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Handler Jean Swartz, left, and Roscoe, a guide dog, at the Juniata County Youth Fair on Monday. Juniata County commissioners were visited by Swartz, dog owner Jen Foust and Owen, one of the dogs, on Tuesday.

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

The two spoke to the board about the sighted puppy program that helps seniors and others with visual impairments, as well as their participation in the Juniata County Youth Fair, which began Monday and runs. continues until Thursday.

Foust has raised over 32 guide dogs through the program.

Guide dogs are bred and trained as a resource for the visually impaired and for the benefit of the greater community for their therapeutic companionship and the joy they bring to the community.

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

In other business Tuesday:

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

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

• Review and approval of June 2022 report on Juniata County Assessment Office Changes in Assessments.

• Acknowledged the hiring of Joshua Neff to fill a vacant Deputy Sheriff position effective August 8, submitted by Juniata County Sheriff Joshua Stimeling at a rate of pay of $18.46 per hour for an uncertified status.

• Approved the hiring of Heather Yohn as a Tax Assistant with the Juniata County Department of Child and Youth Services effective August 22, as recommended by Ashley J. Baxter, Director of Child and Youth Services. youth. Salaries and benefits will be up to date with the bargaining unit contract currently in place.

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