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Town&Gown April 2019

Creating a Monster: Philadelphia Flyers’ mascot Gritty has taken the man who drew him up – Brian Allen of Bellefonte – on the ride of his life - Vincent Corso, Town&Gown

Brian Allen created a monster, both literally and figuratively, in Gritty, the new mascot of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers. Gritty is a big, orange, hairy monster on skates. And he is an even bigger monster on the Internet, with a strong social media team that shares his



Letter from the Publisher: The Penn State Glee Club

It’s April! We welcome more daylight and warmer weather to Happy Valley. The annual Blue-White Game, previewing this year’s football team, will take place on Saturday, April 13. That night, the Penn State Glee Club will be celebrating with a special 130th anniversary concert, solidifying

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Q&A with Victoria Sanchez, co-coordinator of the Penn State Powwow

The 15th annual Penn State Powwow will be held April 6 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and April 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mount Nittany Middle School. The powwow, a celebration of community and culture, features American Indian drummers, dancers, vendors, and delicious cuisine. It is is free and open to

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Understanding Infertility: Some health issues can make getting pregnant more difficult, but there are treatment options

After deciding to have a baby, most couples want to get pregnant quickly. They may see building a family as a key part of their future. But when it doesn’t happen within just a few months, disappointment can set in. About 10 percent of couples aren’t able to conceive after trying to get

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Letter from the Editor: It’s the Guys’ Turn

In March, we celebrated some of the remarkable women who make Centre County such a great place to live. This month, some of the men who make this community special get their turn in the spotlight, beginning on page 60. It’s also a good time to meet the men in our office who – along with

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Artist of the Month: Jennifer Kane curates 'Climate,' aims to open connections that go beyond media, politics

Jennifer Kane grew up with artistry instilled in her at a young age. Art is a means of communication for her; a concept you can find anywhere at any time. Kane isn’t just a talented artist, but also a climate communicator, a title she uses that combines the beauty of creating art and telling

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Taste of the Month: Little Food Court offers a variety of affordable Chinese specialties – and don’t forget to try the bubble tea

The Taiwanese bubble tea craze has finally arrived in State College at Tea Time, located downstairs from its adjoining Chinese restaurant Little Food Court at 250 East Calder Way. The milk- or fruit-based tea beverage gained popularity because of the fun and chewy texture of the sweet tapioca balls

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Lunch with Mimi: Gordon DeJong discusses 50 years with the State College Choral Society

A longtime financial supporter of the State College Choral Society, Gordon DeJong has served on the organization’s board for eight years. He also sang in numerous Choral Society concerts, including two touring choirs to Europe. DeJong and his wife of 57 years, Caroline, have established the

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On Tap: Fans relaxing with a beer at the ballpark are enjoying a much greater selection these days

It’s the two words that can warm just about everyone’s heart: Play ball! Opening day for Major League Baseball has finally arrived, and with it comes the usual thoughts of spring and summer days and evenings. Opening day also brings questions, such as can the Red Sox repeat as World

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The Rivet makerspace aims to foster collaboration and teach new skills

A community makerspace called The Rivet is coming to life at Discovery Space on North Atherton Street. The Rivet’s construction, getting under way this spring, is spurred by the maker movement sweeping the country as a do-it-yourself lifestyle. “The maker movement, it’s bigger

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