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A lesson on acceptance

The more, the merrier. At least that’s what we keep telling ourselves. Our family recently welcomed cat No. 4 into the Smith menagerie. Upon hearing that there was a kitten in need, our daughter, Val, launched a diligent campaign to convince us to adopt her. Considering two facts — ...

Spiritual notes

The senior class of Great Commission School, a non-profit, private school, will serve a spaghetti dinner from 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the school, 1100 Sixth Ave., Altoona. The dinner will feature DelGrosso’s spaghetti sauce and meatballs, and salad from the Olive Garden. Cost of the dinner ...

Recital to benefit Mount Carmel’s pipe organ campaign

By Holly Claycomb hclaycomb@altoonamirror.com A variety of French organ music will be presented during an organ recital at 3 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 806 11th St., Altoona. The concert, to support the church’s pipe organ campaign, will be performed by ...

Program focuses on Shroud of Turin

Speaker Bill Wingard will present the history and science of the Shroud of Turin, an artifact Pope St. John Paul II has referred to as “the most splendid relic of the Passion and the Resurrection,” during a presentation at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Saint Francis University. The program is free and ...

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Car events

Blair County Antique Auto Club (BCAAC) monthly meeting, 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Bavarian Hall, Altoona. For membership information, call Betty Campbell at 942-2525 or download a membership form at www.bcaac.org. BCAAC cruise-ins, 5 p.m. every Sunday through October, ...

Across the area

Juniata Civics plan activities The Juniata Civic Association held its annual Octoberfest and regular meeting on Oct. 3. Reports from various committees were given. Sports-reported fall baseball is coming to close with Penn State Altoona, the Altoona Area open baseball clinic and BG Baseball ...

Used book sale

Courtesy photo The Friends of the Altoona Area Public Library will hold a fall used book sale from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30 on the ground floor of the library. There are no Sunday hours. Monday is $5-a-bag day. The book sale offers books of all kinds ...

Golf event benefits Service Paws of Central PA

EBENSBURG — Service Paws of Central PA held its inaugural golf tournament on July 28 at the Ebensburg Country Club. This was a four-person scramble for all skill levels. A grilled lunch was held. There was a basket raffle, 50/50, door prizes for each golfer (gift cards donated by 66 area ...

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AAJHS to present ‘Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit’

The Altoona Area Junior High School Drama Club will present “Law & Order: A Fairy Tale Unit” at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday in the Altoona Area Junior High School auditorium. A special senior citizen showing will be offered at 7 p.m. Wednesday. This is a short comedy written by ...

Glendale Education Foundation approves donation policy

COALPORT — The Glendale Education Foundation met Sept. 25. The board of directors approved the donation policy that delineates acceptable requests for funding from teachers and students, as well as foundation-created awards given for outstanding student attendance. In addition, executive ...

On campus

Scholar gets Student Excellence Award LINCOLN, Neb. — Mandy Conahye of Duncansville, a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a 2017 Great Plains IDEA Student Excellence Award recipient, earning $1,000. Conahye is pursuing her master’s degree in family and community ...

Reunion

The Bellwood Antis High School class of 1949 held its 68th anniversary reunion on Sept. 8 at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House in Altoona. After dinner, a memorial was held for the 47 classmates who have passed away. Game activities and a discussion of yesteryear events were held. The 2018 ...

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Brittany Paul, Sgt. Sean Barazotto

James Paul Jr. of Altoona and Pamela and Dave Elliott of Hollidaysburg announced the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Paul, to Sgt. Sean Barazotto, son of Colleen and John Barazotto of Hollidaysburg. The couple live in Hollidaysburg. Both graduated from Hollidaysburg Area Senior High ...

Alyssa Miller, Casey Gorsuch

Alyssa Miller and Casey Gorsuch, both of Williamsburg, are engaged to be married. Miss Miller is the daughter of Neil and Lucy Miller of Williamsburg. She is a 2011 graduate of Williamsburg Community High School and a 2015 graduate of Penn State Altoona with a bachelor of science degree in ...

Heather Koontz, Adam Givler

Heather Koontz and Adam Givler, both of Altoona, are engaged to be married. Miss Koontz is the daughter of Tim and Debbie Koontz of Altoona. She is a 1992 graduate of Calvary Baptist Christian Academy, Altoona. Miss Koontz is a bartender at Kryptonite in Altoona. Mr. Givler is the son ...

Alyssa Eaton, Martin Banks III

Alyssa Eaton and Martin Banks III, both of Altoona, are engaged to be married. Miss Eaton is the daughter of Edward and Cynthia Eaton, both of Altoona. She is a 2009 graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, Altoona. She is a teller with First National Bank, Altoona. Mr. ...

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Barbara and Mark Pleskonko

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Pleskonko will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary Oct. 23. They were married Oct. 23, 1982, at Schum Memorial United Methodist Church, Altoona. Mrs. Pleskonko is the former Barbara Ray. The couple have two children: Nickolas of Minneapolis and Madelyn of ...

Wanda and William Coady

Mr. and Mrs. William R. Coady will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday. A card shower is being held. Cards may be sent to them at 2034 Tuckahoe Road, Tyrone, PA 16686. They were married Oct. 21, 1967, at Carson Valley Church of the Brethren, Duncansville. Mrs. Coady is ...

W. Jeffrey and Deborah Clabaugh

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Clabaugh of Reading, formerly of Altoona, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Ireland and a party at Stokesay Castle, Reading. They were married Aug. 26, 1967, at Otterbein United Methodist Church, Altoona, Mrs. Clabaugh is the former Deborah Swan. ...

Robert and Debbie Gardner

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gardner of 208 Atlas Drive, Hollidaysburg, marked their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday. The couple celebrated their anniversary on Sept. 3 with a wedding re-enactment at the Juniata valley Gospel Church, Hollidaysburg. The couple requested no gifts, but donations be ...

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Sarah Harten, Adam Dibert

Sarah Harten and Adam Dibert were united in marriage at 2 p.m. Sept. 9 at Upper Claar Church of the Brethren, Claysburg. The bride is the daughter of Jerry and Connie Harten and Tim and Stacey Miller, all of Altoona. The bridegroom is the son of Edward Dibert of Imler and the late Phoebe ...

Gina Merritts, Jack Ross III

Gina M. Merritts and Jack B. Ross III were united in marriage on June 3 at Our Lady of Mount Caramel Catholic Church, Altoona. The bride is the daughter of Ronald “Gene” and Yvonne Merritts, both of Altoona. The bridegroom is the son of Jack Jr. and Marina Ross of Altoona. Father ...

Alaina Walker, Jordan Kirsch

Alaina Walker and Jordan Kirsch were united in marriage at 3:30 p.m. June 23 on the lawn of John Wright Restaurant in Wrightsville. The bride is the daughter of Brian and Heidi Walker of Millersville. The bridegroom is the son of Ken and Stephanie Kirsch of Hollidaysburg. Pastor Todd ...

Kelsey Barton, Kyle Foor

Kelsey Barton and Kyle Foor were united in marriage at 4 p.m. July 15 at Cameron Estate Inn, Mount Joy. The bride is the daughter of Michael and Cindy Barton of Woodbury. The bridegroom is the son of Theresa Smith of Everett and Don Foor of New Enterprise. Pastor David Ulm performed the ...