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Articles by Karen Walker, Town&Gown

An Unprecedented Fall: The return of Penn State students offers downtown businesses a ray of hope amidst economic and health concerns An Unprecedented Fall: The return of Penn State students offers downtown businesses a ray of hope amidst economic and health concerns
3 weeks ago - Town and gown
During normal times, there is a predictable rhythm to life in State College. After a busy graduation weekend each May, the vibrant downtown streets abruptly shift into a sleepy state that lasts throughout the summer months, punctuated only by one bustling weekend in mid-July, when the Central [Read More]
Speaking Grief: WPSU Documentary Aims to Help Americans Become More Comfortable Talking about and Dealing with Loss Speaking Grief: WPSU Documentary Aims to Help Americans Become More Comfortable Talking about and Dealing with Loss
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Karen Walker, Town&Gown
Becky Bolich hopes to help people by sharing her family’s story in Speaking Grief, a 60-minute documentary currently being aired by public television stations across the country. The documentary is part of a national initiative created by WPSU that aims to help our society “get better at grief. [Read More]
Speaking Grief: A WPSU documentary aims to help Americans become more comfortable talking about and dealing with loss Speaking Grief: A WPSU documentary aims to help Americans become more comfortable talking about and dealing with loss
7 weeks ago - Town and gown
Becky Bolich loves to talk about death. She didn’t always feel this way. Like many people, she used to be uncomfortable going to viewings and funerals and didn’t quite know how to relate to people who had lost a loved one. But after her 18-year-old son, Nathan, was killed in a car [Read More]
CREST Volunteers Are Trained to Help Lost or Injured Hikers, Bikers and Hunters – but That’s Not All They Do CREST Volunteers Are Trained to Help Lost or Injured Hikers, Bikers and Hunters – but That’s Not All They Do
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Karen Walker, Town&Gown
Whenever a person goes missing in Centre County, there is a local team comprised mainly of volunteers that are ready, willing, and well-trained to aid in the search. The Centre Region Emergency Strike Team, or CREST, is the wilderness search and rescue/specialty disaster support division of Centre L [Read More]
Search and Rescue: CREST volunteers are trained to help lost or injured hikers, bikers, and hunters – but that’s not all they do   Search and Rescue: CREST volunteers are trained to help lost or injured hikers, bikers, and hunters – but that’s not all they do
12 weeks ago - Town and gown
It doesn’t happen with great frequency, but when a person goes missing in Centre County, it’s usually not due to nefarious circumstances. Rather, a hiker or a hunter might get turned around on one of central Pennsylvania’s myriad wooded trails. Sometimes it’s intentional, as [Read More]
Members of Centre County's Class of 2020 Lost Some Rites of Passage, but Found Positive Lessons Amid the Disappointment Members of Centre County's Class of 2020 Lost Some Rites of Passage, but Found Positive Lessons Amid the Disappointment
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Karen Walker, Town&Gown
Senior class trips. Prom. Senior skip days. Banquets and awards. Graduation ceremonies. These are all rites of passage for most teenagers during the spring of 12th grade – traditions many look forward to for years. But when a global pandemic brought the in-person school year to an abrupt end in Ma [Read More]
Members of Centre County's Class of 2020 lost some cherished rites of passage this spring, but found some positive lessons amid the disappointment Members of Centre County's Class of 2020 lost some cherished rites of passage this spring, but found some positive lessons amid the disappointment
17 weeks ago - Town and gown
Senior class trips. Prom. Senior skip days. Banquets and awards. Graduation ceremonies. These are all rites of passage for most teenagers during the spring of 12th grade – traditions many look forward to for years. But when a global pandemic brought the in-person school year to an abrupt end [Read More]
Plans are taking shape for the new Penn State art museum at The Arboretum Plans are taking shape for the new Penn State art museum at The Arboretum
25 weeks ago - Town and gown
In 2016, Penn State President Eric Barron approached the university’s board of trustees with a vision. He proposed the development of a new cultural district, where all of the university’s museums could be consolidated into one easily accessible location – a location that is [Read More]
Alex Ramos Focuses on Details in His Realistic Still-Life Paintings Alex Ramos Focuses on Details in His Realistic Still-Life Paintings
30 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Karen Walker, Town&Gown
Alex Ramos has always had an eye for detail. As a child, he created meticulously detailed pencil drawings. As a production editor, he focuses on the fine details of text. And as an artist, his attention to detail allows him to create intricately realistic still-life paintings. [Read More]
Artist of the Month: Alex Ramos focuses on details in his realistic still-life paintings Artist of the Month: Alex Ramos focuses on details in his realistic still-life paintings
34 weeks ago - Town and gown
Alex Ramos has always had an eye for detail. As a child, he created meticulously detailed pencil drawings. As a production editor, he focuses on the fine details of text. And as an artist, his attention to detail allows him to create intricately realistic still-life paintings. Ramos picked up [Read More]
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