Category: Town & Gown Columns

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Elliot Abrams: The More Things Change…

By Chris Buchignani To even the most casual radio listeners here in the Valley (and in many other markets throughout the country), Accuweather meteorologist Elliot Abrams is the familiar voice of the morning weather forecast. Abrams has been with Accuweather since its early days; even as he has become a fixture of an expanding international ...

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The Week that Restored Penn State Football

By Kevin Horne & Chris Buchignani, October 2015 “They’ll be enjoying the tailgating afterwards, with a 30-point win.” On that note, ABC’s Brad Nessler wrapped up the national broadcast of Penn State’s October 1, 2005 win over 18th-ranked Minnesota, a 44-14 shellacking that featured two standout plays that would endure for years among the program’s ...

Princess Nittany: The Valley’s Folk Hero

At the end of August 2015, The Nittany Valley Society had an opportunity to participate in the first annual LION (Living In One Neighborhood) Bash. The outdoor festival celebrated the town/gown diversity of our community and aimed to connect the resident and student populations, groups that are often estranged even while living side-by-side. The NVS ...

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From the Trenches: Farms, Forts, and Penn State’s Commitment to Local History

Last year, Casey Snyder worked as a student intern for The Nittany Valley Society, assisting with our archive project for the CBICC. We became interested in his work with Penn State’s archaeology program and invited him to author this guest column on his experiences working to recover lost history close to home. By Casey J. ...

Arts Fest: Itself a Work of Art

By Tom Shakely, July 2015 In the slower summer months in Happy Valley, Arts Fest looms large on the calendar. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts has been a special time of year for many decades, since its earliest days as a student-initiated celebration on up through the singular tradition it has become today. ...

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The Nittany Valley in the 1920s

By Cori Agostinelli Kalupson, June 2015 The giving and graceful nature of our community help make it such a special place. For 40 years now, these qualities have been on display through the locally-supported growth of the Centre County Women’s Resource Center, a source of help and hope for area women in need. The CCWRC ...

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A Voice from Old State’s Past (Nittany Valley Press Excerpt)

The following passages, abridged and lightly edited, are taken from “Reminiscences of Dr. F.J. Pond,” a pamphlet-style book of Penn State memories from alum and Atherton-era professor Francis Pond recorded shortly before his death and published by The Nittany Valley Society. Dr. Pond tells us about Old State from a very different time, a place ...