Area Life

Catholic foundation announces distribution

Due to healthy investment returns, the board of trustees of the Independent Catholic Foundation recently approved a distribution percentage of 4.5 percent for each of its 250 permanent endowments. This percentage translates into a record amount of $1.1 million available to support specific ...

A timeline of art since WWII: Fred Staloff works on display at SAMA Loretto

The 50 paintings currently on display at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto are the perfect history lesson on art for the period since World War II, says a curator. Fred Staloff has “been painting for decades and every philosophy of art from World War II onward he has dealt ...

Courtyards, the original ‘outdoor rooms,’ get a new look

The trend toward outdoor living, which uses comfy seating, bright rugs and weatherproof art to extend the al fresco season at home, is bringing new attention to a centuries-old architectural feature: the courtyard. “It’s the original outdoor room,” said Philip Weddle, principal ...

Area native spotlighted in Redbook

Hollidaysburg native Rebecca Nori Wattenschaidt has always had her own sense of style, but she never dreamed someday her fashion savvy would land her on the cover of a national magazine. Wattenschaidt is one of six women featured on the dual cover of the September issue of Redbook, a monthly ...

Garden Notes: Protect your corn with sorghum

If deer have been enjoying more of your much-anticipated corn than you have, you might want to give sorghum a try. Tom Ford, PSU’s area commercial horticulture educator, said, “Farmers in Fulton County have routinely planted sorghum to protect their corn crops from foraging deer — and ...

Meet travel blogger Nomadic Matt

NEW YORK — Matt Kepnes had a desk job in health care with two weeks’ vacation a year when he took a solo trip to Costa Rica and “fell in love with travel.” The next year he went to Thailand and “met five backpackers who were living my dream.” “I grew up in an environment ...

Great Smoky Mountains observation tower closes for repairs

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has closed an observation tower at the park’s highest point for extensive renovations and repairs. The Daily Times of Maryville reports the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower will remain closed through the end of the 2017 ...

Mantel moves from rubbish pile to the MFA

When interior designer Heidi Pribell spotted a dust-covered mantelpiece in the basement of a client’s newly purchased home, it was the start of a long relationship. The ornate white marble mantelpiece, with two caryatids flanking each side, was sitting amid rubble and construction debris. ...

Career coming full circle for balladeer Sam Beam

NEW YORK — Songwriter Sam Beam prefers to think of his career direction less as looking back and more as going full circle. Whatever terminology is employed, Beam — who records under the name Iron & Wine — has returned both to the Sub Pop label where his career started and the warm, ...

ACM honors George Strait, Dolly Parton, late Glen Campbell and more

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The country music community honored the late Glen Campbell during the 11th annual Academy of Country Music Honors in Nashville, Tennessee, following his death this month at the age of 81. Campbell’s family was in attendance Wednesday night to watch the performance by ...

Rod Stewart to play remotely on MTV Video Music Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Rod Stewart will perform a reworked version of his hit “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” remotely from Las Vegas at the MTV Video Music Awards, to be held in California. MTV announced Wednesday that Stewart will perform the 1978 song with pop band DNCE on Sunday. The network ...

Free book giveaway

From time to time, the Mirror receives complimentary copies of books, and we like to share these with our readers. This week, we are giving away “Infinite Altars,” by James Brasfield, published by LSU Press. This book of poetry is “atmospheric and reflective” and the poems ...

Earth Matters: Cooperation, education needed to combat ‘dead zones’

It’s possible to get too much of a good thing. This holds true for many things, but it is especially so when it comes to water resources. While nutrients from fertilizer and organic material are important for healthy plants on a farm field, they are not such a good thing for the waterways ...

Breaking new ground

Logan’s Valley Baptist Church is breaking with tradition and celebrating a few firsts. Situated on Bellwood’s Main Street, it was established as one of the first houses of worship in a community where religious life has been a vital part of its growth. Hoping to continue that rich ...

Spiritual notes

Spaghetti dinner A spaghetti dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday in the church hall of St. Catherine’s of Siena in Duncansville. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children under 4 years old. Takeouts are available. Redemptorist ...

Faith explored in Alpha course

Seekers as well as those who want to develop their faith in God may find an Alpha course to be an intriguing way to learn about God. The 11-week course consists of informal settings that explore such questions as: How Can We Have Faith? Who is Jesus? Why Did Jesus Die? and Is There More to ...

God’s love never changes

King Solomon knew his stuff — there truly isn’t anything new under the sun. I came to this realization recently while working on an assignment for one of my college classes. The class is called Advanced Group Therapy Techniques, and it’s been pretty decent overall with lively ...

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church hosts Greek festival

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church will host its Greek Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in the church parking lot, 15th Avenue and 13th Street. The festival will feature baked goods, including baklava, filo fused with nuts and honey; koulourakia, twisted and circle cookies; ...