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Area Life

Making room for Jesus

There’s one question you’re likely to hear from most people this time of year — “Are you all ready for Christmas?” Granted, this usually refers to the material, as opposed to the spiritual, and it makes perfect sense, when you think about it. Christmas, after all, requires a lot of ...

Christmas Day services set

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona — 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and Noon Our Lady of Fatima, Altoona — 10:30 a.m. Our Lady of Lourdes, Altoona — 9 a.m. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Altoona — 11 a.m.; 9:30 a.m. at Assumption Chapel Sacred Heart, Altoona — 11 a.m. St. Catherine ...

Emphasizing God’s miracle

Whether they are Jewish or not, many people know the story of Hanukkah. It is the story of how a one-day supply of oil miraculously kept the light in the Temple in Jerusalem burning for eight days. Although not one of the more significant holidays on the Jewish calendar, it has become more ...

Area churches plan Christmas Eve services

The following churches will hold Christmas Eve services Tuesday, Dec. 24: Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona — 5 p.m. and Midnight (Bishop Mark Bartchak celebrant and homilist of Midnight Mass) Holy Rosary, Altoona — 6:30 p.m. Our Lady of Lourdes, Altoona — 4:30 ...

Spiritual Notes

Chanukah celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at the Logan Valley Mall, in the common area near Applebee’s Restaurant. The free event, sponsored by the Chabad of Altoona, will include lighting of the menorah, hot potato latkes, donuts, Chanukah crafts, a balloon ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Dec. 20, 1969 The first audit in 27 years of the Altoona Delinquent Tax Board by CPA Bernard C. Dembert found that $72,500 had not been distributed to the taxing bodies but no mishandling of funds was found. Altoona, Blair County and the Altoona School District were closing ...

Royal Gardens symbolize endurance

VENICE, Italy — Venice’s Royal Gardens were first envisioned by Napoleon, flourished under Austrian Empress Sissi and were finally turned over to the public by the House of Savoy, only to fall into disrepair in recent years. After an extensive restoration, the gardens reopened Tuesday as ...

Migos, DaBaby to perform during Super Bowl week

NEW YORK — Chris Brown, Migos and DaBaby are the latest stars slated to perform during Super Bowl week in Miami. VEW Live! announced Tuesday that the acts will join Card B as headliners for the inaugural VEWTOPIA Music Festival, which takes place Jan.31-Feb.1 at Marlins Park. Others ...

Hallmark to reinstate marriage ads

NEW YORK — The Hallmark Channel, reversing what it called a “wrong decision,” said Sunday it will reinstate commercials featuring same-sex couples that it had pulled following a complaint from a conservative group. The earlier decision by Crown Media, Hallmark’s parent company, to ...

Post offices to be named for Monroe, Valens

LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump has signed resolutions renaming two post offices in the Los Angeles area in honor of Marilyn Monroe and rock ’n’ roll legend Ritchie Valens. The Los Angeles Daily News reported Thursday that the Van Nuys Civic Center postal depot will be renamed the ...

AP: ‘To Live and Die in LA’ is top podcast of ’19

NEW YORK — The top 10 podcasts of the year picked by The Associated Press. 1. “To Live and Die in LA,” Tenderfoot TV & Cadence 13. What makes this podcast from journalist Neil Strauss so riveting is how organically it all came together. Strauss was asked to help out in the search of ...

US Christmas trees supplies tight

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Customers searching for the perfect Christmas tree typically glance at Sandy Parsons’ limited offerings, then keep walking. Parsons never got her order for 350 trees from a North Carolina farm. Supplies were short, she was told. Instead, she was shipped some smaller ...

Mill might become a Grammy champ

NEW YORK — On “Oodles O’ Noodles Babies,” a song on Meek Mill’s latest album, he raps about childhood struggles battling everything from poverty to violence, and proclaims: “We couldn’t afford no clothes/It was hand me down/Who would think a (dude) get a Grammy now?” The ...

Wilde defends her role in ‘Jewell’

NEW YORK — Olivia Wilde said Thursday she does not believe the real-life journalist she plays in the new film “Richard Jewel” “traded sex for tips” despite that insinuation in the movie. In a series of tweets, Wilde called late Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs ...

Special Collection

The 33-work exhibition “William H. Rau: Connecting to Community,” presents a unique view of the albumen landscape photography collection at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona on display through May 9. Eight guest curators selected the featured photos from the nearly 600 prints ...

Spiritual notes

The Wehnwood Community Orchestra will present “The Wonder of Christmas” at the 9:15 a.m. service Sunday, Dec. 22, at Wehnwood United Methodist Church, 2511 Juniata Gap Road. There will be no 8 a.m. service this day. Shepherd’s service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the ...

Service geared toward special needs

At First United Methodist Church in Hollidaysburg, special needs individuals weren’t just hearing a story about the Good Shepherd looking for lost sheep, they were out in the sanctuary searching for lost sheep. Instead of just standing and singing songs, worshippers and family members ...

Cross-town Basketball League teams forming

TYRONE — The Cross-town Basketball League is just one of the programs Joshua House offers to youth in the community. The purpose of the program is to provide the opportunity for youth — 7th through 12th grade — to play in a non-school affiliated basketball league. “The Cross-town ...

National Film Registry announces diverse Class of 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — More films directed or co-directed by women than ever before have been added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Among the 25 selected are Patricia Cardoso’s 2002 “Real Women Have Curves,” Gunvor Nelson’s 1969 “My Name is Oona” and the ...