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Musser Gap Greenway to connect State College, Rothrock State Forest in spring 2014
Construction is under way on the first phase of the new Musser Gap Greenway, a recreational connection between Rothrock State Forest and the proposed Whitehall Road Regional Park. The trail will be completed and open in spring 2014.
The effort is a collaboration between ClearWater Conservancy and Penn State.
“This project is the culmination of a lot of planning and a lot of dreaming,” said Dan Sieminski, associate vice president for Finance and Business at Penn State. “This is a wonderful use of the property and a great partnership between the University and the community.”
The Greenway will eventually link the Musser Gap parking area off of State Route 45 in Rothrock State Forest to the planned Whitehall Road Regional Park on Whitehall Road.
Tips for getting through the holiday season
Being someone that loves food, I thought that many of you could use and enjoy these tips as you enjoy the upcoming holiday “eating” season.
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing about a good party food layout. In fact, if you see carrots that aren't garnishing chicken wings, leave immediately. Find someplace that is serving rum balls and chicken wings. There is undoubtedly an app for that… just to be safe though, prepare some rum balls and wings BEFORE you leave the house and store them in an insulated container in your car. If your travels find you at a party that has a food lineup that resembles the produce department at a grocery store, head out to the car and scarf down your stowed away loot. You will find yourself feeling like Bear Grylls…
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can and do it quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch, it’s rare. In fact, it’s even rarer than single-malt scotch. You can’t find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an eggnog-aholic or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It’s later than you think.
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a bowl out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat it like there is a prize at the end. Repeat. Heed this warning however, if you feel the need to do shots of gravy, drink gravy from a cup, or eat it like soup, you need to step away from said gravy and seek help…fast.
Lady Lions herd up the Bison for lopsided win
The Lady Lions basketball team returned to the court on Wednesday night as they played host to Bucknell, a team that they held a commanding 12-0 career record against. Penn State was looking to erase the memory of its last game, a home loss to Connecticut. The Lady Huskies are the nation’s top-ranked team and the Lady Lions played them tough.
The Bison (1-2) opened the game strong but struggled against the Lady Lions’ (2-1) tempo and defense on a night that Penn State didn’t necessarily play like the defending Big Ten champions. Even with that being said, before the midway point of the first half, the Lady Lions had forced the Bison into foul trouble and held a double-digit lead. By halftime that lead had swelled to 30 points as members of the Penn State Blue Band filled the Bryce Jordan Center with an instrumental potpourri that made for a fitting background.
The combination of Maggie Lucas and Dara Taylor again proved to worth the price of admission as both helped the Lady Lions dominate the Bison. While Lucas is good at both ends of the court, she keyed the offense while Taylor, despite her looking like one of the smallest players on the court at any time, frustrated Bucknell with her quickness and tenacious play on defense and distributing the ball. Lucas extended her Penn State record streak of games with a 3-pointer to 39 games. She led the team with 17 but many of those came in the first half.
Nittany Lions facing a tough Nebraska squad in home finale
As Penn State enters its last home game of the season, it will be bidding farewell to its senior class and perhaps a certain wide receiver wearing a number between seven and nine. Without the benefit of a bowl game, it's easy for fans to ponder what is in store for this team next season. On Saturday, they will welcome a Nebraska team into Happy Valley whose fans are doing much of the same but for much different reasons.
The Cornhuskers are 7-3 on the season and a respectable 4-2 in the Big Ten heading into this weekend. By most standards, that isn't a bad season thus far. Then again, the standards in most of the nation aren’t the same as they are in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sixth-year head coach Bo Pelini is hearing whispers about what might happen should he not win the final two games of the season to get to the nine win mark. With Iowa at home to end the season, the Nittany Lions might be the biggest hurdle for Nebraska and could cause Big Red's whispers to get much louder were they to knock off the favored Huskers.
Penn State will need to continue to run the ball well, but it will need to do so against a much improved Nebraska defense while the Nittany Lions' defense will need to contain Ameer Abdullah. The junior running back has rushed for 1,336 yards and leads the Big Ten with 133.6 yards rushing per game. The Nebraska offense is much different without injured quarterback Taylor Martinez, but Tommy Armstrong has done a decent job in his stead. They will lean hard on a running game that ranks sixth in the nation with 240.3 yards per game. Turnovers have been a problem for the Nebraska offense as evidenced last week when they turned the ball over five times in a home loss to Michigan State. This is just part of what has the whispers growing in volume.
Happy Valley is a Winter Wonderland
The weather may have turned cold in Happy Valley, but don’t let that fool you. The action is just heating up for folks looking to get out of the house, rather than hibernate for the winter season. The area has a little bit of something for everyone.
For those in or looking to get into the holiday spirit, there may be no better start to the Twelve Days of Christmas than by making a trip to our county seat to visit Bellefonte's Victorian Christmas. This annual event has become a tradition for many families both in Happy Valley and those traveling. The weekend of fun gets under way starting Friday, Dec. 13 and runs through Sunday, the 15th. In between, folks can find all sorts of holiday spirit with a nod to the days of the Victorian era. Some of the things you can enjoy are High Tea at the Reynolds Mansion and the Gaslight Gala if being swanky is your thing. A Gingerbread House contest is being held, as well as an arts and crafts show. Don’t miss the beautiful decorations in the Festival of Trees and be sure to catch the concerts that will be held throughout the three days. And a must is a ride on the horse-drawn carriage and perhaps for you hopeless romantics, there will be a nice light snow falling while you take in the quaint town of Bellefonte. Check out the schedule of events at www.bellefontevictorianchristmas.com
Those looking to get a jump on their Christmas shopping but looking to avoid the crowded stores, can get the special gift for that special someone by visiting the annual arts and crafts show being held at the Bald Eagle Area High School in Wingate on Nov. 30.
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