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Area Life

‘A beautiful experience’

Two recently ordained priests in the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown were working in the business world when they sensed the call of God on their lives. Father Jonathan Dickson of Altoona and Father Peter Crowe of State College were not looking to be pastors after college. Having earned ...

Clergy appointments set

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Bishop Mark Bartchak has announced clergy appointments — including two priests to Senior Priest Status and assignments for two newly-ordained priests — effective Wednesday. The Rev. Lawrence L. Lacovic, Pastor of Prince of Peace Parish in Northern Cambria, appointed to ...

God tops Twinkies and HoHos

What makes a good debate? A variety of things I suppose — enthusiasm, knowledge, passion regarding the chosen topic, and, perhaps most of all, the certainty of being correct. Let’s face it, nobody ever won on a platform of “Well, I’m pretty sure my point of view is the right one, but ...

Spiritual notes

Holy Rosary Church in the Juniata section of Altoona will host Vacation Bible School from 9-11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Youth will visit the Roman marketplace to experience Paul and the Underground Church. First Baptist Church, Altoona, will host Cave Quest VBS: Following Jesus, the ...

Knights served at ordination

On May 27, 24 Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus in full regalia “guarded” the Ordination of Father Peter Crowe and Father Jonathan Dickson at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. Six of the 24 were from St. Thomas the Apostle Council 1439 in Bedford. Serving at the Ordination ...

Joyful Noise to lead service

Joyful Noise, a Christian band from the Martinsburg area, will lead the 9:30 a..m. worship service Sunday at St. John’s Reformed Church of Loysburg. The public is invited. The seven members of Joyful Noise have been playing and singing together for 13 years, starting at the Martinsburg ...

‘The Music Man,’ reprised: Americana, nostalgia for a cynical world

The producers and director of the upcoming “The Music Man” are hatching more than just the Tony Award-winning plot and Grammy Award-winning music of the 1957 Broadway hit. Besides what is promised to be a funny, charming and nostalgic show, “The Music Man” has a couple of subplots; it ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: June 23, 1967 Joan H. Ruck, chairwoman of the science department at Hollidaysburg Area High School, was to lead a group of nine girls to a one-week youth science convention in Montreal, Canada, partly sponsored by the United Nations. 25 YEARS AGO: June 23, 1992 Altoona City ...

Summer salads: Meat and potatoes get healthy remake

Generations of Americans have grown up heralding meat and potatoes as the classic dinner of choice. Who doesn’t love the taste of that time-honored combination, filling our bellies with the comfort of a juicy, fatty steak and fluffy, carby spuds? Just thinking about it is enough to make us ...

Spicy orange dressing and shrimp creates tasty duo

Summer’s here and the time is right for summer salads gussied up with light proteins. Boiled shrimp is the perfect candidate, especially when it’s paired with orange, avocado and mint, as it is here. There is a problem, however; shrimp often becomes bland and chewy when it’s boiled. In ...

Tips for the ultimate coconut cream pie

For the past few years, the coconut cream pie has hung at the top of my culinary bucket list. I’ve been trying hard to master a unique pie that will capture title of my family’s annual Thanksgiving pie contest. I’ve made coconut pudding pie and layer cake several times, but have been ...

Choir homeless, but not voiceless, at Carnegie Hall

NEW YORK — They’re homeless, but a group of men and women from Texas has made it to Carnegie Hall. The storied New York City concert hall was the venue last week for a performance by the Dallas Street Choir, all singers recruited from urban streets and homeless shelters who’ve been ...

Summer vacation? About half of Americans say they can’t afford it

Forget frequent flier miles, last-minute getaways and even road trips. Nearly half of Americans say they won’t be taking a vacation this summer, mostly because they can’t afford it, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The new AP-NORC ...

Nature lover leaves legacy to parks

SEATTLE — Nancy Zingheim barely knew Rita Poe when Poe approached her office at a Washington state RV park. Poe, a shy registered nurse, had a request for the RV park business manager: Could Zingheim help her with her will? Weeks later, the 66-year-old Poe died of colorectal cancer. In her ...

Bob Seger catalog available for streaming

NEW YORK — Bob Seger is finally letting you stream his music. The 72-year-old singer announced Friday that 12 of his albums would be available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and other platforms. Ten of the Seger albums are also available for digital download for the first time, ...

Homes on wheels: RVs offer the freedom to roam

After retiring 10 years ago, Mary Rhyner and her husband, Warren, hit the road in their recreational vehicle, like thousands of — if not a million — Americans. But they always could come home to their Fairview neighborhood house in Altoona. Until two years ago, when they sold it. “The ...

Earth Matters: Educators create teachable moments out of blight

Litter, piles of trash, graffiti, overgrown yards, weed-covered street tree wells, illegal street signs... Beyond being unsightly, these are the things upon which larger scale blight and property decay is built. Yet where some see ugliness, others see opportunity. Three educators — ...

A family of faith

By Linda T. Gracey For the Mirror For the father, it is a blessing; for the son, a pleasure; and for the grandfather, it is an honor. And, as they prepare to celebrate Father’s Day, Pastor Gary Dull, his son, Chaz, and his father, Gorman, said they consider it a privilege to work ...