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28 / Living with Lyme Pennsylvania is the leading state for cases of Lyme disease, and as debate over chronic Lyme continues in the medical community, residents impacted look for answers • by Sean Yoder

38 / Back on Course With the boom times of the 1990s and early 2000s a distant memory, local course operators are getting creative in cultivating new interest in the game • by Mark Brackenbury and James Turchick

48 / Changing a Child’s Life Fresh Air Fund host families say they get more than they give in sharing simple pleasures with kids from the city • by David Pencek


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59/ Health & Wellness Healthier living through strong minds, strong bodies – and indomitable spirit On the cover: The PGA Junior League at Penn State Golf Courses has grown from 39 to 63 participants in one year. Players include Rowan Walker, Brady Wager (kneeling), Maxwell Wager, Grace Novitsky, and John Olsen. Photo by Darren Andrew Weimert


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10 Letter from The Editor 12 Starting Off: The List, People in the Community, Q&A 20 Living Well: Practice presence, rather than constantly focusing on the future • by Meghan Fritz 22 Health: Antibiotics are not always the answer • by Barbara H. Cole 24 Great Outdoors: Centred Outdoors focuses on many benefits of our natural landscapes • by Rebekka Coakley 26 On Center: Flip FabriQue to share circus feats, friendship, and humor in Catch Me! • by John Mark Rafacz 84 This Month on WPSU


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What’s Happening: Summer heats up with Philipsburg Heritage Days, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, and the People’s Choice Festival, among many big events.

96 From the Vine: White Bordeaux wines are a clean, crisp choice for summer • by Lucy Rogers 100 Taste of the Month/Dining Out: Town&Gown readers offer their favorite cocktail recipes for a refreshing break on a hot day • by Vilma Shu Danz 112

Lunch with Mimi: From volunteer on the trash crew to executive director, Rick Bryant has helped the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts thrive

122 Artist of the Month: New Penn State Laureate Andrew Belser will bring the award-winning FaceAge exhibition to the commonwealth • by Tommy Butler 124 Snapshot: The Millbrook Playhouse will present a musical this summer with deep connections to the region • by Harry Zimbler 6 - T&G July 2017

Children’s Miracle Network Golf Tournament Committee would like to thank our sponsors. The tournament was held on May 25, 2017 at the PSU Blue and White Golf Courses.

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It's Summer, and the Spirit is Festive This month, we’re all about celebrating summer in Happy Valley. The July calendar is filled with big annual events, including Fourth Fest, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, the People’s Choice Festival, and Philipsburg Heritage Days. Add to that two huge firsttime events, a concert at Beaver Stadium, and the Karoondinha Arts and Music Festival at Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park. We’ll take you to the lush fairways and greens of Centre County’s golf courses, where local pros are working to cultivate new interest in the game. After a surge in popularity in the 1990s and early 2000s led to a glut of new courses nationwide, many went through difficult times. But local pros say they are seeing signs of a turnaround, led by efforts to spike interest among young people by injecting more fun into the game. Think things like a Little League-style junior league, Golfboards, and music on the course. We’ll also introduce you to some local families who give children from New York City a chance to experience the sights and sounds of summer in Central Pennsylvania through the Fresh Air Fund. Host families say they get even more out of it than the Fresh Air kids. In some cases, the relationships forged last a lifetime. To those who enjoy sampling a new cocktail: have we got some recipes for you! We asked our readers to submit their favorite summer cocktail recipes, and the creativity of the concoctions is impressive. On a more serious note, we take a closer look at the rising number of reported cases of Lyme disease in Central Pennsylvania. Hear the stories of some residents battling the

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tick-borne disease, amid conflict in the medical community about “chronic” Lyme. We’ll share some tips to help you get out there and enjoy the natural beauty of Centre County as safely as possible. The Lyme story marks the debut of Town&Gown staff writer Sean Yoder. Sean joins us from one of our sister publications, the Indiana Gazette. Sean spent the past three years covering a wide range of subjects, including IUP, schools, government, and criminal justice. Sean, who lives in Bellefonte, also writes for our sister publication here, the Centre County Gazette. Finally, we are honored to celebrate Town&Gown’s Gold Award for graphic design, bestowed recently by Central Pennsylvania Creative Professionals — [CP]2 for short — at the organization’s Bracket Awards ceremony. The award honored Art Director Darren Andrew Weimert’s June 2016 design, “A Great and True Fish Story.” Congratulations to Darren, Creative Director Tiara Snare, then-Editorial Director David Pencek, and all involved. Thanks to [CP]2, a fun and creative group that does great work. The biggest winner at the Bracket Awards was the non-profit Taproot Kitchen, which is receiving a free branding update from this talented group!

Mark Brackenbury Editorial Director

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The List What to know about July The second half of the year kicks off in fine fashion, especially since it’s National Anti-Boredom Month!

It’s Canada Day on July 1. It must be killing our friends to the north that a team of theirs hasn’t won the Stanley Cup since 1993!

Looking good for 241 years old! It’s America’s birthday on July 4, and many of us will celebrate it with fireworks, food, and festivities worthy of a grand celebration.

It’s festivals week, July 11-16. How much can you cram in between Philipsburg Heritage Days (July 11-16), Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts (July 12-16), and People’s Choice Festival (July 13-16)?

Ice cream is big in July (well, all year long, actually), so of course there needs to be a Cow Appreciation Day — which there is on July 15!

Whether you’re Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, or just the average person who does the cooking for your house, celebrate Culinarians Day July 25. It’s a day for anyone who cooks.

Americans celebrated National Kissing Day in June. This month, we cross borders and oceans and celebrate International Kissing Day on July 6. The current record for longest kiss was set in 2013 by Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarathold from Thailand. They smooched for 58 hours, 35 minutes, and 58 seconds.

History in Happy Valley happens July 8 as Beaver Stadium hosts its first concert. Blake Shelton headlines Happy Valley Jam, which also features Big & Rich, Chris Young, and other country acts. 12 - T&G July 2017

They’re the men and women you think of only when your computer goes down at work or the printer is jammed. They’re system administrators, and July 28 is System Administrator Appreciation Day! T&G

People in the Community Joey Feffer

Joey Feffer, a June graduate of State College Area High School, was named a 2017 US Presidential Scholar. He is one of just 161 high school seniors so honored. “I try not to think about it that way,” Feffer told when asked about being part of such an exclusive group. “You can sort of get your head in the clouds when you think about that. I just like thinking of it as appreciating the hard work that I’ve put in so far, being motivation for me to go on and do more stuff in the future.” Feffer, who plans to attend Harvard, was one of Pennsylvania’s two state selections. While the selection is a rare honor, Feffer is the second person in his family to achieve it. His sister Danielle was named a Presidential Scholar in 2012. Feffer will compete for the US in the 15th International Linguistics Olympiad July 31-August 4 in Dublin, Ireland.

Eileen Leibowitz

State College resident Eileen Leibowitz was honored recently with the Mimi Barash Coppersmith Philanthropist of the Year Award at the seventh annual Centre County Women’s Resource Center celebration luncheon. The award, named for the founder of Town&Gown, goes to “a member of the community who, through his or her ongoing generosity, has helped create a safer Centre County” by supporting the CCWRC. That support “played a significant role in providing direct services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and/or to the primary prevention of violence,” according to the CCWRC. Leibowitz has held leadership roles with many local organizations, including the League of Women Voters, the Jewish Community Council and the Faculty Women’s Club. Leibowitz and her late husband, Herschel, were named the 2003 Renaissance Couple of the Year. She also was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Center for Performing Arts.

Bernie Cantorna

Local attorney Bernie Cantorna is poised to become Centre County’s next district attorney. Cantorna handily defeated incumbent Stacy Parks Miller for the Democratic nomination in May’s primary and also earned enough Republican write-in votes to appear on the GOP line in the November election. A trial attorney for 27 years who started his career as a public defender, Cantorna is a partner in the Centre County firm of Bryant & Cantorna. Cantorna enjoyed success away from the ballot box as well. He is head coach of the State College Area High School girls’ rugby team, which won its league title this spring and played in a national tournament in Indiana. And he’s an assistant coach for the Penn State women’s rugby team, which won the USA Rugby national championship. T&G 14 - 2017 July T&G

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Q&A with James Pollock, chairman of Philipsburg Heritage Days By Tommy Butler Philipsburg Heritage Days, an annual event that highlights the history of the community, celebrates its 20th year from July 11-16. Event Chairman James Pollock has worked with Heritage Days since the beginning in 1998, and helped found the event in 1997. Heritage Days will include special events every day, featuring bands, a car show, children’s activities, and more. Pollock says it’s a great time to learn about Philipsburg and all it has to offer. T&G: How did you get involved with Philipsburg Heritage Days? Pollock: In 1997, Philipsburg Borough was celebrating their bicentennial. A committee was formed in 1991 to do the bicentennial. … There were 35 people on that committee and each of us had a job to do and it was just so impressive how the town pulled together and how the event came along. You could just feel the oneness while people were coming back to town, visiting and so forth, and when it was over it was like the day after Christmas, you prepare and prepare and Christmas comes and the next day it’s over. So a week went by and I said to a friend of mine, Mel Curtis, “I kind of have withdrawal.” He said he felt the same way. I said, “We ought to put a committee together and have this go every year.” He thought I was crazy. We had both agreed that it was a fantastic bicentennial celebration and I said, “Mel, if you would be the chairman and run the organization, I’ll be your cochairman and I’ll raise the money.” He asked me to let him think about it, so a day went by and he said, “I’m in. Let’s do it.” T&G: How has the event grown over the years? Pollock: We had a few vendors for the first year and we’ve continued to grow it to kind of our max now; we run the celebration on Front Street. Before we’d only gone about three or four blocks, now it’s the whole street. We focused from the first year on making it family-oriented, cost-effective entertainment for the people of the community and we’ve been very fortunate. As it’s morphed over the years people have designated this time to have class reunions, family reunions, church homecomings, weddings, you name it. It’s so nice to see all the people coming back. T&G: What are some of your favorite memories from past Heritage Days? Pollock: I would say the vespers service is one nice memory because, what we do is we honor local businesses and services that are celebrating significant anniversaries. It starts at 25 years and goes up in five-year increments. … I think acknowledging the sacrifices and the stick-to-itiveness of these organizations and businesses showcases the commitment those people have. Our theme this year is “Looking forward but not forgetting our past.” And our past 16 - T&G July 2017

James Pollock helped found Philipsburg Heritage Days as an outgrowth of the borough’s bicentennial celebration in 1997.

is our solid foundation. I just hope that as this grows year after year some of the younger people in the community will be stepping up and taking over what we’re doing and keeping it going for a long period of time. We have vendors that have been with us from Day 1. We’re just one big family and it is kind of emotional. When the vendors move back in it’s like a homecoming, like a family reunion. T&G: What are some highlights of this year’s event? Pollock: This year we’re going to do the vespers service, and we have many businesses we’re going to be honoring. We give out the President’s Award, and that goes to the person in the community who’s been singled out for their contributions to the community as a volunteer. Not someone who gets paid to do a job but someone who donates their time and efforts to the community. Three years ago we started a 5K race and this year we’re working with the YMCA on the 5K, and they’re starting a couple new programs at the Y. We’re proud that we’re a part of raising money to get those programs started. T&G For more information about Philipsburg Heritage Days, visit

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• In 5 Questions, Maria Burchill, head of adult services for Schlow Centre Region Library, discusses this year’s edition of the popular BookFest. The event, part of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, is scheduled July 15. • Check out all of the cocktail recipes submitted by Town&Gown readers for our Summer Cocktail Contest. • It’s the height of summer, but fall will be in the air before you know it. Order your copy of Town&Gown’s 2017 Penn State Football Annual. Maria Burchill

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Vacation Mentality Every Day Practice presence, rather than constantly focusing on the future By Meghan Fritz

Most people can’t wait for their summer vacations — long lazy days basking in the warm sun at the beach with no thoughts or cares in the world. Vacations become a time about renewal and relaxation, melting the stress of everyday life away. Often on vacation you may find that you sleep better and get along with your family better. The end of a vacation can leave you feeling depressed and anxious about resuming everyday life. Why is it that vacations leave us feeling rested and stress-free? Why do we have to wait two to six times a year to let go and unwind? The key to living a fulfilled, peaceful life is to learn how to live with a vacation mentality every day, even on Mondays! 20 - T&G July 2017

The difference between everyday life and vacation mentality is the degree to which you are present emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Usually when you are on vacation you are enjoying the feel of the sunshine, the smell of the clean air, the sound of waves, birds chirping, or the feel of the wind blowing. You are tuned in in a way that creates space for you to be 100 percent present and alert in your surroundings. This presence creates connection with ourselves and our spirit, allowing us to feel a sense of calmness and peace. Our minds slow down and our thoughts begin to get quiet as we are conscious of the moment and our surroundings. You don’t have to wait to go on vacation to create this type of rest. You can practice presence every day. As you wake up and go about your morning routine, instead of allowing anxiety to lead your thoughts try focusing on your breath more, allowing yourself to bring awareness into each task. This creates a deep inner peace and quiet that can make laundry and dishes seem like a spiritual event. As you get ready for work and begin to think about the things you need to accomplish, bills that need to be paid or the grass that needs to be cut, allow the thoughts to come in while shifting your focus from your head to the center of your chest and your breath. This shift in the physical space from your head to your heart center will allow you to practice vacation mentality every day. Living a stress-filled life is about constantly being future-focused. “Things will improve for me when I go on vacation, lose the weight, get a promotion, buy a house,

get married,” etc., etc. The list is endless and this type of anxiety steals our joy, energy, and ability to connect and engage in the moments of everyday life. This type of thinking will leave you feeling disconnected to yourself and everyone around you. Don’t wait until you feel depressed to make changes in the way you think; start practicing vacation mentality Monday-Friday! Practicing presence allows you to be more efficient in your everyday tasks. You will feel more energized and feelings of peace and wellbeing will increase. This type of practice becomes a wakeful meditation that allows you to connect more deeply to yourself and everyone around you. You don’t need to wait for a beach vacation to slow down, relax, and take in the sights around you. Spend more time outside soaking up the warmth of the sunshine on a walk around your neighborhood. Think about what you do on vacation that feels good and begin to practice this in everyday

life. Many couples talk about how emotional and physical intimacy are much more enjoyable when on vacation. Chances are, when you are on vacation you are more present and connected to your partner, which will increase your libido and allow you to experience greater closeness emotionally and physically. Take time to think about how to increase your connection during the work week. Even 10 minutes of slowing down to talk, make eye contact, hug, or just check in with one another can help you experience deeper intimacy in every way. Don’t wait for vacations to enjoy your life. Stop and begin to focus on being present every day. This will add to your joy in ways you never imagined. Use the breath as a tool to help you slow down and connect more deeply. You are worth it! T&G Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College.

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Bacteria or Virus? Antibiotics are not always the answer By Barbara H. Cole The discovery of penicillin in 1928 was heralded as a medical miracle. As one of the first antibiotics, it could cure patients of potentially deadly bacterial illnesses, such as scarlet fever, typhoid, and pneumonia. Unfortunately, overuse of penicillin and other antibiotics can cause other problems for both individual patients and the general population. That’s why it’s important to take antibiotics only for true bacterial infections, including whooping cough, strep throat, and urinary tract infections. Antibiotics don’t kill viruses According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to one-third of antibiotic use in humans is either unnecessary

or inappropriate. Antibiotics do not fight viral infections such as colds, flu, bronchitis, and most sore throats. Still, many patients expect health care professionals to prescribe antibiotics to “cure” minor illnesses. Some parents who hate to see their child suffer will contact the doctor’s office at the first sign of an ear infection, hoping for a prescription for antibiotics to quickly end the child’s suffering, but the painful condition is usually caused by a virus. Although antibiotics kill most bacteria at first, some of the microbes survive and eventually become resistant to that particular drug. As a result, new, stronger antibiotics are developed to fight the resistant bacteria, and then the bacteria become resistant to them, as well. The CDC says virtually all bacterial infections have become resistant to the antibiotic treatment of choice. Bacteria also become resistant when antibiotics are overused in food production and by farmers, as in with cows and chickens. Just as in humans, antibiotics are essential in treating some diseases in animals, but using antibiotics just to promote the animal’s growth leads to resistant strains of bacteria, leading to infections in humans and animals that are difficult to treat.

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When a person is infected with an antibiotic-resistant infection, medical professionals must resort to stronger, more toxic antibiotics to fight it and help that individual get well again. Illnesses last longer and, in some cases, lead to death. According to the CDC, every year more than 23,000 people in the United States die from bacterial infections that are resistant to antibiotics. Relieve symptoms without antibiotics Antibiotics are not the answer for every cold, flu, or ear infection. Often, a few days of rest and at-home remedies will cure a minor illness. • Cold or flu: drink fluids, get plenty of rest. • Comfort for a sick young child: Simply sit and rock him or her. • Ear infections: Apply warm compresses. • Runny nose: Use saline drops or sprays, run a cool-mist vaporizer, elevate the head, such as by putting an infant in a car seat. • Sore throat: Soothe with cool drinks, cough drops (for older children), or honey (for children at least 1 year old).

When an antibiotic is prescribed, patients should be sure to take it correctly. • Take each dose at the appropriate time to maximize the effectiveness of the drug. • Take the antibiotic for as long as prescribed, even if symptoms are gone. Otherwise, some bacteria can survive and become resistant. • Don’t take “leftover” antibiotics or those prescribed for someone else. They might not be appropriate for current symptoms and could allow bacteria to multiply. Remember, don’t demand antibiotics when a health care professional says they’re not necessary. An antibiotic offers no benefits in treating a viral infection. Taking an unnecessary antibiotic increases the chances that a resistant infection will arise later. Finally, an antibiotic can also kill the “good” bacteria in the human body, causing intestinal and other problems. Antibiotics can save lives. Anyone with a bacterial infection should take the prescribed antibiotic. On the other hand, when an illness is mild and probably caused by a virus, it’s better to treat the symptoms and let time be the cure. T&G Barbara H. Cole, MS, CRNP, is a nurse practitioner with Penn State Medical Group, 1850 E. Park Ave., Suite 207, State College. For more information, call (814) 235-2480.

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Healthy by Nature Centred Outdoors focuses on the many benefits of our natural landscapes By Rebekka Coakley Bald Eagle State Park, Millbrook Marsh, Poe Paddy Tunnel, and Mount Nittany are some of the majestic landscapes in the region that aren’t just fun to explore, but also do us some good. They boost our ecosystem, store carbon, and help keep our waterways clean. On June 11, ClearWater Conservancy launched Centred Outdoors, a summer program aimed to get area residents outside to discover and appreciate all the natural areas in Centre County. Every Sunday from 2-5 p.m. and Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. until August 20, ClearWater and its partners are featuring guided hikes and other outdoor activities at a different state park, forest or marsh. Andrea Murrell, the strategic communications coordinator at ClearWater, says sponsors of the program hope to help people disconnect from technology to improve their mental and physical health, appreciate the outdoors, and get more involved in organizations like ClearWater and Penns Valley Conservation Association that help protect these natural landscapes. “When people are outside in nature, they tend to have a greater appreciation for where they live and are inclined to become more engaged in community efforts that protect these places,” she says. ClearWater and its partners in Centred Outdoors are helping educate county residents on the benefits of keeping these natural areas protected. They enlisted graduate students and the Sustainable Communities Collaborative from Penn State to help. “Spending time in nature has been demonstrated to reduce blood pressure and improve mood,” says Michele Halsell, director of Penn State’s Sustainable Communities Collaborative, which helped coordinate graduate students 24 - T&G July 2017

to do research and promote the program. “But that’s not all of the health benefits provided by natural areas. Trees and plants clean the air that we breathe. They are the lungs of the earth. They absorb carbon dioxide, which is a major contributor to climate change. They produce oxygen for us to breathe.” Students of Robert Brooks, a professor of geography and ecology, tested how these areas absorb rainfall, according to Halsell. The ground filters the rainwater and replenishes the aquifer, which is where we get all of our drinking water.  And natural areas absorb rainwater and help to prevent flooding. A chart on centredoutdoors. org shows the water quality and quantity benefits of nine sites that were examined for their ecosystem service of water purification. While five sites meet their designated use, four have been impaired. The destruction or impairment of natural ecosystems impacts the sustainability of natural water resources.

Residents enjoy the beauty of the outdoors in a field in the Barrens to Bald Eagle Wildlife Corridor.

Tara Mazurczyk, who is working Bird-watchers explore the on her master’s and PhD in sights at Millbrook Marsh. physical geography at Penn State, was on the team that tested water quality and quantity and notes how these sites also serve as flood storage. She and the other students on her team looked at how many Olympic-size swimming pools of water each site can store. Bald Eagle State Park can hold the most at 2,357 pools. Mazurczyk also worked on a team that focused on carbon storage at these sites. “Currently there is a pressing need to minimize carbon dioxide emission so I wanted to provide the public with a simplistic way of understanding carbon storage,” she says. “In general, ecosystems can store carbon but the amount within systems varies depending on land cover type, from mass covered forests to wetlands and agricultural landscapes — this surrounding areas.” research shows us how various landscapes store Those areas with less human activity, such carbon differently.” as Bald Eagle and Black Moshannon state According to Mazurczyk, forested and parks, had a greater diversity of species. wetlands areas like Bald Eagle and Black “The students provided some excellent Moshannon state parks serve as prominent data visualization tools that can help Centre carbon sinks and are key to reducing the County residents understand the important effects of global warming. role our natural areas play in fostering human Researchers also looked at biodiversity. health,” said Halsell. “It is our hope that “Natural areas provide habitat for a wide Centre County residents will want to protect variety of species and help to maintain these places not just for the enjoyment of biodiversity,” says Halsell. “We are losing spending time there, but also for the ecosystem species 100 to 1,000 times faster than the services they provide that also contribute to normal background rate of extinction. This our health and well-being. In turn, we hope is largely due to land-use changes and loss of that they will recognize the vital role that habitat. It is interesting to see which species non-profits play in protecting natural areas in depend on these sites in Centre County.” our community.” T&G Tim Gould, a Penn State graduate student and water resources specialist at ClearWater, For more information on Centred worked on a team that studied the biodiversity Outdoors activities, the research of each area by focusing on the birds and fish conducted by students, and the that were present. health benefits of being outside, visit “Generally, biodiversity is a good thing,” Rebekka Coakley is a Gould says, noting that it means a more freelance writer living in State College. resilient ecosystem. “A healthy ecosystem helps sustainability for the site and its 2017 July T&G - 25

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Fantastic Fun

Flip FabriQue to share circus feats, friendship, and humor in Catch Me! Joe Rondone

By John Mark Rafacz

Flip FabriQue’s performers met while students at the Quebec Circus School.

Montreal, the fertile crescent of contemporary circus, has done it again. Flip FabriQue, the newest gravity-defying sensation from Quebec, will make its Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State premiere this fall in Catch Me!, a celebration of fun and friendship. “The young members of Flip FabriQue claim to be French Canadian,” writes a New York Times critic, “but after watching them perform, you may suspect that they hail from a different planet. … This troupe offers acts that don’t seem humanly possible, like walking up a building face. … In a signature act, ‘Trampowall,’ members of the group place a trampoline in front of it, bounce forcefully on their backs to a great height and then, with the help of momentum and what must be terrific shoes, walk the remaining few steps up its surface to cavort on a rooflike shelf.” Catch Me!, on stage October 11 at Eisenhower Auditorium, finds friends coming together after a decade to spend a weekend at a country cottage. “For Flip FabriQue, the stage is a playground where highlevel acrobatics and parkour are the natural vocabulary,” writes a reviewer for Scotland’s “In a nonchalant way, with their casual clothes and childlike energy, these six performers show off incredible trick after incredible trick … . But it’s not just acrobatics; it’s their inventiveness and

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playfulness, and jokes that weave the acts together … .” Flip FabriQue’s performers, a woman and five men, met while students at the Quebec Circus School. Catch Me! grew out of their reunion years later. Each of the artists — Jérémie Arsenault, Jade Dussault, Bruno Gagnon, Christophe Hamel, Francis Julien, and Hugo OuelletCoté — is a veteran of Cirque du Soleil productions. Three also have been members of Center for the Performing Arts favorite Cirque Éloize. “The show is a dizzying mix of traditional circus skills — juggling, acrobatics, diablos and hula-hooping, rope-work and trampolining,” notes a writer. “… Comic sequences were fun, notably the scene where the performers were inside their sleeping bags … . The cast genuinely looked to be having an absolute ball, and the mood was infectious.” The company, founded in 2011, has a mission to produce circus shows that draw from the performers’ personal experiences and promote each member’s potential. In addition to performing in its native Canada, the ensemble has toured to the United States, Brazil, Mexico, and several European countries. “This is absolute world class circus craft. There is so much joie de vivre on stage you’ll walk out buzzing. An utterly phenomenal show,” raves a critic for “Flip FabriQue,” adds the New York Times reviewer, “projects an irrepressible spirit of fun and, yes, it’s catching.” T&G For information or tickets, visit or phone (814) 863-0255. John Mark Rafacz is the editorial manager of the Center for the Performing Arts.

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Jim Beauchamp says he was contemplating suicide before he finally found out he had Lyme disease. The once avid outdoorsman says he spent years with debilitating symptoms, battling back pain, jaw pain, stroke-like symptoms and tremors. He lived through panic attacks and uncontrollable anxiety. No doctor could tell him what was wrong.

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Eventually he could barely walk, and he had had enough. But his wife made him promise to fight through it and keep searching for answers. He was eventually linked up with a doctor who had Lyme disease himself, and he put Beauchamp, who lives in Blair County, on a regimen of antibiotics, vitamins, and had him change his diet. Beauchamp’s struggle is reflected in many sufferers of Lyme. There are those who are bitten by a tick, see a bullseye rash, get a short-term round of antibiotics, and are mostly fine afterward. These are the lucky ones. The insidiousness of undiagnosed Lyme disease is that it not only can afflict hosts with physical pain and rob them of their cognitive abilities, it can put them under a mental strain with feelings of depression, frustration, and hopelessness. It was a similar situation for Russ Rossman Jr., of State College. He thinks he picked up Lyme from a tick bite while he was active with the Boy Scouts in the early- to mid-2000s. By 2006, he says he

started to “really feel it,” and was plagued with chronic fatigue and a mental fog that wouldn’t lift. Rossman had a high-level job within Penn State’s administration, one that demanded the use of a sharp and energetic mind. So Rossman blew through his sick days while he battled his symptoms and searched for answers. After about a year, he says he had to leave his job because of his condition. It felt defeating and depressing, he says, not knowing what was causing him pain each day, and he would “sit like a blob” inside his house. “It’s a synergistic effect in that once you’re feeling all of those issues at the same time there’s a lot of people that get severely depressed because of it,” Rossman says. After seeing 23 different doctors, he eventually received a diagnosis of Lyme disease, long after being told he didn’t have the bacterial infection. He expressed a sense of relief echoed by other long-term Lyme sufferers that once they have the diagnosis they finally have something to fight instead of

Several Lyme sufferers in Central Pennsylvania formed the Altoona Area Lyme Support Group. Members include (from left) Lisa Worrell, Ray Guzic, Bill Thompson, Jim Beauchamp, and Amber Altiero.

fumbling around in the dark while their quality of life diminishes. “Now you know you have something to treat,” Rossman says. “If you know the cause you feel a little more at ease. It’s the unknown, when you don’t have answers, that it gets frustrating.” The unknown caused several Lyme sufferers in Central Pennsylvania to form the Altoona Area Lyme Support Group in August 2016. Their first meeting drew more than 100 people. It’s one of 13 such groups in the state recognized by the PA Lyme Resource Network and the closest to Centre County. Beauchamp and four other members interviewed together say that they don’t want others to go through what they did in their battle with Lyme. “We knew it was a huge problem, Lyme disease, and other tick-borne diseases in this area. So we just wanted to educate and help others who are suffering,” says Amber Altiero, one of the group’s founders. “A lot of people when they are first getting to know about Lyme disease are very confused, maybe scared,” Bill Thompson says. “I know I was. So it’s good to have some other people that you can learn from and be supported by.” The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s map of confirmed Lyme cases shows the march west across the nation, with Centre County and other counties in Central

Russ Rossman Jr. of State College says the lack of answers about his Lyme disease was frustrating. Pennsylvania engulfed in what has become a growing health care concern. Pennsylvania’s 7,351 confirmed cases from 2015 — the most of any state in the US — were preceded by 6,470 in 2014 and 4,981 in 2013. However, the number of cases does appear to ebb and flow, with 4,950 in 2009 to 3,298 in 2010, according to the CDC. Increases in reporting also do not always mean increases in the true number of cases. There were 28,453 confirmed cases of Lyme in the US in 2015, the latest year for available data, with another 9,616 probable cases. That’s up from 23,305 cases in 2005. As with many diseases, especially one that can symptomatically parade as something else, it’s tough to get a bead on the number of cases in the nation. State departments of health and regional health care providers are responsible for reporting their data to the CDC, which in turn compiles it into publicly-available lists of confirmed cases. But the CDC admits this is well shy of the true number, and that as many as 300,000 people could be infected 2017 July T&G - 31

Reported Cases of Lyme Disease—United States, 2015

Each dot represents one case of Lyme disease and is placed randomly in the patient’s county of residence. The presence of a dot in a state does not necessarily mean that Lyme disease was acquired in that state. People travel between states, and the place of residence is sometimes different from the place where the patient became infected.

each year. Only a fraction of those are confirmed. There is a conflict within the medical community on the particulars of Lyme disease, which most humans contract from blacklegged ticks. Many diagnosed with Lyme report debilitating symptoms long after they have been

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treated, leading to the belief of some patients and doctors in “chronic Lyme disease,” or an ongoing infection from the Borrelia bacteria. To treat these ongoing symptoms, especially in patients that went undiagnosed for years, some doctors have their patients on long-term antibiotic

treatment, a risky endeavor for even the healthiest person. It’s also expensive, as health care coverage doesn’t have to pony up for the cost. Dr. Kit Heron practices family medicine with Penn State Medical Group in State College. He formerly worked in Philadelphia,

where he volunteered with the CDC’s education outreach program and trained in tick-borne illnesses. “Lyme is a very recent disease,” Heron says. “Lyme is not pneumonia. Lyme is not diverticulitis. This is a thing that was really only discovered in the 1970s.” Partly for that reason, most doctors take the recommendations of the most verified research, he says. “In light of the chronic Lyme, or post-Lyme infection syndrome, there’s not a lot of really robust studies on chronic Lyme because the disease just doesn’t do that. It doesn’t behave in such a way that makes that easy to look into.” Some medical practitioners argue in published papers and studies that there is no clinical evidence for chronic Lyme, and relegate the assertion to pseudo-medicine. The consensus for the mainstream standard of care is summed up by Philip J. Baker, who published a paper titled “Chronic Lyme and disease: in defense of the scientific enterprise.” “Because there is no clinical evidence that

Tick Tips Preventing ticks from making contact with humans and pets, and removing them as soon as possible if they do make contact, can help prevent the spread of diseases, including Lyme. Avoid walking through tall grass, brush and leaf litter. Use bug spray containing DEET, picaridin or IR3535 on skin. Use permethrin on clothing and camping gear. There are also petfriendly natural repellant options. Shower as soon as possible after coming indoors and check for ticks all over the body. Tumble dry clothes for at least 10 minutes on high heat. If a tick is already feeding, use fine-tipped tweezers and grasp the tick as close as possible to the surface of the skin and gently pull it out. Avoid breaking the tick off at the mouth. Generally, removing a tick within 24 hours greatly reduces the chances of getting Lyme disease. Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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this condition is due to a persistent infection, advocating extended antibiotic therapy is not justified and has been shown to be harmful and of no benefit,” Baker wrote. That’s the current stance of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, which advocates only for short-term antibiotic treatment. However, in its official statements paper from 2012, the IDSA acknowledges that patients can continue to suffer symptoms even after antibiotic therapy is believed to have killed the Lyme bacterium. The CDC refers to ongoing symptoms not as chronic Lyme disease, but post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome. “Regardless of the cause of PTLDS, studies have not shown that patients who received prolonged courses of antibiotics do better in the long run than patients treated with placebo,” according to the CDC. “Furthermore, long-term antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease has been associated with serious complications.” That said, the CDC’s position is such that it doesn’t definitively know why some people continue to suffer from fatigue, mental fog, joint and muscle pain, and other symptoms for months or years after diagnosis and treatment. Organizations like Holtorf Medical Group, with offices in Pennsylvania, say patients come to them with chronic symptoms after initial antibiotic treatment,

Donna Ake of Lewistown says she lost her job because of Lyme disease, and missed many family moments. and that current testing is designed for acute Lyme disease and fails to detect chronic Lyme. The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society also contends patients suffer from chronic Lyme, and points to frequent misdiagnoses in the early stages of Lyme as one of the culprits. “Lyme disease is often referred to as the ‘great imitator’ because it mimics other conditions, often causing patients to suffer a complicated maze of doctors in search of appropriate treatment,” much like syphilis in the 19th century, ILADS says on its website. In its treatment guidelines, ILADS advocates that medical providers discuss “antibiotic retreatment

with all patients who have persistent manifestations of Lyme disease” after other options have been exhausted and the possible presence of other tick-borne illnesses has been investigated. Heron says the issues surrounding Lyme, and the ongoing symptoms, come down to a matter of balance when considering longterm antibiotic treatment. Because the science isn’t there yet, he says the CDC, IDSA, and doctors who get their direction from those organizations, can’t responsibly prescribe longterm antibiotic treatment, which can be harmful after even just a few weeks. “Everybody wants to take good care of patients,” Heron says. “It’s a question of where you are looking for that

particular piece of knowledge that gets you that thing. Most primary care physicians go with the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the CDC because the research is verified very well. It’s conservative in that the drive is to treat the disease without harming the patient and the research that we have on the disease, that we know about, is a little bit more likely to maintain that balance better.” As of now, the ILADS research hasn’t been fixed in the traditional tracks of medicine. The IDSA and the CDC approach is a clinical standard for a good reason, he says: it works for most people. The future may hold more answers for those suffering from Lyme. Medicine and

science are always evolving through research that works its way through review and verification. Heron says a lot of the lingering issues could be because Lyme damages tissue that is not built to be repaired, like the brain. Some of those who suffered for years because of Lyme have been willing to engage in what are considered by mainstream medicine to be more experimental treatments when initial rounds of antibiotics don’t seem to work. Donna Ake, of Lewistown, says she lost her job because of Lyme disease, and missed countless family moments, like her son’s basketball games, because of her fatigue and other symptoms.

Ake doesn’t know when she was bitten. In 2012, her symptoms began with excruciating hip pain. She was a healthy person with a good diet. She was circuit-training multiple times per week. By 2013 she was suffering from debilitating fatigue, among other health problems. After an enjoyable Christmas party at her husband’s workplace, Ake couldn’t get up the following morning. She says her legs just refused to move. No doctor could give her the answers, she says. They told her she didn’t have Lyme. One day while at the hospital, Ake was having a heart echo. The nurse kept asking if she was feeling OK. Ake said she was. They told

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her she was in heart failure. She subsequently spent four days at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. So Ake sought out a doctor who specializes in Lyme. After a four-hour appointment with him and another battery of tests, he diagnosed her with Lyme disease and babesiosis, another disease transmitted by ticks. After a detox treatment, her doctor put her on a mild, pulsing three-month regimen of antibiotics, and sent her to other doctors including a cardiologist for the damage done to her body. Researchers point to a booming mouse population as one of the causes for an increase in the presence of Lyme among ticks. Some animals will groom away ticks, but mice and other small rodents tolerate them and are great hosts. Rick Ostfeld and Felicia Keesing have been researching Lyme disease for more than 20 years. In March, they told NPR they are worried 2017 will be a particularly risky year for Lyme, based on an increasing mouse population observed in 2016.

Lyme is the most reported vector-borne illness in the US, referring to illness spread by infected insects like flies, mosquitoes, and ticks. Though the sixth-most common in the CDC’s list of nationally notifiable diseases, it’s heavily concentrated in the northeastern US and northern Midwest. CDC reporting data show the biggest months for onset of Lyme disease are June and July. Ake says her symptoms are much better now, but she still suffers from heart palpitations, panic attacks, and intermittent brain fog. “All you can do is push on and try to take the best care of your body,” she says, adding that she won’t go into the woods anymore and is “beyond paranoid” about getting bitten by a tick. She says she impresses safety on her children. Beauchamp has been hunting again since he got Lyme, but his friends handle the deer since they know he won’t touch the animal. He says he doesn’t remember seeing ticks until about the last decade, but one of the last deer he shot had ticks covering its ears.

After an extended stint on antibiotics and intense scrutiny of how he expends his energy each day, Rossman says he began to feel better and the symptoms receded. But just this year, he began to feel fatigued again and his doctor in King of Prussia said he again has some of the antibodies associated with Lyme. Though he hasn’t been in the woods lately, he says it is possible he picked up Lyme again from a tick in his yard. But he says he hasn’t ruled out that the bacteria went dormant in his body and is re-emerging. At 64 years old, Rossman is now living off of retirement disability. He used to avoid the woods after he got sick, but says he wouldn’t hesitate to go camping. However, when he does go for a trek, he’s sure to spray his clothes with bug repellant and take precautions not to touch brush or high grass. “It’s just a matter of awareness,” he says. “You can’t really hide in your house forever.” T&G Sean Yoder is a staff writer for Town&Gown and the Centre County Gazette.

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When Joe Hughes and Steve Wager of Penn State Golf Courses talk about the game’s decline in participation, they start with Sept. 11, 2001. The day that changed everything in America led to a cultural shift felt even on the fairways and greens of the nation’s golf courses. Working at the time at a private club in Lancaster, Wager says “guys played golf on the weekends. Once 9/11 hit then all of a sudden we started changing how families focused on each other. … There was a big shift. Parents started looking at how they spend their

Joe Hughes, general manager of Penn State Golf Courses, says youth leagues are in investment in the game.

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time, and their values.” Youth sports like baseball and soccer, now played year-round rather than for only a few months, have increased demands on families’ time. Combined with a downturn in the economy, people started questioning whether they could afford to spend $4,000 for a club membership while golfing perhaps eight times in a year. Hughes, general manager of the Penn State Golf Courses, calls the years before 9/11 the “glory days” for the game. It was a time when the charismatic Tiger Woods was dominating, attracting new audiences to the game. “Golf courses were opening up daily back

“You’re seeing a lot more effort to make the game a little more fun for younger people.” — Charles Sheppard in 2000 and now they’re closing daily,” Hughes says. Charles Sheppard, director of golf at Toftrees Golf Resort, says the golf boom of the 1990s and early 2000s led to “a lot of courses being built that never should have been.” The saturation of courses that struggled led to a perception that golf was dying. The recession of 2008 made things more challenging in the few years that followed, but Sheppard sees things improving now. “The demise of golf has been greatly over-exaggerated in the media and in general,” Sheppard says. “It’s not that golf has drastically become less appealing, it’s just gone back to the level where it was” before the boom, he says. At the private Centre Hills Country Club, pro Jeb Boyle says rounds played have been going up in the past few years. This past year saw slightly more

Steve Wager, director of instruction at Penn State Golf Courses, leads an adult Get Golf Ready session.

than 18,000 rounds played, an increase from the club’s lowest point of 16,698 in 2013. While not close to the club’s high point of 25,500 in 1998, the uptick is encouraging. “I think the economy is getting better and helping attract new members,” Boyle says. While stats show participation in the game largely flat nationally over the past decade, there are growing signs of sunnier times ahead. The optimism is thanks largely to a greater focus on youth programs and efforts to attract new adult golfers by making the game more accessible — and more fun. Local pros are on the front lines in working to rejuvenate interest in golf. A big part

of that focuses on a youth movement. At Toftrees, for example, the newest golf carts have USB ports so players can charge their phones and even play music. “Five or 10 years ago you never would have dreamed of taking a device out there to play music on the golf course,” Sheppard says. “Now that’s becoming pretty commonplace.” Penn State Golf Courses and Toftrees also have apps that allow players to book tee times, and feature things such as electronic scorecards with a course GPS. Skytop Mountain Golf Club offers Golfboards, which allow riders to use their body weight to navigate Skytop’s hills while standing on a battery-

powered board with wheels; it is something of a cross between a skateboard and a Segway. Millennials will have a lot to say about the future of golf, Sheppard notes. “You’re seeing a lot more effort to make the game a little more fun for younger people.” Hughes and Wager, who is director of instruction at Penn State Golf Courses, enthusiastically discuss two PGA programs that are opening the game to new players: Get Golf Ready, a oneweek class for adult novices, and PGA Junior League Golf for boys and girls 13 and under.

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The local junior league started last year with 39 kids; this year, there are 63 participants, Wager says, drawn from courses around the area. While last year only a few of the participants had a friend who golfed, now “everyone knows each other. They’re starting to play, practice and push each other. Kids start to see that, oh, golf’s pretty cool.” An all-star team of 10 of the top golfers from the league even won a Pennsylvania regional last year and represented the state at the Mid-Atlantic regionals. Before this season had even started, one parent had already asked about booking a trip back to the Mid-Atlantic regionals this summer. “It’s infectious how much it grows and gets (families) excited,” Wager says. That’s big, Hughes says. “You’re investing in the Above, Skytop Mountain Golf Club now offers motorized Golfboards for players to traverse the course. Left, Jeb Boyle, pro at Centre Hills Country Club, says an improving economy is helping to attract new members.

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In one year the PGA Junior League has grown from 39 to 63 participants.

game,” he says. “Youth leagues bring parents to it — it gives back. Eventually the investment in junior golf and the beginner golfer is going to pay dividends. We’ll get back to something more substantial than what it is currently.” Pearce Smithwick has a 12-year-old son in the junior league and is a golfer himself. “Steve runs a great operation,” he says. “They learn the game but they also

learn sportsmanship and how to be a good citizen” Bob Parette used to play a lot but doesn’t get to very often these days. His 8-year-old daughter joined the league last year and although she has progress to make, Parette is hoping one day they’ll be able to play together. “[The league] has good coaching and a lot of value for how much it costs,” Parette says. The season fee of $150 includes a team jersey, practice

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The PGA Junior League draws golfers from courses throughout the area.

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at the courses, and greens fees for the matches, which are played at Penn State, Centre Hills, Philipsburg Elks, Toftrees, and Mountain View Country Club. Golf is a family sport, Wager says. “I can play from these tees, my kids can play from those tees, and we can all have fun,” he says. Fun is also the name of the game in the Get Golf Ready program. The group class, which costs $110, includes seven- to eight hours of basic golf instruction over the course of a week. Part of its aim is to conquer fears that many novice golfers may have. “I tell them they’re not going to get better in those

five days,” Wager says. “They’re going to learn a lot, they’re going to get some practice in, and they’re going to get comfortable out there.” Teaching the basics of golf etiquette is “huge” in making new golfers more comfortable, Hughes says. Knowing about where to park a cart near a green or how to rake a sand bunker, for instance, helps take stress away for novice golfers. “It creates an environment that’s fun and welcoming,” he says. “If you’re getting yelled at by groups around you (for an etiquette misstep) it’s intimidating.” A number of local courses also have individualized

Teaching the basics of golf etiquette is “huge” in making new golfers more comfortable. — Joe Hughes

programs for beginner golfers that focus on getting them “courseready” in a handful of lessons. Part of making golf more accessible is making courses more playable for novices. Toftrees last year introduced green tees that allow a golfer to play a 4,500-yard course. Before that, the closest tees played to 5,400 yards. The most skilled golfers can play over 7,100 yards. Relatively simple steps like mowing patterns to create wider fairways on the approach to holes, and pin placement make courses less difficult for newcomers, Sheppard says. “As golf was booming everyone wanted to have the toughest course; now it’s really coming back to: let’s make the course playable to bring new people to the game and they can go out there and enjoy it,” he says. Wager, who recently was honored with the Philadelphia section PGA Player Development Award for his efforts to grow the game, is starting a “breaking par” program at the Penn State courses this summer, with tees moved closer to the greens. “My goal for you is to play nine holes and shoot 36,” he says. “How far away can you get from the hole before you can’t shoot 36?” The “sweet spot of learning,” he says, is that something “needs to be challenging, but not so difficult that it’s impossible.” The other key to bringing in new golfers is affordability. Toward that end, many local courses offer discounted rates at non-peak times, at mid-day or starting in late afternoon when fewer players are typically on the course. Rates are also designed to accommodate those who may not have time or interest in playing 18 holes (Penn State courses, for example, charge $1 a hole after 6 p.m.). Skytop is trying to make a membership worth as many rounds of golf as possible, opening 365 days a year, says Jeremy Crawford, head pro. “We want to make sure we have opportunities for everybody that fits their 2017 July T&G - 45

The “sweet spot” of learning is having something “challenging, but not so difficult that it ’s impossible,” Wager says.

price range,” says Sheppard of Toftrees, which offers various memberships as well as hotel resort packages and is also open to the public. And there’s one more thing that novice golfers might want to know: “Once you get out there you realize people who have been playing 20 years have some of the same frustrations as someone who

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just picked it up – topping shots, going on the wrong fairway,” Hughes says. “You realize, ‘I’m not so bad.’ Before you know it you start getting comfortable with yourself and your own swing, you get a couple of more tips from a pro and before you know it you’re out there playing recreationally for fun, and you can enjoy meeting people.” T&G

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Child’s Life Fresh Air Fund host families say they get more than they give in sharing simple pleasures with kids from New York City By David Pencek

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Allison Valeri (left) of State College and Crissy Roberts of Brooklyn, New York. 2017 July T&G - 49


rissy Roberts had her first s’more two years ago in the backyard of Kelly and Jerry Valeri’s State College home. Kelly Valeri says she can still see Crissy’s face when she took her first bite and how she just became quiet and savored every taste of the graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow sandwich. Sitting around a campfire and roasting marshmallows isn’t a popular summer tradition in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York, where Crissy, now 9, lives. Neither are catching fireflies and walking in grass in bare feet, both of which Crissy experienced for the first time when she stayed with the Valeri family two summers ago while participating in the Fresh Air Fund. “We took her to a Spikes game; she had never been in a baseball stadium,” says Kelly Valeri, whose family will be hosting Crissy again

It was nice to see other people accept him and include him. I liked the opportunity for my kids to see that we can help other people and share what we have.” — Maggie Ellis

this summer. “We experienced so many firsts with her. … Getting to experience things through their eyes for the first time is really rewarding, and I think it’s fun for our kids to share the things they do with someone new, too.” Valeri’s first experience with the Fresh Air Fund came when she was a reporter for the Cortland Standard in Cortland, New York, and was asked to write a story about the Fresh Air Fund. She interviewed an 18-year-old who was in his final year of the program and had visited the same family each year for more than a decade. “He said, and I quote, ‘They saved my life,’ ” Valeri says. “He said that because of them he knew he had an option other than gangs. He knew he had options if he stuck with his talents. “His words were so touching and so lovely. I knew when and if I’m able I would want to participate in this program. … You can completely change and be a positive influence in a child’s life just over one week in the summer. Why wouldn’t more people be interested in doing that?” According to the Fresh Air Fund’s Web site, when the fund began in 1877, “New York City was overflowing with children living in crowded tenements. Many of these youngsters were hit by a tuberculosis epidemic, and ‘fresh air’ was considered a cure for respiratory ailments.” Rev. Willard Parsons, a minister of a church in Sherman, Pennsylvania (a small town in northeast Pennsylvania, near the New York border), asked members of his congregation to provide country vacations as volunteer host families for New York City’s neediest children.

Even experiences like roasting marshmallows and enjoying s’mores lead to special moments for Fresh Air Fund kids and their host families.

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Now in its 140th year, the Fresh Air Fund has “provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities.” The children stay with families who live in “Friendly Towns,” where people volunteer to host a child for 10 days in the summer. “Friendly Towns” can be found in 13 states, from Maine to Virginia, and also in Canada. Mary Henry, fund representative for Centre, Mifflin, and Juniata counties, says about 15 “Fresh Air” children visit Centre County each year, usually in July and August. “Some families remain close throughout their life,” Henry says. “Some share Thanksgiving, other holidays, weddings, and special events over many years. … The life-changing stories are amazing.” Crissy’s mom, Tasia Roberts, says Crissy’s life has changed, as have the lives of her other three children who also participate in the Fresh Air Fund. Crissy is the youngest of the family, and Tasia was worried the first time she left for State College since it was her first time traveling. “The only thing that eased my comfort was the relationship and connection Kelly and myself established before she arrived, so I knew that once she got there safely

Jerry Valeri, who is a morning radio host on Froggy 101, with Allison Valeri, Crissy Roberts, and Evan Valeri.

I would have no worries. “I continue to count my blessings for the wonderful families like the Valeries who take the time to open their homes to children and give them an opportunity to experience life outside of where they live. The opportunities and experiences are ones that they will remember for a lifetime.” The experiences are usually ones that many in Happy Valley experience every day or weekend and, perhaps, don’t think of them as anything special. Going to a park, swimming in a pool, riding a bike, sitting by a campfire — those simple pleasures in life become lasting memories for the Fresh Air children. When a host family plans what to do when their Fresh Air child visits, it doesn’t have to be a major event every day. “It’s easy to forget what we’re surrounded by,” Jerry Valeri says. “There’s so much to do, to see, and to experience. Some families think they might have to take the children to Hersheypark and take them to DelGrosso’s. They have to have a party. But their favorite thing is playing in the yard, catching fireflies, making s’mores.”

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Evan Valeri, Crissy Roberts, and Allison Valeri have fun making goo.

Maggie Ellis of State College and her family hosted Abdul for two summers in 2011 and 2012. [The Fresh Air Fund] is a great way He was looking forward to just going to a pool and learning to as parents of young children to lead ride a bike. He did both. Ellis, who has three children, by example and show them that says she was impressed by how caring a little bit can go a really long local children took to Abdul and invited him to play with way for somebody.” — Kelly Valeri them at the pool. “It was nice to see other people accept him and include him,” she says. “I liked the opportunity for my kids to see that we can help other people and share what we have.” but not invasive. Becoming a host family includes being interviewed by a Host families may have Fresh Air representative A background check is done on all children of their own, but adults family members who are 18 years old and older. Clearance without children or who have checks according to Pennsylvania state law are completed, and children who are now adults and families provide references, none of whom can be a relative. no longer live with them also can The Valeries describe the application process as thorough host a Fresh Air child.

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And then there’s the rare case of what happened to Sheila West and her family, where a Fresh Air child became their child. West and her husband at the time, Greg Fox, began hosting Shaquan Graham 10 years ago when he was 8. Shortly after that first summer visit, Shaquan’s mother died and his grandmother then raised him. Each summer for the next five years, he continued visiting State College. “He’d get off the bus [at Spring Creek Park] and immediately want to climb trees and chase bugs and play in the creek,” says West. “Fresh Air kids want to do the same simple things that Central Pennsylvania kids do every summer.”

(Clockwise from left) Abdul, Hannah Langelaan, Micah Langelaan, and Ava Langelaan enjoy time together.

Eventually, West, Fox, and Shaquan’s grandmother talked, and they agreed that living in State College would give Shaquan a chance to attend a better school and become a US

citizen (his family is originally from Barbados). In June, Shaquan graduated from State High. He plans to spend the next year working before deciding on any college.

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While an adoption of a Fresh Air child hardly ever happens, what happened with Shaquan is an example of how a strong connection can be made in a short amount of time. “There’s a quote on the Fresh Air Web site, ‘Being a Fresh Air host doesn’t take a lot of money or fancy things. It just takes a big heart.’ I agree with that!” says West, whose son, Aidan, is just six days older than Shaquan and also graduated from State High in June. “You never want to put them back on the bus to go home. “A Fresh Air host receives more than they give.” The fund claims that the simplicity of the program is its strength, and host families

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not having to give much of their time or money to participate and yet still making the impact they do on children from New York City attests to that. “We try to lead by example with our kids, and we’ve always said one of the most important things in life is how you treat other people,” Kelly Valeri says. “[The Fresh Air Fund] is a great way as parents of young children to lead by example and show them that caring a little bit can go a really long way for somebody.” T&G For more information about the Fresh Air Fund, visit or contact Mary Henry at marv. David Pencek is communications manager for Schlow Centre Region Library and former editorial director of Town&Gown.

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Powering Through Adversity Couple helps others get fit while facing own big health challenges By Vincent Corso

You might never think that Travis Struble and Valerie Cingle have had serious health problems. After all, these are two of the healthiest-looking and most positive people you could find, him a fitness trainer and professional bodybuilder, her a fitness instructor with a glowing personality. They are both devoted to helping their clients live healthy, active lives. So you might never expect that they have each dealt with significant health issues themselves. Struble and Cingle met three years ago while they were both trainers at The North Club in State College. They quickly fell in love and planned to marry this summer. It is safe to say that after their first three years together, the two fitness trainers are prepared to handle any challenge that marriage might throw at them. Together they have battled through surgeries, cancer treatments, and diabetes complications. Through it all, they never stopped working together and never stopped inspiring people to become the best they could be. Through it all, they had each other. At first it is hard to believe that someone like Struble is a cancer survivor. He is an intimidating figure with lean muscle packed on his body. His sculpted physique was good enough to place him third in his first bodybuilding competition, and he continues to train. He has made a career out of making healthy bodies as a certified trainer and nutrition consultant. 60 - T&G July 2017

Yet a little more than two years ago he was diagnosed with lymphoma. The doctors are still trying to figure out why it occurred in him, and they may never know. “You can’t explain it, it can happen to anyone at any time,” says Struble. “It’s funny, just before I was diagnosed I had watched an ESPN special about Stuart Scott, who was well known for his battle with cancer, and one of the things I took from that was you just need to keep living your life, just keep pushing forward no matter what is going on. So it was my mindset, from the very start, ‘OK, this has happened, we are going to deal with it, but I am not going to change my life because of it.’ I kept right on doing what I always did, training, working, just living my life. I feel that if you let it become your life, then you are giving up right there.” The couple had been together for a year when they learned of this diagnosis just a few weeks after learning that Cingle needed to have surgery on both of her wrists to repair tendon damage. “It was like a one-two punch at this point, like we couldn’t catch a break,” says Cingle. “We both leaned on each other at this point. It wasn’t easy, but we were always there for each other. There were days where I couldn’t drive because of surgery, so a friend would

Valerie Cingle and Travis Struble together have battled through significant health issues.

Health&Wellness way. It is amazing what they have gone through and continue to accomplish. Just such positive, strong people.” Cingle seems to light up any room she walks into. It had been a while since she had taught a class at The North Club when I came in to take her “Blast”’ class on a recent need to pick me up and take me to be with day. Everyone in the class smiled when they (Struble) while he was getting his treatment.” saw her and many asked her how she was Struble would have six- to nine-hour chemotherapy treatments one day and be back doing. Hugs came from all over. Leading the group on a stage in the front at the gym training the next day. Struble says he never lost his strength during his treatment. of a large fitness room, Cingle got everyone warmed up for the step-type class. She He feels his training as a bodybuilder and the pushed the participants to do their best with stresses he puts on his body helped prepare encouragement and cheers. The class was him for the rigors of chemotherapy. frantic, with steps up and over the equipment “It think the fact that he had this great to the left and to the right. I took the class foundation as a bodybuilder helped him for the first time with Cingle and I was a manage and ultimately conquer this horrible little nervous about going the wrong way and disease,” says Cingle. “Everybody reacts differently, but I feel like because he was in such great shape, he was prepared to fight this battle.” Together, her in a cast from surgery and him going to treatment, they fought the battle. It will be two years since his last chemo treatment this August, and so far there has been no sign of the cancer coming back.   “They are the ultimate power couple; he is more quiet and Val is more of a talker,” says Alyssa Spaw. She trained with Struble for a bodybuilding competition and became friends with Cingle along the way. “They are just so Cingle and Struble “are the ultimate perfect together and power couple,” a friend says. have come such a long

“It was like a one-two punch at this point." — Valerie Cingle

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looking out of place. But Cingle’s enthusiasm and spirit kept me motivated and her clear instructions helped me follow the right steps. “This is my happy place, the place where I feel I belong,” Cingle says about The North Club. “I just love the people here, the atmosphere; everyone encourages one another and cares. Who wouldn’t want to come here and be a part of this family? I love to encourage people and in turn I feel encouraged.” The family atmosphere is evident at The North Club. Besides all the friends and well-wishers, a friend of Struble’s made “Struble Strong” shirts with a silhouette of his physique printed across them. The shirts were sold at the club, and the proceeds helped cover the cost of his treatment. “It didn’t matter what I had to deal with, the chemo, all the tests,” says Struble. “Because I had the support I did, it made everything a lot easier.”

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“Struble Strong” shirts were sold to help cover costs of his cancer treatment.

Struble clearly feels at home in a gym. He spends most of his time these days as a trainer at Anytime Fitness in State College. He led me through an introductory training session, with the goal of assessing my fitness ability. While it could have felt intimidating training in front of someone who could probably out-lift me using just one finger, Struble has a calming presence that makes one feel at ease. He made sure that I was comfortable with everything and explained

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things completely before we did them. Spaw appreciated the same things about Struble during her training with him. “He was so patient and really listened to me. While he pushed me to do my best, he was smart about it and listened to me. It made me feel like I was in the right hands,” Spaw says. Cingle has battled Type 1 diabetes since she was a child. At first she didn’t realize the impact it would have on her life. “I remember being in the hospital when I was 8 and my mother crying when we found out and I Cingle’s enthusiasm and spirit shines through when she leads a fitness class.

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Cingle, who has Type 1 diabetes, is careful about what she eats.

“It is so helpful that we both make nutrition and fitness a priority in our lives.” — Valerie Cingle Living with Struble has been a godsend, as he is meticulous about what he puts into his body. Along with being a trainer, Struble consults others as a nutrition specialist, so he knows how important diet is to feeling good. “It is so helpful that we both make nutrition and fitness a priority in our lives,” Cingle says. “We both understand how important it is to each other.” Cingle has worked with Penn State Athletics for years. Beyond that one step class, she hasn’t been able to teach fitness classes at The North Club since March, because Struble and Cingle are ready for their next challenge together, this one a much happier endeavor. They are expecting their first child in October. Because of her diabetes, her pregnancy is considered highrisk, so she is monitored closely by doctors. “We have a great team in Hershey, and things are going great so far,” says Cingle. “We are both excited for this next step in our lives. I think we have been through enough difficult times, that we will be able to really appreciate this blessing.” T&G Vincent Corso is a freelance writer from Port Matilda.

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Incurable Courage Bellefonte woman says journey to help others keeps her going By James Turchick Editor’s note: Town&Gown last year profiled Tara Tomco’s efforts to overcome chronic health challenges. The following is an update on her story. She doesn’t work in law enforcement, but 34-year-old Bellefonte resident Tara Tomco has done a lot of detective work. “Anyone with an invisible illness has an array of symptoms and you have to put them all together,” she says. A structural disease in her heart, a brain tumor, and medical complications too long to list in full would get to a lot of people, but not Tomco.  Working at a hospital in 2014, she fainted and woke up to find she had to start taking medication. The medication was to help combat numerous heart problems found that day, one being a hole between her heart’s top two chambers. From then on, Tomco dedicated herself to healthy eating and exercise. When she feels sick, she says it helps more than any medication she’s taken can. The biggest issue with an invisible illness is for every ache and pain, Tomco has to figure out what’s going on without being able to see what’s happening in her body. “If you looked at me you’d never know anything was wrong,” she says. This past year, she was able to figure out one more piece of the puzzle. Being diagnosed with mast cell activation (MCA) Tomco overcame health issues to take control of her life and become healthier and happier.

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has given Tomco a better understanding of what’s going on. “It honestly caused my [other issues],” she says. MCA is an immune system disorder that causes white blood cells to incorrectly release chemicals into the body. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these false reactions cause problems for other bodily systems, such as the cardiovascular system in Tomco’s case.  While the diagnoses list is getting longer for her, Tomco’s decision to keep fighting hasn’t changed at all. “You have to fight every day,” she says. “It’s about survival. If you can get out of bed in the morning, you’ve won.” Tomco still works out for 30 minutes a day as she did when her list of ailments was shorter, but now she has partners. Her daughter, Paige, 8, and her son Brady, 6, have started working out with her. “They jumped right in and even have their own little weights.” Tomco says the relationship with her kids is funny for her because they see her faint and think

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“My journey to help other people keeps me going,” she says. Recently, Tomco has answered calls from more and more community members who are going though similar struggles. They call to ask her about a variety of issues because there is so little information about invisible diseases and how to manage them, she says.  The best way to stay on top of life when going through a fight with an illness is not giving up, Tomco says. By working hard and remembering who you’re fighting for, anyone can stay positive. For Tomco, it’s her kids and her husband, Brad. To stay in shape this summer, Tomco, Brad, and their two kids will explore the parks Centre County has to offer. T&G James Turchick, a journalism student at Penn State, is an intern for Town&Gown.



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Summer? Structure is your best friend By Chris Knarr

As a parent, I love taking my children to their last day of school. As with many families, we take the first day and last day picture so we can compare and reflect on the growth of our wonderful children over the past school year. But then … reality hits. Summer is here, what am I going to do with these kids?? Children, as much as they may not show it, need structure. Structure is something that is familiar; it provides comfort in knowing what is happening in the future, so providing a little structure for the summer is a great way to alleviate parent stress and make your summer enjoyable. Here are some helpful hints on the benefits of providing structure for your upcoming summer: 1. If they know what the plan is ahead of time, there’s less fighting. Yes, the day after school is out, I’m begging my kids to get out of bed so I can get to work. It’s a natural reaction. Freedom! While some free time is important, there still needs to be a schedule that can be followed. This can be made with their input, which helps them buy in, but at the end of the day the schedule needs to make sense to you, the parent. Schedule their free time but don’t forget to throw in some activities, or even (gasp) chores. 70 - T&G July 2017

2. Build in a reward system. Schools have become very proactive in building in positive behavior programs. “Tickets” are given for positive behaviors which are then used to buy items they want, or have a movie or a party in their classroom. Catching your kids “being good” at home helps promote positive behaviors. Again, planning is the key, and going over a reward program with your children at the beginning is a must. Keep it simple. Have your children help pick some of the rewards/ activities that they may want to do. 3. Find some activities in the community that they can attend. Outside of your traditional day care, the Centre Region has several opportunities for children and families to be active. A good website to visit for ideas is Take advantage of low-cost and free activities. 4. Build in time for yourself. While activities and structure are great, kids need a little downtime. As the parent, you are no different. Build into your schedule some quiet time where the kids have independent activities and you can have some “me” time. Taking care of yourself is also an important piece of decreasing your stress. 5. Balance group activities with family activities. Kids love sleepovers. The last sleepover that my son had was for his birthday, and six 11-yearold boys took over my house. After cooking everyone breakfast and listening to pre-teen conversation, the arriving parents couldn’t come fast enough! Balance the friend time with family time. If friends do come over, remind your children that they are their guests and need to take some responsibility in treating them as such. Don’t do all the work! Summer can be fun and less

Health&Wellness stressful if we as parents be proactive and plan ahead. Teaching our children that even outside of school there still is structure and need for a schedule really can go a long way in having a great summer with your family. I know as I go into the summer, I’m excited for all the plans we have, the time together in the car during trips, going to the amusement parks, having cookouts and sleepovers. With the activities planned I hope to have a great summer and not be stressed out. Although, in the back of my mind, I’m wondering if at the beginning of August will I only have one question for my wife: When does school start again? T&G Chris Knarr, MA, is director of outpatient services for Universal Community Behavioral Health, an affiliate of The Meadows Psychiatric Center.

Children, as much as they may not show it, need structure, according to Chris Knarr, director of outpatient services for Universal Community Behavioral Health.


Starting March 2017, all Universal Community Behavioral Health Outpatient Offices will offer walk in clinics! If you need therapy and cannot wait we are now offering Walk In hours, no appointment necessary! This option is available to both new and current* patients.

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What are your allergy triggers? When are you most affected? Recognizing your reaction to seasonal allergens is the first step toward living with them. Allergies at School It’s important to talk about your child’s allergies with adults who spend time with them outside the home. This will ensure that caregivers and teachers are aware of any allergy problems and are able to keep symptoms under control. It’s also a good idea to educate your child about allergies to help them cope. Understanding Seasonal Allergies When the leaves start to change color and you feel a nip in the air, the main allergy trigger is weed pollen, specifically ragweed. This pollen peaks in September and can travel for miles on the wind. So even if you live in the big city it can make you sneeze. Mold can also be a problem when it develops on wet leaves and soil. Weed Pollen Allergies Weeds make you sneeze? You are not alone. Twenty percent of Americans are plagued by weed allergies. Weeds multiply and produce large amounts of pollen fast. Learn more about managing these powerful allergy triggers.

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1. What it is: • Weed pollen is abundant from late summer to early fall. Mid-September, when pollen levels peak, is particularly bad. You’ll be most affected by these allergens on dry, hot, windy days when weed pollen is at its worst. 2. What to watch out for: • Ragweed is the biggest troublemaker of all weeds. A single plant can produce a million grains of pollen every day. Other highly allergenic species include sagebrush, redroot pigweed, lamb’s quarters, Russian thistle, and English plantain. 3. What to do: • Learn to recognize the weeds that trigger your symptoms. Remove brush and weeds from your property. • Mulch with rocks or plastic gravel to stop weeds from growing. • Learn when pollen counts are highest in your area. Rural areas host more ragweed plants, raising pollen levels before dawn. Wind can carry ragweed toward urban areas, reaching them by late morning.

Health&Wellness Mold & Mildew Allergies If you are allergic to molds, stay far away from them. Inhaling mold spores can cause symptoms such as sneezing or runny nose. Mold can even affect non-allergic people. 1. What it is: • Mold reproduces through tiny, airborne spores. Indoor molds grow in damp areas. 2. What to watch out for: • Any wet surfaces in the home will attract mold and aid in reproduction. Areas to look out for include basements, bathrooms, shower stalls, refrigerator drip trays, house plants, humidifiers, and garbage pails. 3. What to do: The key to reducing mold is to keep your home dry. • Fix leaky faucets and pipes. • Make sure rooms are properly ventilated. • Use a vented exhaust fan to remove excess moisture. • Keep humidity levels below 50 percent with air conditioning and dehumidifiers. • Use cleaning solutions designed to kill mold and mildew. T&G

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Taking on Toxins Salt spas offer detoxing treatments for better health, more energy From Simply Health Salt Spa All of us are subjected to thousands of chemicals and toxins every day. What happens to all these toxins? Do our bodies absorb some? Of course. Fifty years ago we would not be having this concern, but today we need to address it in order to stay well. So many Americans are concerned with losing weight, eating better, exercising regularly, and getting healthier. All great goals! The first goal, though, should be detoxing to rid the body of toxin overloads so that the body can work more easily and effectively. If you never changed the oil in

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your car, how long would it run? And in the process of breaking down, what else would stop working properly first? Whether you know it or not, your body is under attack daily from sources that you may not even be aware of. We are subjected daily to dangerous chemicals, pesticides, industrial toxins, pharmaceuticals, and many other harmful substances that can cause incredible damage to our bodies. From the food we eat, to the packaging we bring it home in, our bodies are accumulating toxins. Over time they build up in the body and can cause lifethreatening diseases. Your lymph system can slow down, and it can put your kidneys on high alert every day, trying to deal with the sheer volume of toxins they have to try to process, and your gut health can start to erode as the digestive system starts to feel the effects. Toxins can be stored in the joints, tissues, and fat cells. If these toxins reach the bloodstream, they can become “free radicals” and some doctors believe that an unhealthy gut and digestive system under attack from these “free radicals” are the basis for most modern chronic disease. So what can you do about these toxins that are all natural and not chemical or drug-related? Salt spas offer many services that are all natural and dedicated to improving one’s

Health&Wellness health. Services are geared toward detoxing and reducing inflammation in the body, such as the detoxing footbath, infrared sauna and amethyst bio-mat. Himalayan salt is rich in negative ions and minerals. These negative ions are necessary for a healthy body. During a saltroom session, negative ions are absorbed into the body by breathing the saturated air (with 84 minerals and trace elements) into the lungs. The salt is anti-bacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral. Many people choose to do a full body cleanse by using an internal cleanse in combination. By doing a full body cleanse and regular detoxing, you’ll be jumpstarting your body’s immune system, providing many benefits, including giving you more energy! T&G

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a perfect fit for those in medical setting By Beth Whitman Reiki is a practice that promotes relaxation, stress reduction, and well-being that can be used in conjunction with other treatments and therapies. Reiki, which is a Japanese word that is pronounced ray-key, is based on the idea that an unseen yet recognizable energy flows through and around all living things. If one’s “life energy” is free flowing, we are more likely to be happy and healthy. Reiki offers an opportunity to actively participate in our care and well-being. It is a technique that channels energy by means of light touch to activate the natural rejuvenating processes of the body. Because it is so gentle and the energy is self-adjusting, it can only improve your experiences and situations. Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity, spiritual development, or physical condition, and therefore is available to everyone. Those who believe in reiki say it treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind, and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and well-being. Everyone can facilitate and receive it. When one is first learning to connect with the reiki energy, self-practice is the primary focus. With practice and experience you can then feel confident in sharing with others.


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Beth Whitman says reiki is often experienced as calming warmth coming from the hands.

Reiki is often experienced as calming warmth coming from the hands. Specific positioning of the hands is taught to help the individual and practitioners to become more comfortable with the process. Practitioners in the healing arts field, such as nurses and massage therapists, are very in tune with the life energy. Learning the nuances and techniques of the reiki practice naturally amplifies this connection. Reiki is an augmentation and not an alternative or substitute for medical treatment. Each ministration is a unique experience. Many times, reiki has a subtle effect that often resolves issues gradually. It offers complementary support for and during medical and therapeutic techniques that may ease side effects and promote recovery. Some Reiki training classes provide continuing nursing education contact hours as well as continuing education credits for massage therapists. These same classes are typically open to the public as well. There is training available in our area and some Reiki Master Teachers offer classes on-site at your facility. Reiki classes are usually offered in small groups and are a blend of theory, instruction, and interactive experience. Classes can range from a few hours to a few days in length. There are typically five levels of training (I, II, Advanced Reiki Training, Master, and Karuna Reiki) A local group of specially trained Medical Reiki practitioners is available to provide services in the medical setting. This group is specially trained and certified to offer reiki during surgical procedures as well as pre- and post-operative. Those who believe in reiki say it can facilitate a profound integration of mind, body, and spirit. It is a perfect fit for those in the medical setting and care providers, empowering them to actively participate in their well-being. T&G Beth Whitman, KRMT, Medical Reiki Master, is owner of Inspired Holistic Wellness and director of Indigo Wren’s Nest Wellness Centre in Bellefonte.

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Resourcefulness Simple ways to add physical fitness to your daily life From Brandpoint Being resourceful with your daily routine can deliver big payoffs when it comes to increasing your activity level. Incorporating physical fitness into your everyday activities can save you time and also burn calories, and it doesn’t have to take much time or effort. “For many people, the biggest obstacle to getting more exercise is time,” says Danielle Johnson, physical therapist and wellness physical therapist for the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. “People feel stretched between their career, child care demands and family commitments. Thinking of spending an hour extra at the gym may feel overwhelming.” If you don’t have time to fit in a scheduled workout, try using daily tasks to incorporate fitness, Johnson advises. “You’ll still be able to reap the benefits of exercise by using small bouts of movement throughout the day. Two 10-minute walks, a few sets of stairs and some five-minute intervals of bodyweight squats, lunges or pushups can add up to big health benefits.” Here are some tips to get moving throughout the day:

Turn chores into exercise.

• Mow the lawn or do some gardening. The physical benefit is good for your health, plus gardening can enhance your mood, and the food you grow offers great nutritional benefits. • Try bicycling to run errands. Leave the car in the garage and bring out your bike for a quick run to the grocery store. • Turn household cleaning into a mini workout. “For example, mopping floors gives your shoulders and back a workout, and can burn more than 100 calories in just 30 minutes,” Johnson says.

Find fitness opportunities with friends.

• Instead of going out for dinner or drinks with friends, do something physical, like taking a walk, going for a bike ride, or engaging in a physical activity like tennis or bowling. • Take your dog to the park, or play with them in your own backyard. A game of fetch is not only great exercise for your furry friend — it works your muscles, too. • Join or start a sports team with your friends. Whether it’s softball, basketball, or soccer, taking part in a sport you enjoy will improve both your physical and mental well-being.

Stay curious and improve upon what you’re already doing.

• Do you already walk daily? Try walking faster or choose a challenging route with hills. • Take up a new summer outdoor sport, such as canoeing, paddle boarding, or inline skating. • If there’s a cause you feel passionate about, try training to participate in a run or walk to raise funds. • If you play golf, walk the course and carry your own clubs instead of using a cart and caddy. “Every little bit counts,” Johnson says. “Research suggests that as little as 10 minutes of cardiovascular activity can make a big difference in your health and fitness measures. I often equate health to putting away money for retirement. Putting away savings, even in small amounts, will add up big over time. The same can be said for your health. Investing in opportunities to be active, even for short periods of time, adds up. The key is to be consistent.” T&G

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5 simple steps to be your best at any age From Brandpoint They say you’re only as young as you feel, and if you’re an older American, the ability to feel young a little while longer is always appealing. Having a youthful state of mind goes a long way toward accomplishing this goal, but you can’t ignore the importance of solid physical health. To improve your physical and mental health and prove age is just a number, apply these five tips from Mayo Clinic today. • Find the perfect interval. If you’ve never participated in high-intensity interval training before, here’s a compelling reason to start. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found highintensity aerobic exercise actually reversed some cellular aspects of aging. The research also found that the exercise improved muscle proteins, enlarged muscles, and increased energy levels. • The benefit of brain games. A sharp mind is every bit as important as a healthy body, and exercising your brain can be a lot of fun. Spend time learning new things on the internet, enroll in a class for that craft you’ve always wanted to master, go out with friends or sit down and play a board game. All of these activities can greatly improve your mental health. For example, a Mayo Clinic study found playing games decreased a person’s risk of mild cognitive impairment by 22 percent, making this enjoyable activity healthy as well. • Supplementing your health. Health supplements should never completely replace whole

food offerings, but they may offer you real health value as well. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, supplements may be ideal for vegans and vegetarians or those who consume less than 1,600 calories per day. People with a condition affecting the way their body absorbs nutrients and those who have had surgery on their digestive tract should also speak with their doctor about supplements that may improve their overall health. • The importance of sleep. A good night’s sleep offers health benefits at any age, but getting enough rest can be more difficult as you get older. To get a better night’s sleep, review your medications with your doctor to see if anything is impacting your rest. You should also try to limit your daytime napping (just 10 to 20 minutes per day is best) and avoid alcohol, caffeine, or even water within a couple hours before bedtime. • Focus on your sexual health. This topic may not be as widely discussed as your physical or mental health, but it is no less important. Men should talk to their doctors about their lessening testosterone levels, which drop about 1 percent per year after age 30. Women may experience a similar drop in estrogen levels as well and should consult their doctor for treatment options. Don’t be shy about discussing sexual health issues with your doctor; from STDs to annual checkups, having a thorough understanding of your current sexual health — and what you need to do to protect or improve it — will benefit every other part of your life. With aging comes new challenges and the need to be more vigilant in maintaining your overall well-being. By incorporating some of the tips above from the experts at Mayo Clinic, you’ll make sure the best years of your life are still to come. You can learn more about improving your health at any age through the advice offered in Mayo Clinic on Healthy Aging, or visit for more healthy lifestyle ideas. T&G

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Breakfast? 5 warm comfort foods that cook in 3 minutes From Brandpoint In spite of the well-documented drawbacks of not eating breakfast, approximately 30 percent of Americans are still failing to fuel themselves in the morning, according to WebMD. And many of those moving through their days with empty stomachs blame a lack of convenience. Experts recommend those in the habit of skipping breakfast instead optimize ultra-easy and ultra-convenient comfort food meals. Below are a few easy microwave recipes for busy mornings: 1. Toasty banana bread oatmeal: In a microwaveable mug, combine 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats, 1 egg, 1/2 cup milk, 1/3 smashed banana and a little flax seed, cinnamon and/or honey. Microwave for 2 to 3 minutes, stir and eat. 2. Savory French toast in a mug: Just cube a slice of white bread and soak it for 5 minutes (press it down) in a mug holding a whisked egg, 5 tablespoons milk, 3 tablespoons grated cheddar, 3 tablespoons cooked ham and salt and pepper. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, then eat warm. 3. Warm apple muffin: Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a microwaveable mug. Mix in a beaten egg, 3 tablespoons flour (almond or coconut works well), 1/8 teaspoon baking powder and a little maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Top with finely chopped apple and walnuts and butter. Microwave for a minute. 4. Tasty breakfast sandwich: Add to a mug 1 teaspoon melted butter, 1 tablespoon milk, an egg and some chopped onion, green pepper ham and hot sauce to taste. Microwave about 30 seconds, then scoop out and add to a toasted English muffin topped with a slice of your favorite cheese. 5. Roll-ups to go: Slather the inside of a 6-inch tortilla with peanut butter, jam, half a smashed banana and dried unsweetened coconut. Roll it up like a burrito, wrap it in a loose paper towel, and microwave it for half a minute. T&G 82 - T&G July 2017


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4 The Central PA 4thFest, a daylong birthday party celebrating the nation’s independence, will be held on Penn State’s east campus, culminating with a nighttime fireworks display.


The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts brings more than 125,000 people to downtown State College.



The Happy Valley Jam, the firstever concert at Beaver Stadium, will feature country music star Blake Shelton, along with Chris Young and Big & Rich.

11-16 Celebrate Philipsburg Heritage Days with the theme, “Looking Forward but Remembering Our Past.”

The People’s Choice Festival, on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, celebrates its 25th anniversary.

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Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park in Centre Hall turns concert venue for the Karoondinha Music and Arts Festival, featuring Chance the Rapper and John Legend, among many others.

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Children & Families 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Saturday Stories Alive, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 11 a.m., 1 – Block Party, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Monday Movies, State Theatre, SC, 4 and 7:30 p.m., 4 – “Kids Day II: Dress Up and Discover!” Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg, 10 a.m., 5 – Read It, Watch It!: Wall-E, State Theatre, SC, noon, 5 – Eco Art, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 1 p.m., 6 – Adam Swartz Puppets Presents: “Punky’s STEAM-Works,” Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., 10, 17, 24 – Baby/Toddler Playtime, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 9:30 a.m., 10, 24 – Legos in Action, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., 11, 25 – Everybody Storytime, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10:30 a.m., 11, 18, 25 – Discovery Day, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 11 a.m., 12 – Read It, Watch It!: Finding Dory, State Theatre, SC, noon, 17 – Dash Robotics, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., 18, 25 – M.A.T.H.H., Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 1:30 p.m., 19 – Preschool Play Yoga, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10:30 a.m.,

19 – Strike a Pose Yoga, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2:30 p.m., 19 – Read It, Watch It!: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, State Theatre, SC, noon, 20 – Watercolor Class, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2:30 p.m., 26 – If You Build It, They Will Come, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2:30 p.m., 26 – Read It, Watch It!: Night at the Museum, State Theatre, SC, noon, 27 – Buildapalooza featuring Giant Jenga, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2:30 p.m.,

Class and Lectures 6 – Central PA Civil War Round Table: “The Second Battle of Winchester: The Confederate Victory That Opened the Door to Gettysburg,” Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg, 7 p.m., 21 – “Napalm & Agent Orange: Two Iconic Chemical Weapons of the Vietnam War,” Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg, 6:30 p.m., 22 – “Vietnam Revisited: Living History Bivouac,” Pennsylvania Military Museum Boalsburg, 10 a.m., 22 – “The Real China Beach: U.S. Army Nurses in Vietnam,” Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg, 10:30 a.m.,

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Club Events 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Chess Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., 6, 13, 20, 27 – Comics Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 3:30 p.m., 8 – Board-gaming Meetup, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10 a.m., 5, 19 – Outreach Toastmasters, The 329 Building, Room 413, PSU, noon, 11, 18, 25 – State College Downtown Rotary, Ramada Inn & Conference Center, SC, noon, 11 – Women’s Club Mid-Day Connection, Mountain View Country Club, Boalsburg, 11:45 a.m., 404-3704 12 – 148th PA Volunteer Infantry Civil War Reenactment Group, Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, SC, 7 p.m., 861-0770 17 – Parrot’s Owner’s Group, Perkins, SC, 7 p.m., 237-2722 18 – Adult Evening Book Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 6:30 p.m., 26 – Adult Afternoon Book Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m.,

Community Associations

26 – Patton Township Business Association, Patton Township Municipal Building, SC, noon, 237-2822

Exhibits Ongoing-August 9 – Plastics: Knowledge and Information Taking Shape, Patee Library Central Entrance, PSU. Ongoing-September 7 – Getting My Way and Whining About It, HUB-Robeson Center, PSU, artgalleries. 1-31 – Healing Transformations, Watercolors by Michele Rojas Rivera, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 234-3441 2-August 27 – Janice Heverly/Seth Young, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Bellefonte, noon-4:30 p.m., Fri-Sun., 7-30 – Summer Project 2017: Good Libations, Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, Bellefonte, noon-4:30 p.m., Fri.–Sun., 13 – Images 2017, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 6:30 p.m.,

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& Development 18 – Spring Creek Watershed Association, Patton Township Municipal Building, SC, 7:30 a.m.,

12 – Basic Life Support (BLS) - Provider, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 7:30 a.m., 231-7174 13 – Free parents-to-be class, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 7 p.m., 231-7921

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21 – Report Writing Open Lab, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 10 a.m., 278-4672 27 – Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)-Provider, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 7:30 a.m., 231-7174 27 – Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)-Renewal, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 10 a.m., 231-7174

Music 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Summer Sounds from the Gazebo, Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte, 7 p.m., 5-9 – Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival, Centre County Grange Fairgrounds, 11 a.m., Centre Hall, 7, 14, 21, 28 – Free Friday Concerts on the Village Green, Lemont Village Green, Lemont, 7:30 p.m., 8 – Happy Valley Jam featuring Blake Shelton, Beaver Stadium, PSU, 4 p.m.,

8 — The Machine Plays Pink Floyd: Celebrating The 40th Anniversary of Animals, State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., 21 — Jazz in the Attic Presents: Natascha & The Spy Boys, State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., 21-23 – Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival, Penns Cave and Wildlife Park, Centre Hall, 27 — An Evening with Gaelic Storm, State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., 30 — Cruisin’ Classics: Music from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, State Theatre, SC, 6 p.m.,

Special Events 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Millheim Farmers Market, Hosterman & Stover Hardware Store, Millheim, 10 a.m., 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Bellefonte Farmers Market, Gamble Mill parking lot, Bellefonte, 8 a.m.,

The Gazette’s Around & In Town feature makes it easy to plan your weekly entertainment with previews, reviews, promotions, and our weekly events calendar.

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1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – North Atherton Farmers Market, SC Home Depot parking lot, 10 a.m., 2-5 – Centred Outdoors Guided Adventures: Bald Eagle State Park, Bald Eagle State Park, 2 p.m., 4 – Central PA 4th Fest, PSU, 4 – Summer Thunder, DelGrosso’s Amusement Park, Tipton, 8 a.m., 5, 12, 19, 26 – Lemont Farmers Market, Granary in Lemont, 2 p.m., 6, 13, 20, 27-August 17 – WingFest, Tussey Mountain, Boalsburg 5:30 p.m., 7 – First Friday, Downtown State College, 5 p.m., 7, 14, 21, 28– Downtown State College Farmers Market, Locust Lane, SC, 11:30 a.m., 8-9 – Cone Killer Classic 12, Mid-State Regional Airport, Philipsburg, 8 a.m., 9-12 – Centred Outdoors Guided Adventures: Talleyrand Park, Talleyrand Park, 2 p.m., 11-16 – Philipsburg Heritage Days, Philipsburg,

11, 18, 25 – Boalsburg Farmers Market, PA Military Museum parking lot, Boalsburg, 2 p.m., 13-16 – Central PA Festival of the Arts, Downtown State College & Penn State campus, 13-16 – People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts, Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg, 10 a.m., 14 – Festive Spirits Party, The Towers, 5 p.m., 237-3682 14-16 – Annual Antique Faire & Berry Festival, Columbus Chapel & Boal Mansion Museum, Boalsburg, 10 a.m., 14-15 – Chainsaw Wizards/Chainsaw Carving, Harner Farm, SC, 9 a.m. 15 – BookFest PA 2017, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10 a.m., 16, 19 – Centred Outdoors Guided Adventures: Spring Creek Canyon, Spring Creek Canyon, 2 p.m., 22-23 – 32nd Annual Friends of Black Moshannon Summer Festival, Black Moshannon State Park, 11 a.m.,

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23 – Legacy Day of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Poe Valley State Park, 10:30 a.m., 23 – Centred Outdoors Guided Adventures: Poe Paddy Trail, Poe Paddy Trail, 2 p.m., 30 – Centred Outdoors Guided Adventures: Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, 2 p.m., 30 – Last Cruise Car & Motorcycle Show, Downtown State College, 31 – Registration deadline for Mount Nittany Health Foundation Bridgearama, 237-0649


State College Spikes

1-3 – Spikes/Batavia, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 7:05 p.m. Sat. & Mon., 6:05 p.m. Sun. 5 – Spikes/Williamsport, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 7:05 p.m.

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August 11th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and August 12th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte, PA


The Annual Bellefonte Arts and Crafts Festival transforms the scenic park into a fun arts and crafts haven for everyone. Enjoy arts, crafts and more from talented artists and crafters from near and far. Bring along the kids for numerous fun activities and games that will be sure to make memories. Also, don’t forget to save room for supper. With countless delectable delights from the area’s finest concessionaires, no one will leave hungry!

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30-August 1 – Spikes/Auburn, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 6:05 p.m. Sun., 7:05 p.m. Mon., noon Tues.


Nittany Theatre 7-9 – Spikes/Auburn, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 7:05 p.m. Fri., noon Sat., 6:05 p.m. Sun. 19 – Spikes/Williamsport, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 7:05 p.m. 23-25 – Spikes/Mahoning Valley, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, PSU, 6:05 p.m. Sun., 7:05 p.m. Mon. & Tues.

1 – Suessical: The Musical, Millbrook Playhouse, Mill Hall, 2 and 7:30 p.m., 1-8 – Treasure Island, Nittany Theatre, Boalsburg, 1-9 – Wait Unit Dark, Millbrook Playhouse, Mill Hall, 2 and 7:30 p.m., 7-16 – Monty Python’s Spamalot, Millbrook Playhouse, Mill Hall, 2 and 7:30 p.m., 14-29 – Ken Ludwig’s Comedy of Tenors, Millbrook Playhouse, Mill Hall, 2 and 7:30 p.m., 18-August 5 – Man of La Mancha, Nittany Theatre, Boalsburg, 28-August 6 – Fun Home, Millbrook Playhouse, Mill Hall, 2 and 7:30 p.m., T&G





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from the vine

Try White Bordeaux These wines are clean, crisp, and refreshing for summer By Lucy Rogers When people hear the word “Bordeaux,” it is likely that their first thought is of red wine. It’s pretty safe to say that the general public knows little about the wines from Bordeaux beyond phrases like “Chateau Margaux” or “Lafite Rothschild,” associating those terms with very high-end red wines that most folks will never taste, let alone have the money to purchase a bottle. And while it’s true that many thousands of affordable red table wines are produced in Bordeaux that are not premier cru wines, it is Chateau Bonnet features fruit flavors not likely that the typical American wine buyer balanced beautifully with acid. You should has access to them. One of the reasons for this is be able to find it in almost any store. that the less expensive red wines from Bordeaux reach our shelves when they are still quite young. This is a percent Semillon and named after problem because Bordeaux wines really demand a significant the region where it is produced). amount of aging in order for them to be enjoyed optimally. There are basically two styles That means that running into the store to buy a $15 bottle of Bordeaux Blanc — one has a of Bordeaux for dinner that same night is likely to result in a crisp, citrusy profile, while the wine that is simply too young to consume and as such, is also second is richer and creamier. likely to disappoint the purchaser. The style of a wine is generally But what many people don’t realize is that Bordeaux a result of the grape blend and also produces some wonderful, affordable dry white wines, proportions used. Wines with a and this time of year is the perfect time to explore them. higher percentage of Sauvignon When the thermometer ticks upward of 85 degrees, it’s hard Blanc will fall into the first to wrap your head around sipping red wine, even if it’s to category and tend to be acidic and pair with a steak you’ve thrown on the grill. So what are bright with lots of citrus, lemon, these dry whites of Bordeaux, and what should one expect? lime, and gooseberry fruit flavors, Well, white wine grapes are grown across Bordeaux, but and are sometimes accompanied account for only about 8 percent of the acreage under vine, by grass or passionfruit. High so clearly the area is far more dedicated to red wine than Semillon blends tend to be richer white. But the three white grapes most often put together in and fuller in body, with flavors a Bordeaux blend are Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon (“semmof lemon curd, baked apples, ee—yon”), and Muscadelle. While the large Bordeaux pear, crème brulee, caramelized appellations may sound familiar — Pomerol, Medoc, grapefruit, orange zest, and Saint-Emilion, Graves — dry white wines from Bordeaux even figs. These wines are less are simply referred to as “Bordeaux Blanc,” regardless of common and tend to come from the region in which they are produced. (Sweet white wines the Pessac-Leognan appellation. are called “Bordeaux Supérieur Blanc,” with the exception Because they are less common of France’s famous dessert wine, Sauternes, made from 100 and are more sought-after, these 96 - T&G July 2017

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Espirit de Saint-Sulpice includes hints of lemon, is light and highly acidic, with oregano and thyme in the finish. Chateau Landereau features a striking aroma of lemon curd, followed by pound cake flavors on the palate.

wines tend to cost a little more than the Sauvignon Blancdominated blends. In terms of food pairing, because Bordeaux Blanc tends to be more citrus and floral rather than grassy and herbal, it can beautifully complement avocado, garlic, lime (sounds like Mexican fare to me!), as well as salads with lemon and/ or hard cheeses, crab or lobster dishes, basil pesto, or sushi with avocado. Below are some of the white Bordeaux our panel tasted. While all were quite enjoyable and delicious as an aperitif or as part of our French-styled dinner that we enjoyed outdoors, the differences were worth taking note of in terms of determining which grape blend better suited our individual palates. These are great wines for summer — clean, crisp, and refreshing. Make it a point to check out a few white Bordeaux so you can add something new to your wine repertoire. Chateau Landereau 2015 Bordeaux Blanc, (EntreDeux-Mers, $15, PLCB code 26248). A striking aroma of lemon curd, followed by pound cake flavors on the palate. Light-to-medium bodied, this wine’s richer style would have been better suited to being tasted last, but we didn’t realize that when we were setting the lineup. 50% Semillon, 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Muscadelle. Chateau Guiraud 2015 Bordeaux Blanc ($18, not available in PA). Tons of vanilla in the nose and more cake mix flavors, with a peculiar bitter finish. 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon. 98 - T&G July 2017

Espirit de Saint-Sulpice 2014 Bordeaux Blanc ($13, PLCB code 1217). Hints of lemon, light and highly acidic, with oregano and thyme in the finish. 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon. Chateau Bonnet 2015 Bordeaux Blanc ($13, PLCB code 8406). Because this vintage was the third hottest on record since 1900, Andre Lurton made a wine in which the ripe fruit showed more tropical flavors than is typical, with floral notes as well. The fruit flavors are balanced beautifully with acid. 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 30 Semillon, 15% Muscadelle. This was my favorite, and is a regularly listed item in the Pennsylvania state system, so you should be able to find it in almost any store. T&G Lucy Rogers is the tasting room manager for Big Spring Spirits in Bellefonte. She can be reached at lucy@, or you can find her in the tasting room.

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Taste of the Month

Celebrate Summer! Town&Gown readers offer their favorite cocktail recipes for a refreshing break on a hot day

Strawberry Peach Kombucha Sangria

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By Vilma Shu Danz Photos by Darren Andrew Weimert

I It’s finally summer in Central Pennsylvania, the perfect season to enjoy some refreshing libations. While a classic cocktail such as an old fashioned or a mint julep will never lead you astray, it’s always fun to mix up a few new concoctions with friends using fresh herbs and fruits to give them a seasonal flavor. The idea of mixed drinks dates to ancient times when it was thought that certain combinations could cure what ails you. A cocktail is traditionally a mixture of spirits, sugar or simple syrup, water, and bitters. There are many stories behind where the word cocktail originated; one story suggests that a rooster’s tail was used as a Colonial drink

garnish. Another is that it was derived from the French word coquetel, an eggcup that was used for serving drinks. The first printed use of the word cocktail to refer to an alcoholic beverage appeared in 1806 in the paper The Balance and Columbian Repository of Hudson, New York. Some of the best and best-known cocktails that we think about today — the martini, the daiquiri, the Manhattan — came out between the 1860s and Prohibition. In the Prohibition era (1920 to 1933), speakeasies and saloons would dilute the taste of moonshine with sugar

The Hawaiian Lion

Lana Bernhard Ingredients:

1 bottle ginger kombucha 1 handful mint leaves 1 peach 1 cup strawberries ¼ cup peach schnapps 1 bottle white wine Mix all ingredients in a pitcher or punch bowl.

and bitters, paving the way for our modern-day cocktail. Knowing which cocktails are shaken, not stirred, is crucial to the overall taste, flavor, and

Lucy Rogers, Big Springs Spirits Ingredients: Ice 2 ounces Big Spring Seven Governors gin 1½ ounces basil-pineapple syrup* ½ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice Top with club soda, toss in a shaker and refill into Collins glass. Garnish with a fresh basil leaf. *Basil-pineapple syrup Bring 2 cups sugar and 2 cups pineapple juice to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring just until sugar dissolves. Boil 2 minutes. (Do not stir.) Remove from heat. Add 1 cup (packed) basil leaves, and steep 10 minutes. Press through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, using back of a spoon to squeeze out liquid; discard solids. Cool completely (about 20 minutes). Transfer to a jar; cover and refrigerate up to 3 months.

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Liz Hoffner

Revival Kitchen Ingredients: 1 ounce Hendricks gin 3 ounces blueberry lavender syrup* Juice of ½ a lemon (½ ounce) Shake and top with soda water Garnish with frozen blueberries or a lemon twist Combine over ice. *Blueberry lavender syrup 4 cups blueberries 1 cup water ½ cup sugar in the raw Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons) 1 lavender bundle (4-5 sprigs) Combine sugar and blueberries in a heavy pot and crush with the back of spoon or potato masher; add the water, lemon juice and lavender. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium to high heat, then reduce the heat to mediumlow and simmer until the mixture has reduced and thickened. Strain the mixture either through cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer over a large bowl, gently press or squeeze the solids to extract all of the flavorful syrup and toss out the solids; let the syrup cool completely before using. consistency of the drink. As a rule, cocktails that include fruit juices, cream liqueurs, simple syrup, sour mix, egg, and dairy are shaken. This ensures that all the ingredients are fully incorporated and in the process, more ice is 102 - T&G July 2017

Champ de Lavande (French for lavender field)

broken down, adding an amount of water that helps balance the flavors in the drink. Straining the drink after being shaken will initially create an effervescent look to the drink that will clear up within minutes. Garnishes such as fruit wedges, slices or twists, as well as maraschino cherries, not only add a visual appeal to the cocktail, but instill a sweetness or tartness to the drink. Olives and onions in a martini, for example, add an undertone of savory flavor. Other edible garnishes include spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon, sprigs of mint and other herbs, all of which enhance the flavors in a cocktail.

Finally, whether you stir or shake up a few cocktails this summer season, have fun experimenting, and always drink responsibly. The staff at Town&Gown thanks our loyal readers who submitted recipes for our Summer Cocktail Contest. Whether you are looking for a great cocktail recipe for your summer party or something simple just to cool off on a hot day, here are some favorites from our readers and staff submissions. T&G To see all of our readersubmitted cocktail recipes, visit

Claudia Sarnow

The Hummingbird Room Ingredients: ½ teaspoon grenadine 1½ ounces Big Springs Spirits white rum ¾ ounce Midori melon liqueur 4 ounces ginger beer (Gosling’s or other Caribbean brands)

The Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Pour grenadine into the bottom of cocktail/martini glass. Set aside. In a shaker filled with crushed ice add the remaining ingredients and shake, shake, shake until well combined. Gently pour mixture into the glass over the back of a spoon so as not to disturb the grenadine. Garnish with a rondelle of lime.

Brooke Gertz

Cumberberry Mojito

Ingredients: 10 slices of cucumber, plus more for garnish 8 raspberries, plus more for garnish ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish 4 ounces white rum 1 lime, juiced 1 tablespoon agave 6 ounces club soda In a large shaker, muddle cucumber, raspberries, mint, and rum until cucumber is broken up a bit. Add lime juice and agave. Fill glasses with ice, strain mixture, top off with club soda and garnish.

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I It’s finally summer in Central Pennsylvania, the perfect season to enjoy some refreshing libations. While a classic cocktail such as an old fashioned or a mint julep will never lead you astray, it’s always fun to mix up a few new concoctions with friends using fresh herbs and fruits to give them a seasonal flavor. The idea of mixed drinks dates to ancient times when it was thought that certain combinations could cure what ails you. A cocktail is traditionally a mixture of spirits, sugar or simple syrup, water, and bitters. There are many stories behind where the word cocktail originated; one story suggests that a rooster’s tail was used as a Colonial drink

garnish. Another is that it was derived from the French word coquetel, an eggcup that was used for serving drinks. The first printed use of the word cocktail to refer to an alcoholic beverage appeared in 1806 in the paper The Balance and Columbian Repository of Hudson, New York. Some of the best and best-known cocktails that we think about today — the martini, the daiquiri, the Manhattan — came out between the 1860s and Prohibition. In the Prohibition era (1920 to 1933), speakeasies and saloons would dilute the taste of moonshine with sugar

The Hawaiian Lion

Lana Bernhard Ingredients:

1 bottle ginger kombucha 1 handful mint leaves 1 peach 1 cup strawberries ¼ cup peach schnapps 1 bottle white wine Mix all ingredients in a pitcher or punch bowl.

and bitters, paving the way for our modern-day cocktail. Knowing which cocktails are shaken, not stirred, is crucial to the overall taste, flavor, and

Lucy Rogers, Big Springs Spirits Ingredients: Ice 2 ounces Big Spring Seven Governors gin 1½ ounces basil-pineapple syrup* ½ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice Top with club soda, toss in a shaker and refill into Collins glass. Garnish with a fresh basil leaf. *Basil-pineapple syrup Bring 2 cups sugar and 2 cups pineapple juice to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring just until sugar dissolves. Boil 2 minutes. (Do not stir.) Remove from heat. Add 1 cup (packed) basil leaves, and steep 10 minutes. Press through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, using back of a spoon to squeeze out liquid; discard solids. Cool completely (about 20 minutes). Transfer to a jar; cover and refrigerate up to 3 months.

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Liz Hoffner

Revival Kitchen Ingredients: 1 ounce Hendricks gin 3 ounces blueberry lavender syrup* Juice of ½ a lemon (½ ounce) Shake and top with soda water Garnish with frozen blueberries or a lemon twist Combine over ice. *Blueberry lavender syrup 4 cups blueberries 1 cup water ½ cup sugar in the raw Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons) 1 lavender bundle (4-5 sprigs) Combine sugar and blueberries in a heavy pot and crush with the back of spoon or potato masher; add the water, lemon juice and lavender. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium to high heat, then reduce the heat to mediumlow and simmer until the mixture has reduced and thickened. Strain the mixture either through cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer over a large bowl, gently press or squeeze the solids to extract all of the flavorful syrup and toss out the solids; let the syrup cool completely before using. consistency of the drink. As a rule, cocktails that include fruit juices, cream liqueurs, simple syrup, sour mix, egg, and dairy are shaken. This ensures that all the ingredients are fully incorporated and in the process, more ice is 102 - T&G July 2017

Champ de Lavande (French for lavender field)

broken down, adding an amount of water that helps balance the flavors in the drink. Straining the drink after being shaken will initially create an effervescent look to the drink that will clear up within minutes. Garnishes such as fruit wedges, slices or twists, as well as maraschino cherries, not only add a visual appeal to the cocktail, but instill a sweetness or tartness to the drink. Olives and onions in a martini, for example, add an undertone of savory flavor. Other edible garnishes include spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon, sprigs of mint and other herbs, all of which enhance the flavors in a cocktail.

Finally, whether you stir or shake up a few cocktails this summer season, have fun experimenting, and always drink responsibly. The staff at Town&Gown thanks our loyal readers who submitted recipes for our Summer Cocktail Contest. Whether you are looking for a great cocktail recipe for your summer party or something simple just to cool off on a hot day, here are some favorites from our readers and staff submissions. T&G To see all of our readersubmitted cocktail recipes, visit

Claudia Sarnow

The Hummingbird Room Ingredients: ½ teaspoon grenadine 1½ ounces Big Springs Spirits white rum ¾ ounce Midori melon liqueur 4 ounces ginger beer (Gosling’s or other Caribbean brands)

The Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Pour grenadine into the bottom of cocktail/martini glass. Set aside. In a shaker filled with crushed ice add the remaining ingredients and shake, shake, shake until well combined. Gently pour mixture into the glass over the back of a spoon so as not to disturb the grenadine. Garnish with a rondelle of lime.

Brooke Gertz

Cumberberry Mojito

Ingredients: 10 slices of cucumber, plus more for garnish 8 raspberries, plus more for garnish ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish 4 ounces white rum 1 lime, juiced 1 tablespoon agave 6 ounces club soda In a large shaker, muddle cucumber, raspberries, mint, and rum until cucumber is broken up a bit. Add lime juice and agave. Fill glasses with ice, strain mixture, top off with club soda and garnish.

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dining out

All restaurants are in State College or on the Penn State campus, and in the 814 area code unless noted.

Full Course Dining bar bleu, 114 S. Garner St., 237-0374, 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 Citystyle barbecue is smoked daily on-site. AE, D, DC, ID+, MC, V. Full bar. Barrel 21 Distillery & Dining, 2255 N. Atherton St., 308-9522, barrel21distillery .com. Barrel 21 offers a unique gastro-distillery dining experience that features our one of a kind spirits and beer which are made on premise. Our menu of rotating seasonal items blends classic dishes with current trends to deliver new and interesting presentations for our guests to enjoy. Sunday brunch is a favorite with madeto-order omelets, Bloody Mary bar, and full buffet, including Irving’s bagels, house-made pastries, and much more. Happy Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m.Tuesday through Friday, featuring half-price Barrel 21 spirits and Otto’s beer. Our tasting room also is open if you would like to take a bottle home with you, and our private dining room is available for your special event. We look forward to seeing you at Barrel 21! Carnegie Inn & Spa Restaurant, 100 Cricklewood Drive, 234-2424. An exquisite boutique hotel offering fine dining in a relaxed yet gracious atmosphere. Your dining experience begins with a wide array of appetizers and entrees that compare to the best restaurants of the largest cities in the United States. Additionally, the Carnegie Inn & Spa Restaurant wine list is one of the best in the area and features a wide variety of wines from California, France, and other countries. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, D, V. Full bar.

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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 and beer) is welcome after 5 p.m. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V. The Deli Restaurant, 113 Hiester St., 2375710, The 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. 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, A true neighborhood hangout, famous for authentic New York-style wood-fired pizzas and fresh, homemade Italian 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. 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 special- ties. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. Full bar, beer.

Gigi’s, W. College Ave, on the corner of Cato Ave., 861-3463, Conveniently located 5 minutes from downtown State College, Gigi’s is a farm-to-table dining experience inspired by the hottest southern trends. Outdoor Patio. Lunch & Dinner. Full Bar. AE, D, MAC, MC, V. The Greek, 102 E. Clinton Ave., 308-8822, 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. 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 8 years in a row. Eat-in, Take-Out, Catering. Glutenfree options available. Bacon-based dessert. Homemade breads, BYO beer or wine all day. Sense of humor required. D, MAC, MC, V.

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Hi-Way Pizza, 1688 N. Atherton St., 237-0375, 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.

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Hoss’s Steak & Sea House, 1454 North Atherton Street, State College, 234-4009, Since 1983, Hoss’s has been providing considerate service, delicious food, and a pleasant environment that brings family and friends together. We offer a variety of steaks, chicken, seafood, burgers, and sandwiches. Hoss’s showcase is our all-you-can-eat Hosspitality Bars — offering fresh salads, soups, breads, and desserts. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V

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Inferno Brick Oven & Bar, 340 E. College Ave., 237-5718, 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 transi- tions 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. 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. Liberty Craft House, 346 E. College Ave., 9544923, A worthy destination inspired by their passion for knowledge, skill, and small-batch artisan goods. Liberty is a humble neighborhood joint with design cues from the industrial revolution that provides a comfortable post for a few drinks, food, and good times. A one-of-akind, world-class digital-menu-driven draft system features nitro-coffee, craft sodas, cocktails, wine, ales, lagers, and hand-pumped cask ale. Specializing in American whiskey, Liberty boasts a bottled beer, wine, mead, cider, and spirits list that would make your buddy jealous. Hungry? Liberty’s menu focuses on small-batch, local, organic, and artisan food made 100 percent in-house, fresh from scratch. Charcuerie, fromage, and flat breads are at the heart of the menu that is complemented by many other classic gastropub favorites. Open 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. every day (kitchen ’til midnight). AE, D, MAC, MC, V.

Mario’s Italian Restaurant, 272 N. Atherton St., 234-4273, 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 and is 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® state-ofthe-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, State College’s most awarded craft-beer pub and brewery featuring more than a dozen fresh, housebrewed ales and lagers on tap as well as fine, affordably priced, local American food with vegan and vegetarian offerings, a kids’ menu, weekly features, and seasonal menu. Open for lunch and dinner in a family-friendly, casual atmosphere. Barrel 21 craft distilled spirits available. AE, D, MC, V. Full bar.

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Good Food Fast Baby’s Burgers & Shakes, 131 S. Garner St., 234-4776, 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. Bagel Crust, 460 Westerly Parkway, 308-9321, Fresh, daily-baked New York style bagels with no artificial ingredients, no oil, no butter, and no cholesterol! Gourmet breakfast and lunch sandwiches with the best cold cuts from Boar’s Head. Come try our organic coffee blends, organic herbal and black teas, as well as flavored smoothies. Catering is available. AE, MAC, MC, V.

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Barranquero Café, 324 E. Calder Way, 954-7548, A locally owned coffee shop specializing in authentic Colombian coffees and specialty drinks. Works closely with its coffee suppliers in Colombia to ensure that it receives only the highest quality coffee beans the region has to offer. Also serves fresh fruit juices, empanadas, and more! Hopes to bring a little piece of Colombia to Happy Valley! Hours: Mon.-Sat. 7a.m.-8p.m., Sun. 10a.m.-8p.m. Fiddlehead, 134 W. College Ave., 237-0595, Fiddlehead is a soupand-salad café offering soups made from scratch daily. Create your own salad from more than 40 fresh ingredients. HUB Dining, HUB-Robeson Center on campus, 865-7623. A Penn State tradition open to all! Enjoy 12 different eateries in the HUB-Robeson Center on campus. Jamba Juice, McAlister’s Deli, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Burger King, Grate Chee, Sbarro, Soup & Garden, Diversions, Blue Burrito, Mixed Greens, Panda Express, and Hibachi-San by Panda.V, MC, LC.

Irving’s, 110 E. College Ave., 231-0604, Irving’s is State College’s finest bakery café serving award-winning bagels, espresso, sandwiches, salads, and smoothies. 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 saints logo.white2.eps goods, and more! Plus, Meyer Dairy is the best place to pick up your Town&Gown magazine each month!

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Specialty Foods Dam Donuts, 216 W. High Street, Bellefonte, 548-7825, Locally owned, specialty donut shop. Made-to-order donuts are made daily, right before your eyes! House-blend coffee, cold-brew coffee, and bubble tea also. We offer a variety of frostings and toppings to tickle your taste buds! Also offering call-ahead orders and special occasions orders. Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. & Sun., Closed Mon. AE, D, MC, V. T&G



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From volunteer to executive director, Rick Bryant has helped the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts thrive

Rick Bryant, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, discusses the event’s success with Town&Gown founder Mimi Barash Coppersmith at Mario’s Italian Restaurant in State College.

The 2017 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will be held July 13-16, with Children and Youth Day on July 12 and BookFest on July 15. Every year, the festival brings more than 125,000 people to downtown State College to celebrate the arts and enjoy performers of international, national, and regional stature on the outdoor and indoor stages. Named executive director of the CPFA in 2005, Rick Bryant has been a paid staff member of the festival since becoming director of visual arts in 1999. His involvement with the festival dates back to 1984, when he first volunteered on the trash crew. Born in Bellefonte, he attended the University of Virginia, where he took bagpipe lessons and earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural history in 1979. After college, Bryant worked as a property and casualty insurance agent in State College for 19 years. As an American history buff, Bryant writes about his adventures as a “doofus hipster wannabe” and the unusual places he has been in his blog, The Wandering Wahoo. In addition to his role at the CPFA, Byrant has been 112 - T&G July 2017

on several boards of community organizations including the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, the State College Board of Health, the Board of Deacons of State College Presbyterian Church, Community Advisory Board for Penn State’s Center for the Performing Arts, State College Historic Resources Commission, and the State College Design Review Board. This year marks the 51st annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College. Town&Gown founder Mimi Barash Coppersmith sat down with Bryant at Mario’s Italian Restaurant to discuss his involvement with the festival and what it takes to put on such a successful event every year. Mimi: Well, my goodness, I’ve known you for 43 years, is that right? Rick: Yes, since fall of 1974. Mimi: I first met you when you, my daughter Carol, and two other classmates were on Scholastic Quiz on channel 6. Refresh our memories about that. Rick: Well, it was a quiz show modeled on College Bowl, shown on channel 6, the NBC affiliate in Johnstown. We competed in a single-elimination tournament and we were the runner-up. We lost in a three-game final to Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, but we had a great time. We won $4,400 worth of scholarships to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. One of my classmates, Ginny Gingrich,

got to use that scholarship money. Mimi: Looking at this picture of the Scholastic Quiz: Carol majored in English from Yale. Do you remember what David Weintraub went to school for? I think he may be a PhD. Rick: I think he is too. Da-Shih Hu is an MD so I am the underachiever. My college

classmates think I run a carnival. Mimi: You went to school at the University of Virginia. And you graduated in architectural history? Rick: Yep, architectural history, not a very popular major, but something that still interests me. Mimi: You’ve been running the festival since 2005. Rick: I’ve been on the paid staff since 1999. Mimi: And before that you volunteered for them. Rick: I did. I started volunteering in 1984 picking up the garbage. Mimi: What made the festival so sustainable? Rick: Well, I think the festival had two things going for it and one was the people it had working for it. They were people

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who were accustomed to getting things done. They weren’t folks to take no for an answer and secondly, State College’s social and economical isolation help too because it became something the community could embrace. It was so different than the other 360 days a year. The people in the region were smart enough to realize a good thing when they had it and kept it going. Mimi: And they put a little oomph into the summer in State College. I have a feeling that the Fourth Fest got some of its juice from the example of the festival. Rick: Well, there’s People’s Choice too and that’s an outgrowth of the festival. They’ve been doing a great job for 20-some years and now our Arts Festival weekend, there’s Heritage Days in Philipsburg, which is a little farther away, but you know a rising tide lifts all boats and they’re one of the boats that’s gotten lifted too. Mimi: Interesting that you look at the People’s Choice with pleasure. I can remember the day that we found out that

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was happening and we had great concern about the PR fallout. Rick: Sure, I remember that happening. And I’m not sure whose idea it was to keep positive but that was absolutely the right decision. Now we list them on our website and on our program as something to do. So, a lot of people go to both. Mimi: Each enhances the other. They have a different pitch. Rick: Absolutely. They give local performers two gigs in one weekend. Mimi: That says something else about the community when you think about it. Rick: Yes it does, actually last year, there was a storm and their tent blew over. I called them right away and asked them if they needed anything, we can give them a dining tent or send people over. They didn’t need our help, but they were glad we were there to offer it. Mimi: And they’re growing and you’re growing. Rick: Yeah, we’re bringing in bigger acts and our audience is growing all the time. Mimi: Well, I’ve been involved in the festival since 51 years ago and I was one of the worker bees. When you look at the volunteers that really make this festival what it is, how many volunteers do you need each year? Rick: It’s about 600. And a lot of people are very invested in what they do. They’ve been an ambassador, worked at a sales booth or at the information booth and they like doing that. Mimi: What’s your biggest problem going forward? Rick: The biggest problem is always paying for it. It’s a free party so we rely on an annual fund. We have some earned income with artists fees and selling buttons, but paying for the festival is always the biggest challenge. Mimi: What is the total budget for the thing? Rick: For the Festival and for First Night it’s at least $722,000. Mimi: How do you keep it that low? Rick: Volunteer labor is certainly helpful; we have three full-time employees

including me. We have Jennifer Shuey, our development director, Carol Baney, our operations director, and it’s just the three of us. We have a couple people like Doris Mack, our performing arts director, she’s a paid contractor. During the festival, we have a ton of paid contractors for sound and light, as well as people that clean bathrooms. They aren’t employees; they just work those five days a year. Doris works throughout the year; she listens to every single musical submission we get. Mimi: Well, you know, I had my time as president of the festival board and my goal was always to have one festival in the bank. God forbid something happens, you’re covered. Do we have one festival in the bank yet? Rick: Actually we just completed an exercise where we tried to figure out if something happened and we weren’t able to have either the festival or First Night: could we keep the staff paid with health insurance and so forth? We almost have enough in the

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bank to do that. And that doesn’t include any appeal for help we would make to the community. Also, we just started a legacy society at the Centre Foundation. It’s called the Celebration Circle and we have maybe seven members right now. We don’t want any of the gifts to mature too soon. Mimi: You’ve lived here all your life, except when you went to college. Tell me about your background in this community. Rick: My parents moved here in 1948 and neither of them were Penn Staters. They met during World War II in France. My mother was a widow. Her first husband had died in a B-17 crash. She had been married for about a month before he shipped out. After he died, she enlisted. She worked as a dietician at a hospital in Nancy. She met my father while she was in France. He was a dashing fighter pilot. Even to this day I have people come up to me and say, “Oh, my mother or my grandmother thought your father was just the cat’s pajamas.” My father went to the University of California in Berkley for a while. Mimi: Your father was a character. Rick: Yes, he dropped out of college. He was a character, immensely larger than life. Mimi: You knew he was in the room. Rick: He was quite something. My siblings and I have all heard, “Oooh, your father’s so handsome.” My grandfather said that State College is a place on the move. My grandfather, my mother’s father, was a business associate of O.W. Houts. If you bought something at O.W. Houts and financed it, my grandfather held the paper. So, my father started working there in the lumber yard. I have three siblings and only one of them, my sister, is a Penn Stater. Mimi: And where are they all? Rick: My brother, the attorney, is in Penns Valley. My sister, a project manager for a software company, lives in Bellefonte, and we have another brother who lives in Texas. My mother used to say she had three only children and I think that pretty much hit it right on the nose. We’re all very different. We all think we are the smartest and the funniest.

Mimi: What have you enjoyed most about the development of the festival? How did you make a difference? Rick: I have a lot of doubt in my life, I’m not really sure I make a difference, but I think that we have better entertainment than we’ve ever had and I think that the quality of artists we have continues to stay strong and grow. We pay attention to the idea that everyone should be able to buy something. The largest thing that’s happened is that we now have BookFest at Schlow Library, which is a tremendous asset to the community. They have some author talks and they’ve experimented with local authors, and comic books. Anything that gets someone to read is a wonderful thing in my book. Mimi: Well, reading and art are a good combination. Rick: I say that if you are the kind of person who’s going to buy art, you’re the person who’s going to open a book. And that’s the kind of customer we’re looking for. I want people who are going to buy art, go

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to a concert, stay in a hotel room, and buy a restaurant meal. Mimi: And how do you measure that impact? Rick: We have a survey every year, we ask people where they came from, did they stay, where did they stay, roughly how much money did they spend between when you left home and when you got back home. Mimi: What are some of the high points from that survey from last year? Rick: Well, of course I can’t remember them all, but in general we’re responsible for about 5,000 hotel room nights. This doesn’t account for friends and relatives who stay in your guest room and on your sofa. Last year our survey said 128,000 people came and we think that’s a pretty accurate number. Mimi: That’s as many people who live in the whole county. Rick: Ah, yes it is actually! And it has a huge impact. And we see people who started out in the kids sidewalk sale and occasionally we’ll see people that, on their application, said they did that and now they’re doing it as a real artist.


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Mimi: Is the kids sidewalk sale unusual? Rick: Yes. I think it’s pretty great. I’ve given talks across the country about that. It’s not just about the art; it’s also about the entrepreneurship. It teaches kids how to communicate with other people. It’s like a little business. It teaches them profit, loss, and intellectual property. Even if they’re going to use that money when their family goes to Disney Land or they want to buy a bike, they learn the value of work. Mimi: What didn’t I ask you that you’d like to give as a parting thought? Rick: I’d like to talk about my blog, it’s called The Wandering Wahoo. Now I don’t have a musical talent. I can’t sing, but I like to think I can tell a funny story, so I tell the story of my life in words and pictures. Mimi: What kind of following do you have? Rick: About three. (Both laugh)

Mimi: Well, I do think you have an amazing staff. To see Jennifer move from having done an incredible job at ClearWater to being an artist in charge of development, an artist who loves the environment, and she’s doing an amazing job. Rick: True, and Carol is an artist too. She makes jewelry, so she’s learning how to make artists feel welcome and what artists need to have a selling environment. That’s two artists and that makes me the odd one out. Mimi: Well, we’ll have to get people to read your blog! You run something that provides enjoyment for hundreds of thousands of people and that’s got to have a great reward for someone like you. And you do a pretty damn good job at it. Rick: Thank you very much. I have the best art job in the county. Mimi: Thanks for taking the time. Rick: Hey, thanks for having me. T&G

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felt important to me and it also felt important to me to give an inclusive environment for the older people to begin to understand younger people.” This is where the FaceAge project began. The plan would be to bring strangers with many generations Penn State Laureate Andrew Belser between them together to talk will tour his FaceAge exhibition that about life while studying each other’s faces and describing them. helps shift perceptions of aging Soon, each volunteer would touch By Tommy Butler his or her partner’s face. Over three days of filming, the partners would explore issues like gender, Growing up, Andrew Belser was surrounded by a large sexuality, and ethnicity through the family. Many of his relatives lived into their 90s, with a few experience of aging. breaking the century mark. Belser’s experiences with his older While at the University of North family members ingrained in him a different view of aging. Carolina, Wilmington, in 2011, “There’s a lot of focus on what you lose, what you can’t do,” Belser created a pilot version of says Belser, a professor of movement, voice, and acting who FaceAge. When he joined Penn was recently named Penn State’s laureate for 2017-18. “There State in 2013, the full version of are older people doing all kinds of things and if you talk to a lot FaceAge was in progress. of older people they say ‘I look in the mirror and I guess I’m 75 More than 160 people volunteered but I feel like I’m not 75.’ That is a perception mostly.” to be part of the FaceAge film. After Belser realized that distant generations spending less and less screen-testing the applicants for time together was causing this fear of aging. their ability to open up and their “It occurred to me that maybe there’s something lost in willingness to be honest, 12 people our understanding because the generations aren’t with each were selected, with six older than other as much,” Belser says. “Maybe younger people don’t get 65 and six not yet in their mid-20s. a first-hand embodied understanding of what aging is. That Pairs were chosen that mixed gender, race, and sexuality, among other attributes. The 56-minute film is split into six chapters — Assumptions, Mask & Deception, Memory, Mortality, What the Face Holds, and Being Seen. Each chapter takes viewers on a journey through different intricacies of aging. The film is played on a loop with every chapter working as a starting point for a The FaceAge project brings strangers with many generations between new viewer. them together to talk about life while studying each other’s faces.

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Penn State Laureate Andrew Belser says “FaceAge is really about belonging to each other.”

the laureate tour, FaceAge will be taken on a national tour. Belser is looking forward to working with LeadingAge to distribute FaceAge across the country as well as working with WPSU to make international and more localized versions of the film. “This work around FaceAge feels like an artful engagement with culture in a differencemaking way,” Belser says. “I could make moving and aesthetically beautiful art that could also have a role in shifting the perceptions of aging. I couldn’t imagine a better life.” The focus on togetherness in Penn State President Eric Barron’s All-In campaign is something that Belser wants FaceAge to encourage and bring about between generations. “I think FaceAge can help illuminate that quality of Penn State that is a ‘We Are’ quality,” says Belser. “It’s the slogan and we say it all the time but it’s a profound thing, to belong to a community and FaceAge is really about belonging to each other. No matter what differences we have, we belong together, and it’s not because we wear blue and white, it’s because we are part of a community of humans.” T&G To learn more about FaceAge, visit

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Shown on three screens that partially surround the viewer, FaceAge is unlike other movies. Each screen shows various images or film clips with one audio channel accompanying them all. Depending on where the viewer looks at any given moment, he or she is having a different experience than the viewer alongside, and it even differs from previous viewing experiences. Starting the project, Belser expected older generations to be more interested in watching the final product. He was surprised by the interest shown by college-age viewers. “Initially, I have to admit, I thought that the older people would be more interested in watching,” says Belser. “That’s not true, they’re definitely interested in watching but the people 20 and 21 years old are really interested in this project, in part because it’s moving. Aging breaks down other kinds of barriers between people.” FaceAge isn’t just for college students and older generations to connect. FaceAge has been beneficial for a wide array of people. “The use of it is broad now,” Belser says. “It’s starting to be used to train healthcare professionals to look at how aging is a bias and to help change some perceptions around aging. It will be used in a number of universities this year for education of all sorts and it’s available for quite a lot of outlets.” As the director of the Arts & Design Research Incubator in the College of Arts and Architecture, Belser partnered with the Center for Healthy Aging in the College of Health and Human Development as well as the Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence in the College of Nursing to make FaceAge possible. As Penn State laureate, Belser will be touring FaceAge throughout Pennsylvania. He also has plans set to have the film shown at every Penn State campus as well as the IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in San Francisco, among other places. After

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Fun Home-coming Millbrook Playhouse to present musical with deep connections to region By Harry Zimbler The summer theater season is well under way at the Millbrook Playhouse. The actors are performing, and the tech crews are working their magic, hanging lights and sewing costumes. At the center of this creative vortex is Artistic Director David Leidholdt. More than anyone else, he is responsible for the shows selected for production this straw hat season. In his fourth summer at Millbrook, Leidholdt is particularly proud of the selections for 2017. “We have tried to satisfy all the demographic groups in our audience,” he says. “We have a lot more competition than we used to have, so we have to be diverse.” Leidholdt scored a dramatic coup for the Millbrook audience by acquiring rights to Fun Home, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical that is set in Beech Creek, Pennsylvania, just a few miles from the Millbrook Playhouse. “I didn’t think we would be able to secure the rights, but we took a chance and asked anyway,” he says. He assumed that Fun Home was years away from a local production. Happily, he was wrong and the license was granted. Fun Home is based on the life of Alison Bechdel, whose graphic novel dealt with her own sexuality and her father’s deep secrets. The troubled family was brought to the musical stage by Lisa Kron, with music composed by Jeanine Tesori. Leidholdt notes the strong connection between Bechdel’s story and the musical that will be presented at the Millbrook. “Our board of directors has reached out to Alison and her family,” he says. “There is a definite synchronicity with the story and the Millbrook Playhouse.” In fact, Bechdel’s mother performed on the Millbrook stage in the 1970s in The Importance of Being Earnest, and her father was on the Millbrook board for many years. Now their life story will be presented to a contemporary audience. The story depicts Alison Bechdel’s struggles as a lesbian living in rural Central Pennsylvania. And it is complicated by her relationship with her father. “She wrote a graphic novel about growing up in Beech Creek,” says Leidholdt. “Her relationship to her father, while troubled, was central to her life.” Bechdel’s father, a funeral home director, is believed 124 - T&G July 2017

Millbrook Playhouse Artistic Director David Leidholdt was pleasantly surprised to secure rights for a local production of Fun Home, set in neighboring Beech Creek.

to have committed suicide. Alison was shocked to learn of his secret life, his bisexuality, which was more than confusing to her. Fun Home is described as a memory play and its narrative is very non-linear. “It is not a traditional musical,” says Leidholdt. “It’s a serious musical that gives us an opportunity to go deeper into the problems faced by homosexuals.” Despite its serious subject, and its mildly controversial story, Fun Home has been embraced by the local community, knowing that the story takes place in their back yard. “I would say the reaction has been 100 percent positive,” says Leidholdt. It is a unique story, a kind of playwithin- a- play- within- a- reality, being performed in the very place the story is set. “You can literally drive by the ‘Fun Home,’ ” says Leidholdt. “It’s still there, in Beech Creek.” T&G Fun Home will be performed from July 28 through August 6 at the Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall, a few miles from Beech Creek. Harry Zimbler is a freelance writer and theater instructor from Pennsylvania Furnace.

July Town&Gown 2017  
July Town&Gown 2017