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Counting their losses — 4-H kids deal with effects of virus

Jun. 27, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — The coronavirus has affected almost everyone, and for about 100 Blair County kids ranging in age from 8 to 18 who raise and sell livestock at farm shows and fairs, the economic impact of COVID-19 is about to hit. Kristy Bigelow, 4-H coordinator for Blair County, said the state 4-H...

A night out — Drive-ins eager to welcome cooped-up residents

Jun. 13, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — For movie buffs looking to enjoy a big-screen cinema experience, outdoor drive-in theaters offer an alternative to the living room as COVID-19 restrictions keep indoor multiplexes shuttered. “If you are looking to go out for dinner and a movie, we’re your only...

Amish stay abreast, make changes but maintain traditions

May. 30, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — On the sunny side of a steep hill in Sinking Valley, Reuben Peachey led his horse-drawn plow over an empty field. Peachey, a young, thin man with a corn-colored hat, light-brown beard and plain dress, ambled from his equipment to ask how long the interview might take. Peachey is one of...

‘Crazy bee lady’ gets a buzz from educating public

May. 23, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Amber Lewis refers to herself as “a crazy bee lady,” but fellow beekeepers in the region praise her for her public education efforts, unquenched curiosity and community service. “She’s a top-notch beekeeper,” said Bernie Svidergol of Ebensburg, who...