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Area Life

Visit to Altoona farm topic of children’s book

Kelly Ann Serdynski-Gray, an intermediate pre-K special education teacher in West Virginia, has released her first children’s book series about her cat through Barnes and Noble. The author also illustrates the books. The story is based on a visit she and her husband, Brent Nave, did to her ...

The Inkwell to meet Aug. 3

The Inkwell meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 3 live via Zoom with guest speaker author Felita Daniels conducting the live-stream workshop “The Pros and Cons of Traditional and Independent Publishing.” Daniels is an emerging author in the mystery genre and enjoys learning about the ...

Spiritual notes

Outdoor worship, ice cream social set First United Methodist Church in Hollidaysburg has been hosting “Thirsty Thursdays.” The outdoor worship gatherings provide a safe space for those who do not feel comfortable worshiping indoors. The psalmist encourages all to thirst for God … for the ...

Time for takeoff

A year after pandemic precautions all but halted work to raise the world’s most endangered cranes for release into the wild, the efforts are back in gear. Fourteen long-legged, fuzzy brown whooping crane chicks — one more than in 2019 — are following their parents or costumed ...

Climate situation is urgent

Much to the chagrin of those in the community less enthused about environmental protection, I don’t think I’ll ever run out of topics to write about. Climate change, all by itself, could provide enough to fill this space every other weekend. Yet I try not to dwell on global warming and ...

Auto tour event unites communities through the arts

PINE GROVE MILLS — A new event, dubbed “Route 45 Getaways!” will be held July 31 through Aug. 8. Pine Grove Mills and Millheim are the anchor points for the nearly 25-mile stretch of road that connects the two towns. Between the two points, organizers estimate there are nearly 50 ...