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October is Proclaimed Domestic Violence Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 05 October 2009 15:27

Commissioners sign proclamation supporting HAVIN and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Armstrong County Commissioners signed a proclamation supporting October 2009 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Ms. Laurie Johns, an Armstrong County HAVIN Outreach and Education Coordinator, attended the meeting to accept the proclamation.

In the past year in Armstrong County, HAVIN provided more than 752 domestic violence victims and their significant others with counseling services.  Armstrong County’s HAVIN also proved shelter for more than 116 individuals totaling 2,590 days.

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.  She invited everyone to attend the annual fundraising event to be held October 23, 2009 from 6 to 9 PM at Lingrow Farms.  To request tickets or for more information please call 724-543-1180 extension 223.


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Photo left to right: Commissioner Rich Fink, Ms. Laurie Johns - Havin Outreach Coordinator, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Jim Scahill 

Contact: Kathy Rashlich

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

724-548-3382

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Kittanning, PA – October 1, 2009

 
Eleanor "Dolly" Barrett Day in Armstrong County PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 05 October 2009 15:24

Commissioners sign into proclamation October 5, 2009 “Eleanor ‘Dolly’ Barrett Day” in Armstrong County. 

Armstrong County Commissioners have proclaimed October 5, 2009 in Armstrong County as “Eleanor ‘Dolly’ Barrett Day” in honor of her 100th birthday.  Eleanor Schrecengost was born in Dayton, Pennsylvania weighing a mere two pounds and four ounces, which prompted her grandfather to nickname her “Dolly” for her doll like size and features.  She became Mrs. Robert Barrett in 1927 and in 1929 they settled in southern Armstrong County.  Together, Robert and Dolly owned and operated a service station that was located in Leechburg.  She later worked at the County’s Senior Centers instructing participants in crafts. 

The Barrett’s raised one daughter, Robin, who is married to Alan Tarr.  Mrs. Barrett enjoys a close relationship with her daughter and son in law.  She enjoys playing bridge and spending time with family and friends.  Her family is amazed that someone so young at heart and energetic is celebrating her 100th birthday!


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Photo Left to Right: Commissioner Rich Fink, Deputy Sheriff Alan Tarr - Dolly's son in law, Commissioner Patty Kirkpatrick, Commissioner Jim Scahill 

Contact: Kathy Rashlich

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

724-548-3382

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Kittanning, PA – October 1, 2009

 
Employ the Older Workers Program Honored PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Tuesday, 29 September 2009 13:15

On September 23rd, 2009 at the Public Meeting the Armstrong County Commissioners signed a proclamation adopting September 20 through 26, 2009 as Employ the Older Workers Week.  The Board of Commissioners recognized the workforce contributions of older workers, and encouraged employers and workers of all ages to recognize the many ways in which older employees contribute to a successful working environment.

Ms. Debbie Reesman an Older Worker Employment Specialist with the Armstrong County Area Agency on Aging spoke at the meeting.  She praised the older workers for the wealth of knowledge and experience they bring to their jobs.  Statistics show that 15.6 percent of the commonwealth’s current population is age 65 and older.

Kathy Rashlich

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office

724-548-3382
 

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ARMTech 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Friday, 18 September 2009 13:44
Armstrong County was host to the eleventh annual ARMTech showcase at the Belmont Complex.  The two day event offers businesses the opportunity to network and display their capabilities.  The exhibitors had time to interact with each other on Thursday afternoon.  Thursday evening was the traditional public showcase, with nearly 600 visitors who enjoyed the chance to view the booths, learn about existing technology and industry in the county and collect logo imprinted items and samples of products.
 

Friday morning marked the arrival of Congressman Murtha.  He attended the showcase and spent time with each exhibitor individually.  The event is held annually in mid August; please monitor the Armstrong County website for next year’s event dates.  You won’t want to miss it!

Contact: Kathy Rashlich

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

724-548-3382

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Kittanning, PA – August 20, 2009 Armstrong County hosts ARMTech
 
 
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Week PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Friday, 18 September 2009 13:19
Armstrong County Commissioners signed a proclamation supporting September seventh to the thirteenth, 2009 as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Week.  The goal of the joint efforts by Armstrong – Indiana Mental Health / Mental Retardation and Armstrong – Indiana Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc. is to raise awareness among its residents, especially women of childbearing age, regarding FASD education, prevention and intervention and to improve awareness.

International FASD Day was first observed on September 9, 1999, so that the ninth day o the ninth month would always be a reminder that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol.  Supporters were offered ribbons imprinted “FASD 100% preventable”, and coasters imprinted with the group’s logos and facts were distributed for use in local businesses where alcohol is served.

Contact: Kathy Rashlich

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

724-548-3382

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Kittanning, PA –September 3, 2009 Commissioners sign proclamation supporting Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Week.
 
 
Polling Place Changes / 911 Update PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of Voter Registration   
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 13:32
The Voter Registration Department has been working with all of the new technology that is available to them and has finalized the addressing system used to determine which polling place voters should be voting in.

As the new data is put into the system, new ID cards will be generated for those individuals who have been changed from one polling place to another.  Therefore, over the next few months, if you receive a new voter ID card pay special attention to the polling place information because it has been changed.

There may be some cases where an individual has voted at the same place since they registered to vote, however, because we can actually pinpoint the location of each address it is apparent that you have been voting in the wrong place and it has been changed.

We have been working on this project with our 911 department and utilizing maps through our GIS department for months making sure that the data is correct, however, if you have any questions or feel that the information provided to you is incorrect please feel free to contact our office at (724) 548-3222 or (724) 548-3395 Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
 
Bruce Farm in Burrell Township holds Dedication PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 08:53
Dr. and Mrs. Edgar Bruce of Burrell Township were honored on July 20, 2009 with a Farmland Preservation Sign and Dedication Ceremony.  The event was attended by the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners, representatives from Senator Don White and Representative Jeff Pyle’s offices, members of the Armstrong Conservation District, the bicentennial and Century Farm Program, the Farm Service Agency and County Land Preservation Program Officials and Board Members. 

The farm officially known as Woak-Hanne Farm, the Delaware Indian word for Crooked Creek, is the first county farm to be permanently protected from development through this program.  The County Plans to award more farms preservation, including the Patterson’s farm in Kiskiminetas Township.

Kathy Rashlich

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office

724-548-3382
 

For Immediate Release
 
Commissioner Scahill Recognized at State Conference PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 31 August 2009 09:22
Commissioner Jim Scahill was honored at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) conference.  Commissioner Jim Kennedy, of Butler, the current CCAP president, presented Commissioner Scahill with the President’s Award in recognition of his efforts and dedication.   The CCAP President has the sole discretion to present up to two awards that can be given to any person or organization that they chose.  Commissioner Scahill, a past CCAP President, stated that during his term he had selected two engineering firms that he felt were invaluable to the organization.      Upon receiving the award, Commissioner Scahill described himself as honored, humbled, and in a rare state of speechlessness.  He stated that he truly appreciated the award, and noted his thankfulness for the friendships he has gained, and the hard work that county employees and elected officials perform all across the state. Armstrong County Commissioners Patty Kirkpatrick and Rich Fink both extended their congratulations to Commissioner Scahill proclaiming the award a great honor.

Contact: Kathy Rashlich

Armstrong County Commissioners’ Office                     For Immediate Release

724-548-3382

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Kittanning, PA – August 27, 2009 Commissioner Jim Scahill honored at state conference


 
Disability Investigative Group (D.I.G.) holds rally in the park PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Thursday, 23 July 2009 14:32
On July 20, 2009 the Disability Investigative Group (D.I.G.) held a disability pride rally in Kittanning’s Riverfront Park.  The rally featured speakers from various area organizations including AMVETS Post 13 and Three Rivers Council for Independent Living.

Even though the Americans With Disabilities Act was signed 19 years ago, group members still battle non-compliance issues on a daily basis.  The group is planning many events to bring awareness to their cause.  For a listing of upcoming events see their website at www.acdig.org.
 
Armstrong County is part of the Wounded Warrior Project and the "PA Hero Walk" PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 12:46
Armstrong County will play a part in the upcoming Wounded Warrior Project, “PA Hero Walk”.  The Kiski Valley Veterans and Patriots Association (KVVPA) has organized an event known as the “PA Hero Walk” to thank all of our veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, with special tribute to honor those who were wounded.  The first national spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project, Sergeant Jeremy Feldbusch of Blairsville, Westmoreland County was blinded for life on the Haditha Dam April 3, 2003 in Iraq.    

The event will begin on June 20th in Philadelphia with a stop at Christ Church to honor the memory of General John Forbes, the walk will mainly follow what is known as Forbes Road along Route 30 with stops along the way, including a stop in Leechburg and finishing on July 4th in New Kensington.

The Wounded Warrior Project began in 2004 in Roanoke, Virginian by John Melia who organized a group to put together packs for returning wounded war fighters.  The project has grown in a national organization that provides programs, benefits, counseling, hospital backpacks, transitional care packs, adaptive sports, internships, support groups, soldier rides and other support.

Armstrong County Commissioners were proud to adopt a proclamation honoring the efforts of the organizers and participants.  Each Commissioner has vowed to walk a portion of the walk and Commissioner Scahill will be contributing his portrayal of General Forbes.  The Commissioners announced that the county employees have made a donation from their “Dress Down Fund” to benefit the event.  Anyone interested in learning more about the Wounded Warrior Project and the “PA Hero Walk” can log onto www.pa.herowalk.org.  Donation information can also be found on the website. 
 
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