Area Life

Court won’t hear bigamy law appeal

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it won’t hear an appeal from the family on TV’s “Sister Wives” challenging Utah’s law banning polygamy. The decision ends the family’s long legal fight to overturn a seldom used and unique provision of Utah’s law that the ...

Marlo Thomas hopes change can happen from inside the closet

NEW YORK — Feminist actress, author and activist Marlo Thomas, who broke TV barriers in “That Girl,” was not at the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. She was too busy with a new way she hopes to empower women — clothes. Thomas is this week debuting her ready-to-wear and ...

Right at home: From scrap heap to style file

Recycling has become the norm in many communities. Plastic, glass, metal and paper makes its weekly trek to processing plants across the country. Much of it gets made into new versions of itself: Your empty corn tin might end up as your next bean can. Smelting brings glass jars back to life. ...

Garden Notes: Be vigilant in protecting your trees from Fire Blight

Me: Aw, nuts! Are you serious? The Arborist: Looks like Fire Blight to me. Sorry. *   *   * Fire Blight is an incredibly destructive disease that attacks members of the Rosaceae family. Penn State horticulture educator Tom Ford said, “Fire Blight can kill trees in an ...

Outreach becomes strong bond

On chilly nights in Pennsylvania, a quilt can provide the necessary comfort and warmth to enhance a good night’s sleep. The same is true in Haiti. Daytime temperatures in the Caribbean country are usually in the 90s, but can drop to the 60s and even into the ...

Women at St. Patrick sew quilts for youths

A notice in a church bulletin a few years ago motivated two women at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Newry to make a few quilts for orphans in Haiti. Gail Kaminski’s and Patty Troutwein’s original goal in 2014 was to make five quilts for the children. Both liked to sew and believed they ...

TV programs often fail to portray Christians in an attractive manner

I have a confession to make. I like TV. I refer to this as a confession, because I’ve found that many Christians consider television to be unwholesome, worldly, immoral and a big waste of time. Granted, there are several programs that fit under each of those categories. That ...

Spiritual notes

Cathedral Prayer Group Cathedral Prayer Group has invited Brother Vince Yeager, T.O.R., to give a teaching on discipleship at 7 p.m. Monday at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Brother Vince works in campus ministry at Saint Francis University and is completing his ...

Two services to observe Reformation

In 2017, Catholics and Lutherans will jointly observe the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. In response to the call for what Saint Pope John Paul II termed “Spiritual Ecumenism,” Christians of all denominations are asked to pray for unity. To this end, Bishop ...

The Brooklyn Bridge Band to headline Tyrone fundraiser

  He collaborated with Donna Summer on “Bad Girls.” He sang “You’re the Best Around” on the original 1980s hit movie, “The Karate Kid.” Now he fronts the band formerly led by the late Johnny Maestro, which still plays about 30 concerts a year across the ...

Soprano: Juliette is ‘like a bird you can’t catch’

NEW YORK — Keep your eyes on Diana Damrau, if you can, as she darts about the stage as the innocent and impetuous teenage heroine in the opening scene of Gou-nod’s “Romeo et Juliette.” “She is like a bird you can’t catch, going here and going there,” the German soprano said ...

Miss USA hopes Trump can unify Americans

MANILA, Philippines  — The U.S. candidate in the Miss Universe pageant said Wednesday she did not vote for Donald Trump but she hopes the president-elect can unify Americans at a “nerve-wracking” point in U.S. history. Deshauna Barber, a 27-year-old Army officer from the District of ...

Streep, Meyers to be honored

NEW YORK — Actress Meryl Streep, TV host Seth Meyers and the Golden Globe-winning movie “Moonlight” will be honored next month by the Human Rights Campaign, the LGBTQ civil rights organization. The award for “Moon-light,” a coming-of-age film about a black gay youth, will be ...

Whitehead a finalist for $75,000 PEN America award

NEW YORK — Colson Whitehead, winner of the National Book Award for his novel “The Underground Railroad,” is a finalist for a new $75,000 prize given by the literary and human rights organization PEN America. Whitehead’s story of a young runaway slave is among five nominees for the ...

Grapevine

ACM Awards event moves NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Academy of Country Music Awards is moving its annual show to the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The 52nd annual awards show will be held April 2 and will air on CBS, the Encino, California-based group announced Tuesday. Last year’s show, ...

Tasty Words: Low-carb recipe offers a skinny twist on egg rolls

During my high school years, I consumed more Chinese buffet food that I would like to admit. My friends and I would eat plate after plate of chicken and broccoli, General Tso’s chicken and fried rice. Luckily, the hours I spent at sports practices and my youthful metabolism helped burn off ...

Mamma Mia! Hollidaysburg woman lands dream role in national Broadway tour

Betsy Padamonsky hadn’t learned to read yet when she memorized her lines for her first play, the musical “Annie,” with the Altoona Community Theatre. She went on to perform more times than she can remember on the Mishler Theatre stage, as well as at her Hollidaysburg schools. That ...