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Diﬀerent kinds of news ebb and ﬂow into our oﬃce, making each issue of The Gazette unique. This week there’s an abundance of arts and entertainment news – plus heartfelt oﬀerings for Valentine’s gifts and celebrations. As a counterpoint to this cold and often dreary time of year, we shine the light on uplifting events and opportunities. The Valentine’s feature starts with a Valentine’s singles dance tonight, Feb. 10, oﬀered by a newly formed singles organization, spans a half dozen charitable dinners and a Valentine’s crafts fair, and ends with a big-screen showing of the romantic Casablanca. You’ll ﬁnd daddy daughter dances sponsored by the Bellefonte and State College YMCAs, an oﬀer to have a singing Valentine delivered by Nittany Knights, a free municipal band concert, and opportunities to adopt a loving pet for you or your sweetie. Our Entertainment Section is packed this week, including a review of a chamber music concert at Schlow Library, news of the upcoming Jazz Festival at Bellefonte High, and Tim Weight’s night out at a big country music concert at the BJC. There are opportunities to have luncheon with the maestro of the Nittany Valley Symphony, hear a wind quartet at the library in Bellefonte, and attend an Acoustic Brew’s 20th folk music celebration at WPSU studios. There are a few people proﬁles of note. Sam introduces us to a local woman who persevered for decades, holding on to her dream, until that dream came true. Brian talked to the new executive director of The State Theatre, full of inspiration and plans for this historic community venue. An outstanding State High teacher earned a trip to Antarctica and an outstanding singer/volunteer earned Barbershopper of the Year. As always, there are ways for you to get involved as good neighbors. A new children’s community center is in need of donated furniture, the second annual Volunteer Fair in Bellefonte is gathering non-proﬁt exhibitors who’ll solicit your help, and the annual Prom Attire Event is asking for gently used prom gowns, suits, and accessories. Next week we’ll have a local history lesson for President’s Day. Though Pennsylvania isn’t known for sending men to the White House (Just one, do you know who it was?), Centre County is known as the birthplace of quite a few U.S. governors. There are many ways to show someone how much you love them. Remember to make a call, write a note, drop oﬀ a homemade gift, or give someone a hug in the next few days. It’ll warm a few hearts, and, heaven knows, we could use the extra heat.
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Centre County Schools Penns Valley Wins District Groundhog Day at Decathlon Wingate Elementary State High & Bellefonte Place Third and Fourth Academic Decathlon is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students. On Feb. 3 at Glendale, Penns Valley emerged as the central region champions, with Montoursville High School coming in second, State College High School placing third, and Bellefonte earning fourth place. This is the third consecutive year that Penns Valley has brought home the ﬁrst place trophy, but it was an unexpected win due to the large number of underclassmen on the team. Penns Valley emerged with 42 individual medals and ﬁve plaques for overall placement. Academic Decathlon teams comprise nine students: 3 "A" (honors) students, 3 "B" (scholastic) students, and 3 "C" (varsity) students. At Penns Valley, the Honors Division was composed of Kyle Houser, Henry Lush, Cameron Mothersbaugh, and alternate Mitch Shuey. The Scholastic Division included Drew Seely, Andrew Hankinson, and Grace Gover, with alternates Courtney Done and Eliza Gretok; and the Varsity Division included LaRae Fultz, Lyndsey Witherite, and KC Daniels. By virtue of this performance, the team has earned a trip to the state competition, being held this year in Erie on March 2 and 3. Coaches Sarah Farrant and Cory Zatek expressed pride in the team's hard work and come-from-behind win.
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WINGATE – The fourth-grade Wingate Elementary students in Helen Showers’ class had a special visitor on Groundhog Day. No, it wasn’t Punxsutawney Phil, but it was someone who really loves Groundhog Day – Centre County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Kistler. Judge Kistler showed the children some of his groundhog treasures and then read a story to the class, Double Trouble Groundhog Day, while wearing a groundhog hat. He shared some groundhog-shaped cookies with everyone and, in return, the student made Judge Kistler paper groundhogs, which he is now proudly displaying on the mantle in his oﬃce.
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State High teacher set to travel to Antarctica By Julie Miller STATE COLLEGE – Ms. Nell Herrman, Learning Enrichment teacher at State College Area High School South building, has been selected as one of only 12 teachers nationwide to participate in the PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) program. She is on her way to Antarctica as part of this program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. She will assist Dr. Charles Amsler in polar research, and the speciﬁc project is titled, “Seaﬂoor Organisms and Changing Ocean Conditions in Antarctic.” The research team will live and work at Palmer Long-Term ReEcological search (LTER) study area, located on Anvers Island midway down the Antarctic Peninsula. Palmer Station is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and is one of three United States research stations located in Antarctica. They will arrive at Palmer Station by ship from Punta Arenas, Chile. This project studies the eﬀects of rising ocean acidiﬁcation and temperatures on seaﬂoor-dwelling animals in the shallow waters of Antarctica. Carbon moves around the earth, between land, atmosphere, and water in the carbon cycle. The ocean absorbs Carbon Dioxide (CO2) from the Earth’s atmosphere. As increasing amounts of Carbon Dioxide are absorbed, the pH of the water is decreasing or becoming more acidic. This is called ocean acidiﬁcation. Several marine animals, such as mussels, snails, sea urchins, and more use the naturally occurring calcium (Ca) and carbonate (CO3) in seawater to construct their shells or skeletons. As seawater becomes more acidic, carbonate becomes less available, which makes it more diﬃcult for these organisms to form their skeletal material. This negatively aﬀects the health of the animal in many ways. In Antarctica, it’s predicted that water temperatures will increase and the calcium carbonate needed by these organisms will decrease. Understanding how these small animals will react to changing ocean conditions is important, as several larger animals rely on them as a food source. To collect their data, SCUBA divers will dive to the seaﬂoor to collect organisms. The research team will run several experiments on the animals to see how they respond to changes in water acidiﬁcation and temperature. People can follow her daily photo journals here: http://www.polartrec.com. She posted several journal entries as she prepared for the expedition and will be posting a journal a day between 2/93/15. People can ask her questions through the "Ask the Team" tab and she’ll respond from Antarctica. She’ll also be having Polar Connect events during which she can talk to students live from Antarctica.
FEBRUARY 10, 2012
Nittany Knights Names 2011 Barbershopper
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Paul Hamilton was named the 2011 Barbershopper of the Year by the Nittany Knights Barbershop Chorus. This annual award, the highest honor bestowed on a chapter member, is based on sustained contributions of time, talent, and service. Paul serves as the Chorus Librarian making sure that all chorus music is updated and available to the members for learning. Paul loves singing lead with the chorus and demonstrates his leadership with being one of the ﬁrst members to have the words and music down pat. He has boundless energy and enthusiasm , is a dual member of the Altoona Horseshoe Chorus, and this summer traveled many miles for practices and eventually performed as a member of the Flight 93 Memorial Chorus. He extends his music ability by enjoying playing in small bands and writing songs, currently working on one to honor the Flight 93 ﬁrst responders. Paul learned to love skiing as a young man while working in Colorado in food service and construction. He took skiing a step further by learning freestyle jumping from friends on the U.S. free-style team. He joined the USAFA Civil Air Patrol participating in search-and-rescue missions. After spending time in Colorado, Paul returned to State College in 1987. He is the father of Brittany, a student at Penn State and Andrew, a student at the Bellefonte Area High School. Paul is the owner/operator of PH Painting & Restoration.
By Brian E. Bassett STATE COLLEGE – The State Theatre, reputed to have been built in the record-time of less than four months, opened October 15, 1938 at 128 West College Avenue. Like any area business, it has enjoyed prosperous and not-so-prosperous times. Its new age of prosperity will continue under the guidance of Richard Biever, the theatre’s new, talented, executive director. Biever lived in New York before moving to the State College area. He taught musical theatre upstairs at Ditmar’s Pugh Street Studio from 1992 to 1986, then spent time in Philadelphia and Boston before moving back to State College in 2003. He earned his MSA in directing at Penn State University in 2007. He and his wife, the former Heidi Ditmar, reopened the upstairs musical-theatre studio on Pugh Street where she now teaches the majority of classes, and Richard teaches some of the adult classes. The business, Singing Onstage, “took oﬀ” in 2005 and continues to do quite well. The State Theatre was re-opened in 2006 after undergoing a three-million dollar renovation which included a new stage, screen and other equipment. The position of executive director opened up in the latefall of 2011. Richard applied, and was accepted. “I oversee marketing, programming, ﬁnancial concerns, and operations,” Biever explained. “Staﬀ management is also my responsibility – however, the main focus is to ensure ﬁnancial stability of the theatre while providing consistent, excellent programming.” The theatre just completed a joint fundraising concert with Easter Seals this past January. A number of artists played the music of Neil Young. The
Introducing Richard Biever, Executive Director event was well-attended, tickets were sold out weeks ahead of time – and it was an artistic and ﬁnancial success. Biever promises that The State Theatre has several, good, national acts already planned for the September-to-May season. The schedule of events – national acts, the local theatre and dance company, and musicians – will be announced well in advance for your convenience. “I am excited about what’s going on right now, and for the future,” Robert enthusiastically concluded. “We enjoyed good attendance in January that is continuing into February, and we hope to maintain this positive momentum.”
Little Builders Wanted for Home Show Paul Hamilton, 2011 Barbershopper of the Year, receiving the award from last year’s Barbershopper,
How YOU Can Help Volunteer Fair Seeks Non-profits, Volunteers Looking for a way to help your neighbors? Come to the second annual Volunteer Fair March 3 in Bellefonte. There are dozens of organizations who need your talent. Also, if your non-proﬁt organization needs more helping hands, consider exhibiting at the fair. It’s absolutely free to both exhibitors and the general public. The fair is Saturday, March 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Undine Fire Company's Lambert Hall, Blanchard Street and Forge Road, Bellefonte. Call the event sponsor for more information or to reserve booth spaces – The Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce: e-mail email@example.com or call (814) 355-2917
STATE COLLEGE – It’s time for the little ones to show oﬀ their building skills. The 8th Annual Children’s Building Contest, sponsored by SPE Federal Credit Union, takes place Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, at the 2012 Home Show at the Bryce Jordan Center. They will accept reservations for 120 young builders, ages 4 through 12, to build their dream homes using Lincoln Logs or Legos. Michael Scott, Small Business Lender at SPE, was a judge at the contest last year. He loved it, and made the commitment to be a sponsor this year. “The kids take it so seriously,” he said. “They’re so proud. After the time is up, they’ll come up to you and ask you to look at their project, ask what you think. Last year, two sisters came in ﬁrst and second in one of the age groups. It’s a lot of fun.” Prizes and trophies will be awarded in each age group and every contestant will receive a free Future Home Builder t-shirt and a goodie bag ﬁlled with surprises.
the contest is free to all participants. This year, each contestant is being asked to bring at least one canned good to the Show. The donated cans will be used to make a cool can-struction structure at the Home Show and will then be donated to the State College Food Bank. Builders Association Executive Oﬃcer Abbie Jensen loves the contest and said, “The kids get to walk around the Show and see great exhibits – huge landscapes, actual rooms, cool machines. Then, they participate in the contest and suddenly a Lego man’s head becomes a propane tank within an outdoor ﬁre pit – a kid really built that! We are always blown away by their creativity!” Though it’s free, registration is required. The 40 contest slots in each age category are going fast. Log on to the Builders Association web site at www.centralpabuilders.com and ﬁll out an electronic reservation form or call (814) 231-8813 if you don’t have internet access.
Saturday, March 10 ◆ Ages 4 to 6 build a Lincoln Log Dream House – check-in from 11:30 to 11:45 a.m., build from noon to 1 p.m., and prizes awarded at 1:15. ◆ Ages 7 and 8 build a Lego Dream House – check-in from 2 to 2:15 p.m., build from 2:30 to 3:30, and prizes awarded at 3:45. Sunday, March 11 ◆ Ages 9 to 12 build a Lego Dream House – check-in from 11:30 to 11:45 a.m., build from noon to 1 p.m., and prizes awarded at 1:15. Thanks to the members of the Builders Association of Central PA and SPE Federal Credit Union,
(2011 photo by Reidar Jensen)
The Children’s Building Contest is one of the high points of the 2012 Home Show, coming to the BJC March 9 to 11.
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Woman Overcomes Obstacles to Realize Her Dream Article & photo by Sam Stitzer There’s a song in the movie Grease titled Beauty School Dropout, whose lyrics say “Beauty school dropout, your story sad to tell, a teenage ne'er do well……Your future's so unclear now. What's left of your career now?” Well, it seems like this old song could have been written about Pennsylvania Furnace resident Melanie Hockenberry. Melanie was raised in Pleasant Gap, and attended Bellefonte High School. She had a baby when she was just 16 years old. Her parents both worked, and Melanie had to quit school in 1989, one week into her senior year to take care of her infant daughter. She obtained her GED a few months after her class graduated, but she missed the prom, graduation, and all the normal senior year events. For years, Melanie had wanted to be a hair stylist, so in 1992, at age 19, she enrolled in the Empire Beauty School in State College. By then, Melanie had two children, and once again, had no one to watch them, so she had to drop out of the beauty school. She was very disappointed, to say the least. A while later, she went to Pruonto’s Beauty School in Altoona to be a nail technician, but her boyfriend didn’t want her to get her license, preferring her to stay home with their children, which now numbered three. Time passed, and Melanie and her boyfriend broke up. After that, Melanie had many diﬀerent full-time and part-time jobs. She lived in Mount Union, and worked in a factory in Lewistown for ﬁve years, then returned to Centre County in 2005, living with her mother in Bellefonte. She lost the factory job because she missed too much work because she could not aﬀord gas to make the long commute from Bellefonte. After a bout with alcoholism, Melanie left her mother’s home and actually lived in her car for a time. Her older daughter lived with Melanie’s mother, and her younger daughter and son lived in
Mount Union with her aunt. Melanie got a job at the Benner Pike Wal-Mart, and after one year was promoted to a department manager. A year after that, she was given a salaried management position at the Lewistown store. That job ended due to circumstances beyond her control, so Melanie took a bartender job at the Pennsylvania Road House bar in Pleasant Gap. That establishment went out of business, and Melanie found a part time job at Home Depot, working from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays. One day in December of 2010, after ﬁnishing her shift at Home Depot, Melanie said “Out of nowhere, I ended up in front of the Empire Beauty School again.” Her dream of being a hair stylist, suppressed for so many years, ﬁnally stepped to the fore and led her to enroll in classes. At last, the beauty school dropout was back in school! With her children grown, freeing her from parental obligations, Melanie excelled in the school’s program, winning much recognition and numerous awards. Shortly before graduation, she decided to enroll in the teacher’s program to become an instructor. She was asked to speak at her class graduation. “Just tell your story” said the Empire Beauty School Director. At graduation on October 2, 2011, Melanie told her story, and “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” she said. “It was a great thing for me, because I never had a graduation” said Melanie. Melanie started classes in the teacher program the very next day, October 3, and once again has excelled. One of her assignments was to bring a guest speaker to the school. Melanie had met and befriended professional hair stylist Shannon Lamm at Empire’s annual Future Pro Expo trade show and competition in Hershey. Lamm has worked with runway fashion models and had styled hair for rock band Motley Crue bass guitarist, Nikki Sixx, among other celebrities. Lamm drove up from Raleigh, NC,
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and spoke at Empire’s State College campus on January 27 free of charge as a favor for Melanie and her classmates. In retrospect, Melanie feels that it was beneﬁcial to wait this long to ﬁnish her education. She feels she is much more focused and determined, and that waiting has made her a better person. The younger students look up to her. She hopes to teach, and to give her students the skills and attitudes they need to succeed. She wants to give her students something she never had at their age. The future looks bright for Melanie. She has already been oﬀered an instructor position by Empire in the Pittsburgh area, and a substitute teaching position at the State College school. Whatever she chooses, it’s a certainty that she will do well and make a positive impact on many young lives. Not bad for a former beauty school dropout!
The title I Had Brain Surgery, What’s Your Excuse? did get my attention, especially when I saw that it had been written by Suzy Becker. I was familiar with Ms Becker’s work as a cartoonist and with her earlier book, All I Need To Know I Learned From My Cat. In other words, I was expecting a very funny read. Actually I ended up with an illustrated memoir about…you guessed it, her brain surgery. It is hard to put the book into any type of classiﬁcation. It is full of humor because Suzy has the talent to see humor in any situation, especially if it involves herself. The book is also a very honest memoir of a person going through what was a very traumatic experience. The simple removal of a mass on her brain caused some loss of word usage and motor skills. This was devastating to a woman who depended on both in her career. Suzy had always been an exceptionally healthy, athletic person. She played volleyball regularly and organized, as well as rode in, the yearly Ride Far, a bike marathon for adults and children with AIDS. On April 27, 1999, she received a letter informing her that she was being offered an appointment to join a community of three dozen scholars, artists, and scientists who would be working on individual projects at the Bunting Institute on the campus at Radcliﬀe. In May of 1999, she had the seizure that triggered the test that led to her surgery. As part of her healing program and because she had continued with her plans to attend Radcliﬀe, Suzy wrote the journal that became I Had Brain Surgery, What’s Your Excuse? The book is illustrated with nearly 400 cartoons, charts, and silly graphs. As Suzy recovers her health, we can see the improvement in her words and her art, making her development much more real to the reader. This book would be inspiring to any patient going through a diﬃcult recovery, not just brain surgery. Suzy Becker is likeable, never overly sentimental, and always brutally honest.
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CFL Bulb Recycling By Amy Schirf, Centre County Solid Recycling & Refuse Authority
Did you know you can recycle your Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)? Just bring your small, ice-cream cone shaped, unbroken CFL bulbs to the following locations for recycling during operating hours: Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, 253 Transfer Road, Bellefonte; State College Borough Building, 243 Allen Street or their service facility at 330 South Osmond Street; Lowe’s, 104 Valley Vista Dr., State College; or Home Depot, 2615 Green Tech Dr., State College.
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Snydertown Church Holds Free Book Fair Article & photos by Sam Stitzer SNYDERTOWN â€“ Traveling east through Nittany Valley on Rte 64 toward Clinton County, youâ€™ll pass the village of Snydertown. It sits oďŹ€ to your left, on Snydertown Road, and you might not even notice it. The only landmark to catch your eye is the rising steeple of St. Mark Lutheran Church. This church was the site of a Free Book Fair and Costless Closet on Saturday, Feb. 4. The church has a membership of about 60 people, led by Pastor Ruth Jensen. According to event coordinator Linda Rhine, the members of St. Markâ€™s have been holding this event on the ďŹ rst Saturday in February for about ten years. Throughout each year, the church collects books, magazines, videos, CDâ€™s, and other items donated by church and community members. The items are free to anyone attending the event, with the only price for admission being an item for the Howard Area Food Bank. Some folks brought their used books to the event and swapped them for new (to them) books. The items were spread out on tables in the church basement social hall. The aroma of homemade soup, hot dogs, and other food oďŹ€ered for sale ďŹ lled the air. Homemade baked goods ďŹ lled a table near the kitchen, and were being snatched up quickly. The room was elbow to elbow with
people sifting through the treasures on the tables. Many were seen leaving with armloads of reading material for the next year. Upstairs, at the Costless Closet, folks were looking through many tables spread with gently used clothing donated by the community. The closet has been a part of the Book Fair for the last three years, and has become very popular. Church member Sharon Sheasley said â€œWe heard there was a need in the area, and it really does well.â€? Any clothing from this event that is not picked up is donated to Goodwill or Faith Centre in Bellefonte. The small-town community spirit, which is seen in so many villages in this area, was evident in Snydertown last Saturday. People got together
for a good time of socializing, enjoying homemade food, and taking home a supply of books and clothing. I enjoyed my trip to Snydertown that day, and I plan to return next year. Itâ€™s worth the trip just for another piece of Sharon Sheasleyâ€™s incredible apple crumb pie!
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United Way Celebrates 2011 Campaign More Than $2 Million Raised By Cheryl Edwards The night was all about celebrating, both fundraising success and the people who helped build it. The “Live United” theme pervaded the Centre United Way Campaign Celebration on Monday Feb. 6. The mood was upbeat and positive, despite the fact that the campaign fell a bit short of the goal set by its partner agencies for 2011. After a period of mingling, the outgoing board chair, Greg Wendt, opened the event by formally handing over the helm to the 2012 chair. In welcoming Tom McKee to the leadership role, Wendt praised his successor’s “positive attitude, staunch commitment, [and] passion to make things better here in Centre County.” McKee quickly moved into his new role as he urged the crowd to continue giving to the United Way in the year to come. He also led the welcome for the 2011 campaign co-chairs, Scott Lamb and Hugh Moore who spoke about setting the 2011 goal by reaching out to the partners regarding their needs rather than dictating a number from above. They noted that the campaign had the help of an estimated 100 volunteers, and that Penn State played a pivotal role, raising a record $860,300.76 in the University campaign. The ceremony was also a chance to give out awards to United Way leaders. Colonel Gerald Russell presented the Day of Caring Awards to Donna Wasilko and Stone Valley Construction. The next award went to The Wild Dream Team. The team’s special-needs Scott Lamb and Hugh Mose, co-chairs of this year’s campaign, presented Dean Christian Brady, the Penn State chair, with a gift high school students movof thanks for the university’s outstanding contribution. ingly told the group what they believed it meant to be a good neighbor – neighborliness being a key part of the United Way’s commitment. A ﬁnal award, one that had been kept secret from the recipient, was the 2011 Leon Kneebone Award for Extraordinary Volunteerism which went to Ted Mc-
Dowell. After the awards, The Wild Dream Team’s young members again took the stage to hold up posters announcing the total amount raised in the 2011 campaign – $2,167,008. Although this fell short of the year’s goal, the mood remained positive as the leadership noted that it represented about a $1,000 increase over the 2010 ﬁgure. In a continued tough economy, the number was praised as a success that built upon the work of both those recognized and volunteers and donors at every giving level. The United Way plays a special role in the non-proﬁt arena. Through local oﬃces, like the Centre County aﬃliate, the United Way provides funding resources to a wide range of member programs. Partner agencies in the area include ARC of Centre County, Strawberry Fields, the American Red Cross, the Centre County Youth Service Bureau, and the Food Bank of State College, in addition to many other valuable community organizations. As the Centre County United Way’s own Web site notes, “We create opportunities for a better life for everyone in Centre County ... It is less about helping one person at a time and more about making sure the systems are in place to help everyone in Centre County.”
The Wild Dream Team proudly held up the posters that enumerated this year’s total.
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NVS Luncheon with the Maestro Sunday, February 16 at 11:30 a.m. Centre Hills Country Club The Nittany Valley Symphony Guild invites you to Luncheon With The Maestro Thursday, Feb. 16, with social time at 11:30am and luncheon at noon at Centre Hills Country Club. Music & lunch are followed by commentary from Maestro Michael Jinbo about the upcoming performance Beethoven & Shostakovich featuring soloist Max Zorin. Music provided by the Violin Duo: Joanne Zagst Feldman, Concertmaster and Debbie Trudeau, Principal Violin. Tickets are $25 per person. Call (814) 231-8224 for reservations. Reservations deadline: February 13. Centre Hills Country Club Dress Code: No Denim Christian Band Concert - free Sunday, February 16 at 6 p.m. Runville Methodist Church The No Back Road Christian band will play Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Runville United Methodist Church. The band performs classic gospel music blending country, bluegrass and southern gospel harmonies – making a unique sound. The church is at 1204 Runville Road, on Rte 144, approx. 2.5 miles north of the Sheetz Store in Wingate. Contact Pastor Doug Mellott (814) 353-8380. District 4 Jazz Festivals - free Concerts February 17 & 18 Bellefonte High School Bellefonte High School is hosting the PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) District 4 Jazz Festival Feb. 16 to 18. Fifty students from 15 school districts in central PA (Bellefonte, Bald Eagle, and State College have students involved this year) will come together to rehearse, learn about jazz, and give an afternoon concert performance on Saturday, Feb. 18. Guest conductors are Dan Yoder from Penn State and Dr. Eddie Severn from Lock Haven University. There will also be a free concert on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. by Zeropoint, a local jazz band. Nittany Wind Quartet – free Sunday, February 26 at 2:30 p.m. Centre County Library & Museum, Bellefonte The Sunday Afternoons at the Library concerts continue, with Nittany Wind Quartet appearing Sunday, Feb. 26, featuring Judy Moore, ﬂute; Barry Kroeker, oboe; Mark Weaver, clarinet; James Dunne, horn; and Trina Gallup, bassoon. Compiled by Sandie Biddle
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WHAT’S HAPPENING? Arts, Crafts & Sales Feb. 10 & 11 – Yard & Bake Sale Curtin United Methodist Church presents a "Beat the Winter Blues" yard & bake sale Feb. 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Feb. 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sloppy joes and other homemade food will be available. For more info, call Marty Lucas at (814) 355-7970 or (814) 353-0310. February 25 – Indoor Yard Sale You’re invited to Mother Hubbard's Indoor Yard Sale at New Hope Lutheran Church (119 Cobblestone Court, Spring Mills) Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be a soup, sandwich, and bake sale. Food is available, eat in or take out. Want to participate? Table cost is $5. Contact Jeanne at (814) 364-1245. All proceeds support the food pantry!
Dining & Take Out February 11 – Dinner & Concert Members of the Fellowship Bible Church, 642 Lower Georges Valley Road, Spring Mills, invite you to a dinner/concert Saturday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. A concert featuring Victory Express of Mt. Joy will follow the fellowship meal. All are invited. For more info, call (814) 4228640. On Sunday, Ron Cornell of Victory Express will speak at the 9:30 a.m. service. February 11 – Valentine’s Spaghetti Supper There is a Valentine’s spaghetti supper from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Aaronsburg Civic Club. It’s an annual fundraiser for the East Penns Valley Library with lots of tasty food (for vegetarians and meat-eaters!). Volunteer-run with donated goods from local individuals and businesses. Adults $10; children ﬁve to 12 $5; children under ﬁve free. February 11 – Roast Turkey Supper New Hope Lutheran Church of Spring Mills will serve a Roast Turkey Supper on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Children $4.75, adults $9.50. Eat in or takeout. Everyone is welcome. February 27 – Ham & Chicken Pot Pie There will be a dinner to beneﬁt the Bald Eagle Valley Community UM church Feb. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. Homemade Ham and Chicken Pot Pie, Soup & Bread Dinner, includes homemade breads and dessert, salad and beverage. $8 adults, $6 students, $3 children. The church is behind Sheetz in Wingate, next to elementary the school.
Education & Life Matters February 11 – Winter Cabin Fever Walk There will be a winter cabin fever walk at Millbrook Marsh Saturday, Feb. 11 starting at 10:30 a.m. This family-friendly hike, part of the CRPR Explorer's Series, is a great way to get out and stretch your legs during the winter! Join a nature center naturalist to explore Millbrook Marsh get some fresh air. The hike will include simple activities on the trail for all ages to enjoy. In case of severe weather, walks will be cancelled. Advance registration is required. Fee $6 residents; $9 nonresidents. Register www.crpr.org or CRPR at 231-3071. February 15 – Free Soup-making Class Learn how to make chicken noodle soup from scratch. It's easier than you think – nutritious and inexpensive. The free class starts at noon Feb. 15 at FaithCentre Teaching Kitchen, 110 W. High St., Bellefonte. Call (814) 355-
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0880 to register – space limited to 12. February 16 – Family Medicine Seminar There will be free a Family Medicine Seminar, “Invisible Wounds of War: Meeting the Psychological Health Needs for Returning Warriors” Thursday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium, Mount Nittany Medical Center. To register or for info, contact Jessica Bird firstname.lastname@example.org or (814) 234-6738. February 22 & 23 – Housing & Land Development Conference The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center at Penn State presents the annual PA Housing & Land Development Conference Feb. 22 and 23 at University Park. There are training sessions and daily topics for builders, developers, planners, code oﬃcials, remodelers, and others in the industry. Visit www.engr.psu.edu/phrc for information and registration. February 23 or February 28 – Retirement Planning Course Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology presents Retirement Planning Today, an educational planning course for ages 50 to 70, two sessions, starting Feb. 23 or Feb. 28. Learn 11 strategies to save on taxes, info on planning for income, estate, expenses, retirement plan distribution, and more. Tuition is $49, with one spouse or guest at no additional charge. Call (814) 359-2793 to register or for info. March 6 – Free Business Start-up Seminar The Penn State Small Business Development Center presents “The First Step of Starting a Small Business” March 6 from 9 a.m. too noon at 200 Tech Center, Room 221, University Park. For more info, visit www.sbdc.psu.edu/calendar.htm. Register and pay for all Penn State SBDC seminars on-line at www.sbdc.psu.edu/seminar-registration.asp or call (814) 863-4293 or (717) 247-1280.
Fundraisers & Social Events February 11 – Charity Ball The 64th Annual Charity Ball beneﬁting Mount Nittany Medical Center’s Emergency Department is Saturday, Feb. 11 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Kids’ Stuff February 11 – Art Classes Penn State’s Art Education program oﬀers Saturday art classes for students ages four to 18. Register for the eight-week session – Saturdays 9 to 11 a.m. from Feb. 11 to April 21 (no classes March 3 and 10). Taught by advanced art education students, in collaboration with art education faculty and graduate teaching assistants, classes are held in Patterson Building and the Arts Cottage. Activities are tailored to age groups. Registration is $65. For info or registration, call (814) 863-5349. March 1 – Nature Program for Small Children Bring your youngster to Bald Eagle State Park for an interactive program designed for children aged three to ﬁve. Each month a new topic will be explored via basic crafts, stories, short walks, and nature games – inside or outside. Dress for the weather! The year-long series will be on the ﬁrst Thursday of each month (except May) through December. Each will start at 10 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required each month by calling the Park Oﬃce (814) 625-2775. Meet at the Environmental Learning Center.
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February 12 – Vera Bingo for Vets Memorial Play Vero Bradley Bingo for a good cause Feb. 12, with bingo at 3 p.m.; doors open at 2 p.m. at the Snow Shoe Ambulance Building. Proceeds go to the restoration and repairs of the Snow Shoe Veterans’ Memorial Plaque. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. For tickets call or text 571-3754, 571-3446, or 880-1645. Compiled by Sandie Biddle
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CENTRE COUNTY LIBRARY ACTIVITIES
Centre County Library/Bellefonte, Centre Hall, East Penns Valley, Holt/Philipsburg & Bookmobile CENTRE COUNTY LIBRARY BOOKMOBILE - Fully accessible library on wheels! Check out our website for locations and winter hours. The Bookmobile travels to many communities reaching thousands of visitors each month. Look for it in your community. Hall’s Market, Snow Shoe – Story time, songs and fun! February 21 from 11 a.m. to noon Storytime programs meet Pa Learning Standards for Early Childhood Education Centre County Library/Bellefonte—call (814) 355-1516 for more information: Facebook: Centre-County-Library-and-Historical Museum Storytime programs meet Pa Learning Standards for Early Childhood Education ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP—Join others who love to read and discuss what they liked and didn’t like about the particular book. Check out our website for title. Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. AFTER SCHOOL ADVENTURES—Educational and fun crafts for kids 5 and over. Thursday afternoons, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. HOLIDAY CRAFT—Victorian Valentine Card Making – Choose from our ample supplies to create a special card for someone you love. Saturday, February 11, 1 to 3 p.m. FAMILY STORYTIME—Share stories, songs and rhymes with Miss Katie! Saturday, February 11 at 10:30 a.m. HOOKS AND NEEDLES—Bring your projects to share ideas and tips with others who love to knit! Every Thursday 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME—Stories and crafts especially for children under 5 years old with an adult. Monday & Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. BOOK BABY STORYTIMES—Stories for the “littlest ears” 0 to two years old with an adult. Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. USED BOOK SALE—Visit during regular operating hours for used books, video and music. Friday, February 24 & Saturday, February 25 LEGO COLLECTING—Donate your gently used Lego blocks and ﬁgures, for a new program for K – 5, starting in the spring. ADULT WINTER READING CLUB—Book Your Escape! Now through March, Read books, Get free stuﬀ! HISTORICAL MUSEUM—Discover history, indoors… on a cold winter’s day. Weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. AND third Saturday of the month 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holt Memorial Library/Philipsburg—call (814) 342-1987 for more information: Storytime programs meet Pa Learning Standards for Early Childhood Education MOTHER GOOSE ON THE LOOSE—For children aged three and under and a favorite adult. Join us for a musical, rhyming adventure through the world of Mother Goose. This is a form of a baby lap-sit, with the focus being on rhythms, rhymes, music, and interaction between baby and adult. Mother Goose on the Loose aides in the development of both pre-reading and social skills. The program runs about 30 minutes. Stay after for fun with friends and educational playthings. Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. February 14, 21 & 28 ELEMENTARY PROGRAMS—Activities for children in grades Kindergarten through six. There may be small parts or diﬃcult instructions involved. Thursdays at 6 p.m. February 16: Birdfeeder’s Month Craft ADULT PROGRAMS February 13, 6 p.m. Adult Reader’s Circle – Come in and discuss what you are currently reading. A great place to get ideas of what you might enjoy reading next! February 13, 6:30 p.m. Heart Healthy Cooking – Learn how to make simple changes in your kitchen to improve the health of your heart! TABLET TECH—Get a new Kindle or IPad? Tablets are all the rage! Tips on purchasing, hands-on demos, and tips and tricks for getting the most out of your new device! Monday, February 13, noon to 1 p.m. DROP-IN GADGET CRASH COURSE—Have a question? One-onone help with your e-readers, smart phones, tablets, digital cameras and other gadgets!
Monday, February 13, 1 to 2 p.m. LEGO COLLECTING—Donate your gently used Lego blocks and ﬁgures, for a new program for K – 5, starting in the Spring. ADULT WINTER READING CLUB—Book Your Escape! Now through March, Read books, Get free stuﬀ! East Penns Valley Branch Library at 225 E. Main Street in Millheim (Millheim Borough Building)—call (814) 349-5328 for more information: Storytime programs meet Pa Learning Standards for Early Childhood Education ADULT BOOK CLUB—Come together with others who have read and want to discuss The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs Tuesday, February 14 at 12:30 p.m. NEEDLES NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY – Bring any portable needles project you are working on and share ideas and tips with others. Thursdays at 6 p.m. AFTER SCHOOL DROP IN CRAFT—Meet us for crafts and/or science experiments! Cool fun for everyone. Mondays in February, 3:30 to 5 p.m. PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME—Stories and crafts especially for children under ﬁve years old with an adult. Monday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday mornings at 1:30 p.m. ADULT WINTER READING CLUB—Book Your Escape! Now through March, Read books, Get free stuﬀ! Centre Hall Area Branch Library—call (814) 364-2580 for more information: Storytime programs meet Pa Learning Standards for Early Childhood Education PENNS VALLEY KNITTERS—Enjoy an evening at the library sharing your ideas and tips with others who love to knit! February 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. AFTER SCHOOL DROP-IN CRAFT—Perfect after school educational science experiment and fun activities. Wednesday afternoons at 3 p.m. PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME—Stories and crafts especially for children under ﬁve years old with an adult. Thursday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. LEGO COLLECTING—Donate your gently used Lego blocks and ﬁgures, for a new program for K – 5, starting in the Spring. ADULT WINTER READING CLUB– Book Your Escape! Now through March, Read books, Get free stuﬀ!
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Adult Bible Study & Kids Program is held each Wednesday at 7 p.m., oﬀering practical help from the Bible and a fun and productive time for kids. For more info, visit nittanybaptist.org or call (814) 360-1601. AGLOW Valentine’s Dinner is February 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Sunset West, Pleasant Gap. $9.75 at the door. A family style-dinner will be served. Speaker is Pastor John Essy. His new church, Charis, is scheduled to debut February 5 at Toftrees Resort. Make reservations before February 11. Call Karen (814) 357-5855, Carol (814) 355-5576, or Jean (814) 364-1977. Alzheimer’s Support Group is held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Mount Nittany Dining Room at The Inn, Brookline. For more information, contact Anne Campbell (814) 234-3141 or Janie Provan (814) 235-2000. Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans meet the fourth Thursday every month at 7:30 p.m. at I.O.O.F. Hall, 756 N. Main St., Pleasant Gap. AWANA Club is every Sunday at 6 p.m. by the First Baptist Church in Bellefonte. Fun activities and Bible lessons for ages three to sixth grade. Materials provided. ALIVE Teens club meets Sunday nights. For info, call (814) 355-5678 or visit www.fbcbellefonte.org. Baileyville Grange #1991 will host the ﬁrst quarter meeting of Centre County Pomona Grange #13 on Saturday February 18 at 9 a.m. at the Baileyville Community Center. All members are encouraged to attend. Bald Eagle Grange #151 meets the ﬁrst Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Grange Hall in Runville. Bald Eagle Watershed Association meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Milesburg Borough Building. Visit www.baldeaglewatershed.com BEA Class of 1962 meets for breakfast monthly on the ﬁrst Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Mountain Valley Diner at Wingate. Questions, please call Sandy (814) 387-4218. BEA Class of 1964 holds its monthly breakfast on the fourth Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Mt. Valley Diner in Wingate. Call Sue at (814) 625-2132. BEA Class of 1965 holds its monthly dinner on the last Friday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Bellefonte Moose. Any questions call Bob at (814) 383-2151. BHS Class of 1956 holds a monthly dinner on the second Friday of each month at the Bellefonte Moose at 6 p.m. Any questions call Kay (814) 359-2738. BHS Class 1967 holds monthly breakfast on ﬁrst Saturday of each month at Sunset West at 8:30 a.m. Location subject to change. For information call Vic (814) 360-1948. Bellefonte Elks Lodge meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Bellefonte Elks. Bellefonte Encampment #72 and Ridgeley Canton #8 meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Windmere Hall, 454 Rolling Ridge Drive, State College. Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society meets the ﬁrst Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Train Station in Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte. All are open to the public. Check out bellefontetrain.org or leave a message (814) 355-1053. Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce is holding Business After Hours on February 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Wireless Made Simple. The event is hosted by Wireless Made Simple and the Bellefonte Wok. Food, chair massages, door prizes and special promotions, and discounts. RSVP by COB Monday, February 13. Bellefonte Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday at the Moose Club on Spring Street at noon. For information on Kiwanis, contact Richard King, (814) 355-9606. Bellefonte Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at Diamond Deli on North Allegheny Street. Guests and visitors welcome. For information, contact Debbie Rowley (814) 880-9453. Bellefonte VFW Post 1600 will hold their monthly post meeting the second Thursday of every month at 8 p.m. at the Post Home on Spring Street, Bellefonte. Bellefonte VFW Post 1600 Ladies Auxiliary will hold their monthly meeting the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. the Post Home on Spring Street, Bellefonte. Better Breathers Support Group does not have a meeting in January or February, but normally meets the third Thursday of every month from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Pleasant Gap. Call (814) 359-3421. BNI (Business Networking International) meets weekly on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Celebration Hall. $10 fee for room and breakfast. Members share ideas, contacts, and business referrals. Contact Kelly Swisher (814) 280-1656. Brain Injury Support Group meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. – No meetings Jan. or Feb. – at HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Pleasant Gap. Call (814) 359-3421. The Business of Art workshops will be held on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Sozo Institute of the Arts, in the KeyCentre building, 1224 N. Atherton Street, State College. Free workshops for writers, artists, and other creative people. For info, contact Will Snyder at (814) 880-9933 or email@example.com. The Cancer Survivors' Association Support Group meeting is Monday, Feb. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the United Way Oﬃce in State College. This meeting will be an open session to discuss whatever is on your mind. For more information call (814) 237-2120 visit www.cancersurvive.org. Centre County Real Estate Investment Club meets the third Thursday of every month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1609 N Atherton St. State College. For info, call (814) 280-5839. Centre County Y P of H will have a planned work session on Sunday February 12 at 2 p.m. This session will be held at the home of Ruth and Dale Vonada in Farmers Mills. For more information contact Ruth (814) 422-8365 Centre Hall Lions Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Centre Hall Lions Club Building, 153 E. Church St., Centre Hall. Centre Region Model Investment Club meets monthly in the Mazza Room at South Hills Business School, State College from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Monday. This interactive educational stock model investment club is open to the public. Call (814) 234-8775 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Compassionate Friends Group meets the second Monday of each month at Bellefonte Middle School from 7 to 9 p.m. TCF is a support organization for families following the death of a child of any age, any cause. Bereaved parents and adult family members welcome, no charge.
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For info, call Amanda (814) 321-4258 or Peg (814) 355-9829. Circle of Hope, a support group for special-needs children and families, meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Tyrone Public Library. For info, contact Angie (814) 386-1826 or email@example.com. Diabetes Support Group meets for diabetes self-management classes, “Life with Diabetes,” on Wednesdays, February 15 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Mount Nittany Medical Center. For more info, contact Amy Leﬀard aleﬀard@mountnittany.org or (814) 231-7095. Grief Support Group at Centre Crest meets at 6 p.m. on the ﬁrst Wednesday of the month. For info, contact Anne Boal, Centre Crest, 502 East Howard Street, Bellefonte, (814) 548-1140 H.L.A.A (Hearing Lost Association of America) meets the second Monday of each month at Foxdale at 7 p.m. Learn the latest technology available for hearing loss. Halfmoon Garden Club meets the ﬁrst Thursday of the month. Membership is open to Halfmoon Township residents. Contact Alice McGregor (814) 692-7396 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Kennedy (814) 692-5556 / email@example.com. I.O.O.F. Centre Lodge #153 meets the ﬁrst and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at I.O.O.F. Lodge Hall 756 North Main Street, Pleasant Gap. Keystone Guild of the Watchmakers Association of Pa. meets the second Tuesday of each month 1 p.m. at the Bull Pen Restaurant, Tyrone. Call George at (814) 238-1668. The Milesburg Lions Club invites the public to their meetings at the Milesburg center across from Uni-mart on the ﬁrst Tuesday and the third Wednesday every month at 7 p.m. Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, Outpatient Entrance, Pleasant Gap. Aﬃliated with the National MS Society. Call (814) 359-3421. Nittany Knights Barbershop Chorus meets every Monday evening at 7:15 p.m. at South Hills School, State College. Men who like to sing are welcome. For info, visit www.nittanyknights.org, or call Bill (814) 355-3557. Nittany Mineral Society meets the third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Room 114 Auditorium of the Earth & Engineering Sciences (EES) Bldg on the Penn State campus. Junior Rockhounds also meet third Wednesdays, 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 116 Earth & Engineering Sciences Building. Call (814) 867-6263 or visit nittanymineral.org. Nittany Valley Woodturners meet on the ﬁrst Thursday of every month in the woodworking shop at State College High School, South Building. For info, contact Reg@MarketValueSolutions.com or visit www.NittanyValleyWoodturners.org. The Nittany Valley Writers Network holds an Early-Risers Breakfast every third Wednesday from 7 to 8 a.m. at The Waﬄe Shop, 1610 W College Ave, State College. The Writers Social is the fourth Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Autoport. PA Association of Retired State Employees (PARSE), Mt. Nittany Chapter, will meet Feb. 16 at 11:45 a.m. at Hoss's Restaurant, State College. Parent Support Group for Children with Eating Disorders meets the second Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m., at Mount Nittany Medical Center. For info, contact Kristie Kaufman (814) 466-7921. Penns Valley Class of 1962 committee is planning their 50th class reunion from Penns Valley High School. The date is Sept. 29, 2012. They would like interested class members to contact Ruth Ann Williams, Carol Colestock, Jean Brown, Tom and Lois Runkle, Susan Foster, or Carol Billett. Penns Valley Grange #158 meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall on Railroad Street in Spring Mills. Pleasant Gap Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Oaks. The Ruﬀed Grouse Society, Red Brush Chapter, will hold their 25th Anniversary banquet Saturday, March 24 at the Penn Stater Conference Center. They will also honor the legacy of Jim and Sylvia Bashline. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7:15 p.m. Join them for a great night of celebration with good friends, food, drinks, raﬄes and auctions! Sacred Harp Singing meets the second and fourth Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the University Mennonite Church, State College. Visit www.StateCollegeSacredHarp.com. Spring Creek Watershed Association meets the third Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Patton Township Building. Most host a guest speaker with expertise in watershed, water resource, or other conservation issues. Visit springcreekwatershed.org. State College Downtown Rotary Club meets Thursdays at noon at Damon’s, East College Avenue, State College. State College Elks Lodge holds its meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the State College Elks Country Club. State College Lions Club meets the ﬁrst and third Thursday of the month at Damon’s of State College at 6 p.m. State College Rotary Club meets weekly on Tuesday evenings at the Nittany Lion Inn, Faculty Staﬀ Lounge, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. State College Sunrise Rotary Club meets weekly on Wednesdays at Hotel State College (above The Corner Room, behind The Allen Street Grill) from 7:15 to 8 a.m. State College Toastmasters Club meeting is Feb.16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at South Hills School of Business and Technology, 480 Waupelani Dr., State College. The meeting is open to the public and guests are always welcome. For more info, (814) 753-2001, http://statecollege.freetoasthost.net or firstname.lastname@example.org. Stroke Support Group meets the last Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. No meetings Aug. or Dec. Location is HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehab Hospital, Pleasant Gap. Call (814) 3593421. TRIAD, a public safety group for senior citizens, meets the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in various locations Call Helen Evans, chair, (814) 237-8932. The February 9 meeting, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Patton Twp Municipal Building, is titled “Things You Want to Know About Alzheimer’s,” presented by Cindy Keith, RN. Trout Unlimited, a non-proﬁt conservation organization, meets the ﬁrst Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Comfort Suites Hotel just oﬀ North Atherton. All meetings are open to the public. Women's Mid Day Connection luncheon is Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 11:45 a.m. at the Elk's Country Club, Boalsburg. For reservations and cancellations, call Margo (814) 355-7615. Feature: "Dancing with OUR Stars" The Women’s Welcome Club of State College oﬀers women of all ages – newcomers or long-time residents – the opportunity to meet new people. General meetings; social events; special interest groups. Meetings second Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Oakwood Presbyterian Church, State College. Call Kathi (814) 466-6641. Zion MOPS & Beyond meets the ﬁrst Thursday of each month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and the third Thursday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. 3261 Zion Road Bellefonte. This group is for moms with children of all ages! Childcare is provided. Call (814) 383-4161. Compiled by Sandie Biddle
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Pu urr rr-so rr sonal PAW PA AW WS S Pu The Ultimate Gift from the Heart Every two seconds, someone in our country needs a blood transfusion. Like the Emergency Room of a hospital, the American Red Cross needs to be prepared to respond to patient emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Here in the Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region, the Red Cross must collect approximately 5,000 blood and platelet donations each week to meet the everyday needs of patients at area hospitals. Who receives the blood products so generously donated by Red Cross blood donors? About 18 percent of blood products are transfused to patients undergoing care for cancer, including leukemia and lymphoma. Patients experiencing gastrointestinal blood loss unrelated to cancer receive approximately 15 percent of blood products. Those undergoing orthopedic or urological surgery receive about 14 percent of blood products. Two groups – those undergoing other surgeries and those with anemia other than cancer-related – each receive 13 percent of transfusions. Trauma patients receive approximately 12 percent of blood products, and cardiac care patients, 11 percent. Each day approximately 44,000 units of blood must be donated to meet such needs experienced by patients in the United States. For additional information about blood donation or to make a donor appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Sincerely, John B. Nobiletti, MD, PhD Medical Director American Red Cross Blood Services ED: The Gazette publishes the Centre County blood drive donations every week.
Young grey and black tabby female seeks not roses nor candy this Valentine’s Day, but a new forever family. Carolina Cherry, who sports a white vest and shoes, is like a pretty ﬂower waiting to bloom. Initially shy, she will quickly warm up to anyone she feels comfortable with. Very sweet and aﬀectionate, this gal has a playful side, but is not a fan of being held. You can visit Carolina Cherry at PAWS (1401 Trout Rd., State College) or read more about her by visiting http://www.centrecountypaws.org/cats/.
Celebrate Tradition with a Special Valentine Sunday, February 12th starting at 4:00pm Sweetheart Dinner for Two: $38.95 per couple Choose from: Salmon Cake, 10 oz Delmonico Steak, Pasta w/Vegetables (vegetarian or w/chicken or shrimp), Tomato Crusted Chicken. Includes: Soup du Jour, Salad and Beverage
A LA CARTE MENU AVAILABLE Serenades for your Sweetheart by Barbershop Quartet: The Four Decades ~ or ~ Enjoy our Special Valentine's Day Menu Tuesday, February 14th starting at 4:30pm Bring your favorite bottle of Wine or Beer to enhance your experience.
For more information or reservations for Sunday, Feb. 12th or Tuesday, Feb. 14th Call Marcia at 364-2544
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going LOCAL! an Adventure Eaters Guide By Ken Hull
Greetings Gazette Readers!
Since February is the month that embraces love, and love embraces chocolate, I thought it would be sweet (pun intended) to turn you on to a sweet (again, intended) little chocolate shop here in my wonderful village of Boalsburg. The following is a slightly tweaked excerpt from my latest book going LOCAL! An Adventurer’s Guide to Unique Eats, Cool Pubs & Cozy Cafés of Central Pennsylvania. This isn’t just a candy store, it’s a chocolate and fudge shop that oﬀers the most delicious and decadent cocoabased morsels of goodness, AND a wine shop too! Mmm, chocolate, fudge and wine? Are we in heaven? No, but close - we’re at the Boalsburg Chocolate Company. It all started when Bill and Cheryl Speakman decided
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to “retire” and open a bed & breakfast here in Boalsburg. Actually, it started when Bill dipped his toes in the chocolate biz as his very ﬁrst job out of college, back home in Pittsburgh. Back then he was hired at The Joseph Horne Company, which was the ﬁrst department store in downtown Pittsburgh back in 1879. He was originally hired in the cosmetics department (of all places) as an assistant buyer. The oﬃce next to him was the department of Candy and Gourmet Foods (much better). The buyer of that department had a heart attack, so the vice president came over to cosmetics looking for a replacement. Bill took the position, not realizing that Horne’s actually owned a chocolate company. He was then taken over to the factory where he met Betsey, the previous owner who taught him the ropes and set his love of chocolate making in motion. After six years there, he had a bunch of other jobs but ended up in the State College area working for Penn State Public Broadcasting. It was after retiring from there that he became an innkeeper. I guess that wasn’t enough for Bill, so he took his experience in chocolate making to open a little shop in a ﬁrst ﬂoor annex of the B&B. It’s a quaint and well-appointed shop with wonderful ambiance and a variety of chocolates and fudge that will convince you to dump any diet you’re on. The oﬀerings at BCC are sooo good! You can buy one piece or stock up by the pound if you want. Here are just some of the amazing morsels you can choose from: handmade truﬄes, locally crafted creams, nuts, chews, fruits, and seasonal specialties, all using 100% chocolate. The fudge is good too! You’re probably thinking, “Fudge is fudge.” Wrong! This is hand-mixed and deelicious (even better than my mom’s, but please don’t tell her). If Boalsburg weren’t sweet enough, this addition puts it over the top! Imagine walking the 200-year-old treelined streets and then seeing a beautifully restored, gingerbread-trimmed, wrap-around porch house. As you walk up a wide path next to it, you’re greeted by a fountain with cast-iron tables and chairs set out beneath the canopy of maples and oaks. In front of you is a quaint little building with a large glass window, and the words Boalsburg Chocolate Company written on it. Through the window you see glass cases displaying everything chocolate from white to dark, ﬁlled to plain, covered to dipped (and you wonder why I love where I live). When you walk inside, you are greeted by beautiful chocolates, bottles of wine, and the smell of sweetness. Sometimes I just like to look at the chocolates – some are like mini art pieces – colorful and decorated. For me, it’s hard to choose a favorite. I love the Chocolate Covered Pretzels, the Peanut Butter Melts and the Clusters (dark chocolate poured over coconut or raisins or blueberries), but the Snowballs are really, really good too! Those are
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