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Answering the SOS Call: With the State College Spikes facing extinction, the community rallied – and now the team says it’s ‘very confident’ professional baseball will continue here for years to come Answering the SOS Call: With the State College Spikes facing extinction, the community rallied – and now the team says it’s ‘very confident’ professional baseball will continue here for years to come
1 week ago - Town and gown
It’s one thing to accept what COVID-19 has done to the game of professional baseball, drastically shortening the major league season and bringing an end to schedules of 160 minor league teams – including the State College Spikes – before they started in 2020. But it would be [Read More]
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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
68 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
72 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
72 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
72 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
72 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
75 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
75 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
75 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]

Taste of the Month: The newly renovated Maine Bay & Berry Café features its well-known fresh seafood – and much more   Taste of the Month: The newly renovated Maine Bay & Berry Café features its well-known fresh seafood – and much more
75 weeks ago - Town and gown
State College’s newest destination café and market had its grand re-opening in February. The newly renovated Maine Bay & Berry Café, located at The Barn at Lemont, 201 Elmwood Street, is more than just a place for fresh seafood. A café on the main floor, a tasting [Read More]

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
80 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
80 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
80 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]

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