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Autism Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 13:21

 April is National Autism Awareness Month.  Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong developmental disability, resulting in a range of significant impairments to an individual’s ability to learn, develop healthy interactive behaviors, and understand verbal, nonverbal, and reciprocal communication.

 Dave Dunmire, a member of the Ford City Ambulance Service, attended the meeting and described his personal experiences as a parent of an autistic child.  He discussed the recent events that the Ford City Ambulance Service sponsored to raise funds and awareness to Autism.  Mr. Dunmire credited local services as being very helpful and noted that the local schools do have classes designed to meet the specific needs of autistic children.

 Jim Kuemmerle, administrator of the Armstrong – Indiana behavioral and developmental health Program concurred that outreach and awareness are imperative to promoting community inclusion, support and appropriate education of all persons with Autism.  He stated that this is a condition that once diagnosis is life long, it is not outgrown or limited to age.

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Commissioner Scahill, Dave Dunmire, Jim Kuemmerle, Commissioner Kirkpatrick

The Board of Commissioners commended Mr. Dunmire for being an active leader and spokesperson.  They cited the importance of being a voice for someone unable to speak for themselves.

 

 

Written by: Kathy Rashlich

 

Contact: George J. Skamai

County Administrator & Chief Clerk

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

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Volunteer Recognition Week PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 13:15

Volunteerism is an important part of any organization and the Armstrong County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is no exception.  Ms. Talerico, Executive Director of AAA, attended the Commissioners’ Public Meeting to announce that April 17 to 23, 2011 will be Volunteer Recognition Week.

 Ms. Talerico expressed gratitude to all the volunteers.  She cited that in the past year AAA has benefited from 250 volunteers performing 23,415 hours.  The services that AAA offers would not be available if not for volunteers.  Ms. Talerico also reminded everyone that this is just one component of one agency and that the total of volunteers throughout the community is much greater.  The volunteers will be honored during the upcoming week and also at the county’s 12 Senior Centers on May 11, 2011 on Older Americans Day.

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Commissioner Scahill, Janet Talerico, Commissioner Kirkpatrick

Ms. Kirkpatrick described the re-opening they recently attended at the Leechburg Senior Center and stated that it is an active site.  Mr. Scahill estimated that if paid an hourly wage, even at the minimum wage, the volunteer hours would have cost the county nearly a quarter of a million dollars.  The Board of Commissioners are grateful to the volunteers for their work and the additional services that their efforts provide.

 Written by: Kathy Rashlich

Contact: George J. Skamai

County Administrator & Chief Clerk

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

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HAVIN promotes April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 13:07

In an effort to promote awareness and prevention of assault the Armstrong County office of HAVIN has announced April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  The Commissioners signed a proclamation at the April 7, 2011 Public Meeting to show their support.

Ms. JoEllen Bowman, Executive Director of HAVIN attended the meeting and spoke of the efforts performed year round by HAVIN.  She stated that bringing awareness to the violence and providing services to the victims are two of the services that HAVIN performs.  The Violence Against Women program has recently received a grant that will financially enable them to further the programs offered.

Ms. Bowman thanked the Board of Commissioners for their support and credited them for helping HAVIN accomplish so many of their goals and create a foundation for growth and future stability for the program in the county. 

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Commissioner Scahill, Jo Ellen Bowman, Commissioner Kirkpatrick

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich



Contact: George J. Skamai

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Announcement of Liquid Fuels County Aid Awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Friday, 25 March 2011 08:02

The Armstrong County Commissioners announced today a total of $151,479 of grant funding awards for highway and bridge/culvert restoration projects.  The following municipalities will be receiving County Aid funding:

Bradys Bend Township, $15,000 for road improvements on Poncic Road

Cowanshannock Township, $17,000 for paving of Third Street in the Village of Yatesboro

Ford City Borough, $16,475 for milling and paving of O’Connor Street

Gilpin Township, $20,000 for a culvert replacement on Evergreen Road

Madison Township, $10,000 for seal coating of Olean Road

Mahoning Township, $34,254 for seal coating of Pheasant Farm Road

Rural Valley Borough, $12,000 for paving of Gourley and Grove Streets

Sugarcreek Township, $16,750 for road improvements and culvert replacement on Foster Mills Road

Valley Township, $10,000 for seal coating of Laurel Run Road

 

In the past three years, the Commissioners have awarded  $355,685 for projects in 20 municipalities in Armstrong County.

 

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Darin Alviano, Planning Coordinator                                                                                      

Armstrong County Dept of Planning and Development.

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March is Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 07 March 2011 10:50

Armstrong County Commissioners signed a proclamation supporting March 2011 as Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month.  Mr. Jim Kuemmerle, Administrator of Armstrong – Indiana Mental Health / Mental Retardation / Early Intervention attended the meeting to accept the proclamation.

Mr. Kuemmerle stated that early intervention, education, home and community-based services continue to be vital to enabling citizens with intellectual disabilities to function and thrive.  Such support gives people with intellectual disabilities greater opportunities to develop relationships, pursue their dreams and be integrated into their community and contribute in a meaningful way to society.

 The Board of Commissioners encourages all citizens to support the efforts and hard work of Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities and their families as they strive to live self-determined lives and realize their own personal aspirations.

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Commissioner Scahill, Commissioner Kirkpatrick, Mr. Jim Kuemmerle, Commissioner Fink

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich


Contact: George J. Skamai

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Olsen Chiropractic is named the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 07 March 2011 10:47

At the March 3, 2011 Public Meeting the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners adopted a Proclamation to honor the Armstrong County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year for 2011. Olsen’s Chiropractic was this year’s honoree.

 In an effort to give back to the community, Dr. Olsen and his staff have held fundraisers to benefit Relay for Life, Healthy Armstrong and the Salvation Army.  Olsen Chiropractic also instituted appreciating businesses in and around the area offering free first day services to employees and their families and a program to benefit younger residents through early chiropractic care titled “Get your bones checked at Olsen Chiropractic”.

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Commissioner Scahill, Commissioner Kirkpatrick, Dr. Olsen, Commissioner Fink

Olsen Chiropractic has strived to keep a positive influence in Kittanning and to contribute to a pleasant occupational atmosphere.  The Board of Commissioners expressed their gratitude to Dr. Olsen, his family and staff for their contributions to the community. 


~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich



Contact: George J. Skamai

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Frances Bowley is named Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Citizen of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 07 March 2011 10:43

At the March 3, 2011 Public Meeting the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners adopted a Proclamation to honor the Armstrong County Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Citizen of the Year for 2011. Ms. Frances Bowley was this year’s honoree.

 Ms. Bowley has been a volunteer at the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital since she retired in 1986.  She contributes approximately 15 to 20 hours weekly assisting in various secretarial skills and duties within the Community Relations Department and completing various other tasks as necessary.  Ms. Bowley is also active in her parish, St. Mary Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, a member of Thursday Morning Bowling League and a participant of the Senior Games sponsored by the Armstrong County Area Agency on Aging.

 According to the nomination letter: Defining an ideal volunteer is defining Frances Bowley’s journey through this life, her most used expression is “What can I do to help?”.  The Board of Commissioners expressed their gratitude to Ms. Bowley for the contributions that she gives to the community and the positive role model that she is. 

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Commissioner Scahill, Commissioner Kirkpatrick, Ms. Frances Bowley, Commissioner Fink

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich


Contact: George J. Skamai

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

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Stephanie Russick is named Chamber of Commerce Jr. Volunteer of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 07 March 2011 10:39

At the March 3, 2011 Public Meeting the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners adopted a Proclamation to honor the Armstrong County Chamber of Commerce Junior Volunteer Citizen of the Year for 2011. Ms. Stephanie Russick was this year’s honoree.

 Even though still a high school student, Ms. Russick has dedicated over 250 hours of service to her community.  She has volunteered for many non-profit organizations within the community including the Orphans of the Storm, Holy Family Institute, the American Red Cross, and the Butler Habitat for Humanity.   She also participates in the Ford City LEO Club, Girl Scouts and her parish, St. Mary’s Ukrainian Church.

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Commissioner Scahill, Commissioner Kirkpatrick, Stephanie Russick, Commissioner Fink

Ms. Russick has been involved in volunteering since a young age; she stated that she and her four brothers and sisters are always looking for ways to contribute to the community.  The Board of Commissioners expressed their gratitude to Ms. Russick for her efforts and commended her for her commitment.


~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich


Contact: George J. Skamai

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

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Commissioners Proclaim that Armstrong County is in the heart of Steelers Nation! PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Thursday, 03 February 2011 09:50

Armstrong County Commissioners signed a proclamation at the February 1, 2011 Public Meeting that proclaims Armstrong County as a part of Steelers Nation.  The Commissioners expressed their support for the Black and Gold as they prepare to compete on February 6th at the Superbowl against the Greenbay Packers.  They described with pride the recognition of Armstrong County’s location in Western Pennsylvania as the heartland of Steelers’ territory.   As stated in the proclamation: “From our rivers and our highways all roads lead to Heinz Field and our team the Pittsburgh Steelers”.  The meeting came to a close with an enthusiastic “Go Steelers”! 

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Armstrong County Commissioners Rich Fink, Patty Kirkpatrick and Jim Scahill display the proclamation and the terrible towel!

Written by: Kathy Rashlich

Contact: George J. Skamai

County Administrator & Chief Clerk

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Commissioner Fink named to mine families council PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 11:29

Armstrong County Commissioner Rich Fink, a former coal miner and mine safety professional, has been appointed by Governor Ed Rendell to serve as an alternate member of the Mine Families First Response and Communications Advisory Council.  Fink was sworn in by Armstrong County President Judge Kenneth Valasek.

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Commissioner Rich Fink being sworn in by Judge Kenneth Valasek

“I am very grateful and consider it an honor and a privilege for my appointment to the Mine Families First Response and Communications Advisory Council,” Fink said.  “I stand ready to serve when needed, I thank Governor Rendell for this appointment and the trust he bestowed upon me.”

 Under the Mine Families First Program established in House Bill 483, the Department of Environmental Protection is required to establish a plan outlining steps to be taken by DEP’s Bureau of Deep Mine Safety and mine owners and operators during emergencies.  The plan would include: immediate notification of miners’ family members in the event of mine emergency; transportation to the location for mine families to gather and obtain information about the mine emergency and rescue efforts; security provisions to ensure privacy of mine families at the designated locations; ensuring that mine families are briefed regularly before the news media about the progress of the emergency response; a mine families first liaison to serve as a 24 hour point of contact for mine families; coordination of nonprofit and public social service organizations that provide counseling and other social services to mine families; and notification and transportation of minor families to medical facilities when miners rescued from mines are give medical care. 

 Commissioner Fink has consistently been an advocate for mine safety and conditions, while also maintaining concern for the miners and their families’ needs.  

 

 

Contact: George J. Skamai

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