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Saint Francis University to host ‘Batman’ film festival

December 2, 2015 Saint Francis University invites the public to a “Batman” movie festival from 7 to 9 p.m. today in the JFK Lounge on the university’s campus. more »»

‘Carol,’ ‘Beasts of No Nation’ lead Independent Spirit nods

November 29, 2015 LOS ANGELES — The 1950s-set romance “Carol” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara collected the most nominations last week for the 31st Film Independent Spirit Award. more »»

Boston bombing survivors brace for movies on attack

November 29, 2015 BOSTON — Less than three years after bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon, two movies, a play and an HBO documentary are in the works, causing decidedly... more »»

Groovy gabbing: SAMA curator to discuss psychedelic poster art

November 28, 2015 The 1960s counterculture, centered around San Francisco, produced some amazing art in the form of psychedelic posters that remain popular with collectors today and are part of the permanent... more »»

Garden Notes: Bayberries part of tradition around the holiday season

November 28, 2015 Between Black Friday ads, chestnuts roasting on open fires and the smell of bayberry candles, I’m on sensory overload, and it’s not even December! Northern bayberry, myrica pensylvanica, is a native... more »»

Making old new again: Green re-gifting can make Christmas special

November 26, 2015 Re-gifting at Christmas — or any other time of the year — has a bad reputation, but there are plenty of ways to give gifts from the heart — and the closet — that will delight the recipient,... more »»

Obama honors Streisand, Spielberg, Yogi Berra, more

November 26, 2015 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama recognized 17 Americans with the nation’s highest civilian award on Tuesday, including the first African-American woman elected to Congress, one of the greatest... more »»

Student of the Month: Brynne Nagy, Central Cambria High School

November 26, 2015 Age: 17 Grade: Senior Family: Parents, Thomas and Wendy Nagy, both 52, and sister Kyrah Nagy, 22 Accomplishments: Four years in Central Cambria musical theater productions, including a role in this... more »»

’Tis the season: Personalize a gift basket with Blair County food

November 25, 2015 With the holiday shopping season about to kick into full gear, are you already looking for that perfect Christmas present for the hard-to-buy-for loved one? Or that relative who has moved away and... more »»

Theater review: ‘Good Kids’ examines effects of choices

November 24, 2015 Penn State Centre Stage’s “Good Kids” delivers a clear message in 360 degrees that’s both complex and simple. more »»

Making memories: Keep children's activities in mind when planning family gatherings this holiday

November 22, 2015 As the holiday season gets fully underway this week, plenty of family gatherings await. If you’re hosting one, then one of the things you’ll need to consider is how to entertain the little ones. more »»

Make these crafts at home with the kids

November 22, 2015 Looking for more ideas? Pick up a few parenting magazines like Family Fun or Parents. Some suggested craft ideas from those magazines have been reprinted below. more »»

The color of emotion: Penn State Altoona exhibits ‘sensational’ paintings

November 21, 2015 The vibrant colors in Clarissa Gerber’s artwork are there by design. They reach out and pull you into the emotion of the subject on the canva. more »»

Earth Matters: Missouri ghost town serves as tragic cautionary tale

November 21, 2015 Times Beach, Missouri, is a modern day ghost town. Three decades after its dissolution, it still serves as an environmental cautionary tale we would be wise to heed. more »»

Fill my heart with song: Local singers, musicians to pay tribute to Sinatra at the State Theatre

November 19, 2015 Frank Sinatra’s lavish Hollywood lifestyle as a member of the Rat Pack may be famed, but ultimately, his greatest love was the music. “Most people sort of know Sinatra’s basic lifestyle. more »»

Cinnamon rolls may start a new family tradition

November 18, 2015 Growing up in a family full of home-cooks, I was always surrounded by amazing food. Most of my food memories stem from kitchen time with my mom. more »»

Twisting time: Altoona area native gaining prominence with time travel theory

November 15, 2015 An intense desire to go back and prevent his father’s death has consumed Ronald Mallett since he was 10. more »»

Helping history: Altoona plumber lauded for his work on Roosevelt’s rail car

November 14, 2015 Earlier this year, Norfolk Southern Corp. wanted to update a restored private rail car once used by one of the nation’s greatest presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. more »»

Historical Society hands out Excellence in Historic Preservation awards

November 14, 2015 The Blair County Historical Society has recognized several individuals and businesses for their efforts to preserve history. more »»

Garden Notes: Sage can be hardy addition to Thanksgiving meal

November 14, 2015 I’m taking sage leaves to Thanksgiving dinner. I’m taking pies, too, but a few sage leaves for the stuffing and a couple more for the salad and the tea couldn’t hur. more »»

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