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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

Penn State Graduates Smile Through Their Blight of Passage
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Penn State Graduates Smile Through Their Blight of Passage
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
“I don’t think there’s ever long enough at Penn State,” she said. “Regardless if it ended right after spring break or if it ended in May, I feel like I would be just as upset. It’s been the best four years I could possibly have, and I don’t think anything else will ever compare to it. [Read More]
State College’s Matt Rhule Embraces New Role as NFL Head Coach Despite Pandemic Complications
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State College’s Matt Rhule Embraces New Role as NFL Head Coach Despite Pandemic Complications
21 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
“So this is a challenge to myself as a coach, to my coaching staff and our players. If we can find a way to be special and excel right now when things are really, really hard, everything will be that much better when this is over and things are good.” [Read More]
COVID-Era Coping: Four Happy Valley Folks Share Their Experiences
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COVID-Era Coping: Four Happy Valley Folks Share Their Experiences
22 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Some of these people will make you chuckle; some might almost make you cry. But I’m certain you’ll appreciate the insights from four local residents who told me how they are coping with this COVID-dominated time. [Read More]
Recovered from COVID-19, Dan Nold Offers Another Dose of Hope
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Recovered from COVID-19, Dan Nold Offers Another Dose of Hope
24 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
This week brought more bad news for our nation’s health and wealth, so I decided more encouragement from Pastor Dan Nold was in order. I reached out to Nold and was delighted to learn that during the preceding few days he had met the criteria to be declared as healed from COVID-19. [Read More]
Diagnosed with COVID-19, Local Pastor Dan Nold Offers Message of Hope
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Diagnosed with COVID-19, Local Pastor Dan Nold Offers Message of Hope
25 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Pastor Dan Nold, of Calvary Church, offered honest insights into his coronavirus struggle, but above all expressed his hope for the future. [Read More]
Penn State Wrestling: Byers Recalls the Season That Ended in Heartbreak
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Penn State Wrestling: Byers Recalls the Season That Ended in Heartbreak
27 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
I sat down with Jeff Byers on Wednesday to review the Big Ten tournament and look ahead to the NCAA tournament. What we did not know then was that the NCAA event would soon become another cancellation victim of the coronavirus pandemic. We resumed our conversation two days later to discuss the disap [Read More]
Penn State Basketball: Why I’m Still on the Bandwagon with Pat Chambers
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Penn State Basketball: Why I’m Still on the Bandwagon with Pat Chambers
27 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
I understand if you’ve recently jumped off the Chambers bandwagon. The Nittany Lions have dropped five of their last six games and their two most recent defeats were nothing short of horrendous. But I’m giving Chambers the benefit of the doubt for three simple reasons [Read More]
Strawberry Fields: Not Quite Forever, but CEO Marks 35 Years with Agency
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Strawberry Fields: Not Quite Forever, but CEO Marks 35 Years with Agency
29 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
If you tried to highlight a demanding job, I think you’d be hard-pressed to name one with more challenges than CEO of a non-profit organization that serves individuals with mental illness or intellectual disability. And that’s why I was so intrigued to learn that Cindy Pasquinelli would reach th [Read More]
Pickleball: The Racket That’s Taking Over America
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Pickleball: The Racket That’s Taking Over America
31 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Pickleball's popularity is growing rapidly, in large part because of Baby Boomers like me. Still, the sport has puzzled me, and so I made my way to the State College YMCA, the epicenter for pickleball in Happy Valley. [Read More]
'Out of the Cold' Helps the Homeless in Happy Valley
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'Out of the Cold' Helps the Homeless in Happy Valley
34 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
“I think this is a story of how a community of people is wrapped around this program,” says Kendra Gettig, Out of the Cold board chairwoman. “Last year, we had about 1,100 volunteers... There are just a lot of people who are really committed to this program.” [Read More]
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