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Valentine’s Leftovers and Riding the Mysterytrain!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, February 15 through Thursday, February 21. With Valentine's Day just passed, several Valentine's-themed dances and music events will take place this weekend, and some are in the listing below. Central ...

Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day Live Music!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, February 8 through Thursday, February 14. Seasonal occasions provide the themes for some of the live music happenings during this weekend and upcoming week. McGarvey's celebrates the start of the ...

Semi-Supervillains, Fyre and Vision to None On Stage This Weekend!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, February 1 through Thursday, February 7. Among live music happenings on local stages this weekend is the first local appearance of Pittsburgh area rockers the Semi-Supervillains, who perform on Friday ...

B-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-ring The Live Music!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, January 25 through Thursday, January 31. Winter's other shoe has dropped, and snow, ice and bitter cold have made their arrivals in central Pennsylvania. With more brutal cold temperatures in the ...

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Don’t forget, pets’ winter coats need grooming, too

The other evening, my husband, Ray, tried to shame me into brushing our old Golden boy, Brady. He desperately needed to be brushed, but I was in “weekend” mode, being lazy on the couch and acting as if any physical labor might break my arms. I was being a bit theatrical, and (did I ...

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 ...

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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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Valentine’s day is coming!

Have you made your plans yet? Are you doing a traditional valentine's celebration or a galentine's day? And if you don't celebrate, why not make someone else's day or if you have a pet or plant, special by doing random acts of kindnes? This makes others happy at very little expense on your ...

Staying warm and making rice hand warmers

With the cold weather fully upon us, I thought I'd share an article on staying warm. Here's the actual list of warm tips here. The ones that stand out is putting hand warmers in your pocket, starting a compost in your home and wearing a hat. Sometimes, the basics seem the most obvious, such as ...

Have to toot my horn!

The local author, Deb Hockenberry and I worked on a book, Where can we have the party! Recently, I was awarded the bronze placement for best cover of 2018 at Author's Database! You can purchase the book for free kindle use at amazon or contact Deb directly to buy signed copies at sasha1119 at ...

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#STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: Misdirection?

WEEK 16 CINCINNATI BENGALS (6-9) VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-6-1) CBS, SUNDAY, 4:25 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,450 Last week in a nutshell Headline: SAINTS ELSEWHERE / After playing perhaps the best 10 minutes of their season to seize the lead against the heavily favored and home-standing ...

#STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: Weapons race

WEEK 16 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-5-1) VS. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (12-2) CBS, SUNDAY, 4:25 P.M., MERCEDES BENZ SUPERDOME, 74,295 Last week in a nutshell Headline: END GAME / Tom Brady marched the New England Patriots down the frozen, crusty Heinz Field sod in the fourth quarter toward a ...

#STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: In too deep?

WEEK 15 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-3) VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-4-1) CBS, SUNDAY, 4:25 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,400 Last week in a nutshell Headline: A BLACK HOLE / A couple hallmarks of the Mike Tomlin era – clueless strategery and shoddy secondary play – reared their ugly heads ...

STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: Back to black?

WEEK 14 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (7-4-1) VS. OAKLAND RAIDERS (2-10) FOX, SUNDAY, 4:25 P.M., OAKLAND ALAMEDA COLISEUM, 63,132 Last week in a nutshell Headline: ZONED OUT / The injury-hampered Steelers started the game against the Chargers with a losing game defensive game plan and finished it ...