Area Life

Seasonal affective disorder is real: Get outdoors to a state park this winter

All this white got you blue?It could be more than just the winter blahs or a seasonal funk that has you down.Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a legitimate type of depression that could be remedied by simply getting outside, one reason why most Pennsylvania state parks are open every ...

Student of the month: Dan Terek, Penn Cambria High School

Age: 18Grade: 12Family: Parents, Chuck, 54, and Kim, 54; and sister, Shannon, 21Accomplishments: Four-year starter and a Mirror all-star football player, president of National Honor Society, president and two-time national qualifier and two-time district and regional champion in forensics, ...

Blue-ribbon baking: Recipes from Everett take first place at Pa. Farm Show

Baking and blue ribbons run in the Foor family of Everett.For the second straight year and for her third time, Pam Foor took first place in the angel food cake contest at the 2016 Pennsylvania Farm Show earlier this month. Her daughter, Alexis Foor, took first place in the sticky buns category ...

Sailors on stage: U.S. Navy Concert Band coming to Hollidaysburg

Tickets to the U.S. Navy Band concert in Hollidaysburg next month may be the hottest in town and will be available starting Monday at three locations."They do go very quickly," said Scott Sheehan, director of bands and Music Department chair at Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School. Tickets for ...

Famous dog show adds seven new breeds

NEW YORK - A bumper crop of seven new dog breeds will get a shot at being best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club competition next month, while a new obedience contest makes more room for mixed-breed dogs at the nation's premier canine competition.Drawing over 3,000 dogs from all 50 U.S. ...

Garden Notes: Sassafras offers beautiful option as specimen tree or shrub

Once in awhile, on the way down the lane, my granddad would stop the truck, reach out the window and break off some twigs of sassafras. I don't remember the root beer taste; it was more the novelty of chewing on a twig that stayed with me.I went back when I was grown. I knew the area where the ...

Adele, Lamar to play at Grammys

NEW YORK - Hello, it's Adele, and she's performing at next month's Grammy Awards.The Recording Academy told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the British singer, leading nominee Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd and Little Big Town will perform at the Feb. 15 show.Adele returned to music in top ...

Slim down in 2016 with spring rolls

With the arrival of a new year, many people pledge to exercise, focus on their health and start eating right, even if only to lose those added holiday pounds. When planning out their new diet, few people consider the American-style version of Asian food to be nutritious.However, authentic Asian ...

Nominations invited for ‘20 Under 40’

The Mirror is now accepting nominations for its ninth edition of "20 Under 40," which will recognize 20 deserving community members younger than 40 years old in the June edition of Blair Living.Criteria for nomination include business success, entrepreneurial spirit and community service of ...

Time to talk travel and make memories

Editor's note: This is the eighth story in a regular series on travel. In this installment, we check out how and when to start planning your vacation.lot of Central Pennsylvanians do it about this time every year: Flood local travel agencies for help in getting out of town to warmer ...

Maurice Hines on life,why he doesn’t tap in the morning

NEW YORK - When Maurice Hines tells a story about Sammy, he means Sammy Davis Jr. When he mentions Ella, that's Ella Fitzgerald. He grew up among the legends of show business, dancing with his late brother, Gregory.Now he's come to New York with the story of his life: Through song, tap numbers ...

A good read: Area book clubs foster fun, camaraderie among members

While book clubs may have a reputation for being snobbish or cheesy, that's not the case around here, say club coordinators.You won't be put on the spot for not having absorbed every detail, you surely won't be tested, and if you like books, you'll have fun, they say."We're not very ...

Earth Matters: Vigilance, location help county avoid water problems

With the Charleston, West Virginia, water system catastrophe still fresh in our memories, another Rust Belt city - Flint, Michigan - finds itself in an even more unpleasant predicament.While Charleston's troubles seemed to have passed with little permanent damage or health consequences, Flint ...

‘Revenant’ leads Oscar nods with 12

NEW YORK - The brutal frontier saga "The Revenant" leads the 88th annual Academy Awards with 12 nominations, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers.The strong showing for "The Revenant," including a best actor nod for Leonardo DiCaprio, follows its win at the ...

Cosby’s wife to be deposed

WORCESTER, Mass. - Bill Cosby will not be deposed next month in a lawsuit accusing him of defaming seven women who accuse him of sexual assault, but his wife will be, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.U.S. Magistrate Judge David Hennessy agreed to hold off on the comedian's deposition, scheduled ...

Bring birds to your backyard: Feathered friends need food, water and shelte

Beth Garner loves watching the birds in her Hunting-don County backyard so closely that she gets attached to them and figures out their personalities, such as which is boss and which isn't so popular.Two winters ago, she watched a little nuthatch survive the cold despite a damaged foot until ...

Counting the birds in Blair Non-native starlings continue invasion

The latest Juniata Valley Audubon Society bird count showed that starlings remain the most common species present in Blair County, and that's not necessarily a good thing, said JVAS President Laura Jackson.For one thing, no redheaded woodpeckers were spotted because they are scared away by the ...