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McQuaide Blasko funds ClearWater Conservancy internship

The State College office of McQuaide Blasko has funded ClearWater Conservancy’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Internship for the third straight year.

“This donation provides many hours of skilled GIS mapping support for our land and water conservation projects and gives a student important, real-world experience at the same time,” said ClearWater Conservation Biologist Katie Ombalski. Read more »

Sneaky Leprechaun looking for a pot of gold - where did I see this movie?

Governor Corbett as a leprechaun trying to steal Pennsylvania's pot of gold

Governor Corbett as a sneaky leprechaun trying to steal Pennsylvania's pot of gold, political cartoon about Tom Corbett and the rush to privatization, by Tom Baker.

CATA bus service issues

If a CATA bus driver doesn't drive the B Route schedule (Boalsburg) on a regular basis, chances are he/she will screw it up somehow. And riders can always count on this happening during PSU breaks, year after year. Many DRIVERS have consistently neglected to familiarize themselves with the Ride Guide. Some drivers have even asked riders which way they're supposed to go. They drive ahead of schedule arriving at stops too early, thus missing patrons. They've even bypassed stops altogether. Read more »

Comet PANSTARRS just peeked its head over our western horizon - remember to look for it.

Swinging northward now, Comet PanSTARRS emerges above the western sunset horizon this week for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes. It's 2nd magnitude or perhaps a little brighter, but it's low in twilight. Look due west about 30 to 45 minutes after sunset. The comet should be brightest around now, since it's passing closest to the Sun this week and is also barely past its closest to Earth (on March 5th). On March 12th through 14th the crescent Moon will help point the way, as told below. Read more »

Performers Sought to Audition for Third Annual “Happy Valley’s Got Talent” Show

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (March 1, 2013) — Get your best material together and get ready to become the next winner of the “Happy Valley’s Got Talent” Show. Open auditions for the third annual fundraising show will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17, at Indigo night club in State College, Pa. All types of performing acts from vocalists to dancers to comics and more are invited to audition in four age divisions. The 12 best acts will advance to the finals at the State Theatre on April 6.

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CSA Experts to Share Advice on Buying Equipment

MILLHEIM, PA. March 6, 2013 - The CSA Expert Exchange is an online conference co-presented by Small Farm Central and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) occurring live on March 15th, 2013 from 11am to 4pm EST. Nationwide, the conference is expected to engage between 500-1,000 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers. The conference will be accessible via any web browser; attendees will be available to watch video of presenters, view powerpoint slides, and interact via chat to ask questions. Read more »

Pennsylvania Plays Instrumental Role in Policy Adoption at National Farmers Union Annual Convention

HARRISBURG, PA (March 7, 2013) – The Pennsylvania Farmers Union (PFU) was represented at the National Farmers Union (NFU) 111th Anniversary Convention by board president, Kim Miller, and executive director, Hannah Smith-Brubaker (delegate). The convention adjourned Tuesday afternoon in Springfield, MA, where the four-day event concluded with the delegates considering and adopting the organization’s policy for the next year. Read more »

On the cheap: go out, get food

by Marilyn Jones

Most of us love the opportunity to get out of the house and have food prepared for us with no dirty dishes to clean afterwards. We love to sneak some bacon and pancakes or doughnuts and bagels (because as we all know, they are not fattening if eaten outside of the house), to have our eggs cooked as we really want them (not as we, oops, make them) and to innocently ingest caffeine (I thought I said decaffeinated). It is a form of relaxation and socialization. It perks us up – gets our day started with a pop! Read more »

Fungus forces bats to near extinction

by Molly Cochran

Little brown bats could be nonexistent in as little as ten years, Mike Gannon, a biology professor at Penn State Altoona, said.

Cave dwelling bats have seen a rapid decline in eastern North America due to a disease known as White Nose Syndrome, or WNS. Between 5.7 and 6.7 million bats in eastern North America have died because of WNS, according to Read more »

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