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Sailors on stage: U.S. Navy Concert Band coming to Hollidaysburg

January 24, 2016 Tickets to the U.S. Navy Band concert in Hollidaysburg next month may be the hottest in town and will be available starting Monday at three locations. more »»

Famous dog show adds seven new breeds

January 24, 2016 NEW YORK — A bumper crop of seven new dog breeds will get a shot at being best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club competition next month, while a new obedience contest makes more room for... more »»

Garden Notes: Sassafras offers beautiful option as specimen tree or shrub

January 23, 2016 Once in awhile, on the way down the lane, my granddad would stop the truck, reach out the window and break off some twigs of sassafras. more »»

Breast cancer and hope: Things Unseen Theatre bringing one-woman show to Altoona

January 21, 2016 Sherry Dilling has loved the message and style of the play, “My Left Breast,” since her days at Juniata College in Huntingdon. more »»

Adele, Lamar to play at Grammys

January 21, 2016 NEW YORK — Hello, it’s Adele, and she’s performing at next month’s Grammy Award. more »»

Slim down in 2016 with spring rolls

January 20, 2016 With the arrival of a new year, many people pledge to exercise, focus on their health and start eating right, even if only to lose those added holiday pounds. more »»

Nominations invited for ‘20 Under 40’

January 17, 2016 The Mirror is now accepting nominations for its ninth edition of “20 Under 40,” which will recognize 20 deserving community members younger than 40 years old in the June edition of Blair Living. more »»

Time to talk travel and make memories

January 17, 2016 Editor’s note: This is the eighth story in a regular series on travel. In this installment, we check out how and when to start planning your vacation. more »»

Maurice Hines on life,why he doesn’t tap in the morning

January 17, 2016 NEW YORK — When Maurice Hines tells a story about Sammy, he means Sammy Davis Jr. When he mentions Ella, that’s Ella Fitzgerald. more »»

A good read: Area book clubs foster fun, camaraderie among members

January 16, 2016 While book clubs may have a reputation for being snobbish or cheesy, that’s not the case around here, say club coordinators. more »»

Earth Matters: Vigilance, location help county avoid water problems

January 16, 2016 With the Charleston, West Virginia, water system catastrophe still fresh in our memories, another Rust Belt city — Flint, Michigan — finds itself in an even more unpleasant predicament. more »»

‘Revenant’ leads Oscar nods with 12

January 15, 2016 NEW YORK — The brutal frontier saga “The Revenant” leads the 88th annual Academy Awards with 12 nominations, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers. more »»

Let me take you down: State Theatre to host ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ tribute concert, fundraiser

January 14, 2016 John Lennon may have been the first to take us down to Strawberry Fields, but a slew of local bands will be making the same journey at the State Theatre next weekend. more »»

Cosby’s wife to be deposed

January 14, 2016 WORCESTER, Mass. — Bill Cosby will not be deposed next month in a lawsuit accusing him of defaming seven women who accuse him of sexual assault, but his wife will be, a federal judge ruled Wednesda. more »»

Restaurant at Park Hills now open to the public: Tavern 27 features Mediterranean

January 13, 2016 Even in winter, the view from Tavern 27 restaurant at Park Hills Golf Club during dinner is stunning, with a panoramic tableau of the fairways and greens, the city of Altoona off to the right and a... more »»

Bring birds to your backyard: Feathered friends need food, water and shelte

January 10, 2016 Beth Garner loves watching the birds in her Hunting-don County backyard so closely that she gets attached to them and figures out their personalities, such as which is boss and which isn’t so popular. more »»

Counting the birds in Blair Non-native starlings continue invasion

January 10, 2016 The latest Juniata Valley Audubon Society bird count showed that starlings remain the most common species present in Blair County, and that’s not necessarily a good thing, said JVAS President Laura... more »»

What, how you serve impacts which birds visit

January 10, 2016 Bluebirds, robins, other thrushes: Suet, suet mixes, mealworms Buntings, sparrows: Millet sunflower hearts, black oil sunflower seed Cardinals, grosbeaks: Sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, cracked... more »»

Garden Notes: Forcing hyacinth bulbs has long, storied tradition

January 9, 2016 “What is it?” “Maybe we can eat it.” “Give it to Mikey...” In the 1600s, when hyacinth bulbs were brought from Turkey to Europe, there was speculation that it was a new food. more »»

Swan song: ‘American Idol’ starts last season after 14 game-changing years on TV

January 7, 2016 LOS ANGELES — It started on June 11, 2002, with a couple of unfamiliar hosts posing in an empty theater and making an overblown declaration to TV viewers. more »»

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