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Draft Agenda – September 6, 2018

Special Event to Benefit Ephrata Police Officer

Ephrata Police Officer John Hirneisen was recently in a motocycle crash off duty.  He had significant injuries (broken bones, lacerated liver, punctured lung) but is expected to recover.

The Hogs & Heroes local group is organizing a benefit ride on Saturday September 8, 2018 for Officer Hirneisen.  The ride will begin and end at the Ephrata American Legion 300 Cocalico St, Ephrata, PA 17522.  Registration from 8am till 9:30am.  Kick stands up at 10am.

This is a legit organization, and the gist of it is, you pay an entrance fee and ride.  Bikes AND CARS are invited.

If you can’t make the ride but would like to support this officer please contact Lorilynn Miller at, subject “support.”

Farmers Breakfast – September 27, 2018

Farmers Breakfast Set for Sept. 27

My annual farmers breakfast will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Gathering Place in Mount Joy. All local farmers and residents working in ag-related businesses are welcome to attend.

I’m so pleased that our keynote speaker for the event will be the Hon. Sam Hayes, secretary of Agriculture under Gov. Tom Ridge and longtime state representative and legislative leader. Hayes has served on numerous boards and has chaired the Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Board, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Commission, the State Conservation Commission, and Pennsylvania Animal Health Commission, the Pennsylvania FFA Foundation and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees at the Pennsylvania State University.

I’m pleased to co-host the event this year with Sen. Ryan Aument (R-West Hempfield) and Rep. Dave Hickernell (R-West Donegal).

There is no cost to attend, but we do need you to RSVP no later than Sept. 21. You can do so online at or by calling my Manheim office at 717-664-4979.

Draft Agenda – August 21, 2018

Newspaper/Paper Recycling


Toxic Plants in Horse Pastures

Find out which common and uncommon pasture plants could make your horse sick.

WHEN:September 12, 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

There are many plants that can poison horses, and some of them grow in and around our pastures. This webinar will discuss when you should worry about toxic plants; list common toxic forages, weeds, trees, and ornamentals; give tips on toxic plant management; and provide additional resources on toxic plants for horses.

For more information visit:

West Nile Virus Control Program

Individuals can take a number of precautionary measures around their homes to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas, including:

• Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar containers that hold water.

• Properly dispose of discarded tires that can collect water. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.

• Blow grass clipping away from standing water as mosquitoes like to lay their eggs in water with dead grass.  

• Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers.

• Have clogged roof gutters cleaned spring, summer & fall as leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains.

• Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.

• Turn over wheelbarrows and don’t let water stagnate in birdbaths.

• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish or frogs.

• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers. If a resident has stagnant pools of water on their property, they can buy BTI products at lawn and garden, outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. This naturally occurring bacterium kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants. 

For stagnant pools of water, homeowners can buy Bti products at lawn and garden, outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. This naturally occurring bacteria kills mosquito & black flylarva, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.  Follow instructions carefully.

Additionally, these simple precautions can prevent mosquito bites, particularly for people who are most at risk:

• Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes.

• Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.

• When possible, reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods, usually April through October.

• Use insect repellents according to the manufacturer’s instructions. An effective repellent will contain DEET, picardin or lemon eucalyptus oil. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician for questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

For more information about West Nile virus and the state’s surveillance and control program, please visit

New Recycling Guidelines

Draft Agenda – July 17, 2018

Fact Sheet – Sewers and Sewage Disposal – On-Lot Sewage Disposal Ordinance