Authorities in Juniata County are investigating two similar incidents of ID theft involving residents’ names being falsely used for delivered packages. State Police say a package was delivered to a woman on 2nd Street in Port Royal on June 17th. The woman was not expecting any deliveries. An unidentified hispanic male driving a black sedan with New Jersey plates received the package from the FedEX driver and fled the scene. A similar incident was reported on Mountain Road in Turbett Township. Both packages contained iPhone 11 cell phones. One also contained a Verizon tablet. The victims did not suffer any financial loss, but their names and addresses were used for the deliveries. Anyone with information should contact State Police.
Local schools can apply now for funding through two new grant programs created to protect the health and safety of students, teachers and school employees during COVID-19. Lawmakers created the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency School Health and Safety Grants program in May as part of Act 30. The program provides funding to address needs that have arisen due to the pandemic. Each school district that submits a qualifying application will receive at least $120,000 through the program, which is funded through Pennsylvania’s share from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Applications for the program are due June 30th, and funding will be announced by July 15th.
The American Cancer Society has suspended this year’s Mifflin-Juniata “Relay For Life” scheduled for August 29th at Kish Park. The decision was made for the health and safety of participants and survivors. The ACS will hold a community “drive through” luminaria event on August 29th at the Burnham Jamboree Grounds from 8:00 to 11:00 pm. To make a donation to the “Relay For Life,” visit www.relayforlife.org/pamifflinjuniata.
Twelve more counties will move to the green phase of reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday (June 26th). Those counties include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna. Some additional restrictions will maintain for Philadelphia County until July 3rd. The only county not slated to move to green on June 26th is Lebanon County.
The American Red Cross bloodmobile will be in Mifflin County today. You can give the “Gift of Life” at the Burnham Lions Club Community Building on 1st Avenue today from 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm.