West Nile Virus detected locally
The first positive test for a mosquito in Northeastern Pennsylvania was registered recently in Hanover Township, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Luzerne County becomes just the third county in the state with a positive test result for the potentially-deadly virus. Erie and Adams counties have also reported positives. There have been no humans testing positive so far this year, but one bird.
CareerLink office closed byA/C failure
Due to a mechanical failure of the air conditioning compressor, the PA CareerLink office, 75 N. Laurel St., Hazleton, will be closed to the public until further notice. Some services will continue to be provided at alternate locations and individuals scheduled for services will be contacted regarding whether these services will be held.
Those requiring immediate assistance should contact the PA CareerLink office in Wilkes-Barre at 822-1101.
Auditions set for Northern Tier symphony
The Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra have set auditions in Tunkhannock, Towanda and Honesdale in August.
To schedule an audition, contact the symphony at 289-1090, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The auditions will be Aug. 24 and 28 in Tunkhannock, Aug. 26 in Towanda and Aug. 27 in Honesdale.
Go to http://www.northerntiersymphony.org/for a full list of openings and requirements.
Blue Ribbon Foundation awards grants
Dental services for the uninsured and underinsured, exercise and nutrition for at-risk individuals and child abuse prevention education are among the areas of need to be addressed by 11 grants awarded by The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Board, providing $77,525 to regional nonprofit programs that will serve 2,560 individuals.
The Foundation awarded the grants to health education and prevention programs in eight counties across northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.
Locally, North Penn Legal Services will use a $3,100 Foundation mini-grant to conduct eight free workshops through its S.T.O.P (Senior Training, Outreach and Prevention) Elder Abuse Project to educate 250 seniors and caregivers about the signs of elder abuse at senior centers and assisted living centers across Luzerne and Wyoming counties in the coming year.
State Rep. Toohil offers extended hours
State Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Butler Township, announced her district office will hold extended business hours on Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
The office is located at 1 W. Broad St., Suite 100, in downtown Hazleton. The phone number is (570) 453-1344.
State program for senior drivers set
The PennDOT Mature Driver Task Force will sponsor a CarFit program 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the PennDOT Office, 55 Keystone Industrial Park, Dunmore.
CarFit was developed by the American Society of Aging in collaboration with AARP, American Occupational Therapy Association and AAA. The program is designed to provide a quick but comprehensive check of how well you and your vehicle work together. A trained professional will ask you simple questions and complete a 12-point CarFit checklist. The entire process takes about 20 minutes.
Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are welcome. Call Michael Taluto at PennDOT at 963-3502 or Kathy Fox with Lackawanna County at 347-2358 for infortmation or to register.