Juniata College receives grant

Juniata College has received a $34,936 Humanities Planning Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a humanities-centered interdisciplinary program in rural poverty studies over the next year.

Juniata is committed to community-engaged learning as part of its mission to empower students to be engaged with themselves and the world. This project, which will collect oral histories, research local archival data, and examine community dynamics, will advance that commitment.

Amanda Page, associate professor of English, and Territa Poole, assistant professor of psychology, compiled and submitted the application. Page will serve as project director, with Poole serving as co-director. The goal will be to offer rural poverty studies as a secondary emphasis and certificate program to complement any of Juniata’s Programs of Emphasis.


Weis launches program

Weis Markets has launched its 13th annual Paws for Pets program, a company-wide initiative that collects donations for local animal shelters and rescue organizations.

During the monthlong program that ends May 31, customers can round up or give $1, $3, $5 or $10 donations at the register or self-checkout. They can also give online at WeisMarkets.com.

With a new feature for 2021, customers who purchase participating pet products and round up their orders will have their donation matched by manufacturer partners.

Eligible products include Purina Beneful, NUTRO, Milk-Bone, Purina Friskies Party Mix, Purina ONE, Rachael Ray Nutrish, Purina Beggin’ Dog Treats & Strips and Purina Cat Chow.

All contributions will go to local animal shelters in each store’s community.


Dollar General work to begin

Dollar General officials say work on a new store off of Route 350 in Snyder Township is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

The new store is slated to open in the fall, spokeswoman Angela Petkovic said.

The store is expected to employ six to 10 workers, Petkovic said.


Funding OK’d for ag projects

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding recently announced approval for $500,000 in funding to support 42 projects through the Pennsylvania Farm Bill’s Urban Agriculture Grant Program.

The projects funded include everything from refrigeration equipment to agricultural infrastructure such as greenhouses, raised beds, irrigation, and tools to provide urban ag operations every opportunity to succeed as they work to feed and build their communities.

The Blair County Conservation District received a $9,000 collaboration grant for raised beds, a hoop house, and a tool library.


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