Posted on: February 9, 2017

State Fire Commissioner Announces $30 Million Available for Fire/Volunteer Ambulance Grants

PA Office of the State Fire Commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Feb. 3, 2017

State Fire Commissioner Announces $30 Million Available for Fire and Volunteer Ambulance Grant Applicants

 Harrisburg, PA – On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, State Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay an...

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911 Public Safety
Posted on: January 21, 2016

Governor Wolf Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Winter Storm

Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today declared a state of emergency in preparation for the winter storm expected to impact Pennsylvania, especially in the southeast and south central regions of the state. The disaster emergency proclamatio...Read on...

911 Public Safety
Posted on: January 21, 2016

Safety and Precautionary Measures Urged Ahead of Potentially Severe Storm (PA Dept of Agriculture)

PA Dept of Agriculture

Harrisburg, PA - With winter weather poised to strike the Mid-Atlantic this weekend, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding urged Pennsylvanians to take precautions should the threat of potentially-severe storms hold true.

“Snowfall and low temperatu...Read on...

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Posted on: October 30, 2015

Local municipalities receive Generators with the help of the PEMA Disaster grant

PEMA Generators enroute to Westmoreland County

Westmoreland County DPS took possession of two 175 kW generators this week to be available during disasters to augment emergency power for municipal emergency operations in three municipalities.

The disasters of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee...Read on...

Hazard Mitigation Plan website 911 Public Safety
Posted on: October 28, 2015

Dispatcher Assists Local Family Deliver a Healthy Baby Girl

Stork Pin Recognition

Some exciting news for one of our own Dispatchers, Rachel Kuras Nolf was able to assist a family in Murrysville on September 9th with the delivery of a healthy baby girl! Director Mertz along with his staff was able to present Rachel with a Certificate a...Read on...

911 Public Safety
Posted on: September 16, 2015

Follow us on Twitter!

Follow us @WCDPS911 for the latest Westmoreland County DPS news and updates.

Go to WCDPS Twitter page 911 Public Safety

Posted on: October 13, 2017

Empowering the Caregiver Nov. 9th

Caregivers are invited to join us at Westmoreland Manor Thursday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Check in and a light breakfast will be followed by presentations. Lunch is included but reservations are required by Nov. 2nd at 724-237-1242 or palinkcoord...

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View flyer Area Agency on Aging
Posted on: September 27, 2017

Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging Caregiver Support Group Meeting

Caregiver hands

The Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging extends an invitation to you to attend our monthly Caregiver Support Group Meeting on Wednesday,
October 11, 2017
from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the McKennaCenter ...

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Area Agency on Aging
Posted on: September 19, 2017

HealthChoices meetings announced

Community Health Choices Logo

BEGINNING JANUARY 2018

Community HealthChoices (CHC) will be the service program for persons enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid (Medical Assistance); individuals enrolled in Medicaid waivers for physical disabilities; and Medicaid-eligible consumers wh...

Details, including meeting dates and registration

Area Agency on Aging
Posted on: September 15, 2017

Medicare Annual Comparison

APPRISE, The State Health Insurance Assistance Program, provides free, confidential information and counseling to all Medicare beneficiaries. APPRISE will hold free information and comparison events throughout the enrollment period. Schedule an appointmen...

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Additional Info... Area Agency on Aging
Posted on: September 7, 2017

Health & Education Expo

Red heart drawn on chalkboard with Health & Education Expo written in chalk

Wednesday, October 25, 2017  9:00 am - 2:00 pmRamada Greensburg Hotel & Conference CenterLight refreshments, door prizes, over 90 vendors

Presented by The Area Agency on Aging

Light Refreshments, Door Prizes, Over 90 vendors

Health screenings

Hea...

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Area Agency on Aging
Posted on: September 14, 2017

Help keep someone warm this winter

Keep someone warm this winter

Hats, mittens and socks will be collected at area libraries and senior centers and distributed to human service agencies and shelters throughout Westmoreland County.

Additional Info... Area Agency on Aging
Posted on: December 30, 2015

4 gain access to Derry-area home after 1 falsely claims to work for Area Agency on Aging

Warnings of a scheme that targets the elderly were issued Tuesday because a group of people deemed “suspicious” gained entry to a Westmoreland County resident's home.

Additional Info... Area Agency on Aging
Posted on: July 8, 2015

Westmoreland Area Agency on Aging lends support to caregivers

It's been emotionally draining and heartbreaking for Peg Wiley to watch her husband slip into dementia...

Every month, she looks forward to one day in particular marked on her calendar — the second Wednesday.

Additional Info... Area Agency on Aging

BH/DS

4 Stories
Posted on: September 19, 2017

HealthChoices meetings announced

Community Health Choices Logo

BEGINNING JANUARY 2018

Community HealthChoices (CHC) will be the service program for persons enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid (Medical Assistance); individuals enrolled in Medicaid waivers for physical disabilities; and Medicaid-eligible consumers wh...

Details, including meeting dates and registration

BH/DS
Posted on: September 15, 2017

Planting Seeds of Hope Conference - November 17, 2017

Hand sprinkling seeds

The Ray of Hope Suicide Prevention Task Force is pleased to announce a full day training with speaker Earl Granville along with a panel discussion, State updates and current research. 

This year’s forum will be held at Westmoreland Count...

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BH/DS
Posted on: April 25, 2017

Family Overdose Support Group

Support-Group-Overdose

Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month in Monessen

Every 4th Tuesday of the Month in Charleroi

SPHS Behavioral Health will have Supportive Group for Family Members of Overdose Victims

Please see the attached document for official date/time and locations 

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View flyer (pdf) BH/DS
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.

This resource guide lists regiona...Read on...

Outpatient Directory BH/DS

Posted on: September 28, 2017

Westmoreland County Overcomes PA’s Broken Child Welfare System

Westmoreland Children First Advisory Board Banner

Westmoreland County child welfare officials responded to a recent state Auditor General special report analyzing the children and youth services system in Pennsylvania.

Read on... Children's Bureau
Posted on: September 19, 2017

HealthChoices meetings announced

Community Health Choices Logo

BEGINNING JANUARY 2018

Community HealthChoices (CHC) will be the service program for persons enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid (Medical Assistance); individuals enrolled in Medicaid waivers for physical disabilities; and Medicaid-eligible consumers wh...

Details, including meeting dates and registration

Children's Bureau
Posted on: August 10, 2017

Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators Awarded CCAP 2017 Affiliate of the Year

2017 CCAP Award

Each year, the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) selects an organization they are associated with as the Affiliate of the Year to recognize outstanding efforts in moving the county mission forward.

The 2017 Outstanding Affiliate of th...

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Children's Bureau
Posted on: June 26, 2017

DeLuzio & Company, LLP Donate Over 400 lbs of Clothing to Westmoreland County Children's Bureau

Westmoreland County Children's Bureau and Deluzio & Company staff with Clothing Drive Donations

Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau recently received a generous donation of 482.2 lbs. of clothing by Deluzio & Company, LLP! 

Through networking, the firm learned that the Children’s Bureau keeps a “children&a...

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Visit Deluzio & Company on Facebook Children's Bureau
Posted on: March 22, 2017

Mom Credits Caseworker for Saving Life from Addiction

Bailey Noll, Photo credit: Steph Chambers, Tribune-Review

Bailey Noll hid her heroin addiction from her young son's curious eyes.

“I never let Paxton be around when I was using,” she said.

She would lock herself in her North Huntingdon bedroom to inject the drug.

One day in January last...

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Read full Tribune-Review article Children's Bureau
Posted on: June 13, 2016

Children's Bureau Director Celebrates Children's Roundtable at Governor's Mansion

Shara Saveikis with Governor and First Lady Wolf

On June 10th Governor Wolf and First Lady Wolf, along with members of the Supreme Court invited approximately 73 professionals and their guest, to the Governor’s Mansion in recognition of their valuable contributions to Pennsylvania Children, in celebrati...Read on...

More info on PA State Roundtable Movement Children's Bureau

Posted on: March 28, 2017

Attention Crime Victims

Folded stack of cash

Bryan L. Kline, your Clerk of Courts is looking for crime victims who did not update their address with the Clerk of Courts Office.

View victim list Clerk of Courts
Posted on: March 28, 2017

House Judiciary Committee Testimony

Seal PA House of Representatives

On May 5th 2014, Bryan Kline, your Clerk of Courts testified at a House Judiciary Committee Hearing as a participate of the Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force. He was appointed to this task force by the governor in 2011. Bryan has been a strong advoca...

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Clerk of Courts

Posted on: September 25, 2017

Amendment to the Westmoreland County Community Development Block Grant Program

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT

The County proposes budget amendments to the following FY 2016 CDBG activities.

Additional Info... Community Development
Posted on: July 11, 2017

2017 Annual Action Plan

2017 Annual Plan

The purpose of Westmoreland County’s Annual Action Plan (AP) is to guide funding decisions in the next year regarding specific federal funds received for housing and community development activities.

Read more... Community Development
Posted on: July 11, 2017

2016 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report

2016 CAPER

The report outlines Community Development Block Grant-funded activities.

Read more... Community Development
Posted on: April 8, 2015

Mt. Pleasant receives more than $45K to upgrade Frick Park

Frick park Welcome Sign

By A.J. Panian Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 9:00 p.m. The cracks in the asphalt surface of the basketball court at Frick Park in Mt. Pleasant have widened through the years, said James M. Wojnar, a borough councilman and chairman of the council's parks and r...

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Article Link... Community Development
Posted on: March 12, 2015

Westmoreland County announces homeownership program

Homes

Greensburg, Pa., The Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners and the Westmoreland County Land Bank announced the creation of a new program and partnership for homeownership today. $160,000 was secured from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA)...

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Community Development

Posted on: February 3, 2017

Controller’s Office garners National Honors for the 30th consecutive year

GFOA Logo

The Westmoreland County Controller’s Office has been recognized for the 30th straight year for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association.

This is the highest form of recognition afforded to governments for financial r...

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Controllers
Posted on: April 8, 2015

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Coroner

20 Stories
Posted on: April 7, 2017

2016 Annual Report

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County

22 Stories
Posted on: October 18, 2017

We're hiring!

Hiring

Recent Job Postings (with application deadlines): Administrative Assistant, Information Systems (Oct 27), Legal Secretary Trainee, Public Defender (Oct 31), RN Assessment Coordinator, Westmoreland Manor Nursing (Nov 1)

County Job Postings County
Posted on: September 12, 2017

Critical Need for Election Poll Workers

poll-workers-needed

Play a vital role in the democratic process. Contribute to your community by helping run an election and safeguard our election process. Volunteers especially needed in Vandergrift and Rostraver areas.

Learn more County
Posted on: October 11, 2017

Westmoreland Needs Your Input on Public Transportation - Public Input Session and Survey Launch

Westmoreland County Transportation Development Plan

Dave Totten

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission

412-391-5590 X363

dtotten@spcregion.org

  

Greensburg, PA: The TDP will include strategies and recommendations for the future of public transportation within Westmoreland County. Publi...

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Additional Info... County
Posted on: October 10, 2017

2018 Tourism Grant Applications Now Available

Laurel Highlands Logo

Completed applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m., Friday, November 17, 2017.

Additional Info... County
Posted on: October 2, 2017

2017 Fall Public Participation Panel Meeting

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Logo

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) encourages you to attend the Public Participation Panel meeting for Westmoreland County to learn about the draft 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and long range planning.  Meetings will...

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County
Posted on: September 28, 2017

Westmoreland County Overcomes PA’s Broken Child Welfare System

Westmoreland Children First Advisory Board Banner

Westmoreland County child welfare officials responded to a recent state Auditor General special report analyzing the children and youth services system in Pennsylvania.

Read on... County
Posted on: September 25, 2017

Amendment to the Westmoreland County Community Development Block Grant Program

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT

The County proposes budget amendments to the following FY 2016 CDBG activities.

Additional Info... County
Posted on: September 26, 2017

Prepare to be scared at the Hobgoblin Hikes!

Hobgoblin newsflash

Hobgoblin Hikes to be held at Northmoreland Park and Mammoth Park in 2017

The annual Hobgoblin Hikes are just around the corner! The only free events of their kind in our area, these hikes are sponsored by Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation and will ...

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Hobgoblin Hike event page County
Posted on: September 27, 2017

Health & Education Expo

Red heart drawn on chalkboard with Health & Education Expo written in chalk

Wednesday, October 25, 2017  9:00 am - 2:00 pmRamada Greensburg Hotel & Conference CenterLight refreshments, door prizes, over 90 vendors

Presented by The Area Agency on Aging

Light Refreshments, Door Prizes, Over 90 vendors

Health screenings

Hea...

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County
Posted on: September 7, 2017

WCIDC Board Accepts Proposal for Jeannette Rt. 30 Redevelopment

Colony Holding Companies' proposed design for Jeannette Rt. 30 Redevelopment

Greensburg, Pa., September 7, 2017 - The Board of Directors of the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation (WCIDC), Gina Cerilli, Ted Kopas, and Charles W. Anderson, today announced their acceptance of a proposal from Colony Holdin...

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Read full Press Release... County
Posted on: August 30, 2017

Westmoreland County Land Bank Selects Local Developer’s Proposal for Jeannette Rt. 30 Project

Cleared site

Colony Holding will acquire the 6.4-acre site for $2.1 million with plans to develop the site for “Jayhawk Commons” –a mix of commercial and retail space.

Additional Info... County
Posted on: August 21, 2017

Westmoreland County Housing Authority (WCHA) joins the ConnectHome Nation initiative

EveryoneOn logo

Media Contact: Michael L. Washowich, Executive Director                          724-832-7248

Greensburg, PA, August 21, 2017 – We...

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County
Posted on: August 15, 2017

Land Bank Awarded Grant to Boost Community Pride in Sutersville Borough

Community Foundation Summer Interns with April Kopas

NEWS RELEASE                                             ...

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County
Posted on: August 10, 2017

Redevelopment Authority's Efforts Admired In Community Progress Blog

Center for Community Progress

Westmoreland County has a large, growing, aging population and a housing affordability problem. A new grant award will make it possible for the redevelopment authority and land bank to help with those challenges

Read blog County
Posted on: August 10, 2017

Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators Awarded CCAP 2017 Affiliate of the Year

2017 CCAP Award

Each year, the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) selects an organization they are associated with as the Affiliate of the Year to recognize outstanding efforts in moving the county mission forward.

The 2017 Outstanding Affiliate of th...

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County
Posted on: June 22, 2017

Siemens Corporation Invests at RIDC Westmoreland

Siemens

Siemens Corporation is establishing a 290,000-square-foot presence at RIDC Westmoreland. Siemens Energy division expects to employ about 200 people at the facility when it opens in 2018.

Press Release... County
Posted on: June 1, 2017

WCIDC Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony at Jeannette Glass Site

Jeannette Groundbreaking

The event marked the official start of environmental remediation and demolition of buildings on the site. Dennis Davin, secretary of the state DCED, announced a $960,300 grant through the Industrial Site Reuse Program

Press Release... County
Posted on: June 1, 2017

$600K grant aims to clear Westmoreland brownfield sites for repurposing

Greensburg Transfer & Storage Building, Depot Street

“These brownfield sites, perceived to be contaminated spaces, can be converted for another industrial or commercial use,” said April Kopas, executive director of Westmoreland County Redevelopment Authority. Photo credit: Kyle Hodges

Read full Tribune-Review article County
Posted on: May 11, 2017

ALERT: PA Supreme Court prothonotary’s office phone number is being used in consumer scam

Scam Alert Sign

HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Office of the Prothonotary is warning people about a telephone scam being used to get money or personal information.

The scam begins when the caller ID indicates the incoming call is coming from the PA Courts — ...

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County
Posted on: April 25, 2017

Redevelopment Authority Receives $175,000 for Accessible Housing Programs

Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland

The Board of Directors of the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland today announced the agency has been awarded a $175,000 grant through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund to rehabilitate single-fami...

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County
Posted on: March 17, 2017

Juror Donation Program - Update

Donation jars with cash inside

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together

Vincent Van Gogh

Great things have been done with the help of Westmoreland County citizens serving as jurors since the inception of the juror donation program in September, 2016. Over $10,00...

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Posted on: March 22, 2017

Mom Credits Caseworker for Saving Life from Addiction

Bailey Noll, Photo credit: Steph Chambers, Tribune-Review

Bailey Noll hid her heroin addiction from her young son's curious eyes.

“I never let Paxton be around when I was using,” she said.

She would lock herself in her North Huntingdon bedroom to inject the drug.

One day in January last year, she didn't come out.

He...

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Read full Tribune-Review article County

Courts

4 Stories
Posted on: October 16, 2017

CLE at the Westmoreland County Courthouse

The course will provide one (1) substantive credit hour towards required CLE for attorneys.  The topic presented by a representative from Thomson Reuters will be on "What's New in Westlaw."  Lunch will not be provided. &nbs...

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Courts
Posted on: May 11, 2017

ALERT: PA Supreme Court prothonotary’s office phone number is being used in consumer scam

AOPC Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts Logo

HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Office of the Prothonotary is warning people about a telephone scam being used to get money or personal information.

The scam begins when the caller ID indicates the incoming call is coming from the PA Courts &a...

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Courts
Posted on: March 17, 2017

Juror Donation Program - Update

Juror Donation Program

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together

Vincent Van Gogh

Great things have been done with the help of Westmoreland County citizens serving as jurors since the inception of the juror donation program in September, 2016. Over $10,00...

Read on...

Learn more Courts
Posted on: November 5, 2015

NEW JURY DUTY EXEMPTIONS

jury duty

Effective January 2016 pursuant to the Pennsylvania Act 54 of 2015, Westmoreland County citizens summoned for jury duty can request to be excused and will be exempted from service if the individual is:

1. 75 years of age or older, or
2. A judge, mag...Read on...

Courts

Posted on: October 11, 2017

Westmoreland Needs Your Input on Public Transportation - Public Input Session and Survey Launch

Westmoreland County Transportation Development Plan

Dave Totten

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission

412-391-5590 X363

dtotten@spcregion.org

  

Greensburg, PA: The TDP will include strategies and recommendations for the future of public transportation within Westmoreland County. Public involve...

Read on...

Additional Info... Development Council
Posted on: October 2, 2017

Wolf Administration Participates in Recognition of Tucker Auto-Mation

Tucker Auto-Mation logo

On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, DCED executive deputy secretary Neil Weaver joined the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation to recognize Tucker Auto-Mation, for the company’s contributions to manufacturing.

Read on... Development Council
Posted on: September 7, 2017

WCIDC Board Accepts Proposal for Jeannette Rt. 30 Redevelopment

Colony Holding Companies' proposed design for Jeannette Rt. 30 Redevelopment

The Westmoreland County Land Bank can now enter into a formal agreement with Colony Holding for the 6.4-acre parcel for a purchase price of $2.1 million.

Press Release... Development Council
Posted on: August 8, 2017

Westmoreland Development Council Summer Newsletter

Newsletter News Flash

Read the latest news from the Westmoreland Development Council!

Read more... Development Council
Posted on: June 22, 2017

Siemens Corporation Invests at RIDC Westmoreland

Siemens

Siemens Corporation is establishing a 290,000-square-foot presence at RIDC Westmoreland. Siemens Energy division expects to employ about 200 people at the facility when it opens in 2018.

Press Release... Development Council
Posted on: June 1, 2017

WCIDC Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony at Jeannette Glass Site

Jeannette Groundbreaking

The event marked the official start of environmental remediation and demolition of buildings on the site. Dennis Davin, secretary of the state DCED, announced a $960,300 grant through the Industrial Site Reuse Program

Press Release... Development Council
Posted on: December 5, 2016

Westmoreland Community Identifies Issues & Highlights Advantages of the County

Reimagining Our Westmoreland

The Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development has received a strong response to the initial phases of the Comprehensive Plan update, Reimagining Our Westmoreland.

Press Release... Development Council
Posted on: December 2, 2016

WCIDC partners with Penn State New Kensington on Entrepreneurial Center

Penn State New Kensington Logo

The WCIDC Board of Directors, Gina Cerilli, Ted Kopas, and Charles W. Anderson, approved an Agreement of Sale for the purchase of a building and property in New Kensington that will house Penn State New Kensington’s (PSNK) new Entrepreneurial Center.

Additional Info... Development Council
Posted on: October 11, 2016

Westmoreland County tackles how to grow county amid aging population

Aging Demo

A group of some of Westmoreland County’s top employers on Wednesday afternoon discussed the challenges of an aging and declining population and its impact on the region's workforce, but spoke optimistically about what was to come.

Read on... Development Council
Posted on: September 16, 2016

Gov. Wolf Announces Over $1.1 Million in Funding to Support Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass

Toll Plaza

Governor Wolf announced $1.14 million in funding to support work along the Amos K Hutchinson Bypass while minimizing closures and disruptions on the PA turnpike.

Read on... Development Council
Posted on: August 30, 2016

WCIDC announces ownership of former Jeannette Glass plant

Former Jeannette Glass Site

The Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation (WCIDC) announced today the Westmoreland County Tax Bureau has signed over the deed to the WCIDC for the former Jeannette Glass property

Press Release... Development Council

Elections

2 Stories
Posted on: October 16, 2017

Public Notice

Official Notice stamp

Notice is hereby given that a public test will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 10:00 am in the Election Bureau of the voting equipment to be used at the Municipal Election to be held on November 7, 2017. 

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Elections
Posted on: September 12, 2017

Critical Need for Election Workers

poll-workers-needed

Play a vital role in the democratic process. Contribute to your community by helping run an election and safeguard our election process. Volunteers especially needed in Vandergrift and Rostraver areas.

Learn more Elections

Posted on: October 20, 2017

Wolf vetoes bill to impose work requirements for Medicaid

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf is vetoing legislation to impose work or job search requirements for certain Medicaid recipients.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: October 19, 2017

Habitat for Humanity is having banner year in Westmoreland after decade of struggling

Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity is looking for new ways to expand its mission.

Major renovations on two Greensburg homes are nearing completion, and the organization is in the midst of a series of smaller projects to help low-income homeowners.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: October 19, 2017

Community HealthChoices meeting draws questions, concern

The state Department of Human Services is presenting more than 40 community meetings over several weeks in the 14 counties for which Community HealthChoices takes effect Jan. 1.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: October 13, 2017

Empowering the Caregiver Nov. 9th

Caregiver Event flyer, 9 Nov 17

Caregivers are invited to join us at Westmoreland Manor Thursday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Check in and a light breakfast will be followed by presentations. Lunch is included but reservations are required by Nov. 2nd at 724-237-1242 or palinkcoord...

See flyer.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: October 13, 2017

Tips on making a home more accessible without major construction

For those who need a more accessible living space, outfitting your home for walkers, wheelchairs, scooters and other assistive devices requires forethought and planning. But it doesn’t have to involve major renovation projects or big budgets.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: October 12, 2017

New Faith in Action program launched for active adults

From the Latrobe Bulletin:

Laurel Faith in Action staff member Sibby McLaughlin, rider Minnie Bishop, new rider Beverly Kreuzberger, guide Sandy Romano and staff member Dee Kane participate in first guided trip of the new program.Laurel Faith in Action lau...

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Human Services
Posted on: October 10, 2017

Westmoreland Transit study will seek public input Oct. 18 and online

Transit meeting 18 Oct 17-page-001

The public will have a chance to contribute to a study of Westmoreland County public transportation options next week.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: October 6, 2017

Nov. 8th PANEL DISCUSSION: IMMIGRATION - IT'S NOT THAT EASY

The YWCA Racial Justice Committee

in partnership with

The Seton Hill University Diversity & Inclusion Office

 

Present

A PANEL DISCUSSION:

IMMIGRATION - IT'S NOT THAT EASY

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Cecilian Hall at Seton Hill University

 

6:...

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Posted on: October 5, 2017

Murrysville Meals on Wheels celebrates 45 years of volunteering

Peggy Schake of Murrysville no longer cooks for herself. But as a member of Murrysville Meals on Wheels , she continues to cook for others.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: October 2, 2017

Medicare enrollment assistance

APPRISE, The State Health Insurance Assistance Program, provides free, confidential information and counseling to all Medicare beneficiaries. APPRISE will hold free information and comparison events throughout the enrollment period. Schedule an appointmen...

Read on...

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: September 25, 2017

Analysts: Pennsylvania Would Lose Billions Under Health Bill

Pennsylvania would be one of the states hit the hardest under U.S. Senate legislation designed to repeal much of former President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law and redistribute federal health care subsidies among states, independent analysts said.

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Posted on: September 25, 2017

Move to close Pennsylvania state-care facilities panned, hailed by advocates of disabled

A bill pending in the Pennsylvania House has exposed fissures in the disability-rights community over the viability of large state-run institutions that care for the disabled.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: September 25, 2017

Public meetings planned on changes to Medicaid-funded long-term care

Pushing forward with a plan that will revamp delivery of long-term care services to older and disabled southwestern Pennsylvanians in 2018, state officials have scheduled public information meetings. 3.http://www.healthchoicespa.com/

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Posted on: September 22, 2017

New Kensington Salvation Army volunteers recount Florida relief trip

Volunteers with the Salvation Army of New Kensington spent more than a week in Florida assisting with relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: September 21, 2017

Some food stamp recipients in Pennsylvania might see benefit changes

Pennsylvanians who receive food stamp might see a slight decrease in their monthly benefit beginning Oct. 1, due to an annual cost of living calculation by the federal government.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: September 20, 2017

"Everyone is an asset": Oct. 29th Disabilities Retreat

People with disabilities and lifelong illnesses are invited to this afternoon retreat.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: September 19, 2017

HealthChoices meetings announced

Community Health Choices Logo

BEGINNING JANUARY 2018

Community HealthChoices (CHC) will be the service program for persons enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid (Medical Assistance); individuals enrolled in Medicaid waivers for physical disabilities; and Medicaid-eligible consumers wh...

Details, including meeting dates and registration

Human Services
Posted on: September 20, 2017

Women helping women: United Way initiative improves 6K lives, officials say

Some needed just a minor boost — like enough cash to pay a utility bill or make next month's car payment.

Others confronted life-threatening crises, such as escaping domestic violence, finding a stable place to call home or caring for a sick child.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: September 18, 2017

Group that feeds the hungry expands into five counties

Seeing an increase in the number of people in need of food in the areas surrounding Allegheny County, 412 Food Rescue will kick off the creation of 724 Food Rescue at this year’s Farm Aid concert on Saturday at KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: September 14, 2017

Spectrum band a unique outlet for members affected by autism

Music is a sanctuary for Justin Laus of Penn Hills.

"It calms me down," said Laus, 23. "If I'm frustrated or angry, it really helps me relax and focus."

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: September 14, 2017

University leaders speak out against sexual violence

Elected officials, law enforcement, victim advocates & university representatives from campuses in Allegheny & Westmoreland counties gathered at the University of Pittsburgh Monday to reaffirm their commitment to ending sexual assault on college campuses.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: September 14, 2017

5 state-run facilities for disabled adults could close if bill passes

Family members of the residents of Pennsylvania's five intermediate care facilities are mobilizing in opposition to a bill that could close the centers by 2023.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: September 14, 2017

Changes ahead for seniors selecting Medigap supplement insurance

A plan to shut the doors on the most popular insurance policies used by retirees on Medicare will soon present difficult decisions for people choosing Medigap supplement insurance.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: September 5, 2017

Lengthy Pa. budget battle could jeopardize local governments

Stalled talks in Harrisburg over how to fund Pennsylvania's $32 billion budget could have a trickle down affect later this year on local governments as they figure out how to pay for mandated social services.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: August 30, 2017

Inside Line--News from your Agency on Aging

National Senior Center Month, Elder Abuse Task Force, Smart Driving Skills..and more!

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: August 22, 2017

Angels, heartbreak and murder

The family of a young man with mental illness tried to get help, but couldn’t until he turned violent.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: August 18, 2017

State names Teresa Miller acting secretary for Human Services

Teresa Miller, Pennsylvania's insurance commissioner and a native of Oregon, has been named Pennsylvania's acting Human Services secretary, effective Monday, according to a message sent to department staff.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: August 9, 2017

Mental illness and homelessness are connected. But not how you might think

“Look around. It’s here,” Rep. Timothy F. Murphy (R-Pa.) said during a recent visit, describing why he sees Step Up’s residential programs as a national model.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: August 7, 2017

The limits of 8

Section 8 vouchers were designed to give low-income people choice in housing. A Post-Gazette data analysis shows their choices are mainly in low-income areas.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: August 7, 2017

Former Pirates play ball with disabled athletes

Miracles — in all shapes and sizes — came to the Bill Mazeroski Miracle League Field in Murrysville Community Park this weekend.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: August 7, 2017

Westmoreland Notables: Longtime military man helps veterans

After a nearly 20-year Air Force career that took him all over the world, Matt Zamosky returned to Westmoreland County looking for a job.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: July 25, 2017

Avoiding 9 Key Risks Could Potentially Stave Off Dementia: Panel

There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer's, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine key risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia cases around the world.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: June 21, 2017

Westmoreland County Housing Authority passes smoking ban

Nearly 5,000 Westmoreland County Housing Authority tenants have until next summer to be smoke-free or risk being evicted.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: May 11, 2017

Have you lost a Loved One who suffers from addiction?

Date, time, and location of the grief support groups for Mental Health America

Mental Health America is opening their doors to anyone who has lost a loved one who suffers from addiction. The "Loving and Losing - The War on Addiction" grief support group begins May 31st at 7 p.m. and will meet the last Wednesday of every mo...

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

Substance Abuse Forum and Education, Penn-Trafford HS, Sept. 20th

(S.A.F.E.) Substance Abuse Forum and Education WHERE: PENN TRAFFORD HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM WHEN: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 TIME: 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. In an effort to deal with the ongoing drug crisis and its effect on our youth in Westmoreland County, ...

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Human Services
Posted on: March 14, 2016

Pitt study links exercise, delay in mental decline

There's no question exercise is beneficial on many fronts, and a new study links calorie-burning in older people to delaying the onset of cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Additional Info... Human Services

Posted on: September 25, 2017

Westmoreland County looks to restore troubled youth through refurbished furniture program

Anthony Cremonese, community service work coordinator for Westmoreland County juvenile probation

A new Westmoreland County program will help restore victims of juvenile crime by restoring and selling old furniture. 

 The juvenile probation program will take offenders who owe both community service and restitution for five weeks and h...

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

Substance Abuse Forum and Education (S.A.F.E.)

SAFE forums

Community, parents, students, churches, police, businesses, civic organizations: In an effort to deal with the drug crisis and its effect on our youth, this panel focuses on free community drug prevention efforts and intervention and treatment options.

Learn more Juvenile Probation
Posted on: May 6, 2015

New Kensington-Arnold Youth Commission volunteers seek to put youths 'on right track'

Judge Bononi swears in members of New Kensington Arnold Youth Commission

By serving on the New Kensington-Arnold Youth Commission, Aaron Moore hopes to provide troubled children with the father figure he lacked growing up. “I see myself in them,” Moore said. “I've been where they've been.” Moore is one of at least a half-dozen...

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Learn more about WC Youth Commissions Juvenile Probation

Land Bank

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

Rostraver Township Joins Westmoreland County Land Bank

Rostraver Municipal Building

The Board of Directors of the Westmoreland County Land Bank today announced that Rostraver Township is the latest municipality to join the countywide Land Bank along with the Belle Vernon Area School District.

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Posted on: August 30, 2017

Westmoreland County Land Bank Selects Local Developer’s Proposal for Jeannette Rt. 30 Project

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Colony Holding will acquire the 6.4-acre site for $2.1 million with plans to develop the site for “Jayhawk Commons” –a mix of commercial and retail space.

Additional Info... Land Bank
Posted on: August 15, 2017

Land Bank Awarded Grant to Boost Community Pride in Sutersville Borough

Community Foundation Summer Interns with April Kopas

NEWS RELEASE                                             ...

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Land Bank
Posted on: August 2, 2017

Land bank sells Irwin building

Property at 207 Main Street, Irwin, PA

A long-vacant former restaurant and hotel building in downtown Irwin has been sold to a North Huntingdon man who plans to renovate the three-story structure the borough had condemned into six apartments on the top two floors and possibly a commercial use ...

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

Westmoreland County property auction to expand

Westmoreland County's land bank is expected to add four more parcels to its inventory Wednesday at the first of what could be as many as four judicial sales this year of tax-delinquent properties.

The county land bank, created in 2014 to return bl...

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

Students tear into work on Greensburg Habitat for Humanity project

Plaster rained from the ceiling and chunks of wall tumbled down the stairs as a group of students eagerly tore through a decrepit Greensburg home Saturday.

Davina Broker, 18, of Irwin especially liked ripping up the lathe boards inside the walls.

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Additional Info... Land Bank
Posted on: September 12, 2016

Boroughs Have Another Tool to Fight Blight

Boroughs across Pennsylvania will have another tool to fight blight in their communities with Act 84 of 2016, which was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. It will exempt land banks from the state realty transfer tax. The legislation, previously HB 1198, co...

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Additional Info... Land Bank
Posted on: June 27, 2016

Westmoreland County Land Bank Teams up With Keep PA Beautiful to Tackle Blight

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: April Kopas WESTMORELAND COUNTY LAND BANK akopas@co.westmoreland.pa.us 724.830.3050 Westmoreland County Land Bank Teams up With Keep PA Beautiful to Tackle Blight (HERMINIE, PA) The Westmoreland County Land Bank...

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Land Bank
Posted on: July 1, 2016

Petrarca measure would help land banks rehabilitate blighted properties

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Rep. Joseph Petrarca D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana www.pahouse.com/petrarca Petrarca measure would help land banks rehabilitate blighted properties HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca will introduce...

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Land Bank

Posted on: October 12, 2017

Comedy Night to benefit the Coal & Coke Trail - November 4

2017 CC Comedy Night spotlight

Comedy Night to benefit the Coal and Coke Trail, Saturday, November 4

The Coal and Coke Trail Chapter is hosting their annual Comedy Night on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Scottdale Fireman’s Club. Tickets are $30 per person and include dinne...

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Coal & Coke Trail Comedy Night flyer Parks & Recreation
Posted on: September 26, 2017

Prepare to be scared at the Hobgoblin Hikes!

Hobgoblin newsflash

Hobgoblin Hikes to be held at Northmoreland Park and Mammoth Park in 2017

The annual Hobgoblin Hikes are just around the corner! The only free events of their kind in our area, these hikes are sponsored by Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation and will ...

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Hobgoblin Hike event page Parks & Recreation
Posted on: December 13, 2012

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Follow us at "WestmorelandParkandRec" to stay up-to-date on new Parks and Rec information and programs, such as Festivals, Summer Concerts, Camps for Kids, Free Fishing Derbies, and more!

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Posted on: December 13, 2012

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Follow us @WestCoParksRec to stay up-to-date on news from your Westmoreland County Parks & Trails!

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Planning

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Posted on: October 11, 2017

Westmoreland Needs Your Input on Public Transportation - Public Input Session and Survey Launch

Westmoreland County Transportation Development Plan

Dave Totten

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission

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dtotten@spcregion.org

  

Greensburg, PA: The TDP will include strategies and recommendations for the future of public transportation within Westmoreland County. Publi...

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Posted on: October 2, 2017

2017 Fall Public Participation Panel Meeting

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Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) encourages you to attend the Public Participation Panel meeting for Westmoreland County to learn about the draft 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and long range planning.  Meetings will...

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Planning
Posted on: September 6, 2016

Westmoreland County Seeking Community Input for the Upcoming Comprehensive Plan

Reimagining Our Westmoreland

Westmoreland County is looking for community input concerning the upcoming Comprehensive Plan and we need your help! Reimagining Our Westmoreland will be a comprehensive strategy and policy guide for County officials, as well as provide more high level st...

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Project Website Planning

Posted on: October 3, 2017

NOTICE

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As of October 3, 2017 the old Prothonotary JEMS system is deleted. The county will be upgrading their operating systems and can no longer support the old JEMS system.
This will NOT affect our current iJEMS Prothonotary system.

Prothonotary
Posted on: January 23, 2017

Naturalization Record Search

The Naturalization and Petition of Record books are available in the Prothonotary Office for public viewing.

Additional Info... Prothonotary

Posted on: November 13, 2014

Murrysville Reality Tour takes families on dark journey of drug abuse

Ten years ago, concerned about her Butler community, Norma Norris left her job to start a drug awareness program. Today, that community-based program, The Reality Tour, is a nationally recognized one.

Additional info... Reality Tour

Posted on: August 10, 2017

Redevelopment Authority's Efforts Admired In Community Progress Blog

Westmoreland County has a large, growing, aging population and a housing affordability problem. A new grant award will make it possible for the redevelopment authority and land bank to help with those challenges

Additional Info... Redevelopment Authority
Posted on: June 1, 2017

$600K grant aims to clear Westmoreland brownfield sites for repurposing

Greensburg Transfer & Storage Building, Depot Street

“These brownfield sites, perceived to be contaminated spaces, can be converted for another industrial or commercial use,” said April Kopas, executive director of Westmoreland County Redevelopment Authority. Photo credit: Kyle Hodges

Read full Tribune-Review article Redevelopment Authority
Posted on: April 25, 2017

Redevelopment Authority Receives $175,000 for Accessible Housing Programs

The Board of Directors of the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland today announced the agency has been awarded a $175,000 grant through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund to rehabilitate single-fami...

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Redevelopment Authority
Posted on: April 24, 2017

Redevelopment Authority Utilizes EPA Grant for Mt. Pleasant Brownfield

An environmental study will help determine the appropriate reuse of a former Mt. Pleasant glass factory by assessing the level of any residual contaminants.

Additional Info... Redevelopment Authority
Posted on: February 7, 2017

Penn Park in Mt. Pleasant Borough complete, dedicated by borough

Mt. Pleasant, PA - In the east end of town, on the site of the former Penn Theater, a unique park concept combining a Parklet with a parking lot will be dedicated by the Borough, Thursday, October 20, 2016. Local residents Bob and Donna ...

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Posted on: January 31, 2017

2017 Dog Licenses are now Available.

Black Labrador Retriever

Credit Card payments accepted for on-line purchases only.

Learn more... Treasurer's Office

Posted on: October 23, 2017

Veterans with 'Bad Paper' Won't Get New VA ID Cards

 Starting next month, veterans can register for identification cards that prove their military history -- but not everyone who has served will get one.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: October 23, 2017

PA Veteran Farm Trail spotlights operations of those who serve

Rising early, working hard and coming back for more the next day. That could be a description of life in a military unit, but it also applies to the routine of Ralph Frye and his son, Todd, on their Unity dairy farm.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: October 23, 2017

Holiday craft show to benefit Ligonier Valley Air Force JROTC

Those getting an early start on their Christmas shopping at Ligonier Valley High School on Nov. 4 will be benefitting a group of young cadets who are planning a journey to honor the service members who died at Pearl Harbor.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: October 19, 2017

DMVA Digest October 18, 2017

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsOctober 18, 2017

Veteran Farmer Trail Tour:

The Pennsylvania Veteran Farming Project has organized the Veteran Farm Trail on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 to give people a chance...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: October 17, 2017

VA, Congress Crawl Toward Ending Abuse of Vet Pensioners

In 2012, the Government Accountability Office found more than 200 financial planning firms and estate law offices enticing veterans or their survivors into costly annuities or irrevocable trusts intended to hide or reallocate their assets so...

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Posted on: October 16, 2017

Military Ticket Offers

Below are a variety of offers for military members, (active, reserve, retired) and families.

Military Ticket Offers

 

To purchase tickets, please use the links provided or order by phone by calling the Group Sales Department at 412-804-7904. The spe...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: October 16, 2017

Combat Veterans Support Group Tues., Dec. 6 from 6-7:30

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Whether you deployed last year or 50 years ago, combat Veterans face many of the same challenges when they return home. Join us fora new Combat Veterans Group--meet fellow Veterans and learn about available resources.

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Posted on: October 14, 2017

Empowering Caregivers Event, Nov. 9th, Greensburg

Caregiver Event flyer, 9 Nov 17

Caregivers are invited to join us at Westmoreland Manor Thursday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Check in and a light breakfast will be followed by presentations. Lunch is included but reservations are required by Nov. 2nd at 724-237-1242 or palinkcoord...

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Posted on: October 12, 2017

Penn Area's 'Human Library' will feature Vietnam veterans telling their stories

In Jack Otto's drawings, it's the little details that occasionally make grown men cry.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: October 12, 2017

DMVA Digest October 11, 2017

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsOctober 11, 2017

 

Suport Pennsylvania Veterans:

DMVA manages six extended care facilities throughout the state that serve more than 1,300 eligible veterans and t...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: October 12, 2017

Pittsburgh Vet Center Quarterly Newsletter

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OUR MISSION:“We welcome home war Veterans with honor by providing readjustment counseling in a caring manner."

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Posted on: October 12, 2017

Hempfield florist hands out free bouquets to strangers — one to keep, one to give

“We're blessing people with flowers and trying to brighten their day,” she said as she planted herself outside the Greensburg VA Primary Care Center behind Westmoreland Mall.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: October 11, 2017

VA technique cuts emergency wait times

Veterans Health Administration hospitals around the country are adopting a Pittsburgh-developed technique for reducing emergency room waits and making sure vets can quickly see a specialist after an ER visit.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: October 10, 2017

What makes VAPHS nurse a nominee for 'compassionate caregiver of the year'?

To watch nurse Victor Fagan briskly walk a clinic corridor while a veteran with a cane trails him to an exam room, he might seem one of those officious, too-busy health care professionals trying to get patients in and out as quickly as possible.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: October 10, 2017

TRICARE Reform Rules Fire a Curveball Over Jan. 1 Fee Levels

Near-final regulations released last week by the Defense Health Agency (DHA) to implement sweeping TRICARE reforms on Jan. 1 include a surprise restructuring of appointment fees for active duty families, and retirees under 65 and their families.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: October 10, 2017

Here's How the 2018 Tricare Changes Impact Retirees

A series of changes to Tricare ushered in through a periodic contractor update or ordered by Congress have major impacts on current and future military retirees, including how they enroll in coverage and what they pay out of pocket.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: October 5, 2017

VA Photo ID Cards for All Veterans Coming in November

All honorably discharged veterans of every era will be able to get a photo identification card from the Department of Veterans Affairs starting in November due to a law passed in 2015.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 29, 2017

Military Ball--Pittsburgh, Nov. 11th

Military Ball cake cutting

In celebration of Veteran's Day and the Steel City Salute to the Troops, the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) is coordinating a joint services Armed Forces Ball on 11 November.

Date/Time: 11 November, 5;30-7 PM Cocktails, 7- 10 PM Dinner

Location: Navy O...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 27, 2017

DMVA Digest September 27

 DMVA News 

DMVA Mobile Veterans Outreach Team Will Be At The Following Events: 

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Mobile Veterans Outreach Teams will be at the upcoming Pennsylvania events:• Senior Expo sponsored by...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 27, 2017

Trafford group gets grant to maintain WWI memorial

A committee that worked to restore a World War I memorial in Trafford four years ago has received a $2,000 grant to maintain the memorial to those who served the nation during World War I, once referred to as the “war to end wars”.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 26, 2017

Here's How Tricare's 2017 Changes Affect You

A series of sweeping Tricare changes could have a big impact on some of the military health care system's users -- including an extra three months of deductible-free coverage.

Are you one of them? Here's what you need to know.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 26, 2017

Flu Shots for Veterans

Medic prepping flu shot

Flu shot season is here again! VAHS Pittsburgh is currently providing the vaccine at HJ Heinz, University Drive, and at all CBOC locations. VA is also partnering with Walgreens to provided shots to enrolled vets at participating locations.

Enrollment in th...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 25, 2017

Ken Burns' 'Vietnam War' draws in W. Pa. veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs was so concerned about the realism of Ken Burns' new PBS documentary “The Vietnam War” that it issued a warning — viewing it could traumatize veterans.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 21, 2017

DMVA Digest

A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsSeptember 20, 2017

 DMVA News 

Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Recipients Acknowledged For Improving The Lives Of Pennsylvania’s Veterans And their F...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: October 2, 2017

Tet Party 24 Februrary 2017

Tet 50th Anniversary flyer

Vietnam Veterans of Westmoreland County invite you to the 50th anniversary "Year of the Dog" event at All Saints Brewery, 24 February 2018 from 3 to 9 pm. Route 119 N at Roseytown Rd., Greensburg, PA

Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 20, 2017

VA Cautions Ken Burns' Vietnam Documentary Could Trigger PTSD

If you are a Veteran in crisis or know one who is, call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 to confidentially speak with a trained, caring VA responder and get connected to services that can make a difference. Chat online or text with a VA responder to receive ano...

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Posted on: September 19, 2017

Persian Gulf vets have one year left to apply for state bonus

Veterans who were on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations between Aug. 2, 1990, and Aug. 31, 1991, have one year left to claim a state bonus, according to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 14, 2017

PA Hero Walk officials will donate Trafford house to Penn Hills veteran

For the past nine years, the PA Hero Walk has raised money to help veterans in a variety of ways.

In 2017, walk officials will get the chance to literally give a veteran a home.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 13, 2017

DMVA Digest September 17th

 DMVA News 

Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program Ends Aug. 31, 2018: 

Eligible veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991 have less than one year to co...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 12, 2017

VA fighting to reduce growing problem of veteran suicides

A TRAGIC and disturbing trend has developed throughout the Veterans Administration medical system. Veterans are traveling to the grounds of VA facilities and are resorting to suicide on VA property.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 6, 2017

DMVA Digest, September 6

 DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsSeptember 6, 2017

Building Bridges Foundation Offers Equine Therapy For Veterans: 

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Eric Weller, Pennsylvania's deputy adjutant general ...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 6, 2017

Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program Ends in One Year

Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Benefit Program Ends in One Year

Annville, PA - Eligible veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991 have exactly one year from today to collect a special on...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 6, 2017

New VA medical center near Butler expected to drive surge in patients

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Built as a tuberculosis sanitarium but never opened as such, the Butler veterans hospital was not designed for its current use.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 5, 2017

September is Suicide Prevention Month

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We can all play a role in saving someone's life, but many people don't know what to do if  concerned about a service member or Veteran.  A simple act of kindness can help. Learn more at www.veteranscrisisline.net/BeThere  

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Posted on: September 5, 2017

Changes Are Coming to TRICARE. Are You Ready?

Changes are coming to your TRICARE benefit beginning January 1, 2018. These changes will give you more benefit choices, improving your access to care and simplifying cost shares.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: September 5, 2017

Audi Veterans to Technicians Program helps more than 100 U.S. military veterans find Audi careers

Veterans to Technicians connect highly skilled former military personnel with challenging and rewarding new careers as Audi certified service technicians, service consultants, shop foremen and parts specialists in dealerships across the country.Veterans w...

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Posted on: September 1, 2017

Vietnam Veterans Share Service Stories

Stacks of photographs Army Veteran Jim McGeehan brought back with him from Vietnam in 1971 sat boxed inside a closet for nearly three decades, unseen but not forgotten.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 28, 2017

Funds being raised for Wreaths Across America event at North Huntingdon cemetery

Motivated by her own family's loss, a North Huntingdon woman is on a mission to remember deceased veterans by putting wreaths on their graves in time for Christmas.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 28, 2017

Ligonier Valley JROTC to host Holiday Craft Show Nov. 4

The Ligonier Valley JROTC will hold a Holiday Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4.

The JROTC is looking for both direct sales and unique crafters for the show. Spaces are $30 and $40 for electric.

All proceeds benefit the kids and the JROTC program. Sp...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 25, 2017

Penn Area Library will host Vietnam War events this fall

Whether or not Penn Area Library officials become one of 50 libraries in the nation to receive a copy of Ken Burns' forthcoming documentary about the Vietnam War, they'll make sure patrons have plenty of opportunities to learn about the conflict.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 23, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs, Aug. 23

 DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsAugust 23, 2017

 DMVA News 

Consider Donating To The Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund: 

Patriotic citizens of the C...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 17, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs--Aug. 16, 2017

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsAugust 16, 2017

 DMVA News 

Employment At DMVA State Veterans Homes: 

The DMVA operates six veterans homes throughout the Commonwealth with a var...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 17, 2017

Plans inch forward to convert former SCI Greensburg into veterans center

Four years after state officials turned out the lights and locked the doors, a former medium-security state prison in Hempfield may be poised to become a full-service veterans transition center.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 16, 2017

Get the facts about Elder Abuse & Veterans

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National studies find that over 10% of older adults are the victims of elder abuse annually, and almost 10 million Veterans are 65 or older.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 16, 2017

Free Bus Trip to DC for WWII & Korean Era Veterans

October 26, 2017. Please click on flyer for details. Call 724-709-3614 for registration, details.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 9, 2017

Local group links veterans with farmers for on-thejob training

Latrobe Bulletin--Some once family-run farms, including several here in
Westmoreland County, are in need of skilled workers to continue
the tradition of growing crops, raising livestock and other
agricultural ventures.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 9, 2017

Spirit Airlines gives Derry Township native, a World War II vet, an honor guard sendoff

“Mitch” Chockla is one of the Greatest Generation that pulled the United States and its allies through World War II, and his achievements on the battlefields of Europe are receiving added attention as he approaches a century of experience.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 3, 2017

Congress approves biggest expansion of college aid in GI Bill for military veterans in a decade

WASHINGTON — Congress sent President Donald Trump legislation to provide the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 2, 2017

VA Launches S.T.O.P. P.A.I.N Advices and Guidelines

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VA Shares Best Practices to Help Health Care Industry Stem Opioid Crisis,

Address ‘National Public Health Emergency’

WASHINGTON – When it comes to treating pain and substance abuse, the Department of Veterans Affairs is recogni...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 24, 2017

Tricare expands mental health, substance abuse, opioid treatment options

New Tricare mental health benefits, including expanded treatment for opioid and other substance-use issues, went live July 13, according to Kevin Dwyer, spokesman for the Defense Health Agency.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Vet Center offers New Spouse Support Group

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The Pittsburgh Vet Center is starting a new support group for military and veteran spouses starting on August 8th. The group will be facilitated by our Marriage and Family Counselor and take place at the Pittsburgh Vet Center. The group is open to spouses...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 17, 2017

Gulf War Veterans sought for VA study

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Are you a Gulf War Veteran? Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? You may be eligible for a non-medication insomnia treatment study for improving sleep and managing GWI symptoms. You can participate by telephone from home and receive treatment an...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 17, 2017

U.S. Veterans Organizations by the Numbers

Guidestar offers this concise guide to downloadable aide donors considering supporting veterans' organizations.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 12, 2017

A message from VA Pittsburgh re: Changes to Homemaker Home Health Aide Program

I am writing to inform you of some important changes we are making to the Homemaker Home Health Aide (HHHA) services program at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. This communication is extensive because this issue is complex, and I would like to provide the...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 11, 2017

Veteran ‘Online Exchange’ Benefit Being Tested, Is Nearer for Millions

The last time Forrest Cornelius, 51, shopped in a base exchange was 1989 when he completed his six-year stint in the Marine Corps. He recalls saving 10 to 15 percent on department store goods and that shoppers paid no sales tax.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 5, 2017

VA to Provide Mental Health Care to Vets with 'Bad Paper' Discharges

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin making mental health care services available to veterans with less-than-honorable discharges who urgently need it, VA Secretary David Shulkin told lawmakers Tuesday night.

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Opinion: Not All Veterans Have PTSD

After coming off a deployment to Afghanistan, I found myself interviewing for a new job.

I’m a graduate student in clinical psychology, so it's no surprise that the training director interviewing me was, himself, a psychologist.

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Gov. Wolf signs 'stolen valor' bill into law

Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday signed into law state Rep. Rick Saccone's “stolen valor” bill that criminalizes attempts by anyone to financially benefit from lying about their military service or receiving decorations.

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Posted on: February 10, 2017

Scholarships available for active duty, veterans or dependents

This list current February, 2017.

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

Veterans eligible to receive free cybersecurity training

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Hire Our Heroes have teamed up to offer training for Veterans in cybersecurity, in support of Veterans join our nation’s cybersecurity workforce.

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Posted on: August 7, 2015

VA Launches New No-Cost IT Training Programs

VA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs

Programs Designed to Help Transitioning Service members and Veterans Develop New Skills and Credentials

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Posted on: October 2, 2017

Wolf Administration Participates in Recognition of Tucker Auto-Mation

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On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, DCED executive deputy secretary Neil Weaver joined the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation to recognize Tucker Auto-Mation, for the company’s contributions to manufacturing.

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Posted on: September 25, 2017

DEP and Westmoreland County Partners Tour Jeannette Glass Site

DEP Visit to Jeannette Glass Site

PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell toured the Jeannette Glass Site to see first-hand the importance of brownfields program at work. The WCIDC led the tour of the 13-acre site with city, county and state officials.

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Posted on: September 7, 2017

WCIDC Board Accepts Proposal for Jeannette Rt. 30 Redevelopment

Colony Holding Companies' proposed design for Jeannette Rt. 30 Redevelopment

The Westmoreland County Land Bank can now enter into a formal agreement with Colony Holding for the 6.4-acre parcel for a purchase price of $2.1 million.

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Posted on: June 22, 2017

Siemens Corporation Invests at RIDC Westmoreland

Siemens

Siemens Corporation is establishing a 290,000-square-foot presence at RIDC Westmoreland. Siemens Energy division expects to employ about 200 people at the facility when it opens in 2018.

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Posted on: June 1, 2017

WCIDC Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony at Jeannette Glass Site

Jeannette Groundbreaking

The event marked the official start of environmental remediation and demolition of buildings on the site. Dennis Davin, secretary of the state DCED, announced a $960,300 grant through the Industrial Site Reuse Program.

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Posted on: February 8, 2017

Envelope company bringing manufacturing from overseas to South Greensburg

South Greensburg Commons

Standard Envelope plans to expand from six employees to 75 as it moves its operations from Unity to the 68,653-square-foot space in South Greensburg Commons it leases from the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corp.

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Posted on: December 14, 2016

Philips' center opens in Westmoreland Distribution Park North

Philips' distribution and service center

Built in nine months, the facility is six acres under a roof and has around 250 employees.

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

WCIDC partners with Penn State New Kensington on Entrepreneurial Center

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The WCIDC Board of Directors, Gina Cerilli, Ted Kopas, and Charles W. Anderson, approved an Agreement of Sale for the purchase of a building and property in New Kensington that will house Penn State New Kensington’s (PSNK) new Entrepreneurial Center.

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Posted on: October 11, 2016

Westmoreland County tackles how to grow county amid aging population

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A group of some of Westmoreland County’s top employers on Wednesday afternoon discussed the challenges of an aging and declining population and its impact on the region's workforce, but spoke optimistically about what was to come.

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

Gov. Wolf Announces Over $1.1 Million in Funding to Support Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass

Amos K. Hutshinson Toll Plaza

Governor Wolf announced $1.14 million in funding to support work along the Amos K Hutchinson Bypass while minimizing closures and disruptions on the PA turnpike.

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Posted on: October 3, 2016

Letter from Commissioners: PA Department of Health Annual Survey

During the week of September 12, 2016 the Pennsylvania Department of Health conducted its annual survey of Westmoreland Manor. We want to be clear to the Manor's residents, their families, and county taxpayers that we take every finding seriously.

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PA DOH Survey 2016 Westmoreland Manor