Posted on: February 9, 2017

State Fire Commissioner Announces $30 Million Available for Fire/Volunteer Ambulance Grants

PA Office of the State Fire Commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Feb. 3, 2017

State Fire Commissioner Announces $30 Million Available for Fire and Volunteer Ambulance Grant Applicants

 Harrisburg, PA – On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, State Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay an...

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Dedicates and Officially Places Hazard 800 Vehicle in Service

Hazmat Respone Team

Westmoreland County Hazardous Materials Response Team 800 and the Department of Public Safety were joined September 28 by the Westmoreland County Commissioners for a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate and officially place Hazard 800 in service. Hazard 80...

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Posted on: July 21, 2016

Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

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During an extreme heat event, check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors at least twice a day. The elderly, people with a chronic medical condition, children, homeless or poor, outdoor workers, and athletes are most at-risk to heat sickness.

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Posted on: January 21, 2016

Governor Wolf Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Winter Storm

Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today declared a state of emergency in preparation for the winter storm expected to impact Pennsylvania, especially in the southeast and south central regions of the state. The disaster emergency proclamatio...Read on...

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Posted on: January 21, 2016

Safety and Precautionary Measures Urged Ahead of Potentially Severe Storm (PA Dept of Agriculture)

PA Dept of Agriculture

Harrisburg, PA - With winter weather poised to strike the Mid-Atlantic this weekend, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding urged Pennsylvanians to take precautions should the threat of potentially-severe storms hold true.

“Snowfall and low temperatu...Read on...

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Posted on: October 30, 2015

Local municipalities receive Generators with the help of the PEMA Disaster grant

PEMA Generators enroute to Westmoreland County

Westmoreland County DPS took possession of two 175 kW generators this week to be available during disasters to augment emergency power for municipal emergency operations in three municipalities.

The disasters of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee...Read on...

Hazard Mitigation Plan website 911 Public Safety
Posted on: October 28, 2015

Dispatcher Assists Local Family Deliver a Healthy Baby Girl

Stork Pin Recognition

Some exciting news for one of our own Dispatchers, Rachel Kuras Nolf was able to assist a family in Murrysville on September 9th with the delivery of a healthy baby girl! Director Mertz along with his staff was able to present Rachel with a Certificate a...Read on...

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Posted on: September 16, 2015

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Follow us @WCDPS911 for the latest Westmoreland County DPS news and updates.

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Posted on: September 4, 2015

PEMA Urges Citizens to Utilize Free Smartphone App to Prepare for Emergencies

ReadyPA App

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvanians can use free tools available from the ReadyPA app to take simple steps to make sure they’re ready for any type of incident. September is National Preparedness Month, a nationwide month-long effort to encourage households, b...Read on...

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Posted on: August 1, 2017

Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging Caregiver Support Group Meeting

Caregiver hands

The Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging extends an invitation to you to attend our monthly Caregiver Support Group Meeting on Wednesday,
August 9, 2017
from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the McKenna Center for...

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Area Agency on Aging
Posted on: July 14, 2017

Veterans Benefits Questions answered August 17 in Latrobe

American Flag

Are YOU a Veteran OR do you KNOW a Veteran?

Learn about  benefits for Veterans/Spouses/Widowers

Speakers include: Matthew Zamosky, Director of Dept of Veterans Affairs in Westmoreland and Mary Jo Zubaty, RN BSN COD of Westmoreland Veterans Clinic

Th...

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

Senior Farmer's Market Nutritional Program

Produce at a Farmer's Market

Provides eligible seniors with checks to purchase produce grown in Pennsylvania at participating Farmer's Markets from June 1 to November 30, 2017.

Learn more... Area Agency on Aging
Posted on: December 30, 2015

4 gain access to Derry-area home after 1 falsely claims to work for Area Agency on Aging

Warnings of a scheme that targets the elderly were issued Tuesday because a group of people deemed “suspicious” gained entry to a Westmoreland County resident's home.

Additional Info... Area Agency on Aging
Posted on: July 8, 2015

Westmoreland Area Agency on Aging lends support to caregivers

It's been emotionally draining and heartbreaking for Peg Wiley to watch her husband slip into dementia...

Every month, she looks forward to one day in particular marked on her calendar — the second Wednesday.

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BH/DS

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Posted on: April 25, 2017

Family Overdose Support Group

Support-Group-Overdose

Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month in Monessen

Every 4th Tuesday of the Month in Charleroi

SPHS Behavioral Health will have Supportive Group for Family Members of Overdose Victims

Please see the attached document for official date/time and locations 

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View flyer (pdf) BH/DS
Posted on: February 20, 2013

Health Resource Guide for Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing Available

The Behavioral Health Task Force for Persons who are Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing of Allegheny County today announced the updating of the Resource Guide for Southwestern Pennsylvania Behavioral Health Providers.

This resource guide lists regiona...Read on...

Outpatient Directory BH/DS

Posted on: August 10, 2017

Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators Awarded CCAP 2017 Affiliate of the Year

2017 CCAP Award

Each year, the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) selects an organization they are associated with as the Affiliate of the Year to recognize outstanding efforts in moving the county mission forward.

The 2017 Outstanding Affiliate of th...

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Children's Bureau
Posted on: June 26, 2017

DeLuzio & Company, LLP Donate Over 400 lbs of Clothing to Westmoreland County Children's Bureau

Westmoreland County Children's Bureau and Deluzio & Company staff with Clothing Drive Donations

Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau recently received a generous donation of 482.2 lbs. of clothing by Deluzio & Company, LLP! 

Through networking, the firm learned that the Children’s Bureau keeps a “children&a...

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Posted on: April 11, 2017

PA County Child Welfare Caseworkers Recognized at the First PA Blue Ribbon Champion Awards Ceremony

Westmoreland County Caseworkers

On April 5, 2017, the Capitol Rotunda was filled with people supporting awareness of child abuse and gathering to recognize the outstanding efforts of individuals who are shining examples of people working to prevent child abuse and neglect by strengtheni...

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Children's Bureau
Posted on: March 22, 2017

Mom Credits Caseworker for Saving Life from Addiction

Bailey Noll, Photo credit: Steph Chambers, Tribune-Review

Bailey Noll hid her heroin addiction from her young son's curious eyes.

“I never let Paxton be around when I was using,” she said.

She would lock herself in her North Huntingdon bedroom to inject the drug.

One day in January last...

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Read full Tribune-Review article Children's Bureau
Posted on: June 13, 2016

Children's Bureau Director Celebrates Children's Roundtable at Governor's Mansion

Shara Saveikis with Governor and First Lady Wolf

On June 10th Governor Wolf and First Lady Wolf, along with members of the Supreme Court invited approximately 73 professionals and their guest, to the Governor’s Mansion in recognition of their valuable contributions to Pennsylvania Children, in celebrati...Read on...

More info on PA State Roundtable Movement Children's Bureau

Posted on: March 28, 2017

Westmoreland courts start e-filing process

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Electronic filing of juvenile court and child dependency documents have started in Westmoreland County.

Additional Info... Clerk of Courts
Posted on: March 28, 2017

Attention Crime Victims

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Bryan L. Kline, your Clerk of Courts is looking for crime victims who did not update their address with the Clerk of Courts Office.

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Posted on: March 28, 2017

House Judiciary Committee Testimony

Seal PA House of Representatives

On May 5th 2014, Bryan Kline, your Clerk of Courts testified at a House Judiciary Committee Hearing as a participate of the Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force. He was appointed to this task force by the governor in 2011. Bryan has been a strong advoca...

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Clerk of Courts

Posted on: July 11, 2017

2017 Annual Action Plan

2017 Annual Plan

The purpose of Westmoreland County’s Annual Action Plan (AP) is to guide funding decisions in the next year regarding specific federal funds received for housing and community development activities.

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Posted on: July 11, 2017

2016 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report

2016 CAPER

The report outlines Community Development Block Grant-funded activities.

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Jeannette Homebuyer Fair

Jeannette Homebuyer Fair

The Jeannette Homebuyer Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 on South Sixth Street in Jeannette. Attendees will be able to participate in a Q & A Homebuyer Panel, meet personally with pre-purchase counselors and loan offi...

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Visit Jeannette Homebuyer Fair webpage Community Development
Posted on: April 8, 2015

Mt. Pleasant receives more than $45K to upgrade Frick Park

Frick park Welcome Sign

By A.J. Panian Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 9:00 p.m. The cracks in the asphalt surface of the basketball court at Frick Park in Mt. Pleasant have widened through the years, said James M. Wojnar, a borough councilman and chairman of the council's parks and r...

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Posted on: March 12, 2015

Westmoreland County announces homeownership program

Homes

Greensburg, Pa., The Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners and the Westmoreland County Land Bank announced the creation of a new program and partnership for homeownership today. $160,000 was secured from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA)...

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Community Development

Posted on: February 3, 2017

Controller’s Office garners National Honors for the 30th consecutive year

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The Westmoreland County Controller’s Office has been recognized for the 30th straight year for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association.

This is the highest form of recognition afforded to governments for financial r...

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Controllers
Posted on: April 8, 2015

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Posted on: August 15, 2017

Land Bank Awarded Grant to Boost Community Pride in Sutersville Borough

Community Foundation Summer Interns with April Kopas

NEWS RELEASE                                             ...

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County
Posted on: August 10, 2017

Redevelopment Authority's Efforts Admired In Community Progress Blog

Center for Community Progress

Westmoreland County has a large, growing, aging population and a housing affordability problem. A new grant award will make it possible for the redevelopment authority and land bank to help with those challenges

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Posted on: August 10, 2017

Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators Awarded CCAP 2017 Affiliate of the Year

2017 CCAP Award

Each year, the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) selects an organization they are associated with as the Affiliate of the Year to recognize outstanding efforts in moving the county mission forward.

The 2017 Outstanding Affiliate of th...

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County
Posted on: August 9, 2017

We're hiring: Current Job Postings (with application deadlines)

Hiring

Jury Scheduling Coordinator, Court Administrator's Office (Aug 14), Correction Officer, Prison (Aug 18), Legal Secretary, Juvenile Probation (Aug 18), County Engineer (Aug 25)

County Job Postings County
Posted on: August 1, 2017

Amateur Photo Contest!

Photography contest newsflash

Calling all photographers! The Westmoreland County Parks & Recreation Citizens Advisory Board is sponsoring an amateur Photography Contest for the month of August!  Submit your best photos taken in a County-owned park or trail in the followin...

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Photo Contest Rules and Guidelines County
Posted on: August 2, 2017

Land bank sells Irwin building

Property at 207 Main Street, Irwin, PA

A long-vacant former restaurant and hotel building in downtown Irwin has been sold to a North Huntingdon man who plans to renovate the three-story structure the borough had condemned into six apartments on the top two floors and possibly a commercial use ...

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

Veterans Benefits Questions answered August 17 in Latrobe

American Flag

Are YOU a Veteran OR do you KNOW a Veteran?

Learn about  benefits for Veterans/Spouses/Widowers

Speakers include: Matthew Zamosky, Director of Dept of Veterans Affairs in Westmoreland and Mary Jo Zubaty, RN BSN COD of Westmoreland Veterans Clinic

Th...

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Posted on: July 17, 2017

Annual Tax Sale - Properties with Delinquent Taxes

Tax-Sales-Annual

Save the date - Monday, September 11, 2017.

Full details on Annual Tax Sale website County
Posted on: June 22, 2017

Siemens Corporation Invests at RIDC Westmoreland

Siemens

Siemens Corporation is establishing a 290,000-square-foot presence at RIDC Westmoreland. Siemens Energy division expects to employ about 200 people at the facility when it opens in 2018.

Press Release... County
Posted on: June 16, 2017

First Graduates from Westmoreland's Drug Court Program

Judge awarding drug court graduate

The special court was initiated in 2015 as county officials struggled with a growing drug epidemic that has flooded courtrooms with cases and prisons with addicted defendants.  The number of fatal drug overdoses in Westmoreland County has set rec...

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Read full June 15, 2017 Tribune-Review article County
Posted on: June 1, 2017

WCIDC Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony at Jeannette Glass Site

Jeannette Groundbreaking

The event marked the official start of environmental remediation and demolition of buildings on the site. Dennis Davin, secretary of the state DCED, announced a $960,300 grant through the Industrial Site Reuse Program

Press Release... County
Posted on: June 1, 2017

$600K grant aims to clear Westmoreland brownfield sites for repurposing

Greensburg Transfer & Storage Building, Depot Street

“These brownfield sites, perceived to be contaminated spaces, can be converted for another industrial or commercial use,” said April Kopas, executive director of Westmoreland County Redevelopment Authority. Photo credit: Kyle Hodges

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Posted on: May 24, 2017

Redevelopment Authority Receives $600,000 to Clean Up Brownfield Sites

US Environmental Protection Agency

The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland announced the agency is the recipient of a $600,000 federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to perform environmental assessments countywide in an effort to address brownfield sites.

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Partners with County Land Bank for Community Greening Project

Latrobe Park Site

(May 15, 2017) – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB), in partnership with the Westmoreland County Land Bank, is providing seed money to Adelphoi USA for the development of a pocket park on Ligonier Street in Latrobe. The site is a former bakery that has bee...

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County
Posted on: May 11, 2017

ALERT: PA Supreme Court prothonotary’s office phone number is being used in consumer scam

Scam Alert Sign

HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Office of the Prothonotary is warning people about a telephone scam being used to get money or personal information.

The scam begins when the caller ID indicates the incoming call is coming from the PA Courts — ...

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County
Posted on: April 25, 2017

Redevelopment Authority Receives $175,000 for Accessible Housing Programs

Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland

The Board of Directors of the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland today announced the agency has been awarded a $175,000 grant through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund to rehabilitate single-fami...

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County
Posted on: March 17, 2017

Juror Donation Program - Update

Donation jars with cash inside

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together

Vincent Van Gogh

Great things have been done with the help of Westmoreland County citizens serving as jurors since the inception of the juror donation program in September, 2016. Over $10,00...

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Posted on: March 22, 2017

Mom Credits Caseworker for Saving Life from Addiction

Bailey Noll, Photo credit: Steph Chambers, Tribune-Review

Bailey Noll hid her heroin addiction from her young son's curious eyes.

“I never let Paxton be around when I was using,” she said.

She would lock herself in her North Huntingdon bedroom to inject the drug.

One day in January last year, she didn't come out.

He...

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Read full Tribune-Review article County

Courts

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Posted on: July 31, 2017

PRESIDENT JUDGE MCCORMICK, JR. MOTIONS SCHEDULE UPDATE

Civil and Orphans' court motions court is cancelled for President Judge McCormick, Jr. on:

August 11, 2017

August 18, 2017

September 15, 2017

September 22, 2017

Counsel should make arrangements to present motions on a prior or subsequent Friday.

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Courts
Posted on: June 16, 2017

First Graduates from Westmoreland's Drug Court Program

Judge awarding drug court graduate

The special court was initiated in 2015 as county officials struggled with a growing drug epidemic that has flooded courtrooms with cases and prisons with addicted defendants.  The number of fatal drug overdoses in Westmoreland County has set rec...

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Read full June 15, 2017 Tribune-Review article Courts
Posted on: June 7, 2017

Westmoreland County Local Orphans' Court Rules Published - Updated Newsflash

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania seal

The Westmoreland County Local Rules (complete set) and the Orphan’s Rules have been updated in re-pagination and can be reprinted by users.


Local Rules Courts
Posted on: May 30, 2017

Westmoreland County Local Orphans' Court Rules Published - Updated Newsflash

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania seal

The printable version of both the local Orphans’ Court rules and the complete set of Westmoreland County Local Court Rules are now available on the County Website under Local Rules on the Court Administration web page.  Please disregard the previ...

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Local Rules Courts
Posted on: May 11, 2017

ALERT: PA Supreme Court prothonotary’s office phone number is being used in consumer scam

AOPC Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts Logo

HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Office of the Prothonotary is warning people about a telephone scam being used to get money or personal information.

The scam begins when the caller ID indicates the incoming call is coming from the PA Courts &a...

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Courts
Posted on: March 17, 2017

Juror Donation Program - Update

Juror Donation Program

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together

Vincent Van Gogh

Great things have been done with the help of Westmoreland County citizens serving as jurors since the inception of the juror donation program in September, 2016. Over $10,00...

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Posted on: August 2, 2016

Notice - Statewide Orphans' Court Rules Effective September 1, 2016

Beginning on this date, state forms MUST be used where applicable. Local forms can no longer be used where a state form exists. Please consult the Unified Judicial System website linked below. Sherry Magretti Hamilton, Esq. Register of Wills and Clerk of ...

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PA Unified Judicial System Orphan's Court forms Courts
Posted on: November 5, 2015

NEW JURY DUTY EXEMPTIONS

jury duty

Effective January 2016 pursuant to the Pennsylvania Act 54 of 2015, Westmoreland County citizens summoned for jury duty can request to be excused and will be exempted from service if the individual is:

1. 75 years of age or older, or
2. A judge, mag...Read on...

Courts

Posted on: August 8, 2017

Westmoreland Development Council Summer Newsletter

Newsletter News Flash

Read the latest news from the Westmoreland Development Council!

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Posted on: June 22, 2017

Siemens Corporation Invests at RIDC Westmoreland

Siemens

Siemens Corporation is establishing a 290,000-square-foot presence at RIDC Westmoreland. Siemens Energy division expects to employ about 200 people at the facility when it opens in 2018.

Press Release... Development Council
Posted on: June 16, 2017

Tenaska Westmoreland Relies on Local Contractors

Tenaska Westmoreland May 2017

More than 100 regional businesses are supporting construction of the 925-megawatt (MW) Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station in Westmoreland County. Work on the natural gasfueled combined-cycle power plant is progressing on schedule

Press Release... Development Council
Posted on: June 1, 2017

WCIDC Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony at Jeannette Glass Site

Jeannette Groundbreaking

The event marked the official start of environmental remediation and demolition of buildings on the site. Dennis Davin, secretary of the state DCED, announced a $960,300 grant through the Industrial Site Reuse Program

Press Release... Development Council
Posted on: April 21, 2017

WCIDC Leases Five Acres at I-70 Industrial Park for Industrial Hemp Research

I-70 Industrial Park Sign

Commonwealth Alternative Medicinal Options LLC (CAMO) will be leasing approximately five acres of residual farmland in the Phase II/III portion of the I-70 Industrial Park in South Huntington Township.

Press Release... Development Council
Posted on: April 3, 2017

WCIDC signs lease agreement with Penn State New Kensington

Penn State entrepreneurial center

The New Kensington campus will be leasing 4,725 square feet at 701 Fifth Ave. in New Kensington from the WCIDC. This space will be home to the new entrepreneurial center set to open in fall 2017.

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

Westmoreland Plan Reaches More Than 2,000 Community Members

Comprehensive Plan Online Outreach

The Department of Planning & Development has received tremendous community response to the initial phases of the Comprehensive Plan update, Reimagining Our Westmoreland. More than 2,000 community members have participated in outreach activities thus far.

Press Release... Development Council
Posted on: January 12, 2017

Westmoreland County Receives $2.5 M RACP Grant for RIDC Westmoreland

RIDC Westmoreland

The WCIDC announced today on behalf of Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners, Gina Cerilli, Ted Kopas, and Charles W. Anderson, the acceptance of $2.5 M of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant funds to be used at RIDC Westmoreland.

Press Release... Development Council
Posted on: December 5, 2016

Westmoreland Community Identifies Issues & Highlights Advantages of the County

Reimagining Our Westmoreland

The Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development has received a strong response to the initial phases of the Comprehensive Plan update, Reimagining Our Westmoreland.

Press Release... Development Council
Posted on: December 2, 2016

WCIDC partners with Penn State New Kensington on Entrepreneurial Center

Penn State New Kensington Logo

The WCIDC Board of Directors, Gina Cerilli, Ted Kopas, and Charles W. Anderson, approved an Agreement of Sale for the purchase of a building and property in New Kensington that will house Penn State New Kensington’s (PSNK) new Entrepreneurial Center.

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Posted on: October 11, 2016

Westmoreland County tackles how to grow county amid aging population

Aging Demo

A group of some of Westmoreland County’s top employers on Wednesday afternoon discussed the challenges of an aging and declining population and its impact on the region's workforce, but spoke optimistically about what was to come.

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

Gov. Wolf Announces Over $1.1 Million in Funding to Support Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass

Toll Plaza

Governor Wolf announced $1.14 million in funding to support work along the Amos K Hutchinson Bypass while minimizing closures and disruptions on the PA turnpike.

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Posted on: August 30, 2016

WCIDC announces ownership of former Jeannette Glass plant

Former Jeannette Glass Site

The Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation (WCIDC) announced today the Westmoreland County Tax Bureau has signed over the deed to the WCIDC for the former Jeannette Glass property

Press Release... Development Council

Posted on: June 2, 2017

Public Notice

Official Notice stamp

Notice is hereby given that the official results for the Municipal Primary held on May 16, 2017 were certified today June 12, 2017 at 10:00 am for all local offices.

Elections

Posted on: August 18, 2017

State names Teresa Miller acting secretary for Human Services

Teresa Miller, Pennsylvania's insurance commissioner and a native of Oregon, has been named Pennsylvania's acting Human Services secretary, effective Monday, according to a message sent to department staff.

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Posted on: August 16, 2017

Polio's painful aftermath: Support group for older survivors

Thirty or forty years after surviving polio as a child, people can find themselves with a new set of disabling symptoms, such as muscle weakness and pain, trouble breathing and a terrible intolerance to cold weather.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: August 9, 2017

Mental illness and homelessness are connected. But not how you might think

“Look around. It’s here,” Rep. Timothy F. Murphy (R-Pa.) said during a recent visit, describing why he sees Step Up’s residential programs as a national model.

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Posted on: August 7, 2017

The limits of 8

Section 8 vouchers were designed to give low-income people choice in housing. A Post-Gazette data analysis shows their choices are mainly in low-income areas.

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Posted on: August 7, 2017

Former Pirates play ball with disabled athletes

Miracles — in all shapes and sizes — came to the Bill Mazeroski Miracle League Field in Murrysville Community Park this weekend.

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Posted on: August 7, 2017

Westmoreland Notables: Longtime military man helps veterans

After a nearly 20-year Air Force career that took him all over the world, Matt Zamosky returned to Westmoreland County looking for a job.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: August 7, 2017

PFLAG Greensburg Picnic Sunday, August 20, 2017, 2-6PM

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PFLAG Greensburg (parents and friends of lesbians and gays) picnic

 Sunday, August 20, 2017, 2-6PM

Hempfield Park Greensburg Pavillion E from . 

Members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community), friends, ...

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Human Services
Posted on: August 2, 2017

Financial experts say it's not always advisable to drop life insurance

Life insurance generally does a good job of doing what it’s mainly intended to do, which is to protect spouses, children and other people who depend on the policy owner financially.

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Posted on: August 1, 2017

'Human Library' event in East Liberty sparks dialogue on behavioral health

On Monday, four speakers addressed about 50 people at the Carnegie Library in East Liberty to spread understanding and awareness about behavioral health as part of the launch of the “The Human Library” project.

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Posted on: July 31, 2017

Food stamp recipient numbers plummet in Westmoreland, Allegheny counties

Westmoreland County experienced an 80 percent drop in the number of food stamp recipients in one year, one of the highest decreases among Pennsylvania counties.

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Posted on: July 31, 2017

Food stamp recipient numbers plummet in Westmoreland, Allegheny counties

Westmoreland County experienced an 80 percent drop in the number of food stamp recipients in one year, one of the highest decreases among Pennsylvania counties.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: July 26, 2017

Charity gives kids a 'voice'

5 year old boy and young girl standing beside each other looking at an iPad the boy is holding

“If he wants something and we can't understand him, we say, ‘Hey, Tyler, type it in your device,' ” said Tyler's father, Nate Winfield of Trafford. “I can actually hear him come up and say, ‘I love you,' and I can be, ‘I love you, too, buddy.'”

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Posted on: July 26, 2017

Monroeville Girl Scout's summer camp offers safe space for kids with autism

Victoria Huff of Monroeville had numerous surgeries growing up.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: July 26, 2017

United Way program to aid senior citizens adopts new name

A United Way program that matches volunteers with Westmoreland County senior citizens who need a helping hand is getting a new name.

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Posted on: July 25, 2017

Avoiding 9 Key Risks Could Potentially Stave Off Dementia: Panel

There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer's, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine key risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia cases around the world.

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Posted on: July 24, 2017

Adelphoi Middle Creek Male Secure residential program

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Adelphoi Middle Creek Male Secure residential program named first in Pa.

Adelphoi’s Middle Creek Male Secure residential program has been named number one in Pennsylvania by the Juvenile’s Court Judge...

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Human Services
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Social Interaction Improves Quality Of Life For People With Dementia

Scientists sometimes call this approach an ecopsychosocial intervention. The goal is to create environments that better meet patients' psychological and emotional needs through strategies other than medication.

Read more... Human Services
Posted on: July 14, 2017

Speakers in Pittsburgh warn state of dangers of cutting low-income heating funds

Freezing cold homes. Broken pipes. Fires or carbon monoxide deaths from families using unsafe heating sources.

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Posted on: July 12, 2017

At 75, artist discusses struggles with mental health

The private studio of glass artist Dale Chihuly reflects his long obsession with collecting. Sheets of stamps cover one table; pocket knives are marshaled on another. Carnival-prize figurines from the first half of the 20th century line shelves...

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Posted on: July 11, 2017

Haircuts can challenge children with autism; more salons address their needs

Around midday on a recent hot Sunday afternoon, Lela Forrest, 11, walked into Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids in Robinson wearing hot-pink noise-canceling headphones over her wild sandy-blond curls.

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Posted on: July 10, 2017

Kids Struggling With Addiction Need School, Too, But There Are Few Options

Research shows that students in "recovery schools", designed to meet both academic and therapeutic needs, have better sobriety levels — and usually better grades, than students with addiction who remain in regular class settings.

Article HERE Human Services
Posted on: July 7, 2017

Agency merger won't include departments of aging, drug and alcohol programs

A proposal to merge four state agencies into a Department of Health and Human Services will not include Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging or its Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: July 5, 2017

Pennsylvania legislators mull contractor fee to help children of inmates

Pennsylvania lawmakers are weighing a measure to establish a first-of-its-kind public charitable trust to provide support services for children with incarcerated parents.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: June 30, 2017

Expert: MLB umpire did all the right things in helping suicidal woman

He voice was gentle, his words were calming, his demeanor was loving.

He was a stranger, but no matter.

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Posted on: June 27, 2017

New rules set for sentencing Pennsylvania juveniles to life

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Juveniles should only rarely be sentenced to life without parole... such cases require proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is an unusual example of someone who can never be rehabilitated.

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Posted on: June 27, 2017

Nonprofit plans to put affordable housing in blighted area of Latrobe

Greensburg nonprofit Homes Build Hope is seeking approval from Latrobe and funding from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency to replace a dozen vacant, dilapidated homes along Latrobe's Mary Street with new, affordable housing.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: June 21, 2017

Westmoreland County Housing Authority passes smoking ban

Nearly 5,000 Westmoreland County Housing Authority tenants have until next summer to be smoke-free or risk being evicted.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: June 19, 2017

2 graduate from Westmoreland's drug court program

Eighteen months ago, Jeffrey Patterson faced a life-altering decision.

He could roll the dice with a judge and take his drug charges to court, potentially landing in jail, or enroll in Westmoreland County's fledgling drug court program.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: June 19, 2017

Groups offer help to Westmoreland veterans who fall on hard times

Terrence Stubbs has been settling in at his new apartment in South Greensburg for about two weeks.

The former Green Beret counts himself lucky to have found one that will accept his four cats...

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: June 19, 2017

ACLU lawsuit prompts official steps to speed treatment for mentally ill defendants

People deemed too mentally ill to stand trial in Pennsylvania will soon have more places to get help.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: June 19, 2017

Some seniors just want to be left alone, which can lead to problems

The 84-year-old man who had suffered a mini-stroke was insistent as he spoke to a social worker about being discharged from the hospital: He didn’t want anyone coming into his home, and he didn’t think he needed any help.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: June 7, 2017

Art, the Universal Language contest open

Art contest for Pennsylvanians with disabilities

Artistic ability and expression offer unique opportunities for everyone to appreciate and understand the talents and perspectives of Pennsylvanians with a disability. This year's theme: Visions of Pennsylvania

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Posted on: June 7, 2017

Teen depression: Large study finds girls have the highest risk

Reaching teenagers with depression and offering them help in a crisis is not easy.

One young man whose anxiety led to depression says that adults don’t always recognize the signs and teens don’t know how to tell them.

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Posted on: June 6, 2017

Westmoreland County transit system to be tested as baby boomers become seniors

White Bus on a road in a city

Jack Overdorff, 86, often rides the Westmoreland Transit Authority's fixed-route buses. He still drives, but he takes the bus when he can. He rides for free, thanks to state lottery proceeds subsidizing bus services for seniors.

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Posted on: June 5, 2017

New PA ABLE program helps disabled save funds without risking penalties

A couple of weeks ago, Michael Anderson did what most people would when their home is damaged: He used his checking account to pay someone to fix some small holes in the wall after his aide accidentally pushed Mr. Anderson’s wheelchair into the wall.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: May 11, 2017

Have you lost a Loved One who suffers from addiction?

Date, time, and location of the grief support groups for Mental Health America

Mental Health America is opening their doors to anyone who has lost a loved one who suffers from addiction. The "Loving and Losing - The War on Addiction" grief support group begins May 31st at 7 p.m. and will meet the last Wednesday of every mo...

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

First aid for mental health: A new approach in Pennsylvania's prisons

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (CNN)--The man was about to snap. He had just lost a child.

"I couldn't really relate to that," Peter Robinson said of his fellow inmate. "I know what loss feels like, though."

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Young woman's journey ends tragically in mental hospital

Robert Logsdon’s daughter was complaining of swollen feet, seemed to have one dilated pupil, and said no to her favorite flavor of muffin. She was discouraged after six weeks under constant supervision...

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: September 1, 2016

Senior citizen living facility to be built at former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital site

The site of the former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital will have a new life as a senior citizen living facility, an Excela Health spokeswoman said Thursday.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: August 30, 2016

Inmates’ mental illness a statewide problem

bout 65 percent of Pennsylvania’s county jail inmates have a substance abuse disorder, 10 to 30 percent suffer from mental illness and up to 14 percent have serious mental illness.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: August 29, 2016

Mental health matters to school students

Odds are that if you had asked Loren Davis what was troubling her, she wouldn’t have been able to tell you.

If pressed, the then-student at Park Forest Middle School might have described it as a bad case of nerves

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: August 26, 2016

It's family, not friends, who may help you live longer, study says

The company you keep has long been thought to be an important factor in both mental and physical well-being. Numerous studies have documented how the quantity and quality of social relationships have effects that emerge in childhood and, as sociologists..

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Posted on: March 14, 2016

Pitt study links exercise, delay in mental decline

There's no question exercise is beneficial on many fronts, and a new study links calorie-burning in older people to delaying the onset of cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: March 8, 2016

Doctors Often Fail To Treat Depression Like A Chronic Illness

Depression prompts people to make about 8 million doctors' appointments a year, and more than half are with primary care physicians. A study suggests those doctors often fall short in treating depression because of insurance issues, time constraints...

Additional Info... Human Services
Posted on: January 4, 2016

Physicians want robust studies on medical marijuana use

Pittsburgh may be ready to decriminalize marijuana for recreational use, but a new survey suggests local physicians hold widely varying views when it comes to their willingness to prescribe marijuana for medical use, even if it were legal.

Additional Info... Human Services

Posted on: July 14, 2017

Save the date: Family FunFest at Twin Lakes October 5th

Fall Leaves and Owl

Westmoreland County Juvenile Probation invites everyone to the Juvenile Court Week Family FunFest on October 5, 2017, at the Nature Center at Twin Lakes Park from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Check back for more details.

View event flyer Juvenile Probation
Posted on: September 7, 2016

Substance Abuse Forum and Education (S.A.F.E.)

SAFE forums

Community, parents, students, churches, police, businesses, civic organizations: In an effort to deal with the drug crisis and its effect on our youth, this panel focuses on free community drug prevention efforts and intervention and treatment options.

Learn more Juvenile Probation
Posted on: May 6, 2015

New Kensington-Arnold Youth Commission volunteers seek to put youths 'on right track'

Judge Bononi swears in members of New Kensington Arnold Youth Commission

By serving on the New Kensington-Arnold Youth Commission, Aaron Moore hopes to provide troubled children with the father figure he lacked growing up. “I see myself in them,” Moore said. “I've been where they've been.” Moore is one of at least a half-dozen...

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Land Bank

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Posted on: August 15, 2017

Land Bank Awarded Grant to Boost Community Pride in Sutersville Borough

Community Foundation Summer Interns with April Kopas

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Land Bank
Posted on: August 2, 2017

Land bank sells Irwin building

Property at 207 Main Street, Irwin, PA

A long-vacant former restaurant and hotel building in downtown Irwin has been sold to a North Huntingdon man who plans to renovate the three-story structure the borough had condemned into six apartments on the top two floors and possibly a commercial use ...

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Partners with County Lank Bank for Community Greening Project

Latrobe Park Site

(May 15, 2017) – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB), in partnership with the Westmoreland County Land Bank, is providing seed money to Adelphoi USA for the development of a pocket park on Ligonier Street in Latrobe. The site is a former bakery that has bee...

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Land Bank
Posted on: February 9, 2017

Westmoreland County property auction to expand

Westmoreland County's land bank is expected to add four more parcels to its inventory Wednesday at the first of what could be as many as four judicial sales this year of tax-delinquent properties.

The county land bank, created in 2014 to return bl...

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

Students tear into work on Greensburg Habitat for Humanity project

Plaster rained from the ceiling and chunks of wall tumbled down the stairs as a group of students eagerly tore through a decrepit Greensburg home Saturday.

Davina Broker, 18, of Irwin especially liked ripping up the lathe boards inside the walls.

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Posted on: September 12, 2016

Boroughs Have Another Tool to Fight Blight

Boroughs across Pennsylvania will have another tool to fight blight in their communities with Act 84 of 2016, which was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. It will exempt land banks from the state realty transfer tax. The legislation, previously HB 1198, co...

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Posted on: June 27, 2016

Westmoreland County Land Bank Teams up With Keep PA Beautiful to Tackle Blight

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: April Kopas WESTMORELAND COUNTY LAND BANK akopas@co.westmoreland.pa.us 724.830.3050 Westmoreland County Land Bank Teams up With Keep PA Beautiful to Tackle Blight (HERMINIE, PA) The Westmoreland County Land Bank...

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Land Bank
Posted on: July 1, 2016

Petrarca measure would help land banks rehabilitate blighted properties

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Rep. Joseph Petrarca D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana www.pahouse.com/petrarca Petrarca measure would help land banks rehabilitate blighted properties HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca will introduce...

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Land Bank

Posted on: August 15, 2017

Labor United Celebration, September 3 & 4

Labor United Celebration stage

The 38th annual Labor United Celebration will be held at Northmoreland Park on Labor Day weekend, Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4. Event hours are 11:00am to 7:00pm Sunday, and 10:00am to 6:00pm Monday. There will be lots of fun things to do f...

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Labor United Celebration event page Parks & Recreation
Posted on: August 1, 2017

Amateur Photo Contest!

Photography contest newsflash

Calling all photographers! The Westmoreland County Parks & Recreation Citizens Advisory Board is sponsoring an amateur Photography Contest for the month of August!  Submit your best photos taken in a County-owned park or trail in the followin...

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Photo Contest Rules and Guidelines Parks & Recreation
Posted on: April 4, 2017

Free Summer Concert Series

Summer Concerts

Cedar Creek Park concert schedule

All concerts start at 4:00 p.m. at the Amphitheater

Pittsburgh Big Band Legends - Sunday, June 4, 2017Perry’s Union - Sunday, June 18, 2017Andy Gregg Country Combo - Sunday, July 2, 2017The Townsmen Plus ...

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Summer Concert Series event page Parks & Recreation
Posted on: December 13, 2012

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Follow us at "WestmorelandParkandRec" to stay up-to-date on new Parks and Rec information and programs, such as Festivals, Summer Concerts, Camps for Kids, Free Fishing Derbies, and more!

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Posted on: December 13, 2012

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Follow us @WestCoParksRec to stay up-to-date on news from your Westmoreland County Parks & Trails!

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Planning

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

Westmoreland Plan Reaches More Than 2,000 Community Members

Comprehensive Plan Online Outreach

The Department of Planning & Development has received tremendous community response to the initial phases of the Comprehensive Plan update, Reimagining Our Westmoreland. More than 2,000 community members have participated in outreach activities thus far.

Press Release... Planning
Posted on: September 6, 2016

Westmoreland County Seeking Community Input for the Upcoming Comprehensive Plan

Reimagining Our Westmoreland

Westmoreland County is looking for community input concerning the upcoming Comprehensive Plan and we need your help! Reimagining Our Westmoreland will be a comprehensive strategy and policy guide for County officials, as well as provide more high level st...

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Project Website Planning

Posted on: January 23, 2017

Naturalization Record Search

The Naturalization and Petition of Record books are available in the Prothonotary Office for public viewing.

Additional Info... Prothonotary

Posted on: November 13, 2014

Murrysville Reality Tour takes families on dark journey of drug abuse

Ten years ago, concerned about her Butler community, Norma Norris left her job to start a drug awareness program. Today, that community-based program, The Reality Tour, is a nationally recognized one.

Additional info... Reality Tour

Posted on: August 10, 2017

Redevelopment Authority's Efforts Admired In Community Progress Blog

Westmoreland County has a large, growing, aging population and a housing affordability problem. A new grant award will make it possible for the redevelopment authority and land bank to help with those challenges

Additional Info... Redevelopment Authority
Posted on: June 1, 2017

$600K grant aims to clear Westmoreland brownfield sites for repurposing

Greensburg Transfer & Storage Building, Depot Street

“These brownfield sites, perceived to be contaminated spaces, can be converted for another industrial or commercial use,” said April Kopas, executive director of Westmoreland County Redevelopment Authority. Photo credit: Kyle Hodges

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Posted on: April 25, 2017

Redevelopment Authority Receives $175,000 for Accessible Housing Programs

The Board of Directors of the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland today announced the agency has been awarded a $175,000 grant through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund to rehabilitate single-fami...

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Redevelopment Authority
Posted on: April 24, 2017

Redevelopment Authority Utilizes EPA Grant for Mt. Pleasant Brownfield

An environmental study will help determine the appropriate reuse of a former Mt. Pleasant glass factory by assessing the level of any residual contaminants.

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Posted on: February 7, 2017

Penn Park in Mt. Pleasant Borough complete, dedicated by borough

Mt. Pleasant, PA - In the east end of town, on the site of the former Penn Theater, a unique park concept combining a Parklet with a parking lot will be dedicated by the Borough, Thursday, October 20, 2016. Local residents Bob and Donna ...

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PR PDF Redevelopment Authority

Posted on: August 2, 2016

Notice - Statewide Orphans' Court Rules Effective September 1, 2016

Beginning on this date, state forms MUST be used where applicable. Local forms can no longer be used where a state form exists. Please consult the Unified Judicial System website linked below. Sherry Magretti Hamilton, Esq. Register of Wills and Clerk of ...

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PA Unified Judicial System Orphan's Court forms Register of Wills

Posted on: January 31, 2017

2017 Dog Licenses are now Available.

Black Labrador Retriever

Credit Card payments accepted for on-line purchases only.

Learn more... Treasurer's Office

Posted on: August 17, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs--Aug. 16, 2017

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsAugust 16, 2017

 DMVA News 

Employment At DMVA State Veterans Homes: 

The DMVA operates six veterans homes throughout the Commonwealth with a var...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 17, 2017

Plans inch forward to convert former SCI Greensburg into veterans center

Four years after state officials turned out the lights and locked the doors, a former medium-security state prison in Hempfield may be poised to become a full-service veterans transition center.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 16, 2017

Get the facts about Elder Abuse & Veterans

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National studies find that over 10% of older adults are the victims of elder abuse annually, and almost 10 million Veterans are 65 or older.

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Posted on: August 16, 2017

Free Bus Trip to DC for WWII & Korean Era Veterans

October 26, 2017. Please click on flyer for details. Call 724-709-3614 for registration, details.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 14, 2017

Norwin grad, a Green Beret, stays tough in obstacle-course challenge

In the Green Berets, Mark Ballas learned the importance of secrecy in pursuing covert operations.

Now that he's in the private sector, he's keeping the special operations emphasis but dropping the secrecy part.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 11, 2017

'Skirted Soldiers' recall their history as they prepare to reunite in Pittsburgh

They were nicknamed the “Skirted Soldiers.”

Facing a shortage of men during World War II, Congress, after much debate, created the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in May 1942.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 10, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs Aug. 9

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsAugust 9, 2017

 DMVA News 

62 Armories Throughout Pennsylvania Are Available For Rent: 

Have an upcoming function, party, activity and need a spa...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 9, 2017

Military Family Share Food Distro Aug. 29

Military Food Share

Donna Carr with the National Guard Family Program is hosting a military share on August 29, 2017. Vets currently in need of food donations can pre-register to pick up food at the Mt Pleasant Armory on 8/29. If you know any vet in need please have them cal...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 9, 2017

Tiny House Village Being Built For Veterans In Need

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Plans are in the works to build a tiny house village for veterans who have had a tough time transitioning back to society.

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

Local group links veterans with farmers for on-thejob training

Latrobe Bulletin--Some once family-run farms, including several here in
Westmoreland County, are in need of skilled workers to continue
the tradition of growing crops, raising livestock and other
agricultural ventures.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 9, 2017

Veterans' garden dedication will kick off Delmont Daze celebration

This year's Delmont Daze celebration will be preceded by the dedication of a veterans' memorial garden at Eastview Union Cemetery on East Pittsburgh Street.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 9, 2017

Hempfield 'class reunion' raises $7,600 for veterans charity

Some classes raise money by selling candy or washing cars, and most stop once they've graduated.

But about 150 members of the Hempfield Area High School class of 1984 got together last month to raise more than $7,600 for a veterans charity

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 9, 2017

Spirit Airlines gives Derry Township native, a World War II vet, an honor guard sendoff

“Mitch” Chockla is one of the Greatest Generation that pulled the United States and its allies through World War II, and his achievements on the battlefields of Europe are receiving added attention as he approaches a century of experience.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 8, 2017

Pitt's Hail to Heroes home opener tix available to Veterans

Pitt Honors Heroes 2017

 Pitt Football's home opener vs. Youngstown State on September 2nd will be their annual Hail to Heroes game as we recognize and honor active duty, veteran, and retired Military Personnel and First Responders. Please see the email below which incl...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 7, 2017

Water restrictions in place temporarily at University Drive

Please be advised we have instituted water restrictions in Building 1 (main hospital) of our University Drive location after a brief loss of water pressure from a scheduled power outage on Aug. 4-5, 2017. In line with our medical center policy and routine...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 3, 2017

DMVA Digest August 2, 2017

DMVA’s Outreach Teams Will Be Traveling Across The State: 

In keeping with DMVA’s goal to make benefits more accessible to state veterans and their eligible family members, our mobile veterans outreach teams will be busy travel...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 3, 2017

Soldier On outreach for veterans now includes Lower Burrell

Starting Friday, local veterans who are having financial troubles or are looking for work will be able to find help at Lower Burrell's city hall.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: August 3, 2017

Congress approves biggest expansion of college aid in GI Bill for military veterans in a decade

WASHINGTON — Congress sent President Donald Trump legislation to provide the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade.

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Posted on: August 2, 2017

VA Launches S.T.O.P. P.A.I.N Advices and Guidelines

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VA Shares Best Practices to Help Health Care Industry Stem Opioid Crisis,

Address ‘National Public Health Emergency’

WASHINGTON – When it comes to treating pain and substance abuse, the Department of Veterans Affairs is recogni...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 31, 2017

Presents for vets, Steelers truck at all home games

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Steelers fans can bring new, unwrapped presents to training camp for veterans who live in area nursing homes and assisted living facilities. (Photo courtesy of Tribune-Review)

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

VA Caregiver Support Program Resumes Full Operations

WASHINGTON – Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is resuming full operations of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. The resumption follows an April 17 decision to temporarily suspend certain clin...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 28, 2017

Trump taps Uniontown native, Raytheon executive for Army secretary

President Trump announced Wednesday night he plans to nominate U.S. Army veteran, Uniontown native and defense contractor executive Mark Esper to be secretary of the Army, after his two previous nominees were withdrawn.

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

House passes $788 billion spending bill with boosts for Pentagon, veterans

The House passed a $788 billion spending bill Thursday that complies with President Donald Trump’s demands to boost the military, reduce clean energy programs and start funding a wall ....

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

Greensburg vet to reunite with fellow USS Forrestal survivors

Of the 5,000 or so men aboard the USS Forrestal on July 29, 1967, 134 died and 161 were injured when a bomb explosion triggered a massive fire on the aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 28, 2017

North Huntingdon preschool surprises dad a day before Iraq deployment

Staff Sgt. Tom Porter of North Irwin got a surprise send-off at his son's North Huntingdon preschool Wednesday, the day before he reports to Fort Hood, Texas, to train for a deployment to Iraq.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 27, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs 27 July 2017

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania's Department of Military and Veterans AffairsJuly 27, 2017

 DMVA News 

No Need To Be A Veteran To Purchase An “Honoring Our Veterans” License Plate: 

Not a veteran, but w...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 24, 2017

Tricare expands mental health, substance abuse, opioid treatment options

New Tricare mental health benefits, including expanded treatment for opioid and other substance-use issues, went live July 13, according to Kevin Dwyer, spokesman for the Defense Health Agency.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 24, 2017

Wolf Administration Assists Veterans in Need of Important Military Paperwork

Harrisburg, PA- Leaving the military can be a hectic and stressful time. Through all the commotion, veterans often forget how important it is to properly record and safeguard their most important military paperwork - the DD-214. That is where the Wolf Adm...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 22, 2017

Pittsburgh Vet Center News July, 2017

Israeli War Veterans Visit the Center, No One Left Behind-Pittsburgh, Vet Center & Community Groups, more...

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Posted on: July 21, 2017

Register today for Veterans Appreciation Picnic for 57th District

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All military veterans or surviving family members of veterans residing in the 57th Legislative District are invited to my Veterans Appreciation Picnic on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 4-7 p.m., at Youngwood Park and Pool, 801 S. 10th St., Youngwood. For regist...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 20, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs July 19

 DMVA News 

Wolf Administration Assists Veterans In Need Of Important Military Paperwork: 

Leaving the military can be a hectic and stressful time. Through all the commotion, veterans often forget how important it is to properly r...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Vet Center offers New Spouse Support Group

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The Pittsburgh Vet Center is starting a new support group for military and veteran spouses starting on August 8th. The group will be facilitated by our Marriage and Family Counselor and take place at the Pittsburgh Vet Center. The group is open to spouses...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 19, 2017

School supply backpacks for military families Aug. 12

Operation Homefront is again hosting a Back-to-School Brigade, a nationwide school supply operation for military families. Backpacks filled with school supplies will be distributed.

Date: August 12, 9:00-11:00 AM

Place: Pittsburgh Area Commissary, 79 Soldie...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 17, 2017

Gulf War Veterans sought for VA study

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Are you a Gulf War Veteran? Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? You may be eligible for a non-medication insomnia treatment study for improving sleep and managing GWI symptoms. You can participate by telephone from home and receive treatment an...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 17, 2017

U.S. Veterans Organizations by the Numbers

Guidestar offers this concise guide to downloadable aide donors considering supporting veterans' organizations.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 14, 2017

Veterans Benefits Questions answered Aug. 17 in Latrobe

Veterans Presentation August 17 2017

Are YOU a Veteran OR do you KNOW a Veteran?

Learn about  enefits for Veterans/Spouses/Widowers

Speakers include: Matthew Zamosky, Director of Dept of Veterans Affairs in Westmoreland and Mary Jo Zubaty, RN BSN COD of Westmoreland Veterans Clinic

Thu...

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs, July 12

 DMVA News 

State Veterans Homes: 

Pennsylvania offers its eligible veterans or surviving spouses six extended care facilities throughout the state. The level of care provided includes personal care, skilled nursing care, and deme...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 12, 2017

A message from VA Pittsburgh re: Changes to Homemaker Home Health Aide Program

I am writing to inform you of some important changes we are making to the Homemaker Home Health Aide (HHHA) services program at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. This communication is extensive because this issue is complex, and I would like to provide the...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 11, 2017

Veteran ‘Online Exchange’ Benefit Being Tested, Is Nearer for Millions

The last time Forrest Cornelius, 51, shopped in a base exchange was 1989 when he completed his six-year stint in the Marine Corps. He recalls saving 10 to 15 percent on department store goods and that shoppers paid no sales tax.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 11, 2017

VA to Detail Proposed Changes to Caregiver Program

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday will unveil to a select group of veteran and military support organizations changes to a highly scrutinized program that pays family members to provide at-home care to severely injured troops.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 7, 2017

Community Veteran Picnic Friday, Aug. 18th

Vet Center Picnic Flier Friday, August 18, 2017

HOsted by White Oak Vet Center

3-7 pm

Magnolia Pavilion at the White Oak Park

RSVP to Abbie Lieberum at 4123-678-7704

or abbie.lieberum@va.gov

This is a non-alcohol event.

Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 6, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs July 6

DMVA DigestA publication of Pennsylvania’s Department of Military and Veterans AffairsJuly 6, 2017

 DMVA News 

Tell Us About Events Or Jobs For Veterans: 

As a service to Pennsylvania’s veteran community, DMVA i...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 5, 2017

VA Seeks Opinions on Assistive Technology

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The Future of Mobility Related Technology

The VA is looking for volunteers who…

     •are 18 years ofage or older and

     •use one or more assistive devices for mobility, suc...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: July 5, 2017

VA to Provide Mental Health Care to Vets with 'Bad Paper' Discharges

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin making mental health care services available to veterans with less-than-honorable discharges who urgently need it, VA Secretary David Shulkin told lawmakers Tuesday night.

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Opinion: Not All Veterans Have PTSD

After coming off a deployment to Afghanistan, I found myself interviewing for a new job.

I’m a graduate student in clinical psychology, so it's no surprise that the training director interviewing me was, himself, a psychologist.

Additional Info... Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 28, 2017

Gov. Wolf signs 'stolen valor' bill into law

Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday signed into law state Rep. Rick Saccone's “stolen valor” bill that criminalizes attempts by anyone to financially benefit from lying about their military service or receiving decorations.

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Summertime discounts/events for the military community

Remember to bring your and your dependents’ IDs.

Active/reserve service members and families: 

National Parks/Fish and Wildlife Service: https://store.usgs.gov/faq#US-Military

  • Free admission to National Parks and Fish and Wildlife...
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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 27, 2017

VA Expands Emergency Mental Health Care to Former Service Members With OTH Discharges

WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today released finalized plans that lay the framework for providing emergency mental health coverage to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges.

This is the...

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Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: June 23, 2017

Corrected date: Rep. Evankovich's Veterans Appreciation Picnice Aug. 4th

For Veterans living in the 54th District.
Fri., Aug. 4th from noon to 2 pm
Northmoreland Park Pavilion 8
280 Markle Rd
Apollo PA 15613
RSVP to 724-335-2790 and provide names and number attending.

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Posted on: June 19, 2017

Groups offer help to Westmoreland veterans who fall on hard times

Terrence Stubbs has been settling in at his new apartment in South Greensburg for about two weeks.

The former Green Beret counts himself lucky to have found one that will accept his four cats.

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Posted on: June 12, 2017

Improving satisfaction, reducing infections are priorities for VA Pittsburgh director

The Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs Health Care System is taking a closer look at how it compares to other hospitals in the region amid a push from VA leaders to correct highly publicized deficiencies in the national system.

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Posted on: June 9, 2017

New VA online tool helps Veterans learn about and compare effective PTSD treatments

VA launched a new online tool this week that will help you compare treatment options for post-traumatic stress disorder. The PTSD Treatment Decision Aid is a free, interactive tool that helps educate patients about effective treatment options for PTSD.

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs June 8

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Donating To Pennsylvania’s Veterans Memorial Is An Ideal Way To Pay Tribute To Those Who Served During The Memorial Day Holiday: 

The Memorial Day holiday is a yearly reminder that the Pennsylvania Veterans&a...

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Posted on: June 5, 2017

Allegiant Air now offering free services for active military members, veterans

For military members and veterans, flying with Allegiant Air just got much cheaper.

The airline, known for its low fares, announced an offer that will give military members free services on its flights.

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Posted on: June 1, 2017

Campaign urging Pittsburgh employers to hire vets

As a maintenance officer in Iraq during the Second Gulf War, Megan Andros commanded more than 100 troops in a heavy brigade combat team, and oversaw millions of dollars worth of weapons and other equipment.

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Posted on: May 30, 2017

Lower Burrell celebrates its veterans

As a line of motorcycles wound its way down Wildlife Lodge Road in Lower Burrell on Memorial Day, George Bagaley sat on a friend's front porch and thought of his dad.

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Posted on: May 18, 2017

Credit Requirements for VA Loans Explained

In the past when a veteran wanted to use the VA home loan benefit in order to buy and finance a home with nothing down, the VA would ultimately approve the loan application.

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

SMART recovery assistance offered Wednesday evenings, free, Greensburg

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SMART (Self-managed Recovery Training) meets Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, at Westmoreland Hospital, Conference Room A, and is free. See flyer for details.

Veteran's Affairs
Posted on: May 10, 2017

VA Announces Adoption of American Cancer Society Mammogram Screening Guidelines

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is adopting American Cancer Society (ACS) breast cancer screening guidelines that give women a choice to begin screening at age 40. The guidelines also recommend starting y...

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Posted on: May 9, 2017

Vandergrift veteran heads across country to raise awareness about PTSD

For many parents, the idea that their child would sell most of his possessions before a cross-country trip would be cause for concern.

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Posted on: April 3, 2017

Teal Tuesdays: VA Services for Veterans who have experienced MST

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VA Pittsburgh invites you to join us on Teal Tuesdays in April to learn about services we provide to Veterans who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

VA provides all care for mental and physical health conditions related to military sexual traum...

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Posted on: February 10, 2017

Scholarships available for active duty, veterans or dependents

This list current February, 2017.

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Posted on: February 7, 2017

VA Pre-Need Burial Eligibility Determination

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented the pre-need burial eligibility determination program to assist anyone who would like to know if they are eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery. VA is promoting pre-need eligibility determination...

Download the application...

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

Veterans eligible to receive free cybersecurity training

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Hire Our Heroes have teamed up to offer training for Veterans in cybersecurity, in support of Veterans join our nation’s cybersecurity workforce.

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Posted on: August 7, 2015

VA Launches New No-Cost IT Training Programs

VA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs

Programs Designed to Help Transitioning Service members and Veterans Develop New Skills and Credentials

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today launched two new no-cost training progra...Read on...

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Posted on: June 22, 2017

Siemens Corporation Invests at RIDC Westmoreland

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Siemens Corporation is establishing a 290,000-square-foot presence at RIDC Westmoreland. Siemens Energy division expects to employ about 200 people at the facility when it opens in 2018.

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Posted on: June 16, 2017

Tenaska Westmoreland Relies on Local Contractors

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More than 100 regional businesses are supporting construction of the 925 MW Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station in Westmoreland County. Work on the natural gasfueled combined-cycle power plant is progressing on schedule.

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Posted on: June 1, 2017

WCIDC Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony at Jeannette Glass Site

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The event marked the official start of environmental remediation and demolition of buildings on the site. Dennis Davin, secretary of the state DCED, announced a $960,300 grant through the Industrial Site Reuse Program.

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Posted on: April 21, 2017

WCIDC Leases Five Acres at I-70 Industrial Park for Industrial Hemp Research

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Commonwealth Alternative Medicinal Options LLC (CAMO) will be leasing approximately five acres of residual farmland in the Phase II/III portion of the I-70 Industrial Park in South Huntington Township.

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Posted on: April 3, 2017

WCIDC signs lease agreement with Penn State New Kensington

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The New Kensington campus will be leasing 4,725 square feet at 701 Fifth Ave. in New Kensington from the WCIDC. This space will be home to the new entrepreneurial center set to open in fall 2017.

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Posted on: February 8, 2017

Envelope company bringing manufacturing from overseas to South Greensburg

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Standard Envelope plans to expand from six employees to 75 as it moves its operations from Unity to the 68,653-square-foot space in South Greensburg Commons it leases from the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corp.

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Posted on: December 14, 2016

Philips' center opens in Westmoreland Distribution Park North

Philips' distribution and service center

Built in nine months, the facility is six acres under a roof and has around 250 employees.

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

WCIDC partners with Penn State New Kensington on Entrepreneurial Center

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The WCIDC Board of Directors, Gina Cerilli, Ted Kopas, and Charles W. Anderson, approved an Agreement of Sale for the purchase of a building and property in New Kensington that will house Penn State New Kensington’s (PSNK) new Entrepreneurial Center.

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Posted on: October 11, 2016

Westmoreland County tackles how to grow county amid aging population

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A group of some of Westmoreland County’s top employers on Wednesday afternoon discussed the challenges of an aging and declining population and its impact on the region's workforce, but spoke optimistically about what was to come.

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

Gov. Wolf Announces Over $1.1 Million in Funding to Support Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass

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Governor Wolf announced $1.14 million in funding to support work along the Amos K Hutchinson Bypass while minimizing closures and disruptions on the PA turnpike.

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Posted on: August 30, 2016

WCIDC announces ownership of former Jeannette Glass plant

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The Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation (WCIDC) announced today the Westmoreland County Tax Bureau has signed over the deed to the WCIDC for the former Jeannette Glass property.

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Posted on: October 3, 2016

Letter from Commissioners: PA Department of Health Annual Survey

During the week of September 12, 2016 the Pennsylvania Department of Health conducted its annual survey of Westmoreland Manor. We want to be clear to the Manor's residents, their families, and county taxpayers that we take every finding seriously.

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PA DOH Survey 2016 Westmoreland Manor