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Disabled Veteran and Service Dog Kicked Out

Earlier this year, a Centre County Disabled Veteran filed a Federal Suit claiming a State College area business refused to let his Service Dog into the store. Now, several months later, he’s encountering new frustrations. Video shows Christopher Taylor of Bellefonte with his Service Dog Zeke. Taylor says Zeke...
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Millheim Fire Company Fireworks

A Fireworks display in Millheim last night and a way to give back to his community. Dozens of residents gathered behind the Millheim Fire Company for the 20 minute fireworks show. Dave Grubb, the host of this fireworks show, has lived in Millheim for over 40 years and he’s hosted...

Ferguson Twp presents ’23-’27 Capital Improvement Plan

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Ferguson Township is presenting their 2023-2027 Capital Improvement Plan during two public meetings in July. The township proposes spending $112 million over those 5 years (including $18 million in inter-fund transfers) with a $94 million net. The highest expenditures will go toward the police and public works departments. “The goals […]

YMCA announces pool re-opening timeline: tentatively October

LOCK HAVEN, PA – The River Valley Regional YMCA Lock Haven Branch has officially announced their pool re-opening timeline. Staff and volunteers have been hard at work for over a year fundraising to replace the HVAC unit, referred to as the PoolPak. This unit has a hefty price tag of $280,000 and comprised Tier 1 of the project. Tier 1 allows for the replacement of the PoolPak, a fresh coat of paint, and most importantly, the pool to re-open to the public.

Centre County officials have concerns about Rep. Conklin’s domestic violence bill. Here’s why

With domestic violence survivors and advocates by his side, Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Rush Township, in April unveiled legislation that would bar anyone convicted of domestic violence from holding public office in Pennsylvania. While the proposed constitutional amendment received early support, getting local elected officials on board has proved more difficult...

Centre County music store reopens in new location

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (WTAJ) — A longtime State College music store has moved locations after shutting its doors during the pandemic. Rainbow Music has a new home in downtown Bellefonte. The store is located at 1 Perry Lane behind the Bellefonte Waffle Shop location. The reopening follows a two year closure of Rainbow Music’s State College […]

Centre County homeless shelter demand continues to rise

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Centre County is experiencing a rising number of homeless community members reaching out for assistance. “Demand for our services has definitely increased,” Executive Director of Centre County’s Housing Transitions, Morgan Wasikonis said. Housing Transitions is a walk-in center for homeless individuals and families seeking housing assistance.That includes a shelter (217 […]

Castanea Township sets Saturday, July 23 for Community Day

LOCK HAVEN, PA – The Castanea Township Recreation Committee announces its Community Day on Saturday, July 23 with public events planned throughout the day. Events include a 5K Walk/Run on the Bald Eagle Valley Trail, Clyde Peeling’s Reptiles: The Beautiful and Deadly show, vendor fair, open house at the Castanea Fire Company, Smokey Bear appearance, and a free classic rock concert featuring the Rocket Blasters. Rick Schulze, Chairperson, Castanea Township Recreation Committee, noted, “we want to showcase how special Castanea is to all of us who live, work and play here. We welcome this opportunity to showcase Castanea Township. It’s an old-fashioned community day for everyone.”
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Places to celebrate 4th of July in Centre County this summer

The Fourth of July is finally upon us, and Centre County is prepared with plenty of events to celebrate. Here’s a look at some of the many events taking place for Independence Day this year. Annual Kids on Wheels Parade. Starting off the federal holiday from 9:30-10:30 a.m., the...

Second Island Bridge to reopen to traffic on Friday as improvements continue

LOCK HAVEN, PA – PennDOT has announced that the Second Island Bridge in Dunnstable Township will reopen to traffic as of Friday, July 8. Preservation work on the structure began in April, forcing a detour. PennDOT said through this Thursday the bridge will remain closed and the detour using...

Altoona Cemetery, monument cleaned by National Guard Veterans

ALTOONA, Pa (WTAJ) — In honor of Independence Day, a group of community members helped clean up the Fairview Cemetery. Ken Tedora, a member of the Central Pa National Guard Veterans Association, along with others, wanted to make a difference and help out the Fairview Cemetery as it’s often neglected and left with uncut grass […]

Geisinger surgeon to conduct screenings at celebration

Jersey Shore, Pa. — Geisinger general surgeon Mark Armstrong will be on hand during the Jersey Shore Town Meeting Fourth of July Town Celebration to screen people over age 18 for hernias. Anyone interested in a free screening can visit the Geisinger Health Bus on Tuesday, July 5, between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Those screened at the event who are found to need further examination or treatment will be scheduled...

Letters: Broken promises and empty words; A plea to make things right in Lemont

The Supreme Court broke precedent against the will of the majority of American citizens by overturning the constitutional right to abortion. Breaking precedent for political and/or theocratic reasons violates the rights of women and destroys my faith that the majority of this panel of judges is committed to upholding its constitutional mandate to act without personal bias in upholding the U.S. Constitution. I urge both bodies of Congress to immediately respond to the destruction of Roe v. Wade and codify Roe into federal law. Many leaders from all branches of government who have been elected to serve us have broken their oaths of office and continue to abuse their power. Our government has suffered years of dysfunction. Compromises that are reached often serve the very rich at the expense of the rest of us while excessive military budgets easily gain bipartisan support. Self-interest continuously costs the lives and well-being of those with the least power. Oratory like “That’s not who we are” does not ring true to me in the face of the repetitive moral failures of elected officials and their financial backers. Impotent slogans like “Make America Great Again,” “Build back better,” and “Thoughts and prayers” (it’s taken decades to gain a modicum of gun control legislation) are destructive, meaningless and hollow. Without peaceful public engagement, fact-based debate and forthright decision-makers, the radical claim of equal rights for all embedded in our Constitution is an empty assertion.