Area Life

Gluten free is topic of expo

Celiacs and others with gluten sensitivities and allergies can get an abundance of information at the fifth annual Central PA Gluten Free Expo in State College next month. The event is open to the public from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the Penn Stater Conference Center, 215 Innovation ...

Tasty Words: Strip District adventures produce new spicy gameday appetizer

One of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday is visiting food stores in the Strip District of Pittsburgh. It is such a special place to explore, full of ethnic and specialty food stores. My first visit was with my sister in college; we didn’t need lunch because we spent all day tasting free ...

Earth Matters: New pesticide rules seen as possible step backward

Though the hazards of pesticide use were recognized more than a century ago, efforts to weaken current regulations are again in the headlines. While Dow, DuPont and Monsanto met such news with smiles, many researchers, doctors and environmental advocates saw these potential actions as a notable ...

Look forward to God’s favor

People do some strange things to get attention. I should know. A few weeks ago after church, my husband Bob, daughter, Val, and I decided to get takeout pizza for lunch. Checking the fuel gauge on our van, Bob took a small detour. “Dad, the pizza place is the other direction,” Val said. ...

Spiritual Notes

The Altoona Chapter of Aglow International will meet Tuesday at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House on Seventh Street and Pleasant Valley Boulevard. Lunch is at noon, followed by the meeting at 12:45 p.m. This month’s meeting is a prayer, praise and worship gathering. Men and women are ...

Baha’is to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah

The National Spiritual Assembly of Baha’is of the United States and the local Baha’i community will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i faith, with a “Two Centuries of Light” celebration at 6 p.m. on Oct. 21 at 3948 Fifth Ave., ...

Garden Notes: Street now smells of ‘stinking roses’ again

The “stinking rose” is back. Our street is redolent with its fragrance. This is the time of year when gardeners revisit their stash of stinking roses, also known as their garlic. Creatures who fear garlic are said to have Alliumphobia. Bram Stoker and Hollywood movie makers call them ...

Review: Cheung offers up titanic works

The Altoona Symphony Orchestra began its 89th season on Saturday night at the Mishler Theatre in downtown Altoona. Concertgoers heard titanic works from the Classic and Romantic periods as a rousing beginning to Teresa Cheung’s 10th year as conductor and music director of the ...

‘I want to make God known’

Carole Wolaver learned the art of pottery when she was in her 20s and through the years was content to make pottery vases and vessels in her home workshop. And although she had been accepted at a prestigious acting school in Hollywood during her teen years, she no longer yearned to be in the ...

Rosary rallies celebrate miracle

Two Rosary rallies will be held in Blair County next weekend. Both are being held in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of The Miracle of the Sun, which occurred in Fatima, Portugal. The 11th annual Altoona Public Square Rally will be held at noon Oct. 14 at Heritage Plaza, 11th Avenue ...

Christians are never alone

Have you ever felt alone in a crowd? It happened to me the other day when I attended a baby shower for the daughter of an acquaintance. It was one of those situations in which propriety dictated I appear, but in actuality nobody cared one way or another if I showed up. I got a bad feeling ...

Three men with local ties attend St. Vincent Seminary

Three men with ties to the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese are among the new students at St. Vincent Seminary this year. Justin P. Treon of Cresson is entering the pre-theology program and is with the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. He is a 2013 graduate of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, ...

Bling-bling!: Hollander is big on color, more; work featured at 321 Gallery

Barbara Hollander, the local art museum coordinator, is colorful. It’s evident in the clothes she usually wears and the art she often chooses for display. Even her hair is a shade of red. “I do love color, and I like them all,” Hollander said. “I like black, too. The last line of my ...

Spiritual notes

The Wehnwood United Methodist Church Community String Ensemble will present the fall concert “A Potpourri of Musical Styles” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2511 Juniata Gap Road. The concert is open to the public. Food items to support the local food bank will also be collected ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO — Oct. 6, 1967 George E. Burket, president of Mid-State Advertising Corp., was named chairman of the 100th anniversary committee of the City of Altoona celebration to be held during the month of February, the month in 1868 when Altoona went from a borough to a city. 25 ...

Duo known for great stories

Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent met in Georgia while in separate bands, but they started collaborating on music and cut an album together, called "Shovels and Rope," under their individual names in 2008. "We made that record as an excuse to get together," Hearst said in a phone interview ...