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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
4 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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Winning Respect: Despite early concerns, Penn State's entry to the Big Ten has paid dividends on and off the field Winning Respect: Despite early concerns, Penn State's entry to the Big Ten has paid dividends on and off the field
90 weeks ago - Town and gown
The Penn State football lifer doubted moving to the Big Ten. Brad “Spider” Caldwell has always breathed football in State College, once as a student, then as a longtime equipment manager, and now as a facilities coordinator. The promise and yet uncertainty of joining a league shook [Read More]

Ingenuity, teamwork keys to complex missions at State College escape rooms Ingenuity, teamwork keys to complex missions at State College escape rooms
90 weeks ago - Town and gown
IQ Escape was the first of its kind in State College, joining a growing national trend. After it opened in March, two more escape rooms have followed: Escape Artist, which opened this June, and Escape Room Inc., due to open at the beginning of September. [Read More]

Lunch with Mimi: Penn State Provost Nick Jones helps cultivate ‘knock-your-socks-off’ ideas Lunch with Mimi: Penn State Provost Nick Jones helps cultivate ‘knock-your-socks-off’ ideas
90 weeks ago - Town and gown
As executive vice president and provost of Penn State University, Nicholas P. Jones reports directly to President Eric J. Barron, serves as chief executive officer in the president’s absence, and is involved in nearly all university operations. He is responsible for all academic units (colleges, s [Read More]

New State High about more than 21st-century technology New State High about more than 21st-century technology
94 weeks ago - Town and gown
When class bells ring in the 201718 school year for State College Area High School students, they’ll be standing on the edge of a new era years in the making. Come January, they’ll walk through the doors of a glistening new building on Westerly Parkway and turn the corner toward the [Read More]

Taproot Kitchen works toward catering business for people with intellectual disabilities Taproot Kitchen works toward catering business for people with intellectual disabilities
94 weeks ago - Town and gown
Tucked away off South Atherton Street in State College is a meticulously planted garden. Designed by a local permaculture expert — Jackie Bonomo — every plant has a purpose. Some ward off harmful insects; others attract the right ones for pollination. There’s a smaller [Read More]

Grange Fair: Organizing 'fair with all the tents' is massive endeavor Grange Fair: Organizing 'fair with all the tents' is massive endeavor
94 weeks ago - Town and gown
If you want to camp at the Grange Fair, you had better find the philosopher’s stone — the mystical substance from ancient legend that was supposed to make someone immortal — because the wait time for a tent was literally hundreds of years before staff stopped taking names. Out of [Read More]

Family Heirlooms: For Barrie Moser, prize produce is a labor of love Family Heirlooms: For Barrie Moser, prize produce is a labor of love
94 weeks ago - Town and gown
Better known to locals as the “Tomato Man” at the Downtown State College Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Fridays, it’s hard to miss Barrie Moser’s vegetable truck with the name Moser’s Garden Produce handpainted across the side. Moser’s motto is, “if we [Read More]

Back on Course: With boom times long over, Centre County golf pros cultivating new interest in the game Back on Course: With boom times long over, Centre County golf pros cultivating new interest in the game
98 weeks ago - Town and gown
While stats show participation in the game largely flat nationally over the past decade, there are growing signs of sunnier times ahead. The optimism is thanks largely to a greater focus on youth programs and efforts to attract new adult golfers by making the game more accessible — and more fun. [Read More]

Living with Lyme: Patients seek answers amid conflict in medical communtiy Living with Lyme: Patients seek answers amid conflict in medical communtiy
98 weeks ago - Town and gown
Jim Beauchamp’s struggle is reflected in many sufferers of Lyme. There are those who are bitten by a tick, see a bullseye rash, get a short-term round of antibiotics, and are mostly fine afterward. These are the lucky ones. [Read More]

Fresh Air Fund host families in Centre County help change children's lives Fresh Air Fund host families in Centre County help change children's lives
98 weeks ago - Town and gown
Mary Henry, fund representative for Centre, Mifflin, and Juniata counties, says about 15 “Fresh Air” children visit Centre County each year, usually in July and August. [Read More]

Celebrate Summer! Readers offer favorite cocktail recipes for a refreshing break on a hot day Celebrate Summer! Readers offer favorite cocktail recipes for a refreshing break on a hot day
98 weeks ago - Town and gown
It’s finally summer in Central Pennsylvania, the perfect season to enjoy some refreshing libations. While a classic cocktail such as an old fashioned or a mint julep will never lead you astray, it’s always fun to mix up a few new concoctions with friends using fresh herbs and fruits to give them [Read More]

Tussey Mountain, once a ski area only, evolves into year-round attraction Tussey Mountain, once a ski area only, evolves into year-round attraction
103 weeks ago - Town and gown
Originally opened in the 1960s as Skimont, Tussey Mountain in Boalsburg has grown from a small skiing mountain into a year-round outdoor family attraction. From the traditional skiing and snow tubing to summer activities and festivals to party and event rentals, Tussey Mountain has evolved into a [Read More]

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