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Stuff the bus events planned for area

MIFFLINTOWN –Many children, who count on free and reduced price lunches during the school months, face a hungry summer when school lets out and families struggle to make up for the extra meals. With that in mind, the Juniata County Food Pantry announces its fifth annual Summer Backpack Program. When school ends, students from kindergarten through eighth grade, who reside in Juniata County and who receive free or reduced lunches during the school year, are eligible to receive a free backpack and the groceries to prepare five lunches each week throughout the summer months.

In preparation for this program, the food pantry is sponsoring two “Stuff the Bus” events. The first will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 5, at Weis Market in Mifflintown. The second event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 12, at Schlegel’s Grocery Store in Thompsontown. The food pantry asks the public to help them fight summer hunger by donating single-serve, non-perishable lunch and snack items such as juice boxes/pouches, 15 ounce cans of pasta meals or ready to heat soup (not concentrated), mac and cheese, Ramen noodles, microwave meals, fruit cups, pudding cups and snack crackers/cookies. Monetary donations are also appreciated.

Volunteers from the food pantry will be at each site to collect the donations. In appreciation, donors’ names will be displayed in the food pantry vestibule throughout the summer. For more information, call the Juniata County Food Pantry at (717) 436-9718.

Middle school to

host Night of the Arts

LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County Middle School will host a Night of the Arts from 6 to 8 p.m. April 24 in the school’s office lobby area.

The evening will include: an art show; a preview of the film, “Wrong Place, Wrong Time,” which was written, acted and produced by the school’s drama and film club; poetry; demonstrations by student artists; musical numbers from students participating in the high school’s musical production, “Grease” and Huskies Knitter Club will demonstrate knitting skills.

Light refreshments, made by family and consumer

science students will also

be served.

I-9 form seminar for employers scheduled

LEWISTOWN — The Juniata Valley Employer Advisory Council is sponsoring an office workplace seminar for local employers from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on May 22 at the PA CareerLink in Mifflin County.

The featured speaker, Kimberly Nash, vice president of client compliance and human resource services for Brown and Brown Insurance in Mechanicsburg, will review the I-9 form, prepare for a self and formal I-9 audit, healthcare update and the effect of marijuana in the Pennsylvania workplace/drug free workplace.

As usual, the seminar allows for questions and answers throughout the seminar. The cost is $25 per person and pay at the door only. Registration and full breakfast is from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and Nash begins at 8:30 a.m.

A training certificate of three hours will be available to interested human resource personnel.

For more information or to register, call Margaret Winters at (717) 248-9849 or