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Kevin Dare’s Pole Vault Tragedy: 15 Years Later

Kevin Dare’s Pole Vault Tragedy: 15 Years Later

- Bill Horlacher

It was an athletic tragedy that hit home with equal impact on the Penn State campus and in the State College community. No, it wasn’t a defeat in the win-loss column; it was a death suffered by a track and field competitor.


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Penn State Football: Sickels Set To Make Most Of Combine For Rare Diseases Penn State Football: Sickels Set To Make Most Of Combine For Rare Diseases
2 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
Former Penn State star Garrett Sickels will use the 2017 NFL Combine as an opportunity to raise awareness and funding for the rare disease community. [Read More]
Big Lead Evaporates as Lady Lions Fall to Michigan State Big Lead Evaporates as Lady Lions Fall to Michigan State
8 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Steve Connelly
Penn State saw its NCAA Tournament hopes take a blow after losing a 19-point lead on the road against Michigan State. [Read More]
‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ to Portray an All-Weather Friendship at Eisenhower Auditorium ‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ to Portray an All-Weather Friendship at Eisenhower Auditorium
11 hours ago - StateCollege.com
When Frog and Toad come out of hibernation, it’s a sign that spring is springing. The amphibious odd couple will bring their pondside adventures in the Tony Award-nominated musical “A Year with Frog and Toad” to Penn State with a production for all ages at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, in Eisenhowe [Read More]
An Extraordinary Life Cut Short Still Offers One More Lesson
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An Extraordinary Life Cut Short Still Offers One More Lesson
11 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Jay Paterno
Sometimes in life we’re blessed to meet people of the rarest quality. Sunday we lost one of those people when Darryl Hammond died at age 50. But in his life he gave us the realization that our truest measure is the impact we make on others. [Read More]
Silver Sneakers Helps Centre County Seniors Stay Active, Healthy Silver Sneakers Helps Centre County Seniors Stay Active, Healthy
11 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Vincent Corso
Perhaps nothing is more important than staying active after retirement; after all, it is tempting after a life of work to want to sit and relax. But getting and staying active as we grow older can have numerous benefits. The Silver Sneakers program helps older adults do just that, and it is offered [Read More]
At 100, Philipsburg's Rowland Theatre Still a Focal Point At 100, Philipsburg's Rowland Theatre Still a Focal Point
11 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, G. Kerry Webster
For the past century, 125 N. Front St. in Philipsburg has served as a place where people of all walks of life gather to share their love of movies and entertainment. [Read More]
State College, Bellefonte Baseball Teams to Square Off at Medlar Field State College, Bellefonte Baseball Teams to Square Off at Medlar Field
23 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
The State College Area and Bellefonte Area high school baseball teams will meet April 8 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, the State College Spikes announced on Wednesday. [Read More]
Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Hopeful To Fix Power Play Woes Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Hopeful To Fix Power Play Woes
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
“You’re not going to win consistently down the stretch against excellent teams unless your specialty teams are good,” said coach Guy Gadowsky. [Read More]
Penn State Students Charged in Alleged Apartment Break-in Penn State Students Charged in Alleged Apartment Break-in
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
Two Penn State students are facing charges after allegedly breaking into and stealing items from a downtown State College apartment. [Read More]
Penn State Athletics: Coaches Caravan Back For Spring 2017 Penn State Athletics: Coaches Caravan Back For Spring 2017
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
The Coaches Caravan is back. After a year hiatus James Franklin will head on the road for a seven stop tour of Pennsylvania. Franklin will be joined by Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour and other Penn State coaches. [Read More]

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‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ to Portray an All-Weather Friendship at Eisenhower Auditorium ‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ to Portray an All-Weather Friendship at Eisenhower Auditorium
11 hours ago - StateCollege.com
When Frog and Toad come out of hibernation, it’s a sign that spring is springing. The amphibious odd couple will bring their pondside adventures in the Tony Award-nominated musical “A Year with Frog and Toad” to Penn State with a production for all ages at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, in Eisenhowe [Read More]
Silver Sneakers Helps Centre County Seniors Stay Active, Healthy Silver Sneakers Helps Centre County Seniors Stay Active, Healthy
11 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Vincent Corso
Perhaps nothing is more important than staying active after retirement; after all, it is tempting after a life of work to want to sit and relax. But getting and staying active as we grow older can have numerous benefits. The Silver Sneakers program helps older adults do just that, and it is offered [Read More]
At 100, Philipsburg's Rowland Theatre Still a Focal Point At 100, Philipsburg's Rowland Theatre Still a Focal Point
11 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, G. Kerry Webster
For the past century, 125 N. Front St. in Philipsburg has served as a place where people of all walks of life gather to share their love of movies and entertainment. [Read More]
Penn State Alum, Former Basketball Player Is Officially the New Chewbacca Penn State Alum, Former Basketball Player Is Officially the New Chewbacca
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
Joonas Suotamo, a 2008 Penn State graduate and former Nittany Lion basketball player, will take over the role of Chewbacca in the upcoming Han Solo movie. [Read More]
The Founders' Vision
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The Founders' Vision
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Thomas Meade
Feb. 22 is an important day in history for a number of reasons. It's George Washington's birthday (1732) and the day the Miracle on Ice happened (1980). But closer to home, it is also Penn State's birthday, now known as Founders’ Day. [Read More]
CBICC Recognizes Three with Annual Awards CBICC Recognizes Three with Annual Awards
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - StateCollege.com staff
The Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County recently held its third annual Membership Recognition Night event, honoring three individuals for their support of the chamber. [Read More]
Howell to Retire after 31 Years as Visitors Bureau Director Howell to Retire after 31 Years as Visitors Bureau Director
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
Betsey Howell, who has served as executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau since 1986, will retire this spring, the bureau announced on Tuesday. [Read More]
SCASD 'Straight Talk' Session to Focus on Childhood Anxiety SCASD 'Straight Talk' Session to Focus on Childhood Anxiety
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
The State College Area School District will host the next session in its Straight Talk series tonight with a presentation on mindfulness-based solutions to childhood anxiety. [Read More]
Comedian Jim Gaffigan to Perform at Bryce Jordan Center Comedian Jim Gaffigan to Perform at Bryce Jordan Center
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
Popular comedian Jim Gaffigan is bringing his Noble Ape Tour to the Bryce Jordan Center. [Read More]
Take Charge of Your Life
Column
Take Charge of Your Life
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I was so impressed with Brian Price’s presence and his message to an HVAC class at CPI. He is such a great role model for the young students in the class. But I had no idea what I would learn when I asked if I could interview him for this column. It’s both tragic and heroic. [Read More]

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Penn State Football: Sickels Set To Make Most Of Combine For Rare Diseases Penn State Football: Sickels Set To Make Most Of Combine For Rare Diseases
2 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
Former Penn State star Garrett Sickels will use the 2017 NFL Combine as an opportunity to raise awareness and funding for the rare disease community. [Read More]
Big Lead Evaporates as Lady Lions Fall to Michigan State Big Lead Evaporates as Lady Lions Fall to Michigan State
8 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Steve Connelly
Penn State saw its NCAA Tournament hopes take a blow after losing a 19-point lead on the road against Michigan State. [Read More]
State College, Bellefonte Baseball Teams to Square Off at Medlar Field State College, Bellefonte Baseball Teams to Square Off at Medlar Field
23 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
The State College Area and Bellefonte Area high school baseball teams will meet April 8 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, the State College Spikes announced on Wednesday. [Read More]
Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Hopeful To Fix Power Play Woes Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Hopeful To Fix Power Play Woes
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
“You’re not going to win consistently down the stretch against excellent teams unless your specialty teams are good,” said coach Guy Gadowsky. [Read More]
Penn State Athletics: Coaches Caravan Back For Spring 2017 Penn State Athletics: Coaches Caravan Back For Spring 2017
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
The Coaches Caravan is back. After a year hiatus James Franklin will head on the road for a seven stop tour of Pennsylvania. Franklin will be joined by Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour and other Penn State coaches. [Read More]
Penn State Basketball: Boilermakers Sink Nittany Lions In Overtime Penn State Basketball: Boilermakers Sink Nittany Lions In Overtime
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
Penn State's late comeback sent Tuesday night's game into overtime but it was Purdue coming away with the victory in overtime 74-70 to stay atop the Big Ten standings. [Read More]
Penn State Hockey: Kerr To Miss Remainder Of Season Penn State Hockey: Kerr To Miss Remainder Of Season
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
“I don’t think you ever want to lose a player like Kevin Kerr, regardless if it’s for a game or for a season,” senior forward Ricky DeRosa said. “He’s been instrumental this entire season in our D-corps.” [Read More]
Penn State Basketball: Bostick To Miss A Few Weeks With Hand Fracture Penn State Basketball: Bostick To Miss A Few Weeks With Hand Fracture
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
Penn State basketball will be without freshman guard Nazeer Bostick for at least two weeks according to coach Pat Chambers speaking to the media on Monday afternoon. [Read More]
Penn State Football Coaches Wear Singlets to Congratulate Wrestling Team Penn State Football Coaches Wear Singlets to Congratulate Wrestling Team
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
On Monday, Nittany Lion football coach James Franklin and his staff congratulated Coach Cael Sanderson's squad in style. [Read More]
Penn State Wrestling Storms Back Against Oklahoma State for NWCA Title Penn State Wrestling Storms Back Against Oklahoma State for NWCA Title
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Anthony Colucci
The Nittany Lions fell behind the Cowboys 13-0 after the first three bouts, but managed to win the last seven for a 27-13 win to take its second-consecutive National Dual Championship. [Read More]

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Penn State Football: Sickels Set To Make Most Of Combine For Rare Diseases Penn State Football: Sickels Set To Make Most Of Combine For Rare Diseases
2 hours ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
Former Penn State star Garrett Sickels will use the 2017 NFL Combine as an opportunity to raise awareness and funding for the rare disease community. [Read More]
Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Hopeful To Fix Power Play Woes Penn State Hockey: Nittany Lions Hopeful To Fix Power Play Woes
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
“You’re not going to win consistently down the stretch against excellent teams unless your specialty teams are good,” said coach Guy Gadowsky. [Read More]
Penn State Students Charged in Alleged Apartment Break-in Penn State Students Charged in Alleged Apartment Break-in
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
Two Penn State students are facing charges after allegedly breaking into and stealing items from a downtown State College apartment. [Read More]
Penn State Athletics: Coaches Caravan Back For Spring 2017 Penn State Athletics: Coaches Caravan Back For Spring 2017
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
The Coaches Caravan is back. After a year hiatus James Franklin will head on the road for a seven stop tour of Pennsylvania. Franklin will be joined by Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour and other Penn State coaches. [Read More]
Penn State Alum, Former Basketball Player Is Officially the New Chewbacca Penn State Alum, Former Basketball Player Is Officially the New Chewbacca
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
Joonas Suotamo, a 2008 Penn State graduate and former Nittany Lion basketball player, will take over the role of Chewbacca in the upcoming Han Solo movie. [Read More]
The Founders' Vision
Column
The Founders' Vision
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Thomas Meade
Feb. 22 is an important day in history for a number of reasons. It's George Washington's birthday (1732) and the day the Miracle on Ice happened (1980). But closer to home, it is also Penn State's birthday, now known as Founders’ Day. [Read More]
Penn State Basketball: Boilermakers Sink Nittany Lions In Overtime Penn State Basketball: Boilermakers Sink Nittany Lions In Overtime
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
Penn State's late comeback sent Tuesday night's game into overtime but it was Purdue coming away with the victory in overtime 74-70 to stay atop the Big Ten standings. [Read More]
Founders' Day to Celebrate Penn State's 162nd Birthday Founders' Day to Celebrate Penn State's 162nd Birthday
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Gabriela Stevenson
Penn State's Lion Ambassadors will host the annual Founders' Day celebration commemorating the day the charter was signed for what would eventually become the Pennsylvania State University. [Read More]
Prosecutors Object to Ex-Penn State Administrators Request for Pre-Trial Appeal Prosecutors Object to Ex-Penn State Administrators Request for Pre-Trial Appeal
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
Prosecutors last week filed a brief opposing the request by three former Penn State administrators to have Pennsylvania Superior Court hear a pre-trial appeal that they believe could result in the remaining charges against them being dismissed before next month's scheduled trial. [Read More]
Penn State Hockey: Kerr To Miss Remainder Of Season Penn State Hockey: Kerr To Miss Remainder Of Season
2 days ago - StateCollege.com - Ben Jones
“I don’t think you ever want to lose a player like Kevin Kerr, regardless if it’s for a game or for a season,” senior forward Ricky DeRosa said. “He’s been instrumental this entire season in our D-corps.” [Read More]
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Bill Horlacher

Kevin Dare’s Pole Vault Tragedy: 15 Years Later

It was an athletic tragedy that hit home with equal impact on the Penn State campus and in the State College community. No, it wasn’t a defeat in the win-loss column; it was a death suffered by a track and field competitor.

Jay Paterno

An Extraordinary Life Cut Short Still Offers One More Lesson

Sometimes in life we’re blessed to meet people of the rarest quality. Sunday we lost one of those people when Darryl Hammond died at age 50. But in his life he gave us the realization that our truest measure is the impact we make on others.

The Founders' VisionThomas Meade

Feb. 22 is an important day in history for a number of reasons. It's George Washington's birthday (1732) and the day the Miracle on Ice happened (1980). But closer to home, it is also Penn State's birthday, now known as Founders’ Day.

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