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Answering the Call: Alpha volunteers are at the ready, but as the region grows, so does the prospect of a paid fire service Answering the Call: Alpha volunteers are at the ready, but as the region grows, so does the prospect of a paid fire service
3 weeks ago - Town and 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 [Read More]
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The Coolest Place in Town: Pegula Ice Arena is about much more than Penn State hockey The Coolest Place in Town: Pegula Ice Arena is about much more than Penn State hockey
15 weeks ago - Town and gown
Every four years, people around the country fall in love with ice sports such as figure skating, hockey, and curling during the Winter Olympics, and then most seem to forget about them a few weeks later. That is no longer the case in “Hockey Valley,” where the Pegula Ice Arena has [Read More]

The Story of Us: 6 Centre County couples married for decades share secrets to long-lasting love The Story of Us: 6 Centre County couples married for decades share secrets to long-lasting love
15 weeks ago - Town and gown
As of late last year, the U.S. divorce rate was 39 percent. Meanwhile, nearly a fifth of Americans are currently considering divorce, according to a 2017 study from legal resource Avvo. It’s no wonder then that some members of younger generations might have a less than optimistic outlook on [Read More]

THON’s family relations committee fosters a community of support for young cancer patients and their loved ones THON’s family relations committee fosters a community of support for young cancer patients and their loved ones
15 weeks ago - Town and gown
“For The Kids.” That simple phrase permeates almost every aspect of Penn State’s THON. You’ll see it on t-shirts and posters, you’ll hear it in the annual line dance lyrics, and you’ll find it abbreviated as ‘FTK’ in just about all THON-related [Read More]

Help Me! I Want to Learn How to Ski Help Me! I Want to Learn How to Ski
15 weeks ago - Town and gown
Throughout the winter, I often look up at the slopes of Tussey Mountain with wonder. From my car, I think to myself, “You have always wanted to ski, just go try it.” After all, it looks like so much fun, sliding down the slopes, weaving in and out and building up speed as you go. [Read More]

Signs of a heroin/opioid overdose Signs of a heroin/opioid overdose
20 weeks ago - Town and gown
Signs of a heroin/opioid overdose   Extremely pale face or feels clammy to the touch Limp body Blue or purple lips or fingertips Vomiting or gurgling sounds Unable to speak Cannot be awakened Slowed or stopped breathing or heartbeat   Source: Centre County HOPE [Read More]

Centre County Opioids Crisis: How to get help Centre County Opioids Crisis: How to get help
20 weeks ago - Town and gown
There are a variety of community resources available to help with drug and alcohol addiction. Here is a breakdown of some of those services, from the HOPE Initiative (centrecountyhope.org).   CENTRE COUNTY DRUG AND ALCOHOL OFFICE A county-administered program of community-based services [Read More]

Heartache and Hope: The opioids crisis is hitting all too close to home in Centre County, but many are working to provide lifelines Heartache and Hope: The opioids crisis is hitting all too close to home in Centre County, but many are working to provide lifelines
20 weeks ago - Town and gown
This is a story about addiction. It’s about people suffering and lives lost to opioids, heroin, and other drugs.  It is a story that many people don’t think much about, because addiction is something that could never happen to them or anyone they care about.  But, in this [Read More]

Rich Lorenzo's gift to wrestling Rich Lorenzo's gift to wrestling
20 weeks ago - Town and gown
You can find former Penn State wrestling coach Rich Lorenzo in a number of places around State College. Walking the trails that surround the university's golf courses or the corridors of stately Rec Hall come to mind. But on the day of a home match during the college wrestling season, he is found on [Read More]

Help Me! I need a better business casual look Help Me! I need a better business casual look
20 weeks ago - Town and gown
It has been years since I’ve had a style upgrade. I am a very casual person. Like many men, I like to dress comfortably and I am stuck in the style of my teenage years back in the 1990s.  Years as a social worker and writer have allowed me to get away with my casual look to a degree. But [Read More]

Hands-On Cooking: Taste Buds Kitchen puts us in touch with how food gets to our plates Hands-On Cooking: Taste Buds Kitchen puts us in touch with how food gets to our plates
20 weeks ago - Town and gown
Cooking brings families and people from different cultures together. The food that we share not only strengthens relationships, but inspires conversation, engagement, laughter, and comfort. Michael Pollen writes in the book Cooked, “We all have powerful memories of being cooked for. When we [Read More]

Beauty From The Ashes: Even after losing nearly everything in a house fire, the Markle family counts their blessings Beauty From The Ashes: Even after losing nearly everything in a house fire, the Markle family counts their blessings
24 weeks ago - Town and 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 [Read More]

New Lungs, New Life: After a double lung transplant, Michael Keller is making the most of the opportunity he has been given   New Lungs, New Life: After a double lung transplant, Michael Keller is making the most of the opportunity he has been given
24 weeks ago - Town and gown
Two Christmas seasons ago, Michael Keller received an incredible gift. It came in the form of a double lung transplant, and for Keller it meant a second chance at life. Now he is determined to make the most of this gift of life by paying it forward in a multitude of ways. Keller, 34, was born with [Read More]

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