LANCASTER – The Rescue Mission Food Drive, a partnership between Water Street, Bethesda, York, and Lebanon Rescue Missions has been going on for over a month and continues through December 20th. Last year, the four area missions served almost 500,000 meals to the hungry and homeless. The goal is to raise 300,000 pounds of food. As of now, they are only at 69,552 pounds of food. Folks can fill a box or grocery bag with non-perishable food items (no glass containers please), and then drop it off at your local rescue mission, any Turkey Hill Minit Market or any M&T Bank in Lancaster, York, Lebanon, Dauphin or Cumberland Counties. Donations can also be dropped off at The Sharp Shopper in Ephrata, Leola, and Middletown; Fulton Bank at Annville/Cleona, Lebanon, Myerstown, and Schaefferstown; York Newspaper Company in York County; and Karn’s Foods in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties. Your donation will go to the Mission that serves your county. Visit RescueMissionFoodDrive.org for more information. Another way to help is send a financial gift to your local rescue mission.
LANCASTER – Some area rescue missions are preparing to feed the lonely and needy this Thanksgiving. Lancaster’s Water Street Mission at 210 S. Prince Street will hold their Great Thanksgiving Banquet on Thursday from 5-6 p.m. Harrisburg’s Bethesda Mission will feature a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thursday from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at their men’s shelter at 611 Reily Street. The York community is invited to attend the annual service and holiday meal scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at York Rescue Mission in the 300 block of West Market Street. A number of area churches will hold Thanksgiving meals for the public.
HARRISBURG – Hunters can help feed needy Pennsylvanians by donating venison through the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program. The donation is processed into ground venison and distributed by Pennsylvania food banks, soup kitchens, and pantries. Hunters can take their deer to one of 90 participating meat processors throughout the state and donate any amount – from several pounds to the whole animal. New this year, the $15 tax-deductible contribution hunters were asked to pay to help cover processing costs is eliminated, thanks to support from sportsmen and major sponsors alike. Pennsylvanians can also donate money to the Buck for the Pot campaign, which supports Hunters Sharing the Harvest. Corporate sponsorships are also welcome to assist with processing costs. Hunters Sharing the Harvest provides more than 750,000 meals annually to food banks, churches, and social service feeding programs. Last year, hunters donated nearly 100,000 pounds of venison. To learn more about the program or for a list of participating meat processors, visit www.sharedeer.org, or call toll-free 1-866-474-2141.
LANCASTER – Snow is now falling around our region. Meteorologist Heather Zehr says expect your commute today to be slower on the roads. The snow is to end by this evening with anywhere from 4-8 inches possible. PennDOT and local road crews are out keeping roadways driveable. Slow down, take it easy, and be alert if you must drive. There are a number of weather related announcements. Stay tuned to WDAC’s Winter Watch for a complete rundown or go to wdac.com and click on the red “Severe Weather Alert” banner at the top.
HARRISBURG – Deep frying a turkey, while a tasty alternative to the traditional oven–roasted main course, can lead to fire and serious injury if you are not careful. PA Fire Commission spokesman Kraig Herman cautioned consumers to be extra careful if deep frying a turkey is part of your Thanksgiving celebration. He says keep an fire extinguisher that is rated A-B-C on hand and keep children away from any hot stoves. He adds not to overfill the fryer with oil and slowly lower the thawed turkey into the fryer. Placing a frozen turkey into the hot oil could cause a reaction that could lead to a fire. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that nearly 4,300 fires occur on Thanksgiving, causing 15 deaths and almost $27 million in property damage. Many of these home fires are due to deep-frying accidents.
HARRISBURG (AP) – The attorney for Republican state Sen. Jake Corman of Centre County wants the state’s Commonwealth Court to approve mediation for a lawsuit challenging NCAA sanctions against Penn State. Corman’s attorney, Matthew Haverstick, wrote a letter to the court’s chief clerk making the request. Corman and state Treasurer Rob McCord are suing to keep the $60 million fine money stemming from the Jerry Sandusky case within Pennsylvania to address child abuse. The NCAA fined Penn State, imposed a temporary bowl ban and the eliminated 112 football team wins from the later years under former head coach Joe Paterno. Corman’s lawsuit is scheduled for trial in January, but Haverstick’s letter says “this matter is now within reach of a mediated resolution.”
HARRISBURG – PennDOT and local road crews are ready to tackle any wintry conditions. PennDOT expects to extend crew shifts to have 24-hour coverage and will work through the Thanksgiving holiday to clear any accumulating snow. Crews will monitor road and outside temperatures using technology in each plow truck. The technology helps operators ensure that if conditions warrant road treatment, they are using the optimal type and amount of material. The PA Turnpike will be ready to keep the roadway driveable, according to Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo. He says be careful around snow plows and that it is best not to pass them. If you must drive today, be alert and be extra cautious. Make sure you are buckled up and allow plenty of room between other vehicles. Travelers flying to their destinations will want to check with their airline for any delays. Also, if you are taking the train, check with Amtrak for any possible disruptions.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania says it’s committed to recruiting women into the state police force and accuses the federal government of “hectoring” it over the physical fitness tests administered to trooper candidates. The state wants a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department. The suit says the use of the fitness tests to screen and select applicants amounts to a pattern of employment discrimination and has illegally kept dozens of otherwise qualified women out of jobs. The suit says that under one version of the test, 98% of male applicants passed, while 72% of female applicants passed. In its response, the state denies there’s a gross disparity between the pass rates for men and women. Pennsylvania also says the federal government has overstepped its authority.
MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP – Police in York County are looking for three people suspected of stealing a large amount of baby formula. On Tuesday, Nov. 4 around 1:50 p.m., a black male and two black females entered a pharmacy in the 1700 block of N. George Street in Manchester Township. The women were carrying dark colored duffel bags and the male was wearing a backpack. The trio left the store a few minutes later and store employees noticed that the duffel bags were now bulging. Employees then discovered a large amount baby formula was missing from the store. Pictures of the suspects can be seen below. The investigation into the theft continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact Northern York County Regional Police at 717-292-3647.