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Couple bridges religious divide

October 17, 2014 FORT WAYNE, Ind. — For the past 18 years, Pyi and Nancy Htoo have struck a balance between her Midwestern German background and his Burmese culture. more »»

Slavery backdrop for book on trust

October 17, 2014 DEKALB, Ill. — William and Jane Ann Moore hope people will discover the words of abolitionist Owen Lovejoy and, like them, find his words as powerful today as they were 150 years ago. more »»

Buddhist monastery opens in Indiana

October 17, 2014 BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A 21,000-square-foot Tibetan Buddhist monastery under construction in Bloomington for two years has opened. more »»

Caring for hangnail turns into messy, smelly endeavor

October 17, 2014 It’s funny how the most innocent circumstances can turn into a big mess. Last week my daughter Val was having some problems with one of her fingers. more »»

Life after Nickel Mines

October 10, 2014 Marie Roberts Monville went from being an unassuming spouse and mom to the wife of a man who committed one of the most shocking crimes in the nation overnigh. more »»

Aglow to present trafficking concerns

October 10, 2014 Susan Vigliano will speak about human trafficking and how it is occurring in Pennsylvania, including Altoona, at two events being sponsored by the South Central Pennsylvania Team of Aglow ... more »»

A quiet spirit discovers words that enrich life

October 10, 2014 A husband and wife had been married for many years when the husband began to fear that his wife was going deaf. He implemented an informal exam. more »»

St. Thomas Aquinas observes 125th anniversary

October 10, 2014 ASHVILLE — St. Thomas Aquinas Parish recently observed its 125th anniversary. The church held a Mass Sept. 7 concelebrated by Bishop Mark L. more »»

Church of God plans open house

October 10, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Hollidaysburg First Church of God, meeting at the Pine Street Chapel, 514 Pine St., will celebrate its renovation projects with a two-day open house this weekend. more »»

Feline models know how to pose for purrfect shots

October 10, 2014 God’s Word tells us that Christians are a peculiar people. I’m pretty sure the Lord had my daughter, Val, in mind when he said that. more »»

Spiritual notes for Oct. 10, 2014

October 10, 2014 Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd., will hold its Phase 2 Expansion Dedication Service at 4 p.m. Sunda. more »»

Dominicans honor couple

October 3, 2014 By Linda T. Gracey Ben and Esther Woodring are risk takers. They would not say so themselves. Instead, the Bellwood area couple would say they just followed God’s leading. more »»

Christians to unite in their celebration of the Lord’s Supper

October 3, 2014 October 5 is World Communion Sunday. It is an annual event, the first Sunday of each October, in which Christians worldwide celebrate our oneness in Chris. more »»

Pastor, wife write book on excuses

October 3, 2014 A local pastor and his wife have written a book, “Excuses, Excuses: The Church-Goers Complete Unabridged List of Available Excuses. more »»

Sister inherits cooking gene, sibling only gets the crumbs

October 3, 2014 There’s a lot to be said for tradition, the process of passing down family ways from one generation to the next. Nowhere is tradition more keenly experienced in my family than in the kitchen. more »»

Four sisters with ties to area celebrate their golden jubilees

October 3, 2014 Four Sisters of St. Joseph with connections to the Catholic Diocese of Al­toona-Johnstown celebrated their golden jubilees last month in Baden. more »»

Spiritual notes for Oct. 3, 2014

October 3, 2014 Hicks Memorial United Methodist Church, 1211 Third Ave., Dun­cansville, will hold a chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18. Proceeds will benefit the Family Services teen shelter project. more »»

Fighting Ebola from afar

September 26, 2014 The Ebola breakout in West Africa may seem like miles away, but it strikes at the heart of some people in the area. Among them is the Rev. Dr. more »»

First Lutheran pastor likes hiking

September 26, 2014 The Rev. Dr. Barry R. Folmar has been working as an interim pastor at First Lutheran Church in Altoona since the beginning of the year. more »»

Found treasure does not always bring happiness

September 26, 2014 John Steinbeck’s literary genus is well known, but not many have read his penetrating little book called “The Pearl.” Steinbeck’s story begins with a poor Mexican pearl diver named Kino. more »»

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