Westmoreland County Happenings - Summer 2015

Sweet Summer...

That long anticipated stretch of lingering days, and perhaps shorter "To-Do" lists. A time to be more active, with added permission to unwind and relax in countless ways. Here's a few things for your sand bucket list and need-to-know happenings in Westmoreland County.

Mammoth Fest Petting Zoo

Parks & Recreation

There is so much happening in your Westmoreland County Parks! Check out our website, Facebook, or subscribe to our e-Newsletter for a full Schedule of Events!


 

Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

Area Agency on Aging

There's nothing better than fresh summer produce! The 2015 Farmers Market Nutrition Program, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, provides eligible seniors with vouchers to purchase produce grown in Pennsylvania. The program provides four $5.00 vouchers to be used at participating Farmers Markets from June 1, 2015 until November 30, 2015. A list of participating Farmers Markets is available at the sign-up sites. Applicants must bring proof of age and residency. Learn more, incuding sign-up schedule and locations.
 

Managed Long Term Services & Supports

The Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging wants you to know that the PA Department of Human Services (DHS), along with the PA Department of Aging, are in the process of initiating managed care for long-term services and supports, which means nursing home care.

This initiative will impact senior citizens and the disabilities community directly. It will also possibly impact in-home programs and Area Agency on Aging departments across the state. Public feedback is solicited through July 15Learn more and share your thoughts with the Commonwealth.

Laura Offerman, Veterans Outreach Coordinator

Veterans Affairs

Veterans and family members in Westmoreland County now have a new weapon in their arsenals to access and navigate the sometimes tricky maze of veterans benefits. With funding from the Pennsylvania Veterans Trust, Westmoreland County Veterans Affairs is now offering mobile outreach and claims assistance to community groups throughout the county. This service will help those for whom accessing assistance at the County Courthouse or at satellite offices in New Kensington or Monessen presents a challenge.

Former Army medic Laura Offerman joined the department this week as the new part-time Outreach Coordinator.  Community organizations such as Centers for Active Adults, personal care and nursing homes, and Veterans Service Organizations can request presentations or benefits/claims assistance at their locations throughout Westmoreland County by calling 724-830-3530 or by email.   Learn more...

Time for Fitness

Fit with a Purpose

Summer is when many find more time to be active and get fit.  Why not be fit for a good cause?  Here's two great upcoming events to put your steps to good use:

Sat August 22:  Ray of Hope Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk at Twin Lakes Park. 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.  Full details and registration packet.
Sat September 12:  Superhero 5K/Kids 1K Fun Run at Hempfield Park benefitting CASA of Westmoreland. Every child needs a hero, but abused and neglected children need Superheroes!  Details
 
Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland

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

The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland is the recipient of a $500,000 federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to perform environmental assessments countywide in an effort to address hazardous substances and petroleum sites.

According to April Kopas, Executive Director, “This funding will help us evaluate brownfield sites throughout the county and works to position them for a more productive reuse. Cleaning up contaminated sites is consistent with the Authority’s mission to revitalize communities and make neighborhoods clean, safe, and ready for private investment”.

Brownfields include properties that are contaminated or perceived to be contaminated. They may also include properties that are underutilized for various socioeconomic reasons, such as abandonment, obsolescence, tax delinquency, and/or blight. 
Read full Press Release -or- Visit RACW website to learn more.
 

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