Area Life

Area author to sign at Barnes and Noble

Kim Chesney Negri of Huntingdon will sign copies of her first young adult devotional book, "Remember What I Told You," from 1 to 4 p.m. May 22 at Barnes and Noble, Altoona."As I reared my children and cared for our household, I relied heavily upon the power and truth of God's Word," Negri ...

Genetics factor in bipolar disorder

Genetic factors play a significant role in many psychiatric disorders.In bipolar disorder - which was originally known as manic-depressive disorder - genetic background may be one of the primary factors."There is a strong genetic link with all disorders, but it may be stronger with bipolar ...

Garden Notes: ‘Cute, little’ hairy bittercress a menace to a garden

I enjoy gardens and garden shopping. If I see an interesting plant on a half-off table, I might not know what it is, but I'll likely buy it - just to see what it does. If a friend is dividing perennials, I can always find a place for a few or more, and I've almost memorized 2016 Burpee's seed ...

Depression serious and often misunderstood

Clinical depression - also known as major depression or unipolar depression - is a disorder that is rife with paradoxes.Clinical depression is a serious disease, yet many of the millions of Americans who suffer from it each year do not seek treatment for it because of fear, ignorance or ...

Treat mental illness ‘early and right’

The numbers are staggering.According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in four adults ages 18 and older - approximately 61.5 million Americans - suffers from some type of mental illness in any given year.One in 17 adults - about 13.6 million people - lives with a serious, ...

A new trick for grilling the perfect burger

I thought I knew how to make the perfect burger. Now I know better.I still stand by most of my principles - making your own blend of ground meat, a combination of ground sirloin and ground chuck; working and mixing the meat as little as possible - but I recently discovered a far better way to ...

FDA will re-evaluate definition of ‘healthy’

NEW YORK (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration will re-evaluate its definition of "healthy," which could eventually change how a range of foods are marketed.In light of evolving research, the FDA said it believes "now is an opportune time to re-evaluate the regulations concerning nutrition ...

Mirror Mother’s Day Makeover: ‘Mom of century’ gets pampered for a day

Mary Ann Silvis moved across town to Juniata a few years ago so her daughter, Chrissy Henninger, could take care of her in retirement. The tables turned last year when Mary Ann had to start taking care of her daughter, who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer."The strength and devotion that ...

Tales of a trolley: Altoona electric railway history captured digitally

Like hundreds of cities in America in the first half of the 20th century, Altoona had a mass-transit option that today is romanticized - and practical - only in a handful of large cities, such as New Orleans. But the Altoona and Logan Valley Electric Railway was essential to the area's ...

Astronomy club will observe Mercury transit

A local astronomy club is inviting the public to check out the planet Mercury moving across the face of the sun on Monday, a solar event that happens about 12 times every 100 years.Don't try to view the "transit of Mercury" without protective solar shields on telescopes, said Tom Kasner, ...

Earth Matters: Despite some, vehicle trends continue toward conservation

A young mother pulled her massive, white pickup truck up to the air pump and left the engine run as she inflated one of the large tires on the truck. Engine still running, she gathered up her young child and ran into the store. I waited a few moments to see how long the young lady took before ...

Monkey bars alert: Study: Playground concussions on the rise

CHICAGO - Playground concussions are on the rise, according to a new government study, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved.Most injuries studied were mild, but all concussions are potentially serious and the researchers say the trend raises public health and safety concerns.The ...

My mom is my hero

When you're a kid, your world is built around things that are set in stone. People make you promises, and you expect them to keep them. When those promises can't be kept, you look for a hero, or someone to help you rebuild your world.I've been made a handful of promises that people chose not to ...

Mental health event set at Jaffa Shrine May 12

Behavioral health clinicians, mental health clients and the public are invited to attend a day of learning, on May 12 at the Jaffa Shrine, 2200 Broad Ave., Altoona.The day's theme is: "Engaging Strate-gies for Families: Activating Clients and Their Support Systems in Behavioral Health ...

Historic Capitol Hotel home to ‘amazing eats’

HOLLIDAYSBURG - On a recent drizzly day, Kelsey Bender walked a few blocks from her home to enjoy a cheese steak hoagie at Capitol Hotel on the Diamond in downtown Hollidaysburg.She comes in at least twice a week, and if it's a Thursday, she gets the lunch special, stuffed shells with garlic ...

Local production of ‘Spamalot’ to play Mishler

From Mirror reportsThe Tony-award winning musical "Spamalot" is coming to the Mishler Theatre stage in Altoona this summer.The take-off of the classic film "Monty Python and The Holy Grail" is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. June 16 to 18, with a matinee show at 2 p.m. June 19.Tickets now are on sale ...

Philly style: City of Brotherly Love a home to dozens of museums

Editor's note: This is the 10th story in a regular series on travel. In this installment, we visit some of the museums in Philadelphia.PHILADELPHIA - Barbara Hollander has been to Le Louvre in Paris, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and many ...

Sweet harmony: Oak Ridge Boys to sing in Altoona; will meet again with fan

Tammy Rhodes of Clappertown has a softball signed by The Oak Ridge Boys when they previously came to Altoona, but when the group returns next month, for a concert May 11 at the Blair County?Convention?Center, she's not sure if she'll ask them to sign another ball or one of the Cherished Teddies ...

Garden Notes: Gardeners, take heed! Don’t plant anything on Thursday

Don't plant anything on Thursday!May 5 is Ascension Thursday. For millennia, crops haven't been planted on that day. Ancient people lived their lives around observable things like the seasons, the sun, the moon and the stars. Gradually, gardeners and farmers began to follow the moon's phases in ...