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.
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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.
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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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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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.
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