Area Life

On the air: A quick look at some area TV personalities Aaron Thomas WTAJ

Age: 24Current position: ReporterFamily: Mom, Dad, 1 younger brotherHometown: Fuquay Varina, North CarolinaHigh school: Harnett Central High, Class of 2010College: North Carolina State University, Class of 2014 (GO PACK!)My first job in TV: WTAJ-TV!How I landed in my present job: With my ...

Don’t eat and run: The Chatterbox wants customers to linger longer

PORTAGE - Sitting at a 1950s chrome table, the four women reminisced about the old Schoenfeld's Department Store, heaped praises on their food and just chatted."Everyone comes in here and remembers how we used to buy clothes for band, clothes for school," said Jeannette Maurer, a Portage native ...

Review: PSCS musical ‘Chill’ dishes sizzling life notes

The players are college students, the characters mostly high schoolers and the subject matter is becoming yourself, but the message of Penn State Centre Stage's "Be More Chill" is clearly multigenerational.Imagine a shy, maybe bookish, somewhat dorky boy or girl in school, who dreams to fit in, ...

Animal lovers’ event: Expect entertainment, education and fun

Wagging tails, furry friends and animal demonstrations will be plentiful at the upcoming Central PA Pets Expo.This animal enthusiast's dream will feature all paws of life: rescue dogs, a couture cat, pygmy goats, and a police dog - just to name a few.The seventh annual expo will run from noon ...

Local author: Coopey to appear at libraries

Judith Redline Coopey will be in the area to promote her new book, "Full Circle, Volume Three" in her "Juniata Iron Trilogy."Her appearances include:* 2 p.m. Thursday, Williamsburg Public Library, Williamsburg.* 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Bellwood-Antis Public Library, Bellwood.* 2 p.m. Oct. 18, ...

A lesson on Mishler: New book records saga of iconic theater

What started out as a mere updating of a paperback pamphlet on the history of the Mishler Theatre took three years and resulted in 174 pages of glossy illustrations, photos and copy in a nice hard-cover book suitable for the coffee table."Altoona's Historic Mishler Theatre" by Michael Farrow of ...

Earth Matters: Environmental plans underappreciated, important

Government and the programs it runs can sometimes frustrate and disillusion us. Yet sensible, judicious environmental planning, programs and regulations can also be incredibly positive things. Local environmental protection efforts, services and programs can be especially ...

Halloween hauntings, hunts: Baker Mansion will host 2 events

October is here. The leaves are slowly changing color, nights are becoming cooler, and jack-o-lanterns are dressing up homes everywhere. And, the Blair County Historical Society is busy readying the Baker Mansion Museum for two upcoming Halloween events.The grand old home will transform into an ...

Computer loss puts tools into perspective

When I was a kid, things were pretty simple in my mind. I didn't think of myself as something special, nor did I think I'd impact the world or the people around me.I was just a kid - and although I set high goals, I didn't think about what might happen if I actually achieved them. I just knew I ...

Paisley Park visitors will see Prince’s studio, mementoes

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) - Prince's handwritten notes still sit out in the control room of Studio A at Paisley Park, where he recorded some of his greatest hits and was working on a jazz album before he died. The room is filled with his keyboards and guitars, and his iconic symbol graces the ...

Sampling event set for Oct. 16

You can get a sampling of a variety of food and beverages at select restaurants in downtown Altoona later this month in an inaugural event that will raise money for arts organizations located in the city's center.The self-guided Fall Taste of Downtown Altoona is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. on ...

Review: ASO shines in John Williams tribute

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra began its season on Saturday with a guest conductor, Nick Palmer, who was the full-time conductor before Teresa Cheung arrived eight years ago.It was the first of two concerts on the weekend celebrating the music of the world's most successful film composer, John ...

Yoga event to be led by master

Age does not have to be a deterrent to living a vital life, and Grand Master Adam Nguyen is a perfect example of that.Although he is 63, Nguyen continues to actively teach yoga and karate in his schools in Virginia Beach, Va., and recently starred in a movie that features his abilities.Nguyen ...

Garden Notes: You don’t know beans? Past politicians sure did

Trump has his campaign buttons with his "Make America Great Again" slogan. Clinton has her campaign buttons with her "Stronger Together" slogan.You can't plant buttons.In "Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste," author Bill Best explains the origin of the term "politician beans." It is a true story ...

Princesses for a day: Beautiful You Pageant puts focus on special needs

Sitting in the stands at a Miracle League game watching her son play baseball, Angela Ebersole started thinking about other special needs activities and realized there are not many glamorous opportunities for girls. That inspired her to create the upcoming Beautiful You pageant.Now in its ...

Earth Matters: Hottest summer calls to remembrance coldest summer

Summer officially ended on Thursday, and it will most likely mark the conclusion of the warmest summer season since worldwide records began in 1880. The hottest three-month spell ever recorded was this past June, July and August.The last 11 months have been the hottest on record, and August ...