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Town&Gown September 2019

When Perfect Wasn’t Enough: Museum celebrates – and rekindles debates about – Penn State teams that were Unbeaten & Uncrowned - David Pencek, Town&Gown

Imagine being perfect at something. Maybe it’s our job, our appearance, creating a piece of art, or cooking a dish that is just perfect. No flaws, no errors, no mistakes. Simply perfect. And then imagine that being perfect, that doing something perfectly, was seen as not being good enough.



Letter from the Publisher: See You in September

The students have returned to campus and another football season is upon us. Only a few universities across our great country can match the pageantry of a Penn State football weekend. The annual ritual of alumni and fans returning to Happy Valley, all decked out in blue and white, never gets old. I

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Help Me! I Want to Work the Stream Like Joe Humphreys

There is something magical and wondrous about watching fly fishers reading and working the stream. With a flick of the wrist, the rod snaps back, the fishing line zips back like a lasso, and then out onto the stream, casting a fly out onto the water, hoping to draw in the big one. It looks intense

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Celebrating Women’s Voices: For the second year, Natascha Hoffmeyer is bringing artists together to benefit Centre Safe

Natascha Hoffmeyer is getting set to host the second annual Women’s Voices festival, a concert meant to celebrate women’s voices in music and life. The event, benefiting Centre Safe, takes place at 7 p.m. September 28 at the State Theatre. Hoffmeyer thought it was a great idea to bring

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Letter from the Editor: Recognizing Greatness

As Penn State kicked off its 1995 football season, one fashion statement at Beaver Stadium struck a chord with me. It was a shirt featuring helmets of the Nittany Lions and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, one facemask facing the other. Underneath were these words: ANY TIME! ANY PLACE!! The shirt

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The Philosophy of Hope concert will present Bellefonte man’s tale of tragedy and resilience

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

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Lunch with Mimi: Tonda Aumiller of the new Harmony at State College leads a community focused on personal and memory care

Tonda Aumiller, executive director for Harmony at State College, has spent most of her career as a personal care home administrator. Aumiller worked at Juniper Village at Brookline in State College for more than 26 years before moving to Harrisburg to work at Country Meadows. She returned to State

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Innovative Broadway Senior program gives Juniper Village residents a chance to prove it’s never too late to connect with the power of theater

An intrepid group of residents is learning to come out of their shells on the stage in a new musical theater program at Juniper Village at Brookline, proving that it is never too late to learn, grow, and try new things. Broadway Senior, a program started by Music Theater International, adapts

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Taste of the Month: Now open a year, Good Day Café is serving tasty local food and beverages while meeting a need in the community

Good days start with coffee and a breakfast burrito from Good Day Café in State College. More than just a great place to grab a cup of coffee, it’s a unique customer service experience. Customers are always greeted with a smile, and during an upsell challenge at the register,

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On Center: Harlem 100 will celebrate an influential artistic movement at Eisenhower Auditorium

A century ago, in the aftermath of World War I, a predominantly African-American neighborhood in uptown Manhattan emerged as one of the leading cultural centers of the country. Harlem 100: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, which features the nine-member band Mwenso and the

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