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Town&Gown August 2016

A Unique Education - Jenna Spinelle, Town&Gown

No desks, no dress code, teachers called by rst name only, and freshmen taking classes with seniors. Classes such as “Historical Documentaries” and “Fantasy Literature” are mixed in with algebra and geography. These characteristics are just a few of many that make the State



Letter from the Editor

It was during the spring when the staff of Town&Gown met to discuss what feature stories the magazine should run in the August issue. The Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County had recently opened a new exhibit, The Underground Railroad — The Journey to Freedom, and it was decided

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Taste of the Month: Barranquero Café

Colombia is the world’s third largest producer of coffee, after Brazil and Vietnam. The rich volcanic soil in the arid mountains of the country produces ideal conditions for growing high-quality coffee. Colombian coffee is known to be among the best in the world, with a rich, full-bodied, and

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Q&A: Cynthia Mazzant, executive director of Tempest Productions

Twenty years ago, Cynthia Mazzant, along with Jo Wadsworth and Chuck Caudill, started Tempest Productions as a way to introduce young people to live theater through workshops and interactive events. The organization, which started in New Jersey, has found a home in Bellefonte. On August 20, Tempest

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5 Questions with Mary Ellen Clark

A school-record 20 Penn Staters will be part of the Olympic Games in Rio, which begin August 5. The school has had its share of success in the Olympics, with representatives capturing 28 medals. Two of them are from diver Mary Ellen Clark, who won a bronze medal in the 10-meter platform at both the

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On Center: Lewis and guitarist-singer John Pizzarelli pay tribute to Nat King Cole

Pianist Ramsey Lewis has appeared at Eisenhower Auditorium three times in the last quarter century. He’s performed in a duo with the great Billy Taylor, been backed by Penn State’s Essence of Joy choir, and shared billing with the legendary Dave Brubeck. When Lewis returns to the

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About Town: The Centre Region Senior Center is moving again

The Centre Region Senior Center (CRSC) is in transition, again. What began part-time in 1976 in the basement of the State College Christian Church (then at Easterly Parkway and William Street) until the downtown Fraser Center was ready in 1986, arrived last September at the Nittany Mall. It is

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Nittany Valley Society: The Legend of Penn’s Cave

This is the very first Pennsylvania legend published by folklorist Henry W. Shoemaker in 1902. It is the official legend featured at Penn’s Cave, where it is painted on a large sign at the entrance. This legend tells not of the Princess Nittany over whose burial mound (or over whose

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On Tap: Hot Weather Prescription: Take a Little Pils!

The Dog Days of summer find many of us reaching for a lighter-bodied beer — one that’s refreshing and easy to drink, perhaps with a little less alcohol than our usual tipple, much like the lighter fare we might choose to enjoy during summertime meals. If that’s the case with your

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Snapshot: Dr. Michelle Saylor

When Dr. Michelle Saylor was asked to step in as the interim superintendent for Bellefonte Area School District in April, she was hesitant at first to take the position. “I loved working with curriculum, instruction, and innovation and working side-by-side with the teachers,” she says,

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