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Dauphin Co.’s vital human services will remain available during the winter storm



Co Commissioners warn citizens of treacherous travel, power outages with weekend snowstorm

Dauphin Co. Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III and the county’s Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) are warning residents of the potential for slippery roads, downed trees and power outages with heavy snowfall that is expected to hit the area over the weekend. 

“Up to 18 inches of snow, with strong winds and white-out conditions, will make travel this weekend very treacherous,” said Pries, who oversees DEMA. “We’re closely monitoring conditions and are ready to respond and provide assistance to municipalities in need.”

According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest snow is expected Friday overnight into Saturday, with periods of 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulation an hour.

“Power outages are a big concern,” said Haste.  “Wet and heavy snow combined with powerful winds may cause downed trees and power lines. If you see a downed line, do not attempt to move or drive over it. Instead, report it to the power provider.”

Dauphin County’s vital human services will remain open and available throughout the weekend.


“We are ready to respond and provide support to senior citizens and anyone in need during the winter storm,” said Hartwick, who oversees the county’s Human Services. “Our Agency on Aging caseworkers are calling all elderly and at-risk clients to ensure they have adequate heat and food and to remind them to call us if they need help.”

Senior citizens who need assistance are encouraged to call Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging, which is staffed around the clock, at 717-780-6130. 

The county’s 24-hour emergency mental service health service Crisis Intervention will also be available to anyone who is suffering a mental health or addiction crisis and needs immediate assistance or counseling.  To reach Crisis Intervention, call 717-232-7511 or 1-888-596-4447.

The commissioners also recommend the following safety tips:

•Use safe home-heating practices,

•Have an emergency supply kit, with flashlights, batteries, blankets and other items,

•Remove cars parked on roadways, especially the Snow Emergency Routes, and stay off the roads so the crews can do their work,

•Keep a safe distance between vehicles, and

•Dig out fire hydrants in the event of a fire emergency.

Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 only in an emergency. For non-emergency calls in Dauphin County, call 717-558-6900.


Last Updated on Monday, 25 January 2016 12:43

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Horton elected leader of new Masonic Lodge

Rodney L. Horton, of Middletown, was elected Worshipful Master of Harrisburg-Snyder Lodge No. 629, Free and Accepted Masons, at the lodge’s inaugural meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at the Harrisburg Scottish Rite Cathedral.hortonpic1 20 16

The lodge is a merger of the former Harrisburg Lodge No. 629, founded in 1903, and William S. Snyder Lodge No. 756, founded in 1933. The new lodge has 561 members.
Horton, 32, is the planning and zoning director for Elizabethtown Borough, and a former Middletown Borough councilor.

A native of Philadelphia, Horton earned a Bachelor’s degree in public policy at Penn State in 2005 and a Master’s in public administration at Shippensburg in 2010.

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23 Years Ago: 1/20/2016


1-20-16 Photo23 YEARS AGO - Making It Better – A number of friends from various service organizations, Elks 1092, American Legion 594, and V.F.W. 1620, have grouped together to lift the spirits of the area’s needy. Santa’s helpers arose early on Saturday, December 19, delivered enough food to prepare a Christmas meal with all the trimmings. This kept the workers at Fox’s Markets packing from the wee hours until pickup and delivery by the people pictured above. Pictured are: Neal Herneisey, Lloyd Barrick, Tom Graham, Ed Baumbach, Robert Keister, Jessie Vorodi, Art Getierrez, George Rudy Lenny Sodrosky.

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Local Equestrians Saddling Up For Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Parade

 Four area residents will be “riding high” this afternoon when they and their horses participate in President Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C.



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Out & About: Kylie Costik and her lamb win an award at the Pennsylvania Farm Show

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A week before the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Kylie Costik prepared her lamb for competition, washing it, blow-drying it and shearing it in the barn at her family’s Londonderry Twp. home.

Impress the judge – appearance and countenance in the ring are important – and you can qualify to have your animal sold at auction near the end of the week-long show.

Costik and her lamb placed fifth among Junior Crossbred Market Lambs in the Division 4 weight class, earning them a chance to go to sale on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Costik, a member of the Lower Dauphin Livestock 4-H Club, had tended, exercised and trained her lamb since the animal was about two months old.

Family and friends captured her preparation and her award-winning appearance at the show.

To see more photos, check out our print edition or click here for our E-edition.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 14:53

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Patient information and HIPAA.


patientinfoPatient information and what information is available through HIPAA.
Melissa Melewsky. media lawyer for the PA NewsMedia Assoc., provided the following information.
Q: I asked a hospital treating a man involved in a serious car accident about his status. The hospital refused and said HIPAA prevents the release of all patient information. Does HIPAA prevent hospitals from releasing any and all information about patients?
A: No, while HIPAA prohibits unauthorized release of individually identifiable health records, it permits the release of “directory information” about patients identified by name in certain circumstances.
Directory information includes: patient name; location in the facility; health condition expressed in general terms that does not communicate specific medical information about the individual; and religious affiliation (available to clergy only).
HIPAA does not define what constitutes a health condition, but in general, hospitals typically use one of five terms to describe patients’ health conditions. They are: undetermined, good, fair, serious, and critical. Hospitals can also tell requesters that a patient was treated and released or if the patient is deceased, but hospitals typically do not do so before next of kin has been notified.
Patients can choose to opt out of the hospital directory, and in those cases, the hospital can not release directory information.


Last Updated on Friday, 15 January 2016 09:52

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