Opinion

Good Life and Thon bring smiles across Happy Valley

“Success is no pipe dream” to Jamie Bestwick, the top BMX rider in the world as voted by his peers.

That’s our headline from next weekend’s Good Life in Happy Valley magazine, and it sets the stage for you to meet a fascinating Centre Countian.

Bestwick trains at Camp Woodward and does things others just don’t do. That will become quite apparent when you read senior reporter Chris Rosenblum’s profile story that is just the beginning of perhaps our best magazine yet.

Good Life comes out quarterly and is an added bonus for Centre County home subscribers, who will find it in their paper on Saturday. Otherwise it’s available for purchase at Barnes & Noble or at our main office.

In fact, the magazine is filled with fascinating Centre Countians, including David Pryde, of Rush Township, who makes and sells unique birdhouse creations, and Kim Morrison, of Spring Mills, who is known widely for her sugar art. Pat Daugherty, of the Tavern, now celebrating its 60th year, is our featured interviewee, and there’s much more.

City Editor Teresa Bonner coordinates and edits Good Life, while staffers Nabil Mark and Rosenblum serve as photo editor and lead writer. Joan Koester designs the magazine, Alison Boston serves as copy editor, and correspondents Robin Crawford and Jill Gleeson are regular contributors.

Good Life is perhaps the one product we produce that gets all positives from readers. So it’s time that I highlight it here the way I highlight other special sections and our online work that is attracting more and more readers virtually every month.

Make sure to read Good Life, meet these fine folks and find out what else we do around here. Enjoy it with your subscription.

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Do yourself a favor today and wander over to the Bryce Jordan Center for the final hours of the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, better known as Thon.

The result of months and months of fundraising and preparation will be on display, and you’ll feel good knowing that it will go for families fighting childhood cancer.

Thon is everywhere, and it took me just several steps leaving Penn Station in New York to see Penn Staters collecting on a sunny January Saturday.

Those collections for the Four Diamonds Fund added up to $5,240,385 last year. Today we’ll find out this year’s total.

This is perhaps the event of the year at Penn State to see students in action, and you won’t be disappointed. The students encourage your attendance, since there’s plenty of room at the event now that it’s in the Bryce Jordan Center for a second year.

“In Rec Hall, especially during the last four hours, everybody was like a sardine, just packed in that place,” Mike Petrasek, public-relations chairman, said as quoted in our Blue Magazine last week.

“This year, we can fit a lot more people in. We don’t have to shut the doors and tell people they aren’t allowed to come in — unless we would get around 15,000 people. So that’s great.

“Anybody from the general public can come and see what Thon is all about and have a positive experience.”How about it — take him up on that offer. Give what you can and take away a special feeling after supporting the dancers and the kids.

In addition to our print coverage, visit CentreDaily.com today and next week for photos, video and full content from Blue’s Thon issue.

You can also read Penn State student Katy Hopkins’ “Talk Thon to Me” blog, just one of our growing list of community blogs. It’ll be worth a second and third look.

As always, please contact me with concerns you have about anything in the Centre Daily Times or online at www.centredaily.com.

Executive Editor Bob Heisse can be reached at bheisse@centredaily.com or 231-4640. His blog, “Back in Happy Valley,” is on the Web site.

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