Area Life

Forever summer: Community tribute concert honors the Beach Boys

Leave winter behind and warm the spirit through the iconic sounds of “Forever Summer,” a community tribute concert celebrating the music of The Beach Boys, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Mishler Theatre in downtown Altoona. Under the musical direction of Rick Wertz, this concert showcases ...

Garden Notes: Camassia are filling in the gap

Two tall blue camassia made a surprise visit to my garden this week. I’d forgotten I planted them. It’s likely not politically correct to say this about a native plant, but I’m not sure I like the look of them. Although they’re often called wild hyacinth, they look a little ...

Tasty Words: Dippy eggs inspire new breakfast burger recipe

When I ask "What do you want for dinner this week?," burgers are almost always among the list of my husband's typical responses. They are not, however, my favorite meal. I've attempted various recipes dozens of times and have struggled to find an option that I love. Recently, I attempted a ...

Roots & Branches: Tracing and extending ‘umbilical lines’ of mtDNA

When I was relatively new to genealogy — this was the 1980s, before Internet and way before DNA — a researcher who was somewhat of a mentor to me said that he especially liked tracing “umbilical lines.” In its strictest sense, this is what we now call the mitochondrial DNA line ...

God lets love shine through

Let’s talk parenting, shall we? Clinical psychologist Diana Baumrind is known for her research on parent-child interaction, something she categorized as the three styles of parenting. According to Baumrind, the permissive parent is non-punitive, non-disciplining and non-demanding. You know, ...

Wohl looking forward to new assignment

When Rabbi Josh Wohl leaves Agudath Achim Congregation later this month, he will do with mixed emotions. He is looking forward to his new assignment at Kol Shalom Congregation in Annapolis, Maryland, but will miss the people of Altoona. However, Wohl is confident that the congregation with ...

Move will help personal growth

Rabbi Josh Wohl is leaving Altoona to serve Kol Shalom Congregation in Annapolis, Maryland. A Shabbat (Sabbath) service honoring him will be held Saturday at Agudath Achim Congregation. It will be followed by a luncheon. Before coming to Altoona, Wohl was the rabbi at Beacon Hebrew Alliance ...

Spiritual Notes

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 408 N. Sixth Street, will host a Spring Fling from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event has been planned by the committees of the church as a way of reaching out to residents of Juniata and the rest of the city. North Sixth Street will be closed ...

Hillside Community Church takes on hospital trail project

One of the special features of the Tyrone Regional Health Network/Tyrone Hospital campus is the walking trails that loop through the wooded areas on the hospital grounds. So, when Pastor Randy Zitterbart of the Hillside Community Church in Tyrone heard about the need for maintenance on the ...

Artistically pleasing: Blair County Arts Festival returns for its 51st year

For watercolorist Peg Panasiti of Latrobe, the Blair County Arts Festival kicks off her season and offers an opportunity to visit family and connect with customers from as far away as Maryland. "I graduated from Bellwood(-Antis) High School, attended the campus and now stay with family for ...

Pyles graduates

Beth A. Pyles of Altoona graduated from Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown on May 11. She earned a Master of Divinity degree and serves as pastor of East End United Methodist Church and Fairview United Methodist Church, both in Altoona. Evangelical Seminary, founded in 1953, “develops ...

Churches host spiritual awakening

The Mines/Royer United Methodist churches will host a Spring Spiritual Awakening at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at Springfield Estates, 3733 Piney Creek Road, along Route 866 between Williamsburg and Martinsburg. Pastor Stacy Crawford and the Praise Team of the Canoe Creek Brethren in ...

Wedding of prince brings worldwide interest

BERLIN — Like most everyone else with a taste for fairytales, Germans love the spectacle of a royal wedding. But since the country’s last emperor, Wilhelm II, was forced to abdicate in 1918, the people of Germany haven’t had a monarchy of their own to fuss over and so have adopted ...

Writer’s home now a museum with an Airbnb

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — As she sat in the house where “Great Gatsby” writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, once lived, a visitor contemplated the famous Jazz Age couple. “I tried to imagine how maybe Scott would tell a joke and Zelda would laugh,” said Farong Zhu, a Fulbright ...

Rapper T.I. arrested outside gated community

Associated Press ATLANTA — Police say the rapper T.I. was arrested early Wednesday on disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and simple assault charges as he tried to enter his gated community outside Atlanta. Henry County Deputy Police Chief Mike Ireland said T.I. was arrested around ...

Stage presence: Nominations announced for this year’s Isaac Awards

Altoona Community Theatre has announced the nominations for the 13th annual Isaacs Awards, recognizing excellence in high school musical theater, during a two-night extravaganza on Memorial Day weekend. “The mission of the Isaacs is to encourage and support high school musical theater and ...

Social connections are essential

Editor’s note: This is the fifth and final installment in a series on mental health. By nature, human beings are social beings. While some private time is necessary to recharge and maintain emotional equilibrium, people who are isolated and alone for much of their days will invariably be ...

Earth Matters: Love of cycling mixed with love of nature 40 years ago

Of the many grand adventures and rewarding milestones during my six decades, a large share have had a connection to nature. While these events and exploits have been sprinkled throughout my life, this year marks the 40th anniversary of an especially momentous year. During that school year, ...