Area Life

Fundraising event at Camp Harmony

HOOVERSVILLE — Camp Harmony, 1414 Plank Rd., Hooversville, is holding a Toyland fundraising event from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 29. The proceeds of the fundraiser will be sent to The Enmanuel Children’s Home in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in order to create positive change for the lives of at risk ...

Shopping spree set for Oct. 16

The American Rescue Workers are sponsoring a shopping spree from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 16. The event will be held at Boscovs, 139 Falcon Ln. in Altoona. Attendees will receive a 25 percent off shopping pass that is good for that day only. Tickets can be purchased at www.altoonatickets.com.

Jesus, a true example of life

I confess. I love TV, especially sitcoms. This is often to the chagrin of my husband, Bob, and daughter, Val, who much prefer Fox news programs and sports. One show that all three of us enjoy, however, is “Frasier.” Now in reruns — the show ended several years ago — the series takes ...

Spiritual notes

LYRA, an a cappella group of five professional vocalists from St. Petersburg, Russia, will present a concert of Russian choral music at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 208 West Foster Ave., State College. The first part of the concert — sacred music of the Russian ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Sept. 21, 1968 Ahron Caspl and Sharon Moshe, fire department chiefs from Israel, visited the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Co. in Hollidaysburg, Larry Corbin assistant chief, as part of a tour of fire departments in the United States to learn about the latest equipment and ...

Building the foundation

You’ve probably enjoyed hiking or fishing in many state parks without knowing the men who built them did so as part a nationwide jobs project during the Great Depression. The unemployed men got jobs with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), part of a massive public works project created ...

Sloan Foundation programmer to receive honorary book award

NEW YORK — If you’re a fan of “Hidden Figures” and Margot Lee Shetterly’s story of three black female mathematicians’ contributions to the space program, you should thank in part the efforts of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “We made a grant to Margot Lee Shetterly when she was ...

New Charles Krauthammer anthology coming Dec. 4

A retrospective of the late Charles Krauthammer’s speeches and writings will come out Dec. 4. Crown Forum announced Tuesday that “The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors” will include both political and personal thoughts and an introduction from his son, Daniel ...

Breathing life into the Bakers

Artist Michael Allison’s portraits of Altoona’s most well-known industrialist family — Elias Baker, his wife and three children — are now on display at the historic Baker Mansion providing insight into Altoona’s prominent 1800s family. “I tried to humanize the family and try to ...

Making a difference Juniata student, Nobel Laureate aim to inspire change

At 2 years old, Liliane Umuhoza’s life changed and her family was decimated in a genocidal tidal wave across Rwanda. Now 26, Umuhoza, a senior at Juniata College, Huntingdon, seeks to inspire change — an ideal shared with a Nobel Laureate for Peace who visits in October. “The ...

Emmy hosts ready for fun, politics, mishaps

LOS ANGELES — Michael Che and Colin Jost, typically stuck behind a desk as “Saturday Night Live” news anchors, are moving to a grander setting Monday as Emmy Awards hosts. The comedians got in the mood at Thursday’s rollout of the traditional arrivals carpet — yellow-hued this time ...

Apple Watch inching toward medical device

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch from a niche gadget into a lifeline to better health by slowly evolving it into a medical device. In its fourth incarnation, called Series 4 and due out later this month, the Apple Watch will add features that allow it to take ...

Tomasz Ritter wins Chopin piano contest

WARSAW, Poland — Tomasz Ritter of Poland was announced the winner Thursday of the world’s first Frederic Chopin piano competition performed on instruments from the composer’s era. Japan’s Naruhiko Kawaguci and Poland’s Aleksandar Swigut both won second place. Third place went to ...

New Beginnings

Altoona Community Theatre opens its 2018-19 season September 20 to 23 with four performances of the Southern comedy-drama “Steel Magnolias” at the Mishler Theatre, sponsored by First National Bank. Written by Robert Harling and based on his real-life experience with his sister’s death ...

Catholics ‘Arise Together in Christ’

Catholics in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown are preparing to take part in a program designed to strengthen and deepen their faith. Called Arise Together in Christ, the program will involve five six-week programs spread over the next three years that will feature faith sharing. It is based ...

‘God has blessed us’

Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church will observe its 145 years of service to God and the Altoona community this weekend. “God has blessed us tremendously,” said the Rev. Keith R. Moore, lead pastor of the church that was established in 1873. He attributes the longevity of the church to ...

Brethren celebrate heritage

The Middle Pennsylvania District of the Church of the Brethren will hold its 38th annual Heritage Fair on Sept. 22 at Camp Blue Diamond. The fair begins with a diner-style breakfast served from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the lodge. A 5K run/walk will begin at 7 a.m. at the director’s ...

Sweet sin of temptation

Let’s talk temptation, shall we? Merriam Webster’s online dictionary defines it as “the act of tempting or the state of being tempted, especially to evil; enticement.” Not to brag, but I can provide a much more succinct definition — fudge. That’s right, fudge. It all began ...

Spiritual notes

Interfaith Power and Light will host Creation Care Habitat Work Parties on the Lower Trail from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 23. Those participating are asked to meet at the Lower Trailhead at First Street and Liberty Street in Williamsburg. Contact Greg Williams at 215-242-0854 to confirm ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Sept. 14, 1968 The Blair Cinema movie theater in Hollidaysburg was especially chosen by Warner Bros. Studios for the first exclusive premiere engagement of the movie “Rachel, Rachel,” staring Joanne Woodward and directed by her husband Paul Newman. The film won Golden ...