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Introduction: A guide to life in Centre County

Jim Matthews and his son, Madison, of State College, have been mountain biking together for years. The ability to participate in a variety of outdoor activities, such as mountain biking, is one of the perks of living in Centre County.
Jim Matthews and his son, Madison, of State College, have been mountain biking together for years. The ability to participate in a variety of outdoor activities, such as mountain biking, is one of the perks of living in Centre County. CDT file photo

Some of you, like me, are new to Centre County. Many more of you have lived here for years, if not decades.

For all who call this beautiful place home, welcome to Living Here, our annual User’s Guide to life in Centre County.

We think our 17th edition of this guide will be as valuable as the 16 that came before it, and hope you’ll keep it around as a handy reference during the year ahead.

Last year’s guide was published about the time my wife and I were contemplating a move to Centre County. As someone who’d never set foot in Pennsylvania, I found the User’s Guide to be an indispensable treasure trove of facts and details about living here.

For example, I devoured the section on vehicle registration and driver’s license, and used the guide to help learn more about the various boroughs and townships and villages in my new commonwealth. Hooking up utilities also was made easier, thanks to the contact numbers and other information.

Even though we’re comfortably settled, there’s still plenty to learn. And even among you long-timers, I’d wager there’s plenty of information in this year’s guide that you might not know.

Here’s a taste of what’s inside:

We juggled the lineup a bit this year, so we could lead off with sports and recreation — reflecting two of my favorite things to do in Centre County. In that section you’ll find everything you need to know on the topics, from hunting and fishing to hiking and biking, and everything in between.

We have a map showing all of the state parks and forests and natural areas in the region, plus details about each. Yet another page covers all of the golf courses available within minutes of State College.

If auto racing, caves, youth recreation, conservation or Spikes baseball are more your style, we’ve got you covered.

In addition to Sports and Recreation, Centre County is known for its entertainment offerings, and we offer seven pages of listings of arts, museums, dance, music, theater and other community organizations.

No guide is complete without Penn State, and we have plenty of facts and figures for you to digest related to our university on the hill. We even list the dates and opponents for Nittany Lions football games through the 2019 season. (Circle home games against Ohio State on Oct. 22, 2016, and Sept. 29, 2018.)

And, we again offer facts and figures on area school districts, including test scores. We offer a roundup on local hospitals and other health care providers.

Senior Living is a new section this year, reflecting an active community locally and listing places to live and to socialize.

Finally, check out sections on business and real estate, transportation, municipalities, community organizations, churches, farmers markets, fire companies, libraries, recycling and more.

Of course, if you’re like me, you’ll never know what you’ll need to know until you need to know it, so be sure to keep this year’s guide handy until our 18th edition comes along.

Until then, it’s a true pleasure to be Living Here.

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