Area Life

Some items just don’t mix

Some things just naturally go together; peanut butter and jelly, love and marriage, buttered popcorn and movie theatres. You get the idea. Conversely, some things do not. I realized this the other morning while attending a community breakfast. I should probably note here that, unlike my ...

Ministry collecting Socks for Soldiers

BELLWOOD — Military Families Ministry has launched its Socks for Soldiers project. The nonprofit group will be collecting black crew socks and black ankle socks through the end of August to send to troops serving in the Middle East and monetary donations to help cover shipping costs. ...

Spiritual notes

The Royer United Methodist Church, Williamsburg, will join millions of people nationwide with the “Harvest America” simulcast at 6 p.m. Sunday. Using the internet to simulcast live HD video from AT & T Stadium in Texas, this an annual outreach is similar to the Billy Graham ...

Legendary singer brings iconic songs to Eisenhower

Canadian troubadour Gordon Lightfoot’s mother noticed her toddler son’s musical ability as he sang and soothed himself to sleep. At age 5, she placed him in the United Church of Canada junior choir, provided piano lessons at age 11, and his parents drove him to singing gigs and competitions ...

Stay positive, choices make a difference

There are times when the road ahead seems difficult and impossible to navigate. That road might be so long and winding that you sometimes find yourself asking, “How did I get here?” You may not even know where you're going or what hidden lessons await you on your journey. For me, the ...

Summer library program begins

Warm weather means the summer program is back at the Altoona Area Public Library, but it’s not just geared to get people to read more books, organizers said. The program has a fresh slogan, “Summer Quest 2018,’’ coined at the state library system level for use by all public libraries ...

Closer look at plastics: Palmer Museum offers impactful exhibit

UNIVERSITY PARK — The “Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials” exhibit at the Palmer Museum of Art appeals to art enthusiasts as well as those concerned about humans’ impact on Mother Earth. The 60 pieces created by 30 international contemporary artists graphically ...

History of gender-bending pronouns

NEW YORK — On college campuses and in workplaces, across social media and in deference to non-binary people, gender-neutral pronouns are more than just a new wave of political correctness. They’re the focus of debate that stretches back hundreds of years. Early word coiners were usually ...

London on a budget: How to save on airfare, lodging, more

LONDON — The sun-kissed scenes from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s storybook wedding at Windsor may have put you in the mood to visit the Old Country. But what if you’re just looking to feel like a prince (or princess), not spend like one? Here are a few tips on enjoying London on a ...

Roots & Branches: What’s tougher than a Miller? Try a Schaeffer

If you’ve followed the last couple of “Roots & Branches” columns as I have become aware of more information about one of my ancestral families named Miller, you might think, “Wow, doesn’t this give you hope that even lines involving common names will be solved?” But if ...

Hawaii has total of 6 active volcanoes

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has captivated people around the world by shooting lava high into the sky and sending rivers of molten rock pouring down hillsides into the ocean over the past month. But Kilauea is only one of many volcanoes in Hawaii. Here’s a look at some of the ...

A few of my favorite things

Summer has arrived! Not officially — that doesn’t happen until June 21 — but for all intents and purposes the season of sun and fun is underway. When I think about early summer, my mind automatically goes to Guilford State Park in Lisbon, Ohio. Every summer after school let out, my ...

Spiritual notes

Jungle River Adventure Bible school will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 11-15 at the Dry Run Independent Baptist Church, 633 Valley Forge Road, Duncansville. The event is geared to children ages 2-17 and includes Bible stories, music, crafts, games, skits, puppets, snacks and prizes. ...

Student of the month Seth Link Cambria Heights High School

Age: 17 Grade: 11 Accomplishments: 2018 inductee to the Cambria Heights chapter of the National Honor Society; letter winner in football, wrestling and baseball. Future goals: To become a chiropractor. Special recognition: President of the National Honor Society; Laurel Highlands ...

Woodley finds her way in ‘Adrift’

LOS ANGELES — In October 2016, Shailene Woodley was not paying much attention to work emails. The devoted environmentalist had gone to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline and gotten arrested in the process. It’s no wonder that the actress missed an email from a few old Hawaii friends with a ...

Jury: Copperfield not liable for tourist’s injuries

LAS VEGAS — Illusionist David Copperfield was found negligent but not financially responsible for a British tourist’s injuries during a signature vanishing act that used participants from the audience of a Las Vegas Strip show in 2013, a jury said Tuesday. Gavin Cox and his wife, ...

Weinstein won’t testify before grand jury

By Jennifer Pelitz The Associated Press NEW YORK — Harvey Weinstein declined Wednesday to testify before the New York grand jury that is weighing whether to indict him on rape and other sex charges, with his lawyers saying there wasn’t enough time to prepare and “political ...

Barr blames Ambien for tweet; drug maker replies

NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of Ambien said Wednes-day that âracism is not a known side effectã after Roseanne Barr cited the insomnia drug in explaining the tweet that led ABC to cancel her show. Hours after ABC pulled the plug on âRoseanneã because of her offensive tweet about former ...

Earth Matters: Cycling through a writer’s 40-year-old memories

Life is full of figurative and literal doors and roadways. We usually see what we anticipate seeing before we open the door or round the curve. But the most interesting lives are full of adventures brought about by the unexpected, pleasant surprises found behind those doors and down those ...