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Spring just might be the most beautiful season in Happy Valley—well, it’s definitely in the top four. Sure, we’re emerging from a winter that was milder than usual, but it’s still a great pleasure to welcome chirping birds, blooming dogwood and crab apple trees, longer days and outdoor farmers’ markets. Take advantage of the blissful months between crippling cold and insufferable heat with... MORE
By Dan Schwartz With thousands of alumni returning for this highly anticipated weekend, the streets of State College will be crowded and hectic. To alleviate some of that stress, we’ll help you map out your entire weekend for before and after the Blue-White game. Kill the Lights If you’re a country music fan, then Luke Bryan’s “Kill the Lights” tour might be the perfect start for your... MORE
  What did they find? ·Mountain towns are the best places to get in shape (That'd be us!). Over half of the top ten most fitness-friendly cities in America are located in or directly adjacent to a mountain range. Places like Boulder, Bellingham and Missoula all have lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation. ·Is warm weather bad for fitness? None of the top 25 cities in SmartAsset’s study... MORE
They also took note that the borough and townships of College, Harris, Patton, and Ferguson are commonly referred to as “Happy Valley” by its 'enthusiastic residents' (yep, that sounds about right). Read the whole article here
By Cara Aungst My husband and I got married in the Old Stone Church in Manor Hill in Huntingdon. We wanted an off-the-map venue and were captivated by the building, and its stories. There were doors, for instance, on each side of the pulpit, through which no living person ever went. Caskets shuttled in the door on the right, and after the funeral, they went out the one on the left, into the... MORE
There are (at least) 28 places you gotta go in Pennsylvania before your time on this earth is up. One of them isPenn’s Cave and Wildlife Park, which made the Pennsylvania Bucket List compiled by Penn live.com. Getting “lost” inside this natural wonder is a thrilling and historic experience. Discovered by the Seneca Indians in Penns Valley, this centuries-old natural landmark takes... MORE
Why go to a beach town or a resort when you can put together your own Happy Valley vacation? Here are ten things to do on your Happy Valley getaway! 1) Happy Valley History Simply put: the area surrounding Happy Valley is a historical area. It is steeped in history from the 1800s to now and there is so much to unearth, as well as cultural landmarks to explore. From Penn State campus to... MORE
Tussey Mountain offers the Best in Snowtime Fun Just a mere ten to fifteen minute drive from Penn State campus, Tussey Mountain is the king of winter sports and entertainment in Happy Valley. The Slopes Hope to ski or snowboard this winter? Head out to Tussey for seven beautiful slopes, which are almost always covered in fresh snow (snow machines cover 90% of ski-able terrain... MORE
By Kevin Keen November and December are universally seen as months of thankfulness and giving. This holiday season, consider giving back in Happy Valley, or wherever you are in the world. Here are ten ways you can give the gift of time locally:  PAWS: Centre County PAWS always needs volunteers to help out with their pet shelters. Both dogs and cats need volunteers to help them, so... MORE
By Cara Aungst When the football season wraps up and all the leaves are gone from Mount Nittany, it's time for different kinds of fun in Happy Valley. There are Penn State's winter sports (see our article on page xx) – wrestling, hockey, and basketball. Then there is the snowy fun: skiing, sledding, and tubing at Tussey. But what happens when it is just too cold/wet/wintery to be outside, and... MORE

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