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Posted on: April 23, 2019

Living donor experience leaves lasting mark on Perryopolis father, son

“He gave me life and I saved his life,” 24-year-old Mark Logoyda said of his father.
Logoyda was a living liver donor for his father, also Mark Logoyda.
“Now, we’re even,” joked his father.

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Posted on: April 22, 2019

Redstone Highlands offers nursing, HVAC scholarships to Pitt-Greensburg, WCCC

Students who want to pursue a nursing career this fall semester can apply for one of three scholarships worth a total of $96,800 to attend either the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg or Westmoreland County Community College.

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Posted on: April 18, 2019

Pa. House approves tougher rules on child sexual abuse reporting

The PA House is approving tougher penalties for people who don’t report suspicions about repeated child sexual abuse and it’s clarifying that nondisclosure agreements can’t prevent people from talking to police in child molestation investigations

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Posted on: April 18, 2019

Senior’s weakness for scams may be warning sign of dementia

Does an older friend or relative have a hard time hanging up on telemarketers or get excited about a “You’ve won a prize” voicemail? New research suggests seniors who aren’t on guard against scams also might be at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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Posted on: April 18, 2019

Changes coming to federal disability programs' application process in PA

The process of applying for federal disability assistance will change this week in Pennsylvania — and for many applicants, it will become longer and more complicated.

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Posted on: April 18, 2019

Murrysville club offers non-traditional scholarships for adult women

The Murrysville Woman’s Club will offer two $3,000 scholarships for the 2019-20 school year to women 21 years or older who live in Westmoreland County.

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Posted on: April 18, 2019

Pa. Supreme Court to take up AG Shapiro’s case against UPMC

The AG seeks to delay this summer’s insurance network breakup between rival health systems UPMC and Highmark, in hopes of ultimately enabling thousands of seniors, cancer patients & people with disabilities to maintain access to doctors.

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Posted on: April 18, 2019

Hempfield event pairs disabled children with adaptive devices, bikes

William Gunther will be able to ride a bicycle alongside other kids in his Unity neighborhood and Sarah Carl will be able to tell her parents what she wants to eat when they plan meals in their Penn Borough home.

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Posted on: April 17, 2019

5 to be honored during Mental Health America of Southwestern Pennsylvania annual event

Several community members and organizations will be honored by Mental Health America of Southwestern Pennsylvania next month.

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Posted on: April 16, 2019

Bill would enhance caseworkers’ access to information in child abuse cases

More than a year and a half after a state audit found child welfare workers were underpaid and ill-equipped to deal with an increasing tide of abuse complaints, a bill would give caseworkers access to more information about at-risk children.

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Posted on: April 16, 2019

Walk MS Greensburg targets $70,000 fundraising goal

About 600 people are expected to come to Twin Lakes Park in Hempfield next month to raise money for multiple sclerosis research.

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Posted on: April 15, 2019

Greensburg march raises awareness about domestic, sexual violence

State Rep. Eric Nelson has four daughters, and he’s pretty sure all of them placed bets on when he’d take a spill during Saturday’s “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, hosted by the Blackburn Center in Greensburg.

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Posted on: April 10, 2019

Norwin plans health, wellness expo

A mini-walk preview of the anti-drug abuse Reality Tour, plus health screenings, food and drug awareness vendors, will be part of the Norwin School District’s free Health, Wellness & Nutrition Expo April 27 at the Norwin High School.

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Posted on: April 10, 2019

Pa. lawmakers try to stop plan to switch paratransit funding from counties to private brokers

State lawmakers Tuesday moved to delay — and eventually kill, they hope — a planned funding change that could severely reduce subsidized rides to doctors offices and other medical appointments for the poor and elderly in Pennsylvania.

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Posted on: April 8, 2019

Faith-based Celebration of Life prepares party-goers for Very Special Prom

Debbie Miller hadn’t even seen herself yet in her new prom dress, but she knew she looked good.

The Unity woman added a string of pearls around her neck and a ring on her right hand

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Posted on: April 4, 2019

Hempfield donor recipient thankful for ‘gift of life’

Heather Hunter of Hempfield wasn’t supposed to be at Excela Square at Norwin on Wednesday morning, talking about how a double lung transplant in September 2016 gave her a second chance at life.

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Posted on: April 4, 2019

UPMC-Highmark agreement can’t be extended, judge rules

A judge ruled Wednesday that Attorney General Josh Shapiro cannot delay the looming breakup of rivals UPMC and Highmark, starting the clock on an 88-day countdown until thousands will no longer have affordable access to most UPMC doctors and hospitals.

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Posted on: April 3, 2019

WIC: Public meetings announced

WIC logo with colorful silhouette of pregnant woman and child

The Department of Health has scheduled 11 public meetings regarding the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations.

 The meetings are open to the public to obtain comments and recommendations for t...

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Human Services
Posted on: April 2, 2019

Mon Valley Initiative opens Charleroi jobs, housing center

CHARLEROI – People who need assistance in purchasing a house or finding a job have a new place to seek help in downtown Charleroi.

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Posted on: April 2, 2019

Get on your feet and celebrate National Walking Day

The first Wednesday in April is designated as National Walking Day. Sponsored since 2007 by the American Heart Association, the day is a reminder of the health benefits of taking a walk.

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Posted on: April 1, 2019

Blackburn Center's "Walk a Mile in her Shoes" Saturday, April 13th

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes flyer in red, black, and white, featuring red high heeled pumps

Join the 9th annual Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence

Saturday, April 13, 9 am registration, 10 am walk

St. Clair Park, Greensburg, PA

More info at www.blackburncenter.org or call 724-837-9540, ext. 144

See flyer for more details....

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Human Services
Posted on: April 1, 2019

CDC, state officials investigating multiple cases of rare cancer in southwestern Pa.

Many in the Canon-McMillan School District first learned about Ewing sarcoma, a rare childhood bone cancer, when Luke Blanock of the village of Cecil was diagnosed on Dec. 5, 2014.

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Posted on: April 1, 2019

Cook Township center’s new enclosure allows year-round equine therapy

Catherine Markosky’s stable of nine therapy horses have important work to do.

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Posted on: March 29, 2019

Online tool helps you compare prescription prices

hands holding prescription bottles

The state Department of Aging maintains an online database to help consumers compare the cost of frequently used medications.

The cost of prescriptions for cash-paying customers can vary widely between pharmacies, as each pharmacy sets its own prices for c...

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Human Services
Posted on: March 29, 2019

Community Baby Shower May 18th, Youngwood

flyer for community baby shower with baby animals at bottom

WHO?  Expectant moms and moms with newborns to 3 months olds

WHAT? Free gifts, refreshments, games, resources

HOW? Registration required--call 724-834-1260 X4122 or email lbrooks@westmorelandca.org

 See flyer for more information.

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Human Services
Posted on: April 11, 2019

Community Baby Shower May 18th, Youngwood

flyer for community baby shower with baby animals at bottom

WHO?  Expectant moms and moms with newborns to 3 months olds

WHAT? Free gifts, refreshments, games, resources

HOW? Registration required--call 724-834-1260 X4122 or email lbrooks@westmorelandca.org

 See flyer for more information.

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Human Services
Posted on: March 28, 2019

Get help applying for SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the federal government’s first line of defense against food insecurity in the United States, provides benefits to help individuals and families make ends meet.

Depending on income guidelines, ...

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Human Services
Posted on: March 27, 2019

New park-and-ride opens April 1 in New Stanton

Starting April 1, Westmoreland County Transit Authority riders, will be able to catch the bus in New Stanton.

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Posted on: March 23, 2019

Franklin Regional invites Delmont, Export, Murrysville senior citizens to free breakfast in May

Franklin Regional officials invite all Delmont, Export and Murrysville residents age 65 and over to the annual Spring Senior Citizen Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. May 1.

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Posted on: March 21, 2019

Area Agency of Aging spring newsletter is here

Read about...

  • County Aging Seniors Fund
  • Elder Abuse Task Force Tip
  • Farmers Market Vouchers
  • Food Bank SNAP application
  • Twilight Wish
  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers
  • Getting your "Real ID"
  • Senior Games and Symphony tickets

......all right here!

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Human Services
Posted on: March 21, 2019

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Older woman being accompanied on a walk by younger woman and golden retriever

Caring for a family member or friend with a chronic condition can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining. The six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers training will help you whether you're caring for a spouse, parent, or friend who lives at ho...

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Human Services
Posted on: March 14, 2019

New Pa. ads urge teens to think before accepting prescription painkillers

Maybe you remember “Just Say No,” the slogan of the war on drugs back in the 1980s and ’90s. Well now, Pennsylvania has “It’s Your Move.”

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Posted on: March 12, 2019

Administration could use social media to cut down on federal disability fraud

Federal disability recipients may want to watch what they post on social media.

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Posted on: March 11, 2019

Attorney General warns of twist to social security number phone scam

Scammers pretending to be with government agencies are calling people and telling them that their Social Security number has been compromised and threatening to arrest them if they don’t make an immediate payment.

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Posted on: March 8, 2019

Girls on the Run club encourages positivity among Hempfield elementary students

A new running club at Hempfield’s Stanwood Elementary School is empowering girls and teaching them their potential.

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Posted on: March 4, 2019

Summer feeding program will be offered by Westmoreland County Food Bank

Delmont, PA – March 4, 2019 - The Westmoreland County Food Bank is again working to make sure that no children in Westmoreland County go hungry when school is closed this summer.  Over 51,000 children in the county receive free or reduc...

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Human Services
Posted on: February 27, 2019

Westmoreland County officials stress how much 2020 census counts

A group of local leaders have formed a committee aimed at ensuring the majority of county residents participate in the 2020 census, including rural populations, college students, people facing poverty and children.

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Posted on: February 19, 2019

Avoiding veteran scams-interview with Veterans Affairs Director Matt Zamosky

KDKA's Lynne Hays-Freeland interviews Westmoreland Director of Veterans Affairs on the recent suit by the PA Attorney General of an organization preying on veterans. Learn about reputable resource for claims assistance. Listen to the brief interview at ht...

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Human Services
Posted on: February 12, 2019

What Screen Addictions and Drug Addictions Have in Common

New research shows that age-old concerns about the detrimental effects of screen time hold true.

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Posted on: February 11, 2019

First-time platelet donors eligible for $20 e-gift card

The American Red Cross has an emergency need for new platelet donors.

The Red Cross says type A+ blood is ideal for platelet donation. Platelets help blood clot and are an essential part of a treatment plan for hospital patients, including individuals figh...

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Human Services
Posted on: February 1, 2019

Camp Kesem is an oasis from parents' health problems

All year round, students at more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide raise money for Camp Kesem. Learn more at https://campkesem.org/

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

Property tax/rent rebate program applications open

Application forms for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2018, Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell announced this week. The deadline to apply for a rebat...

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Human Services
Posted on: January 9, 2019

Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Trainings Offered

This Free 5.5-hour training will define the diagnostic terminology regarding FASD. The prevalence, signs, symptoms and impact of FASD will also be presented. Interventions will be explored regarding the overall difficulties when working with individuals t...

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Human Services
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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