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Town&Gown July 2020

Adventure Centre: As more people look to the outdoors for entertainment, new initiatives are enhancing the area’s standing as a recreation hub - Vincent Corso, Town&Gown

When longtime road cyclist and outdoor recreation enthusiast Josh Stapleton started mountain biking with his two children, he quickly realized that while there is a wonderful, extensive trail system in nearby Rothrock State Forest, there weren’t many places for beginners to learn the



Letter from the Publisher: A New Kitten

It’s kitten season. A few weeks ago, we adopted a kitten. One of Diane’s co-workers had taken in a neighborhood stray, only to learn later that the cat was pregnant. In April, she had three beautiful black and white tuxedo kittens. After seeing a photo posted online, we agreed to adopt

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Q&A with Terry Watson, of Strategies for Justice, on working for change

Terry Watson’s family has a rich history in law enforcement. His great-grandfather Moses P. Cobb was the first black police officer to have a full career in New York City. His great-uncle Samuel Battle was the first African-American detective in the NYPD. Their experiences helped inspire

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Lunch with Mimi: Kyla Maldonado and Keystone Real Estate Group respond to new era of student housing, complicated by effects of pandemic

As director of marketing services for Keystone Real Estate Group since 2012, Kyla Maldonado oversees all the marketing outreach and communications, serving four regions in Pennsylvania, including developing The Apartment Store brand and social media presence in State College. As a wife and mother

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Letter from the Editor: Big Shoes Dropping

The news was delivered with little fanfare on a quiet Sunday evening, June 14. But its impact is huge. Penn State leaders announced that the university will resume in-person classes for the fall semester, which begins August 24. After a hiatus that stretches to the weekend of March 6 – when

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Q&A with State College Mayor Ron Filippelli, on efforts toward racial equity

It’s been an eventful stretch since Ron Filippelli was sworn-in as State College mayor in December. Filippelli, the ceremonial head of the municipality and something of a public ambassador, has helped the borough respond to the coronavirus pandemic and the heightened calls for racial equity

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Health: New technology can help patients be up and running more quickly after joint-replacement surgery

Joint health is crucial to having an active life. As we age, many people develop issues with their joints that prevent them from enjoying activities like hunting and hiking. Robert Nye of Millheim wasn’t going to let knee pain get in the way of another hunting season. Nye hunted and fished

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Taste of the Month: A Facebook page is helping concession vendors connect with customers this summer

From Arts Fest to the Grange Fair, many of Centre County’s large festivals and events this summer have been canceled because of public health concerns surrounding COVID-19. One of the many consequences of the cancelations is that the county’s residents won’t have the same

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Artist of the Month: Alex Russell creates sculptures out of branches, tree limbs, and twine on front lawns in State College

As a graduate student in Penn State’s School of Visual Arts, Alex Russell was frustrated when she lost access to her studio due to the coronavirus pandemic. A sculptor who works with natural and found materials on campus, she found herself thinking about ways to continue her art. Working in

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Great Outdoors: It takes a corps of dedicated volunteers to help maintain the area’s popular trails

Throughout Centre County, hikers, mountain bikers, and runners have plenty of trails on which to pursue their hobbies and build their skills. Rothrock State Forest alone has roughly 320 miles to explore. And while stores, restaurants, and gyms were closed to keep people safe from COVID-19,

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