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Out & About: Kylie Costik and her lamb win an award at the Pennsylvania Farm Show

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A week before the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Kylie Costik prepared her lamb for competition, washing it, blow-drying it and shearing it in the barn at her family’s Londonderry Twp. home.


Impress the judge – appearance and countenance in the ring are important – and you can qualify to have your animal sold at auction near the end of the week-long show.


Costik and her lamb placed fifth among Junior Crossbred Market Lambs in the Division 4 weight class, earning them a chance to go to sale on Tuesday, Jan. 12.


Costik, a member of the Lower Dauphin Livestock 4-H Club, had tended, exercised and trained her lamb since the animal was about two months old.


Family and friends captured her preparation and her award-winning appearance at the show.

To see more photos, check out our print edition or click here for our E-edition.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 14:53

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Patient information and HIPAA.

 

patientinfoPatient information and what information is available through HIPAA.
Melissa Melewsky. media lawyer for the PA NewsMedia Assoc., provided the following information.
Q: I asked a hospital treating a man involved in a serious car accident about his status. The hospital refused and said HIPAA prevents the release of all patient information. Does HIPAA prevent hospitals from releasing any and all information about patients?
A: No, while HIPAA prohibits unauthorized release of individually identifiable health records, it permits the release of “directory information” about patients identified by name in certain circumstances.
Directory information includes: patient name; location in the facility; health condition expressed in general terms that does not communicate specific medical information about the individual; and religious affiliation (available to clergy only).
HIPAA does not define what constitutes a health condition, but in general, hospitals typically use one of five terms to describe patients’ health conditions. They are: undetermined, good, fair, serious, and critical. Hospitals can also tell requesters that a patient was treated and released or if the patient is deceased, but hospitals typically do not do so before next of kin has been notified.
Patients can choose to opt out of the hospital directory, and in those cases, the hospital can not release directory information.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 15 January 2016 09:52

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GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN: For Londonderry Scouts, Christmas meant giving more

singing1 13 16Submitted Photo -- Members of Londonderry Twp.’s Cub Pack 97 and Boy Scout Troop 97 entertained residents of the Middletown Home with an hour-long Christmas show that included carols, skits and jokes.

Talk about Christmas spirit – Londonderry Twp.’s Boy Scout Troop 97 and Cub Scout Pack 97 decided that their traditional food collections for local food banks was not enough. They took giving even further.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 16:10

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Out & About: Pennsylvania Farm Show

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The 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, 24 acres of farm heaven featuring 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and the best milkshakes you’ve ever tasted.


A rodeo, chili cook-off, cupcake competition, celebrity grape stomp and the show’s annual Sheep to Shawl contest are among the events scheduled for the farm celebration’s last days – Wednesday, Jan. 13 through Saturday, Jan 16. The show runs from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg except for Saturday, when it closes at 5 p.m.


Gov. Tom Wolf opened the show on Friday, Jan. 8.


Among the day’s highlights: A new milkshake flavor, strawberries and cream, was introduced.

For more photos by Bill Darrah of the Pennsylvania Farm Show, check out our print edition or click here for our E-edition

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 15:35

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Lower Swatara approves plowing agreement

Crews from Lower Swatara Twp. will plow state roads in the township again next winter under an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that was approved unanimously by township commissioners on Wednesday, July 15.

Lower Swatara will get about $300 more in 2015-16 from PennDOT for snow plowing. In a particularly bad winter, the department may provide additional money for the township’s services, although no money is returned to the state following a mild season treating the roads.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 16:55

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