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Town&Gown’s yearlong series continues with a look at Schlow Centre Region Library • by Cassandra Wiggins
In May, voters in the State College Area School District will say “Yes” or “No” to the renovation and construction project for the high school. District officials are trying to make sure voters have all the information they need before casting their ballots • by Tracey M. Dooms
34 / Pure Energy Since becoming Penn State’s new head football coach, James Franklin has basically worked nonstop in becoming familiar with his new home, letting Nittany Nation become familiar with him, preparing the Nittany Lions for the 2014 season, and recruiting some of the top high school talent in the nation • by Frank Bodani
42 / Running Boston Strong One year after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, several local runners prepare to return to Boston and run the race again while also raising funds for Centre Volunteers in Medicine • by Chelsey Scott
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Making a Statement for Good Local runners head to Boston with added significance to their annual cause Last year, 16 runners from our area traveled to Boston representing the best in men and women. They went to run in the Boston Marathon, and in support of Centre Volunteers in Medicine, the local organization that provides free health services to Centre County residents who have no health insurance. It’s something local runners have been doing since CVIM opened in 2003, and Marathoners for Medicine has raised nearly $450,000 during that time. Yes, those runners have represented the best that’s in people. Last year, however, they witnessed the worst in humans when two pressure-cooker bombs, allegedly the work of two Chechen brothers, exploded near the finish line. Three people were killed and nearly 300 were injured. Fortunately, none of our local runners were hurt. The nearly 450 miles that separate Happy Valley from Boston never felt closer. We figuratively and literally had neighbors, friends, brothers, and sisters amid the blood and chaos of one of America’s great cities. This month, more runners from our area, and from around the world, will be traveling to Boston to run the 2014 marathon. In fact, there’s little doubt that more people will likely run in or be spectators for this year’s marathon than any previous Boston Marathon. But they’re not just running or cheering — they’re making a statement. It’s a statement about not allowing cowardly acts of terrorism take away the power and goodness of the human spirit. Better yet, that statement will be made by people from all different countries and with
all different beliefs and opinions. It’s one of those alltoo-few moments when we put our differences aside for something bigger than ourselves. In this month’s issue, Chelsey Scott writes about some of our local runners traveling to Boston. In “Running Boston Strong,” John Domico, who started Marathoners for Medicine, said, “The only thing the bombs did was create even more resolve.” Information on how to help Marathoners for Medicine can be found at the end of “Running Boston Strong,” which starts on page 42. It’s a way for anyone, even those not traveling to Boston, to make a statement for the side of good. On another note, I’d like to mention a new feature that will be appearing on townandgown.com. Starting this month, the site will have columns and stories contributed by the Nittany Valley Society. The nonprofit group based in State College “cultivates appreciation for the history, customs, and spirit of the Nittany Valley, the Pennsylvania State University, and the surrounding communities.” The group has published several books, and excerpts from them will be part of its contribution at townandgown.com. This month’s column, written by society board member Tom Shakely, provides an introduction about the organization and what to expect in the coming months. We hope you enjoy this addition to our site!
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Penn State’s wrestling team won its fourth consecutive national title in March.
Schlow participates in One Book, Every Young Child Schlow Centre Region Library celebrates the ninth annual Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child Literacy Initiative in April. This year’s book is Stripes of All Types by Susan Stockdale. Each year Pennsylvania One Book selects one book that gives children the opportunity to develop their reading skills while also learning about other facets of the world. In Stripes of All Types, Stockdale shows how stripes benefit animals from around the globe in their natural habitats. The Centre County board of commissioners also has proclaimed April as “Books of All Types Month” to “reflect our commitment to sharing books with children and urge everyone to participate in this critically important initiative by reading to a young child now and often.” On May 5, Stockdale will visit Schlow Centre Region Library for a book signing.
National champs — times two! Penn State had two teams win national titles in March. The wrestling team won its fourth consecutive national championship as it bested Minnesota, 105.5-104, in Oklahoma City. The fencing team claimed its record 13th national title in Columbus, Ohio, as it had 180 bout victories. Princeton finished second with 159 bout victories. The wrestling team became only the third team in NCAA history to win four consecutive titles. The Lions were led by seniors Ed Ruth and David Taylor, who each won individual national titles in their respective weight classes. Taylor won the title at 165 pounds, defeating Oklahoma State’s Tyler Caldwell, 6-0. Taylor was named the NCAA Championship’s Most Outstanding Wrestler and won the NCAA’s Most Dominant Wrestler Award. He finished his season with a record of 34-0. Ruth won the title at 184 pounds and became the first Penn State wrestler to win three individual national titles. He defeated Maryland’s Jimmy Sheptock in the finals, 7-2, and finished the season with a 34-1 record. The Lions had five other wrestlers win AllAmerican honors — Nico Megaludis (third place at 125 pounds), Zain Retherford (fifth place at 141), James English (seventh place at 149), Matt Brown (fifth place at 174), and Morgan McIntosh (seventh place at 197). At the NCAA Fencing Championships, sophomore Kaito Streets led the Lions as he won an individual national title in the men’s saber. He defeated St. John’s Ferenc Valkai in the finals. Interim head coach Wes Glon said, “I feel fantastic, absolutely fantastic. I’m proud of the team and they were so determined to win — and they did. Really proud of the kids.” T&G
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Community Scott Devore Bald Eagle Area athletic trainer Scott Devore was named Athletic Trainer of the Year by the National Football Foundation of Central Pennsylvania. He is in his 21st year as head athletic trainer for the school. Devore grew up near Pittsburgh and attended Mercyhurst. He also works at Drayer Physical Therapy Institute in Bellefonte. About his work with Bald Eagle Area students, he told the Centre Daily Times, “I fit in really well here. You have some folks that are struggling. And they’re really down to earth here. It’s easy to really get along with the kids and families.” Ellen Perry Former Penn State associate athletic director and senior woman administrator Ellen Perry died on March 4 at the age of 72.
Perry was a member of the Penn State athletics staff from 1966 until her retirement in 2002. She was the Nittany Lions’ first women’s swimming and diving head coach, and from 1989 until her retirement served as associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. She played a significant role in the growth and success of women’s athletics at Penn State and nationwide, and was recognized as one of the nation’s most respected athletic administrators. During her tenure as associate athletic director and senior woman administrator, Penn State’s women’s programs captured 14 national championships in six sports, as well as winning 17 Big Ten regular-season championships and nine Big Ten tournament titles. In addition, the women’s fencing team combined with the men’s team to win nine combined NCAA championships from 1990 to 2002. Susan Russell Associate professor of theatre Susan Russell was named the Penn State laureate for the 2014-15 academic year. She succeeds 2013-14 laureate Kenneth Womack. Russell joined the Penn State faculty in 2007. She founded Cultural Conversations, a new works festival devoted to issues of local and global diversity. Her books, Body Language: Cultural Conversations Reaching Out and Reaching In and Body Language: Stop the Violence/Start the Conversation, are text designed to offer templates for school systems on how to use playwriting, media, and public performance to explore issues that affect middle and high school students. She also is a professional playwright, and her works Olympia and Present Perfect have been produced by Lincoln Center and the Emerging Artist Theatre in New York City. As laureate, she will “speak about various languages of creativity, and how these languages can bridge communication gaps between diverse cultures and disciplines.” The Penn State laureate, an honorary position established in 2008, is a full-time faculty member in the humanities or the arts who is assigned — half-time for one academic year — to bring an enhanced level of social, cultural, artistic, and human perspective and awareness to a broad array of audiences. T&G
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Q&A with Operation: Military Kids state director Susan Smith By Sarah Harteis
Once again, Operation: Military Kids in Pennsylvania will be joining Penn State students from recreation, park, and tourism management to hold the annual Salute to the Military Child Family Fun Fair. In addition to the family fair on April 6, they are promoting national Purple Up for Military Kids Day on April 15 to show support to the more than 32,000 military kids in Pennsylvania. Operation: Military Kids strives to support children impacted by deployment through its youth programs and support services. Director Susan Smith has been leading the organization since 2007, and, with her own children having been military kids, she has passion for the cause. She took some time to share her thoughts with Town&Gown. T&G: What do you think military kids like most about your organization? Smith: It gives them the chance to come together with other military kids who have been
in similar situations and to form a connection with them so that they don’t feel so alone and isolated. In Pennsylvania, about 90 percent of military kids are geographically dispersed, meaning they’re not near a military base. Often times they are out there on their own not realizing that there are other kids going through a similar experience. Through us, they are able to come together and form a support network. T&G: What can kids and families expect to see at the upcoming Family Fun Fair? Smith: The Penn State students really help to come up with the activities at the fair. Some things you’ll see are the Centre County 4-H Robotics Club and their displays. There will be Seeing Eye puppies as well as student groups and organizations that will be performing. The Nittany Lion will be there, and there will be lots of games, arts and crafts, and door prizes, among other things. T&G: Why is it important that the community participates in Purple Up for Military Kids Day? Smith: It helps those kids feel supported by the community. The kids might not want to open up about their feelings because they feel alone, and this helps them to see that people care. We tell people that it’s not about whether or not you support war or the military, it’s about supporting these kids. T&G: How can the community help ensure the success of your organization? Smith: We could always use volunteers to help with our programs. People can also help by simply spreading the word about us, supporting our trainings in the area, and just letting these kids know that they are there for them. T&G: What is your vision for the future of Operation: Military Kids? Smith: To continue to grow. Each year that a program grows, it means we are reaching more kids and families. My vision is to continue to support these kids and let them know they are not out there alone. T&G
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1990 “Tales from the Tees” took a look at the history of Centre Hills Country Club. The club began in 1921 when 14 men, many leading figures in State College or at Penn State, applied for a charter for a new organization formed to “promote a social relation among and provide means for athletic exercises for members of the club.” Robert G. Bernreuter, unofficial club historian, said, “From the start, the club was a ‘town-gown’ organization.”
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2008 Fay Wohlwill of State College shared her memories of the Holocaust in “To Never Forget.” She recalled being expelled from her Catholic public school. “Our new Nazi principal stormed into my class," she said. “He was in full-dress uniform and shouted in front of the whole class that I must leave immediately. Hitler had apparently decreed that all Jewish children must be removed from German schools.” Her family soon immigrated to Shanghai. T&G
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Guitar World Lionel Loueke’s music weaves West African roots with American jazz By John Mark Rafacz
Guitarist Lionel Loueke grew up in the tiny West African country of Benin, but the terrain he covers in his music is vast. Joined by bassist Michael Olatuja and drummer John Davis, Loueke performs at the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State for the first time in an April 23 concert at Schwab Auditorium. A graduate of Paris’ American School of Modern Music and Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Loueke was mentored by jazz greats Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Terence Blanchard through his studies at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. “I flipped,” says Hancock, recalling the first time he listened to Loueke’s playing. “I’d never heard any guitar player play anything close to what I was hearing from him. There was no territory that was forbidden, and he was fearless.” Loueke, who surprisingly didn’t start playing the guitar until he was 17, combines harmonic complexity, soaring melody, a deep knowledge of African folk forms — plus conventional and extended guitar techniques — to create a warm and evocative sound. “Mr. Loueke,” writes a New York Times reviewer, “is a gentle virtuoso.” The guitarist, who fell for jazz after hearing a CD by George Benson, has performed as a member of Blanchard’s sextet and Hancock’s quartet. His most recent album as the leader of his trio is Heritage. “I have two heritages,” Loueke says. “One is from my ancestors from Africa, and that goes through my music, my body, my soul, every aspect of what I do. But also I have the heritage from the Occident, from the West, from Europe and the US. I speak English, I speak French, and I have that heritage, too. I called this album Heritage because I’ve been blessed by all different parts of the world, and most of the songs reflect that.” Amy Dupain Vashaw, Center for the Performing Arts audience and program-development director, first experienced a live performance by Loueke two years ago at a jazz club in New York City.
Lionel Loueke and his trio close out the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State’s 2013-14 season with a concert April 23 at Schwab Auditorium.
“I had the advantage of being very near to the stage, and he is mesmerizing to watch as well as to hear,” she says. His stage presence, she adds, is “engaging, mellow, and a little bit sultry. “He does some magical things with his voice to complement the rich layers of the music. And the technique he uses to play the guitar, using it also as a percussion instrument, is very intriguing, too.” Loueke’s music is “greatly influenced by his native Benin, but filtered through many jazz influences as well as his own creativity,” she observes. “You can tell when he plays he’s so eager to explore places others don’t go. That innate sense of musical curiosity comes through in his performances.” The Penn State concert is likely to appeal to “anyone ready for something new to their ears,” she says. “And certainly jazz people will respond to his improvisatory style. People drawn to Afropop will also enjoy the musical ride.” T&G Spats Café and Speakeasy sponsors the concert. For information or tickets, visit cpa.psu.edu or phone (814) 863-0255. John Mark Rafacz is the editorial manager of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State.
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Another Opening, Another Show An exit and an entrance at Boal Barn Playhouse
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Our Boal Barn T-shirts are now both a blast from the past and a harbinger of summer playbills to come. State College Community Theatre (SCCT), now pursuing a year-round direction, has put on plays at the Boal Barn Playhouse for 53 of its 59 years — opening June 26, 1959, with Tovarich, closing with The Man Who Came to Dinner September 15, 2012. The boards are scheduled to be trod for the 2015 summer season by the new Boal Barn Players. Its first step is an OK from the Centre Region Code Agency on exit and wiring renovations. If, by now, the barn has received its first-ever Inspection for Occupancy Permit, the players can turn to reconfiguring the stage, making ticket-buyers comfier. “The more theater, the better in this region,” says seventh-generation Boal family member Christopher Lee, overseer since 1966 of the 1809 Boal Estate and of its 1898 summer theater (formerly a barn). Grandfather Pierre Boal, influenced by his curator, former actress Lillian Dickson, and by SCCT organizer and friend Mary Irvin Thomas Stahle, leased the barn for theater. Future barn audiences can expect some changes from what they are used to. Instead of theater-inthe-round: “three-quarter thrust,” seating to the left of the entrance is to be eliminated, allowing for tall sets. Replacing the old 201 uncomfortable wooden seats will be 147 plush, commodious restoration seats from the recently demolished Bellefonte landmark, the 1890 Garman Opera House. “We feel so blessed that we were given those seats,” says David Saxe of Boalsburg, the Boal Barn Players’ organizer and chief. He and four others unscrewed them, ahead of the wrecking ball. Other Garman remembrances will decorate a wall. Unchanged will be the freestanding extra restroom facilities (audience numbers will dictate the number of porta-potties) and the absence of air-conditioning. “It’s the barn experience,” says Saxe brightly of perspiration. For the original tenant, leaving the barn wasn’t easy. Reasons mounted: sweaty summers, heat’s absence for any cold-weather productions, playhouse deterioration. One of the last straws was when an SCCT worker put a foot through the backstage floor. Had the barn ever been for sale, SCCT would have dug deep into available pockets.
A Boal Barn T-shirt from 1991 shows the plays State College Community Theatre presented that season.
Now, “We’re happy to be moving on,” says SCCT president Bruce Fleischer, a committed director and former WPSU radio morning-show announcer. In its big new Boalsburg area headquarters (informally, “the backstage building” or “the tech building”) at 171 Technology Drive, Suite 800, SCCT has rehearsal rooms, set and costume shops, storage and office space. The general membership will gather there for the first time April 27 at 2 p.m. for SCCT’s spring meeting. After SCCT’s departure from the Boal Barn, Saxe (Penn State associate professor of secondary education, as well as playwright and former professional actor) was approached by Lee to assemble a company. The Boal Barn Players — a 13-member group that, says Saxe, “loves theater and this space” — was incorporated January 8, 2013. Boal Barn wasn’t new to the Saxe family. He and his wife, Laura — SCCT supporters for a decade and former office holders — appeared there, as had their four kids. The couple also performed in the SCCT/blended-talent Fuse production of Scrooge! The Musical at the State Theatre, and — with group edges often blurred — were in Fuse’s State Theatre production of the musical Annie in February (the Saxes trained originally as opera singers). Elsewhere, the couple and their eight-year-old Nittany Theatre Company have appeared a few times on the clubhouse stage of the State College Woman’s Club, whose drama department members helped found SCCT.
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In performing year-round, SCCT is returning to early days, when most productions were at the then State College Area High School on Fairmount Avenue and its later identity, an elementary school. Currently, most shows are at the Mount Nittany Middle School near Boalsburg, big productions are sometimes on the State Theatre stage, and new venues are being tried. The mystery dinner-theater productions held this past winter and in the spring upstairs in Duffy’s Tavern in Boalsburg — an idea from SCCT executive director David Gritzner — were sold out. The Community Theatre Group (SCCT’s shortlived original name) was formed February 7, 1955. According to Timothy F. Tuinstra’s 1977 PSU thesis — which supplied a portion of the data herein — the group comprised “employees of the A&P, a physician, several members of the local women’s [sic] club, a merchant, a professor and his wife, and their hostess.” Rehearsals took place in people’s homes; set construction, in garages. While the Garman had such recognizable performers as George Burns and Gracie Allen, SCCT had prominent State College stars, on and off stage. The actors’ equity category had Peg French and an appearance by Helen Manfull; there also was playwright Mary Gage. Tip-of-the-iceberg notables
included Stuart Frost, Frank and Marty Schlow, Ruth Yeaton (director, original board member), Bob Breon, Adrian Lanser, Croy Pitzer, Gil Aberg, Nancy Resnick, Asa and Bea Berlin, and Martha Traverse (now a former professional actress). Other young actors went on to become professionals such as Rob Lehman from State College and former Penn State students Mya Dillon and Ann Talman. One past president and expert “dramateur” — Richard Gidez — appeared on stage at the barn 50 times. The two groups wish each other well. “We hope to work everything out for everyone,” says Fleischer. “The barn deserves to be used. It’s a part of community history.” In coming attractions, the Boal Barn Players will have a gala in September to announce and sell their first season. SCCT will begin with A Midsummer Night’s Dream May 15-17 and end with Hairspray in October. A truism Fleischer has heard, that “Theater is the perpetual invalid,” speaks of dollar needs by both groups. Their handshakes won’t solve all of their problems. T&G Nadine Kofman is a native Centre Countian and historian.
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toxifying foot bath. Jillriam says toxins in a person’s body hold a positive charge, so when a client comes in, their feet are submerged in water and poles are put into the water and on the client’s wrist, which are connected to a small machine that sends a painless ionic charge. Jillriam says he then puts salt into the water, and toxins are pulled from the pores of the feet. The average person breathes, eats, and drinks toxins, so helping the body rid itself of these toxins can help one’s overall wellness, he says. To Jillriam, wellness is about your whole life, and it’s important to take care of yourself. “One of the things I try to often educate our community about is that you can come into our hot tub, have an hour massage, be adjusted by my wife, and it only takes $20 for all those services combined,” Jillriam says. “That is because she is a primary physician and some of the services can be billed to a customer’s insurance. About 83 percent of people who use our business bill to their insurance.” Another spa that takes a natural and holistic approach is the Simply Health Salt Spa in State College.
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Marge Delozier, co-owner of the spa, says Himalayan salt spas are uncommon, and there are maybe 30 in the United States. “It is a wellness facility where our whole focus is on self-care, and the Himalayan salt rooms are unique in the fact that Himalayan salt is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial,” she says. “The reason why it’s so beneficial to visit a salt room is because almost every health issue that we have starts with inflammation.” The spa, also owned by Nikki Santangelo, contains three salt rooms comprising 11 tons of Himalayan salt. Some of the services offered, according to Delozier, are massages in a salt room, infrared detoxifying in a salt room, a salt sauna, and detoxifying ion-cleanse footbaths. The spa also carries “authentic” Himalayan salt lamps, she says. A session in a salt room is 45 minutes. The client will sit in a chair and relax and breathe, with no talking or uses of devices permitted. Delozier says the lights are dimmed and music plays lightly while the customer relaxes. The rooms are kept at about 70 degrees, and customers are allowed to bring a blanket or use one that the spa provides.
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“People are generally very responsive to it,” she says. “It’s great for everybody, but especially the elderly and those who don’t want to disrobe or be rubbed.” She says she recommends holistic therapies such as massages, energy work, and hypnosis because they can help on many different levels and improve one’s life. Hypnosis is a very effective tool for one’s overall well-being, she adds, and it is essentially “helping you help yourself.” It can help people with habits they want to break, such as nail biting, smoking, or even overeating. It also is beneficial to reduce stress and anxiety and to improve sleep protocols and work ethic, she says. She adds that she isn’t digging into your past for hidden secrets. “You would never tell me anything that you wouldn’t tell me normally in a regular conversation, and I wouldn’t ask,” she says. “It puts you in a very peaceful and relaxed state of mind. You can’t get stuck in it — I can’t make someone do something they wouldn’t do otherwise. You always have control.” T&G
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Downtown’s Living Room While facing funding issues, Schlow Library continues to give the community a wide array of offerings By Cassandra Wiggins
With hundreds of thousands of items and a multitude of events free to the public almost year-round, Schlow Centre Region Library is considered to be a staple in the State College community. “It really is a community center and the heart of downtown,” says library director Cathi Alloway. “The nickname of Schlow is ‘Downtown’s Living Room.’ People just feel comfortable here.” According to Alloway, the library, located at 211 South Allen Street, saw more than 320,000 visitors last year — a 3 percent increase from 2012 — and about half were families. The library carries about 180,000 physical and online items for public use. Despite the library’s services and the fact that public donations reached a record high of more than $190,000 last year, Schlow Library will close for a week in May. Alloway says due to the increasing drop in state funding since 2007, the library will be closed and some functions of its Web site will be shut down between May 12 and May 18. All staff also will be unpaid during that time. “State aid has decreased over time and we have lost over $900,000 in state aid since 2007; meanwhile, prices go up,” she says. “So this year, in order to balance the budget, we figured out that we had to close for a week. We’re hoping people will write the governor and their state
Top, Schlow Library offers a quiet setting from the hustle and bustle of outside. Middle, visitors can come in and do more than read or borrow books. Bottom, the library also has a gallery space that features works by local artists.
legislators and encourage restoration of funding libraries because we just can’t afford to stay open the way we did in the past.” The shutdown will save at least $25,000, according to Alloway. The decision to temporarily close was a hard one to make, she says, but it was decided that
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it was a better option than cutting hours each week, since May is a slower time of year for the library. Some community members are upset about the closing. Gale Boldt, 52, brings her friend’s 13-monthold daughter to the library’s children’s area about once a week. “It’s a nice place for parents and children to socialize with other families and for kids to get immersed in books,” she says. “I don’t blame the library for shutting down for a week. I don’t think the state finances are being handled right, and not collecting and giving funding for public services like libraries is a big mistake.” The original library was built in 1957, but the current structure, which opened in 2005, features two floors assessable to the public — the main floor holds meeting rooms and a children’s area while the second floor is home to the adult collections and computers. Alloway says the library, which is open approximately 65 hours a week, is heavily used by the community compared to other libraries that serve a similar-sized population. “People feel they can come here and do a variety of things,” she says. “You can get peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of the street. We have several clubs that meet here —
discussion groups, board-game groups, a knitters group. We have all kinds of programs and events that enrich the mind.” For starters, the library has won several awards for its children’s services, says Alloway, and the library has an inside play area and book collection for toddlers and children that help build their motor and intellectual skills. The library also holds many services and events, such as 3s, 4s, & 5s Storytime, BookFestPA, parent discussions, Baby & Me Storytime, summer reading program, Research Unplugged, Mother/Daughter Book Club, and many others. The library also offers its meeting rooms for the public to rent at no charge, as long as the group or event is a nonprofit, Alloway says. But, she warns, they are very competitive since many different groups want to rent the rooms, and there are some limitations such as for a group wanting to use a room for the same day every week since it is hard to accommodate someone that regularly. The library’s budget allows them to buy a variety of resources such as the latest bestsellers and e-books, she says, and its stock is changing all the time. She also jokes that the library has become the “community’s Blockbuster” since it features a popular collection of Blu-rays and DVDs available to check out.
The children’s area is a popular place for families to come, and the library has won several awards for its children’s services.
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Schlow also has some new things up its sleeve. Its Web site received a much-needed update, Alloway says, explaining that the old site was slow and awkward to navigate. The new site debuted in March and features a fresher, user-friendly, and more organized look as well as allowing users to access the site from desktops, tablets, and smartphones. The new site also allows users to organize their ebooks and eAudiobooks on its new library dashboard, according to the library’s Web site. Improving the site was the number-one goal in the library’s current strategic plan, Alloway says. “As you know, more and more materials and research are online,” she says. “We’re not kidding ourselves. We’re changing as the information and entertainment world around us changes, and we’re offering people things in all kinds of formats. Right now this is a golden age for readers; you can get content in so many different ways — print, online, tablet, smartphone, audio book, iPad — and we had to update our Web site to deliver the goods.” She also states that she is excited for the li-
brary’s new free community e-course platform called “CrowdCourse,” which also launched in March. She describes it as “neighbors teaching neighbors.” The new platform asks the public to film their own courses on any type of topic — craft, hobby, or activity — and then upload it to the Web site. Some courses already available on the site are “Cupcake Decorating,” “Selecting and Roasting the Perfect Cut of Beef,” “Spring Green Cleaning,” “Making Simple Salves,” “You Can Uke!,” and “Creating Pysanky — Ukrainian Easter Eggs.” While the library’s closing for a week in May is disappointing to many, adult-services librarian Amy Madison says she hopes it draws attention to the need to fund libraries. “Libraries are one of the last great places that everyone belongs and there’s no pressure to do any particular thing or buy anything,” she says. “They’re really meant to be the center of the community. Investing in the library is investing in your entire community, and that’s why it’s important to keep them afloat.” T&G For more information on Schlow Centre Region Library, visit schlowlibrary.org.
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Energy Since becoming Penn State’s new head football coach, James Franklin has basically worked nonstop in becoming familiar with his new home, letting Nittany Nation become familiar with him, preparing the Nittany Lions for the 2014 season, and recruiting some of the top high school talent in the nation. It’s no surprise then that some of the people who know him best say he’s the perfect man to lead the Penn State program
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You can see the energy. It’s as if James Franklin has been in continuous motion since the day he arrived as Penn State’s head football coach, immediately embarking on a handshaking, fist-pumping, high-voltage speaking and cheerleading tour. He’s made appearances at every varsity sporting event possible, from basketball to ice hockey, wrestling, and volleyball. He’s already run coaching clinics. He spoke at his first THON weekend. He hosted Penn State’s first-ever national signing day gala in the Bryce Jordan Center. It’s all a part of what makes him so vastly unique from anything seen before at Penn State. You’ve even heard the energy, too. At his first Penn State press conference he boldly claimed he and his staff would “dominate the state” in recruiting. He even promised that Beaver Stadium would be sold out every Saturday. A couple of weeks later he cracked jokes with LaVar Arrington in front of a few thousand fans and analyzed each new Penn State recruit at the “Signature Event.” He ended the evening by urging a sellout at the Blue-White Game, of all things. And Franklin only backed off his promise of filling every balloon-blowing birthday-party
Franklin began his first practice as Penn State’s head football coach on March 17.
request after immediately being overwhelmed with invitations. That, he said smiling widely, has been his only mistake so far at Penn State. Always, it comes back to the energy. He’s young by head football coaching standards (just turned 42), doesn’t care much for sleep, and comes off as the eternal optimist and gogetter. “I can’t stand people like, ‘Woe is me,’ ” he told the Allentown Morning Call. Rather, for Franklin, every day is the “best day I’ve ever had in my life. Living the dream. That’s the type of person we want to be around.” Of course, only now he is entering his career-defining challenge. Though stunningly successful, his body of work at Vanderbilt was brief, and he was celebrated as the overachieving underdog. The spotlight will be far different at one of the Big Ten’s traditional powers with the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world, especially different as harsh NCAA sanctions continue to lessen. But, for now, he is simply building and getting to know everyone and is as much promoter as coach. He is who he is, say those who know him. That’s why he gave leaping high-fives to recruits during a recent gathering on campus, and talks about doing backflips out of bed in the morning (we think he’s exaggerating). And he and his assistants — who mirror Franklin in age and energy — are already flooding more than 20 states with scholarship offers to the top high school junior prospects. Plus, he’s officially the first-ever Penn State head football coach to take to social media with his thoughts and football updates, such as promoting YouTube videos on Twitter. Take this tweet: “Cant wait 2 break the attendance record: 1:30 pm kickoff 4 the 2014 Blue-White game on April 12 …” He still preaches familiar tones of lofty academic standards for his Penn State players. But his approach, so far? His kind of energy? “I don’t think it has ever been there like that,” says Jim Pry, who has coached college football for 35 years, including the stint as offensive coordinator at East Stroudsburg University when Franklin was a star quarterback on the team. “I really believe he is a completely different person than has ever been at Penn State.” Soon enough, everyone will begin to truly find out what that really means.
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In February, Franklin held Penn State’s first “Signature Event" at the Bryce Jordan Center to talk about the Lions’ freshman class of 2014. The event featured former Penn State All-American linebacker LaVar Arrington.
• • • Penn State’s first African-American head football coach grew up in Langhorne, a suburb of Philadelphia, and was raised mostly by his mother. One of her jobs was cleaning schools. Franklin attended Penn State’s legendary summer football camp when Jim Caldwell was in charge of the team’s quarterbacks. Franklin jokes about not having enough size or talent to play at the place he now coaches. Instead, after graduating from Neshaminy High, he enrolled at Division II East Stroudsburg. He was a promising college runner and thrower but was stuck, initially, behind threeyear starting quarterback Bret Comp, one of the best in school history. Of course, that didn’t pacify Franklin in the least. It’s been more than 20 years since he marched into Pry’s office and put everything on the line. “He wanted to quit,” Pry says now with a laugh. “After a lengthy conversation we convinced him to stay. I mean, Bret had won
something like 22 games in two years. How can we take this guy out?” Franklin listened, looked Pry straight in the eyes, and countered: “Because I’m better than he is.” Pry says, “And, of course, when he did become our quarterback he was an absolutely great player. You never know the turns in the road ahead.” Now, it seems to fit that Franklin has been such an adrenaline shot of a hire for the Nittany Lions. His coaching career has progressed by moving quickly but strategically from one better opportunity to another. Only one of those years, though, was spent in the NFL, as a Green Bay Packers assistant. He recently reminisced about how he seemed lost at the end of those NFL days when everyone simply went home to their apartments and families. Rather, he embraces the tailgates, pep rallies, and marching bands — embodying the energy of those parts of the college game.
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Franklin with his daughters, Ava (left) and Addison.
Even better, too, he makes it sound as if his coaching start was as humbling as they come: He spent a year at Kutztown University earning only $1,200 to coach receivers and fill up the soda machines on campus. He made do by living in a friend’s basement. Only after nearly 15 more years did his name truly begin to be recognized nationally as the top assistant at the University of Maryland and then as head coach at Vanderbilt. No matter that he was bypassed in 2011 by a new Maryland administration (York County native Randy Edsall ultimately was hired instead as the Terrapins’ head coach), his work the past three seasons at Vanderbilt, the brainy perennial loser in the powerful SEC, produced shock waves. Never before in their 124-year football history had the Commodores finished with back-to-back top-25 finishes. But Franklin accomplished that in only three seasons. And, thus, he suddenly was anointed as the hottest up-and-coming coaching candidate. At Vanderbilt, “I probably had to wear more hats than any other college football coach in the country,” he said during his first
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day at Penn State. “Dealing with the media, going out and speaking at every speaking engagement I possibly could. I went around to every fraternity and sorority three times. And you have to remember, there are only 6,800 students, so it’s building something that never really had been built before. “It’s different than at Penn State, but I think that experience helped and is going to prepare me for this position.” He is following Bill O’Brien, who served as the stabilizer, even a savior of sorts depending on your view in light of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and NCAA sanctions. Now, many are banking on Franklin’s combination of aggressive recruiting, skilled offensive game-planning, and, of course, his motivational energy to take the Lions to the next level. Actually, a high-octane personality has driven Franklin from the beginning. Go back to his college days under coordinator Pry — whose son, Brent, now coaches linebackers for Franklin. “The thing I always remember about him is that he was always fired up,” Jim Pry says. “He’s one of those guys who, when they hit the practice field, you could see it in his eyes and you knew in
his demeanor that he loved to be there. “To have that kind of charisma that is upbeat and full of energy, those are the kind of guys players want to be around. In my opinion, Penn State needed an injection of new blood, new juice.” Dave Hahn understands, too, because he was Franklin’s center at East Stroudsburg and because he’s followed him closely ever since. Hahn is now the offensive-line coach at Manheim Central High. “James is all about relationships,” he says. “He feels like what he can put into [players], they’ll give him 10-fold in return. And I think you can see that. They want to play for him because of his passion and what he does for them.” Plus, that part about “dominating the state” in recruiting? It certainly helps that Franklin grew up and played college football in the eastern part of the state and that his defensive coordinator, linebackers coach, and cornerbacks coach all have ties to western Pennsylvania. Already, Franklin and staff have made countless stops at high schools across the state to build upon relationships he actually began years ago. Each high school coach talked
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Left, Franklin set several school records while quarterbacking East Stroudsburg in the early 1990s. Above, these days, he’s looking to help Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who broke several records as a freshman last season.
about his energy and charisma. As proof, Franklin quickly landed verbal commitments from highly regarded teammates at Archbishop Wood High in Warminster, a bit north of Philadelphia. “I’ve done this long enough to know when a guy is sincere, and he’s very sincere,” says Steve Devlin, Archbishop’s head coach. “This
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from a rare brain-developmental disorder. Franklin is married with two young daughters, both of whom have accompanied him to campus events, always holding his hands on either side. That’s the part Philadelphia Prep coach Gabe Infante connected with. “He’s someone very comfortable in his own skin,” says Infante, who also has two daughters. “Some people shy away from the publicity of the position. He was walking through our hallways, always amicable to take pictures with someone, and walking and talking with parents and administrators who were starstruck. “I thought that was very telling, that he appreciates the position and the role, and that he handled himself very well. “People are so loyal to Penn State, so obviously people are excited to meet him.” Of course, Franklin is returning that energy as he hurries to prepare for his first season at the place where football, in a way, figures to have a feel unlike it ever has had before. T&G Frank Bodani of the York Daily Record has covered Penn State football since 1994.
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Members of the Nittany Valley Running Clubâ€™s Marathoners for Medicine team celebrate at the halfway mark of the 2012 Boston Marathon. First row, from left, Martha Nelson, John Domico, and Tom Cali. Second row, from left, Andrew Webb and Jim Moore. Several members of the team ran the marathon in 2013 when two bombs exploded near the finish line. Many are returning to Boston this month to run the marathon again. 42 - Town&Gown April 2014
Running Boston Strong One year after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, several local runners prepare to return to Boston and run the race again while also raising funds for Centre Volunteers in Medicine By Chelsey Scott Tom Cali has long had a passion for the Boston Marathon. Having run a dozen in his life, he can easily recall the deafening roars of the crowd lining Boylston Street, the decorated finish line in sight. Last year was no different. He waved to onlookers, enlivening their cheers to get him through his 26th mile, elated to complete another marathon. An hour later, the unthinkable happened. Two terrorist bombs exploded near the finish line amid the once-jubilant crowd, killing three and injuring more than 260 others. Cali had just finished a celebratory lunch when he learned that Boylston Street, where he crossed his 12th Boston Marathon finish line, had become a bloodbath. “I finished, I felt great, and then to find out what happened, it was How could somebody do that?” Cali says, shaking his head. “This is the Boston Marathon. It’s fun, it’s uplifting, it’s all these positive things. And then — tragedy.”
April 15 marks the one-year anniversary of the bombing. On April 21, Cali, 59, will return to Boston to run again, alongside 18 other local runners, as part of the Nittany Valley Running Club’s Marathoners for Medicine. Started in 2003 by NVRC member John Domico, Marathoners for Medicine raises funds for Centre Volunteers in Medicine, an organization that provides free medical and dental care to Centre County residents who lack insurance coverage. That first year, Domico, 50, was the only runner, and he collected donations from members of his church to support his participation in the Boston Marathon. “When you’re running for a cause, it’s more than about yourself or your personal goals,” he explains. “It made running the marathon more meaningful — helping CVIM provide to people who need that care.” Now, an average of 30 local runners take part in Marathoners for Medicine each year, raising nearly $450,000 to date for CVIM. The members of the NVRC held a kickoff meeting in early March to mark the start of Marathoners for Medicine. Fundraising is done through online
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donations. Runners can participate in any spring marathon as part of the fundraising efforts, but Boston is the signature event. Domico remained in State College during last year’s marathon, recovering from a hip injury. When he heard of the bombs, he immediately tried to contact all 16 of the NVRC runners, but because cell-phone signals had been blocked in the city, it took a full 24 hours to confirm everyone’s safety. “My first concern was for the runners. But then I felt anger — it was an attack on an event that was so special to me,” he says. His average finish time for the Boston Marathon would have put Domico in the window between the bombs. “I wanted to be there in the worst way to help my friends and fellow runners, but in hindsight, maybe it was divine intervention that I wasn’t,” he reflects. Despite last year’s horrific tragedy, this year’s race is expected to be one of the largest. Boston officials believe the number of spectators will double, as they look for 9,000 more runners this year than last. “The only thing the bombs did was create even more resolve,” remarks Domico. Cali agrees, saying last year’s tragedy has strengthened his relationship with the marathon — and added another motivation to see the finish line on Boylston Street again.
Cali, who ran the Boston Marathon last year, says he was determined to return for the 2014 marathon.
“We’re going to run the marathon and raise money for CVIM, but now we’re also going to support the victims,” he says. “Luckily, no one from State College was affected, which is all the more reason to go — because we can.” Bob Crowe, 66, is another local marathon veteran, completing it more than 20 times since 1968. He returned to the marathon last year after recovering from a torn Achilles tendon that kept him out of the 2012 race. He hadn’t been sure if he’d be able to run again. “The thrill of being there and finishing the race is one of life’s highlights. I just wanted to do it one more time,” says Crowe, last year’s NVRC president. He spent seven months rehabbing and training, enough so that he felt ready to compete in 2013. But Crowe, who remembers every detail of that April day, could never have predicted what would happen during his “one more time” at the Boston Marathon. He had just turned onto Boylston Street when the first blast occurred ahead of him, on the left side of the course. Fortunately, he was running on the right. Thirteen seconds later, the second bomb exploded, this time behind Crowe. “I saw the debris kick out. I was shocked mostly by the noise because it was so loud,” he says, his eyes closed as he recounts the moment. “I didn’t know what had happened. Spectators were running. Cops were in the streets. Sirens were everywhere.” Crowe, like Cali, did not learn what had happened until after he crossed the finish line. There, he was met by a phone full of text messages and missed phone calls from friends and family concerned for his safety. His finish time was the same as the bombings. “I didn’t realize it was such a terrible event. I immediately called my daughter, and she was ecstatic I was okay. I still didn’t understand. Then I saw the news,” he says. “My love for the race and for the town went through the roof.” He plans to go back to Boston as a volunteer and spectator. This resolve, as Domico calls it, to return seems to be infectious among the marathoners, especially for those who experienced and survived the bombings. “My immediate mindset was ‘I don’t care if I break my leg. I’m coming back to Boston.’ I want to support the people. I want to support the city. I want to go back to Boston,” Cali says. “I don’t care
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Members of the 2104 Marathoners for Medicine team include: (first row, from left) honorary men’s coach Greg Fredericks, honorary women’s coach Sue Paterno, head coach Russ Rose, and John Domico; (second row, from left) Mike Casper, Dave DeGroote, Tara Murray, John Wilcock, Andy Maguire, and Marty Klanchar; (third row, from left) Mike Martin, Mike Renz, Dean Capone, Jaimie Wright, George Lesieutre, Charlie Page, and Grant Bower; (fourth row, from left) Tom Cali, Kristie Kaufman, Gina Ikenberry, Thomas Stitt, Doug Jordan, Brad Thompson, and Taylor Conrad.
if I run four hours or three. I just have to get back.” Jaimie Wright, 35, is the organizer of this year’s Marathoners for Medicine and also knows the Boston Marathon well. Wright, who grew up in Burlington, Massachusetts, remembers watching the race as a child and falling in love with its atmosphere as a spectator. She first qualified for the marathon in 2003, running it again in 2008. She will return as a runner in April after five years
Novack is one of 10 Penn State students participating in this year’s Marathoners for Medicine.
off, and with a new incentive. “After the bombings, I wanted to be at the starting line to show my support for the people of Boston and for the running community,” she says. “It’s been a hard winter for training, so every day when it’s zero degrees outside and it’s dark, I think about some of the survivors who are trying to learn to walk again. That’s my motivation.” For Cali, Domico, Crowe, and Wright, their previous experiences with the Marathoners for Medicine drive their desire to return to Boston. But for another local runner, a senior at Penn State Hershey, this monumental year will be her first. Liz Novack, 22, has been running with Penn State’s cross-country club team since her freshman year. Since then, the State College native dreamed of qualifying for the Boston Marathon, and, after running the Philadelphia Marathon in 2012, she did. She is one of 10 Penn State students participating in this year’s Marathoners for Medicine fundraiser and is grateful for the opportunity. Two weeks after the bombings occurred, she was competing in the Pittsburgh Marathon when reality set in for her. “When I was running in Pittsburgh, it hit me that ‘Wow! That could have been Pittsburgh.
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That could have been us,’ ” she says. “But it made me want to run in Boston even more. I was more determined to be able to go and celebrate the resiliency and show that we all support each other.” The sense of community felt in the running world is obvious even to nonrunners, and is sure to be wholly embodied by this year’s Boston Marathon. For veterans, first-timers, and spectators, this year’s race will be a time to not only remember but also to celebrate. “These types of events build resolve to return. I can’t explain why,” Domico adds. “Maybe it’s just the capacity of the human spirit.” T&G To learn more about Marathoners for Medicine or to contribute to their efforts for Centre Volunteers in Medicine, visit https://cvim.ejoinme.org/?tabid=514598. Chelsey Scott is a freelance writer for Town&Gown who is originally from Ohio. She is happy to now be living in the Happy Valley and currently resides in Bellefonte Wright, organizer for this year’s Marathoners for Medicine, will run in her first Boston Marathon in five years.
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Broker Associated Realty Property Management
456 E. Beaver Ave. (814) 231-3333 www.arpm.com
Upon graduating from Penn State in 1971, Mark stayed in State College and became involved in all aspects of real estate and his community. Associated Realty Property Management manages over 1600 properties and 11 Homeowners Associations. Mark is also the managing Broker of Kissinger Bigatel & Brower Realtors.
Head Equipment Manager
The 2014 football season will be his 32nd year on the Penn State sideline. Caldwell’s journey began in 1983 when he joined the team as a freshman student manager. After earning his degree in Recreation and Park Management in 1986, he was hired full-time as the assistant equipment manager and assistant facilities coordinator after Holuba Hall was built. Upon retirement of long time equipment manager Tim Shope in 2000, Caldwell was promoted to his current position as Head Equipment Manager. Growing up a Penn State fan and living only 50 miles west of State College, in Curwensville Pennsylvania, this opportunity has been a dream come true for him. Sponsored by Hoy Transfer Inc.
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On February 17, 2014 Eric was named the 18th President of Penn State University and will assume the presidency on May 12, 2014. Eric joins Penn State after serving as President at Florida State University since 2010. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geology at Florida State in 1973 before moving on to the University of Miami, where he received master’s and doctoral degrees in oceanography, in 1976 and 1980. He spent twenty years of his career at Penn State, serving as dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences from 2002 to 2006, and as founding director of the Earth System Science Center from 1986 to 2002. In 1999, he was named Distinguished Professor of Geosciences at Penn State.
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Executive Vice President, Sales and Retail Banking Kish Bank As leader of the Kish sales team, John is charged with developing and expanding customer relationships across the Bank’s threecounty market area (Centre, Huntingdon, and Mifflin). A longtime veteran of the banking industry in Central Pennsylvania, John was a founding member of the Nittany Bank management team in State College before joining Kish in 2011. The University of Alabama graduate holds a B.S. degree in finance. His community leadership activities include current service to the Centre County Youth Service Bureau, C.A.S.E., and the State College Jazz Festival. He has also served for17years as a youth football coach.
Head Coach Nittany Lion Basketball 113 Jordan Center (814) 865-5494 In his third season leading the Penn State basketball program, Chambers led the Nittany Lions to a spot in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament. During the 2013-14 season, the Lions won six Big Ten games, their most since the 2010-11 season. Among the six victories included a season sweep of Ohio State and a win at Indiana. The Lions look to have four starters returning for the 2014-15 season.
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Principal Saint Joseph Catholic Academy Chris was appointed Principal of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy on July 1, 2013. He began his career in education as a History and Economics teacher at his alma mater, The Hill School in Pottstown, PA. While at Hill, he also served as Assistant Director of Admissions, Dean of Students, and varsity lacrosse coach. Then, he joined The Phelps School in Malvern, PA, as Director of Admissions prior to becoming Headmaster. Before joining Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Chris was the Assistant Headmaster of Christ School in Arden, NC. Chris earned his Bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, where he played football and lacrosse. He also earned a Masters of Education from Penn State University. In 2010, he became a Summer Fellow of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Chris and his wife and three children are members of Our Lady of Victory.
Relay For Life of Happy Valley Sponsorship Chair American Cancer Society Tom first got involved with the American Cancer Society in 2008 as a participant on Team CHANCE at the Relay For Life of Centre Hall. He wanted to give back to the organization after losing several relatives to cancer and to find a cure for future generations. After serving years as a participant, co-captain, and captain of his team, Tom is now serving on the Overall Committee for the Relay. He has made great strides to get new businesses involved as the Sponsorship Chair and still remains on a team that raises over $20,000 annually for the American Cancer Society. Tom is a Penn State graduate who has worked in management with Wal-Mart for 22 years.
William J. doan
Owner The Tavern Restaurant
Professor of Theatre & Women’s Studies Penn State University
220 E. College Ave. 238-6116
Pat waited tables at The Tavern while earning Penn State degrees in civil engineering, then returned here in 1980 to become restaurant co-owner. A fan and supporter of PSU athletics, he serves organizations including the Downtown Improvement District and the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association, where he is on the Executive Committee. Pat was 1999 Renaissance Man of the Year. Sponsored by Mary Lou Bennett, Re/Max Centre Realty
Bill holds a BA in theatre and communication, an MFA in directing, and a PhD in American studies. As a playwright, he has had two works premiere at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival; Bud’s Last Prayer was selected by the Mizzou New Play Series for a workshop production. His current work includes a collaborative community-based theatre project as part of an NSF grant connected to Marcellus Shale gas development and a solo performance piece titled Not Self Inflicted. Bill is immediate past president of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
F. glenn Fleming Owner & Director Koch Funeral Home
2401 S. Atherton St. (814) 237-2712
naThan J. huTChinson NCARB, AIA; Director of Design
adam r. Fernsler FrederiCk J. Fernsler
PE, LEED AP; Vice President
NCARB, AIA Emeritus; President
A native of Forest Hills, Glenn attended the Virginia Military Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. In 1973 he became director of Koch Funeral Home and has supported its tradition of caring and legacy of service ever since, marking Koch’s 100th anniversary last year. Glenn is president of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and has received community recognition including Kiwanis International’s George F. Hixon Award, Easter Seals’ Brace for an Ace Award, and Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra’s Amadeus Award. Sponsored by The Penn Stater Conference Center & Nittany Lion Inn
James Franklin Head Football Coach
Penn State University
521 East Beaver Avenue (814) 234-6806 Founded in 1975 the International firm includes Principals Frederick J. Fernsler as President, his son Adam R. Fernsler as Vice-President, and Nathan J. Hutchinson as Director of Design. The firm has provided architectural solutions and services in 17 states and 6 foreign countries as well as serving the State College area.
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James Franklin became the 16th head coach of Penn State football in January. He spent the past three seasons as head coach at Vanderbilt, where he went 2415 and led the Commodores to three consecutive bowl games. His other coaching stops have included Maryland, Kansas State, and the Green Bay Packers. He has a wife and two daughters. He was born in Langhorne and graduated from East Stroudsburg University. His first game as head coach of the Nittany Lions will be August 30 when Penn State plays Central Florida in Dublin, Ireland.
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Men in the Community Guy Gadowsky
Penn State Men’s Hockey Coach
Board of Directors Member Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Penn State
110 Jordan Center University Park (814) 867-7825
126 Outreach Building (814) 867-4278
Curtis took his first OLLI class in 2000 and quickly became involved as a volunteer. He is a board member, class assistant, and facilitator for the singles supper group. A Tylersville resident, he particularly enjoys OLLI’s history classes and has participated in group tours of Gettysburg and Antietam battlefields as well as the state Capitol. Curtis appreciates the dedicated OLLI teachers and the wonderful friends he has made through the organization.
During his first season as Nittany Lion coach, Gadowsky led the Lions to a 1314-0 record during their inaugural NCAA Division I season, with marquee victories against Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Vermont. His Nittany Lions opened the new Pegula Ice Arena this year and became a member of the new Big Ten Hockey conference. The Edmonton, Alberta, native came to Penn State following a successful seven-year stint as Princeton’s head coach and five years as Alaska’s bench boss. Sponsored by the Penn State Bookstore
H. amos Goodall, Jr.
Director of Construction Services
Board Chair, Centre Foundation, Attorney & Partner, Goodall & Yurchak
ARM Group Inc.
Amos joined Centre Foundation’s board in 2009 and now serves as Board Chair. His leadership has been instrumental in stewarding the mission of the Foundation in order to build a better Centre County. Since 1976, Amos has been an engaged community member, serving on the boards of many non-profits and as a member of the Special Needs Alliance. Thank you, Amos, for your dedication and guidance. Sponsored by Centre Foundation.
william P. Hayes
Chairman and CEO Kish Bancorp, Inc., and Kish Bank Bill Hayes applies his more than 35 years of industry experience to the executive-level management and strategic direction of the Kish Bancorp holding company, to Kish Bank as its principle subsidiary, and to its additional diversified business units in insurance, investment services, and travel services. Kish Bank currently has assets of $630 million and 13 community offices with 180 full-time employees. The Bellville native is also Past Chairman of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (PBA) and is active in various leadership capacities with the American Bankers Association (ABA). An alumnus of Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, Bill is also a graduate of the PBA Advanced School of Banking at Bucknell University, the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, and the ABA-Kellogg CEO Graduate Management Program.
tHomas r. kinG
Chief of Police, State College Police Department 243 S. Allen St. • (814) 234-7150 Chief of police since 1993, Tom has served as patrol officer, field training officer, narcotics detective, corporal, and sergeant. He is a member of University Park Campus Community Partnership on issues related to dangerous drinking; Youth Service Bureau board member; State College Presbyterian Church elder; PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency commissioner; and PA Chiefs of Police Association first VP. He and his wife, Kelley, have two adult children. Sponsored by Beta Sigma Beta Alumni Association
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Steve has been working as an environmental consultant in the Waste Management and Oil & Gas Industries for over 30 years. He is very community-minded and involved in numerous non-profit organizations in the area, emphasizing the strength of the Town & Gown relationship. He was one of the architects of the BPCAF and also the PSU CVC Chapter, which he served as Executive Director for 15 years. Recently he co-founded the Bestwick Foundation and is serving on the Team Ream committee. All of these organizations are designed to provide assistance to individuals, families, and organizations in their battles with cancer and other support needs. He presently resides in Centre Hall with his wife Patti. Sponsored by Polly H. Rallis
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Member SIPC (814) 695-1558 Jim is a financial advisor who has been helping retirees and pre-retirees for over 14 years in Centre County. He is currently serves as the Chairman of the board for Centre County Young Life, a Christian based youth group for high school and middle school students. Jim is a board member of the Centre Region Estate Planning Council. He is also an active member in the State College Downtown Rotary club. Sponsored by Centre County Young Life. Making a difference in kids’ lives for almost 50 years!
CHristoPHer leitzell Partner Diversified Asset Planners Inc.
1524 W. College Ave. (814) 234-2500
Chris started with Diversified Asset Planners in 1994 and became a partner in 2009, specializing in retirement planning, life insurance, and wealth transfer. With FINRA Series 6 and 63 licenses, he is a registered representative offering securities through J.W. Cole Financial Inc. member FINRA/SIPC. A lifelong State College resident, Chris enjoys golfing, hunting, and fishing.
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Men in the Community Benson Lichtig
Business owner and community volunteer Benson is a Penn State alum and has lived in State College since graduating in the early 1970s with a bachelor’s degree in community development. He has been in business for himself for 38 years. He is also on the boards of Housing Transitions, Inc., Centre County Housing and Land Trust, and Congregation Brit Shalom. Benson and his wife, Christine, have been named honorary chairs of the 2014 Friends annual Gala on May 16. It is a black-tie event with dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions that benefit the Palmer Museum of Art.
Bruce A. LingenfeLter
Partner, TLC Group Investment Advisors, LLC
270 Walker Dr. (814) 231-2265
An investment and retirement plan consultant for more than 50 years, Bruce is co-founder of TLC Group Investment Advisors, LLC, a firm specializing in wealth accumulation and preservation strategies. We focus on the client through innovative strategies and team dynamics for the family office. Sponsored by Vantage Investment Advisors, LLC
Sponsored by the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art.
Partner The VML Group - Vuong Malizia Levin A Digital Marketing & PR Firm Sam joined the firm in 2010 after being in the legal and financial industries for over 30 years and has acted as counsel in over 350 mergers and capital-raising transactions. He was the founder of Nittany Bank, member of the Board of Mercer Insurance Group, founded the law firm Malizia & Associates, SJM Enterprises, and owns The Pump Station Cafe in Boalsburg. He coleads Business Development with Fran E. Levin. He was a founder, leading donor and fundraiser for the Our Lady of Victory Catholic Middle School and OLV Church Activities Center. He is one of the original co- founders and current Board Member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in 2011 and continues to donate funds and time to numerous Catholic Ministries.
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President & CEO Drucker Diagnostics 168 Bradford Drive Port Matilda, PA 16870 In 2013 Drucker Diagnostics was formed by the merger of QBC Diagnostics and The Drucker Company; two central Pennsylvania companies owned by Ken Moscone Sr. As a leading supplier of clinical laboratory centrifuges, hematology analyzers, fluorescence microscopy product, malaria and TB diagnostics kits, the company continues to pioneer and manufacture innovative products at its Port Matilda and Philipsburg facilities. In 2009, QBC ranked #50 in Inc Magazine’s fastest growing health companies. Sponsored by Urish Popeck & Co., LLC
Kevin mcgArry, cPA Principal
Urish Popeck & Co. (814) 234-9007 www.urishpopeck.com A Penn State accounting graduate, Kevin has been with Urish Popeck for eleven years and was promoted to Principal in 2013. He manages the firm’s State College office, where he is responsible for the Business Services group. Kevin advises start-ups, small- to medium-sized businesses, and individual business owners, and he specializes in tax planning/compliance, financial statements, and leveraging resources of other Urish Popeck services. He is a graduate of Leadership Centre County, Class of 2012. Kevin resides in State College with his wife, Lori, daughter, Kaleigh, and son, Sean.
BernArd orAvec Publisher Williamsport Sun-Gazette
252 West Fourth St. Williamsport email@example.com
Bernie is publisher of the Williamsport SunGazette and Central PA Shale Play. With more than 25 years of media experience, he is recognized as a leader in the PA newspaper industry. A lifelong resident and drummer in central PA, Bernie is active in the local arts community. A Penn State alumnus, Bernie serves on the Board of Directors of Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce and Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.
theodore J. oyLer, cfP, PArtner
1524 W. College Ave. (814) 234-2500
Dan has owned Ye Old College Diner, the home of the world renowned “grilled sticky” for 27 years. He is also owner of Catering with Style. Dan is the co-founder of the Bestwick Foundation and the originator of the annual Reverse Car Drawing, State College’s signature Fall Fundraising Event which has netted and distributed well over $300,000 to the region in support of patient needs in their fights with cancer. Dan’s close involvement with both the Bestwick Foundation and Coaches vs. Cancer stems from losing his brother Jim, who passed away in 2000 from brain cancer.
Catering with Style
Diversified Asset Planners Inc.
Ted has dedicated over two decades of his professional career to serving the financial and retirement planning needs of clients in Central Pennsylvania. A conservative wealth advisor, he provides comprehensive investment, retirement, and insurance planning solutions that best suit client needs. When he’s not at work Ted enjoys working out at the YMCA, playing golf, coaching youth sports, and spending time with his wife Jennifer, son Trey, and daughter Linlee. He is a registered representative offering securities through J.W. Cole Financial Inc. member FINRA/SIPC. Diversified Asset Planners, Inc and J.W. Cole Financial are not affiliated.
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Men in the Community Russ Rose
235 Recreation Building University Park (814) 863-7474
800 E. Park Ave. (814) 231-1400
Director of Marketing Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau
Penn State Women’s Volleyball Coach
In 2013, Rose led theNittany Lions to their fifth national title in seven seasons and sixth overall. He is one of the most successful coaches in women’s volleyball history. He owns a career record of 1,125177 and ranks second on the all-time wins list in Division I women’s volleyball. He has guided his teams to 24 conference titles. Last season, he was named the AVCA Division I Coach of the Year for a fifth time. Sponsored by Rick Tetzlaff
Andy became director of marketing last August and already loves shaping great visits and the word-of-mouth marketing that results. He promotes Central Pennsylvania through print advertising, digital marketing, and anything else that tells potential visitors how fun the area is. Originally from the Franklin-Oil City area, Andy earned a bachelor’s in sports journalism from Penn State and a master’s in sport management from the University of Southern Mississippi before returning to State College in 2010.
In MeMoRy of Col. GeRAld f. Russell (Ret.)
Head Wrestling Coach
A Marine combat veteran of Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Korea, and the Cuban missile crisis, the colonel was a tireless community volunteer for causes including Pennsylvania Special Olympics, Centre County Toys for Tots, and United Way. The Nittany Leathernecks honored him in 2006 by establishing the Russell Scholarship Fund. In 2009, as the longtime chair of the Day of Caring, he was the inaugural recipient of the Centre County United Way’s Gerald F. Russell Award, which is bestowed annually to an individual for their longterm Day of Caring efforts.
Penn State University 238 Recreation Building Four-time NCAA Champ, Olympic Champ, hugely successful Coach at his alma mater (Iowa State), and led Penn State to its 4th straight NCAA title, Cael insists on sharing his success with: his fellow coaches (brother Cody, Casey Cunningham, Nick Fanthorpe) and the extraordinary wrestlers they inherited, recruited, and feel privileged to lead. Sponsored by Penn State Wrestling Club
A Tribute Sponsored by Friends of Glenn Thompson
232 Regent Court State College, PA 16801 (814) 861-3810
2121 Old Gatesburg Road (814) 272-8896
Chief Compliance Officer Abundance Wealth Counselors, LLC
President of Housing Division S&A Homes
John arrived in State College in 2002 to attend Penn State for his undergraduate degree in marketing. After working in Washington, DC doing high-rise construction management, he returned to Penn State in 2008 to obtain his JD MBA. John practiced law in the surrounding area after being admitted to the Bar and joined Abundance in August 2013, where he serves as the Chief Compliance Officer. John is an avid Penn State fan, enjoys running, working out, and many of the outdoor activities that the region has to offer.
A State College native, Chris earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Penn State and has been with S&A Homes for 16 years. In 2013, the Pennsylvania Builders Association named him Home Builder of the Year. For 10 years, he has co-chaired the Bricks and Sticks Golf Tournament, raising more than $500,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County and the Central PA Builders Association. Chris also coaches local youth soccer and basketball teams.
J. BRAdley sCoVIll
Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Associate Dean for Research
President and Chief Operating Officer
Andrew has been associate dean for research in the College of Arts and Architecture since August 2013. An art historian, he has published extensively on topics relating to Spanish art and culture in the 18th and 19th centuries, and is regarded as a leading expert on the art of Francisco Goya. His national honors include Getty Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and the Eleanor Tufts Book Prize, for Goya’s Caprichos: Aesthetics, Perception, and the Body.
With full responsibility for day-to-day operations, Brad has played a pivotal role in guiding Kish Bank’s continued exceptional financial performance. A finance graduate of Penn State, where he was a three-year letterman on the football team, Brad brought nearly 30 years of banking and financial services experience to Kish when he joined the team in 2009. Active in the community, Brad is involved with the Pennsylvania Bankers Association, the Smeal College of Business at Penn State, The State Theatre, and is a member of the CBICC Board of Directors.
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Men in the Community JeSSe Smith
Board President Sight Loss Support Group of Central PA, Inc.
Vice President for Student Affairs Penn State University
206 Old Main (814) 865-0909
Damon came to Penn State in 2008 after serving in various administrative and teaching roles at his alma mater, Indiana University. He is an affiliate associate professor of both law and education, and a licensed attorney. Damon co-chairs The Partnership — Campus and Community United Against Dangerous Drinking, a town-gown collaboration working to reduce the high-risk behavior that often accompanies the excessive consumption of alcohol.
Chair, Board of Directors
Mount Nittany Health
As chair of Mount Nittany Health’s board of directors, Dr. Thomas provides key leadership in advancing Mount Nittany Health’s mission and vision. A current William Elliott Professor of Risk and Management at The Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Thomas has previously served as Penn State’s Smeal College of Business dean, Smeal’s senior associate dean, and Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology dean. A graduate of Penn State, Dr. Thomas received a master’s degree from Florida State University and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.
Director Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State
Eisenhower Auditorium (814) 863-9494
Before coming to Penn State in 2004, George spent 18 years as director of performing arts at the Munson-WilliamsProctor Institute in Utica, N.Y. A former trombonist, he holds degrees from Western Washington University and the New England Conservatory of Music. Each year, he and his team bring the world’s finest artists to Penn State stages through the Center for the Performing Arts. George is president of the State College Downtown Rotary Club. Sponsored by Lynn Sidehamer Brown
Stewardship Coordinator, Youth Service Bureau (YSB)
325 West Aaron Drive, State College, PA 16803 (814) 237-5731
As Stewardship Coordinator, Dave stewards the YSB’s core values of: professionalism, respect, integrity, and safety within the agency, and stewards relationships with our partners outside. Dave helps ensure that YSB is a wise charitable investment, and that the community is aware of all the YSB has to offer. Dave oversees the safe place initiative, connecting local businesses to our youth shelter. Dave builds community relationships while maintaining involvement with the kids and families we care for. Dave, his wife Mandy and son Justice, are all proud to be part of the YSB family!
mark t. Wharton
Penn State’s Division of Campus Planning and Design, Office of Physical Plant Steve has worked at Penn State since 2002, where he’s served as University Planner since 2006. He holds a professional registration as a landscape architect and is responsible for leading the development of campus master plans. He serves on various University committees, including the Outdoor Public Art Committee and the Intermodal Transportation Committee. He also serves as the University representative on the Centre Regional Planning Commission, which he currently chairs. Steve is vice president of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts board. He resides in Bellefonte with his wife, Valerie, a post-doctoral researcher in environmental engineering with a focus on microbial fuel cell technologies. They have two daughters, Alina and Kira. Sponsored by Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.
Scott L. Yocum
Assistant Athletic Director
Broker/Owner RE/MAX Centre Realty
Mark joined the staff at the Nittany Lion Club in July 2013. He oversees all aspects of athletic development, club seats, suites, and the All-Sports Museum for Penn State. Prior to joining Penn State Athletics, Mark was the assistant athletic director/executive director of the East Carolina University (ECU) Educational Foundation (Pirate Club) from 2006-13. Mark received his undergraduate from East Carolina University in 1993 and a graduate degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1995. Mark is married to Angela Riggins Wharton and they reside in State College. They have four children, Hannah, Taylor, Thomas and Allison. Sponsored by the Penn State Bookstore
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A self-employed structural engineer and Leadership Centre County alumnus, Jesse joined the Sight Loss Support Group board in 1997 when the organization needed help with strategic planning. Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, SLSG is experiencing growing need for its services as babyboomers reach the age when their vision naturally begins to deteriorate, he says. To meet that need, the organization’s leadership is in the process of restructuring the services SLSG provides and the technology used to deliver them. Sponsored by Lion’s Gate Apartments
JameS B. thomaS, Ph.D.
Nittany Lion Club
111 Sowers St., Suite 310 (814) 238-0132
1375 Martin Street, State College, PA 16803 (814) 231-8200 ext. 309
Scott is a “home grown” business owner who has been working for clients in the Centre Region for over 27 years. His expertise offers full-time, comprehensive professional service in real estate areas including residential, commercial and investment properties, land development, new construction, and property management. Scott is a graduate of State College High School and Penn State University who believes in giving back to the community that he has been blessed to have grown up and raised his family in. He is fully committed to his clients and deeply invested in his hometown. Sponsored by Benner Commerce Park
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Rob Schmidt Publisher
Don Bedell Sales Manager
The men at Barash Media work hard to make Town&Gown & The Centre County Gazette successful and enjoyable products for our readers. David Pencek Editorial Director
Chris Morelli Managing Editor
Darren Weimert Graphic Designer/ Photographer
John Hovenstine Creative Director/ Photographer
Kick Off a New Era with the Same Great Tradition! As James Franklin prepares for his first year as the Nittany Lionsâ€™ head coach, Town&Gownâ€™s 2014 Penn State Football Annual will get you ready for the upcoming season! The Football Annual will once again have in-depth features and analysis from award-winning writers who cover the Nittany Lions.
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â€œ If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. If we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.â€? - Ann Bradstreet
The Future of State High In May, voters in the State College Area School District will say “Yes” or “No” to the renovation and construction project for the high school. District officials are trying to make sure voters have all the information they need before casting their ballots By Tracey M. Dooms
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Opposite page, an artist rendering of State High’s South Building renovation project. Above, a sketch of the possible new entrance for the State High South Building.
While she will be graduating this summer, Teti hopes her younger brother will be able to sit in new high school classrooms when he attends State High.
When Isabella Teti started ninth grade in 2010 at State College Area High School, it didn’t take her long to learn why renovation of the high school buildings was under consideration. After attending the newer Mount Nittany Middle School, which opened in 1995, in ninth grade she sat in hot classrooms with no air conditioning as summer ended at the mucholder high school. Now a senior, she has seen the State High music room flooded with several inches of standing water after storms, and she has struggled to access the wireless Internet system (“It says you have access but you don’t,” she says). Hot classrooms are a problem even in the winter, she says. “One day, it was 102 degrees in our band room,” she says. As a freshman, Teti had hoped that she might see construction start at the high school before she graduated. Now, as the district awaits a May 20 referendum for financing that would enable renovation and construction, she says she thinks her seventh-grade brother, Gabe, might have the chance to sit in new high school classrooms. Although she says she understands that some
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voters might be reluctant to approve the referendum because it would raise taxes, she notes, “I think that anybody who went to this school or has a kid in school would know what it’s like here and would vote Yes.”
On Tuesday, May 20, voters in the State College Area School District will cast their ballots for or against this referendum: “Shall debt in the sum of eighty-five million dollars for the purpose of financing new construction and renovations for the State College Area High School be authorized to be incurred as debt approved by the electors?” Anyone not already registered to vote must do so by April 21 to be able to vote on May 20. To pass, more than 50 percent of the votes cast that day must be in favor of the referendum. This is the second time in the past decade that the school district has approached a decision on
whether or not — and how — to renovate or rebuild the high school. In 2007, faced with significant community opposition, the board voted to abandon a plan that combined renovation and rebuilding on the current site. That time, it was a board decision. Now, due to the Pennsylvania Special Section Act 1 of 2006, school boards may raise taxes only by certain percentages (figured
The Referendum by the Numbers • Maximum approved cost of the high school project: $115 million • Amount of debt to be approved through the referendum: $85 million • Amount of debt to be financed outside the referendum: $20 million • Money to be contriuted from capital reserves: $10 million • Tax increase to be phased in to pay off referendum-approved bonds: estimated 2.7 mills • Number of votes needed to approve or defeat the referendum: 50 percent of votes cast, plus one vote • Tax increase for a house with an average market value of $270,000: estimated $190 per year, or $16 per month • How to estimate the impact on your tax bill: Take the assessed value of your home (about 28 percent of its market value), divide by 1,000, and then multiply by 2.7.
The school still uses its original unit ventilatorcontrol valve and temperature-control system, which were built in the 1950s.
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for each district each year; currently about 2.1 percent for SCASD) without receiving voter approval by referendum.
“If the referendum were not to pass, we would still have to spend about $70 million just to get our building systems up to speed.” — school-board president Penni Fishbaine According to Pennsylvania School Business Officials, since 2006, 16 school districts across Pennsylvania have gone to referendum for projects — only one referendum has passed. In 2007, Upper Dublin in Montgomery County passed a $119 million referendum for a new high school. It received 62 percent of the vote. At a total cost of $115 million, the proposed State High project requires financing through a tax
increase that has to be approved by referendum. “It took seven years to get back to where we are now,” says Julie Miller, SCASD public-information specialist. The difference this time around, she says, is that the process has been “very open and transparent.” The board drew from the 2009 master-plan study to come up with six options for construction/renovation. Then the board contracted with Social Science Research Solutions to conduct a survey of 6,751 households and find out which options residents favored the most. After eliminating options that were not feasible (a popular option was to build a new high school on a different site, but no suitable properties were available within the regional growth boundary, Miller says), the board chose a combination of renovation and new construction on the current site. The plan is to concentrate academic classes and a new career and technical center in the south building. Use of the north building’s natatorium and gymnasium will continue under this option, with a new wing built to house the Delta program. Part of the north building would be demolished to improve stormwater management and add athletic fields. “This plan, while it still may not be everybody’s first choice, will allow us to achieve three goals,” Miller says. According to Miller, the three goals are: • Enhance the educational environment by providing flexible learning spaces and giving a smaller-school feeling to a large high school. • Increase safety and security by having fewer students crossing Westerly Parkway between classes, and limiting access by visitors. • Update aging facilities that do not meet Americans With Disabilities Act standards.
Under the proposed plan, academic classes and a new career and technical center would be housed in the South Building (top), while the North Building (bottom) would continue to hold the school’s natatorium and gymnasium and also have a new wing for the Delta program.
The third point has garnered the most attention. The North Building first opened in 1955, followed by the South Building in 1962, originally used as a junior high school. Although the buildings have seen additions and renovations over the years, the HVAC and other systems are basically the originals, says Ed Poprik, director of physical plant for the school district. “Major mechanical systems in buildings are not meant to last that long,” he says. “They need to be overhauled. There’s just no way around it.” He adds that his maintenance team repairs
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breaks and leaks every week, often necessitating replacement parts that have become hard to find. “It’s like bailing a sinking ship,” he says. Poprik has worked for the school district for 17 years. “That’s one of the first things I said when I got here — we have to do something with our high school,” he says. Seventeen years later, he’s still saying that. Now he worries not just about maintaining the aging facilities but also about security in a post-Columbine and -Sandy Hook world. With students changing classes between buildings across Westerly Parkway, he says, “It’s just frightful when you think about the vulnerability we have. In K-12 education, operating an open campus is almost unheard of.” According to school-board president Penni Fishbaine, the high school requires major renovations, one way or another. “Doing nothing is not even an option at this point,” she says. “If the referendum were not to pass, we would still have to spend about $70 million just to get our building systems up to speed.” If the referendum passes, Miller says, full schematic design work would start in July and the project would take bids in 2015. By the end
of 2015, construction would start, and the project would be completed by early 2018. She notes that conceptual designs and proposed phasing of construction are estimates only — the board does not want to spend money on complete designs from architect Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates unless the referendum is approved.
The communication effort
Between now and May 20, the school board and administration plan to continue efforts to communicate to voters exactly what the referendum means. The administration has been going from school to school and neighborhood to neighborhood, sitting down with residents to explain the proposed project and the referendum. Voters also have been invited to tour the high school buildings with officials on hand to point out what they consider to be deficiencies. Public opposition to the referendum has been minimal. Fishbaine says that some residents are concerned about raising property taxes, especially if they don’t have children in school to benefit directly from the high school project. She tells them that investment in the high school is investment in the community’s infrastructure.
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Referendum History Since 2006, 16 school districts in Pennsylvania have gone to referendum for projects. Only one — Upper Dublin in 2007 — was approved. (Source: Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials)
Year Nov. 2006 Nov. 2006 Nov. 2006 March 2007 Nov. 2007 April 2008 April 2008 April 2008 July 2008 Sept. 2008 Jan. 2009 Feb. 2009 Nov. 2009 Jan. 2011 May 2001 May 2013
District Bristol Twp. Ambridge Fannet-Metal Upper Dublin Unionville-Chadds Ford Unionville-Chadds Ford Rockwood Forest Area Wyomissing Tuscarora Donegal Crestwood Donegal Upper Merion Juniata County West Branch Area
For 1 883 NA 4,264 3,979 3,974 625 381 356 1,418 1,821 827 1,847 1,998 1,349 109
Against 7 4,776 NA 2,559 4,755 4,743 1,674 1,486 3,331 3,738 4,452 4,576 2,023 2,149 6,039 932
Learn about the State High Project
The State College Area School District will continue holding “Neighborhood Conversations” to discuss the State High project. Here are ones scheduled in April: April 2 — Mount Nittany Middle School, 7 p.m. April 8 — Easterly Parkway Elementary School, 7 p.m. April 9 — Radio Park Elementary School, 7 p.m. April 9 — Park Forest Middle School, 7 p.m. April 10 — Mount Nittany Elementary School, 7:30 p.m. “It is basically going to enhance the property values in the area and hopefully make this a more attractive place for businesses,” she says. She also tells them that a “Yes” vote on the referendum is a way of repaying the benefits they received when they were in school. “Someone paid for their education,” she says. “Someone paid for their kids to go to school. And someone is paying for their grandkids somewhere else. It’s what you do as a society. It’s a way you pay forward for what you’ve got.”
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The future students
State College resident Anne Whitney’s daughter is in first grade, and her son is 18 months old. Looking ahead to when they reach high school, she says, “I want my kids to be in a school that is conducive to tight relationships and where they can be known and be connected with teachers and other kids. I want the space they’re in to be flexible enough to follow the ideas of the teacher. … I do think that this particular project is very important.”
“I want my kids to be in
a school that is conducive to tight relationships and where they can be known and be connected with teachers and other kids.“ — Anne Whitney, mother of two
A Penn State associate professor of education, Whitney participated in the Social Science Research Solutions survey concerning the high school project and believes that the current buildings are “not in keeping with the school district’s philosophy of providing excellence in education.” She wants her children to go to a high school with flexible space so students can work in small or large groups, depending on the project. She wants to see technology that allows students to share online across computer screens. She wants enough classroom electrical outlets to charge all of today’s learning devices, and she wants to limit the number of trips students take across Westerly Parkway. “I personally would have liked to have two smaller schools,” she says, speaking of one of the options considered, for two high schools instead of one. “But twice now, we’ve explored the options, and the community as a whole has spoken, that they want one high school. I’m willing to go with that.” T&G Tracey M. Dooms is a freelance writer in State College and a contributor to Town&Gown.
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Returning for a second season, The Bletchley Circle follows four ordinary women with the extraordinary ability to break codes, a skill honed during World War II when they worked undercover at Bletchley Park, site of the United Kingdom’s main decryption establishment. The women use their code-breaking skills to solve crimes in post-war London. Now it is 1953. Lucy has a clerical job for Scotland Yard, Millie works as a German translator, and Susan is perturbed that her husband’s promotion may take them overseas. Jean visits Alice in prison, awaiting trial for killing her old flame, John Richards.
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NATURE: TOUCHING THE WILD Wednesday, April 16, at 8 p.m.
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Stories Worth Telling Institutional historians work to provide interest, meaning to history By Lee Stout
Over 24 years I’ve written many columns tracing the history of various aspects of Penn State. As a category, such work is called “institutional history,” and, to be honest, it sometimes doesn’t get a lot of respect. Critics would say such works can be parochial and antiquarian, and, they can be pretty dull stuff if you are not part of the community with which they deal. But it doesn’t have to be so. Styles in history writing change over time. For example, there have been three histories of Penn State written over the years, by Erwin Runkle (1933), Wayland F. Dunaway (1946), and Michael Bezilla (1985). Each is different, not only in the scope of time they cover, but also in the writing style of the history they convey. Runkle was a philosophy professor, the college librarian, and, in my opinion, our original Penn State archivist. I find his history somewhat longwinded and full of lengthy quotations. It’s good information, but a chore to read. Dunaway was a professor of history, specializing in Pennsylvania. As a narrative, his book moves along. However, it’s encyclopedic, and I find it short on more general interpretation. Bezilla’s history is most impressive to me in his weaving together of Penn State’s story with a larger picture of Pennsylvania’s politics, economy, and the evolution of higher education in general. Weaving the facts together within the broader context is really the key. Institutional history can’t be done in a bubble. Penn State is part of many communities, and its history must be seen in context in order to be meaningful — otherwise, we’re just navel-gazing. Writing a history of the university, or of a part of it, is much like writing the history of, for example,
Erwin Runkle is considered Penn State’s first archivist, and he wrote the first history of the school in 1933.
State Correctional Institution-Rockview, the Corner Room restaurant, the University Women’s Club, or of Patton Township or Centre County. There are similar challenges to meet, and a standard of quality to achieve. Often the quality of an institutional history is dependent on the availability of appropriate source materials. My efforts at institutional history all grew out of my 27 years as university archivist. There it was my responsibility to preserve the university’s historical records, and this included the records of its various campuses, colleges, departments, institutes, and offices. These are the raw materials of institutional history. Not all archivists become writers of such history themselves, but for many like me, it is a natural progression. In choosing records to save, one criterion is historical value — do the records provide information that helps tell the story? As you organize and describe them for the “finding aid,” or guide to the records, you explain what they include, how they were used by the people who created them, and what kinds of information they provide to the researcher. In a similar manner, every time you help someone use those records, you draw from your knowledge of
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what the records tell us about the past, and you pass on that information to the user. You can’t help but absorb that history through all the materials which you regularly review and help people use. In my case, all the Penn State history I absorbed surfaced initially as talks and slide shows for various groups. From talking about the past to writing about it wasn’t a stretch for me, and, today, I’m still doing a “Penn State Diary” column every month, and now I’m also writing books about Penn State’s past. The challenge an institutional historian regularly faces is How do we make the work something worth reading? Take the history of a department, for example. The natural components will include the people — faculty and students; the subject matter and how it is taught and studied; and the requirements for degrees and what they tell us about the relative importance of the various subjects that make up the discipline. There also should be room for things such as major conferences held, research institutes hosted, journals edited in the department, or the service of faculty on national organizations or government bodies. Still, if it’s not your field, it may cause drowsiness. That can be changed in several ways. First, by seeing how the department fits into a larger intellectual context — how it responds to paradigm shifts in how people think about the discipline. Another approach might be through collective biography — who are the major figures in the department and how they change the nature of work in it for other faculty, and for graduate and undergraduate students. Whether it’s the impact of the biological revolution on agriculture, quantification in the social sciences, or the dramatic changes posed by the so-called “digital humanities,” there are significant stories to tell. You don’t need a bestseller to have an interesting work that provides meaning to its audience. It need not be uncritical celebration in order for those who read it to gain valuable insights into their origins. History is the story of change and how we make sense of the present by learning about a very different past. That can be a story very much worth telling and reading. T&G
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April 19 Hardwell presents the Revealed North American Bus Tour with Dyro and Dannic 7 p.m.
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3 Bill Maher 8 p.m. 4 Lauryn Hill 7:30 p.m. 9-11 Penn State Commencement 8 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m., noon, and 3 & 6:30 p.m. Sat.; 9 a.m., noon, & 3:30 & 6:30 p.m. Sun.
Deadline for submitting events for the June issue is April 30.
The NCAA Regional Women’s Gymnastics Championships come to Rec Hall.
Get your first look at new head coach James Franklin and the 2014 Nittany Lions at the annual Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m.
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live visits Eisenhower Auditorium for a 2 p.m. show.
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center hosts its annual Earth Day Birthday Celebration.
Author Mary Roach discusses her book Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void at 7 p.m. at HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium.
The Devil Makes Three performs at the State Theatre at 8:30 p.m.
Bring It On: The Musical comes to Eisenhower Auditorium for a 7:30 p.m. show.
29 The Tuesday State College Farmers’ Market opens for the season at Locust Lane.
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Children & Families 1 – Toddler Learning Centre, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 9:15 & 10:30 a.m., schlowlibrary.org. 1 – 3s, 4s, 5s Storytime, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 9:30 a.m., schlowlibrary.org. 1 – Everybody Storytime, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 10:30 a.m., schlowlibrary.org. 2 – Baby & Me Storytime, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 9:30 a.m., schlowlibrary.org. 2 – Tales for Two, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 10:30 a.m., schlowlibrary.org. 2, 5, 9, 12, 23, 26, 30 – Music Together for Children 0-5 and a Parent, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m. Wed., 10:30 a.m. Sat., Houserville United Methodist Church, S.C., 466-3414. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Baby Explorers, Discovery Space of Central PA, S.C., 10:30 a.m., mydiscoveryspace.org. 3, 7, 10, 14, 24, 28 – Music Together for Children 0-5 and a Parent, 9:30 a.m. Thurs., 10:45 a.m. Mon., Oakwood Presbyterian Church, S.C., 466-3414. 3, 10, 17, 24 – Story Time, Discovery Space of Central PA, S.C., 10:30 a.m., mydiscoveryspace.org. 5 - Minerals Junior Education Day, Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology, Pleasant Gap, 9:30 a.m., nittanymineral.org. 5, 12 – World Stories Alive, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 11 a.m., schlowlibrary.org. 13 – Block Party, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 2 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 19 – Saturday Story Time, Discovery Space of Central PA, S.C., 3 p.m., mydiscoveryspace.org. 19, 26 – Saturday Stories Alive, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 11 a.m., schlowlibrary.org. 26 – Kids’ Day: Dress Up and Discover!, PA Military Museum, Boalsburg, 10 a.m., pamilmuseum.org.
Classes & Lectures 1 – Central PA Civil War Round Table: “An Army of Lions — the Army of the Potomac” by Jeff Wert, Mount Nittany United Methodist Church, S.C., 6 p.m., 861-0770. 2 – Penn State Forum Speaker Series: “Memories of a Child Survivor of the Holocaust” by Inge Auerbacher, Nittany Lion Inn, PSU, 11:30 a.m., pennstateforum.psu.edu.
3 – Research Unplugged: “Heads Up! Kids and Sports-Related Brain Injuries” by Wayne Sebastianelli, Pegula Ice Arena, PSU, 12:30 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 5 – American Lecture Series: “Institutional Time: A Critique of Studio Art Education” by Judy Chicago, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 5:30 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu. 8 – “Writing Science for the Masses” Roundtable, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 4 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 8 – Life with Diabetes, Mount Nittany Medical Center, S.C., 5:30 p.m., 231-7194. 9 – Friends’ Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture: “Richard M. Nixon — The Nation’s Vietnam War and the President’s Personal War,” by Greg Ferro, PA Military Museum, Boalsburg, 7:30 p.m., pamilmuseum.org. 10 – Research Unplugged: “4th Rock from the Sun: Exploring the Mysteries of Mars” by James Kasting, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 12:30 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 13 – “From Fingers to Forks: A History of Dining Instruments” by Candace Dannaker, Centre Furnace Mansion, S.C., 2 p.m., centrecountyhistory.org. 15 – “A Voyage with Mary Roach,” HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium, PSU, 7 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 17 – Healthy Aging Community Lecture Series: “I Love Crossword Puzzles: Brain Health and You,” Foxdale Village, S.C., 10:30 a.m., 272-2146. 17 – Research Unplugged: “Ancient Flowers: The Search for Earth’s First Flowering Plants” by Claude DePamphilis, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 12:30 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 18 – Gallery Conversations: “The Conversation Around the Table: Feminist Art and the Transnational,” by Gabeba Baderoon, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 12:10 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu. 24 – Research Unplugged: “Once Upon a Line: A Poetry Reading and Discussion” by Erin Murphy, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 12:30 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 25 – Foxdale Spring Seminar Series: “Estate Planning: Heirs, Equal Shares, and Common Errors,” Foxdale Village, S.C., 1:30 p.m., 272-2146. 29 – Project Serve: Environmental Needs by Jennifer Shuey and Sylvia Neely, Faith United Church of Christ, S.C., faithucc.info.
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Club Events 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – State College Rotary Club, Nittany Lion Inn, S.C., 5:30 p.m., statecollegerotary.org. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – S.C. Sunrise Rotary Club mtg., Hotel State College, S.C., 7:15 a.m., email@example.com. 2, 16 – Outreach Toastmasters Meeting, The 329 Building Room 413, PSU, noon, firstname.lastname@example.org. 3, 10, 17, 24 – S.C. Downtown Rotary mtg., Damon’s Grill & Sports Bar, S.C., noon, centrecounty.org/rotary/club/. 3, 17 – State College Toastmaster’s Club, South Hills School of Business and Technology, S.C., 6 p.m., statecollegetoastmasters.toastmastersclubs.org. 7, 21 – Knitting Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 6:30 p.m., schlowlibrary.org. 9 – Women’s Welcome Club of State College, Oakwood Presbyterian Church, S.C., 7 p.m., womenswelcomeclub.org. 9 – 148th PA Volunteer Infantry Civil War Reenactment Group mtg., Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, S.C., 7:30 p.m., 861-0770. 15 – Coffee/Tea with Women’s Welcome Club of State College, Oakwood Presbyterian Church, S.C., 9:30 a.m., womenswelcomeclub.org.
23 – State College Bird Club, Foxdale Village, S.C., 7 p.m., scbirdcl.org. 23 – Applique Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, S.C., 7 p.m., 237-0167. 26 – Birds and Bagles, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, S.C., 9 a.m., crpr.org.
Community Associations & Development 10 – Centre County TRIAD: Elder Safety — Physical, Financial, Home, Driving, Centre LifeLink, S.C., 10 a.m., 238-2524. 10 – CBICC Business After Hours: Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority, 5:30 p.m., cbicc.org. 15 – Spring Creek Watershed Association mtg., Patton Township Municipal Building, 7:30 a.m., springcreekwatershed.org. 23 – Patton Township Business Association, Patton Township Municipal Building, S.C., noon, 237-2822.
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Ongoing-30 – Canvas Unconscious, New Paintings by Art Margaux, Commonplace, 115 S. Frasier St., S.C., 6 p.m., 234-2000. Ongoing-May 4 – British Watercolors from the Permanent Collection, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., palmermuseum.psu.edu. Ongoing-May 11 – Forging Alliances, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., palmermuseum.psu.edu. Ongoing-May 11 – Surveying Judy Chicago: Five Decades, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., palmermuseum.psu.edu. Ongoing-August 31 – Veiled Arts of Victorian Women, Centre Furnace Mansion, S.C., 1-4 p.m. Sun., Wed., & Fri., centrecountyhistory.org. 4-June 29 – The Art of Adornment, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Bellefonte, 1-4:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., bellefontemuseum.org. 6 – Penn State Graduate Exhibition Research & Visual Arts Presentation, HUB-Robeson Center, PSU, noon. 25 – Paper Views: Judy Chicago Views, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 10 a.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu.
For schedule of blood drives visit cccredcross.org or givelife.org. 3 – The Children and Families with Type1 Diabetes Support Group, Mount Nittany Medical Center, S.C., 6:30 p.m., 777-4664. 4 – Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group, Schlow Centre Region Library S.C., 1 p.m., 234-3141. 7 – Cancer Caregiver Support Group, Mount Nittany Medical Center, S.C., 10:30 a.m., cancersurvive.org. 7 – Breast Cancer Support Group, Mount Nittany Medical Center, S.C., 5:30 p.m., 231-7005. 8 – Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group, Mount Nittany Dining Room at the Inn at Brookline, S.C., 6:30 p.m., 234-3141. 8 – Brain Injury Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehab Hospital, Pleasant Gap, 7 p.m., 359-3421. 9 – The Fertility Issues and Loss Support Group, Choices (2214 N. Atherton St.), S.C., 6:30 p.m., heartofcpa.org. 15 – Multiple Sclerosis Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehab Hospital, Outpatient Entrance, Pleasant Gap, 6 p.m., 359-3421.
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17 – Better Breathers Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehab Hospital, Pleasant Gap, 2 p.m., 359-3421. 21 – Cancer Survivor Support Group, Mount Nittany Medical Center, S.C., 11:30 a.m., cancersurvive.org. 28 – Heart Failure Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehab Hospital, Pleasant Gap, 4 p.m., 359-3421. 29 – Stroke Support Group, HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehab Hospital, Pleasant Gap, 4 p.m., 359-3421.
Music 1 – Cantus, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, PSU, 7:30 p.m., cpa.psu.edu. 3 – The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra featuring New York Voices, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., cpa.psu.edu. 4-5 – Penn State School of Music: Penn State Jazz Festival, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, music.psu.edu. 5 – Acoustic Brew Concert Series: Del Rey, Center for Well Being, Lemont, 7:30 p.m., acousticbrew.org. 6 – Penn State School of Music: Essence of Joy, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center Worship Hall, PSU, 8 p.m., music.psu.edu.
8 – Penn State School of Music: Undergraduate Research Exhibition Performing Arts Showcase, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 7 p.m., music.psu.edu. 10 – Penn State School of Music: Musica Nova I, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 8 p.m., music.psu.edu. 13 – Penn State School of Music: Orianna Singers, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 2 p.m., music.psu.edu. 13 – Flutist Naomi Seidman and cellist Jonathan Dexter and friends, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, 3 p.m., 237-7605, uufcc.com. 13 – Penn State School of Music: Concert Choir, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 4 p.m., music.psu.edu. 14 – Penn State School of Music: Trombone Choir, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 8 p.m., music.psu.edu. 15 – Penn State School of Music: Musica Nova II, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 8 p.m., music.psu.edu. 16 – The Art of Music: The Orpheus Singers, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 12:10 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu. 17 – Penn State School of Music: Inner Dimensions/Outer Dimensions, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 8 p.m., music.psu.edu. 19 – Hardwell, BJC, PSU, 7 p.m., bjc.psu.edu. 21 – Penn State School of Music: Percussion Ensemble I and Mallet Ensemble, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 8 p.m., music.psu.edu.
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22 – Nittany Valley Symphony presents “A Hero’s Life,” Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., nvs.org. 22 – Penn State School of Music: Percussion Ensemble II, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 8 p.m., music.psu.edu. 22 – The Devil Makes Three, State Theatre, S.C., 8:30 p.m., thestatetheatre.org. 23 – Lionel Loueke Trio, Schwab Auditorium, SU, 7:30 p.m., cpa.psu.edu. 25 – Penn State School of Music: Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 8 p.m., music.psu.edu. 26 – Acoustic Brew: Pesky J. Nixon, Center for Well Being, Lemont, 7:30 p.m., acousticbrew.org. 26 – Nittany Knights Barbershop Chorus presents “Searching for Love,” State High North Auditorium, S.C., 7:30 p.m., nittanyknights.org 26 – Penn State School of Music: Glee Club’s 125th Anniversary Concert, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 8 p.m., music.psu.edu. 27 – Penn State School of Music: Women’s Chorale, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 2 p.m., music.psu.edu. 27 – Soprano Sarah Shafer and pianist Timothy Shafer, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, 3 p.m., 237-7605, uufcc.com. 27 – Penn State School of Music: University Choir, Esber Recital Hall, PSU, 4 p.m., music.psu.edu.
28 – Penn State School of Music: Philharmonic Orchestra, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 8 p.m., music.psu.edu. 30 – We Won’t Be Shaken Tour, State Theatre, S.C., 6:30 p.m., thestatetheatre.org. 30 – Penn State School of Music: Concert Band, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7 p.m., music.psu.edu. 30 – Penn State School of Music: Symphonic Band, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 8:30 p.m., music.psu.edu.
Special Events 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Boalsburg Farmers’ Market, St. John’s United Church of Christ, VILMA/JOHN&CREW: THIS IS COPY FOR Boalsburg, APR 2 p.m., ’14boalsburgfarmersmarket.com. RED CROSS AD – 4 – Arts Crawl, Palmer Museum of Art, PSU, 4:30 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu. PLEASE MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THIS, WITHAnnual EQUAL SPACES TOP & BOTTOM 4 – Fourth Mount Nittany Wine Night, Mount Nittany Winery, S.C., 6 p.m., mtnittany.org. IF IT DOESN’Tat FITNight, VERTICALLY 4 – Mars Viewing DaveyOR Lab, PSU, PLEASE EMAIL WITT – 8:30 HORIZONTALLY, p.m., schlowlibrary.org. HE WILL“Planting MAKE IT FITa Feminist 4-5 – Symposium: Art Education Archive,” Penn State Campus, 2014-04 APR Red Cross judychicago.arted.psu.edu. 4, 11, 18, 25 –State College Winter Farmers’ FOR MAX LINE WIDTH: Market, State College Municipal Building, S.C., 11:30 a.m., mimimimimimimimimimimimimimimimimimimmimi Red Cross Honor Roll of Milestone Blood Donors
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5 – Spring Craft Fair & Community Egg Hunt, Old Gregg School, Spring Mills, 10 a.m., 422-8582. 5 – Walk with Me: Heroes for Heroes, PA Military Museum, Boalsburg, 10 a.m., 689-1911 5 – Taste of India 2014, State College Area High School, S.C., 5 p.m., email@example.com 5, 12, 19, 26 – Millheim Farmers’ Market, Old Gregg School Farmers’ Market, Spring Mills, 10 a.m., centralpafarmers.com. 9 – Ron and Mary Maxwell Community Spelling Bee, Foxdale Village, S.C., 6 p.m., 238-2809. 12 – Spring Craft Show, Easter Egg Hunt, and More!, New Hope Church, Bellefonte, 9 a.m., newhopegrows.com. 12, 26 – Collection for Boal Barn Playhouse Sale, Boal Barn, Boalsburg, 9 a.m., firstname.lastname@example.org 13 – Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run, Bryce Jordan Center, PSU, 11 a.m., specialolympicspa.org/beaver-stadium-run. 13 – Earth Day Birthday Celebration, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, S.C., 2 p.m., crpr.org. 19 – Bellefonte Community Easter Egg Hunt, Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte, 2 p.m., 574-3240. 19 – CRPR Easter Egg Hunt, Orchard Park, S.C., 2 p.m., crpr.org. 27 – March for Babies, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, S.C., 1 p.m., marchforbabies.org.
27 – Earth Day Scavenger Hunt, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, S.C., 2 p.m., crpr.org. 29 – Tuesday State College Farmers’ Market, Locust Lane, S.C., 11:30 a.m., tuesday statecollegefarmers.com.
Sports For tickets to Penn State sporting events, visit gopsusports.com or call (814) 865-5555. For area high school sporting events, call your local high school. 1 – PSU/Youngstown State, baseball, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 6:30 p.m. 2 – PSU/Saint Francis, softball (DH), Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park, PSU, 5 p.m. 4 – PSU/Wisconsin, women’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, 4 p.m. 4 – PSU/Northwestern, women’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, 7 p.m. 5 – NCAA Regional Championships, women’s gymnastics, Rec Hall, PSU, 4 p.m. 6 – PSU/Minnesota, women’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, 11 a.m. 8 – PSU/Cornell, women’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, 5 p.m. 8 – PSU/West Virginia, baseball, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 6:30 p.m.
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The State Theatre shows the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD’s production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte April 26. 11 – PSU/Purdue, men’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, 3:30 p.m. 12 – Penn State Blue-White Game, football, Beaver Stadium, PSU, 1:30 p.m. 13 – PSU/Indiana, women’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, 11 a.m. 16 – PSU/Bucknell, softball (DH), Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park, PSU, 6 p.m. 18 – PSU/Nebraska, men’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, 3 p.m. 18 – PSU/Johns Hopkins, women’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Center, PSU, 6 p.m. 18-19 – PSU/Wisconsin, softball (DH Sat.), Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park, PSU, 6 p.m. Fri., noon Sat. 18-20 – PSU/Illinois, baseball, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 6:30 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m. Sat., noon Sun. 19 – PSU/Delaware, men’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, 1 p.m. 19-20 – Rutherford Intercollegiate Day, men’s golf, Penn State Golf Courses, PSU, TBA. 20 – PSU/Iowa, men’s tennis, Sarni Tennis Center, PSU, noon. 26 – PSU/Hofstra, men’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, noon. 26 – PSU/Princeton, women’s lacrosse, Penn State Lacrosse Field, PSU, 3 p.m. 29 – PSU/Kent State, baseball, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 6:30 p.m. 30 – PSU/Pitt, softball (DH), Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park, PSU, 5 p.m.
Theater Ongoing- 5 – Penn State Centre Stage presents Blood at the Root, Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, S.C., 7:30 p.m., (2 p.m. matinee Sat.), theatre.psu.edu.
3-5 – Penn State Opera Theatre presents The Pirates of Penzance, State Theatre, S.C., 8 p.m., thestatetheatre.org. 3-6, 10-13 – The Next Stage presents Don Juan in Hell, State Theatre, S.C., 8 p.m. Thurs. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., thestatetheatre.org. 4 – Penn State Graduate Exhibition Performances, Playhouse Theatre, PSU, 7 p.m. 5 – Metropolitan Opera Live HD presents Puccini’s La Boheme, State Theatre, S.C., 1 p.m., thestatetheatre.org. 6 – Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 2 p.m., cpa.psu.edu. 10-13 – Godspell, State Theatre, S.C., 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., thestatetheatre.org. 10-13 – State High Thespians present Children of Eden, State High North Auditorium, S.C., 7 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., 231-4114. 17 – Bring It On: The Musical, Eisenhower Auditorium, PSU, 7:30 p.m., cpa.psu.edu. 16-19 – College Town Film Festival, State Theatre, S.C., TBA, thestatetheatre.org. 18 – Whiplash, State Theatre, S.C., 7 p.m., thestatetheatre.org. 19 – Metropolitan Opera Live HD presents Massenet’s Werther, State Theatre, S.C., 1 p.m., thestatetheatre.org. 26 – Metropolitan Opera Live HD presents Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, State Theatre, S.C., 1 p.m., thestatetheatre.org. 26 – The Blue and White Film Festival, State Theatre, S.C., 7 p.m., thestatetheatre.org. T&G
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Come Home to The State www.thestatetheatre.org • (814) 272-0606 130 W. College Ave. • Downtown State College
Don Juan in Hell
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April 3rd - 6th | 10th - 13th, 2014
Pirates of Penzance presented by Penn State Opera Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 | 8pm Friday, April 4th, 2014 | 8pm Saturday, April 5th, 2014 | 8pm
Metropolitan Opera in HD
Puccini’s La Boheme
Saturday, April 5, 2014 | 1p
Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte
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Saturday, April 19, 2014 | 1p
presented by Calvary Baptist Church Thursday, April 10th, 2014 | 7:30pm Friday, April 11th, 2014 | 7:30pm Saturday, April 12th, 2014 | 7:30pm Sunday, April 13th, 2014 | 3pm
College Town Film Festival Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 Thursday, April 17th, 2014 Friday, April 19th, 2014
The Blue and White Film Festival Saturday, April 26th, 2014 | 7pm
We Won’t Be Shaken Tour Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 | 6:30pm
Ready for Festival Season Several brewfests here and a short drive away offer opportunities to taste and celebrate new brews By Sam Komlenic
As we trundle onward past the most trying winter in recent memory, there are glimpses of warmer weather everywhere you look. Snowremoval equipment has been cleaned and stored, the days are appreciably longer, and even 50-degree weather sees car windows open and shorts appearing. Along with these welcome and inevitable glimpses of the move from winter to spring to summer comes the beer lover’s true indicator of warmer weather: local beer festivals that celebrate all the diversity and flavor found in these best of beer-drinking times. The last few years have seen remarkable growth in the craft-beer industry, from “nano breweries,” those that produce only a few barrels at a time in a garage or warehouse (Railroad City Brewing in Altoona is a recent example), to some of the world’s biggest breweries. For instance, brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev oversees the production of craft brands such as Goose Island, Kona, and Redhook. Your local beer festival will inevitably feature some of each, and all are worth exploring. But how do you find them? How far will you have to travel? Will there be enough new beers to make it worth your while? We’ll attempt to answer all of these questions in the space allowed, and will certainly point you in the direction of a number of area festivals, some of which offer more than just beer. Our season here starts on a relatively chilly April 12 with the highly regarded Taming of the Brew in Bloomsburg, Columbia County. The only indoor festival on our list benefits the local theater company. The Taming of the Brew is unique because of its inclusion of local food with regional beer. The restaurants of the Bloomsburg area get on board, and their tables are interspersed with those of the brewers. You might find a Susquehanna Pils Noir next to a whole roast pig, and a Purple Healer IPA beside some awesome local ice cream. There is live entertainment, and the crowd moves
Pints for Pets at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona not only has 80 breweries visiting but also benefits Blair County SPCA.
continually from one room to the other over the course of the evening. It’s not a cheap ticket, but it is definitely worth the price of admission. On May 10 you’ll finds us at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, home of the Altoona Curve, for the Pints for Pets festival, which benefits the Blair County SPCA. It’s billed as Central Pennsylvania’s largest brewfest, and with 80 breweries represented, that may be right! It’s held on the mezzanine of the ballpark, so it is entirely under roof in case of inclement weather, which is a bit warmer now, thank goodness. Ballpark food vendors are open, and all food is offered a la carte. One of the highlights here is the variety of area bands that play during the course of the day. There are two sessions, and the later one is usually more crowded, so opt for the earlier if you want to have a better conversation with the brewers. Skip ahead one month, add 10 degrees, and mark your calendar for June 21 and the Harrisburg Brewers Fest. The city closes a couple blocks of Second and Locust streets and the festival takes place right there, on
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30,000 square feet of city pavement, rain or shine. A collaboration between Troegs brewery of Hershey and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, this festival has the most Mardi Gras-like atmosphere of any listed here, with 3,500 revelers attending two sessions with more than 50 brewers. Food is available from various vendors, and entertainment is provided all day. There is no lack of merriment in Harrisburg this day! July arrives with true summer heat bearing down on two more festivals, and each offers more than the requisite beer, beer, beer. A short drive toward the Susquehanna River will take you to the picturesque town of Selinsgrove and the Hops, Vines, and Wines festival on July 19. It’s another street event, held on University Avenue. Now we’ve got wine involved, too, so the appeal broadens. Though the emphasis is on beer (as it should be!), there are a number of local wineries pouring some tremendous examples of the vintner’s art. This is a one-session, fourhour event that offers food vendors and free entertainment. Downtown merchants have a sidewalk sale over the weekend and there’s an outdoor antique sale, too, so there really is a lot to explore. With the local dirt-track speedway hosting fan appreciation night that evening, this one deserves an overnight stay! Just one week later, on July 26, head north and west into the beautiful (and a bit cooler) Pennsylvania Wilds to another charming town, Ridgway, the seat of Elk County, for a Tasting in the Wilds. This is another event that combines beer and wine — but wait, there’s more! Local artists exhibit their wares on the same grounds as the tasting, so you can peruse (and purchase) some great art as you sip. There are usually more wineries here than in Selinsgrove, so the playing field is more even for the wine aficionado, but beer remains well represented. August’s dog days are the perfect time to hang a bit closer to home, so let’s travel just a few miles to Boalsburg and the State College Brew Expo on August 16. Held at Tussey Mountain, the Brew Expo does an outstanding job of pouring great beers in a gorgeous setting. A VIP ticket gets you a chairlift ride to the top of the mountain to taste exclusive beers that aren’t available at the mountain’s base, and the view is tremendous. Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, the Brew Expo is an unbeatable way to end the burgeoning festival season in Central Pennsylvania.
Harrisburg closes a couple of city blocks for its Brewers Fest in June.
The State College Brew Expo finishes up the local summer beer festival season August 16 at Tussey Mountain.
So take a road trip through the scenic beauty of our hills and valleys this spring and summer, take in some unparalleled views, and taste more new beers in one day than you might experience for the rest of the year. Do us all a favor and take along a designated driver or rent a room. It’s such a small price to pay, and by gosh, with all this travel, you’ve earned it! T&G Sam Komlenic, whose dad worked for a Pennsylvania brewery for 35 years, grew up immersed in the brewing business. He has toured scores of breweries, large and small, from coast to coast.
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Mimi Barash Coppersmith Founder of Town&Gown
Women: Managing Your Image
Lunch with Mimi Live! Tues., April 29th • 11:45 am $30 per Person • The Nittany Lion Inn Debra Leithauser, President and Publisher, Centre Daily Times Debra began her professional career at the Orlando Sentinel, where she worked as a copy editor, designer, reporter and editor. She directed the paper’s weekly teen section for three years before becoming assistant editor for its Sunday magazine. From there, she went to the McClatchy-Tribune (MCT) wire service in Washington, D.C., where she eventually became a managing editor. In 2003, The Washington Post hired secher to help launch a new Sunday section. During her decade at the Post, she led several of its weekly sec tions, helped oversee an award-winning redesign of the paper, was named editor of its Sunday magazine, took over the Post’s entertainment web site, and launched its highly rated entertainment iPhone app. In 2012, she returned to MCT as editor-in-chief. In January 2014, she took helm of the Centre Daily Times and moved to State College with her husband Tom, who is also a journalist. They have two rambunctious boys, Luke and Zack. Debra went to the University of Florida, where she graduated with honors with a degree in journalism in 1992. In 2013, she was named a Distinguished Alumna for the College of Journalism. Debra also was a Duke University Media Fellow in 2007.
Nan Crouter, Raymond E. and Eric Stuart Schultz Dean of the College of Health and Human Development Nan has served as the Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean of the College of Health and Human Devel Development since June 2007. She joined the Penn State faculty as assistant professor of human development in 1981 after having completed her undergraduate work in Psychology and English at Stanford University and her doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies at Cornell University. Prior to becoming dean, she served as the director of the Center for Work and Family Research and the director of the Social Science Research Institute and director of the Consortium for Children, Youth and Families at Penn State. Nan has popconducted a number of longitudinal studies examining the links between work and family in different pop ulations and points of the life span. Through her research, she has examined how people’s experiences at work affect their health, psychological well-being, and family relationships; how those experiences affect their parenting and the health, well-being and development of their children; and how family life makes its mark on people’s functioning at work. Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the W.T. Grant Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Foundation for Child Development.
Nina Woskob, Vice President of GN Associates Nina moved to State College from Philadelphia in 1983 when she married her husband George Woskob. Nina joined the staff of AW & Sons as Marketing Director in 1984, and at the same time learned the intrica intricacies of renting and managing student rental housing. While at AW & Sons, Nina and George developed the conWoskob Industrial Park, Palm Forest in Boca Raton, and completed the Penn Tower Condominium con version. In 1987, The Graduate Apartments, a 114 unit building, was constructed on the corner of Beaver and Atherton, and George, as General Contractor, worked closely with his father Alex and Nina. In 1989, George and Nina started their own partnership, GN Associates, and began adding more properties to their portfolio, including Park Place on South Burrowes Street and Penn Center in Williamsport. Today, GN As Associates employs a staff of 20 and maintains full occupancy at all of its properties. In 2007, Nina and George took Designer’s Studio, a boutique furniture store started by George’s mother Helen, and grew it into a successful full scale furniture and interior design business. Nina and George are the busy and proud parents of three children, Larissa, George, and Alexander. Nina graduated in 1983 from Temple University’s School of Communications and Theatre.
Reservations required, please call Amanda Dutrow at Kish Bank 861-4660 ext. 8213. Co-sponsored by Town&Gown & Kish Bank • Proceeds Benefit Easter Seals Central Pennsylvania
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Philipsburg Elks and Country Clubâ€™s filet mignon with a bundle of asparagus on a bed of curried Lyonnaise potatoes.
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Perfect Pairing Philipsburg Elks and Country Club combine for a great dining experience
By Vilma Shu Danz Overlooking Bald Eagle Mountain, the restaurant at the Philipsburg Elks Lodge and Country Club, also known to its members as the Grill Room, serves an eclectic mix of American comfort foods from a tender medium-rare filet mignon steak to a classic cheesesteak hoagie. Open to the public seven days a week, the restaurant’s friendly atmosphere and family-oriented facility offers diners breathtaking views, outdoor patio seating, a banquet room for special events, and home-style cooking. Longtime friends, kitchen manager Jennifer Horton-Foreman and business manager Nikki Ceprish, were recruited in December 2011 shortly after the Philipsburg Elks joined with the Country Club at its current facility at Country Club Lane in Philipsburg. “I have been cooking in the kitchen since I was a teenager, and before I came here I owned my own restaurant in Philipsburg,” explains Horton-Foreman. “I fell in love with cooking by watching my mom, and I am proud to say that she and I are still cooking homemade dishes from scratch side by side here at the Elks!” Everything from the soups to the desserts are made fresh daily. “Some favorites include ham pot pie, cheeseburger in paradise soup, strawberry pretzel dessert, and my mom’s apple dumplings, which people have reserved a week
Restaurant and business manager Nikki Ceprish (left) and kitchen manager Jennifer Horton-Foreman.
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Plain, pistachio, and chocolate-chip cannolis.
Tuxedo pasta with grilled chicken and sautéed vegetable.
in advance!” says Horton-Foreman. “Whether you are in the mood for a burger, salad, seafood, or a steak, with such a diverse menu here, there is something for everyone.” Horton-Foreman also is working on a new spring menu featuring a Baja chicken pasta. Stop in to sample all the unique daily specials. Popular dishes include drunken mushrooms (sautéed in brandy and wine) on toasted crostinis, baked or beer-battered haddock (battered available on Friday nights only), Delmonico steak, and crab cakes. Reservations for dinner are recommended during the spring and summer months. In addition, the Philipsburg Elks Lodge and Country Club offers a nine-hole USGA course designed by Alexander H. Findlay, and it has been warmly embraced by golf enthusiasts in Centre County and the surrounding areas. Golf pro Paul Fischer is available to help golfers at all skill levels navigate the 5,600-yard course noted for elevation changes, nearby mountains, and 29
total bunkers. The fully stocked pro shop carries most of the major golf brands, including equipment, balls, gloves, accessories, footwear, and other golf-related gear. The Philipsburg Elks Lodge and Country Club serves 1,300 members in this premier fraternal and charitable American organization. Becoming a member is recommended to fully enjoy all the wonderful special events during the year and all the specialty drinks and selected happy-hour times at the bar, which is open to Elk members and their signed-in guests. Some upcoming events include All You Can Eat Wild Wing Wednesdays, an Easter Egg Hunt with special guest the Easter Bunny, a Mother’s Day Buffet, and the annual Gun Raffle in August. “We invite you to stop in and experience casual dining in a comfortable atmosphere. Whether you’re looking to play a round of golf, have a light lunch on the patio, or have an event catered by us, you can expect exemplary service from our friendly staff,” says Ceprish.
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Horton-Foreman adds, “The Grill Room is the perfect place to kick back and relax. Sit at the bar with your buddies with a cold drink, music in the background and sports on one of our HDTVs.” For more information about upcoming events, membership, golf specials, scheduling an event, or to view the menu, visit philipsburgelks.com or call (814) 342-0379 ext. 16 to make a reservation. For a special offer for a free dessert with an entrée purchase of $14.95 or higher, visit townandgown.com. T&G
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Hours of Operations: Monday–Saturday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. For catering and special-events reservations, call (814) 342-0379. New golf members can join for $500!
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What’s NEW This Spring! PINOT NOIR! Seven Mountains Wine Cellars first vintage of Pinot Noir has flavors of cherry, raspberry and anise, with a slightly spicy, pepper finish. A versatile wine, Pinot Noir is great red choice with salmon and poultry!
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Dining Out Full Course Dining bar bleu, 114. S Garner St., 237-0374, bar-bleu.com. Socializing and sports viewing awaits at bar bleu. Don’t miss a minute of the action on 22 true 1080i HDMI high-definition flat-screen monitors displaying the night’s college and pro matchups. The bar serves up 16 draft beers in addition to crafted cocktails, including the “Fishbowl,” concocted in its own 43-ounce tank! Pub fare featuring authentic Kansas City-style barbecue is smoked daily on-site. AE, D, DC, ID+, MC, V. Full bar. Bella II, 135 S. Allegheny St., Bellefonte, 353-4696. Cozy and charming, yet affordable, Bella II’s specialty is good food! Fresh, classic pasta dishes with homemade sauces, large dinner salads, and in-house, hand-crafted desserts, top the favorites. Plan to try Bella II’s lunch buffet, Tues.-Thurs., featuring pasta, pizza, wraps, and desserts. BYOB welcomed! Take out available. Hours: Sun. 12-9, Tues.-Thurs. 11-9, Fri.-Sat. 11-10, Closed Mondays. AE, D, MC, V. Bella Sicilia, 2782 Earlystown Road, Centre Hall, 364-2176. An Italian kitchen where food is prepared from scratch and with love! Featuring traditional recipes of pasta dishes, calzones, Stromboli’s, subs, salads, and extraordinary pizza! Try Bella Sicilia’s stuffed, Sicilian, Chicago, or 16 varieties of thin-crust specialty pies, including seafood pizza with shrimp, clams, calamari, mussels, and margherita sauce! Take-out or enjoy our beautiful dining room, located in the back of our building. Feel free to bring your own beer and wine. Lunch buffet Mon.-Fri. Check us out on Facebook. AE, MC, V, MAC, D. Carnegie House, corner of Cricklewood Dr. and Toftrees Ave., 234-2424. An exquisite boutique hotel offering fine dining in a relaxed yet gracious atmosphere. Serving lunch and dinner. Prix Fixe menu and à la carte menu selections now available. AAA Four Diamond Award recipient for lodging and fine dining. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, D, V. Full bar. Clem’s Roadside Bar and Grill, 1405 S. Atherton St., 237-7666, www.clemsbarandgrill.com. Chef/owner Greg Mussi combines forces with infamous griller Clem Pantalone to bring you a mix of classic BBQ and other signature dishes featuring local produce and an extensive wine list. Central’s PA’s unique “whiskey bar” and extensive wine list. Happy hours every day from 5 to 7 p.m. State College’s largest outdoor seating area. Groups welcome. Catering and private events available. Daily specials listed on Facebook. Live music. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V. Full bar.
Cozy Thai Bistro, 232 S. Allen St., 237-0139. A true authentic Thai restaurant offering casual and yet “cozy” family-friendly dining experience. Menu features wide selections of exotic Thai cuisine, both lunch and dinner (take-out available). BYO (wines & beer) is welcome after 5 p.m. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V. Damon’s Grill & Sports Bar, 1031 E. College Ave., 237-6300, damons.com. Just seconds from Beaver Stadium, locally owned and operated, Damon’s is the premiere place to watch sports and enjoy our extensive menu. Ribs, wings, burgers, steaks, apps, salads, and so much more. AE, D, MAC, MC, V, Full bar. The Deli Restaurant, 113 Hiester St., 237-5710, TheDeliRestaurant.com. Since 1973, The Deli has served up New York-style deli favorites on an American menu offering everything from comfort food to pub favorites, all made from scratch. Soups, breads, sauces, and awardwinning desserts are homemade here early in the morning folks. Look for its rotating menu of food-themed festivals throughout the year. AE, D, DC, LC, MC, V. Full bar. The Dining Room at the Nittany Lion Inn, 200 W. Park Ave., 865-8590. Fine continental cuisine in a relaxed, gracious atmosphere. Casual attire acceptable. Private dining rooms available. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V. Full bar. Down Under Steakhouse at Toftrees, One Country Club Lane, 234-8000, www.toftrees.com. A casual restaurant with unique dining featuring hearty appetizers, delicious entrees, fresh sandwiches and salads in a comfortable scenic atmosphere. Outdoor seating available. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V. Full bar. Duffy’s Boalsburg Tavern, On the Diamond, Boalsburg, 466-6241. The Boalsburg Tavern offers a fine, intimate setting reminiscent of Colonial times. Dining for all occasions with formal and casual menus, daily dinner features, specials, and plenty of free parking. AE, MC, V. Full bar.
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Faccia Luna Pizzeria, 1229 S. Atherton St., 234-9000, www.faccialuna.com. A true neighborhood hangout, famous for authentic New York-style wood-fired pizzas and fresh, homemade It.alian cuisine. Seafood specialties, sumptuous salads, divine desserts, great service, and full bar. Outside seating available. Sorry, reservations not accepted. Dine-in, Take-out. MC/V. Galanga, 454 E. College Ave., 237-1718. Another great addition to Cozy Thai Bistro. Galanga by Cozy Thai offers a unique authentic Thai food featuring Northeastern Thai style cuisine. Vegetarian menu selection available. BYO (wines and beer) is welcome after 5 p.m. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V. Gamble Mill Restaurant & Microbrewery, 160 Dunlop St., Bellefonte, 355-7764. A true piece of Americana, dine and enjoy our in-house craft beers in a historic mill. Experience bold American flavors by exploring our casual pub menu or fine dining options. Six to seven beers of our craft beers on tap. Brewers Club, Growlers, outdoor seating, large private functions, catering. Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Dinner 5-9/10 p.m. Mon.-Sat. “Chalk Board Sunday’s” 4-8 p.m. All credit cards accepted.
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The Gardens Restaurant at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, 215 Innovation Blvd., Innovation Park, 863-5090. Dining is a treat for breakfast, lunch and dinner in The Gardens Restaurant, where sumptuous buffets and à la carte dining are our specialties. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. Full bar, beer. The Greek, 102 E. Clinton Ave., 308-8822, www.thegreekrestaurant.net. Located behind The Original Waffle Shop on North Atherton Street. Visit our Greek tavern and enjoy authentic Greek cuisine. From fresh and abundant vegetables to the most succulent kebabs, each dish has been perfected to showcase genuine Greek flavors. When we say “authentic,” we mean it. Full service, BYOB. D, MC, V. Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering, 1221 E. College Ave. (within the Hilton Garden Inn), 237-4422, www.harrisonsmenu.com. Traditional seasonal favorites prepared extraordinarily. Fusion food, sharing plates, and fresh seafood. Extensive wines-by-the-glass, full bar, moderate prices. Lunch/Dinner. Exquisite catering. MC, V.
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Herwig’s Austrian Bistro, “Where Bacon Is An Herb,” 132 W. College Ave., 272-0738. Located next to the State Theatre. Serving authentic Austrian home cooking in Central PA. Ranked #1 Ethnic Restaurant in State College for 7 years in a row. Eat-in, Take-Out, Catering. Gluten-free options available. Bacon-based dessert. Homemade breads, BYO beer or wine all day. Sense of humor required. D, MAC, MC, V.
Hi-Way Pizza, 1688 N. Atherton St., 237-0375, HiWayPizza.com. The State College tradition for nearly 50 years, nobody does it better than Hi-Way! Offering more than 29 varieties of hand-spun pizzas made from scratch offer an endless combination of toppings. Its vodka “flaky” crust and red stuffed pizzas are simply a must have. Hi-Way’s menu rounds out with pasta dishes, calzones, grinders, salads, and other Italian specialties. Eat-in, Take-out, or Hi-Way delivery. AE, D, DC, LC, MC, V. Full bar. India Pavilion, 222 E. Calder Way, 237-3400. Large selection of vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes from northern India. Lunch buffet offered daily. We offer catering for groups and private parties. AE, D, MC, V. (call ahead.)
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Inferno Brick Oven & Bar, 340 E. College Ave., 237-5718, InfernoBrickOvenBar.com. With a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere, Inferno is a place to see and be seen. A full-service bar boasts a unique specialty wine, beer, and cocktail menu. Foodies — Inferno offers a contemporary Neapolitan brick-oven experience featuring a focused menu of artisan pizzas and other modern-Italian plates. Lunch and dinner service transitions into night as a boutique nightclub with dance-floor lighting, club sound system, and the area’s most talented resident DJs. AE, D, MAC, MC, V. Full bar.
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Legends Pub at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, 215 Innovation Blvd., Innovation Park, 863-5080. Unwind with beverages and a casual lounge menu. AE, D, MC, V. Full bar. Mario’s Italian Restaurant, 1272 N. Atherton St., 234-4273, MariosItalianStateCollege.com. Fresh specialty dishes, pasta, sauces, hand-tossed pizzas, and rotisserie wood-grilled chicken all made from scratch are just a few reasons why Mario’s is authentically Italian! At the heart of it all is a specialty wood-fired pizza oven and rotisserie that imparts rustic flavors that can’t be beat! Mario’s loves wine, honored with six consecutive Wine Spectator awards and a wine list of more than 550 Italian selections. Mario’s even pours 12 rotating specialty bottles on its WineStation® stateof-the-art preservation system. Reservations and Walk-Ins welcome. AE, D, DC, LC, MC, V. Full bar. Otto’s Pub & Brewery, 2235 N. Atherton St., 867-6886, www.ottospubandbrewery.com. Our new location provides plenty of parking, great ales and lagers, full service bar, signature dishes made with local products in a family-friendly, casual atmosphere. AE, D, DC, LC MC, V. Full bar.
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Philipsburg Elks Lodge & Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane, Philipsburg, 342-0379, philipsburgelks.com. Restaurant open to the public! Monday-Saturday 11-9, Sunday 9-3. Member-only bar. New golf member special, visit our Web site for summer golf special. AE MC, V. Full Bar (member only). The Tavern Restaurant, 220 E. College Ave., 238-6116. A unique gallery-in-a-restaurant preserving PA’s and Penn State’s past. Dinner at The Tavern is a Penn State tradition. Major credit cards accepted. Full bar. Whiskers at the Nittany Lion Inn, 200 W. Park Ave., 865-8580. Casual dining featuring soups, salads, sandwiches and University Creamery ice cream. Major credit cards accepted. Full bar. Zola New World Bistro, 324 W. College Ave., 237-8474. Zola combines comfortable, modern décor with exceptional service. Innovative, creative cuisine from seasonal menus served for lunch and dinner. Extensive award-winning wine list. Jazz and oysters in the bar on Fridays. Catering. AE, D, MC, V. Full bar.
Good Food Fast Baby’s Burgers & Shakes, 131 South Garner St., 234-4776, www.babysburgers.com. Love poodle skirts, a jukebox playing the oldies, and delicious food cooked to order? Then Baby’s Burgers & Shakes is your kind of restaurant! Bring the entire family and enjoy a “ Whimpy” burger, a Cherry Coke or delicious chocolate shake, and top it off with a “Teeny Weeny Sundae,” in our authentic 1947 Silk City Diner. Check out Baby’s Web site for full menu and daily specials! D, MC, V, MAC, Lion’s Cash. HUB Dining, HUB-Robeson Center, on campus, 865-7623. A Penn State tradition open to all! Eleven restaurants stocked with extraordinary variety: Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Higher Grounds, HUB Subs, Mixed Greens, Burger King, Panda Express, Piccalilli’s, Sbarro, Sushi by Panda, Wild Cactus, and more! V, MC, LC. Meyer Dairy, 2390 S. Atherton St., 237-1849. A State College Classic! Meyer Dairy is the perfect choice for a quick, homemade lunch with fresh soups and sandwiches or treat yourself to your favorite flavor of ice cream or sundae at our ice cream parlor. Fresh milk from our own dairy cows (we do not inject our cows with BST), eggs, cheese, ice cream cakes, baked goods, and more! Plus, Meyer Dairy is the best place to pick up your Town&Gown magazine each month!
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Westside Stadium Bar and Grill, 1301 W. College Ave., 308-8959, www.westsidestadium barandgrill.com. See what all the buzz is about at Westside Stadium. Opened in September 2010, State College’s newest hangout features mouthwatering onsite smoked pork and brisket sandwiches. Watch your favorite sports on 17 HDTVs. Happy Hour 5-7 p.m. Take-out and bottle shop. Outdoor seating available. D, V, MC. Full Bar.
Specialty Foods Dolce Vita Desserts, 812 Pike St., Lemont, 470-6046, www.dvdesserts.com. Experience a taste of the sweet life with our specialty cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more for all occasions. Baked fresh in our quaint Lemont Shop. D, MC, V.
Hoag’s Catering/Celebration Hall, 2280 Commercial Blvd., State College, 238-0824, www.hoagscatering.com. Hoag’s Catering specializes in off-site catering, event rentals, and on-site events at Celebration Hall. We do the work, you use the fork — large and small events. T&G
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The Centre County Child Access Center was created through a community collaboration led by Centre County Common Pleas president judge Thomas King Kistler. Its mission is to promote the physical and emotional security of children and their families. Since October 2008, the Child Access Center has been providing a safe place for parents to exchange custody of their children. In March 2012, the center added supervised visitation services to its program. Born in Bellefonte and raised in State College, Judge Kistler graduated from Penn State with a degree in Centre County Common Pleas president judge Thomas Kistler business administration in 1979, (left) chats with Mimi Barash Coppersmith in his office. and earned his law degree from the as president judge. In other courts, all fewer Dickinson Law School in 1982. Prior to becoming than seven judges, it is entirely seniority. For president judge, he served 15 years as a trial lawyer and example, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is 14 years as a common pleas judge. by seniority and so is the Centre County Court Town&Gown founder Mimi Barash Coppersmith where we only have four judges. sat down with Judge Kistler at the Gamble Mill Mimi: Tell us your point of view of politics Restaurant & Microbrewery in Bellefonte to discuss his and how it affects the bench. roles as president judge, organizing the Sandusky trial, Tom: There are ways to pick your judges. And and the Child Access Center. one is to pick them with a panel or committee, Mimi: As president judge, you have, I’m sure and the other is to pick them by the voters. In a hectic schedule, so I appreciate your taking the Pennsylvania, since the voters do the picking, time for us to talk a little bit about you, the law, we have to go through the political process. and the things that impact us around here. Who We’re hamstrung a little bit in the political was the president judge when you arrived? process because we can’t advocate that if you Tom: Charles Brown was the president judge, and elect me I will do this or that. Really, the only had been since 1981. He was well groomed as the claim that a candidate can make while running president judge. Then, David Grine became president for judge is If you elect me, I will follow the law. judge. He was pretty close to Charles Brown in age, so That isn’t very exciting, but that’s the charge of Grine retired a couple of years before he turned 70 — the court. I can’t decide what the speed limit is. he was only president judge for four years. I became I can’t decide what the drinking age should be president judge January 1, 2012. — that’s given to me in the statutes. So, that’s a Mimi: And that’s essentially a seniority position cumbersome process because you get four or five for the most part? candidates together in a debate and they really Tom: With courts that have eight or more can only say, “I have the most experience and judges, it is elected. So, in our Pennsylvania I’ll follow the law.” Superior Court, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Mimi: But people give money based on the Court, and big counties such as Pittsburgh party affiliation. or Philadelphia, they elect a judge to serve
Tom: They do, except that we all cross-file. It’s an awkward process, especially when you realize that as soon as elected, the judge must retire and withdraw from all political actions. I can’t attend a function and I can’t put a yard sign in my yard for another candidate. It’s an awkward transition. Mimi: Do you think appointed judges would be a better landscape? Tom: I think that the statewide positions should be filled by what we call merit selection — a committee that picks and recommends to the governor three or four names, all of whom are satisfactory, and then the governor picks. Mimi: But the governor will most likely pick with political affiliation. Tom: Much like the president appoints to the Supreme Court of the United States from his or her ideological bent, I think the governor would as well. But over a period of time, because the term of service is so long, you would find that the court would be balanced. Mimi: History does seem to suggest that. Of the two possibilities, the merit system in my mind would probably work across the court. Perhaps the most famous situation you will ever deal with for as long as you are a judge in this county is one that was thrust upon you when the Sandusky scandal broke. Would you give our readers an idea of how that all happened? Tom: Well, because the crimes were committed in Centre County, it was a Centre County case. David Grine was president judge and realized that he would be retiring in about a month, so he asked me to serve as president judge over that case and to administer that case so that we would have a smooth transition before and after he retired. So, I became the administrative
judge of the case. The court recused — that means the four judges all decided that it would be better for justice if the local judges, who all have ties to the university or friends on the board of trustees or adjunct professors, recused and had a judge appointed from out of the county. But I stayed involved throughout the whole case as the administrative judge. Judge Clealand made all the decisions about what went on in the courtroom, what evidence would be introduced and so on. While I made all the decisions about where the trucks would park, where all the outhouses would go, and things like that. Decisions that had to be made, but didn’t have to occupy the time of the trial judge. It was a very smooth transition. It was baptism by fire, no question, but it was a very rewarding experience. The media and everyone said that we did it very well. Mimi: What was the toughest part for you? Tom: The toughest part was dealing with the media. Not that they were unreasonable, but just the volume of the media. We learned from high profile trials in Harrisburg that if you treat the media with respect and if you give them the information and news as soon as it arrives, then they will treat you with respect, and that was uniformly true. We never had an argument with the media, but it was nonstop. ABC had needs that were different than Court TV or ESPN. Everybody wanted the same thing — good shots of people coming in and leaving, and inside the courtroom. Mimi: What have we learned from that case? Tom: Well, the community has learned a great deal that nobody is above suspicion. Nobody is above inspection, that we have to be vigilant at all times. The courts have learned some very specific things that would bore your readers, but things
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about how to deal with the media and how to do things like decorum orders, which tell the media where they may and may not do things, and when they may and may not do things. But the real lessons come from the programs going on to educate the communities about issues of child abuse. Mimi: That’s a good segue into what makes you a little bit different than a lot of judges who have come before you. At least in my opinion, you’ve had a concern for children and haven’t been reluctant to become a champion for improvement. I happen to have been a part of the group that worked with you on the Child Access Center. Tell me why you got so involved in that. Tom: Well, the Centre County Child Access Center was born from me being educated that these safety centers could be managed and run even in small rural jurisdictions. I’ve always heard about the big cities having places where moms and dads could go and exchange kids without having a threat to either of them or to the children, but I didn’t know that you could do it in Centre County. I was convinced that we could, and I came back here and just
started the process two months before Jody Barone was killed in an exchange on Easter weekend in Mill Hall. That really galvanized the community and helped the support for the project grow. The reason why I’ve done it is there’s a serious need for safety under the circumstances. We’ve seen great safety and a great environment created through the Child Access Center. It’s been very rewarding. We’ve done thousands of exchanges in the four or five years since we’ve started. Even the families grow to enjoy the fact that the exchanges will be made without tension, conflict, and any allegations of wrongdoing on either side. We still have families that can’t be served by the access center because we’re only open on Friday evenings and Sunday evenings. Mimi: And what do we do about that — more money to have it open more? Tom: If we could expand to have it at new locations and new hours, that would help. Because if we’ve got a mom and dad who live in Philipsburg, and it’s snowing out, it doesn’t make much sense to drive the whole way to Bellefonte to exchange and then drive the
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whole way to Philipsburg in a blizzard. So, if we open an office in State College or open an office in Philipsburg or somewhere else and have longer hours, all of those things would help. Safety is the thing. We can’t guarantee it, but we’ll certainly help it. Mimi: Well, this is a collaborative effort of your leadership and the United Way of Centre County. Tom: That’s right. The Women’s Leadership Initiative saw early on that this was a project that would benefit some of the women in Centre County, and were very supportive and have been throughout. It’s been wonderful. Getting it started, the seed money came from dedicated funds marked by the Women’s Leadership Initiative of the United Way. Mimi: As you know, this is the first time I have sat one on one with you other than in your court with my divorce situation, and I can say that I have never experienced anything like the divorce. I’m now 80 years old and, of all my life experiences, that was certainly the ugliest. It is clear to me that for most people, a divorce, no matter how it ends up, you see the worst side
of the customers you’re dealing with as a judge. All the people involved. One cannot imagine how justice can reign when divorce is “no fault.” Would you explain to me why no fault is the way of Pennsylvania? Tom: Before I was a lawyer, you had to establish fault to get a divorce. So, in other words, an injured spouse could prevent the other spouse from getting a divorce. They could require them to stay within the bonds of marriage and that they could not get out of marriage through their own misconduct. That changed with no-fault divorce, which meant that, even if there was an objection to a divorce, that the parties could gain a divorce after a passage of a period of time. In Pennsylvania it’s two years. There’s currently a move to reduce it from two years to one year, with recognition that most marriages that are broken and stay broken for a year probably won’t be repaired during that second year. After the divorce, you’ve got the other issues, which is how do we deal with the children? How do we deal with the assets or the liabilities? How do we equitably distribute those between the parties? These are not tied directly to no-fault divorce
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in and of itself, but there have been reforms and changes as the law develops as to how to equitably divide property — and it’s all a painful process. It’s a painful process for the lawyers, it’s a painful process for the court, but mostly for the families against themselves. Mimi: Is there any way to fix it? Tom: There are some states that have strict formulas that do things like an automatic 5050 or do things like automatic percentages of this and that. That takes some of the decisionmaking and some of the advocating out of the equation. I don’t believe it reduces the hurt any more. I think it increases the hurt because a formula created by legislators hundreds of miles away, years ago, but, applied to your family, may wreak devastation. Mimi: There probably aren’t too many that are at all alike. Tom: No. But an individual decision is agonizing because it takes too long and it’s so painful to get it, but it should be tailored to the family, ideally. Mimi: I have to believe that it’s painful to the judge who has to sit through all this nonsense. Tom: Well, it isn’t nonsense, it’s painful. It’s very
important. Family court takes a great emotional toll on the participants, lawyers, and on the court. It’s not easy to hear. But it’s not easy to hear personal details in criminal cases either. We have very difficult cases where victims need to come into court and expose things to total strangers that they wouldn’t choose to expose to even their very best friend in the deepest of confidence. And yet they’ve got to say it at open court in front of anyone who happens to come in the door. Mimi: Well, I absolutely agree with you. I’ve been there done that, as they say. Do you have any aspirations to go to a higher-level court? Tom: I’ve decided that I’m not interested in anything higher than the trial level. At the appellate levels, you don’t get to see people, hear the testimony, or be personally involved in the cases. You’re reading a transcript of what took place at the trial level. I don’t think that my skill set is as well suited to that kind of a research-based occupation where, as it is right now, I’m dealing with people on a one-to-one basis. I love what I’m doing. It’s a joy every day to be able to help restore some order and some tranquility to families that don’t have any. Even though the decisions are
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frequently unpopular, the decision, in and of itself, ends the controversy in many respects. Mimi: Tell me a little about your private life. Tom: I live with my wife and three children — two are in college now — on a rural property in Potter Township. It’s a wonderfully quiet place. We haven’t had a television since 1985 when I moved there. And it was a joy building the house. My father and I physically built most of it ourselves. We had some contractors help us along the way. The house has grown as the family has grown. Things have become more mature — looks very comfortable right now. Mimi: Anything that I didn’t ask you that I should have? Tom: I’ve been an elected judge of Centre County for 14 years. It’s been a great honor to help the people of Centre County and outside of Centre County to resolve their differences and problems. It’s a special honor to be the president judge now that I have that title. I appreciate having that opportunity. Mimi: Well, as an observer for that whole period, you’ve grown into the job beautifully. Tom: Thank you. T&G
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State College Photo Club’s Winning Photos The State College Photo Club provides photo enthusiasts with the opportunity to share their passion for photography with others and to provide an environment for learning and developing new skills. The club welcomes individuals from amateurs to professionals. One of the club’s activities is to hold a monthly competition. Town&Gown is pleased to present the winning images from the club’s competition. Shown this month are the first place winners from the judged January meeting competition.
January Meeting First Place: Theme “Fog and Mist”
“Fog Rolling In” by Kiki Phillips
“This was taken while sailing down the Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska in fall 2013, from aboard a cruise ship. I was part of a group of photographers marveling at the extraordinary views. Thankfully, we did not need to purchase film!”
January Meeting First Place: Open Category “Sprinter” by Linda Hale
“I was approached by this subject to take images that reflected his recent accomplishments in the gym. This pose was struck to represent a classical Greek Olympic sprinter. It was taken in my home studio with a strobe on a black backdrop with an 85mm lens.”
A copy of either of these photos may be obtained with a $75 contribution to the Salvation Army of Centre County. Contact Captain Charles Niedermeyer at (814) 861-1785 and let him know you would like this image. You can select any size up to 11 inches wide. The State College Photo Club meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Foxdale Village Auditorium. Guests and new members are always welcome.
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American Adventure Two local men prepare to bike ride across the US for a cause By Brittany Svoboda
After a crazy idea, countless prayers, and much planning, two local men will bike across America to raise money for several projects, both here in Centre County and in Africa, and share stories of their faith. Beginning Sunday, April 27, Pastor KR Mele, 47, of Centre Hall, and Harold Morgan, 74 of Port Matilda, will bike the 3,178 miles from Los Angeles to St. Augustine, Florida, in what they’re calling “Coast to Coast for Jesus.” They’re estimating to travel about 80 miles per day, which will put the length of the trip at about five to six weeks. Besides the experience of biking across America, the two are hoping to raise money for building an orphanage and digging freshwater wells in Zambia through Haven of Hope Ministries, and building the Family Life of Penns Valley Worship Center. They are hoping to raise $1 million for the causes. After learning about a pastor who walked across the United States, Mele, who is the pastor at Family Life of Penns Valley, began praying about a coast-tocoast journey of his own and started reading Biking Across America, by Paul Stutzman. Morgan, who knew Mele through State College Assembly of God, approached him one morning at a local gym to discuss the book, and asked, “Are you going to do that?” “Well, I’m just praying about some things right now,” Mele told him. It wasn’t until weeks later that the two met to share their visions of a coast-to-coast journey. Morgan had already told his wife that he was going to bike across America with Mele. “She knows me, so it didn’t surprise her a whole lot,” he says. “I was thinking of a younger man,” Mele says about Morgan, who will celebrate his 75th birthday around the time they reach Florida. However, Mele says that Morgan is more gifted with technology and cycling than he is. “It couldn’t be a more perfect fit the more we’re going down this journey together,” Mele says. Morgan, a runner of 35 years, has biked only
Harold Morgan and Pastor KR Mele What is your favorite book? Morgan: “Both of those would be the same favorite book to start with — the Bible. But I’m not a big reader.” Mele: “That’s the one that I read the most. A lot of the other books that I read are ministry related.” What do you do in your spare time? Morgan: “I hunt and I fish. But my big thing is, I’m a geocacher, which takes me out on all these adventures and hikes.” Mele: “Now that my kids are grown, I love to date my wife. I love to play golf and I also love to exercise.” What are you looking forward to doing on the journey? Morgan: “We’re not going to pass a Dairy Queen up, or any kind of soft ice cream or pizza place.” Mele: “I am looking forward to trying pizza along the journey. Also, just experiencing different foods along the way as we stop at different places.”
recreationally. Mele didn’t even own a bike before he started training for the journey. Both have been exercising regularly in preparation for the ride and will start biking outdoors again as it warms up outside. While traveling, Mele and Morgan say they’re looking forward to meeting people and connecting with other churches. “We’re going to meet a lot of people just on the bikes by pulling into little places and stops,” Morgan says. Mele adds, “The first part of the goal is to share our faith with people along the journey. … This is a whole lot more than two guys riding bikes.” T&G For more information on Mele’s and Morgan’s journey or to donate, visit c2c4jesus.org.
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Front row, from left to right: JoAnn Parsons, Ella Forcey, Kelly Camden, Tracie Golemboski, Tom Miles, Adam Runk, Nancy Tanner, Kelly Wian. Back row: Shane Crawford, Art Dangel, Graham Sanders, Dan Musser, Tony Moist, James Menoher. Missing from photo: Renee Laychur, Felix Boake.
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