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THE CENTRE COUNTY GAZETTE

SEPTEMBER 1-7, 2016

Shaver’s Creek to close to prepare for renovation UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center will be closed temporarily starting Monday, Sept. 5, to prepare for its major expansion and renovation project. The outdoor education field lab and nature center in Petersburg, Huntingdon County, will undergo its first major facility upgrades in the center’s 40-year history. Shaver’s Creek will close at the end of the business day on Sunday, Sept. 4, and the visitor center will remain closed through most of 2017. The Fall Harvest and Maple Harvest festivals will not be held during construction. “Shaver’s Creek has been connecting the community to the outdoor world for 40 years, and these improvements will help create more enriching and fulfilling memories for children, Penn State students and the community,” said director Mark McLaughlin. “We appreciate everyone’s patience during construction and, although disappointed that we won’t see as many smiling faces, are excited for the opportunities that await us when we reopen.” Select activities and limited programming will operate

at the center through construction. Any potential visitors are asked to check www.shavers creek.org or call (814) 863-2000 for the most up-to-date information. Shaver’s Creek will continue to offer Penn State courses at the University Park campus, its traveling naturalist programs around the state and team-building programs offsite. Shaver’s Creek, which serves more than 60,000 people each year, is home to more than 35 credit-bearing courses in six colleges and nine departments. The center accommodates more than 1,300 Penn State students, 50,000 noncredit program attendees and nearly 9,000 visitors during the year. The original building at Shaver’s Creek, which was founded in 1976, was built in 1938 as a forestry lodge for group functions and warm-weather instruction. Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center provides several resources for Penn State students and the community, including the environmental and raptor centers, outdoor school and public festivals.

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SHAVER’S CREEK Environmental Center will undergo major improvements and new construction for the first time to help serve the current demand.

Black Moshannon Monster Hunt Race to benefit single mom By GEOFF RUSHTON StateCollege.com

BLACK MOSHANNON — An annual adventure race and scavenger hunt at Black Moshannon State Park promises a fun time for participants while raising funds for a single mother battling cancer. The fifth annual Black Moshannon Monster Hunt Race is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. All proceeds from the

5K run or hike will benefit Leslie Mersinger, a Millheim resident and mother of three boys who was diagnosed with colon cancer near the end of 2015. Having undergone surgery and chemotheraphy and still battling the disease, Mersinger is unable to work her normal job and the event will help provide some financial support. Participants will go to a Halloween-themed station, complete a task and get a clue to find out where the next station is located. Some stations include an obstacle

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Centre County Gazette, Sept. 1, 2016