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On a roll The Bald Eagle Area High School football team improved to 4-0 with an exciting 28-26 win over Chestnut Ridge last week./Page 19
September 27-October 3, 2012
Volume 4, Issue 39
THON documentary premieres at State Theatre By SAMI HULINGS For The Gazette
STATE COLLEGE — After working together to create a documentary on the Penn State Blue Band, Emmy-winning documentarians Jeff Hughes and Cole Cullen immediately began thinking about another film project. After asking around the Penn State community, Hughes and Cullen heard one topic loud and clear: THON. “We always look for stories that people are very passionate about, activities that change people’s lives. People immediately said ‘THON is a great story. We love THON. It would be great if somebody could capture the whole story of THON,’” Hughes said. And so after two years of film-
ing, editing and producing, “Why We Dance: The Story of THON,” a 60-minute documentary explaining the story behind the two-day dance marathon, premiered at the State Theatre on Friday, Sept. 21. Two screenings included an invitation-only audience of VIP viewers and THON student volunteers. The documentary will premiere publicly at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 on WPSU-TV and other public television stations across the state. Online streaming will also be available at 8 p.m. on wpsu.org. During the two year creation, Hughes served as executive producer of the project. He worked to set the goals for the film, while making decisions about what he and Cullen wanted to achieve with the program. He also
worked to receive funding from a number of foundations including PepsiCo, Hershey Medical Center and the Penn State Alumni Association. In his role as producer and director, Cullen served as the creative end of the documentary, making decisions about the story-telling, interviews and the portrayal of the passion those involved with THON have for the dance marathon. “It’s (the documentary) about THON and THON’s affect on the Four Diamonds and how THON inspires other philanthropic activities,” he said. “It’s unofficially the year of THON. . .but it’s not like the calendar year. It’s just, everything thing that it is, especially what people don’t know.
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SHOW TIME: THON student volunteers gather in the State Theatre for the premiere of “Why We Dance: The Story of THON.”
Man charged in warehouse fire
Students engage in political process
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BELLEFONTE — Police have charged a Bellefonte man in connection with a fire that destroyed a utility building on South Spring Street early Monday morning. Jeffrey E. Karg, 22, of Bellefonte, faces charges of arson, criminal mischief and unlawful burning. He was arrested when evidence from the blaze pointed to him as a suspect, police said. The fire behind Mattress World Store was Bellefonte’s second major blaze in a little more than two weeks, coming on the heels of a significant one that ripped through the Hotel Do De on Sept. 9. An investigation into that blaze is ongoing; police and fire officials were unavailable for comment at press time. On Monday evening, Karg was arrested while walking in downtown Bellefonte. He was arraigned before District Judge Thomas Jordan and is being housed
By SAMI HULINGS For The Gazette
UNIVERSITY PARK — Though Julian Cardona was interested in the politics of the 2008 presidential election, he wasn’t able to enter the voting booth. At just 17-years-old in 2008, Cardona knew that once the 2012 election season came around, he had to register as a voter. “It’s a right we have as Americans and it’s a privilege to take advantage of it,” he said. On Sept. 19, Cardona, now a Penn State senior, joined thousands of other Penn State students at Rock the Vote, a four-hour traveling event that pro-
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AFTERMATH: A fire behind Dollar General and Mattress World in downtown Bellefonte gutted a warehouse and a delivery truck. at the Centre County prison. Bail has been set at $150,000. Fire crews were called to South Spring Street in the early hours of Monday morning after a fire was reported at the metal struc-
ture. “We got called to a fire in a garage area to the rear of Dollar General,” said Bellefonte Fire Chief Tim Schreffler. “We arrived on scene and there was heavy fire coming from the back of the
building. Initially, we thought we had exposure problems. We increased our alarms, but we kept the fire concentrated.” According to Schreffler,
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ROCKING IT: The “Rock the Vote” campaign visited Penn State last week in an effort to get students registered to vote in the upcoming presidential election.
Capperella’s ‘new’ store attracts shoppers By TRACEY M. DOOMS For the Gazette
BELLEFONTE — Capperella Furniture’s facelift for its Bellefonte store made such a change that customers thought a new store had come to town. “It’s been really exciting for us because our physical building was over 50 years old, and we had not made any major CHRIS MORELLI/The Gazette exterior renovations to bring FRESH LOOK: Capperella’s furniture story along it up to date,” said Dave Capstate Route 150 between Bellefonte and Milesburg perella, who runs the Bellefonte and Lewistown stores has undergone a facelift. Opinion .............................. 7 Health & Wellness ............. 8 Send Story Ideas To editor@ centrecountygazette.com
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with his sister, Carol. “The comments we get now are that it really reflects the quality and style of the furniture we sell.” Capperella Furniture has been in the same building on state Route 150 between Bellefonte and Milesburg since 1957, just five years after brothers Frank A. and Henry G. “Rock” Capperella opened their television and appliance sales and service shop on Bishop Street in downtown Bellefonte. The larger Route 150 store allowed for new lines of merchandise, includ-
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Superintendent recommends educational planner By LAURA NICHOLS StateCollege.com
STATE COLLEGE â€” Months of interviews, meetings and planning cumulated in State College Area Superintendent Bob Oâ€™Donnellâ€™s recommendation to the School Board of Directors of Brainspace Inc., as educational planner for State Highâ€™s coming renovations. Over several meetings, the necessity of an educational planner has been stressed by district officials. Oâ€™Donnell and Ed Poprik, director of the Office of Physical Plant, presented what the responsibilities and duties of an educational planner will be to aid the high school in its upcoming
project. Renovations are expected to start in three years. The educational planner will â€œcollaborate with architects, eduators and the learning community to design and enhance facilities that support learning,â€? Oâ€™Donnell said. â€œThey help to transform educational goals into learning spaces.â€? Brainspaces Inc., the firm recommended to the board at its regular meeting on Monday night, is a Chicago-based firm that touts 25 years of experience in designing learning spaces as well as many accolades, including winning the 2011 Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) International Planner of the Year award and
the public to feel we put in the proper time and energy.â€? Oâ€™Donnell also presented an update on the 2013-14 budget. Just like the 2012-13 budget, there will be a 1.7 percent index only. Expected at the Oct. 8 regular board meeting: â– 2011-12 a presentation of the unaudited financial results; â– 2013-14 budget projections; â– Five-year budget projections. Budget discussions will also be held during October meetings with employees to discuss district planning efforts, Oâ€™Donnell said. Regular board meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. in 131 W. Nittany Ave. and are open to the public.
project, what the expectations and how we establish those pieces,â€? Oâ€™Donnell said. Given that the high schoolâ€™s renovations are still three years off from officially seeing a â€œshovel in the ground,â€? board member Dorothea Stahl said it is imperative all members of the public are up-to-date on all the discussions had and the decisions made when the high schoolâ€™s designs are finalized. â€œThis project will go to the community to be voted on to go to the referendum. Brainspace, Inc. has done a referendum before ... We have to include the people who have to work there in that process,â€? Stahl said. â€œAll of our efforts are going to come down to a vote. We want
the 2010 CEFPI National Planner of the Year award, among others. Amy Yurko, the proprietor of Brainspaces Inc., will work with her team to collaborate with the architectural firm recently approved by the board, Crabtree Rohrbaugh and Associates, Oâ€™Donnell said. On Oct. 8, the board can expect a draft of a contract for Brainspaces Inc., to bring before the board for approval. It will include the scope of work, the timeline, fees, deliverables and data for the educational specifications. A November work session with the architect and educational planner will be scheduled to further discuss â€œhow we plan the
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SEPT. 27-OCT. 3, 2012
New banking regulations Democrats to having impact in region host dinner By LAURA NICHOLS
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STATE COLLEGE â€” The federal governmentâ€™s push to expand banking regulations appears to be having a negative impact on the financial industry in State College and all of Centre County. According to several local banking leaders, in its efforts to avoid another financial meltdown by â€œbanks too big to fail,â€? the Congress and Obama administration are placing impediments in front of many smaller banks. The new regulations are making it difficult to conduct business for smaller, regionally focused institutions, they say. Ted McDowell, regional president of AmeriServ, and Jack Infield, regional president of Susquehanna Bank, agree that the Centre County market is highly competitive and the new push to regulate the industry is making it even more difficult to succeed here. â€œItâ€™s been an interesting business to be in recently,â€? said McDowell. â€œThis is an attractive market, even though weâ€™re not in the middle of the Marcellus shale (natural gas) boom. But with the regulations, every bank is experiencing low margins.â€? â€œBanks are one of the most highly regulated industries in the United States,â€? Infield said. â€œThe big city banks arenâ€™t doing us any favors.â€? Infield said he believes that the financial crisis started with regulations that were weak or inappropriate created around large institutions. â€œBut
Congress has painted everyone with the same brush,â€? he noted. â€œThey are asking us, for example, to go through cataclysmic scenarios to see what weâ€™d do. It started with banks with $50 billion in assets. It moved down to $10 billion. Now itâ€™s down to a halfbillion.â€? â€œIt has been a challenge to maintain good credit quality in this environment,â€? added McDowell. â€œI think we are all sitting on the edge of our seats.â€? While some regulations are needed, McDowell feels that the government may have gone too far, recently. â€œThe pendulum has swung way too far towards over-regulation,â€? he said. Banks in the Centre County market have money to lend, â€œand we want to lend it,â€? said McDowell. â€œBut increased regulation provides more obstacles to doing good business.â€? As a result of the current push to require all banks to meet new regulations, Infield predicts increased cost in order to stay in compliance. â€œFor us to meet requirements of the stress testing, for example, we had to pay 15 non-income-producing people. That adds cost. This is my 35th year in banking. In the old days you could borrow money more easily. Today itâ€™s difficult to get business done. We have got to get companies spending again.â€? Both McDowell and Infield want their organizations to focus on the needs of local customers. â€œBut regulation in banking is making it difficult to conduct business in a customer-centric, friendly way,â€? said Infield. â€œA lot of customers donâ€™t
understand that we have to do many things that donâ€™t make money for us.â€? Infield explained that the recent acquisition of Graystone Bank by Susquehanna Bank was, in many substantive ways, driven by the need to have the capitalization to meet regulations in the Dodd-Frank bill and Basel II and Basel III, which set standards for capitalization, among other regulations. â€œWe now have the size we need, while still trying to be regional in our services. The bottom line is: The economy has to recover, and thatâ€™s all about jobs,â€? Infield said. In the current uncertainty, both men agree, businesses are afraid to take business loans. While rates are good, it is difficult to qualify for loans. â€œCars and housing drive our business. The rental market is strong but people arenâ€™t buying houses. Hundreds of vendors are involved in home building. We are in our seventh year of a housing recession. And recessions have never been this prolonged,â€? Infield said. Infield predicted that the recent move by the Fed â€” called E3 â€” is not likely to help the economy recover. â€œThe Fed is trying to inject money into the economy with E3. But itâ€™s not going to stimulate the economy. Rates are artificially low. Pumping dollars will not create opportunity. It will just devalue our dollars.â€? Local banks will continue to do the best they can in the current economic environment. â€œItâ€™s just not going to be as easy as it used to be,â€? Infield said.
UNIVERSITY PARK â€” The Centre County Democratic Committeeâ€™s fall dinner will honor member Bob Shepherd with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 14. The Democrat Victory Dinner starts at 5 p.m. with a cash bar, followed by the seated dinner at 6 p.m. in the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on Innovation Boulevard. According to a news release, several candidates running for election in November and elected officials are scheduled to attent, including Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord; Kathleen Kane, candidate for Attorney General; State Senator John Wozniak (35th District); State Representative Mike Hannah (Democratic Whit 76th District); State Representative Scott Conklin (77th District); Charles Dumas, candidate for U.S. Congress (5th District); and Christopher Lee, candidate for State Representative (171st District). â€œAttending the dinner is one way people can make a difference in this election,â€? said Greg Stewart, chair of the Centre County Democratic Committee. The dinner features three gourmet options. Supporter tickets are $50, patron tickets are $75 and host tickets with reserved seating are $150, according to the release. For more information and to make reservations, visit their website at www.centrecountydems.com, contact Betsy Whitman at (814) 308-9295, or visit the Democratic Headquarters in the Allenway Building, 315 S. Allen St., Suite 117.
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Vote, from page 1 vides young adults with information about casting ballots, while also allowing them to register to vote. Outside Eisenhower Auditorium, speakers blasting music from the DJ table enticed students to check out the red, white and blue tents filled with volunteers and all the proper voting paperwork. Many stood in a line that wrapped around the Huck Life Science Building, waiting for free tickets to the most highly-anticipated Rock the Vote event, a concert featuring Jack Johnson, G. Love and Animal Liberation Orchestra. Event sponsors including Music Choice, Participant Media, the makers of â€œAssassins Creed IIIâ€? and Twonky provided additional activities for students during the afternoon event. Cordona said the entertainment provided by these sponsors helped to make the event more college-oriented. â€œIt gets people involved. Itâ€™s our right to vote. I think that a lot of people my age, we really donâ€™t follow politics that much and it really doesnâ€™t affect us as much as, you know, older people in the work force. But itâ€™s good to get involved,â€? he said. Penn State freshman Catherine Clause said waiting in line for Jack Johnson concert tickets provided her with the perfect opportunity to reregister to vote. â€œI actually registered before, but my address changed, so now I need to change it. My family is pretty big about it (registering), about expressing that every vote matters.â€? Clause, who said she identifies with the Democratic Party, will be voting for President Barack Obama on Nov. 6. â€œHonestly, I think out of both the presidential candidates, itâ€™s picking the better one between them. I just like him better, his ideas, his philosophies,â€? she said. Emma Hance, a Penn State senior and Rock the Vote volunteer, said dur-
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STUDENTS REGISTER to vote while they wait in line for tickets to the Jack Johnson, G. Love and Animal Liberation Orchestra concert. ing the event, she was working to teach students more about politics and voting. â€œRight now a lot of the decisions that are being made are being made by people who are not in our shoes and they are decisions that are affecting us,â€? she said. â€œSo if you really want to the change the issues that we see as present and life-changing, then thatâ€™s something that we need to do. We cannot let our parents and our grandparents dictate what we do.â€? She feels that sometimes the younger generation sees registering to vote as a bad thing. As a Rock the Vote volunteer, she hopes to change that. â€œRock the Vote brings younger staff members and younger people advocating it and it makes it much more hip, for a lack of a better word. It makes it much more accessible.â€? With Penn State as the last stop of the current tour, Chrissy Faessen, Rock the Voteâ€™s vice president for communications and marketing, said a new leg of the tour will begin in
Philadelphia later this month. â€œFor us, thereâ€™s legislation across the country and in particular in Pennsylvania that changed what young people need in order to go to the polls on Election Day,â€? she said. â€œWe thought it was critical to really target large universities in Pennsylvania (like Penn State) to make sure that those students knew what they needed in order to cast a ballot on Election Day.â€? Faessen said Rock the Voteâ€™s goal has been to get as many young people engaged in the political process as possible. And since its founding more than 20 years ago, Rock the Vote has done just that, helping to lead the momentum, effort and excitement of the younger generation. â€œThis is their future. This is their county. The absolutely have a say in how itâ€™s run and how we hold those accountable that we elect into office,â€? Faessen said. â€œI hope that every single person who walks out of that line and away from the concert stops by and registers to vote.â€?
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UNIVERSITY PARK â€” A Penn State Police officer was on duty when she was hit by a car and flown to Altoona for treatment Tuesday morning. State College Police said Officer Jennifer Williams, 27, was riding her police bicycle when Walter Browne, 57, collided with her at 6:36 a.m. on the 600 block of East Park Avenue. Browne, of Bellefonte, was driving a Hyundai Elantra and police said no traffic violations are expected. No impairments such as drug or alcohol use at the time of the accident are suspected, police said. Williams was life-flighted to Altoona where she was treated. Lt. Keith Robb said that while police can not discuss her condition, she is expected â€œto be OK.â€? Police responded to the scene as Park Avenue is within their jurisdiction. The accident is under investigation. In other news, police released few details and said the State College department received a report on Monday that a woman was sexually assaulted by a man known to her over the weekend. The incident is under investigation.
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THON, from page 1 People think that it’s just this weekend in February, but we wanted to show everything else about it.” Throughout production, Hughes and Cullen’s goal was simple, to explain about the passion Penn State students, alumni and faculty have for THON. To do this, both men knew the documentary had to include much more than just footage of 46 hours of Penn State students dancing for a cure. The film also includes coverage of THON events throughout the year, like students canning and spending time at Hershey Medical Center and with Four Diamonds families. “(People not involved with THON) see the cans. They know that it’s two days in February. Well we wanted to tell the whole story and let people know why students are so passionate about it,” Hughes said. With footage from THON 2011, THON
2012 and everything leading up to the marathons, Hughes and Cullen believe they have accomplished their goal, especially after hearing the laughter and seeing the tears of those in attendance at the premiere. But they hope for even more laughter and tears when the documentary premieres on public television. “The crowd tonight is an easy crowd. People tonight are going to love the documentary. I wanted people that know nothing about THON to love the documentary and to love THON,” Cullen said. “I wanted them to see the passion. Maybe not feel the passion like the students do, but to see, see not only is it this cool thing that these kids are passionate about, but it is actually a really good thing because they (students) are helping these families.” “I think when people understand the story, they will be much more likely to contribute and support the cause,” Hughes said.
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Fire, from page 1 no one was injured in the blaze, which began around 4 a.m. Crews were forced to cut electrical service to the building and residents near the scene were without power for a short time. There was also some concern for the safety of firefighters because of power lines above the building. “Due to the high power lines above the fire, we had to keep our manpower out of that area until all of the lines were secured. West Penn (Power) came in and secured the lines and gave us an opportunity to get into the fire,” Schreffler said. The utility building was a metal structure, which may have aided the fire crews in battling the blaze. However, there was some concern about damage to the surrounding buildings. “At this point, we cannot find any damage associated to any other buildings or any other exposure from this fire. Everything appears to be concentrated to that building,” Schreffler said. A delivery truck was burned in the fire. Officials did not release a damage estimate. It was Bellefonte’s second major fire in a little over two weeks. “It’s just like anything else. For a long time, it’s been quiet. But when you have two major incidents like this in a few weeks, it does increase the stress level a little bit. But more importantly, we have a job to do, and we continue to do what we can do best,” Schreffler said. According to Schreffler, crews respond-
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In addition to the remodeling, the store brought in new product lines and joined a buying group several years ago to gain the purchasing power that allows lower prices, he said. “We like to believe that we’re doing our work to bring the best quality products at affordable price points.” Capperella Furniture sells well-known brands such as Thomasville, Bassett, Flexsteel, La-Z-Boy, and Norwalk. The brotherand-sister team has expanded the store’s services to include “home staging” for people selling their homes plus a drag-and-
ed quickly and contained the blaze. “Phenomenal job by everyone involved,” he said. “They kept it concentrated, and there were no injuries to report.” On Tuesday, a sign on the door of the Dollar General said it would be closed “until further notice.” A worker who did not wish to be identified said the building sustained some water damage.
HOTEL TO BE RAZED Severe damage to the Hotel Do De will force owner John Dann Sr. to tear the building down. The fire on Sept. 9 caused the roof to collapse onto the third floor. The building was inspected last week by Jesse Smith, the structural engineer. While the Hotel Do De cannot be saved, the Garman Opera House Theatre could be — provided it gets a new roof. The borough is expected to pay for the cost of a new roof.
DO DE DONATIONS On Sept. 27, servers at the Bellefonte Pizza Hut will donate 100 percent of their tips to the victims of the Hotel Do De fire. Pizza Hut is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. that day. Residents of the Centre Region are encouraged to stop, eat and help the community. For those unable to stop and eat, a “tip jar” will be placed at the front counter for carry-out customers and those simply wishing to make a donation. The Pizza Hut is located at 1074 E. Bishop St. in Bellefonte. For more information, call (814) 3555160. drop interactive room planner at www.capperella.com. The store and its services have been updated, but 60 years of Capperella tradition remain in play. In fact, a third generation of Capperellas can be found occasionally in the warehouse, where Dave’s 7-year-old son, Dominic, enjoys helping put furniture together. “People trust in our name,” Capperella said. “We’ve worked very hard to build that trust over the years. When your name is on the sign, you never forget that, and you always treat people the way you want to be treated.”
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H.G. Wells’ birthday a time to celebrate Scripps Howard News Service Few foreign writers have influenced American popular culture as much as Herbert George Wells, who would be celebrating his 146th birthday this week if only he’d actually built a time machine rather than simply written about one. Americans have made uncounted billions from the vast science fiction industry that he — more than anyone else — created. Wells was born Sept. 21, 1866, to a blue-collar family in the small English village of Bromley, near London. He learned to love fiction while bedridden at age 7 with a broken leg. He won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science, now the Royal Academy of Science, and studied under the famed biologist Thomas Henry Huxley. Like many writers, Wells was dogged by poverty. But his fortunes improved in 1895 with the publication of his first novel, “The Time Machine,” a vision of a not-too-optimistic future for humanity. It was an immediate sensation. In rapid succession, Wells produced other classics like “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” “The Invisible Man,” “First Men in the Moon” and, in 1898, his masterwork, “The War of the Worlds.” Google three years ago celebrated Well’s birthday by depicting on its search page a flying saucer hovering over a farmland dotted with crop circles. The Internet giant issued the mysterious numbers “51.327629, -0.5616088” — the geographic coordinates for the small village where Wells’ Martians first landed. Although he was a serious social commentarist who authored more than 100 books, Wells’ lasting legacy was the popularization of science fiction as a serious art form. Today, about a third of Hollywood’s top-grossing movies have sci-fi themes, as do many of our top-grossing novels. Almost all of Wells’ major novels were produced into major films, although it’s James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi blockbuster “Avatar” that holds the record as the world’s top-grossing film with receipts topping $2.8 billion. Actor and movie director Orson Welles famously interviewed Wells in 1940, six years before his death, and joked about the panic his radio production of “The War of the Worlds” produced two years earlier. “Are you sure there was such a panic in America or wasn’t it your Halloween fun?” Wells asked. Happy 146th birthday, Mr. Wells.
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Obama fails at Mideast leadership By JAY AMBROSE Scripps Howard News Service
The day after the Libyan tragedy, President Barack Obama flew out to Las Vegas to do a political hootchykootchy and days earlier refused a future meeting with the prime minister of Israel, who is worried about something not so minor: how madmen edging toward nuclear weaponry in Iran just might immolate 7 million fellow citizens. And what prompted the disdain of numerous news outlets? Not this travesty substituting for serious leadership. No, what struck many as a more embarrassing story was Mitt Romney’s reaction to a Cairo embassy statement prior to protesters storming the place. He didn’t like it that it focused on a free speech exercise in America, and — as one example of a widespread press reaction — a New Yorker writer said the Romney words could be “the death knell” of his campaign. That’s possible, I guess, if we continue to have journalistic multitudes that, if Romney ever sneezes, will rush to their keyboards to say he just might be infecting the world with a deadly plague. I myself think lots more should have wondered about the appropriateness of a Nevada political rally a day after another 9/11 murder of Americans. More than that, I think vast numbers of reporters
should focus on a whole series of Middle East policies that have just maybe set up the world for a massive calamity. One of the worst of the Obama miscalculations, in the view of some of us at least, was the betrayal of Iranian dissidents who just might have toppled a dangerous, anti-American, nuke-ambitious dictatorship with the right kind of support in 2009. Instead, we have a president who apparently thought we would win the day through rational, respectful conversation with irrational, America-hating leaders there. In general, the clearly failed Obama approach to making foreigners love us has been a mix of flattery and apologies for U.S. behavior. But wait a second: Here come the fact-checkers, telling us Obama never used the word “apologize,” as if no one can apologize without using the word. As a nonsense-checker, I can tell you that’s just as wrongheaded as contending apologies were not present because Obama would sometimes say good things about us in the same speeches he said bad things. Obama is practiced at winks on many topics that are very close to the opposite of nudges only minutes earlier, as a political tactic meant to make all sides happy. But his occasional reassurances about a beneficent America now guided by him as president did
not erase his confirmation to friends and enemies that they have sound reason to dislike us. Here is another Obama contradiction. He is forever bragging about the killing of Osama bin Laden, as if he personally figured out where he was and then parachuted into Pakistan and wrestled him to death with his own hands. Niall Ferguson, a Harvard history professor, points out in a Sept. 17 Daily Beast piece how Obama has assured Mideast Muslims that we share the same values and then notes that 79 percent of Egyptians now have an unfavorable opinion of us, compared to 75 percent during President George W. Bush’s last year in office. Ferguson observes as well how Obama has refused to draw a “red line” signaling to Iran that it can go only so far in developing nuclear weapons before decisive action. Without some such stance on our part, Iran is likely to figure it can get away with anything, making an Israeli attack or nuclear danger far more likely. Refusing a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu encourages Iran just that much more. This is amateurism. It is naivete. Romney has done nothing to compare to it, including his recently revealed realism about Palestinians not the least bit interested in peaceful coexistence with Israel.
Romney gets little help from GOP move By DAN K. THOMASSON Scripps Howard News Service
WASHINGTON — Republicans seem to be having a tough time doing anything right these days, at least politically. Not only is their presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, trailing in three of the five states that are expected to decide the election, there is a growing pessimism among GOP candidates and supporters generally about their chances in November. So far, Romney has been unable to convince women, old folks and a high percentage of those without work that they would be better off with him than another four years of Barack Obama. GOP senators, meanwhile, are so dedicated to lowering the nation’s deficit — not a bad thing, mind you — that they fell into a Democratic trap and scuttled a bill that would have set up jobs program for veterans, 1 out of 4 of whom are unemployed. The reason: It would have added a measly $1 billion to the debt over a five-year period. Actually, they pinned their objection on the fact that the proposal — to put vets to work restoring our national parks — didn’t provide for lowering the deficit elsewhere to cover the cost, a technicality. America’s fighting men and women aren’t likely to forget that insensitivity to their welfare, especially because we’re still at war and such a
huge number come home with little waiting for them. The veterans’ job relief bill was modeled on the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps that gave unemployed young men a chance to earn a living while improving parks and forests. The veterans would work in resource management and preservation projects on public lands. They also could be hired as police officers and firefighters. But the proposal was defeated 5840, with only five Republicans joining a solid Democratic line. That was two votes shy of the 60 needed to overcome a procedural objection. Politically, it would have been far better for the GOP and its congressional candidates had the bill passed. Who does such a thing during wartime — or anytime, for that matter? The cumulative impact of mistakes racked up among the stalwarts of the Grand Old Party could easily sink their ship in six weeks. Romney in particular doesn’t need now to be accused of a lack of sympathy for veterans. He already has made it known, in a released video, that he believes nearly half of American voters won’t support him because he might take away their government subsidies — an embarrassing statement made at a fundraiser months ago that has provided a handy club for Democrats, including the president. Romney has spent so much time explaining himself that he has been unable to redirect the focus to the
economic issue that nearly every analyst views as Obama’s Achilles’ heel. Besides, polls are beginning to show that the electorate has become somewhat less concerned about the nation’s financial ills with the housingmarket slump finally easing. Romney’s struggles are a textbook on political ineptness. What chance he had against Obama depended on not making a foolish mistake but to merely keep it civil and not divert from the one goal of convincing voters that he could improve their financial lot. But his campaign organization seems in disarray, with one gaffe after another. By thumbing their noses at an opportunity to do something for veterans, Senate Republicans worsened what already was a miserable week for Romney — and crucial debates are coming up. Those veterans have been fighting for years in Iraq and Afghanistan, and some have served as many as three or four tours. If one needs any more evidence of the vote’s potential political damage, it is a statement by Paul Rieckhoff, founder of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America organization. After the vote, The Washington Post quoted Rieckhoff as saying, “We hope constituent veterans and their families across the country will hold the Senate accountable for this failure.” And only Republicans opposed it.
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SEPT. 27-OCT. 3, 2012
HEALTH & WELLNESS Actively participate in your health care There are doctors who recommend that all adults take a daily multivitamin. Studies published between 1966 and 2002 show that there is a relationship between adequate vitamin intake and various diseases. The studies conclude that suboptimal levels of vitamin intake are associated with increased risk of contracting a variety of chronic diseases, including cancer and heart disease. This is true even when intakes are high enough to prevent classical symptoms of deficiency diseases like scurvy, beriberi and rickets. The recommended dietary allowance, or RDA, of various vitamins is intended to prevent deficiency disease, not to provide an optimal level of vitamin intake. It has long been known that the elderly, the sick and Julie A. Wilczynski people on restrictive is a traditional naturopath, coundiets are vulnerable to selor of natural vitamin deficiencies. health, certified nu- However, the “normal tritional consultdiet” of more than ant, certified pertwo-thirds of Amerisonal trainer, and yoga and Pilates in- cans does not include the recommended structor. daily intake of at least five servings of fruits and vegetables. Only those eating a “super-perfect” diet are likely to get all the vitamins they need from their food. Excessive dosage levels can also have toxic effects. Many traditional and allopathic doctors may view vitamins as an alternative therapy or may not appreciate the importance of vitamin deficiencies and may therefore overlook the value of recommending multivitamins to their patients. ■ Too little folic acid, along with insufficient vitamins B6 and B12 are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, neural tube defects, and colon and breast cancer. ■ Low levels of Vitamin D contribute to osteopenia (decreased bone density) and fractures. ■ Insufficient levels of the antioxidant
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vitamins (vitamins A, E, and C) may increase risk for several chronic diseases. ■ It appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements, because most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. ■ Adults should avoid the dangerous practices of taking high doses of vitamin A during pregnancy or massive doses of fatsoluble vitamins (vitamins A, E, D, K) at any age. Although vitamin deficiency is encountered infrequently in developed countries, inadequate intake of several vitamins is associated with chronic disease. Reviews of nine vitamins showed that elderly people, vegans, alcohol-dependent individuals and patients with malabsorption are at higher risk of inadequate intake or absorption of several vitamins. Excessive doses of vitamin A during early pregnancy and fat-soluble vitamins taken anytime may result in adverse outcomes. Inadequate folate status is associated with neural tube defect and some cancers. Folate and vitamins B6 and B12 are required for homocysteine metabolism and are associated with coronary heart disease risk. Vitamin E and lycopene may decrease the risk of prostate cancer. Vitamin D is associated with decreased occurrence of fractures when taken with calcium. Some groups of individuals, adults and children, are at higher risk for vitamin deficiency and suboptimal vitamin status. Many physicians may be unaware of common food sources of vitamins or unsure which vitamins they should recommend for their patients. Vitamin excess is possible with supplementation, particularly for fat-soluble vitamins. Inadequate intake of several vitamins has been linked to chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, cancer, and in adult’s osteoporosis. A simple questionnaire going over family history and current symptomatology will aid in determining if you are meeting your needs of vitamins and minerals and dietary fats. If you would like to determine if you are getting correct levels sent me an email at JulieAW@zoominternet.net requesting the “Optimal Nutrition Questionnaire.”
Safety seat inspections to be held at hospital From Gazette staff reports LEWISTOWN — The Family Place at Lewistown Hospital is conducting Child Safety Seat Inspections from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 20. This inspection is appropriate for any one who is expecting a baby or has children under the age of eight years. Certified Child Passenger Safety technicians conduct inspections. The Family Place at Lewistown Hospital is a permanent fitting station program, and trained staff is available as a resource for
area parents and childcare providers. Nearly 80 percent of all Child Safety Seats are not installed correctly. Improperly restrained safety seats can be found among all races, socioeconomic, and educational levels. Parents and caregivers are responsible for the proper installation of child safety seats, and The Family Place at Lewistown Hospital is a resource when assistance is needed. For more information call The Family Place at (717) 242-7110 or visit www.lewistownhospital.org under calendar or health education.
Lions Club offers help with medical equipment From Gazette staff reports STATE COLLEGE — If you have a shortterm need for medical equipment, help is on the way. The Patton Township Lions Club medical equipment program has items available for loan. These items include, wheelchairs, walkers, comodes, raised toilet seats with supports, transfer seats, canes, shower chairs, shower stools, canes with arm supports, wooden crutches, grabbers and lift chairs. The only condition of the loan is that the equipment be returned
when it is no longer needed. Request may be made by calling Tom Lewis at (814) 692-4293 or Nancy Parks after 2 p.m. at (814) 321-5832. Please include your phone number and a description of the items you need or wish to donate. At the present time, there is a need for extra wide wheelchairs. The Patton Township Lions are composed mostly of members from Patton and Halfmoon Townships. For more information, visit the website at: www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/pattontownship/contact.php.
Red Cross still in need of blood donations From Gazette staff reports Spring, summer, autumn and winter. No matter the time of year, helping to save lives is always in season, according to the American Red Cross. “Leaves on the trees change colors, but the need for blood donors is constant. Every two seconds, someone in our country needs a blood transfusion,” stated John Hagins, CEO, American Red Cross, Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region. “These needs continue day and night, 365 days a year.” While many people associate summer and the holidays with urgent blood needs, contributing factors include lower than expected blood donations during the weeks leading up to these time periods. “Strong donor turnout now is essential to entering the Thanksgiving through New Year’s period with sufficient blood supplies,” Hagins explained. “To meet the needs of patients we serve in our 100county blood region, we must collect nearly 900 blood and platelet donations each weekday, plus dozens more on the weekends.”
Currently donors of all blood types are needed, particularly those with O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative blood types. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when they come to donate. Donation appointments may be scheduled at many Red Cross blood drives. To schedule a blood donation appointment where available, or to find nearby blood drives, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Greater Alleghenies Region directly serves hospitals, patients and donors in a 100-county area in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, with more than five-dozen blood products and related services, and also supports blood needs experienced by patients elsewhere in hospitals served through Red Cross Blood Services.
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVES TUESDAY, OCT. 2
■ 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Red Cross Donor Center, 135 S. Pugh St., State College ■ 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Delta Program at Fairmount Elementary, 411 S. Frasier St., State College ■ 12:30-6:30 p.m. — Boalsburg Volunteer Fire Company, 112 E. Pine St., Boalsburg ■ 1-7 p.m. — Warrior’s Mark United
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THURSDAY, OCT. 4
■ 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — PSU/HUB - Alumni Hall, Pollock Road, State College ■ Noon-6 p.m. — Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. High St., Bellefonte
Lewistown hospital offers childbirth class this fall From Gazette staff reports LEWISTOWN — The Family Place at Lewistown Hospital is offering a five-week Prepared Childbirth class on from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6, 2012. Classes will be held at Lewistown Hospital. The class covers topics including; pregnancy issues, labor review, medications available during labor, breathing and re-
laxation techniques, and care of mom and her newborn after delivery. This class is to be attended by both mother-to-be and her labor partner(s). Registration is required. Call (814) 2427110 or register online at www.lewistownhospital.org under Calendar or Health Education. The class is offered at no cost for women planning to deliver at Lewistown Hospital.
Mount Nittany plans future expansion and renovation From Gazette staff reports STATE COLLEGE — Mount Nittany Medical Center announced today further expansion and renovation projects to meet the growing health care needs of the communities it serves. Toward that goal, president and CEO Steve Brown, FACHE, and Chief Financial Officer Rich Wisniewski, CPA, asked the Centre County commissioners to adopt the resolution authorizing the issuance of taxexempt bonds and execute the Certificate of Approval for the Medical Center on behalf of the Centre County Hospital Authority at a recent meeting. The sale of the Series 2012 Bonds will support planned construction and expansion projects at the medical center, including the expansion of the surgical services unit by 60,000 square feet, adding 5 new operating rooms, expanded post surgical care area, additional pre-surgery care areas, storage and a central sterile supply space. In 2011, Mount Nittany Medical Center added da Vinci robotic technology to its growing surgical capabilities. Surgical cases at the Medical Center grew by 14 percent last fiscal year and grew at the surgical center by more than 10 percent. In addition, Mount Nittany Medical Center is expanding its pain management
services and transitioning these services to the new facility at the intersection of Old Gatesburg Road and Blue Course Drive. Mount Nittany Medical Center will offer walk-in laboratory and radiology services at this location to improve convenience and access to these services. The projects are estimated to cost $36 million plus costs for equipment. Bonds will also be issued to refinance the 2009 bonds which will generate $4.6 million in savings on those bonds. The total bonds to be issued will be approximately $112 million. Construction for the projects will commence this fall. Mount Nittany Health recently added a three-story patient tower of private patient rooms and a new main entrance to the medical center. The first phase of the new emergency department is complete, with the second phase completed in spring of 2013. The Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion will open in the fall of 2012 on the medical center campus and the Sieg Neuroscience Center will open on Old Gatesburg Road in the fall as well. The health system has grown its physician practice to more than 65 physicians with locations in Bellefonte, State College, North Atherton Street, Penns Valley, Mifflin County, and Boalsburg.
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NSF grant supports innovative Big Data training From Gazette staff reports UNIVERSITY PARK — An interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers is creating a new training program for doctoral students in Big Data Social Science, with the help of a National Science Foundation grant totaling $3 million over five years. The competitive grant is coordinated through the NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. This is only the second IGERT grant awarded to Penn State over the past decade. “Every day, millions of new human interactions are recorded and millions of old human interactions are digitized, creating massive new sources of data about cooperation, conflict and every social behavior in between,” said Burt Monroe, associate professor of political science and director of the Big Data Social Science project at Penn State. “There is a great opportunity here, but no single scientific discipline has all of the tools necessary to meet the challenges.”
The Penn State team is developing a new curriculum and degrees in social data analytics, bringing together the social, statistical, computational and visual sciences, aiming to help create an innovative new generation of scientists equipped to address the scientific, economic, social and ethical challenges of massive and complex socially generated data. Susan Welch, dean of the College of the Liberal Arts, said: “Since its founding, Penn State has been a national leader in interdisciplinary research and teaching by expanding the frontiers of knowledge and contributing to the enrichment of society. The Big Data Social Science project is among the newest initiatives to train future teachers and scientists who will lead the way in the advanced technologies of data science and analytics.” The NSF IGERT program aims to establish new models of graduate education by training young doctoral scientists and engineers in a collaborative research environment transcending traditional disciplines. Each of the five years, several two-
Penn State Video Learning Network earns award From Gazette staff reports UNIVERSITY PARK — Many jobs now require a bachelor’s degree, but only 27 percent of Pennsylvania residents age 25 and older have a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to the Pennsylvania State Data Center. To help more Pennsylvania adults access higher education, Penn State has created a statewide network of 20 video classrooms that offer accelerated education programs. The Penn State Video Learning Network (VLN) is being honored with the 2012 Shirley Davis Award for Excellence in Synchronous Distance Learning by the National University Technology Network (NUTN). “Our mission is to serve Pennsylvania adult learners that need to earn credentials and degrees at their hometown Penn State campus,” said Rosemarie Piccioni, director of the Penn State Video Learning Network. “Every credit has to count, so our courses run for seven-and-a-half weeks, and credits earned often can be used for a certificate and also applied toward a degree program. We also offer general education credit courses to help an adult students begin their journey.” The Davis Award recognizes institutions providing synchronous distance learning of a superior nature. It will be presented Sept. 18 during NUTN’s Network 2012
Conference in Kansas City. NUTN is a professional development network for the advancement of teaching and learning in distance education. Penn State Video Learning Network classrooms are equipped with identical video conferencing systems that enable live delivery of courses from one Penn State campus to up to three other campuses. Courses are held on nights and weekends and also include online components. Current programs include Business Essentials for Professionals and Labor Studies and Employment Relations certificate programs and a pilot RN to B.S. in Nursing degree cohort. The Penn State VLN is currently available at the following Penn State campuses: Altoona, Berks, Brandywine, DuBois, Erie, Fayette, Great Valley (two VLN classrooms), Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Harrisburg, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Shenango, University Park and York, and the Lewistown and Williamsport learning centers. Penn State Continuing Education offers a venue for adults to return to the classroom on their own terms. Continuing Education is part of Penn State Outreach, which serves more than 5 million people each year, in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and more than 100 countries worldwide.
year traineeships of $30,000 each will be awarded to doctoral students drawn from across the University in the social sciences — including political science, sociology, criminal justice, demography, human development, health policy, anthropology, economics, communications, geography, computer science, information science and statistics. The trainees will engage in multidisciplinary classwork and research experiences in social data analytics including machine learning, statistics, visual analytics, social science methodology and the ethics and scientific responsibility of big social data. They will be able to take part in research rotations in various Penn State labs and projects involving big social data. Summer research externships will be available with corporate, government and nonprofit partners. The project also will host challenge competitions, hackathons and collaborative research activities. Among the research team members are
Monroe, principal investigator and director of the Quantitative Social Science Initiative; associate director Christopher Zorn, research professor of political science; and co-principal investigators C. Lee Giles, the David Reese Professor in Information Sciences and Technology and professor of computer science and engineering; Melissa Hardy, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Demography; Alan MacEachren, professor of geography and director of the GeoVISTA Center; and Aleksandra Slavkovic, associate professor of statistics and public health sciences. Seven Penn State doctoral students have been named to the first cohort of Big Data Social Science IGERT Trainees: Beatrice Abiero, health policy and demography; Margaret Ariotti, political science; Muhammed Idris, political science; Joshua Stevens, geography; Jennifer Smith, geography; Stephanie Wilson, human development and family studies; and Mo Yu, information sciences and technology. More information can be found at http://bdss.psu.edu.
FRIENDS OF Lewistown Hospital awarded two Sophie Snook Scholarships during their annual meeting on Sept. 11. Friends established the scholarship program in memory of Sophie Snook, the first graduate of the original Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing. Applicants must either be a Lewistown Hospital employee pursing a secondary diploma, certificate or degree relating to health care or must be a student enrolled in the Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing. Applications are due each year by May 30. Pictured, from left, Loretta Pursel, Friends scholarship committee member, Deann Smith and Bonnie Bowsman, scholarship winners, and Wanda Gable, Friends Scholarship committee member.
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IN CONJUNCTION with the school’s Constitution Day, criminal justice students at South Hills School of Business & Technology ran a “Your Vote is Your Voice” campaign. Students were encouraged to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election, and instruction was distributed concerning Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law. Students participating were, from left, accounting major Navdeep Kaur, along with criminal justice majors Cassandra McCormack, Brittanie Lewis and Erin Barton.
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Ingram Fuels to hold blanket drive for needy From Gazette staff reports
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THE INDOOR yard sale at Grace United Church of Christ was busy all day.
Community yard sales a success in Spring Mills By SAM STITZER firstname.lastname@example.org
SPRING MILLS — Spring Mills held its Community Wide Yard Sales on Sept. 21 and 22. The event was combined with a celebration of the fifth anniversary of the founding of the Old Gregg School Community & Recreation Center on Sept. 22. In nearly perfect weather on Friday, the town was filled with shoppers perusing the many sales set up in town. All manner of used items were being offered for sale at bargain prices. Along with household items, Dee Wilkins was selling hand made bathroom deodorizers made from rolls of toilet paper combined with cinnamon and other aromatic spices. Her yard sale on Railroad Street was multi-generational, with her daughter, Jennifer, and grandson, Logan, helping out. On Cooper Street, sisters Kara Bressler and Cheryl Grenoble were having a sale at Bressler’s house. They were clearing out many items owned by their mother, who had recently passed away. The sales were not limited to the town of Spring Mills. About three miles away, on sinking Creek Road, the Mark Kauffman family was having a big sale in their barn. Mark’s daughter, Marissa, was making sales and reported a fair amount of traffic at their sale despite its somewhat remote location.
Throughout Spring Mills, the aroma of barbecued chicken permeated the air. Grace United Church of Christ was having its annual sale of barbecued chicken, soup and sticky rolls. The church also had a yard sale inside the building. The church’s food sale tradition goes back 38 years in Spring Mills. Organizer Sandy Stitzer said: “Our proceeds all go back to the community.” She said the church supports the Penns Valley HOPE Fund, the Gregg Township Fire Company, Penns Valley EMS and several other organizations in the area. On Saturday, the Old Gregg School Community & Recreation Center celebrated its fourth anniversary with a sale of books, crafts and food. Proceeds from this event benefited the center. The Old Gregg building ceased operating as an elementary school in June of 2007, and an advisory board was formed, which obtained permission to use the building as a community center. The Penns Valley School district sold the building to Gregg Township for one dollar, and now the advisory board manages the center. Fees paid by tenants and programs in the building as well as donations, pay the operating expenses. The center serves as a home for the Penns Valley Community Church, classes by the Centre County Extension, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, yoga classes, a library and a thrift store, among others. It is also used for many craft fairs, a farmers market, charity events and is home to a teen youth center.
Bellefonte Elks to hold service program fundraiser From Gazette staff reports BELLEFONTE — Every Tuesday during October, the Bellefonte Elks Club will feature a soup and sandwich for only $5. The club is currently looking for volunteers who would like to donate and share their favorite specialty soup and sandwich. Every week, the menu will be posted at
the Elks. In addition to the soup and sandwich, there will be desserts available to purchase. To wrap up the fundraiser on Nov. 1, a kettle of bean soup will be prepared along with homemade bread. Soup sales begin at noon that day. All proceeds benefit the Elks Home Service Program.
Civil War group to meet From Gazette staff reports STATE COLLEGE — The October meeting of the 148th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C, Civil War Reenactment Group will be held on at 7 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Hoss’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant in State College. The Company will discuss participation in several 150th anniversary reenactment events this fall. During the Civil War, seven of the ten companies of the 148th PA Regiment were recruited from Centre County and became
known as “The Centre County Regiment.” The 148th PA Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company C, Reenactment Group has over 80 active members from Centre, Clearfield, Mifflin, Juniata, Huntingdon, Blair and Carbon Counties. The Regiment is actively recruiting new members. Anyone who is interested in learning more about Civil War reenacting or the Civil War in general is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact president Lynn Herman at (814) 861-0770 or captain Dave Felice at (814) 360-2626.
STATE COLLEGE — With record-high prices at the pump and rising grocery costs, many area families and senior citizens are struggling to make ends meet. As winter approaches many families and individuals may be forced to make difficult choices between heating their homes and other necessities like nutritious food and health care. Ingram Fuels, a fuel oil, propane and coal dealer serving Centre and Clinton counties, is helping those less fortunate stay warm this winter by collecting new blankets from the community and then distributing them to organizations who serve those in need. The Ingram Fuels Blanket Drive for the Needy, which is
cosponsored by News Talk 103 WRSC-FM and MoneyTalk 1390, starts Oct. 1 and ends on Nov. 4. During the month of October, blankets can be dropped off at Ingram Fuels’ headquarters at 4187 Nittany Valley Drive, Howard; Ingram’s Markets; YMCA in Bellefonte, State College and Lock Haven; and State College Salvation Army. At its conclusion, the blankets will be distributed to the Youth Service Bureau, the Community Help Centre, the Out of the Cold Centre County organization, the Salvation Army in Lock Haven and State College, the Clinton County United Way and to area shelters located in Centre and Clinton Counties. For more information, call Kendra at Ingram Fuels at (800) 626-0243 or visit ingram-fuels.com.
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STATE COLLEGE Area High School crowned its 2012 Homecoming King and Queen on Friday night. Andrew Kelly (left) was selected as State High's King, while Samantha Malizia was selected as Queen. The announcement was made at halftime of Friday's football game with Harrisburg at Memorial Field.
Croquet tournament set From Gazette staff reports BELLEFONTE — The Bellefonte Chamber annual Croquet Tournament will be held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 30 at Talleyrand Park in Bellefonte.
The rules will be simplified and the top three teams receive cash prizes and medals. For more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, call Gary Hoover at (814) 355-2917.
Garage sale scheduled From Gazette staff reports STATE COLLEGE — The Foxdale Village Retirement Center will hold its fall garage sale from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 29. The sale will feature household furni-
ture, appliances, jewelry, collectibles, art, linens, décor, tools, kitchen stuff, annuals, perennials and baked goods. Foxdale Village is located near the Friends School in State College. Turn west off S. Atherton on to University Drive and follow the signs to the Friends School.
Bazaar on tap for November From Gazette staff reports STATE COLLEGE — Our Lady of Victory annual fall bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the State College Area High School gymnasium, 800 Westerly Parkway in State College. There will be crafts, children's games, a silent auction, a raffle, “pick-a-prize,” and
plenty of food. Some of the food available to eat-in or take out will be pierogies, stuffed cabbage, pulled pork and baked goods. There will also be a meat and vegetable lasagna dinner with salad and garlic bread from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Those dinners are also available to eat-in or take out. The Penn State-Nebraska football game will be on the big screen during the bazaar.
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RICHARD STEELE of Bellefonte Elks Lodge No. 1094, lends a hand at the fourth annual Blessing of the Backpacks, held at the Bellefonte Faith United Methodist Church. With a $2,000 grant from the Bellefonte Elks Lodge National Foundation, Faith United Methodist Church was able to distribute 400 backpacks, provide 44 dental exams, 34 haircuts and served 350 people a picnic supper.
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Fresh Life: Childbirth Education Association plays important role Nothing epitomizes the meaning of a Fresh Life better than an actual new life. Whether it’s your first or fourth experience bringing life into the world, it is important to be prepared for what changes may take place with your body and household, what can be expected during the birthing process, how to care for your new addition and how to prepare siblings for their new brother or sister. The Childbirth Education Association of State College helps to make each step along the way an educated, relaxing and positive experience for all participants in their organization. The Childbirth Education Association is a non-profit, volunteer organization that has been serving the area for more than 40 years. The group was originally founded to make pregnancy, birth, delivery and parenthood a more informed and satisfying experience and is mostly dedicated to promoting Amy Debach-Conthe concepts of Family-Centered Mafer has a degree in ternity Care through a variety of classvisual arts/photoges. All CEA classes are taught by certiraphy and training fied instructors and class sizes are as a wilderness EMT and beekeeper. small to ensure that participants receive the attention they need, as there She can be reached are often many questions. at amosd14@ yahoo.com The classes offered by CEA include the newest addition to the curriculum, Early Pregnancy, which is a class designed for women in the first five months of pregnancy or those contemplating pregnancy. The class is one session and provides a better understanding of the changes of pregnancy as well as the emotional and physiological aspects of pregnancy, fetal growth and development, prenatal care and testing, nutrition, environmental influences, and exercise. It is a good foundation for the Prepared Childbirth class which is a sixweek series of classes (or sometimes a weekend intensive) that incorporates a variety of methods of prepared childbirth including the emotional and physiological aspects of late pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. Individuals taking this class will be more informed about special breathing and relaxation techniques during labor, available medications, alternative birthing options, and the role of the support person before, during and after labor. This class is best suited for those in their fifth month or later of pregnancy. While the anticipation of bringing baby home and caring for him or her may be overwhelming, the CEA helps to calm and reassure couples by offering an informative and
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Nittany Farm Museum holds fall show By SAM STITZER firstname.lastname@example.org
CENTRE HALL â€” â€œFire in the hole!â€? shouted George Wool, as he opened a valve, allowing compressed air to flow into the starter of his 1923 Fairbanks-Morse 100 horsepower stationary engine, slowly spinning its six foot diameter, three ton flywheel. The huge engine came to life, making a chug-chug sound at about two beats per second, as puffs of black smoke rose from its eight inch diameter smokestack. Firing up this engine was the highlight of the day at the Nittany Farm Museumâ€™s fall show on Sept. 22. Not affiliated with, and not to be confused with the Nittany Antique Machinery Association, the Nittany Farm Museum is located on George Woolâ€™s farm on state Route 192, east of Centre Hall. It was established in 2001 by a group of individuals dedicated to preserving the history of agriculture in central Pennsylvania. Today, the museum board consists of about 200 members. Woolâ€™s stationary engine was found in a gristmill at Logan Mills, near Loganton, in Clinton County. â€œI first saw that engine in 1960,â€? said Wool.
Over the next 30 years, as the millâ€™s ownership changed twice, Wool stopped in to examine the engine several times. In 1999, Wool was invited to help get the engine running. On April 18, 1999, Wool started the engine, which was the first time it had run since 1951. â€œThere were 53 people there, if I remember, and we had coffee and doughnuts when we shut it down,â€? said Wool. â€œWe ran it again that November.â€? Wool asked the engineâ€™s owner for first dibs on buying the engine if he ever wanted to sell it. Finally, in 2007, the owner sold it to Wool. The engine sits on Woolâ€™s farm on its own concrete pad with a wood and metal structure surrounding it. Its exhaust stack reaches about 15 feet skyward above the structure. The engine is a two stroke Diesel, with a single 14-inch diameter by 30-inch long piston, traveling through a 17Â˝ inch stroke. According to Wool, the piston and connecting rod assembly weighs 600 pounds. The engine uses a â€œhot tubeâ€? for igniting the fuel. This device, mounted on the top of the cylinder is heated with a blowtorch prior to starting the engine. â€œYou have to get it hot enough to atomize the fuel,â€? said Wool.
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