More than 5.7 million people are projected to be driving on the PA Turnpike during the Independence Day holiday through next week. As summer destinations begin to open with safety modifications in place, more people are making plans to travel by car. Typically, summer is the busiest season for the turnpike. This year, many more travelers are choosing recreational vehicles to accommodate their family vacations. For the RV traveler, the PA Turnpike has created a special web section to assist with travel planning. Visit and click on Ramp Up for Turnpike Travel. The Turnpike will suspend maintenance and construction work and have all available lanes open in each direction beginning today (July 2nd) through 11:00 pm on Sunday, July 11th.

Governor Tom Wolf on Thursday vetoed Senate Bill 618, anti-vaccination legislation that would have barred vaccine passports and limited the powers of the secretary of Health. Wolf said the legislation “would eliminate the Department of Health’s ability to respond to future matters of public health resulting in the spread of infectious diseases.” Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) and Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) issued a statement saying, the “bill had a very simple purpose – to limit government intrusion into people’s lives.”

Two people were arrested in Lewistown for violating Megan’s Law. Borough Police charged 43-year-old Labrent Price on June 28th for failing to update his address with authorities. He was taken into custody on Logan Street. On June 29th, 35-year-old Durrell Price was arrested on Valley Street for similar violations.

The United Way of Mifflin-Juniata’s 24th Annual Day of Caring is September 15th. To participate, all teams and agencies must register by August 6th. The United way is looking for work projects from non-profit human service agencies in Mifflin and Juniata counties. Any incorporated non-profit or government entity, school, or neighborhood association is encouraged to submit projects. For more details, or to register, visit For more information on Day of Caring, contact Oksana DeArment at 717-248-9636.

Monday’s refuse schedule in the Borough of Lewistown will change due to Independence Day! Monday’s (July 5th) route will be picked up on Tuesday (July 6th). All other days remain the same. Recycling customers should hold material until the next scheduled day on July 19th.