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Area Life

Grant to help preserve Prince Gallitzin Chapel House

EBENSBURG — With its 200th birthday just around the corner in 2025, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Johnstown, recently announced a $25,000 grant to help preserve the historic Prince Gallitzin Chapel House in Loretto. “The Prince Gallitzin story is a true American tale — one of selfless ...

Spiritual notes

Annual Solemn Novena to be held The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto will hold the annual Solemn Novena in honor of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face beginning Wednesday, Sept. 23, and ending on the Saint’s Feast Day, Thursday, Oct. 1. No public services will take place. ...

Hope Crusade begins Sunday

Hope for America areawide crusade will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 13-18 at Foot of Ten Independent Baptist Church, 1130 Foot of Ten Road, Duncansville. Evangelist Chris Miller will be the featured speaker. Miller preaches at the Bill Rice Ranch, which works with churches as a revival ministry. ...

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Back to Church Sunday planned Champion Life Church will participate in National Back to Church Sunday, a nationwide event with over 15,000 churches participating, to welcome the community back to church. The theme is “Stronger Together,” a reminder that church is a place where everyone is ...

Make the best of your travels Writer shares his experiences, offers tips

I crack the aluminum lid off my mini wine bottle as I watch the airplane's altitude drop on the seat monitor. I'm the only passenger on the plane, descending alone into the land of travel writing. Writing about world travel in the midst of a pandemic when 33 countries are barring U.S. ...

Birth of Mary Celebration set

The 39th anniversary of the Birth of Mary Celebration will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8, at St. Catherine of Siena Shrine, Route 22, Duncansville. Limited seating is available, masks must be worn and social distancing is required due to COVID-19 restrictions. Celebrant/homilist will be Msgr. Bob ...

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Webinar focuses on mental illness The Rev. Ruth Moore will present the webinar “Identifying Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness” from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 15. The webinar is open to all ministry leaders and will help participants identify crisis signs of mental illness. Moore will ...

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Food pantries open for those in need -- Sacred Heart Food Pantry, 2009 Sixth Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. every Wednesday. Everyone is welcome. Currently, no ID or proof of income is needed. For more information, contact Carol at carolr616@verizon.net. -- The Twenty-eighth ...

Faith-based groups invited to submit information

Faith-based groups are encouraged to submit information on their community service efforts for the 2020 Blair County Proud edition. A new form has been created for faith-based groups highlighting the ways they are staying “Blair County Strong” to benefit the community throughout the ...

Highest quest is to know God

The Christian worldview of life is about learning what God requires and willingly accepting the call to become a devoted disciple of Christ. This life-changing decision has everything to do with yielding mind, body, and soul to the Creator of heaven and earth. It’s definitely worth ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Aug. 21, 1970 Twelve pupils from the Deborah Anthony School of Dance won three first place trophies and three second place trophies at the Jay Dash Convention in Philadelphia over five days in ballet, acrobatics and jazz. Phyllis White won two firsts and Mrs. Anthony one. 25 ...

Writer’s bicycle trips created a wealth of stories to tell

When I set off on one of my long bicycling trips throughout the seventies or eighties, the interesting stories that came from them were an unexpected reward. During my 13 years as a high school Earth Science teacher, I used those stories to both amuse and instruct. I have often chuckled that ...

What to do during the pandemic

Typically, craft vendors Joanne Sorge of Williamsburg and Barb Geist of Altoona travel to 30 to 50 festivals and fairs and shows, with most happening during the summer weekends. This year has been far from typical for Geist who makes mesh wreaths in various designs. The season started strong ...

Spiritual notes

‘Polish Feast’ dinner planned A drive-thru “Polish Feast” dinner will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Polish National Catholic Church, 136 Hilltop Road, Lilly. The menu includes halupki, haluski, pierogies, a roll and dessert. Cost ...

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50 YEARS AGO: Aug. 14, 1970 The Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce voted to create a non-profit corporation for the development of the Horseshoe Curve as a tourist attraction as requested by Paul Woodring, president of the Blair County Tourist and Promotion Bureau. 25 YEARS AGO: Aug. 14, ...

Negotiating life with COVID-19

There are small moments of joy that happen in a day – speaking a kind word, sharing a smile, or taking that first sip of coffee in the morning. These moments often exist in the background of daily life. So much so that they can be taken for granted and not be appreciated for what they are ...

Johnstown injustice resurfaces in new book

Ninety-seven years ago, an ethnic cleansing occurred in Johnstown. The tale of two-thousand Black and Mexican community members ordered to leave the city resounds in Cody McDevitt’s recent book, “Banished from Johnstown.” McDevitt, an investigative reporter based in western ...

Combat recovery course launched

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-based Military Families Ministry USA Inc. is launching a program designed to provide practical help for service members, veterans and families dealing with the moral and spiritual wounds from combat trauma. The ReBoot Combat Recovery Course will begin Sept. 1 at The ...

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Milk giveaway planned A milk giveaway will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 5715 Roselawn Ave., Altoona. One thousand gallons of milk will be given away while supplies last. All are welcome. Eighth novena to be held The eighth novena of ...

Christians: It’s OK to be ‘real’

I realize that church leaders must be real with their feelings because if they did not come through our personalities, we would all seem very robotic. But at the same time, many feel pressure to be excited and happy all the time because they want to keep everyone pumped up, and fear if they ...