Area Life

Organizers can Karoondinha Music Fest

From Mirror reports The Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival will not be held at Penns Cave in Centre Hall next month as planned. Organizers said on the festival website that they are attempting to reschedule, but they could not be reached on Wednesday to confirm any details, including the ...

TV and films turning to young girls for their new action stars

LOS ANGELES — From the murderous Laura in “Logan” to the mysterious Eleven in “Stranger Things” to the audacious determination of Mija in “Okja,” which opened Wednesday, powerful young girls are starring in mainstream action fare like never before. Though Nancy Drew was solving ...

Paddington bear creator Michael Bond dies at 91

LONDON — It was a last-minute Christmas gift for his wife that inspired Michael Bond to create Paddington bear, the marmalade-loving teddy in a duffel coat and floppy hat. Bond would go on to see his creation enchant children for more than half a century and become an icon immortalized in ...

Edward James Olmos wants pet owners to stay home July 4

NEW YORK — Edward James Olmos has a message for pet owners on the Fourth of July: Stay home. Noisy fireworks on America’s birthday can startle animals and cause them to run away. Olmos has teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to urge owners to comfort their pets ...

Grapevine

Grammys in LA in 2019 NEW YORK— The 2018 Grammy Awards will be held in New York City, but the show will return to Los Angeles for four years beginning in 2019. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday it signed a four-year deal with the AEG entertainment company to host the show ...

Blackberry syrup, a spritzer and a mojito

When it’s summertime and the living is easy, I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the heat than with a refreshing, thirst-quenching beverage. Fruit syrups are a great addition to drinks, adding sweetness, fruity flavor, and vibrant color, and when there are more berries in the garden ...

Meals bridge cultural divisions

PHILADELPHIA — On the menu, the flavor profiles seemed incongruous: Chinese dumplings, Italian-style roast pork and a Mexican chicken dish featuring an edible weed. But when dinner was served, the guests seated and plates bearing foods of three different cultures shared, it all made ...

Queen Elizabeth II to see an increase in official funding

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II is set to receive an increase in the official funding she receives each year. Buckingham Palace said Tuesday the “sovereign grant” will be 82.2 million pounds ($104.8 million) next year — an increase of more than 6 million pounds. The increase is derived ...

Remy Ma beats Minaj at BET Awards

Remy Ma has ended rival Nicki Minaj’s seven-year winning streak at the 2017 BET Awards, a show highlighted by ’90s R&B and groups popular in that decade, as well as five wins for Beyonce. Ma, who was released from prison in 2014, won best female hip hop artist Sunday in Los Angeles, ...

Lecture series kicks off with Canoe Creek

Local historian Jim Fitch will discuss the history of Canoe Creek State Park at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Blair County Historical Society’s Baker Mansion headquarters. “If you go to Canoe Creek, there’s a number of on-the-ground artifacts like kilns, mines and railroads. We talk about ...

Earle enlists Miranda, Willie to revisit outlaw music

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Alt-country rocker Steve Earle and country star Miranda Lambert shared writing credit on one of Lambert’s biggest hits from her debut album in 2005, but the two never actually got into a writers’ room until more than a decade later. Lambert wrote the song ...

Watch ole ‘Bandit’ run: Fans ride to Georgia for film’s 40th

ATLANTA — They had a long way to go and a short time to get there, but hundreds of fans in Trans Ams have put the hammer down and made it to Atlanta to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Smokey and the Bandit.” About 350 cars this week retraced actor Burt Reynolds’ wild ride from the ...

Travel books, from literary pilgrimages to beer tours

NEW YORK — Whether you’re an armchair traveler, a road tripper or a frequent flier, books about travel can inspire and inform. Here are a few out this season on a variety of travel themes. n “Great American Railroad Journeys.” This book is a tie-in to a BBC series of the same name ...

Travel books, from literary pilgrimages to beer tours

NEW YORK — Whether you’re an armchair traveler, a road tripper or a frequent flier, books about travel can inspire and inform. Here are a few out this season on a variety of travel themes. n “Great American Railroad Journeys.” This book is a tie-in to a BBC series of the same name that ...

Travel briefs

New York Theater creates digital archive dating to Civil War NEW YORK — More than 70,000 playbills, posters and theatrical materials for a Brooklyn theater dating as far back as the Civil War era are now available on a digital archive for the viewing public. The archive for the Brooklyn ...

Local Scout earns Eagle Award

DUNCANSVILLE — Michael Elder of Duncans-ville received his Eagle Scout designation at a Court of Honor conducted at Duncansville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8724 in April. Friends, family, Boy Scout troop leaders and fellow Scouts attended the celebration, including his parents, John and ...

4 generations

Courtesy photo Four generations of Emily Veckov’s family. From left to right: Becca Fisher of Altoona (grandmother), Vicki Baughman of Hollidaysburg (great grandmother) holding Emily, and Breana Veckov of Altoona (mother). The Altoona Mirror accepts photos of families who recently added a ...

‘A beautiful experience’

Two recently ordained priests in the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown were working in the business world when they sensed the call of God on their lives. Father Jonathan Dickson of Altoona and Father Peter Crowe of State College were not looking to be pastors after college. Having earned ...

Clergy appointments set

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Bishop Mark Bartchak has announced clergy appointments — including two priests to Senior Priest Status and assignments for two newly-ordained priests — effective Wednesday. The Rev. Lawrence L. Lacovic, Pastor of Prince of Peace Parish in Northern Cambria, appointed to ...