PIPE BURSTS CAUSE DAMAGE
Penn State is still evaluating damage costs after this week’s brutal cold caused several pipes to burst in campus buildings. According to the Centre Daily Times, the Food Science Building and Berkey Creamery were among the facilities affected. The sales floor and testing laboratory in the building were flooded. The freeze also caused bursts in Steidle Building and McCoy Natatorium.
POLICE EXPECT REPORTS TO RISE
State College police expect the number of reported burglaries to rise over the weekend as Penn State students return to State College for the spring semester. As we told you earlier this week, police say more than 20 burglaries were reported since Thanksgiving. Most incidents involved thieves obtaining electronics from unoccupied apartments. Penn State’s spring semester begins on Monday. Anyone with information should contact police at 814-234-7150.
STATE COLLEGE ROADWORK
Traffic on North Atherton Street between West College Avenue and Railroad Avenue in State College will be reduced to a single lane in both directions today for maintenance. This area is located between the former Arby’s restaurant and Greyhound bus station. Work will take place between 7:30 am and 5 pm. Short delays are possible.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING
The State College Borough is encouraging neighborhood association members to take part in free emergency response training. Centre Region Emergency Management will offer the course to any interested community member. Officials received funding to train residents in emergency or disaster protection for themselves, family members, neighbors and neighborhoods. Upon completing the 20-hour course, folks can become a part of a Community Emergency Response Team. The application deadline is January 15th and those interested should contact Stephen at CERT@CentreRegionEMA.com.
PENN STATE COACHING SEARCH
It’s been one week since Penn State Director of Athletics Dr. Dave Joyner officially announced the beginning of the university’s search for a new head football coach. Last night, media members gathered at University Park Airport for a private flight returning from Destin, Florida. Joyner and Penn State president Rodney Erickson were among those onboard the plane. Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin does own a property in Destin, but did not exit the plane in State College. Franklin is reportedly the front-runner for the position. San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman also interviewed for the job earlier this week.
FARM SHOW AWARD WINNERS
Ten Penn State students received scholarships from the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation. A total of 25 students from the state were honored Tuesday for exhibiting leadership qualities and excellent academic performance. Each student at one point has exhibited livestock at the show. Eight of the ten Penn State students are enrolled in the university’s College of Agricultural Sciences.