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Articles by Ron Bracken

Former PSU football great needs a lift Former PSU football great needs a lift
105 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
When he was at Penn State, he was No. 60. In the NFL, he was No. 55. Now, Matt Millen is wearing a patient number as he lies in a New Jersey hospital waiting for a heart transplant to save his life. To those who have known him, it’s almost unthinkable that this man, so full of fight on the [Read More]
11 Inducted into Centre County Sports Hall of Fame 11 Inducted into Centre County Sports Hall of Fame
106 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Ron Bracken
It was an eclectic group covering football, basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, broadcasting and journalists who represented Bald Eagle Area, Bellefonte, Penns Valley and State College. [Read More]
The Chambers boys made Clarence hard to beat The Chambers boys made Clarence hard to beat
115 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
121 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
122 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]
Longtime Boy Scout leader employed military-style instruction Longtime Boy Scout leader employed military-style instruction
124 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
125 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
126 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
126 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]
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