Commissioners honor local Eagle Scout

Local trail improvements part of Eagle project

LEWISTOWN – Saying he serves as an example to the youth of the community, the Mifflin County Commissioners, on Thursday, adopted a proclamation honoring Kyle Shilling of Milroy for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

“The designation of Eagle Scout is the highest achievement in the Boy Scouting program,” Commissioner Kevin Kodish read from the proclamation. “Kyle Shilling, a member of Boy Scout Troop 106, has completed the requirements and was examined by the Eagle Scout Board of Review, which found him worthy of the rank of Eagle Scout on November 21, 2017.”

According to the proclamation, Shilling’s Eagle Scout project included coordinating over 114 volunteer hours to clear, recondition and improve a major throughway trail at the Hartman Center Camp, Conference and Retreat Center in Milroy. In addition to his project, Shilling has served in the positions of assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader and assistant patrol leader.

“We congratulate Kyle Shilling for his outstanding accomplishment and extend to him our deepest appreciation for all of his dedicated work and wish him the best in all of his future endeavors,” Kodish concluded.

In other business Thursday, the commissioners heard a brief update on the activities of the Lewistown office of Penn State Extension from Client Relationship Manager Jeff Hackenberg.

Hackenberg said Extension saw major changes in representation in 2017, including dividing the director position into two: a business operations manager and client relationship manager that cover several counties within a specific region. He said his major responsibility is maximizing people’s access to the services and resources available from Penn State Extension. He noted Extension has seven educators who provide assistance in a wide variety of areas, including, but not limited to, 4-H, poultry, nutrition, food safety, health and the Master Gardener Program. “We also have other educators who come into Lewistown to offer help in a variety of other areas,” he added.

Hackenberg said future endeavors for the program include collaborating with other local agencies to avoid duplication of services, make more agronomy services available, and do a better job of promoting the services Extension has available.

“Mifflin County and Penn State Extension have been in partnership for over 100 years now,” Hackenberg stated. “We look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.”

In other business, the commissioners:

¯ Approved the medical assistance transportation program participation grant agreement and assurance of compliance.

¯ Approved an inmate housing agreement with Perry County to house female prisoners for the period Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2019.

¯ Approved the sub-recipient agreement with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Juniata Valley, the Centre County Youth Service Bureau, the county, and on behalf of the Brown and Granville Township Supervisors and Lewistown Borough Council for use of Community Development Block Grant funding.

¯ Approved a demolition contract between the county, Brown Township and Mike’s Landscaping and Excavating to demolish all structures and the clearing of vegetation, weeds and debris on an abandoned and blighted property located in Lumber City, Reedsville.

¯ Approved the hiring of Kathy Ritter as a second deputy in the Register and Recorder’s office effective Feb. 20.

¯ Accepted the resignation of David Smith as in-home supervisor in the Children & Youth office effective Feb. 23.

¯ Approved the transfer of Erin Miller as GPS supervisor to in-home supervisor in the Children & Youth office effective Feb. 26.

¯ Approved the promotion of Megan McMahon from caseworker II to caseworker III in the Children & Youth office effective Feb. 20.


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