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Mike Dawson, Town&Gown

Mike Dawson is a freelance writer in State College.

Articles by Mike Dawson, Town&Gown

Roots of the Family Tree Roots of the Family Tree
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Dawson, Town&Gown
Genealogy research has delivered eye-opening – even life-changing – results for some Centre County family detectives. [Read More]
Roots of the Family Tree: Genealogy research has delivered eye-opening – even life-changing – results for some Centre County family detectives Roots of the Family Tree: Genealogy research has delivered eye-opening – even life-changing – results for some Centre County family detectives
22 weeks ago - Town and gown
Genealogy research feels a lot like detective work. For years, I’d been puzzled why my mom’s family doesn’t appear in the 1930 Census. My maternal grandmother, Suzanne Williams, was the middle child of Frank and Mary Williams, whose families were turn-of-the-century immigrants to [Read More]
Communication Gaps: Cell Phone Reception Remains a Challenge for Some State College-Area Residents Communication Gaps: Cell Phone Reception Remains a Challenge for Some State College-Area Residents
28 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Dawson, Town&Gown
If Bill Mahon can make a cell phone call from the Sahara Desert, he thinks he should be able to do the same thing from his home in Grays Woods. It’s difficult, though – he has to find the right spot in the house, or even go outside, so the person on the other end can hear him. [Read More]
Communication Gaps: Cell phone reception is a challenge for some State College-area residents, and thus far solutions have been elusive   Communication Gaps: Cell phone reception is a challenge for some State College-area residents, and thus far solutions have been elusive
31 weeks ago - Town and gown
If Bill Mahon can make a cell phone call from the Sahara Desert, he thinks he should be able to do the same thing from his home in Grays Woods. It’s difficult, though – he has to find the right spot in the house, or even go outside, so the person on the other end can hear him. On the [Read More]
Answering the Call Answering the Call
56 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Dawson, Town&Gown
Alpha Fire Company volunteers are at the ready, but as the region grows, so does the prospect of a paid fire service. [Read More]
Answering the Call: Alpha volunteers are at the ready, but as the region grows, so does the prospect of a paid fire service Answering the Call: Alpha volunteers are at the ready, but as the region grows, so does the prospect of a paid fire service
58 weeks ago - Town and gown
The call came in to the Alpha Fire Station in downtown State College around 9:20 on a recent weeknight. Dispatchers from the county’s emergency communications center were reporting a wildfire on Susan Lane in Halfmoon Township, about a mile from Stormstown. The initial plan was to send two [Read More]
With Demand Outpacing Supply, Centre County Real Estate Is Red Hot With Demand Outpacing Supply, Centre County Real Estate Is Red Hot
79 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Dawson, Town&Gown
The local real estate market has been on fire in 2018 for sellers, creating intense competition among buyers. Newly listed homes went under contract lightning fast, sometimes before they even made it to the local multiple listing service, or MLS. Sellers entertained multiple offers. Some buyers reso [Read More]
A Market on Fire: With demand outpacing supply, Centre County real estate is red hot A Market on Fire: With demand outpacing supply, Centre County real estate is red hot
83 weeks ago - Town and gown
Homebuyers Mindy Krause and her husband, Brandon, knew the drill. They’d show up at an open house this spring only to learn the home was already sale-pending. Or there were multiple offers on the table, putting them in a tricky situation: Do they quickly make an offer, without much time to [Read More]
Taking Flight: Centre County Residents Are Sending in the Drones for a Bird’s-Eye View Taking Flight: Centre County Residents Are Sending in the Drones for a Bird’s-Eye View
129 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Mike Dawson, Town&Gown
Years ago, self-described “tinkerer” Jorge Jovel had to get creative when he needed aerial video shots for clients of his production company. He’d buy a drone kit or construct one himself, strap a camera onto it, send it up, and hope for the best. [Read More]
Taking Flight: Centre County Residents Are Sending in the Drones For a Bird’s-Eye View Taking Flight: Centre County Residents Are Sending in the Drones For a Bird’s-Eye View
131 weeks ago - Town and gown
Years ago, self-described “tinkerer” Jorge Jovel had to get creative when he needed aerial video shots for clients of his production company. He’d buy a drone kit or construct one himself, strap a camera onto it, send it up, and hope for the best. But those days of improvising [Read More]
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