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...

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
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...

Posted on: September 16, 2015

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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: June 9, 2017

Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging Caregiver Support Group Meeting

The Westmoreland
County <_st13a_personname _w3a_st="on">Area Agency on Aging extendsan invitation to you to attend our monthly Caregiver Support Group Meeting on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 1:00 p.m.
to 3:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held atthe McKenna Center f...

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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.

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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.

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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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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

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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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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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

Posted on: March 28, 2017

Attention Crime Victims

Folded stack of cash

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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Posted on: March 28, 2017

Westmoreland courts start e-filing process

File folder with computer mouse

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

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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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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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Posted on: February 3, 2017

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

GFOA Logo

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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Posted on: April 8, 2015

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Posted on: June 27, 2017

Notice of Change of Meeting Date

Public Meeting Schedule Change

Notice is hereby given that the regularly scheduled meetings of the Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners and the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 10:00am will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at...

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Posted on: June 26, 2017

Job Post - Sergeant

Westmoreland County Prison

Westmoreland County is seeking applicants for the position of Sergeant for the Westmoreland County Prison. The purpose of this position is to maintain prison security and supervise and direct the activities of prison staff.

This position is the first line ...

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Posted on: June 23, 2017

Job Post - Domestic Relations Aide

Westmoreland County Domestic Relations Office

Please note that Domestic Relations Office has a position for Domestic Relations Aide open for placement.  Any interested candidates should submit in writing their interests  no later than July 14 at 4:00pm to the Director:

Terence O&...

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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.

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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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Posted on: June 13, 2017

Notice from the Westmoreland County Board of Assessment Appeals

Hand writing the word APPEAL

Notice is hereby given that the Tax Assessment Roll shall be open for public inspection at Office of the Westmoreland County Board of Assessment Appeals, 40 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 440, Greensburg, Pennsylvania 15601, on the dates from July 1, 20...

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Posted on: June 7, 2017

RFP Issued for Jeannette Route 30 Redevelopment Project

Jeannette Redevelopment Project Image

The Westmoreland County Land Bank & the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking developers for the purchase & development of prime commercial property along the Route 30 corridor in Jeannette.

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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: 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

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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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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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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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Posted on: March 29, 2017

Juvenile Detention and Shelter PREA Final Audit Report

Audit

Westmoreland County Juvenile Detention and Shelter successfully completed their PREA Audit on Monday, March 27, 2017.

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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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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 16, 2017

Commissioner Kopas Testifies before PA House of Representatives Human Services Committee

Ted testimony

Westmoreland County, PA - Official Website 

Watch Commissioner Kopas testify before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Human Services Committee to protect workers with disabilities.

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Courts

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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
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
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
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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Posted on: May 2, 2017

Local Orphans' Court Update

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Please note: Westmoreland County Local Orphans’ Court Rules were published in the PA Bulletin Volume 47, Number 17 on April 29, 2017. They will become effective on May 29, 2017. “

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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 4, 2016

Recovering addicts tell lawmakers Westmoreland court rehab program works

Jeffrey Patterson broke a smile and said he didn't expect a standing ovation from 18 members of a state legislative panel who listened Wednesday to his emotional testimony about his drug addiction.

He said it made him feel good about himself, somethin...Read on...

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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
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...


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.

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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

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Posted on: June 7, 2017

RFP Issued for Jeannette Route 30 Redevelopment Project

Jeannette Redevelopment Project Image

The Westmoreland County Land Bank & the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking developers for the purchase & development of prime commercial property along the Route 30 corridor in Jeannette.

Press Release...
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

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

Development Council Spring Newsletter

Newsletter News Flash

Check out the latest news from the Westmoreland Development Council.

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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.

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Posted on: April 4, 2017

WCIDC's 2016 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2016 was another exciting year for the WCIDC. Our annual report highlights the accomplishments, goals and various projects there were completed in the previous year.

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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: February 8, 2017

Envelope company bringing manufacturing from overseas to South Greensburg

South Greensburg Commons

Standard Envelope company 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: 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Elections

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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.

Posted on: June 2, 2017

Public Notice

Official Notice stamp

Notice is hereby given that Monday June 5, 2017 pre-certification of Election results for the May 16, 2017 Municipal Primary for LOCAL offices ONLY was signed at 10:00 am. Final certification of these offices will be signed on June 12, 2017 at 10:00 am.

Posted on: June 2, 2017

Public Notice

Official Notice stamp

Notice is hereby given that Monday June 5, 2017 pre-certification of the Election results for the May 16, 2017 Municipal Primary for Statewide and Countywide offices ONLY was signed at 10:00 am.


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.

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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.

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Posted on: June 20, 2017

Child Car Seat Safety Check June 29

Safety seat check June 29

Car Seat Safety Check

Thursday, June 29, 10 am to 1 pm 

Bishop Connare Center

2900 Seminary Dr, Greensburg  PA  15601


Sponsored by the PA State Police

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.

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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.

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Posted on: June 19, 2017

Alle-Kiski Valley libraries, schools look to keep kids learning during summer

Many libraries already have their summer reading programs under way in an effort to provide summer activities and prevent children from losing their reading skills over summer break.

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Posted on: June 19, 2017

Dads Matter program supports parenting roles--Latrobe Bulletin

BY MARYANN GOGNIAT EIDEMILLER

For The Bulletin

About 150 family members — mostly dads and their kids — attended a picnic Wednesday at the Private Industry Council Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. (PIC) on Donohoe Road in Hempfield Township. Th...

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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 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.

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Posted on: June 15, 2017

United Way celebrates $3.6M fundraising campaign efforts

Text - United Way of Southwestern PA

More than 100 local volunteers, individual donors and corporate partners of United Way attended a luncheon at St. Vincent College, where the details of its most recent Westmoreland campaign were announced. The goal of $3.6 million...

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Posted on: June 12, 2017

Baby boomers, Medicare march into increasingly uncertain future

The futures of the baby boom generation and Medicare are inextricably tied.

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Posted on: June 12, 2017

Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity nails a new system

Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity expected to finish renovating one house this year. Instead

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Posted on: June 9, 2017

Westmoreland could lose $1.3 million in state funds

In an effort to cut discretionary spending this year, commissioners slashed $110,000 in funding to seven local social service agencies, including $49,000 to the Westmoreland County Food Bank.

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

Nelson’s bill for seniors’ prescription drug assistance passes House

From the Latrobe Bulletin

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives this week approved legislation, sponsored by Rep. Eric Nelson (R-Hempfield Township), to prevent seniors from losing their eligibility for the state’s prescription drug assistanc...

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

Pitt researchers want to hear about family caregivers' issues

One often-stated problem for family caregivers is their sense of isolation, feeling unable to unburden themselves about their stress from a sense no one wants to listen.

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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.

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Posted on: June 1, 2017

Pennsylvania program encourages people with disabilities to work

While many government benefit-based programs strictly limit an applicant’s assets and income, PA's medical assistance program recognizes the need to give people who want to work a “helping hand.”

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Posted on: May 30, 2017

Organizations compete to serve disabled in Pittsburgh area

Robin Truax became blind nearly five years ago...Beyond the devastating impact of losing her eyesight, the hardest part for the Bluff neighborhood resident has been figuring out how to navigate the bureaucracy that has the resources to help her...

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Posted on: May 27, 2017

After wife's suicide, dad champions center to treat depression in new moms at West Penn H

Steven D'Achille hopes that a treatment center for pregnant women and new mothers scheduled to open this fall in Pittsburgh will prevent deaths such as his wife's.

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Posted on: May 24, 2017

Excess grant money to fund peer, individual and group therapy for inmates

BY AMY FAUTH

Bulletin Staff Writer

Inmates at the Westmoreland County Prison in need of mental health services will receive the help they need thanks to a pilot program that will provide peer, individual and group counseling services paid for by $194,000 in...

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Posted on: May 24, 2017

Wolf nominates insurance commish for top post at proposed Health and Human Services

Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that he intends to nominate Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to serve as the first secretary of his proposed Department of Health and Human Services.

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Posted on: May 23, 2017

Pittsburgh Foundation fundraiser to raise money for those with needs in key areas

The Pittsburgh Foundation is narrowing the focus of its former Day of Giving fundraiser to raise money for more than 100 nonprofits in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties that directly support people with needs in five areas.

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Posted on: May 23, 2017

Senior Farmers' Market Program sign-ups open

The Program provides eligible seniors four $5.00 checks to use at any participating Farmers’ Market to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from June 1, 2017 until November 30, 2017.

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Posted on: May 22, 2017

Child abuse reports continue to surge in Allegheny County

About two-thirds of counties in the state saw an increased number of child abuse reports in 2016, according to the most recent annual child protective services report by the state Department of Human Services.

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Saint Vincent graduation includes special needs students for first time

Zachary Dixon gave a triumphant fist-pump Saturday as he crossed the stage in cap and gown at Saint Vincent College’s commencement.

It was the first time that students in the college’s program for those with intellectual disabilities marched.

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Two Latrobe women among 12 sworn in as CASA volunteers

CASA volunteers Morgan Bassett, Kathy Shick (of Latrobe), Becky Dillon, Marsha Sherman, Roberta Cook, (back row) Mandy Zalich (executive director, CASA), Judge Timothy Krieger, Janelle Mathe (advocate supervisor, CASA), Denis Darsie, Meredith King (senior...

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Posted on: May 18, 2017

Sensory room at Norwin's Sheridan Terrace Elementary helps students with autism, other challenges

Staff at Norwin's Sheridan Terrace Elementary School created a sensory room where students with autism spectrum disorders and those facing social, communication and behavioral challenges get time and space to “come into their senses” and “cool down.”

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Posted on: May 18, 2017

Westmoreland County residents list transportation improvements as top priority; more public input so

Residents who participated in the early stages of a $250,000 effort to plan for Westmoreland County's future identified needs for better transportation, more jobs and the ability to retain and grow population as the top concerns.

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Posted on: May 16, 2017

Pennsylvania aiming to help released prisoners stay free

HARRISBURG — State officials are launching the first council to help former prison inmates navigate the challenges of finding housing, work and health care as they adjust to life outside bars.

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

Special ed funding would be in peril if U.S. Senate passes House bill

The bill passed by the U.S. House to repeal the Affordable Care Act, now being considered by the Senate, would make deep cuts to Medicaid — which threatens millions in special education dollars for local school districts.

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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: May 9, 2017

Grief Share Support Group Meeting in Latrobe, PA

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Grief Share Support Group is led by  Heartland Hospice Bereavement Coordinator Karen Sweeney-Ryall and meets Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for 12 weeks beginning May 9 and continuing through August 1, 2017. Group will be held at the Hope Cen...

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Posted on: May 3, 2017

Law students learn a new way to relieve stress

“You're able to escape and laugh at yourself when everything else in law school seems so serious. It's silly and it's fun and you get to take that moment to yourself and forget about everything legal.”

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Posted on: May 1, 2017

Westmoreland County judge hopes to place more juvenile offenders with volunteer fire departments

Juvenile offenders shine the trucks, spiff up the hall, assist at bingo fundraisers and even help roll up the hoses sometimes when trucks pull back into one of Latrobe's five fire stations after a call.

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging

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May/June 2017 AAA Newsletter is here hot off the press!

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Posted on: April 27, 2017

Workplaces for people with intellectual disabilities are decreasing. The changes can be painful.

Every day, Perry Blatz knows where his son Bill will be — stuffing and labeling envelopes at the UPMC Vocational Training Center in the South Side, a facility for adults with intellectual disabilities.

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Posted on: April 10, 2017

Head of county's drug OD force knows struggles of recovery firsthand

As head of Westmoreland County's Drug Overdose Task Force, Tim Phillips routinely talks to addicts and tells them recovery is possible.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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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Posted on: June 7, 2017

RFP Issued for Jeannette Route 30 Redevelopment Project

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The Westmoreland County Land Bank & the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking developers for the purchase & development of prime commercial property along the Route 30 corridor in Jeannette.

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

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

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(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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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: 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: 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: 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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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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Posted on: June 26, 2017

Mammoth Park Youth Field Day - July 29!

Youth Field Day

Kids can learn about the great outdoors at the Youth Field Day at Mammoth Park on Saturday, July 29 from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Youth Field Day is a free event sponsored by local volunteers, in conjunction with the Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recre...

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Posted on: June 22, 2017

Register for the Five Star Trail Poker Run on July 22!

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The 18th annual Five Star Trail Poker Run will be held on Saturday, July 22 starting at Lynch Field in Greensburg. Registration begins at 8:00am and the event will start at 9:00am. The registration fee is fifteen dollars for participants who pre-register ...

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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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Posted on: December 13, 2012

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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.

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

Westmoreland County Continues To Map Out A Successful Vision For The Future

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The Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development announces a Westmoreland County Tour with comprehensive plan consultants, three upcoming community workshops, and an update on community engagement activities.

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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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Posted on: January 23, 2017

Naturalization Record Search

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

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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.

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Posted on: July 12, 2016

Westmoreland County's historic documents headed to the web

A year from now, those using the Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds website should be able to view electronically records dating from the decade before the Civil War back to the organization of the county in the late 1700s.

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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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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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Posted on: July 1, 2015

Redevelopment Authority Receives $500,000 to Clean Up Brownfield Sites

The Board of Directors of the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland today announced the agency is the recipient of a $500,000 federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to perform environmental assessments countywide in an effo...

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Posted on: May 2, 2017

Local Orphans' Court Update

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Please note: Westmoreland County Local Orphans’ Court Rules were published in the PA Bulletin Volume 47, Number 17 on April 29, 2017. They will become effective on May 29, 2017. “

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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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Posted on: January 31, 2017

2017 Dog Licenses are now Available.

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Credit Card payments accepted for on-line purchases only.

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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.

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Posted on: June 26, 2017

PA Hero Walk visits Ligonier

From the Latrobe Bulletin--The PA Hero Walk traveled down Main Street in Ligonier Borough on Wednesday evening, continuing on its annual trek from Philadelphia to Lower Burrell.

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Posted on: June 26, 2017

Vietnam Memorial Wall replica display to visit Hampton Community Center

A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall will be on display in Hampton Township from June 29 to July 4.

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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.

Posted on: June 23, 2017

Rep. Eric Nelson hosts Veteran Appreciation Picnic Sept. 14th

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For veterans and their family residing in the 57th district.
Thurs., Sept. 14
4-7 pm
Youngwood Park & Pool
801 S 10th St, Youngwood
Reserve by Tues., Aug. 1 at 724-834-6400

Posted on: June 23, 2017

Trump signs VA bill to protect whistleblowers, expedite firing of problem workers

WASHINGTON — President Trump signed legislation Friday designed to protect whistleblowers while making it easier to fire problem employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Posted on: June 22, 2017

PA Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs June 21st newsletter

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HB 218 Would Jeopardize Military Readiness, Care For Veterans: 

Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general, said he fears that the cuts contained in the House Republican budget proposal (HB 218) would je...

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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 15, 2017

Flag Etiquette Do's and Don'ts

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From Memorial Day through Flag Day and on to Independence Day, our nation's flag is in the spotlight. Brush up on your flag etiquette here.

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Posted on: June 15, 2017

PA DMVA News June 15th

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Lithuanian Defense Minister Visits Gov. Wolf And PA Guard: 

Governor Tom Wolf welcomed Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg to discuss Pennsylvania’s partne...

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Posted on: June 14, 2017

Veteran Education Fair July 12, Pittsburgh

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Veterans are invited to speak directly with educational institution reps and learn guidelines for admission, using GI Bill, and more.

Posted on: June 12, 2017

California boy, 11, becomes the pied piper of patriotism

Young boys aren't easily appalled, but 11-year-old Preston Sharp sure knows the feeling.

"Yeah, I was really surprised," Preston said. And really disappointed.

Preston's mom April had never seen him like this before. "Not this angry and passionate."

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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 5, 2017

Pittsburgh Symphony presents "In Honor of Service"

30 June 2017 Americana Concert at Soldiers Sailors, PIttsburgh

The PSO will be performing  Friday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland. Reserve your FREE tickets today by calling 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org .

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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

Monuments honor Westmoreland County's fallen war veterans

Like the battlefields of Europe, monuments to America's war dead dot the landscape of Westmoreland County, from the smallest rural village to the courthouse plaza.

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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 30, 2017

Westmoreland honors its veterans

Russell Moore Jr. makes a pilgrimage every Memorial Day from his home in Orlando, Fla., to a plastic folding chair in Westmoreland County Memorial Park.

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

PA DMVA News May 26, 2017

PA DMVA News, Around the State, Across the Nation, Employment Opportunities, Veterans Events, and more in this issue.

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

POW/MIA Chair of Honor dedicated at courthouse

Chair of Honor at Westmoreland Courthouse

A permanent reminder of the service men and women who were prisoners of war or never returned home was dedicated Thursday at the Westmoreland County Courthouse.

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

PARTNER AIRLIFT Strategic Airlift Capability C-17s provide multinational opportunities

Master Sgt. Brandon Nicely is the superintendent of personnel for the Heavy Airlift Wing. He and his

(Editor’s Note  from the Latrobe Bulletin : Master Sgt. Brandon Nicely, who is a native of Derry Township and graduated from Derry Area High School in 2000, where he ran track and cross-country, left to join the U.S. Air Force when he w...

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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 18, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs, May 17

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Persian Gulf Bonus Program: 

Any current or former member of the armed forces who was a Pennsylvania resident ...

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Posted on: May 17, 2017

Norwin students, veterans place American flags on 1,400 graves

Despite a steady rain , a group of Norwin High School students and veterans forged ahead and placed American flags on the graves of about 1,400 veterans at Irwin Union Cemetery in North Huntingdon.

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

Excela Health programs help veterans deal with guilt, grief

Acceptance of what veterans did during their time in combat — that they did what was asked of them — and understanding the need for them to tell their stories are important elements in helping veterans heal from the emotional wounds of war.

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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.

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: May 8, 2017

Lowe's expands, changes its military discount program

National home improvement retailer Lowe’s has expanded its everyday military discount program to include all honorably discharged veterans, as of May.

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

VA announces scam targeting Veterans

The US Department of Veterans Affairs office has issued a warning to the public of a scam targeting veterans. According to the agency, a phone line mimicking the VA phone line called veterans offering them $100 rebate if their credit card is provided.

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Posted on: April 27, 2017

VA limiting new hiring as it aims to widen private care

Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the VA is leaving thousands of positions unfilled, citing the need for a leaner VA as it develops a longer-term plan to allow more veterans to seek medical care in the private sector.

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Posted on: April 13, 2017

Message from VAPHS Director McGraw

I wanted to share some big news coming out of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Today, VA took unprecedented steps towards increasing transparency. After working with Veterans and Veterans Service Organizations, VA launched a new online tool that p...

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Posted on: April 13, 2017

News from the PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs April 13

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97-Year-Old Volunteer Retires From Veterans Center: 

For nearly two decades, Wanda Spiering drove herself to ...

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Posted on: April 13, 2017

Park & Shuttle at VA Highland discontinued May 1

 The Park & Shuttle between VA Highland Drive and University Drive campuses will no longer be available, effective May 1, 2017.While the service was very well-received by users, the ridership trends and operational costs did not support it as...

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Posted on: April 12, 2017

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Posted on: April 7, 2017

VA Town Hall on the Move held in Unity Township April 4th

Toni BushNeal, Jocelyn Connelly, Elizabeth Marinella, Matt Zamosky, Matt Rowley, Lamont Taylor

 

5 April 2017-- Unity Township American Legion Post 982 hosted Westmoreland County’s first VA Town Hall on the Move on Tuesday. 1st Vice Commander of the Post, Matt Zamosky, MSgt, USAF Ret., welcomed the attendees and led the P...

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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: March 28, 2017

VA Offering Services for MST Victims

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing all care for mental and physical health conditions related to military sexual trauma (MST) free of charge, and veterans do not need to have reported their experiences of MST at the time.

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Posted on: March 17, 2017

Scholarship for Wounded PA Guardsmen

 

The National Guard Educational Foundation will provide up to $1,000 / year higher education scholarships for Guardsmen wounded in OEI, OIF, or OND.

Ten (10) scholarships will be awarded in this round. The deadline for application submission is Ju...

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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...

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Posted on: January 20, 2017

Pennsylvania Department of Military & Veterans Affairs and Dept. of Agriculture honor veterans at PA

Pennsylvania Department of Military & Veterans Affairs and Dept. of Agriculture honor veterans at PA

Pennsylvania Department of Military & Veterans Affairs and Dept. of Agriculture honor veterans at PA Farm Show

Harrisburg, January 13, 2017--&nb...

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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 7, 2017

RFP Issued for Jeannette Route 30 Redevelopment Project

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The Westmoreland County Land Bank & the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking developers for the purchase & development of prime commercial property along the Route 30 corridor in Jeannette.

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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.

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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.

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Posted on: April 4, 2017

WCIDC's 2016 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2016 was another exciting year for the WCIDC. Our annual report highlights the accomplishments, goals and various projects there were completed in the previous year.

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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: February 8, 2017

Envelope company bringing manufacturing from overseas to South Greensburg

South Greensburg Commons

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

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 PBT.jpg

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

Amos K. Hutshinson 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

Jeannette Glass Site.jpg

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