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Town&Gown June 2016

A Great and True Fish Story - T. Wayne Waters, Town&Gown

Pennsylvanians do love to fish! Andrew L. Shiels, director of bureau fisheries for the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, estimates that a total of about 500,000 fishers are out during Pennsylvania’s opening days of trout season,



Letter from the Editor

As I write this, it’s about a week following Mother’s Day, and I’m now looking ahead to Father’s Day. Talk about a difference in build up! Mother’s Day is all about planning a special day or weekend. It’s about letting Mom (wife) sleep in or making her

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Taste of the Month: Little Szechuan

Little Szechuan, located at 228 West College Avenue in State College, serves up a taste of authentic Szechuan cuisine. The food from the Szechuan province in southwestern China offers customers bold and spicy flavors from the liberal use of garlic and chili peppers. Dishes are made with a balanced

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On Tap: Local distilleries giving Happy Valley something else to enjoy

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines brewing as: to make (beer, ale, etc.). OK then, what else could we make by brewing besides those usual suspects (beer and ale)? What could that “etc.” possibly refer to? How about “distiller’s beer,” for making whiskey and

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5 Questions with Mary Chapin Carpenter

It’s been nearly 30 years since Mary Chapin Carpenter released her first album, and ever since she has remained one of the most respected and beloved singer-songwriters. Lately, she has looked to changes things up in her career. In 2014, she released her first orchestral album, and this year,

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On Center: Cirque Éloize's Saloon

The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State 2016-17 season begins with a set of café doors swinging open on an exhilarating evening in the mythical Wild West. Cirque Éloize (Cirkopolis, iD, Rain) rustles up a mix of theater, music, acrobatics, and emotion in its new production,

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Living Well: The Role of a Father

On a recent trip to Denver to visit my brother and his family, I had the opportunity to spend time with my nieces who are 3 and 5 years old. We spent a lot of time at the playground and playing outside. What struck me in our time together was how important my brother’s approval and attention

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The Journey of Exploring History

For the introductory piece in this series, I reflected on the dual challenges facing those with an interest in exploring history: Investing the time and effort necessary for unearthing the lessons of the past and figuring out how to make them relevant and meaningful in the present. For The Nittany

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Q&A with Pat McCool, director of the Bellefonte Cruise

The Bellefonte Cruise, traditionally held Father’s Day weekend, has been a beloved Bellefonte custom for more than 25 years. Since it began in 1988, the Bellefonte Cruise has continued to grow. Director Pat McCool is celebrating 10 years on the Bellefonte Cruise committee, and he talked about

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Snapshot: Kim Steiner

Since initial construction of the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens was completed in 2008, the Arboretum at Penn State has been an ever-changing work in progress, with director Kim Steiner there every step of the way. Before becoming involved with the arboretum, however, he came to Penn State to teach in

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