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Tragedy Returns…

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, November 9 through Thursday, November 15. Tragedy returns to the area live music scene this weekend. But it is not bad news...New York City's heavy metal tribute to the Bee Gees, Tragedy, returns to ...

Indoor Live Music!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, November 2 through Thursday, November 8. The outdoor fall festivals are now in the rear view mirror, and live music has moved back indoors for the cold weather season. So pick out a show from the many ...

Trick or Treat Weekend!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, October 26 through Thursday, November 1. Halloween season has arrived, and multiple Halloween-themed events dominate this week's live music slate. "Official" Halloween party events are indicated in the ...

Striking Chords, Outdoor Fall Fest Finales This Weekend!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, October 19 through Thursday, October 25. One of the weekend's music event highlights happens on Friday night, as the 7th annual Striking Chords Against Cancer benefit moves indoors to the Jaffa Shrine, ...

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Blessing of the Animals This Sunday!

Everyone is invited! This Sunday, October 14, grab your pets and head down to the Blessing of the Animals at Temple Beth Israel, 3004 Union Ave., Altoona (across from Tuckahoe Park) with Rabbi Audrey Korotkin. The Blessing gets underway at 12:15pm on the Temple Lawn. What a great way to spend ...

Pets’ fear of fireworks no laughing matter

Holidays celebrated with fireworks are no holiday for us. We have two dogs and 2 cats (4 out of 10) that are afraid of the loud booms and flashing lights associated with fireworks, as well as thunderstorms, and gun fire to add insult to injury. Chase starts pacing and becomes quite nervous but ...

May the Fur Be With You

Occasionally, I get emails/posts from companies/friends/associates that are just too good to pass up and I have to share them with you! The following is from our friends at Healthy Paws Pet Insurance (www.heathypawspetinsurance.com)... Enjoy! Pet parents love Star Wars... and we’ve got the ...

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Lions add standout safety

Penn State might be about to go on a run of football commitments. It got started a little earlier than expected late Thursday night. JaQuon Brisker, the Lackawanna safety rated as one of the top junior college prospects in the country, announced he had committed to the Nittany Lions on ...

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Contest time again

It's official as of 10 a.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018. The 2018 Guess How Many Games The Pirates Will Win contest is open for entries. Unlike the Powerball, which requires a bunch of numbers, this competition requires only two: 1. Predict how many games the Pirates will win this season (They ...

We have a winner, 2017 version

The MLB regular season has ended, and so has the blog's annual Guess How Many Games The Pirates Will Win Contest. This year's contest went right to the final game and required the tiebreaker, which is predicting how many home runs the Pirates will hit. The Pirates beat Washington on Sunday in ...

This is a test

This is just a test. Stay calm, if that's possible. If you see this on the Mirror website, report back to me please. Thank you. Have a good day.

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UPMC Blair Medical Sixth Annual Art in Common art show

The annual exhibition at UPMC Blair Medical Associates Exhibition is underway! Include this in your local arts rendezvous. This makes a great place to take a date and get some subs next door. The show will run Nov 1 - Dec 28. I'm attaching an online album of some of the work displayed as well. ...

Brian Miller, local poet, publishes 2nd book

Recently, Brian Miller, a poet from Altoona Pennsylvania, published his 2nd book, The Cosmic Tour with Finishing Line Press. I got a chance to look at the poems and was pleasantly surprised at the modern day contexts ranging from the perils of online dating to connections with spirituality and ...

Fall is here!

It's that time of year to pull out sweaters, scarves and gloves! Boots and leggings at last. It seemed with the weather changing to longer, humid summers we'd never reach autumn. I've noticed the leaves starting to change, even if it's taking longer. All of this means, we need to really take ...

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#STEELERS Pregame Stretch: High emotions, deep passes

WEEK 9 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4-2-1) VS. BALTIMORE RAVENS (4-4) CBS, SUNDAY, 1 P.M., M&T BANK STADIUM 71,400 Last week in a nutshell Headline: COMPANY LINE / The Steelers veteran offensive line snapped the team out of an early funk against the Browns and paved the way for a dominating ...

#STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: A path to prosperity?

WEEK 8 CLEVELAND BROWNS (2-4-1) VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-2-1) CBS, SUNDAY, 1 P.M., HEINZ FIELD 68,400 Last week in a nutshell Headline: RESTING EASY / The Steelers playoff position improved dramatically during the bye week, as the Browns, Ravens and Bengals all lost, improbably moving ...

#STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: Will revenge plans be bad JuJu for the Bengals?

WEEK 5 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-2-1) VS. CINCINNATI BENGALS (4-1) CBS, SUNDAY, 1 P.M., PAUL BROWN STADIUM, 65,515 Last week in a nutshell Headline: THAT’S BETTER / Everything clicks for Steelers in critical win over Falcons The Steelers finally got it together and got huge plays in ...

#STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: The end is near? Here?

WEEK 5 ATLANTA FALCONS (1-3) VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-2-1) FOX, SUNDAY, 1 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,400 Last week in a nutshell Headline: AIR APPARENT/ Ravens snuff out Steelers’ one-dimensional offense Summary: Despite being pushed around all evening, Pittsburgh’s beleaguered defense ...