Area Life

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 ...

Luke Bryan coming to BJC

UNIVERSITY?PARK?- Four-Time CMA Entertainer of The Year Luke Bryan will bring his "Kill The Lights" tour to the Bryce Jordan Center at 7:30 p.m. April 15.Bryan's tour will include special guests Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch.Tickets cost $74.75 and $34.75 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. ...

‘Crush’-ing it: Little Big Town takes home three CMAs

Justin Timberlake, who grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, tapped into his country roots with a show-stopping performance at the Country Music Association Awards.Timberlake sang alongside popular songwriter and singer Chris Stapleton at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday ...

Tricked out treats: Put your Halloween candy to good use

Still have leftover Halloween candy from last week? Consider "repurposing" those Snickers bars, Boyer Mallo Cups and other goodies into even grander desserts for the upcoming holidays."You can make it into wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas desserts," said Deborah Forgione, director of ...

‘Ace of Cakes’ star Duff Goldman to attend Taste of the Alleghenies

Celebrity baker Duff Goldman will headline this year's Taste of the Alleghenies food show, presented by the Altoona Mirror, in February.Goldman is the owner of Charm City Cakes in Baltimore and Charm City Cakes West in Los Angeles. In addition to starring in two Food Network shows, "Ace of ...

Garden Notes: Be warned: Don’t walk through a ‘fairy ring’ on Halloween

Today is Halloween, not a day to be stumbling into a fairy ring! But should you find yourself there, be sure to say "No!" if they ask you to dance.Fairy rings were once believed to be caused by fairies dancing in the grass. A mysterious circle of dead grass bordered by mushrooms would appear, ...

Central PA Gluten Free Expo set for Nov. 8

STATE COLLEGE - The third annual Central PA Gluten Free Expo will take place Nov. 8 at the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel, 215 Innovation Blvd.The event will include more than 50 local and national vendors, educational presentations, door prizes and gluten-free samples. The expo will ...

Savino named to SAMA board

LORETTO - The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art has added Larry Savino to its Board of Trustees.Savino, of Hollidaysburg, is regional vice president of Northwest Savings Bank in Altoona. He has served as principal of Executive Business Solutions and senior vice president and head of lending at ...

Student of the Month: Alison Anna, Cambria Heights School District

Age: 18Grade: 12th GradeAccomplishments: Played on the girls' basketball team for four years; played on the girls' soccer team in 10th grade; participated in student council for all four years, and is now secretary; class treasurer for the past two years; participant in Remembering ADAM this ...

Book signing fair set for Nov. 7

The Blair County Genealogical Society and the Altoona Public Library are holding a book signing fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at the library.Ten authors will appear at the event, with four of them speaking in the auditorium.Scheduled to attend the event are:* Stephanie Tweed, who lives in ...

Emily’s Lament

Emily knew she was perfect. Her dad had told her so countless times. Told her sister, too.At 17 and a senior, her singular beauty and dazzling personality transfixed everyone. Not a princess. Not a queen. No "mirror on the wall" for her. Just a beautiful human being, so perfectly well-adjusted, ...

Earth Matters: How prevalent are untruths in environmental debate?

Would Aristotle, Abraham Lincoln or Mohandas Gandhi, three of the most renowned debaters in history, have resorted to making stuff up to win an argument?Lacking the knowledge of Aristotle, the honor of Lincoln or the altruistic goodness of Gandhi, far too many debates in America are dragged ...

Try a ‘snack stadium’ for the perfect football party

My husband, Bryan, is a huge football fan. His favorite team is the Steelers, but he will watch any game, especially when his brother, Erik, is playing for the Forest Hills Rangers. He also loves any kind of food, but for his 30th birthday party, which took place during a recent Sunday Steelers ...