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Area Life

Music in the Burg: 17th annual concert series to feature multiple genres

The Hollidaysburg Area Arts Council finally was able to book the U.S. Navy’s country-bluegrass ensemble for the borough’s summer concert series. “We’ve been on the list for five years, so when their availability came up in July, I said, ‘I’ll take it,’” said Marie Little, ...

Build a better world: Library Summer Learning Program set

Usually area libraries have a special summertime campaign to encourage people of all ages to read more books, but this year, the campaign has added something different. Just like their counterparts statewide, Altoona Area Public Library and its partner libraries in Blair County will ask ...

Detour app has 150 audio walking tours

The Associated Press If you’re looking for a knowledgeable traveling companion, consider installing the Detour app on your smartphone. The app offers 150 audio tours for walks through fascinating nooks and crannies in popular destinations, such as New York, London, Paris, Washington, ...

Travel briefs

District of Columbia Int’l arrivals to US down slightly in September 2016 WASHINGTON — International arrivals to the U.S. declined slightly in September 2016 compared with September 2015, continuing a downward trend in inbound tourism that began earlier in 2016. The U.S. Department of ...

Earth Matters: Conclusions drawn in 1798 continue to echo today

The acceptance and rejection of scientific research, predictions and warnings of pending environmental difficulties is not unique to today’s dispute over man-induced climate change. These sorts of debates have been raging for centuries. I was reminded of just how long when I came upon a ...

Spiritual notes

Strawberry festival A strawberry festival will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. June 11 at the Cresson Presbyterian Church, corner of Third Street and Keystone Avenue. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children under 10 years of age. A basket auction will also be held. Film club Meta Narrative, a ...

Treasure the simple things in life

By Erin Kelly The View From Here Growing up, I always heard people say that the simple things in life were the best and that nothing could compare to simplicity and the joy it brings. I never argued with that, partly because I felt like I didn’t have any evidence to prove otherwise. At ...

Johnstown gearing up for Thunder in the Valley

The roar of motorcycles and the twang of country music will be heard across downtown as Johnstown prepares for its annual Thunder in the Valley motorcycle rally June 22 to 25. Music headliners include Cresson native and finalist on “The Voice” Josh Gallagher and 38 Special. Gallagher, who ...

Danielle Ebersole Claysburg-Kimmel School District Student of the month

Age: 18 Grade: Senior Accomplishments: Recipient of the FBLA’s National Community Service Award for 200-plus hours during the 2016-2017 school year. Placed second in the state for FBLA, participated in the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. She is a six-year CKHS ...

CBS says Pelley out as ‘CBS Evening News’ anchor

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says Scott Pelley is out as "CBS Evening News" anchor after six years in the role, and network veteran Anthony Mason will fill in temporarily as a search for a new anchor begins. The network announced Wednesday that Pelley will return to work full-time at the network's ...

Looted statues, pottery returned to Italy after probe in NYC

NEW YORK — Seven ancient statues and pottery vessels are headed back to their homeland in Italy after authorities said they tracked down the stolen items in New York City. Dating back as far as the eighth century B.C., the artifacts were looted by Italian tomb raiders in the 1990s, then ...

Florida’s Siesta Beach best beach in US

SIESTA KEY, Fla. — The sand on Siesta Beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast is as fine as powdered sugar, a pure, sparkling white and soft as a kitten’s fur — all because it’s comprised of 99 percent pure crushed quartz. For that reason, and many others, it was selected this year as the ...

Saldana, Del Toro help open new Disney ‘Guardians’ ride

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Stepping inside Disney’s latest theme park attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT!, is like being thrust into one of blockbuster films’ pulsating, action-packed trailers. Music blares throughout the tower drop ride as guests are treated to a visual feast ...

Garden Notes: Classic, aromatic lilac a welcome addition in any garden

Each spring, my grandmother could tell when all danger of frost had passed. She watched her lilac bush. Today, we’d call it an “indicator plant.” Plants use temperature, precipitation and available sunlight to time their yearly blooming. A lilac won’t open its buds until it knows for ...

The ‘Great American Midway’: SAMA curator explores an enduring tradition

“The Great American Midway” may be more about pop culture than actual art, but Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art curator Scott Dimond thinks it will be a lot of fun to talk about that uniquely American icon at his next installment of “Conversation with the Curator.” “The Great ...