Located in Centre County, Pennsylvania, State College is a college town heavily influenced by the campus life of Penn State University and have gained the nickname “Happy Valley” for its resilience during the Great Depression. Downtown State College provide the public with essential resource, accommodation, and entertainment that stretch along College Ave and Beaver Ave. In 2010, CQ Press ranked State College as the third-safest metropolitan area in the country. They say there’s something magical about the Nittany Valley, where time just seems to stand still. Updates on the downtown area’s current affairs and additions can be located on this topic page.
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If you see hundreds of people dressed as Santa downtown on December 9, don’t be alarmed — they’re touring the bars for a good cause.
Now it seems The Skeller won’t face the guillotine after all. The Herlocher family released an open letter Tuesday afternoon addressed to the Penn State and State College communities, insisting on their shared value of tradition in this town we all know and love.
Following outrage over the closing of The All-American Rathskeller, the Herlochers released an open letter to the Penn State community.
The Skeller is a place where generations come together and make memories. One memory in particular highlights this, and it’s why the spirit of the Skeller should continue to live on.
“All things considered, I’m cautiously optimistic that the Herlocher’s local purchase of the Foster Building will achieve some degree of good conservation, although it’s a tragedy for the distinctiveness of State College to lose the Skeller in the process.”
Think about what your first night was like in the dusty, wooden-clad bar underneath the rest of the world. Think about all the memories you made there.
“I understand that their property rights give the Herlochers the power to pursue a course which is so damaging to our town.”
Although he’s not a Penn State alumnus himself, Clifford clearly recognizes the importance of the Skeller and all that it stands for in the hearts of Penn State alumni for the past 84 years. By our estimates using Penn State’s historical enrollment numbers, more than 500,000 Penn Staters have had the opportunity to drink a beer at the Skeller during their time as students.
Onward State alumnus Dave Cole created the petition to #SaveTheSkeller that’s already garnered nearly 300 signatures.
“We want to assure you that as State College residents and Penn Staters we fully understand the historic importance of that location and memories made there across decades.”
This is certainly not “Business…as usual” and Penn Staters are acutely aware of it, so much that they’ve started a movement to boycott Herlocher’s Foods, starting with the company’s reviews on Facebook and Amazon.
After the news broke, Penn Staters took to Twitter to share their disappointment in the decision. And they’re not messing around.
“I’m running for Lieutenant Governor to be a champion for every community and person in this state, especially those that have been left out or left behind.”
For those of you counting at home, more than half the list is dominated by college towns, and the rest includes some major vacation destinations and military bases. Penn State is the largest university in Pennsylvania, so it doesn’t take a lot to figure out State College is probably one of the biggest drinking towns.
The new casinos would be owned and operated by some of the 12 current casino license owners in the state and cannot be placed within 25 miles of an existing casino.
The new building would be developed by CA Student Living, which is currently building The Rise, a mixed-use high-rise on the 500 block of East College Avenue, and the Friedmans.
Each was charged with misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief – damaging property. They were arraigned via summons on Thursday by District Judge Carmine Prestia and preliminary hearings are scheduled for Dec. 20.
Police are looking for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of a suspect who attacked a uniformed State College Police Officer from behind while he was attempting to arrest another individual for assaulting another person.
“It’s all about having the opportunity to meet people from different walks of life,” Weaver said. “In a town like this, you really do get to know everybody.”
A Penn State student was stabbed in Berry Alley behind Beta Sigma Beta early on Saturday morning.
“People say that they get overwhelmed here, but I always say, would you rather be overwhelmed or underwhelmed?”
The first two floors of The Metropolitan, about 32,000 square feet, are designated for retail and commercial. The remaining 10 floors of the 146-foot building are residential.
Houseasaurus Co-op has been a cornerstone of alternative living and social change in State College. Now residents are raising money to help keep the organization alive.
The parade route will be closed from approximately 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and parking along College Avenue will be closed after 4 p.m.
Chabad of Penn State has reported a stolen and damaged menorah, as surveillance evidence caught the suspects in the act.