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Oliver prepares for transition to judge By SAMANTHA BASTRESS correspondent@centrecountygazette.com

STATE COLLEGE — As the year comes to a close, McQuaide Blasko’s Katie Oliver is preparing to transition from attorney to Centre County judge. Oliver, who was elected into the vacancy on the Centre County Court of Common Pleas Nov. 3, is the second woman to be voted into this judicial office. The first to be elected was current Judge Pamela A. Ruest, in 2007. Oliver is replacing Judge Bradley Lunsford, who announced his retirement in September. Oliver studied at both Bucknell University and Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, where she graduated first in her class. “I’ve always had a passion for the justice system, and the study of it,” said Oliver. Oliver has been an attorney at McQuaide Blasko for 20 years, joining the firm right

“IT’S ABOUT helping to empower people to resolve their own disputes. It takes a lot of creativity and a lot of patience. I think it’s a really powerful tool and a great process.” Katie Oliver

Centre County judge after her graduation from law school. At McQuaide Blasko, Oliver worked primarily in civil litigation. She handled a wide variety of cases, including business disputes and medical malpractice cases. “In today’s world it’s becoming more and more unusual; people are specializing more. But I actually really like that diverse work,” said Oliver, when discussing the types of cases she undertook. In addition to her work as an attorney,

Oliver has also worked pro bono on mediation cases for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. “It’s about helping to empower people to resolve their own disputes. It takes a lot of creativity and a lot of patience,” Oliver said. “I think it’s a really powerful tool and a great process.” Since November’s election, when she defeated Republican nominee Ron McGlaughlin with more than 52 percent of the vote, Oliver has been developing the skills necessary to serve as a Centre County judge. “I’ve been participating in the board of judges meetings, meeting with the other judges and sitting in on some of the court proceedings that I am not as familiar with at this point. I feel like I have a foot in each world,” Oliver said. As a Centre County Court of Common Pleas judge, Oliver will hold office for a term of 10 years beginning in January.

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The Force draws fans from across area By CHRIS MORELLI

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STATE COLLEGE — The Force is strong in Centre County. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opened last week at the two State College movie theaters — Premiere 12 and College 9. Crowds were big and lines were long at both locations as die-hard fans waited for hours to check out the latest film in the popular science fiction saga. According to Suzanne Downey, assistant manager at the Premiere 12 at 125 Premiere Drive, the demand for the latest installment of “Star Wars” has been unprecedented. “(Last) Friday and Saturday, we had 18 showings each day. We had 14 2-D showings and four 3-D showings,” Downey explained. “It was very busy. We had hundreds and hundreds of people all day. We had long lines but it moved quickly. We’d get a theater three-quarters filled and then people would start going to the next theater. It never got crazy, it was just very constant. It was actually very nice.” The strong opening was no surprise. The film logged the biggest domestic opening in history, collecting $238 million in the United States and Canada. It also set records in countries including Britain, Germany, Australia and Russia. Force, Page 6 TIM WEIGHT/For the Gazette

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Care for People provides options for in-home care for elderly By ALEXA LEWIS news@centrecountygazette.com

BELLEFONTE — As the state budget impasse is stalling any major streamlining to in-home care for elderly and disabled residents, other local options remain affordable alternatives. Care for People, located in Bellefonte, is a company that hires independent caregiver contractors to deliver hourly or 24-hour care to the elderly at an affordable rate, almost matching the costs of inhome care programs that accept government assistance. “Care for People receives no state funding, so it is Opinion ............................ 7 Health & Wellness ............ 8

not impacted by the state impasse,” said company founder JoAnn Knupp. Former Gov. Tom Corbett expanded the availability of in-home care to low-income residents through waivers, which allowed the percentage of individuals receiving nursing home care and those receiving home assistance to reach a better 50-50 split. Then, in February, Gov. Tom Wolf said he would aim to extend in-home care to an additional 5,500 individuals through Medical Assistance waivers and the Option Personal Care Program, shifting the Care for People, Page 5

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Front and Centre TASTY GIFTS: Christmas is here, and if you are still scrambling to find that perfect last-minute gift, the Blonde Cucina has an idea for you! She has plenty of recipes that will fill the void on your list. Page 12 DELECTABLE DELIGHTS: Students at Centre Hall-Potter Elementary School took part in the annual gingerbread house project. Page 13

ROAD TRIP: The Penn State wrestling squad made the most of a recent trip to Lawrenceville, N.J., picking up a 38-4 victory over Rider. Page 20 WONDER WOMAN: Carol Winkelblech, of Aaronsburg, began powerlifting at the age of 57. She’s now older, wiser and a powerlifting champion. She sat down with the Gazette’s Connie Cousins to talk about her success. Page 24

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STATE COLLEGE — In what seems to be a growing trend in recent weeks, State College police have reported another theft at the Benner Pike Walmart. A press release from the department said that they are investigating two suspects who allegedly robbed the superstore Dec. 21. According to police, a white male and female took a laptop and a pair of Beats headphones from the store and were caught on surveillance cameras snatching the electronics. The male is described as “stocky with what appears to be brown hair and glasses ... wearing a black shirt, green and black hooded jacket, and a blue baseball cap.” The female, who can be seen walking with him, is described as “heavy-set with curly blonde hair, a striped shirt, and a dark colored jacket with orange lining.” Police ask that anyone who has any information on the incident or can iden-

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SCASD approves proposed preliminary budget By ALEXA LEWIS news@centrecountygazette.com

STATE COLLEGE — The State College Area School District board of directors on Dec. 21 unanimously approved the proposed preliminary budget for 2016-17. The proposed budget includes a tax increase of 4.32 percent covering referendum debt payments, according to a press release. This breaks down to 2.4 percent under the Act 1 Index limit, which regulates the rate at which each school district can raise property taxes in the state, and 1.92 percent for referendum debt exceptions. The district must tax to the Act 1 limit, which is the proposed 2.4 percent, to take advantage of tax exceptions. The district administration recommends that the board take all referendum debt tax exceptions. While the board can

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STATE COLLEGE — State College police reported that a metal knight statue was stolen from a downtown storefront. According to the press release, a white male was seen taking the statue at around 11 a.m. Nov. 12 from Gift Adventures. The retail store is located at 137 E. Beaver Ave., and the alleged thief was seen car-

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choose to not apply for all referendum exceptions, those not taken in the year of eligibility are lost in the future. The proposed preliminary budget revealed a balanced budget with estimated revenue at $143,684,629 and total expenses estimated at $143,135,910. That’s a $270,000 increase in revenue from budget presentation on Dec. 7, which comes from additional real estate taxes and increased retirement reimbursements from the state. There was also a net decrease in salary and benefit expenses resulting in a $650,000 transfer to capital reserve. Expenses increased by about $400,000 since the Dec. 7 meeting, which includes $140,000 in salary increases. Board members will vote on the preliminary budget Thursday, Jan. 21, and vote on approving referendum exceptions Sunday, Jan. 24.

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Council adopts 2016 budget with 2 mill tax increase By ALEXA LEWIS news@centrecountygazette.com

STATE COLLEGE — After about two months of discussion and public input leading to several amendments, State College Borough council adopted a 2016 budget during its Dec. 21 meeting. The balanced budget includes revenues and expenditures of about $25.2 million, said borough manager Tom Fountaine. To balance the budget, a 2 mill real estate tax increase will raise an additional $909,208 and bring the borough’s millage rate to 16.4. That increases taxes on a typical home with a market value of $300,000 by $10 a month with the Homestead Exclusions and $14 a month without the Homestead Exclusion, Fountaine said. Council adopted six of the seven actions required in the budget process unanimously, including budget appropriations and revenues, the 2016 police pension employee contribution rate, and the ordinance amending various fines and penalties. The action establishing the real estate tax rate passed 6-1 with James Rosenberger voting against it. Rosenberger’s vote wasn’t much of a surprise, as he proposed an unsuccessful amendment on the floor earlier in the evening to reduce the tax increase by .5 mills in light of a Dec. 18 federal decision to push the effective date of the Cadillac Tax from 2018 to 2020. A provision of the Affordable Care Act, the Cadillac Tax is a 40 percent excise tax on employer-sponsored health plans that exceed certain thresholds now effective in 2020. The delay gives employers more time to make changes to their health insurance plans to avoid Cadillac tax. “That puts some additional time available to us to restructure our benefit program,” Rosenberger said. State College has about $250,000 in its insurance reserve fund set aside for future health care costs. Staff has discussed setting aside that money to help convert the borough’s benefit package in light of the impending tax.

“If council chooses to transfer the $250,000 in the motion it would reduce the amount of funds available for the move toward a more high-deductible savings account type plan for employer groups over the next few years,” Fountaine said. Rosenberger’s motion proposed reducing the borough’s millage rate from 16.4 to 15.9. That results in $200,000 less in real estate tax revenue, but the motion proposed would push forward accumulated funds in the insurance reserve to cover remaining expenditures. Council member Cathy Dauler said the last-minute motion disregards what council had previously agreed on, as well as the efforts and input of staff and residents. However, council member Evan Myers said he seconded the motion, because the Candillac Tax delay is information that has surfaced since council’s last meeting. “We shouldn’t be so intransigent to think if new information comes forward we go forward with what we thought before” said Myers, despite ultimately voting against the amendment. Council member Sarah Klinetob voted against the motion because she said the borough should continue planning for the Candillac Tax despite the delay. She was also concerned the motion is only a one-time transfer and not a sustainable revenue source. The funds in the insurance reserve come from excess health insurance funds that were returned to the borough, Fountaine said. This means that while there would be sufficient money to cover expenditures in 2016 with a half mill reduction, the funds would be a one-time revenue source. Rosenberger was the only council member to vote for the amendment. However, the final adoption of the budget did included the following five amendments to the original budget that borough staff presented to council Oct. 23. After many discussions leading up to the Dec. 21 meeting and a Dec. 7 public hearing, council had anticipated approving the following amendments: ■ Addition of one police officer position resulting in

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STATE COLLEGE Borough Council adopted the 2016 budget on Dec. 21. The budget includes a 2 mill real estate tax increase. about a $81,000 increase to the department’s appropriation. ■ Modification of the noise ordinance fine to $750 for the first offense and $1,000 for any additional offenses, resulting in no budget change. ■ Modification of the open container ordinance fine to $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second and $1,000 for each offense thereafter resulting in a reduction in revenue of $15,000. ■ Modification of the public urination and defecation ordinance fine amount to $750 for the first offense and $1,000 for each offense thereafter, resulting in budget change. ■ An internal inter-fund loan to smooth the purchase cost of the on-street meters over a two-year period, saving the borough $96,000 in appropriations to General Fund Parking.

Borough council OKs open containers at summer festival By ALEXA LEWIS news@centrecountygazette.com

STATE COLLEGE — State College Borough council unanimously passed a pilot project that would allow the Summer’s Best Music Festival, scheduled for Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, to sell beer and wine. “It’s kind of funny to be talking about music in June just before Christmas,” said George Arnold, the executive director of the Downtown Improvement District, during his presentation to council Dec. 21. But the improvement district is thinking ahead. It submitted a special request with the borough to waive the enforcement of the Open Containers Ordinance in the confined festival zone. The improvement district has also

partnered with Lucky Dog Management to help the festival grow, increase sponsorship, attract more people to downtown State College and bring in more national music artists. Lucky Dog Management has experience running the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival in Johnstown, which according to Arnold has not had significant issues with open containers in the six years it has served alcohol. “As an improvement district we are pleased with the management team we have partnered with,” Arnold said. “We’re not looking to mess this up either; we are taking this very seriously.” While some council members were concerned of the precedent that waiving open containers might set, their comments were generally supportive of giving the pilot project at least one shot.

“I am conflicted over the open container precedent, but that being said I am willing to try anything once,” said Evan Myers. Todd Wagner, of Lucky Dog Management, also addressed council’s questions regarding how the festival would contain public drinking. Wagner said that his team might consider using barriers to keep the festival contained within the boundaries. He also said that buildings would act as a natural framework for the festival. Several residents also shared their thoughts with council. Local resident and president of the Highlands Civic Associa-

tion Susan Venegoni said the neighborhood association supports the pilot program. “We do want to remind the organizers that downtown is downtown and the neighborhood is the neighborhood,” Venegoni said. “Being that we are the adjacent neighborhood, we want to make sure all precautions are taken so that it doesn’t bleed into the neighborhood.” The borough will evaluate the pilot project for significant increases in public Open container, Page 5

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Still time to catch a pedicab ‘sleigh ride’ By KRISTIN CONSORTI correspondent@centrecountygazette.com

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PENN STATE’S Berkey Creamery will celebrate 150 years at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, being held Jan. 9 through Jan. 16.

Berkey Creamery to celebrate 150th birthday at 2016 Farm Show By ZACH BERGER StateCollege.com

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Berkey Creamery isn’t the only Pennsylvania institution celebrating a milestone birthday this year. The Pennsylvania Farm Show, an agriculture expo in Harrisburg with strong Penn State ties, has hit the century mark. The Creamery and the Farm Show will band together at the annual expo next month to celebrate their respective birthdays, as the Creamery wraps up its 150th anniversary year-long celebration. Creamery manager Tom Palchak will be at the Farm Show, which runs from Saturday, Jan. 9, through Saturday, Jan. 16, in Harrisburg, with plenty of ice cream and information about the facility and the creamy confections it churns out daily. “There’s almost no part of the Farm Show that Penn State isn’t involved in, so it’s very fitting and really exciting that we can celebrate one of our oldest icons, the Berkey Creamery, while promoting the Pennsylvania dairy industry and agriculture’s bright future,” said Jean Lonie, a College of Agricultural Sciences director who is helping coordinate the Creamery’s appearance at the expo.

As part of the Pennsylvania Farm Show, the Creamery will take part in the Blue Ribbon Reception, providing the Birthday Bash ice cream that was voted in as the shop’s newest flavor. The birthday cake-flavored ice cream includes a blue frosting swirl and frosted cookie freckles inside a yelllow cake batter ice cream base. It beat out strawberry cheesecake and red velvet to become the official birthday flavor. The reception will be held on the evening of Friday, Jan. 8, and attendees will receive a souvenir dish with the 150th anniversary logo to go along with their festive frozen feast. The final day of the expo is designated as Dairy Day, providing yet another opportunity for the Creamery to get involved in the Farm Show. Palchak will give two presentations on the Creamery’s history, and attendees will get free samples of Birthday Bash ice cream to accompany the talk. There will also be the Scoop-Off contest that afternoon, where participants will see who can make the tallest stable ice cream cone. Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences dean Rick Roush and Palchak will be among the contestants in the event. There will be plenty to do at the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, and Penn State is greatly involved in the event, with many students and professors on tap for presentations and exhibits.

STATE COLLEGE — Although the holiday season is winding down, there is still time to get into the spirit of the season with Vamos! Lion Chariots annual sleigh rides. According to owner Todd Miner, the sleigh rides are meant to bring more of the holiday spirit to State College. The sleigh rides will continue through the end of January. The rides make a loop around downtown State College and finish at The Corner Room, on the corner of College Avenue and Allen Street. Riders receive a complimentary hot chocolate and a dessert. For a ride arranged ahead of time, the full 25 minutes with The Corner Room is $25 for students and $30 for all others. Hop-on and hop-off rates range from $5 to $10. Vamos! Lion Chariots also offers a holiday package for two with a sleigh ride, dessert and a dip in the jacuzzi at American Spa in State College. Cost for that package is $54. “If you bring in a non-perishable food item, you will receive $5 off and up to a $10 value,” Miner said. “I think it’s a great way for students to get in the holiday spirit here and receive a discount at the same time.” Miner bought his first pedicab system in April 2012, and said the business has really grown since then. He now has a few other individual associates who work for Vamos! Lion Chariots. This is the third year the business has offered the sleigh rides. According to Miner, the busiest time of the year is summer, but winter runs a close second. The rides are a unique way to bring fully sustainable travel to State College through the pedicab system. Miner said the rides are not only a great way to get in the holiday spirit, but a unique form of “transportainment,” a term he has coined. For more information, visit www.vamoslion.com or email vamoslion@gmail.com.

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DR. MAUREEN MULVIHILL, of Actuated Medical Inc., was selected as Entrepreneur of the Year at the CBICC’s Excellence in Business Awards, which was held Dec. 17 at Mountain View Country Club. Pictured, from left, are CBICC president and CEO Vern Squier, Mulvihill and Videon Central CEO Todd Erdley.

CBICC hands out Excellence in Business Awards From Gazette staff reports BOALSBURG — The Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County held its 2015 Excellence in Business Awards Dec. 17 at the Mountain View Country Club in Boalsburg. “It gave us great delight to celebrate Centre County’s business community while specifically recognizing the achievements of this year’s finalists and winners,” CBICC president and CEO Vern Squier said in a news release. “The event is was an opportunity to acknowledge individuals and companies that are supportive of the chamber’s economic development mission and that are helping to drive economic growth.” The Small Business of the Year Award Open container, from page 3 health and safety after the event to determine if it was successful and if projects of this nature should be continued in the future, according to borough manager Tom Fountaine. Borough staff recommended that council approve the request as long as the improvement district submits a final plan for the event, including a risk management plan and alcohol sale control plan. Staff would also like the improvement district to hold the borough harmless for any claims that may arise at the event. At the Dec. 21 meeting, borough council also voted unanimously to decline the State College Area School District’s offer to give

went to Homeland Manufacturing Services. AE Works Ltd. won the Visionary Company of the Year. Videon Central’s Todd Erdley captured the CEO of the Year Award. KCF Technologies Inc. won the Technology Company of the Year Award. The Entrepreneur of the Year Award went to Dr. Maureen Mulvihill with Actuated Medical Inc. The CBICC also presented a pair of economic development awards. Dan Hawbaker, president and CEO of Glenn O. Hawbaker, captured the Centre County Economic Development Partnership Support Partner of the Year Award, and Penn State President Eric J. Barron won the Economic Development Champion Award. the borough the structure located at 131 W. Nittany Ave. Council also came to consensus on the Holmes Foster Master Plan after a unanimous vote to adopt the modified plan and the resolution to receive reimbursement for consultant fees. After discussing how inclusionary housing would be included, council concluded the meeting with another unanimous vote to approve the conditional use permit for the RISE development project proposed for 532 and 538 E. College Ave. “There’s great support on council for the inclusionary housing ordinance,” said council member Evan Myers. “But I think there is concern in a development like this where there may be a lot of students.”

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balance in favor of home care in the 20152016 budget. Wolf said his goal is to also speed up the process it takes to qualify for these programs — a process that can last up to three months, said JR Reed, director of the Centre County Office of Aging. “There is a drive to re-balance services paid for in the home,” Reed said. “It comes down to people want that, and economically it makes sense.” Not only would the state spend less on Medicaid if people shifted to home assistance, but nationwide statistics also show the elderly prefer living at home. Reed said that about nine out of 10 individuals prefer to live at home. However, many agencies that accept these waivers or government assistance programs are concerned with how the budget impasse is impacting their service. The government agency that Reed works for contracts with local in-home providers to bring clients the lottery-funded Option Personal Care Program. This is a lower level of home assistance that is easier to qualify for than the waiver program. In December 2014, the Centre County Office of Aging had 130 people in this program. This year that number is down to 100 people, with about 65 people on the wait list. “When we get to July, we wait on the new state budget so we know what the funding is going to be,” Reed said. “When we get that funding we can do a new budget and make determinations on how many people we want to take off the wait list, but since we don’t know where our funding is going to be, we have not lifted the wait list.” Care for People Plus, which is a branch of Care for People and provides in-home care to the intellectually disabled, serves individuals on the waiver program and receives some money from the county. “We are concerned about the governor not passing a budget because we are dependent on the county for our growth,”

PAGE 5 said Paul Tobin, the marketing and outreach director at Care for People Plus. “If the county doesn’t have funding from the state then that stifles things.” The Office of Aging does offer a reimbursement program that has openings; however, Reed said his office has a list of other providers it can send out to individuals in immediate need. The office’s 2014 resource book includes 36 of these inhome care organizations, including Care for People. Clients at Care for People are placed much faster than those using a waiver program. Generally, Care for People tries to place clients within 48 hours, Knupp said. For hourly care, the company charges $2.25 an hour, and caregivers then set their own rates on top of that, which generally land around $14 an hour, Knupp said. “We started out at $2 an hour 28 years ago and now we are at $2.25,” Knupp said. “We operate on volume; that’s where we make our money.” Local competition has brought the number of people that Care for People serves down to 45 people, but that’s about double from a few years ago. And, Knupp said that Care for People hopes to bid at the Office of Aging to become eligible to offer the option program when the contracts restarts in about two and a half years. Reed said that the four agencies that the Office of Aging contracts with to offer the options program charge $16 to $20 an hour. While Reed said using independent contractors allows Care for People to keep flexible and reasonable rates, providers that offer the options program manage all levels of care and avoid the insurance risks that come along with subcontracting. However, Tobin said subcontracting gives clients more consistency because caregiver retention rates increase. “They don’t have to pay for insurance or all the benefits,” he said. “Our caretakers can be making almost $15 an hour. This is a real income for them.”

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Force, from page 1 “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” could become the highest grossing film of alltime, topping the $2.8 billion that 2009’s “Avatar” took in. Most of the tickets sold on opening weekend were done via pre-sale, according to Downey. “We had a lot of pre-sales. We started selling tickets two months ago for the premiere show. Then, the week of (December) 18th through the 24th they went on sale. The majority of the tickets have been sold online. We’re showing it all day, every day, every hour on the hour,” Downey said. The film is drawing fans from of all generations. There are fans who remember the original “Star Wars,” which was released in 1977. There are also fans who remember the more recent trilogy. And then, of course, there are new fans who are getting their first taste of “Star Wars.” “There are all ages. We’ve sold tickets to senior citizens all the way down to a 2-year-old, whose parents were big fans. There are a lot of people who remember the first one when it first came out. They’re coming back,” Downey said. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is not only a film, but it’s an event. Across the

country, fans are wearing costumes of their favorite characters to the theater. Downey said that Centre County fans are getting into the spirit as well. “We’ve had quite a few costumes,” Downey said, “especially over the weekend.” On Dec. 22, the theater was fairly quiet. However, there were still plenty of “Star Wars” fans who made their way to the film on a rainy afternoon in Centre County. Luke Lorenz and his wife, Dawn, of Pleasant Gap, headed to the theater to check out the latest “Star Wars” offering. “We have three children, so we never get to see a movie,” Lorenz said with a laugh. “We are sneaking out. Someone came to babysit.” Lorenz said that he wanted to see the film before he found out details about the plot. “I have a lot of friends who have seen it and they’ve told me to go see it. We knew school was in session (today) and it’s a matinee so we thought it would be quieter. This was a movie we could agree on,” he said. Dawn was excited to see the film, but she looked at things a bit differently than her husband. “I’m excited,” she said. “This is a date. This is how we do it.”

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Penn State’s distinguished elm trees see life after death By ZACH BERGER StateCollege.com

UNIVERSITY PARK — There are plenty of iconic landmarks on Penn State’s campus. The stoic Old Main, with its bell tower that can be heard for miles, is in the mix. The obelisk is another, standing tall as an ode to geology and an urban legend all at once. But, there’s one natural landmark that can be found scattered around campus, though it’s becoming more and more rare these days. And that’s the Penn State elm trees, which are being depleted by the lethal Dutch elm disease. It wasn’t long ago that the view of Old Main was perfectly balanced, with two large elm trees planted on the lawn, perfectly framing the bell tower. And now, just one remains. The elm trees are living on even in death, in part thanks to the Elms Collection, which turns the departed trees into everything from benches to tables to picture frames to clocks for sale. But that’s not all. The university is also finding a way for the elm trees to find new life on campus, just a short walk away from where they once stood tall. One example is a beautifully handcrafted table in the atrium of the newly constructed Health and Human Development Building. A local furniture maker, Tom Svec, of Lock Haven, put months of his time into creating the table, which is wrapped around a pillar in the building’s atrium. He spoke with Penn State News about his work on the project, which placed the table within 100 yards of where the tree it came from was first planted.

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“I think it is going to be a place that is going to be very productive intellectually and socially. I was given a real marquis space to place this table,” Svec said. According to the article, there are “remnants of chainsaw bypass cuts made by a Penn State arborist” on both ends of the table. “These were left in evidence to remind people that generations of these staffers have worked for years to preserve the canopy that defines the central campus,” Svec said. The local furniture maker said that the would like to see a similar resting place for other heritage trees that succumb to disease and have to be cut down. “My personal wish is to see to it that as many heritage trees as possible find their way indoors when their outdoor life is over,” Svec said. “It may come to pass that huge trees of the sort that are abundant on the Penn State campus are a thing of memory.” The elm lumber is finding similar homes in new buildings on campus. The Biobehavioral Health Building has elm paneling in its entrance area and conference room, as well as elm benches. The Burrowes Building, which is currently under construction, will house an elm conference table and elm wall panels. “We are honored to have been able to incorporate wood from the Penn State elms into the design of our two new buildings,” College of Health and Human Development dean Ann C. Crouter said. “In each case, elm wood is featured in the entry ways to the buildings — a fitting way to honor the neighboring trees that have graced our part of campus for so long.”

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Millennials deserve more credit

Most of the students in the group They’ve been called the Marshadded the three-credit course on top mallow Millennials. of an already full course schedule. All The wrapped in cotton generation. have robust résumé with professional The generation of kids who won a experience, extra-curricular activities trophy for just showing up and who and awards. Several had one if not were told that they were extra special. two part-time jobs to support their They were pushed and pulled into education. The common thread for competitive travel team sports before the group was a positive attitude and they could tie their own shoes and an eagerness to learn and to broaden have been so limited in their free time one’s educational experiand free play that they are ence. almost incapable of probOne student has spent lem solving and spontanethe last six summers workous play — let alone how to ing at an amusement park, hold a face-to-face convereventually being promoted sation. to supervisor — before They use technology to he had even completed bully their peers, send naked his degree. Several work pictures of themselves over in food services either on social media and update the campus or downtown. One world by the second on their female student works two life activities. night jobs — one at the I call foul. Bryce Jordan Center and This semester I was once another cleaning offices again reminded of how awe— to offset her education some this generation of Patty Kleban, loans. Another has a fullyoung adults can be. time job that allows him Late last summer, a pro- who writes for to work around his class gram that I developed with StateCollege.com, schedule. a colleague in industry was is an instructor at Penn State, One was a double major. finally approved by all the mother of three Another was the president necessary bureaucracies. and a community of her student society and We were given permission to volunteer. She is a had received universityenroll 24 students in a three- Penn State alumna wide recognition for both credit course that involved who lives with her service and academics. readings and assignments in family in Patton Others played club sports. the area of resort recreation Township. Her Many had started their management and which in- views and opinions educations at one of Penn cluded a trip to Orlando to do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State’s commonwealth interface with resort prop- State. campuses. Most were acerty managers to gain real tively involved in THON. Their indilife experience. vidual GPAs varied, but their interI knew there would be interest in est in getting engaged in the learning the course, but with the late notice process was consistent. of approval I wondered if I would be Working together with peers, inable to generate interest so late in the dustry colleagues and the university registration process. helped to create a network that will It was an amazing experience for likely continue even after graduation. the students and for the instructor. There was not a single “the dog We ended up with 14 incredible ate my homework.” Unlike their young adults who reminded me what peers at Yale, they didn’t seem to be I love about teaching and the energy concerned with signing a petition to and enthusiasm of their generation. limit free speech. They didn’t request Between the in-class work, guest a safety zone or identify any triggers speakers, technological “hook ups” of stress for which university faculty with their assigned property managmust carefully prepare lesson plans er, and the professional manner in and filter their speech. which they conducted themselves, I They were excited, engaged and, could not have been more Penn State frankly, too busy to be concerned proud.

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Saudi women gain some election rights By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Saudi Arabia made history last weekend with municipal elections in which women were allowed to vote and run for office for the first time. In the end, 20 women won seats among 2,100 up for grabs. That also meant that men voted for women, since the female vote was estimated to have been small, in part because women still are not permitted to drive in the desert monarchy. Saudi leaders appear to be arriving at an understanding that it is difficult to achieve economic development — not to mention modernity — in a country where half the potential work force, its women, are constrained in the contribution they can make to society and the economy. It may be that the drop in the global price of oil, Saudi Arabia’s chief asset, is causing the country to embrace 21st century reality as it is being squeezed economically. It may also be that the wolf at its door, the Islamic State group, which is more rigid in its Muslim orthodoxy than Saudi Arabia itself, is prompting the country’s leadership to rethink its future, and that a more modern approach to the role of women is one of the results. That doesn’t mean that human rights are improving across the board. Saudi Arabia still prefers to conduct its affairs with the door shut. It reluctantly admitted that the number of Muslims killed while making the hajj pilgrimage this year was 2,411 rather than 769. Last month one of its courts sentenced Ashraf Fayadh, a Palestinian writer in exile in Saudi Arabia, to death for apostasy that he allegedly expressed in poems written years ago. The country has set a 20-year record in the 151 executions carried out so far this year. And the Saudis are still pursuing their brutal war against the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen with backing by the United States. So while Saudi Arabia is making progress by extending rights to women, it still clings to some old bad habits.

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about anything other than getting the most out of the experience. Perhaps the key to engaging students in their university community is to engage them in learning. Each morning during our week in Orlando, they were dressed and ready to go on time. They were professionally dressed and conducted themselves professionally as well. At the end of the long days, I would retire to my hotel suite with a wink and a “behave yourselves.” In the morning, I heard stories about laughs at the hotel hot tub or fun at Downtown Disney as we gathered again to start the process all over again. They were in place 15 minutes early just as I had asked. The corporate executive team and the resort property managers repeatedly stated how “impressed” they were with Penn State students and asked how they could open more opportunities to meet more students At the end of the semester and on the night before their final presentations, my husband and I hosted the group for dinner at our house and a “celebration” of a great semester. It should come as no surprise that they were on time, extremely polite and appreciative of a home-cooked meal when semester budgets often mean lots of ramen noodles. I am as guilty of the next instructor of focusing on those kids who need handholding or who have been so handicapped by helicopter parents that they don’t seem to be able to take responsibility for their actions. I have been frustrated by those students who, if they focused on doing the work rather than getting out of work, seem to be wasting their time and money. I have rolled my eyes at the no-shows for appointments, the outlandish excuses and the anger at me when they aren’t happy with their eventual semester grade. It was nice to be reminded that in that 80/20, the 80 percent can be pretty amazing. I’ve been teaching for a long time and have seen the transformation in teaching in both how a course is delivered and the generation of students who are enrolled. Thanks to the students in RPTM 497P for reminding me why I love my job.

Like Mad Men, government-style By The Orange County Register Our federal government is a master of self-promotion, comprising the second-largest public relations firm in the world, according to a new report from Open the Books, a project of the nonprofit group American Transparency, which has developed an app to track federal and state spending. From fiscal years 2007-14, the federal government spent $4.37 billion on public relations efforts, according to the study. This sum includes more than $2.3 billion for 3,092 in-house public affairs officers — 60 percent of whom make at least $100,000 a year in base salary — across more than 200 federal agencies and $2 billion spent by 139 agencies on outside PR vendors. During this period, the number of government PR positions has increased by 15 percent, and outside PR consulting expenditures

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have increased 47 percent under the Obama administration, compared to the last two years of George W. Bush’s administration. The money has gone to fund projects such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s “I Choose Clean Water” social media campaign to tout its massive expansion of authority under its Waters of the United States rulemaking. The Government Accountability Office just determined that this constituted “covert propaganda” and violated federal lobbying laws. Other expenditures included $36.5 million for polling on foreigners’ opinions of the United States, $630,000 to convince people to “like” the State Department on Facebook, $4.5 million to monitor the media, $62,098 for “cooking videos promoting U.S. agriculture products overseas” and spending on focus groups of older motorcyclists ($93,487) and

adult bicyclists ($101,104). While government agencies are to be commended for making information available, agencies “are not charged with using taxpayer funds to engage in thinly veiled propaganda campaigns that are primarily designed to protect their budgets and hype outcomes,” the report contends. “After $4.5 billion in federal public relations spending over the past eight years, have we reached a point where the people’s consent is being manufactured by our government?” It is bad enough that our government wastes so many of our tax dollars on things of which we disapprove. It is a double slap in the face that it spends even more on propaganda to pat itself on the back for its extravagance and try to convince us that this is all done for the greater good, when it is really nothing more than a meek attempt to justify unnecessary bureaucrats’ existence.

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MRI contrast agent makes cancer detection possible HERSHEY — An MRI contrast agent that can pass through the blood-brain barrier will allow doctors to detect deadly brain tumors called gliomas earlier, say Penn State College of Medicine researchers. This ability opens the door to make this fatal cancer treatable. Gliomas are brain tumors that arise from glial cells, which help nerve cells to stay connected and send signals throughout the body. Cancerous gliomas are uniformly fatal, with a median survival rate of 14 months from the time of diagnosis. But a new nanotechnology approach developed by Xiaoli Liu and Madhan Kumar in the Department of Neurosurgery could transform gliomas from a death sentence into a treatable condition. Patients diagnosed with a malignant glioma can undergo surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to destroy the tumor, but the cancer will return. “Patients typically don’t die from the tumor they initially presented with. Rather, they die from new tumors that come back in other parts of the brain,� said James Connor, distinguished professor of neurosurgery. These new gliomas tend to grow quickly and are often resistant to treatment because they spring from cancer cells that survived the first therapeutic assault. Glioma patients have follow-up MRIs to detect new brain cancers but the tests do not catch the tumors early enough to save lives. That is because contrast agents used to outline gliomas on an MRI can only pass the protective blood-brain barrier once the tumors have grown large enough to cause damage to the barrier. Until then, the blood-brain barrier blocks 98 percent of small molecules and all large molecules from entering the brain. To overcome this deadly limitation, Penn State researchers created “smart fat cells� called liposomes that can pass the blood-brain barrier in mice, seek out tiny cancerous gliomas like heat-seeking missiles and light them

up on an MRI. The liposomes are loaded with the most commonly used contrast agent, Magnevist. On their surface, the liposomes are studded with proteins that target receptors on glioma cells. The new contrast agent delivery system is more sensitive than traditional contrast-enhanced MRI, Connor said. The researchers found that the liposomes entered the brain in healthy mice with uncompromised blood-brain barriers. Both techniques found large gliomas in mice with cancer, but only the liposome-encapsulated agent was able to detect smaller early-stage tumors. “The goal is to be able to get down to detecting single cancer cells,� Connor said. The study was published in Journal of Neuro-Oncology. It is not known exactly how the liposomes get past the intact blood-brain barrier, but they do it without causing damage. In the study, mice showed no harm from the treatment. This novel approach is an alternative to ultrasound, another promising method researchers are studying to get therapeutic agents into the brain. However, the ultrasound causes temporary disruption to the blood-brain barrier which allows not only the therapeutic agent to enter the brain, but also blood which could have medical implications. “Ultrasound, with all of its good qualities, is disruptive to the blood-brain barrier, whereas we can get an agent to cross it without causing disruption,� Connor said. The researchers said that in the future, smart fat cells will deliver chemotherapeutic drugs, along with contrast agents, to brain tumor patients so that cancer cells can be detected and wiped out in one step. They recently presented research on these next-generation liposomes at the Society for Neuro-Oncology meeting in San Antonio. Other investigators on this project were Qing X. Yang, Departments of Neurosurgery and Radiology; Kari A.

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Mohs micrographic surgery now available STATE COLLEGE — Penn State Hershey Medical Group-Colonnade, 32 Colonnade Way in State College, has announced the addition of Dr. Charlene Lam to its dermatology practice. Lam will be providing Mohs micrographic surgery, a new service to the region. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has provided Mohs micrographic surgery for the removal of skin cancer for more than 20 years. The procedure is a precise method through which dermatologic surgeons remove certain high-risk skin cancers. It combines surgical removal of the cancer with immediate microscopic examination of all margins of CHARLENE LAM the removed tissue to assure that the tumor has been completely removed. By utilizing the Mohs technique, the success rate for removing basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma is very high — often 96 to 99 percent — even in cases where other forms of treatment have failed. For more information or to make an appointment, call (814) 272-4445.

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Penn State prof’s research cited thousands of times By JENNIFER MILLER Special to the Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK — Whether it is brainstorming a new study to better understand consumer behavior or poring over the results of a recent trial, research brings Anna Mattila joy. Maybe it’s no surprise, then, that a group of peers recently recognized Mattila as one of the best researchers in her field. “I live for research. I don’t see it as work. I get so excited when I think of new ideas for a study, or get the results or sit down and write about it,” Mattila said. “I really love it. It’s a great feeling when you finish that manuscript and send it out.” Mattila, who joined Penn State in 1998, is the Marriott Professor of Lodging Management and professor-in-charge for the graduate program in the School of Hospitality Management. She is also former associate editor of Cornell Hospitality Quarterly and former chief editor of the Journal of Hospitality & Tour-

ism Research. During her career, Mattila has published hundreds of research articles and received dozens of awards for her work, which looks at a variety of issues, including corporate social responsibility and customer emotions. “The two best things about my job are that I am able to conduct research and I’m able to help graduate students,” she said. “My heart is in graduate education because I feel like I can contribute to their knowledge level and make them successful, and that will raise the whole level of the discipline. It gives me tremendous amount of pleasure to be able to help young scholars.” Mattila’s passion for research is more than a personal proclamation; it is also reflected in an article recently featured in the Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism. There, the self-proclaimed research fanatic is recognized as the top hospitality and tourism researcher in the world in a study on faculty productivity conducted by researchers at four

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WHAT DO PENNSYLVANIA core standards mean to career and technical education teachers? Administration and faculty representatives from CPI recently addressed that question during presentations at the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Education Conference. Pictured, from left, are CPI presenters Ken Hassinger, HVAC instructor; MaryAnn Volders, vice president of secondary education; and Mike Holtzinger, heavy equipment operations instructor.

Yearbooks on sale BELLEFONTE — Bellefonte Area High School 2016 yearbooks are now on sale. To order a yearbook, visit www.jostensyearbooks.com. For more information, visit the Bellefonte High School website, email aweigold@basd.net or call (814) 355-4833, ext. 8216.

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different universities. The study, led by Chekitan Dev, H.G. Parsa and Rahul Parsa at Cornell University, features a new research tool, the Dp2 (Dev Parsa Parsa) index, which evaluates researchers’ productivity based on quantity, quality, consistency and longevity. The tool showed that between 2000 and 2010, Mattila’s research was cited 3,884 times in 101 publications. Dev ranked second, with 1,357 citations appearing in 33 publications. Mattila particularly enjoys studying consumer behavior in the areas of marketing and psychology in service settings, such as retail and hospitals. “If you don’t understand what the consumers want you aren’t going to be able to have the services and products that people want,” she said. One field experiment she particularly enjoyed was in a retail setting in Singapore, which looked at arousal and relaxation levels related to music and scent.

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ANNA MATTILA, left, Marriott Professor of Lodging Management and professor-in-charge for the graduate program in the School of Hospitality Management, works with doctoral student Qing “Stephanie” Liu. “We found that if you have high-arousing music, then you also need a high-arousing scent, and that if the two do not match, customers will not stay in the store or buy as much,” Mattila said.

Currently she is researching corporate social responsibility and how customers react to CSR initiatives such as restaurants soliciting donations from customers and in turn making matching donations to charity.

Penns Valley announces honor roll SPRING MILLS — The Penns Valley Junior-Senior High School honor roll for the grading period ending Nov. 3 has been announced. Grade 7, Distinguished Honor Roll: Jordan Anderson, John Aston III, Wyatt Auman, Dylan Booher, Aidan Brinker, Jadyn Butler, Joseph Camut, Kayleyna Colpetzer, Brendan Colwell, Hailey Coursen, Justin Darlington, Maxwell Feidler, Marielle Gretok, Alex Hammer, Zachary Heckman, Emily Heltman, Kristen Houser, Kelsey Hull, Patrick Johnson, Logan Jones, Daniel Kelly, Anna Korman, Sydney Kubalak, Maria Lovallo, Richard Markle, Katherine Martell, Alaina McCloskey, Caleb Narber, Lucas Racette, Stephen Ripka, Gage Ripka, Brianna Rudolph, Colton Sands, Madelin Sasserman, Nash Shawver, Ella Smith, Thaddaeus Smith, Marshall Stoner, Keara Tice, Henry White, Raines Whitehill, Tara Whitman, Colton Winkelblech, Cydnee Witter, Hayley Wolfe, Lance Yearick and Owen Zehr. Grade 7, Honor Roll: Rylee Arney, Kylie Auman, Nicholas Bair, Seth Baney, Logan Belko, Park Braucht, Anna Butler, Kylee Clark, Maleah Crader, Felecha Dashem, Zachary Dodson, Collin Emel, Mason Garbrick, Lucas Homan, Jonathan Houser, Lane Isenberg, Levi Lowe, Connor Martz, Madison McCool, Victoria Meyer, Karenza Musser, Allison O’Brien, Harrison Reish, Connor Ryan, Benjamin Sharer, Evan Smiles, Morgan Stover, Annabelle Wayland, Skye Wheland, Avalon Wheland, Dristen Wolfe, Cheyanne Wolfe, Danae Wolfhope, Alicia Yoder and Skylar Zettle. Grade 8, Distinguished Honor Roll: Ryleigh Bender, Chloe Bidelspach, Lydia Boeckel, Kathryn Breon, Grace Bressler, Alyssa Brown, Jason Carbonara Jr., Lydia Collison, Hannah Denger, Audrey Duck, John Dunkelberger IV, Eryn Dutrow, Mikaylah Elcock, Noah Evans, Austin Fisher, Abigail Gerhart, Sophia Gerhart, Hailey Harpster, Benjamin Hawkins, Dylan Homan, Melanie Hosterman, Brennan Hyde, Sofia Klena, Brianna Knaub, Logan Lamey, Charles Martin, Lillee Martin, Hannah Montminy, Aana Niedermyer, Erin Niewinski, Caroline Powell, Erica Randolph, Morgan Rishel, Harley Rote, Zachary Royer, Clayton Royer, Lanna Rummel, Morgan Smith, Logan Snyder, Elizabeth Stamm, Olivia Swartz, William Tatcher, Kaylah Thompson, Hope Titus, Aaron Tobias, Cassondra Ulmanic, Kennedy Welshans and Abigail Zajaczkowski. Grade 8, Honor Roll: Julia Barber, Hailey Barto, Ryleigh Cain, Amber Cowher, Alec Dorman, Nicholas Fisher, Lydia Franklin, Marina Good, Jonis Haines, Carissa Humphrey, Karoline Kertis, Rebeccah Kline, Denisha Krout, Calen Loner, Kyle Lucas, Samuel Martin, Aiko May,

Kenzia McGee, Samuel Moddler, Orion Moore, Carter Neese, Caelob Packer, Kaleigh Ramsey, Brooke Rossman, Brittany Royer, Jewel Scott, Parker Snider, Ryah Thompson, Bashier Tressler and Ashlynn Uncles. Grade 9, Distinguished Honor Roll: Jordan Andrus, Madison Bair, Alexander Boeckel, Alexis Brungart, Emma Butler, Caroline Collison, Quentin Confer, Jade Cruz, Isabella Culver, Jesse Darlington III, Hannah Dees, Amanda DeGarmo, Ian Dodson, Brooke Emel, Maximillian Engle, Carter Felker, Zachary Floray, Jessica Garbrick, Olivia Hodgson, Danae Hurd, Rebecca Jefferies, Ryan Johnson, Aubrey Kelley, Olivia Krum, Paige Kubalak, Zachary Limbaugh, Marissa Loner, Hannah Martin, Sophia McQuaide, Emma Narber, Branston Peese, Isabella Racette, Katherine Schafer, Grace Shawver, Baylor Shunk, Karly Smith, Alyssa Snook, Isaac Spotts, Marissa Stecko, Dylan Treaster, Clayton Upcraft, Nathaniel Warren, Gabriel Wert, Greyson Wolfe, Tinesha Wolford and Lillian Woodring. Grade 9, Honor Roll: Abraham Allebach, Paige Auker, Michael Bloom, Cole Breon, Olia Corman, Chloe Durkalec, Adda Fegley, Austin Fetzer, Lauren Fox, Caleigh Grenoble, Alexander Gretok, Briana Hawkins, Sierra Horner, Morgan Hurd, Kalysta Long, Caden Martz, Abigail Meyer, McKenzie Neese, Sierra Orndorf, Caitlyn Rhoads, Calvin Russell, Devan Stoner, Bethany Tice, Katelynne Tishchler, Marshal Wertz, Lukas Winkelblech and Wendy Yeater. Grade 10, Distinguished Honor Roll: Adeline Bair, Ziantha Baughman, Alyssa Boob, Colton Breon, Justine Bressler, Dayna Brown, Matthew Caldana, Christopher Colwell, Daniel Connolly, Alexa Culver, Levi Deitz, Bryce Done, Millena Dorman, Aliyah Fetterolf, Rachel Fuller, Maddison Fye, Emma George, Nicholas Getz, Nathaniel Gillespie, Mya Good, Ashley Griffith, Lydia Hankinson, Emma Heckman, Jacob Hockenberry, Alexander Homan, Taylor Homan, David Hornak, Jordin Houtz, Morgan Kerstetter, Jared Kines, Nicholas Kubalak, Samuel Kupp, Kassee Laird, Rachel Lieb, Larissa Long, Lauren Long, Melina Lucas, Abigail Martin, Jessica Martin, Anna McFeely, Nicole McNew, Zoey Miller, Abigail Miller, Brianna Morgan, Carl Mundt, Sadie Niedermyer, Morgan Noll, Holly Pinamonti, Kassidy Powell, Sydney Riegel, Blaine Ripka, Charles Romig, Justin Sands, Jessye Smith, Joseph Steffen, Ariel Sweeley, Matthew Tobias, Olivia VanAmburgh, Ashley Wagner, Payton Walker, Erin Wheeland, Keira Whitman, Alexis Witherite and Hunter Zimmerman. Grade 10, Honor Roll: Bruce Boring, Shania Covalt, Wyatt Daub, Brent Fegley, Samuel Goodwin, Samuel Gray, Peyton Homan, Payton Ilgen, Thomas Kauffman,

Harlee Laird, Benjamin Leitzel, Jarek Miller, Katrina Orndorf, Lane Redin, Brittany Rose, Jared Smiles, Haden Stamm, Hunter Sweitzer, Jason Ticknor, Terrill Treaster, Rudy Wheat, Trinity Witmer and Kyra Wolfhope. Grade 11, Distinguished Honor Roll: Laurel Baughman, Kourtney Beamesderfer, Payton Bell, Thomas Bierly, Karleeann Bowes, Timothy Breon, Ira Brown IV, Stephanie Clouser, Alyssa Denger, Connor Dix, Joy Done, Makayla Dreibelbis, Martha Dunkelberger, Minmay Duplanty, Abigail DuVall, Alexis Feidler, Aubrey Feinour, Trevor Fleck, Ashley Frederick, Stephen Gover, Katherine Haines, Brett Hammer, Harley Hess, Taylor Hettinger, Alicia Houser, Caleb Hughes, Jared Hurd, Brock Johnstonbaugh, Paige Kerstetter, David Krum, Ayva Kunes, Owen McFeely, Paige Myers, Isabella Planchart, Victoria Rockey, Taran Rowles, Lucas Sharer, Virginia Stattel, Abigail Thom, Andrew Tobias, Daniela Ventura, Rachel Wert, Jaclyn Wertz, Hailee Wingard, Matthew Wolfe and McKinley Yarrington. Grade 11, Honor Roll: Christine Addis, Nathan Auman, Megan Bailey, Ryan Barber, Journee Bathurst, Sheri Bowersox, Jared Bressler, Grace Bussard, Keith Butts, Karlie Carroll, Maxton Case, James Duffield Jr., Garrett Fleck, Cole Hess, Hunter Homan, Maci Ilgen, Leah Johnson, Ryan Kensinger, Emalee Kubalak, Ryan Long, Howard Lowe, Tanner McCool, Alexis Mendez, Isaish Niedermyer, Cory Rimmey, Christian Rudolph, Ivie Russell, Luke Snyder, Dillon Steiger, Cassidy Stover, Kelsey Sweitzer, Makayla Tice, Bennett Vanlandingham, Celena Ward, Colton Wenrick, Summer Wheland, Jolene Wilt and Darren Yearick. Grade 12, Distinguished Honor Roll: Benjamin Alexander, Raven Althouse, Destiny Andrus, Kendall Bartley, Emily Batdorf, Tara Besecker, Katarina Covalt, Curtis Decker, Margaret Dunkelberger, Keith Griffith, Megan Grove, Dylan Homan, Mackenzie Ironside, Logan Johnson, Caitlyn Lundy, Jeffrey Luse, Olivia Miller, Wyatt Moore, Naomi Olsen-Zelman, Natalie Pisano, Karli Ripka, Hanna Sasserman, Taylor Shook, Darian Stapleton, Curtis Swartz, Elizabeth Traxler, Ezekiel Warren, Joseph Whitmer, Corbin Woodring, Malarie Yoder, Dustin Zettle, Isaac Zettle, Layne Zettle and Jordan Zuback. Grade 12, Honor Roll: Michael Bowersox, Allen Cain, Owen Carper, Brinley Decker, Kristiana Dobell, Ermal Fazliu, Victoria Freeman, Kody Grubb, Seth Hensley, Valerie Hosterman, Dakota Luse, Rebekah McClellan, Olivia Meyer, Hunter Meyers, Jonathan Montresor, Christopher Pearce, Jacob Rearick, Cameron Robson, Daytona Ronk, John Statham, Trevor Vonada, Walter White, Brandon Witmer and Gabrielle Witmer.


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Event brings a Merry Christmas to needy families By SAM STITZER pennsvalley@centrecountygazette.com

BOALSBURG — The State College Elks Club, working with the Toys for Tots program and the State College Food Bank, conducted its annual Christmas charity event Dec. 19 at the Mountain View Country Club near Boalsburg. On Dec. 18, a group of Elks members and other community volunteers, ranging in age from 12-year-old Vivian Scott to senior citizens, helped to organize the many bags of toys and racks of clothing items that were collected. The food, clothes and toys were to be handed out to needy families in the area the following day. Each family also received enough food to make a complete turkey dinner. A new item in this year’s distribution was a “necessities basket” filled with cleaning and hygiene products such as paper towels, toilet paper, bleach, laundry detergent, soap and toothbrushes. “We’ve never had this, and people are just loving the fact that we’re giving this out,” said event organizer Brenda Kephart. “If this works, it will be our additional thing every year.” She was grateful to local stores who donated many of the cleaning supplies, and individuals who donated money to purchase the other items.

Kephart also noted that the Elks Club national organization gave the State College chapter a $2,000 grant to help pay for the baskets. “We were surprised — we got it within two days,” she said. “I think they really liked the idea of what we’re doing with it.” Food distribution organizer W. F. Reiber said the baskets contained items that food banks are not legally allowed to give out because the items are not food. Reiber was grateful that the State College Food Bank paid the nearly $4,700 bill for turkeys this year — a bill the Elks had paid in the past. He also noted the growth of the Elks’ charity program and that of the needs in the State College area. “I’ve done this thing for 40 years,” he said. “When we started we had 35 families signed up. Now it’s around 260.” Reiber said that members of the Boalsburg Fire Company and the Alpha Fire Company in State College delivered the toys collected from the Toys for Tots program to the country club. The morning of the event, the toys were arranged on tables by children’s age groups and gender for recipients to choose from. Kephart said much of the clothing to be distributed was purchased from local stores, who gave the Elks substantial discounts.

Centre Hall kids enjoy breakfast with Santa By SAM STITZER

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CENTRE HALL — On Dec. 19, the Centre Hall Fire Company hosted a breakfast with Santa. Children and parents lined up in the meeting room of the fire hall for a hearty breakfast prepared by fire company members. Patrons ate their meals in the equipment garage, where rows of tables and chairs replaced fire trucks for the morning. The kids took turns sitting on Santa’s lap, telling him of their Christmas wishes and posing for photographs. Fire company member Tom Barner said 190 children registered for the event, but according to fire company member Jack Muthersbaugh, the final tally was closer to 240.

The event has been held for the past 14 years as a community service by the fire company, which plans to build a new fire station along Locust Street and Witmer Avenue on the eastern edge of the town. Fire company member Monty Strouse said that many fundraisers, including soup and other food sales and bingo games are planned to help provide the money needed for the new structure, and that groundbreaking for the building is expected to take place in two to three years. Outside the fire hall, along Pennsylvania Avenue, Gerald and Melissa Allebach, of Windermere Farms, gave rides around the block on a wagon pulled by two of their Percheron draft horses. Even Santa and Mrs. Claus took a ride with the kids and parents.

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VIVIAN SCOTT, the youngest volunteer at the State College Elks Club Christmas charity event, organizes a table filled with stuffed animals.

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CUB SCOUT PACK 82, of State College, recently had 24 members participate in the Scouting for Food program. After the food drive, the Scouts enjoyed refreshments. Pictured, from left, are Daniel Carroll, David Cahoy, John Cho, Roman Corl, Benjamin Carroll, Seam McGarry, Asher Collens, Jack Mylin, William Hennessey and Derek Bowman.

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FIRE COMPANY members served a hearty breakfast to patrons dining with Santa.

STATE COLLEGE — Applications are now available for the First Night 5K Resolution Run which takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, in downtown State College. The run is sponsored by Mount Nittany Health. The official starter of this year’s race will be Penn State Lady Lion basketball coach Coquese Washington. The 5K Resolution Run starts and finishes on College Avenue and gives runners and fast walkers the opportunity to speed into the New Year on a certified, mostly flat, wheel-measured course around the streets of State College and the Penn State campus. First Night State College encourages runners and spectators to wear costumes. A plaque will be awarded to the best and most original costume worn by a runner. “Even if you aren’t a runner (or fast walker) and, like me, you’d never do a 5K in a million years, you can join in the fun

by cheering on the participants,” said Rick Bryant, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, the producer of First Night State College. “The run is one of our most popular events — typically there are about 1,000 runners. The start of the race really is a sight to behold.” Runners can register online at www. firstnightstatecollege.com and at the office of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, 403 S. Allen St., Suite 205A until noon Wednesday, Dec. 30. After that time, runners can register from 3 to 7 p.m. at the State College Municipal Building, 243 S. Allen St. On race day, runners can register between 4 and 6 p.m. at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church gym, 250 E. College Ave. For more information, contact First Night State College at (814) 237-3682 or race director Dave Eggler at (814) 5711960.

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Blonde Cucina: Treat loved ones to edible gifts With all of the unseasonably warm weather recently, it’s hard to believe the holidays are here. I still remember it being Halloween, seeing Christmas décor and thinking to myself, “I have plenty of time.” Well, folks, we are all out of time. The stores have those helpful countdown boards and, I don’t know about you, but I choose to ignore them because it causes a stress-induced panic. What am I going to get that person? Oh, a nice scarf — who would like this? Oh, I need to make platters for the family get-together. I haven’t ordered my holiday dress. The list goes on and on. The worst situation is when you have to buy gifts for people and you don’t know what they’ll like, or you realize they already have everything they want. I remember a year when I sat down and realized I didn’t like anything I got Ciara Semack is anyone. If I felt that way, what would the owner of The they think? Blonde Bistro in Here is the whole book on gift givBellefonte. Her ing in one statement: People love food! column appears That’s it, and that’s all you need to every other week know. Make something delicious and in the Gazette. you will never ever go wrong again Contact her at with holiday gift giving. ciara@semack.net. The recipes below are easy-as-canbe and this Blonde, who doesn’t even do cookies, has a great cookie recipe, too.

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SPRING MILLS — New Hope Lutheran Church of Spring Mills will serve a ham potpie dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the church, 119 Cobblestone Court in Spring Mills. Meals can be eaten in or taken out. Everyone is welcome.

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Centre Hall students spend day decorating gingerbread houses

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CENTRE HALL — It resembled an aerial view of a development, with rows of houses adorned with brightly colored Christmas decorations and pine trees in their front yards. But, this display actually featured houses made of gingerbread, all decorated Dec. 21 by pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade students from Centre Hall-Potter Elementary School. Students entered the school’s gym by grades and took turns decorating their creations in shifts of 30 to 45 minutes each throughout the school day. Decorations included marshmallows, licorice, M&Ms, candy canes, pretzel sticks, gumballs, cereal, gumdrops and plenty of green and white icing. School staff and Parent-Teacher Group members helped guide the students, especially the younger ones. The gingerbread house project was originated by Keith and Heather Luse, of Centre Hall, five years ago. They operate Delectable Delights, a cake-, cookie- and pastrymaking business, and Heather Luse also is a pastry chef at Penn State. The Luses made gingerbread houses with their oldest daughter, Isabella, then decided to extend the project to include the entire elementary school. The Luses supplied 289 gingerbread house kits purchased from Wegman’s in State College. Wegman’s had to order the kits in February for delivery in December. The houses were assembled and mounted on plywood bases by the Luses and a group of parents. Funds from the Parent-Teacher Group and individual donations were used to purchase the decorations, which Keith Luse buys throughout the year at post-holiday, overstock and surplus sales, and wherever he can find them. The students enjoyed the day, and were very focused on decorating. The students’ creativity showed, with imaginative schemes at all grade levels. Some houses showed roofs shingled with candies and pretzel sticks, and their front yards sported green-iced Christmas trees made from inverted ice cream cones. Marshmallow snowmen with

pretzel stick arms and gumdrop hats stood by the trees like sugary sentries. The kids had a good time decorating the houses, which were on display from 3 to 6 p.m. The students were then able to take the creations home to further enjoy.

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PLEASANT GAP — The Pleasant Gap American Legion Auxiliary, 435 S. Main St. in Pleasant Gap, will host a New Year’s Eve party at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, with DJ Tyler Welch. The event is open to the public and donations will be taken at the door to benefit local charities. Food will be available.

SNOW SHOE — The 13th annual Best Line Powersports/Snow Shoe Rails-to-Trails Winter Dinner Ride will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Moshannon Community Center. The meal will be served until 3 p.m., or until food is gone. Central Mountain ATV Club also will be holding a dice run during the event, and registration for it begins at 9 a.m. For more information, visit www.ssrt.org.

Council meetings scheduled STATE COLLEGE — The Centre County Advisory Council to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission holds its meetings on the second Tuesday of each month starting at 7:30 p.m. in the State College Municipal Building, 243 S. Allen St. in State College. Meetings can also be broadcast to laptops, iOS or Android, or those interested can join by phone. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/ centrecountyadvisorycouncil. Those who have been treated unfairly where they learn, live or work, have rights against illegal discrimination. Victims of discrimination can contact (814) 689-9081 for more information.

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KINDERGARTEN STUDENT Jackson Tomrell works on his gingerbread house at Centre Hall-Potter Elementary School.

BELLEFONTE — A free New Year’s Day meal will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard St. in Bellefonte. Traditional pork and sauerkraut will be served. Meals can be eaten in or taken out. There is no cost. For more information, call (814) 355-9425.

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The Holidays ... Through the Eyes of a Child We recently asked area youth to provide drawings about what the holiday season means to them. For the second consecutive week, we are publishing their drawings on the pages that follow. This week’s contributors include the State College Friends School, the Bellefonte Youth Center and Paula Hendershot’s third-grade class at Pleasant Gap Elementary School. Happy Holidays from everyone at The Centre County Gazette! — Chris Morelli

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DRAWINGS SUBMITTED BY THE BELLEFONTE YOUTH CENTER

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No. 1 Penn State wrestling squad breezes past Rider, 38-4 By ANDY ELDER

197-pounder Morgan McIntosh rolled to a 10-1 major decision. Rider’s only win came at heavyweight, where Mauro Correnti majored backup Caleb Livingston, who was outweighed by more than 40 pounds, 17-6. With finals over, the Nittany Lions will have a week to head to their respective homes to celebrate Christmas, before returning to campus for a couple of practices. The team will then head to Chattanooga, Tenn., to try to win its sixth consecutive Southern Scuffle championship Friday, Jan. 1, and Saturday, Jan. 2. “I like where we are right now,” Sanderson said. “We still need to get better. We have some great matches and competition coming up with the Southern Scuffle and some great duals. But right now, we are really happy going into this holiday break.”

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Nothing, it seems, can faze the No. 1 Penn State wrestling team these days. Even without three starters and two coaches, the Nittany Lions still breezed to a 38-4 win over Rider in front of more than 2,000 fans Dec. 19 at sold-out Alumni Gymnasium in Lawrenceville, N.J. Penn State won the first nine bouts of the dual meet, two by fall, one by technical fall, three by major decision and three by decision. The Nittany Lions amassed a 30-8 advantage in takedowns. “We have a group of guys out here that we trust,” associate head coach Cody Sanderson told The Comcast Network. “They know what to do. When we get to match time, they’re prepared.” Cody Sanderson ran the show against Rider. Head coach Cael Sanderson and assistant coach Casey Cunningham were coaching volunteer assistant coach Frank Molinaro and the rest of the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club contingent at Senior Nationals in Las Vegas. On the mat, injuries sidelined Jimmy Gulibon (141, ankle), Geno Morelli (165, hamstring) and heavyweight Jan Johnson (knee). Those notable absences did little to deter Penn State. The Nittany Lions bolted to a 12-0 lead after three bouts, piling up a 51-15 advantage in match points and an 18-1 edge in takedowns. Fourth-ranked 125-pounder Nico Megaludis used eight takedowns to roll to a 20-5 technical fall in seven minutes. Sixth-ranked 133-pounder Jordan Conaway followed with an 18-4 major decision. And, at 141, Kade Moss filled in for Gulibon and turned in a workmanlike 13-6 major decision. The feature bout of the match came at 149 pounds where two All-Americans met

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PENN STATE’S Bo Nickal, shown here earlier this season during a match against Wisconsin, picked up a pin during the Nittany Lions’ lopsided 38-4 win over Rider on Dec. 19. in top-ranked Nittany Lion Zain Retherford and No. 14 B.J. Clagon. The Bronc carried the action in the first period, but neither wrestler could score. Retherford rode Clagon for all but four seconds of the second, but Clagon’s late escape gave him a 1-0 lead heading into the third. Retherford quickly escaped and neither wrestler could score again. Retherford earned a point and the win on the strength of 1:52 in riding time. Third-ranked Jason Nolf increased Penn State’s lead to 19-0 at the intermission. He used six takedowns and a fourpoint turn to fuel an 18-7 win over No. 20 Chad Walsh. At 165, Shakur Rasheed subbed in for Morelli, who tweaked a hamstring against Wisconsin. With the match tied at 3-3 in the second period, No. 15 Conor Brennan

shot in on a double. Rasheed thwarted the double-leg attempt and headlocked Brennan to his back, scoring a fall in 4:28. “I felt the headlock and hit it. It was like a right hook in boxing,’’ Rasheed told the Penn State Radio Network. “A month ago you never would have seen me try to hit a headlock. Today, why not?” With Penn State’s lead at an insurmountable 25-0, the Nittany Lions added three more wins to leave no doubt. Already leading 10-0 after a period, fifthranked 174-pounder Bo Nickal chose bottom to start the second. He stood, hipped in to Wayne Stinson and then stepped over as Stinson was taken to his back. Nickal slipped in a half-Nelson and decked Stinson in 3:08. No. 13 Matt McCutcheon followed with a 3-0 shutout at 184 before top-ranked

(Dec. 19 at Lawrenceville, N.J.) 125: No 4 Nico Megaludis, PSU, won by tech. fall over Brendan Calas, 20-5 (7:00). 133: No. 6 Jordan Conaway, PSU, maj. dec. Zach Valcarce, 18-4. 141: Kade Moss, PSU, dec. Paul Kirchner, 13-6. 149: No. 1 Zain Retherford, PSU, dec. No. 14 B.J. Clagon, 2-1. 157: No. 3 Jason Nolf, PSU, maj. dec. No. 20 Chad Walsh, 18-7. 165: Shakur Rasheed, PSU, pinned No. 15 Conor Brennan, 4:28. 174: No. 5 Bo Nickal, PSU, pinned Wayne Stinson, 3:08. 184: No. 13 Matt McCutcheon, PSU, dec. Michael FaggDaves, 3-0. 197: No. 1 Morgan McIntosh, PSU, maj. dec. 10-1. 285: Mauro Correnti, R, maj. dec. Caleb Livingston, 17-6. Ernie Lucas Award winner: Shakur Rasheed. Referee: Mike Millward. Takedowns: Penn State 30; Rider 8. Records: Penn State 6-0, 1-0 Big Ten; Rider 3-4. Next match: Penn State at Southern Scuffle, Friday, Jan. 1, and Saturday, Jan. 2, at Chattanooga, Tenn.

High school hoops: Night at Rec Hall was special By PAT ROTHDEUTSCH sports@centrecountygazette.com

There is no question that one of the highlights so far in the young 2015-16 high school basketball season was the Penns Valley-Bellefonte doubleheader played at Penn State’s Rec Hall Dec. 11. It was a special night, and the fact that the games were important early-season Mountain League matchups between the Rams and Red Raiders made it all that much better. For the record, both the Penns Valley girls (62-39) and boys (33-29) won the games, but that certainly has not been an uncommon occurrence this year. In fact, as a school, Penns Valley is unbeaten in basketball with an overall record of 11-0. At Rec Hall against Bellefonte, the PV girls showed why they’ve been so tough to beat. The game was a close, back-andforth affair until the Lady Rams went on a 10-0 run in the last minute of the first half to take a 32-22 lead. They extended that run to 23-2 early in the second half and cruised out for the win. Since then, the Lady Rams have beaten Philipsburg-Osceola, 54-45, and Central (at Central), 59-38, to run their record to 5-0. Penns Valley coach Karen McCaffery credits the play of MacKenzie Ironside and Maci Ilgen, along with a deep lineup that includes four freshmen, for her team’s quick start. Against Central, Ilgen, Ironside and Courtney Beamesderfer combined for 41 points and were among nine players who scored in the game for PV. The Ram boys’ slower pace may be different stylistically from the girls, but the results are no different. The Rams are 6-0 as of this writing, and have played only one game decided by fewer than 13 points—the 33-29 win over Bellefonte.

Penns Valley relies on a patient, errorfree offense and solid defenses. The Rams also have a balanced, insideoutside game that features guards Ben Alexander and Logan Pearce on the outside with 6-foot-7 center Zach Engle anchoring the inside. Since the Bellefonte game, PV has beaten P-O (63-36), St. Joe’s (55-41) and Central (57-38) and is on top of the Mountain League standings at 4-0. In State College, the Little Lion girls’ team is off to a flying start as well. State College is 5-1 after beating Central Dauphin, 49-38, Dec. 18 in Harrisburg. That game was notable in that Central Dauphin carried a 38-34 lead into the fourth quarter and were then shut out the rest of the way by the Lady Lions. SC ran off 15 straight fourth-quarter points and won its fifth game of the season going away. State College’s only loss so far has been to defending state champion Cumberland Valley, 50-34, at home Dec. 15. Kyla Irwin, who is committed to play at UConn next season, leads SC with a 22.3 point per game average, but she has had help. Junior Kayla Hawbaker and seniors Jessie Orndorff, Abby Allen and Casey Witter all have had big games this season. Against CD, Orndorff was the high scorer with 14, Irwin had 13, Hawbaker had 7 and Allen had 6. Coming up with a more balanced attack can only help the Little Lions as teams more and more attempt to gang up on Irwin. After the Bald Eagle Area boys lost Dec. 12 to a very good Richland team, 83-64, BEA coach Bill Butterworth said the Eagles could score against anybody but that defense was their biggest concern. He wasn’t kidding. Just look at what happened when BEA squared off with run-and-gun Huntingdon Dec. 18 in Wingate. Final score: BEA 93, Huntingdon 88.

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THE PENNS VALLEY and Bellefonte Area High School girls’ basketball teams tangled on the hardwood Dec. 11 at Rec Hall. It was a blowout at halftime with the Eagles ahead 49-28, but Huntingdon scored 60 points in the second half and just about overtook BEA with 33 points in the fourth quarter. The teams combined for 63 field goals, shot 44-68 from the line, and Huntingdon made 10 3-pointers. Bald Eagle was ahead by 21 points at halftime, scored 44 in the second half, and almost lost the game. Trey Butterworth, who scored 27 against Huntingdon and 24 against Richland, has been the story so far for BEA, but seniors Noah Chambers and A.J. Onder have been filling it up as well. But for all the points, the Eagles are 3-3, and they have given up 80, 56 and 83

in their losses. With high-powered teams such as West Branch, Clearfield, Tyrone and DuBois on their immediate schedule, coach Butterworth no doubt has some defensive drills penciled in for their upcoming practices. In Philipsburg, it has been a long wait for head coach Matt Curtis to break through with his first win with the Mounties. It almost happened Dec. 18 at Bellefonte, but P-O fell to the Raiders 47-34 in overtime. The game was close all the way, with Philipsburg taking a 31-29 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Mounties managed Hoops, Page 23


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Franklin, Hack happy with Rahne as coordinator By BEN JONES StateCollege.com

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JAMES FRANKLIN hopes not to lose Penn State linebacker coach Brent Pry to a head coaching vacancy at Georgia Southern.

Franklin hopes to retain linebacker coach Pry By BEN JONES StateCollege.com

UNIVERSITY PARK — The great danger that comes with having good assistant coaches is having other programs come calling for their services. Enter Penn State linebacker coach Brent Pry, a candidate, according to multiple outlets, for the Georgia Southern head coaching job. By all accounts, Pry is in the thick of the search and may have to decide between coming back to Penn State or taking over as head coach down South. According to the Statesboro Herald, Pry interviewed for the head coaching vacancy at Georgia Southern. Pry spent one season as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach there a year before linking up with Franklin and the rest of the Vanderbilt staff in 2011. “I’m a huge Brent Pry fan,� Franklin said Dec. 16. “He’s been extremely valuable. I don’t think he gets enough credit as our co-DC. He’s my assistant head coach.

Brent and (strength coach) Dwight Galt are the two guys I bounce a lot of decisions off of.� The news comes just a year after Penn State put up the money to keep defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, who was reportedly a candidate for the same position at LSU. Franklin is against lateral job moves, but if one of his assistants tries to go upward he’ll be supportive, but still try to keep him. “The administration has been supportive in helping us keep our staff intact,� Franklin said. “If a guy has a chance to be a head coach and it’ll make his family happy, there’s no one that will be more supportive than me. At the same time, I don’t want to lose him.� Penn State would be wise to put up the resources to keep one of the program’s best assistants. But at the end of the day, program stability at the expense of assistant happiness is a dangerous balance. So, fans, Franklin and everyone else will just wait and see.

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State and Georgia are two programs deep into transition periods as they head to bowl meeting Saturday, Jan. 2. The Bulldogs will be without an offensive and defensive coordinator and working under an interim head coach. The Nittany Lions will head to Florida without the services of former offensive coordinator John Donovan, who will in turn be replaced by Fordham head coach Joe Moorhead. But even with Moorhead hired and at the helm, he will just be an onlooker for the immediate future, studying film and watching players work in practice. For the TaxSlayer Bowl, it will be quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne calling the plays and prepping for the meeting with Georgia. Even with new faces in new roles, for Penn State at least, it has been a smooth transition. “It’s seamless,� quarterback Christian

Hackenberg recently said. “There’s no real drop-off because Coach Donovan and Coach Rahne were really close. They worked really close together. Now, it’s just on to the next thing. There hasn’t been much of a shift. They think a lot alike RICKY RAHNE and I’ve worked really close with both of those guys, so from my perspective, nothing really has changed that much.� That’s good news for a Penn State offense, already struggling enough on its own. With Donovan out of the picture and Rahne at the helm for the next few weeks, if nothing else there will be some familiar ideas and concepts for players to digest. It’s unlikely Rahne will add too many Rahne, Page 23

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Going bowling: Big Ten looks for success in bowls

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Pat Rothdeutsch is a sports writer for The Centre County Gazette. Email him at sports@ centrecounty gazette.com

Which college football conference is the best? Last year the SEC was generally considered to be tops in the country until — oops — Ohio State dumped Alabama and Oregon on its way to the national championship in the first-ever college football playoff. So this season, the Big Ten has been in the “best conference” conversation again, and with the alignment of teams in its East Division, it’s easy to see why. The only way to settle the argument is, of course, to have the teams play head to head, and the only time that even comes close to happening is during bowl season. This year, the Big Ten is fielding 10 bowl teams — including four games against SEC teams — so after the dust

settles, we should have a better idea about where the conference stands. Here’s the lineup: ■ Saturday, Dec. 26, Pinstripe Bowl — Indiana vs. Duke Indiana can put up points — did you see the Ohio State game? — with experienced quarterback Nate Sudfeld and dynamic running back Jordan Howard (more than 1,200 yards rushing, despite missing three games). The problem for the Hoosiers is they give up more than 500 yards per game, so Duke, with dual-threat quarterback Thomas Sirk running the offense, will be right there with them. Someone needs to step up and make plays on the IU defense for the Hoosiers to win. Prediction: Indiana 51, Duke 44 ■ Saturday, Dec. 26, Foster Farms Bowl — Nebraska vs. UCLA UCLA lost two games early and two games late on the way to an 8-4 record. Along the way, the Bruins beat No. 19 BYU, No. 16 Arizona, No. 20 Cal and No. 13 Utah. The only

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ranked team they lost to was Stanford, so UCLA can play at a high level. Nebraska, on the other hand, shows up with a 5-7 record and is only bowling because there were not enough six-win teams out there. Now, it is true that the Huskers lost five games by a total of 13 points (and two in the last second), but losses at Illinois and Purdue hurt badly. This is a game that could make the Big Ten look really good, but it will not happen. Prediction: UCLA 33, Nebraska 30 ■ Monday, Dec. 28, Quick Lane Bowl — Central Michigan vs. Minnesota Central Michigan finished its season winning five of its last six games to become bowl-eligible at 7-5. The Chippewas’ losses came to top-flight teams, including Michigan State, Oklahoma State and Toledo, but at one time in the season they were 2-4 and struggling. Minnesota is the exact opposite. The Gophers lost five of their last six and enter this game with a 5-7 record. It is true that those losses came to the likes of Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa and Wisconsin, but Minnesota only had two conference wins. Still, the Gophers’ quarterback, Mitch Leidner, can get hot — he threw for 2,478 yards and 13 touchdowns — so Minnesota should be able to score. Prediction: Minnesota 34, Central Michigan 20 ■ Wednesday, Dec. 30, National Funding Holiday Bowl — USC vs. Wisconsin Preseason, it was not out of the question for this to be the Rose Bowl matchup. USC almost held up its end of the bargain, but the Trojans lost late to No. 23 Oregon and then also lost to Stanford (for the second time this season) in the Pac-12 championship game to finish 8-5. For USC, it’s all about quarterback Cody Kessler, who completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,315 yards and 28 touchdowns. Kessler has three good running backs behind him and one great receiver — Julu Smith-Shuster (85 catches, 1,389 yards, 10 TDs). Wisconsin, 9-3, lost only to Alabama, Iowa and Northwestern and finished the season winning six of its last seven. But that loss to Iowa, 10-6, cost the Badgers the West championship. Still, Wisconsin runs a balanced offense and it plays extremely good defense — Alabama was the only team to score more than 24 points against them, and that was in the first week of the season. Prediction: Wisconsin 24, USC 22 ■ Thursday, Dec. 31, Cotton Bowl — Michigan State vs. Alabama In the second playoff game of the day, No. 2 Alabama will square off against No. 3 Michigan State. Last season, Ohio State came into this same situation and beat Alabama with speed, speed and more speed. Michigan State will not be able to do that. The Spartans rely on a big, physical defense and an efficient, no-mistake offense led by fifth-year senior quarterback Connor Cook. MSU’s only loss came at Nebraska, by one point, and the Spartans won the Big Ten title with a late 16-13 win over Iowa. Alabama, 12-1, is still Alabama, with size, speed and experience. But this year they’ve added a battering ram in 6-foot-3, 242-pound Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, who ran for 1,986 yards and 23 touchdowns. With Henry added to a good passing game led by quarterback Jake Coker (2,489 yards, 17 TDs) and the Tide’s usual tough defense, Alabama will be difficult to stop. And MSU will not do it. Prediction: Alabama 28, MSU 20 ■ Friday, Jan. 1, Outback Bowl — Northwestern vs. Tennessee Northwestern did what it had to this season — except for to blowout losses against Michigan (38-0) and Iowa (40-10). Otherwise, the Wildcats were unbeaten and had big wins against Stanford, Wisconsin and Nebraska. Bowl, Page 23

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PENN STATE quarterback Christian Hackenberg will have to make a decision soon about his future as a Nittany Lion.

Hackenberg, Johnson apply for NFL draft evaluations By BEN JONES StateCollege.com

UNIVERSITY PARK — Christian Hackenberg and defensive tackle Austin Johnson have both applied for NFL draft board evaluation, Penn State head football coach James Franklin confirmed Dec. 18. “I met with both of those guys,” Franklin said. “I guess it was two weeks ago, had really good meetings with them. You know, we have some services that we provide for our (players’) families, as well as the players, to get some information. What we basically decided, more than anything, is … we want to have a plan and be organized in whatever we decide,’’ Franklin said. An evaluation is a fairly routine process for juniors interested in entering the draft prior to the completion of their eligibility. The evaluation simply states in fairly blunt terms a prospect’s likely draft status, areas of strength and areas in need of improvement. Applying for an evaluation does not impact a player’s eligibility. Whatever both Hackenberg and Johnson decide, likely in the days following Penn State’s Saturday, Jan. 2, bowl game against Georgia, neither will announce the news without some level of formality. “It’s not going to be just someone coming out and throwing something out midweek on a tweet. It’s going to be something that we’re going to try and do together and Bowl, from page 22 Tennessee comes into this game 8-4 and on a five-game winning streak. The Vols’ losses this season were all tough ones — in overtime to Oklahoma, by one point to Florida, by four to Arkansas and by five to Alabama. Tennessee seems to be the consensus pick in this game, but not here. Prediction: Northwestern 30, Tennessee 27 ■ Friday, Jan. 1, Citrus Bowl — Michigan vs. Florida It’s back to a January bowl game for Michigan under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh. But the 9-3 Wolverines have been up and down this season, and they were especially down in their season finale against Ohio State. Florida was rejuvenated this year and was 10-1 going into the final two games of the season. Unfortunately, the Gators lost both games — to Florida State and Alabama in the SEC Championship — to end up 10-3. Still, Florida is formidable team and Michigan will have to eliminate any errors in order to win. Prediction: Florida 32, Michigan 27 ■ Friday, Jan. 1, Fiesta Bowl — Ohio State vs. Notre Dame Ohio State lost out to Michigan State in the Big Ten East, but the Buckeyes can still light it up when they are on. After losing to Michigan State, OSU took its frustrations out on Michigan in a 42-13 blowout. Now, the Buckeyes have their eyes on Notre Dame. The Irish were right there for a chance at this year’s “final four,” but a loss to Stanford in their regular-season finale ended those hopes.

do it the way they want it to be done,” Franklin said. “We’re still working through those details and, really, still working through some of the answers.’’ While both players are likely destined for an early entry into the draft, Hackenberg, speaking to the media Dec. 18, was far from committed to either decision, seemingly taking the process one day at a time. Perhaps most interesting of all, a meeting between Hackenberg and newly hired offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead lasted several hours Dec. 17. “It’s pretty standard protocol for juniors in this situation,” Hackenberg said. “That’s where I was going for that, but I’m really focusing on the bowl game right now. “I sat down with him (Moorhead) yesterday for a couple hours, picked his brain about it. I was intrigued by the offense and everything that went into it. I had never really run anything quite like the spread offense in my life, so I was just kind of curious how it worked. It was pretty cool, and how he breaks it down and how he teaches it.” Is it enough for Hackenberg to come back for another season? That remains to be seen, with opinions fairly split between what the junior should or should not do. Ultimately, it will come down to what makes the most sense for him, and only a few people know what that is. The rest of us just have to wait.

only two points in that quarter and Bellefonte tied the game in regulation, 33-33. The Raiders romped in overtime, 14-1, which meant that P-O scored just three total points in the fourth quarter and overtime. It was a step, though. Curtis has long been talking about patience with this team, and the Mounties’ improvements are immediately apparent. The next step is to learn how to operate down the stretch in close games. Also in Philipsburg, two of the better female players in the area squared off Dec. 18 when Bellefonte visited P-O for a Mountain League contest. The Raiders’ Jess Book scored 25 points and got the better of P-O’s Haylee Hayward (17 points) as Bellefonte outlasted the Lady Mounties 50-46. Halle Harrington added 14 for P-O, but the Mounties could not overcome Bellefonte’s 32-30 third-quarter Rahne, from page 21 wrinkles of his own, but with time to prepare and practice there might be a few new looks for Georgia to digest on the fly. Either way, according to Franklin, game plans have already been handed in. So, now, it’s time to prepare. “I told Bob (Shoop) and Ricky and Charles (Huff) that I wanted the game plans done by this Friday,” Franklin said

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lead down the stretch. Bellefonte coach Adam Gearhart said before the game, which was his team’s first win of the season, that the Lady Raiders are just beginning to recover from a rash of early-season injuries. “The biggest thing so far for us this season has been health,” he said. “We were at the point where we had only five varsity players and the reserves were all JV players. But we are starting to get healthy, and with that you are going to see improvement. A lot of improvement.” Finally, at St. Joseph’s Academy on Dec. 18, Stephen Beattie set a school record with 42 points as SJCA beat Belleville Mennonite 77-55. Beattie made seven 3-pointers, another school record, and led the team to its third win of the season against two losses. Beattie’s brother Shawn added 13 points in the game, so the two brothers equaled the Belleville total of 55 points for the night. last week. “And then, we can tweak them after that. That’s what this week is about. Our guys are taking finals, we didn’t really practice, and so it allowed us to grind through 100 percent of the game plan. “Ricky’s done a great job. He’s handled this really well.” With Moorhead just over the horizon and a Penn State program likely ready to introduce a new starting quarterback, only so much can be taken away from Penn State’s bowl performance.

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Notre Dame’s only other loss came to No. 1 Clemson, 24-22, Oct. 3, so this looks like a matchup of two teams out to show that they should be in the playoff. The team that makes the fewest mistakes should win. Prediction: Ohio State 35, Notre Dame 26 ■ Friday, Jan. 1, Rose Bowl — Iowa vs. Stanford Iowa was unbeaten until Michigan State scored in the last minute to beat the Hawkeyes, 16-13, in the Big Ten Championship. Iowa is in many ways what a traditional Big Ten team looks like — good running game, no mistakes, physical defense. But don’t sell the Hawkeyes short. They scored more than 30 points eight time this season and more than 40 four times. Stanford, 11-2, on the other hand, is the prototype Pac-12 team: lots of points, big arm at quarterback and a game-breaking tailback in Christian McCaffery. McCaffery ran this season for 1,847 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. Stanford won the Pac-12 title with a 41-22 win over USC, and the Cardinal are another team that wants to prove it belongs with the top four. Prediction: Stanford 24, Iowa 22 ■ Saturday, Jan. 2, TaxSlayer Bowl — Penn State vs. Georgia We will be running a full preview of this game in our Thursday, Dec. 31, edition, but the key will be Penn State’s ability to move the ball against Georgia’s defense. Penn State moved the ball against Michigan State but made too many mistakes. The Lions clean that up, get some players back and Rick Rahne opens up the playbook. Prediction: Penn State 34, Georgia 24

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THE NITTANY VALLEY Little League 11- and 12-year-old All-Star softball team was recently honored for winning the district and sectional championships. The team was presented with pullovers for their efforts. Pictured, from left, are Emalee Neff, Madalyn Morelli, Madison Henning, Lexi Rogers, Maddie Tice, Lily Gardner, Molly Richendrfer and Taylor Kerr. Missing from photo: Hanna Lauck, Makenna Port, Addyson Manning, Jaelyn Smith, Riley Emel and Tayla Miller.

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Women’s Corner Area woman carves out successful powerlifting career Many women stay in shape by walking, sometimes several miles every day. Others engage in working out in the gym or at home. Fitness centers and the local YMCAs branches offer many programs to make it easier to remain active. One area woman, however, chose a more unique route to fitness. Carol Winkelblech, of Aaronsburg, began powerlifting at the age of 57. A year later, in 1998, she entered her first competition. She lifted 77.5 pounds in bench press and 220 pounds in deadlift and took home a first place. From that day on, she took part in competitive powerlifting with the World Natural Powerlifting Federation. She won a first place at the Connie Cousins 2004 World Powerliftcovers a wide ing competition in Atvariety of events in lanta, Ga., where she Centre County for competed with people the Centre County from several countries. Gazette. Email her By that year, the at ccous67@gmail. event had become com. drug-free, with tests conducted randomly to keep it natural and give lifters an equal chance. Winkelblech’s coach, Steve Snyder, a World Powerlifting champion himself said, “Once you have won a world title, you are eligible for drug testing, even out of meet.”

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Snyder won his first world title in 1996. By 1999, he knew he wanted to specialize in training athletes for powerlifting. His business, Trans Fitness, located at 119 Boyd Hollow Road in Spring Mills, offers that service and more. Snyder set up his business after receiving a degree in exercise and sports science from Penn State in 1994. He was teaching strength-training classes, which is how Winkelblech began to work with him. She was teaching aerobic dance classes in 1996 and wanted her students to also have the benefits of strength training. She turned to Snyder to set up separate classes for her aerobic students to learn how to gain strength and endurance and bolster self-esteem. About that time, Winkelblech asked Snyder to train her for powerlifting. Within a year she was ready to try competition. She continued to lift and gain titles, plaques and even swords, as recognition for her lifting. “These are some of my awards,” said Winkelblech as she pointed to several walls in her home. “She lifted 310 pounds in 2007, in deadlift, at the age of 67,” Snyder said. “She just trained faithfully and it showed.” But Winkelblech said, “Success in the sport is 50 percent strength and 50 percent mind set.” What she has achieved is amazing for a woman who stands 5 feet tall and has lifted at both 123 and 132 pounds in her career. Winkelblech is not a one-sport woman. She has raised and trained dogs, and driven in the Sports Car Club of America. She said it took her a year to get her national

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CAROL WINKLEBLECH, of Aaronsburg, won her first powerlifting competition at age 58. She hasn’t let her age slow her down. license. She is a worthy role model for young women. Through determination and hard work, she has stayed well and strong into her seventh decade of life. All physical fitness coaches tell their clients to vary their

exercises and to find what they like to do. Winkelblech said, “I love to lift. I still do it, still train. But, for now, I am giving up competition.” She will be 75 in January. Who knows what she will take up next?

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Schreyer Scholars reflect on roles in ‘Good Kids’ By CAROLINE BRISELLI Special to the Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK — For Schreyer Scholar Alicia Campbell, it is difficult to find the right words to describe her role in Penn State’s production of “Good Kids,” which ran from Nov. 16 to Dec. 5 at the Pavilion Theatre. “A girl drinks too much at a party and … I can’t even put it into a good sentence,” Campbell, a junior majoring in theater performance, reflected. Campbell played Chloe, a high school student who was allegedly assaulted at a party. Scholar Morgan Kauffman, also a junior majoring in theater performance, said the play was written with the intention of being abstract and that it was based on a 2012 Steubenville, Ohio, rape case, in which the only evidence was video recordings and tweets from the evening of the alleged rape. “It was meant to stir people up a little bit,” Kauffman said of the play. “And I think another thing that gives us trouble giving a description of the show is that it is totally non-linear. You never know exactly where you are in the story.” Scholar Jake Tarconish, a sophomore majoring in theater performance, played a football player named Landon, who allegedly took park in the assault and posted video footage online. “There was a big focus on the act of the rape itself and how it was viewed against a popular culture, which in this case was a high school football culture,” Tarconish said, commenting that, in the play, the football team was the “pride and joy of the town.” This made it difficult for many

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ALICIA CAMPBELL, a student in the Penn State Schreyer Honors College, was one of the stars of “Good Kids.” community members to believe that these good kids could have been involved in an assault, Tarconish said. The Big Ten New Theatre Consortium’s New Play Initiative, a collaborative effort of the Big Ten’s 14 theater programs, commissioned the play, written by Naomi Iizuka, one of the nation’s most acclaimed fe-

male playwrights. After auditions and callbacks — “the coolest callbacks we’ve ever had,” according to Kauffman — Campbell, Kauffman and Tarconish found out they had gotten the parts and began a rigorous rehearsal schedule, practicing 24 hours each week. “It was a pretty long rehearsal process

compared to other shows that we’ve done at this school,” said Campbell, noting that the show opened before Thanksgiving break, then had eight shows after the break. “It was an interesting experience because it gave us a glimpse of what it would be like to go on tour with a theater company, take a break and then continue again.” After each show — which typically ran about an hour and 20 minutes, Campbell said — the audience had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion with representatives from the Center for Women Students, Counseling and Psychological Services, detectives and representatives from other local sexual assault resources. “One thing I loved to see was that we always had an audience who was willing to discuss in-depth,” Tarconish said, commenting that he enjoyed staying for the panels and listening to the many pertinent questions the audience asked. Tarconish said the play had an “interesting duality” for him, considering his role as both a star player on the football team and a perpetrator of alleged sexual assault. “I wanted people to realize that these characters aren’t bad, they’re not the stereotypical evil hiding in an alley. They’re people that you’re friends with, they’re people that you laugh at their jokes, they’re people that you’d probably get along with if you met them,” Tarconish said. “And then you realize that a lot of what they have in common with you comes down to a few simple choices that causes that path Good Kids, Page 26

New CD from Capitol Quartet features local saxaphone prof UNIVERSITY PARK — Saxophone professor David Stambler recently released a CD on Blue Griffin Records with his ensemble, the Capitol Quartet. “Balance” features premiere recordings of works by Stacy Garrop, Carter Pann and J. A. Lennon. According to Audophile Audition reviewer Daniel Coombs, “saxophonists really need to hear this terrific ensemble for some of the best playing and musicianship you will ever hear. Additionally, these are all really fine works by some of

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today’s most talented ‘emerging’ composers. Highly recommended!” The Capitol Quartet includes Stambler on tenor saxophone, Christopher Creviston on soprano saxophone, Joseph Lulloff on alto saxophone and Andrew Dahlke on baritone saxophone. Composed of saxophonists who are on the faculty at music schools, the quartet has captured the imagination of critics and audiences alike. Since its formation in 1991, the Capitol Quartet has per-

formed regularly at major concert venues throughout the United States, earning acclaim for its musical versatility and innovative style.


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AROUND & IN TOWN

Wind up ’15 and kick off ’16 PSU professor releases CD with area’s entertaining options KRISTIN CONSORTI

Here’s what’s coming up on the area’s entertainment and arts scene as the New Year approaches.

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■ Bricks 4 Kidz, located at Ferguson Square in State College, will host “‘Star Wars’ Mission 2 Space Mini-Camp” Wednesday, Dec. 30, for children ages 6 to 14. Based on “Star Wars” and the NASA Space program, the program will teach participants about Kristin Consorti space exploration and asis an arts and tronaut training. They will entertainment intern for the Centre construct space models and can add a “Star Wars” County Gazette. flair. Kids also can create Email her at their favorite character correspondent@ centrecounty as a model figure or with gazette.com. beads. Registration is $25 for the morning session and $55 for the full session, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ■ First Night State College takes place in downtown State College and on the adjacent University Park campus of Penn State each New Year’s Eve. It’s a great event for the whole family, with activities beginning the morning of Thursday, Dec. 31. A First Night button is your ticket to 50 great performances and other events. Pick one up at area merchants or order buttons online at www.firstnightstatecollege.com. ■ Enjoy delicious homemade breads, soups, desserts and hot beverages in between

■ Serenity Wellness Centre is hosting an art class at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9. Participants will create their own mandalas. Mandala, which is a Sanskrit word for circle, is a spiritual symbol for universe. Because mandalas exhibit radial balance, they have been used for centuries as meditative tools. Materials for the class will be provided, but participants can feel free to bring their own markers or colored pencils. Registration is required, as space is limited to 15 students, and cost is $20. ■ The HUB-Robeson Galleries will present State College Area School District student artwork in Robeson Gallery Monday, Jan. 4, through Thursday, Jan. 21. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays from noon until 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. A public reception for the exhibit will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, and will include food, drinks and conversation.

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■ Christopher Guzman performs a public recital in conjunction with the Marian Garcia International Piano Competition and Teacher Workshop at 7:30 Friday, Jan. 22, in Esber Recital Hall on Penn State’s campus. The two-day piano festival, hosted by the School of Music, includes two piano competitions (collegiate and high school), teacher workshops, recitals and masterclasses presented by Penn State piano faculty members.

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State horn professor Lisa Bontrager and her MirrorImage collaborator, Michelle Stebleton, of Florida State University, have released a new CD on the MSR Classics label. “On Safari: MirrorImage Goes Wild” features a collection of new works written for two horns and piano, all but one commissioned by the horn duo. They are assisted by pianist Tomoko Kanamaru and Penn State alumnus percussionist Jaren Angud. The CD features new music written by Paul Basler, Michael Daugherty, Laurence Lowe, James Naigus, Mark Schultz, Luis Szaran and Maureen Young. MirrorImage maintains an active international performance schedule. Multifaceted musicians and professional teachers, Bontrager and Stebleton formed MirrorImage to offer versatile horn music programming in solo, chamber and educational settings. Through their efforts, they have performed recitals throughout the United States, Europe and South America, and double concerti with several orchestras. Frequently the recipient of grants,

Good Kids, from page 25 to vary. And I want people to be aware of that so if something happens they will realize the gravity of what they do.” Kauffman said she also saw many sides of her character, Brianna, a girl in the popular group. “Can you just say ‘good kids’ or ‘good people’ or do people do good and bad things?” Kauffman reflected

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PENN STATE horn professor Lisa Bontrager and her collaborator, Michelle Stebleton, have released “On Safari: MirrorImage Goes Wild.” MirrorImage has commissioned numerous works from leading composers. Their blended sound and performance style originated in the highly regarded Louis J. Stout Horn Studio, based at the School of Music at the University of Michigan. on her role. The play’s title invites both the audience and the cast to explore the meaning of good and bad, Campbell said. “I think a huge part of the show is that there’s a little bit of good and a little bit of bad in everyone,” Campbell said. “(The playwright) does a really good job of making all the characters multifaceted and dynamic. So maybe we’re all good kids who made a mistake.


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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 community@ centrecountygazette.com or mail information to The Centre County Gazette, Attn: What’s Happening, 403 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801.

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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 the website at www.centrecounty library.org for days and times. Meeting — Calvary Church hosts a Christian Recovery meeting every Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1250 University Drive, State College. Visit www.life recoverystatecollege.com. Club — The Schlow Knitting Club meets at 5:30 p.m. every first and third Monday. Knitters of all skill levels are welcome. Visit www.schlowlibrary.org. Club — The Centre Region Model Investment Club meets the second Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Mazza Room at the South Hills Business School, 480 Waupelani Drive, State College. Call (814) 234-8775 or contact cr20mic@aol.com. 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. 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. statecollegesunriserotary.org. 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. Club — The Nittany Valley Writers Network meets from 7 to 8 a.m. every third Wednesday of the month at the Waffle Shop, 1610 W. College Ave., State College. Email nvwn@yahoogroups.com. Community meal — A free hot meal is from 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Community Cafe. 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. liferecoverystatecollege.com.

Performance — Jazz artist Jay Vonada and his duo play from noon to 2 p.m. every Sunday at The Deli, 113 Heister St., State College. Call (814) 237-5710.

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Children’s activity — There will be a preschool story time from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays throughout December at the Centre Hall Area Branch Library, 109 W. Beryl St., Centre Hall. Visit www.centre countylibrary.org. Children’s activity — A variety of story time groups will be held throughout December at the Centre County Library and Historical Museum, 200 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Toddler story time will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Family story time will be held from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Book Babies will be held from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays. And, a preschool story time will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Visit www.centre countylibrary.org. Children’s activity — A variety of story time groups will be held throughout December at the Holt Memorial Library, 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. “Mother Goose on the Loose,” a baby story time group, will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Preschool story time will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays. There will also be elementary-level activities from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Visit www.centrecountylibrary. org. Exhibit — “A Magical Time,” a holiday show and sale, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 27, at the Bellefonte Art Museum, 133 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte. Visit www.bellefontemuseum. org. Concert — Bluegrass band Cabinet will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, and Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Elk Creek Café, 100 W. Main St., Millheim. Call (814) 349-8850 or visit www.elkcreekcafe.net. Tournament — The annual Kiwanis Holiday High School Basketball Tournament will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, and Wednesday, Dec. 30, at State College Area High School, 653 Westerly Parkway, State College. Visit www.scasd. org. Exhibit — “Pixels and Bristles,” artwork by Paulette and R. Thomas Berner, will be on display during business hours through Wednesday, Dec. 30, at The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College. Visit www.thestatetheatre.org.

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SCHLOW LIBRARY in downtown State College will hold several “Discovery Days” before the end of 2015. 132 W. Beaver Ave., State College. All are welcome. Visit www.scpresby.org.

SATURDAY, DEC. 26

Fundraiser — The Pleasant Gap American Legion Auxiliary will hold a blood drive from 1:30 to 7 p.m. at the Pleasant Gap American Legion, 435 S. Main St., Pleasant Gap. Visit www.redcrossblood.org. Film — Classic Looney Tunes cartoons will be shown at 10 a.m. at The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College. Visit www.thestatetheatre.org/saturdaymorning-cartoons.

SUNDAY, DEC. 27

Concert — Soprano Natalie Young and pianist Jonathan Young will perform classical and Christmas pieces from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 250 E. College Ave., State College. Call (814) 237-2163. Performance — The State College Community Theatre presents “The Last Christmas of Doctor Disco” at 7 p.m. at Duffy’s Tavern, 113 E. Main St., Boalsburg.

MONDAY, DEC. 28

Fundraiser — God’s Clear View Ministry’s holiday fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Morris School, 1936 Pardee Road, Morrisdale. Visit www. godsclearviewministries.org.

Children’s activity — Discovery Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schlow Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College. The craft for the day will be personalized snowmen. No registration is necessary. Visit www.schlowlibrary.org.

TUESDAY, DEC. 29

Children’s activity — Discovery Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schlow Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College. The craft for the day will be personalized penguins. No registration is necessary. Visit www.schlowlibrary.org. Concert — A free gospel and bluegrass jam session will be held at 7 p.m. at the Pine Hall Lutheran Church, 1760 W. College Ave., State College. Email askrug@ comcast.net.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30

Children’s activity — Discovery Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schlow Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College. The craft for the day will be New Year’s Eve wands. No registration is necessary. Visit www.schlowlibrary.org. Event — A Harry Potter-themed yule ball will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. at The Conewango Club, 201 Market St., Warren. Visit www.conewangoclub.com. — Compiled by Gazette staff

UPCOMING THURSDAY, DEC. 24

Community meal — A free Christmas Eve dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 208 W. Foster Ave., State College. All are welcome. Visit www.standrewsc.org.

FRIDAY, DEC. 25

Community meal — A free Christmas Day dinner will be served from 3 to 6 p.m. at the State College Presbyterian Church,

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Penn State alumnus named head of PHCA

UNIVERSITY PARK — W. Russell McDaid, a Penn State alumnus, has been named president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, effective Friday, Jan. 1. “I’m truly humbled by this selection,” McDaid said Nov. 10 when addressing more than 600 attendees at the PHCA 2015 Annual Convention and Trade Show at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia. “For more than 20 years, I’ve been fighting to ensure Pennsylvania’s frail elderly and disabled residents get the high-quality care they need and deserve,” McDaid said. “I consider it an honor and a privilege to stand shoulder to shoulder with the men and women who are on the front lines each and every day providing that care. I take seriously my responsibility to ensure they have the resources they need to do the best job possible for the residents in their care.” McDaid earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcast/cable communications in 1990 and his master of health administration in 1995, both at Penn State. “My time at Penn State helped give me the skills and experiences that have helped shape my career in government and health

care policy,” McDaid said. “Access to Penn State’s world class faculty and the culture of learning gave me the tools I needed for the professional and personal accomplishments I have been so blessed to enjoy, from my first journalism class in the College of Communications as an undergraduate student through the many discussions on health care finance, operations and ethics that I had while earning my masters in health administration under the College of Health and Human Development.” Out of gratitude, McDaid said he gives back to Penn State in multiple ways, including by supporting the Penn State IFC/ Panhellenic Dance Marathon and visiting classrooms to mentor students. “I am so passionate about giving back to this university that has given me so much,” McDaid said. “We are so proud that alumni of our department like Russell McDaid are making important contributions to the health care field, and are also giving of their time and talents to further the careers of the next generation of HPA graduates,” said Marianne Hillemeier, professor and head of the Department of Health Policy and

Administration. McDaid joined PHCA in April 2013 as COO and executive vice president. McDaid has managed the day-to-day operations of the association while spearheading the association’s budget and policy initiatives. W. RUSSELL Prior to his time at MCDAID PHCA, McDaid spent nearly two decades in health and human services policy, including time as the senior vice president and chief policy officer for LeadingAge PA, a statewide association representing notfor-profit senior care and service providers. Previously, he was a senior health and human services policy adviser to governors Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker, directing policy across multiple state agencies as the deputy director of the Governor’s Policy Office. McDaid also served as one of the principal advisers to Ridge during the devel-

opment of Pennsylvania’s “Health Investment Plan,” which provided the initial blueprint to use the commonwealth’s share of tobacco settlement proceeds, and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the health research grants and the “Adult Basic” program funded with the proceeds. He currently holds an appointment to Pennsylvania’s federally mandated Medical Assistance Advisory Committee, which provides direction and guidance to the state Department of Health and Human Services in administering the $15 billion in annual spending on medical assistance programs. Additionally, he has served on numerous other advisory committees and task forces providing stakeholder input to the state departments of Public Welfare, Aging and Health. PHCA is a statewide advocacy organization for Pennsylvania’s older residents and their care providers. Members comprise for-profit, nonprofit and government providers. Together, they represent more than 500 long-term and senior-service providers that care for more than 50,000 elderly and disabled individuals.

PSU and Dreamit partner to launch new ed tech accelerator UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State is partnering with Dreamit — named one of the Top 10 accelerators in the world by Forbes — to create an accelerator focused on educational technology. Launching March 2016, Dreamit EdTech will assist startups seeking to solve challenges faced by educators at all levels of learning, including higher education, adult skills acquisition, primary and secondary education. Educational solutions being sought include, but are not limited to, pedagogical advances in online labs and virtual reality,

student support, career services, analytics and interventions. Entrepreneurs will be selected based on an application process. Upon acceptance, they will spend four months developing and de-risking their companies using Dreamit’s curriculum and access to its global network. “This partnership will advance the entrepreneurial and economic development strategies of Invent Penn State and the EdTech Network while helping to ensure Penn State maintains leadership in online learning,” said Craig Weidemann, Penn

State vice president for outreach and vice provost for online education. “More importantly, the Dreamit collaboration will provide a platform for Penn State leaders, faculty, staff and students to gain a firsthand experience in learning about the entrepreneurial process.” “Working in partnership with Penn State, Dreamit EdTech will empower entrepreneurs to create disruptive products while at the same time connecting them with established industry players to integrate those technologies directly into the educational experience,” said Avi Savar,

CEO of Dreamit. Penn State will have designated seats on the Dreamit EdTech advisory board, and Penn State students will be recruited for internship opportunities with Dreamit and the ed tech startup companies. Selected entrepreneurs are not required to relocate their business. They will have access to content and mentors using a digital portal and will be required to spend one week at Penn State’s University Park campus and up to one week per month in a Dreamit hub in Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York City or Houston.

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DEED TRANSFERS 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.

RECORDED NOV. 30-DEC. 4, 2015 BELLEFONTE BOROUGH

Mitchell S. Lebold, Carol Lebold, Carol J. Lebold and Carol J. Becker to Mitchell S. Lebold and Carol J. Lebold, 420 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte, $1. Rodrick Woodring and Marybeth A. Chalfa-Woodring to Marybeth A. Chalfa, 126 Rabbit Hill Road, Bellefonte, $1.

BENNER TOWNSHIP

Donna D. Carey to Christopher T. Stout and Rebekah L. Stout, 1752 Purdue Mountain Road, Bellefonte, $300,000. Jack M. Irvin Jr. estate and Lori Simpson, trustee, to Cole M. Irvin, 2327 Buffalo Run Road, Bellefonte, $110,000.

COLLEGE TOWNSHIP

Allison E. D’Ambrosia to Alexis M. McCarthy, 125 Birchtree Court, State College, $175,000. Wallace C. Snipes and Mitra Z. Snipes to Terry L. Harter and Marilyn L. Harter, 1015 Ballybunion Road, State College, $679,900. Tom Ormond and Robyn Ormond

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to Edward F. Baldwin and Amy L. Baldwin, 246 Florence Way, State College, $445,000. Chang Family Living Trust, ZungPing Chang, trustee, and Renli Chang, trustee, to Gregory D. Stoner and Diane M. Stoner, 1270 Haymaker Road, State College, $575,000. S&A Homes Inc. to Fieldstone Homeowners Association of State College, 2121 Old Gatesburg Road, Suite 200, State College, $225,000. Joseph L. Amendola and Frederick Farber to Harbar Enterprises LLC, 290 Winesap Drive, Port Matilda, $367,500. Phyllis J. Shawley estate and Virginia E. Shawley, executrix, to Brian J. Blair, 903 Halfmoon St., Bellefonte, $141,000.

FERGUSON TOWNSHIP

Victor Nistor and Natalia Orlovskaia to Ailing Tan, 2357 Saratoga Drive, State College, $405,000. Jeffrey G. Moyer and Toni P. Moyer to Barbara B. Hackenberry, 3301 Shellers Bend, State College, $250,000. Thomas F. Songer by attorney, S&A Homes Inc. and Johnson Farm Associates to Michael J. Naputano and Amy J. Naputano, 250 Hawknest Road, State College, $359,053. Johnson Farm Associates, S&A Homes Inc. and Thomas F. Songer to Michael A. Woytowich and Jessica Woytowich, 240 Hawknest Road, State College, $301,641. Tyler E. Tressler to Tyler E. Tressler and Breanna A. Sunday, 858 N. Nixon Road, State College, $1.

HALFMOON TOWNSHIP

Cheryl L. Reese to David J. Vactor Jr. and Mandy L. Vactor, 70 Randall Road, Port Matilda, $196,500. Michael A. Gerber and Roger K. Emes to Michael A. Gerber, 98 Ira Lane, Port Matilda, $1.

HARRIS TOWNSHIP

KBBH Partnership to Julie N. Henry, 133 Kestrel Lane, Boalsburg, $205,705. Richard Z. Hindle by attorney and Patricia M. Hindle to Kathryn P. Miller, 1022 Boalsburg Pike, $207,000. KBBH Partnership to Bryan D. Glick and Nicole E. Glick, 131 Kestrel

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MARION TOWNSHIP Rodrick Woodring and Marybeth A. Chalfa to Marybeth A. Chalfa, 126 Rabbit Hill Road, Bellefonte, $1.

PATTON TOWNSHIP Scott Lucchesi and Christopher Faris to Michael J. Meraglia and Lexie K. Hammond, 15 Coventry Lane, State College, $400,000. David M. Eissenstat and Brenda Eissenstat to Ethan L. Eissenstat, 541 Marjorie Mae St., State College, $1. Evan G. Pattishall III and Margaret Avis Pattishall to Kenneth Crabtree and Stephanie Crabtree, 420 W. Shadow Lane, State College, $412,000.

PHILIPSBURG BOROUGH Heather M. Hasley to Winifred H. Jones-Wenger, 411 S. Centre St., Philipsburg, $90,000.

POTTER TOWNSHIP Dean Family Trust, J. Carroll Dean, co-trustee, and Barbara C. Dean, cotrustee, to Kenneth G. Cromwell Jr. and Alice K. Cromwell, 116 Penns Valley Court 4B, Centre Hall, $180,000.

RUSH TOWNSHIP Nathan A. Smitchko and Kathryn M. Smitchko to John F. Mackin and

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Lauren M. Pringle to Brenton McLaughlin, 442 Spruce Road, Moshannon, $27,000.

SPRING TOWNSHIP

Raymond C. Wilson to Aaron M. Biega, 1004 W. College Ave., State College, $171,500. Adam Matthew Van Horn and Marcella Ann Van Horn to Barbara N. Kelly, 120 Middle St., Pleasant Gap, $198,000. Thomas L. Davidson and Elizabeth A. Davidson to Thomas L. Davidson and Elizabeth M. Davidson, 102 Rosewood Cove, Bellefonte, $1.

STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH

Paul W. Shaffner by attorney and Katrina Joy Shaffner to Ruth McKinley Sauder and Eric Michael Sauder, 645 E. Irvin Ave., State College, $136,500.

UNION TOWNSHIP

Donald J. Basalla and Kelly J. Basalla to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, 70 Penndot Drive, Clearfield, $1.

WALKER TOWNSHIP

Jason A. Dambach to Alex Crawford, 107 Chadham Court Unit No. 40, Bellefonte, $134,900. PR Properties Partnership to Brian Kyle and Erin M. Kyle, 2795 Jacksonville Road, Bellefonte, $61,500. — Compiled by Gazette staff

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Joanne Mackin, 117 Merryman Lane, Philipsburg, $190,000.

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Guarang Parmar and Kavita Parmar to Gary John Adler Jr. and Selena E. Ortiz, 101 Beagle Run Court, State College, $300,000. Linda G. Gabler and Thomas Gabler to David Garrison and Meredith L. Garrison, 3222 Shellers Road No. 222, State College, $405,000. Jay C. Kisslak and Christeen J. Kisslak to Huanyu Cheng and Xiaonan Hu, 2427 Saratoga Drive, State College, $376,000. Elizabeth J. Shaner to John C. Shaeffer and Deborah S. Mulhatten, 2429 Harvest Ridge Road, State College, $335,000. Deanna L. Lauer to Keith A. Brautigam and Leslie A. Brautigam, 3097 Westover Drive, State College, $285,000. Frankie Torres and Kim A. Torres to Patti H. Rea and Dennis J. Connolly, 2076 Chelsea Lane, State College, $212,900.

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CENTRE CREST IS SEEKING NU RSES! FU LL TIME REGISTERED NU RSE Centre Crest is currently seeking individuals who possess the following qualities to join our tea . he qualified candidate should possess critical thinking skills; have strong clinical and assessment skills, along with effective leadership ability. L ong term care and or hospital supervisor experience preferred but not required, and must possess an active PA R egistered N urse license. We are also accepting application for PR N and Part Time R egistered N urses to complement our staff. If this is you, please contact the new D irector of N ursing Michelle R ichner to set up an interview, by calling 814-355-6 777. If you wish to complete an application please visit our website at w w w . centrecrest.org

LICENSED PRACTICAL NU RSE Centre Crest is currently seeking a Full Time evenings shift L PN . We recently increased our wages at Centre Crest for the s to stay co petiti e in our field. f you are seeking a position, and you possess the qualities that we seek as being talented, driven, and a clinically strong leader; ability to multi task as well as work independently, then we would like to hear from you. If you wish to complete an application please visit our website at w w w . centrecrest.org . We are also accepting applications for PR N and Part Time L PN ’ s to complement our staff. Please call us at 814-3556 777 if you should have any questions on this position or other employment opportunities that are available. Centre Crest is an Eq ual Op p ortunity Emp loyer ( M/F/D/V )

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MIXED SEASONED HARDWOOD For Sale Cut And Split Oak And Ash, Varying Length From 12” To 16” Dried 3 Months. Ready To Burn Delivered $150.00 Cord & Ranked $175.00. Call (717) 247-4667

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YAMAHA GUITAR w/ case & 3 instruction books. $115.00 Yamaha H-91 Guitar with case.. excellent conditon. Rarely used only for beginning lessons; 3 books: Alfred d”Auberge & Morton Manus “The New Guitar Course” Books 2 & 3; Frederick M Noad “Solo Guitsr Playing” 2nd edition. (814) 238-2804

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JOB TRAILER $3,950.00 14 ft. “V” Front Job Trailer. Tandem Axle Like New Condition. Roof Rack, Ball Hitch, Finished Interior. Very Little Use. (814) 280-2155

DOG KENNEL (S) $50.00 Med Dog Kennel (Petco) $50 obo. Lg Dog Kennel (ASPCA) $70 obo. Kennels are in great condition, Big Kennel can also be used for multiple med/sm animals. Contact by phone (814) 933-0502 (Mary) or email. Cash only. Can Send Photos of items. (814) 933-0502

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3 Person Canoe, has 800 pound capacity, paid $699 asking $500, only used 3 times, orrs included, would make a great x-mas gift, Call (814) 625-2176

IHOME ID844 $80.00 used IHome dual alarm clock radio for iPad, iPhone and iPod; charge or wake and sleep to either one, to a custom playlist, or to AM/FM radio. The sync button syncs the clock to your iPhone w/remote, Asking $80 obo (814) 933-0502

COLLECTION of PENN STATE Bank buttons, 1972 to 2015 and button history book. $350 for all. Call for information after 6pm. (814) 466-6853

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LIONEL Train set from 1950’s; metal steam engine, freight cars, track, transformer, excellent condition, $175, Call (814) 207-3875

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