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Commissioner Scahill Recognized at State Conference PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 31 August 2009 09:22
Commissioner Jim Scahill was honored at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) conference.  Commissioner Jim Kennedy, of Butler, the current CCAP president, presented Commissioner Scahill with the President’s Award in recognition of his efforts and dedication.   The CCAP President has the sole discretion to present up to two awards that can be given to any person or organization that they chose.  Commissioner Scahill, a past CCAP President, stated that during his term he had selected two engineering firms that he felt were invaluable to the organization.      Upon receiving the award, Commissioner Scahill described himself as honored, humbled, and in a rare state of speechlessness.  He stated that he truly appreciated the award, and noted his thankfulness for the friendships he has gained, and the hard work that county employees and elected officials perform all across the state. Armstrong County Commissioners Patty Kirkpatrick and Rich Fink both extended their congratulations to Commissioner Scahill proclaiming the award a great honor.

Contact: Kathy Rashlich

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Kittanning, PA – August 27, 2009 Commissioner Jim Scahill honored at state conference


 
Disability Investigative Group (D.I.G.) holds rally in the park PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Thursday, 23 July 2009 14:32
On July 20, 2009 the Disability Investigative Group (D.I.G.) held a disability pride rally in Kittanning’s Riverfront Park.  The rally featured speakers from various area organizations including AMVETS Post 13 and Three Rivers Council for Independent Living.

Even though the Americans With Disabilities Act was signed 19 years ago, group members still battle non-compliance issues on a daily basis.  The group is planning many events to bring awareness to their cause.  For a listing of upcoming events see their website at www.acdig.org.
 
Armstrong County is part of the Wounded Warrior Project and the "PA Hero Walk" PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 12:46
Armstrong County will play a part in the upcoming Wounded Warrior Project, “PA Hero Walk”.  The Kiski Valley Veterans and Patriots Association (KVVPA) has organized an event known as the “PA Hero Walk” to thank all of our veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, with special tribute to honor those who were wounded.  The first national spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project, Sergeant Jeremy Feldbusch of Blairsville, Westmoreland County was blinded for life on the Haditha Dam April 3, 2003 in Iraq.    

The event will begin on June 20th in Philadelphia with a stop at Christ Church to honor the memory of General John Forbes, the walk will mainly follow what is known as Forbes Road along Route 30 with stops along the way, including a stop in Leechburg and finishing on July 4th in New Kensington.

The Wounded Warrior Project began in 2004 in Roanoke, Virginian by John Melia who organized a group to put together packs for returning wounded war fighters.  The project has grown in a national organization that provides programs, benefits, counseling, hospital backpacks, transitional care packs, adaptive sports, internships, support groups, soldier rides and other support.

Armstrong County Commissioners were proud to adopt a proclamation honoring the efforts of the organizers and participants.  Each Commissioner has vowed to walk a portion of the walk and Commissioner Scahill will be contributing his portrayal of General Forbes.  The Commissioners announced that the county employees have made a donation from their “Dress Down Fund” to benefit the event.  Anyone interested in learning more about the Wounded Warrior Project and the “PA Hero Walk” can log onto www.pa.herowalk.org.  Donation information can also be found on the website. 
 
National CPR & AED Awareness Week PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 12:44
At the Public Meeting the Armstrong County Commissioners have proclaimed support for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association “National CPR & AED Awareness Week” to be held June 1- 7, 2009.  Goals set for the week include educating the public about the necessity of CPR and AED training to reduce death and goals to educate the public about the necessity of CPR and AED training to reduce death and disability from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
 

The associations would like to train 1 million people in CPR, tracked real time through its website www.americanheart.org/cpr&aedweek ; generate fifty million media impressions; raise $1million in donations for this cause; and establish this week as an annual event.
 

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States, resulting in nearly 300,000 lives lost. Commissioners Kirkpatrick and Fink recognized Commissioner Scahill for his commitment and leadership that has spearheaded the increased availability of AED equipment and training.  The Board of Commissioners encourages more businesses to provide AED training and accessibility.
 
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 www.healthyarmstrong.com, (.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
 
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