Chamber to hold networking event for businesswomen
The Blair County Chamber of Commerce WE-LEaD (Women Encouraging –
Leadership, Education and Development) program will host a networking
event on Mon., Oct. 26, from 5 - 7 p.m. at Marzoni’s in Duncansville,
located at 165 Patchway Rd. The networking event, sponsored by C &
G Savings Bank, will feature hot hors d’oeuvres and cold beverages.
WE-LEaD is an innovative program of the Blair County Chamber of
Commerce that provides networking and educational programs throughout
the year. WE-LEaD focuses on issues that women in business typically
face on a daily basis.
The cost to attend is $20 for Chamber Members and $40 for
non-members and includes two complimentary beverage tickets. To
register, contact The Chamber at 943-8151 or online at
Chamber ribbon cutting to celebrate renovations to Ivyside Plaza
The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting
ceremony celebrating the recent renovations to Ivyside Plaza, located
on East 25th Ave., Altoona. The ceremony, hosted by Blair Companies,
will take place on Tues., Oct. 27, at 10:30 a.m..
In April 1996, Donald Devorris entered into an agreement of purchase
to acquire Ivyside. Recent renovations have taken place to update the
plaza with the help of architect Dave Albright, Ralph Albarano &
Sons Contracting and Prolawn landscaping. 102715
Chamber ribbon cutting to celebrate new location of Center for Independent Living of South Central PA
The Blair County Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon-cutting
ceremony to celebrate the new location of the Center for Independent
Living of South Central PA, located at 2900 Beale Avenue, Suite 118,
Altoona. The ceremony will be held Thurs., Oct. 29, at 3:00 p.m. The
Center will be hosting an open house that day from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The Center for Independent Living of South Central PA was founded by
Fred Mettiach in 1988, and operates under the direction of George
Palmer, Executive Director, and Joseph Fagnani, President. The Center
offers core services to people with disabilities such as peer
counseling, independent living skills, information and referrals,
transition services, and advocacy for any person, of any age, with any
disability. Through building relationships, they focus on the person
and not the disability. The Center operates from 8am to 4pm and may be
reached at (814) 949-1905.
Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are just one of the many benefits of
Chamber membership. For more information, contact The Chamber at
Chamber Basics subcomittee to host early childhood summit
The Blair County Chamber of Commerce BASICS Subcommittee on Early
Childhood Education will hold a Summit on November 3rd at The Casino at
Lakemont Park that will focus attention on the importance of quality
early learning at the critical times in a young person’s life. The
Summit will begin at 7:00 a.m. and will conclude at 9:30 a.m.
The keynote speaker at the event will be Dr. Judy Cameron, Professor
of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. For ten years, Dr.
Cameron was a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on
Early Experience and Brain Development. She is currently a member of
the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the
Scientific Council of the Child Mind Institute. The Summit will also
include a panel discussion on dealing with ways that Blair County can
better serve the needs of its youngest citizens.
The cost to attend is $16 per person, and a full breakfast buffet
will be provided. To register, call The Chamber at 943-8151 or register
online at www.blairchamber.com. 110315
Ace Award to highlight Chamber Farm-City dinner
The Blair County Chamber of Commerce Farm-City
Committee will host the annual Farm-City Dinner on Thursday, November
5th, at The Park at Morrisons Cove in Martinsburg. A milk/punch
reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a family-style turkey and
roast beef dinner at 7:00 p.m.
The featured speaker for the evening will be
Chris Hoffman, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Vice President. Hoffman owns
and operates Lazy Hog Farms, a 1,400 sow farrow to wean, 4,800 head
nursery barn and 4,400 head finishing barn, and Lazy Chick Farms,
raising 250,000 chickens annually. He is deeply involved with the
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, serving in multiple capacities including as a
board member and committee chair multiple times since 2006. In
addition, Hoffman serves on the Board of Trustees at Penn State, has
served as President and VP of the Juniata County Farm Bureau, and is a
member of the PA Pork Producers Council, PennAg Industries Association,
Elizabethtown Area Grange and Fayette Township Fire Co.
The highlight of the evening will be the
presentation of the Blair County Agricultural Community Excellence
(ACE) Award. Since 1970, 40 individuals, farm families,
agribusinesses or agricultural organizations have been honored in
acknowledgement of exceptional contributions to the agricultural
industry. This year, The Chamber Farm-City Committee will honor Burket
Falls Farm. Burket Falls Farm boasts 100 + milking cows and 170
replacements, 80 percent of which are naturally polled.
Sponsorships, program book advertisement space
and tickets for the dinner are available. Dinner tickets are available
at $20 per person. For reservations, contact the Blair County
Chamber of Commerce at 814-943-8151 or on-line at www.blairchamber.com.
Ebensburg seeks Christmas parade participants
EBENSBURG — Organizers of Ebensburg’s annual Christmas parade are
seeking participants for this year’s event on Saturday, December 5th at
11:00 a.m. in downtown Ebensburg. The theme for this year’s parade is
“A Victorian Christmas.”
The parade is one of the many events offered
as part of the borough’s “Dickens of a Christmas” event December 4 - 6.
All are encouraged to dress in Victorian costume and/or decorate a
float according to the theme. Monetary prizes will be awarded to
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
“Dickens of a Christmas” is an event based on
Charles Dickens and the Victorian-era. This family-oriented Victorian
celebration will consist of ice sculptures in town, three craft fairs,
sleigh and carriage rides, Victorian teas, a gingerbread house contest,
holiday displays, a production of “A Christmas Cabaret and Sing-ALong”
by Cresson Lake Playhouse, and so much more!
Parade entry forms and event information can
be found at www.EbensburgDickens.com or by calling the borough office
at (814) 472-8780. All entries for the parade must be submitted by
The Christmas parade is sponsored by the Ebensburg Main Street Partnership. 110915
Curve owners Bob & Joan Lozinak selected to Blair County Sports Hall of Fame
CURVE, PA — Altoona Curve owners Bob and Joan Lozinak have been
selected for induction to the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame,
The Lozinaks are among a list that includes four other individuals
and two teams that will be enshrined as the Class of 2016. The
induction ceremony is scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 23 at the
Blair County Convention Center in Altoona.
The couple, who first championed the idea of a minor league team
in Altoona in the late 1970s, saw that dream become a reality in 1999,
when the Curve (AA, Pirates) debuted in April of that year. Natives of
Altoona, the Lozinaks have owned the club for 10 of its 17 seasons
(1999-2001 and 2009-present). Prior to founding the Curve, Bob and
Joan owned and operated the Albuquerque Dukes (AAA, Dodgers) from
1979-2001. In between their stints with the Curve, they owned the West
Tenn Diamond Jaxx (AA, Cubs & Mariners) in Jackson, Tenn. from
“We’re extremely humbled with this honor from the Blair County
Sports Hall of Fame,” said Bob Lozinak. “We’re grateful for the
terrific support from the community and are pleased that the idea of
minor league baseball with fun, affordable, family entertainment has
taken root in Altoona. We look forward to many more years of Altoona
Curve Baseball here in Blair County.”
The couple, who reside in Churchville, Md., have made their
baseball interests a true family affair. Their three sons, Mike,
David, and Steve, all play an active role in the operation of the Curve
and their grandson, Tim, is a member of the team’s front office staff.
When not at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, you’re likely to find
the couple attending activities of their six grandchildren – including
the travel-league baseball games of Matt and Will.
“It’s such a blessing to be able to operate the club as a family,”
said Joan Lozinak. “From the days when Mike, David, and Steve helped
our staff in Albuquerque to our grandson Tim’s involvement in Altoona,
we count ourselves fortunate to do this together. Several other family
members have helped us over the years as front office staff or on game
days, including my sister, Mary (Lamb), and brother, Joe (Bettwy). It’s
The Lozinaks are also quick to point out the long-time assistance
of part owner, Sal Baglieri, who was the Curve’s first general
manager. Baglieri has served as a senior advisor to all of the
family’s baseball interests. He continues in that capacity with the
Curve to this day.
For more information on the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame,
tickets to April’s Hall of Fame events, and details about the 2016
induction class, please visit the hall’s website at
Band seeking members
The 46th PA Regiment Band is looking for new members. We
are seeking, primarily musicians of brass and percussion instruments,
but are willing to train those dedicated individuals who may have
missed out on learning music the first time around. Contact Band
President, Rick Long through their Facebook page
for more information! The band performs concerts throughout the local
community, as well as participating in living histories and battle
reenactments across the Eastern United States. We perform exclusively
on original instruments from the 19th Century, so this is an awesome
opportunity for any musician interested in history! The 46th takes the
field with instruments, as well as under arms. The 46th PA Regiment
Band is a family friendly organization.
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