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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 CATA’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 Year’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. CATA’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 NightŽ State College to serve those attending New Year’s Eve festivities. The WHITE LOOP provides free, continuous, fully accessible transportation between the major Downtown First NightŽ 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 or call (814) 238-CATA(2282).


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By Sandie Biddle, Managing editor This issue is devoted to the sights and sounds of the season – 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 don’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 Year’s services in our What’s Happening calendar, and a few community dinners where you can break bread with your neighbors. We’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. We’re taking a week off for the holidays and will return with the January 7 issue, featuring New Year’s Resolutions – and how to fulfill them. Let us know your hopes for 2011 – kicking a habit, becoming healthier, learning something new, reaching out to others, or finding inner peace. I’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. We’re open to your suggestions and welcome your expertise. I spoke with a new columnist this week who described The Gazette as “the peoples’ paper.� I like the sound of that. She’s right. The Gazette is all about you.



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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.”

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By Phyllis & Tom Baker, Photos by Phyllis Baker While many in the area were caught up selected. Robert M. Sides donated the use of the in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, piano. The Music Field Piano Studio, Tir Na Nog Irish Way Fruit Farm, usually not open for dinDance Studio, and The Tuesday Night Bluegrass ner on a Monday night, offered Thanksgiving Jam were singing and playdinner favorites along with ing for other people’s supsticky buns and beverages. pers. The groups gathered Many people shopped in at Way Fruit Farm on Monthe store, taking advantage of the later hours. day, November 22, from Brooks Way com6:30 until 8:30 for a concert mented, “It wouldn’t matter whose admission price was how many people came into an item for the State College shop. It’s about the music Food Bank. and helping the community. One-hundred-seventyIt’s not about us tonight.” two people attended the The Tir na Nog event, donating more 300 School of Irish Dancing was pounds of food and $100 in established in Central Pa in cash and gift cards. Brooks Way relaxes as he 2002 by Sue Garner, a cer This was the second enjoys the music tified Irish Dance Teacher Share the Harvest event sponsored by The Music Field Piano Studio. (TCRG). Classes are currently offered in AltooLast year’s event, which took place at Robert na, Bellefonte, and Boalsburg, for children ages M. Sides, was standing room only. The students three through adults. Tir Na Nog featured dancraised 123 pounds of food. This year, in order ers in both soft and hard shoe dances. The Tuesday Night Bluegrass Jam played to reach a larger audience, Way Fruit Farm was

Older Irish dance students doing hard shoe dances.

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Cranberry Orange Pinwheels 1 cup cranberries 1 cup pecans ¼ cup brown sugar 1 cup butter, softened 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 2 eggs 2 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel 3 cups all-purpose flour Each week I will feature one recipe, and try to include all the nutritional information if available. I will be using recipes from all categories. If you have a health conscious recipe you would like to have us try and share with other readers, please submit it to: Susan Stott, C/O The Gazette, P.O. Box 129, Warriors Mark, PA 16877, or email to: (use subject: Recipe).

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Penns Valley Schools Present Holiday Concerts By Sam Stitzer

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Junior-high chorus members sang out!

PENNS VALLEY - It was Holiday Concert week in the Penns concert ended with the combined band and chorus performing Valley School District last week. The high school auditorium rang Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, and the famous Hallelujah Chorus with the sounds of Christmas music on three consecutive nights. from Handel’s Messiah oratorio. Band and choral groups from Junior High, Senior High, and Ele Audience members were invited to come onstage and sing mentary & Intermediate schools presented concerts on December the Hallelujah Chorus with the students. About 30 people ac14, 15, and 16 respectively. Enthusiastic audiences enjoyed three cepted the invitation and the stage was packed with musicians of well prepared and well performed concerts of holiday music preall ages. At least one family had three generations of performers on sented by the excellent Penns Valley schools music department. the stage. Trumpeter Evan Heiser, his sister Marisa Heiser (alto), First up were the Junior High groups on Tuesday, Decemtheir mother Theresa Heiser and their grandmother, Mary Kay ber 14. Under the direction of Penns Valley Band Director, Paul Heiser all lent their talents to this great performance. Lescowicz, the band performed classical numbers, including Mo After the Senior High’s performance on Wednesday, Thurszart’s Air and Alleluia, Bach’s Minuet, and Tchaikovsky’s Dance of day’s concert by the Penns Valley Elementary & Intermediate the Sugarplum Fairy from the Nutcracker Ballet, and finished with band and chorus was sort of a prequel, showing where the senior Christmas in Jamaica, a Latin piece featuring plenty of percussion. high musicians started. Directors Evelyn Mugridge and Darris These were all somewhat difficult numbers, and were performed DeRemer shoulder the responsibility of laying the foundation for well. Penns Valley’s music program, teaching the students the basics of The chorus followed with some Christmas favorites like Winchoral and instrumental music. Their efforts were quite evident in ter Wonderland and Baby, It’s Cold Outside. One number, called the performances that night. Slow Rockin’ Christmas was a 1950’s style Doo-Wop piece, and was The band performed traditional Christmas songs: Good a crowd favorite that left the audience smiling. Chorus Director, King Wenceslas, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, Jingle Bells, The Children’s Phil Stattel pointed out that their final number, Jingle Bells Festivo, Christmas Carol, and The Friendly Beasts. The Fifth Grade Choincluded four part harmony, which can be tough at the junior rus, consisting of the entire fifth grade class (well over 100 kids!) high level, but the kids handled it nicely! sang Deck the Hall With Holly, Sing Out With Joy, and On a Starlit On Wednesday, December 15, the Senior High musicians Night. Their sound was impressive, to say the least! The sixth gradtook the stage. The chorus opened the show with two slow-tempo, melodic songs titled The Road Not Taken, and L’Chi Lach which showcased the singers’ ability to produce soft, clear, professional sounding tones typical of experienced performers. They lightened the mood with two comedic numbers by P.D.Q. Bach, titled Good King Kong Looked Out, and O Little Town of Hackensack. The King Kong number featured some pinched-nose nasal sounds, along with kazoos in one passage, and some asynchronous bobbing up and down to produce a hilarious comedic effect, which drew laughs and applause from the audience. The Chamber Choir Evelyn Mugridge directs the Elementary and Intermediate Band. performed Have Yourself a ers were next with Festival Madrigal, Carol of the Bells, and Do Merry Little Christmas, and a show-stopping version of Carol of You Hear What I Hear?, which featured ten different soloists. The the Bells. An audience member let out an audible “Wow!� just bechoruses combined for two final numbers: Break Forth Into Joy, fore the applause began. Her “Wow� really summed up the choir’s and Feliz Navidad. The performances were great, and the packed performance. It was excellent! auditorium resounded with the sound of sustained applause and The Gingersnaps, a male quartet composed of Tyler Boone, cheers for the youth of Penns Valley. The spirit of Christmas was Eric Green, Zack Hegarty, and Jacob Smucker sang The Angel Gavery evident as the audience filed out into the cold December air. briel, and Silent Night in four part a cappella harmony. Both songs Congratulations to the bands, choruses, directors, accompanists, were arranged by Jacob Smucker, a very talented young man. and all involved with these wonderful events. These guys drew some well deserved applause! The band opened with music from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, then performed A Mozart Festival, which was really well done, and J.S. Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man;s Desiring. They finished with Celtic Carol, a dynamic rendition of Greensleeves, which featured lots of percussion, including a knock-your-socks-off tympani part! The

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State College Elks Christmas Charity Giveaway

By Karen Dabney Photos by Frank Carbalan, State College Elks Lodge #1600

Elks volunteers packed boxes with donations for each family.

STATE COLLEGE – Three hundred needy families will have a merrier Christmas this year after attending the State College Elks Christmas Charity Giveaway, held on Saturday, December 18. For this annual event, the Elks partnered with Toys for Tots and the State College Area Food Bank to supply a festive Christmas meal, toys for the children, and winter outerwear for the entire family. The shoes were collected by the Elks, and the coats and outerwear were donated by the Elks and other organizations. Toys for Tots provided four wrapped gifts for each child, appropriate to their age and gender. The families preregistered for the giveaway at the State College Area Food Bank. During the preparation party on Friday evening, December 17, dozens of volunteers gathered at the Elks Lodge in Boalsburg to stuff boxes with food items, set up tables of toys, and arrange racks of coats and shoes for the giveaway on Saturday morning. Elks and family members, from elementary school age to retired, walked between the rows of open boxes covering the dance floor, adding traditional foods such as cranberry sauce, yams, potatoes, bread, apples, and stuffing. Frozen turkeys awaited the guest families in a nearby freezer truck. W.R. Reiber, a long time Elk, has volunteered at this event for 30 years. When he started, 30 families benefited from the event. This year they are helping 300 families, including 40 that were added the day before the giveaway by the Food Bank. He said, “It wasn’t easy to add that many at the last minute, but we made it work. We try to make it fun, a community event. The same people volunteer year after year. People feel really good when the families come. And the families really appreciate it.” Chuck Pavloski, Esteemed Leading Knight of the Elks, is this year’s Christmas Charity Chair. He observed that W. F. Reiber and three other Elks worked on the giveaway for at least 30 years: John Shinham, Gary Royer, and Bob Meyer. “It’s a nice social club but Elks give an awful lot,” he said. “Charity is the main focus. It’s fun and I’ve grown immensely from it. The spirit of Christmas is definitely there.” Pavloski noted that coats were added after a giveaway

Coats and shoes were collected by the Elks.

Hundreds of gifts were donated for the Christmas project, this year benefiting 300 State College area families.

The Food Bank gathered the food, including frozen turkeys.

Wrapped toys were collected by Toys for Tots. eight years ago, when one of the Elks noticed that kids were arriving in T shirts without coats to collect their presents. So the Elks started collecting shoes, sweaters, coats and other winter outerwear. Bernie Lindsay, the wife of an Elk, has volunteered six years for this event. It’s become a family activity. This year some of her daughters and granddaughters and a granddaughter’s boyfriend helped prepare the food boxes for families. She said that a lady named Millie Gus worked all year to knit beautiful hats, scarves, and gloves for the families. Lindsay said she was proud that her church, St. John’s United Church of Christ in Boalsburg, collected 304 coats and sweaters. “It does my heart good to give back to the community. We need to remember to give back....I love to see the smiles on the children’s faces. The smiles on the parents’ faces as they watch their children are heartwarming.”



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Penns Valley Choral Groups Present Christmas Concerts

Gus Tritsch plays O Come, Little Children on his violin.

Dan Shreckengast played guitar and sang The Soldier’s King.

Debbie Strouse leads the Brush Valley Community Choir.

By Sam Stitzer PENNS VALLEY – ‘Tis the season for Christmas concerts, and three choral groups in the Penns Valley area presented their holiday events recently. On Sunday, December 12, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Millheim, the Penns Valley Men’s Chorus gave a concert of Christmas music. This group has been around since 1976, when it was organized as a part of the American Bicentennial celebration. Director Daniel Warntz led the men through several a cappella renditions of popular Christmas carols, and some lesser known Christmas songs. One song of note (pun intended) was called the Christmas Quadlibot. This piece featured four separate melodies sung by four subgroups of singers, first individually, then together, producing a pleasant, harmonious sound. In an a cappella format, this is no small task, but the men made it sound easy. The Four Decades, a quartet of singers from the chorus, composed of George Birse, Kurt Breon, David Rachau, and Daniel Warntz, sang several numbers in smooth, barbershoptype harmony, which were real crowd pleasers. Also included in this concert was the Adult Choir from St. John’s Lutheran Church. One of their songs, titled The Virgin Mary, dates back to the late 1700s, having originated in the Episcopalian Church in Colonial times. Interspersed between songs were several scripture readings and congregational singing of Christmas carols. The congregation of about 45 people enjoyed the singing, and responded with enthusiastic, appreciative applause. Meanwhile, at the Blessed Kateri Catholic Church west of Spring Mills, the Valley Choristers performed a community Christmas concert titled The Sounds of Christmas. This group of singers from all around the Penns Valley area was directed by Don Myers, with accompaniment by Amy and Peggy Myers. Some songs featured flute accompaniment by Kathy Huey, Evie Mugridge, and Cindy Stattel, and percussion by Phil Stattel. The concert was dedicated to the memory of Julie Artley Haines, a former Valley Chorister, who lost her six-year battle with cancer on June 6, 2010. In addition to the Valley choristers, a community youth choir, directed by Cindy Stattel, performed four numbers. Several solo and ensemble groups performed as well: Jason and Amy Smith sang One Quiet Moment, the Burkholder Family sang Silent Night, Jen Heltman sang a solo titled Labor of Love, Darris DeRemer sang the very moving O Holy Night, and seven-year-old violinist Gus Tritsch played O Come, Little Children on his scaled down violin. The capacity crowd of about 150 people really appreciated the great talent that resides here in Penns Valley! On December 19, the Brush Valley Community Choir presented a Christmas concert at the United Church of Christ in Rebersburg. This 14-member choir, directed by Debbie Strouse, is composed mainly of residents of the Rebersburg and Madisonburg areas. The concert featured a wide variety of music, some jubilant, and some more somber. Piano accompaniment was provided by Yvonne Bower, and one song, titled Christmas Jubilation featured Ruth Shreckengast on harmonica. Piano solos were played by Yvonne Bower, and by

Nancy Bierly. Dan Shreckengast played guitar while singing The Soldier’s King, and soprano Narda Druckenmiller, and alto Susie Stover performed three duets. The audience of about 60 people got a chance to sing along on The King is Coming, and The Light of the World. All of these concerts served to emphasize the deeply embedded connection between music and the celebration of the Christmas holiday. It was very moving to see and hear the people of Penns Valley combining their talents in such a meaningful way. Congratulations to all who participated, and Merry Christmas to all!

Jason and Amy Smith sing One Quiet Moment, accompanied by Peggy Myers.

The Community Youth Choir performs, directed by Cindy Stattel.

Danny Warntz directs the Penns Valley Men’s Chorus.

The St. John’s Adult Choir sings at the Penns Valley Men’s Chorus concert. The Four Decades (L to R) Dave Rachau, Danny Warntz, Kurt Breon, and George Birse.

The Valley Choristers, directed by Don Myers, gave a great performance!

Ruth Shreckengast played harmonica for Christmas Jubilation.

DECEMBER 24, 2010



Wynwood House Residents Enjoy a Christmas Party By Sam Stitzer CENTRE HALL – The residents of the Wynwood House Personal Care Facility in Centre Hall held their tenth annual Christmas party on the evening of Wednesday, December 15. For this event, the residents’ families are invited to join them for a Christmas dinner in the facility’s dining room. Many family members accepted the invitation, and the dining area was filled to capacity with folks enjoying a good meal and socializing. Following the meal, Bill Thomas led the group in some spirited singing of favorite Christmas songs. And, of course, no Christmas party would be complete without a visit from Santa Claus. The big guy showed up with a bag of gifts for the

residents. Each resident received two gifts, thanks to donations by the United Methodist Women’s group from Grace United Methodist Church in Centre Hall. Santa also talked with some of the children in attendance, no doubt firming up their Christmas wish lists. Wynwood House is home to 40 residents ranging in age from their mid-60s to over 90 years. Nurses spend 65 hours a week in the facility, and are always on call if needed, to tend to the residents’ medical needs. The facility is owned by Susan Romanini, her husband, Ernie, and their son, Vince. Ernie, an architectural engineer, designed the Wynwood House building himself. Susan serves as the facility’s administrator, and

Wynwood’s first resident, Betty Williams, poses with administrator Susan Romanini.

Santa handed out presents to all the residents.

Vince is the assistant administrator. Many local volunteers help the Romanini family keep Wynwood House running smoothly. Betty Williams, from Centre Hall, moved into Wynwood House on the first day it opened in March of 2001. She said she promises to stay “at least another ten years.� Gertrude Eyth, who just turned 90 years old In October, moved into Wynwood House from the Pittsburgh area. Her niece, Donna Coursen, and Donna’s family all live nearby, and like to spend time with her. The Wynwood House residents, their families, staff members, and volunteers all had a great time at this annual holiday party. We wish them all a very Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!

Volunteer Audrey Oakes sings with Santa and song leader Bill Thomas.

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By Rev. Keith Koch

Bellefonte was certainly fortunate in having as its 1795 founders two such well-educated and forward-looking men as Lt. Col. James Dunlop and his son-in-law, James Harris. For these two men, who laid out the town that was to become Bellefonte on the property that Dunlop’s son, John, owned, made provisions for public land to be set aside to become a cemetery? There had been some burials previously at the west ends of Linn and Curtin Streets. It is said that John Boggs died during December 1776 and was buried there. However, when cemetery land was set aside off of Howard Street, Boggs’ remains were moved there, making him the first burial in Bellefonte Cemetery. As I have walked through this graveyard, the oldest burial I have found is that of James Smith on November 10, 1806. During August of 1853, dysentery hit our area and for several weeks about ten persons per day were interred in Bellefonte’s Cemetery. In fact, we read that Mr. Harris was making 40 coffins in one month to keep up with the many burials. Hugh McAllister, James Burnside, James Hale, and Edward Harris got together on May 3, 1856 and purchased five acres of land adjoining the Bellefonte Cemetery and fenced in the town’s new graveyard. But by June, 1856, the fence was taken down and the two graveyards became one under the Bellefonte Cemetery Association and $3,000 were raised with shares selling for $50 each. Later, these two graveyards would become Union Cemetery. Union Cemetery has 22 acres and has seen about 7,000 burials. I say “about� because the burial records are not complete and because over the years “empty� grave sites have been found with remains of a previously undocumented burial. Today we are not always certain of who was buried where or when. Many of the old tombstones are unreadable and sometimes the needed records of burials just don’t exist. Until 1950, the graves were to be cared for by families of the deceased. Later a $100 fee was to provide perpetual care. Over the years there have been many caretakers or sextons of

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Small Sounds of the Season

Pam Gudeman reads the Christmas story with help from children from the audience.

By Ebun Adewumi ZION – With only six days shopping days before Christmas it was easy to get lost in the pressure to find that perfect gift, worry about relatives and other company visiting, and other last-minute holiday details. However for a brisk Sunday evening in Zion, other sounds of the Christmas season could be heard. On December 19, at the Marion-Walker Elementary School the Faith United Methodist Church held a Christmas music coffeehouse. The elementary school was used as an informal setting people could hear the Christmas story and some Christmas songs. The night featured 15 different musical acts from a small instrumental ensemble playing classic Christmas music, to a brother and his wife singing a song that his sister had wrote. There were participants of all ages. Pam Gudeman read a Christmas story play where she recruited children in the audience to help her “twinkle, twinkle like a star� or “baa like a sheep.� As the story went on, however, the children got sillier, aided by the laughter of the audience. Other performers included Leah Guizar who sang Breath of Heaven and signed it at the same time, Jordan Emely read the Christmas story from the Bible, and a quartet who sang Away in the Manger and What Child is This?�. The night wasn’t all reflective, between sets Bible trivia was exchanged and cheesy Christmas jokes were told. “What does Santa call a reindeer that doesn’t work?� “Dinner.� The audience laughed and called out for more. There were also a few times when the words were displayed on the screen and the audience was encouraged to sing along. The evening ended with the lights being dimmed, everyone turning on their electric candles, and group sing of Silent Night.

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Local prognosticators set to go “bowling” with playoffs on the line Last chance for some to make late moves By Les Barnhart There is something called the “hangover effect” in sports and it usually has little to do with what happened the night before or how one feels the following morning. No this has to do with teams that win championships in the respective sports or leagues only to come out the following season with performances that perhaps are less than stellar. No more true can the “hangover effect” be seen than in the Armchair Quarterback Club. Last season, Jeff “Ironhead” Byers powered his way to a title in his first appearance as the perennial bridesmaid Denny Mason once again was humbled in the Super Bowl to the delight of several hardcore fans. This season however, Byers has done little to convince the world of prognosticators that last year’s success was mere luck as he has stumbled to a 37-33 record and sits sixteen games out of the lead and eleven out of the playoffs. Mason on the other hand, with the help of Danny Sheridan, just keeps keeping on. His record stands at 45-25 with eight games separating himself from the leader. Perhaps more importantly, he is three games out of second place and a chance to return to the Super Bowl to finally claim that elusive title. The leader that Mason and the other four are chasing is one of two rookies, Norm “Homer” Brown. In his first season,

Where has School Spirit Gone? By Matt Masullo Way back in the late 90’s and early 00’s (Forever ago, right?), school spirit seemed to be at an all-time high. You could go to any local high school sporting event and see several crazed students, who weren’t involved in a particular sport, cheering on their fellow classmates. As Bob Dylan once said, “The times, they are a changin’.” I can remember attending basketball games while I was in high school over a decade ago and finding it hard to find a parking place at the high school, let alone a seat in the gym. School spirit’s cup was overflowing. Now, it seems as if there is a drought. Attending a sporting event during the school week used to be the norm for most teenagers. During that time, there wasn’t Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube at your disposal. The Internet was used for researching projects that you had due in class, not for social networking. Could technology to blame for the lack of school spirit? It definitely plays a role. Or are there bigger issues crippling school spirit in local area high schools? It used to be fun to go to a game and scream as loud as you could when the opposing team was at the foul line or to attend a baseball game and chant “Hey batta batta batta, sa-wing batta!” as a pitch was being thrown. Now, actions such as seem to be punishable offenses. You hear words such as sportsmanship and integrity thrown around. You’re told to root for your team but not against the other team. It’s not like these fans are pulling a Sal Alosi and tripping a gunner on the punt team. They are doing what fans often tend do… being fanatical. Sportsmanship and integrity are staples of how athletes should be conducting themselves on the field of play. They need to be held accountable for their actions on the field of play. If they are out of line, their coaches and or administration steps in. Fans need to be held accountable for their actions as well. If they were coming out of the bleachers and storming the field of play during an event, then they need to be held accountable for their actions too. Cheering against your opponent shouldn’t be something that is frowned upon. Having the book thrown at you for chanting “Airball” or “Miss It” sounds a little extreme. Remember, these are teenagers attending these sporting events. They aren’t lawyers, doctors or accountants. High school is supposed to be one of the greatest times of your life. How can it be when you have to walk on egg shells when you go to support your classmates?

one of the voices of local sports on WBLF, Brown has jumped to the head of the class and leads his son Todd by five games. The two exchanged the lead early on but once the elder Brown got the lead, he has had clean air since. Overall, Homer has the best record at 53-18 while Todd checks in at 48-22 looking to protect his three game lead over Mason. Sitting in the fourth spot; just five back of second place is Jerry Fisher. The morning talk show has compiled a 43-27 record as the season reaches its toughest stretch, the Bowl Challenge. The Bowl Challenge is a 31-game meat grinder of sorts that has changed the landscape of the standings in seasons past. The games come from the college bowl schedule starting with the Las Vegas Bowl played Wednesday night and running through the BCS National Championship game on January 10th. Last season, Fisher and Byers both used strong performances to make

a push to the postseason with Fisher falling just short while Byers moved on to the championship game. In the high school division, State College is experiencing much of the same disappointment as is Byers. After reaching the finals last season against Bellefonte and picking up the championship along with the Saints, they currently stand eleven games back of Bald Eagle Area with a record of 35-35. The Eagles hold a five-game lead over the charging Penns Valley Rams (46-24). The Eagles and the Rams have recorded the only perfect weeks this season amongst the high school teams with the Eagles doing three times and the Rams twice. The Bellefonte Red Raiders sit in the third spot among the four schools completing with a 44-26 record and trail by seven games. Check back for the January 14th issue of the Gazette to see how the Bowl Challenge turned out for all the competitors.

2010-11 College Football Bowl Schedule BOWL MAACO Las Vegas Utah vs. Boise State S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Navy vs. San Diego State Sheraton Hawaii Hawaii vs. Tulsa Little Caesars Florida International vs. Toledo AdvoCare V100 Independence Air Force vs. Georgia Tech Champs Sports West Virginia vs. NC State Insight Missouri vs. Iowa Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman East Carolina vs. Maryland Texas Illinois vs. Baylor Valero Alamo Oklahoma State vs. Arizona Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Army vs. SMU New Era Pinstripe Kansas St. vs. Syracuse Franklin American Mortgage Music City North Carolina vs. Tennessee Bridgepoint Education Holiday Nebraska vs. Washington Meineke Car Care South Florida vs. Clemson Hyundai Sun Notre Dame vs. Miami AutoZone Liberty Georgia vs. UCF Chick-fil-A South Carolina vs. Florida State TicketCity Northwestern vs. Texas Tech Outback Florida vs. Penn State Capital One Alabama vs. Michigan State Gator Bowl Mississippi State vs. Michigan Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO Wisconsin vs. TCU Tostitos Fiesta Connecticut vs. Oklahoma Discover Orange Stanford vs. Virginia Tech Allstate Sugar Ohio State vs. Arkansas Middle Tennessee vs. Miami (Ohio) AT&T Cotton LSU vs. Texas A&M BBVA Compass Bowl Pittsburgh vs. Kentucky Kraft Fight Hunger Nevada vs. Boston College Tostitos BCS National Championship Game Oregon vs. Auburn

LOCATION Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium San Diego Qualcomm Stadium Honolulu Aloha Stadium Detroit Ford Field Shreveport, La. Independence Stadium Orlando, Fla. Florida Citrus Bowl Tempe, Ariz. Sun Devil Stadium Washington, D.C. RFK Stadium Houston Reliant Stadium San Antonio Alamodome Dallas Gerald J. Ford Stadium Bronx, N.Y. Yankee Stadium Nashville, Tenn. LP Field San Diego Qualcomm Stadium Charlotte, N.C. Bank of America Stadium El Paso, Texas Sun Bowl Memphis, Tenn. Liberty Bowl Atlanta Georgia Dome Dallas Cotton Bowl Tampa, Fla. Raymond James Stadium Orlando, Fla. Florida Citrus Bowl Jacksonville, Fla. EverBank Field Pasadena, Calif. Rose Bowl Glendale, Ariz. U. of Phoenix Stadium Miami Sun Life Stadium New Orleans Louisiana Superdome Mobile, Ala. Ladd-Peebles Stadium Arlington, Texas Cowboys Stadium Birmingham, Ala. Legion Field San Francisco AT&T Park Glendale, Ariz. U. of Phoenix Stadium

DATE/TIME Dec. 22 8 p.m. Dec. 23 8 p.m. Dec. 24 8 p.m. Dec. 26 8:30 p.m. Dec. 27 5 p.m. Dec. 28 6:30 p.m. Dec. 28 10 p.m. Dec. 29 2:30 p.m. Dec. 29 6 p.m. Dec. 29 9:15 p.m. Dec. 30 Noon Dec. 30 3:20 p.m. Dec. 30 6:40 p.m. Dec. 30 10 p.m. Dec. 31 Noon Dec. 31 2 p.m. Dec. 31 3:30 p.m. Dec. 31 7:30 p.m. Jan. 1 Noon Jan. 1 1 p.m. Jan. 1 1 p.m. Jan. 1 1:30 p.m. Jan. 1 5 p.m. Jan. 1 8:30 p.m. Jan. 3 8:30 p.m. Jan. 4 8:30 p.m. Jan. 6 8 p.m. Jan. 7 8 p.m. Jan. 8 Noon Jan. 9 9 p.m. Jan. 10 8:30 p.m.


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Mountain proves to be a tougher Red Raiders wrestle close win away from Eagles climb for local wrestlers By Les Barnhart

By Les Barnhart

The King of the Mountain wrestling tournament held at the Central Mountain High School in Mill Hall is quickly climbing the list of the toughest tournaments outside of the respective state championship tournaments. That was before last weekend’s event was held. The 41—team field included the local schools of Bellefonte, State College and host Central Mountain also included out-of-state powers from Ohio and New Jersey. State College led the Centre County contingency with two place winners at the tournament. Scott Bosak placed fourth at 145 pounds after dropping his opening round match and then proceeded to win six straight bouts in the consolation bracket. He lost in the third place match to Matt Martoccio of Council Rock South. The other Little Lion to stand on the podium in Mill Hall was 103-pounder Mike Kauffman who wrestled his first varsity matches in the event and eventually placed sixth. In the tournament, the freshman would pick up five wins including a

fall in his opening match before falling 9-0 in his fifth place match. Bellefonte’s lone place winner was Brad Grieb with an eighth place finish at 171 pounds while as a team, the Red Raiders finished outside the top fifteen, yet another indicator of just how tough this tournament really has become. Two of the teams that battled for the tournament crown, Perry (Ohio) and High Point (New Jersey), came into the weekend ranked 21st and 15th respectively by the Amateur Wrestling News. Perry, thanks to crowning four champions and ten place winners was able to pull away for the tournament title as High Point had to settle for a distant third place. Central Mountain, still a powerful team despite all they lost from last season’s juggernaut squad, placed fourth and had as many champions crowned (two) as did High Point. They could have had a third but heavyweight Zach Corl lost 2-1 in the finals to Billy Smith of High Point.

Red Raiders Clip Eagles By Matt Masullo

Bellefonte and Bald Eagle share a rivalry like none other in the area. Be it on the football field, the baseball or softball diamonds or in each other’s gym for a wrestling match or basketball game emotions run high and you can usually cut the tension with a knife. Last night was no different as the Red Raiders got past the Eagles 68-62 in the Raiders home opener. Bellefonte was lead by seniors Robbie Proper (20 points and five steals) and Zach Moerschbacher (19 points and 17 rebounds) to upend their backyard rivals. They also got 14 points from junior guard Jason Jarvis. The Eagles were lead by senior guard Justin Taylor, totaling 28

points and eight rebounds. The Raiders led by as many as 18 in the 2nd quarter, but Bald Eagle used a 9-0 run to cut the deficit in half. The Eagles made it a four point game in the 4th quarter, but Bellefonte proved to be too much down the stretch, controlling the ball and hitting several key foul shots.

Getting Hit By: Tim Kessling

Training this week was about getting hit and get- these guys teach that I love so much. We box… ting hit hard. Two months before our scheduled and when we box we get hit… hard. Then when fight at the Jaffa in Altoona the fighters in our our guys get in the ring there is an eerie sense of camp are beginning to train to get into fighting calm when they get hit. It’s almost like they are a machine and it doesn’t faze them. shape. At this point it is crucial to Before the night as over we get the fighters ready for what they all formed a circle and those who might see in the upcoming fights wanted to box walked to the midon February 26, 2011. At the bedle. Everyone in the room boxed at ginning of our training regiments least once except for me. These guys we go through our basic guards, as were fighters and I wanted to get in well as pass guard and practice our the circle more than anything to see ground game. Jason may teach us what would happen. As crazy as it some new moves but at this point sounds I want to know what I am it is mostly review. It is important capable of and I want to know how to get the basics down and concenhard of a hit I can take. For me it’s a trate on what you know and perfect sense of pride and I love the rush… it. Sure enough the guys wanted to see Byron has set up a routine for me in the middle and they started us that we are to practice one night to poke and prod verbally for me a week until we hit the one month to get in. I ran in with a smile on mark prior to the fight. Then the fighters will go to two times a week. The routine my face and Lenny (another fighter) joined me in is holding five to ten pound weights and throwing the middle. The bell rang we touched gloves and jabs at a ghost opponent for 1 minute. We then we started to throw. Before the night was over I go to uppercuts for one minute and then we go to had got rocked to the point where I stumbled and arm extension raises for the last minute. We take almost fell. I was close to being knocked out but a 30 second break and do it one more time. It never was. At this point you would think the guys doesn’t sound like a lot but I dare anyone to try it. would laugh and point at the new kid who thought This strengthens the shoulder muscles extremely he could fight, but instead they complimented me well and prepares the fighter to be able to go three and Lenny and I touched gloves when it was all rounds come February 26th. However, if you use said in done. I could tell that I had earned some too much weight or do it improperly by banging respect and they seemed to be proud to have me the joints it could be detrimental and put a fighter in their presence. I had gotten a little closer to the guys and I’m proud to say they are among the most out prior to his fight. At the end of training this week we were all humble people I ever met and I’m proud to be a told to put on 11 oz. Boxing gloves and start facing part of this team. anyone in the room. With ten of us in the room we had 5 boxing matches going on at once and a bell rang every two minutes. We would then rotate boxing another individuTimothy D. Kessling al each time we heard the bell. This teaches us to keep our hands up and also lets us get Weight: 150 the feel of being hit. We are taught and Height: 5’ 6” have all seen firsthand what can happen when the cage door closes come fight night. Reach: 65 inches You can tell almost immediately which inExperience: 2 Months dividuals have fighting in their blood and those who don’t. You can have all the Jiu Born: Hill Air Force Base, Utah Jitsu, Moy Tai, and wrestling background in the world, but the moment someone gets Hometown: Bellefonte, PA hit they tend to panic. This is one thing

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BELLEFONTE- In a wrestling meet be- one of the more entertaining bouts of the evening. Bald Eagle Area retook the lead with two tween two rival schools that ultimately was decided by the last match, the only regrets may come from consecutive falls as 160 and 171-pounds. At 160, those who were unable to make it out to the less Coleman Hoffman needed only sixty seconds to than packed house at Bellefonte. The Red Raiders pin Nick Shawley. Jake Taylor followed that with got a 7-1 decision from Jake Perryman in the final a fall over Bellefonte’s standout quarterback, Tyler match at 215-pounds to complete a 33-32 come- Lucas, just before the buzzer at the end of the second period to give the Eagles a 32-24. back win over their rival, Bald Eagle Area. At 189-pounds, Brad Grieb made sure the The meet started at heavyweight with Belle- fonte’s Garret Poorman knocking off Nate Sharkey meet would be decided in the final bout after he pinned Aaron Varner at the 3:22 mark to cut the 4-0. The Eagles responded by winning three score to 32-30 heading to the Perryman-Garren straight bouts to build a 16-3 lead as Travis Giedroc Kunes bout at 215-pounds. After a scoreless first period, Perryman picked was awarded a forfeit at 103, Jason Sherry picked up a first period fall (1:15) over Gage Wert at up an escaped with less than a minute remaining in 112-pounds and Tyler Baney majored Mike Lewis the second to take a 2-0 lead into the final period. Kunes would get an escape just twenty seconds into 11-3 at 119. Tom Traxler cut into the lead with a 13-1 the third period to cut the lead to 2-1 but would be major decision over Justin Giedroc at 125-pounds. unable to pick up a takedown of Perryman. Kunes At 130-pounds, the Eagles’ Matt Dillon got those tried a desperation shot at the end but Perryman points back with an 11-0 major over Tyler Ashpole was expecting it and instead took the Eagle wrestler down and to his back for a five-point move and a to move the score to 20-7. It was Bellefonte’s turn for a run in match meet deciding 7-1 win. as they ripped off four straight wins including three that netted key bonus points for the Red Raiders. Leo Wortman picked up the first of the four wins with a 12-4 major decision over Dion Barnard at 135-pounds. At 140, Frankie Muzika was awarded a forfeit to draw the score to 20-17. Cody Fisher majored Josh Mauer, 12-0, at 145 to put the Red Raiders ahead for the second time, 21-20. The fourth of those Bellefonte’s Leo Wortman controls Dion Barnard in wins came at 152-pounds their 135-pound bout Tuesday night. Wortman won when Bellefonte’s Nate Althe bout 12-4. (Photo by Brian Baney) terio edged Nick Taylor in

Dillon wins title as Rams place second in tournament By Les Barnhart The Penns Valley Rams had nine place winners including Elliott Dillon first place finish in last weekend’s Penn Cambria Wrestling Tournament. Dillon defeated Jacob Craig of Berlin Brothersvalley in overtime, 7-5, with a takedown to claim the 215-pound title. Three other Rams grapplers reached the finals but were unable to secure titles. Neil Hosterman fell 10-0 in his bid to win the 152 title while Adam Yarger lost 10-3 to United’s John Blanken-

ship at 160-pounds. Finally at 171-pounds, Matt Swartz was pinned by Tyler Crawford of Cambria Heights. The other place winners for the Rams were Michael Silks (seventh at 119-pounds), Cole Confer (third at 130-pounds), Nate Brown (fifth at 135-pounds), Seth Decker (sixth at 140-pounds) and Logan Confer (sixth at 145-pounds). The Rams finished second to host Penn Cambria in the 16-team tournament.

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DECEMBER 24, 2010

Holiday Eating Tips By Les Barnhart

Being someone that loves food, I thought that many of you could use and enjoy these tips as you enjoy the Christmas season. 1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. They may in fact be for the reindeer. Go next door or find someplace that they’re serving rum balls and chicken wings. In fact, prepare some rum balls and wings BEFORE you leave the house and store them in an insulated container in your car. If your travels find you at a party that has a food lineup that resembles the produce department at a grocery store, head 0ut to the car and scarf down your stowed away loot. Good call, my friend. 2. Drink as much eggnog as you can and do it quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch, it’s rare. In fact, it’s even rarer than singlemalt scotch. You can’t find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an eggnog-aholic or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It’s later than you think. It’s Christmas! 3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat. Heed this warning however, if you feel the need to do shots of gravy, drink gravy from a cup, or eat it like soup, you need to step away from said gravy and seek help‌fast. 4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission. 5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party after all is to eat other people’s food for free and LOTS of it. Hello? In regards to the free food, do not try and sneak food home for consumption during an upcoming football game but it is offered and thrown into a convenient carrying case‌take it. 6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s Day. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do except for watching icicles form on your down spouting. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog. And besides think of all the exercise you will get during bowl game season; the channel surfing, getting up and down for drinks, jumping up and down for touchdowns, etc. 7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like chicken wings or pickles wrapped in cream cheese and Leba-


Local Sports Fans, Parents and Athletes!! Just a reminder that with the all the sports going on in the county, its especially important that I get the input of all of you as I am bound to miss many of those who are deserving of recognition in their respective sports. No sport should go unnoticed or worse yet, unplayed. You can even submit your own name and deny it to your friends and teammates. Please feel free to contact me at my email address: sports@ regarding your sports story as well as a phone number where you can be reached if needed. You can also post your ideas for a story or a recap of your game on the Centre County Sports page on Facebook. In order to make the Centre County Gazette the paper of the people, I need you, the people to provide the best sports coverage around. Good luck to all you in your respective sports. Hopefully I will run into you at a sporting event sometime and it will be you I will be covering. — Les Barnhart, Sports Editor

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non bologna, position yourself near them and don’t budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. After that happens, find a child that will serve as a food mule and will continue to deliver you the goods. A word of caution here though, you may want to get a second child in the event the first “dimesâ€? you out about the food mule thing. Never work without a back-up plan. 8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or, if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day? My advice: don’t put them all on one plate. That way you can make repeat trips and treat each like it is your first. This could take practice. Oh and remember that apples are healthy. Eat as many as you can‌it’s not your fault that someone threw them into a pie pan, slathered them in tasty goodness and then covered it all with a lovely layer of tastiness. Don’t hate the player‌hate the game, my friends. 9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all costs. I mean, have some standards. You also may want to check your calendar for any other parties in the neighborhood. Any party that has fruitcake out as a dessert may not be the most happening joint on the block after all. 10. One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention. Reread tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner and that means only two things‌diets and New Year’s resolutions.  Remember this motto to live by: “Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate (or chicken wings) in one hand, root beer in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO HOO, what a ride!â€?

Bald Eagle Area Little League Softball Meeting The Bald Eagle Area Little League Softball will be holding their regular monthly meeting on SUNDAY, JANUARY 9TH AT 6PM. The meeting will be held in the Bald Eagle Area High School cafeteria. Regular monthly meetings are held the second Sunday of each month at the Bald Eagle Area High School. Those interested can check us out at our Eteamz league page at baldeaglearealittleleaguesoftball where additional information can be found on upcoming meetings as well as other league news. This is an exciting new league and provides a new opportunity for the girls in the Bald Eagle Area School District. Please do what you can to be a part of the league. “This will never be our league unless you are a part of it�

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, My daughter beside me, angelic in rest. Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white, Transforming the yard to a winter delight. The sparkling lights in the tree I believe, Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve. My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep, Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep. In perfect contentment, or so it would seem, So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream. The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near, But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear. Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know, Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow. My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear, And I crept to the door just to see who was near. Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night, A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight. A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old, Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold. Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled, Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child. “What are you doing?� I asked without fear, “Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here! Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve, You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!� For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift, Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.. To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light Then he sighed and he said “Its really all right, I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night.� “It’s my duty to stand at the front of the line, That separates you from the darkest of times. No one had to ask or beg or implore me, I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before me. My Gramps died at ‘ Pearl on a day in December,� Then he sighed, “That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembers.� My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘ Nam’, And now it is my turn and so, here I am. I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while, But my wife sends me pictures, he’s sure got her smile. Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag, The red, white, and blue... an American flag. I can live through the cold and the being alone, Away from my family, my house and my home. I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet, I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat. I can carry the weight of killing another, Or lay down my life with my sister and brother.. Who stand at the front against any and all, To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.� “So go back inside,� he said, “harbor no fright, Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.� “But isn’t there something I can do, at the least, “Give you money,� I asked, “or prepare you a feast? It seems all too little for all that you’ve done, For being away from your wife and your son.� Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret, “Just tell us you love us, and never forget. To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone, To stand your own watch, no matter how long. For when we come home, either standing or dead, To know you remember we fought and we bled. Is payment enough, and with that we will trust, That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.� - author unknown

DECEMBER 24, 2010


Weekly Entertainment

Local Artist & Musician Gives Hope with new Christmas Music CD

By Don Bedell SPRING MILLS – Local mixed media artist Annie-hannah Mancini has been making music for about 15 years. But, unlike her art, she just hasn’t had a way to get her music out for others to enjoy. Until now. Mancini is an artist living in Spring Mills who, with the advent of new technology, has now been able to record the songs that she’s been playing on her keyboard for years, and release the music digitally on CD. The stacks of cassette tapes and computer floppy disks that housed her ideas for the past 15 years are just symbols of the past and memories of the journey that brought her to where she is today. In The Fullness of Time and Stumbling Toward A Star is a double CD released this month by Mancini featuring Advent and Christmas music along with original compositions. But, this isn’t a “traditional” Christmas music album despite what the cover may say. These are interpretations of Christmas classics that weave in and out of original pieces. “What I do is follow the music,” Mancini says. She does the same with her artwork saying that she allows her music and artwork to take her to the end result as opposed to her forcing it to go in a certain direction. Mancini lives a quiet, sparse life – a life of a true artist. She says she has known the feeling of having to decide whether to pay a bill or to buy food and that is what inspired her to make this double CD a way to literally give hope to those in need.

“For years, I knew what it was like to not have financial support,” says Mancini. “No one should have to make the decision to buy food or pay a bill.” Because of that personal experience, a portion of the sales of this CD benefits the Hope Fund of Penns Valley which assists residents of Penns Valley who are in need. Mancini says that she didn’t produce the CDs exclusively for the Hope Fund, but they were inspired by it. As an employee at the Elk Creek Café in Millheim, Mancini sold the CDs at the recent Harry Smith Festival there. In The Fullness of Time contains music written and arranged by Mancini from 1996 through 1998 and 2002. Stumbling Toward A Star picks up in 2002 and continues through 2008. You won’t see titles like What Child Is This? on the back of the CD, but you will hear pieces of classic songs interwoven into these new arrangements. Just as Mancini said that she follows the music, you will hear songs move into different directions. There’s some harmonic dissonance and some tempos changing, but the beauty in this music is in its improvisational qualities. It gives the feeling of a new fallen snow in the yard, a fire burning in the fireplace while drinking a warm cup of hot chocolate, settled in for the night. As Mancini says, “The songs took on their own life.” In The Fullness of Time and Stumbling Toward A Star are available by e-mailing Mancini at She says that as long as she continues to sell them, she will continue to donate a portion of the sale to the Hope Fund. Mancini has more music in the works saying that she is currently working on seven albums of music – one incorporating old answering machine messages. Look for more music coming from Annie-hannah Mancini in the near future.


Live Entertainment Schedule 12/24 – 1/6 Bar Bleu – Downtown State College All Entertainment starts at 10:30pm 12/31 Lowjack

The Saloon – Downtown State College All Entertainment starts at 10:30pm 12/26 Atomic Supersonic 12/27 Smokin’ Karaoke 12/28 Tuesday Jones 12/29 Atlas Soundtrack 12/30 My Hero Zero 12/31 My Hero Zero

The Deli – Downtown State College 12/26 12/30 1/2 1/6

Tries Bien Ensemble – 11:30am-1:30pm Domenick Swentosky Tries Bien Ensemble – 11:30am-1:30pm Domenick Swentosky

Inferno Brick Oven & Bar – Downtown State College 12/29 1/5

Greg & Jason Acoustic Greg & Jason Acoustic

Zeno’s Pub – Downtown State College 12/29 Andy Tolins Bluegrass Revue, 7pm 12/30 Wilgus & Bishop & Waffles, Belly Dancers & HAROLD, 7pm 12/31 AAA Blues Band, 7pm Stubby’s Funk, 10:30pm

Prospector’s Allegheny Rib Company – State College 12/27 1/3

Richard Benninghoff Table Magic, 6pm Richard Benninghoff Table Magic, 6pm

Elk Creek Café & Ale Works – Millheim 12/30 12/31 1/1 1/6 Annie-hannah Mancini Mancini’s recently released CDs.

The Arena – Martin Street/State College


J-Mac’s Contraband, 7:30pm Ghengis Gyekis Blues X-Travaganzy!!! Tussey Mountain Moonshiners

12/29 12/30 12/31

The Rathskeller – Downtown State College

Just send your band information -- however big or small the news is -- to The Gazette!


We will start a new feature called “Centre of the Music Scene” which will feature information about the local band scene in Centre County. Whether it’s country, rock, bluegrass, folk, jazz, rap -- whatever -- let us know what’s happening!  We might even do a full-length feature about it!


Just send your info via e-mail to or if you have a CD that you’d like us to review, send it to... Centre County Gazette ATTN: Entertainment Editor P.O. Box 679 State College, PA 16804

Open Karaoke Country Karaoke The Screaming Ducks Live!

Mr. Hand, 10:30pm

Café 210 West – Downtown State College JR & Natalie Band, 10:30pm

Governor’s Pub – Bellefonte 12/29 1/5

JT Blues, 6:30pm JT Blues, 6:30pm

The State Theatre – Downtown State College 12/31 12/31 1/6

Under Milk Wood: A play for voices by Dylan Thomas, 3pm SCAHS Jazz Band, 8pm Singing OnStage: Little Shop of Horrors, 7:30pm

Schedules subject to change. Call the venue for details. The Gazette is committed to providing you with a complete listing of upcoming Live Entertainment in Centre County. If your establishment provides Live Entertainment and would like to have your entertainment listed for FREE here in the Gazette, just e-mail your entertainment to



DECEMBER 24, 2010

Local Dance Students to Perform in Bowl Halftime Show By Sam Stitzer POTTERS MILLS – Among the many college football bowl games is the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Florida. This year’s game pits teams from West Virginia and North Carolina State against each other in a Big East vs. Atlantic Coast Conference showdown on December 28. Of particular interest this year will be the halftime show, which will feature a group of 200 young dance students and cheerleaders from around the United States. Among the 200 will be 15 students, ranging in age from nine to 18 years, from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts in

Potters Mills. This school is one of just 12 schools in the country chosen to participate in the Champs Sports Bowl performance. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts is owned and operated by Sarah Mason and her husband, Chuck Mason. The dance routine to be performed was choreographed by Rob Schultz, from Los Angeles, who has done work for several television shows and other entertainment venues. His routine was sent to Sarah Mason on a DVD, and the dancers have been working on it for about 2½ weeks. Rehearsals with the full troupe will begin on December 26 in Orlando. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts dance students are each responsible for their own transportation to Orlando. Some will be driven there, and some will fly. They held fundraisers includDancers rehearse in the Pennsylvania Academy ing a quarter aucof the Arts studio. tion which raised


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$900, and a poinsettia sale, with the help of Woodring’s Floral Gardens. Several students also received private donations from families and friends. Including parents and instructors, a total of 34 proud and happy folks will be making the trip. Referring to her students, Sarah Mason said “This is a great opportunity for them to do something on a different scale than dancing on a stage.” She is very excited about the trip, and considers it a once in a lifetime opportunity for the kids. Scott Burd and his wife, Victoria Brennan Burd, have two children in the group going to Orlando. Their daughter, Olivia, and son Conlan (the only boy in the group) will both be going. They plan to fly out of Baltimore, and are hoping there is not a snowstorm that day! They consider this trip to be a great opportunity for their kids, and it will create many great memories that will last a lifetime. Congratulations to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts and its students for this singular honor. The Champs Sports Bowl kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on December 28, and will be televised on ESPN. We’ll all be watching!

Re-enactors Wanted

Thompson’s Independent Battery C PA Volunteer Light Artillery is recruiting families to help them reenact the Civil War. Be a part of living history. For an application, call (814) 355-4934, e-mail gvhoover@uplink. net, or visit

GROUP MEETINGS The Gazette will publish the regular meeting dates & times for all Centre County social & service groups, organizations, clubs, etc that has membership open to the public. To have yours listed send to editor@centrecountygazette. com or mail to Stott Publications, PO Box 129, Warriors Mark, Pa. 16877 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. BEA Class of 1959 holds its monthly dinner on the first Thursday each month at 6 p.m. at the Highway Pizza Pub on Zion Road in Bellefonte. Any questions call Joyce at (814) 383-4337 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. Bellefonte Intervalley Chamber of Commerce will hold a luncheon January 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Home Delivery Pizza in Bellefonte, with a presentation by APPI Energy Savings Program. Bellefonte Elks Lodge meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Bellefonte Elks. The Bellefonte Elks will hold their annual Christmas Eve Buffet on Friday December 24 from noon to 4 p.m., at the Bellefonte Elks Club. Members are encouraged to attend any time during that period of time. The Bellefonte Elks Lodge will once again provide a New Year’s Eve party for Elks members and guests on December 31, beginning at 10 a.m., and continuing until 7 p.m. Randy Gates will provide music during this time frame, and party favors and a light buffet will be provided. January 9, 2011 is the date for the Bellefonte Elks Lodge Local Hoop Shoot, which will take place at 1 p.m. The Local Hoop Shoot will be held at the Bellefonte High School and is open to any children in ages 8 through 13.    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.

Sarah Mason, standing against a mirrored wall, gives instructions to the dancers.

Ink Cartridge Recycling

Habitat for Humanity accepts laser cartridges, inkjet cartridges, laptops and cell phones for recycling – with proceeds benefiting their organization. Drop off Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at PrinterMech, 171 Technology Drive, Suite #100, Boalsburg, (814) 237-2790. Tell them it’s a donation for Habitat for Humanity. The Frame Factory also still accepts cartridges at 426 Westerly Parkway.

Tutors needed

Mid-State Literacy Council is looking for volunteer tutors. These tutors teach reading, writing, math, pre-GED prep, ESL, job skills, and other skills needed by adults. Tutors will be trained and have access to teaching materials for their tutor sessions. If you can spare two hours a week and would like to help an adult with their literacy needs, call (814) 238-1809 and ask for Mike or Amy. Mid-State Literacy Council and our students appreciate your efforts. Tutoring is done from 248 Calder Way, Suite 307, State College.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts dancers and their instructors.

Bellefonte Artists’ Exhibit

A new exhibit titled “Four Bellefonte Artists,” is now presented at the BHCA Gallery at the Gamble Mill beginning Saturday, December 18, and running through January 15. The artists presenting are Susan Nicholas Gephart, Holly Fritchman, Sharon McCarthy, and Mary Vollero. The Gallery is at the Gamble Mill Tavern, 160 Dunlap Street. Hours are Monday to Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For further information, call (814) 383-0039. This exhibit is supported by the PA Council on the Arts and by the Borough of Bellefonte.

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 the Cafe on the Park at Talleyrand Park. Guests and visitors welcome. (No meetings on December 24 and 31.) For more information on BSRC, contact Debbie Rowley (814) 880-9453. Bible Study for Adults offers helpful and practical explanations from Ezekiel & Daniel. There is also a teen meeting (Games & God’s Word) with Pastor Jeremy. These take place at the Nittany Baptist Church just east of Boalsburg on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. Call (814) 360-1601 for more info. Breast Cancer Support Group meets the first Monday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Conference Room 4, Entrance B, Mt. Nittany Medical Center, State College. Call Kristin Sides for information (814) 234-6175 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 more information call (814) 280-5839. Centre Region Model Investment Club meets in the Mazza Room at South Hills Business School, 480 Waupelani Drive, State College from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. The meeting is free and open to the public. For information call (814) 234-8775 or e-mail Grief Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at Centre Crest. For additional info contact Anne Boal, Social Service Assistant, Centre Crest Nursing Facility, 502 East Howard Street, Bellefonte, (814) 548-1140 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 at the west end of Tyrone. Call George at (814) 238-1668.

Nittany Mineral Society meets the third Wednesday of the month in Room 114 Auditorium of the Earth & Engineering Sciences (EES) Bldg on the west side of the Penn State Campus in State College. Agenda: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – social hour, refreshments in the lobby; 7:30 to 8:00 p.m.- free door prize drawings, announcements; 8 p.m. – speaker. Junior Rockhounds also meet on third Wednesdays, 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 116 Earth & Engineering Sciences Building (during the social hour for the regular NMS meeting). Call (814) 867-6263 for details. Maps and directions are available through The Penns Valley Area Historical Museum will hold its annual membership dinner meeting on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at the New Hope Church, 119 Cobblestone Court, on Route 45 west of Spring Mills. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Dr. William A. Pencak, Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Penn State University, will present “History on the Highway: Historical Markers in Penns Valley.” Dinner tickets are $15 and available from museum board members or by sending a check to PVAHMA, P. O. Box 80, Aaronsburg PA. 16820. Reservations must be made by January 3, 2011. The public is invited.     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. Women’s Mid Day Connection is holding its January meeting on the 11th at 11:45 a.m. It’s the annual Sach’s 5th Avenue Event – held at the Elk’s Country Club, Boalsburg. For reservations and cancellations, call Margo at (814) 355-7615. Zion MOPS & Beyond meets the first Thursday of each month at 3261 Zion Road Bellefonte from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and on the third Thursday of the month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. First visit is free; $10 annual membership fee when you join.

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See The Gazette Web Site for updated What’s Happening calendar items – Dec. 24 – Candle Light Service A traditional Christmas Eve candle light service with lessons, carols, and communion will be held at 7 p.m. at St. John’s UCC, 145 W. Linn St, Bellefonte. Seasonal music starts at 6:40 p.m. Call (814) 355-9075 or check for more information. Dec. 24 – Candle Lighting Service Halfmoon Christian Fellowship Church on Rt. 550 outside of Stormstown will hold a Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24 – Candle Light Service Curtin United Methodist Church will hold their annual Candle Light Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. on December 24. All are welcome. There will be no child care available. Your entire family is encouraged to join us. Curtin Church is three miles north of Milesburg, near Historic Curtin Village, at 305 Curtin Village Road, Howard. Peter Dittman, Pastor. For directions or other information please call Marty at (814) 355-7970. Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Services Watermarke Church is holding two Christmas Eve services, at 12:30 p.m. and at 4:30 p.m., at their Outreach Center on Spring Street in Bellefonte. Focus on the “reason for the season, Jesus,� at a family-friendly service including music and a short message. Dec.24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Nittany Baptist Church will be having a Candlelight Service at 6:30 p.m. Join us at our quaint log cabin church located just one mile east of the Eutaw House at the intersection of Mountainback Rd & Rt.322 for an old-fashioned service of hymns and preaching of the true message of Christmas. Call (814) 466-6064 for info. Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Service Midnight Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Allegheny and Lamb Sts., Bellefonte.  Music of the Season begins at 10:30 p.m. All are welcome. For directions or other information, please call (814) 355-0497. Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Fellowship Bible Church will be having a Candlelight Service at 6 p.m. Come join us Friday night as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.  The church is located at 642 Lower Georges Valley Road, just three miles off Rte 144 near Potters Mills. For more info call (814) 422-8640. Dec. 25 – Community Christmas Dinner Faith United Methodist Church is hosting their annual Bellefonte Community Christmas Dinner on December 25 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The church is at the corner of Hughes Street and Humes Road. A traditional Christmas dinner will be served, free of charge. If you’d like to have the dinner delivered, need transportation, or just want more information call (814) 355-9606 or 353-8287.   Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve Service Come join us on Friday, Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for a time of singing with The Covalts and others, great fellowship, and lots of fun at the Fellowship Bible Church, located at 642 Lower Georges Valley Road, just three miles off Rte 144 near Potters Mills. For more info call (814) 422-8640. Jan. 1 – Community New Year’s Dinner Trinity & Milesburg United Methodist Churches are sponsoring a free Community New Year’s Day dinner, featuring pork & sauerkraut, Saturday, January 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 128 W. Howard Street, Bellefonte. For information call (814) 355-9425. Take out available. Jan. 1. – New Year’s Prayer & Meditation St. John’s UCC, 145 W. Linn St. Bellefonte will be open on Saturday, January 1, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for prayer and meditation for anyone who is interested.  Background music will be provided – a reverent atmosphere in which to pray. Take advantage of this time to thank God for his blessings he provided in 2010 and to ask for his continued love and guidance in 2011 – not only for yourself but for friends, family and our community. Call (814) 355-9075 or check for more information.



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American Red Cross Gift Wrap Project STATE COLLEGE – Amid the bustle of holiday shoppers at the Nittany Mall, dedicated volunteers from the Centre Communities Chapter of the American Red Cross cheerfully wrap gifts to raise vital funds for local Red Cross programs. The project, which has been ongoing for more than 20 years, is one of a few fundraising events held by the chapter. It generates revenue to support the disaster relief, blood services, and health and safety education programs. Proceeds help sustain services throughout the holiday period and the winter months that follow. Shoppers have 10 gift wrap papers to choose from and will have all their gifts beautifully wrapped while they wait. Gifts purchased anywhere may be brought to the Holiday Gift Wrap Center to support this good cause. The gift wrap booth is open every day through Christmas Eve and is near the center stage area beside Santa Claus.

Sponsor Tools for Habitat CENTRE COUNTY – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County is holding their first Sponsor a Tool for Christmas promotion. This volunteer organization helps provide simple, decent, and affordable housing to qualified families in Centre County. Many of the tools they use are wearing out or should be replaced with better technology. You are asked to donate any amount and designate the funds for the tool drive, which will be used to enhance the $2,500 grant Habitat received from the Home Depot Foundation. They are accepting donations for the tool drive through January 1. Call (814) 353-2390 or visit for more information.

Food Bank Donations Needed STATE COLLEGE – Crystal Homan of For Men Only and Lipstick Salon is accepting donations for dried and canned goods for the State College Food Bank. You may drop off your non-perishable donations through December. They’re open seven days a week at the salon on East Beaver Avenue.

Faith Centre Food Bank Needs Donations BELLEFONTE – The Faith Centre Food Bank is in need of the following items for its Christmas baskets.  State funding for food banks has still not been released, so the community is requested to help. The Faith Centre expects to provide all the items needed for a holiday meal to more than 1,000 area residents. These items are needed for the baskets: cereal, canned sweet potatoes, cake mix, frosting, sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, green beans, gravy (in cans), mashed potato mix. The Faith Centre is on Allegheny Street in Bellefonte.

Free Winter Coats & Accessories BUFFALO RUN –The Buffalo Run United Methodist Charge Coat Ministry located on Route 550 at the crossroads of Buffalo Run and Rock Road is now open to distribute free winter coats and outerwear (gloves, hats, scarves, etc) each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the exception of Christmas Day, through until January 29. Donations of gently used coats and other winter items are also accepted during these hours. Please phone (814) 237-4707 or 355-2208 for more information.

A Gift from the Heart CENTRE COUNTY – John Hagins, CEO of the American Red Cross, Greater Alleghenies Region, suggests, “Your blood donation this holiday season is the perfect gift‌the gift that saves the day. Donating blood helps save up to three lives and the only cost is an hour of your time.â€? Hagins added that when individuals donate blood from December 19 through January 9, they are entered in a daily drawing for a $500 gift certificate of their choice from Currently individuals of all blood types are needed to donate blood to help boost supplies during the holiday season. Log on to or call 1-800-RED CROSS and make an appointment to give blood. You’ll also find weekly Red Cross blood donation sites in every Gazette.

Donations for Pet Shelters CENTRE HALL & STATE COLLEGE – The PSPA in Centre Hall has a wish list for the following donations: KMR or “Just Born� for kittens, canned kitten food, long and short handled squeegees, litter, cat beds, cat blankets, cat toys, collars, leashes, harnesses, brushes, combs, flea combs, shampoo and grooming supplies, laundry detergent, chlorine bleach, dryer sheets, window cleaner, cleansers, scrubbies, sponges, hand sanitizer, hand soap, baking soda, paper towels, tissues, office supplies, flashlights, nine-volt and AA batteries, WalMart and Visa gift cards. If adopting a pet is not possible right now, PAWS desperately needs volunteers to not only help out with the animals, but also to aid with fund raising, event planning, data entry, and much more. PAWS would also appreciate the donation of paper towels; postage stamps; creamy peanut butter; Royal Canin brand dog, cat or kitten food; any brand dog or kitten canned food; dog treats; and large dogs toys.

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First Night in State College 2011 Art & Music Schedule of Events

The annual First Night celebration in State College is a family-friendly evening of art, music, and conviviality. Here is the schedule of events as of December 22, though because of weather and other conditions, these events could change. Those noted with Button means that the First Night button is required for admission.

Friday, December 31, 2010 Resolution Exhibits Noon - midnight; Sidney Friedman Park

Giant Ice Sculptures 10 a.m. - midnight; South Allen Street and Sidney Friedman Park

First Night® State College Ice Sculptors in Action 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.; South Allen Street Celebrating their 15th year, The First Night State College Ice Sculptors will carve more than 100 blocks – more than 10 tons – of crystal=clear Pennsylvania ice for this year’s First Night. Under the direction of captain Ernie DiMartino, the Ice Sculptors are expected to include Ernie DiMartino, Richard Alfred, Robert Higareda, Gary Glenn, Jared McAlister, Joe DiMartino, and James Kowalczuk. The large walls and sculptures are created from blocks that are produced in a special Clinebel freezing process that makes beautifully clear ice. FNSC uses ice blocks manufactured by Strickler Ice Company of Huntingdon.

Karen Alley *Button 6:30 p.m.; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Karen Alley has been playing hammered dulcimer since 2004 when she purchased her first dulcimer at a folk festival. A junior in the geology major at Colgate University, she was the 2009 Mideast Regional Hammered Dulcimer Champion. Karen has performed all over the northeast and has recently been experimenting with the progressive piano dulcimer and looks forward to sharing both the traditional and the progressive piano dulcimer.

Below Centre *Button 4 p.m.; St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Instruments that play the bass parts are often the unsung heroes of the symphonic band. The public can name famous trumpeters and flutists, but it’s pretty difficult to name a famous euphonium player. The gentlemen of Below Centre might just change that, as they create a melodic presence for First Night State College.

Buffalo Valley Brass Sponsored by Comfort Suites & Sleep Inn/HFL Corporation *Button 10:15 p.m.; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Judy Blee, David Heberlig, John P. Letteer, Karen Mansfield, Tom Mecouch, As their name suggests, the members of the Buffalo Valley Brass hail from Lewisburg and Mifflinburg. Founded in 1982, they have played in many communities in central Pennsylvania as well as at the White House in Washington, D.C. Their performances have included summer “concerts in the park”, Christmas concerts and carol strolls, arts festivals, and even building dedications. Over the last 20 years, their repertoire has included classical transcriptions, marches, folk, jazz, and even a rock-and-roll tune or two.

Callanish Sponsored by Moyer Jewelers *Button - 4:00 p.m.;  State College Presbyterian Church Celtic traditional – Callanish, State College’s own Celtic band, takes its name from the standing stone circle located on the Isle of Lewis off the west coast of Scotland. The band shares the music of their heritage and passes traditions along with Irish reels and jigs, polkas and hornpipes, and songs of love and longing for homeland.  In addition to traditional Irish music, the band plays Scottish tunes and other traditional music of the British Isles. The five members of Callanish perform on the fiddle, flute, whistle, concertina, bodhran, guitar, and voice. The group has performed at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, the Lemont Village Green Concert Series, Lewisburg’s Celtic Day, and for the Empty Bowls and Ulster Projects.

Carriage Rides Sponsored by Centre Area Transportation Authority, Downtown State College Improvement District, Penn State Alumni Association *Button 7 p.m.; State College Municipal Building Plaza $3.00 per person plus a 2011 First Night Button Three carriages drawn by Percheron draft horses will take you back in time as they take you through downtown State College. Dress warmly; it’s difficult to turn up the heat in an open carriage. Rides are on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to high demand, not all of those wishing to ride may be accommodated.

Earl Pickens & Family *Button 8 p.m.; State College Presbyterian Church Following the success of their 2009 debut release, a critically acclaimed alt-country/bluegrass interpretation of the classic U2 album The Joshua Tree, Lewisburg’s Earl Pickens & Family recently released its second album, Gathering. The new album features ten brand new songs by Earl Pickens & Family songwriters.

Easterly Chamber Players *Button 8:30 p.m.; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church This delightful trio consists of Diane Gold Toulson, flute, Smith Toulson, clarinet and Anne Sullivan, harp. Diane Gold Toulson is an active orchestral and chamber music flutist, who has performed throughout the Commonwealth, the United States, and Europe. Smith Toulson, faculty member in Penn State’s School of Music, is a member of the Pennsylvania Quintet and is principal clarinet for the Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra, The Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, and the Altoona and Nittany Valley Symphonies. Harpist Anne Sullivan has accompanied many artists including Luciano Pavarotti and Frank Sinatra. She is the harp instructor at the University of Delaware and at Swarthmore College.

First Night State College Reindeer LIVE! 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Sidney Friedman Park Visit with and learn about the live reindeer which were the inspiration for the First Night State College logo. The reindeer are provided by JB Tree Farm in Alexandria, PA.

Deirdre Flint *Button - 8:00 p.m.; University Baptist & Brethren Church No two ways about it, Deirdre Flint is a perennial favorite with First Night-ers. With songs about cheerleaders, the metric system, and past life regression, Deirdre’s music and humor land her at the intersection where folk music and stand-up comedy collide. Since her first CD, The Shuffleboard Queens, was released, she has toured the country, performed at Kerrville Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, the Kennedy Center, and World Café. Deirdre’s songs have been heard on TLC’s A Dating Story; and FX’s Nip/ Tuck. Her second CD Then Again proves that she is a major talent to be watched. The New York Times, USA Today agree with Billboard Magazine when they speak of Deirdre, “This is grown up satire with a non-cynical wink and easily more compelling than so much that reaches the million-selling mark.”

Giant Puppet Display 6 p.m.; Canterbury Hall, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Discover the well-populated menagerie of giant papier-mâché creatures made to be worn or carried in the First Night Procession. Dragons, lions, fish, carousel animals, and everything in between will be primping before their big moment in the First Night® procession. We have something for everyone – men, women, short, tall, big, little, young, old. When it comes to puppets, one size does not fit all. The procession starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.   

Heritage Brass Quintet *Button 8 p.m.; Faith United Church of Christ Brass – Comprised of music teachers – past, present and (one hopes) future – Heritage Brass has played at many festivals and events in central Pennsylvania, including the Christkindl Market in Mifflinburg, Music in the Park in Lebanon, and the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

Hot Soup *Button 9:30 p.m.; St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Hot Soup is your blue-ribbon recipe for harmony! Sue Trainor, Christina Muir, and Jennie Avila blend their stylistically diverse musical talents to cook up a spicy vocal trio. Audiences rave over their close harmonies and the variety in their repertoire, from ballads to blues, from retro to novelty songs. Add delicious licks on guitars, harp, mountain dulcimer, conga, and udu, and you’ve got a delicious recipe for a spirited and soup-erbly engaging performance.

Hirsch Jazz Quartet Sponsored by Sheetz *Button 6 p.m.; State College Presbyterian Church The Hirsch Jazz Quartet is a leading force on Pennsylvania’s instrumental music scene. It interprets Nirvana, the Beatles, Radiohead, Billy Joel, and the Doors, among others. It also play original, evocative themes composed by the members of the band. Bassist Jeff Beck, drummer Kevin Lowe, guitarist Mac Himes, and saxophonist Hirsch are well-known jazz musicians in Central Pennsylvania.

Ice Skating Accompanied by the sounds of Larry Moore Productions *Button 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10 p.m.; Penn State Ice Pavilion CATA Shuttle bus service runs to the rink from College Avenue. One of FNSC’s most popular events, skating at the Ice Pavilion is a fun way to slide into 2011. Skaters glide and dance to music provided by LMP. Ice will be resurfaced at 45 minutes past the hour. Ice skates may be rented for $1.75.

Live Mannequins 6 p.m.; Appalachian Outdoors You won’t want to miss the State College High School Thespians as live mannequins in the window.

Middle-earth Studios presents Free Folk of Middle Earth

*Button 2 p.m., 4 p.m., & 7:30 p.m., Westminster Hall, State College Presbyterian Church Through all their crazes, trends and fashions, there’s one thing that all children will always need, one thing that will always stay the same.  Since ancient times it has enchanted people of all ages – story-telling. Middle-earth Studios’ kind of story-telling is an interactive celebration that brings out the kid in everyone. Anyone can be a part of our story and they costume up to 100 people from the crowd. This year’s show, The Free Folk of Middle Earth, features knights armed with swords and shield, beautiful princesses, the dwarves and animals of the Lonely Mountain (who also happen to be the kingdom’s finest treasure hunters), and the wicked goblins of the Land of Mordor. Peace is won by cooperation among different kinds of beings.

Nittany Highland Pipe Band

*Button 7:30 p.m.; St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Bagpipe band – The Nittany Highland Pipe Band was founded in 1973. Based in State College, it draws its members from across Central Pennsylvania. They recently performed at the SpyGlass Winery Celtic Festival and the Ligonier Highland Games.

Nittany Knights

*Button 2 p.m.; Faith United Church of Christ The Nittany Knights are living proof of the enduring popularity of barbershop music. Barbershop music, with its close, unaccompanied four-part harmonies, is a uniquely American musical folk art. Although scholars cannot pinpoint where or when this art form was born, the growth of the tradition was certainly aided between the 1860s and 1920s by the types of songs popular at the time - songs characterized by sentimental lyrics and uncomplicated melodies that could be easily harmonized with a variety of four-part chords.

One Block Ice Sculpture Exhibit

10 a.m. – midnight; Downtown and Sidney Friedman Park The One-Block Ice Sculpture Exhibit runs through noon on January 1. Sponsored by State College area businesses, over one hundred one-block ice sculptures are displayed for your enjoyment. Please follow the Ice Sculpture Map in our program guide for a walking tour of visual enchantment. Be sure to bring your camera and allow plenty of time to see our spectacular display!

Pepper Lotus Tribal

*Button 5 p.m.; UBBC Pepper Lotus Tribal is a professional belly dance troupe based in State College. Directed by Shannon Bishop, Pepper Lotus performs Improvisational Tribal Style Belly Dance, every performance is unique!  Through non-verbal cues, the dancers “talk” to each other to create a one-of-a-kind performance that features traditional Middle Eastern belly dance.

Peter Panic, Comedy Juggler

*Button 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m., & 10 p.m.; Penn State Downtown Theatre Known on three continents for his unique brand of comic juggling, Peter Panic started juggling in 1981 and hasn’t stopped!  Since then he has delighted audiences in all 50 of the United States. His international appearances have been numerous; including, Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, England, Germany, Spain, France, Holland and New Zealand.

The Puppet Factory presents The Knee-High Man Sponsored by Geisinger *Button 1 p.m., 3 p.m., & 5 p.m.; Days Inn Penn State Puppet show – Since 1970, master puppeteer Carolyn Koerber has presented puppet theater that excites the imagination. An outstanding artist, she has performed for the Smithsonian Institution’s Discovery Theater, The National Theater, and thousands of schools, theaters, and community groups throughout the midAtlantic area. Carolyn returns to First Night State College with a traditional folktale from Alabama, The Knee-High Man. This is the story of a very small man (no bigger than a kidney bean when he was born) who lives in a swamp. One day he decides that being knee-high isn’t good enough, he needs to be sizeable. He tries and tries to get bigger, but fails. Feeling very sorry for himself, he wanders off and gets lost in a very dangerous part of the swamp. Up to his knees in swamp muck and sinking fast, he learns to use his wits and learns an important lesson about self worth.


*Button or $5 - 8 p.m., Fairmount School Auditorium If little green men came from outer space to First Night State College they would surely appear RockFest to take in some out of this world entertainment. Eight stellar high school bands have come in peace to make friends with earthlings and First Night audiences. Park your space ship at Area 51 (or your minivan in a parking garage) and enjoy some out of this world entertainment.

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First Night in State College 2011 Art & Music Schedule of Events (continued) Ron Ray – Organ Grinder

7 p.m.; State College Municipal Building Plaza The hand-cranked street organ was developed in 18th century Europe as a small instrument used to aid in training songbirds to sing specific songs. From this humble beginning, this small musical box evolved into larger instruments that we think of as street organs. As in pipe organs, sounds are created when a bellows forces air through organ pipes of different sizes. A roll of perforated paper, like a piano roll, controls which pipes open and which close, to create the enjoyable melodies we hear.

Chris Ruggerio

*Button 2:30 p.m.; Downtown Theatre Chris Ruggerio, otherwise known as the Ultimate One-Man Variety Show performs a blend of juggling, magic, and comedy and is packed with audience participation. Chris juggles unlikely objects, reads the minds of audience members, and sometimes even breaks into some dance moves.

Alan Sands

*Button 7, 8:30 & 10:15 p.m.; State College Municipal Building A third-generation performer, comedy hypnotist Alan Sands has performed at colleges and universities all over the country. You’ll see right away that there’s so much more to his show than a swinging pocket watch and the chant “You are getting sleepy….” The comment most often heard after an Alan Sands show is “I laughed so hard it hurt”! Imagine the possibilities for entertainment, education, and good old fashioned First Night fun with energetic and original performer.

Skytop Blues Sponsored by Hold-It Self Storage *Button 10:15 p.m.; University Baptist & Brethren Church SkyTop Blues is a five- piece blues band from central Pennsylvania that plays a diverse mix of electric blues from artists like Allman Brothers Band, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and others. The band features the dynamic combination of Richard Wylie and Anthony Stauffer on guitar, and the seasoned growl of singer Mike Wilks.

Phil Spangler & Joel Blunk

*Button 10 p.m.; State College Presbyterian Church Contemporary folk – Phil and Joel perform original songs that help us understand that our everyday hopes, fears, joys, and sorrows are anything but pedestrian. Phil and Joel pursued musical careers in Los Angeles and Nashville before embracing the delights of Happy Valley and alternate careers as a contractor and a minister. Their thoughtful original songs and soft folk sound has garnered them a large and loyal following.

State High Jazz Band Alumni Sponsored by Connections Clothing

*Button 8 p.m.; State Theatre The State College Area High School Jazz Band is among the finest in the United States and has an international reputation for excellence. The band has received 30 consecutive years of superior ratings in festivals and competitions. In 2003 and 2006, the band traveled to Europe and performed at both the Vienna Jazz Festival and the Montreaux Jazz Festival. In 1998, 1999, and 2006, the State High jazz band performed at Lincoln Center in New York City as a finalist in the prestigious Essentially Ellington Competition. The 2001 and 2005 the group won the North American Music Festivals Megafest championship given to the highest scoring jazz ensemble from among their 20 festivals.

Summit Hill Bluegrass *Button 10 p.m.; Faith United Church of Christ Strasburg, Pennsylvania’s Summit Hill Bluegrass is comprised of four members, Roger Eberlin on bass fiddle, mandolin and lead vocals; Ron McVey on fiddle; Elvin Burkhart on the banjo; and Tim Kilby on guitar. The group has been playing together for more than 15 years and has been a fixture at First Night® Wilmington, Delaware. Their shows typically include bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, country, and old-time fiddle tunes.

Tarnished 6 Sponsored by First National Bank *Button 3 p.m.; University Baptist & Brethren Church The Tarnished Six has been together for 34 years. They have performed at jazz festivals in Edinburgh, Scotland; London, England; St. Louis, Denver, and Washington, D.C. The group has released several CDs including, The Tarnished 6 Does 30 Years.

Toot-in-Common *Button 3:30 p.m.; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Flute choir – After returning from a tour of the Baltic States with the International Flute Orchestra, Judy Moore was inspired to form State College’s flute choir, Toot-in-Common. The group’s repertoire consists of popular and classical favorites arranged for flute choir and works written especially for flute choir. Instrumentation includes one piccolo, six to eight C flutes, two alto flutes, one bass flute, and one cello. In addition to performing at First Night® State College, the group has performed at other festivals and events in central Pennsylvania.

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Debbie Trudeau and Anne Sullivan *Button 4 p.m.; Faith United Church of Christ Anne Sullivan began her career as a concert harpist at age 12, when she appeared twice as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, she is in demand as a recitalist, chamber musician, and symphonic soloist. She has accompanied classical and popular artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, and Roger Daltrey. She is currently harp instructor at the University of Delaware and Swarthmore College. Debbie Trudeau also began her musical career early at age eight. A graduate of San Jose State University and the New England Conservatory of Music, she is the former Associate Concertmaster of the Glimmergalss Opera. Today she performs with Music at Penn’s Woods, the Nittany Valley Symphony, and Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra and serves as concertmaster with the Altoona Symphony. 

Jay Vonada Quartet *Button 5:30 p.m.; Faith United Church of Christ The Jay Vonada Quartet has played jazz standards and original compositions at regional festivals and celebrations for several years. The band released the CD Jammin’ in 2008.

Worship Services: Two downtown churches will offer New Year’s Eve services. The public is invited. Faith United Church of Christ will hold a Worship Service at 7 p.m. Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church will offer Holy Eucharist at 5 p.m.

Saturday, January 1, 2011 Borough of State College Giant Ice Sculpture Exhibit & One-Block Ice Sculpture Exhibit 10 a.m.- Noon.; South Allen Street and Sidney Friedman Park Sponsored by the Borough of State College and Downtown and State College area businesses, ice sculptures are displayed for your enjoyment.

The Outback Bowl at The State Theatre Noon; The State Theatre The State Theatre will air the Outback Bowl on January 1 with doors opening at noon and game time set for 1 p.m. After enjoying the ice sculptures and a hot chocolate, we invite you to settle in and cheer on the Nittany Lions against Florida on the giant 31-foot screen, the largest in Centre County, with fellow PSU faithful. Admission is free.

Red Cross Blood Drive Schedule Dec. 27 - Jan 8

MON 27-Dec MOUNT NITTANY MEDICAL CENTER, 1800 E. PARK AVE., STATE COLLEGE........10:30-4:30 MON 27-Dec NEW HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 119 COBBLESTONE CT., SPRING MILLS......... 1-7:00 MON 27-Dec COLUMBIA VOLUNTEER FIRE HALL, 140 CURTAIN ST., OSCEOLA MILLS................. 1-7:00 TUES 28-Dec RED CROSS DONOR CENTER, 135 S. PUGH ST., STATE COLLEGE Weis Market Bakery Donuts in the canteen!.......... 10-4:00 TUES 28-Dec CHRISTIAN AND MISSIONARY ALLIANCE, HOPKINS ST., IRVONA....................................... 1-7:00 TUES 28-Dec TRINITY UNITED METHODIST, 121 S. FRONT ST., PHILIPSBURG...................... 1-7:00 WED 29-Dec CHRIST THE KING PARISH CENTER, 123 GOOD ST., HOUTZDALE............................ 1-7:00 WED 29-Dec HOWARD FIRE HALL, 14 WALNUT ST., HOWARD................................ 1-7:00 THUR 30-Dec TRINITY UNITED METHODIST 128 W. HOWARD ST., BELLEFONTE    Pizza Mia Pizza in canteen!.................................... 12-6:00 THUR 30-Dec LANSE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH, 255 COTOHISC RD., LANSE.............................. 1-7:00 FRI 31-Dec RED CROSS DONOR CENTER, 135 S. PUGH ST., STATE COLLEGE................... 8-1:00 Tues 4-Jan Red Cross Donor Center, 135 S. Pugh St.,State College Fresh Baked Giant Cookies in the Canteens........... 10-4:00 Tues 4-Jan Calvary United Methodist Church, 167 Blue Ball Rd., West Decatur.............................. 1-7:00 Thur 6-Jan Mt. Nittany United Methodist Church, 1500 E. Branch Rd., State College Pizza Mia Pizza in the canteen .............................. 12-6:00 Sat 8-Jan Faith United Methodist Church, 512 Hughes St., Bellefonte Pizza Mia Pizza in the canteen ................................ 9-2:00



Good Neighbors

DECEMBER 24, 2010

of Centre County

We’re proud and honored to feature these good neighbors – men and women who give of themselves to help others in time of need. They work through churches, service clubs, hospitals, and charities. They are kind, generous, involved, and dedicated to helping their neighbors. Their season of giving lasts all year long – quietly, humbly going about the business of filling needs and brightening spirits, one person at a time. Their rewards are simple – the smiles and thank-yous of those they help, teach, and inspire. Thank you for being good neighbors. You are an inspiration to us all. ~Sandie Biddle

Curt & Louise Knepper: Always Teaching, Sharing

Curt and Louise Knepper moved to Bellefonte from Washington, D.C. in 1978. An electrical engineer, Curt studied at the King Arthur Baking School, Norwich, Vt. Curt teaches swimming classes at the State College YMCA, and shares his love of dough and the science of baking with others – currently working with Christmas sweet-dough. Curt also works as a teacher’s aid at Pleasant Gap Elementary School. He provides emotional and physical support to help a child through the day. He ensures personal comfort by elevating children’s and teachers’ morale. (How can anyone feel bad while gazing upon pans of special, flaky sticky buns made with European butter?) Louise, a retired reading specialist, does substitute teaching and volunteering in the Bellefonte school system. She has unlimited patience with children in their reading; and strongly encourages parents to find time, every day, to read with their children. She assists Curt with his bread-baking courses, “spreads the word,” and delivers his delicious bread. Curt and Louise consider their greatest reward to be the number of friends they have made through helping others to experience what they know and love. Future plans include building a small kitchen in their basement. By Brian E. Bassett

Gene Weller: Tough Guy with Heart

Gene Weller, USMCR Retired, has lived in State College for 28 years. Weller leads the annual Toys for Tots drive – a communityoutreach program coordinated by the local Marine Corps League’s Nittany Leathernecks – ensuring that children will have toys for Christmas. The USMC was once in real danger of being merged with other services in the middle 1940s. USMC reserves in Los Angeles collected 5,000 toys for children in 1947. The Commandant of the Marine Corps, knowing how important a toy was for a child to enjoy at Christmas-time, subsequently required all reserve units to conduct an annual Toys-for-Tots campaign. Toys for Tots’ President said, “Toys for Tots has helped to save the Marine Corps.” Penn State University has donated seven or eight rooms – approximately 13,500 square feet – to the Leathernecks in recent years. Weller said, “We have never wanted for volunteers. Like Field of Dreams: ‘Build it and they will come.’ We’re also one of the few campaigns that supply all materials; and actually wrap 12,000 items over a four-day period. Weller was acknowledged by the Toys for Tots foundation for conducting the Region One 2005 Campaign of the Year (out of approx 500 campaigns – there are now 710). By Brian E. Bassett

David Dimmick: Keeping the Faith

In October 2002, Doyle Klinger, Jr., Pastor of Faith United Methodist Church, and David Dimmick, the church’s director of Community Relations, sat in a local restaurant considering the plight of local homeless, poor, and addicts. FaithCentre, a faith-based community outreach center for the Bellefonte area, was born! According to Vicki Gillette, a long-time resident, “Dave knew there was a need for a place in Bellefonte for people to get help with clothes, toys, household goods, food, etc. He and his church decided to take on the endeavor and founded the FaithCentre! They started out in a very small space on the corner of W. Bishop and S. Allegheny Streets in Bellefonte. “Having outgrown their space very quickly, they moved into what was once part of the G.C. Murphy Five & Ten. They have helped thousands of people over the years and taken on the huge task of managing donated items for fire victims. Dave never tires of helping and is always ready to jump in when no one else is available, no matter what the cause!” Mr. Dimmick is a retired Pennsylvania Air National Guard lieutenant and President Emeritus of FaithCentre’s board of directors. By Sandie Biddle

Shirley Brungart: Simple Acts, Big Blessings

Shirley Brungart has lived in the Nittany Valley all her life – the last 43 years in Zion, during which she served 25 years as church secretary/treasurer for Trinity UCC, Hublersburg. Brungart regularly visits the sick and the shut-ins in per-

sonal care facilities and private homes – taking homemade soups or desserts with her when she stops to visit. Other year-’round services include providing rides to medical appointments, opening her home for Bible-study groups, helping out at church sales, making fruitcakes, sending cards, and preparing gift boxes with enough food for entire dinners during Christmastime. “I am blessed even more than I share with others,” Brungart stated. She believes that what others may see as extraordinary acts of kindness is really nothing more than sincerely caring about her friends and neighbors. Her friend, Georgia Homan, said, “Shirley has a big, generous heart, tries to live a righteous life, and helps others every day. She never brags or boasts; just works ‘behind the scenes’ to help others in need.” Brungart said, “I’m happy to do what I can for others. I am grateful that the people at church have been gracious in expressing their appreciation for what I do.” By Brian E. Bassett

Helen Viehdorfer: Fondly Remembered, Sorely Missed

Helen E. Viehdorfer was born at home in Snow Shoe, October 26, 1930, graduated from Snow Shoe High School in 1948, and retired in1993. For the past several years, she was very active in her community until succumbing to cancer, October 3, 2010. Viehdorfer served as secretary and treasurer of the Snow Shoe United Methodist Church. She helped organize and served many dinners for the church and for area residents’ funerals. Other community involvement and volunteer work included working as a caregiver for the Comfort Keepers, at the Centre Crest Nursing Home salon; and chairing the Mountaintop Food Bank. Helen often made a special effort to wait at the mall for people to arrive in the Centre Crest van so she could push them around in their wheelchairs. Mt. Nittany Medical Center, Meals on Wheels, and the Snow Shoe PTA were recipients of her boundless energy and enthusiasm. She even helped small businesses with their quarterly returns, and assisted with the issuing of doe licenses at the Centre County Court House. “She always gave one-hundred percent to anything she did and was always willing to help anyone,” said her good friend, Sandy Reiter. By Brian E. Bassett

Truman and Diana Hershberger: Helping Patients Smile

Truman and Diana Hershberger, residents of State College, have been volunteers at Mount Nittany Medical Center for the last year, devoting more than 500 hours of service each. They help in a number of areas including transporting patients and volunteering in the snack bar, physical therapy department, gift shop and imaging center. Truman, a retired agricultural professor from Penn State, married Alice on Valentine’s Day, 2008. Alice Clark, coordinator of volunteer services comments, “ The Hershbergers are especially good at making people feel comfortable and relaxed, even during a trying time. Everyone enjoys interacting with Diana and Truman. They just make you smile. Their positive attitudes radiate warmth and kind-heartedness. In addition, the Hershbergers will often fill in on short notice and help where ever we need them. We are so thankful to have them as volunteers.” In their “spare” time, the Hershberger’s help socialize future seeing-eye dogs by teaching puppies good manners, how to stay calm and how to obey the trainer. They also volunteer for AARP by teaching driver safety classes and they enjoy square dancing.

Ryan Grabill: Preparing for Distaster

Ryan Grabill lived in State College from 1991 to September, 2010, when he relocated to Springfield, Mo. Grabill works in disaster relief for Convoy of Hope – as disaster services coordinator, field services team – and can be called upon to respond immediately, anywhere in the world, when disaster strikes. Convoy of Hope’s mission statement defines it as a, “faithbased organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response, and partner resourcing.” During non-disaster time Grabill ensures technical support, including warehouse and product preparation and maintenance that will enable his team to be on sight anywhere

with the equipment needed to communicate with the outside world; and product to provide necessities to citizens in need. During a disaster, Grabill said, “It’s all about empowering the local church to take over when we leave. It will serve as the point of distribution, with local townspeople helping to distribute products like food, ice, and water to those in need – enabling them to be a blessing to their own community.” By Brian E. Bassett

Carl E. Hill: Ministering & Mentoring

Carl E. Hill is a retired United Methodist Pastor who has resided in Pleasant Gap for the past seven years. Previously, he lived in State College for nine years; and made Pleasant Gap his home from 1967 to 1972. Serving as district coordinator of the world-wide Rotary Youth Exchange Program, Hill was responsible for receiving and placing high school students from all over the world and throughout the Eastern United States. Friends are repeatedly and pleasantly amazed at how attached the exchange students and Carl become to one another. Hill was his Rotary district’s legislation-body delegate to the last Rotary International Council, in Chicago. He attends Rotary International Conferences around the world. Serving the community professionally and privately has always been a main objective; and working with volunteers occupies a major part of Hill’s life. Hill said that all he needs as a reward for his efforts comes when an eclectic group of volunteers work together – tackling and achieving new, common goals that are well outside the scope of their regular activities at work and/or with family – for the good of the community, subsequently making it a better place to live, work and worship. By Brian E. Bassett

Jack & Audrey Oakes: Helping Hands & Healing Laughter

Jack and Audrey Oakes met while attending Bald Eagle Nittany High School in Clinton County. They married the next year. In 1986 they both went to work at a VA hospital in Nashville, where they began to do volunteer work. When the VA’s Hospitality House was full, the Oakes’ brought some of the transplant patients’ families into their home while waiting for donor organs. Audrey accumulated more than 2,000 volunteer hours when she and Jack retired in 2001 and moved to Centre Hall. Audrey began volunteering at the Wynwood House Assisted Living Facility. Besides helping residents with the daily tasks, Audrey and Jack ventured into the world of entertainment. They worked up a comedy act imitating Minnie Pearl and her comedy partner Rodney Brassfield. She even wears the trademark hat with the price tag on it! Audrey also performs an act with a furry puppet named Oscar. Audrey is the Volunteer Coordinator and Entertainment Director at Wynwood House. Jack volunteers there and is a member of the Nittany Leathernecks, an organization of former Marines, which raises money for scholarships for children of wounded veterans and other charitable causes.

John Scipione: Quietly Helping His Neighbors

Dr. John Scipione, Jr., of Patton Township, is a practicing chiropractor. He grew up in Winchester, Virginia and moved to State College upon finishing chiropractic school more than 12 years ago.   As, a three-year board member  for  The Second  Mile, Scipione devotes time to planning logistics for community picnics. During summer Sundays he lends a hand with food preparation and outdoor barbeques; involved in the mentoring program for students from elementary to college-age. The Second Mile plans, organizes, and offers activities to promote self-confidence and success.  Scipione has been a member of the State College Area Jaycees for more than 10 years.  When the local chapter experienced extreme financial difficulty in 2009, Scipione fully supported chapter events until funds became available. Recognizing the basic and immediate needs of local families for food, he has taken consistent measures to ensure they get the food they need, through direct donations,  and inkind.  In addition, in a spirit of giving and faithfulness, Scipione unselfishly serves his neighbors by helping them with both yard work and snow blowing. He is appreciated for his humility, as an individual least likely to want recognition. By Portia Webb

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2005 05-006-004

Rush Township

Frederick Stemcovski II


A Rule to Show Cause presented by the Centre County Court of Common Pleas dated November 19, 2010 with a Rule Returnable dated January 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in Centre County Courthouse in Courtroom No. 1, located in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.


Rush Township

Leslie G. Mease Sharon E. Mease



Rush Township

Ronald Sakoski


Any individual having any interest in the properties or overbid proceeds from the Upset Tax Sale involving the following are directed to appear and present their claim. If they fail to appear, the proceeds will be distributed in the manner set forth in the Petition For Distribution of Overbid Proceeds from Upset Tax Sale, No. 2010-5102, which is set forth in the Rule with attached “Exhibit 1 – Proposed Schedule of Distribution” as set forth below.


Rush Township

Michael Thomas Regan Dorothy Louise Regan



Ferguson Township

Theodore Conrad First


24-009A-043 29-302-255

Ferguson Township Philipsburg Borough

John P. White Adam C. Gallaher Kelly J. Gallaher

$53,793.29 $3,573.99


Howard Township

Tara J. Ranio Christopher S. Ranio


2004 03-010-001

Curtin Township

E.E. Chapman



Union Township

Lillie Wilson



Harris Township

Jacob Weber


2003 02-016A-182

Snow Shoe Township

Drovers Nat’l.Bank of



Rush Township

Sharon Showers Kenneth Showers


2002 03-005-006,P3

Curtin Township

William B. Strickland Michele D. Strickland


Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property

2001 20-009-047A

Potter Township

Tussey Mountain Sportsman Association


Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property

2000 02-016A-029

Snow Shoe Township

Wilbur & Kathryn Frigm $1,295.84 Carl & Romaine Eisehart Charles A. & Norma J. Glatfelter


Curtin Township

William B. Strickland Michele D. Strickland


Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property

1999 02-005-003

Snow Shoe Township


Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property.


Snow Shoe Township

Joseph C. McCloskey Charles W. McCloskey J. William McCloskey Ella McCloskey Shay Mayme McCloskey Thomas Gertrude M. Metzger Howard I. McCloskey Harvey G. McCloskey Thomas C. McCloskey John Stasko Julia Bobby



Philipsburg Borough

Lemuel Jackson



Milesburg Borough

Joseph Green



Milesburg Borough

Joseph Green


Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property

1998 05-030-047

Rush Township

Rudolf Piotrowski Carolina Piotrowski



Boggs Township

Larry Auman



Taylor Township

Edmund D. Smith



Philipsburg Borough

Finberg Enterprises Inc



Philipsburg Borough

Finberg Enterprises Inc.


1997 01-015-023-P2

Burnside Township

Charles L. O’Connor



Snow Shoe Township

Mary Hayes



Liberty Township

Richard Alan Fellows Sharon Lynn Fellow



Rush Township

Jane H. Miller Kathryn M. Rodger



Rush Township

Mike Prentice


LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF DISTRIBUTION OF OVERBID PROCEEDS FROM UPSET TAX SALE FOR THE YEARS OF: 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008

Joyce McKinley, Director, Tax Claim Bureau (814) 355-6805





2008 11-02-33A 13-06A-003

Huston Township Spring Township

Paul C. Woodring Joann Myers

$1,002.84 $1,433.85

Paul C. Woodring Bank of New York

2007 18-13-49

Patton Township

Constance Packer


18-24-002 24-744-001

Patton Township Ferguson Township

Federated Home Mtg Co. Donald E. Coyne

$268.51 $388.45

University Area Jt. Auth. $10,118.28 Marlyn Financial Srvs $3,341.37 Constance Packer $5972.73 Federated Home Mortgage Co. $268.51 Donald E. Coyne $388.45

2006 02-16A-028

Snow Shoe Township


Distributed on a pro-rated basis based on millages for the appropriate taxing authorities


Curtin Township

Nevin W. Horn Sr. Nevin W. Horn Jr. Walter H. Myers Ronald R. Myers David Wayland



Rush Township

Suzette Frantz



Boggs Township

Rita K. Kauffman a/k/a Rita Daughenbaugh



Howard Township

Herbert Baum Mervin R. Zeigler



Worth Township

Christopher F. Bradford Mary M. Bradford


Distributed on a pro-rated basis based on millages for the appropriate taxing authorities Distributed on a pro-rated basis based on millages for the appropriate taxing authorities Distributed on a pro-rated basis based on millages for the appropriate taxing authorities Distributed on a pro-rated basis based on millages for the appropriate taxing authorities Distributed on a pro-rated basis based on millages for the appropriate taxing authorities Distributed on a pro-rated basis based on millages for the appropriate taxing authorities Distributed on a pro-rated basis based on millages for the appropriate taxing authorities John Harrington Distributed on a pro-rated basis based on millages for the appropriate taxing authorities


Spring Township

James McDonald



Taylor Township

John Ondas Dorothy Louise Ondas


24-011-023 30-002-010 now 05-035-101

Ferguson Township Rush Township

John G. Harrington George S. Farley Betty Jane Farley

$37,733.42 $19,115.22

Continued on next page.


Distributed on a pro-rated basis based on millages for the appropriate taxing authorities Distributed on a pro-rated basis based on millages for the appropriate taxing authorities Distributed on a pro-rated basis based on millages for the appropriate taxing authorities Distributed on a pro-rated basis based on millages for the appropriate taxing authorities Distributed on a pro-rated basis based on millages for the appropriate taxing authorities John White $53,793.29 Distributed on a pro-rated basis based on millages for the appropriate taxing authorities Distributed on a pro-rated basis based on millages for the appropriate taxing authorities Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property

Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. Of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property.











Rush Township

Joe Tomchick, Jr. Roseann B. Tomchick



Boggs Township

David L. McCartney Deloris McCartney



Marion Township

Earl J. Partenheimer



Huston Township

Karl W. Goosman Bianca-Maria Goosman



State College Borough

Richard J. Puleo



Benner Township

Sarah Anne Markle



State College Borough

Richard J. Puleo



State College Borough

Richard J. Puleo Karen E. Theurmer



State College Borough

Richard J. Puleo Karen E. Theurmer


1996 05-014-084A

Rush Township

Melvin Zeigler



Walker Township



1995 01-015-037Q

Burnside Township

Joseph L. Carbone




1994 04-001A-025

1992 05-028A-039


1991 04-001A-027




Rush Township

Potter Township

Liberty Township

Rush Township

Walker Township

Liberty Township

Rush Township

Rush Township

Marion Township

Clark Swistock

Timothy Shaffer Paula Shaffer

Ruth B. Yost




Jara Gardner Kathie Campbell


Thomas Huston Heirs


Ronald Snavely Jeanne Snavely


Wash Kovalchick


Joseph Antes

Margaret Colpetzer




Rush Township

Power Land Co., Inc.



Spring Township

James S. Shuman, III



Rush Township

Power Land Co., Inc.



Taylor Township

Frank Perciascanto Carol Perciascanto



Potter Township

Theresa Dickenson Messings $1,127.77


Gregg Township

Gladys M. Caldwell


1989 04-008-033

Liberty Township

Lulu Haines Gary Boone



Rush Township

Harry Socie Tanya Socie



Benner Township

Thelma Weber



Haines Township

F.W. Winner









1988 13-001-006

Spring Township

Melvin Emel Beverly J. Emel


Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property.

1986 05-028B-017

Rush Township

David Vaughn



Potter Township

Harry Horner



Worth Township

Gladys M. Coldwell



College Township

Conrad Welch Marlene Welch



Huston Township

David Moore



Worth Township

Maude Litz



Walker Township

Richard Joyce Mary Joyce


Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property.

1985 20-008-077

Potter Township

Boyd Jordan


Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property.

1984 02-008-005A

Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property.

Snow Shoe Township

Almeda C. Cingle


Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property.


College Township

Donna Casher



Marion Township

Michael McCoy Rebecca McCoy



College Township

Dale R. Kensinger



Benner Township

Roy Smeltzer Catherin Smeltzer


Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property.

1983 02-006-010

Snow Shoe Township

Stoney Point Sportsman Club $227.86


State College Borough

Clyde Jackson



Liberty Township

Byron Glantz Debra Glantz



Rush Township

Fillipo Lamancusa


Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property.

1980 15-017-056

Miles Township

John Leedy Linda Leedy



College Township

Alice Boob



Centre Hall Borough

Leslie H. Jones Faith Jones


1979 03-008-048

Curtin Township

Diversified Structure, Inc.



Spring Township

Walter J. Immel Marlene Immel



Liberty Township

Thomas Winslow Estate



Patton Township

Shirley Guthrie



Liberty Township

Ruth Miller



Haines Township

Mabel Hosterman



Rush Township

Williams W. Wilson Estate


Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property.


Philipsburg Borough

Paul Dayon



Philipsburg Borough

Leah Ruth Black



Port Matilda Borough

Robert Weaver



Liberty Township

Thomas Winslow Estate


1997 - continued




Pursuant to 72. P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property.

Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property.


Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1, the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property. Pursuant to 72 P.S. §1301.9.1., the entire amount will be distributed to the Commonwealth Dept. of Treasury as abandoned or unclaimed property.



Centre County Deed Transfers 12/6/2010 thru 12/10/2010

List compiled from information provided by Centre County Recorder of Deeds, Joseph Davidson. Publisher not responsible for typographical errors. The published information is believed to be accurate, however, publisher neither warrants or accepts any liability or responsibility for inaccurate information. S=Seller B=Buyer T/M=Township/Municipality S: Collens, Jason Collens, Lisa Rives B: Wilson, Michael J Wilson, Christine S 273 Oakwood Avenue $136,250.00 T/M: Patton S: S&A Homes Inc B: Hornok, Dustin C Hornok, Maria C 228 Jefferson Circle Bellefonte, PA 16823 $276,500.00 T/M: Walker S: Financial & Tax Services Inc B: AES Drilling Fluids LLC 112 Doubletree Place $10.00 T/M: Patton S: Shaffer, James D Estate Shaffer, James D Co-Ext Shaffer, Kelly J Co-Ext B: Shaffer, James D Shaffer, Kelly J 791 Ingleby Road $1.00 T/M: Haines S: Albright, Eric B Albright, Ivy J B: Majeroni, Barbara A Majeroni, Ronald J 821 Sand Ridge Road Howard, PA 16841 $320,000.00 T/M: Marion S: Baker, Hazel E Estate Gray, Ann B Extr Hazel, E Baker Trust B: Strayer, Nancy J Paterno, David J Paterno, Lori A 903 S Sparks Street

State College, PA 16801 $1.00 T/M: State College S: Stanton, betty L B: Stanton, Betty L Water Street $1.00 T/M: Philipsburg S: Winkelblech, William Way B: Beiler, Elmer J Beiler, Elizabeth S Pine Creek Road $155,000.00 T/M: Haines S: State College Joint Venture B: State College Joint Venture W. Whitehall Road $1.00 T/M: College S: Williams, Wendell L Williams, Ella J B: Luna, Roberto S Luna, Fredesvinda S 160 Chester Drive Pine Grove mills, PA 16868 $430,000.00 T/M: Ferguson S: Daulby, George R Daulby, Rebecca J B: Breon, Tisana M Breon, Mary A Penn Street $25,000.00 T/M: Millheim S: Lucas, Robert E Lucas, Timothy A B: Lucas, Robert E 1006 Rattlesnake Pike $1.00 T/M: Union S: Jemmott, Colin W Kunkle, Jamie M B: Marzka, Andrew A Marzka, Lisa R 1621 Hawthorne Drive State College, PA 16801 $229,900.00 T/M: College S: Komperda, Daniel E B: Basalla, Andrew M Basalla, Sarah A Dairy Street

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$1.00 T/M: Snow Shoe

818 Bellaire Avenue $1.00 T/M: State College

S: Hall, Michael L Hall, Judy M B: Doherty, Brian J Doherty, Melissa H 1125 Haymaker Road State College, PA 16801 $337,450.00 T/M: College

S: Picca, Daniel J B: Daniel J Picca Revocable Trust Picca, Daniel J trust 322 Amblewood Way $10.00 T/M: Patton

S: Rindone, Guy E B: Guy E Rindone Living Trust Rindone, Gary D Co-Tr Rindone, Leslie N Co-Tr 247 McCormick Avenue State College, PA 16801 $1.00 T/M: State College S: Davis, Bruce S B: Bruce S Davis Revocable Trust Davis, Bruce S Tr State College, PA 16801 $1.00 T/M: State College, PA 16801 S: Phillips, Johnna C B: Hsieh, Kuang-Hua 604 Old Farm Lane $140,000.00 T/M: Patton

S: S&A Homes Inc Poole, Robert E Haubert, Don E by Atty Songer, Thomas F by Atty WPSH Associates B: Weight, Chad E Weight, Kristy D 1313 Northampton St $88,000.00 T/M: Ferguson S: US Bank B: Stone Ridge Mountain Group LLC 120 Dry Run Road $25,000.00 T/M: Walker S: Rahman, Syedeur Rahman, Tannaz B: Hall, Michael L Hall, Judith M 140 Haymaker Circle State College, PA 16801 $1.00 T/M: College

S: Smith, James B Smith, Charles H Smith, Thomas L Smith, Anna Lee Smith, Carolyn C B: Smith, John B 975 Treaster Kettle Rd $1.00 T/M: Potter

S: Confer, Emma J B: Brooks, Roy L Brooks, Sharon 2996 Chestnut Grove Rd $1.00 T/M: Union

S: Mackewich, Matthew D Mackewich, Kammie L B: Stahl, Kevin M Stahl, Kileen M Hesser, Mark D Hesser, Antoinette L Hesser, Terrence F Hesser, Stacey L Hesser, Timothy P Kato Orviston Road $53,000.00 T/M: Snow Shoe S: University Terrence Apartments B: University Apartments LP

S: Thwaites, Barbara T B: State College Community Land Trust In 420 W. College Ave State College, PA 16801 $147,000.00 T/M: State College S: Weaver Street LLC B: Khatri, Asif 1915 Weaver Street $62,500.00 T/M: Patton

B: White, Nicole C 821 Oak Hall Street Boalsburg, PA 16827 $1.00 T/M: Harris S: Park Ridge Associates B: Centerbrook Holdings LLC 474 Windmere Drive $1.00 T/M: College S: Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas B: Zaccaria, Robert A Jr Zaccaria, Wendy M 245 N Spring Street $58,500.00 T/M: Bellefonte S: Trostle, Anna Maise Stine, Richard A B: Babcock, Edward E Jr Babcock, Rosemary 269 Blue Bird lane $421,666.00 T/M: Patton S: Archer, Leatha E B: Herr, Eric W Herr, Emily L 151 Hillcrest Street Howard, PA 16841 $150,000.00 T/M: Howard S: Herr, Forrest Herr, Erin L B: Glass, Tracy L 749 Oakwood Avenue State College, PA 16801 $184,900.00 T/M: Patton S: Reese, Lois by Atty B: Stonesifer, Randall Stonesifer, Kathy 1474 Steele Hollow Rd $32,000.00 T/M: Huston S: Hampton, Grace B: Stewart, William 861 Oak Ridge Ave State College, PA 16801 $196,000.00 T/M: College

S: Hudson, Nicole C


Centre County Library/Bellefonte, Aaronsburg, Centre Hall, Holt/Philipsburg & Bookmobile

Due to the Christmas and New Year holidays, Centre County Library & Historical Museum locations will have the following hours for the 2010-2011 holiday season: Centre County Library/Bellefonte— Monday, December 20 through Thursday, December 23: closing at 5 p.m Friday, December 24 through Sunday, December 26: closed Monday, December 27 through Thursday, December 30: closing at 5 p.m. Friday, December 31 through Sunday, January 2, 2011: closed Monday, January 3, 2011: regular hours resume Centre County Library Historical Museum— Friday, December 24 through Sunday, December 26: closed Friday, December 31 through Sunday, January 2, 2011: closed Monday, January 3, 2011: regular hours resume East Penns Valley/Millheim, Holt/Philipsburg & Centre Hall— Monday, December 20 through Thursday, December 23: noon to 5 p.m. Friday, December 24 through Sunday, December 26: closed Monday, December 27 through Thursday, December 30: noon to 5 p.m. Friday, December 31 through Sunday, January 2, 2011: closed Monday, January 3, 2011: regular hours resume Bookmobile— Regular service Monday, December 20 to Wednesday, December 22 Regular service Monday, December 27 to Wednesday, December 29 Please consult our updated and full schedules Call (814) 355-1516, or visit

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Death Notices and Obituaries Bellefonte Gilbert C. Felker, 63, of Bellefonte, passed away Friday, December 17, 2010, at the Mount Nittany Medical Centre in College Township. He was born November 12, 1947 in Bellefonte. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at 11 am, at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc., in Bellefonte, with the Pastor Dennis McCracken officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc., Bellefonte. Forest L. “Benny” Benford, 57, of Bellefonte, passed away, Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at the Centre Crest Nursing Home. He was born February 17, 1953 in Bellefonte, PA. There will be a public visitation held on Monday, December 27, 2010 from 10-11 am, at the Pleasant Gap United Methodist Church, 179 S. Main St., Pleasant Gap, PA. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 27, 2010 at 11:00 am at the church with Reverend Thomas M. Osif officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Gap Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Township. Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Gap United Methodist Church., 179 S. Main St., Pleasant Gap, PA 16823 or Pleasant Gap Fire Company, 475 Robinson Lane, Bellefonte, PA 16823, or Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund at BPCAF, P.O. Box 313, State College, PA 16804. Arrangements are under the direction of Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. in Bellefonte. John R. Garbrick, Jr., 63 of Bellefonte, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at Mount Nittany Medical Center. He was born March 29, 1947 in Bellefonte. Friends will be received Monday, December 27, 2010 from 1-2 pm, at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc., 206 N. Spring St., Bellefonte, PA. A memorial service will be held Monday at 2:00 pm, at the funeral home with Rev. Dr. Gary W. Bumbarger officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Union Cemetery, Bellefonte, PA. PORT MATILDA Rose “Rosie” M. Reynolds, 60, of Port Matilda, passed away Thursday, December 16, 2010, at her home. She was born September 22, 1950, in Bellefonte. Visitation, funeral services and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family with Reverend James R. Schomer officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the S.P.C.A., 2451 General Potter Highway, Centre Hall, PA 16828.. Arrangements are under the direction of Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc., Bellefonte. SNOW SHOE Katherine E. “Kay” Hall, 86, formerly of Snow Shoe, passed away on Friday, December 17, 2010 at Centre Crest Nursing Home in Bellefonte. She was born June 16, 1924. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at the Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, 106 W. Sycamore St., Snow Shoe, with Father Lubomir Strecok officiating. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Snow Shoe. An online guest book can be signed or condolences to the family available at

Centre County Library Bookmobile—call 355-1516 for more information: EVERY DAY IS TATTOOS-DAY!—entire month of December: During this season of giving, visit the Bookmobile for a small token of our appreciation. One gift per child per visit, please.

Death notices are a free public service involving people with a direct Centre County Connection. Obituaries are paid. Call for more information - 814-632-6700

Centre County Library/Bellefonte—call 355-1516 for more information: EVERY DAY IS KAZOOS-DAY!—December 13 – December 23: During this season of giving, stop by the Circulation Desk for a small token of our appreciation. One gift per child per visit, please. HOOKS & NEEDLES—Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. in the Centre County Library December 30.

East Penns Valley Branch Library at 225 E. Main Street in Millheim (Millheim Borough Building)—call 349-5328 for more information: No special activities this week. Please see holiday hours above. Centre Hall Area Branch Library—call 364-2580 for more information: No special activities this week. Please see holiday hours above. The Holt Memorial Library in Philipsburg at 9 W. Pine Street will be closed beginning December 1 to start the move to its new location at 17 N. Front Street. Everyone is invited to check out our new facility when it opens, anticipated in mid-December. Call (814) 342-1987 or (814) 355-1516 for up-to-date information.

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Please call the Bald Eagle State Park Office for more information at 814-625-2775!

Saturday, January 1 Nature Inn Green Building Tour and Discussion — Join the Innkeeper for a tour of the Nature Inn including a detailed explanation of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and the major green building systems. Learn about geothermal heating and cooling, solar hot-water heat generation, rainwater harvesting, native habitat restoration, and the use of rain gardens during this behind the scenes visit. Meet at the Nature Inn lobby. Program 11 a.m. to noon.   Sunday, January 2 Christmas Bird Count Open House — Stop in at the Environmental Learning Center and find out what everyone is seeing in Bald Eagle Valley. You can examine bird and mammal mounts or talk with a park employee about park events and news at Bald Eagle State Park. Meet at the Environmental Learning Center. Program noon to 1 p.m. Christmas Bird Count Bird Walk For more than 100 years, dedicated bird watchers venture out in the cold to take part in this seasonal adventure. This year could be your chance to join a new kind of Christmas tradition. Meet at the Environmental Learning Center. Program 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

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