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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

Wrestlers’ Breakfast: Former Foes Enjoy Friendship and Welcome the New Guys
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Wrestlers’ Breakfast: Former Foes Enjoy Friendship and Welcome the New Guys
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It’s a twice-per-year event for the fiercest of former foes who have become the closest of current comrades. [Read More]
Happy Valley’s Super Mom: Sue Paterno Is My Choice
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Happy Valley’s Super Mom: Sue Paterno Is My Choice
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Five children, 17 grandchildren, dozens of student-athletes tutored, countless hours devoted to the Special Olympics and helping her husband build a powerhouse football program with a solid academic foundation — Sue Paterno chats about her life as a State College mom and the secret of her success. [Read More]
Ellen Campbell: She Works Tirelessly for State College’s Disadvantaged
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Ellen Campbell: She Works Tirelessly for State College’s Disadvantaged
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Four of us met for coffee just a few days ago at Good Day Café. We were there to talk about someone — but not in a malicious way. We met as an informal admiration society, comparing notes on a marvelous woman named Ellen Herman Campbell. [Read More]
At PIAAs, State High Wrestler Urbas Missed Gold But Proved His Mettle
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At PIAAs, State High Wrestler Urbas Missed Gold But Proved His Mettle
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Casual observers of high school wrestling may think that State College senior Cole Urbas fell short of the mark when he placed fourth at last weekend’s PIAA championships. I’d say they should think again. [Read More]
St. Joe's Takes Second, Nine Centre County Wrestlers Medal at PIAA Championships St. Joe's Takes Second, Nine Centre County Wrestlers Medal at PIAA Championships
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton, Bill Horlacher
Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy claimed second place in Class 2A and Wolves freshman Kolby Franklin earned a silver medal at 195 pounds to lead the way among Centre County teams at the PIAA Wrestling Championships this weekend in Hershey. [Read More]
'Going Byers': The Voice of Penn State Wrestling Offers Pre-Tournament Insights
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'Going Byers': The Voice of Penn State Wrestling Offers Pre-Tournament Insights
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
I sat down with the voice of Penn State wrestling Jeff Byers to get his insights on the Nittany Lions dominating dual meet season and thoughts on the upcoming Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. Included are his annual “Ironhead Awards” and at least one bold prediction that may turn a few heads. [Read More]
Moyer Jewelers: Gems from the Store That Is No More
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Moyer Jewelers: Gems from the Store That Is No More
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It won’t matter how many bouquets of roses are presented this Valentine’s Day or how many boxes of chocolate are consumed. And regardless of how many Happy Valley hearts are struck by Cupid’s arrows, this Valentine’s Day will lack one special ingredient. [Read More]
State High Wrestling Alums Looking to Bright Future for Little Lion Program
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State High Wrestling Alums Looking to Bright Future for Little Lion Program
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It wasn’t exactly the outcome that Coach Ryan Cummins wanted on Jan. 26., but he is wise enough to know there’s a brighter future for his Little Lion wrestling program. The alums who gathered for State High’s inaugural Wrestling Alumni Event also know that. [Read More]
New to the Student Section at Age 66
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New to the Student Section at Age 66
25 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It felt strange to feel strange in Beaver Stadium. After all, I grew up in nearby College Heights and attended my first game at the Beav in 1961. I’ve been to scores of games there ever since. But there I was, for the first time in my life, watching football from the student section of Beaver Stad [Read More]
Penn State Wrestling: 7 Fans Who Can’t Wait for the Thrill
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Penn State Wrestling: 7 Fans Who Can’t Wait for the Thrill
28 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It’s an exciting time to be a PSU wrestling aficionado, and so I decided to let some of your fellow fans share their unbridled enthusiasm. Some are well known for their connections to the Nittany Lions. Others are not — but they love their Lions just as much. [Read More]
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