This month you’ll get behind the scenes with Penn State’s famous Blue Band and its long-time director, Richard Bundy.
He’s the first former band member to later lead the program, which entertains thousands of Nittany Lions fans each Saturday during football season at Beaver Stadium. Part of his job is helping newcomers to the band appreciate the history of the unit, named the best collegiate band in the land in 2005.
Our Q & A session takes you back to school with “lunch lady” Megan Schaper, food services director at State College Area School district.
A Penn State hotel and restaurant management graduate, she started her career working for McDonald’s before providing about 4,000 nutritious lunches for students each day. Schaper is now an expert on the Federal Lunch Program, and says its as much a challenge for schools as for parents to get kids to eat healthy.
We’ll travel to the Hublersburg Inn to “sample” Andi Biddle’s wings and other offerings. A former history major at Penn State, she said she “fell in love” with the inn. She now mixes award-winning wings and other traditional foods with some upscale dining options. Or, as Biddle likes to say, she makes casual dining “better.”
Susannah Poese also turned a project into a business. A third-grader at Easterly Parkway Elementary, Susannah and her father, Penn State researcher Matt Poese, raise bees in their back yard. The young entrepreneur turns bees wax into a product she calls Ivy League Lip Balm — with flavors ranging from bubblegum to cinnamon. With education on her mind, Susannah is saving up for college.
We hope you enjoy this month’s edition of Good Life.
Susan Leath is president and publisher of the Centre Daily Times.