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Area gets full-time Penn State Extension horticulture educator

MIFFLINTOWN – Growers in a three county area now have another resource to aid in their endeavors thanks to the hiring of Leah Fronk as a new full-time Penn State Extension horticulture educator.

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Juniata County Commissioners, Jeff Hackenberg, Penn State Extension client relationship manager, introduced Fronk, a Juniata County native, who will be operating out of the Penn State Extension office at 31 North Main Street, Mifflintown.

“The fact that she’s based in our Juniata County office is exciting and thanks to a lot of feedback we’ve received on what kinds of services are needed here in the area,” Hackenberg stated. He added that Fronk will be available to serve commercial growers in Juniata, Mifflin and Centre Counties. She will also oversee the Master Gardener Program in both Mifflin and Juniata Counties.

Fronk said she began her duties at the beginning of the month and has already hit the ground running.

“I have started talking with growers and hopefully can educate them better for better production of produce,” Fronk said, adding that she has recently completed the necessary education requirements to operate as a food safety trainer.

Commissioner Alice Gray noted, “Agriculture is our primary form of employment. I’m glad to see it is taking a top priority into our county. We welcome you.”

For more information on the Penn State horticulture program, Fronk can be contacted at (717) 436-7744 or by clicking onto www.extension.psu.edu.

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners:

¯ Approved the acceptance of the Juniata County “Victims of Crime Act” grant in the amount of $15,416. The term for the grant is April 1, 2018 through September 30, 2020.

¯ Approved the “Rights of Services Act” and “Victims of Juvenile Offenders” combined proposal for calendar years 2019 and 2020.

¯ Approved the rental agreement between the county and Delta Dental for employee dental insurance for the period January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020 at a zero percent rate increase.

¯ Authorized the use of the county’s records improvement fund to purchase a copier-FAX-printer for the sheriff’s office at a maximum cost of $722.98.

¯ Ratified a Juniata County Hazardous Materials check in the amount of $176.20 to Casner’s Service Center for inspection and repair service.

¯ Acknowledged the resignation of Andrew Reid as deputy sheriff effective October 12.

¯ Approved a request for 2018 Liquid Fuels funds from Mifflintown Borough in the amount of $2,193.75 for a street paving project.

¯ Approved payment of bills in the amount of $88,189.03.

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