Armstrong County News
Armstrong County Biggest Loser Contest off and Running. PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Thursday, 09 February 2012 09:59

 Groundhog Day marked the kickoff Armstrong County’s annual “Biggest Loser Contest” with 50county employees joining 11 teams in a spirited competition to determine which team and which individuals can lose the most weight between February 2 and April 12.

 County Human Resources Director Maryanne Koleny said the obvious goal of the contest is to lose weight, “But the ultimate goal is to improve an employee’s overall health in a fun way.”

 Employees, representing nearly all county agencies and departments, lost a total of 391.2 pounds in the 2011 Biggest Loser Contest. Participants weigh in each week. Cash prizes are awarded to the first and second place teams and the individuals who lose the most weight at the end of the 10-week contest.

 Last year the “No More Brownies” team split $300, or 35 percent of the purse for placing first with an average weight loss among team members of 9.04 percent. “Hot Tubs” took second place, losing an average of 6.48 percent. Team members split 25 percent of the purse. The top two individual winners lost 12.7 and 12.6 percent respectively of their total body weight and split the remaining money. Eighteen others were recognized for losing at least 10 pounds or more during the challenge.

 Prize money is raised through registration fees, weekly dues and fines on participants who gain weight. One dollar is charged for each pound gained. This is the seventh year of the contest.

For more information, contact:

Maryanne Koleny
Armstrong County Human Resources Director
Suite 210, Courthouse Annex Bldg.
Kittanning, PA 16201




County Commissioners Believe Armstrong Power Plant Closing Could Have Far Reaching Consequences PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Thursday, 09 February 2012 09:48

Members of the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners are deeply disturbed by the news of FirstEnergy Corporation’s decision to close its coal-fired, electric generating facility along the Allegheny River at Adrian, PA.

With the rate of unemployment in Armstrong County hovering around the national average of about 8.5 percent (Armstrong November figures), the loss of 60 jobs, 46 of them union jobs, today’s announcement was not welcome, commissioners said.

“This is a huge negative for Armstrong County with far reaching consequenses,” said Board Chairman Dave Battaglia, “Not only are good paying jobs being lost at the Armstrong Power Plant, jobs will certainly be lost in ancillary industries, support services and by small coal mining operations.

“What impact is this going to have on owner-operator coal truck drivers and fleet operators that deliver the 50 of 60 thousand tons coal to that plant every month? What about the privately owned machine shops that service equipment out there?”

Battaglia also wanted to know what effect the closing will have on local coal prices by pulling thousand of tons of locally produced coal from the market?

A spokesman for the industry, who wished not to be identified, believes coal prices will fall here, based on the “old business axiom” of too much supply with too little demand.

Commissioner Rich Fink said “these coal industry-related federal regulations are killing us in Western Pennsylvania, and especially here in Armstrong County where so much of our economy, including all the spinoff jobs, is tied into our coal and energy resources.”

Fink also made the following observations:

>The timeline for emission changes for coal fired power plants, requirement of new standards from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, are not realistic. Two or three years are not enough time to comply with these stringent clean air standards.

      >The federal Environmental Protection Agency has been “tone deaf” about what kind of impact the new standards will have on our coal-fired plants and the communities where they operate.

Commissioner Bob Bower said, “The continuance of these bureaucratic mandates not only leads to the erosion of our most valuable asset, our workforce, it further depletes the county tax base.

“At a time when job creation is our highest priority, it is very disappointing to find that we are loosing another multi-employment facility,” Bower said.

“I support steps to cleaner air. All that is needed is a more realistic time for utilities to meet the new standards. As of now, those new requirements must be met by 2016,” Fink concluded.

Meet and Greet Held with New County Commissioners PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 23 January 2012 13:32



ARMSTRONG County Commissioners Dave Battaglia and Robert Bower flank Lenape Tech Culinary Arts students (left-right) Ashley Good, Ford City; Allison Bowser, NuMine; and Karrah Bush of Apollo during a “Meet the New Commissioners” luncheon last week in the Courthouse Annex. Lenape catered the event, which was paid for by Battaglia and Bower. The culinary class serves lunch to the public every Thursday and Friday at Lenape and students took opportunity to show off their latest menu. Being non-profit, prices are very reasonable students said.


 BELOW, Commissioner Battaglia assists students on the serving line as Lenape Tech Culinary Instructor Andrea Fahlor (center) keeps things moving along. More than 100 county employees, special guests, members of the local news media and a number of the public (who happened to be at the Court House on business) were served a delicious buffet luncheon in the lobby of the Courthouse Annex building. Hot trays of food and platters of fruit and vegetables from the luncheon were donated and delivered to the Armstrong County Health Center for patients and staff to enjoy later that afternoon.


LENAPE TECH culinary arts student fills a receptacle behind ice sculpture with lemonade, which then flows through the block of ice, coming out chilled in front. Students designed and carved the sculpture for the “Meet the New Commissioners” luncheon on January 13th. The sculpture depicts an old fashion “pop” (that’s soda for non-residents) bottle sitting atop an ornate pedestal. Carved on the front label are the words, “Lenape Tech Culinary Class of 2012.  


COUNTY employees and guests of the Courthouse help themselves to a delicious luncheon spread prepared by Lenape students for the Meet the Commissioners event.


COMMISSIONERS Bob Bower and Dave Battaglia enjoy a glass of lemonade from an ice sculpture dispenser that was designed and carved by Lenape Tech culinary class students. Sculpture was the centerpiece at the Meet the Commissioners Luncheon.

Armstrong Uniform Construction Code (UCC) Group Increases Membership PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 13:54

Burrell Township and Manorville Borough this month became the latest Armstrong County municipalities to join the Armstrong Uniform Construction Code (UCC) Group, bringing the total membership to 33 townships and boroughs.

 In addition to approving the membership requests of the two municipalities, Armstrong UCC re-elected William Reddinger of Mahoning Township to serve as chairman, Robert Conklin of Kittanning Township as Vice-Chairman and Rich McMillen of Kittanning Borough as Secretary/Treasurer.

The Armstrong UCC Group administers the Uniform Construction Code for its member municipalities.  The Group currently contracts with Bureau Veritas, a Third Party Inspection Agency, to conduct inspections. Benefits of members include competitive fees for inspection services, an Appeals Board, and technical support from the County.

 Contact: Darin Alviano          

Planning Coordinator


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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.                   


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


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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






Parent Child Home Program (ARIN)




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

 tree  Apollo Head Start

 Dayton Head Start    tree

treeShannock Head Start

Ford City Sites









 It's A Great Day Care - Rural Valley




 NYCE House - Ford City


 Happy Home Child Care - Ford City



 Kids Depot - Ford City




 Pre-K Counts


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
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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.


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

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich


George J. Skamai

Chief Clerk

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release


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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.


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.



 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
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