Arabian Nights

 Qatar wasn’t anything that I expected, although when I look back on it now I’m not sure what I did expect to encounter while visiting the spit of land sticking like a baby’s thumb into the bathtub-hot waters of the Persian Gulf. I knew a little of it — that though tiny, Qatar is the world’s richest nation thanks to […]


Don Hahn | Mayor of State College

This month we welcome a new mayor who, as a State College native, Penn Stater and borough resident, cares deeply about our community and understands its unique dynamic. “On one hand, the reality is that Penn State is the economic engine of the community,” Don Hahn says. “At the same time, the community is a huge selling point for the […]


Italy’s Ancient Wine Region

Several years ago, the good folks at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., asked your humble wine writer to conduct a tasting and educational program on the wines of Campania, a region in the southwest of Italy. So for the new year, I present to you the short and sweet version of that talk — and hopefully some new wines to […]

Plate Shift

Former Whole Foods trainer to offer plant-based cooking classes.

 Sandy Vandeven steps up to the front of the room and draws a circle on a whiteboard, sectioning it into three pieces. “Help me fill in the plate,” she tells the people who have gathered at New Leaf Initiative on a November evening. At the co-working space’s monthly CentreSOUP event, Vandeven is one of four people pitching a small-scale idea […]

Home is in the Kitchen

Personal Chef Amanda Cruz is enhancing State College food culture

Any party wins when Amanda Cruz shows up with a dish. It is, after all, her career to create with food. A one-time hobby, cooking is now her life as the entrepreneur and chef behind The Gourmet Girl Personal Chef Service. At its heart, Cruz’s work serves people in their most basic need — to eat — while lightening the […]

Crack Your Winter Skin Problem

Don’t let frigid temps and dry heat drag your skin down.

“Instead of suffering through the winter with itchy, dry and even painful cracked skin, you can do some simple things to keep your skin feeling smooth and moisturized,” says Geisinger dermatologist Dr. Lorraine Rosamilia. Avoid hot showers and harsh cleansers“Turn down the dial in your shower so the water is lukewarm, not hot, and use a gentle soap with moisturizer built […]

CBICC Excellence in Business Awards

Nearly 250 business and community leaders attended the CBICC’s third annual Excellence in Business Awards, presented in partnership with Pennsylvania Business Central. The event was held Dec. 7, 2017 at the Nittany Lion Inn. Awards were presented in six categories. Jeff Fortin, Ph.D., Penn State Associate Vice President for Research and Director of the Office of Industrial Partnerships, received the Centre […]

Taste of the Town

The 20th Annual Taste of the Town, benefiting the Centre County United Way Partner Network, took place on Dec. 3, 2017 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. Thirty-three local restaurants featured tastes of their signature cuisines for more than 400 guests to enjoy. Benjamin’s Catering, The Village at Penn State and Weis Markets were named the “2017 Tastes of the […]

New Year, New Perspectives

If you’re like me, you’re ready to let go of 2017 and make a fresh start. I am always hopeful about what I’ll accomplish in a new year — learn a new language, travel more, worry less…whatever the goal, it always seems within reach. This year, I want to bring a little more peace and understanding to my world. If […]

Self Reflection

Member-artists create self-portraits for the Bellefonte Art Museum’s 10th anniversary exhibition

The Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County’s year-opening show is a first — it’s the only show for which the museum has directly commissioned the works on display. But it’s also 10 years in the making, as it kicks off the celebration of a decade of art in Bellefonte. “We want to show who we are as we start this […]