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Officials proclaim June Dairy Month

Dairy princess presents milk from local creamery

Sentinel photo by BRIAN COX
The Mifflin County Commissioners proclaimed June to be Dairy Month in Mifflin County on Thursday at their regular meeting at the Mifflin County Courthouse in Lewistown. On hand to accept the proclamation was Mifflin County Dairy Princess Katelyn Stringer, second from right, from Commissioners, from left, Kevin Kodish, Robert Postal and Mark Sunderland. Stringer also presented the commissioners with bottles of milk from the Reedsville Creamery.

LEWISTOWN — At their regular meeting on Thursday, the Mifflin County Commissioners proclaimed June as Dairy Month. To note the occasion, Mifflin County Dairy Princess Katelyn Stringer brought the commissioners bottles of milk from the Reedsville Creamery.

“Whereas dairy farmers contribute to the development and well-being of Mifflin County, and whereas the dairy industry is a major industry in Mifflin County and a significant contribution to the economy of our county, region and state, and whereas milk and dairy foods provide health benefits and valuable nutrients, and whereas real milk and dairy foods are superior to their imitations in quality, value and taste, therefore we, the commissioners of Mifflin County, hereby proclaim June to be Dairy Month and we encourage all Mifflin Countians to become better acquainted with all of the healthy products and economic and environmental contributions this industry provides to our county, our state and our nation,” Commissioner Robert Postal read from the proclamation.

Stringer then expressed her appreciation for the commissioners’ support of the dairy industry.

“The signifcance of dairy to the rural agriculture economy cannot be overstated,” she said. “Mifflin County dairy farming provides a vital source of income to rural families. The majority of dairy farms in Mifflin County are family owned and operated and keep their earnings in rural areas that stimulate our economy. For every dollar generated from dairy farming, it turns over three to seven times in the local community. Dairy farms in Mifflin County are not just family farms, they’re small businesses. Many of our dairy farmers hire employees to help with their labor-intensive job of caring for their cows 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 52 weeks a year. They pay taxes and participate in our community all while providing us with safe, nutritious dairy products.”

Stringer then presented the commissioners with a variety of milks.

“I’d just like to thank you for proclaiming June as Dairy Month in Mifflin County and supporting our local dairy farmers,” she said in closing.

In other business Thursday, the commissioners approved a $1,700 payment to SEDA-Council of Governments for administration of the recently-completed COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program, also known as CHIRP.

Postal noted that while the program, which began in March, came to a close Tuesday, 20 Mifflin County businesses and organizations received grants through the program, totaling more than $500,000.

Also on Thursday, the commissioners:

¯Approved the minutes from the June 3 meeting;

¯Approved payment of the county’s bills;

¯Accepted the treasurer’s report;

¯Approved the following requests for exoneration of the 2021 county portion of per capita taxes: 39 by Armagh Township tax collector Linda Marks, 10 by Bratton Township tax collector Connie Peachey, 72 by Brown Township tax collector Cheryl Hartzler, 96 by Derry Township tax collector Bret Treaster, 73 by Lewistown Borough tax collector Erin Anewalt, 27 by Oliver Township tax collector Sherry Miller and 36 by Wayne Township tax collector Mary Ellen Reed;

¯Approved a request for exoneration of 2021 county real estate tax bill and relieve the tax collector from collecting the bill as well as a refund request for a portion of county and real estate taxes for a parcel in Union Township in the amount of $10,071.76 because the parcel has been granted exempt status;

¯Approved a user license agreement with Permitium of Pineville, North Carolina that would allow county residents to apply and pay for an application for a license to carry a firearm, although if the license is approved, the recipient must still get a photo taken at the sheriff’s office;

¯Approved a medical assistance transportation program participation grant agreement and assurance of compliance for the period of July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022;

¯Approved a managed print service agreement addendum with Quality Digital Office Solutions of Harrisburg, extending it for an additional 36 months (May 3, 2021 through May 3, 2024);

¯Approved the following grant agreements for the Homeless Assistance Program for the period of July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022: Mifflin-Juniata Human Services case management $5,800, Mifflin-Juniata Human Services rental/utility $4,942, Shelter Services Inc. emergency shelter $9,000, The Abuse Network Inc. emergency shelter $5,000 and Mifflin-Juniata Human Services administration $2,749;

¯Approved the following Human Services Department Fund agency contracts for the period July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022: Mifflin-Juniata Regional Services training clearinghouse $2,542, LUMINA Center mentoring program $5,000, The Abuse Network Inc. case management $3,458, Clear Concepts Counseling counseling $8,500, Mifflin-Juniata Human Services county administration $5,000 and Mifflin-Juniata Human Services service coordination $25,500;

¯Approved the application for the re-entry coordination grant for the period Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2022 in the amount of $54,790;

¯Approved the application for the co-responders program grant for the period Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2022 in the amount of $79,111;

¯Approved the first amendment to the inmate housing agreement with Huntingdon County extending the agreement an additional two years ending Dec. 31, 2022;

¯Approved a memorandum of understanding between the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts and Mifflin County for the adult treatment court;

¯Approved a change proposal from Jay Falkroad & Sons Inc. of McAlisterville for the Dorcas Street bridge project for debris removal in the amount of $13,800;

¯Approved the resignation of Christopher Earnest as a part-time corrections officer, effective June 6;

¯Approved the resignation of Zachary Leitzel as a part-time 911 telecommunicator, effective June 11;

¯Approved the hiring of Emily Orndorf for case coordinator II in the district judges’ office, effective June 28;

¯Approved the resignation of Kelsie Hauser as a children and youth caseworker, effective July 9;

¯Approved the hiring of Dominic Snyder as part-time corrections officer, effective June 21;

¯Approved the appointment of Kaleb Smith as a part-time intern in the probation office, effective June 22.

The Mifflin County Commissioners’ next meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 1 on the second floor of the Mifflin County Courthouse in Lewistown.

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