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Town&Gown August 2020

Answering the SOS Call: With the State College Spikes facing extinction, the community rallied – and now the team says it’s ‘very confident’ professional baseball will continue here for years to come - Jim Carlson, Town&Gown

It’s one thing to accept what COVID-19 has done to the game of professional baseball, drastically shortening the major league season and bringing an end to schedules of 160 minor league teams – including the State College Spikes – before they started in 2020. But it would be



Letter from the Publisher: The End of Summer

As a boy, August signaled the end of summer vacation, swimming, church picnics, and most Little League baseball. It was now time to start thinking about going back to school. But before that first day of school, there were still lots of things to do. Most of my boyhood summers were spent exploring

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Lunch with Mimi: Educator Donnan Stoicovy came out of retirement to lead the State College Friends School, where she nurtures voice and choice

Donnan Stoicovy retired in 2016 after more than 27 years as the principal at Park Forest Elementary School in State College. But two years into retirement, Stoicovy realized that she missed working with students and teachers. In 2018, Stoicovy was hired as head of the State College Friends School,

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Health: Examining the new era of house calls

In the age of COVID-19, people have been changing the way they stay in touch with family and friends, using virtual methods to stay connected. Healthcare systems are doing the same by offering telehealth services for patients and providers to connect virtually. Telehealth is an alternative to

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Letter from the Editor: Driving to a Bygone Era

On a beautiful, warm summer night earlier this season, my wife and I took a trip back in time: We headed to the drive-in. In this Summer of COVID, we have to get creative in finding entertainment. Sometimes, it’s right in front of us – or, in this case, a pleasant 40-minute drive along

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Speaking Grief: A WPSU documentary aims to help Americans become more comfortable talking about and dealing with loss

Becky Bolich loves to talk about death. She didn’t always feel this way. Like many people, she used to be uncomfortable going to viewings and funerals and didn’t quite know how to relate to people who had lost a loved one. But after her 18-year-old son, Nathan, was killed in a car

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Know Your Worth: To stay present in uncertain times, keep your head where your feet are

We were supposed to visit my parents for a family vacation in Florida at the end of March. Our plans came to a screeching halt with COVID-19 hitting our country and the world in a fast and furious manner. Now, we are five months into life with COVID and still nothing seems normal. It’s been

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Taste of the Month: My Cafe Buzz brings a flavorful tropical vibe to downtown Bellefonte

Escaping to a sunny beach locale is a bit difficult this summer, but a new cafe in downtown Bellefonte gives visitors a little taste of the tropics. My Cafe Buzz opened in May and has since been offering diners delicious, fresh, and healthful breakfast and lunch items, alongside an array of

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Health: Beware of playing through the pain

Back to school might not mean back to the classroom this year – or back to official school sports. But young athletes who want to stay at the top of their games are still going to take to the fields, with or without the guidance of coaches and trainers. Practice. Practice. Practice.

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Order your copy of Town&Gown's 2020 Penn State Football Annual!

Town&Gown's 2020 Penn State Football Annual is on its way, with in-depth features and analysis of the Nittany Lions by some of the top writers covering the team. Order your copy HERE, or look for it on newsstands soon!

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