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Hoisting the hardware The Bellefonte Area High School softball team captured the District 6 Class AAA championship, but got knocked out in the first round of the PIAA Tournament./Pages 18 and 22
June 7-13, 2012
Volume 4, Issue 23
Special Olympics prepares to take center stage at PSU By SAMI HULINGS For The Gazette
UNIVERSITY PARK — After a year of hard work, determination and pure love for competition, more than 2,000 athletes, 750 coaches and 2,500 volunteers will participate in the 43rd Special Olympics of Pennsylvania Summer Games. Sponsored by Sheetz Inc., the free event will be held this weekend on the Penn State campus from Thursday, June 7, through Saturday, June 9. The opening ceremonies will be held at 7:15 p.m. Thursday and will include lighting of the Olympic Torch. The torch makes a 150-mile journey, beginning at home plate in PNC Park in Pittsburgh and ending at home plate in Medlar Field.
During the “Be a Fan” Torch Run, the “Flame of Hope” is carried by Pennsylvania law enforcement officials, known as the “Guardians of the Flame,” according to Jennifer Tresp, senior competition director for Special Olympics. “As the ‘Guardians of the Flame,’ they are able to support the efforts of the athletes of the Special Olympics,” she said. The lighting of the torch symbolizes the official start of the games, where athletes 8 years of age and older will compete in nine different events including track and field, aquatics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, tennis and softball. “All athletes must have a minimum of eight train-
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SPECIAL ORDER: Carly Craig, left, and Christina Blahy volunteered their time Tuesday morning to sort through the supplies needed for the 2012 Special Olympics.
Relay for Life beats ’12 goal By CHRIS MORELLI email@example.com
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MEDIA FRENZY: This bank of microphones shows the extent of news coverage that jury selection in the trial of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is attracting in Bellefonte. See story on Page 4.
Dyslexia center on journey for funds By MARJORIE S. MILLER firstname.lastname@example.org
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SPREADING THE WORD: Marsha Landis, director of the Children’s Dyslexia Center, demonstrates the techniques used by tutors when working with the students. Opinion ............................ 7 Health & Wellness ............ 8 Send Story Ideas To editor@ centrecountygazette.com
STATE COLLEGE — In support of the Children’s Dyslexia Center’s current fundraising campaign, a local man has taken on a 3,415-mile bike ride across the country. With a mission to raise awareness about dyslexia and a monetary goal of $250,000 for the center, Larry Emigh, of State College, is asking for the public’s assistance as he pedals his way through a 50-day journey. He serves as the board chairman of the Children’s Dyslexia Center. He has been tracking his trek on his blog, Tour for Dyslexia, located at tourfordyslexia.org. Emigh, 70, writes regularly of his experiences, from the distance and mileage he travels per day, to the cities and towns he passes through, and the physical challenges his body endures.
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BELLEFONTE — Not even Mother Nature could stop Bellefonte’s Relay for Life over the weekend. Thousands of walkers descended on Bellefonte’s Governor’s Park on June 1 and 2 for the annual event, which celebrates the lives of people who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost and fights back against the disease. There were several torrential downpours on Friday night. And while thunder and lightning may have cleared the track temporarily, it didn’t dampen the spirits of those taking part in the annual event. “The rain held off so we were able to get through a lot of our big programs at the beginning,” said Gail Miller, event chair. “A lot of the programs you just can’t do in the rain, so we were excited that the rain held off early on.” The event kicked off at 3 p.m. on June 1 and lasted 24 hours. The fundraising goal, according to Miller, was $75,000. That was reached shortly before the event kicked off. “We had our thermometer set at $75,000, and we’ve met our goals,” Miller said. At the end of the 24-hour period, the Bellefonte Relay for Life raised $103,067 for the fight against cancer.
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“SUPPORT TO … KEEP ON CHANGING LIVES” The Children’s Dyslexia Center, located on West College Avenue in State College, is in the middle of a fundraising campaign. At least $50,000 needs to be raised each year to balance the center’s operating budget, plus another $20,000 is needed for rent and utilities, said center director Marsha Landis. Emigh departed from Los Angeles on May 13 and will bike across the country as part of a group for 50 days, when he is scheduled to reach his destination of Boston, Mass., said Christine Spearly, vice chairwoman for the board of governors for the center. “Individuals can go to this site and make a donation online to help the center, as well as follow Larry’s
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SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND: Pam Royer, left, and Gail Miller take a break during last weekend’s Relay for Life at Bellefonte’s Governor’s Park. Royer is the co-chair and Miller is the event chair. The event raised more than $100,000.
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progress through his blog, and track his progress on reaching his fundraising goal,â€? Spearly said. The center, which began in 2006, is one of 50 centers in 15 states operated by the Childrenâ€™s Dyslexia Centers Inc. in Lexington, Mass. The State College center has 16 active students and a growing waiting list, Landis said. â€œOur program takes an average two and a half years to complete the five levels, (which is about) 180 lessons,â€? Landis said. â€œWe try to do 62 lessons per calendar year. As some students graduate this summer and tutor trainees start training, I will add 12 (or more) new students.â€? According to its website, the Childrenâ€™s Dyslexia Center provides, free of charge, remedial reading services for children with dyslexia; promotes and encourages the education of professionals, tutorial scholars (trainees) and the public, to become resources in teaching children to read; and advances scientific knowledge of dyslexia through support of clinical research. The center serves children ages 6 through 18 who live within an hour to 90-minute travel time radius, Landis said. Enrolled students come from Centre, Clinton, Blair, Clearfield, Northumberland, Huntingdon and Lycoming counties, she said. The centerâ€™s board works to raise money through grants and donations, Landis said. The parentsâ€™ club heads various projects and events, such as live and silent auctions, comedy clubs and jewelry parties. Additionally, the Mount Nittany Club runs a calendar lottery for 100 days and operates a fish sandwich stand at the Grange Fair to earn money for rent and utilities, she said. â€œWe need community support to build an endowment that will earn interest to secure the future of the center,â€? Landis said. Funding in the past has come from AAUW, the Centre County Community Foundation, and First Community Foundation, previously known as the Williamsport Lycoming Foundation, Spearly said. It costs the center approximately $5,000 to tutor a child for one year, she said. In addition, the center trains teachers to become tutors in the Orton-Gillingham Multi-Sensory Method. They can take what they have learned back to their school, as well as provide tutoring services at the center, Spearly said. Landis urges the community to donate to Emighâ€™s ride; even as little as $1 or one penny per mile makes a difference. â€œWe need angels who understand how we help change lives and the futures of these children, and are willing to give us financial support to allow us to keep on changing lives,â€? she said.
The Orton-Gillingham method of teaching changes the way children store information in their brains, and how they use their brains, Landis explained. â€œEducation in schools is based on print communication â€” reading it, writing it, spelling it,â€? she said. â€œWe take children who are reading one or more years below their grade level and teach them to decode words â€” look at words as a puzzle and see clues to pronunciation.â€? Landis said 85 percent of English is rule-based, but no one teaches students the rules, so they only have to memorize the spelling. â€œAs they decode words easily, their reading fluency improves, which improves their comprehension and vocabulary, which improves their written expression,â€? she said. â€œSchool subjects become less difficult. We see them change into confident readers who begin to love reaching and who we know will thrive academically.â€? Landis said some of the centerâ€™s students were pulled out of public school to be home-schooled over suicide concerns as a result of being called â€œdumbâ€? or feeling they were stupid. â€œThey were trying so hard to do as well as everyone else, but words on a page did not make sense to them,â€? she said. â€œOur method works amazingly well. My tutors want bells, whistles, confetti and streamers built into the (classrooms) for the moments of clarity, when a child who hated school and could not read â€Ś is now suggesting more spelling words.â€? Twenty percent of the population has a learning disability, Landis said, and 80 percent of those have dyslexia, or â€œtrouble with words,â€? which affects reading, spelling, writing and sometimes speech. Dyslexic children do not have to suffer â€œdaily defeatâ€? and blows to their self-esteem, she said. â€œThey are intelligent beings who want to be like normal readers but need to be instructed differently than the normal school way,â€? Landis said. â€œSmall changes in every classroom would benefit so many.â€?
LARRYâ€™S JOURNEY Landis said Emigh compares his training, when he was getting ready for his trip, to the work, time and dedication tutors must put into learning to teach with the centerâ€™s method. He compares the rigors of his ride and the perseverance to continue each day, she said, to everyday life in school for a dyslexic child. â€œPhysically the ride takes something out of me everyday,â€? Emigh wrote in his blog on May 19 from Arizona. â€œI have constant pain behind both knees. When I stand up it takes a few steps to get my knees bending and not hurting.â€? Emighâ€™s total distance on May 20 was 47.1 miles.
â€œSaturday was a 13.2 mile day of climbing mountains in Sedona, AZ,â€? he said in his blog. â€œWhat a gorgeous place to visit. The weather was perfect with the sun reflecting on the famous red rocks. But the grueling climb continued for another 34.1 miles.â€? On May 24 Emigh posted from New Mexico, and wrote about the crosswinds and biking across the Rio Grande. And on May 27 he wrote, following his journey from Albuquerque to Santa Fe: â€œThe terrain for todayâ€™s ride was steady climbing up the hill the entire day. The climbs are long and gradual, but they are never ending â€Ś The mountain ranges were very impressive. Difficult to explain, so future photos I post will have to describe the mountains and all their beauty.â€? The following dayâ€™s ride, he said in his blog, consisted of 107.8 miles from Las Vegas to Tucumcari, N.M. According to his blog, Emighâ€™s total journey includes 43 riding days and five rest days. The tour will include 15 state line crossings and views of two oceans. Emigh rides an average of 80 miles per day. Readers can send a message to Emigh through his blog at tourfordyslexia.org. For more information about the Childrenâ€™s Dyslexia Center visit www.childrensdyslexiacenter.org.
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Sandusky trial gets under way By GENARO C. ARMAS Associated Press
BELLEFONTE — The process of picking jurors for the child sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky stretched into its second day Wednesday, with the judge determined to start opening statements next week. Sandusky faces a total of 52 counts involving 10 alleged victims over a 15-year span. He has denied the allegations, and defense lawyer Joseph Amendola’s potential witness list has seven Sandusky family members on it, including his wife, Dottie and two sons. Twelve of the 40 jurors questioned Wednesday morning were excused, including one who knew Sandusky personally. Some were let go because of financial hardship; others because of previous vacation plans. The remaining 28 moved on to a more detailed phase of the selection process in which lawyers for each side could individually grill jurors to determine if they could be impartial heading into a trial that has garnered worldwide attention. As of Gazette press time Wednesday afternoon, four of them had been selected to serve on the jury. Nine of the 12 jurors and four alternates needed for the trial were picked Tuesday, the first day of selection. Prosecutors have used four of their eight no-explanation-
needed challenges and Sandusky’s attorneys five. The lawyers who will argue the case said they’re happy with the process so far. Amendola arrived with Sandusky just after 8:15 a.m. and told reporters he’s confident the nine jurors picked on Tuesday will give “us a fair shake.” Sandusky himself didn’t say anything as he entered the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, about 12 miles from the university where he once worked. Lead prosecutor Joseph McGettigan, Pennsylvania’s senior deputy attorney general, said that jury selection was “so far, so good.” The ranks of the five men and four women already selected reflect the strong role Penn State plays in its surrounding community. They include a rising senior at the university, a retired soil sciences professor with 37 years at the university, a man with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the school and a woman who’s been a football season ticket holder since the 1970s. Others selected included a 24-year-old man with plans to attend auto technician school, a mother of two who works in retail, a retired school bus driver, an engineer with no Penn State ties and a property management firm employee. The breadth of Penn State ties to the community was evident again in the second day of jury selection. Of the 40 ques-
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band. When Sandusky’s lawyer sought to have her removed for cause, Cleland signaled he would need more grounds. “We’re in Centre County. We’re in rural Pennsylvania,” Cleland said, noting that such connections “can’t be avoided.” Amendola opted not to use one of his eight challenges, and she joined the panel. Amendola did strike parents with children who are roughly junior high school age, similar to the ages for the alleged victims. Of the 40 jurors initially questioned Wednesday, 32 had children. Eighteen indicated they had jobs or other responsibilities in which they were legally required to report instances of alleged child abuse. All the jurors will have to say under oath they can be impartial. Besides Sandusky family members, other names on the defense’s potential witness list include the widow and son of Joe Paterno, the late Hall of Fame football coach who was dismissed by university trustees in the aftermath of Sandusky’s arrest. Assistant coach Mike McQueary and his father are also on the defense witness list. Mike McQueary, on leave from the team, has said he saw Sandusky naked in a team shower with a young boy more than a decade ago and reported it to Paterno. Mike McQueary is also on the prosecution’s list, along with young men who have accused Sandusky of abusing them.
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easy because of the people involved. We had someone on the track every hour. In some cases, we have several people scheduled to walk,” Osif said. In just a couple of months, the congregation was able to reach the Relay goal of $2,500. “We did a some fundraising. My Sunday School class held a high British tea and we raised over $900 in a matter of two-and-ahalf hours. We also sold a lot of luminarias and did some fundraising that way,” Osif said. According to Osif, cancer really hit home recently. Her husband, the Rev. Thomas Osif, officiated at several funerals — all a result of cancer. “Tom did three funerals in 10 days and every single person had died of cancer. I said, ‘Why don’t we start a team?’ He said, ‘Start one.’ The church has been touched so deeply, we’ve lost so many young people. I felt like it was just something we should do and everyone has gotten behind it,” Osif said. During the Friday night kickoff, Aileen Galley, the administrative director of the cancer program at Mount Nittany Medical Center, spoke about the impact of Bellefonte’s Relay for Life. “Relay for Life has been going on in Centre County for 18 years. Bellefonte was the original location. From that, there are events that have evolved. There are events in Philipsburg and Centre Hall,” Galley said. “There’s even one that’s in its sixth year at Penn State. That event is completely driven by college students. We were worried about the Relays being competitive. Instead, everyone’s hearts expanded. There are amazing fundraising efforts at every single one of the relays.” Galley was thrilled to see hundreds of people on the track, all raising funds to fight the deadly disease. “Our intention is to be able to support people through every part of their journey,” Galley said. “The response here (in Bellefonte) is just overwhelming. These people are truly amazing.”
Co-chair Pam Royer was thrilled with the turnout, despite the poor weather forecast. “I think the relay went really well. We’ve raised a lot of money,” Royer said. “We had some new teams and we’re really excited.” The theme of this year’s Relay for Life was Dr. Seuss. Every group participating chose a Dr. Seuss book and decorated their camp space accordingly. “It’s a lot of fun. We had a graphic designer from one of the teams design all of the books. He designed them and the teams painted them,” Miller said. With that in mind, the theme was “One Wish, Two Wish, We Wish for a Cure.” Early in the day on Friday, a “Miss Relay” contest was held. Men dressed as women did a “fashion show” then walked around Governor’s Park with their purses, asking for donations. That idea came from the Relay for Life’s committee. “Our committee has been really great this year coming up with new things. The ‘Miss Relay’ contest … one of the girls thought of that. We thought it was a great idea and a way to get some new people involved,” Miller said. The event was previously held at Rogers Stadium but in recent years has relocated to Governor’s Park, which boasts more shade and more of a campground feel. According to Royer, the move to Governor’s Park has been a positive one. “We have shade now, which we never had at the football field. This has more of a community-feel. Everyone is closer to the track because we couldn’t set up (tents) on the football field. It makes it more comfortable. We really like it,” Royer said. Most groups set up their tents and campers around the track, digging in for the 24-hour period. One of those groups was led by Bonnie Osif, who organized a team for Pleasant Gap United Methodist Church. “It was a lot of work because it was a lot of organizational stuff. But it was really
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63rd annual Bellefonte Children’s Fair a success By CHRIS MORELLI email@example.com
BELLEFONTE — On a picture-perfect afternoon, the 63rd annual Bellefonte Children’s Fair was held on June 2. Families packed Curtin Street in downtown Bellefonte for the event, which was organized by the Bellefonte Sunrise Rotary Club. Officials estimate that more than 500 children took part in the fair. “We were very pleased with the turnout,” said Bob Lamb, incoming president of the Sunrise Rotary Club. “We had a little sprinkle this morning. Other than that, it’s been just perfect. We’re thrilled with the way the community has responded.” The Children’s Fair featured games such as sponge toss, hole-in-one, ring toss and bean bag throw. There were arts and crafts stations and face painting. There were also information booths from community organizations. Food was provided by Pizza Mia and Hoag’s Catering. Money raised at the fair will go toward purchasing playground equipment for parks in and around Bellefonte. According to Lamb, the Little League fields in Zion needed a recent upgrade. “Playground equipment has gotten so expensive, the borough really just doesn’t have the resources to do it. They’ll use the money from the Children’s Fair and get matching grants. It’s a sizable amount of money,” he said. Lamb estimated that over 300 people volunteer their time to make sure that the Children’s Fair went off without a hitch. “We had 54 booths signed up to be out here today. That includes food and games. The (Bellefonte) high school swim team helped with the games and the football team came out and helped set up the tables and chairs. It’s just a wonderful community event and a wonderful community
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A.J. PACKER, 8, of Bellefonte, enjoys a snow cone after getting his face painted like a soccer ball during the 63rd annual Bellefonte Children’s Fair, which was held on June 2. turnout,” Lamb explained. According to the outgoing president, Joan Coble, the businesses in Bellefonte play a key role during the Children’s Fair. “The community really gets behind this. The Bellefonte merchants are so generous to provide us with items that we use for the raffle gifts. The restaurants in Bellefonte are very generous, too. We really do appreciate that,” Coble said. Members of the Sunrise Rotary Club also play a key role, she said. “Our Rotary Club members put in many hours. This fulfills our mission of supporting the youth in Centre County,” she said. The Children’s Fair has been going strong for 63 years. That tradition helps make the event extremely popular, according to Coble. “Many people were raised here and brought here as children. They enjoy coming back with their children and grandchildren. As long as the weather holds for us, we do very well in terms of crowd,” Coble said.
‘Trash’ brings in haul By SAMI HULINGS For The Gazette
UNIVERSITY PARK — Thousands of bargain hunters descended upon Beaver Stadium for shopping steals at the 2012 Trash to Treasure sale on June 2. Tammy Gentzel, executive director of the Centre County United Way, said volunteers and workers collected 75.1 tons of donated goods this year, a record weight. Most of the donations were made by Penn State students moving out of the university’s residence halls. All proceeds from the sale are given to the Centre County United Way annual campaign, which benefits the non-profit organization’s 37 partner agencies. Gentzel said the original idea for the sale came from the Office of Physical Plant at Penn State in 2001. “To reduce waste stream that goes into the local landfill, rather than take these things students left behind, the Office of Physical Plant thought, ‘Why not sell them?’ They asked students to donate things to United Way,” she said. Gentzel said over the years, many of the donations come from out-of-state students who just don’t have a way to take the items back home. “If you picture a dorm room, anything that can be put in a dorm room we get. Clothing is a huge one, all kinds of electronics, microwaves, jewelry and shoes. If
you can imagine it, it was probably there,” she said. Now in its 11th year, the sale has raised more than $500,000 for the Centre County United Way. All of the funds raised have stayed in Centre County, aiding those in need. This year, Trash to Treasure early bird shopping began at 7:30 a.m. More than 2,000 shoppers wishing to get a head start paid $5 to enter the sale before the free entry began at 9 a.m. Sale volunteers closed admission at 2 p.m. With the final transaction occurring at 3 p.m., this year’s sales totaled $60,855.05. According to a United Way press release, Trash to Treasure organizers expect this year’s grand total to climb closer to $65,000 after online auctions for Beaver Stadium benches, All-American banners and other items are held. Gentzel said she believes the event, which started out as a way to lessen the amount of trash taken to the landfill by Penn State, has become a community event that benefits all those involved. Students have an environmentally conscious way to lessen their loads, which in turn helps community members who are in need. “The sale wouldn’t happen without the generosity of the Penn State students and the dedicated volunteers who help us prepare for sale day,” Gentzel said.
ERNIE SPENCER, of State College, made an interesting purchase at the annual Trash to Treasure sale held this past Saturday in Beaver Stadium.
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JUNE 7-13, 2012
CCWRC celebrates another year GOP offers budget with luncheon, keynote speaker By MARC LEVY Associated Press
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UNIVERSITY PARK â€” The community was encouraged to work together to combat sexual violence May 30 during the Centre County Womenâ€™s Resource Centerâ€™s second annual celebration luncheon. Held at the Nittany Lion Inn, the event featured keynote speaker Delilah Rumburg, CEO of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. Rumburg addressed the issue of sexual abuse to a roomful of attendees, and explained ways in which the community must come together to make a difference. It takes work to eradicate sexual violence, she said, and the Centre County Womenâ€™s Resource Center is an â€œinvaluableâ€? part of the community in that it brings resources together. Rumburg said one way the community can make a difference is to improve its ability to identify sexual abuse. The stateâ€™s attention currently is drawn to sexual abuse due to the ongoing Jerry Sandusky trial, she said, so it has a good opportunity now to tackle the issue. â€œThis is a huge tipping point for us,â€? she said. Another way to make a difference, Rumburg said, is to clarify the reporting responsibilities in Pennsylvania. â€œHow can we be mandated reporters?â€? she asked. â€œHow can we protect our children and every child in the community?â€? Rumburg said each member of the community has an important part in keeping children safe.
tee members Susan Chase, Michele Ebaugh, Amanda Jones, Nadine Kofman, Sally Lenker, Shirley Palermo and Sara Songer received the Friends of the Center Community Service Award. Additionally, a check from Verizon in the amount of $10,000 was presented to the CCWRC in honor of Det. Deirdri Fishel. Other speakers during the event included center executive director Anne Ard and board chair Mary Frantz. The Centre County Womenâ€™s Resource Center, located on West Nittany Avenue in State College, is a feminist organization that originated from, and continues to be a part of, the Womenâ€™s Movement, the Battered Womenâ€™s Movement and the Rape Crisis Movement. The organization strives to empower women and to counter the oppression of, and violence against, women on a societal level, according to its website. The organizationâ€™s visions include: eliminate personal and institutional violence against women and children; increase awareness and provide information about issues of particular concern to women; take a position of advocacy for equal rights and justice for all women; continually assess the needs of Centre County women for services; and foster a supportive environment that creates a sense of identity and community among women. Missions include crisis intervention, services, education and advocacy, the website states. The 24-hour hotline can be reached at (877) 234-5050. For more information, visit www.ccwrc.org.
She also said itâ€™s important to look at perpetrators of sexual abuse, and hold them accountable first, and inquire as to why they committed the crime in the first place. Most people donâ€™t want to believe sexual abuse happens, Rumburg said, but itâ€™s not going to go away on its own, and â€œoffenders will continue unless we stop them.â€? â€œChange,â€? she said, â€œbegins with each of us.â€? Rumburg said itâ€™s crucial to value the human dignity of each victim, regardless of age, and when someone discloses sexual violence, to believe him or her, and also inform that person of the help and resources available. â€œWe are not alone in this,â€? she said. In the past few months, the culture surrounding sexual violence has already started to change because of the Sandusky case, Rumburg said, so now is the time for State College and Pennsylvania to be â€œtrendsetters,â€? in stopping sexual violence. She said the community must be both â€œbraveâ€? and â€œbold.â€? â€œWe canâ€™t be on the side of the perpetrator,â€? Rumburg said. Also during the luncheon, a variety of board and staff members were recognized and honored, including board members Carol Packard and Terri Parker, and staff members Jean Riddle Collins, Janene Adu and Kathleen Stehouwer. Barbara Palmer received the Mimi Coppersmith Philanthropist of the Year Award; Jessica Sever and Kyle Harris received the Emerging Leaders award; and Twilight Dinner commit-
HARRISBURG â€” A $27.7 billion budget plan written behind closed doors by Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania state House and Senate would send more money to public schools than a plan approved previously by the Senate, but it hasnâ€™t necessarily found a warm reception from Gov. Tom Corbett. The plan was delivered to Corbett on Tuesday and was not released publicly, but some details were obtained by The Associated Press. In their first face-to-face budget meeting with Corbett on Tuesday night, top Republican lawmakers said, he did not commit to their proposed spending level nor did he suggest a more acceptable number. â€œWe still have a lot of work to do, (but) we still believe we will have the budget done well before June 30,â€? said Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, after leaving the hour-plus meeting at the governorâ€™s official residence in Harrisburg. Both Pileggi and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, called the meeting productive. The discussion focused mostly on how much the state can expect from tax collections as budget makers decide how much the state can spend next year and how much it can sustain in future years as pension costs rise precipitously. But Pileggi said the group had only just started the discussion of which parts of the half-billion-dollars that lawmakers added to Corbettâ€™s original $27.1 billion hold-theline plan are acceptable to him. Under the lawmakersâ€™ plan, public schools would get $100 million for â€œaccountability block grantsâ€? that help districts pay for full-day kindergarten. None of that $100 million was in the governorâ€™s plan, while $50 million of it was in a Senate plan the chamber approved last month. On Tuesday Corbett, a Republican, told a radio interviewer that heâ€™s concerned by the bottom-line spending figure of $27.7 billion, and suggested that he would try to negotiate the number down. â€œThe Senate has a number, I have a number,â€? he said. His budget plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1 would cut $230 million, or 20 percent, from 18 state-supported universities and $168 million, or 20 percent, from aid for a variety of county-run social services. It also would eliminate a $100 million grant program that helps public schools pay for full-day kindergarten and a $150 million cash benefit for disabled adults who canâ€™t work.
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Date revised for world’s end For those of you who took the news hard that the world will not end this December, NASA has new hope and an approximate date — 4 billion years from now. That’s when the Milky Way galaxy — that’s us — will collide with the Andromeda galaxy, which is about the same size and age as our own, almost twins, astronomers say. Scientists have long seen Andromeda heading in our direction, at approximately 1.2 million miles an hour, really crawling in terms of space speed, but figured that it would miss or only graze the Milky Way. But among the many breakthrough discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope is that Andromeda will indeed plow into the Milky Way. Said Roeland van der Marel, an astronomer with the institute that operates the Hubble, “This is pretty violent as things go in Jay Ambrose is a the universe. It’s like a bad car crash in columnist for galaxy-land.” Scripps-Howard News Service. Actual physical collision may be rare because of the immense distances between the stars and planets within the galaxies, but the Earth will get a whole new nighttime sky and that will drive many astrologers out of business. At hubblesite.org there’s a colorful image of what the merged galaxies might look like from Earth, spectacular enough almost to be worth waiting around for. Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb dubbed the merged galaxy “Milkomeda.” No offense, sir, but that’s a terrible name, more like a breakfast cereal than a wonder of the universe. We’d suggest letting it go for the time being and holding a naming contest in 3 million years or so. Once Andromeda arrives, the collision itself will take about 2 billion years. That should give us some time to make other arrangements — all those planets we’re discovering should be good for something — because although NASA assures Earth and the planets will survive, the sun will not. It will be flung somewhere else in the merged galaxy and shortly after go dead. Again, that’s 4 billion years from now. Mark your calendars accordingly.
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Should U.S. ban Islamic law? Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback last week signed a law that bans the use of foreign laws or codes in reaching court decisions. Though the language of the law doesn’t say so, it was widely seen — among supporters — as banning the use of Islamic shariah law in Kansas. “They stone women to death in countries that have shariah law,” Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, said during the debate. “If you vote to not adopt (the bill), it’s a vote against women.” A similar bill passed in Oklahoma last year was blocked by a federal court. Do states need to pass laws against Islamic law? Or do such bills persecute a religious minority? Columnists Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk debate the issue.
JOEL MATHIS Sam Brownback and Kansas Republicans are hypocrites, through and through. In 2008, thenU.S. Sen. Brownback introduced a resolution in the Senate that designated the first weekend of May as “Ten Commandments Weekend.” A few years before that, Brownback was out front urging that the Pledge of Allegiance retain its mention of “one nation under God,” sayJoel Mathis, joelmmathis@ ing: “There is gmail.com, is a nothing more writer in American than Philadelphia. the Pledge of Allegiance and an acknowledgement of God is at the heart of our founding principles and is our nation’s motto.” The examples don’t end there. Along with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Brownback has been
one of America’s most aggressive and unapologetic politicians in advocating for religion’s role in America’s public and governmental life. Islam is the exception to this rule. Brownback and Kansas Republicans are vigorous defenders of the separation of church and state only when non-Christians are involved. Supporters of the law point to places like Europe, where “hate speech” codes can make it illegal — or, at least, inadvisable — to criticize Islam. “That could happen here!” they cry, but no, it probably couldn’t: Europe doesn’t have America’s First Amendment traditions or law that vigorously defend freedom of speech and freedom of religion. The bill’s supporters never showed that Islamic law actually was distorting or affecting Kansas jurisprudence. They never had evidence on their side, only demagoguery and fear. So the law is a solution in search of a problem — the kind of thing conservatives disdain, unless Muslims are involved. All the law really does, then, is signal to the state’s Muslims that they are second-class citizens. Kansas has a proud civil rights history. It fought to be a free state before the Civil War; it was where the Brown v. Board of Education ruling delivered the first stunning blow against desegregation. The new law betrays that heritage. But it does highlight Sam Brownback’s hypocrisy.
BEN BOYCHUK Kansas’s law banning shariah does little more than restate the obvious. Islamic law may have a place somewhere, but it isn’t in American statute books or U.S. court houses. Our secular government may give a nod to the religious origins of law, but we don’t prosecute murderers because Sixth Commandment tells us so. The First Amendment wouldn’t allow it. Traditional Islam recognizes no separation of church and state. The
Koran is the word of God, and to be a faithful Muslim is to submit to God’s laws completely. Examples of “creeping shariah” abound. A few years ago, Muslim cabbies in Minneapolis refused to pick up passengers carrying alcohol or dogs, even service dogs for the disabled. Islamic law says dogs and booze are unclean and forbidden, anti-discrimination laws notwithstanding. A judge in New Jersey in 2010 accepted a Muslim man’s defense against sexual assault, saying his supposed religious beliefs mitigated his crime. (That ruling was later overturned.) And let’s not get started on blasphemy, divorce and adoption controversies. No wonder Kansas lawmakers wanted to nip this one in the bud. Does that mean Muslims are second-class citizens? Not at all. “The government of the United States,” George Washington famously wrote in 1790, “gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.” The United States is a liberal (in the classical sense), pluralistic, open and secular nation. The Ben Boychuk, vast majority of bboychuk@cityJews and Chris- journal.org, is tians have ac- associate editor of c o m m o d a t e d City Journal. and assimilated — given “their effectual support” — to secular government over the centuries. Many Muslims have, too. Anything is possible. Anything, that is, except accommodating shariah.
Americans have right to be bloated By DAN K. THOMASSON Scripps-Howard News Service
WASHINGTON — I’ll drink to that! But if I’m in New York City it won’t be out of a cup that exceeds 16 ounces if what I’m drinking is a sugary substance that will add to the nation’s obesity dilemma. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that is a mortal sin and he wants to prohibit the sale of these superdrinks. That of course raises questions about how far a democratic government can go to protect the health and welfare of its citizens without encroaching on the freedom we cherish even to do foolish things that harm only ourselves. The U.S. Supreme Court says we have an individual right to bear arms so why can’t we order a 24-ounce soda? What’s the difference between the right to blow out our brains and not our bellies? No one will dispute that we do a lot of things to excess, including eating and drinking too much. Has it strained our hearts, cost us millions in health care, shortened our lives and made us just plain look bad? Certainly it has. But isn’t it our choice to resemble the Pillsbury Doughboy if we want to? That seems to me to be indisputable. And by the way, who is going to police the distribution of oversized drinks — a whole new set of bureaucrats and law enforcement agents called the BGC (Big Gulp Cops)? To my way of thinking, Bloomberg has just created another expensive problem for his taxpayers. What if this silliness spreads to other major cities? I can foresee a revolt from every movie theater, convenience store, fast food restaurant and ballpark in America. Then we’re talking real bucks and much mayhem, with straws the major weapons. It isn’t far-fetched to imagine the high court slurping in anticipation of this one, a case that is bound to happen. A major consumer group already has taken full-page advertisements depicting Bloomberg as a “nanny” all frocked out in a light blue number. They’re making it clear he hasn’t heard the last of this. While the temptation is to treat this whole brouhaha as one of the least serious threats to our way of life in this world of turmoil, it would be wrong to do so. The good mayor’s move is a dangerous example of stepping all over our liberties in direct contravention of that big document hammered out by a group of guys who never heard of soda pop. Maybe that’s a good thing. They might have decided to enshrine the privilege of
gluttony in the Bill of Rights despite warnings from Ben Franklin and others that it could only lead to the ruination of our waistlines. Besides, have you ever seen one of their dinner menus? I’ve never had a 32-ounce drink, well not of soda pop anyway, but lots have and that’s their prerogative. What’s to stop them from buying two 16s and combining them into a leftover bigger cup? “Nanny” Bloomberg has his heart or maybe his stomach in the right place. But where ours is? That’s our business.
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HEALTH & WELLNESS Note to self: Drink more water now! Don’t rely on your thirst to tell you when you need to rehydrate You’ve just completed your morning workout, your workout clothes are drenched as if you’d just jumped into the neighbor’s pool fully clothed (you were tempted, but ...). You hop in the shower, get dressed, and head off for work, where you grab a bagel and coffee. What’s wrong with this picture? The first thing you should have done — well, maybe the second thing, after peeling off your workout clothes — is drink a glass of water. Whether you were thirsty or not, you certainly needed it. Thirst isn’t the only way to tell whether or not you need water. There are plenty of other clues: sweaty clothes, high humidity, even fatigue. Water is one of the Julie A. Wilczynski most important nutriis a traditional ents your body needs naturopath, counselor of natural to stay healthy, vibrant health, certified nu- and energetic, espetritional consultcially in the heat of the ant, certified persummer. It regulates sonal trainer, and body temperature, yoga and Pilates intransports nutrients structor. and oxygen, and helps cushion your body from injury, among other things. Every day you lose an average of 10 to 12 cups of water — you need to
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make sure to replace it to maintain your body’s fluid balance. If you don’t, you could develop symptoms of mild dehydration, such as loss of appetite, headaches, dizziness and fatigue.
WHY DO WE NEED PURE WATER? Your body is made up mostly of water. In fact, water makes up 75 to 85 percent of your cells. And the reason you thirst for water on a regular, perhaps even hourly basis is due to three main benefits your body receives from water: Cohesion/Flexibility: Water creates internal cohesion for your body, giving your cells and organs the flexibility to be stretched and even strained within certain limits without rupturing or tearing. Every time you move, reach for something or stand up, water is helping to protect your organs from being torn in the process. Temperature/Comfort: Water helps your body stabilize temperature and acclimate to temperature changes. Without sufficient water, the human body can undergo fatal overheating or cooling very quickly. Solvency/Nutrition and Detoxification: Water also provides natural solvent properties, supporting the body in the great task of breaking down substances for use or disposal. Think of all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients flowing through your organs and into your extremities that allow you to function normally, as well as the detoxification your body carries out through the release of sweat, urine and
other means. Without water, these processes would cease to function. Though the body can live for long periods — even a month or more — without food, it will die within a few days without water. It doesn’t take a nutrition specialist to see that the quality of the water we drink is vital to our well-being.
HOW THE BODY USES WATER Digestion — Component of gastric juices, pancreatic fluids and saliva; transport of nutrients through digestive tract; dissolving nutrients Transport of nutrients and waste products in the blood and lymphatic fluids. Absorption — Transport of nutrients into cells for utilization. Elimination — Dissolving waste products of cells; transport of waste out of the body through kidneys, intestines. Temperature — Component of sweat to help the body maintain a constant temperature. As crucial as water is to good health and well-being, most people don’t drink enough. Which leads us to these tips for stepping up your consumption, from IDEA, an organization of more than 23,000 health and fitness professionals. ■ Eight isn’t always enough. Eight 8ounce glasses of water daily is the standard recommendation. But for a more precise estimate of how much water you need daily, divide your weight in half. That number in ounces is your recommended daily water intake.
■ Drink more if you exercise. In addition to your recommended water intake, replace water at a faster rate if you work out. According to the American Dietetic Association, you need two cups of fluids two hours before exercise, followed by another two cups approximately 15 to 20 minutes before endurance exercise. During exercise, drink every 15 to 20 minutes. You may want to switch to a sports drink if your exercise session lasts one hour or more. ■ Drink before you get the signal. Many experts believe that thirst indicates you’re already slightly dehydrated. ■ Have a plan. Try setting your own quota — drinking one glass when you wake up in the morning and another just before you go to bed, for instance — to ensure you get the minimum. Keep water bottles and pitchers near you as a reminder, and take frequent water breaks. ■ Enlist help. Water is the best way to stay hydrated, but other beverages such as milk and juices can also help you meet your hydration needs. If you’re truly concerned about your fluid intake, avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverage; they increase fluid loss. Notice I didn’t say drink sugary sports drinks — opt instead for pure water to hydrate the body. If you need a little something to make your water more exciting drop a few slices of lemon or lime or even a handful of frozen berries and fruit into your next glass of water and let me know how refreshing it was.
HealthSouth awarded PSU researchers seek answer certification for care to protein-alcohol linkage From Gazette staff reports
PLEASANT GAP — HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital has earned certification for Disease-Specific Care in four key programs: heart failure, brain injury, stroke and Parkinson’s disease. The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval was awarded to the hospital for its compliance with the organization’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. “In achieving Joint Commission certification, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with diagnoses of heart failure, brain injury, stroke or Parkinson’s disease,” said Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend them for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the com-
munity it serves.” To earn these certifications, the four rehabilitation programs underwent an extensive, unannounced, on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers. The programs were evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of the programs’ processes, the programs’ ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff. “By choosing to have The Joint Commission evaluate our programs, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-today basis. The Joint Commission certification provides us a framework to take our hospital to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” said Susan Hartman, CEO of HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital. “This is a major step toward continually improving the care we provide to offer our patients peace of mind knowing they are getting quality care at the industry’s highest standard.”
Hoover joins clinic From Gazette staff reports STATE COLLEGE — Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Jay Hoover, RN, as administrative director of the pain management clinic. Under the direction of the vice president for quality, Hoover will coordinate the day-to-day management of personnel and operations at the clinic to ensure services that both satisfy patients and promote financial stability.
Hoover earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mount Aloysius College and previously held several positions at Mount Nittany Medical Center over the past 16 years. The pain management clinic treats patients whose pain has outlasted the normal healing period following an accident or injury, as well as those experiencing pain related to other health conditions. For more information on the Pain Management Clinic, visit mountnittany.org or call (814) 237-3360.
By Penn State Live HERSHEY — Measuring a set of protein changes in the blood linked to alcohol use may potentially lead to a more accurate diagnostic test than those currently available, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. “The challenge in alcohol abuse as opposed to substance abuse — things like cocaine or heroin or PCP — is that alcohol is a perfectly legal substance for those over 21,” said Willard M. Freeman, department of pharmacology and lead investigator. “Unlike routine testing for illicit drugs, you can’t just look for a trace of alcohol because many people enjoy a drink in a responsible manner and alcohol is very quickly metabolized. Discriminating between excessive and responsible levels of drinking makes this a greater challenge.” Penn State Hershey researchers, working for 2.5 years in cooperation with Kathleen A. Grant at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, identified a set of 17 proteins in the blood that accurately predicted alcohol usage 90 percent of the time in nonhuman primates. Researchers were able to separate usage into three categories — no alcohol use, drinking up to two drinks per day and drinking at least six drinks per day. Protein levels rose and declined depending on alcohol consumption. “We observed that the levels of some proteins increased or decreased with as little as one or two drinks a day,” Freeman said. “These same changes occurred with heavier levels of drinking. We also found other proteins that responded only to heavy levels of drinking. Combined, these proteins allow us to classify subjects into non-drinking, alcoholusing, and alcohol-abusing groups.” The researchers are continuing their work, first by determining whether the changes measured return to normal levels with cessation of drinking. Second, they are looking for additional proteins to both increase accuracy and provide alternates if some of the initial 17 do not work in humans. Working with groups around the world, Penn State Hershey researchers — led by Freeman and Kent Vrana, chair, Department of Pharmacology — plan to collect blood from people undergoing inpatient treatment for alcohol abuse. “We’ll collect blood throughout their stay to see if the patients’ protein pattern reverts from an excessive drinking pattern to a pattern that’s indicative of alcohol abstinence,” Freeman said.
The goal is to create a diagnostic test for alcohol consumption that may be used in areas of public safety like aviation or national security, for parole conditions and for helping physicians determine if a patient may have an alcohol abuse problem. Currently there are tests that try to address this issue, but Freeman said these tests are not sensitive and specific enough to serve as diagnostics. “Many of these tests rely on just one protein,” he said. “The limitation to this approach is that these tests often look at proteins produced by the liver. While these proteins increase with excessive alcohol intake, they also increase with any type of injury to the liver. For example, a lot of prescription drugs are hard on the liver. These tests let us know that the liver is being stressed but can’t discriminate between excessive drinking and other conditions, which therefore reduces the utility of these tests. “That’s where we see the promise in this panel of proteins. The proteins are produced by a number of organs including the liver, the muscle, and the brain. This unique fingerprint that is indicative of alcohol abuse is less likely to be produced by unrelated conditions.” Freeman stresses, a diagnostic test would not be testing for alcoholism, but rather, alcohol intake. “In a strictest use of the words, alcoholism is a psychological diagnosis as opposed to a level of drinking,” he said. “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual really classifies alcohol abuse and alcoholism based on how alcohol is interfering with your life. Obviously we can’t use a blood test to say yes, your drinking is interfering with your home life. But the amount of drinking and the amount of problems it causes in your life are tightly correlated. “We envision, a number of years down the line if this becomes a diagnostic test, that if the test indicates that you’re drinking a lot, it would prompt a referral to a specialist in alcohol abuse and alcoholism. This test could provide an objective indicator to help people begin addressing what may really be a problem in their lives.” Also contributing to this research are Anna C. Salzberg, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, and Steven W. Gonzales, Biotic Micro Inc. The researchers findings are published online in Biological Psychiatry. The National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism supported this work.
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Pleasant Gap hosts annual Field Day ‘Special day’ allows elementary students to compete By CHRIS MORELLI email@example.com
PLEASANT GAP — As the school year winds down, students in the Centre Region look forward to Field Day. At Pleasant Gap Elementary School, Field Day was held recently under a sun-splashed sky on the school grounds. The school was divided into two teams — red and white. According to physical education instructor Eric Cyone, Field Day is something that the students get really excited about. “Field Day is a special day for the whole community,” Cyone said. “It’s a day that all the kids, teachers, staff, families and other community members come together to create a great annual event.” The students participate in a total of 12 activities. Some of the highlights are the sack races, sponge races, baseball toss, jump rope, obstacle courses, basketball dribbling and 50-yard dash. The marquee event, however, is the tug-of-war, which closes out the afternoon. The students are competitive, of course. However, at the end of the day, it’s all about having fun. “It’s always great to see the smiles and excitement on the kids’ faces throughout the day. There is obviously the competitive aspect of Field Day, but the kids always do a great job of being good sports and remembering that it’s all about them having a fun day together,” Cyone said. Cyone oversees the entire operation and the teachers keep their classes moving from event to event.
The entire school staff works together to make sure things run smoothly. “The teachers and staff are a vital part of the day. The classroom teachers are with their class throughout the day providing encouragement. Many of the aides and specialists help out, the custodial staff helps with set up and parking, and lunch staff provides lunch for the kids,” Cyone said. There are also countless volunteers who track times, keep scores and organize events. “They are the glue that holds the entire event of Field Day together. I have numerous volunteers that help run each of the 12 activities the children participate in throughout the day, as well as the tug of war at the end of the day,” Cyone said. A key part of the operation is the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization, or PTO, according to Cyone. “I always work along with the PTO/PTA at the school, many of which also volunteer their time during Field Day,” At Pleasant Gap, the PTO provided freeze pops for each and every student at the conclusion of Field Day. With childhood obesity rates on the rise at an alarming rate, Cyone is hopeful that Field Day helps set the tone for the rest of the summer. “As a physical educator, I really hope that it does. One great thing about Field Day is the variety of activities that the kids participate in throughout the day,” Cyone said. “There are a variety of sport-themed activities that lend themselves to summer time physical activity for the kids, so hopefully they continue to keep themselves active because of it.”
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FIFTH-GRADE TEACHER Adam Gearhart tries to inspire his class during the tug-of-war at Pleasant Gap Elementary’s Field Day, which was held recently at the school.
Bellefonte employees honored From Gazette staff reports BELLEFONTE — Each year, the Centre County Association of School Retirees and its state association, The Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, proudly honor two school district employees — an educator and a support professional — with the Lauretta Woodson Awards. These awards are rotated among the school districts in Centre County from year to year. The awards were established by PASR as a result of a bequest by Lauretta Woodson, an educator and ardent supporter of PASR, to honor the selected school employees for their outstanding jobs, their dedication to their students and their exemplary service to their district. Two Bellefonte employees were selected for the honor this year: Shari Reed, the elementary mathematics specialist for the Bellefonte Area School District and Alice Emery, a support professional. Reed began her teaching career in 1993 in an elementary classroom in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. It was there that Reed had the opportunity to become a math resource teacher and work collaboratively with all levels of educators in the district to improve the instruction of mathematics in the district. In 2007, Reed became the elementary mathematics specialist for the Bellefonte Area School District while
continuing to pursue her own professional development with The Pennsylvania State University. In her job with Bellefonte, she again had the opportunity to work with all levels of educators on the improvement of mathematics instruction. In addition, she conducted professional development for the BASD Middle School, created additional resources for students struggling with mathematics and organized ongoing parent meetings for K-8 parents including several Family Fun Math Nights across the district. Reed has been involved at the state level on the Pennsylvania Grades 4-8 Advisory Committee, on committees with the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics, as a presenter with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference and as a presenter with PCTM’s Annual Conference. Reed was promoted to be the BASD K-12 Mathematics Coordinator effective July 1, 2012. In her three decades of service in education, Emery, a support professional with the Bellefonte Area School District, did recess duty and cafeteria duty, tutored students before, during and after school and attended the fifthgrade camping trip for many years. Emery arrived early and stayed late to make sure everything was prepared to her satisfaction. Recently,
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SHARI REED, elementary mathematics specialist, left, and support specialist Alice Emery, right, both of the Bellefonte Area School District, received the Lauretta Woodson Awards from the Centre County Association of School Retirees honoring their exemplary service to education. Vickie Gates, president of the Centre County Association of School Retirees, presented the awards. Emery’s quick action saved a child’s life by dislodging a pretzel that obstructed the child’s breathing. Emery also recently received an Employee Recognition Award from BASD. Her fellow employees said “that she was willing to go above and beyond” and “that she was always willing to help.” She was referred to as “kind and considerate” with a “cheerful smile and encour-
aging word for all.” Lew Rodrick, Educational Support Chair of the Centre County Association of School Retirees, and Vickie Gates, president, presented the Lauretta Woodson Awards at the May meeting of the Bellefonte Area School District Board of Directors. Each awardee received a medallion, a pin, and a certificate from PASR and a monetary award from CCASR.
STATE COLLEGE — Levent Kaya, CEO at Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School, has announced that the school is adding 6,200 square feet to the building by constructing a second floor to the school located at 1530 Westerly Parkway in State College. Construction is expected to begin this summer. “The second floor addition is adding seven classrooms to our school to allow us to accommodate up to 360 students in the coming years,” said Kaya. The additional space will enable YSCP to increase kindergarten enrollment from two classrooms of 20 students each to three classrooms of 20 students each for the 2012-2013 school year. “We are thrilled with the support of parents and our local community. Currently our school has more than 200 students enrolled for the Fall with openings in just the fifth and eighth grades,” he said. For more information on YSCP, please call (814) 237-9727 or visit www.YSCP.org.
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NAMA hosts spring show at Penns Cave By SAM STITZER firstname.lastname@example.org
CENTRE HALL — The Nittany Antique Machinery Association (NAMA) held its annual Spring Show on June 1-3 at Penns Cave. NAMA was formed in 1975, and held its first show at Penns Cave Farm in September of that year. The autumn show has grown to be one of the largest of its kind east of the Mississippi. The spring show, held annually on the first weekend after Memorial Day, is a somewhat smaller version of the fall show and features free admission for spectators. The show featured rows and rows of antique tractors and farm machinery. The featured brand of the show was Oliver, and many fine examples of antique Oliver tractors were on display. Heavy rain on Friday and Sunday forced the cancellation of tractor pulls. NAMA secretary Bob Corman said there were 180 tractors registered at this year’s show. There were plenty of food vendors and a huge flea market on the grounds. A building was filled with diecast toy tractors, trucks and farm machinery, for collectors and spectators to admire and purchase. Flea market vendors presented just about everything imaginable for sale. Machinery, tools, furniture, housewares, and collectibles were seen, and the aisles were filled with browsers and buyers. On the west end of the grounds was a 1923 Farquhar steam engine, owned by Paul
Dotterer of Mill Hall, connected via a flat belt and pulleys to a fully functional portable sawmill. The old engine huffed and puffed as large logs were fed into the spinning saw blade. Near the museum building, a demonstration of broom making was presented by the Pennsylvania Broom Closet. Debbie Lutz, of Troy, and Barb Barrett, of Lock Haven, made brooms using 1890s vintage apparatus. The dried and deseeded broom corn is first wound around a handle using a foot-driven kick winder. The broom is then placed in a specialized press and the corn is hand stitched in place. Finally, the ends are trimmed in a cutter. Many different styles and sizes of brooms were on display, and a large crowd was present to watch the demonstration. In the museum building was something extremely different. It was a 10½-foot-long model of the USS Boston, a U.S. Navy heavy battle cruiser ship built by Gerald Kirk of Wellsville, N.Y. It represents the sixth of seven ships named for the city of Boston. Kirk served over two years on the real ship in the Vietnam Warera, and decided to build a model of the ship in 1971. He began construction of the model in 1972, laying up a one-piece fiberglass hull over a wooden form. He worked on the model over a period of 28 years to complete it. The model has a wooden deck, and Kirk used a variety of plastic and metal materials to make the incredibly detailed structure. The 170-pound model floats, and is fully radio controlled,
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BARB BARRETT demonstrates broom making using 1890s vintage equipment. powered by electric motors. The gun turrets and radar antennas rotate, and the ship is fitted with realistic lighting, all controlled from the R/C transmitter. The deck is crowded with hundreds of tiny 1/64 scale sailors, which Kirk had specially molded of plastic for this project. Kirk said the model attracts attention wherev-
er it goes, and once literally stopped traffic when floated in a pond along a six lane highway near Chicago. The show was all about remembering and honoring the past. Each machine is a piece of history, connecting observers to a time and lifestyle much different from today. Much nostalgia
was brought on by the sight, sound and even the smell of the old machines. The older folks in attendance relived their good old days, and the younger ones received an education and some insight into how their ancestors lived. It truly was a celebration of the history of rural America.
Green Homes and Gardens tour scheduled From Gazette staff reports
FRONT ROW, from left, school coordinator Amy Davidson, Wingate students Rex, Alyssa, Clayton and Lakhota, and school coordinator Nancy Watkins. Back row, from left, RSVP director Brian Querry, Wingate School principal James Orichosky, Bellefonte Elks past exalted ruler Richard Davidson, Anissa Ilie (Pen Pal to Rex), Angel Gonzales (Pen Pal to Alyssa), Beverly Ramsdell (Pen Pal to Clayton), Louis Bernier (Pen Pal to Lakhota), RSVP Pen Pal coordinator Andrea Puzycki and Bellefonte Elks past exalted ruler Dale Moore.
Bellefonte Elks donate $3,500 to Pen Pal Program at Bald Eagle From Gazette staff reports BELLEFONTE — The Bellefonte Elks recently donated $3,500 to the RSVP Pen Pal Program through the David Garver Memorial Fund. Centre
County adults have taken the role of mentors (Pen Pals) to children in the Bald Eagle Area School District. Last year, 372 adults wrote 2,604 letters to almost 900 students. The program focuses on reading and writing skills in
a very real exchange and also on the interpersonal skills of getting to know interesting, new adults. The Elks donation provided 800 books to the children who participated in the program.
STATE COLLEGE — Centre County is going green. The “How Green is Happy Valley? Saving the Planet Begins at Home” Green Homes and Gardens Tour will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on June 24. The tour will include 11 homes and gardens, which will be open to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. The free event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Centre County. Among the homes and gardens on the tour is the Hudson/Nixon home, a high-tech, green home in a traditional wrapper. Owned by Randy Hudson, a LEED-registered architect, and his wife, Cynthia Nixon, a local artist, the house sits on nine acres in Ferguson Township. It is designed to look traditional, yet conserve resources by incorporating passive solar heating/cooling a geothermal system, superinsulated walls and roof, and recycled antique
floors, among other features. The home is a certified National Wildlife Federation Habitat. Also on the tour is the Bazan/Slawecki home. Owners Gene Bazan and Tania Slawecki showcase the energy retrofits they have made to their 1938 as well as their biointensive and permaculture gardens, which provide 90 percent of the couple’s vegetables and 60 percent of their fruit. Retrofits include insulation, solar hot water and hot air collectors, high-performance windows and a geo-thermal heat pump. A third site on the tour is Morningstar Solar Home and Community Gardens at the Penn State Sustainability Center. The Morning Star home is an 800square-foot, zero-energy, solar-powered home that was built by an interdisciplinary team of Penn State students and faculty for the 2007 Solar Decathlon. For information, contact Susan Buda at email@example.com or call (814) 238-8012.
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THE ANNUAL “Bark for Life” was held on May 5 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The event raised $1,300 for the Bellefonte Relay for Life, which was held on June 1 and 2 at Governor’s Park. Pictured is the winner of the Top Dog award, Shady, owned by Nick Kreger, of Bellefonte.
BELLEFONTE — Thrivent Financial recently made a pair of donations to help The Oaks in Pleasant Gap and the Faith Centre in Bellefonte. On April 14, a brunch and fashion show was held at The Oaks. Approximately $1,100 was raised by the Centre County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The money raised will support the guests at The Oaks. Another fundraiser, the Sixth annual 5K, helped the Faith Centre Food Bank and Pet Pantry. The 5K raised $1,600. Thrivent Financial provides financial support and other resources for its members to come together to help their communities and congregations through fundraisers and service activities. “Thrivent Financial provides its members and other interested volunteers the opportunity to join in service and use the financial resources of Thrivent Financial to serve people and organizations here in our area,” said Mary Kay Justice, president of the Centre County Chapter of Thrivent Financial. “Thrivent chapter activities like these two events connect congregations, institutions and volunteers to make a difference in people’s lives.”
BONNIE MILLER, left, of the Centre County Allegheny Lutheran Auxiliary accepts a check for $1,100 from Janet Grassmyer, associate for Thrivent Financial and Centre County Chapter board member. All Thrivent Financial members belong to a local organization — most often a chapter — that provides a way for them to give back to their communities, congregations and causes they care about through charitable activities, as well as connect with one an-
Construction scheduled for Bellefonte From Gazette staff reports BELLEFONT — PennDOT advises drivers that duct removal work will require a southbound lane restriction on a section of state Route 144 in Bellefonte, starting on June 11. Crews will be working in the area
of the old Cerro Metal building to remove ductwork attached to the building. Drivers could experience short travel delays and need to remain alert for flaggers in the roadway and stopped or slowed traffic. Flaggers will enforce an alternating, singlelane, traffic pattern.
Once the lane restriction begins on June 11, it will be in place for about 10 days. Work hours are expected to be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drivers are reminded to obey posted speed limits, proceed with caution through work areas and always buckle up.
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Millheim gallery hosts ‘Art of the Fly’ show
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IN APRIL, the Soroptimist and Venture Clubs of Centre County held a lasagna dinner and basket raffle to benefit the State College Area Food Bank. Soroptimist president Gloria Gladd, left, and incoming president Dorothy Pierce, right, present a check for $3,332.66 to Carol Pioli, executive director of the State College Area Food Bank. Soroptimist is an international organization of business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in their local community and throughout the world. The Venture Club is a service project of Soroptimist of Centre County.
LINDA WILSON, left, and Dorothy Pierce, right, present Centre Volunteers in Medicine executive director Cheryl White with two checks totaling $500. The checks were the result of Soroptimist of Centre County and Venture of Centre County playing a game of “Jeopardy” at Venture’s March meeting. Since Venture was the winner, it got to choose the charity of its choice to receive the money. The money is to go to the dental program and the funds will be matched by Ed and Charlene Friedman.
MILLHEIM — The Green Drake Art Gallery in Millheim is having a month-long exhibition titled “The Art of the Fly.” The show features paintings and sculpture centered on streams, fish, fishing and flies. Works of several artists are featured in the gallery. An opening reception was held at the Green Drake on the evening of June 1. Special guest for the reception was Jim Downes of Millheim. Downes is a master bamboo fishing rod builder, making his living building custom rods for customers all over the world. He gave a demonstration of his rod building techniques. Downes was “PENNS CREEK has raised in Flemthe best green ington, N.J., and in love with drake (fly) hatch, fell fishing at an probably in the early age. He country, but for resided in several different sure in the East states before settling in MillCoast.” heim. Downes Jim Downes builds rods in his Master bamboo shop in Coburn, fishing rod builder very close to Penns Creek, which is world famous as a trout fishing stream. “Penns Creek has the best green drake (fly) hatch, probably in the country, but for sure in the East Coast,” said Downes. “It’s a big bug — you can see them on the water, and the big fish will come up for them.” Downes makes his rods from six premachined triangular shaped pieces of bamboo glued together to form a hexagonal cross section rod. The pieces are tapered with the aid of a long, adjustable steel form which holds the segments while Downes hand planes them to size individually.
According to Downes, it’s a long, tedious, but very precise process which yields beautiful results. “I work to a tolerance of one thousandth of an inch,” Downes said. Of course, all this precision and craftsmanship JIM DOWNES has a price — $1,300 to $1,500 per rod — but to a serious fisherman, Downes’ rods are worth every penny. Downes estimates he puts between 40 and 80 hours making each rod. The bamboo used for his rods comes from a province in China, which is the only place in the world where it grows. Downes says that obtaining the bamboo is sometimes difficult. After the rod sections are built up, ferrules, line guides, cork handles are attached and the rod is varnished to a mirror-like gloss. Downes signs each rod like a piece of art, which it really is. On display in the gallery are many paintings in acrylics and watercolors depicting scenes of fishing. The artwork is all of high quality and much of it has local scenes depicted. For example, artist Jeff Mathison displayed watercolor paintings, including one titled “Fishing Coburn,” which shows a fisherman in a tranquil section of Penns Creek with the old railroad trestle in the background. In addition to the art displays, music was provided at the reception by Erin Condo. The Green Drake Gallery is located at 101 W. Main St., Millheim. For information, call (814) 349-2486.
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Oak Hill Cemetery holds Memorial Day service By NANCY RHONE-NAREHOOD TAYLOR For The Gazette
KARTHAUS â€” For 58 years, people have come back to their home area to attend the Memorial Service held at the Oak Hill Cemetery, located between Karthaus and Pottersdale. This year was no exception â€” there were 88 in attendance. On the afternoon of Memorial Day, there was a military honors service conducted by an honor guard. Following that service, everyone gathered in the country church sitting in the middle of the cemetery grounds to be favored by hymns, messages, poems and songs â€” all in remembrance of the honored men and women who died in service to their country and to remember all their ancestors buried there. There are 120 veterans buried there beginning with a Civil War veteran in 1890. The first burial was in 1877. The only public service held in
the church is the service on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Inside, the church looks as it did 137 years ago. The cornerstone was laid on July 4, 1870, and the church was dedicated on Aug. 12, 1875. Lutheran services were held continuously from 1875 to 1962; three congregations were merged into one and the church was turned over to the cemetery association. For years, the cemetery was forgotten. Briars, thorns and weeds had overgrown the graves. In 1954, members of the community united to clear all the overgrowth that was destroying the gravestones. From that time on, the cemetery has been very well maintained. Members of the Oak Hill Cemetery Association serve on a volunteer basis and their mission is to contribute to looking after the cemetery and maintaining the church. The association was incorporated in 1954.
OAK HILL CEMETERY between Karthaus and Pottersdale was the site of a military honors service on Memorial Day. The ceremony honored the men and women who died in service to their country.
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STATE COLLEGE â€” The State College Police Department recently announced that detective Deirdri Fishel is the recipient of Verizon Corporationâ€™s 2012 Shared Success Award. This yearâ€™s award was presented last month to detective Fishel at Verizon headquarters in Basking Ridge, N.J., by President and CEO of Verizon Wireless, Dan Mead. The award recognizes Fishelâ€™s work with Verizon Foundation on the â€œTelling Amyâ€™s Storyâ€? film. The film project is a partnership between Penn State Public Broadcasting, Centre County Womenâ€™s Resource Center and The Verizon Foundation. The film, a PBS documentary of the 2001 domestic violence murder of State College resident Amy Homan McGee, has aired in all 50 United States, Canada,
DEIRDRI FISHEL Australia and Korea. The film is designed to raise awareness to the issue of domestic violence. In conjunction with the award presentation, Verizon Foundation announced a $10,000 donation to be made in Fishelâ€™s name to a domestic violence program of her choosing. On May 30, at the second annual Celebration Luncheon for the Centre County Womenâ€™s Resource Center, Fishel presented the check for $10,000 to Anne Ard, the executive director of the Centre County Womenâ€™s Resource Center.
Centre Gives match days set for June 27-28 From Gazette staff reports STATE COLLEGE â€” Match Days have occurred across the country. From Pittsburgh to San Diego, from Erie to Seattle and places in between. Despite their different locales, they all have one thing in common â€” they raise thousands of dollars for their communities. Soon, Centre County will be added to that list of places. On June 27-28, more than 70 local non-profits will participate in Centre Gives, an online fundraising initiative of the Centre County Community Foundation. This event will give local non-profits, large, small, and in between, the opportunity to reach out to supporters to raise a substantial amount of money, supplemented by $100,000 in
matching funds provided by the Centre County Community Foundation. It will also enable those who care about Centre County, but donâ€™t know what they can do to help, to easily find an organization that supports their interests, whether those interests are environmental, artistic, educational, health-related, or anything else, through easy-to-read profiles on CentreGives. org. From 6 a.m. on June 27 to 6 p.m. on June 28, people can log onto CentreGives.org, learn about participating organizations, donate, and cheer on their favorite non-profits â€” keeping an eye on the Centre Gives leaderboard, which will update in real time â€” as needed funds are raised to maintain and improve the quality of life in our community.
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THE CENTRE COUNTY GAZETTE
â€˜Maximum Mayhemâ€™ hits Penns Valley High throwing arms against hapless adults perched on the seat above a tank of cold water. English teacher Sarah Farrant received merciless dunkings at the hands of her students, perhaps seeking revenge for difficult assignments. Inside the gymnasium, a limbo contest was under way, as were adult tricycle and bouncy horse races. Penns Valley graduate and NFL football player Josh Hull was there, giving out autographs and meeting fans and friends. Hull plays for the St. Louis Rams. In the gym lobby, a raffle of many nice items donated by local businesses was taking place. Students who won games received raffle tickets as prizes. Those tickets could then be placed in bags beside the desired raffle item for a chance to win it. Event T-shirts were on sale for $10 each, and it seemed like everyone in the building was wearing one. Down the hallway, in the school cafeteria were more games and tables spread with food for sale. Homemade cakes and pies were hot items, and the enticing aromas of hamburgers and fries lured visitors into the room. Maximum Mayhem was maximum fun for its participants and raised money for a good cause.
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SPRING MILLS â€” Any high school teacher might agree that the last Friday afternoon before the school year ends could be filled with mayhem. But a different kind of mayhem enveloped Penns Valley High School on June 1. It was called â€œMaximum Mayhem,â€? and it was an indoor/outdoor carnival which took place at the end of the school day. The carnival was organized by students Taylor Collison and Cameron Tobias as their senior project. The event was a fundraiser for the Childrenâ€™s Tumor Foundation, inspired by Tobiasâ€™ cousin, 7-year-old Delaney Watt, who was diagnosed with neuroblast mitosis at 3. This disease causes tumors to grow unexpectedly in her body. â€œSheâ€™s a part of the Tumor Foundation, and the money will go in her name to help cover research,â€? Tobias said. The plan for Maximum Mayhem called for the event to be held outdoors, but threatening rain storms forced most events inside the school. Remaining outside was the perennial favorite carnival event, the dunk tank, where students pitted their
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PENNS VALLEY English teacher Sarah Farrant gets a dunking.
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THE LIMBO CONTEST required a lot of skill.
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Kids express their love for Dad By CHRIS MORELLI email@example.com
On Mother’s Day, we asked Paula Hendershot’s thirdgrade class at Pleasant Gap Elementary School to write notes to their moms. The notes could be a poem, an essay, a thank you or just a few lines about what makes their moms special. Now, it’s time for an encore. With Father’s Day right around the corner, we asked Mrs. Hendershot for her students’ take on their dads. We got some great responses from the students. Some were funny, some were sweet and some were touching. The Centre County Gazette thanks Mrs. Hendershot and her students for participating this year. (Editor’s note: Some responses have been edited for length).
Dear Dad, I love you and also Happy Father’s Day. You work and pay for the house so me, my brothers and my sister can live in it. You get me toys and food, so I will thank you for taking care of me. Love, William Dear Dad, I hope you have a good Father’s Day. Love, Ivan Dear Dad, Thanks for being you. Happy Father’s Day. Thanks for all of the things you give me. Love, Calvin
Dear Dad, Happy Father’s Day. You are the best dad ever. I absolutely, positively, infinity love you dad. Thank you for being the best dad in the whole wide world. Happy Father’s Day and also happy birthday. Love, Natasha
Dear Dad, You are the best father in the whole world. I love you so much! Have the best day ever. I have a surprise for you in the paper! Love, Malorie
Dear Dad, Happy Father’s Day. You’re the No. 1 dad. Thanks for being nice. Love, Michael
Dear Dad, You’ve done so much for me! You are great! I can’t believe it is almost the end of the school year! I love you! P.S. Happy Father’s Day! Sincerely, Emma
Dear Dad, On Father’s Day I hope we go down to the dam like last year. So relax or we can go see something like a movie. All of us should — you, me, mom and Zach! How about one in theaters? Haha! How about … “Madagascar 3!” Love, Hailey
Dear Stepdad, You’ve done a lot for me! You are the best thing ever! You did so much. I can’t believe it is almost the end of the year. I love you so much! P.S. Happy Father’s Day!!!! Sincerely, Emma
Dear Dad, You are the best dad ever. I love you soooooooooo much. I couldn’t have a better dad than you are. You do a lot of stuff for me. Thank you. I love you. Dylan
Dear Dad, You are the best dad in the world. You have done a lot of things for me and you are very special. That is why I love you very much. Love you, Riley
Dear Stepdad, I love you sooooooo much. You’re great. I love you with all of my heart. You’re cool and awesome. Happy Father’s Day!!!!! Love, Alexia
Dear Daddy, Happy Father’s Day. I miss you because you are taking classes. I love you sooooooo much. I wrote this poem for you … Roses are red, violets are blue, you are a great father, and that is true. Open your eyes, it’s time to rise, so everyone can see you on Father’s Day! Love, Alexia
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