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Written by Sergei Blair
February 14, 2018

            Several weeks after starting a petition to install stop signs at critical intersection outside his family business in Hereford Township, Nate Amato Sr., said more people have jumped on board to support his cause.

            Amato, owner of Tamato's Deli and Market, located at the corner where St. Peters, Hunter Forge and Seisholtzville roads meet, said Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, (R-134) has written an official letter requesting PennDOT to conduct a traffic and engineering study in the intersection where a recent string of accidents have occurred. He also met with state Sen. Bob Mensch, (R-24) who promised to work with him and township officials to come up with a solution. The township supervisors would also have to submit a similar request for a traffic study.

            "Our request is for a four-way stop sign with solar blinking red light. And we would like to have some kind of yellow light and some type of sign like 'stop ahead,' just so people are aware," Amato said.

            Since the petition began to circulate around Christmas, the number ...



Written by Bradley Schlegel
February 14, 2018

            The federal government is providing $17.5 million in emergency funding to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to stop the spread of the spotted lanternfly in the southeastern region of the Commonwealth.

            Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its intent to deliver the funds to help Pennsylvania officials protect the region's agricultural and forested lands from the damaging effects of the spotted lanternfly, which feeds on more than 70 types of plants and secretes a sticky residue on leaves that can lead to the growth of sooty mold fungus affecting overall plant health.

            This emergency funding, made available through existing Commodity Credit Corporation balances, will allow for a two-pronged approach. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will ...



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