Meet the Altoona resident who literally wrote the book(s) on his hometown

Even as a third grader at Altoona’s Willowbrook Elementary, Alex Payne was intrigued by the history of Altoona, particularly when his class visited historic sites like Back Door Fabrics in Olde Town. For a kid, these dusty places contained a kind of magic—it was like the people and events of the past were echoing through the walls, their stories begging to be told.

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Meet Mary, a founder of Altoona Palooza

The next time you’re diving headfirst into the muck while defending your Mud Volleyball tournament title, take a moment to thank Mary for helping orchestrate Altoona’s zaniest, most iconic—and yes, muddiest—event of the year: Altoona Palooza.

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People of Altoona: Take a Walk in Peggy’s Shoes

Peggy Doane has walked around the world, literally.

As a member of the international walking association Volkssport and Iowa’s Walking Club, Peggy has walked through the cities, towns and countryside of Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and Iceland. And yet, even after all that traveling, one of Peggy’s favorite walking destinations in the whole world is right here in her own backyard.

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People of Altoona: Meet Kalyn!

Lately, Kalyn Gibson finds herself spending more and more time in Altoona—for business and for fun. Along with her husband Matt, Kalyn owns Forever Home Inspection Iowa, a company that has provided nearly 2,000 home inspections, including many in the Altoona market. (No surprise there. As the city’s population continues to grow, Altoona’s real-estate market is booming.)

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People of Altoona: Meet Jane!

In this week’s #PeopleofAltoona, Altoona resident Jane Ryan reflects on her connection with the Altoona community and how she was inspired to give people a reason to smile.

When you’ve walked along the bike path or through the gardens in Altoona, have you ever noticed messages of joy and kindness near your feet? Or maybe a little round gnome hiding among the flowers or snow?

Thank Jane Ryan, Altoona resident, for the uplifting bursts of color along your daily walks around town.

In Jane’s own words, here’s her story…

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People of Altoona: Meet Rory!

If you’re shopping around town or browsing the aisles of the Altoona Public Library, you might run into Rory Tegtmeier, a local resident with a great story to tell. For today’s #PeopleofAltoona, we sat down with Rory to learn what makes our community “a lovely place to be.”

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