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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.  

 

 
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

724-548-3214

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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

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

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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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For additional information, contact

           

Darin Alviano, Planning Coordinator                                                                                      

Armstrong County Dept of Planning and Development.

                                                                                                724-548-3223

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