Area Life

Organizers offer tips for dealing with old photos

Take a survey of your home, and consider all the spots where you have old photos. Perhaps youáll find baby pictures in albums in the living room, vacation snaps in tattered envelopes tucked into a bookshelf, milestone moments in old frames, and older relative’s fading photos in dusty boxes ...

Bomer plays whiz kid in ‘The Last Tycoon’

NEW YORK — When he landed the lead in Amazon Prime’s “The Last Tycoon,” Matt Bomer had never read the timeless F. Scott Fitzgerald novella on which the series is based. But by chance, he had just finished another celebrated novel set in 1930s Hollywood, Nathanael West’s “The Day of ...

Blind Aboriginal musician, 46, dies in Australia

SYDNEY (AP) — A blind Aboriginal musician renowned for singing in his native Yolngu language with a heart-rending voice and a unique guitar-playing style has died, his recording label said Wednesday. He was 46. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, whose is now referred to by local media as Dr. G. ...

Grapevine

Phelps defends Shark ‘race’ Don’t expect an apology from Michael Phelps to TV viewers who were disappointed with his race against a simulated great white shark for a Disco-very Channel Shark Week special. The winningest athlete in Olympic history was bested by two seconds Sunday ...

Morrison, Didion in PEN online archive

NEW YORK — Toni Morrison moderating a discussion about writing in the Soviet Union. Joan Didion defending Salman Rushdie against an Iranian death decree. Pablo Neruda explaining the role of the Latin America author. PEN America, the literary and human rights organization, told The ...

Items from Auschwitz death camp to tour Europe and America

By Monika Scislowska The Associated Press WARSAW, Poland — An exhibit of some items from the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz are going on a tour of Europe and North America to bring its tragic truth about the Holo-caust to a wider audience. The exhibit — called ...

Garden Notes: Beekeepers explain the ‘buzz’ about keeping hives

Keeping bees never made it to my bucket list and probably never will. But more and more young people have taken to beekeeping. Tyne Blazier, who lives in Tipton, just started her bee yard, and Susan Taylor has been raising bees outside of Tyrone for about a year. Both have been dealing ...

Spiritual notes

Juniata United Methodist Church will host a street fair from 4-7 p.m. July 29. There will be food, games, music and activities for all ages. Juniata United Methodist Church is at 808 North Fourth Street, in the Juniata section of Altoona. For more information, contact the church office at ...

Bishop to visit St. Luke’s church

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Audrey Scanlan, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, will visit St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday, July 30, service. Bishop Scanlan will celebrate the Eucharist and deliver the sermon during the service in which she ...

Old Keller church hosts homecoming service

The 171st annual homecoming service of the Old Keller Reformed Church of Canoe Valley will be held at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 6. The Rev. Paul Marsteller will conduct the memorial service. A short business meeting to elect two new trustees will be held after the service, and a group photograph will be ...

Let God tackle weighty issues

Today I’d like to tackle a weighty subject —weight. More accurately, everyone’s obsession with it. If you’ve spent more than an hour watching TV, you know what I’m talking about. The sheer volume, no pun intended, of weight-loss commercials is proof positive that folks today are ...

Remembering Vietnam: Burns sees war as virus, documentary as vaccination

HANOVER, N.H. — Filmmaker Ken Burns views the Vietnam War as a virus that infected Americans with an array of chronic illnesses — alienation, a lack of civil discourse, mistrust of government and each other. And he hopes his new documentary can be part of a cure. “What if the film was ...

Art in the garden: Placing the right work in the right spot

For many landscape designers and homeowners, a garden isn’t complete without the right art. But how do you find the right spot for a piece of outdoor art and choose the plants to complement it? The first step is finding a work that really speaks to you, and then “allow the art to help ...

Mayer changing his live shows

NEW YORK — John Mayer never relied on multicolored lighting, confetti and pyrotechnics to help him during his live shows, like some of his peers. But the singer-songwriter-guitarist wanted to step up his game, and he said watching Drake perform live encouraged him to beef up his stage ...

Discovery asks Shark Week viewers to be donors, too

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Discovery Channel wants Shark Week viewers to be donors as well. The channel’s annual celebration of all things shark will include requests to support Oceana, an advocacy group focused on ocean conservation. Viewers can use their smartphones to donate and also to ...

Britain’s Prince William and family start visit to Germany for 3-day trip

BERLIN (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Berlin with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, on the second leg of a European trip that comes as Britain negotiates its exit from the European Union. Prince William and his wife, Kate, held their children by ...

Pasta salad is a picnic favorite

Just like anyone, I enjoy a great pasta salad. My usual go-to ingredients are typical: Italian dressing drizzled over rotini pasta, with chunks of cheddar, mozzarella, pepperoni, salami, cucumber, tomato and bell peppers. It’s a delicious picnic classic. The recent Stanley cup victory for ...