Area Life

Obama honors Streisand, Spielberg, Yogi Berra, more

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama recognized 17 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award on Tuesday, including the first African-American woman elected to Congress, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history and a "Funny Girl.""Today we celebrate some extraordinary people: ...

’Tis the season: Personalize a gift basket with Blair County food

With the holiday shopping season about to kick into full gear, are you already looking for that perfect Christmas present for the hard-to-buy-for loved one? Or that relative who has moved away and misses home? Or the deployed soldier?How about a basket of edible goodies with a decent shelf life ...

Theater review: ‘Good Kids’ examines effects of choices

Penn State Centre Stage's "Good Kids" delivers a clear message in 360 degrees that's both complex and simple.Everyone, of every age and gender, is a good kid - capable of doing the right thing for ourselves and each other. Alternatively, things can also go very wrong, even if we are not the ...

Make these crafts at home with the kids

Looking for more ideas?Pick up a few parenting magazines like Family Fun or Parents.Some suggested craft ideas from those magazines have been reprinted below.Turning Turkey PinwheelsFrom Parents MagazineYou'll need:Construction paperTwo-sided scrapbooking paperStraight pinsStrawsGoogly eyesFor ...

The color of emotion: Penn State Altoona exhibits ‘sensational’ paintings

The vibrant colors in Clarissa Gerber's artwork are there by design. They reach out and pull you into the emotion of the subject on the canvas."I am particularly interested in color, both the formal properties of color and color's ability to affect us emotionally," said Gerber. "The conveyance ...

Earth Matters: Missouri ghost town serves as tragic cautionary tale

Times Beach, Missouri, is a modern day ghost town.Three decades after its dissolution, it still serves as an environmental cautionary tale we would be wise to heed.Most ghost towns of a century ago withered away when the economic reason for their existence faded. Interestingly, many met their ...

Cinnamon rolls may start a new family tradition

Growing up in a family full of home-cooks, I was always surrounded by amazing food. Most of my food memories stem from kitchen time with my mom.However, I always looked forward to trips to the old Richland Mall's Cinnabon with my dad. It was always a father-daughter trip for just us, which made ...

Twisting time: Altoona area native gaining prominence with time travel theory

An intense desire to go back and prevent his father's death has consumed Ronald Mallett since he was 10. He had to keep his fantasy a secret - he already was depressed and he didn't want his mother, friends and, later, associates to think he was crazy.While Mallett may never see his father ...

Helping history: Altoona plumber lauded for his work on Roosevelt’s rail car

Earlier this year, Norfolk Southern Corp. wanted to update a restored private rail car once used by one of the nation's greatest presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.But when the workers tried to repair a leaky faucet in one of the bathrooms, they ran into a problem because of the rail car's ...

Historical Society hands out Excellence in Historic Preservation awards

The Blair County Historical Society has recognized several individuals and businesses for their efforts to preserve history.In addition to the award given to McAleer's Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation went to Brian Long, who renovated ...

Garden Notes: Sage can be hardy addition to Thanksgiving meal

I'm taking sage leaves to Thanksgiving dinner. I'm taking pies, too, but a few sage leaves for the stuffing and a couple more for the salad and the tea couldn't hurt.Salvia officinalis is the most commonly used sage, although all culinary sages are palette pleasers, whether fresh or ...

No empty nest: Young women live with mom, dad like it’s 1940

The percentage of young women living at home with parents or relatives has risen to its highest level since 1940 as more millennial women put off marriage, attend college and face high living expenses.A Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data found that 36.4 percent of women ...

Girl with local ties in new movie

A little girl with ties to our area will see her big break on the big screen this weekend.Blake Baumgartner, 7, of Kent, Connecticut will be featured in "Love the Coopers," a Christmas comedy starring John Goodman and Diane Keaton that will be released in theaters on Friday.Baumgartner's ...

Happy Altoona: Railroad City takes top spot as good place to live in Pa.

Happiness can be fleeting, despite Bobby McFerrin urging us to "Don't Worry, Be Happy."But apparently, it's easier to be happy in Altoona than in any other Pennsylvania city, including the City of Brotherly Love, according to a recent survey."Happiness does come from within, but Altoona has the ...

Telling a story: Local league fighting to preserve dying art

Gloria Bille-Dugan had several stories to share from her "haphazard trip to the Holy Land," including one about a Jewish wedding where the rabbi forgot the names of the bride and groom."He called up those who wanted to be married, and up walked nine single ladies, four widows, four widowers and ...

Earth Matters: Be sure of sustainability, ethics when buying products

As part of a complex world-wide economy, our consumer tentacles have a very long reach. And we find that some of the products we buy were produced, harvested or manufactured by unsustainable, unethical or even illegal means.Coffee, like other valuable long-season crops, is grown in the tropics ...