Area Life

Keeping history alive

Astride McLanahan’s passion — keeping local and family history alive — will be recognized Thursday with the 2018 Preservation Pennsylvania Henry A. Jordan Award. McLanahan will receive one of 22 awards presented at the State Museum of Pennsylvania during the annual Pennsylvania Historic ...

Ancient treasures reveal turbulent past

BERLIN — An arrowhead firmly lodged in the skull of an ancient fallen warrior, a voluptuous woman’s form carved from ivory and the mask of a Roman river god are among more than 1,000 major archaeological discoveries being brought together for the first time. The exhibition opening Friday ...

Met promises vocal treats and retooled Ring

NEW YORK — Jonas is back, if only briefly. Anna is here, in full diva mode. The seemingly unstoppable Placido marks his 50th anniversary. And the “Ring” contraption returns — maybe for the last time — with a promise of greater reliability and fewer “clunks and clicks.” These ...

Pitt’s foundation sues architect over New Orleans homes

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Actor Brad Pitt’s foundation has sued a New Orleans architect, saying defective design work led to leaks and other flaws in homes built for residents of an area that was among the hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. The lawsuit filed Tuesday says damages caused by ...

High-quality entertainment

Marching bands, legendary pop stars and soaring comedic talents are on tap at the Bryce Jordan Center this fall as performers include Justin Timberlake, Metallica, Trevor Noah and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Owned by Penn State University, BJC is the third largest arena venue in Pennsylvania, ...

Fundraising event at Camp Harmony

HOOVERSVILLE — Camp Harmony, 1414 Plank Rd., Hooversville, is holding a Toyland fundraising event from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 29. The proceeds of the fundraiser will be sent to The Enmanuel Children’s Home in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in order to create positive change for the lives of at risk ...

Shopping spree set for Oct. 16

The American Rescue Workers are sponsoring a shopping spree from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 16. The event will be held at Boscovs, 139 Falcon Ln. in Altoona. Attendees will receive a 25 percent off shopping pass that is good for that day only. Tickets can be purchased at www.altoonatickets.com.

Jesus, a true example of life

I confess. I love TV, especially sitcoms. This is often to the chagrin of my husband, Bob, and daughter, Val, who much prefer Fox news programs and sports. One show that all three of us enjoy, however, is “Frasier.” Now in reruns — the show ended several years ago — the series takes ...

Spiritual notes

LYRA, an a cappella group of five professional vocalists from St. Petersburg, Russia, will present a concert of Russian choral music at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 208 West Foster Ave., State College. The first part of the concert — sacred music of the Russian ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Sept. 21, 1968 Ahron Caspl and Sharon Moshe, fire department chiefs from Israel, visited the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Co. in Hollidaysburg, Larry Corbin assistant chief, as part of a tour of fire departments in the United States to learn about the latest equipment and ...

Building the foundation

You’ve probably enjoyed hiking or fishing in many state parks without knowing the men who built them did so as part a nationwide jobs project during the Great Depression. The unemployed men got jobs with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), part of a massive public works project created ...

Sloan Foundation programmer to receive honorary book award

NEW YORK — If you’re a fan of “Hidden Figures” and Margot Lee Shetterly’s story of three black female mathematicians’ contributions to the space program, you should thank in part the efforts of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “We made a grant to Margot Lee Shetterly when she was ...

New Charles Krauthammer anthology coming Dec. 4

A retrospective of the late Charles Krauthammer’s speeches and writings will come out Dec. 4. Crown Forum announced Tuesday that “The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors” will include both political and personal thoughts and an introduction from his son, Daniel ...

Breathing life into the Bakers

Artist Michael Allison’s portraits of Altoona’s most well-known industrialist family — Elias Baker, his wife and three children — are now on display at the historic Baker Mansion providing insight into Altoona’s prominent 1800s family. “I tried to humanize the family and try to ...

Making a difference Juniata student, Nobel Laureate aim to inspire change

At 2 years old, Liliane Umuhoza’s life changed and her family was decimated in a genocidal tidal wave across Rwanda. Now 26, Umuhoza, a senior at Juniata College, Huntingdon, seeks to inspire change — an ideal shared with a Nobel Laureate for Peace who visits in October. “The ...

Emmy hosts ready for fun, politics, mishaps

LOS ANGELES — Michael Che and Colin Jost, typically stuck behind a desk as “Saturday Night Live” news anchors, are moving to a grander setting Monday as Emmy Awards hosts. The comedians got in the mood at Thursday’s rollout of the traditional arrivals carpet — yellow-hued this time ...

Apple Watch inching toward medical device

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch from a niche gadget into a lifeline to better health by slowly evolving it into a medical device. In its fourth incarnation, called Series 4 and due out later this month, the Apple Watch will add features that allow it to take ...

Tomasz Ritter wins Chopin piano contest

WARSAW, Poland — Tomasz Ritter of Poland was announced the winner Thursday of the world’s first Frederic Chopin piano competition performed on instruments from the composer’s era. Japan’s Naruhiko Kawaguci and Poland’s Aleksandar Swigut both won second place. Third place went to ...

New Beginnings

Altoona Community Theatre opens its 2018-19 season September 20 to 23 with four performances of the Southern comedy-drama “Steel Magnolias” at the Mishler Theatre, sponsored by First National Bank. Written by Robert Harling and based on his real-life experience with his sister’s death ...

Catholics ‘Arise Together in Christ’

Catholics in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown are preparing to take part in a program designed to strengthen and deepen their faith. Called Arise Together in Christ, the program will involve five six-week programs spread over the next three years that will feature faith sharing. It is based ...