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It's the most wonderful time of the year! Places to go, things to see, people to meet

November 1, 2015 From singing carols to exchanging gifts to decorating the tree, the holidays are on the way. more »»

Madness at the Mansion: Mirror reporter spends night in 'haunted' Altoona landmark

October 31, 2015 I arrived at Baker Mansion a few minutes before 8 p.m. Spotlights illuminated its gray, imposing pillars. The moon shone through the dark, surrounding trees. more »»

Garden Notes: Be warned: Don’t walk through a ‘fairy ring’ on Halloween

October 31, 2015 Today is Halloween, not a day to be stumbling into a fairy ring! But should you find yourself there, be sure to say “No!” if they ask you to dance. more »»

Central PA Gluten Free Expo set for Nov. 8

October 31, 2015 STATE COLLEGE — The third annual Central PA Gluten Free Expo will take place Nov. 8 at the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel, 215 Innovation Blvd. more »»

Savino named to SAMA board

October 29, 2015 LORETTO — The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art has added Larry Savino to its Board of Trustees. Savino, of Hollidaysburg, is regional vice president of Northwest Savings Bank in Altoona. more »»

A princess moment: Women with special needs take to the stage for Beautiful You pageant in Altoona

October 29, 2015 Emalee Stitt, a 13-year-old Duncansville native, loves a lot of the same things young girls do: pretty gowns and crowns and flowers. more »»

Student of the Month: Alison Anna, Cambria Heights School District

October 29, 2015 Age: 18 Grade: 12th Grade Accomplishments: Played on the girls’ basketball team for four years; played on the girls’ soccer team in 10th grade; participated in student council for all four years, an... more »»

Book signing fair set for Nov. 7

October 25, 2015 The Blair County Genealogical Society and the Altoona Pub­lic Library are holding a book signing fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at the librar. more »»

Emily's Lament

October 24, 2015 Emily knew she was perfect. Her dad had told her so countless times. Told her sister, too. At 17 and a senior, her singular beauty and dazzling personality transfixed everyone. Not a princess. more »»

Earth Matters: How prevalent are untruths in environmental debate?

October 24, 2015 Would Aristotle, Abraham Lincoln or Mohandas Gandhi, three of the most renowned debaters in history, have resorted to making stuff up to win an argument? Lacking the knowledge of Aristotle, the... more »»

Remembering the past: Local African-Americans seek to honor heritage, inform others

October 22, 2015 Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a monthly series on the history of ethnic and religious groups in our area. more »»

Try a ‘snack stadium’ for the perfect football party

October 21, 2015 My husband, Bryan, is a huge football fan. His favorite team is the Steelers, but he will watch any game, especially when his brother, Erik, is playing for the Forest Hills Ranger. more »»

Jason Aldean to perform at Bryce Jordan Center

October 20, 2015 Country music star Jason Aldean will bring his “We Were Here” tour to the Bryce Jordan?Center in University?Park at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, with special guests Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses. more »»

Tending to the trees: Memories of iconic PSU elms live on in keepsake items

October 18, 2015 UNIVERSITY PARK — Up until about eight years ago, Penn State grounds workers were managing just fine the iconic collection of several hundred elms, which had served as a backdrop for many memories... more »»

Cozy up to cold weather: Get your house in order now before winter strikes

October 17, 2015 It’s that time of year that gives you falling leaves and a burning desire to curl up in front of the fireplace on a crisp autumn day. more »»

Garden Notes: Scientists striving for more productive sunflowers

October 17, 2015 In his book, “Annuals for Connoisseurs,” Wayne Winterrowd said, “on land too poor for corn or other cereals, as much as 200 bushels of sunflower seed can be produced from a sowing of about 3 quart. more »»

Halloween welcome: DIY door decorations set the mood

October 15, 2015 Want to display your Halloween spirit right at the front door? These nine do-it-yourself projects are simple enough to be done by kids with an adult’s help, and use easy-to-find supplies. more »»

No-carve Halloween pumpkins with style

October 15, 2015 While some people can’t wait to get out the carving knife, there are lots of alternative ways to dress up a Halloween pumpkin. more »»

Prepping pumpkin: Don’t fear a possible shortage — process your own

October 14, 2015 All that rain in June dried up yields of this year’s commercial pumpkin crop, and the largest producer of the canned stuff says don’t wait until Thanksgiving to get yours. more »»

Teen concerned about younger brother’s video game addiction

October 12, 2015 Dear Straight Talk: I was excited to have my 14-year-old brother in high school with me, but he’s completely changed. more »»

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