Posted on: February 9, 2017

ReadyPA Monthly Newsletter - February 2017

ReadyPA Monthly Newsletter

Learn more about: Extreme Cold, Cold-Related Illnesses, Cold Weather and Pets, Wind Chill and Fun Facts about Cold Weather

Posted on: February 9, 2017

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

PA Office of the State Fire Commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Feb. 3, 2017

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

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

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

Hazmat Respone Team

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...

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Posted on: July 21, 2016

Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

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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: 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)

PA Dept of Agriculture

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

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

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Posted on: October 30, 2015

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

PEMA Generators enroute to Westmoreland County

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

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

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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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Posted on: April 25, 2017

Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging Caregiver Support Group Notice

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The Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging extends an invitation to you to attend our monthly Caregiver Support Group Meeting on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the McKenna Center for Active Adu...

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Posted on: March 17, 2017

Caregivers Are Heroes: Lunch & Learn Events in May

Caregivers Are Heroes

Westmoreland County, PA - Official Website 

Are you caring for an older adult?  Are you stressed?  Do you need information and resources?  Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging & Family Links invite you to the "C...Read on...

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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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Posted on: April 25, 2017

4th Annual Mental Health Awareness Event

MH Awareness Rock Your Recovery Event Description

Join us Saturday May 20, 2017 from 10am to 2pm at the Westmoreland Mall Center Court for the 4th Annual Mental Health Awareness Event

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Posted on: April 25, 2017

Family Overdose Support Group

Support-Group-Overdose

Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month in Monessen

Every 4th Tuesday of the Month in Charleroi

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

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

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Posted on: February 20, 2013

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

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

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

Outpatient Directory

Posted on: April 11, 2017

PA County Child Welfare Caseworkers Recognized at the First PA Blue Ribbon Champion Awards Ceremony

Westmoreland County Caseworkers

On April 5, 2017, the Capitol Rotunda was filled with people supporting awareness of child abuse and gathering to recognize the outstanding efforts of individuals who are shining examples of people working to prevent child abuse and neglect by strengtheni...

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Posted on: March 22, 2017

Mom Credits Caseworker for Saving Life from Addiction

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

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

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

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

One day in January last year, she d...

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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

Posted on: March 28, 2017

Westmoreland courts start e-filing process

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Electronic filing of juvenile court and child dependency documents have started in Westmoreland County.

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Posted on: March 28, 2017

Attention Crime Victims

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

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Posted on: March 28, 2017

House Judiciary Committee Testimony

Seal PA House of Representatives

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

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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...

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Posted on: April 8, 2015

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

Frick park Welcome Sign

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

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Posted on: March 12, 2015

Westmoreland County announces homeownership program

Homes

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

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Posted on: February 3, 2017

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

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

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

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Posted on: April 8, 2015

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

Job Post: Juvenile Probation Supervisor

Westmoreland County Juvenile Justice Logo

Pay Rate

 Starting salary is $43,299.45

Job Duties

 This is a highly responsible professional position within the Juvenile Probation Department. The purpose of this position is to supervise juvenile probation officers. This position supports th...

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Posted on: April 27, 2017

Job Post: District Justice Secretary Trainee, Youngwood

Westmoreland County Magisterial District Courts

The purpose of this position is to provide secretarial and administrative support in an automated environment to the Magisterial District Judge, including maintaining court dockets and files, collecting and disbursing monies and preparing reports, etc.

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Posted on: April 25, 2017

Redevelopment Authority Receives $175,000 for Accessible Housing Programs

Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland

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

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Posted on: April 25, 2017

Job Posting: Training Lieutenant– Prison

Westmoreland County Prison

Westmoreland County is seeking applicants for the position of Training Lieutenant for the Westmoreland County Prison. The purpose of this position is to maintain prison security and direct the activities of prison staff, along with the duties of staff tra...

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Posted on: April 24, 2017

Job Post: District Justice Secretary Trainee, Export

Westmoreland County Magisterial District Courts

The purpose of this position is to provide secretarial and administrative support in an automated environment to the Magisterial District Judge, including maintaining court dockets and files, collecting and disbursing monies and preparing reports, etc.

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Posted on: April 19, 2017

Job Posts: 1) Domestic Relations Aide and 2) Lead Domestics Relations Officer

Westmoreland County Domestic Relations Office

Please note that Domestic Relations has two positions open for placement:

Interested candidates should submit in writing their interests no later than May 8...

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Posted on: April 17, 2017

Election Deadline Reminders

Vote written on sidewalk

Mon April 17: Last day to register to vote in Primary Election
Tue May 9: Last day to apply for Absentee ballots
Fri May 12: Absentee Ballots Due
Tue May 16: Municipal Primary Election

Election Bureau website
Posted on: March 17, 2017

Caregivers Are Heroes: Lunch & Learn Events in May

Caregivers Are Heroes

Westmoreland County, PA - Official Website 

Are you caring for an older adult?  Are you stressed?  Do you need information and resources?  Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging & Family Links invite you to the "C...Read on...

View flyer for full details...
Posted on: April 18, 2017

Job Post: Probation Officer Aide, Adult Probation

Hiring

Work at the Day Reporting Center with the following primary duties: conducting drug testing, performing breathalyzer testing, assisting with searches, gathering information from participants and maintaining program statistics.

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Posted on: April 18, 2017

Electronics Recycling Temporarily Suspended

Westmoreland Cleanways

Due to a recent fire at their Innovative Park facility, Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling announced that they must temporarily suspend recycling of all electronic items, including televisions, computers and peripherals, small appliances, etc.

The Westmo...

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Posted on: March 16, 2017

Commissioner Kopas Testifies before PA House of Representatives Human Services Committee

Ted testimony

Westmoreland County, PA - Official Website 

Watch Commissioner Kopas testify before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Human Services Committee to protect workers with disabilities.

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Posted on: March 17, 2017

Juror Donation Program - Update

Donation jars with cash inside

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

Vincent Van Gogh

Great things have been done with the help of Westmoreland County citizens serving as jurors since the inception of the juror donation program in September, 2016. Over $6,000...

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Posted on: March 22, 2017

Mom Credits Caseworker for Saving Life from Addiction

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

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

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

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

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

He...

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Posted on: March 29, 2017

Juvenile Detention and Shelter PREA Final Audit Report

Audit

Westmoreland County Juvenile Detention and Shelter successfully completed their PREA Audit on Monday, March 27, 2017.

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Courts

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Posted on: March 24, 2017

President Judge McCormick Civil Motions Court Change

President Judge McCormick will not be hearing Civil or Orphans' Court Motions on April 28, 2017.  Counsel should present motions on an alternative Friday Motions Court date.

Posted on: March 17, 2017

Juror Donation Program - Update

Juror Donation Program

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

Vincent Van Gogh

Great things have been done with the help of Westmoreland County citizens serving as jurors since the inception of the juror donation program in September, 2016. Over $6,000...

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Posted on: August 2, 2016

Notice - Statewide Orphans' Court Rules Effective September 1, 2016

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 Clerk of ...

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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

jury duty

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

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


Posted on: April 21, 2017

WCIDC Leases Five Acres at I-70 Industrial Park for Industrial Hemp Research

I-70 Industrial Park Sign

Commonwealth Alternative Medicinal Options LLC (CAMO) will be leasing approximately five acres of residual farmland in the Phase II/III portion of the I-70 Industrial Park in South Huntington Township.

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Posted on: April 4, 2017

WCIDC's 2016 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2016 was another exciting year for the WCIDC. Our annual report highlights the accomplishments, goals and various projects there were completed in the previous year.

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Posted on: April 3, 2017

WCIDC signs lease agreement with Penn State New Kensington

Penn State entrepreneurial center

The New Kensington campus will be leasing 4,725 square feet at 701 Fifth Ave. in New Kensington from the WCIDC. This space will be home to the new entrepreneurial center set to open in fall 2017.

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Posted on: February 8, 2017

Envelope company bringing manufacturing from overseas to South Greensburg

South Greensburg Commons

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

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

Westmoreland Plan Reaches More Than 2,000 Community Members

Comprehensive Plan Online Outreach

The Department of Planning & Development has received tremendous community response to the initial phases of the Comprehensive Plan update, Reimagining Our Westmoreland. More than 2,000 community members have participated in outreach activities thus far.

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Posted on: January 12, 2017

Westmoreland County Receives $2.5 M RACP Grant for RIDC Westmoreland

RIDC Westmoreland

The WCIDC announced today on behalf of Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners, Gina Cerilli, Ted Kopas, and Charles W. Anderson, the acceptance of $2.5 M of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant funds to be used at RIDC Westmoreland.

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

Westmoreland County Continues To Map Out A Successful Vision For The Future

Westmoreland County Map

The Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development announces a Westmoreland County Tour with comprehensive plan consultants, three upcoming community workshops, and an update on community engagement activities.

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Posted on: December 5, 2016

Westmoreland Community Identifies Issues & Highlights Advantages of the County

Reimagining Our Westmoreland

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

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

WCIDC partners with Penn State New Kensington on Entrepreneurial Center

Penn State New Kensington Logo

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

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Posted on: October 11, 2016

Westmoreland County tackles how to grow county amid aging population

Aging Demo

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

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

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

Toll Plaza

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

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Posted on: August 30, 2016

WCIDC announces ownership of former Jeannette Glass plant

Former Jeannette Glass Site

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

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Elections

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Posted on: April 25, 2017

Pennsylvania conducts closed primary elections

Primary Election Voter Eligbility

Pennsylvania law requires a closed primary, meaning only voters registered as Democrats or Republicans will select nominees to represent their party in the November 7 general election. However, if there is a referendum that will be on the primary ballot, ...

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Posted on: April 17, 2017

Election Deadline Reminders

Vote written on sidewalk

Mon April 17: Last day to register to vote in Primary Election
Tue May 9: Last day to apply for Absentee ballots
Fri May 12: Absentee Ballots Due
Tue May 16: Municipal Primary Election

Posted on: March 14, 2017

Poll Workers Needed - Especially in New Kensington

poll-workers-needed

Westmoreland County, PA - Official Website 

Poll Workers are the backbone of our election system. Help play a vital role in the democratic process. Contribute to your community by helping run an election and help safeguard our election process. &n...Read on...

Registration form and full details....

Posted on: April 26, 2017

Westmoreland colleges compete in Food Bank Campus Challenge

Semi Truck with back trailer open

A lot of things get thrown out of dorm rooms at the end of spring semester, but what concerned Brian Root was that food was going to waste...

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging

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May/June 2017 AAA Newsletter is here hot off the press!

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Posted on: April 27, 2017

Workplaces for people with intellectual disabilities are decreasing. The changes can be painful.

Every day, Perry Blatz knows where his son Bill will be — stuffing and labeling envelopes at the UPMC Vocational Training Center in the South Side, a facility for adults with intellectual disabilities.

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Posted on: April 27, 2017

Grant to help repair blighted Westmoreland homes, aid the disabled

As many as 35 disabled and low-income homeowners in Westmoreland County could receive financial assistance under a new state grant secured this week to rehabilitate blighted residences.

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Posted on: April 27, 2017

Grant to help repair blighted Westmoreland homes, aid the disabled

As many as 35 disabled and low-income homeowners in Westmoreland County could receive financial assistance under a new state grant secured this week to rehabilitate blighted residences.

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Posted on: April 26, 2017

Eat, Sleep, Repeat: How Kids' Daily Routines Can Help Prevent Obesity

"We found children who had inconsistent bedtimes were almost twice as likely to be obese by age 11 compared to kids who had regular bedtimes," says study author Sarah Anderson, an epidemiologist at The Ohio State University.

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Posted on: April 24, 2017

FDA: Don't Give Kids Cough Syrup Or Pain Meds That Contain Codeine

The Food and Drug Administration says children under 12 should not be given prescription medicines that contain codeine or another narcotic, tramadol, and that such drugs can also be dangerous to youth between 12 and 18.

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Posted on: April 19, 2017

Older people need regular exercise, and are better off for it

Older people have much to gain from regular exercise, and there is a wide variety of options available to them.

“Exercise has shown to be beneficial at all ages. In fact, you have more to lose by not exercising.”

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Posted on: April 18, 2017

'When I Was Your Age' And Other Pitfalls Of Talking To Teens About Stress

"When adolescents are distressed, most parents are inclined to try to solve their problems, but often what teens really need is help developing problem-solving skills of their own...."

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Posted on: April 17, 2017

Annual wellness conference at Caritas Christi motherhouse focuses on 'Lifespan Rhythms'

At Caritas Christi motherhouse in Greensburg, home to the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, “we're all about communicating” and responding to the needs of the community, says Julia Trimarchi Cuccaro, director of development.

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Posted on: April 13, 2017

Penn-Trafford special education students enjoy Transitions career exploration

It's one thing to learn about operating a business. It's quite another to jump in with both feet and actually do it.

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Posted on: April 10, 2017

Head of county's drug OD force knows struggles of recovery firsthand

As head of Westmoreland County's Drug Overdose Task Force, Tim Phillips routinely talks to addicts and tells them recovery is possible.

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Posted on: April 7, 2017

Boomers looking to age in place lead remodeling trend

The small businesses that dominate the home remodeling industry are looking forward to robust growth in the next few years thanks to baby boomers who want to remain in their homes

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Posted on: March 17, 2017

Caregivers Are Heroes: Lunch & Learn Events in May

Caregivers Are Heroes

Westmoreland County, PA - Official Website 

Are you caring for an older adult?  Are you stressed?  Do you need information and resources?  Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging & Family Links invite you to the "C...Read on...

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Posted on: March 14, 2017

State reverses course on sheltered workshop requirements

"the new proposals require that workshops offer clients the option of moving into competitive employment or community service 25 percent of the time by Sept. 1, 2018. It will be up to each individual's team of family and caseworkers to decide..."

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

WCCC Wolfpack works with Special Olympics to build friendships, confidence

Boys in basket ball jerseys smiling and hugging

The overall program is in its fourth year but the clinics and exhibition games started last year and have expanded to also include athletes from Seton Hill Univ. and Pitt-Greensburg. “It's a real friendship-builder and confidence-booster"...

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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 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 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: 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 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: 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: September 7, 2016

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

SAFE forums

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

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Posted on: May 6, 2015

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

Judge Bononi swears in members of New Kensington Arnold Youth Commission

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

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Land Bank

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

Westmoreland County property auction to expand

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

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

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

Students tear into work on Greensburg Habitat for Humanity project

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

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

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Posted on: September 12, 2016

Boroughs Have Another Tool to Fight Blight

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

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Posted on: June 27, 2016

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

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

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Posted on: July 1, 2016

Petrarca measure would help land banks rehabilitate blighted properties

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

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Posted on: April 6, 2017

Westmoreland County Senior Games, May 2-12

Senior Games medal 2017

UPDATE: Track and Field events have been moved to Penn Middle School, 1007 Penn Middle Way, Jeannette, PA 15644

The 2017 Westmoreland County Senior Games will take place May 2-12 at Mammoth Park and several other central Westmoreland area locations. Any pe...

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Senior Games event page
Posted on: March 29, 2017

Come to Northmoreland Park for a Free Fishing Derby on May 21!

Gone Fishing sign

A free fishing derby will be held on Sunday, May 21 at Northmoreland Park from 8:00am to 1:00pm. This event is sponsored by the Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recreation, the Westmoreland County Sportsmen’s League, and Dick’s ...

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Fishing Derby event page
Posted on: April 4, 2017

Free Summer Concert Series

Summer Concerts

Cedar Creek Park concert schedule

All concerts start at 4:00 p.m. at the Amphitheater

Pittsburgh Big Band Legends - Sunday, June 4, 2017Perry's Union - Sunday, June 18, 2017Andy Gregg Country Combo - Sunday, July 2, 2017The Townsmen Plus One - Sun...

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Summer Concert Series event page
Posted on: December 13, 2012

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

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Posted on: December 13, 2012

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Follow us @WestCoParksRec for all your County Park news!

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Planning

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

Westmoreland Plan Reaches More Than 2,000 Community Members

Comprehensive Plan Online Outreach

The Department of Planning & Development has received tremendous community response to the initial phases of the Comprehensive Plan update, Reimagining Our Westmoreland. More than 2,000 community members have participated in outreach activities thus far.

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

Westmoreland County Continues To Map Out A Successful Vision For The Future

Westmoreland County Map

The Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development announces a Westmoreland County Tour with comprehensive plan consultants, three upcoming community workshops, and an update on community engagement activities.

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

Westmoreland Community Identifies Issues & Highlights Advantages of the County

Community Outreach Stats

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. Over 1,400 people have contributed to the process thus far.

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Westmoreland County Seeking Community Input for the Upcoming Comprehensive Plan

Reimagining Our Westmoreland

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

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Project Website

Posted on: January 23, 2017

Naturalization Record Search

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

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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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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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Posted on: April 25, 2017

Redevelopment Authority Receives $175,000 for Accessible Housing Programs

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

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Posted on: April 24, 2017

Redevelopment Authority Utilizes EPA Grant for Mt. Pleasant Brownfield

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

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Posted on: February 7, 2017

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

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

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PR PDF
Posted on: July 1, 2015

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

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...

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Posted on: August 2, 2016

Notice - Statewide Orphans' Court Rules Effective September 1, 2016

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 Clerk of ...

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PA Unified Judicial System Orphan's Court forms

Posted on: January 31, 2017

2017 Dog Licenses are now Available.

Black Labrador Retriever

Credit Card payments accepted for on-line purchases only.

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Posted on: April 27, 2017

VA limiting new hiring as it aims to widen private care

Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the VA is leaving thousands of positions unfilled, citing the need for a leaner VA as it develops a longer-term plan to allow more veterans to seek medical care in the private sector.

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Posted on: April 19, 2017

News from the PA Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs

DMVA Digest   A publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs  April 19, 2017

  DMVA News

State Veterans Homes:

Pennsylvania offers its eligible veterans or surviving spouses six extended care facilities t...

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Posted on: April 13, 2017

Message from VAPHS Director McGraw

I wanted to share some big news coming out of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Today, VA took unprecedented steps towards increasing transparency. After working with Veterans and Veterans Service Organizations, VA launched a new online tool that p...

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Posted on: April 13, 2017

Park & Shuttle at VA Highland discontinued May 1

 The Park & Shuttle between VA Highland Drive and University Drive campuses will no longer be available, effective May 1, 2017.While the service was very well-received by users, the ridership trends and operational costs did not support it as...

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Posted on: April 13, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs April 13

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsApril 12, 2017

 DMVA News 

97-Year-Old Volunteer Retires From Veterans Center: 

For nearly two decades, Wanda Spiering drove herself to the Southwestern...

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Posted on: April 12, 2017

Pittsburgh Vet Center News

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Posted on: April 7, 2017

PA Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs April 5 Newsletter

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DMVA News 

April Is Month Of The Military Child: 

April is Month of the Military Child, a month dedicated to honor and celebrate these amazing kids who give a part of their childhood for the good of their country. While it’s our service ...

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Posted on: April 7, 2017

VA Town Hall on the Move held in Unity Township April 4th

Toni BushNeal, Jocelyn Connelly, Elizabeth Marinella, Matt Zamosky, Matt Rowley, Lamont Taylor

 

5 April 2017-- Unity Township American Legion Post 982 hosted Westmoreland County’s first VA Town Hall on the Move on Tuesday. 1st Vice Commander of the Post, Matt Zamosky, MSgt, USAF Ret., welcomed the attendees and led the Pledge of All...

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Posted on: April 3, 2017

Teal Tuesdays: VA Services for Veterans who have experienced MST

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VA Pittsburgh invites you to join us on Teal Tuesdays in April to learn about services we provide to Veterans who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

VA provides all care for mental and physical health conditions related to military sexual traum...

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Posted on: March 28, 2017

VA Offering Services for MST Victims

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing all care for mental and physical health conditions related to military sexual trauma (MST) free of charge, and veterans do not need to have reported their experiences of MST at the time.

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Posted on: March 23, 2017

VA University Drive entrance construction update

VAPHS has announced the project to improve the main entryway of their University Drive location – the Parking Garage First Floor Level connecting to the Main Lobby – will begin on Thursday, March 23 and last several months. Const...

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Posted on: March 17, 2017

Scholarship for Wounded PA Guardsmen

 

The National Guard Educational Foundation will provide up to $1,000 / year higher education scholarships for Guardsmen wounded in OEI, OIF, or OND.

Ten (10) scholarships will be awarded in this round. The deadline for application submission is July 1...

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Posted on: March 3, 2017

PA Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs March newsletter

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs  March 1, 2017

  DMVA Surveys

Please Complete the DMVA Digest Survey:

The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs wants to hear from you! W...

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Posted on: February 21, 2017

Are you good?

Giving a second thought to Veterans’ mental health  -I’m good, but I feel alone in a crowd.-I’m good, but nobody understands.-I’m good, but I don’t even know who I am anymore. When you a...

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Watch the PSA
Posted on: February 15, 2017

A Message from VA Pittsburgh: Water Restriction Extension and Legionella Pneumonia Case

Dear Honorable Senators and Representatives and Veteran Service Organization partners,

Water restrictions enacted in late January to remediate Legionella bacteria in Building 1 at the University Drive location have been extended to allow additional time to...

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Posted on: February 10, 2017

Scholarships available for active duty, veterans or dependents

This list current February, 2017.

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Posted on: February 7, 2017

VA Pre-Need Burial Eligibility Determination

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented the pre-need burial eligibility determination program to assist anyone who would like to know if they are eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery. VA is promoting pre-need eligibility determination...

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Urges Baby Boomers to be Screened for Hepatitis C

Up to 75 percent of U.S. patients infected with hepatitis C were born between 1945 and 1965 (baby boomers). Nearly 34,000 of our enrolled Veterans fall into that range!

Hepatitis C is a liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis C virus. ...

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

Scholarships available for veterans' dependents

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Please see scholarship opportunities. Refer to the links for specific guidelines and eligibility:

Navy League Foundation: awards scholarships to high school seniors who will attend college in the fall and are children and grandchildren of former members of...

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Posted on: January 23, 2017

US agrees to pay billions to Marines affected by toxic water

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has agreed to provide disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion to veterans who had been exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

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Posted on: January 20, 2017

Pennsylvania Department of Military & Veterans Affairs and Dept. of Agriculture honor veterans at PA

Pennsylvania Department of Military & Veterans Affairs and Dept. of Agriculture honor veterans at PA

Pennsylvania Department of Military & Veterans Affairs and Dept. of Agriculture honor veterans at PA Farm Show

Harrisburg, January 13, 2017-- &ldqu...

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

Veterans eligible to receive free cybersecurity training

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

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Posted on: August 7, 2015

VA Launches New No-Cost IT Training Programs

VA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs

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

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


WCFA

2 Stories
Posted on: January 25, 2017

Pleasant Unity Volunteer Fire Department Celebrates 100 Years of Service

Pleasant Unity Volunteer Fire Department is celebrating 100 years of service to Unity Township and the surrounding community. Part of the celebration includes hosting the 82nd Annual Westmoreland County Fireman's Association Convention and Parade.

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WCIDC

10 Stories
Posted on: April 21, 2017

WCIDC Leases Five Acres at I-70 Industrial Park for Industrial Hemp Research

I-70 Industrial Park Sign

Commonwealth Alternative Medicinal Options LLC (CAMO) will be leasing approximately five acres of residual farmland in the Phase II/III portion of the I-70 Industrial Park in South Huntington Township.

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Posted on: April 4, 2017

WCIDC's 2016 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2016 was another exciting year for the WCIDC. Our annual report highlights the accomplishments, goals and various projects there were completed in the previous year.

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Posted on: April 3, 2017

WCIDC signs lease agreement with Penn State New Kensington

Penn State entrepreneurial center

The New Kensington campus will be leasing 4,725 square feet at 701 Fifth Ave. in New Kensington from the WCIDC. This space will be home to the new entrepreneurial center set to open in fall 2017.

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Posted on: February 8, 2017

Envelope company bringing manufacturing from overseas to South Greensburg

South Greensburg Commons

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

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Posted on: January 12, 2017

Westmoreland County Receives $2.5 Million RACP Grant for RIDC Westmoreland

RIDC Westmoreland

The WCIDC announced today on behalf of Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners, the acceptance of $2.5 million of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant funds to be used at RIDC Westmoreland.

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Posted on: December 14, 2016

Philips' center opens in Westmoreland Distribution Park North

Philips' distribution and service center

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

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

WCIDC partners with Penn State New Kensington on Entrepreneurial Center

Penn State New Kensington Logo

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

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Posted on: October 11, 2016

Westmoreland County tackles how to grow county amid aging population

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

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

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

Amos K. Hutshinson Toll Plaza

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

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Posted on: August 30, 2016

WCIDC announces ownership of former Jeannette Glass plant

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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: 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