Westmoreland County Happenings e-news Summer 2016
Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation
Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival

Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival
June 30 – July 3

Spend your 4th of July weekend at the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival at Twin Lakes Park in Greensburg! Lots of entertainment, cultural performances, traditional and fine crafts, tasty food, and much, much more – there’s something for everyone! The festival starts Thursday, June 30 and runs through Sunday, July 3. Hours are 11am to 8pm Thursday through Saturday, and 11am to 6pm on Sunday.

Bring the whole family and tour two tiny houses, gaze at over 220 craft booths, eat your way through 39 food booths, and enjoy a variety of performances on four stages! The newly expanded Children’s Area will feature booths from the Pittsburgh Zoo, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, artist Raphael Pantalone, and a visit by Mr. McFeely from “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood!” Musical performances by Lovebettie, The Bad Boys Blues Band, Fleetwood Mac tribute band TUSK, West Holliday Trip, and the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra.
Poker Run walkers

Five Star Trail Poker Run - Saturday, July 23

Lace up your sneakers or hop on your bike and register for the Five Star Trail Poker Run on Saturday, July 23! The Poker Run starts at Lynch Field in Greensburg and follows the Five Star Trail. Choose a 4-mile walk/jog or a 12-mile bike ride and collect 5 cards at checkpoints along the way to assemble a full poker hand. The top poker hands win trophies and prizes! There will be a giant door prize giveaway after the event, and enter for a chance to win a Norco bicycle, donated by the Bicycle Shop in Youngwood. Registration is $15 before July 8 and includes a t-shirt! For a Registration Form, visit the Poker Run event page or call 724-830-3950. All proceeds benefit the Five Star and Westmoreland Heritage Trails..

Youth Field Day

Mammoth Park Youth Field Day -
Saturday, July 30

Get close to nature and learn about the great outdoors at the Mammoth Park Youth Field Day on Saturday, July 30! Kids ages 8-16 and their parents and guardians can participate in fun activities such as fishing, trap shooting, muzzle loading, boating, archery, and much more! Learn about animal identification and see local outdoor group demonstrations, and take a boating safety class on Mammoth Lake! There’s a lot to do at Youth Field Day from 8am to 4pm, and it’s FREE! Lunch will be provided for all registered participants. You can download a registration form on the Youth Field Day event page, or you can register the day of the event.

Summer Kids

Summer Environmental Camps and Programs for Kids

Sign up today for Summer Environmental Camps for Kids! Westmoreland County Parks offers several camps for kids of all ages at four of our parks: Cedar Creek, Mammoth, Northmoreland, and Twin Lakes. Camp topics include survivor skills, sports, weather, astronomy, forensics, and more! There are also programs for the whole family! Visit the Summer Environmental Programs page for a registration form and more information. Experience the fun in some of Westmoreland County’s largest classrooms – our County Parks!

August Fun Fest

August Fun Fest – Sunday, August 14

Mark your calendars for August Fun Fest at Cedar Creek Park on Sunday, August 14 from 10am to 6pm! Free admission, free parking, music, food, carnival rides, games, arts and crafts, flea market, and much, much more! Magician Doc Swan will mystify the crowds with his one-of-a-kind magic and comedy shows, and That Guy With The Birds is back with all his feathered friends!
The Road Kings Car Club will host the giant August Fun Fest Show Car Cruise, with over 500 antiques, hot rods, modifieds, stock cars, and commercials! This is the largest car cruise of the year by the Road Kings and Westmoreland County Parks!
Visit the August Fun Fest event page for show times and more information. Hope to see you at Cedar Creek Park for the 30th annual August Fun Fest!

Westmoreland County Human Services
Rally for On-Time State Budget

Rally for an On-time State Budget

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

Join your County Commissioners, higher education and high school representatives, and human service providers in supporting an on-time budget that works for all Westmoreland County residents.


In case of inclement weather, visit the Human Services website at 11 a.m. on June 22nd to confirm that the rally will be held. Raindate is June 29th.
Questions? Call the Dept. of Human Services, 724-830-3111.

Ray of Hope Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk

Westmoreland County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Department

invites you to join the 10th Annual Ray of Hope Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk.

Proceeds go to Westmoreland County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Task Force to provide educational programming, purchase materials and support Mental Health America's Survivors Group, LOSS.  

View full details and registration packet

Summer Produce

Area Agency on Aging - Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program 

Summer’s here and that means it’s time for cookouts, soaking up the sun, and fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms. Eligible low income seniors can participate in Pennsylvania’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. 

This program, administered by the Area Agency on Aging, makes available fresh, nutritious, locally grown fruits, vegetables from approved farmers' in Pennsylvania. Call the Aging office at 724-830-4444 to find out how to get your SFMNP checks, which are available on a first come, first served basis.
 
You’ll also be given a list of local participating farmers and farmers' markets with your four $5.00 SFMNP checks to redeem at qualified farmers' markets or roadside stands.  
Visit the SFMNP  website to find out where and when to sign up.

Michelle Kinter receives award

Area Agency on Aging - Protective Services Leadership Award

Congratulations to Michelle Kinter on her outstanding work with Westmoreland County Protective Services. She recently traveled to Harrisburg to be recognized by Governor Wolf for her achievements, along with awardees from throughout Pennsylvania.

Her supervisor, Karen Slater, noted Michelle’s patience, thoroughness, and attention to detail in her work with senior citizens. “Michelle also utilizes community resources and creative planning to help reduce risk to older adults for whom she has received reports of need. She has advocated for consumers unable to advocate for themselves by attending Protection from Abuse (PFA) and guardianship hearings, making numerous home visits, and standing up to perpetrators of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.  Michelle is a pleasure to be around, very easy to work with, and graces us all wither pleasant and professional personality.”  Well done, Michelle!

Westmoreland Development Council
Philips Respironics new distribution center

Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation

This spring Philips Respironics began construction on their new 260,000-square-foot distribution center located at the WCIDC’s Westmoreland Distribution Park North. A project of this size happens once every two years in the region, according to a recent article in the Pittsburgh Business Times. The distribution center is expected to be completed during the second half of the year. Follow the WCIDC on Facebook and Twitter to see progress from the construction site.           

The Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation (WCIDC) has reached a settlement agreement with Zion Bullitt Avenue LP (Zion) concerning the former Jeannette Glass Plant property. As part of the agreement, Zion will turn over the deed to the blighted 13-acre property, purchased by the WCIDC at a tax sale in 2012. Before redevelopment can begin, the property will be accurately assessed for environmental and safety issues. To read the full press release on the settlement agreement, click here.
 

Planning Department

 In May, the Board of Commissioners approved the Planning Department’s contract with Chicago-based Houseal Lavigne Associates to serve as the consulting firm assisting the department with the county’s new implementable comprehensive plan. The implementable comprehensive plan approach differs from the county's current plan adopted in 2005. This new, issues-orientated strategy will allow for the development of a plan that addresses the major obstacles currently affecting Westmoreland County. These obstacles include an aging demographic, blight and struggling cities and towns. The next step in the planning process will be a kick-off meeting, followed by meetings with department heads and public officials, and ultimately the formation of a Comprehensive Strategy Steering Committee (CSSC). The overall project will take 18-24 months. During this time, the public and private sector will play a fundamental role. There will be many opportunities, including but not limited to, public meetings, online surveys and social media, for the public to participate.

Redevelopment Authority -
Westmoreland County Land Bank

The Westmoreland County Land Bank is partnering with Keep PA Beautiful to help demolish the blighted structure located in Sewickley Township at 3372 Pike Street in Herminie PA 15637. The Land Bank acquired the property in December of 2015 and the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland will demolish the dilapidated building, paving the way for an active community green space. There will be a check presentation on Wednesday June 22nd at 10 a.m. on-site in Herminie.  

Of the $6,000 Strategic Community Greening Partnership Grant program conveyed by Keep PA Beautiful, $1,500 will go towards this project in Sewickley Township. Other projects in the area benefiting from this grant are Jeannette Greenspaces, a community garden located in downtown Jeannette, and a mural beautification project on the side of the Geyer Performing Arts Center in downtown Scottdale. Keep PA Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization, with a mission to empower Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful.

The mission of the Land Bank is to deter the spread of blight; to promote redevelopment and reuse of vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties; to support targeted efforts to stabilize neighborhoods; and to stimulate residential, commercial and industrial development while working with local government partners and other community stakeholders.  View available properties or to learn more on the Land Bank website.

Social Media Growth Chart

Last but not least...June 30 is #SocialMediaDay!

With sixty-two percent of US adults now getting news from social media sources, according to a Pew Research study published recently, that makes every day social media day.  However June 30, 2016, marks the seventh-annual official global celebration.

Among the brands, celebrities, and organizations you already follow on social platforms, we hope you'll consider adding your local county government to that list.  Find out what Westmoreland County is sharing socially here and join the conversation!

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