Dear Voices Reader,
Circumstances came to light right after we published July 1 that cause us to alert you to an important situation: Webster's Bookstore Cafe in downtown State College has been given 30 days' notice to vacate due to falling behind on rent (although full payment was eventually offered to the landlord).
Voices was the first in the county to post this news to our website and Facebook page and start getting the word out, but due to our volunteer workforce and the summer holidays, we don't have people on the ground reporting. We do have Art Goldschmidt and other Voices supporters actively helping owner Elaine Meder-Wilgus. To that end:
1. Elaine has requested that Webster's supporters write a 500-word letter about what Webster's means to you and deliver it to the store (or email to firstname.lastname@example.org) so she can use it with banks, future landlords or even the current landlord to get an extension.
2. She also has asked people to buy books (1/2 off) to help her liquidate.
3. And we ask you to sign the petition being circulated now and during Arts Fest so that it may also be used in support of Webster's. The paper petition is down at the bookstore, but if you can't get to town to sign that please sign this online petition:
Save Websters Bookstore Cafe - the online petition
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