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The Cumberland County Planning Commission is in the process of developing a new 2019 Hazard Mitigation Plan for Cumberland County. This process involves the participation of all municipalities throughout the county, The Cumberland County Planning Commission values your input. To that end, the Planning Commission has created a citizen survey form to provide public input for the development of the new plan. Please take a few moments to complete the survey form. Your response is important and your participation will be helpful as the plan update proceeds.
You may access the survey form, and find more information regarding the 2019 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update at: https://www.ccpa.net/926/Hazard-Mitigation-Plan
Farms in 14 PA Counties
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today notified farmland owners in Columbia, Lebanon, and York counties that they are eligible to receive disaster relief funding from the United States Department of Agriculture. Also eligible are the adjacent counties of Adams, Berk, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, and Sullivan.
“This funding will provide relief to Pennsylvania farmers who dealt with a year of unexpected difficulties due to severe weather,” said Governor Wolf. “I encourage those in eligible areas to apply, so that they can receive the assistance they need to help recoup losses ahead of the next growing season.”
The funding will help with losses caused by disasters that occurred during the 2018 crop year, such as excessive rain and flash flooding. It is the result of a Secretarial disaster declaration and can include emergency loans from the federal Farm Service Agency (FSA).
Eligible farmers can apply for loans for up to eight months after a Secretarial disaster declaration, and should contact their local FSA office for assistance. More information on USDA’s disaster assistance program, including county lists and maps, can be found at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.
MEDIA CONTACTS: J.J. Abbott, Governor’s Office – 717.783.1116
Shannon Powers, Ag – 717.783.2628
Thursday, January 3rd at 9:00 a.m. “Fun & Fit” Zumba Gold Aerobics: A certified instructor from the YMCA leads this aerobics class designed just for you. The class meets at the First United Presbyterian Church in Newville. A $2.00 donation is requested. This class is open to anyone age 60 or older.
Thursday, January 3rd at 9:30 a.m. Play 500: Come play 500 with our dedicated group of card players!
Thursday, January 3rd at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Games with Bob Ballard: Join us for a day of fun while we play a variety of card and board games led by Bob! Call the center for more info.
Friday, January 4th at 8”30 a.m.: Men’s Breakfast – Come and enjoy a hot, homemade breakfast made by staff and volunteers of the Senior Center. $5.00
Monday, January 7th at 9:00 a.m. Wii Bowling: Join us to try your hand at bowling in front of a TV screen. It’s lots of fun and competitive too. No ball required. Just drop in for a game or two.
Monday, January 7th at 2:00 p.m. Watercolor Painting Opportunity: Do you have an interest in water coloring? It takes space, inspiration and motivation and we can help. Join our friendly group of painters. The cost is $1/week to the Senior Center. Please call 717-776-4478 to get more information.
Tuesday, January 8th at 9 a.m. Crafts: We could use your help, hands and ideas. Come and make beaded jewelry, seasonal and everyday crafts, as well as making new friends.
Tuesday, January 8th at 9:00 a.m. T’ai Chi for Arthritis: Held at the First United Presbyterian Church, 111 Big Spring Avenue, Newville. Cost is a suggested $5 donation per class. To register, call 776-4478. Walk-ins are welcome.
Tuesday, January 8th at 12:30 p.m. Wii Bowling: Join us to try your hand at bowling in front of a TV screen. It’s lots of fun and competitive too. No ball required. Just drop in for a game or two.
Wednesday, January 9th at 8:30 a.m. Yoga: This class is held at Big Spring Presbyterian Church, 25 South Corporation Street, Newville. Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines stretching exercises, controlled breathing and relaxation. Yoga can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function (from the Mayo Clinic website). The cost is $65 non-member/$55 if you are a member of the Senior Center for a 10 week session. Sessions can be pro-rated if you elect to join mid-session.
Wednesday, January 9th at 9:30 a.m. Winter Driving Awareness Week w/Matt Frampton: Matthew Frampton of South Central PA Highway Safety presenting a talk on Winter Driving Awareness. Matt is a former Pennsylvania State Police Trooper and a Big Spring local. He retired from the Pennsylvania State Police in 2016, having completed 22 years of service. Matt is now with South Central Highway Safety (SCPAHS). SCPAHS is PennDOT’s Community Traffic Safety Program for Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, and Perry Counties. SCPAHS’s mission is to prevent injury and/or death on Pennsylvania’s highways through traffic safety education to the public.
Wednesday, January 9th at 1:00 p.m. Bible Study: Come out to enjoy an informative hour of Bible Study by Pastor Don Snyder of Doubling Gap Church of God will be traveling with you on the Romans’ Road.
The Big Spring Center is located at 91 Doubling Gap Road, Suite #1, Newville, in the Mountain View Apartment Building. The phone number is 717-776-4478. Hours are weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A hot congregate meal is served at 11:30 a.m. Please call two weekdays ahead to make a meal reservation.
Visit our webpage at http://www.bigspringseniorcenter.weebly.com for information on our trips. Annual membership fee of $25 entitles you to a mailed newsletter, reduced trip fees and reduced exercise fees.
The Big Spring Center is supported in part by a grant from the Cumberland County Office of Aging and Community Services; the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Aging. Transportation is available through the Cumberland County Department of Transportation. Senior Center Staff can help with that process. Call 776-4478 for more information.
Jefferson Gurganious, Jr. of the Newville Public Works Department has refurbished the borough’s leaf collection machine. The leaf collection machine is now ready for fall clean-up. The engine was serviced and repaired. Several parts on the machine were replaced thanks to fabrication provided by Tom Drost of Jireh Welding. A new collection hose was purchased and installed and the machine was sanded and re-painted to a safety yellow color. The work was completed at a cost of less than $2,000. The leaf collection machine is a 1996 model Giant Leaf Vac purchased by the borough from U.S. Municipal Supply in Huntington at a cost of $27,000 with a PA DEP Recycling Grant. The machine looks like new thanks to the work of Mr. Gurganious and the Department of Public Works.
The Newville Borough Council approved the purchase of new reflective street name signs from U.S. Municipal Supply Company in Huntington. The purchase price of the new signs was $3,925, paid for using state Highway Aid funds. The new blue and white signs are constructed in contrasting colors, with larger letters than the current street signs. The Newville Borough Council plans to sell the old street name signs to the public, once the project is complete. The Newville Public Works Department will be installing the new signs over the summer months throughout the borough. In addition to the installation of the new street name signs, the Public Works Department will be replacing faded stop signs and one-way street signs.