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Town&Gown October 2019

Family Values: Football and community are family affairs for Renaissance Fund honoree James Franklin, his wife, Fumi, and their daughters - Vincent Corso, Town&Gown

It’s easy to see that Fumi Franklin feels right at home in the Lasch Building, where her husband, James, presides as Penn State’s head football coach. Sitting amongst the trophies and plaques that showcase the program’s many accomplishments, she waits for James to finish up an



Letter from the Publisher: October Skies

October produces some of the most beautiful skies of the year. The striking blues and grays balanced against a hazy white create the perfect canvas to highlight a wide palette of fall colors. Very rarely will you find a clear sunny day in Happy Valley during October. Most of the paintings and

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After getting some expert help from golf legend Arnold Palmer, The Village at Penn State opens a first-of-its-kind park

When Liberty Lutheran purchased The Village at Penn State in 2012, leaders began looking at ways to add more amenities to the senior living community. Dave DeLuca, Liberty’s director of real estate development, “took a shot out of the blue.” Years earlier, DeLuca had worked with

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Snapshot: A year after opening fair-trade store in State College, Ten Thousand Villages is thriving

Ten Thousand Villages of State College has seen a successful year of growth since opening a store on South Atherton Street last fall. One of many Ten Thousand Villages outlets in Pennsylvania, its mission remains the same: creating fair trade opportunities for artisans in developing countries. The

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Letter from the Editor: Stoking the Pride

I have lots of habits that understandably try my wife’s patience. This time of year, for example, there are the minutes – OK, maybe hours – spent each week on my phone, researching and adjusting the lineups of my fantasy football teams. While she enjoys football too, she’s

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Help Me! I want to teach my dog some new tricks

Let me start this off by saying that I was never a dog person until I met my partner, Becky. At first, my interactions with her dogs Stella and Bertha were very measured.  I never had dogs growing up and I wasn’t sure what to do with them, and maybe I was a little intimidated. In fact, I

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Artist of the Month: Works of Huntingdon potter to be featured in State College ceramics show

Jack Troy was teaching English in a high school outside of Philadelphia when he was first introduced, through a colleague and friend, to the art of throwing pottery. “We each had young children and we had a lot to talk about, so I would go down after school and watch him work at the wheel.

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Taste of the Month: RE Farm Café serves delectable cuisine while teaching us to reconnect with the land

A dream years in the making has finally come to fruition for Duke and Monica Gastiger. The former owners of Spat’s Café and Speakeasy and The Rathskeller became unintentional farmers when they purchased Windswept Farm in 2016. Located at 100 Filmore Road in State College, their RE Farm

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On Tap: Bottles have long ruled, but flexibility is helping cans become a popular choice of craft brewers – who say you can’t taste the difference

At one time, there seemed to be little debate: Beer was simply better when it came from a bottle than a can. Whether that was a fact or just the thinking because bottles were “cooler” can be discussed. But what has become a reality in the beer-brewing business these days is that more

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On Center: Itzhak Perlman will share music and memories in multimedia concert

Itzhak Perlman will return to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium November 14 for a special evening of live music (announced from the stage), stories, and projected film and photos celebrating a storied career launched with his televised U.S. debut more than 60 years ago. The world’s

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