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Growing up: Borough is building taller By G. KERRY WEBSTER

STATE COLLEGE — With little or no room to grow out, State College Borough has been looking to the skies to find housing and commercial space in the growing downtown business community. At the Feb. 13 meeting of the borough council, a public hearing was held for downtown’s newest proposed high-rise — The Residences at College and Atherton. The proposed build-

ing would encompass nearly the entire block of West College Avenue and Calder Way, between South Burrowes Street and South Atherton Street. Senior planner Anne Messner said the borough’s staff reviewed the proposal and did not find any “issues” that would prohibit the project from gaining the proper permits and necessary requirements to construct a building at one of the busiest intersections within the borough. The proposal is for the construction of a 447,000-square-

foot building, reaching 12 stories into the sky, with three stories of underground parking below. The first two floors of the building will contain retail space, and the 10 floors above will include 232 residential units and a total of 725 bedrooms. In addition, the inclusionary housing unit, required by borough ordinance, will consist of 31 two-bedroom apartments. The proposal includes a total of 272 parking spots in the underground garage, as well as a mid-block pedestrian crossing

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linking College Avenue with Calder Way. Messner, who was first to testify at the hearing, said Collegiate Development Group of St. Louis submitted the preliminary land development plan to the borough. In addition to staff, plans were also reviewed by the Design and Historic Review Board, said Messner. Although a handful of minor changes (colors, setbacks, etc.) were suggested, members of the board were also in agreement with the project.

“IF YOU can’t grow out, you must grow up. These big buildings are a symbol of vitality for our community.” Steve Dershem

Centre County Commissioner “The group continues to work to comply with the Planning Commission,” said Messner. Growing up, Page 8


Agency aims to add housing in Bellefonte By MARK BRACKENBURY

STATE COLLEGE — A country music concert this month will serve as a major fundraiser for the Hearts for the Homeless program, which is seeing a growing need for its services and is now looking to add transitional housing in Bellefonte. Organizers hope to raise enough money to help Hearts for the Homeless pay rent for a year at its drop-in day center at 100 S. Fraser St. Homeless, Page 6

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PENN STATE wrestlers wrapped up their second consecutive undefeated regular season and secured the Big Ten regular season title, which they celebrated Feb. 12 in Rec Hall. The No. 2 Nittany Lions, the defending NCAA champions, now look ahead to the post-season, which begins with a match against No. 1 Oklahoma State on Feb. 19. More coverage on page 26.

At 100, Rowland Theatre still a focal point By G. KERRY WEBSTER


HEARTS FOR THE HOMELESS director Ginny Poorman and assistant director Ashton Munoz outside the basement drop-in center at Fraser Street and College Avenue in State College. Police Blotter .................... 2 Opinion ............................ 9

PHILIPSBURG — For the past century, 125 N. Front St. in Philipsburg has served as a place where people of all walks of life gather to share their love of movies and entertainment. First opened on June 4, 1917, the Rowland Theatre quickly became the community’s go-to for live and motion picture entertainment. One hundred years later, the theater continues to be a focal point downtown, and thanks to the dedication of just a handful of volunteers, and an appreciative community, the future looks bright for a piece of history entering its second century. “We’re so very fortunate and lucky to have such a wonderful building right here in our community,” said Rebecca Inlow, a member of the Rowland Theatre’s board of directors. Rowland, Page 7

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POSTSEASON READY: Several Centre County high school basketball teams are poised to make a run during the postseason. Page 25

GO TEAM: The Philipsburg-Osceola cheerleaders picked up several awards at a recent competition. Bald Eagle Area and State College also participated. Page 13

MOSTLY MOZART: The Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra will perform “Mostly Mozart” at 3 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Bellefonte Area High School. Page 33


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FEBRUARY 16-22, 2017



THON and Four Diamonds: 40 years, for the kids ROB SCHMIDT

Friday, Feb. 17, marks an important milestone as the Penn State IFC/ Panhellenic Dance Marathon kicks off for the 45th time. Even more significant is, this year, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of THON’s partnership with the Four Diamonds Fund. I participated in my first THON in 1978, the final year in a packed HUB Ballroom. I watched students doing the line dance to the music from “Saturday Night Fever,” a hugely popular movie released only weeks earlier. Rules and Regulations Committee members were moving around the floor penalizing, and often disqualifying, dancers who Rob Schmidt is failed to keep their feet moving. publisher of the When the dancing stopped SunCentre County day at 7 p.m., the dancers collapsed Gazette and to the floor. Co-chairmen Bob Bickdirector emeritus hart and Jimmy Cefalo announced of the Dance the final total — $52,800 for the Four Marathon Alumni Interest Group. Diamonds Fund. The 1978 THON was modest by today’s standards, but arguably the most significant year in THON’s history. Months earlier, the Overall Committee (now known as the Executive Committee) voted unanimously to make the Four Diamonds Fund, a fledgling charity that received proceeds from the prior year’s event, its permanent beneficiary. Tragically, weeks later while on a trip to Hershey to present the check, one of those committee members, Kevin Steinberg, was killed in a car accident. The next year we moved to the “spacious” White Building, added more dancers and nearly breaking the $100,000 mark. Fundraising commenced following the “Kick-off Dinner,” a mere 15 days prior to THON. Nearly all monies raised were by a handful of fraternity/sorority groups collecting cash and change on canning trips.


I first met Four Diamonds Fund founders Charles

and Irma Millard while taping a documentary for my broadcast journalism class. Charles made a comment that sticks with me to this day — “When you lose a parent, you lose the memories of your past. When you lose a child, you lose the possibilities of the future.” The Millards founded the Four Diamonds Fund in memory of their son, who died in 1972 at the age of 14. They, like many families, suffered financial challenges and wanted to set up a fund to help defray non-medical costs. Dr. James Gerson, a pediatric oncologist at Hershey Medical Center, treated the handful of Four Diamonds Children, including a 9-year-old boy named Bobby who was battling leukemia. I was given permission to record an interview with Bobby for my documentary project, providing Gerson conducted the interview. Bobby, like so many children I have met over the years, epitomized the “four diamonds” of courage, wisdom, honesty and strength. Sadly, Bobby’s leukemia returned shortly after the interview, and months later he passed away.


Anyone who has never been to THON should witness the Family Hour — an emotion-filled, 60-plus minutes where families share their stories of triumph, and, for many, stories of tragedy. You’ll hear from survivors like Aubrey Minnaugh Mora, a former Four Diamonds Child. Mora is now a 30-year-old mother giving back as a social worker at the Four Diamonds Fund. You’ll also hear gut-wrenching stories from parents whose child has lost their battle with cancer and are now “angels among us.” The Bryce Jordan Center will be packed most of the weekend, but you can witness the Family Hour, and all 46 hours, on a live feed available at THON has grown from the HUB Ballroom to the Bryce Jordan Center, from a Greek event to a university-wide event, from a few thousand dollars a year to millions raised and from helping a handful of families to defray travel and lodging costs to making sure families never see a medical bill or spend one penny on their children’s care.

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CENTRE COUNTY GAZETTE publisher Rob Schmidt, left, with Charles Millard, co-founder of the Four Diamonds Fund. The Four Diamonds Fund is now a world-renowned organization thanks to the dedicated students at Penn State whose energy and dedication is inspired by these brave young children and their families. Yes, the Four Diamonds Fund would not be what it is today without THON — but, clearly, THON would not be what is today without the Four Diamonds Fund.

More on THON, Page 16

County legislators optimistic on governor’s budget plan By G. KERRY WEBSTER

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf offered his $32.4 billion state budget proposal last week during a speech highlighting aspects of his 2017-18 general fund spending plan and how he intends to pay for it. The plan was generally well received by three Centre County legislators who spoke to The Gazette. The third-year governor, a Democrat, asked for an increase in funding for schools and wants to continue to invest money into battling the state’s heroin and opioid epidemic. He also wants to grow the economy by creating more jobs while downsizing state government by folding four departments — Human Services, Drug and Alcohol, Health and Aging — into a single agency known as the Department of Health and Human Services. The budget proposal also includes $1 billion in new taxes, including $500 million more that will be spent through the rest of this fiscal year. The proposed budget would keep the state sales tax and the personal income tax flat, unlike his two previous budget proposals, where he sought higher taxes in both categories to support education

and to fund property tax reductions. During his address, he discussed the challenges of tackling a budget with a projected $3 billion deficit. He said his spending plan identifies $2 billion in savings in state government and anticipates new revenues. State Rep. Rich Irvin, R-Spruce Creek Township, applauded Wolf’s budget address. “I was pleased this was the first time in his three budget addresses that he did not propose broadbased tax increases,” said Irvin. “This is REP. RICH IRVIN a good start, in my opinion, to enter into budget negotiations with an open mind as to how to reduce or manage existing state expenditures.” Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Bellefonte, said he is “encouraged” to see some of the cost-saving measures in the governor’s budget. He also made reference to Wolf’s largest proposed tax increase in state history of two years ago. “While the governor moved closer to reality from where he started two years

ago, those I represent know there is still much more that can be done to reduce spending and to prevent the need for tax increases on working Pennsylvanians,” Benninghoff said. Irvin said he does have reservations REP. KERRY about some of Wolf’s BENNINGHOFF proposals. “I do have some concerns,” he said, “such as a proposed severance tax on an already dwindling

natural gas industry as a means to raise revenue, but I am choosing to remain open minded in taking a look at the governor’s proposals.” Both Irvin and Benninghoff agreed with Wolf’s idea on downsizing Pennsylvania’s government. “Year after year, budget discussions result in a bigger, more expensive state government that goes well beyond what the core functions of government should be,” said Benninghoff. “That costly status quo just cannot continue. We must seize this opportunity to take a fresh look at how Harrisburg operates. Our goal should be Budget, Page 8

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Police: Hazing may have played role in death By GEOFF RUSHTON

STATE COLLEGE — State College Police said Feb. 10 that detectives are looking into what role “excessive alcohol consumption and fraternity hazing activity may have played” in the death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza. In a written statement, police Chief John Gardner said that Piazza was one of 14 fraternity pledges who were present on the night of Feb. 2 at Beta Theta Pi fraternity house, 220 N. Burrowes St., for a bid acceptance ceremony. The 19-year-old sophomore from Lebanon, N.J., died from injuries suffered when he fell down the basement steps at the fraternity house. Police have said that fraternity members reported Piazza was intoxicated at the time of the fall. Piazza fell at about 11 p.m., but paramedics were not called until 10:49 a.m. the following morning, Feb. 3. Authorities have not said what Piazza’s reported condition was in the hours after the fall. Piazza was unconscious when patrol of-

ficers arrived that morning. He was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center, then transported to Hershey Medical Center where the Dauphin County Coroner’s Office pronounced him dead Feb. 4. An autopsy concluded he died of multiple traumatic injuries, and Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick ruled the death accidental. Gardner said Feb. 10 that investigators are “constructing a timeline of events that will aid in the investigation of this tragic incident.” They have obtained video from inside the fraternity, witness statements and other evidence. “The process of additional evidence collection and analysis, as well as witness identification, remain primary objectives of this investigation,” Gardner said. “This investigation remains a high priority for the police department. To maintain the integrity of the investigation, and out of respect for the Piazza family, the State College Police will not be releasing any further details at this time.” Hazing, Page 8

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BETA THETA PI fraternity house on North Burrowes Street, where a student was injured in a fall Feb. 2. The student died from his injuries Feb. 4, police said.

Community holds vigil to remember Timothy Piazza By PATRICK CINES

UNIVERISTY PARK — Hundreds of Penn State students and family friends gathered to honor Timothy Piazza’s life in front of Old Main on the night of Feb. 12. Piazza, a Penn State sophomore, died from injuries suffered after falling down the basement steps of Beta Theta Pi’s fraternity house. A coroner ruled his death accidental, but police are continuing to investigate. Following introductions and a brief moment of silence, Paige Hammond, who interviewed Piazza for a THON committee, took the microphone to describe her interaction with him. When she asked Piazza during his interview what he could bring to a committee, without hesitation he replied he would be the glue that would keep it together. “He amazed me, how he would always be smiling and noticed when others were having a bad day,” Hammond said. “He made a point to make everybody’s day a little brighter and it’s something that we all appreciated.”

As Hammond stepped away from the microphone, Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” played. Bennet Brooks, Piazza’s friend and roommate, was next to take the microphone. Both of them joined the special interest THON organization AYUDA at the same time. For the last year and a half, they embarked on their THON journey together. “This was the start of me experiencing my best friend’s passion to help people, desire to make a difference, and unique ability to make a positive impact on everyone he met,” he said. Looking back on THON 2016, Brooks remembered how Piazza kept him going. “During the final four when I was starting to fall asleep while standing up in the stands, Tim was there with the squirt gun in my ear shooting water into it whenever my eyes closed,” Brooks said. “This was just Tim — always there when you needed him the most.” There is a lot that they planned on

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HUNDREDS GATHERED the night of Feb. 12 for a vigil to honor Timothy Piazza.

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Jeffrey Sandusky awaits hearing on abuse allegations By MARK SCOLFORO and MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press

BELLEFONTE — A son of former Penn State University assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has been jailed as he awaits a Wednesday, Feb. 22, hearing on charges he pressured a teenage girl to send him naked photos and asked her teen sister to give him oral sex. Jeffrey Sandusky, 41, was arrested Feb. 13, more than five years after his father was arrested in a child molestation case that shook Penn State and is still working its way through criminal and civil courts. He faces 14 counts, including solicitation of statutory sexual assault and solicitation of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. His lawyer is not commenting on the allegations. One of six adopted children of Jerry Sandusky, Jeffrey Sandusky has been a stalwart supporter of his father, who is

serving a lengthy prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys. He regularly attended his father’s court proceedings alongside his mother, Dottie Sandusky, who also has consistently supported her husband and fought to clear his name. One of Jeffrey Sandusky’s siblings, Matt Sandusky, alleged at the time of their father’s 2012 criminal trial that he had been abused by him. Matt Sandusky was not called as a witness, and Jerry Sandusky has never been charged with those allegations. Jeffrey Sandusky has not made any public allegations of abuse by his father. Jeffrey Sandusky, a state prison guard, knew the girls through their mother, authorities said. A state trooper said in the arrest affidavit that on Nov. 21, their father turned over to investigators text messages from Sandusky in which he asked one of the girls for nude photographs.

The affidavit said Sandusky told the teen in texts in March that “it’s not weird because he studied medicine” and instructed her “to not show these texts to anyone.” The girl’s mother told investigators that when she conJEFFREY fronted Sandusky, he SANDUSKY told her “he knows it was wrong and inappropriate,” police said. The girl told police the texts made her uncomfortable and that “he kept pressuring me and asked me multiple times not to show the texts to anyone,” police said. Prosecutors allege Jeffrey Sandusky sought oral sex from the other girl in 2013. She was 15 years old at the time.


That teen told investigators that Jeffrey Sandusky told her in March: “I can’t even say anything except I’m sorry.” Richard Gelles, chairman of child welfare and family violence at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, gave the teen accuser credit for reporting the alleged contact. “This girl was mature beyond her years, and smart beyond her years, and certainly not vulnerable to the kind of grooming that predators tend to use,” he said. Gelles said adult men who seek sexual contact with adolescent girls are seeking power over them and cannot have a mature relationship with another adult. Jerry Sandusky maintains he was wrongly convicted and is appealing. The state Corrections Department said that because of the charges, Jeffrey Sandusky was suspended without pay Feb. 13 from employment as a corrections officer at Rockview State Prison. He was hired in August 2015.

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Hahn planning to run for mayor of State College

STATE COLLEGE — Attorney and former State College Borough Council member Donald Hahn has announced that he will run for State College mayor in this year’s election. The Democrat becomes the first candidate to declare a run for the seat since Mayor Elizabeth Goreham announced Feb. 6 that she will not seek a third term. Hahn, 52, is an attorney with the State College law firm of Stover, McGlaughlin, Gerace, Weyandt & McCormick P.C. He also is vice president of the State College Redevelopment Authority. A Centre County native, Hahn is a graduate of State College Area High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Penn State and a law degree from Villanova University School of Law. Hahn lives in the borough with his wife, Cynthia. “As a State High graduate, Penn State alumnus and borough homeowner, I know that our community is a wonderful place in which to grow up, to go to school and to raise a family,” Hahn said. “As mayor, I want to work to keep it that way.” In announcing his candidacy, Hahn said his priorities include neighborhood stability, fiscal sustainability, di-

versity and inclusion and advocating for progress and change in Harrisburg. “State College is a great town. Penn State is a stable and well-paying employment center, the downtown is vibrant, property values remain strong, and State College consistently earns high ratings for safety,” Hahn said. “However, the borough needs to protect the stability of its neighborhoods through a DON HAHN combination of zoning, ordinance enforcement and owner-occupied housing initiatives, such as the Community Land Trust and the Homestead Investment Program.” He said borough leaders need to focus on maintaining a sustainable tax base and keeping costs affordable. He also noted fostering a diverse and inclusive environment that welcomes “the best and brightest minds from around the world” as well as “the sons and daughters of small-town and inner-city Pennsylvanians.” Hahn previously served on borough council for 12 years, including two as council president. His stint on council ended when he decided not to run for re-elec-

Myers to seek second term on council By GEOFF RUSHTON

STATE COLLEGE — State College Borough Council member Evan Myers announced Feb. 9 that he will run for re-election this year. “I want to build on my accomplishments of the last three-plus years, but there is much work to do,” he said in a release. “We have made progress on gaining citizen participation by enacting proposals I have made, but we need to go further.” Myers is currently in his first term as a council member. He was elected as a Democrat in 2013. In his announcement, Myers emphasized the importance of citizen input in borough decision-making, citing recent moves by council to take meetings to different neighborhoods and lengthening the budget process to gain more input from residents. He said he wants to build on efforts to make State College a more inclusive community that brings together neighborhoods, businesses, Penn State and students, and he has encouraged the university to designate a liaison to council. “There are important issues that need to be addressed forthrightly and urgently, such as our shrinking tax base, pressure on homeowners and a tough and thorough review of zoning codes, covering everything from building

addicted to opioids and other drugs, while holding them accountable if they fail to take advantage of the opportunity they have been given,” he said. Marshall is the current president of the Centre County Bar Association and a solicitor for the Centre County Domestic Relations Office. He lives in Patton Township with his wife, Amy, and their two children. He is the second attorney to anBRIAN MARSHALL nounce his candidacy for Court of Common Pleas judge. Ron McGlaughlin said in January that he will seek the position as well. Kistler is retiring after first being elected in 1997. He has been president judge since 2012, a role that Judge Pamela Ruest will assume once Kistler retires.

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PATTON TOWNSHIP — Family law attorney Brian Marshall has announced that he will be a candidate for Centre County Court of Common Pleas judge. He will be looking to succeed Judge Thomas Kistler, who will retire at the end of the year. Marshall has been an attorney with the Centre County law firm Miller Kistler & Campbell since 2004. “My experience representing clients from throughout Centre County in family and criminal law has given me insight into what our residents need from our local court system,” Marshall said in a press release. “When parties are unable to resolve their differences themselves, it is important they be heard by a fair and impartial judge who treats all involved with dignity and respect, while making decisions based on the evidence and the law.” A native of Clearfield, Marshall earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Penn State in 1996 and went on to hold a certified public accountant’s license in Maryland. He received his law degree from Penn State Dickinson School of Law in 2001. He said that he is the only certified divorce financial analyst in the State College area and is trained in the non-adversarial approach of collaborative law and as a mediator. In his announcement, Marshall noted the need to address substance abuse in the region and to differentiate between dealers and those who need treatment for addiction. “We must provide access to resources to those who are


size and height to the impact of development on density and safety,” he said. Myers added that he wants to have more community input for planning and development and a positive working relationship with the university and its students. “State College has a strong future, if we work together,” he said. Myers is the chief operating officer for AccuWeather and a Penn EVAN MYERS State graduate. He and his wife have three children, all of whom are State College Area High School graduates and two of whom are current Penn State students. He previously was chairman of the State College Planning Commission and has been a member of the Consolidation Study Commission and the Downtown Vision and Strategic Plan Committee. Three borough council seats are up for election this year, including the seats currently held by Myers, Theresa Lafer and council President Tom Daubert. Borough residents also will elect a new mayor, with Elizabeth Goreham announcing she will not seek a third term.

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tion in 2013. He also spent four years on the board of the Pennsylvania Municipal League. “As mayor, I’ll work to foster constructive debate on council, efficient municipal decision-making with full opportunity for citizen input, and the courteous reception of public opinion,“ he said. “Through my 12 years on borough council, I am proud of the many tough votes I have made to protect the neighborhoods. As mayor, I will not hesitate to veto ordinances which are detrimental to neighborhood stability.” In announcing his bid, Hahn praised Goreham’s tenure as mayor and as a council member. “Mayor Goreham has been a great leader, especially with respect to the environment, inclusion and entrepreneurship,” Hahn said. “As mayor, she took a bold and progressive stand in favor of marriage equality and has been a steadfast advocate of innovation and entrepreneurship, as embodied in the New Leaf Initiative. She supported council resolutions against the USA Patriot Act and Pennsylvania’s repressive Voter ID Law. “Our community is a better place because of Elizabeth. I value our shared experiences, and I will continue to seek her advice and assistance in public service.” Pennsylvania’s primary election will be held Tuesday, May 16. In addition to the mayor position, three borough council seats will be up for election in State College.





Piazza, from page 4 doing together that Brooks will continue to do in his friend’s honor. Piazza’s dedication to THON lives on. His family asks that donations to THON be made through AYUDA in memory of him. In the two days after this request was published in Piazza’s obituary, 129 donations totaling more than $15,000 were made. “Be yourself, be weird, be goofy, be happy, be you. Smile, tell your friends you love them and be a better friend to people than they deserve. Make a difference in people’s lives as Tim did in yours,” Bennett said. “Be an incredible brother, a son your parents have everything to be proud of, a boyfriend that gives the best example of how to love and a friend that no one deserves. I love you, Tim. We all love you.” Piazza’s older brother Mike and the rest of the Piazza family took the microphone next. Mike Piazza described his brother as a goofball with a kind heart. “His sole mission in life was to make other people laugh,” he said. He noted how his brother gave back to the community through high school and college. After Tim died, his kidneys were donated to save a man in his 40s. “He gave him a new lease on life,” Mike Piazza said. “I’m so incredibly proud of him for that.” Old Main’s bells rang as Piazza’s mother read a passage about what it means to raise a child. Piazza’s father joked that his son probably rang the bells knowing his mother had something to say. “My son certainly made an impact on the world. I learned a lot of things about him. I always knew he was an amazing kid, an amazing son, an amazing person,” he said. “Let’s be honest, this didn’t have to happen.” He asked everyone to be smart, be aware, be safe, and to help someone if you can. The a cappella group Pennharmonics concluded the vigil with “Hallelujah.” Police blotter, from page 2 Christopher A. McLaughlin, 41, of Port Matilda, was taken into custody by authorities after police said he violated a protection from abuse order in regard to a 39-yearold Port Matilda woman. McLaughlin was taken into custody and lodged in the Centre County Jail. ❑❑❑ Police reported a 20-year-old woman was arrested for underage possession of alcohol after she was pulled over for speeding along I-99 in Taylor Township at 1:17 a.m. Feb. 11. Police said she was traveling 110 mph in a 70 mph speed zone. Upon stopping the vehicle, police observed an unopened bottle of Bud Light inside the vehicle in plain view.

BELLEFONTE POLICE DEPARTMENT Police were dispatched to a reported vehicle-pedestrian crash on West Bishop Street at 8 a.m. Feb. 10. Authorities said a vehicle struck a person in a motorized wheelchair crossing Penny Lane. The operator of the motorized chair was transported to the hospital after complaining of leg pain. Police followed up later and learned the person suffered bruising, but no serious injuries. ❑❑❑ Officers received a report of vandalism to the snow plow train car in Talleyrand Park on Feb. 11. Authorities said the letters “KT” were spray-painted on the side of the train car. Police are continuing to investigate. ❑❑❑ Police were called to a residence on West Bishop Street at 11 p.m. Feb. 12 to investigate a reported domestic incident. Police said after speaking with all involved, a man was arrested for domestic violence related charges. He was placed in the Centre County Jail in lieu of $50,000 straight bail. — Compiled by G. Kerry Webster

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Court makes rulings in 2 county cases HARRISBURG — The state Superior Court recently made rulings in connection with two Centre County cases. On Feb. 9, Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller announced the court granted the commonwealth’s motion to stay in its case with Barry Grove. The court order stopped the implementation of the Jan. 25 order of Clinton County Superior Judge J. Michael Williamson, in which Grove’s lawyers persuaded Williamson to release a convicted criminal into the community. Originally, Grove entered guilty pleas to charges of animal cruelty and firearm violations in 2013. Parks Miller said she contacted the Superior Court in regard to an emergency situation where Grove may be released into the public. The order stopped those proceedings for Grove. She said written arguments were submitted to make Grove’s incarceration permanent while he serves his sentence.

“The court moved with, what is for us in the law enforcement profession, lightning speed putting the protection of the public first,” Parks Miller said. In a separate case, the Superior Court vacated a Jan. 25 order by Williamson, who Parks Miller said was persuaded to set bail for Jalene McClure, who is accused of child abuse, while her appeal in a related matter is pending in Superior Court. On Dec. 22, Williamson denied McClure’s bid to escape prosecution for allegedly severely injuring a 5-month-old infant, then lying to police and the child’s mother about the incident. Parks Miller asked the court to take no action on the case while the appeal is pending. The court agreed with Parks Miller. — Compiled by G. Kerry Webster

3 cases of mumps confirmed on campus By GEOFF RUSHTON

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State has confirmed a third case of mumps on the University Park campus and is urging anyone with symptoms not to attend THON this weekend. On Feb. 10 the school’s University Health Services confirmed two cases on campus. A news release on Feb. 15 said three cases have been confirmed. “University Health Services is recommending that anyone showing symptoms of mumps not attend THON activities this weekend (Feb. 17-19),” the release stated. “In addition, anyone who has been in close contact with a student confirmed or suspected of having mumps is asked not to attend, even if they are not showing symptoms.” Symptoms of mumps include tender swollen glands below the ear or along the jawline, headache, fever and cold-like symptoms, and those who contract the virus are

infectious for two days before the swelling begins through five days after the start of the swelling. The contagious disease is spread through saliva and respiratory secretions. The university said all students, faculty and staff should confirm with their health care provider that they received two doses of the MMR vaccine after their first birthday. Anyone who hasn’t needs to schedule an appointment to get the vaccine, which students can do through UHS. Students who haven’t already done so are asked to provide copies of their immunization records to UHS. “During a mumps outbreak, anyone who does not have proof of vaccination may be excluded from campus until 25 days after the last possible date of infection,” the university release said. The students who were confirmed to have mumps were isolated, and UHS staff has communicated with individuals who have been in close contact with them. UHS and the state health department are monitoring the situation.

Inactive voters purged from county rolls By G. KERRY WEBSTER

BELLEFONTE — Back in November at election time, officials reported a record number of registered voters in the county with more than 122,000 residents on the rolls. At the Feb. 14 meeting of the Centre County Commissioners, Commissioner Steve Dershem reported a purge Homeless, from page 1 Hearts for the Homeless is also working to add eight transitional apartments in Bellefonte, according to assistant director Ashton Munoz. The plan is still in its early stages, and while the hope was to make it happen in the first quarter of this year, it is not likely to move that quickly, Munoz said. “The need has been steadily increasing,” he said. “Our client base has been growing.” While the number fluctuates, Hearts for the Homeless is currently serving about 46 clients, Munoz said. A count in 2015 found that Hearts for the Homeless had helped elevate 178 clients from homelessness, he said. To help address the need, Keepin’ It Country will kick up its heels at the State Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, featuring six bands. There will be room for dancing. Event organizer Bob Langton, a Realtor with Keller Williams, said he heard about Hearts for the Homeless through friends and felt it was an important cause to support. “As a Realtor, I’m fortunate enough to make money when people buy or sell a home,” he said, noting that some in the community do not have homes. “There is a pretty big homeless community in town,” he said, lauding the work of Munoz and director Ginny Poorman in helping that community at all hours of the day and night. “They don’t have time to do fundraising or promote themselves” because they are too busy helping people, Langton said. That is where Keepin’ It Country comes in. Langton said he had seen similar benefit concerts, such as the annual event that raises funds for Strawberry Fields. His wife is a country music fan, and co-worker Keena Corbett is lead singer for the country band Highway 65. The idea was born. In addition to Highway 65, the concert will feature: ■ Adam Yarger, Nashville recording artist, singer and

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IF YOU GO What: Keepin’ It Country benefit concert for Hearts for the Homeless When: Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m. Where: State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College Tickets: $18.50 reserved seating (+$1.50 ticketing fee); or (814) 272-0606 Sponsorships: Still available. To be included in the event program, contact Bob Langton by Feb. 20 at (814) 5740293. songwriter who was a 2016 Grange Fair headliner and is from Penns Valley ■ Chrissy and the Heart Attacks, country artists and multi-genre entertainers ■ David Zentner and the Nashville Music Company, country music recording artist ■ Erin Condo and the Hoofties, Americana recording artist and songwriter ■ Joe Quick, country recording artist and songwriter All of the performers are donating their time. In addition to those performances, anyone who buys tickets to Keepin’ It Country has a chance to win two tickets to see Florida Georgia Line on Saturday, March 25, at the Bryce Jordan Center. Dinner in the Tarragon restaurant at the Atherton Hotel is included in that package, Langton said. A number of factors have led to the growing need for Hearts for the Homeless services, Munoz said. “A big part of the issue is increasing housing costs in the area, and the job market isn’t so good,” he said. With so many students looking for jobs, it is difficult to get in on the ground floor, he said. Additionally, because the organization is only three years old, many people are just becoming aware if its services, which include assisting with basic needs, job preparedness and transitional housing. In addition to housing being eyed in Bellefonte — Munoz said it was too soon to give details on a potential location — Hearts for the Homeless already has six transitional apartments in State College, serving 14 people. The program is “scalable” based on current need, Munoz said. Under the program, clients are allotted an eight-month period to transition into a more conventional living environment. Each case is reassessed after eight months to see if more time is needed. Hearts for the Homeless does not take government grants, Munoz said, because “they tend to be very restrictive.”

FEBRUARY 16-22, 2017 Rowland, from page 1 “This building can tell the history of this entire community for the past 100 years. Everyone from the area has visited the Rowland Theatre at some point in their lives. Everyone has a story.”


The theater was built by Charles Rowland at a cost of $150,000. It was designed as a high-class movie theater that would bring the best of stage shows and nightly movies to Philipsburg. The doors officially opened on June 4, 1917, with the showing of the silent film “Within the Law.” “The Rowland replaced the popular Pearce Opera House, which was destroyed by fire in 1910,” said Inlow, who is penning a book about the history of the theater. “The location of the theater was perfect for what Rowland was trying to do. Being so close to the railroad tracks, he was able to incorporate that into the buildings’ designs so traveling shows could come in and get set up rather easily. He was a very, very smart businessman.” For decades, the Rowland continued to host live and screened entertainment. It outlasted other entertainment venues, such as The Majestic Theatre, just a few doors up the block, as well as the wrath of Mother Nature and structure fires, which destroyed much of the downtown business community. “It’s a strong and tough old building,” said Inlow. “It was built soundly. There have been some repairs and fixes here and there over the years, but I’d say the building is in remarkable shape for being 100 years old.” She said that statement would not be true if it were not for the efforts of the theater board’s president, Kevin Conklin. “He does it all,” she said. “And literally, I mean everything. If there’s ever something wrong, we all immediately say, ‘Call Kevin.’” Conklin has been making improvements inside the theater for several years.

THE CENTRE COUNTY GAZETTE He was instrumental when the group was required to change its projection system from a 35mm film format to a digital format. “We had to embark on a large capital campaign to be able to make those changes that were being required in the industry,” said Conklin. “We couldn’t really afford to call a plumber or an electrician or somebody to work on the furnace if something went wrong. I figured we could save quite a bit of money doing what work we could ourselves.”


The small board, which consists of about seven members, is responsible for not just the maintenance on the building, but for every other aspect of nightly movie screenings. After all, the theater is open 364 days each year, showing mostly firstrun movies. “The only day we’re not open is on Christmas,” said Inlow. “That means our volunteers spend a lot of time here at the theater.” From collecting admission fees to making popcorn, the daily opening of the box office is just part of it. “We need to make sure the theater is clean when people arrive, and of course, the popcorn has to be hot and ready,” she said. “After the show starts, the volunteers have to continue to monitor the concession stand until the movie concludes. After the people leave, there’s still at least an hour worth of clean-up to do.” She said when the theater is closed for business, there is normally at least one or two volunteers inside painting, dusting or doing some kind of improvement or cleaning project. “It’s a labor of love,” she said.

STATE COLLEGE — The State College Borough Council took steps Feb. 13 to enhance the marijuana possession ordinance by adding an amendment and removing some language. “There was a slight oversight when we enacted the original ordinance,” said borough manager Tom Fountaine. “This is something we should have had in the ordinance originally, but it was language we just overlooked.” On Aug. 1, 2016, the council passed an ordinance effectively decriminalizing the use or possession of a small amount of marijuana (30 grams or less) or hashish (8 grams or less) within the borough. Instead of being charged with a criminal offense, violators are issued a citation and must pay a fine of up to $250. Those caught smoking marijuana in a public place can be fined up to $300. During the Feb. 13 meeting, the coun-


THE BALCONY offers a bird’s-eye view of the stage and the Rowland’s ornate character. be designed in front of the theater to help fund this project. She said in 1917, that original marquee extended past the curbside and 2 feet over the roadway, which is a goal for the new marquee project. In conjunction with the new glass canopy, a plaza will be designed in front of the theater to protect the new marquee. The plaza would extend the sidewalk and include the fundraising bricks. “In keeping with the original design of the 1917 marquee, the movie and event advertising will not be done on the glass canopy,” she said. “Instead, a digital standing marquee will be placed on the plaza.” Inlow said there is room for 15 char-

acters to be engraved on a brick in two or three rows. The cost of each brick is $100. More information about the fundraising project can be found by calling (814) 3420477. Several events are being planned around the centennial celebration in 2017. Drawings will be held on a weekly basis at the theater and special prizes will be awarded. There are also a handful of special events scheduled, including a performance by Hotlanta, an Allman Brothers Band tribute group, Saturday, April 1; Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on Saturday, April 29; a musical tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, “Who Loves You,” on Saturday, May 20; and the Centennial Celebration Bash on Sunday, June 4.


In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the Rowland Theatre board is hoping to restore its marquee to look like the original glass marquee did in 1917. Inlow said a plaza consisting of engraved bricks will

Borough council amends marijuana ordinance By G. KERRY WEBSTER


cil voted unanimously to add possession of drug paraphernalia to the ordinance, and remove language that fines parents or guardians of juvenile offenders. In other business, the council: ■ Approved the use of various borough streets Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to noon for the annual Coaches vs. Cancer 5K Run/Walk ■ Approved the closure of South Allen Street, from the municipal building to Foster Avenue, along with other various streets, sidewalks and the Allen Street parking lot, as well as the use of the municipal building lobby and Room 112 on Saturday, April 1, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the annual Autism Speaks 5K Race/3K Walk ■ Approved the appointments of Theresa D. Lafer to the Centre County Metropolitan Planning Organization, Janet Engeman as an alternate to the CCMPO, Engeman to the Spring Creek Watershed Commission, and Amy Kerner as an alternative to the Spring Creek Watershed Commission.


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growing Pennsylvania’s prosperity, not its government.” Irvin said he looks forward to the proposals of combining state agencies to save on state spending. “I am optimistic the governor is seeking to merge various state departments and agencies to reduce costs and eliminate redundancies,” said Irvin. “This is something I look forward to exploring in more detail once I have the opportunity to review the governor’s entire budget proposal.” State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Rush Township, championed Wolf’s proposals for a heavier focus on education spending. “I am pleased that Gov. Wolf and I share the same focus on education,” said Conklin. “From making sure students get a healthy breakfast to start their day, to recognizing the need to keep our colleges and universities at the front of education, this is an ambitious plan to invest REP. SCOTT in education. We need to fund eduCONKLIN cation in a comprehensive manner by investing at the pre-K level all the way through to job training and workforce development.” The recent proposal was just the start of the budget process. “In the months ahead, the House will be engaging in budget hearings, at which time we will be able to ask questions of some of the pertinent state agencies and departments to get more details about their budgets and listen to their ideas on how best to manage state expenditures,” said Irvin. Benninghoff called on his colleagues “from both sides of the aisle” to look hard at where the state can tighten its belt and where it can eliminate wasteful and unnecessary spending. “I look forward to working toward a responsible state budget that right-sizes government, provides high-quality educational opportunities and encourages job growth and a health economy,” he said.

“They’ve be really good communicating with us and keeping us informed on their plans. They’ve been working very, very hard on this project.” Ronald Lucas, attorney for CDG, called a handful of professionals involved in the project to testify. Brant Stiles, CDG co-founder, explained the background of the project — from the initial discussions in August 2016 though the submittal of the conditional land use application with the borough in December. Kim Faulds, a State College resident, testified she was concerned about the “quickness” of how the process is playing out. “The Fraser Centre took many years of planning and it has become a wonderful asset in a very vibrant part of the community,” said Faulds. “I’m worried that rushing through the project just to get it done could take away from what the project really is, and that’s a positive for our downtown community.” Stiles said although the process seems to be moving along quickly, he assured the audience that his company was using due diligence in dealing with all aspects of the preliminary designs, and after prompting from Lucas, noted CDG has spent about $340,000 thus far on the project. “We’re invested in this, and we’re invested in doing this right,” said Stiles. He also explained he has been in contact with the seven existing business owners on the project site, and he said each has given their permission for their company to continue exploring preliminary data. Should a building permit be granted, those seven buildings would be razed. Included in that list are West College Realty, California Tortilla, Zola Kitchen and Wine Bar, Golden Wok and two residences. Ken Foltz, a Pittsburgh-based attorney representing the Atherton Hotel, said his clients have concerns about the proposal, including the proximity of the building to the hotel, the impacts of 18 to 24 months of suspected construction time and how management will control the student population. “My client hasn’t been contacted about this proposal at all,” said Foltz. “We’d like to have a dialogue so we can address some of these concerns we have. We don’t have any significant complaints so far, but we do want to be proactive about this.” Foltz said his client is also concerned about the sub-surface effects of the construction, and in particular, the impacts of the construction of an underground garage in relation to the Atherton property. After three hours of testimony, the council decided to table discussion on the matter because of the late hour. The project will again be discussed at the Monday, March 6, meeting and could be considered for approval as early as Monday, March 20. The construction of The Residences at College and Atherton will mark the fourth high-rise building scheduled for construction downtown. Work has already begun on The Rise at State College, which will be a 12-story, 140-foot building on East College Avenue, where Kildare’s Irish Pub used to call home. The building will contain a street-level grocery store, graduate and professional apartments and underground student apartments. Scheduled to open later this year is The Metropolitan, which is located directly across Atherton from the proposed site of The Residences at College and Atherton.

Voters, from page 6 According to Dershem, the voter registration office purges the names of registered voters who have not participated in an election in the past nine years. The breakdown includes: Democratic, 43,719; Republican, 43,630; and unaffiliated, 13,925. In other business, the commissioners: ■ Approved a contract between the county and Service Access and Management Inc. to administer the oversight of the 2016 PHARE grant funds in the amount of $60,000. The total allocation that can be expended on administration cost is $3,000. ■ Approved the Taser cartridge replacement plan with Taser Inc. The plan is to include batteries and locks the replacement price for five years. The contract total is $9,101.81. ■ Approved the purchase of a 2013 Dodge Durango through Penn State University. The vehicle has 78,208 miles on it and will replace a vehicle in the Mapping and Tax Assessment Office. The total cost is $19,580. ■ Announced Centre County Government offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of Presidents Day.

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The Centre County District Attorney’s Office, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board agents and Penn State Office of Student Conduct representatives have been assisting in the investigation. On Feb. 8, Penn State’s Interfraternity Council and university administrators announced that social functions for all fraternities have been indefinitely suspended. The suspension will be in place while multiple parties, including fraternity and sorority organizations, the university and State College Borough, “determine significant changes in social policies and practices for these groups,” according to a university statement.



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THE METROPOLITAN apartments rise above the landscape on Atherton Street at College Avenue. Another residential high-rise is now proposed across the street.

This building will be used strictly for residential housing and will contain 540 bedrooms. A seven-story, mixed-use building is planned for 260 Beaver Ave., the site of the former Canyon Pizza. This 98,000-square-foot building will include first-floor retail space, 40 apartments on the next five floors and office space on the top level. Underground parking is also in the plans for this project. In October, the first of these high-rise buildings opened with the Fraser Centre, located on Beaver Avenue at Fraser Street. This 12-story building partially opened with retail giant Target and H&M Clothing. The 158-room Hyatt Place hotel, Federal Taphouse restaurant and bar and residential condominiums are expected to open this spring. “If you can’t grow out, you must grow up,” said Centre County Commissioner Steve Dershem. “These big buildings are a symbol of vitality for our community.” Commissioner Mark Higgins is a member of the Centre County Ag Land Trust Board. He said he would much rather see residential housing being built up, rather than on properties that would take from the rich agricultural lands surrounding State College. “I would rather have several 12-story buildings constructed in an already-developed area,” said Higgins. “We need to protect our sacred farm lands, and if it takes building taller to do so, that’s what we must do.” The Residences at College and Atherton is CDG’s first project in State College; however, it does have similar buildings planned for Ann Arbor, Mich., Knoxville, Tenn., Clemson, S.C., and Columbia, Mo., all college towns. “Recent events, including a tragic student death associated with activities in a fraternity house, as well as growing allegations of misconduct in these organizations, including hazing and sexual assault, compel this joint action.” The university statement said fraternities will not resume social functions until they agree to changes. Beta Theta Pi has been suspended by its national organization and by the university. Anyone who may have information regarding the incident is asked to contact the State College Police Department at (814) 234-7150 or,or by submitting an anonymous tip through the department’s website,

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Trump has chance to hit Big Pharma By Newsday At a news conference before his inauguration, Donald Trump said the pharmaceutical industry was “getting away with murder” because “pharma has a lot of lobbies and a lot of lobbyists and a lot of power.” Trump promised to bring prices down. This was not a flippant pledge. Taking on Big Pharma was a recurring theme in the campaign, when Trump promised to battle high prices and an illogical system. Now as president, Trump has a perfect opportunity to call out a drugmaker and the system. The Food and Drug Administration has given its approval for use in the United States of deflazacort, a steroid that people have been importing for $1,200 a year to fight Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Duchenne afflicts about 15,000 young Americans, stealing their ability to walk in adolescence and killing them in young adulthood. With FDA approval, however, the drug will become illegal to import deflazacort and that monopoly means Marathon Pharmaceuticals can charge $89,000 a year thanks to “orphan drug” rules for rare diseases that will give the company an exclusive patent for seven years. The exclusivity is supposed to repay the investment to get the drug developed and approved in the United States, but in this case, the clinical trial that provided most of the support for the approval was conducted 21 years ago, and the costs of developing the drug were recouped long ago. The company says it will try to provide the drug free of charge to people with no insurance or those who can’t afford the $89,000. It’s mostly insurance companies that Marathon is targeting to earn big profits. But programs to help those who can’t afford drugs often don’t work as well as promised. Because of the cost, insurance companies might not want to cover deflazacort and could argue that a much cheaper steroid, prednisone, might be just as effective. And if the insurance companies do pay for deflazacort, it will cost us all a fortune in higher insurance prices. Stung by a public outcry, Marathon has hit pause on its plans. This offers Trump a great opportunity to take on both a profiteering drug company and a senseless set of FDA rules. He should seize it.

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Another loss that affects us all ly reconnected with more of them. Here we are again. I was positively influenced by the Last week, we learned of the death work and the work ethic of girls in of another Penn State student from other majors, of girls focused on difinjuries related to a fall. This time, ferent career goals and by my “sisdown a flight of stairs at a fraternity. ters” whose backgrounds and homeInitial reports indicate that alcohol towns were not State College. We was a factor in the incident. Authorispent more time doing community ties are reportedly investigating if the service than people outside of the incident might also have been relatGreek system seemed to understand. ed to fraternity hazing. And, we had some fun. In truth, It is heartbreaking. Another famwe had a lot of fun and a ily who sent their child off lot of it involved alcohol. to college with the hopes I can remember the occaand dreams of an educasional fraternity party with tion and a future received garbage cans full of some the news that no one ever, horrible tasting punch and ever wants to hear. A son. the occasional “themed soA brother. A grandson. A cial” in which there would boyfriend. Someone’s best be some kind of themed friend. A teammate. A studrink, but it was mostly dent in someone’s class. beer. There were kegs and Another young perplastic cups and beer. son is never coming home We drank. We danced. again as a result of a tragWe laughed and had fun. edy that could have been We spent Sunday afteravoided. noons with our dorm room Penn State’s Office of doors open, gathering in Student Affairs, working Patty Kleban, our rooms, listening to with the Interfraternity who writes for “The Witch Doctor” and Council, the Panhellenic, reviewing antics from the Council and other Greek is an instructor at Penn State, night before. organizations on campus mother of three I don’t remember peohave suspended all so- and a community ple going out with the sole cial activities for students volunteer. She is a purpose of getting drunk. involved in Greek organi- Penn State alumna People didn’t talk proudly zations until a “reassess- who lives with her about blacking out. I don’t ment” can be completed. family in Patton remember as much of an THON, scheduled for next Township. Her emphasis on hard liquor. I weekend at the Bryce Jor- views and opinions remember that one or two dan Center will continue as do not necessarily reflect those of Penn of my pledge class who planned. State. mismanaged alcohol were Callers to local radio asked to leave. In one case, her parare already raising concerns about ents found out about her drinking the suspension. “Should the whole and they pulled her from Penn State Greek system be impacted because to attend another university. one kid had too much to drink?” Since then, so much has changed. The answer is, emphatically, As a faculty member, I see it from “Yes.” the other side of the classroom. I see I was a member of a Greek orgastudents who let the party focus innization during my undergraduate terrupt and even derail their studyears. It was a very good decision for ies. I see the seeds of addiction and me. Many of the locals who attend the inability to manage alcohol and Penn State look to clubs and orgaother chemicals planted in the party nizations to make new friends and atmosphere, particularly for young to experience college like the other people for whom the brain has not students. Greek life was a wonderful matured. I’ve seen lives ruined by experience for me. I met some wondecisions made or decisions made derful women who remain friends for someone else as a result of alcoand with social media have recent-


hol. There have been too many stories of parents having to get the call about injuries, illness or death from alcohol-related decisions. What seems to have changed is the seemingly passive acceptance within the student population that alcohol is a rite of passage and drinking to obliteration is almost expected. Last week, in a classroom discussion on professionalism, the topic rolled to student behaviors and how their decisions in their leisure time impact personal and professional growth. Students wanted to talk about what happened at Beta Theta Pi. One student suggested that students be required to take a class that teaches them the signs that peer is in trouble and needs to go to the hospital. It would seem to me that continuing the efforts of teaching about knowing personal limits might be the better way to go. Local medical and emergency personnel, the local police and various entities on campus have worked diligently to track data and provide education and orientation for students about the consequences of drinking. According to the surveys, things seem to be getting better. Fewer students are reporting binge drinking and problems caused by drinking. But then it happens again. Sadly, our department lost a student earlier this year in a car accident that was alcohol-related — the passenger in a car driven by another student, both of whom I had in class. The impact on all of those who knew them is almost too much to put into words. We still have a long way to go. Thankfully, Penn State is taking this step and involving stakeholders in the decision moving forward. Excessive drinking, hazing and other groupthink issues are not limited to the Greek system. The Greek system , however, provides the people, the spaces and the culture to create the perfect storm. To chalk it up as “kids will be kids” is irresponsible. Another one lost is too many.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS Startup aims to make concussion diagnoses easier By JEFF RICE Penn State News

UNIVERSITY PARK — A Penn State Schreyer Scholar is among three college students who are looking to bring a smarter, more efficient type of concussion testing to high school sports teams. Matthew Roda, a sophomore from Lancaster majoring in health policy and administration who is on the pre-med track, is a co-founder of Reflexion Interactive Technologies. The startup has developed a portable screening device called the Edge. It measures reaction time, hand-eye coordination and other responses, helping to determine whether or not an athlete has suffered a concussion within seconds after the potential injury has occurred. The newest prototype of the Edge is a 6-foot-by-2-foot board, made of composite materials, with a six-panel display and several hundred sensors that light up in set patterns. The versatility of the design allows for a variety of types of tests, including participants quickly touching the lights one at time with their fingertips during a 30-second test. The data is instantly stored and analyzed via computer. Roda understands from his own experience the devastating effects of concussions. He was playing in an ice hockey game during his junior year of high school when a check from an opponent sent him headfirst into the boards. His coach, following the concussion protocol in place, asked Roda where he was, what year it was and who the president was, and he answered all three questions correctly. He was consequently allowed to keep playing in the game.

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PENN STATE Schreyer Scholar Matthew Roda demonstrates how to use the Reflexion Edge, a portable screening device designed to more accurately test athletes for concussions. “The reality was, I had a concussion that was so severe I missed a month of school after that, and then didn’t return full time until another month later,” Roda said. “How was the referee, the coach or anyone else supposed to know if I was OK?” That is the question Roda and his co-founders — high school friends Matt Campagna, a sophomore at Case Western Reserve University, and Patrick Walsh, a sophomore at Cornell — are hoping to answer with their software and device, which they featured at the CES consum-

er technology trade show in Las Vegas in early January. Unlike IMPACT testing, which involves athletes taking a test that lasts roughly a half hour and is measured against a single baseline test taken before the season starts, screening with the Reflexion Edge can be — and is encouraged to be — done on the sideline, Roda said. An entire team can be tested every week. That gives coaches and trainers a larger data set and a way to see positive or negative trends and, in some cases, identify problems they were not even aware of.

“If there’s a huge hit, it’s obvious,” Roda said. “It’s these smaller, mild concussions that are going undetected.” Under the current screening system, if an athlete is feeling sick on the day of his baseline test, it could produce a result that will make it difficult to determine if he has a concussion later on. There is also the possibility that, knowing how the system works, he could decide to perform poorly on purpose during the baseline test so that there would be no discernible difference if he suffered a concussion, which is known as “sandbagging.” Reflexion’s system would measure the athlete’s response rate over time, making sandbagging more difficult, if not impossible, and allowing for an initial sluggish test. There are other potential benefits for athletes that can come from the testing process itself. “It’s been proven that by doing complex reaction time training, you’ll be able to react quicker on the field and avoid concussions,” Roda said. “It’s training the players to actually make them better at the sport they’re playing.” The Reflexion team is working with Penn State kinesiology professor Semyon Slobounov, one of the nation’s leading concussion researchers. He and a team of graduate students will set out to prove the scientific validity of the concept. The first step is developing proof of concept. The next would be preclinical trials. “Our mission is the science part of it, providing everything they need to show it works and why it works,” said Slobounov, who plans to include athletes from Penn State’s varsity and club teams in testing. Concussion, Page 11

Park use influences perceived health, PSU study shows By JENNIFER MILLER Penn State News

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State researchers have long understood the important connection between parks and health. A research article published in January in Preventing Chronic Disease, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s peer-reviewed journal, clarified this connection across a national sample of Americans.

“The Relationship Between Self-Rated Health and Use of Parks and Participation in Recreation Programs, United States, 1991 and 2015” showed that Americans who use their local parks or participated in recreation programs offered by local park and recreation agencies are more likely to report high levels of self-reported overall health status through the SF-1, a measure of self-rated health frequently used by health organizations. “It was exciting to see a relationship

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Fatty acids may lead to first heart failure treatments By KRISTIE AUMAN-BAUER Penn State News

UNIVERSITY PARK — With the start of the new year, many Americas are resolving to cut back their fat intake. However, some fats are essential as part of a healthy diet and may even lead to groundbreaking treatments in heart disease. In a National Institutes of Health-funded project, researchers from Penn State, the University of Minnesota and the University of Rochester Medical Center will be studying omega-3 fatty acids and their use in preventing and treating a certain type of heart failure. According to co-principle investigator Gregory Shearer, associate professor of nutritional sciences at Penn State, more than half of all heart failure diagnoses are diastolic heart failure. “Heart failure occurs when the heart pumps blood inadequately, leading to reduced blood flow, cell death and lower oxygen levels for the patient,” said Shearer. Shearer, who is also a Social Science Research Institute co-funded faculty

ining data from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, a medical research study involving more than 6,000 men and women from six communities in the United States. MESA contains data on cardiovascular disease and the risk factors that predict progression. “We’ll be analyzing the data to find evidence that EPA is protective for heart failure in humans as well,” Shearer explained. The researchers hope their findings can be used to both prevent and treat diastolic heart failure.

“This type of heart failure in particular is becoming more prevalent, and currently there are no treatment options. Our approach, in which we target the EPA receptor with an EPA-rich diet, will be the first therapy of its kind for this type of heart failure,” said Shearer. Other principle investigators on the project are Timothy O’Connell, assistant professor of integrative biology and physiology at the University of Minnesota, and Robert Block, associate professor of public health sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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grams. It is also considering a subscription model. Schools could purchase the board once and pay for updated software on a regular basis. So far, the team has raised more than $150,000 from investors. Roda estimates he spends 20 to 30 hours per week on the project. His hope is that young athletes all over the country will benefit. “I put a ton of time into this,” he said, “but it’s something I’m really passionate about.”

“We would like to see the underlying neuroscience basis behind it.” Slobounov is curious to see how Reflexion’s screening will account for left- or right-handedness and for testers’ ability to learn with repeated screenings. The Edge device, which fits in a duffel bag when folded, could benefit athletes of all ages, but the Reflexion team is looking to specifically target high school pro-

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HOOPs at OLV celebrates 25th anniversary Special to the Gazette STATE COLLEGE —HOOPs at OLV, a developmental basketball program for youths in kindergarten through sixth grade at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. While improvement of basketball skills is an important goal of the HOOPs program, it isn’t the only one. HOOPs seeks to teach the Christian values of playing fair, giving one’s best effort and being a good teammate, according to a press release from OLV. Developed in 1992 by Mike Morse, HOOPs at OLV currently serves approximately 350 children, “providing a family-friendly way for children to exercise, to develop basketball skills and a love for the game, and to be part of a team,” said Jeff Peters, director of HOOPs. The program truly started from the ground up. “My father has always had a deep love of basketball and takes great joy in teaching young people excellence through athletics,” said Will Morse, son of Mike Morse. “He saw a facility at OLV that did not have a program, or any baskets for that matter, and just decided he had a spiritual urge and calling to start a program.” Funds from HOOPs are used to support Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, and not just the athletic department. Over the years, profits have supported technology upgrades; the purchases of classroom equipment,

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ON FEB. 4, Mike Morse was recognized for starting Hoops at OLV 25 years ago, when his son, Will, was in first grade. At halftime of one game, Morse was challenged to a game of “Knock Out.” Pictured, front row, from left, are participants Nick Belinc, Kylie Ehrensberger and Luke Duckworth. Back row, from left, are current HOOPS referee and former player Stephen Beattie, HOOPS director Jeff Peters, winner Emma Coudriet, Mike Morse, Will Morse and OLVCS principal Samantha Weakland. an art projector and sound system; renovations to the school’s gym and locker rooms; chairs for seating at school events; and other general academic support. “My dad feels a lot of happiness and pride knowing he could

give back to kids, his faith and his church,” said Will Morse. “I honestly think he knew right away what it could be for the school and community as a funding source and community activity.”


HOOPs at OLV began as a community-building program and remains that way today. Will Morse remembers the early days of the program when it was an all-day affair.

“I always remember being a little kid and anticipating every weekend,” he said. “It was the place to be. I fondly remember my dad setting up in the mornings with his weekly crew, listening to the same Bruce Hornsby album every week. To this day, I still have the album and it holds a special place in my heart. “I remember how happy it made my dad to have the kids learning the game of basketball all while having fun and being a part of a program that was centered around faith.” Today, the sense of family and community continues as former players return to the program in leadership roles as assistant coaches and referees. “I think it is really important to allow teens to get experiences like this,” said Peters. “This year, we have eight coaches that are graduates of the program.” Additionally, many of the players move on to the next level, including record holders at both State College Area High School and St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy. As the program looks toward its next 25 years, Peters would like to see one thing change. “Like many athletic programs, we have more boys than girls enrolled in HOOPs,” Peters said. “I would love to see more girls sign up. Our program is great for girls who have never played a sport competitively. With three daughters of my own, I really appreciate the importance of encouraging girls to be active and build athletic skills.”

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Philipsburg-Osceola cheerleaders win big honors By G. KERRY WEBSTER

WINGATE — Hundreds of varsity cheerleaders took to the mats Feb. 11 at Bald Eagle Area High School for the annual Mountain League cheerleading competition. Students from BEA, Philipsburg-Osceola and State College participated in the event. The Philipsburg-Osceola team, under the direction of Mary Slogosky, grabbed a first-place finish in the small-varsity division, as well as the Judges’ Choice Award, the Mountain League championship and the Grand Champion title, for scoring the highest of all scholastic teams that participated. State College took third in the small-varsity division. The BEA team performed, but due to an injury that occurred to an athlete earlier in the day, the team pulled itself from competition. The school’s junior high team did take third in its division. According to event organizer Kristina Wahl Wentling, 47 teams comprising 650 athletes attended. A portion of the proceeds support athletic programs for Mountain League school districts. P-O’s victory comes on the heels of a team victory at a cheering competition in State College held Feb. 5. According to Slogosky, it takes talented athletes and a

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“A cheerleader needs to be willing to train not only her skills, but also her mental toughness and physical ability to be a good athlete,” said Slogosky. “It also requires a selfless commitment to the team. “To be a good coach, it takes committed athletes, committed parents, a supportive administration and the willingness to put the time in,” Slogosky continued. “Without my family’s support, I personally wouldn’t be successful.” Slogosky’s said cheerleading at Philipsburg-Osceola continues to grow with the success of the program. “Cheerleading at P-O has definitely grown and seems to be still growing in all aspects of cheer — sideline and competition,” said Slogosky. “It seems to be directly related to the new view of cheerleading as a sport. The Olympic Committee recognizing it as a sport just recently will also help our sport grow.” The P-O team included captain Lydia Shively, co-captain Tristin Croyle, Emily Frantz, McKenzie Moore, Savannah Mason, Sierra Yastro, Natalie Boop, Riley Magill, Jenna Hoover, Kami Glace, Lila Tekely, Lexi Hahn, Josie Miller, Savannah Glessner and Morgan Socash.

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THE PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA cheerleading squad, left, won the overall title and the Judges’ Choice award, among other honors, at the Mountain League Cheerleading Championships on Feb. 11. Bald Eagle Area High School in Wingate played host to the event, which included high schools and junior high schools from around central Pennsylvania. State College Area High school, above, placed third in the small varsity division, while BEA, top, performed but did not compete because of an injury.

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Geisinger lists top baby names DANVILLE — Parents are gaga over Jackson and Emma. Geisinger Health System has tabulated the most popular names of the more than 5,000 babies delivered at its hospitals throughout 2016. For the second year, variations of the name Jackson were the top moniker for baby boys. Grayson climbed the crib rails into the top 10 list, overcoming Liam to settle into second place. Olivia crawled up eight spots to tie with Emma for the top girls’ name, bumping Adalynn to the backseat. Most of the girls’ names are new to the top 10 list, except for family favorites

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Auditions set for Happy Valley’s Got Talent Special to the Gazette STATE COLLEGE — Know a talented kid who should be on stage? Happy Valley’s Got Talent, Tides’ primary fundraising event, is seeking talented Centre Region kids to audition from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Bellefonte Elementary School, 100 W. Linn St. New this year, Happy Valley’s Got Talent is focused solely on kids — there will be no adult talent portion of the show. From vocalists to dancers, musicians and more, kids are invited to audition. Four acts in four new categories will advance to the finals and compete for cash prizes ($250, $150, $75 and $50 in each category) at The State Theatre in State College on Saturday, March 18. The four divisions are: ■ Future Fame Division (kindergarten through fifth grade) ■ Rising Stars Division (sixth through eighth grades) ■ Prime Time Division (ninth through 12th grades) ■ All In Division (group acts with three or more performers; can be mixed ages) There is no fee to participate, and all performers are asked to register online prior to the audition dates. In-person registration will be accepted at auditions, space allowing. Audition information and registration forms are available at www.tidesprogram. org or by contacting the show’s producer, Jerry Sawyer, at

“Happy Valley’s Got Talent” will feature two performances. A matinee at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at The State Theatre, will highlight the same finalists as the evening performance, and will allow kids in the audience the opportunity to vote for their overall “Kids’ Choice” winner in each category. The final performance at 7 p.m. will be judged by local school administrators and special guests. The evening event will have additional featured performers and a text-to-donate option, with all proceeds going to support Tides. Local radio host Jerry Valeri from Big Froggy 101 and Majic 99, promises to entertain as emcee for both shows.


“Happy Valley’s Got Talent” was created as the signature fundraiser event for the Tides program seven years ago. “We couldn’t be more excited to align this year’s HVGT with Tides’ mission — kids,” said Suzanne Thompson, executive director of Tides. “A huge amount of support has come from the schools across Centre County. All of them granted me face-to-face meetings, have offered to help promote the auditions by sending out or hanging flyers, and some of the superintendents have even agreed to be judges for the final performances. “We could not make this a successful show without their help and I am grateful.” Each additional year gains more exposure for performers and Tides alike. The goal of “Happy Valley’s Got Talent” is to raise $50,000 for the Tides program.

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by calling (814) 692-2233. There is no fee to participate. Tickets for the event and a red carpet preshow reception hosted by Metzger Animal Hospital at Indigo will be available at the State Theatre box office, For information about ticketing, call the State Theatre at (814) 272-0606. More details about Tides and the “Happy Valley’s Got Talent” event are available at

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STATE COLLEGE — Michael Keller has received a second chance at life. As a baby, he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, which came as quite a shock to his parents. There was no family history of the disease. Growing up, he led an active life and played sports. It wasn’t until high school that his health began to slowly decline, after he experienced his first lung infection. Doctors said a double-lung transplant was critical to his survival. On Dec. 6, Keller received his gift of life. Around the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s transplant department, Keller is known as “Mr. 2,000” because his was the 2,000th lung transplant performed there. The average double-lung transplant costs more than $1 million. And, that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which covered a portion of the transplant costs, Keller faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to Transplant, Page 16

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Adults can model respectful behavior for children JESSICA DIRSMITH

“The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.” — John F. Kennedy

While many parents may not be equipped to conduct at-home physics or organic chemistry experiments to advance knowledge and share truth with their children, they certainly can model Jessica Dirsmith is and teach behaviors a certified school that are conducive to psychologist. She respect, understandpractices in the ing and tolerance of State College Area differences. School District and According the also teaches at Penn American PsychoState. logical Association, parents can engage in the strategies to support and foster their child’s feeling of securing, safety and empathy for others. Be mindful about what is said at home, encourage children to listen to other’s opinions with respect, monitor exposure to media, be consistent and reassure them that your love is unconditional.


■ Be cognizant of what information (news, political views, etc.) you share with your children and how it is presented. Listen to your children’s concerns and ask if they have any thoughts. The key

here is responding in an age-appropriate manner that also reassures your child that they are safe, cared for and loved. ■ Be consistent with what you say and what you do. Model the behavior you wish to elicit from your child. Angrily arguing about politics with a spouse or a sibling in front of your child is not setting a good example. There are many local resources to facilitate both child and family involvement in pro-social community events. The Boy Scouts of America provide children and their families with opportunities to volunteer in the community. Scouting for Food is a community event organized by the BSA that involves both parents and their children collaboratively organizing a food drive to give to those in need. ■ Encourage your children to listen to others’ opinions with respect. As humans, it is inherent that we have diverse opinions and experiences. And that is okay. Model what respectful listening looks like. It is OK to share that you don’t always agree with others, but that you do behave in a respectful manner and your child would be expected to do the same. It is also important to provide children with tools and strategies to be assertive when they may be in a situation that creates discomfort. They may wish to walk away or use language that can help them either change the topic or indicate that they are feeling uncomfortable. ■ Monitor media exposure. This includes social media for the adolescent population. Too much exposure

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PARENTS CAN engage in strategies to support and foster their child’s feeling of security, safety and empathy for others. to something such as television news can make a child feel fearful or uncertain. Perhaps reading newspapers together is a better way to facilitate older children and adolescents’ exposure to current events. ■ Continue to reaffirm to your child that your love and support are unconditional.


Resiliency research supports that just one positive adult relationship can change a child’s world. Children sometimes face difficult times in life. While they may hear hurtful statements about themselves or others, a parent’s or caregiver’s love and unwavering support can mitigate these aversive life events.


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THE LOCAL Keystone Region Porsche Club of America held its annual holiday gathering at the Mountain View Country Club recently and presented Youth Services Bureau executive director Andrea Fisher, center, with a check for $2,000. Pictured with Fisher, from left, are Mike Szczesny, KRPCA treasurer; Steve Ryder, KRPCA president; Dave Dix, YSB board member; and Bob Cornell, KRPCA past president. Szczesny said the local region consists of only about 100 members, and nearly half of the membership participated in some way to make a difference for Youth Services Bureau. The group has hosted car club challenges, last cruise events, a car-themed business-afterhours and many other events in support of YSB.

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AT THE RECENTLY completed Bellefonte Elks Lodge’s Local Hoop Shoot Contest, 61 participants ages 8 through 13 competed in the free throw contest. Nearly 40 volunteers assisted with the event. Winners of the event, pictured with Hoop Shoot director Bucky Quici, left, Elks loyal knight Ray Holsing, right, and lodge exalted ruler Debbie Markle Shelow, top, include: first row, from left, Mya McCaslin (girls 8-9) and Quinn Eckley-Jones (boys 8-9); second row, from left, Olivia Boone (girls 10-11) and Tyler Serb (boys 10-11); and third row, from left, Hailey Johnson (girls 12-13) and Nicholas Way (boys 12-13).

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THON is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity every year’ By ALYSSA INMAN UNIVERSITY PARK — With her spring graduation inching closer, Kathleen Beck regularly finds herself reflecting on her college experience. She is a senior at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, as well as president of the IST Benefiting THON student organization. Her commencement will be the culmination of three years of hard work and a lifelong connection to Penn State. Raised 30 minutes from the University Park campus in Tyrone, “I grew up with Penn State in my blood,” Beck said. From her mom working in the College of IST, to her brother earning his Penn State degree in 2011, to her dad holding season tickets for nearly every Nittany Lion team, her Penn State roots run deep. “I wish everyone could go to school a half an hour away from home,” Beck said, laughing. Growing up so close to Penn State, she was able to regularly see her older brother, Russell, including a weekend in February 2011 when he was dancing for IST in THON. After visiting him on the Bryce Jordan Center floor during his 46-hour dancer experience, she became hooked on the fundraiser. Following in her brother’s footsteps, Beck is fulfilling her dream by preparing to dance in THON 2017 alongside Brendan Keeports, the organization’s other dancer and a senior majoring in security and risk analysis. Despite

learning in November that she would dance, however, the reality of her experience has yet to sink in. “I think I’m going to get super nervous the week of, because that’s when it’s going to become more real,” she said. As president of IST Benefiting THON, Beck works with group members to plan canning trips, organize alternative fundraisers and support the college’s two THON families. While it is a considerable investment of her time, Beck’s involvement does not end with THON. She also serves as a student manager for the women’s volleyball team and works two part-time jobs, one with Penn State Housing and the other remotely for Liberty Mutual. In October 2016, Beck secured a full-time position with Liberty Mutual, set to begin after her graduation. She will start in a rotational program in the IT department and hopes to join a team working on project management. Before serving as the president of IST Benefiting THON, Beck was the organization’s family relations chairman and grew close to the group’s two THON families. The group originally supported one Four Diamonds Family, but last year Beck and two other group members successfully applied for the organization to support a second family. “That’s something that will always stick with me,” Beck said. “We brought in a new family to the organization, and that’s really special.” She said the organization’s small size makes the mem-



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KATHLEEN BECK is a senior at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology and the president of the IST Benefiting THON student organization. bers very close and opens up plenty of opportunities for students to take on leadership positions. Through their participation, members often grow close to the organization’s families and other group members. Beck credits this close-knit, family-like atmosphere for adding to her Penn State experience. “Penn State is obviously a really huge campus, and I think some people shy away from it because they’re worried about how big it is,” Beck said. To make the big campus small, Beck got involved. “I feel like joining an organization like (IST Benefiting THON) is really special,” she said. Looking ahead to THON 2017, Beck is most excited to share her experience with the organization’s THON families and the group’s new members, who will be visiting the Bryce Jordan Center floor for the first time. She also is eager to share the weekend with her mom, who Beck noted is her biggest fan.


The Penn State Dance Marathon, or THON, will host more than 16,500 student volunteers at the Bryce Jordan Center from Friday, Feb. 17, through Sunday, Feb. 19. For more information, visit.

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IN RECOGNITION of his involvement in activities with the Bellefonte Elks Lodge and other groups, Larry Cramer, center, was named Elk of the Year for 2016-17. Cramer has been involved in veterans services programs for many years. Pictured with Cramer are Chris Shuey, esteemed leading knight, and Debbie Markle Shelow, exalted ruler. Transplant, from page 14 his survival as the transplant itself. For fundraising support and guidance, Keller and his family turned to the National Foundation for Transplants. NFT is a nonprofit organization that helps patients raise funds to pay for transplant-related expenses. “We are so thrilled that Michael received his transplant and is doing so well,” Claire Prince, NFT fundraising consultant, said in a press release. “He’s got a wonderful support system around him, and they are working hard to raise the funds he needs to afford the treatment and care he needs to keep his gift of life healthy.” Two upcoming events will benefit Keller. Volunteers will host a comedy show fundraiser from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Celebration Hall, 2280 Commercial Blvd., State College. Comedians Louis Ramey and Peyton Clarkson will perform at the event, which costs

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THE NITA-NEE Kennel Club donated 260 pounds of dog food to the Faith Centre in Bellefonte over the holidays. Pictured, left, is James Kustanbauter, president of NNKC, with Nicole Summers, executive director of Faith Centre. $20. There will be a silent auction, a hot appetizer buffet and a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Jackie Gates at (814) 234-0417 or jgates42@comcast. net Bellefonte Lanes and the Bellefonte Youth Bowling Program are sponsoring their third annual Cystic Fibrosis Benefit Bowling Tournament at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2767 Benner Pike, Bellefonte. Cost is $15 per bowler. Teams consist of two bowlers; organizers will assist those needing a bowling partner. Call (814) 355-4641, or sign up at the front desk. To make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Keller, send a contribution to the NFT Pennsylvania Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write “in honor of Michael Keller” on the memo line. Secure donations also can be made online at Donors should click on “Find an NFT Patient” to locate Keller.

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Silver Sneakers helps seniors stay active, healthy By VINCENT CORSO

STATE COLLEGE — Perhaps nothing is more important than staying active after retirement — after all, it is tempting after a life of work to want to sit and relax. But getting and staying active as we grow older can have numerous benefits. The Silver Sneakers program helps older adults do just that, and it is offered as part of many insurance plans once people retire. “It gives seniors a chance to get access to health clubs like the YMCA with no cost and be involved in certain classes for free,” said Cindy Luptin, who manages the Silver Sneakers program at the State College Family YMCA. Along with the YMCA, many other fitness clubs in the area offer memberships as part of the Silver Sneakers program, including Planet Fitness, Anytime Fitness, The North Club, Lionheart Fitness, East Coast Health and Fitness and Victory Sport and Fitness. For many, the opportunity to visit the health clubs is a benefit. “Being able to come to the Y helps me greatly,” said 76-year-old Brenda Black. “I am able take classes like the gentle yoga and gentle spin and it helps me manage my illness.” Black developed a rare form of muscu-

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SENIORS FOLLOW instructor Naomi Engelken during gentle yoga class at the YMCA. lar dystrophy for which there is no cure, but attending classes and staying active helps her manage her symptoms. “Sometimes, I don’t want to come to the class, but when I do it helps alleviate some of the pain from my condition,” said Black.

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Having the support of her teachers in the class and the other members at the YMCA helps her to keep coming back, she said. And for many, the social benefits of the gym are just as important as the health benefits of using the Silver Sneakers program.

“The social aspect of fitness classes is a huge boon to the health of seniors,” said Susan Rogacs, a Silver Sneakers member who also teaches Active Adult Total Fitness at the Y. “All these people come together in class and encourage each other to work as hard as they can, and then afterward they might sit down and talk, or enjoy a meal or go for a walk together. It is really encouraging.” Rogacs said that people of any level of fitness can benefit from her class, and they will start slowly and eventually build to working harder. “Some people are a little afraid at first, but once they come to class and meet everyone, they really enjoy themselves, love that they can do more things at home,” said Rogacs. The YMCA benefits from having the Silver Sneakers member, and other seniors at the facility, said director of operations Scott Mitchell. “We like to have as much diversity as possible, because the youngsters can learn from the older people, and the seniors can benefit from the energy that the younger people bring. We like to include everybody,” said Mitchell. Silver Sneakers, Page 20

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Age gap is a factor in retirement planning By ARIELLE O’SHEA

ment age at 67 can expect to live an additional 21 years, to age 88. A man who is 50 today and works to 67 is expected to live an additional 18 years, to age 85. But as a couple, they may need to draw on their retirement savings from the time he turns 67 to the time she turns 88, a significantly longer span of 26 years — and many financial planners would add a few years to that projection as extra insurance.


An age difference in your relationship doesn’t just mean your favorite bands are from different decades. As you approach retirement together, that age gap becomes a factor in decisions about when you retire and when you take Social Security, and in planning how much money you need to save and how it should be invested.


To plan for those extra years in retirement, mixed-age couples should save more, work longer and invest with an eye toward the longer life expectancy in the relationship, said David Hunter, a certified financial planner with Horizons Wealth Management in Asheville, N.C. “The older someone gets, the more conservative they tend to be,� Hunter said. “But when you’re coming at it from two different ages, if the older person can stomach the volatility, you should probably invest with the younger person’s time horizon in mind. You’re trying to prepare your assets to be around for that second individual.� Couples tend to want to retire together,


Especially if the younger partner is a woman, an age difference can mean you need your money to last longer. Women outlive men on average, which adds additional years to retirement. As a couple, your retirement time horizon should be computed from the longest life expectancy of the two of you, said Kathleen Hastings, a certified financial planner with FBB Capital Partners in Bethesda, Md. According to Social Security’s life expectancy calculator , a woman who is 45 years old today and reaches full retire-




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EVEN A SMALL difference in years between two people can affect when you retire, how much you need to save and how those savings are invested. which can tempt a younger partner to take early retirement in order to align with the older partner’s retirement plans. But doing so could result in several financial drags on the couple, Hastings said. The early retiree could end up with a shortened timeline of Social Security contributions, and miss out on years of contributions to a 401(k) or other workplace retirement plan. “Someone has to make sacrifices to make up for that loss of income, and you either do that by working longer or saving more,� Hastings said. If retiring at the same time is important to you, consider whether the older partner can work longer to meet the younger one at his or her full retirement age, or use a retirement calculator to figure out how much more you’ll need to save to accommodate those extra years of distributions rather than contributions.


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younger partner in mind means you’ll take a more aggressive approach, which should allow your money to continue to grow and last longer. But distributions are required from tax-deferred retirement accounts — such as traditional 401(k)s and IRAs — beginning at age 70 1/2. If you’re married, your age difference spans more than 10 years and the younger spouse is the sole beneficiary, the amount of that required minimum distribution will be calculated using the IRS’ Joint Life and Last Survivor Expectancy Table. This allows the account holder to draw less than he or she would if using the table for the standard RMD calculation. That can leave more of your money to grow tax-deferred, assuming you want or need to draw only the minimum required. This article was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet.








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Penns Valley center tailored to seniors’ needs By SAM STITZER

MADISONBURG — The Penns Valley Senior Center “can be anything the seniors want it to be,” said its manager, Paula Snyder. The senior center is located at 102 Leisure Lane in Madisonburg and is operated by the Centre County Aging Office. It is open to anyone over age 60. Funding comes from the Aging Office and from grants from various community groups. Snyder manages both the Madisonburg facility and a smaller center located in the Centre Hall fire hall. The Madisonburg facility is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the Centre Hall facility is open the same hours on Tuesdays only. On Fridays, Snyder assists seniors on shopping trips, helping people get to grocery stores and appointments. “It was created as a place to be social, as well as a resource center,” said Snyder, of the senior center. Current morning activities include a men’s coffee group, low-cost lunches, health and nutrition sessions, social time with a variety of game options, monthly blood pressure checks, weekly shopping trips to State College and a garden project

in the summer. In the afternoons, other groups of seniors use the center to play monthly rounds of card games, and there also is a mah-jongg group. Snyder said that seniors need not own or drive a vehicle to travel to the center, and that many participants use the Centre County van service to travel to the center. There are also opportunities available for low-cost trips to places seniors might not go otherwise due to cost or not being able to drive. Bus trips have been made to see shows at Eisenhower Auditorium on the Penn State campus, Corning Glass Works, Atlantic City, Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster and several other places. Groups have traveled to Belleville, Lewisburg, Altoona and Mill Hall. Some have even tried kayaking at one of the group’s picnics. “The group tells me what to plan,” said Snyder. The center supports lifelong learning classes and offers information on Medicare, help with income taxes, flu shots, and safe driving classes, among other services. It also delivers meals to seniors in the area who are homebound, and offers information and support to family members. Penns Valley Senior Center is equipped with Wi-Fi and a computer, as well as a

TV. For physical fitness, there are treadmills and an elliptical machine. Snyder said that future plans include a poetry class, to be taught by Abby Minor, who has led a similar class at Salem Hill Haven, near Spring Mills.

“We love new people and ideas,” said Snyder. “I would love to get more seniors out of the house and socializing, laughing and trying new things.” For more information, call Snyder at (814) 349-8188.

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Love is eternal: Find comfort in remembering JACKIE HOOK

A woman came to the support gatherings I facilitate after losing her husband of 60 years. They met in high school and were together from then on. After his death, her life was very different and she wanted to reconcile, a word which from its roots means make good again. This woman courageously allowed Jackie Hook, a herself to feel the spiritual director grief on the way to and celebrant, this reconciliation. At coordinates the first, she was present Helping Grieving in the support gathHearts Heal erings and took it all program at Koch Funeral Home in in. We talked about State College. different ways to embrace a new life, including my “4-3-2-1-! of Hope, Healing and Wholeness.” Over time, I could see more light in her spirit. One day, she approached me after a meeting and said she had just spent two days experiencing the love she and her husband shared. How could that be? Love is eternal. C.S. Lewis wrote of a similar experience

in his book, “A Grief Observed.” Lewis wrote about the death of his wife, whom he referred to as “H.” While feeling the intensity of his grief, Lewis worried that he would lose some of his memories of her. But, something “quite unexpected” happened as the grief began to lift: “Suddenly at the very moment when, so far, I mourned H least, I remembered her best. Indeed it was something (almost) better than memory; an instantaneous, unanswerable impression. To say it was like a meeting would be going too far. Yet there was that in it which tempts one to use those words. It was as if the lifting of the sorrow removed a barrier ... and the remarkable thing is that since I stopped bothering about it, she seems to meet me everywhere.” As I join people on their grief journeys, I continue to hear stories of these “meetings.” A woman who “met” her late husband as she lay in bed at night. A mom who “met” her young son in moments of family gatherings. A child who “met” his mother in a rainbow. Perhaps “meeting” is too strong a word for you. But, how about “remembering” — finding comfort, peace and love in remembering. Remembering is so important. It is part of what we need to do to heal and reconcile with the grief — we remember all of the broken pieces of our lives. We move



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REMEMBERING IS part of what we need to do to heal and reconcile with grief. from a relationship of presence to a relationship of memory with our loved ones and we continue to feel the love. When I sit with families and hear the stories of their recently deceased loved ones’ lives to create personalized services for them, the love in the room is often palpable. In Thornton Wilder’s “Bridge of San Luis Rey,” he wrote, “There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.” Love is eternal. Sometimes our culture sends the message to forget and move on. Most people I talk to don’t want to forget. They want to continue to feel the love they knew when their loved one was alive. I encourage these people to spend some time with their memories, feel that love and continue to heal. Remembering can become a problem when it is all you do. It can also hurt if you get stuck in painful memories and are unable to find peace. If these things happen, professionals can help.

I invite you to take time to “meet” and remember your loved ones. Share a memory of them with someone else, visit one of their favorite spots or cook their favorite meal. I also invite you to take part in one of the upcoming programs: ■ “Loving Through It,” 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, The Attic of The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College. Learning to Live: What’s Your Story? and State of the Story present an evening of MOTH-style storytelling and music about loving through loss. ■ “Death Class — Why Don’t We Talk About It?,” noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday, March 6, at the Oddfellow’s Windmere Hall, 454 Rolling Ridge Drive, State College. Koch Funeral Home presents its March Monday’s Moments complimentary luncheon gathering where attendees will learn about topics surrounding death and how to make the most out of life. For more information, call (814) 2372712 or visit

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Study looks at effects of dried plums on bone health By MARJORIE S. MILLER Penn State News

UNIVERSITY PARK — As women lose estrogen during menopause, they also lose bone mass. In an effort to investigate ways to reduce subsequent health conditions — such as osteoporosis — a Penn State professor and her colleagues have received a grant to study the effects of dried plums on bone health and osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. “Our goal is to determine if daily consumption of dried plums can help to maintain or increase bone mineral density in postmenopausal women,” said Mary Jane De Souza, professor of kinesiology and physiology and principal investigator for the project. Researchers believe polyphenolic compounds, found in dried plums, are what may help lower the incidence of osteoporosis. Participants will include postmenopausal women aged 55 to 75. “Targeting this age range will allow us to generalize our results to postmenopausal women with a low bone mass who may experience osteoporosis and a high risk for fracture,” De Souza said. “Furthermore, these women represent a primary age group targeted for dietary supplementation of dried plums.” Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, and another 44 million have low bone density that could develop into osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. The foundation also states that one in two women, and

up to one in four men, will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis. “These estimates bring to light the urgency for continued development and improvement in prevention strategies,” De Souza said. Pharmacological therapies are effective in the treatment of bone loss, but can also have undesirable side effects and are a major concern for many women who need to consider therapeutic options when they have low bone mass. Alternatively, consumer interest in non-pharmacological options for preventing and treating bone loss, particularly dietary supplements, is on the rise, De Souza said. To evaluate the effectiveness of dried plums as a dietary supplement, De Souza and colleagues will compare the effects on bone health of a diet rich in dried plums to a diet with no dried plums. For 12 months, two groups of participants will eat six or 12 dried plums per day, and a control group will eat no dried plums. All participants will receive calcium and vitamin D supplements for the duration of the study. Each study group will contain 63 women. Women in the study will have their bone health measured every six months. Bone health measurements include density of bone, structure and geometry of bone

Respite care isn’t just for caregiver Special to the Gazette Often family caregivers need to be told, coaxed or even forced to take a break from their day-to-day responsibilities tending to a loved one’s need. According to Homewatch Caregivers of Central Pennsylvania, caregivers need to keep themselves healthy so they can continue to be of assistance. “Caregiver dementia,” which is not an official medical diagnosis but nonetheless has similar symptoms such as forgetfulness and disorientation, can occur when a family caregiver becomes too stressed. It’s clear that the person providing care is going to gain from taking a break, whether it’s a full beach vacation or merely a couple hours at the local movie theater with a good friend. However, the caregiver may not be the only one to benefit when there is a change in routine.



RESEARCHERS BELIEVE polyphenolic compounds, found in dried plums, may help lower the incidence of osteoporosis.

and strength of bone. Once the study is completed, De Souza and colleagues will determine the effects of a year’s worth of dried plum consumption using 3-D bone-imaging technology to quantify bone density, geometry and estimated strength, key factors for understanding osteoporosis and fracture risk. The study will also include detailed assessments of the polyphenolic chemicals in the dried plums to explore relationships between polyphenolic consumption and bone health. “A significant outcome for bone health in this project would hopefully provide postmenopausal women at risk for osteoporosis the opportunity to choose dried plums to prevent bone osteoporosis and improve bone health,” De Souza said. The research is being conducted in the Women’s Health and Exercise Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology at Penn State under the direction of De Souza and Nancy Williams, head of the Department of Kinesiology. Connie Weaver, distinguished professor and head of the nutrition science department in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University, is also contributing to the research. The California Dried Plum Board is funding this research.

When caregivers are tired, stressed and burned out, they aren’t going to be at their most friendly and supportive. Therefore, if they can recharge and rest up, they can return to the task at hand with a renewed spirit. Renewed energy can restore joy to the whole caregiving partnership. Assisting someone with daily activities means there is likely to be repetition. While there can be a certain strength in the familiar, there can also be dullness. By hiring a professional caregiver or asking another family member to take your place, spontaneity is likely to occur, as this other helper may have his or her own methods or fresh ideas. When the family caregiver returns from an outing alone or with other friends, they might have stories to

share that can liven things up and bring welcome variety to the day’s interactions. Just as family caregivers can gain perspective from taking a break, so, too, can care receivers. For example, they might miss that daily card game or seeing a certain neighbor during their usual walk time. This change can give them a chance to feel new appreciation and gratitude for their family caregiver. When the person doing the lion’s share of caregiving steps aside, it can give another the opportunity to give and feel needed. Often people don’t know how to help, so being asked to step in just temporarily can be the best arrangement for all.


If you’re a family caregiver who feels like it’s impossible — and even detrimental — to not be there for your loved one even briefly, stop and think of all you could do for others. When you arrange your time off, whether for a few hours or days, make a checklist: ■ Communicate your plans with your loved one and talk to him or her about the rewards of engaging with others in your absence. ■ Choose your replacements carefully by making a list of what your loved one needs to have his or her needs met. ■ Be clear about your own expectations of time away so that you can reap the most benefits from the time. Your goal might be to check an errand off your list or to rest and re-establish some peace of mind. Seeking out respite care from family caregiving isn’t selfish; it’s another way to show how much you care.

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Workers contributing more to 401(k) accounts By STAN CHOE AP Business Writer

NEW YORK— A rare double shot of encouraging news on retirement savings: Workers are contributing more to their 401(k) accounts, and they’re taking out fewer loans from them. So says Fidelity, which looked at how 14.5 million savers are behaving in retirement plans that it administers. The combination means that the average 401(k) balance was $92,500 at the end of 2016, up nearly 5 percent from a year earlier. “Fewer people have pension plans now, and they’re more reliant on a 401(k), so I think people realize the importance of savings,” said Jeanne Thompson, senior vice president at Fidelity. Paychecks finally seem to be on the

upswing for families outside the top earners, and the median household income climbed 5 percent in 2015 to $56,516. That, plus the strengthening job market, had workers feeling confident enough to set aside 8.4 percent of their paychecks during the last three months of 2016. It’s the highest quarterly level for 401(k) contributions since the spring of 2008, just before the worst of the financial crisis. Employers are also playing a role. About one in four workers last year raised their contribution rate for their 401(k) accounts, and only half of them did so on their own. The other half of the increases were part of automatic programs set up by employers. “Many employers are starting to realize, as they freeze their pension plans,

they do want to set people up for success,” Thompson says. That has employers not only automatically enrolling their workers into the 401(k) plan but also discouraging loans from them. Only 21 percent of workers have a loan outstanding from their 401(k) accounts, the lowest level in seven years. Having the option to take out a 401(k) loan has some benefits. Employees are more likely to participate in plans that allow them and may even contribute more than they would have otherwise, researchers say. Taking a loan can be a risky move. Most loans get repaid, but defaults do occur when workers leave their jobs. Loans from 401(k) accounts can become due immediately when workers retire, get laid off or quit. Not only that, taking out a 401(k) loan

pushes many workers to cut back on their contributions, and many don’t get back to their prior levels of savings until after they’ve repaid the loan. Workers miss out on the returns the forgone contributions, and the cash that was borrowed, would have made had it been invested in the stock market. Of course, the encouraging numbers from Fidelity cover only a slice of the retirement-savings landscape. Not everyone can save in a 401(k), even if they wanted to. Roughly one out of every three workers in the private sector has no access to a 401(k) or similar retirement plan through work. Lower-income workers generally have disproportionately less access to these plans than those with higher incomes. So do workers at smaller companies.

Five debts you should tackle before you retire BY CAMERON HUDDLESTON (TNS)

Debt can be a burden at any age because it can prevent you from getting ahead financially. But debt can be an especially heavy weight in retirement. Making monthly debt payments can leave you with less money to cover necessary expenses —

especially if you’re living on a fixed income. Taking steps to eliminate debt now can keep it from derailing your retirement. “I recommend taking a look at your debts and giving yourself a realistic term,” said Leslie Tayne, a financial attorney and author of “Life and Debt.” She recommends shooting for five to seven years to get your debt down to zero.


Mortgages are the biggest source of debt for Americans, according to a GOBankingRates survey on American debt. So if you can eliminate this debt, you’ll likely cut out one of your biggest expenses and free up more income in retirement. You have several options to pay off your mortgage faster or reduce the amount you owe. If you’re still many years away from retirement, you might benefit from refinancing to a shorter-term mortgage — such as a 15-year loan — that will also reduce the amount of interest you pay over time.


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Dates set for healthy aging lecture series UNIVERSITY PARK — The Healthy Aging Community Lecture Series, a community partnership developed and sponsored by the Penn State Center for Healthy Aging, The Village at Penn State, Foxdale Village, Juniper Village at Brookline and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Penn State, has announced dates for the 2017 series. Upcoming lectures include: ■ “Fake or Fact? Making Sense of Healthy Aging Science,” presented by Martin Sliwinski, professor of Human Development and Family Studies and director for the Center for Healthy Aging; 10 a.m. Thursday, March 23, at The Village at Penn State, 260 Lions Hill Road, State College


VALENTINE CAMPAIGN MARION WALKER Elementary School kindergartners, led by teacher Rebecca Roos, helped Centre HomeCare Inc. with its annual valentine campaign. Each year, Centre HomeCare asks a local school to help make valentine cards to distribute to homebound patients.

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A survey by EdAssist, a provider of student loan repayment services, found that 78 percent of baby boomers carrying student loan debt said the money they owe has affected their ability to save for retirement. You might be able to refinance your loans to get a lower interest rate and shorter repayment term. Doing so will help reduce the total amount of interest you pay and can help you pay off your loans faster. Companies such as SoFi and CommonBond offer loan refinancing.


More than one-fourth of adults ages 55 to 64 have auto loan debt, and the median owed is $10,000, according to GOBankingRates’ survey on debt. The percentage doesn’t shrink that much as adults reach retirement age either. The survey found that 20 percent of adults ages 65 and older

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have a car loan, with a median $8,000 owed. If you think you won’t be able to afford your car payments when you retire, consider trading in your pricey vehicle for a more affordable one. Ask yourself if you “really need” a luxury SUV, Tayne said. Look for a car you can buy with cash or with a smaller loan that can be paid off quickly.


It’s a good idea to pay off medical debt before you retire, since health care costs can be hefty in retirement. Fidelity Investments found that a 65-year-old couple retiring in 2016 will need an average of $260,000 to cover medical costs in retirement. GOBankingRates’ survey found that 17 percent of adults ages 55 to 64 have medical debt, and the median owed is $700. Meanwhile, 9 percent of adults 65 and older have medical debt, with a median $1,000 owed.


Centre Crest raises funds in honor of late co-worker BELLEFONTE — On Dec. 15, the Centre Crest culinary services department lost friend and co-worker Kari Schlegel to a fatal car accident. In response to the tragedy, her department wanted to do something special for her family and the scholarship fund that was created in her memory. “Kari was the most upbeat and happy person you had the pleasure of knowing,” said dining services director Zachary Buchmoyer. “She truly brought a smile to the residents and the staff, likewise.” On Jan. 31, the department hosted “Taco Tuesday” and a bake sale in Schlegel’s honor. “We chose tacos because they were one

of Kari’s favorite foods,” said Buchmoyer. A special cake that incorporated two of her favorite desserts, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and cake, was also served. After numerous donations from co-workers, families, friends, the board of trustees and the Centre Crest Auxiliary, Centre Crest was able to donate $3,350 to The Kari Schlegel Scholarship Fund. The facility presented a check to Schlegel’s family Feb. 3. According to nursing home administrator Andrew Naugle, Centre Crest now will host an annual fundraising meal in honor of Schlegel, with all proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund.

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County teams get set for D6 playoffs By PAT ROTHDEUTSCH

Most of the District 6 basketball playoff brackets were released Feb. 13, and it’s a whole new ball game now that the PIAA has gone to six playoff classifications. Instead of four brackets, starting this season there will be six, beginning with single-A and going up to 6-A. For teams across the state, and for Centre County teams in particular, this all means hopefully bringing about fairer competition within each bracket. Everyone will be lined up against fewer teams that are closer in size. The State College boys and girls will be the only Centre County teams to compete in the highest category, 6-A. Next will be the Bellefonte boys and girls, who will be in 5-A. Penns Valley boys and girls will compete in 3-A, and the St. Joseph’s boys will be in single-A. The Bald Eagle Area boys and girls teams, the P-O boys and the St. Joseph’s girls did not make the playoffs. All told in District 6, there are three boys’ and girls’ teams in 6-A and four in 5-A. In 4-A, there are two girls’ teams and six boys’ teams, and in 3-A there are 14

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TOMMY SEKUNDA (33) and his State High teammates were ranked No. 1 in the 6-A boys group of District 6 with the state playoffs around the corner. boys’ teams and 15 girls’ teams. In 2-A there are 14 each, and in single-A, there are 10 boys’ teams and 12 girls’ teams.

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THE BELLEFONTE GIRLS basketball team, with Maddie Steiner (11) helping lead the way, was ranked No. 1 in the 5-A division of District 6 heading into the playoffs.


The State College boys (184, as they head to the Mid-Penn Conference finals Thursday, Feb. 16) are ranked No. 1 in 6-A, and the Bellefonte boys are ranked No. 3 in 5-A. The SC girls (7-13) are presently ranked No. 3 and the Bellefonte girls (11-11) are No. 1 in their respective divisions. The brackets for 5-A and 6-A had not been set as of Gazette press time Feb. 15. The 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-A brackets have been set by D-6 and four local teams will be involved. On Monday, Feb. 20, 3-A and No. 9 seeded Penns Valley boys will travel to Cressen to take on No. 8 Penn Cambria, and the No. 5 PV girls will be at home Tuesday, Feb. 21, against No. 12 Ligonier Valley. Single-A and No. 5 St. Joseph’s Academy boys will be in action Wednesday, Feb. 22, at No. 4 Juniata Valley. The No. 11 Philipsburg-Osceola girls will play at No. 6 Everett on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the 3-A first round. For the more optimistic fans out there, the District 6 championship games are set as follows: ■ The girls/boys 6-A games

will be held at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at a site yet to be determined. ■ The 5-A games will be at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Mount Aloysius College, and the 4-A games will follow at 6 and 8 p.m. The girls/boys 3-A games will be at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at St. Francis University, with the 2-A games at SFU at 8 p.m. Friday, March 3, and the single-A at 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at SFU.


Here’s a closer look at the four first-round games coming up this week: ■ No. 9 Penns Valley boys (12-10) at No. 8 Penn Cambria, Monday, Feb. 20 The Rams just completed their 21st consecutive winning season, the longest streak in the county, and are poised again to make a D-6 playoff run. Unfortunately, PV lost two of its final three games, but neither of those losses came to a team that will be in the same classification. Penns Valley is the smallest school in the Mountain League. PV will travel to Cressen to take on the Panthers from Penn

Cambria. PC finished 11-10 this season and has averaged 54 points per game. The Panthers boast a very balanced offense, with two players averaging in double figures — Mason Ronan (11 ppg) and Jacob Shuagis (10 ppg) — and five others scoring more than six points each game. Penns Valley coach Terry Glunt is wary. “We saw them (the Panthers) earlier in the year in a scrimmage,” Glunt said, “and they like to press either full or half court. They shoot well from the outside, they play in a tough league, and they will be on their home court. So we will have our work cut out for us.” ■ No. 5 Penns Valley girls (127) vs. No. 12 Ligonier Valley (814), Tuesday, Feb. 21 Penns Valley suffered two season-ending injuries to important players in recent weeks, but the Rams still finished the season with a win against Hollidaysburg on Feb. 10. How those injuries will affect PV moving along is yet to be seen, but senior Kourtney Beamesderfer has stepped up as a stabilizing influence. Ligonier Valley has not had the season it was hoping for with just eight wins (and only one at home), but has won its last three games in a row. The team averages 43 points per game and has a big-time scorer and leader in Olivia Miller. The senior has a 19-point average and went over 30 points in five games this season. Her high was 36 against Saltsburg. Records aside, this will not be an easy opening game for the Lady Rams. ■ No. 11 Philipsburg-Osceola girls at No. 6 Everett, Tuesday, Feb. 21 P-O boasts one of the most explosive players in central Pennsylvania, if not the whole state, in Halle Herrington. The sophomore guard averages 30 points per game and has scored as many as 45 in a single game this season. The Mounties have slowly been developing some other scorers to help Herrington, and the team finished the season with two wins in a row and 10 overall. Yet it’s still all about slowing down Herrington, and everyone taking on the Mounties will see that as Job No. 1. Playoffs, Page xx

Inconsistent Lions lose big to struggling Nebraska By Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — Coming off wins over Illinois and Maryland, Penn State continued its inconsistent season with a lopsided loss to a Nebraska team that had dropped eight of its last nine games. Glynn Watson Jr. and Jack McVeigh scored 15 points apiece to lead four Cornhuskers in double figures, and they used their best shooting half of the season to set the tone in an 82-66 victory Feb. 14. Jordy Tshimanga and Tai Webster had 12 points each for the Huskers (11-14, 5-8 Big Ten), who ended a three-game losing streak before playing their next two on the road. Tony Carr had 15 points and Lamar Stevens added 13 to pace Penn State (1413, 6-8), which lost for the first time in three games. “Nebraska played terrific, and it seemed like everything was going right for them,” Nittany Lions coach Patrick Chambers said. “We’re going to get back to work. No time to scream and yell. We have to keep getting this young team better, keep developing habits and teaching

them now to compete on the road in a hostile environment.” The Huskers shot 63 percent in the first half. McVeigh scored five points at the start of a 10-3 spurt that got them out to a 34-25 lead, and he beat the buzzer with a swish from the half-court line to make it 45-37 at half. “That was pretty cool,” McVeigh said. “Once I released it, I could tell it had a chance. It was a momentum builder for the second half.” Freshman Isaiah Roby brought some flair in the middle of the second half with back-to-back dunks to give Nebraska a 63-47 lead. He threw down a lob from Evan Taylor and followed with a left-handed jam after taking a pass from Watson during a 9-0 run. The Huskers led by as many as 24 points and finished the game shooting 55.4 percent. They came into the game shooting 42.8 percent in conference games. “You need a shot of confidence, and a game like this can do that for you,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. “We have Lions, Page 28


PENN STATE’S Lamar Stevens (11) shoots over Nebraska’s Jack McVeigh (10) during the first half of the Cornhuskers’ win Feb. 14 in Lincoln, Neb.



FEBRUARY 16-22, 2017

Big Ten titlists, PSU faces No. 1 Cowboys By ANDY ELDER

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State wrestling coach Cael Sanderson makes no secret that he and his Nittany Lions want to win every competition they enter, no matter what it is. However, he’ll be the first to tell you that a team is measured more on its postseason tournament success than its ability to win regular-season dual meets. Penn State finished its regular season by pounding Illinois (34-7) and Maryland (45-6) to wrap up its second consecutive undefeated regular season and secured the Big Ten regular-season title. While Sanderson agreed that this may be his most consistent team, he wasn’t ready to anoint it as one of his best just yet. “A lot of the individuals are consistent. In the past, we’ve had some guys that were very consistent and we had some guys that weren’t, but turned it on at nationals. (This is a) very consistent team and that’s what we want. Those are the type of kids we recruit. This is a very good team,” he said.

“All the important stuff is still ahead so we’ll find out how great of a team this is. We have a chance to have a lot of success in the next three events.’’ The first of those three events will come at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in Stillwater, Okla., in the title match of the NWCA Dual Championship Series. No. 2 Penn State (13-0, 9-0 Big Ten) will walk into Gallagher-Iba Arena to try to repeat its win over No. 1 Oklahoma State (14-0, 6-0 Big 12) from a year ago. “We are excited to be wrestling in the title event of the 2017 NWCA Dual Championship Series,” Sanderson said. “Dual meets matter and the NWCA Dual Championship Series gives fans one more shot to see 16 of the nation’s best teams face off against each other. We are looking forward to an exciting atmosphere in Stillwater and the chance to compete in an outstanding event.” The Nittany Lions will put their 30match winning streak on the line. The last time Penn State tasted defeat was on Feb. 15, 2015. Big Ten, Page 27

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PENN STATE’S Bo Nickal recorded one of five straight pins in the Nittany Lions’ 45-6 win over Maryland on Feb. 12 at Rec Hall.

P-O wrestlers gain momentum for post-season By PAT ROTHDEUTSCH

PHILIPSBURG — Philipsburg-Osceola’s 170-pound Ian Klinger is something of an enigma to head coach Brad Pataky. Pataky said that he’s never quite sure what Klinger will do when he takes the mat. Klinger could pin his opponent, get pinned or have a result at any point in between. That uneasiness was no doubt magnified in the Mounties’ tense 34-33 victory over Mountain League rival Central on Feb. 10. After P-O breezed to a big 19-0 lead over the Dragons, Central was in the midst of a furious comeback when Klinger came out to take on Logan Marko at 170. Brock Biddle had just pinned Matt Shimmel at 160 to pull Central back to within 31-24 with three matches still to be decided. Another Central win at this point would make it anybody’s day, but Klinger made sure that didn’t happen. After giving up a takedown in the first period, Klinger came back with two reverses and a takedown of his own to outlast Marko, 7-4, and restore Philipsburg’s lead back to 10 points at 34-24. It was three points the Mounties desperately needed as they hung on for the one-point win. “It’s tough,” Pataky said. “You never know what to expect with Ian (Klinger). He might give up a pin or he might get a pin. He one of those guys who likes to wrestle, and he’s definitely a crowd favorite when it comes to excitement. That was one of the key wins that helped us win the match.”


PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA’S 170-pound Ian Klinger, top, registered a key win over Central’s Logan Marko, helping lead the Mounties to a 34-33 victory Feb. 10. The way P-O began the night, it looked as if the later bouts would just be running out the string. Starting at 220, P-O swept through the first four matches to take a 19-0 lead. Brandon Anderson started things off with a 6-5 decision over Damon Kocher, then Micah Sidonck pinned Austin Garner at 285. Jason Franchock pinned Camden Leach at 106, and Chase Chapman fol-

lowed by taking out Brandon Hoisinger, 9-0, to stake P-O to its big early lead. “There were a lot pivotal moments in this match,” Pataky said. “Fanchock’s pin was a key moment, and Anderson was out for a while, but now he’s getting his rhythm back and is ready to go guns blazing into the post- season.” Central began to come back after Chapman’s win. Noah Clark got a pin at

120, and Noah Twoey and Branden Swab followed with decisions that brought the Dragons back to within seven at 19-12. The Mounties were fortunate to get a forfeit at 138 and then took an apparent commanding 31-12 lead when Levi Hughes pinned Devin Mountain in the 145-pound bout. Yet Central was not done. Two pins — both in less than two minutes — by Ethan Kennedy and Brock Biddle quickly lifted the Dragons back into contention and set up the Klinger-Marko matchup at 170. “We strategically plan everything we do during the season so that our guys are ready and fresh and excited for the postseason,” Pataky said. Still, it doesn’t hurt to get some wins along the way, and Klinger’s victory over Marko gave the Mounties just enough to hold on for a big one over the Dragons. P-O’s Josh Hubler and Central’s Cameron Norris went down to the wire at 182, but Norris scored a takedown with 12 seconds to go to edge Hubler, 4-2. Norris needed a pin, however, and the P-O win was now certain. “They (the wrestlers) knew what they had to do to get the job done,” Pataky said. “It was a team effort. It’s not just one person. It’s every single person that’s on the roster that helps us get the W. “I expected our guys to wrestle hard, to wrestle every single second of every match. I expected our guys to use this match like another practice — practice for the postseason.” That post-season for the Mounties will begin with the District 6 Tournament, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, in Altoona.

Penn State back on track as Gophers come to Pegula By BEN JONES

No. 10 Penn State hockey entered its weekend series Feb. 10 and11 against Wisconsin needing positive results to keep Big Ten title hopes and a postseason dream within reach. And they got them. On Feb. 10, the Nittany Lions answered any doubts that they were in the midst of a late- season collapse with a 6-3 victory that broke a five-game winless streak and ignited a Penn State offense that had lost some of explosiveness during the slump. And, on Feb. 11 it was more of the same, as Penn State took the lead and never really looked back as the Nittany Lions went wire-to-wire en route to a crucial 5-2 victory and a road sweep over No. 17 Wisconsin. After a few tentative opening minutes, it was freshman Nate Sucese who found the back of the net, giving Penn State a 1-0 margin and a key lead on the road. The Nittany Lions managed 11 shots on goal in the opening period and out-shot Wisconsin in all three frames to the tune of 44-29. The Badgers tied the contest with just under 30 seconds to go in the period. But the youth movement continued in the second period, as Sucese found the net again 7:20 into the period, this time taking a pass from defenseman Vince Pedrie as Penn State went ahead 2-1. Minutes later Denis Smirnov

buried his chance, pushing the margin to two goals as Penn State looked poised and in control at the game’s midway point. Down 3-1, Wisconsin would pull within a score late in the period, taking advantage of a power-play opportunity after a high-sticking penalty on Zach Saar was called late in the frame. As Smirnov found the back of the net early in the third period for his second of the game, it was a crucial moment in Penn State’s season. The Nittany Lions were up 4-2 and on the brink of earning a key three points in the Big Ten standings and another road victory over a ranked foe. Wisconsin tried to respond but couldn’t, and as Trevor Hamilton put Penn State ahead 5-2 with under six minutes to go in regulation it finished the job, both on the ice, and beyond, killing any thoughts that the Nittany Lions were tumbling out of the postseason picture. Peyton Jones picked up his latest victory with 27 saves on the night. Jones is now 16-4-2 on the year.


At 18-6-2 Penn State is No. 7 in the most recently updated PairWise rankings. In the Big Ten standings the Nittany Lions are third, five points behind Minnesota, which split a series against Ohio State last weekend. Wisconsin is still two points ahead of the Nittany Lions despite the two losses. Penn State entered the weekend eight points, or effectively 2.5 games, back. With eight games to go in the regular season, Penn

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PENN STATE freshman goalie Peyton Jones is now 16-4-2 on the year.

State will host a two-game series against Minnesota at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, and at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, before traveling to Michigan State the following weekend. The Nittany Lions will then return to close out the home season against Wisconsin before ending the regular season on the road at Michigan. If nothing else, there will be no lack of drama as Penn State heads into the final stretch.

FEBRUARY 16-22, 2017 Big Ten, from page 26 It came at the hands of the Cowboys, 21-18, in Stillwater. Here’s a look back at each of the weekend’s duals, in which Penn State won 17 of 20 bouts, amassed a combined 66-15 edge in takedowns and did it in front of the two biggest Rec Hall crowds of the year (6,645 Feb. 10 and 6,661 Feb. 12):


On a day in which Penn State honored four seniors and a host of lettermen, including Maryland coach Kerry McCoy, there was plenty for Nittany Lions fans to be happy about. Penn State honored four senior wrestlers — Brian Brill, Jimmy Gulibon, Caleb Livingston and Geno Morelli — along with a number of lettermen. The Lions competed in black and pink singlets in a nod to Penn State’s original colors and fans were asked to wear black for a blackout. After the match, the wrestlers donned Big Ten champion T-shirts and hats, celebrated with the championship trophy in the middle of the mat, and then tossed 1,000 T-shirts to fans who stayed to celebrate with the team. Each member of the team literally took the shirt off his back and presented it to a fan who won the honor of receiving it. As he’s done in all but one match this season, Nick Suriano staked Penn State to a lead at 125. He recorded 10 of Penn State’s 32 takedowns on the day in a 23-8 technical fall. Maryland took its one and only lead with a win at 133. Billy Rappo led Triston Law 4-2 when Rappo caught Law on his back in a neutral position scramble and got the fall. Gulibon started an eight-match winning streak with a 9-4 win over Ryan Diehl in a match that featured two

THE CENTRE COUNTY GAZETTE wrestlers who had won a combined eight high school championships between them. It was Gulibon’s final appearance in Rec Hall. “It’s been a great five years. I had a lot of fun. Yeah, you know, it’s kind of weird. It really hasn’t sunk in yet that this is my last match. But it was fun,” Gulibon said. “I just went out there and had fun with it, my last match. My last match here. There’s a lot of wrestling left.” Penn State then went on a five-match pinning frenzy, none of them later than the second period. Zain Retherford (3:17), Jason Nolf (1:27), Vincenzo Joseph (3:58), Mark Hall (1:14) and Bo Nickal (2:08) recorded the falls to expand Penn State’s lead to 38-6. “Bonus points are always a big part of winning in the postseason and winning dual meets. We need our guys looking for those extra points. That’s good, that’s what we want,” Sanderson said. “They feed off of each other in those situations. That’s what we need going into Big Tens and the national tournament.” Matt McCutcheon added a 5-3 decision and Nick Nevills a 10-1 major decision to close out the rout. McCoy, the former Nittany Lion two-time NCAA champion and three-time All-American at heavyweight, said watching the Nittany Lions is bittersweet to him. “It was great. I mean this place is so special to me. I have so many memories here, so many people that supported me. So to be able to come back and people remembering what I did was really nice. It was very special to come back for that,” McCoy said. “They’re really good, they’re really good. You sit there and it’s boom, boom, boom. I told people, as an alum it’s awesome to see, but as competition it’s really tough to get up when you battle them. They do a great job here and it’s really nice for the sport of wrestling to see that.’’ No. 2 Penn State — 45

No. 2 Penn State — 34

Maryland 6

No. 10 Illinois — 7

(Feb. 12 at University Park)

(Feb. 10 at University Park)

125: No. 2 Nick Suriano, PSU, won by tech. fall over Michael Beck, 23-8 (6:21).

125: No. 2 Nick Suriano, PSU, maj. dec. Travis Piotrowski, 17-6.

133: Billy Rappo, M, pinned Triston Law, 4:44.

133: No. 6 Zane Richards, Ill., maj. dec. George Carpenter, 19-7.

141: No. 11 Jimmy Gulibon, PSU, dec. Ryan Diehl, 9-4.

141: No. 11 Jimmy Gulibon, PSU, maj. dec. Mousa Jodeh, 10-2.

149: No. 1 Zain Retherford, PSU, pinned Adam Whitesell, 3:17.

149: No. 1 Zain Retherford, PSU, pinned No. 10 Eric Barone, 4:08.

157: No. 1 Jason Nolf, PSU, pinned Justin Alexander, 1:27.

157: No. 1 Jason Nolf, PSU, won by tech. fall over No. 12 Kyle Langenderfer, 26-11 (6:45).

165: No. 4 Vincenzo Joseph, PSU, pinned Patrick Gerish, 3:58.

165: No. 1 Isaiah Martinez, Ill., dec. No. 4 Vincenzo Joseph, 5-2.

184: No. 2 Bo Nickal, PSU, pinned Idris White, 2:08.

174: No. 7 Mark Hall, PSU, won by tech. fall over No. 12 Zac Brunson, 17-1 (7:00). 184: No. 2 Bo Nickal, PSU, maj. dec. No. 12 Emery Parker, 18-5. 197: No. 9 Matt McCutcheon, PSU, dec. Andre Lee, 3-1. 285: No. 3 Nick Nevills, PSU, dec. No. 15 Brooks Black, 5-0. Ridge Riley Award winner: Mark Hall, 174 pounds. Attendance: 6,645. Referees: Michael Chase, Mike Millward. Takedowns: Illinois 12; Penn State 34. Records: Illinois 8-3, 5-3 Big Ten; Penn State 12-0, 8-0.

174: No. 7 Mark Hall, PSU, pinned Josh Ugalde, 1:14. 197: No. 9 Matt McCutcheon, PSU, dec. David-Brian Whisler, 5-3. 285: No. 4 Nick Nevills, PSU, maj. dec. Youssif Hemida, 10-1. Ridge Riley Award winner: Jimmy Gulibon, 141 pounds. Referee: Jim Rivello. Attendance: 6,661. Takedowns: Maryland 3; Penn State 32. Records: Maryland 2-14, 0-9; Penn State 13-0, 9-0. Next match: Penn State at Oklahoma State, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at Stillwater, Okla., in NWCA Dual Championship Series title match.


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PENN STATE senior Jimmy Gulibon walked off a winner Feb. 12 in his final match at Rec Hall, a 9-4 victory over Ryan Diehl. NO. 2 PENN STATE 34, NO. 10 ILLINOIS 7

Penn State, as it has all year, prevented any drama by winning eight of 10 bouts — with a fall (Retherford), two technical falls (Nolf, Hall), three major decisions (Suriano, Gulibon and Nickal) and two decisions (McCutcheon and Nevills) — while amassing a 34-12 advantage in takedowns. What little drama that existed came in the marquee bout of the night, at 165 pounds. Coming out of the break, the crowd buzzed in anticipation of a showdown between No. 1 Isaiah Martinez, the junior two-time NCAA champion, and No. 4 freshman Vincenzo Joseph. Martinez won 5-2, but the match was closer than the final score, and Joseph made him earn it. Martinez, on the whistle, thudded Joseph’s head several times and referee Michael Chase stopped the bout to warn him about it. It was all part of Martinez’s plan. “Absolutely! I’m here to wrestle. It’s a brawl when I wrestle. It’s going to be hard. I like to set a tone right off the whistle,” he said. The difference came in the first period when Martinez clearly sensed Joseph with a bit too much weight forward. The Illini snapped Joseph down and spun around for a quick takedown. Joseph escaped 17 seconds later and the match went into the second with Martinez leading, 2-1. A second-period escape from Martinez gave him a 3-1 lead heading into the third. Joseph chose bottom and escaped in eight seconds and the chase was on for a goahead takedown. Always a master technician, Martinez countered every shot Joseph threw at him, including a desperation double with eight seconds left that Martinez converted into a takedown of his own for the 5-2 win.

Byers is maestro at PSU wrestling microphone By BILL HORLACHER

If you’re a Penn State wrestling fan, you may be wondering what you’ve done to deserve all of this. Your jaw dropped in April 2009 when Penn State hired Cael Sanderson, a four-time NCAA champion and Olympic gold medalist, to serve as its head wrestling coach. And it dropped further in March 2011 when the Nittany Lions wrestlers won their first NCAA team title since 1953. You would have settled for one national championship — team or individual — every six or eight years, but now you’re looking back at a staggering five NCAA team titles and 11 individual crowns over the past six seasons. And, there’s one more thing. You’ve enjoyed the Nittany Lions’ triumphs because of a truly remarkable radio announcer. Yes, the Lions not only have an incredible coach who has recruited and trained some incredible wrestlers, but they also have a maestro at the microphone, a man named Jeff Byers.

level. (Texas has zero NCAA wrestling programs in the entire state). If you ask a typical Texan to describe a crossbody ride, he’ll probably think you’re talking about rodeo. So there we were — my wife and I lived in Austin from 2006 to 2013 — at the very time when my alma mater emerged into greatness. What would I do in this wrestling

wasteland? Fortunately, I found Penn State wrestling on the Internet, and that’s when I discovered the masterful Jeff Byers. Byers, Page 28

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FEBRUARY 16-22, 2017

A remarkable, little noticed 12-year run By MIKE POORMAN

UNIVERSITY PARK — It was barely past 8:15 a.m. on the Friday before the Rose Bowl when James Franklin let it slip. But, no one noticed. The second-floor ballroom of The L.A. Hotel Downtown was packed full of round tables, reporters, cameras and drowsy Penn State football players and coaches. It was Penn State Media Day. Actually, it lasted 23 hours less than a day. Still, for 60 minutes, reporters from back East and TV people from Hollywood interviewed, poked and prodded Franklin, his players and his coaches, seeking an angle heretofore undiscovered on the Nittany Lions’ nine-straight-victory march to Pasadena. Franklin occupied a booth in the back of the room and, to be honest, there weren’t more than a half dozen or so media types there. The large contingent of Penn State beat reporters was searching for folks who weren’t usually available, like true freshmen and authentic assistant coaches. As a result, Franklin’s comments the morning of the penultimate day of the year slid under the wire. The transcript from that morning shows he was asked 18 questions and gave more than 3,000 words worth of answers. Yet, his biggest bon mot of the morning went undiscovered, at least by me, until the next day. Then, when I was reviewing the set of printed Q&A items provided by the Rose Bowl public relations folks, I found it: the stat of the century. Or, at least the century as it went back to 2005, especially as it pertained to Penn State football and its emergence from the dark ages of the early 2000s and its corresponding rise to 11-2 seasons and the Rose Bowl against USC, followed by a deep sanction-fueled fall and, finally, the clawing return from the ashes and a triumphant return to face, again, the Trojans. (Who had undergone their own rebirth.) Only thing was, it was revealed — in stunning context, compared to the rest of college football — that the fall never really happened. Not like folks thought it would. Or that the NCAA hoped it would. Franklin bungled the number at first. But when he finally put it out there, it was a diamond among the usual Byers, from page 27


Sports fans typically appreciate a good announcer, but they rarely analyze his or her strengths. So, what makes Byers special? Well, he provides an appropriate degree of wrestling detail — defining moves, but making sure he doesn’t get bogged down in arcane terminology. He roots for the Nittany Lions, but he is exceedingly fair and even complimentary to opposing wrestlers. Byers is passionate at critical moments of a match, nearly roaring into the microphone. And, he’ll offer an occasional chuckle when something odd takes place, diffusing the competitive tension and reminding his listeners that the future of the planet does not hinge upon whether Penn State beats Iowa or Oklahoma State. Byers has been broadcasting Nittany Lions matches since 1990, and he’s racked up plenty of plaudits and awards since then. He was honored as “Broadcaster of the Year” in 2007 by the National Wrestling Media Association, and he has twice been selected as WIN magazine’s “Journalist of the Year.” Said WIN publisher Bryan Van Kley, “Jeff finds a way to build excitement into every minute of Penn State matches. Listening to him gives listeners a chance to hear a true master at his craft.”


Byers’ passion for wrestling stems directly from his background. He learned the sport from his dad, Jim Byers, a topflight grappler for State College High School who placed second at the 1958 PIAA state finals. Jim Byers later served as assistant coach at Penns Valley High School, and his son has vivid memories of the Rams when he was 5 or 6 years old. “I remember watching the high school matches thinking, ‘This is very cool and unbelievable.’ I thought Penns Valley against Sugar Valley was as big as it gets,” said Jeff Byers. The Byers have enjoyed their lifelong interaction over wrestling and, even today, the younger Byers sometimes consults his dad on some aspect of a wrestling broadcast. Theirs is a mutual passion that sometimes pops up in unexpected situations. “When my mom’s dad passed away,” said Jeff Byers, “of course, we went to his funeral. At the viewing that night, it was time for the Penn State-Iowa meet and I would normally have been there (Rec Hall) calling it. So, my dad and I took turns — at that time we didn’t have cell phones — and we would go to this little room off of the viewing area that had a phone in it. We had called back to the studio and they put our call on hold so we could listen to the match. It was actually Cary Kolat’s debut — he pinned Bill Zadick that night.” How did his mother feel about this wrestling intrusion at the funeral home? “She wasn’t thrilled, but she tolerated it. She understood it was a huge match. ... The fact that her dad was a sports nut who would have gotten a kick out of it made it tolerable for her.” Despite the fact that Byers took on his dad’s love of

media-day lumps of coal. No wonder, since it had taken a dozen years of never-seen-before pressure to emerge as the crown jewel of Penn State’s supposed demise and definite renaissance. The question was about overcoming the sanctions. Franklin’s answer was about the resiliency of a university, of several head coaches, of dozens of assistants and staffers, of hundreds of players and thousands of fans. The crux of the answer, 1,115 words into that 3,317word transcript, was this: “I also think it speaks about what Penn State is,” said Franklin, “because very few programs could survive what we’ve been able to work through and be able to be back so quickly. “You’re also talking … I think we’re one of only 12 programs — excuse me, five programs — in the country that have had 12 seasons in a row without a losing season. You know? That’s through what we went through. I’m really proud, I’m really proud of our players. I’m really proud of our coaches and our community.” There have been more than five, actually. More like eight over the past dozen seasons. And that includes Penn State, as in 11-1, 9-4, 9-4, 11-2, 11-2, 7-6, 9-4, 8-4, 7-5, 7-6, 7-6 and then, 11-2 heading into the Rose Bowl.

IF ...

The turmoil off the field during a good — and bad — part of that time was one thing. But on the field? As the Rudyard Kipling put it in 1895 and then that Patriot, Tom Brady, punctuated just the other day: “If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you …” Well, you get the gist of it. Bottom line, Penn State emerged from four years, three losing seasons, a 22-26 record and a should-Joe-retire conundrum that lasted almost a half decade — and more — to win 40 games in four years, before getting sucked into a maelstrom of scandal and sanctions. Only then to have Bill O’Brien and Franklin do better than the OK that is .500. And, despite all that, never having a losing season in a 12-year period. It is a record of achievement — no losing seasons from 2005 to 2016 — matched only by a few other teams in major college football. Not Ohio State (6-7 in 2011). Not

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COACH JAMES FRANKLIN and Penn State got plenty of accolades for winning the 2016 Big Ten title, but the program’s remarkable 12-year winning streak has captured less attention.

Michigan (3-9, 5-7 and 5-7 under Rich Rod and Hoke). Not Iowa, Nebraska or Michigan State (MSU has had four losing skeins in the past 12 seasons, including 3-9 in 2016). Not Alabama (6-7 in 2006, under Mike Shula). Not Notre Dame (3-9 in 2007 under Charlie Weis and 4-8 in 2016 under Brian Kelly). Not Georgia (6-7 in 1010) or Florida (4-8 in 2013). Not Pitt (with a 6-7, a 6-7, another 6-7, a 5-7 and a 5-6). Not Maryland (six losing seasons) or Rutgers (four sub.500s).


Only Penn State and ... LSU, USC, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and Florida State. Among non-Power Five schools, you can throw in Boise State. But that’s it. (Technically, you can include BYU, which was 6-6 in 2005, and has had winning records ever since.) Florida State’s streak is the longest. The Seminoles’ last losing season was back in 1976, when they went 5-6 in Bobby Bowden’s first season. That’s amazing. But, Penn State’s may be the most impressive. Because, perhaps, no one really noticed it back in that Los Angeles ballroom Dec. 30.

wrestling, he seems to have inherited few of his father’s mat skills. “I was an awful wrestler,” said the younger Byers. “I’m not exaggerating. I was truly awful. I don’t think I ever won a JV bout; I was probably 0-16. I loved the sport, I truly loved it, but I just did not have the instincts for it or the hips for it — the flexibility.”


Though he failed as a wrestler, Byers was a good football player at State High and even tried to make the Penn State team as a walk-on. That effort was unsuccessful, but it did produce something else — Byers’ legendary nickname. A Puerto Rican student in his dorm would often ask Byers about his progress on the football team. The only thing that Leo Garcia knew about the gridiron sport was that Pitt had a player named Craig “Ironhead” Hayward, so Garcia began referring to Byers as “Ironhead.” The name has followed him into all the facets of his career — covering Penn State wrestling, co-hosting a show on WRSC called “The Morning Guys” and handling other sports duties for WRSC. Anyone who listens to Byers’ work for Penn State will sense that he cares about wrestlers as much as he cares about wrestling. “When you see a kid that you know has put everything into it and then you see it pay off, it’s rewarding,” he said. If you ask Ironhead to talk about his favorite memories, he’ll mention these kinds of achievements by highly dedicated wrestlers: ■ Kerry McCoy, NCAA champion at heavyweight in 1994 and 1997 “Kerry McCoy’s first national title was special because his freshman year he was so quiet and he struggled. It was not a great year because he was cutting so much weight, and it was making him miserable. So, he decided he was going to move up to heavyweight, and he was an undersized heavyweight. But, he breezed through that season. And to watch him and his mom hugging in the stands was just a really neat moment.” ■ John Lange, NCAA third-place finish at 158 pounds in 1998 “I don’t remember my exact call of Lange’s third-place match, but it was something to the effect of, ‘Sometimes when a dream is shattered, something better can come along.’ He lost his first-round match and he was the first wrestler to come back and take third after losing his first match. He won seven straight matches after losing that first bout, and he avenged his first-round loss along the way. “We knew he was capable of winning a national title, but to have that dream taken away in the first bout and still have enough drive to win third place, he showed a lot of heart.” ■ Nico Megaludis, NCAA champion at 125 pounds in 2016 “Nico was very special because he put so much into it. I don’t know that I’ve been as nervous for a kid going into a match as I was for him — just because I knew how much it meant to him, how much he had put into it. And


JEFF BYERS has been the radio voice of Nittany Lions wrestling since 1990.

so I called him ‘The Golden Greek’ at some point, and then I said, ‘He wasn’t just Ludis, he was Megaludis tonight!’” Will Ironhead — and his listeners — enjoy similar thrills during the 2017 NCAA championships next month? Byers, for one, is bullish about the Lions’ chances for a sixth team title in seven years. “If they stay healthy,” he said, “they’ll win.” But, he also is quick to emphasize that it’s not only the winning that causes him to love his work. “You go to a Jason Nolf or a Bo Nickal or a Zain Retherford,” said Byers, “and these guys are really special people above and beyond being wrestlers. They’re bringing passion every day, and they’re bringing a humility with them every day. I consider myself to be very, very fortunate to be in the position I’m in right now.” Lions, from page 25 a saying that the toughest team sets the rules. Tonight, I added and the most discipline team wins the game. We need both. Tonight, we were pretty good that way.” The Lions didn’t show up offensively and missed a chance to get to .500 in Big Ten play.


Penn State shot just 31 percent in the second half and 39.7 percent for the game. Chambers dismissed the notion that having only two days’ rest between a road win over Illinois and the visit to Nebraska made his team lethargic. “It looked that way in the second half, but I don’t want to use that as an excuse,” he said. “You’re 18- to 23-yearolds doing something you love. We did all the right things preparing them.”


Penn State hosts Purdue on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The game starts at 6 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center.

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THE BELLEFONTE (in white) and Penns Valley (in blue) boys’ basketball teams are both headed to the playoffs. Bellefonte will compete in 5-A and PV in 3-A. Playoffs, from page 25 Everett is seeded No. 6 in 3-A and is coming into this game with a 16-5 record. The Lady Warriors are on a six-game winning streak, and they have lost only one game at home all season (8-1). Three players average just over 11 points per game for Everett — Sydney Reffner, Hannah Prather and Cammie Jenkins — and the team scores almost 60 points per game. Everett has gone over 60 points nine times this season and twice over 70. P-O, however, has had its best games against teams that like to run and gun, so this one shapes up as a close, very wild affair. ■ No. 5 St. Joseph’s Academy boys at No. 4 Juniata Valley, Wednesday, Feb. 22 Anyone who looks at SJCA’s (11-11) two games against Penns Valley will get a good idea about how much the Wolves have

come on this season. The first meeting was a 50-18 PV blowout, but the second time around it was a bit different — PV still prevailed, barely, by a score of 5045. Now it’s on to play No. 4 Juniata Valley in the single-A first round. Juniata Valley was 9-10, with a game to play, and also faced the Rams. The Hornets lost to them as well, but by a point in overtime. Juniata can light it up, scoring almost 60 points per game. Sophomore Cameron Collins led the scorers for the Hornets with 15.4 points per game, but Quinn Zinobile also scores 12, and there are three other who score more than five. Juniata lost four of its last five games, but as an A team, all those losses came to much bigger schools. In single-A, the Hornets will be a tough matchup, especially at home.

PENNS VALLEY boys coach Terry Glunt leads his team against Penn Cambria in the 3-A playoffs Feb. 20.

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THE STATE HIGH girls, led by Taylor Love (33), were ranked No. 3 in 6-A as the playoffs loom.

Strong start helps Lady Lions over Illinois Special to the Gazette

scoring charts. The junior moved her career total to 1,063 points, passing Ariel Edwards (1,054, 2011-14) and Nancy Kuhl (1,061, 1976-79). Moving up on a pair of career lists, Page advanced her standings on the career scoring and assists charts, while pulling down a career-best nine rebounds to move past the 200-career rebound mark. With her 14 points, the Chicago native pushed her career total to 962 points, passing Dana Eikenberg (952, 1989-92). Her six assists also helped her move up the career charts, giving her 227 helpers in her 56th career game. She passed Carol Fultz (224, 1982-84) for No. 23 on the list.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Penn State head coach Coquese Washington told the media Feb. 13 that her team needed to have another solid first quarter and be on point defensively early to have a chance to win another road game, and the Lady Lions did just that, racing out to an early 15-0 lead on their way to an 80-62 victory at Illinois on Feb. 14. The Lady Lions (18-8, 8-6 Big Ten) moved their winning streak to four games, improved to 9-6 all-time on Valentine’s Day and, in the process, guaranteed they will not play on the first day at the Big Ten Tournament, according to a release from Penn State Athletics. The victory is also the fourth straight over Illinois (8-18, 3-10). Four players reached double-figures for Penn State, led by 15 points from junior Lindsey Spann. Sophomore Teniya Page and senior Sierra Moore both finished with 14 points, while Kaliyah Mitchell ended with 11. The trio of Mitchell, Moore and Page all ended with nine rebounds — each narrowly missing double-doubles — which led the team. As a team, Penn State led on the glass with a season-high 51 rebounds, including the third-straight game with 15 or more offensive rebounds, to just 28 for Illinois. Spann led the team in scoring for the sixth time on the season and moved up two spots on the career


Penn State hit six of its first 10 shots from the field and built a 15-0 lead before the Illini took a timeout with 5:35 to play in the quarter. A Spann 3-pointer forced the Illinois timeout, as Penn State got to 15 points without Illinois cracking the scoreboard. The Illini didn’t bring the deficit back to single digits the rest of the way.


Penn State will tangle with Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., on Wednesday, Feb. 22, before closing out the regular season at home vs. Michigan for the annual Play4Kay benefiting Pink Zone contest Sunday, Feb. 26.

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PENN STATE’S Lindsey Spann, seen here in action earlier this season, led the Lady Lions with 15 points in their Feb. 14 win over Illinois.



FEBRUARY 16-22, 2017

SUMMER youth FAIR February 18, 2017

Mount Nittany Middle School

10AM - 2PM

SNOW DATE: Sunday, Feb. 19 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Get out of the cold at the 2017 Summer Youth Fair

When the weather is frightful, planning for summer is delightful! Get out of the cold and visit the nearly 50 youth program providers at our annual Summer Youth Fair, Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mount Nittany Middle School in State College. Sponsored by State College Area School District Community

Education, the Summer Youth Fair is the largest gathering of summer camp providers in our area. You’ll find camps to suit all ages, needs, and interests, from art camps to sport camps, day camps to sleep away camps and everything in between. Past years have seen close to 400 families enjoying what the

2017 Summer Activities! Summer Day Camps: Ages 3-18

fair has to offer. With its one-stop-shop convenience, parents are able to gather informational brochures, talk to camp representatives, and start mapping out an exciting summer adventure for their children. Some vendors will take onsite registrations, while others share information about programs and how to register. Ike the Spike will visit at noon and concessions will be available throughout the day ben-

efitting the Downtown/State College Rotary. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Information regarding event changes will be posted at Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about all the amazing opportunities available for children this summer! Concessions will be available and will benefit the State College/Downtown Rotary Club.

KIDVenture Camp • Teen Treks Camp Musical Theatre Camps: Sound Of Music or The Lion King

Art Camps • Kayak & Canoe Camps & Many More Outdoor Explorer Camps!

2017 Season Pool Passes & Youth Swimming Lessons

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Birthday Parties

Youth & Adult Recreation Programs

Start Smart Sports • Friday Night Lights @ Pools Youth & Adult Tennis Lessons

Look for our Summer Active Guide in The Centre County Gazette on April 13

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all summer long at Friends School

We’ll see you at the Summer Youth Fair! Then come play at our free Winter Play Day from 1:00 - 3:00 (ages 3 - 7). State College Friends School is an independent, non-profit Pre-K through Grade 8 school in the Quaker tradi�on, where children engage in vigorous academics in a nurturing, child-centered environment. All faith tradi�ons welcome. Learn more at our Open House SATURDAY, Fe�. 18th, a�er the Youth Fair.

Weekly Themed Summer Art Camps From June 19 Through August 25 Morning Sessions: Ages 5-8 Afternoon Sessions: Ages 7-12 Also options for Preschoolers & Teens

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SUMMER youth FAIR February 18, 2017

Mount Nittany Middle School

10AM - 2PM

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Strikers Camp CSA Day Camp Preseason Camp June 19 to 22 Ages 7 - 14

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Krislund offers high-impact adventure, action, and outdoor experiences grounded in Christ and the traditions that have made the camp experience a memory to last a lifetime.

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Krislund’s 2017 Programs Include: Resident Camp • Specialty Camps Day Camp • Traveling Day Camps

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Penn United Soccer Academy Summer Soccer Offerings • Summer Soccer Retreat - Residential Camp: Ages 9-18 • Friday Night Lights: Ages 7-16 • Grass Roots Camp: Ages 3-14 • Pre-Season Training Camp: Ages 9-18

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February 18, 2017 • Mount Nittany Middle School • 10AM - 2PM

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SNOW DATE: Sunday, Feb. 19 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Piano, Violin, Voice, Ballet, Musikgarten, and More... Harry Potter Drama Club for Grades 3-8 (814) 238-3000 • •

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PICCC is now accepting applicants for BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS, an exciting career exploration camp for youth ages 12 to 16. Campers experience a wide range of fun, hands-on activities and business tours to explore the work world and their interests. Email for additional information.

JULY 17-28 • 9AM - 4PM

Cost for the 2 weeks is $166.50 PGA Sports Academy

An instructional program for juniors age 6-12 who are looking to learn skills of golf or further their abilities in the game.

Programs: 9AM - 11AM Camp 1: June 19-23 Camp 2: July 10-14 Camp 3: August 7-11

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Half Day & Full Day Camps • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

All-Star Athletics Arte en Español Cinematic Clay Creating Kinetic Art Festivals Around The World Fun with 3D Art Hispanic Culinary Adventures Ocean Odyssey Rockin’ Roller Coasters Storybook Kitchen The Clay Strikes Back! The Great Escape Art in August Summer Rewind Summer Send-Off

Features 3 levels of learning, each one progressively building on the other. Skills & correct forms are taught in putting, chipping, pitching, bunkers, and full swing. A playing ability test is included, along with sections on rules & etiquette.

Package Includes: 4 Small Group Clinics & 2 Individual Lessons, Junior Hat & Learning Book.

PENN STATE GOLF COURSES 1523 W. College Ave. • (814) 865-4653 (GOLF)

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Visit our website for a full list of camps, more information, or to register.

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FEBRUARY 16-22, 2017



Orchestra performing ‘Mostly Mozart’ Special to the Gazette BELLEFONTE — The Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra will perform “Mostly Mozart” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in the Bellefonte Area High School auditorium, 830 E. Bishop St. Featured will be Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ Symphony No. 2. Op. 11; and Amadeus Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, featuring soloist Moran Katz, and Symphony No. 39. The orchestra conductor is Yaniv Attar. A native of Israel, Attar is the first-place winner of the Duna Szimfonikus Conducting Competition Budapest, and the recipient of the 2010/2012 and 2014 Georg Solti Foundation U.S. Award and the 2009 Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Award. Attar is the newly appointed music director of the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra and music director of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra in Bellingham. Drawn to orchestral conducting from an early age, Attar has studied with Israel Edelson in Jerusalem, Virginia Allen at the Juilliard School in New York and Neil Thomson at the Royal College of Music in London, where he was also the associate conductor and cofounder

of the Tempus Chamber Orchestra. In 2008, Attar earned his doctor of music degree from McGill University, where he studied under the tutelage of Alexis Hauser. Winner of the 2013 Ima Hogg Competition, clarinetist Katz also received the Audience Choice Prize and the Artistic Encouragement Prize voted on by the Houston Symphony musicians. In 2009, Katz won first prize at the Freiburg International Clarinet Competition in Germany, second prize at the Beijing International Music Competition for Clarinet in China and first prize and overall prize at the Midland/Odessa “National Young Artist Competition” in Texas. Katz performs extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She is an adjunct faculty member at Vassar College. General admission seating is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Youth tickets for those 16 and younger are $5 with an adult ticket purchase. Penn State students, with valid student ID, are $5 at the door. To purchase tickets, call (814) 234-8313 or visit

Canadian ensemble to feature ‘Circle of Creation’ Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK — Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, an internationally famous period-music ensemble, will return to Penn State with its latest multimedia production, “J. S. Bach: The Circle of Creation,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in Schwab Auditorium. “The Circle of Creation,” created by Tafelmusik double bassist Alison Mackay, combines text, music and background imagery to explore the inner circle of artisans who assisted Bach through his creative process. The production recognizes the numerous papermakers, instrument craftsmen, string spinners and performers who helped Bach to realize his genius — all in a program featuring the German-born composer’s works performed by memory.

In an interview with arts critic James Strecker, Mackay described the audio-visual experience as enchanting and informational. “We learn how Bach made his ink and began composing by ruling lines on a page with a five-pointed ‘rastrum’ to make manuscript paper,” she said. “We’ll see amazing footage of gut strings being made from sheep intestines and the inner workings of harpsichord jacks.” In the hands of the orchestra, “Bach’s music feels more alive than ever,” wrote a critic for Toronto’s Globe and Mail. The orchestra, founded in 1979, specializes in performing historically accurate performances using period techniques and instruments. Creation, Page 34

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MORAN KATZ, clarinet soloist, will perform with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra in Bellefonte on Feb. 19.

Join us to Celebrate Centre County Reads…

Book Launch February 19, 2017 Fun for the Whole Family: Cowboy Poetry & Stories Music Western Art & Artifacts “Just for Fun” - Family Poker Dress Up Trunk for Kids Books & Puzzles Souvenirs Music & Cowboy Poems 1:00 4:00 p.m.

Visit Our Permanent Underground Railroad Exhibit: A Journey to Freedom An art installation commemorating the work of the Underground Railroad in the Bellefonte area.

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FEBRUARY 16-22, 2017

AROUND & IN TOWN PSU alumnus will present ‘Plan for Paradise’ Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK — A Penn State alumnus who has made a name for himself as an artist and educator will give a free public lecture as part of Black History Month activities in the College of Communications. Chenits Pettigrew, a 2001 media studies graduate, will present “Plan for Paradise” at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in Carnegie Cinema, 113 Carnegie Building. The visit is coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs in the College of Communications. Pettigrew is an artist, producer, entrepreneur and educator, as well as the co-founder and creative director of the Brooklyn-based music and multimedia production company Soul Science Lab. Through his company, Pettigrew has released multiple album projects, including “Footprints” in 2013 and “Plan for Paradise” in 2016. In addition, the company produced multiple multimedia projects with premier arts institutions and partnered with 651 Arts to produce “Soundtrack ’63,” a live music and multimedia retrospective of the Civil Rights Movement. As an artist, Pettigrew, or “Chen Lo,” has shared the stage or done work with The Roots, Common, Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest and The Last Poets. In addition, he has been featured on BET, MTV and CBS.

Pettigrew’s work as an artist and educator has brought him around the world. He toured with Jazz at Lincoln Center on “The Rhythm Road,” a cultural exchange program that uses music to bring people together. CHENITS Through that, he PETTIGREW performed and implemented music, cultural workshops and classes in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Bahrain, Honduras and Ireland. He also has been involved in projects in Ghana, South Africa, Swaziland, Senegal, Vietnam and Brazil. In addition to being a Penn State graduate, Pettigrew holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree from New York University. “All In at Penn State” supports the university’s commitment to fostering welcoming and inclusive communities that embrace diversity, encourage meaningful discussions and are respectful of everyone regardless of their background, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status, abilities, veteran’s status or any of the ways people differ. The initiative challenges community members to ask what they can do to embrace diversity and have a positive impact at Penn State and beyond.

MR. SMITH’S BOWL OF NOTES Family Concert: Sunday, February 26, 2017, 4:00pm Bellefonte Area High School Theatre Mark Ballora, Actor Ann Keller Young Soloist Competition Winner A prog ram f or t h e ent ire f amil y f eat uring a piec e f or ac t or and orc h est ra, pl us t h e w inner of our annual y oung sol oist c ompet it ion

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TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE ORCHESTRA performs, by memory, selected works by Bach while images and video, which explore the artisans who contributed to the composer’s creative process, are projected on a screen above the stage. Creation, from page 33 The ensemble performs more than 50 concerts for its annual subscription season at Toronto’s historic Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church. Tafelmusik performed two other Mack-

ay multimedia creations — “House of Dreams” and “The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres” — at Penn State in 2013 and 2014, respectively. For more information about the production, visit or call (814) 863-0255.

FEBRUARY 16-22, 2017



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


Bookmobile — Centre County Library Bookmobile is a fully accessible library on wheels. Look for it in your community and join Miss Laura for story times, songs and fun. Visit . Safety checks — Mount Nittany Health sponsors free car seat safety checks from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at its Boalsburg location, 3901 S. Atherton St., State College. Certified car seat safety educators will check to make sure car seats are installed correctly. Call (814) 466-7921. Book workshop — AAUW’s Used Book Workshop is open 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 176 Technology Drive in Boalsburg Technology Park. During workshop hours, book donations may be made directly to the “AAUW Deliveries” door; blue donation bins are available at the driveway entrance for days the workshop is not open. Visit www. or call (814) 466-6041. Performance — The Nittany Knights practice at 7:15 p.m. every Monday at South Hills School of Business and Technology, Visitors Welcome. 480 Waupelani Drive, State College. Visit Club — The Schlow Knitting Club meets at 5:30 p.m. every first and third Monday. Knitters of all skill levels are welcome. Visit Club — The Centre Region Model Investment Club meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month in the Mazza Room at the South Hills Business School, 480 Waupelani Drive, State College. Call (814) 234-8775 or contact Support group — The Bellefonte chapter of the Compassionate Friends Support Group, for bereaved families and friends following the death of a child, holds a meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 134 E. Bishop St., Bellefonte. Contact Peg Herbstritt at (814) 353-4526 or Support group — A drug and alcohol support meeting for families struggling with loved ones’ addictions is held at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Watermarke Church, 116 S. Spring St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 571-1240. 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. Meeting — The Nittany Mineralogical Society meets at 6:45 p.m. for a social hour and 7:45 p.m. for the main program the third Wednesday of each month, except June, July and December, in Penn State’s Earth and Engineering Science Building. All are welcome to attend; parents must supervise minors. Visit 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. Kids’ program — The Nittany Baptist Church will be holding Master’s Clubs for children ages 3 to 11 and small groups for teens and adults at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the church, 3939 S. Atherton St. Visit www.nittany Healing circle — A healing circle will be held from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at Inspired Holistic Wellness, 111 S. Spring St., Bellefonte. Contact Beth Whitman at beth@inspiredholisticwellness. com or (814) 883-0957. Thrift shop — The State College Woman’s Club Thrift Shop will be having “Open Thursdays” from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 902 S. Allen St., State College. Call (814) 238-2322. Community meal — A free hot meal is served from 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church


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Community Cafe, 208 W. Foster Ave., State College. Meeting — The Nittany Valley Model Railroad Club meets every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Old Gregg School, 106 School St., Spring Mills. Call (814) 422-7667. Meeting — The State College Toastmasters meet from 6 to 8 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at Mission Critical Partners, 690 Grays Woods Blvd., Port Matilda. Visit statecollegetoastmasters.toastmasters Meeting — Celebrate Recovery, a faith-based recovery program, meets at 6 p.m every Friday at Freedom Life Church,113 Sunset Acres, Milesburg. Registration is not required and individuals are welcome to join at any time. Email or call (814)5711240. Meeting — The State College Alliance Church hosts a Christian Recovery meeting every Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 1221 W. White Road, State College. Visit www. Pet adoption — Nittany Beagle Rescue holds an adoption event from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday at Petco, 40 Colonnade Way, State College. Call (814) 692-4369. Pet adoption — A kitten and cat adoption event is held from 2 to 8:30 p.m. every Saturday at Petco, 40 Colonnade Way, State College. Call (814) 238-4758. Community sing — Rise Up Singing, a community singing group, meets from 4 to 6 p.m. the third Sunday of the month at the State College Friends Meeting, 611 E. Prospect St., State College.


Activity — Penn Skates will hold public skating sessions from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday through April 14. Admission is $9, or $6 with own skates. Call (814) 357-6898 or email Support group — GriefShare, a free support group for anyone experiencing loss, will be offered at 1 p.m and 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, through April 19, at Bethel Church of the Nazarene, 3601 S. Atherton St., State College.


Luncheon — A soup sale luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. at Howard United Methodist Church, 144 W. Main St., Howard. Cost is $6 for lunch or quarts of soup. Proceeds are designated to local missions. Contact Patti Long at (814) 625-2182.


Sale — The annual “Beat the Winter Blues Yard-NBake Sale” will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Curtin United Methodist Church, 305 Curtin Village Road, Howard. Call Marty Lucas at (814) 880-6654 or Larry Beahm at (814) 355-9588. Open house — A kindergarten through eighth grade open house, with a winter play day for ages 3 to 7, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at State College Friends School, 1900 University Drive, State College. Call (814) 237-8386 or visit Class — Centre LifeLink will host a free CPR class at 3 p.m. at its main station, 125 Puddintown Road, State College. The class will teach the skills necessary to provide basic life support care; it is an informal class and will not yield professional certification. Space is limited. Email Lauren Shurgalla at


Support group — A cancer survivors’ support group will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pink Zone Resource Library at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Call (814) 238-6220. Movie — “Café Society” will be shown at 4 p.m. and

7:30 p.m. as part of the Monday Movie Series at the State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., State College. Admission is $5, with a $1.50 ticketing fee.


Event — A pint night, sponsored by The North Face, Appalachian Outdoors, Big Spring Spirits and Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Appalachian Outdoors, 123 S. Allen St., State College. Proceeds benefit the Penns Valley Conservation Association. — Compiled by Gazette staff

Museum to feature Western theme BELLEFONTE — The Bellefonte Art Museum will host a Centre County Reads kickoff event celebrating Stacey Lee’s “Under a Painted Sky” from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. Beginning at 1 p.m. and continuing every half hour, cowboy stories and poetry performances by Alan Scott and music by guitarist Doug Irwin will be featured. Period-era food, including trail snacks and hard-tack shortbread, will be available. Attendees can take a tour of the Underground Railroad exhibit, help piece together a large puzzle or join in on a continuous poker game just for fun. Visitors also can use the museum’s dress-up trunk full of hats, chaps, cowboy vests and sheriff badges to create a period effect.

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Lumadue receives Patriot Award


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Trade show marketing seminar set for Feb. 22

STATE COLLEGE — The Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, has honored Jeremy Lumadue, of Weis Markets, with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of an employee serving in the Pennsylvania Guard and Reserve. “The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve,” William Burkhard, Pennsylvania ESGR North Central Area chairman, said in a press release. Lumadue was nominated for being supportive of the Army Reserve service of Sgt. 1st Class Charles Williams, a member of the 314th Engineers. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units, said Burkhard. ESGR seeks to facilitate and promote a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within the Department of Defense. Paramount to ESGR’s mission is encouraging employment of guardsmen and reservists.

STATE COLLEGE — Businesses can get insight into effective trade show marketing at a seminar scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Innovation Park. The event is being hosted by the SEDA-Council of Governments’ Export Development staff. The seminar will give attendees tips, tricks and opportunities for domestic and international trade show exhibition, SEDA-GOG said in a press release. Speakers include Ernie White, of Skyline Exhibits; Jen Black, of the state Office of International Business Development; and Ryan Russell, of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In addition to keys to success and pitfalls to avoid, topics include: ■ Show and booth space selection ■ Choosing and training booth staff ■ Understanding your audience and their needs ■ How to qualify and manage leads ■ Measuring success ■ ATA Carnets and how to get a passport for goods to avoid import duties ■ U.S. Commercial Service offerings at select shows ■ Upcoming exhibition opportunities Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Attendees must register by Friday, Feb. 17, at The Penn State Small Business Development Center is the seminar’s cosponsor. For more information, contact Noelle Long or Cody Richard at (570) 524-4491.

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JEREMY LUMADUE, of Weis Markets, left, is pictured holding the Department of Defense ESGR Patriot Award. Sgt. First Class Charles Williams, right, of the Army Reserve 314th Engineers, nominated Lumadue for the award. For more information, call (800) 336-4590 or visit www.

Wolf talks higher education, entrepreneurship during visit By GEOFF RUSHTON

STATE COLLEGE — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said that Penn State’s efforts to promote entrepreneurship and innovation are an example of how university communities around the state can be “unlocking the talent” to drive economic development. Wolf delivered remarks and answered questions Feb. 13 at Happy Valley Launchbox, 224 S. Allen St., about the state’s higher education resources and how they relate to job creation and economic growth. Happy Valley Launchbox is a no-cost startup accelerator and co-working space. Launchbox, which opened in February 2016, is a signature program of Invent Penn State, a statewide initiative introduced by university President Eric Barron to spur economic development while helping students succeed professionally through collaboration between Penn State and local communities on entrepreneurship-focused programs. Wolf cited the large number of colleges and universities in the state and said it is vital that they be supported and leveraged to promote economic development.

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.


Jamie L. Featherer by sheriff to James A. Featherer by sheriff, 705 E. Curtin St., Bellefonte, $7,538.54.


Grove Park Associates Inc. to Parkside Homes LLC, Arrowhead and Teasel Way, Bellefonte, $44,562.


Peggy R. Womer Estate, Michael A. Womer Co-Estate and Virginia M. Womer Co-Estate to Michael A. Womer and Virginia M. Womer, 114 Green Acres Lane, Millford, $1. Peggy R. Womer Estate, Michael A. Womer Co-Estate and Virginia M. Womer Co-Estate to Michael A. Womer and Virginia M. Womer, 243 Viehdorfer Road, Millford, $1.


Judith A. Taylor and Calvin J. Taylor Jr. to Judith A. Taylor and Calvin J. Taylor Jr., 122 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Centre Hall, $1. Matthew C. Hagain and Michelle R. Hagan to Matthew C. Hagan, 106 Williams St., Centre Hall, $1.

“Pennsylvania has a really unique set of resources in its higher education,” Wolf said. “Someone said, ‘We ought to make Happy Valley the Silicon Valley of Pennsylvania.’ I said, ‘I am absolutely against that.’ I think Silicon Valley should become the Happy Valley of California. That’s what we’re trying to do. “With these institutions of higher education, we can connect them to the world of work in a way that actually creates jobs and creates real economic development right here in Pennsylvania. That is one of our resources. That is one of our competitive advantages.” Barron noted that Happy Valley Launchbox is one of 13 such university-supported accelerator initiatives around the state, and that he expects that to grow to 20 in the near future. The school also has launched an entrepreneurship and innovation minor, a fund for commercialization and the Summer Founders Program, which pairs students with alumni to help the young innovators develop their business idea. He added that the university’s invention disclosures are up 23 percent over last year and that 40 percent of university patents are being licensed, an all-time high.



Nancy L. Silvis and Nancy G. Collins to Andrew W. Garban, 254 Gerald St., State College, $88,000. Robert M. Means and Marjorie A. Means to Russell G. Love and Allie M. Love, 288 Big Hollow Road, State College, $650,000.


Gerald M. Graeff and Julie A. Graeff to Jun Xu and Mi Zeng, 33 Abby Place, State College, $252,500. Joel M. Confer and Donna L. Confer to 3490 West College LLC, 3340 W. College Ave., State College, $1,050,000. Frank B. Scheirer Jr. to Frank Gregory Scheirer and Vicki M. Scheirer, 2398 Quail Run Road, State College, $1. Robert M. Patrick to John F. Bird and Roxane P. Bird, 1400 Circleville Road, State College, $1. Janis L. Jones to Magdalena M. Rohling, 232 Sycamore Drive, State College, $245,000.


Raymond Elwood Houtz, Lori A. Lauver, executor, Michele L. Valenti, executor, and Helen Houtz to Teresa E. Armstrong, John Armstrong, Roger K. Houtz, Donald B. Houtz, Toni Houtz, Dorsey E. Houtz and Sherry Houtz, 811 Heritage Trail Road, State College, $1.


“Between offices, opportunities for students, different types of scholarships, the mentoring and advising they get here, I think we’re going to have a story that’s going to be an incredible success for the state of Pennsylvania,” Barron TOM WOLF said. Wolf said the Penn State community can play a big role in improving business and innovation in the state. Launchbox has already played a role in business development, having graduated 20 new companies from its accelerator program in the past year. “Our society will be a better place if we can unlock the talent that exists right here in State College,” Wolf said. “That’s what you’re trying to do with Launchbox. ... If we continue to do this, if we continue to do a good job of unlocking the talent that exists in the great resource of higher education in Pennsylvania … there’s no end to what we can do.” Asked by Centre County Commission-

Priscilla A. Ryland to Carl R. Bless and Christina E. Bless, 255 E. Main St., Port Matilda, $142,950. Dolores B. Woodring Revocable Trust to Dolores B. Woodring Trust and Dolores B. Woodring, Dawn Drive, Pleasant Gap, $1.


Howard L. Walk III and Patty A. Walk to Builders Best LLC, Beaver Road/Ulrich Road, Julian, $20,000. David R. Williams and Jacque A. Spangler to Robert O’Hearn and Karen O’Hearn, 603 Beaver Road, Julian, $250,000.


Nancy C. Cain Estate and Judy A. Cain Estate to Judy A. Cain and Linda S. Cain, 104 Railroad St., Milesburg, $3,000.


William V. Savage to William V. Savage, 106 Stevenson Road, Port Matilda, $1. Leslye A. Garlin to Theodore Garlin, 100 Doubletree Place, Port Matilda, $1. Raymond E. Davis and Kelly D. Davis to Frank John Trezza and Jacqueline N. Trezza, 625 Wiltshire Drive, State College, $267,000. Kenneth S. Costa and Nancy L. Costa to Peng Liu and Jingjing Lai, 174 Presidents Drive, State College, $400,000.


David C. Hammaker and Suzanne H. Hammaker to David C. Hammaker, Suzanne H. Hammaker, Amanda C. Hartman and Joshua W. Hartman, 131 Elmos Lane, Marysville, $1. Kerry E. Moore to Larry Achterberg, 423 Tunnel Road, Coburn, $175,000.


James A. Green to Mark Hewitt, 1308 E. Presqueisle St., Philipsburg, $18,000.

er Mark Higgins if the governor’s office has any new entrepreneurship efforts planned, Wolf said he would prefer to focus on building the necessary resources for businesses to thrive. “Personally, I’m not sure new initiatives are what we need. I think what we need to do is create the foundation that will allow people to do that,” Wolf said. He said a fair tax system, “robust” education environment, strong transportation infrastructure, widely available broadband Internet and supportive venture capital are some of the things that will make the state more appealing for businesses. “Pennsylvania should be the envy of the world when it comes to economic development, because we are already the envy of the world when it comes to higher education. Those two things right now in this new economy are linked,” Wolf said. “If anyone should do well in this new economy, it’s us, right here in Pennsylvania. And, if anyone in Pennsylvania should do well, it’s right here in State College with Penn State University, one of the greatest universities in the entire world, right here.”


Michael A. Czap and Jody H. Czap to Samuel T. Hardy II and Kelley L. Hardy, 126 Hickory Drive, Philipsburg, $89,900.


Genevieve M. Bucha Estate and Steven F. Bucha Jr. Estate to Michael Salvanish, 1227 Clarence Road, Clarence, $64,000. John L. Moore and Cynthia K. Moore to John L. Moore, Cynthia K. Moore, Shawn M. Wheeler and Jennifer Y. Wheeler, 1410 W. Sycamore Road, Snow Shoe, $1.


Timothy Craig Associates to Charles J. Waligun Jr. and Renee M. Waligun, 806 Stratford Drive, State College, $140,000. Ruth M. McKenna to Kaitlyn Brunner, 501 E. Hamilton Ave., State College, $430,000. Ruth M. Mendum, Ann T. Mendum and Alexa Schriempf to Ruth M. Mendum and Ann T. Mendum, 610 S. Gill St., State College, $1.


Clair L. Burris by sheriff and Heather Cole by sheriff to LSF8 Master Participation Trust, 491 Benner Road, Bellefonte, $4,283.22. Wayne T. Leone to Wayne T. Leone and Anita D. Leone, 151 Hillrise Drive, Bellefonte, $1. Ramey L. Bechdel and Ramey L. Devinney to Ramey L. Devinney, 103 Cherry Ridge Court, Bellefonte, $1. — Compiled by Jayla Andrulonis



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Odd couples: Mastering the art of food pairing By DANA CIZMAS Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Some foods go together like a wink and a smile — peanut butter and jelly, champagne and strawberries, wine and cheese — while others are somewhat more unconventional, even dubious, but just as delicious. You just need an open mind and eager palate. “Rules are meant to be broken,” said Eric Wallace, executive chef at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto in Mount Washington, even when it comes to food and flavor combinations. Coming up with unusual yet tasty food pairings requires a lot of brainstorming, creativity and experimenting. There’s a long list of ingredients at our fingertips, and possibilities are endless. “There’s no limit to what you can come up with,” Wallace said. Not everyone is adventurous when it comes to food, but drawing from past experiences and deciding what one likes and dislikes is helpful. Also, it provides a good starting point for trying creative dishes and mixing flavors to bring another dimension to a plate, said Don Winkie, chef at Eighty Acres Kitchen & Bar in Plum.


Pairing beets with chocolate, for instance, might seem

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unusual at first glance, but it works beautifully in a cake. “It gives an extra bit of complexity to something that’s already amazing,” said Ally Slayden, baker and owner of The Butterwood Bake Consortium in Lawrenceville. The beets add an earthiness and make the cake dense and moist. Chocolate and bacon make a wonderful pairing that’s getting more mainstream and showcases the playfulness of sweet and salty. In terms of frozen treats, cucumber ice cream might sound intimidating, but it’s refreshing and creamy and provides a cleanness without being icy, said Katie Heldstab, co-owner of Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches. Other odd pairings are dill pickles in ice cream, black sesame ice cream and even ice cream with capers and salmon. On the savory spectrum, Winkie favors a dish of braised boar with orange juice, orange zest, cumin and oregano to which he also adds onions and raisins for an extra level of spice and sweetness. He also likes mixing fruit sauces, such as mango with seafood and tossing in some chipotle for heat and roasted garlic for smokiness. Cheese and seafood also can produce wonders. Although the combination might not appeal to some, pairing Parmigiano-Reggiano with shellfish or blue cheese

with Dover sole fish can turn out stellar results.


We eat with our eyes first because the way a dish looks influences if we will try it, Heldstab said, so color is key. In addition, avoid combining ingredients that are too different or too similar. Turmeric and ricotta cheese would not bring anything to each other, Slayden said. Similarly, pork belly and oysters might be too mushy, said Winkie, but crispy bacon and oysters might be wonderful. Some combos, such as oranges and ketchup, just don’t work together. Grapefruit ends up being bitter in ice cream, said Heldstab, while fresh ruby red pomegranate arils turn an ugly brown color when mixed with cream. Also off-limits are anchovies in cake. “There’s a line that you don’t cross,” Slayden added. It’s best to see items that complement each other. The playfulness of salty and sweet enhances a cake or a drink, while crunchy and chewy ingredients offset the creaminess in ice creams. Unique flavor combinations allow a cook to learn and grow to be creative and daring. At the end of the day, food is extremely subjective, Wallace said, and one’s palate is the ultimate judge. “Art is in the eye of the beholder,” he added.

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BATH MASTER Chair lift. Battery powered, hand controller, new rechargeable battery, new seat. Cost $1,600 new asking $650 OBO. (814) 238-1639


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Moving Boxes Approx 40 moving boxes from professional moving company. Different sizes, including mirror and wardrobe boxes. Packing paper included. $2/box $3/wardrobe or text ... Philipsburg 814-574-8115

Some ads featured on Staff Asst. - Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Staff Asst.- CRPR Main Office Recreation Services. Manager - CRPR Main Office Summer Seasonal Positions Spring & Summer Internships Centre Region Parks & Recreation (CRPR) seeks parttime (20 hrs.) Staff Assistant for Millbrook Marsh Nature Center (MMNC) and part-time (20 hrs.) Staff Asst. for the main office; positions start in early March. CRPR is also searching for a full-time Recreation Services Manager for the administration office to start in late-winter/early-spring. In addition, CRPR is hiring for many seasonal positions--pools, maintenance, summer camps--and spring and summer internships. CRPR serves 5 municipalities and provides full-service community recreation programming, events, and facility management and operations. Complete job descriptions and instructions on how to apply are posted here: employ-summary.html CRPR is an EOE. Deadline for PT Staff Assistant (MMNC) - February 24 Deadline for FT Rec. Services Mgr. (CRPR) - February 24

NURSING POSITIONS 12 Hour Weekends & PT and FT Positions All Shifts We are offering SIGN ON Bonuses for the following Positions If you are interested please complete an application for a confidential interview. • 12 Hour Weekend Certified Nursing Assistant and Registered Nurses (limited openings) – 7a-7p or 7p-7a • Full Time and Part Time Registered Nurses – All Shifts • Full Time and Part Time Licensed Practical Nurse – All Shifts • Full Time and Part Time Certified Nursing Assistants – All Shifts • PRN Licensed Practical Nurses & Certified Nursing Assistants – All Shifts Centre Crest offers a competitive wage, benefits, 403B, with company match and every other weekend off. Paid Holidays, Sick, Vacation and Personal time for part time employees. For more information contact Zachary Robinson, Human Resources Director. Centre Crest, 502 East Howard Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823 Phone: 814-355-6777 Fax: 814-355-6999

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Centre Crest is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V)

Centre HomeCare, Inc., a VNA Health System agency and leading provider of home health and hospice care, is looking for professional, clinical staff to join our growing team. REGISTERED NURSE Full-time day shift/occasional weekend coverage. One year nursing experience in acute care, nursing home or home care setting required. Current PA licensure and PA driver’s license required. Full time positions are benefits eligible. VNA HEALTH SYSTEM



Contact or send resume to: Centre HomeCare, Inc., Attn: Vice Pres., Western Division 2437 Commercial Blvd., Suite 6 State College, PA 16801 Phone: 814.237.7400 Email: EOE/F/M/V/H

PERSONAL CARE Full & Part Time Available

Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (ALSM) is seeking Personal Care Companions for the Oaks at Pleasant Gap, a senior community offering personal care and independent living cottages and apartments: Full Time, 2nd shift Part Time, 2nd & 3rd shifts High school diploma or equivalent and the ability to lift, push, pull, and move a minimum of 50 lbs. is required. We offer a competitive salary, paid time off, and an employee choice benefits program for full & part time positions. If you would like to be an integral part of the overall wellbeing of our loving residents, apply now to join our caring, dedicated team of professionals.

Apply online at or stop by

The Oaks at Pleasant Gap 200 Rachel Dr. • Pleasant Gap, PA 16823



FEBRUARY 16-22, 2017

Centre County Gazette, February 16, 2017  
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