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O’Brien’s fate remains uncertain By CHRIS MORELLI

UNIVERSITY PARK — As Centre County flipped the calendars to 2014, Penn State University prepared to lose its head football coach. As of presstime Tuesday, O’Brien was being courted by the Houston Texans of the National Football League. There are currently six head coaching openings in the NFL, but the Texans appear to be the front-runner for O’Brien’s services. Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported on Monday’s “NFL Live” that a deal between O’Brien and the Texans was “imminent.” The Texans have also interviewed former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith. Texans owner Bob McNair declined to interview San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator and former Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt after the Chargers made

the postseason. If O’Brien leaves, there will be a number of candidates to choose from to lead the Nittany Lions into 2014. Some of the names that have been mentioned include former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, who was fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday after two seasons. Another name that has circulated is Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin. Penn State might make a run at former Nittany Lion Mike Munchak, although he is still employed as head coach of the Tennessee Titans. O’Brien drew interest from the NFL last year, but turned down all offers. During his first two seasons as head coach, he compiled a 15-9 record in spite of NCAA sanctions and scholarship limitations. In 2012, the Lions went 8-4. This past season, they finished 7-5 but posted signa-

ture wins over Michigan at Beaver Stadium and Wisconsin in Madison. There have been conflicting reports about O’Brien’s intentions. On Saturday, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported that Erik Hackenberg, father of Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg, said that he believed O’Brien was staying put. “Coach has talked to Christian and they’ve had their own conversation,” Erik told the Patriot-News. “He asked Christian for it to stay between to the two of them so that’s what’s going to happen. He’s talked to Bill and we’re comfortable with where it stands.” One of O’Brien’s top recruits for next season, defensive tackle Thomas Holley of Brooklyn, N.Y., talked to reporters at the Penn State website on Saturday. He told them O’Brien wasn’t headed to Houston. O’Brien, Page 5

State College woman publishes her ‘love story’

Centre County VA office in need of drivers By CHRIS MORELLI

BELLEFONTE — If you have some time on your hands during the day, the Centre County Veterans Affairs office could use your help. The Centre County VA office is in dire need of drivers to take Centre County Veterans to the VA Hospital in Altoona. According to Gerald Lyons, the number of drivers has dwindled through the years. “We just need volunteer drivers to transport the men and women to doctor’s appointments or dental appointments, whatever they need to do,” said Lyons, who also oversees the Veteran’s Assistance Fund for Centre County Vets. The Centre County VA office supplies the van and the gas, Lyons said. “We have a gas card,” he explained, “so there’s no cost to the driver at all.” Drivers have to be trained before they are cleared to drive the van, however. “Training isn’t hard. (Drivers) have to get a physical just so they know you’re fit to drive (the van),” Lyons said. “It’s really pretty simple.” Drivers, Page 3


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Bellefonte native rode out Philippines’ typhoon as Peace Corps volunteer By SAMI HULINGS


ate strong friendships and global awareness about the way other people live and the challenges they face.” During Clouser’s application process, she was able to state preferences about where she would like to volunteer in the world, but she didn’t have a preference. Instead, she simply wanted to go wherever she would be the most useful. She was originally nominated for sub-Saharan Africa, but the official invitation she received listed the Philippines as her assigned location. This was the perfect fit, as Clouser has ties to the country. “I think I would have been happy with any country in the world, but the Philippines was especially exciting since my cousin was adopted from the Philippines,” she said. “Turns out my site is only about two hours from where he was adopted.”

STATE COLLEGE — Time is precious and true love is rare. Whether it’s early or later in life, love can take you by the hand and lead you on an unexpected journey. For Kathy and Chris Brown, of State College, their love story was one that was tragically cut short. However, as Kathy will tell you, love never dies. Chris worked at Penn State University as the director of network operations and data systems technology information manager at the graduate school. He also served in the Air Force and the Army National Guard, and he had an affinity for KATHY BROWN placing objects inside bottles to create works of art known as “impossible bottles.” Chris also was a skilled athlete and guitarist, and had a passion for extreme sports, including his avid involvement with the Happy Valley Skydivers. At the age of 52, Chris was fatally injured during a skydiving accident in which his main parachute became tangled and his emergency chute did not deploy. Following Chris’ death, Kathy wanted to make sure that his cherished bottle hobby would not be forgotten. She recently published a combination of a how-to book and a love story called “A Love Story of Impossible Bottles.” Kathy is originally from China and has lived in the United States since 1986. She is currently the IT manager at Penn State University. Chris and Kathy were married for only seven months. Chris’s mother, Joy Brown, said she saw the love Chris and Kathy had for each other. “I believe they had in seven months what some people may never have in a

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Bellefonte native Melissa Clouser joined the Peace Corps and traveled to the Philippines to teach. She said she never realized the impact she’d have on children’s lives.

CALLING ALL DRIVERS: According to Gerald Lyons of Lyons Kennels in Bellefonte, the Centre County Veterans Affairs office is in dire need of drivers to take veterans to medical appointments.

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WANTED MAN: For the second consecutive season, NFL teams have come calling for Bill O’Brien. O’Brien was 15-9 in two seasons at Penn State.

Melissa Clouser, a 24-year-old Bellefonte native and Penn State art education graduate, has always been interested in different cultures. A study abroad experience in Florence, Italy, fueled this desire to explore the world and its people. This, combined with her wish to assist those who are not as privileged as most Americans created a post-graduation goal — help those in need around the world. So, during her senior year, Clouser decided to join the Peace Corps. “I was in my last year of college at Penn State and figured post-graduation would be the perfect time to give two years of my life to serve in a developing country,” she said. “By living and working in a different culture where we’re able to learn all about another group of people, we’re able to cre-

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Front and Centre NEW LOOK: Students in Penn State’s landscape architecture program have a vision for Hazelwood, a neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Find out more about their ideas for improvement. Page 8

BATTLE OF THE BULGE: It’s a new year, so it’s time for those new year’s resolutions. If one of your resolutions is to get fit, there are plenty of fitness options in Centre County. Page 12

LITTLE DITTIES: Bill Dann and Jack Servello recently composed a nostalgic Christmas song, “Tonka Trucks and Tinker Toys.” However, it’s not the first catchy tune the local duo has written. Page 9

BACK FOR MORE: The founding members of the iconic band Hot Tuna will be performing at The State Theatre on Jan. 11. Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have been performing for 50 years. Page 17


The Centre County Gazette corrects errors as soon as they are brought to our attention. Please contact us at to report a correction. CORRECTION: The photo of the Pegula Ice Arena on opening night published on Page 1 of the Centre County Gazette last week was taken by Patrick Mansell of Penn State University. Incorrect information was contained in a photo credit.

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Spanier says he would have intervened By JENNIFER MILLER

STATE COLLEGE — Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier says in a new documentary film that he was a victim of child abuse and would have intervened if he had known about the abuse committed by former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky. The first screening of the film “365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley� was held Dec. 27 at The State Theatre as part of a red carpet premiere. was invited to the event. In the film, Spanier says while growing up in Chicago his father, who escaped from Nazi Germany, severely beat him on a regular basis. The abuse was so bad, he says, that he underwent reconstructive surgery. Spanier, who sat down with the documentary crew for roughly two hours in the fall, said if he had known Sandusky was abusing children he would have put a stop to it. “If I had ever heard a word about child abuse, sexual abuse, about anything crimi-

nal, I would have intervened. Never in a million years would I have allowed that to occur, never,� Spanier says. In the film Spanier also says the news media and Louis Freeh report on the university’s handling of Sandusky both painted Spanier as “one of the bad guys.� Spanier said that conclusion is wrong. “I felt within myself I’ve done nothing wrong, I’ve done nothing to be ashamed of,� he said. After the university’s board of trustees fired Spanier, he said he was reluctant to leave his home. But when he did, even to go the grocery store, he said complete strangers would approach him and offer support. “It was like a receiving line,� he said. Spanier is currently awaiting trial for allegedly covering up the abuse and committing perjury during the Sandusky grand jury investigation. He has maintained his innocence. Before the screening, director Erik Proulx and producer Eric Porterfield, who has lived in State College since 1989, talked to the news media about production. Proulx and Porterfield said they pur-

sued Spanier over time, having several lunch meetings with him. Proulx says Spanier’s attorneys advised him not to participate in an interview. However, in the fall, Spanier sat down with the crew admitGRAHAM SPANIER tedly going against legal advice, says Proulx. Proulx noted the interview was not an effort to dig up controversial information from Spanier. “We weren’t trying to find something that he didn’t already report,� Proulx said. “He was very comfortable talking with us.� Spanier and all others who appear in the film were invited to Friday’s premiere. Spanier did not RSVP to the event. When authorities indicted Sandusky, Spanier says he asked trustees to give him the opportunity to “get out in front of it because I knew it was going to be a pretty bad

scene. But in this case the trustees decided they wanted to handle it ... It became clear to me that I was going to be helpless.� Spanier also says trustees told him to cancel a press conference scheduled for Paterno shortly after the news of Sandusky broke. The film references the $8.1 million investigation funded by the trustees and conducted by Freeh, former director of the FBI. Some in the film imply the investigation was not impartial and that because trustees paid for the probe, it had to fall in their favor. Spanier says the report “was essentially written by the time he (Freeh) met with me.� The official 365 days of documenting started Sept. 1, 2012; however, the crew started filming shortly before that date and continued beyond the one-year mark. A preview of the film will be held in roughly 13 cities with week-long screenings in Los Angeles and New York. Depending on how film is received, it will either be released to theaters or go to digital distribution.

Pa. priest case could affect Penn State trial By The Associated Press HARRISBURG — A court decision last week reversing the landmark conviction of a Roman Catholic priest could have big implications for the upcoming trial of three former Penn State administrators, according to legal experts and lawyers involved in the case. The state Superior Court ruled that a 2007 child endangerment law should not have been used retroactively to charge Monsignor William Lynn for alleged actions years before. The Penn State officials accused of covering up a molestation scandal are charged under the same statute for alleged conduct in 2001. “The Lynn decision is conclusive in requiring dismissal of the (endangerment) charges in our case,â€? said Thomas J. Farrell, attorney for former university vice president Gary Schultz. “I trust that the prosecution will have the good grace to recognize the import of Lynn and withdraw the charge.â€? The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office issued a statement Friday to PennLive. com saying the Lynn decision would be reviewed. But it also noted that some charges against the former administrators involve alleged conduct after 2007. Authorities contend that Schultz, forDrivers, from page 1 By transporting veterans to Altoona — approximately a 45-minute drive — drivers are performing a kind act for those who served in the United States military. “The veterans need help. They can’t drive. They don’t have a car ‌ some of them don’t have a driver’s license. Some of them aren’t medically cleared to drive,â€? Lyons explained. At one time, there was a plethora of drivers.

mer university president Graham Spanier and ex-athletic director Tim Curley failed to report a sexual abuse claim against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in 2001, exposing other boys to pedophilia between then and 2008. Lynn was the first U.S. church official ever charged with the handling of clergyabuse complaints. He was convicted of child endangerment last year after prosecutors contended he shuffled predator priests among Philadelphia parishes between 1992 and 2004. But the Superior Court ruled Thursday that the state’s child-endangerment law at the time applied only to parents and caregivers, not supervisors like Lynn. The statute was broadened to include supervisors in 2007. Spanier’s attorney, Elizabeth Ainslie, called the ruling “very helpful.� Duquesne University School of Law professor Wes Oliver predicted Friday that prosecutors would likely fight to retain all charges in the university case, in part because the Superior Court opinion could be reversed. The Philadelphia district attorney is appealing to the state Supreme Court. Spanier, Schulz and Curley also face counts of perjury, obstruction, conspiracy and failure to properly report suspected child abuse. No trial date has been set. Those days are long gone, Lyons said. “We used to have lots of drivers. But some of them passed away, some of them moved away. It’s a real need now,� he said. If you’d like to volunteer to drive, call (814) 355-6812, extension 2. Calls are accepted Monday through Friday, 9 to 11:30 a.m. As a veteran himself, the cause is near and dear to Lyons’ heart. He’s the driving force behind the Veteran’s Assistance Fund.


MONSIGNOR WILLIAM LYNN, shown in this March 27, 2012 file photo, leaves the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia. Lynn, a Roman Catholic church official, who has been jailed for more than a year for his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints, had his conviction reversed and was ordered released Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. In dismissing the landmark criminal case, a three-judge Superior Court panel unanimously rejected prosecutors’ arguments that Lynn, the first U.S. church official ever charged or convicted for the handling of clergy-abuse complaints, supervised the welfare of any particular child. He said the fund is always looking for donations to help those veterans in need — whether it be assistance with heating oil, an electric bill or rent. “We’re still taking donations to the fund,� Lyons said. “There’s always a need. We’ve helped a lot of veterans. (Donors) can check our website to see how much we’ve given away.�       




To donate to the Veteran’s Assistance Fund, non-taxable donations can be submitted by check or money order to: Veteran’s Assistance Fund, c/o First National Bank, 137 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte, PA 16823 or by visiting com/site/vetassistancefund/home. Or for more information about the fund, contact Lyons at (814) 355-3974.

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Typhoon, from page 1 In July 2012, Clouser set off for the small town of Magarao in the Camarines Sur province of the Bicol region of the Philippines to serve as an education volunteer. She will stay there until September 2014. Clouser said that in the town, most fathers work as farmers or public transportation drivers and the majority of mothers stay at home, taking care of their large families. As an education volunteer, Clouser attends school Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with 40 Filipino teachers. She and her counterpart teach two sections of grade 5 English every day. Clouser said when she is not teaching, she is planning lessons for the next day or creating visual aids to use in these lessons. After school, she holds meetings with her “Pen Pals” group or students in her “Book Buddies” peer tutoring program. Clouser said the school culture in the Philippines is incredibly different from America’s, creating somewhat of a challenge for her to get used to. One of the biggest differences is the timing. According to Clouser, “Filipino time” causes a 4 p.m. meeting to start around 5 p.m. or after, and school to begin in the morning anywhere from 7:15 to 7:45 a.m. Another difference is the teacher-to-student ratio. Clouser said her school is one of the largest in the area, with 1,300 students and only 40 teachers. Most classes consist of at least 40 students, while some have upwards of 50. “The classrooms are packed with as many desks as possible and when desks are lacking, sometimes three or four kids will squeeze into a two-person bench,” she said. “Some teachers have even acquired some large tree stumps to serve as student desks.” Because of the large number of students, the noise from other classrooms, and the traffic noise from a road nearby, Clouser said the overall noise level inside the classroom can get very high, much higher than one would expect an American classroom to be. But for Clouser, the greatest challenge has been getting used to the heat. The school year begins in June, the end of

the Philippine’s hot season and ends in March, one of the hottest months of the year in the country. “During the worst months, days can be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and probably higher in the classroom full of 40 kids with just one electric fan to circulate,” she said. “Luckily for me, we’re currently in the ‘cool’ season, when most days feel like a nice spring day in Pennsylvania.” But in early November, the weather was nothing like a nice spring day in Pennsylvania. In the days leading up to Typhoon Yolanda, Clouser said her neighbors spent time preparing their homes for the storm by boarding up old windows and moving their belongings to the highest points in their houses. School was canceled two days before the storm hit so the children could help their parents prepare their homes. “All volunteers in my area were on standby for consolidation in our nearby city, as per Peace Corps policy in threatening situations like this one,” Clouser said. Though Magarao wasn’t hit extremely hard, Clouser and all the other volunteers in her area were moved to a hotel in the nearby city of Naga. The first day of the storm was constant rain and thunderstorms. “Two families I’ve become close with live in shanty houses that were not fit for riding out Typhoon Yolanda, so we agreed that they would stay in my cement house instead when the storm hit,” she said. Clouser said power kept going out, but luckily the hotel where she stayed had a generator. The worst day for her area was on that Friday. “Friday came with more of the same strong winds and rain and that was the extent of the weather in my area. The next day, we made contact with the people in our towns to make sure it was safe to travel back to our sites,” she said. “On my way home I could barely tell there had been a storm. The sky was bright and the roads were clear. The only clear differences were a few downed trees and the swollen water level in our canals.” The island of Tacloban, just to the south of where Clouser is based, wasn’t so lucky. According to Clouser, it was hit the hardest and was completely wiped out. “Twelve of our volunteers were actually consolidated

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BELLEFONTE NATIVE and Penn State graduate Melissa Clouser and some of her students clown around in front of the camera. in Tacloban and were forced to ride out the typhoon in a shaking, flooded cement hotel while the city and towns around them were being ripped apart,” she said. After the storm ceased, there was little food and water, causing people to become desperate. Because of this, the 12 Peace Corps volunteers walked almost 4 miles to the airport so they wouldn’t be threatened by those trying to provide for their families. “If you can think of the worst scene you’ve read about in the news — with homes and businesses completely destroyed, people wandering the streets looking for their missing family members, corpses lining the road — that is exactly what they walked through to get to the airport,” Clouser said. Clouser said it was eerie how fast her area got back to “life as usual” after the storm. Other places, like Tacloban, couldn’t. Because of this, a large amount of relief efforts are happening all over the country. Many volunteers have helped by packing relief goods or delivering relief packages to the affected areas. But despite the tragedy, Clouser said the Filipino people have risen, displaying a huge amount of resiliency. “Family and community are so important to Filipinos so everyone is working together to get their fellow countrymen back on their feet,” Clouser said. “The Filipino people are known for two main things — their resiliency, and their hospitality. I’m continually impressed by their generosity when it comes to strangers, or anyone for that matter.” To help those in need in the Philippines, Clouser suggests donating money to reputable organizations who work with those who were directly affected, like UNICEF and the American Red Cross.

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Theater demolition begins By The Associated Press BELLEFONTE — Demolition work has begun on the historic Garman Theatre and Hotel Do De in Bellefonte. A judge earlier this month denied a request by the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association to hold off the demolition. The theater was built in 1890 and over the years hosted acts such as Harry Houdini, George Burns and Gracie Allen. It was in foreclosure and vacant and had been closed for four years when it was damaged by the fire that destroyed the hotel last year. The demolition is expected to take up to four weeks, according to construction officials.

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In 2014, why not volunteer to be a mentor? From Gazette staff reports

STATE COLLEGE — What’s on your New Year’s resolution list this year? For many people, the list includes losing weight, exercising more and getting organized. This year, think about adding something to that list that could improve both your life and someone else’s. Why not make 2014 the year that you make a difference in a child’s life? This is the year to consider making a New Year’s resolution to mentor a child. The Youth Service Bureau (YSB) is celebrating its Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) program this month. January is National Mentoring Month, and the local BBBS program serves hundreds of young people every day who are matched with an adult volunteer mentor. Locally, BBBS has been serving children and youth in Centre County for more than 40 years. The program builds relationships between responsible adults and children ages 5-17 who are in need of a positive role model. Volunteer mentors offer support and friendship to kids who

could benefit from having an additional positive adult presence in their lives. Research shows that kids involved in quality mentoring relationships are more likely to make healthy choices and subsequently do better at home, in school and in the community. National Mentoring Month was started in 2002 by the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. During January each year, national attention is focused on the need for mentors, as well as how everyone — individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and non-profits — can work together to increase the number of mentors to ensure positive outcomes for young people. The theme of this year’s national campaign is “Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters.” On local level, community members who are looking to “be someone who matters” are needed. Although BBBS of Centre County serves hundreds of kids annually through its mentoring programs, there is always a significant need for mentors, with

nearly 100 kids ready and waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. In recognition of National Mentoring Month 2014, the YSB is launching a “50 Bigs in 50 Days” campaign to draw communitywide attention to the local need for mentors. The campaign will kick off on “Thank Your Mentor Day” on Friday, Jan. 16, a day when people are encouraged to reach out to thank or honor those individuals who encouraged and guided them, and had a lasting, positive impact on their lives. As you are writing down your “to do” list for the new year to improve yourself, think of adding these 10 things you can start with in January: n Learn more about mentoring in your community by calling the YSB office at (814) 237-5731 or visit n Join “I Am a Mentor” Day on Thursday, Jan. 9, and share your experience on social media using #SomeoneWhoMatters. n Partner with a mentoring organization to expand quality mentoring opportunities for young people in your community. n Share stories about mentoring in your community on social


THERE ARE PLENTY of children in Centre County in need of a mentor.

munity. n If you know someone who would be a great mentor in your neighborhood or community, please share this information and encourage that person to find out more. n Attend a local volunteer orientation session to see if becoming a mentor is the right volunteer opportunity for you. Orientation sessions are offered weekly, so please contact the YSB at the number listed above or email to sign up.

media using #MentoringWorks!. n Thank your mentor on “Thank Your Mentor Day!” Think about the mentors in your life, send them a thank you card and tell them thank you on social media using #SomeoneWhoMatters. n Read the latest research and find resources on mentoring. n Serve your community on MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20, by looking for a mentoring opportunity in your area. n Make a donation to a mentoring organization in your com-

Story, from page 1 lifetime,” said Joy. “I am grateful for Kathy. She is a blessing to our family.” During Chris’s time working on his bottles, he decided to write a book explaining his hobby. “Before Chris’s death, he had begun writing a book, which was to act as a tutorial as well as a way to share some of his favorite bottles,” explained Kathy. “He never got the chance to share his story. I decided to finish the book in honor of Chris.” His interest in the craft of impossible bottles started 15 years ago after reading an article in a Chinese magazine about an artist who put objects inside of glass bottles. Chris then became the owner and founder of Impossible Bottles. He incorporated a personal element to each bottle he made. “Usually people just put a deck of cards or a pack of cigarettes or some simple object inside, but those are neutrals; you don’t really see anything special. Chris did something different by adding personal touches to his bottles,” said Kathy. Chris would create bottles for family and friends. He made around 350 bottles, most of which were given as gifts. In some, he would set up scenes with pictures and add specific items that described the person he was designing it for. “The bottle shape symbolized a person’s heart,” said Kathy. “When it’s something that’s really special to us, we will keep it in our heart. That’s what I felt the bottle style captured.” Joy Brown recalled her son’s love of things that tested his abilities. “Chris always liked to do things that were challenging,” said Joy. “Kathy has the bottles he made for me and his dad. We were thrilled to see them.” Throughout the book, details on the bottles specifically are highlighted. “The bottles are about love, friendship, family, tragedy, loss and even my journey to becoming an American,” said Kathy. Within Kathy’s home, a small room upstairs is dedicated to the love of her life. Showcases full of Chris’s impossible bottles line the room and a clock that used to hang in Chris’s office that never worked before, now never stops ticking. “My hope is that people will be inspired by this and that they will start their own impossible bottles,” said Kathy. “If Chris’s death means something or has some kind of purpose that would be it.” Kathy has received positive feedback on the book. One email took her by surprise and made her feel as if she was able to successfully share Chris’s passion. “One that really touched me the most was a fellow from Australia who emailed me and said he was trying to make a special bottle for his mother because his mother was dying from breast cancer,” said Kathy. “That made me feel like my book was worthwhile to share with other people.” O’Brien, from page 1 “I just got off the phone with him,” Holley said. “He said he isn’t going. It’s not true. He said everything they have put out there is not true, and he’s here for Penn State … he’s going to be here for me.” During his two-year tenure with the Nittany Lions, O’Brien has become a fan favorite. Stores in downtown State College sell T-shirts emblazoned with “O’Brien’s Lions.” There are also banners and bumper stickers with that slogan. A cheesesteak shop called “Billy O’s” recently closed its doors.

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THESE ARE just a sampling of the bottles that Chris Brown created prior to his death in a parachuting accident. His widow, Kathy Brown, has finished a book about his “impossible bottles.” Kathy said finishing the book in honor of Chris acted as a healing process. “Losing him is a tremendous difficulty for me to accept and to see someone benefiting from the book and our story helps me to accept his death,” Kathy said. Chris’s spirit will not be forgotten, and Joy said she will always remember her son with sweet memories. “I have lots of great memories about Chris,” said Joy. “One of the first things was when we had just purchased a neighborhood grocery store. Chris would have been near 2 years old. He looked around the corner of the candy case at me with chocolate running down his chin. I can still see him grinning from ear to ear. Chocolate sure was good!”

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LVA board offers thanks for support The Lemont Village Association held its fifth annual Christmas in Lemont in the Thompson Grain Elevator and Coal Sheds (The Granary), Dec. 6-7. Local products and arts and crafts were provided in a German-style “Weihnachtsmarkt” market with music, food and beverages, and good spirits. Thanks to our many customers who enjoyed our wonderful buildings in spite of the cold. The LVA Board and Granary Committee would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who made it so successful: Otto’s Pub and Brewery supplied delicious Philipsburg-made bratwurst, and hotdogs, and buns, and Café Lemont donated coffee. The Centre for Well Being provided the restroom. Many volunteers helped. Thanks to Michael Beck; Michelle, Zianna, Zachiah, and Zarabeth Cook; Esther DelRosso; Penny Eifrig; Tom Everly; Phil Hawk; Amanda Kunkel; Danelle LaFlower; Lillie Langois and Ben Gamble; Laura MacLean and Cody Goddard; Paula and Jim Marden; Cindy Ross; Sue and Ron Smith; Tom Spits; SCHS student Justin; and Delta students Natalia, Chaya, Cat, Maya, Gabe and Cara. Thank you to the many cupcake and cookie providers, as well. We appreciated the wonderful vendors: Bob Altamura, Sean Bodley, Michelle Briggs, Esther DelRosso, Terry Eagle, Penny and Chris Eifrig, Will Hoffman, Mary Jo Kohler, Lindsay and Matthew Kowalski, Amanda Kunkel, Marshall LaFlower, Monica Ochs, Jane Robson, Christine Stangel Jennifer Walters, and Jay and Laura Young. In addition, there were youth vendors with their own crafts — the Takac family and the Stangel family. Thank you to Alan and Kris Popovich for creating and hanging the giant wreath adorning the Granary. Coverage in the Centre County Gazette and other media brought us many new visitors, helping us to raise more than $1,200 toward a new electrical system for the Granary. Susan F. Smith Chairwoman Lemont Village Association

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Public education takes a beating What’s wrong with this sentence? “White suburban moms — who all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.” Most grade school students, at least the ones I know, could tell you in a minute that the sentence is a flawed mixture of plural and singular that probably would earn them a failing grade on any English examination. Even if one takes into account that the Dan K. Thomasson sentence was is a columnist for spoken and not Scripps-Howard written, it is a News Service. grammatical nightmare. But what really is wrong with it is that it is attributed to Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education who made it in defense of a controversial proposal to establish a core curriculum in the nation’s public schools. The quote appeared in the Washington Post which also reported that Duncan further characterized opposition to the curriculum as “political silliness” and “a rallying cry for fringe groups.” However one comes down on this issue, I would hazard a guess that most Americans could agree that Duncan of all people needs desperately to brush up on his sentence structure to make it at least compatible with what is being taught and has been for generations in classrooms


across the land. Or is that too much to expect from a child of the television culture where grammar is slaughtered day in and day out? Where tenses don’t always agree and the rules about prepositional objects are ignored just between you and I? (Oops). This is a culture where people are hung like gates instead of hanged as they should be. He should have “went” some place has become standard among sportscasters. Even the baby boomers are too young to remember the days when super pitcher turned play-by-play announcer Dizzy Dean’s horrible but colorful grammatical gaffes on radio brought down the wrath of America’s moms. Their kids were running around saying things like “he done slud into third.” As for the core curriculum, it was always my impression that we had one from the beginning of public education. It was called reading, writing and arithmetic, and it has been followed with refinements since William G. McGuffey taught half of our populace how to read in a primer that was used from 1836 to 1961. I personally was of the “Dick and Jane” generation. The hysterics on the right and the left variously see the core either as a federal takeover of public education or a necessary reform to improve the overall quality of the school system, which much like politics is mainly local. Key supporters for the core, which establishes curriculum guidelines and standards for how well all students should perform in math and English/language arts K through 12,

include the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation provides a lot of the funding. Public education is much like the weather. As the humorist once said, everybody talks about it (the weather) but no one does anything (well, in the case of education not much anyway). George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind initiative has been flawed by resistance and faulty implantation. Teachers unions don’t like it because it puts too much stress on the members. The core curriculum is favored by the American Federation of Teachers, but the concern is the way it is written and presented and ultimately implemented by the Obama administration. The Post recently quoted Randi Weingarten, the AFT president, as predicting that the implementation of the core would be far worse than the bollixed-up implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In the end it all comes down to how good the instructor is and what kind of support he or she receives from the parents, if there are any or perhaps as Secretary Duncan might say “is any.” One of the reasons the nation’s private schools do so well is that they don’t have to play to the common denominator or turn every proposed solution into a nightmare of complexity. Here in Washington, D.C., most of those who make our laws and influence our long-range education decisions, including the president, don’t send their youngsters to public schools if they bring their families here. So how do they know?

We need to restore professionalism On one side of the podium stood the leader of the free world. On the other side, the presumably elite representatives of the world’s freest press, with a world of facts at their fingertips. And between them, as always, a host of crises, controversies, misstatements and mistakes were demanding their rightful place in democracy’s spotlight — right now! This was, after all, the latest exercise of that infrequent democratic institution known Martin Schram as the presidenwrites political tial press conferanalysis for ence. Scripps-Howard ’Twas the News Service. Friday before Christmas, and all through the press room that Richard Nixon built atop of what once was the pool where JFK used to swim famously al fresco, a roomful of journalists was interrogating President Barack Obama with all the intensity and incisiveness that has made the White House press corps what it is today. “Has this been the worst year of your presidency?” “What do you think has been your biggest mistake?” “If I may just quickly, on a more personal note, what is your New Year’s resolution?” For when it comes to pithy parody and satire, television’s late night comedy writers can’t match the comedic touch and timing of the Obama-era presidential press conference. But wait — that non-zinger about the president’s New Year’s resolution could have potential for us all.


Usually, there’s nothing as treewasting as yet another list of New Year’s resolutions. But this might be a bad idea that’s time has come. We have been witnessing the decline and fall of the presidential press conference as an institution of democracy and governance. And as one who covered presidents and their presidencies in years past, I know that our professionalism runs in cycles, much like that of the politicians we cover. And now we journalists are failing in our mission of seeking to put a president on the record about just what is happening and why it is happening. So today let’s propose one bold 2014 New Year’s resolution — a resolution specially tailored for the president and the White House press corps. Let 2014 be the year when those two erstwhile adversaries separately rethink and restore the professionalism that has been missing in their press conference performances. First, both sides must recognize where they have jointly gone wrong. The president and press corps can start by reading past press conference transcripts. They will discover that on both sides of the podium, the press and the president have been wandering around before getting to the point. Also, reporters on the White House beat seem to have forgotten what they knew before they arrived at this elite White House beat: The best way to get a productive answer is to ask a concise, well-researched question that sticks to just one subject. And ask just one question. Rambling, multi-part questions abound. It is the journalistic equivalent of handing the president a baseball and fungo bat and telling him to just hit it anywhere he wants. At the last press conference, one

respected journalist actually asked what pretended to be a two part question — but it began with Obama’s false health care promise that people can keep their policies and doctors if they like them, and then went on to ask about Iran sanctions. But the president needed to be pinned down on his health care program’s failures. Reporters only needed to ask him about recent front page news. Example: A Washington Post report about a fellow named John Gisler. He couldn’t get continued coverage for his critically ill son under Obama’s health care program after his policy was ended due to the program. Reporters could have asked: Why did your administration permit this to happen to Mr. Gisler’s son and the many thousands of others with a similar problem? What can you do to fix their problems immediately? Or: The page one coverage of middle-class citizens who found their income is just above the cutoff for federal health care subsidies for lower income citizens — so Obama’s Affordable Care Act now requires them to pay 50 percent more for health care insurance than they used to pay. Is that the way Obama wanted his program to work? Did he know his program would hurt the most those who can least afford it? What will he now say to those who have been hurt most by his program? Our job as reporters is to make sure public officials are held accountable for their deeds and misdeeds. Whether at city hall, or the county zoning board, or the White House, our job is the same. When we do it right, by focusing on facts and not our performing art, press conferences become important institutions of our democracy.

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Health & Wellness

Recent death highlights importance of suicide prevention By JENNIFER MILLER

When the death of a student occurs, the university provides individual grief and group counseling for friends and roommates of the deceased, as well as for organizational groups and clubs with close ties to the victim, according to university spokeswoman Lisa Powers. Student Affairs also connects with the victim’s family to offer assistance, Powers said. After an intentional death of a student, the university conducts a review to see if there were missed opportunities that the university could have recognized and subsequently intervened. Additionally, the university provides proactive seminars on identifying student risks and warning signs to effectively intervene. It also provides bystander intervention information to students and others on campus. “We constantly examine how we can be a more caring community and provide stronger safety nets for students and others. These tragic events deeply impact our community and remind us that we must try to do more,� Powers said.

n Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose. n Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain. n Talking about being a burden to others. n Increased use of drugs or alcohol. n Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly. n Sleeping too little or too much. n Withdrawing or feeling isolated. n Showing rage or talking about revenge. n Displaying extreme emotion. The more signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Here’s what experts say you should do if someone shows signs of suicide: n Do not leave the person alone. n Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt. n Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. n Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional. In the wake of the death of a Penn State student, the university says it will strive to be more vigilant for warnings of suicide.

STATE COLLEGE — Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people between ages 10 and 24, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Centre County, at least 13 people between the ages 15 and 24 committed suicide between 2003 and 2011, according to the Pennsylvania Health Department. For all age groups in Centre County, there were 12 suicides this year and 19 in 2012, according to the county coroner’s office. A Penn State student died on Dec. 20 after jumping from the Fraser Street Parking Garage. Officials ruled his death a suicide. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. Warning signs of suicide, according to the National American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are: n Talking about wanting to die. n Looking for a way to kill oneself.

ED meds may alleviate menstrual cramping HERSHEY — Women with moderate to severe menstrual cramps may find relief in a class of erectile dysfunction drugs, according to a team of researchers led by Penn State College of Medicine’s Dr. Richard Legro. Primary dysmenorrhea, also called PD, is the most common cause of pelvic pain in women. The current treatment is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen. However, ibuprofen does not work well for all women, and can be associated with ulcers and kidney damage when used chronically as it often is for PD. Sildenafil citrate, sold under the brand name Viagra, may help with pelvic pain because it can lead to dilation of the blood vessels. Previous research shows that taking it orally can alleviate pelvic pain, but the incidence of side effects — often headaches — may be too high for routine use. The researchers looked at administering sildenafil citrate vaginally, which had not yet been tried to treat PD. They compared pain relief from use of sildenafil vaginally with that of a placebo. Results were published in the journal Human Reproduction. Penn State College of Medicine researchers worked with researchers at Nova Gradiska General Hospital in Croatia. They recruited women 18 to 35 years old who suffered from moderate to severe PD. Of the 29 women screened for the study, 25 were randomized to receive either sildenafil or a placebo drug. Patients rated their pain over four consecutive hours. Sildenafil citrate administered vaginally alleviates acute menstrual pain with no reported side effects. Researchers hypothesized that the drug would alleviate pain, which

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January 2-8, 2014

Students bring new eyes, ideas to neighborhood By BIANCA BARR Special to The Gazette

PITTSBURGH — Aaron Ramos, a fourth-year Penn State landscape architecture student, has a vision for a patch of grass and asphalt in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Hazelwood. It’s near the building that will soon house the Hazelwood branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. He’s designed an interactive landscape that he hopes will serve as more than just a part of the library, but also as a gathering place for the community. And, instead of parking spaces along Hazelwood’s Second Avenue, Ramos would love to create a network of parklets. After hearing from community members, he developed a plan to make the main drag in this community along the Monongahela River more walkable and more accessible to pedestrians. Ramos and 11 other fourth- and fifthyear landscape architecture students are wrapping up their experiences in the Pittsburgh Studio, a five-credit class that puts them in target communities in the city and surrounding urban areas, and charges them to create conceptual designs that can help people imagine what their hometowns could become. Ramos has worked all semester on conceptual landscape plans for the Hazelwood Library and surrounding spaces. He’s had to interact with residents, local government officials and representatives of nonprofits for the past several months. He said he’s motivated by the Pittsburgh Studio’s practice of “co-design,� a style of engaged learning based on active community participation. “Once you meet these people, you con-

nect and grow relationships with them and you feel responsible for what you design,� Ramos said. “I take more ownership with what I present to them and they take ownership, too.� The class presented their projects last November to members of the Hazelwood community at an open house inside a chilly church hall along Second Avenue. Almost everyone there kept their jackets on and zipped up. The students used a wireless microphone that was buzzing intermittently with feedback. The old building’s heating system repeatedly interrupted them as clanging radiator pipes startled the speakers and the audience. These distractions, which often happen in a real world setting like a community meeting, are not always found in a classroom. Leah Grosso, a fourth-year student, said the Pittsburgh Studio has given her valuable person-to-person experiences that she would not have necessarily received in a traditional classroom setting at University Park. “In my other classes, our clients have either been our professors or imaginary, but in the Pittsburgh Studio, we’re designing for actual community members: people with hopes, quirks and aspirations,� Grosso said. “This studio is based on practical problems and real-world experience. If we didn’t have community members talking to us, we wouldn’t have a class. Hazelwood is literally our classroom.� Ken Tamminga, professor of landscape architecture in the College of Arts and Architecture, has been encouraging students for the past six years to help stressed neighborhoods recapture “pride of place� by using design, art and landscape as the catalysts for their vision.

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE student Jessica Lock designed this site perspective for the Hazelwood Library in Pittsburgh. Tamminga’s studio, in partnership with The Penn State Center: Engaging Pittsburgh, works with community partners in various Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Under the leadership of Tamminga and Deno De Ciantis, director of The Penn State Center, the students create regenerative designs that aim to meet the vision of community leaders, residents and other stakeholders to improve the landscape of each neighborhood. Once the students’ conceptual proj-

ects are completed, neighborhood leaders often work with The Penn State Center to establish strategies to move the plans toward reality. “This is a great opportunity for the students to meet the actual stakeholders of areas they plan on designing,� said Lisa Kunst Vavro, manager of sustainable landscapes for The Penn State Center. “Without the vision and engagement of the community, there could be no studio and no design.�

Online programs offered UNIVERSITY PARK — The 2.1 million-member federal workforce is aging, including its leader corps. Nearly two-thirds of federal leaders will become retirement eligible in the next five years, according to a Partnership for Public Service report. Keeping government agencies running smoothly requires a pipeline of new leaders. Penn State Harrisburg is ready to help by making three public administration programs available online through Penn State’s World Campus to enable more professionals to prepare for career advancement in federal, state and local governments, and nonprofit organizations. “Penn State Harrisburg has offered a master of public administration degree since 1972 and public administration graduate certificates since the mid-1990s to meet the educational needs of professionals working in Pennsylvania’s state Capitol and the surrounding region,â€? said GĂśktu MorçÜl, professor of public policy and administration in Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Public Affairs. “By offering the certificate programs online, we are making it more convenient for state workers and other professionals to gain the knowledge and skills needed for career success.â€? MorçÜl, program coordinator for the policy analysis and evaluation certificate program, added, “There is growing interest in hiring professionals who have analytical skills in policymaking and the ability to generate and evaluate policies. This program can prepare students for employment in think tanks and other organizations.â€? For information, visit PublicAdmin13.

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PLEASANT GAP — On Dec. 18, Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI) held graduation exercises in the Practical Nursing Program. This part-time, two-year program enables students to work full time while attending classes in the evenings and on Saturdays. Centre County Commissioner Steve Dershem congratulated the graduates and expressed his enthusiasm for their career choice and entrance into our community’s health care field.



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Eighteen students graduated in this year’s program. Susan Poorman was not only one of the graduates, but is also the mother of Shera Hebel, who was another one of the graduates. Poorman felt that the CPI program helped her to stay focused as she worked toward her second career goal of being a nurse. Molly Buchanan, practical nursing program instructor and graduation commencement speaker, complimented the students on their perseverance to complete CPI’s rigorous program. “We want the person caring for us to be kind and compassionate. We want a nurse who will be our advocate and who will assure that our care is the very best,� Buchanan said. She stated that she saw these qualities in each and every one of the graduates. Jane Irwin, practical nursing program coordinator added: “This has been such a dedicated group of individuals who, I am sure, will be very successful in the field of nursing.� CPI was proud to have an auditorium filled with family and friends to celebrate the graduates and their accomplishments and to make the graduation more meaningful. Graduate Patricia Golembeski had many family members present including her mother, who is also a nurse, and her 91-year-old father.


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Local songwriters create nostalgic hit song By SAM STITZER

A local songwriting team has been getting some national attention for a song they wrote for the Christmas season. Bill Dann and Jack Servello composed “Tonka Trucks and Tinker Toys,” a nostalgic song reminiscing about Christmases in the 1950s and ’60s. The tune, with vocals and guitar by Servello, has been posted on the YouTube video-sharing site on the Internet with a video by Michelle Peters, a photographer from Beech Creek. The video consists of a slide show of blackand-white photographs of typical family Christmases in the 1950s. The song has become a viral hit on YouTube, and has gathered attention and air play on radio stations in many states, especially in the Midwest because Tonka trucks originated in Mound, Minn. Dann, the lyricist, grew up in the Milesburg and Bellefonte area and graduated from Bellefonte Area High School. He worked as a copywriter for radio station WBLF from the mid-1970s through the late ’80s. He also worked for the Centre Democrat newspaper. He and his wife now reside in Castanea, Clinton County, and Dann works at Lowe’s Building Supply in Mill Hall. Servello, the music writer of the team, is from Altoona, and now resides in Shippensburg. He has been a professional musician for many years. The pair’s team efforts began about six years ago when Dann asked Servello for permission to use some of Servello’s recordings for background music on a Christmas radio show he was working on. Servello granted him permission and asked Dann if he had ever written songs. Dann said no, but that he had written some lyrics that were never set to music. Servello told Dann to send him the lyrics and he would write some music for them. According to Dann, “A couple days later I got an email with an attachment. It was the song. I played it and said, ‘Are you kidding me? Those are my lyrics?’” Dann and Servello were both impressed with each other’s work. The team seemed to click, and they have collaborated on nearly 50 songs in the last six years.

Their music runs the gamut from serious gospel and patriotic numbers to whimsical novelty songs. Among the serious titles are “Stand Back and Marvel at the Cross,” a gospel song; “Heroes Close to Home,” which honors veterans; and “Safe on Heaven’s Shore,” a tribute to Dann’s late mother. Their novelty songs include “Aunt Clara’s Christmas Casserole,” “Yard Sale Abigail,” “Thor the Purple Squirrel from Jersey Shore” and “Marsha the Marshmallow Peep.” Many of the songs have a local flavor. “Thor the Purple Squirrel from Jersey Shore” is based on an actual purplecolored squirrel found in Jersey Shore, in Clinton County. The song speculates as to how the rodent became purple — a pokeberry diet, drinking fracking water, a fall into a Porta-Potty or paint can, and other oddball ideas are suggested. The local flavor also is seen in two ghost-story songs by Dann and Servello. “White Lady of the Buckhorn” tells the tale of the haunting apparition of a young woman killed in a buggy wreck while eloping near Altoona. “The Howlin’ Hounds of Howard” tells the tale of a fictitious bearded, reclusive derelict named Hank, whose truck slides down an embankment into the lake near Sayers Dam while on a nighttime hunting trip with his hound dogs. The truck is found weeks later with Hank still in the cab with his arm around one of the dogs. The lyrics caution travelers near the causeway to “please take heed my friend, for the howlin’ hounds of Howard are on the loose again.” Dann has a love of music in his family. His mother and her sisters were in bands, and his mother wrote poems. “I guess she gave me my knack for a phrase,” said Dann. Dann does not play any instruments. “I can’t even play the spoons,” Dann joked. “And my singing is suspect.” Servello handles the vocal and guitar duties in their recordings. He says Dann’s lyrics make his music flow easily. Dann calls their work “an amazing collaboration.” “Tonka Trucks and Tinker Toys” was inspired by Dann’s memories of his childhood. “When I was 6 or 7 years old, I got a

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BILL DANN works on writing song lyrics. His friend Jack Servello wrote the music for the nearly 50 songs they have collaborated on so far. Tonka truck for Christmas, and I was king of the world,” Dann said. “I had Tinker Toys, too.” The song has struck a responsive chord among the baby boomer generation, and younger folks as well. “I think we all want to return to our childhood at some time or another,” Dann said. “This song takes us back to a simpler time.” Dann said that he and Servello were surprised by how well the song has done. He noted that many people have been using it, with permission, for background music on Christmas video postcards. Servello and Dann have also conduct-

It’s a new year … so what now? With a new year’s onset, what are you going to change? I don’t mean the common New Year’s resolutions that last about as long as the first normal workweek following the holidays. What I mean is, have you learned anything in the last year, or during the recent celebrations, that has been meaningful or touched your heart? Some people, stirred by the Christmas spirit, decide to visit a relative or neighbor who lives alone. Perhaps you shared your home with someone outside your family for a meal, or volunteered at a soup kitchen. Many step up and ring a bell, wrap packages or buy toys for kids they will never meet. Whatever you did, Connie Cousins it likely made a difference covers Centre to the person or group you County for the served. But, what will you Centre County do in 2014? Gazette. Email her I had a call from a former at correspondent@ neighbor who said, “I don’t centrecounty get Christmas cards out anymore, so I decided to start through my address book and call people that I want to stay in touch with. I wait until the holidays are over when the one I call may have more time for a chat.” That sounds like a good idea and one easily fit into anyone’s routine. If you live alone or don’t have family close by, a phone call just to


say, “How are things with you?” is greatly appreciated. Thinking of a recent conversation I had with an older couple, I was struck by how excited they were with the calls they received on Christmas. Skype and Face Time are newer venues in which an aging relative or friend can actually see people as they talk. What about the random acts of kindness that are so highlighted during the Christmas season? Do they stop on Jan. 1? What fun it could be to continue that generosity as the idea occurs to you. A homeless person needs nutrition and shelter just as much after Christmas. A neighbor would surely appreciate a meal or cookies in March, just as much as in December. What if someone needs your help? Often older folks won’t ask for help, so if you stop by, ask if they need anything from the store or a ride somewhere. What about their porch or sidewalk? Is anyone taking care of those, so that the homeowner can get his or her mail without fear of falling? Many favors take but a few minutes and can brighten a day for someone. While I was delivering some cookies recently, an older gentleman asked me, “Won’t you come in?” In a rush as usual, I refused and I have regretted it. I knew nothing about his situation or his family. Maybe he needed a visit from someone. So my resolution is to be more aware of my neighbors and their needs. How about you? Will you join me in a new “pass it on” challenge as your resolution for 2014?

ed several songwriting workshops, which Dann said “help people to discover the creative songwriting side that they never knew they had.” They plan to get a two-CD set of their songs published in the coming year, and would like to start an Internet business writing custom songs for weddings, advertising jingles and other specialty music. Dann says their expectations are great but realistic. “We’re not going to be superstars,” he said, adding, “I live by an expression my dad had: ‘Blessed are those who expect nothing, for they shall never be disappointed.’”

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pair homes throughout the community. Their time represents about 12,000 hours of volunteer labor that is worth at least $80,000 to the community. Each participant pays a working fee, which covers costs of food, lodging, insurance and building materials. This area’s Workcamp will be housed at the Philipsburg-Osceola High School, with Workcampers sleeping on classroom floors, eating in the cafeteria and enjoying evening programs in the gym. The idea behind the Workcamps started in Colorado in 1977 when hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed and more than 140 people lost their lives during the Big Thompson River flood. The following summer, church youth groups of many different denominations came from across the country to help rebuild the community. Now in it 37th year of service, Group Workcamps Foundation has hosted nearly 300,000 volunteers who have logged more than six million volunteer hours. To apply, call Leah Albright of CPCA at (814) 765-1551 or (800) 8222610, ext. 1129.

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Cookbook benefits family of homicide victim By ADAM LIDGETT

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THE BELLEFONTE ELKS Lodge recently hosted a fundraiser for Bellefonte Area High School’s Rachel’s Challenge program. Pictured, from left, are: Roger Peck, chaplain; Nina King, exalted ruler; Deb Shelow, lecturing knight; David Perry; Mike Rock, lodge secretary; Luke Skerpon, BAHS teacher; Cheryl Potteiger, school district superintendent; John Rockey, leading knight; Jen Brown, high school principal; Carol Leitzell, lodge organist/vocalist; Katelyn Shutt, granddaughter of King; Becky Rock; and Tracey Pletcher.

Local Elks Lodge teams with Bellefonte students to raise funds From Gazette staff reports

BELLEFONTE — The Bellefonte Elks Lodge No. 1094 and the Bellefonte Area High School recently combined forces by holding a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for the school’s

Rachel’s Challenge program. The event was an extension of the Bellefonte Elks Drug Awareness Program and raised more than $2,200. Rachel’s Challenge is a program that helps to promote and create a culture of kindness and compassion.

It is based on the writings and life of Rachel Joy Scott, the first person killed in the Columbine shooting in April 1999. She fostered the thought that we should all do acts of kindness for others, and that others would then carry that forward.

STATE COLLEGE — The four children of a man murdered in 2010 are now receiving the benefits of their late father’s own recipes. The children of Samuel Boob, who was allegedly murdered by a man hired by his wife three years ago, have received at least $16,000 total from an the unconventional cookbook called “Delectable Delights from the Dump” — a collection of recipes from not only their father but also his mother and grandmother. Amy Schirf, education coordinator with the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority, said the books have been selling since last Christmas, and all the proceeds go directly into a trust fund for the four children. “Sam worked here for several years,” Schirf said. “[After Boob died] people started buying Christmas Submitted photo gifts for the kids but we wanted to raise money to PROCEEDS FROM the cookbook “Delectable Delights put in their trust funds.” Schirf says the cookbook from the Dump” will benefit idea came about because the children of murder victim when the authority had company meetings, Boob Samuel Boob. often cooked for those. Many of the recipes are Boob’s own, including various recipes for local game animals. Some of the other recipes come from Boob’s mother and grandmother, and nearly every recipe comes with a story, saying what that particular recipe meant to him. The children, who range in age from 3 to 14, receive all the proceeds because the authority put up the original money to have the books published. There are about 300 to 400 cookbooks left. “We sold a lot at Christmas, but now it’s slowed down,” Schirf said. “We wanted to get $5,000 in each of the kids’ trust funds.”

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THE BELLEFONTE ELKS Area High School Class of 2016 Parents Association recently held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Pictured, from left, are Bobbi Lucas, Linda Watson, Jacob Rigg, Rob Rigg, Barbara Rigg, Connor Rigg, Lori Fisher and Amy McCartney, all of whom assisted with this fundraising event at the Bellefonte Elks. Not pictured are Karin Knisely, Hunter Knisely, Dawn Moss and Chris Millinder.

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The Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority has announced that there are now four drop-off locations where miscellaneous plastic containers can be recycled. Each location houses a large red container marked “Miscellaneous Plastics.” The locations are: n The Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority, 253 Transfer Road, located between the Nittany Mall and Rockview Prison off of State Route 26. n ClearWater Conservancy, 2555 N. Atherton St., State College n Burger King, 901 E. Bishop St., Bellefonte. n And, the newest location, Hamilton Square Shopping Center, Hamilton Avenue in State College. The miscellaneous plastics accepted include yogurt containers, margarine/butter tubs, cottage cheese and sour cream containers, dessert topping containers, strawberry/blueberry/raspberry containers, muffin/baked goods containers, lettuce/salad bar containers and plastic food storage containers, just to name a few. For more information, visit www.centrecountyrecycles. org.

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STATE COLLEGE will begin its Christmas tree recycling program next week.

State College tree recycling to begin Jan. 6 By JENNIFER MILLER

STATE COLLEGE — State College Borough will begin collecting fresh-cut trees on Monday, Jan. 6. Borough residents are asked to place trees at the curb. A crew will chip the tree, then transport the chipped material to the borough’s compost facility where it will be re-ground to make a mulch product or incorporated into compost production. The borough asks that all lights, ornaments and tree stands be removed before residents place trees at the curb. The Centre Region COG Refuse and Recycling Program coordinates the Christmas tree recycling for Benner, College, Ferguson, Harris and Patton townships. The contracted hauler, Advanced Disposal, will collect Christmas trees Monday,

Jan. 6, through Friday, Jan. 10, according to Pamela J. Adams, regional refuse and recycling administrator for Centre Region COG. Collection may not necessarily occur on regular trash collection days. Officials ask that residents do not place trees in bags and that they avoid placing trees at curbside if it may snow before trees are collected. There is no additional cost for tree removal. In 2012, 40 tons of Christmas trees were collected and then chipped into mulch at the State College Borough Composting Facility. Recycled trees previously have been applied as a ground cover in landscaping applications throughout the townships. Tree pickup does not apply to properties with Dumpster service.


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Area gyms offer workout solutions By SAMI HULINGS

STATE COLLEGE — Every year, getting in shape and living a healthier lifestyle is always among the most popular New Year’s resolutions made by Americans. Exercising more and eating well allows people to start the year out the right way — healthy, fit and positive. The popularity of workout resolutions often leads to a large increase in gym memberships. April Salinas, a personal trainer at East Coast Health & Fitness in State College, said the gym sees a big boom in memberships at the beginning of the year. “Definitely in the first month we notice a rise in people working out and wanting to work with a trainer,” she said. “There’s definitely more people interested in getting fit for the new year.” John Kmiecinski, owner and head personal trainer and sports performance coach at Elite Edge Athletics in Bellefonte, said his gym also sees an increase in memberships early into the new year. “With the new year, everyone has their New Year’s resolution. They are weighing out their gym membership options,” he said. “Everyone wants to be healthier. It’s a very common New Year’s resolution.” To aid those with workout resolutions, both gyms will be offering new classes and specials for the new year. Salinas said East Coast has deals on personal training sessions and promotions running in local newspapers. New programs include a functional and group training class that will be held in East Coast’s power lifting room and Yogalates, a new class that combines yoga and Pilates. Other popular classes include different small group training classes, Zumba and a Turbo Barre class that utilizes a barre along the wall to complete different exercises. This variety allows East Coast to offer something for everyone, creating a fun and motivating atmosphere. “If people aren’t motivated, they just aren’t going to do it. Look at it as have fun with it. If you enjoy it, the more you are going to want to stick with it,”

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IF YOU’RE LOOKING to lose weight and get fit in 2014, there are plenty of fitness facilities in Centre County that will help you attain your goals. Salinas said. “You want to try to find something that you can be passionate about, something you enjoy. Then you will return to it and keep doing it every day.” At Elite Edge, Kmiecinski has created a small group personal training program for the start of the year. “Adults can sign up for themselves and pay the small group price and train on a progressive, functional, movement training program,” he said. For New Year’s, these classes will be $15 each when 20 classes are purchased. To make sure results happen, Kmiecinski advises those who are new to the gym to look into taking classes like his small group

personal training program. “It just has to be self-control and dedication and surrounding yourself with positive people that have the same goals and the same desires as you,” he said. To do this, he feels it is very important for those who are less experienced with gym equipment to work with a professional who is qualified to prescribe a workout that guarantees results. “Make a change and get help. Seek a qualified professional and live on,” he said. “You get the most bang for your buck.” In addition to working out, Salinas believes people with healthoriented New Year’s resolutions need to know the right way to go about nutrition.

“The nutrition aspect has to be a large part as well. They have to make sure they’re eating properly before and after (working out),” she said. Combined with knowing the right way to eat, Salinas said it is also important to understand the proper guidelines for workout time and form. She feels when all the right steps are taken, people are more willing to turn their New Year’s resolutions into a lifestyle change. “Try to push it beyond just starting in the first couple weeks of the year. Continue it. Stick with it because before you know it, it’s just a part of your daily habit.” When it comes to results, both

Salinas and Kmiecinski recommend setting small, attainable goals in order to stay motivated. “Set reachable goals. You don’t want to set goals that are only achievable after a year of training. You want to set small goals and set yourself up to be successful,” Kmiecinski said. Salinas said reachable goals can simply include setting a specific time of the day to work out and sticking to it or signing up to run a race a few weeks after starting a program. “Map it out day-by-day and set some goals for yourself,” she said. “Make it a part of your routine. Don’t do it just for a New Year’s resolution, but for the entire year.”


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Set exercise, nutrition goals in 2014 From Gazette staff reports

people who find themselves unsatisfied with their excess body weight or sluggish physical condition at the turn of HERSHEY — You needed neither that second serving, the calendar. nor the extra round of drinks. Yet, you indulged. Aren’t the In fact, about a third of New Year’s resolvers make holidays about good times with loved ones, great food and weight loss their primary goal, and about 15 percent aim merrymaking? to begin an exercise program, suggests a small study led by Anyway, beginning Jan. 1, you will eat healthier and Dr. John C. Norcross, professor of psychology at the Uniwork out. versity of Scranton. Starting then, you will get fit. This will be your New If you’re nodding your head and thinking, “Yup, I’m Year’s resolution. Life will be better in 2014. one of those people,” take heart. Your objective is a noble Sound familiar? It should if you’re one of the millions of one, and, if accomplished, will surely do wonders for your health. Take note, however, that your dream of a leaner, fitter body may take time, especially if you’ve stuffed yourself one too many times or if you haven’t been physically active in a while. Yet exercise does not have to be an all-consuming and excruciating endeavor either. “There’s a connection between exercise and pain, discomfort, and soreness. We watch Gatorade commercials and we see athletes whose eyeballs are sweating because they’re working out so hard. People think that’s what exercise is supposed to be,” said personal trainer Jonathan Ross. He said such high-intensity workouts are done only by a very small percentage of the population. For the average person, a good fitness program consists of exercises that work out the whole body. A carMetro Images dio workout improves the EATING MORE fruits and vegetables will get 2014 off to a good start for those looking to be healthier function and health of the heart, lungs and blood vesin the new year.

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Bouncing Back

Lady Little Lions capture third place in Kiwanis Holiday Classic By PAT ROTHDEUTSCH

STATE COLLEGE — The State College girls’ basketball players took notice of Kennett’s high-scoring, 6-foot forward Jess Hussey in Friday night’s game against North Schuylkill and decided to give her some extra attention on Saturday. Actually, a lot of extra attention. The Lady Little Lions clamped a diamond-and-one defense on the Blue Demons with guard Ali Traglia playing the “one” on Hussey. Traglia followed Hussey everywhere, denying her the ball at every turn, and when she did catch it, there was always another Little Lion there to help. Hussey did not score a field goal until midway through the third quarter. The move surprised, confused and frustrated Kennett all at the same time, and before the Demons could catch a breath and regroup, SC had a 19-0 lead and was soaring toward a 71-30 victory. The win came a day after the Little Lions first defeat of the season, 47-44 in overtime to Burrell, and brought home the third-place trophy in the Kiwanis Holiday Classic. “We’ve done that (diamond-and-one) a couple of times,” State College coach Bethany Irwin said, “just to see if we can do it. We might need it down the road sometime. “It catches teams off guard, because they don’t know how to handle it, and, come on, who puts in an offense for something like that. It was a great start, and we needed it to rebound from yesterday.” That State College got off to a great start is somewhat of an understatement. With Hussey bottled up and no one taking up the slack for Kennett, State College scored the first 19 points in the game. Every SC starter scored in that stretch, with Kyla Irwin, Bridget King and Carrie Mahon doing most of the damage. Kennett did get to within 19-7 early in the second quarter, but State College went on another tear and built a 22-point lead, 35-13, at halftime. “It was good to come back and get this one,” King said, “because last night was

JALYN SHELTON-BURLEIGH (35) puts up a shot during Friday night’s game with Burrell in the Kiwanis Holiday Classic. a tough loss. Today I’m glad we finished strong. We all kind of worked the ball to the open player, and we were all pretty much hot, so we worked it, and passed it, and scored.” State College continued to pass it and score in the second half. By the end of the third quarter, the lead had expanded to 35 points, 58-23, and it eclipsed 40 points with just over two minutes left to play before the game ended

with the final tally at 71-30. “It was a really good game for all of us,” State College center Jalyn Shelton-Burleigh (16 points) said. “We get along great, so we jell on the court really well. We had a loss yesterday, and we really wanted to bounce back today and get this one.” For State College, Irwin (21), King (19) and Shelton -Burleigh combined for 56 points to lead the Lady Lions. Hussey did finish as Ken-

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net’s scoring leader with nine points — a total far below her season average. “A win is always a good win,” Bethany Irwin said, “and we finished December strong, which was one of our goals. Now we head into January, and we’ll give them a couple days off, but then we’ll start them back up and we’ll have a busy week. We open up in Harrisburg, and then we have three games in one week.”

State College comes up short against Loyalsock By PAT ROTHDEUTSCH

STATE COLLEGE — Going into Saturday’s Kiwanis Holiday Tournament consolation game against Loyalsock, State College head coach Drew Frank worried about whether his inexperienced back court would be ready to handle the kind of high-pressure defenses the Lancers would bring. He got his answer rather emphatically: not yet. Quick and talented, Loyalsock harassed the State College ball handlers all afternoon and forced numerous mistakes and turnovers, which it quickly turned into points. The Lancers methodically wore down the State College offenses, built an 11-point halftime lead, and then steadily pulled away after halftime for a 63-42 victory over the Little Lions. The win gave Loyalsock — which lost 54-52 to eventual champion Upper Darby on Friday — the third-place trophy in the Holiday Classic and left State College with a 1-8 record and looking at a long rebuilding process. “High school basketball is all about guard play,” State College coach Drew Frank said. “I don’t care what you have inside, if you don’t have perimeter play to get the ball there, it doesn’t make a difference. “So I thought today that their perimeter out played our perimeter.” That perimeter play

for Loyalsock was led by guards Omar Little (14 points), Mike Pastore (11 points) and Kyle Datres (13 points), with 6-3 junior center Ben Sosa chipping in with 13 points. The game began with a close first quarter in which the teams traded baskets until Loyalsock went on a 9-0 run sparked by a layup and then a long threepointer by Datres. That run gave the Lancers a 17-8 lead with 50 seconds left in the first quarter. A 3-pointer by State College’s Mike Hall ended the quarter with the score 17-11, but Loyalsock scored five of the first seven points in the second quarter and continued to build on its lead until it reached 11 points at halftime. “We are slowly making progress against pressure,” Frank said, “but it gets us out of any kind of flow and it gets us out of our offense, and its been totally disruptive for us and we haven’t really handled it well yet. “We have a scheme to do so. I like what we do with our press offense, but we have difficulty getting guys into the right spots.” Things turned even more quickly against the Little Lions in the second half. Loyalsock went on runs of 13-7 and then 6-2 in the third quarter to increase its lead to 18, 50-32, going into the final eight minutes of the game. From there the Lancers cruised out for their seventh win

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STATE COLLEGE AREA High School’s Lucas Cooper hangs on the rim during a game with Freedom in the Kiwanis Holiday Classic. The struggling Little Lions lost a pair of games to slip to 1-8. of the season against only one loss. “Loyalsock does a great job of using the talent that it has,” Frank said, “and then getting them into position to make plays. They are a nice squad. I was expecting a little more from our

guys, but that is a quality team that we went up against today. “We are missing some pieces, but, turning that into a positive, it has opened some doors for some people to get minutes and experience that they wouldn’t

otherwise be getting. So we are hoping for that to have a positive effect over the last two-thirds of the season.” State College will next be in action at home against Harrisburg on Friday, Jan. 3.

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Different fates for Steelers and Eagles After an abysmal start to this season, the Pittsburgh Steelers willed themselves back into playoff contention and were not eliminated until the last play in the last regular-season AFC game on Sunday afternoon. The Steelers went 0-for-September and proved once again what baseball coaches say every year: A win in April counts just as much as one in September. Just change the months to September and December. The Steelers went 6-2 over the last eight games in the season and were playing about as well as anyPat Rothdeutsch one. But because they covers Penn State had dug themselves football for The into such a large hole, Centre County they had to rely on Gazette. E-mail too many other teams him at sports@ winning or losing to centrecounty determine their fate. Troy Polamalu was right when he said that the Steelers were an 8-8 team and therefore deserved whatever that record would (or wouldn’t) bring them. Still, it was painful to watch just how their season came to an end — and a lesson in the quirkiness and unpredictability of the NFL, especially late in the season. The Steelers first took care of business with a 20-7 victory over Cleveland and then had to wait to see what developed. It all came down to the Kansas City game against San Diego. The Chiefs were already in and essentially had nothing to play for, and coach Andy Reid rested 20 of


his 22 starters, including quarterback Alex Smith and Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles. The Chargers, on the other hand, had a glimmer of hope — they had to beat or tie the Chiefs and then hope that both Miami and Baltimore lost, which they did. With new life and down by 10 in the fourth quarter, San Diego rallied behind quarterback Phillip Rivers to tie the game at 24. The Chargers luck seemed to be running out, however, as backup quarterback Chase Daniel led the Chiefs down the field and into position for a game-winning field goal by the usually dependable Ryan Succop with four seconds left. Wide right. By about six inches. The Chargers had yet another chance. They took the kickoff in overtime and almost ran out the clock in the quarter before getting a 36-yard field goal by Nick Novak to take a 27-24 lead. With the new rules, the Chiefs got a chance to win or tie the game because the Chargers did not score a touchdown. A touchdown by KC and the Steelers were in. A field goal still gave them some life. But a four-and-out at the San Diego 36 was no help at all. San Diego won, and the Steelers will stay home for the second year in a row. On the other side of the state, and in Dallas, Eagles’ fans were celebrating. The Eagles hung in for a 24-22 win over the Cowboys and claimed their first NFC East title since 2010. Pretty remarkable turnaround. Philly was 4-12 last season, fired long-time coach Andy Reid, and hired offensive guru Chip Kelly away from the Oregon Ducks. After some growing pains and shuffling around, Kelly and his up-tempo style lived up to the hype. The Eagles were near the top of the NFL in almost every offensive cat-


PITTSBURGH STEELERS quarterback Ben Roethlisberger talks strategy with offensive coordinator Todd Haley during Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers won the game, 20-7. egory. LeSean McCoy won the rushing title, and quarterback Nick Foles finished with one of the highest quarterback ratings ever. So, the Eagles go from four wins to 10, claim the No. 3 seed in the NFC, and will host the Saints on Sunday night in the first round of the playoffs.

I hope it’s cold on Sunday in Philadelphia. And windy. Some snow wouldn’t hurt either — not as much as during the Lions’ game — but enough for the Saints to notice that they are not playing in a dome. After all, we’re talking about the Eagles here. We need every advantage we can get.

Urschel named senior CLASS Award winner By BEN JONES

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s John Urschel has racked up awards for his play on the field and in the classroom all season, but this one may be the biggest yet. Urschel was named the senior CLASS Award winner, the first Penn State football player to have done so. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I FBS football coaches, national football media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior studentathlete in Division I football. “I am honored and grateful to have been selected the Senior CLASS Award recipient,” Urschel said of the announcement. “I have tried to represent my team, university and family as best possible during my time at Penn State. I am very appreciative and thank my family, professors, coaches, teammates and friends for all their support and help they have provided with all my academic and football pursuits at Penn State.” A two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree, Urschel also became the first Penn State student-athlete to win the Campbell Trophy. The award is bestowed upon the nation’s premier college football scholar-athlete and has been presented annually at the National Football Foundation Dinner since 1990.

“John Urschel epitomizes what a Penn State studentathlete is all about,” head coach Bill O’Brien said. “He has maximized his opportunities at Penn State by working extremely hard to become a fantastic student and football player who will continue to achieve great things in the next chapter of his life.” Urschel has taught a section of Math 232, Integral Vector Calculus, this semester on the University Park campus, in addition to his academic and football responsibilities. He taught a section of Math 041, Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry, during the 2013 spring semester. Urschel has participated in the Penn State Lift for Life, THON events, the Relay for Life and the Special Olympics Pennsylvania State Summer Games during his collegiate career. A paper written by Urschel, “Instabilities of the SunJupiter-Asteroid Three Body Problem,” was published in 2012 in the journal Celestial Mechanics and Dynamic Astronomy. He has had a second paper accepted for publication, “A Space-Time Multigrid Method for the Numerical Valuation of Barrier Options,” in the journal Communications in Mathematical Finance, and has written two additional papers that will be submitted soon for consideration to be published.

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PSU hockey squad still feeling confident By BEN JONES

UNIVERSITY PARK — There is a very distinct sound that a single blade makes as it cuts across a fresh sheet of ice — a crisp slicing noise as the ice flakes off of the surface of the rink and powders into the air. As Penn State goaltender Matthew Skoff skated on the ice alone before practice a few weeks ago, he made that same sound with his skates. A few shuffles to the left, then a few to the right, as he worked on his movement in the crease. His teammates eventually joined him and a Tuesday practice got started inside Pegula Ice Arena like it has so many times already this year: A team always working to live up to its billing in its own home arena. Currently, the Nittany Lions sit at 3-9-1 on the year, a mark that is hard to applaud, yet impossible to completely criticize. The program entered the Division I level last season but played a mixture of Division I, III and club level teams. As official as the 2012-13 season was, Penn State truly has only begun to play Division I hockey this year. So, the success that the program has is measured in a different light. Head coach Guy Gadowsky isn’t going to ever say losing is fine, but the goals and benchmarks for the program are a growing foundation toward being able to win down the road. Simply put, wins are not always a measure of improvement or success on any given night for a program in Penn State’s position. The team has no veteran Division I players, no players who have won at a high level more often than not. There isn’t any doubt the Nittany Lions are talented, but each night is a new experience. But it’s what they all signed up for. Talking to more than a third of the team, not a single player showed regret over the opening weeks of the season — just excitement, drive and a focus to take the program to the next level. In many ways it makes this team one of the most interesting on Penn State’s campus. Talented hockey players, with offers to other schools, took a chance on Penn State with the complete willingness to face whatever came with the first few seasons here. Nothing was guaranteed except hard work. “It’s really one of the things that brought me here,” freshman goaltender and Islanders’ draft pick Eamon McAdam said after practice earlier this year. “To be a part of the start of this program.”

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TOMMY OLCZYK (14) and the Penn State hockey team are still a confident bunch, despite some early-season struggles. “It really is an honor,” Skoff said, echoing his freshman understudy, “to pave the way for this program to be even better in the future, even after we’re gone.” But even with the positive attitude and thinking, a month of losing can take its toll on a team. Hard work not paying off, each night another ranked opponent coming off tournament appearances. It’s what makes the program stronger in the long run, but in the present time it can be a tough pill to swallow each night. Coming off a 5-4 loss to Wisconsin, though, Penn State was probably as upbeat as the program had ever been with players and coaches agreeing that even in defeat it was the team’s best game of the year. Things finally started to click.

“It was getting really frustrating and I know the coaches were a little frustrated,” captain Tommy Olczyk noted of Penn State having lost five games by a single goal this year. “But I think we started to get a glimpse of our identity against Wisconsin in that second game. It’s really fun to play in those games and to look at the guy next to you and to know that he’s going to do the little things to give you a chance to win, and to know that your linemates will do the little things. A game like that does wonders for team confidence and team morale. “We’re going to make mistakes and we aren’t going to win every game from here on out,” Olczyk said. “But we want to put together 60 minutes of hockey and we feel like we have a better idea of how we’re going to do that now.”

If Allen Robinson leaves, where will he go? By BEN JONES

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State receiver Allen Robinson said a few weeks ago that he would take the holiday break off to talk to his family and coaches about his future and whether or not he will return for his senior season at Penn State. There is little doubt that Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien would be happy to have Robinson back in Happy Valley for another season, but O’Brien has always been upfront and honest with players.

If O’Brien thinks Robinson can go high in the NFL draft, he won’t tell him otherwise. “I remember we went out on the practice field the first time I was here, and he was a big guy,” O’Brien said of Robinson earlier this year. “He was a fast guy; he was a bright-eyed guy. He was a competitive guy, and he was raw. He was raw. He was a young guy that hadn’t played a lot before we got here because he was a freshman. “But you could tell right away that he was going to be a really, really explosive, good player. He’s worked at it. Give him

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a lot of credit. He’s been coached well. I think he’s in a good system for what we do. But, give him a lot of credit. He’s done a great job and gone up and made some fantastic plays for us over the last two years.” Robinson won’t be the only player testing the NFL waters and O’Brien’s background makes him a perfect mentor and adviser for players weighing their stock moving forward. It might seem backwards, but O’Brien won’t be the one to hold Robinson back from his dreams. “As far as the NFL, I always have an open door policy,” O’Brien said. “We’ve had a lot of NFL scouts in here this year. I have an open door policy with the players, and every once in a while I say ‘Look, towards the end of the year, if you’re thinking about that, come see me. Sit down, let’s talk about it. I’ll tell you how the process works. If you’re an underclassman, you can submit your name to the advisory board. If you’re a guy whose eligibility is over, here’s what I think. Here’s how I see you. Here are the positions I see you being able to play. Here’s probably how they view you right now.’ “I just try to talk to them. I always encourage them, if they think they can do it, to do it. I’d never be one to sit there and say if you can’t do it, don’t do it. Get on with your life. I don’t think that’s my position to do that. If they have their heart set on doing it, I’ll tell them my honest opinion and encourage them to pursue it. So that’s kind of how I do it.” There is little doubt that Robinson has a career at the next level in some capacity if not an eventual starting role. While Robinson hasn’t announced his intentions, it seems likely that he will enter his name in the draft to see how his stock and evaluations look. Robinson can remove his name from the draft prior to the mid-January deadline without impacting his eligibility. If scouts think he has a few things to work on or think he will go in the first round, Robinson can make a decision based on their feedback and either de-

TIM WEIGHT/For The Gazette

ALLEN ROBINSON is ready for the NFL. The question is: Where will he land if he decides to leave Penn State early?

clare for the draft officially or withdraw his name. But if Robinson were to enter the NFL draft for good, where might he end up? Here’s where a few of the mock drafts are guessing he might go: (2nd round) Pick No. 50 to the Green Bay Packers (1st round) Pick No. 27 to the Carolina Panthers’s Rob Rang: (1st round) Pick No. 23 to the Cleveland Browns’s Dane Brugler: (1st round) Pick No. 27 to the Carolina Panthers Mock drafts are anything but official word, and for each of these four that have Robinson going high there may be two others having him in the third or fourth rounds. But following an outstanding season for Penn State there is little doubt that those in the NFL have noticed. For now, Penn State fans will just have to wait and see.

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50 years of musical innovation coming to State Theatre From Gazette staff reports STATE COLLEGE — From their days playing together as teenagers to their current acoustic and electric blues, probably no one has more consistently led American music for the last 50 years than Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and continuing core members of Hot Tuna. The pair began playing together while growing up in the Washington, D.C., area, where Casady’s father was a dentist and Kaukonen’s father a State Department official. Four years younger, Casady continued in junior high, then high school, while playing professional gigs as lead guitarist at night before he was old enough to drive. Kaukonen, who had played rhythm guitar to Casady’s lead, started college in Ohio, accompanied his family overseas, then returned to college, this time in California.

IF YOU GO What: Hot Tuna When: 8 p.m., Jan. 11 Where: State Theatre, State College More info: Along the way, Kaukonen became enamored of, then committed to, the fingerpicking guitar style exemplified by the now-legendary Rev. Gary Davis. Casady, meanwhile, had taken an interest in the electric bass, at the time a controversial instrument in blues, jazz and folk circles. In the mid 1960s, Kaukonen was asked to audition to play guitar for a new band that was forming in San Francisco. Though an acoustic player at heart, he grew interested in the electronic gadgetry that was beginning to make an appearance in the popular music scene — particularly in a primitive processor brought to the audition by a fellow named Ken Kesey — and decided to join that band; soon thereafter he summoned his young friend from Washington, who now played the bass. Thus was created the unique sound that was The Jefferson Airplane. Kaukonen even contributed the band’s name, drawn from a nickname a friend had for the bluesplaying Kaukonen. Casady’s experience as a lead guitarist led to a style of bass playing which took the instrument far beyond its traditional role. While in The Jefferson Airplane, putting together the soundtrack of the ’60s, the

pair remained loyal to the blues, jazz, bluegrass and folk influences of the small clubs and larger venues they had learned from years before. While in San Francisco, and even in hotel rooms while touring, they would play together and worked up a set of songs that they would often play at clubs in the Bay Area and while on the road, even after having played a set with the Airplane. This led to a record contract; in fact, they had an album recorded before they decided to name their band Hot Tuna. With it they launched on an odyssey which has continued for more than 35 years, always finding new and interesting turns in its path forward. The first thing an early Hot Tuna fans discovered at their concerts of the early 1970s was that the band was growing louder and louder. In an era in which volume often over-trumped musicianship, Hot Tuna provided both. The second thing a fan would discover was that Casady and Kaukonen really loved to play. “Look around for another band that plays uninterrupted three- to six-hour sets,” wrote reviewer Jerry Moore. What Moore could not have known was that had there been no audience at all, they would have played just as long and just as well, so devoted were they to making music. Of course, the audience wasn’t superfluous by any means; it energized and continues to energize their performances. Album followed album — more than two dozen in all, not counting solo efforts, side projects and appearances on the albums of other bands and performers — and they continued to develop their interests and styles, both together and in individual pursuits. In an era in which old bands reunite for one last tour, Hot Tuna can’t because Hot Tuna never broke up. Along the way, they have been joined by a succession of talented musicians: Drummers, harmonica players, keyboardists, backup singers, violinists, mandolinists and more, all fitting in to Kaukonen and Casady’s current place in the musical spectrum. And along the way there was no list of outstanding guitarists that didn’t include Kaukonen, nor was there anyone who seriously thought there is a better bass player than Casady. After two decades of acoustic and electric concerts and albums, the 1990s brought a new focus on acoustic music to Hot Tuna. More intimate venues with a more individual connection to the audience became increasingly frequent

French and Francophone Studies Film Series announces spring schedule From Gazette staff reports UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State French and Francophone Studies Film Series will continue its free showings this spring semester at 7 p.m. on selected Wednesdays in 113 Carnegie on Penn State’s University Park campus. Free to the public, all films are subtitled in English. The spring semester schedule is: n Jan. 22: “Amour” by Michael Haneke Michael Haneke’s compassionate film centers on Georges and Anne, longmarried octogenarians and retired music teachers who still take great delight in each other. Their bonds will be tested, however, as Anne grows increasingly debilitated, both mentally and physically. In depicting what has rarely been shown onscreen before — two elderly people struggling to maintain their dignity in the face of the unremitting cruelties of aging — Haneke brilliantly shows that the greatest crucible of life’s final chapter is figuring out how to best honor the past. n Feb. 26: “Monsieur Lazhar” by Philippe Falardeau “A classroom is a place of friendship, of work, of courtesy, a place of life,” says the new teacher of the title to his sixth-grade students in a Montreal public school. That profoundly touching statement evinces the deep respect Monsieur Lazhar (the

phenomenal Mohamed Fellag) has for his charges, who are still reeling from a beloved teacher’s very public suicide. Based on a one-person play by Evelyne de la Chenelière, “Monsieur Lazhar” explores the intricate process by which Lazhar earns the respect and trust of his pupils. n Mar. 26: “Holy Motors” by Leos Carax Both a lamentation for and celebration of cinema, the film opens with Carax himself walking down a long corridor to a movie-theater balcony that overlooks a roomful of motionless, stony-silent spectators. After this dream-like prologue, we are introduced to the movie’s main character, Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant, Carax’s frequent collaborator), a professional chameleon who inhabits nearly 12 different personas over the course of a single day. Oscar continually reinvents himself, exhausting work that he still pursues for “the beauty of the act.” The series is sponsored by the College of the Liberal Arts, the Institute for the Arts & Humanities, the Jewish Studies Program, the Center for Language Acquisition and the Alliance Française de State College et de University Park. For more information, visit www. or contact the French and Francophone Studies Department at (814) 865-1492.

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HOT TUNA features Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Skoota Warner and Barry Mitterhoff. The band will appear at The State Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 11. stops. Soon, the loud electric sound (and the semi-trailer load of equipment) disappeared entirely from Hot Tuna tours. Maturity brought the desire to do things not instead of but in addition to being a touring band. Both had become interested in teaching, passing along what they had learned and what they had uniquely developed to a new generation of players. In 1998 Kaukonen and his wife, Vanessa, opened Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp, in the beautiful rolling Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio. Here, on a sprawling and rustic yet modern campus, musicians and wouldbe musicians come for intensive and enjoyable workshops taught by Kaukonen, Casady and other extraordinary players, learning things that range from different styles of playing to songwriting and even storytelling (the musician in performance has to say something while changing that broken string), to making a song one’s own. In addition, there is now, a unique interactive teaching site that comes closest of anything yet to make individual instruction

available to students anywhere there is a computer and an Internet connection. But the teaching doesn’t replace Hot Tuna’s busy tour schedule; it’s in addition to the tours. Nor have they lightened up their individual schedules. Jack released his first solo CD, “Dream Factor,” on Eagle Records in 2003. He has a busy and elaborate website at Kaukonen has a website, too, and achieved enormous critical acclaim and a Grammy nomination for his 2003 solo album, “Blue Country Heart.” (Both are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame due to their pioneering work in The Jefferson Airplane.) For the last few years, Kaukonen and Casady have been joined in most of their Hot Tuna performances by the mandolin virtuoso Barry Mitterhoff. A veteran of bluegrass, Celtic, folk and rock-influenced bands including Tony Trischka and Skyline and Bottle Hill, Mitterhoff has found a new voice in working with Hot Tuna, and the fit has been good — watching them play, it’s as if he’s been there from the beginning and they’re all having the time of their lives.

‘World Stories Alive’ being held From Gazette staff reports

STATE COLLEGE — “World Stories Alive: Tales in Many Tongues” takes place most Saturday mornings from 11 a.m.noon at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St. Designed for children ages 3 to 8 and their families, this series will appeal to both native speakers of the language as well as native English speakers. Each Saturday morning gathering will include a read-aloud story in the original language with English translation, as well as a lively extended art activity. Related language activities may include songs, finger rhymes, Simon Says, or color, shape or number games. The 11 story times will be conducted by

native speakers of each language. Drawing upon teachers, international scholars, students and members of the community, this is an opportunity for kids to learn about a host of languages and cultures. The schedule of languages each week’s story will be in is as follows: Jan. 11, Chinese; Jan.18, Spanish; Jan.25, Hebrew; Feb. 1, Russian; Feb. 8, German; Feb. 15, Hindi; March 1, Turkish; March 22, Japanese; March 29, Portuguese; April 5, French; and April 12, Arabic. World Stories Alive is a collaborative project between Schlow Centre Region Library, The Center for Global Studies at Penn State and Global Connections. For more information, visit www.

‘Conversations from Penn State’ to discuss effects of child maltreatment UNIVERSITY PARK — The director of Penn State’s Network on Child Protection and Well-Being, Jennie Noll, joins host Patty Satalia on the next installment of WPSU-TV’s “Conversations from Penn State.” “Conversations from Penn State: The Lasting Impact of Child Maltreatment” can be viewed at http://conversations.psu. edu. Noll and Satalia will examine the research about the long-term effects of abuse, how these findings have been translated into policy and practice, and what is being done to prevent child abuse.

In addition to being one of the first faculty members hired for Penn State’s Network on Child Protection and Well-Being, Noll is also a professor of human development and family studies. An internationally recognized researcher from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, her work focuses on the long-term consequences of childhood sexual abuse. “Conversations from Penn State,” with Satalia at the helm, offers thoughtful, indepth exchanges with a broad range of remarkable people. In many cases, their trailblazing work has advanced their field, drawing national and worldwide attention.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING To be included in What’s Happening, submit your events by Wednesday one week prior to publication to community@ or mail information to The Centre County Gazette, Attn: What’s Happening, 403 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801.


Bookmobile — Centre County Library Bookmobile is a fully accessible library on wheels. Look for it in your community and join Miss Laura for story times, songs and fun. Visit the website at www.centrecounty for days and times. Exhibit — The work of local artist John Ziegler will be on display through Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Schlow Region Centre Library’s Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, 211 S. Allen St., State College. Gallery hours are Mondays through Wednesdays, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.; Thursdays, noon–9 p.m.; Fridays, 9

a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1:30 p.m.–5 p.m. For more information, call (814) 237- 6238. Art Show — The Green Drake Gallery and Arts Center will show the work of its studio artists through Sunday, Jan. 5, at 101 W. Main St., Millheim. Call (814) 3492486. Exhibit — The HUB-Robeson Galleries will present State College Area School District student artwork in the Robeson Gallery Friday, Jan. 3, through Wednesday, Jan. 18, with a reception on Jan. 18, 2–4 p.m. This annual exhibit features the works of artists in grades kindergarten through 12. For more information, visit galleries or call (814) 865-0775. Winter Clothing Giveaway/Donation Collection — The Buffalo Run United Methodist Charge Coat Ministry will distribute free winter coats and accessories


t n e m n i a t r Ente Schedule

Thursday, Jan. 2 through Wednesday, Jan. 8 AMERICAN ALE HOUSE, 821 CRICKLEWOOD DRIVE, STATE COLLEGE, (814) 237-9701
 Thursday, Jan. 2 Friday, Jan. 3 Sunday, Jan. 5 Wednesday, Jan. 8

Domenick Swentosky, 8 to 11 p.m. Tommy Wareham, 6 to 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight Ted and Molly, 8 to 10 p.m. Scott Mangene, 8 to 10:30 p.m.

THE AUTOPORT, 1405 S. ATHERTON ST., STATE COLLEGE, (814) 237-7666 Thursday, Jan. 2

Kate and Natalie, 9 p.m.

BAR BLEU, 112 S. GARNER ST., STATE COLLEGE, (814) 237-0374 Thursday, Jan. 2 Friday, Jan. 3 Saturday, Jan. 4

Big Feast, 10:30 p.m. Lowjack, 10:30 p.m. Ted McCloskey & The Hi Fis, 10:30 p.m.

THE BREWERY, 233 E. BEAVER AVE., STATE COLLEGE, (814) 237-2892 Wednesday, Jan. 8

Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.

ELK CREEK CAFÉ AND ALEWORKS, 100 W. MAIN ST., MILLHEIM, (814) 349-8850 Thursday, Jan. 2 Saturday, Jan. 4

Doug & Stetz do Keystone Ballads, 7:30 p.m. Sweet Yinzers, 8 p.m.

THE GAMBLE MILL, 160 DUNLAP ST., BELLEFONTE, (814) 355-7764 Friday, Jan. 3 Saturday, Jan. 4 Sunday, Jan. 5

Happy’s with The Stevedours, 6 to 8 p.m. Grain, 7 to 9 p.m. Andy Tollins Bluegrass Revue, 5 to 7 p.m.

GOVERNORS PUB, 211 W. HIGH ST., BELLEFONTE, (814) 353-1008 Thursday, Jan. 2 Wednesday, Jan. 8

JT Blues, 6:30 p.m. Biscuit Jam, 6:30 p.m.

HOME DELIVERY PIZZA PUB, 1820 S. ATHERSTON ST., STATE COLLEGE, (814) 237-7777 Friday, Jan. 3 Tuesday, Jan. 7 Wednesday, Jan. 8

Chris Good, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. David Zentner, 7 to 10 p.m. Outpost Echo, 7 to 10 p.m.

INFERNO BRICK OVEN & BAR, 340 E. COLLEGE AVE., STATE COLLEGE, (814) 237-5718 Thursday, Jan. 2 Friday, Jan. 3 Saturday, Jan. 4

DJ Kid A.V., 10 p.m. DJ Fuego, 10 p.m. DJ Ca$hous, 10 p.m.

OTTO’S PUB & BREWERY, 2286 N. ATHERTON ST., STATE COLLEGE, (814) 867-OTTO Saturday, Jan. 4

Tussey Mountain Moonshiners, 9 to 11 p.m.

THE PHYRST, 111 E. BEAVER AVE., STATE COLLEGE, (814) 238-1406 Thursday, Jan. 2 Friday, Jan. 3 Saturday, Jan. 4 Wednesday, Jan. 8

Lowjack, 8 p.m., Maxwell Strait, 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dominic & Noah, 8 to 10 p.m. Ted and the Hi-Fi’s, 10:30 pm to 2 a.m. Lowjack, 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Go Go Gadget, 10:30 p.m.

THE SALOON, 101 HEISTER ST., STATE COLLEGE, (814) 234-0845 Thursday, Jan. 2 Friday, Jan. 3 Saturday, Jan. 4 Tuesday, Jan. 7 Wednesday, Jan. 8

My Hero Zero, 10:30 p.m. John and Chad, 8 to 10 p.m. Velveeta, 10:30 p.m. Mr. Hand, 7 p.m. Shake Shake Shake, 10:30 p.m. His Boy Elroy, 10 p.m.

— Compiled by Marjorie S. Miller Schedules subject to change. Call the venue for details. The Centre County Gazette is committed to providing readers with a complete list of upcoming live entertainment in Centre County. If your establishment provides live entertainment and would like to have it listed free in The Gazette, simply email listings to

on Saturdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., through Saturday, Jan. 25, at 2262 Buffalo Run Road, Bellefonte. Donations of gently used coats and other winter items will also be accepted. For more information, call (814) 2374707 or (814) 355-2208. Exhibit — The Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County will have a holiday show and sale by local artists through Sunday, Jan. 26, at 133 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays, noon–5 p.m. Call (814) 355-4280 or visit Exhibit — British watercolors from the Permanent Collection will be featured at the Palmer Museum of Art, Tuesday, Jan. 7, through Sunday, May 4. Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and noon–4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit www.palmer Exhibit — “Forging Alliances” will be featured at the Palmer Museum of Art, Tuesday, Jan. 7, through Sunday, May 11. This exhibition draws on the Palmer Museum’s collection of post-WWII mingei ceramics. Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and noon–4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit www.palmermuseum.psu. edu. History/Genealogy — Learn about local history and genealogy with expert researchers at the Historical Museum and PA Room, 203 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon–5 p.m. Call (814) 3551516 or visit


Craft Class — The Centre County Library and Historical Museum will host “Hooks & Needles,” an adult craft class, 1–2:30 p.m. at 200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-1516 or visit www.centre Children’s Program — The Centre County Library and Historical Museum will host its Lego club, 3:30–4:30 p.m. at 200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-1516 or visit www.centrecounty


Film — The Centre County Library and Historical Museum will host a movie night featuring the 1973 French film “Day for Night,” 1 p.m. at 200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-1516 or visit www. Performance — Chris Good will perform at Home D Pizzeria, 7:30-10:30 p.m. at 1820 S. Atherton St., State College. For more information, call (814) 237-7777.


Children’s Program — Schlow Centre Region Library will host “Kindermusik,” a program of musical learning with singing, moving and playing simple instruments for infants to age 4, 10–11 a.m. and 11 a.m.–noon in the Downsborough Community Room, 211 S. Allen St., State College. For more information, call (814) 235-7817. Teen Program — Holt Memorial Library will host a teen art program for ages 12 and older, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Call (814) 342-1987 or visit Dinner Ride/Benefit — The 11th annual Best Line Powersports/Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Winter Dinner Ride will be held 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Moshannon Community Center, 1351 W. Sycamore Road, Moshannon. The dinner ride will benefit David Walker, Snow Shoe Rails to Trails member and Best Line Powersports employee who is battling cancer. Dessert and take-out will also be available. For more information, email snowshoe1999@gmail. com. Dance — The Turbotville Community Hall Corporation will host a public dance with food available, 7–10 p.m. at 41 Church St., Turbotville. Funds raised will help restore the building. Call (570) 412-8087.


Story Time — The Centre Hall Branch Library will have preschool story time, 10:30–11 a.m. at 109 W. Beryl St., Centre Hall. Today’s theme is “Hot Chocolate.” Call (814) 364-2580 or visit www.centre Story Time — The Centre County Library and Historical Museum will have toddler story time, 10:30–11:30 a.m. at 200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Today’s theme is “Snowflakes.” Call (814) 355-1516 or visit Support Group — Cancer Survivors’ Association Inc. will sponsor a caregivers support group in conjunction with Be Well Associates to discuss ways to provide nutritional food to cancer survivors who are on special diets, 10:30 a.m.–noon in Conference Room 6 at Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. For more information, visit www.cancer or call (814) 237-2120. Support Group — Mount Nittany Medical Center will host a breast cancer support group, 5:30–7 p.m. in Conference Room 3 at 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. For more information, contact Aileen Gelley at or (814) 234-6787. Knitting Club — Holt Memorial Library will host “Knit Wits,” for beginner, experienced or intermediate knitters, 6–7 p.m. at 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Call (814) 3421987 or visit www.centrecountylibrary. org. Knitting Club — A knitting club will meet 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the Sun Room, Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College. All skill levels are welcome. Call (814) 237-6236.


Story Time — Holt Memorial Library will have a toddler story time, 10:30–11:30 a.m. at 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Call (814) 342-1987 or visit www.centrecounty Class — Mount Nittany Medical Center will host “A Joint Venture,” a free class on hip and knee replacements, 11 a.m.–noon in Conference Room 1, 2 or 3 through Entrance A at 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. For more information, contact Val Coakley at or (814) 278-4810. Story Time — The Centre County Library and Historical Museum will have preschool story time, 1:30–2 p.m. at 200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Today’s theme is “Snowflakes.” Call (814) 355-1516 or visit Embroidery Club — An embroidery club will meet 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the Sun Room, Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College. All skill levels are welcome. Call (814) 237-6236. Meeting — Bellefonte Area School District Board of School Directors will meet at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Bellefonte Area Middle School, 100 N. School St., Bellefonte. The public is welcome to attend. Performance — David Zentner will perform at Home D Pizzeria, 7–10 p.m. at 1820 S. Atherton St., State College. For more information, call (814) 237-7777.


Story Time — The Centre County Library and Historical Museum will have baby book time, 9:30–10:30 a.m. at 200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Book themes will vary throughout January. Call (814) 3551516 or visit Support Group — Mount Nittany Medical Center will sponsor a diabetes support group, 10:15–11:15 a.m. in the Centre Region Senior Center at 131 S. Frasier Street #1, State College. For more information, call Carol Clitherow at (814) 231-3076. Story Time — The Centre County Library and Historical Museum will have preschool story time, 10:30–11:30 a.m. at 200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Today’s theme is “Snowflakes.” Call (814) 355-1516 or visit Story Time — Holt Memorial Library will have preschool story time, 10:30–11:30 a.m. at 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Today’s theme is “Library Legos.” Call (814) 3421987 or visit Science Club — Centre Hall Branch Library will host an afterschool science club for elementary students, 3–3:30 p.m. and 3:45–4:15 p.m. at 109 W. Beryl St., Centre Hall. Today’s theme is “Melting Ice Science.” Call (814) 364-2580 or visit www. Support Group — Mount Nittany Health and HEART (Helping Empty Arms Recover Together) will sponsor a fertility issues and loss support group, 6:30–8 p.m. at Choices, 2214 N. Atherton St., Upper Level, State College. For more information, email or visit www. Performance — Outpost Echo will perform at Home D Pizzeria, 7–10 p.m. at 1820 S. Atherton St., State College. For more information, call (814) 237-7777. — Compiled by Gazette staff

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GROUP MEETINGS The Gazette will publish the regular meeting dates and times for all Centre County social and service groups, organizations, clubs, etc. that have membership open to the public. To be included in the weekly listing send information by Wednesday one week prior to publication to community@centrecountygazette. com or mail to: The Centre County Gazette, Attn: Group Meetings, 403 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801. Adult Bible Study and Kids Program, offering practical help from the Bible and a fun and productive time for kids, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Nittany Baptist Church, 430 Mountain Back Road, Spring Mills. Call (814) 360-1601 or visit www.nittany Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse — Men’s Support Group sponsored by The Centre County Women’s Resource Center, meets from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Call (814) 237-5220 ext. 247, email or visit Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse — Women’s Support Group sponsored by The Centre County Women’s Resource Center, meets from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays. Call (814) 237-5220 ext. 247, email or visit ALIVE Teen Club meets at 6 p.m. Sundays at First Baptist Church, 539 Jacksonville Road, Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-5678 or visit Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Groups meets the first Friday of every month at 1 p.m. and second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m., Mount Nittany Dining Room at The Inn at Brookline, 1930 Cliffside Drive, State College. Call or email Anne at (814) 2343141 / or Janie at (814) 235-2000 / for more information. AWANA Club meets at 6 p.m. every Sunday at the First Baptist Church, 539 Jacksonville Road, Bellefonte. Activities and Bible lessons will be held for children ages 3 through sixth grade. Materials provided. Call (814) 355-5678 or visit www.fbcbellefonte. org. Bald Eagle Grange No. 151 meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Grange Hall in Runville. Bald Eagle Watershed Association meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Monday at the Milesburg Borough Building, 416 Front St., Milesburg. Visit The Bald Eagle Area Class of 1959 meets at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month for dinner. Location changes each month. Call Joyce at (814) 383-4337 or email ljt2342@embarqmail. com. Bald Eagle Area Class of 1960 meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m. the third Thursday of every month at The Bestway Restaurant, 1023 N. Eagle Valley Road, Howard. Call Barb (814) 466-6027. Bald Eagle Area Class of 1962 meets for breakfast at 9 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at Bestway Truckstop Restaurant, Route 150, Milesburg. Call Sandy at (814) 387-4218. Bald Eagle Area Class of 1964 meets for breakfast at 9 a.m. the fourth Saturday of the month at the Bestway Restaurant, Route 150, I-80 exit 158, Milesburg. Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at the Bellefonte Moose, 125 N. Spring St., Bellefonte. Call Sue (814) 625-2132 or bea.1964@ Bald Eagle Area Class of 1965 meets for dinner at 5:30 p.m. the last Friday of each month at Bellefonte Elks, 120 W. High St., Bellefonte. Call Bob (814) 383-2151. Bellefonte High School Class of 1956 meets for dinner at 5:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month at Bellefonte Elks, 120 W. High St., Bellefonte. Call Kay at (814) 359-2738. Bellefonte High School Class 1967 meets for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at Sunset West, 521 E. College Ave., Pleasant Gap. The location is subject to change. Call Vic at (814) 360-1948. Bellefonte Elks Lodge meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Bellefonte Elks, 120 W. High St., Bellefonte. Bellefonte Encampment No. 72 and Ridgeley Canton No. 8 meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, Windmere Hall, 454 Rolling Ridge Drive, State College. Bellefonte Garden Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at the First Presbyterian Church, 203 N. Spring St., Bellefonte. Visit or call (814) 355-4427. Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Train Station, Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-1053 or Bellefonte Kiwanis Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Moose Club, 125 N. Spring St., Bellefonte. Call Richard King at (814) 3559606 or email Bellefonte Sunrise Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Fridays at Diamond Deli, 103 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Call Mary Jane Fisher at (814) 355-5905. Bellefonte Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1600 meets at 8 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at Post Home, Spring Street, Bellefonte. Bellefonte Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1600 Ladies Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at Post Home, Spring Street, Bellefonte. Better Breathers Support Group meets at 2 p.m. the third Thursday every month at HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, 550 E. College Ave., Pleasant Gap. Call James Williamson, respiratory manager, at (814) 359-3421. Better Breathers is affiliated with the American Lung Association. Business Networking International meets at 7 a.m. Thursdays at Celebration Hall, 2280 Commercial Blvd., State College. Members share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Fee is $10 for room and breakfast. Call Kelly Swisher at (814) 280-1656. Boy Scouts of America BSA Troop 66 meets from 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday at Pleasant Gap United Methodist Church, 179 S. Main St., Pleasant Gap. Email Scoutmaster Bill Weaver at Brain Injury Support Group meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, 550 E. College Ave., Pleasant Gap. Call Sharon Poorman, nurse manager, at (814) 359-3421. There will be no meetings in January and February. Breast Cancer Support Group meets from 5:30-7 p.m. the first Monday of every month in the ground floor conference rooms, Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. If the first Monday of the month is a holiday, the meeting will be held on the second Monday of the month. Call Cheri at (814) 2317005. The Caregivers Support Group of the Cancer Survivors’ Association meets at 10:30 a.m. the first Monday of the month in Conference Room 6, Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. Catholic Daughters of the Americas social begins at 6:30 p.m. and meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at St. John’s Catholic School auditorium, 134 E. Bishop St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-7730 or email

Central Pennsylvania Holistic Wellness Group will meet to share and learn about many methods and techniques to support a holistic, homeopathic and spiritual lifestyle from 6:30-8 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Inspired Holistic Wellness, 107 S. Spring St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 883-0957 or visit www. The Centre County Down Syndrome Society meets from 7-9 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month in the offices at 111 Sowers St., Suite 504, in State College. Email ccdssociety@gmail. com or visit Centre County Greens meets at 7:15 p.m. the first Monday of every month at Webster’s Bookstore & Café, 133 E. Beaver Ave., State College. Centre County Real Estate Investment Club meets from 7-9 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at RE/MAX Centre Realty, 1375 Martin St., State College. Call (814) 280-5839 or email len@ Visit Centre Hall Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month and at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at Centre Hall Lions Club Building, 153 E. Church St., Centre Hall. Centre Line Riders — ABATE of Pennsylvania, Chapter 18 meets at noon the third Saturday of each month at the Centre Hall American Legion, 2928 Penns Valley Pike, Centre Hall. Centre Pieces Quilt Guild meets from 7-9 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month (March through December) at the Mount Nittany Middle School Cafeteria, 656 Brandywine Drive, State College. Visit or call (814) 237-6009. Centre Region Model Investment Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the Mazza Room, South Hills Business School, 480 Waupelani Drive, State College. Call (814) 234-8775 or email The Centre Region Wargaming and Miniatures Group will meet each week. Meeting times and place changes each week. Join the website to become active: The Compassionate Friends Group meets from 7-8:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at New Hope, 1089 E. College Ave., Bellefonte. TCF is a national non-profit support organization offering understanding, friendship and hope to families following the death of a child of any age, from any cause. Contact Peg Herbstritt at (814) 574-5997 or email at FHA Center for Weight Management and Nutrition hosts a bariatric surgery support group from 6-7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in Classroom 4, Lewistown Hospital, 400 Highland Ave., Lewistown. Sessions are moderated by Virginia M. Wray, DO, CNSP. Call (717) 242-7099 or visit www.myfamilyhealthassociates. com. Girls of Bald Eagle Area High School Class of 1961 meets at 11:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Mt. Valley Diner, 850 S. Eagle Valley Road, Wingate. Call (814) 355-3686. Halfmoon Garden Club meets at 1 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. Membership is open to Halfmoon Township residents. Contact Barbara Fleischer by phone at (814) 693-0188 or by email at; or contact Lori Clayton by phone at (814) 692-8077 or by email at Halfmoon Grange No. 290 meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of every month at the Grange Hall in Centennia. Call Diane at (814) 692-4580. Hearing Loss Association of America meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Foxdale, 500 E. Marylyn Ave., State College. Learn the latest technology available for hearing loss. Heart Failure Support Group will meet at 4 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month at HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, 550 E. College Ave., Pleasant Gap. Call Traci Curtorillo, nurse manager, at (814) 359-3421. Heritage Museum Board meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the Boalsburg Municipal Building, Main Street, Boalsburg. Call Dr. Pete Ferretti at (814) 574-0939 or email par2@ I.O.O.F. Centre Lodge #153 meets at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at I.O.O.F. Lodge Hall, 756 N. Main St., Pleasant Gap. Junior Rockhounds meets at 5 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in Room 121, Earth and Engineering Sciences Building, University Park. Call (814) 867-6263 or visit Keystone Guild of the Watchmakers Association of Pa. meets at 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Bull Pen Restaurant, Washington Avenue at First Street, Tyrone. Call George at (814) 238-1668. Ladies Grief Support Group meets at 2 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday at Living Faith Church, 113 Sunset Acres, Milesburg. Call Hazel at (814) 387-4952. Marion Grange 223 meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at the Jacksonville Grange Hall. For more information, call Brenda at (814) 383-2796. The Milesburg Lions Club meets 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month at Milesburg Center across from UniMart. MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, sponsored by New Hope Church, is designed to nurture every mother with children from pregnancy through kindergarten and meets the first and third Thursday of each month at The State College Evangelical Free Church, 1243 Blue Course Drive, State College. Child care is provided for each monthly meeting. Visit www.statecollegemops. com. Mount Nittany Health’s Diabetes Network diabetes support group meets from 10:15-11:15 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the Centre Region Senior Center, 131 S. Fraser St., No. 1, State College. Call Carol Clitherow at (814) 231-3076 or visit Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets at 6 p.m. every third Tuesday at HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Outpatient Entrance, 550 E. College Ave., Pleasant Gap. The support group is affiliated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Harrisburg office. Call Steve Uberti at (814) 359-3421. National Alliance on Mental Illness meets at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday at South Hills School, State College. June is the last meeting of the summer. Meetings resume in September. Call Dave (814) 238-1983. The Neuropathy Support Group of Central Pennsylvania will meet at 2 p.m. the fourth Sunday at the Mount Nittany Medical Center, Conference Room 3, 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. Call David Brown at (814) 531-1024. Nittany Knights Barbershop Chorus meets at 7:15 p.m. every Monday at South Hills School, State College. Men who like to sing are welcome. Visit or call Bill (814) 3553557. Nittany Valley Model Railroad Club meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Old Gregg School, Room 1A, 106 School St., Spring Mills. Call Fred at (814) 422-7667. Nittany Mineral Society will hold a social at 6:30 p.m. and

meet at 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in Room 116, Auditorium of the Earth and Engineering Sciences Building, University Park. Call (814) 867-6263 or visit www.nittanymineral. org. Nittany Valley Woodturners meet from 7-9 p.m. every first Thursday in the woodworking shop of State College Area High School, South Building, 650 Westerly Parkway, State College. Email or visit www.visitnittany The Nittany Valley Writers Network meets for an early-risers breakfast at 7 a.m. every third Wednesday at The Waffle Shop, 1610 W. College Ave., State College. The Nittany Valley Writers Network meets from 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College. Old Gregg School Community and Recreation Center meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in Room 106, 106 School St., Spring Mills. Call (814) 422-8582, email ogsrobin@ or visit Parent Support Group for Children With Eating Disorders meets from 7-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month in Conference Room 3, Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. Call Kristie Kaufman at (814) 466-7921. Penns Valley Grange No. 158 meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of every month in Grange Hall, Railroad Street, Spring Mills. Pleasant Gap Rotary Club meets at 6 p.m. every Thursday at The Oaks, 220 Rachel Drive, Pleasant Gap. Reiki Group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Inspired Holistic Wellness, 107 S. Spring St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 883-0957, email beth@inspiredholisticwellness. com, or visit RSVP is appreciated. The Romans 12:2 Group meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at 204 W. High St., Bellefonte. The group is an addictions breakaway program sponsored by Lifegate Baptist Church, and is open to all who are suffering from any form of addiction as well as to family members that may be affected by the addict’s behavior. Call (814) 353-1942. Sacred Harp Singing meets from 7-8:30 a.m. the second and fourth Monday at the University Mennonite Church, 1606 Norma St., State College. Visit www.statecollegesacredharp. com. The Snow Shoe Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and fourth Wednesday of every month at the Moshannon Community Center, Route 144, Snow Shoe. Soroptimist International of Centre County meet at 6 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the Atherton Hotel, 125 S. Atherton St., State College. Call (814) 234-0658 or email hjlaw11@aol. com. State College Area High School Class of ’65 meets for brunch at 10:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Way’s Fruit Market, 2355 Halfmoon Valley Road, Port Matilda. State College Downtown Rotary Club meets at noon on Thursdays at Damon’s, 1031 E. College Ave., State College. State College Elks Lodge meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Mountain View Country Club, 100 Elks Club Road, Boalsburg. State College Lions Club meets at 6:15 p.m. the first and third Thursday of the month at Damon’s, 1031 E. College Ave., State College. State College Rotary Club meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Nittany Lion Inn, Faculty Staff Lounge, 200 W. Park Ave., University Park. State College Sunrise Rotary Club meets at 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays at Hotel State College, 106 S. Allen St., State College, above The Corner Room. State College Weavers Guild meets from 7:30-9 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, September through May. Meetings are held in members’ homes. Refreshments are served at 7 p.m. For meeting location, visit www.statecollege weaversguild.weebly. com or call (814) 234-7344. Support Group for Family & Friends of Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors sponsored by The Centre County Women’s Resource Center meets from 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays. Call (814) 2375220 ext. 247, email or visit Stroke Support Group meets at 4 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month at HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, 550 E. College Ave., Pleasant Gap. There will be no meeting in August and December. Call Caroline Salva-Romero, speech therapy manager, or Linda Meyer, speech-language pathologist, at (814) 359-3421. The Survivors’ Support Group of the Cancer Survivors’ Association meets at 11:30 a.m. the third Monday of the month in Conference Room 3, Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, will meet at 6:20 p.m. every Tuesday at the American Legion, 2928 Penns Valley Pike, Centre Hall. Weigh-in will be held from 5:30-6:20 p.m. Call Aurelia Confer at (814) 574-1747. TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, PA 473 support group meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room of Windsong Apartments at Brookline, 1950 Cliffside Drive, State College. Call Jane Wettstone at (814) 404-1689. TRIAD, a public safety group for senior citizens, meets each second Thursday in various locations. Call Helen Evans at (814) 237-8932. Trout Unlimited, a non-profit conservation organization, meets at 7:30 p.m. every first Thursday at Comfort Suites Hotel, 132 Village Drive, State College. Walker Grange #2007 meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Walker Township Building, 816 Nittany Valley Drive, Bellefonte. Weight Loss Challenge meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Park Forest Baptist Church, 3030 Carnegie Drive, State College. The class also meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Faith Baptist Church, 647 Valley Vista Drive, State College. Membership fee is $35. Call Darlene Foster at (814) 238-8739 or email at rdf55@ WiNGs, the Women’s Network Group for women entrepreneurs, has a social from 8-8:30 a.m. and meets from 8:3010:30 a.m., the third Wednesday of every month at the Patton Township conference room, 100 Patton Plaza, State College. Email or call (814) 360-1063. Women’s Welcome Club of State College meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at Oakwood Presbyterian Church, 1865 Waddle Road, State College. Visit www.womens or email wwcmembership@ Young at Hearts Club meets for Red Pin bowling at 1 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Millheim Lanes, Main Street, Millheim. A yearly $5 donation is requested to join the club. — Compiled by Gazette staff

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Corn pest decline may save farmers money By SARA LAJEUNESSE Special to The Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK — Populations of European corn borer (ECB), a major corn crop pest, have declined significantly in the eastern United States according to Penn State researchers. The decline suggests that the use of genetically modified, ECB-resistant corn hybrids — an expensive, yet effective, solution that has been widely adopted by farmers — may now be unnecessary in some areas. “ECB, which was introduced to North America from Europe in the 1900s, used to be the most important pest of corn in the United States,” said John Tooker, assistant professor of entomology. “Not that long ago, it caused crop losses that annually approached $1 billion nationwide, and $35 million in the northeastern United States.” According to Tooker, to protect their crops from ECB, many farmers have grown a genetically modified type of corn that expresses insecticidal toxins that kill the worms. These toxins were isolated from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). “These Bt corn hybrids have been widely adopted because they are exceptional for managing ECB — 99.9 percent of larvae are expected to die when they feed on plants expressing Bt toxins,” he said. “Yet a drawback to using these hybrids has been the high cost of purchasing the seeds, which can decrease potential profits.” To understand current ECB populations in Pennsylvania field corn, the researchers assessed larval damage in Bt and non-Bt corn hybrids at 29 sites over three years. Specifically, they planted Bt and non-Bt corn hybrids on farm sites across four growing zones in Pennsylvania in 2010, 2011 and 2012. During September of each season, they assessed corn borer

damage on 400 random plants at each site. They sliced open stalks, and recorded the number of ECB tunnels and larvae per stalk. They also evaluated corn ears for ECB damage. “Our results confirm that we are seeing widespread population declines of ECB in the East, similar to declines that have been found in the Midwestern United States,” said Eric Bohnenblust, graduate student in entomology. “With less ECB damage around, non-Bt hybrids in our tests yielded just as well as Bt hybrids, so the decline in ECB populations provides an opportunity for growers to generate greater profits by planting high-yielding non-Bt seed, which is much cheaper than Bt seed. Secondarily, planting more non-Bt corn will reduce the potential for ECB to develop resistance to Bt toxins as corn rootworms have done in about a dozen states so far.” The team’s results appeared in an early online edition of the journal Pest Management Science in December. In addition to investigating the extent of ECB populations and damage in Pennsylvania, the researchers also examined the predictive ability of the PestWatch network, which traps ECB and other moth species and provides data about their prevalence. “While traps within the PestWatch network provide insight on ECB population size, where moths are active and periods of ECB activity, their utility as a predictive tool, particularly for field corn, has been limited,” Bohnenblust said. “We found that ECB moths captured in the PestWatch network correlate well with in-field populations of ECB in field corn, which means that PestWatch data hold potential to inform decisions about whether Bt or non-Bt hybrids are right for growers in different parts of the state.”

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A EUROPEAN corn borer larva feeds on an ear of corn. According to Tooker, growers planting Bt corn hybrids are required to plant set amounts of non-Bt corn as part of a resistance management plan to help prevent evolution of ECB populations that are resistant to the Bt toxins expressed in corn hybrids. “Based on our results, we would tell growers to scout their non-Bt acreage toward the end of the growing season,” he said. “If they have low ECB populations,

and PestWatch reflects low moth captures in their area, we would recommend that in the next season they give competitive non-Bt hybrids a try on some of their acres because they could see better profits from growing non-Bt hybrids.” Other authors on the paper include James Breining and John Shaffer, research support assistants in plant science; Shelby Fleischer, professor of entomology; and Gregory Roth, professor of agronomy.

Try these tips for cutting taxes in new year The new year is here. With the new year upon us, what can you do to help yourself tax-wise and investment-wise? For starters, take time to call or even meet with your accountants to check on your taxes. They can offer sound advice based on your specific situation. However, there also are some general ideas for saving on taxes and helping with retirement planning. Charitable giving is a great way for you to do well while doing good. The key is that charitable gifts can be given in a variety of ways that can increase the tax advantage to you and still fully benefit the charity. Typically, a gift is given to a charity through a cash or check donation. The important thing in gifting under any circumstances is to check that the Judy Loy, ChFC, charity is a qualified 501(c)(3) under is a registered IRS rules. A charitable organization investment advisor must apply to the IRS and meet certain and CEO at guidelines to qualify donations for a Nestlerode & Loy Investment Advitax deduction. If you gift to a 501(c)(3) sors, State College. charity, they should send a letter clariLoy is a regular fying the gift for you to keep for your columnist for tax records to qualify the deduction for tax purposes.


There are other ways to give charitable gifts that can further benefit you and the charity. If you are low on cash, an alternative way to give to charity is through the donation of appreciated securities. If you have taxable accounts (non-retirement) with a holding (mutual fund or stock) with large unrealized capital gains, it makes sense to gift the security rather than cash. You get the full market value of the gifted security while avoiding the capital gains on the appreciation. If you have an IRA and must take Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) because you are over the age of 70½, distributing the RMD directly to the charity will save you the federal taxes on the distribution, which is a very advantageous taxadvantage. Charitable giving helps the community and can benefit you tax-wise. For a contribution to a charity to qualify for 2013, the gift must be complete by Dec. 31, 2013. Another way to limit your tax liability is to maximize your contributions to tax-deductible accounts, including traditional Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and employer plans. This is a way to pay yourself first rather than the government. An employee contribution to an employer retirement plan must be done before the end of the year, so you would need to act before your last paycheck for the year. An IRA has more flexibility and can be funded with as much as $5,500 ($6,500 if age 50 or over) for 2013, up until April 15, 2014. So, you get an extra three and a half months to fully fund an IRA and to see what its impact will be on your tax

S&P announces revised outlook for PSU UNIVERSITY PARK — Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s announced on Dec. 20 that it has revised Penn State’s outlook to stable from negative and affirmed its “AA” long-term bond rating. S&P’s move follows on the heels of a similar action in early November by Moody’s Investors Service, which



boosted Penn State’s rating of Aa2 with a stable outlook to Aa2 with a positive outlook, citing the university’s “rapid and effectively executed improvements to its governance, best practices and management over the past year.” Both S&P and Moody’s are leading providers worldwide of indepen-


dent credit risk research and benchmarks. Rodney Erickson, Penn State’s president, said the change in the S&P outlook clearly affirms the ongoing progress that’s been made and provides recognition of Penn State’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and overall improvement.

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Penn State updates open enrollment programs in supply chain From Gazette staff reports UNIVERSITY PARK — Based on extensive research conducted in 2013, Penn State Executive — in a joint effort with Smeal’s Center for Supply Chain Research — set out to update and modernize its portfolio of open-enrollment supply chain management programs. By researching market trends, as well as seeking feedback from past program participants, faculty and top leaders in the supply chain industry, Penn State Executive Programs was able to implement many significant improvements to its portfolio. “The key goal of this effort was to ensure

that our supply chain management programs are relevant and applicable to our clients’ professional development needs. “These changes will improve the learning experience by providing participants with an array of knowledge, skills and tools that can be applied immediately to drive performance and value within their organizations,” said Jeffrey L. Spearly, senior director of learning and development for Penn State Executive Programs. “Our research verified that clients need tightly focused, immediately applicable programs with a learning experience that develops both leadership and technical competence,” he said.

The following property transactions were compiled from information provided by the Centre County Recorder of Deeds, Joseph Davidson. The Gazette is not responsible for typographical errors. The published information is believed to be accurate; however, the Gazette neither warrants nor accepts any liability or responsibility for inaccurate information.


Charles A. Grieb to Charles A. Grieb and Patty M. Grieb, 521 E. High St., Bellefonte, $1.


Berks Construction Company Inc. and Berks Homes to Jeremy R. Gibson and Shannon M. Gibson, 208 Amberleigh Lane, Bellefonte, $186,100. Cheryl D. Dawson to Cheryl Delafield Dawson, 587 Rock Road, State College, $1.


Anne C. Brooke to Anne C. Brooke, 250 Sayers Road, Bellefonte, $1. Randall S. Moyer and Gina M. Moyer to Delosa’s Old Route 220 LLC, 520A Old Route 220, Bellefonte, $420,000. Sara V. Prisk to Anne C. Brooke, 250 Sayers Road, Bellefonte, $25,000. Sara V. Prisk to Sara V. Prisk, 107 Ammerman Road, Bellefonte, $1.


Wilbert L. Hinds to Caitlin E. Dennett and Curtis F. Smith, 111 Gibbons St., State College, $138,500. Gerald Kiastsky, Gary L. Thomas and Donna K. Thomas to Gerald Kiastsky, Gary L. Thomas and Donna K. Thomas.

To meet these needs, Penn State Executive Programs revised its existing curriculum to focus content on generally accepted supply chain competencies with program content designed to enable participants to see the inter-connectedness of their work and its impact on the overall strategic goals in the organization. In addition, by removing redundancy across the portfolio, Penn State was able to condense program length and reduce fees. Finally, clients noted a need for educational content in analytics and transportation. In response, Penn State Executive Programs has developed two new


A. Crabb trustee and Daniel J. Stuter trustee to High Valley Gun Club Inc., Ingleby and Old Mount Roads, Woodward, $1.


Belbert L. Bumbarger and Leona C. Bumbarger to Theresa J. Kenny, Houtz Lane, Port Matilda, $67,000. Richard W. Connelly and Karen L. Connelly to Chad A. Wood and Heather M. Hott, 112 Dunkirk Drive, Warriors Mark, $215,000.


Gregory D. Anderson and Carolyn A. Anderson to Carolyn A. Anderson, 1351 Brush Valley Road, Boalsburg, $1.


Vera Jane Watson estate and Dennis J. McCain executor to Nathan Paul Wert and Nicole Marie McClure, 147 Beaver Road, Julian, $95,000.


George R. Roberts Jr., A. Scott Roberts, Rose Roberts, Jane Roberts, Robin W. Roberts, Linda Roberts and Linda E. Leach to John W. Viscichini and Nancy M. Viscichini, Old Pike Road, Madisonburg, $40,000.


Patrick R. Thompson and Rachelle A. Thompson to Patrick R. Thompson, 130 Thompson Lane, Philipsburg, $1.


Doherty Family Revocable Trust and Mary L. Doherty trustee to Eileen Doherty, 305 W. Sycamore St., Snow Shoe, $1. Doherty Family Revocable Trust and Mary L. Doherty trustee to Francis R. Raymond and Mary Ann Raymond, Sycamore Street, Snow Shoe, $1.




High Valley Gun Club, Guy W. Fairchild trustee, Scott

Bruce Christianson and Ann Glaser to Ann Glaser, 129 Young Lane, Centre Hall, $1. Howard William Morgan estate and Alyce R. Morgan executor to Gian L. Rocco and Lori A. Rocco, 322 Strawberry Hill Road, Centre Hall, $110,000.





Thomas Osit and Bonnie Osif to Jonathon Lower and Emily K. Lower, 254 E. Main St., Millheim, $100,000.

Circleville Road Partners LP and Ferguson Township to Circleville Road Partners LP and Ferguson Township. Arthur A. Heim to Arthur A. Heim, 1204 W. Beaver Ave., State College, $1. Raj Mittra and Jeannette S. Mittra to Pennsylvania State University, 1211 Deerfield Drive, State College, $1. David M. Myers, Gary E. Myers and Carol J. Myers to David M. Myers, 3031 Ernest Lane, State College, $60,000. James F. Ross and Susan M. Ross to John D. Reese and Jillian P. Reese, 2405 Cobble Court, State College, $534,000. S&A Homes Inc., Thomas F. Songer, Robert E. Poole, Don E. Haubert and WPSH Associates to Jason James Zajac and Lauren Rebecca Zajac, 1138 Longfellow Lane, State College, $549,106.

Russell C. Judy and Barbara A. Judy to Russell C. Judy and Barbara A. Judy, Upper Georges Valley Road, Spring Mills, $1. Russell C. Judy and Barbara A. Judy to Holy Cross Cemetery Association, Upper Georges Valley Road, Spring Mills, $1. Holy Cross Cemetery Association to Holy Cross Cemetery Association, Upper Georges Valley Road, Spring Mills, $1. Ruth Grier Robinson estate and Edward Bosworth Grier III executor to John M. Robinson Trust QTIP, Edward Bosworth Grier III trustee and to John M. Robinson Trust NonQTIP, 147 Kline Road, Spring Mills, $1.

Edward T. Williams, Anna L. Musslewhite-Williams, Robert W. Hummel and Kathleen O. Hummel to Edward T. Williams, Anna L. Musslewhite-Williams, Robert W. Hummel and Kathleen O. Hummel, 623 E. Spruce St., Philipsburg.

Carol R. Nastase to Joshua Nastase, 515 Rusnak Hill Road, Clarence, $1. Carol R. Nastase to Joshua Nastase and Jennifer C. Nastase, East Sycamore Road, Snow Shoe, $1.


Stephen A. Hoover and Kimberly M. Johnson to Abdulrahman Alolayan, 2011 Mary Ellen Lane, State College, $145,000. Robert H. Jones and Francine T. Jones to Vicki A. Vogtman, 138 Garret Way, Port Matilda, $250,000. Thomas A. McClary to Vladislav Safyanovskiy and Daria Linares, 157 Garret Way, Port Matilda, $292,000. Michael G. Pepperney and Helen S. Pepperney to Michael G. Pepperney and Helen S. Pepperney, 177 Hemlock Hill Road, State College, $1. William M. Updegraff III, Cynthia K. Flick, Kristina M. Updegraff and William M. Updegraff Jr. to Cynthia K. Flick and Kristina M. Updegraff, 1981 N. Oak Lane, State College, $1. Wooded Hills to Michael G. Pepperney and Helen S. Pepperney, 177 Hemlock Hill Road, State College, $8,800. Wooded Hills to Wooded Hills, 189 Hemlock Hill Road, State College, $1. Yu Zhang and Li Luo to Hojong Kim and Jonghee Song, 546 Melissa Lane, State College, $283,000.


programs — Supply Chain Analytics and Transportation Operations and Sourcing. These new programs round out a series of seven programs offered in supply chain management and are scheduled for debut in early June on the University Park campus. Certificates in Supply Chain Management and Leadership may be earned by completing a number of courses. In addition to supply chain management, 2014 offerings in leadership and strategy, finance and information technology will be available. For a full schedule, visit www.smeal.

Chad E. Henning to Chad E. Henning and Nicole E. Henning, 503 Hughes St., Bellefonte, $1. James R. Martz estate, Gene A. Martz executor and Bonna J. Steindl to Gene A. Martz and Bonna J. Steindl, 114 Bigler Ave., Pleasant Gap, $1. Carol R. Nastase to Joshua Nastase, 960 W. Water St., Bellefonte, $1. Joshya Plumley and Amy Uminski Plumley to Sara A. Hackman, 100 Skyview Drive, Bellefonte, $181,500. S&A Custom Built Homes Inc. and S&A Homes Inc. to Daniel R. Burkholder and Abigail C. Burkholder, 163 Shady Hollow Drive, Pleasant Gap, $254,066.


James E. Burke III, Cassandra K. Burke and Cassandra Godbey to Stephen B. Seidman and Barbara H. Seidman, 723 E. McCormick Ave., State College, $355,000. Virginia D. Palladino estate, Cynthia M. Maund coexecutor and James D. Maund co-executor to Charles P. Doinske and Laura M. Boinske, 333 W. Park Ave., State College, $570,000.

Melissa Decker to Melissa N. Decker and Matthew L. Decker, 1351 Penns Creek Road, Coburn, $1. Violet R. Nailor estate and Elizabeth W. Richwine executor to Kevin L. Mountz, 435 Smithtown Gap Road, Spring Mills, $9,000. Justin T. Rote and Julee Dell Smith Rote to Donelle L. Homan, 111 Sassafras Lane, Spring Mills, $205,000.




John J. Harvey Jr. and Michelle Harvey to Marie Lynn Snedden and Timothy A. Snedden, 420 N. Tenth St., Philipsburg, $89,900. Jennie Hudson, Jenny L. Rowles and Stephen W. Rowles Jr. to Jenny L. Rowles and Stephen W. Rowles Jr., 934 Cherry St., Philipsburg, $1.

Lee J. Watson Jr. to Tressella L. Green, Mountain Road, Port Matilda, $1.


Brad W. Pierson to Brad W. Pierson and Lisa K. Pierson, 2049 Brush Hollow Road, Julian, $1. Carol R. Nastase to Joshua Nastase and Jennifer C. Nastase, Cassanova Spur and Hoy Road, Howard, $1. Timothy W. Meyer and Tammy S. Meyer to Timothy W. Meyer and Tammy S. Meyer, 349 Pike Road, Howard, $1. — Compiled by Gazette staff

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