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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

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Employ the Older Workers Week is Celebrated PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Friday, 23 September 2011 08:42

 On September 22nd, 2011 at the Public Meeting the Armstrong County Commissioners signed a proclamation adopting September 18 through 24, 2011 as Employ the Older Workers Week.  The Board of Commissioners recognized the workforce contributions of older workers, and encouraged employers and workers of all ages to recognize the many ways in which older employees contribute to a successful working environment.

 Ms. Debbie Reesman an Older Worker Employment Specialist with the Armstrong County Area Agency on Aging spoke at the meeting.  She praised the older workers for the wealth of knowledge and experience they bring to their jobs.  Ms. Reesman stated that the workers will be honored at a reception in October that will be attended by elected officials and employers.

 

Commissioner Fink, Janet Talerico, Executive Director, Armstrong County Area Agency on Aging, Debbie Reesman, Older Worker Employment Specialist, Armstrong County Area Agency on Aging, Commissioner Kirkpatrick 

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich

 

Contact: George J. Skamai

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

724-548-3214

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Stop and Remember! Armstrong County Commissioners ask everyone to help honor heroes and victims PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 15:20

 

 At the September 1st Public Meeting of the Armstrong County Commissioners a proclamation was signed asking everyone to stop and remember the heroes and victims of September 11th.  The Proclamation read as follows:

WHEREAS, In honor of the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, we ask you to STOP AND REMEMBER; and

 WHEREAS, At 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on September 11th, 2011, all Americans are asked to cease all regular activity for one minute; and

 WHEREAS, as bells and sirens ring out, take a moment to honor the victims of the worst terrorist attack on United States soil; and

 WHEREAS, governments and businesses, houses of worship and railways, fire and police departments and others are called on to ring bells and sound sirens as we observe this Moment of Remembrance; and

WHEREAS, at the same time across the country 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, noon, Central Daylight Time, 11:00 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time and 10:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time – we call on you to reflect on the lives lost and those affected by the tragedies of 9/11; and

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED that the members of the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners encourage the citizens of this county join their fellow Americans to recognize and remember the tragedy of September 11, 2011 and the lives that were lost or altered by the terroristic acts that day.

The Commissioners have asked everyone to participate in honoring those we have lost on that tragic day 10 years ago.

 
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Awareness Week is Observed Across the State PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 15:10

 

Armstrong County Commissioners signed a proclamation supporting September fourth to the 11th, 2011 as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Week.  The goal of the joint efforts by Armstrong – Indiana Mental Health / Mental Retardation and Armstrong – Indiana Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc. is to raise awareness among its residents, especially women of childbearing age, regarding FASD education, prevention and intervention and to improve awareness.

 International FASD Day was first observed on September 9, 1999, so that the ninth day o the ninth month would always be a reminder that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol.  Local restaurants will be displaying informative table tents and there will be a table staffed by members of ARC Manor at the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital on September 9th from 9am to 2pm. 

 

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 Commissioner Rich Fink, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Deputy Director of ARC Manor, Carrie Bence and Commissioner Jim Scahill

 

 
Pennsylvania’s counties tackle tough issues facing their communities PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Friday, 26 August 2011 08:26

– County leaders from across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania gathered in Somerset County at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) 125th Annual Conference today adopted 30 resolutions, adding or changing articles in the Pennsylvania County Platform (Platform), the official list of CCAP policy positions that guides the Association’s work in the public policy arena.
 Resolutions approved for inclusion in the Platform included such diverse topics as: pipelines and the enforcement of laws and operations; human services funding issues including county government’s first right of refusal when human services are privatized; the call for the commonwealth to undertake a review of human services funding formulas and the impact of those on counties; support for re-entry programs for prisons and juvenile detention facilities; allowing counties or their designee to assess fees for solid waste or recycling; and other resolutions.
   “County commissioners and their counterparts in home rule counties have been coming together for 125 years to discuss the issues they share in common and what is most important to those served by county government,” said Mark Hamilton, CCAP president and Tioga County commissioner.
   “The issues may change and shift over the years, but the importance of this Annual Conference and the role that it plays in helping counties come together to discuss the ever growing complexities of serving local families and our constituents, has not. The resolutions adopted today reflect county government’s position on policies that can greatly impact our ability to be effective advocates for our constituency.”
Hamilton further noted that the Association’s Platform would guide CCAP in the year ahead and beyond. He noted it would have a considerable role in the policy positions the Association takes on legislative matters and the policy positions it will advocate the General Assembly take on pending legislation affecting counties and Pennsylvania families.
“The Platform we adopted today is used by counties to lobby the state legislature about local community issues and the residents that are impacted by them,” he said. Counties are a primary service provider on behalf of the state, administering human services, judicial services, corrections, elections, emergency management and 911, planning, economic development and job training, record keeping and other programs.
In addition to policymaking, county officials elected leaders of the Association for 2012: elected president was Jo Ellen Litz, Lebanon County commissioner; Christian Leinbach, Berks county commissioner, first vice president; Pam Snyder, Greene County, second vice-president; and treasurer, Joseph Kantz, Snyder County commissioner. Their one-year term will begin in January 2012.
CCAP is the voice of county government, a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan Association representing all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. CCAP membership includes the county commissioners, council members, county executives, administrators, chief clerks and solicitors.
CCAP strengthens the counties’ abilities to govern their own affairs and to improve the well-being and quality of life for every Pennsylvania resident. It advocates for favorable state and federal legislation, programs and policies on behalf of counties. CCAP is committed to service excellence through education, information, insurance, technology and other programs that support effective county government.
Founded in 1886, CCAP is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties. CCAP celebrates its 125th Anniversary in 2011.
For more information about Pennsylvania’s counties and CCAP, log on to
www.pacounties.org.

   Submitted by County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania

Contact:           Debra S. Tingley, APR

                       (717) 526-1010 x 3336

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Residents are invited to share important historical sites PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 08 August 2011 13:10

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) invites Pennsylvanians to contribute their photographs of historic places to illustrate and promote the 2012–2017 Preservation Plan for Pennsylvania.

Through the “This is MY HISTORY” photo campaign, citizens can submit photographs of places that are significant to them and their community. Photo submissions can include archaeological excavations, historic or rural landscapes, downtown streetscapes, residential neighborhoods, and adaptive re-use of historic buildings and structures.

But success stories are not the whole picture, as contributors may also send photos of historic resources that have been lost to neglect or are slated for demolition.

Participants can email photos along with the name of the site and any comments they wish to share to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Photos will be reviewed and shared at http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrailsofhistory/collections/72157627179319880/ . Photos can be submitted anytime through Dec. 31, 2011, however, only submissions received by Oct. 31 will be considered for inclusion in the commonwealth’s official preservation plan.

Every five years, PHMC’s Bureau for Historic Preservation is required by the National Park Service to develop a comprehensive preservation plan that:

  • Meets the preservation circumstances of the state;
  • Achieves broad-based public and professional involvement;
  • Takes into consideration issues affecting the broad spectrum of historic and cultural resources within the state;
  • Is based on the analyses of resource data and user needs; and
  • Encourages the consideration of historic preservation concerns within broader planning environments at federal, state and local levels.

PHMC has been holding public meetings throughout the state to gain public input in the process. The preservation plan will be released early in 2012.

More information about the preservation planning process and the photo campaign is available at www.phmc.state.pa.us. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Media contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639

 
Armstrong County's Household Hazardous Waste Event is a success! PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:05

Over 19,560 pounds of household chemicals were collected at Armstrong County’s Household Hazardous Waste Event held in the Hilltop Plaza Parking Lot Saturday June 18th.  

The “Household Hazardous Waste” Event sponsored by the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners, the Progressive Workshop of Armstrong County, Zero Waste Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Resource Council and UPMC brought hazardous chemicals from 241 households from throughout the region.  

Special thanks go to the volunteers, ACMH, Foodland, Fox’s Pizza, Sheetz, Stiller Motorsports and Wal-Mart for their support and donations.  

For additional information regarding upcoming events, please visit the County Website at:  www.co.armstrong.pa.us.

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For additional information, contact:

Sally Conklin, Planning Division Director/Recycling Coordinator

Armstrong County Department of Planning and Development

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Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15, 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 14:07

America’s seniors are valued members of society and it is our collective responsibility to ensure they live safely and with dignity.  Combating abuse of older people will help improve the quality of life for all seniors across this country and will allow seniors to continue to live as independently as possible and contribute to the life and vibrancy of America. 

Ms. Lori Leard of Area Agency on Aging stated that there are services in place to investigate and assist elders who are suffering abuse.  She stressed that the services are available but are ineffective if the abuse is not reported.  Reports are accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-800-732-6618 or you may dial 911. 

The Armstrong County Commissioners adopted a proclamation at the June 2, 2011 Public Meeting recognizing June 15, 2011 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  They encourage everyone to commit to building safe communities for our elderly residents.

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 Commissioner Fink, Lori Leard and Janet Talerico of Area Agency on Aging, Commissioners Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Scahill

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich

 

Contact: George J. Skamai

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

724-548-3214

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320 Miles, 14 Days, 1 Great Cause, The 3rd Annual PA Heroes Walk PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 10:37

       Armstrong County will play a part in the upcoming third annual Wounded Warrior Project, “PA Hero Walk”.  Since 2009 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 12th at the Art Museum in Philadelphia and will follow the trail blazed by General John Forbes in 1758 known today as Route 30, The Lincoln Highway, concluding in Lower Burrell at VFW Post 92 on June 25th with a celebration.

       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.

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Commissioner Fink and Commissioner Kirkpatrick present Commissioner Scahill with the proclamation recognizing the Wounded Warrior Project and PA Heroes Walk.

      Armstrong County Commissioners were proud to adopt a proclamation honoring the efforts of the organizers and participants.  Commissioner Scahill will once again be assisting along the route with meals and safety concerns.  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.

    

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich

 Contact: George J. Skamai

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

724-548-3214

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