December 14, 2018

State health officials say thousands of kits of the anti-overdose medication naloxone were distributed Thursday in a statewide effort designed to prevent opioid deaths.

Senator Pat Toomey on Thursday voted in support of a bipartisan measure aimed at ending U.S. support for the Saudi-led civil war in Yemen.  It is a sharp rebuke to the Trump administration’s Saudi Arabia policy.  Many senators are angry about the tepid U.S. response to the brutal murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi

Local Attorney Forest Myers recently received the Edmund C. Wingerd Jr. Award from the Franklin County (Pa.) Bar Association for his commitment to his clients and understanding the needs of the underprivileged.

A new drive-through in Chambersburg is open where you can pay your utility bills. The drive-through, part of a renovation and expansion of the borough’s utility departments, is off the rear parking lot behind the borough building.  The addition is not fully completed. The project is expected to be finished by a ceremonial ribbon cutting on December 20.

 

A wave of bomb threats were reported Thursday at locations across the country. The threats  stem from a mass email demanding payment in bitcoin in exchange for safety.   Shippensburg Police said an email bomb threat received by a local business was bogus. The email requested money in order to keep the device from detonating. The  Chambersburg area school district received an e mail threat. Also not valid. Other threats were also reported in Florida, Utah, Iowa, Maryland, New York and North Carolina.

State Senator Rich Alloway says Local municipalities, colleges and community groups are encouraged to apply for grants to boost safety and reduce the risk of violence. The grants will be offered as part of a new program that was included in this year’s state budget to improve school safety and combat community violence. Applications will be accepted until February 7, 2019.

State Education Executive Deputy Secretary David Volkman visited Chambersburg Middle School Thursday as part of Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week. Volkman talking about efforts to educate students about the dangers of opioid abuse.

Demolition on the first block of North Main Street in Chambersburg to make way for a new Franklin County Courthouse is under way. The Chambersburg Trust building on Memorial Square and two neighboring buildings – the former Lighten Up store and former Wogan’s Uniform Center are on the list to be torn down.

Big Money. The industry-tracking website Play Pennsylvania reports gaming expansion has brought in more than $385 million. The gaming expansion law approved in October 2017 authorized mini-casinos, sports betting, online gambling, and video gaming terminals at truck stops.

December 13, 2018

Franklin County Commissioners Tuesday approved the 2019 budget, which includes a 1.5 mill tax increase.  That means Franklin County homeowners with a property assessed at $100,000 would pay an additional $18.45 in taxes.  The increase is a result of a planned increase in debt service for funds borrowed for the $67.8 million Court Facility Improvement Project.

During their meeting this week Washington County Commissioners agreed to cover the cost of a spray program to deal with bloodsucking black flies. The flies are a huge nuisance and make it unbearable to sit or work outside in the summer.  The state began a spraying program in August 2017 for the black flies, also known as buffalo gnats. The spray program that began last year was a pilot program. County now wants to get involved.

Senator Joe Manchin will be the new ranking member of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.  Manchin has been on that committee since he joined the Senate in 2010.

Also, from WV, State Senator Patricia Rucker a Republican from Jefferson and Berkley Counties has been named chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee by Senate President Mitch Carmichael.

Six members of the Chambersburg Fire Dept. are recipients of the 2018 Clinical Save Awards.  Kelly Knepper – Tony Albright – Marshall Warden  – Zach Nefh  – Jared Day.  All six recipients are was involved with a patient who was not breathing. Each First responder was gifted a pin and certificate for their service.

A traffic stop leads to the arrest of a Waynesboro Man wanted for stealing a car. 47 year old Kevin  Larose was picked up during a traffic stop on South Main Street in Chambersburg.

The opioid epidemic continues to plague people in Pennsylvania.  Now, state officials have announced plans to distribute Naloxone, the potentially life-saving overdose reversal medication, for free. It will be given out at 80 locations across the state today including at the Franklin County State Health Center, Floral Ave. Chambersburg, and the Fulton County State Health Center, Buchanan Trail in McConnellsburg. No appointments are necessary.

 The opioid epidemic continues to plague people in Pennsylvania.  Now, state officials have announced plans to distribute Naloxone, the potentially life-saving overdose reversal medication, for free. It will be given out at 80 locations across the state today including at the Franklin County State Health Center, Floral Ave. Chambersburg, and the Fulton County State Health Center, Buchanan Trail in McConnellsburg. No appointments are necessary.

 

Just say no to cookie dough. That is the warning from the CDC. Raw cookie dough and uncooked cake mixes can make people sick.  This is the time of year when more people are baking that means there are more people tempted to lick the spoon. Raw eggs and raw flour have been known to make people sick. In 2016 an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to raw flour sickened 63 people.  Raw eggs can cause salmonella poisoning.  Advice from the CDC is, no matter how tempting it may be to take just a taste that raw dough, wait to sample the goodies until the bad stuff is baked out.