, Bucks, and Westmoreland counties, to help them improve their operations, better serve their... — Updated 9/24/2021


PennDOT Accepting Applications For 2022-23 Improvements Under Multimodal Transportation Fund

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that applications will be accepted to fund new transportation improvement projects under the Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) through Nov. 5, 2021. “The... — Updated 9/24/2021


Applications Open for $1.2 Million in Recovery Grants for the Humanities in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) announced it is now accepting applications statewide for $1.2 million in pandemic recovery grants for organizations with a humanities-based mission and organizations conducting humanities... — Updated 9/24/2021


State Auditor Reminds School Districts to Keep Bus Driver Background Checks on File

Auditor General Timothy L. DeFoor reminded school districts facing a shortage of bus drivers not to cut corners regarding driver background checks required by state law. “Bus driver background checks help to keep... — Updated 9/24/2021


School District Allows Parents to Sign Exceptions to Covering Requirement Form

At the monthly Hollidaysburg School District Board of Directors Voting meeting, it was determined by the board that students could be exempt from wearing a mask or face covering if parents signed the exceptions to the covering... — Updated 9/23/2021


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


Hollidaysburg Borough Council Sees Hirings, Resignations, Retirements

The Hollidaysburg Borough Council meeting on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers was highlighted by several hirings, a resignation, and a retirement of key personnel. Amy Hazlett, a former volunteer firefighter,... — Updated 9/10/2021


Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership Looks to Fill Executive Committee Positions

The Sept. 8 monthly board meeting of the Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership (HACP) was focused on replacing executive committee members and program and development planning. A profit of $2,570 came in from Family Fun Day at... — Updated 9/9/2021 Full story


Blair County Historical Society Plans Events for County's 175th Anniversary

A tree dedication ceremony celebrating the 175th Anniversary of Blair County will be held by the Blair County Historical Society at Baker Mansion on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. This... — Updated 9/9/2021


Upcoming Hollidaysburg Area Public Library Activities

The Hollidaysburg Area Public Library has announced its activities and resources for September. The library will be closed Sept. 4, 5 and 6 for the Labor Day holiday. September is National Library Card Signup Month. Stop by the Lib... — Updated 9/3/2021


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


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


9/11 Remembrance Event to Take Place at the Jaffa Shrine

A show of faith, patriotism, and civic pride marking the 20th anniversary remembrance of one of our nation’s greatest tragedies on Sept. 11, 2001, will be held Saturday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Jaffa Shrine Center in Altoona.... — Updated 9/2/2021


Make-A-Wish Looking for Local Volunteers

Children who are living with critical illnesses need the transformational power of a wish. Make-A-Wish needs local residents to make it happen by volunteering their time and compassion to assist with fulfilling wishes. The... — Updated 9/2/2021


Penn State Altoona to Hold Event Remembering 9/11

Penn State Altoona will host “Our Shared Stories,” an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Join with community members to share stories and memories of that... — Updated 9/2/2021


Help Tackle The Need By Giving Blood

As fall approaches, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help end the ongoing critical need for blood and kick off the season with a blood or platelet donation. The Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to give now... — Updated 9/2/2021


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