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YMCA plans new facility - Alexa Lewis

SPRING MILLS — The Centre County YMCA will break ground on a new facility in the Penns Valley community of Spring Mills this summer, after identifying the need for another facility back in 2007. “This has been a part of the YMCA’s strategic plan for years,” said Howard



Centre County Gazette

Senior Spotlight: Patrick Scordato, Bellefonte Area High School Senior Spotlight: Patrick Scordato, Bellefonte Area High School
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Centre County Gazette: What are you most looking forward to about graduating from high school? Patrick Scordato: All the opportunities throughout college and afterward is what I'm looking forward to most. I'm also excited to stay in touch and see what things my classmates end up [Read More]
Senior Spotlight: Page Barnett, St. Joseph's Catholic Academy Senior Spotlight: Page Barnett, St. Joseph's Catholic Academy
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Centre County Gazette: What are you most looking forward to about graduating high school? Page Barnett: I'm looking forward to all the new and exciting possibilities that college has to offer like sports, dorms and organizations that you can't find in high school.Gazette: Pick out a memorable [Read More]
Senior Spotlight: Brenna Adams, State College Area High School Senior Spotlight: Brenna Adams, State College Area High School
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Centre County Gazette: What are you most looking forward to about graduating from high school? Brenna Adams: I'm really looking forward to the next chapter of my life. As much as I'll miss high school, and the friends and memories that I've made along the way, I'm ready to see what comes next, [Read More]

Business

Penn State recognizes local entrepreneur Penn State recognizes local entrepreneur
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STATE COLLEGE — Videon’s Todd Erdley received the 2015 Charles Lupton Volunteer Award from Penn State’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations. This annual award recognizes a Penn State graduate who provides outstanding volunteer service to the university and community [Read More]
Tips to make your video campaigns 'unskippable' Tips to make your video campaigns 'unskippable'
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When’s the last time you actually watched a pre-roll ad on YouTube in its entirety? You know the drill. You go to watch a video and suddenly you see a commercial that you have to watch for at least five seconds before you can click “Skip Ad.” Think these ads are a waste of your [Read More]
Credit unions take part in reality fair Credit unions take part in reality fair
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STATE COLLEGE — Four Centre County credit unions, along with other credit union professionals and local business partners, participated in the area's first Reality Fair on May 10. Nearly 100 students from State College Area High School attended the event, held in the school gym. The [Read More]

Sports

State College's Karpenko captures gold at PIAA Championships State College's Karpenko captures gold at PIAA Championships
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SHIPPENSBURG — State College Area High School junior Veronika Karpenko might seem to be a pretty cool customer, but she’ll tell you that hasn’t always been the case. “Once you get nervous, everything goes downhill, at least for me. There’s a certain kind of nervous [Read More]
State College upends Altoona for District 6 baseball title State College upends Altoona for District 6 baseball title
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ALTOONA — It seems as if six and three are the magic numbers for State College against Altoona this season. Three weeks ago, on May 9, the Little Lions beat Altoona, 6-3, in the two teams' first meeting of the season at Community Fields.State College did it again, by the same 6-3 score on [Read More]
Howard Hawks' Pelka hasn't slowed down with age Howard Hawks' Pelka hasn't slowed down with age
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PHILIPSBURG — Brian Pelka was finished with baseball. He had moved on from the minor leagues, enrolled at Lock Haven to finish his degree, and, frankly, had no ambition or plans to play any more. But his roommate in college played for Howard in the Centre County Baseball League, and he [Read More]

Arts & Entertainment

Summer's Best Music Fest set for June 6 Summer's Best Music Fest set for June 6
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STATE COLLEGE — Summers Best Music Fest returns for another year beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, in downtown State College. The ninth annual music festival features great music from a variety of local and regional artists on three outdoor stages. Entertainment begins at 10:30 [Read More]
Arts Festival releases poster Arts Festival releases poster
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STATE COLLEGE — The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts has released its 2015 collectible poster. The 24-by-36-inch poster features the festival’s jester floating Mary Poppins-style against a blue sky. As he travels over a landscape of Central Pennsylvania mountains, he leaves a [Read More]
Zedd to perform at BJC Zedd to perform at BJC
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UNIVERSITY PARK — Zedd will return to the Bryce Jordan Center at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9. Born Anton Zaslavski, German producer Zedd, who performed at Penn State in 2013, branched out from progressive house, dubstep and classical music to produce "Clarity" in 2012. The album charted at [Read More]

Education

Final bow: Beloved choral director retires after 19 years Final bow: Beloved choral director retires after 19 years
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STATE COLLEGE — When walking into room 38N at State College Area High School, you will notice risers that flip when stepped on, murals created by alumni and the many pictures and trophies that decorate the area Robert Drafall has called home for 19 years. Drafall, or “Dra,” as [Read More]
Former U.S. Air Force gunner wins first place in challenge Former U.S. Air Force gunner wins first place in challenge
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UNIVERSITY PARK — Mike Butler appears to be like any other Penn State student at first glance. But get to know him, and you will learn that two years ago he was flying over Afghanistan as a gunner on an AC-130, a heavily armed ground attack aircraft. “I remember receiving my [Read More]
South Hills students attend conference South Hills students attend conference
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Several members of the Phi Beta Lambda club from South Hills School of Business and Technology-Lewistown recently attended the PBL State Leadership Conference in Harrisburg. Samantha Woods, a first-year medical assistant student from Mt. Union, won third place in the Job Interview Skills [Read More]

Community

Penns Valley honors veterans with Memorial Day services Penns Valley honors veterans with Memorial Day services
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SPRING MILLS — On the morning of May 25, more than 100 people from the Penns Valley area gathered at Saint John’s Union Church in Farmers Mills for the church’s annual Memorial Day service. This event has been held every year for several decades. Attendees were issued flowers [Read More]
Centre Hall Cub Scouts replace flags on veterans' graves Centre Hall Cub Scouts replace flags on veterans' graves
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CENTRE HALL — Led by pack leaders Jesse Weaver and Danan Sharer, seven members of Cub Scout Pack 20 gathered on May 20 at the Lutheran and Reformed Cemetery on West Church Street, Centre Hall, to replace aging and worn American flags on the graves of U.S. armed services veterans. The [Read More]
Seniors write poetry at assisted living facility Seniors write poetry at assisted living facility
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SPRING MILLS — Abby Minor holds a master's of fine arts degree in creative writing and writes poetry. She took on a project, funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, leading a poetry writers group for residents of the Salem Hill Haven Assisted Living Facility near Spring [Read More]

Health & Wellness

Cancer patients benefit from an active lifestyle Cancer patients benefit from an active lifestyle
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HERSHEY — When diagnosed with cancer, patients expect the standard treatments of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. However, additional integrated therapies can address the needs of both body and mind when battling or recovering from cancer. According to Jen Price, senior exercise [Read More]
High pollen levels hitting allergy sufferers hard High pollen levels hitting allergy sufferers hard
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HERSHEY — Ah, springtime. Sunny days, fresh breezes and everything is in bloom — including seasonal allergies. This year’s harsh winter staved off an early arrival of springtime allergies, but the wet weather that has gardens looking lush and green also means tree pollen — [Read More]
Pennsylvania Dental Association installs Newman as president Pennsylvania Dental Association installs Newman as president
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BELLEFONTE — The Pennsylvania Dental Association recently installed Dr. Wade Newman, of Bellefonte, as its new president during the association’s Dental Meeting and Expo in Hershey. Newman wants to expand PDA’s efforts to educate Pennsylvanians, especially seniors, about the [Read More]
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