The Pennsylvania Department of Aging encourages older adults seeking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment to contact their local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for any assistance. The agencies have been working with vaccine providers to arrange appointments for older adults eligible in Phase 1A of the commonwealth’s vaccine plan after the Department of Health (DOH) issued an amended order in March.  In addition to working with vaccine providers to schedule appointments for older adults, agencies may be able to help with arranging transportation if that is needed.  The department is offering resources and guidance to help educate and protect older adults who are still looking to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine appointment.  Contact the local Area Agency on Aging for more information.

Mifflin/Juniata Counties: 717-242-0315

Huntingdon County: 814-643-5115

Union/Snyder Counties: 570-524-2100

Perry County: 717-582-5128

 

Authorities in Mifflin County say methamphetamine use in the county is on the rise.  On several occasions, officers from the Mifflin County Regional Police Department have interacted with persons suspected to be under the influence of meth.   If you observe suspicious or suspected drug activity, call police through the Mifflin County Communications Center at 717-248-9607.

 

To help mark Earth Week, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the PA Fish and Boat Commission joined partners yesterday to plant a streamside forest buffer at the Walker Access in Mifflintown to improve the water quality of the Juniata River, and eventually the Chesapeake Bay.  Partners include the Fish and Boat Commission, which manages the access area, the Juniata County Conservation District, Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, and volunteers from the Juniata Watershed Alliance.  About 7.5 acres of buffers will be planted over several days at three Fish and Boat access areas along the Juniata. About 1,500 native trees and shrubs will be planted, including Swamp White Oak, River Birch, American Sycamore, Silky Dogwood, and Winterberry.  The Juniata River flows into the Susquehanna River, which ends at the Chesapeake Bay.  Statewide, Pennsylvania has a goal of planting 95,000 acres of streamside, or riparian, forest buffers.

 

PennDOT says 2020 Traffic Fatalities in the Commonwealth were the second lowest on record.   Statewide, traffic deaths increased to 1,129 from the record low of 1,059 in 2019.  Last year was the second-lowest number of highway fatalities recorded and overall fatalities continue to trend downward.  While the overall number of highway deaths increased last year, decreases in fatalities were noted in crashes involving drivers aged 65 or older, head on or opposite direction side swipes, crashes involving distracted drivers, and pedestrian crashes.  According to national data, over 90 percent of crashes are caused by driver behavior.