Harrison’s Wine Grill and Catering plans celebration venue at Mount Nittany Inn

Harrison’s Wine Grill and Catering is set to buy the Mount Nittany Inn.
Harrison’s Wine Grill and Catering is set to buy the Mount Nittany Inn. Centre Daily Times, file

Few are strangers to the Mount Nittany Inn, but the Mount Nittany Inn is no stranger to change.

The longtime restaurant at the top of the mountain gives a bird’s-eye view of Happy Valley, a constant through about 100 years of transformations.

It will be given a new identity again soon, once a deal for Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering closes in February. It won’t be a restaurant, but a celebration venue, a new chapter to the space’s storied history.

In 1919, Pete Coldron opened a roadside stand on the site, which grew in popularity with travelers, so he built the original restaurant in 1928. It was a place to stop at while on the move.

The inn has been run by waves of owners and experienced occasional reservations.

Closed since December 2014, it will be brought back to life soon for birthdays, reunions and wedding receptions.

Harrison’s will also continue to operate at the Hilton Garden Inn on College Avenue.

Weather smart

AccuWeather announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that it will provide longtime partner honor, a Chinese smartphone e-brand under Huawei, with weather information for its newest 5X device.

The honor 5X has a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, a 13-megapixel camera with 16GB of expandable flash storage, a Snapdragon 616 processor and a rear fingerprint sensor. Included on the honor handset will be the AccuWeather widget that will provide current conditions and 5-day forecast globally.

AccuWeather started the partnership with Huawei in 2009.

In 2015, AccuWeather formed a joint venture with the China Meteorological Administration for the distribution of weather information in China.

Fun race to fundraise

The Tussey Mountainback 50-Mile Relay and Ultramarathon announced that its October 2015 footrace raised $4,750 for Mid-State Literacy Council.

The council helps Centre County residents gain the reading, writing and math skills needed to navigate everyday life.

Amy Wilson, executive director of the MSLC, and others from the staff and board volunteered at the race, which took place in Rothrock State Forest. In 2014, 205 tutors provided 11,986 hours of instruction to 366 adult learners.

About 100 ultramarathoners and 100 relay teams participated in the Tussey Mountainback.

A caring hand

Geisinger Life Flight unveiled its new intensive care ambulance.

It will transport patients throughout the Geisinger Health System service area. It will also assume the ground transport needs for the neonatal transport program.

The ambulance, according to Geisinger, is larger than most for enhanced safety of the crew and patients. It will be staffed 12 hours a day with an emergency medical technician, emergency vehicle operator, a critical care transport paramedic, a critical care transport RN and a neonatal transport nurse as needed.

The critical care ground program, a partnership between Life Flight and Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, was largely funded by the Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli