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Here Comes the Sun: Solar energy projects are on the rise in Centre County Here Comes the Sun: Solar energy projects are on the rise in Centre County
4 weeks ago - Town and gown
Solar energy projects – both public and private – are abounding lately in Centre County. In March 2018, three State College Area School District elementary schools received $245,500 from Pennsylvania’s Solar Energy Program to purchase and install solar energy systems. At the same [Read More]
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Here Comes the Sun: Solar energy projects are on the rise in Centre County Here Comes the Sun: Solar energy projects are on the rise in Centre County
4 weeks ago - Town and gown
Solar energy projects – both public and private – are abounding lately in Centre County. In March 2018, three State College Area School District elementary schools received $245,500 from Pennsylvania’s Solar Energy Program to purchase and install solar energy systems. At the same [Read More]

The Road(s) to Happy Valley: As the region has grown, the routes to get here haven’t kept pace – but that is changing   The Road(s) to Happy Valley: As the region has grown, the routes to get here haven’t kept pace – but that is changing
4 weeks ago - Town and gown
Every day, more than 20,000 people from outside of Centre County drive to Happy Valley. They come from Lewisburg and Lewistown. From Tyrone and Altoona. From Lock Haven, Clearfield, and beyond. They come to work, to go to school, and to play. And, on certain days of the year, they come in droves to [Read More]

Connecting with Neighbors: Through public programs like 'Who Counts?' the Penn State Humanities Institute aims to bring conversations on pressing social issues beyond the university’s walls   Connecting with Neighbors: Through public programs like 'Who Counts?' the Penn State Humanities Institute aims to bring conversations on pressing social issues beyond the university’s walls
4 weeks ago - Town and gown
Philosophy, history, cultural studies, literature – subjects many people don’t often relate to their daily lives. A new institute at Penn State, however, strives to change this, connecting the humanities to everyday issues the average person might see on social media or discuss with [Read More]

Lunch with Mimi: For Tracy Salvino Longenecker and the staff at Centre Elite Gymnastics, the goal is for youths to graduate better than when they started – athletically and beyond Lunch with Mimi: For Tracy Salvino Longenecker and the staff at Centre Elite Gymnastics, the goal is for youths to graduate better than when they started – athletically and beyond
4 weeks ago - Town and gown
A competitive gymnast who earned a full scholarship with the Penn State women’s gymnastics team, Tracy Salvino Longenecker opened Centre Elite Gymnastics in 2011. Now located at 177 Champion Drive in State College, Centre Elite Gymnastics has 32 active coaches and instructors who work with 160 [Read More]

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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
12 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
12 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
12 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
12 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]

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