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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
3 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]
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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
2 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
3 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
3 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
3 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]

Something to Celebrate: 75 years ago, William Allison and fellow members of the greatest generation secured victory and embarked on post-World War II life   Something to Celebrate: 75 years ago, William Allison and fellow members of the greatest generation secured victory and embarked on post-World War II life
3 weeks ago - Town and gown
It mattered not whether it was Centre County or the center of any city nationwide, the end of World War II in 1945 brought out the best in people, because they knew the soldiers who had served had witnessed – and many times experienced – the worst. Boalsburg resident William Allison, a [Read More]

Answering the SOS Call: With the State College Spikes facing extinction, the community rallied – and now the team says it’s ‘very confident’ professional baseball will continue here for years to come Answering the SOS Call: With the State College Spikes facing extinction, the community rallied – and now the team says it’s ‘very confident’ professional baseball will continue here for years to come
7 weeks ago - Town and gown
It’s one thing to accept what COVID-19 has done to the game of professional baseball, drastically shortening the major league season and bringing an end to schedules of 160 minor league teams – including the State College Spikes – before they started in 2020. But it would be [Read More]

Nostalgic Nights: Long past the heyday of drive-in theaters, the Super 322 continues to bring the really big screen alive after 70 years   Nostalgic Nights: Long past the heyday of drive-in theaters, the Super 322 continues to bring the really big screen alive after 70 years
7 weeks ago - Town and gown
Bill and Barb Frankhouser had a rough start when they became the new owners of the Super 322 Drive-In movie theater in 2001. Mere months after the drive-in changed hands, a truck crashed into the marquee and destroyed it. “That was not a good year,” says Barb. “We were just about [Read More]

Industrial Evolution: Axemann Brewery’s spacious new home brings a former metal factory back to life in Bellefonte Industrial Evolution: Axemann Brewery’s spacious new home brings a former metal factory back to life in Bellefonte
7 weeks ago - Town and gown
When Rod Stahl began thinking about expanding Axemann Brewery, he saw a taproom almost as an afterthought. Maybe a few tables and a small counter where people could do tastings.  What he ended up with was, well, a little bigger than that.  On July 8, the brewery opened its [Read More]

Springing Into Action: Faced with a fast-evolving public health emergency, Mount Nittany Health has taken the challenge head-on Springing Into Action: Faced with a fast-evolving public health emergency, Mount Nittany Health has taken the challenge head-on
7 weeks ago - Town and gown
The last five months have felt like well more than year for Dr. Nirmal Joshi, chief medical officer for Mount Nittany Health. From the long hours put in by doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, to the constant barrage of new information about a novel coronavirus and the many new [Read More]

Search and Rescue: CREST volunteers are trained to help lost or injured hikers, bikers, and hunters – but that’s not all they do   Search and Rescue: CREST volunteers are trained to help lost or injured hikers, bikers, and hunters – but that’s not all they do
12 weeks ago - Town and gown
It doesn’t happen with great frequency, but when a person goes missing in Centre County, it’s usually not due to nefarious circumstances. Rather, a hiker or a hunter might get turned around on one of central Pennsylvania’s myriad wooded trails. Sometimes it’s intentional, as [Read More]

Strength Amid Stress: Their daily lives upended by the coronavirus pandemic, families are working to adapt in an uncertain time   Strength Amid Stress: Their daily lives upended by the coronavirus pandemic, families are working to adapt in an uncertain time
12 weeks ago - Town and gown
Sarah Watson and her family were blindsided when her mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on March 2, just as cases of the coronavirus in the United States were increasing. A week later, Governor Tom Wolf ordered schools and non-essential businesses to close. Watson and her husband began [Read More]

Celebrating, Independently: 4th Fest’s neighborhood fireworks shows will allow the community to enjoy the holiday without the big crowds   Celebrating, Independently: 4th Fest’s neighborhood fireworks shows will allow the community to enjoy the holiday without the big crowds
12 weeks ago - Town and gown
Organizers of the Central PA 4th Fest are bringing community members together in celebration of Independence Day this year – while keeping them apart. The 4th Fest had planned to take its celebration to a “whole new level,” with even more impressive entertainment and grander [Read More]

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