Area Life

Looted statues, pottery returned to Italy after probe in NYC

NEW YORK — Seven ancient statues and pottery vessels are headed back to their homeland in Italy after authorities said they tracked down the stolen items in New York City. Dating back as far as the eighth century B.C., the artifacts were looted by Italian tomb raiders in the 1990s, then ...

Florida’s Siesta Beach best beach in US

SIESTA KEY, Fla. — The sand on Siesta Beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast is as fine as powdered sugar, a pure, sparkling white and soft as a kitten’s fur — all because it’s comprised of 99 percent pure crushed quartz. For that reason, and many others, it was selected this year as the ...

Saldana, Del Toro help open new Disney ‘Guardians’ ride

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Stepping inside Disney’s latest theme park attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT!, is like being thrust into one of blockbuster films’ pulsating, action-packed trailers. Music blares throughout the tower drop ride as guests are treated to a visual feast ...

Garden Notes: Classic, aromatic lilac a welcome addition in any garden

Each spring, my grandmother could tell when all danger of frost had passed. She watched her lilac bush. Today, we’d call it an “indicator plant.” Plants use temperature, precipitation and available sunlight to time their yearly blooming. A lilac won’t open its buds until it knows for ...

The ‘Great American Midway’: SAMA curator explores an enduring tradition

“The Great American Midway” may be more about pop culture than actual art, but Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art curator Scott Dimond thinks it will be a lot of fun to talk about that uniquely American icon at his next installment of “Conversation with the Curator.” “The Great ...

Looking back and to the future

By Linda T. Gracey For the Mirror HOLLIDAYSBURG — Pastor Mark Brown has watched Westminster Orthodox Presbyterian Church grow from a fledgling home Bible study of 15 people to a vibrant church with 10 times that number in the pews on Sundays. The accomplishments of the church at 1401 ...

Sock collection supports soldiers

BELLWOOD — Military Families Ministry is collecting black crew socks and black ankle socks through the end of August for the Operation: Socks for Soldiers program. The socks will be sent to troops serving in the Middle East. Donations to help cover shipping costs are also being ...

Spiritual notes

Ordination The Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, will ordain Deacon Peter Crowe and Deacon Jonathan Dickson to the Diocesan Priesthood during a 10 a.m. Mass on Saturday at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. The ordination of Deacons Crowe ...

Jesus comes with guarantee

Watergate, gas shortages, disco — the 1970s definitely had some shortcomings. The decade had one thing going for it, though — great movies. Okay, maybe not “great,” more like terrible in a really entertaining way. I’m not referring to theatrical blockbusters like “Jaws” or ...

Rau’s work captured the Allegheny landscape of the 1890s

Another batch of cutting-edge photographs that captured the Allegheny landscape in the 1890s is now on display at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. “William H. Rau: Urban, Rural, Rail” features 27 albumem and sepia-toned photographs taken by the commercial photographer who was ...

Half of new Cosby jury poll already have opinions

PITTSBURGH — Half of the new jury pool being questioned Wednesday in Bill Cosby’s sex assault case said they’ve formed an opinion on his guilt or innocence, while one knows Cosby or his family. Eleven jurors have been chosen this week for the case starting June 5 in suburban ...

Urban agriculture: Growing network wants to make city farming easier

Living in the city doesn’t mean you can’t raise a wide variety of your own food. And a growing network of urban agricultural interests in Blair County is trying to make it easier. Kick-started by a grant last year and joining a nationwide movement, the Blair County Urban Ag Program already ...

CLP kicks off new season: ‘Crimes of the Heart’ opens Thursday

By Cherie Hicks chicks@altoonamirror.com The Cresson Lake Playhouse will kick off its upcoming theatrical season with the heartfelt and funny “Crimes of the Heart” this week. Season tickets are available for as little as $58 for four shows, including “Ring of Fire,” “Disney’s ...

Relapse prevention is crucial to treatment success

Editor’s note: This is the fifth and final part of a series on mental health. There are countless factors that play a role in how quickly — or if at all — a person with a mental illness can achieve and sustain recovery, but two big factors are getting the right professional treatment, ...

Earth Matters: Henderson Island reflects overall garbage trouble in oceans

Already threatened by rising sea levels from global temperature increases, the world’s islands are also threatened by another scourge of modern society — trash. While ocean-going trash is a problem all around the world, the problem is especially appalling in the center of the ocean’s ...

‘They grow up so fast’

I’d forgotten how much fun (and exhausting) it was having a 7-year-old boy around the house. It’s been 19 years since my son Buddy was that age, and my grandson Blaine has about three more years to go. The 7-year-old I’m referring to is my niece Caitlyn’s son Dawson. Caitlyn lives ...

Trinity Lutheran hosts Spring Fling

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 408 N. Sixth St., will host its 10th annual Spring Fling from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event, which includes food, games, entertainment and a petting zoo, has been planned by the committees of the church as a way of reaching out to residents of ...

Spiritual notes

Novena The fifth Novena of 2017 to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Therese, the Little Flower, offered by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto, will open on Monday and end May 30. Those who wish to share in the graces and blessings of these nine days of prayer, and in the private ...