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Tracey M. Dooms, Town&Gown

Tracey M. Dooms is a freelance writer in State College and a contributor to Town&Gown.

Articles by Tracey M. Dooms, Town&Gown

50 Years of Town&Gown: Arts & Entertainment 50 Years of Town&Gown: Arts & Entertainment
4 weeks ago - Town and gown
Back in the 1960s, downtown State College became a ghost town in the summer, with few Penn State students sticking around for summer classes. State College Area Chamber of Commerce chairman Wally Lloyd pitched the idea of an arts festival to attract summer visitors, just as Penn State football does [Read More]
50 Years of Town&Gown: Issues & People 50 Years of Town&Gown: Issues & People
9 weeks ago - Town and gown
As a university town, State College has a well-educated population: 93 percent of the metropolitan area’s residents are high school graduates, and 40 percent hold at least a bachelor’s degree. That same knowledgeable population brings strongly held opinions on many topics that come up [Read More]
50 Years of Town&Gown: Restaurants & Bars 50 Years of Town&Gown: Restaurants & Bars
13 weeks ago - Town and gown
In 1967, a waiter or waitress had to be 21 years old to serve alcohol in a Pennsylvania restaurant or bar. “I had a roommate who worked at The Tavern Restaurant, and he brought me down on my 21st birthday,” Pat Daugherty recalls of the day he signed on as a waiter. Approaching 20 years [Read More]
50 Years of Town&Gown: Research & Technology 50 Years of Town&Gown: Research & Technology
17 weeks ago - Town and gown
Thanks to Penn State research transfer to the private sector, the State College area is home to a wealth of high-tech companies that are transforming the local economy. State- of-the-art local businesses are profiting from recent developments in cloud computing, nanotechnology, genetic analysis, and [Read More]
50 Years of Town&Gown: Business and Real Estate 50 Years of Town&Gown: Business and Real Estate
21 weeks ago - Town and gown
Fifty years ago, State College was a “company town,” with the company being Penn State. However, industrial employment was gaining ground, and the outlook was promising for more manufacturing operations to set up shop here. The retail sector focused on mom-and-pop shops downtown, [Read More]
50 Years of Town&Gown: Population 50 Years of Town&Gown: Population
26 weeks ago - Town and gown
In the early 1960s, Philadelphia-area high school student Consuelo Miller narrowed down her college choices to two — Penn State in rural Central Pennsylvania and Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, DC. She chose Penn State so that her parents wouldn’t have [Read More]
50 Years of Town&Gown: Health Care 50 Years of Town&Gown: Health Care
30 weeks ago - Town and gown
(Editor’s note: Each month in 2015, as part of its 50th-year celebration, Town&Gown will take a look at various parts of life in Centre County and how they’ve changed over the past 50 years, and what may happen in the future.) Charles Rohrbeck was just a few years out of medical [Read More]
Just for the Fun of It Just for the Fun of It
57 weeks ago - Town and gown
Remember when you were a kid and summer was for sleeping in, staying up late, and having as much fun as possible in between? Yeah, you have to go to work now, but you still can have lots of summer fun. Cheer at a ballgame, explore a festival, see a show, go to a walk-in “drive-in” movie, [Read More]
Sports & Recreation Fun Sports & Recreation Fun
57 weeks ago - Town and gown
Last winter was rough, but warm summer weather is finally here. Take advantage of sunny days, no-jacket- needed temperatures, and long summer evenings to paddle, pedal, or putt your way to fun. If stormy or steamy weather hits, cool off indoors on the ice. Not only will you have fun but you’ll [Read More]
Educational Fun Educational Fun
57 weeks ago - Town and gown
For kids, summer is all about having fun. That fun also can be educational — just don’t tell the kids! Here are five of our favorite local spots where the whole family can have a great time together on a summer day while also learning about nature, science, books, and more. The best part [Read More]
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