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Area Life

Historic schools form one body

At the exact midpoint of the 500th anniversary year of Martin Luther’s initiation of the 16th Century Reformation, two American theological seminaries with deep roots in Pennsylvania became one school. At the stroke of midnight, July 1, Gettysburg Seminary and The Lutheran Theological ...

Becoming toxic: Severe, ongoing stress can affect a child’s brain

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A quiet, unsmiling little girl with big brown eyes crawls inside a carpeted cubicle, hugs a stuffed teddy bear tight and turns her head away from the noisy classroom. The safe spaces, quiet times and breathing exercises for her and the other preschoolers at the Verner ...

Grapevine

‘Big Bang’ star pregnant LOS ANGELES — “Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch is expecting her first child with her husband, screenwriter Winston Beigel. Rauch has revealed her pregnancy in an essay for Glamour magazine in which she also opens up about a miscarriage she suffered. ...

Arts and eats: Stone Town Gallery & Cafe fills niche in Huntingdon

HUNTINGDON — Debra Tumlin just wanted a place to display and sell her mosaics and other stained-glass creations. So, she and her partner opened a small gallery downtown here in 2011 that co-existed very nicely with an adjacent cafe. But after the cafe closed and their list of affiliated ...

Following the beat of the drum

Yamoussa Camara rapidly tapped the hacksaw blades with the fingers of his right hand and, with his left hand, rhythmically rapped the back of the instrument fashioned from huge gourds. It almost resembles a guitar or a mandolin, but it is much bigger and played very differently. Called a ...

Kennedy wedding church lets in visitors

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The church where John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier wed is inviting visitors in to kneel where the couple knelt, listen to the music that played and imagine the day. St. Mary’s Church, in Newport, Rhode Island, was the site of the wedding on Sept. 12, 1953, when ...

Stylish decor and pets can coexist

It’s gotten easier to have a house full of pets without sacrificing the home decor you want. Interior designer Vern Yip, a judge on HGTV’s “Design Star” and a dog person, says new technology has led to a variety of stylish and pet-friendly home-furnishing options. “The furniture ...

‘Valerian’ director: Rihanna focused on set

LOS ANGELES — Director Luc Besson says getting Rihanna’s team on board for her role in the sci-fi epic “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” was a little painful at first. Rihanna’s manager Jay Brown was a fan of Besson’s films like “The Professional” and “La Femme ...

Remote and rustic Maine: New national monument offers chance for adventures

STACYVILLE, Maine — In a rural corner of Maine that’s so remote even Mainers call it “the willy-wags,” there’s a new place for camping, hiking and birding. But it comes with a dash of political intrigue. Maine’s new Katahdin Woods and Waters Nation-al Monument is now welcoming ...

Travel briefs

New York Replicas of Columbus’ ships heading up New York river NEWBURGH — Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus’ ships are sailing up New York’s Hudson River and will be open to public tours this month. The Nina and Pinta will be docked Thursday afternoon at Newburgh and will be ...

Local poets co-write book

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Inspired by family and life experiences, Hollidaysburg writers Tom Catalano and daughter, Emma, find that putting pen to paper is a great creative outlet, a way to express their emotions and record life’s events. And, along the way, they’ve discovered their shared passion ...

Church welcomes full-time pastor

Huntingdon Presbyterian calls the Rev. Hoover The Huntingdon Presbyterian Church welcomed the Rev. Brett D. Hoover as the 16th called pastor in its 228-year history. Hoover, most recently the pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Indiana County, hails from Bedford and is a graduate of ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: July 7, 1967 A Blair County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board was organized yesterday in Hollidaysburg with 13 board members and Rabbi Herbert G. Panitch, spiritual leader of Agudath Achim Congregation in Altoona as chairman. Rabbi Panitch received an award last year ...

Mysteries solved with God

There’s a new favorite TV detective in the Smith house, and he’s surprisingly similar to our old favorite. The fellow in question is a Roman Catholic priest named Father Brown, which is also the name of the series set in the early 1950s. Based on the books of G. K. Chesterton, the ...

Spiritual Notes

Cathedral prayer group Bob Sutton, Campus Minister and theology teacher at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, will present, “The Eucharist and the Holy Spirit,” at the gathering of the Cathedral Prayer Group on Monday. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with Spirit-filled praise and ...

John Prine hippest songwriter in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The first time a new country songwriter named Kacey Musgraves saw one of her songwriting heroes, John Prine, she had an unusual proposition when she approached. “I said, ‘Hey, my name is Kacey and I am a really big fan. I don’t want to offend you or anything, but is ...