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On Centre: Centre Region | Ferguson Township earns ‘safest’ honor

Ferguson Township was named one of Pennsylvania’s 50 safest cities by SafeWise, an online service that links people with safety products and resources for their homes.

The group used FBI crime reports and independent research to rank the top 50 safest places with populations greater than 10,000 as of 2011.

Ferguson Township, with 17,690 residents as of the 2010 census, ranked 38th on the list.

No. 1 was Cecil Township, near Pittsburgh. No other Centre County municipalities made the list.

Here’s what the SafeWise people said about Ferguson Township:

“Boasting approximately 50,000 acres of mostly undeveloped land area, Ferguson Township is one of the best places in the state to find your own little piece of Heaven on Earth. The rural landscape and calm pace of life keep Ferguson residents fiercely protective of their land and each other. The township reported a surprisingly low number of violent crimes for a town with close to 20,000 residents. With a strong police force of over 20 sworn officers, Ferguson takes the safety and security of its citizens seriously.”

For more information, or to see how other municipalities compared, visit 50-safest-cities-pennsylvania/.

Flutes and philanthropy

Into flutes and/or philanthropy? Then look no farther than the Flutopia Initiative Food Bank Fa la la on Dec. 14.

Flutopia artists — Cathy Herrera, Diane Gold Toulson, Susan Kroeker, Smitty Toulson and Cecilia Leskowicz, with pianist Arthur Goldstein, Dan Armstrong on drums, Andre LaVelle on bass, David Morris on trumpet, Paul Leskowicz on trombone, Carol Lindsay on world percussion, and vocal soloists Olivia Lesckowicz and Katie Rimmer — will perform classical and jazz holiday hits from 11:30 a.m. to noon at Robert M. Sides Family Music Center, 1801 N. Atherton St. in State College, on Saturday.

Your cost? One canned good or a monetary donation to the State College Area Food Bank.

Food for Fare fares well

Centre Area Transportation Authority and the State College Area Food Bank’s Food for Fare campaign on Dec. 4 and 5 netted a whopping 1,006 pounds of food.

Basically, a canned good equaled a ride on a CATA bus on either of those two days.

Who doesn’t have a spare can of peas lying around?

For more information on CATA, visit For more on the food bank, visit