Gardeners hear about water supply
Members of Blair Garden Club learned about some of the many things affecting the water supply at their monthly meeting at the 28th Street Church of the Brethren, Altoona, on May 19.
The presenter, Amy Sipes, an environmental microbiologist with the Altoona Water Authority, talked about how microbiology is used in water and wastewater treatment. She showed photos of algae and protozoa through a microscope and discussed how they are used to make process control decisions.
Amy Sipes of the Altoona Water Authority recently spoke to members of the Blair Garden Club.
She also talked about the processes needed both to ensure safe clean water and to clean-up wastewater.
The presentation was concluded with an educational video of photos taken at area watersheds. Several conservation issues of concern in keeping water clean, such as litter and acid mine drainage, were highlighted in the video.
Conservation is being emphasized by the club this year as a leading project of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania.
A special water project, chaired by Nancy Smith, was completed in May with the sixth-graders of Pleasant Valley Elementary School, when a Riparian Buffer was constructed under the management of the Blair County Conservation District.
Additional May projects included the planting of annuals at the Western PA Conservancy Gateway Garden, the Mishler Theatre and the intersection of Frankstown Road and Route 22 and the maintenance and planting of Baker Mansion, Altoona, and the Discovery Garden at Legion?Park, Hollidaysburg. These gardens will be maintained throughout the growing season.
Flower arrangements were also provided for the Baker wedding celebration held at the mansion on June 7.
The club's next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the 28th Street Church of the Brethren. Interested persons are invited to attend.
State society recognizes local woman
The Pennsylvania State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored Barbara Garver.
She was recognized for her exemplary service to literacy, her 10 years of volunteering for the toddler and preschool story hour for the Claysburg Public Library, her 34 years as a member of the Claysburg-Kimmel School Board and as a volunteer for the Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary second grade reading program for children with difficulty in reading.
Garver is an active member of the Adam Holliday Chapter, DAR. She is the literacy promotion chairwoman for the group and was nominated for outstanding work with children. The Adam Holliday Chapter donates books for the children to take home to read.
The DAR National Literacy Challenge Committee was established in 1989 to meet the needs of the increasing number of illiterate individuals. The name was changed to Literacy Promotion to better reflect the work of the committee.
Across the country, Daughters of the American Revolution members are meeting the challenge and helping those with significant literacy needs to learn to read, to gain self respect and confidence and to reach life goals.
Bridge club announces recent winners
The Altoona Duplicate Bridge Club has announced the winners of its recent games.
June 11 - North/south: Barbara Marinak and Othella Anderson, first; Diana Colabrese and Jeannine Fagley, second; John Soldo and Phyllis Robbins, third. East/west: Carl Hurd and Jean Green, first; Dauby Oswalt and Louise Magee, second; Bob Bellon and Irv Seltzer, third.
June 12 - Hurd and Peg Robinson, first; Oswalt and Magee, second; Marinak and Hope Sheehan, third; Bellon and Carol Moyer, fourth.
Beginning bridge classes will start at 1 p.m. Monday at Park Hills Country Club, Altoona. For more information, call Peg Robinson at 942-8396.