Millbrook-My Vaudeville ManJuly 28, 2015 (Mill Hall, PA) The Board of Directors and Artistic Director, David Leidholdt, are pleased to announce the Pennsylvania Premier of My Vaudeville Man in the Poorman Cabaret.

“My little Jackie, my oldest, has run off to tour in Vaudeville” so sings Mud Donahue, when her 19-year-old tap-dancing whiz of a son runs away from home, Jack Donahue, a young man born to dance and an Irish Catholic mother desperately trying to save her baby boy from life upon the wicked stage. My Vaudeville Man is a moving musical comedy that takes us through the life of tap dancing legend Jack Donahue.

This endearing musical follows “eccentric dancer” Jack Donahue proving to his mother that his passion lies in performing on the vaudeville stage. When Jack runs off to play the small-time New England Circuit, Mrs. Donahue is left with two children and a dead-beat husband, who is off on another one of his benders. The more success Jack finds, the more his mother is left trying to hold her splintering family together. In a series of musical skits and short dramatic scenes that skim over the vaudevillians career. My Vaudeville Man follows Jack from his start as a cocky teenager performing on the small-time vaudeville circuit to the big-time at the Palace and eventually as a star in Broadway musicals.

My Vaudeville Man is a mother-son love story about following your dreams, second chances, and the sacrifices we make for the people we love the most. This heartwarming, foot-tapping, and whimsical new musical is a must see that will reaffirm that love is the key to every family relationship.

Based on “Letters of a Hoofer to His Ma”, Book and Lyrics by Jeff Hochhauser, Music and Lyrics by Bob Johnston, Directed by Joshua Kelly, Music Directed by Martina Rodgers, Choreography by Courtney Laine Self, Set Design by Joshua E. Gallagher, Costume Design by Kim Jones, Lighting Design by Ethan Vail, Props Design by Denise Lalevee, and Sound Design by Simon Ghezzi.

The cast includes Matthew Fairlee as Jack Donahue and Millbrook favorite Shannon Agnew as Mud Donahue.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children. My Vaudeville Man runs July 31 – August 2, August 5 – 9 at 7:30pm and August 5 at 2:00pm. Special one night only meet the authors of My Vaudeville Man after the performance on Thursday, August 6th. Group rates are available. Purchase tickets by calling 570-748-8083,online at or by coming to the box office any day of the week.



What do I need to know about genetics and breast cancer?

SusquehannaBreastHealthWhat role do genes play in breast cancer?
Knowing your family history helps you understand your risk for breast cancer. Every living being has a genetic code, a combination of their parents’ genes, which makes them unique. Mutations (changes) in certain genes can make it more likely for cells to become cancerous. Specific mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are linked to breast, ovarian and other types of cancer.

Should everyone be tested for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes?
No, not everyone needs to be tested. Your family medical history is a good indicator of whether you have the gene mutation. WHO in your family had breast or ovarian cancer and their AGE at diagnosis are important. Try to get histories for three generations before you. Having ovarian cancer, at any age, raises the question of a genetic mutation. Other conditions possibly linked with genetic mutations include cancers of the pancreas, thyroid, colon, bones and soft tissue as well as melanoma. The BRCA gene mutations are also more prevalent in people with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. Sometimes women are concerned about their risks if a female relative had breast cancer after menopause. Commonly, this history does not increase breast cancer risk and does not imply a genetic mutation, but it is still important to record. Also, cervical, endometrial and uterine cancers are important to keep track of but are rarely suggestive of a genetic mutation.

At what age should a woman think about her genetic risk for breast cancer?
At age 18, when a person becomes a legal adult, is the earliest age to consider breast cancer risk. See your doctor
to discuss your details including your ethnicity, whether you’ve had any cancers and your family history. If your doctor
believes it’s indicated, the next step is to talk to a genetic counselor about testing—a simple mouth swab or blood
test. Older women, who have survived ovarian or breast cancer, may consider having genetic testing to make other
relatives and younger generations aware of whether or not a genetic mutation exists.

What if I have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation?
Finding the genetic mutation is very rare, but if it is present, there are ways to reduce your cancer risks. The priority
is eliminating the risk for ovarian cancer because it doesn’t produce symptoms until it is very advanced. For women
who are through childbearing, removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes is very effective—reducing your risks
for ovarian cancer by 90 percent and for breast cancer by 50 percent. To reduce the risk of breast cancer,
closely managed screenings, every six months, are very effective as is the use of certain medications.
Preventive mastectomy reduces the risk by 95 percent.

If I test negative for the genes, or there’s no family history, do I even have to think about breast cancer?
Genetic mutations are responsible for just five percent of all breast cancer cases. There are other risk factors
that can lead to the condition—age at menses, age at first childbirth, weight, and lifestyle are all factors. The majority
of doctors in our nation agree that the best way for women, who do not have a family history, to detect breast cancer
at its earliest stage is through annual mammograms beginning at age 40.

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Long Term Care Insurance

Judy SharerWhat is Long Term Care insurance? Long Term Care insurance (LTC) assists you or your loved ones with the costs associated with Activities of Daily Living. ADLs are defined as those functions you perform in your daily life such as eating, bathing, and dressing. Some policies will cover costs associated with other everyday tasks such as taking medication, shopping and light housework. These services may be provided in your home or another facility. It is important to note that these are non-medical in nature.

According to, 70% of people 65 or older will use some form of LTC during their lifetime. Because women tend to outlive their spouses, we may have a period of time where we live alone in our later years. We may need someone to help with our care. By the age of 90, 69% of us will have some sort of disability requiring assistance with the Activities of Daily Living.

I am often asked, “What about Medicare?” Medicare covers only the medically necessary costs such as doctor visits, medication and hospital stays. You must also meet eligibility requirements to receive Medicare. Although Medicare will help cover some costs associated with home health care, skilled nursing or hospice care, it does not cover the costs of custodial care.

The costs associated with LTC can be staggering. In Pennsylvania in 2012 the average annual cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home was $94,619. It is projected that this cost could be as much as $264,650 in 2037. Make that a private room and the cost soars to $336,244.

LTC is not a one-size-fits-all insurance policy. Long Term Care policies can cover a range of options from in-home care to adult day facilities to skilled nursing. The cost of a policy can vary greatly as well. By purchasing a policy as a younger, healthy individual we would expect to see lower premiums than if we were to wait an additional 10 years. I recommend clients look into the purchase of their LTC policy between the ages of 54-65. Another option is to plan
to use other assets first to shorten your coverage period; 70% of new policies cover 3-5 years of care. Couples can purchase shared policies that allow a piggy back of care from one spouse to the other. Other types of policies include hybrid plans that combine life insurance with Long Term Care.

Many states, including Pennsylvania, offer LTC Partnership Plans. This is a joint federal-state initiative used to encourage more people to purchase LTC policies which in turn helps to keep the government coffers full. These are sometimes called “spend down” plans. They work like this: for each dollar you purchase in LTC coverage, there is
an equal “asset disregard” for Medicaid eligibility. For example, if you purchase $150,000 of LTC coverage under the partnership program, you will be allowed to keep that $150,000 plus the allowable Medicaid assets. This may help to keep a spouse in your home should you need a skilled nursing facility. A benefit of this program is that those assets
are protected at your death from Medicaid estate recovery.

Choosing a Long Term Care policy does not have to be a daunting experience. While setting other goals for your future, take the time to talk with your financial advisor. These professionals can guide you through the myriad of options for coverage. This additional step in planning for your golden years will help put your mind at ease.

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Paint & Sip Party

paint partyJoin the party! We will be holding a Paint & Sip event at Best Western Hotel in State College, PA on August 13th. Arrive at 5:30pm to choose your seat. Instruction lasts from 6-8pm. BYOB Welcome. Must be 21 years and up for this event. Space is limited so call now to reserve your seat! Must prepay and preregister: $35 per person covers the cost of instruction and the materials necessary for you to complete a one of a kind masterpiece. Whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced, all levels of artistic ability are welcome!

Paint Party by Sarah is the premier traveling arts service based in Altoona, PA offering Paint & Sip parties, children’s parties, and corporate events. One of our goals is to give back to our community and support local businesses. We have held parties at local churches and schools as fundraisers. Monthly we hold public events at local businesses including Fired Up Ceramics Co. and Competitive Sports Academy.

Sarah Jubeck, art instructor and owner, has her Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts in drawing and painting. She has experience teaching art and working with diverse populations. Sarah believes that anyone can learn to paint. What better way to unwind than having fun painting with friends!

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Paint Party by Sarah (814) 327-7653
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Millbrook Presents; ” Leading Ladies”

The Board of Directors and Artistic Director, David Leidholdt, are pleased to announce Millbrook’s next production of Leading Ladies in the Poorman Cabaret.

Just like “Some Like It Hot”, Leading Ladies ​offers a night of fun, laughter, and mistaken identities​. Out of work actors, Leo and Jack, learn that heiress Florence Snyder has left part of her fortune to her long lost relatives Max and Steve. So, they decide to impersonate them, collect the money, and run off to California. The trouble is, upon their arrival, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces​! With nothing but a few costumes for some of Shakespeare’s greatest female characters, such as Cleopatra and Titania, Queen of the Fairies, they decide to give it a try.

Things become more complicated when Leo, as Maxine, begins to fall for Florence’s niece, Meg. Worse, Meg is engaged to the local minister, Duncan, who is immediately suspicious of the “ladies.” Poor Jack can’t help but fall for the lovely, but ditzy, Audrey, yet his alter ego, Stephanie, has drawn the eye of both Doc and his son Butch. Their desperate attempts to keep themselves under cover (and in high heels​) will have audiences rolling on the floor​. Author Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor and ​Moon Over Buffalo​) does it again by writing a side­splitting comedy. Directed by Robert Schneider​, Assistant Directed/Fight Directed by Andrew Garret Karl​, Set Design by Joshua E. Gallagher​, Costume Design by Kim Jones​, Lighting Design by Ethan Vail​, Props Design by Denise Lalevee​, and Sound Design by Joshua J. Duguid​.

The cast includes James Cella as Leo, Brett Epstein as Jack, Alexandra Frost as Meg, Grace Experience as Audrey, Paul Moore as Doc, Brady Adair as Duncan, Shannon Agnew​as Florence, and Matt Spencer​as Butch.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children. Leading Ladies runs June 26 -28, July 1 – 3, and July 8 – 11 at 7:30pm and July 1 and 8 at 2:00pm. Group rates are available. You can purchase tickets by calling 570-748-8083, online at, or by coming to the box any day of the week.


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James Cella as Leo, Brett Epstein as Jack. Photo by Caleb Essenthier

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James Cella as Leo, Brett Epstein as Jack. Photo by Caleb Essenthier

Mary Poppins Is Coming To Millbrook

Mary Poppins Millbrook HouseThe Board of Directors and Artistic Director, David Leidholdt, are pleased to announce Millbrook’s next production of Mary Poppins ​at the Ryan Main Stage.

“It’s a Jolly Holiday with Mary!” Mary Poppins​, the beloved classic musical has finally arrived at Millbrook Playhouse with a heartwarming score, spoonfuls of imagination, and a flying nanny!

Mary Poppins has flown into No. 17 Cherry Tree lane to visit George, Winifred, Jane and Michael Banks. Through her teachings we learn that medicine is easy to take with a spoonful of sugar​, find that silver lining in any situation, and that even when the winds change just go with it and fly a kite​. Along with her many life lessons, she brings the children and the audience on many wonderful magical adventures with her favorite old side kick Bert.

This practically perfect musical offers singing, dancing, and joy for the whole family. Based from the book by P.L Travers originally published in 1938 and the Walt Disney Classic from 1964, this newly innovated production brings Mary Poppins into a different theatrical experience that audiences have never seen!

The score includes the Mary Poppins classic tunes such as “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Jolly Holiday,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” “Step in Time,” and “Chim Chiminey.”

Mary Poppins features original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman and Book by Julian Fellowes​. Directed and Choreographed by Courtney Laine Self​, Music Directed by Justin Adams​, Set Design by Joshua E. Gallagher​, Costume Design by Sydney Moore​, Lighting Design by Ethan Vail, Props Design by Denise Lalevee​, and Sound Design by Joshua J. Duguid​.

Cast includes Samantha Carroll as Mary Poppins, Spencer Streno as Bert, Tom Lavalee as George Banks, Catherine DeLuce as Winifred Banks, Elizabeth Shaffer as Jane Banks, Kendall Eichenlaub as Michael, Bebe Mae Tabickman as Mrs. Brill, Matthew Fairlee as Robertson Ay, David Groccia as Admiral Boom, Sara Davis as Katie Nanna, Brian Pereira as The Park Keeper, Charles Walljasper Robinson as Neleus, Emily Celeste Fink ​as Mrs. Corey, LilyAnn Gugino, Kali Haines ​as the Bird Women, Olivia Hanna, Aimee Hunsinger, Matt Kiesling, Madi Meeker, Ariana Newlen, Brendan Rosell, Elaina M Shaffer, and Colby Stoner​.

Don’t miss this timeless classic come to life at Millbrook Playhouse in the Ryan Main Stage June 18 – 20, 25 – 27, July 1­3 at 7:30pm and June 21, 24, 27, 28, July 1 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children. Group rates are available. You can purchase tickets by calling 570­748­8083, online at, or by coming to the box any day of the week. “​It’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”

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Picture One Mary and Bert – Mary Played by Samantha Carroll and Bert Played by Spencer Streno

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Picture two: Banks and Mary
Pictured L-R – Mr. Banks Played by Tom Lavallee, Mary Played by Samantha Carroll, Jane Banks Played by Elizabeth Schaffer, Mrs. Banks Played by Catherine DeLuce and Michael Banks Played by Kendall Eichenlaub

PA JOBS 1st Grant sponsors up to $5,000 in training for eligible organizations*

Throughout the month of June, select Penn State Corporate Learning workshops are being subsidized for eligible
organizations and individuals by a PA JOBS 1st Grant. These workshops will help your employees increase their productivity
and professional skills and will be taught by experienced Penn State Corporate Learning instructors.
Lean and Continuous Process Improvement—
Thursday, June 18, 8:30 a.m.–noon
*$0 with Grant/$199 without
Essentials of Successful Sales—
State College
Fridays, June 19 and 26, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
*$0 with Grant/$695 without
Monday, June 22, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
*$0 with Grant/$299 without
HR Management—Shamokin Dam
Thursday, June 25, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
*$0 with Grant/$299 without
Thursday, June 25, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
*$0 with Grant/$275 without
Monday, June 29, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
*$0 with Grant/$275 without
Finance Boot Camp—Lewistown
Tuesday, June 30, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
*$0 with Grant/$349 with

* To be eligible for the PA JOBS 1st Grant, employees must work
for companies that are located in Centre, Clinton, Columbia,
Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland,
Snyder, or Union county. Companies that exceed the subsidy
limit of $5,000 will be billed for the difference by Penn State
Corporate Learning. This subsidy is made possible by the
Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation
through the PA JOBS 1st Grant.

Space is limited. Register today at
or call 814-865-6341 or toll free 877-534-4778
When registering, you will be asked to provide a valid business
address and contact information.

Millbrook presents its Season Opener: The Queen of Bingo

It’s Bingo Time At Millbrook!!

queen of bingo logoThe Board of Directors and Artistic Director, David Leidholdt, are pleased to announce Millbrook’s opening production of The Queen of Bingo in the Poorman Cabaret opening June 11, 2015.

The Queen of Bingo is a touching tale of two sisters, using humor and bingo to get through the hard times in life. Just like “Eunice and Mama” from “The Carol Burnett Show” , The Queen of Bingo offers quick wit, dark humor, and touching
moments about life and family. The show follows sisters, Babe and Sis, as they go to their weekly Bingo game to escape life and reveal personal secrets. With hilarious gestures, witty humor, and poignant zingers the girls take you on a journey to answer the question “Who is the Queen of Bingo?” At tonight’s game, Babe joins her sister, Sis, after a
two week hiatus from her regular St. Joe’s Bingo game that has been a ten year standing tradition. Throughout the evening, the sisters reveal what has kept Babe away from the game, and what is drawing Sis into Bingo.

You could win a Turkey! D uring this evening of comedy, the audience gets to play Bingo and has the chance to win a turkey. Bring your own food and drinks to the theatre and engage yourself in this production where no matter what you’re going through in life, no matter how hard it seems, there’s always a way to get through it.

The Queen of Bingo is written by Jeanne Michels and Phyllis Murphy. B ingo is directed by M artena Rogers, featuring, Millbrook Alum S hannon Agnew as Babe (C hurch Basement Ladies ), newcomer C ourtney Cook as Sis, and Renovo resident Aa ron Kelley as Father Mac, Set and Props Design by D enise Lalevee, Lighting design by Ethan Vail , Costume design by Kim Jones , and Sound Design by Joshua Duguid.

Don’t miss this dynamic sisterhood come to life at Millbrook Playhouse in the Poorman Cabaret J une 11 – 14, 17 – 21 at 7:30pm and June 17 at 3:00pm. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children 12 and under. Group rates are available. You can purchase tickets by calling 570-748-8083, online at, or by coming to the Box Office.

“Give me Bingo everyday; I’m having the time of my life!!”

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A New Approach to Treating Unsightly Facial and Legs Veins

Advanced Vein Care imageFacial and legs veins are now a thing of the past. The Excel V™ laser system by Cutera® safely and effectively treats a broad range of vascular skin conditions, from superficial blemishes and skin discoloration to large lesions and deep vascular scars. Its high level of customization makes Excel V™ so effective at treating so many different conditions such as:
• Rosacea
• Spider veins in legs and face
• Telangiectasia
• Cherry angioma
• Sun spots
• Port wine stains

Excel V™ provides:
• Fast, immediate results—resume normal activities immediately after treatment
• No injections and no long-term side effects
• Treatment for men and women—with any skin type

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Excel V™ treats vascular conditions by administering a unique high power green laser that is absorbed by the abnormal blood vessels in the skin. The laser heats the abnormal vessels causing the vein walls to collapse and seal shut. Over time, the vessels will no longer be visible.

The procedure is performed in the comfort of our office. Unlike other procedures, injections or topical anesthesia are not required.

The number of treatments depends on various parameters, including the size, thickness and color of the vascular lesion. Superficial vascular lesions are usually easiest to treat; some patients might see significant improvement after just one treatment. However, individual results vary, and final results may not be apparent for several weeks or months.

Most patients experience a mild stinging sensation as the pulses of light energy are delivered through the hand piece. The skin is cooled as the treatment is performed—making it very tolerable. Following the treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent.

The vascular and benign pigmented conditions the Excel V™ treats are considered cosmetic and therefore are not covered by insurance.

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Central PA Hometowns: Where Our Hearts Are Hollidaysburg

Hollidaysburg imageHollidaysburg is the Blair County seat and home to nearly 6,000  people. It’s just south of Altoona on the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River, making it an important port on the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal from 1834 to 1854. In the past, the borough had foundries and machine shops, a silk mill, Pennsylvania Railroad switching yard, and Conrail car shop. There are a number of railroad-related sites still in operation by Norfolk Southern.

The borough was founded in 1796, named after Irish immigrants Adam and William Holliday. It became the county seat in 1846 when Blair County was organized out of a portion of Huntingdon County.

In 1989, the local Historic District was designated, preserving the unique architecture, including roughly 400 buildings. The town’s center is known as The Diamond, featuring the imposing Gothic Revival courthouse, completed in 1876.Hollidaysburg image2

The famous toy, Slinky, is manufactured within Hollidaysburg by Poof-Slinky, Inc. (formerly James
Industries, Inc.). More than a quarter billion Slinkys have been manufactured since 1945.

The Diamond, Canal Basin Park, and Legion Memorial Park are centers for community events and celebrations. Nearby are Altoona railroad museum, Horseshoe Curve, Canoe Creek State Park, and historic Fort Roberdeau.


Coming Up This Summer
Discovery Garden Plant Sale –May 16, 9a.m.-2p.m., Legion Memorial Park, benefiting Discovery Garden Project and Skills Foundation
Hollidaysburg Community Band concerts –May 25, June 28, July 26, and September 7 at Canal Basin Park
Allegheny Street Cruise-in– May 29, 6-9 p.m., downtown
Altoona Symphony Orchestra Concert –August 29
Downtown Live Summer Concerts –five dates in June – September
Farm and Craft Market – June–September, Montgomery Street off the Diamond