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A Passport to Adventure: The Central Pennsylvania Tasting Trail offers a journey of rich flavors and beautiful sights, but take it from us - it’s best savored slowly   A Passport to Adventure: The Central Pennsylvania Tasting Trail offers a journey of rich flavors and beautiful sights, but take it from us - it’s best savored slowly
3 weeks ago - Town and gown
Through 18 years living in central Pennsylvania, I thought I had hit all the trails and tasted all the region had to offer. Then one day, I was talking with my old friend Celesta Powell. As the managing director of the Central Pennsylvania Tasting Trail, she intrigued me with a new idea: A Tasting [Read More]
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A Passport to Adventure: The Central Pennsylvania Tasting Trail offers a journey of rich flavors and beautiful sights, but take it from us - it’s best savored slowly   A Passport to Adventure: The Central Pennsylvania Tasting Trail offers a journey of rich flavors and beautiful sights, but take it from us - it’s best savored slowly
3 weeks ago - Town and gown
Through 18 years living in central Pennsylvania, I thought I had hit all the trails and tasted all the region had to offer. Then one day, I was talking with my old friend Celesta Powell. As the managing director of the Central Pennsylvania Tasting Trail, she intrigued me with a new idea: A Tasting [Read More]

Celebrating a Family of Penn Staters: For the first time, the Renaissance Fund is honoring an organization - the Penn State Alumni Association, which has cultivated lifelong connections to the university and a ‘tiny town in Pennsylvania’ for 150 years Celebrating a Family of Penn Staters: For the first time, the Renaissance Fund is honoring an organization - the Penn State Alumni Association, which has cultivated lifelong connections to the university and a ‘tiny town in Pennsylvania’ for 150 years
3 weeks ago - Town and gown
Each year, the Penn State Renaissance Fund – a scholarship program that provides funding to the university’s most high-performing students with the most financial need – chooses an honoree, in whose name an endowed scholarship fund is created. Since the 1970s, the Renaissance Fund [Read More]

Lunch with Mimi: Pat Daugherty, the longtime face of The Tavern, discusses some big plans for the iconic downtown restaurant – including seating on the roof   Lunch with Mimi: Pat Daugherty, the longtime face of The Tavern, discusses some big plans for the iconic downtown restaurant – including seating on the roof
3 weeks ago - Town and gown
Dining at The Tavern has been a time-honored tradition for generations of Penn Staters since the restaurant opened in 1948. Many generations of Penn State students have also worked as servers, busboys, cooks, dishwashers, and cashiers at The Tavern. Pat Daugherty and business partner Bill Tucker [Read More]

The Voices of Penn State Football: For 20 years, Steve Jones and Jack Ham have been bringing every play of every game to life on the radio The Voices of Penn State Football: For 20 years, Steve Jones and Jack Ham have been bringing every play of every game to life on the radio
3 weeks ago - Town and gown
If you ask Steve Jones about highlights from 20 years as the play-by-play announcer for Penn State football, you might expect him to mention some big plays, like the Marcus Allen field-goal block that Grant Haley ran back for a touchdown against Ohio State during the White Out in 2016. Or perhaps [Read More]

Friday Night Lite: Amid a ‘weird’ new normal, a fall football tradition carries on at Centre County high schools Friday Night Lite: Amid a ‘weird’ new normal, a fall football tradition carries on at Centre County high schools
8 weeks ago - Town and gown
The Friday night lights were finally shining on Centre County high school football fields, as a delayed season kicked off in mid-September. Home teams ran out as cheerleaders screamed and school bands played, but there was something missing. Yes, the lights were still bright, but with stadiums [Read More]

October Revival: Penn State’s surging football program was hit uniquely hard by the pandemic shutdown; now, the Nittany Lions have a chance to resume their national rise   October Revival: Penn State’s surging football program was hit uniquely hard by the pandemic shutdown; now, the Nittany Lions have a chance to resume their national rise
8 weeks ago - Town and gown
James Franklin was about to be interviewed on the Big Ten Network during the celebratory return of football. He shot a text message to his All-America tight end candidate. "Hey, jump on with me." So as Franklin was being interviewed, junior Pat Freiermuth popped onto the screen behind his [Read More]

Collaborating to Combat COVID: A multi-faceted study extends across Penn State research institutes and into the community to fight the effects of the pandemic in Centre County Collaborating to Combat COVID: A multi-faceted study extends across Penn State research institutes and into the community to fight the effects of the pandemic in Centre County
8 weeks ago - Town and gown
Centre County residents have managed to remain relatively untouched by the physical effects of COVID-19 since the pandemic broke out in early 2020 — although that may be changing as of mid-September, with positive cases sharply on the rise as Penn State students settled in to campus and the [Read More]

Fall’s Bounty: Good grapes from a hot, dry summer, and bucolic settings are helping Centre County wineries offer a cozy escape Fall’s Bounty: Good grapes from a hot, dry summer, and bucolic settings are helping Centre County wineries offer a cozy escape
8 weeks ago - Town and gown
It may not be a surprise that Pennsylvania’s craft wine industry is thriving, thanks to its agricultural focus. Wineries in the Keystone State are often developed on sprawling grounds with an abundance of outdoor seating. In Centre County, wineries like Pisano Family Wines in Hunlock Creek, [Read More]

Resilient Spirit: Determination, faith, and strength help doctor get back to work after serious accident Resilient Spirit: Determination, faith, and strength help doctor get back to work after serious accident
11 weeks ago - Town and gown
Recently, The Meadows Psychiatric Center received a special letter of appreciation written by a 14-year-old patient. “Dear Dr. Begum, I am writing this note to thank you. You are the best psychiatrist I have ever had. … You helped me find myself. You helped me to be more positive and [Read More]

An Unprecedented Fall: The return of Penn State students offers downtown businesses a ray of hope amidst economic and health concerns An Unprecedented Fall: The return of Penn State students offers downtown businesses a ray of hope amidst economic and health concerns
12 weeks ago - Town and gown
During normal times, there is a predictable rhythm to life in State College. After a busy graduation weekend each May, the vibrant downtown streets abruptly shift into a sleepy state that lasts throughout the summer months, punctuated only by one bustling weekend in mid-July, when the Central [Read More]

Cultivating Beauty:Devoted Centre County gardeners share a passion for growing – and giving Cultivating Beauty:Devoted Centre County gardeners share a passion for growing – and giving
12 weeks ago - Town and gown
Centre County is known for its natural beauty, found in the forests and wild places that surround us. Local gardeners know how to tame the region’s vegetation, cultivate it, and create gardens that are expressions of the individual, and together celebrate the resources we all share. The [Read More]

Doing It Right: With gourmet foods and memorable coffee, Bill Clarke has fueled a ‘village’ of loyal patrons at The Cheese Shoppe Doing It Right: With gourmet foods and memorable coffee, Bill Clarke has fueled a ‘village’ of loyal patrons at The Cheese Shoppe
12 weeks ago - Town and gown
“I love my shop and I love my customers,” says Bill Clarke, creator of downtown’s longstanding W.C. Clarke’s The Cheese Shoppe. Opened in 1977, the small storefront is going into its 44th year of business, an institution that’s remained at its East Calder Way location [Read More]

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