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Friends of the Palmer Holiday Sale

   In December, art lovers gathered at the Palmer Museum of Art on the Penn State University campus for the annual Friends of the Palmer Holiday Art and Ornament Sale. Full Story

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CBICC Excellence Awards

   Nearly 270 business, academic, government and community leaders attended the CBICC’s fourth annual Excellence Awards, sponsored by PSECU. The event was held Dec. 13 at the Nittany Lion Inn. Awards were presented in seven categories. Full Story

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Reading is for the Birds

This year’s Centre County Reads pick focuses on nature’s “unloved bird.”

   When most people think of a turkey vulture, they think of an unattractive bird that scavenges on carcasses. Full Story

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This Is His Brave

Depression survivor brings mental health event to town

   Most of us use text messages every day to deliver simple messages: “Good morning!” “Can you get milk?” “I love you.” What we don’t always see is the effect those might have on the recipient. Full Story

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Exercise in Equity

PE teacher Dave Henderson leads adapted physical education classes to get all students into the game.

   As the boy hoisted a plastic pipe, Dave Henderson lifted his spirits.Henderson was teaching the correct form for a deadlift in State College Area High School’s interim fitness center. Full Story

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Paper Trail

Local paper artist Diane Maurer’s work to be archived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

   Diane Maurer, an internationally known paper artist and author, lives in a fine old house in the village of Spring Mills, 20 miles or so east of State College. Full Story

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The Spark of an Idea …

   Last year we asked some of our area’s big thinkers to share with us their dreams of what the Centre Region could be. Full Story

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What to Read to Baby?

From colorful classics to new favorites, books for babies help brain development and build relationships.

   For most new parents, even if you’ve taken the classes and read all the right books, bringing the baby home from the hospital is filled with so much uncertainty. How will baby sleep? What do we do when he or she won’t stop crying? Full Story

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Slice of Life

Johnnie and Mel Jennings take extra care with what’s coming out of — and going into — the kitchens at Pizza Mia.

   Johnnie Jennings bursts through the doors of his pizza shop and steps behind the counter to give an employee a hug. His wife, Mel, due with their sixth child on Christmas Eve, enters a few minutes later, 2-year-old Jack in tow. Full Story

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Napa’s Northern Neighbor

   Whether looking at a wine country map or your smartphone’s GPS, visitors to California’s Napa Valley can plainly see that the winery-dotted stretch of highway ends in a quaint western town called Calistoga. Full Story

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The Heat Is On

   I’ve long believed there is little better than a day at the spa. Full Story

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American Philatelic Research Library’s Golden Anniversary Celebration

   The American Philatelic Research Library (APRL) celebrated 50 years of knowledge, research and education with a full day of events on Nov. 3 at the American Philatelic Center (formerly the Match Factory) in Bellefonte. Full Story

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¡Viva México! Artists Reception

   Art lovers in State College were invited to celebrate the Latin American holiday Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) during a fiesta-style reception on Nov. 2 for “¡Viva México!,” an exhibit at the State College Framing Co. & Gallery. Full Story

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Centre Foundation’s Annual Dinner

   More than 220 guests attended Centre Foundation’s Annual Dinner on Nov. 1 at The Nittany Lion Inn. Full Story

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Water Water Everywhere — Even in School

Houserville Elementary students learn about watersheds and wetlands from area experts and groups.

   If the difference between a swamp and a bog seems muddy to you, just ask Houserville Elementary School fifth-graders. Full Story

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Jolly Good

Annual Santa Crawl serves up seasonal fun ‘for a good Claus’

   Each December, hundreds of people dress up like Santa Claus and roam from bar to bar in downtown State College. These holiday revelers, each of whom has purchased a $20 wristband, manage to raise about $10,000 a year just having fun. Full Story

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Swapping Notes

Composer Rick Hirsch works with area vocalists to arrange and conduct a one-of-a-kind Beatles concert at The State.

   Arranging and composing music is not only a skillset but a language — and one that arranger, composer and musician Rick Hirsch is fluent in. Full Story

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Booking the Holidays

Give the gift of reading with these picks from local librarians’ wish lists.

   Do you celebrate Jolabokaflod? Full Story

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Give Yourself the Gift of Health

Regular wellness visits are important for overall health now and throughout the year.

   The human body truly is an amazing creation that is capable of self-regulation and self-healing. Full Story

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Local Flavor

Revival Kitchen’s Quintin and Liz Wicks are ready to serve you — and they’re going to do it exactly how they want.

   Chef Quintin Wicks is back in the kitchen again. Full Story

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Wine at Home for the Holidays

   Just when you thought you were safe, the holidays have rolled around again. In addition to the ordinary vicissitudes of life, you’ll likely be wrapped up with buying gifts, planning elaborate meals, and hosting friends and relatives. Full Story

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Talking Tourism

with CPCVB executive director Fritz Smith

   Fritz Smith would be happy if everyone stopped referring to the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitor’s Bureau as “the visitors’ center.” Full Story

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The Cold War

   When people ask me what the High Arctic was like, I tell them to imagine being on another planet. A cold one, like Neptune, where everything is ice and snow, even the sea. Full Story

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Dual Roles

Being teacher and parent to my children

   Middle school was a rough time for me. I remember my fiery independence driving me away from my family. At the same time, I felt guilty about the separation, and part of me longed for the comfort of home. Full Story

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Giving Back

Sue Paterno’s Lifestyle of Service Hasn’t Let Up

   When you’re in Sue Paterno’s home for more than a few minutes, the cookies come out. The gracious hostess might cut into whatever story she’s telling to ask whether you’d like a cookie, but they’re coming out regardless of the answer. Full Story

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Gifted

The talents of local crafters are on display this time of year

   For many of us, the rush of holiday madness has just begun, as we flock to stores and sales checking off things on our gift lists. But for talented crafters in the area, prepping for the holidays started weeks or even months ago. Full Story

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