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Posted on: July 29, 2014

When the Caregivers Need Healing

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

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Posted on: July 28, 2014

Westmoreland celebrates Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary

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

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Posted on: July 23, 2014

Westmoreland County gets the word out about drug problem

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

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Posted on: July 22, 2014

Westmoreland County Prison to Start Video Visits

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

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Posted on: July 18, 2014

GetIn Westmoreland

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

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Posted on: July 18, 2014

Westmoreland County Transit Authority Chief Resigns

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

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Posted on: July 16, 2014

Drug treatment center opens in Greensburg

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

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Posted on: July 14, 2014

Plan helps doctors check painkiller use

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

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Posted on: July 14, 2014

Drug court planned in Westmoreland County

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

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Posted on: July 14, 2014

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

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

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Posted on: July 9, 2014

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

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

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

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Posted on: July 7, 2014

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

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

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Posted on: July 7, 2014

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

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

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Posted on: July 7, 2014

Westmoreland Agency on Aging delivers summer service boxes

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

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Posted on: July 2, 2014

Painkiller prescription rates vary widely

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

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Posted on: July 2, 2014

Westmoreland drug deaths outpace 2013; record rate

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

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Posted on: July 1, 2014

Sandwich generation needs help with financial, family strains

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

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Posted on: June 30, 2014

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

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

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Posted on: June 26, 2014

Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging Director Ray DuCoeur to Retire

Ray DuCoeur

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

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

Posted on: June 25, 2014

Pediatric group promotes reading aloud to children

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

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Posted on: June 25, 2014

Group Home Gets Approval from Unity

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

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Posted on: June 23, 2014

Death by prescription painkiller

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

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Posted on: June 23, 2014

Courts fight heroin scourge with drug injections

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

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

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Posted on: June 23, 2014

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

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

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Posted on: June 19, 2014

Westmoreland County wants to talk about race

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

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

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Posted on: June 6, 2014

Yoga for Senior Citizens Now Being Offered

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

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Posted on: June 5, 2014

United Way of Westmoreland Makes Board Appointments

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

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Posted on: June 5, 2014

Jeannette Resident, Elliott, Involved in Helping Community

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

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Posted on: June 5, 2014

Jeannette's Strengthening Families Program Wants Local Facilitators Involved

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

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Posted on: June 5, 2014

Latrobe United Presbyterian Church Quilters Set Warmth Into Donations

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

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Posted on: June 4, 2014

Volunteers sought for Mt. Pleasant Food Pantry

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

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Posted on: June 3, 2014

Westmoreland Non-Profits Begin Diversity Study

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

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Posted on: June 2, 2014

Addiction specialists emphasize importance of proper treatment

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

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Posted on: June 2, 2014

Addiction to blame for costly problems

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

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Posted on: June 2, 2014

Stigma can be a hindrance

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

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Posted on: June 2, 2014

Insurance gaps add to addicts' trials

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

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Posted on: May 30, 2014

Westmoreland group honors grads in foster care program

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

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Posted on: May 29, 2014

Jeannette Senior Center Offers Local Activities

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

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Posted on: May 28, 2014

AAA’s Inside Line is hot off the press!

Inside Line

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

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Posted on: May 27, 2014

Western Pennsylvania districts now hiring school psychologists

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

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Posted on: May 23, 2014

Excela Health Hospice Program Seeks a Few Good Men and Women

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

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Posted on: May 21, 2014

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

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

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Posted on: May 21, 2014

Westmoreland County Prison to Offer Drug Relapse Program for Inmates

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

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Posted on: May 20, 2014

Westmoreland Juvenile Detention Center Wants to Expand

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

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Posted on: May 15, 2014

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

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

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Posted on: May 15, 2014

Latrobe Senior Center Volunteers Make, Sell Noodles as a Fundraiser

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

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Posted on: May 13, 2014

Delmont Couple Looks Back on Lifetime of Serving The Salvation Army

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

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Posted on: May 6, 2014

Domestic, Sexual Violence Victims Have New Place to Get Help

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

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Posted on: May 5, 2014

State Funding Formula Hurts Special Ed Programs

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

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Posted on: May 1, 2014

Murrysville - Area Nonprofits to Take Part In Day of Giving

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

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Posted on: April 25, 2014

Bridges to Prosperity Opening New Class at Jeannette Salvation Army

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

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Posted on: April 25, 2014

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

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

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Posted on: April 24, 2014

With Help of Family Services, Irwin Woman Pursuing Her Goals

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

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Posted on: April 23, 2014

Westmoreland County Shared Ride Program Sees Drop in Usage

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

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Posted on: April 22, 2014

Detox Treatment Common for Westmoreland County Inmates

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

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Posted on: April 9, 2014

McKee Students, Parents Learn New Skills

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

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Posted on: April 9, 2014

NBC News Series: America's Heroin Epidemic

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

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Posted on: April 3, 2014

Mental Health Groups Split on Bill to Overhaul Care

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

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Posted on: April 2, 2014

Mind your Meds - National Drug Takeback Day is April 26

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

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Posted on: April 1, 2014

Habitual Truancy Plagues Western Pa. Schools

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

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Posted on: March 31, 2014

For Families, Dyslexia Conference Provides a Gateway to New Services

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

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Posted on: March 27, 2014

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Celebrated

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

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Posted on: March 25, 2014

Westmoreland Transit Agency Increases Room for Commute

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

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Posted on: March 24, 2014

Westmoreland transit agency increases room for commute

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

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

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Posted on: March 20, 2014

Pennsylvania Among States to Block Food Stamp Cuts

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

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Posted on: March 20, 2014

Greensburg Students Count to 100 While Helping Others

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

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Posted on: March 18, 2014

FDA Pressed to Rescind Approval of Zohydro Painkiller

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

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Posted on: March 10, 2014

Lawmaker: Responders Should Carry Drug That Counteracts Opiates

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

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Posted on: March 5, 2014

Latrobe Council Eyes Neighborhood Watch Program

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

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Posted on: March 5, 2014

Potential Management Contractors for Westmoreland Manor Screened

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

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Posted on: March 4, 2014

Program to prevent drug abuse expands

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

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Posted on: March 3, 2014

Vets Share Stories for St. Vincent Oral History Project

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

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Posted on: February 25, 2014

Western Pennsylvania Emergency Rooms Altering Policies on Painkillers

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

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Posted on: February 24, 2014

Heroin: Cheap, Plentiful, Deadly

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

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Posted on: February 24, 2014

Impending Cuts to Food Stamps Likely to Hit Jeannette Families Hard

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

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Posted on: February 24, 2014

Volunteers Needed for Mt. Pleasant Home Delivery Meal Service

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

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Posted on: February 24, 2014

Drivers Licenses to ID Veterans

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

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Posted on: February 20, 2014

Lawmaker wants wider access to OD antidote

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

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Posted on: February 19, 2014

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

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

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Posted on: February 19, 2014

3 of 10 Westmoreland Inmates Addicted to Drugs, Warden Says

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

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Posted on: February 19, 2014

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

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

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Posted on: February 10, 2014

Addicts, overdose victims skew older

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

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Posted on: February 10, 2014

Babies born addicted growing problem across Western Pennsylvania

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

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Posted on: February 3, 2014

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

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

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Posted on: February 3, 2014

Drug treatment center eyes Greensburg opening

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

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Posted on: February 3, 2014

Important Information Regarding the Recent Rash of Heroin Overdoses

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

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

Posted on: January 30, 2014

Mt. Pleasant Senior Center delivers meals to homebound

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

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Posted on: January 28, 2014

Norwin grad takes close look at homeless problem

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

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Posted on: January 28, 2014

Mt. Pleasant teen devotes project to veterans

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

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Posted on: January 28, 2014

Jeannette moves 5th, 6th grades to middle school

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

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Posted on: January 28, 2014

Authorities investigate powerful painkiller-heroin mix as death tolls rise

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

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Posted on: January 27, 2014

Potent heroin, painkiller mix all over Pittsburgh

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

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Posted on: January 17, 2014

Greensburg Police Offer Community Alerts, Drug Disposal Bins

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

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Posted on: January 17, 2014

3 Doctors Charged with Controlled Substance Violations at Rostraver Pain Clinic

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

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Posted on: January 16, 2014

Thanks to Local Police for Supporting Shop With a Cop

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

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Posted on: January 14, 2014

Prescription Drugs Leading Cause of Death in Westmoreland County

CBS News- January 13, 2014

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Posted on: January 13, 2014

Hempfield Senior Living Complex Hosts Open House

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

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Posted on: January 10, 2014

Westmoreland County to Court Employers, Foster Growth

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

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Posted on: January 9, 2014

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

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

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

Top 17 Abused Prescription Drugs of 2013

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

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

Drug Awareness Group Community Meeting

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

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

Need Health Insurance? Need Help?

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

Posted on: January 7, 2014

Westmoreland Residents Advised to Stay Indoors; Warming Stations Available

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

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Posted on: January 6, 2014

Crowd Rallies for Change on the Streets of Jeannette

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

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Posted on: December 26, 2013

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

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

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Posted on: December 26, 2013

Westmoreland Bus Fare Increase to Kick in January 1, 2014

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

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Posted on: December 26, 2013

Westmoreland Area Food Banks Push to Meet Increased Demand

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

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Posted on: December 23, 2013

American Red Cross Angels Aid Greensburg Mentor

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

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Posted on: December 19, 2013

Drug take-back boxes to be placed throughout Westmoreland County

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

Posted on: December 16, 2013

Westmoreland Senior Center Task Force Wants to Better Serve Younger Seniors

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

Posted on: December 16, 2013

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

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

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Posted on: December 16, 2013

Westmoreland County Students Put Turkey on the Table

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

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Posted on: December 13, 2013

Jeannette Community Action Teams Gets Improvement Projects Underway

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

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Posted on: December 13, 2013

Westmoreland County School Children Could Use Some More Lunch Buddies

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

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Posted on: December 12, 2013

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

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

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

Release: 12 December 2013Contact: Shara Saveikis
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Posted on: December 12, 2013

Police Install Drug Take-back Box

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

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Posted on: December 10, 2013

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

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

Release: 10 December 2013Contact: Shara Saveikis
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Posted on: December 9, 2013

Grant Funds Boost Westmoreland Recreation Projects

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

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Posted on: December 6, 2013

Turkey Trot in Greensburg Raises $50,000

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

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Posted on: December 5, 2013

Habitat for Humanity Tools Stolen

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

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Posted on: December 2, 2013

Families thankful for addition via adoption

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

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Posted on: December 2, 2013

Wecht: Drug use 'out of control'

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

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Posted on: November 25, 2013

Woman Charged with Fabricating Prescriptions

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

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Posted on: November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Meals Offered Throughout the Fay-West

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

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Posted on: November 22, 2013

Prescription Drug Collection Nets Half Ton

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

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Posted on: November 22, 2013

Food Banks Struggle for Holidays

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

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Posted on: November 21, 2013

Channel 11 investigates increase in local pharmacist violations

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

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Posted on: November 18, 2013

Westmoreland Cleanways Provides New Life for Old Shoes

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

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Posted on: November 18, 2013

Options Explored for Closed Westmoreland County Prison

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

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Posted on: November 14, 2013

Drug Abuse Blamed As Westmoreland Shoplifting Cases Soar

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

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Posted on: November 14, 2013

New Facility Boosts Adelphoi's Mission

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

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Posted on: November 8, 2013

Government Giving Nonprofits Angst

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

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Posted on: November 8, 2013

Cut in Food Stamps Forces Hard Choices on Poor

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

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Posted on: November 4, 2013

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

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

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Posted on: November 4, 2013

Bike-Donation Program Expands into Four Counties

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

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Posted on: November 4, 2013

Westmoreland County Mental Health Group Celebrates 50 Years of Helping People

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

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Posted on: October 21, 2013

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

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

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Posted on: October 21, 2013

Westmoreland Transit Users Get Payment Option

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

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Posted on: October 17, 2013

Greensburg Housing Authority Site Gets Tenants

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

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Posted on: October 16, 2013

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

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

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Posted on: October 10, 2013

National Depression Screening Day

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

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Posted on: October 8, 2013

Doctors Unhappy with Pill Bills

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

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Posted on: October 3, 2013

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

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

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Posted on: October 2, 2013

Task Force Targets Drug Deaths in Westmoreland County

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

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Posted on: September 26, 2013

Pa. Bill Proposes Review of Charter School Funding

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

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Posted on: September 24, 2013

Mentally ill experience a different day in court

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 24, 2013

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