Area Life

Managing both worlds: Clearfield artist comes home to show work

Many of the subjects of artist Rebecca Morgan’s portraits aren’t very beautiful by society’s standards. But these mostly mountain people from Pennsylvania — including herself — don’t care, and that gives them a power that the artist appreciates, she says. “These figures are ...

Streisand on not touring again and Netflix film

NEW YORK ä If you want to see Barbra Streisand sing, watch her upcoming Netflix special because you wonát see her onstage again. And sheás not just saying it to get you to watch âBarbra: The Music ... The Memáries ... The Magic!ã when it debuts on the streaming service today: Streisand, ...

Add a vibrant salad to your spread

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and just like clockwork, I begin to second-guess the amount of food on my menu. For all the traditional Thanksgiving dishes, a bright and robust seasonal salad is often overlooked. Salad is a refreshing and palate-cleansing addition to any holiday ...

Like bittersweet vine? My advice — buy plastic

It wouldn’t be fall without Halloween or Veteran’s Day or Thanksgiving. It wouldn’t be fall without Indian corn or chestnuts or pumpkins. It wouldn’t be fall without falling leaves in a medley of yellow and red and orange. It wouldn’t be fall without a few tendrils of bittersweet. ...

Della Reese, of TV’s ‘Touched by an Angel,’ dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama “Touched by an Angel,” has died at age 86. Reese’s co-star on the series, Roma Downey, said in a statement ...

Musicians unite at AMAs

The 2017 American Music Awards marked a night of unison, positive vibes and American pride as musicians spoke about coming together in a year dominated by natural disasters, violence and divisive politics. Kelly Clarkson and Pink kicked off the three-hour show Sunday with a performance ...

What is God telling you today?

Communication is an important thing. It’s so important in fact that when it isn’t clear, we can find ourselves in some hairy situations. I found this out at the hair salon. Getting a little tired of my lackluster style, I decided to get some layers for extra body and movement. While ...

‘Thankful Together’ a universal message

Food and family are a big part of Thanksgiving, a holiday that marks the day in 1621 when the Pilgrims and Native Americans shared a three-day feast and thanked God for his blessings. In Altoona, another tradition is associated with the holiday. It is the annual Community Interfaith ...

Spiritual notes

Anniversary celebration The 125th Anniversary of the consecration of St. Laurence Episcopal Church in Osceola Mills will be celebrated during a special service at 11 a.m. Sunday. “We’re so happy that our beautiful church has reached such an important milestone,” said the Rev. ...

Largest exhibition in SAMA-Loretto’s history on display

Nearly 200 selections of contemporary abstract art, pop art and optical art from a private collection are now on display at both main galleries of Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto, making it the largest exhibition in the museum’s history. More than 150 artists, including Andy ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Nov. 17, 1967 The Rev. Ralph W. Lind, 70, a native of Altoona, celebrated his 25th year as pastor of Fourth Lutheran Church, Howard Avenue and Third Street. In an interview with the Mirror, he recalled selling copies of the Mirror for a penny and being knocked unconscious by a ...

Night of nosh: Top chefs promise to please palates at fundraiser

More than a dozen of the region’s best chefs again will be cooking up a storm for this year’s March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction in Altoona on Nov. 20 at the Blair County Convention Center. “This is a great — and delicious — event that brings together lots of talented chefs ...

Tasty Words: Anticipation grows at Thanksgiving for pumpkin soup

Autumn is a great season to enjoy pumpkin in every shape and form. I certainly have my fair share of pumpkin-infused recipes, and they permeate my kitchen just about every week in November. Sometimes, I’m craving a sweet treat, like pumpkin cookies or cinnamon rolls. Other nights, I ...

Earth Matters: Farmers striving for conservation

The clouds of divisiveness, injustice and ecological degradation can often envelop us in gloom. So it is reassuring when the bright sunshine of unity, justice and environmental preservation manage to overshadow the frequent bad news. Such sunlight was recently shed upon me by two ...

Don’t be a Scrooge: Christmas activities abound around area

Editor’s Note: This story is part of an occasional travel series by Mirror staff writer Cherie Hicks. Maybe that first snow last week jolted you into the Christmas spirit after a warmer-than-usual autumn. But if it didn’t, there are plenty of festive activities upcoming in the region, ...

Clear thinking gift from God

There’s a lot to be said for clear thinking. That’s one of the main reasons I decided at an early age to never be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The way I see it, if I make a fool of myself, I want to be able to take full credit. Our daughter, Val, is that way, too, which is a ...

Evangelist, missionary to speak

Christian evangelist and missionary to the Muslims, the Rev. Dr. Jay Smith, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Canoe Creek Brethren in Christ Church, 348 Beaver Dam Road, Hollidaysburg. Smith was born in India to Brethren in Christ missionaries. Both his parents and grandparents were ...

Spiritual Notes

Evening prayer The pastors and parishioners of Zion Lutheran Parish and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish, both of Hollidaysburg, will gather for evening prayer at St. Michael Church at 5 p.m. Sunday to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The service will consist of the ...

Pennsylvania Consort celebrates Handel’s Messiah

The Pennsylvania Consort will celebrate 30 years of presenting Handel’s Messiah at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Bedford United Methodist Church, 132 E. John St., Bedford. This long-standing traditional event, anchored by the 50-plus volunteer choir assembled from Bedford, Blair and Cambria counties, ...