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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

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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 

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F & M Bank is Business of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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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

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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
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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
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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



Contact: George J. Skamai
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January 2010 Proclaimed Stalker Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 January 2010 11:33

Kittanning, PA – January 7, 2010 Commissioners sign proclamation supporting HAVIN and Stalker Awareness Month.

Armstrong County Commissioners signed a proclamation supporting January 2010 as National Stalker Awareness Month.  Ms. Laurie Johns, an Armstrong County HAVIN Outreach and Education Coordinator, attended the meeting to accept the proclamation.

Ms. Johns described some of the various methods HAVIN utilizes to assist victims of stalking; One of the newest tools is a kit that enables victims to document the dates, times and instances of being stalked, it includes a cell phone that is programmed for emergency calls only and a disposable camera.  Ms. Johns also described a new service provided by a third party that will protect a victim’s physical location, the service will accept any mail, or messages, process them and forward them to the victim, all the while keeping the victim’s physical location confidential.  She also reminded everyone that HAVIN is available to assist in legal matters.

Statistics show that nearly one point five million people will be stalked annually in the United States; equaling 1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men in their lifetimes. While we mostly hear about celebrity stalking, the majority of victims are stalked by someone they know, usually an intimate or formerly intimate partner.

Ms. Johns expressed her appreciation to the Board of Commissioners and members of the community for their continued support of HAVIN and the programs that they offer.  Commissioner Kirkpatrick, a former employee of HAVIN, recalled in the past how difficult it was to assist the victims that they sheltered.  She explained that when HAVIN was formed it did not have many of the laws and technology that is available today.  She asked anyone who was able to donate, to please consider HAVIN when making charitable contributions.

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Left to Right: Commissioner Rich Fink, Laurie Johns HAVIN Co-ordinator, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Jim Scahill



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November is Adoption Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 16 November 2009 09:49

Kittanning, PA – November 5, 2009 Commissioners sign into proclamation November 2009 as Adoption Awareness Month.

At the November 5, 2009 Public Meeting the Armstrong County Commissioners signed the Adoption Awareness Month Proclamation.  Reports show that in 2008, 1,899 children with special needs were adopted in Pennsylvania, 11 of these children are in Armstrong County. 

Mr. Dennis Demangone, Administrator of Armstrong County Children, Youth and Family described the agency’s efforts to place children with their family, but when that is not a plausible option, adoption is the most desirable result.  Mr. Demangone introduced Ms. Nancy McLean, an adoption advocate, representative of “His Kids”, and an adoptive mother of seventeen children.  Ms. McLean stated that her group is celebrating their tenth anniversary and would like to have the proclamation adopted in every county across the nation.  The month of November was selected as “Adoption Awareness Month” in hopes that more children awaiting adoption will find families to celebrate the holiday season with.  She added that interested families should not be discouraged due to disability, low income, or unmarried status.

The Armstrong County Board of Commissioners offered their assistance in achieving national awareness of this worthy cause by means of a nationwide proclamation through the National Association of Counties (NACo), for which Mr. Scahill serves as a board member.  
 
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Photo Left to Right:  Commissioner Jim Scahill, Representative of His Kids Ms. Nancy McLean, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Mr. Dennis Demangone, Administrator, Armstrong County Children, Youth and Family Services, Commissioner Rich Fink


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Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 16 November 2009 09:39

Kittanning, PA – November 5, 2009 Commissioners sign into proclamation November 2009 as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

At the November 5, 2009 Public Meeting the Armstrong County Commissioners signed the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month Proclamation.  November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

Ms. Theresa Dukovich, a volunteer and Pittsburgh Affiliate Coordinator for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, attended the meeting to share some statistics and her personal experience.  Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer related deaths, yet research for this disease is minimally funded, receiving only two percent of the funding available for cancer research.  There is no cure for pancreatic cancer and there have been no significant improvements in early detection, treatment methods, or survival rates in the last 30 years.  Ms. Dukovich’s mother suffered from pancreatic cancer and passed away seven months after being diagnosed.

Many Americans have gained awareness of pancreatic cancer through Professor Randy Pausch, of Carnegie Mellon University and author of The Last Lecture.  The Pausch family has shared their struggle and eventual loss of their husband / father.  They continue their efforts to help bring awareness to the need for advancement in early detection and treatment.

Anyone wishing to learn more information about the efforts for advancement, planned events, survivor stories, and tips for healthier living and diet can log onto the official website at: www.pancan.org.

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Photo Left to Right: Commissioner Jim Scahill, Advocate Theresa Dukovich, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Rich Fink
 
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