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John Hook

John Hook is the president of The Hook Group, a local management consulting firm, and active in several nonprofit organizations. Previously John spent 25 years in executive, management and marketing positions with regional and national firms. John lives in Ferguson Township with his wife Jackie and their two children.

Articles by John Hook

Population Growth for Pennsylvania's Fourth Largest 'City'
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Population Growth for Pennsylvania's Fourth Largest 'City'
82 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Of course, the place I’m referring to isn’t really a “city” in the strict definition of the word. But Beaver Stadium on Saturday night certainly felt like the culmination of a multi-year civic redevelopment project. [Read More]
The Grocery List
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The Grocery List
84 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
The internet loves lists and one of the most popular is the annual ranking of America's favorite grocery retailers. In Happy Valley we have two of the top three favorite grocery retailers right in our midst and several others that make the ranking. [Read More]
The Two C's of High School Sports Fandom
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The Two C's of High School Sports Fandom
86 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Many of those parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors have become experts in two very important aspects of the outdoor scholastic sports experience. No, not the rules or referees. They have become experts in the two C’s of scholastic fandom – concessions and comfort [Read More]
Let's Outlaw Homework
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Let's Outlaw Homework
88 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
It’s that time of year again when anger fills the air in many homes. When the unfairness of life is placed front and center in the days of parents and their children. When those in charge make sure their charges know who’s in charge. That’s right. It’s time for some homework. [Read More]
A Soft-Serve Sunday
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A Soft-Serve Sunday
90 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
As summer winds down, what is a dedicated local to do when he gets a craving for that soft ice cream containing less milk-fat and a little more air and also needs a true-blue soft-serve drive-up roadside experience? Well, here are my favorite places for that wonderful soft-serve ice cream [Read More]
Think About Kids' Needs When Planning Local Projects
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Think About Kids' Needs When Planning Local Projects
92 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
There have been a few times recently when I’ve felt some of the people and institutions in Happy Valley with a heavy influence on our youth have been doing that annoying thing and forgetting what it was like to be a kid -- what needs kids have, how they think and understand, and taking the time to [Read More]
New York State(s) of Mind
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New York State(s) of Mind
94 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
This Dutch influence in what was once New Amsterdam also provides a connection to modern-day Happy Valley – and the rest of rural Pennsylvania. [Read More]
Raising a Pint to a New Era at Beaver Stadium Raising a Pint to a New Era at Beaver Stadium
96 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
Friday, July 7, 2017 at 7 p.m. EDT was a watershed relationship moment for me. A longtime friend and I took our bond to a new level, and I’m looking forward to seeing where this leads. [Read More]
A Technological Path to the Road Less Taken
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A Technological Path to the Road Less Taken
98 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
An interesting benefit of these technology advances is we are no longer relying on paper maps. And when we are no longer relying on paper maps, we are no longer tied to the looking-for-limited-access-highways method of navigation. Which is what in turn makes the trip more interesting. [Read More]
From a Mountain Vista, a View of the Fathers That Led Us Here
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From a Mountain Vista, a View of the Fathers That Led Us Here
100 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Hook
I had a melancholy Father’s Day moment while perched on top of that Tussey Mountain ridge. How my wife and I, the parents of two wonderful young adults, had come to be here. How perfect it was that our own fathers, their fathers, and their father’s fathers had settled in the commonwealth and all [Read More]
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