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Area Life

Martinsburg author writes ‘delightful’ children’s fiction book

Tale follows young girl on big adventure in a small town “Messy Bessy Goes to Town,” a new book by Annette Ritchey of Martinsburg, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc. “Messy Bessie Goes to Town” is a delightful short tale inspired by author Annette Ritchey’s small ...

Spiritual Notes

Free lunch available Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave., Altoona, will offer free to-go bagged lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. Lunches will be handed out at the Second Street door. Those attending are asked to keep a social distance while waiting ...

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Virtual Christmas Day service set Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church will host a virtual Christmas Day service at 10 a.m. Participants can join the Zoom service at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89742957641?pwd=VDg1clh3WD MxWE8zeTg4aGpTa2hPQT09. The meeting ID is: 897 4295 7641; Passcode: 515261 ...

Hollidaysburg library plans activities

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area Public Library has announced its activities for December. The library will be closed Dec. 24 through 27 and open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 28 through 31. The display for December features the Blair County Genealogical Society’s ongoing research ...

Local author: ‘They Came From Blair County’ to be released in Dec.

Local author Eric Shields has announced his first book to be released at the beginning of December and is currently available for preorder through www.theycamefrompa .com. The book “They Came From Blair County” features the stories of 31 Blair County natives that have accomplished ...

Spiritual Notes

Christmas services changed First United Methodist Church in Hollidaysburg has adjusted how it will celebrate the Christmas season. In order to keep the community and congregants safe, this year’s Christmas Eve service will be online only. In addition to regular weekend worship services, ...

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postponed -- Quilt, craft show to be held in Newry A quilt and craft show will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14-15, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of St. Patrick School in Newry. The show will be held in the school’s gym. Baked goods will also be available for ...

A bad trip from Europe ends with damaged luggage

If you recall, I had some issues at the airport in Germany both with checking my guitar and then fearing I’d be detained after accidentally carrying a pocketknife into security. However, it seemed all was well once I got through security and walked to my flight. Well, that wasn’t exactly ...

Ding! Ding! New youth boxing program piloted by local police

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com For more than 40 years, the Altoona Boxing Club, under the direction of Johnny Robertson, served well over 10,000 young people in the community who benefited from both the physical training and personal self-discipline that is involved in boxing, ...

Spiritual notes

Volunteer gift wrappers sought The Altoona Salvation Army Worship Center is seeking volunteers the Christmas Season. Beginning November through Christmas Eve, community members, businesses or groups can volunteer to be a gift wrapper for a free community gift wrapping station. The free ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Oct. 30, 1970 U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Edwin H. Burba, who was to inspect the Altoona Area High School’s new Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program (ROTC) next week, was killed in an airplane crash in Huntingdon, W.Va. along with two other soldiers. Gen. Burba was a ...

Roland Welker wins ‘ALONE’, keeps ties to Central Pa.

Roland Welker may be a nomad of North America, yet the man’s heart is in Pennsylvania. In August, the world watched the Clearfield County native win HISTORY’s seventh season of “Alone” by surviving the northern Canadian winter for 100 days. His prize? A cool $1 million. Welker had an ...

Altoona grad and Grammy winner Paul Winter releases new album

Seven-time Grammy Award Winner Paul Winter has released a new album to showcase his signature sax voice in a “testament” to his beloved soprano saxophone. “Light of the Sun” is the first album he has made in which he is the featured soloist. It’s his most “personal musical ...

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50 YEARS AGO Oct. 23, 1970 Altoona Hospital received a $130,000 federal grant to open a family planning center at 326 Howard Ave., administrator Barbara Bilek saying “this center is not a birth control clinic, it is a family planning center.” There was no charge for its services. 25 ...

Spiritual notes

Trunk or Treat planned Wehnwood United Methodist Church, 2511 Juniata Gap Road, will hold its annual Trunk or Treat/ Light Up the Night event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. Due to the pandemic, participants are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing. There will be no games, ...

Let us overcome evil with good

Many are in a serious battle today with their health, finances and relationships and are being attacked with anxiety, fear and depression, however there is great news. We have been given the hope of restoration and deliverance in Jesus Christ, who is the great physician, is absolute truth ...

ACT announces pay-per-view schedule

The Altoona Community Theatre has announced three virtual productions beginning with the return of Rail City Improv at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 with “Live, Distanced, and (probably) Drunk.” Rail City Improv’s online performance is free but donations are encouraged, according to ACT’s Michelle ...