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Posted on: September 3, 2014

Westmoreland County Stakeholder and Public Review for the All-Hazards Mitigation Plan

Westmoreland County’s Department of Public Safety invites the public to view the updated countywide Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The County will hold its next Hazard Mitigation Planning Workshop on Wednesday, September 10,... Read on...

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Area Agency on Aging

49 Stories
Posted on: September 17, 2014

Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Did you know that 1 in 3 seniors falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of injuries for people 65+. The good news is that most falls can be prevented.That’s why Pennsylvania is joining 48 states across the country to... Read on...

Learn 6 steps to prevent a fall
Posted on: September 16, 2014

Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging Caregiver Support Group Meeting

The Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging extends an invitation to you to attend our monthly Caregiver Support Group Meeting on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. This support group provides an opportunity for caregivers to... Read on...

Posted on: September 15, 2014

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: September 15, 2014

Farmers Market Checks Still Available

The 2014 Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible seniors with vouchers to purchase produce grown in Pennsylvania. This program, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, provides four $5.00... Read on...

Posted on: September 15, 2014

Positive Hospital Stay Outcomes

While the nature of the patient’s condition and the state of the art of the treatment you receive factor largely in the prognosis, there are some things you can do to help your chances of having a favorable outcome from your... Read on...

Posted on: September 2, 2014

Let's Book

Exercise for the Brain and Body. Walk every day for optimal health of the mind and the body!

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Posted on: August 19, 2014

September is National Senior Center Month

Centers for Active Adults

It’s a New Day!

September is National Senior Center Month and County’s Centers for Active Adults will be celebrating with Open Houses throughout the month. Senior... Read on...

See the flyer
Posted on: August 13, 2014

Finding the best Medicare option for your family

Medicare is the primary source of medical insurance coverage for almost everyone over the age of 65.

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Posted on: July 29, 2014

Sunscreens

Understanding and using sunscreen is essential to successfully minimizing risk of sun-induced skin cancer. The best approach to avoid damaging exposure is in using a high-factor sunscreen, stay out of mid-day sun, and have... Read on...

Posted on: July 14, 2014

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Planning your meals ahead of time and choosing healthful foods will help improve your diet. It also can save you money.

Here are some tips for eating well on a budget:
- Make a list before you go food shopping.- Shop... Read on...

Posted on: July 7, 2014

Staying Cool

Heatstroke is a life-threatening illness that occurs when a person’s body temperature rises to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. If the heat persists, organs in the body will begin to shut down. There are two types of heat stroke... Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2014

Rehab Program of Westmoreland County

The Westmoreland County Rehab Program provides roof or furnace replacements to homeowners in Westmoreland County, except for the cities of Arnold, Jeannette, Monessen, New Kensington, and Scottdale.

The program is... Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2014

Making Sense of Your Finances and Avoiding Exploitation

Please pass the word! Link Network is sponsoring a Financial Education Day on June 30 at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg for consumers, agency staff and the general public.

Seating is limited -- register now by using the attached form!

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Posted on: June 12, 2014

Tips for Summer Safety

Summer is just around the corner and is a great time to enjoy the beautiful weather outdoors. Unfortunately, the heat and humidity can create problems, especially for the elderly. Here are a few tips to keep you safe... Read on...

Summer Box Contents
Posted on: June 12, 2014

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 4, 2014

Five Steps for Preventing Kidney Stones

If you have ever had a kidney stone, you surely remember it! The pain can be unbearable, coming in waves until the tiny stone passes through your urinary plumbing and out of the body. For many, kidney stones aren’t a... Read on...

Posted on: May 28, 2014

AAA’s Inside Line is hot off the press!

Inside Line

AAA’s Inside Line is hot off the press! Summer safety tips for seniors, Farmers’ Market voucher program, Rx’s and Medicare D--read it all online!

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Posted on: May 29, 2014

Jeannette Senior Center Offers Local Activities

The Jeannette Senior Center is boasting new signs,and the president of the center, Dick Gounder, and the other members of the center are very proud of it.

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Posted on: May 28, 2014

Farmers Market Vouchers Available at Various Sites beginning June 2014

Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

The 2014 Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible seniors with vouchers to purchase produce grown in Pennsylvania. This program provides four $5.00 vouchers to be used at participating Farmers Markets from 6-1-14... Read on...

Additional Info...
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: 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: 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: 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: 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

2 Stories
Posted on: August 8, 2014

Early Intervention

Upper St. Clair couple's Down syndrome advocacy a labor of love

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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

2 Stories
Posted on: May 30, 2014

Westmoreland group honors grads in foster care program

The Westmoreland County Independent Living program held a graduation celebration on Thursday at Giannelli's II in Unity to honor 16 students in foster care who graduated from high school or obtained GED diplomas this year.

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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

7 Stories
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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Coroner

42 Stories
Posted on: July 1, 2014

Drug Overdose Press Release

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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...

Tribune Review article...

County

31 Stories
Posted on: September 25, 2014

Effort underway to raze landmark-turned-eyesore Monsour Medical Center

Westmoreland County Landbank

The Westmoreland County Land Bank will serve as acquiring entity, as per its mission to obtain blighted properties and return them to tax rolls.

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Posted on: September 24, 2014

Westmoreland County Testifies at the House Education Committee on Truancy

Battling Truancy

Dirk Matson, Shara Saveikis, and Ken Williams addressed the House of Education on September 22, 2014 to testify on truancy.
Read more on the Truancy Project

Read their testimonies...
Posted on: September 19, 2014

Job Posting: Area Agency on Aging Administrator III

Job Posting

Westmoreland County Human Services Department, Area Agency on Aging Program is seeking applicants for the position of Administrator III. This position is the department head for the County’s Area Agency on Aging Department.... Read on...

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Posted on: September 18, 2014

Commissioners set to honor West Point Junior All Stars Girls Softball Team on World Championship

The West Point Junior All Stars Girls Softball World Series Champions have been invited to the Courthouse Courtyard on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 3:30 PM to be presented with a Proclamation honoring their World Series... Read on...

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Posted on: September 10, 2014

Westmoreland County Hiring (6) Temporary Juvenile Youth Workers

Jobs

1.Associate degree in Human Services, Criminal Justice, Administration of Justice, Psychology,
Sociology, Education, or a related field. 2.Minimum of five to eleven months childcare experience or any combination of... Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2014

Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline

Westmoreland County Controller, Jeffrey Balzer announced the development of resources to facilitate the reporting and deterrence of FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE associated with County operations.

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Posted on: August 19, 2014

September is National Senior Center Month

Centers for Active Adults

It’s a New Day!

September is National Senior Center Month and the County’s Centers for Active Adults will be celebrating with Open Houses throughout the month. Senior... Read on...

See the flyer
Posted on: September 3, 2014

Westmoreland County Stakeholder and Public Review for the All-Hazards Mitigation Plan

Westmoreland County’s Department of Public Safety invites the public to view the updated countywide Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The County will hold its next Hazard Mitigation Planning Workshop on Wednesday, September 10,... Read on...

Read full press release ...
Posted on: August 29, 2014

Dominic DeRiso serves as Westmoreland County Commissioner-for-a-Day

Commissioner Courtney and Dominic DeRiso

Dominic DeRiso of Greensburg was sworn in as Commissioner-for-a-Day on August 14, 2014 at the Westmoreland County Courthouse by Judge John J. Driscoll. As part of his “duties”, Dominic had the opportunity to:
- Participate... Read on...

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Posted on: August 19, 2014

Check out a video about our newest trail: The Little Crabtree Creek Trail!

Phase I of the Little Crabtree Creek Trail is now open from Twin Lakes Park to Luxor Road. Thank you to our friends at Video Graphics, Inc. of Greensburg for putting together this great YouTube video!

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View the Little Crabtree Creek Trail YouTube video
Posted on: August 5, 2014

Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas Releases 2013 Annual Report

The Report on the Business of the Court of Common Pleas Of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania is an annual report that explains the operations of the Court and court departments, and provides annual statistical information.

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Posted on: July 22, 2014

Westmoreland County Prison to Start Video Visits

Video visits at Westmoreland County Prison are expected to begin sometime in August, Warden John Walton told the prison board on Monday.

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Posted on: July 18, 2014

GetIn Westmoreland

We need you to get INformed, INvolved, and INvested in the drug epidemic.

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Posted on: July 10, 2014

Westmoreland County Stakeholder and Public Review for All-Hazards Mitigation Plan

Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety invites the public to participate in updating the countywide Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The County will hold its next Hazard Mitigation Planning Workshop on Wednesday, July... Read on...

Read full Press Release...
Posted on: June 24, 2014

Commissioner Tyler Courtney Appointed to PCoRP Board of Directors

PCoRP is a program of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) created to provide property, liability, automobile and other related insurance coverage to PA counties when the insurance industry made county... Read on...

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Posted on: June 12, 2014

Human Services Survey and Public Hearings

Westmoreland County is asking for your feedback about the needs/gaps in services, service quality, and accessibility of human services available via survey.

Please take a few minutes to provide your input. The... Read on...

Human Services website
Posted on: June 9, 2014

Clerk of Courts Testifies at House Judiciary Committee Hearing for Restitution in PA Task Force

On May 5th 2014, Bryan Kline, your Clerk of Courts testified at a House Judiciary Committee Hearing as a participant of the Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force.

Bryan was appointed to this task force by the governor... Read on...

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Posted on: May 30, 2014

New Addition to Coroner's K-9 Cadaver Unit

Kai Westmoreland County Cadaver Dog

Coroner Kenneth A. Bacha is proud to announce a new member in the Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office. Kai, a 1 ½ year old Belgian Malinois, is not a Medicolegal Death Investigator, but a Cadaver Detection Canine.

Read on...

Coroner website
Posted on: May 28, 2014

Farmers Market Vouchers Available at Various Sites beginning June 2014

Senior Farmers' Market Nutritional Program

The 2014 Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible seniors with vouchers to purchase produce grown in Pennsylvania. This program provides four $5.00 vouchers to be used at participating Farmers Markets from 6-1-14... Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: May 27, 2014

Ten Municipalities Join Westmoreland County Land Bank

Westmoreland County Land Bank

The Board of Directors of the Westmoreland County Land Bank today announced that ten municipalities have joined the land bank-an initiative targeting abandoned and tax-foreclosed properties that... Read on...

Visit the WC Landbank website
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: 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: 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: 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

4 Stories
Posted on: September 18, 2014

CIVIL JURY TRIAL LISTS

Jury trial lists will be posted on the Court's web page and updated one week prior to the trial term. Copies of the trial lists will no longer be mailed to litigants and attorneys. Once a Certificate of Readiness is... Read on...

Posted on: August 5, 2014

Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas Releases 2013 Annual Report

The Report on the Business of the Court of Common Pleas Of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania is an annual report that explains the operations of the Court and court departments, and provides annual statistical information.

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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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Development Council

6 Stories
Posted on: June 4, 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: June 4, 2014

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

See examples of Westmoreland County's eligible activities.

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Posted on: June 4, 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.

Read on...
Posted on: June 4, 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: June 4, 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: June 4, 2014

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

Find the perfect location in Westmoreland County.

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Elections

1 Story
Posted on: August 28, 2014

Notice of Election for Military and Overseas Voters

This is an official notice of an election to be conducted in Westmoreland County on November 4, 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

187 Stories
Posted on: September 29, 2014

Corbett announces funding for programs for at-risk students

Gov. Tom Corbett announced $23.1 million in state funding for social and artistic activities in high-poverty, low-performing schools on Monday, including nine in Western Pennsylvania.

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Posted on: September 29, 2014

No one way to fix Western PA's heroin problem, report says

Reducing heroin overdoses in Western Pennsylvania will require better education, better interventions, better treatments, better policing and better laws, an advisory group to U.S. Attorney David Hickton said in a 52-page report released Monday.

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Posted on: September 29, 2014

Mark your calendar for the Novemer 7 Pennsylvania Parent Drug & Alcohol Forum in Hershey, PA

The Parent Panel Advisory Council, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, is hosting the 2014 Pennsylvania Parent Forum, a free, day-long informational event for parents.

Topics... Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2014

Weekend event in Latrobe offers opportunity for adoptions

Life has been busy, but happy beyond words since Debbie and John Klinvex's son David came into their lives five years ago.

That's when the North Huntingdon couple adopted the now-13-year-old boy who loves football....

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Posted on: September 24, 2014

Gillen says state should 'keep kids at school and moms at home'

Reading Eagle
Tuesday September 23, 2014 12:01 AM By Dan Kelly
State Rep. Mark M. Gillen said Monday he used to be a corrections officer and doesn't believe it is an appropriate place for moms dealing with... Read on...

Posted on: September 24, 2014

PA Senate expected to pass medical marijuana bill

Legislation to permit the medical use of marijuana in Pennsylvania is poised to clear the state Senate, but movement is expected to slow -- perhaps to a halt -- if the measure reaches the House.

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Posted on: September 24, 2014

A County Answer to the Drug Epidemic

The Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force was established by the county commissioners to devise and implement a plan to reverse the trend and accomplish a 25 percent reduction in overdose deaths by 2019... Read on...

Posted on: September 24, 2014

Westmoreland County Testifies at the House Education Committee on Truancy

Dirk Matson, Shara Saveikis, and Ken Williams adressed the House of Education on September 22, 2014 to testify for truancy.

Read on to see their testimonies...
Posted on: September 23, 2014

Grant program targets 7 Westmoreland County towns

The foundation will forward $150,000 in revitalization grants for each of the next three years to groups in the county's seven Third Class cities — Arnold, Jeannette, Greensburg, Latrobe, Lower Burrell, Monessen and New... Read on...

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Posted on: September 16, 2014

Faces and Voices of Recovery and Young People in Recovery to Merge

YPR poster.jpg

Dear Friends of Recovery,
Faces & Voices of Recovery and Young People in Recovery (YPR) today announced that the Board of Directors of both organizations have approved plans to merge the two recovery community organizations... Read on...

Posted on: September 16, 2014

Teen hangouts at home offer privacy for kids, piece of mind for parents

Lynn Cisneros' Chalfant house has become the happening headquarters for her teenage son's circle of friends, who flock to the home a few times a week to socialize, relax after school and just hang out together.

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Posted on: September 15, 2014

Jeannette JAYS after school program brings in needed dollars

JAYS is a community driven initiative with an advisory board is comprised of local residents and others interested in seeing Jeannette students succeed.

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Posted on: September 12, 2014

Standard Bank helps Feeding the Spirit at Greensburg church

Standard Charitable Foundation has awarded a $2,400 grant to Feeding the Spirit in Greensburg to help with weekly meals provided on Thursdays to more than 100 people in need.

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Posted on: September 11, 2014

Westmoreland County recognizes Senior Center Month with proclamation

Centers for Active Seniors offer lifelong learning through day trips to the theatre and in-house programs; exercising the mind and keeping older adults engaged in their communities, which reduces isolation and improves outlook and promote wellness...

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Posted on: September 11, 2014

Commissioners Proclaim September National Recovery Month

The Commissioners of Westmoreland County, Charles W. Anderson, Tyler Courtney and Ted Kopas do hereby proclaim the month of September 2014 as National Recovery Month

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Posted on: September 10, 2014

Employers must focus on a person’s ability, not disability, Ridge says

Within the past year, the U.S. Department of Labor made a sweeping policy change that former Gov. Tom Ridge believes will make great strides to help people with disabilities to find jobs.

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Posted on: September 9, 2014

National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Groups

National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Groups meet:

7-8:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the Salvation Army,
308 Schoonmaker Ave., Monessen;

7-9 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at... Read on...

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Posted on: September 9, 2014

Mt. Pleasant Township woman aided by Jacob's Creek Area Faith in Action

Thanks to Jacobs Creek Area Faith in Action, a Mt. Pleasant Township woman not only is getting the help she needs, but she also found a friend.

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Posted on: September 8, 2014

Woman drives Hempfield event connecting those with illness, disabilities

Judith Huber's life was “moving along very smoothly” before she was diagnosed with Devic's disease, a type of multiple sclerosis, at age 29.

She was a teacher, raising two children in a century-old farmhouse...

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Posted on: September 8, 2014

One suicide every 40 seconds: World Health Organization report

Every 40 seconds someone in the world takes their own life, a global tally of more than 800,000 suicides a year, according to a landmark United Nations report on the subject.

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Posted on: September 4, 2014

Pitt School of Pharmacy Developing an Overdose Prevention Website with Collaborators from Around the


Contact: Anita SrikameswaranPhone: 412-578-9193
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Posted on: September 2, 2014

As suicide rates rise, awareness needs to follow

Lynn Patrone knows about suicide.

Both of her parents tried to kill themselves, and she has struggled with thoughts of killing herself — to the point of writing farewell letters to her three children.

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Posted on: September 2, 2014

Western PA districts aim to win back students from cyber charters

As scores of students flee traditional classrooms for the comfort of their keyboards at cyber charter schools, Western Pennsylvania school districts are building cyber academies in an attempt to keep those pupils...

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Posted on: August 25, 2014

Survey Finds Westmoreland County Food Bank Has Work To Do

In Westmoreland County, one in seven people, or an estimated 45,000 people, turn to the food bank for help. Nearly 9,900 children and 7,680 senior citizens are included in the number, officials said.

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Posted on: August 22, 2014

Pitcairn Police Departments First In W. PA to Carry Narcan For Heroin Overdoses

Pitcairn police will become the first department in Western Pennsylvania to be equipped to administer a potentially life-saving medication to heroin overdose victims, officials said.

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Posted on: August 19, 2014

September is National Senior Center Month

It’s a New Day!

September is National Senior Center Month and Westmoreland County’s Centers for Active Adults will be celebrating with Open Houses throughout the month. Senior Centers have been empowering older adults to... Read on...

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Posted on: August 18, 2014

NIMH Director’s Blog: Robin Williams

Once again a tragedy has mental illness in the news. Much has been written about the suicide of Robin Williams this week; print stories, television news, and social media have all covered the loss of an extraordinarily talented man.

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Posted on: August 13, 2014

Depression: A disease that conceals hope

Depression can mow down even the wealthiest, most creative people, and those with both mental illness and an addiction are especially vulnerable, mental health experts said Tuesday in the wake of comedian Robin Williams’ apparent suicide.

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Posted on: August 13, 2014

Finding the best Medicare option for your family

Many people hold off on retiring early because of health insurance costs. They believe that Medicare will take care of everything at 65. There are many things that Medicare does not cover.

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Posted on: August 11, 2014

Pennsylvania Receives $1.75 Million to Support Mental Health Services

Department of Public Welfare Secretary Beverly Mackereth today announced that seven Pennsylvania health centers will share $1.75 million in federal funding to establish or expand behavioral health services.

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Posted on: August 7, 2014

Upper St. Clair couple's Down syndrome advocacy a labor of love

Margie Kondrich was afraid to look at her baby.

In 2003, after giving birth to her daughter, Chloe, in a Pittsburgh hospital, the attending medical staff suddenly turned somber.

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Posted on: August 1, 2014

Feds Urged to Carry Naloxone Kits to Combat Heroin Overdoses

Federal law enforcement officials may soon be equipped with naloxone kits, a drug which reverses opioid and heroin overdose.

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Posted on: August 1, 2014

Yarn Brigade Envelops South Greensburg

An explosion of fabric and color drapes fences, concrete pillars, street lamp posts, trees and shrubs along Huff Avenue, a main artery connecting the borough's Broad Street with Route 119.

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Posted on: July 29, 2014

When the Caregivers Need Healing

“This has happened before,” she tells herself. “It’s nowhere near as bad as before, and it will pass.”
Robbie Pinter’s 21-year-old son, Nicholas, is upset again. He yells. He obsesses about something that can’t be changed..

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Posted on: July 28, 2014

Westmoreland celebrates Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary

The courtyard in front of the Westmoreland County Courthouse was packed on Friday with people gathered to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Posted on: July 23, 2014

Westmoreland County gets the word out about drug problem

Westmoreland officials have taken to the Internet to publicize the county's drug problem, which has resulted in 49 deaths so far this year.

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Posted on: July 22, 2014

Westmoreland County Prison to Start Video Visits

Video visits at Westmoreland County Prison are expected to begin sometime in August, Warden John Walton told the prison board on Monday.

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Posted on: July 18, 2014

GetIn Westmoreland

We need you to get INformed, INvolved, and INvested in the drug epidemic.

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Posted on: July 18, 2014

Westmoreland County Transit Authority Chief Resigns

The longtime executive director of the Westmoreland County Transit Authority resigned on Thursday to take a job in the private sector.

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Posted on: July 16, 2014

Drug treatment center opens in Greensburg

A Pittsburgh drug treatment center, which prescribes Suboxone to treat drug addiction, has opened a clinic in Greensburg.

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Posted on: July 14, 2014

Plan helps doctors check painkiller use

Small white pills, packaged in bright orange canisters and marked with inscrutable labels -- Oxycontin, Vicodin -- have long been considered the answer to physical pain.

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Posted on: July 14, 2014

Drug court planned in Westmoreland County

A reorganization of Westmoreland County's Court of Common Pleas will pave the way for establishment of a drug court.

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Posted on: July 14, 2014

As suicides spike, new PA law to start prevention efforts in 6th grade

The world changed for Rita McWilliams on Nov. 20, 2012, when her daughter, Karla, committed suicide.

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Posted on: July 9, 2014

Hempfield's All Kids Theatre reaches out to special-needs, too.

Students listened to the hushed tones of “The Berenstain Bears Get Stage Fright” during story time at a summer camp session at Hempfield's All Kids Theater.

Later, they shook maracas and clacked rhythm sticks in a free-for-all band.

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Posted on: July 7, 2014

Video recording equipment played key role at abuse trial in Westmoreland County

By the time an 8-year-old girl took the stand to testify against the New Kensington man accused of assaulting her, three years had passed.

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Posted on: July 7, 2014

Special needs kids find a place to play in western PA through Miracle League

Daniel Lucas' mom showed him how to take a level swing in baseball as a boy. His dad taught him that playing catch isn't called, “Dad, go get it.”

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Posted on: July 7, 2014

Westmoreland Agency on Aging delivers summer service boxes

More than 700 senior citizens in Westmoreland County received “Summer Service Boxes” complete with drinks, snacks and gadgets to stay cool and beat the summer heat.

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Posted on: July 2, 2014

Painkiller prescription rates vary widely

Health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2012, enough to give a bottle of the pills to every adult in the country.

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Posted on: July 2, 2014

Westmoreland drug deaths outpace 2013; record rate

Drug overdose deaths could set a record this year in Westmoreland County, where heroin has again surpassed prescription painkillers as the leading cause, Coroner Ken Bacha said.

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Posted on: July 1, 2014

Sandwich generation needs help with financial, family strains

People who become caregivers to parents while raising children need to know more about options available for help, residents and advocates told Sen. Bob Casey during a hearing on Monday in Pittsburgh.

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Posted on: June 30, 2014

Nun Leaves Retirement : Keeps Plenty Busy as Faith In Action Volunteer

Through Faith in Action, a United Way of Westmoreland County agency, she was put in touch with Sister Pat Wilson, a volunteer.

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Posted on: June 26, 2014

Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging Director Ray DuCoeur to Retire

Ray DuCoeur

Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging Director to Retire
Has been with the agency since 1977

(Greensburg, PA)—Ray DuCoeur, Director of Westmoreland County’s Area Agency on Aging, will retire July 7th after 37 years of... Read on...

Posted on: June 25, 2014

Pediatric group promotes reading aloud to children

Although it has been standard for years in some families for parents to read aloud to their children from birth, not all families do it...

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Posted on: June 25, 2014

Group Home Gets Approval from Unity

Unity officials on Tuesday granted a request to allow an independent living home to operate with 15 residents.

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Posted on: June 23, 2014

Death by prescription painkiller

First major review provides evidence of sharp increase in deaths from painkillers in U.S. and Canada

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Posted on: June 23, 2014

Courts fight heroin scourge with drug injections

LEBANON, Ohio — The twice-arrested heroin user listened nervously as the judge reviewed her record, then offered a deal he thinks could save her life.

“You're not a criminal, you're an addict,” Judge Robert Peeler told Cynthia Fugate. “

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Posted on: June 23, 2014

Proposed Bill Would Set Up Prescription Drug Monitoring System In Pa.

GREENSBURG (KDKA) — As overdose deaths from prescription drug abuse skyrocket, Westmoreland County leaders are urging the state House of Representatives to pass new legislation.

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Posted on: June 19, 2014

Westmoreland County wants to talk about race

Community leaders want to start a conversation about diversity in Westmoreland County.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2014/06/19/Westmoreland-County-wants-to-talk-about-race/stories/201406120055#ixzz355sGTWWS

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Posted on: June 6, 2014

Yoga for Senior Citizens Now Being Offered

The Mt. Pleasant Senior Center is now offering YogaFlex, a program designed by yoga instructor Joyce Prutz of Mt. Pleasant Township that offers the benefits of yoga to those who may not be as flexible.

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Posted on: June 5, 2014

United Way of Westmoreland Makes Board Appointments

United Way of Westmoreland County has appointed James E. Morrison, retired vice president of mergers and acquisitions for Kennametal Inc., as board chairman.

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Posted on: June 5, 2014

Jeannette Resident, Elliott, Involved in Helping Community

Being involved in his community and helping out is very important to life-long resident Jeffrey Elliott.

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Posted on: June 5, 2014

Jeannette's Strengthening Families Program Wants Local Facilitators Involved

The SFP for Parents and Youth ages 10-14, enjoyed by several families this school year in the Jeannette McKee building, is looking for facilitators, teen assistants, child-care providers and observers to judge the... Read on...

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Posted on: June 5, 2014

Latrobe United Presbyterian Church Quilters Set Warmth Into Donations

With each snip of the scissors and stitch of the needle, a group of women who gather at Latrobe United Presbyterian Church hopes to convey the warmth of their hearts through the warmth of the quilts they make.

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Posted on: June 4, 2014

Volunteers sought for Mt. Pleasant Food Pantry

Have few hours to spare once a month? The Mt. Pleasant Food Pantry could use a little help.

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Posted on: June 3, 2014

Westmoreland Non-Profits Begin Diversity Study

Westmoreland nonprofit officials want to know residents' perceptions and experiences with diversity in the county through a survey introduced on Monday.

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Posted on: June 2, 2014

Addiction specialists emphasize importance of proper treatment

Area addiction specialists say there is a need for some types of drug treatment and changes to the amount of time that clients spend in treatment.

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Posted on: June 2, 2014

Addiction to blame for costly problems

Donald LeRoy Brown has saved three lives, yet he's struggled to save his own.

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Posted on: June 2, 2014

Stigma can be a hindrance

When a Pittsburgh methadone treatment clinic received a $1 million grant in 1998 for a new facility, it picked Braddock because many of its clients came from there.

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Posted on: June 2, 2014

Insurance gaps add to addicts' trials

A lack of funding and access to effective treatment makes it difficult for people in Pennsylvania addicted to heroin and other opiates to get clean, people on the front lines of the battle say.

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Posted on: May 30, 2014

Westmoreland group honors grads in foster care program

The Westmoreland County Independent Living program held a graduation celebration on Thursday at Giannelli's II in Unity to honor 16 students in foster care who graduated from high school or obtained GED diplomas this year.

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Posted on: May 29, 2014

Jeannette Senior Center Offers Local Activities

The Jeannette Senior Center is boasting new signs,and the president of the center, Dick Gounder, and the other members of the center are very proud of it.

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Posted on: May 28, 2014

AAA’s Inside Line is hot off the press!

Inside Line

AAA’s Inside Line is hot off the press! Summer safety tips for seniors, Farmers’ Market voucher program, Rx’s and Medicare D--read it all online!

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Posted on: May 27, 2014

Western Pennsylvania districts now hiring school psychologists

Prompted by the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit's decision to stop providing mental-health services, officials of local school districts are hiring their own school psychologists.

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Posted on: May 23, 2014

Excela Health Hospice Program Seeks a Few Good Men and Women

Excela is looking to enlist men and women who share military heritage to serve as volunteers specifically for veterans receiving care.

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Posted on: May 21, 2014

Older Americans Hooked on RX; 'I Was a Zombie'.

Hundreds of thousands of the nation's seniors are misusing prescription drugs, including narcotic painkillers, anxiety medications and other pharmaceuticals, for everything from joint pain to depression.

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Posted on: May 21, 2014

Westmoreland County Prison to Offer Drug Relapse Program for Inmates

With about 40 percent of new inmates at Westmoreland County Prison needing detoxification treatment for drug addiction, officials this summer will start a program to help them stay clean once they leave detention.

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Posted on: May 20, 2014

Westmoreland Juvenile Detention Center Wants to Expand

Empty beds once prompted Westmoreland County officials to lay off staff and lower the cost for other counties to house children in the juvenile detention center.

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Posted on: May 15, 2014

Meal Delivery Program to Benefit from Hunger Walk Through Mt. Pleasant, Scottdale

Ending hunger one step at a time is the motto for the CROP Hunger Walk.

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Posted on: May 15, 2014

Latrobe Senior Center Volunteers Make, Sell Noodles as a Fundraiser

The key to the popularity of noodles handmade weekly at the Latrobe Senior Center is simplicity.

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Posted on: May 13, 2014

Delmont Couple Looks Back on Lifetime of Serving The Salvation Army

The Delmont couple has been married for about 43 years, and they have been giving back to their community for 42.

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Posted on: May 6, 2014

Domestic, Sexual Violence Victims Have New Place to Get Help

Women who are victims of domestic or sexual violence have a new place to turn to for help and support.

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Posted on: May 5, 2014

State Funding Formula Hurts Special Ed Programs

More than 46,000 Western Pennsylvania special education students are on the losing end of a state funding formula that dumps their education costs onto school districts inequitably, educators and some lawmakers say.

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Posted on: May 1, 2014

Murrysville - Area Nonprofits to Take Part In Day of Giving

Murrysville Meals on Wheels isn't exactly flush with cash. But by relying on the labor — and mileage — of volunteers, the nonprofit group has learned to stretch every dollar in its $25,000 annual budget.

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Posted on: April 25, 2014

Bridges to Prosperity Opening New Class at Jeannette Salvation Army

Bridges to Prosperity, formerly known as the Jeannette Circles Initiative, will start a new 17-week course today called “Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin' by World.”

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Posted on: April 25, 2014

Company Changes Plans, Wants to Build Skilled Nursing Facility in Unity

A day after abandoning plans to build a rehabilitation hospital in Unity, a Cumberland County health care company decided to build a skilled nursing facility in the township, according to the firm's CEO.

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Posted on: April 24, 2014

With Help of Family Services, Irwin Woman Pursuing Her Goals

At first glance, Samantha Bozich's desire to get a driver's license and start classes at a community college this year might seem like easy enough goals to attain.

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Posted on: April 23, 2014

Westmoreland County Shared Ride Program Sees Drop in Usage

Officials have been pleased with the overall performance of the unified service, which links four social service-based transportation programs, but ridership is down during its first year under authority control.

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Posted on: April 22, 2014

Detox Treatment Common for Westmoreland County Inmates

Nearly half of the inmates who enter Westmoreland County Prison have a drug or alcohol problem, Warden John Walton said on Monday.

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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

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

13 Stories
Posted on: September 25, 2014

Effort underway to raze landmark-turned-eyesore Monsour Medical Center

The Westmoreland County Land Bank will serve as acquiring entity, as per its mission to obtain blighted properties and return them to tax rolls.

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Posted on: September 12, 2014

Westmoreland County Land Bank Targets Monsour Hospital

Westmoreland County Land Bank

A collaborative effort with the Westmoreland County IDC and the City of Jeannette, the Land Bank sets to acquire the former hospital site.

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Posted on: July 25, 2014

Westmoreland County Land Bank Cleans Up Blighted Lots

Two abandoned houses in West Newton are scheduled to be demolished later this year, the first project of the newly formed Westmoreland County Land Bank, which has a mission to buy and eliminate blighted properties.

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Posted on: May 27, 2014

Ten Municipalities Join Westmoreland County Land Bank

Westmoreland County Landbank

The Board of Directors of the Westmoreland County Land Bank today announced that ten municipalities have joined the land bank-an initiative targeting abandoned and tax-foreclosed properties that... Read on...

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Posted on: May 14, 2014

Scottdale Borough joins land bank program

Scottdale Borough is the latest community to participate in the Westmoreland County Land Bank-an entity targeting blight in neighborhoods.

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Posted on: May 1, 2014

Land Bank Benefits Westmoreland County

Recently, local leaders at the G-11 conference discussed the benefits of joining the Westmoreland County Land Bank

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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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Park Police

3 Stories
Posted on: April 28, 2014

Support for K9 Officer Rex

ATTENTION: The Westmoreland County Park Police are trying to raise money to offset the costs of a safer and more reliable K9 vehicle for Officer Meyers and K9 Rex. See the attached flyer to see how you can help.

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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: September 26, 2014

2014 Hobgoblin Hikes at Twin Lakes and Cedar Creek Parks

Hobgoblin Hike

This year’s hikes will be held at Twin Lakes Park on Friday October 17, and at Cedar Creek Park on Friday October 24. These FREE ½ mile, outdoor, guided hikes are recommended for ages 8 and up and are a fun alternative to... Read on...

Hobgoblin Hike event page
Posted on: August 19, 2014

Check out a video about our newest trail: The Little Crabtree Creek Trail!

Visit our Little Crabtree Creek Trail page for more information about this new trail!

View the Little Crabtree Creek Trail YouTube video
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

3 Stories
Posted on: July 21, 2014

Fee Increase Effective August 8, 2014

Acts 113 and 126 signed by Governor Corbett will raise the JCP/ATJ/CJEA FEE by $12.00.

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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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Reality Tour

5 Stories
Posted on: August 19, 2014

Reality Tour at Belle Vernon Area Highschool Traces Downfall of An Addict

After three long years, the Reality Tour has finally arrived in the Mon Valley.

The first run of the program was held Monday at Belle Vernon Area High School. While the target audience will be parents and children ages... Read on...

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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: 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

3 Stories
Posted on: July 23, 2014

Fee Increase Effective August 1, 2014

Effective Friday, August, 1, 2014, the fee to record a Document (except UCC & Notary Documents) will increase by $12.00 due to the passage of ACT 126 of 2014 (HB 278) and ACT 113 of 2014 (HB 1337) .

The Recorder of Deeds... Read on...

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

6 Stories
Posted on: May 29, 2014

RACW Revitalization Efforts in Mount Pleasant Borough Center on East End Parklet

The RACW was awarded a $25,000 Keystone Communities Public Improvement Grant to go toward redevelopment efforts along the borough's Main Street corridor, specifically East End Park

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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 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.

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Register of Wills

3 Stories
Posted on: July 24, 2014

Fee Increase Effective August 8, 2014

Due to recent actions of the Legislature, all JCS / ATJ / CJEA fees collected by the Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans’ Court offices will increase to $35.50.

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

6 Stories
Posted on: July 25, 2014

Veteran Ticket Foundation

Veteran Tickets Foundation

Veteran Tickets Foundation teams up with major sports teams, leagues, promoters, organizations, venues and ticket holders to provide free and discounted tickets to the more than 21 million Military and Veterans. Currently... Read on...

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Posted on: April 24, 2014

VA Warns of Pension Poaching Scams

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pension exists to help financially disadvantaged wartime Veterans and their survivors.

Individuals and organizations are available to help you file a VA pension claim free of... Read on...

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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: 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: 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: 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

3 Stories
Posted on: June 27, 2014

Westmoreland County Firemen’s Association Calendar

WCFA Calendar Year June 1 to May 31
All membership dues must be paid by May 31 for each member to be in good standing to receive $200.00 death benefit. Dues are $3.00 per/member and $10.00 fire company, check with your... Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2014

Westmoreland County Firemen’s Association welcome...

Westmoreland County Firemen’s Association welcome:
New public safety director and deputy director appointed by Westmoreland County Commissioners:

Roland Mertz, Public Safety Director
Nicolas Caesar, Deputy Director

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

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WCIDC

26 Stories
Posted on: August 1, 2014

Corbett Administration Announces Manufacturer Expansion Creating New Jobs in Westmoreland County

PA Governor's Office, Press Release, August 1, 2014

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Posted on: June 4, 2014

Judge positions Westmoreland to acquire former Monsour Medical Center

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Posted on: May 13, 2014

Jeannette receives lone bid for securing Monsour building

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Posted on: May 7, 2014

Penn Crossing added to LERTA discussion

Penn Trafford Star, Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Posted on: April 17, 2014

Bridge work a priority for PennDOT in Westmoreland

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Thursday, April 17, 2014

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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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Westmoreland Link Network

2 Stories
Posted on: June 20, 2014

Making Sense of Your Finances and Avoiding Exploitation

Please pass the word! Link Network is sponsoring a Financial Education Day on June 30 at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg for consumers, agency staff and the general public.

Seating is limited -- register now by using the attached form!

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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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