Area Life

Packages, treats lighten load throughout the year

By Linda T. Gracey lgracey@altoonamirror.com For Valentine’s Day, hundreds of deployed service personnel will get some sweet treats from the Military Families Ministry. It is one of several care packages men and women serving the United States in harm’s way ...

News can often hit hard when orders come down

By Linda T. Gracey lgracey@altoonamirror.com Remembering how different life became when their children joined the military, Tracie Ciambotti and Paula Parker, co-founders of Military Families Ministries, make an effort to reach out to other mothers as well as wives in military ...

Heating up: Chili Fest & Wings to feature at least 15 contestants

Duncansville Police Chief Jim Ott likes a little kick to his chili, but too much heat can ruin the taste. “You must have enough spice in it to have pizazz, but too much ... destroys the flavor. And I’m all about flavor,” Ott said. He should know; he has won first place six times in ...

Locals help bring TV show to action: Extra work pays off for would-be actors

Background. Fill-ins. Extras. Whatever they’re called, they make the camera shot better and fuller, and they just might get on TV when the WGN America cable network premieres the second season of its original series called “Outsiders” later this month. “We’re all background, ...

Lynx stroll past crowds in rare sightings

DENVER — Some elusive and charismatic lynx have been parading past awe-struck Colorado residents and visitors this winter, electrifying social media and giving biologists reason to smile. One of the rare, fluffy-looking cats strolled nonchalantly across the Purgatory resort in southwestern ...

Free book giveaway: “The Glory of Gable’s: Deluxe Edition”

From time to time, the Mirror receives complimentary copies of books, and we like to share these with our readers. This week, we are giving away “The Glory of Gable’s: Deluxe Edition,” by Robert Jeschonek. For many, many years, Gable’s was one of the most popular destinations in ...

Gallagher to perform at Steelers playoff game

Josh Gallagher has been busy since taking fourth place on the popular television singing competition show “The Voice” on NBC last month. Stepping up his Nashville and national gigs, the Cresson native is scheduled to sing the pre-game National Anthem and the half-time program at the ...

Garden Notes: African violets do well in shade, warm temperature

That brassy, flaming red Christmas poinsettia on the coffee table is starting to get on my nerves. I can’t wait for it to stop spreading Christmas cheer. It’s no longer “a bright spot of color.” It’s more like a speck in my eye. I need softer colors to go into hibernation for ...

‘Girls Only’ comedy on stage: Tyrone theater presents show

TYRONE — Women who want to have fun will enjoy a night out at the Iron Bridge Dinner Theatre here when the company presents “Girls Only — The Secret Comedy of Women” in a run of shows that begins Jan. 12, artistic director and owner Drew Baker promised. “‘Girls Only’ is so ...

Obama ends reign as pop culture king

WASHINGTON — From his campaign fist bump to his theatrical mic drop at the last White House correspondents’ dinner, Barack Obama ruled as America’s pop culture president. His two terms played out like a running chronicle of the trends of our times: slow-jamming the news with Jimmy ...

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Drake leads iHeart noms NEW YORK— Drake leads the nominations for the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards with 12, including male artist of the year, while electronic duo The Chainsmokers has 11 nominations, including song of the year for “Closer” with Halsey. iHeartMedia and Turner ...

Behind the Plates: Bella Italia making a splash in Lakemont

They both were born in Brooklyn into restaurateur families from Sicily, but they didn’t meet each other until they moved to central Pennsylvania. Rosaria Ubaldi and Antonio Serradella became personal partners and then, in 2015, business partners and opened a restaurant in Lakemont. Less ...

DeGeneres gets her game on in show

LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres, known for keeping her comedy on the nice side, lets her inner meanie out for “Ellen’s Game of Games.” NBC’s new prime-time game show, which begins its regular run at 8 p.m. today after a December sneak peek, subjects its contestants to measured ...

Experts try to keep O’Keeffe paintings from fading

SANTA FE, N.M. — Chemical reactions are gradually darkening many of Georgia O’Keeffe’s famously vibrant paintings, and art conservation experts are hoping new digital imaging tools can help them slow the damage. Scientific experts in art conservation from Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the ...

‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda entertainer of the year

NEW YORK — Winning a Pulitzer Prize and a clutch of Tony Awards in a single one year would be enough for anyone. Not Lin-Manuel Miranda. Not in 2016. The “Hamilton” writer-composer picked up those honors and also earned a Golden Globe nomination, won the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for ...

Roll call of some of those who died in 2016

Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba’s revolutionary leader and Thailand’s longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael. Embracing Soviet-style communism, Fidel Castro, who ...

Earth Matters: Consider these environmentally friendly resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are not necessarily stupid and futile. My mother often lamented that the road to Hell was paved with good intentions, hinting that the intentions by themselves do nothing. Though good intentions and resolutions often do end up being just that, they can also be the ...

’42nd Street’ comes to Eisenhower Avenue

It is the quintessential musical, exemplifying not only what Broadway did for patrons during its setting of the Great Depression, but today, as well. The show overall is summed up in the finale that “comes from the desperation of the Depression and shows how it is an example of ...