VFW to sponsor community 'bailout'
MARTINSBURG - The D. Merl Tipton Veterans of Foreign Post 43 Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring a community "bailout" to benefit National Military Service, VFW programs that aid military and their families.
The "bailout" is scheduled for Friday in Martinsburg during the annual Bargain Days.
Riley Chase (right) won third place, and Tristen Timblin won first place in the AMVETS Poster Contest. Both will be traveling to Pittsburgh on Saturday to participate in the State Americanism/AADAA Awards Cermony. Both are students at Moshannon Valley Elementary School, Houtzdale.
Various members of the post, auxiliary and community will be "jailed" and have to "make bail" to be released. The group hopes to raise $1,500, and all money raised will go to National Military Service.
The programs consist of Operation Uplink, which connects troops with loved ones during deployment free of charge.
Unmet Needs provides up to $2,500 in financial assistance to service members and military families who are facing unexpected financial difficulties resulting from military service.
Military Assistance Program is a link between the VFW and auxiliary and the military community. MAP grants promote involvement and interaction with the local military and the VFW and auxiliary. MAP sponsors morale-boosting events such as homecoming celebrations, send-offs and other special events.
The newest program offered is the "Sports Clips Help a Hero Scholarship." Scholarships may be up to $5,000 and are for retired, honorably discharged, active duty or a member of the National Guard or Reserve and have the rank of E-5 or below.
The "jail" will be at the triangle at Locust and South Market streets.
Fire, EMS, police part of rib challenge
Area residents are invited to join Texas Roadhouse in Altoona as they honor local heroes at noon Saturday at the restaurant at 1560 Osgood Drive.
The public can watch as members of the Altoona Fire Department, Logan Township Police Department, Hollidaysburg EMS and police departments, Phoenix Fire Department and Lakemont Fire Department match their appetites against Texas Roadhouse's ribs in a rib-eating relay.
Each will be playing for their favorite local charity. Texas Roadhouse will donate 10 percent of food sales from noon to 4 p.m. to the winning team's charity of choice.
In addition, each team will bring a special emergency vehicle along for guests to see, and Texas Roadhouse mascot Andy Armadillo will be on hand.
Symphony league to sponsor bus trip
The Altoona Symphony League is sponsoring a bus trip on Aug. 28 to the American Music Theater to see "Music of the Night," the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The cost of the trip is $80, which includes transportation and the show ticket.
The bus will depart from Lowe's in Altoona at 10 a.m.
For reservations, call Karen at 942-4482 by Aug. 8.
Historical society sets July activities
EVERETT - The Bloody Run Historical Society has announced its July activities.
The society will meet at 7 p.m. July 1 at the Everett Railroad and Community Museum. The public is welcome.
The July historical exhibit at the Everett Free Library features Everett's Historic District with house photos and descriptions and a map for a walking tour. It can be visited during regular library hours.
The open house program at the Everett Railroad and Community Museum will be held at 2 p.m. July 20. It will feature sportsman Harry Guyer discussing the historical use of medicinal plants and also features his new book "Ghost Brothers - Outdoor Tales of the Supernatural," which will be available for purchase. The museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. that day, including the newly renovated caboose and the gift shop featuring many new items with a railroad flavor.
The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and welcomes new volunteers to help maintain those hours.
Contact John Nebel at 623-8850 for information on how to help preserve Everett's history with your time and/or financial donations.
War descendants to meet Wednesday
BELLWOOD - The regular meeting of the Descendants of Civil War Veterans will be held at
7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library.
The speaker will be Lucy Wolf.
The meeting is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend.