Area Life

Rhythm to spare

Jim Donovan and the Sun King Warriors think of themselves “as a rock-style band with a much bigger rhythm section,” said Jim Donovan. “We have a Santana-sized rhythm section and we play a mix of original material and covers that is all positive and high energy. People get up and dance and ...

Spiritual notes

Area residents are invited to take part in a local Lights for Liberty rally at 7 p.m. today, Friday, July 12, on the Blair County Courthouse steps, Hollidaysburg. Lights for Liberty, a worldwide candlelight vigil, is being held to protest the inhumane treatment of refugees seeking asylum ...

Fear, glory for mounted bullfighters

NOAIN, Spain (AP) — Of all the traditions surrounding the world of bullfighting, the “rejoneo” — mounted bullfighting — is among the least understood. Those who love it consider it a skilled art form. Others see it as a cruel and bloody crime for the sake of entertainment. Some also ...

AP gets rare peek at famed Bolshoi Ballet

MOSCOW — Makhar Vaziev’s day begins before he sets foot inside his office in Moscow’s famed Bolshoi Theater. As he makes his way past the vast columns of the main building, the ballet director at the Bolshoi pauses to chide a dancer late to class, and then one of his senior coaches, ...

Sneak peek

The region will be treated to a headlining concert by the Grammy Award-winning, genre-defying Steep Canyon Rangers July 27 at the Mishler Theatre during the second annual First Frontier Festival. Steep Canyon Rangers, comprised of Woody Platt (acoustic guitar/lead vocals), Graham Sharp ...

Plain community abuse victims feel pressured to forgive

PITTSBURGH — Church leaders pulled Kay aside one Sunday and told her she was excommunicated for failing to forgive her husband. Her conservative Mennonite church demanded that she take a registered sex offender back into her home, that she forgive and forget what he had done to their ...

Spiritual notes

Donations of clothing and non-perishable foods will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hollidaysburg Church of the Brethren, 1028 Penn St. (Route 36). The church parking lot will serve as a collection site for the American Rescue Workers. Tax receipts available for those ...

The ultimate ‘Weeble Effect’

Does anybody out there remember Weebles? Dating back to the early ’70s, Weebles were little egg-shaped people with weighted bottoms that kept them from toppling over. The commercial slogan went something like this: “Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down.” It was actually a pretty ...

Writing is more than a job — it’s a daily therapy

It’s often said that anything worth doing takes time. It’s easy to look at something beautiful and think, ‘I could do that! and ‘I wish I had that skill or talent!’ There might even be a moment when you get caught up in trying to make something as stunning as what you saw — or ...

Singer’s museum exhibit gives her time to reflect

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kacey Musgraves' career has been moving and changing fast over the last couple of years, leaving little time for reflection until she saw her life chronicled behind museum glass. Musgraves is the subject of a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum that ...

Signature style

The Clarks, a Pittsburgh-based rock band returns to the area to kick off the Altoona First Frontier Festival July 26 at the Mishler Theatre. The two-day festival features paid shows at the historic theater and free shows July 27 in downtown Altoona. Altoona First Savings Bank is the title ...

‘Asbury Lane’ — A story of true love and devotion

Paul Nevel believed the farm on Asbury Lane was a dream come true. His wife, Betty, wasn’t so sure at first. Having grown up there, their daughter Julie believes it as a place to treasure. A music artist and songwriter, Julie wrote a song about Asbury Lane a number of years ago. Now, she ...

Former Altoonan publishes book on Johnstown flood

A former Altoona man has written a novel — inspired by a visit to Baker Mansion where he viewed a painting depicting the 1889 Johnstown Flood. Steve Bell, a 1968 graduate of Altoona Area High School, has self-published “Katherine O’Neill: Scores Settled, Futures Forged in One of ...

Spiritual notes

Christ United Methodist Church, 1359 Pennsylvania Ave., Tyrone, will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 29, at the church. All proceeds benefit church activities. The Sacred Music Library at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollidaysburg will be closed during the month of ...

Know when to speak or be silent

According to current census calculations, the population of our planet is rapidly approaching eight billion people. Along with this massive number, we know there has never been a time in history when this many individuals occupied the earth at the same time, but we can also agree that we ...

BET Awards honor Blige, Hussle, Perry

The 2019 BET Awards featured a number of contemporary pop and rap stars who are dominating the charts, from Cardi B to Lil Nas X. But the show belonged to artists viewed as icons in the black community, including singer Mary J. Blige, filmmaker Tyler Perry and the late rapper Nipsey ...