Area Life

Elliott, in tears, gets inducted into Songwriters Hall

NEW YORK — Missy Elliott, the creative mastermind who has written hit songs for a number of female acts and created camaraderie among women in the music industry for more than two decades, felt the love back from her musical sisters as she became the first female rapper inducted into the ...

PSCS premiere of ‘The Last Day’ will no doubt see many more

“What would you do if you knew this was the last day, the very last day?” Writer/composer Mike Reid and writer/lyricist Sarah Schlesinger already have many successful musical shows to their credit. And Reid has his own indelible connection to Penn State, as an All-American defensive ...

Arena homage

The 22nd annual Thunder in the Valley Motorcycle Rally in Johnstown features renowned rock ‘n’ roll experiences with the groups Hairball and FireHouse performing, June 21 and 22 respectively, and is anticipated to draw 100,000 people through the weekend. “Hairball is a two-hour, ...

Night of Music

Christian music lovers are being invited to enjoy an evening of inspiring and diverse performances while helping teens develop their ministry gifts. A Night of Music will be held at 6 p.m. June 23 at Trans4mation Church, 1001 S. First St. Admission is $5. The event is a fundraiser for nine ...

Labyrinth prayer service set

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust St., Johnstown, has a Chartres-style 30-foot diameter 11-circuit labyrinth laid in the stone pavers of the courtyard in front of the entrance to the parish hall and adjacent to the Memorial Garden. The labyrinth, installed in the late 1990s, will be ...

Spiritual notes

An outdoor Mass honoring married couples with Bishop Mark L. Bartchak, as the celebrant and homilist, will be held at 7 p.m. July 14 at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Alleghenies, Loretto, next to the Basilica of St. Michael. The general public and married couples are invited. Bring a lawn ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: June 14, 1969 Delores Conners, an 8th-grader from Philadelphia won the spelling bee, and David Smith, a high school student from McSherrystown won the oratorical prize, at the Catholic War Veterans oratorical and spelling finals held at the Penn Alto Hotel, Altoona. Leslie ...

Read all summer long: Stop ‘summer slide’ – take kids to a library

“Summer slide’’ is the phrase teachers, including librarians, use to refer to the erosion in learning that kids experience during the summer months. Some studies suggest children lose two months of math and reading skills over the summer. When they return to school in the fall, teachers ...

Joshua Gunnett 20 under 40

Joshua Gunnett

20 under 40 Current residence: Roaring Spring Hometown: Martinsburg Age: 30 Family: Wife, Sarah; daughters, Lucy and Asher Place of employment: Gwin, Dobson & Foreman, Inc. Job title: Senior engineer Education: Geneva College Business role models: Yvon Chouinard, and other ...

Anne Frank remembered on her 90th birthday

AMSTERDAM — For Jacqueline van Maarsen, attending Anne Frank’s 13th birthday party in 1942 was a welcome distraction from the grim reality of life in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam during World War II. Enjoying movies and cookies at Anne’s apartment meant “we didn’t think about it at that ...

Microgreens: a tiny, nutritional, easy-to-grow crop

If you like munching on seedlings, consider directing your palate toward microgreens. These tiny vegetables burst with rich, leafy flavors ranging from spicy to sweet, and their nutritional power exceeds that of the adult plants. Use them as garnish, sprinkle them onto salads and soups, add ...

Penn State Centre Stage premiering new show

Altoona native and Grammy Award-winner Mike Reid has co-written a musical for Penn State Centre Stage entitled “The Last Day,” which debuts at 8 p.m. today and continues through June 22, at the Penn State Downtown Theatre. A former Penn State Nittany Lion defensive lineman, Reid ...

Putting women first in ‘Big Little Lies’

LOS ANGELES — Women dominate “Big Little Lies,” both on the screen and in the behind-the-scenes power of Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who are executive producers as well as stars of the HBO series. But how does Adam Scott, who plays husband Ed to Witherspoon’s Madeline, ...

Study: women underrepresented in animation jobs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Women make up roughly half of all executives in animation, but a study released Monday says the numbers fall significantly when it comes to female directors and other leadership roles in the industry. The study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and the nonprofit ...

Albuquerque eyes Route 66 upgrades in ‘forgotten’ area

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico’s largest city is the latest to embark on upgrades to its portion of the historic Route 66 Highway. Officials in Albuquer-que want to see improvements to a barren stretch of Route 66 in an area that some complain is a forgotten part of the city, KRQE-TV ...

Barenboim’s tenure in Berlin extended by five-year contract

BERLIN — Conductor Daniel Barenboim is getting a five-year contract extension as general music director of Berlin’s Staatsoper, which would keep the maestro at the opera house until 2027, the city government said recently. Klaus Lederer, Berlin’s state culture minister, said an ...

Roberts, Lee toast Washington at AFI event

LOS ANGELES — Denzel Washington was the man of the hour Thursday night with everyone from Julia Roberts to Spike Lee turning out to celebrate him as this year’s recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award. But when he finally took the stage to accept the honor he did something unexpected: ...

Summer sensations

By Amanda Drumm For the Mirror Vibrations in downtown Altoona this summer will not just be from trains rolling through town. Instead, reverberations will also be heard from the music from bands who will perform as part of the Summer Sounds Concert Series. The returning concert series — ...

Local author likens life to glass

In her book, “Restoring the Shattered,” Nancy E. Head of Altoona looks at several facets of life that are like broken glass, but can be restored to a beautiful and colorful stained glass window in God’s hands. Her original goal in writing the book was to encourage Christian unity, but ...