Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 26, 2022

Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Fight the Bite and Protect Themselves from Mosquitoes

Harrisburg, PA – Summertime is for swimming pools and lemonade, not for mosquito bites and diseases like West Nile Virus, so the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is encouraging residents to Fight the Bite and protect themselves.

“The best parts of summer aren’t itchy bites and being sick, so we want people to protect themselves from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses,” said Acting DEP Secretary Ramez Ziadeh. “It doesn’t take much to Fight the Bite and protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes. Common sense and insect repellent can go a long way towards a safe and happy summer.”

One human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) has already been reported in Pennsylvania this year. Symptoms of WNV in humans are typically like those of a mild flu, but the virus can lead to a more serious condition that includes swelling of the brain, muscle convulsions, coma, paralysis, and death. Since DEP first began monitoring for the virus in 2000 there have been 48 fatal cases of West Nile Virus in Pennsylvania.

There are many things people can do to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

  • Eliminate standing, stagnant water near your home – bird baths, kiddie pools, and other outdoor decorations can be mosquito breeding grounds if the water sits for a few days.
  • Keep gutters clean of debris.
  • Wear insect repellent or long sleeves when mosquitoes are active, usually around dawn and dusk.
  • Repair window screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
  • Clean up litter in your neighborhood. Just a single cap from a plastic bottle can be home to 300 mosquito eggs.

“Standing water is where mosquitoes breed, and it doesn’t take much for mosquitoes to lay eggs,” said Jennifer Stough, Water Program Specialist for DEP’s Vector Management Program. “Mosquitoes are weak flyers and won’t travel far from where they are born – if there are mosquitoes in your backyard or neighborhood, they are likely laying eggs there as well. If you’re being bitten by mosquitoes, they are 9 times out of 10 coming from your property. Get rid of even small amounts of standing water around your home.”

“It doesn’t take much for several hundred mosquitoes to be born. The small pool of water that collects in a single upturned bottle cap is an incubator for as many as 300 mosquito eggs,” said Stough. “Mosquitoes acquire the virus by biting infected birds and transmit the virus to people through a subsequent bite.”

Use of commonly sold insect repellents, like those using DEET, Picaridin, or other EPA-registered repellants, can also cut down on mosquito bites, and possible exposure to the virus. Long pants and sleeves are also an important way to cut down on possible exposure to mosquitoes.

“With the right precautions it’s possible to be safe and still get all of the physical and mental health benefits that having fun outdoors provides,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said.

“Pennsylvanians should take proper precautions when outside and in high-risk areas where mosquitoes tend to congregate such as places with stagnant pools of water,” Acting Secretary of Health and Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson said. “Simple awareness and a few self-protective measures are the best ways to protect yourself and keep your loved ones safe.”

DEP conducts regular surveillance and control to manage mosquito populations around the state. As of July 15, 2022, DEP and county vector programs have detected 68 WNV-infected mosquito pools in 19 counties. 

DEP and county partners throughout the state will also conduct routine, localized spraying to control infected adult populations of mosquitoes. These operations are conducted when and where deemed necessary based on recent population survey results.

“Control operations are a strong tool, but they are not a substitute for preventive measures like eliminating standing, stagnant water,” said Stough.

DEP will continue to survey affected communities to monitor mosquito activity and WNV. DEP biologists have initiated a survey of the mosquito population to determine the risk for further human illness. If necessary, adult mosquito populations will be reduced. These efforts will continue through October. 

More information on mosquitoes, WNV, and other mosquito-borne diseases can be found at dep.pa.gov/westnile.

MEDIA CONTACT: Neil Shader, nshader@pa.gov, 717-783-1323

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Hometown Hero Banners

2023 Mercersburg Hometown Hero Banner Program Guidelines

MISSION

Honor and recognize Mercersburg area servicemen and women who are serving, have served or given their lives to our country in the United States Armed Forces.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

In order to be considered for a banner, the nominee must meet the following requirements:

  1. Lived in the Borough of Mercersburg, Montgomery Township, Peters Township or Warren Township at some point in their lifetime;
  2. Be serving, have served with an honorable discharge or died in the line of duty in one of the following branches: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, National Guard or Coast Guard.

**The Wesley Yeager Post 606 will be placing banners in Ft. Loudon and the Detrich-Brechbill Post 612 will be placing banners in St. Thomas, please let us know if you would prefer participating in their Hometown Hero Banner program instead**

BANNER DESIGN, TIME FRAME & LOCATION

Banners are 24”x60”, double-sided, vinyl material and include the service person’s name, branch of service, era of service and photo image. Banners will be displayed on telephone poles in the Borough of Mercersburg (along Main Street, Route 75, Loudon Road, and East and West Seminary Streets, Oregon and Park Streets) and will be selected randomly. Specific display locations cannot be requested. There are a limited number of locations available for the 2023 program. Applications not processed for 2023 will be put on a waiting list for the 2024 Banner Program.

BANNER PHOTOGRAPH

Please submit an original photograph or high resolution image of the Hero in uniform to the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce. If a photograph is submitted, it will be scanned and returned to you.

BANNER PRICING & DONATIONS

A $150.00 donation is requested for each banner application submission. The funds are used for the production, installation, storage and removal of the banner. Banners paid in full will be displayed for one year (Memorial Day thru Veterans Day). All checks should be made payable to the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce (reference “Hometown Heroes” on the check) or to pay by credit card, call or email the Chamber at 717-328-5827 or info@tachamber.org. (A 4% processing fee will be applied.)

OTHER INFORMATION

Banners will be available for pickup at the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce office after the display period. If you wish for us to hold onto the banners to possibly utilize during a later display period (2024/2025), we can accommodate that request. Unclaimed banners will become the property of the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce. Any damage to an installed banner will be handled at the discretion of the Veteran Banner Committee. We are not responsible for weather related damage, deliberate destruction, or theft of banners.

CONTACT & QUESTIONS

For questions or more information on the Hometown

Heroes Banner Program, please call the Tuscarora Area

Chamber of Commerce office at 717-328-5827 or email

info@tachamber.org. Email is the best way to contact

us. You can also contact Todd Sixeas/Carl Stokes at the

American Legion Post 517 at 717-328-2410.

https://tachamber.org/media/docs/Hometown_Heroes_Application_6LKVAYV.pdf

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VOLUNTARILY CONSERVE WATER NOTICE

July 15, 2022

Notice To All Mercersburg Borough Water Customers

RE: VOLUNTARILY CONSERVE WATER NOTICE

“NOTICE TO ALL MERCERSBURG BOROUGH WATER CUSTOMERS”

THE MERCERSBURG WATER AUTHORITY REQUESTS ALL BOROUGH WATER SERVICE CUSTOMERS TO CONSERVE ALL WATER USE

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

  • ELIMINATING ALL NON-ESSENTIAL WATER USE DUE TO MECHANICAL ISSUES AT THE WATER PLANT
  • RESIDENTS ARE ALSO URGED TO VOLUNTARILY CONSERVE WATER DURING THIS DRY SPELL.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION WITH THIS VOLUNTARY RESTRICTION.

MERCERSBURG WATER AUTHORITY

A Note From Cindy - Billing Clerk

Quarterly Bills were "E Billed" and "Mailed" on 07/08/2022, Please watch for your bill, if for any reason you do not receive by 07/20, call the Borough Office and a "Reprinted Bill" will be sent out to you. Please keep your account information "UPDATED" Thank you

717-328-3116 ext. 102