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Senior Games praised as a success

Commissioners approve local food purchase program report

MIFFLINTOWN — Despite being pushed back several months due to COVID-19, the 35th Annual Senior Games were lauded as a success during the regular business meeting of the Juniata County Commissioners Tuesday morning.

Howard “Butch” Graybill, of Thompsontown, spoke during the public comment period of the meeting and said more than 100 people signed up participated in the Senior Games which began Sept. 13 at Kish Park in Burnham.

“It was well attended,” Graybill said. “Monday was our big day. Opening ceremonies, games took place. From games that are very active like the 50 yard dash, 100 meter walk, all the way down to field games and things like that.”

Bingo was also available to play throughout the opening day of the Senior Games.

According to Graybill, a lot of the participants enjoyed playing miniature golf at Kish Park during the opening day of the games. For the rest of the week a variety of games were held at different venues throughout Mifflin and Juniata counties. Among the different games were water volleyball and pickleball played at the Juniata Valley YMCA in Burnham as well as chair volleyball and card games played at the Four Seasons Senior Center in Mifflintown. A variety of games also took place in Lewistown and Milroy throughout the week.

The games organized by the Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging are usually held the first full week in June, but because of health concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic the agency decided to move the games to September. Graybill said that it’s anticipated that next year’s games will be held in June.

The Senior Games are open to for Mifflin and Juniata County residents age 55 and older. According to its website, the Senior Games have been organized by the Mifflin-Juniata Area Agency on Aging staff and volunteers from the Senior Games Committee since 1986 and is a way to “encourage physical and mental activity, friendly competition, and the maintenance of a healthful lifestyle.”

Each year an awards banquet is held sometime after the Senior Games week has concluded and certificates are presented to the top two men and women for each event.

Also during the meeting the commissioners approved the “State Food Purchase Program Expense and Data Report” for Fiscal year 2020-2021. Juniata County Food Pantry Inc. executive director Glenda Fultz explained the report is required for the grant money that is received through the Department of Agriculture.

“Every quarter I give them an update. Then at the end of the fiscal year everything has to be lined up on the report,” Fultz said.

The commissioners also took the following actions Tuesday:

¯Adopted Resolution No. 2021-3 “Fair Housing”.

¯Adopted Resolution No. 2021-4 “Section 504, Appointing a Section 504 Compliance Officer”.

¯Adopted Resolution No. 2021-5 “Language Access Coordinator” and the accompanying Language Access Plan and Certification.

¯Approved the Juniata County Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) supporting documentation ‘General Application Certifications’ and ‘Disclosure Report’

¯Approved the “Plan and Budget Amendment Certification Statement – County Children & Youth Social Service Programs” for the period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 as submitted by the Children & Youth Fiscal Department.

¯Approved the Juniata County Hazardous Materials check No. 1393 in the amount of $147.95 – Casner’s Service Center Repair.

¯Reviewed the August 2021 departmental reports: “Sheriff’s Monthly Report” as submitted by the Sheriff’s Office; “Children and Youth Statistical Report” as submitted by Ashley J. Baxter, Children & Youth Director; “Summary of Collections Report – Fines and Costs” as submitted by Jacqueline T. Leister, Magisterial District Judge.

¯Approved payment of checks Nos. 62411 through 62467 in the amount of $238,721.11

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