Area Life

Honeybees regulated, inspected

Am I the only woman in Blair County who has never asked the question “Are honeybees regulated, registered and inspected? I talked to Glenn Mosholder, a beekeeper who lives in Raystown, but has hives scattered throughout Huntingdon, Fulton, Cambria and Bedford counties. He sells his honey ...

For easy meals, plant ‘menu gardens’ of favorites

If you’re looking for fresh meal ideas, consider planting “menu gardens.” Grow a few of your favorite foods together in pots or raised beds, following a theme — salad-bar fixings, for example, or pizza toppings, or juicing ingredients. Meal preparation will be simpler, cheaper and ...

Celebrating Chiara

TYRONE — When 18-year-old Jennifer Pellegrine traveled to Rome as part of the Altoona Rotary’s exchange program, she expected to meet new people, see the sights and have some fun during her month away from home. And while she did do all of that, what she found was more than she expected ...

A Taste of Oktoberfest

Beer fanatics can celebrate the last Saturday of the month by tantalizing their taste buds with a brewery galore of IPAs, lagers, ales, stouts and porters while giving back to the local community. The annual Rails and Ales Brewfest event, hosted by Altoona Community Theatre, will be held ...

How will you paint your canvas?

There’s something rather intimidating about a large, blank space, especially when it beckons to be filled with something. I know this because the other day, strictly on a whim, I made an interesting purchase. Walking down the crafts aisle of a local department store, I noticed several art ...

Spiritual notes

Outdoor worship An outdoor worship service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Shady Trail Pavilion, Woodbury. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share, and chairs for seating. A picnic and games will be held after the service. The event will be held rain or shine ...

Pickin’ for Wishes set for Aug. 26

The fifth annual Pickin’ for Wishes bluegrass festival will be held at 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Cresson Sportsman’s Club in Loretto. This family-friendly event opens its gates at 10 a.m., with live music from 11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., rain or shine. This year’s ...

Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-winning playwright, dies

NEW YORK — Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and celebrated author whose plays chronicled the explosive fault lines of family and masculinity in the American West, has died. He was 73. Family spokesman Chris Boneau said Monday that Shepard died ...

Motorcycle trips empower women

A year ago Alisa Clickenger helped organize a cross-country motorcycle trip for women to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of a most amazing ride by two sisters from Brooklyn, New York. The Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride honored the exploits of Augusta and Adeline Van Buren, who in ...

Hobby has travelers looking for spots where 3 states touch

THOMPSON, Conn. — Brian Butler is a tripointer. The 63-year-old lives in Holliston, Massachusetts, about 20 miles from the Connecticut and Rhode Island borders. That’s where he picked up the unusual hobby of visiting spots where at least three states or three Canadian providences ...

Rare birds, wildflowers: California ‘secret garden’ opens after century

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Pink and yellow wildflowers burst from a lush bed of grass hidden from public view for more than a century. Towering trees and snow-capped mountains encircle the wild meadow, beckoning visitors to a largely untouched piece of California’s Sierra Nevada. Conservation ...

Rare J.M. Barrie play recently published

NEW YORK — As mysteries go, “The Reconstruction of the Crime” is especially light, a stage farce billed as one “Sensational Scene” in which a man identified only as “The Victim” asks the audience to help find the culprit. J.M. Barrie, the co-creator, was known for playing to the ...

Sarah Silverman’s show asks divided US to give love a chance

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Sarah Silverman is out to show that Americans can bridge even their deepest differences and enjoy a laugh as well. Speaking to a TV critics’ meeting late last week, Silverman said that’s the goal for her fall Hulu series, “I Love You, America.” Silverman ...

Linkin Park singer’s wife opens about husband’s death

NEW YORK — The wife of late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington says she’s feeling the love from the rocker’s fans but she’s also feeling the loss. Talinda Bennington said in a statement last week she wants “to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. ...

Robots, race cars and weather: Girl Scouts offer new badges

NEW YORK — Girl Scouts from tiny Daisies to teen Ambassadors may earn 23 new badges focused on science, technology, engineering and math. It’s the largest addition of new badges in a decade for Girl Scouts of the USA. The effort takes a progressive approach to STEM and also nudges girls ...

Grapevine

Stars buy gifts for fans LAFAYETTE, La. — Married country stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are sharing the love by handing out wedding gifts to fans. Jude and Jamie Blanchard attended Brooks’ show in Lafayette, Louisiana, last month with a sign that read: “Best Week Ever. Garth ...

Garden misfortunes: Program points out problems that can pop up with plants

HOLLIDAYSBURG — After defeating Carthage in the Third Punic War, ancient Rome salted the earth of the Phoenician city-state to wipe out fields and further destroy the enemy. Whether or not it’s a true story, don’t put salt in your garden today, said Tom Ford, a commercial horticulture ...

Earth Matters: Forty years ago, ride to remember one flood preceded another

My old bicycling friend Ken Steel was a self-taught naturalist and historian, and our rides often included fascinating lessons of local geology, biology or history. When the 88th anniversary of the 1889 Johnstown Flood approached in the summer of 1977, Ken thought a ride to Johns­town (and ...

Shoe bank soothes soles

As the summer wanes, parents start thinking about the essentials their kids will need to start a new school year. Sneakers are often among the “must have” items for kids who find that shoes that fit in the spring are too snug for comfort a few months later. For families on a limited ...