Area Life

Try Cambria — if you’re so inclined: County rich in heritage and history

Editor's note: This is the ninth story in a regular series on travel. In this installment, we take you to Cambria County.JOHNSTOWN - Standing on the porch of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Clubhouse, you can imagine the luxuries enjoyed by the Pittsburgh industrialists and their families at ...

Garden Notes: ‘Lettuce’ talk about these green-leafed, cold weather crops

I wrote this on Feb. 20, a day when the temperature was 60 degrees in the shade, and the ground was still frozen. If I could have scraped the ice crystals off the soil, I'd have planted some lettuce seeds.Lettuce is considered a cold weather crop and grows well in the spring and in the fall. It ...

‘Native Voices’ National exhibit opens Sunday at Saint Francis

LORETTO - When most people hear the phrase "Native Americans,'' they don't usually include the native people of Alaska and Hawaii.But according to some branches of the federal government, they're all Native Americans. Their collective "Native Voices'' are part of a traveling exhibit coming to ...

Brandon Simmers, Student of the Month

Age: 17Grade: SeniorFamily: Parents, Mike and Samantha Simmers; brother, Nate SimmersGoals: Graduate Army National Guard Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training; attend Geneva College, Beaver Falls, major in chemical engineering; marry the love of my life and live ...

Daniels, Travis, Foster to join Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Fiddler Charlie Daniels, singer Randy Travis and producer and label owner Fred Foster are joining the Country Music Hall of Fame.The announcement was made Tuesday by the Hall of Fame and Museum, along with the Country Music Association, at a press conference in Nashville, ...

Easy and delicious: 7 creative things to do with your slow cooker

Think all your slow cooker is good for is cranking out pots of chili and beef stew? Think again! This versatile kitchen workhorse can be put to use for all manner of things you probably never realized. So we've gathered seven of our favorite slow cooker hacks to help you get the hang of making ...

Actress Patty Duke dies, 69

NEW YORK - Patty Duke, who as a teen won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker" and maintained a long and successful career throughout her life while battling personal demons, has died at the age of 69.Duke's agent, Mitchell Stubbs, says the actress died early Tuesday morning ...

Navy’s Sea Chanters play free concert April 3

WASHINGTON - America's Navy is coming to Altoona, one of 20 cities in eight states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2016 tour - one of the Navy's signature outreach programs.The United States Navy Band Sea Chanters' performance is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at ...

Nardini to perform in Altoona

Pittsburgh recording artist Norman Nardini said anyone in attendance at his upcoming Altoona show can expect there to be a little bit of magic in the room.It's all because of the "power of rock and roll," he said."Rock and roll can be an uplifting force, and I am someone who is aware of that," ...

Earth Matters: Winters stand in stark contrast, 80 years apart

Eighty years is a drop in the proverbial bucket of geologic time, but it seems to be a long spell in human terms.Two very different winters, 80 years apart, might provide a cautionary tale and speak to the profound climatic changes which have occurred in just one human lifespan. The winters of ...

Laughter and motivation: Fundraising events put focus on health

Anyone looking to mix laughter with a good cause will have two opportunities next month.The United Way of Blair County will host its fourth Laugh United fundrais-er on April 7 at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona. Comedian Billy Ray Bauer will headline the show, and Larry XL and ...

‘I Will Survive’ added to US registry

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Gloria Gaynor disco anthem, George Carlin's "Seven Dirty Words" routine and coverage of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game are among 25 sound recordings that have been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress.The recordings reaching back to 1911 are being added ...

Loretto museum to host fifth Night of Distinction

LORETTO - On April 16, the Southern Alle-ghenies Museum of Art's Loretto Museum will host the fifth annual Night of Distinction, a dinner-and-awards event established to honor individuals and organizations that have made an extraordinary impact on SAMA and the arts.At this year's event, SAMA ...

Easter favorites: Master this sweet and spicy glaze for spiral ham

At Easter, there is just nothing better than a spiral-cut ham! Because I grew up with my grandmother roasting fresh, white, uncured hams, a sweet-glazed spiral-cut ham has always been a delicacy to me.My best friend's mother bought one every Easter and to me it was heavenly. I loved the crunchy ...

For the best eggs, make this simple hollandaise sauce

When the subject is Easter eggs, most folks usually are talking about the gaily painted specimens in a basket. Me, I think of holiday brunch, and in particular of eggs Benedict. I think of the rich and indulgent dish of Canadian bacon, sauteed spinach and poached eggs enthroned on an English ...

ASO, pianist shine during latest concert

Conductor Teresa Cheung led the Altoona Symphony Orchestra in a concert of works by non-continental European Romantics Edward Elgar, Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius on Saturday night.This was another program on which Cheung reached into the community to augment the ensemble; a slide show ...

Superhero event set for Sunday

Comic books might not be the first thing you think about when trying to get your child to read, but that's what worked for Karyn Weiland of Ebensburg.Weiland, who co-owns Codex Comics & Collectibles in Ebensburg with her husband, Robert, is one of many vendors who will be at Sunday's ...

Garden Notes: Sour cherry trees resilient, fruit quite nutritious

It was only after reading the lyrics that I understood that Neil Diamond was not singing "Sweet Cherry Wine, good times never seemed so good." He was instead crooning "Sweet Caroline."Both sweet and sour cherries have been grown in Pennsylvania for more than a century, but sour cherry trees, in ...