The Greene Gazette E-Newsletter for August 2017 from the Greene County Board of Commissioners, Greene County, Pennsylvania

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GREENE COUNTY, PA — Thursday, August 31, 2017


Greene County Commissioners
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Phone: 724-852-5210
County Office Building, 3rd Floor
93 East High Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370

For Immediate Release
www.co.greene.pa.us
Ruth Thornberg, Webmaster

Compiled by Kelli Rishell
Administrative Assistant &
Ruth Thornberg, Webmaster


Edited by JoAnne Marshall
Communications Director


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The County Commissioners would like to recognize all county employees born in the month SEPTEMBER and wish you a
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!



New Schedule for Drags

FMI, contact the GC Parks & Rec

at 724-852-5323


September 9

FMI, contact the park office
at 724-429-4254


September 9
50's Fest & Car Cruise


September 9

FMI, call 724-627-TOUR




FMI, call 304-284-0084
or visit www.racerproductions.com/2017/07/27th-annual-dc-vet-homecoming/.



Greene County Museum

FMI, call 724-627-3204


October 6-7-8

FMI, call 724-377-0155



Register your band today,
call 724-998-2123 or 724-377-0155.

October 9-14

FMI, call 724-499-5487




FMI, call the SWPA Area Agency on Aging at 724-852-151



October 14

FMI, call 724-627-3745

(Extension.psu.edu/greene)

Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency

Visitors Guide

Hot off the presses, our 2017 Official Visitors Guides has arrived!! This full-color, 35-page guide features events, attractions, and photos of your friends and neighbors! To request a copy, call 724-627-8687 or e-mail tourism.
Now available

Order your "GREENE T-Shirt" today

$12 each - call, 724-627-8687


It rained & rained!
Well another Rain Day gone! Thank you all for attending or participating with this years Rain Day.

2017 Commissioners attend annual CCAP Conference and Trade Show

The annual CCAP conference and trade show was held on August 6-9, 2017 at the Bayfront Convention Center, Erie County, PA. All three of our County Commissioners attended along with many Pennsylvania elected officials. U.S. Senator Bob Casey addressed the CCAP membership.

There were several breakout and training sessions with handouts to provide information about Pennsylvania, what was available at the conference, and several exhibits on state-of-the-art technology.

CCAP is the voice of county government; a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. CCAP members include county commissioners, council members, county executives, administrators, chief clerks and solicitors.

CCAP bestowed honors upon several Pennsylvania county leaders and others who have enhanced the well-being of counties and residents. Awards were given out at the annual banquet held on Tuesday evening. Each year, CCAP, the PA Highway Information Association (PHIA) and the PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) work together to recognize the best road and bridge safety improvement projects undertaken by local governments across the commonwealth.

Commissioner Zimmerman participated in the Fun Run that was held at 6:30am on Tuesday morning along the Erie waterfront and marina; a non-competitive run/walk.

Finally, at the closing of the conference, was a luncheon cruise around Lake Erie aboard the famous Victorian Princess Riverboat, a paddle wheel boat, with a presentation by a local historian who shared the interesting history of Erie. Following was also a afternoon tour of Presque Isle Lighthouse and Park with a short presentation on the park's programs and plans for the future. The last stop on the tour was to the Tom Ridge Environmental Center.

Photo from ccap hashtag on Twitter, from the July 14 CCAP members at the White House.

Ribbon-cutting at new Community Bank Operations Center
Our county commissioners along with bank officials and State Rep. Pam Snyder attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday August 15 at the new location of the Community Bank Operations Center located in EverGreene Technology Park in Franklin Township, Waynesburg.

Rep. Pam Snyder presented Ralph J. Sommers, Jr. with a flag flown over the State Capitol for Community Banks's new Operations Center dedicated in his name.

The announcement for the new office came July 2016, for the back-office operations of Community Bank moving forward on a multimillion-dollar, 22,500 sq-ft consolidated operations center to be built at Waynesburg's Technology Park.

Coming as a surprise to the Sommers family, was the announcement by Community Bank Chief Executive Officer Pat McCune that the new center would be named the Ralph J. Sommers Jr. Operations Center to honor Sommers, who began working in the banking industry in 1960, and joined Community Banks's predecessor, the former First National Bank of Carmichaels, in 1980. He became its CEO four years later, serving in that capacity for 24 years.

Ribbon-cutting at new First Federal Savings & Loan building addition and Rain Day dedication plaque

First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Greene County held a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration for the new addition to the Main office in Downtown Waynesburg. Along with the ribbon cutting, they also dedicated a special plaque honoring the history of Rain Day.
Widely known as the Birthplace of Rain Day, the plaque has been applied to the new addition of the First Federal Savings & Loan of Greene County at the Waynesburg Main Branch, along with a few bricks that were saved from the original Allison Building.

Pictured standing by the plaque is Commission Dave Coder, who owned the Allison Building prior to selling to the First Federal Savings & Loan Bank.

The location was once home to the Allison Building, which housed the J.T. Rogers & Co. Drugstore. In the 1870's, a local farmer remarked to pharmacists William Allison that it always seemed to rain on his birthday, July 29. In 1874, Allison began tracking the weather on that date every year, and a Waynesburg tradition was born.

The recordkeeping was inherited by Allison's brother, then by the owners of the Daily & Spragg Drugstore, Byron Daily and Carl Spragg. The records were taken over by Daily's son, John, who "bet his hat" with a national or regional celebrity that it would rain. The late newsman John O'Hara helped Rain Day grow to national prominence.

The image of this plaque is from a postcard postmarked 1913, and the bricks underneath the plaque are from the Allison Building, which was razed in 2013.


Pictured in the July 30 ceremony is Commissioner Blair Zimmerman speaking at the opening ceremony; and on the right in the ribbon-cutting are our three County Commissioner Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder, and Archie Trader; Directors of First Federal Savings & Loan, bank officers and invited dignitaries.

This Month in Greene County Government...

Board of Commissioners:
During the commissioners' regular board meeting on Thursday, August 17, the Commissioners approved the following motions:

  •   Under Finance & Administration:
    1. Annual maintenance agreement between the County of Greene and AutoClear for maintenance and upkeep of three X-Ray machines.
    2. Budget revision #3
    3. Re-appointment of Terry Wiltrout to the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board of Directors.
    4. Reallocation of 2015 Phare Funds.
    5. Agreement between the County of Greene and Jesse L. Fiske, Sr., LLC for Greene County Courthouse miscellaneous repairs and restorations project in the amount of $246,800.
    6. Adjustment of the clean and green values for 2018.
  •   Emergency Management, the Commissioners approved the Commonwealth Law Assistance network agreement for information exchange and make Jeffrey A. Marshall signatory.

  •   Human Services the Commissioners approved the following:
    1. FY 2017/2018 Penn Dot Shared Ride Grant for Transportation for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities.
    2. FY2016/2017 budget revision with ECHO for Greene County.
    3. 3rd Quarter TEFAP report
    4. FY2016/2017 4th Quarter report of Expenditures for Medical Assistant Transportation.
  •   Under Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, the Commissioners approved the following motions:
    1. Annual Supports Coordination Organization Qualification Application.
    2. FY2017/2018 contracts with:
      1. ARC Fayette
      2. ACHIEVA
      3. Developmental Therapy Associates d/b/a Jody Barto
      4. Pathways of SW PA
      5. STARS
      6. Triad Behavior Support Services, LLC
      7. Greene County Children and Youth Services
      8. Connect, Inc.
      9. Brandon Meyers, Esquire
      10. Adam Belletti, Esquire
      11. SPHS-CARE Center
      12. SPHS-CARE Center Vehicle Lease Agreement
      13. Steps Inside
  •   Under Drug and Alcohol, the Commissioners approved the following FY2017/2018 contracts:
      1. Abstinent Living at the Turning Point
      2. Firetree LTD
      3. Gateway Rehabilitation Center
      4. Glenbeigh Hospital
      5. Greenbriar Treatment Center
      6. P.O.W.E.R
      7. Pyramid Healthcare
      8. Sojourner House
      9. The CARE Center, Inc.
      10. Twin Lakes Center
      11. White Deer Run
      12. Renewal Treatment, Inc.
  •   Under Children and Youth (CYS), the Commissioners approved the following:
    1. FY2016/2017 4th Quarter Act 148 Report of Quarterly Expenditures.
    2. FY2016/2017 Budget Revision.
  •   Under IDA, the Commissioners approved the following:
    1. Fund $250,000 for the Greene County Strategic Impact Program as requested by the Industrial Development Authority.
    2. Allocation of $8,500 for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant Application Project.
  •   Under CDBG, the Commissioners approved the following:
    1. Sub-Recipient Agreement between the County of Greene and Monongahela Township for federal fiscal year 2016 funds.
    2. Sub-Recipient Agreement between the County of Greene and Wayne Township for federal fiscal year 2016.
    3. Cooperation Agreement between the County of Greene and Cumberland Township for federal fiscal year 2015 and 2016.
    4. Appoint William C. Groves, Cumberland Township Board of Supervisors, the authority to carry out the responsibilities of a certifying officer for Greene County Cumberland Township Environmental Review Records.
    5. Exempt form for the Bedilion Road Design.
    6. Resolution for relocation of funds between activity and administration for Franklin Township 2015 contract in the amount of $1.
    7. Resolution to submit a request for CDBG modifications dated August 22, 2017 pending the public comment deadline and where no adverse comments are received related to the intention to modify CDBG FFY 2015/2016 for Franklin Township.

Public Comments:
  • Cindy Bailey from Greene Speak newspaper voiced concerns about the general public not being invited to events regarding drug and alcohol and human services. The commissioners said that they will be open to having the all the press invited to events that are sponsored by the County.
  • Morgan Township supervisors discussed concerns regarding blighted houses and judicial sales. The commissioners referred them to work with the Tax Claim office. They also had concerns regarding the truck usage on roads and the impact to everyone. The commissioners will coordinate to have a meeting with all parties involved to come up with a solution.

Prison Board:
During the Prison Board meeting on Thursday, August 17, the Commissioners made the following motions:
  • Security:   Institutional misconduct reports for July – three (3) major infractions, eight (8) minor. Reportable extraordinary occurrence reports (EOR) for July – Zero (0).
  • Treatment:   Purchased another chin-up/dipping station for the G-unit exercise area following the completion of the yard containment fence. Additionally purchased another set of bags for usage in the bag toss games that have been constructed for the exercise yards. It is noted that the inmates are using the bag toss games and seem to enjoy this competitive game. We received our new food service cart last week, however there were noticeable problems with the doors to the unit opening properly, so the vendor was contacted who in turn contacted the manufacturer and then conducted a conference call to resolve this issue. Initially planned on returning the unit; however they agreed to provide directions on correcting this problem with the doors. Since this unit was purchased to aid maintaining the correct temperature for the inmate meals we will attempt to address the problem through the method offered by the manufacturer.
  • Training:   Training was conducted on the Remington 870 shotgun for familiarization and weapons handling in July. Firearms training and qualifications continued in August with the firearms training being conducted at Garards Fort. On 08-11-17 training for suicide prevention was conducted in two sessions at the facility.
  • Maintenance:   Incurred the following charges under repairs and maintenance for the month of July for a total of $3,260.34. The majority of these charges reflect service calls from Huckestein and Morgantown Security and Fire.
  • Financial Report:
    • Fayette County currently owes $3,100.00 for the month of August in regards to rental fees and has paid $15,500.00 for the month of July.
    • Deposits totaling $1,480.00 have been made with the Treasurer’s office for July work release and weekend inmates.
  • Population Report:
    • Full time males/females total: 56 (includes 2 Fayette, 1 Westmoreland and 3 Washington County inmates)
    • Weekend males/females total: 5
    • Weekend release males/females total: 3

Retirement Board:
During the Retirement Board meeting on Thursday, August 17, the Commissioners approved the July 13 meeting notes. There was no old or new business, meeting was adjourned.


Salary Board:
During the Salary Board meeting on Thursday, August 17, the Commissioners also approved the following personnel actions:

    Correction in Pay Rate:
    • Ryan Baker, RPT Corrections Officer, Prison
    • Anthony Martin, RPT Corrections Officer, Prison
    • Donald White, RPT Corrections Officer, Prison
    Increase in Pay:
    • Adam Gillingham, Forensic Specialist to regular non-probationary, Human Services
    New Hires: (listed below)

    Promotions:
    • Ryan Baker, RFT Corrections Officer I, Prison
    Reclassifications:
    • Tina Clutter, to RFT Secretary III, Human Services
    Resignations:
    • Joshua Chodrow, CYS Casework Supervisor, eff. 8/10/2017
    • Mark Koscheck, Casual Van Driver, Transportation, eff. 8/4/2017
    Retirements:
    • Denise Forman, Docket Clerk, Courts, eff. 9/1/2017
    Transfers:
    • Zackary Burger from RFT Corrections Officer I to Casual, Prison
    • Karlie Wright from RFT to RPT Agricultural Technician, GCCD

County Commissioners welcome new county employees

The Commissioners would like — to take time to welcome our new employees that were hired, and introduce each new hire to the rest of our county employees. Welcome to the county and we hope that you are happy in your new position. We have an open door policy for all our employees, and hope that you feel comfortable to drop in should you have any concerns.

The County Employee Handbook can be accessed through our intranet website for employees only, or you can obtain a copy of the handbook at the Human Resources office at any time. We expect all of our employees to abide with the rules and regulations stated in the employee handbook; but should you have questions, please contact Becky Harris, our HR Director at 724-852-5200.

Listed by appointment date, last name, first name

Paul Ondash
Regular Part-time
Administrative Assistant
Prothonotary's Office
Appointment eff. August 7
(MG PG 1)
 
Cathy Zuback
Regular Full-time
Court Recorder
Court of Common Pleas
Appointment eff. August 10
(MG PG3))
 

Eric Greaves
Regular Full-time
County Caseworker 1
Children & Youth Services
Appointment eff. August 14
(UMWA HS/CYS)
 
Terry Hoyle
Regular Full-time
County Caseworker 1
Children & Youth Services
Appointment eff. August 14
(UMWA HS/CYS)
 

Theresa Huffman
Regular Full-time
Administrative Assistant
Court Administration
Appointment eff. August 14
(MG PG1)
 
Christina Newcomer
Regular Full-time
County Caseworker 1
Children & Youth Services
Appointment eff. August 14
(UMWA HS/CYS)
 

Becky Smith
Regular Full-time
County Caseworker 1
Children & Youth Services
Appointment eff. August 14
(UMWA HS/CYS)
 
Melanie Davis
Regular Part-time
High Fidelity Family Support Partner
Human Services
Appointment eff. August 14
 

Kirston Howes
Regular Part-time
High Fidelity Youth Support Partner
Human Services
Appointment eff. August 15
(HS)
 
Michael Holloway
Regular Full-time
County Caseworker 1
Children & Youth Services
Appointment eff. August 21
(UMWA HS/CYS)

Congratulations to our 2017 Baby Prince & Princess
2017 Baby Rain Day Contestants Winners received a $100.00 cash prize, a crown or tiara, title banner, and special gifts and the honor of representing Rain Day throughout the coming year.

PRINCE: Kash Michael Brummage, 9-month old son of April & Clinton Brummage of New Freeport. Kash also placed 3rd in the 2017 diaper derby contest. April is the Environmental Program Specialist in our Greene County Conservation District Office.

PRINCESS: Faith Brown, 10-month old daughter of Tina St. Clair & Charles Brown of Waynesburg. Faith was also the winner of the best decorated baby rain day can, receiving a $25 cash prize. Faith is the great-niece of Tony Negley, Maintenance Worker for the County, and the cousin of Ty Negley, CYS County Caseworker.

Congratulations to all from your Greene County Commissioners. For a full list of 2017 Rain Day winners, visit: www.raindayfestival.com/results.html.

Pictured l. to r.: Tina St. Clair and Charles Brown holding Baby Rain Day Princess Faith Brown, Eden Rogers, 2017 Miss Rain Day; and Baby Rain Day Prince Kash Michael Brummage and his mother April Brummage. (Photo courtesy of the Greene County Messenger, Steve Barrett & E. Christian Wilson).

Congratulations are in order
The Board of Commissioners want to congratulate JoAnne Marshall on joining the 2017-2019 Board of Directors for the Greene County Chamber of Commerce. JoAnne was one of five recently elected at the General Membership Networking Luncheon to the Board of Directors:   JoAnne Marshall - Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency, Sandy Wilson - Producer's Supply, Caitlin Carisle - Farmers Insurance, Alan Laick, Laick Design, and Ben McMillen - Ben McMillen Photography.

JoAnne has been our tourism director for the past couple of years, prior to that she was the secretary in the tourism office. She has also been a member of the chamber of commerce since returning to the Greene County area, and will certainly be an asset to the board, offering her many talents to inspire success.

As mention in last month's Gazette, Cassie Teegarden was elected as their board secretary. Cassie is the Assistant Tax Claim Director in our Tax Claim office.

As we all know the chamber provides great services and programs that help increase the success of member businesses and organizations and enhance the economy and quality of life in Greene County.

Lastly, one of the Greene County Chamber's newest business member is the Greene County Department of Economic Development - with Mimi Ritenour, Fiscal Officer as their representative.

Greene County students receive scholarships
Two Greene County High School Students were awarded full scholarships to Penn State University's Conservation Leadership School this summer. The Greene County Conservation District (GCCD) Board of Directors awarded these scholarships to Peyton Chambers, of Waynesburg Central High School and Joseph Kuricak, of Carmichaels Area High School, based on the merits of essays these and other students submitted.

These scholarships are funded by the Greene County Conservation District, providing these students with tremendous opportunity and an experience they will remember forever!

The Conservation Leadership School is held by Penn State each year at the Sonte Valley Recreations Area in Petersburg, PA. Students spend one full week learning about the environment and our role as stewards through fun hands-on activities and field trips. For more information about the school, visit their website at: ecosystems.psu.edu/youth/cls.

The GCCD is proud to continue the tradition of offering this annual scholarship and believes that this experience will help these young people grow into wise leaders whose decisions will ensure the future of natural resources in Greene County and beyond.

Pictured are Peyton Chambers (left) and Joseph Kuricak (right) ... courtesy of the GCCD).

Greene County Fair - a good year!
An new fair queen was selected to represent Greene County throughout the year and at the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs (PSAFC) Fair Queen Conference, Hershey, PA. This year's 2017 Greene County Fair Queen is seventeen-year-old Julie Policz of Jefferson, who has attended the Greene County Fair since she was a child, and for as long as she can remember, she had always wanted to be the fair queen. Julie is a senior at Jefferson-Morgan High School, and is the daughter of Wyatt and Zora Policz of Jefferson. Julie got her wish Sunday evening at the fair queen contest when she was named the 2017 Greene County Fair queen.

Others enjoyed the fair as well, as the weather held out and the shows went on.

Pictured in the little green machine is Kaiden Rishell and his cousin Khloe, obviously having the time of their lives! Kaiden is the young son of Kelli Rishell from the Commissioner's Office.

Pictured l. to r.: Senator Camera Bartolotta; Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, and Greene County Fair Secretary Debbie Stephenson at the 134th Greene County Fair.

Look for some more great pictures and information about the Greene County Fair on their facebook page at: www.facebook.com/greenecountyfairPA (Courtesy of JoAnne Marshall, Tourism Director)

The County Commissioners and the Greene County Fair Board would like to say it was a good year for the fair, the weather held off, and the attendance was up! They would like to express their thanks to everyone that participated in the fair as a sponsor, exhibitor, volunteer and attendee! We hope to see you again next year!

King Coal Pageant
August 21 Coal Queen Contest — the Commissioners wish to congratulate all Coal Queen Pageant contestants and this year's PA Bituminous Coal Queen Kacey Furlong from Brownsville and thank everyone for another great Coal Queen Pageant.

All 11 girls were beautiful and talented! Senator Pat Stefano had the privilege of crowning the new 2017 queen. Congratulations Kacey Furlong of Brownsville Area High School, center, was named the 2017 Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Queen during the 64th Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Queen pageant Sunday night in Carmichaels. She was joined on stage, from left, by fourth runner-up Madison Church of Waynesburg Central; second runner-up Hunter Miller of Albert Gallatin; first runner-up Katrina David of Uniontown Area, and third runner-up Macee Chesney of Mapletown, and Jaxie Lynn Smith was the crown bearer.

(Pictured l. to r.: State Senator Pat Stefano, Chrissy Church, Hunter Miller, 2017 Queen Kacey Furlong, Katrina David, Macee Chesney and State Rep. Pam Snyder)
 
Protect our Children


School is back in session, so drive carefully, be watchful of our children,
stay safe & alert!

And remember to stop for any school bus with its red lights flashing!

BEST of the BEST CHOICE AWARD

The Greene County Fair has been nominated by the people for the Observer Reporter's Top 5 for Entertainment.
VOTING BEGINS SEPTEMBER 3

Please go online to help your Greene County Fair be the BEST OF THE BEST People's Choice! Starting September 3rd through September 17th, you can vote for the Greene County Fair on the Best of the Best ballot. The overall winner will be announced at an awards gala in November 2017!
CLICK HERE to get ready to vote!
Only ONE VOTE PER DAY!

Sponsored by the Observer-Reporter newspaper. The Greene County Fair Board thanks you for your vote! For questions, contact JoAnne at the tourism office, 724-627-TOUR.

Interns in our Conservations District
The seasonal interns in our Conservation District Office will be missed as they leave to return to their college classes. Michaela Hildreth (left) and MaKayla Henary (right).

Michaela is finishing up her second summer interning for the GCCD. She is studying Environmental Protection at West Virginia University, and plans to graduate this December.
She lives with her parents Bill and Sharon Hildreth, on their beef cattle farm in Nineveh. Michaela was a very active member of the FFA during high school at West Greene, and was also one of the founding members of the West Greene rifle team. In her free time she enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time on the farm with her family.

She says that "this summer the Conservation District got a grant from the Department of Environmental Protection to help with the West Nile Virus Program, so that has been her main focus for this summer." She has been involved with setting traps at various locations throughout the county for mosquitoes, which are then sent to the DEP for West Nile Virus testing.

Michaela looks forward to learning as much as possible during her summer experience working with the Conservation District!

MaKayla Henary will be returning as a sophomore at West Virginia University studying Energy Land Management. She currently lives in Morgantown, but continues to be very much engaged in cattle farming with my family at the farm they operate in Mt. Morris. She is active in the Greene County 4-H Market Steer Club and Waynesburg FFA, where she shows her heifers. Her hobbies including fishing and hanging out with her dog, Timber.

A typical day for MaKayla is collecting while interning with the Conservation District is collecting mosquitos for West Nile Virus testing and visiting local farms. Having twice won the Conservation Speaking Award through FFA, MaKayla feels a strong connection to natural resources in Greene County and really enjoys working with the Conservation District staff.

The Board of Commissioners and the GCCD office wish to thank Michaela and MaKayla for the returning to our office as interns, and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors, we would enjoy having you come back for another season of interning.

Travel & Tourism Roundtable Discussion

JoAnne Marshall, Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency director, along with Jeff McCracken, Greene County Chamber of Commerce president and Larry Marshall, Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful main street manager, attended a Travel & Tourism Roundtable discussion with U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy.
The event was held on August 17 at Greendance Winery in Westmoreland County, PA.

Public Notice: County temporarily closing bridge

Greene County Bridge No. 75, located on Ingram Hill Road in Morris Township, is being closed immediately due to several repairs that need made.

The county’s engineer, Widmer Engineering, is working with the state Department of Transportation to correct the issues so that the bridge may be reopened as soon as possible. The bridge will be closed while Widmer designs and implements those repairs.

Traffic will be detoured using Boulder Road or West Run to Hopewell Ridge back to Ingram Hill Road. Morris Township and emergency services officials have all been notified of the closure and detour.

Originally built in 1919 and rehabilitated in 1951, the 63-foot bridge currently has a 19-ton weight limit and spans Browns Creek.

— Thanks, Jeff Novak, Bridge & Building Facilities Director, 724-852-5216.

Tax Claim Office announces 2017 Upset Sale

Notice is hereby given that the TAX CLAIM BUREAU OF GREENE COUNTY, PA, will hold a delinquent tax sale under the Real Estate Tax Sale Law. P.L. 1368, as amended, at 8:30 A.M. prevailing time, Wednesday, the 20th day of September 2017 at the Greene County Courthouse, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, for the purpose of collecting unpaid taxes, municipal claims and all costs incident thereto. The described properties will be sold at a bid equal to the upset sale price or higher. The upset sale price is approximately set forth in this notice. The final Upset Sale Price will be announced at the time of sale. The owner or owners are hereby notified that the Scheduled Sale of any property herein described may be stayed at the option of the Bureau if the owner or owners, on or before the date of sale enters into an agreement with the Bureau to pay the taxes, claims and costs in four (4) installments in the manner provided by said act. Click HERE for listing of described properties to be sold.

— Thanks, Sue Ellen Kingan, Tax Claims Director (724-852-5232)

Register & Recorder - online access to recorded documents
Pennsylvania is divided into 67 recorder districts or a corresponding office with an elected Recorder of Deeds responsible for each office. Documents related to the ownership of real estate within the district are recorded at the Recorder of Deeds.

Recorded documents are assigned a sequential identifying number (known as the book and page number) and are then scanned into the Recorder’s Office computer system. The resulting images are available for viewing and printing from public access terminals at the Recorder’s Office and at home or the office over the Internet. All original documents are returned to land owners or their attorneys. To assist customers in finding relevant documents, the Recorder’s Office creates a searchable index that contains the names of all parties to a document and the property address.

To access and view a document, customers must first register/subscribe. A small fee will be charged to access the online service prior to accessing any records.

  1. To register/subscribe for years 1940 through present, simply visit Pennsylvania Land Records Online. Once registered, customers will be able to search and view documents during those years.

    To view any image, customers will be charged for the entire document at the rate of $0.50 per page, with a maximum charge of $5 per document. Customers will be able to see the number of pages on the results screen before viewing the document. While viewing the document, customers will have the option to print one page or multiple pages.

  2. To register/subscribe for years 1796 through 1941, go to: Cott Systems online to login, register, and access land records. Variable accounts are available for a fee.
All scanned records are unofficial copies but can be used for verification, personal or professional records, documentation backup or other uses. For questions or additional information, please contact the Recorder's Office at 724-852-5283.

— Thanks, Donna Tharp, Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds (724-852-5284)

Emergency Management Services:
Tuesday, Aug 22 strong winds, rain, hail and first tornado in Greene County in nearly three decades, damaging homes and personal property, toppling trees and debris scattered across the roads - damaging areas in Wayne and Perry Townships

Rich Policz, operations and training officer for Greene County Emergency Management, accompanied meteorologist Fred McMullen and Wayne Township supervisors to the sites of the damages reported. Finding numerous trees toppled, and severe damage to a neighboring home. Wood board were catapulted through a vehicle's windshield. Thankfully no one was harmed!

Always remember to check our local EMS office facebook page for the latest weather watch. They list approaching storms, coming from the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh. Click HERE to check out their facebook page.

Know the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING! (Watch = WATCH out, it may happen) (Warning = it WILL happen (wind gusts above 58mph and 1" hail).

The official Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website will assist if you or someone you know has been a recent flood victim.

— Thanks, 911/EMA Center (facebook)

County Employees - Mandated Reporter Training - Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse

Protecting children from abuse - Hosted by the County of Greene on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 9am - noon. You must pre-register for the training at www.pa-fsa.org.

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse, training reviews the elements of child abuse, including the legal definitions of a child, perpetrator, and categories and indicators of abuse.

This is free and open to the public. If you or someone you know are mandated by law to report suspected child abuse, you are welcome to register and attend this training session. Training for professionals, support for families, and education for communities.

Click HERE to view flyer.

Each mandated reporter training provides supportive information in the form of workbooks and reference documents. Curriculum is approved by Departments of Human Services, Education and State for Act 48 credits (under Act 126 requirements for schools) and Act 31 for health-related licenses under the Department of State. Certificates are provided to each participant upon completion of the training and (upon request) PFSA will upload confirmation of your training to the Department of State or Education for CE fulfillment.

— Thanks, Rebecca Harris, HR Director (724-852-5200)

Grant-Writing Workshop in Waynesburg
A grant-writing workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 6 at the Community Foundation of Greene County, 106 E. High St., Waynesburg.

Grant-seeking Essentials is a seminar for staff and board members of nonprofit organizations and other interested individuals who want to learn how to prepare good proposals for funding their nonprofit projects.

The workshop will be taught by Laurie Anderson, who has more than 25 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. She was the founding manager of the Nonprofit Resource Center at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, as well as the executive director of two small nonprofit organizations and the grants manager for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. She has worked as the grants and special projects coordinator for the Allegheny County Library Association since 2014.

Most recently she started a grant consulting business, L. Anderson Consulting LLC. Anderson is a member of the Grant Professionals Association and received her Grants Professional Certification last August.

Registration fee is $35 per person, and space is limited to 24 participants.

For more information or to register, call the CFGC office at 724-627-2010. Registration also can be completed online at the CFGC website, www.cfgcpa.org, and clicking on the link in the Upcoming Events section. (Source: Communiity Foundation of Greene County and http://www.observer-reporter.com/20170802/grant-writing_workshop_in_waynesburg, 8/2/2017)
  New Program | Bowlby Rocks
Not just for kids! Adults are invited to participate in the latest craze - painting rocks! First meeting is Saturday, September 16 @ 10:00am. Bring a couple of rocks with you to paint! Be sure to clean & dry your rocks the day before; paint will not adhere to wet rocks. We will bring some paint and brushes to help you create your masterpiece!

Come join in the craze on Saturday, September 16 at 10:00 am at the Eva K. Bowlby Public Library, 311 N. West Street, Waynesburg. FMI, call 724-627-9776.


Total Solar Eclipse

Trivia:   The next total solar eclipse will be on April 8, 2024, so time to start planning for your party!

FMI and to see an eclipse map, visit www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/map/2024-april-8.

Photo courtesy of Melanie Thornberg, taken at Great Smokey Mountain, TN, 8/21/2017

Significant Veterans Dates for September 2017:
  • September 2:   V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day) is the day on which the Empire of Japan surrendered in World War II, in effect ending the war (1945)
  • September 2:   U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Incorporated (1962)
  • September 4:   Labor Day
  • September 11:   Patriot Day an annual observance as the National Day of Service and Remembrance (September 11, 2011 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States; the "Star-spangle Banner" written by Francis Scoot Key (1814), Ladies Auxiliary VFW Organized (1914).
  • September 14:   U.S. Constitution approved (1787) Constitution and Citizenship Day
  • September 15:   POW/MIA Recognition Day
  • September 18:   Air Force established (1947)
  • September 24:   Gold Star Mother's Day and Family Day, a day set aside to honor the families of our nation's fallen service members.
  • September 29:   VFW Day established (1899)
— Thanks, Sarah Smith, Veterans Affairs Director

The EQT REC Center — Recreation - Education - Community:

Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation - Opening Fall 2017!
The EQT REC Center is excited to announce their partnership with the County of Greene. This partnership allows all County employees to receive a discount on their membership at the EQT REC Center.

Join now as a Charter Corporate Member for just $19 to join and monthly dues of $35 per month. A limited number of Charter Memberships are available so don't delay - the sooner you join, the better the value.

IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THIS RATE, WE MUST HAVE AT LEAST TEN OR MORE EMPLOYEES REGISTER!

Please let Cara Cox in Human Resources know ASAP if you are interested in signing up!!

ABOUT THE EQT REC Center:
  • Open to all, the EQT REC Center is a multifaceted, transformative community center serving all of Greene County.
  • Our new 60,000 square foot facility is opening near the end of October, and includes a full-service fitness center, regulation size gymnasium and soccer field, elevated indoor track, group exercise classes, and game room. Our world-class team of instructors and certified personal trainers are equipped to help you achieve optimum health and add richness to your mind, body and spirit.
  • Learn more about the EQT REC Center at www.eqtreccenter.org.
  • Click HERE to check out the Flip Book that outlines all the programs we anticipate offering at the center!
  • Membership Office Hours are as follows: Come Join!:
    • Monday - Thursday: 9am - 9pm
    • Friday: 9am - 8pm
    • Saturday & Sunday: 8am - 4pm
Feel free to call the membership office at (724) 627-2739 or email us at membership@eqtreccenter.org for more information.

— Thanks, Greene County Commissioners and Rebecca Harris, HR Director

Information Technology Tips — be smart, be conscientious:
This IT Tip is more along the lines of free advice and concerns excessive "facebooking".

County Policy does not (currently) prohibit you from using your phone or your computer to check on your personal life during working hours but this should be done responsibly. If you are constantly posting to Facebook while you are working, depending on who your friends are and how your security is set on Facebook, people can see that. The public may see that, your boss may see that, my bosses may see that – and my bosses are your bosses. It is noticed!

Excessive surfing in general is the same thing. This might be a good place to remind everyone that all internet traffic in and out of the county is monitored and logged. Even if you are on your phone, but attached to the County wireless network, it is tracked and logged. We have the login screen that tells everyone this. We also have everyone log in as themselves and each user has their own login name and password and no one else should have that; each phone is also uniquely identified – so where, and how much you surf is on you. You should never share your password for logging in, for email, for Kronos, etc.

Be smart – and conscientious!

— Thanks, Scott Kelley, IT Director

Recreation hosts 'Thankful Thursday' classes
The Greene County Department of Recreation will host a series of monthly essential oil classes this fall. ‘Thankful Thursdays!’ presented by Essentially Yours will teach participants about the use and benefits of essential oils as well as making an essential oil based item to take home.

Monthly classes, instructed by Kelly Mackey, will meet the first Thursday of each month in the upper-level of the 4-H Building at the Greene County Fairgrounds at 6 p.m. except for Thursday, Oct. 5 when the class will meet at the Alpha Aquatic Water Park. The cost of each class is $5 per person.

Topics and projects for each class are:
  • Thursday, September 7th Topic:   Take Time to Focus, join us for an evening that will help spark your focus on the positive. We will be making aromatherapy jewelry that can be worn to help increase your mental awareness and focus. Make and take Aromatherapy Jewelry.
  • Thursday, October 5th Topic:   Make Over Your Laundry Room, come learn ways to make natural essential oil based products that will help you to incorporate more natural ways and less chemicals into your daily washing routine. Make and take Laundry Room Helpers.
  • Thursday, November 2nd Topic:   Beautify Naturally, come learn different ways to add essential oils to your everyday hygienic routines. we will discuss many ways to incorporate more natural methods daily. Make and take Essential Oil-based Deodorant or Body Wash.
  • Thursday, December 7th Topic:   Christmas Make-and-Take Workshop, join us for several opportunities to make Christmas gifts for your family and friends. This event will include one free item that is included with your class fee. There will be other items for sale as well that you can make as gifts.
Participants will also have the opportunity to scan and analyze what oils are most receptive for their body with iTOVi scans. The first scan is free for all participants. Additional scans are free for doTERRA members and $10 for non-members.

Pre-registration is required for the class. Click HERE for event flyer. For more information or to register, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

Fall Exercise Classes announced by our Recreation Department

The Greene County Department of Recreation’s fall exercise six-week session begins Sunday, Oct. 8 with five different class formats.

Exercise classes for the fall session include Buti Yoga, Cardio Kickboxing, Core de Force, Gentle Yoga and PiYo. Individual classes are $5 each.

A minimum of nine registered and pre-paid participants are required to hold each class. Cancellations will be decided two days prior to class day. Drop-ins are welcome, but attendees are encouraged to call and verify the schedule.

All classes will be held at the Greene County Fairgrounds in the upper level of Building #10 unless informed otherwise. Attendees should wear sweat-absorbing clothes and good support shoes and bring water and towels. Mats are required for Buti Yoga, Core de Force, Gentle Yoga and PiYo.

The fall exercise class schedule at the fairgrounds is:
  • Sundays: PiYo at 3:30 p.m.; and Core de Force at 4:30 p.m.
  • Mondays (no class on Oct. 9): Cardio Kickboxing at 5 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: Gentle Yoga at 5 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: Cardio Kickboxing at 5 p.m.; and PiYo at 6 p.m.
  • Thursdays: Buti Yoga at 6:15 p.m.
Buti Yoga, instructed by Bobbie Jo Irizarry, is a practice of high-intensity fusion of yoga, tribal dance and plyometrics. Classes combine cardio, strength training and flexibility in one seamless format.

Cardio Kickboxing combines upper body movements like jabs, crosses, hooks and upper cots with lower body movements such as knee strikes and kicks. Instructor Deneen Chulick will demonstrate choreographed movements of punches, kicks and knee strikes to fast-paced music.

Core de Force, led by Chaley Knight, brings an exhilarating combination of boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai with fat-blasting cardio and bodyweight moves to help zero in on a complete body shredding workout. The 45-minute class is broken down into three-minute intervals that create a 360-degree core blast that works.

Gentle Yoga is a gentler style of Hatha yoga exercise that is great for beginners and senior citizens. It improves balance and overall health, while increasing flexibility and circulation. Shoes will not be worn during the class. Instructor Virginia Wainwright will teach all yoga sessions.

PiYo, taught by Meghan Phillips, is a hybrid athletic workout that combines the mind and body practices of Pilates and Yoga as well as the principles of stretch, strength training, conditioning and dynamic movement.

Classes may be canceled due to participation or inclement weather. Announcements will be made on WANB Radio and the Greene County Commissioners Facebook page.

As usual, these exercise classes are free to county employees, you must attend 90% of the classes
(and worth 25 points toward your Wellness Rewards Program, per class, i.e., Yoga class, 25 points | Aerobics class, 25 points | employer sponsored exercise program, 25 points.)

Click HERE for information brochure. For more information or pre-registration, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323, or visit www.co.greene.pa.us.

Recreation announces their Fall Crafting Classes
The Greene County Department of Recreation is offering a series of 'Crafty Creations' classes including a "Mommy and Me" activity.

All classes will be held at the Greene County Fairgrounds in the downstairs level of the 4-H Building unless otherwise noted. The cost of materials and supplies are included in the registration fee. Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for each class a week in advance.

The class schedule at the fairgrounds is:
  • Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2PM — Fall Wreath or Centerpiece Class, ages 8 and up, $35 per individual.
  • Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6PM — Fall Distressed Wood Painting, ages 8 and up, $35 per individual.
  • Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1PM — Mommy and Me Paint & Sip "Art & Apple Juice Class", $45 per couple. Cookies and apple juice will be provided. Class will be held in the upstairs level of the 4-H Building.
  • Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2PM — Christmas Wreath Class, ages 8 and up, $35 per individual.
Classes may be canceled due to participation or inclement weather. Announcements will be made on WANB Radio and the Greene County Commissioners Facebook page. Click HERE for fall brochure of additional information.

FMI or to pre-register, call 724-852-5323.

Greene County Relay for Life
As you may or may not have saw on the Relay For Life of Greene County-PA Facebook page, we are having a Fall Mum Sale to kick start our fundraising for the American Cancer Society. These mums are from the Clark Nursery in Carmichaels and the group is actually big supporters of the ACS. If you have ever been to their nursery their flowers are Gorgeous!

    Details: Start Date: NOW
    Orders Due: Friday, September 8th 2017
    Delivery Date: Friday, September 15th 2017
    Cost: $12.00 a Pot (They are 9 Inch Pots)
    Colors: You have the choice of red, white, purple, yellow, & orange.
    Payment: Cash or Checks Payable to "BCCRFL"

One final note:   if there was an event or place that we would be interested in setting up and selling mums she would be more than happy to provide the flowers. If any of you know anything going on that we could set up at, please let me know!!


— Thanks for your support, Jennifer Jones, Team Captain for the Greene County Employees Relay for Life Team, x678.
 

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Are You Working On Your Mum Sales To Kick Start Our Relay Fundraising? Here are the details again below!

Ways To Think:
  1. Who always has mums outside their house in the fall?
  2. Who are 10 people that I can ask to buy one?
  3. Who are 5 people that I can also ask to help me sell?
These numbers will go to kickstarting the 2018 Relay so I will of course give you all proper credit once the new sites are live and ready!

Greene County Hunger Challenge

September 9 at 8:00 am, Rices Landing Greene River Trail

Registration Form

FMI, call the Food Bank at 627-9784

19th Annual Greene County Truck Pulling Expo

Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM (Gates open at 4:00 PM) - LUCAS OIL PRO PULLING EXPO
held at the Greene County Fairgrounds (Sponsored by: Bortz Cheverolet, Subaru)
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017:
    • 4:00 pm — Gates Open

    • 7:00 pm — Truck & Tractor Pulls by Pro Pulling League
      • Pulls Featuring:
        1. Super Farm Tractors
        2. Hot Rod Semi's
        3. Unlimited Super Stock Tractors
        4. Super Stock Diesel Trucks
        Rules available at: www.propulling.com

    • Rain date: Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 PM

    • Admission:
      • At the gate — $20.00 per person

      • Pre-sale tickets — $17.00 per person (Purchase by August 13 at 3:00 p.m. (NO REFUNDS!))

      • Purchase pre-sale tickets at: Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency, 19 South Washington Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
        Office hours: Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

    • Reserved Parking: Track-side — $40 per vehicle (Call 724-627-9160 to reserve your parking space)   SOLD OUT!
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    For more information, call 724-627-9160 (We reserve the right to cancel due to inclement weather — no refunds. RAIN DATE: Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m.)

Washington & Greene Counties' Covered Bridge Festival — 47th Annual

Held the third weekend in September, marking the 47th annual covered bridge festival. Each of the 10 festival locations offers a charming atmosphere and an array of activities, including handmade arts & crafts, home-style food, historic re-enactments, demos, children's activities and live entertainment.

For details contact please contact the Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency at www.VisitGreene.org at 1-877-280-8687 or email Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency at JoAnne Marshall and include your name, mailing address, and/or email address. Click HERE for details or HERE for the brochure. Be sure to visit our official Facebook page as well at www.facebook.com/CoveredBridgeFestivalPA.

Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall coming to Greene County — Sep. 28-Oct. 1, 2017
The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to all people the opportunity to visit loved ones who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington DC. This project is being coordinated by the Waynesburg VFW. Sponsors and volunteers are needed to make this tribute possible. Click HERE for informational flyers. Visit the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall fb page at: https://www.facebook.com/GreeneCountySalutetoVeterans/. FMI, contact Rick Black at 724-998-0598. Also reference the three documents below:
Salute to Vietnam Veterans

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Vietnam Casualties

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Click HERE for brochure
Sponsorship Opportunities

Click HERE to open for sponsorship form

American Pickers to film in Pennsylvania

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Pennsylvania! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in September 2017!

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique 'picking' on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items.

The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way. Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they've never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.

AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-OLD-RUST (Also visit them on facebook: @GotAPick). (Photos courtesy of the Greene County PA Chamber of Commerce, 8/9/2017)


Calendar OF Community Events
Be sure to check out the many upcoming events Greene County has to offer!

September 2 | 12th Annual Art Blast on the Mon — held at the Ice Plant Pavilion at Stoney Hill Road, Greensboro, PA. Come on out and enjoy our local artists, musicians and vendors. FMI, visit www.natgreene.org or call 724-943-3612.

September 8 | 6th Annual United Way Golf Tournament & Campaigning Kick-off — Held at the Greene County Country Club on Friday, Sept 8 at 1:00 pm. Registration at 12 noon / Shot Gun Start at 1 PM. Click HERE for event flyer and registration form. FMI, call 724-852-1009.

September 9 | 7th Annual Outdoor Heritage Festival   from 10 am-3PM at Ryerson Station State Park, 361 Bristoria Road, Wind Ridge, PA 15370. Click HERE for event flyer. FMI, contact the park office at 724-429-4254.

September 9 — 16th Annual 50's Fest & Car Cruise — 10am - 4pm in downtown Waynesburg. Classic cars, trucks & motorcycles on the main drag. Click HERE for event flyer.

September 9 | 19th Annual Greene County Lucas Oil Pro Pulling ExpoWe reserve the right to cancel due to inclement weather — no refunds. Rain Date: Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. Gates Open at 4:00 p.m./Pulls start at 7:00 p.m. by Pro Power Pulling League. Admission is $20 per person. FMI, click HERE for event flyer or call 724-627-9160 or 724-627-8687..

September 9 | Greene County Hunger Challenge — at the Greene River Trail in Rices Landing, PA. Sign-in at 7:30-8:45am with events starting at 9am. Bring the whole family. Click HERE for event flyer (See registration form above). FMI, call 724-627-9784 or visit www.cornercupboard.org (benefits the Greene County COrner Cupboard Foodbank, Inc.

September 10 | Hunting Hills Fundraiser Shoot — Shoot begins at 10:00 am at Hunting Hills, 181 Hunting Hill Road, Dilliner, PA. and will benefit the Masontown American Legion Auxiliary Unit 423. Click HERE for event fees, schedule, and registration form. FMI, call 724-583-2356 or email to fdm3504@verizon.net.

September 16 | Murder Mystery Dinner Theater — held at Thistlethwaite Vineyards from 6-9 p.m. Reservations are required. Admission includes wine tasting, dinner and show. FMI: 724-883-3372.

September 16-17 | Washington & Greene Counties's Covered Bridge Festival — Held the third weekend in September, marking the 47th annual covered bridge festival. Each of the 10 festival locations offers a charming atmosphere and an array of activities, including handmade arts & crafts, home-style food, historic re-enactments, demos, children's activities and live entertainment. For details contact please contact the Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency at www.GoGreeneCounty.org at 1-877-280-8687 or email Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency at JoAnne Marshall and include your name, mailing address, and/or email address. Click HERE for details or HERE for the brochure. Be sure to visit our official Facebook page as well at www.facebook.com/CoveredBridgeFestivalPA.

September 16-17 | 27th Annual DC Vet Homecoming Weekend — located at High Point Raceway, Mt. Morris. Presented by Lojaks Cycle Sales. Come on out for a full weekend of fun! FMI, call 304-284-0084 or visit www.racerproductions.com/2017/07/27th-annual-dc-vet-homecoming/.


September 17 | Greene County Flashlight Drags — Street racing without the jail time! — held at the Greene County Airport, 2017 scheduled dates: May 21, June 18, July 23, August 27, and September 17. Dates are subject to change, rain dates will be held on the following weekend if schedules permit! Gates open at 12:00 noon, race starts at 2:00 p.m. Cost: $30 to race/$6 to watch. Click HERE for Flashlight Drags brochure with racing rules, and HERE for event flyer.

September 23-24 | Stone to Steel — Native American Heritage Weekend.


September 23-24 | National Alpaca Farm Days / Open House — held at the Lippencott Alpacas, Waynesburg. Discover alpacas with tours, demonstrations and activities. FMI, call 724-852-4084 or visit www.lippencottalpacas.com/.


September 30 | Farm to Fork — held at Thistlethwaite Vineyards in Jefferson. Evening of food, wine and entertainment. FMI, visit www.kingcoalshow.org or email www.thistlegrape.com/ or call 724-883-3372.

September 30 | Greene County Walk to end Alzheimer's — 9am to 12 pm at Wana B Park in Carmichaels, PA. FMI, call 412-261-5040.


September 30-October 1 | PAMX Fly Racing MX Championship — at High Point Raceway, Mt. Morris, PA.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS, SAVE THESE DATES:

October 6-7 | Clarksville Festival — Click HERE for event flyer. FMI or if you are interested in becoming a vendor for this venue, call 724-377-0155.

October 13-15 | 250th Mason-Dixon Celebration — 10 am to 5 pm., celebrating in the park honoring the 250th Anniversary of the mason Dixon survey. The Warrior Trail Association will be selling Buffalo Burgers and there will be many more food and craft vendors on site. FMI, call 724-627-TOUR (8687).

October 13-14 | 46th Annual Harvest Festival — 10 am - 5 pm, held at the Greene County Historical Society & Museum, 918 Rolling Meadows Road, Waynesburg. FMI, visit www.greenecountyhistory.org or call 724-627-3204.

October 25 | Cooking for Crowds — 1pm - 5 pm, a Volunteers Guide to Safe Food Handling, held in Carmichaels and designed to help non-profit organizations and their volunteers understand the risks involved with preparing large volumes of food and the important food safety practices that need to be implemented to ensure a safe event. FMI, contact the Greene County Extension office at 724-627-3745.



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