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College Avenue construction set to begin Monday By BRITTANY SVOBODA

STATE COLLEGE — A 100-year-old water line on College Avenue between Heister and Atherton streets will be replaced starting Monday, May 12. At no time is College Avenue expected to be completely closed down and it is expected that construction will be done by mid-August. Construction is predicted to take place Mondays through Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and on Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The schedule is subject to change based on factors like weather. However, State College Borough Water Authority Executive Director John Lichman said the goal is to get the job done as quickly as possible. According to Lichman, the water authority has had many meetings with the Downtown State College Improvement District and the Borough of State College to discuss dates when construction cannot take place. These dates include May

26, July 3-4, July 10-13 (Arts Festival) and student move-in weekend at the end of August. How to safely excavate and keep the existing line in place is something the water authority has been asking themselves, Lichman said. The current plan is to limit construction to one block at a time. Traffic will be funneled in and out of that block, he said, but lane closure won’t be determined until construction actually starts. At times, all lanes of College Avenue might be functioning. At others, it might be down to one lane. Charles DeBow, the borough’s parking manager, said that parking on College Avenue will not be greatly affected. “The way construction is planned out,” he said, “we will lose a minimal amount of parking.” At any given time, a maximum of two blocks of parking will be down, which only factors to be about 15 to 20 spaces, he said. “It will not have a major impact,” DeBow said. “We’re not too worried about congestion.”

TIM WEIGHT/For the Gazette

ROADWORK AHEAD: College Avenue construction will begin May 12 to replace a 100-year-old water line. Borough officials say they are hopeful the work will not cause widespread traffic and parking problems. He also stressed that there will be plenty of available parking in the garages throughout the entire construction period. Those who park downtown for only a short period of time can do so in any of the parking garages, which is free for the first 30 minutes, DeBow said. Work to replace the water lines from Atherton Street to Coral Street and on Beaver Avenue has already taken place, DeBow said. Replacing the line from Heister Street to Atherton Street is the last part

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of the loop. “It has exceeded its useful life,” Lichman said of the 3,000 feet of line that will be replaced. At this point, he said it makes more sense to replace the entire line instead of chunks at a time in order to keep the area sustainable and save money. There are no plans or prints from when the line was originally put in, Lichman said, so it us unclear what will be found Construction, Page 6

Schlow Library forced to shut down for week By KAREN DABNEY

STATE COLLEGE — Deep cuts in state funding have forced Schlow Centre Region Library to close for one week. From Monday, May 12, until noon on Monday, May 19, the

doors will be locked, and all the staff will be furloughed without pay, from the high school pages to the director. Schlow Library is asking the public to join its postcard campaign and rally to show elected officials why they should Schlow, Page 6


BELLEFONTE — The days of mom-andpop grocery stores have come and gone. The friendly neighborhood market has been replaced by big box supermarkets that offer everything under the sun. In Bellefonte, however, the mom-and-pop approach is ready to make a comeback. Belle Market, located at 206 W. High St. in downtown Bellefonte, opened its doors this week. The store features everything from deli meat to frozen foods and all that comes between. Theresa Lyons is the general manager of Belle Market. “We want to offer an option for shoppers,” Lyons said. “We also want to support our Belle Market, Page 6 Opinion ............................. 7 Health & Wellness .......... 8, 9


DOORS OPEN: Beth Whitman, left, and Theresa Lyons, right, have teamed up to open Belle Market, a new grocery store in downtown Bellefonte. The grocery store features a full deli as well as homemade baked goods and bulk items.

Education ................... 10, 11 Community ................ 13-18

Mother’s Day .............. 19-22 Sports .......................... 23-29

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TOUGH TIMES: The Schlow Centre Region Library will be forced to close its doors for a week starting on Monday, May 12.

Arts & Entertainment .30, 31 What’s Happening ..... 32, 33

Group Meetings .............. 34 Puzzles ............................. 35

Business ...................... 36, 37 Classified .................... 38, 39

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Bail increased for stabbing suspect By BELLEFONTE — A judge has decided to increase bail for a man arrested in connection with a stabbing in State College. Brandon Frick was taken into custody April 12. He is charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, possession of an instrument of crime and recklessly endangering another person. In court Friday Judge Pamela Ruest agreed with the prosecution’s request to raise Frick’s bail from $10,000 to $50,000. Police say Frick was part of a group that confronted two men inside an apartment




house on Foster Avenue. When the two men tried to run away, Frick allegedly stabbed one of them in the back. Prosecutors claim Frick hid from police, washed off the bloody knife and hid it in a BRANDON FRICK cereal box. According to prosecutors, Frick initially gave the court a phony home address and lied to police about having a knife during the attack.

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Researchers see patterns in nature of child abuse By JENNIFER MILLER

UNIVERSITY PARK — Child abuse researchers say child abuse is intergenerational and female victims of child abuse face more obstacles as they get older and have their own children. Researchers say parents with a history of child abuse are more likely to demonstrate poor parenting practices and abuse their children. Their children are at risk for disturbances in insecure attachment, self-development, moral development and emotion recognition. Of parents who were abused as children, females face more obstacles, according to Laura Ann McCloskey, director of Indiana University’s Center for Research on Health Disparities. McCloskey spoke Monday afternoon at Penn State’s third annual conference on child protection and well-being held at the Nittany Lion Inn. Married couples have the lowest rates of child neglect and the highest rate is among single women who have their partners living with them, McCloskey said. One obstacle for women who suffered from child abuse is the growing income disparity between men and women, with 14 to 15 percent of women living in poverty compared to 10 to 11 percent of men, McCloskey said. “It is showing that there are fundamental disparities, that women are shouldering the burden of family forma-

tion and they’re not getting much support in their society,” said McCloskey. Additionally, girls who are sexually abused are at great risk of running away and therefore becoming involved in prostitution. Female victims of abuse are also more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. Both factors increase the risk of teen pregnancy, said McCloskey, meaning the girl is likely unequipped to properly raise the child and lacks a solid support system to assist her with parenting. “There’s something unique about some of the forms of abuse that girls experience and how it influences and affects their lives,” said McCloskey. Furthermore, if a woman is in a violent relationship it was very likely that she was sexually abused in her past and that her own mother was battered. And girls who are sexually abused are more likely to be rejected by their mothers in their teenage years, eliminating a key tie to support. “There seems to be a pretty strong root of transmission,” McCloskey said. Jennie Noll, a researcher with Penn State, said those who are abused do not necessarily become abusers, but they are more likely to fail to protect children and intervene to stop abuse. Additionally, she said research shows mother’s who suffered from child abuse are more likely to have a baby prematurely, which impacts their child’s development. Women who suffered from child abuse and had a baby as

NCAA defends consent decree By JENNIFER MILLER

UNIVERSITY PARK — The NCAA continues to defend the validity of the consent decree reached with Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The decree included unprecedented sanctions against Penn State’s football program as Sandusky, a former Penn State football coach, abused children on campus and Penn State employees allegedly knew about the abuse and tried to cover it up. Now, the family of the late Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, some members of the Penn State Board of Trustees, and others, are suing the NCAA and Penn State saying the decree should be thrown out. The NCAA maintains the decree was warranted. The sanctions included a reduction in football scholarships,

a ban on bowl appearances, and the vacating of 111 wins under Paterno. “(The) plaintiffs’ case ignores reality, including a series of undisputed facts that they cannot try to seriously deny,” the NCAA said in a court filing Tuesday. Specifically, the NCAA says the Paterno family has made unsuccessful attempts to discredit a report developed by independent investigator and former FBI director Louis Freeh, which indicated senior administrators at Penn State allegedly tried to cover-up the Sandusky abuse. Three former Penn State administrators currently face criminal charges for that alleged cover-up. “To date absolutely nothing has come out in the public domain to shake any confidence in Judge Freeh’s report, let alone show it was unreasonable for the NCAA and Penn State to rely on it in 2012, other than the purported findings of paid consultants working at the direction of the Paterno Estate,” the NCAA said.

a teenager are more likely to see that child go to protective services. Noll said the knowledge that child abuse often results in teen pregnancy indicates part of the solution in preventing child abuse is preventing teen pregnancy. By addressing teen pregnancy, Noll said that can help stop the intergenerational transition of child abuse. “It turns prevention on its ear a little bit,” Noll said.

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State College begins installation of video cameras By JENNIFER MILLER

was the main goal for the project.” Pasch says installation will be complete within a few weeks. When discussing the project in February, State College police Lt. Keith Robb said the cameras help prevent crime and help investigators solve crimes, from assaults to crashes to vandalism. When police receive a report of a crime, investigators can refer to the video to see what exactly occurred and identify suspects and witnesses. Additionally, police can pull images from video after a crime and use those images to catch a suspect by releasing the images to the public. State College police frequently release surveillance video from outdoor cameras as well as retail establishments and apartment complexes to catch criminals. “It’s the wave of the future,” Robb said. “The best witness is a video camera.” The cameras will operate through a wireless radio system. Officials will not

STATE COLLEGE — The installation of security cameras throughout the downtown area of State College is under way. In all, 14 cameras will be installed in downtown, including at Borough Hall, three parking garages, and points of interest on Beaver Avenue, College Avenue, Atherton Street, Calder Way, McAllister Street, Garner Street, Sowers Street, Locust Street and Heister Street. As part of a $450,000 project, the cameras are intended to deter crime as well as serve as evidence during the investigation of crimes that have occurred, according to Hillary Pasch, IT project manager with the borough. “Public safety is our main goal,” said Pasch. “While there’s not a ton of research that says they will serve as a deterrent we hope that they will. ... Overall public safety

monitor the cameras 24 hours a day, Pasch says. Only authorized personnel will have access to the footage — parking officials for the cameras in the garages, borough officials for cameras that monitor cash transactions inside Borough Hall, and police will have access to all cameras as needed, Pasch said. Meanwhile, Penn State officials continue to install 450 Internet protocol-based video surveillance cameras in 60 residence halls and commons buildings at the University Park campus. The cameras will monitor ground-floor entrance lobbies, exit stairwells, elevators and commons service desks. “Safety is a priority and we’re continually searching for ways to further enhance it for our residents and their guests,” Gail Hurley, associate vice president for auxiliary and business services, said last fall when the university announced the project.

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EARLIER THIS WEEK, State College officials started to install cameras in the borough. The project is estimated to cost $450,000.

Sandusky defense lawyer complies with court order By JENNIFER MILLER

lic during Sandusky’s trial. The intent was to protect the privacy of victims and others who provided testimony. The judge gave defense attorneys 10 days to supply an inventory of all evidence protected under the order. Co-counsel Joe Amendola submitted an inventory list July 6, 2012. However, Rominger did not file a list and instead appealed the order to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, where it was denied. Barker argued in March that Rominger reportedly said he intended to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, but never did and the deadline for such an appeal expired. Therefore, Barker asked the court to issue a new deadline for Rominger to comply with the original order. Rominger, who works out of Carlisle, is facing other legal troubles. Earlier this month he voluntarily surrendered his law license to the state as he is under investigation. Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed said in a statement his office received information regarding Rominger possibly misappropriating funds. Freed said Rominger, and his attorney William Costopoulos, are cooperating with the in-

In April, Special Presiding Judge John Cleland issued a new order in Centre County Common Pleas Court saying Rominger must explain by May 1 why he did not comply. Court records show Rominger filed the inventory last week. The document is not a public record. The judge issued the initial order in 2012 after someone released an audio recording of a state police interview with Jerry Sandsuky’s adopted son, Matt Sandusky. Portions of the recording were played during an interview with Matt Sandusky on NBC’s Today show. During the interview, Matt Sandusky says Jerry Sandusky sexually abused him as a child. Afterward, the judge said attorneys could not release any evidence from the case, including from the investigating grand jury process, not already made pub-

HARRISBURG — An attorney who represented former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky during his child sexual abuse trial has complied with a 2012 court order to seal case evidence. Court records show that defense attorney Karl Rominger complied with the court order, which required Rominger to submit an inventory of all Sandusky case evidence the court says must be kept private. The court issued the order June 26, 2012; however, Rominger did not comply at that time. Chief Deputy Attorney General James Barker filed a motion in March asking the court to instruct Rominger to comply with the protective order that requires evidence not used in trial to remain secret.



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Cemetery vandalism damage estimate tops $100,000 By STEVE BAUER

BOALSBURG — A vicious vandalism spree at the Boalsburg Cemetery has spurred shock, dismay and anger. But so far, no arrests. Vandals knocked over 52 headstones, either Saturday night or early Sunday morning. A few of those damaged headstones stood over the graves of Civil War soldiers. Some of the markers are ruined — they cannot be repaired. “It certainly gets your blood pressure up when you see it,” said Dick Stever, owner of Mayes Memorials in Lemont. Stever showed up at the cemetery Monday morning, offering to help make things right. He estimates that repairing the damaged headstones will cost more than $100,000. “Costs are out of sight,” Stever said. “Some of the memorials, there are a few that are totally destroyed, more than a few. Some are very elaborate. For some, the replacement costs are $20,000 at least.” A steady stream of visitors stopped at the cemetery Monday morning to see the destruction first-hand. They looked at the battered gravestones and shook their heads. “Shameful,” one woman said. Sam Petrosky moved to Boalsburg last summer, after serving in the Navy for 17 years. “It’s a horrible thing,” he said. “There’s the property damage, but in a spiritual sense, and not only that, but in a historical view, because this is our country. This is desecration to everybody that’s from our country. And it’s against God.” Tim Toth came up from Altoona to check on the cemetery, saying his wife’s family is buried there. “(I’m) sad and very upset,” Toth said. “There is no reason for this. It’s just stupid

and pointless.” Toth doesn’t believe that any of his family grave sites were damaged but he’s angry that anyone could be so callous. “Some of these tombstones are Civil War veterans, families. It’s hard, disturbing and sad,” he said. The heartless crime comes just three weeks before the 150th Memorial Day celebration. Investigators believe the vandals did not target Civil War graves — they just picked headstones at random. Boalsburg Cemetery is believed to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. In 1864, three women placed flowers at the graves of Dr. Reuben Hunter and Amos Myers. Both died while serving during the Civil War. The graves of those two men were not disturbed by the vandals. Harris Township manager Amy Farkas said residents are horrified. “We’re really upset about what happened. I don’t understand the desire to vandalize something as sacred as a cemetery, and to then vandalize graves of Civil War heroes, it doesn’t make any sense,” Farkas said. Farkas hopes that anyone with information about what happened will notify the authorities. The State College Police Department is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. The investigators can be contacted at (814) 2347150. Jeff Selvage is the secretary of the Boalsburg Cemetery Association, the group that oversees the graveyard. “We’re all just taken aback by it,” he said. “In all these years we’ve never had any vandalism, never.” Selvage said there’s been an outpouring of concern from the community. “People are calling and emailing and asking, ‘What can I do physically? What can I do financially?’” Everyone wants to see the headstones

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EARLIER THIS WEEK, vandals knocked over and damaged grave markers at the cemetery in Boalsburg. Damage is estimated at more than $100,000. put back in their rightful places, but it’s not that simple. Selvage appreciates the offers of help but says there are liability issues to consider. “These stones are heavy and you just don’t want people who aren’t knowledgeable about what they’re doing risking getting hurt by working with some of these stones,” he said. What’s really needed is money. The cemetery association has set up a Facebook page to solicit donations at https:// Additionally, check are being accepted and can be made out to the Boalsburg Cemetery Association, with “Save the Graves” written in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to: Boalsburg Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 443, Boalsburg, PA 16827.

Funds are also being accepted at the two churches that sit next to the cemetery: St. John’s United Church of Christ and Zion Lutheran Church. And, the Boalsburg Cemetery Association will be collecting donations during this year’s Memorial Day observances. Selvage said: “We’re going to set up a stand on Memorial Day and when people look at the damage that occurred, if they want donate some funds (they can).” Meantime, Dick Stever and a crew from Mayes Memorials will go to work next week. They’ll be carefully moving undamaged headstones back into place. They hope to have at least some of the damage fixed before the Memorial Day holiday weekend. “We’ll put it back together as best we can,” Stever said.

School board approves tax increase as part of draft budget By JENNIFER MILLER

STATE COLLEGE — The State College Area school board approved a draft of its 2014-2015 budget Monday that includes a 1.95 percent tax increase. The $125 million budget increases the millage rate by .7556 mills from 38.75 to 39.5056, or about $39.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The district says the increase would be $54 for the average assessed home value of $71,300. The board approved the draft budget with an 8-to-0 vote. School officials say the 2014-2015 proposed increase would be the second lowest tax increase in the district since 1999 and would be the lowest percent tax increase of any other district in Centre County. Last year, the district approved a 2.7 percent tax increase. The budget includes an increase of $4.7 million in expenses, including $2.7 million under the state retirement pension plan, $1.3 million for employee health insurance and $764,000 for salaries. School officials say the pension rates have increased from 5.6 percent in 2010-2011 to 21.4 percent for 20142015. The district has offset the impact by drawing down from an established fund balance. The bulk of revenue for the district comes from local

taxes, with $82.9 million expected from real estate taxes. The district will hold a public hearing on the budget at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 2, before final approval on Monday, June 9. Under state law, the district must pass a budget by Monday, June 30. The tax increase for the 2014-2015 budget is separate from the proposed tax increase connected to the referendum question that will appear on the May 20 ballot for the primary election, which would help cover the cost of massive renovations to the State College Area High School campus. All registered voters, including non-partisan voters, can vote on the referendum question, which will read: “Shall debt in the sum of ($85 million) for the purpose of financing new construction and renovations for the State College Area High School be authorized to be incurred as debt approved by the electors?” The $85 million loan in the referendum would ultimately result in a tax increase for property owners in the district. The 7.2 percent tax increase will be determined based on a property’s assessed value. The district calculated the percentage tax increase based on the 2013-2014 property tax rate of 38.75 mills, or $38.75 per $1,000 of assessed value. For example, for a property with a $100,000 market value, the assessed value of the property would be

$28,409 and the estimated annual tax would be $79 or $7 a month. For a property with a $200,000 market value, the assessed value would be $63,920, and the estimated annual tax would be $178 or $15 a month. The referendum tax would remain in effect until the debt for the high school is paid in full, which is an estimated 30 years. The total project cost is estimated at $115 million with a 5.3 percent interest rate and a term of 30 years. The $30 million balance will be funded through the appropriation of a current tax. School officials argue the school buildings are unsafe and in need of desperate repairs, including plumbing, electrical and heating, cooling and ventilation systems. The two buildings at the high school campus reportedly do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. School board member Dorothea Stahl said Monday night that high school students with disabilities do not receive the same education as other students due to barriers that prevent them from alternating between the buildings located on different sides of the street. In related news, the board approved a bid for partial roof replacement at Mount Nittany Middle School by Blair Roofing for $146,100. School officials say the roof is 19 years old and the district replaces roofs every 20 to 25 years.


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Schlow, from page 1 support funding for public libraries and prevent future budget cuts. The Friends of Schlow Library will have a rally at noon on Tuesday, May 13, on Schlow’s front steps. Catherine Alloway, the library’s director, said the rally will feature a series of library patrons giving one minute “Tweet” speeches about how they would use the library if it was open, and what the library means to them. The event is open to the public. For the postcard campaign, patrons can fill out postcards at the library’s public service desks, explaining why they need the library. The public can also mail or email brief statements of support to Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College, PA, 16801, or email calloway@schlow Supporters should include their names, phone numbers and email addresses, and whether they are willing to be quoted in Schlow’s materials. Email addresses will not be shared. The postcards and other statements will be delivered to the governor, state legislators and the Centre Region Council of Governments. Copies of the postcards, with the names and contact information covered, will be displayed in the windows during the shutdown for the public to read. Alloway said the postcards have become morale boosters for her staff. She said the library shutdown was a difficult decision that was made in connection with the library’s board of directors, and with input from staff. “No one in nonprofits wants to hurt their customers,” she said. For each year since 2009, Alloway said that state funding for Schlow Library has been cut or remained even, resulting in a cumulative loss of $900,000. Schlow Library could no longer balance its shrinking budget with behindthe-scenes cuts in staffing, utility costs or programs. As one of Pennsylvania’s 29 District Center Libraries, Schlow Library provides

support to libraries in Clearfield, Centre, Juniata and Mifflin counties, and is mandated by the state to remain open for 65 hours per week. The library had to obtain a state waiver for the May 12 shutdown. Alloway said that the ongoing budget shortfall will require a reduction in the number of hours that the library is open during 2015, and another state waiver. “Some people call us downtown’s meeting room,” Alloway said. Alloway said that Schlow Library serves as a community center, providing more than 100 groups with free meeting rooms that have suggested donations. If the library closes at 8 p.m. instead of 9 p.m., it will have a negative impact on groups that meet in the evening. Schlow Library provides a wide array of beneficial programs to the community, including a gallery for local artists, concerts, talks, children’s programs and classes, including the “Gadgets for Grownups” technology classes and consultations. The library offers e-books, downloadable music through Freegal, online current issues of magazines through Zinio, and interlibrary loan at no cost. “Schlow and American public libraries are the Blockbusters of America,” she said. “The DVDs are still popular and they’re free.” The career and resume books and computer access benefit job seekers and the unemployed. “We’re this nation’s computer labs,” Alloway said. “You can use them for free.” “We’ve done invisible cuts for years: had job losses in 2009, reduced programs, cut office supplies and dialed down the thermostats,” she said. “We’re good stewards of taxpayer money.” Alloway said that the people of the community have been generous. Donations have doubled since 2009, but it hasn’t been enough to make up for the loss of state funds. For more information about donating, visit For information about the rally or to register to speak, contact adult services librarian Amy Madison at amadison@, or call (814) 237-6236.

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Belle Market, from page 1 local farmers and local producers as much as possible. We’ll have a good inventory of bulk and discount items so it will help families be able to afford good nutrition.” When Weis Market moved from its old location on East Bishop Street to its new location at Buckaroo Lane, there was a void in town. According to Lyons, Belle Market hopes to fill the void. “It’s very important. We’re hoping that as the idea catches on and as local producers hear about us and know what’s happening that they’ll come to us. We’ll be able to help them distribute their products. We have a beautiful community here. It’s very important that we support it,” Lyons said. For those who live in downtown Bellefonte, Belle Market will provide a fully stocked grocery store within walking distance. Shoppers will no longer have to find a ride or use public transportation to get their groceries. “I think there are a lot of people in Bellefonte who like to be able to walk and access things,” Lyons said. In addition to the standard non-perishable items such as pasta and canned goods, Belle Market will have dairy cases, fresh fruits and vegetables, and deli meats and cheeses. There are also freezer cases stocked with frozen foods such as French fries and ice cream. In short, Belle Market will try to have everything one needs for meals, whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner. According to president Beth Whitman, Belle Market is more than just a convenience store. However, it will be convenient for downtown shoppers — whether they’re simply looking for an item to complete a meal or an entire grocery order. “We’ve got the karate studio across the street, the dance studio, there’s a sports training facility. From the parent’s standpoint, the kids are already there. They can walk up the street and grab a couple of things they need for dinner, things like that,” Whitman said. The prices, Whitman said, will be fair. “There are people who are really budget conscious. We want to help them be able to make the healthiest choices that they can. We’ll offer local produce, organic produce. Local is important to us. We want to have a smaller (carbon) footprint,” she said. Through the years, there have been several smaller groceries in downtown Bellefonte. There have been a few meat markets and convenience-type stores. However, Belle Market is unique. It’s been a while since shoppers have been able to enjoy a grocery store in town. “There are lot of people in town who Construction, from page 1 while digging it up. “There’s a lot of unknowns,” he said. “We have to work with what’s there.” It is estimated that the current line is either four or six inches wide, which is too small, he said. The entire structure will be replaced with a new 12-inch-wide line. “It’s all about fire protection,” Lichman

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Referendum raises too many concerns Do you know that a “yes” vote on the high school referendum means that State College taxpayers will pay $81 million to borrow $85 million? That’s money that will only be going to bankers. To figure out what this debt will do to your property taxes, take the assessed value on your home’s tax statement, multiply it by 2.75 mills (not 2.7 as many brochures indicate), and then divide by 1,000. The millage is the most accurate way to figure out your property tax increase. For people who rent, you will most likely see an annual rent increase of 7.2 percent to cover your landlord’s cost — for just the high school. Keep in mind, this tax increase is separate from the regular operating budget’s — typically a 3 percent tax hike, and the mushroom cloud known as PSERS — the pension plan whose funding is mandatory, grows exponentially and can be used to raise taxes without our vote. The high school tax increase is the only one voters have a say in. If the referendum passes, it will create the additional tax every year — for the next 30 years for a high school project estimated at $115 million. Excessive spending and placing 2,200 students in one building will create more problems for our schools and community than either endeavor will ever solve. All of the above figures come from public information. For all of the above, please vote “no” on May 20. Mary Marino State College

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Voters can have their say May 20 By JIM PAWELCZYK As we approach the May 20 referendum for the State College Area School District, it’s hard not to think of Mick Jagger’s iconic lyric, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.” That’s a pretty good summary of where our community finds itself regarding State High. The current buildings are a combination of two pre-Rolling Stones schools: A 1957era high school and a 1962-vintage junior high. They rank among the district’s worst for educational adequacy and facility condition. Although the district has regularly addressed highpriority items like roof replacements and asbestos abatement, the buildings are antiquated and worn out. A comprehensive update is past due. That’s what the vast majority of community survey respondents have been telling the district for more than a decade. And the possible solutions seem almost limitless. Fix up the buildings? New site? Two schools? A bridge? Perhaps you’ve had this conversation (or a number of them!) with friends, family or strangers. Since 2007 it’s one that our school board has had thousands of times in our community. “Why don’t you let the community vote for our favorite option?” is a common question we’ve heard. Because advisory referendums that ask questions like, “do you prefer two high schools, one high school, new site, renovation,” and so on are illegal in Pennsylvania. So, whatever the majority wants must be learned without using a referendum. It takes a lot of listening and planning. After years of these dialogs, and our first comprehensive statistical sampling of the community, our board has become reasonably certain that there is no plan, location, design, choice or option that 51 percent of

AS I SEE IT our community agrees is best. Think about that. We are a community. Yet when confronted with one of the most important responsibilities a community faces — the education of its children — we risk becoming inflexible factions with little common ground. There is a different way. The State High project offers a path forward. Whether or not this combination of new construction and renovation on Westerly Parkway is your top pick, the plan represents a community consensus of “everybody’s second choice.” Putting core academics on the south side of Westerly and renovating portions of the north side is the only design supported by a majority of residents in every municipality. That’s one reason why the board selected the proposal last September. Another reason is that it’s a sound educational solution, correcting decades-old problems created by using two unrelated buildings for one school. The State High project organizes students and staff in learning communities — groups of traditional classrooms, laboratories and project space — where students gather by interest. Classrooms for language arts, social studies, mathematics and science are near each other, reducing student travel and facilitating more collaboration. Flexibility for student choice, exploration and educational innovation is retained. State High’s four proposed learning communities — arts and humanities; business and communications; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); and health and human services — represent both student interest and growth areas of our economy. They will build on a common ninth-grade experience that starts this fall. The $115 million total cost isn’t

cheap, but the proposed design is fiscally responsible. The $165 persquare-foot construction cost is 20 percent less than the Pennsylvania median. Renovation, totaling almost 40 percent of the new facility, is used where it makes sense, and new facilities, such as laboratories and project space, are added where they’re needed. It’s low frills, state of the art. Aligning the stars for a project of this magnitude has taken time, patience, money, a lot of listening and a little luck. Our board was not wed to this solution or any other, so long as it made sense educationally. Instead, we invested thousands of hours in a process that offered our community an engaged voice at every step. On May 20 you can exercise your voice again. The primary ballot asks voters in the district to answer this question: Will you permit the district to borrow up to $85 million for additions, renovations and upgrades to the Westerly Parkway campus? Election laws allow only a straight up or down vote on the funding for a specific project. You can’t always get what you want. But working together, “everyone’s second choice” gets students what they need. The State High project can be completed in this decade. That makes it a far better option than continuing to disagree and accomplishing little to fix the problems that plague the high school campus. Whether you’re a registered independent or a party affiliate, all are able to vote on May 20 at your regular polling place. The outcome will affect our community for years to come. It’s your decision. We trust your judgment, and we thank you for your thoughtfulness. Jim Pawelczyk is a member of the State College Area School District Board of School Directors. His views do not necessarily reflect those of the district or the entire board.

Efforts may tip scales on campus rape Well, I guess if you can’t solve issues like immigration, or tax reform or how to make the Affordable Care Act work like it was envisioned or resolve stagnant growth, you can at least take on the problems of sex on campus — the unwanted kind, of course, even though the chances of pulling that off may be slimmer than solving all the other problems we face. The ultimate solution may be a federally administered forced saltpeter program aimed at all male students but espeDan K. Thomasson cially those who is a columnist for McClatchy-Tribune won’t take no for News Service. an answer. Put it in their mashed potatoes. According to legend that’s what the Army did once upon a time. But if that were more than myth, it seems not to be the case now, given the growing number of sexual assault allegations among the current coeducational military. Before I am met with a blizzard of charges that I am an insensitive baboon, please let me state that rape is an abhorrent crime of violence that should be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. It is no laughing matter. Any institution of higher learning that fails to do everything in its power to determine the truth of a sexual assault allegation or repeatedly treats such charges cavalierly should be put


on a blacklist for attendance, at the very least.

IN A PERFECT WORLD, everything would be clear cut. But our system provides protection for the accused as well as the accuser. Those making the allegations therefore must realize that unfortunately it won’t be a pleasant experience. It is a reason so many decide not to pursue the justice they believe they deserve and may in fact. It is up to the school to provide the balance to get at the heart of the matter. When both parties are drunk, which is often the case, do they not share responsibility? It is a fine line. Whether a college or university deserves to be pilloried on the strength of a single complaint that it failed to investigate a case satisfactorily is another question. Still with prodding from President Barack Obama, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has done just that by releasing a list of 55 major institutions of higher learning that face inquiries of civil rights violations based on such complaints. These weren’t obscure schools, but many of the nation’s most prominent, including Harvard. WORSE YET, some of the schools have met the federal action predictably by (over) reaction that threatens to upend not only the truth in these cases but also any expected justice for either party in the scenario. They have begun to lower the standard of proof and broadened the definition of what is considered an assault. In both cases, what might have seemed like a consensual activity to the offending party could be the end of a college career, if not worse.

In recent history, politics has played a deplorable role at the expense of justice in the matter of sexual harassment or worse on campuses. Duke University dove off the deep end of political correctness without looking to see what was in the pool. It turned out to be filled with lies by an overeager prosecutor seeking re-election and an alleged victim looking for a big pay day ultimately. The school fired the lacrosse coach, expelled the alleged perpetrators and suspended lacrosse, all before tackling the facts. Fortunately the parents of the accused lacrosse players had sufficient resources to hire the kind of legal knowledge that utterly destroyed the case and ended the prosecutor’s career and license to practice law.

MORE RECENTLY, the U.S. Naval Academy’s reputation for fairness was damaged by political pressure aimed at the Pentagon over failures to pursue egregious incidents of rape and assault. A female midshipman reluctantly brought charges against three members of the football team who allegedly had nonconsensual sex with her at an off-campus party. She admitted to being highly intoxicated during the affair and unable to remember much about it. Only one of the midshipmen was dismissed from the institution after a trial that strained our notions of responsibility. The colleges have the obligation to examine these cases fairly and without being pushed to tip the scales in one direction or another by the federal government for reasons suspiciously political. I fear that is just what is happening here.

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Shin splint complaints soar in the spring HERSHEY — If shin splints are keeping you from making the most of your runs this spring, you’re not alone. Shin splints — pain in the front of the lower legs — is a common affliction of those who exercise regularly, and an ailment that especially affects runners. According to Dr. Matthew Silvis, associate professor of family medicine and orthopaedics at Penn State Hershey, shin splints are among the most common complaints this time of year for people back on the road or trail after a long winter. Many high school and college track and field programs start in the spring, giving young athletes the opportunity to take their training back outside. There are many other people who run summer, fall and spring, then take the winter months off, relying instead on indoor exercises such as cross training, an elliptical, spinning/cycling or even treadmill running to keep up their conditioning. That is good from a cardiovascular standpoint, but such exercises don’t put the same impact on the legs that running does. “Many people feel that because they’ve been exercising during the winter they can get out there when the weather improves and go at it pretty hard,” Silvis said. “But running puts more strain on the legs than most other exercises, and that’s what can lead to shin splints.” The term shin splints generally refers to pain and soreness along the shinbone, or tibia, the largest bone of the lower leg. The pain comes from overuse of the muscles and tendons around the bone. That additional or unusual stress on and around the shinbone causes it to become inflamed and sore. Silvis says it’s important to give the body time to adjust when changing an exercise routine. For runners, he suggests not increasing mileage or duration by more than 10 percent from one week to the next: If you run 15 miles this week, don’t run more than 16.5 miles the next week, for ex-

ample. Doing too much too soon can bring on shin splints, which, if untreated, can lead to a more serious injury — stress fracture. Stress fractures — tiny cracks in the bone — typically come from overuse. Beyond causing discomfort and requiring a runner to back off his or her routine for a few days or weeks, a stress fracture can seriously sideline the athlete and the casual runner alike. “For people who love to run, love being active, the last thing they want is to not be able to run for a long period of time,” Silvis said. “That’s why it’s important to pay attention to your body and give it the time it needs to adapt and recover before pushing it to do more.” To prevent shin splints, Silvis recommends: n Gradually increasing the amount or intensity of a workout to avoid too much stress on the legs. n Following a regular, gentle stretching routine that includes the calves, because inflexibility of the muscles around the shinbone can be a culprit of causing shin splints. n Wearing well-fitting, supportive athletic shoes. Runners should replace their shoes every 300 to 500 miles to ensure proper support and cushioning for feet and legs. n Balance running workouts with other training that isn’t as stressful on the legs, such as cycling, cross-training or swimming. If you’re already dealing with shin splints this spring, icing the area can help, as can an over-the-counter antiinflammatory medicine if needed for pain. Wait to return to your activity until you’re pain-free for two weeks. If you’re doing all the right things and still find yourself battling shin splints, Silvis says it may be time to consider an orthopaedic evaluation to check for things like improper alignment or flat feet, among others.

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SHIN SPLINTS, an injury common among runners, often occur during the spring months.

Risk of weight gain deters some smokers from quitting HERSHEY — Smokers may avoid treatment to quit smoking if they previously gained weight while trying to quit, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine. Weight gain is a predictable occurrence for smokers who have recently quit. Within the first year after quitting, they gain an average of eight to14 pounds, and some smokers report that they keep smoking simply because they do not want to gain weight from quitting. Susan Veldheer, project manager in the Department of Public Health Sciences, predicted that smokers would avoid treatment to quit if they are highly concerned about gaining weight. Researchers surveyed 186 smokers who sought treatment to quit and 102 smokers who avoided treatment. Smokers were defined as “seeking treatment” if they participated in a smoking cessation treatment research

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Causes and treatment of seasonal allergies HERSHEY — Welcoming spring this year, even after a long cold winter, has been bittersweet for the millions of allergy sufferers already experiencing itchy eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing and a runny nose. What causes someone to be allergic to seasonal allergens and other irritants is unknown. The key to understanding allergies may lie in genetic and environmental triggers as well as a person’s lifestyle. According to Dr. Timothy Craig, Division of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology at Penn State Hershey, there are many variables that can cause a person to be predisposed to allergies. “It’s not like some diseases that are just based on one gene; it’s definitely multiple genes combined with the environment,” Craig says. Family history of allergies and asthma can predispose people to suffer from allergies. A person’s overall health can contrib-

ute to susceptibility as well, as do lack of exercise, obesity and poor diet. Environmental concerns like early exposure to second-hand smoke can make a person vulnerable to irritants. Spending too much time indoors, not being exposed to pets and other animals and not being exposed to enough bacteria and viruses can also contribute to allergies. Known as the hygiene hypothesis — being too clean and compromising the adequate development of the immune system — Craig says it increases susceptibility to allergies because a person has not built up a tolerance to irritants. Antibiotics and vaccines, while protecting us from dangerous and serious diseases, have also weakened our resistance to allergies and asthma, he says. “Predisposition combined with all the Westernized changes we have, like decreased infections thanks to vaccines, is what probably helps determine our chanc-

es of acquiring allergies,” he said. Additionally, Craig awaits the findings from current studies that suggest there is a direct link between vitamin D deficiency and the ability to fight allergens and asthma because it plays a role in regulating the immune system. When exposed to an irritant like tree pollen, a sensitized person’s mast cells — part of the immune system and located throughout the body — rapidly release histamine in defense. Histamine is a chemical response to the allergen and is what causes allergy symptoms. Some people eventually build up a tolerance when exposed to an allergen on a regular basis. If the allergen is removed, a person can become hypersensitive when they come in contact with it again. This is often seen when students who are allergic to cats and have a cat in the home leave to attend college, then return to the home and develop severe symptoms.

The most common allergen this time of year is tree pollen. This year, the trees are expected to bloom rather quickly with the rapid acceleration of temperature causing excessive amounts of pollen. To combat and lessen seasonal allergy symptoms: n Shower at the end of the day to remove pollen from your hair and body. n Wash your clothing promptly. n Rinse your nose with saline before bed to remove debris. Craig also advises that eating properly and getting enough sleep can help fight the results of allergies that cause fatigue or ill feelings. He also suggests regular exercise. While that may sound strange, there have been studies showing that physical activity can decrease allergic reactions. It is also best to avoid outdoor activity in the late afternoon when winds usually pick up and circulate more pollen.

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STATE COLLEGE — Mount Nittany Health recently announced plans for a unique healing garden, with a groundbreaking slated for early fall. Mount Nittany Health’s first healing garden will be located adjacent to the Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion, complementing the full range of cancer services available at Mount Nittany Medical Center. “The healing garden will provide stress relief for patients, families, physicians and staff while offering a quiet and beautiful space for the community to enjoy,” said Kim Neely, director of The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center. “We offer a range of treatment services at the Shaner Cancer Pavilion, such as medical oncology, radiation oncology and chemotherapy,

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and our healing garden will add emotional and spiritual therapeutic elements.” Retired oncologist Dr. Richard Dixon and wife, Nancy, provided the lead gift for this unique healing feature, with other community members and employees generously following suit. Local architect Derek Kalp is leading the design, with input from Penn State Master Gardeners, horticulturalists, arborists, physicians and cancer survivors. Designed to be something that can be enjoyed year round, Kalp and other advisers have studied the sun, shade and soil of the area to ensure lush blooms and greenery. For more information about the healing garden, or to donate, contact The Foundation at (814) 234-6777.


NATIONAL TECHNICAL Honor Society members at CPI recently volunteered to team up with the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive at the school. Pictured, seated, from left, are Carly Wojtaszek (senior, culinary arts) and Carlee Casher (senior, culinary arts). Standing, from left, are Lakota Waltz (senior, medical science), Linda Heaverly (cosmetology instructor, NTHS advisor) and Tyler Zimmerman (senior, medical science). Since the goal for the blood drive was easily exceeded, a CPI student will be the recipient of a scholarship from the American Red Cross at Senior Certificate Night on June 5.

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LHU honor society welcomes new members LOCK HAVEN — The Lock Haven University chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi welcomed new members at its spring reception and induction ceremony. Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 179’s spring 2014 initiates included 16 students and one faculty member. The induction ceremony took place on April 6 in the Durrwachter Alumni Conference center. Lock Haven University’s chapter president, faculty member Dr. Jeanine Page, welcomed the initiates into Phi Kappa Phi, “a century-old community of scholars and professionals that includes individuals who have distinguished themselves in positions of leadership and whose careers have been characterized by achievement.� Students inducted into Phi Kappa Phi were Scott A. Benkovic, Shannon E. Branch, Patrick Burkholder, Adam M. Creasy, Vanessa Elizabeth Grula, David Hall, Kelsey Lyn Lagerman, Emilee N. Mallams, Tristin M. Mitchell, Gabrielle Pavlick, Alex Patrick Sassani, Megan Singer, Karissa Lorraine Skibinski, Tiffany R. Stamm, Stephanie Walizer and Shyanne Williams. Faculty member Dr. Robert Sandow, professor of history, was also inducted into the society. Three Phi Kappa Phi student members were recognized for outstanding scholarship and given academic scholarship awards. Philip Griffith, an undergraduate student majoring in geology, received the May Ireland scholarship. Samantha Snyder, a graduate student enrolled in the physician assistant program, and Stephanie Walizer, an undergraduate student majoring in health science, received the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Award scholarships. Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The society’s motto is “Let the love of learning rule humanity.� The society’s mission is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. The Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania chapter of Phi Kappa Phi has been in existence since 1975.


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THE LOCK HAVEN UNIVERSITY chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi welcomed new members at its spring reception and induction ceremony on April 6. Pictured, front row, from left, are Tristen Mitchell, Vanessa Grula, Shannon Branch, Kelsey Lagerman and Tiffany Stamm. Middle row, from left, are Shyanne Williams, Gabrielle Pavlick, Stephanie Walizer and Alex Sassani. Back row, from left, are Scott Benkovic, Robert Sandow, David Hall and Adam Creasy.

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‘Participatory Budgeting Project’ selected as first winner of Brown Democracy Medal UNIVERSITY PARK — A national organization that empowers citizens to exert greater control over public spending was selected as the first recipient of the Brown Democracy Medal, an award that will be presented annually by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts. The Brown Democracy Medal was endowed in 2013 by Penn State alumni Larry Brown (’71, history) and Lynne Brown (‘72, education). The medal spotlights the best work being done to advance democracy in the United States and internationally. Under the award program, the McCourtney Institute for Democracy will recognize practical innovations, such as new institutions, laws, technologies or movements that advance the cause of democracy. In addition, future awards will highlight contributions in democratic theory that enrich philosophical conceptions of democracy and empirical work that promises to improve the functioning of democracies. Along with the medal, recipients will receive $5,000, give a public talk at Penn State, and have an essay published by a prestigious university press. The inaugural medal winner, the Participatory Budgeting Project, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes “participatory budgeting,� an inclusive process that empowers community members to make informed decisions about public spending. More than 30,000 people in communities across the United States have participated in

programs that PBP helped spark over the last five years. Hailed by The New York Times as “revolutionary civics in action,� participatory budgeting invites citizens to collectively determine how millions of their tax dollars are spent. Josh Lerner, executive director of PBP, says that participatory budgeting “offers a fundamentally different way to engage with government, and meaningfully engages people in the budget decisions that affect them.� John Gastil, director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy, noted that “The Participatory Budgeting Project exemplifies the essential features the award committee was looking for in its inaugural recipient. Political and economic inequality is part of the American national discussion, and participatory budgeting helps empower marginalized groups that do not normally take part in a process that is so critical for democratic life.� Lerner said, “We are deeply honored to receive the Brown Democracy Medal in recognition of our work to give thousands of people real power over real money. In just a few years, we have shown how a small nonprofit organization can bring together hundreds of partners to build a new model for local democracy.� He will be accepting the medal on behalf of the PBP on Friday, Oct. 24, at a ceremony held at Penn State’s University Park campus. For more information, visit

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Penns Valley school announces honor roll SPRING MILLS — The Penns Valley Junior-Senior High School honor roll for the third nine-week grading period ending April 4 was recently announced by secondary prinicipal Dustin Dalton. Students must achieve an unweighted average grade of 80 to 89.999 for regular honor roll and an unweighted average grade of 90 to 100 for distinguished honor roll.


Distinguished honor roll — Jordan Andrus, Paige Auker, Madison Bair, Michael Bloom, Jetta Bobb, Alexander Boeckel, Cole Breon, Caroline Collison, Quentin Confer, Olia Corman, Jade Cruz, Isabella Culver, Jesse Darlington III, Hannah Dees, Amanda DeGarmo, Ian Dodson, Chloe Durkalec, Maximillian Engle, Carter Felker, Zachary Floray, Lauren Fox, Blair Fulmer, Jessica Garbrick, Alexander Gretok, Olivia Hodgson, Danae Hurd, Morgan Hurd, Rebecca Jefferies, Ryan Johnson, Aubrey Kelley, Paige Kubalak, Aubriaunna Kuriger, Zachary Limbaugh, Hannah Martin, Caden Martz, Sophia McQuaide, Abigail Meyer, McKenzie Neese, Sierra Orndorf, Branston Peese, Isabella Racette, Casey Rowles, Kayle Rowles, Katherine Schafer, Kasey Selner, Grace Shawver, Baylor Shunk, Karly Smith, Alyssa Snook, Isaac Spotts, Marissa Stecko, Devan Stoner, Dylan Treaster, Clayton Upcraft, Nathaniel Warren, Gabriel Wert, Greyson Wolfe, Tinesha Wolford and Lillian Woodring. Honor roll — Desiree Bilby, William Candelaria Jr., Salvatore Castiglia, Dillon Covalt, Dalton Derugen, Brooke Emel, Austin Fetzer, Caleigh Grenoble, MacKenzie Jodrie, Marissa Loner, Kalysta Long, Matthew Manning, Elisha McClellan, Jarren Pross, Wyatt Roberts, Joshua Rudy, Calvin Russell, Chloe Sasserman, Tessa Schrock, Alex Shaffer, Cameron Shaffer, Andrew Sharer, Nathan Spahr, Michael Statham, Katelynne Tischler, Everett VanHeyst, Breonna Weaver and Lukas Winkelblech.


Distinguished honor roll — Ziantha Baughman, Alyssa Boob, Justine Bressler, Dayna Brown, Matthew Caldana, Christopher Colwell, Alexa Culver, Levi Deitz, Millena Dorman, Aliyah Fetterolf, Rachel Fuller, Maddison Fye, Nicholas Getz, Nathaniel Gillespie, Mya Good, Samuel Gray, Ashley Griffith, Lydia Hankinson, Emma Heckman, Grace Hockenberry, Alexander Homan, Peyton Homan, Jared Kines, Nicholas Kubalak, Samuel Kupp, Emma Lachat, Benjamin Leitzel, Rachel Lieb, Larissa Long, Lauren Long, Abigail Martin, Anna McFeely, Abigail Miller, Brianna Morgan, Sadie Niedermyer, Morgan Noll, Sydney Riegel, Morgan Rockey, Charles Romig, Brittany Rose, Hunter Rossman, Justin Sands, Jared Smiles, Jessye Smith, Joseph Steffen, Ariel Sweeley, Matthew Tobias, Ol-

ivia VanAmburgh, Ashley Wagner, Payton Walker, Keira Whitman, Alexis Witherite and Hunter Zimmerman. Honor roll — Audree Asbell, Tristan Begley, Mark Bierly, Bruce Boring, Colton Breon, Olivia Burd, Bryce Done, Breanna Fulmer, Emma George, Samuel Goodwin, Taylor Homan, Jordin Houtz, Payton Ilgen, Thomas Kauffman, Morgan Kerstetter, Tristan Klinefelter, Harlee Laird, Kyle Long, Melina Lucas, Jeremiah Manning, Emanuel McClellan, Brianna Miller, Jarek Miller, Zoey Miller, Carl Mundt, Katrina Orndorf, Blaine Ripka, Austin Rote, Rebecca Seibel, Logan Stroup, Cheyanne Wheland, Trinity Witmer and Kyra Wolfhope.


Distinguished honor roll — Ryan Barber, Laurel Baughman, Kourtney Beamesderfer, Payton Bell, Timothy Breon, Grace Bussard, Keith Butts, Stephanie Clouser, Joshua Cole, Alyssa Denger, Connor Dix, Joy Done, Makayla Dreibelbis, Martha Dunkelberger, Minmay Duplanty, Abigail DuVall, Alexis Feidler, Aubrey Feinour, Trevor Fleck, Stephen Gover, Katherine Haines, Taylor Hettinger, Alicia Houser, Jared Hurd, Maci Ilgen, Leah Johnson, Brock Johnstonbaugh, Paige Kerstetter, Jane Kistler, Ariana Krammes, David Krum, Emalee Kubalak, Ayva Kunes, Elizabeth Lingle-Brooks, Ryan Long, Howard Lowe, Owen McFeely, Paige Myers, Derek Rishel, Taran Rowles, Lucas Sharer, Hayden Smith, Hunter Spicer, Hannah Spotts, Virginia Stattel, Dillon Steiger, Abigail Thom, Andrew Tobias, Michaela Wallingford, Kyndra Weaver, Colton Wenrick, Rachel Wert, Jaclyn Wertz, Hailee Wingard, Matthew Wolfe and McKinley Yarrington. Honor roll — Christine Addis, Nathan Auman, Thomas Bierly, Sheri Bowersox, Karleeann Bowes, Maxton Case, Olivia Corman, Haiden Crawford, Garrett Fleck, Harley Hess, Joshua Martin, Tanner McCool, Alexis Mendez, Christian Rudolph, Ivie Russell, Cassie Shook, Braden Stodart, Cassidy Stover, Kelsey Sweitzer, Bennett Vanlandingham, Darren Yearick and Allison Zerby,


Distinguished honor roll — Raven Althouse, Destiny Andrus, Kendall Bartley, Emily Batdorf, Tara Besecker, Nicolas Castellano, Margaret Dunkelberger, Keith Griffith, Jordan Holsopple, Dylan Homan, Mackinzie Ironside, Caitlyn Lundy, Olivia Meyer, Wyatt Moore, Naomi OlsenZelman, Karli Ripka, Taylor Shook, Darian Stapleton, Ezekiel Warren, Justice Welshans, Corbin Woodring, Malarie Yoder and Dustin Zettle. Honor roll — Benjamin Alexander, Benjamin Bienert, Tyler Boob, Nathaniel Bucek, Allen Cain, Owen Carper, Chase Collison, Katarina Covalt, Brinley Decker, Curtis Decker, Kristiana Dobell, Alicia Dutrow, Zachariah Engle, Victoria Freeman, Megan Grove, Kody Grubb, Chase


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Distinguished honor roll — Samantha Bastress, Lucas Bitsko, Augustus Black, Kayla Bracken, Tyler Breon, Jordan Brown, Camrie Confer, Jacob Confer, Molly Decker, Makayla Dreibelbis, Megan Duck, Tyler Eberly, Nicholas Fuller, Gabe Gensimore, Troy Green, Linsey Guisewhite, Colton Harter, Katrina Heckman, Marissa Hettinger, Rachel Hodgson, David Keller, Julia Kocher, Valerie Kubalak, Benjamin Kupp, Nichole Leiby, Alyssa Limbaugh, Makayla Luse. Samantha Manning-Steele, Amber May, Maria McQuaide, Dylan Michna, Adam Mothersbaugh, Gino Nicosia, Kylie Orndorf, Abigail Pierce, Ryan Riegel, Alyssa Rote, Wyatt Sharp, Lydia Smith, Zane Spahr, Robert Stattel, Logan Strouse, Kevin Sweeley, Caleb Wallingford, Mackenzie Wenrick and Tanner Zaffuto. Honor roll — Devin Andrus, Zachary Auker, Christopher Beamesderfer, Kason Breon, Nakisha Breon, Haley Brown, Ethan Dunlap, Isaac DuVall, Collin Egelhoff, Garrett Evans, Daniel Feinour, Jordan Greenland, Trevor Heckman, Natalie Hoffman, Andrew Hurd, Hunter Ilgen, Logan John-

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State High YouTube channel launched STATE COLLEGE — With so much activity surrounding the upcoming vote on the funding for the State High Project, the district recognized there were many community members who may not have an idea what actual needs exist in the State College Area High School buildings. With the recent launch of the State High Project YouTube channel at com/statehighproject, there are now three videos available showing insider views of the high school facilities. Viewers can hear from district staff about the issues they face on a daily basis, and how they hope many of these needs

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will be addressed. The proposed project would move all core academic spaces to the south side of Westerly Parkway, with some renovation of the newer spaces on the north side. All registered voters living in State College Area School District are eligible to vote on Tuesday, May 20, on the question, “Shall debt in the sum of 85 million dollars for the purpose of financing new construction and renovations for the State College Area High School be authorized to be incurred as debt approved by the electors?” For more information, visit www.scasd. org/statehighfuture.

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Centre County residents assist with woman’s trip By KELLIE GILES Special to the Gazette

BELLEFONTE — When times get tough, the tough get going — to Moscow, Russia — for a special medical treatment that could be lifesaving. Diana Chambers Rees is a Snow Shoe resident who suffers from multiple sclerosis, known commonly as MS. She has been seeking an opportunity to participate in one of the few clinical trials available for the treatment of MS as her condition worsens. One of these trials is in Chicago. However, the cost is nearly $150,000. And, in addition to the steep cost of the treatment, the age limit for the trial is 55 years old — Rees is 56. Another restriction of the Chicago trial is that only patients who are in the relapsing, remitting phase of MS may be qualified for it. Rees is currently in her secondary progressive stage. Needing another option for treatment, Rees talked to Philipsburg-Osceola resident Brooke Slick, who underwent hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with a doctor in Moscow. Hearing Slick’s successful story, Rees officially began to pursue her treatment in Russia. The Russian trial is roughly $40,000, not including living costs, which could make the final cost skyrocket to around $120,000. Rees will undergo a six-week trial where doctors will take her immune system away and replace those cells with stem cells. Community members in the Bald Eagle, Bellefonte, West Chester, Lancaster and State College areas have held many fundraisers to help lessen the costs that Rees will have to pay to get the treatment done. Fundraisers included selling shirts, hoagies, wine and sandwiches; multiple dinners and open bars; a Pink Zebra 31 party; cash bingo; 10 percent night at Texas Roadhouse; and a benefit dance at the Clarence Moose Lodge which alone raised more than $17,000. One fundraising event was held in Bellefonte and was organized by Bellefonte Area High School senior Carly Chambers, Rees’ niece. Chambers is an employee at the Bellefonte Pizza Hut. During the first weekend of March,

the Bellefonte Pizza Hut held “20 percent nights,” where 20 percent of the bills, and all of the tips given to Chambers and co-worker Jared Mitchell, went to Rees. The event raised nearly $2,780. BAHS senior Eyad Ghoname attended one of the nights of the Pizza Hut fundraiser. “I think it was a great idea because the food was great and at the same time, it benefitted a great cause,” Ghoname said. BAHS senior Toby Shook volunteered his time to attend the fundraiser, too. “I went to the Knockout MS fundraiser at Pizza Hut because it was for a great cause and Pizza Hut makes great pizza,” he said. Teachers and staff members at Bellefonte Area High School attended the event, as well. “I really enjoyed sitting down for a nice salad and taking a pizza home to support a student-run fundraiser that was for a great cause. It hit home because Diana is really close to one of my students,” business education teacher Andrew Weigold said. Chambers spoke on behalf of her aunt regarding her feelings about the upcoming treatment and journey to Russia. “She is very scared and very hopeful, but the 20 years that she’s been diagnosed has really taken a toll on her. She’s worried that she’s had it for too long, and the damages are already done,” Chambers said. “She is the nicest person you will ever meet, and she’s so humbled by all of the generous donations and prayers she received from everyone.” So far, more than $40,000 has been raised for Rees, which is enough to cover the initial cost for the treatment. Community members will be selling flowers and candles, and all of the money will be going towards Rees’ treatment. Donations are still being accepted as well. When Rees travels to Moscow, she will be traveling with her husband, Greg, and daughter, Brittany. Three weeks after they travel to Russia, her son, Jon, will come to Russia and Greg will have to return home. In addition, Rees’ sister, Patti Chambers Mihalik, is traveling to Moscow to

Muddy Paws Marsh hosts ‘Soiree in the Swamp’ By SAM STITZER

SPRING MILLS — On April 26, Muddy Paws Marsh near Spring Mills hosted its “Soiree in the Swamp.” The marsh is owned by Greg and Mary Kay Williams, who also own and operate the Cooke Tavern Bed and Breakfast and the Cooke Tavern Soups Company, adjacent to the marsh along Route 45 in Penn Hall. Years ago, the marsh area had drains installed, and was used as a pasture area. When the Williams’s bought the property, they removed the drains, returning the marsh to its natural state, and opened it to the public. The soiree, which was free and open to the public, provided a chance for the public to learn about the many species of frogs, toads and aquatic life that dwell in central Pennsylvania’s wetlands and streams. Special guest and speaker for the event was Dr. Jim Julian, who is an instructor at Penn State Altoona. He holds a doctorate from Penn State, and has collaborated on amphibian research with the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service at the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area in northeastern Pennsylvania. Julian took a group of about 40 visitors on a tour of the Muddy Paws Marsh. He called their attention to the calls of the spring peepers, a small frog species whose males make a high-pitched peeping sound to attract mates. He noted that the American toad and pickerel frog males also can be heard calling at this time of year. Julian noted that the largest threat to amphibians is habitat destruction. “About 52 percent of all the historic fresh water wetlands in the United States have disappeared,” said Julian. “They have been developed — converted into agricultural or residential areas.” He noted that the most imperiled wetlands are those of a small size — less than one acre in area. This has caused the disappearance of many local populations of frogs and other amphibians.

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BELLEFONTE PIZZA HUT employees participated in a “20 percent night,” which raised funds for treatment for Diana Chambers Rees, who is suffering from MS.

receive the treatment, too. According to CNN Health, MS is a serious health condition where the immune-mediated process has an abnormal response to the body’s immune system. This strange response affects the body’s central nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Having MS can affect one’s nerves, increase fatigue, cause numbness, affect one’s walking ability, cause bladder dysfunction, visual issues, muscle spasms, general pain everywhere, brain fog and depression.

Bike show and 5K set CLEARFIELD — The Clearfield County Fair Queens will host the third annual Queens for a Cause Car and Bike Show and 5K on Sunday, June 8, at the Clearfield County Fairgrounds. The 5K registration will take place from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m., with the race starting promptly at 8:30 a.m. Awards will be given following the race. The car show registration begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. Trophies will be awarded at 4 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for this event. For more information or for a sponsorship, email Brenda Morgan at The funds raised by this event will help to provide pediatric equipment, programs and services at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and throughout Geisinger Health System.

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DR. JIM JULIAN leads visitors on a tour of Muddy Paws Marsh during the recent “Soiree in the Swamp.”

Julian explained that some wetlands are seasonal, being flooded in the spring, but drying out by mid-summer. This prevents fish, which feed on the larvae, from inhabiting them, and allows the amphibians to breed and raise their young to their adult stage. According to Julian, the deep-water permanent marsh area is inhabited by the larger species of green frogs and bull frogs, whereas the shallow, seasonal end of the marsh is home to the peepers and pickerel frogs. Muddy Paws Marsh is also home to many species of native birds, as well as a stop-over point for migrating birds. The birds and frogs all help to keep insect populations in check, making the marsh virtually free of mosquitoes. In addition to the marshland tour, the event provided a cookie decorating station for children and a station along Penns Creek staffed by representatives of the Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.

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TIPTON — Enjoy a barbeque chicken dinner while celebrating miracles during Celebration Weekend at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park. The dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, and will include chicken, baked beans, Murf’s famous potato salad and a dinner roll. Tickets are $8.50 each and can be purchased online at For for more information, contact Vanessa Houser at (814) 943-8887 or vkhouser@, or Michele Reese at (814) 441-2321. The funds raised by this event will help to provide pediatric equipment, programs and services at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and throughout Geisinger Health System.

Bellefonte Aglow to meet BELLEFONTE — The Bellefonte Aglow Lighthouse will meet for coffee and fellowship at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 14, at Living Hope Alliance Church, 321 E. Howard St. Abby Abildness from Healing Tree International will speak about uniting and empowering a movement of God’s people to impact the nation. For more information, call (814) 357-5855.

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Spring Mills fishing derby draws crowd of anglers By SAM STITZER

SPRING MILLS — The Spring Mills Fish and Game Association had its 12th annual Fishing Derby on April 26 and 27. This event took place on a 2-mile-long section of Penns Creek just south of Spring Mills. The association stocked the stream in this area with 322 fish. Each fish was fitted with a small numbered tag that corresponded to a cash prize. Cash amounts ran as high as $500. There was also a big fish contest for catching the largest fish of the event. Money for the prizes came from sponsors, the association and a 50-50 raffle. According to event organizer Ed Noll, the derby draws a large crowd of entrants from a wide geographic area. “We have 317 people who picked their cards up,” said Noll. “We have people here from Ohio, Delaware and all over Pennsylvania.” Many contestants camped on the Fish and Game As-



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sociation grounds for the two-day event. Contestants pay a $20 fee to enter the derby. As fish are caught, they are carried in water-filled plastic bags to a check-in station located near the creek. Tags are removed, the fish lengths recorded, and the fish are then placed in a concrete raceway, which is connected to the creek. At day’s end, the fish are released back into the creek. Tags are taken inside the association building to be redeemed for cash prizes. As each tag was redeemed, Fish and Game Association member Nancy Aukerman entered the information into a computer spreadsheet program, which recorded the anglers’ names and registration numbers, the number of fish they caught, and the prize values of the fish. Each contestant is allowed to catch five fish per day — the Pennsylvania state limit. “Once they catch five, they’re done for the day,” said Noll. Contestants lined the banks of Penns Creek beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday. By 9 a.m., the $500 prize fish had already been caught by a fortunate angler. Many families were seen fishing, with parents and children casting their lines side by side, enjoying the day.

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ANGLERS LINED the banks of Penns Creek during the Spring Mills Fish and Game Association’s annual fishing derby.

Letter carriers to collect non-perishable items STATE COLLEGE — Letter carriers from the Bellefonte and State College post offices will collect non-perishable food items on Saturday, May 10, to distribute to five local food banks. This is the 22nd year that this national food drive has taken place. Overall, about 1.3 billion pounds of food has been collected and distributed. For more information, call Dennis Clark of the Bellefonte post office at (814) 355-2821 or Trish Smoczynski of the State College post office at (814) 238-2435.

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Awards presented at Young Author and Illustrator Contest BELLEFONTE — On April 30, writers and illustrators in first through sixth grades proudly crossed the stage at the Bellefonte Area High School to receive awards. John Sengle, vice president of board of trustees for the Centre County Library, welcomed the students, parents, community members and friends. Sponsored by the Centre County Library, the contest invited students in Centre County to submit books of their own creation to the Young Author and Illustrator Contest. Community leaders and library Connie Cousins covers a wide youth services staff variety of events in judged the entries. Centre County for They picked five winthe Centre County ners from each grade Gazette. Email her level. The first place at ccous67@gmail. winners’ entries will com. be bound as hardcover books, which will stay in the library’s permanent collection. The winners are:



First place — Sydney Thompson, Mountaintop Elementary, “Kate’s Heart” Second place — Lynzie Simpson, Benner Elementary, “The Melting Snowman” Third place — Rebekah Guenot, home school, “Miss Monkey’s Most Favorite Food” Honorable mention — Nathan Elmer, Benner Elementary, “The Snow Day” Honorable mention — Morgan O’Toole, Benner Elementary, “The Prince Meets the Princess”


First place — Naomi Putman, Marion Walker Elementary, “The Three Little Bees” Second place — Olivia Tobias, Marion Walker Elementary, “Candy World”

Third place — Alyssa Hopkins, Marion Walker Elementary, “Piggy Winkle and His Cherry Pies” Honorable mention — Olyvia Recendez-Metty, Penns Valley Elementary, “The Miracle of Season” Honorable mention — Liam Gallagher, Marion Walker Elementary, “Give a Cat a Flower”


First place — Vivienne Booz, home school, “The Mice, the Hole and the Donut” Second place — Olivia Aberegg, Marion Walker Elementary, “Reaching for the Gold” Third place — Noah Aberegg, Marion Walker Elementary, “Jamestown” Honorable mention — Kate Rarrick, Bellefonte Elementary, “My Bed is on the Ceiling” Honorable mention — Andrew Ruoff, Rebersburg Elementary, “The Goby and the Shrimp”


First place — Lee Przybys, Marion Walker Elementary, “The Big Bad Sister” Second place — Abigail Guenot, home school, “The Secret Room” Third place — Lily Christopher, author, and Haley Popovitch, illustrator, Marion Walker Elementary, “The Odd Adventures of Crystal the Ocelot” Honorable mention — Cameron Upcraft, author, and Katie Romig, illustrator, Centre Hall Elementary, “When I Grow Up” Honorable mention — Asa BoomerBrazier, Rebersburg Elementary, “100 Horse Tails”


First place — Olyvia Pytel, Wingate Elementary, “The Lone Life” Second place — Liza Yeaney, Wingate Elementary, “Super Slippers” Third place — Sera Dreese, Wingate Elementary, “The Day” Honorable mention — Harrison Herr, author, and Ben Yingling, illustrator, Bellefonte Elementary, “The Dinosaur Project” Honorable mention — Katie Leonori,

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WINNERS OF THE Young Author and Illustrator contest pose for photos on Saturday at Bellefonte Area High School. The event was sponsored by the Centre County Library. Benner Elementary, “Burnt”


First place — Laura Guenot, home school, “Yana’s Story (Life from Death)” Second place — Hannah Denger, Penns Valley Intermediate, “The Story of Sophie Miller” Third place — Breezy Knaub, Penns Valley Intermediate, “Pain in My Eye” Honorable mention — Grace Bressler, Penns Valley Intermediate, “The School Ghost” Honorable mention — Luke Wilson, Bald Eage Area Middle, “The Journey” The guest author for the evening was Mary Beth Bamat, of Snow Shoe, who has written a series of children’s books, each of which teach a lesson on self-esteem. “While working for the Head Start program and reading for the children, I began

Rotary clubs looking for host families STATE COLLEGE — Centre County Rotary Clubs are currently seeking families interested in hosting international students between ages 15 and 19 for the 2015 school year as part of the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program. Each international student who spends a year in Centre County is hosted by four families, each of which for three months provide a bedroom, meals and integration into normal family activities while the student attends classes at an area high school. Each year, Rotarians host three to four students at State College Area High School, and one student each at Bellefonte, Penns Valley and Bald Eagle Area. Each exchange student receives a monthly living expense stipend from his sponsoring Rotary Club. Rotary Exchange students come to Centre County from virtually every corner of the globe, creating enriching international experiences for their hosts. In exchange for each inbound student, State College Area clubs reciprocate by selecting a local student to go abroad. All students in the program, whether inbound or outbound, are selected on the basis of above-average academic performance, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, and community leadership skills. If your family is interested in welcoming a young person from another country into your home, please contact Mark Whitfield, district exchange chairman, at inbound7360@ The five sponsoring Rotary clubs are State College, Downtown State College, State College Sunrise, Bellefonte and Pleasant Gap. Families with or without children are encouraged to

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to think of story ideas,” said Bamat. “A children’s book must be interesting, but also include appealing colored pictures. The illustrator, Mike Motz, has done a wonderful job with bringing my characters to life.” Bamat talked to the children about being persistent in their writing, even when it seems difficult. She said the best part about getting a book published has been the writing itself. She hopes that each of the stories in her Farmer Pete series will provide kids with the tools needed to face challenges and build confidence. Berry St. Books, Eifrig Publishing, in Lemont, published Bamat’s series. “Thank you to the teachers, the Centre County library staff and especially to you parents for the support. It took all of you to make it possible for the kids to have this opportunity,” Bamat said.

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Homebuilt, classic and model airplanes gather By SAM STITZER


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CENTRE HALL — Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1327 of State College sponsored its Fly-in Breakfast at Centre Air Park in Potter Township on May 3. Aviators from around the central Pennsylvania area were invited to fly in to Centre Air Park to socialize and enjoy the airplanes. Beside talking and looking over the aircraft, the fly-in offered a pancake breakfast and overnight camping at the airport. The Experimental Aircraft Association was founded in 1953 by a group of aviation enthusiasts led by veteran aviator Paul Poberezny. Because the planes they flew were modified or home-built, they were required by the Federal Aviation Administration to display an “experimental” placard where it could be seen on the door or cockpit. Hence, the organization was named the Experimental Aircraft Association. More than 1,000 EAA chapters exist worldwide. Saturday’s event drew many antique and classic airplanes, as well as some homebuilt designs. Malcolm Morrison, from Howard, flew to the breakfast in his 1953 Piper Tri-Pacer. This plane is a variant of the venerable Piper Cub design, utilizing tricycle landing gear, and features a nose wheel instead of the classic two-wheel “taildragger” style. Morrison bought the Tri-Pacer in Missouri. He flew there by commercial airline, then flew the Piper home about a year and a half ago. “I got it for $12,000, but the annual (inspection) cost me almost as much as the plane,” said Morrison. Morrison sank $11,500 into some airframe and engine upgrades for the plane. The Tri-Pacer is a fabric covered steel tube design with a Lycoming engine. Morrison said the plane has a rudder-aileron coupler in it which will automatically feed in rudder deflection when the aileron (roll) control is moved, to make coordinated turns. The coupler can be turned off when distinct rudder inputs are needed. Another coupled-aileron-and-rudder design plane sat on the flight line at this event. A 1966 Alon A-2, owned by Ed Hoak, of Duncannon, flew in for the breakfast. The Alon design was first manufactured by the Engineering and Research Company (ERCO) just before World War II. It soon took on the name Ercoupe, and was manufactured by several different companies under different names up until 1968. The Alon is a low-wing design with a distinctive double tail, with two rudders, which were coupled to the ailerons on the wings. The plane was designed to be safer and easier to fly than conventional designs of the time. It was powered by a 90-horsepower Continental engine. Its bubble-top canopy provided excellent visibility in all directions for its pilot.

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AN IMAC competition radio-controlled biplane waits to perform a demonstration flight.

In the airport office classroom, a radio control model airplane seminar, sponsored by the State College Radio Control Club, was in session. The subject was International Miniature Aerobatic Club competition. Brad Davy, the northeast regional director for IMAC, conducted an informative presentation regarding the organization’s sanctioned competition events. “Our objective is to duplicate full scale aerobatics with miniature radio controlled aircraft in a realistic manner that is challenging for contestants, as well as interesting for spectators,” said Davy. IMAC competition originated in America, but has now spread to many foreign countries. “There will be a world competition this September in Muncie, Ind.,” he added. IMAC competitors fly their models in a prescribed sequence of aerobatic maneuvers. Each maneuver is judged on its precision and smooth, realistic performance on a zero-to-10-point scoring scale. There are different classes of competition based on pilot skill. All competing models must be replicas of full size planes which have competed in aerobatic competitions. The realism rules even require a pilot figure to be in the models. Davy walked the students through the entry-level IMAC sequence using a diagram of maneuvers drawn with the international Aresti symbols, and a small, handheld “stick plane” to demonstrate the movements of the planes. The models flown in IMAC contests are typically large scale models spanning six to 10 feet. The larger and heavier models tend to be more visible to the judges, and more resistant to wind gusts than their smaller counterparts. Davy noted that safety and being neighbor-friendly are paramount at IMAC contests. “If the judges think your plane is too loud, you’ll get a penalty,” said Davy. He stressed that all flying must be done beyond a deadline 100 feet away from judges and spectators. Following the seminar, model flying demonstrations were performed with actual IMAC competition models.

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ACS Race Day SoirÊe raises more than $75,000 STATE COLLEGE — The American Cancer Society’s Race Day SoirÊe, presented by Mount Nittany Health, was held on May 3 at the home of Blake and Linda Gall. Co-chairs Michele Sebastianelli and Susan Lauth report the event raised approximately $75,000 through the support of corporate sponsors, donors and attendees. Two Percheron horse-drawn carriages

delivered attendees to the soirÊe, where they were greeted with a champagne welcome. Guests enjoyed live musical entertainment by the Deacons of Dixieland and David Zentner, food by Catering With Style by Dan Rallis, and, of course, a live viewing of the 140th Kentucky Derby. Patrons also participated in a men’s and women’s hat contest and sale and a 50/50 Kentucky Derby horse-betting contest.

Every year, nearly 600 Centre County residents are diagnosed with some form of cancer. Proceeds from the Race Day SoirĂŠe support both local patient service programs and cancer research initiatives. “We are grateful to the local business leaders and donors in our community for their incredible generosity,â€? said event cochair Lauth. “They can feel assured that their efforts directly impact the lives of local families dealing with the diagnosis of cancer.â€? Again this year, guests were given the opportunity to support the Hershey Hope Lodge program. The money raised provides cancer patients and their caregivers free accommodations during cancer treatments. Hershey Hope Lodge is located adjacent to the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where many Centre County patients choose to go for treatment. Not only does Hope Lodge provide lodging for as

long as is needed, but guests will also find a clean, warm and comforting environment, as well as kind and compassionate staff who understand what they are going through. “Centre County corporations, businesses and residents continue to impress me with their generosity,â€? said American Cancer Society staff partner Alexandra Hamilton. “It never ceases to amaze me how kind and caring this community is, and we thank everyone who helped and who came out to show their support for such a worthy cause.â€? Attendees were given one last treat as the evening’s festivities concluded — a stunning, vivid double rainbow appeared in the sky directly over the venue. Those involved with Race Day SoirĂŠe encourage guests and interested parties to mark their calendar for next year’s event on Saturday, May 2.


THE 14TH ANNUAL Race Day Soiree was held on Saturday. Pictured, from left, are Laura Zimmerman, Susan Lauth, Linda Gall, JoAnn Lew, Sharon Lieb, Michele Sebastianelli and Miriam Powell.

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Volunteers to be honored


STATE COLLEGE — Mid-State Literacy Council will have a tribute dinner to honor two long-time volunteers, Mary Dupuis and Martha Kolln, at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 19, at Celebration Hall, 2280 Commercial Blvd. Dupuis and Kolln, both educators and community leaders, have served the MidState Literacy Council for more than 30 years combined. The event will feature music from Catherine Dupuis and Tommy Wareham, a cash bar and silent auction. A buffet dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by tributes from volunteers and students, as well as book signings from six local authors: Ed Dionne, Jeffrey Frazier, Gregory Miller, Mary Beth Bamat, Mark Ross and Sue Smith. All proceeds benefit Mid-State Literacy Council adult literacy scholarships. The cost to attend is $60 per person. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, May 14, and can be done by sending a check payable to Mid-State Literacy Council to

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OLSON RECOGNIZED THE STATE COLLEGE Elks Lodge membership recently honored retiring lodge secretary George Olson for his many years of leadership in the local, state and national Elks. Olson was recognized with a plaque for Outstanding Service to Elkdom and was presented with numerous gifts in honor of his many years of service to the local lodge.

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For Tevis, being a super mom comes naturally By CHRIS MORELLI

BELLEFONTE — Sarah Tevis isn’t your average mom. There’s no definition for “SuperMom” in the dictionary, of course. But if there were, Tevis certainly fits the bill. The Bellefonte resident is the mother of four. She and her husband, Rob, have two biological children, Robby and Havyn. And, they’ve also adopted two children from foster care — Ariah and Destiny. According to Tevis, adoption isn’t for everyone. But it was right for her and Rob. “It’s not easy,” Tevis said. “At first, we thought we’d just be foster parents. It didn’t turn out that way, but it’s been a real blessing for us.” When they got married, they didn’t want children. However, Rob, a minister, traveled to El Salvador in 2002 and he wanted to adopt one of the children there. When that fell through, the Tevises began to look into foster care. “With foster care, they tell you that 80 percent of the children who are fostered never go home. That’s exactly how it turned out with us,” Tevis said. The two children they fostered are now a huge part of their family. Ariah came into their lives in September 2010. She’s now 13 years old. “She’s a great kid,” Tevis said of Ariah. “She’s such a happy child and she has amazed me with the love she’s shown.” They also fostered Destiny, who is 10. Tevis explained that Destiny suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome, which presents its own share of problems. “It’s hard,” Tevis said, “because it’s not the child’s fault. She’s had some trust issues … it’s been a really difficult struggle

with her and it breaks your heart. It’s an awful thing.” However, Tevis said that they’ve reached out to some support groups and counselors. “I think we are making progress with her,” Tevis said. Her other children, Robby and Havyn, have adjusted well to the family dynamic. “It’s probably easier for them,” Tevis said. “They look like Rob and I, so it’s a little different for them. But each day has gotten easier.” Robby is 5. However, Tevis said that he is wise beyond his years. “He doesn’t see any of them as different, which is wonderful,” she said. When it comes to her children, Tevis beams with pride when she talks about them. And she’s thrilled with the way they’ve come together as a family. “What I’m most proud of is the way they work together as a team. I love to see them sit down and play together. That’s awesome,” she said. As far as adoption is concerned, Tevis said that she urges those who are considering it to give foster care strong consideration. “I can’t say enough about the process. I would encourage people to look into foster care. CYS (Children and Youth Services) guided us through the whole adoption process. CYS was just excellent. That was a real blessing,” she said. As far as parenting is concerned, she doesn’t do it alone, of course. “Rob plays a huge role,” she said. “He’s not afraid to discipline, but he’ll play with the kids. He’s a great dad.” Tevis is a busy woman these days. In addition to raising four children, she’s been taking classes to become a phlebotomist. Her family is also in the process of packing

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SARAH TEVIS and her family will celebrate one more Mother’s Day in Centre County. From left, Havyn, Rob, Ariah, Destiny, Sarah and Robby. up and leaving Centre County to start a church in Fox Chase, Pa., a neighborhood in northeast Philadelphia. She’s hoping to put her new skills to use at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. “It’s a new chapter,” Tevis said. “I think everyone is excited.” This will mark the last Mother’s Day for Tevis and her family in Centre County. “It’s been great living here,” she said. “We’ve gotten a lot of support from our church community.”

As for Mother’s Day — what does it mean to her? “It means I don’t have to cook,” she said with a laugh. As she reflects on her time in Centre County — the Tevis family has been here since 2008 — she can’t help but smile. “Sometimes, Rob and I will look at each other and say, ‘How did this happen?’ But it’s been amazing,” she said. “God has a plan for us and I feel like we are truly blessed.”

Recently, The Centre County Gazette reached out to every elementary school in Centre County asking for students to submit drawings, poems and essays about their mothers. What follows are the best of the best, as selected by the Gazette staff. Thanks to everyone for the wonderful submissions! — Chris Morelli

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State College softball squad falls to Central Mountain in ‘Blue Out’ game By PAT ROTHDEUTSCH

STATE COLLEGE — The Central Mountain softball players brought their bats to Monday afternoon’s non-conference game against State College at Community Fields. The Wildcats pounded out 18 hits against the SC pitchers that included three triples and a total of five extra-base hits. Five players had multiple hits for Central Mountain, and 10 players hit safely as CM pulled away from the Little Lions for a 13-7 victory. SC did manage seven runs on nine hits for the day, but it couldn’t keep up with the Wildcat onslaught. CM built leads of 5-1, 7-3, and 13-3 before the Lions scored four in the seventh to complete the scoring. “They (Central Mountain) are a very good hitting team,” State College coach Mike Harper said, “and we knew that coming in. We knew that they could hit the ball, and they delivered on that.” Central Mountain wasted little time asserting itself in the game. Moriah Lindsey opened the first inning with a single, and then Jessica Strouse followed with a long triple to left-center that scored Lindsey. Another single by Lauren Russell made the score 2-0 after only three batters, and the Wildcats were on their way. Mariah Major added another run in the first with an RBI double, and then Strouse doubled in another run in the second and Rachael Shady made it 5-1 with an RBI triple in the third. Alyssa Shedlock brought SC back to within 5-3 with a two-run single in the bottom of the third, but Major had two more RBIs in the fifth with a single to put CM ahead 7-3. Jordan Kaler and Bree Hilty then added an RBI each in the sixth as the Wildcats pulled away. “We approached this like every other game,” Harper said.

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STATE COLLEGE Area High School softball player Lexi Mattivi lost her father, Joe, to colon cancer in 2013. She organized a “Blue Out Day,” which raised $5,000 for the V-Foundation for cancer research. “We have to get ready for them like anybody else. The goal is to come out and play well and win every game that we play, league or non-league. So we tried to win today, but it didn’t work out for us.” Central Mountain essentially put the game away in the seventh when Russell smashed a threerun triple, capping a four-run inning and making the score 13-3. To its credit, State College did not give up.

The Little Lions batted around in the bottom of the seventh and scored four runs before CM reliever Madison Brown was able to get the final out on a ground ball. Brenna Adams, Laura Harris and Sarah Bastian all had RBIs for the Lions in the inning, but it was too little, too late. “Our team doesn’t give up,” Harper said. “We’ve won a lot of close games and we’ve played a lot of extra-inning games, so we do hang around.

“It was just a little too much to come back from today.” Beside the Senior Day celebration before the game, it was a special day at Community Field for another reason as well. State College outfielder Lexi Mattivi lost her father, Joe, to colon cancer last Christmas Eve. In his honor, Lexi organized “Blue Out Day” in which her father was remembered by Lion fans with blue T-shirts and a moment of silence before the game.

The event, which was Lexi’s senior project, also raised more than $5,000 for the V-Foundation for Cancer Research. “That’s what this Blue Out game was for,” Harper said, “and all the girls wore T-shirts and blue socks to commemorate her dad and she raised over $5,000, so that’s a pretty good story. “So it was a big night, and too bad we didn’t play well, but it was a positive experience for everybody.”

Penn State softball squad swept by Illinois By PAT ROTHDEUTSCH

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State softball coach Amanda Lehotak thinks that her team still has not put together a complete performance in a game this season. “We have yet to play a series or games where all cylinders were working together,” she said. “We’ve either had hitting and no defense and no pitching or we’ve had defense and vice-versa.” In Sunday morning’s season final 6-1 loss to Illinois at Beard Field, the culprit was the Nittany Lions offense. The Lions committed only one error in the game, and Mariana Laubach pitched effectively (until she allowed a three-run homer in the seventh), but the offense could not get untracked against Illinois freshman Brandi Needham. Penn State managed only four hits on the day, with its only run coming on a home run by senior catcher Kasie Hatfield in her final at bat as a Lion, and never was able to pressure the right-hander. Needham, throwing down in the zone with a combination of curves and drops, forced Penn State into 18 ground-outs and, beside Hatfield, did not allow a runner past second base. “Brandi Needham’s best pitch is the drop,” Lehotak said, “and she attacks you low. We just couldn’t make the correct adjustments to get the ball out of the infield.”

Illinois opened the scoring in the game with Ruby Rivera’s fifth homer of the season in the second inning, and then added another run in the same inning on a RBI ground out by Remeny Perez that put the Illini ahead 2-0. The score remained the same for three innings as both pitchers effectively avoided trouble. In the top of the sixth, Illinois went ahead 3-0 on doubles by Alex Booker and Brittany Sanchez. Hatfield’s homer in the bottom of the inning made it 3-1, but that was as close as the Lions would come. “She (Needham) definitely hit her spots and kept the ball low,” Hatfield said. “Our goal is to hit ground balls, but a lot of people tried to do too much and got tense and just dribbled out to the pitcher. “We were trying too hard and muscle it out, and we couldn’t even get it out of the infield except for two or three hits.” Illinois essentially put the game away in the top of the seventh. After Jess Perkins reached base on a one-out error, Nicole Evans lined a single to left. Bauch then followed with a home run deep to center field that made the score 6-1. “That was where our lack of pitching depth kind of showed its ugly head,” Lehotak said. “In this game, and especially in a three game series, when they start seeing you three or four times in a game, you typically see that happen.” For Penn State, all three seniors — Hatfield, Alyssa Sovereign, and Liz Presto —

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PENN STATE’S Kasie Hatfield (7) is forced out at second base by Illinois shortstop Allie Bauch during Sunday’s game at Beard Field. The Nittany Lions lost their home finale, 6-1. playing in their final home game got hits. Laubach went the distance for PSU, giving up five earned runs on nine hits with one walk and one strike out. Penn State now moves to the Big Ten tournament which is scheduled today through Sunday, May 11.

“The greatest thing about us (going into the tournament) is that we are underdogs,” Lehotak said, “and nobody expects anything. So I’m hoping it all comes together next week. We have nothing to lose, so we’re just going to go play our game and play hard.”

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Central Counties Golf holds season’s first event PHILIPSBURG — The first event of the 2014 golfing season for the Central Counties Golf Association took place last weekend at the Philipsburg Elks Country Club. Due to the number of clubs associated with Central Counties, the event was a two-day event on the nine-hole, 5,595 yard, par-70 Philipsburg layout. Members clubs include Sinking Valley, Mountain View, Iron Masters, Down River, Belles Springs, American Legion Mount Union, Standing John Dixon covers Stone, The Summit, golf for The Centre Clearfield, HuntingCounty Gazette. Email him at don, Lewistown, Nitsports@centre tany, Park Hills and the event’s host, Philipsburg.


Summit’s Doug Fogel and Mike Funicelli posted a round of 6-under-64 to win Saturday’s Net Division portion of the event. There was a three-way tie for second with a round of 5-under-65 by the duos of Dave Hummel-Jason Arnold, of American Legion; Larry Steele-Matt Baer, of American Legion; and Ray Miller-Doug Detwiler of Philipsburg.



Down River’s Nathan Michael and Bradley Swindell posted a 6-under-64 to win the net division Sunday, with Nittany’s Mark Johnson-Scott Gray and Philipsburg’s Al Herr-Dave Arnold tied for second shooting a 65. A tie also occurred for fourth with a round of 66 by two teams out of Huntingdon’s C. C., Mark Russell-Jim Shook and Dave Fyock-Ed McEwen. The gross division was won by Artie Fink, of Sinking Valley, and Todd Homan,

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Franklin hopes for better graduation numbers By BEN JONES

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State football has always been known as an athletic program that graduates players and plays the game at the highest level. But that doesn’t mean that James Franklin is going to be satisfied with the status quo. Franklin’s goal moving forward is to graduate players in 3½ years. That means players will have either finished their degrees in time for the draft, or will continue their educations with additional undergraduate degrees or master’s degrees in their final years of eligibility. “I’ve seen too many times that you have that redshirt senior or typically a true senior that in December he’s been there 3½ years and he’s got six credits left to graduate,” Franklin said on Thursday. “And he signs with an agent and the agent is telling him he needs to go to Miami or Arizona to train for the combine and you’ll go back and finish those credits up later. And they don’t.” And Franklin is right. While not common at Penn State, there is always a threat that a student-athlete will go pro without finishing up what he or she has started in school.


Franklin is hopeful that his vision for graduating players in fewer than four years will keep all of his player’s options open. “So our plan is you graduate in the 3½ years, so now they can go leave and train or do whatever you want for the combine, and that’s behind them,” Franklin said. “Or, if they have another year of eligibility left, now that kid can start working on grad school or that young man can work on a second major, whatever that may be. So now he’s differentiated himself from other student-athletes and other students in general because now he’s got two degrees. He’s already got work toward a master’s degree, so when he goes out in the real world, he can show that, not only was I a student-athlete or an academic All-American or an All-American on the football field, I was able to get a master’s degree or a second major. “It’s not enough to just get your degree from Penn State. That’s a foregone conclusion; you’re going to graduate from Penn State. Not only that, but our guys are going to be able to work toward second degrees and master’s degrees and things like that. That’s something we talk about from day one. And the fact our guys are here pretty much year-round going to summer school is really no reason that can’t happen.”

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Centre Hall man wins awards for collegiate boxing By SAM STITZER

CENTRE HALL — It is well known that collegiate sports are wildly popular in America. College football, basketball, baseball, wrestling and hockey attract millions of fans in person or via television broadcasts throughout the year. However, collegiate boxing, a lesser known sport, is alive and well, too. College boxing is sponsored by the National Collegiate Boxing Association, since the NCAA no longer sanctioned boxing after 1960. The NCBA was founded in 1976 as a nonprofit, autonomous organization whose goal is to provide a safe, positive experience for student athletes pursuing the sport of boxing. The association falls under the auspices of USA Boxing, which is the national governing body for Olympic-style amateur boxing. It is overseen by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Boxing Association, who sets its rules. Drew Gensimore, the son of Brad and Mindy Gensimore of Centre Hall, is a senior at Lock Haven University and will graduate this August, earning a degree in criminal justice. He is a competitor in the school’s boxing program, and has won several medals in intercollegiate competitions, including a bronze medal in the NCBA boxing national championship match. Standing 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 260 pounds, Gensimore competes in the heavyweight class.

Gensimore began life as a fighter. He was born with a benign tumor in his abdomen, which was surgically removed shortly after his birth. After the surgery, his incision became infected and split open, exposing part of his intestinal tract to the air. This was a life-threatening situation, causing him to be flown by helicopter to Hershey Medical Center. During the flight, his heart stopped. “They brought the crash cart out to the tarmac and brought me back and then operated on me,� said Gensimore. “They said that since everything was exposed to the air there was a chance I could pass away.� Gensimore made a full recovery, and years later went on to play football at Penns Valley Area High School, graduating in 2008. He credits his high school coaches for teaching him what it means to give 100 percent. Gensimore says the Lock Haven University boxing is a nationally prestigious program, which has produced several AllAmerican boxers and national championship winning teams. The team is coached by Ken Cooper and John Stout. Cooper is the current president of the NCBA. Gensimore played football at Lock Haven, but says it was not working out for him. “A lot of it I would say was my fault,� said Gensimore. “I was too concerned about socializing.� A football teammate who was also on the boxing team took Gensimore to a boxing practice session where he met Cooper and Stout. “They worked with me and believed in

DREW GENSIMORE, of Centre Hall, has won several awards in collegiate boxing competing for Lock Haven University. me when I didn’t really believe in my own abilities,� said Gensimore. Tyler Shimmel, a friend of Gensimore’s who was on the LHU boxing team, also worked many hours with Gensimore, helping him with sparring and punching bag work. Gensimore credits those men for inspiring his success as a collegiate boxer. “All three of those men believed in me

— that I could do this sport and be successful in it, and I give them a lot of credit,� said Gensimore. The NCBA sanctions boxing matches in Eastern, Midwestern and Western regions, as well as regional tournaments and national level championships, several of which have been telecast by ESPN2 and CBS Sports.

The five people Franklin will meet on the Coaches Caravan By BEN JONES

UNIVERSITY PARK — It’s safe to say that James Franklin is a people person. He’s comfortable in a crowded room, shaking hands, taking photos and getting his message out to fans and observers. The entire social aspect of being a college football coach is often overlooked, but you only have to spend a short amount of time with Franklin to see how he is able to win over the hearts and minds of recruits across the region. So, as Franklin takes the next two weeks to travel on Penn State’s coaching caravan, he’ll get a chance to win over plenty of folks he has yet to meet. There will be 17 stops jam packed with all kinds of fans from all walks of life, with plenty of questions and plenty of cameras. “I think it’s one thing to watch a press conference, and I think it’s another thing to read a story,� Franklin said at the tour’s opening stop in State College. “It’s a completely other thing to meet somebody and get a chance to interact with them face to face and shake hands and I hope through not only the last few months we’ve been here, but also through this caravan, that people feel even stronger after this last caravan, the 17th stop, and people say, ‘You know what, I’m comfortable with the direction of Penn State football. I’m really comfortable with the lead-

ership and really excited about our future’ and that’s kind of our job. “Every time we go do a speaking event or get out and get a chance to meet people, if they’re not on the Penn State bandwagon when we start talking, I hope they are by the time we get done.� Franklin is going to get the chance to meet people for sure, and here are five he’ll run across at almost every stop.


Collecting autographs is fine. Getting the autograph up on eBay before Franklin is done signing your suspiciously clean football is probably why we can’t have nice things. In a world of cell phones and selfies, an autograph is a good way to remember meeting someone. That being said, you can bet that each stop will include at least one person taking a selfie with Franklin before the meet and greet is over. Offensive linemen leave the NFL with mangled fingers; Franklin is going to leave the caravan with his index finger stuck in the No.1 position and a hand cramp.

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Coaches Caravan kicks off in State College UNIVERSITY PARK — A relatively new Penn State football initiative received a twist last week, with the Coaches Caravan starting close to home — just a few hundred yards from Beaver Stadium. The Coaches Caravan kicked off at Pegula Ice Arena, with about 425 fans attending a reception and coaches program. This was the first time the caravan included a stop in State College. Two other Penn State head coaches — Russ Rose (women’s volleyball) and Bob Warming (men’s soccer) — joined football coach James Franklin, who unquestionably John Patishnock will headline all of the covers news and 17 stops on this year’s sports for The caravan. The monthCentre County long tour will visit Gazette. Email metro areas and Penn him at sports@ centrecounty State campuses across the state during the and follow him next few weeks. on Twitter @ Before the formal johnpatishnock. festivities that ran in the evening, all three coaches answered a smattering of questions from the media, with Franklin talking for more than 20 minutes. Franklin declined to discuss specifics regarding the recent newspaper account that he contacted a rape victim at Vanderbilt, saying it’s a legal matter, though he did say that he held a team meeting a day after the report surfaced. As for the caravan, Franklin emphasized it’s important to bring the same level of energy to every stop, especially the ones toward the end, adding that Red Bull and coffee will fuel the last seven stops on the tour. “For us, right now, being able to get out and get to know all the Penn State alumni and fans and supporters in this region of the country is critical,” Franklin said. In its third year, and co-sponsored by the Nittany Lion Club and Penn State Alumni Association, Coaches Caravan allows Penn State fans across the commonwealth to connect with not only football coaches, but coaches from other programs


in Penn State’s 31-sport athletic department. Franklin, Rose and Warming all cracked jokes during a brief presentation with the fans, and also during a Q&A session afterward. For guys who are used to press conferences with a handful of microphones in front of their faces, it allowed them the opportunity to speak in a more informal manner. None of them disappointed, with all three kicking the conversation back and forth and praising one another and the other coaches at Penn State. A particularly funny exchange occurred when a fan asked Rose if he or Franklin was the better recruiter. Rose deferred to Franklin since he was doing it without the benefit of scholarships, but added they’re both probably behind wrestling coach Cael Sanderson, leader of the program that’s claimed four consecutive national championships. Rose, whose volleyball squad has claimed five of the last seven national titles and six overall, landed the top-ranked recruiting class for the upcoming season. Even though Coaches Caravan is a somewhat new idea for Penn State, other universities and professional teams have been pulling off similar events for years. The general motivation behind such an event is to allow coaches to share their message and for fans to see their personalities, which was never really needed before with Penn State football. Fans were plenty familiar with Joe Paterno and his assistants, many of who had been on the staff for decades. But, a new marketing opportunity arose with Bill O’Brien and Franklin, and I sense this year’s caravan has a much different vibe than in the previous two years with O’Brien. It was no secret that O’Brien didn’t embrace all the peripherals of being a football coach at a big-time university. He wasn’t interested in public relations, and in a lot of ways, I like and respect that. I also think Franklin greatly handled the first stop of the Coaches Caravan. As usual, he was direct with both the media and fans, and posed for photographs with fans during the reception. The whole night felt like a combination of a tailgate and a black-tie dinner, and for fans who are constantly looking for a football fix with the season still four months away, it was well received.

TIM WEIGHT/For the Gazette

JAMES FRANKLIN, shown here during the Blue-White Game, has embarked on his first Coaches Caravan. The event kicked off on May 1 at Pegula Ice Arena. OTHER NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE MEDIA PRESS CONFERENCE:

the possibility of also earning master’s degrees. n Franklin added he’s looking forward to having his wife and two daughters join him in State College and moving into a house. As of last week, he was still sleeping in his office.

n Franklin said spring ball went well and that he personally met with each player for a 25-minute interview. A point of emphasis for Franklin is having players not only graduate, but also earn a degree in 3½ years, leaving open

ACC/Big Ten Challenge game final chapter in unique story By BEN JONES

UNIVERSITY PARK — If things had worked out the way D.J. Newbill had planned, he never would have ended up at Penn State. That’s not to say that the Nittany Lion’s soon-to-be senior guard hasn’t enjoyed his time in Happy Valley, but rather, it took quite a few twists and turns for him to end up where he is today. Newbill will get a chance to revisit his past as Penn State hosts Virginia Tech at the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday, Dec. 3, as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The conference announced the full slate of games for the challenge last week. While Newbill doesn’t have any history with the Hokies, newly hired head coach Buzz Williams and Newbill have an interesting relationship that makes for an intriguing storyline heading into the game. Back in 2010, Newbill was ready to make his college decision. After the usual ups and downs of the recruitment process, Newbill finally pulled the trigger and verbally com-

mitted to Marquette. Williams was Marquette’s head coach at the time. “It feels great,” said Newbill after committing. “Marquette has great coaches. Their whole team works hard and plays hard. You get better playing in their system, and they will get the most out of you.” That commitment happened in January. By the time June rolled around the story was a very different one. “Through a culmination of several things, we have decided to give D.J. Newbill his release,” Williams said in June 2010. “D.J.’s a great kid, he comes from a great family who we have established relationships with, and we’re going to do everything we can to help him in his future, in whatever capacity that would be.” But the release wasn’t Newbill’s fault. He hadn’t gotten himself in trouble, his grades were fine, he was ready to go just like any other high school senior headed to play bigtime Division I ball. Jamil Wilson on the other hand, was looking for a new place to play ball as well. The 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward, looking to transfr from Oregon, was ready to join Williams at Marquette. The only problem was that Marquette was out of scholarships.

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State High baseball squad blasts CD East, 7-1 By PAT ROTHDEUTSCH

STATE COLLEGE — Things went exactly according to plan for the State College baseball team against CD East on Friday afternoon. The Little Lions wanted to be aggressive on the base paths, take an early lead, play mistake-free defense, and get a solid outing from pitcher Kyle Peterson. Check them all off — especially the performance by Peterson. SC stole three bases and scored four runs in the first inning and then let its defense and Peterson take over in the 7-1 Mid-Penn Conference victory. Staked to that four-run lead, the junior right-hander was in control the entire game. He allowed just the one run in the third inning, three hits, walked one and struck out nine in leading the Little Lions to their ninth win of the season. Caleb Walls, Calvin Sichler and Jonathan Bergman led the SC offense with two hits apiece as the Lions added single runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings to complete the scoring. “That (the early lead) is kind of what we were hoping,” State College coach Bill Tussey said. “CD East has been struggling a little bit, and we hoped to get them down, and get them out of the game a little bit early. “A team like that, the longer you let them hang around, the tougher it gets. So the boys did a great job of jumping out early. “Our plan was to be very aggressive, and the boys responded very well to it.” Brandon Raquet started things for the Little Lions in the first with a one-out walk and a steal of second base. Sichler followed with an RBI single to center that scored Raquet. Sichler immediately stole second, and after a walk to Ken Craig, scored on a single by Bergman to make it 2-0. A sacrifice fly by Derek Van Horn and an errant throw by the CD East shortstop accounted for the other two runs. After a SC run in the second inning on another RBI single by Sichler that scored Walls, East scored a run on a double steal to make the score 5-1. The rest of the day belonged to Peterson. He retired the final 12 batters he faced in order to finish the completegame victory. “I think early runs help more than people think for me pitching,” Peterson said. “Not as much for the pitching itself, but for my confidence against their batters. It really goes up when I can give them an easy run and don’t have to blink an eye.”

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Central Mountain, Red Land, Mifflin County (twice) and Central Dauphin still remaining on the schedule. “I think we have room for improvement,” Sichler said, “but for this part of the season, I think we are right where we should be.”

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B.J. Wetzler Golf Tournament continues to grow By CHRIS MORELLI

BELLEFONTE — It’s that time of year again. The seventh annual B.J. Wetzler Memorial Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday, May 17, at the Nittany Country Club in Mingoville. A dinner and silent auction will take place on Friday, May 16, inside Faith United Methodist Church, 512 Hughes St., Bellefonte. The tournament pays tribute to Rebecca Jo (B.J.) Wetzler, the daughter of John and Mary Wetzler. B.J. passed away from melanoma cancer on Dec. 22, 2006. She was 27. The event is truly a labor of love for John Wetzler. “We get all geared up for it,” Wetzler explained. “We spend about five months putting things together. It isn’t just my wife and I … we have some great committee people who help us. It’s something that has grown into an unbelievable community event.” The tourney raises money for a scholarship that gets awarded to a senior member of the Bellefonte Area High School softball team. The B.J. Wetzler Scholarship is maintained by the Bellefonte Education Foundation. The scholarships began as $1,000 gifts. However, the growth of the tournament has enabled the Wetzlers to now award $1,500. Wetzler is thrilled that the tournament continues to thrive. “It gives you goosebumps, it really does,” Wetzler said. “It brings a tear to my eye, but it also brings tears of joy. In the near future, we hope to have a perpetual award in B.J.’s memory. This is only the seventh year we’ve done it. There are so many great people involved. Without their help, we wouldn’t be able to do it.” The golf tournament is nearly full, according to Wetzler, but there are still two foursomes open. Cost is $80 per person and includes the Friday night dinner, greens fees, cart, skill

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THE SEVENTH ANNUAL B.J. Wetzler Memorial Golf Tournament will take place next weekend. This is a sampling of some of the items that will be available at the silent auction on May 16. prizes and day-of-tournament pig roast. Wetzler is hoping for a big turnout at Friday’s silent auction. It will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public. “It the fourth annual silent auction,” Wetzler explained. “We’ve got some great items available. I think we have something for everyone.” This year’s silent auction features more than 60 items. There are tickets to sporting events, golf packages, food certificates, art and sports

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“Should all senior citizens be exempt from paying STEP program fees?” or something completely outside the realm of Franklin’s abilities will be a nice test to see how quickly he can pivot out of these situations. It’s hard to define an unanswerable question, but they’re coming. And, over the course of 17 stops someone is going to ask Franklin about the Vanderbilt rape case and, while unanswerable in a legal sense, that’s a fair point to raise.


The best way to impress a coach during your 15 seconds in the spotlight is to string together a question about nickel defenses and blitz packages and hope you put two applicable concepts together so the question makes sense. This is less likely to happen for Franklin since he has yet to coach a game at Penn State, but somebody will do his best to show off some film study. It’s certainly not unreasonable to ask a football coach a football question, but chances are you don’t need to explain the concept of a zone-read offense just to show everyone you can. Especially if you happen to be wrong.



Somebody is going to show up with either A. face paint; B. the need to hug Franklin; C. the need to use an inhaler as he or she is about to meet Franklin; or D. a combination of the above coupled with being tongue-tied. That last choice will likely be followed up by spending the rest of the night thinking of everything one meant to say but forgot to. Being a hardcore fan is fine, it’s fun,


Question-and-answer periods are always interesting because there is nothing anyone can do to stop someone from asking the unanswerable question. Things like


and nobody should be blamed for having passions. That being said, it’s also a chance for Franklin to test out his first responder skills if somebody just can’t quite handle the interaction. Also possible is that a person will yell “We are!” so loudly that someone reminds said fan that everyone can hear just fine and “inside voices” don’t just apply to school. In the end, none of the above types of fans Franklin will meet are bad. Not everyone is a candidate to host “Meet the Press” (press included), and if shaking James Franklin’s hand wasn’t exciting they wouldn’t have a meet and greet. But needless to say, Franklin will meet all kinds of folks from all walks of life during the next two weeks and it should be an enjoyable experience for all.

Why Am I Here?: Friend had an extra ticket at the last minute — “I don’t even go to Penn State and I’m not a fan of football.” Followed closely by the children who don’t want their pictures taken, but Dad says, “When you’re older you’ll be glad you did.” Forced smiles ensue. The Media: Franklin thought he was saying goodbye until the summer when he left the State College stop. Little does he know that a good number of the usual suspects on the beat will be following him on the caravan. If Franklin doesn’t ask, “Why are you still here?” at least once, that’s only because he’s being polite. Rest assured, he’ll be thinking it.

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Alumna starts career in off-Broadway musical By EMILY DUKE Special to the Gazette

NEW YORK — For most graduates entering the work world, thoughts of classes are left far behind, but for Christina Jackson, there’s a twist — along with some pliés and maybe even a split. And those are just the dance lessons. “You always want to keep up your knowledge of the field because things change every day,” said Jackson, a 2013 Schreyer Honors College graduate who is putting her musical theater degree from the College of Arts and Architecture’s School of Theatre to work. “I go to voice lessons and dance classes several times a week. Especially with dance — it’s such a physical activity.” Jackson, who is currently starring in the off-Broadway musical “Peace, Love and Cupcakes: The Musical,” recently discussed her adventures in the city that never sleeps. CCG: Tell us about “Peace, Love and Cupcakes.” Jackson: It’s a new show off-Broadway at the Vital Theatre in New York. It’s exciting because it’s a world premiere, so the script that we started with in the beginning wasn’t necessarily the one that we ended up with in the end. A lot of changes were made to the storyline along the way, and it’s been fun as a cast member because you get to be part of the process. We made a cast recording, which just got released on iTunes. It has been amazing to be able to use my degree here in New York. The show is based off the books in a children’s series written by a mom and her daughter — Sheryl and Carrie Berk. They’ve taken the series and made it into a musical. It’s about this girl Kylie who is trying to fit into school because she’s different. I play the mean girl of the show, the arch-nemesis, Meredith. It follows how Meredith tries to make Kylie’s life miserable but they realize they can get along. I think it’s a fun show for audiences of all ages. CCG: What’s it like playing the mean girl? Jackson: The girl who plays Kylie grew up in Ohio, and we knew each other. It’s fun to be the mean girl to someone you’re actually really good friends with. The kids in the audience will boo me or give me the thumbs down, or they’ll come up to me and be mad at me after the show because they don’t understand that I’m just playing a role. I guess it means I’m doing my job, but especially the younger ones don’t realize that it’s not reality. CCG: What do you love most being on

stage? Jackson: In New York, you encounter so many people on the streets every day that you don’t have any connection to. I love not necessarily knowing the people in the audience, but in those two hours or so, you’ve shared an experience with hundreds of people. You might not know them, you might not ever see them again or talk to them, but I love that and you share that experience with them. And they all take something different away from it. Nobody walks out of the theater with the same experience either — it means something unique to everyone. CCG: What does a typical “day in the life” look like? Jackson: I wake up very early around 5:15 a.m. to sign in for different open call auditions. I go to all kinds — for Broadway shows, off-Broadway, cruise lines, Web series. Depending what type it is, I’ll have to perform a dance audition, singing or acting songs or parts from shows. Sometimes my agent, Eddie, will set up appointments for auditions. I usually go to one to three auditions per day. Then I have my show at night, generally. Then there’s fitting in a side job to pay the rent, taking dance lessons and voice lessons. My voice teacher comes in from PSU to teach voice lessons to alums. Something unique about this business is that no day is ever exactly the same. My days are so drastically different because I don’t have a set schedule. I work my schedule around my shows and what auditions are that week. CCG: What is an audition like? Jackson: Typically there are about three people in the room watching you, but it really depends. I’ve been in auditions where one person is watching you and where a panel of 20 people is watching you. You will have more people in an audition when you get more callbacks further down the line in the audition process because they add on more creative team members to get their perspective and make sure everyone has a say in the casting process. CCG: What would be your absolute dream role? Jackson: I would love to be Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” That’s a dream role. I also love “Bring It On,” and I would love to be Eva in that. CCG: What’s it like living in New York City? Jackson: I have wanted to live in New York since I first came here when I was 12, and it’s a dream come true. I can’t even describe it. I was living in Queens when I first graduated and starting in January I moved right near Times Square, so I’m in the heart of everything now. I get up every morning, and I can see the Empire State Building from my window. This may be so cheesy, but I look outside,

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CHRISTINA JACKSON, right, a 2013 Penn State honors musical theatre graduate, plays Meredith in an off-Broadway production of “Peace, Love and Cupcakes: The Musical.” and it’s the biggest motivator to do my job. The harder I work, the bigger chance I have to stay here — I never want to leave. I think I knew what I was in for because I have visited New York so much, and I went on a national tour when I was a kid and I got a taste of professional acting life when I was younger. I never wanted to do anything else. One good thing is that I can walk everywhere. Especially living near Times Square — everything is within a 20-minute walk. Not everything is perfect. You can feel a little lonely sometimes, and it’s far from home. My parents and friends from Cincinnati aren’t able to visit a whole lot, unfortunately. But I’ve come to make so many friends here that every day it’s really starting to feel more and more like home. CCG: Have you met or seen anyone famous? Jackson: One of my side jobs is working for a catering company. I catered a party for Chelsea Handler so I hung out with her for a day. Joan Rivers once asked me for directions on the street! CCG: What advice do you have for scholars chasing their dreams post-graduation? Jackson: My rule was always say “yes” to opportunities. There were so many things that I didn’t know why I was saying yes to them but they led me to so many

incredible places. Jumping at every opportunity that I possibly can makes me crazy busy, but it allows me to meet so many people. I don’t think that I would be where I am in my career so soon after graduation without meeting those people and taking those risks. Take every chance that comes your way. CCG: What’s next? Jackson: I have been offered a couple of different contracts for regional theaters but I would love to go back on tour or go on a cruise ship. This is the time in my life that I want to travel. I would love to do a show that allows me to do that. The last time I was on tour I was 12 or 13 years old so I think it’s time again. Some jobs you learn about months in advance. With others, you could be a replacement for a show, and they need someone the next day. Literally. It’s the weird thing about this career. You have to live such a last-minute lifestyle. You can never be completely settled. It’s fantastic if you like adventures — if you like the unknown — but it can be stressful if you crave consistency. Once you live here, you understand that there’s so much more to the city than Times Square or the Empire State Building. You can never be bored. Moving here the day after graduation was a whirlwind, but in looking back, I know it was the best thing I could have done.

Center for the Performing Arts honors the Harveys UNIVERSITY PARK — Robert and Helen Harvey of State College are the 2014 recipients of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State Distinguished Service Award. The Harveys have helped to ensure the growth of the arts not only at Penn State but also in the community. “With their fun spirits and passionate support of the Center for the Performing Arts, Bob and Helen Harvey are most deserving of the Distinguished Service Award,” said Barbara Korner, dean of the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture. “The Harveys’ commitment to the Center for the Performing Arts is inspiring to us all,” said George Trudeau, director of the center. “I am so happy to see them receive this recognition for their long and deep commitment to our programs.” The Harveys have been Center for the Performing Arts Leadership Circle members since 2006. They first co-sponsored a presentation — Kirov Orchestra — with Glenn and Nancy Gamble. Since then, the couple has sponsored performances by Itzhak Perlman, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens and Moscow Festival Ballet. They also have supported jazz presentations and sponsored parking for various performances. In addition, the Harveys have volunteered at the center. Bob served as a guide for Eisenhower tours, and Helen recently completed her second term on the Community Advisory Council.

The Harveys have spent a lifetime involved in the arts. They met as musicians in college when they both attended Duff’s Business Institute (now the Everest Institute Pittsburgh). Bob played the alto saxophone and Helen the piano. Helen went on to earn a master’s degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed post-graduate work at Carnegie Mellon University. She has participated in an array of dance, theater and graphic design activities. She and Bob spent a year in Japan while she worked for the Omiya City Board of Education. Bob retired from People’s Natural Gas Company, while Helen retired after 42 years of teaching English and drama in the Armstrong and Hollidaysburg Area school districts. They have two daughters, Patricia and Ann. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes significant contributions and support to the Center for the Performing Arts, which has presented the honor annually since 1996. For more information about the Center for the Performing Arts, visit or

HELEN AND ROBERT HARVEY, of State College, are the recipients of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State 2014 Distinguished Service Award.

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School of Visual Arts students merge art, activism

UNIVERSITY PARK — “ARTivism: Bridging Communities Through Conversations,” an exhibition by Penn State students in the School of Visual Arts’ Art as Social Activism course, will be on display through Friday, May 9, at the State College Borough Building, 243 S. Allen St. in State College. This exhibition brings into question borders and boundaries, both physical and cultural. In the approach to international and national issues, every artist enrolled in the course has brought key social issues to light and has made steps toward changing the environment around them. ART as Social Activism, taught by Natalia Pilato, a doctoral student in art education, seeks to align student’s goals with a purposeful social mission. Students cultivate a deeper understanding of how they might affect the lives of others and what meaningful role they might play in the culture, through artistic practices and professional development. Through this practice, students cultivate a tangible methodology in approaching relevant social issues. This exhibition features four students/ artists and their four projects. Participating students are integrative arts candidate Naeem Holman, with a minor in engineering entrepreneurship; integrative arts candidate Maeve McCullough; Brittany Trappe, communications art and sciences candidate; and Alexandra Fahoome, community, environment and development candidate with a minor in entrepreneurship and innovation.

The projects include: n Holman’s “#28names,” which united his community during the month of February, turned 28 common white T-shirts into memorials for young black lives of color. Each day during that month, Holman posted an article on his website about the life of the victim memorialized. At the end of his project, he disrupted the HUB-Robeson Center floor by bringing together volunteers for a performance about the project. See more of his project at https://sites. n Trappe’s “Fitness for Life (FIFE),” seeks to create a better understanding about the human body and fitness through her photography. Working against the commercialized idea of the perfect athlete, Trappe connected with the local community to show that fitness is for all body types and levels. During the recent Beaver Stadium Run, she photographed the participants and plans to showcase these individuals in order to create a greater understanding within the fitness community. To learn more, visit FIFEforyourLIFE n Fahoome’s “Project Peacecard” tackles the tough issue of capturing stories of young lives affected by the conflict in the Palestinian West Bank through art. By creating an open artistic dialogue between students living in the West Bank and students living in State College through postcards, Fahoome has brought the in-

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NAEEM HOLMAN’S “#28names,” created for Penn State’s Art as Social Activism course, included a performance at HUB-Robeson Center. ternational community closer. For more information, visit http://projectpeacecard. n McCullough’s “Hua: the Paper Flower Project” brings the question of free expression and free speech to the community through the action of creating a paper flower in solidarity with imprisoned art-

ists and dissidents in China. To see more about this project, visit https://sites.psu. edu/thepaperflowerproject/. For more information, contact Tammy Hosterman, SoVA communications, at, or Natalia Pilato, doctoral student in art education, at nataliapilato@

‘Passages’ will make appearance at HUB-Robeson Galleries UNIVERSITY PARK — The HUB-Robeson Galleries will host an exhibit of Alice Kelsey’s recent landscapes, “Passages,” from Tuesday, May 20, through Thursday, July 31, with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 6.

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“SPIRIT OF JOY” by Alice Kelsey will be featured at the HUB-Robeson Galleries through July 31. The exhibit is scheduled to begin on May 20.

“Passages” arose from Kelsey’s explorations in and around Centre County and celebrates the wonder of the region’s natural areas. Many began on location outdoors, using a portable easel and backpack with art supplies. Her paintings feature oil and pastel landscapes in a colorful, gestural style, inspired by her deep connection to open spaces and the natural world. “I learn so much from nature when painting outdoors,” Kelsey said. “Noticing colors, and sense of mass and movement.” Kelsey discovers inspiring places during many outdoor adventures, including hiking, horseback riding and flyfishing. In keeping with the paintings’ inspirational source in the land of central Pennsylvania, the majority of works in the exhibit are presented in custom frames made from local hardwoods, including walnut, maple, sycamore and butternut. Kelsey’s artistic development extends from childhood sketching sessions with her grandfather to courses in painting, drawing and printmaking throughout high school and college. Her affinity for the natural world stems from early experiences. “I grew up in a beautiful, varied, open section of eastern Pennsylvania,” she said. “I feel that this land nurtured me to be an artist — growing my sensitivity and appreciation for color and form, and a sense of belonging to the land.” Kelsey also finds a bridging of her spiritual journey in the process of painting. “When I’m painting with a harmony of

inner and outer forces, color and strokes flow with a sense of guidance beyond myself, and the painting becomes filled with something more, a reservoir of spirit.” Kelsey focuses on art full time, and her paintings have received recognition in regional and national juried exhibitions while represented by several galleries. Kelsey will give a gallery talk from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 13, in the

HUB Gallery. She will also give a presentation, “From Field to Frame,” to demonstrate the tools and methods she uses while painting outdoors from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, at the HUB Gallery. For more information, contact the HUB-Robeson Galleries at (814) 865-0775 or visit artgalleries.

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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 Palmer Museum of Art will feature “Forging Alliances” through Sunday, May 11. This exhibition draws on the Palmer Museum’s collection of postWWII mingei ceramics. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit Exhibit — The Palmer Museum of Art will feature the exhibition “Surveying Judy Chicago: Five Decades” through Sunday, May 11. The exhibit charts Chicago’s remarkable and ongoing career. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit or Exhibit — “The Art of Adornment” will be on display through Sunday, May 25, in the Windows of the World Gallery at the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, 133 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Gallery hours are 1 to 4:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call (814) 355-4280 or visit Exhibit — Photography by R. Thomas Berner will be on display through Friday, May 30, at Schlow Centre Region Library’s Betsy Roger Allen Gallery, 211 S. Allen St., State College. Berner’s current exhibit will feature images from Centre County, including the abandoned Cerro Plant on Route 144. Gallery hours are Mondays through Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays, noon to 9 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1:30 to 5 p.m. The library will be closed from Monday, May 12, to Monday, May 19, at noon. For more information, call (814) 237- 6238. Exhibit — “The Nature of Art” will be on display through Saturday, May 31, at the State College Framing Company and Gallery, 160 Rolling Ridge Drive, State College. An opening reception will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 2. Gallery hours are Mondays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (814) 2347336. Exhibit — Work by Holly Fritchman will be on display through Saturday, May 31, in the Sieg Gallery at the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, 133 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Gallery hours are 1 to 4:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call (814) 355-4280 or visit www.bellefonte Exhibit — “Relics” by Stephen Althouse will be on display through Saturday, May 31, in the Community Gallery at the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, 133 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Gallery hours are 1 to 4:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call (814) 355-4280 or visit www. Exhibition — “Challenge Yourself” by Judy Chicago will be on display through Friday, June 13, in the Paterno Special Collections Library, University Park. Visit Exhibit — The works of Bill Ragosta and Norris Lacy will be on display through Monday, June 30, in the Tea Room Gallery at the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, 133 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Gallery hours are 1 to 4:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call (814) 3554280 or visit Exhibit — “Passages,” a series of recent paintings by Alice Kelsey, will be on display through Sunday, July 27, in the HUB Gallery, University Park. A public reception for the gallery will take place on June 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. Visit www.studentaffairs.psu. edu/hub/artgalleries. Summer Camp Registration — Registration for “Boot Camp for Kids,” which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Pennsylvania Military Museum, will be open until Friday, July 25. This camp will simulate the boot camp experience for boys and girls ages 8 to 13. To register,

visit or call (814) 466-6263. History/Genealogy — Learn about local history and genealogy with expert researchers at the Historical Museum and Pennsylvania Room, 203 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. Call (814) 355-1516 or visit www.


Garage Sale — There will be a garage sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 913 Shady Lane, Bellefonte. There will be tools, toys, furniture, clothes and more. Meeting — Centre County Triad will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. at Centre LifeLink EMS, 125 Puddintown Road, State College. Lt. Matthew White of the Penn State University Police will give an explosive detection and canine demo presentation. Call (824) 238-2524 or (908) 902-3122. Story Time — Preschoolers can enjoy stories and songs at the Thursday story time from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. at Discovery Space, 112 W. Foster Ave., Suite 1, State College. Story times are free with paid admission. Call (814) 234-0200 or email info@ Children’s Program — Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 can work on science-themed activities with “Science Adventures” from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at Discovery Space, 112 W. Foster Ave., Suite 1, State College. Activities are free with paid admission. Call (814) 234-0200, email info@mydiscoveryspace. org or visit Craft Class — The Centre County Library and Historical Museum will host “Hooks & Needles,” an adult craft class, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at 200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-1516 or visit Story Time — Holt Memorial Library will have preschool story time from 2 to 3 p.m. at 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Today’s theme is “Come and See!” Call (814) 342-1987 or visit www.centrecounty Children’s Program — The Centre County Library and Historical Museum will host its Lego club from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-1516 or visit www.centrecounty Comic Club — Schlow Centre Region Library will host a comic club for high school students from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Musser Room, 211 S. Allen St., State College. Visit Support Group — Mount Nittany Medical Center will host a diabetes support group from 6 to 7 p.m. in Conference Rooms 1 and 2 through Entrance E at 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. Contact Amy Leffard at or call (814) 231-7095. Family Program — Holt Memorial Library will host “It’s Elementary,” a series of activities and presentations for elementary school students and their families, from 6 to 7 p.m. at 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Tonight’s theme is “Elementary Craft Night.” Call (814) 342-1987 or visit www.centre Embroidery Club — An embroidery club will meet from 6:30 to 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. Performance — The Centre Sings semifinals will take place at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 109 McAllister St., State College. Call (814) 234-7731.

FRIDAY, MAY 9 Garage Sale — There will be a garage sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 913 Shady Lane, Bellefonte. There will be tools, toys, furniture, clothes and more. Yard Sale — The Runville United Methodist Church will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1216 Runville Road, Bellefonte. There will also be a concession stand. Call (814) 571-1100. Developmental Screenings — Strawberry Fields professionals will administer developmental screenings for children from 9:30 a.m. to noon at 200 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-1516 or visit Line Dancing — Centre Region Parks and Recreation presents line dancing at 10:50 a.m. at the Centre Region Senior Center, 131 S. Fraser St., No.1, State College. No experience necessary or partners needed. Call (814) 231-3076.

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THE STATE COLLEGE Area Municipal Band with conductor Dr. Ned C. Deihl will perform a Mother’s Day concert, “Marching Down Broadway – and a Posy for Mom” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at the State College Area High School South Auditorium. Farmers’ Market — The Downtown State College Farmers’ Market will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Locust Lane, State College. Visit www.friday. Financial Program — The Centre County Library and Historical Museum will host a financial program with Lori Boob from Citizen’s Bank from 2 to 3 p.m. at 200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Today’s theme is “Budgeting for a Better Life.” Learn tips about personal finance and get your questions answered. Call (814) 3551516 or visit Dinner — The Ferguson Township Lion’s Club will have a chicken barbecue dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Club Building, 424 W. Pine Grove Road, Pine Grove Mills. Call (814) 238-6695. Exhibition and Sale — The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania Potters Guild exhibition and sale will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at 818 Pike St., Lemont. This event will benefit the guild’s kiln fundraiser. Visit Musical — Singing Onstage Studios presents “13,” with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn, at 7:30 p.m. at The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College. This high-energy musical for all ages is about discovering that cool is where you find it and where you least expect it. Tickets can be purchased by calling (814) 2720606 or visiting


Food Drive — Letter carriers from the Bellefonte and State College post offices will be collecting non-perishable food items to be distributed to five area food banks. This annual event is in its 22nd year and has collected more than 1.3 billion pounds of food. Call (814) 355-2821 or (814) 238-2435. Farmers’ Market — The Bellefonte Farmers’ Market will take place from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of the Gamble Mill Restaurant, downtown Bellefonte. Visit Garage Sale — There will be a garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon at 913 Shady Lane, Bellefonte. There will be tools, toys, furniture, clothes and more. Yard Sale — The Runville United Methodist Church will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon at 1216 Runville Road, Bellefonte. There will also be a concession stand. Call (814) 571-1100. Spring Clean Up — Volunteers are needed to assist with Spring Clean Up Day at the Port Matilda Cemetery from 9 a.m. to noon on Cemetery Road, Port Matilda. Tools such as rakes and weed-eaters will be helpful. Call (814) 962-8357. Book Sale — The 53rd annual AAUW Used Book Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Snider Agricultural Arena, University Park. More than 200,000 books in 33 categories will be available for purchase. Visit Exhibition and Sale — The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania Potters Guild exhibition and sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 818 Pike St., Lemont. This event will benefit the guild’s kiln fundraiser. Visit Farmers’ Market — The Millheim Farmers’ Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Millheim America Le-

gion, 162 W. Main St., Millheim. Visit www. Farmers’ Market — The North Atherton Farmers’ Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Home Depot parking lot, 2615 Green Tech Drive, State College. Visit Children’s Activity — Schlow Centre Region Library presents “Saturday Stories Alive” from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Children’s Activity Room at 211 S. Allen St., State College. The event will be a half hour of stories, fingerplays and hand-on activities. Visit Benefit — The Born to Believe and Mountain Top ALIVE Relay for Life Teams will host a Thirty-One bingo and silent auction beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Bald Eagle Area High School, 751 S. Eagle Valley Road, Wingate. A ticket to the event is required and can be purchased by calling (814) 577-5369 or (814) 883-0893. Event — The Rhoneymeade Arboretum and Sculpture Garden will feature artist Judith Bogert, who will display her watercolors, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Rimmey Road, Centre Hall. Visit www. Opera — The Metropolitan Opera Live HD presents “La Cenerentola” at 1 p.m. at The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College. There will be a pre-opera talk at noon. Tickets can be purchased by calling (814) 272-0606 or visiting www. Children’s Activity — The Go Club, for children age 12 and up, will meet to do arts and crafts and play games from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in the Sun Room at Schlow Centre Region Library, State College. Visit www. Concert — The State College Choral Society will perform during the 65th Anniversary Gala Concert at 3 p.m. at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, University Park. The program includes Bach’s “St. John Passion.” Dinner — New Hope Lutheran Church of Spring Mills will have a ham pot pie dinner, eat in or take out, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 119 Cobblestone Court, Spring Mills. Theatre — National Theatre Live presents “King Lear” at 7 p.m. at The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College. In this Shakespeare tragedy, an aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. Tickets can be purchased by calling (814) 272-0606 or visiting www.thestatetheatre. org. Games — Snow Shoe EMS will host bingo at 7 p.m. at 492 W. Sycamore St., Snow Shoe. Doors open at 5 p.m.


Book Sale — The 53rd annual AAUW Used Book Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Snider Agricultural Arena, University Park. More than 200,000 books in 33 categories will be available for purchase. Visit Buffet — The Casino at Lakemont Park will have a Mother’s Day buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 300 Lakemont Park Blvd., Altoona. Reservations can be made by calling (814) 944-6775. Brunch — The Bellefonte Elks Club will What’s Happening, Page 33

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What’s Happening, from page 32 have Mother’s Day brunch at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. at 120 W. High St., Bellefonte. Tickets can be purchased from the bartender. Event — The Rhoneymeade Arboretum and Sculpture Garden will feature artist Judith Bogert, who will display her watercolors, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Rimmey Road, Centre Hall. Visit Exhibition and Sale — The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania Potters Guild exhibition and sale will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at 818 Pike St., Lemont. This event will benefit the guild’s kiln fundraiser. Visit


Book Sale — The 53rd annual AAUW Used Book Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Snider Agricultural Arena, University Park. More than 200,000 books in 33 categories will be available for purchase. Today is half price day. Visit Volunteering — Bellefonte Area Mission Central HUB will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-9425. Story Time — The Centre Hall Branch Library will have preschool story time from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at 109 W. Beryl St., Centre Hall. Today’s theme is “ABCs.” Call (814) 3642580 or visit Story Time — The Centre County Library and Historical Museum will have toddler story time from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Today’s theme is “Springtime and Moms.” Call (814) 355-1516 or visit www. Line Dancing — Centre Region Parks and Recreation presents line dancing at 10:50 a.m. at the Centre Region Senior Center, 131 S. Fraser St., No.1, State College. No experience necessary or partners needed. Call (814) 2313076. Garden Club — Holt Memorial Library will host a garden club from 6 to 7 p.m. at 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Call (814) 342-1987 or visit Bingo — The State College Knights of Columbus will host bingo at 7 p.m. at 850 Stratford Drive, State College. Practice/Performance — The Nittany Knights will perform a capella barbershop songs at 7:15 p.m. at the South Hills School of Business and Technology, 480 Waupelani Drive, State College. For more information, call (814) 7777455, visit or email jimkerhin@


Book Sale — The 53rd annual AAUW Used Book Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Snider Agricultural Arena, University Park. More than 200,000 books in 33 categories will be available for purchase. Today is $5 bag day. Visit Seniors Hiking Group — Enjoy a moderate hike in the great outdoors at 9 a.m. at various locations in and around State College. The hikes are free except for car pool donations. To register, call (814) 231-3076 or visit www. Coffee Time — Bring a friend and savor that second cup of coffee and conversation from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, Howard United Methodist Church, West Main St., Howard. Story Time — Holt Memorial Library will have a toddler story time from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Call (814) 342-1987 or visit www.centrecounty Farmers’ Market — The Tuesday State College Farmers’ Market will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Locust Lane, State College. Visit www.tuesday.statecollege Story Time — The Centre County Library and Historical Museum will have preschool story time from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at 200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Today’s theme is “Springtime and Moms.” Call (814) 355-1516 or visit www.centre Children’s Program — The Centre Hall Branch Library will host a program for home-schooled students in grades 6-12 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at 109 W. Beryl St., Centre Hall. The group will discuss “Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?” by Richard Maybury. Call (814) 364-2580 or visit Farmers’ Market — The Boalsburg Farmers’ Market will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Military Museum, 51 Boal Ave., Boalsburg. Visit www.boalsburg Wellness Series — Mount Nittany Medical Center will sponsor “A Taste of the Mediterranean Lifestyle” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Fit For Play, 2160 Sandy Drive, State College. This is a two-part wellness series. Part two includes an appetizer social, informative lifestyle seminars, a Mediterranean cooking demonstration with tasting and a wine and chocolate pairing. Registration is required and can be done at or by calling (814) 861-8122. Meeting — Ferguson Township will host an open forum to discuss improvements to the S&A Field from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 3147 Research Drive, State College. Call (814) 238-4651. Support Group — An Alzheimer’s and dementia support group will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Mount Nittany Dining Room at The Inn at Brookline, 1930 Cliffside Drive, State College. Meeting — The Happy Valley Time Bank meet and greet will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at New Leaf Initative, 243 S. Allen St., State College. Visit www.happy Meeting — The Bellefonte Area School District board of directors will have a meeting at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Bellefonte Area Middle School, 100 N. School St., Bellefonte. Line Dancing — Centre Region Parks and Recreation presents line dancing at 7 p.m. at the Mt. Nittany Residence, 301 Rolling Ridge Drive, State College. No experience necessary or partners needed. Call (814) 231-3076. Model Railroad Club — Nittany Valley Model Railroad Club meets at 7 p.m. at Old Gregg School Community and Recreation Center, Room No. 1A,106 School St., Spring Mills. Call Fred at (814) 422-7667.


Story Time — The Centre County Library and Historical Museum will have baby book time from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at 200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Book themes will vary throughout May. Call (814) 355-1516 or visit www.centre Support Group — Mount Nittany Medical Center will sponsor a diabetes support group from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. in the Centre Region Senior Center at 131 S. Frasier St. #1, State College. Call Carol Clitherow at (814) 231-3076. Children’s Program — Children ages 6 months old to 2 years old can explore science through books and movement during “Baby Explorers” from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Discovery Space, 112 W. Foster Ave., Suite 1, State College. Activities are free with paid admission. Call (814) 234-0200, email or visit www. Story Time — Holt Memorial Library will have preschool story time from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Today’s theme is “Flower Power.” Call (814) 342-1987 or visit Story Time — The Centre County Library and Historical Museum will have preschool story time from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at 200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Today’s theme is “Springtime and Moms.” Call (814) 355-1516 or visit www. Line Dancing — Centre Region Parks and Recreation presents line dancing at 10:50 a.m. at the Centre Region Senior Center, 131 S. Fraser St., No.1, State College. No experience necessary or partners needed. Call (814) 231-3076. Volunteering — Bellefonte Area Mission Central HUB will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Trinity United Meth-

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Story Time — Preschoolers can enjoy stories and songs at the Thursday story time from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. at Discovery Space, 112 W. Foster Ave., Suite 1, State College. Story times are free with paid admission. Call (814) 2340200 or email — Compiled by Gazette staff

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odist Church, 128 W. Howard St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-9425. Farmers’ Market — The Lemont Farmers’ Market will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. at 133 Mt. Nittany Road, Lemont. Visit Children’s Program — The Centre Hall Branch Library will host an after school science club from 3 to 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. at 109 W. Beryl St., Centre Hall. This month, learn about the life cycle of butterflies, butterfly gardens and pollinator gardens, and create a garden marker to take home. Call (814) 364-2580 or visit www. Event — Centre Region Parks and Recreation presents “Fly Kids,” a new young bird-watching club, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, 548 Puddintown Road, State College. For more information, visit or call (814) 231-3071. Health Class — Mount Nittany Medical Center will sponsor “Healthy Weight for Life,” a weight loss and management class series, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms 2 and 3 at 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. A preand post-program evaluation is provided in the class cost. Contact Heather Harpster at or (814) 231-7194 for more information and to register. Class — Knowledge Kafe presents a variety of classes from 6 to 9 p.m. at South Hills School of Business & Technology, 480 Waupelani Drive, State College. Registration is required. Classes include Intermediate Beer Making, Seasonal Soups, Medicinal Use of Kitchen and Garden Herbs, and The Lease Contract: Lord and Tenant. Call (814) 2347755 or visit Zumba — New Hope United Methodist Church will sponsor a free Zumba class at 6 p.m. at the church, 1089 E. College Ave., Bellefonte. Call Amanda at (814) 321-4528. Group Meeting — Celebrate Recovery will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Christ Community Church, 200 Ellis Place, State College. The group uses the “Eight Recovery Principles” with a 12-step approach to help members cope with life’s troubles. For more information, visit or call (814) 234-0711. Support Group — Mount Nittany Health and HEART (Helping Empty Arms Recover Together) will sponsor a fertility issues and loss support group from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Choices, 2214 N. Atherton St. Upper Level, State College. Email or visit Lecture — Artist Stephen Althouse will give a lecture at 7:30 p.m. at the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, 133 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Althouse will discuss his unique imagery and his large-scale pieces that are currently exhibited at the museum, followed by a Q&A session. Visit



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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 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 www. 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 www. Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Groups meet the first Friday at 1 p.m. and second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. of every month in the Mount Nittany Dining Room at The Inn at Brookline, 1930 Cliffside Drive, State College. Contact Anne at (814) 234–3141 or teadmin@brooklinevillage. com or Janie at (814) 235–2000 or iwpcommrel@ for 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 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. Contact Sue at (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 at (814) 383–2151. Bald Eagle Area Class of 1968 meets for breakfast at 9 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at Bestway Travel Center Inc., State Route 150, Exit 158, Milesburg. Call John at (814) 3557746. 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 visit Bellefonte Kiwanis Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Moose Club, 125 N. Spring St., Bellefonte. Call Jeff Steiner at (814) 359-3233 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) 231–7005. 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 jmoest@yahoo. com. 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.–pa–holistic–wellnessgroup. 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 www.centrecountydownsyndrome. org. The Centre County Green Party meets at 7:15 p.m. on the second Thursday 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, email len@ or visit www.centrecounty 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:– region–wargaming–and–miniatures–group. 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 nonprofit 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 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. Call (717) 242–7099 or visit 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 at (814) 693–0188 or barb., or contact Lori Clayton at (814) 692–8077 or 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 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 www.nittany 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 for lunch at noon with the meeting beginning at 1 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday at Freedom Life 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 at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month at Milesburg Center across from Uni–Mart. 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.statecollege 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 diabetes. 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 at (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 at (814) 355–3557. Nittany Leatherneck Detachment meets from 7:30–9 p.m. at the Bellefonte Elks Club on the second Tuesday of every month, January through October. All Marines and F.M.F. corpsmen are welcome. 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. No meetings in June or July. Call (814) 237-1094 visit http://nittany or email com. 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 or visit www.oldgreggschool. org. 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 Thursday of the month at Inspired Holistic Wellness, 111 S. Spring St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 883–0957, email or visit www.inspiredholistic 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 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@ 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.state 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) 237–5220 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 Dick Kustin at (814) 238-2524 or Don Hohner at (908) 902-3122. Trout Unlimited, a nonprofit 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. Membership fee is $35. Contact Darlene Foster at (814) 238–8739 or rdf55@ WiNGs, the Women’s Network Group for women entrepreneurs, has a social from 8–8:30 a.m. and meets from 8:30–10:30 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@ — Compiled by Gazette staff

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Social media users need help with interface changes By MATT SWAYNE Special to the Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK — Social media companies that give users a greater sense of control can ease them into interface changes, as well as curb defections to competitors, according to researchers. “Several studies have looked into how social media companies have failed,” said Pamela Wisniewski, a post-doctoral scholar in information sciences and technology, Penn State. “What we need to think about is how social media companies can be more adaptive and how they can improve the longevity of their sites. In a study of the reaction to the introduction of Facebook’s Timeline interface between 2011 and 2012, researchers found that users considered the mandatory transition to the new interface highly stressful. They also found evidence that suggests that giving users a voice can give them a sense of control to better adapt to new online environments. Facebook’s Timeline interface allowed users to access posts by date, highlighted certain events and set privacy controls to remove, modify visibility or hide posts on

their page. The company initially provided a blog to release information to users, but then closed the blog, said Wisniewski, who worked with Heng Xu, associate professor of information sciences and technology, Penn State, and Yunan Chen, assistant professor of informatics, University of California, Irvine. Denying users the ability to use the blog as a place to voice their concerns and give feedback may have thwarted one of the positive strategies people use to cope with changes in their environment, the researchers said. People who feel more in control become focused on solving problems and adjusting to the change, while those who do not feel they have control tend to focus on their emotions and resort to more negative coping strategies. The researchers, who presented their findings today (April 30) at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, said that 67 percent of users’ coping strategies in the Timeline transition were negative. The users complained, threatened to switch to another social network and urged others to drop Facebook. “Without giving people a way of offer-

ing feedback, you make them feel less empowered and they have more of a feeling of hopelessness,” said Wisniewski. Some users did adapt more successfully and took positive steps to use the new interface, including learning about Timeline and finding new ways to customize it. Companies that halt communication run the risk of allowing false information to circulate among users. “Without providing more users feedback, not only was there more negativity, but a lot of the information that was causing the negativity was actually based on misinformation,” said Wisniewski. “Being more responsive and sharing information with users can stop some of this misinformation.” The researchers also said that changing too many features at once can confuse users and may lead to a harsher backlash. “In the Timeline rollout, they added several other features at the same time as Timeline,” said Wisniewski. “These weren’t necessarily part of Timeline, but were thrown in at the same time.” The researchers examined users’ perceptions and signs of coping strategies by reviewing 1,149 comments posted to Face-


IN THE EVER-CHANGING world of social media, a recent study showed companies that give users more control can ease them into interface changes more easily. book’s Timeline release blog from September 2011 to April 2012. Facebook first made the transition to the new interface on Dec. 15, 2011, as an opt-in feature. The interface became mandatory for Facebook users on May 21, 2012.

Students to receive assistance from new scholarship UNIVERSITY PARK — A Penn State alumnus has established a new scholarship that will benefit students in the College of Agricultural Sciences with demonstrated financial need. Kenton Rexford, of Pittsburgh, provided a $50,000 gift to create the Camille DeClementi Trustee Scholarship. First preference for funds will go to students majoring in toxicology. The Trustee Matching Scholarship Program maximizes the impact of private giving while directing funds to students as quickly as possible, meeting the urgent need for scholarship support. For Trustee Scholarships created through the end of “For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students” on Monday, June 30, Penn State will provide an annual 10 percent match of the total pledge or gift. This level is an increase from the program’s original match of 5 percent, and it is available only for new endowments

of $50,000 or more. The university match, which is approximately double the endowment’s annual spendable income, continues in perpetuity, multiplying the support available for students with financial need. Rexford established the endowment in honor of Camille DeClementi, senior director of medical records for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She formerly was senior director of animal health services at the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center. Prior to joining the ASPCA, DeClementi practiced emergency and general medicine in Pittsburgh and Tennessee. A graduate of Lebanon Valley College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, she is a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology and the American Board of Toxicology. “Drs. Rexford and DeClementi have been staunch friends and supporters of the department,” said Mary Kennett, head of

the college’s Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. “They have given generously of their time, interacted with our students and given talks at student events. “They also have given freely of their resources to support scholarships, and we are extremely thankful for this new scholarship that will support our toxicology students,” she said. Rexford graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences in 1990 with a degree in animal bioscience before receiving his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a partner at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center and immediate past president of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association. In 2009, Rexford also created the Kenton D. Rexford Honors Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences. That scholarship benefits students in the college who also are enrolled in the Schreyer

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Honors College, with first preference given to veterinary and biomedical sciences majors. In addition, he has endowed two scholarships at the University of Pennsylvania. Rexford’s gift will help the College of Agricultural Sciences to achieve the goals of “For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students.” This university-wide effort is directed toward a shared vision of Penn State as the most comprehensive, studentcentered research university in America. The university is engaging Penn State’s alumni and friends as partners in achieving six key objectives: ensuring student access and opportunity, enhancing honors education, enriching the student experience, building faculty strength and capacity, fostering discovery and creativity, and sustaining the university’s tradition of quality. The campaign’s top priority is keeping a Penn State degree affordable for students and families.

Harner elected to Growers Association board STATE COLLEGE — Chris Harner, of Harner Farms in State College, has been elected to the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association board of directors. The association has more than 935 members from across the state and surrounding states, most of whom are commercial vegetable, potato and berry growers. Members of the association receive monthly newsletters, as well as invitations to attend regional grower meetings, an annual educational convention and trade show, and legislative representation. During the past 25 years, the association has raised more than $750,000 to benefit vegetable and small fruit research at Penn State. Harner replaces Robert Amsterdam who retired from the board after serving for 20 years, including two years as president. Along with Harner, five other incumbent directors were reelected for three-year terms: Fred (Ted) Dymond III, of Dallas; Kenneth Martin, of New Berlin; David Miller, of York; John Shenk, of Lititz; and Jeff Stoltzfus, of Atglen. Harner is a third-generation fruit and vegetable grower, and has worked on the farm his whole life. Since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business management from Penn State in 1994, Harner has worked full time at Harner Farms. Harner’s farm is currently composed of about 40 acres of tree fruit and 30 acres of vegetables, with the remaining acres dedicated to Christmas trees, blueberries, grapes, greenhouses, high tunnels, corn mazes and more. The Harners operate a retail farm market, attend a downtown farmer’s market and sell wholesale to local restaurants, grocery stores and other farms. Harner Farms also has been making the transition to “pick-your-own” to provide on-the-farm activities for families in the area.

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DEED TRANSFERS 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.


William T. Marvin by prothonotary, Tina M. Gates and Tina M. Marvin to Christopher M. Wharton and Andrea C. Wharton, 344 E. Beaver Ave., State College, $55,000. Martha Ann Fisher Mensch and Martha A. Fisher to Martha Ann Fisher Mensch and Charles A. Mensch Jr., 1003 Tanney St., Bellefonte, $1. James H. Mortensen and Sharon Mortensen to Susan L. Ahart, 124 E. Beaver Ave., Bellefonte, $700,000. Cecil G. Weaver Jr. by sheriff to Bank of New York Mellon, 263 N. Thomas St., Bellefonte, $4,395.76.


Berks Construction Company Inc. and Berks Homes to Bellefonte Management LLC, 121 Exeter Lane, Bellefonte, $153,408. Berks Construction Company Inc. and Berks Homes to Cape Feat Holding LLC, 119 Exeter Lane, Bellefonte, $177,770. Berks Construction Company Inc. and Berks Homes to Bellefonte Management LLC, 123 Exeter Lane, Bellefonte, $153,408. Village of Nittany Glen LP to Pamela Czapla, 137 Rock Forge Road, State College, $185,000. Susan L. Webster, Lloyd D. Whitehead and Susan D. Whitehead to Susan L. Whitehead and Lloyd D. Whitehead, 142 Yarrow Way, No.8B, Bellefonte, $1.


Charles Donald Derr to Charles Donald Derr, Brenda Boutot, Charles Derr, Melissa

Derr and Susan Garner, 106 E. Locust St., Centre Hall, $1.


Anna C. Domask and Ian N. Failing to Paul K. Strother and Cecilia Lenk, 1209 Mayberry Lane, State College, $259,900. Patricia D. Gill and Barry D. Gill to Daniel F. Ritter and Shannon L. Ritter, 115 Hunter Ave., State College, $250,000. Marc E. McMullin and Margaret H. McMullin to Timothy D. Murphy and Dorothea A. Murphy, 1112 Mayberry Lane, State College, $295,000.


Fannie Mae and Federal National Mortgage Association to Jeffery T. Smead, 1270 Circleville Road, State College, $170,000. Joan G. Young to Thomas R. Knepp and Linda A. Knepp, 200 Treetops Drive, State College, $1.


Secretary of Housing & Urban Development to Dennis Fedorov and Oksana Fedorov, 104 Stony Hill Lane, Spring Mills, $62,000.

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Mary E. Dunkel to Robert Houtz and Carol Houtz, 935 Hart Circle, State College, $179,950. Michael Masood Arjmand estate, James Arjmand & administer, Monica Mitra Arjmand & per rep, Monica Z. Snipes & per rep, Mitra Zhaleh Snipes & per rep and Wallace C. Snipes to Yann Real Estate LP, 1777 Blue Course Drive, State College, $133,900. Kevin S. Fogle to Katarina Swirid, 109 Sunrise Terrace, State College, $120,000. Robert C. Houtz and Carol D. Houtz to C Wayne Company LP, 732 W. College Ave., State College, $265,000. William E. Patterson Jr., William E. Patterson Jr. and Kristin M. Patterson to Jeffrey C. Meadows and Lesley A. Ross-Meadows, 826 W. Beaver Ave., State College, $235,000. Emily Klein Rupert and Emily Klein to Jonathan S. Pitt, 212 E. McCormick Ave., State College, $248,000. Fred A. Strouse by agent to Andrew G. Freeman, 238 W. Crestmont Ave., State College, $165,000.

Truman Shaffer and Dolores M. Shaffer to David C. Esh and Martha Z. Esh, 226 Charcoal Drive, Rebersburg, $350,000.


Pamela Czapla to Jason C. Wagner and Johanna R. Wagner, 425 Weymouth Circle, State College, $229,900. Lincoln Associates Joint Venture to Gerald Lee Robbins and Karen Elizabeth Robbins, 394 Timberton Circle, Bellefonte, $105,000. Eric J. Rouse and Catherine E. Rouse to Brian B. Hill and Nikki L. Hill, 128 Spring Glen Place, Port Matilda, $427,500.


Bohumil Kasal and Dana Kasalova to Cedric F. Detry and Christelle Wauthier, 275 Winesap Drive, Port Matilda, $389,900.




Daniel Logan Ake by sheriff and Traces Lee Ake by sheriff to LSF8 Master Participation Trust, 138 W. North St., Aaronsburg, $12,029.37.


Dorothea E. Reish by attorney to Tanya Nolte, 1203 Earlystown Road, Boalsburg, $90,000. Daniel F. Ritter and Shannon L. Ritter to Sarah A. Pendergrass, 190 Faith Circle, Boalsburg, $198,000.


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Ave., Bellefonte, $150,000. Joan H. Clark by agent and Joan Heath Clark by agent to Sandra Butz, 1618 Axemann Road, Bellefonte, $47,000. Siltop Visions LLC to UGW LP, East Rolling Ridge Drive, Bellefonte, $135,000.

Judith Ann Frank, Judith Ann Biddlecomb, Stephen Mitchell Frank and Stephen M. Frank to Judith Ann Frank, 139 Kennel Lane, Philipsburg, $1. Sherry Hubler, Sherry Monoskey, John Hubler estate and Blain G. Hubler administer to Sherry Monoskey and George J. Monoskey, Tyrone Pike, Philipsburg, $1.


Yevgeniya Aseyev, Steele Hollow Road, Julian, $1. Scott M. Dehart and Cynthia Dehart to Scott M. Dehart and Cynthia Dehart, 350 Miles Hollow Road, Julian, $1. Russell K. Hartsock to Beryl Holtzinger, Mudlick Road, Julian, $1.

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David R. Mihalik, Chris A. Mihalik and Karen Jo Mihalik to Rick A. Mihalik, East Sycamore Road, Snow Shoe, $1. Rick A. Mihalik and Patricia C. Mihalik to Timothy C. Rees and Paula P. Rees, East Sycamore Road, Snow Shoe, $25,000.


Nikki M. Bressler and Kenneth N. Bressler to Cindy Stahlman, 1311 E. College



David R. Barnhart by sheriff and Rebecca L. Barnhart by sheriff to Michael A. Yearick and Brandy R. Yearick, 292 Barnhart Road, Julian, $255,000.


Jason D. Bernhardt and Jennifer N. Bernhardt to Gregory J. Rosati, 256 Jefferson Circle, Bellefonte, $303,000. — Compiled by Gazette staff

Advanced Manufacturing Forum celebrates 75th meeting UNIVERSITY PARK — The Advanced Manufacturing Forum, hosted by the Penn State Smeal College of Business Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change, recently celebrated its 75th gathering at the Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center in State College. The forum convenes twice a year to address management issues in the implementation of new manufacturing practices and technologies. Based around themes that are currently important to the industry, the last several forums have focused on sustainability. “There are a number of sustainabilityrelated concerns that affect manufacturing and its management,” said Gerald Susman, director of the CMTOC and of Smeal’s Sustainability Council. “Sustainable manufacturing is aligned with lean manufacturing in that sustainable reductions add to the bottom line.” Presentation topics at the 75th Advanced Manufacturing Forum ranged from

using data to make plant processes more sustainable, reducing carbon dioxide in plant operations, using supply chain to reduce environmental footprint and more. “Companies who practice sustainability are more profitable,” said Susman, “because they exhibit good management and operational excellence and make products that enhance their customers’ sustainability. “And it makes good economic sense in a broad way — not just within one’s own business.” The forum’s presenters included Daniel Marascalchi, vice president of global operations at Harris Products Group/Lincoln Electric Company; Dan Cassidy, energy and sustainability manager, and Bill Mullen, director of MD&D Facilities Regional Lead East, of Johnson & Johnson; Darrell Edwards, senior vice president of operations at La-Z-Boy; and Mark Cacciatore, vice president of manufacturing at Campbell Soup Company.


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McCann joins Global Connections UNIVERSITY PARK — Marc McCann recently joined Global Connections as its new executive director. He came to Global Connections from Arrow Child and Family Ministries, where he oversaw the State College office and worked as program director and on fundraising initiatives. He has experience working as a high school social studies teacher, including

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The Mommy Shoppe is a place where parents can clothe their children for free/yard sale pricing. Open monthly on the 3rd Saturday 10‑2 & following Mon 6‑8 Houserville UMC 1320 Houserville Rd, themommyshoppe (814) 499‑2287

Ferguson Township Lions Club Community Yard Sale Saturday May 10th 8am to 12pm Rain or shine (indoor if rain/ outdoor if nice) Spaces: $10 ‑ must supply your own table. Questions or to reserve a space: (814) 238‑6695

The Landings Spring 2014 Friday May 10th & Saturday May 11th from 8am ‑ 3pm. Rain or shine. Lots of families. Off Bristol Ave from W. College Ave. Behind Forever Broadcasting. Google Map 2551 Park Center Boulevard, 16801 and keep driving. 2551 Park Center Blvd State College 16801

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PARKS CARETAKER Senior Health and Safety Engineer First Quality is a privately-held group of manufacturing companies who are leaders in their respective industry. The organization is run by hands-on owners with dynamic expansion plans to significantly increase the size of the business over the next several years. To support this growth, we are seeking an experienced Senior Health and Safety Engineer for our Tissue facility located in Lock Haven, PA. This position will be responsible for providing technical skills in the operation and support of the health and safety program to maintain an accident-free work environment and ensure compliance with regulatory agencies. Primary responsibilities include: • Aspires to achieve a zero injury culture through visible support of the injury prevention and safety program. • Plans and implements safety policies and procedures in compliance with local, state and federal OSHA rules and regulations. • Plans and implements programs to train managers and employees in work site safety practices, fire prevention and correct handling techniques for chemicals, toxins, equipment and other materials. • Ensure required safety training is complete for all employees and maintain training records. • Active facilitation or participation in safety meetings and training sessions. • Conduct regular walk through safety inspections to identify hazards, document findings, recommend corrective actions and follow through to ensure corrections have been made. • Provides information, signs, posters, barriers and other materials to warn of potential and actual safety hazards and to prevent access to hazardous conditions. • Assist in establishing policies for preventive actions through studying accidents and potential risks in general work environments. • Investigate accidents, identify root cause, and assist in implementing corrective actions. • Assist in coordinating and overseeing the return-to-work program for injured workers. Assist in overall workers compensation administration. • Facilitate communication of company safety policies, procedures and standards with all visitors, including contractors and vendors. The ideal candidate should possess the following skills:

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VOTE MAY 20th AT YOUR REGULAR POLLING PLACE. The proposed project on Westerly Parkway is a comprehensive, long-term solution for all of our students. This project achieves three major goals, identified by the district and the community: Update Aging & Deficient Facilities WHY: Our nearly 60-year-old facilities do not meet current codes or ADA standards and have failing, obsolete mechanical systems.

Enhance the Educational Environment WHY: An investment of this magnitude must provide a building design that better meets the educational needs of all our students.

Increase Safety and Security WHY: With two buildings on an open campus divided by Westerly Parkway, students currently walk through parking lots and across a major thoroughfare between class periods.

Your Vote on May 20th matters. ALL registered voters are eligible, including Independents. A successful referendum vote is needed to fund the high school project. Our community. Our children. Our future. Paid for by the State College Area School District.

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4 — A message from the CBICC

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5 — Developers look to fill remaining space at Summit Park









6 — Pa.’s new transportation funding law ‘green lights’ CATA expansion 10 — 30 years of business incubation: turning innovative research into viable business ventures 14 — Titan Energy Park redevelopment effort focusing on high-tech industries 17 — Economic Development Perspective 19 — Introducing … CBICC’s Gateway Group: carving a niche for young professionals

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22 — Positioned for growth: INDIGO Biosciences and Actuated Medical 25 — 3B33: Bringing balance to Centre County’s economy 28 — Centre County businesses ‘front and center’ on ‘JOBS1st on the Road’ tour

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A message from the CBICC


Welcome to front + Centre! Strengthening Centre County’s economy and quality of life are at the heart of the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County’s mission. Every day, the CBICC and its members work collaboratively with local and state elected officials, community leaders and economic development partners at all levels to support economic development activity and make Centre County a great place to live, work and conduct business. front + Centre is designed to offer insight into some of the ways VERN SQUIER the CBICC, as the unified voice of Centre County’s business community and a champion of economic growth, is working to achieve these goals. Whether it is through assisting business start-ups and young professionals; advocating for policies that will improve the operating environment for job creators; or working behind the scenes to attract TED MCDOWELL new economic opportunities to the county and surrounding region, the CBICC and its diverse membership are dedicated to creating a healthier private sector. Through front + Centre, we are also proud to showcase the companies and individuals that comprise the fabric of the local economy — fledgling entrepreneurs on the cusp of business success; talented professionals who are positioning their companies for growth; and local developers committed to revitalizing once thriving manufacturing facilities in order to secure the next generation of job creators. We hope you enjoy reading about the success stories taking place in our own backyard, and the work being done to move the Centre County economy forward. Sincerely, Vern Squier President and CEO Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County Ted McDowell Senior Vice President, AmeriServ Bank CBICC Board Chairman 4 | May 2014

President/CEO Vern Squier, CBICC Chair Ted McDowell, AmeriServ Bank Vice Chair William Joseph, First National Bank Secretary David Gray, Penn State University Treasurer Fred Leoniak, ParenteBeard LLC

Board of Directors

Tim Boyde ........................... Centre County Government Steve Brown ...................... Mount Nittany Health System Betsy Dupuis ............................................... Babst Calland Tom Fountaine ............................ State College Borough O.J. Johnston ................................................... Consultant Tom Kearney ......................................... First Energy Corp. Leanne Martin ................................................... M&T Bank Mark Morath ........... Hospitality Asset Management Co. Lee Myers ............................................................ Geisinger Michael Schaul ...................................... The WHM Group Brad Scovill .......................................................... Kish Bank

Ex Officio Members

David Capparella .......................... Capparella Furniture Cristin Long ............. McQuaide Blasko Attorneys At Law John Sepp ................................... Penn Terra Engineering

Chamber Staff

Vern Squier, President/CEO Lesley Kistner, Communications Director Mary Resides, Economic Development Team Specialist Hannah Benton, Events Team Specialist Andrea Harman, Membership/Committees Team Specialist Shannon Brace, Staff Assistant Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County 200 Innovation Blvd., Ste. 150 State College, PA 16803-6602 (814) 234-1829 Fax: (814) 234-5869 E-mail: Website: Published by The Centre County Gazette 403 S. Allen St. State College, PA 16801-5252 (814) 238-5051; (800) 326-9584 Fax: (814) 238-3415 E-mail: Website:


Developers look to fill remaining space at Summit Park Summit Park developers continue to look for two to four small companies to fill the 200,000 square feet remaining for lease at the College Township industrial park, which would complete the goal of revitalizing the former Corning/Asahi complex. When Corning/Asahi ceased manufacturing glass television tubes at the facility in 2003, one of Centre County’s major employers was gone. But that wasn’t the end of the story for the facility on East College Avenue and its positive impact on the area’s economy. A group of investors — Dale Summit Acquisitions LP (consisting of Dan Hawbaker, Galen Dreibelbis, Don DeVorris and Bob Poole)– began the process of purchasing the facility in 2005, with visions of converting nearly 400,000 square feet into prime warehousing, general manufacturing and office space. The Centre County Industrial Development Corporation, CBICC’s economic development arm, helped secure a $2.25 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority for acquisition of the facility. More than a decade later, the Summit Park commercial, industrial and office park continues to welcome new businesses ... and jobs. Existing tenants include Penn Centre Logistics; Keller Engineering; Swift Kennedy and Associates; Helpmates;; Homewatch Caregivers; ASAP Hydraulics; Glenn O. Hawbaker paint shop; Mount Nittany Medical Center; Centre County Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilitites/Early Intervention/ and Drug & Alcohol Offices; Conviber; and eLoop. Hawbaker said the Summit Park facility offers great amenities to potential business tenants, including high ceilings, out parcels, laboratory and office space, and the potential for rail service. However, flexibility might be the strongest selling point for the remaining space. “We will sit down with potential tenants to determine their specific needs and what modifications to the existing space might be needed, and we will finalize the lease agreement from that point,” he stressed. “We applaud the work of Dan and those who have worked hard over the years to transform the site and ensure its continued contribution to the Centre County economy,” CBICC President and CEO Vern Squier said.

An aerial view of Summit Park on East College Avenue.

For more information on leasing space at Summit Park, call (814) 272-0353.



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Pa.’s new transportation funding law ‘green lights’ CATA expansion Act 89 of 2013 also sets stage for long-overdue Centre County highway/bridge projects The Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County and its members actively supported and advocated for enactment of the state’s comprehensive transportation funding law (Act 89 of 2013) because of its importance to efficient commerce and to the safety of the motoring public. The influx of transportation dollars — an additional $2.3 billion annually by fiscal year 2017-18 — is allowing the state to begin to address an aging infrastructure system that hinders efficient commerce, as well as provide funding for mass transit and numerous modes of transportation. For Centre County, the law will enable long-overdue highway and bridge construction/replacement projects to move forward, resulting in the preservation of transportation industry-related businesses and jobs; the potential for new job opportunities; and the possibility of business growth along new and improved transportation corridors. Act 89 is also making possible a Centre Area Transportation Authority expansion project that has been in the planning stages for four years by providing the state capital funding share that was needed to turn the plan into reality.


CATA began planning for the expansion in 2010, according to Louwana Oliva, CATA assistant general manager. “We’d simply outgrown the facility,” Oliva said of the complex situated on 7.9 acres in Ferguson Township. One of CATA’s biggest needs is the ability to house all of its natural gas powered buses under one roof, and to create room for more efficient fueling operations. (In 2005, CATA became the first transportation agency on the East Coast to have replaced its entire fleet with one that operates solely on clean compressed natural gas.) The current bus storage and maintenance area is 54,840 square feet, which forces the transportation authority to operate its 71 buses, most of which are 6 | May 2014

Renderings of CATA’s proposed new facility.

40-foot long and 102-inches wide, out of a facility designed to hold just 40 vehicles of a much smaller size. In addition, only 6,020 square feet is available for administrative space. Oliva said the new facility will include 63,055 square feet of bus storage, which will accommodate 96 buses under one roof, with the ability to bump up to as many as 126. “We’re making an investment that will allow us to continue to operate out of one facility for at least 20 years, based on projected growth,” she noted. CATA’s upgraded headquarters will also contain 56,089 square feet of maintenance and administrative space; and 67,800 square feet dedicated to operations/dispatch and driver work areas, facilities maintenance and a new parking deck for employees and visitors. CATA received a more than $12 million federal “State of Good Repair” grant in 2012 to help fund the project, but still needed $20 million for the expansion/renovation to move forward. Pennsylvania’s new transportation law provided that state funding, as well as an expected increase in operating assistance. Oliva said about 90 percent of the design work is


complete. CATA hopes to bid the project this summer, with the 31-month construction timeframe set to commence this fall. While some revamping of the existing campus will occur, most of the project is new construction. Oliva credited U.S. Sens. Robert Casey and Pat Toomey and Congressman Glenn Thomas for their support in securing the federal funding. In addition, Oliva thanked the state for its funding commitment to the project, as well as for allowing CATA to “piggy back” on its contract for construction management, which included the services of a value engineer who looked for areas in which CATA could save money on the project. “The state has been very helpful,” she stressed. Oliva is also quick to applaud CATA’s local municipalities that agreed to increase their local matching share over the next five years — a significant capital investment that she said will benefit all of the Centre region. “The expansion project will enable CATA to better and more efficiently serve the residents of Centre County and their transportation needs,” she said.

CATA’s “N” bus picking up students.


Pennsylvania’s transportation funding law is also critical to the transportation industry in Centre County and the state, and necessary for highway and


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bridge projects that will improve the transportation system. In his role as the president of the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors and a member of the state’s Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition, Dan Hawbaker, president/CEO of CBICC Success Partner Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., played an important role in the coalition building that was necessary to get the historic law enacted. The end result was a bipartisan legislative victory this past fall — a “major accomplishment,” according to Hawbaker — that came nearly two decades after Pennsylvania passed its previous transportation funding plan. Hawbaker, who heads up CBICC’s Infrastructure Committee, said new revenue was needed to address Pennsylvania’s aged, deteriorating transportation infrastructure. Pennsylvania has 9,200 miles of roadway in poor condition, an amount that would have increased to 17,000 miles by 2017 without the investment contained in Act 89. In addition, while Pennsylvania’s 25,000 state-owned bridges are the third most in the nation, the Commonwealth leads in the number of structurally deficient bridges at more than 4,000. “From a business competitiveness standpoint, the resulting bridge and road restrictions/detours handicap logistics, which adds to the overall cost of operating a business,” Hawbaker stressed. Centre County state Sen. Jake Corman, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said “consumers are currently paying unseen costs for a transportation system that does not meet the basic needs of getting goods and services to and from consumers and businesses.” “If we are going to pay the price, we should do it for a system that provides an effective means of transportation, rather than a system that provides costs on consumers to divert products and people around weight listed bridges, travel on poor conditioned roads, and lacks adequate capacity,” he said. “An efficient business environment requires an efficient transportation network. ” Hawbaker said without the additional revenue provided by Act 89, PennDOT would function primarily at a subsistence level — able to perform general maintenance work, but unable to fully address crumbling infrastructure or move forward with vital transportation projects, including four key projects in Centre County. “As a contractor, I know what Pennsylvania has done,” Hawbaker said in reference to PennDOT’s emphasis on temporary patch and repair work on 8 | May 2014

roadways — “band-aid solutions” until money became available for reconstruction. “This approach is counterproductive in the cost realm. It ends up being money wasted. “The law gives us [the state] the wherewithal to proceed.” One of those projects — the relocation of U.S. Route 322 from Potters Mills to the Mount Nittany Expressway — could get underway in the next year to 18 months, with soil boring already in progress. Another project that holds promise for economic

PA.’S TRANSPORTATION FUNDING LAW AT A GLANCE: • Additional $2.3 billion per year by FY2017-18 for transportation; total: more than $7.36 billion over five years • Additional $1.65 billion per year for highways/bridges by year five • Additional $476 million to $497 million per year for mass transit by year five • $144 million per year for new Multimodal Transportation Fund by 2017-18

CENTRE COUNTY IMPACT AT A GLANCE: • Relocation of U.S. Route 322 from Potters Mills to the Mount Nittany Expressway, $656 million • New interchange at Waddle Road and Toftrees Exit of I-99 in Patton Township, $13.4 million • Reconstruction/re-alignment of U.S. Route 322 from west of the Route 144 intersection to the top of Seven Mountains, $105 million • I-80 bridge rehabilitation and resurfacing from Milepost 138 [Snowshoe] to Milepost 152 [Boggs Twp.], $35.5 million



GOH performs milling work in Milesburg.

development in the county is the construction of a new interchange at Waddle Road and the Toftrees Exit off I-99 in Patton Township. CBICC President and CEO Vern Squier said the bridge at that intersection has long been a chokehold for development, with planned improvements allowing for both a more efficient transportation network to service existing businesses in the area, as well as setting the stage for future commerce opportunities. The new funding law is also welcome news for transportation-related businesses and jobs in Centre County and across Pennsylvania. In the near term, the law is expected to preserve industry jobs — an estimated 12,000 total statewide, according to PennDOT. “As the law rolls out over time, it will positively benefit job creation, with the impact being felt sooner on the bridge side,” Hawbaker said. PennDOT expects as many as 50,000 jobs to be ultimately created as a result of the law. Properly investing in infrastructure is also important for business preservation. This is true not just for Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., which employs approximately 780 people in Centre County alone — making it No. 6 of largest county employers — but to businesses of all sizes that are dependent on transportation projects. “A number of businesses in the region that rely on public works for their livelihood have gone through severe downsizing,” Hawbaker pointed out. “Some may not return to the level where they once were, but over time, they may begin to employ more workers as construction projects get underway.” Ultimately, however, Hawbaker said the main purpose of Act 89 is the maintaining and upgrading of Pennsylvania’s roadways and bridges. And with the new law, Pennsylvania is taking responsibility for its transportation infrastructure.

The gap between the state’s transportation infrastructure needs and available funding is in large part due to increased construction costs. At the same time, revenue from the Motor Fuels Tax has declined as a result of improved vehicle fuel mileage. In fact, because of improved fuel efficiency, motorists are actually paying less today to drive on Pennsylvania’s roadways than they were decades ago. Where it once cost the average motorist traveling 12,000 miles a year $582.89, in today’s dollars that amounts to $259.15. “If we had done justice by our transportation system, we would have seen gradual increases to the fuels tax over time,” Hawbaker said. “With this law, we are quickly playing catch up.” Act 89 eliminates the 12 cents per gallon tax assessed at the retail level. Gas tax revenues instead will be generated at the wholesale level through the incremental lifting of the artificial Oil Company Franchise Tax cap, which has been in place since 1983. PennDOT contends that Act 89, which phases in financing over five years, will not immediately increase the price of gas at the pump by 28 cents, which has been widely reported. That amount is based on the wholesale price of gasoline in 2018 — impossible to predict, as competition and the price of crude have the biggest impact on what motorists pay for a gallon of gasoline. The law also increases various motor vehicle fees. Act 89’s total revenue enhancements amount to just $2.50 per week for the average driver. The CBICC believes that providing a safe and efficient transportation system is an essential function of state government, and that revenue enhancements represent true user fees to support a substantial infrastructure investment that will benefit Centre County, its job creators and residents, and all Pennsylvanians. The trade-off for paying a bit more at the pump is a safe and efficient transportation network, which is critical for economic growth.


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30 years of business incubation: turning innovative research into viable business ventures Centre County has long had a strong support network for entrepreneurs seeking to turn their innovative research into viable products and services. Maximizing the success of these emerging companies is the core guiding principle behind business incubation. The Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County launched its small business incubation program in 1983 in a former elementary school building in Matternville, near Port Matilda. Early success stories from the grade school classrooms of the original incubator include Restek Corporation and Sound Technology — now staples of the local economy. More than 30 years later, the CBICC’s business incubation program continues to assist start-up technology firms as they move through the early, highrisk phase of development within a business friendly environment in the Technology Center at Innovation Park.


The current facility, which also houses a full complement of Penn State Technology Development program and services, has been home to primarily technology-based start-up companies since 1993. At that time, the Centre County Industrial Development Corporation – the CBICC’s economic development arm – and Penn State University partnered in the construction of a 55,000 square-foot Technology Center in what was the first phase of development at Penn State’s Innovation Park. State College-based Schoolwires, Inc. got its start in the CIBCC’s Technology Center incubator. Edward S. Marflak, a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business Administration, founded Schoolwires to help school districts build stronger school communities, more effective schools and more successful students. Currently, more than one out of 10 U.S. public schools and about 12 million individuals in the United States and China rely on the company’s website management, mobile application and safe collaborative learning solutions.

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Matternville School, home to the CBICC’s first business incubator.

Marflak said the CBICC’s Incubator program played a critical role in the company’s development, freeing his team to focus its energy on helping school districts to build stronger school communities and helping Schoolwires to become a great international business. “From the start, the CBICC Incubator program has been a tremendous blessing to Schoolwires,” he said. “First, it provided access and personal introductions to the CBICC’s robust network of advisors, mentors and business experts. Second, the incubator’s capable staff shared a wealth of helpful information from business insights to firsthand knowledge regarding relevant funding programs. Lastly, the CBICC’s incubator program also helped our business to meet practical needs by providing turn-key office space and shared business support services, all affordably.” The Technology Center is co-owned by Penn State and the CBICC. It is operated by The Technology Center Condominium Association. The colocation of the offices of Penn State’s Research and Technology Transfer Organization and the business incubator provide an ideal location where start-up companies can locate and have immediate access to University technology transfer services and numerous community business support services.


In 1998, Penn State and the CBICC once again partnered to offer a highly unique facility in the community — incubation space at the Zetachron Center for Business Development near Science Park Road. The facility offers 4,000 square feet of wet-lab space for material or science firms, office environment for early stage life science, biotechnology and chemistry firms and more than 5,000 square feet of office and mixed-use space. Known as The Zetachron Center, it was the community’s first wet-lab based incubation space for local start-up companies.

“CBICC’s Incubator program played a critical role in our development, freeing our team to focus its energy on helping school districts to build stronger school communities and helping Schoolwires to become a great international business.”

Technology Center at Innovation Park.

of which eight early-stage companies operate. With the increasing success of the incubator program and its lengthening list of successful graduates came an understanding that the facilities should be expanded and enhanced to match the market demand. In April 2003, the CBICC broke ground for a longawaited expansion of the Technology Center.

— Edward Marflak, founder, Schoolwires, Inc.

The Zetachron Center represented an additional $1.25 million investment into business incubation in the Centre region due to the facility gift by Wally and Robbie Snipes. Penn State continues to manage the facility, out

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The 22,000-square-foot, $3 million addition effectively doubled the amount of incubation space in the Centre region. The net result of the addition to the Technology Center produced a total of 25,000 square feet of office space and 1,000 square feet of additional laboratory space. The increased need for more lab space resulted from the successful start-up of companies such as Salimetrics, Chiral Quest, Mitotyping Technologies, and Indigo Biosciences at the Zetachron Center. In addition to the CBICC’s incubation space, the Technology Center is home to Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Penn State’s Office of Technology Management — which facilitates the capture and licensing of intellectual property — the regional Small Business Development Center and the Innovation Park Office. These groups fund and collaborate on the delivery of business development services through a structured program called the TechCelerator@ StateCollege. The TechCelerator provides assistance and training to entrepreneurs at the earliest stages of turning an idea into a potential business. Many graduates of the TechCelerator Boot Camp Program are now working out of the incubator space, as well as numerous locations throughout Centre County. Both the Technology Center and Zetachron Center are located in Keystone Innovation Zones. That means companies operating in the incubators and meeting program eligibility could be awarded up to $100,000 annually in tax credits through the KIZ Tax Credit Program. For Oleg Shinkahz, founder and CEO of Technology Center incubator company Chromatan Corporation, the KIZ tax credit offers a good economic incentive for locating there. “It is a significant amount of money saved that can be injected back into growing our business,” he said.


Chromatan, which specializes in liquid chromatography, was incorporated in 2009 and moved into office and laboratory space at the Technology Center incubator in December 2011 after briefly being located at Zetachron. The company is one of 23 currently operating out of CBICC’s incubator. Shinkahz said while support, services and afford12 | May 2014

Zetachron Center near Science Park Road.

able space are valuable and tangible benefits of the program, he values the intangible advantages of the environment itself. “Being in an incubator environment can be very inspiring and result in unexpected and very productive collaborations,” he said. The Coolblue Lunch Buddy Program for incubator companies organized by the Innovation Park office gives tenants the opportunity to meet their neighbors for that very purpose. “After meeting the guys from Solid Dynamics, and being shown their 3D printing technology, we are taking the next step and seeking investment from our industry partners to create product prototypes and access the potential of actually manufacturing our single-use products using this technology,” Shinkahz said. Shinkahz said he is also excited about the prospects of collaborating with another incubator neighbor — Lasers for Innovative Solutions LLC.

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Lasers for Innovative Solutions is developing a new scientific imaging method that allows researchers to study their subject in full 3D and color using a novel laser-based tomography technique developed at Penn State. Shinkahz is also quick to credit the amazing people at the Technology Center and Centre County. “When we moved here from Boston, we truly felt cared for and welcomed,” he said. “The CBICC, Ben Franklin Technology Partners and the Innovation Park office staff are responsible, responsive and helpful above and beyond their job descriptions. “Having come from a very strong start-up ecosphere back in Boston, I must say we love it here and are happy to have made the move.” Another incubator tenant, FairTech Labs, was founded by Lindsay Fairman, a graduate of the TechCelerator@StateCollege. Fairman was awarded $2,500 at the final presentation of the spring 2013 eight-week TechCelerator Boot Camp Program. FairTech Labs is developing an online solution for personalized household inventory management

For more than 30 years, the CBICC incubator program has had a positive impact in the Centre region. Dozens of companies have been started and hundreds of jobs have been created. and is moving toward the product promotion phase. “The incubator has provided an excellent lowrisk environment for setting up our first office space and bringing our team together,” Fairman said. “Additionally, having resources such as the CBICC, Ben Franklin and the Small Business Development Center just down the hall is instrumental in assisting us to quickly move forward with our business.” Ben Hall, founder of Lasers for Innovative Solutions, LLC, credits the CBICC incubator and Ben Franklin Technology Partners for supporting the company’s growth throughout the start-up phase and for continuing to provide robust support in the company’s journey through “an exciting new endeavor.”



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Titan Energy Park redevelopment effort focusing on high-tech industries 3D printing, nanotechnology and aquaculture companies would find good home at former Cerro facility Titan Energy Park was one of several Centre County stops on the Corbett administration’s JOBS1st On the Road tour through central Pennsylvania in early April (See related article on the tour on page 28). Joe Leahey, part of the partnership group Navitus, LLC that purchased the former Bolton, Cerro and Titan metals complex in Spring Township, welcomed Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Alan Walker, state Sen. Jake Corman, R-34, and state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-171, to the facility on Axemann Road, where he showcased the complex’s redevelopment potential. “Titan welcomes support from legislators to bring opportunity to the region,” Leahey said of the visit.


The Navitus partnership group purchased the facility in February 2012 in hopes of revitalizing the heavy duty fabrication and general purpose manufacturing facility to its former glory. That effort got a boost with its recent Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone designation, which Leahey calls an asset in the effort to attract new industries to the more than 500,000-square-foot complex. Secretary Walker re-affirmed the importance of the KOEZ status, saying it is another positive step

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forward to attract new growth and good-paying jobs to the Titan Energy Park and to Centre County. “Governor Corbett continues a commitment to work with local partners to bring new jobs and investment to Pennsylvania’s communities,” Walker said. “The KOZ program embodies that partnership and has spurred the creation of nearly 40,000 jobs since the program inception, and as zones expire, new tax revenues are generated for the state and local governments.” Leahey credits CBICC Economic Team Specialist Mary Resides with helping him through the process of obtaining KOEZ status. “Mary knew the intricacies of how the process would work,” he said, noting that after the initial state review, the application was kicked back at the eleventh hour. “Mary’s technical expertise helped. We changed some wording and provided some additional information and it went through.” The CBICC, as a DCED PREP Partner and working closely with the Governor’s Action Team, continues to assist efforts to bring new manufacturing, local business expansions and other related opportunities to Titan’s revitalization. Leahey said industries well suited for the site include 3D printing, nanotechnology, natural gas development and aquaculture because of the high volume of quality water onsite. In fact, three natural springs sit on the grounds and are Susquehanna River Basin Commission-approved for 1 million gallons a day. While the complex can easily handle a large manufacturing facility — and an anchor tenant would be ideal — Titan is also well suited for numerous co-vendors that could co-occupy segregated spaces. “The main building is perfect for businesses looking for smaller pockets of space,” Leahey said. “The prior company had numerous niche, secret spaces in all areas here for a variety of manufacturing processes. These spaces add flexibility to what can be offered to new tenants interested in potentially locating in Titan Energy Park.”


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Million dollar investment in cleanup readies Titan site for redevelopment Before developers could begin finding new tenants for Titan Energy Park, they had to first address what was left behind by the former owners. While all of the underground contamination remained the responsibility of the Marmon Group, which owned Cerro, removing other remnants of the facility’s once hazardous footprint took a full year and required an investment of more than $1 million by the Navitus group. “We were aware that materials were left behind. We cleared all asbestos and removed all of the above-ground storage tanks, working with environmental consultants Chambers Environmental Group,” Leahey said, noting that some of the harder to clean process equipment still remains on site. In addition, transformers in the electrical systems contained PCBs that had to be removed, drained and disposed of. Preparing the site also meant cleaning and filling in numerous trenches and depressed and open pits resulting from Cerro’s hard presses and hydraulics, some as large as 80 feet by 80 feet, and 40-feet deep. General repairs and housekeeping comprised the remainder of cleanup efforts, as well as dealing with minor damage caused by vandals attempting to steal copper wire at the now securely monitored complex. Working with the state through Act 2 — The Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act — Leahey said the facility is cleaned to an acceptable level. “The hillside is still in the monitoring phase, but the site is cleaned to federal and state standards.” 16 | May 2014

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“PEP is another creative incentive tool available to attract new business opportunities to Centre County and the Commonwealth, as well as generate new revenue for state coffers.”

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As an example, Leahey cited a yet-to-be-promulgated state law that was drafted by state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre/Mifflin, working with the CBICC. “This would be just as good as some of the other incentives offered by the state,” Leahey believes.

Act 206 of 2012 (H.B. 2626) created the Promoting Employment across Pennsylvania program, or PEP!, which, once implemented, will provide withholding tax relief to qualified out-of-state companies that relocate to the Commonwealth. The law is modeled after a successful program already established in Kansas. The state Department of Community and Economic Development is now in the process of promulgating the rules to officially implement the law. Qualified companies that meet minimum employee hire numbers and wage requirements will be able to keep 95 percent of the state Personal Income Tax withholding they would otherwise remit to the state — enabling that money to be used to create goodpaying jobs. The remaining 5 percent would be new PIT revenue for the Commonwealth. “The PEP! Initiative is all about job creation,” Benninghoff said. “We want to attract new employers to the Commonwealth while also providing incentives for existing employers to stay and grow here in Pennsylvania. The commonsense approach behind PEP! is that workers, job creators and taxpayers all benefit from a growing economy.”

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Introducing … CBICC’s Gateway Group: carving a niche for young professionals A critical component of the CBICC’s mission to strengthen Centre County’s private sector economy for the long-term is the need to retain and attract talented young people — the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders, and the highly skilled workforce desired by employers now and in the future. Cultivating young professionals is the reason why the CBICC is supportive of innovative initiatives such as the New Leaf co-space facility. It was the impetus for the creation of CBICC’s own Gateway Group. The Gateway Group’s mission is to establish connections among young professionals, community members and organizations in Centre County, and prepare its members to be effective community

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leaders that are motivated to participate in regional commerce and that can enact positive community change. Through regular meetings, the Gateway Group will focus on how the CBICC can better serve the county’s young professionals. “The goal of the Gateway Group isn’t for the chamber to provide guidance to members, it is for these motivated men and women to identify for us what young people need from the business community, what issues are important to them, and what will make Centre County a place where students graduating from Penn State will want to stay to start businesses or their careers,” CBICC President and CEO Vern Squier said.


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Serena Fulton, New Leaf Initiative co-director and one of seven founding Gateway Group members, said rarely do students think of Centre County as a place to call home after graduation. “This area has been traditionally marketed to them as Penn State, the university, rather than the community of Centre County. As a result, talented graduates leave town as soon as their cap and gown come off without ever considering staying.” Fulton said cultivating young talent is a professional, cultural, housing and social problem.

“Our focus is to retain and recruit young professionals to the area. As an educated and mobile group, the options of where to live and work are virtually limitless; our goal is to make living here a top choice.”

— Irene Miller, development and events coordinator, Centre Foundation and member of CBICC’s young professionals Gateway Group

“The Gateway Group will help to fill that gap by giving a united voice to current and potential young professionals in the area so that opportunities, resources and requests can be effectively communicated,” Fulton said. “I am looking forward to my involvement with this group and already feel motivated by the energy that is building within this initiative.” Centre County Commissioner and Gateway Group member Michael Pipe said the CBICC is a powerful tool in Centre County, and carving out a niche for young professionals in the organization is a task that the Gateway Group relishes. “We hope to bring out young professionals whose employers may be Chamber members, but they

themselves aren’t familiar with the many opportunities the Chamber offers,” he said, stressing that the Gateway Group wants to work with other groups in Centre County that bring together young professionals. The CBICC Gateway Group is currently moving forward with a number of initiatives, including identifying community leaders willing to act as professional mentors to members of the group on an informal basis; creating a community asset map to help identify resources and characteristics of Centre County that can make it attractive to young professional to live and work; creating a local job fair aimed at young professionals (non-students) in Centre County who are looking to work in the area; engaging with other groups and organizations that need a young professionals perspective; and furthering related initiatives that create a supportive culture for young professionals. If you are interested in joining the CBICC’s Gateway Group, contact Andrea Harman at aharman@

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Positioned for growth: INDIGO Biosciences and Actuated Medical Smaller research-oriented companies are making their mark on local economy Centre County benefits from world-class research and technological advancements coming out of Penn State University, combined with a strong support network for high-tech business startups. From this solid template for economic growth, smaller, science and research-focused companies are making their mark and transforming the local economy. Two of many such promising companies, CBICC members INDIGO Biosciences and Actuated Medical, are positioned for greater growth in Centre County thanks to the success of innovative products and services that are being introduced to the world marketplace. The assistance that the CBICC provided to both of these businesses at key points in their operations is an example of the many ways in which the chamber and its members are committed to creating a healthier private sector.


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inside a cell’s nucleus. Its innovative products and services are designed to improve the speed, cost and risk of the drug discovery process, helping clients validate products and identify potential product side effects. Aided by the development of a proprietary cell preservation process, the company’s traditional mission changed in 2008. As a result, INDIGO needed more space and moved to its current location in the Zetachron facility near Science Park Road in 2009. In 2011, funding from the Centre County Industrial Development Corporation’s (CBICC’s economic development arm) Revolving Loan Fund, combined with local bank financing, provided necessary working capital for the expansion of the company’s sales and marketing activities; introduction of a new product; building of in-house service capacity; and establishment of robotic liquid handling capabilities, which has enhanced INDIGO’s ability to satisfy its client’s increasing demands. With a new CEO hired in late 2013 to move the


company from the startup phase to a profitable business, INDIGO is positioned for even greater success. Fred Marroni, a former executive-in-residence at Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, is securing new distribution channels for INDIGO’s products and services, and the company is beginning to realize success in the biotechnology, food, agriculture and nutriceutical industries, as well as in the pharmaceutical field. Marroni said support for INDIGO over the years has come in a variety of ways and from a number of organizations, including the CBICC, CCIDC and Ben Franklin Technology Partners to name a few. “We are growing nicely,” he said. “We are working toward profitability and expect to achieve that goal this year.” Marroni said growth has been aided by increased opportunities on the service side as many large pharmaceutical companies have downsized in-house experts, and a new distribution agreement to boost world-wide sales. INDIGO currently has 12 employees, and plans to hire three more people by year’s end. “We have a love for science, that’s what we do here,” Marroni said. “We want to stay and grow in State College because of the access to faculty, talent and capital.”


Bellefonte-based Actuated Medical, Inc. has been turning innovation into commercial success since its founding in 2006 by CEO Maureen L. Mulvihill and R&D Director Roger Bagwell. Located in the Penn Eagle Industrial Park, which is a Keystone Innovation Zone, Actuated Medical is a medical device company that focuses on stateof-the-art, minimally invasive instruments for clearing occlusions, penetrating tissue and enabling the emerging MRI-guided surgical procedure industry. AMI is ISO certified enabling manufacturing in Bellefonte. The company recently announced that its in-patient tube clearing system for feeding and decompression tubes — TubeClear® — will be distributed worldwide exclusively by Buffalo Grove, IL-based CORPAK MedSystems, Inc. Approved by the FDA in 2012,

Gentle Sharp provides for more humane blood sampling.

TubeClear’s patented technology uses a mechanical motion that allows clinicians to quickly clear clogs in tubes without the expense and risk of tube replacement. With TubeClear®, a process that normally takes health-care professionals anywhere from 20 minutes to hours takes on average under three minutes, dramatically improving patient care in the process. Nurse Marcia Belcher, MSN, BBA, RN, CCRN, CCNS, has been evaluating Tube Clear® for several months. “This is one of the best devices to come out in a long time to allow clinical care nurses to do what they do best…care for their patients,” she said. Mulvihill said responses from other nurses who have used TubeClear® has been very positive. In fact, input from health-care professionals is an important factor in Actuated Medical’s success. The company has a medical advisory board and consults with health-care professionals in developing its products based on real-world needs. A client of the CBICC’s/CCIDC’s Revolving Loan Fund and CBICC’s 2007 Outstanding Technology Company, Actuated Medical also developed a second innovative product — Gentle Sharp — for low-force insertion of lancets and needles for more humane blood sampling that is also being sold worldwide. With five current patents and more pending, Actuated Medical is an example of how innovative research can lead to commercial successes that are helping to improve patient care, which has always been Mulvihill’s goal as an entrepreneur. Creating commercial successes also creates challenges, albeit welcome ones. Now with 26 employees, the company has outgrown its current facility and is looking for a new building to allow for future growth in Centre County. “Centre County is the perfect location for Actu-


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ated Medical,” Mulvihill said. “There is a diverse cadre of engineering talent, as well as outstanding facilities. Plus, it allows for easy access to clinicians and researchers from Hershey Medical Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and George Washington University. “I couldn’t imagine working or living anywhere else.”

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“Centre County is the perfect location for Actuated Medical. There is a diverse cadre of engineering talent, as well as outstanding facilities. ... I couldn’t imagine working or living anywhere else.” — Maureen Mulvihill, CEO, Actuated Medical Inc.


Bringing balance to Centre County’s economy Centre County’s changing economy has seen the loss of major private sector employers on one end of the spectrum and the great growth of Penn State University and its research and development arm at the other end. On the surface, the latter has in many ways disguised the impact of the former. A closer look, however, reveals an economy out of balance. In fact, private industry has gone from making up about 28 percent of the local economy in 1998 to roughly 7 percent today. A diverse, balanced economy is a healthier economy, particularly looking long-term. That is where the CBICC’s 3B33 initiative comes into play. 3B33 represents a comprehensive commitment to strengthen private industry in Centre County; it’s a revenue target of $3 billion in economic output being generated annually by private industry by 2033. To achieve the 3B33 goal, the chamber’s program of work is focused on three primary strategies: recruiting new businesses to the county, enabling existing businesses to better compete and grow, and creating an even stronger support environment for entrepreneurship. “It is a bold goal, but it is an

“It was an easy decision for First National Bank to support the 3B33 initiative. Over the last few years, we have unfortunately seen the exodus of a number of companies, which provided numerous well-paying jobs. We see 3B33 being the engine that will reverse that trend and help grow this region for the next 20 years.” — William Joseph, Senior Vice President, Regional Manager, Commercial Banking, First National Bank

achievable goal,” CBICC president and CEO Vern Squier said. “Penn State University provides a ready-made template for growth. At the same time, we have individuals making decisions to invest in the county, to invest in redevelopment efforts. By successfully building on the strengths we already have, we can create a more desirable public/private sector balance.” The CBICC is carrying out this proven model of economic development by capitalizing on successful existing programs;


implementing new initiatives designed to tap the energy and expertise of CBICC’s membership; and continuing beneficial collaborations with elected officials, community leaders and other valuable economic development partners. “3B33 is a long-term commitment; we are not going to get there overnight,” Squier said. “But people are motivated — our membership, the community, 3B33 support partners — there is momentum and a desire to work collectively to move the needle.” May 2014 | 25


One such energized individual is Videon President and CEO Todd Erdley, chairman of the CBICC’s Entrepreneurship Committee, which developed 3B33, and a fixture in the region’s entrepreneurial community. Erdley said a noticeable difference between what has been occurring with entrepreneurship in Centre County and the effort now is, as Squier alluded, more people are aware and want to help. “Individuals that have no background in entrepreneurship are interested in what is taking place,” he said. “The willingness to give of their time is an asset valued by the CBICC and the committee. We want to develop a plan so that more people can get involved and we can begin to move forward.”

Erdley believes that over five years, the entrepreneurship field can generate more than $1 billion in economic output alone — a sizeable portion of the 3B33 pie. To get there will require greater communication about what entrepreneurship means. “The idea of entrepreneurship can be difficult to understand; it’s a broad concept,” Erdley said. To many, entrepreneurship invokes thoughts of a small business that employs a few people and provides goods and services — a vital part of any community and a fairly low-risk business venture. Overlooked at time are the growth entrepreneurs. They are large companies playing on the worldwide stage — scalable business ventures organized to achieve profit.

The recent CBICC and Centre Region Entrepreneurial Network mixer at Videon’s headquarters is an example of the collective dialogue taking place about improving the county’s private sector economy by fostering entrepreneurship.

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They are cutting edge and high risk, and require Centre Region 2033: TheVision $3Billion Dollar Vision Centre Region 2033: The $3Billion Dollar more capital, but can lead to significant job creation if successful. “That’s when it gets exciting,” Erdley said. With 3B33 as the catalyst, the CBICC’s Entrepreneurship Committee is preparing to roll out of a strat- 1998 Employer Data 2012 Employer Data egy to enhance Centre County’s entrepreneurial 1998 Employer Data 2012 Employer Data ecosystem and fostering greater dialogue about the needs of entrepreneurs generally, as well as the specific needs of growth entrepreneurs.

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CBICC President Vern Squier, Videon CEO Todd Erdley and New Leaf co-directors Serena Fulton and Eric Saunder discuss economic development and entrepreneurship with Leadership Centre County.

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Centre County businesses ‘front and center’ on ‘JOBS1st On the Road’ tour Centre County and several CBICC member companies were in the spotlight on April 9-11, as state Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Alan Walker, Labor and Industry Secretary Julie Hearthway and nearly 30 DCED and L&I representatives conducted a “JOBS1st On the Road” tour through central Pennsylvania. The Corbett administration developed “JOBS1st On the Road” to strengthen the relationships with the Commonwealth’s regional partners. The CCIDC, CBICC’s economic development arm, is a state PREP partner through SEDA-COG.

“It’s always great to be able to see firsthand the successful businesses and dedicated workers that define Pennsylvania,” Walker said. “Coming directly to our local partners helps us determine how we can provide targeted support to better meet specific needs of the region.” The three-day visit took the DCED team to Centre and nine other counties: Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union, traveling throughout central Pennsylvania to discuss the administration’s plans for economic growth, job creation and community development. “As a PREP partner, we work closely with the DCED on almost a daily basis on a variety of economic development related projects, initiatives and requests,” CBICC President and CEO Vern Squier said. “The tour was an opportunity for officials in Harrisburg to see for themselves the innovation, research and resulting business successes that are occurring in Centre County, and how they can be the impetus for new economic activity.” Squier said the chamber welcomed DCED’s interest in touring the region and learning more about the benefits of doing business in this part of the state. “I know our member companies appreciated the unique opportunity to showcase their opera28 | May 2014

Videon CEO Todd Erdley shares his company’s story with DCED officers.

tions and discuss their needs and future plans withthe state’s top economic development officials,” he added. “As a chamber, we are working to move the local economy forward. The state is a valuable partner in that effort.” Some of Centre County’s established and upand-coming companies on DCED’s tour list included Videon, Restek, Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company, Inc., Novasentis, KCF Technologies, Central PA Institute of Science and Technology (CPI) and AccuWeather. Todd Erdley, president of Ferguson Townshipbased Videon, welcomed the opportunity to introduce state officials to his company. “It was a great chance to provide DCED background about Videon, our deep history in the technical space of consumer electronics, and to bring people up to speed regarding Videon’s current success with our Avia technology,” Erdley said. “We were also able to talk about the future of Videon as we build on our Avia technology to address growing market segments like automotive electronics.” The visit, which was led by Wilfred Muskens, deputy secretary of DCED’s Office of International Business Development, also gave the chairman of the


CBICC’s Entrepreneurship Committee a chance to discuss the CBICC’s 3B33 initiative. 3B33 is a longterm private industry revenue target of $3 billion in economic output being generated annually by 2033. “We had a very meaningful discussion on the 3B33 activities being undertaken here in Centre County,” Erdley said. “Bringing DCED up to speed on this grassroots effort and understanding their willingness and interest to support 3B33 was exciting.” At Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company in Bellefonte, Muskens joined Secretary Walker for a tour that highlighted the company’s Used Parts Department, which offers lower cost alternatives for repairing heavy equipment. The Bellefonte Cleveland Brothers location warehouses and sells used parts while its State College location tears down the equipment and checks the parts for reusability.

“We were impressed by the phenomenal support infrastructure afforded by Innovation Park, which clearly demonstrates the community’s investment in the Pennsylvania entrepreneurial spirit, as well as its commitment to developing a high-tech manufacturing ecosystem.”

— Carolyn Newhouse, DCED Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Investment

“It is a very entrepreneurial business,” said Matt Washic, Cleveland Brothers Corporate Used Parts Manager. “It was nice to highlight our work and be recognized for our efforts.” Secretary Walker said he was able to see firsthand the implementation of innovation and a team of skilled local workers that are driving Cleveland Brothers forward as an industry leader. “Living my entire life in neighboring Clearfield County, it was with great pride to have my team at DCED and Secretary Julia Hearthway’s team at Labor and Industry visit so many great companies and initiatives in Centre County,” he said. DCED Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Investment Carolyn Newhouse said the tour provided an invaluable chance to experience Centre County’s “remarkable assets” and economic development

DCED Secretary Alan Walker tours Cleveland Brothers Bellefonte location.

successes and opportunities. “We were impressed by the phenomenal support infrastructure afforded by Innovation Park, which clearly demonstrates the community’s investment in the Pennsylvania entrepreneurial spirit, as well as its commitment to developing a high-tech manufacturing ecosystem,” she said.

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The Innovation Park stop included a look at Penn State University’s CIMP-3D research facility and a meeting with officials at CBICC incubator company Novasentis, which is commercializing novel Penn State polymer technology in applications such as electronics, automotive and healthcare. For Novasentis officials, the visit encabled DCED representatives to see the products created by a cutting-edge start-up company in central Pennsylvania.

“The successful commercialization of Penn State technology and research holds tremendous economic potential for the region. For this reason, enhancing an already strong support system for entrepreneurs in this arena is high on the CBICC’s priority list.”

— Vern Squier, CBICC President and CEO

Christophe Ramstein, president and CEO of Novasentis, provided an overview of the company and its haptics technology, along with a tour of the research and development facilities at Innovation Park. “We are grateful for all of the services and support provided to Novasentis by DCED and Pennsylvania via the economic development organizations in the region,” he said.


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KCF Technologies was a stop on the tour.

Mel Billingsley, president and CEO of the Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central PA, spoke of the significant funding and support provided to Novsentis by the LSGPA, along with Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central PA and the CBICC. Billingsley pointed out the selection of Novasentis as the winner of the 2014 Best of Innovations Award at the Consumer Electronics Show is a testament to its technology. A key takeaway for Newhouse was the collaborative effort underway in Centre County to grow the economy. “Centre County is fortunate to have an active Chamber of Business & Industry working collaboratively with local government leaders and critical community partners and others that advocate for their stakeholders to ensure the continual development and enrichment of the community as a whole,” Newhouse continued. “The Corbett administration is grateful to be an invested partner with Centre County toward the continual growth of the regional economy and the creation of high-tech, family-sustaining jobs,” she said. Secretary Walker concluded that with a great group of leaders, from its state elected officials, to the county and local levels, Centre County continues to have an unemployment rate consistently below the state and national average and tremendous potential for additional economic growth in the future. The CBICC’s mission as an organization is to capitalize on that potential.


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