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Magic on Ice: Disney characters headed to Johnstown

March 9, 2014 JOHNSTOWN — What’s better than a Disney character coming to life in an ice skating show? How about more than 60 Disney characters, spanning decades of movie magic, strapping on skates and taking to... more »»

Making a good impression: Frank Caliendo bringing routine to Penn State

March 8, 2014 Frank Caliendo chuckled at the thought of picking his favorite impersonation to perform. “You mean, pick one of my children?” the 40-year-old comedian asked. more »»

Garden Notes: Patron saint of gardeners spent his life studying plants

March 8, 2014 This is the story of St. Fiacre, the patron saint of gardeners and a man who knew his way around a shovel. more »»

Sesame Street coming

March 6, 2014 He’s red, furry and instantly recognizable to kids everywhere, many who’ve called him by his first name before they were out of diapers. more »»

Writer takes responsibility seriously

March 6, 2014 On any given Sunday, the sound of silverware scraping against almost empty plates fills the Kelly household. I politely decline as my dad passes the bowl of mashed potatoes around for another helping. more »»

Jack’s Grubb Shack thriving

March 5, 2014 Jack’s Grubb Shack might not be the sort of restaurant you just stumble upon, but once you find it, you’ll be glad you did. “I think we’re Altoona’s hidden secret,” owner Jack Reiter said. more »»

Diversity a big winner at Academy Awards

March 4, 2014 LOS ANGELES — Diver­sity was perhaps the biggest winner at the 86th annual Academy Awards. more »»

‘Gravity’ leads with most Oscars:Leto, Nyong’o win supporting actor nods

March 3, 2014 LOS ANGELES — In a ceremony punctuated by politics, pizza and photo-bombing, the Academy Awards breezed through a smooth opening from host Ellen DeGeneres and a best supporting actor win for the... more »»

Partial list of 86th annual Academy Award winners

March 3, 2014 The Associated Press Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club. more »»

List of Oscar winners

March 3, 2014 The Associated Press List of winners at Sunday's 86th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. more »»

Who will take home Oscar gold?

March 2, 2014 Ken Womack, professor of English and Integrative Arts and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Penn State Altoona, breaks down this year’s Academy Award races: Best Picture Breakdown: This year’s... more »»

Philly Flower Show brings art to life

March 2, 2014 PHILADELPHIA — Winter-weary gardeners and painters alike may find inspiration in the colorful palette of the Philadelphia Flower Show, which uses plants and petals to pay homage to work by artists... more »»

Nyong’o a goddess in pale blue at Oscars

March 2, 2014 NEW YORK — Amy Adams wore a strapless, dark blue Gucci couture gown and Hollywood’s “it” fashion darling of the year, Lupita Nyong’o, showed up for the Oscars in a goddess look of ice-blue silk... more »»

Earth Matters: Small indiscretions can lead to big community problems

March 1, 2014 More frequently than we realize, little things can collectively make a big difference.   I was reminded of this, strangely enough, following one of our recent snows. more »»

Trading trains: Biannual local Scalefest swap meet offers variety

February 22, 2014 All aboard! The Alto Model Train Museum Association’s next annual toy train swap meet is pulling up to the platform. more »»

Garden Notes: Do plants give us clues to their medicinal properties?

February 22, 2014 “If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae on our hands. more »»

‘We are the World of the Arts’: Gala embraces Michael Jackson music, raises funds for Mishler

February 20, 2014 In 1985, the song “We are the World,” written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie, brought together great musicians. Today, the song is tying together two local artistic events. more »»

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Blair County set to celebrate milestone

February 16, 2014 They were sister match 216. Grace DeBolt of Altoona and Jaime Shuler of Florida were matched as Big and Little Sister in 1991 at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Blair County agenc. more »»

A young point of view: SAMA’s annual exhibit showcases area students’ artwork

February 15, 2014 By Mary Haley For the Mirror LORETTO — If Jessica Miller had her way, not only would people get to see her students’ finished artwork, but they’d also view them creating the pieces, because, she... more »»

Broadening appeal: Annual Altoona Jewish film festival continues to grow

February 13, 2014 When the Greater Altoona Jewish Federation began the Altoona International Jewish Film Festival 15 years ago, it was an unusual step for a group in a small marke. more »»

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