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Beauty From The Ashes: Even after losing nearly everything in a house fire, the Markle family counts their blessings Beauty From The Ashes: Even after losing nearly everything in a house fire, the Markle family counts their blessings
5 days ago - Town and gown
“Unless it’s fatal, it’s no big deal.” That’s the saying on the ceramic plaque that hangs on the burned-out front door of the Gatesburg home of Derec and Maggie Markle. It serves as a reminder to the Markles and their five children that they have much to be grateful [Read More]
New Lungs, New Life: After a double lung transplant, Michael Keller is making the most of the opportunity he has been given   New Lungs, New Life: After a double lung transplant, Michael Keller is making the most of the opportunity he has been given
5 days ago - Town and gown
Two Christmas seasons ago, Michael Keller received an incredible gift. It came in the form of a double lung transplant, and for Keller it meant a second chance at life. Now he is determined to make the most of this gift of life by paying it forward in a multitude of ways. Keller, 34, was born with [Read More]
Listen Up, Centre County Listen Up, Centre County
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Karen Walker, Town&Gown
Local podcasts are emerging as a popular tool to build connections. [Read More]
Listen Up, Centre County: Local podcasts emerging as popular tool to build connections Listen Up, Centre County: Local podcasts emerging as popular tool to build connections
6 weeks ago - Town and gown
Podcasts were introduced in the early 2000s, but it wasn’t until 2014 that they really hit the mainstream. That’s the year that the breakthrough phenomenon Serial was released, and the resulting surge in the popularity of podcasts is widely attributed to its success. In Serial’s [Read More]
A Team Effort: Renaissance Honorees Tom and Sara Songer Have Served Their Community Together A Team Effort: Renaissance Honorees Tom and Sara Songer Have Served Their Community Together
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Karen Walker, Town&Gown
The concept of teamwork is important to Tom and Sara Songer. Both are quick to credit others with helping them achieve success, and frequently cite the value of people working together, whether they are talking about their marriage, their family, or their professional lives. [Read More]
After her own personal journey, the new ‘Hair Lady’ finds her calling After her own personal journey, the new ‘Hair Lady’ finds her calling
11 weeks ago - Town and gown
A childhood dream of becoming a hairdresser, some professional and extremely personal experiences with cancer, and one key component – compassion – have led Katherine Fagan to find a new calling. As the new owner of The Hair Lady wig boutique, Fagan specializes in helping women who are [Read More]
A Team Effort: Renaissance Honorees Tom and Sara Songer have served their community – together A Team Effort: Renaissance Honorees Tom and Sara Songer have served their community – together
11 weeks ago - Town and gown
The concept of teamwork is important to Tom and Sara Songer. Both are quick to credit others with helping them achieve success, and frequently cite the value of people working together, whether they are talking about their marriage, their family, or their professional lives. So it seems fitting [Read More]
Seria Chatters Brings Lifetime of Experiences to Her Role as SCASD’s First Director of Diversity and Inclusivity Seria Chatters Brings Lifetime of Experiences to Her Role as SCASD’s First Director of Diversity and Inclusivity
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Karen Walker, Town&Gown
Seria Chatters began her position as State College Area School District’s first director of diversity and inclusivity on Aug. 1. Although the job description is dauntingly wide-ranging, Chatters is excited and confident about her new role, because in many ways she feels she has been preparing fo [Read More]
Seria Chatters brings a lifetime of experiences to her role as SCASD’s first director of diversity and inclusivity Seria Chatters brings a lifetime of experiences to her role as SCASD’s first director of diversity and inclusivity
14 weeks ago - Town and gown
Dr. Seria Chatters began her position as State College Area School District’s first director of diversity and inclusivity on August 1. Although the job description is dauntingly wide-ranging, Chatters is excited and confident about her new role, because in many ways she feels she has been [Read More]
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