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Earth Matters: Despite some gains, toxic chemical problems still exist

July 5, 2014 The world of hazardous chemicals and poisons has changed profoundly in the last dozen years or so. more »»

‘Dani Girl’ will benefit foundation: Native brings musical close to his heart to the Mishler

July 3, 2014 When Altoona native Michael Kooman wrote the music to accompany “Dani Girl,” a musical about a 9-year-old girl’s journey to get her hair back after losing it to leukemia, he couldn’t help think of... more »»

Silence wins over chaos during illness

July 3, 2014 It’s around 5 a.m. A tangerine-orange sun bleeds through the backdoor on the first floor of my house, creeping into my bedroom. more »»

Husband-and-wife duo see dream come to fruition with Bedford restaurant

July 2, 2014 BEDFORD — Sara and Nick Letzo have dreamed about owning their own restaurant since they first met. “Nick and I actually talked about this place on our first date,” Sara said. more »»

Making time for a hobby: Altoona retiree repairs clocks for the challenge

June 28, 2014 If Glenn and Betty Campbell are running late, they can’t exactly get away with blaming it on a stopped cloc. more »»

Garden Notes: Boneset once sought as medicine, popularity rising again

June 28, 2014 It was 1959 or 1960 when Chuck asked me to dance as the band was playing the last song. I saw him at Staples yesterday. more »»

Return of Sci-Fi: Convention brings other worldly and more to the Jaffa this weekend

June 26, 2014 Sequels do not always live up to expectations, especially when the original is just so darn good. But a local sequel kicking off tomorrow has all the right elements in place to make it happe. more »»

Broadway Bound Kids to perform this weekend in Altoona

June 26, 2014 For years, experienced actor Greggory Brandt has coached young people and this weekend, some of those youths will showcase what they’ve learned in a production of Broadway hit. more »»

We all scream for ... tomato ice cream?

June 25, 2014 Coming soon to a freezer aisle near you — balsamic vinegar ice cream. Plus, hot sauce ice cream. And maybe even tomato. more »»

The pleasure of writing: Area native and award-winning author shares insight into her world of words

June 22, 2014 Jennifer Haigh spends a great deal of time sitting alone in a room. Don’t feel sorry for her, though. She likes it. more »»

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 »»

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