Westmoreland County Happenings Fall 2016
Reimagining Our Westmoreland Survey
Reimagining Our Westmoreland
Reimagingin Our Westmoreland Mapping Tool

County Comprehensive Plan Underway

Reimagining Our Westmoreland will serve as the County’s official guide for land use and development over the next 10-20 years. It will be Westmoreland’s “road map,” detailing a long-term vision and policy agenda for important quality of life issues like land use, housing, parks, infrastructure, transportation, and more. Ultimately, the Plan will answer: “what should Westmoreland County look like in 10-20 years and how do we get there?”

The County has been experiencing a declining population, rapidly increasing median age, and relative lack of diversity. Reimagining Our Westmoreland will establish priorities, projects, investments, and recommendations that can reverse these trends and make it a more competitive place to live, work, invest, and visit.

The new Comprehensive Plan will be community-driven, and its vision and policy recommendations will be grounded in extensive community outreach. Over the next year, residents and stakeholders can participate both in-person and online.  Get involved today by submitting an on-line survey or trying the fun, easy to use interactive mapping tool to create your map of issues in Westmoreland County, highlighting issues that you feel are affecting the County and may have an impact on the project. Learn more on Reimagining Our Westmoreland website or follow the project on Facebook for frequent updates.

Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation

What's Happening in your County Parks?

-Summer Concert Wrap-up Sept 24
-Hobgoblin Hikes, Oct 22 and 29

The Even Three

September 24 – Summer Concert Wrap-Up at the Brian T. Rusnock Amphitheater, Twin Lakes Park Expansion

Under the Covers

Catch a concert double-header at the Brian T. Rusnock Amphitheater at Twin Lakes Park! Bring your lawn chair and canopies and listen to The Even Three (rock/pop/alternative) and Under The Covers (rock/pop/dance) take the stage starting at 4:00pm! Food and drink vendors will be on-site and feel free to bring your dogs! Enjoy the last sounds of summer at Twin Lakes Park!

Hobgoblin Hikes

October 22 – Hobgoblin Hike at Twin Lakes Park
October 29 – Hobgoblin Hike at Cedar Creek Park

Get ready to get scared! The Hobgoblin Hikes are just around the corner! This year’s hikes will be held only at Twin Lakes Park on Saturday, October 22, and at Cedar Creek Park on Saturday, October 29. These FREE ½ mile, outdoor, guided hikes are recommended for ages 8 and up and are a fun alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. Visitors will be led through cemeteries and mazes and will be spooked by more than 100 zombies, monsters and more! The hikes are held rain or shine, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed for scare stations and guides. Please call 724-830-3959 if you’d like to volunteer – group participation is highly encouraged! Can you handle the park in the dark?

Public Auction

Purchasing Department- Public Auction

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 10:00 am (preview at 9:00 am) in the Public Works Building, 194 Donohoe Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. Auctioneer Website

Area Agency on Aging

Health and Education Expo

Wednesday, October 26th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ramada in Greensburg. All new this year, Hank Baughman will be broadcasting LIVE from the Expo!  View details

September is Senior Center Month

Each year at this time we celebrate National Senior Center Month at 13 Centers for Active Adults throughout Westmoreland County. We encourage individuals of all ages to visit their local Center and learn more about the activities, programs, classes and meals offered.
View September Open House Schedule

Health & Education Expo
Birth-5 Funfest Event Westmoreland Mall

Behavioral Health/Developmental Services

Early Intervention Services

Join us on October 15, 2016 for a free Birth - 5 Fun Fest event to raise awareness of Early Intervention Services within Westmoreland County. The event is for families with children birth to 5 years of age.

National Recovery Month

Westmoreland County Celebrates Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month, honoring those who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery.   
Prevention Works.  Treatment is Effective.  People Recover.  There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery.  Come out and celebrate Recovery Friday, September 23, 2016 starting at noon at Courthouse Square.


Juror Donation Program

Westmoreland County jurors now have the option to donate their juror fees to local non-profit organizations.  Upon completion of  jury service, jurors may authorize donation of their fees to one of the selected organizations.  Initially, Blackburn Center and CASA of Westmoreland will be recipients of donated fees. The Court will determine the non-profit recipients annually.  The County Controller will monitor and ensure that the donated fees are allocated to the chosen organizations on a monthly basis..

Juror Donations
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
Vincent Van Gogh
Election Day

Election Bureau

Election day is just around the corner: Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Other key dates:
Oct 11 Last day to register before the election
Nov 1 Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot
Nov 4 Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots

Visit the Election Bureau website and use the tabs at the top to view polling places and sample ballots (posted a few weeks before election) and view election results.  There is also information for military and overseas voters, voters with disabilities as well as links to check your voter registration status and search for your assigned polling place by address.  Online voter registration.

On Election Night, follow Westmoreland County on Facebook or Twitter for links to election results as they are processed at the courthouse.  Or, sign-up for election results via email or text notifications.
Wine and Chocolate Gala

Children's Bureau

Who doesn’t love Wine and Chocolate?  Each year, the Westmoreland Children First sponsors a large fundraiser to provide support for children under the care of the Westmoreland County Children's Bureau. This gala raises funds for essential needs not covered by governmental funds.

Don’t miss this fun event:
October 1, 2016, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Greensburg Garden and Civic Center, 951 Old Salem Rd

Register  before September 24 and help make a difference in the lives of Westmoreland children.

Juvenile Fall Funfest

Juvenile Probation

Westmoreland County Juvenile Probation invites everyone to the Juvenile Court Week Family FunFest on October 6, 2016, at the Nature Center at Twin Lakes Park from 3:30 - 6:30 pm. This second annual FunFest will feature free food and activities for kids, and resource information for parents from a wide variety of area organizations. For more information, contact: Michele Wentzel at (724) 830-4266.
Substance Abuse Forum and Education

In an effort to deal with the ongoing drug crisis and its effect on our youth in Westmoreland County, a panel entitled Substance Abuse Forum and Education (S.A.F.E) focuses on free drug prevention efforts in the community as well as intervention and treatment options.

Once a month, the panel will convene in a local community to educate the public. The first panel will be held on September 20, 2016 at Penn Trafford High School from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30p.m.  To be notified of future forums, subscribe to Juvenile Probation news.  For more information or questions, email Addie Beighley or call 724.830.4200

Westmoreland County Regional Veterans Employment Summit

Westmoreland County Department of Veterans Affairs 

Join Local Business leaders and Community Partners at the Summit to network, learn, and explore career opportunities for Veterans of all eras.  The event is FREE to veterans and employers seeking to hire those who have served.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 8.

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