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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
2 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]
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Taste of the Month: The joy of kombucha   Taste of the Month: The joy of kombucha
76 weeks ago - Town and gown
To quote Sandor Katz, a renowned fermentation revivalist, “we’re eating – and enjoying – fermented foods, every single day, that we’re unaware are fermented like sourdough, yogurt, tofu, pickles, cheese, sour cream, beer, wine, and vinegar.” Katz is the author of [Read More]

Skilled Hands: These Centre County artisans’ occupations are old school, but still in demand Skilled Hands: These Centre County artisans’ occupations are old school, but still in demand
76 weeks ago - Town and gown
In a digital world filled with disposable goods, skilled artisans who work with their hands are becoming increasingly rare. The desire to develop tangible, tactile skills seems to have been replaced by the ease withwhich we can purchase whatever we need with the push of a button. Trades that used [Read More]

AAUW State College Used Book Sale has been a bibliophile’s paradise for 57 years AAUW State College Used Book Sale has been a bibliophile’s paradise for 57 years
76 weeks ago - Town and gown
If you’ve never been to the AAUW State College Used Book Sale, it’s a true sight to behold. With tables upon tables of books across 30 categories, all in pristine condition — at least for a used book sale — and all priced at a steal, it’s a bibliophile’s paradise [Read More]

Lifesavers: Profiling Centre County volunteers who make a difference Lifesavers: Profiling Centre County volunteers who make a difference
81 weeks ago - Town and gown
Editor's note: In honor of National Volunteer Month, Town&Gown annually salutes residents who give back to our community. This year we profile a dedicated group of emergency medical technicians, and a couple who helps feed those in need through the State College Food Bank. ‘Truly a [Read More]

‘Fishing Ties Us Together’: For enthusiasts, tying flies is an art, a science, and a way of life ‘Fishing Ties Us Together’: For enthusiasts, tying flies is an art, a science, and a way of life
81 weeks ago - Town and gown
For Centre County fly-fishing legend Joe Humphreys, tying his own flies all started with a fish that he just couldn’t catch when he was a young boy.  “It was a 14-inch trout that was hanging out under a rock on Thompson’s Run. I tried to get it with some regular bait, but I [Read More]

Preserving Seeds of Knowledge: Natural history flourishes at Penn State’s PAC Herbarium Preserving Seeds of Knowledge: Natural history flourishes at Penn State’s PAC Herbarium
81 weeks ago - Town and gown
Located in the Whitmore Lab on the Penn State campus, the PAC Herbarium may be one of University Park’s best-kept secrets. Cabinets and shelves are lined with more than 107,000 carefully dried, preserved, and mounted plant specimens from around the world. The room’s temperature is kept [Read More]

Taste of the Month: State Burger Co. in Bellefonte offers grilled-to-order fare with a personal touch   Taste of the Month: State Burger Co. in Bellefonte offers grilled-to-order fare with a personal touch
81 weeks ago - Town and gown
The humble hamburger is a symbol of American cuisine. Who actually made the first hamburger in America continues to be debated, and numerous communities from Connecticut to Texas claim to be the birthplace of America’s beloved burger. However, it is widely accepted that the hamburger [Read More]

Down East in Centre County: Maine Bay & Berry brings a New England flavor to The Barn at Lemont Down East in Centre County: Maine Bay & Berry brings a New England flavor to The Barn at Lemont
85 weeks ago - Town and gown
It’s tough being a seafood lover living in landlocked central Pennsylvania. While local supermarkets and restaurants have expanded their seafood offerings over the years, one can never be sure just how long fish has been in the freezer, or just what varieties of seafood will be available at [Read More]

Not Your Father's Shop Class: CPI is thriving, as it teaches technology for the future Not Your Father's Shop Class: CPI is thriving, as it teaches technology for the future
85 weeks ago - Town and gown
Dr. Richard Makin puts it this way when talking about what’s going on these days at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology: “This is not your old vo-tech shop class.” Instead, students at CPI in Pleasant Gap are learning the skills needed for today’s [Read More]

A Hand Up: For 50 years, Interfaith Human Services has helped bring Centre County residents in need back from the brink A Hand Up: For 50 years, Interfaith Human Services has helped bring Centre County residents in need back from the brink
85 weeks ago - Town and gown
When Interfaith Human Services began in 1968 as Christian Missions, with a budget of only a few hundred dollars and calls coming in to a member’s living room at all hours, the scrappy founders saw an unfilled need in Centre County, one they could address better together than [Read More]

Taste of the Month: The Passover Seder connects generations Taste of the Month: The Passover Seder connects generations
85 weeks ago - Town and gown
Every year, on the first night of the Jewish holiday known as Passover, family and friends gather together for a ceremonial Seder feast, where the story of the exodus is told. Seder, meaning order in Hebrew, is one of the most beloved Jewish home rituals. Participants use a guidebook called a [Read More]

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89 weeks ago - Town and gown
Let us know what you think of Town&Gown! Please take a moment to complete the survey to help us better serve the needs of our readers and advertisers. Complete the reader survey by clicking here and be entered to win a variety of prize items including a Penn State Tailgate package, a [Read More]

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