Area Life

Helping others can yield its own rewards

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of mental health articles. They will run on the Life section cover each Thursday in May. Jackie Robinson revolutionized Major League Baseball by breaking what had been the sport’s color barrier and becoming its first African American player in ...

Explorer makes the deepest ocean dive in history

NEW YORK — Taking the hours-long journey to what is believed to be the deepest point mankind has visited in any ocean was a complicated one, and for Victor Vescovo, it meant being constantly on the alert as he monitored his state-of-the-art vessel. But when he reached 10,928 meters into the ...

Females rule top category at Americana Music Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In contrast to other country music award shows, the artist of the year nominees at this year’s Americana Music Association’s Honors and Awards are all female, including Brandi Carlile, Mavis Staples, Kacey Musgraves and Rhiannon Giddens. The Americana Music ...

Actress and singer Day dead at 97

LOS ANGELES — Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and ’60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history, has died. She was 97. The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Day died ...

Keeping ‘The Hustle’ PG-13 was fight

NEW YORK — Rebel Wilson had to fight to make sure she and Anne Hathaway could make the same kind of risque jokes their male counterparts do and not have their new film “The Hustle” get classified as R-rated. Wilson, who is a producer and stars in the “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” ...

Moose Riders host 3rd Annual Special Accommodations Prom May 19

The Bedford 480 Moose Riders are hosting the 3rd Annual Special Accommodations Prom May 19 at the Bedford Moose Lodge from 2 to 5 p.m. This year the theme “The Enchanted Forest.” The prom is open to anyone age 14 and up that is on the Autism Spectrum, challenged/special needs. Attendees ...

Some songs never go out of style

When James Daski wanted to bring the legendary singing group, “The Lettermen,’’ to Altoona two years ago, he couldn’t because the popular trio’s schedule was all booked up. But Daski got a call two months ago that the group was available for a show here in May and he jumped at the ...

Bus trip headed to ‘Sleepy Hollow’ in New York

William Allen Jones’ “Sleepy Hollow” debuted last October at the Mishler Theatre in Altoona. The show was met with acclaim and each of the performances sold out. Word of this musical soon reached the famous town of Sleepy Hollow, New York. That town will celebrate the bicentennial of ...

New documentary chronicles how farming oasis came to be

MOORPARK, Calif. — John and Molly Chester, a filmmaker and a chef, had made a decision that many urbanites only fantasize about: They decided to leave their life in Los Angeles and start a farm that would function in harmony with nature. Their family and friends thought they were crazy, but ...

Mowery to perform at Springfest May 18

The Hollidaysburg Area Community Partnership presents the Historic Hollidaysburg Springfest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18 in downtown Hollidaysburg. The day features live music begins at 10 a.m. with Matt Wagner and concludes at 4 p.m. with The Voice contestant Jimmy Mowery at the ...

Holocaust survivor opens book fair after fascist banned

ROME — A Polish-born Holocaust survivor opened a book fair in Italy on Thursday to a standing ovation, after organizers agreed to ban a publisher linked to a neo-fascist group. Halina Birenbaum, an 89-year-old poet who lives in Israel, was quoted by Italy’s Corriere della Sera daily as ...

50 years of ‘Abbey Road’

The producers of musical productions “It Was 50 Years Ago Today” and “Forever Summer” are hoping the community will “Come Together” for their newest musical show entitled “And in the End.” The program celebrates the legendary Beatles album “Abbey Road” and commemorates its ...

Library helps stretch choir budgets

A unique library exists in Hollidaysburg. Its hours are limited, and it houses no books. Yet, when its material is executed, it stirs emotions and influences moods. It is the Sacred Music Library. Housed inside the First Presbyterian Church of Hollidaysburg, its designated space is filled ...

Spiritual Notes

Concerts A free concert featuring the Kuhn Tunes will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hollidaysburg First Church of God. Light refreshments will be served. The KMI Community Center and Clearfield Alliance Church will host the Triumphant Quartet at 7 p.m. May 18. The concert will ...

Decisions based on God’s word

It’s that time again, folks. My list of TV and radio commercials that are annoying, ridiculous, and/or just make absolutely no sense. Here goes: 1. Parents Behaving Like Children. There’s a whole host of these. I get the point, I really do. Parents need to be involved with their ...

Concert to benefit ministry youth center

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Community Strings will perform a concert benefiting Northern Cambria’s Coal Country Hangout Youth Center at 7:30 p.m. on May 17 at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 1006 Chestnut Ave., Northern Cambria. The concert will include music by Bach, Charpentier and ...

Grace Bible Church Awana students attend Summit in California

Abigail Karn, with Grace Bible Church, Hollidaysburg, won the platinum award in the fine arts competition during Summit, held at Shadow Mountain Community Church, El Cajon, California, April 11-13. Karn played a flute solo, “Be Thou My Vision,” and in addition to receiving the award, she ...

52nd annual Blair County Arts Festival

By Patt Keith pkeith@altoonamirror.com Live entertainment, student art and juried art exhibits, children’s activity area, and artisan food vendors will draw people to the 52nd annual Blair County Arts Festival a two-day event at Penn State Altoona, presented by the Blair County Arts ...

In a labyrinth garden, every path is the right one

A labyrinth garden should not be puzzling — that’s a maze. A labyrinth and a maze were once the same, but the labyrinth has recently grown to become a totally different animal. Enter a labyrinth and every turn you make is the correct one, leading you to the center. The labyrinth might be ...