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 By Allan J. Bassler    News

Herald Introduces a New Free Community Events Calendar

The Herald is introducing a new community calendar that is free to use. The Herald’s Community Events Calendar has been completely revamped and is now easier to use. The entire community is invited to make the calendar a central... — Updated 8/27/2020  Website

 

State Drought Watch Includes Blair County

After a meeting of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) onAug. 21 declared a drought watch for 16 counties: Armstrong, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, F... — Updated 8/26/2020

 

Blair County Seeking Contact Tracing Volunteers

The Blair County Emergency Management Agency is seeking volunteers to serve as members of the Blair County COVID-19 Contact Tracing Team. Contact tracing, a core disease control measure, is a key strategy for preventing further... — Updated 7/31/2020

 
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Final Push to Get Every Pennsylvanian Counted in the 2020 Census Has Begun

The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) and township officials across the state are urging everyone in the commonwealth to fill out the U.S. Census form and make sure friends, family, and neighbors are al... — Updated 9/17/2020

 
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Pennsylvania Courts Advise of Phone Scam

Pennsylvania’s Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) is advising the public to stay vigilant against a recently reported phone scam. The scam involves calls that “spoof” or mimic the AOPC’s telephone number.... — Updated 9/17/2020

 
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The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12 a.m., Sept. 15, that there were 1,151 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 146,214. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVI... — Updated 9/17/2020

 
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PennDOT Seeks Applications For 2020-21 Improvements Under Transportation Fund

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) on Tuesday, Sept. 8, announced that applications will be accepted to fund new transportation improvement projects under the Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) through Nov.... — Updated 9/10/2020

 
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Law Enforcement Plays Important Role in Virus Mitigation Education

Gov. Tom Wolf visited the Susquehanna Township Police headquarters on Aug. 3 to discuss the important roles education and understanding play in the enforcement of the various COVID-19 mitigation orders in place across the state.... — Updated 9/10/2020

 
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IRC Collected 57,000 Pounds of Hazardous Waste at August Event

The IRC collected nearly 57,000 pounds of hazardous materials at its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection at PNG Field on Aug. 21 and 22. Residents throughout Blair County were encouraged to participate and bring their... — Updated 9/10/2020

 
 By Christen Smith    News 

Pa. Supreme Court Bars Trump Campaign From Election Lawsuit

The state’s highest court said neither the president’s reelection campaign – nor the national Republican National Committee – can intervene in a state lawsuit brought against election officials. The split decision comes six... — Updated 9/10/2020

 
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Pa. Announces Online Ballot Applications Available in Spanish

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar announced Aug. 12 that the state’s online application for mail-in and absentee ballots is now available in Spanish. To access the Spanish-language services, go to... — Updated 9/10/2020

 
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The Inkwell Group to Meet Oct. 6

“Your Story is Perfect! Don't Change a Thing. Well, Except For....” tips and advice on self-editing presented by author Phil Guinta. This workshop will provide tips for taming the beast before submitting to an editor, agent,... — Updated 9/10/2020

 
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Rep. Joyce Introduces Measure to Award Medal of Honor to Bedford WW II Hero

Congressman John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13) recently introduced H.R.7835 to authorize the president to award the Medal of Honor to Eric Fisher Wood, Jr. for acts of valor during the... — Updated 9/10/2020

 
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The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of 12 a.m. Sept. 8, that there are 496 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 140,359. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The... — Updated 9/10/2020

 
 By JILL BRUBAKER REIGH    News 

Conservative Groups Host 'Red, White and Blue' Rally

Two local conservative groups cohosted a patriotic "Red, White and Blue Rally" to celebrate American freedoms and to show support for local law enforcement on Saturday, Sept. 5,... — Updated 9/10/2020

 
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Area Students Named to Spring Dean's List at IUP

The following area students have been named to the spring 2020 dean's list at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Students achieve dean's list status when they are full-time (12 or more credits) with a grade point average of 3.25... — Updated 9/10/2020

 
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Hollidaysburg Herald Introduces a New Community Calendar – Free and Easy to Use

The Herald is introducing a new community calendar that is free to use. The Herald's Community Calendar has been completely revamped and is now easier to use. The entire... — Updated 9/3/2020

 
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Penn State Offering Master Gardener Class

Do you have a strong interest in gardening? Are you a life-long learner? Do you want to help others and share your gardening enthusiasm and knowledge? Then consider becoming a Penn... — Updated 9/3/2020

 
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Growing Drought Causing Trees To Drop Leaves; Portends A Poor Foliage Display

With little rain in the long-term weather forecast, a worsening drought in much of the Northeast portends trouble for Pennsylvania's vaunted fall foliage display, according to a Pen... — Updated 9/3/2020

 
 By Jim Garrity    News 

Gas Prices Jump Following Hurricane's Arrival

The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is 11 cents higher this week at $2.584 per gallon, according to AAA East Central's Gas Price Report. This week's avg.... — Updated 9/3/2020

 
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Grant to Help Blair County Airport With Recovery from Crisis

The Altoona-Blair County Airport, Martinsburg, is one of two airports that serve the people of Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District that has been awarded Federal Aviation... — Updated 9/3/2020

 
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Flight 93 National Memorial to Offer Special Event on Sept. 11

The Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville will continue to remember the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93 on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. The National Park Service (NPS)... — Updated 9/3/2020

 
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Lyme Disease Support Group Will Not Meet

The Sept. 10 meeting of the Altoona Area Lyme Disease Support Group has been cancelled. Go to palyme.org to learn how to prevent tick bites and tick-borne diseases. Find “Altoona Area Lyme Disease Support Group” and “PA Lyme... — Updated 9/3/2020

 
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Motorists Urged to Drive Safely

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) are reminding motorists to travel responsibly ahead of the Labor Day holiday. During the 2019 Labor Day holiday enforcement period,... — Updated 9/3/2020

 
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Blair County Offers COVID-19 Grant Programs for Tourism, Small Business

Blair County is offering a grant program designed to help local small businesses recover from COVID-19 related problems and losses. County commissioners voted in late August to create the programs, which require that the business c... — Updated 9/3/2020

 
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The Hollidaysburg Herald's Weekly Virus Update

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed as of 12 a.m., Sept. 1, that there are 770 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 134,795 All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The... — Updated 9/3/2020

 

Blair Among 16 Counties Under a Drought Watch

After a meeting of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Friday, Aug. 21, declared a drought watch for 16 counties: Armstrong, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield,... — Updated 8/27/2020

 

WPSU-TV to broadcast 'Our Town: Hollidaysburg' on Sept. 3

As part of WPSU-TV's fall fundraising campaign, the station will be airing stories from Blair County in Our Town: Hollidaysburg on Thursday, Sept. 3. The time and station depends upon a viewer's cable TV service or online viewing... — Updated 8/26/2020

 

'The Big Barn' Wedding Venue Wins Federal Grant

A Hollidaysburg-area business is benefiting from a USDA program to help farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses lower energy costs in rural Pennsylvania. USDA is providing the funding through the Rural Energy for America... — Updated 8/24/2020

 

Hazardous Waste Collection On Aug. 21-22 at PNG Field

The Intermunicipal Relations Committee will hold its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Peoples Natural Gas Field, Altoona.... — Updated 8/20/2020

 

Pa. Will Provide Postage-Paid Return Envelopes with Mail and Absentee Ballots

Pa. Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar announced on July 31 that the Pa. Department of State will provide funding for postage so all eligible voters can return their mail-in and absentee ballots at no cost to the voter... — Updated 8/20/2020

 

Rep. Joyce Introduces Measure to Award Medal of Honor to Bedford WW II Hero

Congressman John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13) recently introduced H.R.7835 to authorize the president to award the Medal of Honor to Eric Fisher Wood, Jr. for acts of valor during the... — Updated 8/20/2020

 
 By Thomas Schmitt    News

Hollidaysburg School District Moves to 'Hybrid' Plan

With the spike Blair County has seen in August in the number of coronavirus cases, original start-up plans for the Hollidaysburg School District had to be revised in order to accommodate the safety of all students in the district,... — Updated 8/20/2020

 
 By Thomas Schmitt    News

Borough Cancels Downtown Live and Pumpkin Fest Due to COVID-19 Restrictions

The Hollidaysburg Borough Council held its regular meeting on Aug. 13 by teleconference. A closed-door executive session by the council pushed back the start of the meeting by 30 minutes. Borough manager Jim Gehret reported that... — Updated 8/18/2020

 
 By Thomas Schmitt    News

Community Partnership Seeking Community Coordinator

The Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership Board of Directors held its August meeting at the Hollidaysburg Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 8. The board is considering adding a perspective board member, Jared Keller, of Keller... — Updated 8/18/2020

 

Virtual Plans Display T-378 Bridge Replacement Project in Blair County

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), in accordance with Governor Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, will conduct a virtual plans display to inform the public of the proposed T-378 West Loop Road Bridge... — Updated 8/17/2020

 

Virtual Plans Display T-378 Bridge Replacement Project in Frankstown Township

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), in accordance with Governor Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, will conduct a virtual plans display to inform the public of the proposed T-378 West Loop Road Bridge... — Updated 8/17/2020

 
 By Ad Crable    News

Report: Nearly A Third Of Pa.'s Waterways 'Quality Impaired'

Nearly one of every three miles of streams and rivers in Pennsylvania has impaired water quality, according to a draft report detailing the state’s latest assessment. The number of impaired stream miles has grown by 5,568 miles s... — Updated 8/13/2020

 
 By AAA East Central    News

Western Pa. Gas Prices Rise Slightly; Average Not Swayed by Hurricane

The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania increased three cents this week to $2.464 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average ... — Updated 8/13/2020

 

There's Still Time to Respond to the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census will have a direct impact on small towns and rural areas across the country for the next 10 years. There’s still time to respond. Respond online now at 2020census.gov, by phone at (844) 330-2020, or by mail.... — Updated 8/13/2020

 

Engineering Design Challenge Open to High School Students

High school students interested in engineering, creative design and/or science are encouraged to participate in the first-ever, Saint Francis University 2020 Engineering Design Challenge. Challengers will work on a solo design... — Updated 8/13/2020

 

Mental Wellness Resources Available for 1st Responders

State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego on July 29 announced the launch of several new online resources designed to provide mental wellness resources for fire, rescue and emergency medical services personnel across the commonwealth. Fo... — Updated 8/13/2020

 

The Herald's Weekly Virus Update

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12 a.m., Aug. 11, that there are 828 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 120,281. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of... — Updated 8/13/2020

 

Pa. Ag Dept. Warns Consumers to Report Unsolicited Seeds Received by Mail

Pa. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding on July 28 warned consumers to properly discard and report unordered and mislabeled seeds shipped from overseas. Consumers nationwide have received seeds in packages labeled as jewelry.... — Updated 7/31/2020

 
 By AAA East Central    News

AAA: Gas Average Dips in Pennsylvania

The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is a penny cheaper this week at $2.447 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. On the week, only a handful of states in the Mid-Atlantic and... — Updated 7/31/2020

 
 By Richard Tate    News

Pa. Game Commission Updates Chronic Wasting Disease Plan

The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) hosted a webinar on Monday, July 27, that presented the updated Chronic Wasting Disease Plan that was presented to the Board of Game Commissioners on Saturday, July 25. Andrea Korman, the... — Updated 7/31/2020

 

How prevalent is animal abuse in Pa.?

A two-year look at statewide animal abuse data approaching the anniversary of Libre's Law found that, over the past few years, 52 percent of animal abuse offenses filed in... — Updated 7/31/2020

 
 By Brian Hess    News

Two Morrisons Cove Police Officers Awarded County Medal of Valor

Blair County Law Enforcement officials bestowed the Medal of Valor to two county police officers on Friday, June 24, in front of the courthouse in Hollidaysburg. Honored for their... — Updated 7/31/2020

 

Two Morrisons Cove Police Officers Awarded Medal of Valor

Blair County Law Enforcement officials bestowed the Medal of Valor to two county police officers on Friday, June 24, in front of the courthouse in Hollidaysburg. Honored for their... — Updated 7/31/2020

 

PennDOT Extends Dates on Driver Licenses, ID Cards, Learner's Permits

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced on July 24 that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, and learner’s permits, will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to... — Updated 7/31/2020

 

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