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Handler Jean Swartz, left, and Roscoe, a seeing-eye dog, at the Juniata County Youth Fair Monday. Juniata County Commissioners got a visit from Swartz, dog owner Jen Foust and Owen, one of the dogs, Tuesday.

MIFFLINTOWN — Former Juniata County Seeing Eye 4H Puppy Club leader Jean Swartz was joined by Jen Foust, owner of special puppy guest Owen, at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Juniata County Commissioners.

The two spoke to the board about the seeing-eye puppy program that aids seniors and others with vision impairment, as well as their participation in the Juniata County Youth Fair, which began Monday and continues through Thursday.

Foust has raised more than 32 seeing-eye dogs as a part of the program.

Seeing-eye dogs are raised and trained as a resource for the vision impairment and for the good of the greater community for their therapeutic accompaniment and the joy they bring to the community.

Also at the meeting, State Rep. John Hershey (R-Mifflintown) reminded the commissioners and community members in attendance of the importance of 4-H in his life and how the program teaches students responsibility and in putting the community before oneself.

In other business Tuesday:

• The board approved the Home Housing Rehabilitation Project checks totaling $15,400 in project costs submitted by the Juniata County Planning and Community Development Department.

• Approved check Nos. 65125 through 65169 in the amount of $125,345.50.

• Reviewed and approved the June 2022 Juniata County Assessment Office Change in Assesments report.

• Acknowledged the hiring of Joshua Neff to fill an existing Sheriff Deputy vacancy effective Aug. 8, submitted by Juniata County Sheriff Joshua Stimeling at a pay rate of $18.46 per hour for a non-certified status.

• Approved the hiring of Heather Yohn as a fiscal assistant with the Juniata County Children and Youth Services Department effective Aug. 22, as recommended by Ashley J. Baxter, Children and Youth Services director. Wages and benefits will be current with the bargaining unit contract currently in place.

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