Area Life

‘Gong Show’ creator Chuck Barris dies at 87

NEW YORK — Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and that infamous factory of cheese, “The Gong Show,” has died. He was 87. Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist ...

Get creative: Rooms that inspire

Spaces where creativity happens are utterly unlike other rooms, artists and designers say. Whether at home or elsewhere, these deeply personal spaces often feel like they’re in flux, with interiors more curated than decorated. They often feature natural objects and personal totems. They can ...

Review: ASO delivers big performance at Mishler

Teresa Cheung and the Altoona Symphony Orchestra presented a concert of Roman-themed music on Saturday night at the Mishler Theatre. In both numbers of musicians onstage and the scope of the music, it was the biggest program of their season. The finale called for the special effect of ...

Gallagher to open show for Womack at IUP in April

INDIANA — Cresson native and “The Voice” finalist Josh Gallagher will open for country music singer and songwriter Lee Ann Womack at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex in a concert scheduled for April 20. Gallagher and Womack will take the Toretti Auditorium stage at 8 p.m. ...

Garden Notes: Sweet potatoes very tasty and very pretty, as well

If it’s out of your garden, you know how it’s been grown, fertilized, sprayed and harvested. That knowledge is one of the perks of growing your own. Sweet potatoes are related to morning glories, and they’re ubiquitous as ornamental plants. I used a container planted with decorative ...

Celebrating a ‘God thing’

‘The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Scottish poet Robert Burns opined this sentiment centuries ago in his poem “To A Mouse,” but the words still ring true today. I’ve been thinking about plans lately; not mouse’s, but men’s. Or, in my case, women’s. This ...

Spiritual notes

Lenten meals will be served from 4-7 p.m. each Friday through April 7 at St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish, Father Kelley Hall, 25th Avenue and Fifth Street. The menu includes baked or fried fish or fried or steamed shrimp, macaroni and cheese or french fries or baked potato, cole ...

Swindell, hard rockers to perform in Clearfield

Country artist Cole Swindell, hard rockers Queensryche and Kix and southern rockers 38 Special and The Outlaws will headline this year’s musical entertainment at the 157th annual Clearfield County Fair this summer, fair officials announced this week. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale ...

Tasty Words: NYC trip inspires homemade sandwich

New York City is one if our country’s most rich sources of culinary inspiration. This metropolitan area is full of kitchen geniuses who pave the way for national food trends. I’ve had the pleasure to visit NYC on multiple occasions, including my appearances on “Rachael Ray.” A few ...

Earth Matters: Underfunded programs quickly becoming an epidemic

The funding crisis for environmental programs — locally, statewide and nationally — would seem to have reached a new and alarming level. This problem didn’t arise overnight. It’s been the culmination of several decades of funding postponements and robberies of Peter to pay Paul. In an ...

Pittsburgh bishop lifts meat ban for St. Patrick’s Day

While Pittsburgh-area Catholics who are observing Lent can enjoy their corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day next Friday — without a side order of guilt — those in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese are asked to abstain from meat on that day. Bishop David Zubik on Wednesday authorized a ...

Luddy Scholarship applications available

The Monsignor Joseph M. Luddy Scholarship Foundation is accepting applications for its annual awards. The following criteria will be utilized in the selection process: - Applicants must be current or former residents of Blair County. - Financial need, established scholastic achievement and ...

Lenten meals

The Hollidaysburg Ministerium, comprised of many Blair County clergy and leaders, alongside their congregations and local churches, will host Lenten lunches at noon on Thursdays through April 6. Lunches for Thursday will be held at First United Methodist Church, 801 Allegheny St., ...