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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

 

Contac; George J. Skamai

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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
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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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Volunteers of the Year Honored at Public Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 March 2010 14:49

Kittanning, PA –March 18, 2010 Commissioners sign proclamations honoring 2010 Armstrong County Chamber of Commerce Volunteers of the Year

At today’s Public Meeting the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners adopted a Proclamation to honor three of the Armstrong County Chamber of Commerce Volunteers of the Year for 2010.  Mrs. Twila Williams was honored as the Volunteer of the Year, while Ms. Tarah Stewart and Mr. Brandon Harriger were honored as the Junior Volunteers of the Year.

Mrs. Williams volunteers throughout the community, but her most notable presence is at the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.  With over 3,300 volunteer hours during ten years of service, Mrs. Williams has assisted the staff in several departments and brings comfort and joy to patients.  ACMH has many unique and successful fundraisers that are due to Mrs. William’s efforts and ideas.  She has been the fundraising chairperson since 2004 and has assisted in raising over $140,000 to the benefit of the hospital.  She also volunteers at the VNA Hospice and her church, the Chicora Alliance Church.

Ms. Tarah Stewart, a junior at West Shamokin High School, is very active in  promoting healthy habits in the community and fundraising for many charities, organizations and educational institutions within Armstrong County.  Ms. Stewart’s personal experience has inspired her work with the American Diabetes Association on a self designed and conducted program called “Youth Zone” that was conducted at the Pittsburgh Expo in September 2009.  She is a Camp Sunshine volunteer for physically and mentally disabled children, a member of LEO Club and assists with a local basketball program for area elementary students.  Ms. Stewart would like to pursue a career in psychology after graduation.

Mr. Brandon Harriger, a senior at Lenape Vocational Technical School in the Law Enforcement Information Technology (LEIT) program dedicates his time promoting safety in the community.  Mr. Harriger has been a junior firefighter with the Ford Cliff Fire Department since October 2006 and an active member of the New Life Center.  As a volunteer with the Armstrong County Reality Tour Drug Awareness / Prevention Program he has portrayed many roles, while maintaining a perfect attendance record since the tours inception in 2005.  Mr. Harriger is currently a co-op student with the Armstrong County 911 as a dispatch trainee; he would like to pursue a career as a firefighter.

The Board of Commissioners expressed their gratitude to the volunteers 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.  The Board commended each volunteer for their special contributions and noted their confidence in a bright future for the Junior Volunteer recipients.

~ submitted by Kathleen Rashlich


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Commissioner Scahill, Mrs. Twila Williams, Commissioner Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Fink

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Commissioner Scahill, Ms. Tarah Stewart, Commissioner Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Fink

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Commssione Scahill, Mr. Brandon Harriger, Commissioner Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Fink

 
Boy Scouts Celebrate 100th Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 14:10

Kittanning, PA –February 4, 2010 Commissioners sign proclamation honoring Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary

At today’s Public Meeting the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners honored the Boy Scouts of America on their 100th Anniversary.  Mr. Lloyd Riggle, a forty five year volunteer with the Boy Scouts, attended the meeting to accept the proclamation.

There are nearly 50 million living alumni of Boy Scouts of America; over two million youths have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and more than 115,552,627 merit badges have been earned by Boy Scouts since Scouting was established.  Mr. Riggle stated that he has enjoyed his experience with Scouting and stated he can not describe the pride he feels when he meets a former troop member and learns of what they have accomplished in life.

A year of celebration and festivities is planned across America during this milestone Anniversary; including two local events:

 Adventure Base 100, from June 4-6th, a large traveling interactive campus which provides the history and impact Scouting has had on millions of youth, at a location to be announced in Western Pennsylvania

 “Campaganza”, from September 24-26th, held at Moraine State Park, a major event in the spirit of Jamboree for our scout troops

For more information please see the official Boy Scouts of America website at: www.scouting.org.  - submitted by Kathleen Rashlich



Contact: George J. Skamai
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February is Healthy Heart Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 14:07

Kittanning, PA –February 4, 2010 Commissioners sign proclamation supporting the American Heart Month.

February brings thoughts of Valentines, roses, Cupid and of course hearts.  At today’s public meeting the Armstrong County Commissioners proclaimed the month of February 2010 as American Heart Month in Armstrong County.  Residents are asked to increase their awareness and understanding of heart disease and to observe this month with appropriate activities and programs.

The Commissioners described some of the activities that county employees are participating in to increase their awareness and improve health.  The Biggest Loser contest is well under way with two levels of competition.  The participants are competing among each other on teams for the boasting rights of inter county winners; and all participants are competing against several other counties across Pennsylvania for the title of Biggest Loser County.  At the current time, Armstrong County is the number one county in the state-wide competition.  February was also kick off for the Wellness Works program.  County employees may sign up to participate in an initiative to promote health and improve healthy habits.  The program is sponsored by Highmark and successful completion earns the participant a healthier lifestyle and a monetary rebate.

The Commissioners urge everyone to raise their awareness about heart disease and strive to increase physical activity and make heart healthy choices a part of their daily life to help reduce their risk of heart disease.  For more information go to the American Heart Associations website at www.americanheart.org. - Submitted by Kathleen Rashlich



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