Local News 8-21-14


The 140th Annual Grange Fair officially opens today. One day admission costs $6.00 with a season ticket rate of $15.00.  Opening ceremonies will be held tonight at 5:30 in Jubilee Grove. The Boomers hit the stage at the Grandstand at 8 pm. Heavy traffic is expected around Centre Hall during the next week.


State College Police are seeking help in identifying a man suspected of stealing a wallet from a lifeguard at the Parkway Plaza Apartments then using a credit card from the wallet to make multiple purchases. Police believe a middle aged, white male with a dark ball cap, facial hair and cross tattoo on his left bicep stole the wallet on August 5th and used the victim’s card several times later that day. Purchases were made at UniMart-Bellefonte, McDonalds-Milesburg, Puff Express-Lock Haven and Puff Discount Tobacco-Mill Hall. Anyone with information should contact police at 813-234-7150.


Boalsburg residents and visitors now have easy access to the community’s rich history thanks to a team of interns from Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology. Users can use smart phones for a guided walking tour of the village with information and pictures by visiting boalmuseum.com/walkingtour.html. Interns also designed a virtual tour of the Boal Mansion Museum that enables guests at boalmuseum.com to view three rooms and even click on certain objects for detailed descriptions.


Penn State and Central Florida officials are closely monitoring a brewing volcano in Iceland that could impact travel to Ireland for next weekend’s football season opener. Travel alerts have already been issued and more than 1,000 small earthquakes and seismic activity were reported the last few days. The concern surrounds the looming eruption of the Bardarbunga volcano.


Heavy traffic on University Drive is expected today between 7 am and 7 pm. Lane restrictions will be in place as crews complete a paving project between Easterly Parkway and Nimitz Avenue. State College Borough officials say local traffic will be accommodated as much as possible, but delays are anticipated. The work was scheduled for Wednesday but was postponed due to storms.