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A mid-sized city in central Pennsylvania, Altoona once changed its name to "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Pennsylvania," for two months to promote the city, as well as the film by the same name, by documentarian Morgan Spurlock "Super Size Me!"). The city has over 46,000 residents and its located in the middle of Blair County. Interestingly, it's the only city in the U.S. that imposes no property tax on buildings, but instead on land values only.

Population: 46320
Local Newspapers: Altoona Mirror
Local Sports Teams: Altoona Curve (Minor League Baseball)
Local Colleges: Penn State Altoona

Zip Codes associated with altoona, pennsylvania: 16601 16602 16603
Towns/Cities near altoona, pennsylvania : Hollidaysburg Bellwood Tipton Duncansville Tyrone Ebensburg

Altoona News
Sniffing out crime

A dog's sense of smell is said to be thousands of times stronger than a human's, enabling dogs to detect things human senses might miss, such as a thumb drive containing child pornography but disguised as a toy. Electronic storage detection dogs are specially trained to sniff out devices such as USB drives, cellphones, SD cards, computers and other electronics, making them helpful for investigations of child pornography, drug dealing, terrorism and other cybercrimes.

Planning can't be minimized

The Blair County Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee's name alone should spawn public interest in the work it will be doing in the months ahead. Anyone who harbors doubts about planning's importance should reflect on what Altoona and Blair County - and, indeed, the region beyond - might be like at this time if formal planning efforts had not become so entrenched.

Spiritual Notes

Throughout the concert, the audience will be reminded of the supreme sacrifice made by Jesus through the various musical selections depicting the Stations of the Cross. Each Station is a defining moment in the Way of the Cross.

Amerway Helps Customers Cut Costs of Soldering

Altoona, PA Soldering electronic assemblies, even in small volumes, can be an expensive business. Specialized alloys, formulated to meet the specific individual requirements of components, finishes, and assemblies, can add extra dollars to the cost of manufacturing SMT and mixed-technology assemblies, narrowing profit margins for production runs.

PLW People in the News - Feb. 12, 2018 - McNees Wallace & Nurick

As the legal project manager for McNees Wallace, Fiamingo acts as both a facilitator and developer of implementation plans for client-facing projects in close partnership with the firm's attorney and administration teams. This position will work directly with lawyers as McNees Wallace develop responses to RFPs, price its product and execute on the tasks associated with any particular legal project.

Ex-Altoona administrators weigh in on new school project

Mirror file photo / A crowd gathers on the Altoona Area High School intramural field in this 2010 file photo. According to a planned building project, the intramural field is to be demolished and rebuilt at the former site of the B building.


Michael Sgriccia of State College has been promoted to senior project manager by Alexander Building Construction Co., part of the Butz Family of Companies. He is the primary contact for the owner on his projects.


A 24-year-old Altoona man was arrested Friday after state police found a truck loaded with stolen batteries on the 1400 block of First Avenue in the city. State police in Hollidaysburg said they were investigating the theft of tens of thousands of dollars worth of commercial, heavy-duty batteries and radiators from commercial vehicles and heavy equipment in Cambria and Clearfield counties.


Dr. Kennita Burns-Johnson and Dr. Stephen Schmidt have joined the Breast Cancer & Women's Health Institute, a service of Tyrone Regional Health Network, to provide breast cancer surgery and general surgery services. Burns-Johnson will serve as medical director of the BCWHI.

Sharing his talent: Family donates thousands of artist's abstract pieces to the Altoona museum

Through his own works of art, James Mascitelli regularly paid homage to the great abstract expressionists of the 1960s, like Jackson Pollack and Robert Motherwell. Now, the late Altoona artist is receiving his own due in an exhibition at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona, where 30 of his abstract works are now on display.

Spiritual notes

St. John's Reformed Church, 906 Maple Ave., will host the Hollidaysburg Free Soup Program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Soup, sandwich, bread and butter will be provided, as well as desserts, and beverages.

Panda Express chain coming to Altoona

An Asian-American fast food restaurant chain with an appetite for growth is coming this year to Park Hills Plaza. Panda Express, which began in California 35 years ago and which has 2,000 locations worldwide, is expanding across the U.S., according to Jessica Ordona, regional real estate manager for Panda Restaurant Group.

Altoona graduate helps pilot of crashed plane

Escorting a pilot from the burning wreckage of what used to be his plane, a man with ties to Altoona used his emergency response training to offer aid in the moments after a small aircraft plummeted from the sky Monday in rural Fayette County. Joel Geesey, 28, a 2008 Altoona Area High School graduate, was traveling to his Fayette-area home when he noticed smoke coming from a nearby field, he said.

AASD faces lawsuit over boy's suicide

The youngster's mother, Terri Bradford of Pleasant Gap, although not listed as a plaintiff in the legal action, has consented to the filing of the federal complaint by Marc Lansberry, which outlines in detail the psychological toll that persistent bullying took on the child. In a note written by Wyatt, he detailed the extent of the bullying, intimidation and harassment he suffered throughout the school year, and the lawsuit stated that he expressed that "if any good came from his death, it would be that this type of behavior no longer be permitted or turned a blind eye to by the school district."


Forsythe will share the responsibility of offering 24-hour anesthesia service at J.C. Blair with Dr. Atif Farag and five certified nurse anesthetists, providing necessary pain control for obstetric patients, preparing patients for surgery, supporting life functions during surgery and supervising care after surgery and discharge from the recovery unit. Troy Campbell has been named president/CEO; Leon R. Zook, chairman of the board of trustees; and Justin J. Blackburn, executive vice president/COO of Altoona First Savings Bank.

City Redevelopment Authority looking to flex muscles

At a recent meeting of the Altoona Redevelopment AuthorA ity, former executive director Patrick Miller spoke of projects the authority undertook when it was a force for the reconfiguration of many Altoona neighborhoods during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Those projects included acquisition of rights-of-way for PennDOT's widening of 17th Street; acquisition of ground for four Altoona Area School District elementary schools; replacement of the former Towne House Motel with the Altoona Center for Nursing Care; and the clearing of two blocks south of downtown along the Hollidaysburg branch line - resulting in construction of three new business, the remodeling of a fourth and improvements at another.

Skills of Central PA Announces New Leadership Appointments and a New Focus on Growth

Skills of Central Pennsylvania Inc. , a non-profit human services organization, announces new leadership appointments to support its growth. A recognized leader in the non-profit human services arena since 1960, this new leadership coincides with a whole new way of engaging the community, and solidifying their future.

District receives favorable audit report

The financial health of the Mifflin County School District is good, according to the accounting firm that recently completed an audit report for fiscal year 2016-17. Dan Bradley of the accounting firm of Young, Oakes, Brown & Company, P.C. of Altoona, presented the report's findings during Thursday's business meeting of the Mifflin County School District Board of Directors.

Spiritual notes

The UPMC Altoona Pastoral Care Department will hold two informational sessions for volunteers interested in ministering to hospital outpatients and families. Under the Prayer Partner Program, volunteers visit several outpatient service areas and support patients undergoing general surgery, treatment for cancer, difficult-to-treat wounds and intravenous therapies.

Teens deemed guilty in school threat case

Two Altoona teenagers were deemed guilty Thursday of conspiring to risk a catastrophe, felony charges that developed from an early November police investigation into threats reported at Altoona Area Junior High School. During a portion of Blair County Juvenile Court proceedings open to the public under state law, President Judge Elizabeth Doyle deemed the teenagers - a boy and a girl - to each be guilty as proposed in an agreement negotiated by their attorneys and prosecutors.

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