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On Centre: Centre Region | Religious ceremony set for Spring Creek park

Spring Creek always has been a special place for Centre County fishermen, outdoors lovers and those just looking for a peaceful place to sit, reflect or dip their toes in its calming waters. Some may even call the 25-mile tributary a blessing.

And that’s exactly what’s about to take place Sunday at Spring Creek Park near Houserville. Holy Trinity Orthodox Church will host a public gathering at the creek’s side as part of the worldwide Christian celebration of Theophany, which is described in theology as a divine manifestation or appearance of a god to a human.

The idea is that participants can participate in praying for the creek to keep it a clean, thriving stream, according to the church. It’s also to offer thanks to God and all those responsible for efforts, past and future, to keep it that way, and ask for blessing for all in Centre County and the environment as a whole.

Can’t hurt, right? The event, an ancient ritual deeply rooted in Russian and Greek culture, is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday near Pavilion 2, which is accessed best by the Houserville Road entrance. A brief service will be held.

Have coffee, chat in Baileyville

Looking for a chance to chat with some municipal officials over a hot cup of joe?

Ferguson Township is at it again. It’s successful Coffee and Conversation is from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 18 at the historic Baileyville Community Hall in Pennsylvania Furnace. It’s the township’s fourth event, and slated to appear are Manager Mark Kunkle and Assistant Township Manager David Pribulka.

The series, which began in April, provides informal opportunities for residents and township personnel to discuss concerns as well as events and happenings affecting the community, according to a township news release.

Previous Coffee and Conversation events addressed such topics as green space, recycling, area construction, parks and diseases affecting local trees, according to the township.

Baileyville Community Hall is a two-room schoolhouse at 210 Diebler Road, which was built in 1895 and has been used as a community meeting place since 1933.

Call Pribulka at 238-4651 for more information.

Shale webinar begins

Two web-based seminars will be presented by Penn State Extension’s Marcellus Shale Gas Education Team beginning this month.

The first presentation is 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 16 and will focus on the “Oil and Gas Best Practices Design Guide” by the Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team.

Tioga County planner Jim Weaver will discuss guidelines for protecting scenic views and corridors, as well as looking at environmental responsibilities and collaborations and education, according to a Penn State news release.

The second webinar is 1 to 2 p.m. Jan 23 and will look at the recent state Supreme Court ruling on Act 13, Pennsylvania’s oil and gas law. Ross Pifer, clinical professor of law and director of Penn State’s Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center and the Rural Economic Development Clinic, will preside over the session, according to the release.

Other webinars are Feb. 20, March 20 and April 17. Registration isn’t necessary at