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This year the Winter Solstice, a.k.a. the camera and tripod, hot cocoa, and a blanket longest night, falls on December 22. Depend- and set up in my lawn to watch and photoing on the year, this can happen from the 21st graph the eclipse from beginning to end. to the 23rd of the month but, most often occurs It was quite an amazing and beautiful specon December 21. The Winter Solstice marks tacle. It really is amazing how the Universe works. the first day of winter, the shortest amount During those few freezing hours in the middle of of daylight in the Northern the night I realized how blessed hemisphere (the longest in the I was to be alive, healthy, and southern), and my birthday. turning 29 on such a wonderful Growing up, I wasn’t occasion. From that night on, thrilled with having a winter I plan to embrace my birthday birthday, especially one so close and the day with the shortest to Christmas. Friends would amount of light. say, “This is your birthday Culturally, Winter Solstice AND Christmas present.” I celebrations vary. Many recmore or less demanded that my ognize or celebrate it with birthday presents be wrapped The Lunar eclipse last December festivals, rituals, gatherings. 21 on the Winter Solstice specifically with festive In times past, some would celbirthday wrapping paper and not Christmas ebrate with huge feasts and drink because they paper and almost contemplated changing my would slaughter animals at this time so they actual birth date to my half birthday of June didn’t have to be wintered and because alcohol 21st or the Summer Solstice. This would allow like wine and beer would have finished fermentfor friends to partake in squirt gun fights and ing by this time. Other cultures give gifts, play games, not snowball fights, for birthday themes other than snowmen be used, and for presents to be sing songs, or dress in fanciful and celebratory wrapped in pretty yellow-flowered paper and costumes. I once attended a Winter Solstice not reindeer-themed paper. Over the years I celebration where the women gathered without became more comfortable with my birth date men and lit a bon-fire with homemade torches to and even embraced, bragging that it is shared symbolize the coming of the light, since the days progressively get “longer” after the Solstice. with Frank Sinatra and Joe Paterno. Last year, I also prepared a “Yule” log for Last year on my 29th birthday, between the hours of 1 and 4 a.m., I came to the realization the solstice by adorning a log with beautiful that December 21st or the Winter Solstice was red bows and making a homemade circle of the absolute best day of the 365 to celebrate pine. After dark, my husband and I ended my a birthday. Last year was not only the Winter 29th birthday by burning the log and wreath Solstice and shortest day of the year but, also while stating what we were thankful for. a Lunar Eclipse. I gathered my gloves, hat, This is a shortened version of how some


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This fall, 15 schools in Centre County participated in both a national and state-wide school recycling competition. Although the national and state winners have not been announced yet, we have a Centre County winner. Mountaintop Area Elementary School has claimed victory in Centre County by recycling a total of 2,110 pounds of paper during competition. That’s a whopping 12.79 pounds of paper per person at the school. Mountaintop Area Elementary School will receive an award plaque as well as a check for $250.00 from the Centre County Solid Waste Authority for coming out on top in Centre County. Philipsburg-Osceola High School received the second place prize of $100.00 for recycling 9.3 pounds of paper per person at the school. The national and state-wide winners will be announced early next year. Over all, the 15 schools in the competition recycled over 18,000 pounds of paper during the competition. All results can be viewed at The Centre County Solid Waste Authority would like to thank all schools for participating. Great job all!

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The weather outside was not frightful for a change – for Bellefonte Victorian Christmas. Nary a blizzard or ice storm in sight. It was a beautiful weekend to explore this friendly, historic town and scoop up some holiday spirit. Three Gazette correspondents chose events to chronicle. Amy took her three children, including her newborn, to Breakfast with Santa, took a well-deserved new-mommy break and attended the Victorian High Tea & Brunch with Dickens. Ebun chose The Homes Tour and shared her experience as a guest at some of the most notable homes in Bellefonte. Tim roamed the streets with his camera and captured the unique Victorian touches that made this Christmas celebration so memorable – from the costumed characters to the horse-drawn carriage rides. Sam broadened our holiday horizons outside of Bellefonte by attending a Penns Valley’s choral concert, 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor ceremony in Boalsburg, the Gregg School craft show, and the grand opening of a teen center. Amy visited the Festival of Trees and Karen explored the renovations underway at Pets Come First, the new SPCA. Cheryl Edwards is a newcomer to Centre County. She lived in quite a few towns along the east coast for the first few decades of her life, but never really felt at home. Her first experiences in Centre County warmed her heart. She asked me to share her impressions as a newcomer. Another Gazette column was born. Read the first installment of Finding Home: Reflections of a Newcomer, this issue. I’ve already skipped ahead and know that you’ll appreciate following Cheryl as she happily “finds home” in Centre County. Good news for the YMCA of Centre County this week. Now there are three. The Moshannon Valley YMCA teamed up with the State College and Bellefonte Ys to strengthen the network of educational and healthful opportunities offered to Centre County families. This is week nine of the Gazette Stock Market Game Challenge. You’ll find the topthree team standings on the Centre County Schools’ page. Next week we’ll unveil and announce the final results at a luncheon at CPI, Tuesday, December 20. I plan to represent The Gazette as Economics Pennsylvania reveals the winning teams. Although State College High and CPI have been in the lead most of the way, who knows if a bold investment will change the final outcome of this exceptional educational exercise. This week’s feature is Last Minute Gift Ideas. We added some charitable, thoughtful, and “buy locally” ideas to the mix. Please support our local merchants, artists, professionals, restaurateurs, charities, and crafters this week – especially Gazette advertisers. The gift of a stronger local economy is tied to our purchasing choices. The Gazette wishes our Jewish neighbors Happy Hanukkah on December 21 – which also happens to be the winter solstice this year. (See The Fresh Life column for details.) We also congratulate Penn Staters graduating this weekend and wish returning students a peaceful Christmas break. We’ll keep the lights on for you.

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How Often Should You Feed Your Dog? This can often be quite a loud discussion – how often a dog should be fed. Everyone thinks that the way they do it is best, but what is the truth? Is free feeding better? Is a schedule better? Let’s be clear. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. I’ll outline them here. Free Feeding Pros • Dogs don’t feel pressure to eat; they know where the food is and that it will always be there. • Some dogs will eat only what they need; more if they’re hungry, less if they’re not. • Some feel that this lessens food aggression, though there’s no real science behind that. • It’s really convenient for you. Free Feeding Cons • Free feeding can delay potty training in puppies because it is harder to determine when the puppy eats, and therefore, when it has to go. • A lot of dogs will eat out of boredom and some will eat until it’s gone. Obesity is a real concern for all sorts of chronic disease. • Dogs will be less likely to be food-motivated for training. • If you have multiple dogs, one may over-eat and one under-eat and you won’t know the difference. • Over-eating adds to the factors that can cause bloat, which can be fatal if it happens and you’re not home. • You may not notice that you have a sick dog if you’re not able to pay attention to eating habits. • Old food can attract bugs or rodents into the house, and the food can go bad, particularly in hot weather. • Your dog might become a fussy eater. • Feeding on Schedule Pros • Can help with potty training. Puppies (and most dogs) will eliminate right after a meal. • If your dog is refusing to eat, you’ll know it immediately and can take veterinary measures. • The schedule in the household will revolve around you, not around the dog. • You control when and how much your dog eats and so you are the leader, allowing them to eat when you want them to.

• Lessens dog aggression at the food bowl because you can then separate multiple dogs while they eat. • Heightened anticipation at dinner time will allow your dog to be motivated by food, which will help with obedience training. Feeding on Schedule Cons • You have to carve out time in your schedule to prepare the dog’s food. • Dog may feel pressure to eat, even if he’s not hungry. In my opinion, dogs should be fed on a schedule. I feed my dogs twice a day. Greyhounds are notorious for getting a belly ache if they don’t have food at least twice during the day, often vomiting up yellow bile when they’re hungry. Then, once they have an upset stomach, they can’t eat...then they don’t eat. It’s a cycle that’s hard to break sometimes. But feeding twice a day keeps that at bay. If you’ve ever seen your dog throw up yellow bile, it could be that he’s just hungry. I even give my dogs a little snack before bed, which gets them through the night without belly growling or salivating. Some dogs just don’t have a good sense of when they’re full and they’ll eat and eat, literally until they are sick. That just can’t be good for a dog. Also, if a dog is a free feeder, but it has stopped eating, the owner may not even realize it until a substantial weight loss has occurred. I watch carefully when and what my dogs eat. If they miss a meal, I know something is really wrong and I can take action immediately. Really, it’s not just about how often either; it’s about the routine. Dogs really love routine and do well if they know exactly what’s going to happen and when. They seem to do better with food throughout the day. Feeding is a very personal decision and so I would never presume to tell you what to do. But it is my opinion that regular feeding is a more logical and healthier choice. Toni Duchi is on the board of directors of Nittany Greyhounds, and author of The Practical Hound: Better Choices for a Healthier Dog. If you would like to ask her a question, she can be reached at If you have questions about greyhound adoption, visit

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CENTRE HALL – On January 1, the Pennsylvania SPCA will transfer the management of their Centre Hall Adoption Center to Pets Come First, the local non-profit that successfully worked to transform the Centre Hall SPCA from a shelter with an 87-percent euthanasia rate to a no-kill shelter in 2008. SPCA staff, Pets Come First members, and volunteers have been hard at work cleaning the shelter, fund-raising, and recruiting more volunteers. The need for the shelter remains great. SPCA Team Leader Troy Klinefelter said the SPCA Adoption Center in Centre Hall receives approximately thirty calls per day from people seeking to surrender pets and strays. To have time to prepare the shelter for the transfer, the Centre Hall SPCA and Pets Come First will halt the intake of animals during December, then resume intakes in January. Deb Warner, president of Pets Come First, said they are in the process of converting the garage to an intake room with an isolation area for mother cats and kittens. The roll-up garage door will be replaced with donated double doors. They also plan to replace the drop ceiling in the cat room and add ceiling fans. Pets Come First seeks volunteers to clean the shelter on Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18, beginning at 10 a.m. Board member Dar Bellissimo said Pets Come First is recruiting ongoing weekly volunteers to work at the shelter. The shifts include Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 to 4, and weekends from 8 to11 and from 8 to 4. Volunteers can register to help through the website. The shelter needs foster families. SPCA staff member Cheryl Sharer said, “The best way to evaluate dogs and see what they need is to put them in a foster home. It’s hard to get a true evaluation in a shelter setting.” To run the shelter, Pets Comes First must raise $250,000 per year to cover the costs of pet food, spaying and neutering, vet bills, utilities, building maintenance, insurance, gasoline, and staff salaries. “You have to have paid workers,” said Warner. “You can’t run it all by volunteers. You have to have people that you know are going to show up. The animals have to be taken care of every day.” The SPCA employees will be laid off when the shelter changes hands, but Klinefelter and Sharer will continue working

Pets Come First is turning the shelter’s garage into an intake room and isolation area, to provide a place to bring new animals for assessment. The garage door is being replaced with two donated double doors.

at the shelter as volunteers during the transition. Klinefelter has nearly 20 years of experience at the shelter and served as the Team Leader since 2007. Warner hopes to raise enough funds to pay for two staff positions. Pets Come First is applying for funding grants. They actively seek donations and sponsorships from corporations and individuals. Warner said Linda Jabco of JabcoMaggi Motors recently donated a used van to the shelter, and veterinarians have offered spay/neuter services at reduced cost for shelter animals. Other fund-raising efforts include the Annual Dog Jog, and selling T-shirts, Gardners candy, and Sheetz coupon books. Beginning in January, the shelter will be open 1 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Monday will be an intake day. Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be reserved for spaying/neutering, vet trips, housekeeping, and training. Pets Come First, the new SPCA, is located at 2541 General Potter Hwy (Route 322), Centre Hall. For more information, call 814-364-1725, 814-359-7150 or visit Look for the Pets Come First Wish List in this issue, under Last Minute Gifts – With Heart. Paula Contreras, a long time SPCA volunteer, focuses on working with the shelter dogs and has an interest in dog behavior. She shares information about the individual dogs’ traits with prospective adopters.

Pets Come First board members Nicole Defazio, Dar Bellissimo, and Cathy O’Connell helped clean the shelter on December 10.

Troy Klinefelter, the SPCA Team Leader, and Cheryl Sharer, SPCA staff member, will volunteer at the shelter after Pets Comes First takes over. Sharer is also on the board of Pets Come First, and is one of the organization’s three co-founders.

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BELLEFONTE – At noon Thursday, November 17, Bellefonte Elks Lodge 1094 volunteers served a Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings including cherry, apple, peach, or pumpkin pie to approximately 80 area senior citizens. Terry Chandler prepared the delicious meal assisted by Joe Pochyba, Scooby Poorman, Ed Evock and Rick Zerby. Pudge Smith and Linda Nau were the chairpersons for the event. Bellefonte Elks volunteers who served the meals were Eleanor Solt, Luanne Rogers, Lecturing Knight Nina King, Arnold Barger, Bill and Anna Marie Edmiston, Helen Williams, Jack Miller, Gloria Reish, Loyal Knight Craig Moore, Greg and Tammy Thal, Mick and Pat Lose, Leading Knight Denise Zelznick, Richard Steele, Sam Markle, Pudge Smith and Linda Nau. Benediction was given by Pudge Smith who acted as master of ceremonies. Norma Markle played the organ during the meal. Door prize winners were Dolly Fenush, Mary Spellia and John Glossner. The guests were entertained by a

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Going Away for the How You Can Help Holidays? Tips from State College Police Donate to Centre Volunteers in Medicine Department As the upcoming winter break approaches, the State College Police Department would like those students and residents planning to leave the area to consider the following safety tips to help reduce property loss and/or damage. S E C U R E YOUR RESIDENCE: Lock all of your doors and windows. Consider placing a bar or piece of wood on the track of a sliding glass door to assist with securing the door. Be sure to close all of the curtains and blinds in your apartment or residence. SECURE VALUABLE ITEMS:  Take valuable items and small electronics with you if possible.  If items must be left behind, do not leave them in plain view near windows or doors and place them where they are not easily accessible. Please record serial numbers and note if the item is able to be tracked using a GPS locator (activate GPS applications). SECURE YOUR VEHICLE(S): Remember to lock car doors, park in a well-lit area or a secure facility, and remove all valuables from vehicles, especially those in plain view (GPS units, small electronics such as IPods, MP3 players and currency including change). HOLD MAIL AND NEWSPAPERS: Have your mail held and postpone newspaper delivery. Don’t make it obvious to others that you are away.  HAVE A TRUSTED FRIEND OR NEIGHBOR CHECK YOUR RESIDENCE:  If you know someone trustworthy who is staying in the area while you’re away, arrange to have them watch over your residence from time to time. Provide them with a contact number for you in the event of a problem.  DON’T HIDE SPARE KEYS: Don’t hide spare keys outside. ENSURE SUFFICIENT LIGHTING: Make sure you have sufficient lighting around all of your doors, especially those not visible from the street. Buy a motion-sensitive light or a timer that automatically turns on exterior lights.  REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: If you are staying in the area over break, please be vigilant and report suspicious activity (persons, vehicles for example). 

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Centre Volunteers in Medicine’s Friends and Family Campaign and the Shaner Community Challenge is underway. For the seventh year, Lance and Ellen Shaner will match dollar for dollar up to the first $50,000 in donations, effectively doubling your gift. The campaign kicked off prior to Thanksgiving and will run until the end of the year. All funds raised will remain in Centre County to support CVIM in providing medical and dental services, case management, and medication assistance to individuals without insurance coverage. Cheryl White, CVIM Executive Director expressed “CVIM is very fortunate to consider Lance and Ellen our partner’s in providing quality heath care to our Centre

County friends and neighbors. In times such as these, when the number of individuals needing care is on the rise and available funding has been cut, it may sound clichÊ but every dollar really does count.� The Friends & Family Campaign will generate approximately one third of CVIM’s annual operational budget. The remainder of needed funds are raised through special events, individual donations, gifts from civic and community groups, and churches throughout the Centre County region. Only 5 percent of CVIM’s budget is government funded. It is the true spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism that enables CVIM to keep its doors open.

Happy Valley Hotels for Hope Weekend Now, during Penn State graduation weekend, more than 2,000 hotel rooms are occupied by Penn State alumni, parents, and students. In light of recent events, the State College hotel community, Hotels for Hope, and Central PA CVB have partnered to prepare a grass-roots fundraising effort supporting RAINN (Rape Abuse & Incest National Network). The 23 participating hotels will donate $1 per occupied room night between December 15 and 18. Hotels will promote the cause at check in, along with answering questions guests may have about the campaign. Each property will hand out informational cards containing a “Happy Valley Hotels for Hope Weekend� logo and statistics related to sexual abuse. Affixed to every card is a blue ribbon, which guests can wear throughout the weekend. “We continue to take pride in the Happy Valley hotel community for their call to action and all that it represents,� said Michele MacDonald, co-chair and director of

sales for HFL Hotels. All donations will be facilitated by Hotels for Hope and donated through The Hotels for Hope Fund. “Penn State’s motto ‘Success with Honor’ continues through the actions of this hotel community,� noted Neil Goldman, Founder of Hotels for Hope. RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault violence organization. Charitable contributions from hotel room night consumption and additional donations will fund RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Online Hotline. “Thanks to Hotels for Hope and participating hotels, the Penn State community is giving back to help victims, and demonstrating what being a Penn Stater is really all about,� said Scott Berkowitz, Founder of RAINN. “Since this broke, we have seen a 54 percent increase in usage to our hotline.� For a list of participating hotels and more information please visit

Mo Valley YMCA Joins YMCA of Centre County By Sandie Biddle

PHILIPSBURG – The YMCA of Centre County now offers the resources of the Bellefonte Family YMCA, the State College Family YMCA, and the Moshannon Valley YMCA – to serve families living throughout Centre County. The YMCA of Centre County announced the addition of the Moshannon Valley YMCA at a press conference December 14. Since September 2010, the Moshannon Valley YMCA has been operating under a management agreement with the YMCA of Centre County. During this period, there were ongoing dis­cussions about making the Moshannon Valley YMCA part of the YMCA of Centre County – to better serve the residents of the Moshannon Valley region. Both YMCA’s boards of directors unanimously decided to explore this venture in May 2011. An ad hoc committee composed of volunteers from both YMCAs was formed and has thoroughly studied this opportunity. Both boards unanimously approved a resolution at their September 2011 meetings to continue with merger proceedings by dissolving the corporate status of the Moshannon Val­ley YMCA so that it may become part of the YMCA of Centre County. This merger is complete and should enhance the mission, capabilities, and quality of the YMCA experience. The group is excited about how this decision will improve their abil­ity to meet the needs for YMCA services, programs, memberships, and facilities throughout Centre County. The Moshannon Valley YMCA will retain its identity in its community. Internally, operational policies and practices

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The merger of the Moshannon Valley YMCA with the YMCA of Centre County was announced December 14. Speakers at the event included (L to R) John Conroy, corporate board president for YMCA of Centre County; Tammy Gentzel, Centre County United Way executive director; Lee Conti, Moshannon Valley YMCA board president; Dennis Ditmer, CEO for YMCA of Centre County; and Mel Curtis, Moshannon Valley YMCA program director. will match those of the YMCA of Centre County. There will be no loss of jobs or reduction of services. Anchored in Centre County for more than 144 years, the YMCA has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. The YMCAs thank everyone for supporting their efforts and encourage everyone o get involved in one of the upcoming annual fund raising opportunities – to find out first-hand the way your YMCA is touching hearts and changing people’s lives.




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Old Gregg School Hosts Holiday Country Craft Fair Article & photos by Sam Stitzer

SPRING MILLS – The third annual Holiday Country Craft Fair & Winter Farmers Market was held December 10 at the Old Gregg School Community Center in Spring Mills. Funds raised at this event support the Old Gregg School Community Center. Vendors filled the gymnasium and the hallway on the first floor of the building. The gymnasium was very busy, as craft and food items of all types were being sold to a crowd of happy customers. A wide variety of items and vendors were represented. Beverly Martin sold hand-painted Christmas tree balls. Beverly uses acrylic paints to create a variety of scenes on these ornaments. Scenes of candles, wreaths, snowmen, and many others were on display. They are unique works of art as well as attractive decorations. Christel Gibson and Ashlee Wessel showed a line of handmade baby-related items. They call their company Two

Mary Kay Williams sold dry soup mixes from Cooke Tavern Soups in Spring Mills.

Mama’s Goods. Hair clips, headbands, and travel wipes cases were just a few of their items. Mary Kay Williams handed out samples of soup made from their all natural gourmet soup mixes from Cooke Tavern Soups in Spring Mills. The soup mixes feature freeze-dried ingredients and they are free of chemical additives. Each bag of soup mix will make two quarts, making a very tasty and nourishing meal. The Cooke Tavern packaging plant in Penn Hall is powered by solar electric cells, which produce enough power to run the plant and can feed excess electricity back into the power company’s grid. The Holiday Country Craft Fair has become a popular annual event in the Penns Valley area. The old school gym was filled with customers throughout the day, as the air was filled with the spirit of Christmas. We thank all those who participated in this enjoyable event.

Christel Gibson (left) and Ashlee Wessel (holding four-month-old Brink Lentz) represented Mama’s Goods.

The school gym was busy with vendors and shoppers all day.

Beverly and John Martin sold hand painted Christmas ornaments.

Patricia Gibboney (left) and Deana Musso represented Nittany Valley Organic with a line of handmade goats milk soap and soy candles.

Festival of Trees: Turns Ag Arena into Winter Wonderland Article & photos by Amy Debach Confer

UNIVERSITY PARK – The 17th Annual Festival of Trees was held at the Penn State Ag Arena on December 8 to11. It was a brilliant, sparkling, and festive display of trees decorated by local sponsors. It was the first year that the event was run by the Centre County United Way and not the YMCA, who sponsored the event for the past 10 years. The event was put on in cooperation with the PSU Student Chapter – Society of American Foresters, Woodland Owners of Centre County, and the “wild Dream Team” of SCASD. There were also several other groups, individuals, and sponsors who received special thanks for the event. The trees were purchased from Pine Grove Nursery in Clearfield at a discounted rate. Then participating sponsors would purchase the trees at the following rates which raised money for The United Way and partner agencies. Tannenbaum Sponsors $500, Canaan Fir Sponsors $200, Douglas Fir Sponsors $100, and Evergreen Sponsors $45. This year there were 82 decorated trees sponsored by a business, organization, or individual. The trees’ decorations often had themes relating to the sponsors. For instance, the Bellefonte YMCA decorated their tree in purple with gymnast silhouettes as decorations, Edible Arrangements covered their tree in beautiful dried fruit ornaments, while the Woodland Owners did something interesting by not decorating their tree at all except with a sign reading, “We chose not to adorn this tree to show its natural This tree was decorated in beauty for you to enjoy.” M y honor of a couple who was personal favorite was sponsored married at the festival 13 by the Centre County Library years ago. and Historical Museum that had beautiful hand-folded paper

Volunteers, Noreen Byers and Chuck Gambone, from the Downtown Rotary Club manned the snack booth.

ornaments made of old book pages. To vote for your favorite tree, one would drop pennies or a donation into a large water bottle found in front of each tree. The visually fullest bottle at the end of the weekend would receive a cash prize of $100 for first place, $75 for second, and $50 for third. The remaining monies donated through voting would be given to the United Way and partner agencies. As well as beautifully adorned trees, there were craft vendors and entertainment. Entertainment included a puppet show; ESP-Folk Rock Acoustics; Jen and Connie, a guitar and banjo duo; singer-Annie Zaccaria; and the Nittany Knights Barbershop chorus, to name a few. Craft vendors ranged from jewelry and handbags to toys and baked goods. Cathy Walton, local home-based business owner of “Mia Bella by Nature,” says it is her first year as a vendor at the Festival of Trees but has attended the event almost every year. Hers and some neighboring craft vendors from Potters Mills are part of a group, Nittany Shop with Heart, approximately 200 artisans, farmers market and craft vendors, who raise money for the Hope Fund. The Hope Fund helps individuals and families with medical and financial difficulties primarily in the Penns Valley area. The group also helps to raise money for the community center in the Old Gregg School in Spring Mills. Cathy mentioned that Kim Hacker, organizer of the Festival of Trees “has done a wonderful job and has been very helpful to all the vendors.” While Kim Bowersox, vendor and owner of Kim’s Pockets, added, “It was nice to see everyone working together to decorate the trees.” There was also food at the event. The Rotary Club of Downtown State College provided hot dogs, hamburgers, bbq and sodas, to name a few. The group and its volunteers, such as Noreen Byers and Chuck Gambone (pictured) have served food for the event for many years. While most of the trees were sponsored by businesses or organizations, I noticed one tree sponsored by a couple. The tree was adorned in black with silver bows and a large number 13 on the bow-topper. I was

The Bellefonte YMCA gymnastics team decorated this tree.

A bird’s-eye view of the Festival of Trees told that Clay and Melanie Phillips, who sponsored the tree, actually got married 13 years ago at the festival and had their reception upstairs, so each year they sponsor and decorate a tree to celebrate their anniversary! This is a great community event, a wonderful display of holiday spirit, and a spectacular way to raise money for the Centre County United Way and its partner agencies, which provide so many resources for Centre County.

Craft vendors and members of Nittany Shop with Heart: Kim Bowersox, Cindy Gray, and Cathy Walton.

The State College Borough had a blue-and-white themed tree.

Handmade ornaments decorate the tree from the Historical Society.



Pearl Harbor: December 7, 1941-December 7, 2011 Article & photos by Sam Stitzer

BOALSBURG – On the cold, rainy afternoon of December 7, 2011, a group of about 40 people, a color guard of former U.S. Marines, and an honor guard from American Legion Post 245 gathered inside the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Japanese Imperial Navy’s attack on the American Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. The ceremony was planned to be held outdoors under the guns of the battleship USS Pennsylvania, located on the grounds, but bad weather forced the move to the indoor site. Military Museum Educator, Joe Horvath, addressed the gathering, noting that on that day which President Franklin Roosevelt said would “live in infamy,” the USS Pennsylvania, docked at Pearl Harbor, was hit by a single 500-pound bomb which killed 28 men, and wounded another 29. The Pennsylvania was the first ship to return fire on the Japanese planes that day. When the raid was finished, more than 2,300 military and civilian casualties were inflicted, and America was drawn into the largest and bloodiest war in its history. Horvath recounted more of the USS Pennsylvania’s combat history, noting that it was subjected to 113 air raids and alerts from the very first kamikaze attacks with no loss of life. It saw action shelling the beaches of Guam and the Philippines. In March of 1945, the Pennsylvania returned to San Francisco, where her main guns, worn out from 29 years of service, were replaced with 14-inch guns from the Oklahoma. Those original guns are the ones standing on the museum grounds in Boalsburg. The USS Pennsylvania suffered a damaging torpedo strike just four days before Japan surrendered, ending the war. After the war, she was used as a test ship for nuclear bombs, and was scuttled by the navy in 1948, due to heavy contamination by radiation. The casualties of the Pearl Harbor attack were honored with a 21-gun salute by an honor guard, and the playing of Taps by bugler Dave Strouse. On December 7, 1941, “Remember Pearl Harbor” became a battle cry for the United States, and it has endured for seven decades. We must never forget. Marine Corps League presented the colors.

The guns of the USS Pennsylvania stand in silent witness to the Pearl Harbor attack.

Museum Educator, Joe Horvath addresses the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day crowd.

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Teen Center Opens in Penns Valley Article & photos by Sam Stitzer

A new Youth Center for teenagers in the Penns Valley area opened October 12. It is a non-denominational youth center, sponsored and funded by the Penns Valley Community Church. A former classroom in the Old Gregg School Community Center was renovated by volunteers guided by PVCC Youth Pastor, Tim Shutes. The Youth Center held an open house the evening of Wednesday, December 7. It has a café-like atmosphere, with plush furniture, televiGuided Sound performed at the Youth Center open house. sions, a food serving area, and a small This program, with volunteer adult chaperstage for musical events. It provides plenty of room for socializing and just ones, also offers tutoring and study help to Penns Valley teens. Future plans include “hangin’ out.” Pastor Shutes said the center is open expanding their hours to more weekdays, and every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. for an to host some weekend events for teens. A band called Guided Sound was perafter-school program, headed by Keri Miller. forming at the open house. Their members include mother and son, Amanda and Mark Fisher. The band members met through the Penns Valley Community Church, and the band’s headquarters is the Fisher home in Centre Hall. Pastor Shutes said that the Youth Center is open to all youth in the Penns Valley area, and he hopes they will take advantage of an opportunity to drop in and visit. The Penns Valley Community Church holds worship services in the Old Gregg School comYouth volunteer, Cierra Shawver (left), and her mother, Lisa munity Center. The church can be Shawver chatted with Keri Miller, reached at (814) 422-5360, or http:// head of the after-school program.

PVCC Youth Pastor, Tim Shutes, led the Youth Center project.

Plenty of food was available at the Youth Center open house. Countertops are made from the old classroom’s chalkboards

Finding Home:

Getting Here By Cheryl Edwards

I usually don’t believe in such things, but I wonder if it was fate that brought me to Centre County. I grew up largely in Bucks County but I moved six times before arriving there in fourth grade, hitting three states in the process. Since graduating college in 1999, I’d lived in Charlottesville (VA), Atlanta, and Boston before a finding myself back with family in the outer Philadelphia suburbs. When asked, I jokingly said, “I’m from the East Coast, all of it.” I knew I wanted to find a true home, but was beginning to wonder if I ever would. I think I have. I plan to share stories about Centre County from a newcomer’s eye, but I’ll start with how I got here. I was at a transition point and living with family temporarily when a job at Penn State’s Law School caught my eye. The position, based in State College, felt like a fit. Moments after setting up a phone interview, I began my research. I’d worked in recruiting and knew they’d want someone who would come and stay. I wanted to be prepared to talk about the region, show I’d done my research, and convince them I could see myself here. I can’t speak for the people who interviewed me, but I certainly convinced myself. I

loved the fact that there was a small-town feel (I never liked big cities.), but that I’d still have access to everything I could really imagine needing. I liked that the easy pace was mixed with the vibrancy of a college town. I visited for an in-person interview. I fell in love. I was imagining a life here when I got the news. I came in second. I’ll confess, there were tears. Fast-forward to New Year’s Eve. I’d become reacquainted with a childhood friend who hosted a small gathering. At the party, I met a guy who’d gone to school with me (it was a HUGE high school, 2,500 kids in three grades). He was supposed to meet another girl that night but he swears he had no interest in meeting anyone else because, “You talked to me first.” What did we talk about? The fact that he lived in Bellefonte, a little town just outside State College. The connection led to conversation, the conversation led to phone calls, the calls led to dates, and the dates eventually led me to become a Bellefonte resident myself. I didn’t get the job but I did get the hometown (and the guy!). It is a region that, for reasons I’ll tell you in future columns, I hope to make my home for many years to come. Editors Note: Cheryl impressed me with her enthusiasm for the area and her writing style. Some who have lived here all their lives may take for granted the remarkable area in which we live. In this series, Cheryl will share her Centre County impressions since moving here in February.

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Last Minute Gifts Christmas 2011 – Birth of a New Tradition


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can hire some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running. Looking for something more personal? Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, pottery, and beautiful wooden boxes. Plan your holiday outings at local, owner-operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or concert at your hometown theatre? Or find a venue showcasing local bands. Honestly, do you really need to buy another 1,000 Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five-dollar string of light, about 50 cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy, or babysitter a nice big tip. Christmas shouldn’t be about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is about caring about your neighbors, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away, to follow their dreams. When we support other Americans, the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine. Make this the new American Christmas tradition.

Editors Note: A handful of people sent this to me in an e-mail, including Gazette contributors Pat Park and Brian Bassett. I’ve edited it for this issue to give you more gift ideas with heart. Giant Asian factories kicked into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced gifts – merchandise produced at the expense of American labor. This year could be different. This year Americans could give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans – gifts produced by Americans. It’s time to think outside the box. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese-produced wrapping paper? Everyone gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber? Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about health improvement. (However, husbands, your wives may get the wrong idea.) Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American-owned detail shops and

car washes would love to sell you gift certificates. Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down thousands on a Chinese-made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or rounds at the local golf course. There are many owner-run restaurants – all offering gift certificates. If your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint? This isn’t about big national chains, it’s about supporting hometown Americans putting their financial lives on the line, helping keep their doors open. How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy? Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would love the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. Or a massage, spa visit, or manicure. Most computers could use a tune-up. You

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The Centre County Library & Historical Museum celebrates the anniversary of the Civil War and its ties to Centre County with the first in a series of commemorative & collectible ornaments. This ornament is available now at any Centre County Library branch in Bellefonte, Centre Hall, Millheim, and Philipsburg, and the Centre County Bookmobile. Ornaments are $10 and feature Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin. They make fabulous gifts! Check out for more information.

Grange Cookbook for Sale The newest PA State Grange cookbook is available from Bald Eagle Grange for $18. Please call Suzanne (814) 355-7734 or Chris (814) 359-4230. This is a great gift idea!

An open letter to Tammy A. Miller, author of Pink Ribbon Stories, A Celebration of Life: Dear Tammy, Thank you so much for your collection of Pink Ribbon Stories, stories by people who have experienced breast cancer with faith, courage, and, most of all a touch of humor. Their stories did indeed encourage, inspire, and make me smile. They also brought back very personal memories from – wow! – 23 years ago this coming March. When I started your book I thought that I would read it in small doses. I planned on reading several of the short chapters, after checking to see if any of the contributors were known to me, then

SEND YOUR STORY IDEAS TO THE GAZETTE! picking it up in a day or two and reading some more. It did not work out that way. I became so captured by the honesty of the writers, that I just kept going. Each individual story is beautiful in its honesty, and yet they each carry a similar theme; you can not get through something like breast cancer without a bunch of F’s – Faith, Family, Friends, and a Funny Bone. Some of the humor will surprise the reader. Since most of the writers are from the Happy Valley area, the reader will find some neighbors and friends included in the book. We all know someone who has gone through the shock of hearing, “You have cancer.” this book will be an asset in helping to know what to say and do. The chapter that you included from Dolores Magro, Director of Patient

STATE COLLEGE – Amid the bustle of holiday shoppers in the Nittany Mall, dedicated volunteers from the Centre Communities Chapter of the American Red Cross cheerfully wrap gifts to raise vital funds for Red Cross programs. The project, which has been ongoing for 20 years, is one of a few fundraising events held by the chapter. It generates revenue to support the disaster relief, blood services and health and safety education programs. Proceeds help sustain services throughout the holiday period and the winter months that follow. Shoppers may choose from 10 different gift wrap papers and will have all their packages beautifully wrapped while they wait. Gifts made or purchased anywhere may be brought to the Holiday Gift Wrap Center. Virginia Brown, Chapter Executive for the Centre Communities Chapter, feels customers are doubly rewarded. Not only are their gifts beautifully wrapped by the caring hands of a Red Cross volunteer, but they also receive the satisfaction of knowing that the price they paid for the service will ultimately benefit Red Cross clients. The gift wrap booth is open everyday through December 24. It is conveniently located at Centre Stage area beside Santa Claus.

Advocacy & Conference Development for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, was particularly helpful. Dolores’s title may be a mouthful, but her organization is so valuable. No matter what the illness is, an advocate is necessary to get through the medical journey. Those of us who are not part of the medical profession may need help in finding the necessary information and resources The “A Sprinkle of FUN from Tammy” at the end of each story was a light touch. Needless to say, my favorite was the one that you chose to end your book. “We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh” was said by Agnes Repplier. So, Tammy, thank you. Pink Ribbon Stories is indeed very “up-lifting” (pun intended).

Pink Ribbon Stories as a Gift This is a truly wonderful gift for anyone on your gift list who is looking for words to encourage, inspire, and make them smile. This book is filled with stories by 123 people (many local people) whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. There are stories that will warm your heart; make you laugh; cause you to pause for reflection; and others that simply tell a story of a courageous journey through life. Every reader will find something of interest. The cost is $15 with proceeds benefiting the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. Order today at, or call Tammy at (814) 360-4031. (Electronic versions for your favorite e-reader are also available at the Web site.)



DECEMBER 16, 2011

Holiday Events

In addition to this calendar, see Save the Date in the Entertainment section! Through DECEMBER 24 Support Red Cross Gift Wrap Project Now through December 24 at the Nittany Mall, volunteers from the Centre Communities Chapter of the American Red Cross are cheerfully wrapping gifts to raise funds for Red Cross programs. Shoppers may choose from 10 different gift wrap papers and have all their packages wrapped while they wait. Gifts purchased anywhere may be brought to the Holiday Gift Wrap Center. The wrapping service is near center stage and Santa. DECEMBER 16-18 Santa Express Train Ride Weekend All aboard for The Santa Express – one-hour trip to Pleasant Gap area & return – with 10 excursions available. Tickets for Santa Express are$10, available at the Train Station in Bellefonte; online by PayPal; or by mail (check made out to BHRS) to station (enclose selfaddressed, stamped envelope).The Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad Company is donating locomotive(s), fuel for locomotives, and train crew time In support of the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society train excursions. •Friday, December 16: 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. •Saturday, December 17: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. •Sunday, December 18: 1 p.m., 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. DCEMBER 16 & 17 State College Elks &State College Food Bank Lend a hand with the Elks and Food Bank Christmas Charity Program, at State College Elks Club. For more information, call David Wasson at (814) 466-7231. • Food Basket Preparation: December 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. • Toy/Food Basket Distribution: December 17 from 7 a.m. to noon DECEMBER 17 & 18 Polar Express at Schlow The Polar Express event is at Schlow Centre Region Library December 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and

December 18 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children can enjoy The Polar Express story and ride the trolley around downtown State College. Children can visit Santa’s workshop and get photos with Santa. FMI, 235-7817 DECEMBER 17 Recreation Sacred Concert Re-Creation, the full performance singing and dancing group from Port Trevorton, Pennsylvania will present the program “Hallelujah Christmas” December 17 at State College Alliance Church at 7 p.m. This year’s program is an all-sacred celebration of birth of Jesus with traditional hymns like The First Noel and O Come All Ye Faithful. Spikes Holiday Event The State College Spikes invite you to the first-ever Spikes Holiday Sale Event at Off the Rack Outfitters December 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everything is 20 to 70% off. Other items, including 2012 MiniPlan Special (buy one seat, get one free) are available. There will also be a Santa appearance, autograph signing with Ike the Spike, free coffee/hot chocolate, kids, ornament coloring table, and a suite giveaway. DECEMBER 18 Community Sing Along The State College Community Sing Along is December 18 at 3 p.m. in the State College High School South Auditorium. Admission is free, and the event will feature holiday music and refreshments. For more information, call (814) 238-3451 or e-mail Children’s Christmas Party The Port Matilda Fire Company is holding its annual Children’s Christmas Party December 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. Santa will be on hand, plus cookies and games for kids. Breakfast with Santa The Clarence Democratic Club will serve a breakfast with Santa December 18 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. All children are welcome.

Night of Miracles Cantata A “Night of Miracles” Cantata will be held December 18 at 7 p.m. at the Runville United Methodist Church. The choral concert is presented by the combined choirs of the Runville UMC and Curtin UMC. DECEMBER 19-22 It’s a Wonderful Life at The State It’s a Wonderful Life returns to the big screen at The State Theatre! Relive the magic of George Bailey’s tale when he is shown what life would have been like if he never existed. The State Theatre will be showing It’s a Wonderful Life on Monday, December 19 at 4 & 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 20 at 4 & 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 21 at 4 & 7 p.m., Thursday, December 22 at 4 & 7 p.m., and Friday, December 23 at 4, 7 & 9:30 p.m. The film is $5, which includes a $2 box office fee. DECEMBER 21 Night of Miracles Cantata A “Night of Miracles” Cantata will be presented December 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Curtin United Methodist Church. The choral concert is presented by the combined choirs of the Runville UMC and Curtin UMC. Advent Services All are invited to Advent Community Vespers Services at 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings: • December 21, St. John Lutheran, Millheim 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 December 21 for a traditional service of light and Vespers. This service of Word and Prayer will be sung, using Holden Evening Prayer. DECEMBER 24 Candlelight Service All are welcome to the Christmas Eve Candlelight

Service at 6:30 p.m. at the log cabin church on Rt.322 just one mile east of the SPCA near Potters Mills. For more info call the church at (814) 466-6064 or see Candlelight Communion St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pleasant Gap is having a Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service December 24 starting at 7:30 p.m. Special Christmas music will begin at 7 p.m. The community is invited. DECEMBER 25 Free Christmas Dinner The Bald Eagle Valley Community UMC is hosting free Christmas dinner with all the trimmings in the fellowship hall December 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. Free deliveries are available to shut-ins and others unable to make it to the church. For more information or to order a meal please call Judy Dyke (814) 355-2647 or the church office (814) 353-8870 before December 23. Christmas Dinner for All All are invited to a Christmas Day Dinner hosted by the State College Presbyterian Church on December 25 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the church’s Social Hall, at the corner of Fraser and Beaver, 132 W. Beaver, State College. The traditional turkey dinner is free of charge and will be shared by people from many walks of life including a variety of traditions and faiths, Centre County natives and international neighbors, and even those who find themselves traveling through the area over the holidays. Transportation and home delivery can be pre-arranged by calling (814) 238-2422.

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Victorian Christmas Through the Eyes of Tim Weight

The Dickens troupe, representing characters in A Christmas Carol, performed at a variety of events and strolled Bellefonte’s streets.

(photos by Tim Weight)

Civil War Re-enactors of Thompson’s Independent Battery C Pennsylvania Volunteer Light Artillery were on hand during Victorian Christmas.

Families and couples enjoyed the old-fashioned pace of a horse-drawn carriage ride around Bellefonte.

Bellefonte Victorian Homes Tour

Even the bedrooms at the Inn at Walnut Acres were festive.

Article & photos by Ebun Adewumi

Checking out the tree and the train display

The foyer of the Forge House

The middle school was one of the craft sale venues during Victorian Christmas.

“I’ve driven by…and I’ve always wanted to see the inside.” This was said over and over by more than a few visitors who checked out the Bellefonte Victorian Homes Tour. What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than spending an afternoon touring beautifully decorated landmarks? A highlight of the three-day annual Bellefonte Victorian Christmas held December 9 to 11, visitors paid $10 for a self-guided tour of eight Victorian homes. Though you can go at your own pace and carefully look at all the intricate designs and unique décor, there The Reynold’s Mansion were plenty of hostesses and volunteers around to chat about the history of the house and its previous owners. The 32-room Reynolds Mansion on West Linn Street, also a bed and breakfast, was full of visitors. One interesting story about the house is the room that is

currently the Billiards Room was originally designed to be just that – but one previous owner placed a trampoline in the room for his children. At the Forge House, on Forge Road, seven of its original nine fireplaces are intact and still functioning. The house also retains most of the original windows, doors, floorboards, and tile surrounding the fireplaces and mantles. You couldn’t ask for more Christmas spirit than the Inn at Walnut Acres on Weaver Hill Road. The inn’s owners decorated each of its B&B rooms a different Christmas theme. There were five other buildings on the tour: the home of Cecil and Sally Houser on North

Allegheny Street, The Bellefonte Brownstone on North Allegheny Street, the Thompson House on East Linn Street, the house of Dr. Kevin and Carol Burke on West Linn Street, and the Bellefonte Train Station on West High Street. The Victorian Christmas Homes tour was co-sponsored by the GFWC Bellefonte Woman’s Club and Victorian Christmas Committee Homes Tour Committee. Proceeds from the tour are shared by both groups and are recycled back into the community.

The Forge House

The Inn at Walnut Acres was decorated for Christmas.

Victorian Christmas: Breakfast with Santa & High Tea with Dickens Article & photos by Amy Debach Confer

This past weekend was Bellefonte’s Victorian Christmas, with events happening all over town, from Christmas concerts and craft shows to a spectacular Gala dinner and a children’s tea party. I personally chose to partake in the Breakfast with Santa held at Lambert Hall and the Dickens-inspired High Tea held in the American Philatelic Societies building at the old Match factory. Both events were lively and festive. Breakfast with Santa was held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and included pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, and drinks as well as fresh fruit from a beautiful arrangement donated by Edible Arrangements. Children could also make crafts and holiday ornaments, have their caricature hand drawn for free, and of course, tell Santa what special thing they want to find under their tree on Christmas morning. This event was sponsored by the Bellefonte Kiwanis group and SPE Federal Credit Union. This event was festive and bustling with families and children who were able to spend the morning together celebrating each other and the magic of Christmas. The second event I attended was the magnificent Dickensinspired high tea with a fashion show put on by some of the members of the Batter B Ladies Auxiliary, a light artillery re-enactment group. The High Tea event has been a Victorian Christmas highlight for 30 years, but this was the first year adding brunch and Dickens.

A Dickens’ character performed a short story.

The room was decorated with live pine and cloth-covered tables complete with lovely tea snacks like egg salad, tuna, scones, coffee and tea which the ladies – including Sally Hauser, the coordinator of the event – passed around with the utmost elegance and attention to etiquette. Everyone who attended joked with the Dickens theatrical players whether they were “pinky in” or “pinky out” tea drinkers. The event was catered by Hoag’s Catering & Celebration Hall. Dickens’ characters presenting theatrical pieces and music including interactive poems, songs, and short stories. They also came around to each table to engage in light-hearted jokes and conversation, all with Dickens’s era accents. The Battery B fashion show was a new addition to the tea this year. Nancy Vansaun and Bonnie Berry explained the historical accuracy of the Victorian costuming they were wearing and talked about traditional garb and etiquette of the day. They explained that the look of the era was based on the look of Mary Todd Lincoln. Women were to have round and plain faces, with their hair parted sharply down the middle, with broad shoulders, and a thin waist. They explained that women were to make small humble movements and the hostess would always be underdressed compared to her guests. Nancy, part of a Civil War knitting group, also came around to the tables showing her layers of garb including the knitted petticoat down to the traditional coin holder. Nancy explained the

The Koch family enjoyed the High Tea.

In Victorian costume, the greeter took tickets for the breakfast with Santa.

layers of the union uniform and added that the suit has never actually been retired. Among those attending the “Koch” girls. Rebekah, A lovely brunch was enjoyed by all. Keturah, Tirzah, and Linda have attended Victorian Christmas for several years but, never the Dicken’s High Tea. They each prepared outfits specifically for the event and Rebekah even made her own. The women seemingly loved getting into character and while enjoying the brunch. Linda wore a beautiful and elaborate Victorian hat that she purchased at Victorian Rose in Bellefonte and were interactive in the Twelve days of Christmas song by being the “Six geese a-laying.” The costumes worn by the players, the auxiliary, and the event goers were beautiful and made the event that much more festive. If you are interested in participating in the High Tea and Brunch with Dickens next year, I highly recommend it for a ladies group, motherdaughter outing, or as a Christmas gathering. See our Facebook page for all of the photos Amy took during Victorian Christmas.

Hailey Confer told Santa what she wants.

Nancy Vansaun showed the layers of garb.



Tyrone Heading to Hershey After Upsetting Aliquippa

RG III Wins 77th Heisman Trophy Award By Matt Masullo

By Les Barnhart Photos courtesy of Manning Photography ALTOONA – Under John Franco, the Tyrone and tied the game at 13-13. Golden Eagles football program has stood year Steve Franco, the Golden Eagles’ senior after year as the pride of District 6 football. The quarterback, gave his team the lead for Golden Eagles, a team that plays in the Class good on a trick play that ended saw James AA division, takes on bigger schools week in Dorminy tossed an 8-yard touchdown pass and week out during the regular season and to his quarterback. The successful extra point gave Tyrone a 20-19 lead. dominates them with regularity. Aliquippa also answered their oppo They are a perennial contender for District 6 AA title but surprisingly, this nent’s score with one of their own as Dravon Saturday will be their first PIAA finals Henry broke loose for a 60-yard touchdown appearance since defeating Mount Carmel in run. The Quips went for the two-point con1999 when they meet Lancaster Catholic this version but were stopped short of the goal Saturday at noon in Hersheypark Stadium. line. They would get another shot later in the Lancaster Catholic (15-0) will be making game when they intercepted Franco and were set up at the Golden Eagles’ 22 yard line. their second trip to the finals in three years. The Golden Eagles (14-1) give District Franco would redeem himself by intercept6 just their seventh appearance in the PIAA ing the ball to end the threat. final. The previous teams have combined to go 1-5 in those games with Tyrone’s win in 1999 being the lone victory. Tyrone reached the finals with an upset win over WPIAL powerhouse and previously unbeaten Aliquippa (14-1). In the 20-19 win, the Golden Eagles forced five turnovers and stopped the Quips on what would have been the potential winning two-point conversion with just over five minutes to play in the game. One of the five turnovers gave Tyrone an early lead when Charles Wilson returned Steve Franco rolls out of the pocket. an interception 22 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. The Golden Eagles missed two first half field goals with an Aliquippa touchdown in between that knotted the game at 7-7. The Quips went ahead on the third play of the second half when Hassahn Thompson took a 54-yard pass to the endzone. A missed extra point left Tyrone trailing 13-7. The Golden Eagles would answer Tyrone stops Aliquippa on their two-point conversion attempt. that score with one of their own

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MARION CENTER – The Bald Eagle Area boys’ basketball team opened their tournament season last weekend in the Marion Center Cancer Awareness Tip-Off Tournament. In the two day tournament, the Eagles posted two close wins including a 56-52 win over host Marion Center in the championship game. In their first game, the Eagles edged out West Shamokin 56-54. Jeff Koleno received the “Strength Award” for his play in the two games. The award is given in the memory of Howie Chambers. Back row: Cole Carolus, Clayton Cingle, Dennis Fisher, Jon Romine The Junior Varsity also picked and Doug Turner. Middle row: Brandon Gettig, Jeff Bennett, up a win over host Marion Center Byrce Green, Jeff Koleno, Ryan Dyke and Bryan Greene. Front as they cruised to a 44-21 victory. row: Coach Brett Butterworth and Coach Bill Butterworth.

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New Mexico Bowl

Temple (8-4) v. Wyoming (8-4)

12/21 8pm on ESPN

Conferences: Mid Atlantic Conference (MAC) v. Mountain West Conference (MWC)

Location: University Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico

12/17 5:30pm on ESPN

At the end of this game, Bill Cosby should be smiling as his Owls are set up to do well in the kickoff game of the bowl season. Temple runs the ball very well with RB Bernard Pierce inflicting damage on opposing defenses all season including a near upset of Penn State early in the season. Wyoming picked

up wins in three of their final four games but still hasn’t found a way to defend the run and that should spell success for Temple as they only pass the ball when necessary. This should be a good start to the bowl season but with a 2pm start, many may miss it.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Ohio (9-4) v. Utah State (7-5)

Conferences: MAC v. Western Athletic Conference (WAC)

Location: Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho

12/17 9pm on ESPN

The Bobcats will get a look at the famed “Smurf Turf” that has caused more than one person to turn the channel due to the distracting blue field. Ohio will look to finish what most would call a good season with what would be their tenth win but as them and they will say they should have won more games this season and played for the

MAC title. They havent had success in bowl games as they are 0-5 in bowl games. The Aggies ended their regular season with five straight wins after stumbling out of the gate. They play opponents close and this looks to be no different but Ohio, to the pleasure of Don Bedell, should have enough to finally get that first bowl win.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Louisiana Lafayette (8-4) v. San Diego State (8-4)

12/20 8pm on ESPN

Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

The Ragin Cajuns make their triumphant return to a bowl; ending a 41 year hiatus. They finished third in the non-football power conference known as the Sun Belt and will face a Aztecs team that makes consecutive bowl appearances for first time since the late sixties. San Diego State likes to run and

RB Ronnie Hillman stands as the third ranked rusher in the nation, gaining 138 yards per game. The Aztecs announced earlier this season that they will be joining the Big East and playing conference games starting in 2013-14. They closed out their season with wins in four of last five games.

Beef’O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl

Florida International (8-4) v. Marshall (6-6)

Poinsettia Bowl

Louisiana Tech (8-4) v. TCU (10-2) Conferences: WAC v. MWC

Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

12/22 8pm on ESPN

The Bulldogs of La. Tech won the powerless WAC conference and managed to do so without defeating a ranked opponent. Their losses came against better opponents and that appears to be where this game is headed as the Horned Frogs, who should be in a better bowl, are a better team. Due to the MWC being a non-BCS conference, TCU failed to meet minimum

requirements for a BCS bowl. Mark it up as another knock against the failed BCS system as the Frogs are more worthy than others playing in a “big” bowl. TCU’s rushing attack should test the stout Tech defense that gave up an average of 122 yards on the ground. Then again, they havent seen a three-back system like the Frogs will offer.

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl

Boise State (11-1) v. Arizona State (6-6) Conferences: MWC v. Pac-12

Location: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

12/24 8pm on ESPN

Boise State is another team that dislikes the current BCS system. They dislike it so much, they opted to leave the MWC and will join the Big East in 2013 as that conference is afforded an automatic BCS bowl bid. The Broncos only loss this season was to TCU. They bring their 10th ranked pass and 7th ranked scoring offense into Sin City

to hammer whats left of a Sun Devil team that lost its final four games and their head coach, Dennis Erickson. Oh, Boise State also boasts the 1oth ranked scoring defense, allowing just 18.3 points per game. You shouldn’t miss much sleep with this game as it should be over early with Boise State rolling to their 12th victory.

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

Nevada (7-5) v. Southern Mississippi (11-2) Conferences: WAC v. C-USA

Conferences: MWC v. Sun Belt

Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana


Location: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii

12/26 5pm on ESPN

At first look, most will dismiss this game because it falls on Christmas Eve and for that reason, many will miss out. However, if you want to give the 24-hour rerun of “A Christmas Story” a break, flip it over to ESPN. Not only can you see the team that ended Houston’s Cinderella run but undoubtedly ESPN will run their upto-the-minute update on the happenings in Happy Valley.

Both teams like to run the ball and they also score points (averaging more than 32 per game). The team that can limit the other team’s success in both categories should find their Christmas just a little more merry. Nevada averages almost 252 yards on the ground while the Eagles log 208 yards per game. Tune in if you can as this game could be one of the better early bowl games.

Independence Bowl

Missouri (7-5) v. North Carolina (7-5)

Conferences: Sun Belt v. Conference USA (C-USA)

Conferences: Big 12 v. Atlantic Coastal Conference (ACC)

This is a admittedly a tough bowl to sell considering its played on a Tuesday night in the week leading up to Christmas. But that isn’t a bad thing as its still football on a night that will have no other games being played. Marshall’s record may not be impressive but their defensive end, Vinny Curry, certainly is. He ranks national in tackles for loss,

This game may not scream excitement with both teams having 7-5 records but it’s the day AFTER Christmas and you could find yourself visiting friends or family so this game suddenly looks better. UNC will be playing in their fourth straight bowl game but heads into Louisiana having lost four of its last six games to end the regular season. The Tigers finished

forced fumbles and sacks. He changes offensive game plans. The Panthers’ eight wins is a school record as is their making consecutive bowl appearances. They won 4 of last 5 games and finished fourth in Sun Belt. Ok, you are right, this is a tough sell. At least put it on while you are wrapping presents or checking your list.

Location: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

the season on an upswing, having won three straight and narrowly missed beating Baylor. They will be playing without head coach Gary Pinkel, who was suspended following his arrest on DWI charges. How much that impacts their play remains to be seen. This will be Missouri’s last game as member of Big 12 as they head to SEC next season.



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12/27 4:30pm on ESPN

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

Purdue (6-6) v. Western Michigan (7-5)

12/29 9pm on ESPN

Conferences: Big Ten v. MAC

Location: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

12/27 8pm on ESPN

Over the years, this bowl has produced some interesting games. This one could be the next one of them. Western Michigan brings the 8th ranked pass offense into what should be a home game for them. QB Alex Carder triggers the offense against a Purdue team that slipped by a 1-win Indiana team to reach this bowl. The Broncos ended their season

with wins in three of last four with the loss coming in a 66-63 shootout at Toledo. The Boilermakers defeated both Illinois and Ohio State this season but overall they lacked consistency. The return to a bowl game for first time since 2007 when they played in this very bowl. Look for the MAC to take a win from the Big Ten in this matchup.

Louisville (7-5) v. North Carolina State (7-5) Conferences: Big East v. ACC

Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

12/28 4:30pm on ESPN

game will be played in Charlotte. Junior running back James Washington leads the charge for the Wolfpack, rushing for 852 yards on 212 carries. NC State had an up and down season, and will need to be on its “A” game if they want to hold off the Cardinals.

Military Bowl

Air Force (7-5) v. Toledo (8-4)

Location: The Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

12/30 Noon on ESPN

Location: RFK Stadium, Washington, DC

12/28 8pm on ESPN

Toledo scores in bunches, scoring at least 44 points in the final five games, including 60 in a loss to Northern Illinois. The Rockets have two quarterbacks (Terrance Owens and Austin Dantin) who have thrown at least 15 touchdowns and thrown for at least 1,000 yards.

Holiday Bowl

California (7-5) v. Texas (7-5)

Location: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Forth Worth, Texas

12/30 3:20pm on ESPN

Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

12/29 5:30pm on ESPN

BYU (9-3) v. Tulsa (8-4)

Tulsa Senior quarterback is the triggerman in a balanced attack that averages 454 yards and 34 points per game. The Golden Hurricanes won eight games last year, all against unranked opponents. They have also won their last three bowl games, scoring a

total of 170 points in those three contests. BYU quarterback Riley Nelson shouldn’t have a difficult time moving the ball through the air, as Tulsa has given up nearly 3,500 yards against the pas this season.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Iowa State (6-6) v. Rutgers (8-4) would have ever thought the road to the BCS would go through Ames Iowa? If Mr. Steinbrenner were still alive, his reaction to a football game being played in his beloved Yankee Stadium would likely be – “George is getting’ upset!”

Location: Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York

12/30 6:40pm on ESPN

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Mississippi State (6-6) v. Wake Forest (6-6) Conferences: Southeastern Conference (SEC) v. ACC

games. The Golden Bears of Cal have won three of their last four, giving up a total of 393 rushing yards in those four contests. Texas likes to pound the rock, and the Golden Bears are good at stopping it.

Florida State (8-4) v. Notre Dame (8-4) Conferences: ACC v. Independent

Location: Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

There will be a football game played on a baseball field during basketball season for the second year in a row, as Rutgers takes on Iowa State in the George Steinbrenner Pinstripe Bowl. Iowa State played a large role in the BCS this year when they knocked off Oklahoma State. Who

Location: LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

Champs Sports Bowl Surprising enough, Notre Dame didn’t get a BCS at-large bid. The Irish, always an overhyped program, again fell short of their expectations this season. They lost all three games that meant anything (Michigan, USC and Stanford) but did knock off Michigan State. There may be a question as to who lines up a QB as Tommy Rees was pulled for Andrew Hendrix in the Stanford game. The Seminoles were touted by

Bears to their first nine win season in 25 years and one of those wins was their first ever over Oklahoma. If you have not had a chance to see the now-Heisman winning QB play, do so as chances are the next time you see him play it will on Sundays in the NFL. Some put him ahead of “allworld” QB Andrew Luck of Stanford. RGIII would look great in a Redskins uniform, no?

Conferences: Big 12 v. Big East

Conferences: Pac-12 v. Big 12 Texas is accustomed to playing on New Year’s Day or later, so this pre-2012 bowl will be new hat for the Longhorns. This isn’t a typical Mack Brown Texas team, as this year’s bunch has lost three of its last four

Robert Griffin III, the Baylor QB, collected the first Heisman Trophy for his school on December 10th. The Bears, not known for their football prowess, have been thrusted into prominance by the talented junior. Baylor will get a Huskies team that stumbled down the stretch, losing three of their last four, in what amounts to a home game for the Bears. Griffin led the

Conferences: Independent v. C-USA

Conferences: MAC v. MWC It’s fitting the Air Force (or any of the other military academies for that matter) ended up in the Military Bowl. Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson is the winningest quarterback in Falcon history, and has evolved into an efficient passer in the Falcons triple-option offense.

Baylor (8-3) v. Washington (7-5) Conferences: Big 12 v. Pac-12

Belk Bowl

Louisville lost four of its first six games before rallying the troops to make a run through the Big East, only to fall to Pittsburgh to finish the season with a 7-5 record. Charlie Strong’s group is a resilient bunch to say the least. NC State essentially gets a home game here, as the

Valero Alamo Bowl

others but HC Jimbo Fisher stayed grounded, citing that his team is young but they played stronger as season progressed. They won six of last seven games and two of their losses came on consecutive weeks in September to then #1 Oklahoma and #21 Clemson. The Seminoles defense is the strong, allowing the nations’ fourth lowest amount at 15.2 pts per game.

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If you have paid attention to the Penn State coaching search, you probably know who Dan Mullen is by now; Mississippi State’s head football coach who has been rumored to be at the top of the Penn State wish list. Mullen is an Urban Meyer disciple who runs the spread offense. He is a fiery

personality, who has lead the Bulldogs to a 20-17 record in his three seasons as a head coach, including a 52-14 win over Michigan in last year’s Gator Bowl over Michigan. Wake Forest lost their last game 41-7. Look for Mullen and company to make a statement over an ACC opponent in this pre-2012 bowl game.

Insight Bowl

Iowa (7-5) v. Oklahoma (9-3) Conferences: Big Ten v. Big 12

Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

Iowa returns to Tempe for second straight year and looks for second win. They will have hands full with an Oklahoma offense that checks in ranked fourth in the nation at 365 yards per game. The Sooners started the season off winning eight of their first ten with narrow losses to both Texas Tech and Baylor. They closed the season with a humbling blowout loss to Oklahoma

State in the conference championship. Oklahoma, once ranked #1 this season, will need to forget about the loss to the Cowboys as the Hawkeyes while inconsistent this season, did knock off Michigan and have shown signs of being able to play better than their record would indicate. They too ended their season being dominated in a loss as Nebraska did the deed to them.

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Northwestern (6-6) v. Texas A&M (6-6)

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Conferences: Big Ten v. Big 12

Location: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

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Gone is former A&M Head Coach Mike Sherman. The Aggies opponents coach (Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald) has been rumored to be a candidate for the Penn State job. Wildcat quarterback Dan Persa has been hit or miss this season, and

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Penn State (9-3) v. Houston (12-1) Conferences: Big Ten v. C-USA

is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. The Aggies will have a healthy Cyrus Gray in the backfield to go along with quarterback Ryan Tannehill to run the Aggies potentially explosive offense.

Location: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas

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Georgia Tech (8-4) v. Utah (7-5)

Scandal aside, the most pressing question heading into this game is two-fold. Can Penn State slow down the nations top passing and scoring offense? The flip side of that is has Houston, who as a member of Conference USA, faced a defense like they will face in the Nittany Lions? It will be hard to argue that the Cougars have more offensive firepower than Penn State but Houston

also had more than Southern Miss but their defense frustrated NCAA record passing QB Case Keenum. The Nittany Lions know better than to get into a track meet with Houston so look for a ground and pound effort from them on both sides of the ball. Houston will be playing with an interim head coach as Tony Levine gets the call after Kevin Sumlin left for Texas A&M.

Conferences: Conferences: ACC v. Pac-12

Location: Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas

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The Yellow Jackets started out hot, going 6-0; then lost to Virginia and Miami, before knocking off Clemson. They finished their season by falling to archrival Georgia 31-17, finishing up a disappointing season. They feature the 3rd ranked offense in the country when it comes to running the football, thanks in part to

the triple-option scheme they run. Utah doesn’t have a signature win like Georgia Tech does over Clemson, but did have a chance to play in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship game had they defeated Colorado; a game they lost 17-14. Georgia Tech is favored by three, but has lost their last six bowl games.


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Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Cincinnati (9-3) v. Vanderbilt (6-6) Conferences: Big East v. SEC

Location: Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tennessee

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Zac Stacy leds the Commodores with 1,136 yards rushing to go along with 13 touchdowns. Vanderbilt fell to the likes of Georgia, Arkansas and Florida, all by five points or less this season in the uber competitive SEC.

Location: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California

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Illinois (6-6) v. UCLA (6-7) Illinois started out 6-0, then fell into a tailspin, losing their final six games. UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel was fired before the season ended, and continued coaching. Neuheisel and Illini head coach Ron

Zook are both gone. The only thing to look forward to in this game might be the defensive performance from the Illini, which finished second in the Big Ten and seventh nationally.

Chick-Fil-A Bowl

Auburn (7-5) v. Virginia (8-4)

Location: Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida

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Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

was against Samford. Their losses in that time came to LSU, Georgia and Alabama. The Cavaliers won six of their last eight but it’s their last game that sticks in their head as they were shutout 38-0 at home by Virginia Tech. Neither team boasts a string defense so this could prove to be an interesting matchup on New Years Eve.

game. The Spartans won the Legends Division of the Big Ten and defeated Wisconsin earlier in the season in the famed hail mary. They didn’t fare as well the second go around with the Badgers as they lost a shot at the Rose Bowl in the first ever Big Ten Championship game. Both teams are very evenly matched with the Spartans holding the advantage at the QB spot.

Capital One Bowl

Nebraska (9-3) v. South Carolina (10-2) Nebraska will look to cap off their first year in the Big Ten with a bowl win over a very good SEC team. Playing in what is widely considered the best conference in the nation, the Gamecocks emerged from their schedule with the nation’s fourth ranked defense. That should prove

to be an interesting matchup with the Cornhuskers’ 13th ranked rushing offense. Nebraska dropped two of their last four games including a 45-17 beatdown by Michigan. The Cornhuskers one dimension offense (103rd passing) will have hands full moving the ball.

Gator Bowl

Florida (6-6) v. Ohio State (6-6) Conferences: SEC v. Big Ten

Conferences: SEC v. ACC This game features two teams that are looking to get their 2012 seasons off to a good start and a win would certainly keep the offseason from feeling so long. The Tigers suffered through a post-Cam Newton seasn and with the 106th ranked pass offense, turned to their running game (38th in nation). They won just two of last five and one of those

This bowl should be one of the best game of the day if not the bowl season. Both teams lost in their respective conference championships and will be looking for a win to close their season. Georgia picked itself off the floor after a disappointing last season and won the SEC East. They started off the season with two losses but then won out until their loss to LSU in the championship

Conferences: Big Ten v. SEC

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Conferences: Big Ten v. Pac-12

Georgia (10-3) v. Michigan State (10-3) Conferences: SEC v. Big Ten

AutoZone Liberty Bowl Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros had his team off to a 7-1 record befoe breaking his ankle in a 24-21 loss to West Virginia. He will be playing for the first time since the break when his Bearcats take on the Commodores of Vanderbilt. Junior running back

Outback Bowl

Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

This bowl, which has been dubbed the “Urban Meyer Bowl”, being that his new team (the Buckeyes) will take on his former team (the Gators). Think ESPN will have Meyer announcing the game? Braxton Miller leads the Buckeyes, who have been without the services of some of their best players all season long. In Florida, offensive coordinator Charlie Weis

recently took the Kansas head coaching job, so he will not be present in Jacksonville, which ultimately will be a home game for the Gators. Meyer recruited most of the talent on the Florida roster, but will be pulling for his new Buckeyes, all the while trying to keep an unbiased opinion throughout the game.



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Conferences: Big Ten v. Pac-12

Location: Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, California

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If you like high octane offenses, tune into ESPN on January 2nd at 5pm. The Oregon Ducks run a no-huddle spread offense, feature athletes out the wazoo, and score 46 points per game. Their two loses came at the hands of LSU in Week 1, and to USC in a three-point contest in mid-November, killing any hope they had at a shot at a second consecutive birth in the BCS National Championship game. Don’t blink, or you will miss the Ducks explosive offensive playmakers in LaMichael James, Darron Thomas, De’Anthony Thomas (no relation) and Kenjon Barner. Head coach Chip Kelly rarely

punts and loves going for two following a score. All run sub 4.4 second at a blistering pace. forty yard dash times, and look like race horses running up and down the field Needless to say, Special Teams aren’t his forte. Wisconsin won the inaugural Big Ten Championship, defeating Michigan State 42-39. The Badgers score 44 points per game behind the play of Monte Ball, who is one touchdown shy of breaking Barry Sanders single-season record for touchdowns in a season. Russell Wilson made a great decision coming to Wisconsin, getting an chance to play in the “Grand Daddy of em’ all”.

Location: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas


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Oklahoma State (11-1) v. Stanford (11-1) of the BCS this year, after losing heartbreaker to Iowa State following the tragedy on campus where they saw their woman’s basketball coach and an assistant killed in a plane crash. The Cowboys will be playing angry on January 2nd, and have taken on the personality of their Coach, Mike Gundy. For those who don’t know who he is, Youtube his name; he’s a man, he’s 40 (he is actually a little older than 40 right now, as the sound bite is a couple of years old).

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Kansas State ended their season with three straight wins while being lead by their do-everything QB Collin Klein. He leads the offense in both rushing and passing but truth be told, they are a running team (29th in nation) while having one of the most inept passing attack (ranked 109th). Arkansas, on the other hand, hasn’t seen a

down in which it couldn’t pass. They field the 13th ranked passing attack and can put points on the board. Their only two losses came to LSU and Alabama. Kansas State lost to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Both teams have “quality” losses and should provide football fans an interesting matchup.

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Pitt will be in the Compass Bowl for the second consecutive year, despite the struggles of picking up firstyear coach Todd Graham’s spread offense; they ranked 84th in the nation in yards per game. SMU Head Coach June Jones appeared to be heading to Arizona State before deciding to stay at SMU. Pitt will be without the services of running back

Ray Graham, who was lost for the season with a leg injury. At the time, Graham led the country in rushing yards. J.J. McDermott has thrown for 3,200 yards in June Jones pass happy offense, throwing to the likes of Darius Thomas and Cole Beasley, who are both on the cusp of cracking the 1,000 yard receiving mark. Bowl

Arkansas State (10-2) v. Northern Illinois (10-3) Conferences: Sun Belt v. MAC

Location: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama

Fun fact; only two quarterbacks accounted for more yards of total offense than Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish, who threw for 2,942 yards and ran for an additional 1,382 yards. Those two quarterbacks were Davey O’Brien and Heisman award winner Robert Griffin III

from Baylor and Houston’s Case Keenum, who threw for 5,100 yards. Arkansas State’s quarterback Ryan Aplin gained 3,840, not trailing those three by much. If you like points, tune into this game that will precede the BCS National Championship game by a day, where points will be at a premium.

Michigan (10-2) v. Virginia Tech (11-2) Credit Michigan Coach Brady Hoke for the turnaround at Michigan; playing with Rich Rodriguez’s recruits, he turned around a program that was thought to be the doormat of the Big Ten a year ago. Quarterback Denard Robinson has thrown for 2,056 yards this season, while rushing for an additional 1,163 and totaling 44 touchdowns, leading the

Wolverines back to respectability. The Hookies also have a duel threat quarterback in Logan Thomas, who this season, combined for over 3,200 yards of total offense and 29 touchdowns. The Hokies were knocked off by the Clemson Tigers in the ACC title game, and will be licking their chops in this coin-flip game.

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Clemson (10-3) v. West Virginia (9-3) Conferences: ACC v. Big East

Location: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Arkansas (10-2) v. Kansas State (10-2)

Allstate Sugar Bowl Conferences: Big Ten v. ACC

Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Cotton Bowl

Conferences: Big East v. C-USA

Conferences: Pac-12 V. Big 12

Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona


Conferences: SEC v. Big 12

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl The likely number one overall pick in this year’s draft will be Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who has won the Maxell, Walter Camp, and Johnny Unitas awards this offseason, who will see his collegiate career come to an end in the Fiesta Bowl. Cowboy wide receiver Justin Blackmon won the Biletnikoff award for the second consecutive season, and has declared himself eligible for the upcoming draft. Blackmon will likely be the first wide receiver off the board in April. The Cowboys felt the wrath

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How did the West Virginia Mountaineers get to a BCS bowl game? Granted, one of their three loses came to LSU, but their other two loses came at the hands of Syracuse and Louisville, not exactly football powerhouses. The Mountaineers feature a pair of elite receivers in Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin, who combined for 15 touchdowns this past year, with

each posting 1,000 yard plus seasons. Quarterback Tajh Boyd leads the Tiger attack for Coach Dabo Swinney, who has one of the coolest coaching names of all-time. The Tigers knocked off the Virginia Tech Hokies 38-10 in the ACC Title game, and at one point, we considered a sleeper to have a shot at the BCS title.

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BCS National Championship Game Alabama (11-1) v. LSU (13-0) Conferences: SEC v. SEC

Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

For the sixth year in a row, the SEC will crown a National Champion. This game is a rematch from the regular season when Alabama’s three missed field goals proved to be the difference in their 9-6 overtime loss. Both teams have plenty of star power on both sides of the ball and whether the offenses struggle to move the ball again as they did in November may determine whether this is the best game or just a result of the

flawed BCS system. Outside of the SEC and ESPN, this game isnt making the nation lay awake at night dreaming of another game filled with trash talking, field position and missed field goals. The nations’ two best defenses will square off again with the pressure of living up expectations of a National Title. That pressure has made a difference in many games leading up to this one.


By Matt Masullo

At the beginning of every season that he has been the Head Coach of the New York Jets, Rex Ryan has made it a priority to go to the media predicting that his team will be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at seasons end. He hasn’t been far off, with each season he has been the head honcho in New York, his teams have fallen short, losing in the AFC Championship game. They have their work cut out for them to even get to the playoffs, as they will play the Giants and Dolphins following this week’s matchup against the Eagles. The Eagles, who are annually preparing for their run in the playoffs, look to be playing the role of spoiler this season. After playing the Jets this weekend, they will have a second shot at the Cowboys next week. Winning two weeks in a row could essentially knock two teams from the playoff race. Michael Vick returned to the Eagles lineup last week and provided a spark in a 26-10 victory. DeSean Jackson even looked like his old self, hauling in a Vick touchdown pass. With many Eagles coaches futures up in the air with their spotty play this season, finishing the season on a strong note will be crucial to the future of the franchise. CBS has the coverage of the game this week, with kickoff at 4:15 PM.

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time and suspend Harrison. Losing money for players is one thing, losing games AND money is another, just ask Ndamukong Suh. With the Steelers in prime position to make a playoff run, playing without the services of their quarterback, center and both starting outside linebackers (Harrison with the suspension and LaMarr Woodley out with a hamstring injury) could be damning. The Steelers currently sit in 5th place in the AFC, holding the first Wild Card spot. Traveling across the country is never easy, and traveling to San Francisco to take on the surprising 49ers won’t be a waltz through the park either. The 49ers have been one of the more surprising teams in the league this year under first year Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. The Steelers and 49ers will play in one of the more intriguing Monday Night Football matchups of the season this week, with ESPN handling the coverage.

Michael Vick returned from injury in fine fashion Sunday, as the Eagles knocked off the recently surging Dolphins 26-10 in Miami. Vick threw for 208 yards and a touchdown in the victory. His touchdown was to DeSean Jackson, who has been MIA (no pun intended) as of late. LeSean McCoy also chipped in with two touchdowns on the ground in the victory. The win didn’t take the sour taste out of Eagles fans mouths, but it did provide some hope for a team that has looked hopeless as of late. When Vick is healthy, and he has his full complement of weapons, the Eagles are a dangerous bunch. The likelihood of Jackson returning after his shenanigans this season are pretty slim, but for the remainder of the season, if he and Vick are on the same page, the Eagles could get back to a .500 record if they win out. The way the NFC East is shaking out, with the Cowboys and Giants both deadlocked at 7-6, there is still an outside chance the Eagles could sneak into the playoffs, albeit a slim one. This week, the Eagles play host to the New York Jets, in a game that has playoff implications for the Jets, who need to keep pace with the rest of the AFC’s elite, in hopes of getting to the playoffs for a third consecutive year.

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Steelers Head West for MNF Matchup With Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey nursing grade one ankle sprains and their status for their Week 15 matchup with the 10-3 San Francisco 49ers up in the air, the Steelers will also be without the services of another key member of their team, James Harrison. Harrison pummeled Browns quarterback Colt McCoy late in the game with a helmet-to-helmet hit that drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Harrison, who has been the most penalized player in the league in terms of money paid out of his pocket, will likely be contributing more of his paycheck to the league this week, in addition to the one game suspension that was handed down earlier this week. Harrison does not believe his hit should draw a fine, let alone a suspension, but with his comments in a Men’s Journal article in the offseason, may have forced Commissioner Roger Goodell to rule with an iron fist this

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12/17 Jason Thomas, 8pm 12/20 Open Mic Night 12/21 Stressbusters Karaoke Dance party, 8pm 12/22 Kate and Natalie of Pure Cane Sugar, 7:30pm

Sounds of Christmas Heard in Penns Valley Article & photos by Sam Stitzer

SPRING MILLS – A community Christmas An offering was taken, to be donated to the concert titled The Sounds of Christmas was preMillheim Outreach Center, then the Valley Chosented December 11 at 4 p.m. at the Blessed Kateri risters performed their final three songs, adding Catholic Church near Spring Mills. It was perthe youth choir and inviting the audience to sing formed by the Valley Choristers, a group of about along on the final number, Peace, Peace. 30 singers from all over the Penns Valley area. Choir director Don Myers thanked everyone The group was originally formed for the for their participation and support of the concert. He American Bicentennial celebration in 1976, and has then read a poem about the great Christmas truce in continued ever since that time under the direction World War I, where German and Allied troops laid Valley Choristers of Don Myers of Spring Mills. The group contains down their arms, and walked into “no man’s land,” director, Don Myers, members ranging in age from teenagers to senior where they shook hands, sang Christmas carols, thanked all who citizens. The spacious sanctuary of the church was and even played soccer games, in an unprecedented participated. filled to capacity, with an audience of more than display of good will in the midst of war. It showed 200 people, some sitting on extra folding chairs that had to that the unifying spirit of Christmas can sometimes overpower be brought out to accommodate the overflow. even the worst of mankind’s animosities. The concert opened with Angelic Christmas Fanfare, This community Christmas concert was a well directed a bold, joyous piece featuring brass instrumental accompa- and well performed event. The capacity crowd in attendance niment by Phil Stattel on trumpet, and Susanna Mills on was delighted with a great performance that has become an trombone. The musical mood shifted from joyous to somber annual tradition in Penns Valley. and back many times during the concert. A community youth choir, directed by Cindy Stattel, sang four numbers, displaying amazing talent and discipline for such a young group. Following the youth choir, brothers Gus and Huck Tritsch (age eight and five) played the traditional carol, Joy to the World, on their ¾ size violins. Their performance brought cheers and applause from the audience, who seemed to be stunned by the talent of the young prodigies. The Burkholder family followed with the Austrian carol, Still, Still, Still, beautifully sung in pleasant harmony. Kathy Huey played a flute solo, the French carol Bring a Torch, JeanThe Blessed Kateri sanctuary was filled to capacity for the concert. nette, Isabella.

Bar Bleu – Downtown State College All Entertainment starts at 10:30pm

Bella Sicilia – Centre Hall

12/16 Lowjack, 10:30pm 12/17 Ted McCloskey & HiFis, 10:30pm 12/22 Royal Benson, 10:30pm

The Brewery – Downtown State College 12/16 The Brew Devils, 10pm 12/17 Miss Melanie, 7pm Lowjack, 10:30pm 12/18 Karaoke, 9:30pm 12/19 Decepticon, 10:30pm 12/20 Ken Volz, 10:30pm 12/22 Emily’s Toybox, 10pm

Bryce Jordan Center – University Park

12/18 Penn State Vs. Mount St. Marys, 4pm 12/21 Penn State Vs. Cornell, 7:30pm

The Darkhorse Tavern – Downtown State College 12/16 AKA Total Whitout, 10pm 12/17 Metal is Back, 10pm

The Deli – Downtown State College 12/18 Jazz Brunch, 11:30am-1:30pm Soup & Chili Festival all month.

Elk Creek Café & Ale Works – Millheim 12/17 Cabinet, 8pm

Governor’s Pub – Bellefonte 12/21 Bisquit Jam. 6pm 12/22 JT Blues, 6pm

Inferno Brick Oven & Bar – Downtown State College 12/16 DJ Fuego, 10pm 12/17 DJ Cashous 12/21 Greg and Steve Acoustic 12/22 DJ Remedy

Mountain Valley Diner – Wingate 12/20 Joe Casher

Otto’s Pub & Brewery – N. Atherton St., State College 12/19 Wild Game Night, 5pm Beer & Pizza, 8pm-10pm 12/20 Trivia, 9pm 12/21 Acoustic Music, 8pm-10pm 12/22 Acoustic Thursdays with 18 Strings, 9pm-11pm

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Community Youth Choir joined the Valley choristers for the concert’s final song.

Amy Myers (lower right) accompanied the Valley Choristers.


12/16 Dom and The Fig, 8pm-10pm Ted and The Hi Fi’s, 10:30pm-2am 12/17 Phyrst Phamily, 7:30pm- 9:30pm Velveeta, 10:30pm- 2am 12/18 2Twenty2 12/19 Open Mic Night, 10pm- Midnight Lowjack, Midnight- 2am 12/20 Table Ten 12/21 The Nightcrawlers, 10:30pm 12/22 Jason & Dan, 8pm-10pm Maxwell Strait, 10:30pm

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12/16 Christmas Karaoke, 6:30pm-9pm

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

12/16 Mr. Hand, 10:30pm 12/17 Dave Joyce Band, 10:30pm

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

12/16 Black Coffee, 9pm-11pm 12/21 Folk Fest, 7pm-9pm

Just send your info via e-mail to or if you have a CD that you’d like us to review, send it to... Centre County Gazette ATTN: Entertainment Editor P.O. Box 129 Warriors Mark, PA 16877

Red Horse Tavern – Pleasant Gap The Saloon – Downtown State College All Entertainment starts at 10:30pm

Zeno’s Pub – Downtown State College 12/16 AAA Blues Band, 7pm 12/17 Pure Cane Sugar, 10:30pm Compiled by Abigail Miller Schedules subject to change. Call the venue for details. The Gazette is committed to providing you with a complete listing of upcoming live entertainment in Centre County. If your establishment provides live entertainment and would like to have your entertainment listed FREE in The Gazette, just e-mail your entertainment to

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Nuncrackers: Nunsense Christmas Musical December 16-18 at 8 p.m., some matinees The State Theatre State College Community Theatre will present Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical at The State Theatre December 16 at 8 p.m., December 17 at 2 & 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 18 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors. Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical stars the nuns you love, Father Virgil, and some of Mt. Saint Helen’s most talented students. It’s filled with humor, favorite carols, a Secret Santa, and an uproarious take on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet.

Starting Here, Starting Now Singing Onstage performance December 17 & 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The State Theatre Singing Onstage returns to The State Theatre with Starting Here, Starting Now. The show will be Saturday, December 17 at 2 & 7 pm and Sunday, December 18 at 2 & 7pm. The cost is $12, including box office fee. The excitement of young love and the confusion of growing up are explored in this intimate revue. This Singing Onstage student production features advanced students in a bold journey through the maze of modern relationships.

Re-Creation concert – free Saturday, December 17 at 2 p.m. Centre Crest Centre Crest Auxiliary and Centre Crest are proud to invite you to an afternoon of heavenly music. The spiritual group, Re-Creation, will be performing live at Centre Crest on Saturday, December 17 at 2 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Play - free Saturday, December 17 at 6 p.m. Sunday, December 18 at 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. Ferguson Township Elementary School A Charlie Brown Christmas will be presented – with three free live performances at the Ferguson Twp Elementary School Saturday, December 17 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 18 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Free-will donations accepted for UM Home for Children.

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(Girls Respecting Each other And Themselves) is a program for girls in grades 6-8 designed to promote self-esteem and self-respect with a section of physical fitness. Each student will have the opportunity to gain positive leadership skills that will help them lead a healthy life. This program will have many components throughout the 6 weeks such as healthy eating, body image, and how to stay active while having fun.

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Christmas drama, “A Christmas Message” - free Sunday, December 18 at 7 p.m. Living Hope Alliance Church, Bellefonte The Christmas Message” – a drama presentation reminding us of the promised hope of Christmas – will be presented at Living Hope Alliance Church, 321 E. Howard Street in Bellefonte on Sunday December 18 at 7 p.m. There is no charge for the event and all are welcome to attend.

GREAT GIRLS is a FREE 6 week program that meets every Monday from 3:30-5:15 PM starting January 23rd at the Bellefonte Middle School

Cantata, “Night of Miracles” - free Sunday, December 18 at 7 p.m., again at 7:30 p.m. Runville UMC & Curtin UMC, respectively Night of Miracles, a cantata by John Peterson, will be presented by combined choirs from Runville United Methodist Charge and Curtin United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. on December 18 at the Runville United Methodist Church and at 7:30 pm on December 21 at the Curtin United Methodist Church. You are welcome for an evening of music.

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In Dulci Jubilo Wednesday, December 21 at 7 p.m. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Enjoy an evening of traditional folk, Christmas, and original dulcimer music Wednesday, December 21 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The concert is free, but donations are welcome to benefit Centre Volunteers in Medicine, a free clinic offering medical and dental services to the uninsured in Centre County. St. Paul’s UMC is at 109 McAllister Street, in State College.

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Cantata, “Mary, Did You Know?” - free Thursday, December 22 at 7 p.m. Halfmoon Christian Fellowship Church The Christmas Cantata “Mary, Did You Know” will be presented Thursday, December 22 at 7 p.m. at Halfmoon Christian Fellowship Church, Route 550 Stormstown. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow the cantata.

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Sunday, December 18 at 3 p.m. United Methodist Church, Rebersburg The Brush Valley Community Choir will present its Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 18 at 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Rebersburg. The offerings will be donated to local families with financial Mon & Fri. 7:30 – 7:30 Tues., Wed., Thurs. 7:30 – 5:00 Sat. 7:30 – 4:00

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December 17 – Pancake Breakfast The Osceola Mills Masonic Lodge is having an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast to benefit the Moshannon Lodge Building Repair Fund December 17 from 7 to 10 a.m. Meals are $5 for adults and $3 for children.

December 17 & 18 – Lend a Hand to Pets Come First Pets Come First is searching for volunteers to paint the SPCA Centre Hall animal shelter December 17 and 18. Start time is 10 a.m., and volunteers should expect to stay until about 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

December 17 – Pancake Breakfast Girl Scout Troop 41199 is having a holiday pancake breakfast December 17 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Mt. Nittany UMC in Lemont. Santa will be on hand from 9 to 10 a.m. Meals are $5 for adults and $3 for children. December 31 – Chile Café Visit the Chili Café, a chili dinner to benefit Friendship Tutoring Program at Faith United Church of Christ. It’s New Year’s Even from 4 to 6:30 p.m., serving homemade chili, corn bread, desserts, and beverages. The meal will be in Romig Hall on the lower level of the church, 300 West College Avenue. For more info, call (814)237-3904 or visit

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December 19 – Sculpting Workshop Artistic Horizons at 2017 Cato Avenue, Building C is holding one more inexpensive art workshop in December - Sculpting the Figure – The human figure will be the inspiration for your low fire clay creations. Instructor: Michele Rivera - December 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $40 plus clay cost. To register, call Michele (814) 234-3441. January 11 registration – Weigh to Go YMCAs of Centre County introduce Weigh to Go, an activities challenge, from January 16 to March 11. This community-wide challenge encourages weight loss through proper diet and increased physical activity. Individuals or teams will have the opportunity to log weight loss, activity minutes, or both. Registration deadline is January 11. Cost $10 includes T-Shirt.

December 16 – Contra Dance A Contra Dance will be held December 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the State College Friends School, sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Country Dance Association. For more info, call (814) 234-1008. December 17 – Singles Dance Singles Adult Ministry (SAM) presents Dance 4 Singles December 17 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Mount Nittany United Methodist Church in Lemont. Admission is $8 and participants must be age 21 or older. The event features snack tables and performances by DJ Jeff Pennycoff. For more information, call (814) 867-7771 or e-mail dancing2as1@ Couples are also welcome.

January 23 – Great Girls program GREAT GIRLS (Girls Respecting Each other And Themselves) is a program for girls in grades six to eight designed to promote self-esteem and self-respect with a section of physical fitness. Each student will have the opportunity to gain positive leadership skills that will help them lead a healthy life. There will be many components throughout six weeks such as healthy eating, body image, and how to stay active while having fun. It’s a free six-week program that meets every Monday from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. starting January 23 at the Bellefonte Middle School. For more info, e-mail Cameron or visit

Look for our special Holiday Event calendars elsewhere in this issue. Compiled by Sandie Biddle

Kids’ Stuff December 17 & 24 – Cartoons at The State The Bill Welch Memorial Cartoon Series, sponsored by the Downtown State College Improvement District, is presenting free Saturday morning cartoons at the State Theatre. In honor of former State College Mayor Bill Welch, The State Theatre invites you to watch all your Warner Brother’s favorites: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, the Roadrunner and so much more! • Saturday, December 17 at 10 a.m. • Saturday, December 24 at 10 a.m.

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Adult Bible Study & Kids Program is held each Wednesday at 7 p.m., offering practical help from the Bible and a fun and productive time for kids. For more info, visit or call (814) 360-1601.

Bellefonte Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at Diamond Deli on North Allegheny Street. Guests and visitors welcome. For information, contact Debbie Rowley (814) 880-9453.

AFSCME Retirees Subchapter 8304 of Centre County meets the second Monday of the month from through November. On December 13, there is a Yuletime lunch at noon at Celebration Hall. For info, contact Don Rung at or (814) 571-8672, or Tom Sturniolo (814) 237-9610.

Bellefonte VFW Post 1600 will hold their monthly post meeting the second Thursday of every month at 8 p.m. at the Post Home on Spring Street, Bellefonte.

Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Support Group is held the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Mount Nittany Dining Room at The Inn, Brookline. For more information, contact Anne Campbell (814) 234-3141 or Janie Provan (814) 235-2000. Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans meet the fourth Thursday every month at 7:30 p.m. at I.O.O.F. Hall, 756 N. Main St., Pleasant Gap. AWANA Club is every Sunday at 6 p.m. by the First Baptist Church in Bellefonte. Fun activities and Bible lessons for ages three to sixth grade â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at 539 Jacksonville Road. Materials provided. ALIVE Teens club meets Sunday nights. Call (814) 355-5678 or visit for more information. Bald Eagle Watershed Association meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Milesburg Borough Building. Visit BEA Class of 1964 holds its monthly breakfast on the fourth Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Mt. Valley Diner in Wingate. Call Sue at (814) 625-2132. BEA Class of 1965 holds its monthly dinner on the last Friday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Bellefonte Moose. Any questions call Bob at (814) 383-2151. BHS Class of 1956 holds a monthly dinner on the second Friday of each month at the Bellefonte Moose at 6 p.m. Any questions call Kay (814) 359-2738. BHS Class â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;67 holds monthly breakfast on first Saturday of each month at Sunset West at 8:30 a.m. Location subject to change. For information call Vic (814) 360-1948. Bellefonte Elks Lodge meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Bellefonte Elks. Bellefonte Encampment #72 and Ridgeley Canton #8 meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Windmere Hall, 454 Rolling Ridge Drive, State College. Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Train Station in Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte. All are open to the public. Activities include: restoration; track maintenance; and Fall Foliage, and Santa Express train rides. Check out or leave a message (814) 355-1053. Bellefonte Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday at the Moose Club on Spring Street at noon. For information on Kiwanis, contact Richard King, (814) 355-9606.


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Penns Valley Grange #158 meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall on Railroad Street in Spring Mills.

Circle of Hope, a support group for special-needs children and families, meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Tyrone Public Library. For info, contact Angie (814) 386-1826 or

Penns Valley Area Historical Museum Association will hold its annual membership dinner and meeting Wednesday, January 11 at the New Hope Lutheran Church, 119 Cobblestone Road, Spring Mills. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. followed by Vonnie Henningerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation â&#x20AC;&#x153;AMISH â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Plain People.â&#x20AC;? The public is invited. Reservation deadline is December 31. Send your reservations to PVAHMA, P. O. Box 80, Aaronsburg, PA 16820, or call (814) 349-8960.

Grief Support Group at Centre Crest meets at 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. For additional info contact Anne Boal, Centre Crest, 502 East Howard Street, Bellefonte, (814) 548-1140 Happy Valley Golden Wheel is a pagan community group dedicated to celebrating the eight solar holidays in a family-friendly environment. They are holding a meet-and-greet at 11 a.m. December 18 at Centre Court Starbucks on Garner Street, State College. Visit http:// for more information.

Bellefonte VFW Post 1600 Ladies Auxiliary will hold their monthly meeting the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. the Post Home on Spring Street, Bellefonte.

I.O.O.F. Centre Lodge #153 meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at I.O.O.F. Lodge Hall 756 North Main Street, Pleasant Gap. Keystone Guild of the Watchmakers Association of Pa. meets the second Tuesday of each month 1 p.m. at the Bull Pen Restaurant, Tyrone. Call George at (814) 238-1668.

Better Breathers Support Group meets the third Thursday of every month from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. No meetings Jan. or Feb. Location is HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, 550 W. College Ave., Pleasant Gap. Call (814) 359-3421.

The Milesburg Lions Club invites the public to their meetings at the Milesburg center across from Uni-mart on the first Tuesday and the third Wednesday every month at 7 p.m.

BNI (Business Networking International) meets weekly on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Celebration Hall. $10 fee for room and breakfast. Members share ideas, contacts, and business referrals. Contact Kelly Swisher (814) 280-1656.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, use Outpatient Entrance, Pleasant Gap. Affiliated with the National MS Society. Call (814) 359-3421.

Brain Injury Support Group meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. No meetings Jan. or Feb. Location is HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, 550 W. College Ave., Pleasant Gap. Call (814) 359-3421.

Nittany Knights Barbershop Chorus meets every Monday evening at 7:15 p.m. at South Hills School, 480 Waupelani Drive, State College. Men who like to sing are welcome. For info, visit, or call Bill (814) 355-3557.

Breast Cancer Support Group meets the first Monday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Conference Room 4, Entrance B, Mt. Nittany Medical Center, State College. For info, contact Cheri Woll (814) 231-7005 or On December 5, they will host their holiday party from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Nittany Mineral Society meets the third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Room 114 Auditorium of the Earth & Engineering Sciences (EES) Bldg on the Penn State campus. Junior Rockhounds also meet third Wednesdays, 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 116 Earth & Engineering Sciences Building. Call (814) 867-6263 or visit

The Business of Art workshops will be held on the second Monday of each month â&#x20AC;&#x201C; December 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at 7 p.m. at Sozo Institute of the Arts, in the KeyCentre building, 1224 N. Atherton Street, State College. Free workshops for writers, artists, and other creative people. For information, contact Will Snyder at (814) 880-9933 or

Nittany Valley Woodturners meet on the first Thursday of every month in the woodworking shop at the State College Area High School, South Building, State College. For info, contact or visit

The Cancer Survivorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association Support Group meeting will be Monday, December 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the United Way Office in State College. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting will be an open session to discuss whatever is on your mind. For more info, call (814) 237-2120 or visit

The Nittany Valley Writers Network holds an EarlyRisers Breakfast every third Wednesday from 7 to 8 a.m. at The Waffle Shop, 1610 W College Ave, State College. The Writers Social the fourth Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Autoport.

Centre County Real Estate Investment Club meets the third Thursday of every month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1609 N Atherton St. State College. For info, call (814) 280-5839.

Patton Township Business Association Meeting is December 28 from noon to 1 p.m.. Cost is $6 for lunch. Reservations required, (814) 237-2822 or e-mail

Centre Hall Lions Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Centre Hall Lions Club Building, 153 E. Church St., Centre Hall.

Parent Support Group for Children with Eating Disorders meets the second Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m., at Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College. For info, contact Kristie Kaufman (814) 466-7921.

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DECEMBER 16, 2011

Centre County Library/Bellefonte, Centre Hall, East Penns Valley, Holt/Philipsburg & Bookmobile Centre County libraries will be closed December 24, 26 & 31 for staff to enjoy Christmas and New Years CENTRE COUNTY LIBRARY BOOKMOBILE – Fully accessible library on wheels! The Fall Schedule is now available. Check out our Web site for locations and hours. Stop by the library or your local Post Office for your copy. The Bookmobile travels to many communities reaching thousands of visitors each month. Look for it in your neighborhood.

Centre County Library/Bellefonte—call (814) 355-1516 for more information: Facebook: Centre-County-Library-andHistorical Museum HOOKS AND NEEDLES – Bring your Pennsylvania projects to share ideas and tips with others who love to knit! Every Thursday 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. AFTER SCHOOL DROP IN CRAFT— Drop by our spacious children’s area for eduState Parks cational and fun crafts. Thursday afternoons 3 to 5 p.m. PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME—Stories Please call the Bald Eagle State Park Office for more information at 814-625-2775! and crafts especially for children under 5 years old with an adult. Wednesday, December 21 Monday & Wednesday mornings at Project Feeder Watch 10:30 a.m., except December 26 & 28 Let the birds come to you! Spend some time examining the birds that frequent the feeders Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m., except at the Nature Inn. This program isn’t just watching birds at a feeder, but rather a nationally December 27 conducted program that engages people in citizen science. Birds will be counted, identified, and then the data will be put into a country-wide database. This program will occur on the BABY LAP SIT STORYTIMES—Stories 3rd Wednesday of the month through March! Meet at the Nature Inn Lobby. Watch is from for the “littlest ears” 0 to two years old with an adult. 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 20 at 9:30 a.m. ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP— Join others who love to read and discuss what they liked and didn’t like about the particular book. Check for title on library website. Wednesday, December 21 at 6:30 p.m. USED BOOK SALE—Visit during regular operating hours for used books, video and music. Friday, December 16 & Saturday, December 17 AFTER SCHOOL ADVENTURES— Drop in anytime to our spacious children’s area for educational and fun crafts for kids in K – 5thgrade. Check out our Web site for details. Thursday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. READING REWARDS PROGRAM— Earn tickets to a Lady Lions Basketball game just for reading! Come to a program or just check out a book at our libraries and earn tickets for the Lady Lions game, December 18. Tickets available through December 18 Historical Museum and Pa Room—Check out the newest display of lovely women’s hats. Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also open the third Saturday of each month. . Holt Memorial Library/Philipsburg—call (814) 342-1987 for more information: Holt Memorial Library will be open 12 p.m. to 5 p.m, December 19-22 & 27-30. Hypnotherapy H o l t Everything Fresh . . . Every Day Memorial Lynn Ralston, R.N., CHt Using only local meats in our Library will Hypnosis is often overlooked due to handmade sausages be closed lack of real understanding. TM December Solve Problems with Hypnosis! “WHERE BACON IS AN HERB!” 23, 24, 25, • Smoking • Anxiety 26, and 132 W. College Avenue • Weight Loss • Health Problems 31 for the Downtown State College • Stress • MUCH MORE! holidays. USafe UEasy UNatural UEffective R EADING Order a Gift Certificate now for REWARDS Christmas – Call 814 422-8783 As Featured on ESPN’s P R O Locations Nearby “Todd’s Taste Of The Town” with Spring Mills GR AM— Todd Blackledge! State College Earn tickets “Eat-In, Take Out, Catering, Franchising” Harrisburg to a Lady New Cumberland

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DECEMBER 16, 2011


Centre County Deed Transfers S: Spotts, Esther P. Estate Snoberger, Janice L. Co-Exec. Spotts, Frederick A. Co-Exec. B: Kreps, Thomas E. Kreps, Lucy L. Spotts Road $233,000 T/M: Union S: Bettig, Ronald V. Hall, Jeanne Lynn B: Bettig, Ronald V. 611 Mulberry Lane $1.00 T/M: College

S: Carducci, Vincent B: Haas, Travis N. 139 Spicer Lane Centre Hall, PA 16828 $230,000 T/M: Potter S: Weber, Myra B. Estate Wolfe, Jacqueline C. Co-Exec. Cahoon, Perry M. Co-Exec. B: Florey, Clarence N. Jr. 537 Benner Avenue Bellefonte, PA 16823 $136,500 T/M: Bellefonte

S: Martin, Jason P. S: Fry, Anne V. Martin, Molly J. B: Parrett, Shawna J. B: Eckley, Paul 341 Madison Street Eckley, Beth State College, PA 16801 104 Pebble Lane $194,500 Bellefonte, PA 16823 T/M: Ferguson $133,000 T/M: Walker S: Callahan, Duane Callahan, Mike S: Morgan, Patricia A. Estate B: Myers, Margaret J. Morgan, Patricia Anne Myers, Clarence H. Cowher, Beverly A. 1448 Linn Street Co-Exec. $1.00 Delucia, Patti A. Co-Exec. T/M: Ferguson B: Cowher, Beverly A. Delucia, Patti A. S: Edwards, Joann O. 2814 Port Matilda Hwy B: Mehta, Amit Philipsburg, PA 16866 Mehta, Bhavna $1.00 380 Farmstead Lane T/M: Rush State College, PA 16803 $290,000 S: Bland, Kevin G. T/M: Ferguson Bland, Jennifer A. B: Treaster, Bryan K. S: Lyle, Derek C. Treaster, Patricia J. Lyle, Danielle R. 1887 Park Forest Ave B: Lyle, Derek C. $142,000 346 Lutz Lane T/M: Patton $1.00 T/M: Halfmoon S: GTW Associates B: GTW Associates S: King, Jacob F. 119 Dearing Drive King, Barbara Ann $1.00 B: King, Benjamin B. T/M: Harris 5598 Penns Valley Road $290,000 S: Lambert, Robert W. T/M: Haines Lambert, Debra L. B: Snyder, Jonathan B. S: Mark, Nabil K. Snyder, Lauren Long Mark, Kelly M. 726 Walnut Spring Lane Parks, Kelly M. State College, PA 16801 B: Mark, Nabil K. $399,900 Mark, Kelly M. T/M: State College 1622 N. Cherry Hill Rd State College, PA 16828 $1.00 T/M: Ferguson

11/28/2011 thru 12/02/2011

S: S&A Homes Inc. B: Mroz, Daniel A. Mroz, Elissa L. 2407 Saratoga Drive State College, PA 16801 $340,000 T/M: Ferguson S: First Line Development Two Inc. S&A Homes Inc. B: Henderson, Alexander M. 211 Archers Glen Circle Bellefonte, PA 16823 $239,536 T/M: Walker

S: Zong, Cecilia A. Estate Badger, Mary Kay Co-Exec. Halderman, Roaslie Co-Exec. B: Gourley, Matthew M. 619 Halfmoon Street Bellefonte, PA 16823 $146,000 T/M: Bellefonte

List compiled from information provided by Centre County Recorder of Deeds, Joseph Davidson. Publisher not responsible for typographical errors. The published information is believed to be accurate, however, publisher neither warrants or accepts any liability or responsibility for inaccurate information.

S: McNichol, Samuel A. McNichol, Carol L. B: McNichol, Samuel A. McNichol, Carol L. 147 McNichol Lane Bellefonte, PA 16823 $1.00 T/M: Walker

S: Dorman, James K. Dorman, Carmen L. S: Lauck, Paul E. Estate McNichol, Samuel A. Lauck, Robert, Co-Exec. McNichol, Carol L. Horner, Betty Ann B: Dorman, James K. Co-Exec. Dorman, Carmen L. B: Knight, Russell A. 223 McNichol Lane Knight, Georgiann M. Bellefonte, PA 16823 S: Lumadue, Georganna L. 143 Skirk Street $1.00 Lumadue, Dennis L. $155,000 T/M: Walker B: Ling, Ryan R. T/M: Ferguson 206 One Mile Road S: McNichol, Samuel A. II Philipsburg, PA 16866 S: Haight, Joel M. McNichol, Heather L. $57,500 Haight, Janet L. McNichol, Samuel A. T/M: Rush B: Oyewole, Samuel A. McNichol, Carol L. Oyewole, Shannon N. B: McNichol, Samuel A. II S: Brooks, Roy L. 421 Mount Nittany Rd McNichol, Heather L. Brooks, Sharon Lemont, PA 16851 221 McNichol Lane B: Brooks, Roy L. $407,500 Bellefonte, PA 16823 Brooks, Sharon T/M: College $1.00 Lucas, Lawrence D. T/M: Walker Lucas, Amy Lynn S: Hicks, Robert J. 2996 Chestnut Grove Rd Hicks, Irene E. S: Hauser, Barbara B. Estate Bellefonte, PA 16823 B: Devlin, Sean Shope, Peggy L. Executrix $1.00 Basa, Naila B: Charnick, Walter D. T/M: Union 424 East Irvin Avenue 125 Shady Lane State College, PA 16801 Snow Show, PA 16874 S: Strouse, Stephen F. $309,000 $106,500 Strouse, Tammy E. T/M: State College T/M: Snow Shoe B: Walker, Karen C. 118 Toolshed Lane S: Jessop, Robert A. S: Harpster, Constance A. $80,000 Jessop, Teresa E. B: Connelly, Christopher A. T/M: Gregg B: Shipe, Gregory D. 960 W. Pine Grove Rd Shipe, Constance J. $465,000 S: Driftmier, Keith D. 119 Rabbit Hill Road T/M: Ferguson Driftmier, Pamela A. Bellefonte, PA 16823 B: Ritrosky, William J. $203,000 S: Amberleigh LP Ritrosky, Chrissy T/M: Marion B: Clarkson, Brian C. 120 Jefferson Circle Clarkson, Tina A. Bellefonte, PA 16823 S: Trigger, Ray D. by Agent 151 Farmington Lane $210,000 Trigger, Maxie J. Bellefonte, PA 16823 T/M: Walker B: Long, Clifford G. $235,685 Long, Patricia J. T/M: Spring S: Walls, Valentine E. 125 Honey Suckle Drive Saverioni, Deborah A. $152,000 S: Gross, Donald L. B: Lecce, Joseph M. T/M: Harris Gros, Barbara K. Lecce, Janet M. B: Corcoran, Betty Marie 171 Turkey Ridge Road S: EZ Realty Inc. 355 Oakwood Avenue $74,500 B: McGarvey, Brandi L. $251,400 T/M: Snow Shoe McGarvey, Christopher T/M: Patton 219 N. Font Street $25,000 S: Cummins, Miles P. T/M: Philipsburg Cummins, Joseph M. B: Cummins, Joseph M. 225 Fairlawn Avenue State College, PA 16801 $1.00 T/M: College

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Hist oric al Mus eum The Cen tre Cou nty Libr ary & the Civil War and ties to celebrating the anniversary of ment of the first in a unce Centre County with the anno e ornaments. This first ctibl colle & series of commemorative tre County Library Cen any at now ornament is available Millheim, Philipsburg, or Branch in Bellefonte, Centre Hall, Ornaments are $10 and the Centre County Bookmobile. Curtin. It’s a great gift idea! feature Governor Andrew Gregg g for more information. Visit www.centrecountylibrary.or

Gamble Mill Gallery Exhibit

The public is welcome to explore the new Anna Wagner Keichlin e exhibit at the Bellefonte Art Museum, 133 N. Allehgeny St. Ms. Keichline – a Bellefonte native – was an architect, inventor, suffragist, and military intelligence agent who lived from 1889 to 1943. This exhibit is the centerpiece of the museum’s new Architecture & Design Gallery.

Bellefonte Art Museum Show & Sale

The Bellefonte Art Museum’s Holiday Show and Sale is going on through 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. 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.

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S: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County B: Tenalio, Deborah D. 320 Hale Lane Bellefonte, PA 16823 $45,000 T/M: Bellefonte

The Milesburg Lions Club presents Bing o eve r y Thu r sda y, doo rs opening at 5 p.m., bingo from 6:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. Food is available .

Thursday Turkey Shoo

ts The Ferguson Tw p. Lio ns Club is hosting its tur key shoots on Thursdays at 7 p.m. and will hos t the shoot every Thursday until Tha nksgiving. The kitchen will be open for food. Any que stions contact Charlie at (814) 238 -6695.

S: Lyle C. Merriman Revocable Trust Merriman, Lycle C. B: Leaman. James G. Leaman, Sheryl J. 3086 Stonebridge Drive State College, PA 16801 $253,500 T/M: Ferguson

S: Wagner, Charles R. Jr. B: Wickersham, Mark E. Wickersham, Tracie K. 297 Armagast Rd. Bellefonte, PA 16823 $108,000 T/M: Benner S: Casselberry, James R. Casselberry, Deborah O. B: Gartner, Scott S. Felmlee, Diane H. 801 East Branch Road State College, PA 16801 $725,000 T/M: State College S: Roberts, Tracy Lamey, Frederick Lamey, Tracy A. B: Berry, Joseph Fred Berry, Darlene M. 113 Chestnut Street $34,000 T/M: Walker S: George, Kathryn E. Broeren, Thomas B: Harter, Matthew Harter, Heather 578 Galen Drive State College, PA 16803 $162,500 T/M: Patton S: Swirtz, Richard A. Swirtz, Kathy B. B: Swirtz, Kathy B. 105 Matthew Circle State College, PA 16801 $1.00 T/M: College S: Brooks, Betty Ann Estate Brooks, Edward N. Jr. B: Miller, Allan W. Miller, Jessa Renee 1050 East High Street Bellefonte, PA 16823 $195,000 T/M: Bellefonte S: Bayly, Tom Bayly, Christine M. B: Kincaid, Donna Sue 225 Edward Drive $229,900 T/M: Benner

An art exhibit, “New Wor ks by Members of the Central Pennsyl vani a Pastel Soc iety,” is show ing at the BHCA Gallery at the Gamble Mill through January 13. The Gallery is at the Gamble Mill Tavern, 160 Dunlap Street, Bellefonte. Exhibit hours are Monday to Satu rday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For infor mation, contact James Dunne (814) 355-3613.

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S: Hart, Michael A. Hart, Lisa A. B: Hart, Lisa A. 410 Rosewood Circle PA Furnace, PA 16865 $1.00 T/M: Ferguson

S: McCrossin Family Trust McCrossin, Kathleen B. S: Holderman, Randall W. B: Ricketts, Robert D. Holderman, Terri M. Norman Avenue Pletcher, Terri $21,000 B: Holderman, Randall W. T/M: Spring Holderman, Terri M. East Cherry Lane S: Parrett, Eugene W. Estate $1.00 Greenland, Jeannine L. T/M: Bellefonte Co-Exec. Horner, Leeanna R. S: Holderman, Randall W. Co-Exec. Holderman, Terri M. Parrett, Shawna J. Pletcher, Terri B: Horner, Leeanna R. B: Holderman, Randall W. Horner, Laron Holderman, Terri M. 143 East Main Street 429 East Bishop Street $1.00 $1.00 T/M: Millheim T/M: Bellefonte S: Scalo, Albert P. S: Carpenter, Peter T. Scalo, Angela M. Carpenter, Marguerite B. B: Moore, William C.II B: Brandt, Bettina 642 Galen Drive 538 East McCormick Ave $140,000 State College, PA 16801 T/M: Patton $309,900 T/M: State College S: Toepfer, Kenneth H. Toepfer, Nancy G. S: Homan, Samuel E. B: Black, Michael A. Homan, Carla A. Black, Tonya L. by Agent 833 Thomas Street B: Walrath, David C. $450,000 Walrath, Tracey E. T/M: State College 207 Legion Lane State College, PA 16801 S: Batcheller, Marlyn W. $171,000 Batcheller, Michele J. T/M: State College B: Wilson, Joseph J. Sayre, Mary E. S: Lowry, Philip A. 314 Hilltop Lane Lowry, Candace H. Port Matilda, PA 16870 B: Ferris, D. Lance $375,000 150 Treetops Drive T/M: Worth State College, PA 16801 $521,000 S: Tabernacle of the T/M: Ferguson Living God B: Coakley, Jerry B. S: Stoltzfus, Elmer C. Coakley, Karen J. Stoltzfus, Mary Z. Tracey Dale Road B: Byler, Quill A. $1.00 Byler, Esther A. T/M: Boggs Byler, Gideon M. 5006 Brush Valley Rd S: Horning, Michael Albert Rebersburg, PA 16827 Horning, Melissa R. $246,000 B: Martin, Jason P. T/M: Miles Martin, Molly J. 141 Arbor Bluff Drive S: Stoddart, William Pleasant Gap, PA 16823 Stoddart, Elizabeth R. $165,000 B: Jeffrey L. Barger T/M: Spring Revocable Trust Joann L. Barger Revocable Trust 113 Abbott Lane $420,000 T/M: College

Death Notices and Obituaries Bellefonte Lewis James Vonada “Short” passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2011. He was born May 1, 1939, in Jacksonville, PA. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2011, at 11:00 am, at the First Presbyterian Church, 203 N. Spring St., Bellefonte, PA, with Pastor Douglas Elder officiating. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Home Nursing Agency, 450 Windmere Dr., State College, PA 16801 or the First Presbyterian Church, 203 N. Spring St., Bellefonte, PA 16823. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.

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The Bald Eagle Area Board of Education shall conduct its 2012 regular meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm, at the Large Group Instruction Room located at the Middle/ High School, except for the November meeting which will be held at the Central PA Institute of Science & Technology (CPI) and the December meeting which will be held the first Thursday in the month for reorganization purposes.



Bellefonte Area School District Board of Education Meeting Schedule for 2012

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12-16-11 Centre County Gazette  

December 16, 2011 issue - Centre County Gazette

12-16-11 Centre County Gazette  

December 16, 2011 issue - Centre County Gazette