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October 2011

Volunteer with the Borough

We need your time, talent and expertise…..for our ABCs!

Everyone has talents, interests and knowledge that can be shared by volunteering. Over 80 State College Borough residents volunteer each year on various Authorities, Boards, and Commissions. In December, several positions will become available: If you are interested in shaping the future of State College, we might have an opportunity for you!  We are accepting applications for all ABC Committees. Click here or call (814) 234-7115 for more information about our ABCs and how to apply. Volunteers thinking up new ideas

Borough Happenings
Dedication of Mayor Welch Plaza
The Borough began the month of October with a remembrance of the late Mayor Bill Welch through the dedication of the Municipal Building’s plaza as Mayor Welch Plaza. During the dedication a plaque in his honor was unveiled by the Mayor's wife, Nadine Kofman. Mayor Welch was beloved by the State College community. He served as an anchor for the Borough government and continually strived to conduct Borough meetings in a fair and even-handed manner, always respectful of citizens, elected officials and Borough staff. According to Pennsylvania State University President, Graham Spanier, "Bill Welch was one of Pennsylvania's greatest leaders."

Domestic Partner Registry

Following the dedication of Mayor Welch Plaza, the State College Borough held a ceremony to celebrate the establishment of the State College Domestic Partnership Registry. The celebration marked the opening of the registry, which provides a means by which unmarried couples in committed ongoing family relationships may document their relationships as proof to employers, hospitals and other entities of their relationships. Mayor Elizabeth Goreham personally signed and presented Domestic Partnership certificates to each of the five couples in attendance. Despite the rainy weather, the event was well attended. For those wishing to receive a Domestic Partnership certificate, please contact the Office of the Assistant Borough Secretary by calling (814) 234-7110. Registry forms are also available by clicking here. The registry is open to all parties, whether they reside in the Borough or in a neighboring municipality

Keeping You in the Know
Fall Leaf Collection
Leaf Collection Schedule  Fall leaf collection is in full swing. Residents are asked to rake leaves within 5 feet of the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of their scheduled leaf collection and to refrain from placing leaves in bags or blowing/raking leaves into the street. Public Works crews will collect leaves throughout the Borough, based on the leaf collection schedule, until collection ends on December 9.  To view the current leaf collection schedule please click here.

Keep Your Family Both Warm and Safe this Winter
The Borough's Department of Ordinance Enforcement and Public Health would like you to know the facts on how to keep your family both warm and safe this Winter. During October, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) celebrates Fire Prevention Week from October 9 to October 15. This is the time of year to update your family on fire prevention and safety practices. The NFPA has developed a number of handouts to assist your family in fire safety planning including a fire safety checklist and safety tips for both children and adults. fire prevention week

In the Neighborhood
Holmes-Foster Neighborhood Block Party
NeiHolmes-Foster Block Partyghborhood Block Parties are a unique opportunity for people to come together, get to know each other, and form networking relationships that strenthen the sense of community and promote safety in the neighborhood. Holmes-Foster residents, in collaboration with the Off-Campus Student Union (OCSU), recently hosted a neighborhood block party on September 30 that highlighted the benefits of such events. The block party was hosted potluck style with a variety of pickup games and other social activities. In an attempt to increase community connectedness, Borough residents and student organizations alike have proposed hosting a number of neighborhood block parties, like this one, and similar events as a means to promote positive student-resident interactions.

Students Learn How to Play it Safe
Kelly Aston, the Borough’s new Community Relations Officer and Kate Doe, Neighborhood Services Coordinator, taught students how to party smart at the University Park Undergraduate Association’s Safety Social on the HUB lawn. The Borough recognizes the value of going on campus to talk with Penn State students, of which a large percentage live off-campus or spend much of their time in the downtown area. Students appreciated the opportunity to learn about the local laws and ordinances that apply to them by attending this fun and easy to access event. Kelly Aston at the Safety Social 

Cleaning Up the Neighborhood
PSMA Volunteers  A group of dedicated volunteers are taking the time to clean up downtown and the highlands neighborhoods after Penn State football games.  Members of the Penn State Marketing Association (PSMA) took it upon themselves to reach out to Borough staff for assistance with a neighborhood clean up project. The Borough has often provided gloves and trash bags when groups hold clean up events. Staff also attended the second clean-up event to provide information on routes and generally show support for the project, which unlike previous clean-up projects in the Borough, the PSMA program will span the length of the football season.

United Way Day of Caring
Each year, the Centre County United Way arranges for volunteers to work on improvement projects county-wide.  This year, six Borough staff members assisted with the United Way’s Annual Day of Caring by painting rooms at the Burrowes Street Youth Haven (BSYH). BSYH is a four-bed facility located in State College that provides voluntary shelter for both males and females ages 12 through 18, for a maximum of 15 days. The youth that benefit from BSYH services are homeless, runaways or are at risk for either of those two conditions due to difficulties within their home. Youth are welcome to access this shelter whenever they need a safe place to stay, day or night. In addition to a place to stay, the BSYH has caring, professional counselors at the facility 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to offer their assistance for both residential or drop in care.

Almost twenty volunteers from Re/Max Realty also participated in the United Way’s Day of Caring by assisting the Borough with a project to turn the Westerly Parkway Detention Basin into a constructed wetland.  A rare sunny day enabled the group to complete tasks such as spreading and cleaning up the woodchip trail, spreading straw over the newly seeded upper wetland area, removing brush from the far fence, and spreading stones on the recently excavated gravel path. Some of the volunteers gave up valuable hours or even took a vacation day to volunteer. Their enthusiasm created a great working environment and the tasks were completed quickly despite the recently ever-present mud! The Borough would like to thank them for their service and hopes community members will continue to donate their time until the project reaches completion. Find out more about the project by clicking here.

Upcoming Events
    • Halloween Parade: A free fall family tradition, the 2011 Centre Region Halloween Costume Parade will be held on Sunday, October 30 (rain or shine). Costumes will be judged at Memorial Field by Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. For more information click here.
    • Official Trick-or-Treat Night: The official trick or treat night for the Centre Region will be Monday, October 31, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Greek-or-Treat: Fraternities and Sororities will have booths and activities such as face painting, a moon bounce, and games for children of all ages at the second annual Greek-or-Treat event on Sunday, October 30, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fraternity Row from Garner Street to Locust Street.
    • 9th Annual Millbrook Marsh Historic Harvest Festival: Visitors will have the chance to explore the nature center and partake in food, games, crafts, history lessons of the area, and more at this family event sponsored by the Centre Region Parks and Recreation.  The event will take place Sunday, November 6, 2011, from 2 to 5 p.m.  Click here for more information.