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Egg-citing endeavor: Area residents practice tradition of making pysanky

March 21, 2015 Nancy Marschak has tried her hand at a wide variety of art styles over the years, but as she made her first pysanka egg on Tuesday, she thought she might have met her match. more »»

Garden Notes: Nature shows many signs on the road to springtime

March 21, 2015 My granddad used to say, “The first day of spring is different than the first spring day.” It seems to me that we don’t observe weather signals as our parents and grandparents di. more »»

PSU to screen Iwo Jima documentary

March 20, 2015 On Tuesday, a premiere showing of the Sgt. Michael Strank documentary, titled “Our Flag Still Waves,” will be held in room 150 Hawthorn on the campus of Penn State Altoona at 8 p.m. more »»

Writer, painter, musician: Penn State professor to receive Meling Award

March 19, 2015 Steven Sherrill wrote a short story in the eighth grade that got him suspended from his North Carolina school for two weeks. more »»

Fellow Beatle McCartney ushering Ringo into rock hall

March 19, 2015 NEW YORK — Paul McCartney has agreed to induct his former Beatles mate, Ringo Starr, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. more »»

On the air: A quick look at some area radio and TV personalities

March 19, 2015 Name: Christy Shields Age: 24 Current position: Weekend meteorologist at WTAJ-TV Hometown: Butler, Pa. High school: Butler Area High School 2009 College: Pennsylvania State University 2013 with a B.S. more »»

Getting a read on health: Checking food labels key to providing nutritious meals

March 18, 2015 If you like your brand of vegetable oil because it claims to be “cholesterol free,” you might need to know that all vegetable oil is cholesterol fre. more »»

Discover the aroma of homemade turkey sausage

March 18, 2015 Last month, my husband and I went on a couples’ ski trip to Deep Creek, Maryland. A friend of ours, Ian Wild, brought raw turkey sausage to cook for breakfast one morning. more »»

Try lemon and poppy seed in dressing

March 18, 2015 If I say lemons and poppy seeds, what comes to mind? Muffins? Tiny little cakes dripping with icing? I do love a good, buttery lemon poppy seed cake, but today I’m talking about salad dressing. more »»

‘Fifty Shades’ sends a poor message

March 16, 2015 Dear Straight Talk: My women friends, many who are mothers, rave about “Fifty Shades of Grey.” I found the film appalling. more »»

Queens on the stage: Local drag performances growing in popularity

March 15, 2015 When Renata Serafina takes the stage, people notice. She’s tall and leggy, with long brown curls and sky-high heels. She can pull off outfits even some of the most daring of women wouldn’t touc. more »»

Uncover the area’s history with us

March 15, 2015 How well do you know your history? That’s what we’re going to be investigating over the next few months. more »»

Building solutions: More older homeowners take action to ‘age in place’

March 14, 2015 More and more homeowners are getting their washing machine out of the basement, bringing that master suite down to the first floor and adding a second full bath on the main floor, according to local... more »»

Earth Matters: ‘Complicated’ railroad question has very simple answer

March 14, 2015 Passenger rail transportation remains the most efficient mechanized way to move people, about 45 percent more efficient than the private automobil. more »»

Max still reveling in his colorful, pop-art vibe

March 13, 2015 LOS ANGELES — If you haven’t seen one of Peter Max’s paintings or drawings today, chances are you haven’t opened your eyes yet. more »»

Titleholders recall their year: Nearly blind Miss Teen counts her steps to the crown

March 12, 2015 When Brielle Corrente competed for Miss Teen Pennsylvania International a year ago, she couldn’t see the brightly lighted runway. more »»

Whip up some champ for St. Paddy’s

March 11, 2015 By Sara Moulton The Associated Press With St. Patrick’s Day looming, let’s whip up some champ, a rich and rustic Irish dish of mashed potatoes flecked with scallions and topped with butter. more »»

‘Deliciously comforting’

March 11, 2015 Chicken and dumplings is a wonderfully simple, deliciously comforting dish — a thick, meaty stew bubbling away beneath a patchwork of moist, pillowy dumplings. more »»

Skip the drive-thru — make mint shakes at home

March 11, 2015 I’m ashamed to admit this, for I am no fan of fast food, but I’ve always had a soft spot for McDonald’s shakes. It doesn’t matter that I know what’s in them. more »»

Try an easy tapenade, no anchovies needed

March 11, 2015 Twenty-five years ago, when I started writing a food column, I would have avoided saying I didn’t like a particular food. more »»

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