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It’s summer, and the spirit is festive

by on July 03, 2017 11:28 AM

This month, we’re all about celebrating summer in Happy Valley.

The July calendar is filled with big annual events, including Fourth Fest, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, the People’s Choice Festival, and Philipsburg Heritage Days. Add to that the first-ever concert at Beaver Stadium.

We’ll take you to the lush fairways and greens of Centre County’s golf courses, where local pros are working to cultivate new interest in the game. After a surge in popularity in the 1990s and early 2000s led to a glut of new courses nationwide, many went through difficult times.

But local pros say they are seeing signs of a turnaround, led by efforts to spike interest among young people by injecting more fun into the game. Think things like a Little League-style junior league, Golfboards, and music on the course.

We’ll also introduce you to some local families who give children from New York City a chance to experience the sights and sounds of summer in Central Pennsylvania through the Fresh Air Fund. Host families say they get even more out of it than the Fresh Air kids. In some cases, the relationships forged last a lifetime.

To those who enjoy sampling a new cocktail: have we got some recipes for you! We asked our readers to submit their favorite summer cocktail recipes, and the creativity of the concoctions is impressive.

On a more serious note, we take a closer look at the rising number of reported cases of Lyme disease in Central Pennsylvania. Hear the stories of some residents battling the tick-borne disease, amid conflict in the medical community about “chronic” Lyme. We’ll share some tips to help you get out there and enjoy the natural beauty of Centre County as safely as possible.

The Lyme story marks the debut of Town&Gown staff writer Sean Yoder. Sean joins us from one of our sister publications, the Indiana Gazette. Sean spent the past three years covering a wide range of subjects, including IUP, schools, government, and criminal justice. Sean, who lives in Bellefonte, also writes for our sister publication here, the Centre County Gazette.

Finally, we are honored to celebrate Town&Gown’s Gold Award for graphic design, bestowed recently by Central Pennsylvania Creative Professionals — [CP]2 for short — at the organization’s Bracket Awards ceremony. The award honored Art Director Darren Andrew Weimert’s June 2016 design, “A Great and True Fish Story.” Congratulations to Darren, Creative Director Tiara Snare, then-Editorial Director David Pencek, and all involved.

Thanks to [CP]2, a fun and creative group that does great work. The biggest winner at the Bracket Awards was the non-profit Taproot Kitchen, which is receiving a free branding update from this talented group!


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