Area Life

Christ Church celebrates

Houses of worship serve an important place in many people’s lives. And although the church is really the people and not the brick and mortar, it is the structure where they gather with like-minded believers to worship God. The building holds memories, such as holiday celebrations, ...

Patience, love bring change

Change is a wonderful and often surprising thing. Sometimes it occurs after much prayer and patience. Other times it appears out of the blue, knocking us for quite a loop. Our family recently experienced the latter scenario with our kitten, Tiger. Tiger, you might remember, came to us several ...

Spiritual notes

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., Altoona, will not hold services at the church on Sunday. Instead, the congregation will join with Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 315 Jones St., Hollidaysburg, at 9 a.m. Sunday to welcome the Rt. Rev. Audrey C. Scanlan, the bishop of the ...

State College Choral Society to present Festival of Psalms

State College — The 150 psalms of the Old Testament were quite literally intended to be songs: Songs of praise, of joy, and even songs of warning or complaint. They have been favorite texts for composers throughout the centuries, with each musician bringing a distinctive touch to the ...

Frightfully good time

The temperatures are becoming cooler. Homes are decorated with jack-o-lanterns. Spooky costumes and candy fill the stores. Wines and cool, fall brews are a favorite on these darkening evenings. Drink these festive drinks and celebrate Halloween in its full, frightful splendor at the upcoming ...

Eagle’s Walsh shares story of addiction

NEW YORK — Joe and Marjorie Walsh were honored Monday night by the nonprofit Facing Addiction with National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence for their support of the recovery movement and their efforts to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse. And they got a little help from ...

Grand Ole Opry salutes Ray Charles

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As an impoverished blind child in Florida, Ray Charles grew up listening to the country and western stars on the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts. That music of his childhood stayed close to his heart for the rest of his career, and it was his landmark two-volume set, “Modern ...

Author Albom returns to heaven for first sequel to best-selling novel

DETROIT — Mitch Albom’s books are about faith and salvation, forgiveness and second chances. What they most certainly are not about, according to the author, is a certain five-letter word. “I really don’t think my books are about death,” Albom told The Associated Press. “And I ...

Yemeni smiths make missiles into knives

CAIRO — Sometimes, the raw material of Ali Ghomari’s work comes screaming from the skies over Yemen. Missiles fired by Saudi-led coalition jets rain down on militiamen and civilians alike, killing and maiming thousands. Children, farmers and others collect shrapnel from their farmlands, ...

Nicks, Prine, Def Leppard among rock hall nominees

NEW YORK — Stevie Nicks, who’s already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac, has been nominated for inclusion as a solo artist next year, along with other first-time nominees Def Leppard, Todd Rundgren, Devo, John Prine and Roxy Music. Nine other artists are ...

EgyptAir seeks to shift blame for Barrymore article

CAIRO — EgyptAir is trying to shift the blame to a local advertising agency for a bizarre article in its in-flight magazine purportedly based on an interview with actress Drew Barrymore. The airline, in a statement late Monday, said it has an agreement with Al-Ahram advertising agency, which ...

Sunny days, cool nights bring out the best color in leaves

Sugar maples, native to the forests of eastern Canada and northern parts of the Central and Eastern United States, paint the landscape each autumn in fiery shades of yellow, orange and red. What puts color into the leaves of the sugar maple, or of any tree? Green, of course, is from ...

From ‘special seed’ to massive 2,170-pound winning pumpkin

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — “One special seed” and months of care by an Oregon commercial pilot produced a massive pumpkin that tipped the scales at a global weigh-in Monday in Northern California, the fourth time his gargantuan plants were awarded top honors. Steve Daletas of Pleasant Hill, ...

Tips for saving money, time on Halloween costumes

NEW YORK — Shopping for Halloween costumes doesn’t have to be scary. This year, shoppers can find more ways to save time and money. Discounters like Walmart and Target are expanding their costume offerings and creating designated sections where customers can find more of their Halloween ...

Altoona Symphony soars in season opener

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra began its 11th season under conductor Teresa Cheung at the renovated but still historic Mishler Theatre on Saturday night. It was a colorful program of orchestral showpieces with a virtuosic conclusion featuring piano soloist Misha Dichter. For the 90th year, ...

Anticipation high for Berney novel

NEW YORK — For crime writer and Oklahoma native Lou Berney, there’s something special about the drive out West. “I love that stretch of I-40, what used to be Highway 66, from Oklahoma City to Arizona,” he told The Associated Press during a recent interview. “I remember hearing about ...

Whittaker wants to be role model to all

NEW YORK — Jodie Whittaker calls being cast as the first woman to portray Doctor Who “a step in the right direction” when it comes to gender equality in Hollywood, but doesn’t feel that she’s broken a glass ceiling because there’s more work to be done. Moments before the latest ...

Royalty, fans turn out for Caballe funeral

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Royalty, political leaders and fans attended the funeral in Barcelona on Monday of Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballe. The 85-year-old Caballe died Saturday at a hospital in the Catalan capital where she had been since September. Spain’s Emeritus Queen Sofia ...

Filmmaker Boyle to gather Britons on beaches to mark end of WWI

LONDON (AP) — Filmmaker Danny Boyle is urging thousands of people to gather on British beaches and make silhouettes in the sand on Nov. 11 to mark 100 years since the end of World War I. Sand artists will also create giant portraits of people killed in the war, which will be washed away by ...