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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 I'm Looking for a Big Upset Over Ohio State
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Why I'm Looking for a Big Upset Over Ohio State
148 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Most people are expecting an easy win for Ohio State when the Buckeyes invade Beaver Stadium on Saturday night. But I'm calling for a win by the Nittany Lions. Maybe I'm too sentimental but the most compelling reason for hope is lodged in my youthful memories. I can close my eyes and picture mysel [Read More]
Memories of College Heights School: Where We Learned All We Really Need to Know
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Memories of College Heights School: Where We Learned All We Really Need to Know
149 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
College Heights Elementary was something special, a jewel of a school that served up heaping portions of warmth and security to the neighborhood’s little Baby Boomers [Read More]
Are There Any Real Nittany Lions Remaining?
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Are There Any Real Nittany Lions Remaining?
152 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
The federal government declared the Eastern cougar, or mountain lion, extinct, and experts say there is no evidence to the contrary. But some eyewitnesses swear what they saw was not a bobcat but an actual mountain lion roaming the Keystone State. [Read More]
The Creamery's 'Keeney Beany' and the Prof Who Gave It His Name
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The Creamery's 'Keeney Beany' and the Prof Who Gave It His Name
154 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Keeney Beany Chocolate has remained one of the Penn State Berkey Creamery's most popular flavors since being introduced in 1985, and it's named for a pioneering professor known as "the Emperor of Ice Cream." Get to know the great Phil Keeney. [Read More]
How I Found the Grace to Stop Hating Pitt
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How I Found the Grace to Stop Hating Pitt
156 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
If confession is good for the soul, this is as good a time as any for me to come clean. On Sept. 10, Penn State's football team will play Pitt for the first time in 16 years, and the renewal of this rivalry reminds me of how much I used to hate Pitt. [Read More]
Danny Almonte & State College Little Leaguers: 15 Years After the Heartbreak
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Danny Almonte & State College Little Leaguers: 15 Years After the Heartbreak
157 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
It has been 15 years since the State College American Little League All Stars missed out on a dream — a chance to play on Little League’s biggest stage — when a team from New York infamously fielded a dominant pitcher who turned out to be two years too old. [Read More]
The Corner Room: Iconic Home for Emma's Hugs & Penn State Football Recruiting
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The Corner Room: Iconic Home for Emma's Hugs & Penn State Football Recruiting
160 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
The Corner Room has cornered its competition since 1926, and I still consider it the leader for delivering good food and lifelong memories. The people who work there -- for 15, 40, 60 years -- can tell its story best. [Read More]
How to Furnish a New Life for Penn State’s International Students
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How to Furnish a New Life for Penn State’s International Students
162 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Bill Horlacher
Many international students arrive at Penn State alone, facing a new culture and challenged by a strict budget that might not let them afford basic items like a bed or desk. That's where Garage Giveaway comes in. [Read More]
BEA Little League's Playoff Run Continues While State College's Ends BEA Little League's Playoff Run Continues While State College's Ends
163 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - StateCollege.com staff, Bill Horlacher
Bald Eagle Area Little League continued to fight its way back in the District 5 Playoffs, defeating State College 6-3 Thursday night at Montresor Field and ending State College's playoff run. [Read More]
State College Little League Suffers First Playoff Loss State College Little League Suffers First Playoff Loss
163 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - StateCollege.com staff, Bill Horlacher
Clearfield got a dominating pitching performance from starter Oliver Billotte and jumped out to an early 7-0 at lead at home Tuesday to hand State College Little League its first loss, 8-3, in the District 5 playoffs. [Read More]
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