Area Life

Oscars winner

The final list of the winners at the 91st Academy Awards includes: Best picture: “Green Book” Best actress: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite” Best actor: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” Best director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma” Best supporting actress: Regina King, “If Beale ...

Oscar predictions: What will win, what should win

Ahead of today’s 91st Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony with few sure things. Best picture The Nominees: “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlans-man,” “Bohemian Rhap-sody,” “The Favourite,” “Green ...

Artists can submit works for Art of the State exhibit

HARRISBURG — The State Museum of Pennsyl-vania and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation invite artists and artisans to submit applications to exhibit their work in Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2019. The annual juried exhibition boasts a tradition of presenting highly creative art chosen ...

Jackson estate sues HBO over documentary

LOS ANGELES — The estate of Michael Jackson on Thursday sued HBO over a documentary about two men who accuse the late pop superstar of molesting them when they were boys, saying the film violates a 1992 contract to air a Jackson concert. The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court ...

‘Big Bad’s Big Bad Day’

Two Blair County residents writer Kathrine Muller of Altoona and musician Stephen Johnopolos of Hollidaysburg, have collaborated on a new children’s musical to be performed in March at the Iron Bridge Theatre, Tyrone. Muller, 66, wrote the script and song lyrics for “Big Bad’s Big Bad ...

Paint and sip set for April 10

Briar Valley Winery is hosting a Paint and Sip event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. April 10. This event includes two wine glass bouquets and the guest’s choice of four wines to taste. All supplies and materials are included and space is limited. Guests are encouraged to bring dinner or ...

Dave Bowman takes on lead role at Zion Lutheran

After six years of overseeing four rural churches in Somerset County, Pastor Dave Bowman was ready for a change. He said he was hoping to lead just one church, where the people were open and responsive to the needs of the community. At the same time, Zion Lutheran Church in Hollidaysburg was ...

Traci Bowman at St. Matthew

When Traci Marriott Bowman accepted the call to be the pastor at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Martinsburg, she felt like she had come back home. She felt that way although she has never lived in the Cove. But growing up, she enjoyed ice cream at Ritchey’s Dairy and visiting Morrisons ...

Local Day of Mourning set

A local event will be held in observation of the Day of Mourning, a response to the state of New York recently voting to expand abortion access. The Day of Mourning is being held in cities nationwide and locally from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley ...

Beware of sinning a little

Not to brag, but I just came up with my very own Big Bang theory. It’s not about the way the Universe began (The Bible covers that). It’s not about the popular comedy series with all the hapless geniuses. What it is about … is bangs, or fringe as they refer to them in ...

Spiritual Notes

An organ concert, “Pipe Organ Potpourri,” featuring organist Nicholas Schmelter, will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 806 11 St., Altoona. Regarded for his creative programming, symphonic use of the organ and virtuosic pedal technique, Schmelter graduated in ...

Some garden vegetables attract pollinators, too

Planting clumps of bright, successively blooming flowers is a popular method for attracting foraging pollinators like bees and butterflies. But savvy vegetable and fruit growers know flowering edibles will entice them, too. Ornamental shrubs, trees, crops and vines will bring pollinators to ...

Costume Designers Guild honors ‘Black Panther’ wardrober

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Ruth E. Carter may be receiving Oscar recognition for her costume designer work on “Black Panther,” but she told a packed room at the Costume Guild Awards on Tuesday night that she has created wardrobes for other superheroes throughout her illustrious ...

Juniata mock trial team advances

HUNTINGDON — After a strong performance in the American Mock Trial Association Regional Tournament at Pennsylvania State University, the Juniata College mock trial team has earned a bid to the opening round of the national championship series in Long Island, N.Y. on March 8-10. At the ...

Travelers can retrace Green Book path with some research

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Oscar-nominated interracial road trip movie “Green Book” has spurred interest in the real guidebook that helped black travelers navigate segregated America. With a little research, travelers can find copies of “The Negro Motorist Green Book” online and retrace ...

Humane Society to hold a night at the horse races

The Central Pennsylvania Humane Society announces an exciting night at the races, electronic horse races, on Feb. 23 at the Freedom Township Fire Hall. Paying the odds on old videos of horse derby’s that are sealed until the very moment of the race. Only 100 horses are being sold. ...

Logan fire department adds pumper and truck

The Logan Township United Fire Department placed two apparatus into service in November at its Station 18 located in the Grandview section of Logan Township. The unit on the left is a 2018 Pierce Custom pumper. It has a 1,000-gallon water tank and a 1,500-gallon per minute pump for fire ...

‘Badge of Honor’ novelist dead at 89

NEW YORK — W.E.B. Griffin, the prolific and best-selling author of military novels, has died at age 89. Griffin, whose real name was William E. Butterworth III, died Feb. 12. His death was confirmed Monday by his publisher, Putnam, which did not immediately provide additional ...

PMEA Western Region Orchestra plays Saturday

The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Western Region Orchestra is made up of approximately 160 students from 57 school districts in the western half of the state. The PMEA Western Regional festival is being hosted at Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School Thursday through ...