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Story first shared at the Camp Westie Blog!  Jerome is a man who falls in love at first sight. When he sees what he wants, he knows it. There is no halfway with Jerome. He will go all in. Karate might be his first love. He’d studied the martial art for most of his childhood,...
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This profile was originally published on the Camp Westie blog.  Bonnie has an exploration running in the back of all her dancing: she wants to know what kinds of stories can be told in a partner dance. “Not all stories can be told with two people. It’s why we get so many broken heart stories....
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Any party wins when Amanda Cruz shows up with a dish. It is, after all, her career to create with food. A one-time hobby, cooking is now her life as the entrepreneur and chef behind The Gourmet Girl Personal Chef Service. At its heart, Cruz’s work serves people in their most basic need — to eat...
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“I want to be a part of telling the stories that are empowering to be told.” Megan Staub tells me this on a clear fall day, the kind where you can see the full length of the valley from my front porch. We’re on the phone and she’s at her home in Charleston, SC working...
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Spud Marshall’s latest endeavor will point the way toward innovation. It’s been 12 years since Spud Marshall came to State College as an undergraduate student. In that time, State College and Penn State saw pivotal and heartbreaking moments that changed the region forever. Before and during those moments, Marshall began telling a different story for...
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At MadJam this month, Stephen White posted on the event facebook page, “Come meet me in the bar!” Robbie and I knew he and Sonya had talked about dropping in for showcases after their Euro trip. It seemed plausible! So we took the fastest elevator we could find to get to the hotel bar to...
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Sonya Dessureault is a badass. She talks about her life story as if it’s just the perfectly natural story of things you do to make your dreams happen. This makes her even more badass. Sonya and I skyped a few weeks ago, curled up under blankets on our respective couches hundreds of miles apart. It...
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This story originally appeared in State College Magazine and is reprinted with permission. Christian Baum is hard to miss in State College. You’ve probably seen him around, maybe at the co.space, the residential community for changemakers; or perhaps at New Leaf, the first coworking space in Centre County, which he also cofounded; or maybe you...
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This story was originally published in State College Magazine and appears here with persmission. Andrea Groznik, co-owner and creative director of Groznik PR, is the vibrant color behind State College’s most recent bright idea: a new urban flea market called “Pop Up Ave.” You might have heard the buzz about Pop Up Ave (popupave.com). The...
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This piece was originally published in State College Magazine and is here with permission. Jessica Menold shows up at Local Whiskey after a long workday and pulls a granola bar out of her bag. “I’ve led meetings all day. This is my first chance to eat!” She laughs at her own explanation. “I’m busy. But...
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