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Town&Gown September 2020

An Unprecedented Fall: The return of Penn State students offers downtown businesses a ray of hope amidst economic and health concerns - Karen Walker, Town&Gown

During normal times, there is a predictable rhythm to life in State College. After a busy graduation weekend each May, the vibrant downtown streets abruptly shift into a sleepy state that lasts throughout the summer months, punctuated only by one bustling weekend in mid-July, when the Central



Letter from the Publisher: Time to Move Forward

This September feels a little odd. After a spring and summer lost to coronavirus, many of us thought fall would be the time when things started to get back to normal. It hasn’t, at least not yet. The decision by the Big Ten Conference to cancel the entire football season has left many in our

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The new State College branch of the NAACP looks to give more voice to people of color

A Juneteenth celebration was held June 19 in the Borough of State College, commemorating the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in 1865. While these celebrations are common elsewhere in the country, this was the first such event in State College. The ceremony, put

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Health: Start your pregnancy off right with a pre-pregnancy consultation

One of the best things about being an obstetrician is that seeing my patients so many times over a nine-month period lets me get to know them very well. Every pregnancy is special – and unique. Whenever possible, I like to set up a pre-pregnancy consultation to get basic medical information

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Letter from the Editor: Downtown Businesses Need Us

For the first time since 1886, there will be no Penn State football games played this fall.  The annual tradition began November 12, 1887, with a 54-0 win at Bucknell. It grew for 132 years, through a 53-39 win over Memphis in the Cotton Bowl on December 28, 2019. It’s a

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Offering That Special Something: 50 years after opening Uncle Eli’s, Douglas Albert is sticking to ‘Plan A’ with his emporium and his gallery

Douglas Albert came to Happy Valley in 1968 to attend Penn State and more than 50 years later, he hasn’t left. While he never graduated from Penn State as he intended, he has become a fixture in town with longstanding businesses celebrating big anniversaries – Uncle Eli’s Artist

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‘Better Out Than In’: Mimi Barash Coppersmith opens up about her own mental health journey with Marisa Vicere, founder of Jana Marie Foundation

In a special “Reverse” Lunch with Mimi, Marisa Vicere, president and founder of Jana Marie Foundation, sat down with Mimi Barash Coppersmith, founder of Town&Gown, for Suicide Prevention Month. Working to end the silence that often surrounds mental and emotional health, the Jana

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For Penn State students, ‘some things will never be the same’

Off-campus backyards brimming with students and large clusters of friends making their way downtown are sights that will be missing this year, if things go according to plan, as Penn State students settle back into Happy Valley. With the uncertainty and ever-changing regulations surrounding the

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Lunch with Mimi: Under Wendy Vinhage, Centre County United Way working on new ways to engage donors, volunteers in fight for community health, education, and financial stability

Wendy Vinhage was a familiar face among local nonprofit organizations even before becoming the executive director of the Centre County United Way in July 2019. She succeeded Tammy Gentzel, who stepped down after nine years of leading the organization. Vinhage had previously worked for Skills of

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New Walk-in Crisis Center aims to be a place of hope

One of the first things a visitor notices on the wall of the Centre County Walk-in Crisis Center is a quilt-like banner from a Centre County Out of the Darkness Walk. The banner was made by people who had lost someone close to them because of suicide. Each square offers a message of hope to whoever

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