Fall leaf collection begins Monday (November 2nd) in the Borough of Lewistown.  Leaves will be collected until November 30th, Monday through Friday on the next working day after your regular refuse day.  Customers should place leaves in a plastic bag at the curb by 6:00 am on pick-up day.  Leaves are not to be raked loose into the street.  If you have questions, contact the Borough Refuse Office at 717-248-1331. 

Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend.  Eastern Standard Time begins Sunday (November 1st), at 2:00 am.  Set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night 

You can give the “Gift of Life” today in Lewistown. The American Red Cross bloodmobile will be at Calvary Lewistown Church on East Third Street from 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

Pennsylvania’s fall turkey season kicks off Saturday in 19 of Pennsylvania’s 23 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs).  Hunters are reminded the three-day Thanksgiving season to be held in 12 Wildlife Management Units this year will run Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  While fall turkey hunters are no longer required to wear fluorescent orange, the Game Commission highly recommends the use of orange.

To thank local veterans for their service to our country, Geisinger will host drive-through Veterans Appreciation dinners at eight locations across the health system’s service area on Thursday, November 12th. The dinner is provided by Geisinger staff at no cost to participants.  Veterans can register themselves and one guest for the meal.  Servings are limited.  Those interested should make a reservation by Thursday, November 5th.  Locally, a drive-through dinner for veterans will be November 12th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital on Highland Avenue.  To make a reservation, call 717-242-7102. 

During Halloween, it is important to avoid trick-or-treat activities that can be dangerous to pets. There are some basic precautions for pet owners to keep dogs and cats safe and happy on All Hallow’s Eve.   Candy is for kids, not dogs and cats. Chocolate can be very toxic to pets.  Pets should be kept inside during Halloween. Use caution when answering the door. Make sure your pets have current ID tags and that microchip info is up to date in case they run or get lost.  If you decide to dress up your pet, make sure the costume is safe.  Most dogs would prefer not to go out for Halloween parades or trick-or-treating. The chaos, costumes and excited kids can be frightening and cause them to act differently than normal.