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Posted on: September 2, 2015

Residents concerned over cuts to Westmoreland County shared ride service

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

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

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Posted on: September 2, 2015

Free training sessions to administer naloxone opiod antidote to begin in Derry

A group working to reduce the number of drug overdose deaths in Westmoreland County will put an antidote into the hands of addicts, their families and others community members for the first time.

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Posted on: September 1, 2015

Detaining juveniles charged as adults costs Westmoreland reimbursement money

Five teens charged with adult crimes who have been housed in Westmoreland County's 12-bed juvenile detention center during the past year will cost taxpayers more than $286,000, officials said

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Posted on: August 21, 2015

Naloxone training to be held in Derry on Sept. 23rd

Learn How to SAVE A LIFE!!
Naloxone (Narcan) and Overdose Prevention Training

FREE and Open to the Public

Derry Area High School Audion

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM

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Posted on: August 18, 2015

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

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

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

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Posted on: August 17, 2015

Pa. police forces swamped with child abuse cases amid stricter reporting standards Read more: http:

Western Pennsylvania police departments are swamped with child abuse referrals but have no extra staff to investigate them, a result of changes to state laws prompted by the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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Posted on: August 14, 2015

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

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

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Posted on: August 14, 2015

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

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

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Posted on: August 12, 2015

Westmoreland County libraries help inmates keep in touch with loved ones Read more: http://triblive

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

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Posted on: August 10, 2015

Avonmore police chief 1st in Westmoreland Co. to save life with Narcan

Avonmore police Chief Jim Shaffer knew there was little left for him to do when he went to a mobile home Thursday night on receiving a call about an unconscious man in a bathtub.

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Posted on: August 7, 2015

Big Brothers, Big Sisters session at Jeannette McKee

A little more than 25 percent of third-graders in the Jeannette School District are reading at a level below proficient, according to the state Department of Education “reach and risk” data

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Posted on: August 5, 2015

Adaptive bikes, trikes add to Westmoreland kids' mobility

Lindsay Klein relished the expression of joy on her son Ethan's face after he got to ride a new tricycle for the first time.
“This smile was different,” she said. “He felt proud and happy and excited.”

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Posted on: August 3, 2015

Federal government to make inmates eligible for Pell grants

The U.S. Department of Education today announced a pilot program that will restore educational opportunities to prisoners after they are released from incarceration.

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Posted on: July 31, 2015

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

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

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Posted on: July 30, 2015

Child abuse reporting up; thousands of children remain at risk in Pennsylvania

A record number of child abuse reports were made in Pennsylvania in 2014, new state statistics show, but a disturbingly high number of children remain vulnerable despite efforts to improve the investigation of abuse allegations.

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Posted on: July 29, 2015

Unity zoning hearing board OKs addition to Adelphoi home

The Unity zoning hearing board on Tuesday approved a variance to allow Adelphoi USA to expand one of its homes for delinquent youths.

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Posted on: July 29, 2015

Youngwood playground found to be in violation of disability act again

Youngwood council has agreed to consider buying a specially designed swing and other items for the new community playground in hopes of satisfying a state regulatory agency.

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Posted on: July 28, 2015

Mobile office allows Veterans Affairs to extend reach

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

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Posted on: July 27, 2015

The ADA at 25: Pittsburgh-area disabled adults say act made difference in their lives

For the teenagers and 20-somethings born after its passage, the Americans with Disabilities Act has ensured access to the necessary accommodations for most of their lives. Still, young disability advocacy leaders stressed... Read on...

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Posted on: July 27, 2015

Westmoreland County disability act celebration a time of reflection

Local officials and members of the community aren't satisfied with Westmoreland County's efforts to help the disabled, they said Friday at an event to celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Posted on: July 27, 2015

Wolf says social service providers may have to borrow money

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

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Social service agencies should push to protect state funding during budget impasse

By Jon Schmitz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A former longtime state legislator urged local human services providers on Thursday to use the state’s budget impasse as an opportunity to push for lasting improvements in the funding of such services.

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Posted on: July 22, 2015

NAMI has a new home on the web

NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Health) of Southwestern PA has a new website: http://www.namiswpa.org/

Established in 1983, NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania is a 501(c)3 grassroots, non-profit organization that provides... Read on...

Posted on: July 22, 2015

Multi-faceted treatment urged for drug addicts

By Kari Andren

Heroin addiction treatment needs to include more than just medication or short-term in-patient rehabilitative care, drug treatment experts and Ohio officials told Pennsylvania lawmakers Tuesday.

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Posted on: July 20, 2015

Public Hearing July 21st on Opioid Addiction at Fred Rogers Center in Latrobe

Public Hearings
The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a legislative research agency for the Pennsylvania General Assembly, is sponsoring three public hearings this summer to continue its work in helping state government and... Read on...

Posted on: July 20, 2015

Mobile office aims to ensure Westmoreland veterans get their benefits

Officials are taking their show on the road to ensure Westmoreland County's 35,000 veterans have access to the benefits they've earned, according to county Veterans Affairs Director Matt Zamosky.

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Posted on: July 20, 2015

Reductions in Westmoreland shared-ride program defended

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

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Posted on: July 20, 2015

Social changes making adoption process tougher across Pennsylvania

By Joe Smydo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The number of adoptions in Allegheny County and statewide has been down in recent years amid shifting views of parenthood, changes in the child-welfare system and decreased availability of foreign children.

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Posted on: July 20, 2015

Service providers brace for lengthy Pennsylvania budget battle

By Karen Langley / Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG — As the Pennsylvania budget impasse wears on, human service providers are preparing to feel the pinch.

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Posted on: July 17, 2015

County helps elderly stay in their homes

More than 1,000 older residents in Westmoreland County each year get help to stay in their homes from personal care and health care aides through the county’s Area Agency on Aging.

Rosemarie Pavlik, 66, of New Kensington, is one of them.

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Posted on: July 16, 2015

Western Pa. officials push for life-saving heroin overdose medicine Read more: http://triblive.com/

Mike Fendya wasn't looking for notoriety last month when he became the first Washington County police officer to use naloxone to revive a person from a heroin overdose.

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Posted on: July 14, 2015

Majesty Care Clinic

FREE HEALTH CARE provided by MAJESTY CARE CLINIC…

WHO: Free health care for Westmoreland County residents ages 19-65 who do not have any health care insurance and who fall below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (see... Read more...

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Posted on: July 13, 2015

Westmoreland lockup to resume GED program

Inmates in the Westmoreland County Prison will get a chance to better themselves by taking their general educational development test while still behind bars.

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Posted on: July 13, 2015

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

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

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

Paratransit operations in Westmoreland County blasted by users

Vietnam War-era veteran Janice Russo of Greensburg undergoes testing on Fridays at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Oakland for breathing problems, but changes in Westmoreland Co. paratransit operations will eliminate... Read on...

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Posted on: July 9, 2015

July Drug Overdose Task Force news

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Read updates from the Task Force committees and related news.

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Posted on: July 9, 2015

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections train prison staff to recognize mental illness

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has completed a training program for its 15,000 employees that focuses on mental illness and how to help people in crisis.

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Posted on: July 8, 2015

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

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

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

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Posted on: July 6, 2015

Westmoreland County on pace to surpass record for drug-related fatalities

Drug-related deaths in Westmoreland County are up more than 47 percent in the first six months of the year and show no signs of slowing, according to Coroner Ken Bacha.

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Posted on: July 2, 2015

Mt. Pleasant-area sticks to campaign to curb underage drinking

As part of the Drug Free Communities grant funding awarded in December to the Westmoreland Drug & Alcohol Commission, the “Sticker Shock” program ensures labels warning parents about the legal repercussions of purchasing... Read on...

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Posted on: July 2, 2015

Westmoreland, Allegheny United Way units complete merger

The region's two largest United Way organizations — the United Way of Westmoreland County and the United Way of Allegheny County — are now the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, following the completion Wednesday of... Read on...

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Posted on: July 2, 2015

Greensburg senior care center salutes veterans

As Independence Day draws near, a local senior care center honored its veterans.

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Posted on: July 2, 2015

Group takes veterans, seniors in WWII-era planes at Unity airport

Florence “Shutsy” Reynolds climbed into the front seat of a blue-and-yellow 1940 Boeing Stearman biplane Wednesday at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity, the same type of plane she flew 70 years ago in Sweetwater, Texas... Read on...

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Posted on: June 30, 2015

GET IN WESTMORELAND has moved

GET IN Westmoreland has moved. Please visit our new address and bookmark it: http://www.getinwestmoreland.info/

GET INformed about the overdose epidemic in our community, GET INvolved by taking action, and GET INvested to... Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2015

St. Vincent professor, students use interviews for drug addiction data

Eric Kocian is looking for answers.

With the backdrop of people dying from drug overdoses in record numbers throughout Westmoreland County, he wants those answers sooner, not later.

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Posted on: June 29, 2015

Alle-Kiski Valley seniors get free lift to doctor's office

Seniors and others who need transportation to a doctor or UPMC hospital will continue to have several options because of grant funding from the St. Margaret Foundation.

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Posted on: June 25, 2015

Cross-state trek to help veterans passes through Ligonier

Thistlethwaite, 68, a Navy veteran who served in Vietnam from August 1964 through October 1967, was one of 13 participants in the seven annual PA Hero Walk who paraded through downtown Ligonier.

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Posted on: June 24, 2015

Judge approves $1.7 million sale of former Ligonier Valley school

A Westmoreland County judge gave formal approval Tuesday to the $1.7 million sale of the defunct Laurel Valley Middle/High School to a firm with plans to lease the building for use as a drug and alcohol treatment center.

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Posted on: June 23, 2015

Drug overdoses surpass car accident deaths in Pennsylvania

By Hannah Schwarz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania is near the top of the national statistics for drug overdose deaths, but neighboring states West Virginia and Ohio are being hit even worse, according to a report released last week.

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Posted on: June 22, 2015

Westmoreland Transit Authority officials approve paratransit fare increase

In an effort to keep the Westmoreland Transit Authority's struggling paratransit system out of the red, officials approved a small fare increase for senior citizens and others who use the popular service.

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Posted on: June 18, 2015

Westmoreland, Allegheny United Ways to combine

Following a trend that has rippled through the nonprofit world, the United Way of Westmoreland County is merging with a larger agency — the United Way of Allegheny County.

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Posted on: June 17, 2015

Find Summer Meals in Your Community for children and teens

Find summer Meals Mapping Tool

Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session.

Mapping tool to find a site near you
Posted on: June 17, 2015

Local hearing held on governor's long-term care plan

State officials preparing to embark on a major shift in how long-term care services are delivered to needy older and disabled adults in Pennsylvania received a series of cautions at a packed public hearing this week.

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Posted on: June 17, 2015

Murphy’s bill to overhaul mental health system stirs debate

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

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Posted on: June 17, 2015

First state troopers use anti-overdose drug naloxone to revive an unconscious man

For the first time since Gov. Tom Wolf announced in April that state troopers would begin carrying the anti-overdose drug naloxone, a trooper from the Uniontown station successfully administered a dose Friday to an... Read on...

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Posted on: June 12, 2015

Governor Wolf Announces Fee Waivers for Volunteers Seeking Background Checks

Governor Wolf Announces Fee Waivers for Volunteers Seeking Background Checks

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Posted on: June 8, 2015

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

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

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Posted on: June 1, 2015

Cyber schools would have to check truancy under Pennsylvania bill

What began as a conversation between two local children’s advocates recently made its way to the state House of Representatives in the form of a bill to address truancy in charter and cyber charter schools.

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Posted on: May 29, 2015

Westmoreland County drug court could start late this summer

After more than a year of preparations, a Westmoreland County drug treatment program could start in late summer. It would admit criminal defendants who are struggling with drug addiction.

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Posted on: May 28, 2015

Westmoreland County Transit Authority to consider raising bus fare rate for paratransit participants

Fares for senior and handicapped riders of the Westmoreland County Transit Authority paratransit system likely will increase this summer.

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Posted on: May 22, 2015

Pa. Department of Corrections names new mental health advocate for offenders

Lynn Patrone will head up the Pennsylvania Department of Correction's newly-created Office of Mental Health Advocate in an effort to ensure offenders are getting the treatment they need in and out of prison.

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Posted on: May 22, 2015

Senior housing proposal in Westmoreland County turned down again

A Westmoreland County Housing Authority plan to build a low-income senior citizen apartment complex was dealt a blow this week when the $11 million project was rejected for funding for the second time.

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Posted on: May 22, 2015

Youngwood veteran officially joins the Class of 1945

In 1944, Walko decided to leave what was then Youngwood High School to join the Navy during World War II and never finished his senior year, according to his family members.

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Posted on: May 22, 2015

Westmoreland County Blind Association building brimming with activity

The plain tan-colored building with the giant American flag along Main Street in Greensburg belies the hive of activity inside, where the chatter from 125 Westmoreland County Blind Association workers is constant and the... Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2015

Need a car to get to work?

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

Posted on: May 14, 2015

Depression Can Double Risk for Stroke—Even When It’s Treated

May is Mental Health Month.
Find screening tools for depression and other conditions: Mental Health America and Read on...

Posted on: May 11, 2015

Updated: Special needs children receive the gift of freedom in Greensburg event

Variety the Children's Charity

Variety the Children's Charity provides adaptive bikes individually customized to eligible children with disabilities. More information and... Read on...

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Posted on: May 8, 2015

DOTF Advocacy Committee Candidate Survey Responses available now

The Drug Overdose Task Force has released the responses to our candidates' survey. Go to getinwestmoreland.org/informed/ and click on the Candidate Survey graphic.

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Posted on: May 4, 2015

Saving Lives with Naloxone: A Conversation with Gary Tennis

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

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Posted on: April 28, 2015

2nd Annual Mental Health Awareness Fair at Westmoreland Mall

Mental Health America

Celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month will include free screenings, giveaways, resources

Greensburg, Pa. -- Over 20 local human service organizations will come together on Saturday, May 16 for the 2nd... Read on...

Posted on: April 27, 2015

Wolf administration to begin reorganizing Medicaid plans

Gov. Tom Wolf's administration plans to begin transferring more than a million adult Medicaid enrollees into a single, new benefits program that it touts as a more efficient and effective way of providing health care for... Read on...

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Posted on: April 17, 2015

Westmoreland task force hopes to raise money for overdose antidote

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

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Posted on: April 17, 2015

Latrobe pharmacy will offer overdose antidote

A Latrobe pharmacy is the first in Westmoreland County to offer a drug that can counter the lethal effects of an overdose of heroin, painkillers or other opioids to anyone who walks in the door

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Posted on: April 16, 2015

Life Skills program brings dynamic atmosphere to Mt. Pleasant Area

The Life Skills curriculum provides differentiated instructing for each student, focusing on improving students' academic and vocational capabilities, Bradley said.

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Posted on: April 7, 2015

Penn Middle school student wants to steer bikes to disadvantaged kids

As a service project to help celebrate his bar mitzvah, the Penn Middle School seventh-grader is organizing a bicycle drive next week so that idle rides can hit the streets again.

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Posted on: April 7, 2015

Food drive natural fit for Boy Scouts in Western Pa.

For more than 10,000 Boy Scouts in Western Pennsylvania, Easter weekend kicks off a month of “scouting” for hundreds of thousands of pounds of food

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Posted on: March 30, 2015

Serving the hungry 'a calling,' say Jeannette volunteers

The Westmoreland County Food Bank operates a food pantry at Grace United Church of Christ on Second Street in Jeannette, which distributes food to residents in need the second Tuesday of every month.

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Posted on: March 30, 2015

Trafford Middle School program talks about cyber bullying

When Philip Little of the state Attorney General's Office talks with students in the region about cyberbullying, he tells them about a startling statistic backed by several studies.

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Posted on: March 30, 2015

Westmoreland County Transit Authority to buy 12 minibuses

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

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Posted on: March 27, 2015

Westmoreland drug task force plans fundraising efforts

Westmoreland County's year-old drug task force will begin a fundraising campaign later this year to help pay for more education programs and doses of a new drug that can counteract an overdose.

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Posted on: March 23, 2015

Community Care Naloxone Conference

Community Care Naloxone Conference

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 8:00 am–12:00 pm

Marriott City Center, 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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Posted on: March 13, 2015

Laurel: To fighting drug overdoses.

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

By The Tribune-Review
Thursday, March 12, 2015, 8:55 p.m.Updated 12 hours ago

Laurel: To fighting drug overdoses. The anonymous $9,000 donation to the Westmoreland County Drug Overdose... Read on...

Posted on: March 12, 2015

Westmoreland County's juvenile detention center affected by teens charged as adults

Behind the walls of the Regional Youth Services Center in Hempfield are three teens charged as adults in high-profile, violent crimes who can't be housed in adult prisons because of a federal law that took effect in... Read on...

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Posted on: March 10, 2015

DMVA Announces Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Recipients

Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) has selected 12 Pennsylvania County Directors of Veterans Affairs Offices to receive $99,840 in grants from the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF).

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Posted on: March 9, 2015

Pitt School of Pharmacy develops website to track overdoses

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

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Posted on: March 6, 2015

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

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

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

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Posted on: March 6, 2015

Ligonier-based group sponsors rafting adventures to help ease veterans' anxiety

His thirst for adventure and exploration gone, the Army veteran struggled with deep anxiety and depression.

“I've always been active, and then with these conditions, I shied away from being who I was,” Mike Busovicki, 36, of Canonsburg said.

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Posted on: February 27, 2015

Dirk Matson, the HS Department Director, speaks on Human Services!

Tay Waltenbaugh and Dirk Matson

Tune-in to WCNS 1480, February 28th at 8:00am;
Our very own Dirk Matson, director of the Westmoreland County Human Services Department makes a guest appearance on Tay Waltenbaugh's, C.E.O. of Westmoreland Community... Read on...

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Posted on: February 27, 2015

Jeannette's new housing project enters final phase

For this project, Reitz worked with city, county and state funding and officials in addition to Westmoreland Community Action and Homes Build Hope, nonprofits in Westmoreland County.

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Posted on: February 27, 2015

New VA claims process called detrimental to older veterans

While the new Department of Veterans Affairs claims process uses forms that are simpler than income tax return forms, they have similar names and designs.

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Posted on: February 20, 2015

'Food 2 Go 4 Kids' helps Ligonier Valley students in need

A program designed to provide Ligonier Valley children in need with food on the weekends is thriving, but organizers need ongoing funding to sustain it.

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Posted on: February 10, 2015

As expected, fatal overdoses in Westmoreland set record

Forensic toxicology tests confirmed a statistic Coroner Ken Bacha dreaded but anticipated: Westmoreland County set a new record in drug overdose deaths in 2014.

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Posted on: February 6, 2015

Office to serve Mt. Pleasant's drug and alcohol battle

The recently announced plan by the Westmoreland Drug & Alcohol Commission Inc., to use federal funding to finance drug and alcohol education and awareness in Mt. Pleasant and surrounding communities is materializing.

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Posted on: February 6, 2015

Strengthening Families program begins in Jeannette

Jeannette School District is once again partnering with Penn State Extension to offer the Strengthening Families Program.

The program is for parents and youth, ages 10 through 14, and is geared toward helping families navigate the challenges....

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Posted on: February 3, 2015

A Super Bowl ad took on the nation’s heroin problem, this drug could do more; Washington Post op-ed

St. Louis-area Superbowl viewers used to amusing television commercials hawking the latest products were rattled out of complacency by a public service announcement about drug overdose.

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Posted on: February 3, 2015

Strengthening Families Program aims to help middle schoolers and their parents

In the Greensburg home of Lynna Thomas, the refrigerator door is covered with magnets displaying family photos, vacation souvenirs and fun, quirky images like the creature Gollum from “The Hobbit.”

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Posted on: January 29, 2015

Jeannette Salvation Army looks for advisory board and women's auxiliary members

We are looking for professional people, small business owners, and local corporate representatives to serve on our Advisory Board of Directors- people (who) are interested in Jeannette and ways that they can help the... Read on...

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Posted on: January 27, 2015

Veterans Court in session in Westmoreland for first time

I'm just tickled to death the program is finally starting to move,” Judge David Regoli said of the program that requires participants to receive counseling, social services and meet other conditions set by the judge.

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Posted on: January 23, 2015

Jobs added to address increase in abuse cases

Five caseworkers will be hired to help a staff of 50 handle the rising number of cases of abused and neglected children investigated by the Westmoreland County Children's Bureau, officials said Thursday.

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Posted on: January 23, 2015

Faith in Action looks to help Jeannette seniors

Faith in Action, a United Way of Westmoreland program, is looking to get a foothold in Jeannette.

Faith in Action is a volunteer program that helps senior citizens with specific everyday tasks that may have become difficult for them.

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Posted on: January 22, 2015

Westmoreland County seeks to create drug court

Westmoreland County officials are working to begin a drug court to help those who are addicted.

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Posted on: January 20, 2015

PA Hero Walk provides car for Navy vet in need

Pulice said that in the six years since he founded PA Hero Walk, more than $1 million has been raised to help Pennsylvania veterans. The organization sponsors a walk for two weeks in June that runs from Philadelphia to... Read on...

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Posted on: January 20, 2015

Unity man to appear in 'Broken Skull Challenge' reality TV competition

Reese, 21, has turned his energy from drugs and alcohol to physical fitness, and that has carried him all the way to Hollywood.

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Posted on: January 20, 2015

Westmoreland to tally homeless population

Homelessness persists in Westmoreland County, although it's not an obvious, visible problem, said Union Mission director Dan Carney.

“It isn't as seen as you would in a traditional city,” Carney said. “It's a little bit more hidden...

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Posted on: January 15, 2015

Problems reported with enrollment in state's Healthy PA program

HARRISBURG — From confusion about benefits to backlogs and busy signals at county assistance offices, there are some glitches with enrollment in Healthy PA, Gov. Tom Corbett’s alternative to a traditional Medicaid expansion, advocacy groups say.

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Posted on: January 12, 2015

KeepKidsSafe.pa.gov launched

During the previous legislative session, the House passed a comprehensive package of legislation designed to update Pennsylvania’s child protection laws. These laws took effect on Dec. 31, 2014.

To help keep the public... Read on...

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Posted on: January 12, 2015

Medicare Aims to Improve Coordinating Seniors' Chronic Care

WASHINGTON — Adjusting medications before someone gets sick enough to visit the doctor. Updating outside specialists so one doctor's prescription doesn't interfere with another's.

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Posted on: January 9, 2015

Drugs called 'scourge' in Westmoreland County's bright future

Westmoreland County has a bright future in terms of economic development, job growth, a better trained workforce and improved education opportunities, but the cloud overhead is the “scourge” of drug abuse, addiction and drug-fueled crimes...

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Posted on: January 9, 2015

Pennsylvania prison system develops separate housing for mentally ill inmates

Inmates with serious mental illnesses will no longer be locked in cells all day, under new policies outlined Monday by state prison officials.

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Posted on: January 8, 2015

Union Mission in Latrobe extends holiday spirit of giving through year

What started as an act of Christmas giving to the Union Mission in Latrobe now stretches throughout the year for a group of families in the area.

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Posted on: January 7, 2015

Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign reaches goal

Last-minute generosity pushed Westmoreland County's struggling Salvation Army centers over their fundraising goal in the final days of their Red Kettle Campaign.

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Posted on: January 7, 2015

Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign reaches goal

Last-minute generosity pushed Westmoreland County's struggling Salvation Army centers over their fundraising goal in the final days of their Red Kettle Campaign.

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Posted on: January 2, 2015

Stricter child abuse laws go into effect in Pennsylvania

Child care advocates hope a major package of child abuse laws that took effect this week will prevent more children at risk from slipping through the cracks.

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Posted on: January 2, 2015

Federal funding to aid Mt. Pleasant area drug and alcohol battle

Federal grant funding recently awarded to the Westmoreland Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc., will be used to finance a series of programs and projects aimed at enhancing drug and alcohol education and awareness specifically in Mt. Pleasant...

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Posted on: January 2, 2015

Pennsylvania enacts modernized child abuse laws after Sandusky scandal

If a shaken baby is taken to a Pennsylvania hospital and doctors and police can't figure out who shook the child, it might not get reported as child abuse.

If a teacher, child care provider or nurse is told of sexual... Read on...

Posted on: January 1, 2015

Top 10 Reasons to visit www.getinwestmoreland.org in 2015

Get INFORMED, INVOLVED, and INVESTED in doing your part to combat overdose deaths in Westmoreland County in 2015.

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Posted on: December 30, 2014

Painkiller Abuse, a Cyclical Challenge

Even as the Food and Drug Administration approves new, powerful opioid-based painkillers, the United States is in the midst of an epidemic of opioid overuse. This is not the first time.

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Posted on: December 29, 2014

State survey finds more than 23,000 households in Pa. without heat

HARRISBURG — An annual survey that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission released last week shows more households entering the winter months without heat than at the same time last year.

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Posted on: December 29, 2014

Through adoption, Hempfield family merrier with more

A Christmas morning with excited boys tearing into their toys — that's expected at the Buylla family's Hempfield home.

That scenario isn't so different from any other day at home, where dinosaur toys eat each other and washable marker ends up...

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Posted on: December 29, 2014

Westmoreland County heroin overdose deaths jump; easy access, low cost blamed

Westmoreland County is expected to end 2014 with a record number of heroin overdose deaths, according to the coroner's office.

The total number of fatal drug overdoses could reach 88 or more, surpassing the 2013 record of 86, officials said.

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Posted on: December 29, 2014

Westmoreland Veterans Affairs provides rides with van program

When Air Force veteran Daryl Radaker didn't have a way to get to his doctor's appointments in Pittsburgh, he turned to the Westmoreland County Veteran's Affairs Office for help.

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Posted on: December 22, 2014

United Way surplus funds benefit 9 nonprofits in Westmoreland County

United Way of Westmoreland County used a leftover $50,000 to establish a one-time grant fund benefiting nine nonprofits.

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Posted on: December 19, 2014

Greenburg service groups exemplify the season of giving

'Tis the season for giving as two Greensburg service organizations are contributing time and money to help police officers and injured veterans for the holidays.

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Posted on: December 19, 2014

Fellow veterans come to aid of Jeannette Air Force amputee

Jeannette resident Jim O'Donnell is receiving the gift of home remodeling thanks to other area veterans and city residents.

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Posted on: December 19, 2014

Catholic Diocese of Greensburg bestows $30K to combat poverty

The Catholic Diocese of Greensburg has awarded $30,000 in grants to three agencies that help people in need with beds for children, food and assistance with heating and other utilities.

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Posted on: December 18, 2014

Mt. Pleasant student wins Red Ribbon Photo Contest

Ramsay Elementary School sixth-grader Nathan Kubasky, 12, recently earned $1,000 for his school when he was selected as one of 11 winners of the 2014 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest.

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Posted on: December 18, 2014

Latrobe Ministerial Association organizes Christmas meal for ninth year

Warmth from the community Christmas dinner in Latrobe doesn't just come from the kitchen where meals are prepared for 150 people.

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Posted on: December 16, 2014

Mt. Pleasant Area considering sports program for special-needs students

Mt. Pleasant Area School District is hoping to soon partner with the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit and three other area school districts to provide a “Unified Sports Program” for students through Special Olympics... Read on...

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Posted on: December 16, 2014

Shop with a cop helps Westmoreland County children in 'unfortunate circumstances'

Officers from Smithton, Charleroi and California University of Pennsylvania, and state police teamed up with 19 local children, each allotted $150 in spending money.

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Posted on: December 15, 2014

Rostraver Food Pantry continues to meet need

Over the years, the need has not wavered, but grown, notes Rostraver Food Pantry coordinator Richard Currie

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Posted on: December 15, 2014

Turkey Cup Challenge nets nearly $34k for Westmoreland County Food Bank

Schools across the county held their own events, opting how and when to raise the funds, with the proceeds going to the Westmoreland County Food Bank to purchase holiday turkeys.

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Posted on: December 15, 2014

Latrobe man smashes record for charity shopping spree

Grocery shoppers don't often receive shouted encouragement from cheerleaders. They don't usually race through the aisles to fill their carts with as much stuff for charity as they can grab in three minutes.

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Posted on: December 11, 2014

Less mental illness among southerners, less access to treatment, too

You'd expect the socially progressive states of the Northeast and Midwest to score well in a new state-by-state ranking of mental health services, and indeed, by some measures they do.

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Posted on: December 11, 2014

Westmoreland County sheriff deputies to carry anti-overdose medicines

Westmoreland County sheriff deputies will begin carrying medicine that can help to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

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Posted on: December 9, 2014

Effort afoot to streamline veterans' access to aide in western Pa.

A major effort involving more than 30 charitable nonprofits, private companies and public entities is under way to overhaul the way veterans and their families find resources in a 12-county region of Western Pennsylvania.

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Posted on: December 8, 2014

$40K awarded to social service nonprofits in Westmoreland, Fayette counties

The $5,000 grant the Christian Layman Corps received Friday will “get 15 kids off the floor” and into beds of their own, said Curtis Hoffman, president of the Greensburg nonprofit.

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Posted on: December 5, 2014

Salvation Army has slow seasonal start

Those shiny red buckets guarded by bell-ringers outside shopping malls and grocery stores are emptier than they were this time last year.

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Posted on: December 5, 2014

Nearly 1 in 12 American Struggles with Depression, Study Finds

Almost 8 percent of Americans aged 12 and older were moderately to severely depressed during 2009 to 2012, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.

But, only slightly more than one-third of those suffering from severe depression sought help...

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Posted on: December 5, 2014

Nearly 1 in 12 American Struggles with Depression, Study Finds

Almost 8 percent of Americans aged 12 and older were moderately to severely depressed during 2009 to 2012, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.

But, only slightly more than one-third of those suffering from severe depression sought help...

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Posted on: December 4, 2014

Public input will be sought on sale of Ligonier school

The Ligonier Valley school board will ask for community feedback on the potential sale of Laurel Valley Middle High School for $1.75 million.

The potential purchaser wants to use the facility, which is next door to... Read on...

Posted on: December 4, 2014

Westmoreland Officials learn of lauded drug life saving Project Lazarus

Alarmed by the growing toll of drug overdose deaths, officials in Westmoreland County are looking south, to a North Carolina county known for moonshine and as the birthplace of NASCAR, for a solution to the problem.

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Posted on: December 1, 2014

Laurel Valley's Kids Korner provides clothing for families in need

A year has passed since the Ligonier Valley School District Foundation started its Kidz Kare Fund in an effort to help students whose basic needs were not being met.

Its latest undertaking is going beyond its initial mission of helping children...

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Posted on: December 1, 2014

Families welcome new members on Adoption Day in Westmoreland County

Nia Pearce ran around a Westmoreland County courtroom Wednesday as Judge Chris Scherer finalized her adoption.

Moments before, the 2-year-old had been sitting attentively on the lap of Amber Pearce, her adoptive mother.

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Posted on: November 26, 2014

Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Coalition newsletter

Read the news update from the Coalition, chaired by US Attorney Hickton

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Posted on: November 25, 2014

Saltsburg grad developing app to help addicts with recovery

When IUP senior Ryan Brannon saw his friends and classmates slip from experimental drug use to drug abuse and addiction, he recognized a need for a drug addiction recovery resource targeted toward people of his own generation.

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Posted on: November 25, 2014

Clelian Heights parents rally to keep program put in jeopardy by new federal rule

Parents of adult children with intellectual or developmental disabilities said Monday they should be free to choose the best work placements for their children, and they worry a new federal rule will limit the options available.

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Posted on: November 25, 2014

Pennsylvania human services agency gets new name

HARRISBURG — The Department is Public Welfare is gone in Pennsylvania.

As of Monday, it is now the Department of Human Services, under a state law signed two months ago by Gov. Tom Corbett.

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Posted on: November 24, 2014

Builder finds calling as chaplain at Westmoreland jail

To most people, perhaps, those who are serving time at Westmoreland County jail are inmates. To Chaplain Jim Badamo, they are his parishioners.

“I've probably seen more lives changed in the prison in a week than you would in a normal church..."

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Posted on: November 24, 2014

Westmoreland, Fayette groups open doors to share Thanksgiving meals

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time of giving thanks and enjoying a great meal, and several area organizations are once again making sure that everyone who wishes can have a home-cooked turkey dinner

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Posted on: November 24, 2014

Blairsville parishioner reaches out to help care for the vulnerable

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BLAIRSVILLE--Helen Clevenger and her husband had made plans to open their farm as a home for special needs adults. When Clevenger suddenly found herself a widow, she persevered with the plan anyway.

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Posted on: November 21, 2014

2 groups yet again hosting free Thanksgiving meals in Latrobe

With the tradition of giving thanks each year comes the tradition of giving back for two local groups hosting free dinners on Thanksgiving Day.

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Posted on: November 20, 2014

Students learn risks of digital lives at middle school presentation in Hempfield

When the eyes of middle-schoolers get big, Philip Little knows he's getting through to them.

The education and outreach specialist with the state attorney general's office routinely informs students of the dangers that lurk online...

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Posted on: November 20, 2014

Tartal's, Salvation Army to host free Thanksgiving dinner

Tartal's Restaurant and the Salvation Army are hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 27 at Tartal's Restaurant, 123 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Please register by calling 724-887-5451.

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Posted on: November 20, 2014

Two groups yet again hosting free Thanksgiving meals in Latrobe

With the tradition of giving thanks each year comes the tradition of giving back for two local groups hosting free dinners on Thanksgiving Day.

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Posted on: November 18, 2014

Westmoreland County Warden wants X-ray machine to find drugs.

The warden told members of the county prison board Monday that a growing number of inmates are using drugs and tobacco, even though they are confined behind bars and, in theory, unable to get their hands on contraband.

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Posted on: November 14, 2014

Seminar will present success of drug death prevention project

The Drug Overdose Task Force of Westmoreland County will offer a free seminar on Project Lazarus, a public health nonprofit organization established in 2007 in response to extremely high mortality rates attributed to prescription medication...

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Posted on: November 14, 2014

Goodwill of Southwestern Pa. to expand volunteer program

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is looking to expand a volunteer program for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, noting that paid work is not the only way people can find satisfaction.

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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: November 13, 2014

November is National Family Caregivers Month

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From the President of the United States:
Each day, courageous individuals step forward to help care for family members in need, their quiet acts of selflessness and sacrifice telling a story of love and devotion. Across our... Read on...

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Posted on: November 12, 2014

Drivers Sought for Westmoreland Veterans' Ride Program

The county program that provides free rides for Westmoreland County veterans who need to travel to medical appointments in Allegheny County is looking to expand.

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Posted on: November 5, 2014

Moms are key to baby’s learning language skills

Between birth and seven months of age, the average baby born into a two-parent household hears nearly three times as much babbling, cooing and sing-song questions-and-answers from a woman — generally the mother — than from a man, new research shows.

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Posted on: November 3, 2014

Seton Hill University Aims for Suicide Prevention

Seton Hill University students who visit the health office for a cough or some other minor malady might come away with lifesaving awareness.

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Posted on: October 28, 2014

Seton Hill University Implements Suicide Prevention Screening Program

October 28, 2014

Author: Jennifer Reeger

Seton Hill University is partnering with Westmoreland County and area mental health providers to implement a suicide prevention project that screens young people for risk behaviors for suicide.

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Posted on: October 28, 2014

Westmoreland County represented at Governor’s Mansion

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Westmoreland County represented at Governor’s Mansion
October 28, 2014

Greensburg--Rich Gordon, Westmoreland County Juvenile Detention/Shelter Director, represented the Juvenile Detention Center and Alternative Programs... Read on...

Posted on: October 24, 2014

$10K grants will help people purchase homes in Monessen

Westmoreland County commissioners will fund a program to give Monessen residents grants of up to $10,000 to help them purchase homes in the city. The grants are part of a strategy county and city officials devised last year ...

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Posted on: October 24, 2014

October 20-24 Proclaimed Juvenile Detention Center Week

Juvenile Detention Center Week
October 20-24, 2014
WHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s 17 secure detention centers serve all 67 counties and should be recognized for their ongoing protection of our communities and the care of youth in their custody...

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Posted on: October 22, 2014

Unity rally aims to counter negativity of KKK message in '97

The demonstration in the shadow of the Westmoreland County Courthouse by the Ku Klux Klan on Aug. 16, 1997, caused a reaction that has spanned almost 20 years, and one whose irony has not escaped Carlotta Paige.

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Posted on: October 20, 2014

Generosity, new coats will keep foster children warm

Children who need the help of the Westmoreland County Children's Bureau were the focus of the Wine, Chocolate, Coats and Boots fundraiser for a second year in the Greensburg lobby of the First Commonwealth Bank.

“Donations are still coming in..."

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Posted on: October 16, 2014

Ligonier Valley school psychologist proposes mental health program

Ligonier Valley School District is looking into starting a mental health program at its high school.

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Posted on: October 16, 2014

Mt. Pleasant dinner proceeds to benefit "Shop for a Cop" program

In December, members of area police departments and other law enforcement agencies will again take part in the “Shop with a Cop” program, which teams children with officers for a day of gift searching and interaction.

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Posted on: October 16, 2014

Hunger Games ready to commence for Southmoreland, Mt. Pleasant students

I believe the ‘Hunger Challenge' is an important cause for school community because the donations are returned to needy families in Westmoreland County,” said Chris Fabian, National Honor Society advisor.

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Posted on: October 16, 2014

McKee 4th-graders get new opportunities this year

When students returned to class early this fall, there were lots of changes at McKee K-8 — not the least of which is the name change, there is no more formal elementary and middle school separation.

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Posted on: October 14, 2014

Ministry makes sure no one goes hungry

Wishing to reach out to those who may need a little assistance making ends meet each month, organizers of HIS Food Ministry now offers inexpensive food options to any family or individual in the area.

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Posted on: October 14, 2014

Westmoreland County Foodbank short 1,700 turkeys for holiday season

The head of the Westmoreland County Food Bank is appealing for donations of money and turkeys to make up for shortfalls during the upcoming holiday season.

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Posted on: October 8, 2014

Latrobe mother finds outlet for grief in Reality Tour

Mary Ann Musick wanted to do something to help families from suffering like she did when her son was addicted to heroin.

“I watched, and it destroyed his life, completely destroyed his life,” she said.

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Posted on: October 7, 2014

Senators: Widen Medicaid program for frail seniors

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. senators from both parties are calling on the Obama administration to broaden a Medicaid program for the nation’s frailest seniors, calling it a proven alternative to pricier nursing home care ...

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Posted on: October 1, 2014

Pittsburgh-area family shares autism story in film

Two men stand in a kitchen discussing how hectic it is to take their sons to sports practices. The camera zooms in on another man. He says nothing because he can’t join in the conversation. His two sons don’t have sports practices because...

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Posted on: September 29, 2014

Corbett announces funding for programs for at-risk students

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

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Posted on: September 29, 2014

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

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

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Posted on: September 29, 2014

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

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

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Posted on: September 26, 2014

Weekend event in Latrobe offers opportunity for adoptions

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

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

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Posted on: September 24, 2014

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

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State Rep. Mark M. Gillen said Monday he used to be a corrections officer and doesn't believe it is an appropriate place for moms dealing with... Read on...

Posted on: September 24, 2014

PA Senate expected to pass medical marijuana bill

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

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Posted on: September 24, 2014

A County Answer to the Drug Epidemic

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

Posted on: September 24, 2014

Westmoreland County Testifies at the House Education Committee on Truancy

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

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Posted on: September 23, 2014

Grant program targets 7 Westmoreland County towns

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

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Posted on: September 16, 2014

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

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

Posted on: September 16, 2014

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

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

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Posted on: September 15, 2014

Jeannette JAYS after school program brings in needed dollars

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

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Posted on: September 12, 2014

Standard Bank helps Feeding the Spirit at Greensburg church

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

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Posted on: September 11, 2014

Westmoreland County recognizes Senior Center Month with proclamation

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

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Posted on: September 11, 2014

Commissioners Proclaim September National Recovery Month

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

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Posted on: September 10, 2014

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

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

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Posted on: September 9, 2014

National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Groups

National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Groups meet:

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

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

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Posted on: September 9, 2014

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

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

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Posted on: September 8, 2014

Woman drives Hempfield event connecting those with illness, disabilities

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

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

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Posted on: September 8, 2014

One suicide every 40 seconds: World Health Organization report

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

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Posted on: September 4, 2014

Pitt School of Pharmacy Developing an Overdose Prevention Website


Contact: Anita Srikameswaran Phone: 412-578-9193
E-mail: SrikamAV@upmc.edu

Contact: Susan Manko Phone: 412-586-9771
E-mail: MankoSM@upmc.edu

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Pitt School of Pharmacy Developing an... Read on...

Posted on: September 2, 2014

As suicide rates rise, awareness needs to follow

Lynn Patrone knows about suicide.

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

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Posted on: September 2, 2014

Western PA districts aim to win back students from cyber charters

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

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Posted on: August 25, 2014

Survey Finds Westmoreland County Food Bank Has Work To Do

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

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Posted on: August 22, 2014

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

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

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Posted on: August 18, 2014

NIMH Director’s Blog: Robin Williams

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

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Posted on: August 13, 2014

Depression: A disease that conceals hope

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

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Posted on: August 13, 2014

Finding the best Medicare option for your family

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

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Posted on: August 11, 2014

Pennsylvania Receives $1.75 Million to Support Mental Health Services

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

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Posted on: August 7, 2014

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

Margie Kondrich was afraid to look at her baby.

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

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Posted on: August 1, 2014

Feds Urged to Carry Naloxone Kits to Combat Heroin Overdoses

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

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Posted on: August 1, 2014

Yarn Brigade Envelops South Greensburg

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

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Posted on: July 29, 2014

When the Caregivers Need Healing

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

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Posted on: July 28, 2014

Westmoreland celebrates Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary

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

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Posted on: July 23, 2014

Westmoreland County gets the word out about drug problem

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

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Posted on: July 22, 2014

Westmoreland County Prison to Start Video Visits

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

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Posted on: July 18, 2014

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 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 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 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 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 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 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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