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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

Moyer Jewelers: Gems from the Store That Is No More
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Moyer Jewelers: Gems from the Store That Is No More
27 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It won’t matter how many bouquets of roses are presented this Valentine’s Day or how many boxes of chocolate are consumed. And regardless of how many Happy Valley hearts are struck by Cupid’s arrows, this Valentine’s Day will lack one special ingredient. [Read More]
State High Wrestling Alums Looking to Bright Future for Little Lion Program
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State High Wrestling Alums Looking to Bright Future for Little Lion Program
28 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It wasn’t exactly the outcome that Coach Ryan Cummins wanted on Jan. 26., but he is wise enough to know there’s a brighter future for his Little Lion wrestling program. The alums who gathered for State High’s inaugural Wrestling Alumni Event also know that. [Read More]
New to the Student Section at Age 66
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New to the Student Section at Age 66
38 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It felt strange to feel strange in Beaver Stadium. After all, I grew up in nearby College Heights and attended my first game at the Beav in 1961. I’ve been to scores of games there ever since. But there I was, for the first time in my life, watching football from the student section of Beaver Stad [Read More]
Penn State Wrestling: 7 Fans Who Can’t Wait for the Thrill
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Penn State Wrestling: 7 Fans Who Can’t Wait for the Thrill
40 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It’s an exciting time to be a PSU wrestling aficionado, and so I decided to let some of your fellow fans share their unbridled enthusiasm. Some are well known for their connections to the Nittany Lions. Others are not — but they love their Lions just as much. [Read More]
7 Ideas for a Sane Celebration After Penn State Beats the Buckeyes
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7 Ideas for a Sane Celebration After Penn State Beats the Buckeyes
47 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Nittany Lion football fans will never forget the euphoria they felt after an unranked Penn State team shocked No. 2 Ohio State, 24-21, on October 22, 2016. Unfortunately, we felt sadness and shame the next morning when we heard about the destruction that befell downtown State College after the late [Read More]
Rhules for Success: Former Little Lions Rebuilding Baylor Football
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Rhules for Success: Former Little Lions Rebuilding Baylor Football
49 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
When State High and Penn State alum Matt Rhule left Temple for the challenge of coaching Baylor in the wake of scandal, he brought along his father, Denny -- a State High alum, coach and minister who has helped provide guidance for players on and off the field. [Read More]
Frank Pope: He’s the Man at the Gate for Dear Old State
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Frank Pope: He’s the Man at the Gate for Dear Old State
52 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Yes, the Beaver Stadium queue is boring. And sometimes it’s stressful. But we’re living in the post-9/11 era, so maybe all of us should accept the necessary nuisance. Better yet, maybe we should thank the leader who runs the gates to help keep us safe. So who would that be? Who is in charge here [Read More]
Penn State’s New International Students: Embracing a Small Town and Big Creamery Cones
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Penn State’s New International Students: Embracing a Small Town and Big Creamery Cones
52 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Last August, I set out to see how incoming international students felt about our town, but as the new school year approached, I wondered if my previous experience was skewed toward the positive. But, once again, Happy Valley has seemingly worked its charm among new internationals. [Read More]
When Fastpitch Softball Was King, Nittany Gas & Oil Wore the Local Crown
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When Fastpitch Softball Was King, Nittany Gas & Oil Wore the Local Crown
56 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
They were the summertime sensations playing big-time ball on a small diamond. They were the local kings of the fastpitch softball craze that peaked in the 1960s and 1970s. They were the “Oilers”—members of the Nittany Gas and Oil softball team that drew big crowds and grabbed huge headlines in [Read More]
Bellefonte Beats State College to Capture District 5 Little League Title  Bellefonte Beats State College to Capture District 5 Little League Title
58 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Bellefonte Little League’s 12-and-under All Stars defeated State College, 9-2, on Saturday night at Webster Field, capturing the District 5 crown and finalizing their status as the local juggernaut. In four District 5 games, Bellefonte scored 54 runs and yielded only seven. [Read More]
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