Establishments recognized for alcohol awareness activities

Sentinel photo by JOE CANNON
The Juniata County Commissioners heard a presentation on April as “Alcohol Awareness Month” by members of the Juniata County Prevention Board on Tuesday. Participants included, standing from left, Melissa Fausey, prevention board community coordinator, Jorge Flores, prevention board member, and Abby Krepps, prevention board president. Seated, from left, are Commissioners Mark Partner, Alice Gray and Todd Graybill.

MIFFLINTOWN — Every business that sells alcohol in Juniata County was recognized on Tuesday for not having a single citation for serving underage customers. During Tuesday’s meeting of the Juniata County commissioners, those establishments were lauded for that feat by the Juniata County Prevention Board.

“During ‘Alcohol Awareness Month,’ the prevention board is pleased to announce that every restaurant, bar, distributor, winery and distillery in the county earned the distinction of not having a citation for serving to minors in 2018,” said Melissa Fausey, the board’s community coordinator. “We feel this is a credit to the community as a whole, that the citizens of Juniata County take the dangers of underage drinking seriously. Most, if not all, of these establishments are owned locally and these people have children, grandchildren, neighbors, family and friends who live in Juniata County. They are committed to serving alcohol responsibly and we consider them partners in keeping the county safe, healthy and strong.”

Recognized were County Line Beverage, Zimmerman’s Wholesale, Juniata Beverage, Royal Beverage, Mifflin Hill Beverage, J.P.’s Restaurant, Sheetz, Lost Creek Golf Course, Mad Ezra’s Pub, Clubhouse Grill, Red Zone Sports Bar and Grill, Trackside Tavern, Gridiron Pub, Hazard’s Distillery, Juniata Valley Winery and Olivero’s Winery.

In addition to this recognition, Fausey said the prevention board also recently partnered with Juniata High School Students Against Destructive Decisions to participate in a Parents Who Host Lose the Most sticker shock campaign, where students visited local distributors to place stickers on products reminding buyers that it is illegal to purchase alcohol for minors.

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners adopted a proclamation designating April 2019 as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month.” Doug Cramer, advocate and educator with The Abuse Network, was on hand to accept the proclamation and noted this year’s theme is “I Ask.”

“This theme is all about consent,” Cramer explained. “We go into the schools and talk to the kids about consent, not just about sexual activity, but for being pressured into doing something they don’t want to do.”

Also on Tuesday, Chris Snyder, manager of the Juniata County Conservation District, was present to announce the district’s annual Electronics Recycling Day, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, April 27, at the Juniata County Fairgrounds.

“This is our sixth annual Electronics Recycling Day,” Snyder said. “We encourage those wishing to participate to arrive early because last year when the truck was full it was over and that was at 9:30 a.m. This year we will have two trucks.” Snyder said there will be a fee for larger items, such as appliances and old televisions.

In other business, the commissioners:

¯Appointed the following to three-year terms on the Juniata County Library Board of Trustees: Chris Kratzer, of Thompsontown, Michael Hund, of Mifflintown, and Mary “Marsh” Harris, of Mifflintown.

¯Reminded residents that a delinquent taxpayer notice will be published the week of May 20.

¯Approved payment of bills in the amount of $42,277.09.