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Toys For Tots, Sauce Boss This Weekend!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, December 7 through Thursday, December 13. Christmas season often means Toys for Tots benefits on the area music scene, and one will take place on an Altoona stage Friday night. Local country performers ...

Park N’ Rock and Brass Monkeys This Weekend!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, November 30 through Thursday, December 6. Among the live music highlights this weekend is the fourth annual Park N'Rock fundraiser for Central Blair Recreation. The event happens on Friday evening at ...

Patched Together, Turkey Eve Happenings!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, November 16 through Thursday, November 22. Several noteworthy events are happening on area live music stages this weekend and upcoming week, especially heading toward the Thanksgiving holiday. The 8th ...

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 ...

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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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National Art Honor Society at the Altoona Area High School

Being a student art teacher at the Altoona Area High School comes with some perks. One of which is getting to see and work with budding local artists in our area. I was lucky enough to be a part of the induction ceremony for the newest members of the National Art Honor Society. Additionally, I ...

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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 ...

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#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 ...

STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: Lightning strikes?

WEEK 13 LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (8-3) VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (7-3-1) NBC, SUNDAY, 8:25 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,400 Last week in a nutshell Headline: HOLIDAY GIVING / The Steelers kicked off the season of giving by handing a victory to the Denver Broncos in a game where Pittsburgh overwhelmed ...

#STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: High Anxiety

WEEK 12 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (7-2-1) VS. DENVER BRONCOS (4-6) CBS, SUNDAY, 4:25 P.M., BRONCOS STADIUM AT MILE HIGH, 76,125 Last week in a nutshell Headline: FOUR MINUTE DRILLED / The slumbering Steelers awakened to score two late TDs (with the help of some Jacksonville clock ...