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Penns Valley centenarians share tales from their long lives Penns Valley centenarians share tales from their long lives
2 days ago - Centre County Gazette
SPRING MILLS — They have seen the elections of 17 U.S. presidents. They have lived through both World Wars, as well as conflicts in Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East. They were born in a time and a place where most travel was by horse and buggy, but they have seen highways cover the valley [Read More]
Young man finds niche with Civil War and local history Young man finds niche with Civil War and local history
2 days ago - Centre County Gazette
MILLHEIM — It’s easy to find the home of Bob and Joyce Brown and their 21-year-old son, Jimmy, on Paradise Road near Millheim. It’s the one with a Civil War-era cannon sitting in the front yard. Bob built the cannon (technically, a Model 1861 10-Pounder Parrott Rifle) himself, [Read More]
Millheim hosts seventh annual Harry Smith Folk Music Festival Millheim hosts seventh annual Harry Smith Folk Music Festival
1 week ago - Centre County Gazette
MILLHEIM — The Elk Creek Café & Aleworks in Millheim was the site of the seventh annual Harry Smith Folk Music Festival on Nov. 16. Several musical acts performed songs from the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music. Harry Smith, who died in 1991, was an archivist, [Read More]
Penns Valley drama class to present 'Krazy Kamp' play Penns Valley drama class to present 'Krazy Kamp' play
1 week ago - Centre County Gazette
SPRING MILLS — The Penns Valley Senior High Drama Class will present “Krazy Kamp,” a comedic farce, on Friday, Nov. 21, in the high school auditorium. The play revolves around two summer camps on opposite sides of beautiful Lake Lookeeloo. Camp Pocahontas, an exclusive resort for [Read More]
Penns Valley pastor takes bicycle trip of a lifetime Penns Valley pastor takes bicycle trip of a lifetime
2 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
SPRING MILLS — Back in April, K.R. Mele and his friend Harold Morgan embarked on the trip of a lifetime. The pair pedaled for 3,178 miles on a bicycle trip from Santa Monica, Calif., to St. Augustine, Fla. Mele, the pastor of Family Life of Penns Valley Church, was inspired to make a [Read More]
Centre Hall Cub Scouts go 'Scouting for Food' Centre Hall Cub Scouts go 'Scouting for Food'
2 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
CENTRE HALL — On the morning of Nov. 8, Cub Scout leader Art Gover and parent volunteers drove members of Pack 20 around the borough of Centre Hall to pick up bags of food items put out by local residents. Earlier that week, the Cubs had placed tags on the doors of those residents, requesting [Read More]
100-year-old veteran remembers Pearl Harbor 100-year-old veteran remembers Pearl Harbor
3 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
COBURN — Like everyone in his generation, 100-year-old Lawrence J. Wolfe, of Coburn, remembers Dec. 7, 1941, the infamous day the Japanese attacked the American naval fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. For Wolfe, the memories are especially vivid because he was there. Wolfe was born in Spring [Read More]
'Aaronsburg Story' highlights museum's history dinner 'Aaronsburg Story' highlights museum's history dinner
3 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
SPRING MILLS — A group of 85 people enjoyed a delicious meal and a slide-show presentation during the Penns Valley Area Historical Museum history dinner held on Oct. 23 at the New Hope Lutheran Church, west of Spring Mills. After welcoming remarks from Penns Valley Museum board president [Read More]
Penns Valley celebrates Halloween with many events Penns Valley celebrates Halloween with many events
3 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
CENTRE HALL — Citizens of Penns Valley celebrated Halloween with several fun-filled community events on Oct. 31. Beginning at 1 p.m., costume-clad students and teachers at the Centre Hall-Potter Elementary School left the building for their annual parade through the streets of Centre Hall. [Read More]
Sprucetown Methodist Church holds annual fall bazaar Sprucetown Methodist Church holds annual fall bazaar
4 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
SPRING MILLS — On Oct. 25, the Sprucetown Methodist Church held its annual Fall Bazaar in the lower level of the church building located on Upper Georges Valley Road. This event is held as a fundraiser for the church’s Outreach Fund, which helps people facing personal and financial [Read More]
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