Area Life

The View From Here: Putting together the pieces of life

Life is a puzzle that comes in a million little pieces. It doesn't come pre-assembled.If it did, there would be no mysteries and nothing to worry about because everything and everyone would already be where they're supposed to be.I was about 12 when my grandfather bought me my first "grown-up" ...

Earth Matters: Spirit of cooperation missing in current environment issues

The environment has often in the past been a unifying issue in politics. Many notable environmental laws have grown from bipartisan efforts. Disagreements still arose, especially on the details or the methods by which a goal would be met, yet compromise often occurred.Lyndon Johnson and Richard ...

Let’s dance! ‘Sesame Street Live’ encourages kids to get on their feet

For Bernie Punt and the rest of the staff at the Bryce Jordan Center, the best part of hosting "Sesame Street Live" productions is the excitement.Punt, the director of sales and marketing for the BJC, said staffers never get tired of hearing how happy the kids in the audience are."This does ...

Remembering Altoona artist Jory Albright

A man of imagination, Jory C. Albright captured the attention of art lovers in his native Altoona with serious and whimsical scenes he painted in oils that have been exhibited from New York City to Pittsburgh.The self-taught artist, who worked briefly for the Pennsylvania Railroad before he ...

Uncork the Alleghenies returns for sixth year

Whether you're new to sampling local wines or already a connoisseur, there will be something for everyone at the sixth Uncork the Alleghenies wine festival.Jim Pastore, regional/national sales manager for Fox 8 TV and one of the event's coordinators, said there will be about 70 vendors, ...

Burning images: The good and the bad of Johnstown artist’s career

JOHNSTOWN - Mark Ed has endured the good and the bad of an art career.After some success in art school, Philadelphia andthe New York art world, he returned to his hometown here after wanting more space to spread out and paint his oils. But he had to take some unconventional routes along the way ...

‘Star Wars,’ Bowie nods top Boston Pops lineup

BOSTON - The force is strong with the Boston Pops in 2016. The beloved orchestra announced its spring concert schedule on Friday, and it's a star-studded lineup.Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer John Williams, who wrote the score for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," will help Pops conductor ...

Tale as old as time: Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ coming to Eisenhower

When Penn State alum Ben Cullen saw Eisenhower Auditorium on the schedule for the touring production of "Beauty and the Beast," he said he couldn't control his emotions."It means the world," he said. "I almost cried when I saw that Penn State was on the schedule."Just the fact that I actually ...

Garden Notes: Terra-cotta pots are beautiful, but require attention

When I got this job four years ago, my plan was to use my money to buy two big, beautiful terra-cotta pots a year. If I had held to that resolution, I would have eight big, beautiful pots. I have 15.When empty, big terra-cotta pots are heavy. Filled with soil, they're almost impossible to lift. ...

Duchess of Cambridge raises mental health issues in Huffpost

The Associated PressLONDON - The Duchess of Cambridge is trying to shatter the stigma attached to mental health issues as she guest edits an edition of the Huffington Post.The former Kate Middleton said Wednesday that she and Prince William wouldn't hesitate to seek help if they thought their ...

Short, but sweet: The State Theatre to screen Oscar-nominated short films

Movie buffs will have the chance to expand their purview this weekend as the State Theatre showcases the 15 short films up for Academy Awards Feb. 28.The Oscar-Nominated Short Films will be screened beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m. with the animation shorts, 7:30 p.m. Saturday for live action ...

Musical ‘110 in the Shade’ still rings true

Fifty-three years after its premiere on Broadway, the multiple Tony-nominated musical "110 in the Shade" still delivers magical moments and explores heartfelt truths.What is the source of true beauty, courage, righteousness?Set in Texas in the dustbowl year 1936, "110" was Tom Jones and Richard ...

Soup-er duper!: Seeing a cold forecast? Cook up some cozy comfort

This winter in Central Pennsylvania has been milder than usual, but that doesn't mean soup shouldn't be on your dinner menu on a regular basis.In fact, Louise Kline of Carrolltown is wintering in sunny Florida, and soup is her go-to comfort food there, as well as at her Pennsylvania home."I ...

Infuse flavor into venison in these tasty meatballs

The men in my family, like many in our area, are all avid deer hunters.When autumn rolls around, they hang out their orange camo outfits and head out for target practice.Although I don't hunt myself, I have always enjoyed eating venison, especially the back-strap, or "preacher's meat." ...

Persistence pays: Local couple ‘making mush’ and a long life together

Tom Wolf first eyed the woman of his dreams, Lois Stiffler, while in high school, but it was several years before he could muster the courage to approach her. That happened at a chance meeting at a Halloween street party, when he placed his nervous hand on her arm.She mistook his shaky advances ...

Earth Matters: Making sense of the Oregon land takeover

If the presidential debates haven't given you your fix of vitriol, mean-spiritedness and twisted facts, take some time to read about the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon.Gun-toting insurgents lay claim to land to which they have no legal right. At first ...

Bringing in country: Jason Aldean to perform at Bryce Jordan Center Feb. 26

With hit songs like "Dirt Road Anthem," "She's Country" and "Big Green Tractor," Jason Aldean has made his mark on country music.The 38-year-old Macon, Georgia, native, is, in fact, nominated for both entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the year at this year's Academy of Country Music ...