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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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Notice of Computation of Votes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wendy J. Buzard   
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 11:34

The Armstrong County Return Board shall commence the recount and canvass of the returns of the votes cast at the May 17, 2011 Municipal Primary Election for the Democratic Office of Judge of the Commonwealth Court at 9:00 AM, on Thursday, June 2, 2011, in the Election Office, N. Grant Avenue, Kittanning, PA 16201.

BOARD OF ELECTIONS

Wendy J. Buzard, Director

 
Hard to Recycle Day in Armstrong County is a success! PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 12:47

The 11th Annual Spring “Hard to Recycle” Day collected over 1742 pounds of cardboard, newspapers, bottles, cans for Armstrong County.   The event was held April 30th, at the Hilltop Plaza Wal-Mart.  In addition to the regular recyclables, items collected included: tires, lead-acid batteries, freon containing appliances, scrap metal and motor oil. The total amount of hard-to-recycle items received was:

Tires                                         19.25 tons

Pharmaceuticals                        71.5   lbs.

Electronics                             2600     lbs.        

Lead-acid batteries                     9      units

Appliances with freon               23      units

Scrap metal                               2.35 tons

Motor Oil                               212      gals.

 

“Hard to Recycle” Day is sponsored by the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners, the Progressive Workshop of Armstrong County, the Armstrong Recycling Center, the Armstrong County District Attorney’s Office and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  Special thanks go to the volunteers for helping, the Armstrong-Indiana Drug and Alcohol Commission for covering the advertisement costs, County Controller Myra Miller for donating lunch for the volunteers, and to Wal-Mart for the use of their parking lot.  The County will hold a “Household Hazardous Waste” collection event on June 18, 2011. 

 

For additional information or a list of items to be collected please visit www.co.armstrong.pa.us and go to Household Hazardous Waste Collection.

 

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For additional information, contact:

Sally Conklin, Planning Division Director

Armstrong County Department of Planning and Development

 

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Celebrating Armstrong County's Older Americans May 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 09 May 2011 08:45

In honor of the 16,421 Armstrong County citizens aged 60 years old or older, the month of May 2011 was proclaimed “Older American’s Month” by the Armstrong County Commissioners.

This year’s theme, “Older Americans: Connecting the Community” pays homage to the many ways older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our communities and also highlights technology helping older Americans live longer, healthier and more engaged lives.

Ms. Talerico accepted the proclamation from the Board of Commissioners.  She announced several upcoming events that will be held in May to honor participants.  May 11th is Older American and Volunteer Recognition Day; events will be held at each center.  The ever popular Senior Spelling bee celebrated their 7th year on May 5th  at 2:00 PM.  Participants and observers alike were invited to attend the event at the Area Agency on Aging building on Water Street in Kittanning, May 18th is the Senior Art Exhibit, all interested artists over age 60 are invited to display their works.  The public is welcome to view the displays between 4:30 to 7:00 PM at the Area Agency on Aging building on Water Street in Kittanning.  Ms. Talerico stated that several other events are being planned throughout the county.  Anyone interested in the upcoming schedule may contact their local center.

 

Commissioner Fink, Janet Talerico, Commissioner Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Scahill

~submitted by Kathleen Rashlich

 

Contac; George J. Skamai

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office         For Immediate Release

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CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month May 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Friday, 06 May 2011 15:26

Armstrong County Commissioners have proclaimed May as National CommuteInfo Options Month for 2011.  As it becomes more common that commuters are traveling further from their home regions, current studies show over 75% of Southwestern Pennsylvanians travel alone to work.

Many people seek to find ways to save money with their commute.  The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission is doing its part to help others by promoting CommuteInfo.  Finding alternative methods to commute either by public transportation, non motorized methods or carpooling will help ease traffic, improve air quality and conserve resources.   To learn more about CommuteInfo in our area visit www.commuteinfo.org or by calling toll-free 1-888-819-6110.

Watch the Commute Info video below:


~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich


Contact: George J. Skamai

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

724-548-3214

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Rivers Month Celebration 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Friday, 06 May 2011 15:17

 Mr. Alan Walzak of the Strongland Chamber of Commerce attended today’s Public Meeting as the Armstrong County Commissioners proclaim June 2011, Rivers Month.

 Armstrong County can boast to having portions of the Allegheny, Kiskiminetas and Conemaugh Rivers running directly through its borders.  In honor of the nationally celebrated Rivers Month there will be a three day river float, May 12 – 15, 2011, beginning in Blairsville, Indiana County, traveling to Westmoreland County then camping at the Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center in Armstrong County and to the Mahoning Access to Templeton on the last day.

Mr. Alan Walzak of the Strongland Chamber of Commerce stated that the three day sojourn will celebrate and accentuate the three rivers and promote recreation and tourism.  Everyone is invited to participate in the entire event or a portion.  The chamber is expecting visitors from across the state, and others.  For more information please contact Mr. Walzak at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Commissioner Fink, Mr. Walzak, Commissioner 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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May is Motorcycle Safety Awarenss Month! PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Sunday, 01 May 2011 09:24

At the April 21, 2011 Public Meeting the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners adopted a Proclamation to designate May 2011 as Motorcycle Awareness Month.

Members of the Kiski Valley ABATE (American Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education) Chapter attended the meeting to discuss the importance of safety and awareness by all drivers.  The month of May was selected as it marks the traditional start of the riding season.  Motorcycles provide a fun mode of transportation and are both efficient on fuel consumption and have little impact on the roads and highway system.

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Commissioner Fink, Lonnie Baker,Robin Varrato, Ralph Varrato, Commissioner Scahill, Bob George, Commissioner Kirkpatrick

Bob George invited everyone to attend the Kiski Valley ABATE Chapter’s first annual Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Kick Off event.  There will be a brunch with a Meet and Greet Session on May 1, 2011 at 11:00 am till 1:00 pm at the Gilpin Rifle Club, 111 Fazio Drive, Leechburg, PA 15656.  Reservations are being accepted at 724-845-8495 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .    

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Armstrong County Planning & Development Employee Marlene Welch, yes this is her own motorcycle!

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich

 Contact: George J. Skamai

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

724-548-3214

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Honoring Our Veterans and Military as we celebrate County Government Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 13:51

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has designated April 2011 as County Government Month.  This year’s focus is on honoring our nation’s veterans and military personnel.  Armstrong County Commissioners have been working with the staff at Mechling Shakley Veteran’s Center and various other community groups to organize a month of celebration.

There is a calendar on the county’s website that list many of the activities being held and new ones are added as they are announced.  One opportunity to spend time and show your appreciation for local veterans is to attend a bowling session held on Wednesdays at Kings Lanes in Kittanning.  The game prices are reduced to a dollar per game for all participants.  If your schedule does not permit you to attend and you would like to make a donation for the veterans to enjoy bowling or something from the snack bar, there are collection cans located at the bowling alley.  Other activities include blood drives throughout the county, horticulture at the Mechling- Shakley Center, fishing with veterans, a nature walk, and cleaning an adopted a stretch of highway.

A donation drive will be ongoing throughout the month of April as we collect donations to be sent to our military and veterans.  Please see the list of suggested items located below.  Items may be dropped off at the Commissioners’ office on the second floor of the Courthouse Administration Building.

As we enter the spring season may we remember the sacrifices that these men and women have made to ensure our freedom.  What better to say “thank you” than to spend time with a veteran or send a note or call an enlisted person.  May this month be the start of an everyday practice in all of our lives!

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Commissioner Scahill, Joseph Robinson, Tom Mitchell, Sean Taladay, Commissioner Kirkpatrick

April is County Government Month

Help us honor our Veterans and Military, please donate if you can!

Wish List for Troops and Veterans

These are suggestions any donations are appreciated

Personal hygiene items / toiletries / Lip balm / Sunscreen / Skin so soft / Shampoo / Deodorant /Lotions / Foot care products / DVD’s / Playing Cards / Socks / T-shirts / Under garments / Ball Caps

 Our Veteran’s Center also listed: Postage stamps / Ink Cartridges HP 940 / Reams of Paper / Cleaning Supplies / Paper Products (tissues, paper towels, napkins)

Donations accepted in the Commissioners’ office

 

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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Kittanning Firemen's Band is honored PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 13:43

In June 1949 Raleigh Himes, Hose Company Number 1 drillmaster suggested to Bill McGann and Dave Suckling that they form an adult band.  The men discussed the idea, created a list of 28 potential members of which each accepted the invitation, and asked Enrico Colonna to direct the band.  The band was in need of a sponsor and Hose Companies Number 1, 4 and 6 all agreed and a $20 donation purchased the first sheet music. 

 The band first competed in Clearfield where they earned 2nd place before earning their first of many 1st place awards at the Dayton Fair, the band is well known as a top competitor and is easily recognizable in their khaki uniforms.  As our country prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Kittanning Firemen’s Band would like to honor our World War II veterans.  They have organized a special concert for the veterans at their World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. on July 9th, 2011. 

 The anniversary of the attack holds a special significance for the band as the march “America Forever”, written in the hours immediately after the attack, was penned by James V. Colonna, the father of the Kittanning Firemen’s Band’s first director.  The concert will be open to anyone wishing to attend; it will feature the band, vocals by David Lindeman and a special segment of letters from home.

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Commissioner Scahill, Bill Steim, Hyatt Hawk, Ed Ashley, Commissioner Kirkpatrick

The Commissioners praised the Kittanning Firemen’s Band for being such impressive ambassadors of the county and for their work to honor our Country’s heroes of World War II.  

 

 
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