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Readers can submit obituaries for pets

December 20, 2015 The Mirror publishes obituaries of pets on Mondays. The Mirror pet obituary desk is staffed weekdays by Linda Richards at 946-7441. Obituaries can be emailed to petobits@altoonamirro. more »»

Earth Matters: Awareness can help convert environmental ‘humbugs’

December 19, 2015 Humbug! Only the most hardcore Scrooges would ever seriously utter those infamous words. Christmas, after all, is one of those things that should conjure up warm, happy feelings. more »»

Still holiday shopping? Last minute gift ideas from 3 local businesses

December 17, 2015 Candy and flowers may sound like Valentine’s Day, but they could also serve as last-minute Christmas gifts, along with some other easy-to-pick-up choices at local stores, said area retailers. more »»

Meringue cookie gets a kick from adding chai

December 17, 2015 Editor’s note: This is the eighth of 12 cookies of Christmas recipes. We love warming spices around the holidays, which is one of the reasons we love to sip hot chai this time of yea. more »»

A family feast: Italian-Americans celebrate season with fish dishes on Christmas Eve

December 16, 2015 You don’t have to have seven different kinds of seafood, and you don’t have to have seven different entrees. more »»

Caramel popcorn a nice holiday gift

December 16, 2015 Every year when I was growing up, my family treked to Papineau Lake, Ontario for our extended family vacation. more »»

Offering help and hope: Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund aims to ease financial hardship

December 13, 2015 Most people know a lot about the physical aspects of cancer, but unless they or someone close to them has had it, chances are they don’t know another common side effect — financial hardships. more »»

Grief leads to helping others with cancer

December 13, 2015 When Doreen Perks’ husband, Bob, of State College died at the age of 42 of melanoma, everyone would have understood if she would have devoted all of her time to raising the two little boys he left... more »»

Hometown harmony: Altoona native Sweitzer returns with music show

December 12, 2015 Area native Tom Sweitzer will bring back his show about Altoona to Altoona on Sunday, this time performing it in an area church to benefit a local charity. more »»

Crafting cookies: Kick off the holiday baking season with these tips, tricks

December 9, 2015 No matter how ambitious your holiday cookie baking plans are, chances are good you won’t be cranking out the massive quantities most professional bakers are prepping for this holiday seaso. more »»

Pumpkin bread baked twice makes biscotti

December 9, 2015 Editor’s note: This is the second of the 12 cookies of Christmas recipes. more »»

Mocha Gingerbread Brigaeiros

December 9, 2015 Brigadeiros are a classic Brazilian truffle-like confection that traditionally blends the flavors of chocolate and caramel. more »»

Pepper Jack Crackers go with salads, dips

December 9, 2015 What’s better than cheese and crackers? Cheese in your crackers! And you can make yummy cheese crackers right in your home kitche. more »»

How to cope with death in kids’ films

December 9, 2015 LOS ANGELES — In the latest Pixar release, “The Good Dinosaur,” little Arlo’s dad is dramatically washed away by a raging river. more »»


December 9, 2015 ‘Hamilton’ Chicago-bound NEW YORK — The mega-hit Broadway show “Hamilton” is on the move — a production will open in Chicago next September. Producers said Tuesday that performances will begin Sept. more »»

Across the area

December 8, 2015 Hollidaysburg Christmas tour set HOLLIDAYSBURG?— Historic Hollidaysburg Inc. will hold its 27th Annual Candlelight Christmas Tour from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13. more »»

Civil War re-enactors plan meeting

December 8, 2015 STATE COLLEGE — The 148th PA Volunteer Infantry, Company C, Civil War Re-enactment Group will meet at Hoss’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant, 1450 N. Atherton St., at 7 p.m. Wednesday. more »»

Make the cold fun! Winter destinations

December 6, 2015 Don’t have time to go to Florida this winter? There are several great getaway destinations in central Pennsylvania, two hours or less away, even if you’re not sunning under a palm tree next to the... more »»

Special care for furry friends: Keep pets in mind when picking decorations, treats

December 5, 2015 ’Tis the season to deck the halls and trim the tree, but as you kick the holidays into high gear, keep your pets in mind. more »»

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