Area Life

College keeps students in check

Genna Kasun, director of social media and Content Coordinator for Juniata College, manages a team of students who post to Juniata College’s social media accounts. “The students are vetted and carefully trained before we let them loose. They’ve risen to the occasion and have done very ...

Investigation finds Google tracks users movements without consent

SAN FRANCISCO — Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy ...

Muhly grass, a Pa. native, is a sign of fall

I saw herds of Muhly grass waving in the Pittsburgh breezes this past weekend. That signature wave is one of the signs fall is on its way. According to William Cullina in his book Native Ferns, Moss and Grasses, his favorite M. capillaris (Hair Awn Muhly) “can take your breath away.” I ...

Chicken stir-fry with easy-prep ingredients done in under an hour

Quick-cooking stir-fries are a natural choice for weeknight dinners. This one combines easy-prep ingredients with a leveled-up sauce made from Asian pantry staples. To save on time, use precut broccoli florets rather than fussing with a whole head of broccoli. For a crisp-tender texture and ...

You really can’t go wrong with cake, cream and strawberries

It’s hard to believe that the well-loved combination of cake, cream and strawberries could be anything other than perfection, but soggy cake, squishy cream, or bland, underripe berries can easily ruin this heavenly trio. We wanted a sturdy multilayer cake with a firm filling and ...

Summer means powering down for many kids at sleepaway camp

NEW YORK — If teens are so attached to their phones and all things connected, why do so many of them wind up in no-device summer camps with smiles on their faces? Thirteen-year-old Daniela Blumenfeld of Scarsdale, New York, just finished her fifth summer at sleepaway camp with no devices ...

Aretha Franklin is seriously ill

NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin is seriously ill, according to a person close to the singer. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, told The Associated Press on Monday that Franklin is seriously ill. No more ...

Pottery from Poland secretly made for CIA

WARSAW, Poland — A newly declassified secret of the CIA’s is the handiwork of experts in Poland: custom-made plates, bowls and other pieces of tableware painted with the U.S. intelligence agency’s official seal. Helena Smolenska, the head of the craft-maker cooperative in the town of ...

Donkey ranch helps people de-stress

ULSTER PARK, N.Y. — In most of the world, donkeys are beasts of burden, but the only job of the long-eared denizens of Donkey Park is to nuzzle, bray and beguile the diverse group of people who find comfort in their company. Donkey Park is the creation of Steve Stiert, who sought a new ...

Area school district calendars

Altoona Area Aug. 27 — First student day Aug. 27-28 — Kindergarten conferences Aug. 29-30 — Kindergarten staggered classes Aug. 31 — Kindergarten first day Sept. 3 — Labor Day Sept. 21 — In-service Oct. 12 — Secondary no school/conferences Oct. 26 — ...

Stop the silence: Hearing loss, which may change behavior, can be treated

When Jessica Wertz, 22, found herself struggling academically in college, isolating herself from social situations and avoiding the college dining hall she took action to address the root problem — an inability to hear. “I realized I had to do something so I could succeed in school or ...

Reduce noise levels to avoid hearing loss

Local audiology experts stress prevention to reduce the risks of noise-induced hearing loss. More people are losing their ability to hear than before due to excessively high levels of noise from cell phones, earbuds, fireworks, music concerts and household work and yard equipment. The World ...

A family affair

CRESSON — During the past five years, 34 Blair and Cambria county children battling critical illnesses received wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation with the more than $130,000 raised through a bluegrass festival,called Pickin’ For Wishes, held each August. As bone cancer ravaged ...

Obsessing over what matters

“Hi. My name is Kim and I’m a crazy cat-lady.” Okay, so far as I know, there’s no such organization as Crazy Cat Ladies Anonymous (CCLA), but if anybody decides to start one, I’ll be in the front row of every meeting. My path to cat obsession began one feline at a time. Our first ...

Diocese sponsors training

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Office of Children and Youth Protection will sponsor Safe Environment Training Sessions for volunteers and diocesan employees throughout the diocese. Each workshop will include Youth Protection Awareness and Mandated Reporting Training. All who work or ...

Spiritual notes

Festivals Cornerstone Fellowship of Mill Run, 415 Mennonite Road, Altoona, will host a festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 18. There will be music, field-size corn hole with water balloons, a bounce house and games for all ages. Vendors will be on hand, and food and baked goods will be ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Aug. 10, 1968 The Blair County Civil Defense Council, Col. Lloyd M. Morris director, was having copies of a Community Shelter Plan printed by Alto Printing and Supply Co. and every family in Blair County was to get one. 25 YEARS AGO: Aug. 10, 1993 The LaPierre Hotel at 2523 ...

‘Making It’: Cutting and gluing without being cut-throat

CONCORD, N.H. — They made you laugh, but can they make you craft? “Parks and Recreation” co-stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are bringing the same silly, sweet sitcom vibe to reality television with “Making It,” a competition show that challenges contestants to craft everything ...

What’s new in back-to-school supplies

NEW YORK — The microwave ate my homework? Reusable notebooks where writing disappears with heat are among the basic school supplies raising their game against gadgets like iPads. Also hot in the paper aisle this year: Decorative tape, creative journals and scented pencils in smells like ...