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Posted on: February 20, 2019

Westmoreland Diversity Coalition fundraiser March 2 to feature vocal talents of area officials

The Westmoreland Diversity Coalition invites the public to attend its first annual fundraiser on Saturday, March 2, at Ferrante’s Lakeview in Hempfield Township.

The doors will open at 5 p.m.

The event promises to be a fun-filled evening of entert...

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Human Services
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 15, 2019

Westmoreland Transit cancels more bus routes due to driver shortage

More route cancellations and changes to Westmoreland County Transit Authority bus service were instituted Friday as the driver shortages continued to plague the public transportation system.

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Posted on: February 16, 2019

Disabilities awareness event at Westmoreland Mall to focus on wellness

Health and wellness will be the focus of Westmoreland County’s annual Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness event March 2 at Westmoreland Mall.

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Posted on: February 15, 2019

Take Steps to Avoid Scams This Tax Season

 As tax season begins, it is important to protect yourself and your family from scams and phishing schemes designed to steal your money or personal financial information.

One common scam to keep an eye out for involves phony “Final Deman...

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Human Services
Posted on: February 13, 2019

Group to launch program to help homeless youth in Western Pa.

The problem of youth homelessness in Western Pennsylvania is getting renewed attention from an agency on the opposite end of the state.

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Posted on: February 13, 2019

Would you be prepared to act in a mental health emergency?

Menatl Health First Aid flyer

Mental Health First Aid will be offered at WCCC March 30 and April 13. Scholarships available for WCCC current students.

Learn the risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies to help someone in crisis, and where to t...

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Human Services
Posted on: February 12, 2019

Jefferson Regional Foundation grant expands free furniture program in Mon Valley

A $65,000 grant from the Jefferson Regional Foundation will help nonprofit The Blessing Board expand its McKeesport operations in providing more free, secondhand furniture to Mon Valley families in need.

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Posted on: February 12, 2019

Are the seniors you know prepared?

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Professionals and caregivers are invited to a training on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Westmoreland Manor, 2480 S Grande Blvd., Greensburg  PA  15601.  Regustration begins at 8:30 with presentations from 9 am to 3 pm. Lunch will b...

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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 12, 2019

It's PA 211 Day

Health and Human Services Assistance Number Recognized

HARRISBURG – The House today unanimously approved a resolution authored by Reps. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder) and Eric Nelson (R-Hempfield) to recognize Feb. 11, 2019, as &...

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Human Services
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 4, 2019

As research continues, Alzheimer's remains mysterious disease

In December, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said an ultrasensative test has been developed that detects the protein associated with Alzheimer’s and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.

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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: February 1, 2019

Nearly half of U.S. adults have heart or blood vessel disease

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A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone that’s mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure.

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Posted on: February 1, 2019

Our Clubhouse Greensburg

Our clubhouse provides support for those living with cancer: logo

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

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Human Services
Posted on: January 30, 2019

Goodwill and Girl Scouts team up for regional clothing drive

Girls Scouts of Western Pennsylvania and Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania will team up next month to collect clothing.

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Posted on: January 28, 2019

Elderly Westmoreland woman scammed out of $58K

An elderly Westmoreland County woman was scammed out of $58,000 that she handed over to a person she knew only as “Dave” earlier this month in Hempfield Township, according to state police.

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Posted on: January 26, 2019

Safe2Say Tip Line Now Live

 The statewide Safe2Say tip line designed to give students, teachers, parents and community members the ability to anonymously report potential threats and other problems is now live in Pennsylvania.

To report a possible dangerous or violent situa...

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Human Services
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 24, 2019

WIC offices open during government shutdown

Westmoreland County WIC Clinics in Greensburg, Latrobe, and Monessen,are open during the Federal Government Shutdown so please let people know this

Questions? Call John Karpacs, Clinic SupervisorWIC ProgramMon Valley Community Health Services, Inc435 Donne...

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Human Services
Posted on: January 22, 2019

Cold Weather Shelters available this winter

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

Welcome Home Shelter in Greensburg and Union Mission in Latr...

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Posted on: January 22, 2019

New postings show wide range of Pennsylvania college hazing

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania colleges and universities began posting online reports Tuesday on documented cases of hazing over the past five years, as required by a law passed as a result of the 2017 death of a Penn State fraternity pledge.

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Posted on: January 22, 2019

Westmoreland Transit to change bus routes to better suit needs, attract more riders

Westmoreland County Transit Authority officials plan to make changes to the fixed-route bus system this year as part of a restructuring that is expected to spark lagging ridership.

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Posted on: January 22, 2019

Westmoreland Transit to buy new buses for paratransit program

The Westmoreland County Transit Authority will buy 16 new buses for its paratransit program this year.

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Posted on: January 17, 2019

Joy Riders program will provide bike rides to people with limited mobility

As soon as Karen Primm of Smithton saw the video — about an Australian man who designed a tandem bicycle with a wheelchair in the front, so that his disabled wife could go out on rides with him — she knew she needed to bring something similar here.

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Posted on: January 14, 2019

FREE Training for Working Age Adults

Private Industry Council is offering free pre-apprenticeship training for those 18-24 in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties. 

  • hands-on experience
  • new skills
  • paid class time, paid work experience

Welding, blueprints, Safeland/Safegulf, Hazwoper, OSHA 1...

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Human Services
Posted on: January 14, 2019

Dads Matter--free programming and job assistance

DADS MATTER is a program designed to help fathers be more present in their children’s lives. Studies have shown that a positive father/child relationship not only helps the child grow up to be a productive member of society but also encourages a...

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Human Services
Posted on: January 14, 2019

Summer Academy for 9-12th grade Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (BVRS) in partnership with the Bureau of Special Education’s Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) , the PA Office for the Deaf and Ha...

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Human Services
Posted on: January 11, 2019

Attorney General Josh Shapiro Holds Pennsylvania Woman Accountable for Scamming Veterans with Uncert

Attorney General Josh Shapiro Holds Pennsylvania Woman Accountable for Scamming Veterans with Uncertified Claims Benefits Assistance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — January 11, 2019CONTACT: Joe Grace: 717-574-9095, jgrace@attorneygeneral.govHARR...

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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: January 4, 2019

Hospital price lists go public online

A new federal mandate could make it a little easier for health care consumers to shop around, or at least get a clearer idea of what hospitals charge.

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Posted on: January 2, 2019

I-pods bring long-ago music to older ears in therapy program

By GARY ROTSTEIN

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sitting in her wheelchair in the library of the Vincentian Home in McCandless, 87-year-old Lois Wolff listened intently to music through the headphones placed over her ears for the first t...

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Human Services
Posted on: December 31, 2018

Modified interview process could serve as a model for employing people with disabilities

Tom Charley, of the Charley Family Shop’n Save stores, doesn’t see hiring employees with physical and mental disabilities as charity.

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Posted on: December 31, 2018

Overdose deaths drop dramatically, bringing hope that awareness is working

As of Friday, 103 people had died from accidental drug overdoses, and 21 additional deaths are being investigated , according to County Coroner statistics. Compared to 2017, the reduction is a sign to some that awareness and other efforts are working.

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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.

Human Services
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: 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