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Nadine Kofman, Town&Gown

Nadine Kofman is a native Centre Countian and historian.

Articles by Nadine Kofman, Town&Gown

Centre Region Senior Center Moving to Bigger Space Centre Region Senior Center Moving to Bigger Space
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Nadine Kofman, Town&Gown
The Centre Region Senior Center (CRSC) is in transition, again. What began part-time in 1976 in the basement of the State College Christian Church (then at Easterly Parkway and William Street) until the downtown Fraser Street Garage complex was ready in 1986, arrived last September at the Nittany Ma [Read More]
About Town: The Centre Region Senior Center is moving again About Town: The Centre Region Senior Center is moving again
8 weeks ago - Town and gown
The Centre Region Senior Center (CRSC) is in transition, again. What began part-time in 1976 in the basement of the State College Christian Church (then at Easterly Parkway and William Street) until the downtown Fraser Center was ready in 1986, arrived last September at the Nittany Mall. It is [Read More]
About Town: Memories of the Centennial
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About Town: Memories of the Centennial
24 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Nadine Kofman, Town&Gown
When I was a kid, Friedman Park — formerly Central Parklet — was a schoolhouse playground. It was downhill from the l897 Frazier Street School (“Fraser” Street used to be “Frazier”). Entering as a kindergartener, I received my first right-left lesson from Miss Boyd, who eyed then reverse [Read More]
About Town: Memories of the Centennial About Town: Memories of the Centennial
25 weeks ago - Town and gown
When I was a kid, Friedman Park — formerly Central Parklet — was a schoolhouse playground. It was downhill from the l897 Frazier Street School (“Fraser” Street used to be “Frazier”). Entering as a kindergartener, I received my first right-left lesson from Miss [Read More]
The Origins of 'Happy Valley' The Origins of 'Happy Valley'
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Nadine Kofman, Town&Gown
Most of have heard at least one theory on the origins of our “Happy Valley” nickname. The Nittany Valley Society is pleased to present this thorough examination of the question, written nearly 15 years ago by long-time local Nadine Kofman, widow of Mayor Bill Welch. [Read More]
The Origins of “Happy Valley” The Origins of “Happy Valley”
39 weeks ago - Town and gown
Most of have heard at least one theory on the origins of our “Happy Valley” nickname. Did it arise during the Great Depression, an expression of area’s economic resiliency? Or perhaps it was the tongue-in-cheek lament of would-be 1960s activists, frustrated by a stubbornly docile [Read More]
About Town: Home Office with a Heart About Town: Home Office with a Heart
61 weeks ago - Town and gown
Hammering home a point, I’ve said for years that the State College area is — for the most part — composed of roving gangs of do-gooders. This place is replete with causes. One of the least known is the Haitian American Friendship Foundation (HAFF). Its stateside voice emanates from [Read More]
About Town: An exit and an entrance at Boal Barn Playhouse About Town: An exit and an entrance at Boal Barn Playhouse
130 weeks ago - Town and gown
Our Boal Barn T-shirts are now both a blast from the past and a harbinger of summer playbills to come. State College Community Theatre (SCCT), now pursuing a year-round direction, has put on arena plays at the Boal Barn Playhouse for 53 of its 59 years — opening June 26, 1959, with Tovarich, [Read More]
About Town: Making a Name for Themselves About Town: Making a Name for Themselves
148 weeks ago - Town and gown
Around here, even the name “Smith” is likely to be uncommon. It is, of course, a very important name for the Penn State Arboretum. Of the 400 Smiths in our telephone book, there are others of particular note.  Over in Lemont, for instance, are Ron and Sue Smith — synonymous [Read More]
About Town: No Wasted Food About Town: No Wasted Food
156 weeks ago - Town and gown
Good intentions don’t accomplish much. My heart has spent decades flipping piles of waste into mulch.   Six months ago, salvation — in the form of the new borough food-recycling program — came to right-thinking (but not necessarily doing) State Collegians. We were saved from [Read More]
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