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Courtesy Photos The Patton Garden Club has elected new officers for 2022-24. They are (from left to right): Jeannine Cymbor, treasurer; Cheryl Vescovi, corresponding secretary; Jan Davis, District VI President; Mimi Bradley, President; and Donna Krise, vice-president. Mary Davis, secretary, was absent when the photo was taken.

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The Patton Garden Club has elected new officers for 2022-24. They are (from left to right): Jeannine Cymbor, treasurer; Cheryl Vescovi, corresponding secretary; Jan Davis, District VI President; Mimi Bradley, President; and Donna Krise, vice-president. Mary Davis, secretary, was absent when the photo was taken.

Patton Garden Club starts the new year

PATTON – The Patton Garden Club opened the year 2022 on March 28 with a presentation by master gardener, Bob Strittmatter. His program, “Companion planting” offered many suggestions for planting a wide variety of plants in the garden to complement each other.

The business meeting followed and outlined activities for the coming year.

The club’s annual meeting was held on April 25 in the presence of 24 members. Jan Davis, master gardener, presented a program on “Pollinator Garden Requirements.” Davis’ PowerPoint presentation highlighted the plants most likely to attract pollinators and reviewed applying for Pollinator Friendly Garden certification.

The club’s annual plant sale was held on Saturday, June 4 at the Fix-It Shop. Proceeds from the sale will fund the two $1,000 scholarships awarded to high school graduates.

Plans for the Corner Lot Flower Garden have been reviewed, the date for Christmas Tea has been set for November 23 and the annual Mums Sale will take place in August.

Following the business meeting, the officers for 2022-24 were installed by Jan Davis, District VI President. They are Mimi Bradley, president, Donna Krise, vice-president, Mary Davis, secretary, Jeannine Cymbor, treasurer, and Cheryl Vescovi, corresponding secretary.

New members are welcome. For more information contact any member or call 814-674-5143.

AHS Class of 1957 planning meeting

The Altoona High School Class of 1957 Reunion Committee is currently planning its 65th anniversary reunion to be held October 7, 8 and 9 at the Blairmont Club, Hollidaysburg.

There will be a buffet on Friday and Saturday evenings with brunch on Sunday. On Saturday, a tour of the new Altoona Area High School is scheduled for the morning and a tour of Baker Mansion is scheduled for the afternoon.

Information has been sent to all classmates for whom the committee has a current address. If you haven’t received a letter, need more information, or have questions, contact Judy Russell at 814-941-6170 or email [email protected]

Wm. Penn Association plans a picnic

The William Penn Association, Branch 800, Altoona met on May 10 at the Notre-Dame de Lourdes Education Center

Chapter leaders voted to send a monetary donation to help sponsor the association’s annual golf tournament which benefits the WPA Scholarship Fund.

In conjunction with the Home Office’s Join Hands Against Hunger project, donations will be made to Catholic charities, Sister Paula’s soup kitchen and American relief workers.

The annual branch picnic will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3 at Highland Park, Altoona. The menu includes hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, baked beans, tomatoes, iced tea, lemonade and brownies.

Cost is $5 per person free of charge for children under 12. Call Dan Greiner to book at 814-943-7471 by July 18. There will be gifts for everyone.

The WPA is a fraternal organization with headquarters in Pittsburgh and branches across the United States. For more information, call Bob Jones at 814-942-2661.

PARSE hears about veterans services

The Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees, Blair, Bedford, Huntingdon Chapter 1-10 met May 17 at the American Legion Social Hall.

The featured speaker was John Clay, supervisor of volunteer services at James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center, Altoona. Several veterans were in the audience, and Clay thanked them for their service to our country.

He provided information on the many volunteer opportunities at the AV and upcoming events at the facility. He urged veterans to investigate service eligibility and answered questions.

President Sharon Dell reported on the Central Region PARSE meeting held April 7 and the need to elect delegates to attend the state PARSE meeting September 13-14 in Gettysburg.

The next chapter meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19 at the American Legion Social Hall.

There will be a picnic and entertainment.

Members will receive a reservation form and information by mail. Contact James Dell, secretary, with any questions at 814-793-0060 or [email protected]

Beta Epsilon Chapter Meeting

On Saturday, May 14, Delta Kappa Gamma Society Beta Epsilon Chapter hosted State College Beta Xi Chapter in a bi-chapter meeting at the Quality Inn, Altoona.

State President Eileen Little was introduced by Beta Epsilon President Amy Dobbins. After giving a brief description of his ongoing plans for state and chapter organizations, Little installed the officers of both chapters for the 2022-24 biennium. A red rose, one of the symbols of DKG, was presented to each incoming officer.

A STEM presentation was presented by Elizabeth Dobbins. She described the long and complex process used to earn her Gold Star Award from the Girl Scouts. She focused on the epidemic that occurred after the First World War.

Following Susan Blazosky’s invocation, a catered lunch was served to those present.

DKG is a group of women educators who want to promote excellent educational processes at all levels, from local to international.

For more information about DKG, its goals and policies, visit dkg.org.



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