On Centre: Centre Region | Ferguson Township leaders offer coffee, conversation

July 12, 2013 

Have questions about Ferguson Township’s parks, roads, ordinances, governance, taxes, businesses or anything else? Or maybe you just want to have a cup of coffee and chat informally with your township leaders.

In either case, Ferguson Township is once again holding its Coffee and Conversation so that residents can discuss what’s on their minds with local leaders.

The event — the township’s second — is from 4 to 6 p.m. and will be held Thursday in the pavillion at Tom Tudek Memorial Park, which is at 400 Herman Drive.

On hand will be Ferguson’s Township Manager Mark Kunkle and Assistant Township Manager David Pribulka.

In April, Ferguson had its first Coffee and Conversation, which was at Callao Cafe. At that meeting, residents chatted with officials about green space, recycling and area construction projects, according to the township.

“This was a terrific opportunity to have a casual conversation about our community and to exchange ideas, thoughts and concerns in a relaxed environment,” Kunkle said in a news release. “I look forward to the next opportunity.”

The event is rain or shine. For more information, call Pribulka at 238-4651.

Finding Flutopia?

A lot of folks enjoy strolling the trails, playing tennis, visiting the butterfly garden or watching the fireflies at Tudek Park.

One might call it Utopia. But Flutopia?

The Centre Region’s newest 5K race is just that: The most musical 5K in town.

The event is a race, run and walk, which includes a kiddie K, at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 3 at the park. What’s different about this race is that all along the route, which is along the park’s trails, musicians perform and there are musical prizes.

The race is being organized by The Flutopia Initiative, with an intention to “P(l)ay it Forward,” according to the group’s website. Proceeds will benefit Centre Volunteers in Medicine and Doctors Without Borders.

Those who register by midnight Thursday are guaranteed a T-shirt. Race packets will be available for pickup from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at Tudek Park. Registration details are on Flutopia’s Facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/events/489987404403724/, or you can register on race day, from 7:30 to 8 a.m. at the pavilion.

Cata wants to hear from you

CATARide is holding its biannual community involvement meeting at 1 p.m. on July 23 to garner input from community members and riders and local agencies and organizations that serve rides.

CATA says it hopes to gain input on its services, hear suggestions for improvement and discuss concerns or issues.

The meeting will he held at the CATA main office, 2081 W. Whitehall Road in State College.

One issue that might come up is the CATARide rate increase beginning Aug. 1. On that date, CATARide cash fare and coupons for those riders older than 65 will increase from $2.50 for a one-way trip to $3.

General public fares will increase from $16.65 to $20. There will be no change to the current one-way fare for passengers eligible for paratransit service under the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to a CATA news release.

Christopher Passante can be reached at cpassant@centredaily.com.

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