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Area Life

On-stage therapy: City native brings life story back home

By Patt Keith pkeith@altoonamirror.com Former Altoonan Tom Sweitzer returns to familiar surroundings to present the one-man show “Meatballs and Music” at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 3 at The Church in the Middle of the Block Cultural Resource Center at 217 Fifth Ave., for the first official ...

Earth Matters: Recalling Hurricane Agnes in Blair

By John Frederick For those of us old enough to remember, 1972’s Hurricane Agnes is the literal and figurative barometer by which all extreme flood events are measured. Like all hurricanes, this one formed when conditions enabled an atmospheric wave to begin circulating along the ...

Local NFL player’s wife authors children’s book

Tina Flanagan of Altoona has written a children’s book that provides encouragement and uses her husband, former NFL player Ed Flanagan, as inspiration. The book is called, “Football Dreams Do Come True.” “I wrote this book to inspire young boys and girls who play sports in the park, ...

Summer storytime offered

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA) is offering a summer storytime series, titled “It’s Lit!” Come meet and listen to two local authors as they share their children’s books with the community from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. July 6 and 20. Rachel DiAndrea, SAMA’s featured author ...

In the news on this date: June 24

50 years ago 1972 Fifty years ago this month, the Blair County Historical Society leased Baker Mansion — which was built in 1848 by Elias Baker for $75,000 — as a museum. In 1941, it was purchased for $10,500. A Baker family member last lived there in 1914. 25 years ...