Area Life

Garden Notes: Now’s the time to plant bulbs for spring blooms

It's bulb season! Sept. 15 to Nov. 30 is thought to be ideal planting weather for bulbs. Every greenhouse, nursery and grocery store has bulbs for sale, and the displays are positioned to catch your eye and spark your imagination.Whether you're buying on impulse or on purpose, it just takes a ...

American music: Altoona symphony featuring works of George Gershwin

The American-themed 2015-16 concert series of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra will kick off Saturday in a celebration of the first major American orchestral composer, George Gershwin.The concert will open with Frances Scott Key's "Star Spangled Banner" and feature two pieces composed by ...

Writer marks 6 years of sharing her life, dreams

Time is a funny little thing. It can slip away like sand between your fingers or go by slowly like breakfast on a lazy Sunday morning.Either way, you can't go back to reclaim the seconds, minutes and hours you lost. You can only look back and hold onto the things you've done. And if the past ...

An apple a day

One bite of the apple from the forbidden tree had Adam and Eve cast from paradise. When the fruit fell on Sir Isaac Newton's head, the scientist went on to develop his groundbreaking theory of gravity. And, the apple has become the symbol of a giant personal-computer company.Throughout human ...

Apples good for entrees, desserts

Easy Apple PieFrom Peach Hill OrchardCrust:3 cups pie flour1/2 cup shortening2 teaspoons baking powderPinch of saltMilkFilling:7-8 applesFlour, pinch3/4 cup brown sugar1 teaspoon cinnamon2 tablespoons butter or margarineMix crust ingredients and add enough milk to make the right consistency. ...

Trail triumph: Record-setting hiker to speak at Altoona library

Jennifer Pharr Davis was ready to quit.In 2011, the experienced hiker was only 12 days into her third journey on the Appalachian Trail - which stretches 2,200 miles down the East Coast from Maine to Georgia - but on one of the most difficult, technical portions of the trail, the weather got ...

Mirror hosts parent, child painting class

Whether you're a longtime painter or a complete newbie, families will have the chance to work together on a piece of artwork they can display at home.The Altoona Mirror will host Mommy and Me Masterpiece, a painting class, on Oct. 3 at the Mirror's office, 301 Cayuga Ave. Two different classes ...

Earth Matters: Sensible decisions can protect lives when disaster strikes

How can similar natural disasters result in such wildly varied human and economic tolls? Why does it seem that places already cursed by poverty are so much more likely to endure terrible consequences?The 10th anniversary of hurricanes Katrina and Rita gives us a chance to explore such questions ...

Family Theatre’s season begins

Family Theatre at the Mishler's 2015-2016 season opens Tuesday with ArtsPower's production of "Dog Loves Books."Louise Yates' New York Times Bestseller comes to life in this new musical about an irresistible dog who loves everything about books.When he decides to open up his own bookstore and ...

A versatile veggie: PotatoFest offers a variety of treats from local spuds

Versatile is probably the best word to describe the potato.There are more than 3,000 varieties grown in the United States and about as many ways to prepare them.And, they're popular, too - each American potato lover consumes, on average, 30 pounds of spuds per year.Whatever your taste, Cambria ...

Find the perfect potato for each recipe

By Cherie Hickschicks@altoonamirror.comWith so many varieties of potatoes, sometimes it's hard to decide the best way to prepare them. To help you out, the Pennsylvania Co-operative Potato Growers (PCPG), based in Harrisburg, suggests ways to store and prepare potatoes to get the maximum ...

Fresh Brussels sprouts enhance flavor in sausage dish

Fresh Brussels sprouts have always intimidated me just a little. I guess it has to do with the Army-size green globs that I was served as a small child. I was told, "They are good for you, eat them." Those, of course, were frozen, then overcooked, and they had none of the lovely attributes of ...

‘I.D.’ kicks off Penn State Centre Stage season

Penn State Centre Stage's original commissioned production "I.D." opened the university's 2015-16 season with a raucous, stark, candid, humbling look both backward and forward at the very essence of humanity through the identifying lens of our DNA.The new Penn State Centre Stage season features ...

Young Hollidaysburg native travels the world

HOLLIDAYSBURG - Evan McCaffrey has lived an adventurous life.He photographed geysers in the Golden Circle of Iceland and a Viking ship sculpture on the shores of Reykjavik. He and his girlfriend traveled the Sahara on a camel. He "celebrated" the Twelfth of July in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ...

Cultural kickoff: Downtown event serves up arts, entertainment

Altoona's arts organizations have long remained committed to downtown, and a new event scheduled for Thursday recognizes that.Arts on the Avenues will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. - several events also run later - rain or shine, and will feature a variety of performing and visual arts, as well as ...

Doctor’s new play to begin in NYC

Here are the two biggest takeaways from a local doctor and playwright about his latest play - it's a love story, and it stars film, TV and stage actress and director Kathleen Turner.Altoona heart surgeon Dr. John Anastasi is thrilled that Turner has signed on to perform in his play, titled ...

Garden Notes: Tick-prevention efforts cause wardrobe adventure

In 2002, West Point cadets were contracting Lyme disease at an alarming rate.After Insect Shield-treated uniforms were issued, new cases of Lyme disease dropped to zero. Insect Shield now processes uniforms for the U.S. military, the Marine Corps and, of course, West Point cadets.Ticks in my ...

Try grilled pizzas at your party

As summer comes to a close, many folks begin to get the cover out to put their grill to rest for the chilly months. However, football season is the perfect reason to keep your grill hot and ready for your favorite game-day mainstay.Everyone enjoys a tailgate burger, hot dog or BBQ chicken, but ...