On Centre: Centre Region | Harris Township polling place moved ahead of Nov. 5 election

jvanderk@centredaily.comNovember 1, 2013 

— As the Boalsburg Fire Hall undergoes a renovation project, the Centre County elections office moved the township’s polling place ahead of Tuesday’s municipal election.

Harris East — precinct 56 — voters will cast their ballots at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 218 N. Church St. in Boalsburg.

Harris West — precinct 57 — voters will cast theirs at Zion Lutheran Church, 304 N. Church St.

All registered voters should have received notification of the change by email.

For more information, contact the elections office at 355-6703.

Regional recognition

Gracing the front cover of the proposed summary Council of Governments budget for 2014 are four photographs of people in the region who have earned awards this year and made a difference to others, including the Alpha firefighters who first responded to the July 4 Waupelani Heights blaze and the young lifeguards who rescued Gerry Brault this summer when he became unconscious while swimming laps at Welch Pool.

Anita Ditz, head of children’s services at Schlow Centre Region Library, this year received the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

It is the organization’s highest honor and is given each year to someone for “exceptional meritorious service to libraries” in Pennsylvania.

Finally, regional transportation planner Tom Zilla received the Bob Donaldson Planning Award during this fall’s meeting of the Centre County Association of Township Officials. The award is given to a person or group who shows “leadership in community planning and dedication to the preservation of community ideals.”

Neighborhood planning

There’s still time to attend State College’s final neighborhood planning open house, set for 7 p.m. Nov. 7.

The meeting will be at the Catholic Student Faith Center, 113 E. Park Ave., and is open to residents living in any of the borough’s neighborhoods.

Throughout the year, the Planning Commission and department staff have hosted meetings and conversations about the borough’s neighborhoods in an effort to create a broad neighborhood planning document. The current series of meetings offers residents a chance to review recommendations staff drafted based on those discussions and offer feedback.

Residents unable to attend the meetings can see the recommendations online at www.statecollegepa.us/engagesc.

Jessica VanderKolk writes this weekly column featuring news from the Centre Region. Contact her at 235-3910. Follow her on Twitter @jVanReporter.

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