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Area Life

Nominations for ‘20 Under 40’ due Friday

The Mirror is accepting nominations for its 13th 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 ...

God is in control

I ran into a friend at Walmart yesterday and he mentioned that God is in total control several times. Then I went home and a sweet lady emailed me and said a worship song I had written years ago had been going through her head and it was called “Total Control.” I thought about these ...

Clothing giveaway canceled

Grace’s Closet, located in Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood, is closed until further notice and planned clothing giveaways have been canceled. Clothing donations are not being accepted at this time, as the church is also closed due to Gov. Tom Wolf’s directives ...

Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh takes series online

In uncertain times, prejudices may take hold of otherwise rational people. Because of this, the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, along with the national coalition #TogetherWeRemember, is offering a series of free virtual events to help connect the horrors of the Holocaust with injustices of ...

Remember to depend on God

God is able. On a wall in our church sanctuary there hangs a banner with these three words. In times like these, it’s tempting to resort to platitudes like “everything happens for a reason” or “Behind every cloud there’s a silver lining,” but “God is able” is not, from my ...

Most national parks open: Public reaction to the decision is mixed

SALT LAKE CITY — Most national parks are open as a refuge for Americans tired of being stuck at home during a pandemic, but despite now being free to visit, people may find it more difficult to enjoy them as parks close visitor centers, shuttles, lodges and restaurants to fight the spread of ...

Keeping the faith — Church leaders offer reassurance

Although most people willingly are abiding by the self-quarantine and social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it has also brought about unsettling reactions. People are told not to panic, yet some are emptying grocery store shelves of staples, stocking their ...

Spiritual notes

Area churches and religious organizations have canceled church services and events due to the coronavirus. The list of cancellations is below. As this may not be a complete list of canceled events, the Mirror advises readers to contact any organization to check on the status of any program ...

3 days of peace and music

American graphic design of the modern era is the focus of “50 Years of Woodstock: Posters from the Mark Del Costello Collection,” at the Altoona gallery of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. On display through April 18, the exhibit features posters and ephemera related to a wide ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: March 20, 1970 Stanley J. Potopa opened a new service station at 13th Avenue and 18th Street after redevelopment forced him to close his station at 12th Avenue and 18th Street after 16 years there. The new station, Atlantic, was his and not company leased. Mr. Potopa was a Navy ...

Fear and faith are choices

Fear and anxiety are negative byproducts of modern life which unfortunately attempt to influence us every day. Our jobs are often stressful, our relationships and finances, and even our children struggle with social pressures we hardly faced when we were their age. Some people turn to ...

Transmission, impact of viral outbreaks

Times like these remind us how scientifically unaware many people can be. That Corona beer or a Chinese conspiracy are at the root of the Coronavirus may be the most outlandish of the absurd notions surrounding the epidemic. With such crazy ideas in mind, let’s try to get a better grip on ...

Bringing new meaning to ‘re-gifting’

Local church challenges congregants to give By Linda Gracey lgracey@altoonamirror.com Zion Lutheran Church in Hollidaysburg has given new meaning to the word “re-gifting.” When the church observed Epiphany the weekend of Jan. 11 and 12, Pastor Dave Bowman’s sermon focused on the ...

Inspired, motivated by God

Anniversaries have been on my mind a lot lately. It’s a few months away, but in mid-June, my husband, Bob, and I will celebrate 40 years of marital bliss. Okay, it hasn’t all been blissful, but the good years have vastly outweighed the not-so-good, which puts us in the “win” ...

Spiritual notes

-- Fish lunches will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays during Lent at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, One Cathedral Square, Altoona. The menu includes a fish sandwich and choice of macaroni and cheese, pierogie, french fries or haluski. Cost is $8 and includes a drink. For ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: March 13, 1970 Thirty Altoona Area High School students traveled to New York City for two days to attend the 46th annual Columbia Scholastic Press Convention. Mrs. Calvin Foor was sponsor of the school newspaper “Mountain Echo” and Thomas Klevan sponsor of the ...

Blair Historical Society announces the Hall of Fame Heritage Awards

The Blair County Historical Society announces its 2020 Heritage Hall of Fame Awards recipients: James Columbo, George Batrus, Jeff Long, John Rita and organizations Lakemont Park, the Blair County Commissioners and Altoona-Italian cultural preservationists. The awards recognize individuals ...

Communal penance services set

The season of Lent is a time to seek God’s healing and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and many parishes are sponsoring Communal Penance Services in the coming weeks. The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has announced the schedule for various Blair County parishes. A ...

Making a move toward God

I know that life sometimes can be difficult. It seems I’m always writing about the struggles of spiritual warfare, but we cannot deny the Christian life is filled with battles. However, there is good news. The Lord is with us and is waiting to help us if we will only allow Him to be in ...

Staying, focused and balanced is important

There are certain things in life that become acceptable as time goes on. They might not be set in stone or written in a rulebook — and sometimes they don’t have to be. You come to terms with them because you feel like you can’t change the circumstances or situation. It could be as ...