Area Life

Researchers creating gel to tackle ear infections

WASHINGTON - Parents know the frustration of trying to get that gunky pink antibiotic into a tot screaming from an ear infection. A one-time squirt of special ear drops one day might replace that ordeal.It's only been tried in animals so far - chinchillas, to be exact. But researchers report ...

‘Star Wars’ films land at Turner networks in exclusive deal

NEW YORK (AP) - Turner networks TNT and TBS will be the exclusive basic-cable homes for all the "Star Wars" feature films, thanks to a multiyear deal with the films' studios.The deal, announced Wednesday, includes the network premieres of last year's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and the ...

NYC unveils massive new sculpture for public space project

NEW YORK - The design of the massive centerpiece sculpture in a $200 million public space project at Hudson Yards was unveiled Wednesday, with the developer calling the inverted honeycomb-like structure of platforms and stairways "truly remarkable.""Vessel" from British designer Thomas ...

Mirror asks homecoming committees to submit photographs

Area high schools wishing to recognize their homecoming kings and queens in the Altoona Mirror should submit information and photographs to Brenda Carberry, community news coordinator, P.O. Box 2008, 301 Cayuga Ave., Altoona, PA 16603, as soon as possible.Please print the king's and queen's ...

Too many tomatoes?: Garden columnist shares some of her favorite recipes

Editor's note: Teresa Futrick writes a gardening column twice a month for the Altoona Mirror. She shares some of her favorite recipes.The weather in the summer of 2004 produced a bumper crop of tomatoes, so any recipe with a list of ingredients that began with "20 large tomatoes" caught my ...

Harpers Ferry: Home to history, hiking and more

Editor's note: This is the 14th installment in a regular series on travel.?This installment, we visit Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.HARPERS FERRY, West Virginia - In "Notes on the State of Virginia," Thomas Jefferson wrote about his beliefs on personal liberty, separation of church and state and ...

Alive and well: Musicians gather to celebrate ragtime at festival

Known for its uneven, ragged rhythm, ragtime music saw its heyday at the turn of the 19th century eventually get overtaken by jazz and other genres. It made several small revivals, most notably when composer Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" was the theme song for the 1973 hit movie "The Sting," ...

Earth Matters: Our national parks face many common challenges

The United States National Park Service began its 100th anniversary celebration this summer, and it gives us an opportunity to reflect upon both its past and future.Many of us have indeed been touched or inspired by at least one special place in the park system. Some have been fortunate enough ...

Marilyn’s ‘Happy Birthday’ gown going to auction in the fall

NEW YORK - The flesh-colored, skin-tight beaded gown Marilyn Monroe wore during her breathless rendition of "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy is going on the auction block this fall.Julien's Auctions is offering the sequined stunner at a sale in Los Angeles on Nov. 17. The auction ...

Nonprofits invited to be part of Mirror’s Blair County Proud

Local nonprofit organizations and service clubs have until Friday to submit information on their activites for inclusion in the 2016 Blair County Proud edition.A link to a survey form for collecting the information can be found under the Quick Links on www.altoonamirror.com.A link to the survey ...

Worth the drive: The Way Cafe near Port Matilda uses local ingredients

PORT MATILDA - It's not easy finding your way to the restaurant about three miles southeast of here on Route 550. The sign out front just says Way Fruit Farm.But it will be worth the trouble to find The Way Cafe, which, as the menu says, serves "simple country food using fresh, local ...

Nonprofits invited to be part of Mirror’s Blair County Proud

Local nonprofit organizations and service clubs have until Sept. 9 to submit information on their activities for inclusion in the 2016 Blair County Proud edition.A link to a survey form for collecting the information can be found under the Quick Links on www.altoonamirror.com.A link to the ...

Garden Notes: Ornamental grasses can dress up a garden year-round

"A garden without grasses is like a face without eyebrows." So says William Cullina in his comprehensive book "Native Ferns, Mosses and Grasses."He's not talking about the grass we mow every weekend. That's a "functional grass" we use to frame our homes and gardens. He's talking about ...

Edgy comedy coming to Altoona: Things Unseen presents ‘Bad Jews’

"Bad Jews" isn't just for adherents of Judaism."You don't need to be Jewish or religious to enjoy and appreciate this play," said Valerie Stratton, co-artistic director for Things Unseen Theatre Co., which is bringing the modern, edgy comedy to a central Pennsylvania stage for the first time ...

Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris, Eric Church lead CMA nods

NEW YORK - Chris Stapleton, Eric Church and budding newcomer Maren Morris are the leaders at the 2016 Country Music Association Awards.The three performers received five nominations each Wednesday.The awards show, in its 50th year, will air live Nov. 2 on ABC in Nashville, Tennessee at the ...

Family opens their hearts and their lives

They say you can't choose your family - that you can't 'fit in' with a crowd that isn't your own.But my family did choose me, and they've come to accept me in their own way, all 125-plus of them.My mom comes from a huge family, and every time I'm around them, they jokingly say, "There's the ...

What’s cooking?: Taste of Home show returns to Bedford on Sept. 24

Many people have eaten food derived from a Taste of Home cookbook and didn't even know it. The nationally renowned brand has existed for generations and helps its readers prepare tasty appetizers, meals and desserts using ordinary ingredients.Drawing from recipes inspired from its books and ...