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Town&Gown December 2018

Beauty From The Ashes: Even after losing nearly everything in a house fire, the Markle family counts their blessings - Karen Walker, Town&Gown

“Unless it’s fatal, it’s no big deal.” That’s the saying on the ceramic plaque that hangs on the burned-out front door of the Gatesburg home of Derec and Maggie Markle. It serves as a reminder to the Markles and their five children that they have much to be grateful



Letter from the Editor: Patches of Fabric

One of my favorite things to do each December is glance back at magazine covers, or the front pages of newspapers, over the course of a year. It always manages to drive home just how fast time is moving. It also offers a visual record, some patches of fabric in the life of a community. So, in

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Lunch with Mimi: Anne Campbell of Juniper Village at Brookline

Born between 1946 and 1964, the baby boomer generation is changing the face of senior living and retirement communities. As the number of Americans over the age of 55 begins to grow, senior facilities like Juniper Village at Brookline are integrating technology and innovative programs to keep up

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Fritz Smith, new director of the visitors bureau, aims to sharpen Centre County’s identity as a tourist destination

A new face can be found leading the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau. Fritz Smith comes to the role of executive director with a long list of ambitious goals for Centre County. Smith, who started at the bureau October 1, most recently worked at Visit Philadelphia, where he was

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Taste of the Month: Town&Gown staffers share their favorite holiday indulgences

’Tis the season to celebrate holiday baking, and the best recipes are the ones that double as gifts. Whether you're throwing a party for family and friends or searching for the perfect hostess gift, everyone appreciates a homemade, edible treat from the heart of your kitchen. This holiday

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On Tap: Beer expert Lew Bryson lists his top pours of 2018

It’s that time of year when, besides all the holiday celebrations, we reflect on the past 12 months and see countless lists of the best movies, books, TV shows, events, and more. So why not a look back on the year that was in beer? For that, we wanted to hear from beer expert Lew Bryson, who

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About Town: The building that housed State College’s original First National Bank helped a community take root

While some historic pieces of downtown State College have been demolished, the new year will see the column-fronted, stately structure at 122 West College Avenue standing. The inside, though, will have significant changes in keeping with its new life. The locked building – where banking was

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The Ice Man: Jared McAlister creates elaborate ice sculptures for First Night State College

For many local residents, New Year’s Eve is spent in downtown State College, admiring hundreds of ice sculptures, watching children enjoy the ice slide, and even getting a chance to witness ice carvers armed with chainsaws and blowtorches work on the large sculptures on South Allen

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On Center: Regina Carter and bandmates will honor Ella Fitzgerald at Schwab

If someone can evoke the sound and spirit of one of the most beloved jazz vocalists of all time – without being a singer – it’s Regina Carter. In the realm of jazz violinists, Carter reigns at the pinnacle of the pyramid. The MacArthur Foundation “genius” Fellowship

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Q&A with Ram M. Narayanan, director of the SCARF Consortium, on helping to develop the region as a ‘high-tech magnet’

Penn State researchers are collaborating with local radio-frequency and wireless-technology companies to help enhance each other’s work, an effort that may ultimately result in more high-tech job opportunities here. The State College Area Radio Frequency Consortium was born from meetings of

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