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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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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
16 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
16 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
16 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
16 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]

Family Values: Football and community are family affairs for Renaissance Fund honoree James Franklin, his wife, Fumi, and their daughters Family Values: Football and community are family affairs for Renaissance Fund honoree James Franklin, his wife, Fumi, and their daughters
21 weeks ago - Town and gown
It’s easy to see that Fumi Franklin feels right at home in the Lasch Building, where her husband, James, presides as Penn State’s head football coach. Sitting amongst the trophies and plaques that showcase the program’s many accomplishments, she waits for James to finish up an [Read More]

Call of the Wild: In fall, tiny Benezette becomes the destination to view elk during ‘the rut’   Call of the Wild: In fall, tiny Benezette becomes the destination to view elk during ‘the rut’
21 weeks ago - Town and gown
October is the perfect time to take a day trip to Benezette, “The Elk Capital of Pennsylvania.” Situated deep within the densely forested Pennsylvania Wilds, the tiny town of Benezette (sometimes simply spelled “Benezett”), with a full-time population of only 200 or so [Read More]

The Flavor of Rural Medicine: Geisinger residency program focusing on the needs of less-populous communities is about to expand to Centre County   The Flavor of Rural Medicine: Geisinger residency program focusing on the needs of less-populous communities is about to expand to Centre County
21 weeks ago - Town and gown
Americans living in rural communities are seven times as likely as those in urban areas to report that they are unable to get the health care they need, according to a 2017 article from the American Society on Aging. Likewise, 20 percent of the U.S. population is considered rural, but only 12 [Read More]

Lunch with Mimi: Gregory Drane, director of the Penn State Blue Band, takes pride in challenging his students while entertaining fans at Beaver Stadium   Lunch with Mimi: Gregory Drane, director of the Penn State Blue Band, takes pride in challenging his students while entertaining fans at Beaver Stadium
21 weeks ago - Town and gown
Gregory Drane became the sixth director of the Penn State Blue Band in July 2015. He took the helm after serving as assistant director from 2005-2015, leading the athletic pep bands as well as beginning the Penn State volleyball band. In his role as director, he works with more than 500 students [Read More]

When Perfect Wasn’t Enough: Museum celebrates – and rekindles debates about – Penn State teams that were Unbeaten & Uncrowned   When Perfect Wasn’t Enough: Museum celebrates – and rekindles debates about – Penn State teams that were Unbeaten & Uncrowned
25 weeks ago - Town and gown
Imagine being perfect at something. Maybe it’s our job, our appearance, creating a piece of art, or cooking a dish that is just perfect. No flaws, no errors, no mistakes. Simply perfect. And then imagine that being perfect, that doing something perfectly, was seen as not being good enough. [Read More]

50 years after a plane crash killed 4 Bellefonte civic leaders, a son finds site of tragedy 50 years after a plane crash killed 4 Bellefonte civic leaders, a son finds site of tragedy
25 weeks ago - Town and gown
They were first a party of three. But as Harold Flick steered his single-engine plane south toward the state capital from Bellefonte Skyport, he didn’t feel he could safely make it to Harrisburg through the overcast sky. He returned with his two passengers: Bellefonte Mayor Sidney Willar and [Read More]

Cavers find adventure, spectacular scenery – and some interesting creatures – in central PA's natural cavities   Cavers find adventure, spectacular scenery – and some interesting creatures – in central PA's natural cavities
25 weeks ago - Town and gown
Often ranked high on “best of” lists about great places to live in the United States, Centre County boasts some of the best fishing, hiking, kayaking, and more when it comes to outdoor adventures. However, the county and nearby counties are also home to some wonderful natural wonders [Read More]

Businesses, motorists trying to persevere as North Atherton Street undergoes needed improvements Businesses, motorists trying to persevere as North Atherton Street undergoes needed improvements
25 weeks ago - Town and gown
It’s the noon hour on a typical, sweltering, State College summer Thursday, a time when restaurants serve a lunchtime crowd, dollar amounts on convenience stores' gas pumps swell, and the doors of a variety of businesses are pushed open and closed, powered by patrons. Except on North Atherton [Read More]

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