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On Centre: Centre Region | Community, Penn State offer disaster kit contest for emergency preparedness month

As part of National Emergency Preparedness Month, the Centre Region and Penn State emergency management offices are hosting a contest for residents and students who have emergency kits to show off.

Tweet, post to Facebook or email a picture of your emergency kit, describe what’s in it, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card. Winners will be drawn Sept. 28.

A basic disaster kit could include water, non-perishable food, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, flashlight with extra batteries, a first aid kit, a whistle to signal for help, a manual can opener for food and local maps. The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers more ideas at

To submit a photo, post it to, tweet it to @cremalerts, or email mailto: For more information, check out the Centre Region Emergency Management website,

CATA info by text

Centre Area Transportation Authority bus riders have a new way to receive bus arrival information — by text.

Riders can get real-time arrival times for the next bus at a particular stop by texting CB and the stop number, CB403 for example in front of The Retreat on Waupelani Drive, to 321-123.

Bus stop numbers are displayed on the information sign at each stop and are available on the CATA website,, by clicking on a specific stop on a route map.

Harris energy rebate

Harris Township has received a $2,000 energy rebate after upgrading to more energy-efficient lights in its office, meeting room and garage — more than was spent on the project, according to Manager Amy Farkas.

“We’re pretty pleased,” she said.

Upgrading the lights was a recommendation from an energy audit done on the township building, and Farkas said there are plans for further, longer-term projects to continue improving energy efficiency.

The next one may be replacing the windows in the township meeting room. Farkas said the room, an old carriage shop, is not well-insulated. The township will continue seeking grants and rebates to do such projects.

“It helps us accomplish these projects without spending a lot of resources,” she said.