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Our community partners keep us informed of news and events that benefit and may be of interest to you, our residents. We are dedicated to sharing their news with you.

Follow our community partners' news on this page, or at any of these links: Latest News, Events, Community Calendar, or @FergusonTwpPA


CATA now offers day passes via Token Transit Mobile Ticketing App

Riders now have the option of purchasing Day Passes on your phone, valid for unlimited use on all CATABUS routes. CATA has partnered with Token Transit, a mobile ticketing application vendor in San Francisco, CA, on a year-long pilot project to evaluate the demand for CATABUS day passes, the convenience of purchasing them using mobile ticketing technology, and CATA’s ability to validate them on board.

Day Passes are available now and valid for unlimited use on all CATABUS routes for any operating day. (CATA’s operating day begins at 4 am and lasts until 4 am the following morning.)  Passes are $6.00 each, and are only available for purchase through the Token Transit mobile app, available free from the iTunes and Google Play stores.  First-time purchases are eligible for a 50 percent discount (valid on a first single Day Pass purchase).

The process is simple. Download the free Token Transit app on your smartphone, purchase a Day Pass using a credit card, and show the activated pass on your phone to the driver.  At this time, Day Passes will be the only type of fare media sold through the Token Transit app.

For more information, please contact the CATA Customer Service Center at (814) 238-CATA(2282) or visit

CATA continues to offer the youth pass discount it expanded last summer — now available year 'round to all riders
under age 18 and taller than 40 inches (children under 40 inches ride free).  


CRPR thanks residents for your continued support of Centre Region parks and for recognizing the importance
of staying active in your community.

Learn more about CRPR programs and events


Ferguson Township recycles

Ferguson Township residents may dispose of hazardous household materials, old furniture and appliances, electronics such as computers and TVs, unused prescription drugs, and yard waste. It's also easy to compost food scraps in your backyard.

Learn about these opportunities to recycle:

  • Miscellaneous Plastics Recycling
  • Brush and Leaf Collection
  • Refuse, Recycling, Compost and Yard Waste
  • Prescription Drug Collection

Learn more at the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority (CCRRA) website.

2017 Fall Bulk Waste Collection Week, October 9 - 13

Learn more


C-NET is Centre County's Government and Education Access Television Network. C-NET administers
two channels: CGTV (Channel 7) and CETV (Channel 98). In addition to the television network, C-NET also
manages, providing you with a direct link to government, education, and non-profit
information in Centre County, Pennsylvania.

C-NET's mission is to support government transparency and an informed, engaged citizenry. Ferguson Township has embraced the spirit of transparent and open government by having the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors' meetings recorded, televised, and available to view online. C-NET records and televises Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors meetings on Channel 7 throughout the six days following a meeting. Learn more...


Research Unplugged Returns to Schlow in October
Four weeks of stimulating conversation

October marks the return of Research Unplugged (RU) to Schlow Centre Region Library, with four weeks of stimulating conversation and free refreshments.

Research Unplugged is presented in collaboration with Penn State’s Office of Government & Community Relations and will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 pm every Thursday in October in Schlow Library’s Downsbrough Community Room.

October 12: Tom Lauerman of Penn State’s School of Visual Arts will present “Art and 3D Printing: The Possibilities of Clay.” He will showcase the work he’s done over the past two years to develop a unique approach to 3D printing in clay.
October 19: Jeremy Engels of Penn State’s Department of Communication Arts & Sciences talks about “Democratic Emotions: From Resentment to Gratitude.” He will discuss the emotions of resentment and gratitude in dealing with today’s political problems.

October 26: Sascha Meinrath, Palmer Chair of Telecommunications, looks into “Hacking in the 21st Century: Data Integrity in an Era of Cyber Siege.” From ID theft and hacking of personal information to changes in the economy itself, Meinrath will investigate the current trends in technological development and discuss what can be done to change course and protect ourselves.

All Research Unplugged events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Pulitzer Prize Winning Photojournalist Visits Schlow Library hosts An Evening with Lynsey Addario

Schlow Library hosts An Evening with Lynsey Addario
7:30 pm Tuesday, October 17, in the Downsbrough Community Room

Addario is the author of "It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War," which is this year’s Penn State Reads selection. The book chronicles her life documenting the major theaters of war in the 21st century. A film version of the book is in the works, with Steven Spielberg directing and Jennifer Lawrence starring as Addario.

Over the past 15 years, Addario has covered events in Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, South Sudan, Somalia, and Congo.

In 2015, American Photo Magazine named Addario as one of the five most influential photographers over the past 25 years. She regularly works for The New York Times National Geographic, and Time Magazine. She was part of the New York Times team that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for her photographs in “Talibanistan,” which was published in New York Times Magazine.

An Evening with Lynsey Addario is free and no registration is required. A book signing will follow the event.

For more information, visit

Library Offers Help with Today’s Technology
Schlow Labs continue on Saturdays through December 9

Having trouble keeping up with all the technology that’s available? Schlow Centre Region Library can help with its Schlow Labs classes, held on five Saturdays in the fall.

Formerly Gadgets for Grownups, Schlow Labs is “Technology for All!” Classes are at 10:30 am on October 7 and 28, November 18, and December 9.

October 7: “Tinkering with the Web” is for ages 11 to 16 and will teach the basics of how websites are built by using the web inspector to delete, modify, or add elements to existing websites.

October 28: “Intro to 3D Printing Services” introduces you to the library’s new 3D printers. The library can help you become familiar with online resources and share how you can have what you imagine made real — right at the library!

November 18: “Ebook Basics." Schlow has a great collection of digital books that you can use for free on eReaders, tablets, smartphones, and computers. Learn how to use eBooks and eAudiobooks on all of your devices, including Kindles.

December 9: “Digital Photo Storage Solutions.” If your phone or tablet is full of photos, or you’ve run out of iCloud storage and don’t know if you should pay for more, then attend this class to learn about how to manage, store, and share photos taken on Apple and Android devices.

Schlow Labs classes are free, but class size is limited to 15 people. To register, call (814) 235-7816 or visit

If you can’t attend a class but need tech help, Schlow offers free one-on-one gadget sessions. Call the library to set up an appointment.

Children Learn & Grow at Schlow
Register for Storytimes & Toddler Learning Centre

Schlow Centre Region Library offers a variety of programs this fall that you can enjoy with your children and watch as they learn, grow, and have fun.

•  Storytimes are for newborns to 5-year-olds and teach early literacy skills and a love of reading. Storytimes are free but advance registration is required. Registration for Session 2 begins October 16.

• Toddler Learning Centre is for ages 18 months to 3 years and is a place to play with your child and talk with other parents. Sessions are free but advance registration is required. Registration for Session 2 begins October 18.

• Schlow also offers free developmental screenings on September 8 and October 6 for newborns to 5-year-olds. No registration is required.

• And Schlow has more storytimes for children ages 2 to 7 years old — Everybody Storytime and Saturday Stories Alive. No registration is required.

For more information about these and other events at Schlow Centre Region Library or to register for events, visit or call (814) 237-6236.

Schlow Library offers one-week YMCA Family Pass

Thanks to the generous support of the YMCA of Centre County, Schlow Centre Region Library is giving families the opportunity to try a free, one-week membership at the YMCA.

Schlow Library has one family membership pass that can be signed out, and the holder of the card can visit any of the YMCA facilities within Centre County.

The pass is valid for two adults within the same household and dependents up to age 18. It also includes full-time students up to age 25.

Note: The pass excludes classes at YMCA locations. The pass borrower is responsible for paying the non-member rate to attend any classes.

To request the pass, visit and type “YMCA” in the search bar. Those who wish to participate in the free trial membership must pick up the pass at Schlow Centre Region Library.

211 S. Allen Street, State College, PA 16801 Phone: (814) 237-6238 ext. 118

"Opening doors to a wealth of ideas, the joy of reading, and the power of information"

Schlow also offers convenient book returns, programming, and online access

  • Return your library materials with ease at Schlow's remote book drop at Clearfield Bank, 511 Pine Grove Road. Items are picked up frequently and taken to the library for prompt check-in.
  • The 2017 "Centre County Reads" book is "Under a Painted Sky" by Stacey Lee. It's a fast-paced historical novel set on the Oregon Trail, featuring a runaway slave and a wanted Chinese girl whose paths cross with some determined cowboys, and is available through the Library.
  • Like to knit or embroider, or want to learn? Join the Schlow Knitting Club on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, 5:30 - 7:30 pm. The Embroidery Club meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Teens and adults are welcome, and supplies are provided.

  • Want to read the latest magazines on your tablet or smartphone? Enjoy your favorites, from "The Atlantic" to "Yoga Journal" on the Schlow website at no cost to you when you type in your library card number. Just click on the "E-books and More" tab to discover periodicals, e-books, digital music, and much more.

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