LOCAL NEWS | JULY 14, 2017

LOCAL NEWS | JULY 14, 2017

LOCAL NEWS | JULY 14, 2017

One person was injured, two others displaced by an early morning fire Thursday in Lewistown. According to the Sentinel, crews responded to a heavy blaze at a Shaw Avenue residence around 1:15AM. Upon arrival, it was discovered one female was trapped in a room on the second floor. She tried to get herself out from the window, but in doing so she fell two stories. The woman sustained damage to her left side and was flown to a hospital for treatment of injuries. Two others from the home were treated on the scene. The home is a total loss and the fire is still under investigation.

 

State Police in Newport are investigating several criminal mischief cases. On June 29, someone broke the bottom window pane to the cab of a backhoe loader at J.D. Eckman Inc. in Perry County. Other equipment on the property was also damaged. Officers are also investigating a case that occurred at Grid One Solutions Inc in Oliver Township. Someone threw several rocks at a pick-up truck as it was in motion, breaking the rear window. Anyone with information regarding either incident is asked to contact Newport State Police at 717-567-3110.

 

As part of ongoing security enhancements, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver license and identification card products. The new products will be phased in over the next four-year renewal cycle and will replace existing products. The cards look very different and also have additional enhanced security features, protecting residents from counterfeiting, alteration, and fraud prevention. Some of the changes include a larger primary photo, 2D barcode, laser perforation, and the elimination of the back magnetic strip. All driver and photo centers will transition to the new products by the end of October 2017.

 

The Water Quality Association recommends homeowners review their community’s annual Consumer Confidence Report which informs residents about the quality of their drinking water. The US Environmental Protection Agency requires community water systems to issue a CCR every year. The report not only informs residents about the source of their drinking water, but it also provides recent test results about what contaminants may be in the water. WQA says if your CCR states the water in your community is safe, but it still tastes or smells bad, you might want to do further testing or treatment. Homeowners can check with the Water Quality Association and find a professional at www.wqa.org.

 

The 49th Annual Dutch Days is well underway at Basom Memorial Park with record breaking attendance numbers. Richfield Community Board President Dan Martin is encouraging everyone to attend and said this is what you can expect to see and what great treats to find at the fair, “Well you’re going to meet some great people. We’re a down home country festival. We enjoy welcoming everyone that comes to Richfield for Dutch Days. You name it, all kinds of food. Sandwiches, desserts, pastries, home baked goods. We even have the old fashioned cheese carved right off the wheel at the Country Store. So, we have all the traditional carnival foods, of course, and all of the delights that come with it, a lot of down home good country cooking.”

The parade will take place Saturday, July 15 at 4PM. Martin says this year’s event is a little different than others, “We’re going backwards this year. With the construction of the new Monroe Elementary School, we changed our plans a little bit. So, the parade will move at 4:00, but instead of moving from East to West, we’re going West to East. The only thing folks will have to do is look a different direction. Same parade route, just coming a different direction.” Registration for Saturday’s parade will be held from 2 to 3:30PM at the Richfield Fire House, which is located just before the Monroe Elementary School along Route 35. You can find more information about Dutch Days at www.dutchdays.com.

 

Yeagertown Community Day will take place Saturday, July 15 from 8AM to 1PM. Activities will include vendors, free food, yard sales, live music, kids’ games and much more. The Yeagertown Fire Company will also have special displays and activities. If you have any questions or would like to reserve a free space as a vendor call 248-1879.

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