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Garden Notes: Camassia are filling in the gap

Two tall blue camassia made a surprise visit to my garden this week. I’d forgotten I planted them. It’s likely not politically correct to say this about a native plant, but I’m not sure I like the look of them. Although they’re often called wild hyacinth, they look a little ...

Forever summer: Community tribute concert honors the Beach Boys

Leave winter behind and warm the spirit through the iconic sounds of “Forever Summer,” a community tribute concert celebrating the music of The Beach Boys, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Mishler Theatre in downtown Altoona. Under the musical direction of Rick Wertz, this concert showcases ...

Tasty Words: Dippy eggs inspire new breakfast burger recipe

When I ask "What do you want for dinner this week?," burgers are almost always among the list of my husband's typical responses. They are not, however, my favorite meal. I've attempted various recipes dozens of times and have struggled to find an option that I love. Recently, I attempted a ...

Roots & Branches: Tracing and extending ‘umbilical lines’ of mtDNA

When I was relatively new to genealogy — this was the 1980s, before Internet and way before DNA — a researcher who was somewhat of a mentor to me said that he especially liked tracing “umbilical lines.” In its strictest sense, this is what we now call the mitochondrial DNA line ...

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Park programs

Fort Roberdeau Historic Site and Natural Area, 383 Fort Roberdeau Road, Altoona, 946-0048 Open for tours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Satur-day and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission fees: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children ages 11 and younger. Johnstown Flood National Memorial, St. ...

‘Celebrate’

Courtesy photo Altoona Dance Theatre Company will present its spring recital, “Celebrate,” at 6:30 p.m. June 2 at the Jaffa Shrine Center, Altoona. This recital will mark ADTC’s 15th anniversary season and its 30th major production. Tickets are available at ...

Across the area

Local crafters to hold summer show WOODBURY — Kathy’s Country Cricket will hold its 12th annual summer show from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 14 and 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16 and 23 and 5 to 7 p.m. June 22 at the 1840s circa log cabin at 214 Potter Creek Road. All items are handmade by ...

Griffith Foundation participates in policy forum

For the fifth consecutive year, the Griffith Family Foundation/Sideline Cancer Youth Initiative participated as an active member in the Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC) 28th annual Public Policy Forum on March 4 and 5 at the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. More than 150 ...

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Honor roll

HOLLIDAYSBURG AREA JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL THIRD MARKING PERIOD NINTH GRADE — Jammel Affour, Katherine A. Avery, Sabrina F. Azad, Olivia G. Baird, Alyssa R. Bell, Nadia J. Boston, Jonas N. Ciprich, Emmalee F. Claar, Zachery A. Clapper, Aragorn H. Clarke, Megan E. Dinges, Callie M. Dunmire, ...

SAMA Altoona to offer summer art camp for kids

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave., Altoona, will continue its tradition of offering a children’s art camp this summer. This year’s camp, “Real and Imaginary People,” is designed for ages 8 through 14 and will be taught in a small, informal group to ...

Alumni association seeks scholarship applicants

In 2017, the Saxton Liberty High School Alumni Association presented Tussey Mountain High School graduates Adriane Angelo, Kayla Kalfas and Beth Riley each with a $2,500 scholarship award. The Scholarship Committee is now seeking applications for the 2018 award to be presented at the annual ...

Honor roll

CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL HIGH SCHOOL THIRD MARKING PERIOD HIGH HONORS SEVENTH GRADE — Allison Becker, Parker Buell, Devan Chrisawn, Taylor Conrad, Sarah Helsel, Rachel Kauffman, Taylor Mowry, Erica Norotsky, Gabrielle Rininger, Emma Ritchey, Gavin Wicker. EIGHTH GRADE — Aidan Barr, Zachary ...

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Desiree Mumau, AJ Campbell

Desiree Mumau and AJ Campbell, both of Marion Center, are engaged to be married. Miss Mumau is the daughter of DJ and Lisa Mumau of Marion Center. She is a 2013 graduate of Marion Center High School and a 2013 graduate of Indiana Vocational Technical School with a certified nursing ...

Sarah MacBlane, Thom Geishauser

Sarah MacBlane and Thom Geishauser, both of Altoona, are engaged to be married. Sarah is the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth MacBlane of Saltsburg. She is a graduate of Saltsburg Junior/Senior High School and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania majoring in elementary ...

Sarah Mohammed, Joseph Compton

Sarah Mohammed of Duncansville and Joseph Compton of Altoona are engaged to be married. Miss Mohammed is the daughter of Dr. Nick and Wendie Mohammed of Duncansville, and the granddaughter of Farouk and Imrose Mohammed and Phulandaye Hassina Mohammed and the late Shaffie Mohammed, all of ...

Sarah MacBlane, Thom Geishauser

Sarah MacBlane and Thom Geishauser, both of Altoona, are engaged to be married. Sarah is the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth MacBlane of Saltsburg. She is a graduate of Saltsburg Junior/Senior High School and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania majoring in elementary ...

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Dennis and Sandra Garwood

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Gar-wood of Duncansville will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 8. They were married June 8, 1968, at the Juniata Grace Brethren Church. Mrs. Garwood is the former Sandra Holliday. The couple have two children: Dwayne and his wife, Christine, of ...

William and Kathy Shauf

Mr. and Mrs. William Shauf of Tyrone will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary May 23. They were married May 23, 1968, in Winchester, Va. Mrs. Shauf is the former Kathy Garman. The couple have two children: William Jr. and wife, Crystal, and Travis and wife, Vivian, all of ...

Paul and Judith Pease

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pease of Sinking Valley will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their family May 28 with a dinner at Traditions Restaurant, Martinsburg. They were married June 1, 1968, at Mount Calvary Church, Elizabethtown. Mrs. Pease is the former Judith Rine. The couple ...

Sidney and Anita Fickes

Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Fickes of Imler will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary April 20. They were married April 20, 1973, at the Upper Claar Church of the Brethren by the late Rev. Taylor Dively. Mrs. Fickes is the former Anita Claar. The couple have one daughter, April of ...

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Brittney Lowey, Kenneth Saltsman

Brittney Lowey and Kenneth Saltsman were united in marriage at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in an outdoor ceremony at Bree-Z-Acres Farm in Warriors Mark. The bride is the daughter of Thayne and Amy Lowey of Duncansville. The bridegroom is the son of Mark and Wendy Saltsman of Salem, Ohio. Pastors ...

Jessica Cox, Adam Hunter

Jessica R. Cox and Adam J. Hunter were united in marriage on Feb. 24 in Castries, St. Lucia. The bride is the daughter of Patrick and Vicki Reed of Altoona. The bridegroom is the son of the late Robert and Cynthia Hunter, who had lived in Altoona. The ceremony and reception took place ...

Jesip Gresham, Garrick Houck

Jesip Gresham and Garrick Houck were united in marriage on March 15 in the Altoona office of Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio. The bride is the daughter of Jeremy Gresham of Hollidaysburg and Brandy Wachter of Altoona. The bridegroom is the son of Mark and Susan Houck of ...

Kaitlyn Yahner, Nicholas Smith

Kaitlyn E. Yahner and Nicholas W. Smith were united in marriage at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site Park Amphitheater, Gallitzin. The bride is the daughter of James and Doreen Yahner of Altoona. The bridegroom is the son of David and Michelle Smith ...