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Letter from the Editor

by on August 28, 2012 10:42 AM

I’ve called several places “home” in my life — they’ve ranged in size from my small hometown of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, to the Big Apple of New York City. Nearly all of the towns and cities had aspects that I loved and also things I wanted to see improve.

Each place had its share of special people or parts of the community that have stuck with me — the wrestler from a high school near Carlisle who overcame Hodgkin’s disease, the small theater in Norwich, Connecticut, that produced Broadway-style plays in what had been an old firehouse, the Lutheran church in the heart of Times Square that attracted the proverbial melting pot to its Sunday services and that had a soup kitchen below it that helped those in need. State College, of course, is my home now. It’s “officially” been my home for five years, but it’s been my second home since I attended my first football game some 35 years ago. Many times, especially over the past few months, I’ve used this space to point out why I’m proud to call this place my home. Even with everything that has transpired here of late, I tell people that there’s no place I’d rather be — I want to be here to help this place that I love get through its most difficult challenge.

Starting this month, Town&Gown wants as many of you as possible to share your stories on why you live here and why you’re proud to call this place your home. As you read the “We Are” series, you will hopefully feel a stronger connection to this region and the people who live, work, play, and volunteer here.

The title “We Are” obviously has strong connections to Penn State, but, as the stories in the coming months will show, this region isn’t just Penn State — it’s much more. At the same time, the university has been, continues to be, and, I believe, should remain a vital part of our home. Because, as I wrote, last month it will be the collective We that helps our home now during these turbulent times and into the future.

This month’s “We Are” stories, which start on page 32, feature a number of people who work here at Town&Gown (along with the wife of a certain editor). We believed we should share our stories if we’re going to ask you to share yours.

After reading this month’s issue, you are encouraged to send us your stories — they can be anywhere from a few paragraphs to a few pages. E-mail me at Each month, a few more people will have their stories published in Town&Gown.

And from everyone here at Town&Gown: Thank You for all you’ve done to make this place a special home for us!

David Pencek is editor of Town&Gown magazine, Town&Gown's Penn State Football Annual, and Town&Gown's Penn State Winter Sports Annual.
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