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AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for April 25, 2017

Today’s Speaker:  Donna Fisher, District Manager of the Blair County Conservation District – Speaking about Arbor Day

Future Speakers:

May 2ndPenny Brunner – Smiles for Miles

May 9thAmbuc Ashley Gay Votto – Mt. Lion Backpack Program

May 16thWill Lightner – Adelphoi Village – Hilltop Specialized Independent Living

May 23rd Shelly Peterson – IDA

May 30th Khody Detwiler – Lesnevich & Detwiler – Forensic Document Examiners

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week’s speaker was Carol Adams of the Blair County Genealogical Society. Carol, who is the Vice-President of the Society, noted that the Society is located on Scotch Valley Road in Hollidaysburg. The society was founded in 1979 and is a volunteer 501(C)(3) organization, whose purpose is to compile, study, and exchange information of Blair County in a genealogical and historical nature. Their library contains 38,000 books and records. The Society conducts meetings at their site which include informative speakers, such as several upcoming talks on DNA and genetics. The library offers cemetery maps, a surname section, a newspaper clipping section, and an obituary section. Records as far back as 1730 can be accessed through a microfilm reader. Other records include a military section on all wars and the DAR, wills from 1846-1990 and dead books dating from 1846 through 2004. Newspapers on microfilm include The Altoona Mirror, Altoona Tribune, Altoona Times, various papers from Hollidaysburg, the Martinsburg Herald, Tyrone Herald, the Huntingdon Daily News, and the Johnstown Tribune. Additionally, the library contains a Floyd Hoenstein collection of 4,000 volumes from his personal collection. If you are looking for information about your family, the society sells a family tree with instructions on how to get started. Carol stated that many people trace their roots through DNA analysis with on-line sites such as Ancestry.com or 23andme.com. The Society also assists Boy and Girl Scouts with their Genealogy Merit Badges. The Society operates on membership dues and donations. For more information on the Society, contact them at www.bcgslibrary.org or join them at their monthly meetings at their building in Hollidaysburg. They meet at 7:00 PM on the third Thursday of each month, except in July and December.

Guests of the Day:  No guests this week…..but remember this is our Spring Roundup in April and May. Bring a guest or call up an Ambuc that hasn’t been to club for a while and hopefully we can grow our membership and increase our attendance.

News of the Week:

…..President Ed read a thank you note from Laurie Claar, of Funds for Freedom, thanking the club for the generous donation that we made to their veteran’s aid organization, following Ambuc Dave Aikens and her speaking to the club in February.

…..Paul Dick announced that he found one volunteer but he still needs one more for the AMBUCS Blood Screening Program on Saturday, May 6th.  Your help is needed from about 5:30 AM to around 10:00 AM. Why not help out? It was also announced that Ambuc Karen Lemme’s office will offer free hearing screenings at the event.

…..Remember the Regional Conference is this weekend! It’s not too late to check out the sign-up sheet that is being circulated for the many activities that are planned for the weekend. If you have any questions about the conference, ask President Ed or check out the email with the conference activity description that was sent out several times. See you this weekend.

…..Our guest speaker, Carol Adams, pulled the winning raffle ticket of Rachael Lenhart last week. So that’s two weeks in a row that Rachael’s ticket was pulled and the second week in a row that she didn’t pull the Joker. Her pull of the King of Hearts payed squat! There are now two Jokers in the deck with four cards gone, so try your luck with the purchase of a raffle ticket this week. Treasurer Paul says the winner’s share of the pot is now around $125.

…..Jim Huff promoted and passed around a sign-up sheet for a bus trip to see the Pirates play the Phillies on Saturday May 20th. Check your calendar and enjoy a great game at beautiful PNC Park. It’s even a Bob Walk Chair-Tip Bobblechair giveaway. Game time is 4:05 PM so the bus will leave early that Saturday afternoon. You better hurry….only 2 seats left!

In Closing:

Did you know….that the first American Arbor day was celebrated on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska City, Nebraska? An estimated 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska that day. Arbor Day is now celebrated annually on the 4th Friday in April.

In the spirit of Arbor Day…..here are the ten best tree jokes I could find….keeping in mind that they are all pretty sappy and certainly not rooted in uproarious humor. Hopefully these jokes arbor-ing enough to make you at least smile:

arbor day jokes

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AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for April 18, 2017

Today’s Speaker:  Don Feathers, Blair County Genealogy Society

Future Speakers:

April 25thDonna Fisher, District Manager of the Blair County Conservation District – Speaking about Arbor Day

May 2ndPenny Brunner – Smiles for Miles

May 9thAmbuc Ashley Gay Votto – Mt. Lion Backpack Program

May 16thWill Lightner – Adelphoi Village – Hilltop Specialized Independent Living

May 23rd Shelly Peterson – IDA

May 30th Khody Detwiler – Lesnevich & Detwiler – Forensic Document Examiners

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week’s speaker was Tracy Plessinger, Manager of the Altoona Blair County Airport. Tracy provided a little history as he explained that what is now the Altoona Blair County Airport began as a mail drop back in the late 1930’s. The first commercial flight at the airport was conducted in 1949. Today the airport is operated by Southern Airways Express which has two daily flights to Pittsburgh and another two to Baltimore-Washington (BMI), allowing for connecting flights to over 60 non-stop destinations. With fares beginning as low as $29 – along with free parking, flying out of Altoona is both convenient and affordable. Tracy went on to say that with Pittsburgh’s 150 flights per day and BMI’s 350 flights per day, over 100 cities can be connected to daily. Tracy went on to explain that the airport serves three basic types of aviation….General Aviation for private aircraft in the community, Corporate Aviation for local businesses such as Sheetz and the DeGol Organization, and Commercial Aviation. Before answering questions from the members, Tracy noted that there are numerous career paths that aviation can provide. From a current shortage of 22,000 pilots in the U.S. and the continuing need for airline mechanics, job opportunities exist and Tracy is always very willing to discuss these opportunities and the educational needs associated with them by giving him a call at the airport.

Guests of the Day:  Remember this is our Spring Roundup in April and May. Bring a guest or call up an Ambuc that hasn’t been to club for a while and hopefully we can grow our membership and increase our attendance. While we had no guests this week….Lisa Drzal won a $50 gift certificate to the Grand Hotel for a guest that she brought several weeks ago.

News of the Week:

…..Paul Dick announced that he found one volunteer but he still needs one more for the AMBUCS Blood Screening Program on Saturday, May 6th.  Your help is needed from about 5:30 AM to around 10:00 AM. Why not help out? You’ll still have most of your Saturday left and the club will greatly benefit, since this fundraiser nets us about $12,000 anually!

…..Remember the Regional Conference is only several weeks away. Check out the sign-up sheet that is being circulated for the many activities planned for the last weekend in April. If you have any questions about the conference, ask President Ed or check out the email with the conference activity description that was sent out several times. Sign up today….the conference won’t get any closer than when it’s held here in Altoona.

…..Our guest speaker, Tracy Plessinger, pulled the winning raffle ticket of Rachael Lenhart last week. But Rachael’s luck ran out there…..when she chose the Six of Hearts instead of one of those elusive Jokers. There are now two Jokers in the new deck with three cards gone, so try your luck with the purchase of a raffle ticket this week.

…..Jim Huff promoted and passed around a sign-up sheet for a bus trip to see the Pirates play the Phillies on Saturday May 20th. Check your calendar and enjoy a great game at beautiful PNC Park. It’s even a Bob Walk Chair-Tip Bobblechair giveaway. Game time is 4:05 PM so the bus will leave early that Saturday afternoon. You better hurry….only a few seats left!

 

In Closing:

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AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for April 11, 2017

Today’s Speaker:  Tracy Plessinger, Manager of the Blair County Airport

Future Speakers:

April 18thDon Feathers, Blair County Genealogy Society

April 25thDonna Fisher, District Manager of the Blair County Conservation District – Speaking about Arbor Day

May 2ndPenny Brunner – Smiles for Miles

May 9thAmbuc Ashley Gay Votto – Mt. Lion Backpack Program

May 16thWill Lightner – Adelphoi Village – Hilltop Assisted Living

May 23rdShelly Peterson – IDA

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week’s speaker was Ambuc Derek Martin, General Manager of the Altoona Curve. Derek noted that this is his second stint with the Curve as he previously spent 10 years in minor league baseball operations. Since being named the Curve’s general manager, he has worked closely with non-profit organizations within the community. He’s created a program, in association with the Chamber entitled PAD, or Partnership Awareness Dollars. The program provides financial rewards to non-profits for the promotion of Curve ticket sales. Additionally, non-profits have the opportunity to man Curve concession stands with volunteers for a share of the sales. Derek also noted that the stadium is in the midst of a three year maintenance/construction phase; much of which is funded through the Blair County hotel bed tax. Upgrades this year included the renovation of the upper level ticket booth, a change-out of the field lighting to more efficient, brighter LED bulbs, and additional LED lighting in the parking garage. Other changes include the covering of several outfield bleacher sections, a new digital lineup board, a new VIP parking pass system for season ticket holders, and extended screening to be installed down to the end of each of the dugouts to keep batted balls and bats from injuring fans. Future plans call for a new field and drainage system that will cost nearly 1 million dollars. Derek also mentioned that the team has a new field manager, Michael Ryan, who is an Indiana, Pa. native. Ryan led the Bradenton Marauders, the Pirates High-A minor league team, to the Florida State League championship last year. Ryan brings both his championship experience as well as a number of last year’s champion Marauders to Altoona this year….which will hopefully provide a championship season for the Curve.

Guests of the Day:  Rob Lynn, ReMax Real Estate Agent and photographer, guest of Lisa Drzal. Remember this is our Spring Roundup in April and May. Bring a guest or call up an Ambuc that hasn’t been to club for a while and hopefully we can grow our membership and increase our attendance.

News of the Week:

…..Paul Dick again requested the help of two more volunteers for the AMBUCS Blood Screening Program on Saturday, May 6th.  Your help is needed from about 5:30 AM to around 10:00 AM. Why not help out? You’ll still have most of your Saturday left and the club will greatly benefit, since this fundraiser nets us about $12,000 anually!

…..Remember the Regional Conference is only several weeks away. Check out the sign-up sheet that is being circulated for the many activities planned for the last weekend in April. If you have any questions about the conference, ask President Ed or check out the email with the conference activity description that was sent out last week. Sign up today….the conference won’t get any closer than when it’s held here in Altoona.

…..Since the week before there was no new deck of cards from which Sandy Gregory could try for the Joker, a new deck was cracked open and Sandy tried her luck. Unfortunately for her, she chose the King of Clubs! Then last week’s drawing winner was Vic Gioiosa, who fared no better than Sandy as he chose the 8 of Diamonds. One week….two losers. There are now two Jokers in the new deck with two cards gone, so try your luck with the purchase of a raffle ticket this week.

…..Jim Huff promoted and passed around a sign-up sheet for a bus trip to see the Pirates play the Phillies on Saturday May 20th. Check your calendar and enjoy a great game at beautiful PNC Park. It’s even a Bob Walk Chair-Tip Bobblechair giveaway. Game time is 4:05 PM so the bus will leave early that Saturday afternoon.

 

In Closing:  Have a blessed and joyous Easter…..

Bunnies

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AMBUCS Altoona Newsletter for April 4, 2017

Today’s Speaker:  Ambuc, Derek Martin, providing a preview of the upcoming Curve season

Future Speakers:

April 11thTracy Plessinger, Manager of the Blair County Airport

April 18thDon Feathers, Blair County Genealogy Society

April 25thDonna Fisher, District Manager of the Blair County Conservation District – Speaking about Arbor Day

Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:

…..Last week’s speaker was Judy Rosser, Executive Director of the Blair County Drug & Alcohol Partnerships. Judy provided some sobering statistics about the opioid crisis in Blair County. Judy stated that opioid addition began to accelerate in the late 90’s with the introduction of oxycodone as an opioid pain medication. Statistics from 2014 showed that deaths from drug overdose rose to 129 per day in the United States.  In Blair County, 48 overdose deaths occurred in 2016. In 2015, a Blair County survey of 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th graders found disturbing answers to alcohol and/or illegal drug use with 34% of the 12th graders responding that they had tried alcohol and 12% had tried illegal drugs. Even 3.5% of the 6th graders responded that they had tried alcohol and 2% had abused prescription drugs. Judy also noted that only two countries…the United States and New Zealand…allow for the advertising of drugs on television. Judy stated that the Blair Drug & Alcohol Partnerships vision was for Blair County communities to empower healthy choices and addiction free lifestyles through Outreach – Education – and Partnerships for overdose intervention.

Guests of the Day:  There were none.

News of the Week:

….. Paul Dick requested the help of two more volunteers for the AMBUCS Blood Screening Program on Saturday, May 6th.  Your help is needed from about 5:30 AM to around 10:00 AM. Why not help out? You’ll still have most of your Saturday left and the club will greatly benefit, since this fundraiser nets us about $12,000 anually!

…..Membership chairman Alex Seltzer discussed Spring Roundup, an annual membership drive that is scheduled for April, May and June. This year’s goal is to bring in 8 new members and have 5 inactive members become active again. Any new member brought in during the Roundup will have the $15 membership fee waived and be given a $50 credit on their first quarter dues. Additionally, four $50 cash prize drawings will be held for members who bring in a new member and/or reactivate one through drawings at the end of the Roundup. Additionally, $50 Altoona Grand Hotel gift certificates will be drawn bi-weekly, thanks to Rachael Lenhart!  An informational sheet for the Roundup was attached to last week’s bulletin email.

…..Remember the Regional Conference is right around the corner. A sign-up sheet is being circulated for the many activities planned for the last weekend in April. Hopefully everyone received the email with the conference activity description. Sign up today….the conference won’t get any closer than when it’s held here in Altoona.

…..The weekly raffle last week was a bust after Sandy Gregory’s ticket was drawn. When she went up front to pull the elusive Joker, President Ed realized that he forgot to obtain a new deck of cards after Bill Reintgen won $72.50 the week before. Sandy protested and threatened to have Jim Huff represent her in a lawsuit against the club; but then cooler heads prevailed when it was realized that April Fool’s day was right around the corner. It was decided to let Sandy draw for the pot this week when a new deck of cards is available. So this week’s drawing will have two possible winners. Remember, you’ve got to be at club to win!

…..At last week’s AMBUCS board meeting the following items of interest emerged…..The club accepted the resignations of Pat Steward, who is moving to Florida, and Al Masood. The club donated $250 to “Funds for Freedom”, a charity that Dave Aikens recently spoke to the club about, that helps veterans. The club also agreed to work with Kristan Zolnoski and ProCare to apply for a $5,000 grant from Home Depot. A discussion was held regarding the future possibility of expanding the blood screening to include other health related items such as hearing tests, etc.

…..The club has been told by several members that they are not receiving the AMBUC magazine. If you are not, please contact club Secretary, Bob Reffner, by email or at club and he will work with National AMBUCS to correct the problem for you.

…..Jim Huff passed around a sign-up sheet for a bus trip to see the Pirates play the Phillies on Saturday May 20th. Check your calendar and enjoy a great game at beautiful PNC Park. It’s even a Bob Walk Chair-Tip Bobblechair giveaway. Game time is 4:05 PM so the bus will leave early that Saturday afternoon.

In Closing:  With the major baseball season opening yesterday, Derek Martin speaking tomorrow about the Curve, and the upcoming bus trip to see the Pirates….

Baseball is boring