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Kepple Avenue in Parks Twp. is Reopened PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Thursday, 12 August 2010 13:53

OFFICIALS CUT RIBBON FOR RE-OPENING OF KEPPLE AVENUE

 Kepple Avenue in Parks Township has been recently reopened after being closed in January 2005 due to a cave in caused by severe winter weather.  The extensive repairs totaled over $475,000 and took the efforts of township, county and state officials to obtain funding.   The township contributed money it saved from the capital and state funding portions of its annual budget; they also took out a $276,000 low-interest loan from the state.  The other $137,000 was obtained through a $100,000 state grant secured through State Senator Jim Ferlo, a $10,000 state grant secured through State Representative John Pallone and a $27,000 county grant that the Armstrong County Commissioners approved.

 The street is an important passage in the community; it is part of the route to a school and fire station.  The re-opening of Kepple Avenue is the first phase in a two phase project.  The second phase involves improving West Penn Road, which will be widened and to correct work to a drainage issue.

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Pictured in the photo from left to right are: George Nicksic, Assistant to Senator Ferlo, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Mary Ralston, Parks Twp. Secretary / Treasurer, Senator Jim Ferlo, Commissioner Jim Scahill, Bud Shannon, Parks Township Supervisor, Representative John Pallone


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Deputy Warden Campbell Retires PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 10:42

Deputy Warden Mark Campbell was honored by the Armstrong County Commissioners at today’s Public Meeting.

Deputy Warden Mark Campbell has served the county for twenty years, transitioning from the old jail located next to the courthouse to the current facility in Rayburn Township.  At today’s Prison Board meeting he was presented with a plaque to commemorate his career with the county.  Warden Hogue and Deputy Warden Campbell attended today’s Public Meeting where the Board of Commissioners was able to thank Deputy Warden Campbell and recognize his attributes.  The Commissioners detailed the work Deputy Warden Campbell performed to maintain a safe facility that met with the highest state regulations at inspections.

Warden Hogue praised Deputy Warden Campbell for his dedication, stating that he had excellent attendance, arrived early and gave his all to his job duties.  Deputy Warden Campbell responded that he enjoyed his duties and his time with his co-workers.  Commissioner Scahill described how Deputy Warden Campbell organized a softball team for employees to compete against other counties.  The unofficial consensus was the team had a championship record in ten of the twelve seasons it existed.  Deputy Warden Campbell will be missed for his positive attitude and friendly nature by all county employees who knew him.   

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Commissioner Rich Fink, Warden Dave Hogue, Deputy Warden Mark Campbell, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Jim Scahill

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich


Contact: George J. Skamai

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May 2010 is Mental Health Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 10:36

May 2010, was proclaimed Mental Health Awareness Month by the Armstrong County Commissioners at today’s Public Meeting.

Representatives Ms. Cassie Nuzzo and Mr. David Miele from Armstrong / Indiana MH / MR / EI Program attended today’s Public Meeting to promote May 2010 as Mental Health Awareness Month.  Ms. Nuzzo, the Housing Liaison, stated that mental health can affect anyone, there are no set boundaries for age, social status, race or educational levels.  Mr. Miele, Crisis Services Supervisor / Forensic Liaison explained how the proper support and programs can allow those affected to lead full vital lives. 

The Armstrong / Indiana Mental Health / Mental Retardation / Early Intervention Program was established and is committed to empowering the individuals they serve to live full, self-determined lives, embracing recovery, resilience, responsibility and independence.

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 Commissioner Rich Fink, Mr. David Miele, Ms. Cassie Nuzzo, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Jim Scahill

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich


Contact: George J. Skamai

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June 2010 is Rivers Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 10 May 2010 13:16

June 2010, was proclaimed Rivers Month by the Armstrong County Commissioners at today’s Public Meeting.

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 13 – 16, 2010, beginning in Blairsville, Indiana County, traveling to Westmoreland County then Armstrong County and ending in Tarentum, Allegheny County.

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, New York and Maine.  For more information please contact Mr. Walzak at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

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Commissioner Rich Fink, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Mr. Alan Walzak - Strongland Chamber of Commerce, Commissioner Jim Scahill

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich 

Contact: George J. Skamai

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May 2010 is Older American's Month in Armstrong County! PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 19 April 2010 10:59

May 2010 was proclaimed “Older American’s Month” by the Armstrong County Commissioners at today’s Public Meeting.

Armstrong County is home to more than 16,216 Americans over the age of 60.  Increasing numbers of adults are reaching retirement age and remaining strong and active for longer than ever before.  Older adults in Armstrong County are among our most “treasured resources” united by historical experiences, strengthened by diversity and interpreting events through varied perspectives an backgrounds to bring wisdom and insight to our County.  

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 5th is Older American and Voluntee4r Recognition Day; events will be held at each center.  The ever popular Senior Spelling bee will be celebration their 6th year on May 6th at 2:00 PM.  Participants and observers alike are invited to attend the event at the Area Agency on Aging building on Water Street in Kittanning, May 19th 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 state that several other events are being planned throughout the county.  Anyone interested in the upcoming schedule may contact their local center.

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Commissioner Jim Scahill, Area Agency on Aging Director Janet Talerico, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Rich Fink

~submitted by Kathleen Rashlich

 

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Older Volunteers Honored PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 19 April 2010 10:47

April 18th to 24th 2010, was proclaimed Volunteer Recognition Week by the Armstrong County Commissioners at today’s Public Meeting.

  Ms. Janet Talerico, Director of Area Agency on Aging received the proclamation from the Board of Commissioners in honor of the senior members of the community who so selflessly volunteer their time to the Agency.  Ms. Talerico stated that in 2009 there were 241 volunteers who gave 24,554 hours of their time.  She said their assistance in the community is amazing and that each volunteer brings with them experience and energy to inspire and equip local communities to effect social change for a positive difference.  The volunteers will be honored on May 5th at local Senior Centers.   

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Commissioner Jim Scahill, Area Agency Director Janet Talerico, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Rich Fink

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich

 

Contact: George J. Skamai

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Drugs Kill Dreams Week to be held PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 19 April 2010 10:40

Kittanning, PA – April 15, 2010 Commissioners sign proclamations declaring April 26th to 30th  2010 as Drugs Kill Dreams Week in Armstrong County

At today’s Public Meeting the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners adopted a Proclamation to honor Magisterial District Judge J. Gary DeComo and the tenth anniversary of his Drugs Kill Dreams campaign.  The drug prevention program was originally established in 1994, but was renamed in 2000 following a fourth grade poster contest sponsored by the Manor Township Lions’ Club.

The mission of the Drugs Kill Dreams program is to make our youth and community aware of the dangers and destruction of drug usage.  The Commissioners have declared April 26th through the 30th as Drugs Kill Dreams Week in Armstrong County.  Magistrate DeComo has planned a week of events in the area schools to promote the Drugs Kill Dreams program and assist students in making healthier choices to lead lives free of drugs.

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Commissioner Jim Scahill, District Magistrate DeComo, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Rich Fink

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich

Contact: George J. Skamai
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Healthy County Month begins April 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 10:48

Kittanning, PA –April 1, 2010 Commissioners Proclaim April 2010 as Healthy County Month.

At today’s Public Meeting the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners proclaimed April 2010 as Healthy County Month.

Several members of HEALTHY Armstrong were in attendance to accept the proclamation and describe the ongoing efforts to promote healthy habits throughout the community.  In honor of the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) 75th Anniversary a nationwide effort has been kicked off declaring April 2010 as Healthy County Month.  In honor of their initiative, Armstrong County has started the program 30 Days, 30 Ways to a Healthy You!  Everyone is invited to join in as we journey through April on a path to wellness.  Kay Owen of HEALTHY Armstrong explained that the county website at co.armstrong.pa.us and the HEALTHY Armstrong website at healthyarmstrong.org will have calendars with daily activities for all ages and abilities.  There are also tips, recipes and quotes for everyone to enjoy.  Ms. Owen stated that she is very proud that Armstrong County is the first WE CAN! County (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition) in the nation!  Join in and see what 30 Days and 30 Ways can do to improve your health!
 ~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich

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 The Commissioners and members of Healthy Armstrong left to right: Commissioner Rich Fink, Gary Montebell, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Dr. Hal Altman, Kay Owen, Jodi Beers, Michelle Tallman, Devin Lorigan, Commissioner Jim Scahill 

Contact: George J. Skamai

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F & M Bank is Business of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 10:41

Kittanning, PA –April 1, 2010 Commissioners sign proclamation honoring 2010 Armstrong County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year

At today’s Public Meeting the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners adopted a Proclamation to honor the Armstrong County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year for 2010. F & M Bank was this year’s honoree.

Mr. Richard Krauland was present to accept the proclamation.  He stated that collectively the employees at F & M Bank volunteer at over 100 charities and organizations.  They have formed a Volunteerism Committee and have assisted in documentaries promoting a few of the charities that they assist.  Documentaries have been made describing the benefits that volunteering provides to the recipient and the volunteer, showcasing: Life Choices, The American Red Cross and Orphans of the Storm.

F & M Bank 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 the employees of F & M Bank for their contributions to the community.  They recognized that without volunteers many of the community services would not be able to offer the current level of programs or assistance. 

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich

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Commissioner Rick Fink, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Mr. Rich Krauland, Ms. Laura Meixelberger, Mr. Clem Rosenberger, Ms. Sandra Ciccarelli, Commissioner Jim Scahill 

Contact: George J. Skamai

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HAVIN strives to raise awareness and increase prevention PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 10:36

Kittanning, PA –April 1, 2010 Commissioners sign proclamation supporting April 2010 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

At today’s Public Meeting the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners adopted a Proclamation to support HAVIN in their effort to increase awareness of Sexual Assault.

s. JoEllen Bowman, Executive Director of HAVIN attended the meeting and spoke of the efforts performed by HAVIN to increase awareness and put an end to sexual assault. She stated that bringing awareness to the violence and providing services to the victims are two of the services that HAVIN performs.  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.  Ms. Bowman passed out teal lapel ribbons to be worn as a sign of support and awareness.

 ~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich

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 Commissioner Rich Fink, HAVIN Director JoEllen Bowman, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Jim Scahill

Contact: George J. Skamai

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