Area Life

War posters discovered at New Hampshire

ROCHESTER, N.H. — One poster in a recently discovered trove vilifies the Nazis with a sword through a Bible and the words “This Is the Enemy.” Some encouraged self-sacrifice by promoting recycling, planting gardens and buying potatoes. Still others warned that loose lips can literally ...

Motown style

Christmas is around the corner. People are busy decorating their homes with festive lights and stores are full of merry displays. The telltale sign that the holiday is quickly approaching is the music — radios are blasting holiday songs and folks can be heard singing favorite Christmas tunes. ...

Bublé back with ‘love’ album after 2-year break

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Michael Bublé says though his cancer-stricken son aspires to have superhuman powers, he’s already a superhero in his eyes. “He loves Spiderman, he loves Superman, but they are not real,” Bublé said of 5-year-old Noah. “I tell him all the time that he’s ...

A chance to give back

Bellwood mom Katie Grager proudly wears a unique tattoo on her right, upper arm — her son Cayden’s tiny footprints taken upon his premature birth at 29 weeks weighing 2 pounds, 7 ounces. Today, Katie, her husband Allen and Cayden are giving back to the March of Dimes as this year’s ...

ASO wows crowd with soaring songs

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra assembled in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament for its second concert of their season last Saturday. Conductor Teresa Cheung presented a refined program of music with references to birds and wings, as harp music is often associated with winged angels. The ...

Group calls for halt of boat tours

SEATTLE — A Washington state task force on critically endangered Northwest orcas wants to temporarily suspend whale-watching boat tours focused on those whales, one of three dozen recommendations to save a population that is at its lowest in over 30 years. The group advising Gov. Jay Inslee ...

Comic book legend Lee dies at 95

LOS ANGELES — Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday. He was 95. Lee was declared dead at Cedars-Sinai ...

Choosing the perfect sofa for your space

Ask interior designers what the most important element in a room is and many will say that — after wall color — it’s the sofa. So how do you choose this crucial piece of furniture? What about materials, arm styles and the all-important question of how to position the sofa in the ...

Captivating theater

Musical theater — especially Stephen Sondheim’s musicals — captivated Jonathan O’Harrow since childhood which makes his directing of Altoona Community Theatre’s presentation of “A Little Night Music,” Nov. 15 to 18 “a labor of love.” O’Harrow, 40, of Altoona has directed ...

‘A force of nature’

Pastor Marlys Hershberger says she has had many adventures in her life and now she is ready to take on a new one. She is retiring from the Hollidaysburg Church of the Brethren and will preach her last sermon there on Sunday. She said when she came to the church 15 years ago, she found it ...

The very best of gifts

My husband, Bob, and I had an interesting conversation the other morning. We were on our way to church, and as we drove, we noticed that the streets in our town were being decorated for Christmas. Big trucks were using cranes to heft shiny stars, candles and garland high up into the sunny ...

Spiritual notes

A holiday bazaar will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mardorf United Methodist Church, 3429 Juniata Gap Road. There will be crafts, baked goods and candies. There will also be a silent basket auction with gifts for children, pets and more. Lunch and refreshments will be ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Nov. 9, 1968 Appearing next week at Roosevelt Junior High School auditorium was a show called “Soul Spectacular ‘68” starring Ray Charles, the Ray Charles Orchestra and his female backup group the Raylettes, sponsored by WFBG-Radio. 25 YEARS AGO: Nov. 9, ...

Uplifting performance: ASO concert ‘On Wings of Songs’ inspired by birds

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra and two featured soloists bring ethereal, musical delights to The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Nov. 10 during its “On Wings of Songs” concert. The Cathedral works particularly well with acoustical performances, Maestra Teresa Cheung said. “We have ...

Spanking may harm children long term

The nation’s leading pediatricians’ group has strengthened its advice against spanking and other physical punishment because of the potential for long-term harm. In an updated policy released Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics says that can include aggression, brain changes, ...

Doing it H.E.R. way: Singer rises as focus remains on music

NEW YORK — When Gabi Wilson is H.E.R. — her R&B singer stage name — she is usually rocking big hair and big sunglasses, rarely showing her full face to her fans. The point is to give the public one simple thing to focus on: the music. But other days, her hair is pulled into a ...

Elliot, Hynde and Gill up for Songwriters Hall

NEW YORK - Missy Elliott, one of rap's greatest voices and also a songwriter and producer who has crafted songs for Beyonce and Whitney Houston, is one of the nominees for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame. Elliott is the first female rapper nominated for the prestigious prize and could also ...

Emma Thompson gets top British award

LONDON (AP) — Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has received one of Britain’s highest awards from Prince William — and thought about giving him a kiss at the Buckingham Palace ceremony. Thompson received a damehood on Wednesday in recognition for her splendid career, an event made ...