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Bill Horlacher

Bill Horlacher is a native of Happy Valley, a 1970 graduate of State College High School and a 1974 graduate of Penn State (journalism). He has spent his last 30 years in service to international students, helping them with personal, cultural and spiritual adjustments to America. After 39 years of living in California, Maryland and Texas, Bill returned to State College in 2013 along with his wife, Kathy.

Articles by Bill Horlacher

Doug Arnold: The Little-Known Pillar of State College Football Success
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Doug Arnold: The Little-Known Pillar of State College Football Success
5 days ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
He was an unlikely candidate for a coaching position in football, but over the course of 32 years, Doug Arnold led State College's ninth grade team to a 168-75-7 record and five undefeated seasons before finally retiring from the role this summer. [Read More]
Stories from the Stands: Longtime Beaver Stadium Ushers Have Seen It All
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Stories from the Stands: Longtime Beaver Stadium Ushers Have Seen It All
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
They’ve seen it all, and they have the stories to prove it. Consider that during a Penn State game, all eyes are focused on the playing field where 22 individuals are doing remarkable things. But the ushers are watching those 107,000 people in the stands who are also doing remarkable things. [Read More]
Why New International Students Already Love Happy Valley
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Why New International Students Already Love Happy Valley
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Over the course of 20 interviews, new international students at Penn State -- despite the anxieties that come from adjusting to a new location -- offered glowing comments about State College’s friendliness and welcoming atmosphere. [Read More]
When Tragedy Struck, This Local Kid Boosted Spirits of Top Red Sox Prospect
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When Tragedy Struck, This Local Kid Boosted Spirits of Top Red Sox Prospect
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
By any measure, Ryan Westmoreland’s professional baseball career was off to a spectacular start, but a medical condition brought it to a dramatic end. Then a young Red Sox fan from State College helped lift the spirits of the heartbroken outfielder. [Read More]
These Unsung Heroes Welcome Penn State’s International Students
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These Unsung Heroes Welcome Penn State’s International Students
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
For the Saxtons, the Cunninghams and the volunteers of ICF, helping international students feel at home and handle challenges is a calling. [Read More]
Herlocher or Horlacher? It’s All in the Mustard
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Herlocher or Horlacher? It’s All in the Mustard
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It was 1960, and a man named Chuck Herlocher had just moved to State College and opened Herlocher’s BBQ. Suddenly, my family started getting telephone orders for Chuck’s delicious pizza or rotisserie chicken, available through home delivery. [Read More]
Bellefonte Little League Claims District Title with Win Over State College Bellefonte Little League Claims District Title with Win Over State College
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Led by a sterling effort on the mound and at the plate by Braedyn Kormanic, Bellefonte Little League downed State College, 11-1, to capture the District 5 championship and advance to the sectional tournament. [Read More]
Bellefonte Tops State College in Little League Playoffs; District Title on the Line Monday Night Bellefonte Tops State College in Little League Playoffs; District Title on the Line Monday Night
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Bellefonte Little Leaguers smacked 14 hits on Saturday night — including eight for extra bases — in denying State College an opportunity to capture the District 5 All Star title. The two teams will meet again Monday night at 6 pm in Bellefonte to decide the district championship. [Read More]
State College, Penns Valley & Little League’s Life Lessons
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State College, Penns Valley & Little League’s Life Lessons
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Yes, Little League has a few warts, but I differ with those who bash it. I believe its unsung positives are far, far greater than its oft-criticized weaknesses. Positives like seeing Hunter Lyons bounce back in 2017, and what the game meant to Nibs Gordon in 1963. [Read More]
Happier Than Ever in Happy Valley
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Happier Than Ever in Happy Valley
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
After one year as a columnist for StateCollege.com, Bill Horlacher looks back on and updates some of his most memorable columns which connect the area's past and present. [Read More]
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