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Forecasting Success Renaissance honoree Joel Myers built AccuWeather into a global force while staying loyal to his roots, and making a difference in his community

Inside: State College grows vertically • Retired SEAL Ryan McCombie on service to country and Penn State


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30 / Forecasting Success AccuWeather’s Joel Myers, the 2017 Renaissance Fund honoree, has parlayed a passion for forecasting and entrepreneurship into a force that is making a difference in the community and far beyond • by Mark Brackenbury

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44 / ‘Where the Energy Comes From’ State College works to balance new high-rises with old charm to remain an economic hub • by Sean Yoder

58 / Home Games Football weekend house rentals are proving to be a winning formula for some residents and visitors • by Holly Riddle

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On the cover: Joel Myers, founder, president, and chairman of AccuWeather, is the 2017 Renaissance Fund honoree. 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: Don’t wait until you are sick emotionally, physically, and spiritually to shelter yourself from toxic people • by Meghan Fritz 22 Health: How to identify the warning signs of bullying • by Craig Collison, MD 24 About Town: The interactive science museum Discovery Space is growing along with the children it serves • by Nadine Kofman 26 On Center: The Spanish Harlem Orchestra will make its Penn State premiere November 9 • by John Mark Rafacz

28 Penn State Diary: What if there was no Penn State in Centre County? • by Lee Stout 70 This Month on WPSU 73 What’s Happening: Celebrate fall with an array of festivals from Aaronsburg to the Arboretum to Bellefonte 84 On Tap: The fellowship of beer has been bringing people together for centuries • by Sam Komlenic 86 Taste of the Month/Dining Out: Penn Pide brings the flavors of Turkey to State College • by Vilma Shu Danz 98

Lunch with Mimi: Penn State Trustee Ryan McCombie, a retired US Navy captain and SEAL, talks about service to the country and the university

106 Artist of the Month: For Jennifer Shuey, art comes down to ‘what moves you’• by Miranda Buckheit

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108 Snapshot: New Penn State drum major Jack Frisbie comes from a family with a rich history in the Blue Band • by James Turchick


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State College Borough faces a changing landscape The building boom in State College and at Penn State over the past couple of decades has been dramatic. Perhaps it seems even more spectacular to the periodic visitor, not here to see the incremental change on a daily basis. Until moving here last year, I was one of those visitors. The transformation of town and gown from the time I was a Penn State student in the early 1980s, to when our daughter was a student in the 1990s, to what we saw on regular visits over the past decade is hard to overstate. Each year, shiny new buildings popped up around town and on campus. That growth is a healthy sign, but it brings challenges. As the State College Borough ran out of room to grow out, more and more it started to grow up. That has been especially evident over the past year or so with the opening of two new 12-story mixed-use buildings: the Fraser Center last year at Fraser Street and Beaver Avenue, and the Metropolitan at Atherton Street and College Avenue in September. Another 12-story complex, The Rise, is going up at 532 East College Avenue. And The Residences at College and Atherton, still another 12-story building, is proposed across the street from the Metropolitan. With the exception of the Fraser Center, the new high-rises are geared to fill an ongoing need for off-campus student housing. In the process, the buildings help keep tax dollars in the borough rather than letting them escape to neighboring townships.

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The challenge for the borough is cultivating that growth while maintaining the college-town charm for which State College is beloved by so many. Staff writer Sean Yoder explores that challenge in this issue with borough officials and downtown business owners who are at the heart of it. Also in this issue, we celebrate the contributions of Joel N. Myers, a three-time Penn State grad and the founder, president, and chairman of AccuWeather. Myers took an idea he had as a grad student in 1962 and turned it into a thriving global company, based in State College all the while. Myers is the 2017 Renaissance Fund honoree. For 41 years, the Renaissance Fund has honored someone who, through a lifetime of service, has contributed greatly to the Penn State and State College communities. The fund is already accepting contributions to the Dr. Joel N. Myers Renaissance Scholarship, which helps students in need. Read more about Myers’ remarkable career — and his many contributions to the community — inside!

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The List What to know about October Pumpkins are everywhere in October, and all those classic fall scenes mean big business. Pennsylvania grows more pumpkins than any state but Illinois and New York, harvesting 4,300 acres last year with a production value of $14.5 million. Call that a smashing success!

Be sure to focus on your language October 16, which is both Dictionary Day and Learn a New Word Day. In case you missed it, Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day last Dictionary Day was lavation – the act of washing or cleansing. Which, of course, often occurs in the lavatory.

Dig into the back of your closet on October 17 and pull out those plaid pants or that cat sweater. You’ll want to be properly attired for Wear Something Gaudy Day. We all know that nobody’s perfect. October 1 is a day to celebrate our flaws – it’s Less Than Perfect Day!

Speaking of flaws … honestly, no offense, but Pet Peeve Week is literally our favorite week of the year. It’s observed the second week of October. We’ll be thinking of the drivers who zoom past a line of stopped traffic before forcing their way in.

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Penn State’s annual White Out game, on October 21 this year, comes with an opportunity for payback: the Lions play Michigan, which crushed them last year in Ann Arbor before Penn State went on a roll to win the Big Ten title. Expect a crowd even more fired-up than usual.

October 31 – Halloween – falls on a Tuesday this year. The annual Trickor-Treat Night in State College runs from 6-8 p.m. The 71st annual Halloween Parade will be at 7 on Sunday night, October 29.


People in the Community Irene Miller

Irene Miller is the new executive director of the State College Downtown

Improvement District. Miller, who started in mid-September, joins the DID from the Centre Foundation, where she was involved with Centre Gives and other events that engaged community members in local philanthropy. “With an infinite amount of amazing ideas out there, I’m looking forward to prioritizing and enacting the ones that we can implement to take downtown to the next level,” Miller said in a press release. Miller, who moved to the area six years ago, is a graduate of Leadership Centre County’s 2015 class, has been involved with the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County’s Connect group, and is a member of the Downtown State College Rotary.

Emily Whitehead

Emily Whitehead, a 12-yearold from Philipsburg, is the inspirational story behind a new treatment for leukemia recently approved by the FDA. The experimental cell replacement procedure is credited with saving Emily’s life, and now it offers hope to thousands of others. The T-cell therapy is for treatment of certain pediatric and young adult patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This therapy was first used on Emily when she was just 5, and recently she was deemed five years cancer-free. Emily and her parents, Tom and Kari Whitehead, have been on a mission to make the procedure available to everyone facing childhood cancer. The FDA’s approval “made us even more proud and amazed at how much Emily surviving her treatment is changing the world,” Tom Whitehead told the Centre County Gazette.

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The YMCA of Centre County has new leadership. The Y’s board of directors recently appointed Scott Mitchell, who has been with the association for 19 years, as chief executive officer. Mitchell served most recently as the chief operating officer, providing oversight to YMCA of Centre County’s four facilities, while also serving as executive director for the State College Branch. “At the Y, we’re all about strengthening the community,” he said in a press release. “I’m eager to talk with people about what we do and offer opportunities for them to get them involved. ... We not only offer youth development and healthy living opportunities for all ages and abilities at our four branches in Centre County, but we are also committed to social responsibility – turning no one away due to financial limitations, providing weekend and summer meals for kids, and so much more to ensure that we are giving back and supporting our communities.” T&G


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Q&A with Lynsey Addario, author of It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War By Sean Yoder Lynsey Addario is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist known for her images of war. Her book, It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War, is a memoir of her experience surviving in war zones, living through kidnappings, and meeting people she says are “beautiful and generous” despite their circumstances. Her book was chosen as the Penn State Reads common text. She will visit the community on October 16-17 for events at Penn State and Schlow Centre Region Library. Town&Gown caught up with her for an interview in midSeptember. T&G: Where are you now? What are you working on? Addario: I am in London. I got back from Germany this morning. That assignment is a year-long project I've been working on for Time magazine called “Finding Home,” and we've been following three Syrian refugee families. When we started the project all three women were pregnant, like 8 or 9 months pregnant, and we followed them through delivery and are following the babies through the first year of their lives. T&G: What would be lacking from conflict coverage if we didn't have photos? Addario: I think that there are some incredible writers who do a really amazing job of painting a picture of what it looks like on the front line in a war zone. … I think the important thing there is someone bearing witness and reporting what's going on. Obviously, for me, I believe in the power of photography. I believe in the power of an image, and the fact that things should be documented visually because it provides sort of proof of something that's happened. T&G: You've been to all of these continents covering conflicts. What are some of the unifying themes that strike you about the people who live in war zones? Addario: I think that the one thing that I've learned is that people are incredibly resilient and you do see the whole cliché of seeing the greatest beauty and the greatest hardship in war. There is some truth in that, and I think that I've met incredible people who have opened their homes to me and to my colleagues in extremely difficult 16 - T&G October 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario will visit the Centre Region in mid-October.

times when they themselves have lost everything. I think that those moments are ones that will stay with me forever. Of course, there's the devastation, there's the evil of war. People do things that are unconscionable. People do things that I would never think a human being capable of. But at the same time, they also do incredibly beautiful, generous things. T&G: What would be an example of some of those beautiful, generous things that you've seen? Addario: First of all, there are women that I've photographed who have been assaulted sexually, physically, gang raped, they're in recovery. They take the time to talk, to tell their stories, to try and offer me tea, and to try and fix me a meal when they have nothing. I remember when I used to go to Afghanistan under the Taliban in 2000. I made three trips under the Taliban. I remember at the time


in Afghanistan it was illegal to invite a foreigner into your home, and there weren't really many foreigners there because it was very hard to get a visa. But when I would drive around through the countryside ... Afghans would literally hang out their windows and say, “Come. Come eat lunch. Come to my home. Spend the night. Let us be hospitable.” It's their custom and it's their tradition to open their homes and to be very hospitable despite the fact that they could have gotten in trouble from the Taliban, and despite the fact that they had nothing, no money, no food. They would literally go into their garden and pick me lunch, pick me vegetables, and make bread. T&G: As far as your book, I saw an interview you had done with CNN where you said you had written it as a means of therapy after the kidnapping ... did that help? Addario: Yeah, of course it helped ... photography is a very extroverted profession. ... Anything I'm feeling, it influences the photos I take and the work I do. I think the whole process of sort of sitting at home and

sitting in my office and writing every single day, and having that discipline of writing for X hours a day, and thinking about my thoughts, and downloading everything I had been through for many, many years, to me it was a real gift. It was something that was difficult but it was also therapeutic and it was also very important at that time in my life because I had essentially spent 15 years, at that point, sort of running around the world without ever pausing to think about what I had seen, or the interviews I had done, or what I personally had been through.T&G The signature Penn State Reads event and Lynsey Addario book signing will be held at 7:30 p.m. October 16 in Schwab Auditorium. Free tickets will be available to students first and then offered to the public. Schlow Library in State College hosts “An Evening with Lynsey Addario” at 7:30 p.m. October 17 in the Downsbrough Community Room. For more information, visit schlowlibrary.org.

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Taking Refuge from the Storm Don’t wait until you are sick emotionally, physically, and spiritually to shelter yourself from toxic people By Meghan Fritz

In the past month, we have seen two hurricanes devastate Texas and Florida. Thousands have lost their homes, and cities and towns have been destroyed. It will take years to rebuild what has been lost. When you allow yourself to spend time with people that affect you negatively, it can feel like a hurricane. One minute you are enjoying the sunshine and feeling stable, and the next hour you are clinging to a tree hoping not to get thrown into the ocean of turmoil. If you turned on the news you could follow the coverage and warnings every minute of the day. The messages were clear and direct: “Take shelter, evacuate your homes, we can replace things, not lives.” Your intuition is much like a weather channel warning. You will know when it’s time to evacuate a friendship or relationship with a toxic person. If you override that warning, you will put your emotional, physical, and spiritual health at risk. 20 - T&G October 2017

There were several instances of people who stayed in evacuated areas, explored what was going on outside, or even surfed the waves of the hurricane. It’s not surprising in these cases that people were hurt and even lost their lives. Don’t override the warnings your internal GPS sends you to protect you from harm. When you feel the warning of anxiety, that is your body letting you know it’s time to take refuge. The best way to protect yourself from emotional harm is to honor your internal weather channel of emotions at all times. If you spend time with someone over and over again only to feel drained, anxious, and upset after your time together, you are in the eye of the storm. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for who you choose to spend time with. Just because someone is a family member does not mean you need to expose yourself to their destructive path. Self-love and respect is really about honoring your peace of mind at all times. Don’t wait until the eye of the storm to be a refuge and a shelter for yourself. Immediately heed the warning and put up your hurricane shutters in the form of strict boundaries. Don’t wait until you are sick emotionally, physically, and spiritually to take refuge from toxic people. The longer you expose yourself to the storm, the longer it will take to rebuild your confidence, faith, and trust in yourself. Be a refuge and a fortress for your emotional well-being; you are worth it! T&G Meghan Fritz, LCSW, is a psychotherapist practicing in State College.


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When bullying hits home How to identify the warning signs By Craig Collison, MD

In today’s world, bullying can take on many different forms, from verbal, physical, social, to cyber bullying. In some cases, the bullying may be made up of more than one of these components, Craig Collison, MD too. The first thing you should do, as a parent, is to determine if your child is being physically harmed. If this is the case, it is your responsibility to intervene immediately. If your child is being teased or has rumors circulating about him or her, you may want to teach your child a few tactics to help respond to the bully. Teach your son or daughter how to stay calm during a difficult situation and look the bully directly in the eye. Have your child firmly state that they do not want to be talked about like that, and that they do not like what the bully is doing. It’s also important to teach your child to know when to ask a trusted adult for help. If the problem does not resolve, you may wish to alert the school officials.

• Immediately ask to meet with your child’s classroom teacher and explain your concerns in a friendly, nonconfrontational way.

How to talk with school officials about bullying

Because cyber bullying is unfortunately a risk, you may wish to monitor your child’s texts and interactions through social media so that problems can be identified and dealt with as they arise.

• Keep a written record of all bullying incidents that your child reports to you. Record the names of the children involved, where and when the bullying occurred, and what happened.

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• Ask the teacher about his or her observations. – Has he or she noticed or suspected bullying? – How is your child getting along with others in class? – Has he or she noticed that your child is being isolated or excluded from playground or other activities with students? • Ask the teacher what he or she intends to do to investigate and help to stop the bullying. • If you are concerned about how your child is coping with the stress of being bullied, ask to speak with your child’s guidance counselor or other schoolbased mental health professional. • Set up a follow-up appointment with the teacher to discuss progress. If there is no improvement after reporting bullying to your child’s teacher, speak with the school principal. • Keep notes from your meetings with teachers and administrators.


Warning signs If you’re unsure whether your child is being bullied, you may be able to tell based on a few warning signs, including: • Unexplained injuries. • Difficulty sleeping or nightmares. • Avoidance of social situations or faking an illness to stay home. • Poor grades and loss of interest in schoolwork. • Lost or stolen electronics or personal items. • Self harm or thoughts of suicide. If your child is experiencing one or more of these signs, it’s important to get help through his or her pediatrician or mental health counselor. Who’s bullying whom? On the other end of the spectrum, you may find that your child is the one expressing bullying behaviors to other children. This can be witnessed by an increasing amount of aggression in your child, or frequently blaming others for problems. In this case, you should make sure your child knows that bullying is not acceptable. You may find it helpful to show your child that he or she does not have to use methods like threatening or teasing to make friends or get what he or she wants. In repeated cases, effective discipline should be used, such as a loss of privileges. It may also be beneficial for you to speak with your child’s guidance counselor, principal, or teachers so that those adults can intervene when you are not around. Last, if your child finds him or herself witnessing another person being bullied,

it’s important that your child knows to tell a trusted adult about the situation. Additionally, your child should be told not to encourage or cheer on a bully, but rather, support the child who is experiencing the bullying behavior. How to protect children who are being bullied • Let children know that you care for them and reassure them that they are not alone. • Talk to them about the specific situation where they’re being bullied and offer to help them. • Bullying is common on school buses. Encourage children to notify an adult if a child is being bullied. • Work with another adult such as a teacher, counselor, or bus driver to try to solve the problem. • Suggest that the child use a buddy system, as bullies are less likely to bother those in a group setting. • If the child has signs of bruising, cuts, or other physical harm, get help immediately. T&G

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The Excitement of Discovery Interactive science museum grows along with children it serves By Nadine Kofman

The unusual Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania has an unusual new home: reportedly one of the few Quonset huts in Centre County. Such prefabricated steel buildings have a semicircular arching roof.

Motor vehicle sales are long gone from 1224 North Atherton Street, State College. This location, devoted originally to Buicks, now caters to kids. You could term the just-opened, hands-on science and technology museum a miniature community college for inquisitive youngsters who might mature into scientists. “This is exciting,” was heard from family members of the Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania while entering the new 1949 home, which is three times larger than the original borough space. It took only six years for the Discovery Space to grow from a veritable 4,200-square-foot, one-room school to a 12,500-square-foot, two-room institution. “We’re the only interactive science museum in Central Pennsylvania,” says elementary educator and Discovery Space board member Linda Bailey. To date, it has a membership of more than 800 families from all over Centre County, plus a few beyond. Last year, there were 48 group visits from locales in 10 Pennsylvania 24 - T&G October 2017

counties, including Dauphin County’s Harrisburg. Groups come from as far away as Luzerne County. In total, there were 16,000 visits to the museum last year. To do what it does, volunteer involvement by residents and Penn State students is crucial. Kiwanians, Rotarians, and Delta Program students are just a few on-duty volunteers from the community who help each child see the fun in front of him or her. “We’ve been able to grow so quickly because of community support and participation,” says Executive Director Michele Crowl, a Hollidaysburg native and Penn State PhD graduate in science education. With the move, the youngsters have more play stations — that is, exhibits — each with a moodbrightening, hands-on, learning game. “We’ve been listening to our visitors about what they want and don’t want,” Crowl says. Ages are 2-ish (the “little people,” Bailey calls them) up to 10. Youngsters can often be found at the Moon Jump, the Archaeology Dig, the Maker (a recycling challenge). Generally, Crowl says, exhibits “focus on weather, engineering design, electricity and magnetism, force and motion, rocks and minerals.” While some exhibits have been done in-house, many have come from both Penn State’s Mechanical Engineering 340 classes and from Capstone, a senior design program. “We’re always looking for people to create things,” says Bailey. For programming, says Crowl, “We partner with a number of colleges at Penn State, but we also have local businesses.” Among them, Actuated Medical in Bellefonte “volunteers so much of their time,” and AccuWeather in State College is also “a good partner.”


Since the move, the hours open (Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Fridays open until 8 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.) haven’t changed but the exhibits have, doubling to 100. Specific kinds of exhibits may continue to be given away. The Beaver Lodge went to Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. “Five libraries in the county have exhibits,” says Crowl, as do the State College Municipal Building and the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau. Historically, kids were preceded at the new Discovery Space building by Hafer’s, then the Harford Buick Garage; Bonanza City; U.S. Army Reserves #491st Engineer Unit; Commercial Printing; Furniture Liquidators; the Cabinet Maker, and Keystone Church. Discovery Space’s original location closed when its 14 simultaneous summer camps — with more than 150 students — did. Now, after renovation, the staff (three full-time, 10 part-time, with many volunteers) is getting ready for the grand opening sometime this month. Even though staff offices aren’t a block away from the Discovery Space building anymore, it

wasn’t easy to leave the downtown. The original home, at 112 West Foster Avenue, was not only conveniently located, it was also the place agreed upon by the founders, led by Marty (Martha) Starling. Only professionally retired, the former Kansas-born Penn State development officer had turned her attention — with customary relentless resolve — to community betterment. Her steadfast associate in wanting to start an interactive science museum for kids was State College’s late mayor and my late husband, Bill Welch. As a College Heights boy having, as he described it, Penn State in his backyard, his highs included seeing holdings on exhibit inside the old Mineral Industries Building, particularly the two shrunken heads. He wanted every kid to have that level — not necessarily that kind — of discovery excitement. They had projected that the original space would become too small in about five years. It took a year and a half of looking to find bigger workable space. “We tried to stay in the borough,” says Crowl, who’s been with the Discovery Space — previously as education director — since it opened in 2011. When appropriate borough space didn’t appear, “We found a (Ferguson Township) building close to the borough,” she says. A great boon for drivers (who are expected to remain while their youngsters discover) is the building’s 50-space parking area — an improvement over the wait sometimes for an open parking meter in the small Foster Avenue block. For motor-less volunteers living too far away to walk, “there’s a bus stop right out front,” Crowl points out. Staying in touch with what’s going on, she attends meetings of ASTC (Association of Science – Technology Centers), and notes that anyone’s membership in it allows free admission to many science centers across the country. (Speaking of memberships, non-Discovery Space parents can sign-up at FrontDesk@ MyDiscoverySpace.org.) Discovery Space has no school colors, but rahrah T-shirts are available. The last one showed a cartoon drawing of a zooming rocket ship above the appropriate message, “Science is a blast!” T&G Nadine Kofman is a native Centre Countian and historian. 2017 October T&G - 25


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Spanish Harlem Orchestra to make its Penn State premiere November 9 Amy-Beth McNeely

By John Mark Rafacz

Spanish Harlem Orchestra features an ensemble of worldclass musicians and vocalists.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra, a big band led by pianist Oscar Hernández, sets the standard for authentic New York City-style salsa dura music. “Salsa may have its origins in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Latin America, but it was forged in New York City and that at least is where its heart survives,” writes a BBC reporter. “The lifeblood comes from the Spanish Harlem district and right in its center is 100 St. Below that is Tito Puente Blvd. By naming your band … in such a way you are putting out a statement of intent that you’ll be playing hard or Dura salsa, a classic sound which is steeped in the music of the Latin greats, from Tito Puente and Machito to the Fania All Stars.” Featuring an ensemble of world-class musicians and vocalists, the orchestra will perform November 9 at Eisenhower Auditorium as part of a 15th-anniversary tour that promises a precise, fresh, and exciting take on salsa. “The best thing at the Newport Jazz Festival was the Spanish Harlem Orchestra,” writes a critic for The New York Times. SHO, as the band is known to its fans, is dedicated to the sounds of the barrio. Its music is characterized by the raw, organic, and vintage soul of the genre. “Watching the Spanish Harlem Orchestra in action … at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Jazz Concert Hall you couldn’t tell whether you were supposed to listen or dance,” writes a Pittsburgh 26 - T&G October 2017

Post-Gazette reviewer. “After all, the thirteen-piece band that performs traditional salsa music puts on a show the likes of which hadn’t been seen there in a while, if ever, and the entire performance, which included appropriate choreography, was tight as a drum (pun intended). It was easy to hear why every CD that the band has recorded has received a Grammy nomination.” The band’s fifth album, Spanish Harlem Orchestra (2017), features guests Chick Corea and Joe Lovano. Each of the band’s previous recordings earned a Grammy nomination, with wins for Across 110th Street (2004) and United We Swing (2007). “Spanish Harlem Orchestra will be a bounty for both wallflowers and hipshakers,” writes a reporter for Time Out New York. T&G

The presentation is part of the Center for the Performing Arts Diversity and Inclusion Collaborative. Funds from across Penn State and throughout the community support the initiative. The university’s Equal Opportunity Planning Committee provides lead funding. Sandra Zaremba and Richard Brown provide support. Learn more about the collaborative at cpa.psu.edu/ diversity. Foxdale Village, A QuakerDirected Continuing Care Retirement Community, sponsors the concert. The Glenn and Nancy Gamble Endowment provides concert support. For concert tickets and information, visit cpa.psu.edu or phone (814) 863-0255. John Mark Rafacz is the editorial manager of the Center for the Performing Arts.


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A Centre County Without Penn State? ‘What if?’ alternate history exercise is healthy, fascinating Penn State University Archives

By Lee Stout

A farm scene in Nittany Valley symbolizes the likely economic dominance of agriculture in a Centre County without Penn State.

Back in 1961, I was entering high school and it was the time of the Civil War Centennial. As a history buff, I read whatever I could about the conflict. But one book hit me as none had before. MacKinlay Kantor’s If the South Had Won the Civil War was “alternate” or “counterfactual history.” Such works suggest outcomes from events that didn’t happen, but emphasize historical explanations as opposed to works that simply use alternative paths as a literary device. The possible futures that Kantor suggested for both the North and the South were thought-provoking to say the least. In the intervening years, my historical interests moved on. Today I focus on Penn State and Centre County history, a narrow field that I continually try to place into larger historical contexts. Even so, my mind occasionally wanders off to those “what if?” questions that are the heart of alternate history. At the intersection of Penn State and Centre County history, we wonder … what if the trustees of the Farmers’ High School (FHS) had chosen to locate their school in one of the other seven counties that offered land for it back in 1855? And then — what would Centre County be like today if Penn State had been located elsewhere? 28 - T&G October 2017

The counties offering land were all located in central and western Pennsylvania. Dauphin, Perry, and Franklin formed one cluster; Centre, Blair, and Huntingdon were another, and then Allegheny and Erie were the remaining two counties. Locating the school in the counties near Harrisburg would have possibly brought more state government influence to bear on the college. Simon Cameron, wealthy businessman, US senator, and later Lincoln’s secretary of war, led the effort to locate the FHS in Dauphin. His creation of the Republican Party machine that dominated Pennsylvania politics for at least the rest of the century might possibly have tied the college even closer to the state. Locating the school in either of the western counties would likely have changed it to a much more regional institution. If a successful Penn State had been in Allegheny County, the Western University of Pennsylvania might not have been founded and there would be no Pitt-Penn State rivalry today. Interestingly, there were no offers from eastern Pennsylvania, although some of the school’s earliest supporters (and later critics) were from Chester County. Choosing one of the nearby central counties would’ve placed the school in a more isolated part of the state. While Blair and Huntingdon in the 1850s and ’60s were on important transportation routes, Centre was like an eddy in a stream. Its geography oriented it against the desire to push west. If isolation, keeping the boys from the evils of the city, was a primary goal of the trustees, then Centre County easily fulfilled that purpose. From an agricultural standpoint, only Franklin and Dauphin counties would have competed with Centre


for rich, limestone soils that would favor a farm school. But the lack of eastern interest in hosting the college kept it out of Pennsylvania’s dominant agricultural area and possibly diminished Philadelphia support for the college, which continued to be weak in the 19th century. These are just a few potential answers to “what if Penn State had been placed in one of the other counties that offered land as a site for the school?” For Centre Countians, the opposite question — “what would Centre County be like if the FHS had been located elsewhere?” — is perhaps the more immediately interesting. Living next door to a behemoth of higher education, while sometimes challenging, has its benefits in terms of economic health for the region. But Centre County would be far different today without Penn State. There would probably be little or no high-tech industry here. Agriculture would have likely dominated the southeastern half of the county once the iron industry and small manufacturing of the 19th century phased out. Lumber and coal dominated the Allegheny Plateau of the northwestern half of the county starting after the Civil War, but today their diminished importance would probably still hold. There would not be a town of State College or a Centre Region drawing workers from all over the county and beyond. Transportation would probably be somewhat different. Major highways would likely still traverse the county, but Centre County would not generally be the destination it is today. Air service here would be as unlikely as for many surrounding counties. Sixty percent of the county’s 155,000 people reside in the Centre Region. Without that bulge, might it be more like its neighbors in Clinton, Union, Snyder, Mifflin, and Huntingdon counties with populations in the 40,000s? Would there be sufficient economic strength to hold young people here or would out-migration plague us as it has other surrounding counties? Alternate history can cause us to consider possible futures that are not as attractive as the present we do enjoy, but the exercise is both a healthy and a fascinating one. T&G Lee Stout is librarian emeritus, special collections for Penn State.

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Renaissance Honoree of the Year AccuWeather founder Joel Myers makes an immeasurable impact in Happy Valley, and beyond

By Mark Brackenbury

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oel N. Myers recalls having a “burning desire” to be a weather forecaster from the time he was 7, fascinated by a snowstorm that tied up his home city of Philadelphia. His entrepreneurial spirit was taking root around the same time. Myers made potholders on a loom and sold them to family. He’d buy a pack of 24 greeting cards for a dollar and sell the cards for 10 cents each. He’d go door-to-door in his neighborhood, offering to sweep pavement for a dime. The idea for what would become his own global company sprang from an article Myers’ father showed him when he was 11: a meteorologist in Boston was selling forecasts to fuel oil dealers. Roughly a decade later, in 1962 when Myers was a grad student at Penn State, he started AccuWeather with a single client. Getting clients to buy his forecasts wasn’t an easy sell. “I started competing with free,” Myers says, referring to National Weather Service forecasts. His first client, a local gas utility he found through

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a tip from his professor and mentor Charles Hosler, paid $50 a month. Myers recalls “calling 25,000 prospects before I had 100 paying customers, and being rejected 24,900 times.” But he persevered. “Just keeping at it,” he says. Persistence paid off in a big way. Myers is founder, president, and chairman of AccuWeather, which now reaches more than 1.5 billion people through smart phones, tablets, wired and mobile internet sites, radio, television, newspapers, and A young Joel Myers (above) with the AccuWeather his grandmother Sara Schwartz in Network cable the early 1940s. On the opposite channel. page, photos from AccuWeathAccuWeather er’s earlier years. The top photo serves 245 of the shows Myers and his brother Fortune 500 companies, Barry. At far right, Myers shows and thousands of other off his early entrepreneurial spirit, businesses worldwide. selling newspapers in PhiladelAnd 55 years after its phia at the age of 18. founding, AccuWeather’s later served on the Board of world headquarters is still Trustees for 33 years — and in State College, since 1998 for his generosity in the in a gleaming glass building community, Myers is the 2017 on a 6.5-acre campus off Renaissance Fund honoree. Science Park Road. “The award is designed For his contributions to for special people in the region’s economy, to different ways in terms of Penn State — where he impact on the community taught for two decades and


grateful for all you’ve done for the community and all its pieces.’” Myers will be honored at a dinner November 29 surrounded by his seven children; his brothers, Barry and Evan, who are executives at AccuWeather; and his fiancée, Maria Mastrodicasa. Myers earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in meteorology from Penn State in

and the campus,” says Mimi Barash Coppersmith, chairwoman of the Renaissance Fund selection committee. “It’s kind of a town and gown event supported generously by people on both sides of College Avenue. It’s truly an honor because it’s saying to the recipient, ‘we’re

1961, 1963, and 1971, respectively. “Joel Myers’ success and reputation as a globally renowned business leader, and his willingness to share the fruits of his labor with his alma mater and community, represent the

very best of what it means to be a Penn Stater,” Penn State President Eric J. Barron said as the university announced the honor. “The university is proud to count Joel Myers among our alumni, and we can choose no better way to celebrate our honoree than to support the scholarship that has been created in his name.” Myers’ philanthropic contributions to the university have included a multimillion-dollar gift to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences for The Joel N. Myers Weather Center; gifts for scholarships in meteorology and in information sciences and technology; and weather-themed sculptures, such as the sundials at the Nittany Lion Inn and The Arboretum at Penn State, and the Nittany Lion weather vane atop Beaver Stadium. Myers recently founded the Dads’ Resource Center, which helps support single fathers regarding the importance of playing an active role in the lives of their children.

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Joel and his brothers, Evan (left) and Barry, on the operations floor at AccuWeather. At right is Joel and his fiancée, Maria Mastrodicasa. At far right, Myers and his daughter Erika on her wedding day.

they’re alienated from one of the parents,” he says. He also supports the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, YMCA,

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Town&Gown’s founder who for years served on the Board of Trustees with Myers and is a past Renaissance Fund honoree, calls him “brilliant.” “Wherever he stops, he leaves footprints because

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Myers and his youngest son, Lachlan, on the beach in Avalon, New Jersey, about 10 years ago. Opposite page, the family poses for a group photo. “The most important thing to me are my children,” he says.

Myers says he is grateful for the Renaissance Fund recognition, particularly since it helps disadvantaged students who are bright and work hard. That hits home for Myers. He was the first in his family to attend college. As a state university, Penn State was “the only place I could afford to attend. I was extremely fortunate and very grateful because it had the best meteorology program in the world.” Myers refers to “the magic of Penn State — it’s more than just a worldclass education — it’s all the activities, clubs, sporting events. It’s somewhat isolated, which is a good thing because at a city university there are so many distractions.

Being here and isolated, people turn inward. There is an esprit de corps, a dedication, and giving back.” He cites THON, which has raised millions to fight childhood cancer, as “just one measure of the unique Penn State spirit.” That loyalty to Penn State and his deep roots in the community helped keep AccuWeather in town when there were opportunities to move elsewhere. “There are things

we struggle with — transportation, sometimes getting top executives to move from the big cities, but there are a lot of advantages,” Myers says. “It’s a great community, safe relatively, a great school system, a great place to raise a family. The business has grown up here, and a lot of people have roots here. “We have been wooed. When we were thinking of building this building, some other states offered tax incentives to move.

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We never got any tax incentives locally; sometimes we have to deal with the local ordinances, but there are challenges in every community.” Beyond its Happy Valley headquarters, AccuWeather has a severe weather center in Wichita, Kansas; a sales and marketing headquarters in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center; research and

development centers in Montreal and at the University of Oklahoma, and offices in Beijing, Mumbai, Tokyo, Seoul, and Ireland. “I’ve been blessed that the dream I had turned into a business and then a world-class business,” Myers says. “I’ve been lucky that so many people followed my dream, worked

so hard, from my brothers” to long-time employees. His first full-time employee was Elliot Abrams, who he hired part-time in 1967 when Abrams was a Penn State undergrad. Fifty years later, Abrams is AccuWeather’s senior vice president and chief forecaster. It’s been a long road in which Myers has

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“It’s a great community, safe relatively, a great school system, a great place to raise a family,” Myers says. billion” number, he says. Most significantly, Myers says, the estimate made a difference. “People weren’t recognizing the magnitude of the storm. It was important to save lives and cause resources to be marshaled to get to Texas and help.”

AccuWeather clients included railroads, which were able to get their cars out of harm’s way, he says. “Unfortunately, the mayor of Houston was not our client, and he didn’t evacuate, and he should have,” Myers says. Myers frequently cites

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slowest change that you will of any day the rest of your life. The world is accelerating on all scales. Most people can’t deal with change, and that’s a real problem because a lot of the jobs that exist today will be gone.” Rhonda Seaton, director of marketing communications, joined AccuWeather in March. “One of the amazing things I’ve seen since I walked in the door is how this company is continually innovating,” she says.

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“Somebody who’s been here as long as Joel – he was a visionary at the beginning and he’s a visionary now. A lot of the innovation is driven directly from the top. He’s always on top of what’s next, always looking for what’s next.” What’s next for AccuWeather includes continuing to innovate with smart homes and smart cars technology, as well as a focus on how weather impacts health, Myers says. And Myers plans to be

there, leading the way. When asked, he says retirement is not in his vocabulary. “Are people really supposed to retire? I don’t know,” he says. “Who decided that people are supposed to retire? … I think a lot of people retire because they think they’re supposed to.” Myers says he is in good health, works out, and feels great. “I enjoy coming to work every day. I have a lot of fun,” he says. “There are a lot of great people here — they’re very stimulating.” In his office, Myers has a memento that sums up his keys to success: “Know your business. Focus, focus, focus. Don’t quit, don’t quit, don’t quit.” Mark Brackenbury is editorial director of Town&Gown. T&G


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For the past several months, drivers entering downtown State College from the east have seen the jibs of construction cranes slowly pulling into shape the latest high-rise building. Historically speaking, this type of development is mostly out of character for the quaint university downtown, but The Rise, a 12-story building at 532 East College Avenue, is but the latest in a trend that has not yet run its course. The 12-story Metropolitan opened this year at College Avenue and Atherton Street. The 12-story Fraser Center

came before that, as did other, albeit smaller, apartment buildings. Another 12-story, mixed-use building, The Residences at College and Atherton, is planned for the west end of College Avenue downtown. These buildings — behemoths relative to most of their neighbors — are here for the simple reason of supply and demand: beds for students. The market dictates their existence, and if they weren’t built downtown, those beds would likely be put in the sprawling suburban development in the townships of the Centre Region. The State College Borough Council and its municipal managers are cognizant of the downtown character that

residents, students, and tourists have come to love, but recognize the challenges that lie ahead in the landlocked borough that is the hub of Centre County. The Borough Council has legislated through zoning where high-rise, or high-density, can plant its feet. The “core” of downtown is largely protected through height restrictions, with high-density pushed into a sort of U shape to the east, west and south. This keeps iconic properties off the chopping block to developers who may look across the street to Old Main and idealize it as a spot for a 12-story apartment building. Tom Fountaine, borough manager, and Ed LeClear, planning and community development director, say it’s their goal to keep

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“The demand for student housing hasn’t really been met yet,” LeClear (above) says. downtown thriving, diverse, walkable, and an affordable place for long-term residents to live.

“Our biggest challenge is affordability,” LeClear says. LeClear and Fountaine say that keeping long-term residents in the borough aids the mission of keeping downtown business humming. That’s difficult to do, they add, in an environment where a need for student housing drives a creep of conversions of single-family homes and

affordable rentals to student rentals on any parcel that’s walkable to campus. “The demand for student housing hasn’t really been met yet,” LeClear says. “There is still a lack of supply market-wide.” So instead of letting those beds slip into the townships and losing the tax revenue, State College government has found a way to live in two

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Douglas Albert, who owns an art gallery, says retailers need more of each other downtown. worlds: allow high-density in certain areas while protecting the charm and ambiance. Roll the clock back about 15 years. State College Borough is

geographically confined. There’s few places left to build. Penn State continues to grow. The Borough Council decides to allow provisions for some more density.

“The concept was: State College had reached a point where there was no room to grow, we were landlocked in terms of developable area,” Fountaine says. “There was a concept that high, vertical growth was a means of improving and increasing diversity within the community (and) at the same time, doing some things intentionally to try to maintain those sites as signature building sites, not necessarily just a freefor-all of redevelopment within the downtown corridor.” The challenges the borough faces are not unique to State College. The market demand for student housing near campuses, the suffering of brick-and-mortar retail from online sales, decades of suburban sprawl, these are all national trends. State College is fortunate, however, that its downtown never saw the level of deterioration that many Pennsylvania towns and cities have experienced over the last several decades, both urban and rural. Its population is increasing, despite statewide trends. That doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges, or that local governments and businesses are powerless to act.

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One of the requirements for high-density buildings is that they provide mixed uses: basically, businesses at the bottom, and housing on top. These mixed-use buildings allow for both office space and commercial activity near the street level. This also promotes walkability, a term that’s been on the lips of planners for years as young professionals more and more demand communities they can walk and bike in for the majority of their business. Public transportation helps that along, but the communities themselves must be walkable. Though there is renewed focus on downtowns, and young adults generally prefer more walkable communities than

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their elders, some downtown businesses report that the landscape is troubling. Douglas Albert has operated in downtown for 37 years. His business typically doesn’t draw students: he is the director of Douglas Albert Gallery along McAllister Alley. “I think it sucks,” he says of recent development in the borough. The shop owner says he is concerned about the continuing shift of demographics away from non-college-age residents in the borough, and retail slipping away and out of downtown. “I am definitely concerned with what I see.” Albert and other downtown retailers need each other, and say they need more of

each other. He reports some customers complain to him there aren’t enough places to shop nearby and he believes some people are avoiding downtown because fine retailers have either moved or closed. When those retailers close, it doesn’t necessarily mean a similar business will take up residence there. “What really steams me is these prime retail buildings being turned over to nontraffic, non-retail buildings,” Albert says. This, in combination with online sales, means the cards are stacked against retailers, he says. However, Albert says he isn’t a total pessimist. He says the State College Downtown Improvement District made


a great effort with events like Lion Bash, Happy Valley Music Fest, and First Night, the latter organized by the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. He, like some other retailers, contends parking isn’t a problem and people can easily get to their destinations. Tom Gallagher, president of The Music Mart, says the parking perception hurts his business along Beaver Avenue, even though a garage is close by. He says Albert jokes with him that The Music Mart is “up in Siberia,” meaning people come south on Pugh Street, look down Beaver Avenue in his direction, and don’t see much going on. He laments the online shopper mentality because

his prices are just the same as online vendors, and the tax people think they’re avoiding paying should be paid anyway to help the state. His mantra is the same as many local retailers: you’re just not going to get the same level of service from online shopping you get from a physical store. But Gallagher says it gets harder to do business as storefront rent continues its steep climb and the variety of stores decreases. Gallagher agrees that First Night and music festivals are a good effort by local organizers to bring people into town. Overall, he says State College has remained vibrant and “the university has a lot to do with that.”

Students are a big part of his business, he says, not just local residents. Over at Harper’s new location at 224 East College Avenue, owner Brian Cohen was doing brisk business on the Friday before the September 9 football game with Pitt. “The potential for here is great,” Cohen says of the borough. He encourages the larger buildings, saying they add to the electricity of State College, and he hopes the borough continues to grow. “Downtown State College is a great place to be,” he says. “It’s at the center. It’s where the energy comes from.” There used to be more retail in downtown, and that worries

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Gallagher (above), says while there are challenges, State College has remained vibrant and “the university has a lot to do with that.”

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him, he says. As with Albert, Cohen recognizes that more retail is actually better for his business, too. It makes for more destinations for shoppers. Sharon Herlocher, whose family recently purchased property along College Avenue at Pugh Street, chairs the State College Downtown Improvement District board. She says it’s the organization’s mission

to expand on the vibrant downtown, and promote anything that supports the “work, live, play” mantra. “Local residents, visitors, students, retirees, we want everyone downtown,” Herlocher says. DID is also responsible for much of the marketing outside of Centre County, all the way to Baltimore, Philadelphia, and upstate


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“The potential for here is great,” Cohen (left) says, and larger buildings add to the electricity of the borough.

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“Development is part of progress, but we absolutely want to work to keep the thoroughfares moving,” she says. Even though development is changing the skyline, there

are still the quiet, well-groomed neighborhoods and professional office buildings. But student housing is the sector where much of the development is happening, both through new building and conversion of traditional single-family homes. LeClear says a consistent complaint during his roundtables with Penn State students is the poor quality of


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some of the housing, which can also include some of the older apartment buildings. So, while prices go up, quality can remain flat or diminish. “The student-ification of neighborhoods has a similar impact that gentrification does in terms of driving prices up,” Fountaine says. “The results aren’t always the same. You don’t always end up with the improvements in properties as much as just increasing property values.” Officials are using the Sustainable Neighborhoods program as a tool to purchase student rental properties and convert them back to single-family homes. The Redevelopment Authority has a $5 million line of credit

for the program, and regains some of that money when the home sells. Though that’s a sinking fund, LeClear says, the borough sees its value in carving space in the rental market for young professionals. The future of the borough depends upon the individual decisions of landowners, the mass action of local residents, the decisions of elected and appointed officials, the growth of Penn State, the preferences of its students, the guidance of local business organizations, the wisdom of shop owners, and the trends outside of any local’s control. It is evident that State College isn’t going anywhere.

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It survived a scandal at Penn State that made national headlines and rocked Happy Valley. Students, alumni, and other visitors keep coming to town, parents keep enrolling their children at Penn State. The real estate market never crashed. The region continues to be an economic exception of Pennsylvania, in no small thanks to Penn State, but also upon the backs of locals simply wanting to do good business. There’s no evidence those major threads have changed, even if some are strained and taken in new directions. T&G Sean Yoder is a staff writer for Town&Gown and the Centre County Gazette.


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With Penn State football fans traveling from near and far to watch how this season plays out, many need just a little more than a day of great tailgating and a show-stopping game to keep them happy. They also need a place to stay. While hotels near downtown are a convenient and popular choice, another option is making itself known on the State

College hospitality scene — football weekend home rentals. It’s an option that’s come into greater popularity within the travel industry as a whole in recent years. Popular home-rental provider Airbnb released a report the week before Penn State’s big game against Pittsburgh on September 9 announcing a 271-percent increase in guest arrivals to State College during that weekend alone. Because of the surge of incoming fans, Airbnb expected a record 1,150 guests, paying more than $250,000 to hosts in the region. In fact, Airbnb noted that between August 1, 2016, and August 1, 2017, about 350 State College hosts, welcoming 10,000 or more guests, earned approximately $1.6 million. Take a look at the Airbnb State College listings and you’ll see pages upon pages of potential rentals, ranging from private rooms in downtown condos to full homes in Park Forest. With an average price of $345 per night, the platform makes it easy for guests to pick any amenity they so desire, from indoor fireplaces and hot tubs to laundry and gym access. “Our host community is making it possible for more football fans to actually experience State College for a weekend rather than simply making a day trip,” says Josh Meltzer, Airbnb’s head of public policy for the Northeast United States. Airbnb is hardly the only option for homeowners and renters in the State College area, particularly when it comes to football weekends. Rent Like a Champion is one alternative service that specializes in rentals for college towns with major Lefty and Connie McIntyre (to the right in photo), open their State College home to guests on football weekends, working through StateCations, whose owners include Lew and Sharon Lazarow (on left).

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football programs. The service works in more than 20 college towns, with the average homeowner earnings for a weekend being $1,100. Kayla, a Boalsburg homeowner, lists through Rent Like a Champion, renting her two-bedroom, one-bath home for $650 on the less-in-demand weekends, and up to $950 for special occasions like Commencement Weekend 2019. She’s already booked for most home games. “We decided to start renting out our home during football weekends to make

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extra money,” she says. “With that extra money, we do updates to our home, so in some ways, the house is paying for itself. We have been renting out our home for two years now, and we will continue to do so as long as we live here.” She says most renters are looking for a mixture of affordability and proximity to the stadium. As for her experiences with Rent Like a Champion, she has nothing but a glowing report. “They handle all the nitty-gritty work and I have peace of mind knowing that they back me,” she says. “If anything were to go wrong, I have 48 hours after the guests check out to report to Rent Like a Champion, and they will take care of it. People that have booked my home have been respectful and love my home as I do. At the end of the weekend, you have some extra

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cleaning and laundry, and that’s it!” There is another option that truly encapsulates the Penn State community and family of alumni. StateCations offers approximately 35 properties throughout Centre and Blair Counties, as well as Huntingdon, with about 80 rooms, and is constantly adding more. The platform’s prices range from about $125

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to $750 per night. StateCations has a long history in town, but recently received new life after being purchased by Lew and Sharon Lazarow and a few of their alumni friends. “Our thought was, here was a great opportunity for us to provide a service both to folks who wanted to come into the Penn State area, but also to provide a great service for the hosts who

were living in this area who wanted to pick up some extra money, but also loved welcoming people into their homes,” says Lew Lazarow. “Most of our properties are different from a lot of the other services, because most of our hosts don’t move out. They’re actual hosts.” It’s this host mentality that makes StateCations properties seem more like visiting and staying with an


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old friend over a football weekend, rather than crashing in a stranger’s home. “There’s just a level of personalized service,” Lew continues. “Our hosts [may] cook them breakfast each morning that they’re here, will sit around and talk with them if they so desire. … We’ve had hosts [say], ‘Oh you need a lift to the stadium for the game? Sure, no problem, hop in I will totally drive you to the stadium, and then let me know when you’re done and I’ll come and pick you up.’”

The throngs who flock to Beaver Stadium on fall Saturdays continue to find comfort and convenience at local hotels, but some homeowners are also getting in on the action.

Each StateCations host is vetted before listing a home on the site. “[Guests] like knowing something about their hosts,” Lew says. “We don’t just sign people up to host; we meet our hosts. [We like] knowing that our hosts are outgoing and friendly and love having folks in. Like we have one host (Lefty and Connie McIntyre) who lives within walking distance [to the stadium], who’s a huge supporter of the wrestling program … so we have folks come in and we

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[can say], ‘Oh you’re going to love staying with them. They’re going to make you blueberry pancakes, they’ll talk about Penn State wrestling and Penn State volleyball.’ Folks like knowing they’re going to be staying with someone like that.” Beyond the experience, though, the Lazarows say StateCations guests also

appreciate the site’s pricing. Likewise, the trend continues of guests preferring properties within walking distance (or at least a short driving distance) of campus, and private bathrooms are also a top demand. “For coming in for game weekends, beyond just paying for the tickets and the

parking, it’s very expensive,” Lew says. “We can offer people sort of a group lodging situation, where you can come in with your family and not have to worry about how many people [you’re] trying to jam into a single room, and how many rooms [you’re] going to need. So [beyond] like a family of four

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or an alumni group of six or eight or a whole group that comes in for graduation weekends, we have requests for anywhere from 12-20 people coming in. We can find them something far more affordable to come in and stay for the weekend than [they would find] otherwise.” The Lazarows have a few tips for homeowners considering hosting as a means of side income. Flexibility is a key factor, whether it’s dealing with guests with severe food allergies, or just allowing a guest to stay an extra few days. They recommend you know

your neighbors, and well. An unhappy neighbor may stir up a little bit of drama by calling the municipality. On this note, David Pribulka, Ferguson Township manager, chimes in. “We’ve had some complaints, not many, about these types of rentals,” he says. “I think that people that rent them, for the most part, are families and alumni that are coming into town, and it’s not been a rowdy group of people, that we’re getting constantly bombarded with noise complaints and other issues.” The bigger concerns for homeowners should be issues like permits, Pribulka says.

“We just recently, as of this year, began to regulate [football weekend rentals] in the same manner we regulate any other rental housing unit,” he says. “If you are a resident or property owner and you want to rent your home out on a short-term basis as a football rental, you have to get a rental housing permit from the coding administration. … If you’re going to rent your house out, it used to be you had to rent out seven or more consecutive days to [need] a permit. Now it’s one or more consecutive days. … You have to meet the standards.” College Township also requires a permit.

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The State College Borough has been monitoring football weekend and other short-term rentals for about five years, collecting data on the impact they have on police services and other costs to the taxpayer and borough, spokesman Douglas Shontz says. Officials are seeing no major impact on borough services. Currently, short-term rentals (defined as a single-family home that someone is residing in fulltime, but renting out through a service like Airbnb) have no regulations or coding requirements, and no such action is planned in the near future, Shontz says. However, it is against zoning ordinances for a home with no full-time resident to have short-term rentals week after week, and the practice will be shut down if discovered, he says. Those who rent their homes short-term are supposed to pay taxes on the rental just as hotels are required to do. The state tax is 6 percent, while the county charges an additional 2.5

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percent. Some municipalities also add a tax. Lori Miller, interim executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau, says the percentage of home renters who pay the tax is “not necessarily easy to track,” but “we check to see what’s happening.” The bureau receives the county portion of the tax. The success of the football team has been good for hotels. Miller says reports of vacancies this year have been rare. Centre County Treasurer Richard A. Fornicola says the weekend home rental market is growing here and throughout the country. He agrees it’s difficult to keep track of, but he works to do so. “Some register and do it the right way,” he says, but many, particularly individuals not working through a reputable agency, do not. Paying appropriate taxes, coding, and relationships with the municipalities are issues StateCations hosts are well-versed in, and the Lazarows are confident that’s

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just one of the reasons their hosts remain successful. The bottom line, however, really goes back to the Penn State community mentality that StateCations strives to embody. “The people who do well at this are the ones who really enjoy it,” Sharon Lazarow says. “We have hosts who actually go on cruises with guests who have stayed with them. They thoroughly enjoy what they’re doing. “I think it’s a lot of good people who are coming in [for the games] and a lot of them are true Penn State fans who want only good for the university. … Penn State has gone through difficult times, and the people who are coming are the ones who want to support the community through those difficult times. … Once you open your doors to these people, you recognize that there’s a whole lot of goodwill out there that really makes you feel better about who you are, where you are, and what you’re doing.” T&G Holly Riddle is a freelance writer in State College.

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NOVA: Ghosts of Stonehenge Wednesday, October 11, at 9 p.m.

Twisted Tales of Poe: Theatre of the Mind Stories from Edgar Allan Poe are told in the form of a staged radio drama.

The Black Cat Sunday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m.

Who built Stonehenge and why? Discover how the last decade of groundbreaking archaeological digs has revealed major new clues to Britain’s enigmatic 5,000-year-old site and the people who constructed it.

The Tel-tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, and the Raven Sunday, October 29, at 7 p.m.

Edgar Allen Poe: Buried Alive Monday, October 30, at 9 p.m.

Pennsylvania Legends & Lore: Ghosts of the Commonwealth Thursday, October 19, at 8 p.m. This WPSU production brings to life the tales and traditions that are an integral part of the Commonwealth and its cultural heritage.

Discover the real story of the notorious author, starring Denis O’Hare as Edgar Allan Poe.

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6 Casting Crowns, The Very Next Thing Tour, with special guest Zach Williams 7 p.m. 10 Ag Science Career Day 9 a.m.

Coming in early November 3 Bellator 186: Bader vs. Vassell TBA 5 Penn State men’s basketball vs. Bloomsburg (exhibition) TBA 10 Penn State women’s basketball vs. Siena TBA 10 Penn State men’s basketball vs. Campbell TBA

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1 Penn State’s defending Big Ten champion men’s hockey team drops the puck on a new season this month, starting with a match against Ottawa at Pegula Ice Arena. The Traveling Vietnam Wall comes to Penn State’s Innovation Park, led by a motorcycle escort. The wall will be open to the public from the 5th through the 8th.

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It’s festival season, and one of the many area events to mark on your calendar is the Dutch Fall Festival at Wert Memorial Park in Aaronsburg.

The Pumpkin Festival at the Arboretum at Penn State features some of the most elaborately-carved pumpkins you’ll ever see.

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The exhibit BIG Deal: Sizeable Paintings from the Permanent Collection, will be featured all month at the Palmer Museum of Art.

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Children & Families 2, 4, 9, 11, 23, 24, 30, 31 – Baby & Me Lapsit, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 9:30 a.m., schlowlibrary.org 2,4, 9, 11, 23, 24, 30, 31 – Baby & Me Movers, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10:15 a.m., schlowlibrary.org 2, 4, 9, 11, 23, 24, 30, 31 – Tales for Twos, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 11 a.m., schlowlibrary.org 3, 10, 17, 25 – Toddler Learning Centre, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., schlowlibrary.org 3, 10, 25 – 3s, 4s, & 5s, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 9:30 a.m., schlowlibrary.org 3, 10, 25 – Everybody Storytime, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10:30 a.m., schlowlibrary.org 3, 10, 17 – Tuning In To Kids: Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, noon, schlowlibrary.org 5, 12, 19, 26 – Research Unplugged, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, noon, schlowlibrary.org 5, 12, 19, 26 – Science Adventures at Discovery Space, Discovery Space, SC, 10:30 a.m., mydiscoveryspace.org 6 – Free Developmental Screenings, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 9:30 a.m., schlowlibrary.org 6, 13, 20, 27 – Music Makers at Discovery, Discovery Space, SC, 10:30 a.m., mydiscoveryspace.org 7 – Schlow Labs: Tinkering with the Web, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10:30 a.m., schlowlibrary.org 7 – Block Party, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 7, 14, 21, 28 – Saturday Stories Alive, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 11 a.m., schlowlibrary.org 8 – Safari Surprise, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 14 – WHVL’s Annual Car Show Benefiting Toys for Tots, Nittany Mall, SC, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., shopnittanymall.com

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14, 28 – Elementary Explorers, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 15 – We love The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 16 – Lunch & Lit(erature), Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 12:30 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 19, 20 – Discovery Day, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, noon, schlowlibrary.org 22 – Out of This World, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 23, 24 – Dash Robotics, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 4 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 25 – Parenting Discussions, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, noon, schlowlibrary.org 26 – Pajama Concert, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 6:30 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 28 – Schlow Labs: Introduction to our 3D Printing Services, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10:30 a.m., schlowlibrary.org 29 – Halloween Bash, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., schlowlibrary.org

Class and Lectures 1 – Docent Choice Tour: Men of the Palmer, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 3 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu 6 – Gallery Talk: Bay Area Figurative Artists, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 12:10 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu 6 – Healthcare career exploration, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 8:30 a.m., mountnittany.org 7 – “Keeping it Clean,” Pennsylvania Military Museum, noon, pamilmuseum.org 8 – Docent Choice Tour: Hudson Rover School, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 3 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu 10 – Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans, Smeal Business Building, 6:30 p.m., aauwstatecollege.org 13 – Gallery Talk: Stories from the Chinese Ceramics, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 12:10 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu 15 – Docent Choice Tour: Funk Art, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 3 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu


18 – Writing Your Business Plan, a Guide for Nonprofits, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 6 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 20 – Gallery Talk: BIG DEAL: Sizeable Paintings from the Permanent Collection, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 12:10 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu 21 – Free Introductory Karate Classes, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 22 – Docent Choice Tour: Bay Area Artists at the Palmer, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 3 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu 27 – Gallery Talk: American Art in the 1920s and ’30s, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 12:10 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu 28 – “Inside the Belly of the Beast,” Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg, 2 p.m., pamilmuseum.org 28 – Hardcore Mudd Run, Tussey Mountain, Boalsburg, tusseymountain.com 29 – Docent Choice Tour: Depicting Women, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 3 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu

Club Events 3, 10, 17, 24, 31– State College Downtown Rotary, Ramada Inn & Conference Center, SC, noon, centrecounty.org/rotary/club 4, 18 – Outreach Toastmasters, The 329 Building, Room 413, PSU, noon, kbs131@psu.edu 6, 13, 20, 27 – Comics Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 3:30 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 7, 14, 21, 28 – Chess Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 10 – Women’s Club Mid-Day Connection, Mountain View Country Club, Boalsburg, 11:45 a.m., 404-3704 10 – The Nittany Valley Writers Network, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 6 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 11 – 148th PA Volunteer Infantry Civil War Reenactment Group, Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, SC, 7 p.m., 861-0770 12, 26 – Schlow Stitchers, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 5:30 p.m., schlowlibrary.org

16 – Knitting Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 5:30 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 16 – Parrots Owners’ Group, Perkins, SC, 7 p.m., 237-2722 17 – Adult Evening Book Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 6:30 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 18 – CR Active Adult Center Book Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 12:15 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 21 – Lego Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 25– Adult Afternoon Book Club, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 2 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 28 – Boardgaming Meetup, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 10 a.m., schlowlibrary.org

Community Associations & Development 17 – Spring Creek Watershed Association, Patton Township Municipal Building, SC, 7:30 a.m., springcreekwatershed.org 25 – Patton Township Business Association, Patton Township Municipal Building, SC, noon, 237-2822

Exhibits 1-31 – Asher B. Burand: To Begin Again, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, palmermuseum.psu.edu 1-31 – New Acquisitions: Minna Citron after Atelier 17, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, palmermuseum.psu.edu 1-31 –BIG DEAL: Sizeable Paintings from the Permanent Collection, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, palmermuseum.psu.edu 6 – Paper Views Exhibition: Japonism and American Modernism, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 1 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu

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11 – Basic Life Support (BLS) – Provider, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 7:30 a.m., mountnittany.org 12 – Diabetes Support Group, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 6 p.m., mountnittany.org 12 – Fertility Issues and Loss Support Group, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 6 p.m., mountnittany.org 12 – Free parents-to-be class, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 7 p.m., mountnittany.org 16 – Cancer Survivors’ Association, Pink Zone Resource Center in the Cancer Pavilion at Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 11:30 a.m., 238-6220 19 – Family Medicine Seminar: Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – What You Need to Know, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 6:30 p.m., mountnittany.org 19 – Parents-to-Be: HEIR & Parents Hospital Tour for Expectant Parents, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 6:30 p.m., mountnittany.org 20 – Update in Internal Medicine, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 8 a.m., mountnittany.org

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22 - Neuropathy Support Group of Central PA, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 2 p.m., 531-1024 26 – Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) – Provider, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 7:30 a.m., mountnittany.org 26 – Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) – Renewal, Mount Nittany Medical Center, SC, 7:30 a.m., mountnittany.org

Music 1 – Penn State Chamber Orchestra, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, SC, 4 p.m., visitpennstate.org 5 – Wynonna & The Big Noise: Roots & Revival Tour, The State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., thestatetheatre.org 6 – Jazz in the Attic Presents: Nancy & Spencer Reed, The State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., thestatetheatre.org 6 – Flute Day Guest Artisit: Nancy Stagnitta, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State, 7:30 p.m.


7 – Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Building I, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., music.psu.edu 8 – Penn State Essence of Joy, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Penn State, 2 p.m. 8, 22 – Sunday Afternoon Concert Series: Faculty Artist Series, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 1 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu 9 – Penn State Symphonic Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State, 7:30 pm., music.psu.edu 11 – Spafford, The State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., thestatetheatre.org 12 – Native Sons & Daughters Attic Series Presents: Eric Ian Farmer, The State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., thestatetheatre.org 14 – Choral Collage, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Penn State, 7:30 p.m. 14 – Men of Song – Young Men’s Choral Festival, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State, 3 p.m. 15 – Sunday Afternoon Concert Series: D.M.A. Solo Recital, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 1 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu

15 – The Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra Presents the Prodigies, The State Theatre, SC, 3 p.m., thestatetheatre.org 15 – An Evening with Shovels and Rope, The State Theatre, SC, 9 p.m., thestatetheatre.org 17 – Lila Downs, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State, 7:30 pm., cpa.psu.edu 18 – The Art of Music Penn State Saxaphone Studio, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 12:10 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu 18 – Members of the Pennsylvania Quintet, Eisenhower Chapel, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., music.psu.edu 22 – Octubafest I: Faculty Artist Velvet Brown, Tuba, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 1 p.m., music.psu.edu 22 – Octubafest II: Brass Chamber Music, Playhouse Theatre, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., music.psu.edu 23 – Octubafest III: Tubaween, Playhouse Theatre, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., music.psu.edu 24 – Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish, and Sõ Percussion, Schwab Auditorium, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., cpa.psu.edu

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24 – Octubafest IV: Tuba/Euphonium Studio Recital, Playhouse Theatre, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., music.psu.edu 26 – Dimensions in Jazz, Playhouse Theatre, 4 p.m., music.psu.edu 26 – Jazz @ the Palmer: Penn State Students, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu 26 – Penn State Percussion I Ensemble and Mallet Ensemble, Playhouse Theatre, 7:30 p.m., music.psu.edu 28, 29 – Marian Garcia International Piano Competition, Room 122 and 128, Music Building II, 8 a.m., music.psu.edu 29 – Sunday Afternoon Concert Series: Excerpts from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 1 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu 29 – Anders Osborne & Jackie Greene with Cris Jacobs, The State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., thestatetheatre.org 29 – Concert Choir: Durufle Requiem, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Penn State, 4 p.m., music.psu.edu

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Special Events 1 – Walk in Penn’s Woods, Penns Woods, 1 p.m., sites.psu.edu/walkinpennswoods 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Boalsburg Farmers Market, PA Military Museum parking lot, Boalsburg, 2 p.m., visitpennstate.org 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – Tuesday State College Farmers Market, Locust Lane, SC, 11:30 a.m., visitpennstate.org 4 – The Art of Poetry, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 12:10 p.m., palmermuseum.psu.edu 4, 11, 18, 25 – Lemont Farmers Market, Granary in Lemont, 2 p.m., visitpennstate.org 5 – First Friday Downtown, Downtown SC, 5 p.m., downtownstatecollege.com 6, 13, 20, 27 – Downtown State College Farmers Market, Locust Lane, SC, 11:30 a.m., visitpennstate.org 6-28 – 34th Edition Ghosts & Goblins, Lincoln Caverns, lincolncaverns.com 7 – Croctoberfest, Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, Allenwood, 2 p.m., reptiland.com


7 – Super Fair, Nittany Mall, SC, 10 a.m., theccchs.org/super-fair 7 – Fall Festival, Krislund’s Adventure Park, 10 a.m., krislund.org 7-8 – Dutch Fall Festival, Wert Memorial Park, Aaronsburg, 10 a.m., aaronsburgcc.org 7, 14, 28 – Sampling Saturday, Tait Farm Harvest Shop, Centre Hall, 7 p.m., taitfarmfoods.com 7, 14, 21, 28 – Bellefonte Farmers Market, Gamble Mill parking lot, Bellefonte, 8 a.m., visitpennstate.org 7, 14, 21, 28 – Millheim Farmers Market, Hosterman & Stover Hardware Store, Millheim, 10 a.m., visitpennstate.org 7, 14, 21, 28 – North Atherton Farmers Market, SC Home Depot parking lot, 10 a.m., visitpennstate.org 8 – Fall Fest, Calvary Church Harvest Fields, Boalsburg, noon, calvarysc.org 8 – Pumpkin Festival, Arboretum at Penn State, 1 p.m., arboretum.psu.edu 8 – Tussey Mountainback, Tussey Mountain, Boalsburg, 7 a.m., tusseymountainback.com

8 – Old World Festival, Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum, Boalsburg, boalmuseum.com 9 – Columbus Chapel Mass, Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum, Boalsburg, boalmuseum.com 13 – Drag Show Bingo, Webster’s Bookstore Café, SC, 8 p.m., centrelgbtqa.org 13-14 – Lighted Jack-O’ Lantern Display, The Arboretum at Penn State, 6 p.m., arboretum.psu.edu 13-15 – Penn State Parents Weekend, Penn State, psu.edu 14-15 – Penn State Horticulture Show, Snider Agriculture Arena, Penn State, 9 a.m., agsci.psu.edu 14 – 10th Annual Cranberry Festival, Black Moshannon State Park, noon 14 – 7th Annual WHVL Car Show, Nittany Mall, SC, 10 a.m. 14 – Annual Fall Festival and Halloween Parade, Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte, 11 a.m., visitbellefonte.com 14 – Fall Fest, Downtown SC, 10 a.m., downtownstatecollege.com

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14 – Miles-Humes House Paranormal Investigation, Centre County Library & Historical Museum, 7 p.m., centrecountylibrary.org 14 – Witches Rallye 2017 to Benefit the Food Bank of the State College Area, SC, 3:30 p.m., scca-cpr.com 14 – Palmer Museum of Art Community Day, Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State, 11 a.m., music.psu.edu 15 – 2017 Henszey-Pyle Author Series: Dr. Gary Cross, Distinguished Professor of Modern History at Penn State, Centre Furnace Mansion, SC, 2 p.m., centrehistory.org 17 – Penn State Reads, Schlow Centre Region Library, SC, 7:30 p.m., schlowlibrary.org 20 – Halloween Party, Brookemere Winery Barn, 7:30 p.m., brookmerewine.com 21 – Family History Open House, Centre County Library & Historical Museum, Bellefonte, 10 a.m., centrecountylibrary.org 21 – Punkin Chunkin, Bald Eagle State Park, 10 a.m. 21 – The Haunted Lake Loop Hike, Black Moshannon State Park, 7 p.m., events.dcnr.pa.gov

Bellefonte Victorian Christmas DECEMBER 8th & 9th 2017

Bellefonte Victorian Christmas offers a taste of Christmas Past with the Dickens Troupe, an Arts & Crafts Show, concerts, horse-drawn buggy rides, gingerbread house contest, Santa Express Dec. 15-17 tickets on sale Nov. 1, strolling entertainment, breakfast with Santa and Gala with Dickens & Company! Year! New This an’s Club Wom te n fo le el Bus Tour B n Wheels History O

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27 – Masquerade Costume Period Ball, Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum, Boalsburg, boalmuseum.com 27-29 – Fall Foliage Train Rides & Halloween Train Rides, Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte, bellefontetrain.org

Sports 1 – Penn State Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Ottawa, Pegula Ice Arena, gopsusports.com 1 – Penn State Men’s Soccer vs. Michigan, Jeffrey Field, 1 p.m., gopsusports.com 6 – Penn State Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Union, Pegula Ice Arena, 6 p.m., gopsusports.com 6 – Penn State Women’s Soccer vs. Michigan, Jeffrey Field, 7 p.m., gopsusports.com 7 – Penn State Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Union, Pegula Ice Arena, 3 p.m., gopsusports.com 7 – Penn State Men’s Soccer vs. Indiana, Jeffrey Field, 7 p.m., gopsusports.com 8 – Penn State Women’s Soccer vs. Michigan State, Jeffrey Field, 1 p.m., gopsusports.com 13 – Penn State Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Clarkson, Pegula Ice Arena, 6 p.m., gopsusports.com 14 – Penn State Swimming and Diving Meet, Penn State, 11 a.m., gopsusports.com 14 – Penn State Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Clarkson, Pegula Ice Arena, 3 p.m., gopsusports.com 14 – Penn State Women’s Volleyball vs. Michigan, Rec Hall, 7 p.m., gopsusports.com 20 – Penn State Women’s Field Hockey vs. Rutgers, Rec Hall, 5 p.m., gopsusports.com 20 – Penn State Women’s Soccer vs. Purdue, Jeffrey Field, 7 p.m., gopsusports.com 21 – Penn State Football vs. Michigan, Beaver Stadium, TBA, gopsusports.com 25 – Penn State Women’s Volleyball vs. Wisconsin, Rec Hall, 7 p.m., gopsusports.com 27 – Penn State Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Michigan, Pegula Ice Arena, TBA, gopsusports.com 28 – Penn State Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Michigan, Pegula Ice Arena, TBA, gopsusports.com 28 – Penn State Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Robert Morris, Pegula Ice Arena, 2 p.m., gopsusports.com


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29 – Penn State Men’s Soccer vs. Northwestern, Jeffrey Field, noon, gopsusports.com 29 – Penn State Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Robert Morris, Pegula Ice Arena, 2 p.m., gopsusports.com

Theater 7 – Lady Grey’s Steampunk Freak Show in the Attic of The State Theatre, The State Theatre, SC, 8 & 10 p.m., thestatetheatre.org 7 – Metropolitan Opera HD Presents: Norma, The State Theatre, SC, 12:55 p.m., thestatetheatre.org 10 – JJ Grey and Mofro with the Commonheart, The State Theatre, SC, 8 p.m., thestatetheatre.org 11 – Flip Fabrique Catch Me!, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., cpa.psu.edu 14 – Metropolitan Opera HD Presents: Die Zauberflote, The State Theatre, SC, 12:55 p.m., thestatetheatre.org

Flip Fabrique Catch Me! will perform October 11 at Eisenhower Auditorium. 19 – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., cpa.psu.edu 24-31 – Argonautika, Pavilion Theatre, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., theatre.psu.edu 27 – Straight Outta Philly Featuring Rennie Harris Puremovement and Philadanco!, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State, 7:30 p.m., cpa.psu.edu T&G

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The Fellowship of Beer Brew has been bringing people together for centuries By Sam Komlenic In the process of writing this column over the last few years, I have tried to encourage you to experience beer culture in all its forms. Visiting beer bars, breweries, and brewpubs allows you to not only taste some unusual and outstanding products of the brewer’s art, it also exposes you to true beer culture; the gathering of a diverse group of like-minded people in search of fun and fellowship. Fellowship … I believe that word exemplifies beer culture more than any other. Beer has a centuries-old reputation for bringing people together, and in the age of smartphones and the instant gratification of the Internet, beer still has the power to physically draw us together like no other beverage. Sure, wine and spirits have a long social history too, but looking back in time, it’s almost always beer that best crosses the human boundaries of economic, social, and employment status to bring us together at any given time. Look no further than the German biergarten, or beer garden, tradition to understand the concept. With roots going back to the 16th century, the beer garden really took off in the early 1800s, when caves were dug near the rivers to enable long-term storage of lager beers during the summer. With the addition of gravel on those banks and the planting of trees to provide shade, it didn’t take long for these cool, beer-centric places to attract the public, so breweries began to offer beer direct to their customers, right where it was being aged. The serving of food soon followed, and further increased the beer garden’s popularity, so much so that other eating establishments (and breweries that did not serve food) petitioned Maximilian I to eliminate the practice. Once the serving of food was banned, breweries with beer gardens encouraged their patrons to bring their own food, creating perhaps the first commercially sponsored “pot luck” parties. Thus evolved the beer garden as they know it today, an establishment that serves draft beer to patrons seated at communal tables, sharing food of their own making with friends and strangers. (Yes, even today many German beer gardens allow patrons to provide their own food, even if food is served on the premises.) 84 - T&G October 2017

The other exceptional part of the beer garden experience is that it was created for the enjoyment of the entire family. Children are exposed to the warmth and fellowship of the gathering, and gain respect for the drinking tradition that they will one day carry on. That warmth and fellowship even have a name in the language. “Gemütlichkeit” encompasses the happiness of a gathering of family, friends, and strangers enjoying good company, cold beer, and delicious food, accompanied by music and song in a cool, shady setting. Man, does it get any better? On our own shores, beer, and more specifically, ale, was the catalyst for one of the first means of the fast transmission of the news of the day: the colonial tavern. They were the daily rest stops for travelers of all kinds, private and commercial, and those patrons shared the latest news from wherever they had been on their journeys. Though distilled spirits (rum and whiskey) ruled the early days of the tavern trade, the rising popularity of beer during the late 19th century ousted spirits to become the beverage of choice. Taverns provided lodging for both patrons and their animals, a warm fire, a meal, and drinks to accompany games and conversation. Again, this was mostly a gathering of relative strangers sharing the experience of human interaction over food and beer. The tavern encouraged the exchange of ideas, to the point where major events in American history were shaped by those who met and drank together. The American Revolution and the Whiskey Rebellion are two that spring to mind.


Built in 1818, Duffy’s Tavern in Boalsburg is a historic gem with a devoted clientele.

So where does this leave us today, in these increasingly busy and information-packed times? The answer to that question is no further away than your local watering hole, many of which are much like the beer garden or tavern of yesteryear. The Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford remains a thriving symbol of the colonial tavern. Built in the 1760s, it was the gathering place for the “whiskey rebels,” western Pennsylvania farmerdistillers protesting Alexander Hamilton’s federal tax on distilled spirits. They raised a “liberty pole” in protest at the Jean Bonnet before heading back to their farms in the west. To illustrate his counterpoint, the Jean Bonnet also became the place where President George Washington camped with his troops, an army of 13,000 strong, before they too headed west in pursuit of the rebels. It remains the only time in our history that a standing president personally led a militia in the field. Closer to home, Duffy’s Tavern in Boalsburg still offers up hospitality to its devoted clientele. Built in 1818, Duffy’s is a welcoming destination to a diverse group of patrons, many of whom hold the place dear to their hearts. You can still enjoy home-cooked meals in a historic setting, along with a cold beer next to a stranger and engage in discussion about current events. Beyond these historic gems, your local

brewpub or beer bar generally encourages the gemütlichkeit one might find in the beer garden, and many offer outside seating to enable the enjoyment of their wares in the great outdoors. The focus on family is becoming more evident in these establishments too, encouraging the next generation of social drinkers. To my knowledge, our closest brewpub with a dedicated outdoor beer garden is the Berwick Brewing Company in Berwick, Columbia County. Its beer garden features great beer and food served on communal tables, a view of the Susquehanna River from high above, and live music on the weekends. It’s worth the trip. So there you have it. I believe that beer encourages fellowship unlike any other type of adult beverage, and countless numbers of patrons validate that concept every time they step inside the door of their local establishment, whether it was built 200 years ago or last week. Stop in sometime, maybe bring the family, and experience the joys of the fellowship of beer for yourself. T&G Sam Komlenic, whose dad worked for a Pennsylvania brewery for 35 years, grew up immersed in the brewing business. He has toured scores of breweries, large and small, from coast to coast.

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Taste of the Month

Turkish

Delights

Penn Pide brings the flavors of Turkey to State College

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Aromatic Turkish coffee, rich in flavor and tradition.

Ispanakli pide (left) made with spinach and cheese.

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Step aside pizza, let’s talk Turkish pide. Opened in March 2016, Penn Pide, located at 127 West Beaver Avenue, is serving up this traditional Turkish staple — a thin, oblong-shaped flatbread. Pide is often described as Turkish pizza with uniquely Middle-Eastern spices, no sauce, topped with cheese, vegetable or meat fillings, folded over around the edges, and baked in the oven. There are 12 different types of pide on the menu at Penn Pide, with meat and vegetarian options such as ground beef (kiymali), spicy Turkish sausage (sucuklu), plain cheese (peynirli), and spinach (ispanakli). The most popular is the lamb (kusbasili) pide. Owners Sait Satici and his wife, Gizem, who are originally from Turkey, moved to State College from Germany in 2011. They are also the owners of Penn Kebab, located at 418 East College Avenue, which serves yufka kebabs (gyro wraps, shawarma, and doner kebab). “Common in every region of Turkey, pide is very popular for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Since there are endless topping possibilities, pide can be eaten for any meal

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Owner Sait Satici (above) proudly serves Turkish cuisine.

Tan enjoys a spinach borek with a Legendary Uluda˘g Gazozu (Turkish soda). of the day,” explains Sait. “A nice cup of Turkish tea goes well with a pide and usually, a Turkish coffee is best after the meal.” It is uncertain when the first pide was eaten; some say that the Ottomans ate a pide-like bread called tokalak, while others claim that the dish was invented in the 1920s as a way of stretching ingredients in war-torn Turkey. Also on the menu at Penn Pide is lahmacun—a round, thin piece of dough topped with minced ground beef, onions, tomatoes, parsley, 88 - T&G October 2017

a mixture of spices such as cumin, cayenne pepper, and paprika, and then baked until crispy. In addition, there are three different grilled chicken dishes served with your choice of teriyaki, curry, or tomato pepper sauce, and your choice of side such as white or bulgur rice, or penne pasta. Penn Pide also serves Turkish breakfast favorites like a traditional Turkish omelet, a dish of eggs scrambled just until barely set, mixed with tomatoes, chilies, and olive oil. Or try a piece of borek, a savory pastry with different

fillings such as spinach and feta, or meat. Complete your culinary taste of Turkey with dessert! Try the sutlac (rice pudding) or baklava. For the more adventurous eater, künefe is a crispy, cheese-filled dessert layered between finelyshredded dough, topped with pistachios or walnuts. Kadayif is a dessert made with strings of dough filled with walnuts, baked in the oven, and topped with sugar syrup. There are also Turkish delights, coffee, and other specialty items at Penn Pide for sale. T&G For more information, visit Penn Pide on Facebook. For a special 10 percent off your order at Penn Pide, visit townandgown.com.


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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, bar-bleu.com. Socializing and sports viewing awaits at bar bleu. Don’t miss a minute of the action on 22 true 1080i HDMI high-definition flat-screen monitors displaying the night’s college and pro matchups. The bar serves up 16 draft beers in addition to crafted cocktails, including the “Fishbowl,” concocted in its own 43-ounce tank! Pub fare featuring authentic Kansas 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 DeliRestaurant.com. Since 1973, The Deli has served up New York-style deli favorites on an American menu offering everything from comfort food to pub favorites, all made from scratch. Soups, breads, sauces, and awardwinning desserts are homemade here early in the morning folks. Look for its rotating menu of food- themed festivals throughout the year. AE, D, DC, LC, MC, V. Full bar. The Dining Room at the Nittany Lion Inn, 200 W. Park Ave., 865-8590. Fine continental cuisine in a relaxed, gracious atmosphere. Casual attire acceptable. Private dining rooms available. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V. Full bar. 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, faccialuna.com. 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. Federal Taphouse, 130 S. Fraser St., State College, 954-4888, federaltaphouse.com. New restaurant serving craft beers and signature cocktails. Over 100 beers and wine on tap. Scratch kitchen specializing in artisan pizzas, coal and wood-fired fare. Catering/private event options. AE, D, MC, V. Full Bar. 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 specialties. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. Full bar, beer. Gigi’s, W. College Ave, on the corner of Cato Ave., 861-3463, gigisdining.com. 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, thegreekrestaurant.net. Located behind The Original Waffle Shop on North Atherton Street. Visit our Greek tavern and enjoy authentic Greek cuisine. From fresh and abundant vegetables to the most succulent kebabs, each dish has been perfected to showcase genuine Greek flavors. When we say “authentic,” we mean it. Full service, BYOB. D, MC, V.

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Herwig’s Austrian Bistro, “Where Bacon Is An Herb,” 132 W. College Ave., 272-0738. Located next to the State Theatre. Serving authentic Austrian home cooking in Central PA. Ranked #1 Ethnic Restaurant in State College for 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. Hi-Way Pizza, 1688 N. Atherton St., 237-0375, HiWayPizza.com. The State College tradition for nearly 50 years, nobody does it better than Hi-Way! Offering more than 29 varieties of hand-spun pizzas made from scratch offer an endless combination of toppings. Its vodka “flaky” crust and red stuffed pizzas are simply a must have. Hi-Way’s menu rounds out with pasta dishes, calzones, grinders, salads, and other Italian specialties. Eat-in, take-out, or Hi-Way delivery. AE, D, DC, LC, MC, V. Full bar. Award-winning pizza and Italian Cuisine. Homemade… with only the best and freshest ingredients.

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Hoss’s Steak & Sea House, 1454 North Atherton Street, State College, 234-4009, www.hosss.com. 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 India Pavilion, 222 E. Calder Way, 237-3400. Large selection of vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes from northern India. Lunch buffet offered daily. We offer catering for groups and private parties. AE, D, MC, V. Inferno Brick Oven & Bar, 340 E. College Ave., 237-5718, InfernoBrickOvenBar.com. With a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere, Inferno is a place to see and be seen. A full-service bar boasts a unique specialty wine, beer, and cocktail menu. Foodies — Inferno offers a contemporary Neapolitan brick-oven experience featuring a focused menu of artisan pizzas and other modern-Italian plates. Lunch and dinner service 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., 954-4923, LibertyCraftHouse.com. 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, saints logo.white2.eps food, and good times. A one-of-a-kind, worldclass 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. SAINTS_Green only.eps

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Otto’s Pub & Brewery, 2235 N. Atherton St., 867-6886, ottospubandbrewery.com. State College’s most awarded craft-beer pub and brewery featuring more than a dozen fresh, house-brewed 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. Philipsburg Elks Lodge & Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane, Philipsburg, 342-0379, philipsburgelks.com. Restaurant open to the public! Monday-Saturday 11-9, Sunday 9-3. Member-only bar. New golf-member special, visit our Web site for summer golf special. AE MC, V. Full Bar (members only). The Tavern Restaurant, 220 E. College Ave., 238-6116. A unique gallery-in-a-restaurant preserving PA’s and Penn State’s past. Dinner at The Tavern is a Penn State tradition. Major credit cards accepted. Full bar. Whiskers at the Nittany Lion Inn, 200 W. Park Ave., 865-8580. Casual dining featuring soups, salads, sandwiches and University Creamery ice cream. Major credit cards accepted. Full bar.

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Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar, 324 W. College Ave., 237-8474. Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar features ingredient-driven, seasonal, new American cuisine paired with an extensive wine list, certified wine professional, and exceptional service. Zola’s also features a new climate-controlled wine room, premium by-the-glass wine pours, fine liquor, and craft beer at its full-service bar. Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week. Reservations recommended. Catering. Free parking after 5:30 p.m. AE, D, DC, MAC, MC, V. Full bar.

Good Food Fast Baby’s Burgers & Shakes, 131 S. Garner St., 234-4776, babysburgers.com. Love poodle skirts, a jukebox playing the oldies, and delicious food cooked to order? Then Baby’s Burgers & Shakes is your kind of restaurant! Bring the entire family and enjoy a “Whimpy” burger, a Cherry Coke, or delicious chocolate shake, and top it off with a “Teeny Weeny Sundae” in our authentic 1947 Silk City Diner. Check out Baby’s Web site for full menu and daily specials! D, MC, V, MAC, Lion’s Cash.

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Bagel Crust, 460 Westerly Parkway, 308-9321, bagelcrust.com. 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. Barranquero Café, 324 E. Calder Way, 954-7548, barranquerocafe.com. 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. Dosa Express, 128 Locust Lane, 231-2000. The only authentic South Indian Restaurant in State College. Try our savory Dosa, a rice crepe stuffed with your choice of potatoes, chicken, or cheese. Open Monday through Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Now offering delivery through GrubHub. AE, D, MC, V. Fiddlehead, 134 W. College Ave., 237-0595, fiddleheadstatecollege.com. Fiddlehead is a soup-andsalad café offering soups made from scratch daily. Create your own salad from more than 40 fresh ingredients.

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Hibachi San, 7 Hetzel Union Building on campus, 8616900. Our Poke bowl is mouthwatering and prepared fresh daily. Create your own Poke bowl with healthy options. Monday-Thursday: 10-8, Friday: 10-6, Sunday: noon-5. 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, Chickfil-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, irvingsstatecollege.com. 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 goods, and more! Plus, Meyer Dairy is the best place to pick up your Town&Gown magazine each month! Panda Express, Penn State Campus at the HUB- Robeson Center, 861-6009 & 1870 North Atherton Street, State College, 867-2806. We serve American Asian cuisine; come try our world-famous orange chicken. Atherton open 11-9:30 Monday-Saturday, 11-9 Sunday. Campus open 10-9 Monday-Friday, noon-6 Saturday, noon-7 Sunday. AE, D, ID, MC, V. Saint’s Café, 123 W. Beaver Ave., 238-5707, statecollegecoffeeshop.com. Established in 1999, we are inspired by travel and a passion for exceptional coffee. Come try our espresso drinks, pour-over coffee, pastries, and free WiFi. Cafe Hours: MondaySaturday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Specialty Foods

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Dam Donuts, 216 W. High Street, Bellefonte, 548-7825, damdonuts.com. 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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lunch with mimi

Calming the Waters Penn State Trustee and retired Navy SEAL Ryan J. McCombie discusses Freeh report, and service to university and country

Ryan J. McCombie addresses challenges facing the Penn State Board of Trustees, and the country, with Town&Gown founder Mimi Barash Coppersmith over lunch at Duffy’s Tavern in Boalsburg.

Retired United States Navy Captain (SEAL) Ryan J. McCombie began his career with a tour in Vietnam. Originally from Spangler, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Penn State’s Navy ROTC program in 1970. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the Navy as an ensign. McCombie was selected to be the first United States Military Attaché to the embassy in Brazzaville, Congo. Following that assignment, he commanded SEAL Team Two from 1985 to 1987. He was the first to serve two years with the elite French Commando Hubert and has trained with commandos from all over the world. In addition, he served as the operations officer of the highly regarded Red Cell Team. He has held high-ranking positions with the Defense Intelligence Agency and as the senior Navy representative and faculty member at the Army War College. With more than 26 years of service to the country, he retired from the Navy in 1996 and moved his family to State College, where he became an executive with a financial firm. He was elected to the PSU Board of Trustees in 2012 and currently resides in State College with his wife, Denise. They are the parents of three children: Ryan, Brandan, and Shannon. Sadly, they lost their son US Navy Lieutenant 98 - T&G October 2017

Brandan “Pup” McCombie in 2002 when his S-3B Viking aircraft crashed while conducting battle group training exercises with the USS Harry S. Truman off the coast of Puerto Rico. Town&Gown founder Mimi Barash Coppersmith sat down with McCombie at Duffy’s Tavern in Boalsburg to discuss why he wanted to serve in the military and how his experience now guides him on the Board of Trustees to assist the university to continue to epitomize “success with honor.” Mimi: Thank you very much for taking the time to join me. How do we, as good citizens and alumni of this great institution, calm the waters on the Board of Trustees? How do we switch to the really important issues about the students and the well-being of the institution? As a Navy SEAL, with a calling card that’s quite impressive, you must have some thoughts about that. Ryan: Well, I guess I will begin with how we got to where we are, and it goes for the national government as well. Too many people in politics personalize the attacks and then defend themselves. That is when reason and the objectivity of the issue tend to get laid by the wayside as we’re defending ourselves. My first recommendation is that we have to put away personal


animus regardless of what we think, and believe that everybody really wants to be a good American and good Penn State alums. Mimi: In the end, we all serve the people, citizens, students, and parents who bring those students to us. And how do we get the focus and the animus out of the equation of our own people? It is a great institution. Ryan: I think that the board is large… Mimi: Too large, we made it larger. The current group did it. Ryan: No question, it’s too large by a factor of two, at least. It’s difficult to personally get to know everybody on the board and spend time with them. Mimi: Especially when they’re divided on things. Ryan: Yeah, there are 38 now. Mimi: What can our combined thinking do to get this group to do what we’re really supposed to do, and that’s to do the best we can for the institution? Ryan: Well, it’s important that we get to know each other. Social events where people actually interact with people from the opposing view and get to know how they think and why they think that way. Not only during discussions at difficult times, but at social events and happy hour. Besides that, I think we can cut the board in half and we might be able to achieve that type of interaction much easier. Mimi: I love this place, and I want to be a part of whatever it takes to put Humpty

Dumpty back together again. Ryan: This is a strong university. It has a tremendous base of support, but there are many who have told me personally they won’t come back until we deal with the Joe Paterno issue. These were huge donors. There are issues that are still unresolved. We need to actually sit down and address them. Mimi: Do you feel that should be a public discussion? Ryan: That’s a difficult question because there are a lot of pieces. The Paterno family has said multiple times that it can be all public. “Whatever happens, we want the truth to come out” — they’ve said that many times. They may have the most equity in that part of it. So, if they’re not protective of the discussion, why not have the discussion in public? Over the last five years, I have given an awful lot of thought to it and we have made some progress. Mimi: Well, we should be better than that. Tell me about the reason why you missed the last trustee meeting where there was election of the new leadership.

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Ryan: Well, it is the first meeting I have missed in five years, so it was not done lightly. I hold that responsibility very high and schedule my life around it. The Navy SEALs commemorated and established a monument on 38th Street in Virginia Beach on the boardwalk in memory of all the SEALs who have been killed in service to our country since Vietnam. Former SEAL Captain Rick Woolard got sand from the beaches from around the world that frogmen had fought on since WWII. There was sand from Iwo Jima, Guam, Okinawa, Morocco, Tunisia, north of France, Normandy, and southern France. After Vietnam, I went to France for two years and went through all the French training and became the 558th Navy SEAL of France. They invited me to spread the sand from the beaches of southern France. So, I felt that was a reason that I had to miss the board meeting. I took my daughter and granddaughter to escort me, and we had a marvelous reunion with a bunch of old SEALs from the Vietnam era and forward.

Mimi: Well that’s an experience of a lifetime, and I forgive you for missing a very important meeting. Ryan: Thank you. I did call in my vote. I did leave the ceremonies and make a call. Mimi: With a vision for the future, do you think the new leadership will help us develop a catalyst for peace and harmony? Ryan: One can hope. I would hope so. It’ll take work on both sides to do that. Mimi: What do you see as the most important issue today for the board to be deliberating? Ryan: Well, if you talk about the administration of the university, the most important one would be tuition. Our university is a great opportunity for first-time college students to go. I’m an example. For the healing, I still maintain that a review and acceptance or denial of the Freeh report, not the recommendations, is needed. Many were good and most of them implemented, nobody has an issue with that. Some of the verbiage, what was said and implied, inside the rhetoric

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of the Freeh report I find offensive and intrusive. One of the biggest issues is to be resolved from that period of time. Once that is, the other things all fall into place. Mimi: At some point, it is time to move on. Some things just have to be said and move on. Ryan: We can continue doing right for the university and resolve this. I think that if it was my parents, if it was your parents, I wouldn’t move on. I think justice, fairness, and legality is important. I spent most of my life in thirdworld countries where there was no justice or fairness, and there was no rule of law. I don’t want to come back to Centre County and watch that kind of thing happen again. Mimi: I hope that people that read this appreciate that this is an honest exchange of inner feelings. Ryan: And it is. We’re actually disagreeing, at times. Mimi: Right. It’s all part of the problem. If we can talk about it, we may indeed get to the door.

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Ryan: I think that’s absolutely true, Mimi. We have to sit at the table and talk. Once that discussion that’s never been had is over, we could probably move on. Mimi: Set aside the bitterness, the hurt, and come to a resolution. Tell me how you and other members of your family made you interested in the military as a young person. Ryan: My uncle Eddie was killed in WWII in Sicily. He was a navigator. My father was a Merchant Marine during WWII. He did the North Atlantic runs to supply Russia and Europe. I read an article about the commandos of the wetlands in the Reader’s Digest and I read about the newly formed organization called the Navy SEALs. Somewhere in the last year in high school or first year in college, I decided I wanted to be a Navy frogman. I was just determined to be a Navy frogman and never dreamed that I’d stay for a career. Mimi: How did your mother feel about that? Ryan: She had five boys, all within seven years. She got married at 32, had five boys by the time she was 39, and my dad died when


we were teenagers. So, she raised us five boys. My older brother had gone off in Vietnam, and my dad died while he was in Vietnam of a heart attack at 50 years old. She wasn’t real big on all that, because obviously as soon as I joined the SEALs, I went to Vietnam. She worried, I’m sure. She had four other boys to worry about. Mimi: Well, I am such a pacifist, by nature. I was 11 years old when the telegram arrived and I still can’t stop myself from crying when I speak of it. When the telegram arrived advising that my brother, First Lieutenant Calvin S. Unger was killed over Germany after completion of the mission, my whole life changed. The environment in which I lived, the way I thought about things. Thank God, I never had a son because I don’t know what I’d do if a son wanted to go into the service. Ryan: I understand that. Anybody who goes to war understands that it is not what it looks like in the movies and you’re lucky to survive it, but having said that, it is selfevident today that somebody has to do this

kind of work. Every generation it seems to me has said this is the war to end wars, and I fought so that my children didn’t need to. That started at WWI with the war to end all wars, and it continues in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s obvious that the condition of humanity is not one that allows for peace across the world as much as we might like it. Man’s inhumanity to man. I don’t know how many times I had to tell widows and mothers of the passing of their son or their husband. I lost my own son, Brandan. Mimi: Give me a few of your thoughts about my concern that we are on the edge of conflict as a nation. Ryan: Internal or external? Mimi: Both. We have situations that are arousing people, or so it seems to me, in unpleasant ways. As you as a guy who overcame lots of adversity and experienced things that many of us will never know or understand, what’s your take on all this? Ryan: I wasn’t prepared for this great philosophical discussion, but I will give it a

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go. I think that externally we have been in constant conflict for 16 years. I think that is not ending anytime soon. Mimi: Is it accelerating? Ryan: No, I don’t think so. Can it accelerate? Absolutely! I mean if you look across the scope of the world and you look at North Korea, that is a very troublesome, difficult regime. Can the United States handle that? There is no question. But what is the cost in Japan and South Korea? How many million people do we sacrifice whenever they let loose a barrage of artillery that is one of the largest in the world on Seoul if somebody attacks? The problem becomes much more complicated unless you just don’t care about anybody else in the world except yourself. Mimi: The votes aren’t in on that yet. Ryan: Well, I won’t go there, but I think we still have some time to wait. I have a lot of faith in James Mattis. I think “Mad-Dog Mattis” is an awful name for him. Anybody with a name like Mattis has been called “Mad-Dog” in the military. It’s just the way it is. He gives me hope. I think that with John Francis Kelly, we can maybe get some rational manner in the White House now that he is chief of staff. I was disappointed because Robert Harward was supposed to be the national security advisor. He was a SEAL, and I was his mentor for years and he would have been a fabulous choice. At the time, the president wanted to have his own people there. I think that McMaster will do fine. He’s a good officer and an honest guy. I think that we need to be careful about how many more military people that we put in there. Mimi: I was just going to raise the question, how many military white men are enough? Ryan: In the military, race or gender is not an issue. We have learned through difficult experience that the execution of the mission

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is all that matters. The military mindset may be an issue. We’re a democracy. The military career develops a certain optic. We shouldn’t be restricted to seeing problems solely through that lens. I think that these guys are marvelous and will serve us well, but we all bring our past experience to a problem. We need multiple ways to look at a problem. Mimi: Including some voices of women. Ryan: No question. I have a daughter who is very successful, who actually served with Naval Special Warfare Development Group, a SEAL team. I know what women can do and how they do it. Whenever I was a boss, I always wanted as diverse an opinion as I could get. I used to tell people at meetings that if you all agree with me, I don’t need you here. I know what I know. I need somebody to tell me what I don’t know, or why what I think I know isn’t correct. That’s what I need, not blind agreement. Mimi: Well, I want to thank you, most sincerely, for your willingness to have what is not an easy discussion. I try to avoid terribly controversial issues. Ryan: Well, I thought when I came, this will be easy. All the ones that I read never did controversial subjects. Mimi: I’ve done a couple, but not many because early in Town&Gown’s life, I tried to do a column called “Catalyst” because I am a frustrated investigative reporter, and that got me in trouble. My magazine almost met its death because I was opening discussion about controversial issues and this has never been a place that was particularly excited about doing that. I thank you very much for engaging in the kinds of things that we talked about. They impact both the president, the future of this community, and you’re quite a guy. Ryan: Thank you Mimi, that’s very kind. You know at the end of the day, I may not be right, but I try to give my honest opinion. T&G


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Capturing the Beauty of Nature For Jennifer Shuey, art comes down to ‘what moves you’ By Miranda Buckheit Anyone who has attended any university anywhere has seen one. It seems as if every building features the prototypical bulletin board layer-caked and overstuffed with flyers for part-time jobs, academic studies, and lectures. For local artist Jennifer Shuey, one of those flyers was a life-changer. Shuey grew up in Hublersburg and graduated from Bellefonte Area High School. As an undergraduate at Penn State, Shuey had explored majoring in nutrition and psychology, but neither held her interest. Still unsure of what her future held, she found a temporary home in the Division of Undergraduate Studies. During that time, she saw a flyer for a talk by the head of the Department of Landscape Architecture. Intrigued, she attended. Voila! Shuey says the subject matter clicked with her and she finally had a major, with a minor in geography. “I never really considered myself one of the artists of my class,” Shuey says. That self-assessment took several years, a testament to her humble nature. The various facets of landscape architecture seemed to suit Shuey’s intellect. She says she was able to get a good grounding in design principles and graphics, which allowed her to visually communicate with others. Once she had her bachelor’s degree, Shuey did not choose a typical path into traditional landscape and site design. Rather, she was drawn to larger-scale community issues. Her first job was with the Centre Region Planning Agency doing comprehensive planning and water resource/waste water planning for the area. Her next job took her to ClearWater Conservancy, where she served as executive director for nearly 15 years. When Shuey left ClearWater, it was with the intention of devoting more time to her art. She moved on to a position as director of fundraising and development at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, which draws more than 125,000 people to State College each July. 106 - T&G October 2017

Jennifer Shuey finds art in landscapes and nature.

“I left to do more art, but I backfilled my spare time with more fundraising!” she says with a laugh. Shuey says she finds art in landscapes and nature. One of her earlier experiences with art was an oil painting class at the Art Alliance with another local artist, Jennifer Kane. Shuey found her love of pastels by going to a local artists retreat. At the retreat, she met Susan Nicholas Gephart. Her eyes brighten as she smiles at the memory. “She loaned me her pastels and said ‘give these a try.’ It just kind of clicked. It was like, ‘OK, this is my medium,’” Shuey says. She now has been using pastels for 12 years and is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society. Art, she says, is her escape. Shuey describes art as “using completely different mind muscles. At work, it was either analytical or social.” Arts allows her to be more introverted rather than extroverted, “being in the zone,” she says, much


The setting sun glows through the trees in this pastel by Jennifer Shuey.

like how athletes are. Her favorite painting, of the 120 pieces she has created, is one she made in central Maine of a cottage on one of the lakes in the fall. Her current stock is somewhere between 40 and 50. Shuey says that her inspiration to give to young people who are interested in art is that “there are so many ways to express yourself. Explore. Don’t get focused on some plan for your life or your major. I never would have heard of landscape architecture had I not been exploring.” She notes that sometimes people are afraid to try. She suggests that individuals should be open to possibilities. You may not know why opportunities show up in your life, but when they do, say yes, she advises. Even though Shuey began her adult life as a planner, she doesn’t quite know what her future will be. She is happy to be going with the flow for a while. Shuey says she uses her art to feed another passion, supporting local charities, “to be able to reach people who are moved at an elemental level by the beauty of nature. Reach them with what moves them.” She has donated her work to a number of

causes, most notably ClearWater Conservancy, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, Centre Country Farmland Trust, and Mount Nittany Conservancy. Her art will be featured alongside that of Cinda Kostyak at Cool Beans Coffee and Tea in Bellefonte during November and December. She will also be a featured artist at Schlow Centre Region Library in downtown State College in September 2018. “I think sometimes people worry that they don’t know about art or art history, or what it is supposed to mean. To me, you don’t have to worry about all of that. It really just comes down to what moves you, what speaks to you in some way that’s more visceral,” she says. “You don’t necessarily have to know why it does. Whether it’s music or a painting, it is good for people to be in touch with that personal and emotional side of themselves and to find ways to integrate that into what they’re doing every day.” T&G To explore more of Jennifer Shuey's art, visit jennifershueyart.com.

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Leader of the Band Jack Frisbie says PSU drum major role is about much more than the flip By James Turchick Leading hundreds of musicians in the midst of thousands of fans is no easy task, but Penn State Blue Band drum major Jack Frisbie doesn’t worry about it too much. “It’s important to recognize that you can’t do it yourself,” he says. “I have to rely on others to get organized, and it all comes down to execution.” Blue Band leaders chose Frisbie as drum major last April. He’s been working on that role since then, while also getting the award-winning ensemble ready for one of the most promising Penn State football seasons in years. Most of his time has been spent behind the scenes. “The public always sees the front flip and that’s only five percent of it,” he says. The other 95 percent is split between training rookie band members to march and being a liaison. “I’m kind of the bridge between (the band and administration),” he says. “The experience so far has been a lot of hard work.” He’s not the first Frisbie to hold the responsibility of leading the Blue Band. His grandfather was band president, and his brother Jimmy was the drum major the two previous seasons. His parents met in the band. “I feel excited to carry on that part of my family,” Jack Frisbie says. Getting to represent the university on its biggest stage is an added bonus for him. Besides his family connections to the Blue Band, Frisbie’s love for music goes back to his early childhood. He picked up the piano at the age of 5 and found his passion. “Music became a release and a form of expression for me,” Frisbie says. He later picked up the trombone, which he played in the Blue Band, and is still as in love with music today as he was when he was 5. Playing in the band last year when the Nittany Lions took on the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field helped steel his nerves, he thinks. “There’s a lot of boos in a Pittsburgh atmosphere,” he says. Despite that, he’s committed to keeping his head down and doing his job this season, even on the road at Ohio State — where the boos are guaranteed. 108 - T&G October 2017

Jack Frisbie says taking on the role of Blue Band drum major “felt natural.”

“Every day we come to practice and try to beat ourselves. Something our coach says is, ‘Today’s successes are tomorrow’s mediocrity.’” Being in the spotlight and entertaining thousands of people is in Frisbie’s job description, but his favorite part happens before the season even begins. For him, band camp is where he’d rather spend his time. “Leading band camp before students move in is really the most challenging and most rewarding part,” he says. Seeing the band improve and the rookies get situated makes him happier than the cameras do on game day. Thanks to all of that practice, Frisbie says the band looks promising this year. “I knew what I was getting into and what it would require. The band has already shaped so much of my time at Penn State that it felt natural to take on this role.” T&G James Turchick is a senior journalism major at Penn State.


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