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Area Life

Blessed are those who believe

How do we know that God is real? I’ve been asked many times through the years, how do we know God is real when we cannot see Him, touch Him, or hear Him? There is a story in the Bible about a man who placed a high priority on being able to see Jesus before he could believe. Christ had ...

Spiritual notes

Commemoration St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., Altoona, will commemorate and remember the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the Americas during a 3 p.m. service on Sunday. The church bells will toll and a service of repentance and reconciliation ...

Locally grown, ripe for the picking

“It’s the official sign of summer,” said Dave Macharola of Hollidaysburg as he selected fresh green beans from the produce offerings at Baronner’s Farm Market, Hollidaysburg. “When they open then I know it is summer — even if it is July.” Amid a steady flow of customers to the ...

Celebrating 25th anniversary of ‘Friends’ with merch

NEW YORK — See your “Friends” on the big screen. Deck out your place with “Friends” decor. Wear your “Friends” as jewelry. Heck, buy the “Friends” Lego set and pretend it’s for your kid. If you’re a “Friends” superfan, there are lots of ways to celebrate the show’s ...

Knowing when to prune is as vital as knowing how

Pruning is one of the most fundamental tasks in gardening, and knowing when to trim is as essential as knowing how. Pruning woody plants at the wrong time can interrupt bloom cycles and damage stressed plants. “It’s time to prune whenever your pruners are sharp” is an old adage that ...

CLP’s ‘The Odd Couple’ has a twist

The comedic talents of the late Neil Simon combine with “wonderful chemistry” between the two female leads as Cresson Lake Playhouse presents “The Odd Couple” in Simon’s mid-1980s re-vamp of the 1965 Tony Award winning play. Paul Seymore, artistic director of CLP, said he knew he ...

Overcoming the odds

NEW YORK — Shia LaBeouf is trying to show how different he is from his co-star in “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” Zack Gottsagen. “Hey, Zack,” says LaBeouf. “Are you a good opera singer?” “Yes!” replies Gottsagen with a smile. “Hey, Zack. Are you good scuba ...

A journey to ministry

Coming face to face with youth who lacked guidance started Pastor Matt Hornberger on a journey to full-time ministry. About 20 years ago, he and his wife, Leann, were youth leaders at Liberty Baptist Church in Alanson, Michigan. Matt said when they worked with the elementary and junior high ...

Spiritual Notes

The Juniata Church of the Brethren will begin a new series of Sunday school lessons at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The curriculum, geared for all ages, will feature chapter by chapter study of all 52 chapters in the book of Jeremiah, and how the book of Jeremiah fits the current times we are living in ...

Stepping out for the Lord

Let’s talk comfort zones, shall we? There’s a lot to be said for them, primarily the fact that they’re comfortable. While comfort is a good thing, too much of it can lead to complacency and, even worse, stagnation. This occurred to me the other day when I was shopping for ...

Inspirational speakers coming to Lakemont

“United We Can” features a series of six inspirational speakers during a 90-minute luncheon at The Casino at Lakemont Park starting Sept. 12 with the mother of the youngest passenger on Flight 93. Deborah Borza, the mother of the late Deora Bodley, shares her story of how she has honored ...

Creative spaces are often works in progress

How do you create a space conducive to creative thinking? A number of recent books explore the working environments of creative people in search of hints and inspiration. “They’re not highly produced spaces. They are spaces that reflect the real lives of people,” says Ted Vadakan, ...

Where was Woodstock held? Five myths about the festival

By Michael Hill The Associated Press Woodstock is surrounded by myths, legends and misperceptions. Here’s the real story about five of them. Woodstock was not held at Woodstock It made sense that co-organizer Michael Lang wanted to have the concert in Woodstock. The Catskill Mountains ...

Fortnite world champ swatted at PA home

POTTSGROVE, Pa. — The Pennsylvania teen who won $3 million as the first Fortnite World Cup solo champion has been swatted. Kyle Giersdorf was live-streaming on Saturday when his father interrupted the 16-year-old to say armed police were at the door of their Pottsgrove home. Upper ...

Upcoming ArtsAltoona’s Art Jive Two canceled

Previously scheduled for Sunday, Art Jive Two Paint the Town Street Party has been canceled. The event was created to pour into the community a continued appreciation for the arts as a way to build community and to help fund the After School Arts Program (ASAP) and the Studio Arts ...

‘The Terror’ enters second season

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The second season of an AMC-TV drama series follows the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and a number of bizarre deaths haunting a community. “The Terror: Infamy” premiered Monday and stars Derek Mio and original “Star Trek” cast member George ...

No chaos as Woodstock concert site preps for 50th

BETHEL, N.Y. — Woodstock will be celebrated on its 50th anniversary, but it won’t be your hippie uncle’s trample-the-fences concert. While plans for a big Woodstock 50 festival collapsed after a run of calamities, the bucolic upstate New York site of the 1969 show is hosting a long ...

VetsAid to feature ZZ Top, Paisley, Crow

HOUSTON — Joe Walsh will be joined by ZZ Top, Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, and Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit at his VetsAid music festival to benefit veterans. The award-winning musician announced Monday that tickets for the Nov. 10 concert at the Toyota Center in Houston will go on sale ...

Carlton channels Carole King on Broadway

NEW YORK — Over the years, the Broadway show about singer-songwriter Carole King has starred powerful singers in the title role. But until now it hasn’t had one thing — a singer-songwriter. Vanessa Carlton has bravely stepped into the role of the legendary King without much musical ...