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New nutrition expert greeted by officials

Commissioners meet to discuss food health classes

LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County Commissioners welcomed a new face to the Penn State Extension office during their regular meeting on Thursday.

Clarissa Beaver replaced Helen Sangrey as nutrition education adviser at the Mifflin County office.

She will be serving Mifflin, Juniata and parts of Huntingdon counties, she said.

Through her position, Beaver works to provide research-based nutrition education to help people and families with limited resources to enhance their nutrition, increase their physical activity and develop lifestyles needed for self sufficiency and better health.

Nutrition classes through Penn State Extension include hands-on activities and cooking demonstrations.

“We have evaluation data to demonstrate the effectiveness of the program’s impact and participant’s behavior in food selection, dietary intake and management of resources in food safety,” Beaver told commissioners.

Beaver said she has started giving classes at PA CareerLink Mifflin County.

“So far, I have a very good relationship with them and I am starting to reach out to other community agencies,” she said. “Our classes are a very rewarding experience for everyone, impacting the health and well being of the entire family.”

Jeff Hackenberg, client relationship manager at Penn Sate Extension thanked commissioners and the community for their support of the program.

“Without local support and county support, (Penn State) Extension couldn’t do what we do and serve the county,” she said.

Commissioners also approved budget revisions for Lewistown Borough council, Brown Township supervisors and Granville Township supervisors for the federal fiscal year 2016 Community Development Block Grant program.

Community Development Assistant Director James Lettiere said the grant initially funded the Big Brothers Big Sisters program through a fair share allocation.

However, “we were provided notification that they were having programatic and financial problems and unfortunately decided to terminate their services in Mifflin and Juniata county, so we have excess monies that need to be allocated to other eligible projects, so we could expend the funds in a timely manner, which would be October of this year.”

The board also took the following action:

¯Approved payment of the bills;

¯Approved a request for exoneration of 2019 county portion of per capita taxes for 58 individuals in Burnham Borough and four in Kistler Borough;

¯Approved an intergovernmental agreement between the county of Mifflin, Mifflin County Sheriff and Mifflin County Domestic Relation for the sheriff’s office to provide security at Mifflin County Domestic Relations;

¯Approved a cooperation agreement between Mifflin County and the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology for the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program;

¯COSTARS enrollment electricity procurement services;

¯Hired part-time Deputy Sheriff Linsey Landis;

¯Appointed Tyler Stein as an intern in the crime victim services office.

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