Area briefs

Plans to kill 40 deer canceled

Pennsylvania Game Commission officials have halted plans to kill 40 deer in the Portage area as part of a plan to monitor the spread of chronic wasting disease.

That change of plans was reported Friday by WJAC-TV. Game officials hoped to shoot and test 40 deer, to track whether the disease had spread further.

Chronic wasting disease is fatal brain illness that destroys deer’s mental functions.

WJAC said the Game Commission put a stop to its 40-deer plan after it received criticism from local hunters.

Game Commission officer Wayne Laroche told the station that testing will have to be done elsewhere.

Horse therapy seeking volunteers

Victory Therapeutic Horsemanship will have its first volunteer drive of 2018 from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Tyrone Legion ballroom.

VTH is seeking potential volunteers, 18 and older, to assist with the veterans program and in all areas in the organization. This includes assisting the veteran classes, fundraising, maintenance and other critical tasks.

Veterans and their supporters also are welcome to find out more about classes and what is offered.


Conemaugh restricts visitors for flu

With flu season now in full swing across the nation, Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center and Conemaugh Physician Group offices are starting to see an influx of influenza cases.

Due to the high number of cases and severity of the illness, several temporary measures are now in place to help keep patients, employees and visitors safe.

Conemaugh Health System’s Open Visitation policy is temporarily restricted.

As a result, visitors with flu-like symptoms are restricted from visiting patients; visitors with flu symptoms will be given a mask and asked to leave patient areas; only two adult visitors are allowed to visit a patient at one time; and children under the age of 12 should not visit the hospital unless it is to visit a sibling in maternity.

From Mirror staff reports