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Drew Balis

Drew Balis is a Penn State graduate, freelance reporter and frequent contributor to StateCollege.com.

Articles by Drew Balis

Fourth of July in State College [Photo Gallery]
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Fourth of July in State College [Photo Gallery]
360 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
StateCollege.com has compiled photos from the Parade of Heroes and some pictures from 4th Fest up by Beaver Stadium. Both children and adults are enjoying carnival rides, music, food, and everything else the festivities have to offer. [Read More]
A Day in the Life: 4th Fest Pyrotechnics Chair Gary Mayhew A Day in the Life: 4th Fest Pyrotechnics Chair Gary Mayhew
360 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
Before the third ranked fireworks display in the country begins at 9:15 a.m., Gary Mayhew and his pyrotechnics team will have completed three dress rehearsals and several meetings to make sure everything is in order. [Read More]
FireOne: How a Hobby Transformed into an International Business FireOne: How a Hobby Transformed into an International Business
360 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
“I asked myself ‘Why can’t we have a great 4th of July celebration right here in State College,’” says Barker. "It worked out that doing a good deed for the community did a good deed for us too, and we plan to be around for some time.” [Read More]
Alternative Places to Watch 4th Fest Fireworks Alternative Places to Watch 4th Fest Fireworks
360 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
Thousands of people will converge on the area around Beaver Stadium and the Bryce Jordan Center to watch the annual 4th Fest fireworks show on Thursday night, but not everyone wants to brave those big crowds. It can be a mob scene. [Read More]
Touch-A-Truck Event a Hit with State College Children Touch-A-Truck Event a Hit with State College Children
361 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
Beth Lee expected 400-500 children would participate in the free Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday afternoon. "It's always been successful for us, and we've always had great weather, Lee says. "We want to keep that going today." [Read More]
Friday Afternoon Hail Pelts State College
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Friday Afternoon Hail Pelts State College
361 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
Hail began falling around 3:00 p.m. and lasted for approximately 10 minutes according to Tom Kines, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather. It may take people by surprise, but hail during the summer is not too uncommon says Kines. [Read More]
Riders Pedal to Raise Funds for Centre Volunteers in Medicine Riders Pedal to Raise Funds for Centre Volunteers in Medicine
361 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
"I think CVIM is best charity in the county," says Larry High. "I love to ride my bike, so this is a great way for me to support a good cause, and I got my wife involved a couple years ago too." [Read More]
Boalsburg Tornado Confirmed, Thunderstorms Possible This Weekend Boalsburg Tornado Confirmed, Thunderstorms Possible This Weekend
361 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
According to John LaCorte, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, the tornado was on the ground for about a one mile path. It is being referred to as the “Nittany Farms tornado.” [Read More]
Destructive New Pest Growing Threat to Trees in State College Area Destructive New Pest Growing Threat to Trees in State College Area
361 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
Once the beetles find a tree, they lay eggs, and the larvae eat away at the lower bark cutting off moisture and nutrients that tress need to live. “It would be like someone taking a knife around a tree,” said Alan Sam. “It’s hard for them to survive after that.” [Read More]
Massive Storm Floods State College, Funnel Cloud Hits Boalsburg Massive Storm Floods State College, Funnel Cloud Hits Boalsburg
361 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
Referred to by AccuWeather senior meteorologist Mike Piggot as “one of the largest non-tropical storms in 20 years,” the rainfall closed portions of North Atherton Street and College Avenue and made other roads difficult to navigate. “For it to rain like this in a non-tropical storm, that’s [Read More]
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