|Inside this edition: Support Spotlight PA by donating to our Centre Gives campaign, Penn State administrator accuses graduating seniors of spreading misinformation, and candidates running for key Pa. election posts wrongly believe 2020 presidential race was stolen.|
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—Sarah Rafacz, State College Editor
|“When I read Hamer’s email, I read it as another instance in a pattern of behavior among Penn State administrators cultivating a culture of fear, where everyone is a member of Happy Valley unless you speak out against the administration.”|
—Jake Otto, one of the students accused by Penn State administrator Jennifer Hamer of spreading misinformation
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» May 12: The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau hosts a “Backyard Tour.”
» May 12-14: Axe throwing, woodcarving, and a cornhole tournament are among the highlights of the Potter County Outdoor Show.
» May 13: Celebrate the 175th anniversary of Falls Creek at the Spring Walk, hosted by the DuBois Area Historical Society.
» May 13: Jana Marie Foundation marks Mental Health Awareness Month with live music and creative activities at J.A.M. Fest in downtown State College.
» May 13-16: Browse thousands of titles, of various genres, at the AAUW State College Used Book Sale.
|Join us at Centre Gives Fest TONIGHT at Talleyrand Park in Bellefonte. Stop by our booth to test your local news knowledge with our Great Centre County News Quiz.|
The first 15 people to score 7/10 or higher will get a free Spotlight PA tote bag! Everyone who takes the quiz will receive a Spotlight PA State College sticker, while supplies last!
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T E D I O U S
Last week’s answer: Grin
Congrats to Melvin F., who will receive Spotlight PA State College swag. Others who answered correctly: Tish M., Samantha S., Amy Z., Don H., Linda A., Canary, Donna D., Martina M., Thomas S., and Leann T.
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