Today’s Speaker: – Laura Ford – Blair Senior Services – Meals on Wheels Program
August 15th – Roseann Conrad – Blair County Dog Park in Martinsburg
August 22nd – Tim Obrien – Young Life
August 29th – Bryson Peterman – Owner of Bootleggers Brew Shop
Whacha’ May Have Missed Last Week:
Beth Futrich of the “Pa Agricultural Ombudsman Program” spoke to the club last Tuesday. She had a very interesting program covering urban gardening. Beth began by stating that Blair County Conservation District was the recipient of a federal grant for urban agricultural practices last year. A team was developed and their first event was a bus tour to State College to visit some agricultural sites. That tour attracted 35 people and from that group a network of interested people emerged. The group has now grown to 176 people, who are being emailed with information about the program and events. The mission of the group is to provide education and outreach. Beth’s talk incorporated a number of “agricultural” questions to the club members and when answered correctly won them some local produce that she brought with her. Some of the questions included do brown eggs taste the same as white eggs….where are the local farmer’s markets….and what is a food desert? Beth also noted that they have presented workshops on community gardens, roof top gardens, container gardens and even vertical gardens. Beth discussed two upcoming workshops….one on soil testing on September 7th and one on bee-keeping on August 17th; both at the Altoona Public Library Theater. A “Farm2Fork” dinner is scheduled for September 23rd at the Railroaders Memorial Museum. Lastly she stated that they are pursuing additional community grants that can provide more urban agricultural opportunities to the county. For more information on these programs visit the Blair County Urban Ag Facebook page.
Guests of the Day:
…..There were several guests last week including a guest of President Rachael….Dan Wilson of Combined Insurance. Dan took an application and is considering membership. Also in attendance was Caleb Parnell, son of Tim Parnell.
News of the Week:
…..President Rachael presented Caleb Parnell with a check for $500 from the club as a recipient of one of our local therapy scholarship awards. Caleb thanked the club and said that he will be a senior this year at Juniata College studying biology, prior to his graduate work in the physical therapy field. Rachael then called on Dave Aikens, who accepted a $500 scholarship check for his niece, Tracy Collier, who could not attend our meeting. Dave said that Tracy is a junior at Penn State and that she will be working towards a therapy degree that will provide therapy through the use of animals.
…..Tony Miller announced that the picnic social at Ed Farabaugh’s home has had a change of dates. The new date is Saturday September 23rd at 6:30 PM. A sign-up sheet will be circulated soon. What better way to spend a fall evening with your fellow Ambucs and their guests?
…..President Rachael recognized our grant writer-extraordinaire, Dave Aikens, who has secured another grant for the club. This time David secured a grant of $1,600 from the Sheetz Corporation for our Amtyke fund. A big thank you to Sheetz…..and Dave!
…..This past Thursday, August 3rd, Ken Decker, Dave Aikens, Paul Dick, and John Lloyd removed the handicap ramp that we had installed at a home in Claysburg last year. Since the ramp was no longer needed, Ken organized the team to remove the ramp and restore the existing porch to its original condition. This Thursday, Dave, Paul, and John will deliver and donate the old ramp to a family in Cassville who has a need for it.
…..On Tuesday, September 19th, Park Hills Golf Club will be hosting their annual Our Town Golf Outing. This outing draws a great crowd and consequently all of the dining rooms will be full and parking is at a premium. Because of this, the board has decided to not to meet that day at Park Hills. It is still undecided yet if we will meet at another location that day or cancel altogether. Stay tuned for further details.
…..Our guest speaker, Beth Futrich, pulled the winning raffle ticket of Trav Young. Trav then made a rather poor selection of the Three of Spades, that didn’t pay off. That leaves 35 remaining cards and two Jokers. The rules state that once we are down to 26 cards, one Joker is removed. So with Trav’s card now removed from the deck, you could be the one to choose one of the Jokers and become the next big winner! This week’s drawing could net someone close to $375!