Area Life

Boats return to Great Salt Lake after being beached by drought

SALT LAKE CITY — Dozens of beached sailboats that spent two years on the shore of Utah’s drought-stricken Great Salt Lake were hoisted on cranes back into the briny waters Thursday after winter storms raised lake levels. “Mother Nature has been very kind to us,” said Janet Robins, the ...

MTV dumps gender-specific categories for Movie, TV Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — MTV has scrapped gender specific categories for its upcoming Movie & TV Awards. In place of the Best Actress and Best Actor categories, this year’s awards will honor a non-gendered Best Actor in a Movie and Best Actor in a Show. The move follows the Grammy Awards’ ...

Earth Matters: Bald eagle sighting recalls past dangers to species

Riding my bike along the Little Juniata River on a beautiful spring evening earlier this week, I was grateful to have the time to be out and about. Though the bleak, leafless trees of early spring were not nearly as beautiful as their green foliage of summer, I was enjoying the scenery along ...

Endurance is a part of life

Let’s talk endurance, shall we? According to my online dictionary, endurance the noun is defined as, “the fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.” Endurance the adjective is “denoting or relating to a race or other sporting event ...

Easter egg hunts

The following churches have announced Easter egg hunts for children: Fairview United Methodist Church will host an Easter egg hunt at noon Saturday. The event is open to children ages 12 and younger. The egg hunt will be held at the 25th Avenue, Third Street ballfield. St. John’s Reformed ...

Spiritual notes

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 519 58th St., has announced these services in observance of Holy Week — 7 p.m. Bridegroom Matins on Monday and Tuesday. A service of Holy Unction will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. St. John the Evangelist Church will host the prayerful observance ...

Palm Sunday services

The following churches have announced Masses and worship services for Palm Sunday on April 9. Some services and vigils will be held Saturday and are noted in the list. Palm Sunday is the day of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, One Cathedral Square ...

Maundy Thursday services

The following churches will observe Maundy or Holy Thursday, the night known as the Last Supper, on April 13: Logan’s Valley Baptist Church, 335 Main St. Bellwood — 7 p.m. with Pastor Funteller H. Jackson. Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, One Cathedral Square — 7:30 p.m. (Adoration ...

Good Friday services

The following churches will observe Good Friday/Holy Friday in remembrance of the day Jesus Christ was crucified on April 14: The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona, 315 40th St. — noon to 3 p.m. with the theme “Glory in the Cross” based on Galatians 6:14. The topics and preachers are: ...

Modern and classical dance coming to Eisenhower

Classical ballet and modern dance, as well as visual arts, are all a part of the Jessica Lang Dance production coming to the Eisenhower Auditorium stage at Penn State University on Wednesday. “We try to bring something fresh and new to the campus and the community each season, and Jessica ...

ASO brings Bruckner work to stage

Music lovers are in for treat Saturday when the Altoona Symphony Orchestra not only performs a major piece for the first time but uses rare instruments most people have probably never heard before. The Altoona Symphony will perform Anton Bruckner’s “Symphony No. 7 in E Major.” Maestro ...

Hefner’s Bunny business bared in docuseries

NEW YORK — Most Americans would hate living in a world untouched by Hugh Hefner. That’s a message from “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story,” which premieres Friday on Amazon Prime. It will come as no surprise that this docuseries treats its subject, the founder of the ...

Somerset County: Home to triumph, tragedy, peaks and a lot of history

Editor’s note: This is the 17th installment in a regular series on travel. In this installment, we visit Somerset County. SOMERSET — Somerset County is Pennsylvania’s seventh largest in size with 1,075 acres, much of it in beautiful, rolling hills of farmland and forests and the ...

Travelers cite politics as factor in US trips

NEW YORK — Some international travelers are citing politics as a factor in whether to visit the U.S. this year, according to survey research by the tourism marketing agency Brand USA. The findings add to existing concerns about the tourism industry. Other new data shows that a slowdown ...

Maine in NY: Marsden Hartley landscapes at Met Breuer

NEW YORK — A little bit of Maine has come to a Manhattan museum with the opening of “Marsden Hartley’s Maine.” And for travelers who want to see the places depicted in the paintings, there’s a companion itinerary for visiting Maine. The exhibition at The Met Breuer museum includes ...

Expeditions to send huge trash bags to help clean Mount Everest

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Mountaineering expedition organizers in Nepal are sending huge trash bags with climbers on Mount Everest during the spring climbing season to collect trash that then can be winched by helicopters back to the base camp. Dambar Parajuli of the Expedition Operators ...

Travel briefs

South Carolina Wooden Swamp Fox roller coaster now a landmark MYRTLE BEACH — It’s been a wild ride for the Swamp Fox, a 51-year-old wooden roller coaster in Myrtle Beach that has been given a historic designation. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported the ceremonial proclamation was ...

‘Women’s Night Out’ to be ‘rollicking good time’

A night for women to laugh, relax, have fun together and appreciate their worth is all part of UPMC Altoona Healthy Living Club’s upcoming “Women’s Night Out.” The annual event for women of all ages will be held at The Casino at Lakemont Park on April 27. Nancy Witter, a Certified ...