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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
3 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]
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On Tap: Voodoo, the newest State College brewpub, is about diversity, consistency On Tap: Voodoo, the newest State College brewpub, is about diversity, consistency
25 weeks ago - Town and gown
This spring, State College welcomed its latest craft beer brewpub when Meadville-based Voodoo Brewery opened below Maine Bay & Berry Café in the former Barn in Lemont. The State College location is one of the latest moves for Voodoo, which continues to expand its reach. Besides its [Read More]

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
30 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]

As new developments dot the Centre County landscape, a range of groups are working to protect a vital natural resource: Our watershed As new developments dot the Centre County landscape, a range of groups are working to protect a vital natural resource: Our watershed
30 weeks ago - Town and gown
When the rain falls in Centre County, it affects everyone in ways we may not always think about. It falls on the mountaintops and collects in the streams as they flow down the mountain to our many rivers. It falls on our many farms and gives life to the fields that grow our food. It drops from the [Read More]

Boalsburg Charm: History, tradition remain at the heart of this fast-growing community Boalsburg Charm: History, tradition remain at the heart of this fast-growing community
30 weeks ago - Town and gown
Back in 1809, land speculator Andrew Stroup sold 60 tracts of land by lottery for $11 each, thus establishing the village that would become Boalsburg. Then known as Springfield, its high-quality freshwater spring and location at a strategic Pennsylvania crossroads made it a desirable place to [Read More]

Central PA 4th Fest puts on an outsized Independence Day celebration months in the making, thanks to dedicated residents who donate their time – and more Central PA 4th Fest puts on an outsized Independence Day celebration months in the making, thanks to dedicated residents who donate their time – and more
30 weeks ago - Town and gown
Frank Savino is a patriotic guy, and the Fourth of July has always been his favorite holiday. For nearly 25 years, Savino has enjoyed watching fireworks with family and friends at the Central PA 4th Fest. Before the 2014 show, Savino had a thought. “I had an idea for 31 words that I'd like [Read More]

Creating a Monster: Philadelphia Flyers’ mascot Gritty has taken the man who drew him up – Brian Allen of Bellefonte – on the ride of his life   Creating a Monster: Philadelphia Flyers’ mascot Gritty has taken the man who drew him up – Brian Allen of Bellefonte – on the ride of his life
34 weeks ago - Town and gown
Brian Allen created a monster, both literally and figuratively, in Gritty, the new mascot of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers. Gritty is a big, orange, hairy monster on skates. And he is an even bigger monster on the Internet, with a strong social media team that shares his [Read More]

Penn State Prime: The Meat Lab is a Friday destination for many foodies, even as it trains the next generation of industry leaders   Penn State Prime: The Meat Lab is a Friday destination for many foodies, even as it trains the next generation of industry leaders
34 weeks ago - Town and gown
Local shoppers, whether they’re hungry home cooks just looking for a good steak or foodies on the hunt for fresh, specialty meat products, flock to one place Fridays in the spring and fall. It’s a long-standing institution on Penn State’s campus, tucked out of the way on Porter [Read More]

A Path Forward: Despite the challenges, parents of children with autism find support, lessons, and joy along the journey A Path Forward: Despite the challenges, parents of children with autism find support, lessons, and joy along the journey
34 weeks ago - Town and gown
When their son Landon was diagnosed with autism, Nickie and Mike Potter of Julian felt somewhat helpless. Initially, after Landon’s diagnosis, Nickie felt like she and Mike went through the stages of grief, from denial to anger and sadness to mourning for their son’s life and future. [Read More]

Help Me! After a lesson from the pros, our writer can finally dust off that homebrew kit in the basement Help Me! After a lesson from the pros, our writer can finally dust off that homebrew kit in the basement
34 weeks ago - Town and gown
Sitting in my basement, next to a lot of other passing fancies that I’ve had over the years, is a beer-brewing kit. It’s right next to a guitar I never play. My partner, Becky, gifted me the brew kit as a birthday present about eight years ago and after I brewed one batch of beer with my [Read More]

Martial arts classes gain in popularity in Centre County as they teach life skills Martial arts classes gain in popularity in Centre County as they teach life skills
38 weeks ago - Town and gown
Dating back thousands of years, the earliest evidence of martial arts can be found in Ancient Egyptian artwork and literature depicting hand-to-hand battle scenes. Over multiple millennia, the creative, physical art form has evolved from ancient wrestling tactics to the sword dancing of the Tang [Read More]

New facilities help Shaver’s Creek educate the next generation of conservationists New facilities help Shaver’s Creek educate the next generation of conservationists
38 weeks ago - Town and gown
Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is situated in a tranquil setting so removed from the hubbub of a bustling campus and ongoing construction, it’s easy to forget that this nature-lover’s mecca is a mere 20-minute drive from downtown State College. The nature center, in [Read More]

Body ink has gone mainstream, and Centre County tattoo artists are thriving Body ink has gone mainstream, and Centre County tattoo artists are thriving
38 weeks ago - Town and gown
Once considered taboo, something mostly for sailors or rebels, tattoos are now seemingly everywhere. You might see one poking through on the arm of a businessman when he rolls up his sleeves. Or maybe you see a beautiful design on the shoulder of a mom holding her baby while her other children play [Read More]

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