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Commissioners honor state wrestling champ

LEWISTOWN – Honoring a tradition of wrestling excellence in recent years, the Mifflin County Commissioners on Thursday adopted a proclamation lauding Mifflin County High School sophomore Trey Kibe, who last month captured the 160 pound state wrestling championship after compiling a stellar 41-1 record.

“Mifflin County is proud to recognize the extraordinary achievements of dedicated and courageous young adults who serve as inspiration for others in the community,” Commissioner Kevin Kodish read from the proclamation. “Trey’s relentless pursuit of his goals in wrestling and the hard work, perseverance and dedication he displayed in achieving those goals serves as a good example for all student athletes to emulate throughout Mifflin County. We commend Trey for his training, his commitment to his goals and his achievements in wrestling and extend our best wishes in the classroom and on the wrestling mat.”

In other business Thursday, the commissioners adopted a proclamation designating April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month.” Commissioner Rob Postal, reading from the proclamation, said the theme of this year’s campaign is, “I ask,” which champions the power of asking for consent, which is a clear, concrete example of what it takes to end sexual harassment., abuse and assault. “‘I Ask’ is the statement by which individuals will demonstrate that asking for consent is a healthy, normal and necessary part of everyday interactions,” Postal said. On hand to accept the proclamation was Crystal Paige, executive director of the Abuse Network.

A third proclamation, designating April 14 – 20, as “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, was also adopted Thursday. Commissioner Stephen Dunkle lauded three members of the Mifflin County 911 telecommunications staff, Brian Fleegal, Justin Trego and Kyle Orndorf, who were on hand to accept the proclamation. “You and your colleagues are the front line to the safety of all residents of Mifflin County,” Dunkle said. “And we commend and thank you for that.”

Also on Thursday, the commissioners heard a brief presentation from Carisa Stalnaker, a member of the Mifflin County 4-H Dog Club, who, along with her dog Chunk, asked the public to once again participate in the Care Pak campaign which aims to send care packages to military troops and K-9 soldiers. Some of the items being accepted include VISA gift cards, chap sticks, toothbrushes, magazines and AAA batteries for the troops, along with K-9 eye drops, shampoo and conditioner, grooming tools and treats, including dry dog food and wet food. A box to accept the donated items is now located near the treasurer’s office of the Mifflin County Courthouse.

Also on Thursday, the commissioners thanked several members of Cub Scout Troop 107 of Milroy, who were on hand to lead the Pledge of Allegiance prior to Thursday’s session.

In other business, Kodish read a brief statement from Zane Swanger, director of elections and voter registration, on the upcoming primary election.

“A special election for the 12th Congressional District representative and the municipal primary will take place on Tuesday, May 21,” Kodish said. “Registered Democratic and Republican voters will be issued ballots containing the special election and municipal primary races. Voters of other political party affiliations (including no affiliation) will be issued a ballot containing the special election race.

“The last day to register before the primary election, and last day to change party enrollment or non-partisan enrollment before the primary election is April 22. Voters who will be absent are eligible to apply for an absentee ballot, which must be received in the voter registration office by 5 p.m. on May 14.”

In other business, the commissioners:

¯ Approved a proposal from Affordable Services Inc. of Pittsburgh to complete asbestos inspections on three properties scheduled for demolition in Granville Township at a cost of $1,100.

¯ Approved a resolution to add language to the procurement policy for the county and on behalf of Brown, Derry and Granville Townships and the Borough of Lewistown related to Community Development Block Grant funding.

¯ Approved an agreement with Edwards Business Systems for three pre-owned copiers for the public areas in the Register and Recorders and Assessment offices and for the MIS office.

¯ Opted out of participating in the Department of Human Services Annual Notification Form for assisted outpatient treatment for Behavioral Health Services because such procedures are already in place.

¯ Approved the Statewide Automated Victim Informational and Notification System maintenance and service agreement with the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute at no cost to the county. The system notifies victims of crime if the perpetrator of the crime is either released or moved from incarceration.

¯ Approved a project modification request for the Mifflin County Intermediate Punishment Plan grant asking for an additional $54,512 in excess funding that has become available statewide.

¯ Approved the hiring of Matthew Bender as a caseworker I in the Children & Youth Department effective April 22.

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