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Posted on: December 14, 2018

Christmas donations for kids, teens down locally, nationally

Marines leading Pittsburgh’s Toys for Tots drive could be mistaken for Santa’s elves this month as they work to make sure every child gets a Christmas present.  Find a local Toys for Tots drive here.

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Posted on: December 14, 2018

The DOTF is Hiring a Workplace Outreach Specialist

 

Position Title:    Workplace Outreach Specialist 

 

Classification:    Part Time, Temporary (30hrs/week for 92 weeks); Non-Exempt

 

Supervisor:        ...

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Posted on: December 13, 2018

Boy Scout troop gives back, provides 'Treasures for Children' through Salvation Army program

When Franklin Regional teacher Richard Sunny and his wife walk into their local Walmart this time of year, they always see the Salvation Army’s “Treasures for Children” tree, full of tags customers can use to purchase a toy for child in need.

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Posted on: December 13, 2018

Free bus transportation to State Correctional Institutions

Families Outside is sponsoring bus transportation to visit inmates at SCIs. Please see flyer for details.

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Posted on: December 12, 2018

Benefit dinner for family of SGT Jason McClary Dec. 23, Vandergrift

Flyer for benefit dinner December 23rd for family of Sergeant McClary

The Vandergrift VFW is hosting a benefit dinner for the family of SGT Jason McClary, of Export, who  died recently as a result of injuries he suffered in a blast in Afghanistan,

Sunday, Dec. 23

1 to 6 pm

141 Sumner Ave

Vandergrift, PA  15690...

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Posted on: December 12, 2018

Rejecting curbs on food stamps, the Senate passes a compromise farm bill

The chief point of contention was the House’s inclusion of new work requirements for able-bodied adults seeking food stamps.

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Posted on: December 12, 2018

Community feasts at Farm to Table Holiday dinner in Greensburg

The second-annual USDA Farm to Table Holiday dinner was held Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Greensburg.

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Posted on: December 11, 2018

Exercise Wins: Fit Seniors Can Have Hearts That Look 30 Years Younger

We know we need to exercise for our health, but a lifelong exercise habit may also help us feel younger and stay stronger well into our senior years.

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Posted on: December 11, 2018

Couple 'starrs' at blending kinship, foster family

Tim and Renae Starr raised one family and were enjoying becoming grandparents when, a few years ago, they became kinship foster parents for two of their granddaughters.

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Posted on: December 11, 2018

Pennsylvania bans tobacco, vapes at 6 state hospitals

“Smoking is a contributing factor to the shortened life expectancy of individuals with a mental illness. This initiative will further support health, wellness and recovery within these communities.”

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Posted on: December 11, 2018

Irwin food pantry benefits from United Way holiday shopping spree

Krista Brown of Irwin had to plan her shopping spree route accordingly.

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Posted on: December 11, 2018

Franklin Regional playschool program accepting applications for spring, fall 2019 sessions

The Franklin Regional High School Playschool program — a preschool program for children ages 3, 4 and 5 — is accepting applications and will start up in February.

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Posted on: December 11, 2018

Assistance available for winter heating bills

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FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania Utilities Remind Customers of Available Assistance Programs to Help with Winter Bills

Greensburg, Pa. – With cold weather now affecting the region, financial assistance programs are available for FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) cust...

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Human Services
Posted on: December 8, 2018

Pennsylvania to give away anti-overdose drug naloxone next week

Westmoreland locations include State Health Centers at 233 W. Otterman St., Greensburg, PA 15601 and 1 Wendell Ramey Ln., Suite 140, Monessen, PA 15062

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Posted on: December 7, 2018

Westmoreland welcomes therapy dogs to courthouse

There will be a friendly face on the fourth floor of the Westmoreland County Courthouse.

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Posted on: December 5, 2018

As spina bifida patients become adults, their needs and care are changing

Services for adults with spina bifida are ramping up as people live longer with the condition they were born with.

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Posted on: December 4, 2018

December Our Clubhouse cancer support calendar

Download the December calendar of offerings in Greensburg for those affected by cancer.

Human Services
Posted on: December 4, 2018

December Our Clubhouse cancer support calendar

Download the December calendar of offerings in Greensburg for those affected by cancer.

Human Services
Posted on: December 3, 2018

Greensburg seniors getting scam Social Security calls

Greensburg area senior citizens have been receiving robocalls telling them that their Social Security number has been suspended and instructing them to call a Houston area phone number to get it fixed.

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Posted on: November 30, 2018

VA seeks public comment on Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will accept public comments for 15 days on how to implement certain changes to the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers(PCAFC) required by the&n...

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Human Services
Posted on: December 1, 2018

PA Unemployment Comp Call Center Update

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor and Industry’s Unemployment Compensation (UC) Service Centers transitioned to a new phone system.As a result, claimants may no longer hear a busy signal when phone lines are full. Instead, claimants ma...

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Human Services
Posted on: November 30, 2018

Western Pa. nonprofits work to reach 'hard-to-count' people ahead of 2020 U.S. Census

The deadline for Americans to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census is 16 months out, but efforts already are under way to ensure Western Pennsylvanians don’t miss it.

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Posted on: November 30, 2018

Trib photo editor remembers role Tay Waltenbaugh played as Big Brother

Tay Waltenbaugh, CEO of Westmoreland Community Action, plans to retire Feb. 28 after nearly 30 years with the organization.

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Posted on: November 30, 2018

'We want the best for him' - Families celebrate Adoption Day at Westmoreland courthouse

On the 1,317th day, Beau Shawley got adopted.

The 4-year-old Ligonier Township boy grinned for pictures Thursday with his adoptive mom and dad after they fostered him for most of his life — three years, seven months and six days, to be exact.

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Posted on: November 29, 2018

Westmoreland Community Action seeking input from around county in needs assessment

An online survey released Wednesday asks questions about the county’s strengths and what could be better.

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Posted on: November 27, 2018

Latrobe Bulletin accepting Toys for Tots donations through Dec. 17

The Latrobe Bulletin is again participating in the Toys for Tots campaign sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps League.

Those who want to donate should bring new, unwrapped toys before Monday, Dec. 17, to the Bulletin business office, which ...

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Human Services
Posted on: November 27, 2018

Elderly should be extra vigilant against scams during holidays

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State officials warn seniors to be extra vigilant against scams during the holiday season.Scammers exploit the holidays as a season of goodwill to defraud the elderly out of their money.

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Posted on: November 27, 2018

Red Cross calls for blood, platelet donations ahead of holidays

The American Red Cross is asking for blood and platelet donations ahead of the holiday season when donations typically slow down.

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Posted on: November 26, 2018

Researcher: Alzheimer's vaccine could cut dementia in half, human trials may be next

An experimental vaccine that could hold off Alzheimer's disease showed promising results in animal testing, according to researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

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Posted on: November 26, 2018

Murrysville realty office will serve as Toys for Tots collection point

Coldwell Banker Real Estate officials will once again accept Toys for Tots donations this season in their Murrysville office at 3865 Reed Boulevard.

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Posted on: November 21, 2018

Murrysville realty office will serve as Toys for Tots collection point

Coldwell Banker Real Estate officials will once again accept Toys for Tots donations this season in their Murrysville office at 3865 Reed Boulevard. Find other collection points at https://www.toysfortots.org/donate/toys.aspx

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Posted on: November 21, 2018

WCCC offers free manufacturing, culinary training

Westmoreland County officials have frequently cited a lack of skilled laborers in the local economy, so any chance to build up a pool of talent in that area is welcome.

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Posted on: November 17, 2018

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood/platelet donations

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood/platelet donations

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and urgently needs blood and platelet donors to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Volunteer blood drive hosts...

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Human Services
Posted on: November 9, 2018

Monessen Senior Center seeking input

If you're an older adult in the Monessen area, they'd like to hear what you want in your center. Please take this quick, online survey.

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Posted on: November 8, 2018

Westmoreland County Community and Holiday Meals

Hands serving hot meal to outreached hands

Westmoreland County area agencies and churches will be serving community holiday meals throughout the upcoming holiday season.  

Please note reservations are requested for holiday meals.

Holiday Community Meals

On-going Community Meals

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Human Services
Posted on: November 8, 2018

VA launches new one-stop shop website

New va.gov homepage screenshot

Visit the new va.gov website to access all of your Veterans benefits in one place.

Human Services
Posted on: November 5, 2018

Go Westmoreland transit ride now can be scheduled by home computers

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Passengers who travel on Go Westmoreland, the transit authority’s shared-ride program, will now be able to schedule trips by using computers at home.

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Posted on: November 2, 2018

United Way seeks proposals for grants to address education, labor

United Way officials want children to be as prepared as possible when they start kindergarten.

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Posted on: November 23, 2018

Did You Know? Information for Veterans and Friends of Veterans

Westmoreland County has a veteran population of approximately 28,000, according to VA estimates.  Westmoreland County and Westmoreland County Courts would like to remind those who have served, as well as friends, family and attorneys who represen...

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Human Services
Posted on: November 2, 2018

Obamacare signup starts Thursday under new Trump rules: Know the risks, limitations of short-term in

Consumers will have more choices when shopping for insurance when the six-week open enrollment period for health plans under the Affordable Care Act begins Thursday.

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Posted on: November 1, 2018

Nov. 1 begins open enrollment for Health Insurance Marketplace

Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace starts Thursday, Nov. 1, and runs through Dec. 15, with coverage beginning Jan. 1.

Pennsylvanians looking to enroll in a health insurance plan for next year can compare plans and sign up on Healthcare.go...

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Human Services
Posted on: November 1, 2018

Authorities say scammers are looking to cash in on Tree of Life tragedy

Scammers are fraudulently soliciting money that they say will support victims of Saturday’s Tree of Life synagogue massacre in Squirrel Hill, the FBI said Wednesday.

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Posted on: November 3, 2018

Cold weather shelters reopen for fourth season

Westmoreland County cold weather shelters will open Thursday, offering emergency lodging to residents who are homeless or without heat on cold winter nights. They will remain in operation through March 31.

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Posted on: October 22, 2018

Applications available from Press Club of Western Pennsylvania for journalism scholarships

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania is taking applications until Feb. 4 from current college sophomores/juniors for scholarships.

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Posted on: October 19, 2018

CommuteInfo offers a better 'way to work'.

With the goal of increasing the number of people who travel to work or school by riding transit, carpooling, vanpooling, bikepooling or even walking, CommuteInfo offers valuable resources for commuters.

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Posted on: October 2, 2018

Need Help Lowering Your Electric Bill?

What are the benefits of the WARM program?

    Customers participating in WARM:

  • Receive an in-home energy usage evaluation
  • Work with a trained energy educator to create an energy-savings plan
  • Have the opportunity to receive energy-saving hom...
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