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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

Why New International Students Already Love Happy Valley
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Why New International Students Already Love Happy Valley
104 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Over the course of 20 interviews, new international students at Penn State -- despite the anxieties that come from adjusting to a new location -- offered glowing comments about State College’s friendliness and welcoming atmosphere. [Read More]
When Tragedy Struck, This Local Kid Boosted Spirits of Top Red Sox Prospect
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When Tragedy Struck, This Local Kid Boosted Spirits of Top Red Sox Prospect
106 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
By any measure, Ryan Westmoreland’s professional baseball career was off to a spectacular start, but a medical condition brought it to a dramatic end. Then a young Red Sox fan from State College helped lift the spirits of the heartbroken outfielder. [Read More]
These Unsung Heroes Welcome Penn State’s International Students
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These Unsung Heroes Welcome Penn State’s International Students
108 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
For the Saxtons, the Cunninghams and the volunteers of ICF, helping international students feel at home and handle challenges is a calling. [Read More]
Herlocher or Horlacher? It’s All in the Mustard
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Herlocher or Horlacher? It’s All in the Mustard
110 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It was 1960, and a man named Chuck Herlocher had just moved to State College and opened Herlocher’s BBQ. Suddenly, my family started getting telephone orders for Chuck’s delicious pizza or rotisserie chicken, available through home delivery. [Read More]
Bellefonte Little League Claims District Title with Win Over State College Bellefonte Little League Claims District Title with Win Over State College
110 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Led by a sterling effort on the mound and at the plate by Braedyn Kormanic, Bellefonte Little League downed State College, 11-1, to capture the District 5 championship and advance to the sectional tournament. [Read More]
Bellefonte Tops State College in Little League Playoffs; District Title on the Line Monday Night Bellefonte Tops State College in Little League Playoffs; District Title on the Line Monday Night
111 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Bellefonte Little Leaguers smacked 14 hits on Saturday night — including eight for extra bases — in denying State College an opportunity to capture the District 5 All Star title. The two teams will meet again Monday night at 6 pm in Bellefonte to decide the district championship. [Read More]
State College, Penns Valley & Little League’s Life Lessons
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State College, Penns Valley & Little League’s Life Lessons
112 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Yes, Little League has a few warts, but I differ with those who bash it. I believe its unsung positives are far, far greater than its oft-criticized weaknesses. Positives like seeing Hunter Lyons bounce back in 2017, and what the game meant to Nibs Gordon in 1963. [Read More]
Happier Than Ever in Happy Valley
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Happier Than Ever in Happy Valley
117 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
After one year as a columnist for StateCollege.com, Bill Horlacher looks back on and updates some of his most memorable columns which connect the area's past and present. [Read More]
In Praise of Mothers, Especially the Moms in My Life
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In Praise of Mothers, Especially the Moms in My Life
119 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
I hesitated to write this column with a focus on Mother’s Day. Was there really any need to salute moms or urge others to do the same? [Read More]
The HUB: A History of a Familiar Old Friend
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The HUB: A History of a Familiar Old Friend
123 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
I'll meet you at the HUB. It's one of the most common statements made in Happy Valley — by students, by faculty members and even by townies. But how many know about the real name behind the acronym? [Read More]
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