Area Life

Cozy up to cold weather: Get your house in order now before winter strikes

It's that time of year that gives you falling leaves and a burning desire to curl up in front of the fireplace on a crisp autumn day. It also means time is running out on homeowners who need to get their houses in order for cold weather, which could wreak havoc if proper measures aren't taken ...

Garden Notes: Scientists striving for more productive sunflowers

In his book, "Annuals for Connoisseurs," Wayne Winterrowd said, "on land too poor for corn or other cereals, as much as 200 bushels of sunflower seed can be produced from a sowing of about 3 quarts."During the 1930s, sunflowers were a vital food crop for millions of Russians. So Joseph Stalin ...

Halloween welcome: DIY door decorations set the mood

Want to display your Halloween spirit right at the front door?These nine do-it-yourself projects are simple enough to be done by kids with an adult's help, and use easy-to-find supplies."The door to your house is basically the entrance to Halloween," says Susan Spencer, editor in chief of ...

No-carve Halloween pumpkins with style

While some people can't wait to get out the carving knife, there are lots of alternative ways to dress up a Halloween pumpkin."No carving means less mess," says Katherine Parker, senior digital editor of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.She suggests painting the pumpkin black before adding ...

Prepping pumpkin: Don’t fear a possible shortage — process your own

All that rain in June dried up yields of this year's commercial pumpkin crop, and the largest producer of the canned stuff says don't wait until Thanksgiving to get yours. There may be a shortage, not of the orange fruit itself, just the canned stuff, according to Libby's."It seems they say ...

Teen concerned about younger brother’s video game addiction

Dear Straight Talk: I was excited to have my 14-year-old brother in high school with me, but he's completely changed. Our single dad bought a computer and game console for our study and refuses to set rules on it. My brother has become a shut-in gaming addict who I hardly know anymore. He plays ...

Earth Matters: Yosemite National Park offers incredible views of nature

Yosemite National Park celebrated its 125th birthday earlier this month, continuing an interesting story that goes back much further than its establishment as a protected parkland.The cast of characters in this story includes crazed gold miners, "renegade" Native Americans, the soldiers charged ...

Review: Centre Stage’s ‘Titanic’ pulls off titanic challenge

Mounting a theatrical production in the Pavilion Theatre at Penn State, a cozy space with the audience wedged in on three sides, is a trick no matter how you stack it.Now imagine putting on the Broadway musical "Titanic."There are no bad seats in the Pavilion, and anyone who's acted in or ...

A night of laughs in store at Mishler

Looking to share a few laughs? Then head down to the Mishler Theatre this weekend.The Blair County Arts Foundation will present Comedy Night at the Mishler at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The show will feature two Pittsburgh-based comedians, Billy Elmer and Mike Wysocki.BCAF Executive Director Kate ...

Tweaking tradition: Celebrating your way, with a nod to family traditions

Your wedding day? It's "your" day. It's all about you.Your wedding day? Your mother has been planning it since the day you were born.It can be challenging to celebrate your unique romance while somehow pleasing - or at least not alienating - your relatives. Do you plan the traditional ceremony ...

Yoga inspires Aguilera’s new music

NEW YORK - Yoga is serving as inspiration for Christina Aguilera's upcoming album.The pop star says that the physical and mental exercise is helping her find inner peace, and that's influencing her music-making process."Taking a love for yoga and breathing ... not looking at it as an exercise, ...

Practice makes perfect: Rik-N-Nik’s knows authentic Italian cuisine

EBENSBURG - Rick Ardini makes many of the ingredients, certainly most of the seasonings, that go into his pizzas, pasta, wings and things at Rik-N-Nik's downtown restaurant.He is so passionate about what goes in his cuisine that he tastes and tweaks repeatedly until he gets the recipes just ...

Area poet to read at Juniata

HUNTINGDON - Julia Spicher Kasdorf, a native of Lewistown, will give a reading of her award-winning poetry at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Beeghly Library on the Juniata College campus.The reading is free and open to the public.Kasdorf's poems are typically situated in the Allegheny Mountains and ...

Boo! Haunted attractions provide ‘natural high’

Editor's note: This is the sixth story in a regular series on travel. In this installment, we check out spooky places to visit.For years, Mike McMullen has traveled all over Pennsylvania and into neighboring states in search of the ultimate haunted thrill."Halloween is one of my favorite ...

Having a spell: Cresson Lake Playhouse staging funny, edgy musical

When asked what the Tony Award-winning musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Bee" is about, Kevin Bean just laughed."There's an easy answer and a profound answer," chuckled Bean, a Johnstown native who is directing Cresson Lake Playhouse's upcoming production of the show. "Ultimately, it's ...

Garden Notes: Now’s the time to plant bulbs for spring blooms

It's bulb season! Sept. 15 to Nov. 30 is thought to be ideal planting weather for bulbs. Every greenhouse, nursery and grocery store has bulbs for sale, and the displays are positioned to catch your eye and spark your imagination.Whether you're buying on impulse or on purpose, it just takes a ...

American music: Altoona symphony featuring works of George Gershwin

The American-themed 2015-16 concert series of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra will kick off Saturday in a celebration of the first major American orchestral composer, George Gershwin.The concert will open with Frances Scott Key's "Star Spangled Banner" and feature two pieces composed by ...

Writer marks 6 years of sharing her life, dreams

Time is a funny little thing. It can slip away like sand between your fingers or go by slowly like breakfast on a lazy Sunday morning.Either way, you can't go back to reclaim the seconds, minutes and hours you lost. You can only look back and hold onto the things you've done. And if the past ...

An apple a day

One bite of the apple from the forbidden tree had Adam and Eve cast from paradise. When the fruit fell on Sir Isaac Newton's head, the scientist went on to develop his groundbreaking theory of gravity. And, the apple has become the symbol of a giant personal-computer company.Throughout human ...

Apples good for entrees, desserts

Easy Apple PieFrom Peach Hill OrchardCrust:3 cups pie flour1/2 cup shortening2 teaspoons baking powderPinch of saltMilkFilling:7-8 applesFlour, pinch3/4 cup brown sugar1 teaspoon cinnamon2 tablespoons butter or margarineMix crust ingredients and add enough milk to make the right consistency. ...