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Health and wellness council meets via Zoom

The Blair County Board of Health and Wellness will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, March 25, 2022, via Zoom meeting.

Ashley Gay Vocco, Victim Services Program Manager for Family Services Inc., will present “When the home isn’t safe, Family Services, Inc. Victim Services is here to help.”

The Blair County Board of Health and Welfare provides education and information to the public about health and social care needs, services and resources. The public is invited to attend the meeting.

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Catholic Daughters discuss centenary

NORTHERN CAMBRIA – Our Lady of Victory Court, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, held its first meeting of 2022 on March 3.

Regent Cindy Keefe read the nominations from CDA’s education winners. The winners will be announced at the April meeting with the recognition celebration taking place in May for the winners.

The celebration of the centenary of the Court was at the center of this meeting. Volunteers were solicited and provided to carry out various works at the liturgy and at dinner.

A nominating committee is needed for the regent, vice regent, and treasurer. Please call Cindy Keefe if you wish to do so. None of the officers can do that; it has to be someone among the members.

April is court audit month, so an audit committee has been formed to meet this ADC requirement.

Annette Fisanick volunteered to lead a membership drive at the May meeting. Each member attending the meeting is encouraged to bring a friend.

All members are invited to the birthday dinner on April 24, but Sandy Owens, Birthday Chair, must have your check by March 28.

Liturgy will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Prince of Peace Church in North Cambria with dinner and a reception to follow at Cambrian Hills Country Club.

For more information, call Owens, Keefe at 814-57-1530 or Vice Regent Merlann Malloy at 814-674-3323.

The group organizes the “Welcome to Johnstown” event

JOHNSTOWN – A group of local community leaders and volunteers recently formed the Johnstown Pro Immigration Alliance (JPIA) and came together to begin organizing a “Welcome to Johnstown” community event.

The event will celebrate the immigrants who already live and contribute to Johnstown and surrounding communities.

The event will take place on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April.

If you or your ancestors immigrated to Johnstown and are interested in getting involved, or know someone who could be a part of the celebration, contact [email protected] for more information.

The group is thrilled to welcome new storytellers to help shape this celebration to reflect a spirit of growing awareness and appreciation for the diverse community.

If a company would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and ways to get involved, contact [email protected]

CDA Tribunal discusses upcoming activities

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court No. 1755, Our Lady of the Alleghenies, met Feb. 9 at Knights of Columbus Hall.

The 2022 budget and the 2022 rules of procedure were adopted as presented previously.

A discussion ensued regarding the CDA National Convention to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 20-24. Two delegates were elected to represent the court: Mary Dively and Pat Gildea. The court will place a $100 quarter-page ad in the national program.

The yard was invited to participate in the Knights of Columbus Lenten Food Bank drive: 40 cans for 40 days of Lent. It runs until Maundy Thursday, April 14.

The Diocesan Assembly and Welcome Mass for new members will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday April 9 at St. Matthew’s Church in Tyrone. Reservation forms are required; cost of lunch $20.00; new members will be free.

The court blood drive will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on May 3 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. If you can help, call Patti Metzgar at 814-327-4110. Masks will be required and the Knights of Columbus will participate.

The 65th anniversary of the court is September 25. Annamaria Trombetto, President, announced that the event will take place at 11 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick’s Church in Newry, followed by a reception at the American Legion Social Hall hosted by Woodbury Cafe.

Readers wanted for new play in Bedford

BEDFORD – Readers are needed for a new play reading workshop, “Great Union” by acclaimed playwright Jerry Slaff.

The reading will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at the Off Pitt Street Theater Company, 110 W. Pitt St., Suite 2, in downtown Bedford. .

A culturally diverse cast is the priority for this premiere event.

Cast members will meet the author, read the play aloud, and then ideas for workshops to help prepare for the production debut this summer.

Actors participating in this reading will receive priority casting consideration for the flagship production.

This request will remain open until all character slots are filled.

To receive a full list of character descriptions, call or text 814-310-1987 or email [email protected]

The lending program offers hotspots, tablets, and more.

PORTAGE — The Portage Public Library has received funding to provide Wi-Fi hotspots, tablets (with built-in Wi-Fi) and Chromebooks (with built-in Wi-Fi) to library users aged 18 and more.

Through the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Connectivity Fund, a $7.17 billion program to help schools and libraries provide the tools and services needed to provide needed internet access, the library will be able to offer broadband Internet service for off-campus use.

You must have a library card to participate, as well as complete a form certifying that you do not otherwise have sufficient access to a computer or broadband internet.

For more information on the kits, call the library at 814-736-4340.

Library cards are free and open to everyone.

Sandyvale Gardens to start seminars

JOHNSTOWN — Sandyvale Memorial Gardens and Conservancy will begin its Spring 2022 Greenhouse Seminars with the presentation of their first seminar this weekend.

The seminars will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at 80 Hickory St. in the Hornerstown neighborhood of Johnstown. The cost of each seminar is $20.

Refreshments will be served. All seminars will have handouts and projects to take home.

The 2022 program includes:

March 26 — How to Create a Living Art Masterpiece. Ron McIntosh, the former “Green Farmer” on WJAC-TV, will demonstrate the creation of bonsai and topiary. Each participant will leave with a real bonsai that he will have created during the seminar workshop.

April 2 — Indoor plants and succulents. McIntosh will demonstrate how easy it is to make a succulent planter that participants will create in class and take home. He will also discuss the care of succulents and houseplants and the different ways to plant, propagate and grow them.

April 9 — The Garden Club of Johnstown will present a two-part seminar/workshop:

Part I: The Importance of Native Bees. Participants will learn about native mason bees and their importance as pollinators for the environment. Participants will make a native bee house to take home to their garden.

Part II: Simple design elements for container planting. Participants will learn some simple design elements and how to create a striking planter using “Detective novels,” “Fills” and “Spillers” for their porch or garden. Flowers from Sandyvale Memorial Gardens and the Conservancy Greenhouse will be featured. All other materials will be provided so that everyone has a finished potted planting to take home.

April 23 — The History of Native Americans in Western Pennsylvania and the Food They Cultivated. UPJ History Professor Dr. Paul Douglas Newman will discuss his extensive 14-year research on Native Americans, and how and why they settled in this area. A take-home garden project will be created by the participants. There will be exhibits and local Native American artifacts.

April 30 — Life in the tropics, the plants that will grow here. Sister Patti Rossi, of the Order of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, will talk about her years of missionary life in the tropics, the beautiful plants that are there and those that will grow in our region. Each participant will create a tropical planter to take home.

Class sizes are limited to 30 places per session and prior registration is required.

To register, call 814-266-7891 or email [email protected] to receive a form, complete it and return it with your check (no cash) to Sandyvale, PO Box 41, Johnstown, PA 15907 or register online at click on Greenhouse/Educational Seminars.

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