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Earth Matters: Christmas trees have been holiday tradition for centuries

December 20, 2014 No holiday is more steeped in tradition and nostalgia than Christmas. Beyond commemorating a 2,000-year-old holy event, many Christmas traditions go back centuries. more »»

Trinkets for the tree: Turn your child’s old toys into ornaments

December 18, 2014 From tractors and trains to cats and knights, my son’s evolving obsessions all find a place on our Christmas tre. more »»

‘Saving Private Ryan’ among films preserved

December 18, 2014 WASHINGTON — “Saving Private Ryan” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” are among 25 movies being inducted this year into the National Film Registry for long-term preservation, the Library of Congress... more »»

Sharing music way to stay connected to friends

December 18, 2014 Luke Maguire Armstrong doesn’t pen a holiday letter to friends. The guitar player and songwriter prefers to communicate musically. more »»

Tasty Words: Throw a healthy, hassle-free holiday appetizer party

December 17, 2014 What I love the most about the holiday season is the opportunity to share food with family and friends. more »»

Bell ringer doesn’t allow disease slow her down

December 14, 2014 Carolyn Fenchak of Ebensburg is an excellent musician, at one time playing the trumpet, her fingers flying over the valves to play the quick eighth notes. more »»

Garden Notes: Books can make great gifts for your family’s gardeners

December 13, 2014 Stumped for a gift for a gardener? Consider one or more of the following books. I find myself referring to them often. “Spring Flowers of the Northeast” by Carol Gracie (ISBN 978-0-691-14466-5. more »»

The power of bells: Bell choirs ‘make you think of heavenly things’

December 12, 2014 There’s something about Christmas that gets people thinking about bells, said Ann Makin of South Ebensburg. She should know. more »»

Twix candy bar inspires holiday treat

December 11, 2014 Editor’s note: Today’s recipe is the second of the “12 Cookies of Christmas” by the Associated Press. The Mirror will print a cookie recipe every day until Dec. 21. more »»

‘Birdman’ leads Screen Actors Guild noms

December 11, 2014 LOS ANGELES — The dark show-business comedy “Birdman” soared with a leading four Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, including best ensemble cast. more »»

Share your adventure: Personalize cards with vacation photos

December 11, 2014 Areti Bratsis has found that summer visitors to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, often have more on their minds than going to the beach, eating seafood and watching sunsets. more »»

Monaco’s Princess Charlene gives birth to twins — a girl and a boy

December 11, 2014 MONACO — For the first time since Monaco was founded in the 13th century, its royal family gave birth to twins on Wednesday, and cannons were fired to celebrat. more »»

Sting joins his show ‘Ship’ on Broadway

December 11, 2014 NEW YORK — Grammy Award-winner Sting jumped aboard his Broadway musical “The Last Ship” as its newest star Tuesday night, hoping to help right a show that’s been listing dangerously at the box office. more »»

Music was Lennartz’s true calling

December 10, 2014 Her love for music began with the piano, probably about in the fourth grade, as her mother recalled, but Crystal Grove Lennartz soon realized her true calling, playing the violin. more »»

Poker Basics: Weigh the odds and give up ‘the chase’

December 7, 2014 Let’s call today’s column, The Chaser and how not to become one. Recently, my play has been limited to play money chips on Pokerstars.net. more »»

Lifting up their voices: Area choral groups perform seasonal concerts

December 7, 2014 Area singers will lift their voices in song for the holidays. more »»

An oft elusive yet gifty treat: coffee table books

December 7, 2014 NEW YORK — As self-purchases, coffee table books may seem like pricey indulgences, but as gifts they’re an easy way to please a connoisseur, hobbyist or wannabe. more »»

Earth Matters: Food practices raise environmental, health concerns

December 6, 2014 The way we produce, transport and purchase our food has changed profoundly since World War II, all in the course of an average lifetime. more »»

Births

December 4, 2014 Nov. 16, 2014 Bentley Lee Walter, a son born to Tiffany N. Walter, Claysburg, at Nason Hospital, Roaring Spring, at 2:24 a.m. Nov. 17, 2014 Jocelyn Kate Bender, a daughter born to Robin L. more »»

From the heart: Mapleton-Union Elementary School student gives back

December 4, 2014 Mapleton-Union Elementary School student Nathan Glasgow, 9, has a giving heart. When his grandmother, who was traveling in Texas, told him about a Sept. more »»

 
 
 

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