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Area Life

Toy maker tests way to recycle bricks

NEW YORK — Lego is looking to keep its plastic bricks out of the trash. The Danish toymaker is testing a way for customers to ship their unwanted bricks back and get them into the hands of other kids. It said Tuesday that customers in the U.S. can print out a mailing label on its site, ...

Cathedral hosts Vienna Boys Choir

An international choir, steeped in tradition, will perform in Altoona later this month. The Vienna Boys Choir will be in concert at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, One Cathedral Square. The concert is free, but an offering will be accepted. First ...

Thayer finds calling in music

Leslie C. Thayer always knew she wanted to be a music director. She remembers directing a “pretend choir” at age 4 or 5. She also wanted to be an organist and got her first position at a Methodist church in Altoona at age 17. After high school, she left the area to attend college and ...

Spiritual Notes

Novena The 10th Novena of 2019 to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Therese (the Little Flower) offered by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto will open on Tuesday, Oct. 22, and end on Wednesday, Oct. 30. All intentions submitted to the nuns will be remembered with the special Novena ...

Pomegranate prose

Ode to a Pomegranate Oh, luscious fruit Your jewel-like seeds From deep within, do call But the only way I can wrench them free Is to hurl you against a wall. In case you’re not very familiar with the pomegranate, allow me to elucidate. The pomegranate comes from a ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Oct. 11, 1969 The Blair County Chapter of the American Red Cross joined with dozens of area churches to send almost 800 “ditty bags” to soldiers in Vietnam, to be shipped by the Penn State Altoona ROTC. The ditty or gift bags were first organized by the Red Cross in 1916 ...

Folklorist to explain Christmas traditions

The ever-popular Folklorist Michael Allison traces the intertwining of ancient pagan, Roman and early Christian beliefs into modern winter and holiday traditions to be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mishler Theatre. “Last year I gave two different talks and they still turned people ...

Hemp has been grown for hundreds of years

Hemp. You can eat it, feed it to cattle, and make fabric, building materials or car parts. You can use it to make Frisbees, sunglasses, Legos, Coca Cola bottles or flower pots. It’s of absolutely no use if you want to get high. Hemp is the non-mind-altering cousin of marijuana. It has ...

ASO features cellist in season opener

The Mishler Theatre provided an escape from the walking dead on Saturday night as conductor Teresa Cheung led the Altoona Symphony in the first performance of their 91st season. This program could not have been a more vivid contrast of resurrection as the musicians brought back to life some ...

Tyrone native pens book on area paranormal sites

Several Altoona area railroad-related sites are featured in a new book about the paranormal written by a former Tyrone man. Now of State College, Matthew L. Swayne recently released his fifth-paranormal-themed book entitled “Haunted Rails: Tales of Ghost Trains, Phantom Conductors and Other ...

Dr. Dre, Iovine unveil high-tech new building at USC

LOS ANGELES — Andre “Dr. Dre” Young and Jimmy Iovine want a new high-tech building bearing their names at the University of Southern California to become a place where young creatives can understand marrying the concepts of art, technology and business. The music business partners along ...

Fear ‘N’ Beer set for Oct. 12 at PNG Field

From Mirror News reports The third annual Fear ‘N’ Beer event features 40-plus brews to sample during a Halloween-themed extravaganza at Peoples Natural Gas Field Oct. 12. “It’s a spooky and thrilling tasting event,” said Madalyn McCaulley, event specialist with the Altoona Mirror, ...

Watching a friend chase his dream is inspirational

There are times when we question what we’re doing with our lives — or how we’re spending our time. We might look at someone else’s skills or talents and say, “Wow, they’re good!” Watching that person do what they do can be fascinating and even exhilarating. We may not know ...

Celebration of sound: Eclectic mix of local artists to perform on stage

A group of local musical talents will perform in “A Celebration of Song and Sound” at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Church in the Middle of the Block, 217 Fifth Ave., Altoona. Charlotte Ames Eichelberger is a familiar local journalist, but a big headline in her personal life right now is her role ...

ZombieTown USA Saturday at Heritage Plaza

From Mirror reports The fourth annual Zombie Town USA takes place this Saturday at Heritage Plaza and throughout downtown Altoona and features live entertainment, a Halloween parade and a Zombie-themed wedding. The event attracts Zombie lovers from throughout Pennsylvania, New York and ...

Low attendance doesn’t diminish heart of event

Having been part of the first Earth Day as a thirteen year-old eighth-grader in 1970, I knew what sort of impact such a day could have. Photos of the morning bicycle parade through downtown and a story about the environmental teach-in at Logan Junior High that evening made the front page of ...

Happy now? Everyone is talking about ‘Joker’

LOS ANGELES — There may be no such thing as bad publicity, but the spotlight on “Joker” is testing the limits of that old cliche. The origin story about the classic Batman villain has inspired pieces both in defense of and against the movie. It’s been hailed as the thing that’s ...

Air gondolas join Disney World’s transit system

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Walt Disney World recently introduced its newest way to get around the Florida resort: an aerial cable car system that whisks visitors from hotels to theme parks three stories above the ground while going 11 mph. The Disney Skyliner cable cars opened to visitors ...

Growing fresh figs across the country

Seems like just about everyone likes the idea of growing figs. Perhaps it’s some primal attraction for this ancient fruit. The rich, sweet flavor of the tree-ripened fruits is definitely part of the reason. Figs can, in fact, be grown over much of the country. Although the plant is ...

Spider-Man gets another swing with Marvel

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Spider-Man won’t be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe anytime soon. After a public fallout last month, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Studios have found a way to work together. The studios said Friday that they would be teaming up once more to ...