Armstrong County News
Armstrong County Health Center has talent! PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 12:41

When looking for America’s most talented there is no need to look further than the Armstrong County Health Center!  Residents at the Armstrong County Health Center recently enjoyed a talent show in honor of National Nursing Home Week.  Among the talent displayed residents Vincent Heinauer and Evelyn Hankey both sang songs.  Kim Elwood had her comedy debut by telling a joke.  Independent Living Suite Tenant Eleanor Linkes sang “God Bless America”.  Representing the Snack Bar and Volunteers were Blaine & Betty Blattenberger who kept up the comedy by telling jokes.  Topping off the laughter was Kathy Guth, the Activities Coordinator with her stand up comedy.

The whole room joined in as Beth Costanzo, Director of Nursing, Karen Polka, Registered Nurse, and Janet McKinley, Financial Director, led the group in song.  Following the lead of Ms. Costanzo’s guitar playing, Phyllis Wallace, Magie Blystone and Louise Marranconi, all Health Center Residents and Winnie Weaver of the Independent Living Suites each took a turn at the microphone for small solo parts. The talent show was enjoyed by all who attended.  It was a great chance to relax and showcase the talents of the residents, Health Center Employees and Volunteers.

County Government Week is Celebrated PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 12:35
May 3 – 9, 2009 is County Government Week.  Each year the officials and employees at the Armstrong County Courthouse plan an event involving their offices and the community.  The past few years the events have been hosted at the courthouse, but this year the members went out into the community.  The initiative for 2009 was to promote county resident’s awareness to the availability of the National Association of Counties (NACo) drug prescription discount card.  Armstrong County is a participant in NACo and is pleased to offer residents the opportunity to receive medications at discounted prices.  This program is available to all residents regardless of age, income or drug plans.  The card does not report or record anyone’s personal information to the county or any other government agency, and participation is free.  The Commissioners and staff visited various senior centers to explain the program.  While visiting they took the chance to act as guest callers for bingo or play trivia.  Winners received prizes that were donated by Klingensmith’s Drugstores, a local pharmacy that participates in the NACo drug prescription plan.

The week also included county employees’ visits to Kid’s Depot, a local daycare, and the YMCA Preschool.  The children enjoyed being read “Stand Back,” Said The Elephant, “I’m Going To Sneeze!”, written by Patricia Thomas.  Each child received a jungle themed snack and certificate of participation.
Older Americans Month - May 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 12:31
May 2009 was proclaimed “Older American’s Month” by the Armstrong County Commissioners at today’s Public Meeting.  Armstrong County is home to more than 16,000 Americans over the age of 60.  Many of these residents are employed and very active members of the community, but for those who are in need of assistance or somewhere to go, Area Agency on Aging is there to help.  With services available year round it is with great pleasure that they honor their participants.  A special dinner was held at each of the Senior Centers this week to honor the Older Americans of Armstrong County.  The Agency has been busy preparing for several upcoming events.  A spelling bee was held on May 8th at the Area Agency on Aging.  May 20th will be the third annual Senior Art Exhibit from 4:30 to 7:30, several of the artists will be at the event.  Once again there will be the competitive but always fun Senior Games to be held June 22nd to the 25th.
AmeriCorps Week Recognized PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 12:30
The Armstrong County Commissioners recognized AmeriCorps Week 2009 at today’s Public Meeting.  Since 1994 more than 574,000 men and women across the nation have taken the AmeriCorps pledge to “get things done for America.”  This year we are privileged to have four AmeriCorps workers in Armstrong County, including Nicole George who is working in the Armstrong County Commissioners’ office on an Asset Mapping Project. In 1994 Armstrong County hosted its first AmeriCorps worker when Melanie Costanzo worked at HAVIN.  The now Mrs. Dias and her husband, Chris, continue to contribute to the county as business and property owners.  During AmeriCorps Week we salute AmeriCorps members and alums and thank all AmeriCorps’ community partners in Pennsylvania for making the program possible.


Pictured in the photo are from left to right:  Rich Fink, Patty Kirkpatrick, JoEllen Bowman, Jim Scahill
April 2009 is Sexual Assault Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 12:22
At today’s Commissioners’ Public Meeting, April 2009 was proclaimed “Sexual Assault Awareness Month.”  In the past thirty years HAVIN has had a presence in Armstrong County and dedicated their time and efforts to helping raise awareness of these crimes and take the necessary steps to end the violence.

JoEllen Bowman, HAVIN’s Director, thanked the Board of Commissioners for their support and credited them for helping HAVIN accomplish so many of their goals and create a foundation for growth and future stability for the program in the county.  Ms. Bowman passed out teal lapel ribbons to be worn as a sign of support and awareness. She invited everyone to attend a public forum April 30th at the Belmont Complex.  The forum is free and will include ACT 48 credits to anyone interested.
HEALTHY Armstrong Recognized PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 12:17


At today’s Public Meeting the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners signed a proclamation to make April 2009 Armstrong County Wellness Month.  HEALTHY Armstrong was recognized and commended for its outstanding effort in promoting a healthier community.  HEALTHY Armstrong consists of five major partners: ACMH Hospital and Foundation, Armstrong School District, Children’s Community Care-Armstrong, the County of Armstrong, and UPMC Health Plan.


Armstrong County has the distinction of being the first We Can! County (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition).   The program strives to strengthen and create healthier lifestyle choices for the youth through food choices and increased physical activity. 


Kay Owen, Project Director of Armstrong County Hospital discussed further developing the project to include families.  She invited everyone to view the project’s goals and accomplishments on the internet at, (.net or .org may also be used).




Picture from left to right: Commissioner Rich Fink, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Kay Owen – HEALTHY Armstrong, Dr. Hal Altman, Devin Lorigan – Armstrong School District, Commissioner Jim Scahill, Michelle Tallman – UPMC Health Plan
Commissioners sign Resolution supporting Victims of Crime Assistance PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 March 2009 10:35
The Board of Commissioners signed a resolution to help protect Victims of Crime Assistance (VOCA).  The Victims of Crime Act of 1984 established the Crime Victims fund, a main source of money and support for crime victims and services.  The compensation program pays directly for medical care, counseling, lost wages, funerals and other out of pocket expenses for victims of crimes.  In 2000 Congress began capping annual spending for the fund in order to ensure a stable level of funding remains in place.  Since 2004 the cap on the amount released has been lower than the amount of deposits into the fund creating nearly a 1.5 billion dollar surplus.  These caps and funding cuts limit the victim services HAVIN and other VOCA groups will be able to provide.  The Board of Commissioners passed Armstrong County Resolution 2009-02, Victims of Crime Assistance, recommending to Congress that the annual cap on the VOCA Crime Victims Fund be increased to one billion dollars, and that the increase in released funds be allocated entirely to State Victim Assistance Grants.  Copies of the resolution will be transmitted to the President pro tempore of the United States Senate and the Speaker of the United States House of Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
Armstrong County Jail Officer of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 March 2009 10:33
Armstrong County Jail Warden David C. Hogue has announced that Officer Tracy A Mergen has received the “Officer of the Year” at the Armstrong County Jail.  Criteria for selection of “Officer of the Year” was based on professionalism, quality of performance, attitude, dependability, safety, and commitment to excellence.  Selection for “Officer of the Year” was done by nominations from fellow officers at the Armstrong County Jail.  Warden Hogue and the Board of Commissioners commended Officer Mergen on her achievement, and complimented her on her outstanding attitude.  Officer Mergen graduated from Lenape Vo-Tech and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Training Academy.  Officer Mergen resides in the Kittanning area with her three children.
Retirees Recognized PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 February 2009 21:38

Seven Armstrong County Retirees representing a combined total of over 159 years experience and service were honored at today’s public meeting. The Retirement Board consisting of Commissioners Ms. Kirkpatrick, Mr. Fink and Mr. Scahill, County Controller, Ms Miller and County Treasurer, Ms Mervis presented the Retiree’s with engraved plaques.  Five retirees attended the meeting and were given a chance to comment on their time with the county and what retirement has held for them.

Retirees from 2008 are:


 Beverly A. Casella*         51 years         1956 to 2008

Fred S. Delp*                  20 years         1988 to 2008

Sara J. Kerr*                   12 years         1995 to 2008

Susan M. McGaughey*      27 years         1981 to 2008

Sherian E. Schaffer        15 years         1984 to 2008

Lois J. Smail*                16 years         1991 to 2008

William E. Willyard          18 years         1979 to 2008 

*Denotes Attendance at meeting  



   Retiree Photo

    Seated Mr. Delp, Ms. Casella, Ms. McGaughey, Standing: Ms. Mervis, Ms. Miller, Ms. Smail, Mr. Scahill, Ms. Kerr, Mr. Fink, Ms. Kirkpatrick


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