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Residents petition for red light cameras By MICHAEL MARTIN GARRETT correspondent@centrecountygazette.com

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SEEING RED: Following repeated traffic violations, the College Heights Neighborhood Association is asking that red light cameras be installed at dangerous intersections throughout town.

STATE COLLEGE — The College Heights Neighborhood Association, after growing tired of repeated traffic violations at the intersection of Atherton Street and Park Avenue, made up their minds to petition the Pennsylvania Legislature to allow State College and other similar municipalities to use red light cameras at dangerous intersections. The association’s petition requests that the Legislature expand 2012’s Act 84 legislation, which authorizes large municipalities with populations exceeding 20,000 and accredited police departments to install red light enforcement cameras. A press release accompanying the petition argues for State College’s ability to use these same cameras, given the borough’s similarity in population size and infrastructure to the cities authorized by Act 84. College Heights member and Penn State professor of architecture Don Leon said in an email that his car was totaled after being hit by a driver running a red light at the Atherton-Park intersection, leading to his involvement with the petition. The petition received approximately 300 signatures from State College residents, and was sent to Centre County representatives in the state Legislature with a letter detailing various accidents involving drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists at high-volume intersections in town. “The majority of the signatures were garnered in a very short period of time just standing at the intersection and asking people if they would support it,” association member and Penn State academic adviser Laura Brown said. “By and large, upwards of 90 percent of people wanted to sign it when I was there.” Cameras, Page 4

Relay for Life enjoys another successful year

College Avenue construction on schedule By MICHAEL MARTIN GARRETT

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BELLEFONTE — It was a near-perfect weekend for organizers of the Bellefonte Relay for Life. Beautiful weather? Check. Large crowds at Governor’s Park? Check. Fundraising goals met? Check. According to event co-chair Gail Miller, this year’s Relay for Life was one of the most memorable. “It was wonderful,” Miller said. “We had good weather, finally. We had a great time. The new teams really seemed to enjoy the atmosphere. It was a celebration.” There was plenty of reason to celebrate. According to Miller, the event raised $97,130 to help find a cure for cancer. That pushes the Bellefonte Relay for Life to more than $2 million raised during its 20-year history. Miller said that the event has become popular because everyone is affected by cancer. “It touches everybody. If it hasn’t touched you yet, it will at any time. It touches everybody’s life, it could be a relative, a neighbor or a friend,” she said. The Relay for Life kicked off Friday afternoon and lasted 24 hours. On Friday, the popular Miss Relay Pageant was held. During the pageant, males dress in drag and collect donations in an effort to be named “Miss Relay.” “We had 17 register. It was packed and they had a great time,” Miller said. “The 17 participants raised over $800 in one hour. Each one had an hour to walk around with their purse and raise money. Oh, my … it was crazy.” For Tara Ripka, of Zion, the Relay for Life has become an annual event. Ripka is a 14-year cancer survivor. Her team, Tara’s Angels, has been participating in the Relay for Life for 13 years. “It was a great success,” Ripka said. “Our team raised over $10,100 this year!” Ripka’s team was just that over the weekend — a team. Tara’s Angels dressed in football garb this year. “Since the theme was ‘party,’ our team went with a Super Bowl party. We dressed in football jerseys and decorated our Opinion ............................. 7 Health & Wellness .......... 8, 9

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STATE COLLEGE — The State College Borough Water Authority can’t “come in and totally rip the town all up year after year,” authority executive director John Lichman said. Instead, the authority has to carefully plan various important projects across several years that correspond with the borough’s community event schedule. The current construction along College Avenue, replacing a century-old water line, is the latest of these projects. Lichman said the project has been on the authority’s radar for “a very long time.” Lichman said that the authority would prefer to replace such lines within 60 to 80 years, but other Construction, Page 5

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FAREWELL, HAIR: Sadie Ripka, 7, of Zion donated her hair for Pantene’s “Beautiful Lengths” cancer-survivor initiative during last weekend’s Relay for Life at Bellefonte’s Governor’s Park. site as a football field. We were Tara’s Angels versus cancer,” Ripka said. Cleary, the 24-hour walkathon is a special event for those taking part. John Wolfe came from Lock Haven to walk at Governor’s Park. “I’ve been to a bunch of these, but this is a special one. The setting is great, the people are friendly and it’s for a great cause. I can’t think of a better way to spend my Saturday,” Wolfe said. Wolfe said that he was walking to honor his mother, who died of cancer several years ago. Relay, Page 6 Centre Spread ............ 16, 17 Sports .......................... 19-23

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ON TRACK: According to State College borough officials, the construction along College Avenue is progressing. The construction is to replace a century-old water line.

Group Meetings .............. 27 Puzzles ............................. 28

Business ...................... 29, 30 Classified ......................... 31


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MIXED RESULTS: In the PIAA baseball playoffs, State College and Bald Eagle Area were eliminated. On the softball side, Bellefonte was knocked out, but Bald Eagle Area and P-O survived. Page 19

TREASURE HUNT: On Saturday, thousands of bargain hunters filed through the gates at Beaver Stadium for the annual Trash to Treasure sale. Gazette columnist John Patishnock takes a closer look at the event. Page 14

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FEED ME, SEYMOUR: State College Community Theatre will perform the classic musical “Little Shop of Horrors” on June 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at the Mount Nittany Middle School. The Gazette’s Anne Walker previews the show. Page 24

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Wheatfield Nursery goes pink for breast cancer awareness By KENDALL RUSSELL correspondent@centrecountygazette.com

CENTRE HALL — Wheatfield Nursery isn’t just raising plants — for the fourth year in a row, it also is raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Since 2011, the nursery, located at 1948 General Potter Highway, has hosted the Pink Day Community Festival Fundraiser, an annual benefit held to gather donations for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Saturday, June 7, marks the event’s fourth anniversary. Landscape designer and lumberjack Melissa Cramer has headed Pink Day for the past three years. Her associates at the Pennsylvania Professional Lumberjack Organization have once again volunteered to participate in the event’s festivities, which will take place from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. The lumberjack demonstrations will include wood chopping and sawing competitions, and eventgoers will even be able to try hitting a target with an axe. “We’ll set up an axe-throwing target, and anybody who wants to throw an axe and hit a bullseye can give that a try,” Cramer said. “The lumberjacks will do a number of different chopping demonstrations,” Cramer said. “For one of them,

we’ll stand on a block of wood and chop in between our feet with a razor-sharp axe.” Breast cancer patients, survivors and caregivers are encouraged to attend, and people of all ages are welcome. The event is very kid-friendly. “Somebody will be there to do face painting for the kids and they’re going to have free ice cream again this year from the dairy princess,” Cramer said. The lumberjacks will also set up a small cross-cut booth, and older children can pair up with a sibling or parent to practice sawing a real log in half. The event is free to attend and offers free parking, too, but the first 25 supporters to buy plant materials worth $25 or more from the nursery will receive a gift bag. Prospector’s Allegheny Rib Company and Duff’s Original Kettle Korn will provide free food, and local vendors will have heart-themed items for sale. “All the vendors will pay a small fee to register, and we will donate that registration fee to the foundation for them,” Cramer said. “A lot of the vendors will also bring gift baskets and those will be raffled off. You can actually pick which gift basket you want to be registered to win.” All of the proceeds from the ticket raffle also will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

State High names new basketball coach By BEN JONES StateCollege.com

STATE COLLEGE — Joe Walker will take to the sideline as the new State High varsity boys’ basketball coach, the school district announced late Monday night. Walker currently teaches science at Mount Nittany Middle School and has coached that school’s basketball team for the past four years. He was an all-conference player at Lock Haven University, and also a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete. “I am honored to be selected as the new coach for the

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ATHLETES FROM around the state will converge on Centre County this week for the Special Olympics Summer Games.

Special Olympics games to begin By BRITTANY SVOBODA bsvoboda@centrecountygazette.com

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Special Olympics of Pennsylvania Summer Games will take place starting today at various Penn State venues. This year marks the 45th an-

IF YOU GO WHAT: Special Olympics of Pennsylvania Summer Games WHEN: Thursday, June 5, through Saturday, June 7 WHERE: Penn State University, various athletic locations

niversary of the event. More than 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state will converge on the area for three days of competition in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian events, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis. The athletes and coaches, as well as the many volunteers, spend countless hours preparing in order to provide the best experience possible to all who are involved. Many of the athletes have their eyes on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, which the state games are a qualifier for. If you’re interested in attending the SOPA Summer Games, visit www.specialolympicspa.org or see a complete schedule of events in the Centre Spread.

State College Police Chief Tom King said that highly trafficked intersections like Atherton and Park or Atherton and College Avenue can be more dangerous because they are more difficult to monitor. With no place to park a police car to watch for traffic violators, enforcement becomes more challenging. Tor Michaels, chief of staff for state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Rush Township, said that Conklin’s office has received the petition and has already drafted legislation to update the 2012 act to expand red light camera authorization to municipalities across the state. “We believe the State College Borough Council should be given the authority to decide on affixing (these cameras) in town where it’s needed,” Michaels said. “It’s a local issue, and they need to be able to make the best safety decisions for their citizens.” Michaels said that bipartisan support was vital for the passage of this expansion, especially given the Republican control of the general assembly and governor’s office. State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R–Bellefonte, said that “red light cameras are not a simple sell,” and that are multiple opinions in the Legislature on their effectiveness. Benninghoff said that there was opposition in the Legislature to the original 2012 legislation, which raised concerns about the motivation behind installing these cameras. He said that some in the Legislature have made the argument that these cameras are used as a ticket mill and source of revenue for their municipality, rather than as a safety measure. Concerns over privacy and the motivation of the camera companies in advocating for this expansion were also discussed, he said. “I think there’s a lot of us (in the Legislature) who aren’t convinced, and who’d prefer to have an officer’s discretion for something he observes,” Benninghoff said. “If you’re accused of a crime you have a right to face your accuser, and now you’d be facing a machine.” According to the press release accompanying the petition, current legislation mandates that images taken by the camera are not public record or subject to the Rightto-Know Law, images will be destroyed within 30 days of a legal decision regarding alleged violations, cameras cannot be used for any form of surveillance outside red light violations unless authorized by a court order, and that revenue from the camera program can not exceed 5 percent of a municipality’s budget. State College Borough manager Thomas Fountaine said that should the Legislature see fit to expand this red light camera authority, borough council would first need to pass a local ordinance after examining relevant traffic data for intersections under consideration. State Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre, could not be reached for comment.

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June 5-11, 2014 Construction, from page 1 major projects throughout the past few decades — such as the construction of a filter plant during the 90s — delayed the line’s replacement until now. State Theatre development director Chris Rand said the theater’s management was made aware of the project as far back as January, and that the authority has taken steps to keep them informed about the project’s construction schedule. Lichman said that the project is working its way eastward down College Avenue, replacing segments of the line block by block in order to avoid creating a greater-than-necessary inconvenience to residents and visitors. After the line itself is installed down the length of the street, the authority will have to

The Centre County Gazette go back through block by block a second time to tie in water and fire service connections. The project is scheduled to take place until Aug. 21 and is proceeding according to schedule, despite some delays for rain and unexpected underground complications, Lichman said. “The problem of working without up-to-date prints is that we never know what we’re going to dig up,” he said. This includes things like stretches of rock, which require use of a rock breaker, and unmarked utility lines, which have to be diverted around — both of which the construction crew has encountered, though they haven’t slowed the project by any significant amount. John Briggs, general manager of the Corner Room restaurant, said that he was initially concerned that the project

might impact business during construction on their block, especially given the fact that the summer months are slower for business. Briggs said that they haven’t seen any noticeable drop in business, and that foot traffic, combined with the nearby parking garages, helps offset any inconvenience incurred from having construction in front of the restaurant. Rand said that the construction schedule works out very well for the State Theatre. Local dance companies book a series of recitals annually during the second half of the summer, by which time the construction will be well past the theater. “We feel like we’ve been fully informed and kept in the loop the whole way with this project,” Rand said. “We don’t feel like we’ve been put out at all.”

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CONSTRUCTION TO replace a century-old water line in downtown State College is progressing on time, according to borough officials.

Winter still being felt in local municipalities’ budgets By MICHAEL MARTIN GARRETT

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STATE COLLEGE — AccuWeather meteorologist Mark Paquette said that last winter started early, when a November ice storm left him without power for two days at his Boalsburg home. Months of colder-than-usual temperatures and multiple snow or ice events per week followed, leaving a legacy of lingering effects that some municipalities in Centre County are still feeling, even as summer begins to round the bend. “We’ve spent probably three times what we would normally spend for overtime, salt application and plowing roads,” Bellefonte Borough manager Ralph Stewart said. This increased snow removal cost is the result of the approximately 54 inches of snow the area received over the winter, which is nearly a foot more than average 44 inches the region typically sees, according to Paquette. Stewart said that these increased snow removal costs come with prices that the borough is still dealing with as it looks to offset these expenses. This is accomplished by evaluating planned projects and possibly cutting back on street paving costs, delaying construction equipment replacement or adjusting other expenses in the budget. “It’s a little more difficult than past years, but we have to try and absorb it somewhere in the other projects we had planned,” Stewart said. “We run a very tight budget as it is, without a lot of room for error in our budgeting and resources.” State College Borough manager Tom Fountaine said that the borough was over budget by 20 to 25 percent for winter-relat-

ed labor and equipment costs, which can be offset by carefully managing overtime during projects throughout the rest of the year. “With our roads it’s a different story,” State College public works director Mark Whitfield said. “We got hit pretty hard in terms of damage to the roadway system and degradation of the pavement we have.” University Drive near Easterly Parkway was damaged most dramatically, when the top layer of pavement “just literally disintegrated,” causing potholes to form quicker than the road could be effectively repaired, Whitfield said. This top layer has since been removed and will be resurfaced later in the summer, which “amounts to probably around $150,000 we didn’t anticipate spending this year,” which Whitfield said is more difficult for the borough to absorb than the relatively small overtime costs. While some municipalities weren’t dramatically impacted by this past winter — like Centre Hall Borough, which borough supervisor Kenny Strouse said will not have to adjust any projects to accommodate winter-related costs — others, such as Phillipsburg, faced difficulties managing the consistent snowfall. Philipsburg Borough manager Joel Watson said that, given the fairly narrow borough streets, they ran into difficulties finding places to put plowed snow that wouldn’t infringe on driving or parking space. Ultimately, it lead them to having to haul snow outside of the borough to a nearby vacant lot. When the lot was eventually filled with snow from Philipsburg and an adjacent municipality, Watson said they had to ad-

just and haul the snow to the parking lot of Philipsburg’s baseball facilities. Philipsburg, like State College, also incurred extensive road damage, exacerbated by a sewer line project from several years prior during which borough roads were filled in with differing materials. Watson said that this created several layers under the streets’ surfaces that froze, thawed and cracked at different speeds

and temperatures, which “made a real mess of things” and created unexpected paving and maintenance costs. Officials said that while each borough does prepare for each coming winter, knowing exactly what to expect presents difficulties. “You just can’t predict winter,” Fountaine said. “You have to look at long averages and budget accordingly.”

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Barron lauds progress in wake of Sandusky scandal, sanctions By JENNIFER MILLER StateCollege.com

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State President Eric Barron is hopeful that former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell will recommend Penn State be rewarded for its progress under the NCAA sanctions resulting from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. A consent decree between Penn State and the NCAA allowed the NCAA to impose unprecedented sanctions against Penn State’s football program. That followed an independent investigation by Louis Freeh that looked into the university’s handling of the Sandusky scandal. Barron recently discussed the issue in an interview with the Pittsburgh TribuneReview. In an email Friday with StateCollege.com, Barron reiterated his thoughts on the issue. “Penn State is not requesting a reduction of sanctions, but rather I am reflecting on how proud I am of Penn State’s considerable progress in addressing the recommendations of the Freeh report, coupled with my personal philosophy in life to reward and recognize progress,” Barron wrote. The sanctions included a massive reduction in scholarships, a four-year ban in bowl games, a $60 million dollar fine, and the vacating of 111 wins under former

coach Joe Paterno. Last year, the NCAA announced that the scholarship restrictions would be slowly lifted ahead of schedule, based on the recommendations of Mitchell, the independent athletics integrity monitor for Penn State. Mitchell is expected to release a new report in August and it’s possible the NCAA could implement his recommendations. Critics, including Paterno’s family, argue Penn State was forced to agree to the sanctions. The Paterno family is now part of a lawsuit that asks for damages related to the sanctions. At the same time, NCAA attorney Everett Johnson Jr. argued at a recent court hearing that the plaintiffs’ claim the NCAA held a “gun to the head” of Penn State forcing the university to agree to the unprecedented sanctions is false. Instead, he said Penn State simply had a choice between two undesirable options — sign the consent decree with provisions like a ban on bowl games or see the entire football program suspended. Sandusky was ultimately convicted on 45 counts of child sex abuse. He is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence in state prison. Three former Penn State administrators are awaiting trial for their alleged roles in what police say was a cover-up of the Sandusky abuse.

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AT THE BELLEFONTE Relay for Life, which was held last weekend, Tara’s Angels celebrated with a football theme. The concept of the display was Tara’s Angels versus cancer. Tara Ripka is a 14-year cancer survivor. Relay, from page 1 “It’s a way for me to pay tribute to her,” he said. “I saw what (cancer) did to her and we need to do whatever we can to stop (the disease) from taking more of our loved ones away.” As the sun shined brightly on Saturday morning, Miller took a moment to bask in the glow of another successful Relay for Life. She reflected on the past several years and what the event has meant to the people of Bellefonte. “I think it means a lot. I pulled out some old newspaper clippings of the old relays and got out photo albums since

I started in 1999,” Miller said. “We were reminiscing about some of the other relays on Friday night. That was a lot of fun to look back at those.” There was one thing that was missing from this year’s Relay for Life — rain. During recent relays, rain has played a role. Two years ago, a massive storm sent walkers running for cover. This year, however, the weather during the event was fine. Miller welcomed the change. “The storms all happened before we got here, so there was a lot of mud that we had to clean up and we had some (debris) that needed picked up,” Miller said.

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POLICE WERE on the scene at 310 S. Allen St. in State College, where a man died following a plunge from a balcony. Police ruled out foul play, but are still trying to determine whether the man jumped or fell from the balcony.

Man dies in fall from State College balcony By CHRIS MORELLI editor@centrecountygazette.com

STATE COLLEGE — A 33-year-old State College man died on May 29 following a fall from a seventh-floor balcony. Beau Rogers Griffis died after falling from a seventhfloor unit at 310 S. Allen St. According to State College Borough police, Griffis lived in the unit. Officers arrived at the scene just before 3 p.m., where they met with the man’s female friend who was in the apartment at the time of his death. State College police chief Tom King said that investigators are working to determine if the man fell or intentionally jumped from the top story of the building. Police said the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The female friend was taken to the Mount Nittany Medical Center, but she was not injured, police said. According to police, they’ve met with the woman and other witnesses. They will continue to meet with other witnesses. On Friday, Centre County coroner Scott Sayers confirmed the cause of death as head trauma. The death is the latest in a series of fatal falls from buildings in or around downtown State College. The other falls involved Penn State students. Anyone who witnessed the fall or who can help provide police more information regarding the death is asked to call State College police at (814) 234-7150.

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Obesity rates globally continue to bulge By the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette For all the talk about the world getting smaller, it’s also getting bigger. According to a recent study in The Lancet, the worldwide prevalence of people who are overweight and obese has increased 27.5 percent in adults and 47.1 percent in children over the last three decades. Almost a third of the world’s population, 2.1 billion people, is now fat. “Parts of the world are quite literally eating themselves to death,� as the director-general of the World Health Organization put it. The extra pounds can’t just be shrugged off. As one of the lead causes of preventable deaths in the United States, obesity leads to complicated and expensive diseases: diabetes, heart disease and cancer. And America has the dubious distinction of having the largest number of obese individuals in the world, the study found. The problem doesn’t seem to be abating. Not a single country included in the massive survey saw a significant decline in obesity. The troubling trend comes in the era of easy transportation and processed foods, where fewer people are exercising. Public obesity prevention programs have been found to help, but individual responsibility when it comes to diet and exercise is equally important. Reducing the number of people who are overweight is important to the community as well because of the huge economic consequences — nearly $190 billion a year in the United States. When a federal report released in February noted a significant drop in obesity among children ages 2 to 5, it seemed like the tide had turned in the public health campaign against the disease. But for such a widespread and complex disease, it’s clear that more will need to be done.

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Is ‘culture’ at fault in shootings? Thousands of people last week gathered at the University of California-Santa Barbara to mourn the victims of another mass-murderer. The 22-year-old student on May 23 killed six people and injured 13 more, before turning his gun on himself. With every murderous rampage comes a search for meaning. The perpetrator, a “kissless virgin,� said in a YouTube video posted before the spree: “I do not know why you girls aren’t attracted to me. But I will punish you all for it.� In the immediate aftermath of the killings, commenters blamed the killer’s crimes on everything from misogynistic “pickup artist philosophy� and “therapy culture� to easy access to guns and no-fault divorce. Even “nerd culture� has come under scrutiny. Is American culture responsible for mass murder? Columnists Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk wade into the issue.

JOEL MATHIS

Hey guys: It’s time we stopped being jerks. Elliot Rodger was not a typical man — few of us go on shooting sprees — except that he was: Desperate for sex, frustrated by its absence, convinced he was owed it, and seemingly unconcerned about the actual person who might furnish it. The result: All too often we treat women like objects for our lust, instead of the complete, whole, human beings they are. We use sex to diminish them in endeavors that have nothing whatsoever to do with sex. We help make one-half of humanity quite rationally fearful of the other half. We can do better. Having said that, the problem with America is that we’ve got any number of pathologies running wild out there — it’s a big country — but when those pathologies seek to express themselves in the most horrifying way

possible, it is almost always with the use of guns. Not having enough sex? Go on a shooting spree. Unpopular at school? Go on a shooting spree. Need some attention? Go on a shooting spree. We could keep going, but you understand the point: Columbine is not Newtown is not Aurora is not Jonesboro is not Virginia Tech is not Elliott Rodger’s failures with women. Except for one thing: There are a lot of innocent people dead in those towns, the victims of bad men with guns. We’re told the best thing to stop bad men with guns is good guys with guns, yet (with the exception of police) those good guys never materialize when we need them. Possibly that’s because they’re all down at the Chipotle, showing off their weapons to their best buds. Whatever. Men need to try to act better. But we’d be less terrified of whatever culture was supposedly doing to us this week if we didn’t have the tools to turn those impulses into pure death. Elliot Rodger was a narcissistic, evil man whose sex desires got in the way of his humanity and who all too easily had access to the precise tools to make his ugly revenge fantasies a reality. Evil is evil. Evil with a gun is effective at spreading evil. There’s no pretending otherwise.

BEN BOYCHUK

When will we finally learn the folly of ascribing simple political or public policy explanations to evil acts? We can no more resolve the problem of evil in a single newspaper column or act of Congress than the League of Nations could successfully outlaw war with a piece of paper in 1928. The Isla Vista killer — may his name and memory be erased — had been in therapy more or less nonstop since he was 8 years old. Surely the

nonjudgmental therapeutic environment fostered poisonous habits of mind? The killer’s parents divorced when he was 7. Perhaps, then, he is just another castoff of a callous, nofault divorce culture? Something is certainly rotten. After the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, Joel Mathis and I departed from our usual format and wrote a column calling for more taxpayer funding of mental health services and perhaps new laws easing the commitment of dangerous people to mental institutions. Would that have helped here? Seems unlikely. The killer’s parents reportedly knew he was trouble. The murderer’s mother was so alarmed by his YouTube videos that she called a mental health hotline. Santa Barbara police visited his apartment last month, but for whatever reason concluded he was not an imminent threat to himself or anyone else. Something is rotten online. The killer resented that he was a virgin. He immersed himself in Internet “pickup philosophy� forums. He wrote misogynist rants. But he didn’t merely hate women. His 141-page manifesto is a sad, sickening testament to his misanthropy. Perhaps we should pass a new law against hate. Something is rotten in the media. Every time one of these crimes occurs, the press rushes to publicize the killer’s name, his face, his rants. This animal’s manifesto is everywhere, exactly as he hoped. Enough of this! We don’t need new laws; we need to shift the culture. Stop publicizing the names of spree killers. Don’t show their faces. Don’t repost their Facebook accounts and their insane screeds. The rot runs deep. We shouldn’t glorify it more than we have to. Reach Ben Boychuk at bboychuk@ city-journal.org, Joel Mathis at joelm mathis@gmail.com.

EPA offers pragmatic plan on emissions By The Los Angeles Times The Obama administration’s new effort to reduce carbon emissions from power plants is pragmatic, smart and overdue. Nevertheless, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule is already coming under attack from those who argue that it is economic suicide to force expensive and unilateral changes in the power grid just to lower carbon emissions in the United States. Those critics would have U.S. utilities do nothing about global warming simply because their counterparts in other countries aren’t doing enough. That reasoning is perverse and unpersuasive. Federal law compels the EPA to reduce harmful air pollutants, and carbon dioxide from power plants is the largest contributor by far to changes in the climate that could be ruinous to the planet. But the agency isn’t seeking to cap the amount of CO2 coming out of smokestacks, as it has done with toxins such as mercury. Instead, it has proposed a unique emissions target for each state based on what the EPA believes local utilities can achieve. Exactly how the target would be met would be up to each state, but the pressure would be on utilities to shift away from the coal-fired plants that are the biggest carbon polluters. Those plants produced 45 percent of U.S. electricity in 2010, or 5 percent less than they did at their peak in 2005, while coal use has grown rapidly around the world. Yet the United States still ranks as the second-largest carbon emitter. Even if lower emissions from U.S. plants aren’t sufficient to stop global warming, they are a necessary part of the solution. And no one should expect the likes of China and India to do more to curb their plants’ emissions if the U.S. isn’t willing to act. Some environmental groups, in fact, are disturbed that the EPA didn’t propose larger cuts. Instead, the agency wisely based the targets on available methods for reducing emissions, which made the proposed rule less ambitious

but more reasonable. Taking a cue from California, which is well on its way to meeting the agency’s proposed target, the agency also let states look beyond their utilities’ smokestacks for ways to reduce emissions. These include cap-andtrade systems for C02 and energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances. The EPA’s expansive approach is certain to be tested in court by those upset about the prospect of more expensive electricity. Reducing emissions doesn’t necessarily mean forcing consumers to spend more on energy, however. Just look at California, where efficiency standards have held monthly electric bills almost 25 percent below the national average even though electricity rates are among the highest in the country. Besides, the country can’t afford to ignore the problem posed by coal-fired plants. Global warming threatens to be an environmental catastrophe, and the U.S. must prevent as much of the damage as it can. As multiple recent studies have concluded, the cost of dealing with the worst effects of climate change will far outweigh the cost of preventing them.

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Zinc deficiency may affect human pregnancies By JEFF MULHOLLEM Special to the Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK — Female mice deprived of dietary zinc for a relatively short time before conception experienced fertility and pregnancy problems and had smaller, less-developed fetuses than mice that ingested zinc during the same times, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The findings have implications for human reproduction, scientists suggest. Going without zinc prior to ovulation had marked effects on the mice’s reproductive functions. Zinc deficiency caused a high incidence of pregnancy loss, and embryos from the zinc-deficient diet group were an average of 38 percent smaller than those from the control group. Preconception zinc deficiency also caused approximately half of embryos to exhibit delayed or aberrant development. Defects in placenta development are a major cause of delayed embryo/fetal development because the developing embryos do not get enough nutrients to support normal growth. In the zinc-deficient group, the fetal side of the placenta was much less developed. Consistent with delayed development of the placenta, expression of key placental genes was sharply curtailed in mice with zinc-deficient diets. Collectively, the findings provide evidence for the importance of preconception zinc in promoting optimal fertility and embryo, fetal and placenta development, explained Francisco Diaz, assistant professor of reproductive biology. “The mineral zinc acts as a catalytic, structural and signaling factor in the regulation of a diverse array of cellular pathways involving hundreds of enzymes and proteins,” he said. “Given these wide-ranging roles, it is not surprising that insufficient zinc during pregnancy causes developmental defects in many species. We have known that for a long time. “However, the role of zinc during the preconception period in promoting later development during pregnancy is not

clearly understood.” In the six-month study, which was published online in a recent edition of Biology of Reproduction, female mice were fed a control or a zinc-deficient diet for four to five days before ovulation. Then, embryonic and/or placental development was evaluated on days three, six, 10, 12 and 16 of pregnancy. At each of those intervals, Xi Tian, recent Penn State doctoral student and now a postdoctoral scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, measured and evaluated fetuses, examining them with light microscopy and magnetic resonance imaging. She was assisted by co-authors Thomas Neuberger, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in Penn State’s Huck Institutes of Life Sciences, working with Penn State’s High-Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility, and Kate Anthony, research technician in animal science. “What these results demonstrate is that a relatively short dietary disruption in nutrients that are available can have an impact on the ovary, the quality of the egg that the ovary produces, and the quality of the embryo and placenta that the egg develops into after fertilization,” Diaz said. “We know that dietary restrictions can have an effect on pregnancy and on fetal and placental development, but we are not as familiar with preconception effects that are relatively acute and then seeing the effect later on in pregnancy. That is the most novel aspect of our work here.” One way that zinc may affect egg development is by promoting the epigenetic programming of the DNA of the oocyte, or immature egg cell. During egg development, “methyl groups,” or chemical tags, are added at specific locations on the DNA and are essential for that egg to fully support embryo and placenta development later on. “We found much less DNA methylation in eggs from zinc deficient mice, suggesting that programming of the egg is defective,” Diaz said. Diaz noted that this research and fol-

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Physician assistants provide patients with increased access to care HERSHEY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; One of the changes taking place at many doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offices, due in part to adoption of the Affordable Care Act, is a trend toward â&#x20AC;&#x153;team-based care,â&#x20AC;? a model that incorporates advanced care professionals in addition to physicians. To keep up with increasing demand for primary care services brought on by an aging population and broader coverage under the ACA, many practices are employing more of these advanced care professionals, including physician assistants. PAs can perform many of the same duties as physicians. They can conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat patients, order tests, assist in surgery and prescribe medication, while working under the supervision of a physician. According to Christine Bruce, director of Penn State College of Medicineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new PA program, practices employing PAs give patients increased access to acute care as well as comprehensive care. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you call into a practice, you often hear â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;your physician is booked todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;we can get you in in three or four days,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Bruce said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are only so many hours in a day, and sometimes demand for services exceeds the ability to see patients in an expedited way,â&#x20AC;? she said. Physician offices employing PAs can most likely offer an appointment for the same day to eliminate the wait. This â&#x20AC;&#x153;win-winâ&#x20AC;? situation is often how PAs are introduced to patients, who soon learn these providers can take more time with patients, whereas doctors may be forced to adhere to time constraints to accommodate the amount of scheduled people visiting the practice and to deal with the responsibilities of being in charge of a practice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patients appreciate the personal relationship that they have with their health care providers,â&#x20AC;? Bruce said. While it is beneficial to patients to establish a relationship with more than one professional in the practice, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

need to worry about losing their connection to their physician because, one way or another, they can expect their doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s input. That is because in true team-based coordinated care, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a â&#x20AC;&#x153;huddleâ&#x20AC;? that occurs before each shift to discuss patient care and treatment. Providers can troubleshoot, ask questions or share information before or after seeing patients. PAs are trained to work in general practice, such as general internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health, as well as in specialty settings including the emergency department, general and subspecialty surgery, orthopedics, psychiatry, cardiology and hematology. They are likely to have experience in multiple areas with concentration in one. Also, PAs typically have experience as another type of health care provider prior to entering PA education, so they might be able to offer some expertise from past training in such fields as athletic training, nutrition, respiratory therapy, or with emergency medicine. PAs receive graduate level education, with training lasting 24 to 36 months after completion of a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree and meeting established criteria for health care experience and pre-requisite college courses. Because of the shorter training times, the profession is positioned to be able to quickly respond to the need for additional primary care services. PAs will play a pivotal role in the teambased approach of managing the growing demand for care and the changing health care needs of the population, Bruce says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This profession provides a great opportunity for making improvements of how health care in our country is delivered,â&#x20AC;? Bruce said. For more information, visit www.aapa. org/the_pa_profession/what_is_a_pa.aspx or www.nccpa.net/public.

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Lani Guinier to speak at conference UNIVERSITY PARK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lani Guinier will be the keynote speaker at the Penn State College of Educationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Education and Civil Rights Conference on Friday, June 6, at the Ramada Conference Center in State College. Guinier, the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will speak during the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dinner. A limited number of tickets are available for $25 to members of the general public who are not attending the conference. Order forms are available on the conference website. Before joining the Harvard faculty in 1998, Guinier was a tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Previously, she worked in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and headed the voting rights project at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the 1980s. She was President Bill Clintonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nominee for as-

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Antique machinery draws crowds to Penns Cave By SAM STITZER

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CENTRE HALL — The Nittany Antique Machinery Association recently held its annual spring show at Penns Cave. NAMA was formed in 1975, and held its first show at the Penns Cave Farm in September of that year. The fall show has become one of the largest of its kind east of the Mississippi River. The spring show, held annually on the first weekend after Memorial Day, is a somewhat smaller version of the fall show, and features free admission for spectators. Antique tractors are always a highlight of these shows, and NAMA secretary Bob Corman said there were about 230 of them registered in the display this year. The featured tractor brand for this show was Case, and many excellent examples of the orange machines were displayed. The show featured tractor pulls, parades of equipment each day, hit-and-miss engines, food vendors, antique cars, trucks and motorcycles, and a building filled with toy tractors, trucks and farm machinery. On the east end of the grounds was a flea market with hundreds of vendors. Perfect weather for all three days of the show helped to attract large crowds. On the west end of the grounds, a 1923 vintage 30-horsepower Farquhar steam engine owned by Paul Dotterer, of Mill Hall, drove a portable sawmill with a long, flat belt and pulleys. The engine huffed

and puffed, making large clouds of black smoke and a loud hiss as excess steam escaped while operators fed logs into the huge saw blade. A wood planer, driven by the power takeoff shaft of an antique Allis-Chalmers tractor, was running nearby, turning the log slices into smooth, flat planks. A few feet away, an antique Farmall tractor drove an 1890’s Boomer & Boschert cider press via a flat belt and pulleys. The press was owned by the Wenner family in Williamsport for 90 years, and donated to NAMA in 1993. It generates 90 tons of pressing force using four rotating screws. At maximum capacity, this press could produce 3,500 gallons of cider per day. In the antique vehicle area, a shiny green and black 1950 Ford F-1 pickup truck gathered much attention from spectators. Ted and Natalie Bruss, of Allenwood, acquired the truck — which Ted Bruss called a “barn find” — in 1997. Ted made many improvements to it, while retaining its original looks. “It’s been modernized,” said Bruss. “It has power disc brakes, power steering out of a Lincoln and cruise control.” According to Natalie Bruss, it’s missing one thing. “It has everything but air conditioning,” she quipped. The Brusses have used the pickup for several trips to Florida. Ted Bruss dropped in a 350 Chevy V-8 engine with an automatic transmission, replacing the original Ford flathead engine because of the

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ROY AND FRAN KING, of Mifflintown, showed this beautifully restored 1949 Case Model SI tractor. Chevy’s reputation for reliability and availability of repair parts. “We liked the old flathead, but if it breaks down on the way (to Florida), where are you going to find parts?” said Ted Bruss.

Mary Halsnik, whose husband, Gary, is in charge of the antique car display, said there were 40 vehicles registered for this display. “This is the highest number ever for the spring show,” said Halsnik.

For PSU administrator, life has been a series of adventures By JENNIFER MILLER StateCollege.com

UNIVERSITY PARK — Paul Ruskin’s first paid job at Penn State was as an undergraduate part-time researcher where he found himself hanging upsidedown in caves collecting rocks. His next job was as an underwater researcher, where he went into a machine at the natatorium that would pull him backward with increasing force as he tried to swim forward. Researchers collected all of the gases Ruskin exhaled to analyze. Ruskin, a founding member of the Nittany Divers club, was doing the research along with a number of football players. He found himself able to handle his breathing and remain in the water for about 12 minutes “and I beat all of the football players, which really amazes me,” Ruskin said. Later, while studying anthropology as an undergraduate student, Ruskin met his wife, Barbara, on an archeological dig at Raystown Dam where they uncovered weaving, pottery, parts of moccasins and arrowheads. After Ruskin earned a master’s degree at Penn State in broadcasting, he joined the U.S. Air Force and found himself stationed in Galena, Alaska, along the Yukon River, in case the Soviet Union attacked. Utilizing his broadcast background, Ruskin provided news and entertainment to the troops. When he wasn’t working, he’d lie down on the frozen Yukon River

and stare at the Aurora Borealis, go dog sledding, and scheme a plan to “smuggle” his wife to Alaska. At first, the couple lived in the woods, until a Native American chief took pity on them and offered them a home in his village, which turned out to be a shack. But the newlyweds accepted the offer. Next, Ruskin was stationed on an air base in Madrid, Spain, where he reported the evening news. At one point officials received information that terrorists threatened to attack the radio station at night. Ruskin worked at the station every night, alone. With the threat, guards were placed at the entrance and Ruskin was instructed to shoot the transmitter if the terrorists got by the guards. Fortunately, the terrorists never followed through with the threat. While in Madrid, Ruskin and his wife traveled Europe, where the first of their two daughters was born. Ruskin also hired a talent agent to help get him behindthe-scenes work in the film industry. Unexpectedly, he landed an audition with MGM Studios in Madrid. In the scene he was supposed to light a woman’s cigarette — but instead, he walked up to her, took the cigarette and gave her a lecture about the dangers of smoking. The bold move left the crew laughing and landed him a small role in the Sean Connery film “The Wind and the Lion.”

Shortly after, Ruskin left the military while faced with a job offer with Paramount TV. At the same time, he had a full-time job offer from Penn State. Ruskin thought, “Do I take a real job at Penn State and work for the university I graduated from twice, or do I take the long shot and go to Hollywood?” Ruskin and his wife opted for Penn State, where he worked on a new TV studio and produced radio and TV programs. At one point he was sent to Pakistan, where he taught residents how to produce and edit video and set up remote portable production. Years later, the hotels where he stayed and worked would be destroyed by terrorists’ bombs. While he was in Pakistan he received a telegram from Brian Winston, dean of the College of Communications at Penn State, saying “come and see me” when he returned to State College. Back in town, Ruskin helped relocate the college from campus to downtown while new facilities were constructed. He worked closely with the Office of Physical Plant during the process. Ultimately, 16 years ago, Ruskin would join the Office of Physical Plant as communications and public affairs coordinator, where he informed the news media and the public about construction and other projects on campus. After 38 years with Penn State, he retired on Saturday, May 31. “It’s been a great 38 years,” said Ruskin.

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June 5-11, 2014

‘Miss Relay’ contestants strut their stuff BELLEFONTE — Many hands and many hours go into the successful running of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events held in communities across the country. The events raise money with the hope of eradicating cancer during our lifetimes. Every relay brings that goal a little nearer. One eagerly anticipated part of the annual relay in Bellefonte is the Miss Relay Pageant. Each year, several goodnatured and adventurous men dress in feminine finery and “strut their stuff” on the Connie Cousins stage at Govcovers a wide ernor’s Park variety of events in Centre County for during the the Centre County first evening Gazette. Email her of the relay. at ccous67@gmail. This year, com. 17 applicants were vying for the coveted title. The costumes ran the gamut from mini skirts to full-length gowns. Some contestants added hats to their ensembles, but many relied on long hair, dyed various colors to attract the attention of the judges. Boas, of course, are always in style at the Miss Relay event and are artfully twirled as the “ladies” take to the stage. Each pageant participant is judged on costume, the walk or “strut” he presents when his

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CONNIE COUSINS/For the Gazette

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Big models please crowd at machinery show By SAM STITZER pennsvalley@centrecountygazette.com

CENTRE HALL — Among the many attractions of the Nittany Antique Machinery Association spring show at Penns Cave this year were some large scale models built by John Lebkicher, of Mifflintown. Lebkicher, a 71-year-old retired electrical lineman, builds his models in 1/8 scale. That’s big. His model of a 1992 Mack tractor and lowboy trailer loaded with a Caterpillar 325B excavator takes up more than 8 feet of space on his show display. Nearby sits a smaller 1/16-scale model of the Cat 325B, and a partially built Caterpillar D-11 tractor which will be 4-1/2 feet long when finished. Lebkicher says he has loved trucks and heavy equipment since his childhood. “It’s the little boy in me that makes me do it (build models),” said Lebkicher. He built model kits and did some woodworking as a youth, but put his hobby on hold for 30 years while working as a lineman. His first wooden model was built from plans he obtained from a magazine. “That gave me some ideas,” said Lebkicher. His subsequent models have been built using hand drawings Lebkicher made based on photographs and measurements he took from the actual vehicles. “I just take pictures and measurements and make sketches,” says Lebkicher. “My measurements come from one point on a machine, and I try to work everything from that point. That way you can keep it more

in scale.” Lebkicher uses poplar wood and Baltic birch plywood to construct his models. Both species have smooth, tight grain and will take finish well. Besides wood, he employs some other materials in the models’ construction. Copper tubing makes hydraulic cylinders, and copper wire simulates hydraulic lines. Smaller tubing is used for exhaust pipes and radiator hoses on the Mack truck model’s engine. Lebkicher prefers to use real glass for the models’ windows, but has done some with clear acrylic material as well. He finishes his models with hardware store spray paints, with a light sanding between coats. Lebkicher uses only a few standard power tools — drill press, belt sander, router and a band saw — to build the models. He does not have a lathe to make wheels and tires. He cuts them to a circular shape with a band saw, then sands them to their final shape and size with his belt sander. Lebkicher’s wife, Nancy, helps him with the models, doing finely detailed hand painting of instrument panels and other details. She also paints the faces for a line of wall clocks that they sell. Lebkicher has several other projects planned, including a John Deere Model B tractor in 1/4 scale which will be more than 30 inches long. He also plans to motorize his Caterpillar D-11 tractor model, and equip it with radio control. Lebkicher says his models each take from 10 months to a year to build.

K-9 Carnival set for June 28

PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE — Owners and their dogs are invited to attend the K9 Carnival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, at the Ag Progress Days site, 2710 W. Pine Grove Road. At the carnival, there will be demonstrations, rescue groups, information booths,

agility equipment stations, a microchip clinic and more. This event is sponsored by the Mount Nittany Dog Training Club and is designed to educate people about the opportunities available for them and their dogs. For more information, visit www.mndtc.org.

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JOHN LEBKICHER holds the bucket and arm of his 1/8-scale wooden model of a Caterpillar 325B excavator.

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June 5-11, 2014

Rediscovering Happy Valley: Trash to Treasure UNIVERSITY PARK — As a writer, and as someone who consumes an unusually high number of books and movies, I’ve always enjoyed finding answers to questions in unlikely places and in unexpected ways. For instance, how does Trash to Treasure, the annual Penn State move-out sale that combines student philanthropy and community volunteers, continue to be so successful? You could formulate a lot of hypotheses, spend plenty of time talking to people and calculate plenty of possibilities. But for me, the answer crystallized Saturday in the unlikeliest of ways. As I walked toward Gate C on Saturday afternoon in the aftermath of the sale’s end, I passed David Manos and Conal Carr, two guys who have had a tremendous impact on the growth of Trash to Treasure, though their names don’t often appear in newspaper stoJohn Patishnock ries or on the local news. is a Centre County Manos was on the original plannative, and his ning committee and Carr joined the stories on how next year; they both work in the houshe’s reconnecting ing department at Penn State. Manos to the area will be showcased in co-chairs the group, with both he and “Rediscovering Carr making a huge impact as sale day Happy Valley,” a approaches. From working with volcolumn that will unteers to ensuring everything is orgarun every other nized, there’s not much that happens week in The Centre without their oversight. County Gazette. Fellow committee member Paul Ruskin has been receiving a fair amount of media coverage lately with his retirement, though like Manos and Carr, I’ve always felt all three of them are uncovered gems who contribute mightily not just to Trash to Treasure, but to the betterment of Penn State. Working with them has truly made me a better person. I also walked around the stadium with co-chair Al Matyasovsky, and spoke with Janda Hankinson, a volunteer coordinator who’s an all-star volunteer herself. And, there was also Tammy Gentzel, executive director of Centre County United Way. After putting in an enormous amount of time, effort and planning, this would be the most appropriate time to relax and celebrate — right after the sale ended, after all their hard work resulted in nearly $60,000 raised for Centre County United Way. It would also be understandable for them to be tired and to look around and wonder if they could leave without anyone noticing. But that’s not what happened. After all the media had left, after the sale had ended and after all the work seemed to be finished, everyone mentioned above, as well as many other volunteers and committee members, continued cleaning up and making the space as pristine as possible. I’ve always described the Trash to Treasure planning committee members as people who never stand around looking at their watches, waiting for the time when they can leave. For them, the time to leave is when their work is done, however long it takes. Sure, the newspaper reporters and television camera crews show up on sale day and

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THOUSANDS OF bargain hunters turned out at the annual Trash to Treasure sale, which was held at Beaver Stadium on May 31. a few days prior, but the majority of the work they put in gets done when there’s nobody with a camera or notepad nearby. To me, that’s what makes this whole thing work, what makes Trash to Treasure a national model: The committee members do what’s needed, when it’s needed, and with little thought given to how it’s going to impact their own personal needs or desires. That’s why I volunteer every year and serve on the planning committee, because they inspire me. On Saturday, I helped collect the $5 early-bird admission fee before the sale from people standing in line, teaming with my good friend Lloyd Rhoades, manger of central services for Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant. I then helped welcome everyone into the sale at Gate B. For me, being at the gate when everyone first enters is always a highlight, seeing people of all ages and backgrounds experiencing Beaver Stadium in a new way. Everyone was in a good mood, with the overwhelming majority of people I interacted with on Saturday indicating they realized the importance of Trash to Treasure to the community. After the initial rush, I spent about a half-hour speaking with U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Centre), who had just spoken for a few minutes before the sale. Right afterward, I introduced myself and thanked him for being there, and I didn’t wait because I assumed he probably would leave shortly after speaking. I was wrong. Thompson spent the

next few hours at the sale, chatting with members of the planning committee. It was a very enjoyable conversation, with plenty of jokes and friendly chatter taking place, though the main takeaway for me was that Thompson chose to set aside his morning and early afternoon to be at Beaver Stadium for the sale. Since its inception in 2002, Trash to Treasure has raised more than $650,000 for Centre County United Way and diverted nearly 900 tons of waste from the landfill. I have a personal interest in this because I believe in sustainability and Penn State’s ability to be a national leader in this field, and other schools routinely seek out Trash to Treasure committee members to find out how to implement a similar sale on their respective campuses. I’ve probably attended more than 100 home Penn State football games, but when I think about Beaver Stadium, I’m just as likely to envision the inner concourse where all the tons of donations are sorted and organized every year, where tireless volunteers give their time and effort. In a few months, the typical large crowd will pack into Beaver Stadium for the home opener, and all anyone will be thinking about is how can James Franklin and Christian Hackenberg lead Penn State to its next Big Ten title. I’ll probably be thinking about that, too, but unlike the other spectators, I’ll also look around and see Beaver Stadium in a way most others don’t.

Residents reminded to Sight walk set for June 8 bag, bundle paper It has been close to two months since the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority asked residents to begin bagging or bundling their paper at the curb. The authority wants to thank everyone who has gone the extra step to make sure paper stays dry and doesn’t blow out of bins. Newspaper should always be bagged or bundled separately from all other types of paper. Newspaper that is collected is shredded and sold to local farmers for animal bedding. All other types of paper — magazines, catalogs, office paper, junk mail, shredded paper, paperboard, etc. — can be bagged or bundled together. Paper or plastic grocery bags work well for containing paper items.

BOALSBURG — The 31st annual Journey for Sight walk will take place Sunday, June 8, at the Pennsylvania Military Museum, 51 Boal Ave. Registration is at 1:30 p.m. and the walk will begin at 2 p.m.. All walkers must register. Money raised will be donated to those with sight disabilities. The walk is sponsored by the Centre Foresight Lions Committee. For more information, call (814) 238-6695.

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Weatherization First helps low-income households By JOHN KELLER For the Gazette

STATE COLLEGE — A new initiative launched in Centre County helps low-income households to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and to save money in the process. Weatherization First, a project organized under the auspices of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light, aligns closely with the parent organization’s mission to encourage communities of faith to respond directly to the moral challenge that climate change poses for all of us. The program geared up for action quickly, asking the congregations interested in WF work to put out a call for volunteers to staff weatherization work teams. Shortly after its launch in mid-2014, the project had enlisted teams from seven Centre County congregations as well as others formed by groups of concerned citizen to work with lowincome residents to weatherize their homes. Three local nonprofit organizations — Interfaith Human Services, Housing Transitions and Central PA Community Action — helped WF to identify appropriate residences for weatherization and to carry out basic energy audits and professional assessments of the homes before work began. One of the first Centre County communities of faith to join the WF effort, Faith United Church of Christ is located on College Avenue in State College. A pillar of the Faith UCC vision is the denomination’s environmental ministry, dedicated to “wonder, reverence, love, and respect for all of God’s creation.” “Our need to care for creation,” the Faith UCC vision says, “calls for us to repair the damage done by our poor human choices — vanishing and degraded farmland, air unfit to breathe and water unfit to drink, unsustainable energy processes and consumption, and the perilous and immediate and long-term worldwide consequences of global warming and climate change.” It is not surprising that, with this ambitious environmental vision, Faith UCC, under the leadership of Seann Reed, a hydrologist, quickly enlisted 15 to 20 volunteers willing to take part in WF work teams. From October 2014 to January 2014, these work teams have carried out weatherization projects in five Centre County homes. A participant in one of the teams, Bob Biber, is a retired energy-industry executive originally from Rhode Island. He describes himself as a self-taught handyman, who has picked up carpentry skills in his retirement years. Despite the limited resources and time available to the volunteers, Biber professed satisfaction with the environmental upgrades the teams were able to offer to local residents. The upgrades were mostly relatively simple, such as insulating and weather-stripping drafty doors and windows and caulking, but, Biber said, they will make a difference. Since all of Faith UCC’s projects involved mobile homes, often in bad repair, at times the volunteers had to undertake more ambitious work. In one home, the team had to repair a large hole in the floor. Another time, the volunteers had to frame and refit doors and to reinforce an outdoor structure that housed the home’s water heater. Pastor Monica Dawkins-Smith of Faith UCC also supported the WF program by making the church fellowship hall available as a place for building indoor storm windows. Penn State students from the college chapter of

Interfaith Power and Light carried out three work sessions this spring creating almost 40 inexpensive wood and plastic indoor storm windows that can make a big difference in energy savings. Biber said that the residents were grateful for the upgrades that will not only make their homes more energy efficient, but will save them money on their utility bills. One resident told the work teams that she noticed an improvement almost immediately in her comfort level and in her ability to regulate the temperature in her home. Another told the team that she was proud of the letter she received from her utility company after the upgrades telling her that her utility bill was the lowest in the neighborhood. For their part, the UCC teams were happy to make a difference in the lives of Centre County residents, many of whom, as Biber said, seemed to have fallen through society’s cracks and remained invisible to most of the area’s middle-class residents. There is no question that Weatherization First hopes to address an unmet need in Centre County. At a time when quality affordable housing is in short supply and when federal subsidies for weatherizing low-income housing are declining, WF offers a small-scale local response to the

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FAITH UNITED CHURCH of Christ recently played host to Weatherization First. Here, a member of the organization works on an internal storm window.

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Local athletes to compete on national stage By BRITTANY SVOBODA bsvoboda@centrecountygazette.com

UNIVERSITY PARK — Local athletes Trevor Chester, Greg Focht and Carolyn Jean “Cajee” Bechtel will have their dreams realized this month when they represent Centre County during the Special Olympics National Games in New Jersey. The national games will feature more than 300 other athletes and coaches from Pennsylvania and 3,500 athletes from throughout the U.S. In order to be selected to compete for the games, athletes must have medaled in their sport. From there, participants from each state are chosen at random during a ceremony that involves the athletes and their families. Focht, 48, of State College, has been a Special Olympics athlete for more than 40 years. He has competed in bocce, bowling, golf, softball, speed skating, swimming, basketball and tennis. Although Focht recently suffered a rotator cuff injury, he said he’ll be ready to attend nationals to compete in bocce. He said he’s excited for some of the side activities planned for the athletes, including a dinner cruise and a baseball game. Although Focht won’t be competing in this year’s summer games, which are taking place now through Saturday, June 8, at Penn State, he’ll participate in the Law

Enforcement Torch Run at Medlar Field during the opening ceremonies. In 2011, Focht went to the Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece. He was also inducted into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame last year. While he has participated in a variety of sports, he hopes to add one more to his repertoire: curling. Focht said he watches the sport during the Winter Olympics and hopes that Special Olympics will add it some day. Bechtel, 54, of Boalsburg, participated with Special Olympics when she lived in Rhode Island. She moved to Centre County in 1994 and has been an athlete with Special Olympics of Pennsylvania ever since. Bechtel has competed in softball, tennis, bowling, bocce, volleyball and bowling. A knee injury has somewhat limited her ability to participate in certain sports, but that hasn’t slowed her down and she’ll compete in bocce at nationals. Bechtel will also be competing in bowling during the current games at Penn State. “It’ll be exciting to meet new people,” Bechtel said. In regards to competing, she said she’ll give it her all when the time comes, while remembering the Special Olympics oath — “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” Chester, 39, of State College, has been a Special Olympics athlete for about 30

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CAROLYN JEAN “CAJEE” BECHTEL, of Boalsburg, will compete in her first Special Olympics National Games in New Jersey later this month. She will compete in bocce.

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TREVOR CHESTER, left, and Greg Focht have been Special Olympics athletes for decades. Here they are pictured in Olympic Village during Fall Fest at Villanova University. Chester and Focht will compete in the Special Olympics National Games for the first time later this month.

years. He has competed in golf, bowling, swimming and bocce. For the national games, Chester will bowl unified with his niece, Emily Mowery, who helped him qualify for the games last year. “It’s been a great experience working with the athletes,” Mowery said. “They’re so positive and happy even when they might not be doing so well. They give you a good outlook on life.” Mowery and Chester have been bowling together for five years. Along with nationals, Chester will also be competing at Penn State in unified bowling with his mom, Diane. Chester is also a global messenger for Special Olympics, something Bechtel hopes to do in the future. “I go out and give speeches,” Chester said. The topics range from the importance of family to specific things about Special Olympics. While at the national games, Chester said he’s hoping to meet athletes and coaches from throughout the country. He’s also looking forward to the march in with other athletes and trading pins. Chester hopes to qualify for the Special Olympics World Games in bowling during this weekend’s event at Penn State. The world games will take place in Los Angeles in 2015. To compete at this level, athletes need to practice regularly. All athletes from Pennsylvania destined for the national games also attended a camp in Williamsport in March. This gave them a chance to meet their coaches and teammates throughout the state while focusing on fitness and healthy eating. “They gave them a sheet and talked to

them about exercising,” said Diane, Chester’s mom. “They also talked to them about making healthy food choices.” While Special Olympics has impacted the athletes, it’s also has an impact on their families and friends. “Special Olympics is such a benefit and a blessing to families because (the athletes) develop friendships and then we go and meet other parents and develop friendships,” Diane said. “We compare notes about something that maybe helped your athlete or son or daughter, or other programs that are out there. It’s kind of addictive. Once you start, it’s just a joy being around the athletes.” “It’s been fun watching him,” said Don, Chester’s dad. Don Chester is also one of Focht’s golf coaches and has played unified with him. “Greg is a really good all-around athlete. Watching him bowl is unbelievable,” Diane said. “This is a good opportunity,” said Betty Bechtel, of her sister’s accomplishment. While Special Olympics provides the opportunity for the athletes to meet and form friendships, Betty said it also gives them confidence for other activities. Bechtel, Betty explained, has taken a part-time job at The Nittany Lion Inn, which she’s had for 11 years, since becoming a Special Olympics athlete. Focht works at the North Atherton Walmart, and Chester at Olive Garden. “It builds teamwork and self confidence,” she said. The Special Olympics National Games will take place Saturday, June 14, through Saturday, June 21 in New Jersey. For more information, visit www.2014specialolympics.org.


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Special Olympics schedule of events THURSDAY, JUNE 5

7:30-8:30 a.m. — Head of delegation and Wednesday night guest breakfast (Findlay Dining Hall) 8-11 a.m. — Horse arrival (Agricultural Arena stable) 9-12 p.m. — Delegation registration open (Findlay Commons 124) 11-2 p.m. — Athlete/coach arrival (East Halls) 11:30-12:30 p.m. — Head of delegation and Wednesday night guest lunch (Findlay Dining Hall) 11:30-4 p.m. — Golf express bus (Curtain Road bus stop) 11:30-1 p.m. — Bowling express (outdoor basketball court) 11:30-6 p.m. — Bus Loop (Curtain Road bus stop) noon-Equestrian head coaches meeting (Snider Agricultural Arena) noon-Horse assignments (Snider Agricultural Arena) 12:30 p.m.-Bowling head coaches meeting for doubles and team (Northland Bowl) 12:30-4:30 p.m. — Equestrian showmanship, gaming and trail review (Agricultural Arena) 12:30-4 p.m. — Aquatics prelims/finals (McCoy Natatorium) 1-3:30 p.m. — Healthy Athletes — Opening Eyes (East Halls lawn tent) 1-3:30 p.m. — Preliminary competition — athletics (Penn State University Track) 1-3:30 p.m. — Golf — Day 1 competition (Centre Hills Golf Course) 1-3:30 p.m. — Bowling doubles and teams (Northland Bowl) 1-3:30 p.m. — Tennis athlete rating and warm-up (Sarni Tennis Facility) 1-4 p.m. — Tennis — Individual skills prelims (Sarni Tennis Facility) 1-4 p.m. — Softball — Traditional and unified team prelims (Park Avenue fields) 1-5 p.m. — Olympic Village (East Halls lawn) 1-5 p.m. — Family registration (East Halls lawn) 1:30-3:30 p.m. — Basketball individual skills prelims (Intramural Building) 1:30-4:30 p.m. — Basketball 5 vs. 5 preliminary competition (Intramural Building) 1:30-4:30 p.m. — Basketball 3 vs. 3 Preliminary competition (White Building gym) 2-4 p.m. — Gymnastics work out (White Building, Room 107) 3 p.m. — Bowling head coaches meeting for singles and ramp (Findlay 124) 3-4:30 p.m. — Bowling express bus (Northland Bowl) 3-4 p.m. — Gymnastics clinic — New scoring system (White Building) 4 p.m. — Gymnastics head coaches meeting (White Building) 4:30-6:30 p.m. — Dinner (Findlay Dining Commons) 4:15-5:15 p.m. — Tennis clinic — New rating sheet and tennis balls (Sarni Tennis Facility) 4:45 p.m. — Softball team divisioning meeting (Park Avenue Fields) 5 p.m. — Tennis coaches meeting (Sarni Tennis Facility) 5:15 p.m. — VIP reception- Invite only (Porter Gardens) 6-6:30 p.m. — Opening ceremonies staging (Olympic Village Volleyball Court) 6:30 p.m. — Parade of athletes (sand volleyball court in Olympic Village) 7:15-8 p.m. — Opening ceremonies (Medlar Field) 9-9:30 p.m. — Head coaches meeting — Golf (Fisher 102) 9-9:30 p.m. — Head coaches meeting — Softball (Hastings Hall, ground floor) 9-9:30 p.m. — Head coaches meeting — Athletics (Findlay 124) 9:30-10:30 p.m. — Head coaches meeting — Aquatics (Wagner Building 317) 9:30-10:30 p.m. — Head coaches meeting — Basketball 5 vs. 5 and individual skills (Wagner Building 305) 9:30-10:30 p.m. — Head coaches meeting — Basketball 3 vs. 3 (Wagner Building 205)

FRIDAY, JUNE 6

6:30-8:30 a.m. — Breakfast (Findlay Dining Hall) 6:30-8:30 a.m. — Pollock breakfast express (Pollock bus stop) 7-7:30 a.m. — Head of delegation meeting (Findlay 124) 7 a.m.-3 p.m. — Golf express bus (Curtain Road bus stop) 7 a.m.-6 p.m. — Track express bus (Curtain Road bus stop) 7 a.m.-6 p.m. — Bus loop (Curtain Road bus stop) 7:30-9:30 a.m — Bowling express bus (outside basketball court) 8-8:30 a.m. — Equestrian showmanship award and gaming awards (Snider Agricultural Arena) 8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Aquatics competition (McCoy Natatorium) 8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Athletics competition (Penn State University Track) 8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Basketball 5 vs. 5 competition (Intramural Building)

8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Bowling competition — Singles (Northland Bowl) 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Golf competition and awards (Centre Hills Golf Course) 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Equestrian — Dressage competition (Snider Agricultural Arena) 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Equestrian — Trail competition (Snider Agricultural Arena) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Basketball 3 vs. 3 competition (White Building gym) 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Healthy athletes — Opening Eyes (East Halls lawn) 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. — Tennis competition (Sarni Tennis Facility) 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. — Tennis individual skills finals (Sarni Tennis Facility) 9 a.m.-12 p.m. — Gymnastics competition and awards (White Building, room 107) 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Healthy Athletes — Healthy Hearing (Johnston 133F) 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Healthy Athletes — Fit Feet (Johnston 103) 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Healthy Athletes — health promotions (Findlay 124) 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Healthy Athletes — Special Smiles (Johnston 102) 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Softball — Team competition (Park Avenue Fields) 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Family registration (East Halls lawn) 10 a.m.-noon — Basketball individual skills competition (Intramural Building) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Olympic Village (East Halls lawn) 10:15 a.m. — Softball individual skills staging (Park Avenue Fields) 10:45 a.m. — Softball individual skills preliminaries (Park Avenue Fields) 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Lunch (Findlay Dining Hall) 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Bowling express bus — Teams/ doubles (Curtain Road bus stop) noon — Golf Level 1 awards (Centre Hills Golf Course) noon-4p.m. — Healthy Athletes — health promotions (Findlay 124) 1 p.m. — Gymnastics head coaches meeting (White Building, room 107) 1 p.m. — Golf Awards Level 2 and 4 (Centre Hills golf course) 1-3 p.m. — Bowling competition team/doubles (Northland Bowl) 1:30-5 p.m. — Tennis competition — Singles/doubles (Sarni Tennis Facility) 1:30-5 p.m. — Tennis competition — Short court (Sarni Tennis Facility) 1:30 p.m. — Basketball individual skills awards (Intramural Building tennis courts) 1:30-3:30 p.m. — Aquatics entry level events (White Building) 2 p.m. — Golf coaches meeting (Centre Hills Golf Course) 2:30 p.m. — Equestrian — Horse demonstration (Snider Agricultural Arena) 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Equestrian dressage/trail awards (Snider Agricultural Arena) 3-4 p.m. — Bowling team/doubles awards (Northland Bowl) 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Bowling express bus — Teams (Northland Bowl) 4-4:30 p.m. — Equestrian head coaches meeting (Snider Agricultural Arena) 4:30-7 p.m. — Dinner (Findlay Dining Hall) 5-5:30 p.m. — Tennis head coaches meeting (Sarni Tennis Facility) 6-7 p.m. — Athlete input council (Wagner Building 317) 6-7:30 p.m. — Dessert tailgate (East Halls lawn) 6-7:30 p.m. — Family ice cream social (East Halls lawn) 7-8:30 p.m. — Sport fest (Bigler Field) 8:30-9:30 p.m. — Victory dance (Bigler Field) 9 p.m. — Head coaches meeting — basketball 5 vs. 5 and individual skills (Wagner Building 305) 9 p.m. — Head coaches meeting — basketball 3 vs. 3 (Wagner Building 305) 9:30-10 p.m. — Head coaches meeting — athletics (Findlay 124) 9:30-10 p.m. — Head coaches meeting — softball (Hastings Hall, ground floor lounge) 10-11 p.m. — Head coaches meeting — aquatics (Wagner Building 317)

SATURDAY, JUNE 7

6:30-8:30 a.m. — Breakfast (Findlay Dining Hall) 6:30-8:30 a.m. — Pollock breakfast express (Pollock bus stop) 7-7:30 a.m. — Head of delegation meeting (Findlay 124) 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. — Track express bus (Curtain Road bus stop) 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. — Bus loop (Curtain Road bus stop) 7:30-9 a.m — Bowling express bus — singles (outside basketball court) 7:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. — Aquatics competition and awards (McCoy Natatorium) 8 a.m.-1 p.m. — Gymnastics competition and awards (White Building) 8 a.m.-2 p.m. — Basketball 5 vs. 5 competition and awards (Intramural Building) 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. — Athletics competition and awards (Penn State University Track) 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Bowling competition — singles and awards (Northland Bowl) 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. — Equestrian competition and awards (Snider Agricultural Arena) 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. — Healthy Athletes — Fit Feet (Johnston 103) 9 a.m.-noon — Tennis competition — Finals (Sarni Tennis Facility) 9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Healthy Athletes — Special Smiles (Johnston 103) 9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Healthy Athletes — Healthy Hearing (Johnston 133F) 9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Healthy Athletes — FunFitness (Findlay lounge) 9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Healthy Athletes — health promotion (Findlay 124) 9 a.m.-2 p.m. — Basketball 3 vs. 3 competition and awards (White Building) 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Softball team competition (Park Avenue fields) 9:30 a.m. — Softball individual skills staging (Park Avenue fields) 10 a.m.-noon — Softball individual skills finals (Park Avenue fields) 10 a.m.-noon — Aquatics entry level competition (White Building) 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Olympic Village (East Halls lawn) 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Lunch (Findlay Dining Hall) 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. — Bowling express bus — singles (Northland Bowl) noon — Softball individual skill awards (back of Intramural Building) 1-2:30 p.m. — Demonstration — flag football (Bigler Field) 1-2:30 p.m. — Demonstration — kayaking (Penn State University outdoor pool) 1:30 p.m. — Tennis awards (Sarni Tennis Facility) 1:30 p.m. — Aquatics entry level awards (outdoor pool) 2:30 p.m. — Softball awards (basketball court — Findlay Commons) 3-4 p.m. — Athlete input council (East Halls lawn opening eyes tent) 4:30-5 p.m. — Closing ceremonies (East Halls lawn) 4:30-8 p.m. — Key return (Findlay Commons — housing desk) 5:30 p.m. — Departure 1 *All buses must stop at Bryce Jordan Center to check-in and get their bag dinners. 6 p.m. — Departure 2 6:30 p.m. — Departure 3 7 p.m. — Departure 4 7:30 p.m. — Departure 5 8 p.m. — Dorms close


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The Right Stuff

Cooper brings noteworthy approach to Penn State baseball By JOHN PATISHNOCK sports@centrecountygazette.com

UNIVERSITY PARK — Suddenly, Rob Cooper’s multi-faceted coaching approach came into focus. After recording the last of his live, weekly radio shows last month, Cooper sat down for one last interview. The first-year Penn State baseball coach had just spent the past hour dissecting and analyzing the past season and looking ahead to next year. Now, Cooper continued talking about recruiting, the senior class and connecting with fans and alumni during the offseason. Then, after all the questions had been asked, Cooper was given the opportunity to share anything he hadn’t already covered, anything noteworthy that influences his coaching style. What he said next was very telling. Cooper began talking about his family. His father was a college professor who died of a heart attack while he was jogging. Cooper was young at the time, a freshman in high school. Cooper also described his mother, a librarian, and his sister, an elementary school teacher, as educators. Cooper especially raved about his sister, who grew up dyslexic at a time when people really didn’t understand what that meant. She faced hurdles, as she had one teacher who simply thought she was unwilling to put in the

work. She blossomed, earning two master’s degrees and being named California’s Teacher of the Year. “She’s an amazing woman, an unbelievable mom,” Cooper said of his sister. “She does a great job.” Cooper struggled with the death of his father, having bouts with depression when he was younger. He’s cognizant and sensitive of this with his players. He talks to them about what’s going on in their lives and lets them know there are options, should they need them. None of this implies it’s something that consumes the team, but in describing his earlier periods of depression, Cooper wondered aloud what it would be like to be a player today and to have to go through that alone. “It’s something that I try to educate our kids on and talk about openly with them,” he said, “because I want them to be able to recognize it so they can get help.” Cooper speaks with a tone of sincerity not found in normal, everyday conversation. He then mentions his high school coach and two junior college coaches, who he described like this: “They were true educators in the sense of, ‘We want to make you a better player, but we’re also trying to teach you.’” All three were equally important to Cooper, who talked of the large influence they wielded when he was growing up and searching for answers. “They were there for me when

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ROB COOPER endured some ups and downs in his first season as Penn State baseball coach. I was trying to learn how to be a man, and they had a big influence on how you treat people, how you coach people,” he said. “Our players are more than just stats and that’s important. I’m never going to forget that.” What does all of this have to do with Cooper’s coaching philosophy? Plenty. It’s why after the team’s regular season finale against Michigan State, Cooper assembled the seniors on the first base line and grabbed a microphone. With the players’ parents and family members in the stands, Cooper spoke for a few minutes about what his first senior class meant to him. Surprisingly, or perhaps not

after you get to know him, Cooper talked more about the seniors’ abilities off the field than on. He confidently stated all the seniors will accomplish plenty in their lives and that they’re great people. “I have zero interest in just coaching these guys as baseball players,” Cooper said. “They’re good people, they’re good kids, they care about what we’re doing and it’s important.” Fifth-year senior Steve Snyder was one of eight seniors who comprised the class, and he said Cooper had established a connection with the team way before the season started. Cooper was hired last fall and had plenty of time to acclimate himself to the

team, which he did, Snyder said, by communicating with the players and asking for suggestions. The conversation didn’t always stay on baseball. “I always felt comfortable and I know that all the other guys felt comfortable and confident in what he was doing,” said Snyder. Cooper is fairly active on Twitter, regularly interacting with fans and students, and he also engaged in plenty of community outreach events this season, even visiting the Mountain Top Little League in Snow Shoe and speaking with the young ballplayers. The season-long mantra for the program was “The Process,” with Cooper and his players knowing the work they put in this year — on the field and in the community — might not pay dividends for another season or two. Cooper and his coaches have ramped up recruiting efforts, and they’re on pace to bring in some of the best classes in the Big Ten for the next few years. That’s one reason for Snyder’s future prognosis of the program. “I know it’s going to be a toptier program, I’d say within the next couple years, I really think it is,” Snyder said. “I’m confident and I’m excited to be an alum and watch it become that.” Cooper hasn’t just coached across the country, but also across the world. He was selected to help coach USA Baseball on four occasions and also led an 18-U team in Taiwan last year Cooper, Page 22

Mixed results for Centre County teams in PIAA playoffs Centre County can rightfully be proud that five of its baseball and softball teams qualified for the PIAA state championships this year: State College in Class AAAA baseball, Bald Eagle Area in AA baseball, Bellefonte in AAA softball, Bald Eagle in AA softball and Philipsburg-Osceola in AA softball. State College, BEA softball and Bellefonte were also District 6 champions. All five teams were in action in first round play on Pat Rothdeutsch M o n d a y covers sports for and, unfortuThe Centre County nately, three Gazette. Email him of them did at sports@ not advance centrecounty — State Colgazette.com lege, Bellefonte and BEA baseball. But the BEA and PhilipsburgOsceola softball teams did, a fact that brings up some interesting possibilities. State College matched up against Mid-Penn division foe Red Land, a team the Little Lions split a pair of games with during the regular season. Red Land seemed to be on a mission against the Little Lions. The Patriots crunched 14 hits, got a complete game pitching performance — and three RBIs — from Zach Newmeyer, and put away State College, 10-2. The Little Lions finished 16-6, Mid-Penn division champs, and District 6 champs. According to

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coach Bill Tussey, despite being a young team with just seven seniors, State High had a very successful season. The same could be said for the Bellefonte Lady Raiders softball team. After a season of ups and downs, the Lady Raiders came together at the right time and swept to the District 6 championship with a win over Hollidaysburg. On Monday, Bellefonte traveled to Pittsburgh to take on District 7’s No. 1 seed, Thomas Jefferson. The Raiders stormed out of the blocks with three runs in the first inning, but Thomas Jefferson immediately answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning. That was all the scoring in the game until the sixth inning, when Thomas Jefferson put up another four-spot and put an end to Bellefonte’s season with an 8-3 victory. Like State College, Bellefonte is a young team with only three seniors — Vanessa Cooper, Erin Pugh and Olivia Ripka. The Raiders’ lineup is dotted with freshmen and sophomores — including promising freshman pitcher Tara Baney — so they figure to be a force to deal with in the coming years. The Bald Eagle Area baseball team looked like it was breaking out of its playoff hitting slump when it took out Blairsville in the District 6 opener. But the slump came back with a vengeance in losses to Central in the championship game and Loyalsock on Monday in the AA baseball first round. BEA managed only two hits against two Loyalsock pitchers and fell 6-1.

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THE BALD EAGLE AREA softball team pulled out a thrilling 2-1 win over Seton-LaSalle on Monday night at Beard Field. The Lady Eagles are one of two county softball teams still playing. The Eagles finished the season 14-8, and they will have to deal with the loss of two of the most visible athletes in the county in football, basketball and baseball when Bryan and Bryce Greene graduate this year. The Philipsburg-Osceola softball team travelled to Strattanville to take on undefeated Moniteau on Monday and after a bad first inning was trailing 6-3 in the fourth. No problem. The Lady Mounties batted around more than twice and scored 16 runs in that inning on their way to a 19-6 win. No, that’s not a misprint. They

sent 19 batters to the plate and scored 16 times, which has to be some kind of record. The win puts P-O into the quarterfinals, but the bracket does no favors for the Mounties. They will take on District 7 champion Beaver High School, which is 23-1 and coming off a 6-0 win on Monday against Everett. Moniteau had 20 wins without a loss coming into the P-O game, but Beaver’s 23 against WPIAL competition will no question make it a formidable challenge. The game is scheduled to be played at St. Francis University today at 4 p.m.

Finally, there is a game story of BEA softball’s thrilling, 2-1 extra-inning victory over Seton La Salle on Monday at Penn State’s Beard Field in this issue. Suffice it to say that the Lady Eagles are making a living by coming back late in big games and pulling out improbable victories. Next for BEA is Wilmington High, which beat Deer Lakes, 8-7, in the first round. The Wilmington team is the District 10 champions, and the game will be played at Slippery Rock University at 1 p.m. today.


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Philipsburg Country Club hosts Lupton Memorial PHILIPSBURG — The dynamic duo of Jim Dixon and Pat Brown won their fourth straight title — and eighth overall — of the three-day match-play W. Carl Lupton Memorial Golf Tournament held at the Philipsburg Elks Country Club. Dixon and Brown won the event in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, and 2011 through 2014. The team of Adam Timchak and Scott Nelson finished second in the championship flight, while Don Johnson and Matt Johnson placed third. Jeff Herr and Dave Arnold won first flight, followed by Ryan Dobo and Jarrod Benton in second and the team of Sam Demko and Nick Gmerek in John Dixon covers third. golf for The Centre County Gazette. Second flight winEmail him at ners were Tom Dunsports@centre smore and Jim Gilcountygazette.com. ham, followed by Terry Smith and Ray McMullen in second, and the team of Tim Rowley and Jason Gmerek in third. The Reifers, Andy and Andrew, won the third flight over the duo of Gary Byron and Sam Peterson. Placing third were Carter Fischer and Payton Guelich. Fourth flight saw Dave Brown and Denny Shealer as winners, followed by

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Brent Becker and Doug Detwiler in second, with Jim Moskel and Girard Kasubick finishing third. Taking home first place in the fifth flight was the team of John A. Frank and Bob Smith, with Lynn Herman and Jim Gonder taking second, followed by Dick Wood and Brian Wood. The low qualifiers for the event were former club champions Michael Czap and Arch Myers, shooting a 5-under-par 65. The ladies champions were Beck Reifer and Tracy Branthoover. Cathy Jo Miller and Georgie Myers finished in second place, followed by Nancy Moskel and Georgiann Way.

NITTANY COUNTRY CLUB’S MEMORIAL HOLIDAY POINT TOURNAMENT

The team of Denny Taylor, Irv Witonsky, Ryan Mattern and Whitey Noll posted a three-day total of 295 to win the Nittany Country Club’s annual Memorial Day Point Tournament held May 24 through May 26. Tying for second was two foursomes. Jerry Fisher, Frank Webster, Bill Myers and John Wallace carded a 54-hole score of 293; matching that score was the team of Chet Workman, Marlan Bowersox, Joe Fulcher and Bob Holderman. Two groups also shared fourth place. Scott McKee, Rich Leathers, Alex Moyer and Barry Reese, along with the team of Mark Johnson, Dave Pfaff, Dave Smith and Bucky Quici, had scores of 287. Winning the mini-tournament, shooting a 151, was the team of Taylor, Witon-

sky, Mattern and Noll. The foursome of Sally Fletcher, Cathy Gray, Karen Workman and Betsy Achuff carded a score of 298 to win the ladies division. Placing second, with a score of 294, was the team of Karen Fisher, M.J. Boldin, Linda Lowe and Linda Workman.

MOUNTAIN VIEW C. C. HOLDS RYDER CUP

The Mountain View Country Club held its annual Ryder Cup tournament over the weekend with a little bit of a stunner. Garrett Bastardi carded a new course record, shooting a 10-under-par 61 on the par 71, 6,427-yard layout. The new course record also included a hole-in-one on the 186yard, par-3 18th hole. Winning first place gross was the team of Mike Gates and Bill Frazier, carding a 188, followed in second place by Todd Cable and Steve Kirby with 190. Third place went to Nick Argiro and Bastardi with 193, fourth place was the duo of Chris Leitzell and Tim Ranck with 194, and in fifth place were Dan Swanson and Scott Eble with 198. Taking home first place net was the twosome of Dave Soltesz and Aaron Roan carding a 175, followed by Mike and Scott Braniff in second place with 176. There was a tie for third place between the duos of Dan Cornali and Dan Leitzell and Bob Meyer and Jim Dunlop, with both pairs shooting 177. Mark Eckley and Al D’Ambrosia placed fifth with 178, Bob Stonebraker and Bill Fleckenstein and Gary McManus and Greg

Wilson tied for sixth with 179, and Justin Ondik and Dustin Stoner placed eighth with 180. There was a tie during the pro-am portion of the event, with two pros carding 68s — Steve Swartz, of Conestoga Country Club, and Andy Signor, of Pine Meadows Golf Club. The Swartz team also won the team division. Host professional Jack Brennan carded a round of 74 and won low senior. His team consisted of Joe Thomas, Gary McManus and Glenn Sekunda and finished second in the team division.

UPCOMING EVENT

The 25th annual Bald Eagle Area/Gary Confer Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, June 21, at the Belles Springs Golf Course in Mill Hall. Registration begins at 7:15 a. m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The cost for the event is $80 per golfer. The price includes 18 holes of golf, a riding cart, a commemorative gift, on-course refreshments and door prizes. “Enjoy 18 holes of golf, including cart, on-course refreshments and a door prize for each player,” said BEA athletic director Doug Dyke, “all for Bald Eagle Area athletics and in the name of a man who loved his alma mater as much as anyone.” There will be an awards presentation directly after golf has concluded. For more information, contact Dyke at (814) 355-5721 or (814) 280-0250 with questions or to register a team.

Coaches vs. Cancer tournament: Golfing for a cause By JOHN DIXON sports@centrecountygazette.com

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DISTRICT CHAMPIONS

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THE BELLEFONTE AREA High School softball team captured the District 6 Class AAA championship with a 7-2 win over Greater Johnstown on May 28 at Penn State’s Beard Field.

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BALD EAGLE AREA pitcher Makennah Dyke limited Seton LaSalle to three hits and one unearned run during the Lady Eagles’ 2-1 win over the Rebels on Monday at Beard Field.

Bald Eagle Area pulls out 2-1 thriller in PIAA playoffs By MATT BORTNER correspondent@centrecountygazette.com

UNIVERSITY PARK — It is probably not a good idea to give Bald Eagle Area High School even an inch of breathing room at the end of a ballgame. For the second consecutive time, the Bald Eagle Area High School softball team captured an eight-inning win in the postseason. The Lady Eagles defeated Seton LaSalle, 2-1, with a walk-off bloop single by freshman Olivia Andrews that scored Marissa Tobias in the opening round of the PIAA state championships at Penn State’s Beard Field. “I can’t even talk,” said Andrews, clearly at a loss for words, “It’s amazing.” The Eagles, fresh off a District 6 championship, did not get their bats going until late in the game once again. Bald Eagle would not score a run until the bottom of the seventh inning to send the game into extras, and did not even record a hit until a Tobias double in the fourth inning. The Eagles’ early offensive woes can be credited to the outstanding pitching performance by Seton LaSalle’s Lauren Zola. Zola’s first 13 outs all came by way of the strikeout. Zola pitched all eight innings and finished the game with 17 strikeouts. “That girl was smoking us,” Bald Eagle Area head coach Curt Heverly said. “I don’t know if there’s a better pitcher.” In the bottom of the seventh, trailing 1-0, Andrews led off the Eagles rally with a double. Zola countered by striking out Makenzie Proctor, and then Makennah Dyke laid down a bunt single and advanced Andrews to third base. Morgan Nyman then grounded out to Zola, holding Andrews at third. In an effort to intentionally walk Hailey Giedroc, who tripled earlier in the game, Zola threw a wild pitch, allowing Andrews to cross home and send the game into extras. Dyke registered a quick 1-2-3 inning and gave the Eagles the last chance they needed. With one out and a tied

ball game in the bottom of the eighth, Tobias ripped her third hit of the game to right field for a single. Logan Fischer followed with another single after striking out her first three at bats and advancing Tobias to third. That is when the freshman Andrews calmly stepped up to the plate and knocked in the winning run in front of raucous Bald Eagle crowd. “We feed a lot off the crowd,” Tobias said, “Once somebody got a hit, it created a good atmosphere, especially with the crowd.” Zola was not the only pitcher who stood out in Monday’s matchup. For the second straight game, Dyke pitched past a regulation seven-inning game. She pitched all eight innings and showed no signs of fatigue, as her velocity did not waiver and her curveball continued to confuse batters. “I honestly didn’t even feel like I went that long,” said Dyke. “I felt confident today and I always know that my team is behind me and know that we can always work through everything.” Dyke’s stamina allowed the Eagles to stay in the game and put pressure on Seton LaSalle. LaSalle’s only run came off a sacrifice fly by Annie Borofoski in the second inning. Dyke finished the game with five strikeouts, which included striking out the side in the seventh. She also surrendered only four hits in her complete game. Bald Eagle Area knows that they can play from behind, but they agree that it might be a little easier if they start out quickly. “We are a good team. We just have to start playing from the beginning and not the end,” said Dyke, “I think we can win it all.”

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Cooper, from page 19 during World Cup play. The team finished 8-1, winning seven consecutive games to claim the gold medal. Cooper is particularly proud of this, especially since he grew up with that aspiration. He still has vivid memories of watching the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team win the gold, and he also recalled Topps producing Olympic-themed baseball cards in 1984 that featured Will Clark, Barry Larkin, Mark McGwire and Billy Swift, among others. “I wanted to be a part of that,” Cooper said. “To win a gold medal representing your country is something I’ll take to my grave.” Because of the local cold weather, Penn State didn’t play its first home game until more than a month into the season. It took exactly another month for the Nittany Lions to lose their first game at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. They won their first eight home games, the program’s best home start in 35 years. This capped a stretch in which Penn State temporarily climbed over .500 after starting the year 5-12. The early part of May might have been the lowest point of the season for the team, at least from the surface, looking at only the numbers. But in this instance, it’s necessary to dig deeper. Penn State, which finished the year 18-32 (5-18 in the Big Ten), had just been swept at home by Indiana, part of a streak in which the Nittany Lions lost 15 straight games toward the end of the year. In that moment, about 50 yards were all that separated Cooper and the type of program he’s envisioning for Penn State. Down the hallway, occupying the visitors’ locker room, were the Indiana Hoosiers, who clinched a share of their second straight Big Ten title that weekend before claiming the outright title a few days later. Indiana recently moved into a new field Coaches, from page 20 18, so it’s a little bit different when it hits that close to home. It’s always been an acquaintance, a friend and that’s unfortunate. “So it’s great to see this many people out here today and have a great time, a lot of fun, which makes it almost a reunion of sorts for the Penn State community and football and basketball players and all the sports because there are several other team coaches out here as well. So this is what we have to keep doing to finally kick this thing (cancer) once and for all. “We have to continue this tradition of this tournament because it definitely is a premier event, and it’s like a well-oiled machine,” added Chambers. “The committee does a great job, the sponsors are amazing, and the thing I like about this event is the people that keep coming back. A lot of times you get ‘I played in this five years in a row or that event two years ago so I will take this year off.’ But guess what? Cancer doesn’t discriminate and it never takes a day off, so that’s why I think we need to keep these players, men and women, and sponsors coming back. Continue to have a great time. Continue to keep awareness of the fight against cancer and the fact we’ve gone over $2 million is pretty amazing for what everybody has done.” But, as Chambers stated, cancer never

and had its locker room built, in part, from a large donation from major league player Scott Rolen. The Indiana native didn’t attend IU, but grew up about 70 miles southwest of Bloomington and comes from a family of Hoosier fans. Indiana coach Tracy Smith makes sure to point out this connection to recruits, and the message makes an impact. Not every school has this kind of connection, so what Smith also says about building a program is especially important: A coach needs to come in with a plan and not waver, especially if a losing streak creeps in during the season. Cooper doesn’t strike Smith as a guy who will switch things up just because things don’t go his way, and as much as anything else, Smith hints, that’s what counts. “You’ve got to have a plan and stick with your plan; he’s the right guy, no doubt in my mind,” Smith said of Cooper. “We were talking even during the series: You’ve got to have a mindset that it’s not going to be a quick fix. You’re coming in to build a program and he’s exactly the right guy to do that. And with his attitude and his expertise, he’s going to get it done.” This isn’t an example of a coach saying something nice just to be diplomatic. Smith and Cooper know one another well, having coached against one another for years, going back to when Smith was at Miami of Ohio and Cooper was at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he spent the previous nine seasons before coming to Penn State. And, both have built and turned around programs. At Indiana, Smith suffered through losing seasons his first two years. Then last season, he led Indiana to the College World Series, the first time in nearly three decades a team from the Big Ten had advanced that far. Just as important, Cooper has been through this before, and he’s been around winning programs. He helped lead his alma mater, Florida’s Miami University —

a college baseball powerhouse — to a pair of College World Series berths as a graduate assistant. Then, at Wright State, he built a robust program, producing 30-plus wins in seven seasons. Cooper did this over time. In his first year, one of only two losing seasons in his nine years with the Raiders, the team lost 10 straight games at one point. So that’s why, after the series with Indiana, Cooper didn’t panic. “I know having had that experience, it’s a little more reassuring to me to just stay with it, keep your head down, stay with it,” said Cooper, who also earned master’s degree at Miami and was an associate scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the early 1990s. “So, I can’t say I would have said that 10 years ago; I know I wouldn’t have said it, because I was probably a lunatic at the time.” Cooper made this last part of the comment in jest, laughing a bit, but the point he made was clear: He isn’t a first-time coach unsure of himself or a newcomer unaccustomed to challenges. Cooper’s perspective is realistic, but also optimistic. He acknowledges baseball isn’t going to become the most popular sport at Penn State, but it doesn’t have to be to reach its full potential. The team poster this year declared Penn State as Pennsylvania’s team in an effort to recruit the best players in the state, and Cooper thinks there’s even more potential, saying the Nittany Lions can become a regional team with home games becoming must-see events. “It’s a great baseball community,” Cooper said. “I’m not naïve, I know what the No. 1 sport here is. I’m as big a football fan as anyone, but this is a place that does care about baseball. “I feel like we can be a regional team, we can be a place that draws 4,000 fans a game. But you have to have that base there, and I believe we do.” In the meantime, Cooper plans to con-

tinue reaching out to alumni and fans in the offseason. Last month, he participated in Penn State’s Coaches Caravan, visiting a handful of locations across the commonwealth. And he’s optimistic about the future growth of Cooper’s Town, the aptly named student section. The athletics department sold 466 student season tickets, a 29 percent increase from last year, causing Cooper to say, “It actually took off more than I thought. You want it to be something the students buy into. … It doesn’t matter if the students don’t take ownership of it, but they did.” His wife and two sons are still living in Ohio, but Cooper hopes they’ll be joining him in State College shortly. They’ve visited a few times, with Cooper joking that his sons, Jake and Tyson, think a booth at The Waffle Shop should be named after them since they visit the downtown location so often. During his radio show, I asked Cooper if he and his family have had an opportunity to get a sense of what State College and Penn State are like outside of athletics. He said not yet, partly because they’re still in Ohio, but he sounded upbeat when talking about the community activities that are available. Part of the reason for the confidence is that Cooper has a purpose, and he knows it. That’s why the initial losing record isn’t causing him to waver. The same can be said about the temporary separation from his family. At some point, perhaps sooner rather than later, Cooper gives the impression everything is going to come together for the program, and for his wife and two sons. It should make for an exciting time, on and off the field. “It’s the only part of this whole thing that’s been bad,” Cooper said. “I miss my family like crazy, but there’s a reason why we’re doing it. We’ll all be together again soon and it will be worth it.”

takes a day off and the fight needs to go on each and every day. “Once this event is all over we will go back to the drawing board for a post-committee meeting and sit down and see what we can do to make it better,” continued Chambers. “How can we improve this event? Who can we reach out to? How can we get other celebrities or team captains involved? And, again, more sponsorship because that’s what makes the event what it is and what it needs to continue to be. We would love to see the funds increase a little bit more. We will do whatever it takes to keep this event the premier fundraiser in the state. “This event is like nothing I’ve ever seen before,” said Chambers. “And I was at Villanova and I’ve been to tournaments like this but none have ever been this big. I was at Boston University with 26,000 students and I never saw it this big. The community comes out and sponsors this event. The survivors attend because they’ve gone through a lot. It’s obvious we’ve lost a lot of friends to the dreaded disease, like my brother, that’s why they come out to support this event. And I love the people that maybe can’t give their finances but they are willing to give their time and that’s critical to what we are trying to accomplish.” Coaches vs. Cancer is a partnership dedicated to fighting cancer through increased support for research, patient

services and prevention education from among the fans of college basketball. “Cancer has affected all of us in some way, whether directly or indirectly through family and friends,” explained Steve Greer, a cancer survivor who led the fight for 15 years before turning over the leadership role to others. “It is the responsibility of all to confront and win the battle against this devastating disease. “We can and will be successful in our efforts. It’s incredible to come back and I am still involved with the organization for the 18th year. It’s incredible to see the people come back and have fun, raise money and the event serves as a foundation for a reunion for the players and teams and the coaches that come back. There are just so many good things about this event. ... It’s a tradition like no other and that’s what makes this event special.” The Coaches vs. Cancer tournament was an extension of the Sy Barash 3-Point Attack, where donations were made on every 3-point field goal Penn State made in basketball games. The nationally successful CVC 3-Point Attack was started by former Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart and netted more than $65,000 for its effort in 1996. The inaugural CVC golf tournament was held on May 23, 1997, and raised a little more than $20,000 for the battle against cancer. The event was started by thenmen’s basketball coach Jerry Dunn. “We felt that a golf tournament was something that people could get involved with and have a good time, but also contribute to something as serious as the disease of cancer,” explained Steve Greer. While the tournament’s main objective was to raise funds for the fight against cancer, there was golf to be played and fun to be had by all.

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Red Land knocks State College from PIAA tourney By PAT ROTHDEUTSCH sports@centrecountygazette.com

ALTOONA — Almost nothing went right for the State College baseball team against Red Land on Monday afternoon at Penn State’s Altoona Campus. Unfortunately for the Little Lions, this rubber game against Mid-Penn division foe the Patriots came on perhaps the biggest stage of the season: the opening round of the PIAA AAAA state championship tourney. But Red Land asserted itself from the very beginning of the game, took an early lead, and then negated State College’s propensity for comebacks with seven insurance runs over the final two innings. The result: a 10-2 Patriot victory and a ticket to face District 1’s Conestoga in the quarterfinals today. After giving up three runs in the first inning, State College rallied for two in the bottom half and was firmly in the game throughout the middle innings. The big hit and the tying run eluded the Little Lions, however, and it was Red Land who broke through with three huge runs in

the sixth to take a 6-2 lead. Four more in the seventh sewed it up for the Pats. State College came back from four down before this season, but an eight-run deficit was too much to overcome. Red Land pitcher Zach Newmeyer allowed two runners in the seventh but eventually closed out SC for the win. “We were so close there in the third and the fourth innings,” State College coach Bill Tussey said, “but we weren’t able to get it done. You have to give Red Land credit — what did they have, 14 hits? — and they attacked everyone we put out there.” Red Land started its offense in the top of the first inning against State College starter Bailey Ishler. The first six batters in the game for the Patriots reached base safely, with Newmeyer hitting an RBI double and Eric Dressler and Jeremy Heilman each knocking in a run with singles. Ishler escaped further trouble when SC completed a bases-loaded double play to end the inning, but Red Land had sent its message. State College came back immediately with two in the bottom of the inning to

inning. That’s the way it goes some days.” Red Land, aware of State College’s ability to come back, took no chances. The Patriots added another four runs in the seventh, batting around and getting RBI hits from Matt Shope, Ben Snyder and Rey Colon to set the final score at 10-2. The loss ended the State College season, but it did not dampen Tussey’s enthusiasm for the accomplishments of his team. “This is a young team,” he said, “we only have seven seniors this season. To go 16-6, win our division, and then to win the district championship as well, I was just extremely proud an happy. “I’m looking forward to all these guys coming back and seeing what we can do next year. “And the seniors this year have just been a great group of boys to work with. They gave their all. Not only did they win back-to-back district championships, but just to see how well they got along and how well they led this team. “You cannot have a successful team without good, positive senior leadership. And I am going to miss this group greatly.”

make it 3-2. Hits by Caleb Walls and Calvin Sichler and then a two-run single by designated hitter Sam Plafcan accounted for the runs, but they were all the Little Lions got against Newmeyer for the rest of the day. The Little Lions had chances. They put their first hitter on base in both the second and third innings and two runners on base in both innings, but Newmeyer managd to get out of both jams. “Our offense today,” Tussey said, “was just not enough to keep up with Red Land.” But Ishler kept Red Land off the board as well, and the game entered the sixth inning still 3-2 and looking like the next team to score would be the winner. That team was Red Land. The Patriots broke through with three runs on a basesloaded, two-out walk to Dalton Clauser which was followed by a two-run double by Newmeyer that made the score 6-2. The walk to Clauser came on a 3-2 pitch that was extremely close to ending the inning — but was ultimately ruled a ball. “We thought we were out of it there for a moment,” Tussey said. “But that’s baseball. If that pitch would have been a couple of inches closer in, we are out of the

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‘Little Shop’ ready to delight audiences By ANNE WALKER correspondent@centrecountygazette.com

STATE COLLEGE — A man-eating plant from outer space will bloom, grow and generally wreak havoc at Mt. Nittany Middle School starting Friday, June 6. State College Community Theatre, under the direction of Jason Poorman, will present the 1982 semi-classic science fiction-horror-musical-comedy “Little Shop of Horrors.” The highly successful film version from 1986 brought the show to a larger audience, ensuring its popularity. “It’s an homage to ‘B’ horror films from the 60s,” according to Poorman.

IF YOU GO What: “Little Shop of Horrors” Where: Mount Nittany Middle School When: June 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 More info: www.scctonline.org Musical comedy directors can approach their craft from a few different angles. They can get consumed with detail and micromanage the cast members, critiquing every move and syllable, or they can allow each performer to bring his or her own style to the role. Poorman chooses the latter. He allows each theatrical moment to happen, giving constructive advice where needed. The most recent show he directed, “The Producers,” succeeded because of his methods.

“It’s a quirky show with a quirky group of people,” he said. The cast includes James McCready as menial laborer Seymour Krelborn. Shy, awkward and the ultimate nebbish, Seymour works in a flower shop on Skid Row, and secretly longs for romance with his coworker Audrey, played by Katie Kensinger. They both work for the cantankerous Mr. Mushnik (Ken Wozetek). One thing leads to another, and Seymour becomes the proud owner of a carnivorous, blood-thirsty plant, which demands human blood, body parts and, eventually, entire human beings as its food. It also becomes more vulgar and difficult to live with, belting out rhythm and blues tunes and bellowing insults. And Seymour ends up having to supply the plant with its nourishment. McCready described Seymour’s resulting behavior as “murder by inaction.” In other words, Seymour doesn’t really murder anyone, but he doesn’t really stop anyone from dying if an accident happens. Stephanie Whitesell more or less “plays” the plant, which Seymour calls “Audrey II.” Whitesell sits inside a huge flower pot with the ghastly looking pod covering her from the waist up. This allows her to manipulate bars in order to move the plant’s mouth. She called it a “challenge to give it character instead of just opening and closing its mouth.” Kyler Sherman-Wilkins gives the plant its voice. He first tackled this role as a high school student in Illinois. “It’s a different kind of energy and skill to convey all the plant’s evilness through

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KATIE KENSINGER plays Audrey and James McCready plays Seymour in the State College Community Theatre production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” voice,” Sherman-Wilkins said. He added that he needs to synchronize his vocals with Whitesell’s movements. “I stay backstage in full view of the plant,” he explained, “because my voice is not the only thing representing Audrey II.” The plant seems like some sort of gangster with leaves. Sherman-Wilkins and Whitesell have one of the biggest challenges in theater by making it nasty, crude and

rude — from two different points on stage. They manage to handle the vile character and make it look easy. The memorable line, “Feed me!” and Seymour’s horrified reaction, makes up one small moment in this play. That scene speaks volumes, though, and makes for a truly fun show. Audrey II might intimidate the luckless Seymour, but she won’t fail to entertain.

‘Next to Normal’ explores the effects of bipolar disorder By HARRY ZIMBLER correspondent@centrecountygazette.com

UNIVERSITY PARK — In a career that spans nearly 180 productions as a director, Cary Libkin has rarely felt as satisfied with a production as he does for “Next to Normal,” the musical drama that opens in the Pavilion Theatre Friday night. The show runs through Saturday, June 14. Described as a rock musical, “Next to Normal” is a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that explores the struggles facing a family whose matriarch suffers from bipolar disorder. The book and lyrics are by Brian Yorkey, with music by Tom Kitt. This is the same duo that created “If/Then,” currently showing on Broadway starring Idina Menzel. Libkin, who is retiring from the Penn State School of Theatre next year, is looking forward to this production. “In all the shows that I have done, I have never been as excited as I am for this show,” he said. “This is a ‘feel everything’ musical. Not just a feel-good show. It deals with serious subject matter.” Libkin noted that the American musical theatre has a long, proud history of dealing with sensitive and meaningful subjects. Jerome Kern’s “Show Boat” dealt with the issue of racial prejudice when it opened in 1927. “Cabaret” confronted the decadence of pre-Nazi Germany and “Fiddler on the Roof” dealt with Russian oppression of Jews. “‘Next to Normal’ deals with its subject

matter with great truth and honesty,” Libkin stated. “I think that’s why it is only one of eight musical dramas to win the Pulitzer Prize.” The musical confronts a troubling mental disorder that throws an entire family into turmoil. “The drama looks at the ways that the family copes with the disease, and the price they pay,” said Libkin. “The suffering of the characters is balanced by familial love.” There are six members of the cast, and Libkin is pleased with the mix of Penn State students and professional performers. In fact, one of the performers has been with the show since its workshop days. “Asa Somers helped with the inception of the show and was cast in its first national tour,” Libkin said. Libkin is hopeful that local audiences will embrace the production, the first of this drama in central Pennsylvania. “This is a regional premiere. It has never been produced anywhere near State College. It has an extraordinary cast. It’s a great opportunity to see them perform. The cast is a wonderful blend of actors,” Libkin said. Though the subject is serious, Libkin believes that there is human passion to hope, feel, love and laugh. “It’s a beautiful piece of theater,” he stated. As the head of Penn State’s musical theater program, Libkin takes great pride in the accomplishments of the entire faculty. The program currently offers four degrees, including a nationally ranked, highly regarded Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

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DIRECTOR CARY LIBKIN, center, shared notes with actors Christina Kidd, left, and Tommy Hart during a recent rehearsal for “Next to Normal” at the Pavilion Theatre on Penn State’s University Park campus. Libkin heads Penn State’s renowned musical theater program. There are currently 14 graduates of the program performing on Broadway. The program is consistently ranked in the top five of music theater programs nationally, and casting directors and agents perk up

Concert to benefit bike trek STATE COLLEGE — The Senior Ensemble of the State College Assembly of God will host a concert to benefit Coast 2 Coast 4 Jesus at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 13, at 2201 University Drive Extension. The concert will feature familiar church music and an audience hymn sing, followed by an ice cream social. Coast 2 Coast 4 Jesus is the 38day bike trek from Los Angeles to St. Augustine, Fla., envisioned by Pastor K.R. Mele of Family Life of Penns Val-

ley. His riding partner is State College Assembly of God member Harold Morgan. A presentation on their journey will be given during the event. The purpose of C2C4J is to raise money to help build an orphan care home in Zambia, dig fresh water wells overseas and build a permanent home for the Penns Valley Church. The benefit concert was organized by music therapist and senior ensemble director Judy Sherwood.

Sherwood’s book and CD, “Keep On A-Keepin’ On,” will be available for purchase at the benefit. The benefit concert is free to attend. There will be a freewill offering. Proceeds from the book and CD sales and the offering will go to C2C4J. For more information, contact Sherwood at judygoodchrist@yahoo. com or (814) 867-0687. For more information about C2C4J, visit www.c2c4jesus.org.

when Penn State graduates audition for a role, Libkin pointed out. “Next to Normal” is Libkin’s 12th production for Penn State Centre Stage during the past 26 years.

Free music, picnic set STATE COLLEGE — South Hills School of Business and Technology will host a night of free entertainment featuring Air Force Heritage Brass at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, at 480 Waupelani Drive. Air Force Heritage Brass performs everything from Bach to the Beatles. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and a picnic. Refreshments and light picnic fare will also be available for purchase. For more information, call (814) 234-7755.

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It’s a summer of food at the museum By CONNIE COUSINS

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BELLEFONTE — The Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County has planned a “summer of food,” which promises “First Sunday” special events that are free and open to the community. On June 1, “Kids in the Kitchen” featured Carrie Lyons, a local artist and registered dietitian from State College. Lyons led a mask-making activity that involved having the children in attendance cut out colorful pictures of fruits and vegetables and paste them to masks. The children were offered snacks of healthful fruits and vegetables and were given a lesson by Lyons while they worked on their projects. Elsewhere in the museum, the “Food, Glorious Food!” summer project features a food-inspired art show with watercolors, oils, photographs and more. All the pieces deal with food, from digitally painted photographs of a cheeseburger to oil-on-canvas scenes of pumpkins and a fruit arrangement. The watercolors are so luscious, you feel as though you could pick the strawberries off the painting and eat them. Speaking of luscious, how about a cake made entirely of sugar, but so realistic and beautiful, it appears to be carved from porcelain or marble? The artist in this case is Kim Morrison and her masterpiece is called “Tea Cake.” “All the cake, the tablecloth, the flowers — everything is made of sugar, except the wires that form the stems and shape the folds of the cloth. There are three kinds of sugar paste involved, such as gum paste, Mexican paste and fondant,” Morrison said. She noted that it probably took 100 hours to make the piece. The exhibition of food-related art will continue through

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AT THE BELLEFONTE Art Museum, there are plenty of summer activities. Here, Carrie Lyons makes masks with children.

the summer and several public programs are planned. The artists involved in the exhibit include Nancy Brassington, Jim Farrah, Lori Fisher, Holly Fritchman, Dotty Ford, Art Heim, Christine Hill, Alice Kelsey, Carrie Lions, Monika Malewska, Jim Mikkelsen, Dana Morrison, Kim Morrison, Robin Olson, Peg Panasiti, Harriet Rosenberg, Jennifer Shuey, Therese Crowley Spitler, Jennifer Tucker and Mary Vollero. Anne Quinn Corr, food consultant and director of educational programing for “Food, Glorious Food,” authored the cookbook “Seasons of Central Pennsylvania” and has written about food for newspapers and magazines. Corr also appears frequently on WTAJ’s “Central PA Live” program.

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Mikkelsen’s sculptures on display at Schlow STATE COLLEGE — Jim Mikkelsen’s graceful, organic wood sculptures highlight the inner beauty of the trees from which he carves them. His sculptures will be on display at the Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery at Schlow Library through Monday, June 30. The Centre County resident’s love of wood and trees goes back to early childhood, inspired in large part by his dad’s horticulture business. With his lifelong understanding of how plants and trees grow and respond to stresses in their environments, he strives to reveal each tree’s unique history in his work. Mikkelsen has created his elegant pieces from more than 33 species of trees, all removed by arborists, landowners or loggers and originally destined for either firewood or the dump. He responds to the special characteristics of each tree, incorporating the striking natural defects from storms, insects and other phenomena in each sculpture. A member of the Art Alliance of Central PA and a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Mikkelsen’s award-winning works have appeared in numerous juried shows. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

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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.centrecountylibrary.org for days and times. Exhibition — “Challenge Yourself,” by Judy Chicago, will be on display through Friday, June 13, in the Paterno Special Collections Library, University Park. Visit www.libraries.psu.edu. Musical — “Next to Normal,” a powerful rock musical with music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, will be performed at Penn State Centre Stage Pavilion Theatre through Saturday, June 14. The musical tells the story of a mother struggling with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect it has on her family. Curtain times are Mondays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Matinee showings are at 2 p.m. Call (814) 863-0255 or (800) ARTS-TIX or visit www.theatre.psu.edu for tickets. 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 www.bellefontemuseum.org. Exhibit — Organic sculpture by Jim Mikkelsen will be on display through Monday, June 30, at Schlow Centre Region Library’s Betsy Roger Allen Gallery, 211 S. Allen St., State College. Mikkelsen’s graceful, organic wood sculptures highlight the inner beauty of the trees from which he carves them. 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. For more information, call (814) 237-6238. 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. Exhibit — The work of Jean Forsburg will be on display through Thursday, July 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. bellefontemuseum.org. Exhibit — Work by Lori Fisher will be on display through Thursday, July 31, in the Sieg Gallery at the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, 133 N. Allegh-

eny St., Bellefonte. Gallery hours are 1 to 4:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call (814) 355-4280 or visit www.bellefonte museum.org. 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 www. pamilmuseum.org or call (814) 466-6263. Exhibit — Photographs from the Permanent Collection will be on display through Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Palmer Museum of Art, University Park. A gallery talk with curator Joyce Robinson will take place Friday, June 6, at 12:10 p.m. A gallery talk with curator of education Dana Carlisle Kletchka will take place on Friday, July 11, at 12:10 p.m. Museum hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Visit www.palmermuseum.psu.edu. Exhibit — “Food, Glorious Food!” will be on display through Sunday, Aug. 31, 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 www.bellefontemuseum.org. Exhibit — “Window on the West: Views from the American Frontier” will be featured in The Phelan Collection through Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Palmer Museum of Art, University Park. A gallery talk with curator Joyce Robinson will take place Friday, June 20, at 12:10 p.m. Museum hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Visit www.palmermuseum.psu.edu. 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. centrecountylibrary.org.

THURSDAY, JUNE 5

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 “Fantastic Fathers.” Call (814) 342-1987 or visit www.centrecounty library.org. 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@ mydiscoveryspace.org. 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 www.mydiscoveryspace.org. 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 www.centrecountylibrary.org. 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 www.schlow.org. Performance — The Centre Dance Spring Recital will take place at 6 p.m. at The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College. Tickets can be purchased by calling (814) 272-0606 or visiting www. statetheatre.org. 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 “STEM — Explore Science With Your Family.” Call (814) 342-1987 or visit www.centrecountylibrary.org. Support Group — Mount Nittany Medical Center will host a diabetes support group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms 1 and 2 through Entrance E at 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. Contact Hayley Wayhe at (814) 777-4664.

FRIDAY, JUNE 6

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. 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. statecollegefarmers.com. Support Group — An Alzheimer’s and dementia support group will meet at 1 p.m. in the Mount Nittany Dining Room at The Inn at Brookline, 1930 Cliffside Drive, State College. Film — The Centre County Library and Historical Museum will host “First Friday Film” at 1:15 p.m. at 200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte. This month’s movie is “Gattaca.” Call (814) 355-1516 or visit www. centrecountylibrary.org. Event — The Covalts will host the 19th annual Outdoor Gospel Sing at 2 p.m. at the Centre Hall Fairgrounds, 169 Homan Lane, Centre Hall. This three-day event will feature music, teaching sessions and more. Visit www.thecovalts.com for a complete list of events. Performance — The Centre Dance Spring Recital will take place at 6 p.m. at The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College. Tickets can be purchased by calling (814) 272-0606 or visiting www. statetheatre.org. Performance — The Strayers will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Lemont Village Green, 133 Mt. Nittany Road, Lemont. Visit www.lemontvillage.org.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7

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 www.facebook.com/pages/ Bellefonte-Farmers-Market. Fundraiser — The fourth annual Pink Day Community Festival Fundraiser will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wheatfield Nursery, 1948 General Potter Highway, Centre Hall. There will be lumberjack and wood demonstrations, food from Prospector’s Allegheny Ribs and Duff’s Kettle Korn, a gift basket raffle and more. Visit www.wheatfieldnursery.com or (814) 364-2255. Festival — Zimmerman Truck Lines will hold its ninth annual Kids Fun Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 190 E. Industrial Drive, Mifflintown. The festival includes a bake sale, silent auction, car show, magic show and special appearances from Penn State football personnel. This event will benefit the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and Geisinger Health System. Visit www. geisinger.org/cmn. Farmers Market — The Millheim Farmers Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Millheim America Legion, 162 W. Main St., Millheim. Visit www.facebook. com/pages/Millheim-Farmers-Market. Children’s Fair — Centre County Library and Historical Museum will have a table at the Bellefonte Children’s Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Curtin and Armor streets, Bellefonte. Stop by to learn about this year’s summer reading program. Call (814) 355-1516 or visit www.centrecountylibrary.org. 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 www.nathertonmarket.com. Program — Celebrate the start of summer reading with your child from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Children’s Reading Room at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College. Visit www. schlowlibrary.org. Family Program — Holt Memorial Library will host a family art program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Call (814) 342-1987 or visit www. centrecountylibrary.org. Children’s Program — Holt Memorial Library will host “Sensory Story Time,” a program for children ages 3 to 10, from 11:30 a.m. to noon at 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Through books, songs, movement and therapeutic activities, this program will help children with sensory integration challenges learn better. Call (814) 342-1987 or visit www.centrecountylibrary.org. Children’s Activity — The Go Club, for children ages 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. schlowlibrary.org. What’s Happening, Page 26


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What’s Happening, from page 25 Show — Enjoy a thrilling magic show by M&M Magic at 1:30 p.m. in the Downsbrough Community Room at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College. Visit www.schlowlibrary.org. Event — The Covalts will host the 19th annual Outdoor Gospel Sing at 2 p.m. at the Centre Hall Fairgrounds, 169 Homan Lane, Centre Hall. This three-day event will feature music, teaching sessions and more. Visit www.thecovalts.com for a complete list of events. Fundraiser — A fundraiser to support the Gray Family and infant A.J., who was born premature and suffers from several medical issues, will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Walker Township Fire Hall, Hublersburg. There will be food, drinks, a gun raffle and a raffle of donated items from local businesses. To purchase a ticket, contact Kim Homan at kmhoman@ yahoo.com or (814) 357-3991. Event — There will be a strawberry social at 4 p.m. at the Marion Grange Hall, Jacksonville. The event will feature food and a Chinese auction. Performance — The Centre Dance Spring Recital will take place at 6 p.m. at The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College. Tickets can be purchased by calling (814) 272-0606 or visiting www. statetheatre.org. Bingo — Snow Shoe EMS will host bingo at 7 p.m. at 492 W. Sycamore St., Snow Shoe. Doors open at 5 p.m.

SUNDAY, JUNE 8

Open House — Foxdale Village will have an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. at 505 E. Marylyn Ave., State College. Enjoy refreshments and tours of the community. Call (814) 272-2146. Event — The 31st annual Journey for Sight Walk will take place at 2 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Military Museum, 51 Boal Ave., Boalsburg. Registration will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Funds generated will be distributed to those with sight impairments. Call (814) 238-6695. Event — The Covalts will host the 19th annual Outdoor Gospel Sing at 2 p.m. at the Centre Hall Fairgrounds, 169 Homan Lane, Centre Hall. This three-day event will feature music, teaching sessions and more. Visit www.thecovalts.com for a complete list of events. Support Group — Mount Nittany Health will host the Ostomy Support Group of the Central Counties from 2 to 3 p.m., for those who have or will have intestinal or urinary diversions at Mount Nittany Medical Center, in the conference rooms through Entrance E, 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. Family members and friends are also welcomed and encouraged to attend. Education and information will be provided. Call Judy Faux at (814) 2346195.

MONDAY, JUNE 9

Children’s Program — Drop by and help create a martian city populated with intergalactic critters from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Children’s Department at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College. Visit www.schlowlibrary.org. 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 “Summer Fun.” Call (814) 3551516 or visit www.centrecountylibrary.org.

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 “Fathers.” Call (814) 364-2580 or visit www.centrecounty library.org. 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. Adult Program — Holt Memorial Library will host a gardening club from 6 to 7 p.m. at 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Call (814) 342-1987 or visit www.centrecounty library.org. 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) 777-7455, visit www. nittanyknights.org or email jimkerhin@ yahoo.com.

TUESDAY, JUNE 10

Children’s Program — Drop by and help create a martian city populated with intergalactic critters from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Children’s Department at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College. Visit www.schlowlibrary.org. 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.crpr.org. 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 baby story time from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Call (814) 342-1987 or visit www.centre countylibrary.org. 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. statecollegefarmers.com. 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 “Summer Fun.” Call (814) 3551516 or visit www.centrecountylibrary.org. 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.boalsburgfarmersmarket.com. Children’s Event — The Boalsburg Farmers Market will host “Kids Day Learning Kitchen” with Tony Sapia of Gemelli Bakers from 4 to 5 p.m. at Pennsylvania Military Museum, 51 Boal Ave., Boalsburg. Elementary school children will have the opportunity to learn how to purchase and prepare market produce. Yoga Class — A gentle yoga class will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Howard United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 144 W. Main St., Howard. The class is designed to have all flows on the floor. Gain flexibility and strength and leave feeling calm, open and rejuvenated. Call Kathie at (814) 625-2852 or email kathieb1@

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comcast.net. Yoga Class — A basics level yoga class will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Howard United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 144 W. Main St., Howard. The class is intended for those who may have had some prior yoga experience. Gain flexibility and strength and leave feeling calm, open and rejuvenated. Call Kathie at (814) 625-2852 or email kathieb1@comcast.net. 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. Concert — Penns Woods Festival Musicians will perform “Music in the Gardens” at 6:30 p.m. at The Arboretum at Penn State, University Park. Rain date is Friday, June 13. Visit www.mpw.psu.edu. Meeting — The Bellefonte Area School District Board of Directors will meet 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.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11

Children’s Program — Drop by and help create a martian city populated with intergalactic critters from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Children’s Department at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College. Visit www.schlowlibrary.org. 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 June. Call (814) 3551516 or visit www.centrecountylibrary.org. 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 Street #1, State College. Call Carol Clitherow at (814) 231-3076. 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 “Summer Fun.” Call (814) 3551516 or visit www.centrecountylibrary.org. Adult Program — Holt Memorial Library will have an adult movie day at 1 p.m. at 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Today, come and watch “Saving Mr. Banks.” Call (814) 342-1987 or visit www.centrecounty library.org. 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 info@ heartofcpa.org or visit www.heartofcpa. org.

THURSDAY, JUNE 12

Meeting — Centre County Triad will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. at Centre LifeLink EMS, 125 Puddintown Road, State College. This month’s meeting will focus on saving electricity in your home with professors Buffington and Remites. Call (814) 238-

June 5-11, 2014 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@ mydiscoveryspace.org. Children’s Program — Children ages 6 months to 2 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 info@ mydiscoveryspace.org or visit www.my discoveryspace.org. 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. 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 www.mydiscoveryspace.org. 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 www.centrecountylibrary.org. Volunteering — Bellefonte Area Mission Central HUB will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist 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 www.lemontvillage.org/home/lemontfarmers-market. Children’s Program — Make some noise with Town of a Kind during “Sing, Bang, Boom!” at 2:30 p.m. in the Downsbrough Community Room at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College. Visit www.schlowlibrary.org. 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 www.schlow.org. 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 aleffard@moutnittany.org or call (814) 231-7095. 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 www.cccsc.org or call (814) 234-0711. 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. — Compiled by Gazette staff


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GROUP MEETINGS The Gazette will publish the regular meeting dates and times for all Centre County social and service groups, organizations, clubs, etc. that have membership open to the public. To be included in the weekly listing send information by Wednesday one week prior to publication to community@centrecountygazette.com or mail to: The Centre County Gazette, Attn: Group Meetings, 403 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801. Adult Bible Study and Kids Program, offering practical help from the Bible and a fun and productive time for kids, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Nittany Baptist Church, 430 Mountain Back Road, Spring Mills. Call (814) 360-1601 or visit www.nittany baptist.org. 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 edteam@ccwrc.org or visit www. ccwrc.org. 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 edteam@ccwrc.org or visit ccwrc.org. ALIVE Teen Club meets at 6 p.m. Sundays at First Baptist Church, 539 Jacksonville Road, Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-5678 or visit www.fbcbellefonte.org. 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@ brooklinevillage.com 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 www.fbcbellefonte.org. Bald Eagle Grange No. 151 meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Grange Hall in Runville. Bald Eagle Watershed Association meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Monday at the Milesburg Borough Building, 416 Front St., Milesburg. Visit www.baldeaglewatershed.com. 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@ yahoo.com. 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) 355-7746. 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 www.facebook.com/bellefontegardenclub 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 www.bellefontetrain. org. 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 teamsteiner@comcast.net. 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 standinten@aol.com. 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 6:308 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. meetup.com/central-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.centrecountydown syndrome.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@ decarmine.com or visit www.centrecountyrei club.org. 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 www.centrepiecesguild.org 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 cr20mic@aol.com. The Centre Region Wargaming and Miniatures Group will meet each week. Meeting times and place changes each week. Join the website to become active: www.meetup.com/centreregion-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 mah10@comcast.net. 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 www.myfamilyhealthassociates.com. Girls of Bald Eagle Area High School Class of 1961 meets at 11:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Mt. Valley Diner, 850 S. Eagle Valley Road, Wingate. Call (814) 355-3686. Halfmoon Garden Club meets at 1 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. Membership is open to Halfmoon Township residents. Contact Barbara Fleischer at (814) 693-0188 or barb. fleischer@gmail.com, or contact Lori Clayton at (814) 692-8077 or lafc30@gmail.com.

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) 3593421. Heritage Museum Board meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the Boalsburg Municipal Building, Main Street, Boalsburg. Call Dr. Pete Ferretti at (814) 574-0939 or email par2@psu.edu. 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. 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 mops.com. Mount Nittany Health’s Diabetes Network diabetes support group meets from 10:15-11:15 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the Centre Region Senior Center, 131 S. Fraser St., No. 1, State College. Call Carol Clitherow at (814) 231-3076 or visit www.mountnittany.org/ 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 www.nittanyknights.org 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 mineral.org or email nittanymineral.org@gmail. 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 reg@marketvaluesolutions.com or visit www.visitnittany valleywoodturners.org. The Nittany Valley Writers Network meets for an early-risers breakfast at 7 a.m. every third Wednesday at The Waffle Shop, 1610 W. College Ave., State College. The Nittany Valley Writers Network meets from 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College. Old Gregg School Community and Recreation Center meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in Room 106, 106 School St., Spring Mills. Call (814) 422-8582, email ogsrobin@gmail.com 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 beth@inspiredholistic wellness.com or visit www.inspiredholistic wellness.com. RSVP is appreciated. The Romans 12:2 Group meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at 204 W. High St., Bellefonte. The group is an addictions breakaway program sponsored by Lifegate Baptist Church, and is open to all who are suffering from any form of addiction as well as to family members that may be affected by the addict’s behavior. Call (814) 353-1942. Sacred Harp Singing meets from 7-8:30 a.m. the second and fourth Monday at the University Mennonite Church, 1606 Norma St., State College. Visit www.statecollegesacredharp.com. The Snow Shoe Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and fourth Wednesday of every month at the Moshannon Community Center, Route 144, Snow Shoe. Soroptimist International of Centre County meet at 6 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the Atherton Hotel, 125 S. Atherton St., State College. Call (814) 234-0658 or email hjlaw11@ aol.com. State College Area High School Class of ’65 meets for brunch at 10:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Way’s Fruit Market, 2355 Halfmoon Valley Road, Port Matilda. State College Downtown Rotary Club meets at noon on Thursdays at Damon’s, 1031 E. College Ave., State College. State College Elks Lodge meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Mountain View Country Club, 100 Elks Club Road, Boalsburg. State College Lions Club meets at 6:15 p.m. the first and third Thursday of the month at Damon’s, 1031 E. College Ave., State College. State College Rotary Club meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Nittany Lion Inn, Faculty Staff Lounge, 200 W. Park Ave., University Park. State College Sunrise Rotary Club meets at 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays at Hotel State College, 106 S. Allen St., State College, above The Corner Room. State College Weavers Guild meets from 7:30-9 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, September through May. Meetings are held in members’ homes. Refreshments are served at 7 p.m. For meeting location, visit www.state collegeweaversguild.weebly.com or call (814) 234-7344. Support Group for Family & Friends of Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors, sponsored by The Centre County Women’s Resource Center, meets from 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays. Call (814) 237-5220 ext. 247, email edteam@ccwrc.org or visit www.ccwrc.org. 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@ verizon.net. 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 membership@wngs.org 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 welcomeclub.org or email wwcmembership@ gmail.com. — Compiled by Gazette staff


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PSU offers new online accredited degree in finance UNIVERSITY PARK — Jobs in finance, such as personal financial advisers and analysts, are forecast for double-digit growth over the next 10 years, and a new Penn State online degree will help prepare students for careers in this field. A new accredited online Bachelor of Science degree in finance is being offered through Penn State World Campus and Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Faculty from the Sam and Irene Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend will teach courses within the major. World Campus will also deliver the 120-credit program, which will begin in the fall. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, financial sector jobs will see robust growth through 2022. For instance, jobs in personal financial advising are forecast to increase by 27 percent, and the

number of financial analyst jobs is predicted to increase by 16 percent. The growth shapes up to offer students promising career opportunities in finance, said Greg Filbeck, the Samuel P. Black III Professor of Insurance and Risk Management at Penn State Behrend. “The demand for finance majors continues to grow as the baby boomer population continues to move into retirement,” Filbeck said. “They will need the assistance of financial experts both from a planning and portfolio management perspective. In addition, both corporations and banks need well-trained individuals to retain their competitive edge.” The bachelor’s degree in finance provides students a foundation in the principles of business, economics and accounting. Courses encompass all components

of the finance field, including investments, corporate finance, financial markets and more. Students who complete the degree may go on to secure jobs such as financial planners, financial analysts, security analysts, portfolio managers, bankers and risk managers as well as jobs in corporate tracks that lead as high as the position of chief financial officer. The online finance degree is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which requires institutions to pass rigorous standards for quality. The accreditation is widely recognized, and accredited institutions have high-quality faculty, challenging curriculum, and educational and career services. Fewer than 5 percent of the world’s 13,000 business

programs have earned the accreditation. In addition, Filbeck said adult learners in the online finance major can complete the 18-credit certificate in financial planning, which is a registered program with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. It gives students an introduction to areas of insurance, taxes, investments, retirement planning and estate planning. “The Bachelor of Science in finance offered through World Campus allows students an exposure to all areas related to the finance profession. For those students who are interested in financial planning, the certificate in financial planning can be completed in conjunction with the finance major,” he said. Applications are now being accepted for the new program.

MBA program to accept Business leaders offer five tips for recent grads applications until July 15 During graduation season, I thought I’d ask clients and business leaders in my network for their advice to this year’s graduates. I wasn’t surprised that they focused on the basics — the blocking and tackling of work — rather than technical or specialized skills. Here are their top five tips: n Listen. I heard horror stories like the one about an intern not taking a single note during the entire internship. Others mentioned new employees scanning smart phones during one-on-one meetings. David M. Mastovich is Be an active rather president of than passive listener. MASSolutions Inc. Make eye contact. For more Show you understand information, by repeating back visit www.mas what you thought you solutions.biz. heard. n Prepare. Whether for a job interview, team meeting or conversation with your boss, or if you’re just planning your day, invest the time to prepare appropriately. Develop goals for the interview, meeting or project.

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Build action plans. Set deadlines. Track progress. Don’t pick up the phone or send an email without knowing what you want to accomplish. n Live up to your commitments. This ranges from showing up on time to meeting deadlines to doing what you say you’re going to do. Don’t over-promise in the hopes of impressing others. When you hit a road block, don’t expect the problem to go away. Meet deadlines, even those that you might think aren’t that important. n Build meaningful relationships. Create and maintain strong connections in all aspects of your life. Relationships are indispensable, not disposable, and don’t just happen. Make the commitment. Give more than you take. n Don’t expect, instead request (albeit respectfully). You won’t be handed much in your first job. If you want to work on a project or serve on a committee, ask and accept the response. You also won’t have the status, compensation and benefits of other employees. Realize this and show that you deserve it. Then watch when next year’s grads arrive and wish they had what you’ve earned. Finally, remember that it’s your first job, not necessarily your dream job. Learn as much as you can. Focus on personal and professional growth. And enjoy the journey.

Winners of Governor’s Impact Awards announced HERSHEY — Two small businesses in Central Pennsylvania that seek guidance from the Penn State Small Business Development Center recently won Governor’s Impact Awards for the Central Region. AcousticSheep LLC, located in Bellefonte, won the Export Impact Award. This award is given to a company that has significantly increased its export sales and foreign markets since 2011, according to the award organizers. Webster’s Bookstore and Café in State College won the Community Impact Award. According to the Governor’s Impact Award website, the Community Impact Award is given to a company that exemplifies the tenet of “doing well by doing good,” by showing a sustained commitment to the growth

and development of its employees and the community in which it does business. AcousticSheep LLC has been a client of the Small Business Development Center since 2008. Webster’s Bookstore and Café originally began working with SBDC in 1999. Another SBDC client, PSR Inc., based in Philipsburg, was nominated for the Entrepreneur Impact Award. Gov. Tom Corbett, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, created the Governor’s Impact Award program to recognize Pennsylvania companies and individuals who are making a difference in the commonwealth by creating and maintaining jobs.

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UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State Smeal executive MBA program will accept application materials from candidates seeking admission for the class of 2016 until Tuesday, July 15. “We consider the diversity of experience that students bring to classes to be one of the most valuable parts of the program, so we really are looking for candidates with a variety of backgrounds,” said Kara Keenan, managing director of the program. The Smeal EMBA application requires educational transcripts, a current resume, a self-assessment form, two essays and two professional recommendations. Keenan holds coffee chats monthly at the Lounge of the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Philadelphia to meet informally and answer questions about the program. Upcoming chats are scheduled for

Wednesday, June 25, and Wednesday, July 23, from noon to 2 p.m. In addition, an information session is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 20, at the ACE Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, Pa., where EMBA classes are held. This session will provide candidates an opportunity to talk with current students in the program as well as faculty and staff. “We’re excited to assemble the class of 2016 cohort, and we want to encourage anyone who may have been considering application to reach out with any further questions,” said Keenan. To learn more, visit www.smeal.psu. edu/execmba, email emba@smeal.psu. edu, call (866) 999-EMBA or attend an upcoming informational event.

Admissions events scheduled for PSU’s Pittsburgh MBA PITTSBURGH — Penn State’s part-time Master of Business Administration degree program in Pittsburgh will host two summer events for prospective students. MBA program director Dr. John Fizel will discuss curriculum, course content, credit exemptions, application requirements, financial aid resources and GMAT preparation at information sessions to be held on Monday, June 16, and Monday, July 14. Both take place at 6 p.m. at the Regional Learning Alliance, 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township, Pa. The Sam and Irene Black School of Business at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, offers an AACSB International-accredited MBA program in a hybrid format

of 75 percent online learning and 25 percent classroom instruction at the Regional Learning Alliance. The degree can be completed in nine semesters; applicants who have completed undergraduate courses in business within the past seven years may be eligible for credit exemptions. The MBA is offered by Penn State Behrend in partnership with the Pittsburgh-area campuses of Beaver, Greater Allegheny and New Kensington. For more information or to register for a session, visit www.behrend.psu.edu/ mbainfo, email psbehrendmba@psu.edu or call the Penn State Behrend Office of Graduate Admissions at (866) 374-3378.

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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.

RECORDED MAY 12-16, 2014 BELLEFONTE

Louise L. Drapcho estate, Louise M. Drapcho estate, Judith M. Merschner executrix and Rosemary E. McClusick executrix to Brent M. Potter, 299 W. Beaver St., Bellefonte, $95,000. Northwest Savings Bank to Gary Riggs and Sarah Riggs, 1325 Joanna Drive, Bellefonte, $280,000. Patina Homes LLC to Gerald E. Vargo and Patricia E. Vargo, 463 E. Bishop St., Julian, $147,000. Margaret H. Rossman estate by sheriff, Margaret J. Rossman estate by sheriff, Tyson Randall by sheriff and John Rossman by sheriff to Kondaur Capital Corporation, 425 Willowbank St., Bellefonte, $8,602.42. Keith R. Sauder and Katherine A. Sauder to David M. Baus and Abby R Rupert Baus, 703 Halfmoon St., Bellefonte $169,000.

BENNER TOWNSHIP

Berks Construction Co. Inc. and Berks Homes to Ashley Warren and Ryan Snyder, 176 Dorchester Lane, Bellefonte, $184,900. Dan McCaslin to William Kalbfleisch and Lori Kalbfleisch, 120 Buttercup Way, Bellefonte, $360,900. Virginia Lee Price and Brion S. Levine to Ruthann Asche, Sherry Dawn Jackson, and Martina Louise Price, 589 Valentine Hill Road, Bellefonte, $1. Trubuild LLC to Richard Smith and Patricia Smith, 444 Meadow Flower Circle, Bellefonte, $274,630.50.

BOGGS TOWNSHIP

Nancy L. Grimm and Todd A. Grimm to Nancy L. Grimm, 619 Pine Alley, Milesburg, $1. Mildred E. Johnson, Mildred E. Wagner, and Harry F. Wagner to Mildred E. Wagner and Harry F. Wagner, 1714 Moose Run Road, Bellefonte, $1. William M. Martin to William J. Waugh and Shannon R. Waugh, 105 Heverly Lane, Bellefonte, $250,000.

COLLEGE TOWNSHIP

William A. Gettig to Sheri A. Trine, 472 Scenery Drive, State College, $1. Carmella F. Harter to Carmella F. Har-

ter, 120 Roosevelt Ave., State College, $1. Karen M. Neff estate, Glenda M. Bartley & executrix, Merle E. Neff, Marlin L. Neff and Thomas L. Neff to Cheryl Neff and Merle E. Neff, 2654 Penbrook Lane, State College, $1.

FERGUSON TOWNSHIP

Fannie Mae and Federal National Mortgage Association to Shannon A. Corkery and David C. Rosenberger, 355 Johnson Road, Pennsylvania Furnace, $276,400. Charles R. Fisher and Julie L. Fisher to John Lazos and Jessica Cook, 1221 Chestnut Ridge Drive, State College, $390,000. Barton K. Pursel and Erin M. Pursel to Erin C. McGrail and William Keith Kohler, 1460 Blue Course Drive No. 17, State College, $241,000. S & A Homes Inc., Robert E. Poole, Don E. Haubert by attorney, Thomas F. Songer by attorney and WPSH Associates to MD Amanul Haque and MST Kamrunnahar, 2395 Longfellow Court, State College, $506,811. Thomas F. Songer, S & A Homes Inc. and Johnson Farm Associates to Shuping Jiang and Huaming Chen, 400 Hawknest Road, State College, $338,858. Kevin J. A. Thomas and Tina C. Thomas to Adam W. Lugibill, Sheila E. Carmen and Amber D. Shaw, 2380 Park Center Blvd., State College, $215,500. Michael E. Warner and Diana ZeiskyWarner to Kevin J. A. Thomas and Tina C. Thomas, 2184 Autumnwood Drive, State College, $340,000.

HAINES TOWNSHIP

Roy E. Eisenhuth estate and Rick N. Dunlap executrix to Janet H. Dunlap and Donald L. Eisenhuth, 131 Mountain Ave., Woodward, $1. Timothy L. Fetzer to Brian Stover and Jennifer Krout, 135 Mountain Road, Woodward, $0. Ardrenna M. Musick and Ralph D. Musick to Steven G, Kreisher and Carol C. Kreisher, 627 Pine Creek Road, Woodward, $159,900.

HALFMOON TOWNSHIP

Thomas D. Rogers to Christopher D. Shue and Frances M. Shue, 278 Winesap Drive, Port Matilda, $285,000.

HARRIS TOWNSHIP

Betty L. Kasody to Richard R. Knipe and Mary B. Knipe, 124 Ramsey Way, Boalsburg, $650,000. J. Garry McShea and Priscilla A. McShea to David J. Stensrud and Audrey K. Stensrud, 210 Lee Ave., Boalsburg, $413,000.

PATTON TOWNSHIP

Gary D. Hartley and Julie A. Hartley to

Ming Xiao and Shasha Xiao, 101 Whitepine Place, Port Matilda, $255,000. Brian B. Hill and Nikki L. Hill to Jan Petrich and Britta J. Petrich, 213 Bellvue Circle, State College, $276,000. Samuel F. Lego and Andrea K. Lego to Thomas M. Stock and Colleen A. Stock, 301 Oakwood Ave., Bellefonte, $159,900. Gregory M. McMurran, Cathleen M. McMurran, Kira C. McMurran, Kira C. Lecznar and Ryan Andrew Lecznar to Marco Ventoruzzo, 113 Alma Mater Drive No. 204, University Park, $169,000. US Bank to Chris Wharton and Andrea Wharton, 105 White Birch Road, Port Matilda, $207,000. James R. Walker Living Trust, James R. Walker Trust and Judith R. Hiltner Trust to Barry L. Murray and Michele R. Murray, 255 Log Cabin Lane, Harmony, $24,000. Wooded Hills to Vincent J. Romanini and Brenda J. Moore, 127 Scarlet Oak Circle, State College, $359,000. Clifford L. Wurster and Doris M. Wurster to Samuel J. Wint and Bonnie L. Wint, 198 Honors Lane, State College, $335,000.

PENN TOWNSHIP

Samuel T. Meyer to Samuel T. Meyer and Elaine V. Meyer, 204 Summer Mountain Road, Spring Mills, $1. Daniel D. Shreckengast to Daniel D. Shreckengast and Joyce Lynn Shreckengast, 110 Windy Hill Lane, Spring Mills, $1.

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Harmon Thomas Hartshorne estate, Aaron Tiracorda administer and Harmon T. Hartshorne estate to Brenda L. Blake, 202 S. Second St., Philipsburg, $15,000.

POTTER TOWNSHIP

Grace Burris, Donald L. Burris, Ronald E. Burris and Vickie L. Gordon to Grace Burris, 2165 Upper Brush Valley Road, Spring Mills, $1. Jeffrey C. Haas and Wendy L. Haas to Brooke E. Holdren and Amanda G.C. Holdren, 159 Weaver Road, Spring Mills, $319,000.

RUSH TOWNSHIP

Bank of America to Pasquale Romano and Jennifer Romano, 1630 State St., Philipsburg, $7,000. LR and RF Associates to TWL Realty LLC, 1535 Port Matilda Highway, Port Matilda, $246,500. Susan K. Kolbe, Theodore E. Kolbe Jr. and Mary C. Shedlock by agent to Scott Etters, 311 Kinkead St., Philipsburg, $75,500. Cathy Ann Williams, Karen Kay Woodrow, Jeffrey Woodrow and George Scott Sudik to Casey L. Williams, 401 Jesse Street, Philipsburg, $1.

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SNOW SHOE TOWNSHIP

Diane M. McCrea and Heather L. Colwell to Nicholas P. Koleno II and Tammy Jo Koleno, 900 Preston Lane, Moshannon, $190,000. J. Dennis McLaughlin and Patricia A. McLaughlin to J. Dennis McLaughlin and Patricia McLaughlin, 203 Old Side Road, Snow Shoe, $1.

SPRING TOWNSHIP

Melissa L. Bard to Jarred M. Himes, 140 Farmington Lane, Bellefonte, $240,000. Eva C. Frantz estate and Jeanne A. Stewart executrix to Morris L. Houser Jr. and Kathleen P. Houser, 123 Locust St., Pleasant Gap, $152,000. Loesch Construction Inc. to Adam Thomas Butters and Jennifer Diane Butters, 180 Jonathan Lane, Bellefonte, $216,500. Joanne Roadarmel to Curtis B. Loesch and Kari A Shivery, 1336 Zion Road, Bellefonte, $177,900. US Bank to Middle Farm Partnership, 1222 Doruss Drive, Bellefonte, $1. Robert A. Brand estate and Karen E. Blair & executrix to Karen E. Blair, 411 Arbor Way, State College, $1. Anita T. Fogel by agent and Linda J. Pesce by agent to Causeway Rentals LLC, 220 Ellen Ave., State College, $195,000. Charles A. Frey Jr. and Kimberly D. Frey to Jacqueline Q. Phillips, 1014 S. Atherton St., State College, $147,000. George L. Lang and Grace Ann Lang to Thomas J. Waite and Julie D. Waite, 626 Glenn Road, State College $299,000. Maralyn J. Mazza to S. Paul Mazza III, 410 S. Atherton St., State College, $1. S. Paul Mazza Jr. estate and Maralyn J. Mazza executrix to Maralyn J. Mazza, 410 S. Atherton St., State College, $1. Ronni R. Tibbott and Cynthia L. Tibbott to Melanie E. Harris, 941 Hart Circle, State College, $174,900. US Bank to Scott J. Carts and Jodi S. Carts, 180 Legion Lane, State College, $158,000. Thomas E. Zeiders and Carol A. Zeiders to Nittany Houses LP, 608 E. Beaver Ave., State College, $229,900.

UNION TOWNSHIP

Penny L. Burkett and Dale E. Burkett to Jeffrey D. Miles, 172 Spotts Road, Julian, $100,000. Cynthia M. Taylor and James R. Taylor to Jeffrey D. Miles, 172 Spotts Road, Julian, $100,000.

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Edward G. Hall to Elizabeth Miller, 214 W. Olive St., Snow Shoe, $5,000. Amy E. St. Clair by sheriff to JPMorgan Chase Bank, 211 N. Moshannon Ave., Snow Shoe, $4,913.53.

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Samuel T. Brezler and Lucy A. Brezler to Brandon A. Byers and Holly A. Byers, 106 Sue St., Mingoville, $164,900. Market Place Unlimited LLC to Ronald L. Chronister and Tammy M. Chronister, 1140 Railroad Ave., Julian, $36,000. John J. Moore estate and Jill A. Burd executrix to Marlisa A. Brooks, 210 Pebble Lane, Bellefonte, $136,900. Mary Elizabeth Schmotzer and Mathias G. Schmotzer to Timothy B. Graham and Melissa J. Graham, 325 Nittany Valley Drive, Bellefonte, $177,000. — Compiled by Gazette staff

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The Central PA Institute of Science and Technology Joint Operating Committee is soliciting bids for shop supplies for the 2014-2015 school year. Bidding will open on June 9, 2014 and end at 3:00 p.m. on June 20, 2014. Bids will be placed through the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online Vendor Portal. More information is available at www.cpi.edu or by calling 814-359-2793 ext. 272. The JOC reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids or any part thereof.

OFFICE MANAGER Centre Reg. Parks & Recreation F/t, yr-rd position which requires a strong track record of teamwork, supervisory, accounting, PC skills, honesty & providing 1st-class customer service. Resp. for supervisory, secretarial, budget tracking & general office tasks 8AM-5PM M-F, 40 hrs./ wk. Min. requirements: Business School Certificate or 2 years office exp. Starting salary up to $39,000 DOQ, w/ full benefit package. A CRPR Application Form is required along with the Criminal Background check and Child Abuse Clearance documents. Complete vacancy announcement, job desc. & CRPR Application Form posted at www.crpr.org or call (814) 231-3071. Application Deadline: Noon, Tues., 10 Jun 2014. EOE.

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COPPER CHANDELIER 4 lights, plug in. $20 (814) 574â&#x20AC;&#x2018;6387 COUNTER Stools (2), 23â&#x20AC;? high. $15 for the pair. (814) 574â&#x20AC;&#x2018;6387

Sound Technology, part of the Analogic Ultrasound Group, a leading manufacturer of high-quality medical ultrasound transducers and ISO 13485-certified, has an opening available for a Skilled Assembler. Responsibilities will include performing assembly of medical ultrasound devices. A demonstrated ability to learn various operations from dicing, wiring, epoxy and final assembly of high precision medical devices is preferred. Successful candidates will possess the ability to flourish in a small, cohesive team environment. High attention to detail, along with the manual dexterity to use small hand tools and soldering irons necessary in the assembly of intricate components under magnification, is essential. This is a first shift position. We offer a competitive salary, outstanding benefits and a flexible, small-company work environment. In return, we are looking for hard-working, flexible and positive-minded individuals. If you are interested in applying for this position, please mail a cover letter, including salary requirements, along with a current resume, to:

Human Resources Sound Technology, Inc. 401 Science Park Road, State College, PA 16803 You may also email your resume to hr@sti-ultrasound.com or fax it to Human Resources at (814)234-5033. Sound Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, minority status, age, disability or veteran status

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PARKING SPACE ACROSS CAMPUS Parking at University Gateway Building College Ave. Across Campus, Available May 15th, $90/month CALL 814â&#x20AC;&#x2018;482â&#x20AC;&#x2018;0078.

COMIC BOOK SALE $10 We have a ton of great comics for sale with a wide variety to choose from. Batman, Superâ&#x20AC;&#x2018; man, Xâ&#x20AC;&#x2018;Men, You name it. Great Prices Too. Check us out at http://botropolis. ecrater.com DISNEY movies. VHS. $1 each, approximately 15 of them. (814) 574â&#x20AC;&#x2018;6387 Medicine Cabinet $35, Camcorder $60, Fish Bowl Table $50. Call (814) 359â&#x20AC;&#x2018;9328

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SUMMER, SPRING & FALL PARKING Parking on church parking lot, 600 block of East Prospect Ave. 24/7 access. Spaces available for summer at $150, fall and spring semesters, $260 each. First Church of Christ, Scientist. Call Mike at (814) 237â&#x20AC;&#x2018;8711 or email at: m7h@psu.edu.

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STATE COLLEGE: 635 Westerly Pkwy Sat. 6/14 8:30amâ&#x20AC;&#x2018;1:30pm. Community Yard Sale & Fundraiser This large, community yard sale and fundraiser will feature antiques and art, furniture, tools and equipment, toys, sporting goods, lawn & garden, pet supplies, household goods, books, puzzles, games, music, electronâ&#x20AC;&#x2018; ics, and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lassie Bouâ&#x20AC;&#x2018; tiqueâ&#x20AC;? of fashion!! ** This indoor event will be held Rain or Shine ** Proceeds benefit State High Thespian participaâ&#x20AC;&#x2018; tion in the 2014 Internaâ&#x20AC;&#x2018; tional Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Moving / Garage Sale: 443 Glenn Rd. State Colâ&#x20AC;&#x2018; lege. Fri 6/6 & Sat 6/7 8amâ&#x20AC;&#x2018;3pm. Rain or Shine. STATE COLLEGE Cathâ&#x20AC;&#x2018; olic Daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Indoor Yard Sale. June 21st 8am â&#x20AC;&#x2018; 2 pm at Our Lady of Vicâ&#x20AC;&#x2018; tory Social Hall. Rent for tables $10. Call (814) 466â&#x20AC;&#x2018;6387 or 238â&#x20AC;&#x2018;6679

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If you would like to become a member of our growing Pennâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cave Team, you must possess a positive attitude and strong work ethic. Good communication/listening skills, honesty, integrity and a desire to learn are a necessity! If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a lover of nature, history, wildlife and enjoy meeting and interacting with diverse groups of people, then this is the perfect work-place for you! Applicants must be at least 16 years of age, and have reliable transportation to work. High school & college students seeking summer employment; recent graduates, as well as active adults are all encouraged to apply. Apply in person at our Visitors Center OR email info@pennscave.com for more information & to request an application. No phone calls, please. www.pennscave.com


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BELLEFONTE — More than just an event for Grandpa, Dad and other car enthusiasts, the Historic Bellefonte Cruise has grown into a widely anticipated event for the whole family. The 26th annual event will draw family, friends, neighbors and visitors to Bellefonte on Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14. Pat McCool, president of the cruise’s committee, said between 6,000 and 10,000 people are expected to attend this year’s cruise, something that may seem almost unimaginable for the small town of Bellefonte. But, year after year, the crowds return and McCool anticipates this year to be the same. Friday night will begin with a cruise throughout downtown Bellefonte at 6 p.m. This cruise is open to any and all participants who would like to “lap the block,” just as it was done in yesteryears. Immediately following the cruise will be a sock hop at 8 p.m., featuring Jerry Carnicella and The White Shadow Band. To provide fun for the whole family, the event will also include face painting, music, balloons and shopping. Much of Saturday will include the car show and car judging. Once again, the Bellefonte Cruise will be professionally judged by G.F. Grifana Car Shows Inc. “There’s no bias in the judging or favoritism or anything

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“The cruise committee has really gone all out to really make this a good event. We’re trying to make it as good as we can for three types of people — the participants, the public and the sponsors. It wouldn’t be possible without all the great sponsors we’ve had over the years.” Though not a new event, the kids’ class is the cruise’s way of encouraging more children to appreciate vintage and antique cars. Children 15 years old and younger can shine up anything they can ride. Entry to the kids’ class is free. Though no riding on the streets is allowed, each child entered will receive an award. An aspect of the event that McCool is especially proud of is its donation of funds to various organizations in the Bellefonte area. Beneficiaries of the funding include the Borough of Bellefonte and the Historic Bellefonte Museum, in the form of park benches and a large map. “All the funds go directly to something rather than paying wages or rent on buildings in terms of maintaining an office,” he said. Each year the committee continues to donate to a scholarship offered at CPI, which will increase from $250 to $500 this year. According to McCool, in addition to the cruise organizers, a committee within the event’s umbrella organization, Historic Bellefonte Inc., and those at the Bellefonte Chamber assist each year to ensure the cruise continues. Due to this, the funding donations and the family atmosphere at the cruise, McCool stresses it is a family event. “We try to get everyone involved, as much as we can com-

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My ‘groovy little motorbike’ In the mid-1950s, Japanese engineer and businessman Soichiro Honda had a dream to make a small, lightweight motorcycle with worldwide sales potential in both developed and undeveloped countries. His firm, the Honda Sam Stitzer covers Penns Valley for Motor Company, had the Centre County already begun manuGazette. Email him at pennsvalley@ facturing and selling centrecounty clip-on engines for bigazette.com. cycles in the late 1940s with great success. Honda and his associate, Takeo Fujisawa, designed a lightweight, simple and reliable cycle and called it the Super Cub. In 1959, Honda founded the American Honda Motor Company, and established a dealer network to sell the Cub. It was unlike any motorcycle ever seen in America up to that time. It was small, with just a 50cc single-cylinder, four-stroke engine set low in the frame and concealed by a plastic leg shield. It had 17-inch wheels, rather than the tiny wheels found on motor scooters. It used a semi-automatic, three-speed transmission which required no clutch lever to operate, making it very friendly

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had turned violent and was sensationalized by the press. Honda knew he would have to overcome that stigma to sell his little bikes, and initiated a brilliant advertising campaign featuring the slogan, “You meet the nicest people on a Honda.” The ads showed college kids, professional men, welldressed ladies, and even nuns, astride the two-wheelers, conveying the idea that motorcycles could be used by everyone. It worked — big time. By the early 1960s, thousands of the little Honda 50s began flying out of showrooms all across the land. They quickly became a pop culture icon for the crop of leading edge baby boomers, who were just reaching driving age. The Hondells had a hit song in 1964 titled “Little Honda,” whose lyrics proclaimed “It’s not a big motorcycle, just a groovy little motorbike.” Apparently, the world agreed. The Honda 50 and its variants have been in continuous production since 1958. In 2008, its total production surpassed the 60 million mark — more than the Ford Model T, more than the VW Beetle, more than any other motor vehicle in history. One of those red-and-cream-colored Honda 50s found its way to Centre Hall, and has stayed there for more than 50 years. Albert Dutrow bought a 1962 model, and two years later sold it to Carl Burkholder, who ran a hardware store on North Pennsylvania Avenue. Burkholder used to ride the bike from his home on Hoffer Avenue to the store, and parked it behind the store along the alley, where teenage boys, including me, ogled it, wishing we could have one. But, for me, reality intervened. My dad died when I was 14, and Mom worked for minimum wage at the Rexall drug store, so there was no money for a bike, and of course, a mother never wanted her son to ride a motorcycle. Time passed, and I went to college, got married, bought a house in Centre Hall and had two sons. I began riding motor-

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BELLEFONTE — Many years ago, Bellefonte was a town where local youth hung out and cruised the block, before the practice was banned. Now, the Bellefonte Cruise is much more than a handful of young people in their cars. “It’s the biggest thing going on in the Bellefonte community,” with live music, antique cars, a $500 scholarship and a regular attendance of 10,000 people, said Bellefonte Cruise chairman Pat McCool. “(The cruise) used to be viewed as an inconvenience to the local businesses, but many have embraced it,” McCool said. “We really want them to prosper as well.” McCool said that in the months leading up to the annual car show and fundraiser, board members approach various local vendors about setting up their wares on the sidewalk, with more businesses taking up the practice each year. At no cost to the businesses, they can submit flyers and coupons to be distributed in goodie bags to the 500 car show participants, McCool said. “The cruise really brings a big boost into the local economy,” McCool added. Carol Walker, owner of the Victorian Rose gift shop, said local events like the Bellefonte Cruise and Victorian Christmas benefit business by introducing them to new customer bases and generating foot traffic downtown. She said that the shop will generally staff a couple extra people and have gourmet dip for tourists that requires extra work, but that the weekend is never stressful. “For us merchants, it’s the more, the merrier,” Walker said. “Anytime there’s a lot of people in downtown its good for business.”

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Beth Whitman, owner of Indigo Wren’s Nest Wellness Centre and a new business, Belle Market, said that the weekend “will require an adjustment, like anything else,” but that it will help draw attention to the new market. Whitman said Belle Market is a full grocery store complete with deli, Amish baked goods and freezer section, and it fills an important role for Bellefonte residents who may be unable to drive to another store. Whitman said she’s hopeful that the cruise weekend will bring greater visibility to the new business. Gary Hoover, Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, said that the weekend can make parking difficult in Bellefonte and local businesses may have to hire extra staff or work longer hours, but that the cruise helps build new customer bases and strengthen old ones. “Local events benefit the downtown and the entire community at large, as well,” Hoover said.

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It’s time to ‘Cruise’ the streets of Bellefonte BELLEFONTE — More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the annual Bellefonte Cruise weekend, which starts Friday, June 13, at 6 p.m. with members of the public invited to cruise the streets of the historic town. Connie Cousins covers a wide Remember sock variety of events in hops in your high Centre County for the Centre County school gymnasiums? Gazette. Email her If so, stop by to take at ccous67@gmail. com. a trip down memory lane. Or, if you don’t remember them, stop by to experience what a typical 1950s dance was all about. Try your hand at “The Stroll,” “The Mashed Potato” and “The Twist,” just to name a few. On Saturday, June 14, the cars will start rolling in by 7 a.m., according to Don Musser of Musser’s Auto Body in Milesburg. Musser’s business has been

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at its present location since 2000. Previously, he worked at car dealerships and other body shops. Through all of those jobs, he continued to ready cars for the Bellefonte Cruise. “I have been in every cruise since the first one,” Musser said. Musser recalled a 1973 Cougar convertible, Camaros and a Chevelle among the cars he has entered in previous Bellefonte events. The entry he is readying for this year is a 1972 Chevelle that he built two years ago. “I got the shell of it in North Carolina and other parts from Carlisle, where swap meets are held in the spring and fall. There are also swap meets like that in Hershey,” Musser said. The array of trophies in Musser’s Body Shop is impressive and he reports there are more in another building. He won the GM Nationals show in Carlisle, as well as many others. Musser was proud to show what was out in his shop on the “rotisserie.” And, no, it wasn’t a roasting chicken. This device held the body of a two-door 1965 Chevelle station wagon, which now can be fully rotated in order for its restorer to work on all surfaces. A friend of Musser’s discovered the Chevelle wagon in a building where it had sit since 1972. The California plates from that year were on the back. “I took the motor from a truck and that’s what will go in it,” Musser said. Everything about that engine was shining chrome and fresh paint. Obviously, the station wagon will I have been in every cruise not be cruising this year, but the other since the first one.” Chevelle will be Don Musser ready when Saturday morning dawns. The first 500 registrants for the show will receive a dash plaque. To register, participants must have a zone card (which will be handed out by parking staff ), proof of current insurance and valid registration. Sign-up will end at noon.

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A team of professional judges will evaluate the cars, trucks and motorcycles from one hour after parking until 4 p.m. The awards will be given at 5 p.m. The judges will give points for an open hood, the chassis, and the interior and the exterior of each car and truck. Motorcycle owners will accumulate points for the bike’s engineering, detail, style and cleanliness. Awards will be presented for first, second and third in each class. Additionally, the British Marque Car Club News, a monthly newspaper, will be presenting an award to the car that is the best example of a British brand. And, the first place winner in the British Car Class will also receive a special award from the Pennsylvania Central Mountains British Car Club. After the awards ceremony, registered show car owners will have their chance to cruise the streets for the next hour. As Musser cruises the block with the other drivers, he said he will probably be planning next year’s entry. “I’m crazy, I guess,” Musser said with a laugh.

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“Hey, Zimbler. How’s your face?” That was the way many Friday nights began at the Hollywood Diner in Commack, N.Y. We would gather there for our normal weekend cruising, and the ring leader, Ferelli, always sat in the back booth holding court. His question about my face — or anyone’s face — was really his way of enforcing the notion that if we didn’t do things his way, our faces would, in fact, not be OK. Ferelli was the ring leader who quit school and wore a black leather jacket and engineer boots. He was a motorhead who we all respected not only for his prowess in a good rumble, but also for his vast knowledge of the automobile.

The guy was a genius, a wizard with a wrench. He could turn any car into a mean machine — and often did. Growing up in the late 50s and early 60s on Long Island meant dealing with the great outward migration from New York City to the suburbs. There was a clash of cultures — potato and strawberry farmers confronting the noisy neighborhoods filling up with transplanted city folk. In the city, teens would hang around neighborhoods and play stickball in the streets. We lived our lives on foot. Moving to Long Island changed all that. It was obvious that life on the Island meant owning a car, and that meant cruising around. As with many cultural phenomenons, cruising began in Southern California and moved east. Looking back, it had many layers of meaning. First, it was a way to “pick up chicks,” although that goal was often met with disappointment. More importantly, cruising was a symbol of one’s manhood. Freedom to move about at will, doing so in a vehicle that clearly established your place in the hierarchy of teenage respect. So even though I was a nerdy kid who played violin in the school orchestra, the fact that I owned a car elevated my stature. My first car cost $100. And, I actually did buy it from a little old lady who only drove it to church. It was a Studebaker Golden Hawk. Happily, Ferelli worked his magic and turned that car into a fireball. As the youngest guy in the crowd, I managed to find acceptance because most of the time I was a driver, not a passenger. Our weekend cruises left the Hollywood Diner for Buddy’s Burgers on Jericho Turnpike. It was “the” place to go because the best-looking girls in school worked there delivering burgers, fries, malts and egg creams to the groups gathered in the parking lot.

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Carnicella, Sock Hop will kick off Cruise By KENDALL RUSSELL correspondent@centrecountygazette.com

BELLEFONTE — This year’s Historic Bellefonte Cruise Sock Hop will feature a performance by Jerry Carnicella and the White Shadow Band from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, June 14. While the band often pays tribute to classic rock ‘n’ roll idols like Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra and Elvis, their set on Friday will match the event’s automotive theme. “We’ll be playing a lot of car songs. You can expect to hear ‘Mustang Sally,’ ‘Hot Rod Lincoln,’ some country, and more,” Carnicella said.“But we do encourage people to requests specific songs … we know over 100 Beatles hits.” Known for covering rock and country songs from the 1950s to the 1980s, Carnicella has been a professional vocal-

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JERRY CARNICELLA and the White Shadow Band will play the Sock Hop on June 14 at the Bellefonte Cruise.

ist and percussionist for more than four decades. Carnicella’s White Shadow Band formed in New Hampshire in the fall of 1974 and has performed together ever since. “We are starting our 40th year of continuous week-in, week-out performing,” Carnicella said. “We traveled all over the United States, from Maine to Florida to the Midwest.” The White Shadow Band is composed of guitarists Harry Young and Andy Rhody and keyboardist Johann Vonschrenkel. This is their first appearance at the Bellefonte Cruise. Seven2Ten, a classic rock band from Lock Haven, is scheduled to play on Saturday afternoon, as is oldies disc jockey Ray Gephart. All performances are free.

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Stock car simulator, seminars coming to Cruise By BRITTANY SVOBODA bsvoboda@centrecountygazette.com

BELLEFONTE — The 26th annual Historic Bellefonte Cruise will see several new attractions this year. While at the event, attendees can take a ride in a stock car simulator, which will be provided by Jennerstown Speedway. “We think it’ll be a great interest to the public,” said cruise chairman Pat McCool. “I’ll be surprised if there’s no line.” John Taylor, an owner of Jennerstown Speedway, said it should be a good addition to existing cruise events. The stock car travels to cruise-like events throughout the state. When it’s not at an event, it’s a popular attraction at the speedway. The late model car drives like a stock car, Taylor said, complete with a computerized system and seat hydraulics to simulate the driving experience. Both children and adults can use the simulator. Although McCool said a price to use the simulator hasn’t been hammered out yet, he estimates it will be about $2 for a five-minute ride. “I’m looking forward to getting in it myself,” McCool added. Another new attraction at this year’s cruise will be seminars on various car and motorcycle topics. “We want to provide an educational, cultural and historical opportunity for people who come to the show,” said cruise committee member Tom Davidson. Davidson said possible cruise topics might include auto restoration, the history of motorcycles and sports cars, and meet-and-greets with area cruise interest groups. Topics like these, Davidson explained, will help people who come to the cruise and might not understand the judging or restoration processes. One of the seminars will be a Q&A session with head judge Greg Grifana about his experience judging the cars and motorcycles. “We’re looking for new and interesting ways for people to

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To register for the Bellefonte Cruise, visit www. bellefontecruise.org and download a registration form. Mail the registration form with a check made payable to “Bellefonte Cruise.” (Please reference the list of show car divisions located on the registration form for costs.) Send the completed registration form and check to: Bellefonte Cruise P.O. Box 536 Bellefonte, PA 16823 Completed forms may also be taken to the Chamber of Commerce office, located at 320 W. High St. in Bellefonte. For more information, call (814) 280-5881. The preregistration fee is $10. Registration on the day of the event is $15 and will begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 14. No registrations will be accepted by phone. Registration Guidelines: n Be sure to bring current proof of insurance and vehicle registration to the registration area. Only insured and registered vehicles are permitted in the show. n Register early. Only pre-registered participants are eligible for door prizes. Pre-register to keep from waiting in line. Pre-registration does not guarantee a specific place to park the day of the Bellefonte Cruise. n Be ready for judging. While every consideration is given to automobiles in original condition and to owners who are new to the hobby, we can accept only automobiles which are ready for judging. Automobiles not ready for judging may be ruled ineligible to compete and turned away at the gate. In these rare cases, prepaid entry fees will be refunded. n In order to qualify for judging, all show cars must arrive at the show grounds by noon. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Vehicles arriving after noon may not be eligible for judging. n Heed the volunteers’ instructions while moving vehicles, as well as during the cruise, to avoid accidents.

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Model cars: It’s all in the details By SAM STITZER pennsvalley@ centrecounty gazette.com.

Details make model cars come alive. I have been a model builder since my childhood. In my teen years, I built literally hundreds of model cars which filled many shelves in my bedroom. As a young adult, I discovered radiocontrolled model airplanes and built and flew many of them over the years. I rediscovered model cars about 10 years ago and began building them again. About four years ago, I started building dioramas to display them. The dioramas put the models in realistic settings, rather than just sitting on shelves. I have displayed the dioramas at the Bellefonte Cruise car show for the last three years, and have gotten many compliments from spectators. I’ll have them there again this year. Any model builder knows the truth in the old saying “The devil is in the details.” Details are what makes the difference between an ordinary model and one which draws interest and compliments from spectators. When I was a kid, I just glued the cars together and sat them on a shelf. As my skills progressed, I found ways to make the models look more realistic. First and foremost — paint the model. I learned to use spray paint in the

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A SIX-CYLINDER on 1966 Mustang model shows engine bay details. 1960s and I still use it. The trick with model cars is to build up several light coats of paint rather than one heavy coat, which will run and look bad. Glossy clear lacquer over the color coats will yield a very realistic-looking shine. Dashboard instruments and knobs can get dabs of silver paint from a small artist’s brush.

Chassis and engines should be painted, too, and touches like yellow caps on batteries add interest. Once the body is painted, the next detail is the chrome trim. Most models have trim molded into the body, rather than being separate pieces. Silver paint in felt tip marker form can be used to paint the trim, but the best method by far is to use a product called Bare Metal Foil, which is an ex-

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tremely thin adhesive-backed aluminum foil. An oversize strip of foil is placed on the chrome trim and burnished down with a Q-tip and a toothpick, then trimmed to size with a sharp hobby knife. The results are well worth the sometimes tedious effort. It looks absolutely real. The above techniques will produce a good-looking model for display, but some modelers like to go the extra mile in detailing, especially under the hood. Fine gauge wire can be used to make spark plug wires, fuel lines, throttle linkage, brake lines and battery cables for the ultimate in realism. This is especially good for hot rod models with exposed engines. Sometimes you don’t want the model’s finish to look good, like when modeling junk cars or “barn finds.” I use a rust-colored primer, spattered on the model from about two feet away, with real rust from rusty soap pads sprinkled over the wet primer to achieve the look of a car that has sat abandoned for decades. A coat of flat clear lacquer takes the shine off the paint and makes a realistic patina. A new diorama in my display this year is titled “Barn Find,” and depicts a rusty and battered 1956 Chevy being winched onto a trailer behind a barn by its new owner, to be hauled away and restored. I enjoy building model cars. It provides a way to enjoy the car hobby without a huge investment or a huge garage. Now, if I could just shrink myself down to 1:25 scale. ...

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Museum features local artist’s car paintings By CONNIE COUSINS correspondent@centrecountygazette.com

BELLEFONTE — James Farrah’s car paintings are part of a new show in the Sieg Gallery at the Bellefonte Art Museum. The exhibit opened on June 1 and will be on display during the Bellefonte Cruise. Farrah, who has a fine arts degree from Penn State University, has painted cars since the beginning of his career. He has done illustrations for Road and Track magazine and showed in various automotive galleries for many years. He wanted to be seen in general galleries, too, and has succeeded in branching out. I asked Farrah, who recently returned to the area after having spent 15 years in Arizona, if he has been able to earn a living from his painting. “Oh, yes, but sometimes you feel rich and other times you wonder why you ever decided to be a painter,” he joked. Farrah moved back to the region to be near family and friends. He hopes that car lovers in the area, as well as those visiting for the Bellefonte Cruise, will enjoy his show.

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Long-time cruiser prepares for another year By BRITTANY SVOBODA bsvoboda@centrecountygazette.com

BELLEFONTE — For 26 years, Dot Davidson, of Bellefonte, has been an avid attendee of the Historic Bellefonte Cruise. And, at about 15 years, she and her husband, Wit, have served on the organizing committee longer than most. “I’ve always loved to see the old cars,” Davidson said, explaining the reason she began attending the cruise. Davidson serves as the event’s secretary. During cruise weekend, she spends most of her time with other volunteers, registering vehicles and collecting money. She also handles the pre-registration, which, this year, already included about 72 vehicles as of press time. “It’s a nice thing to do for the town. People look forward to it,” Davidson said. She said the cruise has definitely grown since she began attending in 1988 and the number of vehicles that are registered for judging has increased. Of course, how many participants attend the weekend is very weather-dependent, and Davidson said she hopes it’s not raining or too hot this year. One of the most exciting things about the cruise, Davidson said, is meeting people from all over the East Coast. There are already entrants this year from Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. About 10,000 people attend the cruise every year, according to its website. Davidson’s husband began his tenure with the cruise committee bringing soda to those who registered a vehicle for judging. Now, he assists anyone who has a medical problem, whether that person has a vehicle in the show or is a spectator. “We have a real good group,” Davidson said of the committee. “It’s a pleasure going to meetings.” Currently, the couple is restoring a 1934 Ford, which they hope to debut at the Milesburg Museum Car Show in late

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DOT DAVIDSON, far right, is one of the longestserving committee members for the Historic Bellefonte Cruise. Every year, she, along with other volunteers, gets all the vehicles registered for judging. About 380 cars and motorcycles entered the cruise in 2013. September. If all goes well with that project, Davidson said they might work on restoring their 1915 Oakland. Although Davidson will be tied up at the registration booth with her secretarial duties during the weekend, she said she’s excited to see some of the new attractions coming this year, such as the seminars. “It brings some education to the cruise,” Davidson said. She also said that the cruise strives to be a very familyoriented event and she hopes that the younger generations attending will become more involved in the future. For more information about the Historic Bellefonte Cruise, visit www.bellefontecruise.org.

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