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‘Native Voices’ National exhibit opens Sunday at Saint Francis

March 31, 2016 LORETTO — When most people hear the phrase “Native Americans,’’ they don’t usually include the native people of Alaska and Hawaii. more »»

Brandon Simmers, Student of the Month

March 31, 2016 Age: 17 Grade: Senior Family: Parents, Mike and Samantha Simmers; brother, Nate Simmers Goals: Graduate Army National Guard Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training; attend Geneva... more »»

Daniels, Travis, Foster to join Hall of Fame

March 31, 2016 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Fiddler Charlie Daniels, singer Randy Travis and producer and label owner Fred Foster are joining the Country Music Hall of Fame. more »»

Easy and delicious: 7 creative things to do with your slow cooker

March 30, 2016 Think all your slow cooker is good for is cranking out pots of chili and beef stew? Think again! This versatile kitchen workhorse can be put to use for all manner of things you probably never... more »»

Actress Patty Duke dies, 69

March 30, 2016 NEW YORK — Patty Duke, who as a teen won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker” and maintained a long and successful career throughout her life while battling personal demons, has... more »»

Navy’s Sea Chanters play free concert April 3

March 30, 2016 WASHINGTON — America’s Navy is coming to Altoona, one of 20 cities in eight states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2016 tour — one of the Navy’s signature outreach... more »»

Nardini to perform in Altoona

March 26, 2016 Pittsburgh recording artist Norman Nardini said anyone in attendance at his upcoming Altoona show can expect there to be a little bit of magic in the room. more »»

Earth Matters: Winters stand in stark contrast, 80 years apart

March 26, 2016 Eighty years is a drop in the proverbial bucket of geologic time, but it seems to be a long spell in human terms. more »»

Laughter and motivation: Fundraising events put focus on health

March 24, 2016 Anyone looking to mix laughter with a good cause will have two opportunities next month. more »»

‘I Will Survive’ added to US registry

March 24, 2016 WASHINGTON (AP) — A Gloria Gaynor disco anthem, George Carlin’s “Seven Dirty Words” routine and coverage of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game are among 25 sound recordings that have been selected fo... more »»

Loretto museum to host fifth Night of Distinction

March 23, 2016 LORETTO — On April 16, the Southern Alle-ghenies Museum of Art’s Loretto Museum will host the fifth annual Night of Distinction, a dinner-and-awards event established to honor individuals and... more »»

Easter favorites: Master this sweet and spicy glaze for spiral ham

March 23, 2016 At Easter, there is just nothing better than a spiral-cut ham! Because I grew up with my grandmother roasting fresh, white, uncured hams, a sweet-glazed spiral-cut ham has always been a delicacy to... more »»

For the best eggs, make this simple hollandaise sauce

March 23, 2016 When the subject is Easter eggs, most folks usually are talking about the gaily painted specimens in a basket. Me, I think of holiday brunch, and in particular of eggs Benedict. more »»

ASO, pianist shine during latest concert

March 22, 2016 Conductor Teresa Cheung led the Altoona Symphony Orchestra in a concert of works by non-continental European Romantics Edward Elgar, Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius on Saturday night. more »»

From Fairview to Broadway: Altoona native finds success acting, writing and adapting

March 20, 2016 Playwright John Pielmeier hit a home run with his first full professional effort, “Agnes of God,” which ran on Broadway for more than a year in 1982. more »»

Superhero event set for Sunday

March 19, 2016 Comic books might not be the first thing you think about when trying to get your child to read, but that’s what worked for Karyn Weiland of Ebensbur. more »»

Garden Notes: Sour cherry trees resilient, fruit quite nutritious

March 19, 2016 It was only after reading the lyrics that I understood that Neil Diamond was not singing “Sweet Cherry Wine, good times never seemed so good.” He was instead crooning “Sweet Caroline. more »»

'Sing-a-long' show: Ed Kowalczyk will celebrate Live classics at the State Theatre

March 17, 2016 Ed Kowalczyk, founding member and former frontman of the alternative rock band Live, said he is always finding new meaning in songs he wrote during his years with the band. more »»

Academy diversifies leadership, apologizes

March 17, 2016 LOS ANGELES — The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has added three new governors to its 51-member board and appointed six minority members to other leadership positions. more »»

Dress up Irish favorite: Simple cabbage, when combined with bacon, is anything but

March 16, 2016 Cabbage is almost as popular on St. Patrick’s Day as green beer. And that’s because cabbage — unlike green beer — is a quintessential part of Irish cuisine (along with bacon and potatoes). more »»

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