An area woman was killed yesterday in a vehicle-pedestrian accident in Lewistown. The victim was identified as 60-year-old Laura Frankhouser. Mifflin County Communication received a call at about 8:10 am Thursday. The incident happened on North Juniata Street near the Sheetz Store.
Pennsylvania’s state bird, the ruffed grouse, has suffered dramatic population losses due to the statewide scarcity of young forests, and large-scale West Nile virus die-offs. To offset those losses, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has created a tool to identify prime grouse recovery areas. The Grouse Priority Area Siting Tool (G-PAST) identifies areas with landscape features that stave off mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus. When combined with information on local grouse populations, G-PAST identifies priority sites where disease risk is low, and probability of grouse benefit is high. The new tool has the potential to be a game-changer in grouse restoration. It supports at least a half-dozen habitat objectives in the Game Commission’s Ruffed Grouse Plan.