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Area Life

Spiritual notes

Outdoor worship, ice cream social set First United Methodist Church in Hollidaysburg has been hosting “Thirsty Thursdays.” The outdoor worship gatherings provide a safe space for those who do not feel comfortable worshiping indoors. The psalmist encourages all to thirst for God … for the ...

Time for takeoff

A year after pandemic precautions all but halted work to raise the world’s most endangered cranes for release into the wild, the efforts are back in gear. Fourteen long-legged, fuzzy brown whooping crane chicks — one more than in 2019 — are following their parents or costumed ...

Climate situation is urgent

Much to the chagrin of those in the community less enthused about environmental protection, I don’t think I’ll ever run out of topics to write about. Climate change, all by itself, could provide enough to fill this space every other weekend. Yet I try not to dwell on global warming and ...

Auto tour event unites communities through the arts

PINE GROVE MILLS — A new event, dubbed “Route 45 Getaways!” will be held July 31 through Aug. 8. Pine Grove Mills and Millheim are the anchor points for the nearly 25-mile stretch of road that connects the two towns. Between the two points, organizers estimate there are nearly 50 ...

The art of reopening your home

Now that pandemic restrictions are easing, there is a gentle art to opening your home again to guests who (like hosts) are out of practice and grappling with a somewhat changed social terrain. Because the pandemic isn’t over and comfort levels vary, etiquette and homes experts agree that ...

Weeds aren’t all bad, but must be controlled

Eons ago, the first humans learned to drop seeds into the ground to grow plants for food, for beauty and for fiber. We’ve come a long way developing what plants we grow and how we grow them. And throughout all this time, weeds have tagged along. But what is a weed? It’s nothing more than ...