Area Life

300 medals & counting: Ramey winemaker mastering competitions

RAMEY — John Matchock thought that making wine at home was a “lost art” until a dozen years ago, when a buddy at the nearby VFW showed him the basics, and the lifelong resident of the area embarked on a new hobby. By the time his mentor died last year, Matchock had become a master at ...

Children far away benefit from Golden Globes

LOS ANGELES — Nine-year-old Adalyn Ficken snuggled next to her dad in the reclining movie-theater seats, clutching a teddy bear in one hand and a cup of popcorn in the other, waiting for the film to start. A pudgy 5-year-old boy tugging an IV pole behind him raced into the theater, his mom ...

Using ‘ultra violet’ in the home

When the Pantone Color Institute announced its color of the year for 2018, the vibrant “Ultra Violet,” it might have seemed a natural fit for fashion and cosmetics. “Ultra Violet is a color that’s almost like a neutral in fashion now,” says New York-based interior designer Brett ...

Travel briefs

Virginia 4-D film unveiled at Mount Vernon Visitors to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate will see a new 4-D film depicting the Founding Father’s role in the American Revolution. The estate has reopened its Revolutionary War Theater after a $2 million renovation. A new ...

Final ‘Game of Thrones’ season will air in 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — The final season of “Game of Thrones” will feature veterans of the show behind the scenes when it airs in 2019. HBO said Thursday that David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will direct and Benioff and Weiss along with Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill will ...

Meow Wolf’s popular entertainment project picks Denver for expansion

SANTA FE, N.M. — Creators of a popular immersive art entertainment project in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Thursday announced a push into a major metropolitan market with plans for an interactive exhibit and music venue on a highway-side property in an industrial downtown Denver ...

Russia rejects plaque about Red Army’s leader actions

PRAGUE (AP) — Russia and four other former Soviet republics have protested a plan to attach an explanatory text about the role of Soviet World War II commander Ivan Konev in history to his monument in Prague. Marshall Konev led the Red Army forces that liberated large parts of ...

Brown hosts PBS’ ‘Places to Love’

NEW YORK — You may know Samantha Brown from her years as a Travel Channel host for shows like “Great Hotels,” “Green Getaways” and the “Passport” series about Latin America, China and Europe, among others. She’s back with a new series on PBS called “Places to Love,” ...

Mishler project gets $150K grant

The Mishler Theatre Seating Replacement Project has taken its first step. On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) awarded a Keystone Communities Grant in the amount of $150,000 to the historic Altoona theater. The grant includes the purchase ...

Seth Meyers to be celebratory and serious at Globes

LOS ANGELES — Seth Meyers regularly blends bad news with comedy on his nightly talk show, but as the host of Sunday’s Golden Globes, he has the unenviable task of setting the tone for Hollywood’s awards season as the sexual harassment crisis continues spreading throughout the industry and ...

Correction

The phone number for the Altoona West African Drum Circle was incorrect on the January calendar on Page D1 Sunday. The correct number is 940-0493. The Drum Circle will perform at Allegheny Ballet Company, 1415 11th Ave., from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Sunday and a class will follow at 6 p.m. No experience ...

Real friendship means being there for each other

Life is made up moments that remind us who we are or shape who we become. They can be subtle like a slow, gentle rain or sharp like a thousand knives cutting into layers of flesh. In the midst of these moments, we find out who’s truly there for us. I’m very fortunate to have people in my ...

Behind the Plates: Claysburg Pizza makes a ton of dough

CLAYSBURG — The local pizzeria has changed hands three times since it opened in 1959, but one thing has stayed the same: the recipes. “I’ve never seen any dough recipe like ours. It’s our combination of bread and pizza,” Claysburg Pizza owner Paul Medasie said. “That’s all I can ...

Garden Notes: White Willow has a very distinguished history

Once there was a willow tree on Penn State’s University Park campus that was an off-shoot of a willow tree that grew in Alexander Pope’s garden. It was a Salix babylonica “Pendula,” and it was brought to State College by Evan Pugh, the first president of Farmers High School, the ...

Roll call of some who died in 2017

They made music that inspired legions of fans. Rock ‘n’ roll founding father Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, rockers Tom Petty and Greg Allman, grunge icon Chris Cornell, country superstar Glen Campbell and jazz great Al Jarreau were among the notable figures who died in 2017. Comedians ...

Monkey selfies, eclipse, Bitcoin and Lauer top Google in 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Lauer. Bitcoin. DACA. Monkey selfies. Jeremy Lin’s hair. Do-it-yourself eclipse glasses. Tom Petty’s death. National anthem protests in the NFL. And “Cash Me Outside.” These were some of the people, topics and memes that trended to the top of Google ...

Exhibit shows history of China’s first emperor

RICHMOND, Va. — The discovery in China of an underground army of nearly 8,000 life-size terracotta soldiers is considered one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. More than four decades after they were first seen in modern times, by farmers in Shaanxi province, the ...

Travel book lists destinations you might want to avoid in ’18

As you contemplate where to travel in 2018, here’s a list with a twist: places to avoid in the new year. The where not to go list is from Fodor’s, the travel guidebook publisher. Fodor’s “no list” includes places plagued by overtourism and destinations with safety issues. They range ...

Looking back at the year’s best books

Trust me on this. When you read more than 300 books a year, you come across some books that are not-so-good. Thankfully, you come across more of them that are good, great or even stellar. Here’s my list of the Best of 2017, those books that you absolutely can’t miss, the books you should ...