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Police: Man attacked teens on trail By CHRIS MORELLI

CENTRE HALL — When four teenage boys were attacked by an armed robber while hiking May 5, they tried to remain as calm as possible even as one of them was brutally kicked in the head. It was that presence of mind, investigators said, that helped Centre County police catch the man they believe robbed the boys, assaulted one of them and threatened to kill them all. Richard Martinez, 19, of State College, was arraigned on Sunday before Centre

County District Judge Carmine Prestia. He was charged with three counts of felony robbery, the threat of immediate serious injury and inflicting bodily injury and force. Martinez was placed in the Centre County Correctional Facility. Bail was set at $75,000. He was also charged with misdemeanor simple assault with fear of serious injury, terroristic threats, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, according to court papers. According to Spring Township Police, the four male minors were hiking in the Greens Valley area of Centre Hall Mountain

on Saturday evening when a man, believed to be Martinez, chased them down with a box cutter and ordered them to get on the ground. Martinez then allegedly kicked one of the boys in the head, RICHARD MARTINEZ fracturing his orbital bone and knocking out a tooth. The boy was later taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center by Pleasant Gap Ambulance Service, where he was

treated for concussion-like symptoms, according to police. He also received several stitches. During the assault and robbery, which occurred on Greens Valley Road around 6 p.m., Martinez is accused of holding a box cutter to one of the boys’ throats. He rummaged through their pockets and backpacks, and took three iPods, according to court papers. During the course of the assault, he stopped to drink a Gatorade that one of the boys had packed for the hike, police said.

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Parade to highlight Central PA 4th Fest the route. “We thought the parade would be a great addition. Other than homecoming, we UNIVERSITY PARK — So you don’t have many parades here.” thought the Central PA 4th Fest Keisling said that the response couldn’t get any bigger? has been overwhelmingly posiThink again. tive. This year’s theme is “Ameri“It’s being received very well,” ca’s Got Heroes.” he said. With that in mind, “WE TALKED about Those riding in organizers have the parade will be having a parade and local heroes. The added a parade to the day’s festivi- said, ‘Are we going to committee of the ties. be able to pull it off?’ Central PA 4th Fest “We had a couis asking for nomiple of committee We thought we’d give nations of heroes. members talk it a try.” What is a hero? about ways to inAccording to Keiscorporate the Bernie Keisling ling, a hero can be theme,” said 4th executive director anyone in Centre Fest executive diof Central PA 4th Fest County who has rector Bernie Keischaracter and is a ling. “We talked about having a role model. The hero should have parade and said, ‘Are we going to done something that provided be able to pull it off?’ We thought support or service and helped we’d give it a try. I think it’s a one or more other people. The great idea. In a community like hero can be someone who sacriState College, it’s important to ficed or put at risk life or limb. have events like this.” Obvious nominations would inThe parade will begin on July 4 clude military personnel, policeat the borough building on Allen men, firemen and EMTs. Street in downtown State College. Other heroes can be someone It will head down Allen Street, who has provided a service or turn right on to College Avenue, helped one or more people — left on to Shortlidge Road, right doctors, teachers or members of on to Pollock Road and left on to service organizations like KiwaBigler Road before finishing at nis or Rotary. the Penn State Law Building. Another type of hero can be “It’s sort of a reverse home4th Fest, Page 6 coming parade,” Keisling said of


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DERBY DAY: The second annual Race Day Soiree was held on May 5 at the home of Blake and Linda Gall, of Boalsburg. The fundraising event was held in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby. Riding in the carriage, from left, are Susan Lauth, Michelle Sabastianelli, Nancy Silvis and Linda Gall. The driver is David Hershey. A total of 160 people attended the event, which raised over $80,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Walk targets childhood disease 2012 goal for juvenile diabetes event: $50,000 By MARJORIE S. MILLER

UNIVERSITY PARK — There may be fun, food and fellowship, but the 2012 State College JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes is much more than just a walk. For many, it’s a way to connect with the community, learn more about the disease and possibly even inspire one another. Scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park at Penn State, the annual event raises money for JDRF, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. More than 80 percent of the proceeds go to diabetes research and education for newly diagnosed children, said Diane Krentzman, walk volunteer. “Our money will go to Hershey for research,” she said. In its seventh year in State College, the walk draws in a wide variety of people, many of whom have been touched by diabetes, Krentzman said. Krentzman said the walk committee is hoping for Opinion ............................ 7 Health & Wellness ............ 8 Have You Missed An Issue? Past Issues Available To View Online At

at least 40 teams to register. Teams can have any number of people, she said, and registration can be done as late as the day of the event. About 30 to 33 teams participated in last year’s walk, Krentzman said, and about $45,000 was raised. This year they’re hoping to break $50,000. Krentzman said the funding goes toward many different types of research projects. “It’s so important for us to continue helping them,” she said. The walk brings awareness in a variety of ways, Krentzman said, including spreading information about the nature of the disease itself. The faster the diagnosis, she said, “the safer it is for that child.” The other way, she said, is by helping children see that there are others like them. “(It’s) wonderful for these children to know they’re not alone in this disease,” she said, explaining how it is frightening for them, every day.

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Front and Centre NEW FACES: The votes have been tallied and Penn State alumni have elected three new members to the university board of trustees. Page 6 NIGHT OF HOPE: Second annual gala in Potters Mills raises money for families facing life’s challenges. Page 11 HOMEGROWN: Native plant species can help gardeners make the most of their landscaping projects. Plus, find out who sells them locally. Page 16


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Camp Cadet seeks recruits for summertime By SAMI HULINGS For The Gazette

STATE COLLEGE — This summer, area youth have the opportunity to participate in exciting and adventurous activities at Camp Cadet, a weeklong overnight outdoor camp run by Centre County Law Enforcement officials. While at Camp Cadet, 12- to 15-yearolds who reside in Centre County can learn necessary skills for swimming, fishing, canoeing, riding the zip line, riding motorcycles, shooting rifles and archery from staff member of Centre County law enforcement, emergency services and the judicial system at Camp Blue Diamond in Huntingdon. At the end of each day, cadets unwind with a campfire, where they can tell stories and talk about their day with the members of their squad or the entire platoon. Girls’ week will run from July 29 to Aug. 4, while boys’ week begins on Aug. 5 and ends on Aug. 12. During their designated weeks, cadets also become “detectives,” as they investigate a mock bank robbery. Cadets will learn how to process a crime scene through hands-on demonstrations lead by local FBI agents. Boys and girls will then take what they have learned at the crime scene and put it to use in a mock trial for the defendants accused of committing the crime.

Officer Kelly Aston, community relations director for the State College Police, said that because the cadets are being taught by local law enforcement officials, the camp helps to bridge the gap between local youth and law enforcement. “When the camp first developed back in 1984, we didn’t have that. The camp allows kids to see us in shorts and T-shirts. They can see us as regular people and realize that we are moms, dads and coaches,” she said. Though officer Aston said she believes the camp can present cadets with challenges, these challenges provide the cadets with the opportunity to learn a lot about themselves over the course of the week. She said that oftentimes, it presents the cadets with the chance to achieve things they might have thought impossible. Stormstown native and former cadet Katie Basalla shares Aston’s belief. In 2005, Basalla attended Camp Cadet for the first time, where officer Aston was her counselor. According to Aston, over the course of girls’ week, Basalla transformed from a shy young girl to a confident young woman. “As a cadet, I learned to believe in myself and to never be afraid to try something new. At the end of the week, along with my ‘Top Shooter Award,’ I received an achievement award. This made me realize that giving 110 percent in everything I do will pay off,” Basalla said.

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throughout the week. They may also be presented with awards based on leadership and their abilities to become role models. “They (cadets) will leave after graduation with their heads held high, memories that will last a lifetime and 30-some new friends,” Basalla said. For more information about Centre County Law Enforcement Camp Cadet, contact your local law enforcement agency or State College Police at (814) 234-7150 or Application deadline is May 15.

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Walk sheds light on premature births By SAMI HULINGS For The Gazette

STATE COLLEGE — At 32 weeks pregnant, Lydia Myers never expected to go into labor. The State College woman and her husband, Andy, never thought that their daughter Eva would be immediately whisked away after her birth and that she would be 10 hours old before they got to meet her. At just 41⁄2 pounds, Eva was admitted into the neonatal intensive care unit, where she would spend two weeks benefiting from the technology and procedures that have been funded by the March of Dimes. Now, a year later, Eva joined her parents and older sister Izabella as the family fulfilled their duty as the 2012 March of Dimes Ambassadors for State College by taking the first steps of the 2012 State College March of Dimes 5K at Medlar Park on May 6. To begin the event, the Myers gave a short speech to all those in attendance at the 5K. They, along with over 120 other individuals from the area, then made their way around the baseball field in support of the organization that has given them so much. Though the official 5K was 15 laps around the field, walkers were simply asked to complete has many laps as they could. “It’s not something that you ever plan on needing the support of. Having a premature baby was never something we have ever thought of. We had heard of the March of Dimes, and I knew people who had benefited from March of Dimes, but it never even crossed my mind that someday I would benefit from the March of Dimes. The great part of March of Dimes is that they’re there when you suddenly need them,” Lydia Myers said. She went on to describe the family’s ups

and downs during the two weeks that Eva was in the NICU. “Most moms get to hold their babies a few minutes after they are born, and it was two days before I got to hold her, before either of us got to hold her,” she said. But through everything, the March of Dimes was there for the Myers family. “To us, the March of Dimes means life support and a chance,” Andy Myers said. For Allen Remis, the husband of March of Dimes Central Pennsylvania Division Keystone Office Community Director Lori Remis, helping families like the Myers through events like the 5K is a chance for all those involved with the March of Dimes to gather, support the cause and learn from one another. “They work all year, raising money and having fundraisers. A lot of them you can tell just from the energy and spirit they put into it, the cause is really near and dear to their hearts. I think this brings everyone together, with their common interests. The walk symbolizes all they are doing for the babies,” he said. His wife believes that the 5K provides families with the opportunity to have a reunion. “We are all here for the same reason. A lot of times you don’t know what is going on with other families. People they don’t even know will give them that same kind of empathy and it makes the day meaningful,” Lori Remis said. Her personal connection to the mission began 19 years ago when her son, Rob, was born prematurely. Last year he graduated in the top 5 percent of his class in Altoona, and he just finished his first year of pharmacy school at Duquesne University. “We don’t know why he was born premature, so that is one of the things that is very close to my heart, until we find that babies don’t have to go through what we did,” she said. Once the last walkers finished, Lori

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means support. They are there to support you during that very difficult journey,” Fisher said. By holding events like the 5K to raise money for the research conducted by the March of Dimes, Lori Remis hopes someday stop the epidemic of one in eight babies being born prematurely. “You know people that get into the next level of services like the Special Olympics, but if we make sure all babies are born healthy, they won’t need any of that,” she said. “I think that’s one job we wouldn’t all mind not having. If we are out of a job for that reason, it would be OK.”

PSU graduates bid farewell By GENARO C. ARMAS Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE — Wearing a crisp, dark blue academic gown, Danielle Einhorn checked her phone a couple times and looked around anxiously as she waited outside the Jordan Center on Saturday before her graduation from Penn State. The end of a trying year for Einhorn and fellow students had finally arrived. Seniors were all smiles as the university celebrated with a graduation weekend full of academic pomp and circumstance. “It’s bittersweet, it feels good to finish. It’s a good year because we’ve been through a lot,” said Einhorn, a public relations major who wore a graduation cap that she imprinted with her first name, fraternity and sorority letters and a gray paw print — symbolic of the school’s Nittany Lion mascot.


“I’m not ready to leave,” said Einhorn, of Upper Dublin. Nearly 13,000 students graduated over the weekend across the Penn State system. The main campus in State College has about 40,000 students total, including more than 8,500 seniors being awarded diplomas. It’s such a large class that there is no single graduation ceremony for the whole university, just individual commencement exercises for each college, spread out from Friday to Sunday. Save for one instance during early ceremonies Saturday, there was a barely a reference to the scandal that arose in the aftermath of the child sexual abuse charges filed against retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in November. Many students were among the 4,000-plus who took to downtown streets to protest the ouster of legendary head

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Alumni elect three new trustees By GENARO C. ARMAS Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE — Penn State alumni elected three new members to the university board of trustees, including a wellknown former football player who recovered from a spinal cord injury and a businessman who has criticized the board’s actions after Jerry Sandusky’s arrest in a child sex-abuse scandal. Alumni elected lawyer Adam Taliaferro, who played for the late coach Joe Paterno; prominent donor and outspoken board critic Anthony Lubrano; and retired U.S. Navy captain Ryan McCombie. Election results were announced Friday following more than three weeks of online voting that drew a record turnout ANTHONY LUBRANO of at least 37,000. The new trustees begin their three-year terms July 1. Of the three incumbents whose terms are expiring, only retired schoolteacher Anne Riley ran again, losing her re-election bid. A ADAM TALIAFERRO State College resident, Riley is one of the board’s more well-known members and a frequent visitor to campus. Former newspaper editor David Jones has said he decided two years ago to limit his tenure on the board. The third, David Joyner, left the board because he is now the school’s acting athletic director. All three were part of a board in November that unanimously voted to oust Hall of Famer Joe Paterno as head coach in the aftermath of the charges against Sandusky, a retired assistant coach. Paterno died in January at age 85, less than three months after being diagnosed with lung cancer. The head coach testified before a state grand jury about a 2002 allegation against Sandusky that was passed on to him by a graduate assistant. Paterno fulfilled a legal obligation by relaying the accusations to his superiors, one of whom oversaw campus police. Trustees have said Paterno had a moral obligation to do more, and have also cited

a “failure of leadership” in severing ties with the coach. Some alumni and former players have still questioned the motivations behind the move. Others have taken aim what they perceive as a lack of transparency on a 32member board that they say is too large, and two alumni watchdog groups in particular have been vocal about using the election as a way to start enacting change on the board. The campaign at times resembled a political race. Candidates went online to advertise and posted yard signs in the State College area. The school, for the first time, held a meet-and-greet event for all candidates the morning before the annual BlueWhite spring football game two weeks ago. The new alumni-elected trustees are: ■ Adam Taliaferro, attorney, of Swedesboro, N.J. He is the former defensive back for Paterno who became well known for his courageous recovery from a career-ending spinal-cord injury suffered his freshman year in 2000 during a game at Ohio State. Now an attorney in Cherry Hill, N.J., the 2005 graduate also won election last year as a freeholder in Gloucester County, N.J. Taliaferro has said that fellow alumni have told him the biggest issue is transparency. He pledged to make information and access to trustees more easily available. Taliaferro has offered more measured responses when asked about the trustees’ actions in November. ■ Anthony Lubrano, financial services executive, of Exton. Among the 86 candidates, the 1982 graduate has been the most vocal critic of the board and its ouster of Paterno. Lubrano has said the election is about “governance,” and that the board was ill-prepared to handle the scandal. Lubrano distributed a petition calling for “due process” for Paterno. He has the endorsement of Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, an alumni watchdog group. ■ Ryan McCombie, retired U.S. Navy captain, of State College. The 1970 graduate cites his experience in contingency planning and crisis management from his days in the military as strengths in helping the university get through the scandal. His supporters dotted the State College area with campaign yard signs. The trustees race once generated little interest in the general public, let alone the more than 557,000 Penn State alumni across the country. Fewer than 12,000 voted last year; this year’s race drew more than 37,000 votes to shatter the previous record set in 1990 by about 10,000 votes.

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A father of one of the boys spoke with the Gazette on Tuesday. “They saw a car and then a guy came out of nowhere, yelled at them and started chasing them,” said the father, who requested anonymity to protect the identities of the boys. “He said he was going to kill them.” According to police, each of the four boys was interviewed by police. They were commended for being able to provide details of the assault and robbery even after “going through a traumatic event.” One of the boys was able to get a good look at the suspect’s right forearm, which bears a tattoo with “Dam” spelled out in cursive. “The description was spot on. My son is smart, he has a great memory. He remembered everything, especially the tattoos,” the father said. Police said that all four boys picked out Martinez from a lineup of photos of eight men. Following the attack, the four boys ran to one of the boys’ homes, where a parent called police. “All things considered, I thought they handed things very well. They had just been assaulted and they ran back here through the woods. I’ve always told (my son), if someone is hurt, you get them some help. (My son) is a great leader,” the father said. According to police, the area where the boys were hiking is mostly state forest land. However, there is an area where marijuana is believed to be grown, police said. Bellefonte Police, the State College Police K-9 unit, Pennsylvania State Police at Rockview and State College patrol officers all contributed to the investigation and aided Spring Township Police. Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. assisted in the search for the suspect by providing a helicopter and a pilot, police said.

someone who provided direction and support for others at his or her own expense — this can, for example, include family members and friends but the expense must be of time and effort; financial support or contributions alone do not qualify a person as a “hero.” “There are the obvious heroes, like firemen and policemen … members of the military,” Keisling said. “We’re also looking for the not-so-obvious heroes. It might be someone who is doing something totally different. It could be a kid. Since this is something that’s brand new,

Diabetes, from page 1 “There’s no vacation from diabetes,” she said. Hayley Weyhe, a State College resident whose 10-year-old son has diabetes, founded the walk in State College, and has participated in it every year since. She previously was affiliated with the Pittsburgh area walk, Weyhe said, which she got involved in when her son was diagnosed eight years ago. “I wanted to use my energy for good,” she said. Weyhe said it can be “disruptive” for her son, Elliott, to have to check his blood sugar at school, and this may create a feeling of isolation at times, so being a part of the walk helps make him aware of other children with diabetes. “It helps to get some advice” from other families, said Weyhe. Weyhe said diabetes isn’t just about the pancreas not working – there’s a lot of emotional distress that comes from blood

McCombie promises transparency on board By MARJORIE S. MILLER

UNIVERSITY PARK — A retired Navy SEAL captain with more than 26 years of service and an active member of the local community, Ryan McCombie is one of three Penn State alumni elected to the university’s board of trustees. McCombie joins other Penn State alumni Anthony Lubrano and Adam Taliaferro, as well as board-elected incumbents Kenneth Frazier and Edward Hintz, and incumbent Carl Shaffer and newcomer Donald Cotner, RYAN McCOMBIE elected by delegates of the agricultural societies. Election results were announced May 4. In his new position, McCombie said there are a variety of issues he’d like to address, such as transparency and accountability when it comes to the administration of the university. “I believe that if one is willing to vote for or against something, that person should be willing to do so publicly,” he said. McCombie also said he’d like to take a look at tuition, and understand why, in his opinion, it’s so inflated. Penn State is Pennsylvania’s state university, he said, and “if we can moderate the cost we can return it to what it is.” Another area of his interest, he said, is the commonwealth campuses and their potential. On his website McCombie states: “Too often our focus rests clearly on University Park Campus. There are 19 Commonwealth campuses that serve the Penn State community. For those students that want the interaction of the classroom, our campuses provide a quality education allowing the student to ‘live at home.’ Any plan for the future of The Pennsylvania State University necessarily must address these ‘satellite’ learning centers and their accessibility to Pennsylvanians.” McCombie said, as a trustee, he plans to

bring a “forward-looking thought process” to the university, and to have a plan for what Penn State will look like in the future. “We ought to have a 25-year projection,” he said. He also stressed the importance of planning when it comes to university decisions. Oftentimes not having a plan in place can trigger strong reactions, he said. “I don’t think there’s anybody real happy with the results of November,” he said, referring to the firing of the late Joe Paterno. But perhaps most importantly, can McCombie work with the rest of the board? “I worked with the KGB and the GRU,” he said, referring to Russian intelligence and security agencies during the Cold War. “I’m sure that I’ll be able to work with Penn State alums.” McCombie, who currently resides in State College, is a 1970 graduate of Penn State. He is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and sits on the board of directors for the United Way of Centre County. He also serves on the board of advisers for Outreach Development and chairs the military scholarship committee of the World Campus at Penn State. He is a member of the Penn State Mount Nittany Society, and a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association, according to Penn State Live. “Penn State is one of the greatest teaching and researching institutions in the world,” McCombie said in his position statement. “Nevertheless, change is necessary to earn the trust of all constituencies. The true mission, vision and values of our students and alumni must be articulated through the actions of the board of trustees. The trustees must lead with integrity and by example.” During his time as a Navy SEAL, McCombie worked as the first U.S. military attache for its embassy in the Republic of Congo. He also worked at the Defense Intelligence Agency and was a faculty member at the Army War College in Carlisle, according to Penn State Live. This year’s alumni election had a record number of candidates, 86, vying for three positions, according to Penn State Live.

everyone is excited to see what kind of nominations we get.” To nominate someone as a hero, you can do so online by visiting www.4thfest. org. Nomination forms are available there. The Central PA 4th Fest kicks off with the Firecracker 4k at 9 a.m. That’s the start of the all-day event. The parade will be the highlight of the afternoon. At the stadium, there will be a carnival, entertainment and food vendors all leading up to the fireworks, which are scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. “It is a major undertaking. We’ve got

500-plus volunteers helping to pull this all together and the parade will take another 50-plus volunteers. We’re excited, though. We’re getting a great response.” In addition to looking for heroes to ride in the parade, Keisling said that 4th Fest organizers are looking for area high school marching bands to perform in the parade. There are also sponsorship opportunities within the parade. “It’s going to take a lot of effort and energy to pull this off,” Keisling said. “But we have a great committee filled with great people. It feels really good to be able to do something like this.”

sugar readings and results. “It’s something you never get a break from,” she said. Teri Mancuso, of State College, has a 15-year-old daughter with diabetes, and will be participating in the State College walk for the first time. However, she previously participated in the walk in Atlanta for three years, she said, so she’s familiar with the event. Mancuso said the walk is important in order to provide families with information about the resources available to them. When her daughter was first diagnosed, she said, she didn’t know where to go or what organization to look into. Talking to other families at these events helps her learn about aspects of the disease she may not have known before, she said, such as the different types of insulin that can be used in treatment. “It’s a whole family thing … everybody’s affected,” she said. “Siblings, parents.”

The walk also helps children interact with others their age, who also have diabetes. It helps them realize, she said: “I’m not alone in this.” Registration for May 19’s walk begins at 10 a.m. The route is one-half mile, and participants can walk as long or short as they like. For more information or to register visit According to its website, JDRF is a global organization focused on Type 1 diabetes research. Its research mission is to discover, develop and deliver advances that cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food, according to the website. For more information visit www.jdrf. org.

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Supporter will vote for Braund Now that the election of Pennsylvania State University trustees is over, there is another election of importance to Penn Staters — for PSU Alumni Council. The balloting time frame is May 7 through 31. This letter seeks support for electing Wendy E. Braund, ‘01 Med, to the PSU Alumni Council. Since 2010 she has represented the College of Medicine Alumni Society as president on Alumni Council. Now she wishes to continue to serve as an elected member. As state health officer in the Wyoming Department of Health, she has returned from Cheyenne at her own expense for every alumni council meeting. She is a life member and sustaining life member of the PSU Alumni Association; a member of the Legislative Education and Advocacy Committee; and a past member of the Budget and Finance Committee. She is also a member Penn State Grass Roots Network. She is a graduate alumna who did not attend main campus and was a “non-traditional” student who believes it is critical to nurture ties between component societies and the alumni association. Further, she wants to promote opportunities for interaction among students and graduates of all Penn State campuses, colleges and programs. She wants to contribute to the restoration of Penn State’s reputation through the alumni association that plays a vital role in amplifying, coordinating and communicating those efforts. I respectfully seek the votes of Penn State alumni for my daughter Wendy. Darwin G. Braund ’56 Agriculture State College

Waste collection seen as success Thanks to everyone who attended the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event that was held April 27 and 28. Approximately 48,423 pounds of material was collected during the two-day event. In all, 830 vehicles brought hazardous chemicals from 857 households. Residents from 32 of the county’s 35 municipalities participated. We also had a few dozen people drive in from out of county to participate. It was a great event. Joanne Shafer Deputy Executive Director, Recycling Coordinator for the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority



Edwards trial a sorry affair WASHINGTON — Whatever the outcome of the federal prosecution of former Sen. John Edwards, one thing is abundantly clear — all the principal players involved deserve one another. About the only saving grace — if there is one at all — in this tawdry version of a bedroom farce is that Edwards failed in his multiple attempts to reach the White House either as a candidate for the top job or as Sen. John Kerry’s running mate in 2004. How lucky we should consider ourselves. Any doubt about that statement has been eliminated by the barrage of testimony so far in a case that will cost taxpayers millions and prove nothing more than what they already knew — that unrestrained ambition can be dangerous particularly when it is possessed by someone whose Email: Dan K. moral and ethical Thomasson at thomassondan@aol behavior are conditions that have .com. little place in politics. Edwards’ former chief toady, Andrew Young, and his wife — the main witnesses against the philandering presidential wannabe — have testified to a litany of immoral and maybe illegal behavior they claim under


oath that Edwards engaged in while desperately seeking to keep a childproducing affair with one Rielle Hunter from derailing his bid for greater things. One of these was to ask this obvious sycophant to claim fatherhood of the baby. Young’s wife not only backed up his allegations, she told of the anger she felt over the proposal. That is until she didn’t any longer and went along with it. But wait a minute. What did the once drooling couple get out of this? Apparently the management of a whole lot of money from two superwealthy Edwards supporters who had given money to Edwards to use as he pleased, which was to take care of his mistress so she wouldn’t blow the whistle and end his campaign. One of the things the dough reportedly went for was the construction of an expensive new home for the Youngs. Was this a gross misuse of campaign money? The government claims yes although the circumstances seem otherwise at times, and there is a substantial argument about whether the money actually was a gift and not a campaign contribution. Then there is the question of what Edwards’ lawyer wife knew about all this and when did she know it, to quote a famous line from another Washington scandal. Well, there has been considerable intimation if nothing else that Elizabeth Edwards knew plenty and was as interested for a time in protecting her husband’s ambition as he was, despite her terminal illness. The comparison to Lady Macbeth is irresistible, just as Edwards

French election leaves questions By DALE MCFEATTERS Scripps Howard News Service

It is reasonable to ask what last weekend’s elections in France mean for the United States. The answer: Not much, certainly in the short term. Long term, it is possible to spin grim scenarios about the breakup of the eurozone and the end of the euro. The resulting monetary turmoil would indeed affect the U.S., but these outcomes also seem far-fetched. Sunday’s results were part of a pattern of voter unhappiness. Since the start of the economic crisis in 2008, 11 European leaders have been ousted from office, now six in the last year alone. The votes were, indeed, as many commentators have pointed out, a backlash against austerity measures imposed across the European Union. But in France, the vote was also deeply affected by public disgust at President Nicolas Sarkozy’s infatuation with the rich and their lifestyle. He was defeated — but hardly crushed, by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent — by Socialist Francois Hollande, who on May 17 will become France’s first left-wing leader in 17 years. He will face the same problems that Sarkozy failed to solve: a moribund industrial growth rate; unemployment near 10 percent; and

a budget so out of whack that the government’s second-highest expenditure is the interest on the national debt. Hollande, who has little experience in the top reaches of government, proposes a menu of more or less standard socialist solutions to create jobs and ease the budget crisis: steep tax increases on the rich — a new tax rate of 75 percent for those earning more than 1 million euros; an end to management bonuses and stock options; a raise of the minimum wage; creation of a raft of public-sector jobs, including 60,000 new jobs in education; a reduction in the workweek; and lowering the retirement age from 62 to 60. Depending on how upcoming parliamentary elections go, this could be a hard sell because some of these measures have been tried before and, in the opinion of many, only worsened the problem. Hollande’s toughest sell will be to convince German Chancellor Angela Merkel to amend the EU austerity pact, which the German government insists is “not possible.” An early meeting with Merkel is at the top of Hollande’s agenda. Hollande foresaw “a new start for Europe, a new hope for the world.” French voters would settle for simply getting their countries’ finances under control.

was in the beginning to a Democratic Party that loves his kind. Here was a blow-dried, handsome millionaire lawyer with Southern liberal roots and a common man upbringing, good-looking children, and an aggressive, intelligent wife. He had made his pile in the courtroom taking on the corporate scallywags the Democrats hate and put up as boogeymen in every election. He won a seat in the Senate in his first political outing and almost instantly began laying plans for even bigger things. He was a perfect example of what Lyndon Johnson called a cross every president must bear — the knowledge that an overwhelming majority of the senators from both parties, including those with the least tenure, think they can do the job better than the guy in the Oval Office. In many ways he was like a young Albert Gore who thought about nothing but being president and tried it unsuccessfully in his freshman year. Edwards, however, lacked Gore’s political or social pedigree. There was a time when it seemed Edwards might finally make it. But Barack Obama with only two years in the Senate was steamrolling onward, the beneficiary of a nation enthralled over the prospect of electing its first African American president. Now with his former wife gone, his relationship with Hunter at arm’s length, some of his children disaffected and his reputation and career in tatters and a “love child” to attend to, Edwards is fighting to stay out of prison. It is a pathetic sight and one that paints no one in a good light, including his prosecutors.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS Detoxifying can cleanse your life Let the cleansing begin. Seriously, there are so many products on the market that will aid in facilitating a good and thorough detox for your bowels and the detoxifying organs of your body. They can range in price from about $25 to $250 for a full month’s supply. It is important that it be natural because, after all, that is what the detox is all about — getting the toxins and synthetics out of the body. There are so many Email JulieAW@ schools of thought on detoxifying the body. Some people really go overboard, while others simply just shake their heads at the whole thing. I believe and personally fol-


low the practice of spending a week or two every season paying attention to cleansing and detoxifying the body. Think about it … we are swimming through toxins every day, in the foods we eat, the cleansers we use, the perfumes, topicals and makeups we wear. If we walk outdoors we are inhaling all sorts of unknown toxins. We simply can’t help it. But we can help the body to eliminate the residual buildup. If you would define yourself as in general good health then you are healthy enough to participate in a general whole body detox program. What needs to be considered is how you will change some factors in your life that led up to your need to detox. If you are going to continue to put an over abundance (now, I have no idea what your toxic load is, I am just generalizing here ...) of toxins into your body, then do you really want to empty that bucket, only to fill it right back up again. I guess another way to think about it is: If you are going to paint the walls within

your house, you will clean them first, right? If you are ready to start doing some health promoting activities (cleaning equals healthier eating, removing some of the toxic cleansers, eliminating some of the toxic load) then it’s time to paint. If you do choose to purchase a packaged program that is a detoxifying program look at the ingredients. If it is just full of eliminatory herbs (ones that facilitate or create bowel movements — cascara sagrada, turkey rhubarb, etc.) and doesn’t contain any soothing herbs (ones that help put the balance back into the mucosal lining of the intestines and soothe the kidneys and liver — burdock, aloe vera, milk thistle, etc.) then it is nothing more than a glorified laxative — but in herbal form. Once you do find a natural one another consideration needs to be the promotion of proper healthy bacterial levels in your intestines. All detox programs will increase your bowel movements — when we increase the amount of waste coming out we need to

make sure we are not “washing away” the friendly bacteria that is part of our immune system and also an aid in keeping things moving as they should. Lack of good bacteria can allow Candida albicans to overgrow. Next, while doing any cleansing program you should also eat in a way that it is helping with the bodies toxic load, which means easier to digest proteins (fish, chicken, legumes and peas) and an abundance of rich in color vegetables and fruits. One word of caution, you don’t want to be detoxing so fast that you have to take inventory of all the bathrooms in your life. You get the idea. I have uploaded information to my website to assist you with your detoxifying needs: html. Julie A. Wilczynski is a traditional naturopath, counselor of natural health, certified nutritional consultant, certified personal trainer, and yoga and Pilates instructor.

Relay for Life helps cancer survivors in many ways From Gazette staff reports

Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn’t be. The society is in your corner, around the clock to guide you through your cancer experience. The society can help patients and their families make informed decisions about care, find moral support from others who have been there and offer practical solutions to daily challenges. ■ Finding cures. The society funds and conducts groundbreaking research that helps scientists understand cancer‟s causes, determine how best to prevent it, and discover new ways

to cure it. The society is the largest private funder of cancer research. ■ Fighting Back. Cancer is not just a health issue, but a political issue. The society advocates for people to have access to critical cancer screenings and follow-up treatment — regardless of income. Some examples include: increasing government funding for cancer research, establishing smoke-free policies, and improving access to affordable, quality healthcare. “The American Cancer Society

STATE COLLEGE — It brings men, women and children together for an overnight gathering of celebration and remembrance. It raises funds for the fight against cancer, a disease that will affect one in three Americans in their lifetime, accounting for more than 1.5 million cases this year. It celebrates life, remembers those lost and empowers others to fight back. What is it? It’s the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, and it’s happening soon in your community. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is one important way to make a difference in the fight against cancer. This year, millions of Relay participants in thousands of local communities across the country will raise millions of dollars to further the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives and creating more birthdays by helping people get well, helping people stay well, finding cures and fighting back. So what happens when you support American Cancer Society Relay For Life? Here are just a few examples: ■ Helping you stay well. Finding cancer early can mean the difference between life and death. The society helps you take steps to prevent cancer or detect it at its earliest and provide the most up-to-date informaSubmitted photo tion about how to reduce ON MAY 1 members of the Relay For Life committee decorated several Bellefonte your cancer risk by healthy businesses as part of the “Paint the Town Purple” campaign. The Relay will be lifestyle choices. Contact (800) 227-22345 or cancer. held starting at 3 p.m. June 1 at Governor’s Park in Bellefonte. Pictured, from left, are Keri O’Shea, sponsorship chair, Samantha Benz, ACS staff partner, and Pam org for more information. ■ Helping you get well. Royer, event co-chair.

spends the funds raised through Relay For Life on cancer-fighting efforts that benefit everyone in the community,” said Sam Benz, Income Development Representative. This year, Centre County will host two American Cancer Society Relay For Life events.

The Relay For Life of Bellefonte will take place beginning at 3 p.m. on June 1 at Governor’s Park in Bellefonte. The Relay For Life of Centre Hall will take place on June 23 at Grange Fairgrounds. For more information, call (800) 227-2345 or visit

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GAIL MILLER, event chair for the Relay for Life, checks out the progress of the Relay’s thermometer, which is in the window at Dairy Queen in Bellefonte. A total of $50,000 has been raised thus far. The goal for this year’s Relay is $75,000.

Mount Nittany celebrates an entire system of care From Gazette staff reports STATE COLLEGE — While some health care facilities will celebrate National Hospital Week, held May 6-12 this year, Mount Nittany is expanding on the occasion by observing Health System Week in honor of its entire system of care.

“Our recognition of National Health System Week is a celebration of people,” said Steve Brown, FACHE, president and CEO. “Not only are we proud of each member of the Medical Center staff, but this year, we want to acknowledge each staff member of Mount Nittany Health System. We recognize the important role

all of our employees play in extending a sense of trust to our patients and community as they provide streamlined, quality care to each patient.” The nation’s largest healthcare observance, National Hospital Week, dates to 1921, when the idea was suggested by a magazine editor who hoped a com-

munity-wide celebration would alleviate public fears about hospitals. The effort, launched in Chicago, succeeded in promoting trust and goodwill among members of the public, and participation eventually spread to facilitators across the nation as well. The week’s theme — “Making

Miracles Happen” — is the centerpiece of a promotional campaign aimed at uniting health care facilities around the country. In tribute, Mount Nittany has set aside the week to express gratitude to its entire staff for its dedication in providing trusted care to the community, according to officials.

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Penns Valley fifth-graders visit Muddy Paws Marsh By SAM STITZER

SPRING MILLS — On May 4, the fifthgrade classes from Penns Valley Elementary and Intermediate School spent the day at Muddy Paws Marsh near Spring Mills. The marsh is owned by Greg and Mary Kay Williams, who also own and operate the Cooke Tavern Bed and Breakfast, and the Cooke Tavern Soups Company, which is adjacent to the marsh along state Route 45 in Penn Hall. Muddy Paws Marsh was so named by the Williams’s because their dog used to wander in the marshy area and come home with muddy paws. Years ago, the marsh area had drains installed, and was used as a pasture area. When the Williamses bought the property, they removed the drains, returning the marsh to its natural state and opened it to the public. Penns Valley fifth-grade classes have been coming to the marsh since 2000, as part of its environmental education curriculum. The day at Muddy Paws consisted of traveling between several learning stations on the premises, to learn about different facets of the marshland ecology. Some of the stations were manned by special guests. Pam Ford and Lee Parmalee, master gardeners from the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden (Tudek Park), led a learning station about butterflies. They explained the migration habits of monarch butterflies. Incredibly, these insects make a trek from the United States and Canada to points in Mexico each year. Since the monarch’s lifespan is a matter of weeks, the returning butterflies are actually the offspring of the ones that flew to Mexico. They noted that butterfly habitats are disappearing, and urged the students to plant and preserve milkweed plants, the main food source for monarchs. Curt Buergin led a station on beekeeping, explaining the life cycle and habits of bees. He told the students about Colony Collapse Disorder, where entire bee colonies have suddenly disappeared. He noted that it is thought that chemicals in pesticides can somehow cause the bees to lose their ability to recognize landmarks, so that when they leave the hive, they cannot find their way back. Carmen Volante from the Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center gave a presentation on reptiles and raptor birds. She introduced a wood turtle, a rat snake, a red-tailed hawk, and a great horned owl to the students. “Why are turtles so slow?” asked one boy.

“They’re not really built for speed on land,” Volante said. “But in the water, they’re really fast.” She also busted the myth that turtles can come out of their shells, noting that the turtle’s ribs and spine are permanently attached to their shells. The rat snake drew a few “eww’s” from several children and adults, but Volante pointed out that rat snakes are not venomous, and they eat rats and other vermin, helping to control their population. They kill their prey by constriction, which does not strangle the prey, but squeezes it so hard that its heart stops. Volante explained how to tell venomous snakes from nonvenomous varieties, noting differences in markings, eyes and head shapes. The red-tailed hawk and great horned owl held the children’s attention while Volante detailed the birds’ life cycles and characteristics. She noted the hawk’s great vision, and its ability to dive on its prey at speeds of over 120 mph. She demonstrated the owl’s ability to turn its head in a 270degree arc (3/4 of a full circle). A class favorite was the Macroinvertebrates and Me station located on a small stream on the marsh property. Ann Donovan from the Centre County Conservation District, assisted by fifth-grade teacher Kay Moses, led the students in finding streambottom macroinvertebrates, which include crayfish, mussels, aquatic snails, worms and the larvae of aquatic insects. The students donned hip boots and waded into the stream with nets in hand, retrieving tiny life forms and dropping them into ice cube trays and plastic pans. They used a chart to identify their prize creatures, then returned them to the stream. The students really enjoyed this experience. “I found a centipede,” said student Douglas Bierly, showing his catch to Moses. Another station was placed on a boardwalk in the middle of the marsh, where students drew pictures of what they observed in the marsh area. Mary Carol Frier, representing the Penns Valley Conservation Association, which sponsors the environmental education program, praised Greg and Mary Kay Williams. “We simply could not do this without access to their wonderful Muddy Paws Marsh,” she said. Frier worked with the school district to schedule the date and helped with bus transportation from the school. The Muddy Paws Marsh will host the Centre County Master Gardener Frog Festival from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on June 9.

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STUDENTS DISPLAY the pictures they drew of the marshland environment. The event will feature guest presenter Dr. Jim Julian, an instructor of biology at Penn State University. This free event is

open to children and adults, and will be held rain or shine. For information or to register, call (814) 422-8787.

College captures national crown in competition By Penn State Live UNIVERSITY PARK — The College of Communications has captured the national championship in the intercollegiate writing competition of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program. The competition, often called “the Pulitzers of college journalism,” is in its 52nd year. The country’s 108 nationally accredited journalism-mass communication programs are eligible to compete. Schools can submit two student entries in each of the five monthly writing competitions: features, enterprise reporting, sports reporting, personality/profile writing and breaking news writing. This year’s competition drew more than 500 writing entries. The final intercollegiate standings are calculated based on overall student performances. “We are a perennial top-five place winner in the annual Hearst intercollegiate writing standings, but we’re particularly

proud of our championship team this year,” Dean Doug Anderson said. “We have established a pattern of success in this prestigious competition, to be sure, but a No. 1 finish certainly adds luster to our tradition.” Two Penn State students earned firstplace finishes: Trey Miller in sports writing and Anna Orso in breaking news writing. Both earn spots in the Hearst individual national championships in San Francisco in June. Six other Penn State students earned top-20 individual finishes: Brittany Stoner claimed eighth place in features; Jake Kaplan placed fourth in sports writing; Zack Feldman earned fourth in personality/profile writing; Alex Angert notched eighth in breaking news writing; Paul Casella earned ninth in personality/profile writing; and Lexi Belculfine placed 13th in features. Penn State’s Matt D’Ippolito and Paige Minemyer scored points in enterprise reporting. Indiana, Northwestern, Missouri, Arizona State, Kansas, Oregon, Nebraska,

Florida and Kentucky round out the top-10 intercollegiate writing standings. “We are so proud of our students,” Russ Eshleman, associate head of the Department of Journalism and co-coordinator of the College’s writing submissions said. “They tackled tough stories and did a wonderful job of reporting and writing them.” Two Penn State students have captured the individual writing crown in the San Francisco championships in the past five years: Halle Stockton, now a reporter for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (in Florida), who won in 2007, and Andrew McGill, now a reporter for The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., who placed first in 2010. The top-five place winners in each of the writing competitions earn scholarships, with matching grants to the College of Communications. The college also will receive a gold medallion and a $10,000 award at the Hearst championships in San Francisco for its first-place intercollegiate finish. The Hearst Journalism Awards Program is conducted under the auspices of accred-

ited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication and is fully funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. It consists of five monthly writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, three broadcast news competitions and four multimedia competitions, with individual championship finals in all divisions. The program awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually. The college also earned top-10 final intercollegiate finishes in photojournalism, with a best-ever fourth-place finish, and eighth place in the final intercollegiate broadcast standings. The final multimedia intercollegiate standings will be announced in May. Judging the writing competition this year were: Jennifer Sizemore, vice president/editor-in-chief, and executive producer, NBC News; Ward Bushee, editor and executive vice president, The San Francisco Chronicle; and Marty Kaiser, editor and senior vice president, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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THE STATE COLLEGE FRIENDS SCHOOL recently enjoyed a performance by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. The performance was of “Penn’s Pals,” an original piece created and directed by ensemble member Andrew Hubatsek. A teacher’s study guide was provided in advance of the show. With songs, humor and an historical frame of reference, three actors told the story of the life and adventures of William Penn, his writings, philosophy, Quaker beliefs and contribution in the creation of a new country. May is a month of school plays at Friends School by each grade level. The performance not only served as a reinforcement of curriculum at the school but also as inspiration for young writers and actors as they create and perform for parents and friends.

PSU students Children’s Learning Center named for board chairman, wife win ethics award From Gazette Staff reports The Children’s Learning Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been named for retiring Penn College Board of Directors Chairman Robert E. Dunham and his wife, Maureen. A surprise unveiling took place at the center after a board of directors meeting at the college. Dunham is stepping down as board chairman in June. After a long, distinguished career in higher education, Dunham retired in 1998 from The Pennsylvania State University as senior vice president and dean of the Commonwealth Education System. He has served as chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors since 1997. During his tenure as board chairman at Penn College, Dunham has provided leadership for the design and construction of a new main entrance, the Student and Administrative Services Center, College Avenue Labs, the Madigan Library, the Center for Business & Workforce Development, Rose Street Commons student housing complex, and the Construction Masonry Building, as well as renovation of many campus facilities, including extensive work at the historic Klump Academic Center. Maureen Dunham is a retired elementary public school teacher, having taught for 28 years in Pomona,

Calif.; Ventura, Calif.; West Lafayette, Ind.; and the State College area. She helped found — and administer — a nontuition Friendship Tutoring Program for elementary school students in the State College area who need help with math, science and reading skills. The couple also established the Robert E. and Maureen Dunham Scholarship in 2004 for students enrolled in bachelor-degree programs at Penn College. “We are delighted to recognize the invaluable contributions of Bob and Maureen with this honor,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “We wish to thank them both for their continuing support of the college and for their tireless efforts to improve the lives of young people.” The Children’s Learning Center is a Pennsylvania-licensed child care center (Keystone 4 Stars) and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Education and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Located in the Hager Lifelong Education Center at Penn College, the CLC serves students, faculty and staff whose children need high-quality, on-campus care and education while their parents are working or attending classes. The center cares for children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years during the school year, and through age 7 (when space is available) during the summer.

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his leadership through everyday encounters. He is a Paterno Liberal Arts Undergraduate Fellow and Schreyer Honors Scholar. ■ Barbara Donnini, class of 2012, economics, University Park campus, for demonstrating a morally literate approach to working for big change on issues such as the ethical dimensions of climate change and fair labor practices. ■ Julian Haas, class of 2012, sociology, University Park campus, for working to address the intersectional nature of systemic forms of oppression. He worked to found Penn State’s first fraternity for gay, bisexual, and progressive men, and helped plan the first LGBTQA-focused on-campus living community. ■ Staci Neal, class of 2012, letters, arts, and sciences, DuBois campus, for insisting on equal rights for all members of the community. Neal worked to found SAFE, which is the first LGBTQA organization at Penn State DuBois.

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HOPE Fund hosts second annual gala By SAM STITZER

POTTERS MILLS — The Penns Valley HOPE Fund sponsored the second annual Gala for Hope at the former Henry and Company Barn in Potters Mills on April 29. This event featured an evening of dancing and sampling culinary treats by caterer Bobbie Dash. The Elk Creek Café and Alehouse in Millheim donated two of their craft brews, a brown ale called Brookie, and a pale brew called Blue Heron, for patrons to sample and enjoy. New to the gala this year was a silent auction of goods and services donated by local businesses, as well as a basketball autographed by the Penn State women’s basketball team. Auction organizer Jen Yoder hopes to expand this auction next year, and add raffles to raise more money for the HOPE Fund. Gala organizer Joan Karp said that about 70 reservations were made for this event, and she was pleased with the turnout. “People are passionate about the HOPE Fund in Penns Valley,” Karp said. The Jay Vonada Trio provided music for the event and DJ Troy Homan played plenty of dance music. A swing dance lesson was conducted for the crowd by Kevin Fee and his wife, Adrienne, of the Dance Harmony Social Dancing School, who taught some basic steps in East Coast swing.

The magnificent restored barn provided a perfect backdrop of rustic elegance for this gala event. Couples enjoyed the food, socializing and dancing for the benefit of the Penns Valley HOPE Fund. HOPE Fund board member, T.J. Coursen, addressed the patrons, thanking them for their support of the charity. “We couldn’t do what we do without people like you,” he said. Board president Dan Gensimore spoke, giving the history of the HOPE Fund. Since its inception in 2008, the HOPE Fund has distributed nearly $160,000 to families in the Penns Valley area who faced catastrophic financial situations due to illnesses, accidents and other grave situations. He said the charity has begun helping with food and fuel banks in the valley, who are running low on funds. The charity did not originally intend to get into paying for food and fuel. “It’s hard to say no to a 23-year-old mother of two (who has run out of heating oil) in the middle of February when it’s about 10 above zero,” he said. “We are extremely grateful for all the money that has been contributed to our cause.” In the end, the Gala For HOPE will benefit many families. “When you reach out and help somebody else,” Gensimore said. “It helps you to forget about you own aches, pains and problems.”

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THE RUSTIC BARN made the perfect setting for the HOPE Fund gala.

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DAN AND CONNIE GENSIMORE enjoyed the event.

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ADRIENNE AND KEVIN FEE gave a lesson in swing dance to the crowd of gala attendees.

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MONDAY, MAY 14 From Gazette staff reports BOALSBURG — The Village of Boalsburg will celebrate Memorial Day for the 148th time with a day of activities and events, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on May 28. A Fun Run will be held at 8:30 a.m. at Blue Spring Park. A festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will feature local musicians, artisans and a traditional Maypole dance at 12:30 p.m. There will be a closing service at 6 p.m.

Additionally, the Boalsburg Heritage Museum, the Boal Mansion and the Pennsylvania Military Museum will host family-oriented activities, including encampments and a battle by Civil War re-enactors. Boalsburg is widely known as the birthplace of Memorial Day. The first celebration was held in 1864. For a complete list of events call (814) 466-9266, or visit www.boalmuseum. com/memorialdayvillage. html.

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Snow Shoe Lions Club plants trees throughout Mountaintop From Gazette staff reports SNOW SHOE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Snow Shoe Lions Club is making the Mountaintop Area a greener place. Club members spent April 20 planting 11 oriental dogwood trees throughout the Mountaintop area. The trees were planted at the Mountaintop Elementary School, Pine Glen Cemetery and at the veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memorials in Clarence, Moshannon, Pine Glen and Snow Shoe.

A tree was also planted at Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market in honor the late Bill Hall, one of the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founders. The trees are 6 feet tall and a plaque will be placed in front of each tree announcing the fact that the tree was donated by the Snow Shoe Lions Club. Club member Mike Drapcho crafted the plaques, which are encased in Plexiglas and state: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be it known this tree was planted to beautify the Mountaintop Area and for the enjoyment of its citizens.â&#x20AC;?

The Mountaintop effort is part of Lions Club International President Wing-Kun Tamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal of planting a million trees throughout the world. The club on the Mountaintop has been in existence for 66 years and two of their most recent contributions were $1,000 to the Mountaintop Area Food Bank and $1,000 to the Mountaintop Pool. Drapcho, a past president of the club, said the club has other projects that are being considered for the Mountaintop area.

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PAWS ADOPT-A-PET Treasure, a female yellow lab/golden retriever mix, hopes to find that one treasure missing in her life â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a new forever family. While shy at times around strangers and fearful of some men, Treasure is a real snuggle bug when in her comfort zone. The perfect lazy day activity for this sweet gal is laying her head in laps and cuddling. However, when it is time to play, Treasure is always ready since she is full of young energy. The ideal home for Treasure would be one without other pets and with parents who will use positive reinforcement and kindness. If your home sounds like a perfect match for Treasure, come meet her anytime PAWS is open at 1401 Trout Road, State College, or read more about her at Once adopted, Treasure and her family will be treated to free training classes.

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SNOW SHOE Lions Club members planted two dogwood trees at the Mountaintop Elementary School, with the help of fifth-grade students. Students pictured, from left, are Noah Hall, Regan Guenot, Aaron Holzinger and Caitlynn Close.

CATA summer service schedule and construction detours announced By LAURA NICHOLS

STATE COLLEGE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Summer is right around the corner and that means CATA bus drivers can breathe a bit easier. Or, at least, drive less. CATA announced its reduced summer service schedule for all CATABUS and CATARIDE services are already in effect. They run through Aug. 25.

There will be no service on May 28, Memorial Day, or on July 4, Independence Day. All routes will remain in service, with the exception of the shaded trips indicated on the daily schedule of the HP, K, N, NE, NV, R, UT, V, VE, and W Routes, and the White Loop and the Green Link. Summer construction on-campus will lend to route detours. Curtin Road between Bigler Road and Uni-

versity Drive will be inaccessible to the CATA bus service from Monday, May 7, through Friday, Aug. 10, and all CATA buses operating in that area will experience detours. Complete service changes for routes affected by the detour, which are all routes except the A, F, G, K, N, R, S, V, W, and X routes, can be found on the CATA website. Any other questions can be directed to CATA at (814) 238-CATA.

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The Fresh Life: Taking a closer look at tree rings While walking through the woods, I contemplated what story to write for this week’s issue of the Gazette. Coming upon an area of deforested land, there were many seemingly majestic trees that had either been cut and used for wood products or for the betterment of the habit, as new and young trees cold now grow and splurge because of the added sunlight and space. Wondering how old some of these trees were that had been cut, the idea came to write about the study of tree rings, which there is an actual name for. DendroAmy Debach-Conc h ro n o l o g y fer is a photograor tree-ring pher and picture dating is the framing profession- s c i e n t i f i c al. She can be method of reached via email dating the at mosd14@yahoo. com or through her age of a tree based on the Web site at analysis of www.amyruth patterns of tree rings. Dendrochronology can date the time at which tree rings were formed, in many types of wood, to the exact calendar year. It can also help to date other things around the tree such as old buildings or items made of wood such as historic panel paintings. Dendrochronology can also help to pinpoint the original source and


age for objects such as old ships or wooded artifacts. In order to better understand the growth cycle and sunspot activity, A.E. Douglas, an astronomer, first studied tree rings in the beginning of the 20th century and found that there was a direct correlation between the climate and growth. He discovered that changes with the sun were related to climate and these changes and observations could ultimately be recorded through studying tree rings. Tree rings form differently depending on the weather, rain, climate, soil ph, plant nutrition, and Co2 concentration in each year. A falsehood is that one ring equals one year of growth. Some years there may be more than one ring for that particular year. This generally happens when there are alternating poor and favorable conditions such as a summer drought or winter flood. Wider rings are a result of adequate moisture and a longer growing season while or narrower rings may be a result of a drought. No rings at all are rare in oak and elm trees and have only been recorded once, in the year 1816. Oak trees in a specific area had no ring so the year was dubbed as the “Year without a summer.” While studying tree rings, researchers have found that trees in the same region or climate will show the same growth rate and patterns. To assess the age of a tree or certain wood products, cross section cutting into the truck of a tree is done. When a cross section is done, one will see that older rings are located near the heart of the tree while the younger rings are nearer to the

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DENDROCHRONOLOGY is the method for dating trees or things around it, such as old buildings and the like. edges or bark of the tree. After the rings of the tree are exposed, a process called cross dating is used to find its age. Until the use of computers, this was done visually. These processes have been used for archaeological dating of timbers near Native American cliff dwellings in the Southwest and have been able to identify chronologies back 11,000 years in trees in South Germany and Northern Ireland. In order to obtain a dendrodate, researchers either take a

slice of the wood or use a 10mm drill bit to extract a piece the core of the tree for dating. The samples are reviewed under a microscope and the data is entered into a database which compares older and newer samplings. The process is quite involved and there are many challenges for the researchers and scientists who are involved but, as a reward, history can be unveiled through the process. After researching dendrochronology, I have a new ap-

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YSB provides homeless with resources for living By KIMBERLY WOOD Special to The Gazette

How often do you think about homelessness in your community? Do you know anyone who is homeless or has been homeless? Do you see homelessness as an issue in our area? Too often our vision of homelessness is tainted by images from television, movies and news reports in metropolitan cities. We expect to see the homeless under a bridge in New York or in a tent city in Chicago. We falsely believe that if we don’t see people out on the streets, then we don’t have a problem with homelessness. That couldn’t be more inaccurate. Would you be surprised to learn that a Point-inTime survey conducted in Centre County on Jan. 25, 2012, counted 49 homeless adults and 17 homeless children? At the Youth Service Bureau, we run a program designed to assist a part of this vulnerable population. Stepping Stone Transitional Living Program provides homeless youth, ages 16-21, with a safe and stable place to live, while helping them learn basic life skills, pursue their education, obtain employment and access physical and mental health care. Our residents work hard to plan for their future and learn the skills they will need to be successful. If they have not completed their high school education, residents must enroll in school or pursue their GED. Every resident begins searching for employment and works with staff to learn to fill out applications, practice interviewing skills and make follow-up calls to managers. We look for opportunities every day for our residents to make their own decisions, recognize and utilize their strengths and learn from their mistakes in a safe environment. They learn to pay rent, establish savings and budget their money. We work with

them on everything from learning to do laundry and follow a recipe, to completing college and financial aid applications. We also conduct weekly life skills workshops for our residents that are open to any youth in the community who would like to learn or improve their skills. Our residents have their struggles, just like every teenager, but it can just make their success that much sweeter. You may have walked past our home several times. We are only a few blocks up from College Avenue. But there is no sign in our yard announcing our program and this is done intentionally. The youth who come into our program have often been through the worst of the worst during their short lives. They may have been victims of abuse, struggled with addiction, run away from home or been evicted. In short, by the time they come to us, they have nowhere else to go and no means of financially supporting themselves. How many of us could have 100 percent supported ourselves at 18 with no other people in our lives to offer assistance or even just to have someone to talk to? In 2011, Stepping Stone served 17 of these homeless young adults through our residential program. Homelessness is an issue in our community and everyone can help. Do you have time to give as a mentor? Do you possess a knowledge or skill you would be willing to teach to our residents in a workshop? Would you be willing to tutor a youth or employ a youth? Or, most importantly to our residents, if you find out they are homeless, will you treat them the same way you would every other teenager? Kimberly Wood is the director of the Stepping Stone Transitional Living Program for Centre County’s Youth Service Bureau.

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AT ITS ANNUAL Volunteer Recognition Gathering, the Youth Service Bureau celebrated youth involved in exceptional volunteerism through the Dr. Bruce E. Knox awards. Winners were chosen by a selection committee that included YSB Board members and other community members. Recipients were nominated by their schools and by organizations who benefit from their volunteer time. This year’s winners, pictured from left, include Dr. Bruce Knox, Nikhil Ananth, Teresa Shook, Mariele Scheshter and Kyle Lucas.

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TYLER MONDOCK, Alex Hardison, Erik Hoover and Corey Stoner were awarded their Eagle Scout Rank and honored at their Court of Honor on April 28 at Seven Mountains Boy Scout Camp. They were joined by dignitaries from the State College Elks, U.S. Marine Corp Nittany Leathernecks, Rep. Glenn Thompson, Rep. Scott Conklin and the Centre County commissioners. The boys are all from Troop 375 in Stormstown. The Troop celebrated it’s 20th anniversary of the first Eagle Scout award, awarded it’s 20th Eagle and celebrated the 100th anniversary of the National Eagle Scout Award.






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CATA commercial winners announced From Gazette staff reports STATE COLLEGE — Over the past several months, the Centre Area Transportation Authority and the Penn State Marketing Association have developed and promoted the CATA Commercial Contest, through which CATA riders and the general public were encouraged to submit their own 30second television commercial promoting CATA’s services as the best way to get around. By the submission deadline, a total of seven videos had been submitted, five of which were eligible for awards based on the submission requirements. Entries have been judged by CATA and PSMA representatives and the winners of the contest are as follows: The grand prize winners were “CATA Catch the Bus” submitted by Stephanie Wain and Janel Yeager. The grand prize winners will have their commercial air on local television stations and will receive $100 in Amazon gift cards. The runner-up


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was the “SCAR Derby Video” submitted by Team Scar Derby of State College. The runner-up will receive $50 in iTunes gift cards. The second runner-up was a tie between “Walking vs. Riding” submitted by Calvin Baldasari and Darian Stansbury. The second runner-up was “Boyfriend Meeting Girlfriend” submitted by Samuel Kim, Sean Wang and Ran Kim. The second runner-up will receive $25 in Downtown State College gift cards. “I’m pleased with the collaboration between CATA and PSMA,” said Gary Jordan of the Penn State Marketing Association. “The CATA Commercial Contest was an enjoyable project to work on and it turned out to be not only successful but also a great learning experience. My hope is that we can work together again and we can make this great project even greater.” All submissions are currently available for public viewing on the CATA Commercial Contest website, www.catacontest. com.

effort to reduce motorcycle crashes and fatalities, PennDOT created the Live Free Ride Alive website. The interactive website, designed specifically for riders, challenges motorcyclists to take personal responsibility for their own safety. With a focus on receiving proper training to operate a motorcycle, the site offers visitors a chance to share personal riding stories with one another and take the “Be One Less” pledge to avoid becoming a crash statistic. The site also features a collection of stories about Pennsylvania riders and their families and friends, that celebrate the freedom of riding and take a sobering look at what happens when a rider is hurt in a crash. Currently, more than 1,700 people have taken the “Be One Less” pledge and more than 850 people have posted a rider message. To learn more about riding safely, to see videos and to share your riding experiences visit Additional safety tips for motorists are available by selecting the Motorcycle Safety link under the Traffic Safety Information Center at Taking an approved motorcycle safety training course decreases the chances of a rider being killed or injured in a crash. New and seasoned riders can take advantage of free Basic, Basic Rider 2, Advanced Rider and Three-Wheeled Basic Rider motorcycle safety courses through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program. For more information or to register for a course, visit

From Gazette staff reports HARRISBURG — With the promise of warmer weather and increased motorcycle presence on Pennsylvania roadways, Gov. Tom Corbett has signed a proclamation designating May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch says motorcycle safety is the responsibility of both riders and drivers. “By riding within the limits of their ability and by wearing the proper safety gear, motorcyclists can do a lot to protect themselves,” Schoch said. GOV. TOM CORBETT “But motor vehicle drivers also have a responsibility to keep an eye out for motorcycles and do what they can to share the road and keep riders safe.” Although motorcycle use is on the rise — the number of registered motorcycles climbed by more than 5,600 and licensed motorcyclists grew by 8,500 last year — crashes and fatalities were down from 2010. There were more than 3,600 crashes involving motorcycles on Pennsylvania roadways in 2011, resulting in 199 fatalities versus more than 4,000 crashes and 223 fatalities in 2010. As part of its continuing and aggressive

YMCA of Centre County focuses on community By the Centre County YMCA STATE COLLEGE — At the Y, we recognize that for communities to succeed, everyone must be given the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. The YMCA of Centre County, with branches in Bellefonte, Moshannon Valley (Philipsburg) and State College, offers financial assistance through its Open Doors program, keeping the Y available for kids, adults and families who need us most. We depend on the generosity of our members and community to support the Open Doors program through our Annual Giving Campaign. The 2012 volunteer-driven campaign, led by Campaign Chair Dawn McKee and Campaign Vice-Chair Tim Schoonover, kicked off on February 25, with a goal of raising $195,000 to support our three YMCA branches and the communities they serve. A total of 100 percent of the funds raised go directly to serving kids, adults and families at the YMCA branch of the donor’s choice.

On April 22, YMCA leaders and campaign volunteers celebrated exceeding their goal, by raising a total of $215,595. Thank you to everyone that donated both time and financial resources to the Y’s 2012 Annual Giving Campaign. The true impact of your support is seen each day at the Y: A 5-year-old graduate of the Early Care and Education program starts kindergarten with self-confidence, social skills, and a readiness to learn. ... A 13-year-old, after years of attending summer day camp, gets his long anticipated opportunity to be a LIT (Leader In Training) for that same camp. ... A 16-year-old travels to Peru, helps others, experiences another culture and has the experience of a lifetime. ... A single parent, working hard to finish her schooling, has a safe, nurturing environment for her 4 children to spend their after school hours. ... A disabled veteran rediscovers a healthy lifestyle and gains a new passion for helping others. ... A senior adult recovering from double knee replacement stands unassisted and continues to make great strides in improving his quality of life. ... A whole family comes to the Y to spend quality time and give back to the community. When you give to the Y, your gift has a meaningful, enduring impact right here in your own community. To learn more about the Y, visit

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Native plants add to landscape By SALLY MCMURRY Centre County Extension Master Gardener Intern

Home gardeners can substitute natives for exotics in any type of landscape design: a single specimen, perennial border, ground cover, grass substitute, hedge, water feature, rock garden or shade garden, just to name a few.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has published a wonderful book titled “Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants,” which can help gardeners choose appropriate substitutes for the more familiar but problematic standbys. It has categories for trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous plants and grasses. In this article we’ll take a look at a “ready packaged” scheme for a perennial bed based entirely on natives. I follow traditional precepts of garden design, but using natives instead. This bed would measure about 25 feet by 8 feet, and the plantings are appropriate for full sun and average soil. It features colors in the red, purple and white range. The total bloom time for the ensemble extends from mid spring to late fall. All of these plants are relatively well-behaved and commercially available. Any perennial bed needs “bones.” These are the basic plants that provide visual and literal structure to a garden. Usually, these are the large, tall, shrubby species or even small trees, which anchor the garden and often remain above ground all winter to provide four-season interest. For my hypothetical bed, I chose Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica), also known as “tassel-white.” This shrub can grow to about 8 feet and bears long tassel-like nodding white flowers in the spring. My own plants also have attractive bright green twigs that offer wintertime brightness. Sweetspires look best planted in clumps. A complement foundation plant is

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What: Centre County Historical Society 17th Annual Plant Celebration and Sale When: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 12 Where: Centre Furnace Mansion, 1001 E. College Ave., corner of East College Avenue and Porter Road

What: Garden Fair & Plant Sale, hosted by Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County When: From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 19 Where: Progress Days Grounds, 2710 W. Pine Grove Road, Pa Furnace

What: The Arboretum at Penn State 2012 Plant Sale When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 12 Where: Arboretum and H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, Corner of Bigler Road and Park Avenue, State College

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Create an oasis from the inside out Professionals offer tips to make most of nature’s beauty in backyard By SAMI HULINGS For The Gazette

For those wanting to add space to their home, building an addition may not be necessary. More people are extending their homes to the outdoors by bringing the comforts of the indoors outside. They can create personal oases in their own backyards. Creating a living space outdoors allows homeowners’ personalities and imaginations to escape out through the windows and doors of their homes. Pennwood Home and Hearth president Jeff Bolze believes people can use their imaginations to make their own little paradises, depending on what they do with their outdoor spaces and how they add their own personal touches. The outdoor room “provides an opportunity for people to spend more time outside than they otherwise would,” Jere McCarthy, owner of State College Design and Construction said. “For some, the space may create a sense of peace and connectedness. For others, it may be a place that has all the features they need to ensure that they and their guests have a memorable evening. An area around a pool may include a kitchen, an outdoor sound system and some ceiling fans. A place for a family to sit and connect may include special attention to seating and lighting arrangements, a fireplace and a small pond or soothing fountain.” The homeowner’s personal touch and intentions for the room affect the look of the outdoor space greatly. Joe Stitt, a landscape designer at Moon Brothers Landscaping, said the floor to an outdoor space may consist of a patio, deck

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or grass, and the walls may be sides to a patio or railings to a courtyard or deck — it just depends on what the client wants and what is actually possible. “It is a part of the landscape where you have concentrated the developed landscape to use for a specific function, making it more defined by boundaries and more separated from the rest of the landscape,” he said. When it comes to the actual design and creation of an outdoor room, the amount of design variety allows people to make the space their own by combining architecture, landscape architecture and interior-design concepts with nature. McCarthy uses these concepts to design a room after he has interviewed his clients to learn how they intend to use the space. “I learn how they will be interacting with the space, what they hope to gain from the space, and I observe their unique style. I then combine all of this information with the functional requirements of the space, and design a room to the client’s budget,” he said. He believes the design of the space will evoke an emotional response when the homeowner and the space interact simultaneously with the changing seasons, the weather, and day and night. For many a client, these designs are of a multifunctioning outdoor space that will serve as a comfortable entertaining space, complete with an outdoor kitchen and outdoor living area. Bolze begins to plan an outdoor space by defining what that space will be. “The outdoor extension should feel comfortable, like a part of the rest of the house,” he said. “The definition should include how you intend to use it, what kind of entertaining you would do, and how to make it so everything can be done at an outdoor kitchen.” Stitt believes that in order to make sure the designs include everything that a client wants, it is necessary to keep him or her involved in every aspect of the outdoor-room planning. Like McCarthy, he interviews his clients to learn everything he can about their personal style and taste. Once he has completed a design that he feels matches their wants and needs, he presents the design to his clients and makes any necessary changes. “Very rarely does the design come out exactly like you planned,” he said. “You are dealing with nature, and things change because of the evolutionary process. You need to be flexible both working with nature — because nature doesn’t bend — and working with customers because sometimes their wants change.” Once the design for an outdoor space is completed and approved, the construction of the room begins. McCarthy says the construction process of an outdoor room tends to differ somewhat from a typical construction process because the materials and methods used in the construction have to be able to withstand weather elements. Materials such as stone, wooden beams and steel are often used to create outdoor spaces because they can stand up to weather conditions. By combining these materials in the outdoor design, McCarthy said an inviting and warm place that draws people into the space is created, all while complementing the natural environment around the space. When choosing materials for an outdoor space, Stitt recommends clients in the State College area pay attention to the freeze-and-thaw cycles, especially when deciding on flooring for their outdoor space.




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“I prefer to use a paver or stone over poured slabs of concrete because of the freeze and thaw of central Pennsylvania,” he said. He also advises clients to look into fabric choice for outdoor rooms because nonUV resistant fabrics will be bleached by the sun. If using lumber to construct a frame or floor, both Stitt and Bolze recommend a treated lumber such as cedar because it will last over time. Treated lumber does require maintenance and may raise the cost of an outdoor room. After choosing the correct materials to create the framework of the outdoor room, McCarthy said it is important to equip the room with the proper features to enhance the customer’s outdoor-room experience. Feature trends include outdoor kitchens, pools or fountains, fire pits, outdoor bars and heirloom flower gardens. Bolze has noticed a surge in outdoor kitchen features that include pizza ovens, natural charcoal grills, and smokers or other ceramic-type cooking options. Stitt said these outdoor-kitchen trends have to do with the want to have an entire kitchen at the client’s fingertips. “You can have all types of cooktops, charcoal grills, gas grills and smokers. Clients want sinks, outdoor fridges that go under the counters, and wine coolers so their selection is right there,” he said. In order to have a working outdoor kitchen, it is necessary to have the correct setup for gas, water, and electrical lines. Bolze says a client must know local jurisdictions and codes to follow when installing any line for their outdoor space. “The biggest mistake is not planning,” he said. “If you put down a gas line that is undersized, then that fire feature that you paid a lot of money for won’t show — the flame will only be a few inches instead of a few feet. You have to maintain clearances depending on the size of a fire pit. Many people aren’t properly prepared. They go on the Internet and don’t take into consideration the size of the line and the gas consumption needed.” Because of the scope of the installation, Stitt recommends those thinking of creating an outdoor room seek the advice of a professional. “There is a lot more that goes into an outdoor room than people realize,” he said. “Sometimes a professional can tell you from the initial contact what is possible and what isn’t. It’s better to get with a professional from the beginning because they can create a design and give you a better estimate of the project.” With the help of a professional, a homeowner is given more opportunities to create the oasis they want. They have the expertise of someone who can create a minivacation at their fingertips. McCarthy believes outdoor spaces are important because they can provide homeowners with quick getaways from the fast-paced life so many lives. “Today, we live a very hectic life and it has become important to plan relaxation and rejuvenation to achieve a sense of balance,” he said. “An outdoor room does this in a way that other spaces cannot.” Though an outdoor room will add value to the home, this is not what Stitt is after. “In these specific outdoor rooms it is more about having a place to stop and reflect. It’s necessary to give the homeowner a space to enjoy what is happening in nature because nature is always changing. That is what I really stress when I’m working with customers — all the different aspects of nature.”

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Penn State goes West: Several Lions land in Oakland If you’re a Penn State fan who has no allegiance to an NFL team, you may finally have a team to cheer for. The Oakland Raiders. As a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, it pains me to write this column. But there are now four former Penn Staters playing for the Raiders. Truth be told, all four are pretty good guys. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the four Nittany Lions now plying their trade in Oakland. ■ Stefen Wisniewski — The crusty vet of the bunch, Wiz has been a Raider since 2011. Oakland took him in the second round. At 6-foot-3, 315 pounds, he’s even bigger (and better) than he was at Penn State. He paid immediate dividends for the Raiders. As a rookie, he started all 16 games as the Raiders went 8-8. ■ Jack Crawford — During this year’s NFL draft, Crawford was selected in the fifth round by the Raiders. He was the third Nittany Lion taken, going after Devon Still went in the second round to the Cincinnati Bengals and Chris Morelli is the Johnnie Troutman, who was also taken editor of the Centre in the fifth round by the San Diego County Gazette. He Chargers. can be reached at Crawford was the first defensive editor@centre end taken out of Penn State since Aaron Maybin was taken in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He was the fifth defensive end selected under the watch of defensive line coach Larry Johnson. He heads to Oakland at 6-5, 274 pounds. He has a ton of untapped potential. He had some issues at Penn State when drug paraphernalia was found in an apartment he shared with another student. He was not charged. However, a solid combine and pro day made him a mid-round choice. If Crawford develops like the Raiders hope he can, he could prove to be a mid-round steal. ■ Nathan Stupar — The State College Area High School product was selected in the seventh round by the Raiders. It was a surprise selection as Stupar had no contact with the Raiders prior to the draft. He was the 230th overall pick in the draft. Stupar played outside linebacker at Penn State, but the Raiders will probably move him to the middle. He also figures to be a contributor on special teams. Moving to the middle is challenging at any level. Stupar will have to do it in the pros. “I’ve been playing outside my whole college career. I played some middle in some nickel packages,” Stupar said on a recent conference call. “I’m sure I’ll get used to it really fast. I’m a quick learner, and just being able to use my hands in tight and defeating blocks more easily.” He will have to get bigger, stronger and faster to earn a spot on the Raiders’ opening day roster. ■ Chaz Powell — It was a bit of a surprise that Powell was not selected in the draft. The Susquehannock High School product played several positions at Penn State and was an exceptional kick returner. However, during the three days of the NFL draft, Powell sat patiently and waited. He never heard his name announced on television. Although there was interest from the Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers and Detroit Lions, his phone never rang. But his agent, Deryk Gilmore, told him to be patient. It didn’t take long to land an offer. Powell signed with the Raiders on April 28 after the draft was complete. In Oakland, defensive backs coach Clayton Lopez told Powell he will have a chance to compete for a job in the secondary. He will also get a crack at being a kick returner, something the Raiders desperately need. If you need evidence of how good Powell is at returning kicks, simply watch the Penn State 2010 and 2011 season openers again. In both games, Powell returned kickoffs for touchdowns. He also electrified Beaver Stadiun in 2009, when he hauled in a 79-yard touchdown from Daryll Clark on the first play of the game in a night tilt with Iowa. It’s those kinds of splash plays that the Raiders are hoping to see from Powell in training camp and the preseason. If he can pull that off, he may just earn a spot with the silver and black. In addition to Wisniewski, Crawford, Stupar and Powell, there’s another Centre County connection to the Raiders. Philipsburg-Osceola High School and University of Maryland graduate Jon Condo is the team’s long snapper. Condo was a standout wrestler and football player for the Mounties before moving on to a successful collegiate career with the Terps. He’s been with the Raiders for six seasons and made the Pro Bowl in 2011.


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PENNS VALLEY’S Clarissa Keller jumps high for an overthrown ball as Bellefonte’s Jessica Gmerek makes it safe at third.

Lady Raiders belt Lady Rams on Senior Day, 8-1 Hannah Cooper leads the way in victory By TIM WEIGHT For The Gazette

BELLEFONTE — It was a special Senior Day for the Bellefonte Lady Raiders. Hannah Cooper pitched seven innings and kept Penns Valley off-balance all afternoon in an 8-1 Bellefonte victory. “It was a solid win for us, especially being a county game,” said Bellefonte coach Gregg Kohlhepp. “It sometimes seems like there is a little more on the line when those games show up on the schedule. Penns Valley is a dangerous team to face. They gave us a heck of a game the first time around. It is a good test as we head toward the postseason.” Cooper allowed just four hits and struck out seven in the lopsided win. She also had a super day at the plate,

going 3-for-4 with a double an a pair of RBIs. Jess Gmerek tripled twice and had two RBIs. Vanessa Cooper doubled, tripled and knocked in a run. Amber Watson plated a run for the Lady Raiders. All in all, it was a good afternoon for the seniors. “It was a terrific day to honor our five seniors: Hannah Cooper, Jess Gmerek, Jillian Musser, Chrissy Tressler and Amber Watson. They are a wonderful senior class. As coaches, we feel honored to work with such great people. They really are what Bellefonte softball is all about,” Kohlhepp said. Bellefonte took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and tacked on three more runs in the second. Penns Valley got a run in the top of the fourth to slice the lead to 5-1, but

Bellefonte responded with three insurance runs in the home half of the fifth. Tangie Lyons scored Penns Valley’s lone run. Morgan Royer and Lyons had doubles for the Lady Rams. But make no mistake about it, this was Bellefonte’s day. “We felt that we had control of the game from the first pitch. Hannah Cooper pitched a great game. We worked through some tough hitters and then put our bats to work. It helped to score runs early and put the game in the hands of our defense,” Kohlhepp said. “Our infield played another great game. Jess Gmerek got a lot of work at second base. She isn’t noticed a lot, but she really solidifies things in the infield and has a steadying presence out there.” Bellefonte improved to 15-4 with the win.

State High softball squad will pay tribute to Hallberg From Gazette staff reports STATE COLLEGE — For the State College Area High School softball squad, this year’s pink game is extra special. Prior to the start of the 2012 season, Nancy Hallberg died of breast cancer on Feb. 8. Her daughter, Gretchen Hallberg, is a senior for the Lady Little Lions. Because of that, the Lions will donate all of the proceeds from their pink game to the Breast Health Fund at Mount Nittany Medical Center in memory of Hallberg. Donations can be made to the State College Softball Booster Club right up until the day of the pink game. In addition, on the day of the game, the team will be selling raffle tickets for seven different raffle baskets, with prizes totaling more than $1,700. All of the money raised from the raffle ticket sales, the team’s concession stand and the 50/50 ticket sales that day, will be donated to the Breast Health Fund in Hallberg’s name. The game is set for Friday, May 11. It figures to be an emotional day for the Lions, as it’s also the squad’s Senior Day. Hallberg will be honored along with fellow senior Hannah Mazzocchi.

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THE STATE COLLEGE Area High School softball team will raise money for the Breast Health Fund when it plays its annual pink game on May 11. It’s also the team’s Senior Day.



MAY 10-16, 2012

Nittany Country Club among the gems of Centre County MINGOVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The hidden gem of Centre County golf courses, Nittany Country Club, located in the hamlet of Mingoville, was started in 1897 as a private hunting lodge and was originally called the Nittany Rod and Gun Club. Nestled in Nittany Valley along Route 64 between Bellefonte and Lock Haven, Nittany C.C. presents a challenging nine-hole golf course with alternating tees, tight fairways and protected greens that require accurate shots to make par. The course plays to a par 72 and measures just over 6,000 yards. For men, the course rating is 69.2 and the slope is 116. For women, the course plays to a par 75 and measures nearly 5,100 yards. The rating for women is 69.4 and the slope is 114. According to the USGA, the club is the fifth oldest golf club in Pennsylvania and the 79th oldest in the United States and celebrates its 115th anniversary this year. The club was founded as the Rod and Gun Club in 1895 by a group of businessmen in Williamsport. Mingoville was selected as the site because the Central Railroad of PennJohn Dixon writes a sylvania, which ran between Belleweekly golf column fonte and Mil Hall and connected to the New York Central, enabling memfor The Centre bers from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia County Gazette. He can be reached at to have easy access, served the village. The original Nittany Rod and Gun Club had three objectives: â&#x2013; To procure a clubhouse in Mingoville; â&#x2013;  To procure a quail preserve; â&#x2013;  To secure a trout preserve that could be annually stocked with large fish. The original club facility was a large farmhouse purchased from the McMullen family. The deed included a clause that the property would revert to the original owners if the house were ever used for a jail or insane asylum. There were 91 original subscribers, 22 of them from


Bellefonte. The other members came from Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Williamsport, Reading, Tyrone, Altoona and Huntingdon. R.B. Mellon, brother of Andrew Mellon, the Pittsburgh financier, was an organizing member. Hard times fell on the Rod and Gun Club in 1903, and the quail, which at one time numbered in 4,000, had all been destroyed either by poachers or severe winters. Only the trout stream and its dams remained. After a sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sale, the Nittany Country Club was formed and the original clubhouse was built. The clubhouse burned Aug. 5, 1909. The same architect who built the Centre County Courthouse designed a new clubhouse in 1910-11 for $8,500. The original course consisted of only three holes. Players looped the course six times to complete an 18-hole round. Today, no one is certain which holes are the original three. When Nittany C.C. wanted to become a member of the Central Counties Golf Association, one of the oldest in the state, one of the requirements was that the club had to have at least nine holes. Current holes No. 3 and No. 4 were added in 1923. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Actually we had 10 holes at one time,â&#x20AC;? stated Jimmy Dobson, a member of the golf course management team for 16 years and head course superintendent for six years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My father (legendary golfer at Nittany C.C. Harvery Dobson, who passed away January 2011 at 96½ years old) told me the story of a priest, Father SCOTT FREY Downs, who was member that weighed more than 300 pounds and he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get up to the top of No. 8, which is a very steep climb to the base of Nittany Mountain. So the club put in a green just for him. That was obviously the days before carts.â&#x20AC;? Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s course measures 6,014 yards and plays to par 72. While the course looks easy, its undulations and stampsize greens more than make up for the lack of length.

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THE PICTURESQUE FIRST hole at the Nittany Country Club in Mingoville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are only two or three holes that play the same front and back,â&#x20AC;? explained PGA golf professional Scott Frey, now in his third-year at Nittany C. C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything else is new angles. The biggest challenge is the small greens. I think the tightness of the course and the smallness of the holes is what makes Nittany so unique. The undulations of the greens, I know people come in to the course and it looks so easy and inviting until they play it. Then they find out how difficult this little 9-hole layout really is.â&#x20AC;? The first greenskeeper was Red Stevenson, who also took care of Clinton C. C. in Mill Hall, during World War II. William Sieg Sr. was instrumental in many of the renovations at the club over the years and his son William Sieg Jr. was the golf professional from 1962 until his retirement in 1993. Siegâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home is located behind No. 8 green. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Several of the trees that line the course were here when the Rod and Gun Club was built,â&#x20AC;? stated Dobson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The pro shop was an old one-room school house that Titan Steel (Cerro) brought down from Bellefonte after World War II. Another thing that makes Nittany so unique is the layout of the holes, Back in the old days, many members were wealthy people from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and they brought back ideas from golf courses they had visited in Europe. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing that adds to our rich history.â&#x20AC;? A devastating fire destroyed the clubhouse in 1998 and from the ashes arose a modern facility with a Pro Shop, Bar & Grill, a full sized kitchen, and a banquet room capable of handling large groups for weddings, business meetings, birthday parties, reunions and more.

COMING UP ACES Wolfgang Woods, of Carlisle, recorded a hole-in-one on the No. 14 hole of the Penn State Blue Course on May 1. Woods hit a 6-iron, on the 175-yard, par 3 hole. It was his first hole-in-one and was witnessed by Dave Wilson and Ray Geffre.

GOLF QUOTES â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golf combines two favorite American pastimes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; taking long walks and hitting things with a stick.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.J. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Rourke, is an American political satirist, journalist, writer and author.

CLARIFICATION In last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s column about the State College Elks Country Club, golf committee chairman Bill Fleckenstein was quoted: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a win-win situation for all involved.â&#x20AC;? Fleckstein was speaking as the golf chairman and not as a representative of the State College Elks Lodge. I apologize for any misunderstanding this may have implied.

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Bellefonte lacrosse team raises over $1,000 to fight breast cancer From Gazette staff reports BELLEFONTE — The Lady Red Raiders went pink — at least for one day. On April 16, the Bellefonte Area High School lacrosse team held its first-ever Breast Cancer Game. Bellefonte then joined forces with teams from Danville and Tunkhannock for

Danville’s Breast Cancer Game on April 21. Combined, the three teams raised over $1,000. This year’s donations went to the Marie Lamey Memorial Fund that benefits women with breast cancer and the nurses who care for them. Marie’s Fund provides medical and non-medical financial assistance for

patients, such as mammography screening. Gifts to the fund will also support nursing education. All of the funds raised will stay close to home, benefiting patients and nurses who live and work in Geisinger’s service area. These teams will reunite again next year to continue to help fight for a cure.

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LACROSSE TEAMS from Bellefonte, Danville and Tunkhannock raised money for the Marie Lamey Memorial Fund, which benefits women with breast cancer and the nurses who care for them.

O’Brien: Nittany Lions playing catch-up on recruiting trail By NATE MINK

HARRISBURG — Penn State broke fast out of the gate on the 2013 recruiting trail, securing eight commitments by the time the Blue-White Game rolled around in late April. Six are rated four-star prospects by, a surprising number of highly regarded prospects to some national recruiting analysts, who figured the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and uncertainty with a firstyear head coach would disrupt any recruiting momentum. What’s even more impressive about the recruiting start is Bill O’Brien’s admission that staying on with the New England Patriots through their Super Bowl run put the coaching staff behind on its recruiting plans. Despite being in the middle of foGREG WEBB cusing on securing verbal commitments from 2013 prospects, Penn State is identifying targets for the recruiting classes of 2014 and ‘15. “You have to be way far ahead of the curve there, and

we’re a little bit behind right now because of when I took the job, I was still in New England, and there’s no question that that put us behind a little bit,” O’Brien said. “But our staff did a great job in the wintertime in that four-week stretch where they were out securing the guys that we had committed but also putting together a really good solid list of ‘13 guys, and now they’re out there really busting their humps to find some more ‘13 guys but also gather information on the ‘14 and the ‘15 guys.” Prospect boards for the next three recruiting classes hang in the football office. O’Brien hopes the staff will be caught up by the end of May. O’Brien only watched film from the Alabama game to assess his talent and understand what it took to reach a national championship level of play. Therefore, determining the needs of the program mostly came from winter conditioning and throughout spring practice. “Spring practice obviously solidified some things in our mind but also helped us evaluate our team as far as needs go,” O’Brien said. “But our needs were pretty much set after winter conditioning. We knew, based on numbers, we needed this amount of (defensive backs), we needed this amount of running backs, this amount of offensive linemen, but then it was tweaked a little bit after spring practice knowing what we had out there during spring practice.”

Grace Lutheran schedules golf event for memorial scholarship From Gazette staff reports PORT MATILDA — A golf fundraiser for Grace Lutheran preschool and kindergarten will be held at noon on June 1 at the Skytop Mountain Golf Club in Port Matilda. Proceeds benefit the Adam Cocolin Memorial Scholarship Fund. Registration is set for 11:30 a.m. Shotgun start at noon. A 9-hole option begins at 2 p.m. Cost is $80 and includes a full round of golf, a bag lunch and dinner. Tee sponsorships are available.


Penn State to replace turf in Holuba Hall By Penn State Live UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State will move forward with a project to replace the artificial turf and correct storm water drainage problems in Holuba Hall on the University Park campus, according to a report given to the University’s Board of Trustees on May 4. Holuba Hall is primarily the indoor practice facility for the Penn State football team, but it also serves as a practice and competition facility for everything from indoor golf and softball practice to lacrosse competitions and soccer workouts. The 118,000-square-foot facility was constructed in 1986 and named after Stanley Holuba in January of 1987 in recognition of his philanthropic contributions. In addition to replacing the existing turf with newer artificial field technology, the numbering and striping layout will change from two 80-yard fields side by side to one 120yard field. The project also includes replacing a section of concrete slab to correct storm water flow into an existing trench drain. New all-season awnings will prevent rainwater from entering the building when the south-facing overhead doors are open. The cost estimate for this project is $1.5 million, which will be paid for from intercollegiate athletics self-supporting funds.

State College Lions Club sets ‘Swing for Sight’ From Gazette staff reports STATE COLLEGE — The State College Lions Club will hold its Fourth annual “Swing for Sight” at 1 p.m. on June 22 at Toftrees Golf Resort in State College. The event is open to the public and all golfers are invited regardless of skill. There are two flights: Four person scramble or better net ball of foursome. Cost of the event is $75 if you are a member of Toftrees. It is $100 for nonmembers. Dinner is included with the cost. Additional dinner guest can be added for $25. All proceeds from the event go to provide free eye exams and eyewear to financially needy individuals in State College, and to provide support for local Lions Clubs sight programs. Local programs supported include The Sight Loss Support Group of Central PA and Camp Victory, a summer camp for sight-impaired individuals. National and international eye research programs, sight loss prevention and Leader Dogs for the Blind training also benefit from this event. Last year, the State College Lions Club was able to provide $3,000 in eye exams and eyeglasses to dozens of residents in the area who had no insurance or other financial means to secure adequate professional treatment. Check in is at noon. Golfers tee off at 1 p.m. For those not registering a foursome, foursomes will be created at check-in. For more information, contact Stephen Shaffer at (814) 404-7722, Pete Brown at (814) 355-3780 or Arnie Tilden at (814) 861-5100.

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Two big golf tournaments on the horizon By JOHN DIXON

There are a couple of big golf tournaments coming up. The first is the B.J. Wetzler Memorial Softball Golf Tournament. The other is the Bald Eagle Area Varsity Club/Gary Confer Memorial Tournament. Let’s take a closer look at each tourney:

B. J. WETZLER MEMORIAL BELLEFONTE SOFTBALL GOLF TOURNAMENT The annual event is being held on Saturday, May 12 at the Nittany Country Club in Mingoville with morning and afternoon tee times. The cost for the event is $80 and includes golf, cart, lunch and on-course snacks. Rebecca Jo (B.J.) Wetzler was the daughter of Mary and John Wetzler who lost her battle with melanoma cancer on Dec. 22, 2006 — just nine days shy of her 28th birthday. “When B.J. passed away we wanted to honor her memory, her contribution to Bellefonte softball and life,” said her father, John Wetzler. “So we decided to host a charity golf tournament to raise funds in her honor that would be a perpetual scholarship award given each spring at the annual senior awards program just a few days before graduation. “Over the past four years, the B.J. Wetzler Scholarship committee has awarded 11 $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors that would pursue post-secondary education,” explained Wetzler. “The result has been an additional $10,000 in funds to the softball program to help pursue B. J.’s passion of softball and winning a PIAA state championship.” The Lady Red Raiders team, that included B.J. Wetzler, lost in the 1997 PIAA state finals to Chambersburg, 8-0. Wetzler had Bellefonte’s only hit in the game. Under the direction of John Wetzler, the Lady Red Raiders dropped a 4-0 game to Kutztown in the 2002 PIAA state finals. Under coach Gregg Kohlhepp, Bellefonte defeated Jersey Shore, 3-2, to win the PIAA state title. While there only a few spots remaining to participate in the annual event, the committee is also holding a silent auction that is open to the public. “We thank the Nittany Country Club for allowing us to have morning and afternoon flights,” Wetzler said of the 9hole course in Mingoville. “We currently have 120 golfers registered for the event and wanted everyone to know of the other part of the event that is open to the public. “We are hosting the second B. J. Wetzler Silent Auction during the tournament that is open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.,” Wetzler said. “The tournament committee has done a great job of securing quality donations that might interest people looking for a great deal or quality sport memorabilia.” A complete list of the 31 items featured in the Silent Auction can be found at the Bellefonte softball web site at Interested individuals can also visit the Nittany Country Club beginning at 10 a.m. to view the items up for bid. A few of the auction items include: autographed memo-

rabilia from Steelers’ Brett Keisel, Miam Heat, a Dallas Cowboys’ Sean Lee jersey, Hines Ward, former Nittany Lion A.Q. Shipley, Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, the Penn State women’s volleyball team, Dick Yuengling. Martina McBride, Penn State basketball coach Patrick Chambers, world-renown fly fisherman Joe Humphries and Penn State wrestling coach Cael Sanderson. For golfers, two special items should produce widespread interest. Up for bi will be four passes for four days to the AT&T National Golf Tournament being held at Congressional Golf Club in Bethesda, Md. That tourney is scheduled for June 25 through July 1. The VIP passes are not transferable. There are also four passes for four days to the Seniors Players Championship, which is being held at the Fox Chapel Country Club in Pittsburgh June 25 through July 1. Wetzler will submit the names of the attending winners in order for proper credentials to be issued. The passes were donated by the PGA’s Mike Stevens. The proceeds from the tournament will be divided evenly with the Bellefonte softball program while the silent auction will be reserved for the B. J. Wetzler Scholarship, maintained by the Bellefonte Education Foundation. For more information, contact John Wetzler at

BALD EAGLE AREA VARSITY CLUB/GARY CONFER MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT The 23rd annual Bald Eagle Area Varsity Club/Gary Confer Memorial Tournament will be held Saturday, June 16th at Belles Springs Golf Course in Mill Hall. “Originally the tournament started out as a fundraiser for the BEA football program when J. Gawen Stoker was the head coach, and I was involved with the junior high program,” explained Gary Dyke, the original tournament director. “When Gary (Confer) died, he was a classmate of mine (1964) and diagnosed with prostrate cancer. He had always attended all the golf tournaments and he always supported Bald Eagle Area athletics big time even though all his boys attended Lock Haven High School (now Central Mountain) at the time. “When he died I decided that it would be nice to name the golf tournament after him,” continued Dyke. “The money would then go toward scholarships, one for a female athlete and one for a male athlete. They were small scholarships to start out so that’s how it all began with the naming of the Gary Confer Memorial. I will say he was a character and you always heard him before you saw him. No one. No one ever had anything bad to say about Gary or via versus did he.” Registration begins at 7:15 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The cost is $75 per golfer and includes 18 holes of golf, riding cart, commemorative gift, on-course refreshments and door prizes. There will be an awards presentation directly after golf has concluded. Please contact Doug Dyke at (814) 355-5721 or (814) 308-4650 or via email at with questions or to register a team.

Scholastic schedule at a glance THURSDAY, MAY 10


Baseball Central Mountain at State College, 4:30 p.m. Junior High Softball Bald Eagle Area at Mount Nittany, 4 p.m. Girls Lacrosse State College at Selinsgrove, 4:30 p.m. Girls JV Lacrosse State College at Selinsgrove, 6 p.m. Track and Field State College at Mifflin County, 4 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse State College at Erie McDowell, Noon Girls Lacrosse Trinity at State College, Noon Boys JV Lacrosse State College at Erie McDowell, 2 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 11 Softball Punxstuawney at State College, 4:15 p.m. Junior High Softball Mifflin County at Bellefonte, 4 p.m. Baseball Bald Eagle Area at Altoona, 4:30 p.m. Bellefonte at Jersey Shore, 4:30 p.m.

The tournament is also looking for sponsors. Checks should be made payable to the BEA Varsity Club. The tournament is limited to the first 36 foursomes. Those taking part should mail checks to 751 S. Eagle Valley Road, Wingate, PA 16823-4799. Proper golf attire is required. No cutoffs or tank tops. No steel spikes are allowed on the course. There will also be several on-course challenges for the participating golfers including: Putting challenge on the practice green, long drive challenge, closest to the pin challenge and straight drive challenge. “We are looking for sponsors that are willing to help us to reach our goals of the $500 scholarship awarded to two Bald Eagle Area seniors ($250 to a male and female graduate) in memory of Gary Confer, a 1964 graduate and long time tournament participant,” explained Dyke. “The funds raised also help to offset the amount of money requested from the school district as well as they serve to cover general purchases needed by the athletic department that do not fall under the district’s budget. Items purchased during this school year include t-shirts for Coaches vs. Cancer Night for girls and boys basketball, cake for the Bellefonte vs. BEA football meal, a bench to honor a deceased super fan, and a booster bus for district playoffs. “We invite you to join us as a sponsor for this event,” added Dyke. “By being a sponsor in this event you will be promoting your support for not only the athletic programs but also the community and a group of people who are very loyal to its sponsors, as well as to the many area professionals who will be participating in the tournament. Companies like yours make available the resources that enrich our children’s education and for that we are forever grateful.” There are several different levels of sponsorship for the tournament. ■ Eagle Club — $500 or equivalent. This level will provide the sponsor with two signs (hole sponsor and clubhouse/road) at the event (as well as a banner if provided by sponsor) and a plaque recognizing the commitment to Bald Eagle Area athletics. Sponsor will also be mentioned in public address announcements at select sporting events and receive two (2) season passes to sport of choice. ■ Senior — $200 or equivalent. This level will provide the sponsor with a sign (hole sponsor and clubhouse/road) at the event. Sponsor will also receive two (2) season passes to sport of choice and will have sponsor named in public address announcements at select sporting events. ■ Junior — $100 or equivalent. Sponsor will appear on sponsor board at event and will be mentioned in public address announcements at select sporting events. ■ Sophomore — $50 or equivalent. ■ Freshman — $25 or equivalent. “We are anticipating a highly successful and well-attended outing — we have had over 140 golfers in past outings,” explained Dyke. “Show the athletic programs as well as friends, neighbors and colleagues of your commitment to quality education and student athletics by being a sponsor for this worthwhile event.”

Basketball camp set for July From Gazette staff reports

SUNDAY, MAY 13 No events scheduled

MONDAY, MAY 14 Baseball Jersey Shore at State College, 4:30 p.m. Boys Volleyball State College at Northern Cambria, 7 p.m.

TUESDAY, MAY 15 Boys Volleyball State College at Forest Hills, 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 Baseball State College at DuBois, 4:30 p.m. Softball DuBois at State College, 4:30 p.m. Girls JV Softball DuBois at State College, 4:30 p.m.




WINGATE — The 2012 Bald Eagle Area Basketball Girls and Boys Basketball Camp is set. The camp will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on July 16 through 19 at the Bald Eagle Area High School Gymnasium. The camp is open for any male or female entering grades 4 through 8 for the 2012-13 school year. The camp is also open to non-BEA students. Cost is $100 per player. If there is more than one player per family, the cost is $25 less for each additional registration. Instructors at the camp include members of the Bald Eagle Area boys’ and girls’ coaching staffs as well as coaches from other schools in the area. Campers will receive a T-shirt and chances to win trophies for shooting contests. There will also be daily games and prizes. Gatorade and water will be provided. Campers will need to bring a lunch or can purchase slices of pizza. There will also be snacks and drinks available at the concession stand. Proceeds from the camp benefit the BEA basketball programs. For more information, contact BEA athletic director Doug Dyke at or (814) 308-4650. After June 4, call (814) 280-0250. Registration information is due by July 9. Payment can be made on the first day of camp. Checks should be made payable to BEA Varsity Club.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Centre Stage celebrates 10 years By HARRY ZIMBLER For The Gazette

STATE COLLEGE — This summer, Penn State Centre Stage will celebrate its 10th year presenting performances at its Downtown Theatre Center on Allen Street. To mark the occasion, PSCS will offer production of two of its most popular productions, “Bee Hive,” and “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” “Bee Hive,” the 1960’s musical revue was first produced by PSCS in 2001 to sold-out audiences, according to Cheri Sinclair, PSCS marketing director. “This year’s production promises to do the same with a stellar lineup of female performers from the Penn State Musical Theatre program,” she said. “Bee Hive” opens June 6 and runs through June 23. The production will be directed by Amy Anders Corcoran, a 2010 graduate of Penn State’s directing program.

“This will be my third time directing for Penn State Centre Stage,” she said. “I have been very fortunate, as a freelance director based in New York, to be working consistently since I graduated.” Anders Corcoran was the director for two of the most popular shows produced by the PSCS, “Smokey Joe’s Café,” and “Five Guys Named Moe.” “Shows like ‘Bee Hive’ are done for the nostalgia they create,” she said. “We have six really talented performers and I will try to evoke memories in the audience.” “Bee Hive” is a musical revue that runs from beehive hairdos to hippie chic and includes many of the most popular songs of that era. It includes songs from the early girl groups — the Chiffons, the Shirelles, and the Supremes — to the songbooks of Janis Joplin, Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin. “We hope that we can get people to connect to their past through the music,” Anders

Corcoran said. The second production will be “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” directed by Cary Libkin, head of the Musical Theatre program at Penn State. “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is a musical comedy with book and lyrics by Joe Pietro and music by Jimmy Roberts. Audrey Cardwell, a Penn State graduate, will appear in both productions. The second-longest running Off-Broadway musical, the show is a series of vignettes that depict many of the relationships that we all encounter in life, from dating and romance to marriage and child rearing. The show has been produced throughout the world and has been translated into 14 different languages, demonstrating its universal appeal. “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” opens July 18 and runs through Aug. 4 at the Downtown Theatre Center.


Penns Valley High student artists display works By SAM STITZER

MILLHEIM — An opening reception for the Penns Valley High School annual Art Show was held at the Green Drake Art Gallery in Millheim on May 4. In past years, this show was held at the school. However, Green Drake owner Karl Leitzell contacted Penns Valley art instructor Bill Miles and offered the use of the Green Drake facility. Miles accepted the offer and moved the show to Millheim. The show featured artwork by Penns Valley students in several media including acrylics, watercolors, pencil drawings, photographs and paper sculptures. Also included in this year’s show were readings of poetry written by current and former Penns Valley students. The readings were

culled from the pages of The Asylum, an academic journal of student-composed poetry, which has been published annually, and sometimes semi-annually since 2000. English teacher Sarah Farrant and retired teacher Carl Gaffron read several pieces for the crowd at the Green Drake. They were impressed by the students’ efforts. “We think we have some very talented kids,” said Gaffron. According to Farrant, the student editorial staff of The Asylum chooses what to publish. “I don’t tell them what to publish. They select all of the work, and my only function is to do a final proofreading,” Farrant said. Friday’s readings included an essay on a literary character and several poems recounting the feelings of students in the

sometimes emotionally turbulent teenage years. The readings were well-received by the audience. Rounding out the art forms presented at this show were musical performances by Green Drake owners Karl Leitzell and Gary Gyekis. Penns Valley sophomore Haven Tucker exhibited several of his pencil drawings in the art show. “I think it’s really cool. I hope we can

SAM STITZER/For The Gazette

STUDENT ARTWORK adorns the walls of the Green Drake Gallery.

keep doing art like this, and I think it’s fantastic that high school artists get to display their artwork where they wouldn’t normally,” he said. “It gives other artists a chance to look at it.” Tucker said he was inspired by the excellent artwork exhibited in the show. “I’m going to end up going home and getting a canvas out,” he said. “I want to paint.”

SAM STITZER/For The Gazette

GARY GYEKIS entertains the crowd of art patrons.

Art Alliance potters sponsor exhibit, sale to raise funds for kiln From Gazette staff reports LEMONT — The Art Alliance Potters Guild will host an exhibit and sale of members’ work beginning with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at its location on 818 Pike St., Lemont. The event will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 13.

The event, which is free of charge, will raise funds for a new gas kiln. In addition to the sale of ceramics that represent the various members’ styles and interests, a limited number of ceramic votives, created by Potters Guild members specifically for this occasion, will be available for $10 donations. For more information visit www.

A CELADON vase by Mark Messenger will be featured at the Art Alliance Potters Guild exhibit.

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Thursday, May 10 through Wednesday, May 16, 2012 AMERICAN ALE HOUSE, 821 CRICKLEWOOD DRIVE, STATE COLLEGE (814) 237-9701 Thursday, May 10 Scott Mangene, 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, May 11 Tommy Wareham, 6 to 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 12 Tommy Wareham, 8 p.m. Sunday, May 13 Ted and Molly, 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 Tommy Wareham, 7:30 p.m. THE ARENA BAR & GRILL, 1521 MARTIN ST., STATE COLLEGE (814) 237-8833 Friday, May 11 Shake Shake Shake, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12 Flu Shots, 10:30 p.m. THE AUTOPORT, 1405 S. ATHERTON ST., STATE COLLEGE (814) 237-7666 Thursday, May 10 Code 111 Unplugged, 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 11 Paul Brigman, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12 Brad Fey and Guests, 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 Chuck Mason with Blue Reality Unplugged, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 Stressbusters Karaoke, 8 p.m. BAR BLEU & BAR QUE, 112 S. GARNER ST., STATE COLLEGE (814) 237-0374 Thursday, May 10 Royal Benson, 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 11 Lowjack, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12 Ted McCloskey & The Hi-Fi’s, 10:30 p.m. THE BREWERY, 233 E. BEAVER AVE., STATE COLLEGE (814) 237-2892 Thursday, May 10 Emily’s Toybox, 10 p.m. Friday, May 11 Brew Devils Saturday, May 12 Lowjack, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13 Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 Acoustic Mo, 10:30 p.m. THE DELI RESTAURANT, 113 HIESTER ST., STATE COLLEGE (814) 237-5710 Thursday, May 10 Domenick Swentosky Acoustic, 10 p.m. Sunday, May 13 Jazz Brunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ELK CREEK CAFÉ AND ALEWORKS, 100 W. MAIN ST., MILLHEIM (814) 349-8850 Thursday, May 10 Little Paris Jazz Trio, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12 Doug McMinn Blues Band, 8 p.m. THE GINGERBREAD MAN, 130 HEISTER ST., STATE COLLEGE (814) 237-0361 Thursday, May 10 DJ Cup Cake, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, May 11 DJ Boner, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, May 12 DJ Cup Cake, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday, May 15 DJ Boner, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday, May 16 Team Trivia, 9 to10 p.m. Karaoke, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. GOVERNORS PUB, 211 W. HIGH ST., BELLEFONTE Thursday, May 10 JT Blues, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 Bisquit Jam, 6:30 p.m. INFERNO BRICK OVEN & BAR, 340 E. COLLEGE AVE., STATE COLLEGE (814) 237-5718 Thursday, May 10 DJ Manik Mike, 10 p.m. Friday, May 11 DJ Fuego, 10 p.m. Saturday, May 12 DJ Cashous, 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 Jason & Greg Acoustic, 10 p.m. OTTO’S PUB & BREWERY, 2286 N. ATHERTON ST., STATE COLLEGE (814) 867-OTTO Thursday, May 10 Acoustic Thursdays with 18 Strings, 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 11 Miss Melanie and The Valley Rats, 9 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 Trivia, 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 Scott Mangene, 8 to 10 p.m. THE PHYRST, 111 E. BEAVER AVE., STATE COLLEGE Thursday, May 10 Jason & Dan, 8 p.m., Maxwell Strait, 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, May 11 Dom & the Fig, 8 to 10 p.m. Ted and the Hi-Fi's, 10:30 pm to 2 a.m. Saturday, May 12 Phyrst Phamily Sunday, May 13 2Twenty2, 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday, May 14 Open Mic Nite, 9 p.m. To midnight Low Jack Tuesday, May 15 Table Ten, 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday, May 16 The Nightcrawlers, 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. THE RATHSKELLER, 108 S. PUGH ST., STATE COLLEGE (814) 237-3858 Friday, May 11 Mr. Hand, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12 Table Ten, 10:30 p.m. SKEETER'S PIT BBQ, VICTOR LANE, SHAMOKIN DAM (570) 743-2727 Sunday, May 13 The Jay Vonada Trio, 5 to 8 p.m. THE SALOON, 101 HEISTER ST., STATE COLLEGE, (814) 234-0845 Thursday, May 10 My Hero Zero, 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 11 Velveeta, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12 Mr. Hand, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13 Atomic Supersonic, 10:30 p.m. Monday, May 14 Smokin' Karaoke, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 Hot Dog Cart, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 Table Ten, 10:30 p.m. — Compiled by Marjorie S. Miller Schedules subject to change. Call the venue for details. The Centre County Gazette is committed to providing you with a complete listing of upcoming live entertainment in Centre County. If your establishment provides live entertainment and would like to have it listed in The Gazette, simply email listings to

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ONGOING Penns Valley High School Art Show — The Annual Art Show hosted by the Green Drake Gallery and Arts Center will be on exhibit through May 27 at Green Drake Gallery, 101-B W. Main St., Millheim. Gallery hours are noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call (814) 349-2486 or email at

THURSDAY, MAY 10 Facebook — Tech expert Stefanie will teach how to use facebook to share photos, videos and play games at noon at Centre Hall Branch Library, 109 W. Beryl St., Centre Hall. Call (814) 364-2580 or visit Preschool Storytime — Stories and crafts for children 5 and younger are available at 2 p.m. at Holt Memorial Library, 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Call (814) 3421987 or visit Storytime programs meet Pennsylvania learning standards for early childhood education. Drop in Gadget Crash Course — Oneon-one help for your e-readers, smartphones, tablets, digital cameras and other gadgets will be available at 1 p.m. at Centre Hall Branch Library, 109 W. Beryl St., Centre Hall. Call (814) 364-2580. Hooks and Needles — Bring your projects to share ideas and tips with others who knit at 1:30 p.m. at Centre County Library & Historical Museum, 200 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-1516 or visit Preschool Storytime — Stories and crafts for children 5 and younger are available at 2:30 p.m. at Centre Hall Branch Library, 109 W. Beryl St., Centre Hall. Call (814) 364-2580 or visit Storytime programs meet Pennsylvania learning standards for early childhood education. Lego Club — Build with Lego bricks begins at 3:30 p.m. at Centre County Library & Historical Museum, 200 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-1516 or visit Knit 1 Pearl 2 — Knitters of all ages and skill level will gather to share ideas and work on current project at 6 p.m. at Centre Hall Branch Library, 109 W. Beryl St., Centre Hall. Call (814) 364-2580 or visit Needles Night at the Library — Bring your projects to share ideas and tips with others who love being creative. At 6 p.m. at East Penns Valley Area Branch Library, 225 E. Main St., Millheim. Call (814) 349-5328 or visit Elementary Fun — Activities for children in kindergarten through 6th grade begins at 6 p.m. at Holt Memorial Library, 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Call (814) 3421987 or visit Support Group — The Diabetes Support Group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. Call Amy Leffard at (814) 231-7095 or email at Prenatal Discussion Night — Prenatal Discussion Night will meet from 7-9 p.m. at the Mount Nittany Physician Group’s pediatrics office, 3901 S. Atherton St., State College. Call (814) 466-7921. Circle of Hope — A meeting for special needs children and families will be held at 7 p.m. at the Tyrone Public Library, 1000 Pennsylvania Ave., Tyrone. This group will be addressing concerns in an informal setting on aspects of raising a child with special needs, treatments, education, advocacy issues, legal issues, behavior and more. Call Angie LaVanish at (814) 386-1826 or email at

FRIDAY, MAY 11 Exercise Program — Healthy Steps in Motion Exercise Program is a low impact exercise that will work on improving balance, flexibility, strength and reduce the risk of falling and can be done in a chair or standing. Participants will use hand-held weights and exercise bands, which will be provided from 10:15-11:15 a.m. in the Dance Room, Centre Region Senior Centers, 131 S. Fraser St., #1, State College.

Classes are free.

SATURDAY, MAY 12 Used Book Sale — The 51st Annual American Association of University Women (AAUW) used book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Snider Ag Arena, University Park. Call (814) 237-3737 or visit Plant Sale — A plant sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the corner of Clinton Avenue and Linn Street, State College. A local garden club offering a variety of plants from their own collections will include vegetables, perennials, annuals, houseplants and many unusual specimens. Cash only. The sale will be held rain or shine. Plant Sale — The Friends of the East Penns Valley Library will be hosting a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Burkholder’s Market, 107 Market Drive, Spring Mills. Annuals, perennials and woody plants will be available. All proceeds benefit the East Penns Valley Library. Call (814) 574-0884. Lemont Plant Sale — A plant sale benefiting the Lemont Village Association Granary Project will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lemont Village Green between Dale St. and Mt. Nittany Road, off Pike St. behind the Center for Well Being in Lemont. Annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, herbs, vegetables and more from Patchwork Farms and local gardeners will be available. Visit 17th Annual Plant Celebration and Sale — The Centre County Historical Society will hold a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Centre Furnace Mansion, 1001 E. College Ave., State College. The sale features native and non-native plants from local growers and from the Centre Furnace Mansion gardens. Admission is free; donations are welcome. Visit 2012.html. Rabies Clinic — A rabies clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Fairbrook United Methodist Church, 4201 W. Whitehall Road, Pennsylvania Furnace. Yearly vaccinations and flea and tick products will be available. The event is cosponsored by Baileyville Grange, Fairbrook United Methodist Church and Metzger Animal Hospital. Fees are only for vaccinations and products. Call (814) 238-5870. Club Poker Walk — A fundraiser will take place from 2-7 p.m. at the Bellefonte Moose Lodge, 125 N. Spring St., Bellefonte. Cost is $5 for each participant. All proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project and Pets Come First. Participating clubs and organizations are the Bellefonte Moose, Bellefonte Elks Lodge # 1094, Bellefonte Eagles, Undine Fire Company, Bellefonte Veterans of Foreign Wars and Bellefonte American Legion. All participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or new book. These items will be donated to the Bellefonte Food Bank and Bellefonte Library respectively. Additional information by contacting any of the sponsoring organizations or clubs Ham PotPie Public Supper — A ham potpie supper will be served from 4:30-7 p.m. at the New Hope Lutheran Church, 119 Cobblestone Court, Spring Mills. Eatin or take-out will cost $4.75 to $9.50. Call (814) 422-8417. Spring Lawn Fete — Shopping with local artists and businesses; activities for the kids; live musical performances; prize drawings; food & beverages by Cafe Karla. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — rain or shine Saturday, May 12, at the Houserville (UMC) House of Hope, 1320 Houserville Road, Houserville. Contact info: site/acauseandevent/contact-us/home or Nancy Babcock at (814) 880-7549. Spring Lawn Fete — Will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. rain or shine at the Houserville United Methodist Church, House of Hope, 1320 Houserville Road, Houserville. Celebrate spring and mother’s day at Sprint Lawn Fete with shopping with local artists and businesses, activities for kids, live musical performances, prize drawings and a variety of food and beverages will be provided by Café Karla. Musical entertainment will feature Pure Cane Sugar, Mountain Fire, Biscuit Jam, Music Together. The proceeds from the Lawn Fete benefit The Mommy Shoppe and Alzheimer’s Association of Greater PA. Down Memory Lane — From the Heart Singers will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Jacksonville Road, Howard.

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What’s happening, Page 24 Adult Reader’s Circle — Open discussions about what people are currently reading at 6 p.m. at Holt Memorial Library, 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Call (814) 342-1987 or visit Spring Wellness Series, Part 2 — The Holistic Nutritionist, Angie Wallace, BS, NC will present “Maintaining Wellness: The Holistic Approach” at 6:30 p.m. at Holt Memorial Library, 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Call (814) 342-1987 or visit Exercise Program — Healthy Steps in Motion Exercise Program is a low impact exercise that will work on improving balance, flexibility, strength and reduce the risk of falling and can be done in a chair or standing. Participants will use hand-held weights and exercise bands, which will be provided from 10:15- 11:15 a.m. in the Dance Room, Centre Region Senior Centers, 131 S. Fraser St., #1, State College. Classes are free. Silver Spurs Line Dancers — Dance at 10:50 a.m. in the Dance Room, Centre Region Senior Centers, 131 S. Fraser St., #1, State College. Dances are free. Call (814) 231-3076. Card Games and Mah Jong — The Senior Center Social Card Games and Mah Jong need players for friendly card games and games of Mah Jong. No partners are needed. Games start at 10 a.m. Centre Region Senior Centers, 131 S. Fraser St., #1, State College. The event is free. Call (814) 231-3076.

Spaghetti Dinner — A spaghetti dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Zion Community Church, 3261 Zion Road, Bellefonte. Meals cost $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and children 10 and younger. Free delivery will be available from noon to 1 p.m. Orders must be placed by 11:30 a.m. the day of event at (814) 574-8981. Herbal Talks — Herbalist Jennifer Anne Tucker will give herbal talks from 2-3 p.m. at the Bellefonte Art Museum, 133 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Dance — is having a dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Tyrone Elks, 5496 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Tyrone. Social hour will be from 7-8 p.m. The dress is casual. Admission is $8. Call (814) 8677771 or email Fundraiser — Pets Come First Fundraiser will be held at 8 p.m. with an auction and raffle from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Young Democratic Club, 122 Pancake Road, Clarence. The band seven 2 Ten will be perform. Must be 21 to attend. Call (814) 387-3668 or (814) 387-4480.

SUNDAY, MAY 13 Used Book Sale — The 51st Annual American Association of University Women (AAUW) used book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Snider Ag Arena, University Park. Call (814) 237-3737 or visit Mother’s Day Buffet — A Mother’s day buffet will be served with two seatings from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Grill Room, Bellefonte Elks Lodge #1094, 120 W. High St., Bellefonte. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 6 and younger. The Buffet will consist of soup and salad bar with fresh rolls, filled chicken breast, old-fashioned baked ham, garlic mashed potatoes, vegetables, dessert bar, coffee and fountain soda. Reservations must be made by calling the Bellefonte Elks at (814) 355-2828. Rhoneymeade Opens — Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden will be open from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Rimmey Road, Centre Hall. Admission is free and donations are accepted. Call (814) 206-6430 or visit www. Hershey’s Youth Track Meet — The Centre Region Parks and Recreation is hosting a track meet in conjunction with Hershey’s North American Track & Field Youth Program at 6 p.m. at the State College Area High School South Track, 650 Westerly Parkway, State College. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Children ages 9-14 will compete. Admission is free. Visit Mother’s Day Concert — The State College Area Municipal Band Mother’s Day Concert will be held at 3 p.m. at the State College Area High School South Building Auditorium, 650 Westerly Parkway, State College. The event is free and donations will be accepted at the door. Dance Benefit — A fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Choreograph the Cure brings together the talents of dancers from across the Centre County area at 7 p.m. at the State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College. There will also be a silent auction featuring great products from local stores held before the performance and during the intermission. All profits will be given to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students. Email richard@thestate

MONDAY, MAY 14 Used Book Sale Half-Price Day — The 51st Annual American Association of University Women (AAUW) used book sale Half-Price Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Snider Ag Arena, University Park. Call (814) 237-3737 or visit Preschool Storytime — Stories and crafts for children ages 3 to 6 will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Centre County Library & Historical Museum, 200 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-1516 or visit Storytime programs meet Pennsylvania learning standards for early childhood education. Preschool Storytime — Stories and crafts for children ages 5 and younger will begin at 10:30 a.m. at East Penns Valley Area Branch Library, 225 E. Main St., Millheim. Call (814) 349-5328 or visit Storytime programs meet Pennsylvania learning standards for early childhood education. Fizz Bang Eureka — After-school educational science experiment and activities are available at 3:30 p.m. at East Penns Valley Area Branch Library, 225 E. Main St., Millheim. Call (814) 349-5328 or visit www.centrecountyli-

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TUESDAY, MAY 15 Used Book Sale Bag Day — The 51st Annual American Association of University Women (AAUW) used book sale Bag Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Snider Ag Arena, University Park. Bag Day customers will be able to buy a bag of books for $5. The AAUW will supply the bag. Call (814) 237-3737 or visit Mother Goose On the Loose — Children ages 3 and younger and an adult can participate in a musical rhyming adventure through the world of Mother Goose at 10:30 a.m. at Holt Memorial Library, 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Call (814) 342-1987 or visit Preschool Storytime — Stories and crafts for children ages 3 to 6 will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Centre County Library & Historical Museum, 200 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-1516 or visit Storytime programs meet Pennsylvania learning standards for early childhood education. Preschool Storytime — Stories and crafts for children ages 5 and younger will begin at 1:30 p.m. at East Penns Valley Area Branch Library, 225 E. Main St., Millheim. Call (814) 349-5328 or visit Storytime programs meet Pennsylvania learning standards for early childhood education. Diabetes Awareness Series — The first of a two-part Diabetes Awareness Series held by Fit For Play Therapy and Fitness Center and Mount Nittany Health System from 4-7 p.m. at Fit For Play Therapy & Fitness Center, 2160 Sandy Drive, Suite A, State College. Free diabetes screening (A1c will be drown) and snacks will be available. The second part of the series will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. Refreshments, results and interpretation of diabetes screening, nutrition and fitness seminars, healthy cooking demo and tasting will be available. Call (814) 861-8122. A Joint Venture — A free class on hip and knee replacements will be available from 7-8 p.m. at Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. Call Val Coakley at (814) 278-4810 or email vcoakley@mount Seniors Hiking Group — Enjoy a moderate hike in the great outdoors with the Seniors Hiking Group at 9 a.m. Call (814) 231-3076 for information on where hikes are taking place. The event is free. Silver Spurs Line Dancers — Dance at 10:50 a.m. in the Dance Room, Centre Region Senior Centers, 131 S. Fraser St., #1, State College. Dances are free. Call (814) 231-3076. Volleyball Club — A singles co-ed volleyball club will play volleyball from 5-7 p.m. at Park Forest Middle School, 2800 School Drive, State College. Call 238-5973.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 Book Babies Storytime — Books, music and language building activities to stimulate a child’s brain growth will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Centre County Library & Historical Museum, 200 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 3551516 or visit Storytime programs meet Pennsylvania learning standards for early childhood education. Preschool Storytime — Stories and crafts for children 5 and younger are available at 10:30 a.m. at Holt Memorial


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THURSDAY, MAY 17 Hooks and Needles — Bring your projects to share ideas and tips with others who knit at 1:30 p.m. at Centre County Library & Historical Museum, 200 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-1516 or visit www.centrecounty Preschool Storytime — Stories and crafts for children 5 and younger are available at 2 p.m. at Holt Memorial Library, 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Call (814) 342-1987 or visit Storytime programs meet Pennsylvania learning standards for early childhood education. Preschool Storytime — Stories and crafts for children 5 and younger are available at 2:30 p.m. at Centre Hall Branch Library, 109 W. Beryl St., Centre Hall. Call (814) 3642580 or visit Storytime programs meet Pennsylvania learning standards for early childhood education. Lego Club — Build with Lego bricks begins at 3:30 p.m. at Centre County Library & Historical Museum, 200 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-1516 or visit www. Elementary Fun — Activities for children in kindergarten through 6th grade begins at 6 p.m. at Holt Memorial Library, 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Call (814) 342-1987 or visit Needles Night at the Library — Bring your projects to share ideas and tips with others who love being creative. At 6 p.m. at East Penns Valley Area Branch Library, 225 E. Main St., Millheim. Call (814) 349-5328 or visit www. Poker Tournament — A Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament will be held at 6 p.m. at the State College Knights of Columbus Hall, 850 Stratford Drive, State College. The kitchen opens at 5:30 p.m. Players must be 18 years old to play. There is a $50 buy in. Proceeds benefit council charities. Seminar — Family Medicine Seminar Series segment titled “Child Sexual Abuse” will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium, Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. Call Jessica Bird at (814) 234-6738 or email at jbird@ Teen Night — Light up your night by making garden lantern at 6:30 p.m. at Centre Hall Branch Library, 109 W. Beryl St., Centre Hall. Call (814) 364-2580 or visit Expectant Parents Tour — The free H.E.I.R. and Parents Class and Tour for Expectant Parents will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 7:45-8:45 p.m. at the Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. Call Dianne Barben at (814) 231-3132 or email at dbarben@ Meatloaf Dinner — The State College Knights of Columbus is holding a Meatloaf Dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at 850 Stratford Drive, State College. The menu includes soup, meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn O’Brien, tossed salad, rolls and butter, beverage and dessert. Fee is $8.75 for adults and $4.25 for children ages 6-10 and free for children ages 5 and younger. Take-outs available. — Compiled by Gazette staff

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GROUP MEETINGS The Gazette will publish the regular meeting dates and times for all Centre County social and service groups, organizations, clubs, etc. that have membership open to the public. To be included in the weekly listing send information by Wednesday one week prior to publication to or mail to: Group Meetings, c/o editor, 403 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801. Adult Bible Study and Kids Program are 7 p.m. Wednesdays, offering practical help from the Bible and a fun and productive time for kids. Call (814) 360-1601 or visit ALIVE Teen Club meets Sundays, First Baptist Church, 539 Jacksonville Road, Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-5678 or Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 6:30 p.m. every second Tuesday in the Mount Nittany Dining Room at The Inn, Brookline, 1950 Cliffside Drive, State College. Call Anne Campbell (814) 234-3141 or Janie Provan (814) 2352000. Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans meet at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday every month at I.O.O.F. Lodge Hall, 756 N. Main St., Pleasant Gap. Antique Truck Club of America, Keystone Chapter meets at 3 p.m. on the third Sunday of July and November at the Milesburg Bestway Travel Center, Route 150, I-80 exit 158. Call (814) 360-4177 or AWANA Club is at 6 p.m. every Sunday at the First Baptist Church, 539 Jacksonville Road, Bellefonte. Activities and Bible lessons will be held for children ages 3 to sixth grade. Materials provided. Call (814) 355-5678 or visit Bald Eagle Grange #151 meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Grange Hall in Runville. Bald Eagle Watershed Association meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday at the Milesburg Borough Building, 416 Front St., Milesburg. Visit Bald Eagle Area Class of 1962 meets for breakfast 9 a.m. the first Saturday of the month at the Mountain Valley Diner, 805 S. Eagle Valley Road, Wingate. Call Sandy (814) 387-4218. Bald Eagle Area Class of 1964 meets for breakfast 9 a.m. the fourth Saturday of the month at the Bestway Restaurant, Route 150, I-80 exit 158, Milesburg. Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at the Bellefonte Moose, 125 N. Spring St., Bellefonte. Call Sue (814) 6252132 or Bald Eagle Area Class of 1965 meets for dinner at 5:30 p.m. the last Friday of each month, Bellefonte Moose, 125 N. Spring St., Bellefonte. Call Bob (814) 383-2151. Bellefonte High School Class of 1956 meets for dinner at 6 p.m. the second Friday of each month, Bellefonte Moose, 125 N. Spring St., Bellefonte. Call Kay (814) 3592738. Bellefonte High School Class 1967 meets for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month, Sunset West, 521 E. College Avenue, Pleasant Gap. The location is subject to change. Call Vic (814) 360-1948. Bellefonte Elks Lodge meets 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month, Bellefonte Elks, 120 W. High St., Bellefonte. Bellefonte Encampment #72 and Ridgeley Canton #8 meets 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, Windmere Hall, 454 Rolling Ridge Drive, State College. Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month, Train Station, Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-1053 or Bellefonte Kiwanis Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Moose Club, 125 N. Spring St., Bellefonte. Call Richard King, (814) 355-9606. Bellefonte Sunrise Rotary Club meets 7:30 a.m. Fridays, Diamond Deli, 103 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Call Debbie Rowley (814) 880-9453. Bellefonte Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1600 meets 8 p.m. the second Thursday of every month, Post Home, Spring St., Bellefonte. Bellefonte Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1600 Ladies Auxiliary meets 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month, Post Home, Spring St., Bellefonte. Better Breathers Support Group meets 2 p.m. the third Thursday every month, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, 550 E. College Ave., Pleasant Gap. Call (814) 359-3421. Business Networking International meets 7 a.m.


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Thursdays, Celebration Hall, 2280 Commercial Blvd., State College. Members share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Fee is $10 for room and breakfast. Call Kelly Swisher (814) 280-1656. Boy Scouts of America BSA Troop 66 meets at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Pleasant Gap United Methodist Church, 179 S. Main St., Pleasant Gap. Email Scoutmaster Bill Weaver at Brain Injury Support Group meets 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, 550 E. College Ave., Pleasant Gap. Call (814) 359-3421. Breast Cancer Support Group meets 5:30-7 p.m. the first Monday of every month in the ground floor conference rooms, Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. If the first Monday of the month is a holiday, the meeting will be held on the second Monday of the month. Call Cheri (814) 231-7005. The Business of Art Workshop meets 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Sozo Institute of the Arts, KeyCentre building, 1224 N. Atherton St., State College. The workshop is free for writers, artists and other creative people. Call Will Snyder at (814) 880-9933 or Cancer Survivors’ Association Support Group meeting is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 at the United Way Office, 2790 W. College Ave., Ste. 7, State College. This month’s meeting is an open discussion. Call (814) 237-2120 or visit Centre County Real Estate Investment Club meets 7 p.m. the third Thursday of every month, 1609 N. Atherton St., State College. Call (814) 280-5839. Centre Hall Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month and at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month, Centre Hall Lions Club Building, 153 E. Church St., Centre Hall. Centre Region Model Investment Club meets 6:30 p.m. on second Monday of the month, Mazza Room, South Hills Business School, 480 Waupelani Drive, State College. Call (814) 234-8775 or email The Compassionate Friends Group meets 7 p.m. every second Monday, Bellefonte Middle School, 100 N. School St., Bellefonte. The support organization is for families following the death of a child of any age, any cause. Bereaved parents and adult family members welcome. Call Amanda (814) 321-4258 or Peg (814) 355-9829. Circle of Hope, a support group for special-needs children and families, meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Tyrone Public Library, 1000 Pennsylvania Ave., Tyrone. Call Angie (814) 386-1826 or Diabetes Support Group meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. Contact Amy Leffard at or call (814) 231-7095. Grief Support Group meets 6 p.m. every first Wednesday, Centre Crest, 502 E. Howard St., Bellefonte. Call Anne Boal (814) 548-1140. Hearing Loss Association of America meets 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month, Foxdale, 500 E. Marylyn Ave. State College. Learn the latest technology available for hearing loss. Halfmoon Garden Club meets the first Thursday of the month. Membership is open to Halfmoon Township residents. Call Alice McGregor (814) 692-7396, or Susan Kennedy (814) 6925556, I.O.O.F. Centre Lodge #153 meets 7:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month, I.O.O.F. Lodge Hall 756 N. Main St., Pleasant Gap. Junior Rockhounds meets 6:45 p.m. third Wednesdays, Room 116, Earth and Engineering Sciences Building, University Park. Call (814) 867-6263 or visit Keystone Guild of the Watchmakers Association of Pa. meets 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, Bull Pen Restaurant, Washington Avenue at First Street, Tyrone. Call George at (814) 238-1668. “Life with Diabetes” meets at 6 p.m. every Tuesday in April at the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium (Entrance D), Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 E. Park Ave., State College. “Life with Diabetes” is a four-day education series on managing diabetes for yourself or a loved one. Contact Amy Leffard at or call (814) 231-7095. The Milesburg Lions Club meets 7 p.m. first Tuesday and the third Wednesday every month, Milesburg Center

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Singer-songwriter brings multicultural show to center From Gazette staff reports LEMONT — The spring 2012 season of the Acoustic Brew Concert Series will close with an evening of multicultural music from Texas singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa. Hinojosa’s music crosses borders, cultures, languages and musical genres. Moving with equal grace through folk, country, pop and latino styles, her music reflects contemporary America’s multicultural richness and has gained loyal audience

throughout America and Europe. As the youngest of 13 children born to Mexican immigrant parents in San Antonio, Hinojosa grew up listening to the traditional Mexican songs on her parents’ radio as well as to the pop and folk stations of the ’60s. Inspired by these diverse influences, she began playing and singing, first for her family and then later in local clubs and coffee houses. In 1988, she was signed by A&M Records and finally achieved a national debut release. Since then, a continuous stream of

recordings and numerous American and European tours have brought Tish’s music to the attention of an ever-growing audience. To date, she has released 15 albums, all of which beautifully display her ability to distill her diverse musical influences and colorful life experiences into a sound which is distinctively her own. Hinojosa will perform an unplugged, unamplified concert at 7:30 p.m. on May 12 at the Center for Well-Being, 123 Mount Nittany Road in Lemont. Tickets are $16 and can be purchased online at, at Nature’s Pantry in State College or at the door. Penn State students will receive a $2 discount (or refund if purchased online) at the door with a student ID. The Center for Well Being is located on CATA’s M route near the stop at Pike and Mary streets in Lemont. For more information about Tish Hinojosa, visit For more information about the Acoustic Brew Concert Series, visit http://acoustic

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CATA honored for financial literacy From Gazette staff reports STATE COLLEGE — Earlier this year, in recognition of its efforts to increase financial literacy within its workforce, the Centre Area Transportation Authority was awarded one of nine WLIFE (“Workplace Leader in Financial Education”) awards granted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Society for Human Resource Management. As part of the recognition CATA has received for its efforts, CATA general manager Hugh Mose and human resources manager Julie Hartley were invited to the New York Stock Exchange, where they joined other winners as the stock exchange kicked off its celebration of Financial Literacy Week, and Mose participated in the ringing of the ppening bell. “We strongly believe that financial education should be part of any wellness program provided within an organization, and that it should be made available to all employees,” said Hartley. “It’s an honor to be recognized at a national level for our efforts to help our employees make better financial decisions, and to have been invited to the New York Stock Exchange to take part in such an iconic event.”

CATA began its wellness initiative three years ago in an effort to trim healthcare costs. However, it quickly became clear that due to the difficult economic times, employees were undergoing increased financial stress. To address this aspect of employee well-being, CATA incorporated financial literacy into its wellness program using various educational tactics, including annual employee training sessions on financial topics and two offerings of a voluntary 12-week, in-depth financial management program. The WLIFE award was created in 2011 by AICPA and SHRM to highlight the importance of financial wellness in the workplace. It is the first national honor for employers who provide financial education programs that improve the personal wellbeing of employees. The nine winning organizations stood out because their financial education programs showed innovation, effective tactics, a significant scope in increasing employee financial wellness, and results. Other winners, representing the corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors, include such entities as American Express, New York Presbyterian Hospital, UA Healthcare, and NYSE Euronext.

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CATA’S GENERAL MANAGER Hugh Mose and human resources manager Julie Hartley rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

South Hills School holds community job fair From Gazette staff reports PHILIPSBURG — South Hills students and local job seekers took advantage of the Philipsburg Community Job Fair held at South Hills School of Business and Technology on May 1. The event was created in cooperation with the Clearfield County CareerLink, Clearfield Chamber of Commerce and the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership. “Over 30 area businesses and government-run organizations were represented at our annual job fair, and job seekers appreciated the chance to explore numerous employment opportunities in one centralized location. I was pleased to hear about several management level jobs, as well as numerous entry level sales positions that were being offered at today’s event,” said Melissa Brannen, Philipsburg school director. The job environment looked favorable at the job fair

with several companies directly recruiting for jobs. Human Resource Representatives from The Auto Zone drove several hours to the event in hopes of filling a variety of positions for their new store which will open in Clearfield. Neutron USA, an IT solution provider, was also recruiting for several positions at their State College-based business, and several growing health care organizations were taking job applications. An additional job fair benefit for students from South Hills is that they are given face-to-face opportunities to investigate internship options with the 30 businesses that participated in the job fair. Customer service associates Sara Witherite and Arielle Pallo from QBC Diagnostics/The Drucker Co., are 2011 South Hills graduates who interned with QBC/Drucker last summer. They were immediately hired for full-time employment upon completion of their summer internships.

“It pays to use these job fairs to network with employers for internships and future job opportunities. Last year I was on the other side of the table, and it is fun to come back to South Hills to tell this year’s students about the rewards of working for The Drucker Company,” according to Witherite. South Hills School enjoys hosting these types of events for both their students and the community as a whole. Businesses represented at this year’s Philipsburg Community Job Fair also expressed interest in being a part of future job fairs at South Hills. South Hills School is a post-secondary institution that offers Associate Degrees in Specialized Business and Specialized Technology. It provide 12 different programs that are designed to fulfill the demands of businesses in the central Pennsylvania region. In addition to their location in Philipsburg, they have schools in Altoona, State College and Lewistown.

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SOUTH HILLS SCHOOL hosted a Philipsburg Community Job Fair in cooperation with Clearfield County CareerLink, Clearfield Chamber of Commerce and the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership. Representatives from The AutoZone, a leading auto parts store, are shown recruiting for a variety of positions for a new store which is going to open in Clearfield.

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REPRESENTATIVES FROM QBC Diagnostics and The Drucker Co., talk with South Hills students at their Philipsburg Community Job Fair that was held at the Philipsburg school location. Arielle Pallo and Sarah Witherite — 2011 graduates of South Hills School with co-worker Ashley Jones. Students Adam Root of Madera and Maurisa Horner of Philipsburg, listen with interest to their internship and job opportunities at the sister companies, QBC/Drucker.

Kish Bank teaches children to save their money From Gazette staff reports STATE COLLEGE — Kish Bank participated in the 16th annual American Bankers Association’s National Teach Children to Save program throughout the

month of April. Forty-one Kish employees visited classrooms in nine schools to teach students financial skills through activities, interactive scenarios and the sharing of real-life experiences.

The lessons covered the basics of saving, how interest makes money grow, and how to distinguish needs from wants. About 2,500 students in Centre, Mifflin and Huntingdon counties participated in this year’s program.

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Kish Bank reports total assets From GAZETTE staff reports STATE COLLEGE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kish Bancorp Incâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total assets for the first quarter ending March 31, 2012 were $574 million, an increase of $4 million, compared to total assets of $570 million as of March 31, 2011, according to a news release by the company. Deposits grew by $14 million to $467 million, an increase of 3.1 percent from $453 million a year ago. Loans outstanding declined by 1.8 percent from $372 million as of March 31, 2011 to $366 million in 2012, the release states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Despite continued economic uncertainty and ongoing regulatory headwinds, I am pleased to note that Kish Bancorp achieved solid first quarter results,â&#x20AC;? William P. Hayes, president and CEO of Kish Bancorp, said in the release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In addition to sustained growth in core earnings and strengthened balance sheet and credit quality metrics, the results contain a number of positive indicators for the balance of 2012.â&#x20AC;? Net income for the first three months was $843,000, a slight decrease of $15,000, or 1.7 percent, from $858,000 during the same period in 2011.

Noninterest income decreased by $258,000, or 15.5 percent, to $1.403 million during the first quarter of 2012, from $1.661 million in 2011. Noninterest expense was $4.610 million during the first quarter of 2012, a decrease of $229,000, or 4.7 percent, from $4.839 million in 2011, the release states. The corporationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors approved a quarterly dividend in the amount of 81 cents per share payable April 30, 2012 to shareholders of record as of April 15, 2012, according to the release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am pleased to underscore the corporationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sustained financial performance and strengthening balance sheet,â&#x20AC;? Hayes said in the release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although growth has been slow, Kish Bancorp is firmly positioned to pursue its strategic growth objectives, despite the demands associated with working through a challenging period.â&#x20AC;? Kish Bancorp Inc. is a diversified financial services corporation headquartered in Belleville. Kish Bank, a subsidiary of Kish Bancorp Inc., operates 13 offices in Centre, Huntington and Mifflin counties. Kish Bancorpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stock ticker symbol is KISB. For more information visit

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COUNTRY 5 min. from town. This 3 bdrn home sits on 1/2 acre with open living room, dining room, and kitchen. Three car garage. Bellefonte area. Asking $250,000 firm. Ph. 814.222.3331.


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PARKING SPACE 20 minute walk to PS Stadium & downtown! 1500 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Plenty of FREE parking. Available commencement, arts fest and 2012 Penn State Home games. Please e-mail me at: tds1111@ I will give you more information.

Parking on church parking lot, 600 block of East Prospect Ave. Summer (May 20-Aug 19th— $150). Fall and Spring semesters (2012-2013) $260 per semester. First Church of Christ, Scientist. Call Mike (814) 237-8711 or

CONDO FOR RENT Condo at Tofftree. 2 Bedroom w/2.5 bath furnished. Close to football stadium. Quiet, safe and friendly neighborhood. Available June, $1600 month for 4-6 months; $1500 month for 7-11 months; $1400 for 12 months or more. Graduate / professional Only. (217) 766-9391

Ponderosa is now accepting applications for all positions. Please apply in person at: 1630 S. Atherton St. Offering competitive wages based on experience. First time applicants welcome.




Car Stereo installers wanted. Experience required. Flexible hours. Please stop by for an application at: Paul & Tony’s Stereo 1321 S Atherton St. State College PA 16801 (814) 237-8152

LANDSCAPE TECHNICIAN: Blackhawk Homestead Nursery. Experience in pond construction preferred, but will train. Call (814) 364-9668.

HELP WANTED DISPATCHER for trucking company., Must have experience. Good phone and computer skills. Willing to work in fast paced office. Medical benefits available, plus 401K. Please send resume and probable salary requirements to: P.O. Box 012, Bellefonte, Pa. or fax to 814.000.1111.



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MOVING sale. Thurs, Fri, Sat. 9a,-4pm.7341 Manor Heights, Bellefonte. Toys, tools, antiques, furniture, kitchen appliance, Bayou Fitness Center, lots of book, lawn furniture, dishes, girls clothes, fax machine, Computer desk, CD racks, stereos, fans, heaters, bikes, much more. No early birds


Total value of all items for sale must be under $2,000 • Must have price of item for sale in ad • Run up to 6 lines for 3 weeks • PRIVATE PARTY ONLY Real Estate, Rentals, Auctions, Financial, Services/Repairs. Garage Sales, Pets, Bulk (firewood, hay, etc.) not eligible. No other discounts or coupons apply.

PARTS PERSON LUBE TECHNICIAN Applications are being accepted for a Parts Person and Lube Technician. Please contact: TravelCenters of America Milesburg, PA (814) 355-7561 ext 128

BELLEFONTE: Developement Yard Sale! Brockerhoff Heights (Off Howard St). 13+ Families. Fri 5/18, Sat 5/19. 8 am to 2 pm. Rain or Shine. Something for everyone.


CENTRE HALL: 2275 Upper Brush Valley Rd. (1 mile past light in Centre Hall, Qrt mile from Green House) 2 Family Sale. Sat 5/12, 8 am - 4 pm. Household goods, oil paintings, collectables. Steamer trunk, crafts supplies. Much more!

Complete caning (including French blind cane), rush, splint, tape, wicker, Danish cord, sea grass restoration services. Wicker furniture repairing and refinishing available. Portfolio Call (814) 835-0386

ZION: Multi Family. Forest Avenue & Blue Spruce. Fri 5/11 8am to 3 pm, Sat 5/12 8am to Noon. Variety of household, childrens, garden, electronics and tools. Furniture & Sporting equipment. Something for every, priced to sell!

General Vineyard Labor Person for 1 to 2 days per week , to help out with small vineyard in Julian. Call (814) 207-0732


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LIVING ROOM SET: Couch plus two matching chairs & ottoman. Choco-late with tan piping. Downsizing & can’ttake. One year old. Great condition. Paid $1,500, asking $700. Available for immediate pick up. (814) 777-7470

DINING TABLE: Glass Top table. Used. Good shape. A few scratches down the legs. Measures 3 ft x 5 ft $50.00 (814) 880-9930

TABLE LAMP: Lamp stands 37” high with shade & measures about 27” across the widest part of base. $75. (570) 726-4139.

SOLID OAK Ent. Center (38” opening for TV), 2 long narrow side cabinets holds 200 CDs, 2 bottom cab. w/glass doors. $250 814-3551243 5:30-8:30

PLAYER PIANO: Kimball conseolette paino w/ electric motor. 38 classic music rolls and padded bench seat. $700 OBO (814) 238-8834

OIL PAINTING: By Anna Kepler Fisher. “Old School Amish”/ ”Old Man Reading”. Stretch canvas, original frame. $1200 (814) 234-0814

COMPUTER DESK: Corner Computer Desk. Good condition. Sides & shelves are light wood, desk top is gray. There are multiple shelves. CDs holder. $85 (814) 441-2835

2006 Holiday Rambler: 30ft Presidential 5th Wheel, 2 slides, king bed, Corian countertops, kitchen & bath, 2 leather recliners. Large cedar lined closet. Many options and accessories. Non Smoker, No Pets. Ex Condition. (607) 8493051

RING: 14K White gold ring with three emerald cut diamonds flanked by baguettes. Paid $1500 asking $800 OBO. Serious inquires only, please. email or call (814) 867-1253 Leave Message

ADVERTISE in the Centre County Gazette Classifieds. Call 814238-5051.

WHEELS: Set of 4, 15” Wheels with 4 matching hub caps. $100 (814) 360-7010

1979 Suzuki GS 550 E 22K miles. $1000 OBO (814) 571-7470 ask for Tim.

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