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BIRDWATCH: Brown thrasher, master mimic

Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of the brown thrasher is its song – or more appropriately, its large repertoire of songs. Like its close relatives the catbird and the mockingbird, the thrasher is an accomplished song mimic.

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NATIVE PLANTS: Pa.’s ‘invasive native’ trees

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Sounds expands the State College music scene

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Misha Cleveland’s career path has been more of a maze. Through twists and turns, it has directed her towards a future that appears to have been hidden within all along.

Cleveland’s path has led her to travel throughout Brazil’s misty Amazon rainforest, to wait on tables, to dig deep in the soils of central Pennsylvanian wetlands, and to perform on-stage with a guitar in her hand and a dream to be a rock star.

Ironically, the combination of her misty, mucky adventures and her eyes half-shut from stage fright have given Cleveland a sense of clarity.

Planning a pedestrian-friendly State College

Graphic from the Borough of State College Downtown Master Plan

Downtown State College may see some drastic changes in its landscape in the coming years with the recent adoption of a new Downtown Master Plan by the Borough Council. This plan has two phases focusing on the marketing and branding of downtown, but also focuses on creating a more pedestrian friendly environment.

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