Area Life

Werewolfs and jack-o’-lanterns: Halloween folklore and legends

Michael Allison of Altoona is most well-known for his art and restoration works but his side gig is factually exploring cultural folklore, like why are pumpkins associated with Halloween. “I am a huge history buff; I just love history,” he said, as a lighted werewolf loomed over his ...

Sweet Adelines to perform Nov. 3

The Altoona Chorus of Sweet Adelines will present its annual show at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Altoona Area Junior High School Auditorium. Tickets are available from any member or at the door, $12 for adults and $10 for students under 17. The chorus was was chartered in March 1954, the first ...

Juniata Mock Trial Team to debut

HUNTINGDON — For the first time in Juniata College history it is sponsoring a mock trial team for intercollegiate competition, governed by the American Mock Trial Association. The team is coached by attorney and Juniata alumnus David P. Andrews of Altoona and senior Haley Walker, of ...

Greek navy offers taste of life in galleys

ATHENS, Greece — For a NATO-member warship, Greece’s Olympias is pretty unusual. It’s got a zero carbon footprint, no whale-zapping sonar and an antiquated propulsion system. The 37-meter (121-foot) wooden vessel moored off southern Athens is an experimental reconstruction of the ...

Fragile trees, shrubs need some help getting through winter

Winterizing fragile trees and shrubs is a simple and prudent exercise in landscape management. Mulching and watering before the ground freezes up can save you a bundle of time and money. “As long as the soil drains well, water the trees through autumn at least once a week unless there is a ...

Powers, Edugyan, Johnson tipped to win Man Booker Prize

LONDON — An environmental epic that has been likened to “Moby Dick” for trees, the story of an escaped slave and a powerful debut by a 27-year-old novelist are among favorites to win the Man Booker Prize for fiction on Tuesday. American writer Richard Powers’ arboreal novel “The ...

Opera mezzo sees softer side of ‘Dalila’

NEW YORK — For Elina Garanca, there’s a clue nestled in the score of Camille Saint-Saens’ opera “Samson et Dalila” that suggests the pagan beauty has genuine feelings for the hero she has vowed to destroy. “It’s just two pages, the passage right before her big aria, ‘Mon ...

Check-in with facial recognition now possible in China airport

SHANGHAI — It’s now possible to check in automatically at Shanghai’s Hongqiao airport using facial recognition technology, part of an ambitious rollout of facial recognition systems in China that has raised privacy concerns as Beijing pushes to become a global leader in the ...

Actress becomes witch at Universal Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. — “Scare-actor” Laura Law once frightened a patron so badly at Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights that the woman peed in her pants. Graceful and mild-mannered, the 31-year-old actress didn’t come across as someone who could have such an effect when she ...

They write the songs: Nashville talent share their inspirations

Tony Arata, who was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012, is one of the musicians who will perform at the Mishler Theatre on Nov. 1 in “From Nashville: Songs & Stories, Vol. 4.”[/caption]Songwriting is an artful combination of grit, creativity, and pain mixed ...

Christ Church celebrates

Houses of worship serve an important place in many people’s lives. And although the church is really the people and not the brick and mortar, it is the structure where they gather with like-minded believers to worship God. The building holds memories, such as holiday celebrations, ...

Patience, love bring change

Change is a wonderful and often surprising thing. Sometimes it occurs after much prayer and patience. Other times it appears out of the blue, knocking us for quite a loop. Our family recently experienced the latter scenario with our kitten, Tiger. Tiger, you might remember, came to us several ...

Spiritual notes

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., Altoona, will not hold services at the church on Sunday. Instead, the congregation will join with Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 315 Jones St., Hollidaysburg, at 9 a.m. Sunday to welcome the Rt. Rev. Audrey C. Scanlan, the bishop of the ...

State College Choral Society to present Festival of Psalms

State College — The 150 psalms of the Old Testament were quite literally intended to be songs: Songs of praise, of joy, and even songs of warning or complaint. They have been favorite texts for composers throughout the centuries, with each musician bringing a distinctive touch to the ...

Frightfully good time

The temperatures are becoming cooler. Homes are decorated with jack-o-lanterns. Spooky costumes and candy fill the stores. Wines and cool, fall brews are a favorite on these darkening evenings. Drink these festive drinks and celebrate Halloween in its full, frightful splendor at the upcoming ...

Eagle’s Walsh shares story of addiction

NEW YORK — Joe and Marjorie Walsh were honored Monday night by the nonprofit Facing Addiction with National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence for their support of the recovery movement and their efforts to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse. And they got a little help from ...

Grand Ole Opry salutes Ray Charles

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As an impoverished blind child in Florida, Ray Charles grew up listening to the country and western stars on the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts. That music of his childhood stayed close to his heart for the rest of his career, and it was his landmark two-volume set, “Modern ...

Author Albom returns to heaven for first sequel to best-selling novel

DETROIT — Mitch Albom’s books are about faith and salvation, forgiveness and second chances. What they most certainly are not about, according to the author, is a certain five-letter word. “I really don’t think my books are about death,” Albom told The Associated Press. “And I ...

Yemeni smiths make missiles into knives

CAIRO — Sometimes, the raw material of Ali Ghomari’s work comes screaming from the skies over Yemen. Missiles fired by Saudi-led coalition jets rain down on militiamen and civilians alike, killing and maiming thousands. Children, farmers and others collect shrapnel from their farmlands, ...

Nicks, Prine, Def Leppard among rock hall nominees

NEW YORK — Stevie Nicks, who’s already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac, has been nominated for inclusion as a solo artist next year, along with other first-time nominees Def Leppard, Todd Rundgren, Devo, John Prine and Roxy Music. Nine other artists are ...