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Bellefonte is gearing up for its annual Victorian Christmas celebration, scheduled Dec. 9-11. Visitors may feel as if they’ve stepped into a Dickens tale. Check out highlights of the event, a complete schedule and a venue map in our special section./Page 27

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Parks Miller rips challenger By G. KERRY WEBSTER

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PENN STATE players, led by injured captain Von Walker (with microphone) and coach James Franklin (right, with his family), celebrate after winning the Big Ten East title Nov. 26 with a victory over Michigan State at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions take on Wisconsin Dec. 3 in the conference championship game in Indianapolis. See full coverage on pages 19-23.

State Theatre gala to mark 10th anniversary By SUSANNA PAUL Special to the Gazette

STATE COLLEGE — In a town that has seen its share of businesses come and go, State College has always loved the anchors that hold downtown together. The Corner Room. Schlow Centre Region Library. The Tavern Restaurant. And, more recently, the State Theatre. On Saturday, Dec. 3, the State Theatre celebrates its 10th anniversary since it reopened to become the community performing arts center in downtown State College. It is celebrating 10 years of providing a rich variety of cultural experiences for audiences

of all ages. With more than 200 events each year, the State Theatre has become an economic driver for downtown State College. “Having a performing arts center like the State Theatre in the heart of the community is important to the very life of the downtown,” said George Arnold, executive director of the Downtown State College Improvement District. “It brings the community into downtown State College and keeps it active and interesting.” Keeping things interesting has always been the goal of the State State Theatre, Page 5

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ON DEC. 3, the State Theatre will celebrate the 10th anniversary since it reopened as a community performing arts center in downtown State College.

BELLEFONTE — Local attorney Bernie Cantorna has officially thrown his hat into the ring for the Centre County district attorney position, and the sparks have started to fly. Cantorna, a partner in Bryant & Cantorna P.C., made the announcement with his wife, Margherita, and daughter Gabriella at a small press conference in the cafeteria of the Willowbank Building on Nov. 29. “I am running for Centre County district attorney to restore public trust in fair trials and even-handed law enforcement,” he said. “When I first practiced law here more than 10 years ago, the legal system here in BERNIE Centre County was seen as the best CANTORNA in the state. It has gotten away from that distinction, and I want to bring it back. The people of the county deserve that.” The election is in November 2017. He said he wants to push politics away from the DA’s office, and be proactive in dealing with criminals in the county legal system. “Politics will not play any role in my office. If elected, my office will work professionally with law enforcement, judges, lawyers and courthouse STACY staff,” said Cantorna. “Violent offendPARKS MILLER ers will be prosecuted aggressively, while non-violent offenders may be channeled into diversion programs and treatment geared toward rehabilitation.” He also said he would champion for victims and their rights in aspects of criminal justice proceedings. “I also think it’s important we work to rid the county of the opioid epidemic that affects so many of us,” he said. “There’s lots of work to be done.” Cantorna is no stranger to the DA’s office. Over the past Cantorna, Page 6

Steps aim to enhance safety at intersection By MARK BRACKENBURY

FERGUSON TOWNSHIP — Officials are taking steps to enhance safety at a rural intersection that has been the scene of nine accidents over the past three-plus years, including one fatality. The measures are aimed at reducing crashes at Whitehall and Nixon roads, an intersection surrounded by farmland. Currently there are “stop ahead” signs and legends painted on Nixon on the approach to Whitehall, followed by large stop signs and painted stop bars on Nixon. Part of the problem, according to township officials, is that those warnings on Nixon are sometimes ignored. Five of nine crashes in recent years relatPolice Blotter .................... 2 Opinion ............................ 9

ed to a failure to yield from the stop sign at the intersection, according to an informal review of crash data presented by Police Chief Diane Conrad to the board of supervisors. Traffic on Whitehall, where the speed limit is 45 mph, is not required to stop. Nixon has a 40 mph speed limit. Some drivers may be misjudging the speed of cars on Whitehall and attempting to cross the intersection when it is not safe to do so, officials said. “Clearly people coming out of that stop intersection are not noticing or not perceiving the correct distance for vehicles traveling on Whitehall,” Conrad recently told supervisors.

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Police reported an inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Rockview was found to be in possession of suspected Suboxone during an investigative search at 7 p.m. Nov. 4. Police are continuing to investigate. qqq Police investigated a report from an SCI Rockview inmate that he was assaulted Nov. 16. Authorities said the investigation revealed this was not true. qqq No injuries were reported in a singlevehicle crash that occurred at 5:36 p.m. Nov. 20 along Interstate 80 in Snow Shoe Township. Police said Bennie McGuire, of Richmond Heights, Ohio, was westbound and while changing lanes, lost control of her 2008 Lincoln Mark LT. It spun off the roadway and struck a tree and an embankment. Authorities said McGuire will be cited for not driving on roadways laned for traffic. qqq Police were called to mile marker 80 on Interstate 99 in Spring Township at 11:26 p.m. Nov. 20 to investigate a single-vehicle crash. Police said Elizabeth Barney, of Pocono Lake, was northbound and traveling across a bridge when her 2011 Suzuki Kizashi began to slide due to icy conditions. The vehicle traveled across the left lane and struck a concrete barrier. It then spun counter-clockwise and struck a second concrete barrier. Barney suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported for medical treatment.

STATE POLICE AT PHILIPSBURG Police report an 88-year-old Philipsburg man was cited for harassment after he allegedly touched a 69-year-old Philipsburg woman in an appropriate manner

at 5 p.m. Nov. 18 at a residence on North Front Street, Philipsburg. qqq A 15-year-old juvenile will be charged with harassment after he pushed and struck a 16-year-old juvenile at a North Fifth Street, Philipsburg, residence at 4 p.m. Nov. 21. qqq A 40-year-old Munson woman reported to police that a man, possibly in his early 20s, was found on the second floor of her Chestnut Street, Rush Township, garage at about 6 p.m. Nov. 22. Authorities said the man was there for an undetermined amount of time. He fled on foot out the back door of the garage and into a wooded area behind the residence. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police. qqq Police received reports from numerous motorists concerning an erratic driver on state routes 99, 550 and 322 westbound at 5:50 p.m. Nov. 23. A state trooper was stationary at the intersection of Red Oak Lane and SR 322 when the driver turned onto Red Oak Lane in front of the marked police car. The driver, Tad Rimmey, 53, of State College, struck a stone pillar with his 2002 Toyota Tacoma, backed up, then drove by the police car with its emergency lights activated, police said. A brief pursuit continued to the end of Red Oak Lane where Rimmey was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He was arraigned on fleeing and eluding and DUI charges and lodged in the Centre County Jail in lieu of $10,000 straight bail. qqq Authorities reported a garbage can and railing was damaged at the skate park in Philipsburg sometime Nov. 24 or 25. Police are continuing to investigate. — Compiled by G. Kerry Webster

Man killed when hit by car MARION TOWNSHIP — A New Jersey man was killed when he was struck by a car Nov. 22 on Interstate 80. According to state police at Rockview, James Oldham, of Wellsboro, was operating his 2011 Ford Focus in the right travel lane of Interstate 80 eastbound when he drove past a vehicle parked along the south berm. After passing the vehicle, Oldham’s




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Fair focuses on ‘selfless gift of giving’ By MARK BRACKENBURY

STATE COLLEGE — For Cynthia Carpenter, the Alternative Christmas Fair “is warm joy in a season of giving.” Carpenter is in her second year as co-chair of the fair, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the University Baptist and Brethren Church, 411 S. Burrowes St. The fair links 26 nonprofits with shoppers interested in giving the gift of a charitable contribution. Last year the fair raised nearly $40,000 in three hours, with all of the money going to participating organizations. “The Alternative Christmas Fair brings the true meaning of Christmas, the selfless gift of giving,” Carpenter said. “The season typically becomes commercialized, but the Alternative Christmas Fair refocuses my thinking to what people truly need. When I give a gift of a contribution the receiver is very appreciative knowing that their gift is helping others.” The nonprofits that benefit range from local organizations to international ones with local chapters. The organizations serve diverse needs, from medical to the environment to animals to social justice, said Jean H. Yeatman, publicity chair of the fair. “These are charities that are making a difference,” Yeatman said. “It’s an opportunity for outreach for them to explain to the public what they’re all about.” Among the organizations new to the fair this year is Out of the Cold, a coalition of Centre County faith congregations that provide homeless people with overnight shelter and nourishment during the cold weather months. The congregations take turns hosting the shelter and providing meals. Others new to the fair are the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund and the Centre LGBTQA Support Network. Another participating nonprofit, the United Nations Association of Centre County, will be promoting the ShelterBox disaster relief project. The boxes offer relief in the form of equipment and materials that bring shelter and warmth to people made homeless by a disaster. The boxes include a tent designed to withstand extreme temperatures, high winds and heavy rain. They also include thermal blankets, insulated ground sheets, water purification equipment, a wood-burning or multi-fuel stove, basic tools and a children’s pack with drawing books, crayons and pens. Shoppers at the fair can speak with representatives of the participating nonprofits and choose to which organization or organizations they wish to donate. The fair also gives the organizations a chance to network with each other and with attendees. “I like how making charitable donations is a traditional part of Christmas and many other religious holidays,”

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vania Interfaith Power and Light, State College Food Bank, Tides, United Nations Association of Centre County, Youth Service Bureau and Centre County Women’s Resource Center. The event also includes a children’s fair, with proceeds going to Save the Children, and a bake sale and lunch, with proceeds going toward the costs of publicity for the fair. The church, which now has about 350 members, started the fair in 1982. Those who cannot attend the fair may still give a gift after obtaining a form by calling (814) 237-2708 or by emailing Money is distributed to the organizations near the end of December. For more information, visit the fair’s Facebook page by searching on Alternative Christmas Fair UBBC.

Yeatman said. “In addition, Alternative Christmas Fair shoppers can explore many volunteer opportunities by talking with the nonprofit representatives. If someone is deliberating a New Year’s resolution, involvement in the local chapter of an effective charity can be positive work towards a brighter future.” The nonprofits participating in this year’s Alternative Christmas Fair are: Alternatives in Community Justice, Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund, Bridge of Hope, Centre County PAWS, Centre LGBTQA Support Network, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, Centre Wildlife Care, CentrePeace, Church World Service, ClearWater Conservancy, Habitat for Humanity, Heifer Project, Hope International Services, House of Care, Housing Transitions, Interfaith Human Services, Meals on Wheels, Mid-State Literacy Council, Out of the Cold, Park Forest Preschool, Pennsyl-

Ex-PSU Hazelton volleyball player gets 3 days for assault BELLEFONTE — A former Penn State Hazelton volleyball player was sentenced to three days in jail on assault charges following a one-day jury trial held Oct. 17. Tiara Hernandez was sentenced Nov. 18 by Centre County Judge Pamela A. Ruest to serve three days in the Centre County Correctional Facility after being found guilty of simple assault, a misdemeanor in the second degree. The jury acquitted her on charges of burglary and criminal trespassing. According to Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, the sentence comes on the heels of a June 3 incident in State College. Parks Miller said Hernandez assaulted another woman in a dispute over a man with whom they were both romantically involved. The victim and the man had returned home after a night out with other friends in downtown State College. During trial, the woman testified that once Hernandez saw her outside the residence, Hernandez chased her back into the home, shouting obscenities as she ran after her. Once inside, police said Hernandez punched her several times in the face and bit her shoulder. The woman set off an alarm in the residence, which summoned Patton Township police to the scene. Although Hernandez fled prior to police arrival, she was apprehended about a week later in State College. As a result of the attack, the woman was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center, where she received stitches for injuries to her face. — Compiled by G. Kerry Webster UP TO

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THE INTERSECTION of Whitehall and Nixon roads will be getting additional signage and road legends to enhance safety. Intersection, from page 1

rection on Nixon arrive at the stop sign at the Whitehall intersection, they will see a sign across the street warning them to “look left, right, left” before proceeding. “Since it’s across the street, perhaps it will also help with the visualization as you’re driving down Nixon Road that it doesn’t go on forever,” Modricker told supervisors. Drivers approaching from both directions on Whitehall Road will see a “watch for entering vehicles” sign mounted on the same post that now has a cross sign, indicating an upcoming intersection. The word “slow” will also be painted on the road, as will cross signs. The work will be done either this late fall, weather permitting, or in the spring, Modricker said.

Supervisor Laura Dininni said she has traveled the road often. “I’ve noticed people coming on Nixon toward Pine Grove Mills love to roll through that stop sign,” she told the board. Part of the issue, she said, might be a perception that the stop sign is farther away than it is. After discussions with other town officials and a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation traffic engineer, public works director David Modricker recommended some low-cost steps including additional signage and legends on the roads. The measures in total are estimated to cost in the $1,000 to $2,000 range, he said. As drivers approaching from each di-

STATE COLLEGE — Children will have the chance to see what it is like to do the Christmas shopping Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Elves’ Gift Shop at Park Forest Middle School, all while giving mom and dad a chance to relax during the stressful holiday season. In its 30th year, the gift shop is set to be open from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is put on each year by the Junior Women’s Club of State College. Admission is free and all money raised goes to a local charity. “It really is a fun time for families. Watching the little ones shop around for a gift, trying to decide what is going to be best for each of their friends and family members is a fun experience,” said Louwana Oliva, co-chair of the event this year. Children are typically given a certain amount of money from their parents, and are lead around from station to station with the help of a Girl Scout dressed as an elf. Each station has gift ideas for certain types of family members such as parents, siblings or grandparents, said Oliva. “The Girl Scouts are so great helping the kids figure out how much they can spend on each person, and helping the kids navigate the whole experience,” said Oliva.

While the children are out shopping with their elves, parents are given some time to themselves. There are vendor tables for them to browse, a raffle and even cookies. Another highlight for the children is story time from 10 a.m. to noon. The Junior Women’s Club is a group of like-minded women who meet monthly to works to enrich the community through raising funds and performing service projects to help local charitable organizations. The gift shop is the largest fundraiser for the club and it is dedicating all proceeds from the event to the Jane Marie Foundation. The foundation empowers young people, especially young women, in the area through scholarship programs, educational programs teaching about making positive choices, practicing self-respect and maintaining healthy relationships. “It was a natural choice for us, with all the good work the foundation does to benefit young women in the area, it is something that we really think benefits the community,” said Oliva. So those who come out for the event have a chance to benefit the community along with their family. “The Elves’ Gift Shop is something that is good for the community and fun for the family,” said Oliva. “It really is a nice way to get into the holiday season.”

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Recount petitions submitted after deadline By G. KERRY WEBSTER

BELLEFONTE — More than 100 county residents filed petitions with the Centre County Elections Office on Nov. 28, seeking a recount of the Nov. 8 general election in their respective precincts. They were just a few days late. According to Joyce McKinley, Centre County’s director of elections, 32 precincts had three or more voting qualified individuals petition to have their precinct’s vote recounted. She said individuals in six other precincts also filed for a recount; however, for different reasons (including not having the required three petitioners), these were automatically rejected. McKinley said the petitioners’ reasons for wanting a recount varied, including concerns of hacking and malware viruses on voting software. She said all the petitions sought recounts for the presidential and Pennsylvania state Senate races.

State law allows for a citizen-driven recount if the petitioning parties meet all the criteria, including the minimum of three petitioners. There is also a five-day window after the computation of votes within which these petitions must be filed. According to McKinley, the vote computation was certified Nov. 17 and the deadline to file petitions was Nov. 22, thus disqualifying the petitions filed Nov. 28. Mary Vollero, representing Vote PA, and Joanne Tosti-Vasey, representing Concerned Voters of Centre County, said their groups organized the mass petitioning, and on the advice of their legal counsel, filed the petitions in what they thought was the proper time frame. Both women were in attendance at the Nov. 29 meeting of the board of elections. They said they filed Nov. 28, using the “five-day” window as “business days” rather than “calendar days.” “If it is determined by business days, which it should be, then we would have

been in on time Monday,” said TostiVasey. The board was not clear if the five-day window period should be counted as calendar days or business days, and recessed the meeting to discuss the issue with the county solicitor. Upon its return, the board announced on the advice of the solicitor to count the days as calendar days, thus setting the deadline of Nov. 22 and disqualifying the petitions. Chairman Commissioner Michael Pipe said, however, that all the efforts of Vote PA and Concerned Voters of Centre County don’t have to go unrecognized. “There is still another avenue you can take with this,” said Pipe. “You can still petition the court of common pleas for a recount. There’s still plenty of time to do that.” Tosti-Vasey said after the meeting that she understood the deadline was Monday, and it was a mistake on their part.

“We just see the whole date thing different,” she said. She said she was not sure if a petition would be filed with the courts. “We need to talk to our legal people and see where we can go from here,” said Tosti-Vasey. The 32 Centre County precincts where petitions for recounts were filed include Bellefonte North, Bellefonte South, Bellefonte West, State College North, State College North East, State College South, State College South East, State College South Central, State College West, Unionville Borough, Benner South, College North, College South, College East, Ferguson North 1, Ferguson North 2, Ferguson Northeast 1, Ferguson Northeast 2, Ferguson East, Ferguson West, Halfmoon Proper, Harris West, Huston, Patton North 1, Patton North 2, Patton South 1, Patton South 2, Patton South 3, Ferguson North 3, Ferguson West Central, Halfmoon East Central and Ferguson North Central.

County’s $82.8M budget shows no tax increase By G. KERRY WEBSTER

BELLEFONTE — It doesn’t look like there will be a tax increase in Centre County in 2017. At the Centre County board of commissioners meeting Nov. 29, the commissioners unanimously passed the tentative county budget that shows no tax increase. The last time Centre County residents saw a tax increase was in 2011. The 2017 budget tops out at $82,833,780, of which $77,333,780 will be used for the operating budget. The other $5.5 million is for capital reserve. “This is really an excellent blueprint for us going into 2017,” said Commissioner State Theatre, from page 1 Theatre, but the journey has not been without its challenges. With a groundswell of community support and a donated building, the State Theatre had many things going for it when it reopened in 2006. Still, the newly remodeled, reimagined community performing arts center struggled in its early years, leading some to think that it might not last. “Not too long ago there were rumors that the State Theatre might close,” said board member Nadine Kofman, who has been involved with the theater since a group of community members first hatched the plan to turn the defunct movie theater into a performing arts center. “Now, it looks as good on paper as it does on stage. In only 10 years, the State Theatre has gone from being a good idea to becoming a downtown fixture.” Indeed, said Greg Ray, who became executive director of the theater in 2014, the State has recently struck a balance that provides the right programming for the community and its visitors. And, after years of being in the red, this careful balance finally allows the theater to do better financially. The formula for a successful community-based performing arts center, said Ray, includes a combination of dynamic performers, an engaged audience, and, perhaps surprisingly, the scientific method. It’s all about the data, he said, explaining that he and his team choose acts and events based on years of accumulated data that show what the local audiences prefer. “Early on, people at the State were asking, ‘What will people go to? What do people want to see? What do people want to hear?’ Today, we find ourselves with a whole history of those questions being answered,” he said. “So, we are the beneficiaries of 10 years of asking those questions and getting those answers.” Knowing what to do with that data is part of what has made the State Theatre a success. “As any researcher would tell you, this type of treasure trove of data is just awesome,” continued Ray. “It allows us to pinpoint much better how to serve our community. Early on, we saw this as a community service, but we needed a tremendous amount of feedback to figure out how to best serve the community.” And serve the community it has. Last year, the State Theatre sold almost 35,000

Steve Dershem. “These budgets take a lot of work from a lot of different people that are involved. We have to thank each and every one of them for helping get these numbers where they are.” The budget highlights Community Development Block Grant-funded projects; supplemental allocations for organizations such as the historical society and Centre County libraries; a 2 percent employee wage increase; capital improvements inside and outside the historic courthouse in Bellefonte; and the addition of nine new county positions. The passing of the tentative budget allows the commissioners to advertise the document for public review. It will be on display at the county courthouse, as well

as posted on the county’s official web site, Residents are encouraged to review the document and make any comments they feel necessary. The final budget adoption is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 20. In other business, the commissioners: ■ Approved a project modification request between the county and the state Commission on Crime and Delinquency to add to the 2015-16 Rights and Services Act Grant by $12,897. The funds will be used to reimburse the county for all expenses associated with the Victim/Witness Service Agency. The grant is entirely state funded at $171,605 and continues through Dec. 31. ■ Executed the 2015 Entitlement CDBG

tickets for live music, theater, movies, dance and more. Cautiously optimistic, Ray and his team see the theater as a work in progress, one where constant vigilance is important. “The most important part is being able to listen to the community,” he explained. And what has the community told Ray? It’s a community of independent movie lovers — but not enough to sustain a week’s worth of screening the same movie. It’s a community that loves big names such as George Thorogood and Blue Oyster Cult, but also craves a performing arts center where it can see local ballet students perform “The Nutcracker.” It’s a community that wants the high culture of opera but also loves to laugh at classic Looney Tunes shorts. And so, the State Theatre offers a little bit of something for everyone, becoming a true community performing arts center. But if there’s one thing that makes Ray the most proud, it’s not the crowds or the profits; it’s the State Theatre’s role as a community resource, providing a stage on which locals can share their talents with one another. “The usage of the theater by the community was always one of the prime goals of the State Theatre,” said Roy Love, a past board president who remains active with the theater. “Our local theater groups use the theater. Every one of the dance companies uses the theater. And we’ve really made sure that that’s the case. We’ve made it work however it will work.” Making it work has sometimes meant getting a little help from philanthropic community members. During the 2016-17 season, seven local performance groups are getting their chance to shine on the State Theatre stage thanks to the James and Barbara Palmer Performance Grant. The Palmer Grant provides the funds for local artists to rent the performance space at the theater — either the main stage or the smaller attic venue — and share their artistic talents with the community. “It allows the State Theatre to be more diverse,” said Love. “It enables the State to showcase groups that could not otherwise afford to rent the space, and it allows community artists to use this wonderful facility.” And whether it’s the Nittany Knights Barbershop Chorus or theater company Tempest Productions, local performers in search of a technically superior venue have found a performance space that will delight

both the performers and their audiences. “It’s like they’re performing in your living room,” said Love of the intimate 571seat theater, adding that the State Theatre’s highly skilled staff enhances the shows with its technical skills. “There’s something really magical about that.” And the magic does not end with the performing arts. Several times a year, fund-raisers at the State Theatre help fund transformative work in the community. “What excites me,” said Ray, “is that we have built a bridge from working purely with performing arts nonprofits to a wider nonprofit community.” Two shows this past summer — Ani DiFranco and Mary Chapin Carpenter — raised funds for the Centre County Women’s Resource Center. A portion of the ticket sales for the Robert Cray show on Nov. 15 went to the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg. Partnering with nonprofits, said Ray, not only helps raise money for local charities but also helps raise awareness of their work in the community. Most notable is the State Theatre’s annual rock tribute show, featuring local performers covering the works of popular artists such as Van Morrison or Neil Young. Each year, this sell-out show donates several thousands of dollars of concert proceeds to a local charity, first Easter Seals and more recently Strawberry Fields Inc. The 2017 show, on Saturday, Jan. 28, will showcase local artists covering songs by The Rolling Stones. “It’s an opportunity for us as a social service nonprofit to work with another nonprofit in a nontraditional way,” said Cindy Pasquinelli, CEO of Strawberry Fields Inc. “Strawberry Fields provides services for babies, birth to age 3, and we provide mental-health and intellectual-disability services, and that doesn’t usually go hand in hand with being involved with the community theater. This concert is a nontraditional partnership that has brought so many unexpected rewards.” Two years ago, Strawberry Fields used the proceeds of the tribute concert to launch Scraps and Skeins, a crafting supply resale store that carries donated fabric and yarn at discount prices. The store serves as both a fundraiser for Strawberry Fields operations and a job-training site for people dealing with mental-health issues. On multiple levels, Scraps and Skeins is a runaway success. “That’s from our connection to the

contract between the county and the state Department of Community and Economic Development. The grant total is $390,677 for a wastewater treatment plant tank rehab project in Julian at a cost of $130,200; installation of a water system master meter in Unionville Borough at a cost of $81,000; purchase of a water meter for Moshannon at a cost of $28,000; and installation of a fire sprinkler system in Historic Downtown Bellefonte. The amount of $70,305 will be set aside for grant administration. ■ Approved the purchase of furnishings for the probation offices in the Temple Court Building in the amount of $88,022.40. Budget, Page 6


What: State Theatre 10th anniversary celebration Who: Zeropoint Big Band, Jerry Zolten, Richard Sleigh, Nittany Knights, The Unbanned, others. When: Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. Where: State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave. Tickets: (814) 272-0606, State Theatre,” said Pasquinelli proudly. The theater has reaped rewards of the rock tribute shows as well in the form of more data to mine. As the State Theatre approaches its 10-year anniversary, Ray and his team are applying the winning formula to a gala event on Saturday, Dec. 3. The 10th anniversary celebration, “Decades,” features a combination of local acts such as Jerry Zolten, Richard Sleigh, Nittany Knights, The Unbanned, Grain and others. Zeropoint Big Band headlines the show, performing a variety of musical selections that date back to when the theater was founded as a movie house in 1938. A reception for select guests will be held prior to the show, featuring a complimentary array of Big Spring Spirits cocktails, champagne, local craft brews and a variety of wine, with catering and hors’ devours provided by Hotel State College and Allen Street Grill. Having gone from a shuttered movie theater to a vibrant performing arts center, the State Theatre has a lot to celebrate in 10 years. And 10 years from now? Ray dreams of expanding the State Theatre’s reach and reputation, and continuing to use audience feedback to steer programming choices. He dreams of putting Centre County on the map as a destination for high-quality performing arts. “The more feedback we get from our community, the stronger the State Theatre is going to be,” he said. “Because, ultimately, we see ourselves as a community resource, like the library or a museum. We belong to the Centre Region, so the more feedback we’re given, the better we can serve our community. And as we do that, we will continue to grow.” Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the November issue of Town & Gown.



DECEMBER 1-7, 2016

Y program brings Christmas cheer to needy kids By G. KERRY WEBSTER

PHILIPSBURG — Although Christmas is still nearly a month away, the wrapping paper, Scotch tape and gift tags have been flying around the Moshannon Valley branch of the Centre County United Way since long before Thanksgiving. The annual Christmas Program is in full swing, and with 180 kids on the list, longtime program organizer Judy Sinclair is making sure to check it twice to ensure the less-fortunate youngsters in the area have a very merry Christmas. “This is my favorite time of the year,” said Sinclair, who has worked as the executive secretary of the branch since it opened in the early 1970s. “It’s a lot of hard work. It’s a lot of stress. But, when it’s time to distribute the packages and knowing how many happy kids we’ll have, it’s all worth it. I always say this is going to be my last year, but it never is. I’m sure I’ll be back for the 2017 program too.” Each year, Sinclair collects not only the names and ages of the children, but also clothing sizes. She does not expect those donating to buy toys or games. She said she’s looking for what the kids need, not what they want. “We get each kid’s coat and pants size, and their boot size,” said Sinclair. “Some of these kids may need school supplies or something like that. We want to collect those kinds of things first and foremost. All the games and toys and dolls are a second thought in my book.” Sinclair said after a child is declared eligible for the program and their clothing size and needs lists are complete, she begins setting up the children with their “Christmas sponsor.” “It has really worked out well because we have such a caring community,” said Sinclair. “We have several churches and businesses who take a bunch of kids off our list every year. We’re very fortunate for them, as we are to all the individuals who help out, too.”

She said the sponsors then take the list and fulfill the needs on it. “It they want to buy a toy or a game or something fun, that’s totally up to who’s purchasing the gifts,” said Sinclair. “We don’t ask them to do that, but it’s really up to them.” Sinclair noted that many of the toys distributed through the program are a direct result from the local Toys for Tots program. After all the items and gifts are collected, they are taken to a special distribution area and families will be able to pick up their packages during the week of Christmas. Unfortunately, the building the group used last year (the former junior high school on Sixth Street) is under new ownership and won’t be able to be used for the Christmas Program. “We really need a lot of space for this, and we just don’t have it here at the Y,” Sinclair said. “The old junior high was perfect for us last year, but we can’t use it this year. We’ll figure something out. We always do.” In addition to the gifts for the children, the YMCA’s Christmas program also includes a basket containing a full holiday meal. “We just received a big donation for turkeys from the boot camp and we’ll get more turkey donations here in the next couple weeks,” said Sinclair. “We usually get a lot of the canned goods and boxed items through the different giving programs they put on at the school. But, we still need potatoes. We like to give each family a 10-pound bag of potatoes with their baskets, so that’s what we’re working on now.” Sinclair said the program has come a long way since its inception in 1976 by former YMCA executive director Keeno Beezer. “He just loved the Christmas Program,” said Sinclair. “It was all about bringing smiles to the kids’ faces, and he sure did a good job of it. I hope that’s what we’re doing, too.”


CARMEN DAVIS, left, and Millie Gallaher have been volunteering their present-wrapping expertise for the YMCA’s annual Christmas Program in Philipsburg. “This is something we look forward to doing every year,” said Davis. “It wouldn’t be the holiday season without wrapping presents at the YMCA.” Budget, from page 5 ■ Approved the 2016 Community Development Block Grant Entitlement grant application to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development in the amount of $389,713 to fund a water transmission main replacement project in Millheim Borough at a cost of $389,713, and a housing rehab-sewer lateral assistance in Potters Mills at a cost of $30,000. The amount of $51,984 will be set aside for grant administration. ■ Approved a contract renewal between the county and Kronos to provide maintenance and support for time and atCantorna, from page 1 several years, he and incumbent Stacy Parks Miller have bantered several times in a Centre County courtroom. Cantorna, however, said his disagreements with Parks Miller didn’t persuade him to run for the office. “This has been something I’ve been thinking about for the past six months, and after talking it over with my family, decided it would be a good choice to run for district attorney,” he said. “I’m running for district attorney. I’m not running against anyone. This has everything to do with finding a way to make the legal system treat everyone the same.” Parks Miller, who is seeking re-election, challenged Cantorna’s reasoning. She said his past actions led him to this week’s announcement. “Now we know why he and his cronies falsely and maliciously accused me of a crime; to get me out of the way because he covets the job for himself,” Parks Miller told the Centre County Gazette. “He was the first person to publicly falsely accuse me, and as I promised, I was completely innocent.” In 2015, Parks Miller and her staff were accused of being corrupt by Cantorna and a handful of other lawyers. After months of legal battles, a grand jury eventually acquitted Parks Miller of all charges. “Do our people really want such a man willing to do and say anything to win without regard to the truth?” Parks Miller said. “Including currently defending convicted baby abusers by attacking the way law enforcement professionals and doctors are trying to keep our community and children safe. “We send criminals to prison. We protect children. He tries, fortunately without much success, to get them off,” she continued. “He can’t beat us in the courtroom, so he cheats by making serial false accusations against me and my dedicated staff. The truth has finally come out.” Cantorna released a statement soon after Parks Miller made her comments. “I was one of the attorneys involved in the case that revealed that the district attorney’s office and a former judge were engaged in excessive texting during the trial,” Cantorna said. “The Superior Court reviewed the case and found that the DA did not give the defendant a fair trial, so

tendance. The contract total is $44,097.55. ■ Approved an addendum between the county and Strawberry Fields Inc. to add money to increase contract allocations to allow service providers to bill for services through the end of the fiscal year in the amount of $4,397. This increases the contract minimum from $395,000 to $399,397. ■ Approved a contract renewal between the county and Bowling Green Brandywine to provide drug and alcohol services to include inpatient non-hospital treatment and rehabilitation and non-hospital detoxification. The contact total is estimated at $5,000. they ordered a new trial.” Parks said the records revealed no such thing. “I did not engage in any texting during the trial with that judge and the Superior Court did not find his allegations about that even worthy of review or mention,” Parks Miller said. “Cantorna continues to lie to the public to get a job.” “I am running because all trials should be fair,” Cantorna said. “I am disappointed that the DA continues to engage in personal attacks rather than discussing the issues. I intend to discuss the issues and trust the voters to decide who they prefer to have in the DA’s office.” Cantorna pointed to the employee turnover ratio in the district attorney’s office as an example of just one thing that needs to be changed. He said in the past seven years, there has been a 300 percent turnover rate. “That speaks volumes as to just what’s happening in the courthouse,” Cantorna said. “We have done better in the past and we need to do better again.” Cantorna is a native of Chicago and is a staff member at the Trial Lawyer’s College, founded by renowned Wyoming lawyer Gerry Spence. As a senior staff member, Cantorna organizes and teaches graduate level law courses to other lawyers. Prior to moving to Centre County, he was a clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School for five years, after serving as a Wisconsin public defender for three. He attended the University of Wisconsin Law School where he graduated cum laude. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was a certified public accountant with Grant Thornton in Madison, Wisc. Cantora’s wife of 28 years, Margherita, is a distinguished professor in the College of Agriculture at Penn State, specializing in immunology and microbiology. Her research focuses on the effects of vitamin D on the immune system and diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s. The couple have two daughters, Elena and Gabriella, who attend Penn State and are All-Americans in women’s rugby. The sisters learned the game from their father, who is head coach of the State College High School girls’ rugby team and defensive coach for the national champion Penn State women’s rugby team. In his spare time, Cantorna is also a private pilot.

DECEMBER 1-7, 2016



Pig sculpture initiator celebrates 98 years By G. KERRY WEBSTER

STATE COLLEGE — A special celebration of 98 years was held in honor of a man instrumental in bringing the “Centennial Pigs” sculpture to downtown State College. Ed Mattil was surrounded by family and friends when he blew out candles on his birthday cake at the Tavern Restaurant on the afternoon of Nov. 25. “I’m very fortunate to have lived the life I have lived,” Mattil told the Centre County Gazette. “I have great friends and had some great times here in State College. I love this place.” Mattil was a key member of the State College Centennial Committee and was instrumental in discovering the theme for the 100-year anniversary event, which was celebrated in 1996. He was also the driving force in immortalizing the event with a statue featuring the swines. “To be honest, not a lot of people wanted a pig for the statue,” said Mattil. “But, State College has such an agricultural history that it was fitting. In fact, cattle, mules, horses, sheep, goats and hogs roamed State College freely until the borough passed an ordinance against it in 1897. That’s one of the main reasons we went with a pig theme. I think it turned out pretty well.” According to Mattil, the committee’s inspiration for the centennial theme came from a photo now in the University Archives, Special Collections Library at Penn State University. The photo shows a pig searching for food on East College Avenue, near where it intersects with Allen Street. The project was funded almost entirely through private donations and got its biggest boost through a commemorative brick naming fundraising campaign. McCallister Alley, the location, is lined with nearly 3,000 of these named bricks, and more being added every so often. The sculpture was created by Eric Berg and depicts a sow, “Centennial,” and two piglets, “Hope” and “Ed.” Their names were chosen through a public naming competition. The “Pig Centennial” has gained momentum as being a source of luck in the community. Many Penn State Nittany Lions’ fans have uttered the phrase, “Kiss the pig for me,” while others walk by seeking historic luck by rubbing its snout. Mattil’s family moved to State College from South Williamsport in 1931. As a boy, Mattil delivered milk house-tohouse in the mornings, worked in a men’s clothing store after school and delivered the evening edition of Philadelphia Inquirer. He obtained a bachelor of science degree in art education from Penn State in 1940 and followed his education by teaching art courses and serving as a swimming coach in Cumberland, Md., public schools. Later, he taught art courses and served as a basketball coach in Nether Providence High School in Wallingford before enrolling in the U.S. Army, where he was discharged as a staff sergeant in 1945. Mattil retured to Penn State and earned a master of arts degree in 1946 before taking a position as art teacher and as head of the art department at Penn State. He obtained his doctor of education degree from Penn State in 1953


ED MATTIL, of State College, celebrated his 98th birthday Nov. 25 with friends and family at the Tavern. Mattil was instrumental in bringing the Pig Centennial Sculpture to the downtown during the community’s centennial celebration in 1996. “Every time someone rubs a little love onto the sculpture, they also take a little love with them,” he said. It’s become a tradition for passersby to rub the sculpture’s snout for good luck. and his subsequent academic positions included graduate assistant, professor and associate professor. He was the head of the Department of Art Education from 1960 to 1970, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at St. Cloud State University from 1970 to 1971, and was the director of the Center for Marketing and Design at North Texas State University from 1971 to 1984. Mattil retired as professor emeritus from North Texas State in 1986 and returned to live in State College in 1989. He has served two terms on the State College Borough Planning Commission, served on the State College Borough Centennial Celebration Commission from 19921996, and received State College Borough’s Legacy Award for significant contributions to the community, specifically for his leadership on two centennial projects — the Centennial Pig sculpture and the College Avenue and Centennial Walkway inscribed brick pavers.

Numerous works of his art collection have been donated to Penn State’s Palmer Museum, along with several sculptures to Schlow Centre Region Library. His donation of funds provided the elevator in Schlow Centre Region Library and a patient-care room at Mount Nittany Medical Center. He was a major benefactor for the purchase of a building for the local branch of American Cancer Society and he has received the highest honor from Pennsylvania Division of American Cancer Society. He has endowed six academic scholarships at Penn State, North Texas State, the University of North Texas and Clarion University. He resides in Foxdale Village in State College.

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BELLEFONTE — A former contracted school bus driver for State College Area School District on Nov. 23 waived his preliminary hearing on charges that he had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old high school student. Matthew Dunlap, 25, of Port Matilda, was charged on Nov. 15 with statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor, obscene and other sexual materials and performances and indecent assault. He remained incarcerated in the Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $200,000 bail. The charges are bound over to Centre County Court of Common Pleas and head toward trial. Dunlap is alleged to have begun exchanging sexual messages by text message and social media with the girl in January, with Dunlap sending and soliciting nude photos. He allegedly had sexual intercourse with the girl on three occasions this past summer at her home while her parents were at work.

Dunlap was a contracted driver, not a district employee, but had undergone criminal and child abuse background checks. He had been a contracted bus driver since 2012, first for Cole Transportation and then for Long Motor Buses since the start of the 2015-16 school year. The investigation began Sept. 28 with a complaint about a rude bus driver. State College High School resource officer Terry Stec quickly MATTHEW learned from students that Dunlap DUNLAP and the girl allegedly spoke nearly every day at the bus stop even though she did not ride his bus. Students also told Stec they had overheard Dunlap and the girl talking about texting and Snapchatting with each other. Driver, Page 8

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SCASD board hears Memorial Field options By GEOFF RUSHTON

STATE COLLEGE — The State College Area School Board on Nov. 28 reviewed two project options for the second and final phase of Memorial Field renovations. Representatives from the architectural firm of Weber Murphy Fox, hired in May to plan and design the renovations, presented project concepts to update the home-side bleachers, install locker rooms and upgrade restrooms. Both options call for replacing the bleachers on the field’s east side and a base seating capacity of 3,000 with an alternate option to add 500 seats. In both plans, plazas would connect Sidney Friedman Park and Nittany Avenue entries on the east side, and 16 parking spaces would be included on site. Option A would repurpose the existing district building at 131 W. Nittany Ave. to be used for restrooms, concessions and locker rooms on the lower level and coaches classrooms on the upper levels. The option includes a ramp to the field adjacent to the east side of the building. The option also would connect the existing west side bleachers to a new concourse along the north and south end zones.

The estimated cost for Option A is $8,486,049, including a 10 percent contingency fund. Construction would begin in January 2018 and be completed in January 2019. Drawbacks include less plaza space, some partially obstructed views and an 18-foot drop from the south plaza to the field. Option B would demolish the administrative building and locker rooms and other project elements would be incorporated into a new building under the bleachers. It includes a ramp to the field adjacent to the north side parklet. The west-side bleachers would be connected to a new concourse along the south end zone. The estimated cost for Option B is $8,666,658, including a 10 percent contingency fund. Construction would begin in May 2018 with completion in December 2019, with the later completion date requiring temporary bathrooms for both the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Option B would offer more plaza space than Option A. Weber Murphy Fox consulted with coaches, band directors and others as it developed options. A public forum is being planned for mid-January, and district administration wants the board to select an option at its Monday, Feb. 6, meeting to allow a year for development before

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Collection boxes helping dispose of unwanted meds By G. KERRY WEBSTER

BELLEFONTE — Since late June, an initiative by the Centre County District Attorney’s Office has proven to be effective in getting unused and unwanted medication off the streets. The Medication Collection Box program is a direct result of a Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association grant, which brought six secure drop-off boxes to the county. They were placed in the Willowbank Office Building, the Centre County Sheriff’s Office, the State College Police Department, the Ferguson Township Police Department, the Patton Township Police Department and the University Police and Public Safety Building. A medicine drop box was already in place at the Bellefonte Police Department. Centre County First Assistant District Attorney Mark Smith said the boxes have filled several times since they were placed. “As expected, once word got out, there was a surge in deposits of expired and unwanted medication to a point where the boxes had to be emptied once a week,” said Smith. “Now, usage has tapered down to a point where the boxes can be emptied once a month.”

He said collectors are seeing lots of over-the-counter medications, as well as prescription medications. He said there are liquid pharmaceuticals in their original containers, tablets, capsules and inhalers. Once full, the boxes are emptied and the contents are incinerated at a Drug Enforcement Agency and Department of Environmental Protection approved incinerator. For security reasons, the boxes are placed in law enforcement facilities and are fastened securely to the floor. The boxes each carry a price tag of about $800; however, there is no cost to the county. Smith said there are two benefits for having such drop boxes available to the public. “First, they remove commonly abused prescriptions from homes where they are no longer needed. If not removed, these drugs can fall into the wrong hands,” he said. “Second, the boxes help eliminate the environmental concerns related to dumping drugs into landfills or flushing drugs into the water supply.” Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said her office is looking for appropriate locations in Philipsburg, Centre Hall and Millheim to place more boxes.

Driver, from page 7 High school personnel contacted Long Motor Buses at the start of the investigation and Dunalp was immediately removed from driving. Later that evening, the girl’s mother called Stec and told him her daughter informed her that she had a sexual relationship with Dunlap during the summer. The girl allegedly told State College Police and the Centre County Child Advocacy Center that she and Dunlap exchanged nude photographs and had sexual intercourse on three occasions. Dunlap allegedly admitted to sending and receiving nude photos and having sexual intercourse on two occasions with the girl. The girl was not a passenger on Dunlap’s bus, but had been while she was in middle school two years ago. He began contacting her by social media when she moved to high school in 2015. District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said the evidence shows that the alleged relationship did not begin until 2016. The alleged incidents did not occur on school property or on a bus and Dunlap is not believed to have had an alleged relationship with any other students.

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Twitter’s efforts shield reality By the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Twitter is making it easier to avoid tweets you don’t want to see, and it is cracking down on “abusive conduct.� This will do more to exacerbate America’s problems than to solve them. The social network is expanding its “muting� feature. It announced that it would empower users to decide not to see notifications about certain keywords and conversations. It already enables them to prevent themselves from seeing those users’ tweets. It said it has made it easier to report “hateful conduct� and retrained its staff to enforce its hate-speech rules. And it suspended the accounts of a number of users associated with the alt-right, including an alt-right think tank. Twitter’s website isn’t bound by the constitutional freedom of speech, which forbids only the government to restrict speech. But Twitter proclaims itself a forum for free speech. And key reasons to cherish free speech are also reasons to protest Twitter’s decisions. Many Americans are afraid to say some of the things they think because they fear they will be shunned as bigots. Silencing people and driving them out of mainstream online forums encourages them to stew in their own resentment, embrace others who say things similar to what they’re afraid to say and seek opportunities to lash out. Engaging with them promotes mutual respect and a sense of community. Twitter argues that harassment can drive people off Twitter, suppressing their speech. That’s true, and the new muting feature may, in extreme cases, help bullying victims. But it is likely to be overused, separating people into ideologically segregated Twitter worlds. We have a serious problem in this country of people failing to understand each other across ideological lines. We need to try to understand one another. And that means we need to face what others are saying.

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him get through. At the finish line, there was a crowd of young people waiting for her co-racer. It turned out he was a professor and a large group of his students were at the finish to cheer him on. After crossing the finish line, he gave Liz a big hug and said “You are my angel.� It is interactions like those that keep her running. “I have learned so much and met so many people,� she said. “From experiencing the beauty of the mountains of Utah to running on an Indian reservation in Nevada, I have seen and learned so many things.� She shared that “the best piece of advice that I received was from a man I met in San Antonio. He started running at age 56. When I met him, he was 72 and had 1,800 marathons under his belt. He reminded me to make sure to look beyond the trees to see the forest — to take in the whole experience.� Among her favorite races was the State College marathon, where her parents, who are still local, were her support team and met her to cheer her on at every station. They, too, have caught the travel bug. They and daughter Kelsey accompanied her to Hawaii and her family will be there in June when she runs in Alaska. Like several others (including, reportedly, one of her daughter’s professors), I asked Liz about the rumored runner’s addiction. Is that what is driving her? “I don’t think so,� she said. “Running is almost secondary. For me it’s about setting a goal, and the accomplishment and sense of completion of meeting that goal. Who knows what will come next?� For Liz Roberts, the journey — 37 and counting — is the experience.

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SNOW SHOE — The borough of Snow Shoe sits on top of a mountain in the northern tier of Centre County. It gets cold up there in the winter, and one might call it the North Pole of Centre County. On Nov. 27, Snow Show Park resembled the North Pole even more, as the citizens of the town welcomed the Christmas season with a parade, a tree-lighting ceremony, a 5K race, a visit from Santa and more. Snow Show resident and master of ceremonies Tom Taylor said the gathering has been happening for the last seven years. “It was originally at the fire hall, but it got too crowded.” In 2014, the celebration moved to the park, and has become a popular town tradition.

A 5K race, which was a fundraiser for the Toys for Tots program, took place at 3 p.m., followed by a short parade down Park Avenue. Each year, a student at nearby Mountaintop Elementary School is chosen to be the grand marshal of the parade and to light the community Christmas tree in the park. This year’s lucky youngster was 7-year-old Gavin Hockenberry, son of Russell and Janelle Hockenberry, of Snow Shoe. Gavin rode in a convertible in the parade, then later plugged in the tree lights, an experience he described as “awesome.” The parade also included fire trucks, children and a band composed of some members of the Bald Eagle Area High School band who live in the Snow Shoe area. Parade, Page 12

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AN HONOR GUARD from Cartwright-Martin American Legion Post No. 813 stands by as 7-year-old Gavin Hockenberry lights the community tree. With him is his dad, Rusty Hockenberry.

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Parade, from page 10 Taylor led the tree-lighting ceremony, which featured Christmas carols sung by a choir of elementary school students and a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, who paused to kneel at a Nativity scene under the Christmas tree. “We strive to keep God in our Christmas,” said Taylor. An honor guard from the Cartwright-Martin Post No. 813 American Legion from Clarence oversaw the tree lighting, which brought cheers from the crowd of more than 200 people. The park was decorated with several lighted displays, and stands sold refreshments. Following the tree lighting, Pastor Daniel Stegeman, of the Mountaintop Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, addressed the crowd, recounting the biblical Christmas story and its connection to Old Testament prophesies.

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Historical Society plans Stocking Stuffer sale STATE COLLEGE — The Centre County Historical Society will hold its 14th annual Stocking Stuffer Antiques, Art and Fine Craft Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Centre Furnace Mansion, 1001 E. College Ave. The Stocking Stuffer sale features the handcrafted work of local artisans and fine antiques from local dealers, creating an indoor showcase featuring more than 50 vendors. Gift items for sale include fresh wreaths and holiday arrangements, ceramics, fine paper arts, pewter, china and glassware, antiques and vintage collectibles, handmade figurines, linens, photography, jewelry and more. The historical society’s museum store also features books on local history and historic map reproductions. Fresh greens, flowers, fruit and trimmings inspired by

the Victorian era are a green feature of the event each year. The 19th-century ironmaster’s home is decorated by local floral designers and the Centre Furnace Mansion garden committee, who donate their time, talents and trimmings for the event. The holiday decorations will remain in place for mansion tours through Friday, Dec. 23. A $5 admission fee to the sale includes hot cider and desserts. Proceeds benefit the Centre County Historical Society. CCHS has joined with the Blair County Historical Society and Cambria County Historical Society to host “Christmas Through the Counties.” Visitors who visit all three county historical societies Dec. 2 to 4 get a holiday passport stamped and will receive a free one-year membership to all three organizations.


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Exercise your feet to improve balance By RUTH SNYDER Special to the Gazette

Have you ever stubbed or broken a toe? It seems to take forever to heal while you hobble around a lot and easily lose your balance. The reason you lose your balance is that the most important muscles for balance, the dorsiflexor muscles, are in the lower leg and foot. Their role is to pull the toes up so you do not trip when walking. If you have a broken toe, it is painful to pull the toe up and this is what causes you to lose your balance and fall. Just as important for balance are the feet, because the sensations you get from the bottom of your feet travel to the spinal cord, sending messages for you to stand up straight. This is why, when you do stub or break a toe, you tend to stoop over as you hobble around. How can you improve your balance? One way is to exercise your feet, toes and dorsiflexor muscles. Here are some options:

■ Roll marbles with the bottom of your feet. ■ Pick up marbles one at a time with your toes and put each marble into something. Do this 20 times per foot. ■ Spread toes as far apart as possible, then curl them. ■ Keeping your leg out and to the side, draw the alphabet with your big toe. This can be done with both feet at the same time or one at a time. ■ Circle your foot at the ankle in each direction without moving your leg. ■ Flex and point your foot from the ankle. ■ For a more advanced dorsiflexsor muscles exercise, use free weights with a dorsiflexsor lifting apparatus, pulling up with your toes to lift. Set aside some time to exercise feet, toes and dorsiflexsor muscles for improved balance. Ruth Snyder is owner of TransFitness Personal Training in Spring Mills.

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Make food safety a priority this holiday season By SHARON McDONALD

UNIVERSITY PARK — With the holiday season under way, millions of Americans will be preparing, cooking, eating and cleaning up holiday feasts enjoyed with family and friends. With all the hustle and bustle that surrounds these events, sometimes food safety can take a back seat. During the holidays, more people are cooking at home, for larger numbers of

people. This means more food, a larger variety of foods at the same time and often more-complex recipes. All of this creates unique food-safety challenges not necessarily encountered on a daily basis. Plus, the fact that one in six people become sick from a foodborne illness each year makes it a perfect time to remind folks about the importance of safe food handling for good health. This year, the Partnership for Food Safe-

ty Education is sponsoring a campaign, called “The Story of Your Dinner,” to support all the home cooks out there in getting a safe and healthy meal on the table. “The Story of Your Dinner” focuses on the many food safety steps taken from farm and processing to retail and, finally, in the home kitchen — that last stop in the food safety chain. It is really as simple as following four key food-safety practices: ■ Clean Wash hands and surfaces often. Re-

member, you should wash your hands with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds as you get ready to prepare food, when you change tasks, after coughing or sneezing or using the restroom, or any time your hands become contaminated. During this time, consider drying your hands with a paper towel rather than a cloth towel to prevent the spread of bacteria. Food, Page 14

Researchers: Drinking beer may be good for the heart UNIVERSITY PARK — A new study from Penn State researchers could be reason to raise a pint. Drinking beer may have heart health benefits. Nutritional sciences researchers found that moderate beer drinkers had the slowest decline in high-density lipoprotein, or what’s known as “good” cholesterol, meaning they had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. A moderate level is defined as one to two drinks per day for men and a half to one drink per day for women. The study by Shue Huang, a doctoral candidate in nutritional sciences at Penn State, and colleagues, found that even for heavy drinkers beer slowed the decline of HDL. For hard liquor, only light consumption

had a positive effect — meaning less than one serving per day for men and 0.4 or less servings per day for women. There were not enough wine drinkers in the population studied to test wine’s effects on HDL. The researchers defined one serving as 12 ounces of beer, 1.5 ounces of liquor and 5 ounces of wine. More than 80,000 participants in China were followed over six years. Huang and colleagues found that while HDL levels generally declined over time, beer drinkers experienced the slowest decline. Though the study was conducted in China, the researchers say that previous studies suggest the results would be similar in other populations. Huang presented the preliminary study at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2016 earlier in November.


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UNIVERSITY PARK — Adding higher frequencies to the American Academy of Pediatrics hearing test protocol helps detect adolescent hearing loss, according to a team of pediatricians and audiologists. “If we can detect hearing loss when it’s mild, we can modify behavior,” said Deepa Sekhar, associate professor of pediatrics, Penn State College of Medicine. “You can’t reverse hearing loss, but you can stop the exposure (to hazardous noise) and prevent continued damage.” For example, hearing gunshots at close range when out hunting, attending loud concerts or football games, or

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keep raw meats in containers that will prevent juices from dripping on other foods. When preparing foods, consider using separate cutting boards for raw and ready-to-eat items and/or prepping these foods at different times. ■ Cook Cook to the recommended safe internal temperatures and use a food thermometer to check that the correct temperature has been reached. For turkey, the correct temperature is 165 F. You always can cook to a higher temperature, but this is the minimum that should be reached. ■ Chill Refrigerate or freeze foods promptly, especially for leftovers.

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Turkey Trot winners take home fresh-baked pies By SAM STITZER

SPRING MILLS — On Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 24, a group of 86 runners gathered at the Old Gregg School Community Center in Spring Mills for the eighth annual Turkey Trot 5K race, which benefits the Penns Valley HOPE Fund. The race was originated by Penns Valley High School student Will Lush in 2009, and has grown in popularity ever since. Winners in each category took home fresh pumpkin pies as prizes. The race covered an out-and-back route along scenic Sinking Creek Road in Gregg Township. Runners ranged in age from children to senior citizens, competing in five age categories. As a cold, light rain began to fall, race organizer Kyle Houser gave his thanks to the runners on the starting line, as well as the sponsors, volunteers and the Old Gregg School Community Center. Houser also thanked his mother, who baked the pie prizes. Spectators didn’t have to wait long for the first finishers to arrive. In just more than 18 minutes, runner Geno Arthur sprinted over the finish line, with several others in close pursuit. Following the race, the runners returned to the Old Gregg School gym for water and snacks, before heading home for Thanksgiving dinners with their families.


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PLEASANT GAP — The Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology will receive a $100,000 grant for education and job training from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, state Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Lock Haven, announced in a press release. The Pennsylvania College of Technology also is getting a $100,000 grant. Hanna said this funding will be used in part to provide critical training to individuals looking to expand their careers. “Workforce development is important to many Pennsylvania residents and companies to develop the skills they need to prosper,” said Hanna. “With the training and career-building skills provided, this investment will help bolster economic success while affording companies the ability to retain talented employees.” “CPI is extremely appreciative of Rep. Hanna’s efforts to assist us in obtaining education grant funds,” said Todd Taylor, vice president of post-secondary education at CPI. “This funding will enable us to expand our capabilities and capacity to offer high-demand, technician-level health sciences training to Central Pennsylvania’s workforce. CPI is committed to expanding career pathways for students, and this grant helps us move this initiative forward.”

BELLEFONTE — Local author Donald Knott Jr. will sign copies of his debut novel, “21 Rangers West,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Centre County Library, 200 N. Allegheny St. “21 Rangers West” is Western fiction about the Texas Rangers. Knott drew on his lifetime fascination of all things Western and his love of history when writing the novel. Knott was born in Maryland, grew up in Alabama and now lives in Bellefonte. He is a truck driver for Predator Trucking and writes on his breaks. He is working on his second book, which follows the characters in “21 Rangers West.” Cool Beans Coffee and Tea, 141 W. High St., hosted a book signing for Knott on Nov. 19. His book is available at Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC, Barnes and Noble and on An e-book is available through Tate Publishing. An Amazon customer review calls the book a “great read. One of those books you don’t want to put down. Great for history buffs of both the Civil War and Texas Rangers and those that like adventure.”

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Students partner with community for Expo Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK — More than 140 Penn State students will showcase projects dealing with local sustainability topics during the Campus and Community Sustainability Expo, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the State College Municipal Building. The students partnered with local government and community organizations during the fall semester to research and propose sustainable solutions addressing needs of the surrounding area. The Campus and Community Sustainability Expo will feature projects from the Sustainable Communities Collaborative and Sustainable Food Systems Program. Themes will include food systems, resiliency, health and safety, arts and culture, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to explore each theme with the groups’ posters and interact with the students who contributed to the projects. In the days leading up to the expo, a panel of judges will select three exceptional posters based on factors such as content, organization and visual appeal. These posters will be announced at the expo event. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. One team of students in the Human Resources Ethics class was tasked with helping State College Borough to develop a strategic framework for improving diversity among the civilian and police work forces. Students were also asked to develop training materials to help the borough effectively communicate to employees the value and importance of developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment. “Each semester, the expo showcases the efforts of local governments, nonprofits and businesses who are committed to addressing sustainability challenges and opportunities in our community,” said Michelle Halsell, director of the Sustainable Communities Collaborative. “The expo also showcases the work of Penn State students who are collaborating with our community partners by applying their skills and knowledge to enhance sustainability. It’s a win for our community partners and a win for Penn State students.” Community partners for the projects include State Col-

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PROFESSOR HEATHER GALL, right, who teaches agricultural systems management and measurement and monitoring of hydrologic systems at Penn State, works in the field with her students setting up monitoring devices at Buffalo Run.

Arboretum offers sensory experience UNIVERSITY PARK — North Central Sight Services clients and staff took part in an experience for all five senses, focusing primarily on touch and smell, at the Arboretum at Penn State on Oct. 13. “Clients enjoyed an herb garden where the docent encouraged them to rub the leaves with their fingers, and then try to guess what herb it was based on the smell,” said Tracy Haas, program and services director at North

Central Sight Services. Throughout the year, Haas and her team coordinate a variety of activities for clients to enjoy. “There was a huge bamboo wall to explore and touch. Clients were amazed by how tall, strong and thick the bamboo were,” Haas said. The Arboretum offered a place for clients to enjoy some fresh air and learn about plants in an entirely new way, according to a release from North Central Sight Services.


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BELLEFONTE AREA School District Superintendent Michelle Saylor recently visited the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology to meet with President Richard C. Makin. Saylor took over the helm at Bellefonte in April and is one of three superintendents who comprise CPI’s Professional Advisory Committee. During this visit, Saylor and Makin discussed an event where school boards from all three sending schools, Bellefonte, Bald Eagle and Penns Valley, were on hand at CPI to receive educational and facility updates, visit program areas and conduct their respective board meetings.

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NORTH CENTRAL Sight Services clients and staff learned about plants in new ways during a recent visit to the Arboretum at Penn State.

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FOR SIX YEARS, students at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology have earned college credits through a partnership with the Pennsylvania College of Technology. The program, Penn College NOW, allows CPI to offer free dual enrollment courses to students in various programs. Last year, PC NOW saved students and their families more than $103,000, according to CPI. Pictured here are CPI students who passed the placement exam for PC NOW and started fall classes.


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PSU takes explosive offense up against stout Wisconsin defense in title game By PAT ROTHDEUTSCH

UNIVERSITY PARK — Michigan State came into Beaver Stadium to play Penn State on Nov. 26 ranked somewhere near the bottom of the FBS in second-half performance. So when MSU couldn’t convert a touchdown in four red-zone trips against the Nittany Lions and clung to just a 12-10 halftime lead, things may not have been as promising as they looked for Sparty. They weren’t. Penn State erupted for 21 unanswered points in the third quarter and 35 altogether in the second half as it overwhelmed Michigan State 45-12 on Senior Day in Happy Valley. Trace McSorley completed 17 of 23 passes for 376 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Nittany Lions to their eighth win in a row and their 10th for the season against just two early losses. The win gave them the championship of the Big Ten East after Ohio State beat Michigan in double overtime earlier in the day and clinched a spot in the conference championship game against Wisconsin on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. That latter statement almost bears repeating. Neither Ohio State nor Michigan, ranked the No. 2 and 3 teams in the country at the beginning of the day, will be going to Indy. Instead it will be Penn State, still rebuilding and just four years removed from the onset of crippling NCAA sanctions, representing the East Division in the title game. The credit for this turn of events after just a 2-2 start to the season will deservedly be spread all around, but it has to begin with McSorley and this young group of Nittany Lion players. Penn State averaged more than 40 points per game since a Sept. 24 loss at Michigan in its Big Ten opener, and in almost every game, the Lions seemed to poke and prod their opponents for two quarters, looking for weaknesses like the cats they are. Then, they pounced. The Michigan State game was a perfect example. The Spartans sold out in their ef-

forts to stop the PSU running game (which they mostly did) and took that 12-10 lead into the locker rooms at halftime. Michigan State was also receiving the second-half kickoff and had a chance to extend its lead and up the pressure. That did not happen. Penn State’s workmanlike defense stopped the Spartans’ first drive and then shut them out for the rest of the game. Michigan State gained just 87 yards in the second half. That was while McSorley was completing two touchdown passes to Chris Godwin (34 and 59 yards), one to tight end Mike Gesicki (45 yards) and the last one to Andre Robinson (40 yards). By the time Godwin caught his second touchdown with two minutes to play in the third quarter, the score was 31-12, and Penn State fans were starting to wonder how long it takes to drive to Indianapolis. “We did a great job all year making halftime adjustments and settling our guys down,” Penn State head coach James Franklin said. “We need to do that a little earlier in the game. But in general, we are going to stick to our plan, and I thought our defense holding them to field goals and keeping us in the game early on was really important. “Obviously, we have shown all year long that we can be explosive on offense, and we were able to do that today.” The 10-2 Badgers wrapped up the West and will be ready and waiting in Indianapolis. Style-wise, Wisconsin is a much different football team than Penn State, but its results are just as impressive. The Badgers’ only two stumbles in 2016 came at the hands of Michigan, 14-7, on Oct. 1 and Ohio State, 30-23 in overtime the next week. Otherwise, Wisconsin ran the table on its way to the West Division championship. Wisconsin is on a six-game winning streak coming into the championship game, and in that stretch the Badgers completed road wins against Iowa (17-9), Nebraska (23-17), Northwestern (21-7) and Purdue (49-20). They also have Big Ten home wins against Michigan State (30-6), Dangerous, Page 23

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PENN STATE coach James Franklin holds the Big Ten East Division championship trophy aloft after the Nittany Lions’ 45-12 win over Michigan State at Beaver Stadium on Nov. 26.


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Penn State roster

1 Campbell, Christian 2 Allen, Marcus 2 Stevens, Tommy 3 Thompkins, DeAndre 4 Scott, Nick 5 Hamilton, DaeSean 5 Wartman-White, Nyeem 6 Golden, Malik 6 Robinson, Andre 7 Farmer, Koa 7 Zembiec, Jake 8 Allen, Mark 9 McSorely, Trace 9 Miller, Jarvis 10 Polk, Brandon 11 Bell, Brandon 11 Charles, Irvin 12 Godwin, Chris 12 Smith, Jordan 13 Blacknall, Saeed 14 McPhearson, Zech 15 Haley, Grant 15 Shuster, Michael 16 Fessler, Billy 16 Petrishen, John 17 Taylor, Garrett 18 Holland, Jonathan 19 Brown, Torrence 19 Garrity, Gregg 20 Thomas, Johnathan 21 Oruwariye, Amani 23 Monroe, Ayron 24 Sanders, Miles 25 Walker, Von 26 Barkley, Saquon 27 Johnson, T.J. 28 Apke, Troy 29 Reid, John 30 Givens, Kevin 31 Brown, Cameron 32 Paye, Irvine 33 Cooper, Jake 34 Simmons, Shane 36 Johnson, Jan 37 Alston, Kyle 37 Gulla, Chris 38 Davis, Desi 39 Di Leo, Frank 29 McPhearson, Josh 40 Cabinda, Jason 40 Eury, Nick 41 Cothren, Parker 41 Ladonis, Zach 42 Jordan, Ellison 43 Bowen, Manny 44 Toney, Shaka 44 Yazujian, Tyler 45 Dumond, Joe 46 Castagna, Colin 47 Blair, Will 47 Smith, Brandon 48 Miller, Shareef 49 Joseph, Daniel 51 Gellerstedt, Alex 51 Vranic, Jason 52 Bates, Ryan 52 Cothran, Curtis 53 Dowrey, Derek 54 Windsor, Robert 55 Laurent, Wendy 55 Shelton, Antonio 56 Chavis, Tyrell 57 Gonzalez, Steven 58 Sorrell, Chance 59 Nelson, Andrew 60 Beh, Noah 62 Menet, Michael 64 Simpson, Zach 66 McGovern, Connor 68 Kelly, Hunter 69 De Boef, Adam 70 Mahon, Brendan 71 Fries, Will 72 Gaia, Brian 73 Palmer, Paris 75 Brosnan, Brendan 76 Jenkins, Sterling 77 Wright, Chasz 78 Devenney, Tom 79 Shuman, Charlie 80 Dalton, Danny 82 Shoop, Tyler 83 Bowers, Nick 84 Johnson, Juwan 85 Lutz, Isaac 86 Hodgens, Cody 87 Darien, Dae’Lun 88 Gesicki, Mike 89 Pancoast, Tom 90 Barbir, Alex 90 Sickels, Garrett 91 Monk, Ryan 92 Pasquariello, Daniel 93 Gillikin, Blake 93 White, Antonie 94 Schwan, Evan 95 Davis, Tyler 96 Iyke, Immanuel 96 Vasey, Kyle 97 Buccholz, Ryan 97 Cox, Nick 98 Wombacker, Jordan 99 Julius, Joey 99 Thrift, Brenon


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KENT STATE Sept. 3 Beaver Stadium Result: (W) 33-13 Attendance: 94,378

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at Pitt Sept. 10 Heinz Field Pittsburgh Result: (L) 42-39 Attendance: 69,983

TEMPLE Sept. 17 Beaver Stadium Result: (W) 34-27 Attendance: 100,420


at Michigan Sept. 24 Michigan Stadium Ann Arbor, Mich. Result: (L) 49-10 Attendance: 110,319

MINNESOTA Oct. 1 Beaver Stadium Result: (W) 29-26 Attendance: 95,332

MARYLAND Oct. 8 Beaver Stadium Result: (W) 38-14 Attendance: 100,778

Good, bad and ugly: Lions’ defense, Gesicki catch among highlights ■ The good — This is a list that could go on and on, but there were some things that stood out on Nov. 26: ■ The Penn State defense stepped up again and shut out Michigan State in the second half, allowing just 87 yards after halftime. ■ In the meantime, the Lions’ offense began to exploit MSU’s plan to crowd the box and stop the PSU running game. Touchdown passes of 34, 45, 59 and 40 yards by Trace McSorley overwhelmed the Spartans’ defense and put up 35 unanswered points. ■ Ohio State beats Michigan in double overtime and paves the way for Penn State to claim the Big Ten East championship. Penn State now has more football to play, beginning with the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin. ■ Mike Gesicki’s 45-yard touchdown catch between two defenders at the goal line deserves extra mention. ■ The bad — Saquon Barkley left the game in the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury. While coach James Franklin indicated Nov. 27 that he is optimistic Barkley will play against Wisconsin, this item could move into the ugly column if the injury is at all serious.

Despite Penn State’s win and its East Division championship, both Ohio State and Michigan could still be ranked above the Lions in the final playoff rankings. Ohio State has just one loss (to Penn State) and Michigan has the same record as PSU and won the game between the two. That could be true even if Penn State beats Wisconsin because neither the Buckeyes nor the Wolverines play again until the bowls. ■ The ugly — Penn State fans cheering for Ohio State was pretty ugly; for that matter, Penn State fans even watching the Ohio State-Michigan game, except perhaps to see one of those two teams lose. Also ugly was the number of injuries endured by Michigan State, in this game and throughout the season. The Lions have had their share of problems with injuries, but the Spartans have had it worse, if possible. Both their starting quarterback and featured back were hurt on Saturday. Also, the memories of last season’s loss at Michigan State were uber-ugly, as were a lot of the memories from that entire season. Thankfully, this group of Lions is beginning to erase all of that. — Pat Rothdeutsch

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PENN STATE tight end Mike Gesicki rises above two Michigan State defenders as he prepares to haul in a 45-yard touchdown pass from Trace McSorley on Nov. 26.



Overall: 10-2 Conference: 8-1 Home: 7-0 Away: 3-2 Coach: James Franklin, third season Record at Penn State: 24-14 Overall record: 48-29

Overall: 10-2 Conference: 7-2 Home: 6-1 Away: 4-1 Coach: Paul Chryst, second season Record at Wisconsin: 20-5 Overall record: 39-24

Team leaders

Team leaders

RUSHING Saquon Barkley: 228-1,342 (5.3, 15 TD) Trace McSorley: 134-556 (2.8, 6 TD)

RUSHING Corey Clement: 271-1,174 (4.2, 13 TD) Dare Ogunbowale: 80-470 (5.7, 3 TD)

PASSING Trace McSorley: 184-327, 2,976 yards, 21 TD, 5 INT


RECEIVING Chris Godwin: 47-762, (16.2, 9 TD) Mike Gesicki: 44-610 (13.9, 3 TD)

PASSING Alex Hornibrook: 104-179, 1,243 yards, 8 TD, 7 INT Burt Houston: 69-108, 912 yards, 5 TD, 3 INT RECEIVING Jazz Peavy: 39-582 (14.9, 5 TD) Troy Fumagalli: 38-467 (12.3, 1 TD)

SCORING Tyler Davis: 113 points (21 FG, 50 PAT) Saquon Barkley: 102 points (17 TD)


SCORING Corey Clement: 78 points (13 TD) Andrew Endicott: 61 points (11 FG, 28 PAT)

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at Purdue Oct. 29 Ross-Ade Stadium West Lafayette, Ind. Result: (W) 62-24 Attendance: 33,157

IOWA Nov. 5 Beaver Stadium Result: (W) 41-14 Attendance: 106,194

Depth charts PSU

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OFFENSE QUARTERBACK Trace McSorley, 6-0, 205, Jr. Tommy Stevens, 6-4, 218, So.


OFFENSE QUARTERBACK 12 Alex Hornibrook, 6-4, 219, Fr. 13 Bart Houston, 6-4, 235, Sr.

RUNNING BACK 26 Saquon Barkley, 5-11, 223, So. 6 Andre Robinson, 5-9, 216, So. 8 Mark Allen, 5-6, 181, Jr.

RUNNING BACK 6 Corey Clement, 5-11, 227, Sr. 23 Dare Ogunbowale, 5-11, 205, Sr. 7 Bradrick Shaw, 6-1, 211, Fr.

WIDE RECEIVER-X 12 Chris Godwin, 6-1, 205, Jr. 84 Juwan Johnson, 6-4, 213, So.

FULLBACK 20 Austin Ramesh, 6-1, 251, Jr. 45 Alec Ingold, 6-2, 238, So.

WIDE RECEIVER-Z 3 DeAndre Thompkins, 5-11, 190, So. 11 Irvin Charles, 6-4, 219, Fr. WIDE RECEIVER-H 5 DaeSean Hamilton, 6-1, 205, Sr./Jr. 13 Saeed Blacknall, 6-3, 212, Jr.

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WIDE RECEIVER Rob Wheelwright, 6-3, 211, Sr. Quintez Cephus, 6-1, 195, Fr. Jazz Peavy, 6-0, 184, Jr. George Rushing, 6-1, 192, Jr. A.J. Taylor, 5-11, 194, Fr.

TIGHT END 88 Mike Gesicki, 6-6, 252, Jr. 89 Tom Pancoast, 6-3, 235, Sr.

TIGHT END 81 Troy Fumagalli, 6-6, 248, Jr. 44 Eric Steffes, 6-5, 262, Sr.

LEFT TACKLE 52 Ryan Bates, 6-4, 305, Fr. 76 Sterling Jenkins, 6-8, 328, Fr.

LEFT TACKLE 65 Ryan Ramczyk, 6-6, 314, Jr. 64 Brett Connors, 6-6, 306, So.

LEFT GUARD 57 Steve Gonzalez, 6-4, 334, Fr. 55 Wendy Laurent, 6-2, 297, Sr.

LEFT GUARD 67 Jon Dietzen, 6-6, 333, Fr. 75 Micah Kapoi, 6-3, 334, So.

CENTER 72 Brian Gaia, 6-3, 295, Sr. 55 Wendy Laurent, 6-2, 297, Sr.

CENTER 63 Michael Deiter, 6-6, 325, So. 64 Brett Connors, 6-6, 306, So.

RIGHT GUARD 66 Connor McGovern, 6-5, 310, Fr. 53 Derek Dowrey, 6-3, 323, Sr.

RIGHT GUARD 66 Beau Benzschawel, 6-6, 321, So. 75 Micah Kapoi, 6-3, 334, So.

RIGHT TACKLE 77 Chasz Wright, 6-7, 343, So. 75 Brendan Brosnan, 6-6, 295, So.

RIGHT TACKLE 79 David Edwards, 6-7, 285, Fr. 52 Jacob Maxwell, 6-6, 313, So.

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DEFENSE DEFENSIVE END Evan Schwan, 6-6, 263, Sr. Torrence Brown, 6-3, 257, Jr. Garrett Sickels, 6-4, 260, Sr. Shareef Miller, 6-5, 255, Fr.

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DEFENSIVE TACKLE Parker Cothren, 6-4, 290, Sr. Curtis Cothran, 6-5, 285, Jr. Kevin Givens, 6-1, 275, So. Robert Windsor, 6-4, 305, So.

SAM LINEBACKER 11 Brandon Bell, 6-1, 233, Sr. 7 Koa Farmer, 6-1, 222, So. WILL LINEBACKER 43 Manny Bowen, 6-1, 220, So. 31 Cam Brown, 6-5, 215, Fr. MIDDLE LINEBACKER 40 Jason Cabinda, 6-1, 232, Jr. 47 Brandon Smith, 6-0, 228, Jr. CORNERBACK 15 Grant Haley, 5-9, 185, Jr. 29 John Reid, 5-10, 191, So. 12 Jordan Smith, 5-10, 185, Sr. 1 Christian Campbell, 6-1, 194, Jr. FREE SAFETY 2 Marcus Allen, 6-2, 202, Jr. 28 Troy Apke, 6-1, 206, Jr. 6 4

STRONG SAFETY Malik Golden, 6-0, 205, Sr. Nick Scott, 5-11, 200, So.

SPECIAL TEAMS PUNTER 93 Blake Gillikin, 6-2, 182, Fr. 92 Daniel Pasquariello, 6-1, 197, Jr. PLACEKICKER 95 Tyler Davis, 5-11, 180, Sr. 99 Joey Julius, 5-10, 258, Jr. LONG SNAPPER 44 Tyler Yazujian, 5-11, 235, Sr. 41 Zach Ladonis, 6-2, 236, Sr.

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DEFENSE DEFENSIVE END Alec James, 6-3, 266, Jr. Billy Hirschfeld, 6-6, 290, So. Chikwe Obasih, 6-3, 267, Jr. Billy Hirschfeld, 6-6, 290, So.

NOSE TACKLE 94 Conor Sheehy, 6-4, 288, Jr. 93 Garrett Rand, 6-2, 274, Fr. OUTSIDE LINEBACKER 47 Vince Biegel, 6-4, 245, Sr. 5 Garret Dooley, 6-3, 247, Jr. 42 T.J. Watt, 6-5, 243, Jr. 56 Zack Baun, 6-3, 231, Fr. 43 32 53 51

INSIDE LINEBACKER Ryan Connelly, 6-3, 235, So. Leon Jacobs, 6-2, 238, Jr. T.J. Edwards, 6-1, 244, So. Griffin Grady, 6-3, 211, Fr.

CORNERBACK 25 Derrick Tindal, 5-11, 175, Jr. 12 Natrell Jamerson, 6-0, 188, Jr. 8 Sojourn Shelton, 5-9, 168, Sr. 31 Lubern Figaro, 6-0, 182, Jr.

DECEMBER 1-7, 2016

at Indiana Nov. 12 Memorial Stadium Bloomington, Ind. Result: (W) 45-31 Attendance: 40,678


at Rutgers Nov. 19 High Point Solutions Stadium Piscataway, N.J. Result (W) 39-0 Attendance: 51,366

MICHIGAN STATE Nov. 26 Beaver Stadium Result (W) 45-12 Attendance: 97,418

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DECEMBER 1-7, 2016

Seniors stuck with Lions through darkest days PAT ROTHDEUTSCH

Bowl games, double-digit win seasons and chances to win conference championships are the kinds of experiences a recruit is hoping for when he signs at a school like Penn State. Yet for many of the 17 players who were honored on Senior Day at Beaver Stadium on Nov. 26, none of those things were really possible when they began as freshmen on the Nittany Lions football team. Just before the start of training camp that year, the NCAA announced the sanctions it was leveling against the school as a result of the Sandusky scandal. The sanctions were widePat Rothdeutsch is ranging, harsh and most likely crusha sports writer for ing for a guy who just began a football The Centre County career at a major college. Gazette. Email him They were also an out. at sports@ Any player on the Penn State roster centrecounty could transfer anywhere at any time during the next year free of charge, so to speak. The player would not have to sit out a year as was usually the case. He could play immediately at his new school. Some guys left. Understandably, there was very much deep soul searching among the rest of the team, but with the urging of Penn State students, fans, lettermen, thencoach Bill O’Brien and his staff, and especially that year’s amazing senior class, most stayed to play their football here. The rest is well documented, and the long climb back from that summer is still continuing today in the third year of head coach James Franklin’s tenure. Lost in all the shuffle perhaps was the fact that the 17

players who were honored before the game with Michigan State had the longest journey of all. They were here for everything, from O’Brien’s 0-2 start through last week’s 45-12 demolishing of the Spartans that gave the Nittany Lions their first Big Ten East championship. What a ride it’s been for them, and it’s not over yet. Penn State will play Wisconsin for the Big Ten championship and then, who knows? The possibilities are still wide open. The Nittany Lions are playing for big stakes. The players who walked out onto the field, greeted along the way by Franklin, were linebacker Brandon Bell, wide receiver Gordon Bentley, offensive linemen Tom Devenney, Derek Dowrey, Brian Gaia and Evan Galimberti, wide receiver Gregg Garrity, defensive back Malik Golden, long snapper Zach Ladonis, offensive linemen Wendy Lau-

TIM WEIGHT/For the Gazette

PENN STATE center Brian Gaia, honored at Senior Day on Nov. 26, was part of the class that arrived on campus as the NCAA sanctions were announced in 2012.

rent and Paris Palmer, running back Irvine Paye, defensive lineman Evan Schwan, defensive back Jordan Smith, linebackers Von Walker and Nyreem Wartman-White, and long snapper Tyler Yazujian. Palmer, Wartman-White and Walker were unfortunately injured earlier in the year and are out for the season, but many of the others played and were major contributors in the win over the Spartans. Walker, a special-teams standout from nearby Central Mountain High School, was a two-year captain for the Lions. The careers at Penn State for these seniors will end at a major bowl game, something that looked all but impossible in that summer of 2012. Yet it happened nonetheless, and it happened not as much for this class as it did because of this class.

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PENN STATE defensive back Malik Golden, also recognized on Senior Day, stayed with the Nittany Lions despite the sanctions against the team.


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Penn State notebook: Bowl scenarios abound




What happens now with Penn State? Let’s start with the one thing at this point that is for sure: Penn State will play Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis on Saturday, Dec. 3. After that, things can get very messy and very murky. For the Nittany Lions, the clearest scenario comes into play if they lose the game to Wisconsin. The Lions will then be a three-loss team and will almost surely not be in the running for either the playoff or the Rose Bowl. They would nonetheless still get strong consideration for an at-large bid to one of the New Year’s Six bowl games. If Penn State loses to Wisconsin, it is a good bet that the Nittany Lions would play in the Cotton Bowl against, perhaps, Western Michigan, which is undefeated going into the Mid-American Conference title game Friday, Dec. 2, against Ohio. However, if Penn State wins the Big Ten championship, there would be other possibilities —the Rose Bowl against the No. 1 non-playoff team from the Pac-12 (perhaps USC), or even a spot in the national playoffs. The Rose Bowl, in this case, barring weird things happening during championship weekend, would almost be a certainty, if that’s possible in college football these days. The four teams who are in the playoff now appear to be Alabama (no matter what happens in the SEC title game), Ohio State, Clemson and Washington. If Clemson and Washington win their conference championships in the ACC and Pac-12, respectively, the playoffs appear to be set. If not, the committee has a lot to think about. Its mandate is to choose the four best teams in the country, but it is also supposed to heavily weigh conference champions in its considerations. Penn State would be a conference champion and the only team to beat Ohio State, but would the committee choose a two-loss team as well as two Big Ten teams? It’s impossible to see them move Ohio State out of the playoff from the No. 2 spot without the Buckeyes actually playing a game and after beating Michigan, then ranked No.3, in their last outing. Even Michigan, which walloped Penn Notebook, Page 26 Dangerous, from page 19 Illinois (48-3) and Minnesota (31-17). The Minnesota game, on Nov. 26, was to be for the West title before a Nov. 25 Nebraska loss to Iowa made it a moot point. Wisconsin nonetheless intercepted four Minnesota passes and outscored the Gophers 24-0 in the second half to take the win. As usual, Wisconsin did it with defense and its running game. The Badgers ran for 210 yards and four touchdowns against Minnesota and gave up only 286 yards. For the season, Wisconsin averages 201 yards per game on the ground and has outrushed its opponents by more than 1,000 yards. Its foes average just more than 100 yards per game and have only seven running touchdowns. The Badgers do allow 191 yards per game through the air, and eight touchdowns on the season, but that fact doesn’t seem to hurt them. They give up just 13.7 points per game, and teams have scored a total of only 17 touchdowns. Throw in 31 sacks and 21 interceptions, and the Badger defense shapes up as being very tough against the run and pass. Quarterbacks Alex Hornibrook and senior Bart Houston have combined to complete 173 of 288 passes for 2,155 yards and 13 touchdowns. Hornibrook, a freshman out of Malvern Prep in West Chester, has taken most of the snaps; he’s thrown for 1,243 of the yards and eight touchdowns. Corey Clement leads the running game with an average of 103 yards per game and has a total of 1,174 yards and 13 touchdowns for the season. Dare Ogunbowale (470 yards), Bradrick Shaw (395) and Jazz Peavy (263) follow Clement.

John Dixon Last week: 12-0 Overall: 121-39

Samantha Chavanic Last week: 9-3 Overall: 119-41

Pat Rothdeutsch Last week: 8-4 Overall: 110-50

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Kerry Webster Last week: 8-4 Overall: 77-30

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Peavy is also the top receiver with 582 yards and five touchdowns on 39 catches. Troy Fumagalli (467 yards) and Robert Wheelwright (436 yards) aren’t far behind. In all, Wisconsin likes to control the ball and use its defense to wear teams down. The 30 points Ohio State scored, which included the overtime, was the most Wisconsin gave up all season. Penn State will enter the game with a giant question mark because of the thirdquarter ankle injury to star running back Saquon Barkley against Michigan State. The day after the game, Franklin said he was confident that Barkley would play against Wisconsin. No matter what Barkley’s status will be, Wisconsin will still have to contend with a balanced and dangerous Lion offense. Running backs Mark Allen, Andre Robinson and Miles Sanders have all shown flashes. Michigan State chose to stop the run against the Lions and was very successful (just 77 yards rushing for PSU), but that left Godwin and the other Penn State receivers one-on-one, something that has become increasingly troublesome for Penn State opponents. Wisconsin does have an edge in that this will be the Badgers’ fourth appearance in the championship game. They lost in 2014 to eventual national champion Ohio State, but they beat Michigan State in 2011 and Nebraska in 2012. In contrast, this will be Penn State’s first shot at a Big Ten title game (the contest started in 2011), but such things do not seem to matter much to the Nittany Lions. There have been many firsts for them this season.


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As tourney starts, PSU seeks consistency JASON ROLLISON

A trying 2016 women’s volleyball season has Penn State head coach Russ Rose concerned about his team as the NCAA tournament begins Saturday, Dec. 3. “The reality is we’ve lost nine matches; six in conference,” Rose told reporters after the team’s three-set win over Northwestern on Nov. 25. “Do I think we’re one of the top Jason Rollison 16 teams in the counis a sports try? When we won 15 commentator. matches in a row, I Email him thought we were at a at jason@ high level. Do I think piratesbreakdown. we are a threat to win com. it all? With our body of work right now … there are two programs with players playing volleyball who have won championships: Penn State and Nebraska. “I hope that counts for something,” Rose finished. Despite his reservations, Penn State’s body of work did result in a top 16 seed, as the 16th-seeded Penn State will host the first two rounds at Rec Hall on Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3. Penn State draws 16-14 Long Island-Brooklyn in the first round Friday, and if it advances will play the winner of 24-8 Pittsburgh vs. 30-1 Dayton on Saturday. “If we don’t serve well, we’re in trouble. We’re not a great blocking team, and not a great defensive team. Serving well can

hide weaknesses,” Rose said. “Ours is not a team that is striking fear into people with our defensive play.” Indeed, Rose has at times felt perplexed by how well his team has performed in 2016. Rose takes pains to keep an even keel when his team is playing well. When it has played down to the competition at times, he has flat-out opined that they “quit.” When his charges beat top-ranked teams such as Minnesota, Rose seems to be able to see past the win and point to the flaws. Call it a psychological ploy if you wish, but Rose clearly knows that his 2016 team does not carry the talent that his last round of national championship-winning programs displayed. Despite solid overall performances from juniors Ali Frantti, Haleigh Washington and Simone Lee, among others, this version of the women’s volleyball program is — fairly or not — judged by the teams that came before it. After playing the entire season in the toughest conference in the NCAA and having enough talent to beat anyone on any given night, the Nittany Lions can easily go on a run and change their coach’s perception. qqq Despite their shortcomings, the 2016 team had several impressive statistical feats, on a team and individual level. In terms of hitting percentage, Penn State ranked tied for first in the Big Ten with a .290 clip. Washington led the Big Ten in this metric with a .453 rating, 59 points higher than her nearest competitor. Despite Rose’s statement that his squad is not a very good defensive team, they held opponents to a .173 hitting percentage, good for second in the conference. Lee powered the Lions’ attack all sea-

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PENN STATE’S Haleigh Washington, seen in last year’s NCAA tourney opener vs. Howard, led the Big Ten in hitting percentage this season. son, so it is not surprising to see her name atop the kill leaderboard. Not only did she lead the Big Ten in kills per set at 4.20, she also had the season-high single-match kill mark with 30 in the win over then-No. 1 ranked Minnesota. For good measure, she tailed 27 kills at Michigan in October, good for third. All told, Lee had four of the top 25 performances in terms of single-match kill tallies. Rose provides a stoic image on the bench, but freshman Kendall White serves as a fiery extension of her coach on the

court. Serving in the important libero position for nearly the entire year, White put together a fantastic first campaign in Happy Valley. Ranking third in digs per set with 4.18 and posting the second-best single-match dig tally with 32, White rose to the challenge of stepping into a daunting first year in the Big Ten. As a team, Penn State ranked fourth in average attendance per home match, packing Rec Hall with an impressive 3,359 fans per contest.

Penn State wrestlers face stiff test from Lehigh By ANDY ELDER

UNIVERSITY PARK — Through two dual meets and a tournament, the No. 2 Penn State wrestling team has dominated, yet to be challenged. That may end at noon Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Bryce Jordan Center. The Nittany Lions will resume action after a two-week hiatus that included Thanksgiving break and face an annual challenge — a dual meet with intrastate rival Lehigh. Penn State has wrestled Lehigh more than any other opponent and holds a 6734-3 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to 1911. Coach Pat Santoro’s Mountain Hawks figure to make the 105th meeting, to be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network, competitive. Lehigh, ranked No. 12 and undefeated at 3-0, features eight ranked wrestlers, including three higher than their Nittany Lion opponents. At this writing, neither team had released projected lineups, but based on InterMat’s Nov. 22 rankings and early season competition, 18 of 20 starters could be ranked. Lehigh will challenge Penn State right out of the gate if the match starts at the usual 125 pounds. Mountain Hawk junior

Darian Cruz, ranked No. 4, is one of three Top 5 wrestlers for Lehigh. The elder Cruz brother, senior Randy, is ranked No. 3 at 141. Senior 165-pouder Mitch Minotti is ranked No. 5. Those three are ranked higher than their Nittany Lion counterparts and figure to give the Mountain Hawks their best shots at wins, but not their only ones. Darian Cruz vs. sixth-ranked Nick Suriano at 125 promises to rev up a crowd that could approach 16,000 fans, as previous BJC duals have. Randy Cruz looks to repeat his 4-0 win over 16th-ranked Jimmy Gulibon in Bethlehem last February. Two-time All-American Minotti figures to be a stern test for 10th-ranked freshman 165-pounder Vincenzo Joseph. Lehigh is evenly matched with Penn State at two other weights as well. Sophomore Scott Parker, ranked No. 18 at 133, takes on 12th-ranked Jered Cortez. And, at 285 pounds, No. 11 senior Doug Vollaro is paired with No. 8 Nick Nevills. Penn State has favorites at the other five weights: 149, No. 1 Zain Retherford vs. No. 9 senior Laike Gardner; 157, No. 1 Jason Nolf vs. No. 15 freshman Jordan Kutler; 174, No. 12 Shakur Rasheed vs. No. 19 sophomore Ryan Preisch; 184, No. 3 Bo Nickal vs. freshman Kyle Gentile; and 197,

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COACH CAEL SANDERSON and his Penn State wrestling team face a challenging dual meet with Lehigh on Dec. 4 at the Bryce Jordan Center. No. 13 Matt McCutcheon vs. senior Ben Haas. The Nittany Lions are riding a six-match

winning streak against the Mountain Hawks, dating back to consecutive Lehigh wins in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.

Lady Lions split pair at San Juan Shootout Special to the Gazette UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State women’s basketball team split two games over Thanksgiving weekend at the San Juan Shootout in Daytona Beach, Fla. The split left the Lady Lions’ record at 4-2 heading into a Nov. 30 matchup at Boston College in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. (That game was after Gazette press time.) In the San Juan shootout, Georgetown scored the first eight points of the game Nov. 25, but from that point on it was a nip and tuck affair until the Hoyas used a fourth-quarter spurt to hand the Lady Lions a 68-54 defeat. The game featured four ties and eight

lead changes, the final coming courtesy of a Dionna White steal and score with 2:10 to play in the third quarter. Penn State tied the game on two more occasions, including at 47 points in the fourth quarter on a Peyton Whitted layup with 8:22 to play, but the Hoyas had an answer each time. Penn State’s bench outscored Georgetown’s subs, 21-10, and the Lady Lions owned a 31-30 edge on the boards, but the Hoyas owned the edge in nearly every other category. Georgetown turned 18 Penn State turnovers into 28 points and ended with a 24-16 edge in the paint. With her fifth rebound of the game, Whitted secured her 500th career rebound. The senior is just the 33rd member of Penn

State’s 500-rebound club, joining teammate and fellow Georgia native Kaliyah Mitchell. Teniya Page led the team in the scoring for the 15th time in her career with 16 points, adding four assists, one rebound and one steal. In the shootout opener on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, Penn State defeated Georgia State 69-42. Freshman Jaida Travascio-Green led the Lions with a career-high 18 points, including five makes from 3-point range on seven attempts. The rookie connected on 6-of-8 shots from the floor and added a career-high six rebounds to her total. For the third straight game a Lady Lion ended with a double-double, as Whitted

logged her first of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. It was the eighth such effort of her career, as she connected on 6-of-10 shots, including her first 3-pointer of the season. She added one assist, one steal and two blocked shots in the game. Redshirt-freshman Amari Carter scored 10 points and Lindsey Spann tallied 11 points to put four players in double figures for the third time in five games for Penn State. Sophomore Page, who played a career-low 24 minutes, scored nine points to go along with six rebounds, three assists and three steals. After the trip to Boston College, the women return home for a game Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. against Marshall.



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Lions top Georgia Tech in ACC/Big Ten Challenge Associated Press

UNIVERSITY PARK — Shep Garner’s confident if he’s not making shots, one of his teammates will. It’s why Penn State’s Garner had no qualms — despite having the hot hand himself in the Nittany Lions’ 67-60 win over Georgia Tech on Nov. 29 — swinging the ball to Josh Reaves, who’s still working off some rust after a preseason leg injury forced him to miss the first five games. Reaves made good on Garner’s pass with Georgia Tech threatening. He pulled up on his sore left leg and sank his first 3-pointer of the season along with any hopes the Yellow Jackets had for a comeback. “He picked a huge spot in the game to get his first 3,” Garner said. “We’re proud of him. My teammates put the ultimate confidence in me and I put the ultimate confidence in my teammates.” Garner didn’t let them down. He scored 17 points and Mike Watkins added 12 and grabbed 12 rebounds to help secure the win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge game. Penn State (5-3) led for 20:57, including most of the second half, and closed out the game on a 10-5 run keyed by Reaves’ shot. It was one of just four 3-pointers that landed for the Nittany Lions, who attempted 15.

“We didn’t make shots, but we found a way,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. “And that’s a sign of a team that’s maturing, growing up.” Quinton Stephens led Georgia Tech (4-2) with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Ben Lammers had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Okogie added 13 points for the Yellow Jackets. The teams spent more than six minutes tied, and swapped the lead seven times in the first half before Penn State took control with a 7-0 run. Okogie gave Georgia Tech its last lead on the first shot of the second half. His 3-pointer put the Yellow Jackets up 31-30 before Penn State jumped back out front. Okogie pulled his squad into a tie with another 3 to make it 39-39 with 13 minutes remaining.


The Nittany Lions continued their recent run of success against the ACC. Penn State won for the seventh time in the last 10 tries in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games. It was also the second win of the week for Penn State, which defeated George Washington, 74-68, on the road Nov. 26.

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PENN STATE football coach James Franklin, here being interviewed after the Nittany Lions’ Nov. 26 victory over Michigan State, was named Big Ten Coach of the Year by the media.

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James Franklin was named the Dave McClain Big Ten Coach of the Year as selected by the conference’s media Nov. 29. Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by the conference’s coaches. Penn State, at 10-2, is set to play Wisconsin on Saturday, Dec. 3, for the Big Ten title. The Nittany Lions are currently riding an eight-game winning streak, including an upset victory over No. 2 Ohio State. Penn State is ranked No. 7 in the College Football Playoff poll. In addition to Franklin’s honors, Penn State kicker Tyler Davis was selected to the All-Big Ten first team by the coaches and second team by the media. Notebook, from page 23 State in September but lost two of its last three, might still be in the discussion. And what about the ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 champs? If all the favorites win, the committee will have a much easier puzzle to put together. The fact that we’re talking about college football here, however, almost ensures that will not be the case. Nothing like this happened in the first two years of the playoff system, so it will be more than interesting to see how the committee arrives at the four “best” teams in college football.


Penn State head coach James Franklin and his staff are rightly considered to be aggressive and extremely effective recruiters. So far, both of Franklin’s recruiting classes have been “ranked” among the top 15 groups in the country (how a class of players can be ranked without even stepping onto a practice field is a discussion for


Defensive end Garrett Sickels garnered second-team All-Big Ten accolades from the coaches and third-team honors from the media. Defensive end Evan Schwan was selected to the All-Big Ten third team by both the coaches and media, while linebacker Jason Cabinda and Marcus Allen each claimed third team honors from the coaches and were named to the media’s honorable mention team. Also on the Big Ten honorable mention squad were senior linebacker Brandon Bell, true freshman punter Blake Gillikin, junior defensive tackle Parker Cothren and sophomore cornerback John Reid. Senior long snapper Tyler Yazujian is Penn State’s sportsmanship selection. All-Big Ten offensive awards were to be announced on Nov. 30, after Gazette press time. another day). That was done coming off of seasons when Penn State hovered around the line of bowl-eligibility and won one bowl game and lost another. What would Franklin and his staff be able to do after a double-digit win season and an appearance in a major bowl game? We are about to find out. The current list of 2017 commitments grew to 15 after the Michigan State win when Penn State picked up its first true defensive tackle. Fred Hansard, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound tackle out of the Hun School in Princeton, N.J., committed to the Lions after an official visit over the weekend. Hansard apparently committed earlier to Florida, but changed his mind and will join the Nittany Lions next season. Penn State also picked up a commitment from Zack Kuntz, a 6-7, 218-pound tight end from Camp Hill, to join the class of 2018. That group now has five members, and all of them are highly regarded prospects (four stars or higher). Pretty good week then for the Nittany Lions, both on and off the field.

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PENN STATE fans have had a lot to cheer about lately. They’ll have to wait until Dec. 4 to find out where the Nittany Lions will go bowling.

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Walk down the streets of Bellefonte during Victorian Christmas, being held this year Friday, Dec. 9, through Sunday, Dec. 11, and you may feel as though you have landed in a Dickens tale or a Hallmark Christmas movie setting. If you happen to go there on Friday during the day, you can visit the Centre County Library for activities. Later in the day, by 5 p.m., you might see a horse-drawn carriage stationed at the Brockerhoff on Allegheny Street, ready to carry travelers to the opening ceremony at the Bellefonte Elementary School. Next, make your way to the Central Connie Cousins Pennsylvania Institute of Science and covers a wide Technology to view dozens of trees variety of events in dressed in holiday splendor. Voting Centre County for will be vigorous for these trees, which the Centre County are the efforts of many professional Gazette. Email her and civic groups in the area. There is at ccous67@gmail. even an auction this year on a few of com. the trees that can be carried home to decorate a lucky family’s home. What if you can only get to town on Saturday? Your choices are numerous and varied. If registered, you can participate in a breakfast with Santa and the Victorian Christmas children’s party at Lambert Hall at 8:30 a.m. Santa said in a phone interview, “I have been coming to breakfast with Santa for more than 30 years. When I first came there, the activity was the project of the hospital auxiliary. “They give me a chair in the back of Lambert Hall, and kids can sit on my lap as soon as they come in or after their breakfast. One thing I know that is new this year is a puppet show.” Santa also said he is always ready for his visit and enjoys the time with the kids. Sally Houser, one of the chairs of the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas, said, “We are excited that Adam Swartz is offering two puppet shows this year at breakfast with Santa at Lambert Hall and later at 3:30 p.m. at the Bellefonte Middle School.” Swartz will present “A Christmas Carol” as a puppet performance.

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2016 Bellefonte Victorian Christmas highlights Below are some highlights of the 2016 Bellefonte Victorian Christmas celebration, scheduled for Friday, Dec 9, through Sunday, Dec. 11. For a full schedule of events, see page 29. ■ Opening ceremony Visitors are invited to the opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Bellefonte Elementary School. Dickens and Company and the Bellefonte Community Band will greet visitors on the front steps. Inside, the Nittany Knights, elementary grade school choirs and other performers will provide entertainment in the auditorium. A cookie-and-punch reception provided by Bellefonte Moose Lodge No. 206 will be held in the hallway immediately following the opening ceremony. ■ Horse-drawn carriage rides In addition to the regularly scheduled carriage rides offered Friday, unique and intimate rides — whether a special tour of the town or a carriage ride to dinner or the opening ceremony — will be available on request. Rides are weather permitting and reservations should be made early. Price is $9.50 per person, with children 2 and younger riding for free. Hours for rides are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Rides depart from the Brockerhoff on Allegheny Street. For pricing and reservations, email melissa.hershey@ ■ State College Community Theatre, Dickens strolling characters, singers and musicians Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob and Mrs. Cratchit and the Fezzwigs will be featured, just to name a few. Play along as they engage the good citizens of Bellefonte and visitors in various conversations and charitable works. Sponsored by North Shore Railroad and Nittany Bald Eagle Railroad. ■ Arts and crafts show Dozens of artists, artisans and crafters will be displaying their wares for holiday gifting. The Victorian Christmas Arts and Crafts Show is presented in cooperation with

the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association and the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Committee. There are two arts and crafts venues; one is located at the YMCA downtown on High Street and the other is at Bellefonte Middle School on School Street. Food concessions will be available at both venues. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. ■ Visit Santa’s House Be there as Santa arrives at 11:45 a.m. Saturday on the Diamond in front of the courthouse. Santa’s House is free and is open noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. ■ Victorian teas for children Children’s teas will be held at the Little House on West Howard Street behind the Centre County Historical Museum. Parents must accompany children to the museum. Teas will take place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $10 per child. For reservations, contact Cindy Sassman at (814) 3551305. ■ Bellefonte Women’s Club homes tour Tour four decorated homes and two historic churches at your own pace, in any order you choose, from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Included on the tour are the following: the home of Mac and JoAnn McKenzie, 502 E. Curtin St.; Pisgah, the home of Dr. Kevin and Carol Burke, 229 W. Linn St. (most easily reached from West Curtin Street); the home of J. Kelly and R. Sweeney, 441 N. Spring St.; St. John’s Church of Christ, 145 W. Linn St.; First Presbyterian Church, 203 N. Spring St.; and the home of Gary and Susan Hoover, 136 E. Burnside St. The event is presented in cooperation with the Bellefonte Women’s Club and the Homes Tour Committee. Pre-event tickets and brochures with a full listing of homes on the tour will be available at Plumbs Drug Store, Woodring’s Bellefonte and the train station in Bellefonte.


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Tickets also will be available the day of the tour at the YMCA HBI booth and at each home on the tour. Adults are $15, and children younger than 12 are $5. ■ Dinner with Mr. Dickens and Company Visitors will be the guests of Charles Dickens at 6 p.m. Saturday at the American Philatelic Society, 100 Match Factory Place. The family holiday party will include games, merry skits and theatricals, live music and caroling, and, possibly, the Yorkshire yawning contest. Victorian costumes are encouraged, but not required. Dinner includes a pasta buffet, fresh greens salads, rolls, Christmas cookies, punch, coffee and iced tea. Cost is $25 per adult and $10 per child or student; seating is limited. Reservations and pre-payment are required; call (814) 548-7847. Tickets can be picked up at Helen Foxx & Co., or at the door the evening of event. The dinner is sponsored by North Shore Railroad and Nittany Bald Eagle Railroad. ■ Breakfast with Santa and Victorian Christmas children’s party Children are invited for free crafts and activities, plus a visit with Santa, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Lambert Hall on Blanchard Street. Chip Mock Caricatures and the Adam Swartz Puppet Show will be featured. A full breakfast sponsored by the Bellefonte Kiwanis and Pizza Mia also is available, and is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Seating is limited. Children’s activities are sponsored by Historic Bellefonte Inc. ■ Centre County United Way’s Festival of Trees Bellefonte Victorian Christmas welcomes the United Way’s Festival of Trees as part of the weekend. This community event will help usher in the holiday season by transforming the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, located on Harrison Road in Pleasant Gap, into a winter wonderland, with decorated trees,

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R 2016 Bellefonte Victorian Christmas schedule


9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Used book sale, plus CDs and DVDs, Centre County Library, 200 Allegheny St. 4 to 8 p.m. — Festival of Trees, Central Pennsylvania Institute, 540 N. Harrison Road 5 to 8 p.m. — Horse-drawn carriage rides, departing the Brockerhoff on Allegheny Street 6:30 p.m. — Opening ceremony and entertainment, Bellefonte Elementary School, 100 W. Linn St.


8:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Breakfast with Santa and Victorian Christmas Children’s Party, Lambert Hall, corner of Blanchard Street and Forge Road 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Festival of Trees, CPI, Harrison Road 9a.m. to 4 p.m. — Kids’ “Elf on the Shelf” search, Hooks and Needle Club craft sale and book sale at the Centre County Library, 200 Allegheny St. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Arts and crafts show and sale, YMCA, 125 W. High St., and Bellefonte Middle School, 100 N. School St. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Bellefonte Art Museum display and sales, 133 N. Allegheny St. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Free shuttle bus between Bellefonte Middle School and Bellefonte High School parking lots, on the Diamond downtown, corner of Allegheny and Linn streets and CPI Festival of Trees 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Centre County Library bake sale, 200 Allegheny St. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Centre County Library Historical Museum tours and concerts, 203 Allegheny St. 10 a.m. — Toot-In- Common concert, Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard St. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Centre County Historical Museum tours, 203 N. Allegheny St. 11 a.m. — Holiday story times with Mrs. Claus in Children’s Garden, behind the Centre County Historical Museum, 203 N. Allegheny St. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Picker & Papa, strolling downtown

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Horse-drawn carriage rides, departing the Brockerhoff on Allegheny Street 11 a.m. — Penn State Graduate Brass Quintet, Trinity UMC, 128 W. Howard St. Noon to 4 p.m. — Santa’s House open on the Diamond Noon — Nittany Valley Youth Flute Choir, Trinity UMC, 128 W. Howard St. 1 p.m. — Children’s tea at the Little House, 129 W. Howard St., behind the Centre County Historical Museum 1 p.m. — Penn State Graduate Woodwind Quintet, Trinity UMC, 128 W. Howard St. 1 p.m. — Holiday sing-along and Christmas piano music with Judy and Frank Shue, Centre County Library Historical Museum, 203 N. Allegheny St. 1 p.m. — Victorian high tea with entertainment, Reynolds Mansion, 101 W. Linn St. 1 to 2:30 p.m. — Dan & Galla Christmas Show, Bellefonte Middle School, 100 N. School St. 2 to 7 p.m. — Bellefonte Women’s Club Homes Tour, six locations 2 p.m. — The Curtin Family Ensemble, Trinity UMC, 128 W. Howard St. 3 p.m. — Children’s tea at the Little House, 129 W. Howard St. 3 p.m. — Tir Na Nog Irish dance performance, Trinity UMC, 128 W. Howard St. 3 p.m. — Victorian high tea with entertainment, Reynolds Mansion, 101 W. Linn St. 6 p.m. — Dinner with Dickens and Company, American Philatelic Society, 100 Match Factory Place 7:30 p.m. — Bellefonte Community Band Concert featuring the Nittany Knights, Bellefonte High School theater, 830 E. Bishop St.


10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Free shuttle bus between Bellefonte Middle School and Bellefonte High School parking lots, on the Diamond downtown, corner of Allegheny and Linn streets and CPI Festival of Trees 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Horse-drawn carriage

rides, departing the Brockerhoff on Allegheny Street 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Arts and crafts show and sale, YMCA, 125 W. High St., and Bellefonte Middle School, 100 N. School St. Noon to 3 p.m. — St. John’s Evangelist open house, 134 E. Bishop St. Noon to 4 p.m. — Historic tours and James Byrnes blown glass handcrafted ornaments on sale, Centre County Library Historical Museum, 203 N. Allegheny St. Noon to 5 p.m. — Bellefonte Art Museum displays and sales, 133 N. Allegheny St. Noon to 4 p.m. — Santa’s house open on the Diamond Noon to 4 p.m. — Festival of Trees, CPI, 540 N. Harrison Road 1 p.m. — Victorian high tea with entertainment, Reynolds Mansion, 101 W. Linn St. 2 p.m. — Children’s tea at the Little House,129 W. Howard St. 2 p.m. — Centre Heritage Singers, Trinity UMC, 128 W. Howard St. 3 p.m. — Callanish concert, Trinity UMC, 128 W. Howard St. 4 p.m. — Victorian handbell choir concert, Faith United Methodist Church, 512 Hughes St. 7:30 p.m. — Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Community Choir Concert, Bellefonte High School theater, 830 E. Bishop St.


Free parking is available at the Bellefonte High School and limited parking is available at the Bellefonte Middle School. From the high school parking lot, buses will take visitors to the Bellefonte Middle School, then onto the Diamond in front of the courthouse. On Saturday only, there will also be a specially marked bus at the high school parking lot and on the Diamond that will travel to the Festival of Trees at CPI on Harrison Road.


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Highlights, from page 28 entertainment and food. Proceeds will help support 37 Centre County United Way partner agencies. The Festival of Trees is open from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $2 for adults and $1 for children. A free shuttle for the Festival of Trees will be available at Bellefonte High School and on the Diamond from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. ■ Victorian concert The Victorian Christmas Handbell Choir and Faith Church Christmas Choir will present a combined concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Faith Church, behind the high school. There is no admission charge; free parking is available. ■ St. John Evangelist Sunday open house The doors of St. John Evangelist will be open noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. St. John Evangelist began as a parish in 1828, with its first church building completed 1831. Its members were Irish and German immigrants and the parish included both Bellefonte and six outlying towns. From 1884 to 1889, the current church was built directly beside the older one and a rectory built on the opposite side of the new church. The smaller church remained in place, used as a school building until razed by church members to make room to build a new school auditorium. In 1890, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Highlights, Page 30

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Highlights, from page 29 Heart of Mary, began a school on the premises, which continues today with lay teachers. A Moeller mechanical action (“tracker”) bellows organ, manufactured in 1895, transferred from Pittsburgh as a gift and installed in St. John’s rear gallery in 1902, remains in daily use and in good condition. An electric blower has replaced the bellows. Around the early 1900s, the St. John sanctuary was enhanced with elaborate decorations and the addition of three marble altars and a marble communion rail. Much of this was required to be changed in 1968 to conform to Vatican II guidelines. During the past 12 months, the St. John sanctuary has been totally redecorated and many of the pieces removed in 1968 have been restored. Church members will be on hand to greet visitors and give tours. ■ Dan & Galla perform Dan & Galla are bringing their Christmas show to the Victorian Christmas Arts and Crafts Show from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bellefonte Middle School cafeteria. Dan & Galla’s spirited entertainment captures the sense of wonder and joy of the holidays, from “Merry Olde England” to the classic carols of the season with a Dickens, from page 27 some venues, and for a special full-dining experience on Saturday at 6 p.m., those who have been fortunate to order tickets will dine with Dickens and Company at the American Philatelic Society. The home tour is a big draw every year for out-of-town visitors and locals. The Bellefonte Women’s Club and the Homes Tour Committee sponsor the tour, which includes four beautifully decorated homes and two historic churches this year. The tour happens Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Plumb’s Drug Store, Woodring’s and the train station.

few novelty tunes thrown in for good measure. This light-hearted show is fun for all ages. ■ Bellefonte Community Band Christmas concert This free concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bellefonte High School theater, 830 E. Bishop St., is one of the musical highlights of Victorian Christmas. Hear sacred and secular favorites performed by Bellefonte’s Community Band, with new director Joshua Long. The band will be joined by the sounds of the Nittany Knights. ■ Trinity United Methodist Church concerts Visitors can come in out of the cold and enjoy as many free concerts as they like Saturday and Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard St. Saturday’s schedule of performances includes: Toot-in-Common, 10 a.m.; Penn State Graduate Brass Quintet, 11 a.m.; Nittany Valley Symphony Youth Flute Choir, noon; Penn State Graduate Woodwind Quintet, 1 p.m.; Curtin Family Ensemble, 2 p.m.; and Tir Na Nog (Irish dance, held in Trinity Education Building), 3 p.m. On Sunday, the Centre Heritage Singers will perform at 2 p.m. and Callanish will perform at 3 p.m.

■ Centre County Library events The Centre County Library’s used book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in the library’s Book Closet. The sale will feature adult and children’s books, CDs and DVDs. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, kids can search the library to find the hidden “Elf on the Shelf” for a sweet surprise. The used book sale continues Saturday, and patrons can fill a bag for just $5. Handmade crafts from the library’s Hooks and Needles Club also will be for sale, and a holiday bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will benefit the library. The library is located at 200 Allegheny St. ■ Centre County Library Historical Museum events Celebrate Bellefonte’s Victorian history with free guided tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Centre County Library Historical Museum, 203 Allegheny St. Hot cider and treats will be available, and visitors can purchase glass-blown handmade ornaments created by James Byrnes for sale in the Pennsylvania Room. Listen to live performances by local musicians, featuring the museum’s 19th-century Steinway grand piano. At 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Christmas story time with Mrs. Claus will be featured in the Children’s Garden. After sto-

ries, children can have their photos taken with Mrs. Claus on the carved and decorated story time chair. At noon Saturday, a folk Christmas concert with Anne-Marie Hildebrandt will take place, followed at 1 p.m. by a holiday singalong and traditional Christmas piano music with Judy and Frank Shue. ■ Gingerbread house contest See the winners and all the creative entries in this annual contest. Categories include adults, teens, children and senior citizens. Prizes will be awarded and announced at the opening ceremony on Friday. All entries will be exhibited from Tuesday, Dec. 20, through Saturday, Dec. 31, in the windows of Diamond Deli, 103 N. Allegheny St. ■ Grand finale community choir concert Bellefonte Victorian Christmas’ “grand finale” takes place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the theater of Bellefonte High School on East Bishop Street. Organizers recommend getting there early for a good seat. Tricia Androccio, director of the community choir concert, has a fine repertoire planned. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted at the door. A cookie-and-punch reception will be provided after the concert by the Bellefonte Moose Lodge No. 206.

On the day of the tour, you can purchase tickets at each home on the tour and at the YMCA HBI booth. “The tour is work, yes, but I enjoy it,” said Susan Hoover, owner with her husband, Gary, of a home that will be featured on the tour. “My parents’ home was on the tour in the 1950s and I remember that well.” Hoover said that one year her parents added the second floor to the tour of their home — but forgot to tell the kids. “We could not believe our mother did that. There was a lot of scrambling, putting shoes under the beds and straightening as we heard footsteps coming up the stairs!”

The Hoovers bought their home, located at 136 E. Burnside St., in 1999. It was built in the 1880s and has a Mansard roof. “The tour is more about the people enjoying life and sharing their homes with others than about a certain level of decorating,” said Hoover. In her home, she has certain artifacts from her grandparents and will have a list of items or architectural features to try to spot as you walk through the house. A separate open house is planned for St. John’s Evangelist Church on East Bishop Street from noon to 3 p.m. The church sanctuary has been redecorated and is well worth a stop for those taking in Victorian

Christmas activities. Church members will be on hand to welcome visitors. “This is my seventh year as a chair of this event,” said Houser. “I and the other chairs have shared the duties. Renee Brown takes care of the facilities and their decorations, Romayne Naylor has charge of the concerts and the arts and crafts venues, Rondi Neshteruk arranges the opening ceremonies and the children’s activities, and I have handled the troops, the marketing and the finances. “We need people, especially younger people, to step up and continue this wonderful tradition.”

Arts & Craft Show Saturday, December 10th 9am to 5pm Sunday, December 11th 11am to 4pm Bellefonte YMCA & Bellefonte Middle School

December 9 - 11, 2016 Dinner with Dickens & Company You will be the Guests of Mr. Charles Dickens for a family holiday party. An evening of Games, Merry Skits & Theatricals, Live Music and Caroling, and possibly the Yorkshire Yawning Contest. Victorian Costumes encouraged but not required. Includes Dan Pasta Buffet, Fresh Greens Salad, Rolls, Christmas Cookies, Punch, Coffee, & Iced Tea General Public Invited, 6:00 p.m., Saturday, December 10th American Philatelic Society, 100 Match Factory Place $25.00 per Adult; $10.00 per Child or Student Reservations & Pre-payment Required. Seating is limited Cash, Check, & Credit Card Reservations – 814-548-7847 Ticket may be picked up at Helen Foxx & Co. or at the door the evening of event. Sponsored by North Shore & Nittany Bald Eagle Railroad

Adam Schwartz's Puppets Are bringing Mr. Dickens to Victorian Christmas Two Showtimes! At Breakfast With Santa 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. At The Arts & Crafts Show Middle School 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Brian Belge Dickens Troupe returns, bringing the seasonal magic of Charles Dickens to Bellefonte Victorian Christmas. You will see the troupe’s strolling characters, carolers, and musicians with appearances at the Opening Ceremony, the Victorian High Teas, the Arts & Crafts show, the Family Dinner Theatre and on the streets of Bellefonte all weekend long.

Dan & Galla’s spirited entertainment captures the sense of wonder and joy of the holidays, from ‘Merry Olde England’, to the classic carols of the season with a few novelty tunes thrown in for good measure. This light-hearted show is fun for all ages. Join Dan & Galla ~ at a magical time of year! Bellefonte Middle School Saturday, December 10th 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Victorian Teas for Children Children’s Tea at the Little House on W. Howard Street behind the Centre County Historical Museum. Parents must accompany children to the museum. Saturday, December 10th, 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 11th, 2:00 p.m. $10.00 per child For reservations contact Cindy Sassman 814-355-1305

Santa’s House Be there as the Bellefonte High School Brass Band welcomes Santa at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday. Free on the Diamond The Santa House is open: Saturday & Sunday 12:00noon – 4:00pm

Breakfast with Santa & Victorian Christmas Children’s Party Children are invited for free crafts and activities, plus a visit with Santa. If desired, they can also have a full breakfast for a small fee. Chip Mock Caricatures and Adam Schwartz Puppet Show. The breakfast sponsored by the Bellefonte Kiwanis and Pizza Mia. The children’s activities sponsored by Historic Bellefonte, Inc. Saturday, December 10th from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Lambert Hall, Blanchard Street Breakfast: $6 per adult; $3 per child. Seating is limited

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New dancers bring unique expression to ‘The Nutcracker’ By ANNE WALKER

UNIVERSITY PARK — One of the region’s most cherished traditions will return to Eisenhower Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, when the curtain opens on Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania’s “The Nutcracker” ballet. Despite its familiarity, each new season brings new dancers to the many different roles, and each dancer brings unique expression to his or her character. The plot has little variation. A little girl named Marie (Clara Pollock and Vivienne Booz) receives a nutcracker on Christmas Eve. In the middle of the night, a battle ensues between toy soldiers and an army of mice. The Nutcracker (Axel Shultz) comes to life and he and Marie proceed to the Land of Sweets. Here they meet the Sugarplum Fairy (Alyssa Boob), the Snow Queen (Madelyn Wolf), the Chinese, Arabian, Spanish and Russian dancers and waltzing flowers. At a recent rehearsal of the battle scene,

choreographer Rebecca Maciejczyk led a couple dozen dancers through the intricate steps and formations that will define the scene. “This scene needs a lot of work,” she told her dancers, “but that’s OK. This happens every year.” As the rehearsal progressed, the chaos indeed began to turn into something else. With two distinct factions fighting it out, the group representing soldiers armed with candy canes engaged a fierce squad of mice, led by Mary Rose Valentine as Mouse King, in a prolonged rumble. Each side moved through the syncopated leaps, hops and footwork with precision and strength. Valentine wielded a double-headed battle axe, which ultimately proved no match for a slipper thrown by Marie. “This year we made a new role for the boys in the battle,” Maciejczyk said, “We try to extend roles for boys.” Robert Fulton, from the Allegheny Ballet, will dance the role of the Cavalier, the Sugarplum Fairy’s partner. Boob, who recently studied at the Bolshoi School, will dance Sugarplum for the

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first time this year. The Penns Valley junior said, “With the partnering experience, I have to always think about where to put my arms and how to use my weight.” Fulton will also dance the role of Snow King, partnering with Wolf. Both attend State College Area School District. “He’s very experienced and a great partner,” Wolf said. Both Wolf and Boob will don the elegant gossamer tutus and shimmering satin toe shoes that so enchant young audiences. “I hope children watching are like I was at that age,” Boob said, “thinking that it would be amazing to be up there on stage.” “The Nutcracker’s” longevity, its color, rhythm, sparkle, satin and sweeping melodies built a tradition vital to the survival of small ballet schools throughout the nation. On a corkboard in the lobby at PASCP

hangs a list of ballet terms with the English translations and explanations of each French expression. These words, the articulated backbone of the art form, comprise one small segment of a universal culture constructed on the strength, grace, stamina and discipline that one generation of dancers hands down to the next.

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AROUND & IN TOWN ‘Telepoem Booth’ to bring poetry to State College By GEOFF RUSHTON

STATE COLLEGE — A new project will bring an artistic attraction to downtown State College that allows visitors to dial up a poem. A “Telepoem Booth” will be installed this spring, thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation Donor-Advised Fund at Centre Foundation. The phone booth lets anyone step inside, choose a poem from a directory, dial the number and hear the poem. Retired art teacher and State College resident John Ziegler discovered the idea on a trip to Flagstaff, Ariz., where artist Elizabeth Hellstern created the first Telepoem Booth. The one in State College, location to be determined, will be the second in the nation. “The Telepoem Booth is an interactive art project,” Ziegler said. “It will provide our community with great accessible poetry, contemporary and classic, through a nostalgic delivery. Much of the work will come from local poets at (Penn State), the public and private schools, as well as the poets living in our retirement communities, and also well-known poetry from the public domain.” Ziegler is leading the project along with Sarah Russell, Steve Deutsch, Katie Bode-Lang and Mary McGuire. They will be collecting local poetry submissions and coordinat-




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ing the recordings by accepted poets before finalizing the installation of the booth in the spring. “This booth will add another element of whimsical fun and art to downtown State College,” Centre Foundation executive director Molly Kunkel said in a release. Ziegler added that he was excited to have the foundation support an art project that can be enjoyed by all. “The grant through Centre Foundation has made possible a project that benefits people of all ages right in the heart of downtown State College,” he said. Poetry submissions are due by Sunday, Jan. 1, using an online form. Submissions are open to all local community members, from children to retirees, and up to five poems may be submitted. Each poem should be no more than 40 lines. Any topic is encouraged, but sexually graphic and/or hateful content will not be considered. Previously published poems may be submitted, with credit given to the original publisher, and all rights will be retained by the author. “Poems on any topic are welcome, as long as they fit the submission criteria,” Russell said. “This includes narrative, free and rhymed verse and slam poetry. We want folks to have fun and maybe even be inspired when they pick up the receiver and dial a poem.” For more information, email telepoembooth@gmail. com or visit the project’s Facebook page, www.facebook. com/telepoem.

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da del Gracioso,” dedicated to his friend and music critic Michel-Dimitri Calvocoressi. Highlighting the program is a double concerto for viola and alto saxophone written by Israeli-born composer Tamar Muskal titled “Walk the Labyrinth.” Commissioned by the Williamsport Symphony and premiered in February 2016, the twomovement composition features Penn State faculty violist Timothy Deighton and

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra will present its final concert of the fall 2016 semester at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in Eisenhower Auditorium. The program includes a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s final symphony and Maurice Ravel’s orchestration of “Albora-

guest saxophonist Carrie Koffman, a faculty member at the Hartt School, University of Hartford. The orchestra is conducted by Gerardo Edelstein. Tickets are $12 for the public and $4 for students. Tickets bought in advance for School of Music concerts in Eisenhower Auditorium are sold at a 40 percent dis-

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new pieces of art for the annual show and sale, which is curated by Dotty Ford. An opening reception will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, with a children’s art activity from 1 to 4 p.m. During the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas celebration, there will be special hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 (with a free children’s activity), and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Gift certificates will be available.

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AROUND & IN TOWN WHAT’S HAPPENING To be included in What’s Happening, submit your events by Wednesday one week prior to publication to or mail information to The Centre County Gazette, ATTN: What’s Happening, 403 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801.


Bookmobile — Centre County Library Bookmobile is a fully accessible library on wheels. Look for it in your community and join Miss Laura for story times, songs and fun. Visit . Safety checks — Mount Nittany Health sponsors free car seat safety checks from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at its Boalsburg location, 3901 S. Atherton St., State College. Certified car seat safety educators will check to make sure car seats are installed correctly. Call (814) 466-7921. Club — The Schlow Knitting Club meets at 5:30 p.m. every first and third Monday. Knitters of all skill levels are welcome. Visit Book workshop — AAUW’s Used Book Workshop is open 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 176 Technology Drive in Boalsburg Technology Park. During workshop hours, book donations may be made directly to the “AAUW Deliveries” door; blue donation bins are available at the driveway entrance for days the workshop is not open. Visit or call (814) 466-6041. Club — The Centre Region Model Investment Club meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month in the Mazza Room at the South Hills Business School, 480 Waupelani Drive, State College. Call (814) 2348775 or contact Performance — The Nittany Knights practice at 7:15 p.m. every Monday at South Hills School of Business and Technology, Visitors Welcome. 480 Waupelani Drive, State College. Visit Support group — A drug and alcohol support meeting for families struggling with loved ones’ addictions is held at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Watermarke Church, 116 S. Spring St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 571-1240. Club — The Nittany Valley Writers Network meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, September to November and March to May, at the Schlow Library Community Room, 211 S. Allen St., State College. The group also meets for monthly socials from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every fourth Tuesday at Mad Mex, 240 S. Pugh St., State College, and for breakfast from 7 to 8 a.m. every third Wednesday at the Waffle Shop, 1610 W. College Ave., State College. The group is open to writers of all genres and levels of experience. Email Meeting — The Centre County Advisory Council to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission holds a meeting the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the State College Municipal Building, 243 S. Allen St., State College. Meetings can also be broadcast to laptops and iOS or Android devices, or participants can join by phone. Call (814) 689-9081. Meeting — The State College Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. at the Hotel State College, 100 W. College Ave., State College. Visit www.statecollege Support group — The Home Nursing Agency hosts a free grief support group from 2 to 3:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month at its Centre County office, 450 Windmere Drive, Suite 100, State College. Call (800) 445-6262. Meeting — The Nittany Baptist Church will be holding Master’s Clubs for children ages 3 to 11 and small groups for teens and adults at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the church, 3939 S. Atherton St. Visit Healing circle — A healing circle will be held from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at Inspired Holistic Wellness, 111 S. Spring St., Bellefonte. Contact Beth Whitman at beth@inspiredholisticwellness. com or call (814) 883-0957. Support group — The Bellefonte chapter of the Compassionate Friends Support Group, which offers understanding, friendship and hope to bereaved families and friends following the death of a child, holds a meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second Wednesday every month at St. Johns Catholic Church, 134 E. Bishop St., Bellefonte. Contact Peg Herbstritt at (814) 353-4526 or mherb162@ Thrift shop — The State College Woman’s Club Thrift Shop will be having “Open Thursdays” from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 902 S. Allen St., State College. Call (814) 238-2322.


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Community meal — A free hot meal is served from 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Community Cafe, 208 W. Foster Ave., State College. Meeting — The Nittany Valley Model Railroad Club meets every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Old Gregg School, 106 School St., Spring Mills. Call (814) 4227667. Meeting — The State College Toastmasters meet from 6 to 8 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at Mission Critical Partners, 690 Grays Woods Blvd., Port Matilda. Visit statecollegetoastmasters.toastmastersclubs. org. Meeting — The State College Alliance Church hosts a Christian Recovery meeting every Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 1221 W. White Road, State College. Visit www. Pet adoption — Nittany Beagle Rescue holds an adoption event from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday at Petco, 40 Colonnade Way, State College. Call (814) 692-4369. Pet adoption — Pet adoptions are held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday at Tractor Supply Co., 965 Benner Pike, State College. Call (814) 867-3337. Pet adoption — A kitten and cat adoption event is held from 2 to 8:30 p.m. every Saturday at Petco, 40 Colonnade Way, State College. Call (814) 238-4758.


Craft sale — The SERRV International Handcrafts Sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 1 to 3, Dec. 8 to 10 and Dec. 15 to 17 at Faith United Church of Christ, 300 E. College Ave., State College. Call (814) 237-3904. Craft sale — Centre County Historical Society will hold its Stocking Stuffer Antiques, Art and Fine Craft Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Centre Furnace Mansion, 1001 E. College Ave., State College. Admission is $5. Email Craft sale — Our Lady of Victory Catholic Daughters of America will host a craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, in the activity center behind the church, 820 Westerly Parkway, State College. Bazaar — A Christmas bazaar, bake sale and lunch will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday Dec. 2, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 3, at Park Forest Village United Methodist Church, 1833 Park Forest Ave., State College. Adult program — Being Heard, a writing program for Centre County seniors, meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on various Thursdays through Dec. 22 at the Bellefonte Senior Center. Call (814) 355-6720.


Event — The authors of “All American Boys” will discuss their book at 7 p.m. at the Downtown Theatre, 146 S. Allen St., State College. Email Performance — Penn State’s Inner Dimensions and Outer Dimensions jazz ensembles will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I, University Park. Email


Performance — Arietta Women’s Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S. Garner St., State College. Suggested donation is $10 per person. Email Performance — Cabinet will perform at 8 p.m. at The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College. Call (814) 272-0606.

Performance — The fifth annual Flutopia Initiative Food Bank “Fa La La” concert will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. at Robert M. Sides Family Music Center, 1801 N. Atherton St., State College. Admission is a monetary or canned good donation for the local food bank. Event — St. Johns United Church of Christ will hold a live Nativity scene at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at 218 N. Church St., State College. Email joyousucc@ Event — Webster’s Bookstore will hold its WTMP New Deal Holiday Extravaganza dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and show at 7:30 p.m. at 133 E. Beaver St., State College. Dinner is $40; show is $15. Email


Event — University Baptist and Brethren Church will hold its Alternative Christmas Fair, offering an opportunity to give donations to nonprofit organizations, at 11 a.m. at 411 S. Burrowes St., State College. A children’s fair and lunch also will be available. Email office@ubbcwelcome. org. Event — There will be a reception and childrens’ art activity from noon to 4 p.m. at Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, 133 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Artists will items for sale. Email Event — A holiday home tour will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. to benefit The Park Forest Preschool. Tickets will be on sale at local businesses and at the school. Contact Gail Addison Guss at Performance — Joyful Noise will hold a free Christmas concert at 3:30 p.m. at Curtin United Methodist Church, Howard. Refreshments will be served. Contact Larry at (814) 355-9588.


Kids’ program — Pre-school story time, with a “Gingerbread Friends” theme, will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m at Centre Hall Area Branch Library, 109 W. Beryl St., Centre Hall. Performance — State College Presbyterian Church will host traditional German Christmas songs and classical music performances at 8 p.m. at the church, 132 W. Beaver Ave., State College. Email


Kids’ program — “Mother Goose on the Loose,” a musical rhyming adventure for infants and toddlers, will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Holt Memorial Library, 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Call (814) 342-1987. Blood drive — The seventh annual Bleed Blue at Beaver Stadium Blood Drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy food from DelGrosso’s and enter to win four tickets to a 2017 Penn State football game. Free parking; appointments are recommended. Call (800) RED-CROSS.


Event — The Centre Region Active Adult Center will host a “Coasters for Christmas” craft at 9:30 a.m. at 2901 E. College Ave., State College. Call (814) 231-3071. Kids’ program — Pre-school story time will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Centre County Library, 200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-1516. Event — The Pennsylvania Military Museum will hold a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Tribute at 12:45 p.m. at the museum, 51 Boal Ave., Boalsburg. Call (814) 466-6263. Event — Appalachian Outdoors will host a “Pint Night,” with all proceeds benefiting the Youth Service Bureau, at 6 p.m. at 123 S. Allen St., State College. Email


Craft show — The 41st annual Winter Craft Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Mount Nittany Middle School, 656 Brandywine Drive, State College. Email Kids event — The Elves Gift Shop fundraiser, an opportunity for children to shop for inexpensive gifts, will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Park Forest Middle School, 2180 School Drive, State College. Event — Penn State Habitat for Humanity will host its Gingerbread House Build and Christmas Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 208 W. Foster Ave., State College. Email Grace Davis at gdd5042@ Event — Holt Memorial Library will hold a used book sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the basement of Holt Memorial Library, 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg.

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Downtown Improvement District joins holiday celebration By HARRY ZIMBLER

STATE COLLEGE — As the holiday season kicks into high gear, the Downtown Improvement District is playing a major role in ensuring an atmosphere of celebration. At the center of the season is the DID’s partnership with Penn State that establishes the local Military Appreciation Week. “We kicked it off at the November First Friday event,” said George Arnold, executive director of the DID. “With the approval of my board, I asked businesses to make a donation to the Penn State Military Student Fund. We received donations from 60 businesses totaling more than $7,500

so far. I’m sure we’ll finish over $8,000. We think this program is a huge accomplishment for the university and downtown.” Coming up on two weekends, Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, is the annual Polar Express event. More than 1,200 children and their families are expected to take part. The Polar Express begins at the Schlow Center Region Library. Library volunteers read the book of the same name to participants, who then ride a trolley car to the State College Municipal Building. There, they enter Santa’s workshop. Children can purchase one toy and also get pictures taken with Santa. This event is free, but registration is required.

December’s First Friday event will take place Friday, Dec. 2. “Our theme this year is a Dickens festival,” said Arnold. “We will have actors portraying characters from Dickens’ novels. We will also have dancers and carolers from the Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania.” The First Friday event will include a number of community groups, such as Faith United Church and the Waskob Gallery. As for the health of the Downtown, Arnold pointed to several developments. “It is great to see new life on Fraser Street,” he said. “Many local business owners are being ‘discovered,’ now that Target and H&M are open. It’s definitely a desti-


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FOUR SOUTH HILLS SCHOOL accounting program graduates who work at Shaner Corp. recently spoke at their alma mater. The four provided a history of their company, described their work roles and touched on professionalism within the accounting field. More than 20 South Hills alumni are currently employed by Shaner, which owns and manages hotels on a national and international level. South Hills’ Career Services Office arranged the professional development seminar. Pictured, from left, are South Hills career services coordinator Ellen Spinelli, Shaner accountants Brandon Lannan, Carrie Tofa, Marty McKinley and John Laidlaw, and South Hills accounting instructor Wendy Eismont.

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The following property transactions were compiled from information provided by the Centre County recorder of deeds, Joseph Davidson. The Gazette is not responsible for typographical errors. The published information is believed to be accurate; however, the Gazette neither warrants nor accepts any liability or responsibility for inaccurate information.


Kurt P. Kroeker and Lydia E. Kroeker to Jacob D. Fischer and Megan C. Fischer, 390 E. Linn St., Bellefonte, $217,500. Nancy M. Gordon Estate and William N. Gordon, adminstrator, to Maria A. Day and Nathaniel B. Day, 203 N. Thomas St., Bellefonte, $73,000.


Spirit SPE Portfolio 2007-2 LLC to 84 Properies LLC, 150 Aqua Penn Drive, Milesburg, $787,197. Mark S. Davis and Brenda L. Davis to Wayde Johnson, 247 Circle Road, Bellefonte, $184,900.


Jerry A. Witherite and Judith A. Witherite to Scott A. Levan and Corrine M. Levan, 441 Musselman Road, Pine Glen, $80,000.


Alfred S. Hubbard and Cathleen T. Love to Herbert Wolfe, 198 Aberdeen Lane, State College, $122,500. Shiloh Investors LLC to Doreen Perks, 200 Jefferson Ave., Suite 227, State College, $195,000. Lucille H. Ripka to Lucille Ripka Irrevocable Grantor Trust and Dennis R. Ripka, trustee, 2511 Shawn Circle, State College, $1.

Scott W. Confer to Scott W. Confer and Vicki L. Confer, 373 Deer Ridge Road, Orviston, $1.


Loren N. Crispell III and Jennifer M. Crispell to Sean M. Daffron and Sarah J. Daffron, 296 Gemar Ave., State College, $254,900. Miriam Jessie St. Clair to Daniel T. Pietropolo and Abby L. Pietropaolo, 2282 Bristol Ave., State College, $248,000. M. Christie Warner to Steven J. Plazio, 161 E. Chestnut St., Pine Grove Mills, $114,800. Shipp A. Brown and Judy H. Harlacher-Brown to Patrick T. Beckerle and Rosanne M. Beckerle, 3955 W. Whitehall Road, State College, $470,000. James A. H. Irwin and Elizabeth M. Irwin to Team Rahal of State College Inc., 3650 W. College Ave., State College, $501,000. GRD Partnership to Brewneer Realty Two LLC, 247 Circle Road, Bellefonte, $420,000. Emma G. Bence and Robert F. Carline and Marguerite C. Carline, 1244 Westerly Parkway, State College, $304,000.


Paula C. Glunt to Paula C. Glunt and Chad C. Glunt, 133 Ayva Lane, Spring Mills, $1. William M. Rickert to Carol A. Kustaborder, Michael E. Kustaborder and Bradley J. Kustaborder, 2511 Shawn Circle, State College, $1.


Richard W. Sims and Norrine E. Sims to Shipp A. Brown and Judy Harlacher-Brown, 247 Circle Road, Bellefonte, $300,000.


Brent D. Martin and Alison R. Martin to Brent


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PLEASANT GAP — Centre County residents now have another option when it comes to the daily care and grooming of their furry friends. Dog Valley Daycare, located at 485 E. College Ave. in Pleasant Gap, opened Nov. 28. Dog Valley Daycare is a 2,500-square-foot, full-service dog daycare, grooming facility and training center. With nearly an acre of “play area,” the facility is equipped to handle any size, shape or breed of dog, according to Nancy Sommer, owner and operator. “When our clients leave their dogs with us for the day, we want them to know that they are in the best of hands,” said Sommer. “We are dog people, and we know that they are family.” Dog Valley Daycare will be open 7 a.m. to 6 p. m. Mondays through Fridays. Grooming and training services will be available by appointment. For more information, call (814) 933-4604 or visit



D. Martin, 140 Belle Ave., Boalsburg, $1. King Guy Properties LLC to Frederick J. Kissinger LP, 229 Timberwood Trail, Boalsburg, $210,000.

C. William Heald and Judith W. Heald to Mark T. Sharer and Amy L. Sharer, 406 Upper Georges Valley Road, Spring Mills, $770,000.


Dorothy Peck to John Peck, 587 Miller Road, Philipsburg, $1.

Russell J. Koleno, Rusell Koleno and Becky S. Koleno to Becky S. Koleno, 500 Maurer Lane, Julian, $1.


Justin Johnson, Sarah Hoover and Sarah T. Johnson to Sarah T. Johnson and Justin M. Johnson, 401 Iddings St., Milesburg, $1.


Michael A. Ortiz and Kristen L. Ortiz to Darren Flint, 200 Camelot Lane, State College, $174,750. Thomas McCarthy and Elizabeth McCarthy to Dennis P. Fallon, 133 Ghaner Drive, State College, $156,500. Copper Beech Townhome Communites EIG to Yanping Cui and Ziming Wang, 688 E. Oakwood Ave., State College, $265,000. Copper Beech Townhome Communites EIG to Haocheng Shi, 680D Oakwood Ave., State College, $260,000. Amy M. Williams and Deron M. Williams to Living Spring Management, 658 E. Oakwood Ave., State College, $218,000. Richard A. Wilkinson to Deron Williams and Amy Williams, 136 Glenndale Drive, Port Matilda, $303,500.


Michael A. Matyasovsky, Jennifer Lynn Siegenthaler and Jennifer Lynn Matyasovsky to Michael A. Matyasovsky and Jennifer Lynn Matyasovsky, 202 Sinking Creek Road, Spring Mills, $1.




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Dorothy J. Morgan to Dorothy J. Morgan Income-Only Trust and Cynthia M. Angeline, trustee, 226 Morgan Lane, Snow Shoe, $1. Victor J. Burns and Sharon L. Burns to Victor J. Burns and Sharon L. Burns, 146 Brick Lane, Snow Shoe, $1.


Robert W. Stewart and Jeri Lynn Stewart to Edward R. Mistal and Deborah J. Mistal, 296 Gemar Ave., Bellefonte, $179,000. Vicki L. Confer to Vicki L. Confer and Scott W. Confer, 401 S. Main St., Pleasant Gap, $1. Gaylord Wilson to Karen L. Snyder and Beverly J. Sturdivant, 1244 Westerly Parkway, $1.


Gregory A. Griffith and Patricia A. Griffith to 230 W. Irvin LLC, 230 W. Irvin Ave., State College, $222,500.


Ben B. King and Naomi Mae King to Reuben S. Esh and Sadie S. Esh, 105 Shop Lane, Howard, $220,000. Benjamin Robert Black and Autumn Joy Black to Megan Sunderland, 312 Fieldstone Lane, Bellefonte, $135,000. — Complied by Lana Bernhard




nation.” Arnold said that many local residents and business people have commented that the Fraser Centre brings a cosmopolitan flavor to the downtown. Construction on the Fraser Centre and the Metropolitan continues. Arnold also pointed to the new Martin Luther King Plaza that is currently under construction on Fraser Street. “The brick walkways were deteriorating and the borough decided to take action. With input from the community, they decided to create the new plaza.” Arnold said the plaza will be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. “We expect the plaza to be completed in May or June of 2017, weather permitting.”


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

Extra Capacity plus with lint alert, Kenmore Dryer for sale $275. OBO, Includes sneaker drying rack. Used by a single male, so very low usage. This dryer is in excellent condition! the motor was replaced approx. 1 year ago by Tom’s appliance. (814) 237-5278

Fall Cleanup, Snow Blowing, Leaf Blowing, General Landscaping, Electrical, Carpentry, Mulch, Plumbing, Driveway Sealing, Deck Stain & Painting

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ANTIQUE COLLECTIBLE TINS Large collectible tins. MFB tin, about 16” high, $12; Bachman pretzel tin, about 12” high,$5; Johnson’s candy tins, about 7” high, $5 each. 814-237-2024. CALLS ONLY, NO EMAIL!

MATT WALK’S FIREWOOD & LAWN CARE Seasoned, Barkless, Oak Firewood. Cut to your length, Split, & Delivered. Year round firewood sales. Lawn Care services available too.

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Sears Kegerator Refrigerator, like new, asking $150 obo., Call (814) 349-5943 FOR SALE: Binoculars. 7x35 tasco brand with case. $10 (814) 486-3262 HANOVER Coal Burning Heater, good condition, asking $500, Call (814) 571-0168


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FOR SALE: Exercise Bike for feet or arms. will work on floor or table. $20 (814) 486-3262

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Baseball Card Collection- Over 200,000 cards, excellent condition. Very Special Price $950. No Individual Card Sales. Call 814 571-0038. JOEPA COCA COLA TRAY and PENN STATER TRIBUTE MAG Limited Edition metal 13x18 serving tray. Released 1977 & numbered, #65665. Also, a Richie Lucas autograph. $125. CALLS ONLY 814-237-2024

HOMEMADE DOLL CLOTHES For 18” and AG Dolls Various homemade outfits and single pieces for 18” and American Girl dolls. Single pieces are $5.00 each. There are sleeveless, short sleeve, and long dresses and shorts, pants, and skirts with tops. Outfits range in price $7.00 - $12.00 per outfit. (814) 548-7900



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WIRELESS NETWORK EXTENDER Get better Verizon cell phone service. Verizon Wireless Network Extender. One year old. $99. (814) 238-7529


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TANNING Bed for salon or home use. Best offer. (814) 222-0480 VARIETY Of L’Amour Books, 50+ books, asking $25/box. Call (814) 625-2007

FOR SALE: 2 slide trays for projector. $8 (814) 486-3262


MURRY 42” Riding Lawn Mower Deck, excellent cond., asking $100, Call (814) 571-6143

JOHN DEERE Snow blower. 38” width model LT. Good Condition. Asking $350. Call (814) 422-8720

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Quality Control (QC) Technician II First Quality Tissue, an industry leading manufacturer of paper towel and bath tissue products is looking for a Quality Control (QC) Technician II for our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Lock Haven, PA. This position is primarily responsible for performing finished product lab testing, visual inspections and assisting with plant trials when necessary. The QC Tech II is a 12-hour, night shift position. Qualifications: • Standard knowledge of computers and basic office software. • Familiarity with a formal Quality System (ISO 9000, GMP/ QSR, etc.) preferred. • Math skills including algebra required; statistics knowledge a plus. • Attention to detail, mechanical aptitude, good verbal and written communication skills. • Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment. • High school diploma or equivalent required. • Post-secondary education or experience in quality or laboratory testing preferred. First Quality provides a safe, clean work environment with excellent wages and benefits including bonus and incentive programs, medical/dental benefits, 401k plan with company contribution, recognition programs, education assistance opportunities and a work schedule that provides a great work, life balance.

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Maintenance Supervisor First Quality Enterprises, Inc. (FQE), founded in 1988, is a global multi-billion dollar privately held company with over 4,200 employees. Its corporate offices are located in Great Neck, New York, with manufacturing facilities and offices in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, Canada, and China. FQE is a diversified family of companies manufacturing consumer products ranging from Absorbent Hygiene (adult incontinence, feminine care, and baby care), Tissue (bath and towel), and Industrial (non-woven fabrics, print and packaging materials, thermoformed plastics), serving institutional and retail markets throughout the world. FQE focuses on private label and branded product lines. Our core business philosophy is built on a proud culture driven by safety and quality, respect, humility, integrity, customer focus, and teamwork. With leading edge manufacturing technologies and processes and visionary leadership, FQE is positioned to continue significant growth in the coming years. We are seeking an experienced Maintenance Supervisor for Nutek Disposables, a manufacturing facility located in McElhattan, PA. This position will be responsible for supervising, directing, and coordinating the training and work of all maintenance personnel who maintain, troubleshoot, repair, and adjust the machinery, equipment, and components. Prepares work schedules, assigns work and oversees the progress of work assignments. The ideal candidate should possess the following skills: • High school diploma or equivalent and three to five years of Supervisory experience required. • Advanced knowledge of technology and mechanics. • Standard knowledge of product specifications, quality specifications, goals, efficiency, scrap, and production. • Strong leadership, communication, and analytical skills. • Ability to work in a team oriented environment.

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Demand Planner First Quality Enterprises, Inc. (FQE), founded in 1988, is a global multi-billion dollar privately held company with over 4,200 employees. Its corporate offices are located in Great Neck, New York, with manufacturing facilities and offices in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, Canada, and China. FQE is a diversified family of companies manufacturing consumer products ranging from Absorbent Hygiene (adult incontinence, feminine care, and baby care), Tissue (bath and towel), and Industrial (non-woven fabrics, print and packaging materials, thermoformed plastics), serving institutional and retail markets throughout the world. FQE focuses on private label and branded product lines.


Our core business philosophy is built on a proud culture driven by safety and quality, respect, humility, integrity, customer focus, and teamwork. With leading edge manufacturing technologies and processes and visionary leadership, FQE is positioned to continue significant growth in the coming years. We are seeking an experienced Demand Planner for our First Quality Consumer Products facility located in North Central PA (McElhattan, near the campus of Penn State University). This position will be responsible for the development, maintenance and communication of the demand plan for a diversified portfolio of First Quality customers and products. This person will create the demand plan by incorporating a variety of business intelligence sources such as statistical models, POS information and sales/marketing insights. This position acts as the commercial team’s voice to the manufacturing side of the business and has a tremendous impact on overall business performance. Primary responsibilities include: • Develop and maintain the demand plan at the SKU and customer level. • Review historical trends, maintain statistical models and account of various demand drivers that impact demand plan results. • Work with sales, marketing and customer service to better understand and interpret market factors that will impact the demand plan. • Be proficient at using SAP-APO as the primary forecasting and demand planning tool. • Provide inputs and insights to production planning as part of the organization’s manufacturing plan, inventory strategy and new product introductions. • Develop and maintain phase-in/phase-out profiles in SAP, in support of product transitions and new product introductions. • Develop and maintain KPI reporting that tracks the accuracy of the demand plan and drives improvements in plan performance. • Facilitate effective communication between the manufacturing and commercial sides of the organization. • Schedules and lead meetings with both production and customer service to review schedules and determine priorities as needed. • Support S&OP by supplying multi-year time horizon demand plans, risk and opportunity insights and key metrics needed to support the success of the program. The ideal candidate should possess the following skills: • Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Operations/Supply Chain Management or related field, or a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience. • High analytic acuity. • Experience with ERP systems, preferably SAP. • Strong communication skills both written and verbal. • Ability to interact with all levels of the organization and customers. A demonstrated ability to develop strong working relationships. • Excellent computer skills particularly with Microsoft Excel. If you are looking for the beauty of all four seasons, North Central Pennsylvania is the place for you! There is something to do for everyone – offering numerous state parks and recreational areas for camping, hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, skiing, boating, and so much more. The area also offers reasonable home prices, safe schools, friendly neighbors, and picturesque settings.

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Families Welcome. Our dedicated team at Penn State Medical Group is inspired to care for your family. Call 814-235-2480 to make an appointment. Located at 1850 E. Park Avenue, Ste 207 in State College. /statecollege

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