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Area Life

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 ...

Characters say tourists inappropriately touched them

ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World employees who portray Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck each filed police reports this month claiming they were inappropriately touched by tourists. The woman inside the Mickey Mouse costume went to the hospital with neck injuries caused by a ...

Blankets to put you in the comfy zone

Author Lucy Maud Montgomery, of “Anne of Green Gables” fame, loved a good blanket. “I like to hear a storm at night,” she wrote. “It is so cozy to snuggle down among the blankets and feel that it can’t get at you.” Congresswoman Barbara Jordan once mused that the world would ...

Advice to first-time gardeners: Think small

Another growing season is building momentum with the arrival of the 2020 seed catalogs, and gardeners are drafting plans for new harvests. There’s such a thing as being too enthusiastic, though, especially among novices. Beginners can achieve their best planting results by thinking ...

Political writer Greider dies at 83

WASHINGTON — William Greider, a longtime political writer for The Nation, Rolling Stone and The Washington Post, died at his home in Washington Wednesday at the age of 83, according to his former editor. The Nation’s Editorial Director Katrina vanden Heuvel tweeted Thursday that Greider ...

Annual tradition

A new decade is on the horizon. Casting out your bad habits and launching the resolutions to start a fresh chapter is just the beginning. Ringing in the hopefulness of the New Year with others who share a passion for change, arts and entertainment is possible at First Night State College. The ...

Spiritual notes

All night prayer meeting, sponsored by Blair County Pastors Network, will be held from midnight to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1. People from churches in Altoona will gather at host church, Altoona Alliance Church, for an all night prayer gathering. This prayer gathering is open to anyone ...

New Year offers new possibilities

Do you believe that God intervenes in the affairs of mankind or do you consider the philosophy where He stands back and calmly watches everything happen? I admit that sometimes it seems like He chooses to not be involved, but I’m convinced the Bible reveals His passionate desire to ...

SAMA features ‘Women in Art’: All-female artists works’ on display

LORETTO — Several regional artists have works included in “Women in Art: Selections from the Permanent Collection” at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art’s permanent collection. The museum will close for the holidays but will reopen Jan. 2. The exhibit runs through Jan. 18 along ...

‘Sacred Sisters’ exhibition also on display

Also at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto is “Sacred Sisters” a 9-work exhibition by Philadelphian Holly Trostle Brigham, a figurative painter who creates mythical allegories of contemporary and historical subjects in watercolor. Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Trostle ...

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 ...