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Bold, Bright and Vibrant

“Vibrant Indefinite,” an exhibit featuring the abstract works of veteran local artist Michael Allison of Altoona and newcomer Anthony “Tony” Porter of Loretto are on display at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 1210 11th Ave, Altoona, through July 24. The artists use bold, ...

Vegetable gardening an effort in trial, error

I have long held farmers in high regard, but have particular admiration for fruit and vegetable growers. Beyond the vagaries of the weather, the unending battle with insects and disease, and the increasing costs of almost everything they need, they receive a pittance of profits compared to ...

Spiritual notes

Creation care event planned “Work, Eat, Pray,” a monthly creation care event, will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at Mount Etna station on the Lower Trail. New faces and hands are always appreciated. Volunteers will plant trees and shrubs, remove invasive species, share a ...

Commentary — Churches must do better

By Sheila Stone In regard to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops virtual meeting to discuss the Eucharistic “worthiness” of a high-profile Catholic. Among the numerous emails I received was a note from our local Diocese explaining a virtual meeting of U.S. Bishops to discuss ...

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Local Boy Scout attains the rank of Eagle – Daniel Owen Hamer

Daniel Owen Hamer received Scouting’s highest honor at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on March 21. Daniel is the son of the Rev. Ralph Hamer and Monica Neri-Hamer of Altoona. Daniel graduated from Great Commission Schools, Altoona, in 2020. He started his scouting career in Cub Scouts ...

Great Outdoor Picnic scheduled for June 26

STATE COLLEGE –– June 26 will mark the sixth annual Great Outdoor Picnic sponsored by State College-based Wildlife for Everyone Foundation (WFEF). The event, held on the grounds of Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park, will he held rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In keeping with the ...

Community dinners

Free bag lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month, Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona. The next event is June 19. The Bag Lunch will include a hot dog, baked beans, dessert and fruit. One bag lunch per person will be handed out in the church ...

4 generations-Tercek

Courtesy photo Four generations of Amelia Tercek’s family are (from left): Carol Tercek of Pittsburgh mother; Patricia Cherry of Altoona, great-grandmother, holding Amelia; and Elisa Burns of Altoona, grandmother. Amelia was born Feb. 2. The Altoona Mirror accepts photos of families who ...

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Local Boy Scout attains the rank of Eagle – Daniel Owen Hamer

Daniel Owen Hamer received Scouting’s highest honor at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on March 21. Daniel is the son of the Rev. Ralph Hamer and Monica Neri-Hamer of Altoona. Daniel graduated from Great Commission Schools, Altoona, in 2020. He started his scouting career in Cub Scouts ...

On campus

Area IUP students graduate with perfect 4.0 GPA INDIANA — The following area students graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a perfect 4.0 GPA: n Siena R. Burk, an early childhood special education major from Northern Cambria. She is the daughter of Jason Burk of ...

Honor roll-Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG HIGH SCHOOL FOURTH MARKING PERIOD HIGH HONORS 12TH GRADE — Shane E. Brantner, Allee N. England, Josey L. Fetters, Makayla P. Kipe, Gabriel A. Mingle, Kassidy L. Post. 11TH GRADE — Abbie N. Merritts, Kendel N. Norris. NINTH GRADE — Isiah M. Aurandt, Melvin J. ...

Student to take part in National Youth Leadership Forum

TYRONE — This summer, Wyatt Dibert of Tyrone will join outstanding elementary school students from across the state to take part in the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM at the University of La Roche in Pittsburgh. Wyatt is in third grade at Tyrone Elementary ...

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Savannah Williams, George Bowser

Savannah Williams was engaged to George Bowser on April 3, 2021. Savannah is the daughter of Scott and Angelique Williams of Duncansville. George is the son of George H. Bowser and Joyce Hershey, both of New Paris. The wedding will take place on Sept. 3, 2022.

Abbie Morrissey, Shane Downs

Abbie Morrissey and Shane Downs, both of Altoona, are engaged to be married. Miss Morrissey is the daughter of Brian and Dina Morrissey of Bellwood. Abbie is a 2014 graduate of Bellwood-Antis High School. She is employed at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Altoona as a customer service ...

Dr. Madalyn Plessinger, Drake Clevenger

Dr. Madalyn Plessinger and Drake Clevenger, both of Omaha, Neb., are engaged to be married. Dr. Plessinger is the daughter of Tracy Plessinger of Fallentimber and Bonnie Seiker of Mebane, N.C. She is a 2011 graduate of Great Commission Schools, Altoona; a 2015 graduate of Grove City ...

Caitlyn Edgell, Jacob Holsopple

Caitlyn Edgell and Jacob Holsopple are engaged to be married. Ms. Edgell is the daughter of John and Penne Edgell of Hollidaysburg. She is a 2014 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area High School and 2018 graduate of Penn State University with degrees in political science, history and English. ...

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Barbara and Charles Sickles

Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Sickles of Hanover, formerly of Altoona, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on June 16. They were married June 16, 1956 at Grace Methodist Church, Altoona. Mrs. Sickles is the former Barbara Ann Taylor. The couple have two daughters: Rev. Dr. Marianne ...

James and Carol Clinger

Mr. and Mrs. James Clinger of Altoona are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married June 20, 1971. Mrs. Clinger is the former Carol Lefevre. The couple have three sons: James (Rebecca) of Duncansville and John (Donna) and Matt (Clarissa) of Altoona. They also have ...

Patricia and Barry Shaw

Mr. and Mrs. Barry Shaw of Duncansville are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married June 12, 1971, at the Memorial Church of the Brethren, Martinsburg. Mrs. Shaw is the former Patricia Sell of Martinsburg. The couple have two children: Heather Brooks (Christopher) of ...

Virginia and Kenneth Rickard

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Rickard of Hollidaysburg are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on June 12, 1971, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Hastings. Mrs. Rickard is the former Virginia Worchesky. The couple have two children: Chris Rickard (Sarah) of Woodstown, ...

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Ryan Herr, Anna Lingenfelter

Ryan Herr and Anna Lingenfelter were married on March 20, 2021, at Talleyrand Park in Bellefonte. The bride is the daughter of Richard and Christine Lingenfelter of Duncansville. The bridegroom is the son of William Herr of Altoona and Billie Kearney of Duncansville. Debi Gagermeier ...

Thomas Davies, Katie Prim

Thomas Davies and Katie Prim were married Oct. 23, 2020, at White Point Garden, Charleston, S.C., with their families and close friends. Jacquelin Cohen of Summerville, S.C., was matron of honor, and Justin Parnell of Charlotte, N.C., was best man. A celebration dinner followed the ceremony ...

Taylor Edmiston, Nicholas Wolf

Taylor Edmiston and Nicholas Wolf were united in marriage Oct. 10, 2020, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Atoona. The bride is the daughter of David and Melody Edmiston of Altoona. The bridegroom is the son of David and Kathy Wolf of Forbes Road. Monsignor Michael Becker performed the ...

Morgan Malovich, Bradley Hillegas

Morgan Malovich and Bradley Hillegas were united in marriage Dec. 12, 2020, at Whispering Hollow Estates in Pleasantville. The bride is the daughter of Kevin and Melissa Malovich of Claysburg. The bridegroom is the son of Tracy Hartman of Berlin and Jody Hillegas of Shanksville. The ...