Schreiber Center Announces 2018 Ambassadors March 22, 2018
A little girl who suddenly lost the use of her arms and legs when she was 8 months old. A boy born with cerebral palsy. A brother and sister each with their own set of challenges. And a 7-year-old with Down syndrome. The stories among this year's group of Schreiber Ambassadors are all different. But the families have one thing in common: They came to see if Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center could help. They came looking for hope.
The five Ambassadors were introduced on March 24 at Schreiber's 36th annual gala, and each has a story of continuing hope. They include Kami Appleby, Paxton and Giuliana Grasso, Roberto King, and Connery Pham.
Kami is 2 years old and has been receiving services from Schreiber since July 2016, when she became ill with transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord. The illness left the previously healthy baby paralyzed from the neck down. Kami has worked through physical and occupational therapy to regain her lost mobility, increase her core strength, and improve her fine motor skills. Her mother, Juliann, says Kami now has enough strength to walk with the aid of a walker and will soon be using forearm crutches.
"Kami has had a wonderful experience so far at Schreiber," Juliann said. "We are so thankful to her therapists for always trying something new with her, to push her further in her recovery. We truly feel like it's a team effort to help her."
Paxton, age 4, was born with a brain hemorrhage that caused hydrocephalus, or swelling on his brain, and has led to him having sensory issues. He has been coming to Schreiber since early 2017 for therapy and to attend Schreiber's S.T.A.R.S. Preschool. He receives occupational therapy to help him work through his sensory issues and to learn how to calm down when he is feeling overwhelmed. Paxton has changed from a quiet, anxious little boy to an outgoing preschooler who looks forward to attending school.
Paxton's older sister, Giuliana, is 5 and was born with Trisomy 21, also known as Down syndrome. Like many other children her age, Giuliana attends kindergarten and loves macaroni and cheese, playing with Barbies, and dancing. At Schreiber she has begun the work of catching up physically through physical and speech-language therapy.
"Giuliana has made leaps and bounds during her time at Schreiber," Giuliana's mother, Andrea, said. "From being able to communicate her wants and needs to the ability to run and jump and play with her friends, she has become much more independent. The therapists here are exceptional. They are giving her the tools to be successful for years to come."
When Merv and Carolyn King adopted Roberto from Guatemala, they were told the baby had some physical delays because he had been in a crib so much, but it turned out that Roberto had cerebral palsy. Roberto received services through the Intermediate Unit and then through Schreiber. Through hard work, Roberto, now a 12-year-old, has learned to sit, stand with support, and walk with crutches. Sometimes the difficulty of the work can be a struggle to deal with, even for a funny, sociable kid like Roberto.
"He gets pushed to try new things," Carolyn remarked. "Everybody is friendly and understanding when your child (fights against the therapy), and they cheer him back up."
Like Giuliana, Connery has Down syndrome. She plays soccer, likes watching the television show "Max and Ruby," and wants to be a day care teacher when she grows up. Connery has made remarkable progress with Schreiber's occupational and speech-language therapy.
"The level of support and care at Schreiber is so very personal to our family," said Connery's mother, Kara. "The staff is amazing, ready, and eager to help her progress. There is always an element of fun with every session."
The 2018 Ambassadors will participate in a number of events for Schreiber throughout the year. To learn more about the organization, readers may visit www.schreiberpediatric.org and www.facebook.com/schreiberpediatric, follow @SchreiberCenter, or call 717-393-0425.
OSHA Campaign Has Launched March 21, 2018
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a regional campaign to raise awareness about the four leading safety hazards in the construction industry. The "Focus Four Hazards" campaign will serve employers and employees in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
From March through June, the campaign will educate employers to recognize, evaluate, and control electrical, struck-by, fall, and caught-in/between hazards. Each month, OSHA representatives will participate in "Toolbox Talk" discussions focused on one of the four hazards.
The campaign is designed to promote and encourage a safe workplace so that employers and employees finish each day without injury. In Pennsylvania, OSHA's Harrisburg area office will work with employers in Adams, Berks, Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Mifflin, Perry, and York counties.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, readers may visit www.osha.gov.
Farm Loans Available March 20, 2018
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) servicing Lancaster County has announced that it has funding reserved specifically for use by targeted underserved groups, as well as beginning farmer loans. The loan programs are designed to help farmers purchase and operate family farms.
According to farm loan manager Tiffany Lutz, the loans help to encourage and assist farmers in owning and operating their own farms and ranches, participating in agricultural programs, and becoming integral parts of the agricultural community.
In addition, a portion of funds are reserved for targeted underserved groups, defined by the USDA as women, African Americans, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, and Asians and Pacific Islanders.
Funds may be used to purchase or enlarge a farm; purchase easements or rights of way needed in the farm's operation; construct or improve buildings such as a dwelling or barn; promote soil and water conservation; pay closing costs; purchase livestock, farm and home equipment, feed, seed, fuel, fertilizer, or insurance; fund hired labor; and perform other improvements.
Applicants must meet eligibility requirements. Additional information on applications is available at the local FSA office, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, or by calling 717-397-6235, ext. 2.
Experience The Flavors Of Ethiopia March 15, 2018
Hope Within Sets Annual Fundraiser
On Saturday, April 14, Hope Within Ministries will host its annual Flavors of Ethiopia dinner at Mount Joy Church of God, 30 E. Main St., Mount Joy. The food will be freshly prepared by Ethiopian cooks and served in an all-you-can-eat buffet style from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
"This event came about as the Ethiopian community in our care wanted to do something special for Hope Within as a way to raise awareness and give back," shared Donita Sturgis, president of Hope Within Ministries. "We could not be more thrilled to care for these individuals and now to work alongside them to prepare this succulent and satisfying authentic culinary feast.
"It truly is an honor and a privilege, and we know our guests will not be disappointed," added Sturgis.
Foods will include siga wat, misir wat, atikilit wat, mike alicha, injera and Ethiopian bread. The authentic Ethiopian dishes will feature a variety of spicy and mild options. Hope Within Ministries office manager Anne Marie McAlester said that the Ethiopian chicken, beef, and vegetable dishes are prepared similarly to a stew.
A variety of fresh baked goods from regional bakeries as well as homemade treats will be served for dessert. Coffee, tea, and water will also be available.
African-themed crafts and other items will be available for folks to bid on in a silent auction throughout the evening.
There is no charge for the event; however, interested individuals must register in advance to allow organizers to plan accordingly. To register, readers may fill out a form at www.hopewithin.org or contact McAlester at 717-367-9797, ext. 303, or email@example.com. The deadline to register is Friday, April 6.
A freewill offering will be received that evening, and all proceeds from the event will benefit Hope Within Ministries, which provides medical and counseling services to individuals in need in Dauphin, Lancaster, and Lebanon counties.
According to the organization's 2017 Annual Report, the Hope Within Community Health Center hosted a total of 1,742 medical visits in 2017 and Hope Within Counseling Services served 49 unique individuals through a total of 537 counseling visits. Eight staff members and more than 80 volunteers work together to serve patients. Hope Within Ministries' mission, as stated in the Annual Report, is "to show God's love through the provision of high-quality professional health care, sound counsel, and related education."
Hope Within Ministries is located at 4748 E. Harrisburg Pike, Elizabethtown. To learn more, readers may visit www.hopewithin.org or www.facebook.com/HopeWithinMinistries.
CCFCA Launches Recruitment Campaign March 14, 2018
The Chester County Fire Chiefs Association (CCFCA) has launched a new volunteer recruitment and awareness campaign. The focus of the campaign is to promote the importance of volunteerism and encourage residents to become volunteers.
The CCFCA is the advisory body to 55 separate volunteer fire departments and companies located in Chester County, all of which have volunteer opportunities available within their respective locations.
As part of the kickoff to the recruitment campaign, the CCFCA unveiled its newest slogan, "Volunteer Today. Chester County Lives Depend on It," which will be included in all print and electronic materials sent to the community. In addition, the CCFCA has rebooted its website, www.HelpFightFire.com, to help prospective volunteers understand the role they may play in protecting their community. The website also includes a volunteer inquiry form they may fill out.
To become volunteers, readers may visit the aforementioned website.
A variety of opportunities are available for prospective volunteers.
Firefighters help save lives and protect property in their community. Volunteers learn to do tasks like advance a hose line, perform search-and-rescue operations, and position ladders strategically. Training and equipment needed to stay safe are provided free of charge.
EMTs (emergency medical technicians) help save lives by transporting sick and injured people to the hospital. Volunteers respond to specialized calls like automobile accidents, carbon monoxide alarms, and other rescue calls. Training and equipment are provided.
Fire police help keep an emergency situation safe by directing traffic and crowds and by providing general assistance to other first responders.
Junior firefighters are teenagers who gain experience around a fire house, lend a hand, and begin fire training that will prepare them to become full members at age 18. Volunteering as a junior firefighter may count as community service hours.
Administrative volunteers are non-emergency volunteers who help teach fire safety, assist in fundraising events, and help with bookkeeping, human resources, website maintenance, and other duties.
The new campaign will also develop content to post on the official Help Fight Fire social media accounts in order to develop a following. Additionally, there will be a dedicated effort to raise public awareness of CCFCA's activities through billboard and movie theater advertisements and production, press releases, and other print and electronic materials.
The campaign is funded through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
For more information on volunteer opportunities, readers may visit www.HelpFightFire.com.
Diabetes Workshop Posted March 14, 2018
The York County Area Agency on Aging will offer a diabetes self-management workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, March 28 to May 2, at York Township Park Building, 25 Oak St., York.
York County residents age 60 and up who are living with Type 2 diabetes, as well as caregivers age 60 and up who are caring for someone with Type 2 diabetes, are invited to participate in the interactive program. The workshops will be taught by certified instructors through the agency.
Developed by the Self-Management Resource Center, formerly Stanford University Patient Education Program, the health promotion program will provide tools for managing diabetes, dealing with emotions and breaking the symptom cycle that comes with the disease. The program will introduce participants to self-management tools like healthy eating, exercise, monitoring blood sugar and action planning.
A companion book, "Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions," and an audio relaxation tape will be provided for all participants.
There is no charge for the workshops. To register, readers may call Megan Craley at 717-771-9610.
Garden Starter Kits Available March 14, 2018
Individuals who grow their own fruits and vegetables are more likely to eat them. To increase access and availability of fresh produce, Lighten Up Lancaster County, with funding from the Lancaster Heart and Vascular Institute at Lancaster General Health, will offer raised-bed starter kits for schools and nonprofit organizations that are interested in expanding or starting a garden.
Schools and nonprofit organizations in Lancaster County can apply online to receive lumber, hardware, and soil for two raised beds. In addition, a 100-foot hose, watering cans, buckets, shovels, trowels, and gloves will be provided.
Recipients of the raised beds, who will be notified approximately two weeks after submitting an application, will be linked to an extensive network of garden experts and have access to garden resources. Organizations that received the raised beds are encouraged to use the produce for taste testing and meals at their organization, share the produce with the community, and donate extra produce to local organizations.
For more information, readers may visit www.lightenuplancaster.org and click on Garden Starter Kit under Community.
System Will Aid Service Delivery March 6, 2018
Connect to Home: Coordinated Entry System (CES) of Eastern PA coordinates access, assessment, prioritization, and referral into the housing crisis response system for all households and populations in a 33-county region. Connect to Home is administered by the Eastern PA Continuum of Care (CoC), the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, and the United Way of Pennsylvania.
The CoC is working together to end and prevent homelessness with five-year strategic goals, which include: to reduce all homelessness by 50 percent, end chronic homelessness and homelessness among veterans, reduce homelessness among unaccompanied youth and families with children, and set a path to end all homelessness.
People experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk for homelessness may access Connect to Home by calling 2-1-1 toll-free 24/7 or presenting in-person at CoC-designated access sites, located across the eastern region, during normal business hours. When an individual connects with 2-1-1 or visits an access site, coordinated entry specialists conduct an assessment and provide direct referral to emergency services and/or placement on the community queue prioritization list for housing programs.
Housing issues have always been one of the top reasons people call 2-1-1. A call to 2-1-1 connects the caller to a trained specialist, who will ask questions about their housing needs. 2-1-1 information and referral specialists also refer callers to community services such as food programs, utility assistance, and more. One call to 2-1-1 can address multiple needs.
Coordinated entry systems are utilized to connect more people to the right solution to end their housing crisis or homelessness as quickly and effectively as possible. This system will ensure limited housing and resources are prioritized for the people who need them the most while generating more accurate data to make the case for appropriate levels of investment in the future.
The 33 counties covered by the CES include Adams, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Lehigh, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Schuylkill, Somerset, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, and Wyoming counties.
Adaptive Ski Day Held February 21, 2018
Approximately one dozen patients who have experienced traumatic injuries, including stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury and amputation, were able to experience the thrill of cruising down the slopes during Adaptive Ski Day on Feb. 9 at Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry. Current and former Penn State Health rehabilitation patients were matched with adaptive recreational equipment, along with coaching from Baltimore Adapted Recreation and Sports (BARS) instructors, for a day of fun. Participants' friends and families watched and cheered from the sidelines.
The event hosts included the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital, and BARS. This is the third year that Penn State Health and partners hosted Adaptive Ski Day.
YWCA Partners To Offer Help February 21, 2018
YWCA York, in partnership with YWCA Hanover, York County Judicial Center, and a local newspaper, has been named by Central Penn Business Journal (CPBJ) as a finalist for its 2018 Nonprofit Innovation Award for Collaborative Innovation regarding efforts to better serve victims of domestic violence in York County. The Nonprofit Innovation Awards honor local organizations who demonstrate innovation in their daily operations. The winner and runner-up in each category will be revealed at the 19th annual CPBJ breakfast event on Thursday, April 12, at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg.
Last year, YWCA York and YWCA Hanover combined efforts with York County Judicial Center to better serve domestic violence victims who seek protection from their abuser by arranging for YWCA legal advocates to staff the York County Protection from Abuse (PFA) Office. This unique collaboration - a first among the over 200 YWCAs across the country - was prompted by a local news story on the disturbingly high number of domestic violence incidents in York County, then ranked third in the state for domestic violence related fatalities. While efforts from a decade-long partnership between York County Judicial Center, YWCA York, and YWCA Hanover existed, the need for an even stronger partnership became clear. A community dialogue occurred, and, as a result, YWCA victim advocates began staffing the York County PFA office.
Today, every individual who seeks a PFA is greeted by a trauma-informed YWCA victim advocate. In the first year of this partnership, 724 individuals who sought to file a PFA benefitted from trauma-informed options counseling compared to only 125 the previous year. YWCA victim advocates have the ability to provide victims with information and legal options so they may determine if a PFA is the right course of legal action for their situation. Furthermore, YWCA victim advocates provide safety planning during which time the advocate and victim determine specific interventions to increase the victim's safety. Advocates also provide information and referral, through which victims learn about the resources available to help live independent from their abuser.
To learn more about YWCA York's victim services, readers may visit www.ywcayork.org. For additional information, readers may contact Crystal Patterson at 717-845-2631, ext. 111, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concealed Carry Seminars Posted February 15, 2018
Three concealed carry seminars will be offered to the public to allow gun owners to learn exactly what their rights are under Pennsylvania law. These free events will be conducted by attorney Matt Mendes of York County, an expert on Pennsylvania's gun laws, and are sponsored by Rep. Sue Helm.
The seminars will be held on Thursday, March 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Game Commission Headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg; on Thursday, March 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ono Fire Company, 10805 Jonestown Road, Ono; and on Thursday, April 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Halifax Area Ambulance and Rescue Association Building, 31 Bunker Hill Road, Halifax.
Seating at these events is limited. Participants are asked to make a reservation by contacting one of Helm's district offices. Readers may call the Susquehanna Township office at 717-651-0100 for the Harrisburg and Ono events and the Millersburg office at 717-692-0833 for the Halifax seminar. Registration is also available at www.suehelm.net.
Diabetes Support Group Sets Meetings February 7, 2018
A Diabetes Support Group will meet on Wednesdays, Feb. 14, May 9, and Oct. 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. at UPMC Pinnacle Lititz, 1500 Highlands Drive, Lititz, in the multipurpose room, unless otherwise noted. Attendees should use the visitors' entrance.
On Feb. 14, Dr. Charles Mershon from Cornerstone Family Health will discuss "Healthy Ways to Manage Diabetes for Your Heart."
On May 9, Christine Gehman from Lancaster Diabetes Center will present "Dining Out With Diabetes." The meeting will take place at Stauffers of Kissel Hill, 1050 Lititz Pike, Lititz. Gehman will explain how to read food labels, highlight the best food and ingredients to shop for, and provide information about preparing meals at home.
On Oct. 10, a representative of CPRS Physical Therapy will present "Feeling Off Balance?" The speaker will explain how exercise can help improve one's balance and decrease their risk of falling.
Participation is free, and refreshments will be provided. To make reservations, readers may call 866-279-6999. More information is available at www.cprspt.com.
PennDOT Offers Safety Guidance February 7, 2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) urges motorists to prepare their vehicles and take time to familiarize themselves with winter safety laws. It is important for drivers to take a few simple steps before they travel to be prepared for winter driving as the season continues.
Drivers should prepare their vehicles by having a trusted mechanic check the cooling system, battery, hoses, drive belts, tires, and wiper blades to ensure they are in good condition and functioning properly. Drivers should also frequently check all fluid levels, lights, and wiper blades. In addition, tires should also be examined often for the correct level of air pressure and adequate tire-tread depth to perform on ice and snow.
Finally, the traveling public should also prepare or restock a vehicle emergency kit. The kit should contain items such as nonperishable food, water, first aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger, and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication, and pet supplies.
Motorists should also be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.
When winter weather does occur, PennDOT asks drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck. In addition, drivers should be alert, since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.
When a plow truck is traveling toward a car, the driver should move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width. Drivers should never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a plow train. The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.
Drivers should never travel next to a plow truck, since there are blind spots where the operator cannot see. Also, plow trucks can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.
Drivers should keep their lights on to help the plow truck operator better see their vehicle. Also, drivers should remember that, under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle's wipers are on due to inclement weather.
In addition to driving safely around plows, motorists are urged to drive according to conditions. If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance, and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 252 crashes resulting in 129 injuries on snowy, slushy, or ice-covered roadways where aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.
To help make decisions as to whether to travel during winter weather, motorists are encouraged to "Know Before You Go" by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 850 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the Check My Route tool. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
PennDOT has created a Winter Safety media center, including social media sized graphics highlighting winter driving preparations and operations at www.penndot.gov in the Media Center under the Connect With Us footer.
For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist, and information on PennDOT's winter operations, including a video, readers may visit www.PennDOT.gov/winter. Additional winter driving and other highway safety information is available at www.PennDOT.gov/safety.
Individuals may follow the conversation by using #PAWinter on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.
Health Programs Posted February 6, 2018
The Byrnes Health Education Center is a nonprofit health education center that is dedicated to educating and inspiring people of all ages to make healthy choices. The center seeks to provide dynamic, inspirational health programs on a variety of health topics.
Parenting classes are available on various topics, including CyberWise, which focuses on digital content, conduct, and contact; Heroin: The Wakeup Call, which informs participants about the heroin epidemic; Drugs 101, an adults-only program that gives parents current information regarding teenage drug use signs, symptoms, and trends; and I Got Your Back, a program about bullying.
Adult programs offered by the center include Jump Start Your Heart, which helps participants identify personal risks for heart disease and stroke; What's Over and Under, a program about how blood pressure, cholesterol, and more relate to the risk for heart disease and other conditions; and Suspending Stress, which will teach participants techniques to calm the mind and body.
Additional information is available by calling 717-848-3064 or by visiting http://byrneshec.org.
County Pledges 5 Billion Steps January 31, 2018
Chester County commissioners, along with health department director Jeanne Casner, recently announced this year's WalkWorks ChesCo! goals and challenged all county residents to increase the number of steps collectively taken from 1 billion to 5 billion by the end of the year.
In addition to upping the step count, a new goal has been set for a minimum of 5,000 registrations on the WalkWorks ChesCo! website to track and tally the steps taken toward the 5 billion goal. As of Jan. 29, the county had cumulatively taken nearly 1.7 billion steps and 2,900 people had registered, according to Casner.
WalkWorks ChesCo! is a program that aims to promote, educate and empower county residents to adopt a healthier lifestyle by creating more places for walking, supporting and promoting walking groups, coordinating walking challenges and creating a website that allows everyone to track and tally their steps. It is the county's response to the national Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge, a two-year competition that aims to empower cities and counties across the nation to create a positive health impact. At the end of 2016, the county was selected out of 400 applications as one of 50 members of the HealthCommunity 50 and received $10,000 in community seed funds to establish WalkWorks ChesCo!
The success of the first year of WalkWorks ChesCo! led the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge judging panel to award Chester County an interim Spotlight Award, which includes an additional $10,000 to support and promote the program for year two.
Commissioner Terence Farrell first brought the national challenge to the attention of his fellow commissioners.
One of the key components of the WalkWorks ChesCo! program is a specially designed website that tallies all steps taken by residents who register to participate. The website syncs with most devices and mobile apps that already track steps, and it also allows users to convert other physical exercise into steps to be manually added.
If judged the most successful Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge program, Chester County will receive $500,000 to be used to further enhance health programs for all county residents. The Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge is a partnership established between the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties.
More information about the program and how to register is available at www.chesco.org/walkworks.
Tax Identity Protection Tips January 31, 2018
To bring greater awareness to the crime of tax identity theft, House Resolution 646 recognized Jan. 29 through Feb. 2 as Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week in Pennsylvania. According to the Federal Trade Commission, tax refund fraud is the largest and fastest-growing identity theft category.
Tax identity theft occurs when someone steals a person's personal information, often obtained through old tax returns, and uses it to file current fraudulent tax returns in someone else's name to receive a tax refund. Taxpayers in their 20s are at the highest risk for tax identity theft victimization; however, anyone, at any age, can be targeted.
The best way to safeguard a person's identity is to properly dispose of any documents that contain personal and identifying information by shredding bank and credit card statements, as well as old tax returns. In addition, individuals should use firewall and anti-virus software on devices, create strong passwords on websites, and refrain from opening emails from unknown senders.
In addition to using stolen information to get a tax refund, thieves may also use stolen Social Security numbers to get a job. If an individual receives a letter from the IRS saying more than one tax return was filed in their name, or IRS records show they have wages from an employer they do not know, then they may be the victim of tax identity theft. Also, if someone suspects a letter, email, or telephone call about their tax records is a scam, readers may call the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue at 717-787-8201 or the IRS at 800-829-1040.
New Bus Route Posted January 24, 2018
A new rabbittransit fixed route bus service between the city of York and the industrial park area located along the northern section of Susquehanna Trail, ending at 4875 Susquehanna Trail (ES3), will begin on Monday, Feb. 5. There will be a morning and evening route departing from the downtown rabbittransit Transfer Center at 213 W. King St., York.
In the morning, the bus will leave the Transfer Center at 5:12 a.m., York County Prison at 5:30 a.m., and ES3 at 5:50 a.m. The bus will leave ES3 at 6:10 a.m., York County Prison at 6:33 a.m., and the Transfer Center at 6:53 a.m.
In the evening, the bus will leave the Transfer Center at 4:54 p.m., York County Prison at 5:20 p.m., and ES3 at 5:50 p.m. The bus will leave ES3 at 6:10 p.m., York County Prison at 6:35 p.m., and the Transfer Center at 6:55 p.m.
The service will begin as a pilot program and its continuation will be evaluated after three months based on route productivity and demand, according to rabbittransit executive director Richard Farr.