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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 102615

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 943-8151. 102915

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

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 110515

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 or by calling the borough office at (814) 472-8780. All entries for the parade must be submitted by November 9th.
     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, announced recently.
     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 2003-2008.
     “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 truly special.”
     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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