Area Life

Choral Institute returns

Sacred music has a way of penetrating the heart and making worship more meaningful. The music is especially effective if the singers are in one accord, lifting their range of voices in unity. Since the year 2000, conductor Robert Long has been working with local vocalists to accomplish ...

Open to presence of God

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the creative process. There are a couple reasons: one, people I meet often ask me how I come up with column ideas, and, two, after 18 years, it can be a bit of a challenge. True, some columns practically write themselves when certain situations arise. ...

Spiritual Notes

The sisters of St. Joseph Convent, 1872 Munster Road, Portage, will offer a Triduum of Prayer before the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and on the Solemnity itself June 5 to 8. The Triduum (June 5-7) will include 8 a.m. Mass and all-day adoration until the 6 p.m. Rosary and ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: May 25, 1968 The Moms of America were holding their 25th annual convention in Altoona at the Penn Alto Hotel over three days with the Hollidaysburg chapter, Mary Ratchford convention chairwoman and national chaplain, hosting. Moms stood for Mothers of Men in Service. Members ...

A farewell to the road for Paul Simon

NEW YORK — Farewell tours don’t always mean farewell, but are a ripe time for appreciation and appraisal. Paul Simon’s concerts and a new biography offer the opportunity for both. Simon’s “Homeward Bound” tour began last week in Vancouver and takes him across North America, to ...

Mount Rushmore to get $14M upgrade

The Associated Press KEYSTONE, S.D. ä The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is getting a $14 million upgrade, though the carved heads of U.S. presidents wonát be touched. Maureen McGee-Ballinger is chief of interpretation and education at the popular landmark. She told the Rapid City ...

Author Philip Roth dies at 85

NEW YORK — Philip Roth, the prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, from the comic madness of “Portnoy’s Complaint” to the elegiac lyricism of “American Pastoral,” died Tuesday night at age 85. Roth’s literary agent, Andrew Wylie, ...

Forever summer: Community tribute concert honors the Beach Boys

Leave winter behind and warm the spirit through the iconic sounds of “Forever Summer,” a community tribute concert celebrating the music of The Beach Boys, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Mishler Theatre in downtown Altoona. Under the musical direction of Rick Wertz, this concert showcases ...

Garden Notes: Camassia are filling in the gap

Two tall blue camassia made a surprise visit to my garden this week. I’d forgotten I planted them. It’s likely not politically correct to say this about a native plant, but I’m not sure I like the look of them. Although they’re often called wild hyacinth, they look a little ...

Tasty Words: Dippy eggs inspire new breakfast burger recipe

When I ask "What do you want for dinner this week?," burgers are almost always among the list of my husband's typical responses. They are not, however, my favorite meal. I've attempted various recipes dozens of times and have struggled to find an option that I love. Recently, I attempted a ...

Roots & Branches: Tracing and extending ‘umbilical lines’ of mtDNA

When I was relatively new to genealogy — this was the 1980s, before Internet and way before DNA — a researcher who was somewhat of a mentor to me said that he especially liked tracing “umbilical lines.” In its strictest sense, this is what we now call the mitochondrial DNA line ...

God lets love shine through

Let’s talk parenting, shall we? Clinical psychologist Diana Baumrind is known for her research on parent-child interaction, something she categorized as the three styles of parenting. According to Baumrind, the permissive parent is non-punitive, non-disciplining and non-demanding. You know, ...

Wohl looking forward to new assignment

When Rabbi Josh Wohl leaves Agudath Achim Congregation later this month, he will do with mixed emotions. He is looking forward to his new assignment at Kol Shalom Congregation in Annapolis, Maryland, but will miss the people of Altoona. However, Wohl is confident that the congregation with ...

Move will help personal growth

Rabbi Josh Wohl is leaving Altoona to serve Kol Shalom Congregation in Annapolis, Maryland. A Shabbat (Sabbath) service honoring him will be held Saturday at Agudath Achim Congregation. It will be followed by a luncheon. Before coming to Altoona, Wohl was the rabbi at Beacon Hebrew Alliance ...

Spiritual Notes

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 408 N. Sixth Street, will host a Spring Fling from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event has been planned by the committees of the church as a way of reaching out to residents of Juniata and the rest of the city. North Sixth Street will be closed ...

Hillside Community Church takes on hospital trail project

One of the special features of the Tyrone Regional Health Network/Tyrone Hospital campus is the walking trails that loop through the wooded areas on the hospital grounds. So, when Pastor Randy Zitterbart of the Hillside Community Church in Tyrone heard about the need for maintenance on the ...

Artistically pleasing: Blair County Arts Festival returns for its 51st year

For watercolorist Peg Panasiti of Latrobe, the Blair County Arts Festival kicks off her season and offers an opportunity to visit family and connect with customers from as far away as Maryland. "I graduated from Bellwood(-Antis) High School, attended the campus and now stay with family for ...

Pyles graduates

Beth A. Pyles of Altoona graduated from Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown on May 11. She earned a Master of Divinity degree and serves as pastor of East End United Methodist Church and Fairview United Methodist Church, both in Altoona. Evangelical Seminary, founded in 1953, “develops ...