Newsflash

     
Armstrong County News
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

                     This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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.

 ****************************************************

For additional information, contact:

Sally Conklin, Planning Division Director/Recycling Coordinator

Armstrong County Department of Planning and Development

  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

724-548-3223

 
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.

lori

 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

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 
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.

jim 

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

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 
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.

 

****************************************************

For additional information, contact:

Sally Conklin, Planning Division Director

Armstrong County Department of Planning and Development

 

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

724-548-3223

 
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

724-548-3214

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



 
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

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 
<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next > End >>

Page 5 of 12
Healthy Armstrong

Facebook

YouTube

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission