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Posted on: December 8, 2016

Winter is Coming - #MakeaPlan

Winter is Coming

Across the nation, winter weather is quickly approaching. According to the 2015 FEMA National Household Survey*, only 40% have developed a household emergency plan. Many students will see winter weather as a reason to celebrate school closures, but it's a...Read on...

Posted on: September 30, 2016

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Dedicates and Officially Places Hazard 800 Vehicle in Service

Hazard 800 Dedication Ceremony

Westmoreland County Hazardous Materials Response Team 800 and the Department of Public Safety were joined September 28 by the Westmoreland County Commissioners for a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate and officially place Hazard 800 in service. Hazard 80...Read on...

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Posted on: July 21, 2016

Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Extreme Heat Tips

During an extreme heat event, check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors at least twice a day. The elderly, people with a chronic medical condition, children, homeless or poor, outdoor workers, and athletes are most at-risk to heat sickness.

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Posted on: February 2, 2016

Penn Borough Police Department Receiving Pet Oxygen Masks

Irwin, PA (January 29, 2016) - Responding to a request by the Penn Borough Police Dept. for equipment and training that would enable them to help pets in their community during an emergency, the Westmoreland County Animal Response Team (WCART) is provid...Read on...

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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...

Posted on: January 21, 2016

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

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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
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...

Posted on: September 16, 2015

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Posted on: September 4, 2015

PEMA Urges Citizens to Utilize Free Smartphone App to Prepare for Emergencies

ReadyPA App

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvanians can use free tools available from the ReadyPA app to take simple steps to make sure they’re ready for any type of incident. September is National Preparedness Month, a nationwide month-long effort to encourage households, b...Read on...

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Area Agency on Aging

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging Caregiver Support Group Meeting

The Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging Caregiver Support Group Meeting that is held at the Troutman Building, 200 S. Main Street, Greensburg, PA is cancelled for December 14, 2016.  Notification will be provided when the next meeting will b...Read on...

Posted on: November 4, 2016

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, November 9, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p...

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Posted on: July 11, 2016

Latrobe police warn of scams reported to department

LATROBE BULLETIN--Latrobe police warned on Friday of several scams reported to the department, detailing financial loss for area residents.

In one incident, police say an elderly female resident received a phone call from a convincing scammer claiming ...Read on...

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.

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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.

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BH/DS

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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.

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

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Children's Bureau

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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

Community Development

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Jeannette Homebuyer Fair

Jeannette Homebuyer Fair

The Jeannette Homebuyer Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 on South Sixth Street in Jeannette. Attendees will be able to participate in a Q & A Homebuyer Panel, meet personally with pre-purchase counselors and loan offi...Read on...

Visit Jeannette Homebuyer Fair webpage
Posted on: April 8, 2015

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

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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 park...Read on...

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Posted on: March 12, 2015

Westmoreland County announces homeownership program

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)...Read on...


Controllers

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Posted on: April 8, 2015

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Coroner

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Posted on: November 1, 2016

2016 Record Overdose Deaths

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Posted on: March 3, 2016

2015 Annual Report

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Posted on: October 2, 2014

U.S. Attorney's Working Group on Drug Overdose and Addiction Report

Coroner Kenneth A. Bacha was a contributing participant on the just released U.S. Attorney's Working Group on Drug Overdose and Addiction Report. The report focuses on prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery of prescription and illicit drug overd...Read on...

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Posted on: October 2, 2014

U.S. Attorney's Working Group on Drug Overdose and Addiction Report

Coroner Kenneth A. Bacha was a contributing participant on the just released U.S. Attorney's Working Group on Drug Overdose and Addiction Report. The report focuses on prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery of prescription and illicit drug overd...Read on...

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County

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Posted on: December 6, 2016

Legal Secretary Trainee – Adult Probation

Job Posting

PAY RATE  
Starting wage is $14.86 per hour as per the union contract.      

JOB DUTIES  The purpose of this position is to type correspondence, reports and legal documents, enter and update informat...Read on... Subscribe to Job email/text alerts
Posted on: December 2, 2016

Executive Secretary – Westmoreland Manor

Job Posting

Westmoreland Manor is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Secretary. This position is to manage the office and administrative operations of Westmoreland Manor and to coordinate the clerical functions in order to ensure smooth and efficient op...

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Posted on: November 28, 2016

Canada Goose Season Open at County Parks

Westmoreland Parks and Recreation

NEWS RELEASE          * FOR IMMEDIATE USE *

November 21, 2016Contact: Josh Miller (724) 830-3958 or Aaron Siko (724) 830-3960E-Mail: jmiller2@co.westmoreland.pa.us or asiko@co.westmoreland.pa.us

Canada Goose S...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2016

Westmoreland County Diversity Study

Seton Hill University and Westmoreland Community Action recently completed a study regarding diversity in Westmoreland County.  Watch the video detailing the results.
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Posted on: November 22, 2016

Clerk of Courts: New law on sealing criminal records takes effect

Act 5 of 2016

Contact:   Bryan L. Kline, Clerk of CourtsPhone:     724-830-3118Email:      bkline@co.westmoreland.pa.us        &am...
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Posted on: October 27, 2016

Community Workshops Announced for Westmoreland County Comprehensive Plan

Reimagining Our Westmoreland

The Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development would like to announce the first two community workshops for the county's comprehensive plan update, Reimagining Our Westmoreland.

Workshop #1November 9, 2016 Westmoreland Museum of American ...Read on... Reimagining Our Westmoreland website
Posted on: September 6, 2016

Westmoreland County Seeking Community Input for the Upcoming Comprehensive Plan

Reimagining Our Westmoreland website 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...Read on... Project Website
Posted on: November 4, 2016

Job Posting: Correction Officers - Prison

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Westmoreland County is seeking applicants for the position of Corrections Officer for the Westmoreland County Prison. The purpose of this position is to monitor the activities of inmates and ensure the security of prison facilities. Job duties include but...Read on...

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Dedicates and Officially Places Hazard 800 Vehicle in Service

Hazard 800 Dedication Ceremony

Westmoreland County Hazardous Materials Response Team 800 and the Department of Public Safety were joined September 28 by the Westmoreland County Commissioners for a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate and officially place Hazard 800 in service. Hazard 80...Read on...

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Posted on: September 2, 2016

Public Meeting Scheduled for Update on Donegal Lake

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The PA Fish and Boat Commission will host a public meeting in Donegal, Westmoreland County on September 22 to provided an update on reconstruction of the Donegal Lake dam.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 pm at the Donegal Community Center, located at ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Jeannette Homebuyer Fair

Jeannette Homebuyer Fair

The Jeannette Homebuyer Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 on South Sixth Street in Jeannette. Attendees will be able to participate in a Q & A Homebuyer Panel, meet personally with pre-purchase counselors and loan offi...Read on...

Visit Jeannette Homebuyer Fair webpage
Posted on: August 16, 2016

Juror Donation Program

Juror Donation Program

Soon Westmoreland County jurors will have the option to donate their juror fees to local non-profit organizations. Upon completion of their jury service, jurors may authorize donation of their fees to one of the selected organizations. Read on...

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Posted on: August 29, 2016

County Financial Administration Office Honored by Government Finance Officers Association

GFOA Award 2016

Director Megan McCandless and assistant Scott Stepanovich were honored by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the county's 2016 spending plan.

Their budget doc...Read on...

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Posted on: August 15, 2016

Job Posting: Temporary Juvenile Youth Worker - Juvenile Detention

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Associate degree in Human Services, Criminal Justice, Administration of Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Education, or a related field.

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Posted on: August 4, 2016

Recovering addicts tell lawmakers Westmoreland court rehab program works

Jeffrey Patterson broke a smile and said he didn't expect a standing ovation from 18 members of a state legislative panel who listened Wednesday to his emotional testimony about his drug addiction.

He said it made him feel good about himself, somethin...Read on...

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Posted on: July 27, 2016

Juvenile detention center in Hempfield adds beds to fill need

Juvenile Shelter Recreation Area

Capacity of the Regional Youth Services Center in Hempfield has been increased from 12 to 16 beds to fill a need left by the closing of a facility in Cambria County last month.

“We're ready to go,” said Dirk Matson, Westmoreland County human services ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 21, 2016

Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Extreme Heat Tips

During an extreme heat event, check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors at least twice a day. The elderly, people with a chronic medical condition, children, homeless or poor, outdoor workers, and athletes are most at-risk to heat sickness.

View CDC brochure
Posted on: July 18, 2016

Special Meeting Notice

Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of the Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 101, Westmoreland County Courthouse, 2 North Main Street, Greensburg, Pennsylvania 15601.

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
Posted on: June 2, 2016

Westmoreland County’s Child Government Day Held May 27th

On May 27, Westmoreland County celebrated Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day by opening the doors to the Courthouse for Child Government Day (CGD). The annual event was attended by fourth- through eighth-grade students whose parents work in departmen...Read on...

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

Rally for an On-time State Budget announced

Rally for on-time budget

Dirk Matson, Director of Human Services for Westmoreland County, announces that a rally for passage of a state budget on time will be held Wednesday, June 22nd, from noon to 1:15 at Courthouse Square, 2 N. Main Street, Greensburg.

Join your County Comm...Read on...

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Posted on: May 23, 2016

Westmoreland County Names Comprehensive Plan Consultant

The Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners approved today a contract with Houseal Lavigne Associates to serve as the consulting firm assisting the Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development with the county's comprehensive plan update.

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Posted on: May 26, 2016

Settlement Reached In Former Jeannette Glass Plant Acquisition

The Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation's Board of Directors announced today the approval of a settlement agreement with Zion Bullitt Avenue LP concerning the former Jeannette Glass Plant property.

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

MDJ Alternative Adjudication Program - WESA Radio Interview

WESA radio

District judges in Westmoreland County are trying a new approach to addressing drug abuse in their community. They’ve implemented an Alternative Adjudication Program for defendants charged with minor drug crimes focusing on rehabilitation rather than jail...Read on...

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Posted on: April 11, 2016

Free shuttle service between VA Highland and University begins April 25th

VA Parking Shuttle

Free shuttle service from Highland Drive to
University Drive begins April 25 and runs until fall 2016!

• Shuttle departs every 30 minutes from 6a.m. to 6p.m., Monday through Friday.
• Parking lot located at 7180 Highland Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 1520...Read on...

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Posted on: April 19, 2016

Westmoreland County’s Substance Abuse Helpline Goes Live April 20, 2016

Westmoreland County Substance Abuse Helpline

(Greensburg, PA – April 19, 2016) – Westmoreland Community Action announces that the county’s first helpline dedicated solely to drug and alcohol issues will go live on Wednesday, April 20.

Those with substance abuse questions or concerns can call toll...Read on...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

New Administrator Named for Westmoreland Manor

The Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners today announced a new administrator for Westmoreland Manor, the county-owned 408-bed nursing home and geriatric hospital. John Austin of Murrysville will begin service in mid-April.

"I am most confid...Read on...

Posted on: March 16, 2016

Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling Still Recycling Televisions

Westmoreland Cleanways

(Latrobe) With all of the news lately about the difficulty of properly recycling your television according to the Covered Device Recycling Act passed in 2010, be assured that the Westmoreland Cleanways Recycling Center is still accepting them at no cost,...Read on...

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Posted on: February 11, 2016

Westmoreland Land Trust and Westmoreland County Parks to Add 28 Acres to Cedar Creek Park

Cedar Creek Park Expansion

The Westmoreland Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that seeks to conserve open space in Westmoreland County, and the Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recreation have announced that 28 more acres will be added to Cedar Creek Park in Rostraver Tow...Read on...

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
Posted on: October 1, 2015

200 BUSINESS, EDUCATION LEADERS ATTEND INAUGURAL WORKFORCE PROGRAM

Westmoreland County Forum for Workforce Development

Nearly 200 hundred business, community, and education leaders from across Westmoreland County learned about a new group that is working to improve workforce quality and economic development.
The Westmoreland County Forum for Workforce Development held it...Read on...

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Posted on: September 10, 2015

Demolition Bid Accepted for Monsour Demolition

JEANNETTE, Pa., September 10, 2015 – The Board of Directors for the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation (WCIDC), in partnership with the Westmoreland County Land Bank, are announcing the acceptance and approval of Dore & Associates ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 8, 2015

Westmoreland nears beginning of its drug court

Drug Court

After a year of research, fundraising and planning, Westmoreland County is poised to begin its drug court program later this month as a means to help curb the addiction problem in the region.

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Posted on: August 20, 2015

Westmoreland County Courthouse to be featured in PCN/CCAP Documentary - Public Screening Announced

PCNTV Historic Courthouse Series

Westmoreland County residents are invited to attend a free public screening of the PA Cable Network (PCN)’s documentary series, “Pennsylvania’s Historic Courthouses” featuring the Westmoreland County Courthouse. Free and open to the public, the screening ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 17, 2015

Dept of Public Safety Shares Tips on Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Extreme Heat Tips

During an extreme heat event, check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors at least twice a day. The elderly, people with a chronic medical condition, children, homeless or poor, outdoor workers, and athletes are most at-risk to heat sickness.

View CDC brochure
Posted on: August 12, 2015

Westmoreland County libraries help inmates keep in touch with loved ones

Warden John Walton had a problem.
He was fielding complaints about a new video visitation program for inmates at the Westmoreland County jail that cut back on in-person visits. And fewer people than he anticipated were ponying up...

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

Latrobe Agency Receives Gold Hermes Creative Award for County Resource Guide

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West Media Group, a full-service creative advertising agency and internet marketing company based in Latrobe, PA, announced today that the firm received a Hermes Creative Gold Award in this year’s international Marketing and Communication competition. Thi...Read on...

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Posted on: May 6, 2015

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

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 ha...Read on...

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Posted on: March 12, 2015

Westmoreland County announces homeownership program

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)...Read on...


Courts

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Posted on: November 21, 2016

NEW CIVIL LOCAL COURT RULES

Please refer to the Local Court Rules section of the County Website to view the table indicating which rules have been altered and to print a new set of the Westmoreland County Civil Local Rules as amended and/or the complete set of Westmoreland County Lo...Read on...

Posted on: November 16, 2016

NEW REGIONAL CRIMINAL COURT ASSIGNMENTS

The new listing of MDJ regional assignments is available on the Court's webpage at http://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/index.aspx?NID=530 Certain case assignments will not change with the rotation of regional assignments in January. Revocations remain with t...Read on...
Posted on: November 15, 2016

NEW ORDER OF TERMINATION EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

23 Pa. C.S.A. Section 2511 (a) was amended to include two new grounds for involuntary termination of parental rights. An updated Westmoreland County Order of Termination can be found on the Westmoreland County Register of Will's website ...Read on...

Posted on: October 19, 2016

CRIMINAL TRIAL TERM CHANGE - FEBRUARY 2017

The Criminal Court trial term for February 2017 is February 13-17, 2017.

Posted on: September 13, 2016

WESTMORELAND COUNTY COURT CALENDAR 2017

The calendar may be accessed through the following link:

Westmoreland County Court Calendar 2017

Attorneys may obtain a copy of the 2017 calendar from the Civil Court Administration office, Room M10, on the Mezzanine floor of the Courthouse, 724-830...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2016

Juror Donation Program

Juror Donation Program

Soon Westmoreland County jurors will have the option to donate their juror fees to local non-profit organizations. Upon completion of their jury service, jurors may authorize donation of their fees to one of the selected organizations. Read on...

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Posted on: August 2, 2016

Notice - Statewide Orphan's Court Rules Effective September 1, 2016

Westmoreland County Register of Wills

Beginning on this date, state forms MUST be used where applicable. Local forms can no longer be used where a state form exists. Please consult the Unified Judicial System website linked below.

Sherry Magretti Hamilton, Esq.
Register of Wills and Cle...Read on...

PA Unified Judicial System Orphan's Court forms
Posted on: August 4, 2016

Recovering addicts tell lawmakers Westmoreland court rehab program works

Jeffrey Patterson broke a smile and said he didn't expect a standing ovation from 18 members of a state legislative panel who listened Wednesday to his emotional testimony about his drug addiction.

He said it made him feel good about himself, somethin...Read on...

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Posted on: November 5, 2015

NEW JURY DUTY EXEMPTIONS

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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...


Development Council

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Posted on: December 5, 2016

Westmoreland Community Identifies Issues & Highlights Advantages of the County

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.

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Posted on: October 27, 2016

Community Workshops Announced for Comprehensive Plan Update

Reimagining Our Westmoreland

Westmoreland County Announces Community Workshops for Comprehensive Plan County-wide workshops will allow residents the opportunity to provide valuable input.

Greensburg, PA., October 27, 2016 – The Westmoreland County Department of Planning and...

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Posted on: October 20, 2016

WCIDC partners with Penn State New Kensington on Entrepreneurial Center

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

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

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: August 30, 2016

WCIDC announces ownership of former Jeannette Glass plant

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

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Posted on: May 23, 2016

Westmoreland County Names Comprehensive Plan Consultant

The Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners approved today a contract with Houseal Lavigne Associates to serve as the consulting firm assisting the Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development with the county's comprehensive plan update.

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Posted on: May 18, 2016

Westmoreland County Receives $1.1 million RTAP Grant for Replacement of Rail

An important infrastructure project to benefit business and industry - invests in long term hard rail transportation asset in Westmoreland County.

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Posted on: February 19, 2016

Laurel Valley Transportation Improvement Project - Public Meeting - Thursday, February 25, 2016

Laurel Valley Transportation Improvement Project

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Engineering District 12-0 and the Federal Highway Administration, in cooperation with Westmoreland County, cordially invite you to attend a Public Meeting to discuss the Feasibility Study that is underwa...Read on...

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Elections

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Notice

Notice is hereby given that the Certification of results from the General Election held on November 8th 2016, was signed today November 23rd 2016.

Posted on: May 9, 2016

Notice

Notice is hereby given that casting of lots for the ties for Republican County Committee from the April 26, 2016 General Primary will be held on May 11, 2016 at 12:00 noon in the Election Bureau 2N. Main Street, Suite 109, Greensburg Pa., 15601.

Posted on: May 9, 2016

Notice

Notice is hereby given that pre-certification of the election results for the April 26, 2016 General Primary Election with the exclusion of the Republican County Committee were signed today May 9, 2016.


Human Services

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Posted on: December 7, 2016

Supermarket "dash" for Greensburg shelter

Taylor's 3 minute grocery shopping spree will be donated to the Welcome Home Shelter in Greensburg.

TribLive Article
Posted on: December 7, 2016

Adoptions expand Westmoreland County families

Miley Shindledecker looked up at her adoptive father and smiled...

TribLive Article
Posted on: December 5, 2016

These 5 plants can improve a room's decor...and your health!

Certain plant varieties can reduce airborne toxins, including carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and benzene, from the air we breathe in our homes and offices...

Post-Gazette Article
Posted on: December 5, 2016

Naloxone an important tool in Pennsylvania opioid battle

Greensburg police have reversed 17 drug overdoses with naloxone kits since June. Chief Chad Zucco said, "That's what we get paid to do — to save people, to help people. There's no rules that say you only save people that don't do drugs."

TribLive Article
Posted on: December 1, 2016

Hepatitis C cases in Southwestern Pennsylvania skyrocket over 10 years

Hepatitis C, a potentially fatal liver disease, increased by more than eight-fold in the 10-county Southwestern Pennsylvania region. The spike in intravenous drug use and shared needles helped the blood-borne disease spread rapidly.

TribLive Article
Posted on: November 30, 2016

Art offers chance to shine for Arc/Achieva clients

Men and women from The Arc of Westmore­land couldn't hide their smiles Tuesday as they showed off their artwork — works at Seton Hill University's Arts Center that ranged from abstract pieces and magazine collages to a kiln-fired hot dog sculpture...

TribLive Article
Posted on: November 17, 2016

Exercise Might Keep Depression at Bay

"...regular exercise alters our bodies and brains in ways that make us resistant to despair."

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Posted on: November 17, 2016

1 in 10 Americans with Drug Addiction Receive Treatment

Millions of Americans suffer from alcoholism or addiction to legal and illegal drugs, but only a fraction are being treated, according to a report released on Thursday by the surgeon general.

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Posted on: November 14, 2016

Derry dedicates bridge to veterans

Rep. Petrarca noted that Pennsylvania has nearly 1 million veterans, the fourth-highest number of any state in the country. “It's very fitting that we do this for our veterans today because, without them, none of this would be possible,” he said.

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Posted on: November 9, 2016

New PA law in 2018 will require all naturopathic doctors to be registered

The law outlines qualifications to register as a naturopathic doctor and makes it illegal for people to advertise themselves as one if they are not registered.

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Posted on: November 7, 2016

THANK YOU Veterans and Active Military

Westmoreland County does not endorse any of the following retailers or restaurants. Lists may not be inclusive of all discounts available. 2016 Veterans Day Military Discounts & Events: November 9th from 8-9:30am Special Veterans Breakfast at Lat...Read on... Click HERE for COMPLETE LIST
Posted on: November 7, 2016

Nov. 9, 2016 Family Recovery Meeting

My New Leaf Inc. Office 524 Front Street, Saltsburg, PA 15681. Addiction affects the whole family. Often the best chance for an addicted person to get better is for his or her family to get better.

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Posted on: November 7, 2016

Job options expand for people with disabilities

“The premise behind our new transition-to-work program is to make work more community oriented and a more normal work experience.” said Kim Savoie, vice president of programs and compliance for the Progressive Workshop.

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

It's never too late to get in shape.

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Older adults living healthy lifestyles could expect to spend 1.7 fewer years ill or disabled at the end of their lives

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

Emergency cold weather shelters to open Nov. 1

Westmoreland County’s cold weather shelters in Greensburg and Latrobe will re-open their doors Tuesday, November 1 and remain open through March 31, 2017. The shelters will operate out of the Welcome Home Shelter in Greensburg...Read on... Additional Information
Posted on: October 19, 2016

Should drug costs be controlled by regulating industry as a public utility?

On Tuesday, a group of state health policy experts gathered in Pittsburgh offered wide-ranging options for throttling those costs — from options as simple as bulk purchasing of drugs to something as dramatic as regulating the pharmaceutical indu...Read on...

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

Gov. Wolf: Dialogue necessary to address opioid crisis

Emergency responders statewide have reversed about 1,500 overdose deaths since they began carrying the overdose-reversal medication naloxone about a year ago, he said, although he noted naloxone — better known by its brand name, Narcan &mdas...Read on...

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

Alzheimer's patients find baby dolls therapeutic

Nursing homes and senior facilities nationwide are using a controversial technique called doll therapy to ease anxiety among their residents with dementia. Senior care providers and experts say the dolls are an alternative to medication and help draw in e...Read on...

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Posted on: October 17, 2016

UpPrize seeks innovative thinkers

Anyone can submit an idea, from students to budding entrepreneurs to small business owners. Winners will receive a cash prize between $10,000 and $300,000, as well as technical and organizational support to execute plans. The contest has already begun tak...Read on...

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Posted on: October 13, 2016

Health and Education Expo

October 26, 2016 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center in Greensburg, PA.

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Posted on: October 13, 2016

Hobgoblin Hikes in October

Twin Lakes and Cedar Creek Park are celebrating the trick or treat season...

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

First aid for mental health: A new approach in Pennsylvania's prisons

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (CNN)--The man was about to snap. He had just lost a child.

"I couldn't really relate to that," Peter Robinson said of his fellow inmate. "I know what loss feels like, though."

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Young woman's journey ends tragically in mental hospital

Robert Logsdon’s daughter was complaining of swollen feet, seemed to have one dilated pupil, and said no to her favorite flavor of muffin. She was discouraged after six weeks under constant supervision...

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Westmoreland County senior center exercise classes suspended

Classes like Zumba and Silver Sneakers at Westmoreland County's 13 senior centers have been suspended as the Area Agency on Aging waits for clarification on a new regulation that will stop it from spending federal money on popular exercise offerings.

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Posted on: September 1, 2016

Senior citizen living facility to be built at former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital site

The site of the former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital will have a new life as a senior citizen living facility, an Excela Health spokeswoman said Thursday.

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Posted on: August 30, 2016

Inmates’ mental illness a statewide problem

bout 65 percent of Pennsylvania’s county jail inmates have a substance abuse disorder, 10 to 30 percent suffer from mental illness and up to 14 percent have serious mental illness.

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Posted on: August 29, 2016

Mental health matters to school students

Odds are that if you had asked Loren Davis what was troubling her, she wouldn’t have been able to tell you.

If pressed, the then-student at Park Forest Middle School might have described it as a bad case of nerves

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Posted on: August 29, 2016

School climates will be assessed in Ligonier Valley School District

Students at Ligonier Valley School District repeatedly are taught that bullying, in person or online, is unacceptable.

District students attend assemblies on bullying during the elementary, middle and high school stages of their academic careers.

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Posted on: August 26, 2016

It's family, not friends, who may help you live longer, study says

The company you keep has long been thought to be an important factor in both mental and physical well-being. Numerous studies have documented how the quantity and quality of social relationships have effects that emerge in childhood and, as sociologists..

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Posted on: August 23, 2016

Seniors targeted with offers for unnecessary medical equipment

More than 18 months later, the episode still bothers Bob Gerenyi and a continuing series of unsolicited phone calls only adds to his anger.

“This purpose of this letter is to make people aware of how we are being ripped off."

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Posted on: August 22, 2016

Local site to offer screening for lapses in memory

Forgetfulness happens to many people as they age. Where did I put the keys? What’s the name of that interesting person I met recently?

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Posted on: August 22, 2016

New CEO for Western Pa. School for the Deaf hopes students will be ‘lifelong learners’

Steven E. Farmer, the new CEO of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, spent most of his early childhood in deaf schools, but when he transferred to a public school in ninth grade...

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Posted on: August 22, 2016

Helping people get ready to go to work after welfare

It's just after 8:30 a.m. on a recent weekday, and in a room Downtown next to the Allegheny County Assistance Office, the day’s session has begun in Howard Williams’ job search class.

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

Childhood abuse linked to worse survival odds for adult women: JAMA Psychiatry

Girls who suffer maltreatment and abuse may be less likely to survive into middle age than their peers who don't experience physical or mental torment growing up, a U.S. study suggests.

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Posted on: August 16, 2016

Save the Date: Recovery Celebration in Greensburg Sept. 23rd

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Join us at Courtyard Square, 2 N Main Street, Greensburg at noon on Friday, Sept. 23rd to celebrate the many roads to recovery.

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Posted on: August 16, 2016

Westmoreland County to finalize policy banning smoking in public housing

Ken Zamborsky has no plans to quit smoking even though it may cost him his home when the Westmoreland County Housing Authority finalizes a policy this year to make public housing properties smoke-free.

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Posted on: August 11, 2016

Westmoreland County to ask jurors to donate pay to CASA, Blackburn Center

Jury duty has never been a lucrative payday, and Westmoreland County court officials will ask the folks called to the courthouse to hear evidence in civil and criminal trials to donate those meager wages to charity.

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Posted on: August 10, 2016

Popular Pokemon game has added benefits, and risks, for children with autism

When Austin Rodriguez plays “Pokemon Go,” he connects with other people.

For Austin, 16, of Brackenridge, this is a rare occurrence. It’s not because he’s anti-social. In fact, his mother, Heather Rodriguez, says he is very friendly.

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Posted on: August 9, 2016

Westmoreland transit officials hail Uber expansion; cab companies less enthusiastic

A cab company owner had a strong opinion about Uber on the first day the company started providing its ride service in Westmoreland County.

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Posted on: August 9, 2016

Big Brothers Big Sister of Laurel Region to add initiatives, more structure to historic program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region wants to give “bigs” more chances to connect with their “littles.”

It's shaking up its mentorship program that's persisted for 41 years, adding new initiatives and more structure

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Posted on: August 1, 2016

Ligonier Horseback therapy center offers benefits to individuals with special needs

Mounted safely on the back of Sleepy, Mason Markosky raises his hands skyward and grins.

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Posted on: July 27, 2016

ADHD now classified as a specific disability under federal civil rights law

The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidelines aimed at preventing schools from discriminating against the growing numbers of students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Posted on: July 26, 2016

Audit questions enforcement of Pennsylvania nursing home staffing levels

HARRISBURG, Pa. —A new audit shows that the state Department of Health is not effectively enforcing nursing home staffing levels, Pennsylvania's fiscal watchdog said Tuesday.

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Posted on: July 26, 2016

Checklist of possible behavioral warning signs of dementia

WASHINGTON (AP) – Memory loss may not always be the first warning sign that dementia is brewing – changes in behavior or personality might be an early clue.

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Posted on: July 25, 2016

Depression's stigma can be a barrier to African-Americans seeking treatment, study finds

The stigma attached to mental illness creates a barrier for many seeking treatment, but it has a particularly negative impact on the help-seeking behaviors of black Americans, a small in-depth qualitative study

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Posted on: July 25, 2016

Westmoreland County Transit Authority eyes rate changes in response to complaints

Westmoreland County Transit Authority officials said an effort to improve community relations by altering how paratransit fares are calculated could cost up to $140,000 a year in revenue.

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Posted on: July 25, 2016

Retirees enjoy their golden years with happy hours at senior living centers

Betty Marshall sat with friends at a large round table near the bar, sipping a glass of merlot while oldies music played in the background.

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Posted on: July 22, 2016

States focus on long-term care for seniors

WASHINGTON — Facing a wave of aging baby boomers, many states are trying to make it easier for frail seniors to stay in their homes — as many prefer — instead of moving into more costly nursing homes.

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Posted on: July 11, 2016

Federal program offers college education to inmates in Pennsylvania

With the help of a federal effort to curb recidivism, up to 115 Pennsylvania prisoners will become college students this fall.

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Posted on: July 11, 2016

Survey shows public transit is biggest regional transportation concern

During their working years, women tend to earn less than men, and when they retire, they’re more likely to live in poverty.

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

Employer survey: Veterans viewed as heroes, but not necessarily a good hire

The public overestimates the rate of mental illness among veterans — 40% believe more than half of the 2.6 million former servicemembers suffer from emotional issues. In reality, an illness like PTSD strikes10% to 20% of those who were deployed.

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Posted on: June 23, 2016

Life on the waiting list: The struggle to receive intellectual disability services in Pennsylvania

Abbey Etling lifts the sippy cup to her lips and drinks from it.

It’s a small gesture, but one that is laden with meaning for her mother, Sandy Etling.

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Posted on: June 23, 2016

Good News Hidden in the Data: Today’s Children Are Healthier

For the first time in over a decade, the death rate Abuse Rises.” “U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High.”.....But there are happier trends that have received a lot less attention

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Posted on: June 22, 2016

Excela Westmoreland Hospital opens healing garden as facet of care

Patients, their families and staff at Excela Westmoreland Hospital have a new spot of tranquility on the Greensburg campus.

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Posted on: June 21, 2016

Westmoreland Community Action to close 11 centers, dismiss 24

Cuts in funding linked in part to a federal citation for having a child left alone in a schoolyard at a Head Start site will force Westmoreland Community Action to close 11 of its centers and lay off 24 workers at the end of the month.

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Posted on: June 21, 2016

Fare changes mulled to reduce Westmoreland County paratransit deficit

Some fares could be higher and others lower this year for riders of Westmoreland County's paratransit system, officials said.

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

State's new long-term care plan postponed by six months

The Wolf administration has postponed by six months the sweeping changes that were planned in southwestern Pennsylvania on Jan. 1, 2017, for delivery of long-term care services to low-to-moderate income seniors and disabled individuals.

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Posted on: June 9, 2016

Pennsylvania's child abuse reporting law draws fire for perceived vagueness

The Pennsylvania law requiring school employees, doctors, coaches and others to report suspected child abuse is vague and confusing, legal experts say.

Despite the law being in effect for more than a year, questions remain...

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Posted on: June 7, 2016

Federal overtime pay rules sting nonprofits

Nonprofit leaders across Pennsylvania are in a quandary over how to respond to new U.S. Department of Labor rules that vastly expand the umbrella of workers who qualify for overtime pay.

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

Attorney general's outreach specialist warns about scams of seniors

Aging Edge: What are the most common scams you caution people about?

Little: There’s always what I call the “scam of the season.” From about January to April it’s the IRS scam, where people call and pretend to be the IRS, and we tell people do not repl...Read on...

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

Social workers are some of the unsung heroes of eldercare

The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior; of social and economic, and cultural institutions; and of the interaction of all these factors.”

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

Survey: Pennsylvania budget impasse cost nonprofits thousands

Services slashed for 17,000 clients in all 67 counties

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

Writing Away the Stigma

Nine people shared stories of their mental illness in Pittsburgh in May as part of a Creative Nonfiction Magazine project to fight the shame and embarrassment that often accompany the illness, which is estimated to affect one in five Americans each year. ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 16, 2016

State deals with trend of elderly abuse cases on the rise

Paralleling a national trend, nearly 800 cases of elder abuse were reported last year in the Philadelphia suburb of Chester County — a 35 percent jump over the previous year, the county said Friday.

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Posted on: May 11, 2016

New unit at The Children's Institute uses physical, mental treatments

Alda Walker wonders whether her 28-year-old adopted daughter would be in a psychiatric hospital if she hadn't received intensive mental-health treatment as a teenager.

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Posted on: May 3, 2016

Influential physicians' group recommends cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic insomnia

Therapy — not pills — should be the first approach for people suffering with insomnia, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians, an influential national internal medicine organization.

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Posted on: April 26, 2016

PA Anti-Bullying Consultation Line live

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Available to parents, students, and school staff throughout the Commonwealth. Get strategies and resources to deal with school-based bullying. Messages can be left 24/7 and staff will return your call during business hours.

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Posted on: April 26, 2016

Can this app change schizophrenia treatment?

(CNN)People with schizophrenia often say the disease is an isolating one. They can struggle to connect with loved ones or to find people who understand what they're dealing with. But a new app might help them find the support they need to improve

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Posted on: April 25, 2016

Pitt, fellow universities strengthen mental health services

Cash-strapped universities across the country are digging deeply to bolster mental health services for millennials.

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Posted on: April 19, 2016

Pennsylvanians with disabilities now can save tax-free

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday signed a law allowing the creation of tax-exempt savings accounts for people with disabilities and their families.

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Posted on: March 14, 2016

Pediatrics group advocates screening for poverty

Calling poverty “one of the most widespread and persistent health risks facing children,” the American Academy of Pediatrics is issuing new recommendations today urging pediatricians to ask at checkups if families are able to make ends meet.

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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.

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Posted on: March 14, 2016

Mentorship, meant to last a year, endures 4 decades for Westmoreland 'sisters'

Forty years ago, a young single teacher heard about a new program matching children with adult mentors.

At the same time, a single mother with two young daughters saw an opportunity for her children. “Westmoreland County had just started..."

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Posted on: March 8, 2016

Doctors Often Fail To Treat Depression Like A Chronic Illness

Depression prompts people to make about 8 million doctors' appointments a year, and more than half are with primary care physicians. A study suggests those doctors often fall short in treating depression because of insurance issues, time constraints...

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Posted on: February 24, 2016

Report: Too many Pa. foster children are on psychiatric meds Read more at http://www.philly.com/phil

Following a report last summer that large numbers of Pennsylvania children on Medicaid, especially those in foster care, are taking psychiatric medications, state officials Tuesday announced steps to address the problem.

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Posted on: February 9, 2016

Adolescents should be screened for depression, too, says federal panel

Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 for depression and have systems in place...

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Posted on: February 1, 2016

Teaching Parenting Skills At Doctor Visits Helps Children's Behavior

As researchers have come to understand how poverty and its stresses influence children's brain development, they've begun untangling how that can lead to increased behavior problems and learning difficulties for disadvantaged kids.

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Posted on: February 1, 2016

Downsizing baby boomers compete for affordable housing

Pat Marroni knows she's one of the lucky ones.

In 2013, when the Westmoreland County Housing Authority built its first new apartment building in three decades, officials were inundated with applications from Marroni and others looking for a spot...

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Posted on: January 28, 2016

Pennsylvania pledges more help for mentally ill defendants

Pennsylvania is pledging in a federal court settlement approved Wednesday to broaden services for mentally ill defendants to avoid stays of hundreds of days in jail or restrictive hospital units while they wait for an assessment by doctors.

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Posted on: January 25, 2016

Westmoreland Transit Authority to add accessible vehicles

Wait times for physically challenged riders who use Westmoreland Transit's shared-ride program may be reduced when 11 wheelchair-accessible vehicles are added to the authority's fleet, according to its executive director.

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Posted on: January 25, 2016

Finding beds for Pennsylvania's mentally ill difficult even when available

Beds in hospital psychiatric units across the state regularly sit empty even though emergency department physicians struggle to find space for mental health patients requiring inpatient care, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review.

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Posted on: January 21, 2016

Westmoreland County's Drug Overdose Task Force gets $250K from foundation

With fatal drug overdoses at historic levels in Westmoreland County, officials now have more money to combat the problem.

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Posted on: January 19, 2016

Westmoreland County, children's bureau dismissed from civil rights suit

A federal judge has dismissed Westmoreland County, its children's bureau and two caseworkers from a civil rights lawsuit filed by the paternal grandmother of an infant killed by her father more than four years ago.

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Posted on: January 15, 2016

No Visible Bruises: Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury

The vast majority of domestic-violence victims who show signs of traumatic brain injury never receive a formal diagnosis.

If you or someone you care about has been touched by domestic or sexual violence, get help in Westmoreland Co. at 1-888-832-2272.

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Posted on: January 11, 2016

Westmoreland County senior centers to reopen as state budget impasse eases Read more: http://tribli

The five Westmoreland County senior centers that were closed because of the state budget impasse will reopen Thursday now that the long-overdue money has arrived.

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Posted on: January 5, 2016

No Safe Harbor: McKees Rocks, Homestead left with clusters of mentally ill residents

From 'psychiatric ghettos' to prisons, the mentally ill have few havens

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Posted on: January 4, 2016

Physicians want robust studies on medical marijuana use

Pittsburgh may be ready to decriminalize marijuana for recreational use, but a new survey suggests local physicians hold widely varying views when it comes to their willingness to prescribe marijuana for medical use, even if it were legal.

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Posted on: January 4, 2016

Trying to make mental health first aid as familiar as CPR

If someone suddenly collapsed and appeared to be having a heart attack, you wouldn't just walk on by, right? ...So why is it that when we see obvious signs of mental or emotional crisis...our first reaction is to withdraw?

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Posted on: December 30, 2015

Area Agency on Aging warns of suspicious activity toward senior citizens

GREENSBURG, Pa. —Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging officials are warning of suspicious behavior involving people claiming to work for the agency.

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

Lifesharing offers alternative for people with disabilities

By Molly Born / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Early one morning, after yet another nightmare, Clara Hopson pushed the quilt off her small frame and shuffled down the hall.

The 85-year-old, who has an intellectual disability and trouble getting around..

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

Op-Ed: A life-saving drug is now available to everyone in Pennsylvania

When Pennsylvania Physician General Rachel Levine signed a statewide standing order for naloxone in October, she removed a significant barrier to the life-saving medication that reverses drug overdoses from heroin and prescription pain medication.

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

4 families grow on Adoption Day in Westmoreland County

Bailey Thomas looked up at his new mother and smiled. Stephanie Williams was still wiping away tears after telling a Westmoreland County judge why the 9-year-old boy should be hers forever.
“Every kid deserves to have a family and a home"....

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Posted on: October 27, 2015

Natrona Catholic Daughters, Salvation Army team up to combat hunger Read more: http://triblive.com/

Mary Ann Debor was overwhelmed the first time she went to the Salvation Army Allegheny Valley to drop off a donation from the Natrona Catholic Daughters of America for the Love in a Backpack program.

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Posted on: October 26, 2015

Study reinforces avoiding alcohol while pregnant

Complete avoidance of alcohol during pregnancy is necessary to prevent alcohol-related birth defects, including intellectual disabilities in children.

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

Pittsburgh businesses learning to deal with customers struggling with dementia

By Sophie Wodzak

With Pittsburgh ranked the second most senior region in the U.S., a significant portion of the population is likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, according to William E. Klunk...

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Posted on: September 28, 2015

Delmont couple's 'Hugs' to aid military, their families

Michael and Jenn Mason's family tree includes numerous branches of the military — siblings, parents and grandparents have served or are on active duty.

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Posted on: September 28, 2015

Residents given samples of overdose antidote at Derry training session

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BY NICK CAMMUSO Latrobe Bulletin Staff Writer

A group of area residents now have a lifeline to ward off the effects of a drug overdose.

On Wednesday at Derry Area High School, about 30 naloxone kits were given out to community members during a t...Read on...

Posted on: September 28, 2015

Are you or is someone you know caring for a child with mental illness?

NAMI Basics is a six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. There is no cost to participants.

NAMI Basics helps parents and caregivers understand the il...Read on...

Posted on: September 14, 2015

Advocates hope to harness power of social media to prevent teen suicides

Social media bullying has been blamed for suicides among teens and young adults, but now there’s a national effort afoot to use social media to prevent young people from taking their lives.

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Posted on: September 2, 2015

Residents concerned over cuts to Westmoreland County shared ride service

By Deana Carpenter
Several senior citizens who depend on Westmoreland County Transit Authority’s shared ride service said recent cuts to the program hurt.

They brought their concerns to an open house hosted by the authority last week...

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Posted on: August 18, 2015

Westmoreland County Transit Authority officials will discuss shared-ride program Read more: http://

The Westmoreland County Transit Authority will hold an open house Thursday to provide information about its struggling shared-ride program.

Agency officials will be on hand between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at authority headquarters...

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Posted on: August 14, 2015

Excela signs lease pact for detox facility at Frick Hospital Read more: http://triblive.com/news/we

An area of Westmoreland County targeted for prevention of drug and alcohol abuse is set to gain a facility devoted to treatment of those afflicted by such problems.

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Posted on: August 12, 2015

Westmoreland County libraries help inmates keep in touch with loved ones

Warden John Walton had a problem.
He was fielding complaints about a new video visitation program for inmates at the Westmoreland County jail that cut back on in-person visits. And fewer people than he anticipated were ponying up...

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Posted on: July 31, 2015

High-rise medical visits aimed at curbing 911 calls in New Kensington Read more: http://triblive.co

Dozens of Citizens Plaza residents interacted with New Kensington Ambulance and Allegheny Valley Hospital staff Wednesday, but no medical emergencies were involved.

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Posted on: July 28, 2015

Mobile office allows Veterans Affairs to extend reach

With over 34,000 veterans residing in Westmoreland County and just four full-time employees in the county's Veterans Affairs department, servicing all the veterans has been a difficult task.

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Posted on: July 27, 2015

Wolf says social service providers may have to borrow money

By Marc Levy
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Wolf acknowledged today that nonprofit social services providers may have to borrow money during the state budget stalemate, but he said they should share his broader goal of doing the right thing for Pennsylvania.

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Posted on: July 20, 2015

Reductions in Westmoreland shared-ride program defended

As complaints continue to roll in about planned service cuts to the Westmoreland County Transit Authority shared-ride program, officials insist the changes are necessary to keep the financially struggling program solvent.

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Posted on: July 13, 2015

Adults with autism to share housing with general population in Heidelberg complex

By Mark Roth / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In what may be the first project of its kind in the nation, local developers are building an apartment complex that will house adults with autism alongside non-autistic residents.

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Posted on: July 9, 2015

July Drug Overdose Task Force news

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Read updates from the Task Force committees and related news.

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Posted on: July 8, 2015

Westmoreland Area Agency on Aging lends support to caregivers Read more: http://triblive.com/neighb

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.

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Posted on: June 17, 2015

Murphy’s bill to overhaul mental health system stirs debate

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy’s sweeping mental health overhaul got a hearing Tuesday in Washington, where lawmakers weighed privacy interests against the interest in providing crucial information to caregivers.

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Posted on: June 12, 2015

Governor Wolf Announces Fee Waivers for Volunteers Seeking Background Checks

Governor Wolf Announces Fee Waivers for Volunteers Seeking Background Checks

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Posted on: June 8, 2015

Seniors worry about the future of Westmoreland Transit's shared ride program

Marionne Croake is a firm believer in the Westmoreland County Transit Authority's shared ride program but worries about its future.

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Posted on: May 20, 2015

Need a car to get to work?

Reliable transportation is essential for working individuals and families, but the cost of purchasing or repairing a vehicle can be a challenge for those with less than perfect credit. The PA Ways to Work program is a partnership between Westmoreland Com...Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2015

Saving Lives with Naloxone: A Conversation with Gary Tennis

Pennsylvanians are enduring the worst epidemic of fatal overdoses in our commonwealths' history. In 2011, nearly 2,400 Pennsylvanians died of drug overdose, and we know overdoses have gone up since then…..

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Posted on: April 17, 2015

Westmoreland task force hopes to raise money for overdose antidote

The Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force, through its project called Get In Westmoreland, wants to raise $40,000 to help pay for and distribute a drug that can prevent overdose deaths.

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Posted on: March 30, 2015

Westmoreland County Transit Authority to buy 12 minibuses

The Westmoreland County Transit Authority will purchase 12 vehicles to help correct inefficiencies that have plagued the agency's paratransit program since its takeover nearly two years ago.

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Posted on: March 9, 2015

Pitt School of Pharmacy develops website to track overdoses

As a drug overdose epidemic rages in Pennsylvania, a website developed by the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy will help track in real time how counties compare in death rates.

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Posted on: March 6, 2015

Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force gets $9K to buy heroin antidote

(Update: the DOTF learned that this donation will actually total $10,000)

An anonymous donation to the Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force could put an antidote for heroin into the hands of emergency responders and community members.

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Posted on: September 4, 2014

Pitt School of Pharmacy Developing an Overdose Prevention Website


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Posted on: November 4, 2016

Substance Abuse Forum and Education, Ligonier Senior High School, November 17, 2016

(S.A.F.E.) Substance Abuse Forum and Education WHERE: LIGONIER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL WHEN:  Thursday, November 17, 2016 TIME: 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. In an effort to deal with the ongoing drug crisis and its effect on our yo...Read on... View and share event flyer
Posted on: May 6, 2015

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

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.”

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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.

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Posted on: June 27, 2016

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

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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
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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/Indianawww.pahouse.com/petrarca


Petrarca measure would help land banks rehabilitate blighted properties

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Joseph ...Read on...

Posted on: June 3, 2016

Contractors Sought to Renovate Homes for Land Bank

The Westmoreland County Land Bank is looking for local experienced housing contractors to bid on rehabilitation of homes as part of its affordable housing program.

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Parks & Recreation

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Posted on: November 28, 2016

Canada Goose Season Open at County Parks

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NEWS RELEASE          * FOR IMMEDIATE USE *

November 21, 2016Contact: Josh Miller (724) 830-3958 or Aaron Siko (724) 830-3960E-Mail: jmiller2@co.westmoreland.pa.us or asiko@co.westmoreland.pa.us

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Planning

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Posted on: October 27, 2016

Community Workshops Announced for Westmoreland County Comprehensive Plan

Reimagining Our Westmoreland

The Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development would like to announce the first two community workshops for the county's comprehensive plan update, Reimagining Our Westmoreland.

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Westmoreland County Seeking Community Input for the Upcoming Comprehensive Plan

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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...Read on...

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Posted on: February 19, 2016

Laurel Valley Transportation Improvement Project - Public Meeting - Thursday, February 25, 2016

Laurel Valley Transportation Improvement Project

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Engineering District 12-0 and the Federal Highway Administration, in cooperation with Westmoreland County, cordially invite you to attend a Public Meeting to discuss the Feasibility Study that is underwa...Read on...

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Prothonotary

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Posted on: April 18, 2016

Westmoreland commissioners OK $164K for electronic filing

Commissioners approved spending $164,000 Friday that will make it possible for civil court documents to be electronically filed in Westmoreland County by early next year.

Prothonotary Christina O'Brien said the computer system that will be purchased t...Read on...

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Reality Tour

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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.

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Recorder of Deeds

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Posted on: July 12, 2016

Westmoreland County's historic documents headed to the web

A year from now, those using the Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds website should be able to view electronically records dating from the decade before the Civil War back to the organization of the county in the late 1700s.

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Redevelopment Authority

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Posted on: October 20, 2016

Penn Park in Mt. Pleasant Borough to be dedicated this week

Penn Park in Mt. Pleasant Borough to be dedicated this week

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...

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

RACW to hold public meeting about Accessibility Housing Grant Program

The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland is requesting monies from the State and County to be used as Accessible Housing Grants for those residing in Westmoreland County. These monies will be used primarily to construct ramps and stair li...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2015

Redevelopment Authority Receives $500,000 to Clean Up Brownfield Sites

Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland

The Board of Directors of the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland today announced the agency is the recipient of a $500,000 federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to perform environmental assessments countywide in an effo...Read on...

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Register of Wills

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Posted on: August 2, 2016

Notice - Statewide Orphan's Court Rules Effective September 1, 2016

Westmoreland County Register of Wills

Beginning on this date, state forms MUST be used where applicable. Local forms can no longer be used where a state form exists. Please consult the Unified Judicial System website linked below.

Sherry Magretti Hamilton, Esq.
Register of Wills and Cle...Read on...

PA Unified Judicial System Orphan's Court forms

Veteran's Affairs

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Posted on: December 7, 2016

Latrobe native savors chance to serve at Pearl Harbor

David Materkowski is far from the first member of his family to serve in the military, but he is the first to command other sailors on a nuclear submarine.Read on...

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Posted on: December 5, 2016

Military Family Brunch Dec. 11 in Pittsburgh

Military Family Brunch Dec. 11 Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 10:30-12 noon In the Music Hall Foyer at the Carnegie Museum of Art Check in at 10:30 followed by entertainment. FREE but you must rsvp to Toshua at 412-481-8200, ext 231 or Jarrettt@vlpwpa.org  (note the 3 t's in her email...Read on...
Posted on: December 2, 2016

Pittsburgh VA Veterans Town Hall Dec. 7th

Pittsburgh VA Veterans Town Hall

Dec. 7, 2016, 10 - 11:30 a.m. H.J. Heinz Campus, 1010 Delafield Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 (Allegheny County) VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Director Karin McGraw invites you to attend their Veterans Town Hall on Wednesday...Read on...
Posted on: November 28, 2016

Military Couples Open House at Vet Center Dec. 7th

Vet Center logo.jpg Pittsburgh Vet Center  Military Couples Open House When: December 7, 2016. 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Where: The Pittsburgh Vet Center, 2500 Baldwick Rd, Suite 15, Pittsburgh PA 15205 Please RSVP by November 28 to Michael Zimmerman at Mich...Read on...
Posted on: November 21, 2016

Tips can help maximize veterans' GI Bill benefits

If you're a veteran, the GI Bill can be your ticket to a debt-free college education. That's huge, given that nearly 70 percent of 2015 graduates who left school with a bachelor's degree also carried student loan debt, with an average of $30,100 per borro...Read on...

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Posted on: November 17, 2016

Regional Veterans Employment Summit brought employers, job-seeking veterans to Latrobe Tuesday

Over 120 attendees from a five-county region convened at Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe for what is expected to be the first annual Regional Veterans Employment Summit.

Timothy Gribbin of Rep. Eric’s Nelson office attended...

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Posted on: November 16, 2016

Murrysville church's 'A Soldier's Christmas' program prepares care packages for troops

Kiski Area graduate Evan Stover was stationed in South Korea last year when he was told he received packages in the mail.

“I went there to pick them up, and it was like 13 boxes, stacked up to my shoulder,” he said.

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Posted on: November 8, 2016

November 12th designated Veterans Day of Caring in PA

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A RESOLUTION 

Designating November 12, 2016, as "Pennsylvania Veterans Day of Caring." WHEREAS, Every year on November 11, the United States dedicates the day to the remembrance and celebration of the sacrifices that our veterans have ma...Read on...
Posted on: November 4, 2016

PA Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs November newsletter

 DMVA Digest   A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
  November 2, 2016

  DMVA News

Consider Re-registering with DMVA:

In an effort to better serve Pennsylvania's veterans, families ...

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Posted on: November 3, 2016

W.Pa. veterans employment summit planned for Nov. 15

Organizers of an employment summit this month hope to connect military veterans with jobs while eliminating stigmas employers might have about hiring them.

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Posted on: November 2, 2016

10 Things Veterans Won't Tell You in a Job Interview

Corporate recruiters & hiring managers used to interviewing civilian job candidates are accustomed to hearing the polished responses to questions like, "What was your most significant career move?" or "How do you believe you can add value to our company?"

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Posted on: October 21, 2016

October is "Agent Orange Recognition Month" in PA

SR 466, this resolution recognizes Vietnam Veterans for their service and the effects of exposure to Agent Orange.  The intent is also to bring awareness to Agent Orange related issues. 


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Posted on: October 6, 2016

Penn Township to host POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony Oct. 17th

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Penn Township will recognize our nation’s POW/MIA’s at their Commissioners’ meeting on October 17, 2016 at 7 PM at the Penn Township Municipal Building, 2001 Municipal Court, Harrison City, PA.

The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is o...Read on...

Posted on: October 5, 2016

Tricare Pharmacy Network Adds Walgreens, Removes CVS

Walgreens will soon rejoin Tricare's pharmacy network for users nationwide, officials announced Friday, while CVS pharmacies will leave.

That means Tricare users will now be able to fill their prescriptions off-base at Walgreens pharmacies.

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Posted on: October 3, 2016

VA Will Now Pay For Fertility Treatment For Wounded Vets

For the first time in almost 25 years, the VA will pay for IVF for wounded veterans.

Congress has reversed a law passed in 1992 that "prohibited the Department of Veterans Affairs from paying for IVF for veterans and their families."

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Posted on: September 27, 2016

Stand Down Pittsburgh offers 1-stop shop to assist veterans — particularly the homeless

The before and after was remarkable.

Before he sat in a barber's chair for the first time in more than a year, Harry Waidler, 51, had shoulder-length hair and a long, gray bushy beard.

Afterward, he could have passed for a business executive.

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Posted on: September 27, 2016

VA, Walgreens team up to fight influenza

The VA has teamed up with national retail pharmacy Walgreens to provide free flu vaccinations for enrolled Veterans through the VA Retail Immunization Care Coordination Program.So far, tens of thousands Veteran patients have received flu shots at a local ...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2016

Regional Veterans Employment Summit to be held November 15, 2016, in Latrobe

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Employers invited to connect, network, interview veterans of all eras at Fred Rogers Center

(Greensburg, PA)—Employers and those who have served in the military will convene November 15, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 13, 2016

Ligonier woman devotes 65 years to VFW service

Dalona Leonard may be the busiest 87-year-old you've ever met.

Leonard has devoted her life to volunteering, be it for the election board, her church, the Salvation Army or through the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 734 Ladies Auxiliary.

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Memorial to honor Level Green school's Vietnam War dead

John Rupp has never forgotten Carl Ryder, Ralph Wheeler III and Wayne Greer.

All three lived in the Level Green area and were killed in action during the Vietnam War. Ryder and Wheeler were Rupp's classmates at Trafford High School.

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Posted on: September 2, 2016

Pittsburgh area has high percentage of veteran-owned businesses, survey shows

The Pittsburgh area has a higher-than-average percentage of veteran-owned businesses, according to new Census Bureau figures.

About 8.8 percent of the 38,115 firms that could be classified by ownership in the metro area were owned by veterans in 2014.

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Posted on: September 2, 2016

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

BY THE TRIBUNE-REVIEW | Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, 8:55 p.m.

Laurel: To the Westmoreland County Veteran Affairs workers. In just a few weeks they have come up with 19 photos of 27 service personnel killed during the Vietnam War for the Vietnam Vetera...Read on...

Posted on: September 1, 2016

Suicide Prevention Month: #BeThere

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VA Highlights Initiatives to Prevent Veteran and Servicemember Suicide

WASHINGTON – Today marks the start of Suicide Prevention Month and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is asking for the entire nation’s help in reducing Veteran suicide. ...Read on...

Posted on: August 29, 2016

Photos sought to memorialize Vietnam War veterans on Wall of Faces

In less than a month, photos for 19 of 27 servicemen killed during the Vietnam War have been found by Westmoreland County Veterans Affairs for a memorial project being developed called the Wall of Faces.

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Posted on: August 25, 2016

Mobile Vet Center coming to the region Sept. 13-17

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Counseling, VA benefits and enrollment help, claims referral available.

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Posted on: August 23, 2016

Pentagon to Open Online Exchange Shopping to Vets in 2017

A Defense Department retail board has given the green light to a plan to open online exchange shopping to all honorably discharged veterans, with hopes of starting the program on Veterans Day in 2017.

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

How to transfer credits from military studies and training to civilian education institutions

Just because you are not technically in academia when you are in the service doesn’t mean you aren’t learning enough to earn college credit.

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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: September 23, 2016

Seniors invited to Expo in Lower Burrell Friday, Oct. 14th

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Representative Eli Evankovich invites you to attend his 6th annual Senior Expo Friday, Oct. 14th from 9am to noon. Free health screenings, refreshments, and information on programs and services will be available. RSVP to Rep. Evankovich's Murrysville offi...Read on...

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Posted on: August 18, 2016

Lies They Tell Transitioning Veterans: Helping Fellow Veterans

Last year, the George W. Bush Center identified 45,000 non-profit veteran service organizations in the U.S. Clearly, there are a lot of good-hearted and patriotic

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Posted on: August 16, 2016

IRS Provides 'Information for Veterans'

Military.com | Week of August 15, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (SPEC) office has a special webpage called 'Information for Veterans' that highlights programs offering tax preparation ... For more tax guides and tips for the military

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Posted on: August 15, 2016

Veterans Health Fair, Oct. 22, Murrysville

Veterans Health Fair
Oct. 22, from 8am to 1pm.Murrysville Alliance Church
4130 Old William Penn Hwy.Murrysville, PA 15668

VA representatives will be on site with information on-benefits questions/enrollment
-prescription benefits-mental h...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2016

Grand Canyon trip helps veterans seeking life-changing improvements

The Ligonier Township resident founded the Canyon Heroes organization in 2012 to sponsor a Grand Canyon camping and rafting adventure for a single veteran. This year, 24 veterans from Pennsylvania and 11 other states as part of a weeklong outing

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Posted on: August 11, 2016

Photos of 25 Vietnam veterans from Westmoreland sought for 'Wall of Faces' project

There are 58,315 names on “The Wall,” the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., but nearly one in six is faceless.

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Posted on: August 9, 2016

Norwin Elks car cruise benefits veterans groups

The Norwin Elks Club's annual Father's Day Charity Car Cruise had a lot of winners this year — top car, truck and motorcycle — but the big winners were several charities and nonprofit organizations that received $7,800 in proceeds from the event.

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Posted on: August 8, 2016

The Joint Commission Releases Results of Surveys of the VA Health Care System

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today released results of The Joint Commission Special Focused Surveys on VA health care facilities. VA invited The Joint Commission to conduct unannounced, focused surveys at 139 medical faciliti...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2016

Seeking Westmoreland Veteran Photos for the Wall

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In an effort to preserve the legacy of those who sacrificed all in Vietnam, Pennsylvania's Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs is working with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in Washington D.C., to find a photo for each of the Pennsylvanians whose ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 4, 2016

Veterans needed for hearing research study

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VA Healthcare is recruiting participants for a research study on hearing problems in blast-exposed veterans who demonstrate normal hearing results.

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Posted on: August 2, 2016

Tinnitus is Number One Disability For Veterans

Tinnitus is the number one disability among Veterans and it affects at least one in every 10 American adults.
Veterans have higher rates of tinnitus than the general public due to the noise levels they encounter while in the service, including gunfire, m...Read on...

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Posted on: August 2, 2016

Military and Veterans Appreciation Event Tuesday, Aug. 16

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Please join Congressman Keith Rothfus August 16th at North Park Point Pavilian, Lakeshore Dr., Allison Park, PA 15101 from 6-8 p.m., or Friday, August 19th from 4-6 p.m. at the Quemahoning Family Recreatino Area, Large Pavilion 1, Quemahoning Dam Road, H...Read on...

Posted on: August 1, 2016

Vet employment survey launched--input from veterans, employers sought

An enormous effort has gone into helping Veterans successfully transition from service to civilian employment over the past several years.

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Posted on: July 29, 2016

Greater Pittsburgh PAServes network aids veterans in finding help

Five years after his retirement from the Army, Leonard Strazza moved past a litany of job rejections and found his groove as an entrepreneurial DJ running a budding entertainment company.

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Posted on: July 27, 2016

VA Agent Orange Newsletter--Summer 2016

Download the current newsletter here.

Research to Improve VA Policies and Health Care--
Beginning in 1991, VA contracted with the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) (formally known as the Institute of Medicine) to review scientific and medical in...Read on...

Posted on: July 25, 2016

VA offers alternative to opioid pain management

After four years of opioid treatments, Jim Pershing had had enough.

Mr. Pershing served three tours of duty in Vietnam as a Radioman for the navy. There, he became exposed to Agent Orange

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Posted on: July 18, 2016

Owner looks to turn Ligonier Twp. home into retreat for military families

Terri Hughes missed seeing the spring blossoms this year at her family's home in Ligonier Township.

But she wants members of the military, veterans and their families to have an opportunity to stop and smell the flowers

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

Employer survey: Veterans viewed as heroes, but not necessarily a good hire

The vast majority of Americans and employers see veterans as "heroes," but don't see them as "assets" within the community, a viewpoint that can keep them from the jobs they want, according to a survey and analysis by the Edelman marketing firm.

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Posted on: July 6, 2016

VA eases process to enroll in VA healthcare

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it has eliminated paper signature requirements for Veterans wishing to enroll in VA health care. Effective immediately, VA has amended its enrollment regulations to allow Veterans to complete enro...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2016

Legislature OKs state budget;proposed funding increased for Veterans Homes

HARRISBURG — Meeting a midnight deadline, the GOP-dominated General Assembly on Thursday approved a $31.6 billion state budget, even with critics saying it's out of balance and one senator describing the process as “total madness.”

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Posted on: June 30, 2016

Brig General Anthony J. Carrelli confirmed as The Adjutant General of Pennsylvania

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Brig General Anthony J. Carrelli has been confirmed as The Adjutant General of Pennsylvania.

Prior to his appointment as Acting Adjutant General, Carrelli assumed duties as the Deputy Adjutant General-Air, Pennsylvania National Guard, Joint Force He...Read on...

Posted on: June 28, 2016

PA State Association of County Directors of Veterans Affairs Unveils New PTSD Brochure

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“What our society has interpreted as a psychiatric condition called post-traumatic stress disorder –PTSD--is more fundamentally a human universal experience that has been described in all traditional warrior cultures around the world, from the Sioux to th...Read on...

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Posted on: June 7, 2016

D-Day documentary popular at Carnegie Science Center

J. Randolph Burnham was one month and a day old when D-Day happened on June 6, 1944.

On the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, Burnham stopped by the Carnegie Science Center on Monday to watch an Omnimax showing of “D-Day: Normandy 1944."

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Posted on: June 7, 2016

Vets, families remember Normandy D-Day landings, 72 years on

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — Proud veterans in their 90s and families of fallen soldiers are commemorating the epochal D-Day invasion of Normandy 72 years ago that helped the Allies vanquish Hitler.

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Posted on: June 2, 2016

VA Secretary Provides Relief for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald has granted equitable relief to more than 24,000 Veterans following a national review of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) medical examinations conducted in connection with disability compensation ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Technology offers a new way to honor veterans in Westmoreland County

The iconic Doughboy statue overlooking Mount Pleasant Borough has a great view of a new, high-tech way to honor veterans.

The 35-foot-tall monument stands in the center of the Westmoreland County borough at the intersection of Main and Diamond streets.

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Senate panel advances veterans reform plan — including GI Bill cuts

The massive and controversial veterans omnibus bill is headed to the Senate floor after Senate Veterans Affairs Committee members unanimously backed the measure as a critical step forward in reforming VA operations

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Army sergeant tapped to head Center for Women Veterans

By Tracie Mauriello / Post-Gazette Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — When Kayla Williams returned from her tour of duty in Iraq, praise, gratitude and rounds of drinks flowed — but they were all directed at her male comrades.

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Posted on: May 10, 2016

Ohio financial services company scammed veterans, Attorney General’s office alleges in lawsuit

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's office today announced the filing of a civil lawsuit against a financial services company and its owner alleged to have misled at least four Pennsylvania consumers, three of whom are milita...Read on...

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Posted on: May 9, 2016

PA Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs May newsletter available

In this issue:
--Memorial Day Ceremony at the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial--Real Estate Tax Exemption for 100% Disabled Veterans
--VA Appointment Request App-- State Veterans’ Homes News
--Friends Of The Pennsylvania Military Museum--Attentio...Read the newsletter...

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Posted on: May 5, 2016

All-terrain wheelchair opens 'new world' for Uniontown veteran

The delivery on Wednesday of an all-terrain wheelchair to a retired Marine who lost both of his legs to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan could not have been more timely.

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Posted on: May 4, 2016

Hiring Our Heroes job fair brings big veteran turnout to PNC Park

Paul Goldsmith served his country, working on a mechanic crew and maintenance detail in an Army field artillery group. On Tuesday, he used his status as a veteran to try to land a second job in the civilian world.

“I'm just looking for advancement...."

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Posted on: May 2, 2016

Army Strong Community Newsletter

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In this issue:
Army Strong Community Centers Pilot Scheduled to End

Hiring Our Heroes Event May 3rd

Pets For Vets – Pittsburgh Animal Friends

Visibility of Personal Readiness

Military Appreciation Month

Summer Camp Resources 2016

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Posted on: May 2, 2016

Blue Star Memorial markers are lasting tributes to vets

Americans will pause on Memorial Day to remember those who died serving in the military, many by gathering at cemeteries or community honor rolls.

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Posted on: April 26, 2016

14th Quartermaster Army Reservist receives life-changing gift of new White Oak home

Army Staff Sgt. Michelle Satterfield was already talking about grocery shopping and preparing a home-cooked meal as she opened cupboards and checked out appliances Monday in her new White Oak home donated through the generosity of others

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Posted on: April 26, 2016

May is Military Appreciation Month!

May is Military Appreciation Month and many merchants recognize the service of active duty military, Guard and Reserve, and veterans, with discounts. While this list is just a sample and is by no means exhaustive, these are typical. It “pays” to show your...Read on...

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Posted on: April 12, 2016

Pennsylvania agency assists effort to recognize Vietnam War veterans

William F. Horvath was a spitfire on the radio, one of his fellow soldiers recalled.

A private first class in the Army, he was responsible for calling in medical evacuation helicopters and artillery support for his unit during the Vietnam War.

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Posted on: April 11, 2016

Free shuttle service between VA Highland and University begins April 25th

Avoid stressful city driving and parking garage congestion - park at the former Highland Drive medical center and take a free door-to-door shuttle directly to University Drive! See link for details.

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Posted on: April 11, 2016

Veterans of Vietnam invited to request 50th year commemorative pin

Living United States Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive on lapel pin. Please see attached.

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Posted on: April 11, 2016

Run As One event in Harrison brings light to veteran struggles

Drew Warner of Kittanning had two deployments in Iraq during his eight-year Army career. But when he returned home in 2011 to the Alle-Kiski Valley, he struggled.

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Posted on: March 30, 2016

National commander's message resonates with A-K Valley American Legion

One of the American Legion's main missions nearly 100 years after its founding is lobbying for quality health care for veterans, said National Commander Dale Barnett.

With an original mission of boosting morale among World War I veterans....

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Posted on: March 29, 2016

Westmoreland Museum of American Art offers free admission for military and veterans

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With a deep passion for and knowledge of American art, a preeminent collection, and a a newly expanded space, The NEW Westmoreland is a true one of a kind. Best of all, it's yours.

To show veterans and active military personnel our appreciation for the...Read on...

Posted on: March 24, 2016

VA Proposes, Takes Actions on Leaders at Veterans Benefits Administration

Also Announces Denver Replacement Hospital Administrative Investigation Board Results

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced actions against four leaders at the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and close-out of an Ad...Read on...

Posted on: March 18, 2016

Vietnam veterans among Hall of Valor inductees for 2016

Ask soldiers why they took decisive action that put them in harm’s way, and most won’t say it was out of bravery or courage.

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Posted on: March 16, 2016

Combat Veterans Get Telephonic Health Care Application Option

All Veterans to Get Option on July 5, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it has amended its enrollment regulations to allow Veterans to complete applications for enrollment in VA health care by ...Read on...

Posted on: March 16, 2016

Were you exposed to burn pits while deployed

Did you serve in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn, Djibouti, Africa, Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm or the Southeast Asia theater of operations after August, 1990?

Do you think you may have been expose...Read on...

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Posted on: March 14, 2016

Agent Orange exposure linked to bladder cancer, hypothyroidism

A new review of Agent Orange research found evidence that bladder cancer and hypothyroidism are more strongly linked to exposure to the herbicide than previously thought, but the science does not support a previously held belief that spina bifida occurs..

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Posted on: March 11, 2016

Army veteran begins career in farming

From 2000 to 2003, Michael Modugno served in the army as a machine gunner in the 101st Airborne division.

Today, he’s preparing fields and growing vegetables at the Dillner Family Farm in West Deer. He never thought the pastime would turn into a vocation

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Posted on: March 10, 2016

VA Partners with PGA to Support PGA HOPE Program for Veterans with Disabilities

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is partnering with PGA REACH, the philanthropic arm of PGA of America, to bring a specialized golf program to disabled Veterans.

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Posted on: March 10, 2016

Norwin student planning Bataan Memorial March fundraiser

The Norwin Air Force Junior ROTC is planning to honor the sacrifice of the American and Filipino soldiers persecuted by the Japanese during the infamous Bataan Death March in World War II.

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Posted on: March 7, 2016

Converted room at WCCC dedicated as lounge for veterans

Veterans have a way of finding one another in a college classroom, but the addition of a lounge dedicated to military students at Westmoreland County Community College will make it easier to make those connections, students and officials said Thursday.

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Posted on: March 4, 2016

Army Strong News hot off the digital press

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In this issue
--Searching for a new career opportunity?
--Operation Purple Camp for kids
--A Tribute to Vets May 26th, Pittsburgh
--Financial counseling resource
--EMDR therapy for trauma

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Posted on: March 1, 2016

Westmoreland County Community College dedicates new Military Student Lounge March 3

Westmoreland County Community College will hold a dedication ceremony for its new Military Student Lounge Thursday, March 3 at 2 p.m. in Founders Hall at the Youngwood campus.

The ceremony will begin in the South Entrance with a posting of the colo...Read on...

Posted on: February 26, 2016

Meet Army Ranger, Bronze Star and Purple Heart Recipient Maj. Scott Smiley March 24

On April 6, 2005, Scotty lost the use of both eyes when a suicide car bomber blew himself up in front of Scotty's Stryker vehicle in Iraq.

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Posted on: February 23, 2016

New Kensington-based Army reserve unit bound for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

About 100 Army reservists from around Western Pennsylvania and beyond left Monday for eventual deployment in Cuba.

Specifically, this deployment will require the unit to serve as guards for some of the world's most dangerous terrorists at “Camp X-Ray."

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

Veterans Forum to be hosted by Rep. Mike Reese March 17 in Ligonier

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Thursday, March 17
6:30 p.m
American Legion Post 267
109 Kelly Street, Ligonier

Hosted by Rep. Mike Reese

Health care, Pensions, Compensation, Q&A

For more information, call 724-423-6503

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Posted on: February 10, 2016

Twilight Wish seeking veterans-- highlighted in County Happenings Newsletter

Twilight Wish Foundation has reached out to Westmoreland County’s Veterans Affairs to help spread the word that their organization grants wishes to senior citizens & military veterans who financially cannot do so on their own.

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Posted on: February 1, 2016

PA Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs newsletter out

Veterans Who Accept Separation Pay Can’t Receive VA Compensation, Real Estate Tax Exemption Program, Amputee and Paralyzed Veterans Pension, Scholarship To Veterans, and more....

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Posted on: January 25, 2016

Why I’m filing my VA claim--A Veteran's journey through the process

Note: Claim assistance is available no cost through the Westmoreland County Department of Veterans Affairs--call them at 724-830-3530)

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Posted on: January 22, 2016

Charities, military leaders step in to help wounded veteran Read more: http://triblive.com/news/all

When Army Staff Sgt. Terry Saffron flew home from Iraq in 2004, he thought his war was over and the government would take care of his disabling wounds from a roadside bomb.

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Posted on: January 21, 2016

Join Redstone Highlands in Celebrating our Veterans on Feb. 25th

Celebrating Our Veterans

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)and Redstone Highlands Senior Living Communities invite you to hear Florence Shusty-Reynolds tell her story of being one of the first women Air Force Service Pilots during World War I...Read on...

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Posted on: December 21, 2015

DAV van driver volunteers' appreciation lunch

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Staff from Westmoreland County's Veteran Affairs and the American Legion shared their appreciation Saturday for the wonderful volunteers who drive DAV vans each week. These dedicated men and women make it possible for less mobile veterans to get to Pittsb...Read on...

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 17, 2015

Veterans Encouraged to Connect with DMVA for Assistance With Obtaining Benefits, Services

Harrisburg, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Milit...Read on...

Posted on: December 18, 2015

Mt. Pleasant VFW post gets a lift from aviation business

Dec. 7, or Pearl Harbor Day, is a day James Cheek never forgets.

Cheek, quartermaster of the Bunton-Malek Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3368 in Mt. Pleasant, recently spent that date recalling his late stepfather — U.S. Air Force veteran...

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

Program reduces number of homeless veterans in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia on Thursday joined a growing list of U.S. cities to announce an effective end to homelessness among veterans, reaching a bipartisan goal to tighten the social safety net.

Allegheny County may not be far behind.

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

VA to change disability claims rules for Camp Lejeune veterans

The Veterans Affairs Department has determined that eight medical conditions are linked to service at Camp Lejeune, N.C. from 1953 to 1987, and veterans with these diseases who were stationed at the sprawling Marine Corps base are eligible...

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Posted on: December 15, 2015

Governor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania Nearing Year-End Goal for Reducing Veterans Homelessness

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December 15, 2015

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) today announced that as part o...Read on...

Posted on: December 14, 2015

Battle of the Bulge veterans keep memory alive, pass ceremony to next generation

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Joseph A. Folino wore a crisp Army uniform and shiny black shoes as he placed a wreath by the Battle of the Bulge memorial Saturday at the National Guard Armory on Donohoe Road in Hempfield.

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Posted on: December 11, 2015

Twilight Wish Foundation seeking older veterans with wishes

Twilight Wish Foundation grants wishes to senior citizens 68 or older and living who financially cannot do so on their own. Their mission is to help make the world a nicer place to age, one wish at a time.

Since 2003, Twilight Wish has granted over 2...Read on...

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Posted on: December 11, 2015

Veterans will have lounge at Westmoreland County Community College Read more: http://triblive.com/n

Military veterans attending Westmoreland County Community College in the spring will have a comfortable place to get away from the stress of classes and college life.

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Posted on: November 19, 2015

Western Pennsylvania foundations to help veterans utilize skills

Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in Southwestern Pennsylvania score better than the national average on a host of measurements, but “scar tissue” remains between the agency, local nonprofits and veterans, according to a report released Wednesday.

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Posted on: November 19, 2015

Uber and Lyft to offer free rides to veterans for job interviews

Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft will donate tens of thousands of free trips to veterans for transportation to work, job interviews and other critical needs, officials announced Tuesday.

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Posted on: November 16, 2015

VA Pittsburgh exhibit chronicles support for destitute vets

A bout of pancreatitis landed Ed Schwirian, a former Army medic, in the VA hospital in Oakland.

An inability to pay rent for his Sharpsburg apartment landed him on the streets of Pittsburgh when he was released.

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Posted on: November 16, 2015

Export native to take helm of Navy's newest warship, USS Gerald Ford

In 1982, John Meier was just another Franklin Regional Senior High School student trying to figure out his place in a world rife with uncertainty.

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Posted on: November 2, 2015

Legion lights the way for veterans with flagpole, memorial dedication in South Greensburg Read more

Members of the Charnesky-Vaccare American Legion Post 981 in South Greensburg are leaving a light on for veterans.

The post dedicated a flagpole and monument to veterans Saturday afternoon on Broad Street before several dozen people

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Posted on: September 29, 2015

PaServes hopes to bridge veterans, area aid services

When military veterans need help finding work, job training or housing, they can schedule an appointment with the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania or walk in without an appointment at the nonprofit’s South Side offices.

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Posted on: September 28, 2015

Delmont couple's 'Hugs' to aid military, their families

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By Mary Pickels
Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, 12:01 a.m.
Updated 7 hours ago

Michael and Jenn Mason's family tree includes numerous branches of the military — siblings, parents and grandparents have served or are on active duty.

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Posted on: September 24, 2015

VA puts veterans in control of filing claims electronically or on paper

Last month, VA reached a historic low in the disability claims backlog by dipping below 100,000 to 98,535 – and the number of these claims (pending more than 125 days) has come down even further since. This milestone means that VA is processing disability...Read on...

Posted on: September 11, 2015

Greensburg's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #33 honored for community service

Greensburg's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 33 is one of a small handful in the country to receive a national award for community service.
Only 61 of the more than 7,000 VFW posts in the country received the award....

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Posted on: August 27, 2015

Vets reflect on Canyon Heroes experience

As he laid down to sleep under the stars, Richard Gribenas, 66, of Hempfield stared up at the Grand Canyon in awe of its tranquil beauty, relishing a moment free of cellphones, schedule commitments and life's usual interruptions.

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Posted on: August 26, 2015

VA Reaches Historic Milestone in Backlog Reduction

Disability Claims Backlog reduces to 98,535 – Lowest Ever in VA’s History

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Posted on: August 26, 2015

American warriors find path to healing and hope on Colorado River trip

Note: Canyon Heroes is based in Ligonier, PA

Four therapists, a handful of river guides and 18 veterans - men and women, from 12 different states and representing all branches of the U.S. military spent one week on the Colorado River seeking adventure...

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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

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today launched two new no-cost training progra...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2015

'Canyon heroes' heals through Arizona's beauty

Eighteen veterans from all across the country are on a journey seeking out that peace and serenity and are using the Colorado as a guide. It's all part of the 'Canyon Heroes', a non-profit based in Laurel Highlands,

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Posted on: August 4, 2015

VA Expands Review of Chemical Exposure in Drinking Water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune


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VA Expands Review of Chemical Exposure in Drinking Water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

WASHINGTON – As part of VA’s ongoing commitment to provide care to Veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs...Read on...

Posted on: July 28, 2015

Mobile program allows Veterans Affairs to extend outreach

With approximately 34,000 veterans residing in Westmoreland County and just four full-time employees in the county's Veterans Affairs department, servicing all of the veterans has been a difficult task.

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

Veterans saddle up for equine therapy programs around Pittsburgh

As far back as 600 B.C., the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding were documented in ancient Greek literature. Today, horses remain incredibly effective therapy animals, helping those with physical and mental disabilities and veterans who have PTSD.

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WCIDC

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Posted on: October 20, 2016

WCIDC partners with Penn State New Kensington on Entrepreneurial Center

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

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

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: August 30, 2016

WCIDC announces ownership of former Jeannette Glass plant

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.

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Posted on: May 26, 2016

Settlement Reached In Former Jeannette Glass Plant Acquisition

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The Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation's Board of Directors announced today the approval of a settlement agreement with Zion Bullitt Avenue LP concerning the former Jeannette Glass Plant property.

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Posted on: May 23, 2016

Westmoreland County Names Comprehensive Plan Consultant

The Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners approved today a contract with Houseal Lavigne Associates to serve as the consulting firm assisting the Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development with the county's comprehensive plan update.

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Posted on: May 18, 2016

Westmoreland County Receives $1.1 million RTAP Grant for Replacement of Rail

An important infrastructure project to benefit business and industry - invests in long term hard rail transportation asset in Westmoreland County.

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Posted on: December 9, 2015

Asbestos removal, demolition in progress on Monsour eyesore in Jeannette

Demolition of the former Monsour Medical Center in Jeannette is finally under way, nearly a decade after the hospital was abandoned.

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Posted on: November 20, 2015

Westmoreland County industrial park opening planned by 2018

This is a park that will add to the already great network of industrial parks in the county.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

200 BUSINESS, EDUCATION LEADERS ATTEND INAUGURAL WORKFORCE PROGRAM

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County Group to Help Students Find Pathways to College, Career, and High-Demand Occupations

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Posted on: September 10, 2015

Demolition Bid Accepted for Monsour Demolition

JEANNETTE, Pa., September 10, 2015 – The Board of Directors for the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation (WCIDC), in partnership with the Westmoreland County Land Bank, are announcing the acceptance and approval of Dore & Associates ...Read on...

Posted on: September 4, 2015

Wolf Administration Announces Alcoa to Expand Operations Creating At Least 90 New Jobs

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Alcoa, a lightweight metals manufacturer, will expand its R&D site in Upper Burrell Township, Westmoreland County and create at least 90 new, full-time positions.

“Today’s announcement makes i...Read on...

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Posted on: September 3, 2015

Alcoa to invest $60M in Pittsburgh-area research center, add 100 jobs

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Alcoa Inc. is investing $60 million in its Pittsburgh-area research and development facility in order to expand the company's additive manufacturing capabilities.

The multipronged investment, which was announced by the company Thursday, will fund an 18...Read on...

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Westmoreland Manor

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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