Area Life

Art builds confidence to help solve world problems

Tyrone students connect with the Navajo Nation By Cherie Hicks chicks@altoonamirror.com TYRONE — When renowned sculptor Peter Frantz heard horrific stories of the systematic sexual violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he joined an effort a decade ago that still ...

London library makes WWII war crime searches easier

LONDON — Holocaust denial just got a little harder. The Wiener Library for the Study of Holocaust & Genocide is making the United Nations’ files on World War II war crimes more accessible by allowing the general public to search an online catalog of the documents for the first time ...

Mississippi Delta has many stories to tell

CLARKSDALE, Miss. — The Mississippi Delta has no shortage of museums, historic attractions and clubs devoted to the blues. But visitors will find the region has many other stories to tell, from the cotton plantations where African-American families worked and lived in desperate poverty to ...

Resort island without Uber or Lyft wants to keep it that way

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. — Twelve miles and a ferry ride from the New England shore, Block Island is one of the last major tourist destinations in the United States without Uber or Lyft — and islanders want it to stay that way. Come summer, the sleepy island welcomes thousands of vacationers, ...

Earth Matters:: Climate, soil impact world food problem

In my prior life as a high school earth science teacher, I would always add a unit during the second half of the school year that was not included in the text book. It was on soils, agriculture and the world food problem. Like many Americans and American institutions, Earth Science textbooks ...

Food for thought

College students have enough stress in their lives without the worry of running out of money for food and going hungry — especially as final exams are looming. That’s the thought behind a new food pantry that has opened on the Penn State Altoona campus at the Edith Davis Eve Chapel. The ...

Sessions focus on Bible prophecy

The Central PA Bible Conference will conduct a three-day spring session April 30-May 2, with speaker Dr. Jimmy DeYoung of Prophecy Today Ministries. The conference will be held at The Faith Baptist Church, Fourth Avenue and 40th Street. Conference sessions will begin at 6 p.m. April 30 and ...

Offering a second chance

Everyone deserves a second chance, even a restaurant. Operating on that principle, the other evening my husband Bob, daughter Val, and I went to a local restaurant we hadn’t visited in a few years. While we’ve patronized pretty much every food establishment in the area, we hadn’t ...

Spiritual notes

Roast beef dinner Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 136 Hilltop Road, Lilly, will serve a roast beef dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost to eat-in is $9 for adults, $4.50 for children 12 and younger. Takeouts are available for $9. For more information, call 884-0205. Concerts Timothy ...

‘HMS Pinafore’ docking at IUP in May

A New York City repertory company is bringing its Gilbert and Sullivan expertise to an Indiana stage with its production of the funny “HMS Pinafore, or The Lass That Loved a Sailor.” Accompanied by its full-pit orchestra, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players will perform the comic ...

Bells ring out the good news on Easter

The bells of St. Laurence Episcopal Church in Osceola Mills, which have not sounded together in some time, rang out the good news of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, thanks to the work of master bell restorationist Brian Michaels of Good Vibrations Audio & Video, Morrisdale. Delivery ...

Outside downtown venue to host Ivyside Off the Rails

If you’re looking to find the fun in Altoona this weekend, Ivyside Off the Rails on the grounds of the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum could be your plan. It’s a festival put together by Penn State Altoona students. Jessie Hurkes, assistant director for Student and Civic ...

Former ‘Buffy’ star making food fun for kids

NEW YORK — As a vampire slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar learned the value of an old-fashioned wooden stake. As a mom of two children, she’s still pretty handy with a good stick — only this time it’s in the kitchen. Gellar skewers all kinds of things in her new cookbook, “Stirring ...

Soprano Nadine Sierra wins 2017 Tucker Award

NEW YORK — Soprano Nadine Sierra has won the 2017 Richard Tucker Award, dubbed the Heisman Trophy of opera. The 28-year-old Florida native is “an American singer at the threshold of a major international career,” according to the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. That’s the condition ...

Don’t ask where Vogel is; ask where she isn’t

NEW YORK — You can find new work by Paula Vogel on Broadway at the Cort Theatre, where her play “Indecent” opened Tuesday. But if you look a little harder, you can find Vogel’s work pretty much everywhere. A few blocks away, former student Lynn Nottage has opened “Sweat.” A ...

Richard Simmons addresses fans in statement to People

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After an absence from the spotlight, Richard Simmons is speaking out directly to his fans, saying, “Hope to see you again soon!” Simmons issued a statement to People magazine Wednesday, and his spokesman, Tom Estey, confirmed its authenticity. The statement marks ...

Prince’s estate sues sound engineer over unpublished music

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince’s estate is claiming a sound engineer who worked with the musician on five tracks in 2006 is threatening to release the unpublished material and has no right to do so. The estate and Paisley Park Enterprises have sued George Ian Boxill, alleging he’s trying to ...

Tasty Words: Trial and error leads to an easy enchilada recipe

Like most working moms, I rotate through the same dinner meals from month to month. Quick, easy and healthy is my dinner mantra. Sometimes, I like to explore outside my comfort zone and try out a new dish. I started experimenting with enchiladas about two years ago, and the journey has been ...

‘Guerrilla’: drama of love, revolution in ’70s London

LOS ANGELES — John Ridley’s projects always have something to say, and it’s always worth considering. The writer, director and producer works a big canvas and does it thoughtfully, whether in his Oscar-winning screenplay for “12 Years a Slave,” his ABC anthology series “American ...