* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations up to one inch and ice accumulations of a light glaze. * WHERE...Parts of southern New Jersey, southeastern Pennsylvania, northeastern Maryland and northern Delaware. * WHEN...This morning into early this afternoon. The leading edge of the mixed precipitation will continue progressing slowly northward through the region through the morning. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Expect slippery road conditions, which may affect part of the morning commute. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are expected. * WHERE...Adams, York and Lancaster Counties. * WHEN...From 8 AM Thursday to 8 AM EST Friday. A 2 to 4 hour period of moderate to heavy snow and sleet will move in from the south during the morning then turn to a mixed bag of precipitation for the afternoon hours. The heaviest period of precipitation will be during the daylight hours. The precipitation will probably turn to plain rain overnight with areas of freezing rain possible. The precipitation should end as a second brief period of snow early Friday morning. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The ice will result in difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute on Thursday. Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today announced that 36 captive deer from a quarantined breeding farm and hunting preserve in Fulton County have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Two additional deer from a quarantined Bedford County hunting preserve also tested positive. Both farms will remain under quarantine for five years from the date the positive tests were confirmed.
The 36 white-tailed deer were from a herd euthanized on September 24, 2018 after the Fulton County farm applied for and received federal indemnity for their losses. None of the deer tested showed signs of CWD prior to their deaths.
The department’s Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory in Harrisburg tested the deer, as required by the department’s CWD program. Positive test results were confirmed at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa.
CWD attacks the brain of infected deer, elk and moose, producing small lesions that eventually result in death. Animals can get the disease through direct contact with saliva, feces and urine from an infected animal or contaminated environment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people.
Clinical signs include weight loss, excessive salivation, increased drinking and urination, and abnormal behavior like stumbling, trembling, and depression. Infected deer and elk may also allow unusually close approach by humans or natural predators. The disease is fatal and there is no known treatment or vaccine.
The infectious agent, known as a prion, tends to concentrate in the brain, spinal column, eyes, spleen, and lymph nodes. To prevent disease spread, these high-risk parts must be properly handled and disposed of where the animal is killed. Parts such as deboned meat, clean skull caps and capes present little risk and may be taken home.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture coordinates a mandatory surveillance program for the disease for 896 breeding farms, hobby farms and hunting preserves across the state. Since 1998, accredited veterinarians and certified CWD technicians have tested more than 35,000 captive deer in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Game Commission collects samples from hunter-harvested deer, and elk and wild deer that appear sick or behave abnormally.
Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced the Wolf Administration’s investment for the renovation of Lititz Springs Pool Complex. DCNR is providing a grant of $500,000 for the pool rehabilitation project that will include replacing the aging structural and mechanical components of the 55-year-old facility, and making it ADA compliant.
“Local parks are cherished public spaces and provide experiences that strengthen our sense of community,” Dunn said. “We are happy to assist the Lititz Borough by investing in its pool, which is an important part of the community and residents’ well-being as a source for summer outdoor recreation.”
The Lititz Springs Pool draws about 17,000 visitors annually. It serves multiple municipalities in northcentral Lancaster County, drawing multiple generations of users and offers a wide variety of programs, events and recreational swimming opportunities.
The 3-acre pool complex is centrally located in Lititz Borough. It is part of the 100-acre recreational corridor that includes the Warwick School District campus, athletic fields, and Lititz Springs Park.
The source of funding for the DCNR grant is the Keystone Fund, which is currently celebrating 25 years of supporting thousands of community improvements in Pennsylvania.
Through its grant program, DCNR has provided financial and technical assistance support for local park and recreation improvement projects in all 67 of Pennsylvania’s counties.
For more information about DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Program grants visit the DCNR website and choose “Grants.”
Harrisburg, PA – Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Penn State Health officials today emphasized the dangerous impact of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) on student athletes as preparation for the winter sports season takes place.
“Student athletes need to be aware of the dangerous effects of concussions and traumatic brain injuries,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Taking precautionary measures to protect themselves during play is vital to their overall health and academic performance. TBIs can occur in any sport, but collisions in sports such as basketball, ice hockey and wrestling are common during the winter sports season.”
A concussion is a type of TBI that changes the way the brain normally works. It occurs when the brain moves rapidly within the skull from a bump, blow, or hit to the head. A concussion can also occur from an external jolt to the body without directly hitting the head. Once the injury occurs, the brain is at risk of developing further injury and is sensitive to any increased stress until it fully recovers.
Symptoms can show up immediately or may not appear until hours or even days after the injury. Concussion symptoms, such as headaches and disorientation, may quickly disappear but can return. Other symptoms of a concussion include:
- Loss of consciousness;
- Increased sleepiness;
- Persistent vomiting;
- Dazed or stunned appearance;
- Clumsy movements;
- Being forgetful or confused; and
- Mood behavior (personality) changes.
After a concussion, students often report experiencing diminished mental energy and becoming cognitively fatigued more easily. The department recommends that every school district establish a Concussion Management Team (CMT).
A CMT is made up of school personnel who serve as the student athletes’ academic and symptom monitor. The school should follow an individualized approach to meet the athlete’s post-injury needs and monitor progress. If a student is still experiencing symptoms more than four weeks after injury, he/she should be referred to Pennsylvania’s BrainSTEPS (Strategies, Teaching Educators, Parents, and Students) Program.
The department created the BrainSTEPS program to provide services to students who have experienced an acquired brain injury (TBI and non-TBI). The program helps students who have a brain injury that is still impacting their performance four or more weeks after the injury. Once referred for services, the student receives program monitoring from the moment of referral until he or she graduates. A referral can be made online at www.brainsteps.net.
Additional resources for TBIs and concussions can be found on the Department of Health’s website at health.pa.gov
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today awarded more than $2.6 million in grant funding to municipalities and businesses statewide for 16 clean energy vehicle projects that will help improve air quality and public health statewide.
HARRISBURG, Pa.– The beauty of changing leaves can provide an ideal backdrop for a fall paddle down a scenic stream, but things can turn ugly if you don’t wear a life jacket.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding boaters that beginning November 1 and lasting through April 30, they are required to wear a life jacket while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or on any canoe or kayak. The requirement applies to all Pennsylvania waters.
“No boating trip should ever begin without wearing a life jacket, especially this time of year,” said Ryan Walt, PFBC Boating and Watercraft Safety Manager. “Even on sunny days when air temperatures are comfortable, water temperatures are quickly dropping. Boaters, especially those in kayaks and canoes, are at greater risk for sudden cold water immersion. A life jacket can keep you afloat and alive.”
According to Pennsylvania boating accident reports, nearly 80-percent of all boating fatalities occur because of boaters not wearing life jackets. A disproportionate number of deaths happen between November and April.
When a person is unexpectedly plunged into cold water below 70ºF, the body’s first response is usually an involuntary gasp. Without a life jacket, a victim may inhale while under water and drown. The ability to swim is restricted by shortness of breath or hyperventilation.
Individuals who plan to fish, boat or hunt from a boat this fall or winter should follow these Cold Water Survival Safety Tips:
• Always wear a life jacket, even when not required. Many types also offer insulation from cold air. Read approval labels to be sure the life jacket is appropriate for your boating activity.
• Never boat alone.
• Leave a float plan with family or friends so that someone knows where you are departing from and where you intend to ariive back ashore.
• Become familiar with the waters you plan to boat in advance of your trip.
• Bring a fully charged cell phone with you in case of emergency and store in a waterproof bag or container.
• Wear clothing that continues to insulate when wet, such as fleece, polypropylene or other synthetics.
• If you are about to fall into cold water, cover your mouth and nose with your hands to reduce the likelihood of inhaling water.
• If possible, stay with the boat. Get back into or climb on top of the boat.
• While in cold water, do not remove your clothing.
• If you cannot get out of the water, get into the Heat Escape Lessening Posture (HELP). In this position, individuals bring their knees to their chest and hug them with their arms.
• Once out of the water, remove wet clothes and warm up as soon as possible.
• Seek medical attention when necessary. Err on the side of caution. Some effects of exposure to cold temperatures can be delayed.
Barry Root, 36, of Parkesburg, PA was charged with Receiving Stolen Property after a traffic stop in the 2200 block of North Reading Road on October 16, 2018. At 0035 hours, an East Cocalico Police Officer observed Root driving a vehicle which had been reported stolen to the PA State Police on September 24, 2018. A check of the vehicle’s registration confirmed that it was a stolen vehicle. Root was stopped and taken into custody without incident. He was taken to Central Arraignment and remanded to Lancaster County Prison after failing to post bail. Root faces additional charges from the PA State Police.
A passenger in the vehicle was taken into custody on outstanding warrants.