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Area Life

Clear thinking gift from God

There’s a lot to be said for clear thinking. That’s one of the main reasons I decided at an early age to never be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The way I see it, if I make a fool of myself, I want to be able to take full credit. Our daughter, Val, is that way, too, which is a ...

Evangelist, missionary to speak

Christian evangelist and missionary to the Muslims, the Rev. Dr. Jay Smith, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Canoe Creek Brethren in Christ Church, 348 Beaver Dam Road, Hollidaysburg. Smith was born in India to Brethren in Christ missionaries. Both his parents and grandparents were ...

Spiritual Notes

Evening prayer The pastors and parishioners of Zion Lutheran Parish and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish, both of Hollidaysburg, will gather for evening prayer at St. Michael Church at 5 p.m. Sunday to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The service will consist of the ...

Pennsylvania Consort celebrates Handel’s Messiah

The Pennsylvania Consort will celebrate 30 years of presenting Handel’s Messiah at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Bedford United Methodist Church, 132 E. John St., Bedford. This long-standing traditional event, anchored by the 50-plus volunteer choir assembled from Bedford, Blair and Cambria counties, ...

Former Deadhead now a one-man-jam band: Keller Williams coming to State College

For years, guitar player and singer Keller Williams couldn’t afford to hire accompanying band members, so he put technology to work for him by using live looping of multiple instruments to put on his one-man-jam act. Williams is bringing his music that combines elements of bluegrass, folk, ...

Elton John celebrates 25 years of AIDS foundation

NEW YORK — A teary and emotional Elton John celebrated the 25th anniversary of his AIDS foundation with a gala in New York City, raising about $4.4 million and telling the audience that they would end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. John’s efforts to raise awareness and fight against AIDS were ...

Garth Brooks is entertainer of the year

Garth Brooks continued his winning streak as entertainer of the year at the 2017 Country Music Association Awards, beating out Luke Bryan and Keith Urban. Brooks, who has won the top prize six times, also beat Chris Stapleton and Eric Church on Wednesday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, ...

Garden Notes: Conference spurs writer to plan next year’s garden

On a cold, windy day in September, I attended the Grazing Conference and Cattle Evaluation, sponsored by the Blair and Huntingdon Conservation Districts through the PA Agricultural Ombudsman Program. It was worth every shiver to listen to Dr. Allen Williams and Jeremy Engh. Williams is a ...

A check off the bucket list: Altoona woman visits all 59 national parks

Growing up in Altoona, Mary Anne Lepore frequently hung out with friends at Colerain Picnic Area near Spruce Creek, hiking the woods and enjoying the great outdoors. In the last decade, the financial adviser took her love of nature to a level many only dream about. When Lepore traveled 7,000 ...

Gratitude: Oprah’s out with her favorite things

NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey’s back with her longest holiday gift list ever at 102 of her favorite things. Ranging in price from free (downloads of her Super Soul Conversations podcast) to $2,000 (for a 55-inch TV that morphs into a painting), Winfrey’s annual list will be featured in the ...

‘God will find something for you’

Destructive storms, such as hurricanes and tornadoes, do more than destroy buildings and homes. They uproot lives. After the waters recede and the mopping up is done, the work is not over. Many people whose dwellings have been hit by violent winds or high water have to wait years before ...

Portage church celebrates 100 years

Saints Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, 143 Church Road, Portage Township, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the parish on Sunday. There will be a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 3 p.m., with His Eminence, Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla celebrant. After the Divine ...

Glad to be a child of the King

All things considered, I’m glad to not be of royal descent. It just seems way too difficult. I’ve been mulling over the highs and lows of being a highness — a royal highness, that is — ever since watching a British TV show about King Henry VIII, the much-married medieval monarch. ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Nov. 3, 1967 Altoona native and former U.S. Congressman James E. Van Zandt was special guest at a Republican party rally at the Jaffa Mosque. Mr. Van Zandt served 22 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and was a Navy veteran of WWI and WWII, retiring from the Naval Reserve ...

One email led to a chain of events that changed lives

There’s a first time for everything — first steps, first words or first new experiences. With each of those comes a feeling of uncertainty or fear, no matter how many times it’s pushed down or ignored. It’s a feeling that’s sometimes confusing, but can also help you gain a new ...

Hey Y’all: Lowcountry, Southern-inspired cuisine popular at Gigi’s

STATE COLLEGE — The exposed brick walls, ornamental wrought iron and chandeliers remind you of Charleston, South Carolina. The fish net draped from the ceiling, along with nautical-rope light fixtures, oyster shells and other coastal relics remind you of the Lowcountry and all the good food ...