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Top Honor Named for Armstrong County Recycling Calendar PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 11:43

PROGRESSIVE Workshop of Armstrong County is pleased to announce that Jessica Miller of northern Armstrong County is this year’s grand prizewinner of the 17th annual Recycling Center Calendar Poster Contest. Miss Miller, who is a 2011 graduate of Allegheny Clarion Valley Junior-Senior High School, captured the top prize with her clever take on the iconic “Uncle Sam Wants You!” poster” from World War I. Her poster rendering is featured on the cover of the 2012 Recycling Center calendar.                   

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Sally Conklin, Planning Division Director of the Armstrong County Department of Planning and Development, said the calendars are free to the public and are available at Progressive Workshop, County Commissioners’ Office, the County Planning Department Office and the Recycling Center at 139 Armsdale Road. They will also be available at recycling Circuit Rider pickup locations in March.

 
January 2012 is Proclaimed as Stalker Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Thursday, 12 January 2012 13:25

 Armstrong County Commissioners signed a proclamation supporting January 2012 as National Stalker Awareness Month while recognizing efforts by HAVIN in dealing with cases of stalking here.

                                                                             

Jo Ellen Bowman, the Executive Director of HAVIN accepted the proclamation for the organization and welcomed the new Board of Commissioners, expressing her appreciation of the community for the Board’s continued support of HAVIN and the programs it offers.

joellen left to right: Commissioner Robert Bower, Commissioner David Battaglia, Executive Director of HAVIN, Jo Ellen Bowman and Commissioner Rich Fink       

 Statistics provided by HAVIN reveal that one in 12 women and 1 in 45 men will be stalked in their lifetimes.  Stalking victims often suffer severe emotional stress, which leads to a multitude of other health issues, causes loss of work and quality of life.

 Bowman said some victims have had to make complete identity and life changes to avoid their stalkers, adding that modern technology makes it easier for stalkers to track their victims; global positioning systems, cameras and computer spyware are just a few methods.

 Commissioner Robert Bower commended the volunteers and employees at HAVIN. “Their work often goes unrecognized out of a need for security and protection.”

 Commission Chairman Dave Battaglia agreed: “They are heroes unsung, plain and simple,” he said.

 HAVIN, Armstrong County law enforcement and the District Attorney provide services and interventions for stalking victims; unfortunately many times the crime goes unidentified.

 As a result, Bowman said, there is a continuing need to enhance the criminal justice system’s response to stalking and stalking victims, including aggressive investigation and prosecution. 

 Contributed by: Kathleen Rashlich

Contact: George J. Skamai

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                    

For Immediate Release

724-548-3214

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Local Children Provide Decorations at the County Courthouse PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 12 December 2011 12:23

Armstrong County Courthouse is decorated for the holiday season and this year the decorators are some of our youngest county residents.  Every year the Board of Commissioners invites a different group to decorate the small trees adorning the veranda;   this year members of the Early Care & Education LEARN Team were selected.  Seventeen groups have participated to provide a variety of ornaments.  The trees will be on display beginning on November 18, 2011 as Kittanning celebrates Light Up the Night and remain displayed until into the new year. 

Ms. Kathy Shick and the LEARN Team organized the tree project with the early childhood community. She stated that they are an Armstrong County community collaborative for early childhood with  organization members who are child care providers, community members, health care, early childhood program providers, Librarians and anyone interested in getting the message out to the community on how important the first five year are for a child’s development. They also promote quality early care and support Keystone STARS.

   Displayed below are pictures of the 2011 tree display:

 Early Care & Education LEARN Team

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 WIC

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Parent Child Home Program (ARIN)

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 Armstrong County Head Start Program -  Centers from Ford City, Apollo, Dayton and Shannock.

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 Dayton Head Start    tree

treeShannock Head Start

Ford City Sites

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 It's A Great Day Care - Rural Valley

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 NYCE House - Ford City

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 Happy Home Child Care - Ford City

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 Kids Depot - Ford City

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 Pre-K Counts

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The Board of Commissioners would like to thank everyone involved in this year’s efforts.  The trees look wonderful and are being enjoyed by people from the community and visitors.

truckSpecial Thanks to Kittanning Hose Company #6 Tower 131 Volunteer Fire Department for the use of their ladder truck for decorating!

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich

Contact: George J. Skamai
Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office  For Immediate Release
724-548-3214
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National Adoption Awareness Month Celebrated in Armstrong County PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 14 November 2011 15:41

At the November 3, 2011 Public Meeting the Armstrong County Commissioners signed the Adoption Awareness Month Proclamation.  Ms. Nancy McLean, an adoption advocate, representative of “His Kids”, and an adoptive mother of seventeen children attended the meeting with six of her school aged children.  Ms. McLean stated that her group would like to have the proclamation adopted in every county across the nation.  The month of November was selected as “Adoption Awareness Month” in hopes that more children awaiting adoption will find families to celebrate the holiday season with.  She added that interested families should not be discouraged due to disability, low income, or unmarried status.  Ms. McLean announced that on November 9, 2011, several adoptions are scheduled to be finalized in Armstrong County.  A banner has been hung across the front of the courthouse for the month of November in honor of Adoption Awareness Month.

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Commissioner Rich Fink, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Nancy McLean & family, Commissioner Jim Scahill

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich

 Contact:

George J. Skamai

Chief Clerk

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

724-548-3214

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Officials Cut Ribbon For New Gastown Bridge PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Thursday, 03 November 2011 08:24

State, County and local officials today cut the ribbon to officially open the new Gastown Bridge.  The bridge, owned by Armstrong County, is located in Plumcreek Township and carries T-690 over Plum Creek.

 The new Gastown Bridge was built at a cost of $785,000.  The bridge was designed by Widmer Engineering of Beaver Falls, PA.  The contractor was Francis J. Palo of Clarion, PA.   The single span pre-stressed concrete structure replaces the truss bridge, which was built in 1910.

 The new bridge is 102 feet in length and 15 feet wide curb to curb.  Construction began in June of 2011 and replacement of the bridge was completed in October.

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From left to right is: Paul Roman of Palo Construction,  Jeremy Diaz from Senator Don White's office, Lisa Baker from Representative Oberlander's office, Commissioner Rich Fink, Commissioner Jim Scahill, Gordon Taylor from Senate Engineering, Bill Braun from Senate Engineering, Tony Sadaka from Widmer Engineering.

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Fosters Mills Road Project is completed in Sugarcreek Township PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 07:40

The Armstrong County Commissioners met today with Sugarcreek Township officials to view the recently completed improvements to Fosters Mills Road. The project consisted of roadway rehabilitation and a culvert replacement.  The total project cost was $40,000 with $16,750 being provided by the Armstrong County Commissioners through the County Liquid Fuels program.  Sugarcreek Township was one of nine municipalities to share the $150,000 worth of funding awarded through the County Liquid Fuels program earlier this year.

 

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 Pictured left to right: Sugarcreek Township Supervisors, Richard Olcus and Randy Toy, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Rich Fink, Greg Smith of the County Conservation District and Commissioner Jim Scahill

 

Contact: Darin Alviano 
        Planning Coordinator
        724-548-3223
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Pharmaceutical Collection Events to be held in the county PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Thursday, 13 October 2011 09:12

The Armstrong County Board of Commissioners, the Armstrong County District Attorney’s Office, the Manor Township Board of Supervisors and the Parks Township Police Department are sponsoring “Pharmaceutical” Collection Events on October 29th   from 10 am – 2 pm at the following locations:

  • Hilltop Plaza Wal-Mart Parking Lot, Kittanning
  • Manor Township Municipal Building, 306 Byron Street, McGrann
  • Parks Township Police Department, 26 Jackson Street, North Vandergrift

 Items to be taken include:  prescription medications including controlled and non-controlled substances, non-prescription and over the counter medications and liquid products and creams in their own containers.

 For additional information please visit www.co.armstrong.pa.us and click on Pharmaceutical Collection Event October 29, 2011.

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For additional information, contact:

Sally Conklin, Planning Division Director

Armstrong County Department of Planning and Development


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Mahoning Township improvement project is completed PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 09:25

The Armstrong County Commissioners met today with Mahoning Township officials to view the recently completed improvements to Pheasant Farm Road. The improvement project consisted of the resurfacing of 2.5 miles of roadway.  The total project cost was $66,040 with $34,254 being provided by the Armstrong County Commissioners through the County Liquid Fuels program.  Mahoning Township was one of nine municipalities to share the $150,000 worth of funding awarded through the County Liquid Fuels program earlier this year.

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from left to right are: Mahoning Township Supervisors Terry Yeany and Ken Blake, Commissioners Rich Fink, Jim Scahill and Patty Kirkpatrick, Mahoning Township Supervisor Tom Seidle 

 

 

Contact: Darin Alviano       

Planning Coordinator

724-548-3223

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month is Observed in Armstrong County PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Friday, 07 October 2011 08:38

 Armstrong County Commissioners signed a proclamation supporting October 2011 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Ms. JoEllen Bowman, Executive Director of HAVIN in Armstrong County attended the meeting to accept the proclamation.

 In the past year in Armstrong County, HAVIN provided more than 694 domestic violence victims and their significant others with counseling services.  Armstrong County’s HAVIN also provided shelter for more than 115 individuals totaling 3,268 days.

Ms. Bowman expressed her appreciation to the Board of Commissioners and members of the community for their continued support of HAVIN and the programs that they offer.  She stated that this year the focus for the month will be child abuse and the connection between children raised in a home with abuse and the continued abuse they administer / endure in adult relationships.  HAVIN hopes that by focusing on victims at a young age they can turn the dynamics around.  October 24, 2011 will be Community Awareness Day; Ms. Bowman will be the coordinator this year and announced that the week will be filled with activities throughout the community.

 She invited everyone to attend a fundraising event to be held October 22, 2011 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Kittanning Township Fire Hall.  The event is presented by EQT and will feature Pirates World Series Champions, Steve Blass 1971 and Grant Jackson 1979, along with Randy Grossman, a Steelers Superbowl Champ from 1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979.  The fundraiser benefits HAVIN, Armstrong County Community Action Agency and Armstrong County Habitat for Humanity.  Each group retains 100% of the proceeds from each ticket they sell. To request tickets that will benefit HAVIN or for more information please call their office at 724-543-1180.    

Ms. Bowman also announced that HAVIN is selling chances to win 8 tickets, a parking pass and $250 cash to the Steelers vs. St. Louis Rams on December 24th at 1:00 pm.  Tickets are $10.00 and the winner is based on the PA lottery evening number of November 28th.

 

 Commissioner Fink, Commissioner Kirkpatrick, HAVIN's Director JoEllen Bowman, Commissioner Scahill

Written by: Kathy Rashlich


Contact: George J. Skamai

County Administrator & Chief Clerk

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

724-548-3214

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October has been proclaimed Dignity and Respect Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Friday, 23 September 2011 08:59

 

 The Armstrong County Board of Commissioners proclaimed October 2011 as Dignity & Respect Month in Armstrong County.  The campaign was started by the Center for Inclusion at UPMC in November of 2008 and introduced to UPMC employees in an effort to promote inclusion through behavioral and organizational change. 

The campaign has grown to include residents across the region, partnering with community leaders on efforts centered on multicultural awareness, workforce development and healthy communities.  A calendar of thirty tips of Dignity & Respect is available with highlights on how participants can incorporate acts of dignity and respect in everyday life. 

 If you are interested in taking the pledge, viewing the thirty tips or learning more information, please log onto www.dignityandrespect.org  or text RESPECT to 94253.  Over 60,000 people have taken the pledge.  What began as a work initiative to promote a culture of inclusion, dignity, and respect at UPMC, today is a movement promoting inclusion in the workplace, unison within the community and anti-bullying in schools.

 ~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich

 Contact: George J. Skamai

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

724-548-3214

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