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Local author’s book takes on teen pregnancy

September 10, 2012 As a social worker for 25 years in Blair County, Lisa Covitch saw first-hand the devastating effects teen pregnancy can have on young girls and their families. more »»

Local colleges offer various services and activities to help new students with big transition

August 27, 2012 Failing a test or missing Mom’s home-cooked meals are not the main contributors to new college students’ feelings of homesickness, according to local residence life and health and wellness... more »»

Teddy Bear Town sets record for largest collection

August 6, 2012 HILL CITY, S.D. — As a child growing up in foster care in Minnesota, Jackie Miley never had the quintessential childhood toy: the teddy bear. The 63-year-old resident of Hill City, S.D. more »»

Doctors use eggs to reverse egg allergies in children

August 2, 2012 First peanuts, now eggs. Doctors have reversed allergies in some children and teens by giving them tiny daily doses of problem foods, gradually training their immune systems to accept them. more »»

Children born with Down syndrome, other conditions can thrive

July 25, 2012 Not long after the birth of their son, Scott and Wendy Zook of New Enterprise were flooded with sympathy cards. Their baby boy Zachary (now 2) was healthy and thriving, but he had Down syndrome. more »»

Parents' volunteering helps schools run smoothly

July 25, 2012 Christine Barry spends most of her vacation days at Logan Elementary School in Altoona. more »»

Money 101: Show your kids how to earn it, spend it and save it

July 25, 2012 Money doesn’t grow on trees, or in magic money machines for that matter. This is what many kids believe, thanks to credit cards and today’s tendency toward instant gratification. more »»

Whole family benefits from a designated homework area

July 25, 2012 By Jen Zbozny Mirror Moms Tina Cunningham of Hollidaysburg recently created a study area for her 8-year-old daughter, Norah. But she didn’t just clear off half the dining room table. more »»

Little libraries promote reading

July 25, 2012 By Sarah Harteis Mirror Moms “Take a book. Return a book.” This is the motto of the fast growing Little Free Library organization (LFL). more »»

Is there a Dad Divide to go with the Mommy Wars?

July 25, 2012 By Leanne Italie The Associated Press NEW YORK — Hey, Mr. Mo. more »»

Laundry detergent single-dose packs pose threat to children

July 25, 2012 Poison Control Centers in Pennsylvania are informing parents with young children on the dangers of new single-dose laundry detergent packets or “pods. more »»

Girls’ program opens in State College area

July 25, 2012 Girls on the Run of Happy Valley is an interactive learning program for all girls ages 8 to 13 in the State College School District. more »»

Graham Cracker Cake easy to make

July 25, 2012 Kids love to help out in the kitchen. This recipe for graham cracker cake is so easy to prepare, even pre-school children will be able to help make it. more »»

Altoona Regional maternity ward sets up new project to commemorate new babies’ births

July 23, 2012 The birth of a baby is a reason to celebrate, whether it be a son, daughter, grandchild or anything in between. more »»

Little Free Library helps promote reading among communities

July 16, 2012 "Take a book. Return a book.” This is the motto of the fast growing Little Free Library organization. It all started two and a half years ago when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wis. more »»

Worthwhile gap year requires well thought-out plan

July 16, 2012 NEW YORK — Gap years are all the rage, and the rationales are many: Take a year off between high school and college to work, travel, learn a language or skill, or volunteer. more »»

Early full-term babies may face later school woes

July 3, 2012 CHICAGO — Even for infants born full-term, a little more time in the womb may matter. more »»

Locals weigh in on media debate about prolonged breastfeeding

July 2, 2012 Michele Thompson, a lactation specialist for Altoona Regional Health Systems, nursed her first child, Kristin, just six weeks before introducing a bottle. more »»

All-teen cast of Cresson Lake Playhouse's '13 the Musical' provides professional performance

June 21, 2012 Not everyone wants to relive the age of 13. Memories of braces, acne and awkwardness — and the hard-to-navigate social atmosphere that comes along with them — may be brought up. more »»

Area teens study hard before getting behind the wheel

June 21, 2012 Chelsea Ritts, 16, a junior year this year at Altoona Area High School, hopes to take her driver’s test sometime this month and get her license. “I’ve had my permit since last September,” she said. more »»



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