Posts Tagged ‘perkins’

The Mansfield Construction Issue

If you’re outside Mansfield, it’s impossible to appreciate the massive amount of change around here.  I sat outside Night & Day last week meeting with a colleague.  During that one hour time, more than 100 Marcellus Shale industry related trucks passed by on Rts. 6 & 15.  One hour.

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There is also a lot of other construction, like the new Perkins in the I-99 Business Park, due to open in the fall, the  Hampton Inn,   Sheetz (and yes, another traffic light!  We’ve gone from a one to a three-light town).  Oh, and there’s the pipeline being built over the hill behind WalMart.

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When you are having lunch in Perkins next summer, you’ll see this reminder of what a beautiful area Mansfield University is in.

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On campus, things are just as busy.   The new residence halls are looking large and stately as contractors stay on track for their December opening.  (Reminder: this is privatized housing being done by a nonprofit corporation, not MU).

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On campus the gazebo, donated by MU Prof Larry Schankman in 1996, got a major uplift this summer.   Designed by Ryan Wood, the retaining wall doubles as seating, transforming it into an outdoor classroom.  Shrubs, grasses and trees create a broken screen.  The project team included mason John Pollock with student worker Tyler Krouse.  Grounds crew included Lynette Whipple and Al Seymour and equipment operator Curt Machmer.  Other student workers were Matt Berkowitz, Scott Peterson, Gary Smith & Andrea Kuntz.  “We’re proud of the finished product and have left the door open to add on to it in the future,” Ryan said.

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A new, larger pavilion will be built on the picnic area near the water tower,  just below an area that has been leveled for use as the band practice field.  The old practice field has become a parking lot.

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Writer Lilace Guignard and her husband, Jimmy, an English prof here, have created the blog Greetings from Pipeline Road 7, analyizing the rhetoric and documenting the changes in our Marcellus Shale region.  The blog’s title comes from a quick snapshot of local history and rural life in the tidal wave of multi-billion dollar industry.

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And fitting in nicely with the construction theme is 1997 grad Nick Ippoliti’s new video, “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me, Mama.   It was shot on Armenia Mountain and the PA Grand Canyon.

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07 2011

After Hotel Eviction, Choir Still Takes Top Spots

The MU Choir’s trip has been an adventure.  Choir member Yvonne Marie Glass has been sending updates. She reports that the hotel in which the choir was staying was “seized” for financial reasons and the choir members were evicted Thursday morning.

The group maintained the Mountie spirit, however, and Derrek Stark took third place in the International Vocal Solo competition and the Concert Choir placed  second place in the Youth Choirs Competition.

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The Mansfield July 4 celebration was a big success this year with a colorful parade, activities and fireworks.  This year, MU staff got involved, making the celebration, like other activities, a truly town-grown venture.  Thanks to Bruce Dart for the photos.

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To describe 2011 as the year of many changes is a sweeping understatement.  The new Perkins is now going up in the I-99 Business Park  and should be open for business in a couple months.  Sheetz, located where Farmer in the Dell used to be, is under construction and should have the lights on this fall.  Doug Roupp’s Gulf, where a couple generations of university students stopped for gas and jokes, has closed.

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I just spoke with Francis Bok’s  manager who said that since his visit to MU in 2009,  the Sudanese child slave and one of the “Lost Boys” has created the Francis Bok Foundation, is building schools in Sudan and is the subject of a new documentary.   During his visit here, I interviewed Francis for a two-part podcast It’s a harrowing, inspirational story.

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For music geeks, here’s NME Video’s list of the top 10 videos of  all time.  Spoiler: the number one music video is Johnny’s Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt.

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Here’s what happens when you do a bad job photo shopping. These Chinese officials wound up “inspecting” things beyond their wildest dreams.