The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously approved House Resolution 149 recognizing THON student volunteers. THON raised more than $10-million ($10,621,683.76) in February to help fight pediatric cancer. The organization is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. It is a year-long fundraising and awareness campaign, sustained by more than 16,500 volunteers, culminating in a 46-hour dance marathon. The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital is the sole beneficiary of THON’s fundraising efforts. Since its inception, THON has raised more than $167 million and supported more than 4,000 children with childhood cancer. House Resolution 149 was introduced by Representative Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin).
The driver of a Nissan Sentra escaped injury following a one-vehicle crash early Saturday morning on Long Road in Juniata County. State Police say 24-year-old Austin Baker of Port Royal was the operator of the vehicle that left the roadway in Fermanagh Township at about 3:25 am. The Sentra struck an embankment and rolled over in a nearby field, coming to rest on its wheels.
The refuse collection schedule in the Borough of Lewistown will be modified this week due to Good Friday. Thursday’s (April 18th) route will be picked-up on Wednesday (April 17th). Friday’s (April 19th) route will be picked-up on Thursday (April 18th). All other days remain the same. Friday’s recycling should be held until the next scheduled recycling day (May 3rd).
Whipple Dam State Park will hold its annual Spring Clean-up Day from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 27th. The Friends of Greenwood Furnace, Whipple Dam, and Penn-Roosevelt State Parks sponsor the event. Call the Greenwood Furnace park office at 814-667-1800 to register by Wednesday, April 24th. Volunteers should report to Pavilion 3 (across from the beach) for orientation and work assignments.