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There were many small victories to celebrate in Happy Valley this past week. Tiffany Woodall reported the Down Syndrome Buddy Walk, where $38,000 was raised for Down syndrome. Sam Stitzer attended a presentation at the Old Fort American Legion where an astounding $24,000 was donated to Penns Valley HOPE and EMT funds. A loyal friend of State College, Bill Welch, was memorialized by the dedication of Mayor Welch Plaza in front of the municipal building. Years of planning and grants came to fruition with the opening of a new trail through Spring Creek Canyon – a recreational treasure for all to enjoy. Residents of Aaronsburg opened their doors, and their hearts, to visitors to their Dutch Fall Festival, featuring yard sales and fabulous fresh-baked goodies, including the historical museum’s famous apple dumplings. (There are still 700 left, on sale tomorrow – Saturday, October 8, from 10 a.m. ’til noon.) All these events took place outdoors in the midst of drizzles, downpours, sprinkles, and gully washers. Nothing deters our neighbors from their appointed good deeds! Karen offers Part Two of her genealogy series in this issue, focusing on the PA Room at the Centre County Historical Museum in Bellefonte – a treasure trove of family history, events, and timelines. Karen also introduces us to a local artist who creates stunning paintings of the real and surreal – in vivid color and startling clarity. With a little help from my friends, literally, The Gazette is proud to present 11 Exceptional Men of 2011, plus three more who were nominated and deserved recognition. Thanks, Brian Bassett, Tammy Miller, and Sam Stitzer for helping me track down and chronicle the deeds of these humble, big-hearted neighbors. They care for abandoned pets, raise money for the hungry, volunteer for hurricane relief, inspire parishioners, host exchange students, coach kids’ teams, and comfort victims of crime. We will continue to feature more exceptional Centre County citizens in The Gazette, lauding them as Hometown Heroes and in other ways. When times are tough, and they are, we turn first to one another. Neighbor helping neighbor. Independent, interdependent – giving simply because we care. That’s the American way. Next week, it’s our Pink Ribbon issue, with fundraisers, medical news, charities, events, and inspiration for those with breast cancer and those who love them.
In the article about the 11th Annual Milesburg Apple Harvest Festival and Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show, there was mention of a spectacular 1963 Jaguar (also featured on our front cover). Here’s what Dave Bagley, the owner wrote, us: “The story in this week’s Centre County Gazette about the 1963 JAG owned by Dave and Barb Bosley of Milesburg – the last name is Bagley. If it cannot be corrected, no big deal. Thank you for all of the coverage you folks do.” – Dave Bagley Well, Dave and Barb, it is a big deal to us! Thank you for reading The Gazette and for preserving a very fine bit of hot-rod history. “One was a 1963 Jaguar XKE roadster owned by Dave and Barb Bagley. This rare, black beauty featured Jag’s dual overhead cam, six-cylinder engine with triple carburetors, the “flipnose” front end, and a tan leather interior. The XKE, with its long nose and sweeping curves is considered to be one of the most beautiful cars ever made, and its design was way ahead of its time in the 1960s.”
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Meet the Penns Valley Stock Market Game Team Recently, Allan Darr, ProAct, LTD’s President and CEO and Brian Griffith, Penns Valley School District Superintendent, met with the students who are participating in the Centre County Gazette Stock Market Game Challenge from EconomicsPennsylvania. The students playing in this special competition are 12th grade students Austin Auman and Derek Dashem and 11th grade student, Scott Johnson. Each of these young men expects to major in business in college and currently play football for Penns Valley. Teacher, Mrs. Jane Brooker, shared, “The Stock Market Game will help these students in their pursuit of business, and two of the students played the game previously in the Gifted Program under the leadership of Penns Valley teacher, Eric Weaver. This The Penns Valley team joins their superintendent is my 10th and a game sponsor in this picture, L to R: Brian year at PVHS Griffith, Superintendent of Penns Valley School District; Austin Auman, Scott Johnson and Derek and 15th year Dashem - Penns Valley High School students; and overall teaching. sponsor Allan Darr, president and CEO of ProAct LTD The SMG is an amazing experience for students. A few of my students are now trading on the stock market and doing well.” Mrs. Brooker has an MBA in Business from University of Findlay and the students are part of her Introduction to Business Class. Mr. Brian Griffith shared, “Penns Valley is one the highest-performing school districts in the state, when measured against student achievement. We have been recognized as one top 50 most improved school districts. In addition, one of our school buildings has been recognized as one of the top 25 performers for three consecutive years. Our district once again made AYP in all schools, subgroups and grade spans.” The AYP is Adequate Yearly Progress on the PSSA testing required for all PA students. Mr. Allan Darr is the president and CEO of ProAct, LTD and his company develops and manufacturers unique medical devices for very specific procedures to improve successful outcomes. Their minimally invasive surgery products are distributed by large medical device companies globally. ProAct celebrates its 22nd year in this field. The Gazette along with four local businesses joined to support five local schools in sponsorship of the Centre County Gazette Stock Market Game Challenge from EconomicsPennsylvania. One team of three to five high school students will represent each school in local competition. They are Bald Eagle, Bellefonte, Penns Valley, and State College High Schools, along with Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology (CPI). Each team is given $100,000 in hypothetical money and invests in the stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. The team with the most money at the end wins. The top three teams will be listed in the newspaper each week during the game, which begins on October 19 and will finish on December 16. A recognition event will be held at CPI on December 20. This program is being provided by the Gazette and local businesses, Fulton Bank, ProAct LTD, Lion Country KIA, and Videon Central, Inc. Tom Mertz, President of Lion Country KIA added, “What a great learning experience.” Find more information about EconomicsPennsylvania at economicspa.org or by calling Carolyn Shirk (570) 975-5149.
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parade. The Penns Valley Band warmed The citizens of Penns Valley honored a up the crowd with several numbers, then great tradition last week by celebrating the the parade float winners were announced. high school football team’s homecoming. The Next, the Homecoming Queen contestants Homecoming Parade was held on Thursday, September 29 at the Grange Fairgrounds Julia Dawson, Lilly Kline, Haley Zerby, in Centre Hall. It stepped off at 6:30 p.m. Hannah Kapinus, and Gabi Maylock, were introduced and applauded by the crowd. near the Homan Lane entrance, and traveled across the fairgrounds to the grandstand, Finally, Coach Martin Tobias took the stage Steve Foust and Ellie Coursen which was packed with spectators eagerly and thanked everyone for their support of prepared the Grace United Methodist awaiting its arrival. his team, then called the senior members of Church float. The parade’s theme was the team onstage to be recog“Superheroes,” and fittingly, the nized for their years of service Grand Marshals of the parade were to the Rams team. The whole members of the valley’s volunteer evening was a great show of fire companies and EMT ambusupport and recognition by the lance personnel. Although these community for Penns Valley’s people can’t leap tall buildings in young athletes. a single bound, they have been The homecoming Homecoming Queen candidate known to rush into burning buildfootball game was played Julia Dawson rode past the ings to perform heroic rescues, and Bob Booz topped a taco under the Friday night lights at grandstand. Julia was crowned at one of the many food they are all Penns Valley High the Penns Valley stadium. The Homecoming Queen on vendors at the H School graduates. They are Penns Penns Valley Band opened the Friday night. omecoming parade. Valley’s genuine heroes! festivities with their “Superhe The parade featured many floats representing local civic roes” field show, featuring music from the Superman movie. groups and churches, as well as classes and athletic teams in About halfway through the game, the Rams were probably the Penns Valley district. The Penns Valley High School band hoping Superman would show up wearing a blue jersey to marched into the grandstand looking good, and drawing help them in their struggle against the Mounties of Philipsgreat applause and cheers. There were even alumni major- burg-Osceola High School. But the Man of Steel must have ettes, showing the crowd that they can still twirl and strut been busy fighting crime in Metropolis, and couldn’t fly to after just a FEW years! Spring Mills fast enough to prevent the rams from taking a Parade announcer, Scott Geesey, introduced each parade 46-21 drubbing by the Mounties. unit, and offered some witty remarks, to the crowd’s delight. At halftime, the Homecoming Queen candidates were Prizes were awarded to floats in several classes. The winners, escorted past the home stands, and took their places in front as determined by the Grand Marshal judges, were: of the traditional arches of blue and white balloons. Tension built as the winners were announced. The second runner-up Elementary Division (grades K-4) – is Hannah Kapinus. First runner-up is Gabi Maylock, and the Centre Hall-Potter Elementary School 2011 Penns Valley Homecoming queen is Julia Dawson. Julia Middle Level Division (grades 5-8) – was crowned by the 2010 Homecoming Queen, Tessa DearPenns Valley Intermediate School High School Division (grades 9-12) – dorff. Cheers, tears, and hugs accompanied the crowning. It was a proud moment for all these young ladies and 11th Grade – Penns Valley Class of 2013 their families and friends. But more then just pride, it was Community Organizations Division – Grace United Methodist Church of Centre Hall the culmination of a great tradition which is played out on High School Organization Division – football fields all across the land on crisp autumn nights. We Lady Ram Soccer Team congratulate the new queen and her court, as well as all the The parade was enjoyed by a large crowd of onlookers, folks who worked so diligently to organize these great Homewho also packed the various food stands near the grandstand, coming events. snatching up hot food and drinks See all of Sam’s on a cool autumn night. photos from the Penns A pep rally was held in Valley Homecoming the grandstand following the the last weekend in September.
Penns Valley’s future heroes: the flag football team on their float
The Penns Valley Ram escorted the Penns Valley cheerleaders to the grandstand.
The Penns Valley Band drum The Lady Ram Soccer Team rode on line got the crowd excited at the a truck decorated like a soccer ball. Homecoming game.
Coach Tobias introduced the senior members of the football team at the pep rally.
Homecoming Queen candidates and escorts waited for the announcement of winners.
Tessa Deardorff, 2010 Homecoming Queen congratulated 2011 queen Julia Dawson, while Julia’s father, Michael Dawson looks on.
BEA Homecoming Scheduled for October 7
Bald Eagle Area will hold its Homecoming Activities at Alumni Field on Friday, October 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Calling BEA alumni! Alumni Marching Band members are invited to play their instrument or twirl their baton or flag during Homecoming ceremonies. BEA majorette, silk, and band alumni should email Band Director Kellie Long at firstname.lastname@example.org. Band alumni should include their instrument and preferred part. There will be a run-through rehearsal at 6 p.m., near the Marching Band Trailer at the high school, prior to Homecoming candidates are pictured (from L to R) Alaina Warner the game. Band alumni will be playing the Star-Spangled (Tim Gleason), Samantha Murnyack (Jed Spicer), Chelsey Poorman Banner, Alma Mater, and Fight Song. Majorette and Silk (Tyler Howell), Tiffany Kolp (Nicholas Uncapher), Leigh Baney (Seth alumni will twirl during Homecoming ceremonies and Holt), Taylor Kresovich (Garren Kunes), Cherese Greene (Cody Ripka), the Fight Song. Alumni – remember to wear BLUE and Cassondra Ross (Matthew Dillon), Emily Butterworth (Joshua Koleno), GOLD! Keirsey Hackenberg (Clayton Gardner), and Sarah Miller (James Grieb).
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going LOCAL! an Adventure Eaters Guide By Ken Hull
Greetings, Even though I have a second book now with 64 new places for you to explore and enjoy, sometimes it’s nice to revisit a place from the original book. Since this place has moved locations, taken on a new partner, put on a whole new look and vibe, and sports a new and improved menu, it just seemed like a great idea anyhow. It’s a wellknown fact that I’m a “self-proclaimed beer snob.” I wasn’t always that way as you can read in my first book, but with age comes wisdom, and wisdom will always order a small-batch craft brewed beer over a big-batch crap-brewed beer anytime (yeah, I wrote crap not craft). And now that we’re living in an age of amazingly well crafted and awesome tasting beers, why drink anything else. Not only that, but when you’re fortunate enough to have those types of beers brewed right here in Happy Valley, well, wisdom not only prevails, but moves to town! Actually since book one, there are now three breweries/ brewpubs here with a fourth looking to join. As if life weren’t sweet enough in central PA. But as stated, I’m going to revisit one of my originals, and the patriarch – the one that started it all – Otto’s Pub & Brewery. Otto’s is a fantastic place. Yeah, I try and divide my time between there, Elk Creek Café + Aleworks, and The Brewery at The Gamble Mill, but I have to admit, Otto’s is my first love. And now that they’ve transformed themselves from awesome to awesomer, I thought I’d let you know with an update. This past year, Otto’s moved into their new digs in the old Quaker Steak & Lube place just a stones-throw from the old location on North Atherton Street. Here Charlie Schnable, head brewer and co-owner, can expand his palette of brewing
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Beer Collectors Pour into State College By Don Bedell
$1 are going for donation, attendees were able $5 or more now. to tour the tables of beer colDickel also adds lectibles from collectors from that beer collectseveral states. ibles can be very Otto’s co-owner Roger Garthwaite hopes that State regional. Often, College will become an annual people have an allestop for the ECBA. “This is a giance to a brewery better, central location for because of where they are from or this club,” said Garthwaite. “I because a relative hope we can do more in the once worked for the future.” brewery. Because Some of the vendors provided some of the memoof that, items can bring more money rabilia that is on display inside Jim Dickel (right) of Mt. Savage, MD Otto’s. Garthwaite feels that talks to an attendee about his items. based on where this event was a good they are being sold. opportunity to celebrate this type of The local representative of the memorabilia adding, “There aren’t ECBA is Sam Komlenic of State College. many places that display breweriana Komlenic has been collecting breweriana like we do.” for almost 39 years. “I started collect Vendor Jim Dickel from Mt. ing at 16 and I can still remember the Savage, MD says that when it first place where I bought something,” comes to beer collectibles, the con- he said. Items ranged from bottle openers dition isn’t as important as it is with other collectibles like baseball with beer logos engraved in the handle cards. Dickel explains, “If a collec- going for $1 up to a Duquense Brewing tor doesn’t have something in their lighted clock with a $3,500 asking price. collection, the condition of the item Attendees also had the option to Sam Komlenic of State College (left), a local member doesn’t matter.” He says that prices bring their personal items to have them of beer related items have escalated. appraised. It was like the “Antiques of the ECBA discusses his collectibles with going Even small items that used to go for Roadshow” of beer collectibles! local author and Gazette contributor, Ken Hull
STATE COLLEGE – Ever wonder what those old beer cans in the attic or that beer sign in your garage are worth? Beer can collectors had the chance to find out if they were sitting on a gold mine when The Eastern Coast Breweriana Association held their Fall Fest in State College this year. On Saturday, October 1, Otto’s Pub & Brewery in State College was filled with beer collectibles from past and present. According to their Web site, the ECBA is a group of individuals dedicated to the preservation of the history of the American Brewing Industry through Breweriana Collectibles. For a small
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arts, his culinary cohorts can refine their menu offerings, live music can be enjoyed again, brewing memorabilia can be displayed, a new partner can take the place to new and exciting heights. Also more customers can be seated, and said customers have lots more places to park! As in book one, I refer to Charlie as much an artist as I do a genius scientist – a savant if you will. No one can bring such common ingredients together with such uncommon results. Brewing beer is pretty basic, but brewing like this is complex and requires creativity and a command of the process. Don’t believe me? Stop in at his place and order the Beer Sampler and you’ll find out just how different beers can be. And, in the hands of a master, simple and pure ingredients can become a work of art flowing from a glass. The new Otto’s has also sought to be creative with their menu by using more and more locally sourced ingredients as well as adding a really cool pizza oven. The cuisine is American Bistro and caters to the discerning adult palate as well as the even more discerning (fussy) kid’s palate. Because of the much larger building, things that were wanted, or needed at the old place can happen here. Live music now graces the pub and local performers, like my friend Scott Mangene, can sing and play in one section while in others, folks can sit and chat with just the din of conversation in the background. Pennsylvania has a rich history of brewing beer. At one time there were hundreds of independent breweries throughout the commonwealth. Otto’s takes much pride in featuring memorabilia from some of these breweries. Ads, beer trays, logos, etc, have been painstakingly reproduced in large format images and are hanging from the ceiling. It’s really fun to walk around and see all the different ones – and they’re even different from front to back. Glass cases house valuable pieces, with one case displaying a very rare ceramic beer service. A confession here, the aforementioned improvements (beer excluded) were not Charlie’s doing – he’s an artist – he’s most happy in his “studio” making beer. The “new” Otto’s is the result of Charlie’s new partner (who also happens to be his father-in-law) Roger Garthwaite. Roger is actually very creative too when it comes to marketing and business savvy, and has taken Otto’s to the place it is now and most likely will
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