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Oh the Joy!: Analyzing Beethoven and his No. 9

April 9, 2015 When Ludwig van Beethoven wrote the final movement of his final symphony, No. 9, he was sending a political and historical message, as well as a personal moral lesson. more »»

Comedy genius Stan Freberg dies

April 9, 2015 LOS ANGELES — Stan Freberg, the spirited comic genius who lampooned American history in his landmark recordings “The United States of America” and was hailed as the father of the funny commercial,... more »»

Behind the Plates: A family touch

April 8, 2015 CLEARFIELD — At least twice a week, Pastor Rob Mellgard walks the three or so blocks from his Presbyterian church to Ethan’s Cafe on the tree-lined Market Street in downtown for lunch. more »»

SAMA to honor five benefactors at annual Night of Distinction

April 5, 2015 LORETTO — The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art’s fourth annual Night of Distinction will be held at the Loretto Museum on April 24 to honor five of the museum’s most dedicated and long-serving... more »»

Staycation! Blair County has lots to offer — museums, baseball, parks

April 5, 2015 (Editor’s Note: Today the Altoona Mirror kicks off a monthly feature series on travel in the region. We begin our tour in Blair County). more »»

Pollinator problems: How to attract the birds... and the bees... and the butterflies

April 4, 2015 For years, scientists at Penn State and elsewhere have been sounding the alarm about the decline of bees, butterflies and other pollinators of our necessary food crop. more »»

Garden Notes: Hydrangeas need attention, but offer abundant beauty

April 4, 2015 Just up the street is an exquisite blue hydrangea bush. It is September Sky blue, and its color intensifies as the blossoms mature. more »»

A night of doo-wop: Three legendary groups play the Mishler on April 17

April 2, 2015 Veta Gardner, manager of the Coasters, said the group is looking forward to making a return to the region as part of its 60th anniversary. more »»

New diagnosis brings new challenges

April 2, 2015 It was an ordinary December morning last year. A dull gray shadow filled my bedroom on the first floor of the Kelly household. more »»

Going green

April 1, 2015 When I think of spring menus, I instantly think of asparagus and the fresh ham that my grandmother made every Easter. more »»

‘Butter lambs’ an Easter tradition

April 1, 2015 CHICAGO — Baked ham and brightly colored eggs are standard Easter fare for many families. But for some, it’s the butter that takes center stage. That is, butter shaped like a lam. more »»

Complete your Easter table by cooking cloverleaf rolls

April 1, 2015 If there is one thing that defines my childhood memories of the big Easter spread at my Maw Maw’s house, it’s her cloverleaf yeast rolls. more »»

Alcohol brands to add nutrition labels

April 1, 2015 NEW YORK— Want to know how many calories are in your shot of Johnnie Walker or your pint of Guinness? You’re about to find out. more »»

Try tilapia for a healthy Passover dish

April 1, 2015 When I was growing up, my family celebrated both Jewish and Christian holidays. And one of my favorites was Passover. Perhaps it was the Hebrew singing that made it special for me. more »»

It’s hard, but try ignoring gossip

March 30, 2015 Dear Straight Talk: My twin sister and I play basketball. Two teammates are openly gay and rumor has it the whole team is gay and we have sex with each other. more »»

‘Bloodborne’ a punishing trek in haunted city

March 29, 2015 There’s something masochistic about video gamers. Even if you’re playing an innocuous-looking game like “Pac-Man,” you will be killed dozens of times before you get any good. more »»

Sony streaming service modernizes TV, not your bill

March 29, 2015 Sony’s new PlayStation Vue television service probably won’t save you money over cable. Starting at $50 a month, Vue offers more than 50 over-the-air and cable channels for online streamin. more »»

Harlan Coben delivers with ‘The Stranger’

March 29, 2015 Harlan Coben rolls out compelling tales set in suburbia where secrets buried underneath the facade of a happy life threaten to destroy families and neighborhoods. more »»

‘Food, fun, friends and laughter’: Events bring people together for dinner and a show

March 28, 2015 For folks who like a few laughs alongside their dinners, two local events in April offer both a taste of fine cuisine and a taste of comedy. more »»

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