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Area Life

Robots headline CES Gadget Show

LAS VEGAS — Robots were front and center at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas. One even made pizza. The annual CES technology conference in Las Vegas runs through Friday and offers a forum for companies to unveil their products and services for the coming year. Here are some ...

Our spiritual evolution

People believe many different things about God and spirituality. Some are convinced that it’s arrogant to assume that we can know God’s will or walk with the Lord personally. However, what most people never stop to consider is how could the Creator ask His creation to accomplish ...

Spiritual Notes

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak of the Altoona-Johns­town Diocese has directed that the Precious Blood not be distributed in any form at Mass beginning the this weekend, Jan. 11-12, and continuing until further notice. The directive is due to the severity of the flu season. It is the belief of ...

Perspectives course kicks off Monday

The course, “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement,” begins Monday, Jan. 13, with speaker Bob Sjogren, author and president of UnveilinGLORY. Perspectives is a 15-week course focusing on the biblical, historical, cultural and strategic aspects of God’s heart for the world and how ...

‘New Zealand Night Prayer’ set

As part of the Community Common Prayer Series, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust St., downtown Johnstown, will hold a “New Zealand Night Prayer” service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. The service is free and open the public. The offering of prayer late in the evening, by laity, ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Jan. 10, 1970 Two IRA men showed a film on the new federal gun control laws at Altoona City Hall by the firearms law enforcement division of the Internal Revenue Service and about 65 local people attended. Local resident George H. Alderson Jr. questioned the “one-sidedness” ...

Gervais leads raucous Globes

NEW YORK — Ricky Gervais made a big deal Sunday about how this was the fifth and final time he was going to host the Golden Globes. Maybe that’s true. Maybe not. But it’s the frame he used this time for his devil-may-care act of jokes that provoke a swift intake of breath. Harvey ...

ACT seeks national award for late director

Altoona Community Theatre will nominate the late Steven C. Helsel for a national award in 2020, for a lifetime of outstanding leadership and service to community theater. Helsel dedicated his life to serving the theater and the community from 1987 until his death in November 2018. Among the ...

A ‘banner year’ for female filmmakers

NEW YORK — Lulu Wang, Lorene Scafaria, Melina Matsoukas and Greta Gerwig led Hollywood to a record year for women in the director’s chair. In 2019, women directed more of the most popular movies than any year before. Women directed 12 of 2019’s top 100-grossing films in 2019, according ...

Consider easy, more sustainable garden alternatives to peat moss

It may be time to say goodbye to Pete in the garden. Peat Moss, that is. Peat has been a great helper for years, especially with seedlings. It’s made our potting mixes better able to hold both water and air, so important for confined roots, and it’s helped grab onto some nutrients that ...

Theron, Craig among Golden Globe presenters

LOS ANGELES — Charlize Theron, Octavia Spencer and Daniel Craig are among the first presenters announced for Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association also announced Thursday that other presenters will include Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, Tiffany Haddish, ...

New offering

Kick off 2020 with the eighth session of Nashville Songs and Stories at Altoona’s Mishler Theatre Jan. 17 with songwriters Brian Davis, Cliff Cody and David Lee. All three country boys have penned multiple hits and toured nationally, according to organizers at Round the Mountain Music, ...

Beware of growing sin

Have you ever had the experience of something you thought was going to be a little thing becoming a big thing instead? It happened to me last week. It all began with a toothache in one of my bottom molars. It wasn’t too bad at first, but in a short time it went from mild discomfort to ...

Spiritual Notes

Revival services First United Methodist Church Hollidaysburg, 801 Allegheny St., will host revivalist/evangelist Ric Wright of Resurrection Lifestyle Ministries during special services Thursday, Jan. 9, through Sunday, Jan. 12. The first worship, teaching and equipping session begins at ...

Look for the good and you’ll find it

The world isn’t always what it seems. Nor is it always what you would like it to be. Sometimes it’s a picture painted by people who only see what they want to see — and ignore everything else. On the flip side of that, there are those who choose to see the good in the world while ...

What to do with leftover bubbly

From early December through Jan. 1 (or beyond, depending on how fervently you hang on to the holidays), the pop of a Champagne or sparkling wine cork is a welcome and frequent sound. Fizzy wine is just the most festive of drinks, whether sipped straight up in a flute or mixed into cocktails. ...

Writer shares her grandfather’s journal from 1915

On January 1, 1915 Flo Kelly made his first entry in the journal he would keep on and off until 1934. He was 37 years old and had been married for 15 years. He had a wife, Rose, and eight children. He owned a 55 acre farm right outside of Chest Springs. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. ...

Ecologist helps refashion Barbie

SALT LAKE CITY — When Nalini Nadkarni was a kid, she’d run home from school, climb into one of the eight maple trees in her parents’ backyard and spend an afternoon there with an apple and a book. That time in the treetops set the tone for the rest of her life: She’s now a forest ...

Efron: ‘I bounced back’ from illness in Papua New Guinea

LOS ANGELES — Zac Efron said he has has “bounced back” after an illness while filming a show in Papua New Guinea. On his Twitter and Instagram accounts Sunday, the 32-year-old “High School Musical” actor addressed recent media reports that he had been rushed to the hospital in a ...

Controversy hits Romance Writers of America

NEW YORK — There’s not a lot of love at the Romance Writers of America this holiday season. Lots of passion, but not too much love. The organization, which bills itself as the voice of romance writers and cites 9,000 members, has been upended over the way it has treated one of its ...