Area Life

Area man to compete on ‘Voice’

Viewers of NBC's "The Voice" will see some local musical talent this season.Josh Gallagher, a country singer from Cresson who now lives in Nashville, will be featured on the show's blind audition round, performing in front of coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine of the band Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus ...

Out of the box: Chase Bryant playing BJC with Rascal Flatts

Diehard country fans who helped make up-and-coming star Chase Bryant's debut single "Take It On Back" a top 10 hit in 2014 may not like his latest sexy and bluesy "Room to Breathe."But the Texan, who plays a concert in University Park next month, says labels don't drive him."'Room to Breathe' ...

Jolie, Pitt’s life together bookended by films

LOS ANGELES - For Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt, it started with tequila and dancing in the rain in Bogota and ended on the French seaside with white wine, pills and tears.Hollywood's most storied modern couple only appeared together twice in the movies. The first time, in 2005's "Mr. ...

Politics take center stage at Emmys alongside winners

LOS ANGELES - Julia Louis-Dreyfus of "Veep" received a record-breaking sixth Emmy Award as best comedy series actress Sunday, using her victory to take a dig at GOP contender Donald Trump in a ceremony loaded with election-year asides.Jeffrey Tambor captured his second consecutive best comedy ...

The winners

By The Associated PressPartial list of winners at the annual Primetime Emmy Awards, announced Sunday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.1. Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Louie Anderson, "Baskets."2. Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Alan Yang and Aziz Ansari, "Master ...

Natural ways: Mother Earth News Fair promotes sustainable living

A third-generation farmer and prolific writer on "beyond organic" and sustainability matters will be the keynote speaker at the annual Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs Mountain Resort next weekend.Joel Salatin, whose family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, ...

Garden Notes: Stink bugs are a smelly problem for Pennsylvanians

Last fall, I was sitting at the computer, minding my own business, when I heard a buzzing noise. A nanosecond later, a stink bug landed on the back of my neck. I slapped it hard; it took five showers using "deep exfoliating scrubs" to get the stink off. At one point, I was considering the use ...

Focus on portraits: SAMA-Altoona continues 40th anniversary celebration

A red cape is draped on the right shoulder of the elegantly dressed woman, while a long strand of pearls hangs from her neck and is twisted at her waist. She gives a hint of a smile and confidently looks straight at the artist."Portrait of Juliet Lea Hillman" was "just a family portrait" that ...

McConnellstown Playhouse to roar with reprise of classic

Players at The Playhouse at McConnellstown are having fun with its reprise of the classic 1966 play by James Goldman, "The Lion in Winter.""Goldman's prose, the intricate plot and the setting of 1183 France have resulted in a script which gets the creative juices flowing, particularly with ...

Researchers creating gel to tackle ear infections

WASHINGTON - Parents know the frustration of trying to get that gunky pink antibiotic into a tot screaming from an ear infection. A one-time squirt of special ear drops one day might replace that ordeal.It's only been tried in animals so far - chinchillas, to be exact. But researchers report ...

‘Star Wars’ films land at Turner networks in exclusive deal

NEW YORK (AP) - Turner networks TNT and TBS will be the exclusive basic-cable homes for all the "Star Wars" feature films, thanks to a multiyear deal with the films' studios.The deal, announced Wednesday, includes the network premieres of last year's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and the ...

NYC unveils massive new sculpture for public space project

NEW YORK - The design of the massive centerpiece sculpture in a $200 million public space project at Hudson Yards was unveiled Wednesday, with the developer calling the inverted honeycomb-like structure of platforms and stairways "truly remarkable.""Vessel" from British designer Thomas ...

Mirror asks homecoming committees to submit photographs

Area high schools wishing to recognize their homecoming kings and queens in the Altoona Mirror should submit information and photographs to Brenda Carberry, community news coordinator, P.O. Box 2008, 301 Cayuga Ave., Altoona, PA 16603, as soon as possible.Please print the king's and queen's ...

Too many tomatoes?: Garden columnist shares some of her favorite recipes

Editor's note: Teresa Futrick writes a gardening column twice a month for the Altoona Mirror. She shares some of her favorite recipes.The weather in the summer of 2004 produced a bumper crop of tomatoes, so any recipe with a list of ingredients that began with "20 large tomatoes" caught my ...

Harpers Ferry: Home to history, hiking and more

Editor's note: This is the 14th installment in a regular series on travel.?This installment, we visit Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.HARPERS FERRY, West Virginia - In "Notes on the State of Virginia," Thomas Jefferson wrote about his beliefs on personal liberty, separation of church and state and ...

Alive and well: Musicians gather to celebrate ragtime at festival

Known for its uneven, ragged rhythm, ragtime music saw its heyday at the turn of the 19th century eventually get overtaken by jazz and other genres. It made several small revivals, most notably when composer Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" was the theme song for the 1973 hit movie "The Sting," ...

Earth Matters: Our national parks face many common challenges

The United States National Park Service began its 100th anniversary celebration this summer, and it gives us an opportunity to reflect upon both its past and future.Many of us have indeed been touched or inspired by at least one special place in the park system. Some have been fortunate enough ...

Marilyn’s ‘Happy Birthday’ gown going to auction in the fall

NEW YORK - The flesh-colored, skin-tight beaded gown Marilyn Monroe wore during her breathless rendition of "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy is going on the auction block this fall.Julien's Auctions is offering the sequined stunner at a sale in Los Angeles on Nov. 17. The auction ...

Nonprofits invited to be part of Mirror’s Blair County Proud

Local nonprofit organizations and service clubs have until Friday to submit information on their activites for inclusion in the 2016 Blair County Proud edition.A link to a survey form for collecting the information can be found under the Quick Links on www.altoonamirror.com.A link to the survey ...