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 or 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 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… 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