Area Life

People often reach crisis before seeking help

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a five-part series on mental health. Contrary to popular belief, mental-health problems are not unusual occurrences. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in four American adults is affected by some type of mental ...

Garden Notes: Star of Bethlehem very abundant, very irritating

Of Star of Bethlehem plants, Eleanor Perenyi, the author of “Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden” writes: "Don't touch it. It will invade every part of the garden, choking out everything in its path, and, like many undesirables, is cunningly constructed to thwart easy extraction — the ...

Sisters hosting Fatima pilgrimage

The public is invited to join the Sacred Heart Sisters during the Fatima Centenary Walking Pilgrimage Saturday from their convent at 1872 Munster Road, Portage, to Loretto. The day begins with 8 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Convent, Munster Township, Portage, and includes visits to religious sites ...

Re-Creation performance slated for Canal Basin Park

Re-Creation, a full performance singing and dancing group from Port Trevorton, will take to the stage at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Canal Basin Park, Hollidaysburg. The event is free and open to the public; an offering will be accepted. Those attending the performance are encouraged to bring ...

Life takes a circuitous route

Life’s funny. In order to reach their desired destination, folks often end up taking a slightly circuitous route. Our family experienced a perfect illustration of this point the other day. It started when my husband, Bob, came limping down the stairs. “What’s wrong, Dad?” our ...

Bishop Carroll students fast for Haiti mission

EBENSBURG — Students in Bishop Carroll Catholic High School’s campus ministry took part in a 30-hour food fast from 6 a.m. April 12 through noon April 13. Thirty juniors and seniors abstained from all food during that time, and spent the night in solidarity at the school. Each participant ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO— May 12, 1967 Among the improvements at the newly remodeled Wissinger’s One-Stop Shopping Village at Oak Ave. and 31th St., founded in 1956 by Ernie and Ruth Wissinger, was a drive-up window to order ice cream, snack type foods and beverages. 25 YEARS AGO— May 12, ...

Spiritual notes

Gospel music festival Armagh United Methodist Church, 570 W. Philadelphia St. Ext., (old Route 22) Armagh, will host a gospel music festival from 6-10 p.m. May 19 and 1-10 p.m. May 20. The kitchen will be open from 5-8 p.m. Friday and noon-8 p.m. Saturday during the festival. Festival ...

It’s golden: Blair County Arts Festival celebrating 50 years

The food alone will be enough to keep you full, and the visual and performing art will more than satisfy cravings for entertainment at the Blair County Arts Festival, organizers promise. The 50th annual event, scheduled this year for May 20 and 21 at the Penn State Altoona campus, has grown ...

ACT announces Isaacs nominations

Altoona Community Theatre has announced the nominations for ACT’s 12th annual Isaac Awards, recognizing excellence in high school musical theater and sponsored by Reliance Bank. For the complete list of nominees, go to http://www.altoonacommunitytheatre.com/education/isaac-awards/ For the ...

Music men announce final season Port and Jones come full circle

Dying swans really don’t sing, but the two men behind P&J Productions are going out on a high note. The local theatrical partnership of Neil Port and Will Jones just announced its season-long swan song of shows that mirrors their collaborations in the years since their chance meeting at ...

Earth Matters: Grandparents, parents, wife have impact on lifestyle

Have you ever wondered how different you’d have turned out without the influence or support of the important people in your life? Like many things in our lives, the impact of our family on our environmental attitudes and interest in nature is usually the first one we experience. While ...

‘There is no such thing as safe sex’

Many teenagers today would probably tune out yet another sex education lecture in school, thinking they’ve heard it all before. But they might pay attention to a talk given by local abstinence counselor Erin (Falce) Shubik, when they hear her say things that may well shatter some of their ...

HUB marks 10 years of service

The HUB, 1738 N. Branch Ave., Altoona, is celebrating 10 years as a mission outreach with an anniversary celebration from 2-5 p.m. Sunday. The event will include music, games for all ages, door prizes and food. Toontown Klowns will be on hand for the celebration and Vox Nova will present ...

Bishop Bartchak to honor 11 with Prince Gallitzin Cross

The Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, Bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, will honor 11 individuals with the 2017 Prince Gallitzin Cross. The bishop presents the award annually to priests, religious leaders or laity who exhibit the “evangelizing spirit” of the Prince-Priest and ...

Cutting the ‘filler’ in life

I have been thinking a great deal about filler lately. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines filler as “a substance added to a product — as to increase bulk, weight, viscosity, opacity or strength.” The Kimberly Smith Dictionary, on the other hand, defines it as “completely ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: May 5, 1967 U.S. Marine Cpl. David Schwirian of Osterburg, Bedford County, was bitten by a tiger while serving in Vietnam. The tiger ran off when he punched it in the nose. 25 YEARS AGO: May 5, 1992 The U.S. Census Bureau released figures that said Blair County families ...

Spiritual notes

Spring revival Spring revival services will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday at the Church of God, 617 Magee Ave., Patton. The speaker will be Brother Doug Koerner. A meal will be provided at Patton Park following the Sunday morning service. Craft show Abundant Life Church, ...

Native artist captures area history on canvas

Ron Donoughe is recording the history of this area he calls home, but not in an ordinary fashion. Rather than pen to paper, his medium is oil to canvas. “I’m painting my life, and my life revolves around Pittsburgh and Cambria and Blair County,” Donoughe said. “One hundred years from ...

Garden Notes: Espalier technique can increase production

The new buzz coming from the Urban Ag movement has many gardeners looking for ways to increase their production. Some are contemplating “movin’ on up” to espalier. Espalier (es-PAL-yay) is a centuries-old technique, first used by the Romans, and then perfected in the English and ...