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In this email update:

  • 1st Senior Opiate Symposium
  • Fallen Leaves Camouflage Frosty Roadways
  • John E. Morgan Foundation Invests $1,000,000 in scholarships at Lycoming College for Schuylkill County students
  • Christmas Trees May Bear Uninvited Guests

1st Senior Opiate Symposium

Precision Health Care and Alive2day have organized the 1st Senior Opiate Symposium (SOS). It will be hosted by Rosewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Schuylkill Haven, on December 13, 2018 from 1-5pm.

This event will provide awareness, education, and prevention resources to people who are not usually part of the conversation of drug use, but are affected in many ways, people over the age of 50. Nationally, the demographic with the largest increase in overdoses is 55-64 year olds.

Seating is limited, therefore please RSVP by calling 570-385-0557 with the number of people attending. Seating will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis.

Fallen Leaves Camouflage Frosty Roadways

Fallen leaves and frosty roadways are creating dangerous camouflage, especially at dawn and dusk, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Adding fog to the slippery conditions makes travel hazardous.

PennDOT recommends drivers slow down, use low beams, wear sunglasses, keep a clutter-free visor and dashboard and clean the windshield.

Remember to be prepared for increased movement of wildlife as winter approaches. Deer are naturally nocturnal and fall is breeding season. Farmers busy harvesting and preparing for spring planting also cause deer to move. Motorists can call 1-800-FIX-ROAD to report safety hazards on state roadways, including a deer carcass.

John E. Morgan Foundation Invests $1,000,000 in scholarships at Lycoming College for Schuylkill County students

The John E. Morgan Foundation, Inc., has awarded a second grant to Lycoming College to extend financial aid to high-performing students from the town of Tamaqua and Schuylkill County.

The initial grant created The John E. Morgan Endowed Scholarship Fund to provide annually renewable scholarships for Lycoming College students. Preference is given to those who graduated from Tamaqua Area High School or any high school located in Schuylkill County and are pursuing studies in Lycoming’s interdisciplinary entrepreneurship program. The College’s entrepreneurship minor was designed to enhance any major course of study, helping students learn to be innovative and create value in whatever field they pursue.

Christmas Trees May Bear Uninvited Guests

Christmas tree farms in thirteen Pennsylvania counties are conducting special inspections to avoid the spread of the invasive spotted lanternfly, according to the Penn State Extension.

While spotted lanternfly hatchlings pose no threat to humans or animals, purchasers are encouraged to inspect their chosen tree for fresh egg masses appearing like wet putty and older masses looking more like dried, cracked mud. Each mass, capable of releasing 30-50 spotted lanternflies, should be scraped off into a container of alcohol to destroy the eggs before taking the tree inside.

With the quarantine, the Extension encourages anyone purchasing a Christmas tree harboring the spotted lanternfly to report the sighting to 1-888-4BAD-FLY (1-888-422-3359).

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