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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

State College, Penns Valley & Little League’s Life Lessons
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State College, Penns Valley & Little League’s Life Lessons
143 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
148 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
150 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
154 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]
Bellefonte vs. State High: The Lore Behind the War
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Bellefonte vs. State High: The Lore Behind the War
155 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Bellefonte and State College baseball will face off on the diamond at Medlar Field Saturday in one of the few lasting pieces of a fierce but friendly high school sports rivalry that dates back more than 125 years. [Read More]
As New Season Dawns, Savoring the Little Lion Track and Field State Title
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As New Season Dawns, Savoring the Little Lion Track and Field State Title
157 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Long-awaited but under-celebrated. That’s how I would describe the state championship that was earned last May by the State High boys track and field team. [Read More]
Rec Hall: The Heartbeat of Happy Valley
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Rec Hall: The Heartbeat of Happy Valley
158 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
There you stand, just 200 yards south of the Nittany Lion Inn and right across Curtin Road from the Nittany Lion Shrine. Perhaps we should call you Nittany Lion Coliseum, but you’ve never been one for putting on airs. [Read More]
Kevin Dare’s Pole Vault Tragedy: 15 Years Later
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Kevin Dare’s Pole Vault Tragedy: 15 Years Later
161 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It was an athletic tragedy that hit home with equal impact on the Penn State campus and in the State College community. No, it wasn’t a defeat in the win-loss column; it was a death suffered by a track and field competitor. [Read More]
Penn State Wrestling’s Jeff Byers: The Maestro at the Microphone
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Penn State Wrestling’s Jeff Byers: The Maestro at the Microphone
163 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
You’ve enjoyed Nittany Lion triumphs because of a truly remarkable radio announcer. Yes, the Lions not only have an incredible coach who has recruited and trained some incredible wrestlers. They also have a maestro at the microphone, a man named Jeff Byers. [Read More]
My Unforgettable Glimpse of JoePa
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My Unforgettable Glimpse of JoePa
165 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
My encounters with Joe Paterno were ordinary on the surface. But 40 years later, I'm still amazed by the connection he made between two brief exchanges. [Read More]
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