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Swatting Mosquitos here just got more necessary


Mosquitos infected with the West Nile Virus have been found in Highspire and Middletown boroughs and Swatara Township.

mosquito1Friday Dauphin County’s officials confirmed West Nile Virus (WNV) Control Program has collected several infected mosquito samples throughout the boroughs and the township. Two positive samples were also found in the City of Harrisburg, bringing the countywide total for this year to five.

In an effort to reduce the mosquito population and prevent the virus from spreading, the county’s WNV Control Program is increasing surveillance and control measures throughout the county.

Certain species of mosquitoes carry WNV, which, when transmitted to people, can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. Symptoms of WNV include fever, headache, body aches, nausea and sometimes swollen lymph glands or skin rash. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all residents of areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of getting West Nile encephalitis.  

The following tips are recommended: 

  • Buy products with Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis)--a naturally-occurring bacteria that kills mosquito larvae but is safe for people, pets and plants--for stagnant pools of water in the lawn and garden.
  • Remove any standing water in pots, containers, pool covers, tires, wheelbarrows, wading pools, roof gutters and other containers that hold water.
  • Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes.
  • Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.
  • Reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods, usually April through October.
  • Use insect repellents according to the manufacturer’s instructions. An effective repellent will contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician if you have questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

More information about the County’s WNV Control Program is available by calling 717-921-8100.


Last Updated on Saturday, 18 July 2015 07:09

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Missing Teen May Be In Central PA


The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children reports a Maryland teenager may have been in Central PA today.

Tabitha Rosinski, 17, is missing from Frederick, Maryland and was believed to have been in the Harrisburg and Carlisle areas on July 15.

RosinskiThe teenager is believed to be traveling in a white 2004 Subaru Legacy with Maryland license plate 9BG3344 and may be with an adult male.

Rosinski is a white female with red hair and blue eyes, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds.

The public is urged to call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) with any information. Calls may be made anonymously.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:51

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June 28 PA Turnpike Close Notice In Dauphin Co.


A 19-mile section of the PA Turnpike will be closed in both directions between the Harrisburg East Interchange (#247) and the Lebanon/Lancaster Interchange (#266) starting just after midnight until 6:30 a.m. on June 28.

The commission noted the six and half-hour closure is needed to safely allow crews to install beams on the bridge that carries Nissley Road over the Turnpike at milepost 248.2 in Lower Swatara Twp.

The recommended detour for eastbound motorists is:

Exit at Harrisburg East Interchange

Take I-283 north to U.S. Route 322 east to State Route 72 south

Reenter Turnpike at Lebanon-Lancaster Interchange.

The recommended detour for westbound motorists is:

Exit at Lebanon-Lancaster Interchange

Take State Route 72 north to U.S. Route 322 west to I-283 south

Reenter Turnpike at Harrisburg East Interchange.

Alternate-route cards will be available to exiting travelers, who should expect higher traffic volumes on the detour roads during the closure. 

This closure could be rescheduled due to weather conditions or other circumstances.

All work on the Nissley Road Bridge replacement project is expected to be completed by November, with an estimated construction cost of $3.1 million.


Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:48

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Bad weather has forced the cancellation of Middletown's Community Tree Lighting Ceremony and arrival of Santa Claus by fire truck that was scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5 at the Swatara Ferry House Landing at South Union and Ann streets.

Santa will arrive by fire truck at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13 instead, according to the Middletown Area Historical Society.

The Douglas fir that is decorated for Christmas will be lit without a formal ceremony.


Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 14:54

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Another power outage in Middletown

Last week it was a bird, this week it may have been a squirrel.

In any event, Middletown residents early this morning experienced the second power outage within nine days.

Borough Communications Director Chris Courogen said the outage occurred at about 6:40 a.m. today. 

He did not immediately provide details concerning where the power loss occurred. However, a person in the borough office earlier today said the outage appeared to be concentrated in the areas of East Emaus, Race and Rupp streets.

Judging by posts to the Press and Journal Facebook page, the outage also impacted portions of East Main and Adelia streets, a portion of the 600 block of Vine Street; and parts of East Water,  Spruce, and Maple streets.

The outage lasted close to an hour and a half, as power was restored by 8 a.m., according to the Facebook posts.

Courogen said he couldn't say for certain, but suspected that a wayward squirrel may have been the culprit. Public Works Director Ken Klinepeter could not be reached.

On Tuesday July 15 borough residents and businesses lost electricity for about 90 minutes. That outage was blamed on a bird that got into the electrical equipment and led to a number of fuses being tripped.

While Middletown isn't the only place where the electricity goes out on occasion, Courogen said it does seem to be happening with more regularity of late - and that critters like birds and squirrels are a major reason why.

"I suspect that the (Middletown Borough Council) Public Works Committee will start looking" at what can be done to solve the problem, Courogen said.


Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 13:08

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