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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 »»

Soup recipes?

January 7, 2016 Soup recipes? The Mirror’s Life Department is planning a story on soothing soups for the winter and is asking readers to send in your recipes for publication. Email to chicks@altoonamirror. more »»

Kindness makes a difference

January 7, 2016 Ihave always believed in the old adage, “Never judge a book by its cove. more »»

Who were you watching? Trump, Jenner, Williams among 2015’s most eye-popping TV

January 3, 2016 NEW YORK — It’s been a year of shifting sands in late night. A year of broken trust in two vastly different TV personalities. And a year when presidential debates became must-see T. more »»

Dream steam: It’s not spring, but it may be the perfect time to clean your carpets

January 2, 2016 Some people enjoy cutting a rug, but experts recommend you give it a nice deep clean first. Robert Cowan, owner of Beatty’s Carpet Cleaning Inc. more »»

Now is the time to act on global warming

January 2, 2016 In a world full of conflict, it is notable when nearly 200 countries can agree, at least in principle, on a matter of great importance to the entire planet. more »»

Plaid enters home decor

January 2, 2016 By Leanne Italie The Associated Press NEW YORK — Plaids are having a fashion moment as retailers and designers play with the classic pattern. more »»

Student of the month: Taylor Strong Northern Cambria High School

December 31, 2015 Age: 17 Grade: 12 Family: Parents, Holly Rummel and Paul Strong; brother, Shane Rummel, 23, and sisters, Abby Strong, 13, and Whitney Strong, 12 Future goals: To attend Indiana University of... more »»

Happy (nearly) 2016: Time for resolutions both big and small

December 31, 2015 NEW YORK — Sure, sure, sure. You’re gonna quit smoking, lose weight, get organized and work for worldpeace in 2016. And we’re pulling for you. We really are. more »»

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