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Area Life

Negotiating life with COVID-19

There are small moments of joy that happen in a day – speaking a kind word, sharing a smile, or taking that first sip of coffee in the morning. These moments often exist in the background of daily life. So much so that they can be taken for granted and not be appreciated for what they are ...

Johnstown injustice resurfaces in new book

Ninety-seven years ago, an ethnic cleansing occurred in Johnstown. The tale of two-thousand Black and Mexican community members ordered to leave the city resounds in Cody McDevitt’s recent book, “Banished from Johnstown.” McDevitt, an investigative reporter based in western ...

Combat recovery course launched

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-based Military Families Ministry USA Inc. is launching a program designed to provide practical help for service members, veterans and families dealing with the moral and spiritual wounds from combat trauma. The ReBoot Combat Recovery Course will begin Sept. 1 at The ...

Spiritual notes

Milk giveaway planned A milk giveaway will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 5715 Roselawn Ave., Altoona. One thousand gallons of milk will be given away while supplies last. All are welcome. Eighth novena to be held The eighth novena of ...

Christians: It’s OK to be ‘real’

I realize that church leaders must be real with their feelings because if they did not come through our personalities, we would all seem very robotic. But at the same time, many feel pressure to be excited and happy all the time because they want to keep everyone pumped up, and fear if they ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Aug. 7, 1970 Members of “Project Mountain Lion,” John Kazmaier treasurer, visited German born sculpter Heinz Warneke, 75, in East Haddam, Conn., where he suggested using bronze instead of limestone for the sculpture that was to sit in front of Altoona Area High School for ...

Local stories

From Amazon: "'Murder Under Fire' involves intrigue, romance, murder and many intriguing procedural and crime elements that will cause you to desire turning the pages.” “The hunt for the killer and truth should enthrall readers and keep them on the edge of their seats, hungering to ...

Cross country bicycle trip was tribute to a step-grandfather

Half-brothers Dalton and Blake Weeks had decided to ride their bicycles across the country long before the coronavirus reared its ugly head. Being young, adventurous, and perhaps a bit foolish, they were not deterred by the prospect of adding one more challenge to an-already daunting adventure. ...

Area arts group finding a way

Like many nonprofit organizations, the Altoona Community Theatre is exploring new ways to reach audiences at a time when the arts and entertainment industry that’s been walloped by COVID-19. “We don’t want to lie dormant,” President Jim Watt said. Founded in 1948, ACT has brought live ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: July 31, 1970 William Panos (tympanist) and Barbara Walker (flutist) of the Altoona Youth Symphony, supervised by John Monti of the Altoona Area High music department, joined the American Youth Symphony on a13-concert European tour of 10 countries, including Communist East ...

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, Aug. 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 ...

Spiritual notes

Street Stompers to meet Street Stompers, a new group aiming to make a difference in the community, will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 24, at Jefferson Park, 118 Fourth Ave., Altoona. There will be food, fellowship and prayer. Founder and team leader Joseph Singleton, also known as Boston ...

Spiritual discernment is always necessary

Within the Christian life, there are many pillars of truth which are critical to our spiritual development and one of these is discernment. The word may have several meanings, but mostly it’s associated with having spiritual sensitivity. Within the Biblical view, it is used to identify ...

Landscape, people of central Pennsylvania inspire new novel

Those who live in the Allegheny Mountains may take the landscape for granted. Marleen Pasch says, “Don’t.” Pasch, celebrating her second published novel “At the End of the Storm,” lived in Hollidaysburg in the early 1980s: fostering a career in corporate communications, building ...

Grass is greener than we think

I really appreciate readers who send me emails and hand-written letters, they are truly an encouragement. Actually, I received a wonderful letter the other day by a gentleman from South Carolina who had recently lost his wife and he said one of these columns touched him deeply. My topic ...

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, July 11, 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 ...

Saint Vincent Benedictine community elects new archabbot

LATROBE — Father Martin de Porres Bartel, O.S.B., a monk of St. Vincent Archabbey for 40 years and who served as the 14th president of St. Vincent College from 1995 to 2000, has been elected as the 12th archabbot of St. Vincent Archabbey. Bartel succeeds Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, ...

As states reopen, so do churches

The inability to attend church each week has been one of the most affecting consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to social distancing guidelines, it’s been nearly impossible for congregations around the country to gather in ways they were accustomed to prior to the COVID-19 ...

Spiritual notes

Patriotic concert, food festival is today An outdoor patriotic concert and food festival will be held today, July 3, in the parking lot at Altoona Alliance Church. Proceeds will benefit faith-based ministries. Area native and soloist Jim Worthing will be in concert at 7 p.m. Worthing, from ...

Reenactment group to meet; seeks members

STATE COLLEGE — The 148th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C, Civil War Reenactment Group, will meet at 7:30 p.m. July 8 at Hoss’s Steak & Sea House at 1450 N. Atherton St. The Civil War reenactors will discuss summer and fall Civil War reenacting schedules to include ...