In the region

Sponsors sought

for literacy fair

LEWISTOWN–The Mifflin County Academy for Science and Technology, the Association of Mifflin County Educators, Success by 6 and the Pennsylvania State Education Association are seeking sponsors to host their annual elementary literacy fair.

The event will be held 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 14 and will include games, a dunk house, special entertainment and a book drive that will offer free books to young attendees.

The event will also showcase career and technical programs offered by the academy and inform families about PSEA partners for public education and other local community agencies.

Those interested in donating may contact Valerie Baker at or (717) 248-3933.

EJ to host Make-

A-Wish Marathon

McALISTERVILLE–East Juniata High School will host a Make-a-Wish Marathon from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. March 29- 30.

The marathon will include dancing, competitions, sports tournaments, a 3 a.m. prayer walk and more.

The dance is open to anyone in grades 6 to 12. Cost is $15, which includes a T-shirt, six tickets for prizes and a snack. Breakfast is included.

For more information, call (717)994-8429.

J.C. Blair wraps up

Pulmonary Rehab Week

HUNTINGDON–J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon celebrated National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week from March 10 to 16, promoting the benefits pulmonary rehabilitation provide patients suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, this year’s theme, “Exercise Your Right to Breathe,” honored individuals who struggle to overcome shortness of breath and the pulmonary professionals who work every day to alleviate that struggle and improve patients’ everyday life.

J.C. Blair’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program opened in 2014 to help patients with COPD and other lung disease to best manage their condition, slow the progression of the disease and improve their quality of life.

Under the medical direction of pulmonologist Rob Gillio, M.D., registered respiratory therapist Brittany Horton is the lead therapist for the program. Patients are enrolled in a twelve-week program consisting of 36 sessions that include exercise, education, and psychosocial support.

Admission to the program requires a physician referral. Before starting the program all insurances will be checked and authorized, so patients will know what costs will be covered by their insurance. Patients interested in the program are invited to call J.C. Blair’s Cardiopulmonary Department at (814) 643-8645 and consult with their doctor about a possible referral. More information is available on the J.C. Blair Hospital website: