The Origins of ‘Happy Valley’

Most of have heard at least one theory on the origins of our “Happy Valley” nickname. Did it arise during the Great Depression, an expression of area’s economic resiliency? Or perhaps it was the tongue-in-cheek…

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Our Street Names Are Memorials

It’s always great when we come into deeper contact with the life and history of the place we live. That happened last year with a column for Town & Gown about a project cataloging the CBICC historical archive:…

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Joy of Christmas Spirits

Today, it is not unusual to enter a bar and find a laundry list of exotic beers on tap or to hear news of a local brew pub or microbrewery opening up. Such was not…

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Happy Valley’s Magical Magnetism

You can already sense it here in the Valley. Before you know it, tens of thousands of students will make their way back to Penn State for another academic year. Soon after, tens of thousands…

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‘I See Penn State!’

I had lunch today with John Patishnock, an employee of the Penn State Alumni Association and freelance writer who will be working with NVS on an upcoming project. John is a local who recently returned home…

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The ‘Magic of Simplicity’ at the Nittany Lion Shrine

The Nittany Lion Shrine was reopened this week after a summer of renovation. Kevin Horne, Managing Editor of Onward State, shares his perspective on the iconic symbol of the campus: I grew up only an hour away…

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A Great Idea: Recovering a Disposition for Leisure

The National Association of Scholars published a small contribution I wrote when visiting Zach Zimbler in Princeton a few months ago. The short contribution, titled “Recover a Disposition for Leisure,” is a part of the feature “One Hundred…

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