Area Life

NBC boss, hit-making producer Grant Tinker dies

NEW YORK — Grant Tinker, who brought new polish to the TV world and beloved shows to the audience as both a producer and a network boss, has died. He was 90. Tinker died Monday at his Los Angeles home, according to his son, producer Mark Tinker. Though he had three tours of duty with NBC, ...

TV shows channel the holiday spirit

LOS ANGELES — The spirit of the holidays is an elastic concept when it comes to both commerce and TV programming. Endlessly varied gift possibilities are equaled by what’s on the small screen, with Taraji P. Henson’s “White Hot” special and a Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert both ...

Garden Notes: There’s nothing ordinary about growing vanilla

If you’re baking Christmas cookies, don’t be enticed by the warm fragrance of vanilla. It enhances cakes and cookies, but tastes lousy straight out of the bottle. I know this because I didn’t listen to my mom. I’d asked her if it was good to drink. She said no, but as soon as I had ...

ASO coming home for the holidays: Guest choirs to be featured

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday program has a mixed bag of entertainment lined up for the Dec. 3 concert. Tickets are going fast. “This concert is a potpourri,” said Maestra Teresa Cheung. “You have some very good traditional Christmas carols, you have new ...

Student of the Month Ethan Katcher Altoona Area High School

Ethan-Katcher-002.psd ethan-katcher-002 Age: 16 Grade: 11th Accomplishments: PMEA District and Regional Band qualifier on flute; President — Junior Academy of Science; Varsity golf and tennis team member; Roles in AAJHS productions of “Into the Woods Jr.,” “Peter Pan Jr.” and ...

This hot cocktail is soothing and comforting on a cold day

After a snowy walk or long day on the slopes, there’s nothing like curling up under a warm blanket. Maybe you have a fire going and the dog asleep at your feet, with a good book just within reach. But before you can relax, you need to warm up those cold hands and chilled bones. Before you ...

Concert review: ASO collaboration special

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra traveled to Hollidaysburg on Saturday for a collaboration with the Allegheny Ballet Company at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School. The orchestra set up on the floor in front of the stage, and two of their three selections featured dancing behind them. ...

Local Author: Robert Jeschonek

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Genealogical Society, 431 Scotch Valley Road, will host Robert Jeschonek, the author of “The Glory of Gable’s,” for a book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 25. The book will be available for purchase. Gable’s was the place to shop, eat, meet ...

Earth Matters: North African refugee crisis may be worse than Syria

As the Syrian refugee crisis continues, a host of other tragic immigration stories drag on throughout the Eastern Hemisphere. In many ways, the refugee crisis in Northern Africa may be worse than one playing out in Syria, and environmental troubles are one reason why. Persisting for the last ...

HoHo Expo helps out with holiday shopping

More than 60 crafters, home-based vendors and other businesses will be on hand at a holiday shopping event at the Jaffa Shrine Center in Altoona on Nov. 27 to make shopping easier for Christmas gift buyers. HoHo Expo will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free. “Shoppers ...

Going gluten free? Event features information, products, samples

The Lewistown Sentinel STATE COLLEGE — The fourth annual Central PA Gluten Free Expo will take place Nov. 20 at the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel, 215 Innovation Blvd., State College. The event, open from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., will include more than 45 local and national ...

Tasty Words: Sister inspires cinnamon-pear stuffed French toast

This past summer, I was lucky enough to stand beside my sister, Leah, as she said her vows to her husband, Travis Rearick. It was such a blessing to have a wonderful brother-in-law join our close family. Leah and Travis enjoy sharing meals together and seeking out unique places to try ...

Playhouse presents ‘Homecoming’

The story that launched the Depression-era, warm mountain life of the Walton family on television is coming to the stage in the shadow of Warrior Ridge in McConnellstown on Route 26 in Huntingdon County. The Playhouse will kick off the holiday season with “The Homecoming,” starting ...

Grant to help create more community gardens in Blair

“To garden is, inescapably to be involved with other people.” — Allen Lacey, Home Ground, A Gardener’s Miscellany Blair County Conservation District was recently awarded a grant from the National Association of  Conservation Districts. Their charge is to put together a network of ...

ASO to feature ‘Flight of Fancy’: Jared Angle coming home for concert

Principal dancer with the New York City Ballet for nearly a dozen years, Jared Angle has been performing one of the most famous parts of “Swan Lake” since his teenage years as a student at the Allegheny Ballet Company in Altoona. Angle will resurrect the role in the second act, ...