Holiday happenings bring out the good in Happy Valley

December 1, 2012 

In this month’s edition of Good Life in Happy Valley we are pleased to introduce Judy Good Sherwood to you. Sherwood is a certified music therapist who visits area nursing homes and uses music to brighten the lives of residents.

Drawing from her knowledge of thousands of gospel, country and popular songs, she plays the piano and guitar, while the residents accompany her on drums, xylophones and other small instruments. Sherwood says her goal is to transport residents to earlier, happier times.

In Living Local, you’ll meet Ava Selepack who is living her lifelong dream of running her own bustling restaurant.

She's the inspiration and main cook behind the Retro Eatery in Philipsburg, a throwback diner where menu items are named after famous American pop figures. It's hard work, but Selepack doesn't mind a second whipping up her dishes and baking late into the night.

Also a local Nativity set show sponsored by the State College Woman's Club is back after a hiatus of a few years. This time, the show features the diverse collection of Nancy McPhee, who has been amassing hundreds of sets and Nativity-themed ornaments for 15 years.

Rabbi Nosson Meretsky sat down with a Centre Daily Times reporter for this month’s Q&A. Meretsky and his wife, Sarah, run the local Chabad House, a community center for teaching about Judaism and promoting Jewish culture. This month in front of the State College municipal building will be the 12th time they publicly light a 9-foot tall menorah to celebrate Hanukkah.

Susan Leath is president and publisher of the Centre Daily Times.

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