Leaders in the Pennsylvania House have announced plans to act on a ‘Smart Justice’ package of reforms next week. The chamber will take up a bipartisan package of bills to reform Pennsylvania’s probation and parole system, to reduce recidivism, and to help formerly incarcerated individuals find jobs. The Commonwealth has the second-highest percentage of citizens on probation or parole in the country, and has seen its prison population increase by approximately 850% over the past 40 years, at a cost of $2.4 billion per year to taxpayers. Legislators believe the improvements will increase opportunities and protect communities.
The Lewistown Police Department and Kiwanis Club will collect non-perishable food items today. “Fill-A-Cruiser” 2019 is today from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Giant Store on Dorcas Street in Lewistown. Donations will be delivered to the Lumina Center and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.
Winter begins officially on December 21st, but winter-like weather has already arrived. RedRover has a few tips to help keep our furry family members safe and warm during the cold, ice, and snow. While some animals may be slightly better-equipped to handle cold weather than others, all are susceptible to weather. According to the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team, puppies, smaller dogs, older dogs and cats are especially at risk when temperatures dip under 40 degrees. Limit outside exposure and shorten walks. Ice and road salt can cause paws to become dry, bleed, or even crack. Check paws frequently for any signs of damage. Pets are susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite just like humans. Watch for warning signs that include shivering, acting lethargic or weak, decreased heart rate, and fur and skin that are cold to the touch. Never leave your pet in the car during extreme cold weather. Watch out for antifreeze. The sweet taste of antifreeze is attractive to dogs, but it can cause sickness or death if ingested. To view more tips, visit https://redrover.org/new/keep-pets-safe-winter-temperatures/.
The Huntingdon Christmas Parade has been postponed until next Saturday (December 21st) at 7:00 pm.