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Roots of the Family Tree: Genealogy research has delivered eye-opening – even life-changing – results for some Centre County family detectives Roots of the Family Tree: Genealogy research has delivered eye-opening – even life-changing – results for some Centre County family detectives
4 weeks ago - Town and gown
Genealogy research feels a lot like detective work. For years, I’d been puzzled why my mom’s family doesn’t appear in the 1930 Census. My maternal grandmother, Suzanne Williams, was the middle child of Frank and Mary Williams, whose families were turn-of-the-century immigrants to [Read More]
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Roots of the Family Tree: Genealogy research has delivered eye-opening – even life-changing – results for some Centre County family detectives Roots of the Family Tree: Genealogy research has delivered eye-opening – even life-changing – results for some Centre County family detectives
4 weeks ago - Town and gown
Genealogy research feels a lot like detective work. For years, I’d been puzzled why my mom’s family doesn’t appear in the 1930 Census. My maternal grandmother, Suzanne Williams, was the middle child of Frank and Mary Williams, whose families were turn-of-the-century immigrants to [Read More]

A Hobo’s Song: Philipsburg’s Luther Gette, ‘King of the Hobos,’ reflects on a life of hopping freight trains – with his PhD in French lit along for the ride A Hobo’s Song: Philipsburg’s Luther Gette, ‘King of the Hobos,’ reflects on a life of hopping freight trains – with his PhD in French lit along for the ride
4 weeks ago - Town and gown
You don’t meet a lot of hobos with a doctorate. But Luther Gette, 81, of Philipsburg, isn’t like a lot of people you meet. Gette is, among many things, the curator of the Philipsburg Historical Foundation and a 2019 winner of the Centre County Historical Society Award for Excellence in [Read More]

Southern Exposure: Giant made the biggest splash, but it’s not the only business bringing new life to South Atherton Street Southern Exposure: Giant made the biggest splash, but it’s not the only business bringing new life to South Atherton Street
4 weeks ago - Town and gown
Things move a little slower on the south side of Atherton Street, but that doesn’t mean nothing is going on. With a new anchor store at the Hills Plaza and other growth along the corridor over the past 10 years, the area appears to be experiencing a new heyday that shows no sign of slowing [Read More]

Cat Tales: Centre County PAWS Reading Program is a ‘win-win’ for youngsters and their feline shelter friends   Cat Tales: Centre County PAWS Reading Program is a ‘win-win’ for youngsters and their feline shelter friends
4 weeks ago - Town and gown
It’s Tuesday night and in the Centre County PAWS lobby, a volunteer is giving 7-year old Sophia Rearick a quick lesson on cat body language. “Do you know what it means when a cat’s ears look like this?” the volunteer says, hands cupped overhead in a rough approximation of [Read More]

Generous Spirits: These community members show that there are endless ways for each of us to make a difference in our own way Generous Spirits: These community members show that there are endless ways for each of us to make a difference in our own way
8 weeks ago - Town and gown
Christy Delafield has made a career out of giving on a global scale, helping some of the world’s most vulnerable people during times of crisis. Diane Kramer gives back at a local level through activism and advocacy, despite her own battle with multiple sclerosis. Barry Peters gave an [Read More]

All Aboard: For enthusiasts of the ageless ‘closet hobby’ of model railroads, the joy is in the details All Aboard: For enthusiasts of the ageless ‘closet hobby’ of model railroads, the joy is in the details
8 weeks ago - Town and gown
Above a sizable outbuilding behind Tom Vaughn’s property in Curtin is a whole world that, driving by, you’d never suspect was there. Climbing the stairs from the building’s first level, where the Vaughns store equipment and tools typical of an outdoor shed, you’re met with a [Read More]

A New 'Nutcracker': Nittany Ballet’s 2019 holiday performance reflects changes at the helm A New 'Nutcracker': Nittany Ballet’s 2019 holiday performance reflects changes at the helm
8 weeks ago - Town and gown
For nearly 20 years, local audiences have been getting into the holiday spirit with Nittany Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at Eisenhower Auditorium on the Penn State campus. Audience members who have experienced this annual tradition in the past can expect a few changes this year, [Read More]

Lunch with Mimi: Town&Gown publisher Bernard A. Oravec discusses the role of the magazine – and community journalism – in a changing media world Lunch with Mimi: Town&Gown publisher Bernard A. Oravec discusses the role of the magazine – and community journalism – in a changing media world
8 weeks ago - Town and gown
Bernard A. Oravec has been publisher of Barash Media, including Town&Gown and The Centre County Gazette, since late December 2018. He brought more than 27 years of newspaper experience to Barash, including the previous 10 years with Ogden Newspapers as publisher of the Williamsport [Read More]

The Happiest Place in Happy Valley: The party goes on all football weekend long in the overnight RV lot outside Beaver Stadium The Happiest Place in Happy Valley: The party goes on all football weekend long in the overnight RV lot outside Beaver Stadium
13 weeks ago - Town and gown
Everyone loves a Penn State tailgate. With friends, family, food, and football, those fall Saturday parities make great memories. But after a long day, most tailgates end with a slow drive out of the parking lot, into the sea of cars headed home from Beaver Stadium.  What if your tailgate [Read More]

From Crisis to Treasure: Black Moshannon foresters have overseen the planting of nearly 4 million trees in the past eight years, restoring a woodland ravaged by gypsy moths From Crisis to Treasure: Black Moshannon foresters have overseen the planting of nearly 4 million trees in the past eight years, restoring a woodland ravaged by gypsy moths
13 weeks ago - Town and gown
Central Pennsylvania is a paradise for outdoors men and women. And though it may seem contrary to the wild, untamed nature of the world so many of us enjoy in our local state forests, these places are made to flourish through the meticulous intervention of the often-overlooked people behind the [Read More]

Communication Gaps: Cell phone reception is a challenge for some State College-area residents, and thus far solutions have been elusive   Communication Gaps: Cell phone reception is a challenge for some State College-area residents, and thus far solutions have been elusive
13 weeks ago - Town and gown
If Bill Mahon can make a cell phone call from the Sahara Desert, he thinks he should be able to do the same thing from his home in Grays Woods. It’s difficult, though – he has to find the right spot in the house, or even go outside, so the person on the other end can hear him. On the [Read More]

Diners, Diners, "Down and Dirty": State College photographer Chuck Fong’s book pays homage to hometown staples of the American food scene
13 weeks ago - Town and gown
Chuck Fong didn’t intend to publish a book chronicling the decline of the American diner when he started taking photos of these staples of the American food scene. In fact, he didn’t even intend to be a photographer at all when he first entered college. Fong started out as an [Read More]

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