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Posted on: February 14, 2014

Westmoreland County Stakeholder and Public Hazard Mitigation Planning Workshop

Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety invites the public to participate in updating the countywide Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The next HMP Workshop will be on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 from 7:00–9:00pm and Thu, Feb 27,... Read on...

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Posted on: October 30, 2013

Kick-off Meeting for Mitigation Plan

Westmoreland County’s Department of Public Safety invites the public to participate in updating the countywide Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). A Stakeholder and Public Kick-Off meeting will be conducted to introduce the HMP planning process

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Posted on: November 18, 2013

Citizen Preparedness Questionnaire

A countywide planning partnership of municipalities, agencies and stakeholders has recently been established to address all hazards that may occur in Westmoreland County. A Hazard Mitigation Working Group has been selected... Read on...

Survey Link

Area Agency on Aging

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Posted on: April 1, 2014

FREE Senior Crime Prevention University

Senior Crime Prevention University (SCPU) is for older Pennsylvanians and their families.
Join us Thursday, April 24, and learn about threats of fraud to the elder community, how to avoid being victimized,

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Posted on: February 3, 2014

Creating Your Oral History

Who doesn’t enjoy taking a trip down memory lane by looking through old photo albums and scrapbooks? With the increase in popularity of today’s technology, more people store photos on their smart phones than in... Read more »

Posted on: February 5, 2014

APPRISE offers the Extra Help and Medicare Savings Program

The APPRISE Program (State Health Insurance Counseling Program) wants to make sure you and your loved ones who have Medicare know about the Extra Help and the Medicare Savings Programs.

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Posted on: February 5, 2014

Medicare 101

New to Medicare? Join us for “Medicare 101” at one of the following locations:

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Posted on: February 5, 2014

Smart Driver Course

AARP Smart Driver Course is eight hours of classroom instruction developed by AARP and sponsored by the Westmoreland County Community College’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. We are now offering a 4 hour Refresher Class

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Posted on: January 28, 2014

Healthy Living and You

As important as health is to all of us, it’s surprising that many people pay more attention to maintaining their homes or cars than they do to maintaining their bodies. Fortunately, it is never too late to begin a... Read on...

Posted on: January 28, 2014

Hypothermia

As winter waxes on, there is an ongoing risk, especially to the elderly, for exposure to cold temperatures. Exposure can come about for various reasons -- lack of fuel, furnace not working, lack of shelter entirely,... Read on...

Posted on: January 15, 2014

How tired is too tired?

According to an article by Markham Heid, published in Prevention Magazine (December 2012), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a mysterious condition characterized by ongoing feelings of sleepiness that are alleviated with... Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2013

Hypertension

Hypertension, elevated blood pressure, is a medical condition in which the flow of blood to cells is obstructed by compression of the blood vessels, which requires the heart to generate more pressure to force a normal amount... Read on...

Posted on: December 8, 2013

Prevention

As a general accepted philosophy regarding the things in life that are broken or sick, it is almost always better to prevent a problem than to fix it once it has become a problem. This is true in medicine, mental health,... Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2013

Westmoreland Senior Center Task Force Wants to Better Serve Younger Seniors

Senior Center Youth

(Greensburg, PA)—Neighborhood senior centers aren’t what they used to be—that’s the message Area Agency on Aging staff and members of the advisory boards of the county’s 13 senior centers want those 60 and over to know. To... Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: October 2, 2013

First Aid For The Eyes

First reaction is to rub it, which only makes the problem worse.

Here are a few tips to remove grit or foreign bodies from the eye:

o Wash eye generously with clear tap water or give tears a chance to wash out... Read more »

Posted on: October 7, 2013

Cold & Influenza Prevention Tips

o Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and following food preparation, before eating and after using restrooms.

o Be careful what you touch. Hands transmit germs.

o Cover your nose... Read on...

Posted on: September 30, 2013

Longevity

Longevity is not well understood but certain trends and indicators are worthy of mention. Longevity is a consequence of genetics and life style choices. We cannot change the genetic hand we have been dealt but we can... Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2013

Communication and the Person with Dementia

The Alzheimer’s Association recommends the following tips for better communication:

1. BE PATIENT AND SUPPORTIVE -- Let the person know you’re listening and trying to understand what is being said.

2. SHOW YOUR... Read on...

Posted on: August 26, 2013

Gout

Gout is an arthritis-related condition that causes sporadic episodes of severe pain and inflammation, usually in a single joint and most often the large joint of the big toe. Pain and swelling are thought to be from uric... Read on...

Posted on: August 19, 2013

Home Safety Adaptations for the Person with Dementia

The Alzheimer's Association recommends the following tips for a safe environment.

1. ASSESS YOUR HOME: Look through the eyes of a person with dementia. What objects could injure the person? Identify possible areas of... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2013

Family Emergency Plan

Your family may not be together when an emergency occurs so it is important to know how you will contact them and what to do in case of an emergency. Below are a few guidelines to help your family develop an emergency plan... Read on...

Posted on: August 8, 2013

The Heat is On!

The dog days of summer are here! With the higher temperatures and humidity, we have been hearing lots of suggestions about how to keep cool. Unfortunately, we are also hearing of individuals who experience heat-related... Read on...

Posted on: July 29, 2013

Adjusting To Life in a PCH/Assisted Living Facility

These facilities provide a safe setting and instant access to care. For to many people, this change in live status can be depressing. With time, adjustment usually takes place.

Tips for Staying Happy in an Assisted... Read on...

Posted on: July 23, 2013

Constipation

Constipation is a symptom rather than a disease. It can be defined as having fewer bowel movements than usual, often accompanied by longer or more difficult passage of stool. What is normal for one person may not be normal... Read on...

Posted on: July 23, 2013

Safe Driving Tips for Seniors

The ability to drive is an important element in maintaining one's independence but as people age, it becomes more challenging. These are a few safety tips that seniors can use to drive safely.

• Avoid driving at... Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2013

Diet for Arthritis

Is there really a diet that can help reduce the pain of arthritis? Andrew Weil, MD, Founder and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine believes so.

Dr. Weil has found that eating foods known to fight... Read on...

Posted on: June 24, 2013

Benefits of Seeing a Geriatrician

As the baby boomer generation enters it's senior years, one in five Americans will be over 65. Seniors over age 85 are the fastest growing segment of the population. Geriatricians are primary care doctors who have had... Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2013

Hydration For Health

One of the more common diagnoses on admission to hospitals for older citizens is dehydration. This can be due to several different reasons. Certain medications can make for this, along with some untreated medical... Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2013

Pet Companionship for the Elderly

Animals of all types, especially dogs and cats, help not only the elderly overcome the pain of loneliness, but also show companionship and affection. For anyone who is consistently left alone, pets can also provide a sense... Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2013

Senior Shared Ride Transportation Program

Beginning Monday July 1, 2013 the Senior Shared Ride Taxi Program will be managed through Westmoreland Transit. To register, schedule a trip, or cancel a trip after July 1st, please call 1-800-242-2706. Westmoreland County... Read on...

Westmoreland County Transit Authority
Posted on: May 20, 2013

Stroke Awareness Prevention

Every year more than 795,000 Americans experience a stroke and one-fourth of them are under the age of 65. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of adult disability. Yet we... Read on...

Posted on: May 17, 2013

Rebates

Rebate offers can be irresistible to consumers, slashing the price of consumer goods at the time of purchase or promising partial or full reimbursements after the purchase. Some manufacturers and retailers entice shoppers... Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2013

Ten Ways to Help a Family Living with Alzheimer's Disease

The Alzheimer's Association suggests ten ways to help a family living with Alzheimer's Disease.

1. Stay in touch - Show you care. A card, a call or a visit all mean a lot.
2. Treat the person with... Read on...

Alzheimer's Association
Posted on: April 1, 2013

Gardening Away Stress

As the icy winter season melts into spring, many of us emerge from the hibernation of our homes and look forward to basking in the warmth and sunshine of our yards and gardens. Along with the pleasure of fresh air, sunshine... Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2013

Haggle with your doctor?

According to the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) everything in healthcare is negotiable, including bills from the doctor, pharmacist or hospital. FTCR says “you are paying bills not only as a consumer but... Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2013

New Year's Resolutions

Although the major celebration for the new year was last month, there is still time to review your New Year resolutions and see how you are doing. Typically, individuals have to start a new habit a few times before it... Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2013

Sleep Disturbances

Seniors need about seven to nine hours per night, but it may be harder for seniors to get the sleep they need.

Many seniors have problems sleeping because of health conditions or medications. Some common senior health... Read on...

Posted on: February 1, 2013

Your Mother's Medical Advocate

Of all the people that go to a doctor, a significant portion is represented by aged (80’s) women (fewer men survive into their 80’s than women). Selecting or keeping a physician for the elderly is a common experience for... Read on...

Posted on: January 21, 2013

How to Prevent the Flu

Take time to get a flu vaccine.
• Center for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
• While... Read on...

Posted on: January 14, 2013

Solving Consumer Problems

Disappointed by a product or service you have paid for? You don’t have to settle for shabby performance. Here are a few strategies that can help.
• Return to the store or Website • Call... Read on...

Posted on: December 24, 2012

Westmoreland County Senior Centers

The following is a list of Westmoreland County Senior Centers. Please contact the director of the senior center in your area and find out how you can receive their monthly newsletter. The newsletter will outline activities... Read on...

Posted on: December 17, 2012

Winter Transportation

Winter presents transportation challenges for everyone, not just seniors, but seniors are particularly challenged due to their being less likely to brave the roads in icy weather, less likely to change a flat tire, and in... Read on...

Posted on: December 18, 2012

Pennsylvania Senior Citizens Driver’s License and Vehicle Registration Services

There are several special services that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Driver Licensing offers to senior citizens. Some of these include:

• Retired Person’s Vehicle Registration - If you are retired and receiving... Read on...

Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles
Posted on: December 13, 2012

Heating Season Woes

Heating season is here and may present several potential problems that if anticipated and handled can minimize your risk. The first consideration should be safety. Heating systems involve burning fuel to generate heat. ... Read on...

Posted on: December 13, 2012

Federal Benefits to go Electronic on March 1, 2013

The Treasury Department is phasing out paper check payments and requiring federal benefit recipients to get their money electronically. This includes people who receive paper Social Security and Supplemental Income checks... Read on...

Social Security Administration

BH/DS

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Posted on: April 2, 2014

Free Mental Health Awareness Fair - May 31, 2014 at Westmoreland Mall Center Court

Stop the Stigma associated with mental illness. Find information and supportive services available in the community.

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Posted on: March 3, 2014

Children's Mental Health Awareness Day - A Night at the Circus

A Night at the Circus

Save the date - Friday, May 9, 2014, 4:00-8:00 pm. Come for fun, learning, games, food and prizes!

Hempfield Church of Christ (behind WOW outlets)
144 Hugh Black Road
Greensburg, PA 15601

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Posted on: February 20, 2013

Health Resource Guide for Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing Available

The Behavioral Health Task Force for Persons who are Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing of Allegheny County today announced the updating of the Resource Guide for Southwestern Pennsylvania Behavioral Health Providers... Read on...

Outpatient Directory

Children's Bureau

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Posted on: December 2, 2013

Families thankful for addition via adoption

Two Westmoreland County families need look no farther than the faces of their adopted children to find the true meaning of being thankful.

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Community Development

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Posted on: April 3, 2014

Westmoreland County Announces that April, 2014 has been designated National Fair Housing Month

Westmoreland County along with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Fair Housing Alliance emphasize this month.

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Posted on: February 11, 2014

Monessen acquiring 246 tax-delinquent properties from county

Valley Independent, Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Posted on: January 29, 2014

New Scottdale housing complex area filled to capacity

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Posted on: January 11, 2014

Hempfield senior living complex hosts open house

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Saturday, January 11, 2014

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Posted on: December 4, 2013

Jeannette's revitalization strategy gets an update

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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Posted on: October 11, 2013

Money earmarked for Monessen properties

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Friday, October 11, 2013

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Posted on: October 2, 2013

Donegal Township road project gets more county funding

Mount Pleasant Journal, Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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Posted on: September 25, 2013

Irwin OKs sidewalk replacement project

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Posted on: September 11, 2013

Smithton paving project to begin soon

Times Sun, Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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Posted on: August 14, 2013

Community Development brings benefits to Jeannette

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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Posted on: August 7, 2013

Scottdale senior housing project nears completion

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wednesday, August 7, 2014

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Posted on: June 6, 2013

Brownfield turned into West Newton town square

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thursday, June 6, 2014

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Posted on: May 29, 2013

West Newton's Simeral Square set for opening

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Posted on: May 29, 2013

Irwin officials plan to take ownership of lamp Theatre

Norwin Star, Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Posted on: May 23, 2013

Westmoreland County launches pilot program for housing rehabilitation

Community Development Division, Press Release, Thursday, May 23, 2013

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Posted on: May 8, 2013

Irwin's Lamp Theater work begins June 1

Norwin Star, Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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Posted on: May 2, 2013

West Newton hopes farmers market complements new square

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Thursday, May 2, 2013

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Posted on: April 24, 2013

June 1 ribbon-cutting set for West Newton's Simeral Square

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Coroner

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Posted on: March 24, 2014

2013 Annual Report

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Posted on: January 24, 2014

Heroin Overdose Alert

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Posted on: December 5, 2013

Pennsylvania Coroners Association Heroin Study

The Westmoreland County Coroner's Office analyzed data that was provided to the Pennsylvania Coroners Association by forty-three counties across Pennsylvania. The forty-eight page report is available to view with... Read on...

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Posted on: October 2, 2013

Task Force Targets Drug Deaths in Westmoreland County

The epidemic of drug overdose deaths in Westmoreland County is a community problem, and it will take a comprehensive plan to reduce the number by 25 percent over the next few years, said members of the Westmoreland County... Read more...

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Posted on: June 26, 2013

Drug Overdose Fatalities

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County

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Posted on: April 16, 2014

Public Invited to Share Input on Transportation Priorities for Long-Range Planning

PA Dept of Transportation

The public is invited to share their feedback on transportation priorities and investments through a survey as part of PennDOT’s efforts to update the state’s Long Range Transportation Plan and develop the state’s first-ever... Read on...

PAOnTrack website and survey link
Posted on: April 15, 2014

Upcoming Election Deadlines:

Elections ahead

Election Day is around the corner. Don't miss these important dates:

April 21 Last day to REGISTER before the MAY primary election May 13 Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot ... Read on...

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Posted on: April 2, 2014

April is National Autism Awareness Month

Westmoreland County Autism Awareness

The Westmoreland County Courthouse dome will be lit up blue all month in honor of National Autism Awareness Month.

Westmoreland County Autism Society... Read on...

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Posted on: March 24, 2014

Seeking Applicants for the Block Grant Advisory Board

Westmoreland County is seeking applicants for the Human Services Block Grant Advisory Board.

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Posted on: March 21, 2014

Redevelopment Authority Receives Keystone Community Grant for Mount Pleasant Parklet

Governor Tom Corbett today announced that DCED awarded a $25,000 Keystone Communities Public Improvement grant to transform a blighted structure into an updated park setting within the heart of the East End of the Borough of Mount Pleasant.

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Posted on: March 18, 2014

Commissioner Courtney Blogs About the Dangers of Drug Abuse

As County Commissioner for just over 2 years, it saddens me that in this day and age we cannot communicate the dangers of drug abuse. We've gathered the leaders in our community to try to combat the issues and most importantly to save lives.

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Posted on: December 18, 2013

MedReturn Boxes Placed throughout Westmoreland County

Officer Grace with MedReturn Box

With funding from Governor Corbett’s Healthy PA program, Westmoreland County Park Police have placed a drug take-back box at the County Courthouse near the front entrance.

Visit the Park Police site... Read on...

Tribune-Review Article
Posted on: December 16, 2013

Westmoreland County Civil War Monument Finds Temporary New Home

Statue Civil War Soldier

The Union Soldier who normally stands atop the Westmoreland County Veterans Monument has taken temporary residency in the courthouse lobby. Stop in and say “hi”.

Those wishing to contribute to the project can drop off a... Read on...

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Posted on: December 10, 2013

Westmoreland Communities Rank High

Several Westmoreland communities have earned favorable positions on newsworthy lists.

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Posted on: November 18, 2013

Citizen Preparedness Questionnaire

A countywide planning partnership of municipalities, agencies and stakeholders has recently been established to address all hazards that may occur in Westmoreland County. A Hazard Mitigation Working Group has been selected... Read on...

Survey Link
Posted on: October 21, 2013

Westmoreland, Washington Counties Agree to Join Pa. Services Grant Plan

HARRISBURG -- A state program that aims to provide more flexibility in how human services programs are funded is expanding to include Washington and Westmoreland counties.

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Posted on: October 10, 2013

PHFA Announces 2013 PHARE funding recipients

Westmoreland County receives $400,000 to improve housing.

Press Release
Posted on: October 2, 2013

Task Force Targets Drug Deaths in Westmoreland County

The epidemic of drug overdose deaths in Westmoreland County is a community problem, and it will take a comprehensive plan to reduce the number by 25 percent over the next few years, said members of the Westmoreland County... Read more...

Tribune Review article...
Posted on: May 14, 2013

Consumer Alert: Stop Cheating Our Veterans

Many legitimate charities are soliciting donations to support the nation’s military veterans as well as the families of active-duty personnel. But not all “charities” are legitimate. Some are sham operators whose only... Read on...

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Posted on: April 25, 2013

Commissioners Approve a Post Job Offer Drug Screening Policy

Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners, as part of a cooperative effort to promote a healthful and safe workplace now require all prospective county employees, as a condition of employment to voluntarily submit to a pre-employment drug screening.

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Posted on: April 18, 2011

Stay connected!

Notify Me allows you to subscribe to an unlimited number of email lists. Receive email or text message updates regarding the information you have requested. Check out Notify... Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2011

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Posted on: October 28, 2011

Website Personalization Now Available!

By clicking “Log In” on the MyDashboard bar at the top of the screen, users may create a login for the site or use their Facebook profile to access MyDashboard. Once logged in, visitors can choose the modules, features and... Read on...


Courts

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Posted on: October 7, 2013

"Fast Track" process change

Effective Monday, October 7th, the Court Administrator’s office will implement a change in the Wednesday “fast track” process at the Magisterial District Judge level. The change is designed to streamline the process at... Read on...

Posted on: October 16, 2013

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Stay informed and receive updates regarding Rule changes, form changes and more.

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Courts - High Profile Cases

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Posted on: April 17, 2014

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Development Council

6 Stories
Posted on: April 3, 2014

Need guidance?

Get connected with the right partners in Westmoreland County to ensure you have the tools for success.

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Posted on: April 3, 2014

Have a question related to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program?

See examples of Westmoreland County's eligible activites.

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Posted on: April 3, 2014

Need to know more about subdivision and land development review?

In Westmoreland County, zoning and building permits are typically under the purview of local municipalities.

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Posted on: April 3, 2014

If you're seeking funding for a new business venture, learn how to receive assistance.

Westmoreland County can help you identify potential sources of funding at the local, state and federal levels.

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Posted on: April 3, 2014

Need to deter the spread of blight in your community?

Promote redevelopment and reuse of vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties.

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Posted on: April 3, 2014

Looking for the right place to move or expand your business?

Find the perfect location in Westmoreland County.

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Elections

2 Stories
Posted on: April 3, 2014

Upcoming Primary Election Deadlines

Don't miss these important deadlines:

Mon April 21 Last day to REGISTER before the primary

Tue May 13 Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot

Fri May 16 Last day for... Read on...

Posted on: February 19, 2014

Official Notice of Elections for Military and Overseas Voters

2014 General Primary (May 20, 2014). You may register to vote and request an official absentee ballot by using the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA).

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Human Services

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Posted on: April 9, 2014

McKee Students, Parents Learn New Skills

Jeannette students and their parents gathered in the McKee Elementary and Middle School cafeteria this spring for a special meal and graduation celebration as part of the Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth,... Read on...

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Posted on: April 9, 2014

NBC News Series: America's Heroin Epidemic

NBC is presenting a series of reports this week on the faces of opioid addiction in America. If you or a loved one needs help with a drug or alcohol problem, please call 724-832-5880 or 800-220-1810 for a referral. Phones... View the reports...

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Posted on: April 3, 2014

Mental Health Groups Split on Bill to Overhaul Care

Lawmakers, patient advocates and the millions of Americans living with a psychiatric diagnosis agree that the nation’s mental health care system is broken, and on Thursday, Congress will hear testimony on the most ambitious overhaul plan in decades...

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Posted on: April 2, 2014

Mind your Meds--National Drug Takeback Day is April 26

Two-thirds of teens who report abusing prescription medicine admit to getting them from friends, family and acquaintances. Educating yourself and talking to your child about medicine abuse is essential – but there’s more you... Read on...

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Posted on: April 1, 2014

Habitual Truancy Plagues Western Pa. Schools

Nearly 21,000 Western Pennsylvania students habitually missed school last year, logging double-digit truancy rates for almost one-third of school districts among nine counties.

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Posted on: March 31, 2014

For Families, Dyslexia Conference Provides a Gateway to New Services

When Christine Seppi's son was diagnosed with dyslexia about 15 years ago, she sought help from teachers, tutors and learning organizations, but it seemed like almost no one in Pittsburgh knew much about the disorder.

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Posted on: March 27, 2014

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Celebrated

Attendees from throughout Westmoreland County and beyond celebrated IDD month at the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center on Friday, March 17, for the fourth annual Creative Expressions Art and Music show.

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Posted on: March 25, 2014

Westmoreland Transit Agency Increases Room for Commute

Seats are once again available for commuters on Westmoreland County Transit Authority buses.

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Posted on: March 24, 2014

Seeking Applicants for the Block Grant Advisory Board

Westmoreland Couny is seeking applicants for the Human Services Block Grant Advisory Board.

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Posted on: March 24, 2014

Westmoreland transit agency increases room for commute

Seats are once again available for commuters on Westmoreland County Transit Authority buses.

The transit agency this month put five new, larger buses into service...

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Posted on: March 20, 2014

Pennsylvania Among States to Block Food Stamp Cuts

Pennsylvania will join more than a half-dozen states and the District of Columbia to block as much as $1.2 billion in food stamp cuts, relying on a wrinkle in federal law to preserve aid for millions of people.

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Posted on: March 20, 2014

Greensburg Students Count to 100 While Helping Others

More than 100 students in the six first-grade classes at Amos K. Hutchinson Elementary School sharpened their math skills while learning about helping others.

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Posted on: March 18, 2014

FDA Pressed to Rescind Approval of Zohydro Painkiller

An Allegheny Health Network physician has joined the outcry over U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of a potent new opioid painkiller, which shows potential for abuse, diversion for illegal use and accidental overdose.

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Posted on: March 10, 2014

Lawmaker: Responders Should Carry Drug That Counteracts Opiates

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Squirrel Hill, plans to introduce legislation this month that would allow emergency responders and others who might come across overdosing addicts to obtain prescription naloxone.

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Posted on: March 5, 2014

Latrobe Council Eyes Neighborhood Watch Program

Latrobe City Council plans to consider a measure to reinstate a neighborhood watch program after working with police Chief Jim Bumar and Councilwoman Julie Bisi.

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Posted on: March 5, 2014

Potential Management Contractors for Westmoreland Manor Screened

Plans to lease Westmoreland Manor, the county-owned nursing home in Hempfield, have been abandoned as county commissioners plan to hire a company to manage the facility.

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Posted on: March 4, 2014

Program to prevent drug abuse expands

Three drug-prevention Reality Tours are being added to the three tours in Westmoreland County in an effort to educate and forewarn parents and youths, said the director of the Butler County-based program.

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Posted on: March 3, 2014

Vets Share Stories for St. Vincent Oral History Project

“Through it all, I gained a better understanding of what these men went through,” said John DePaul, one of five general editors on the project. “What it was like to be in a foxhole with lice all over you. These men were... Read on...

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Posted on: February 25, 2014

Western Pennsylvania Emergency Rooms Altering Policies on Painkillers

The bleeding man walked into the emergency room in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg and said he was in pain: a concrete block had fallen on his arm.

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Posted on: February 24, 2014

Heroin: Cheap, Plentiful, Deadly

The stranger reflected in the mirror and the pain coursing through her body were more than Ashley Potts could bear. At 20, her heroin addiction was three years old.

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Posted on: February 24, 2014

Impending Cuts to Food Stamps Likely to Hit Jeannette Families Hard

Following a $5 billion cut to the federal food stamp program in November 2013, more Americans started seeking aid from their local food banks.

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Posted on: February 24, 2014

Volunteers Needed for Mt. Pleasant Home Delivery Meal Service

The Mt. Pleasant Senior Center is looking for volunteers to help it keep its home delivery meal service.

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Posted on: February 24, 2014

Drivers Licenses to ID Veterans

Starting March 1, PennDOT will issue driver's licenses carrying a special designation for Pennsylvania's 950,000 military veterans.

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Posted on: February 20, 2014

Lawmaker wants wider access to OD antidote

State Sen. Kim Ward wants to expand access to an antidote for drug overdoses so that police officers, firefighters and friends and family members could administer the life-saving drug.

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Posted on: February 19, 2014

Hempfield Housing Complex for Low-Income Senior Citizens Approved in Westmoreland

Westmoreland County Housing Authority board members on Tuesday approved the construction of an $11 million housing complex for low-income senior citizens.

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Posted on: February 19, 2014

3 of 10 Westmoreland Inmates Addicted to Drugs, Warden Says

Three of 10 inmates who enter the Westmoreland County jail are addicted to drugs, Warden John Walton said.

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Posted on: February 19, 2014

Human Services Chief: Bulk of County's Violent Crime Linked to Addictions

Nearly all violent crime in Westmoreland County is drug-related, and it costs taxpayers millions of dollars, according to the county's human services director.

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Posted on: February 10, 2014

Addicts, overdose victims skew older

More older adults in Westmoreland County are using heroin and are dying from overdoses involving a combination of drugs, according to the Coroner's Office.

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Posted on: February 10, 2014

Babies born addicted growing problem across Western Pennsylvania

At least 648 babies were born addicted or treated for addiction last year at Uniontown, Magee-Womens Hospital and West Penn and Forbes hospitals.

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Posted on: February 3, 2014

"The Anonymous People" showing at the Latrobe 30 Theatre and Cafe on March 6, 2014

THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Deeply entrenched social stigma have kept recovery voices silent and... Read on...

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Posted on: February 3, 2014

Drug treatment center eyes Greensburg opening

A Pittsburgh-based drug treatment program that dispenses Suboxone will open a facility in the Greensburg area within a few weeks, according to the company's CEO.

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Posted on: February 3, 2014

Important Information Regarding the Recent Rash of Heroin Overdoses

Westmoreland Community Action's Important Information Regarding the Recent Rash of Heroin Overdoses

It is certain that you are aware of the rash of overdoses, many resulting in death, that have been occurring in... Read on...

Posted on: January 30, 2014

Mt. Pleasant Senior Center delivers meals to homebound

Are you aware that meals are delivered to the home bound? For more information, call the Mt. Pleasant Senior Center at 724-547-4593.

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Posted on: January 28, 2014

Norwin grad takes close look at homeless problem

Vincent Riccelli says that growing up in North Huntingdon didn't provide much perspective on what life was like for homeless people.

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Posted on: January 28, 2014

Mt. Pleasant teen devotes project to veterans

Jonathan Stull, 18, of Mt. Pleasant always knew he wanted to help veterans with his graduation project.

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Posted on: January 28, 2014

Jeannette moves 5th, 6th grades to middle school

Beginning in the fall, Jeannette School District's fifth- and sixth-graders will be part of McKee Middle School.

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Posted on: January 28, 2014

Authorities investigate powerful painkiller-heroin mix as death tolls rise

Police recovered heroin bags stamped with names signifying the deadly mix in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Westmoreland counties, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane said.

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Posted on: January 27, 2014

Potent heroin, painkiller mix all over Pittsburgh

The deadliest batch of heroin to hit Western Pennsylvania in more than 25 years killed as many as 13 people during the past week as authorities scrambled to warn users.

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Posted on: January 17, 2014

Greensburg Police Offer Community Alerts, Drug Disposal Bins

Greensburg residents can get alerts about emergency situations in the city via cellphones or email accounts.
And, in another program, they can dispose of unwanted prescriptions medicines at the city police station.

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Posted on: January 17, 2014

3 Doctors Charged with Controlled Substance Violations at Rostraver Pain Clinic

A chiropractor and two physicians were arrested Friday morning on corrupt organization charges in connection with the distribution of controlled substances from a Rostraver pain clinic.

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Posted on: January 16, 2014

Thanks to Local Police for Supporting Shop With a Cop

The children were thrilled with the gifts and attention which was given to them and by the officers who made their holiday special. You are very special people.

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Posted on: January 14, 2014

Prescription Drugs Leading Cause of Death in Westmoreland County

CBS News- January 13, 2014

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Posted on: January 13, 2014

Hempfield Senior Living Complex Hosts Open House

Liz Blatney said she made the right decision in November when she packed up her gear and moved to the Westmoreland County Housing Authority's newest residential living complex.

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Posted on: January 10, 2014

Westmoreland County to Court Employers, Foster Growth

Unemployment in Westmoreland County is down and home sales are up — signs that the county economy is on an upward trajectory, officials said on Thursday.

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Posted on: January 9, 2014

Emergency Appeal to Raise Money for Western Pa. Food Banks Nets More than 600K

The Pittsburgh Foundation's emergency community-wide appeal to help food banks in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties raised $617,804.

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

Top 17 Abused Prescription Drugs of 2013

The CDC, according to the White House’s website, classifies prescription drug abuse as an epidemic.

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

Drug Awareness Group Community Meeting

"Sage's Army Drug Awareness Group will host a community meeting from 6-8p.m. Thursday in Calvary Assembly Church, 8653 Pennsylvania Ave., Irwin. Meeting is open to anyone affected by drug and alcohol abuse. Speakers... Read on...

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

Need Health Insurance? Need Help?

Do you need health insurance? Mental Health America of Westmoreland County has a certified navigator to help you navigate the new Health Insurance Marketplace and find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your... Read on...

Posted on: January 7, 2014

Westmoreland Residents Advised to Stay Indoors; Warming Stations Available

As temperatures plunged on Monday, schools, offices and workers across the region canceled activities and prepared to battle the bone-chilling cold with warming stations, winterized equipment and extra personnel.

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Posted on: January 6, 2014

Crowd Rallies for Change on the Streets of Jeannette

A crowd of about 150 people lined the sidewalks and stood in the middle of Second Street in Jeannette on Sunday, as more than half a dozen speakers urged them to “take back” their city.

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Posted on: December 26, 2013

Results for the 2013 Human Services Block Grant Survey are NOW AVAILABLE

The results are also available in the "Human Services Block Grant" tab on our H.S. homepage.

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Posted on: December 26, 2013

Westmoreland Bus Fare Increase to Kick in January 1, 2014

Westmoreland County Transit Authority bus riders will pay more for their fares starting Jan. 1, when the second phase of a 33 percent increase will be implemented.

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Posted on: December 26, 2013

Westmoreland Area Food Banks Push to Meet Increased Demand

The number of people seeking assistance at food pantries in the 15068 ZIP code rose by 100 in November and December, up about 11 percent from prior months.

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Posted on: December 23, 2013

American Red Cross Angels Aid Greensburg Mentor

Volunteers who have been trained by Michael Felice, the director of emergency services at the American Red Cross, have stepped up to help their mentor.

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Posted on: December 19, 2013

Drug take-back boxes to be placed throughout Westmoreland County

Westmoreland County residents with expired or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications can now safely dispose of them at locations near their homes. Governor Corbett announced that through his Healthy... Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2013

Westmoreland Senior Center Task Force Wants to Better Serve Younger Seniors

(Greensburg, PA)—Neighborhood senior centers aren’t what they used to be—that’s the message Area Agency on Aging staff and members of the advisory boards of the county’s 13 senior centers want those 60 and over to know. To... Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2013

Brother's Efforts Help Woman Get into New Habitat Home in Hempfield

Gayle Heckman has a place to call home, thanks to the kindness of former strangers.

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Posted on: December 16, 2013

Westmoreland County Students Put Turkey on the Table

The holidays are a time when countless families in the area struggle a little harder and find themselves digging a little deeper into funding that they may not have just to bring a hot meal to the table

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Posted on: December 13, 2013

Jeannette Community Action Teams Gets Improvement Projects Underway

Installation of exterior vinyl window coverings is just one of the things that the Jeannette Community Action Team, part of the Neighborhood Partnership Program, have discussed.

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Posted on: December 13, 2013

Westmoreland County School Children Could Use Some More Lunch Buddies

Sometimes just doing lunch can help out a child.
For many years, Big Brother Big Sisters of the Laurel Region has offered a school-based program for “Lunch Buddies.”

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Posted on: December 12, 2013

Westmoreland Children’s Bureau Continues Coats and Toys for Kids Tradition

Saint Vincent Education Students Wrap Presents for Children's Bureau 7 Dec 13

Westmoreland Children’s Bureau Continues Coats and Toys for Kids Tradition
Community turns out to make 1200+ kids' holidays bright

Release: 12 December 2013Contact: Shara Saveikis
Children’s Bureau, Department of... Read on...

Posted on: December 12, 2013

Police Install Drug Take-back Box

Latrobe police department has installed a drug take-back box for unused or expired medications.

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Posted on: December 10, 2013

Westmoreland County Hosts Permanency Practice Summit December 11th at Ferrante’s Lakeside

Westmoreland County Hosts Permanency Practice Summit December 11th at Ferrante’s Lakeside
Topic is permanency planning

Release: 10 December 2013Contact: Shara Saveikis
Children’s Bureau, Department of Human Services,... Read on...

Posted on: December 9, 2013

Grant Funds Boost Westmoreland Recreation Projects

Four recreation projects in Westmoreland County were buoyed on Thursday by $762,000 in grant funding.

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Posted on: December 6, 2013

Turkey Trot in Greensburg Raises $50,000

More than 2,000 runners and walkers didn't let inclement weather stop them on Thanksgiving Day.

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Posted on: December 5, 2013

Habitat for Humanity Tools Stolen

Work will proceed on Central Westmoreland County Habitat for Humanity projects, albeit a little slower after the organization's construction supply trailer was burglarized last month.

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Posted on: December 2, 2013

Families thankful for addition via adoption

Two Westmoreland County families need look no farther than the faces of their adopted children to find the true meaning of being thankful.

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Posted on: December 2, 2013

Wecht: Drug use 'out of control'

The drug addicts and dealers that famed forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril H. Wecht worries about the most do not hang out on street corners in bad neighborhoods.

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Posted on: November 25, 2013

Woman Charged with Fabricating Prescriptions

A Chambersburg woman was arrested Thursday after she allegedly tried to have fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone filled at four Greensburg-area pharmacies.

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Posted on: November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Meals Offered Throughout the Fay-West

A turkey dinner with all the trimmings is a meal that always makes people think of family and sharing.

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Posted on: November 22, 2013

Prescription Drug Collection Nets Half Ton

A recent effort to remove unwanted prescription drugs from the streets resulted in the collection of more than one-half ton of unwanted medications at 15 collection sites in Westmoreland County.

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Posted on: November 22, 2013

Food Banks Struggle for Holidays

Thanksgiving is a time for appreciating our blessings, but that can be difficult for parents, seniors and others who struggle to feed themselves and their families.

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Posted on: November 21, 2013

Channel 11 investigates increase in local pharmacist violations

PITTSBURGH —
A Channel 11 investigation uncovered a spike in the number of pharmacists being disciplined in Pennsylvania.

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Posted on: November 18, 2013

Westmoreland Cleanways Provides New Life for Old Shoes

People may outgrown them, get tired of them, or styles may change, but whatever the reason, someone may be grateful for and able to wear those unwanted shoes or boots.

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Posted on: November 18, 2013

Options Explored for Closed Westmoreland County Prison

A minor league baseball park, a commercial development or a drug treatment center are some of the potential uses in discussions for the closed state prison in Hempfield, according to state and Westmoreland County officials

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Posted on: November 14, 2013

Drug Abuse Blamed As Westmoreland Shoplifting Cases Soar

Shoplifting cases have soared to record numbers in Westmoreland County as drug addicts swipe DVDs, power tools, razors and other merchandise they can quickly sell or barter for heroin and painkillers, judges and law... Read on...

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Posted on: November 14, 2013

New Facility Boosts Adelphoi's Mission

The soothing beige walls, linoleum floors and brightly lighted classrooms look just like any other public school in the area, and that's just what officials at Adelphoi Village were hoping for with the newly built 19... Read on...

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Posted on: November 8, 2013

Government Giving Nonprofits Angst

For some nonprofits, the good times are back. Corporate profits and the stock market are up, and wealthy families have regained nearly all the income they lost during the recession.

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Posted on: November 8, 2013

Cut in Food Stamps Forces Hard Choices on Poor

Food stamps are likely to be cut more in the coming years if Congress can agree on a new farm bill, which House and Senate negotiators began tackling this week.

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Posted on: November 4, 2013

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Begins accepting applications November 4th

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program will accept applications from November 4, 2013 through April 4, 2014.

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Posted on: November 4, 2013

Bike-Donation Program Expands into Four Counties

A year-old program that provides customized bikes to children and young adults with disabilities is expanding into four more Western Pennsylvania counties and West Virginia, according to the Robinson nonprofit that runs it.

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Posted on: November 4, 2013

Westmoreland County Mental Health Group Celebrates 50 Years of Helping People

Mental Health of America of Westmoreland County is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month.

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Posted on: October 21, 2013

Westmoreland, Washington Counties Agree to Join Pa. Services Grant Plan

HARRISBURG -- A state program that aims to provide more flexibility in how human services programs are funded is expanding to include Washington and Westmoreland counties.

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Posted on: October 21, 2013

Westmoreland Transit Users Get Payment Option

When fares to ride Westmoreland County Transit Authority buses increase early next year, passengers won't necessarily have to dig for more cash to pay their way.

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Posted on: October 17, 2013

Greensburg Housing Authority Site Gets Tenants

South Greengate Commons, the first construction project by the Westmoreland County Housing Authority in about three decades, has its first tenants.

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Posted on: October 16, 2013

Recovering Addicts at Oxford House in Latrobe Welcomes Neighbors At Open House

The home is one of 1,600 across the United States for recovering addicts, who democratically run them and self-govern and evaluate each other to avoid relapses.

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Posted on: October 10, 2013

National Depression Screening Day

NDSD raises awareness and offers an initial, online tool to screen people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. View website below for information on where to turn for help.

NDSD Website
Posted on: October 8, 2013

Doctors Unhappy with Pill Bills

A bill pending in Harrisburg gives law enforcement agencies too much access to confidential medical information on patients and physicians who may be overprescribing opiates and other pain medications, according to the Pennsylvania Medical Society

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Posted on: October 3, 2013

Seminar Stacks Body Bags to Show Toll of Substance Abuse in Westmoreland County

Coroner Kenneth Bacha found a dramatic way to illustrate the toll taken by drugs and alcohol in Westmoreland County.

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Posted on: October 2, 2013

Task Force Targets Drug Deaths in Westmoreland County

The epidemic of drug overdose deaths in Westmoreland County is a community problem, and it will take a comprehensive plan to reduce the number by 25 percent over the next few years, said members of the Westmoreland County... Read on...

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Posted on: September 26, 2013

Pa. Bill Proposes Review of Charter School Funding

The Pennsylvania House on Wednesday sent the Senate a package of revisions to charter school regulations, including a temporary change in payments to cyber charter schools while a commission examines charter funding.

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Posted on: September 24, 2013

Mentally ill experience a different day in court

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 24, 2013

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Land Bank

10 Stories
Posted on: April 16, 2014

Greensburg Joins the Westmoreland County Land Bank

Seven municipalities have officially joined to take part in the countywide land bank - an entity aimed at tackling blight in those communities.

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Posted on: March 21, 2014

Sewickley Township to Join Westmoreland County Land Bank

Sewickley Township has joined a growing list of municipalities participating in the Westmoreland County Land Bank- an entity created to address blighted properties.

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Posted on: March 11, 2014

Latrobe to Join the Westmoreland County Land Bank

Realizing the potential to battle blight, City Council voted unanimously to enter into an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with the Westmoreland County Land Bank

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Posted on: March 7, 2014

Communities Begin to Join the Westmoreland County Land Bank

West Newton Borough is the latest community to consider membership into the countywide land bank.

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Posted on: February 5, 2014

Mount Pleasant Studies Program to Battle Blight with Westmoreland County Land Bank

Westmoreland County communities are starting to sign up for the new Westmoreland County Land Bank- an initiative to acquire abandoned, tax-delinquent properties and return them to the tax rolls.

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Posted on: December 31, 2013

Westmoreland County Land Bank Formed

Throughout Westmoreland County, in our cities, boroughs and townships, there are abandoned dilapidated structures. Properties like these present numerous public safety hazards and hurt property values. However, some of... Read on...

Posted on: November 21, 2013

A Tool For Revitalization : Land Banks

Land banks acquire, repair, resell abandoned property to be used again

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Posted on: November 20, 2013

Westmoreland County Land Bank - One Step Closer

Westmoreland County Commissioners Poised to Create Land Bank

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Posted on: October 30, 2013

Battling Blight Through the Westmoreland Land Bank

By Ted Kopas, Westmoreland County Commissioner

Vacant properties are a problem throughout Westmoreland County.
Abandoned and tax-foreclosed properties threaten public health and safety, hurt property values and strain... Read on...


Park Police

3 Stories
Posted on: March 12, 2014

Westmoreland County Park Police Association - 10th Annual Golf Outing

Friday, May 23, 2014 at Norvelt Golf Club. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to various charities in the area.

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Posted on: January 16, 2014

Wanted: Unwanted, unused & expired prescription and over-the counter medications

Don't let unwanted or expired medicines add to the startling statistics.

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Posted on: January 14, 2014

Westmoreland County Park Police Learn Crisis Intervention Tactics

(Greensburg, PA)—Two Westmoreland County Park Police officers became Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) certified on January 10 in Allegheny Township. Lt. Kathleen Logan and Officer Jim Shaffer joined 14 other officers from... Read on...

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Parks & Recreation

5 Stories
Posted on: April 8, 2014

Mammoth Park Fishing Derby on April 27

Mammoth Park will host a free fishing derby on April 27 from 8:00am to 1:00pm. All ages are welcome to participate and registration begins at 7:30am at Pavilion #12. Prizes will be awarded to the longest trout, carp, fish of... Read on...

Fishing Derby event page
Posted on: April 8, 2014

Register now for the 2014 Westmoreland County Senior Games!

The 2014 Westmoreland County Senior Games will take place May 6-16 at Mammoth Park and several other central Westmoreland area locations. Any person 50 years of age or older is eligible to participate in any of the... Read on...

Senior Games event page with Registration Form
Posted on: January 15, 2014

Night Fishing Permits are available online!

Night Fishing permits can now be purchased online! Visit our website at and click on ‘Click Here to Reserve Your Facility' on the right side of the home page. You’ll have to register your email address and create a... Read on...

Posted on: December 13, 2012

Be our "Friend" on Facebook!

Make sure you "like" us at 'WestmorelandParkandRec' to be updated on all Parks and Rec info! Contests, fun stuff and important news are happening all the time, so be sure to subscribe to our page!

Posted on: December 13, 2012

Follow us on Twitter!

Follow us @WestCoParksRec for all your County Park news!


Prothonotary

4 Stories
Posted on: April 11, 2014

Notice: Fee Schedule Increase

Prothonotary's Office will increase fee schedule effective May 11, 2014.

The Prothonotary's Office does not accept personal checks - only cash, money orders or credit card payments.

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Posted on: August 1, 2012

Now Accepting Credit/Debit Cards

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Christina O’Brien, Westmoreland County Prothonotary is pleased to announce the Prothonotary office is accepting credit and debit cards. Payments can be made in person or over the phone.

Posted on: January 28, 2013

Tracing ancestry in Westmoreland becomes easier with digitized files

Tribune-Review, January 28, 2013

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Posted on: June 24, 2013

Passport business soars at Westmoreland Courthouse

Tribune-Review June 21, 2013. The passport business is booming at the Westmoreland County Courthouse, so evening hours will now be available one day a week.

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Reality Tour

3 Stories
Posted on: March 4, 2014

Program to Prevent Drug Abuse Expands

Three drug-prevention Reality Tours are being added to the three tours in Westmoreland County in an effort to educate and forewarn parents and youths, said the director of the Butler County-based program.

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Posted on: December 18, 2013

MedReturn Boxes Placed throughout Westmoreland County

Officer Grace with MedReturn Box

With funding from Governor Corbett’s Healthy PA program, Westmoreland County Park Police have placed a drug take-back box at the County Courthouse near the front entrance.

Visit the Park Police site... Read on...

Tribune-Review Article
Posted on: October 2, 2013

Task Force Targets Drug Deaths in Westmoreland County

The epidemic of drug overdose deaths in Westmoreland County is a community problem, and it will take a comprehensive plan to reduce the number by 25 percent over the next few years, said members of the Westmoreland County... Read more...

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Recorder of Deeds

2 Stories
Posted on: October 31, 2013

November Proclaimed "Record Your Veterans Discharge Month"

The month of November has been proclaimed “Record Your Veterans Discharge Month” in Westmoreland County by County Commissioners Chuck Anderson, Tyler Courtney and Ted Kopas. During the month of November, all Westmoreland... Read on...

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Posted on: November 1, 2013

Recorder of Deeds Continues to Improve Service

Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds Frank Schiefer recently made additional documents from his office available to the public. Previously the public only had the ability to search documents from the Recorder of Deeds... Read on...


Redevelopment Authority

10 Stories
Posted on: March 21, 2014

Redevelopment Authority Receives Keystone Community Grant for Mount Pleasant Parklet

Governor Tom Corbett today announced that DCED awarded a $25,000 Keystone Communities Public Improvement grant to transform a blighted structure into an updated park setting within the heart of the East End of the Borough of Mount Pleasant.

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Posted on: March 11, 2014

Latrobe to Join the Westmoreland County Land Bank

Realizing the potential to battle blight, City Council voted unanimously to enter into an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with the Westmoreland County Land Bank

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Posted on: March 7, 2014

Communities Begin to Join the Westmoreland County Land Bank

West Newton Borough is the latest community to consider membership into the countywide land bank.

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Posted on: February 28, 2014

Westmoreland County Signs Cooperation Agreement with Westmoreland County Land Bank

The Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners Created the Westmoreland County Land Bank and Have Now Signed the Agreement Allowing to Share Future Real Estate Tax Revenue of Redeveloped Properties

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Posted on: February 5, 2014

Mount Pleasant Studies Program to Battle Blight with Westmoreland County Land Bank

Westmoreland County communities are starting to sign up for the new Westmoreland County Land Bank- an initiative to acquire abandoned, tax-delinquent properties and return them to the tax rolls.

Read more...
Posted on: December 31, 2013

Westmoreland County Land Bank Formed

Throughout Westmoreland County, in our cities, boroughs and townships, there are abandoned dilapidated structures. Properties like these present numerous public safety hazards and hurt property values. However, some of... Read on...

Posted on: November 21, 2013

A Tool For Revitalization : Land Banks

Land banks acquire, repair, resell abandoned property to be used again

Additional Info...
Posted on: November 20, 2013

Westmoreland County Land Bank - One Step Closer

Westmoreland County Commissioners Poised to Create Land Bank

Read more....
Posted on: October 30, 2013

Battling Blight Through the Westmoreland Land Bank

By Ted Kopas, Westmoreland County Commissioner

Vacant properties are a problem throughout Westmoreland County.
Abandoned and tax-foreclosed properties threaten public health and safety, hurt property values and strain... Read on...

Posted on: June 28, 2013

Redevelopment Authority Clears Way for WCCC – Latrobe

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Today the Westmoreland County Community College broke ground on 1.8- acres –home to the future WCCC-Latrobe Center. The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland managed demolition and site clearance for the... Read on...


Register of Wills

3 Stories
Posted on: August 1, 2013

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Marriage Law

In 1996, the Pennsylvania Legislature and Governor enacted a law clarifying that marriage is between one man and one woman. Based upon that law, Pennsylvania Orphans' Court Clerks are only permitted to issue marriage... Read on...

Resolution 2 of 2013
Posted on: August 1, 2012

Now Accepting Credit/Debit Cards

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Michael Ginsburg, Register of Wills for Westmoreland County is pleased to announce his office is accepting credit and debit cards for all fees excluding inheritance tax payments. Mike Ginsburg further reports that his... Read on...

Posted on: January 25, 2013

Marriage Ceremonies Performed by former District Judge Raymond Tubbs 1974 - 1989

Michael Ginsburg, Westmoreland County Register of Wills uncovered a major issue that may affect couples who were married by former District Judge, Raymond Tubbs between the years of 1974 to 1989. Magistrate Tubbs’ failure... Read on...


Veteran's Affairs

15 Stories
Posted on: April 16, 2014

Program helps to nudge unemployment among veterans downward

The two months that Mark Corbin spent searching for a job were as stressful as his time in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Corbin was retiring after more than seven years in the Army. A government job he had lined up fell... Read on...

Full article
Posted on: April 3, 2014

Operation Camp Soles for Military Kids

This week of friends and fun is an opportunity for campers to have fun in the outdoors, enjoy making new friends, and challenge themselves with new activities all to enhance self-confidence and personal growth. Campers will... Read on...

Additional Info and Registration...
Posted on: March 25, 2014

VA Removes Annual Income Reporting Requirement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2014

VA Removes Annual Income Reporting Requirement
Eliminates Burden on Veterans, Improves Customer Service

WASHINGTON –The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is eliminating the... Read on...

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Posted on: March 5, 2014

Veterans Driver's License Designation Frequently Asked Questions

Veterans Designation Frequently Asked Questions

Why was the Veterans Designation created and what does it look like?

Act 176 of 2012 has allowed PennDOT to issue a Pennsylvania driver’s license or identification card... Read on...

Veterans Driver's License
Posted on: March 4, 2014

Governor Corbett Announces New Veterans Designation on Driver Licenses and Identification Card

News for Immediate Release

March 4, 2014

Governor Corbett Announces New Veterans Designation on Driver Licenses and Identification Cards

Harrisburg – Surrounded by veterans and members of the... Read on...

Posted on: February 24, 2014

Driver's licenses to ID veterans

Starting March 1, PennDOT will issue driver's licenses carrying a special designation for Pennsylvania's 950,000 military veterans...

Link to Trib article
Posted on: November 26, 2013

Seton Hill University Tops List of Best Colleges for Veterans

Seton Hill University is ranked No. 1 among Regional Colleges in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s inaugural rankings of the Best Colleges for Veterans...

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Posted on: January 6, 2014

How Can I Get a Veterans' I.D. Card?

How Can I Get a Veterans' I.D. Card?
By Matt Zamosky

The title of this article echoes one of the most frequent questions that clients ask the Westmoreland County Department of Veterans Affairs. Strictly speaking,... Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2013

Westmoreland County Civil War Monument Finds Temporary New Home

Statue Civil War Soldier

The Union Soldier who normally stands atop the Westmoreland County Veterans Monument has taken temporary residency in the courthouse lobby. Stop in and say “hi”.

Those wishing to contribute to the project can drop off a... Read on...

Read More About Monument Project
Posted on: October 31, 2013

November Proclaimed "Record Your Veterans Discharge Month"

The month of November has been proclaimed “Record Your Veterans Discharge Month” in Westmoreland County by County Commissioners Chuck Anderson, Tyler Courtney and Ted Kopas. During the month of November, all Westmoreland... Read on...

View Proclamation...
Posted on: July 19, 2013

State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Pennsylvania (SERVPA)

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH), Bureau of Public Health Preparedness (BPHP) asked the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to partner with them in their effort to enhance the Commonwealth's disaster... Read on...

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Posted on: May 14, 2013

Consumer Alert: Stop Cheating Our Veterans

Many legitimate charities are soliciting donations to support the nation’s military veterans as well as the families of active-duty personnel. But not all “charities” are legitimate. Some are sham operators whose only... Read on...

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Posted on: May 14, 2013

Westmoreland County Veterans Monument Needs Your Help

Westmoreland County Veterans Monument

Our soldier has stood guard over the same piece of land since being placed there by the Westmoreland County Soldier and Sailor Veterans Association in 1925. He has been given his marching orders to make room for expansion... Read on...

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Posted on: May 14, 2013

Fraud Alert - PA Veterans Should Never Pay for Help to Apply for Benefits

Veterans, active military personnel and their dependents should never pay for help to apply for veterans benefits, according to the Pa. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).

Additional Info...
Posted on: March 13, 2013

Monessen Satellite Office

This office will serve Westmoreland veterans and their families residing in the Mon Valley region. Clients can schedule an appointment by calling our main office at 724-830-3530. Office hours for the new site are 8:30 am -... Read on...


WCFA

1 Story
Posted on: March 1, 2013

2015 & 2016 Convention Hosts needed

Any Westmoreland County fire department interested in hosting these conventions:

Send letter of interest to:
Jennine Lee
Recording Secretary
1107 Circle Drive
Irwin, PA 15642

Review Rules for Hosting Conventions

WCIDC

39 Stories
Posted on: March 24, 2014

Judge will decide ownership of old Jeannette Glass site

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Monday, March 24, 2014

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Posted on: March 12, 2014

Strong rail demand spurs $4.2M for 6 Western Pa. upgrade projects

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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Posted on: March 5, 2014

Historic stone house demolished next to Monsour Hospital

Jeannette Spirit, Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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Posted on: March 5, 2014

Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum prepares to unveil paperweights

Mt. Pleasant Journal, Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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Posted on: March 4, 2014

Corbett announces grants for workforce development collaboration

Pittsburgh Business Times, Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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Posted on: March 1, 2014

Regional Insights: Industrial sites needed for future jobs

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Saturday, March 1, 2014

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Posted on: February 27, 2014

Westmoreland track to be fixed using $1.1M state grant

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Thursday, February 27, 2014

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Posted on: February 27, 2014

Westmoreland County gets $1.1M grant for rail improvements

Pittsburgh Business Times, Thursday, February 27, 2014

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Posted on: February 13, 2014

Westmoreland County set to buy Turtle Creek railroad

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thursday, February 13, 2014

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Posted on: February 13, 2014

Demolition of Monsour Medical Center begins

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thursday, February 13, 2014

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Posted on: January 23, 2014

Jeannette Officials Hoping for Funding to Raze Monsour Medical Center

KDKA TV, Online News, Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Posted on: January 11, 2014

Mt. Pleasant glass museum finds permanent home

Daily Courier, Saturday, January 11, 2014

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Posted on: January 1, 2014

Company relocates operations to Mt. Pleasant Glass Center

Mt. Pleasant Journal, Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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Posted on: December 20, 2013

Early American Pittsburgh, Inc. Expanding Operations to Mount Pleasant Glass Centre

Pennsylvania Business Central, Friday, December 20, 2013

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Posted on: December 13, 2013

Grant funds to benefit county

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Friday, December 13, 2013

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Posted on: December 12, 2013

Westmoreland County gets grant to extend sewer line for business park

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thursday, December 12, 2013

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Posted on: December 10, 2013

Help on deck to help Jeannette deal with Monsour, nearby buildings

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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Posted on: December 6, 2013

County takes lead on Monsour demolition

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Friday, December 6, 2013

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Posted on: December 6, 2013

Grant to fund sewer system at Westinghouse site

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Friday, December 6, 2013

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Posted on: September 26, 2013

Jeannette officials working to obtain Monsour property

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thursday, September 26, 2013

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Posted on: September 25, 2013

Link to Great Allegheny Passage in county's plans

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Posted on: September 11, 2013

Mt. Pleasant area to be promoted as group tour destination

Mt. Pleasant Journal, Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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Posted on: September 10, 2013

Debt-laden Monsour Medical Center attracts no no bidders in tax sale

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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Posted on: July 30, 2013

Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum to move to permanent home

Daily Courier, Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Posted on: July 25, 2013

Industrial parks, communities create productive partnerships

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Posted on: July 24, 2013

Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum gains notoriety via out-of-state publication

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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Posted on: July 11, 2013

Westmoreland County, Jeannette want to own Monsour

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Thursday, July 11, 2013

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Posted on: June 18, 2013

More for transportation

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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Posted on: May 29, 2013

Mt. Pleasant Township business is named a finalist for innovation award

Mt. Pleasant Journal, Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Posted on: May 24, 2013

Former Jeannette hospital attracts Calif. buyer

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Friday, May 24, 2013

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Posted on: May 24, 2013

Jeannette Hospital sale talks continue

Pittsburgh Business Times, Friday, May 24, 2013

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Posted on: May 7, 2013

Derry's Porcelain Park awaits face-lift

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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Posted on: April 30, 2013

Construction to begin for county airpark expansion

Latrobe Bulletin, Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Posted on: April 25, 2013

It's a Hot-Spot for business! Westmoreland Airpark Phase II Expansion - Unity Township

WCIDC Press Release, Thursday, April 25, 2013

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Posted on: April 25, 2013

Old Sony plant site of new growth

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thursday, April 25, 2013

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Posted on: April 25, 2013

Westmoreland County Community College raising $28.5 million to build

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thursday, April 25, 2013

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Posted on: April 25, 2013

Timeline of growth at Westmoreland County Community College

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thursday, April 25, 2013

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Westmoreland Link Network

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Posted on: April 15, 2014

Save the Date - Let's Build Bridges out of Poverty

This workshop will help you understand the dynamics that cause & maintain poverty from an individual to the systemic level. Provide concrete tools & strategies for communities to prevent, reduce & alleviate poverty.

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Posted on: February 5, 2014

Smart Driver Course

AARP Smart Driver Course is eight hours of classroom instruction developed by AARP and sponsored by the Westmoreland County Community College’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. We are now offering a 4 hour Refresher Class

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Posted on: February 5, 2014

Medicare 101

New to Medicare? Join us for “Medicare 101” at one of the following locations:

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Posted on: February 5, 2014

APPRISE offers the Extra Help and Medicare Savings Program

The APPRISE Program (State Health Insurance Counseling Program) wants to make sure you and your loved ones who have Medicare know about the Extra Help and the Medicare Savings Programs.

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