Lewistown Borough will receive $340,000 for road improvements along Kishacoquillas Street. The Kish Street corridor is a major thoroughfare in the borough and is in need of major repairs. The repairs will improve vehicular, pedestrian and bicyclist safety due to traffic congestion at the Charles Street and Green Avenue intersection. The project will provide safe access to the downtown business district, address pedestrian safety issues along the corridor and improve walkability throughout the community.  Improvements will include the construction of sidewalks, crosswalks and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps; installation of a new traffic signal at the Green Avenue Intersection; and rehabilitation of storm water facilities and roadways.  In addition, streetscape improvements along South Kish Street will connect borough residents to the Mifflin County School District campus, Rec Park, and Kish River Walk Trail. The total project cost is $1.2 million.  Funding is through state grants.


Tomorrow (Thursday, November 16th) is Children’s Grief Awareness Day, observed every year on the third Thursday in November (the Thursday before Thanksgiving). This time of year is a particularly appropriate time to support grieving children because the Christmas Season is often an especially difficult time after a death.  Children’s Grief Awareness Day seeks to bring attention to the fact that often support can make all the difference in the life of a grieving child. It provides an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of the painful impact that the death of a loved one has in the life of a child, an opportunity to make sure that these children receive the support they need.  The most basic way to participate in Children’s Grief Awareness Day is to have as many people as possible—children and adults—wear blue. For more information, visit the National Children’s Grief Awareness Day website for more ideas about how to participate with activities for your whole family.


An abundance of fall foods will have a huge black-bear population on the move as hunters head out November 18th for the opening day of Pennsylvania’s four-day statewide firearms bear season.  Penn’s Woods has been smothered by hard and soft mast this past summer and fall.  Leaf-drop also was delayed by uncommonly warm weather into early November.  Combined, these conditions have given bears reasons to stay out of dens, and plenty of cover to sneak about the Commonwealth.  The Game Commission estimates Pennsylvania’s bear population at around 20,000, a high-water mark the population has held for the past two seasons, despite substantial harvests. Hunters who harvest a bear during the four-day general season must take it to one of the Game Commission’s check stations within 24 hours.


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