In this months edition of Good Life in Happy Valley, we introduce you to John Wetzler. He had retired from football and softball at Bellefonte Area High School, only to be lured back three years ago.
Today hes an assistant coach for the Red Raiders, dispensing wisdom built over decades and practicing the same straight-shooting, caring approach to teaching youth that has earned him the respect of players and his community.
We also introduce you to Charlie Wilson, a retired Penn State professor who once struggled with public speaking. Now, a member of six Toastmasters International clubs, whose members practice giving speeches, hes also one of the subjects of a new documentary, Speak.
Inspired by the global fear of public speaking, the film chronicles the experiences of competitors, including Wilson, at the 2008 Toastmasters world championship.
Elsewhere in the Living Local section, youll meet Matt and Lindsay Kowalski, the couple behind Nittany View Farms soaps. On their farm near Oak Hall, they make 11 kinds of natural soaps that look good enough to eat, if they didnt leave skin feeling so silky smooth.
Well take you on a short trip along the Elk Scenic Drive, a 127-mile loop that starts on one end in Snow Shoe, stops allow motorists to glimpse some of the 800 wild elk roaming the Pennsylvania wilderness.
In honor of Labor Day, we stopped by the Centre County office of Pennsylvania CareerLink for this months Q&A. Center director Jessica Bilger spoke about the challenges job-seekers face and the joy of finding work for clients.
Susan Leath is president and publisher of the Centre Daily Times.