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Past articles by Courtney:

St. Vincent De Paul Kitchen taking stand against hunger for 32 years

ALTOONA, Pa (WTAJ)–September marks Hunger Action Month, which aims to take a stand against hunger. For 32 years, St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen in Altoona has kept to that mission. The kitchen on Union Ave serves over 100 people a balanced meal. That meal consists of protein, vegetables, dessert, and drink. Sister Paula Delgrosso […] → Read More

Park Home Furniture opening in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN, Pa (WTAJ)–Park Home Furniture is opening its second location in Johnstown in the next few weeks. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the store held a ribbon cutting at 600 Galleria Drive. Store officials and county and township leaders commemorated the store in the new community and welcomed them with open arms. The 50,000 square foot […] → Read More

Blair County Airport will continue rental car services amid airline change

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ)–The Altoona airport will continue to provide rental car services even with the changes to their airline services. Beginning October 1, people needing a rental car can book one through the Avis brand website. Once all set up is complete, the Altoona airport will be a selection spot for rental vehicles. Altoona […] → Read More

Delgrosso’s hosting 32nd Italian Food and Heritage Festival

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ)–Delgrosso’s 32nd Italian Food and Heritage Festival is taking place this Sunday, Sept. 18 at their amusement park. Folks from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. can taste some of the park’s Italian staple dishes. That includes their signature lasagna, sausages, chicken alfredo, and meatballs. There will also be pastries from Mount Carmel […] → Read More

First ever Jeep Infestation taking place in Bedford County

BEDFORD COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ)–Jeep lovers and car enthusiasts can eye over 100 jeeps Saturday at the first-ever Jeep Infestation in Bedford. The event is free admission taking place Saturday, Sept. 17 from 12 to 5 p.m. at Fort Bedford Park. Registration for any Jeeps begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Kenny Fetterman […] → Read More

5th and 6th grade students help pet adoptions through essays

STATE COLLEGE, Pa (WTAJ)– The State College Friends School fifth and sixth-grade class received a unique first assignment for the start of school year. In collaboration with the Centre County PAWS, the class was tasked with writing persuasive essays to get pets adopted. This idea came from the new head of school Joe Doherty, who […] → Read More

Here’s how pumpkins are looking ahead of the season

(WTAJ)–We’re just around the corner from pumpkin season, and some farmers are having a better growing season than in the past. Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda and JB Tree Farm in Alexandria begin their pumpkin planting between May and June. Then, they allow them to grow for the remainder of the season. The pumpkins […] → Read More

Cambria County coroner’s office receives accreditation

Cambria County Coroner's office announced Tuesday, Sept. 13 that they received their reaccreditation under the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners. → Read More

Cambria County breaks ground on Ghost Town trail extension

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ)–Cambria County leaders broke ground Monday, Sept. 12 on the three-mile extension of the Ghost Town trail in Nanty Glo borough. The Cambria and Indiana County Extension to the trail has been a decades-long ordeal. These three miles connect mile markers 15 and 18, which are parallel to Beulah Road near Ebensburg. […] → Read More

Cambria Co. Arts and Heritage Festival this weekend

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ)–Anyone who wants a history lesson this weekend is encouraged to attend the Cambria County Arts and Heritage Festival at Duman Lake County Park in Ebensburg. The festival will start at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony featuring various honor guards, reenactors, and a gun salute. From there, folks can branch out […] → Read More

Sheetz hold fourth annual 9/11 memorial stair climb

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ)–Sheetz returns in-person for their fourth annual 9/11 memorial stair climb at their offices in Claysburg. This memorial climb pays tribute to the 3,000 lives lost during the attacks and promotes physical activity in the workplace. Manager of the Shwellness Fitness Center Leah Baxter says they’re still giving their employees the option […] → Read More

VA seeking landlords help in veteran homeless program

ALTOONA, Pa (WTAJ)– The Veteran Affairs is seeking help from local landlords to assist veterans in their homeless program in response to the ongoing housing crisis. This program provides veterans with rental subsidies and landlord support. It also adds additional benefits, including job creation, medical benefits, and social work assistance. The program helps 84 veterans […] → Read More

D’Lites Bakery and Cafe reopens after summer hiatus

ALTOONA, Pa (WTAJ)–D’Lites Bakery and Café, located along Logan Blvd in Altoona, has officially reopened its door after being closed for most of the summer. The café launched its desserts and lunch menu Wednesday under new management. The management kept its original menu of wraps, sandwiches, and soups. Additionally, the cafe will use over 40 […] → Read More

First stages begin in Green Church redevelopment project

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ)– The first stages are officially underway to repurpose the Green Church in Hollidaysburg. This downtown historic landmark located on 400 Allegheny St is the former First United Methodist Church. The building was purchased back in September 2021. Construction workers began scaffolding the building Tuesday, Sept. 6 as one of the first […] → Read More

ABCD Corp. announces expansion of enterprise zone

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ)– The Altoona Blair County Development Corporation officially announced the addition of four municipalities to their existing Altoona-Logan Township Enterprise Zone (EZ… → Read More

Johnstown fire leads to building being demolished

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) – Crews who are working on putting out a fire in Johnstown are now planning on tearing down the building. The fire was reported at 1:10 p.m. on the 100 block of Kingston Alley. Flames were coming out from the roof when police arrived. According to Johnstown Fire Chief Bob Statler, there […] → Read More

Two Hollidaysburg Little Leaguers named to All-Star team

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ)– Two Hollidaysburg Little Leaguers were named to the 2022 All-Star team. Chase Link And Beau Rabel were selected in their respective positions of infielder and outfielder. The two were noted for their offensive efforts throughout the Little League World series. Link recorded three home runs in the series and had a […] → Read More

Blair County receives $185,000 grant for prison study

BLAIR COUNTY, PA (WTAJ)-- Blair County is one step closer to a new prison thanks to the $185,000 state grant. The grant plans to cover the costs of the prison's feasibility study. → Read More

Asian cuisine inspired restaurant opening in Bedford

BEDFORD COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ)–An Asian-inspired restaurant is opening its doors in Bedford, hoping to provide a unique taste to the community. Nudl is located at 126 E. Pitt St in the Bedford Business District. The fast-casual restaurant will serve a combination of Japanese-style dishes. Co-owners Inge Liberato and Hideyo Slick both have international and extensive […] → Read More

Referee numbers improving in time for fall sports

(WTAJ)–The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association is seeing promising growth to reach its goal of 14,000 referees by the end of the school year. Multiple factors lead referees to leave the industry, including Covid and backlash from coaches, players, and fans. Now that fewer restrictions and game cancellations are happening, referees are returning to the games. […] → Read More