Area Life

Autumn exhibit at 321 Gallery brings travel to life

What does a watercolor painted in Kealakea, Hawaii, of palm trees, huts and an ocean have in common with a photograph of the Catskills depicting a haunting, misty lake and rocks? These two pieces of art are part of the current “Autumn 2016” exhibit at 321 Gallery in Hollidaysburg. 321 ...

Earth Matters: Coal’s role in energy undoubtedly diminishing

I have lived on the fringe of the Allegheny Plateau’s coal fields my entire life and have seen firsthand the best and worst of modern (and not-so-modern) coal mining. Just like every large-scale energy production process, coal mining and burning brings trade-offs for the energy it ultimately ...

Halloween treat? Spend a night at Dracula’s castle in Transylvania

BRAN CASTLE, Romania  — Dracula’s castle will have overnight guests on Halloween, marking the first time since 1948 that anyone has slept in the Transylvanian fortress. The site’s actual name is Bran Castle, and two people will get to sleep there Oct. 31 thanks to a promotion by ...

Romance and the symphony: Beethoven music, conservatory teacher to be featured

When Teresa Cheung was a conductor at the prestigious Bard Music Festival in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., in 2010, a young violinist caught her eye and ear. Soovin Kim was effortlessly playing a difficult piece. “When I saw him, I thought, ‘Oh my goodness,’” said Cheung, the conductor ...

Tasty Words: Spend less time in the kitchen with this lasagna recipe

For most Italians like myself, lasagna is a classic comfort food. There's just something special about meaty red sauce and creamy ricotta cheese, packed between layers of soft pasta that makes my heart sing for a plate of it.I don't recall eating much lasagna as a child, probably because there ...

Jones back at piano in new work

NEW YORK - The shorthand for Norah Jones' new "Day Breaks" disc is that it's a "return to roots."Like most such sound bites, that's simplistic. Yet the jazzy, piano-based vibe is closer to Jones' blockbuster "Come Away With Me" debut than anything she's made since, giving her record company ...

Garden Notes: Rest and cover crops are a great help for gardens

Some gardeners give portions of their garden a rest and allow sections to go fallow for a year. (Like weeds don't already have a head start!) The year off helps restore the natural nutrient balance.Medieval gardeners, within even the smallest plots, developed the two-field method. They ...

On the air: A quick look at some area TV personalities Aaron Thomas WTAJ

Age: 24Current position: ReporterFamily: Mom, Dad, 1 younger brotherHometown: Fuquay Varina, North CarolinaHigh school: Harnett Central High, Class of 2010College: North Carolina State University, Class of 2014 (GO PACK!)My first job in TV: WTAJ-TV!How I landed in my present job: With my ...

Don’t eat and run: The Chatterbox wants customers to linger longer

PORTAGE - Sitting at a 1950s chrome table, the four women reminisced about the old Schoenfeld's Department Store, heaped praises on their food and just chatted."Everyone comes in here and remembers how we used to buy clothes for band, clothes for school," said Jeannette Maurer, a Portage native ...

Review: PSCS musical ‘Chill’ dishes sizzling life notes

The players are college students, the characters mostly high schoolers and the subject matter is becoming yourself, but the message of Penn State Centre Stage's "Be More Chill" is clearly multigenerational.Imagine a shy, maybe bookish, somewhat dorky boy or girl in school, who dreams to fit in, ...

Animal lovers’ event: Expect entertainment, education and fun

Wagging tails, furry friends and animal demonstrations will be plentiful at the upcoming Central PA Pets Expo.This animal enthusiast's dream will feature all paws of life: rescue dogs, a couture cat, pygmy goats, and a police dog - just to name a few.The seventh annual expo will run from noon ...

Local author: Coopey to appear at libraries

Judith Redline Coopey will be in the area to promote her new book, "Full Circle, Volume Three" in her "Juniata Iron Trilogy."Her appearances include:* 2 p.m. Thursday, Williamsburg Public Library, Williamsburg.* 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Bellwood-Antis Public Library, Bellwood.* 2 p.m. Oct. 18, ...

A lesson on Mishler: New book records saga of iconic theater

What started out as a mere updating of a paperback pamphlet on the history of the Mishler Theatre took three years and resulted in 174 pages of glossy illustrations, photos and copy in a nice hard-cover book suitable for the coffee table."Altoona's Historic Mishler Theatre" by Michael Farrow of ...

Earth Matters: Environmental plans underappreciated, important

Government and the programs it runs can sometimes frustrate and disillusion us. Yet sensible, judicious environmental planning, programs and regulations can also be incredibly positive things. Local environmental protection efforts, services and programs can be especially ...

Halloween hauntings, hunts: Baker Mansion will host 2 events

October is here. The leaves are slowly changing color, nights are becoming cooler, and jack-o-lanterns are dressing up homes everywhere. And, the Blair County Historical Society is busy readying the Baker Mansion Museum for two upcoming Halloween events.The grand old home will transform into an ...