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Posted on: September 2, 2015

Save the Date - Public Auction, Vehicles

Public Vehicle Auction

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 9:00 am in the Public Works Building, Donohoe Road, Greensburg.

More details, including vehicle list coming soon.
Check the Westmoreland County Purchasing website and Westmoreland County social media for updates.Read on...

Purchasing Department website
Posted on: September 2, 2015

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra announces its 47th Anniversary Season

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, under the artistic direction of Daniel Meyer, announces its 2015-2016 season beginning on October 24, 2015.

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Posted on: September 1, 2015

Press Release - Household Hazardous Waste Collection

LATROBE – Prepare now for Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling’s upcoming Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection, being held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Westmoreland County Community College, 145 Pavilion Lane, Parking Lot B, Youngwood, PA 15697,...Read on...

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Posted on: August 20, 2015

Westmoreland County Courthouse to be featured in PCN/CCAP Documentary - Public Screening Announced

PCNTV Historic Courthouse Series

Westmoreland County residents are invited to attend a free public screening of the PA Cable Network (PCN)’s documentary series, “Pennsylvania’s Historic Courthouses” featuring the Westmoreland County Courthouse. Free and open to the public, the screening ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 31, 2015

Job Posting: Court Reporter - Court of Common Pleas

Job Posting

Responsible for maintaining the verbatim record of court testimony and preparing transcripts as required using computer aided stenotype machines and software.

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Posted on: August 25, 2015

Labor United Celebration at Northmoreland Park, September 6 & 7

Labor United Celebration

Northmoreland Park hosts the 36th annual Labor United Celebration on Labor Day weekend, Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7, from 11:00am to 7:00pm each day. This event has free admission, free parking and free entertainment for all ages!

The L...Read on...

Labor United Celebration event page
Posted on: August 17, 2015

Dept of Public Safety Shares Tips on Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Extreme Heat Tips

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: August 19, 2015

Job Posting: Telecommunications Officer

Job Posting

Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety/911 Center is accepting applications for the position of Temporary Trainee Telecommunication Officers (TCO).

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Posted on: August 28, 2015

Press Release - Mosquito Spraying Set for Westmoreland County on August 31

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Mosquito Spraying Set for Westmoreland County on August 31

Pittsburgh, PA – The Department of Environmental Protection will conduct a mosquito control operation to reduce high populations of mosquitoes on August 31, 2015, in North Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County.

The treatments will be administered via truck-mounted equipment, spraying residential mosquito habitats. The equipment dispenses Biomist 3+15 ULV at a rate of 1.5-3.0 ounces per acre.

These products are designed to provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations. The application materials have a very low toxicity profile to mammals and are safe for the environment.

Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of contracting West Nile encephalitis.

So far in 2015, West Nile virus has been detected in Adams, Allegheny, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Franklin, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland, and York counties.

Weather conditions and other unexpected events could delay or cancel this spray operation. If conditions do not allow application on August 31, 2015, the following evening will serve as the back-up spray date.

Individuals can take a number of precautionary measures around their homes to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas, including:

• Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar containers that hold water.
• Properly dispose of discarded tires that can collect water. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.• Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers.
• Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year as the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains.• Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
• Turn over wheelbarrows and don't let water stagnate in birdbaths.• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers.

If a resident has stagnant pools of water on their property, they can buy Bti products at lawn and garden, outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. This naturally occurring bacterium kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

Additionally, these simple precautions can prevent mosquito bites, particularly for people who are most at risk:

• Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes.• Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.
• When possible, reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods, usually April through October.• Use insect repellents according to the manufacturer's instructions. An effective repellent will contain DEET, picardin, or lemon eucalyptus oil. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician for questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

For more information about West Nile virus and the state's surveillance and control program, please visit www.westnile.state.pa.us.

MEDIA CONTACT: John Poister,Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2015

Westmoreland County Transit Authority officials will discuss shared-ride program

The Westmoreland County Transit Authority will hold an open house Thursday to provide information about its struggling shared-ride program.

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Posted on: August 13, 2015

Commissioner Courtney Community Blog: Community Calendar

Community Calendar

Westmoreland County works very hard to make our website as user-friendly as possible. There is a lot of information at your fingertips 24/7.

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Posted on: August 12, 2015

Westmoreland County libraries help inmates keep in touch with loved ones

Warden John Walton had a problem.
He was fielding complaints about a new video visitation program for inmates at the Westmoreland County jail that cut back on in-person visits. And fewer people than he anticipated were ponying up...

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Posted on: August 5, 2015

Redevelopment Authority Bids Demolition Project in Latrobe

A former bakery in Latrobe is slated for demolition as part of the county's land bank effort to eliminate blight.

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Posted on: August 3, 2015

Hempfield Township Joins Westmoreland County Land Bank

Westmoreland County Landbank

Seeking to clear its inventory of abandoned real estate more quickly, Hempfield Township has entered into a partnership with the Westmoreland County Land Bank.

The partnership will enable the township to address more vacant buildings that have fallen i...Read on...

Westmoreland County Landbank website
Posted on: July 20, 2015

Westmoreland County Land Bank Clears the Way for Redevelopment of Former Hospital Site

Westmoreland County Land Bank

The Board of Directors of the Westmoreland County Land Bank today announced they have reached an agreement with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) that addresses the last remaining lien on the former Monsour Hospital property located in the C...Read on...

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

Latrobe Agency Receives Gold Hermes Creative Award for County Resource Guide

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West Media Group, a full-service creative advertising agency and internet marketing company based in Latrobe, PA, announced today that the firm received a Hermes Creative Gold Award in this year’s international Marketing and Communication competition. Thi...Read on...

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Posted on: July 1, 2015

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

Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland

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...Read on...

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Posted on: June 26, 2015

Westmoreland County Veterans Affairs now offering mobile claims assistance program

Laura Offerman, VA Outreach Coordinator

16 June 2014, Greensburg—Veterans and their family members in Westmoreland County now have a new weapon in their arsenals to access benefits and navigate the sometimes tricky maze of veterans benefits. With funding from the Pennsylvania Veterans Trust, We...Read on...

Westmoreland County Veterans Affairs website
Posted on: June 10, 2015

Commissioner Courtney Community Blog: Tips for Westmoreland County Weather Emergencies

Hempfield 2011 Tornado

Do you know the top 3 Weather Emergencies in PA? While summer represents a time for outdoor activities, from picnics to boating, it can also present unexpected severe and dangerous weather conditions.
The 3 greatest summertime weather emergencies in Pen...
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Posted on: June 3, 2015

Farmer's Market Vouchers Available

Senior Farmer's Market Nutritional Program

The 2015 Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program provides eligible seniors with vouchers to purchase produce grown in Pennsylvania. This program, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, provides four $5.00 vouchers to be used at participating ...Read on...

Full details and Sign-up Schedule & Locations
Posted on: May 26, 2015

Westmoreland Veterans' Monument unveiled, rededicated in Greensburg

Westmoreland County Veterans Statue

"Let this monument be a symbol, dedicated to honoring the courage and sacrifice of those residents of Westmoreland County who answered their nation's call to arms,” Commissioner Charles Anderson

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Posted on: May 21, 2015

Pennsylvania War Council realeases 'Wanted' poster to make veterans aware of 'scammers'

Veterans Scam Alert

There are many out there willing to take advantage of our veterans and/or their families. The Pennsylvania Veterans War Council asks you to display the linked 'Wanted' poster to help raise awareness.

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Posted on: May 6, 2015

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

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 Arnold and New Kensington residents volunteering as mentors for children who have committed crimes and are being processed through Westmoreland County's juvenile court and probation system.

Members of the youth commissions, which exist in every Westmoreland County school district and are believed to have originated in the 1960s, traditionally have acted as volunteer probation officers for first-time offenders who commit minor, non-violent minor crimes.

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Learn more about WC Youth Commissions
Posted on: April 28, 2015

Commissioner Courtney Community Blog: National County Government Month

National County Government Month

April is National County Month and the National Association of Counties (NACo) is encouraging counties to use this opportunity “to raise public awareness and raise understanding of the roles and responsibilities of county government.”
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Posted on: April 23, 2015

Mammoth and Northmoreland Park lakes are now open to canoeing and kayaking

Kayakers

The Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recreation has opened Mammoth and Northmoreland Park lakes to recreational kayaking and canoeing from May 1 through October 31, 7:00 am to dusk each year. No special permit is required by the Westmoreland County Bureau of
Parks and Recreation. Kayaks and canoes must be properly registered with the PA Fish and Boat Commission.

Only canoes and kayaks up to 16 feet in length are permitted on the lakes. No motors of any kind are permitted. All kayaks and canoes must be launched and removed at the designated launch site.

All PA Fish and Boat Commission rules and regulations must be strictly followed at all times. All County Park ordinances apply. For more information, please call the Bureau of Parks and Recreation at (724) 830-3950 or click on the Canoeing and Kayaking rules link belowRead on...

Canoeing and Kayaking Rules
Posted on: April 13, 2015

Alert Regarding Jury Duty in Westmoreland County

Jury Scam Alert

Telephone calls are being placed to Westmoreland County residents alerting people that they have missed jury duty and directing them to give personal information as well as demanding that they report to the Westmoreland County Courthouse at 2 N. Main Stre...Read on...

Posted on: March 26, 2015

Savannah

Savannah Lorenc

Selfless Savannah, displayed an incredible act of kindness by requesting books in lieu of gifts, for her 11th Birthday Party. She donated two large boxes of books to Westmoreland County Children's Bureau. These books were added to the agency's advisory board literacy program, which provides children and families with free books. Savannah spent additional time delivering and organizing these books. A special thank you to Judge Bilik-DeFazio for facilitating this well appreciated donationRead on...

Posted on: March 19, 2015

Commissioner Tyler Courtney Publicly Questions Governor’s Plans for Future Natural Gas Impact Fees

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News Release
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Westmoreland Commissioner Tyler Courtney Publicly Questions Governor’s Plans for Future Natural Gas Impact Fees

Greensburg, PA - Westmoreland County Commissioner Tyler Courtney is publicly questioning how Gover...Read on...

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Posted on: March 19, 2015

VA Eliminates Net Worth as Health Care Eligibility Factor

US Dept of Veterans Affairs

Elimination of Net Worth Makes More Veterans Eligible for Health Care
Washington – The Department of Veterans Affairs is updating the way it determines eligibility for VA health care, a change that will result in more Veterans having access to the health...Read on...

Net Worth Fact Sheet
Posted on: March 12, 2015

Westmoreland County announces homeownership program

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)...Read on...

Posted on: March 10, 2015

Westmoreland County Designated as DMVA Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Recipient

PA Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs

Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) has selected 12 Pennsylvania County Directors of Veterans Affairs Offices to receive $99,840 in grants from the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF).

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Posted on: March 6, 2015

Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force gets $9K to buy heroin antidote

(Update: the DOTF learned that this donation will actually total $10,000)

An anonymous donation to the Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force could put an antidote for heroin into the hands of emergency responders and community members.

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Posted on: February 3, 2015

Standard Charitable Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to the Westmoreland County Land Bank

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Standard Charitable Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Westmoreland County Land Bank to help acquire vacant properties to support its homeownership program.

The Westmoreland County Land Bank was created to acquire and redevelop vacant, blighted properties to stabilize neighborhoods and assist eligible homebuyers in attaining their goal of home ownership. The program is available in the 11 targeted municipalities that have agreed to participate with the Land Bank. These communities include the cities of Latrobe, Greensburg, Jeannette; the boroughs of West Newton, Youngwood, Scottdale, Mount Pleasant, South Greensburg, Irwin; and the townships of Sewickley and Mount Pleasant. Of the twelve properties already owned by the Land Bank, two are homes slated for rehabilitation.

According to April Kopas, the director of the Westmoreland County Land Bank, "The Standard Charitable Foundation grant is an important piece to acquire abandoned homes in the effort to stabilize good neighborhoods. We are so grateful for this valued partnership and for Standard’s commitment to support stronger communities.”

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Posted on: December 11, 2014

Paul Kuntz to step down as Westmoreland County Court Administrator

After almost three decades of service and leadership, Westmoreland County Court Administrator Paul Kuntz will retire from serving the citizens and Courts in our County. At a Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB) meeting on December 8th, Kuntz was lauded ...Read on...

Posted on: December 4, 2014

Westmoreland Officials learn of lauded drug life saving Project Lazarus

Alarmed by the growing toll of drug overdose deaths, officials in Westmoreland County are looking south, to a North Carolina county known for moonshine and as the birthplace of NASCAR, for a solution to the problem.

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Posted on: October 27, 2014

November Proclaimed "Record Your Veterans Discharge Month"

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The month of November has been proclaimed “Record Your Veterans Discharge Month” in Westmoreland County by County Commissioners Chuck Anderson, Tyler Courtney and Ted Kopas. During the month of November, all Westmoreland County veterans are encouraged to ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 24, 2014

Westmoreland County Testifies at the House Education Committee on Truancy

Battling Truancy

Dirk Matson, Shara Saveikis, and Ken Williams addressed the House of Education on September 22, 2014 to testify on truancy.
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Posted on: October 21, 2013

Westmoreland, Washington Counties Agree to Join Pa. Services Grant Plan

HARRISBURG -- A state program that aims to provide more flexibility in how human services programs are funded is expanding to include Washington and Westmoreland counties.

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Posted on: October 2, 2013

Task Force Targets Drug Deaths in Westmoreland County

The epidemic of drug overdose deaths in Westmoreland County is a community problem, and it will take a comprehensive plan to reduce the number by 25 percent over the next few years, said members of the Westmoreland County Drug Task Force. Read more...

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Posted on: April 18, 2011

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Posted on: April 18, 2011

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Posted on: October 28, 2011

Website Personalization Now Available!

By clicking “Log In” on the MyDashboard bar at the top of the screen, users may create a login for the site or use their Facebook profile to access MyDashboard. Once logged in, visitors can choose the modules, features and keywords that they’d like to see...Read on...