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Bill Horlacher

Bill Horlacher is a native of Happy Valley, a 1970 graduate of State College High School and a 1974 graduate of Penn State (journalism). He has spent his last 30 years in service to international students, helping them with personal, cultural and spiritual adjustments to America. After 39 years of living in California, Maryland and Texas, Bill returned to State College in 2013 along with his wife, Kathy.

Articles by Bill Horlacher

Life in the COVID Era: 3 Friends Who Are Making It Work
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Life in the COVID Era: 3 Friends Who Are Making It Work
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
I enjoy the stories of those who are successfully coping with life despite the restrictions, cancellations and overall dreariness caused by COVID-19. Their positivity helps keep me going, so I decided to contact three of my favorite subjects from previous columns. None of these individuals has contr [Read More]
Community Panel Offers Hope for Happy Valley’s Future
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Community Panel Offers Hope for Happy Valley’s Future
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Three veteran community leaders joined me on Monday morning to consider the matrix of challenges that threaten Happy Valley’s happiness this fall and how we can have hope. Connected by Zoom, we discussed such concerns as the local impact of COVID-19, the struggle to improve our community’s raci [Read More]
Penn State’s New International Students: Theirs Is a Story of Determination
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Penn State’s New International Students: Theirs Is a Story of Determination
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It’s never been especially easy for an international student to get to a university like Penn State. Even in a normal year, an overseas student must withstand the endless paperwork, the financial struggles, the cultural adjustments and maybe some language barriers. But, as you may have noticed, t [Read More]
A Visit to Tudek Dog Park Offers Sniffs and Smiles
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A Visit to Tudek Dog Park Offers Sniffs and Smiles
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
I am happy to offer you my top tip for shrugging off this season of sadness. Make your way to Tudek Dog Park, with or without a canine, and you’ll leave with a smile on your face. A certain warmth exudes from the dogs and their human owners that can only be described as infectious. [Read More]
When 'The Morning Guys' Went Silent
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When 'The Morning Guys' Went Silent
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Happy Valley felt different on the morning of Tuesday, June 30. And the change was not for the better, at least from my perspective. Folks tuning in to radio 1390 that day from 6 to 9 a.m. got national programming instead of the familiar voices of Jeff Byers and Gary Sinderson. [Read More]
Chiropractor Roy Love: Making Great Adjustments to Local Causes
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Chiropractor Roy Love: Making Great Adjustments to Local Causes
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Good Day Café was certainly the best place to meet Dr. Roy Love for coffee. After all, it was his idea to create this Strawberry Fields enterprise to provide jobs for adults with intellectual disabilities or mental health diagnoses. And he continues to be one of the café’s key boosters. [Read More]
Denny Rhule: Dad of NFL Coach Offers Father’s Day Encouragement
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Denny Rhule: Dad of NFL Coach Offers Father’s Day Encouragement
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Many of us dads will soon be opening a Father’s Day gift and we’ll be delighted to receive football jerseys bearing the colors of our favorite NFL teams. But Denny Rhule has a leg up on all of us. His closet is already filled with Carolina Panthers’ gear, and for a good reason. Denny’s son, [Read More]
Centre Region Pastors McKenzie and Nold Explore Path for Racial Healing
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Centre Region Pastors McKenzie and Nold Explore Path for Racial Healing
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Friends for nearly 30 years, State College pastors Harold McKenzie and Dan Nold have been partners in leading community conversations and initiatives, including the Racial Unity Network. On the day of George Floyd's funeral, they sat down to discuss a path forward for racial healing. [Read More]
The Demise of a Birthday Party, Promotion Ceremony and Class Reunion
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The Demise of a Birthday Party, Promotion Ceremony and Class Reunion
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
This week was going to be fantastic until life got in the way of my plans. Three of my favorite events for the entire spring had somehow grouped themselves into the last seven days of May. And then they all vaporized. [Read More]
My Pick for Happy Valley Mom of the Year Is One Adventurous Soul
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My Pick for Happy Valley Mom of the Year Is One Adventurous Soul
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Kim Sublett is the mother of nine children, three biological and six adopted, who range in years from 24 down to 4. To be honest, I’m not sure which is more amazing — the number of kids or the adventurous path that she and her husband, Stacy, followed in gathering all of them. [Read More]
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