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Artist of the Month: Works of Huntingdon potter to be featured in State College ceramics show   Artist of the Month: Works of Huntingdon potter to be featured in State College ceramics show
3 weeks ago - Town and gown
Jack Troy was teaching English in a high school outside of Philadelphia when he was first introduced, through a colleague and friend, to the art of throwing pottery. “We each had young children and we had a lot to talk about, so I would go down after school and watch him work at the wheel. [Read More]
The Philosophy of Hope Concert Will Present Bellefonte Man’s Tale of Tragedy and Resilience The Philosophy of Hope Concert Will Present Bellefonte Man’s Tale of Tragedy and Resilience
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Karen Walker, Town&Gown
The one constant throughout Ken Baxter’s journey to hell and back has been music. It's fitting that he’ll use music as a vehicle to share his incredible story with the public when he comes together with some of State College’s most established musicians to present The Philosophy of Hope at th [Read More]
The Philosophy of Hope concert will present Bellefonte man’s tale of tragedy and resilience The Philosophy of Hope concert will present Bellefonte man’s tale of tragedy and resilience
7 weeks ago - Town and gown
At the risk of sounding too cliché, it is hard not to compare Ken Baxter’s life story to that of the metaphorical phoenix rising from the ashes. His journey has taken him through a series of bad decisions and unfathomable loss to the creation of a new life filled with love, hope, and [Read More]
‘Five-Star Rustic’: Godspeed Events and Lodging Brings Hostel Hospitality to Central PA ‘Five-Star Rustic’: Godspeed Events and Lodging Brings Hostel Hospitality to Central PA
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Karen Walker, Town&Gown
Six years ago, the site of the former Jarcy’s Motel in Port Matilda was overgrown, littered with abandoned RVs, and covered in piles of trash that had accumulated over a 25-year period – in short, it was an eyesore. But when Bart Grande looked at the 20 acres of land spanning two sides of Bald E [Read More]
‘Five-Star Rustic’: Godspeed Events and Lodging brings hostel hospitality to central PA ‘Five-Star Rustic’: Godspeed Events and Lodging brings hostel hospitality to central PA
13 weeks ago - Town and gown
Six years ago, the site of the former Jarcy’s Motel in Port Matilda was overgrown, littered with abandoned RVs, and covered in piles of trash that had accumulated over a 25-year period – in short, it was an eyesore. But when Bart Grande looked at the 20 acres of land spanning two sides [Read More]
With Boots-on-the-Ground Detail, Purple Lizard Maps Have Become a Staple for Outdoors Enthusiasts With Boots-on-the-Ground Detail, Purple Lizard Maps Have Become a Staple for Outdoors Enthusiasts
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Karen Walker, Town&Gown
Michael Hermann, founder of Purple Lizard Maps, is an old school mapmaker in a GPS world. [Read More]
No Ordinary Map: With their boots-on-the-ground detail, Purple Lizard Maps have become a staple for outdoors enthusiasts No Ordinary Map: With their boots-on-the-ground detail, Purple Lizard Maps have become a staple for outdoors enthusiasts
16 weeks ago - Town and gown
Michael Hermann, founder of Purple Lizard Maps, is an old school mapmaker in a GPS world. While many map companies rely on satellite technology to develop their maps, Purple Lizard takes a boots-on-the-ground approach. Hermann and his colleagues spend several months immersing themselves in an area [Read More]
Commemorating the Beginning of the End: On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, 2 Centre County Vets Reflect Commemorating the Beginning of the End: On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, 2 Centre County Vets Reflect
20 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Karen Walker, Town&Gown
For a dwindling number of surviving veterans, June 6, 1944, and the ensuing battle represents much more than a date in a history book – it was a firsthand experience and a life-shaping event. Local veterans Fred Abramson and Ken Spicer were two of the hundreds of thousands of American troops who p [Read More]
Commemorating the Beginning of the End: On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, 2 Centre County vets reflect Commemorating the Beginning of the End: On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, 2 Centre County vets reflect
20 weeks ago - Town and gown
June marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord, better known as D-Day – the day 156,000 American, British, and Canadian troops stormed the beaches of Normandy to kick off a bloody battle that eventually led to the Allied liberation of France from Nazi Germany’s control. For many [Read More]
Boalsburg Charm: History, Tradition Remain at the Heart of This Fast-Growing Community Boalsburg Charm: History, Tradition Remain at the Heart of This Fast-Growing Community
22 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Karen Walker, Town&Gown
Back in 1809, land speculator Andrew Stroup sold 60 tracts of land by lottery for $11 each, thus establishing the village that would become Boalsburg. Then known as Springfield, its high-quality freshwater spring and location at a strategic Pennsylvania crossroads made it a desirable place to settle [Read More]
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