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Area Life

Keep your face to the sun

We all have problems occasionally and there are times when we feel like we’ve been punched in the gut. I felt like this a couple of months ago when one morning I went into my office to start my day and my computer would not wake up. I realize that hard drive failures are not the worst ...

Spiritual notes

- Shrove Tuesday pancake and sausage supper will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Geeseytown Lutheran Church. Meals are $7 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12 and free to children 5 and younger. - Pancake supper will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at St. ...

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50 YEARS AGO — Feb. 21, 1970 Douglas W. Wright, manager of the Tipton Pittsburgh Plate Glass plant, said that its multi-million expansion made it the world’s most modern automotive glass plant and added $3.5 million to the local Altoona Area economy last year. 25 YEARS AGO — Feb. 21, ...

Student of the month: Hannah Fitzsimmons Penn Cambria High School

Age: 17 School/grade: Senior Family: Matthew and Samantha Fitzsimmons, older sister Sabryna and younger brother Brandon. Chosen for: Being very hard-working, always positive, and always willing to assist with anything. She is an outstanding member of the senior class. Accomplishments: ...

In the spirit of Whitney: Houston Hologram tour set to begin

By Andrew Dalton The Associated Press BURBANK, Calif. — Whitney Houston is about to appear on the concert stage again. Eight years after her death, a holographic Houston will embark on a European tour that starts in England on Feb. 25 and runs through early April, with U.S. dates ...

Celebrate with the Irish!

Kegs, Corks and Kilts set for March 7 After sell-out crowds in the first two years, the third annual Kegs, Corks and Kilts event features more fun, more vendors and more space at the Altoona Grand Hotel on March 7. “We listened to our guests and we will be utilizing both the ballroom and ...

Wild Game Feast planned

Bagging a bull elk or trophy buck can be exhilarating for a hunter, but national wildlife speaker Mike Tison has learned that such adventures can deliver more than sustenance for the table and bragging rights. Tison, of Michigan, will talk about his books “Four Arrow Buck” and “Being ...

Hunters share bounty

A wild game feast isn’t a wild game feast without hunters sharing their bounty. Because of that, the menu varies from year to year at the Altoona Alliance Church’s Wild Game Feast. Although the church always has sufficient game, it is becoming more challenging, said Sharon Rydbom, who ...

Best Valentine ever given

Everybody sing; “Love, exciting and new. Come aboard, we’re expecting you…” If you spent any Saturday nights in the ’70s watching TV, you no doubt recognize the opening words of the theme song from “The Love Boat.” That particular topic resonates with me today on Friday, Feb. ...

Spiritual notes

A Polish Platter Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Polish National Catholic Church, 136 Hilltop Road, Lilly. All meals cost $10 and takeout is available. The meal includes haluski, stuffed cabbage, homemade pierogis and dessert. The ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO —Feb. 14, 1970 About 50 members of the Presbytery Youth Sub-Committee gathered at the Broad Avenue Presbyterian Church in Altoona at 24th Street to leave for an overnight trip to Washington, D.C. with Tom Decker of State College in charge. 25 YEARS AGO — Feb. 14, 1995 The ...

Jewish Federation shows international films

The Greater Altoona Jewish Federation will begin its 21st annual Jewish Film Festival next week. The four-week, international festival will begin Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with wine, appetizers and dinner at the Agudath Achim Social Hall. At 7 p.m., the film will begin at the Penn State Altoona ...

Biographical one-man show set

Area native to stage ‘Meatballs and Music’ Feb. 21, 22 and 23 By Patt Keith pkeith@altoonamirror.com Altoona native Tom Sweitzer, a prominent Virginia music therapist, advocate, author and screenwriter, returns to a local stage in “Meatballs and Music” his biographical, one-man ...

Church focuses on special needs

Kids and adults with special needs or chronic health conditions usually don’t go to church. But, First United Methodist Church in Hollidaysburg is changing that. On the third Thursday of the month, the church is holding a service called Journey with Jesus. It is specifically geared to ...

Production mixes classic styles with modern sounds

ACT presents "Midsummer Night's Dream" By Patt Keith pkeith@altoonamirror.com ltoona Community Theatre aptly presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Valentine’s weekend. “It’s a great comedy and is a funny and very entertaining show about love and how people ...

Spiritual notes

Altoona Aglow Lighthouse will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Center City Church, 801 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona. Participants will study an Aglow Fireside Chat, “We Are People of Obedience.” In addition, the group will discuss the relationship between obedience and love. ...

Church to host prom night for people with special needs

Catalyst Church, 206 W. 12th Ave., will hold Night to Shine 2020, a complimentary prom for special needs people ages 14 and older. It is one of nearly 750 churches around the world already registered to host tonight’s event, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Catalyst is part of this ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO — Feb. 7, 1970 The Salvation Army Girl Guards, Patricia Edwards leader, and the Salvation Army Sunbeams, Catherine Evans leader, met at their headquarters at 2204 11th Ave. to plan the start of their annual candy sale fundraiser. 25 YEARS AGO — Feb. 7, 1995 The city of ...

Life filled with blessings, choices

We had a power shortage the other day for several hours, and it reminded me of how dependent we are on electricity. The house was dark and every time I went to do something, I realized there are no lights and I could not see. Finally, I turned off the flashlight and just sat down in my ...