Area Life

Central PA Missions Fair set

The Central PA Missions Fair will be held Tuesday at Calvary Church, 150 Harvest Fields, Boalsburg. The fair will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. and will include multiple seminars, 11 top interdenominational agencies and unlimited ways to change the world. Participants can talk face-to-face with ...

Missions conference planned

The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona will be host a Missions Conference from April 13-17. The theme, “Sent To the Whosoever,” is taken from Romans 10:13-17. Conference guests include: Ruth Coleman with Baptist Mid-Missions in Honduras, Kevin and Trina Mayfield with Biblical Ministries ...

Loss of a wheelchair-accessible van has an impact

Life has a funny way of making you wait. It’s always a test — a measure of your willpower to see how well you handle the big things, and the small things. More often than not, it’s about knowing which battles are worth fighting, and which ones are yours to fight. My cerebral palsy often ...

Met exhibit explores the art of rock ‘n’ roll

NEW YORK — Museum exhibits tend to be quiet. Not this one. In “Play It Loud,” an exuberant show that can be heard as well as seen, the Metropolitan Museum of Art takes on the history of rock ‘n’ roll through iconic instruments on loan from some of rock’s biggest names. There ...

Beyonce wins at NAACP awards

LOS ANGELES — Beyonce was named entertainer of the year at the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards that highlighted works by entertainers and writers of color. After Beyonce accepted the award Saturday night, the superstar paid homage to the people who were nominated in the same category as her. ...

Judge rules Oklahoma Native American law too restrictive

OKLAHOMA CITY — A federal judge has struck down an Oklahoma law that requires an artist to be a member of a federally recognized tribe in order to have their artwork labeled as Native American. U.S. District Judge Charles Goodwin ruled Thursday that the Oklahoma Indian Arts and Crafts Sales ...

Push on for White Sands to get national park status

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The push to elevate a vast expanse of shifting white sand dunes in New Mexico to national park status was renewed Tuesday as members of the state’s congressional delegation reintroduced legislation aimed at boosting the profile of the already popular tourist ...

Pearl Harbor memorial to remain closed through the summer

HONOLULU (AP) — Repairs to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor are expected to keep the dock closed through the summer. The National Park Service has awarded a $2.1 million contract for repairs that are expected to be completed in time for the next Dec. 7, 1941, remembrance ...

Altoona Bible Church hosts concert

Concert violinist Jaime Jorge, who has played in prestigious halls and before heads of state, will perform in Altoona next month. Jorge, who has played at Carnegie Hall and before the king of Norway and the president of Latvia, will play classical and sacred pieces at 7 p.m. April 10 at ...

Spiritual notes

Hicks Memorial United Methodist Church, 1211 Third Ave., Duncansville, will host a Saturday Soup Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the social hall. There will be soups desserts, beverages and fellowship. All are welcome to this free event; donations are accepted. A special Lenten ...

It’s important to pay attention

In the past, when my husband, Bob, and I fell on hard times, he used to joke that, “We’re too poor to pay attention.” Financial issues aside, paying attention is pretty important. So important, in fact, that neglecting to do so can be downright messy. Take the other evening, for ...

Maddie & Tae have new label and new music

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two years ago, country duo Maddie & Tae were in the studio working what they thought would be their sophomore record on Dot Records. Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye were both just 18 when they signed their record deal and had a successful debut album “Start Here” with ...

Canaan Burket Claysburgh Kimmel High School Student of the Month

Age: 17 Hometown: New Enterprise School/grade: Senior Accomplishments: State place winner in FBLA Emerging Business Issues competition and in Introduction to Business Presentation competition, Qualified for and attended the 2016 FBLA National Competition in Atlanta, Ga. and the 2018 FBLA ...

Last grants coming for Route 66 program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An endangered federal program that has helped preserve the historic Route 66 Highway for two decades has issued its last call for grants aimed at saving aging buildings and landmarks. The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is accepting grant applications until April ...

Wallows finally release band’s first album

NEW YORK — In their early days, the Beatles were called Johnny and the Moondogs and Coldplay went by Pectoralz. The rock band Wallows is no different. Over the years, the trio has had a number of names, from the Feaver to The Narwhals. Now they’re taking a big step to help people remember ...

Lawsuit: Harvard profits from photos of slaves

BOSTON — Harvard University has “shamelessly” turned a profit from photos of two 19th-century slaves while ignoring requests to turn the photos over to the slaves’ descendants, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Connecticut, is suing the Ivy League ...

Interior boss order aims to protect US public land access

BILLINGS, Mont. — Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ordered federal land managers on Thursday to give greater priority to access for hunting, fishing and other kinds of recreation when the government considers selling or trading public land. The secretarial order comes amid ...