Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reject efforts to roll back protections that allow nursing home patients who have been victimized to have their day in court.  Shapiro and 16 other Attorneys General sent comments recommending that CMS keep in place a rule that prohibits pre-dispute arbitration clauses in nursing home and long-term care contracts. Pre-dispute arbitration clauses require seniors to waive their rights to go to court to resolve any dispute with a nursing home.  Pennsylvania is home to 2.2 million seniors and has the 5th highest number of seniors in the country, behind only Florida, Texas, New York and California.


State Police statistical reports for July show 536 criminal incidents reported in Mifflin and Juniata Counties.  Twenty-eight (28) people were injured as a result of traffic accidents in the two-county region.  Of the 57 total crashes, two were DUI-related.  State Police at Newport responded to 722 criminal incidents last month.  There was one highway fatality in July, and a total of 84 traffic accidents.


Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has announced the eight grant recipients of their 2017 Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania Program. Designed to provide community groups with paint and painting supplies, the program enables groups to renew and restore a community structure in need.  This year’s event is held in partnership with support from Behr and The Home Depot.  During the month of September, the grant recipients will transform their structure utilizing up to 20 gallons of exterior paints, courtesy of Behr and a gift card for painting supplies courtesy of The Home Depot.  One of this year’s winners is Armagh Memorial Field in Milroy.  A fresh coat of paint will be added to the bleachers and press box.


Hersheypark has announced plans for two new family thrill attractions for The Boardwalk waterpark – “Breakers Edge Water Coaster,” and “Whitecap Racer.”  Breakers Edge will be the world’s first Hydromagnetic water coaster with flying saucer turns, and the 14th coaster at Hersheypark. Whitecap Racer will be the world’s longest mat racer. The new attractions will be located between Shoreline Sprayground and Intercoastal Waterway lazy river and are slated to debut for Memorial Day weekend of 2018.  Animated videos of the new attractions can be viewed at http://www.hersheypark.com/2018/.




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