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Survey: Craft workers scarce

July 25, 2016 Building contractors across the country say they are having a difficult time finding qualified craft workers to fill key jobs. more »»


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Survey: Craft workers scarce

July 25, 2016 Building contractors across the country say they are having a difficult time finding qualified craft workers to fill key jobs. more »»

Brothers make hunting trips for big game, good causes

July 25, 2016 For many, vacation means sandy beaches and resorts. For the Zelanko brothers, it’s an annual hunting trip, sometimes halfway across the world. more »»

Blair County updates reassessment info on website

July 25, 2016 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County has updated its website by posting more reassessment-related information including appeal forms, instructions and an 85-page document explaining the codes used in... more »»

Woman, 90, killed in fire

July 25, 2016 An Altoona woman died Saturday when a fire broke out at her home at 5104 Oak Ave. more »»

AWA project under budget

July 25, 2016 The Altoona Water Authority may spend about $415,000 less than expected to clean and line a water main in preparation for the renovation of Bellwood dam. more »»

Local Sports

Searching for a spot

July 25, 2016 Altoona native Julian Howsare has been working with the New York Jets’ practice squad as a fullback for the past year, but he realizes that his best opportunity to land a spot on the Jets’ 53-man... more »»

Glasnow frustrated over move to DL

July 25, 2016 By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — One day after he was forced off the mound by right shoulder discomfort, Tyler Glasnow was placed on the disabled lis. more »»

Weather interupts Little World Series event

July 25, 2016 Messner’s Garage topped Holsinger Plumbing, 15-11, in a Dean Patterson Little World Series slugfest Sunday at the East End Youth Baseball League Field. more »»

Adventures of Pirates’ rookie continue to grow with each start

July 24, 2016 By John Hartsock PITTSBURGH — It was one of the most scary and tense moments in recent Pittsburgh Pirates’ history. more »»

Big fifth propels Pirates

July 24, 2016 Glasnow exits early By John Perrotto The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates can’t feel all that excited about their victory Saturday because of an injury to their top pitching... more »»

Four-star recruit picks PSU

July 25, 2016 Penn State has reached over the country’s northern border to pluck scholastic football talent in the past: Former Nittany Lions Pete Giftopoulos, Phil and Frank Yeboah-Kodie, Akeel Lynch and Michael... more »»

Barbour’s concerns justified, but might fall on deaf ears

July 22, 2016 In a perfect sports world of friendly, always respectful competitors, as well as patient, realistic fans, Sandy Barbour would not have had to make the comments she did about some of the issues facin... more »»

Trying to close the gap

July 21, 2016 UNIVERSITY PARK — Tommy Stevens doesn’t really know how to answer the question, because from his perspective, he’s doing everything he can to avoid the question being relevant any longer. more »»

North Carolina LB picks Penn State

July 21, 2016 Penn State football fans have been waiting almost three months to add a recruit. The wait is over. more »»

Lions won't be in a mood to huddle

July 17, 2016 By Cory Giger UNIVERSITY PARK — Huddle is a six-letter word, but it’s treated like a four-letter word by new Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead. It’s a dirty wor. more »»


Joseph H. Chaplin

July 25, 2016 Joseph H. Chaplin, 57, Juniata, died Saturday morning at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Joseph Leroy and Velma Jean (Height) Chaplin. He married Dena K. Burkholder. more »»

Ruth Jean Dunn

July 25, 2016 Ruth Jean Dunn, 80, Altoona, passed away Friday at Maybrook Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center after an extended illness. She was born in Antis Township, daughter of Ernest A. and Grace V. more »»

John Milton Merritts

July 25, 2016 John Milton Merritts, 82, Juniata, Altoona, passed peacefully Saturday at the Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg surrounded by his loving family. more »»

Yvonne J. Oakes

July 25, 2016 Yvonne J. Oakes, 68, Martinsburg, died Sunday morning, July 24, 2016, at UPMC Altoona after an extended illness. Arrangements are by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsbur. more »»

Earl Norman Rager Sr.

July 24, 2016 Earl Norman Rager Sr., 84, New Florence, passed away Thursday at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. more »»

Area Life

Preserving Plummer's Hollow: Naturalist and family thrive in central PA mountain

July 24, 2016 TYRONE — Marcia Bonta paused under the Norway spruce, pursed her lips and mimicked a whippoorwill. She had been concerned, hearing its call only occasionally in recent years. more »»

Praying for rain: Monastery Community Gardens needs a drink and volunteers

July 23, 2016 HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Monastery Community Gardens just south of here is real thirsty for rain and help. more »»

Public plant breeders back patent-free seeds

July 23, 2016 The English language is constantly evolving, but did you know “editing” is now garden-speak for weeding? Are there any gardens left with plain old “dirt” rather than “soil”? Has manure always been ... more »»

Steven Tyler goes a little country

July 23, 2016 NEW YORK — He’s led the bad-boy rock band Aerosmith for decades, written a book, learned to parasail, and is the father of four children. more »»

Historical treasure: ‘Rare’ copy of Declaration of Independence on temporary display at Baker Mansion

July 21, 2016 A longtime collector of artifacts, Tom Lingenfelter was in pursuit of anything unusual at a flea market years ago when in the course of events he stumbled on an old copy of the Declaration of... more »»

Local Business

Blair Companies’ future is bright

July 24, 2016 Times are good at Blair Companies. Blair’s Image Group is expected to grow by 27 percent this year to record volume, continuing the steady growth that has landed Blair on the IN. more »»


July 24, 2016 New hires and promotions - Richard Bukoski has been named assistant professor of communications and media studies at Penn­sylvania Highlands Community College. more »»

Behind the Desk

July 24, 2016 Bill Senitko Bill Senitko Appliance Repair Service Telephone number: 942-3773 Position: Owner Years with company: 30 years in business; self-employed for 20 years Family: Wife, Robyn, and dachshunds... more »»

What to know before buying a business

July 24, 2016 Rather than building a small business from the ground up, buying an existing company offers the opportunity to move on the path to entrepreneurship more quickly. more »»


July 24, 2016 Blair County Jerome and Susanne McAleer to Stephen and Ruth Shank, 1324-1330 Monroe Ave., Altoona, $13,500. Jackie Wyland to Steven Clapper, property in Freedom Township, $15,000. more »»

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