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‘Five-Star Rustic’: Godspeed Events and Lodging Brings Hostel Hospitality to Central PA ‘Five-Star Rustic’: Godspeed Events and Lodging Brings Hostel Hospitality to Central PA
3 days ago - StateCollege.com - Karen Walker, Town&Gown
Six years ago, the site of the former Jarcy’s Motel in Port Matilda was overgrown, littered with abandoned RVs, and covered in piles of trash that had accumulated over a 25-year period – in short, it was an eyesore. But when Bart Grande looked at the 20 acres of land spanning two sides of Bald E [Read More]
‘Five-Star Rustic’: Godspeed Events and Lodging brings hostel hospitality to central PA ‘Five-Star Rustic’: Godspeed Events and Lodging brings hostel hospitality to central PA
4 weeks ago - Town and gown
Six years ago, the site of the former Jarcy’s Motel in Port Matilda was overgrown, littered with abandoned RVs, and covered in piles of trash that had accumulated over a 25-year period – in short, it was an eyesore. But when Bart Grande looked at the 20 acres of land spanning two sides [Read More]
With Boots-on-the-Ground Detail, Purple Lizard Maps Have Become a Staple for Outdoors Enthusiasts With Boots-on-the-Ground Detail, Purple Lizard Maps Have Become a Staple for Outdoors Enthusiasts
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Karen Walker, Town&Gown
Michael Hermann, founder of Purple Lizard Maps, is an old school mapmaker in a GPS world. [Read More]
No Ordinary Map: With their boots-on-the-ground detail, Purple Lizard Maps have become a staple for outdoors enthusiasts No Ordinary Map: With their boots-on-the-ground detail, Purple Lizard Maps have become a staple for outdoors enthusiasts
7 weeks ago - Town and gown
Michael Hermann, founder of Purple Lizard Maps, is an old school mapmaker in a GPS world. While many map companies rely on satellite technology to develop their maps, Purple Lizard takes a boots-on-the-ground approach. Hermann and his colleagues spend several months immersing themselves in an area [Read More]
Commemorating the Beginning of the End: On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, 2 Centre County Vets Reflect Commemorating the Beginning of the End: On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, 2 Centre County Vets Reflect
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Karen Walker, Town&Gown
For a dwindling number of surviving veterans, June 6, 1944, and the ensuing battle represents much more than a date in a history book – it was a firsthand experience and a life-shaping event. Local veterans Fred Abramson and Ken Spicer were two of the hundreds of thousands of American troops who p [Read More]
Commemorating the Beginning of the End: On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, 2 Centre County vets reflect Commemorating the Beginning of the End: On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, 2 Centre County vets reflect
12 weeks ago - Town and gown
June marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord, better known as D-Day – the day 156,000 American, British, and Canadian troops stormed the beaches of Normandy to kick off a bloody battle that eventually led to the Allied liberation of France from Nazi Germany’s control. For many [Read More]
Boalsburg Charm: History, Tradition Remain at the Heart of This Fast-Growing Community Boalsburg Charm: History, Tradition Remain at the Heart of This Fast-Growing Community
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Karen Walker, Town&Gown
Back in 1809, land speculator Andrew Stroup sold 60 tracts of land by lottery for $11 each, thus establishing the village that would become Boalsburg. Then known as Springfield, its high-quality freshwater spring and location at a strategic Pennsylvania crossroads made it a desirable place to settle [Read More]
Boalsburg Charm: History, tradition remain at the heart of this fast-growing community Boalsburg Charm: History, tradition remain at the heart of this fast-growing community
17 weeks ago - Town and gown
Back in 1809, land speculator Andrew Stroup sold 60 tracts of land by lottery for $11 each, thus establishing the village that would become Boalsburg. Then known as Springfield, its high-quality freshwater spring and location at a strategic Pennsylvania crossroads made it a desirable place to [Read More]
New facilities help Shaver’s Creek educate the next generation of conservationists New facilities help Shaver’s Creek educate the next generation of conservationists
24 weeks ago - Town and gown
Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is situated in a tranquil setting so removed from the hubbub of a bustling campus and ongoing construction, it’s easy to forget that this nature-lover’s mecca is a mere 20-minute drive from downtown State College. The nature center, in [Read More]
THON Family Relations Committee Fosters Community of Support for Young Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones THON Family Relations Committee Fosters Community of Support for Young Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones
27 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Karen Walker, Town&Gown
The financial support aspect of THON has been well publicized. The emotional support element may not be as well-documented or as easy to quantify, but it is just as vital to THON's purpose – and the family relations committee exists to help the entire THON community uphold that responsibility. [Read More]
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