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Author urges gardeners to form one big ‘national park’

Imagine if all the back and front yards — and even patio container plants — across the country were seen as one magnificent patchwork quilt, a ‘‘Homegrown National Park.” Home gardeners would join forces to bring back a variety of native plants to protect and nurture struggling birds, ...

Managing anger appropriately an essential life skill

This is the final part of a series on mental health. Perhaps no human emotion is more misconstrued and maligned than the emotion of anger. Anger, in and of itself, is not a bad thing, but many people have been conditioned to believe that even feeling anger — much less expressing it — is ...

PSU website offers creative outlet

UNIVERSITY PARK — As millions shelter in place at home due to COVID-19, many are turning to art to pass the time, relieve stress or spark joy — either as consumers or artists themselves. Penn State has launched a new project called “Viral Imaginations: COVID-19” to give all ...

Things Unseen Theatre plans virtual auditions, performance

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, auditions and performances of “45 Plays for 45 Presidents” will be done virtually. Auditions will be accepted online from May 17-May 30. For those auditioning, during the production you will be required to shoot footage from home under the ...

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On this date

50 YEARS AGO: May 22, 1970 Famous CBS newsman Harry Reasoner was in Altoona for the Mercy Hospital 60th annual Founders Day dinner at the Penn Alto Hotel and said that the “Americans are people with the greatest challenges in history.” 25 YEARS AGO: May 22, 1995 Both the Unity ...

Clearfield Charitable Foundation distributes funds for food banks

CLEARFIELD — Early this year, the Clearfield County Charitable Founda-tion Board of Directors approved a distribution of $3,900 in funding to area food banks. Funding was provided to food pantries managed by Central Pennsylvania Community Action in the communities of Clearfield, ...

Derby champions

Courtesy photo On Feb. 29, the Blazing Buffalo Patrol of Cub Scout Pack 331, Hollidaysburg, won the annual Klondike Derby held by the Laurel Highlands Council at Camp Anderson in Tyrone. This makes the Blazing Buffalos back-to-back champions. The team scored 103 out of 110 possible points. ...

Doctorate-Jill McCartney

Jill S. McCartney of Pittsburgh, formerly of Bellwood, earned a doctorate in nursing practice specializing in a family nurse practitioner program from Robert Morris University, Moon Township, earlier this month. McCartney is a 2007 graduate of Bellwood-Antis High School and earned a bachelor ...

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Local graduates awarded Mercy Presidential Scholarship at Mount

CRESSON — Mount Aloysius College announced that several students from the Altoona area have been awarded the Mercy Presidential Scholarship. This is one of the college’s most competitive scholarships available to incoming freshmen, awarding students $56,000 over four years. The nine ...

On campus

Shippensburg grad accepted into program SHIPPENSBURG — In recognition of continuing outstanding academic achievement, Shippensburg University announced that Jessie M. Nagle has been accepted in Drexel University College of Medicine’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional ...

Doctorate-Jill McCartney

Jill S. McCartney of Pittsburgh, formerly of Bellwood, earned a doctorate in nursing practice specializing in a family nurse practitioner program from Robert Morris University, Moon Township, earlier this month. McCartney is a 2007 graduate of Bellwood-Antis High School and earned a bachelor ...

Graduates

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, Ames, Iowa — Taylor Conley, New Enterprise, B.S., animal science. CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY, Cedarville, Ohio — Adrienne Krater, Altoona, B.A., international studies; Megan Stuart, Hollidaysburg, B.M., keyboard pedagogy. KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY — Mackenzie Ann Covert, ...

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Danielle Parowski, Ezra Adams

Danielle Parowski of Altoona and Ezra Adams of Montoursville are engaged to be married. Miss Parowski is the daughter of Dr. Keith and Renee Parowski of Altoona. She is a 2012 graduate of Mercersburg Academy, a 2017 graduate of Lock Haven University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary ...

Raquel Lemelle, Brandon Kochinsky

Raquel Lemelle and Brandon Kochinsky, both of Ebensburg, are engaged to be married. Ms. Lemelle is the daughter of Charles Lemelle of Punxsutawney and Rebecca Lemelle of Brookville. She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a minor in English and a bachelor’s degree in ...

Taryn Walker, Caleb Johnson

Taryn Walker and Caleb Johnson, both of Altoona, are engaged to be married. Miss Walker is the daughter of Shawn and Tonya Walker of Altoona. She is a graduate of Altoona Area High School and Penn State University. She is a software implementation analyst. Mr. Johnson is the son of ...

Sierra Kirsch, Bradley Bolen

Ken and Stephanie Kirsch of Hollidaysburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Sierra Lynn Kirsch of Harrisburg to Bradley Christopher Bolen of Mechanicsburg, son of Steve and Meri Bolen of Ashton, Md. The bride-to-be is a 2015 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School and a ...

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Thomas and MaryJane Tobul

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Tobul of Altoona will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday. They were married May 21, 1960, in Pittsburgh. Mrs. Tobul is the former MaryJane Brown of Pittsburgh. The couple have three children: Tom of Holly Springs, N.C.; Tina of Zebulon, N.C.; and Tony ...

Edward and Mary Ann Gottshall

Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Gottshall of Altoona celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 23. They were married April 23, 1960, in Long Beach, Calif. Mrs. Gottshall is the former Mary Ann Malec. The couple have three children: Jonathan (Emily Dimov) of Altoona, Jennifer (Timothy) ...

Dolores and Joseph Clapper Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Clapper Jr. of 527 Wood-bury Pike, Hopewell, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary Tuesday. They were married May 5, 1950, in Winchester, Va. Mrs. Clapper is the former Dolores Batzel. The couple have four children: Steven, Eric (Maggie) and Jill, all of ...

Lori and William Alexy

Mr. and Mrs. William Alexy of 1040 Reservoir Road, Hollidaysburg, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married April 29, 1995, at Grace Lutheran Church, Bellwood. Mrs. Alexy is the former Lori Jane Stanley. The couple have one daughter, Madison, at home. Mrs. ...

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Makenzie Wilt, John Negri III

Makenzie Wilt and John Negri III were united in marriage on June 22, 2019, at Juniata United Metho-dist Church, Altoona. The bride is the daughter of Greg and Lori Lanzendorfer of Altoona. The bridegroom is the son of John and Judy Negri Jr. of Altoona. The Rev. Julia Piper and the Rev. ...

Hailey Mitchell, Theodore Smith

Hailey Mitchell and Theodore Smith were united in marriage Aug. 1, 2019, at Heavenly Mountain Resort, South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The bride is the daughter of Timothy and Joanne Mitchell of Altoona. The bridegroom is the son of the late Patrick Smith, who had lived in Reno, Nev., and Linda Smith ...

Briana Quist, Andrew Redden

Briana Kathryn Quist and Andrew Jack Redden were united in marriage Sept. 28, 2019, by Father Thaddeus Rettger in Hastings. The bride is the daughter of Lois and William Quist of Hastings, and the bridegroom is the son of Rick and Lisa Redden of Clearfield. Laken Smith served as maid of ...

Bottle Works to hold Speedy Commitment, Vow Renewal Event

JOHNSTOWN — Love-birds looking to make a commitment to one another or renew their vows in a fun, speedy, semi-private ceremony can do so from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Art Works Building-Main Galleries during its first Cherish the Day: Speedy Commitment Ceremony and Vow Renewal Event. The ...