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Area Life

Local author: Mark Boldizar

Gallitzin native Mark Boldizar of Lancaster announced the launch of his debut book, “Unleash Your Future,” on April 30. Boldizar is a scientist, author, international speaker and business consultant. He helps individuals and companies around the world experience more success through ...

Spiritual notes

Altoona Aglow Lighthouse to meet Altoona Aglow Lighthouse will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 13, at Gourmet Buffet, 520 Plank Road, Altoona. Items for Tradition House will be collected at the meeting. Items needed include linens, dishes, cleaning supplies, toiletries and more. The ...

National Day of Prayer events set

A prayer event for the 70th annual National Day of Prayer will be held at noon Thursday, May 6, at Legion Park, North Juniata Street, Hollidaysburg. The event will be a drive-in meeting, however, attendees may stand or sit outside of their vehicle as long as CDC guidelines are observed. ...

Spiritual Notes

Clothing, food donations accepted Donations of clothing and non-perishable foods will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at the Hollidaysburg Church of the Brethren, 1028 Penn St. (Route 36). The church parking lot will serve as a collection site for the American Rescue ...

Penn State Altoona community pens poem

Inspired by a poem recited at President Joe Biden’s inauguration in January and the outpouring of support it received, Penn State Altoona English professor Erin Murphy came up with a unique way to keep the conversation flowing. The result is a written work about America, the challenges the ...

Elizabeth Sheehan

Age: 17 Town: Hollidaysburg School/grade: Hollidaysburg Area Senior High, Grade 12 Parents: Scott and Amy Sheehan Chosen for: Academic and extracurricular accomplishments. Accomplishments (Honors/Awards): Student Council, president; National Honor Society secretary; Spanish Club, ...

PolkaFest returns with new location

Event set for June 4-5 at PNG Park JOHNSTOWN –– Visit Johnstown announced today that PolkaFest will take place June 4 and 5. As previously announced, the event was unable to be held at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Cambria City on June 4-6. The event will be held at Peoples ...

Spiritual notes

Blessing of the Bikes set A Blessing of the Bikes will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at Roundhouse Harley-Davidson. Blessing and prayers will commence at 10:30 a.m. by Curve Gospel Riders. Everyone and all motorcycle groups are invited to attend. There will be a short group ride ...

Diocese to celebrate Bartchak’s 10th year

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak’s episcopal ordination on Monday, April 19. He was ordained a Bishop and installed as the eighth Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown on April 19, 2011, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in ...

Legarski endowment created

The Independent Catholic Foundation has announced that the family of Father Tony Legarski has created the Rev. Anthony J. Legarski Educational Endowment Fund for Seminarians and Permanent Deacons. Legarski participated in deacon candidate interviews, authored a pamphlet describing the role of ...

Spiritual Notes

Drive-thru turkey dinner planned Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 136 Hilltop Road, Lilly, will hold a drive-tru turkey dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18. The meal includes turkey with all the fixings, plus dessert and dinner roll. Cost is $11. Food pantry open Tuesdays and ...

SAMA sets Preakness Gala

Event is May 15 at Winsome Estate & Stables After the elation and success of The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art Derby Day Gala last year, this year the date and theme are based on the Preakness race on May 15. The Preakness Gala promises to be a grand, sophisticated, and ...

Nominations for ‘20 Under 40’ due by Monday

The Mirror is accepting nominations for its 14th edition of 20 Under 40, which will recognize 20 deserving community members younger than 40 years old in the June edition of Blair Living. Criteria for nomination include business success, entrepreneurial spirit and community service of those ...

Art In Bloom show to go virtual this year

EBENSBURG –– The Ebensburg Main Street Partnership and Art in Bloom Committee have made the decision to host a virtual Art in Bloom show this year on April 24 and 25. Applications are now being accepted for entry into Ebensburg’s 23rd annual Spring Art Show. Individuals are invited ...

Take a (virtual) trip across Pennsylvania with Penn State

Registration deadline is March 29 UNIVERSITY PARK — If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get healthier, then you do not want to miss out on an opportunity from Penn State Extension. Everybody Walk Across Pennsylvania is a free virtual walking program designed to help participants ...

‘Spring Into Books’ planned in Bedford

The Bedford Arts Cooperative is excited to present the first-ever “Spring Into Books” Book Festival featuring nearly a dozen authors and vendors along with special guest Ms. Pennsylvania USA Ambassador and founder of Bookworms Against Bullies, Typhani Russo. The festival will be held ...

Spiritual notes

Dispensation offered During this year of St. Joseph, in observance of the Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of Mary, Bishop Mark L. Bartchak has dispensed all from the Lenten requirement to abstain from meat today, March 19. It is the practice of Catholics to abstain from eating meat on Ash ...

Sacrament of Reconciliation schedule released

The season of Lent is a time to receive God’s healing and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The following are opportunities at parishes throughout Blair County leading up to Easter. For a list of opportunities at other parishes throughout the diocese, visit the Diocese of ...

Spiritual notes

Clothing giveway planned Grace’s Closet at Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood, will host a clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 13. Spring clothing will be available, as will fall and winter clothing. Those attending are asked to wear masks and follow ...

Spiritual notes

Novena to honor St. Joseph The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto will honor St. Joseph in this year dedicated to him during the Novena that will begin on Thursday, March 11, and end Friday, March 19. All intentions submitted to the nuns will be entrusted to the powerful protection and ...