The Altoona Mirror Newsen-usTue, 24 May 2016 09:19:09 EDTTue, 24 May 2016 09:19:09 EDT gaining traction in area is known as America's national pastime - maybe it should be bicycling. "Almost everyone at one time got a bike for their birthday or Christmas, almost everyone had a bicycle," said Tom Lauver, owner of Pedal Power, Altoon.Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 EDTArts fest fans fend off bad weather photos of a sun-drenched magnolia plantation, a warm Charleston, S.C., street and a bright Italian canal almost seemed to taunt art lovers Sunday as rain poured on the 49th annual Blair County Arts Festival.Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 EDTAltoona surgeon set to lead national medical group Andrew W. Gurman is an orthopedic hand surgeon in Altoona who was chosen last year to serve as president of the American Medical Association. Though the appointment is for one year, being president is a three-year process.Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 EDTBus strikes, kills New York cyclist visiting Huntingdon County man visiting from New York was killed Friday evening when a school bus struck his mountain bike on a Huntingdon County road, state police said. Police said Marc L. McEntee, 54, of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 EDTMarasco recaps 'exciting' year for ABCD County Development Corp. had an "exciting" year, its retiring leader said. "We were able to lay the groundwork for several major initiatives. Two of them (Central States Manufacturing Inc.Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 EDT