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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

CELEBRATING-IN STYLE-THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ADMINISTRATION, ARMSTRONG COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DAVE BATTAGLIA AND BOB BOWER HOSTED A CATERED LUNCHEON IN THE COURTHOUSE ANNEX JANUARY 13TH. BOB AND DAVE PAID FOR THE SPREAD OUT OF POCKET, SAYING IT WAS THEIR WAY OF INTRODUCING THEMSELVES TO THE COUNTY STAFF, LOCAL MEDIA AND COURT HOUSE REGULARS.


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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.

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 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.

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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.  

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

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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

724-548-3723

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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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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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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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