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Town&Gown October 2018

For thousands of Penn State fans, food just tastes better at a Beaver Stadium tailgate - Vilma Shu, Town&Gown

Rain or shine, sleet or snow, tailgating before football games is a century-old tradition, and many die-hard fans arrive early in the morning, hours before kickoff, to set up and begin the festivities. Nothing is better than surrounding yourself with fellow Nittany Lions fans outside Beaver Stadium

Letter from the Editor: An Experience Like No Other

It’s difficult to explain the Penn State tailgate culture to “outsiders.” Most folks who haven’t experienced the festive scene in the parking lots, fields, and pastures around Beaver Stadium before and after a football game have a hard time relating to just how big and over

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The State College Choral Society celebrates its 70th season of music that seeks to transcend time and place

There is nothing that brings together an audience like timeless music. Some may associate this phrase with their favorite rock band or pop artist, but many in the Centre County region associate it with the State College Choral Society. The choral society, with its dedication to classical choral

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Béla Fleck will make eighth Eisenhower appearance, this time with Hussain, Meyer, and Chaurasia

Three masterful instrumentalists and the leading virtuosos on their respective instruments, Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer move with ease among the spheres of classical, bluegrass, jazz, and world music. The musicians come together November 14 at Penn State to perform original

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Lunch with Mimi: David Gray, Penn State senior VP for finance and business/treasurer, on state support, demographics

David Gray took the helm as senior vice president for finance and business/treasurer at Penn State in February 2012. He is tasked to oversee all financial decisions of the university and its operations, including the strategic planning process of the offices of Auxiliary and Business Services,

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High Drama: 82-year-old Marie Cameron will be among those going ‘Over The Edge’ for two good causes

“I have lived a great life. This is how I give back,” says a committed volunteer. A transplanted Canadian from Nova Scotia who has lived in numerous places in this country, she finally plopped down in State College three years ago, to be near a daughter and granddaughter. Marie Cameron,

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Shy Bear, Bold Flavors: New brewery is making a name for itself in Lewistown

Jason Ufema describes the beer scene in Lewistown as one that you’d likely find in most rural, blue-collar towns. “The percentage of craft beer drinkers is quite a bit less than those who prefer the common, macro-made beer,” he says. “However, that is part of the journey and

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After her own personal journey, the new ‘Hair Lady’ finds her calling

A childhood dream of becoming a hairdresser, some professional and extremely personal experiences with cancer, and one key component – compassion – have led Katherine Fagan to find a new calling. As the new owner of The Hair Lady wig boutique, Fagan specializes in helping women who are

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Q&A with Joel Weidner, on the new Ten Thousand Villages fair trade store in State College

For a quarter-century, Centre County residents have helped to support the nonprofit fair trade organization Ten Thousand Villages. Now the effort has a permanent home – a store at 1341 S. Atherton Street in State College. The shop had a soft opening in mid-September and holds its

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Weekend Warriors: Beware Achilles Tendonitis

Are you a runner, an after-work softball star, or a weekend warrior who loves to push yourself to the limit? If you’ve been noticing pain along the back of your leg and near your heel, it may be a sign of Achilles tendonitis or inflammation in the body’s largest tendon. Achilles

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