September 17, 2010
The Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program has reported four new cases of human West Nile virus, including one in Franklin County. The program reported on its website Friday that a 66-year-old male in Franklin County has tested positive for the virus. The other three confirmed cases were a 45-year-old male, a 58-year-old female and a 64-year-old female, all in Philadelphia. The program also reported 10 new positive tests in mosquitos. They were in Allegheny, Berks, Chester, Dauphin, Lebanon and York counties.
August 11, 2010
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- In 2005 and 2006, Franklin County held the dubious honor of having more mosquito samples test positive for West Nile virus than any other county in Pennsylvania. It was a state leader for positive samples in other years. That changed in 2010. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection had no reports of West Nile virus-positive mosquitos in Franklin County. Its data shows 265 samples were tested. The county posted 68 positive samples in 2005, 65 in 2006, seven in 2007 and 34 in 2008.
July 13, 2010
Council takes first step to allow beer at golf course WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Waynesboro Borough Council last week took an early step toward allowing golfers participating in tournaments at Waynesboro's Municipal Golf Course to consume alcohol. The council's unanimous vote means the rule changes will be advertised and scheduled for public hearings, possibly in August, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said. "Basically it says this is the ordinance we want to show to the public and we'll send it to the state," he said, saying the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry must look at the revisions.
August 27, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- At least four samples of mosquitoes in Franklin County, Pa., recently tested positive for West Nile virus. Two positive samples were found in Hamilton Township, one in Greene Township and one in Washington Township, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Five samples in Franklin County have tested positive this year, the DEP's Web site shows. Seventy-three mosquito samples, one human and two birds tested positive statewide so far, the site reports.
July 6, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Franklin County West Nile Program in consultation with the state Department of Environmental Protection's West Nile Program, has scheduled truck and ATV-mounted ultra low volume (ULV) mosquito control operations in portions of Washington Township and the Borough of Waynesboro for Monday night and Tuesday. Residential areas will be sprayed for adult mosquitoes. The control work will begin after sundown. High numbers of Culex mosquitoes, capable of transmitting the west nile virus, have been detected in these areas.
June 25, 2008
Speaker to discuss history of black baseball players, teams in Pa. CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Bob Allen, a Commonwealth Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities, will give a presentation at Coyle Free Library, 102 N. Main St., on Saturday at 11 a.m. about the history of black baseball players and teams in Pennsylvania. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Allen has a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Bucknell University and a master's degree and Ph.D from Penn State University specializing in Modern Political Theory and the History of Modern Philosophy.
June 10, 2008
Residential areas of Greene, Guilford and Southhampton townships in Franklin County, Pa., were to be sprayed for mosquitos Monday and Tuesday evening, weather permitting. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced the truck-mounted spraying would start late Monday night in areas where high populations of adult mosquitos have been reported. The chemical to be used will be Biomist 3 + 15, according to a news release. Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which, when transmitted to people, can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain.
July 19, 2007
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - If weather conditions permit, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will be spraying to control adult mosquito populations tonight in Washington and Quincy townships. Samples taken from those areas by the Franklin County Penn State Cooperative Extension and the DEP have shown mosquito populations that can carry the West Nile virus. ATV-mounted spraying equipment will be used to apply Biomist 3+15, a pyrethrin product, for the treatment. The insecticide is applied in concentrations significantly below what someone would use spraying a commercial insect control product in their home, according to a DEP press release.
June 19, 2007
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Spraying to control adult mosquito populations will be conducted tonight (Tuesday) in Quincy Township and Mont Alto Borough, Pa., weather permitting, according to a Pennsylvania Department of Health press release. Samples taken from these areas by the Franklin County Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Department of Environmental Protection have shown mosquito populations that can carry the West Nile virus, according to the release. The insecticide -- Biomist 3+15, a pyrethrin product -- is applied in concentrations significantly below what someone would use spraying a commercial insect control product in their home, according to the release.