Deer-feeding ban recommended

HARRISBURG — A committee of Pennsylvania Game Commission staff has recommended a statewide ban on feeding white-tailed deer.

The agency biologists say that banning artificial feeding stations would help slow the spread of wildlife diseases. They’re asking residents to voluntarily stop feeding deer.

The commission often addresses wildlife outbreaks of insect-borne infections, West Nile Virus, and other flare-ups, but its scientists are most concerned about chronic wasting disease in deer.

The neurological disorder is fatal, and exposure cannot be detected until shortly before the deer’s death. The disease has spread to herds in 23 states, including Pennsylvania, where it continues to spread.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that municipalities that have proposed feeding bans in the past have faced opposition and eventually abandoned the idea after backlash from voters who enjoy the pastime.

Bedford breezes

JOHNSTOWN — Bedford opened its season with a 5-0 victory over Greater Johnstown at Roxbury Park on Monday in high school girls tennis.

Emily Ruhlman, Josie Shuke and Jenna Poorman did not drop a game in winning singles matches, as did the doubles team of Brooke Yarnall and Breanna Smith.

SINGLES: 1, Ruhlman, B, def. Evans, 6-0, 6-0. 2, Shuke, B, def. Miller, 6-0, 6-0. 3, Poorbaugh, B, def. Ellsworth, 6-0, 6-0.

DOUBLES: 1, Yarnall-Smith, B, def. Jordan-Salmons, 6-0, 6-0. 2, Weyandt-Casalena, B, won by forfeit.

Records: Bedford (1-0); Johnstown (0-1).

Event scheduled

Imagine Wrestling will host an event this weekend at the Juniata Civic Center, 206 W. 12th Street, on Saturday.

The event, headlined by an appearance from Sam Adonis of Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre in Mexico, will begin at 7 p.m..

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.imaginewrestling.com.