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Town&Gown November 2020

The Voices of Penn State Football: For 20 years, Steve Jones and Jack Ham have been bringing every play of every game to life on the radio - Karen Walker, Town&Gown

If you ask Steve Jones about highlights from 20 years as the play-by-play announcer for Penn State football, you might expect him to mention some big plays, like the Marcus Allen field-goal block that Grant Haley ran back for a touchdown against Ohio State during the White Out in 2016. Or perhaps

Letter from the Publisher: A Special Veterans Day

This year marked the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The generation of men who fought this war are now all over 90 years old. Their contribution to our freedom cannot be forgotten. Often, when we see the Second World War depicted on television or in the movies, it is an assumed

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Creativity at the Wheel: For Scot Paterson of Aaronsburg Pottery, art begins with a pile of clay and an appreciation for his customer

You can find Scot Paterson on any given mid-morning strolling out to his self-renovated backyard workshop, finished off with reclaimed barn siding. The reflective bright blue hues of glazed mugs contrast the matte color of the untouched clay. Amongst the rustic workspace and shelves filled with

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Salute to Veterans: Giving back through business

This November, a month in which we traditionally honor veterans, we shine the spotlight on a handful of veteran-owned businesses making waves in Centre County.   Willie’s Wood Shed Nostalgic big-band music streams out of Bill Pantle’s garage – a fully equipped woodshop

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Letter from the Editor: As Centre County Goes …

I’m a numbers geek. It’s an ironic trait for someone whose only D in college came after the naive decision, as a freshman journalism student, to take a math course as an elective. Nice move. But I do love mining insight from numbers, as long as someone who has a clue has done the

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Health: Free lung cancer education and screening is available, and it’s a breeze

Mammograms help detect breast cancer. Colonoscopies help detect colon cancer. And blood tests help detect prostate cancer. Why don’t we hear about lung cancer screenings? Especially since, every year, lung cancer kills more people than the other three types combined. I’d like to change

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Salute to Veterans: A newly renovated bank on Spring Creek offers vets the chance to heal in nature

Dr. Gerry Clair, a State College physician who passed away last year, knew the therapeutic nature of fishing. After all, being out in nature, listening to and watching the stream, and telling fish stories with like-minded friends sometimes is just what the doctor ordered. Clair served in the United

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‘An Absolute Treasure’: For 44 years, John Black has faithfully chronicled the Nittany Lions for fellow alums through 'The Football Letter'

The first Saturday in October, John Black, longtime editor of The Football Letter, was doing something he never before could do at that time of the year. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of the Penn State football season, and without a game to attend, Black and his wife took a road trip to

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Taste of the Month: Food with a Philly flavor is helping the We Are Inn become a destination

Pat Romano, proprietor of the We Are Inn Hotel and Restaurant in Philipsburg, is always ready to switch gears, try something new, and keep going. He’s constantly adding new food items to his menu and innovating the way his business operates. And he’s just getting started.  Romano

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Heartache and Hope: The opioids crisis is hitting all too close to home in Centre County, but many are working to provide lifelines

(Editor's note: This article was first published in January 2019.) This is a story about addiction. It’s about people suffering and lives lost to opioids, heroin, and other drugs.  It is a story that many people don’t think much about, because addiction is something that could

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