The state Senate has approved legislation to provide security grants to faith-based institutions and nonprofit organizations, according to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34). House Bill 859 was amended to make grants available to institutions and nonprofits that service those within the FBI’s bias motivation category for hate crime incidents. The Nonprofit Security Grant Program would be funded through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Funds may be utilized for a variety of security planning, equipment, and technology needs.
Area motorists will encounter short term closures this week in Mifflin County. Route 22 westbound and eastbound between Lewistown and McVeytown will experience daylight closures of the left (passing) lane. Closures will be removed at the end of each day. The median barrier project is expected to be complete by mid-December. Motorists can check roadway conditions by visiting www.511PA.com.
The Juniata River Valley will be “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” this year when the 23rd annual Festival of Ice kicks off in Lewistown. This year’s festival welcomes new activities along with traditional favorites. New this year, will be a tree lighting ceremony by Geisinger Hospice, and free kids’ crafts at the East End Coffee Company. The Festival of Ice will be December 5th and 6th in Downtown Lewistown.
Representative Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) is inviting veterans in the 171st Legislative District to a Recognition Breakfast on Friday (November 8th). The event is free for veterans, and active duty military from all branches and eras and their spouses. Space is limited, and reservations are required. To RSVP, or for more information, call Benninghoff’s district office at 814-355-1300. The breakfast will begin at 9:00 am at the American Legion Smith-Pletcher Post 779, on Penns Valley Pike in Centre Hall.