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On Centre: Centre Region | Catch the buses’ best angle for CATA’s photo contest

Residents should focus their cameras on Centre Area Transportation Authority buses, vans, stops or other CATA-themed objects for the authority’s first photo contest.

Starting Monday and through April 30, riders and others can submit their photos to CATA’s Facebook page, where they will be judged by CATA employees. Three winners will be chosen by May 10.

The grand prize winner will have his or her photo featured on the cover of the Fall 2013 Ride Guide, and will receive a $100 Downtown State College gift card. Two runners-up will receive $75 and $50 downtown gift cards.

More instructions will be posted at CATA’s website, and Facebook page — search “CATABUS.” All photos will become CATA property and could be used in future advertising.

Questions should be directed to Marketing Manager Jackie Sheader at 238-2282, extension 141 or

Another Patton park

After completion of the first phase of construction at the 74-acre Bernel Road Park, Patton Township is moving ahead with the master plan for the future Grays Woods Park.

Last week, supervisors awarded the master planning contract for the park to York County-based YSM Landscape Architects for $69,075.

Manager Doug Erickson said a committee of representatives from the township, ClearWater Conservancy, Grays Woods Partnership and others interviewed five firms.

“We unanimously agreed YSM was the most qualified,” he said.

The land for the park — 43 acres at Grays Woods Boulevard and the future Wood Thrush Way — was dedicated to the township as part of a townhome phase of development.

During last week’s meeting, supervisors formally accepted the property.

YSM will review the site’s topography and location of wetlands in the area. Public meetings will take place to collect input, and the process is expected to take about a year.

Borough CDBG projects

State College’s Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Committee met Tuesday and received a list from Public Works recommending projects for CDBG federal funding for the next five years.

The funds can be used for affordable housing and public facilities projects, and the borough typically uses about half the money it receives for the latter, specifically street light and handicap ramp improvements.

Those recommended through 2018, estimated at $250,000 per year, are:

•  2014 — Pugh Street from Beaver Avenue to College Avenue

•  2015 — College Avenue from Atherton Street to Fraser Street and from Garner Street to High Street

•  2016 — Beaver Avenue from H Alley to Burrowes Street

•  2017 — Beaver Avenue from Allen Street to McAllister Street

•  2018 — Pugh Street from Beaver Avenue to Nittany Avenue and Foster Avenue from Allen Street to Pugh Street