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Family in need of service dog to control girl’s seizures

June 21, 2012 Two-year-old Twyla Leaper loves the big stuffed dog that resides in her room. She also likes the real thing and wants a dog of her own some day. But Twyla doesn’t just want a dog, she needs one. more »»

Altoona Area Public Library kicks off summer reading program June 19

June 10, 2012 Jes Sprouse feels blessed that her entire family loves to read. But ask her about it, and she’ll tell you the Altoona Area Public Library and the Summer Reading program have a lot to do with that. more »»

Altoona Area Public Library kicks off summer reading program June 19

June 10, 2012 Jes Sprouse feels blessed that her entire family loves to read. But ask her about it, and she’ll tell you the Altoona Area Public Library and the Summer Reading program have a lot to do with that. more »»

Get in the game!

May 9, 2012 By Kristy MacKaben For Mirror Moms Whenever Tobi Rispoli has a question about baseball, she asks her baseball-crazed son. more »»

Chores teach kids responsibility and reinforce family unity

May 9, 2012 As a preschooler, Paige Matteson was setting and clearing the table for dinner. These days, the 14-year-old Hollidaysburg girl is pretty much in charge of the kitchen. more »»

Magic of music

May 9, 2012 It was on a trip to State College that Marabeth Capenos sang her first words. more »»

What is normal?

May 9, 2012 Everyone gets stressed, even kids. They get angry, sad, anxious and fearful. more »»

Summer camps

May 9, 2012 By Kristy MacKaben For Mirror Moms At 7 years old, LeiLani Harpster of Phillipsburg went away to summer camp for the first time. She didn’t cry, sulk or miss home. more »»

Enjoy pies, of a sort, for dinner

May 9, 2012 Why should pie be limited to dessert? No reason at all, actually. Everything we love about pie can work as easily for savory dinners and lunches as it can for dessert. more »»

Baby on the way? Prepare your pet

May 9, 2012 LOS ANGELES — Parents have months to get ready for a baby. Experts say the countdown should include prep time for pets, too. more »»

Doctors say check early for autism

May 9, 2012 CHICAGO — At 18 months, Cristina Astacio spoke only a few words, wouldn’t respond to her name and shunned other kids in her day care group. Last October, her worried parents found out why. more »»

State College girl, 7, writes books, donates profits to childrens’ charity

May 9, 2012 First-grader Emilia Keller of State College has been writing books since she was 5 years old, and the author and illustrator is selling three of her books to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network a... more »»

American Family Theater to present ‘Wizard of Oz’ Tuesday

May 7, 2012 Tin Man still sings a song about heart, Lion still sings a song about courage and Dorothy is still trying to get home, but American Family Theater, Inc. more »»

Three ideas for quick keepsake gifts for this Mother’s Day

May 7, 2012 Family photos and mementos are the raw stuff of some great Mother’s Day gifts. more »»

‘Hunger Games’ fever makes archery cool for many kids

April 30, 2012 NEW YORK — In schools and backyards, for their birthdays and out with their dads, kids are gaga for archery four weeks into the box office run of “The Hunger Games” and less than 100 days before the... more »»

Adaptation of ‘Ugly Duckling’ teaches life lessons for all ages

April 23, 2012 Everyone knows the tale of “The Ugly Duckling,” but the child ensemble of Cresson Lake Playhouse’s production of “Honk! Jr.” want you to know you’ve never seen or heard it like this. “Honk! Jr. more »»

Prom-posals are a big deal

April 23, 2012 NEW YORK — Never mind a text that meekly asks “will u go 2 prom w/me?” Today’s teenagers are taking a cue from elaborately staged wedding proposals, inviting each other to prom with flash mobs,... more »»

Proms aren’t typical red carpets for Disney stars

April 16, 2012 NEW YORK — Debby Ryan and Laura Marano get dressed up more than average teen­agers: As Disney Channel starlets, they’ve done their fair share of red carpets. more »»

Get in the mood for high school musicals

March 29, 2012 The hills will be alive with the sound of musicals from various decades this Spring as area high school students put on their annual production. more »»

Prepare for your kid to get creative with 10 items that should be in every craft toolkit

March 27, 2012 As spring break nears and the days get longer, many parents are searching for meaningful ways to keep children occupied. more »»

 
 

 

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