Area Life

Spiritual notes

Strawberry festival A strawberry festival will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. June 11 at the Cresson Presbyterian Church, corner of Third Street and Keystone Avenue. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children under 10 years of age. A basket auction will also be held. Film club Meta Narrative, a ...

Treasure the simple things in life

By Erin Kelly The View From Here Growing up, I always heard people say that the simple things in life were the best and that nothing could compare to simplicity and the joy it brings. I never argued with that, partly because I felt like I didn’t have any evidence to prove otherwise. At ...

Johnstown gearing up for Thunder in the Valley

The roar of motorcycles and the twang of country music will be heard across downtown as Johnstown prepares for its annual Thunder in the Valley motorcycle rally June 22 to 25. Music headliners include Cresson native and finalist on “The Voice” Josh Gallagher and 38 Special. Gallagher, who ...

Danielle Ebersole Claysburg-Kimmel School District Student of the month

Age: 18 Grade: Senior Accomplishments: Recipient of the FBLA’s National Community Service Award for 200-plus hours during the 2016-2017 school year. Placed second in the state for FBLA, participated in the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. She is a six-year CKHS ...

CBS says Pelley out as ‘CBS Evening News’ anchor

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says Scott Pelley is out as "CBS Evening News" anchor after six years in the role, and network veteran Anthony Mason will fill in temporarily as a search for a new anchor begins. The network announced Wednesday that Pelley will return to work full-time at the network's ...

Looted statues, pottery returned to Italy after probe in NYC

NEW YORK — Seven ancient statues and pottery vessels are headed back to their homeland in Italy after authorities said they tracked down the stolen items in New York City. Dating back as far as the eighth century B.C., the artifacts were looted by Italian tomb raiders in the 1990s, then ...

Florida’s Siesta Beach best beach in US

SIESTA KEY, Fla. — The sand on Siesta Beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast is as fine as powdered sugar, a pure, sparkling white and soft as a kitten’s fur — all because it’s comprised of 99 percent pure crushed quartz. For that reason, and many others, it was selected this year as the ...

Saldana, Del Toro help open new Disney ‘Guardians’ ride

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Stepping inside Disney’s latest theme park attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT!, is like being thrust into one of blockbuster films’ pulsating, action-packed trailers. Music blares throughout the tower drop ride as guests are treated to a visual feast ...

Garden Notes: Classic, aromatic lilac a welcome addition in any garden

Each spring, my grandmother could tell when all danger of frost had passed. She watched her lilac bush. Today, we’d call it an “indicator plant.” Plants use temperature, precipitation and available sunlight to time their yearly blooming. A lilac won’t open its buds until it knows for ...

The ‘Great American Midway’: SAMA curator explores an enduring tradition

“The Great American Midway” may be more about pop culture than actual art, but Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art curator Scott Dimond thinks it will be a lot of fun to talk about that uniquely American icon at his next installment of “Conversation with the Curator.” “The Great ...

Looking back and to the future

By Linda T. Gracey For the Mirror HOLLIDAYSBURG — Pastor Mark Brown has watched Westminster Orthodox Presbyterian Church grow from a fledgling home Bible study of 15 people to a vibrant church with 10 times that number in the pews on Sundays. The accomplishments of the church at 1401 ...

Sock collection supports soldiers

BELLWOOD — Military Families Ministry is collecting black crew socks and black ankle socks through the end of August for the Operation: Socks for Soldiers program. The socks will be sent to troops serving in the Middle East. Donations to help cover shipping costs are also being ...

Spiritual notes

Ordination The Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, will ordain Deacon Peter Crowe and Deacon Jonathan Dickson to the Diocesan Priesthood during a 10 a.m. Mass on Saturday at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. The ordination of Deacons Crowe ...

Jesus comes with guarantee

Watergate, gas shortages, disco — the 1970s definitely had some shortcomings. The decade had one thing going for it, though — great movies. Okay, maybe not “great,” more like terrible in a really entertaining way. I’m not referring to theatrical blockbusters like “Jaws” or ...

Rau’s work captured the Allegheny landscape of the 1890s

Another batch of cutting-edge photographs that captured the Allegheny landscape in the 1890s is now on display at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. “William H. Rau: Urban, Rural, Rail” features 27 albumem and sepia-toned photographs taken by the commercial photographer who was ...

Half of new Cosby jury poll already have opinions

PITTSBURGH — Half of the new jury pool being questioned Wednesday in Bill Cosby’s sex assault case said they’ve formed an opinion on his guilt or innocence, while one knows Cosby or his family. Eleven jurors have been chosen this week for the case starting June 5 in suburban ...