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It’s that time of year again — Mother’s Day! Find out what Centre County mothers want the most on their big day and find out some inexpensive yet meaningful ways to celebrate in this week’s Centre Spread./Pages 19-21
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Volume 5, Issue 19
Mayor: Climate change guided stance By MARJORIE S. MILLER firstname.lastname@example.org
STATE COLLEGE — Explaining her decision to endorse a campaign that urges municipalities to divest from fossil fuel companies, State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham expressed concern Monday that carbon dioxide emissions could drastically affect the climate in the future. Goreham joined nine other mayors in urging municipalities to divest from the top 200 fossil fuel companies because of climate change, according to an Associated Press article published last week, but other officials said the issue hasn’t been voted on. The information in the article was obtained from a press release by environmental group 350.org. Goreham, who made clear she has no direct administrative authority on the issue and is not a policymaker, said climate
change is an important issue facing the country. Fossil fuels drive carbon dioxide emissions, which increase climate warming, she said. Goreham said when she found out about the campaign, she made sure to speak with the State College Borough Council, which makes policy decisions such as this one, to recommend that it didn’t directly invest in fossil fuel companies. It’s predicted, Goreham said, that in 20 years or less, “our climate will be tremendously changed here,” including higher temperatures and hotter weather. “(We’re going) in a direction that we need to stop,” she said. Goreham said while her opinions are “not binding on the borough,” she is “sounding the alarm.” Climate change is something communities need to think about, she said, as well as find ways to reduce fossil fuel. It’s im-
portant for future generations to look at other energy options now, she said. “That’s really my perspective,” she said. Goreham said she believes she exemplifies a sentiment of the town. “(I felt) I was repELIZABETH resenting my town GOREHAM properly,” she said. The 350.org campaign, called Fossil Free, maintains that educational and religious institutions, city and state governments, and other institutions that serve the public good should divest from fossil fuels, according to 350.org’s website. According to the Associated Press, the
modern oil industry began in northwest Pennsylvania in 1859, and the state is currently home to the most productive natural gas field in the nation, the Marcellus shale, which has sparked a boom in drilling. David Yoxtheimer, extension associate at the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, said there are both benefits and potential negative impacts to Marcellus shale drilling in Pennsylvania. Part of his work involves looking at ways to use science to minimize the impacts and maximize the benefits, he said, while not having a particular stance other than “allowing the science and facts to act as a guide.” Fossil fuel investment, he said, is a personal choice. “Energy development can have positive economic impacts whether it be through
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providing care in the community, as close to home as possible,” Berndt said. “It’s example of how Geisinger wants to provide care for the right person, at the right place, at the right time. Not all care needs to go elsewhere. This is a great place to come if you have a minor medical condition that this clinic can handle.” The 1,500-square-foot clinic is located next to the Weis Market. It features two exam rooms, one lab and a large storage facility. “It’s a beautiful facility,” said Dr. Raymond Nungesser, regional medical director for Geisinger Health System. “The entire Careworks platform is
PLEASANT GAP — At one time, the building at 157 W. College Ave. housed parcels, postage and post office boxes. Now, it’s the home of pasta, sauces and olive oil. The former Pleasant Gap Post Office now houses the Fasta Pasta and Ravioli Co. Bob Ricketts, owner of Fasta Pasta, converted the post office into the local pasta shop. Fasta Pasta and Ravioli Co. has been at the location for nearly a year now. “We were doing a delivery to the Red Horse Tavern nearly two years ago and saw the building after the post office closed,” Ricketts said. “It was just a perfect fit.” Converting an old post office into a modern pasta shop was not an easy task, Ricketts said. “It was pretty involved. It took about a year from when we first saw the building to what people see today,” he said. Fasta Pasta, which also has a location in downtown State College at 129 S. Fraser St., offers something for every foodie. There is, of course, about every CHRIS MORELLI/The Gazette type of pasta imaginaPASTA MAN: Bob Ricketts, owner of Fasta ble, from angel hair to
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RIBBON CUTTING: Geisinger officials and employees ceremonially opened the doors to Careworks, a new health care facility in Bellefonte. The clinic offers walk-in care seven days a week.
Geisinger Careworks opens By CHRIS MORELLI firstname.lastname@example.org
BELLEFONTE — Residents of Bellefonte who need to see a doctor at a moment's notice now have an option. Geisinger Careworks in the Weis Plaza officially opened its doors on May 3. Careworks offers convenient health care for common, non-emergency medical problems. No appointments are necessary and the clinic is open seven days a week. According to Geisinger Chief Executive Officer Ken Berndt, Careworks will fill a void in the community. “It’s an example of Geisinger’s commitment of Opinion .............................. 7 Health & Wellness ........ 8-10
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Front and Centre SCOUTING AROUND: Old Fort American Legion recently played host to a Scout Day, which celebrated Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. Page 14
ROUGH AFTERNOON: The Bellefonte Area High School baseball team struggled during a recent outing against Central Mountain. Von Walker's two home runs doomed the Red Raiders. Page 22 ICE TIME: Country music star Sara Evans will perform live in a familythemed show at the Pegula Ice Arena on Nov. 3. It's the first non-sports event scheduled for the venue. Page 30
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New PSU trustees hope to influence board tone By GENARO C. ARMAS The Associated Press
STATE COLLEGE — Penn State’s three new alumni trustees will likely need more allies on the board to get the school’s governing body to re-visit former FBI director Louis Freeh’s scathing report into the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. But one of the newly elected trustees, Barbara Doran, said the turnover does add to the board three more reformminded voices that hope to influence future conversations. Doran and the other newcomers were supported by a vocal alumni group critical of school leadership for its actions since retired assistant football coach Sandusky was arrested in November 2011. Some alumni and former players want the school to take another look at the report Freeh conducted for the school, which they say made unfounded accusations against the late coach Joe Paterno. How the university handled his firing days after Sandusky’s arrest also remains a major sticking point. “Well, we still don’t have the numbers in terms of the votes. If you were to call a vote on a certain issue, it’s not going to happen,” Doran said. “But I think when you have three strong voices coming in, it begins to change the tenor.” Doran, Bill Oldsey and Ted Brown easily won election among alumni in results announced at last week’s board meeting. Each had endorsements from the alumni group Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship and the Paterno family. The board now has 30 voting members after trustees on Friday took away the votes of the Pennsylvania governor and the university president as part of a package of governance reforms. Alumni hold nine seats total, with three seats up each year. The rest of the board is composed of six business
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July 2012. Two years of turnover will open new opportunities for discussion, she said. “Maybe we didn’t do the right things, and there are things we can do to right the ship,” Doran said after learning about her victory. “So I think that the dynamic changes, and I think the message will start to soften from some of the hardliners, and they’ll start to look back and think we may have to re-examine a few things.” Lubrano said Monday that he hoped the nine alumni trustees would meet as a group over the new few weeks to gauge the pulse of the group’s constituency. The university boasts roughly 560,000 graduates across the country. Addressing Paterno’s legacy and the Freeh report remain important, he said, “but the greatest issue is re-establishing credibility in the community.” Trustees have said Paterno was ousted in part because he didn’t meet a moral obligation to do more to alert authorities about allegations against Sandusky. Paterno died in January 2012 at age 85. His family has vehemently denied any suggestion that he would cover up such allegations.
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If you go What: Fasta Pasta and Ravioli Companyâ€™s Free Pasta Day Where: Two locations, 129 S. Fraser St., State College, and 157 W. College Ave., Pleasant Gap When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 10 More info: fasta-co.com Cost: None. Patrons will be given a free pound of egg or wheat fettuccine pasta. first chefs I ever worked with when he was at the Carnegie House. Having all three create a synergy that you couldnâ€™t match if you tried,â€? Ricketts said. Both the Village Eatinghouse and Red Horse Tavern will use pasta from Fasta Pasta in their pasta dishes. Having a friendly relationship with his neighbors has certainly paid dividends for Ricketts. With that in mind, he sells a variety of items at his shop â€” not just pastas, sauces and olive oils. Ricketts also sells Sweet Heat Gourmet barbecue sauces, Goot Essa cheeses, as well as Hogs Galore and Way Fruit Farm products. â€œThe concept is to take the best products that are at the farmers markets and have another venue to sell them,â€? Ricketts said. But make no mistake about it â€” Fasta Pasta is all about the pasta. â€œWeâ€™ve got 60 different types of pasta that we make ranging from egg fettuccine to orange jalapeno,â€? Ricketts said. â€œAnd weâ€™ve got around 40 different types of ravioli of which weâ€™ve usually got 15 to 20 in stock ranging from classic ricotta cheese to a braised short rib.â€? If it sounds like Ricketts is passionate about pasta, itâ€™s because he is. He knows that nothing compares to fresh pasta. â€œEven the â€˜freshâ€™ pasta you get at the grocery store has a 90-day shelf life. Anything that is good for 90 days and is sold as fresh â€Ś that doesnâ€™t really seem right,â€? he said. At Fasta Pasta, the pasta is made on site and sold fresh. If it doesnâ€™t sell within a couple of days, itâ€™s taken off the shelves. â€œWe can make as small of a batch as 6 pounds and as big of a batch as 25 pounds. We try to cycle our inventory every three days. We have a loss factor built in so we can ensure that the customer gets an incredibly fresh product,â€? Ricketts said. Rickettsâ€™ passion for pasta led him to come up with free
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FASTA PASTA and Ravioli Co. will offer a free pound of egg or wheat fettuccine pasta on Friday, May 10. Owner Bob Ricketts hopes to give out 1,000 pounds of free pasta. pasta day, which will be held at both shops from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 10. Thereâ€™s no catch â€” just show up and snag a free pound of egg or wheat fettuccine. â€œItâ€™s to celebrate the start of farmers market and season and to say thank you for patronizing us. Itâ€™s an excuse for us to give you a pound of product and let the product speak for itself,â€? he said. â€œLast year, we gave away around 530 pounds of pasta. This year, weâ€™re hoping to give away around 1,000 pounds. Just come in and get it. Itâ€™s just a fun event.â€?
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GEISINGER CAREWORKS officially opened its doors on May 3. The walk-in clinic is located on Buckaroo Lane, right next to Weis Market. Careworks, from page 1 built on keeping care in the community so people have a place to go close to home, seven days a week. Weâ€™ll have care in the evenings, care on the weekends. They wonâ€™t have to go to the emergency room, so we can reduce costs. The employers canâ€™t afford it and the patients canâ€™t afford it.â€? The facility is the first of its kind in Bellefonte. And just because it has the Geisinger name doesnâ€™t mean that patients have to be a part of the Geisinger health plan to make use of the facility. â€œWe bill all insurance. We take Medicare, Medicaid, all insurances. We offer a cash discount for people who donâ€™t have insurance,â€? Nungesser said. â€œWeâ€™ve developed the lowest-cost model in all of Pennsylvania so everyone has access to care.â€? Although the facility wonâ€™t be able to do certain things, such as X-rays or casts, the physicians at Careworks can get the ball rolling on those sorts of treatments. â€œAll of the results from their visit will get sent to their primary care doctor. This is designed not to be a medical home, but to be an extension of their medical home when they canâ€™t get in to see their doctor,â€? Nungesser explained. The idea behind Careworks, according to Nungesser, is to eliminate unnecessary trips to the ER. â€œThis will be about a 10th as expensive as an emergency room visit,â€? Nungesser said. â€œPrimary care co-pays are inexpensive. People can come here for about $20.â€? As for the location, Nungesser couldnâ€™t be happier. He said that having Weis right next door will be extremely convenient for patients. â€œItâ€™s huge. About two-thirds of the people who come to a facility like this come because they have a need for a prescription. Not having a place to get your prescription filled is a problem. We wanted to design it around one-stop
shopping and convenience,â€? he said. â€œWe can e-prescribe it over to the (Weis) pharmacy. They can get in and out of here in about 20 minutes. This whole thing is designed to get patients back into their personal lives as soon as possible.â€? A Careworks is slated to open in State College in June. â€œWeâ€™re going to have 26 Careworks by fall throughout the Geisinger service area,â€? Nungesser said. Geisinger Careworks is open seven days a week. The clinic is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and select holidays. For more information, visit www.careworkshealth.com, stop by at 174 Buckaroo Lane in Bellefonte or call (814) 353-1030.
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