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Easter Weekend Live Music!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, April 19 through Thursday, April 25. Easter weekend finds a number of area music favorites on stages around the region. The listing below will give you the lowdown on who is playing where and when. So ...

We The Kings Off the Rails This Weekend!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, April 12 through Thursday, April 18. Among this weekend's live music highlights is Penn State Altoona's annual "Ivyside Off the Rails: Music and Art Festival," which will happen Sunday evening at ...

The Reverend Brings the Heat Again!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, April 5 through Thursday, April 11. One of the big highlights on area stages this weekend is the return of national recording act The Reverend Horton Heat, conducting another service of the church of ...

Good Grief! Lots of Live Music This Weekend!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, March 29 through Thursday, April 4. Lots of local favorites populate area stages this weekend and upcoming week. Zach Wade & the Good Grief return to action on Altoona stages both Friday and ...

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Artificial sweetener hits a sour note with dogs

Columnist’s note: There has been growing concern recently about the toxic effect the artificial sweetener xylitol can have on dogs. Because of this upswing in awareness – because xylitol is popping up as an ingredient so frequently in so many foods, I wanted to review the subject ...

Yakety-yak, it’s tough figuring out sick cats

I always thought our cats were the experts at eating too much food too fast then yakking it up all over the house. I come to find out this binging and barfing is one of the most common things cats do. It’s called regurgitation and I know it’s not a pretty visual. When a cat’s stomach ...

Felines and flowers are a bad combination during Easter season

I love flowers, fresh arrangements especially. However, any time I get a bouquet from my husband, I usually end up keeping them at work. If I do take them home, I pluck half of them out and prop the remaining in a vase high atop the computer desk where no cat or dog has yet to climb. Dogs and ...

Feuding cats fuel fear and frustration

We almost had a ‘cat’astrophe at our house last week while we were at work. There was a catfight and nobody was home to intervene. One of our tenants heard the most awful cat sounds resonating from our upstairs bedroom and was sure the fight of the century had broken out between two or ...

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Contest time again

It's official as of 10 a.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018. The 2018 Guess How Many Games The Pirates Will Win contest is open for entries. Unlike the Powerball, which requires a bunch of numbers, this competition requires only two: 1. Predict how many games the Pirates will win this season (They ...

We have a winner, 2017 version

The MLB regular season has ended, and so has the blog's annual Guess How Many Games The Pirates Will Win Contest. This year's contest went right to the final game and required the tiebreaker, which is predicting how many home runs the Pirates will hit. The Pirates beat Washington on Sunday in ...

This is a test

This is just a test. Stay calm, if that's possible. If you see this on the Mirror website, report back to me please. Thank you. Have a good day.

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Spring has arrived!

I thought I'd share this pithy meme for this time of the year. Shared from Women of Appalachia

Valentine’s day is coming!

Have you made your plans yet? Are you doing a traditional valentine's celebration or a galentine's day? And if you don't celebrate, why not make someone else's day or if you have a pet or plant, special by doing random acts of kindnes? This makes others happy at very little expense on your ...

Staying warm and making rice hand warmers

With the cold weather fully upon us, I thought I'd share an article on staying warm. Here's the actual list of warm tips here. The ones that stand out is putting hand warmers in your pocket, starting a compost in your home and wearing a hat. Sometimes, the basics seem the most obvious, such as ...

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#STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: Misdirection?

WEEK 16 CINCINNATI BENGALS (6-9) VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-6-1) CBS, SUNDAY, 4:25 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,450 Last week in a nutshell Headline: SAINTS ELSEWHERE / After playing perhaps the best 10 minutes of their season to seize the lead against the heavily favored and home-standing ...

#STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: Weapons race

WEEK 16 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-5-1) VS. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (12-2) CBS, SUNDAY, 4:25 P.M., MERCEDES BENZ SUPERDOME, 74,295 Last week in a nutshell Headline: END GAME / Tom Brady marched the New England Patriots down the frozen, crusty Heinz Field sod in the fourth quarter toward a ...

#STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: In too deep?

WEEK 15 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-3) VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-4-1) CBS, SUNDAY, 4:25 P.M., HEINZ FIELD, 68,400 Last week in a nutshell Headline: A BLACK HOLE / A couple hallmarks of the Mike Tomlin era – clueless strategery and shoddy secondary play – reared their ugly heads ...

STEELERS PREGAME STRETCH: Back to black?

WEEK 14 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (7-4-1) VS. OAKLAND RAIDERS (2-10) FOX, SUNDAY, 4:25 P.M., OAKLAND ALAMEDA COLISEUM, 63,132 Last week in a nutshell Headline: ZONED OUT / The injury-hampered Steelers started the game against the Chargers with a losing game defensive game plan and finished it ...