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Town&Gown October 2020

Friday Night Lite: Amid a ‘weird’ new normal, a fall football tradition carries on at Centre County high schools - Vincent Corso, Town&Gown

The Friday night lights were finally shining on Centre County high school football fields, as a delayed season kicked off in mid-September. Home teams ran out as cheerleaders screamed and school bands played, but there was something missing. Yes, the lights were still bright, but with stadiums



Letter from the Publisher: Falling for October

I love the fall. From the beautiful colors of the leaves to the sounds and smells of the crisp night air, no month brings more smiles to my face than October. As a boy, I always enjoyed walking to school in the fall. I can remember jumping into piles of leaves, having acorn battles with my friends,

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Lunch with Mimi: Inspired by the community that helped her through a difficult time, Michelle DiMidio started the Alliance for G.O.O.D. to assist residents with a variety of needs

A personal trainer, wife, and mother, Michelle DiMidio in April started Alliance for G.O.O.D. (Giving Others Our Donation), a grassroots effort to help local families struggling with any sort of need related to the pandemic. DiMidio couldn’t just sit at home and do nothing; in fact, she felt

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This October, screening for high-risk breast cancer is as easy as a phone call

Even during a global pandemic, breast cancer screenings are as important as ever. Because breast cancer occurs in an estimated one in eight women, you’re likely to know someone affected by it. But some women may put off routine visits due to concerns about COVID-19, while others may not know

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Letter from the Editor: Fall Traditions, 2020 Style

As we’ve traveled along the winding, pothole-laden road to the fall of 2020, much of the focus locally – including in this space – has been on Penn State. As Karen Walker reported last month, many in downtown State College greeted the students’ return in late-August with a

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Artist of the Month: Bellefonte Art Museum’s Cranes project sends inspiration around the nation – and the world

The Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County is taking resourcefulness during the pandemic to a higher level, while simultaneously spreading messages of hope. Cranes for Hope is derived from the museum’s 1,000 Cranes Project, a 2019 exhibit that was part of its annual Imagination Celebration.

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Understanding the risk factors and how to detect breast cancer early

Diagnosed every two minutes, one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Understanding the risk factors associated with breast cancer as well as how to detect breast cancer early is key to staying healthy

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Taste of the Month: Pine Grove Hall brings an old-time nightclub flair to the area dining and listening scene

In its lifetime, Pine Grove Hall, at 101 East Pine Grove Road, has been many things. Formerly known as the Old Oak Tavern, it’s been in use almost continuously since 1900, when it was built as an Oddfellows hall. Since then, it has functioned as a civic center, a meeting place for Boy and

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Q&A with Pink Zone President Mitch Kirsch

These are challenging times for all nonprofits, with a national focus on the pandemic and so many people struggling financially. The search for a new executive director added even more to the mix at Pink Zone, which helps lead the fight against breast cancer by raising funds and mobilizing resources

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Heartache and Hope: The opioids crisis is hitting all too close to home in Centre County, but many are working to provide lifelines

(Editor's note: This article was first published in January 2019.) This is a story about addiction. It’s about people suffering and lives lost to opioids, heroin, and other drugs.  It is a story that many people don’t think much about, because addiction is something that could

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