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Garden Notes: Corn smut sought for taste, despite ugly appearance

July 25, 2015 One summer day, I went through two of my Dad’s cornfields with a mission: eradicate the gray, bulbous growth that seemed to appear in every field, particularly in the Silver Queen field. more »»

Gaining something new

July 23, 2015 Girls from across Pennsylvania will flock to Altoona this weekend in hopes of capturing one of three pageant crowns and the chance at national competition. more »»

Fresh, homegrown, delicious: Summer vegetables bountiful at farmers’ markets

July 22, 2015 They kind of look like creatures from the sea with their tendril-like leaves, and they have a funny-sounding name. more »»

Southern-style chili goes perfectly with hot dogs

July 22, 2015 Summer cookout season is in full swing. For me, the ultimate grilled treat is a hot dog. Southern-style hot dogs are loaded with chili and slaw with a healthy smear of mustar. more »»

Birds in the ’Burgh: The National Aviary offers new fowl and features

July 19, 2015 If you haven’t been to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh lately, you haven’t seen the three gorgeous birds of paradise and a colorful eagle native to Africa that have been added to the zoo’s flock. more »»

Plant food: Cresson Lake Playhouse to stage ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

July 18, 2015 Cristin Caroff said she had attended plenty of musical theater productions through her children, but her role in the ensemble for Cresson Lake Playhouse’s rendition of “Little Shop of Horrors” is he... more »»

Earth Matters: We can be guilty by association in environmental issues

July 18, 2015 Especially in today’s complicated and intertwined world, it is easy to become disconnected from the consequences of our actions. more »»

WTAJ hires new morning anchor Nelson

July 18, 2015 WTAJ has hired Colleen Nelson as its new morning news co-anchor. more »»

Late blight may be moving into region

July 18, 2015 Gardeners and commercial vegetable growers throughout Pennsylvania are once again forced to face the notorious late blight. more »»

A proud history: Tyrone’s roots cross the Atlantic to the Emerald Isle

July 16, 2015 Editor's note: This is the fourth in a monthly series on the history of ethnic and religious groups in our area. more »»

The fear of and fascination with fungi

July 15, 2015 Some cultures considered them souls of the dead. Others imagined that they provided respite for dancing fairies. more »»

Try recreating, experimenting with restaurant dishes at home

July 15, 2015 A few months ago, I received an email from Bunnie Kyle of Altoona, describing a delicious meal she had at a local restaurant. more »»

Be on the lookout: ‘Mockingbird’ sequel to be released Tuesday

July 12, 2015 The Altoona discussion group mulled the question: Who is the mockingbird? Is it Tom Robinson? Boo Radley? What exactly did Atticus Finch mean with his famous quote? “Shoot all the bluejays you want... more »»

Looking for traces of ‘Mockingbird’ in Lee’s hometown

July 12, 2015 MONROEVILLE, Ala. — Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” is always nearby in the southwest Alabama town of Monroeville. more »»

Two women born in 1800s still alive

July 12, 2015 When Susannah Mushatt Jones and Emma Morano were born in 1899, there was not yet world war or penicillin, and electricity was still considered a marvel. more »»

To the extreme

July 11, 2015 Local extreme sports enthusiasts will have the chance for a first-hand look at a sports bike rider who beat incredible odds. more »»

Garden Notes: Geraniums beautiful, rarely troubled by disease or pests

July 11, 2015 Geraniums: the bigger and more boisterous, the better. You gotta love ’em. Two years ago, I didn’t have the heart to throw away the last of my potted geraniums. more »»

Shared lineage

July 9, 2015 Joe Servello said when he initially began attending Penn State Altoona he wasn’t sure of his future goals — he just knew he didn’t want to be an artist. more »»

Altoona native Brandt to appear on ‘Talent’

July 7, 2015 Local singer Eddie Brandt will appear tonight on “America’s Got Talent.” Brandt, an Altoona native who is currently rehearsing with his father, Greggory, for S. more »»

Centre County has the whole nine yards Penn State, festivals, recreation, history

July 5, 2015 State College recently was ranked as the 14th best town in which to live in the country, in part, because of the wide variety of fun things to d. more »»

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