County-wide Mosquito Surveillance Starting in York County for 2015
Penn State Extension – York County West Nile Virus Program is starting county-wide mosquito surveillance for the 2015 season. During the 2014 season adult mosquito trapping in York County collected over 73,000 and included 25 different species. Thanks to cleanup efforts throughout York County, 2014 was the second consecutive year that less mosquito populations were detected that the previous year. The most common sources of high mosquito populations in residential areas continue to be from trash and yard clutter. Residents, businesses and municipalities can greatly reduce mosquito concerns and health risk by cleaning up their own property and local community.
Fourteen years of surveillance in York County indicates that the most common mosquito species in residential areas; the House Mosquito (Culex spp.) and the Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus); are produced primarily from artificial containers left behind by humans. Artificial containers can be something small like a bottle cap to sometimes as large as a swimming pool with shallow water. Additional containers such as tires, buckets, tarps and roadside trash are preferred by mosquitoes because other predators found in nature that would prey on mosquito larvae are not present. During periods of drought these containers continue to hold water and produce mosquitoes. One bucket or tire in someone’s backyard can produce hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes in a year.
We also want to remind residents, municipalities and police departments that mosquito traps are not to be confused for explosive devises. Traps are routinely placed throughout York County from April through October to monitor mosquito populations. Traps are labeled with contact information. A flyer is attached with images showing what mosquito traps look like.
York County residents are being asked to report mosquito concerns through the Pennsylvania West Nile Virus website www.westnile.state.pa.us . Doing so will better assist our program to document areas of concern.
For information about West Nile Virus symptoms in humans, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-Health.
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Dog Wardens to Conduct License, Rabies Compliance Checks
in York County
Details – Dog wardens will canvass homes in York County, the week of April 13 to ensure all dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs. The state Department of Agriculture reminds dog owners that a license is one of the best ways to ensure a lost dog is returned home safely. Under Pennsylvania law, all dogs three months or older must be licensed by January 1 of each year. The fee is $6.50 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.50 for other dogs. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.50 for spayed or neutered dogs and $6.50 for others. Additionally, all dogs and non-feral cats (three months of age and older) must be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. Licenses may be purchased through Treasurer Bair at the York County Administrative Office, by calling (717) 771-9603, online at yorkcountypa.gov, or from these issuing agents:
Delta – Delta Tags, Title & Notary
Delta – Dennis Emmel
Dover – Pet’s Best Friend
Hanover – Hanover WalMart
Hanover – Jocelyn’s Puppies
Hanover – Nature’s Pet Place
Manchester – Animal Medic Inc.
Mechanicsburg – Diller Landscape, Feed & Tack
New Freedom – Four Paws Pet Shop
Red Lion – Cape Horn Country
Red Lion – Cape Horn Veterinary Services
Red Lion – Diehl’s Service Center
Red Lion – The Mill, 327 East Broadway
Spring Grove – Spring Grove Animal Hospital
Stewartstown – Stewartstown Veterinary Services
York – Morgan’s Paws Pet Care Center
York – Sloppy Kisses
York – West York Agway
York – York County S.P.C.A.
York – York Pet Supply
For more information, visit www.licenseyourdogPA.com or call 717-787-3062.
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The Dillsburg Borough has preliminary copies of the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report for York County, Pennslvania available. The Department of Homeland Security;s Federal Emergency Managment Agency (FEMA) has posted digital copies of the revised FIRM, FIS report and supporting datatbase on the following page of the MAp Service Center: www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata
Rep. Mike Regan (R-York/Cumberland) said today he is partnering with the American Legion-Department of Pennsylvania to offer assistance on a variety of issues in his district offices in Etters and Dillsburg beginning in June. Flyer
“I am honored to join with the American Legion-Department of Pennsylvania to aid our veterans in the 92nd Legislative District,” said Regan. “In addition, we are fortunate to have the assistance of Randy Nosal, a department service officer, to help with benefits and program explanation. Randy is a former combat medic who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in the line of duty. His service to our nation is invaluable and he will bring a lot of help to our veterans.”
Regan said Nosal will be in the Newberry Township Building Satellite Office on the second Tuesday of the month beginning June 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, Nosal will be in the full-time district office at Dillsburg on the third Tuesday of the month beginning June 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Some of the issues that Nosal will be able to help with are:
For more information, please call the district office at 1 E. Harrisburg St. in Dillsburg at (717) 432-0792. Regan’s website is at RepMikeRegan.com, and he is also on Facebook at Facebook.com/RepMikeRegan.
Canine Rescue of Central Pa is recruiting volunteers to help with daily operations at our kennel in Dillsburg. We are looking for people to help clean the kennel, feed the dogs, and walk the dogs. For more details visit www.crcpa.org, call 232-1644, or contact Linda Bourinski at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dispose of your unwanted medications properly! Carroll Township Police Department has received a MedReturn box will be located in the hallway between the police department and the Township side of the building. Please bring all your old or unused medications to the box so that they can be dispose of properly. This service will be available during regular business hours at the Carroll Township building. Call 432-4951 with any questions. Accepted items: prescriptions, prescription solid or liquid medications, prescription patches, prescription ointments, inhalers, over the counter medication, vitamins, samples and medication for pets. Not accepted: thermometers, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, personal care products in the form of non-prescription ointments, liquids or lotions, medications from businesses or clinics, needles (sharps), bloody or infectious waste and hazardous waste.
Electronic Devices - Beginning January 24, 2013, Pennsylvania's "Covered Device Recycling Act" (Act 108) will impact how you manage certain electronic devices. Under the Act, "covered devices" include televisions, desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors and computer peripherals (anything that connects to a computer such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, etc.). Starting January 24, 2013 the Act prohibits the acceptance of these materials at all Pennsylvania solid waste disposal facilities and also prohibits residents from placing them at the curb for waste pick-up. Under the Act, your waste hauler will NOT pick up electronic devices.
Residents must now manage these covered devices by recycling them. The Act requires manufacturers of covered devices sold or offered for sale in Pennsylvania to make collection programs available to Pennsylvania residents for the recycling of their covered devices. Though not required, retailers may also offer collection programs. Both manufacturer and retailer collection programs for covered devices are required to be free of charge, unless a coupon, rebate or other financial incentive of equal or greater value is supplied. Currently, Best Buy's York store, located at 2865 Concord Road, also offers free recycling of covered devices. Staples also takes some items. Residents should contact retail outlets prior to delivering items to ensure acceptance of specific items.
The York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) accepts electronic devices for free at its electronics collection program held the third Saturday of every month from 9AM to 1PM at our yard waste transfer site located off of Flour Mill Road in Manchester Township. Examples of accepted items include answering machines, compact disc players, electric typewriters, fax machines, hard drives, laptops, mobile phones, modems, microwave ovens, pagers, personal computers (CPU, monitors, keyboards, mouse, and peripherals),printers, printed circuit boards, radios, remote controls, stereos, tape players, telephones/telephone equipment, televisions, and VCR's. Residents should Not Bring: Electric equipment (such as toasters, hair dryers, wall clocks, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, or electric razors) OR construction demolition, furniture, appliances (such as vacuum cleaners), white goods, or household hazardous waste. See attached flyer for more information.
Dillsburg Community Park
Dillsburg Borough is excited over the possibility of building the town’s first community park. This year, the Borough plans to seek funding assistance from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s Community Conservation Partnership Program for the purchase of the park land. Property owner, Hershey Command LLC, plans to sell 5.5 acres of land to the Borough for the appraised value of $500,000. The future site of the Dillsburg Community Park is located on South Chestnut Street in Dillsburg Borough, across from the Dillsburg Elementary School and situated near several residential developments on Chestnut Street including: Chestnut Hollow, Autumn Woods, Windy Heights and Ironwood. Over 1,000 residents live adjacent to the proposed park lands.
The project is set to happen in multiple phases. The first of which is land acquisition. Future development phases of the park may include large and small dog park areas, connecting walking paths, parking lot, playground facilities, community swimming pool, restroom facilities and community services building.
Borough Officials are convinced that the park project is a true opportunity because, Hershey Command LLC has chosen to partner with the Borough to build a “much needed” community asset. Hershey Command has also pledged its services and equipment for site grading, etc. worth over an estimated $100,000. If the Borough does not ultimately acquire the land, Hershey Command LLC will develop it residentially.
The Community is urged to show support by participating in future fundraising campaign initiatives to help build the Dillsburg Community Park. Anyone having questions about, interested in assisting with or wishing to support the park project can call Dillsburg Borough Manager Deibler at717-432-9969 for more details.
Highmark Caring Place - A Center for Grieving Children ,Adolescents and their families: One out of 20 children will have a parent die before they graduate from high school. These children need help and support. The Highmark Caring Place is a safe place where grieving children and their families can come together and be with others who understands what they're going through. The Highmark Caring Place provides peer support groups, referral services, adult telephone support, and educational programs and resources for grieving children and families. Consultation services, educational presentations and resources are available for schools and other professionals in the community who work with children. All services are offered at no charge. The Highmark Caring Place operates four facilities, throughout Pennsylvania. Since the opening of the Caring Place in 1997, the program has served more than 60,000 family and community members. Fore more information about the Highmark Caring Place, contact 1-866-613-HOPE (4673) or visit the web site at www.highmarkcaringplace.com.
New Hope Ministries' Volunteer Opportunities:
Unused prescription and over-the-counter medications can be safely processed at the York County Resource Recovery Center (RRC). The RRC is a waste-to-energy facility that burns waste in enclosed, environmentally controlled combustion units. Processing medication in a waste-to-energy facility reduces it to an inert ash and helps produce green power. Medications can be managed in two ways:
· Place in your regular garbage. To minimize potential impacts to human health and the environment, take medication out of its original container and mix it with and undesirable substance, such as coffee grounds or kitty litter. The medication will be less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through your trash. Put it in a sealable bag, empty can, or other container to prevent the medication from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag. Before disposing of a medicine container, scratch out all identifying information to make it unreadable. This will help to protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information.
· Make an appointment to deliver your unused prescription medications to the RRC for FREE. York County residents (single household) may opt to deliver their unused prescription medications directly to the RRC if they don’t wish to place them out with the regular garbage. There is NO FEE to dispose of unused prescription medications. Only prescription (no over-the-counter_ medications are accepted in this program. Residents must call 717-845-1066 to make an appointment to deliver prescription medications to the RRC. Residents should call in advance (please allow one to two week's notice) to schedule their disposal date. The disposal process will take approximately 20 minutes. Residents are required to complete a brief registration form and will be escorted into the RRC by an Authority representative to dispose of the medications. Medications must come from a single household. Medications collected from multiple households can’t be accepted.
· The FDA recommends flushing certain unused medications due to safety risk. To learn more, visit: www.fda.gov/consumer
· Do not give your medication to anyone else or take a prescription that wasn’t prescribed for you.
For more information contact the York County Solid Waste Authority: 717-845-1066 or visit www.ycswa.com
Attention York County Seniors: Come and join us for lunch Monday through Friday and learn of our activities while making new friends. Call 717-432-2216 by 9 AM the day before you plan to attend to reserve a seat at the Dillsburg Senior Activity Center, 1 North Second Street, Dillsburg, PA 17019.
Participate in a Survey to Help Update Historic Preservation Plan: The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMA) is conducting a survey to update its historic preservation plan. Public responses to the survey will help PHMC prepare Pennsylvania's Statewide Historic Preservation plan for 2012-2017. To take the survey, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PAcommunitypres. The goal of this survey os for the public to inform the Pennsylvania's State Historic Preservation Office of what they value in their community in order to determine the preservation priorities of people who live and work in the Commonwealth. For more information or hard copy questionnaires, visit PHMS's website at www.phmc.state.us/bhp.
The Dillsburg Library is in need of the following for recycling: working or non working, with or without accessories but accessories preferred IPOD's, GPS units, Laptops, Cell phones, Ink cartridges and Toner cartridges. Bring these items to the Dillsburg lIbrary during normal business hours. Money raised is used to support Library operations and together we help to recycle ana make Dillsburg a better place to live.
NORTHERN YORK COUNTY REGION COMPREHENSIVE PLAN-
As part of the data collection effort in the Route 15 Study, we need to hear from people who travel on Route 15 between Carroll Drive, York County and South Ridge Road, Adams County. Please take the travel survey for Route 15 at “Take the survey” at the link below.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently announced several workshops designed to help small and medium-sized businesses improve their energy efficiency and save money.
- The workshops will offer businesses information on energy supply optioins, illustrate how to identify energy cost-saving opportunities, and explain how to develop an energy plan.
- In addition, information about financial and technical resources for energy efficiency upgrades will be available. Registration for the workshops is free and sessions are open to the public.
For more informtion, including local dates and times, visit: RepPerry.com
Pennsylvania homeowners are eligible for a special program aimed at improving the energy efficiency of their homes. Pennsylvania's Special Loan and Rebate Program for Energy Efficient Home Improvement provides both rebates and loans for homeowners upgrading their heating and cooling systems, windows and doors and insulation in their primary residences. For additonal information and electronic applications, pleae visit www.dep.state.pa.us. Call State Rep. Perry's office at 432-0792 with any questions.
The York County Conservation District has Rainwater Barrels for sale:
60 gallon Barrel $125.00
80 Gallon Barrel $145.00
(tax is included in price)
Call: 717-840-7430 for more information.
Their web site is: http://www.yorkccd.org
The Borough of Dillsburg has 175th Anniversary memorabilia items for sale at the Borough Office. We have t-shirts, books, magnets, wooden nickels, mugs, pins and posters. For cost information call the Borough Office at 432-9969.
Does your home need important repairs? York County's Home Improvement Program (HIP) may be your answer! The Home improvement Program (HIP) is administered by the Housing and Community Development Division of the York County Planning Commission. It is design to help income eligible resident homeowners in York County by providing financial and technical assistance to obtain necessary home repairs. The funds in the Home Improvement Program (HIP) are provided in the form of a loan with a deferred payment. To qualify, your property must have conditions defined as substandard by the local housing code or by the program's rehabilitation standards. The goal of the HIP is to help you bring your home into standard condition. To be eligible, your total household gross income must fall within the guidelines as follows: 1 person - $38,500; 2 persons - $44,000; 3 persons - $49,500, etc. For more information and to obtain an application, please call 717-771-9870.
York County Weatherization Program is a program to help people who have limited income lower their fuel bills, save energy and have more comfortable homes in the process. The work is done for those eligible Free of Charge! Who Qualifies? Any York County homeowner or tenant whose income falls below the following guidelines: 1 person - $21,660; 2 persons - $29,140; 3 persons - 36,620; add $7,480 for each additional person in household. For more information and an application, please call the York County Planning Commission at 717-771-9870 and ask for the Weatherization Program.
Since the 1950s, CPARC (Cumberland-Perry ARC) has been promoting the abilities of people with developmental disabilities and other special needs. “We help people with special needs from Cumberland, Perry, Dauphin and York Counties to live and work in their communities; and we strive for their inclusion in social, recreational, and community activities of their choice.” CPARC has two Licensed Adult Day Care Centers in our community. Please call 975-9762 (Camp Hill location), or 245-0413 (Carlisle location) for more information.
To All Residents: Please do not park in the Ace Hardware (formerly M&W Hardware) parking lot or the St. Paul's Lutheran Church parking lot when attending baseball games at Wolf Field. Please park at the Dillsburg Elementary School. Cars may be towed for illegal parking.
The Dillsburg Borough is looking for a resident who is interested in serving his/her community as a representative of the Dillsburg Borough at YCPC/LGAC meetings. The York County Planning Commission/Local Government Advisory Committee (YCPC/LGAC) Executive Subcommittee of York County consists of at least one representative from each municipal region in the County. The primary responsibility of the Executive Committee is to review and comment on all planning-related projects handled by the York County Planning Commission. Through this Committee local municipalities are provided with the opportunity to express their views on planning projects. Meetings are held in York once a month. Any Borough resident who is interested should contact Karen Deibler, Dillsburg Borough Manager, at 432-9969. This is a great opportunity to make a real difference in your community.
Dillsburg Borough Manager, Karen Deibler, stated at the January 15, 2008 Council Meeting that the International Property Maintenance Code which the Borough adopted in 2001, will be enforced throughout the Borough. This will involve all properties, including residential, rental & commercial. The Borough Building Codes Enforcement Officer will be doing checks for compliance by observing properties as he travels throughout the Borough. Any violations noted will be documented and the property owner(s) will be notified in writing and given time to correct the problem. The International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) book is available for review at the Borough Office during normal business hours Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The book is also available for purchase, the cost is $23.50. Please call 432-9969 with any questions.
7.1 TONS OF HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTED!!
The York County Solid Waste Authority's recent Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program netted 7.1 tons of household hazardous waste, with 213 vehicles participating in the program. The collection took place at the York County Solid Waste Authority Management Center and was offered to all York County residents. Gregg Pearson, Manager of the Authority's Recycling and Planning Division comments, "The program benefits York County by raising awareness of hazardous wastes found in the home and providing residents with an opportunity to divert household hazardous materials from the waste stream."
The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Yard Waste Transfer Facility, a Recyclable Material Drop-off Center, and an Education Center.
Will you be ready if an emergency or a disaster occurs? Visit www.ready-york.org to learn how to prepare for natural or man-made emergencies and disasters. For additional information: Call the York County Office of Emergency Management at 717-840-2990.
Lloyd and Barbara Eichelberger, founders of Lobar INC, received a Citation from the Dillsburg Borough for the company's 40th anniversary. (also shown Jeff Griffin, Holly Kelley and Mark Ryder)