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Town&Gown February 2019

The Coolest Place in Town: Pegula Ice Arena is about much more than Penn State hockey - Vincent Corso, Town&Gown

Every four years, people around the country fall in love with ice sports such as figure skating, hockey, and curling during the Winter Olympics, and then most seem to forget about them a few weeks later. That is no longer the case in “Hockey Valley,” where the Pegula Ice Arena has



Letter from the Publisher: Back in the Community that I Love

It has been only about a month since I was officially named publisher at Barash Media and Town&Gown. In this very short period of time, I have learned just how much I don’t know. Having served for the past 10 years as publisher of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, a daily newspaper, it was

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Lunch with Mimi: Jackie Hook of Koch Funeral Home

For the past five years, certified spiritual director, celebrant, and end-of-life doula Jackie Hook has specialized in loss and wellness. After experiencing devastating losses in her life, she now provides support to individuals as they grieve by creating opportunities for meaningful conversations

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On Center: Touring Monterey Jazz Festival to feature McLorin Salvant, other rising talents at Penn State

California’s Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest consecutively running festival of its kind. In celebration of its six decades, the festival’s touring arm will bring to Penn State a diverse roster of millennial talent representing the future leaders of jazz. The March 22 concert at

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Letter from the Editor: A Meeting at a Courthouse

I met my wife at a libel trial. Thankfully, neither of us was on trial. I was covering the case for a local newspaper in Connecticut, and Paula, a reporter at a different paper, had been called to testify. The introduction outside the courthouse was brief and our paths did not cross again for a

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Taste of the Month: Prepare for a Latin American feast at El Gloton

Colombia’s rich food culture is a harmonious blend of Spanish influence, with the indigenous plethora of ingredients from the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the north, and the biodiverse regions of the Andes Mountains and the Amazon rainforest.  The secret is out –

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On Tap: For many, the fusion of chocolate and beer is a relationship to savor

Pairing wine with chocolate has become a staple for most wineries and is certainly a popular feature during the month of February with Valentine’s Day. Beer and chocolate not only being paired but also fused together in one drink maybe hasn’t reached the popularity of the good grape and

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Magical Journey: Mother and daughter turn a hobby and a childhood whimsy into a bestselling children's book

The mother-daughter duo of Heather Herzog and Cat Eskey set out on a creative journey long before thinking a top-selling children’s book was in their future. Bunny Bath, A Counting Book, written by State College resident Herzog and illustrated by Eskey, a State High and Penn State grad who

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Artist of the Month: Sculptor Mary Lee Kerr and other artists to ‘take a stand’ in State College

Mary Lee Kerr says she was hooked on sculpture the first time she tried it. “I partly just love the feel of clay in my hands and the flow of the creative process,” she says, “but I also love the challenge of trying to express big ideas and untangle personal and ethical problems

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Q&A with Melissa Kauffman, on expansion plans for the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

Melissa Kauffman has been working for Centre Region Parks and Recreation since 2009, when she was hired as seasonal program coordinator. Since then, Kauffman has been promoted to supervisor at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. She is a Penn State alumna and has teaching certificates in

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