Commissioners honor women in business

MIFFLINTOWN — Remarking on the extraordinary accomplishments of the local Business and Professional Women’s organization over the past 50-plus years, the Juniata County Commissioners on Tuesday adopted a proclamation designating the week of Oct. 21-27 as “Business Women’s Week” in the county.

“We’re happy to be honoring a very important organization in our county,” Commissioner Alice Gray said prior to adoption of the proclamation.

On hand to accept the proclamation were three members of the Juniata County Business and Professional Women organization. Spokesperson Barb Lyter said the club now has more than 30 members and noted that, as a national organization, BPW’s theme this year is supporting all efforts, both locally and nationally, in curbing domestic violence and abuse in the home.

Lyter said the local chapter has been in existence since the mid 1960s and Gray noted that is an accomplishment in and of itself.

“What’s really cool is the fact that BPW has survived in this day and age where it is increasingly difficult to find and keep volunteers,” Gray said. “You should be proud.”

In other business Tuesday, Mike Hannon, executive director of the Tri-County Drug and Alcohol Commission, was on hand to provide a brief update on that organization’s progress in the ongoing opioid epidemic that is sweeping the country.

“We can’t forget heroin, opiates and prescription drugs,” Hannon reported. “But now we’re starting to see a lot more meth cases, which present a whole new set of challenges. Users of that drug tend to be a little more violent.”

Hannon said the fight against heroin and opiates continues to see some breakthroughs thanks in part to additional state funding to combat the problem.

“Because of that,” he explained, “we have been able to move some things forward. I think everything’s working pretty well in that regard. We’ll just need to keep at it, I guess.”

Also on Tuesday, during the public comment period, area resident Robert Rowles, representing Lost Creek Golf Course, briefly addressed the board on an upcoming tax assessment appeal the facility is planning to undertake in an effort to reduce payments.

“I’m just here to talk about the public value of the course,” Rowles said. “Lost Creek employs a lot of students and young people at the course, pro shop and restaurant. The course allows a lot of fundraisers at a minimal cost. Since 1970, both high school golf teams have been able to use the facility absolutely free of charge. Right now on a Wednesday, six to eight schools come to play matches and we never charge a nickel. If we did charge for every student it would be in the $16,000 to $18,000 range. So you see, we try to give value more than just the property itself.”

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners:

¯Ratified a Juniata County Hazardous Materials check in the amount of $435 to Casner’s Service Center for inspection services.

¯Approved a request for 2019 Liquid Fuels funds from Monroe Township in the amount of $4,125.33.

¯Approved payment of bills in the amount of $191,101.66.