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Area Life

Author urges gardeners to form one big ‘national park’

Imagine if all the back and front yards — and even patio container plants — across the country were seen as one magnificent patchwork quilt, a ‘‘Homegrown National Park.” Home gardeners would join forces to bring back a variety of native plants to protect and nurture struggling birds, ...

Managing anger appropriately an essential life skill

This is the final part of a series on mental health. Perhaps no human emotion is more misconstrued and maligned than the emotion of anger. Anger, in and of itself, is not a bad thing, but many people have been conditioned to believe that even feeling anger — much less expressing it — is ...

Back to church — Diocese plans reopening

Priests in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will resume the public celebration of Reconciliation beginning Saturday, according to directives issued this week by Bishop Mark L. Bartchak. In an effort to reopen churches closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, Bartchak also laid out plans to ...

Local Voices — Where did our religious freedom go?

Not having the luxury of sports or entertainment to distract me during this pandemic has afforded me some extra time to pray and contemplate the present Covid-19 situation. Gov. Tom Wolf seemingly has the legal authority (although I question the legitimacy) to shut down all nonessential ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: May 22, 1970 Famous CBS newsman Harry Reasoner was in Altoona for the Mercy Hospital 60th annual Founders Day dinner at the Penn Alto Hotel and said that the “Americans are people with the greatest challenges in history.” 25 YEARS AGO: May 22, 1995 Both the Unity ...

Things Unseen Theatre plans virtual auditions, performance

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, auditions and performances of “45 Plays for 45 Presidents” will be done virtually. Auditions will be accepted online from May 17-May 30. For those auditioning, during the production you will be required to shoot footage from home under the ...

PSU website offers creative outlet

UNIVERSITY PARK — As millions shelter in place at home due to COVID-19, many are turning to art to pass the time, relieve stress or spark joy — either as consumers or artists themselves. Penn State has launched a new project called “Viral Imaginations: COVID-19” to give all ...

Area National Parks open

The National Park Service (NPS) Units of Western Pennsylvania, following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Flight 93 National Memorial, Fort Necessity ...

Spiritual notes

Dinner canceled, drawing to go on Saint Mark’s Catholic Church 21 Club complimentary dinner party for the 21st drawing will not take place Sunday, May 17 due to the coronavirus restrictions. The drawing will be held that day and the video of the drawing will be on Saint Mark’s Facebook ...

Local churches plan ‘regathering’ Sunday

As some area businesses look to reopen under social-distancing guidelines aimed to slow the spread of COVID-19, so, too, do churches, which were not required by law to close, but which did so out of concern for their congregants. “We are not violating any laws,” said Pastor Gary G. Dull of ...

Diocese looks to reopen

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak has announced plans to reopen church buildings in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and the gradual return to sacramental life. “The closing of churches and suspension of the public celebration of Mass and the sacraments were necessary precautions taken for the health ...

Spiritual notes

Aglow meeting Altoona Aglow Lighthouse will meet through a conference call at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16. The group now has its own phone number. To join the discussion and prayer time, dial 1-978-990-5357 and enter access code 7323577#. The pound sign must be included to sign ...

God sees, hears, knows all

God loves you more than anything and has a beautiful plan for your life. One of His attributes is being omniscient, which means He understands everything, including where you are, what you are going through and what you are thinking. John Bunyan, who wrote Pilgrims Progress, was visited ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: May 8, 1970 The Mustangers Club of Altoona, whose members owned a Ford Mustang, Ron Johnson president, met at Beasley Ford Sales to present a check to the March of Dimes from funds earned by a rally race the group conducted. Attorney Benjamin I. Levine, vice chairman, accepted ...

Focus on mental health: Purpose fosters perseverance

The old adage holds that where there is a will, there is a way. No matter what the obstacle or obstacles that are standing in front of a goal, a person’s motivation and desire to reach that goal are often the biggest factors in his or her achieving it. Motivation and desire are often ...

Self-help techniques examined

This is the introduction to a four-part series by John Hartsock on mental health, which will run on the Saturday-Sunday Life section covers in May. At left is the first part of the series. By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com A variety of factors can influence any person’s state ...

Spiritual notes

The 69th Annual National Day of Prayer event will be held at noon Thursday, May 7, at Legion Park, North Juniata Street, Hollidaysburg. Due to the coronavirus, it will be a drive-in event. The theme is “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth” and will feature keynote speaker the Rev. ...

Healing Patch offers advice about COVID-19

Supporting grieving children and families has long been the priority of the Healing Patch Children’s Grief Program. Now that families are not able to gather physically for peer support groups, the Healing Patch is providing other ways for families to connect and offering validation for all ...

Columnist shares her trials in her second book

Erin Kelly says that those in her house were never allowed to say “I can’t.” In an interview on her upcoming autobiography, “The Resilient WriterWheels: Can’t is a Bad Word”, Kelly explains how that philosophy has been a focal point of her life and teachings. Mirror: What about ...