Armstrong County News
Special Weather Notice PDF Print E-mail
Written by Commissioners' Office   
Friday, 28 February 2014 15:40

Following a Webinar and telephone conference with the National Weather Bureau on the impending snow storm Sunday night into Monday morning, the Armstrong County Courthouse doors will be open to the public but with minimal service.

In some cases an office may be closed and it is important those coming to the courthouse call 724-543-2500 or the individual office to be certain that office is open.  In all events, the Common Pleas Court Judge will be available for emergency legal matters.

2014 Recycling Poster Contest Winners Announced PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sally Conklin   
Monday, 06 January 2014 08:23

Featured on the front cover of the 2014 Recycling Calendar is the Grand Prize Winning
entry submitted by Elizabeth Aston, a 9th grader from Kiski Area Sr. High School.

The Armstrong County Board of Commissioners and the Progressive Workshop of Armstrong County have
announced the 2014 Recycling Calendar Contest Winners.

Elizabeth Aston was selected as the grand prize winner of the 19th annual Armstrong Recycling Center Poster
Contest. Her poster titled "Armstrong County Recycling Center" is featured on the front cover of the calendar.

Posters by 12 additional students were selected to represent each month of the year. Those winners include:
Sarah Austin, Britney Edwards, Kayla Cratty and Kat Martinelli, Allegheny Clarion Valley Jr. Sr. High School;
Katherine Myers and Jayden Snyder, Apollo Ridge Elementary School; Gianna Dobransky, Divine Redeemer
School; Hallie Zidek, Kiski Area Intermediate School; Marissa Mitchell, Kittanning Jr. High School; Karlee
Shoemaker, Redbank Valley Intermediate School; Cora Crytzer, South Buffalo Elementary School; and Hannah Sperl, West Hills Primary School.

Featured Honorable Mention was Joseph Carpenter, Allegheny Clarion Valley Jr. Sr. High School. Other
honorable mentions include: Alyssa Starkey and Tracy Weng, Apollo Ridge Elementary School; Erin Alworth,
Casey Borland, Aaron Peterson, Winter Hall and Halee Wetzel, Allegheny Clarion Valley Jr. Sr. High School;
Shannon Anthony, Divine Redeemer School; Liam McIlwain, Kittanning Jr. High School; Brianna Guenther,
South Buffalo Elementary School; Natalie Grates, West Hills Intermediate School; and Ariana Bowser, West
Hills Primary School.

All winners received a certificate signed by the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners and the Progressive
Workshop of Armstrong County and an Armstrong Recycling Center t-shirt made of 50% recycled plastic.

Grand Prize Winner Elizabeth Aston, also received a gift certificate donated by Fox's Pizza Den, Kittanning, PA.

Calendars are free to the public and are available at the following locations: Armstrong Recycling Center,
Progressive Workshop and the Armstrong County Department of Planning and Development.

Commissioner Fink Serves as Liaison PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 11 February 2013 09:41

Commissioner Rich Fink will serve the position of liaison/advocate between the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) Human Service Committee and the Pennsylvania Association of County Affiliated Homes (PACAH). Commissioner Fink was requested by the Kelly Andrisano, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Association of County Human Services Administrators because of his experience in human services areas.

This position requires working closely with Mike Wilt, Director of the PACAH, giving additional comments during meetings, and providing feedback from the perspective of a county commissioner during meetings and reporting back to fellow commissioners during the CCAP Conference.

This position, held by one or two sitting commissioners, will have no additional costs or travel. These meetings will take place during CCAP conferences and during regularly scheduled Human Services Committee Meetings.

Commissioner Fink said, "It is an honor to be representing CCAP. I feel my experience as a commissioner and being on the Human Services Committee will be helpful in this role."

Emergency Plan: Hurricane Sandy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Armstrong County   
Monday, 29 October 2012 00:00

Kittanning – As Hurricane Sandy approaches, everyone needs to be as prepared as possible.  With a storm of this magnitude, we need to anticipate power outages due to high winds, flooding to roads, streets, bridges, private homes and businesses due to the excessive rains Hurricane Sandy may provide.  Road closures, community public safety delays, property damage, and other issues may arise.   When a roadway is flooded do not drive through the flooded roadway, turn around.  If there is a power outage and the traffic lights do not work, treat it as a 4 way stop sign. 

Armstrong county residents should call 911 in an emergency such as sparking wires, water getting into an electricity supply box, anyone who is ventilator dependent with no power, and all other non-storm related emergencies.   Situations and concerns such as basement flooding that is not life threating should be referred to your local fire department.  Power outages should be reported to the local power company unless it is life threatening.  All other resources that you many need, roof leaking or repairs, need of emergency heating oil, hot water and furnace issues and shelter information should be directed to call Armstrong County Community Action at 724-548-3408.  If you are in doubt, call 911.

There are many things you can do now to be prepared in an emergency situations. 

  • If you are using a generator make sure it is not in a garage connected to your house where the carbon monoxide fumes may be hazardous.  Gas stations may not have back up generators and gas pumps may be inoperable. 
  • Phones that are internet based may not work so make sure the battery back up is working and make sure your cell phone in fully charged. 
  • Make sure you have key access to your house if your electric garage door opener is inoperable.
  • In case of a flooding situation, safeguard all important documents and uncover your sewer drains.
  • Freeze gallon jugs and when the power goes out place them in the fridge, when they thaw, you can use them as drinking water.
  • Set solar lights outside during the day and bring them in after sunset for safer lighting than candles.
  • Clear gutters and exterior drains from debris and leaves.
  • Remove window air conditioners.
  • Remove all valuable items from your basement, if it is not practical to move some items, elevate them on pallets or concrete blocks.
  • Secure all outdoor objects.
  • Review how to shut off your utilities in case the need arises.
  • Power off and unplug all electronics and appliances.

Families should prepare for two scenarios in the event of severe weather: to remain in their homes during the duration of a storm, or to evacuate if it is recommended or ordered by local authorities.

Residents should always have enough provisions in their homes to last at least 72 hours because help from emergency responders may not be immediately available when severe weather strikes.

Other disaster preparedness supplies to have at the ready include:

  • Flashlights and extra batteries;
  • Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries;
  • First said kit and manual;
  • Emergency food and water;
  • Non-electric can opener;
  • Essential medicines/prescriptions;
  • Cash, credit cards and important legal documents; and
  • Sturdy shoes.
  • Diapers and baby formula for anyone with small children
  • Food and supplies for any animals you care for

If residents are ordered by local officials to evacuate, they should do so without hesitating and should take important documents with them, including:

  • Checkbooks;
  • Driver's license;
  • Credit card information;
  • Birth certificates;
  • Social Security cards; and
  • Other forms and documents proving ownership/identity.

For more information on how to make a disaster supply kit and how to prepare for all kinds of emergencies, visit or call 1-888-9-READYPA (1-888-973-2397).

If you are prepared make sure your animals are ready and as comfortable for this storm as well.   Shelters do not accept animals at their facilities.  And if you can, safely check on your neighbor if they would need anything.

If you have planned on using any non-essential service at the courthouse please reconsider doing so at another time when this emergency situation subsides.  The Armstrong County Courthouse wants to service as many people as we can but during an emergency this may become difficult. 

Brenda George elected President of the PA State Association of Prothonotaries and Clerks of Court PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 07:21

Brenda George, of the Armstrong County Prothonotary and Court of Clerk’s Office, has assumed the office of President of the Pennsylvania State Association of Prothonotaries and Clerks of Courts. She will serve a one-year term from July 2012 to July 2013.

She was first nominated at the Republican Caucus and then elected by a bi-partisan vote of her peers at the conference on July 11, 2012.  She was sworn in on July 12th at the Ramada Inn, Altoona (Blair County). 

Ms. George will represent the Pennsylvania State Association of Prothonotaries and Clerk of Courts with other associations and entities throughout the state and attend legislative area meetings. 

Her additional duties include: appointing of chairpersons and committee members, conferring with executive board and legislative chair on a regular basis as to any legislation affecting the Association and it current status, in addition to scheduling and negotiating the contract for the 2013 conference. 

The Pennsylvania State Association of Prothonotaries and Clerks of Court mission statement is “The objects of the association are for the purpose of securing more uniformity and cooperation in the conduct of their offices and improving their service to the public.”

Armstrong County will host the 2013 conference at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe/Pittsburgh in Canonsburg (Washington County) from July 9 through July 12, 2013.

Brenda was first elected to the Armstrong County Prothonotary/Court of Clerks back in 1999.  She was successfully elected in 2011 to a fourth term of office, while having worked in the Prothonotary and Court of Clerk’s office for 28 years.

Marianne Hileman elected president of PA Recorder of Deeds Association PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 07:14

Marianne Hileman, Armstrong County Register of Wills/Recorder of Deeds, has been elected president of the Pennsylvania Recorder of Deeds Association. Hileman, who is in her first year of a second term as Register of Wills, Recorder of Deeds and Clerk of Orphans’ Court was elected during the Pennsylvania Recorder of Deeds Association’s (PRODA) conference held this year in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania during the week of June 11-14. Hileman was honored at a Presidential Dinner in Sunny Brook Ballroom in Pottstown, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, June 13.



Hunting and Fishing Licenses Available at the Armstrong County Treasurer’s Office PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Friday, 22 June 2012 09:10

 The Armstrong County Treasurer’s Office wants to remind Armstrong County residents that we sell hunting and fishing licenses through the Treasurer’s Office.  Hunting and furtaker licenses will start going on sale Monday June 11th from 8:00am – 4:30pm for the 2012-2013 hunting season at the Armstrong County Treasurer’s Office in the Armstrong County Courthouse Annex, 450 E. Market Street, Kittanning.  If you purchase your hunting and fishing license through the Armstrong County Treasurer’s Office, our staff has the experience to correct problems with issuing your license through the Pennsylvania Game Commission Harrisburg Office.
 An adult resident hunting license is $20.70 issued to a PA resident ages 17 through 64.  A junior resident hunting license is $6.70 issued to a PA resident 12 through 16.  The senior resident hunting license is $13.70 issued to a PA resident 65 years old and older. 
 Senior lifetime hunting and furtaker license holders, and senior combination license holders must renew their licenses at this time.  Senior lifetime license holders do not have to pay a license or a transaction fee, but they must obtain the current year’s license and harvest tag.
Landowner antlerless deer licenses MUST be issued prior to the start of the regular application period, which begins July 9th 2012.   The last day to apply for a landowner antlerless deer license is July 6th.
The 2012 antlerless deer license application schedule is as follows.  The first day a PA resident application is accepted is Monday July 9th through the Armstrong County Treasurer’s Office by mail only.  The first day a non-PA resident application is accepted is Monday July 30th by the Armstrong County Treasurer’s Office by mail only.  And on August 6th, if there are antlerless deer licenses still available, the Armstrong County Treasurer will accept antlerless deer license applications from residents and non-residents for unsold tags by mail only for the first round, and one unsold tag per applicant.
 There are an unlimited number of unsold tags for WMUs 2B, 5C, and 5D only, by mail only, with a limit of 3 applications per envelope.  On Monday, August 20th, if there are still antlerless deer licenses available, the Armstrong County Treasurer’s Office will accept applications by mail only from residents and non-residents for a second unsold tag.
   On August 27th unlimited over-the-counter sales begins for applicants who want antlerless deer licenses in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D.  Applicants will be receiving their regular and first round licenses after Monday, September 10th when they are scheduled to be mailed out.  Applicants will be receiving their second round licenses after Monday, September 24th when they are scheduled to be mailed out.  On Monday, October 1st the Armstrong County Treasurer’s Office will be accepting over- the-counter antlerless deer licenses applications if the applicant did not exceed his/her limit.  The total deer harvest for the 2011-2012 season according to the PA Game Commission website was 336,220. and 30,400 of those deer harvest were in the WMU 2D area, which includes all of Armstrong County.
The consequence if caught hunting or fishing without a license is a fine from the Pennsylvania Game Commission or the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. 
 For more information contact Amanda Hiles, 724-548-3260, 450 E. Market Street, Kittanning, PA 16201 or log onto or

Older Americans Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Friday, 22 June 2012 07:44

Armstrong County is honoring its 17,288 citizens that are aged 60 years or older by recognizing the month of May as Older Americans Month.  This year’s theme is “Never too old to play” which encourages older Americans to stay engaged, active and involved in their communities.  

Older Americans Day will be celebrated on May 9th that day and at 1:30 all volunteers will be acknowledged at each senior center.  On May 23rd from 11:30-6:30 the Area Agency on Aging building on Water Street, Kittanning will have a Senior Art Show that will display artwork of older Armstrong County citizens.   A variety of artwork is free and other art work will be for sale.  One of the activities that older Americans in Armstrong County have all ready participated in is an Adult Spelling Bee that was held on Friday May 3rd with over a dozen participants.  

Our older adults in Armstrong County have an important role in sharing knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of the history of our county through interactions with children, youth, and adults from other generations.  Our county can provide opportunities to enrich citizens young and old by emphasizing the value of including elders in public and family life and providing services, technologies, and support systems that allow older adults to participate in social activities in the county.

Ms. Talerico accepted the proclamation from the Board of Commissioners on May 3rd.   Anyone interested in the upcoming schedule may contact their local center.

For more information contact Janet Talerico @ 724-548-3290 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Spring Hard To Recycle Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sally Conklin   
Monday, 07 May 2012 07:46

The Armstrong County Board of Commissioners are pleased to announce that the spring “Hard to Recycle” Day that was held on Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. was a successful event.  The event was held at the Armstrong Recycling Center in the Armsdale Complex located on State Route 85. 

Items that were received for recycling were:  clean car and truck tires with a $1.00 charge, white goods with a $10.00 fee for items containing Freon, scrap metal, used motor oil, lead acid batteries, office paper, newspapers, corrugated cardboard, bi-metal cans, aluminum cans, #1 & #2 plastic bottles & jugs, clear, green and brown glass bottles & jars, electronics (not including TV’s), fax machines and copiers under 35 pounds, computer devices with a $5.00 charge for hard drive destruction.

The total hard-to-recycle items collected was 1,748 tires, 1.81 tons of electronics, 7 units of lead-acid batteries, 12 units of appliances with Freon, 1.2 tons of scrap metal, and 92 gallons of motor oil.

We would like to thank the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners, the Progressive Workshop of Armstrong County, the Armstrong Recycling Center, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for sponsoring this successful event.  The next Hard to Recycle Day is scheduled to take place on September 22, 2012.

For additional information please visit

Or Contact:

Sally Conklin
Planning Division Director
Armstrong County Department of Planning and Development
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Allison Ball
Armstrong County Director of Marketing and County Enhancement

For Immediate Release

May 4, 2012

County Commissioners PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:34

County Commissioners Dave Battaglia and Bob Bower (left) pose with group of heroes who rescued and resuscitated a little girl trapped inside an overturned pickup truck in an icy creek in Plumcreek Township on February 13th. They are: (L-R) Dave Marshall, Tim Harkleroad, Brandon Richardson, Scott Harkleroad and Chad Harkleroad. At far right, Commissioner Rich Fink stands next to Elderton Mayor Larry Prugh, accepting the award for Elderton Police Chief Mike Pearson who was out of town during the March 15th awards ceremony.

(See Certificate of Commendation, below.)


On the afternoon of February 13th 2012 in Plum Creek Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, a pickup truck skidded off a roadway and plunged into an icy creek, trapping a small child, Carman Bills, 4, of nearby Shelocta, Indiana County.

As Providence would have it, a construction work crew happened immediately upon the scene. Workers dashed to the crash site and pulled the little girl from the vehicle, then administered live-saving C.P.R. Without the quick response of the construction crew and subsequent “first responder” life-support by police, a life would most likely have been lost.

And so, in recognition of heroic demonstrations of extraordinary skill and resourcefulness in saving the life of a helpless child, the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners herein gratefully acknowledges and commends the following individuals:


Presented this day of March 15 2012

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