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Aging

February 10, 2009

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Carole Batcheler, 71, right, and Edna Dombrowsky, 84, of State College, use free weights during a Silver Sneakers group fitness session held at the Victory Sports Performance and Fitness Center, State College Pa., on Feb. 9, 2008. Silver Sneakers is a national fitness program that focuses on improving senior citizens’ fitness levels.

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A group of senior citizens exercise their arm muscles using free weights during a Silver Sneakers group exercise program at the Victory Sports Performance and Fitness Center, State College, Pa., on Feb. 9, 2009. Silver Sneakers is a nationally recognized program that focuses on increasing senior citizens’ fitness levels.

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Tony Rader, 75, of State College , stretches his knees during a Silver Sneakers group exercise class at Victory Sports Performance and Fitness Center, State College, Pa., on Feb. 9, 2009. Rader, a State College resident for over 40 years joined the Silver Sneakers program before Thanksgiving 2008.

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A group of State College Senior Citizens toss balls into the air during a Silver Sneakers group fitness class at Victory Sports Performance and Fitness Center, State College, Pa., on Feb. 9, 2009.

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Dirty Jobs: Yum!

February 3, 2009

Yup. Not much else to say about it. I went out and found a Taxidermist and Sewage Treatment Plant workers. It was pretty gross, but I learned a lot and had a lot of fun. I now know what a flesh-covered bear skull looks like as well as where all of the poo and pee from Penn State ends up. The people I met were a lot of fun and had such great stories to tell. It’s always a pleasure to wake up early to go meet fun people and see what it is that they do.

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Mike Edmonson, a part-time taxidermist, wrings liquid out a Grouse he soaked in a cleaning solution. Edmonson, a catering operations manager at Penn State University, started his taxidermy business, “Edmonson’s Wildlife Studio,” as a hobby. “I’ve been in culinary arts most of my life and this is just a nice, artistic change of pace.” said Edmonson.

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Mike Edmonson, a part-time taxidermist, inspects the beard on a mature male turkey and a frozen bear skull in his studio Feb. 1, 2009. Edmonson, a catering operations manager at Penn State, works out of the garage of his State College, Pa. home on weekends. Edmonson plans to stuff and mount the turkey and clean the flesh off the skull.

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Bob Franks, a Lab Utility Analyst at the Penn State Waste Water Treatment Facility displays a test tube filled with sewage. Franks is responsible for testing the sewage daily to insure it is being handled properly and dangerous bacteria doesn’t spread. “The smell doesn’t bother me,” said Franks.

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Tom Welling, a worker at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, located on the Penn State University Park campus, squeezes into a manhole Feb. 2, 2009. Going down in manholes is a frequent task in Welling’s line of work.

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Tom Welling, a worker at the Penn State Waste Water Treatment Facility, strikes a pose as he heads down a ladder in a manhole.

Helping Hands

January 27, 2009

I had a lot big ideas ideas for this assignment, but nobody got back to me and those who did all said no. So again, I chose to look for small, simple examples of ways people help others.

Warrior’s Mark resident Robert Moskal helps his children, Madeline, right, 11, Colin, 7, and Annie, 3, find books at the Schlow Centre Region Library, State College, Pa. “We come back for more books as quick as they can finish them,” said Moskal.

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Sarah Gamble, a Library Page at Schlow Centre Region Library, State College, Pa., restocks books in the Children’s section at the end of the day.

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Sarah Gamble, a Library Page in the children’s section at the Schlow Centre Region Library, State College, Pa.,  restocks books at the end of the day. Gamble is responsible for restocking as well as helping children find books.

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Diane Kerly pets Braveheart, a two-year-old cat,  after placing him in a cage at PETCO, 40 Colonnade Way, State College, Pa.  Kerly is a volunteer with the Hundred Cats Foundation, a shelter which helps to find homes for stray cats.

Inauguration Close-Ups

January 21, 2009

Instead of trying to tackle the large crowd of students around the TV in the HUB, I decided to get up close. I got in touch with a student I photographed after President Obama won the election, and she let me follow her around as she watched the inauguration. I ended up with some intimate and emotional shots. A few technical errors, but overall I’m pretty happy with them.

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Penn State students Jamila Beale, left, Tamoya Hopkins, center, and Rachel Baldino, embrace after President Barack Obama is officially sworn into office.

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Jamila Beale, left, and Tamoya Hopkins tearfully applaud President Obama’s inaugural speech in the Paul Robeson Cultural Center Jan. 20, 2009.

Inauguration 2Sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Rachel Baldino, left, Jamila Beale, center and Tamoya Hopkins, celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama in the Paul Robeson Cultural Center.

“Best Friend’s Day”

January 20, 2009

Coincidentally, my best friend, Sarah, came to visit just in time for me to complete my first assignment of the semester: “Best Friend’s Day.”

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Sarah and the Geese