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THE GAZETTE - SERVING CENTRE COUNTY
DECEMBER 24, 2010
Happy Holidays Seasons Greetings Merry Christmas Happy New Year No matter how it’s said, we offer best wishes for the season and the coming New Year to our friends and neighbors around Centre County. These photos, taken mainly by Brian Baney, show a little of the Christmas cheer that decorates our towns and villages.
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This holiday display in Philipsburg was photographed by Brian Baney, exclusive to The Gazette.
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CATA Holiday Service Schedule Submitted by Jacqueline K. Sheader
In observance of the upcoming holiday season, changes in CATAâ€™s CATABUS and CATARIDE services will take effect as follows: CATABUS (community routes) and CATARIDE services will operate their Reduced Service Schedules Sunday, December 19, through Friday, January 7. They will operate only until 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 24 and not operate at all on Saturday, December 25 (Christmas Day) or Saturday, January 1 (New Yearâ€™s Day). Full Service will resume on Saturday, January 8. The LOOPs and LINKs will operate their Reduced Service Schedules Sunday, December 19, through Wednesday, Friday, January 7, with no service Thursday, December 23, through Saturday, January 1. Full Service will resume Saturday, January 8. CATAâ€™s Administrative and Downtown Pass Sales offices will both be closed Friday, December 24, and Friday, December 31. The Downtown Pass Sales Office
will also be closed Monday, December 27, through Thursday, December 30. Special First Night Schedule CATA is pleased to provide expanded WHITE LOOP bus service for First NightÂŽ State College to serve those attending New Yearâ€™s Eve festivities. The WHITE LOOP provides free, continuous, fully accessible transportation between the major Downtown First NightÂŽ event sites (Beaver Avenue and Allen Street at the Schlow Centre Region Library/CATA Office), the Greenberg Sports Complex (via a special route detour), Pattee Library and South Burrowes Street near the Atherton Hotel. Service begins at the Schlow Library/CATA Office bus stop at 4:30 p.m., Friday, December 31, and will operate every 10 minutes until 11:30 p.m. For additional information, including a printable schedule and timetable, please visit the CATA Web site at catabus.com or call (814) 238-CATA(2282).
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By Sandie Biddle, Managing editor firstname.lastname@example.org This issue is devoted to the sights and sounds of the season â€“ uplifting concerts, joyous celebrations, unselfish giving, and invitations to get involved. Sam will still be humming Christmas tunes well into January, having attended six concerts in less than a week. Plus he turned up at the Christmas Party at Wynwood House. The State College Elks completed a massive charity drive this week. Local dancers and musicians performed for food bank donations. Christmas in Zion was a lovely community celebration. A local dance troupe has dancers in the Champs Bowl halftime show on Dec. 28. And donâ€™t miss the precious pictures of the students of St. John school in their Christmas pageant garb. In need of spiritual inspiration? There are a number of Christmas and New Yearâ€™s services in our Whatâ€™s Happening calendar, and a few community dinners where you can break bread with your neighbors. Weâ€™ve highlighted just a few of the hundreds of good neighbors who volunteer their time, money, and goods to help others in Centre County. I invite you to continue to write me about your good neighbor or hometown hero who deserves to be recognized. Weâ€™re taking a week off for the holidays and will return with the January 7 issue, featuring New Yearâ€™s Resolutions â€“ and how to fulfill them. Let us know your hopes for 2011 â€“ kicking a habit, becoming healthier, learning something new, reaching out to others, or finding inner peace. Iâ€™m looking forward to adding more special features in 2011, including more local history, old photos, health tips, recreation, finance, and other topics of interest to you. Weâ€™re open to your suggestions and welcome your expertise. I spoke with a new columnist this week who described The Gazette as â€œthe peoplesâ€™ paper.â€? I like the sound of that. Sheâ€™s right. The Gazette is all about you.
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DECEMBER 24, 2010
Centre Count y Schools Bald Eagle NHS Helps St. John’s Christmas Pageant during Holidays Submitted by Kristina V. Tice Principal, St. John the Evangelist Catholic School
By Rose Hoover
WINGATE – Seven families, including 20 children, in the Bald Eagle Area School District will have a happier Christmas thanks to the efforts of the Bald Eagle High School National Honor Society (NHS). The group had a drive, named the Holiday Families Project, to collect clothing and toys. The response from the BEA community was phenomenal. More than $800 was raised and numerous gift donations were received from local businesses, community members, and BEA students and staff. National Honor Society students were busy wrapping presents on Tuesday after school, and the presents should be safely in the families’ homes before Christmas Eve. NHS President Shane Besong said, “We worked very hard to raise money for this project, and we hope to bring joy to local families in the community this Christmas season.” Mandy Biddle and Jacy Clark are the advisors for the group. Mrs. Biddle said, “The NHS couldn’t have done this without the generosity of our BEA family! It was such an honor to work with the NHS students to help these local families. We hope that each year it continues to be a success. We just want to thank everyone for their contributions; it has helped us to remember that thinking of others, and helping those in need, is the true meaning of the holidays.”
BELLEFONTE – Our Christmas Pageant was held on Tuesday evening (12/14). All students, from four-year old Pre-K through fifth grade participated in a live nativity and retelling of the Christmas Story through Bible readings and traditional Christmas hymns. All in attendance were then invited to the school auditorium to celebrate Jesus’ birthday with more singing and cupcakes. It was a beautiful evening.
National Honor students, Tim Gleason (left), Kyle Johnson, and Rebecca Martin are enjoying wrapping gifts for the BEA Holiday Families Project.
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