Area Life

Northwest nosh: Bedford resort embraces flavors of Washington state

BEDFORD - Getting a taste of Washington state is a whole lot easier for area residents thanks to Omni Bedford Springs Resort.The award-winning resort, along with other Omni hotels and resorts, is offering a "Taste Washington" wine and dinner menu through May 31 as part of a culinary series ...

Folk College event celebrates 15 years

HUNTINGDON - Folk College, the annual music event hosted by the Huntingdon County Arts Council at Juniata College, will celebrate 15 years this coming weekend.Linda Littleton of the musical trio Simple Gifts is involved in the event - which started in Clarion before moving to Huntingdon in 2005 ...

Ebensburg woman comes in second

EBENSBURG - She made it all the way to the final round, but a local teacher from Ebensburg lost out Monday in the final cut of a national cookbook competition, although she said she has no regrets.Lauren Kudlawiec, a family and consumer science teacher at Penn Cambria High School in Cresson, ...

A piece of tragedy

JOHNSTOWN - On May 30, 1889, the world at large had never heard of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.On June 1, 1889, the world joined together to mourn it.May 31 will mark the 125th anniversary of the Johnstown Flood, when the neglected, over-stressed South Fork Dam failed and nearly washed away the ...

Conference addresses the needs of pet lovers

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Garden Notes: Gardeners can take small steps to help save pollinators

This year, I have resolved to feed one butterfly, shelter one bee, plant one native plant and dispense with one chemical. It's a start.For years, scientists have been telling us we're losing vital pollinators. The books that have been written on the subject could fill Blair County's libraries, ...

Cher coming to Bryce Jordan Center Sept. 24

UNIVERSITY PARK - Cher's "Dressed to Kill" tour, with special guests Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will be coming to the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m.The Jordan Center performance was announced Wednesday with new dates for her tour.The pop ...

Sept. 11 museum a monument to unity

NEW YORK - Leaders of the soon-to-open Sept. 11 museum portrayed it as a monument to unity and resilience ahead of its dedication today, saying that the struggles to build it and conflicts over its content would be trumped by its tribute to both loss and survival."It tells how in the aftermath ...

Musician McKnight heading home to Altoona for show

Internationally touring drummer John McKnight is coming back to his hometown.The Altoona native began playing with The Chris Duarte Group full time in November, and while on tour, the group will play at 30 Something on Saturday.Guitarist, singer and songwriter Chris Duarte, who is often ...

Area woman one of final two competitors in ‘Rachel Ray’ contest

Lauren Kudlawiec of Ebensburg is one of the final two contestants in "The Great American Cookbook Competition"?on the "Rachel?Ray" television show.Kudlawiec, a 28-year-old teacher at Penn?Cambria High?School in Cresson, started as one of five finalists picked from a national competition that ...

Deserving Mom

Mother of five Natalie Geisler of Tyrone didn't feel she deserved a day of pampering.Her husband, David, and her kids: Lauren, 17, Zachary, 13, Ryan, 10, and twins Joshua and Nathaniel, 9, did, though.That's why David secretly nominated his wife of nearly three years for the Altoona Mirror's ...

Area teen sets record at spaniel contest

An 18-year-old Connor Wharton went up against the best and came out on top.The Altoona teen, who is now 19, is the youngest competitor ever to win theNational Amateur English Springer Spaniel Championship.The 2013 sporting competition held in Wilmington, Ohio, wasn't the St. Francis University ...

Earth Matters: Three historical events built legacy of conservation

America's most widespread and successful conservation efforts have been prompted by momentous social and economic disasters. The Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and World War II are known more as profound historic events. Yet they resulted in incredible environmental reforms and widespread ...

Following ‘Traditions’ Martinsburg restaurant grounded in faith and family

MARTINSBURG - Christian faith and family are at the root of Traditions Pennsylvania Dutch Restaurant and Bakery."We want to really be thankful that our success comes from the grace of God; we are a good Christian place to work here and that's a big part of our success, I believe," Laura Rhodes, ...

Engaging technology: Local dad introduces maker movement to area

Mom Kerri Martin of New Enterprise wasn't having much luck finding an activity for her science and computer-loving son, Noah, 10, to join.Enter: The Mini Makers, a newly formed organization in the area "focusing on STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math education; skill building ...

Women Gone Wild offers fun outdoors: Try shooting, fishing, tracking

Teresa Patterson of Duncansville has always been an outdoors girl. When she was a baby, her parents carried her through the woods on hikes. At 12 years old, Patterson started hunting with her parents."My mom and dad had me in the woods as soon as I could walk," said Patterson, who works as ...