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Posted on: July 18, 2018

Calls to suicide crisis centers have doubled since 2014

The National Suicide Crisis Helpline saw calls double from 2014 to 2017, an increase in volume that coincides with rising suicide rates across the United States.

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Posted on: July 18, 2018

Big Brothers Big Sisters local chapter struggling with low volunteer numbers

“That breaks my heart. That absolutely breaks my heart.” Those are the words of Jeff Roberts, a longtime volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, when he heard how many children are currently waiting to get a Big Brother or Big Sister of their own.

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Posted on: July 18, 2018

ADHD linked to teen digital media use

Teenagers who frequently use digital media are more likely to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to a new study.

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Posted on: July 18, 2018

WESTMORELAND Signups underway for Greensburg Salvation Army's Back to School Bash

The Salvation Army’s “Back 2 School Bash” is returning to Greensburg for its sixth year August 18, providing loads of freebies to schoolchildren who need them.

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Posted on: July 18, 2018

Support circle: Family caregivers share stories and tips to ease Alzheimer's toll

Vicki Bartholomew started a support group for wives who are caring for a husband with Alzheimer’s disease because she needed that sort of group herself.

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Posted on: July 17, 2018

NBV Community Bank Park dedicates new section for children with disabilities

Lisa Pollack of North Belle Vernon knows all too well what a visit to a public playground means to a child with a disability.

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Posted on: July 17, 2018

Penn Township Seniors' Picnic

The annual Penn Twp Senior Citizens summer picnic will be held Tuesday, July 24 at the Community United Methodist Church, 3487 Route 130, Harrison City. 

Picnic lunch will be served at 1 pm and bingo begins at 2 pm.  Please bring a newspa...

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Posted on: July 17, 2018

Casual interactions: Even 'weak ties' to others can boost your physical, emotional health

Close relationships with family and friends, we know, are important for our health and well-being. But what about the people who make up our broader social networks?

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Posted on: July 17, 2018

Taking the mic for mental health

Last August, Kym Lebak was sitting in the audience at Glitterbox Theater in Bloomfield, watching quietly as someone else performed her story.

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Posted on: July 16, 2018

State Human services department admits to web glitch that exposed personal info of Pennsylvanians

A technical problem temporarily enabled people to use a state web platform to access the personal information of Pennsylvanians with whom they previously shared a household, the state Department of Human Services said Friday.

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Posted on: July 16, 2018

Dads Matter class starting in Mt. Pleasant

A program aimed at helping dads is starting in Mt. Pleasant next month.

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

Dads Matter classes starting in Mt. Pleasant Aug. 1st

DADS MATTER program in Mt. Pleasant at the Slovak Club Social Room on the following dates/times.  See flyer for details.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 f...

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Posted on: July 9, 2018

Annual ice cream social in Greensburg will benefit Wesley Family Services

Any day is a great day for ice cream, but July 21 will provide an opportunity to beat the heat with a sweet treat and also support a family-services organization with branches throughout western Pennsylvania.

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Posted on: July 5, 2018

New season of '13 Reasons Why' still targeted by doctors who say it glamorizes teen suicide

Medical experts say Netflix and creators of the second season of 13 Reasons Why — streaming Friday — aren't doing enough to curb the increase in teen suicides and may be encouraging copycat cases.

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Posted on: July 6, 2018

Westmoreland Transit plan could bring bus service to Monessen, West Newton

The Westmoreland County Transit Authority (WCTA) is considering adding bus routes from Greensburg to Monessen and West Newton.

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Posted on: July 3, 2018

Hempfield program to address social media, internet safety

Hempfield Area School District is offering a program for parents on internet safety for children.

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Posted on: June 29, 2018

WCFB Offering Summer Work Experience Through Private Industry Council

The Experience Works! Program will be operating again this summer in Westmoreland and Fayette counties. Youth are paid $9 an hour and may work up to 40 hours a week. It is a great opportunity for youth to build their resume, develop job skills and earn mo...

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Posted on: June 28, 2018

Belle Vernon man will lead veteran bike ride from Pittsburgh to D.C. this weekend

Considering the sacrifice many veterans have made for the country, biking a few hundred miles to Washington, D.C., doesn't seem like such a big deal.

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Posted on: June 28, 2018

Area Agency on Aging News July/August 2018

July-August 2018 Inside Line

-Farmers market vouchers
-Tools for Caregivers
-Public Tranpsortation options
-Healthy meals
-Earn while you learn
It's all in the Inside Line!

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Posted on: June 28, 2018

Westmoreland County Food Bank Unveils New Freezer

Westmoreland County Food Bank Freezer ribbon cutting

 

 

Delmont, PA – June 27, 2018 - Kris M. Douglas, Chief Executive Officer of the Westmoreland County Food Bank addressed a crowd gathered at the unveiling of their new freezer on Wednesday, and expressed how blessed they are to have such ...

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Posted on: June 28, 2018

Our Clubhouse Westmoreland offers support to those affected by cancer

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Our Clubhouse provides free cancer support for those living with cancer at any age, as well as the family & friends who care for them. See the July calendar.

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Posted on: June 27, 2018

Nonprofit seeks volunteers to help sew holiday stockings for overseas military members

Nonprofit group Military Connections is seeking volunteers as its members gear up for their annual sewing day, creating stockings that will be stuffed and shipped to military men and women stationed overseas at Christmas time.

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Posted on: June 27, 2018

Unity's Zamosky elected president of Pennsylvania county veteran affairs offices

Matt Zamosky of Unity was named to head the state organization that represents county veteran affairs offices

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Posted on: June 26, 2018

Red Cross looking for blood donors to avoid summer shortages

The Red Cross is looking for people to donate blood to alleviate shortages at hospitals over the summer.

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Posted on: June 30, 2018

Pennsylvania OKs new college saving grants for newborns

Pennsylvania is starting a program proposed by state Treasurer Joe Torsella to provide college savings accounts for newborns, beginning with a $100 grant.

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Posted on: June 26, 2018

'You can't sit at our table!' What to do when the bully is a senior citizen

Fistfights over love interests, exclusion from lunch tables, name-calling and keyed cars — senior citizens are capable of more than one might think.

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Posted on: June 25, 2018

Take Our Survey: Share Your Opinion on TRICARE and Military Health Care

MOAA wants to know about your experience with military health care and the TRICARE program. We need all beneficiaries to take an important survey. MOAA will use the data to help shape legislation directly impacting your earned health care benefits.

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Posted on: June 25, 2018

Westmoreland transit authority may jump on Uber-style rides

Westmoreland County Transit Authority officials will consider drastic changes to their struggling bus service system, including a proposal to convert some of its rural routes to an Uber-like ride share program.

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Posted on: June 25, 2018

Derry Township's Union Mission will make more room for homeless men

The Union Mission in Derry Township is set to break ground Tuesday for a building that will expand its capacity to serve homeless men.

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Posted on: June 23, 2018

Free Summer Meals for Children

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When school is out during the summer months and children are no longer receiving breakfast and lunch at school, many families struggle to feed their children nutritious meals each and every day. 

The Summer Food Service Program offers free, nutrit...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

The changing face of deafness

Less than 1 percent of babies in the United States are born with some level of hearing loss. That may not seem like much. But it means that up to 12,000 American children enter the world each year struggling to hear — or completely deaf.

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

County hires firm to educate staffers about sexual harassment

Westmoreland County commissioners on Thursday hired a Greensburg law firm to conduct seminars to educate government staffers about sexual harassment issues.

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Westmoreland County Transit OKs 10 percent fare hike for its shared-ride system

Westmoreland County Transit officials Thursday approved a 10 percent fare hike for its shared-ride paratransit system used by senior and handicapped riders.

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Senate panel looks to fund Alzheimer's research and resources

WASHINGTON – Public health leaders and caregivers coalesced Tuesday behind an effort to focus attention and funding on Alzheimer’s disease.

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

A discovery about herpes and Alzheimer’s disease may open new avenues for treatment

Researchers may have found a tiny culprit — human herpes virus — in the progressive loss of memory, thinking ability and identity that comes with Alzheimer’s disease. And it could be a big deal.

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

Walmart campaign raises $55K for Westmoreland food bank

Walmart shoppers helped raise $55,131.41 for the Westmoreland County Food Bank through the fifth annual “Fight Hunger. Spark Change” campaign in April.

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

VA Releases National Suicide Data Report

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its most recent analysis of Veteran suicide data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report yields several important insights.

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

Dump the majors? Poll finds high school students want skills that will get them hired

The majority of high school students who will be entering college over the next three years would like to see more colleges promote education and skills training rather than only offering majors for future employment.

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Posted on: June 19, 2018

Are women responsible for their own safety? Australians point fingers.

Thousands of people gathered for a vigil Monday at the Melbourne park where less than a week ago a young comedian was raped and murdered, a crime whose grisly details have renewed a national conversation about violence against women.

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Posted on: June 19, 2018

No more walking on egg shells: parents and adolescents open up about teenage depression

“There is a difference between feeling sad about something and feeling depressed,” a high school student tells me. “With depression, daily tasks feel like moving mountains.”

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Posted on: June 19, 2018

Study: 40 percent of Pa. households struggle to make ends meet

“Should I pay the utilities bill or fix my husband’s broken car so he can get to work?”

That’s what a caller from Indiana County asked the United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline which helps people in need find local resources.

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Posted on: June 18, 2018

Are you a senior or undergoing breast cancer treatment?

Cheryl Kay Foundation (CKF) is a family organization dedicated to critical issues facing Baby Boomers, their parents and their children.  They provide grants for home care for older adults and those under treatment for breast cancer  who...

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

Pathways to Pardons event Wed., Aug. 8th in Greensburg

Pathways to Pardons Community Event

Hosted by Lt. Governor Mike Stack and Westmoreland Drug Overdose Task Force

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Westmoreland County Courthouse – Commissioner’s Meeting Room2 N Main Street Suite 1...

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

Children's Bureau lauded in Harrisburg

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Westmoreland Children's Bureau Executive Director Shara Saveikis traveled to the state capitol last week in recognition of the Governor's Proclamation for Child Welfare Professional week.

Locally, at last week's public meeting, County Commissioners paid si...

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Human Services
Posted on: June 13, 2018

Penn Area Library planning unique kids' events for this summer

From an Appalachian corn-shuckin' party to an African 21-stringed harp player, the Penn Area Library has a host of unique programs on tap for children and parents this summer.

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

Export Summer Playground Program kicks off next week

Export Borough's annual Summer Playground Program will kick off on June 18, giving local children a chance to spend a few mornings each week enjoying activities, games, arts and crafts.

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

Bach, 11 other seniors honored at state Capitol for anti-fraud work

Murrysville consumer advocate Mary Bach was among 12 senior citizens recognized at the state Capitol on Monday for their work against frauds and scams.

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

Westmoreland Wolves semi-pro football game to benefit West Newton teen cancer patient

A person from Jessica Chopp's past made his way back into her present to help make a difference for her 17-year-old son, who is fighting cancer.

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

Orajel for teething? No, says FDA, which tied drug to breathing issues

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration told manufacturers to stop marketing over-the-counter teething products with the drug benzocaine.

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Posted on: June 7, 2018

PA Link event offers information on Adult Protective Services in Westmoreland County

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Members of the community and human service providers gathered today at Westmoreland Manor in Greensburg to learn about Senior Protective Services for those 60 or older. Presenter Karen Slater of the Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) shared in...

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Posted on: June 5, 2018

Westmoreland celebrates Child Welfare Professionals Week June 4-8

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Every day in Pennsylvania, thousands of children are at risk of child abuse and neglect or have been removed from their homes due to such abuse and neglect. Westmoreland County officials recognize the risks and need to intervene to protect our children. &...

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Posted on: May 17, 2018

Free meals for all students coming to Hutchinson Elementary School in Southwest Greensburg

Breakfast and lunch will be free for all 610 students at Amos K. Hutchinson Elementary School in Southwest Greensburg starting in September.

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

Substance Abuse Forum and Education, Penn-Trafford HS, Sept. 20th

(S.A.F.E.) Substance Abuse Forum and Education WHERE: PENN TRAFFORD HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM WHEN: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 TIME: 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. In an effort to deal with the ongoing drug crisis and its effect on our youth in Westmoreland County, ...

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