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It was gratifying to see so many hometown Christmas events, concerts, and services filling our December calendars. No doubt there will be many more. This week’s center-spread feature is Holiday Events – and will continue to be our feature the next three weeks. This week we note Santa’s arrival in Bellefonte Saturday, November 26; the first Milesburg Hometown Christmas, also on Saturday; an opportunity to get your pet’s photo with Santa; and the beginning of Advent services Wednesday, November 30. We report the State College tree lighting and Santa’s arrival, thanks to new contributor Chuck Carroll. Sam explains Operation Christmas Child, for which volunteers just wrapped up thousands of shoeboxes full of gifts for needy children around the world. Next weekend, we’ll feature a preview of Bellefonte Victorian Christmas, Lemont’s Granary celebration, Boalsburg Hometown Christmas, and the new Millheim Hometown Christmas. The list of concerts, choirs, dance performances, plays, and skits is getting longer. Look in Save the Date for upcoming holiday events sure to put some spring in your step and spirit in your heart. It’s not all about the holidays. Les and Matt present another great sports section, Centre County school news is filled with awards, events, and an honor roll. Our entertainment reviews include last weekend’s three school plays. I’ve shared three venison recipes, including my grandmother’s home-canned venison mincemeat. Brian Bassett brings you news of the refreshing Polar Bear Plunge to benefit the YMCA, plus a Hometown Success Story about Dick and JoAnn Knupp. Amy Confer harvested black walnuts, writing a Fresh Life column that shows how to extract these tasty morsels from their forbidding coverings. Photographer Tim Weight did some harvesting, too, riding in a huge high-tech soybean harvesting system, complete with built-in GPS and computerized crop history. My, my, how technology has changed since I rode my dad’s old 1940s Ferguson tractor. We mark the passing of distinguished veteran and Bellefonte VIP, Lt. Col. Bob Barraclough, who never ceased to impress me with his vast personal history of war times reminiscent of days gone by. The Gazette was pleased to publish some of his writings. See his obituary in this issue. His beloved wife passed away just a few months ago. A friend said to me, “He died of a broken heart.” We offer a few more ways to help and heal – including a letter from the United Way about supporting agencies which help neighbors in need, abused, or neglected. We were thanked by readers for the Pizza Mia ad which featured a tribute to Joe Paterno; and grateful to receive photos from professional photographer, Jon Reyes, a Penn State fan from the Williamsport area. One of his touching photos appears on this page as our own tribute. The turkey is reduced to a bony pile of rubble, there are only crumbs in the pumpkin pie pan, and the sound of hunters’ sighting-in their deer rifles echoes across the fields. It’s a season I remember fondly growing up in central PA in the ’60s and ’70s. It was a much simpler time. With all that challenges us now, it’s my hope that this season brings you comfort and joy – peace and love. Over the next four weeks, The Gazette will offer dozens of ways to celebrate and share the true meaning of Christmas. So what if the floor is dirty or the gutters are full! Go caroling. Make cookies with the kids. Volunteer at the old folks’ home. “The little things” make a big difference.
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Centre Count y Schools Bald Eagle Elementary Employees Lauded Contributed by Centre County Association of School Retirees
WINGATE – Two employees of the Bald Eagle Area School District were recently honored by the Centre County Association of School Retirees(CCASR) with the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) Lauretta Woodson Award for their “unselfish dedication and exemplary service” to the education of Superintendent Fisher congratulates students within that district. Lew Rodrick presents award to Mrs. Anne Houck Port Matilda Elementary Mrs. Weaver as Mrs. Sackash looks on. building secretary, Diana Weaver, that Ms. Houck goes above and beyond her teaching was feted at an all-school assembly. She was described by the duties year after year in serving the school district and her principal, Betsy Dickey, as their “go-to person.” Director of school – that her effort benefits the entire Snow Shoe area Elementary Education, Marsha Sackash, noted that she had community. been the driving force in the development and growth of the CCASR President, Sharon Conaway made the presenRSVP Pen Pal Program over the past eleven years. Superin- tation to Ms. Weaver and Educational Support Chairman, tendent Dan Fisher thanked the recipient for her sharing her Lew Rodrick, presented to Ms. Houck. In recognition of this talents and her hard work on behalf of the students, teachers, award each received a framed certificate, pin and medal from PASR and a cash reward from CCASR. Mrs. Conaway noted and parents. Mountaintop Elementary’s first grade teacher, Anne that the award is presented annually to one teacher and one Houck, was also treated to an all-school assembly. Mary Beth support professional for doing an outstanding job within their Crago, principal, noted that she holds an individual confer- school and school district. The awards rotate among each of ence with each child in her room each morning and that she, the districts within Centre County. The 2012 awards will be “takes care of the whole staff.” Superintendent Fisher noted presented to employees of the Bellefonte Area district.
Three YSCP Teachers to Speak at National Foreign Languages Conference STATE COLLEGE – Three teachers from Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School, Kathy Miller, Simon Holowatz, and Turan Balik, were selected – and spoke on November 18 to 20 for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2011 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo in Denver, CO. This event brought together more than 7,000 teachers, administrators, method instructors, and students of foreign languages at all levels from across the world. The convention features more than 600 educational sessions. Miller, a Chinese instructor at YSCP, presented a program titled, “Differentiated Instruction for 21st Century Elementary Students.” Holowatz, who teaches Spanish at YSCP, is spoke on how to use authentic materials in a language classroom, and Balik, who teaches Turkish and character education at YSCP, informed on how to organize an international language camp. “We are so honored that several of our teachers presented at this very prestigious conference. Our school focuses on preparing students for a global economy and languages are taught in all grades, K to 8,” said Levent Kaya, CEO at YSCP. More information on YSCP, a no-tuition public charter school in State College, is available by calling 814-237-9727 or visiting www.YSCP.org.
Happy Little Soldiers at PA Military Museum By J. Alexander:
BOALSBURG – Several dozen of the littlest Centre County residents embraced their inner little soldier ‘ideal’ by attending the Military Museum’s inaugural “Kids’ Day! Dress-up & Discover” event held in Boalsburg this past Saturday (11/19). Children and adults, celebrating their inner child, had a ball trying on uniform items from the museum’s education collection. “The day’s activities will definitely be added to the list of ever expanding events in the museum schedule,” said Joe Horvath, museum director. Two service branches (Army & Navy) within one century are displayed in this photo .
A Centre County family enjoys the day trying on the combat gear of the American serviceman from the 20th century.
Looking ready to be relieved from the trenches, this youngster gingerly tries on an M1917 combat helmet.
Museum volunteer Tom Schettig uses aircraft models in flight from the George L. and Betty Thuering collection to discuss the evolution of combat aircraft after World War II. A future Marine proudly poses in front of his scout bike and service flag.
Three foreign language teachers from Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School, State College, spoke at The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 2011 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo in Denver last weekend. Pictured are (L to R) Turan Balik, Kathy Miller, and Simon Holowatz.
Elks Donate to RSVP Children’s Pen Pal Program STATE COLLEGE – The State College Elks Youth Activities Committee renewed its commitment to the young people of Centre County by announcing a $500 grant to support the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Centre County’s Pen Pal Program. Through this Program, adults from throughout Centre County write a monthly letter to elementary age children.
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Shown here are first-grade children from the Port Matilda Elementary School of the Bald Eagle School District. Front row, L to R: Clayton Liner, Megan Sligar, Madison Meckley, and Alyse Howell; Second row: Taylor McElwee, Felicity Cooper, Brandon Smith, Daniel Corey, Dustin Kibe, Kieran Jodon, and Bradley Smith. Back row: Bob Kidder, State College Elks, Marsha Sackash, Director of Elementary Education/Elementary Curriculum and Principal of Howard Elementary School, Shawnee Morgan, First Grade Teacher at Port Matilda Elementary School, Diana Weaver, Pen Pal Program Coordinator at Port Matilda Elementary School, Bindy Bracken, Pen Pal Program Coordinator at Port Matilda Elementary School, and Brian Querry, Executive Director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Centre County.
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Bellefonte Area High School held its Homecoming game and court-of-honor elections last month. We’re pleased to receive this photo of the crowning ceremony from a helpful reader: Pictured L to R: first runners-up Jessica Walizer and Andrew Wolfe; King and Queen Grant Ralston and Gabrielle Coll; and second runners-up Jessica Immel and Jesse Hocker.
PINE GROVE MILLS – The Ferguson Township Lions Club of Pine Grove Mills honored Boy Scout Troop 44 and their families at a special dinner recently. The Lions Club has been the meeting place for the scouts for many, many years. A club member noted, “We are thankful for their desire to build character and to become responsible citizens learning through scouts.” The speaker was John and Dianne Bittikofer from Huntingdon. They train specially-bred dogs to help people with disabilities other than blindness – the Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence formed in 1983. Surrounding the table are many scouts and helpers. Seated at table is Lion Nancy Poust, president, Lion Charlie Poust, and Lion Nev Corl, secretary. Bottom is Dianne and John Bittikofer and dog, Legend.
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Zeropoint Big Band Plays in Millheim Promotes Penns Valley concert Dec. 3 Article & photos by Sam Stitzer
a full, rich, jazz band sound reminiscent MILLHEIM – The Zeropoint Big of the big bands of a time long past. Band blew into Millheim on Sunday, They opened their set with Body November 20 for a rousing two-hour of Soul, which featured plenty of mellow show of big band jazz at the Elk Creek sax harmony, following it up with To The Café & Alehouse. Zeropoint is a 16-piece Max, an upbeat number written by sax band composed of talented local musiplayer Dan Yoder, and dedicated to his cians whose repertoire includes classic grandson. They performed a nice cover big band standards, covers, and original of the Beatles’ Something, written by songs written by band members. TripleGeorge Harrison, and skillfully embelthreat musician/arranger/director, Rick lished with some complicated chord Hirsch, arranges the band’s music, progressions by arranger Rick Hirsch. directs the band, and also plays saxo Besides entertaining the Elk phone. The band has a Penns Valley Creek crowd, the Zeropoint Big Band connection, with Penns Valley alumnus had a another purpose in their appearJay Vonada, and Penns Valley High School Band director, Paul Lescowicz Autumn Blaze sang Mack the Knife as a preview ance in Millheim. They used two of of her upcoming concert at the Penns Valley on trombone. their songs as a kind of dress rehearsal High School auditorium. Zeropoint’s sound is fantastic! With and sneak preview of a concert which instrumentation including five saxowill take place in the Penns Valley High phones (from alto to baritone), four trumpets, four trombones, School auditorium on December 3 at 8 p.m. This concert a bass guitar, a drummer, and a keyboardist, these guys make will feature Penns Valley High School senior, Autumn Blaze,
The crowd enjoyed the sounds of big-band jazz.
The band rocked the house at the Elk Creek Café & Alehouse in Millheim.
Jay Vonada and Paul Lescowicz play their trombones in the Zeropoint Big Band. fronting the Zeropoint Big Band singing a repertoire of ten songs specially arranged for her by Mr. Hirsch. The repertoire will consist of many jazz standards, with a few modern pieces included for the younger audience members. Autumn sang Bobby Darin’s classic Mack the Knife, and the classic ballad, Come Rain or Come Shine, to the delight of the full house at Elk Creek. One gentleman who entered the café in the middle of Mack the Knife thought he was hearing a 40-year-old jazz singer, and was startled to see a teenager singing. This may be the only time that mistaking a teenage girl for being 40 years old was actually a huge compliment! Autumn has much talent and experience as an actress in high school drama and musical productions, and is able to assume the persona of a much older, more seasoned veteran of the stage, and to project it to her audience with total believability. Autumn’s concert is being performed as her senior project, and proceeds from the concert will benefit the Penns Valley High School dramatic arts and music programs. It promises to be a pleasant evening of nostalgic and sparkling jazz music. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (814) 599-0155 or visit autumnblazemusic.com.
Heritage Museum Adds to Village Celebration Article & photos by Karen Dabney
BOALSBURG – When you visit Boalsburg Hometown Christmas next weekend, make sure to take in the free exhibits in the Boalsburg Heritage Museum, 304 East Main Street. They have special hours during the celebration – from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, December 2 and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 3. The Museum will also host a benefit cookie sale from the contest entries on Saturday between 2 and 4 p.m. The current exhibit, Pennsylvania Folk Art, includes Centre County coverlets, a beautifully drawn Pennsylvania Dutch Fraktur Birth and Baptism certificate, and painted folk art by Spruce Creek artist Mary K. Rogowski. Rogowski, who is Norweigan-American, has been painting for more than 20 years. “I’ll paint on about anything that isn’t ‘nailed down,’ and have done everything from large blanket chests...to a Rosemaled toilet seat done for my father’s hunting cabin. My pieces are either wood or metal, and most of the smaller pieces are tin....I don’t use pieces that have inherent antique value, but feel that I’m saving/recycling them into something beautiful.” She wants to combine art and function. “I’m as interested in the piece itself as what I’ll put on it.” Rogowski became interested in decorative painting through her Norweigan heritage, when she discovered the
Norweigan form of the art, Rosemaling, and took classes at Vesterheim, the premier Norweigan/American Museum in Iowa. She added Pennsylvania German and American decorative painting styles to her repertoire, and finds inspiration in the work of American painter Peter Ompir and Pennsylvania Dutch artist Samuel Plank. Rogowski’s work is becoming popular, and collectors are beginning to collect her work, according to Susan Evans, the curator for the show. Rogowski is having an open house of her work in Spruce Creek on December 3 and 4. For more information about the exhibit, contact the Boalsburg Heritage Museum, (814) 466-3035, Mary Rogowski, (814) 632-9445, or visit www.BoalsburgHeritageMuseum.org. (photos by Karen Dabney)
Tinware decorated by Mary Rogowski. This coverlet in the exhibit was made by E. Ettinger and Co. of Aaronsburg, Center County.
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Folk artist Mary K. Rogowski painted this wooden game board with a quilt pattern. The game board is on display at the Boalsburg Heritage Museum.
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The Boalsburg Heritage Museum at 304 East Main Street has extended hours during Hometown Christmas, festive holiday decorations, and a Pennsylvania Folk Art exhibit.
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State College Elks Welcomes New Members STATE COLLEGE â€“ The State College Elks Lodge recently initiated six new members into its Order. The Inititation Ceremony was held in conjunction with the official visit of the District Deputy Exalted Ruler Verone Hill of Philipsburg Lodge. In this photo, Past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Jack Herrington and District Deputy Exalted Ruler Verone Hill are shown in the front of the initiates. The intitates from left to right, along with Exalted Ruler Chuck Pavloski (far left) are Ted Strobeck, Todd Horner, Ed McIlvaine, Carmen Terrizzi, Dan McKendrick, and Larry Whitaker, and Lodge Esquirer Chris Carver, far right.
THE GAZETTE - SERVING CENTRE COUNTY
How You Can Help Live United: We Are … The Solution
By Tammy Gentzel, Executive Director of Centre County United Way Live United. What do these two words mean to Centre County? At a time when we find our wonderful community at the center of the national media, these two words take on a greater meaning for all of us. The mantra of United Way, “Live United,” encourages people from all walks of life to support the vulnerable populations in their area. Centre County United Way (CCUW) stands firm in the belief that when we address a problem together, as a united front, we have a much better chance of success. Centre County United Way partners with 40 local health and human service agencies to address the needs of our community. These needs include a place to sleep and stay warm during the winter, food for those who often go without, counseling and support for victims of abuse, quality childcare for working parents, healthcare for the elderly, and so much more. Through the support of CCUW funding the partner
agencies are able to provide more than 100 programs to our neighbors who need our help the most. CCUW also partners with local businesses and residents to meet the community’s needs. Thousands of people in Centre County give financial support so that these programs can continue to be there for those who may need assistance in the future. We are so fortunate to live in a community of strong and compassionate people who work together to support our neighbors. We need everyone in Centre County to be a part of the solution. As we move forward, we need to come together to support each other and make our community a better place for everyone. We do this when we LIVE UNITED. For more information about the Centre County United Way Partner Agencies and the programs they provide to our community, visit www.ccunitedway.org.
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STATE COLLEGE – In response to the recent events in our community, The Christian Science Reading Room and Bookstore at 218 S. Allen St., State College, is offering a special “spiritual oasis” December 5 to 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Selected scriptures and articles on
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topics such as spiritual justice, wisdom, forgiveness, grace, and love will be available for your quiet study or discussion. You may also make use of a variety of Bibles and reference works. There will be free refreshments. Call (814) 234-2194 or visit www. abouthealing.org for more information.
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NOVEMBER 25, 2011
By Amy Debach-Confer
Nuts about Naturally harvested nuts! By Amy Debach Confer
Earlier this fall, while frolicking near the fields’ edge with my dogs, I heard a thump, thump, thump and immediately put my hands atop my head to duck for cover. I sheepishly looked up after the thumping had stopped only to find a large greenishblack nut bouncing down the trail ahead of me. Looking above, I realized the wind had shaken several black walnuts from the tall branches above. They were like little grenades and if I had the misfortune of being hit by one, it would have disabled me! This single event sparked my interest in the Black Walnuts as well as the other types of nut-producing trees around my house. Black The greenish black hull right after they were gathered Walnuts require some effort to harvest for eating or cooking with but, are well worth it, especially if one looks at the price of similar nuts in a store. Black Walnut trees are considered a hardwood tree that can grow in the United States, Canada, and some parts of Europe to name a few. Black Walnuts have been used for many herbal remedies such as in teas or infusions and has been said to cure various ailments. They are a hardy winter snack for squirrels and can be a rewarding and healthy snack for those who make the effort to harvest them from start to finish. The first step in Black Walnut harvesting is to gather a bucket full of the nuts after they have fallen from the branches. The amount one gathers depends on how many walnuts they want in the end. For just a snack, gather a few but, for cooking or baking, a bucket full should be gathered. The walnuts will fall from their branches in mid fall and as I have found out from experience, will make a heck of a noise if they’re run over by a lawn mower! The black walnuts after the hulls have aged The nuts will be around the size of a pingand softened a bit pong ball or larger and are encased in a hard greenish hull which will eventually turn black as it rots. The hull may be deceiving as there is still another layer to get through before the meat of the walnut! The hull of the walnut needs to first be removed to get to the hard shell the holds the walnut meat. Allow the walnuts to age and soften for a few weeks to easily remove the hull. One could also smash them, run them over with a car, or steamroller if they’re impatient! Removing the hull can be very messy because it will stain your hands. I peeled a walnut this season without Two dried walnut shells after the outer layer has been gloves and had black stained fingers for removed three days. The hull is where black walnut stain comes from and people have used it as a dye for many centuries, even in natural hair-dyes. Use latex gloves to peel away the hull once it has been smashed or softened. You will now see and can feel the extremely hard shell that encases the actual nut. Allow this hard shell to dry out even further before finally using a hammer or nutcracker to open the shell and retrieve the sweet and all natural protein from its final layer of protection. The photos included offer the step-by-step process of extracting the meat. Once you A hammer was used to break the shell and expose the have smashed the shell, gather the nuts and store them in a sealed container or actual walnut bag, if they won’t be used right away. I have a bucket full of black walnuts gathered from my back lawn. Within a few weeks, I plan on having them all softened, peeled, dried, smashed, and bagged for use in a recipe or two. Although it is an ambitious and lengthy project, the small amount of nut that comes from one black walnut shell is largely rewarding when one tastes it, especially if they have harvested it themselves! I also have a bucket of chestnuts gathered to roast on Christmas morning. Be sure to pick up The Gazette in the future to find out how to harvest them for roasting! Enjoy! The actual walnut meat, ready to eat Amy Debach-Confer is a Photographer and Picture Framing Professional who obtained training in Wilderness Rescue, Beekeeping, and Natural Health. Her hobbies include hiking, art, gardening, cooking, and traveling. Amy can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com or through her Web site at www.amyruthphotography.com.
NOVEMBER 25, 2011
New Hope Church Hosts Annual Holiday Craft Fair & Bazaar Article & photos by Sam Stitzer
SPRING MILLS – The New Hope Lutheran Church Deb Confer was selling microwave potato bags. She in Spring Mills held a Holiday Craft Fair and Bazaar on says that cooking potatoes in these bags in your microwave Saturday, November 19. The church social hall was filled with oven produces a moist, fluffy potato, and that the bags work many local craftspersons offering a wide variety of handmade equally well for corn on the cob. Deb also sold handmade pot items for sale. Here are a few examples: holders and dishcloths. Linda Fultz and her granddaughter, Gary Gentzel made the short trip from Audrey Duck, sold a nice line of scented his Spring Mills home with a batch of his candles. Some were molded in the shape of beautiful hand-made wooden Christmas tree ornaments. Gary cuts incredibly intricate strawberry and blueberry pies, and looked patterns in these ornaments with a scroll saw. good enough to eat. The aromas of these He said it takes him about one hour to make candles were great! Linda is a New Hope one ornament, and he sells them for a low member, and said that the Ladies Craft Group in the church sponsors this Craft price of $3 each. “So I make $3 an hour, and Show and Bazaar as an annual fundraiser that’s not considering material cost” he said. for many of the church’s projects. It’s a labor of love, I guess. Sandy Miller (left) and Lois Royer sold Just inside the front door was a Sandy Miller of Coburn and Lois Royer handmade washcloths and Rada cutlery for of Spring Mills were selling handmade cookie room, with tables holding all the Millheim American Legion. washcloths and Rada cutlery as a fundraiser kinds of cookies baked by six ladies in the for the Millheim American Legion. Sandy Miller made the church. They started with 1,860 cookies (yes, they counted colorful and functional washcloths. them!), and by noon, all but a few were gone! This was the Jaquie Daulby of Spring Mills is the local Tupperware fifth year of selling cookies, and apparently, the ladies have lady. Her products are almost in the category of being too good! earned a reputation for the quality of their baking! The brightly colored kitchen storage containers, pitchers, etc. Cookies were not the only culinary delight at this event. are virtually indestructible, and will last almost forever. They The church members were also serving homemade soup and baked goods for hungry patrons in the social hall. This was have become necessities in any kitchen for several decades. a very enjoyable event, which really conveyed the Christmas spirit to all in attendance.
Jacquie Daulby had practical and colorful Tupperware items for sale
Gary Gentzel, at right, talks about his handmade wooden Christmas tree ornaments.
Joan Kapinus of Centre Hall had many handmade decorations, wall hangings, and washcloths for sale
Audrey Duck and her grandmother, Linda Fultz sold candles in many colors and scents.
Anyone want a cookie? They started with 1,860 of them, and by noon nearly all were sold! Deb Confer and her microwave potato bags.
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Thankful for the Harvest
JoAnn and Dick Knupp Bed & Breakfast Owners â€“ Caregivers â€“ Historians
By Brian E. Bassett The McCafferty House on Spring Street, Bellefonte â€“ â€œborn in 1882â€? and purchased 10 years ago by Jo Ann Knupp and her husband, Dick â€“ is an independently run Bed & Breakfast. It is licensed by the borough and operated by the Knupps during football weekends. â€œIt seems as if weâ€™re always booked,â€? said JoAnn, a lifelong Centre Countian. â€œReferrals come off the Internet; and weâ€™re already almost completely booked for next season with repeat business.â€? JoAnn believes that a good B&B will always provide a clean house, bedroom, and bathroom with lots of clean towels; and a full-breakfast main course with orange juice, fruit, and some kind of pastry. The McCafferty House provides ample parking, fire extinguishers on each floor, and smoke and C02 detectors in each bedroom. Effective this year, detectors are hardwired and inter-connected for additional safety; and third floors have fire escapes. The house served as an office building for 25 years, so a fire escape was already in place. However, the original front porch had been torn off. Dick reviewed old pictures of the house, and replaced the porch exactly as it was in 1882. Subsequently, the Architectural Review Board presented McCafferty House with the boroughâ€™s Historic Rehabilitation Award for his efforts. â€œMy rewards for the B&B come from the positive feedback received from guests who stay with us,â€? said JoAnn. â€œAnd the same holds true with the other two companies we run â€“ because we always ensure that good people are placed in the homes of the elderly and mentally challenged.â€? The Knupps have owned and operated Associated Care Group inc., DBA Care for People for 20 years, finding caregivers for the elderly; and Care for People Plus for 12 years, finding care-givers for the mentally challenged. They work contractually throughout the commonwealth with MHMR (mental health, mental retardation). When asked if there was anything else of interest sheâ€™d like to relate, JoAnn said that as a B&B she joined the Bellefonte Inner Valley Chamber of Commerce which â€œgoes up to Julian, out to Pleasant Gap, down to Lamar and up the Benner Pike to the Mall.â€? She added that her husband grew
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up in Potters Mills, she in Centre Hall, with former residences in Reading and Zion. They like to say, â€œWe moved back to Bellefonte three times.â€? JoAnnâ€™s community Involvement outside the B&B includes serving as president of the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association; the Bellefonte Womenâ€™s Club; and singing for the past 57 years in the St Johnâ€™s Lutheran Church choir. â€œWhen we moved here, to the Forge house, Dick often discussed the history of Bellefonte with Sue Hannegan, 30-year historical architect for Bellefonte borough,â€? JoAnn reminisced. â€œHe researched Bellefonteâ€™s history â€“ especially the very-first people who came here: John Dunlop, his dad and uncle, whose names youâ€™ll find on sign in the middle of town because they put in the iron-ore mines. They established mines all over PA. When one caught on fire, John died at the young age of forty three, rescuing his men. His dad and uncle carried on his dream.â€? Dick writes a small monthly newspaper, Bellefonte Secrets. It has an impressive, far-reaching mailing list, including former Bellefonte residents from other states who treasure the publication. Nine hundred copies are printed; and can be picked up for free at the Bellefonte Weis market.
David Walton, harvesting for the Dale Peters farm This is a common sight around our area this time of yearÂ â€“ farmers scurrying to reap their harvest. Pictured is David Walton operating a harvester on theÂ Dale PetersÂ farm in Blanchard. Mr. Walton explainedÂ howÂ todayâ€™s harvesters are much more complex than simple combines of yesteryear. Inside the cab of todayâ€™s harvesters is an array of technology that aids farmers in many ways. The main computer tracks things such as bushels per acre, moisture content, and much more. Then there is the GPS that matches all that information to theÂ specific fields from which it was gathered. This helps farmers knowÂ which fields are producing good yields, and which fields need furtherÂ attention to increaseÂ the harvest. Mr. Walton was kind enough to offer me a ride for a round of harvesting. Having grown up on a farm, I was familiar with equipment of the â€™60s and â€™70s. It didnâ€™t take long to realize riding in a modern machine like the one pictured was more like my everyday ride to work, maybe better. None the less, our local farmers and ones all across this great nation still endure long hard days from before dawn to after dark. No matter the weather, birthday, or holiday,Â they still have work to be done without a break.Â The next timeÂ you get the chanceÂ thank our local farmers for a job well done and a harvest that feeds us all. (photos by Tim Weight)
A soy bean harvest in Blanchard
GATHER YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY & TAKE THE PLUNGE 9TH ANNUAL POLAR BEAR PLUNGE December 3, 2011 Bald Eagle State Park Marina Boat Ramp, 10:00 A.M. PLUNGE Saturday, December 3, 2011 10:00 am Registration %UHDNIDVW%DNH6DOH 5DIÂżHV 10:45 am Opening Remarks 11:00 am Little Dippers 11:15 am Plunge 11:30 am Awards Ceremony
Designed for children ages 8 to12. Little Dipper Plungers are required to raise a minimum of $25 in pledges. Participants are encouraged to come in costume. Prizes will be awarded for Best Little Dipper costume and Top Fundraiser.
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Take the plunge 3 times in Honor Of Those That Serve Our Country All Super Plungers must raise a min. of $300
PRE-PLUNGE REGISTRATION PIZZA PARTY Thursday, December 1, 2011 - Bellefonte Family YMCA 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
CONTESTS *Raise $300 + for a chance to win a IPAD * Most money raised by a Company or Organization * Best Costume * Most money raised by an Individual *Bartender Challenge
POST PLUNGE CELEBRATION Time: 12:00 noon - 3:00 PM $10.00 Plungers $5.00 Little Dippers $15.00 Non-plungers $7.00 Non-plungers 8 to 12 yrs. Free - 7yrs. & under Join us for an All-U-Can-Eat buffet which will include their famous subs, wings, soups, pulled pork and more.
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Please register by December 1, 2011. Registration forms are available at the Bellefonte & State College YMCAâ€™s, Bonfattoâ€™s, Supelco or Restek Inc. and online at www.ymcaofcentrecounty.org. Bellefonte Kiwanis Club
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Dinner With Dickens & Company Family Style, themed Dinner Theater with interactive characters, table-side magic, The â€?12 Days of Christmasâ€? Show, and various parlor games. Victorian Dress encouraged but not required. Location: American Philatelic Society Building 100 Match Factory Place Time: Saturday, December 10th, 5:00pm â€“ 7:00pm Cost: Adults $25.00, Students & Children $10.00 Includes Dinner Buffet Catered by Hoagâ€™s Catering and Dickens Show Reservations can be made by calling 814-355-2917. You may pick up tickets at the Train Station in Bellefonte or at the door. Advance ticket sales require payment at time of reservation.
Santaâ€™s House Bellefonte High School Brass Band will welcome Santa starting at 11:30am. Saturday 12:00noon â€“ 4:00pm Sunday 12:00noon â€“ 4:00pm Free on the Diamond
Join us at Bonfattoâ€™s for the Post Plunge Celebration open exclusively for the YMCA of Centre Countyâ€™s Polar Bear Plunge!
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YMCA’s Polar Bear Plunge By Brian E. Bassett
Venison Mincemeat for Pie
4 pounds venison trim meat with bones Water to cover ¾ pound beef suet 3 pounds apples, peeled and quartered 2-3 pounds seedless raisins 12 oz. dried currants 1 T salt 1 T cinnamon 1 T ground cloves 1 T nutmeg 1 teaspoon allspice 1 teaspoon mace (optional) 2 quarts cider, grape, or other fruit juice 1 lb brown sugar Trim fat from the venison, cover with water, and simmer until tender. Refrigerate venison in its cooking liquid overnight. Skim fat from the top of the liquid the next day. Separate the meat from the bones and put the meat through the food chopper or processor, coarse cut, not pureed. That should yield about 2 quarts of ground venison. Put suet and apples through the food chopper, or process coarsely, not pureed. Combine everything in a large pot and simmer for two hours to plump the raisins and currants, and blend the flavors. Stir often to prevent sticking. Pack into hot pint jars and process in a pressure canner at 10 pounds of pressure for 60 minutes. Can also be hot packed and boiled to seal, or put in other containers and frozen for up to three months. Some add or substitute pears, dates, white raisins, or orange marmalade for the apples, raisins, and currants. Makes about 11 pints
Venison Loin Medallions with Cherry Sauce
It’s that time of year, again – when YMCAsponsored “Plungers” brave the cold, cold waters at Bald Eagle State Park for the NinthAnnual Polar Bear Plunge. Plungers will meet at the marina boat ramp in Bald Eagle State Park, December 3, at 10 a.m. Take Route 150 past Howard to Bald Eagle State Park. Enter through the Main Entrance to the park and watch for signs to the boat ramp. When given the signal, each plunger will make a mad dash into the cold water, completely submerge, rise up out of the water, and then run back up the boat ramp to someone waiting with a warm towel. “Money raised by the Polar Bear Plunge benefits the Y’s Open Doors Program,” said Liz Toukonen, YMCA spokesperson and plunge participant. “Proceeds go directly into our financial assistance fund, enabling us to subsidize membership payments for prospective members of all ages who may have trouble affording membership. It enables the Y to ‘turn no one away for their inability to pay.’ ” Last year a total of $43,000 was raised. Some individuals raised as much as $3,000 by asking family, friends, business associates, co-workers, and anyone else they could think of to donate to their plunge and benefit the Open Doors Program. Particulars from the Ninth-Annual Polar-Bear-Plunge brochure include: • Pre-Plunge Registration Pizza Party Thursday, December 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bellefonte YMCA of Centre County. Here plungers can drop off money and registration forms, pick up T-shirts, and enjoy some pizza. Plungers who pre-register before December 1 at the Y, online, or the Pizza party will have their names entered in a drawing to win a large, flat-screen TV. Plunge Saturday, December 3, begins 10 a.m. with a registration breakfast, bake sale, and raffles; 10:45 a.m., opening remarks; 11 a.m., Little Dippers; 11:15 a.m., Plunge; 11:30 a.m., awards ceremony. • Event Rules for Plungers Each participant must be at least 13-years old. A minimum of $50 in donations is required and shall be submitted with the completed registration form. Shoes must be worn. Costumes are encouraged, but optional. Super-Plungers Contest: Take the plunge three times in honor of those who serve our country. A minimum of $300 in donations is required. Little Dippers: First-time event for children from eight to
twelve years old. Another family-friendly offering that may generate lifelong polar bears. Little dippers are required to raise a minimum of $25 in pledges. • Post-plunge Celebration Gather at Bonfatto’s from noon to 3 p.m. for the post-plunge celebration – exclusively for YMCA of Centre County’s Polar Bear Plungers! Feast on an all-you-can-eat buffet, including but not limited to Bonfatto’s famous subs, wings, soups, and pulled pork. Sign up online, at the Bellefonte or State College Y, the pre-registration party, or the Plunge. Cost per person: $10 Plungers; $5 Little dippers; $15 Non-plungers; $7 Nonplungers 8 to 12 years old; and Free for children 7 years old and younger. • Registration Register or donate by mail, in person at the Bellefonte or State College YMCA, or on-line at www.ymcaofcentrecounty.org. Follow the Polar-Bear-Plunge link. • Prizes and Awards Raise $300 or more and your name will be entered for a chance to win. First prize, Apple’s new iPad; Second prize, a one-year membership to the Y. Awards will be given for: Best costume for plungers and little dippers; Most money raised by an individual; and Most money raised by a group, company, or organization. All plungers will receive a T-Shirt!
1 cup low-salt chicken stock or broth 1 cup beef broth ½ cup cherry liqueur 1/3 cup red ruby cherry pie filling 1 T cornstarch dissolved in ¼ cup water 3 T butter, divided 8 venison loin steak medallions, about a half-inch thick Combine chicken stock and beef broth in a small heavy saucepan and boil until reduced by half – one cup – about 15 minutes. Add cherry liqueur and boil until reduced to ¾ cup, about five minutes. Whisk in pie filling until sauce starts to thicken. Add cornstarch dissolved in water and stir until sauce thickens more. Whisk in 1 T of the butter, season with salt and pepper if desired, and set aside. Sprinkle venison with salt and pepper. Melt remaining 2 T butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add venison to skillet and cook to desired doneness (it’s most tender and fabulous medium rare). Place two medallions on each plate and top with cherry sauce. Serves four
2 pounds venison cut into chunks 1 10-3/4-oz can of beef broth 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/3 cup cider vinegar ½ cup finely chopped onion ¾ cups water 10-12 crushed ginger snaps Place all ingredients except ginger snaps in crockpot or large ovenproof pan with lid. Slow cook about 6 hours in the crock pot, or three hours in the oven at 325, until the venison is tender. Add crushed gingersnaps and stir until thickened. Serves four
photos of last year’s Plunge by Brian Baney)
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Holiday Events This Week
In addition to this calendar, see Save the Date in the Entertainment section! November 30-December 21 – Advent Services All are invited to Advent Community Vespers Services at 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings: • November 30, St. James UMC, Coburn • December 7, St Peter’s UCC, Aaronsburg • December 14, Emmanuel UMC, Rebersburg • December 21, St. John Lutheran, Millheim November 30-December 21 – Advent Vespers All are welcome on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, 160 N. Main Street, Pleasant Gap on November 30, December 7, 14, & 21 for a traditional service of light and Vespers. This service of Word and Prayer will be sung, using Holden Evening Prayer. December 2 – Boalsburg’s Hometown Christmas Boalsburg’s Hometown Christmas is December 2 & 3 with tree lighting, music, food tasting, Breakfast with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, children’s storytime, Holiday Hop. It starts at 5:45 p.m. December 2 with more activities on Saturday, December 3. $5 for breakfast with Santa. Full article and events schedule in the next Gazette. December 2 – Christmas Bazaar, Lunch, Bake Sale There will be a Christmas Bazaar and huge bake sale at Park Forest United Methodist Church on Friday, December 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, December 3, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. They will also serve lunch on Friday. The church is at 1833 Park Forest Avenue (behind Denny’s on North Atherton) December 2 & 3 – Holiday Antique, Art & Crafts You’re invited to the ninth annual Stocking Stuffer Antiques, Art & Fine Craft Sale on December 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Centre Furnace Mansion, 1001 East College Avenue. See the elegant Victorian Mansion’s holiday decorations, designed by the area’s top decorators and florists. Browse the handmade crafts, fine arts, and antiques, enjoy the music and keep warm with the hot beverages and delicious desserts from local restaurants. This historic house museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The bookstore and gift shop will also be open. Visit www.centrecountyhistory.org for more information. $5 admission charge. December 2 & 3 – Millheim Hometown Holidays Plan to attend the first “Mainstreet Millheim – Hometown Holidays” on December 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. and December 3 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. – and “shop local” for Christmas. Several exciting
new shops and venues have opened in Millheim in the last few years. Fourteen locations will be open for Christmas/ Hanukah shopping and meals, including the Green Drake, The Valley Showcase, Cottage Rose, The Wine Shop, Good Scents, Elk Creek Café + Aleworks, the Inglebean, Millheim Small Engine (good stuff for guys), a handicrafts fair at EcoVents, and more. There will be music and a wrapping station (at the Inglebean) where people can get their gifts wrapped while they get a cup of coffee or tea. December 2 & 3 – Winter Craft Market Winter Craft Market is at the Mount Nittany School in Boalsburg, Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday December 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market features work by about 75 artisans – gemstone, gold and silver jewelry, holiday ornaments, paintings, pottery, fiber, wood, and photography – all made in the USA, by Central Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen members. The Penn State chapter of PA Art Education Association will show kids and adults how to make and take home special holiday crafts.
December 10 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The ag arena becomes a Winter Wonderland, with decorated trees, craft vendors, a puppeteer, entertainment, food, children’s crafts, and Santa! Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children. Proceeds benefit Centre County United Way. December 9-11 – Bellefonte Victorian Christmas The 30th Annual Bellefonte Victorian Christmas will be held on December 9 to 11. For information on all the exciting events happening during the weekend, visit www.bellefontevictorianchristmas.com and look for the official guide wherever you find The Gazette.
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December 2 & 3 – Third Annual Christmas Market There’s special holiday event at the Lemont Granary, 133 Mt. Nittany Road, and throughout Lemont, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, December 2 and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 4. There will be crafts, jewelry, clothing, books, specialty cheeses, wreaths, gifts, and local products. Arts and crafts & children’s activities will be offered in the railroad building – a German-style “Weihnachtsmarkt,” with music, food and beverages, and good spirits. To get involved, contact Penny Eifrig email@example.com or (814) 235-1501. In addition to shoppers, they’re looking for volunteers and musicians. Reception December 4 – Bellefonte Art Museum Show & Sale Mark your calendars for the Bellefonte Art Museum’s Holiday Show and Sale – November 27 - December 31 with extended hours: Thursdays through Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be art for sale by 33 artists. Meet the artists at the reception Sunday, December 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. December 4 will also feature a free art workshop for kids! Refreshments will feature international foods. In December, the The Community Gallery will feature the work of Judith Finkelstein, who makes felt and creates wearable and decorative art pieces with the fabric. December 8-11 – Annual Festival of Trees The 17th annual Festival of Trees is at the Penn State Agricultural Arena (Fox Hollow Rd and Park Avenue) on Thursday, December 8, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, December 9 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday,
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(photo by Brian Baney) BELLEFONTE – Santa will arrive at 12:45 p.m. in Bellefonte on November 25 – and take up residence at his house in front of the Centre County Courthouse. Santa will be in that day until 5 p.m. Santa’s will open his house periodically throughout the holiday season for children of all ages. Watch for the “Santa Is In Sign” on the front of his house to plan your visit. Santa’s House is sponsored by the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Committee, the Bellefonte Intervalley Chamber of Commerce, and downtown merchants and restaurants.
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Penns Valley Gives to Operation Christmas Child Article & photos by Sam Stitzer
The citizens of Penns Valley have been actively participating in Operation Christmas Child this November. This program is a global “Christmas gift exchange” project operated by a charity organization called Samaritan’s Purse. Each November it opens thousands of locations, typically churches or schools, to collect shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, personal items, and other gifts. These boxes are then distributed as Christmas gifts, accompanied by Christian literature, to impoverished children throughout the world. From 1993 through 2008, some 69 million gift boxes were handed out in more than 130 countries. Samaritan’s Purse is a non-denominational evangelical Christian humanitarian organization that works worldwide to assist people in need alongside their Christian missionary work. Its president is Franklin Graham, son of famed Christian evangelist Billy Graham. The name of the organization is based on the New Testament parable of the Good Samaritan, which teaches people to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” Samaritan’s Purse works in more than 100 countries around the world. International headquarters are in Boone, North Carolina, with field offices located in some 20 countries across five continents. The central collection point for Operation Christmas Child in Penns Valley is located at Faith Alive Fellowship Church near Spring Mills. Pastor Chris Korn showed me a room in their church basement stacked with 1,150 shoeboxes waiting to be shipped. He said there were more to be collected by the November 20 deadline, and that the total number of boxes should be around 2,000. The boxes will be shipped by tractor trailer to North Carolina, where each box is opened
Colorful red and green shoeboxes contain gifts for kids around the world. and inspected for appropriateness and security reasons and then distributed around the world. The gift boxes were prepared for each gender in three different age groups: age two to four, five to nine, and 10 to 14. Typical contents of the boxes include toys, socks, pencils, soap, hair berets, chewing gum, and many other items. The items in the boxes were given by individuals in the Penns Valley area. Thank you to the churches, schools, and generous individuals in the Penns Valley area for giving to Operation Christmas Child, and helping provide Christmas gifts to children who may not otherwise receive any.
Faith Alive Fellowship pastor Chris Korn stands with cartons containing 1,050 Operation Christmas Child boxes awaiting shipping. Each box costs $7 to ship.
Sarah Grenoble, and her daughter Caylee, age four, collected boxes from Penns Valley residents.
Pet Photos with Santa STATE COLLEGE – Get your pet’s picture taken with Santa at PAWS (1401 Trout Rd., State College) on Sunday, November 27 from noon to 2 p.m. Photos will be taken by BowerShots Photography and digital downloads of the photos will be available for only $5. No appointments are necessary. A portion of the proceeds benefit Centre County PAWS. The event is sponsored by Best Event Rental and BowerShots Photography.
NOVEMBER 25, 2011
A One-Man Show of The Christmas Carol For 34 years now Tony Lentz has spent a good part of the Christmas season howling like a tortured ghost, calling Christmas a “humbug,” and looking down in horror at imaginary gravestones – all in preparation for an oral reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This year he will present A Christmas Carol at Schlow Centre Region Library on two Thursdays, December 8 & 15, at 7 p.m., his 34th Tony Lentz will present his annual presentation of this unique free ‘one-man show’ of The gift to the community. (Be sure Christmas Carol December to park in the lots outside the Library 8 and 15 at Schlow Library. building – the basement lot closes before the last ghost will leave Scrooge at the graveyard.) His first two-hour reading in 1978 had a small audience at a small college in North Carolina, and one couple walked out. “They thought it was going to be a full-stage play version of the story,” the performer laughs. “That’s why I always call it a ‘one-man performance’ now.” In 1980 when he first performed in State College at Kern Auditorium, the Collegian reviewer predicted that it would become “A Penn State Christmas Carol.” The prediction has been true for every year since as he offers his an annual a gift to the community. Lentz has performed for full churches, and once even for a single family. He has given them all the benefit of a large cast of characters, each with different faces, postures and voices, in honor of “all the Spirits of Christmas,” including UNC Professor Earl Wynn – his mentor. Lentz suggests all the characters with his voice and his face while the audience, he says, “fills in the blanks.” They create the setting of 19thcentury England and all the colorful characters, including ghosts, based on his storytelling and Dickens’ vivid description. “The great joy,” Lentz said, “is seeing the eyes of people shining through smiles when the story is done. They’ve gotten their imaginations stirred up in response to the story, and remembered the joy of the holiday season.” The story touched him deeply the time he wandered into a reading out of curiosity as a college freshman in 1965. He was moved to share that joy of the season when he began teaching oral reading in 1978 at Wingate College, and he dedicates the presentation to Prof. Earl Wynn of the University of North Carolina. Wynn performed the story through the 1960s and 1970s at Chapel Hill, where the annual reading of the story is a tradition dating to the 1920s. When Dr. Lentz came to State College as an instructor in Communication Arts & Sciences in 1980 he found records of a Penn State “Christmas Carol” reading dating to the time of his birthday in December, 1947. “I do get excited about the performance each year,” Lentz said. “Professor Wynn always made it feel like Christmas when I heard the story. Now I try to share that gift with the community, in hopes of spreading the message that life can be joyous, whatever our situation, if we choose to make it so.”
Holiday Tree Lighting – State College 2011 Photos by Chuck Carroll
The celebration concluded with singing on Allen Street in front of The Corner Room. Kids joined in the musical celebration by playing tambourines.
Santa greets everyone and wishes them a very happy holiday season.
The Christmas tree at the entrance to Penn State.
The children gather around Mrs. Claus as she prepares to read The Night Before Christmas.
Galla, of the husband-and-wife musical duo Dan and Galla (emcee of the event), leads the gathered crowd in holiday songs. Other entertainment for the evening was provided by the Broadway Showkids’ and the State College Friends School Peace Choir.
NOVEMBER 25, 2011
The Gift of Life is Free The Householders, grateful for blood donors
This time of year most of us feel stretched and stressed – not enough time or money to go around. To make things easier this year, I would like to suggest a “perfect” gift for you to give – it costs little to give, just a little bit of your time. You’ll likely not know the person who will receive this gift, but trust me those who receive this gift are truly in need. What is this gift? It’s the Perfect Gift of a blood donation through the American Red Cross. By giving this gift you will help save lives. I know how much this gift can mean because I was the recipient of such a gift in November 2007. I gave birth to my son on Black Friday through an unplanned Caesarean section. Afterwards, for unknown reasons, they could not stop the bleeding. I was unable to leave recovery until I received my first blood transfusion. Our first photos together show me receiving the second transfusion. In the end, I needed a total of four units of red blood cells. The persons who gave their gift surely gave me more than they could probably imagine. They gave me the chance to hold my son, share in his first Christmas, as well as recover and continue on in my life. Please, take the time to donate blood this holiday season. Not sure if you can donate? Visit redcrossblood.org for additional information. Make an appointment today on the Web or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Thank you, Susan Householder
Milesburg’s First Home Town Christmas is Saturday Milesburg will be having its first “Home Town Christmas” on Saturday, November 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Businesses in Milesburg, along with the Bald Eagle Area High School and private homes and local churches, will be hosting a variety of events to kick off the Christmas Season. There will be three craft shows – BEA High School, Two Sisters on Front Street, and Grange Fairs “Two Olde Tyme Friends.” Several open-house events in the borough including Etters Crafts, Shear Science, Conklin’s Gun Shop, Eagle Valley Personal Care Home, and Fishers Market. There will be activities for the young at heart sponsored by the Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist Churches. The Milesburg Museum will also have refreshments for those who visit to take a trip down memory lane. Stop in at the fire company and the Milesburg Lions Club food wagon. Sing along with the carolers. Of course, there will be a special visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The good people of Milesburg welcome you to start your holidays with them – in their great little town. Merry Christmas!
The Milesburg Museum will be open during Saturday’s celebration and refreshments will be served. (photo by Brian Baney)
Dinner Theatre Tickets on Sale Now Prior ticket purchase is required as tickets BLANCHARD – Dinner theatre tickets are now on sale for Liberty Baptist Church’s will not be available at the door. For tickets annual interactive, comedy/drama entitled call the church office at (570) 962-2214. The In Bethlehem Inn to be performed Friday, church is at 101 Main Street in Blanchard. December 2 and Saturday, December 3. You Proceeds benefit the church’s community are invited to be part of the action in the activity center. In Bethlehem Inn is written by John Carter and produced by special arrangeBethlehem Inn on the night of Jesus’ birth. Come and see what happens when Eli ment with Contemporary Drama Service. Merriman, the inn’s owner, is convinced the star over his stable is a sign of approaching disaster. Will his terrified servants be any help? Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The program begins promptly at 7 p.m., as the meal is part of the play. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children aged five to 11, and children Eli and Sara Merriman along with their family and staff of the Bethlehem four and under are free. Inn panic at the sudden appearance of a huge, fiery star over their stable.
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OK, boys and girls, it is once again time for Auntie Pattie Clause to help you with your Christmas shopping; so listen carefully.* By Pat Park For the showbiz autobiography fans: Bossy Pants by Tina Fey is a good read. She is funny and honest. For the readers who enjoy a well written murder mystery: Sister: the Novel is a slightly different take on who did it. The ending should surprise you. For ladies who want to read about country doctors in Ireland: Patrick Taylor has a delightful series, starting with, of course, Irish Country Doctor. For the person who reads David Baldacci: anything by Richard Montanari. His most recent Echo Man will keep you turning pages. For the history buffs: Anita Diament’s Day After Night is a story of the Jews being transported to a new land called Israel in 1945. Another good book from this time in history is Sarah’s Key by Tattiana de Rosnay, based on a little known historical fact in France. For anyone who just enjoys an interesting book: I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. Zusak is considered a Young People author, but his Book Thief is high on my favorite book list. For the Biblical scholar: Discovering the Parables by Henry G. Covert is an excellent study guide. It should spark a lot of discussion in a class. For the “I-am-not-sure-what- to-call-them” group: the second book in Justin Cronin’s trilogy, The Passage, is out. I really liked the first one, all 766 pages, and will read the other two. This group should also enjoy World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars by Max Brooks. Max is Mel’s son so you know that the humor will be just a little off center. Note to my personal Santa: Alice Hoffman’s The Dove Keepers looks good; Snuff, a new Discworld book, by Terry Pratchett would be appreciated….love Discworld, and Nora Roberts has a new trilogy called Inn Boonsboro. *Please feel free to place this list on the family bulletin board for all the Santa’s in your house.
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Give Thanks for All You Have By Les Barnhart
Itâ€™s that time of year again. Itâ€™s the time for giving thanks for all that we have and all that we have been given. Itâ€™s for spending time with family, friends and loved ones. Itâ€™s time for catching up on the much needed â€œdown timeâ€? where you can relax, have a cup of whatever it is that makes you happy. Itâ€™s also a time to make you own Norman Rockwell and Hallmark moments. Thanksgiving is unofficially the start of it all. In my eyes, it signals several things like the opening week of the â€œsecond seasonâ€?. Not only does this signal the start of the holiday season but it also signals that the NFL postseason is almost upon us. And let us not forget that college football is headed into their magical time of year...bowl season.
With Thanksgiving you get it all. You get football and a long weekend (most of us) but more importantly you get the food, oh the wonderful food! Now, in addition to the football in the afternoon, we also get parades in the morning so that when the noontime kickoff rolls around, we can say to them that they watched television all morning and they need a break. Nice game plan there, fellas! (It had to be a football fan that thought of having the Macyâ€™s Thanksgiving Day Parade at that time.) The first step in enjoying Thanksgiving Day and the football is to get past the fact that the Cowboys play someone on this day every year. If you are like me and the sight of the blue Dallas star makes the turkey want to head north, have no fear there are plenty of other quality viewing items or you could flip on the Christmas music and rest your eyelids for a spell. The final key for my getting the most out of Thanksgiving Day is of courseâ€Śloose clothing and perhaps a day or two of fasting before the big meal. The other tip, always carry some Gas-X or your personal choice of a gas reliever. Remember youâ€™re eating turkey, not a green salad. You have to be prepared for the after effects of such a meal. If you are a â€œdouble diner,â€? meaning that you have multiple meals on Thanksgiving, I have
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two final nuggets of advice: pace yourself and donâ€™t be afraid to go with the elastic waistband and for the love all that is sacred, donâ€™t tuck in your shirt. No one wants a 3-D vision of your belly filled with turkey and all the fixings. Seriously though, take the time over this Thanksgiving weekend and look at all that you have and all that you have been given. Allow all the talk about the state of the Redskins, Eagles, Steelers and the state of affairs with Penn State to rest for the day. Take a moment to give thanks and let those around you know how much they really mean. With all that goes on in this world, donâ€™t ever assume that you will always have the chance to make things right with family or friends. You never realize how much someone or something means to you until itâ€™s taken from you. Donâ€™t leave things to chance. Tell those you love just how much you love them. And never assume you will get another chance to do so. Happy Thanksgiving.
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The Bald Eagle Area Little League Softballâ€™s Blue team recently wrapped up their first season of Fall Ball. The team members in the photo are: (Standing) Paul Fisher, Bob Surovec and Denny Johnson. (Kneeling) Zoey Surovec, Breanna Packer, Michaela Maynard and Cierra Miller. (Sitting) Tanisha Myers, Madison Surovec and Ashton Robinson. In the front row is Sydney Johnson and Madison Fisher. Also on the team but not pictured were Kiersten Walker and Avery Abersold.
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The 30th Annual Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Featuring for the Second Year
Dickens & Company A Gaslight Gala with Dickens
Kick off the event weekend with a posh themed evening of exquisite comestibles, elegant service, top-notch entertainment, and top of the shelf libations. Professional singers, actors and musicians present Victorian traditions like the Yule Log Ceremony, the Cheese Contest, cameo solos and Dickens ever popular staging â€œA Christmas Carolâ€? Thursday Evening, December 8, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Location: American Philatelic Society Building 100 Match Factor Place Cost: $75.00 per person Reservations required. Call 814-355-2917
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Family Buffet, themed Dinner Theater with interactive characters, table-side magic, The â€œ12 Days of Christmasâ€? Show and various parlor games. Location: American Philatelic Society Building 100 Match Factory Place Saturday, December 10, 2011 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Cost: Adults $25.00 Students and Children $10.00 Reservations can be made by calling 814-355-2917
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Charles Dickens and his character present Merry, Magic, the Ho-Ho-Ho Contest, Sing-a-long Songs and â€œA Christmas Carolâ€?. Location: American Philatelic Society 100 Match Factory Place Saturday, December 10 at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, December 11 at 10:00 a.m. Cost: $25.00 per person Youth $15.00
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Mr. Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob & Mrs. Cratchet and the Fezzwigs are still here to name a few. Play along as they engage you, the good citizens of Bellefonte and beloved visitors, in various conversation and charitable work.. Be sure to hail them and each other with a hearty Good Day and a heartfelt Happy Christmas!
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Little Lions Outrun Colonels Nittany Lions Roast the Buckeyes; One Win from Big Ten Title Game By Gazette Sports Department
For the fourth consecutive year, the State College Little Lions are the Class AAAA District 6-9-10 champions after defeating Erie Strong Vincent in thrilling fashion, 42-31. In an offensive explosion, the teams combined for 879 yards of total offense, with the Little Lions outgaining the Colonels 458-421. Jack Haffner paced the Little Lions yet again, rushing 26 times for 219 yards and three scores. On the season, Haffner now has 1,837 yards. If he rushes for 163 yards this week, he will eclipse the 2,000 yard rushing mark. He is currently averaging 167 yards per game on the ground. Haffner was complimented by Andrew Kellyâ€™s 21 rushes for 122 yards and two scores and Josh Weakland, who was an efficient 7-10 for 133 yards and a touchdown. For the Colonels, Mike Neavins rushed for 156 yards on eight carries and quarterback Denzel Jones rushed 18 times for 141 yards. With State College leading 21-0 late in the first quarter, Neavins ripped off a 53-yard touchdown run. On the Little Lions next possession, the Colonels held the Little Lions on a goal-line stand, then proceeded to go on an 11-play 99-yard drive, culminating with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Chris Kirkland, making the score 21-13. They then recovered an onside kick and three plays later, Jones scampered in from 11-yards out but couldnâ€™t connect on a two-point conversion try, making the score 21-19. Haffner then ripped off a 64-yard touchdown run where he ran over two Colonels on his way to the end zone to put the Little Lions up 28-19. In the fourth quarter, Kelly and Haffner each scored on short touchdown runs to give the State College a comfortable 42-19 lead. Jones then got loose for a 92-yard touchdown run, and tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to DeAndrye Henderson, cutting the deficit to 11. That would be as close as they would get though. Jones finished the day with 237 yards of total offense. With the win, State College takes on the University Prep Panthers, champions of the Pittsburgh City League in the opening round of the PIAA. The Panthers are 11-1 on the season, with their lone loss coming in week two to the hands of Brashear, 22-13. The Panthers are averaging 26 points per game, and are giving up a stingy 3 points per game. They have posted nine shutouts on the season, and are currently riding a six game span where they have not given up a single point. The first round of the PIAA Class AAAA championships kicks off at Mansion Park in Altoona on Saturday November 26, with a 12 noon kick.
Mounties Fall to Richland The Philipsburg-Osceola football team was trying to make it to their first District Six Double-A title game when they took on Richland in the semifinals on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. It was the Mounties fifth time to the semiâ€™s under the direction of head coach Jeff Vroman, but for the fifth time, the Mounties came one contest short of their goal. Richland made the big plays down the stretch, as they defeated Philipsburg-Osceola 35-1. John Rizzo had a big game on the ground for the Rams, rushing for 257 yards and two touchdowns, including scoring runs of 54 and 73 yards. The Rams as a team rushed for 404 yards on the evening. After falling behind early 10-0, Philipsburg-Osceola put together two scoring drives in the second quarter, both of them culminating in 1-yard touchdown runs. The Mounties had a chance right before halftime to take the lead. Trailing 16-14 and the time winding down, Philipsburg-Osceola was inside the 25-yard line, but had a pass intercepted to stop the threat. Philipsburg-Osceolaâ€™s only touchdown in the second half came on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Mike Marcinko to Aaron McKnight. Michael John had a solid game in his final game as a Mountie, rushing for 133 yards on 21 carries. The Mounties see their season end with a record of 9-3, while Richland moves into the District Six title game against top seeded Tyrone.
By Les Barnhart
COLUMBUS â€“ The Penn State Nittany Lions rebounded from their setback to Nebraska with an impressive road win in a place that has not been kind to them in the past. Prior to their 20-14 win over Ohio State on Saturday, the Nittany Lions had posted only one win in nine games against the Buckeyes in the famed â€œHorseshoeâ€? in Columbus. Overall their last win in the series was a 13-6 victory in 2008 and that was the one win. Penn State (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) knew they had to defeat Ohio State to keep their shot at representing the Leaders division in the first Big Ten Championship. The Nittany Lions opened the game with an impressive drive that was capped off with the first of the two rushing touchdowns by Stephfon Green. Perhaps more interesting than the 39-touchdown run by Green was that it came on the first play in which Penn State lined up in the â€œWildcatâ€? formation. The Nittany Lions would use that formation will success against the Buckeyes and certainly seemed to add another weapon to the offenses arsenal. The senior running back would account for both of the Penn State touchdowns and would end the game with 93 yards rushing on 16 carries. Silas Redd added 63 yards on eight carries as the Nittany Lions would pound out 241 yards on the ground against an Ohio State defensive unit that had defended the run quite well in their previous games this season. Anthony Fera would add a 43-yard field goal late in the first quarter to allow the Nittany Lions to build a 10-0 lead. The Buckeyes (6-5, 3-4 Big Ten) would answer when quarterback Braxton Miller got loose down the right side for a 24-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. That touchdown seemed to open up both offenses as Penn State would answer Millerâ€™s touchdown with Greenâ€™s second score; this one from just 4 yards out to push the score to 17-7. Ohio State came back with another touchdown as Miller connected with his tight end, Jake Stoneburner, on a 7-yard touchdown pass to again cut into the lead. Penn State would answer back with a 46-yard field goal by Fera, his second of the half, at the close of the second quarter. The teams would go to halftime with the Nittany Lions holding a 20-14 lead. After scoring the thirty-four points in the second half, neither would tally another in the remaining thirty minutes of the second half. Penn State came close but couldnâ€™t punch through the Buckeyes defense on four shots inside their five yard line. The Buckeyes on the other hand didnâ€™t fare as well in the second half against the Nittany Lion defense. While they did gain 235 yards rushing against the Penn State defense, most of that damage was done in the first half. The Nittany Lions changed their plan of attack against the run-first quarterback and thus limited his success. Miller would end the game with 105 yards rushing on 18 carries. The Buckeyes running back, Tim Herron, had 18 carries for 76 yards. The win sets the stage for a winner-takes-all game this weekend for the Nittany Lions. They will travel to Camp Randall in Wisconsin to take on a Badger team that came back to defeat Illinois on the road, 28-17. Their primary weapon, Montee Ball had 224 yards rushing to go along with three touchdowns in the win. The game kicks off at 3:30pm on Saturday and will be televised by ABC/ESPN.
Stewart Wins Third Championship By Matt Masullo
Tony Stewart didnâ€™t win a race during Nascars regular season, and that is just fine with him; he won five races during the ten race Chase for the Cup playoff en route to his third series championship. His fifth win, came Sunday at the Homestead-Miami Speedway and it clinched the championship for the Office Depot team. Runner-up (in the race and in the pointâ€™s standings) Carl Edwards led a race high 119 laps and finished the season with 2,403 points, the same amount that Stewart had. Stewartâ€™s five wins on the season won the tiebreaker for him. He finished the season with nine top five finishes, and 19 top ten finishes. Edwards finished in the top five 19 times and inside the top ten 26 times. The win for Stewart on Sunday was his most dominating performance of the season. He had to race from the back of the field twice, passing 118 cars. Stewart is the first owner/ driver to win the championship since the late Alan Kulwicki in 1992. His win also ended the reign of Jimmie Johnson, who has been the defending series champion since 2006. Nascar features one of the shortest off-seasonâ€™s of any of the major sports, with the 2012 Daytona 500 right around the corner on February 26. Teams will take a brief break from the action before heading south for time trials and testing.
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NOVEMBER 25, 2011
Thanksgiving is More Than Steelers Get Healthy Before Eagles Find a Way, Knock Turkey, Santa in a Parade Heading to Arrowhead Off 1st Place Giants or Black Friday Sales By Les Barnhart
Thanksgiving. In itself it is a reason to get together with family and friends to eat turkey and “punkin” pie. It is also viewed as the start of the “holiday season”. Others see it as the start of the Christmas shopping season with Black Friday becoming as important as Thanksgiving in their eyes. For many, the true meaning of Thanksgiving may have escaped without our even knowing it. Thanksgiving is just that; a time to give thanks for all that we have or were given. You may have been given beautiful children, a spouse that you can truly call your best friend, a job that you look forward each day, you may have been given another chance or have a family that loves and accepts you for the person that you are despite your flaws (which we all have). It is at this time of year when you are reminded to step back and look at all that you have been given. For many of us, we have all that we need within arms reach and it is up to us to reach out and bring it close to our hearts. For you see, for all that we are given, sometimes we fail to realize how much we have until it is too late. You are loved. Every day of our lives is a footprint on the path to heaven. How hard we stomp, run over others or simply shuffle along is up to each of us. Whether you stop and help those who have stumbled is up to us. How much we stray from that path is also up to us. And along the way someone will undoubtedly step on your toes. How you choose to react to that is also up to each of us. But remember this, there may come a day when having your toes stepped on would be a welcome thing compared to walking that path all alone. You are loved. Stop for a moment and think of how much you have and imagine that it was gone. Or perhaps that it is you that is sitting at the biggest Thanksgiving feast of all while your loved ones reflect on the memories that their time with you provided them. You are loved. So after you consume all the delicious eats that makes Thanksgiving so great, be sure to give thanks for all that you have been given and show the loved ones in your lives how much they really mean to you. You are loved. If we were asked by a stranger what we were most thankful for, we would answer that we are thankful that we were able to feel love, anger, disappointment, sadness, joy and laughter all in the same place. And if that same stranger asked where this place could be found, we would simply say “in my family”. You are loved.
By Matt Masullo
By Matt Masullo
The bye week came at an ideal time for the Black and Gold. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is nursing a dinged up thumb, LaMarr Woodley is nursing a sore hamstring and Emmanuel Sanders recently had his knee scoped. The bye week gave the Steelers and their veteran team time to heal up before the stretch run where they will face three divisional opponents (Bengals once & Browns twice). This Sunday night in primetime, they will travel to one of the hardest places in all of professional sports to play, Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Steelers aren’t the Steelers of old, where they run the football and play great defense. They still play great defense, but their offense has evolved around a receiving corps dubbed by themselves, “young money”. Mike Wallace, who may be the fastest player in the league, Antonio Brown, who has supplanted Hines Ward as the teams number two wide out and the aforementioned Sanders, who is currently recovering from knee surgery. Roethlisberger loves running the no-huddle offense where he gets to call plays at the line of scrimmage, and his young receivers run up and down the field like race horses. The no-huddle offense may be needed in Arrowhead, where the stadium tends to be as loud as a Jay-Z concert. The running game is still there with Rashard Mendenhall, but it supplements the passing game; whereas in years past, the two facets of the game were vice versa. The Chiefs are playing with former Pitt quarterback and West Allegheny product Tyler Palko and running back Jackie Battle, who sounds like a character in a Seinfeld episode. With injuries to starting quarterback Matt Cassel and starting running back and fantasy football stud Jamaal Charles, Palko and Battle are now asked to move the ball up and down the field. Dwayne Bowe still mans the outside for the Chiefs, but he is no longer the threat he once was with Cassel with Palko at the helm. On defense, former Nittany Lion Tamba Hali leads the charge with six sacks on the season. Kickoff is at 8:20 Sunday night on NBC.
No Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin; no problem. Andy Reid handed the ball to the uber-controversial Vince Young, and all he did was throw a game-winning touchdown pass to Maclin’s backup, Riley Cooper with 2:45 left to play, as the Eagles knocked off the New York Giants 17-10 in Sunday night football. Vince Young was 22-36 for 258 yards, two touchdown passes (one to former Giant Steve Smith and the Cooper score) and three interceptions on the night, but it was just enough to get the win. LeSean McCoy was held out of the end zone for the first time this season, but he did rush for over 100 yards, tallying 113 yards on the ground. DeSean Jackson returned from his one week hiatus for missing a special teams meeting the week before, and contributed six catches for 88 yards, and a big 51-yard punt return, eerily similar to the Miracle at the Meadowlands 2.0 last season that set up the Young to Cooper touchdown. For the Giants, they struggled to establish a running game against one of the worst teams in the league, statistically, at stopping the run. The Eagles held the G-Men to just 29 yards on the ground. Although Eli Manning had a solid outing (18-25, 265 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception), their ineptitude on offense killed any chance they had at securing a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Eagles will host the Patriots next Sunday at 4:15 on CBS.
ATTENTION: Wingate Softball Parents and Players The Wingate Association of Bald Eagle Area Little League Softball will be holding their regular monthly meeting at 5pm on DECEMBER 11TH at the Bald Eagle Area High School. It is held prior to the league meeting. They are looking for coaching candidates for the 2012 season. All interested parties should plan to attend this meeting.
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Bald Eagle Area Little League Softball Meeting The Bald Eagle Area Little League Softball will be holding their regular monthly meeting on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 starting at 6pm at the BALD EAGLE AREA HIGH SCHOOL. Regular monthly meetings are held the second Sunday of each month at the Bald Eagle Area High School.
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