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Earth Matters: Marcellus Shale drilling a jumbled mix for environment

June 21, 2014 Both good news and bad news seems to be coming from the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling industry. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently announced a $. more »»

‘Supreme’ music: Tribute to Motown greats to grace the Mishler

June 19, 2014 The sights and sounds of Diana Ross and the Supremes, and Motown are coming to Altoona. more »»

Leno to win nation’s top humor prize in DC

June 19, 2014 WASHINGTON — Newly retired from “The Tonight Show,” Jay Leno is now being awarded the nation’s top humor prize for following in the tradition of satire and social commentary of Mark Twain, the... more »»

Chef offers up advice on how to cook farmers market buys at home

June 18, 2014 Altoona dad and resident Ryan Michaels was pretty sure he wasn’t a fan of spinach, but he quickly became a convert during a cooking demonstration on a recent afternoon at the Altoona Housing... more »»

Dad's day off

June 15, 2014 As a rule, dairy farmer Brian Detwiler’s day starts early. Very early. Before a lot of night owls even go to bed. “At 2:32 a.m., my alarm goes off,” he said. “Usually about 9 p.m., I’m in be. more »»

A natural connection: National, statewide initiatives encourage outdoor activity

June 14, 2014 Grab your tent and your sleeping bag or your hiking shoes and water bottle because whether you’re staying up all night telling ghost stories beside the campfire or taking a day trip to join a group... more »»

Garden Notes: Interesting history, beauty make iris a favorite flower

June 14, 2014 Some iris lovers take offense when their favorite flower is called a “flag.” But today is Flag Day, so I’m declaring an armistice for the duration of this articl. more »»

Annual ragtime festival slated for next weekend

June 14, 2014 The upcoming three-day Central Pennsylvania Ragtime Festival in?Rockhill and Orbisonia will be bigger than ever this year, thanks to a visiting steam calliope on which festival performers will offer... more »»

Pittsburgh man pens book on Pa. amusement parks Calls Lakemont and DelGrosso’s ‘excellent little parks’

June 12, 2014 For nearly a decade, David Witoslawski batted around the idea of a book dedicated to Pennsylvania amusement parks. The problem for the young Pittsburgh teacher was finding the time to do it. more »»

Dressing for the office: Do’s and don’ts of first ladies’ fashions

June 12, 2014 WASHINGTON — Sure, living in the White House has its perks. But a clothing allowance is not one of them. more »»

Let's get cooking

June 11, 2014 PHILADELPHIA — What’s cooking at the Philadelphia public library? Plenty, now that it has a million-dollar kitchen at its main downtown branch. more »»

Review: Penn State Centre Stage's ‘Normal’ an extraordinary production

June 10, 2014 “Normal” isn’t a word heard much these days, in a world where so many things from personal to global seem out of balance or in a less than desirable state. more »»

Queen of the stage

June 9, 2014 NEW YORK — The murderous romp “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” has gotten a lot of love at the Tony Awards — it nabbed the best new musical trophy on a night that saw Audra McDonald, Bryan... more »»

The science of reading: Summer reading program available nationwide comes to Blair County

June 8, 2014 Local summer reading programs are putting science in motion. more »»

Air Force group will play free show

June 8, 2014 The United States Air Force Heritage Brass of the USAF Heritage of America Band will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona. more »»

Gardens and getaways

June 7, 2014 You’ve probably heard of house tours to preview houses for sale, so how about an outdoor landscaping tour that shows what’s new in waterfalls and other outdoor options and also helps a good cause?... more »»

Saddle up! Central PA Rodeo back in Huntingdon with ‘unique family event’

June 5, 2014 HUNTINGDON — It’s riding and roping time again with the 10th annual Central PA Rodeo held at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds beginning next wee. more »»

Simple questions sometimes complicated

June 5, 2014 “How do you feel?” is a common question. It’s almost as common as apple pie. more »»

Go for the food in Times Square

June 4, 2014 NEW YORK — Times Square is a lot of things — a sensory-overload, horribly crowded, eye-popping and deeply exciting. One thing it has never seemed to be is a place to go for foo. more »»

Garden Notes: Peonies are amazing, but can come with some drawbacks

May 31, 2014 I was nose-to-nose with an ant the other day. I bent to smell a lush, fluffy peony, and surprise! Fortunately for both of us, I hadn’t reached maximum sniffing capacity. more »»

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