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Town&Gown May 2019

Answering the Call: Alpha volunteers are at the ready, but as the region grows, so does the prospect of a paid fire service - Mike Dawson, Town&Gown

The call came in to the Alpha Fire Station in downtown State College around 9:20 on a recent weeknight. Dispatchers from the county’s emergency communications center were reporting a wildfire on Susan Lane in Halfmoon Township, about a mile from Stormstown. The initial plan was to send two

Letter from the Publisher: The Call of the Drum

Drumming is in my blood. It’s been 45 years since I first picked up a pair of drumsticks. Rhythm was introduced to me at a very early age, through the pounding beat of the steel mills and railroads near my Johnstown home. Every night I would fall asleep to the thunder of the hydraulic hammer.

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Help Me! Meditation can help calm a busy mind in an age of distraction

This installment of “Help Me!” is a little more, well, existential than the others in the series thus far. As soon as I read Vincent’s stories about ballroom dancing and buying some more stylish clothes, I knew this series would be the perfect excuse for me to try something

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On Center: Emmet Cohen Trio, Houston Person will unite in a cross-generational concert at Penn State

For the third year in a row, the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State will open its season by showcasing a rising star of jazz at Schwab Auditorium. But when the 2019–20 season gets underway September 12, the up-and-coming talent will be joined by a master of the genre. The Emmet

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Letter from the Editor: Nadine Kofman taught us through her writing

One sure trait of an old-school journalist is a blunt way with words. Direct, economical, no pretense. And always looking to inform. That was Nadine Kofman’s style, and it was one of the things I enjoyed about working with her. Nadine, who passed away March 30 at the age of 75, wrote the

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Composer Laurel Sanders reflects on her new arrangement of a patriotic classic

Laurel Sanders’ many-layered arrangement of “America the Beautiful” – premiering May 4 at the State Theatre as part of the Nittany Knights Barbershop Chorus’s annual show – reveals the love of music and love of country that are, for her, two of the keys to a

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Snapshot: Penn’s Woods Music 4 Kids helps young people experience art in a new way

Music, in all its forms, touches people’s souls. Take classical music, for instance. It might not be your “jam,” but once you hear it at a concert, it might make a memory that lasts in your mind for a lifetime. That’s Debbie Trudeau’s goal for children of all ages who

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Taste of the Month: Chef Justin Berkebile, of Barrel 21 Distillery & Dining, brings science to the kitchen

Get ready for an unforgettable dining experience that is as much a delight for your eyes as it is for your taste buds. Barrel 21 Distillery & Dining executive chef Justin Berkebile’s modern cuisine introduces science to the kitchen, crafting dishes that transform

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Lunch with Mimi: McQuaide Blasko's Sean Burke discusses the law firm’s legacy and the active role staffers play in the life of the community

As president and managing director at McQuaide Blasko since July 2018, Sean Burke manages and oversees the delivery of multidisciplinary legal services for four offices within Central Pennsylvania. Based in the firm’s Blair County office, Burke represents closely held business entities with a

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Artist of the Month: Trash brings inspiration in Art Alliance Recycled Show

Often, society associates art with a beautiful painting or an intricate drawing. However, there are some people, such as Marilyn Seeling, who can find art in just about any tangible material. Whether it’s trash, an old piece of wood from her barn, or simply an old newspaper, it can be

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