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Earth Matters: Our national parks face many common challenges

September 10, 2016 The United States National Park Service began its 100th anniversary celebration this summer, and it gives us an opportunity to reflect upon both its past and future. more »»

Patriotic musical tribute marks 9/11: Downtown Night Market in Altoona follows show

September 8, 2016 The public is welcome, but you better bring tissues. The patriotic musical tribute, America 9/11 Family Together, will mark the 15th anniversary of Sept. more »»

Marilyn’s ‘Happy Birthday’ gown going to auction in the fall

September 8, 2016 NEW YORK — The flesh-colored, skin-tight beaded gown Marilyn Monroe wore during her breathless rendition of “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy is going on the auction block this fall. more »»

Worth the drive: The Way Cafe near Port Matilda uses local ingredients

September 7, 2016 PORT MATILDA — It’s not easy finding your way to the restaurant about three miles southeast of here on Route 550. The sign out front just says Way Fruit Far. more »»

Nonprofits invited to be part of Mirror’s Blair County Proud

September 7, 2016 Local nonprofit organizations and service clubs have until Friday to submit information on their activites for inclusion in the 2016 Blair County Proud edition. more »»

‘Beauty is a pathway unto God’; Blair historical society to host architectural tours of churches

September 4, 2016 The pointed, wooden ceiling of the nave of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in downtown Altoona isn’t that way by accident. The Rev. more »»

Nonprofits invited to be part of Mirror's Blair County Proud

September 4, 2016 Local nonprofit organizations and service clubs have until Sept. 9 to submit information on their activities for inclusion in the 2016 Blair County Proud edition. more »»

Crafts, coopering and more: Frontier artisans will share at Somerset festival

September 3, 2016 Robin Cordek remembers learning how to sew at the knee of her grandmother. “I’d be underfoot, so she’d give me something to do with a needle and thread,” Cordek said. more »»

Garden Notes: Ornamental grasses can dress up a garden year-round

September 3, 2016 “A garden without grasses is like a face without eyebrows.” So says William Cullina in his comprehensive book “Native Ferns, Mosses and Grasses. more »»

Edgy comedy coming to Altoona: Things Unseen presents ‘Bad Jews’

September 1, 2016 “Bad Jews” isn’t just for adherents of Judaism. “You don’t need to be Jewish or religious to enjoy and appreciate this play,” said Valerie Stratton, co-artistic director for Things Unseen Theatre Co. more »»

Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris, Eric Church lead CMA nods

September 1, 2016 NEW YORK — Chris Stapleton, Eric Church and budding newcomer Maren Morris are the leaders at the 2016 Country Music Association Awards. The three performers received five nominations each Wednesd. more »»

Family opens their hearts and their lives

September 1, 2016 They say you can’t choose your family — that you can’t ‘fit in’ with a crowd that isn’t your own. But my family did choose me, and they’ve come to accept me in their own way, all 125-plus of th. more »»

What’s cooking?: Taste of Home show returns to Bedford on Sept. 24

August 31, 2016 Many people have eaten food derived from a Taste of Home cookbook and didn’t even know it. more »»

Fun for the family: BCAF announces Family Theatre schedule at Mishler

August 27, 2016 The Blair County Arts Foundation’s Family Theatre at the Mishler is celebrating its 30th anniversary season and will present six live theatrical productions for young people. more »»

Society celebrates 110 years with gala

August 27, 2016 The “Roaring Twenties” is the theme of the 2016 Blair County Historical Society’s Gala to be held on the lawn and inside the restored rooms of the Baker Mansion on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 3 to 6 p.m. more »»

Earth Matters: More strides must be made in our recycling efforts

August 27, 2016 Management of environmental resources of all kinds evolve and mature as the decades pass. What we did 40 years ago should seem woefully inadequate in 201. more »»

Art exhibit coincides with today’s zombie event

August 27, 2016 In conjunction with ZombietownUSA, local artist Michael Long has teamed up with 321 Gallery to curate the Dark Art Exhibit, giving artists a chance to show their artworks that are dark in mood and... more »»

Brain injuries reported in domestic assaults

August 25, 2016 CHICAGO — There are no bomb blasts or collisions with burly linemen in Susan Contreras’ past. more »»

Beer benefit: Rails & Ales Fest raising funds for Altoona Community Theatre

August 24, 2016 Beer lovers can celebrate a night out Saturday while tasting the finest regional brews and benefiting a local cause. Altoona Community Theatre’s 2016 Rails & Ales Brewfest will be held from 5 to 8 p. more »»

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