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Town&Gown December 2019

Generous Spirits: These community members show that there are endless ways for each of us to make a difference in our own way - Karen Walker and Vincent Corso, Town&Gown

Christy Delafield has made a career out of giving on a global scale, helping some of the world’s most vulnerable people during times of crisis. Diane Kramer gives back at a local level through activism and advocacy, despite her own battle with multiple sclerosis. Barry Peters gave an



Letter from the Publisher: Christmastime is Here Again!

It’s the holiday season! A joyous reminder that another year has passed. It’s also the most wonderful time of the year for our cats. I enjoy the holidays. I don’t mind putting up and decorating the Christmas tree. I like Christmas music. I enjoy watching toy trains making endless

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On Tap: Professor’s book is an appreciation of Pennsylvania breweries and the people behind them

When Dr. Alison Feeney decided to write a book about the craft beer movement in Pennsylvania, she knew there was little point in writing a directory of all the breweries in the state. Instead, she wanted to delve deeper and go more into the people and places behind some of the breweries. “The

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On Center: Lizz Wright will raise her gorgeous voice in song this winter at Schwab Auditorium

Some of the finest singers don’t fit nicely into a box that can be labeled with the name of a single genre. Lizz Wright, who will make her Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State premiere February 5, is one of those vocalists. Gospel was the bedrock of Wright’s musical education.

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Letter from the Editor: Nothing Makes Time Fly like a Deadline

There is a certain rhythm to life that can be both scary and reassuring. The busier we are and the older we get, the faster the world seems to careen past us. Life’s mile-markers – seasons, holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, vacations – help take us from one year to the next,

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Snapshot: Bellefonte collection features rare array of mint Matchbox and other die-cast vehicles

For anyone who collected Matchbox cars as a kid, a walk around Christian Bechdel’s elaborate display is a fascinating trip back in time. But for Bechdel, it’s much more than that; it’s a 50-year labor of love. Bechdel has more than 13,000 die-cast vehicles on display in his small

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Health: Stay safe while decking the halls this holiday season

’Tis the season for decorating and gathering with family and friends to celebrate the holidays. Unfortunately, it’s also the season for an increased number of home fires and accidents around the house that can ruin an otherwise festive time of year. Many of these mishaps that result in

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Taste of the Month: Tait Farm is a destination at the holidays and beyond

’Tis the season to gather with friends and family to celebrate with food, drinks, and seasonal festivities. For more than 40 years now, Tait Farm Foods has been a destination for locals and visitors alike to connect with the earth through food and creating a sense of community. Located at 179

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Help Me! Some professional advice on making perfect Christmas cookies – even if they do look like ugly sweaters

Each year, my partner, Becky, spends half the holiday season baking away in our kitchen, making batch after batch of Christmas cookies, while I mostly just enjoy them. A lot.  She usually asks me to make at least one batch to help out, and sometimes I do, but they never turn out as good as the

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Q&A with Rick Hirsch on "An Unforgettable Night of Nat King Cole" at The State Theatre

Even if you’ve never attended The State Theatre’s annual end-of-the-year concert, chances are you’ve heard Rick Hirsch’s work. Hirsch is the chief music arranger for Penn State’s Blue Band (he also works with Big Ten rivals Wisconsin and Iowa, though we try not to hold

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