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

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GREENE COUNTY, PA — Friday, June 30, 2017

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

For Immediate Release
Ruth Thornberg, Webmaster

Compiled by Kelli Rishell
Administrative Assistant &
Ruth Thornberg, Webmaster

Edited by JoAnne Marshall
Communications Director

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Greene County Domestic Relations Locate List (6/8/2017)
Domestic Relations Office needs your help in obtaining mailing addresses for the individuals listed below, please contact the DRS Office at 724-852-5214 should you know the whereabouts or an address for any of the following individuals:
  1. Addis, Lawrence Jr
  2. Barlow, Travis A.
  3. Blackwell, David Eric Jr
  4. Bowman, Teresa Marie
  5. Bowser, William A. Jr
  6. Brooks, Amber Marie
  7. Brownfield, Justin S.
  8. Conard, Robert Lee
  9. Crapo, Clifford R.
  10. Cutwright, Jason M.
  11. Davis, Blake A.
  12. Ellis, Roland Vance Jr
  13. Elsenheimer, James A.
  14. Fisher, Jason R.
  15. Harden, Balishia N.
  16. Hilllen, Scott
  17. Hillier, Seth B.
  18. Hilling, Nicole
  19. Johnson, Darnell L.
  20. Kelley, Dustin J.
  21. King, William A.
  22. Kirkham, Alexander M.
  23. Knox, Kevin L. Jr
  24. Lavigne, Boyd L.
  25. LeMasters, David E.
  26. Lewis, Andre S.
  27. Lewis, Jessica B.
  28. Lipscomb, Christopher M.
  29. Lohr, William D.
  30. Martin, Cragi M. Sr
  31. McClain, Bobby Joe
  32. McElroy, Danny E.
  33. Merritt, Jeremy
  34. Miller, Dorothy
  35. Miller, Ethan T.
  36. Mitchell, George J. II
  37. Napoleon, Malentino S. Jr
  38. Palmer, William Scott
  39. Patterson, Gary Anthony
  40. Perine, David L.
  41. Pettis, Brian K.
  42. Renner, David M.
  43. Riley, Chip L.
  44. Riley, Robert L.
  45. Rogers, Mark A.
  46. Rudnik, Terry Lee Jr.
  47. Ruffner, Kevin M.
  48. Scritchfield, Lee James
  49. Showman, John Jr
  50. Snyder, Lorel
  51. Soliz, Jose Antonio
  52. Spell, Daniel Earl
  53. Stiles, Steve
  54. Supler, Mark
  55. Wade, Mark
  56. Walls, Tabitha
  57. Wilson, Harley D.
  58. Zimmerman, Ulyeses A.
The IVR phone system is used to report an anonymous tip or message, enabling a caller (tipster) to leave anonymous messages and/or tips, on a 24/7 basis -- it's a great tool to help protect the innocent!

  Commissioners Trader reads to the Playgroup

Early Intervention held their 4th Books, Blocks, and Binks session on June 13th at Crosspoint Assembly of God in Carmichaels, with their special guest reader, Commissioner Archie Trader! Commissioner Trader read "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff.

The children also decorated a large cookie cake as a family (shown in picture), played a large dice game (one dye had a number, the other a picture of an activity, i.e. touch your toes, hop on one foot, reach for the stars, etc.), and also enjoyed a county game using cupcake tins and cookie crisp. The children always enjoy their free play time at each session and it looks like Commissioner Trader is enjoying the children as well!

The Early Intervention Program has been awarded the Results Grant through the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) for the second year, allowing them to host another series of playgroups for the children in their program. The focus is to provide literacy rich activities for our young children and encourage their Parents/Caregivers to have positive, language rich interactions with their children.

Pictured above with the Playgroup is Commissioner Archie Trader and lower left is Allicia Basinger, EI Caseworker. Before Commissioner Trader left, a little boy wanted to shake his hand! (pictured on upper right).

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  Commissioners and the Court Judges celebrate "Greene County Law Day"

Group photo of participants for Law Day, taken in the courtroom of the Greene County Courthouse

On May 1, 2017, the Court of Common Pleas and Greene County Bar Association brought together the legal community, friends, neighbors and members of the public for Law Day 2017. The theme for this year's Law Day was "the 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy". Law Day ceremony was held at 11:00 am on Monday, May 1 in Courtroom Number 1 of the Greene County Courthouse.

Ceremonial remarks include: Christine Nash, Esquire, President of the Greene County Bar Association; Guest Speaker, the Honorable David Wecht, Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; and Jesse Cramer, Senior Magisterial District Judge. The ceremony also included the presentation of awards, the unveiling of the time capsule and a mock trial by the Greene County Peer Court.

Students from local school districts participated in two contests. The contest winners were presented with certificates from Commissioner Blair Zimmerman, Commissioner Dave Coder, President Judge Farley Toothman, Senior Judge Terry Grimes, Judge Louis Dayich and Senior Magisterial District Judge Jesse Cramer.

Commissioner’s Writer's Award Winners:
  • Nathan Mayfield, Carmichaels Area Senior High School
  • Mollie Ehrlichman, Carmichaels Area Senior High School
  • Morgan Voithofer, Carmichaels Area Senior High School
  • Jason Ross, Carmichaels Area Senior High School
  • Faith Burkholder-Walter, Mapletown Jr./Sr. High School.
Judge's Video Award Winners:
  • First Place: Chris Feather, Noah Dohanich and Aaron Pitchford from Carmichaels Area Senior High School.
  • Second Place: Trey Chadwich, Al Cree, Parker Pratt, Brennan Pelzer, Joey Cassella, Abigail Fordyce, Steven Zacoi, Trey Chadwick, Chase McAfee, Nick Mundell and Nathan Broadwater from Carmichaels Area Senior High School.
  • Third Place: Joel Spishock, Noah Kaczmarczyk, Travis Andrews and Garrett Ponick from Carmichaels Area Senior High School.

  Commissioners promote 4-H County Government Day

The Greene County Commissioners met with some of the future leaders of Pennsylvania's agriculture industry during 4-H County Government Day, during the June 7th public meeting.

The program introduces 4-H members to the duties of elected officials and the work that is done in the county offices. It also provides a day of leadership, learning and networking.

4-H members participated in a question and answer session with Commissioner Zimmerman, Senator Bartolotta, and Nate Regotti from Representative Snyder’s Office. 4-H members also visited the County Office Building, Tourism Office, 911 Emergency Management, Conservation District Office and the Greene County Courthouse.

  Regional Transportation Resolution

The Greene County Commissioners approved a resolution at their regular meeting on June 8 for the endorsement of the Regional Transportations Alliance of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s seven principles for a better transportation future and better mobility for all.

The Regional Transportation Alliance of SWPA is a public-private partnership formed in 2015 to build a vision for the ten-county region’s transportation future and to work together on mobility issues that will benefit residents and communities in every corner of the region.

"The partnership is working together as a region for the better,” said Carly Dobbins-Bucklad, Regional Transportation Alliance of SWPA project manager. “The goal is to discover the missing connections and improving the existing connections."

The seven principles are: optimize our existing assets; prioritize connections to jobs and education; embrace new operating models; make flexible, future-proof investments; adopt best management practices; support multiple mobility options; and operate as an integrated system.

Pictured from l. to r. are: Commissioner Dave Coder; Carly Dobbins-Bucklad, Regional Transportation Alliance of SWPA project manager; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; and Commissioner Archie Trader.

  Commissioners make changes to Children & Youth Services
Greene County commissioners have decided to separate Children and Youth Services from Greene County Human Services umbrella of county offices. Commissioner Blair Zimmerman said it was a decision the board has been talking about for a while. "We really needed a full-time focus on CYS as well as on the other side with mental health and budget stuff," he said.

The switch is a promotion for Stacey Courtwright, the director of CYS, who will now be reporting directly to the commissioners instead of to Karen Bennett, the administrator of human services.

"I’m excited that the commissioners have elevated the agency to that level and I'm glad that they have faith in me to lead the agency," she said. "The first and number one goal is to protect the children of Greene County." Commissioner Zimmerman said the change will allow Bennett to focus her time more on mental health and drug and alcohol services. (Article & photo source: Observer-Reporter, ed. 6/13/2017, GC News Section)

The commissioner would like to congratulate Stacey Courtwright and her staff on the new independent office.

  Flag Day Ceremony at the Greene County Courthouse

The history and significance of the American flag – the nation’s symbol for the past 240 years – was celebrated during several special ceremonies held across the county on June 14, a day recognized nationally as Flag Day. The Fort Jackson Sons of the American Revolution held its 28th annual Flag Day service in front of the county courthouse Tuesday.

The service featured the official raising of the flag by S.A.R. members (pictured on right), followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, an invocation, the playing of patriotic songs on bagpipe by Brad Wilson and comments by Greene County Commissioner Blair Zimmerman, who talked about the importance of the American flag and what it means to the country.

Commissioner Zimmerman addressed the significance of Betsy Ross, the planting of the American flag at Iwo Jima and the story behind Francis Scott Key writing the Star Spangled Banner; he also stressed to those in attendance how important it is to remember that "we are Americans first."

Other Flag Day services were held Tuesday at the James Farrell Post 330 of the American Legion in Waynesburg and the American Legion Post 400 in Carmichaels.         (Photo by Steve Barrett, courtesy of the Greene County Messenger)

  Ribbon-cutting at High Point Raceway for the new track

Greene County Commissioners, other elected officials and raceway staff participated on June 15 in the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new track at High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, PA. Just in time for the annual Pro-National Races, on Sunday, June 17 (Father's Day).

Those participating in this year's race had to get used to a different track layout from past experiences at High Point, where the hallmark has always been its valleys and constant elevation changes. This year, more jumps and hills were added to increase the level of difficulty, but the riders preference between the old and the new tracks remains to be seen!

The Observer-Reporter 6/14/2017 edition reported "The top motocross riders return to High Point track — the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, returns Saturday to High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris for the 41st annual High Point Nationals. It is the fourth stop in the 12-race series and the east coast debut of the summer championship. The weekend of racing starts Thursday, June 15 and runs through Sunday, June 18, and includes a new track design, a full slate of special events, amateur racing and professional competition.

High Point is widely considered to be one of the best spectator tracks in the world. It has remained a staple on the most prestigious off-road motorcycle championship series for four decades.

Since 1972, the most talented riders have put it all on the line for a shot at victory in what is arguably the most grueling and challenging championship in all motorsports. This season's 45th anniversary of the series featured a wide-open battle for the coveted title, with no former champions in the field for only the seventh time in history. As a result, the series championship is there for the taking from a long list of highly talented competitors chasing their first major title. This race will include a field from across the U.S., emerging from 11 different states."

  Ribbon-cutting at the Dollar Tree

The Greene County Commissioners participated on May 25th in the grand opening, ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly relocated Dollar Tree in Waynesburg.

Pictured within the shadow box is a photo of Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder and Archie Trader with Representative Pam Snyder cutting the ribbon, as well as the scissors used and a piece of the ribbon that was cut. Kim Jones from the Dollar Tree presented the shadow boxes to each of the commissioners.

  Commissioners hire architect for courthouse repairs

Greene County commissioners has hired an architect to oversee a project that will include making minor repairs to the courthouse clock tower and giving the building’s exterior trim a fresh coat of paint.

The work will also include repairing plaster on the front columns and installing new metal spikes on the capitals at the top of the columns to deter pigeons from nesting there.

Repairs are needed on the sub-structure at the base of the courthouse bell tower, where the wood has rotted as a result of past water infiltration, which was apparently corrected during past restoration work. The work is expected to go out for bid in July and be completed in the fall. The county will use Act 13 impact fee money to pay for the project.

  This Month in Greene County Government...

Board of Commissioners:
During the commissioners' regular board meeting on Thursday, June 8, the Commissioners made the following actions:
  • Under Finance & Administration, the Commissioners approved the following:
    • Award a bid for Day Camp Transportation to Mlaker Transportation, Inc. in the amount of $18,920.00 pending solicitor and controller approval
    • Award a bid for Sheriff Radio's to Discount Two Way Radio in the amount of $10,024.33 pending solicitor and controller approval
    • Agreement between the County of Greene and EADS Architects, Inc. for construction, inspection and consulting services in the Greene County Courthouse miscellaneous restoration project in the amount of $11,100.00
    • Memorandum of Understanding between the County of Greene and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for weights and measures
    • Memorandum of Understanding for CAPS Technical Support between PCYA and Greene County for FY 2016/2017
    • Memorandum of Understanding for CAPS Technical Support between PCYA and Greene County for FY2017-2018
    • Amendment to the current CAPS contract for an extension.

  • Under Prison, the Commissioners approved an invoice from PSX to install a new intercom system at the Greene County Jail in the amount of $24,154.

  • Under Probation, the Commissioners approved the following:
    • Grant-In-Aid Agreement between the County of Greene and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole
    • Supervision Funds Agreement between the County of Greene and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole

  • Under Human Services, the Commissioners approved the following:
    • FY2016/2017 budget amendment with Echo for CCIS
    • FY2017/2018 Human Services Block Grant Plan
    • FY2017/2018 contract with Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc.
    • Supportive services agreement between the County of Greene and Parkview Knoll, LP

  • Under Mental Health & Intellectual Disabilities, the Commissioners approved the following:
    • FY2016/2017 contract amendment with Triad Behavior Support Services
    • Administrative Entity Operating Agreement with the Department of Human Services

  • Under Children and Youth Services, the Commissioners approved the following:
    • FY2016/2017 contract amendment with Adelphoi Village for the Time Limited Family Reunification Grant.
    • FY2017/2020 grant agreement with Department of Human Services for the Time Limited Family Reunification Grant

  • Under CDBG, the Commissioners approved the following:
    • Exempt status determination for the design/environmental review to prepare for the rehabilitation of the Waynesburg Sewage Waste Water Treatment Plant and Pump Station
    • Nondiscrimination clause between the County of Greene, John T. Subrick, Inc. and Franklin Township

During the commissioners' regular board meeting on Thursday, June 22, the Commissioners made a resolution in support of the Mon/Fayette Expressway.

The Commissioners also approved Certificates of Achievement to the following:
  • West Greene Sof5ball Team State Champions
  • Ben Bumgarner, Waynesburg Central Track Team State Champion
The Commissioners also made the following actions:
  • Under Finance & Administration, the Commissioners approved the 24 month agreement between the County of Greene and Constellation Energy, through On Demand Energy, an energy broker, for purchasing electricity. Approval pending Solicitor’s approval and approve Jeff Marshall, Chief Clerk, as sole signatory.

  • Under Veterans Affairs, the Commissioners approved Memorial Day expenses in the amount of $200 for the VFW Post #4793.

  • Under Mental Health & Intellectual Disabilities, the Commissioners approved the following:
    • FY2016/2017 contract with Intermediate Unit I
    • FY2017/2018 contract with Westmoreland County

Prison Board:
During the Prison Board meeting on Thursday, June 22, the Commissioners made the following motions:
  • Security:
    • On 6-9-17 the quarterly security equipment audit was completed. This audit required the complete inventory of all assigned security equipment located within the Armory and Central Control. It was recommended that consideration be given to the purchase of replacement equipment that was damaged or destroyed along with addition of a new series of padlocks.
  • Treatment:
    • Cathy Zuback from City Mission in Washington is scheduling a meeting with Dean Virgili on Friday, June 23, 2017 in regards to the eligibility criteria for the pending Job Readiness Program. This program which focuses on retail sales training has achieved a successful employment referral/placement for ex-offenders in the Washington County area. Along with Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, we currently host Celebrate Recovery, St. Ann’s Outreach Program, Domestic Violence, and the Phoenix Project.
  • Training:
    • Officer Darcy Bostich will be attending the DOC Training Academy on July 3, 2017 for the Corrections Officer certification. On today’s date and continuing tomorrow we are conducting Taser and aerosol re-certification for our Corrections Officers and have scheduled dates through the end of the month to conduct our annual firearms training and re-certification.
  • Maintenance:
    • With the receipt of the category 6 wire that IT has provided for the prison have begun pulling wire for the installation of the inter-com system provided through contract by the PSx Group. The installation of the wire which was specified as either Cat5e or Cat6 was cited in the submitted contract as our responsibility with a noted cost savings through our providing the wire and labor. It is noted that we did have some spools of Cat5 wire on site from the previous attempt to install an inter-com system. IT has suggested that utilizing the better grade of wire would be prudent. The Cat5e wire was given to IT for their usage else were in the County. The PSx Group submitted an updated bid on 06-20-17 for the inter-com system at $24,154.00.
  • Financial Report:
    • Fayette County currently owes $22,350.00 for the month of June in regards to rental fees and still owes $12,600.00 for the month of May.
    • Deposits totaling $1,000 have been made with the Treasurer’s office for May work release and weekend inmates.

Retirement Board:
During the Retirement Board meeting on Thursday, June 22, the Commissioners made the following motions:
  • New Business: Consent with the investment option changes as presented by Nationwide Investment Services for the 457 Plan available to County employees.
  • Administration: Acknowledge receipt from Korn Ferry/Hay Group for the Greene County Employees' Retirement System financial account report on governmental accounting standards board no. 67 & 68 for the 2016 measurement period.

Salary Board:
During the Salary Board meeting on Thursday, June 22, the Commissioners also approved the following personnel actions:
Cost of Living Increase:
  • A Cost of Living increase in the amount of 3% for all regular full-time non-union and regular part-time non-union employees was approved effective 7/1/17.
  • A Cost of Living increase to the nonunion salary scale and to all regular full-time non-union and regular part-time non-union employees with less than one year of employment in the amount of 1.5% effective 7/1/17.

Creation of New Position:
  • Children & Youth Director under Management PG 12
New Hires:
  • Natalie Barrett, Caseworker I (RFT)
  • Dale Campbell, Corrections Officer (C)
  • Rachel Klemash, Caseworker I (RFT)
  • Anthony Martin, Corrections Officer (C)
  • Donald White, Corrections Officer (C)
  • Ryan Baker to RPT Corrections Officer I
  • Stacey Courtwright to Acting Children & Youth Director
  • Anthony Martin to RPT Corrections Officer I
  • Donald White to RPT Corrections Officer I
  • Brandy Yekel to RFT CYS Fiscal Operations Officer
  • Position of Casework Manager to MGMT PG 11
  • Position of Casework Supervisor to MGMT PG 9
  • Davine Arnold, Caseworker Supervisor
  • Michelle Howard, Casework Supervisor
  • Jessica Sphar, Casework Manager
  • Amanda Stauffer, Deputy Sheriff II
  • Brandon Kozich, 911 Telecommunicator (C)
  • Aimee Gillispie, Administrative Assistant, Courts
  • John Hackinson, Corrections Officer
  • Erin Kuhns, Caseworker
  • Meghan Ricciuti, Caseworker I
  • Christopher Wright, Corrections Officer, change resignation date to 6/3/17
Temporary Increase in Salary:
  • Jessica Sphar, CYS Caseworker Manager, to $46,031.59 per year and temporary on-call pay of $300 per week when assigned as the on-call supervisor, effective 06-05-17. Increase will be in effect while employee is taking on the additional duties of Caseworker Supervisor and will end when vacant Supervisor positions are filled.
  • Position of Communities that Care (CTC) Mobilizer from non-union to UMWA Human Services/CYS contract effective 7/1/17
  • Position of Forensic Specialist from non-union to UMWA Human Services/CYS contract effective 7/1/17
  • Adam Gillingham from non-union to union Forensic Specialist
  • John Hackinson to RPT Corrections Officer
  • Lori Lhota from non-union to union Communities that Care (CTC) Mobilizer

  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

Judy Rush
Regular Part-time
911 Telecommunicator 1
Department of Law and Order
Appointment eff. March 10
Mark Bridge
Casual Sheriff Deputy
Sheriff's Office
Department of Law and Order
Appointment eff. March 29

Kara Compton
Regular Part-time
Tip Staff
Court of Common Pleas
Department of Law and Order
Appointment eff. May 1
Natalie Barrett
Regular Full-time
Caseworker 1

Children & Youth Services
Department of Human Services
Appointment eff. May 22

Allison Gerhardt
Casual Corrections Officer
Greene County Prison
Department of Law & Order
Appointment eff. May 22
Josh McCartney
Regular Full-time
IT Technician

Information Technology (IT) Office
Department of Finance & Administration
Appointment eff. June 4

Jennifer Trader
Regular Full-time
Caseworker 1

Children & Youth Services
Department of Human Services
Appointment eff. June 5
Brandon Kozich
Casual 911 Telecommunicator
911 EMA
Department of Law & Order
Appointment eff. June 13

Ryan Baker
Regular Part-time Corrections Officer
Greene County Prison
Department of Law & Order
Appointment eff. June 18
Dale Campbell
Casual Corrections Officer
Greene County Prison
Department of Law & Order
Appointment eff. June 18

Rachel Klemash
Regular Full-time
Caseworker 1

Children & Youth Services
Department of Human Services
Appointment eff. June 19
Anthony Martin
Regular Part-time Corrections Officer
Greene County Prison
Department of Law & Order
Appointment eff. June 25

Donald White
Regular Part-time Corrections Officer
Greene County Prison
Department of Law & Order
Appointment eff. June 25

  Ten selected to receive county scholarships
Ten Greene County high school graduates have been selected as the recipients of the 2017 County of Greene/West Penn Power Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to eligible graduating seniors who plan to attend Waynesburg University and represents a $1,000 award to be used toward each student’s first year of enrollment. All ten students will begin courses at Waynesburg University this fall.

The scholarship recipients are:
  • Sarah Bish, Waynesburg Central High School. Bish, the daughter of Mary and Matthew Bish of Waynesburg, has not declared a major at this time.
  • Hunter Davis, Carmichaels Area High School. Davis, the son of Leah McKenzie and Glenn Davis of Carmichaels, will study nursing.
  • Christopher Feather, Carmichaels Area High School. Feather, the son of Amy and Scott Feather of Rices Landing, will study nursing.
  • Joseph Headlee, Jefferson-Morgan High School. Headlee, the son of Nicole and Joseph Headlee of Waynesburg, will study accounting.
  • Samantha Lambeth, West Greene High School. Lambeth, the daughter of Jane and Kurt Lambeth of Sycamore, will study early childhood education with a certification in special education.
  • Abigail McIntire, Mapletown High School. McIntire, the daughter of Nancy and Doug McIntire of Greensboro, will study nursing.
  • Keiriel Neel, Carmichaels Area High School. Neel, the daughter of Amy and Ryan Neel of Carmichaels, will study nursing.
  • Anthony Pecjak, Mapletown High School. Pecjak, the son of Lisa and Michael Pecjak of Dilliner, will study athletic training.
  • Aaron Sielski, Waynesburg Central High School. Sielski, the son of Mary and Paul Sielski of Waynesburg, will study mathematics education.
  • Emily Tedrow, West Greene High School. Tedrow, the daughter of Shirley and Sonny McDiffitt of New Freeport, will study nursing.
"On behalf of the Greene County Commissioners, we are proud to support this scholarship opportunity for the youth of Greene County," said Commissioner Blair Zimmerman, chair of the Board of Commissioners. "Congratulations to the scholarship recipients on their dedication throughout their academic careers and we wish them well in their studies at Waynesburg University."

The ten recipients met the scholarship's criteria, which included a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.0 and acceptance to Waynesburg University entering as a new, non-transfer student for the Fall 2017 semester. Applicants also had to submit a list of honors and activities and responses to two essay questions. Scholarship applications were sent earlier this year to high schools in the county&339;s five school districts – Carmichaels Area, Central Greene, Jefferson-Morgan, Southeastern Greene and West Greene.

Funding for the scholarship was made available through Allegheny Energy, Inc., as part of an agreement reached with Greene County in 2008 related to the Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line (TrAIL) project. In the agreement, Allegheny Energy subsidiary Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Company (TrAILCo) agreed to contribute $750,000 to the county for educational, environmental, public health and community infrastructure projects.

In June 2009, the Greene County Commissioners and officials from Allegheny Energy, Inc. – which subsequently merged with FirstEnergy Corp. – presented Waynesburg University with $100,000 to start the scholarship, and a second $100,000 gift was presented in 2010. In 2011, the commissioners and officials from FirstEnergy made a final donation of $50,000 to the scholarship fund, bringing the total to $250,000 and ensuring the scholarship's permanent endowment at Waynesburg University. Formerly known as the County of Greene/Allegheny Energy Scholarship, the merger necessitated a slight change in the scholarship’s name to include West Penn Power, FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania subsidiary.

During the scholarship's inaugural year, five 2010 Greene County high school graduates each received $1,000 awards. The number of recipients increased in 2011, allowing multiple students from each high school to receive $1,000 scholarships. Nine students received scholarships in 2011 and 2015, and 10 students were awarded in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

For more information on the County of Greene/West Penn Power Scholarship, contact the Greene County Commissioners' office at 724-852-5210, or Bob Barnhart in the Waynesburg University Admissions office at 724-852-3346, or e-mail

Pictured above, First row l. to r.: Sarah Bish; and Samantha Lambeth.
Second row l. to r.: Rev. James Tinnemeyer, Vice President for Student Services, Dean of Students and University Chaplain; Anthony Pecjak; Abigail McIntire; Joseph Headlee.
Third row l. to r.: Commissioner Archie Trader; Hunter Davis; Christopher Feather; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman
Fourth row l. to r.: Aaron Sielski; Emily Tedrow; and Commissioner Dave Coder. Not pictured: Keiriel Neel.

  Care Packages for the homeless
Amy Switalski, Director of Housing and Family Resources for Greene County reports that the students from Margaret Bell Miller Middle School donated 65 care packages filled to the brim with things like socks, toothpaste, shampoo and other greatly needed items for homeless individuals in Greene County.

Commissioner Blair Zimmerman stated, "It was a very generous undertaking by the students and they make us proud of our youth". The students enjoyed collecting and packaging the items and were excited about giving out their care packages.

Standing with the students in the back row are Amy Switalski and Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman and Dave Coder.

  A special congratulations to the West Greene Lady Pioneers WPIAL State Champs
West Greene wins Class A state title on Friday, June 16 in the muggy heat of the afternoon at the Nittany Lion Softball Field, State College; and what a striking comeback it was, the girls played spectacular!

West Greene High School, in one of the most improbable comebacks ever in a championship game, erased a seven-run deficit early and won the PIAA Class A softball title, 9-8, over Williams Valley. It was the first state title of any kind for our small school and avenged a heart-breaking 3-2 loss to Williams Valley in last year's Class A championship game.

Along with a Certificate of Achievement for the West Greene Softball Team State Champions, the Greene County Commissioners also wish to express their gratitude and congratulations for another great season — making Greene County PROUD! (Photo & a portion of the content compliments of the Observer-Reporter, 6/16/2017)

Meet the Lady Pioneers:
Hunter Fredericks & Emily Simms, Managers
#2 Kaitlyn Rizor - Sophomore, 2nd Base/Short Stop
#4 Madison Lampe - Sophomore, Third Base
#5 Emily Goodwin - Senior, Second Base
#6 Brianna Amos - Freshman, Pitcher/Short Stop
#7 Linzee Stover - Junior, Left Field/Second Base
#8 Lexie Mooney - Junior, First Base
#9 Mackenzie Carpenter - Sophomore, Right Field
#10 Jade Renner - Freshman, Pitcher/First Base
#11 Marissa Rode - Junior, Outfield
#13 Brittany Bonnema - Senior, Outfield
#14 Shelby Morris - Senior, Catcher
#15 Courtney Ross - Sophomore, Outfield
#16 McKenna Lampe - Sophomore, Center Field

#17 Hannah Pettit - Sophomore, Outfield/2nd Base
#18 Sage Vliet - Senior, Third Base
#19 Rhiannon Campbell - Sophomore, Outfield
#20 Machenzie Thomas - Sophomore, Short Stop/2nd Base
#21 Savannah Pettit - Sophomore, Outfield
#22 Jessica Orndoff - Sophomore, Outfield
#23 Brianna Goodwin - Sophomore, First Base
#28 Haleigh Thomas - Sophomore, Outfield
#29 Kylie Simms - Freshman, Catcher
#33 Deshaylah Bissett - Freshman, Third Base
#44 Skyler Horr - Freshman, 2nd Base
#48 Madison Renner - Junior, Pitcher/Short Stop

  Ben Bumgarner, Cross Country Track Team State Champion — making Greene County proud!
Ben Bumgarner, a recent graduate of Waynesburg Central High School, won the state gold medal in cross country last fall, and returned this year to the top step at the 3,200 winning the gold with a near record-breaking performance, finishing the season best at 9.10.58, just off the state record meet mark of 9.04.09 set in 1997 by Southmoreland's Chris Dugan.

Along with a Certificate of Achievement for Ben from the Greene County Commissioners, they also wish to express their gratitude on his achievements and to congratulate Ben on his success and promising endeavors — another young Greene County athletic making us all PROUD!
(Photo & a portion of the content compliments of the Observer-Reporter, 5/28/2017)

  Graduations, awards and special achievements
It's a pleasure again to share with you more of our graduates who are relatives of our employee's, in various educational levels. The Greene County Commissioners congratulate each of you and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

We featured several graduates in last month's Gazette, which we enjoyed and appreciated sharing; please note that neither issues contain(ed) a complete comprehensive listing of graduates, but we encouraged any employees to share their graduates photos & stories with us, and we thank all of you for your participation. Our children do make us proud!
Paige Elise Armstrong

Paige Elise Armstrong of Carmichaels, PA is 18 years old and just graduated from Carmichaels Area School District. Paige will be attending Shippensburg University and majoring in History. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Carmichaels Chorus, Concert Band, Marching Band, Yearbook Editor, book club, Senior Standing Committee and sang the National Anthem and announced for volleyball and basketball games.

Paige is the daughter of Ryan and Judy Armstrong, Ryan works for the Court of Common Pleas of Greene County as Conference/Mediation Custody Officer; and Paige is the niece of Lou Lewis, Chief Assessor, Greene County Assessment Office.
Michael James Yeager

Michael is 23 years old, a college graduate of James Madison University with his BS in Biotechnology, and of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia with his MS in Microbiology & Immunology. While in Richmond, he also earned certifications in EMT and Firefighting.

He then enlisted in the U.S. Army to become a military medic, leaving on January 1, 2017 for 10-weeks of basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in the Missouri Ozarks, then was stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX for 10-weeks of medic training (both tactical and combat), where he graduated on June 15, 2017 with the Falcon Medics Class 35-17, as 68W Combat Medic Specialist with the U.S. Army.

Michael is now stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia for the next 2 years where he will begin basic airborne school to train as a medic paratrooper. He also plans to attend OCS to become an officer and make a career of the military.

Michael is the son of Mark & Lisa Yeager from Elkton, Virginia, and nephew of Ruthie Thornberg, County Webmaster. Needless to say, we are all very proud of Michael and wish him a safe military career!
Josh McCartney — Challenge Program awards
Josh McCartney was awarded the STEM award through the Challenge Program, Inc. recently distributed to seniors at Greene County Career & Technology Center. The program distributed financial incentive awards to graduating seniors of the GCCTC for excelling in attendance, STEM, community service, academic improvement and academic excellence.

Award winners pictured l. to r. are: Julia Ratliff for attendance, Josh McCartney for STEM, Robert Yoney for community service, Christopher Petrie for academic improvement and Walker Smith for Academic excellence.

Noble Energy is the sponsor of the Challenge Program at Greene County CTC.

The county commissioners would like to congratulate each of the CDC seniors, and especially Joh McCartney, who has interned in our IT office for a couple of years, and was recently hired as a permanent employee in the IT office. Congrats to Josh!
(Photo and article information courtesy of the Observer-Reporter, 06/17/17 ed.
Joby Lewis Pratt

Joby Lewis Pratt
6 years old of Carmichaels, PA, graduated Kindergarten from Carmichaels Elementary School and will be attending 1st grade at the Carmichaels Elementary School in the fall.

Joby is the son of Steve and Crystal Pratt of Carmichaels, PA, and the nephew of Lou Lewis, Chief Assessor, Greene County Assessment Office.
Jaelyn Litten

Jaelyn, (left) just graduated from West Greene School Pre-school program and will be going into West Greene Kindergarten in the fall.

Jaelyn is the daughter of Tasia Tharp and Jaime Litten of Wind Ridge, PA.
Raena Tharp

Raena , also just graduated from West Greene School Pre-school program and will be going into West Greene Kindergarten in the fall. Her parents are Ryan and Clarissa Tharp of Wind Ridge, PA.

Raena and Jaelyn (pictured together) are cousins and best friends, graduating together from West Greene Pre-K, and love doing everything together.

Both girls are the granddaughters of Donna Tharp, Greene County Register & Recorder.

"These two young graduates were featured in our May Gazette, but due to a name misspelling we are running the correction this month, our sincere apologies"

  Marcellus Mania — giving back to local volunteer fire departments

Greene County EMA and over 40 volunteer fire departments from Greene and Washington Counties as well as counties in Ohio, WCDPS attended Saturday's (June 17) Rice Energy's Marcellus Mania Community event at the Greene County Fairgrounds.

The event is completely free for all to attend and features live music, games, prizes and family-friendly activities throughout the day (face painting, balloons, ice cream, bingo, bounce houses, petting zoo and more!)

The Marcellus Mania Legacy — what initially began in 2012 as a backyard bbq in Lone Pine, PA, has transformed into Rice Energy's hallmark event that is dedicated to celebrating our family, neighbors and friends while raising money for local volunteer fire departments.

Rice Energy donated over $828,000 to First Responders. For more information, visit website.

  Conservation District to hold free Rain Barrel Workshops
The Greene County Conservation District in cooperation with the Waynesburg Borough will hold free rain barrel workshops in Waynesburg on Thursday, July 13 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 15 at 9:30 a.m.

Rain barrels collect and store water that falls on roofs to be used for household activities like watering gardens. By using rain barrels, the property owner saves money on their water bill and reduces the effect of stormwater runoff on our streams and rivers.

Purchasing a pre-manufactured rain barrel can be expensive but making one is very easy. Participants in the workshop will construct their very own rain barrel from materials provided by the Conservation District. In addition, the organization will also discuss other good practices that property owners can implement alongside their new rain barrel to reduce runoff, erosion and water pollution.

The free workshops are open to all Greene County residents. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information or to register, call the Conservation District at 724-852-5278, or e-mail Jared Zinn.

Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For more information about PACD, visit

— Thanks for your help, Lisa Snider, GCCD Director (724-852-5532)

  Lifestyle Returns Program:

Congratulations to our Top Ten winners in this year's Biggest Loser Challenge. The top ten are listed below, with the top three prize winners highlighted:
1.  Jana Knight, Conference Officer 3, Domestic Relations . . . 17.97%
2.  James Shriver, Casual Van Driver, Transportation, Human Services . . . 17.65%
3.  Lindsay Teagarden, Fiscal Assistant, Human Services . . . 12.51%
4.  Tammy Henderson, Administrative Assistant, Human Services . . . 12.21%
5.  Karlie Wright, Agricultural Technician, Soil Conservation, GCCD . . . 11.59%
6.  Pamela H. Blaker, Transportation, Human Services . . . 12.21%
7.  Cara Cox, Human Resources Specialist, Human Resources . . . 8.28%
8.  Richard Blaker, Transportation Director, Human Services . . . 8.04%
9.  Christine Brottish, Department Clerk, Treasurer . . . 6.97%
10.  Crystal Walters, Department Clerk, Clerk of Courts . . . 6.3%
Our Biggest Loser Competition is part of the employee's Lifestyle Returns Program, and is based upon total percentages of body weight lost over a 16-week weigh-in period. Weekly weigh-ins started January 30 and ran through May 19th. Competition was based on an individual basis, and each participant donated $5 at the initial weigh-in. Prizes were given to the top three winners: 1st place received all money collected at the start of the competition; 2nd place received a $100 gift card; and 3rd place received a $50 gift card. All participants received 25 points toward reaching the goal of 300 points in the lifestyle returns program.

Also, held on Thursday, June 21 were the onsite Biometric Screenings, worth 40 points and 5 stars towards the Wellness Rewards Program. The screening is provided by Integrated Corporate Health and included a finger stick to determine Cholesterol, blood sugar (Glucose), and blood pressure. The turnout for both these annual functions for our employees has been very high, and the commissioners would like to express their gratitude for all those participating in the wellness program.

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

  Information Technology News:
Summer IT Intern:
IT has a new intern this summer from Community Action, his name is Myles Cramer, who will be interning for 90 hours. While he will normally be in the company of one of the permanent staff of IT, Scott just wants to make sure everyone knows he is part of IT and may be handling calls and working on computers. If anyone has a concern, just give Scott a call at x296.
  Expanded Network:

"IT expanded the County network this summer by using wireless technology to connect the Aquatic Center (Aquapark) to the Fairgrounds, and using virtual private network's (VPN's) on Atlantic Broadband connections to connect both the Carmichaels pool and Mon View Park to the County network.

This expansion will allow visitors to the pools better access to WiFi and connects the phones at those locations to the county phone system. These projects reduce the cost of communications at the pools and the project pays for itself in under 2 years."

— Thanks, Scott Kelley, IT Director (724-852-5296)

  Redevelopment Authority rehabilitation projects underway and homes FOR SALE in Greene County:
  • 133 Bowlby Street, Waynesburg (Waynesburg Borough, Central Greene School District): 3 bedroom, 1-1/2 baths, basement, off-street parking. Ready for rehab; should be ready for occupancy Fall 2017. Click HERE for picture of house.

  • 145 Fairview Avenue, Jefferson (Jefferson-Morgan School District): NEW 3 bedroom modular home, 2 baths, full basement. FOR SALE, $140,000. Click HERE for advertised house listing.

  • 333 Steele Hill Road, Mt. Morris (Dunkard Township, Southeastern Greene School District): purchased at Judicial Sale. The RACG needs to rehab. Three bedrooms, 2 baths, large family room, out in the country. Should be ready for occupancy July 2017. Click HERE to view home.

  • 117 Duquesne St, Greensboro (Southeastern Greene School District): RACG needs to rehab. Two bedrooms, 1 bath, off-street parking. Should be ready for occupancy Fall 2017. Click HERE for current view.

  • 126 Fairview Avenue, Jefferson (Jefferson-Morgan School District): NEW Ranch on slab, 3 bedroom, 1 bath. Hallway and all doors wide enough for wheel chair. Walk in shower. Should be ready for occupancy Fall 2017. Click HERE to view home.
If interested in any of the above properties, please contact Dave Calvario, Executive Director for the RACG, to discuss further information, call 724-852-5306 or email to dcalvario. Click HERE for letter of current listings information.

— Thanks, Dave Calvario, Executive Director (724-852-5306)

  Greene County Veterans Affairs — announcements:
Veterans Affairs Outreach Activities:

As part of our veterans outreach program, we will be at the following Senior Centers for the months of April, there are other dates throughout the year scheduled for other centers. Should you need directions to any of these centers or additional information, contact the Veterans Affairs office.

July Outreach Centers schedule:
  • Clarksville Senior Lions Center: (operated independently)
    July 19, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

  • Carmichaels Senior Center: (operated by Community Action)
    July 26, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
A locally and nationally certified Veterans Service Officer will be on-site at each of the centers to answer any questions and assist veterans one-on-one in filing claims. Veterans residing in each community who are unable to visit the Veterans Affairs office at 22 W. High St., Waynesburg, are encouraged to attend the outreach programs. FMI, call the Greene County Veterans Affairs office at 724-852-5275.
  United States Armed Forces — Significant Days & Observances in July to remember:
— Thanks, Dalene Watson, VA Director (724-852-5275)

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

June 29-July 2 | Carmichaels 250th Birthday Celebration — held in downtown Carmichaels, air-conditioned, handicap-accessible shuttle buses between venues on Saturday and Sunday.
    • Thursday: Celebration Kick-Off (concert by American Legion Band and Dinner). Tickets available by contacting Ann at 724-255-5229.
    • Friday: Tour of Greene Academy (1 p.m.) and Walking/Driving Tour of Carmichaels/Cumberland Township (2 p.m.); and Car Show at Wana B Park (4 p.m.)
    • Saturday & Sunday: (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at the Greene Academy, Academy (Vendors, Chinese Auction, Memorabilia, Train Display, Commemorative Quilt and Wagon Ride through Old Town); Town Square (Vendors, Balloon Art and Face Painting, Entertainment featuring Dance Performances and Live Music, and History Gallery Tour at Flenniken Library); Wana B Park (Vendors, Civil War Reenactment, Fur-Trappers, and Blacksmithing)
    • Sunday: (10:30 a.m.) old-time Church Service and 1880's Baseball Game (1 p.m.) at Wana B Park.

    Click HERE for brochure of events. FMI, contact the Carmichaels Chamber of Commerce at
July 1 | PBS Nature Cat — Saturday from 11am to 2pm during the Carmichaels 250th Birthday Celebration at Flenniken Library for an outdoor scavenger hunt. The first 75 participants will receive a notebook to record their findings and a set of Nature Cat binoculars. No registration is required. FMI, contact the Tourism Office at 724-627-8687.

July 4 | Independence Day Celebrations — 7:00am to 9:30pm at the Greene County Fairgrounds. The Waynesburg Lion Club along with the Greene County Commissioners and Consol Energy present the annual community July 4th celebration. This year marks the 76th year anniversary for the Waynesburg Lions Club and the 100th year of the Lions Club International. As before, the event kicks off with a pancake breakfast at the 4H building at the Fairgrounds from 7-11am. Also at the fairgrounds will be our 10th annual “Car, Truck, and Bike” show. Registration from 10 to 12noon, show from noon till 3PM. The Lions club will be on hand all afternoon and evening providing concession food sales. Rocky Ridge Acres will be on hand to provide free wagon rides for kids. Festivities continue with the Little Miss Firecracker pageant beginning at 6 PM in front of the main grand stand followed by live music until 9 PM. A dedication ceremony will begin at 9 PM in which will include presentation of colors by the Waynesburg American Legion and patriotic music. The event culminates with an incredible fireworks display at approximately 9:30 PM. FMI, call 724-627-7571. We hope all of Green County will come to the fairgrounds and help us celebrate on independence day!

July 4, 11, 18, & 25th | Sounds of Summer — 5:30-7:30pm, at the Waynesburg Lions Club Park (NOTE: July 4, Union Sound Treaty at the Greene County Fairgrounds from 7-9pm). Click HERE for scheduled events flyer.

July 8 | Greene County Charity Run — 10am - 4pm. Proceeds benefit Robert "Sarge" Fleming, a retired Marine and S.C.I. Greene Prison Guard. The ride will leave from Waynesburg Yamaha at noon and return to Waynesburg Fairgrounds for dinner at around 4pm. Sign ups will be from 10am to 11:30am. $20 per rider $10 per passenger. Classic cars and Jeeps are also welcome. FMI, call 724-852-1226.

July 5, 12, 19, & 26 | Waynesburg Farmers Market — 10am-2pm every Wednesday. Locally raised fresh produce, meat, eggs, baked goods & more. Workshops, forums and kids activities. Located on Church Street near the courthouse in downtown Waynesburg.

July 9 | Sunday Summer Concert Series — 1-4pm at Thistlethwaite Vineyards. Gary Prysby will be performing from 1-4pm.

July 15 | Cabbage Flats All-town Yard Sale — 7am-2pm located on Route 88 near Greensboro. FMI, contact Nancy McIntire at 724-943-3645.

July 16 | Sunday Summer Concert Series — 1-4pm at Thistlethwaite Vineyards. Sara Noone will be performing from 1-4pm.

July 18-22 | Jacktown Fair — FMI, visit or call 724-428-3637 or email to

July 22, 2017 | Yard Sale Humane Society of Greene County — held at the Greene County Fairgrounds, Pole Barn from 8am-2pm. The Humane Society is now accepting donated items at the shelter on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from noon to 5:00 pm. Please unload items in mobile storage unit on the property. We are unable to accept: clothing, shoes, tire, computer monitors, computers or appliances with refrigerants. We appreciate your support! Click HERE for event flyer.

July 23 | Greene County Flashlight Drags — gates open at 12:00 noon, race starts at 2:00 pm at the Greene County Airport. Click HERE for event flyer and HERE for brochure of rules and other information. FMI, call 724-852-5323.

July 28 | Rainday Kick Off — 5-8pm downtown Waynesburg. Come celebrate the evening with some local merchants extending store hours & some local food vendors! Entertainment on stage at courthouse (5-6:30pm Brother Short Band and 6:30-8pm The Land Lines). "The Wonders Unicycle Club" will also be performing in the streets! FMI, call 724-627-8111 Waynesburg Borough.

July 29 | Rainday Festival — in downtown Waynesburg from 11am to 9pm, celebrating the 143rd observance of Rain Day. FMI, visit or contact the special events commission at 724-627-8111.


August 6-12 | Greene County Fair — FMI, visit or call 724-627-8687.

August 7-11 | Pennsylvania WoodMobile — will be hosted at the Greene County Fair. Take an educational walk in Penn’s Woods and learn about Pennsylvania’s nation-leading hardwoods industry through the new Pennsylvania WoodMobile, one of the exhibits at the Greene County Fairgrounds, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370 on August 7 thru August 11, 2017 from 2 pm to 10 pm daily. Click HERE to learn more about the PA WoodMobile. {4/24/2017 Press Release}

August 19-26 | 64th Annual Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Show — held in Carmichaels, PA. FMI, visit or email

August 21 | Solar Eclipse of 2017 — The Moon passes in front of the Sun during an eclipse which will possibly occur over Greene County during the afternoon of August 21, 2017. Use proper eye protection to view the eclipse! FMI and circumstances in Pennsylvania, visit

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

September 28-October 2 | Traveling Memorial Wall in Greene County — project being coordinated by the Waynesburg VFW, click HERE for informational flyers. FMI, contact Rick Black at 724-998-0598.

If you would like to submit an article to the "Greene County Gazette," please email Ruth Thornberg or phone 724-852-5384.

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