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Blair County medical center brightens walls with artwork from students

HOLLIDAYSBURG — UPMC Altoona made an ambitious request for a piece of art to comfort hospital guests, and Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School students delivered. A group of 20 students worked on a mural over the past six weeks that will be hung in the hospital’s cafeteria. It was an ...

Festival of lights to include holiday market

A city park’s trees will burst forth in an array of colored lights. Vendors will sell products in an open-air market. Children will meet and greet Disney characters and Santa Claus will take wishes. It’s the annual Festival of Lights at Brandon Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6, according to ...

‘Dickens of a Christmas’ in Wellsboro

The 36th Annual Dickens of a Christmas celebration is coming Friday through Sunday. “Wellsboro’s Dickens of a Christmas is a family, fun event,” said Julie VanNess, Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, according to a news release. “Having a good time is what our ...

Christmas village collection on display on Main Street

Jean Balko, now of Oil City, got to see her Department 56 Dickens’ Village collection for the first time since giving it to the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce in August of 2018. Now through Jan. 1, 2020, Balko’s buildings and accessories will be on display day and night in the front ...

College hosts ‘giving thanks’ dinner for veterans

LOCK HAVEN– Lock Haven University welcomed more than 160 veterans to the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center on Monday, Nov. 18 for a free “Giving Thanks” dinner. The Thanksgiving-style dinner was served by volunteers from various local organizations. It was the second consecutive year ...

YWCA offers ‘Hut of Hope’

A new hand-crafted addition to the YWCA’s West Fourth Street location is helping those in need find dignity, hope and comfort, according to a news release. The YWCA’s Hut of Hope is located in front of the brick home of the YWCA, right at the sidewalk, so passersby in need have access to ...

Bikers celebrate Thanksgiving with residents of Hope Enterprises

WOOLRICH — It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to help someone less fortunate than yourself. Just ask members of the Susquehanna Valley Big Twins Motorcycle Club, who’ve been preparing a Thanksgiving Dinner for residents of Hope Enterprises for the last 31 years. On Sunday, the event ...

Codes officer explains post’s responsibilities

LOCK HAVEN — The City of Lock Haven is the only one of 29 municipalities in Clinton County with a building code official on staff. That information was presented to city council on Monday night by Code and Zoning Officer Cyndi Walker who wanted to clarify what it is her office does. The ...

Meal program expands in Juniata County

MIFFLINTOWN — A program that provides meals to students after school will be introduced at Juniata Elementary School thanks to a partnership with Cedar Grove Brethren in Christ Church. Juniata County School District Superintendent Gary Dawson told the board of directors during its workshop ...

City cop named officer of the quarter

City police Agent Jason Bolt — who played a critical role in several “high-profile violent criminal investigations” in the months of July, August and September — has been chosen as the Police Officer for the Third Quarter of the Year, according to city Police Chief Damon Hagan. An ...

Youngsters sing, learn about sacrifices and meaning of service

The multipurpose room of Loyalsock Valley Elementary School, in the Montoursville Area School District, was crowded with children and family as, once again, the faculty, staff and students of the school honored veterans from all branches of the U.S. military Tuesday. “We celebrate all of ...

Students pay tribute to Renovo-area veterans

RENOVO — It was an often emotional Veterans Day program yesterday morning at Bucktail Area High School as the school and community joined hands in honoring all veterans in their program “Heroes Among Us.” In an event that manages to get bigger and better every year, the seats on the gym ...

Sugar Valley Rural Charter School honors area veterans

LOGANTON — Since 2011 the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School has upheld the tradition of observing Veterans Day and honoring those who have dedicated their lives to serving our country, and this year was no different. Students from grades kindergarten through 12 gathered together on Monday ...

Long-lost flag tells a story of love, war and pride

BEECH CREEK — It was May 27, 1944 when a 19-year-old Beech Creek man died while serving his country. Now, some 65 years later, the death of that handsome young man — Pvt. Harold R. Walker — has resurfaced in a big way as family members have found the American Flag that was used at his ...

Lewistown’s pancake breakfast will be back — but ‘Pancho’ won’t

LEWISTOWN — The Lewistown Kiwanis Club holds its pancake breakfast each year, and has done so since the late 1950s. And each year, it has featured a character — initially the mascot for Aunt Jemima pancakes, then Pancho Pancake. But this year, after some internal deliberation and some ...

Jersey Shore Hospital hosts dinner to honor veterans

JERSEY SHORE — Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital hosted its inaugural Veterans Appreciation Dinner on Wednesday evening. Hosting 97 people, hospital leadership served veterans and their families a roast beef dinner, complete with mashed potatoes, vegetables and pie. Veterans from Lycoming and ...

Bellefonte mulls body cameras for cops

BELLEFONTE — The Bellefonte Borough Police Department is one step closer to getting body cams. At this week’s Bellefonte Borough Council meeting, members of council heard from Police Sgt. Jason Brower, who talked about the body cams. The borough is one of the few police departments in ...

Police officers plan ‘Operation Christmas’

AVIS — The Pine Creek Township Police Department will be accepting families for their “Operation Christmas” program, a help fund designed to provide Christmas gifts to families in need in the Avis Borough, Dunnstable Township, Wayne Township and Pine Creek Township areas. Residents of ...

Man elected Mifflin County coroner — against his wishes

LEWISTOWN — Alan R. Sunderland may be the first candidate to ever win an election despite not wanting to. Sunderland was elected Mifflin County Coroner Tuesday, according to unofficial election results, defeating longtime incumbent Daniel P. Lynch, who was on the ballot as an independent ...

Muncy church hosts youth service project

MUNCY — First United Methodist Church of Muncy played host to the recent annual Future Farmers of America Northern Regional Leadership Conference. Students from all over Central Pennsylvania gathered to enrich themselves in the organization’s goal to prepare “members for leadership and ...