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Area Life

God’s love never changes

King Solomon knew his stuff — there truly isn’t anything new under the sun. I came to this realization recently while working on an assignment for one of my college classes. The class is called Advanced Group Therapy Techniques, and it’s been pretty decent overall with lively ...

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church hosts Greek festival

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church will host its Greek Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in the church parking lot, 15th Avenue and 13th Street. The festival will feature baked goods, including baklava, filo fused with nuts and honey; koulourakia, twisted and circle cookies; ...

Ambassadors help national parks mark 101st birthday

How do you top a centennial? The National Park Service marks its 101st birthday Friday amid a “Parks 101” campaign enlisting celebrities as ambassadors for the park system’s hidden gems. Parks 101 ambassadors have included cast members from the cable show “Queen Sugar” touring ...

RZA, Ferrigno celebrate Stan Lee’s creativity

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Stan Lee was the subject of a love fest Tuesday night, as actors, directors, artists and illustrators lauded the Marvel Comics legend for creating a vast universe of fantastic, flawed, righteous and relatable superheroes. Mark Ruffalo, Aisha Tyler, Lou Ferrigno, RZA ...

Princes William and Harry speak candidly about Diana’s death

LONDON — Princes William and Harry have spoken candidly about the death of their mother, Princess Diana, in an interview marking 20 years since she was killed in a car crash in Paris, paying tribute to the actions of their father in breaking the tragic news. Excerpts of the BBC interviews ...

Benzel among Governor’s Awards recipients

LANCASTER — Pennsyl­vania Council on the Arts Executive Director Philip Horn recently announced the recipients of the Governor’s Awards for the Arts at a community arts event at the Lancaster City Alliance headquarters. Ann Benzel of Hollidaysburg will be among this year’s ...

Designer in dispute over Pitt chateau

PARIS — A French lighting designer has won a $600,000 court ruling in a dispute with Brad Pitt over the re-design of the chateau in Provence that he and Angelina Jolie shared. But designer Odile Soudant isn’t stopping there. Soudant says her business went under and her career was ...

Popular film series revived: Showings open to the public as well as students

A 2016 film about an interracial couple that defied 1950s segregation laws and a 1940s classic comedy about women poisoning their lonely tenants during Halloween are just two of this year’s selections of the Penn State Altoona Downtown Film Series. Suspended in late 2015 due to finances, ...

Sisters finally working together

NEW YORK — Shelby Lynne has a succinct explanation for why she and her sister Allison Moorer had two decades of successful solo careers before making a disc to-gether. “Timing,” she said. The Alabama-bred sisters have forged their own identities skirting the Americana music world. The ...

Turkey bones may trace fate of cliff dwellers

DENVER — Researchers say they have found a new clue into the mysterious exodus of ancient cliff-dwelling people from the Mesa Verde area of Colorado more than 700 years ago: DNA from the bones of domesticated turkeys. The DNA shows the Mesa Verde people raised turkeys that had telltale ...

Charlie Cox, Finn Jones on 2 Marvel-ous ‘Defenders’ roles

NEW YORK — Maybe you know them as Iron Fist and Daredevil. But now Finn Jones and Charlie Cox, who star as these Marvel superheroes on the Netflix series “Iron Fist” and “Daredevil,” have joined forces with Mike Colter (“Luke Cage”) and Krysten Ritter (“Jessica Jones”) for a ...

National Park Service ends ban on disposable water bottles

PHOENIX — The federal government announced Wednesday it will eliminate a policy that allowed national parks like the Grand Canyon to ban the sale of bottled water in an effort to curb litter. The National Park Service said in a statement it made the decision to “expand hydration options ...

Showing the Love: Cambria County art center exhibiting late artist’s work

A respected artist who was instrumental in founding the Com­mu­nity Arts Center of Cambria County is the subject of an exhibition currently on display through Aug. 25. The Joe Love Collection includes more than 90 pieces by the late artist whose family donated them to the CACCC after he ...

Garden Notes: Society suggests alternatives to grass for your lawn

Edwin Budding, an Englishman, invented the lawnmower in 1830. Around the same time, Justus Liebig, a German, invented a chemical fertilizer to encourage longer, thicker grass. Improving on the Budding design immediately became a challenge for all engineers and inventors. The cast iron ...

Summer festival offers fun for all

The folks at the Altoona Alliance Church have been busy the past few months preparing for a community outreach event to be held next weekend that will fill some of the parking lots around the church, located in the former Value City building, beside Planet Fitness, at 3220 Pleasant Valley ...

Spiritual notes

Polish picnic Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 136 Hilltop Road, Lilly, will host a Polish picnic from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The event will feature ethnic and American food from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Charlene’s School of Dance will perform from 1-2 p.m., followed by The Hallmarks, with Polka ...

Are you paying attention?

Pay attention! Sorry, that came across as a bit harsh. It seems to me, though, that most folks go through life not paying much attention to the people, places and events all around them. It’s true in my husband, Bob’s, case. Bob, you see, is a one-thing-at-a-time kind of a guy. This is ...