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Girls shamed for being curvy AND thin

September 8, 2014 Dear Readers: Welcome to Straight Talk Advice — where we tackle youth’s toughest issues with youth’s wisest advice! There is so much today that youth face, and they don’t always tell their parents... more »»

Laughter below: Tyrone-based theater company presents ‘Church Basement Ladies’

September 7, 2014 The musical comedy “Church Basement Ladies” is bringing the laughs and more to The Inn at Edgewater Acres. The dinner theater production is now showing at the Alexandria resort through Sept. 2. more »»

An earthy tone: Mother Earth News Fair returns to Seven Springs

September 6, 2014 Whether they are farmers or city dwellers, young or old, fully entrenched homesteaders or just “dipping their toe” into the waters of sustainable living, like-minded folks from all over the U.. more »»

Garden Notes: Cannas love water, are accommodating to gardeners

September 6, 2014 Down South, Cannas are called “garbage can plants.” They thrive along alleys, in old, shale-riddled soil, growing beside multiplying garbage cans. more »»

Celebrate fall: Region offers festivals to mark change of season

September 4, 2014 If you find yourself missing all the fun you had this summer, why not check out some of the upcoming fall festivals, starting with The Festival at Lakemont Park this weekend. more »»

Storytelling means sharing a part of you

September 4, 2014 The art of storytelling is as sacred and precious as time itself. Many things have been said about it over the course of history — and many have perfected it and defined it in their own wa. more »»

Hollidaysburg cafe offers chance to enjoy ‘good food and good people’

September 3, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Black Dog Coffee & Catering Co. II is a welcoming spot on Allegheny Street. more »»

Earth Matters: Several causes can bring blight right to our doorstep

August 30, 2014 I stood aghast as I looked at the large container of trash near the front door. Inside the house, things didn’t look much better. more »»

Provoking thought: 9/11 story examines selfishness in a time of tragedy

August 28, 2014 “The Mercy Seat” brings a war within a war to its audiences. more »»

Edible flowers can brighten and flavor dishes

August 27, 2014 Finding flowers on a dining table is not not surprising, but maybe you’d find yourself a bit curious if they were part of the meal. more »»

‘Breaking Bad,’ Cranston win Emmys; ‘Modern Family’ gets its fifth award for comedy series; Billy Crystal honors Robin Wiliams

August 26, 2014 LOS ANGELES — “Modern Family” won a record-tying fifth best comedy series Emmy Award and a dominant “Breaking Bad” captured the top drama award and a trio of acting honors in Monday’s ceremony,... more »»

Local improv comedy group gaining traction in area

August 24, 2014 Improv comedy guru Del Close once gave this description of the medium: “Fall, then figure out what to do on the way down.” If that’s true, then a group of local actors is currently falling fast. more »»

And the Emmy winners are...? We’re happy to guess!

August 24, 2014 Truth be told, we’re both perplexed about which Emmy nominees will carry trophies home from Monday’s ceremony. Allow us to explain. more »»

Local dancers compete against TV contemporaries

August 23, 2014 Blair Dance Company members got a chance on Lifetime. About 20 students from the competitive dance team of the Blair Dance Academy, recently re-located to 2914 W. more »»

Majestic purple wild flowers native to area

August 23, 2014 Head up the Buckhorn Mountain on Route 36 and when you are almost at the Avalon Road intersection, you’ll start to see majestic stands of purple flowers scattered along the roadside. more »»

Ice bucket challenge phenomenon may change the nonprofit world

August 23, 2014 NEW YORK — The ice bucket challenge’s phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors. more »»

Break out the popcorn: Free Penn State Altoona film series begins Aug. 31 with ‘Wizard of Oz’

August 21, 2014 The Penn State film series is back with an offering of 18 free movies, with free popcorn and drinks, in downtown Altoona. more »»

Smokey Robinson, still writing, duets with friends

August 21, 2014 LOS ANGELES — After five decades in show business, the man who shaped Motown with instantly recognizable hits like “My Girl” and “Tears of a Clown” says he can’t stop writin. more »»

Health & Fitness Expo debuts with trio of celebrities

August 20, 2014 STATE COLLEGE — The Central Pennsylvania Health & Fitness Expo will debut this October at the Bryce Jordan Center with celebrity appearances by Tony Horton, the creator of P90X and the most famous... more »»

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