Election, film festival & more bring action to Happy Valley


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Bellefonte inhabitants vote at the Faith United Methodist Church polling location on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021.

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Hooray, hooray, it’s a manufacturer-new day.

Congrats to all the recently elected officers in Satisfied Valley. Ezra Nanes was elected as Condition College’s new mayor. Gopal Balachandran, assistant professor of clinical regulation at Penn State Divine Lipscomb, Penn State grownup pupil, and founder of Corrective Gentleman, alternatives to incarceration system, and assistant professor Richard Biever, director of Fuse Productions and Singing Onstage, have been elected to the borough council. These 4 progressive Democrats will be serving in their first elective place of work. Ezra will be the first Jewish mayor of the borough. Gopal is the 1st Indian-American and Divine is the to start with African American to be elected to the borough council.

The four top rated vote-getters to the Condition School Location university board ended up Deborah Anderson, Peter Buck, Carline Crevecoeur and Jackie Huff, all on the Democratic line. Anderson and Buck have been also on the Republican ticket. Crevecoeur will be the to start with Black/Haitian woman to serve on the university board.

There ended up other political contests of take note. Lisa Strickland, Tierra D. Williams and Hilary Caldwell were being elected as town supervisors in Ferguson Township, the initial ever all-feminine board of supervisors. Tierra is the to start with ever African American Ferguson Township supervisor. Democrats Pamela Robb, Sultan Magruder and Betsy Whitman had been elected as supervisors in Patton Township. Robb and Magruder are equally people of color. The Acquire 4 Bellefonte ticket of Andrea Boyer, Jeff Steiner, Jack Bechdell II and Jon Guizar swept the Bellefonte school board election.

The national media has proclaimed Election Working day to be a disaster for the Democratic Bash, concentrating on the predictable defeat of Terry McAuliffe by Trump-clone Glenn Youngkin for governor of Virginia. They overlook the fact that no applicant of the identical party as a lately elected resident has received the governorship in Virginia or New Jersey given that Ronald Reagan’s administration. They dismiss Democrat Phil Murphy, who eked out a victory over his Republican rival in New Jersey.

Other indications of a dawn over our Happy Valley residence incorporate the 3rd yearly Centre Movie Festival arranged by creative director Pearl Gluck. The pageant presented 80 films on the web and in particular person in 3 theaters about the area — the Rowland in Philipsburg, the Mishler in Altoona, and The Point out Theater in State Faculty. The fest commenced by exhibiting “Beans,” “Home from School,” and “Sisters,” indigenous themed attribute movies highlighting Indigenous People’s Heritage Thirty day period. The fest offered the Chandler Living Legacy Award to Keegan-Michael Critical and the Lifetime Accomplishment Award to legendary filmmaker Madeline Anderson. Anderson’s movie, “Integration Report 1” (1960), shown by the pageant, was the first documentary film directed by an African American girl in the Usa. Essential, properly identified for his award-profitable comedy sketch show, “Key and Peale,” is a 1996 graduate of Penn State’s MFA software in theater.

Other returning Content Valley inhabitants include Josh Leonard, who introduced his clever domestic comedy, “Fully Understood Humans” to the fest. Josh is very best recognized as an actor and co-director of the 1999 cult traditional “The Blair Witch Undertaking.” PSU alum, Michael Craven, carried out a workshop on cinematography and talked over his do the job on “The Chair” shown on Netflix. 1987 SOT-BFA grad, Patrick Fabian from “Better Phone Saul,” is showcased inDriver X” and did an acting workshop.

The College of Theatre opened Andrew Lippa’s adaptation “The Wild Party” directed by Alison Morooney at the Playhouse Theatre. Performances continue until Nov. 14. The “Love is Louder” rally hosted by the Penn Point out Gender Equity Center endorsed by the LGBTQ Community, the Condition University Borough Council, the Faculty Senate, and numerous college student companies attracted above 1,800 individuals protesting the overall look of homophobe Milo Yiannopoulos. Two hundred and fifty confirmed up to listen to his’ “Pray the Homosexual Away” speech. Almost as numerous persons were being outdoors shouting, “that they are in this article and experienced no intention of likely wherever.”

Charles Dumas is a lifetime political activist, a professor emeritus from Penn Condition, and was the Democratic Party’s nominee for U.S. Congress in 2012. He life with his spouse and spouse of 50 yrs in Condition College.

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