The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced nearly $13 million in grants to support the restoration and conservation of the Chesapeake Bay watershed in six U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The 47 grants will generate more than $20 million in matching contributions. Fourteen projects in Pennsylvania will leverage matching funds for a total of more than $12-million ($12,099,116) to support water quality improvements. The grants were awarded through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund (CBSF).
A weekend traffic stop in Huntingdon County could result in charges for an area teen. State Police conducted the stop shortly after 1:00 am on October 12th near Penn and 8th Streets in Huntingdon Borough. Police say a 1997 Ford was stopped for a summary violation. The 18-year-old male driver exhibited signs of impairment and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. A search of the vehicle produced several illegal substances and drug paraphernalia. The incident remains open pending toxicology results.
The American Red Cross is in urgent need of all blood types. You can give the “Gift of Life” today in Mifflin County. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the McVeytown Fire Hall on Route 522 South today from 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
Halloween is still two weeks away, but results are in from a recent spooky survey from TopCashback.com. The survey polled a cross-section of 3,099 adults, aged 18 and over, on their Halloween spending habits. 39-percent of respondents expect to spend the same amount of money this Halloween as five years ago. The biggest expenses of Halloween – costumes, according to 38-percent; 31-percent say sweets for trick-or-treating; and 21- percent say decorations. Kids beware! 78-percent of parents admit they steal candy from their kid’s Halloween haul, with 28-percent eating more candy than their own kids. Top five Halloween candy items: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Kit Kat, Milky Way, Three Musketeers, and Candy Corn.