The potential to set a new state record remains high as Pennsylvania black-bear hunters get set to head afield. Opening day of the Commonwealth’s four-day firearms bear season is November 17th. Penn’s Woods has maintained a bear population of around 20,000 the past three years. Last season, bear hunters managed a harvest of more than 3,400 (3,438), which ranks ninth all-time. There were some big bears in the harvest – 48 weighed more than 500 pounds. The number of hunters buying bear licenses this year is on pace to reach between 170,000 to 175,000.
A Lewistown woman was treated for injuries following a one-vehicle crash earlier this week in Juniata County. According to State Police, 44-year-old Stacie Velez lost control of her Pontiac Grand Prix Monday morning on Route 22 – 322 in Fermanagh Township. Wet conditions caused the vehicle to swerve off the roadway and strike an embankment. Velez was transported to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital.
Diakon Community Services is accepting registrations for “Living a Healthy Life,” a six-week workshop designed by Stanford University to help improve health for those living with chronic conditions including diabetes, heart disease, COPD and arthritis. The workshops will be held Wednesdays from November 14th through December 19th at Ohesson on Green Avenue. For more information or to register, call 1-800-621-6325.