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Winning ways The Penns Valley High School boys’ basketball team notched its 17th consecutive winning season with a 47-23 win over Bellefonte on the hardwood./Page 18
February 14-20, 2013
Volume 5, Issue 7
Children’s Advocacy Center to open New centralized space in Bellefonte will aid child victims of abuse By MARJORIE S. MILLER firstname.lastname@example.org
BELLEFONTE — A multifaceted, central location focused on healing child victims of physical and sexual abuse is slated open in Bellefonte later this year with the support of area advocates, medical and forensic professionals, and law enforcement. The new Children’s Advocacy Center, which will be housed at Mount Nittany Health’s Medical Park Lane location, plans to pro-
vide a centralized location for all of the services needed in a child abuse case, including medical care and evaluations, and interviews. “The goal of the children’s advocacy center is to be child-focused,” Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in a press release issued by Mount Nittany Health, which is funding the center. “That means one interview, one place, one time for children who have been abused or witnessed abuse.”
According to the press release, Mount Nittany Health is supporting the facility design and construction, and the training of its medical staff to provide treatment to children of abuse and/or neglect. “I am very pleased with this step forward,” Steve Brown, president and CEO of Mount Nittany Health, said in the release. “It’s our responsibility as the region’s health leader to protect the most vulnerable and improve access to care. A regional child advocacy
center will provide a safe, private place for children, and a centralized resource to bring together the professionals involved in the process of helping the child.” Judge Bradley P. Lunsford, who is helping to head the project with Miller, is chairman of the Centre County Child Protection and Safety Collaborative, which he said was formed the day after Jerry Sandusky’s preliminary hearing. That’s when the idea for the center was born. Lunsford said he wanted to
bring together child advocates in the community, so he started making phone calls. He reached out to the Youth Services Bureau and child psychologists. Soon after, the YMCA and area school districts jumped on board, he said. “From that point on it just grew and grew,” he said. “We thought it would be an ideal fit for Centre County.” Current plans are for the cen-
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Families enjoy YMCA’s Valentine’s Day Dance By CHRIS MORELLI email@example.com
IN THE LONG RUN: The Hope Express runners will make the 135-mile trek from Hershey to State College for the start of THON on Thursday at the Bryce Jordan Center.
THON takes Express route By BRITTANY SVOBODA firstname.lastname@example.org
UNIVERSITY PARK — Mail call is an event incorporated into the 46-hour dance marathon, or THON, and provides letters, photos and inspirational sayings to more than 700 students chosen as dancers for THON weekend. Mail comes from those close to the dancers, but sometimes from the patients and their families who benefit from THON and the Four Diamonds Fund. Each year, the Hope Express runners carry 20 to 30 letters written by pe-
diatric cancer patients and their parents for the dancers at THON, said Hank Angus, cofounder of the Hope Express. To raise awareness for and to support THON and the Four Diamonds Fund, Angus, along with his wife Connie, created the Hope Express in 2007, a 135-mile run to the Bryce Jordan Center in the 24 hours before the start of THON weekend. “You get so much help in a lot of different ways,” Angus said of the Four Diamonds Fund. He also said it really means a lot to the families, like his, that receive
BELLEFONTE — As Psy’s megahit “Gangnam Style” blared from the loudspeakers at the Bellefonte YMCA, families danced around the gymnasium hoping to land on a winning mystery spot, which was located somewhere along the rubberized gym floor. When the music stopped, one lucky couple would be in the pre-determined area that would give them a sweet treat — a cupcake loaded with plenty of frosting and some candy hearts. Saturday’s YMCA Valentine’s Day Dance was different than previous years, though. The dance had been limited to fathers and daughters. This year, the YMCA opened it to anyone who wanted to come. “We had tried a mother-son dance, but didn’t get much of a response,” said Liz Toukonen, executive director of the Bellefonte branch of the YMCA. “This year, we opened it up to everyone. I think everyone who came out had a lot of fun.” In addition to dancing, there were crafts, snacks and punch. Attendees received a carnation and had a photo taken. “It was a great event for families. Every family is different, which is why we did this. We didn’t want to exclude anyone,” Toukonen explained. Jason Long, of Bellefonte, brought his
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FROM THE HEART: Parents and children make crafts during the annual YMCA Valentine’s Day Dance. daughters, Abagail, 9, and Lauren, 7, to the dance. “It’s really nice taking the girls out for the afternoon. It’s just a great activity,” Long said. “They got to see a lot of their friends they hadn’t seen in awhile. They had a blast.” The Valentine’s Day Dance in Bellefonte
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Line dance effort goes global By SAMI HULINGS email@example.com
UNIVERSITY PARK — For the first time in the Penn State Dance Marathon’s 41-year history, pediatric cancer awareness supporters across the world can participate in the weekend celebration through “Dance With Us,” a globally coordinated line dance.
At 6:45 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, Penn State students, alumni and pediatric cancer fighters across the world can take part in “Dance With Us” by tuning into THON 2013 via Live Stream video on THON’s Facebook page. “We wanted to find a way for those who can’t be in the Bryce Jordan Center
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THON: If You Go WHO: Penn State students, alumni and Four Diamonds Fund families WHAT: Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15- 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 WHERE: Bryce Jordan Center WHY: THON is a yearlong effort to raise funding and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. HOW TO DONATE: Visit www.thon.org to donate electronically MORE INFO: Since its start in 1977, THON has raised more than $89 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Opinion .............................. 7 Health & Wellness ......... 8, 9
Education .................. 10, 11 Community ................ 12-15
HAVING HER SAY: Sue Paterno, right, talks with Katie Couric during the television show “Katie,” which aired Monday on numerous stations nationwide. Paterno talked publicly for the first time about the child sex abuse scandal that rocked Penn State, the conviction of Jerry Sandusky and the death of her husband, former football coach Joe Paterno. See story, page 6.
Centre Spread ............ 16, 17 Sports ......................... 18-22
Arts & Entertainment 23, 24 What’s Happening .... 25, 26
Group Meetings .............. 27 Puzzles ............................. 28
Business ..................... 29, 30 Classified ......................... 31
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Front and Centre LIVING HISTORY: Juniors at State College Area High School experienced what it was like to live during the Great Depression last week when they spent time in “Hooverville.” Page 10
SECRETS REVEALED: Chris Powell of “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” spoke at Penn State last week. Hear what he had to say about the show’s success. Page 15
SPECIAL ATHLETES: The Penn State women’s basketball team played host to a clinic for athletes in the Special Olympics. Page 12
FOR THE KIDS: Former Centre County Gazette intern and THON correspondent Kelsey Thompson explains why THON is special and what it means to her. Page 17
CORRECTION POLICY The Centre County Gazette corrects errors as soon as they are brought to our attention. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to report a correction.
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FEBRUARY 14-20, 2013 Advocacy Center , from page 1 ter to open in about six months, Lunsford said, and right now the board is searching for an executive director and working on getting plans approved by Spring Township. Staff would include, in addition to an executive director, an administrative assistant, a full-time victim advocate, and eventually maybe full-time forensic interviewers, he said. Additionally, Mount Nittany Physician Group pediatrician Dr. Craig Collison, as well as other Mount Nittany Health doctors, will also be on staff, Lunsford said. “They will be doing the medical evaluations when needed,” he said. Lunsford said it’s important for the community to understand that the center will be multifaceted. While its goals are to help victims heal and effectively prosecute child abusers, it will also be a facility to house resources, host programs and group therapy, and act as a heart that connects those harmed by abuse to professionals and the assistance and tools they need. “(It’s a) hub for child advocacy,” Lunsford said, “which this community really, really needs. Hopefully (this will be) a focal point for us to heal.” Collison, who serves on the board for the Children’s Advocacy Center, said the center will be geared toward the comfort of the child. It is meant to be different, and more easing, than an emergency room or police station, where child abuse victims typically go in these cases. “(It will) portray a very safe and childfriendly place,” Collison said. While the board does expect the center to operate on a full-time base once it opens, the amount of cases will vary, Collison said. But, even if there isn’t a child being evaluated at the center at any one given time, it will still be used for work, training and a variety of other purposes, he said.
THE CENTRE COUNTY GAZETTE “It’s not for emergencies,” Collison stressed. The center has received an “outpouring of support” and “positive feelings” from the community, Collison said. “We’re in a good position as far as that goes,” he said. Collison said having one location is “really crucial for the child,” in that all involved professionals are in one place. This helps enable “parts of the puzzle (to come) together.” “That way it’s a real team approach from the care standpoint as well,” Collison said. The center is seeking accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance, which has provided the model for the Children’s Advocacy Center, Collison said. There are a variety of these centers across the country, but none in central Pennsylvania, Collison said. The closest ones may be in Danville or Harrisburg, and there are some in the Pittsburgh, Scranton and Philadelphia areas. However, there are none in Centre County, and there wasn’t a real push to open one locally until the Sandusky scandal broke, he said. “Both ends of the state are covered but the middle is wide open,” Collison said. Though the center primarily will serve Centre County, the board would like to keep options open when it comes to extending assistance. “We’re very open to expanding to become a regional center,” Collison said. “That is our hope.” To date, board members for the Children’s Advocacy Center include: Collison; Dr. Patricia Best, retired superintendent of the State College Area School District; and Kim Neely, director of The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center. Additionally, Mount Nittany Health pediatricians Drs. Rachel Schwab and Kristie Kaufman will receive specialized training to work at the center, according to the press release. For more information visit mountnittany.org.
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Runners, from page 1 aid from the Four Diamonds Fund, especially since the families do not usually have the resources to give anything back. Angus, who said he’s always been an avid runner, turned to the sport to ease the pressure he felt from his son’s treatment. Running, he said, eventually became an essential part of the foundation for Hope Express. “People do different things,” he said. “That’s what I’ve always done.” Angus said the process, however, was not easy to get going. Originally, Angus and his wife wanted to structure the run around the Olympic torch carry, but realized there was no practical way runners could carry a 15-pound object for three mile stretches. “Connie came up with the letters idea,” Angus said. “It is heartfelt appreciation for what the dancers do.” After working out initial kinks and making sure there were no legal issues, Angus was ready to map a route. Having been told the run couldn’t interfere with any major interstate highway, he mapped the 135mile route, which takes runners over three mountains. He said it took him about three months to plan this. Next, Angus said, he needed to find runners. This ended up being the hardest part of organizing Hope Express, he said. For the first year, he said, he barely scraped a team together. After initially contacting the Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group at Penn State in search of RV’s for the run, Angus realized this is where he could find runners. This is where he’s found most of his runners in the years since beginning the Hope Express, he said. Even a blizzard, Angus said, proved unable to halt Hope Express in its first year. “It’s a miracle we even ran,” he said. But every runner who signed up, he said, promised they were absolutely going to participate, even though it was only 6 degrees. The threat of inclement weather comes with this time of year in Pennsylvania, but runners Amanda Kohler and Alex Toner said it’s all about preparation. “It is really important to be prepared for
any kind of weather conditions,” Kohler said. “So if it is snowing, sleeting or just really cold, I make sure I run outside instead of trying to stay in.” Further preparation, Kohler said, comes from predicting obstacles. “The route is extremely hilly, and includes several very difficult mountains,” she said, “so I am always looking for hilly, steep routes to help train my muscles for those potential difficulties.” Both runners said each participant is expected to be in half-marathon shape, running about 20 miles each week. The route includes three mountains, they said, which can be difficult for beginning runners. Toner said Hank provided each runner with a tentative training schedule that they can vary based on their personal skill levels. “(Training is) a challenge, but you don’t need any certain skill level,” Toner said. Not everyone who runs in the Hope Express, however, is a runner when they begin training. Jenn Schweighauser, marketing captain for the Hope Express in Centre, Huntingdon and Mifflin/Juanita counties, said you couldn’t have paid her to run a mile before she applied to run for the Hope Express in 2012. The Angus’ were Schweighauser’s THON family while she was involved with the organization at Penn State. Last year Schweighauser said wanted to do something for Gale, who celebrated five years of remission in November, so she learned how to run. After participating in the run, Schweighauser wanted to continue to stay involved in the Hope Express. “I figured I could do some marketing on my end,” she said. Now, the Hope Express’s publicity is increasing, which means its fundraising is going up too. “Last year we raised $72,000 and this year we’re aiming for $100,000,” she said. Schweighauser also said she would love to see people welcoming runners as they make their way to the Bryce Jordan Center Friday evening. The runners, she said, will be arriving at the Bryce Jordan Center around 5:30 p.m. on Friday.
Like Schweighauser, Kohler and Toner were both involved with THON during their time at Penn State, a requirement to be able to participate in the Hope Express. “I attended THON 2006 due to pure curiosity and fell in love with it,” she said. Kohler, who said she was involved with THON from 2005 to 2009, learned about Hope Express through Schweighauser. “Once I read more about what the Hope Express does and what its mission is, I was hooked and I needed to get involved,” she said. “I couldn’t think of a more amazing opportunity to get directly involved with THON and Four Diamonds again as an alumni.” Toner said he heard about Hope Express while participating in canning weekends, but got involved through Penn State’s Red Cross club, which he was a part of as a sophomore and junior. Now in its seventh year, Hope Express is gaining more support and nation-wide recognition. “The amazing thing about Hope Express is how it connects the students at THON with the children and families at Hershey Medical Center,” Kohler said, “and that it gives THON alumni and Four Diamonds families a chance to make a difference.” Toner said this experience has been “a really fun, great way to get back into THON and a unique way to make friends.” Both runners also said this experience is a medium to raise not only awareness about THON and the Four Diamonds fund, but also capital for the two organizations. “The money that Hope Express raises goes to the Four Diamonds Fund, the same fund that THON raises money for,” Kohler said, “so it is a cooperating partnership in-
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A RUNNER IS encouraged during last year’s Hope Express, a 135-mile trek from Hershey to State College. stead of a separate charity or event.” According to Kohler, the event grows more each year. “(The Hope Express) gets a little bigger each year. It is an exciting way to raise funds and awareness,” he said. Toner also said the organization shows “heart, determination and passion” for what THON does each year. The Hope Express runners will set off for the Bryce Jordan Center Thursday from the Hershey Medical Center and arrive in State College Friday afternoon. Follow the runners on Twitter as they make their 135 mile journey @HopeExpress.
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PENN STATE’S THON will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center this weekend. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the nation. Line Dance, from page 1 THON weekend to feel the energy and atmosphere of the building,” THON Overall Public Relations Chairperson Cat Powers said. The history of THON dates to 1973. It was first organized in that year by a group of students looking to add excitement to a dreary February in central Pennsylvania and for a way to give back to the community. Today, Penn State’s THON continues to be the longest dance marathon in the country lasting 46 hours. THON has grown to engage more than 15,000 students each year and has inspired other university, high school, middle school and elementary school students across the nation to start dance marathons of their own all in the hopes of conquering pediatric cancer. As the line dance is one of the most popular elements of THON Weekend, Powers said streaming live video worldwide of a dance would bring all those supporting pediatric cancer patients together. “This was the best way to use a key component of THON Weekend so the whole world can take part in the fight against pediatric cancer,” she said. “This program is designed so that anywhere in the world, people can participate in such an important weekend to Penn Staters.” In a press release, Overall Chairperson for THON, Will Martin, said it is anticipated that “Dance With Us” will inspire line dances and THON viewing parties across the globe. “This will allow Penn State fans and pediatric cancer fighters to feel like they are in the Bryce Jordan Center from any loca-
tion,” he said. To make sure all those across the world can feel involved in THON 2013, Overall Morale Chairperson Melanie Sessa created a unique 30-second line dance just for “Dance With Us.” Simple moves and lyrics make the dance easy for all to follow. “The lyrics are centered around pediatric cancer, the Four Diamonds Fund and THON itself,” Powers said. “The line dance ends with everyone holding up a diamond to symbolize the Four Diamonds Fund, THON’s sole beneficiary.” Because of this, Powers believes the “Dance With Us” program will help to further spread awareness of THON’s cause. “We are focused on finding the cure for pediatric cancer and we hope “Dance With Us” sparks passion in all of those who are looking to fight for those with pediatric cancer,” she said. “I am hoping that there will be more awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer and more support for those brave children and families.” Powers also believes the “Dance with Us” program will provide those pediatric cancer patients who are too ill to attend THON 2013 with happiness and encouragement, as it is one of the many goals of THON. “Hopefully, ‘Dance With Us’ allows those children to forget that they are sick and remember what it feels like to be at THON Weekend and have than 15,000 students standing in support of them and their families,” she said. To have your dance moves featured during “Dance With Us,” submit a video to THON’s Facebook page or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about THON 2013, visit thon.org.
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PASA holds its 22nd annual conference at Penn Stater By HARRY ZIMBLER For The Gazette
UNIVERSITY PARK — More than 2,000 farmers, educators, and food industry professionals gathered for the 22nd annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). The event was held at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, Feb. 6 through 9. PASA is headquartered in Millheim, Centre County, but has members throughout the commonwealth and its influence is international in scope. In addition to those attending the three-day workshops, some 90 food-related companies exhibited their products and services. The four-day event had its official kickoff on Feb. 8, including a keynote address delivered by internationally renowned author, speaker and philosopher Charles Eisenstein, whose brother John is a Centre County organic farmer. PASA Board Chair Jennifer Halpin introduced the conference’s theme of “Start Fresh, Start Local, Start Now,” with an address that captured the essence of farming. “A farm is a perfect living laboratory that requires constant work,” she said. “It is arduous, relentless work. It can provide a refuge from an overly wired world. PASA is the glue that holds us all together….We are part of an incredible movement.” Each year PASA explores the future of farming. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the production of food and fiber in Pennsylvania is a $67 billion dollar industry represented by 130 different organizations. PASA is one of the fastest growing groups
in membership and influence. Mike Peckerd, representing the Department of Agriculture, expressed his gratitude to the PASA membership. “We appreciate all you do to get the next generation of farmers ready for agriculture,” he said. “It is our top priority to grow our relationships with you and to support local farmers. PASA is very engaged at the federal level. And direct farm to consumer sales are one of the fastest growing segments of Pennsylvania’s agriculture.” Peckerd announced that there will be $35 million in Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget for farm preservation, the biggest increase in years. In explaining the challenges facing PASA and sustainable farming, PASA executive director Brian Snyder explained that sustainable farming can look to Gandhi for its current path, “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.” “We are winning, in a sense,” he said. “PASA farmers are now considered leaders. But few legislators have a farm background or farm knowledge. We live in a time of tremendous opportunity and heightened need. We need a sense of urgency and leadership. The world cannot be saved without the involvement of farmers.” Charles Eisenstein’s keynote address focused on the ways that sustainable agriculture can lead to a new understanding of our economy and ways that each individual farmer can contribute to a new way of viewing civilization. “Money is just something we created,” said Eisenstein. “It is supposed to be a reward for contributing to society. But money isn’t working the way it is supposed to. You can’t see people
restoring an aquifer, for example. But if you deplete an aquifer, or poison the soil, you don’t have a cost. Economic issues should mean we reward the good and make you pay for harm.” Eisenstein said that farmers are major contributors to the sense of community that is lacking in so many other areas of society. “Why isn’t there community any more? Is it because we meet all of our needs with money? I don’t need you if I can pay people to do what I need. Farmers need one another. We are all in the same boat.” He was making the case for what he called a “giftbased” society, with each individual offering his gifts to others.
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Valentine’s dance, from page 1 was just one of three the Centre County YMCAs would host over the weekend. On Sunday, the State College and Moshannon Valley YMCAs held their dances. As usual, the response to the Valentine’s Day dance was good. There were close to 100 in attendance on Saturday. The event was open to anyone, not just members of the YMCA. The timing of the dance was perfect. This winter has hit especially hard, so the dance gave families a chance to get out and enjoy a lively afternoon. For those who aren’t members at the YMCA, the dance gave them the opportunity to check out the facilities — from the gymnasium to meeting rooms and everything in between. “We really want to meet the needs of our community. We have so much to offer. We like to think we have something for everyone, whether it be a Valentine’s Day Dance, swimming lessons, karate lessons or exercise classes,” Toukonen said. Long has been a member of the YMCA for several years, he said. “We use it all the time,” he said of the facilities. “We do swim lessons … we even had a birthday party here.” Long knows that as his daughters get older, he
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PARENTS AND children danced the afternoon away at the annual YMCA Valentine’s Day Dance. probably won’t get to go to many more of these dances. As he watched them running around the gym, he savored the afternoon. “It was great seeing them having so much fun with their friends,” Long said. “I was talking with a friend and we said they spent so much time away from us, it felt like a high school dance.”
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Paternos challenge Freeh report on scandal at PSU quoted as saying in the family’s analysis, posted on the website paterno.com. Months in the making, the report was billed as an independent analysis of the work by Freeh, who defended his report Sunday. “I stand by our conclusion that four of the most powerful people at Penn State failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade,” he said in a statement issued through a spokesman. The family’s report concluded that observations related to Paterno in the Freeh report was unfounded, and were a disservice to Paterno, the university community and Sandusky’s victims “and the critical mission of educating the public on the dangers of child sexual victimization.” The central claim that Paterno “was engaged in a conspiracy ... there’s simply no basis anywhere in the report for that finding. That in my view renders the whole report of very little value,” Thornburgh said in an interview with The Associated Press. “There’s simply nothing in this record, in the Freeh report, that indicates he was involved in any way.” Freeh’s findings also implicated former administrators in university president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and retired vice president Gary Schultz. Less than two weeks after the Freeh report was released in July, the NCAA acted with uncharacteristic speed in levying massive sanctions against the football program for
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STATE COLLEGE — Joe Paterno’s family released its response to Penn State’s report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal Sunday, attacking Louis Freeh’s conclusion that the coach hid sex abuse allegations against his longtime assistant.0 In a report commissioned by the family, former U.S. Attorney General and Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh said the investigation by former FBI director Freeh resulted in a “rush to injustice.” That report, authorized by the university, found that Paterno DICK and three former adTHORNBURGH ministrators covered up child sexual abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Those findings last July were unsupported by the facts, said the family critique released. “The lack of factual report for the ... inaccurate and unfounded findings related to Mr. Paterno, and its numerous processoriented deficiencies, was a rush to injustice and calls into question the credibility of the entire Report,” Thornburgh was
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the scandal. “Taking into account the available witness statements and evidence, it is more reasonable to conclude that, in order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at Penn State University — Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley — repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse,” Freeh wrote in releasing the report. The former administrators have vehemently denied the allegations. So, too, has Paterno’s family, though a detailed counter-offensive began in earnest this weekend. The family’s findings said that Paterno never asked or told anyone not to investigate or report an allegation made against Sandusky 12 years ago, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2001. Paterno also never asked or told anyone not to discuss or hide information reported by graduate assistant Mike McQueary about the 2001 allegation, the critique said, and followed university protocol in reporting information to superiors and left it to them to “to investiWICK SOLLERS gate and report as appropriate.” Thornburgh said he found the report at points to be inaccurate, speculative and fundamentally flawed about the role — if any — played by Paterno. Appearing on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” program Sunday, Paterno family attorney Wick Sollers said it was too early to talk about legal action, though they were “evaluating all the legal options at this stage of the game.” Paterno’s widow, Sue Paterno wrote in a letter Friday to former players that she sought a “full record of what happened.” The treatment of Paterno — fired over a late-night telephone call — as well as the handling of the Freeh report and the resulting NCAA sanctions by university leadership remain sensitive topics with some unhappy groups of alumni, ex-players and community residents. Penn State said Sunday that Freeh was brought in to conduct an independent investigation of the school’s response to the allegations, and not actions of entities unrelated to Penn State. Freeh offered 119 recommendations to strengthen governance and compliance, the majority of which have been implemented, the school said. “It is understandable and appreciated that people will draw their own conclusions and opinions from the facts uncovered in the Freeh report,” the school said. Freeh, in his report, said his team conducted 430 interviews and analyzed over 3.5 million emails and documents. The former federal judge said evidence showed Paterno was involved in an “active agreement to conceal” and his report cited email exchanges, which referenced Paterno, between administrators about allegations against Sandusky in 1998 and 2001. According to Thornburgh’s findings, Freeh’s report relied primarily on about 30 documents, including three notes authored by Paterno, and 17 emails. Four emails referenced Paterno — none sent by the octogenarian coach who notoriously shunned modern electronic technology. Sandusky, 69, was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in October after being convicted last summer of 45 criminal counts. Prosecutors said assaults occurred off and on campus, including the football building. His arrest in November 2011 triggered the turmoil that led to Paterno’s firing days later. Under pressure, Spanier left as president the same day. Curley was placed on administrative leave, while Schultz retired. Spanier, Curley and Schultz are awaiting trial on obstruction and conspiracy, among other charges. They have maintained their innocence. Critics have said that Freeh’s team didn’t speak with key figures including
Curley, Schultz and Paterno, who died in January 2012 at age 85. Spanier spoke to Freeh six days before the report was released July 12. Freeh said he respected the family’s right to conduct a campaign to “shape the legacy of Joe Paterno,” but called the critique self-serving. Paterno’s attorney was contacted for an interview with the coach, he said, and Paterno spoke with a reporter and biographer before his death but not Freeh’s team. Paterno’s attorney did provide documents. Curley and Schultz declined numerous requests for interviews, Freeh said. They have been facing criminal charges since November 2011. Freeh on Sunday cited grand jury testimony by Paterno in 2011 in which Paterno said McQueary relayed to him the 2001 allegation against Sandusky of a “sexual nature” with a child. He referred to a key point in the July report in which he said the administrators drew up a plan that called for reporting Sandusky to state public welfare officials in 2001. Curley later write in an email that he changed his mind “after giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe,” according to Freeh’s findings. Said Freeh on Sunday: “These men exhibited a striking lack of empathy for Sandusky’s victims by failing to inquire as to their safety and well-being, especially by not even attempting to determine the identity of the child” in the 2001 allegation. The Paterno family report said Freeh chose not to present alternative and “more plausible” conclusions about Paterno’s actions. Their attorney, Wick Sollers, responded Sunday that Freeh didn’t take the time to read the family’s critique, or address accusations of procedural shortcomings. Sollers said he met with Freeh’s team and pledged full cooperation. Joe Paterno’s cancer diagnosis prevented he coach from being interviewed, but son and former assistant coach Jay Paterno spoke with Freeh’s group. “A failure to consider the facts carefulJIM CLEMENTE ly is exactly the problem our expert analysis highlights,” Sollers said. “Everyone, including Mr. Freeh, should take the time to study this report.” Besides Thornburgh, Sollers also brought in former FBI profiler and special agent Jim Clemente, described as a child molestation and behavioral expert; and Dr. Fred Berlin, a psychologist from Johns Hopkins Hospital whose profile lists him as the founder of the institution’s Sexual Disorders Clinic. The analysis included information from lawyers for the former school administrators. Freeh’s report ignored decades of research and behavioral analysis over how to understand and investigate child victimization cases, the critique said, and expert analysis showed Sandusky “fooled qualified child welfare professionals and law enforcement, as well as laymen inexperienced and untrained in child sexual victimization like Joe Paterno.” According to the family review, Paterno’s last written words before his death focused on Sandusky’s victims. “Good side of scandal - it has brought about more enlightenment of a situation (sexual abuse of young people) in the country,” the Paterno family report said. The NCAA improperly relied on the report and never identified a rules infraction based on Sandusky’s crime, let alone NCAA jurisdiction over ensuring competitive balance, the family analysis said. An NCAA spokeswoman said the organization stood by its previous statements and declined comment Sunday. A four-year bowl ban and steep scholarship cuts were included among the sanctions, while 111 wins between 1998 and 2011 under Paterno were vacated. It meant Paterno no longer holds the record for most wins by a major college coach.
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N. Korea defiant in nuclear testing By Scripps Howard News Service If there was any hope that new leadership in Pyongyang presaged an end to North Korea’s indifference to the welfare of its people and world opinion, it ended with a seismic thud Tuesday, when that nation conducted its third underground nuclear test. The test was the first under new ruler Kim Jong Un, who, despite a smattering of Western education, seems more and more in the belligerent and hermetic mold of his father and grandfather, the Kim family being the only rulers North Korea has ever known. President Barack Obama said the test would only increase North Korea’s isolation and impoverishment. The U.N. Security Council convened an emergency session to denounce the test as “a clear threat to international peace and security” and made a vague pledge of further action against the regime. There was once a U.S. advertising slogan, “What do you get the man who has everything?” North Korea poses the reverse of that question: “What to you do to the nation that has virtually nothing?” The regime is unfazed by the regular episodes of mass starvation that afflict its people. It seems intent only on developing nuclear weapons and the rockets to deliver them, a program that has been a mixed success at best. If Kim’s regime has one weakness, it’s that it can’t stand to be ignored. Late last year, perhaps thinking the United States was far too preoccupied with the Mideast and North Africa, it made a series of direct threats to “target” the U.S. That might have been alarming if North Korea had been remotely capable of carrying them out. But it would be a mistake to underestimate the country’s determination to have a credible nuclear threat. At one time, North Korea could blackmail the developed nations to provide food and fuel in return for promises — ultimately empty — that it would mothball its nuclearweapons program. China is Pyongyang’s closest ally, or at least the nation least hostile to it. Here again, North Korea’s poverty is one of its best defenses. Beijing fears — correctly, no doubt — that any turmoil, like regime change, would send hundreds of thousands of desperate refugees flooding across the Chinese border. China specifically warned North Korea not to conduct the test. China’s state-run Global Times newspaper said North Korea must “pay a heavy price” if it did. China should proceed quickly and decisively to exact that price.
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County addressing child abuse Dear Editor: As representatives of organizations working with victims of child sexual abuse and engaged in prevention efforts for many years in Centre County, we were pleased with the support of such programs in the recently released Paterno family response to the Freeh report. We are concerned, however, with the impression created by Mr. Clemente that a new national organization is needed to address the needs of victims of child sexual abuse and create new prevention programs. We realize that child sexual abuse is an issue that few people think about until they are impacted by a crisis, and thus knowledge of existing resources may be limited. It is important, however, that the community know how we have responded and what work is being done to meet the needs of victims and to prevent child sexual abuse. Within weeks after Jerry Sandusky’s arrest, representatives from the Centre County Women’s Resource Center (CCWRC), the Centre County Youth Services Bureau (YSB), the YMCA of Centre County and the Centre County United Way met to discuss what the community needed and how we might provide it. These collaborative partners designed and received a two-year non-renewable grant to fund a comprehensive Child Abuse Prevention Project, which launched in the spring of 2012. The centerpiece of the Project is the nationally recognized “Stewards of Children” training, which informs and mobilizes adults to act to prevent child sexual abuse. To date, over 1,500 Centre Countians have participated in the “Stewards of Children” training. Other components of the project include enhanced risk reduction programs for children and training for mandated reporters and a public awareness campaign. At the same time, a wider group of concerned Centre Countians, under the leadership of Judge Brad Lunsford, began work toward the establishment of a Child Advocacy Center. The “one-stop-shop” approach used by an Advocacy Center will both minimize the negative impact on victims of a child abuse investigation while assuring that system professionals are working together toward supporting the victims and holding perpetrators accountable. Other on-going initiatives include a series of support groups for adult victims of child sexual abuse established by the CCWRC with a small grant from RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). Single gender groups are available for men and women and a mixed gender group is
available for significant others, adults in supportive relationships with those who were victimized as children. Early in 2012, Penn State established a partnership with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), linking university resources and those of rape crisis centers across the commonwealth to enhance services and prevention work. And last October Penn State hosted a national conference on child sexual abuse, which brought together researchers and service providers to think and work together to address child sexual abuse at the local, state and national level. The reality is that local, state and national organizations have been working to address the issue of child sexual abuse in our community and in communities across the nation for many years. Here in Centre County, those of us who work in the fields of sexual abuse and with at-risk children responded creatively and collaboratively within days of the revelations of the scandal, building on our years of working together, to create a safer place for our children. The sad fact remains, however, that such efforts continue to be under-resourced and our best efforts are too often initiated with small, one-time grants. What is needed in Centre County for victims of child sexual abuse – for our children and the adults they will become – is a consistent and reliable source of funding for services for victims and for the prevention work that will eliminate child sexual abuse in our community. This is where our efforts and energies should be focused. We encourage anyone who is interested in either services for victims or in becoming involved in prevention efforts to contact the CCWRC, the YSB, the YMCA or the United Way to find out more, to support these critical initiatives, and to join us in making Centre County a safer place for our children and for us all. Editor’s note: This letter was signed by the following: Anne K. Ard, executive director Centre County Women’s Resource Center Andrea Boyles, CEO Centre County Youth Service Bureau Howard Long, president/CEO YMCA of Centre County Tammy Gentzel, executive director Centre County United Way
Benedict, JFK debate at crossroads Suddenly, the surprise resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has forced the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to confront the reality of a great debate that is on many minds but few lips about their religion’s role in making public policy. This debate centers not on just how Catholics will rule themselves but how the world sees potential political leaders who are Catholic. It begins with a fundamental question that used to be asked in America by bigots. Until it was courageously answered in 1960 — for all time, we thought — by a young Catholic running for president. Question: Can Americans vote for a Catholic for president and be assured that their president will decide public policy based on principles of U.S. law and the U.S. Constitution — and not directives from the pope? But at the start of the 21st century, that old question was raised anew, not by the worst of bigots but by the truest of believers: the church itself. It has been heard before and is debated here today by two famous Catholics. Debating for the affirmative: the late John F. Kennedy. His words today are from his September 1960 presidential campaign appearance before the Houston Ministerial Association. His assurances that day eased many concerns and he was narrowly elected as America’s first, and so far only, Catholic president. Debating for the negative: Benedict. His words today are from his June 2004 letter, written when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, D.C. John Kerry, a
Catholic, was running for president; abortion was a public issue. The cardinal outlined how the Catholic Church would treat politicians who didn’t conform to church dictates. Let the debate begin. KENNEDY: “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute — where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote. ...” BENEDICT: “The church teaches that abortion or euthanasia is a grave sin. ... In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to ‘take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law or vote for it.’” KENNEDY: “I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish — where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source — where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials. ...” BENEDICT: “Christians have a ‘grave obligation of conscience not to cooperate formally in practices which, even if permitted by civil legislation, are contrary to God’s law. ... This cooperation can never be justified either by invoking respect for the freedom of others or by appealing to the fact that civil law permits it or requires it.’” KENNEDY: “I ask you tonight ... to judge me on the basis of my record of 14 years in Congress ... instead of
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judging me on the basis of these pamphlets and publications we all have seen that carefully select quotations out of context from the statements of Catholic church leaders, usually in other countries, frequently in other centuries. ...” BENEDICT: “Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, when a person’s formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his pastor should meet with him ... informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.” KENNEDY: “Whatever issue may come before me as president — on birth control, divorce, censorship, gambling or any other subject — I will make my decision in accordance with these views, in accordance with what my conscience tells me to be the national interest, and without regard to outside religious pressures or dictates. And no power or threat of punishment could cause me to decide otherwise.” In 2004, Kerry’s bid to become the second Catholic president fell short because he lost Ohio. And he lost Ohio because, opposed by the Catholic Church, he lost Ohio’s Catholic vote. Now, as the Roman Catholic Church’s cardinals prepare to select the next pope, world Catholics must weigh which debater’s vision should guide the decision that will shape their religion’s future influence on global governance.
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HEALTH & WELLNESS CVIM and area dentists will ‘Give Kids a Smile’ From Gazette staff reports STATE COLLEGE — Centre Volunteers in Medicine is partnering with Pediatric Dental Care, Nittany Eye Associates, Albrecht Audiology, Colgate, Henry-Schein Dental, Vision Benefits of America and local volunteers to provide comprehensive dental and vision care to any child 3 to 18 years of age residing in Centre County who is without dental or vision insurance. CVIM’s annual Give Kids a Smile and Vision for the Future event is scheduled for March 8. Sponsored by Centre County Drug and Alcohol Commission, CVIM has the capacity to care for 100 children during this one-day event. Parents or care providers will need to register their children in advance by calling CVIM at (814) 231-4043. The registration deadline is Feb. 27. All services will be free of charge. Proof of income will be required to confirm eligibility. All appointments the day of the event will be held at Pediatric Dental Care, 1019 Ghaner Road, Suite A, Port Matilda, PA 16870.
CENTRE VOLUNTEERS in Medicine will provide free dental check ups for children in Centre County.
From Gazette staff reports LEWISTOWN — The American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for quality diabetes selfmanagement education program was recently awarded to Lewistown Hospital’s Diabetes Program. ADA believes that this program offers high-quality education that is essential component of effective diabetes treatment and meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Programs apply for recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. Submitted photo For more information, visit www.lewistownhospital.org/ JULIE FISHER, left, and Pat Wolf are diabetes educators diabetes. at the Diabetes Resource Center at Lewistown Hospital.
Lewistown Hospital holds spring cancer survivorship program LEWISTOWN — Lewistown Hospital is will offer a “Living Well” program for cancer survivors. The classes will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on March 6, 13, 20, and 27 at Lewistown Hospital’s Community Cancer Treatment Center. Classes are free and registration is required by calling (717) 242-7297 by March 1. The Living Well Program allows cancer survivors to ask questions and address
areas of concern. It also teaches participants how to live a healthy lifestyle and make necessary lifestyle modifications. The program focuses on health and wellness; treatment and management; resources and follow up care; and includes a treatment plan and summary as well as support group information. Classes are conducted by Melissa Knepp, Nurse Navigator; Isabelle Felmlee, Radiation Oncology; Jane Westover, Radiation Oncology; and Terry McMinn, cancer care coordinator.
Red Cross blood drives scheduled TUESDAY, FEB. 19
■ 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — South Hills School of Business & Technology, 480 Waupelani Road, State College (Appointments Only) ■ 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Red Cross Donor Center, 135 S. Pugh St., State College
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■ 9 a.m.-3 p.m. — PSU/Office of the Physical Plant (OPP), Park Avenue, State College (Appointments Only) ■ 1-7 p.m. — Howard Fire Hall, 14 Walnut St., Howard
The diagnosis of heart failure can be devastating. Why did this happen? What does the future hold? Can I still live a full and active life? These and other questions are dealt with on a regular basis in the Mount Nittany Physician Group Heart Failure Clinic. What better time to bring attention to this program than during the month of February — American Heart Month? First of all, what is heart failure? The word “failure” makes it sound as if the heart has quit working, but that is not so. Heart failure is a chronic, Leanne Czekaj is a progressive condition cardiologist for the in which the heart Mount Nittany muscle is unable to Physician Group. pump enough blood through to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen. Basically, the heart can’t keep up with its workload. It can involve the left or right side of the heart, or both. Common signs or symptoms of heart failure are shortness of breath, persistent cough, swelling of the lower legs or feet or abdomen, unexplained weight gain, or fatigue and weakness with the inability to do your normal activities. The primary diagnostic test is an echocardiogram or heart ultrasound. Conditions that may lead to heart failure include coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, abnormal heart valves, heart muscle disease, and severe lung disease or sleep apnea. These underlying conditions can be challenging to manage, but heart failure can be treated with good
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Heart failure clinic offers help and hope
THURSDAY, FEB. 21
■ Noon-6 p.m. — Oakwood Presbyterian Church, 1865 Waddle Road, State College ■ Noon-6 p.m. — Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 Howard St., Bellefonte ■ 1-7 p.m. — Ferguson Township Lions Club, 424 W. Pine Grove Road, Pine Grove Mills
results. Medications can improve the signs and symptoms of heart failure and help you live longer. Lifestyle changes, such as exercising, reducing the salt in your diet, managing stress, treating depression and sleep apnea, and especially losing weight, can improve your quality of life. This is where the MNPG Heart Failure Clinic comes into play. After the individual is evaluated by one of our cardiologists, treated, and ready for hospital discharge, they are “enrolled” in the clinic and are seen within one week. The visits are with a Physician Assistant (PA) in conjunction with the cardiologist. The visits are centered on symptoms, vital signs, and weight monitoring, medication adjustment, and education. Screening for depression and sleep apnea is done. Smoking cessation and minimizing alcohol intake are discussed. The primary caregiver is encouraged to participate for ongoing support at home and adherence to the program. The visits are weekly to start. The frequency is then decreased as the individual stabilizes and improves. Typically a home health nurse also visits the home between visits to the clinic which helps to reinforce behaviors and also helps with the weight monitoring, blood pressure and heart rate checks. This information is sent through TeleHealth to a documentation site which compares the data with all previous checks and alerts us when there is a significant change. The goal of the clinic is to empower the person to take charge of his or her illness and find ways to remain stable and wellfunctioning. Another main objective is to eliminate the need for a return visit to the hospital. For more information about heart failure and the Mount Nittany Physician Group, visit mountnittany.org.
Here’s a simple guide to heart-healthy eating From Gazette staff reports UNIVERSITY PARK — Eating certain foods can increase your risk for heart disease, and though it is often difficult to change dietary habits, eating “heart healthy” is very important for your longterm health. According to a diet and health study from the National Institutes of Health, there is growing evidence that eating lots of fruits, vegetables, olive oil and fish offer some level of protection from health problems. Dr. Jason Fragin, cardiologist at Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute in State College, offers tips to get started, or simply fine tune, a hearthealthy diet. ■ Control portion sizes — Keep track of the number of servings you eat. Eating until you feel stuffed can lead to eating more calories, fat and cholesterol than necessary. Eat until you are not hungry, not until you feel full. ■ Eat more fruits and vegetables — Both are good sources of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Aim for fresh or frozen options and/or canned fruit packed in juice or water (not with sugar added or in heavy syrup). ■ Eat whole grains — Whole grains are good sources of fiber and nutrients which help regulate blood pressure and heart health. Healthy examples include whole grain couscous, quinoa and barley, steelcut oatmeal, ground flaxseed or high fiber cereal. Avoid white, refined flour-based foods. ■ Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol — Avoiding saturated and trans fats helps reduce your risk of coronary artery disease. Limit the amount of solid fats (butter, margarine and shortening) you add when cooking and instead use olive or canola oil. Avoid foods with “partially hydrogenated oil” on the label. ■ Choose low-fat proteins — Eating
lean meat, poultry, fish, low-fat dairy products and egg whites are great sources of protein. Salmon is rich is omega-3 fatty acid, which lowers blood fats called triglycerides. ■ Reduce sodium intake — To avoid high blood pressure, the Department of Agriculture recommends that healthy adults have no more than a teaspoon of sodium per day. Reduce the amount of salt you add to food at the table or while cooking. “Being more heart health conscious with your diet helps both with primary prevention — to avoid heart disease — and secondary prevention — for those who seek to minimize complications from known heart disease,” said Fragin.
■ Want to know more about your heart health? Take Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute’s heart risk assessment. Also, check out these heart-healthy recipes. ■ Penn State offers personal nutrition coaching at Penn State Hershey Medical Group locations in State College for University faculty and staff. This one-on-one counseling service with a registered dietitian is designed to help make healthy lifestyle and nutrition choices. Highmark members are eligible for an initial one hour session and up to six half-hour follow-up sessions per calendar year at no charge. Call (814) 865-3085 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. ■ Penn State also offers employee discounts on a Weight Watcher’s program through Health Matters. ■ Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development is actively engaged in nutrition studies on campus. Learn more about nutrition research in Nutritional Sciences, Kinesiology and Biobehavioral Health.
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HEALTHSOUTH NITTANY VALLEY Rehabilitation Hospital staff kicked off American Heart Month by participating in the American Heart Associationâ€™s â€œWear Red Day.â€? Stephanie Fost, American Heart Association, front center, left, and HealthSouth Nittany Valley CEO Susan Hartman, front center, right, were among the 40 staff at HealthSouth who showed their support by wearing red. Hartman is the Chair of the 2013 Heart Walk for Centre County.
Heart failure support group offered at HealthSouth From Gazette staff reports PLEASANT GAP â€” In honor of American Heart Month in February, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital is kicking off its Heart Failure Support
Group. The first meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on at HealthSouth in Pleasant Gap. This new group is open to the public, serving patients, family members, and caregivers
living with, or caring for, a loved one with a heart failure diagnosis. The first session will establish a monthly meeting date and time for future support group gatherings, and a survey
Apprise looking for volunteers From Gazette staff reports BELLEFONTE â€” Apprise is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program for Pennsylvanians age 60 and over. It was created to help people with Medicare in Pennsylvania understand their health insurance options and make sound decisions about what is best for them. In Centre County, it is a program of the Centre County Office of Aging in the Willowbank Building in Bellefonte. Apprise counselors are specially-trained volunteers. They can answer questions about Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, Prescription Drug coverage, Medicaid, Medigap and Long Term Care Insurance. Apprise counselors help people with a variety of issues, such as plan comparison, selection and enrollment, help with PACE/PACENET and Extra Help applications and help with billing questions and problems.
New counselor training is scheduled for March 5, 7 and 12 in the State College area. Volunteers also attend ongoing training to keep them up to date on the latest issues, and those who are interested in having more in-depth knowledge can take additional training to be certified as Master Counselors. No experience is necessary. Volunteers will receive in-depth and ongoing training on the things they will need to know. Contact Judy Furfaro at the Centre County of Aging (814) 355-6716 or send an email to email@example.com for more information. Other Apprise Volunteer activities include answering the Apprise Toll Free hotline (1-800-783-7067) on Tuesdays, and assisting the coordinator with preparation of materials and other clerical duties. Also, help is needed for special events such as Health Fairs, public education seminars, enrollment events, and general publicity activities including distribution of information.
will be conducted to determine membersâ€™ needs. Those interested can call HealthSouth at (814) 359-3421. According to HealthSouth Nittany Valley CEO Susan Hartman: â€œWe take seriously our responsi-
bility to educate and support the community regarding heart failure, a diagnosis that affects many of our rehab patients. HealthSouth is proud to offer this service to patients and families in our region.â€?
â€œLeaving you br breathlessâ€? eathlessâ€? isnâ€™t always a good thing In reality, shortness of breath is frightening and frustrating. HealthSouthâ€™s outpatient physical therapy program for the pulmonary ulmonary patient is designed for persons sons with all forms of breathing problems to promote an optimal level off wellness. wellness
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Our first meeting will establish a monthly meeting date and time for future support group gatherings. We will also be conducting a survey to determine member needs. For a complete listing of Nittany Valleyâ€™s support groups, please visit: http://www.nittanyvalleyrehab.com/en/hospital-programs/support-groups.
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JUNIORS AT State College Area High School created a sign for “Hooverville,” which was held on Feb. 7.
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TENTS AND makeshift housing was the order of the day as students endured a day of freezing temperatures.
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THE SNOW-COVERED ground made things interesting for those fighting the cold at “Hooverville.”
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STATE COLLEGE — The practice fields near Hamilton Plaza were transformed into a small village Thursday, strewn with cardboard huts, tarps and makeshift furniture and supplies. The snow-covered grounds didn’t lie; it was the dead of winter. But some 450 State College Area High School juniors were out there all day, sans modern luxuries, reflecting on the Great Depression era and today’s poverty. As part of the high school’s college preparation United States history classes, students from Bob Furmanek’s, and six other
teachers’ classes, participated in the 14th annual “Hooverville,” named after former U.S. President Herbert Hoover. The simulation event, which originally started with just Furmanek’s class, spotlights the 1900s to present day, Furmanek said. About 85 to 90 percent of the juniors participated Thursday, and remained outside for about eight hours. “Students are expected to create a sustainable chanty,” he said. No modern clothes or technology is allowed during the project, Furmanek said; only items people during the Great Depression would have had access to. This definitely means no cell phones.
Throughout the day students engaged in a variety of curriculum-connected activities, Furmanek said. Speakers from local poverty groups and from area resources came to speak to the group, and students participated in song and picture analysis, he said. All of the supplies the pupils used, including the ones needed to build huts, were “completely student-generated,” Furmanek said. The students work in groups of three or four and decide amongst themselves ahead of time who should bring what supplies. Some items used included hay bales, wooden saw horses and wooden crates. And although preparation for
Hooverville starts about three weeks to a month prior to the event with coursework, everything has to be built on site, he said. Furmanek said the event, which took place off Atherton Street in State College, is well-received by students. “(It’s) a good hands-on way to bring history alive,” he said. The hope, through Hooverville, is to not only teach students about the Great Depression, but also about poverty today, and address questions surrounding it, such as who is responsible for the impoverished, and what the government’s role is, Furmanek said. “It still exists,” he said.
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STUDENTS DID whatever they had to do to keep warm as temperatures dropped.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two Penns Valley Area High School Graduates, Frederick Dawson (Class of 2009) and Paige Nardozzo (Class of 2010), marched with the Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets in the Presidential Inaugural Parade on Jan. 21. Dawson is a senior at the Virginia Military Institute and
is Cadet S-2 Captain on the Regiment Staff. He is a biology major with a minor in Spanish and carries a 3.88 grade point average. He is in the honors program and has participated in the institute research program all four years. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and Biology Honor Society. In addition, Dawson has been accepted to pursue a post graduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in the Fall of 2013. Nardozzo is a junior who also attends Virginia Military Institute and has earned a 4.0 in her major of Mechanical Engineering. She is First Platoon Sergeant and teaches new students to be the best they can be. Nardozzo is also a member of the National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society as well as the National Honor Society.
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Hubert Humphrey Fellows speak at South Hills From Gazette staff reports STATE COLLEGE — Hubert Humphrey Fellows from seven countries recently spoke to students at South Hills School of Business and Technology in State College. Eka Jeladze, from the Republic of Georgia, spoke to a group of diagnostic medical sonography students who enjoyed hearing the personal stories of Georgia’s rich heritage and culture. A total of 11 professionals from around the globe participate in the Humphrey Fellowship Program at Penn State, which offers them academic and professional development opportunities for one year. While in State College, the international students have given several talks throughout the Centre region.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mazza, founders of South Hills School, have made it a priority for many years to work with the Humphrey Fellows in order to engage the international visitors with South Hills students and faculty through a variety of activities. Also involved in the recent cultural exchange at South Hills were: Adriana Cundar, professor at the National University of Ecuador; Constansia Banda of the Namibia Training Authority; Duaa Al-Khreisha from Jordan’s Ministry of Labor; Diana Stah, associate professor at Tiraspol State University in Moldova; Sitti Khadijah from a midwifery school in Indonesia; Mr. Wishnoebroto from the BINUS University in Indonesia; and Luka Juros with the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports in Croatia.
MOUNTAINTOP ELEMENTARY first-grade students listen intently as instructor Melvin Smith explains that most of the ingredients in a chocolate candy bar actually come from a farm. Pictured, from left, Cortney Schall, Dalton Barnyak, Rachel Bryan, Destiny Sirianni, Mason Reese, Jordan Kormanec, Sydney Hockenbury, Noah Gearhart, Jonathon Fogleman and Alexis Lidgett.
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A TOTAL OF 11 professionals from around the globe joined Eka Jeladze of the Republic of Georgia, center, to speak at South Hills School of Business and Technology in State College.
From Gazette staff reports SNOW SHOE — Did you know that peanuts grow underground? Did you know the name of those black-and-white cows that you see in standing in fields as you drive by on the road? (Holsteins.) Thanks to the PA Farm Bureau and the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab, Mountaintop Elementary students learned the answers to these questions and just how important agriculture is to all, giving us both the food we eat and the clothes we wear. Instructor Melvin Smith, who grew up on a dairy farm and is a retired math teacher, provided animated and engaging instruction in the Ag Lab and helped students make a connection between agriculture and the food on their table. Students were pleased to learn that if they had a garden at home, they were farmers. The hands-on lessons were geared to the knowledge level of each grade. Kinder-
garten students learned about the different types of animals and plants that can be found on a farm, while fifth grade students extracted DNA from a banana. Each science experiment was designed to emphasize a different aspect of agriculture, including Pennsylvania’s primary commodities, the environment, biotechnology, food and fiber. The science curriculum taught met Pennsylvania Department of Education Science and Technology and Environment and Ecology Standards. Students from the Bald Eagle Area High School Ag Program were helpful volunteers in the 32-foot mobile lab, helping to set up experiments and holding props for the various lessons. Thanks to $3,190 worth of scholarships from the PA Friends of Ag Foundation, the PA Soybean Board, the Centre County Farm Bureau and the Northeast Ag Education Foundation, the entire cost of the lab’s visit was covered.
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THREE STUDENTS in the CPI Carpentry and Masonry programs recently completed a five-week unpaid internship at Aroncena Design in Lemont with owner/architect Lorna Arocena. During the internship, the students explored careers in residential architectural and interior design. From left, are carpentry student Laura Hoover, Lorna Arocena and masonry student Maelyn Harpster. Absent from the photo is Quin Koleno, a carpentry student. All three students are juniors at Bellefonte Area High School.
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THE PENN STATE Lady Lions hosted a basketball camp for Special Olympians in the South Gym at the Bryce Jordan Center.
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UNIVERSITY PARK — Smiles, laughter and the sound of bouncing basketballs filled the practice facility of the Lady Lions basketball team at the fourth annual basketball clinic for Special Olympic PA athletes. Athletes from Centre, Blair, Mifflin and Juniata counties spent Saturday afternoon with members of the Lady Lions, learning about the fundamentals of basketball and friendship. To begin the event, Special Olympic athletes, coaches and parents were given access to watch the end of the team’s practice. “We invite Special Olympic athletes to watch a little bit of our practice, to watch us in action in a non-game setting,” said Kris Petersen, associate director of communications for Lady Lions basketball. Practice was followed by a clinic, where the Lady Lions worked on dribbling, lay-up, defense, passing and rebounding skills with the Special Olympic athletes. Though working on basketball
skills may be the focus of the clinic, Kathie Mayo, a member of the management team for Special Olympics, said the role the clinic plays in the lives of the athletes runs much deeper. “They may be improving their basketball skills, but I think more than that is the socialization with a lot of other athletes and their heroes. It’s just a lot of fun for them.” Petersen also believes the clinic serves as much more than a tool for learning the basketball skills, for both the Special Olympic athletes and the Lady Lions. “To be able to interact with someone else that likes basketball, sometimes maybe they (the Special Olympic athletes) will pick up a tip or two. Special Olympians are no different than our athletes. They have fun playing the game. This is just another way to get back on the court and get some new friends,” she said. Because the Lady Lions believe in giving back to the community that supports them through the ups and downs of basketball season, Petersen said the team enjoys nothing more than getting to interact with the
Special Olympic athletes. “For us, it’s getting to know more members of our community and teaching a game of basketball that they (the Lady Lions) love so much and teaching it to some Special Olympians,” she said. Sarah, a 23-year-old athlete from the Pittsburgh area, said she loves to come to clinic and play basketball with the Lady Lions. “I think it’s fun and awesome. I liked to learn dribbling and defense,” she said. Sarah’s friend and State College resident, Tayna, 18, said though she also liked learning dribbling and defensive skills from the team, she had the most spending time playing with her friends and the Lady Lions. “I just enjoy playing,” she said with a smile. Both Sarah and Tayna are multiple sport athletes. Each competes in Special Olympic swimming and track events, in addition to playing basketball. State College resident Rachel Wolf, 14, said she also came to the clinic to see all her friends. Like Sarah and Tayna, Wolf is also multi-sport athlete. She will compete in skiing in
the upcoming Special Olympic Winter Games. “I had a lot of fun today. I really like the Lady Lions,” she said. Rachel’s mother, Cindy Wolf, said she likes to attend the clinic as a family because of how gracious the Lady Lions’ basketball team has been. “Even from the very first clinic when it was just a few athletes and them, you just saw such a bond between the players and the athletes,” she said. Cindy Wolf also expressed her gratitude for Lady Lions’ basketball coach Coquese Washington and her continued support of the Special Olympics. “It just hit me today that part of the reason that they (the Lady Lions) are a top ten program, you see here today. They have the whole package,” she said. “They have heart in everything that they do and they do it with excellence and kindness. You can tell they really care about making a difference in the community, as well as being good on the court.” Cindy Wolf feels that clinics similar to the one held by the Lady Lions’ basketball team help to build the community and give
the Special Olympic athletes heroes to look up to. “We are huge fans and we really appreciate that they do this. I think part of the reason that we are fans is because they do this,” she said. Like Cindy Wolf, Mayo applauds Coach Washington and the Lady Lions for their continued work within the community. “We are so grateful to them for their community outreach program. Coquese, I just can’t say enough about her because she is the one that called us and said ‘we need to do this,’” Mayo said. “Now it’s done. It’s a great time.” For Petersen and the rest of the Lady Lions’ basketball team, teaching the Special Olympics athletes about basketball, increasing their love for the game and having a great time while doing so is the goal of the clinic. “I just love to watch our student-athletes interact with the Special Olympians because there is just a lot of joy, lots of smiles and lots of laughter,” Petersen said. For more information about Centre County Special Olympics and its programs, visit special olympicscentrecounty.org.
Registration opens for Pennsylvania beautification effort From Gazette staff reports STATE COLLEGE — Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful recently announced registration is now open for the 2013 Great American Cleanup of PA. Event coordinators can visit the Great American Cleanup of PA webpage, www.gacofpa.org, to register the event. This annual event is held in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup of Keep America Beautiful and in partnership with support from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmen-
tal Protection, PennDOT and Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association. The 2013 Great American Cleanup of PA will begin on March 1 and end on May 31. During this period, registered events can get free trash bags, gloves and safety vests from PennDOT district offices. Events consist of litter cleanups, illegal dump cleanups, beautification projects, special collections and educational events. Events must be registered through the Great American
Cleanup of PA website, www.gacofpa.org, to get these free cleanup supplies. As part of this event, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association are sponsoring Let’s Pick It Up PA — Everyday. During the Pick It Up PA Days, registered event coordinators will be able to take the trash collected during their cleanup to participating landfills for free disposal. The Let’s Pick It Up PA — Everyday event will begin on April 20 and end on May 6. The focus day
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Fresh Life: Q&A with beekeeper Emily Wiggins spring after they had overwintered on their stores. I like the idea of being a bee guardian in addition to being a bee keeper. ADC: How did you research the process? EW: I did a lot of investigating before my first season. I was drawn to the idea of being able to build a Warre or KTBH myself. As a new beekeeper, www.beeguardian.org and www.biobees.com are two sites that I found particularly helpful, as well as the instructional videos by Austin beekeeper McCartney Taylor. My two favorite books about bees and beekeeping are “The Backyard Beekeeper” by Kim Flottam and “The Buzz About Bees” by Jurgen Tautz. I also spent many hours in my car listening to podcasts about bees and beekeeping. ADC: What are some rules or must dos when beekeeping? EW: I take proper protective measures such as wearing appropriate clothing. I carry a bottle of the homeopathic remedy Apis in my tool basket and should probably invest in an Epi-pen. Another ground rule, is to respect the bees. They know what they need, they know how to run a hive, I try to interfere with them as little as possible so that they can do their work. I view myself not as their master or keeper, but rather as a humble and grateful student. Also, I have neighbors on one side, so I was careful to locate my beeyard away from their homes. I think there is a misconception that if you keep hives in a residential area, the entire neighborhood will be full of bees. Finally, I think it’s important to keep an open mind. I faced a lot of resistance from beekeepers whom I spoke with at the start of this process. I listen to the wisdom and experience that people share with me and keep it in mind as I explore my own path in beekeeping. ADC: What has been the most challenging aspect? EW: Because there are so many different approaches to how bees should be managed, as a beginning beekeeper I have found it to be very challenging to assimilate all of the ideas and to choose which to follow. Another challenge has been getting hardy bees. We have a short summer for the bees to build up stores from zero, and they are not bred to tolerate harsh winter conditions. Ideally, I would like to buy bees
Since completing two beekeeping courses/workshops through Cornell Cooperative Extension, in Ithaca, N.Y., my fascination with bees, beekeeping and honey has grown. The healing properties of honey are immense and the effects that bees have on our environment are equally as astonishing. Although I have not set up my own hives, my friend has. I recently interviewed Emily Wiggins, 30, who hails from Springfield, Mo. She now resides in Centre Hall and works at Penn State as a lecturer in Spanish and midwife’s assistant. This multi-talented woman even supportAmy Debach-Coned my husband and I fer has a degree in with the birth of our visual arts/photogdaughter. Although raphy and training Wiggins has other inas a wilderness EMT and beekeeper. terests and hobbies such as DIY projects, She can be reached raising free range at amosd14@ yahoo.com chickens, gardening and supporting local/sustainable foods, her newest adventures in beekeeping may be her most elaborate. The following are her elaborations on beekeeping. Amy Debach-Confer: What first interested you in beekeeping? Emily Wiggins: My dad kept bees in the backyard before I was born and he would go out of his way to point out hives or to buy honey on the comb when we came across it at farmer’s markets. My dad would buy a family friends’ honey by the case and give it away as gifts. As an adult, I learned about the current crisis that bees are facing. Our survival and that of the bees are intimately linked since their ability to forage is directly related to our ability to produce our own food. I wanted to do something to help support local bee populations. My goal was to provide them with shelter and habitat for forage, and any honey or wax that I could collect would only be taken from surplus left over in the
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from a local supplier or beekeeper. Money is also a challenge. I bought three packages of bees last year at $90 each. One lost its queen this summer. It’s a big investment when there is no guarantee they will survive through until the next growing season. ADC: Have the bees produced anything thus far? EW: I did not harvest any honey this fall because I wanted to be sure they had enough to overwinter on. I feel that the honey is a more nutritious food for the bees and prefer not to feed sugar syrup unless the bees are short on stores, so I was planning to harvest in the spring. I discovered in January that both hives had died, so I harvested some of the honeycomb and extracted about a gallon of honey. I rendered a small amount of wax from the cappings and some broken brood comb. I am saving the slumgum (resinous organic matter left over after crushing comb and extracting honey and wax) which I hope to use to attract a swarm to a bait hive this summer. ADC: Any failures or successes? EW: Well, I guess you could say that I failed because all three hives died. Making my three hives taught me about woodworking and improved my crafting skills. I enjoyed the 5,000 square feet of wildflowers that I planted for forage and to provide habitat for native pollinators, which bloomed magnificently into the late fall. And while it was very sad to discover they had died, I spent many pleasurable hours watching the bees work and learning about their habits. I have a year of beekeeping under my belt, and I look forward to building on that experience as I embark on my second year. ADC: What will you keep the same or what will you change for the future? EW:: My first year, I set up three Warre hives. This winter, a friend gifted me a Langstroth hive. I have ordered a nuc hive (a box of bees that have already filled frames with comb, brood and stores) to install in it. I will buy two packages of bees. I will also put mouse guards on my hives in the fall this time around to keep them from setting up house in the hives. Because the bees are focused on staying warm, they do not defend their hive like they would in warmer weather, so the mice can overwinter in the boxes.
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EMILY WIGGINS of Centre Hall wears many hats — she is an expert beekeeper, a lecturer at Penn State and a midwife’s assistant. ADC: Do you extract the honey or eat the comb? EW: This year I extracted the honey. I would like to set some of it aside on the comb. I have really fond memories from childhood of my dad carefully scooping out a hunk for me to chew on. I would love to gift him a jar of honey on the comb produced by my bees. Eventually I would like to be able to share honey and wax candles with friends and family. ADC: Anything else you would like to mention? EW: I am proud to be a female beekeeper. I think that women (and younger people in general) are grossly underrepresented in public images of beekeeping and cultural ideas about who beekeepers are. The beehive is a female-dominated realm, where the queen and her female workers vastly outnumber male drones, who serve principally for fertilization. I delight in defying gender stereotypes and encourage other women to explore beekeeping and support one another in our efforts.
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