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Articles by Ron Bracken

The Chambers boys made Clarence hard to beat The Chambers boys made Clarence hard to beat
6 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Across the Centre County Baseball League’s 96-year history, no name has been more closely associated with a town and a team than Chambers. You say Chambers, I say Clarence. You say Clarence, I say Chambers. Even today, nearly 50 years after the last of the four Chambers brothers hung up his [Read More]
Port Matilda Man Reunited with Tractor After 43 Years Port Matilda Man Reunited with Tractor After 43 Years
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ron Bracken
The last time Quay Reese saw the John Deere G tractor, sometime around 1975, he figured that was exactly what it was — the last time he would see the trademark green and yellow workhorse. [Read More]
Port Matilda man reunited with tractor after 43 years Port Matilda man reunited with tractor after 43 years
12 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
PORT MATILDA — The last time Quay Reese saw the John Deere G tractor, sometime around 1975, he figured that was exactly what it was — the last time he would see the trademark green and yellow workhorse. He had put thousands of hours of seat time on it, plowing and dicing the fields on [Read More]
Teacher at former Port Matilda school was unconventional Teacher at former Port Matilda school was unconventional
13 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
It’s been just over 60 years since A.J. Weaver taught his last lesson in the old Port Matilda school.  And with his passing, a legend was gone. His real name was Arvel John Weaver, and he taught at Port for the last 15 years of his life, mostly seventh and eighth grades, before the Bald [Read More]
Longtime Boy Scout leader employed military-style instruction Longtime Boy Scout leader employed military-style instruction
14 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
PORT MATILDA — He was a man among boys. No, really, he was. Bob Crain was the scoutmaster of Troop 59 in Port Matilda back in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. He had a high-pitched voice and walked kind of funny, but what he gave to hundreds of boys in and around town was immeasurable. [Read More]
Port Matilda Pool Had a Short but Interesting History Port Matilda Pool Had a Short but Interesting History
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ron Bracken
It was a ray of sunshine in an ever darkening world, something to feel good about when smiles were as hard to find as a decent job. It was 1932, and the Great Depression was tightening its grip on the country. In small rural towns like Port Matilda, it was having a pronounced effect. [Read More]
From a Difficult Youth to a Courageous Sacrifice, How Foster Sayers Became a War Hero From a Difficult Youth to a Courageous Sacrifice, How Foster Sayers Became a War Hero
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ron Bracken
As a child of the Great Depression, Foster Sayers was on familiar terms with dark days, an empty stomach and uncertainty about where he would lay his head on a given night. In those days, life was hard for a lot of people; harder than most for the youngster who bounced from one foster home to anothe [Read More]
Dam’s Legacy: Laughter, Echoes of Anger Dam’s Legacy: Laughter, Echoes of Anger
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ron Bracken
It’s a place where the laughter of bathers on the beach and the roar of the boats pulling water-skiers drown out the echoes of anger that still lingers 50 years after the dam — or “the damn dam,” as some of the old-timers in and around Howard are still wont to call it — was opened after y [Read More]
The County League Lives On, But Old Diamonds Hold Only Memories The County League Lives On, But Old Diamonds Hold Only Memories
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ron Bracken
Like the bones of a dinosaur, bleached and dried by the desert sun, the scoreboard behind the center field fence at Port Matilda’s Community Park was crumbling under the weight of years before it was recently torn down. Now, only the frame remains. [Read More]
The County League lives on, but old diamonds hold only memories The County League lives on, but old diamonds hold only memories
19 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
PORT MATILDA — Like the bones of a dinosaur, bleached and dried by the desert sun, the scoreboard behind the center field fence at Port Matilda’s Community Park was crumbling under the weight of years before it was recently torn down. Now, only the frame remains. Even though it [Read More]
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