The Mount Union Municipal Authority will receive $2.14 million in PENNVEST funds to replace residential and commercial meters. The authority will use the funds to replace 2,060 meters, install a reading system, and replace some lead or galvanized service lines. The PENNVEST program was established in 1988. It provides low-interest loans and grants to communities for new construction, or improvements to water and wastewater treatment plants. Financing is provided through the use of federal funding and prior bond issues by the state as well as proceeds from Act 13 of 2012, the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee.

Scams continue to plague area residents. A Port Royal man received a call from an unknown male claiming he was from the Social Security Administration. The caller advised the victim there was a warrant for his arrest. The victim purchased $1800 worth of Target and Nike gift cards. A Mifflintown woman recently supplied approximately $5500 of gift cards to scammers claiming to be from Amazon Online Marketplace. If you suspect you are the victim of a scam, contact local police and the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC advises residents to block unwanted calls and text messages. Do not provide personal or financial information to suspicious callers, and resist the pressure to act immediately. Talk to someone you trust before acting.

The deadline to file your 2020 individual federal income tax has been extended to May 17th. Even with the new deadline, the IRS urges taxpayers to consider filing as soon as possible, especially those who are owed refunds. Filing electronically with direct deposit is the quickest way to get refunds. Individual taxpayers do not need to file any forms, or call the IRS to qualify for the automatic federal tax filing and payment relief.