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GREENE COUNTY, PA Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Greene County Commissioners
County Office Building, 3rd Floor
93 East High Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370
For Immediate Release
Ruth Thornberg, Webmaster
Compiled by Kelli Rishell
Administrative Assistant &
Ruth Thornberg, Webmaster
Edited by JoAnne Marshall
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The County Commissioners would like to recognize all county employees born in the month NOVEMBER and wish you a
Veterans Day Holiday schedule
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Veterans Day Holiday schedule
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FMI, call HR at 5381
#eqtreccenter/, FMI, call 724-627-2739
2017-2018 Skate & Dance
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Thanksgiving Holiday schedule
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Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
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A Pleasant Note:
Upcoming holidays for county employees:
Friday, November 10
Veterans Day holiday
Thursday & Friday, November 23 & 24
Monday, December 25th
Tuesday, December 26th
and January 1st, 2018
Happy New Year!
Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency
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.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of October 2017 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The proclamation recognizes that domestic violence disrupts communities, destroys relationships and harms hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.
In 2016, domestic violence deaths left 139 empty places at tables across Pennsylvania, including one empty place in Greene County.
"Domestic violence is not okay," said Cheryl McCready, Greene County satellite office coordinator for Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Two programs will be introduced in the area. The Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), strengthens partnerships between law enforcement and domestic violence service provides, connecting victims of domestic violence with lifesaving services and thereby reducing domestic violence fatalities. The second program is in our schools to stop violence before it starts with Respect.
Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Archie Trader; Commissioner Dave Coder; Cheryl McCready, Greene County satellite office coordinator for Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.
Chamber of Commerce Month
The Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of October 2017 as Chamber of Commerce Month. The proclamation recognizes that local business is integral to the growth and longevity of a community.
Melody Longstreth, Greene County Chamber of Commerce executive director, thanked the Commissioners for the proclamation. She informed the Commissioners that in July 2017, the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce changed their name to the Greene County Chamber of Commerce to reflect the work and membership that was being served across the county.
"Our goal is to continue to make Greene County a better place to live and work," Longstreth said.
The Greene County Commissioners would also like to recognize the Carmichaels Chamber of Commerce for their effort and work in our county.
Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Archie Trader; Commissioner Dave Coder; Melody Longstreth, Greene County Chamber of Commerce executive director; Michelle King, Greene County Chamber of Commerce membership services coordinator; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.
Ribbon-cutting for new chamber office
The Greene County PA Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, October 24th for their official opening of their new office located at 3157 Mt. Morris Road, #103, Waynesburg, PA. A beautiful double-rainbow made an appearance for all to see during the celebration.
Included in the photo are the Chamber board members and staff, as well as Eric Cowden representing Senator Camera Bartolotta's Office; Nate Gegotta, representing State Rep Pam Snyder; and the Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder, and Archie Trader.
Lions Club International 100th Anniversary
The Greene County Commissioners issued a proclamation in celebration of the Lions Club International on its 100th Anniversary in October. The Lions Club International is the largest service club organization in the world, aiding the blind and visually impaired, providing youth activities, environmental projects and humanitarian services.
The Waynesburg Lions Club was chartered on October 22, 1940 and has contributed to our local community with the annual July 4th celebration, Halloween Parade, student recognition, scholarships and maintaining the Waynesburg Lions Club & Community Park.
"We are entering our 77th year serving this community and we are very proud," said Herb Thompson, Waynesburg Lions Club president.
The Greene County Commissioners urge all citizens to express their gratitude and appreciation to the members of the Lions Club International on the 100th anniversary.
Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Archie Trader; Commissioner Dave Coder; Herb Thompson, Waynesburg Lions Club president; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.
Groundbreaking held for medical marijuana grower in Greene County
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Wednesday, October 11 at the 61-acre site off Thomas Road in Cumberland Township for the first building of AGRiMED Industries' medical marijuana growing and processing plant.
Property on which there were once plans to construct a power plant that would burn waste coal from the nearby Nemacolin Mine coal refuse dump will soon have a 16,000-sq-foot manufactured steel building in which it will begin growing medical cannabis for the state's new medical marijuana program.
Local officials and company representatives attending the ceremonies touted the benefits the plant will have in creating local jobs as well as in producing a product that can benefit those with various medical conditions.
Greene County Commissioner Blair Zimmerman said, "Everyone knows about the problems in the coal industry that have hit Greene County particularly hard in the last few years,". "Any industry that can create family-sustaining jobs is good."
The plant is initially expected to create about 20 jobs, a number that will increase as plant operations expand to about 60, AGRiMED officials said. Serving as master of ceremonies for the event was Steelers Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Ham, who now works for AGRiMED.
Following the ceremony, Ham said he got on board with medical marijuana because of the potential benefits to people, including former athletes, who have suffered injuries and are in need of pain medication.
AGRiMED is required to have its plant in compliance with all state regulations and ready to begin growing marijuana by Dec. 20, said Sterling Crockett, AGRiMED's chief executive officer. The first building will hold about 2,400 plants, he said.
Pictured with Commissioners Blair Zimmerman and Dave Coder is Jack Ham, Steelers pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker.
Click HERE for complete article, courtesy of the observer-Reporter, 10-17-2017 ed.)
Also pictured speaking at the ground breaking are Commissioner Blair Zimmerman and Robbie Matesic, Executive Director for the Greene County Department of Economic Development.
Commissioners join in Opiate Epidemic discussions
A public meeting was held on October 10 at the Butler County Community Center, Founders Hall for multiple community discussions related to the opioid crisis in the Appalachia area and beyond; open to human services professionals and the public at no cost.
Addiction has devastated hundreds of rural towns and suburbs across America addiction like no other the country has ever faced. The forum brought to the area by Butler County Commissioners and partnered with Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania and Staunton Farm Foundation to present a series of public discussions on the opioid subject in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Among the guest speakers was Sam Quinones, acclaimed journalist and author of the renowned book Dreamland, the true tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (2015). He details how the epidemic has affected many small towns throughout the country, focusing much of his reporting on Portsmouth, Ohio.
Dreamland recounts twin stories of drug marketing in the 21st Century. A pharmaceutical corporation flogs its legal new opiate prescription painkiller as non-addictive. Meanwhile, immigrants from a small town in Mayarit, Mexico devise a method for retailing black-tar heroin like pizza in the United States, and take that system nationwide, riding a wave of addiction to prescription pills from coast to coast. The collision of those two forces has led to America's deadliest drug scourge in modern times.
Pictured l. to r.: Kevin Boozel, Butler County Commissioner; Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland and Dave Coder, Greene County Commissioner. Also in attendance but not pictured was Karen Bennett, HS Administrator for Greene County.
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Mason-Dixon Line turns 250 - historic anniversary of October 1767 ending of the line survey
On the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border near Mount Morris, PA and Blacksville, WV Mason and Dixon probably never heard of the "Mason-Dixon Line". According to an article in the Post-Gazette. "The story of the properties it divided goes back even further, to the 1600s. The families granted charters for the British colonies of Pennsylvania and Maryland bickered, sometimes bloodily, over their border and that of what’s now Delaware, which they’d both claimed. After nearly a century, the colonies’ proprietors wound up hiring a team of British experts — astronomer Charles Mason and surveyor Jeremiah Dixon — to settle matters for good."
They started surveying and marking borders in 1763. But the most famous stretch, the one between Pennsylvania and Maryland and what was then Virginia, they started at a “Post Mark’d West” in Delaware in the spring of 1765. They’d planned to survey a line — 39 degrees, 43 minutes and about 17 seconds north latitude — west from the northeastern corner of Maryland all the way to the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania.
But in October 1767, at Dunkard Creek near Mount Morris, their Native American guides stopped as they’d crossed a boundary — a war path — of indigenous enemies of their own. So Mason and Dixon stopped, too, having marked 233 miles, just more than 21 miles short of their goal. (Other surveyors would complete and mark the line to Pennsylvania’s southwest corner by 1784.) Mason and Dixon placed their last marker atop Brown’s Hill in what’s now Mason-Dixon Historical Park, which sits on both sides of the line — Pennsylvania’s border with what’s now West Virginia.
Activities ran Friday through Sunday (October 13-15) with re-enactors and guides in period costumes, surveyor demonstrations, native American and colonial-era encampments, music, food, souvenirs, craft and quilt show and more! Catch the Public Star Party on Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m. with Carnegie-Mellon and Pitt astronomers. Plus a Main Dedication event at the main crossing on the Mason-Dixon Line next to Dunkard Creek at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Among the speakers and guests were Jeremiah Dixon's great-grandnephew John Dixon and other descendants. Commissioner Dave Coder was honored to represent Greene County to speak at the 3:00 pm dedication ceremony on Sunday, October 15 to commemorate the 250th celebration of the Mason-Dixon Survey (1767-2017) at the Mason-Dixon Historical Park in Core, West Virginia.
Did you know that Mason and Dixon used astronomy to survey The Line? So naturally, astronomy will be a big part of the 250th anniversary of the end of the Mason-Dixon survey!
Pictured above: Commissioner Dave Coder speaking at the celebration
(Click HERE for a letter of appreciate from the Mason-Dixon 250 Board Chairman, Pete Zapadka)
(Check out some scenes of the weekend activities at: #MasonDixon/) (Facts courtesy of Post-Gazette 10/08/2017, by Bob Batz Jr.)
Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall Amazing Turnout!
Honoring and recognizing those that made the ultimate sacrifice when the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall arrived at the Greene County Fairgrounds on September 27 with an motorcycle escort. The wall was open 24-hours each day from Thursday, September 28 to Sunday, October 1, 2017.
Veterans, along with other bikers, escorted the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall from Morgan, WVA to the Greene County Fairgrounds. The wall, which is based in Brevard County, FL was erected on Wednesday afternoon and opened to the public on Thursday morning, with a steady flow of people, including buses of students from multiple school districts.
Hundreds crowded around the traveling Wall on Thursday, September 28 for the 6 p.m. opening ceremony, touching the hearts in Greene County.
The ceremony began with American-themed music from Heaven Bound Ministries, followed by the posting of colors, the National Anthem and the American Pledge of Allegiance. Waynesburg elementary students performed a folding of the flag demonstration.
Taps were played at the end of the opening ceremony, while service men and women throughout the crowd of hundreds, saluted the memory of their fallen comrades.
On Saturday, the Greene County heroes were honored with wreaths and tears, recognizing nine men from Greene County whose names are on the Wall. The recognition service opened with the national anthem, Pledge of Allegiance and a fly-over. Tom Stokes, a U.S. Marine and clinical social worker with Operation Strong Mind, addressed the crowd, expressing the importance of remembering the names on the Wall and respecting the veteran community. Following the wreath placements, there was a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps, evoking tears throughout the crowd of hundreds.
On Sunday at 3:00 p.m., a Warrior's concert was held to honor veterans, with songs veterans relied on while they were overseas. The closing ceremony was held at 6:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
The County Commissioners relay their message, "On behalf of all veterans of all wars, we thank you for remembering, and for protecting our great country." And a special "thanks to Rick Black, Waynesburg VFW, for all his efforts in organizing this great event and bringing it to Greene County. A job well done!"
Click HERE for a colleague of the Wall in Greene County pictures
Greene County Senior Fair 2017
The County Commissioners would like to thank all of the community residents who came out to the senior fair and the workers who help make the Greene County Senior Expo a great success, bigger than ever!
Held on Friday, October 6th at the Greene County Fairgrounds; morning refreshments, musical entertainment, door prizes, health screenings and information on available programs were provided.
The Greene County Commissioners co-hosted the event with Rep. Pam Snyder and Senator Camera Bartolotta in conjunction with the Southwest Area Agency on Aging. We are looking forward to another great expo next fall!
Ribbon-cutting for new Waynesburg Coffee Company
A ribbon-cutting was held on Wednesday, October 18 at 12:30pm for the grand opening of the new Waynesburg Coffee Company, located on the lower level of Victoria Square at 25 North Morgan Street in Waynesburg.
Congratulations and best wishes to Drew and Laura Johnson, owners of the new eatery. Their fall hours are M-F, 7AM to 6PM, with free public WiFi! Their menu includes soups and salads, not to mention a variety of hot beverages such as brewed coffee, Americanos, Expressos, Lattes, Cappuccinos, Mochas, hot chocolate and hot tea, as well as iced tea, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and frozen fruit smoothies. For a view of their full menu, visit #waynesburgcoffee.
The Johnson's are husband and wife partners in life, and now are happily partners in a new business, and are the proud parents of two little boys. The couple share a collective vision of what their special business should and can offer a charming, local place owned and operated by local folks who care about their community. Click HERE for more information (courtesy of the Greene Messenger).
Pictured, l. to r.: Eric Cowden from Senator Bartolotta's office; Commissioners Archie Trader & Blair Zimmerman; Janice Blair-Martin, Waynesburg Milling & VP of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Laura & Drew Johnson, Owners; Nate Regotti, from Rep. Snyder's office; Jeanine Henry from Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful; and Larry Marshall from Waynesburg Borough Council.
Groundbreaking for Rogersville townhouses
The Greene County Redevelopment Authority is constructing new townhouses in Rogersville at the site of the former Center Township High School. The authority board and local and state officials gathered at the site on Friday, September 29th for a groundbreaking ceremony. The land was donated to the authority by John and Kathy McNay.
The townhouses are being developed by the authority as part of a housing program aimed at revitalizing communities by rehabilitating blighted homes and building new affordable housing on vacant or under-utilized land. The property in Rogersville was chosen as a site because it was available and because it was believed there was a need for housing in the community, said Dave Calvario, authority executive director.
The authority’s plan is to first build one townhouse and, if there is a demand, continue with the construction of others, up to four, at the site. "If the first one sells, we’ll go on to build another one," Calvario said. The townhouses will each be duplexes. Each housing unit will contain about 1,400 square foot of space and three bedrooms. The units will be sold by the authority and though the price has not yet been determined, they are expected to sell in the $155,000, or higher, range.
the authority will be able to use some of the grant money for construction, Calvario said. The township also is contributing in-kind services. The authority hopes to recoup its costs when it sells the units. Any profit it might make would be rolled back into the housing program to build or rehabilitate other homes.
Pictured in front with the shovels are John and Kathy McNay; along with County Commissioner Archie Trader, Representative Pam Snyder, Eric Cowden representing Senator Camera Bartolotta; Center Township Supervisors Paul Cook, Seann McCollum, and Butch Deter; Dave Calvario, Executive Director for the Greene County Redevelopment Authority; and others. (Photo courtesy of the Observer-Reporter, 9/30/2017 ed, p.A3).
Click HERE for townhomes ad flyer.
Fall Benefit Fest
We had another good turnout at our annual benefit fest, held Oct. 5 on the Courthouse lawn. Thanks to all who participated or helped in some way to make this years fest eventful.
The food was prepared by Karen Taylor, Nathan Kelley, and Fred Kovulchuk, Food Services workers at the Prison; tent & table setup and removal by our maintenance workers; and organization of the event by Becky Harris and Cara Cox in Human Resources.
Our vendors included: Walldell & Reed Financial Planning Services, Community Bank, Aflack, Allstate Insurance (LifeLock Info), Bailey Insurance for Highmark, Vision Benefits, Colonial Life, Washington EAP, and others.
This year we staged a pumpkin decorating contest and $50 gift card winner was Shelby Jeffrey, with the ice cream cone pumpkin! Shelby is a Department Clerk, Register & Recorder's Office.
The following county employees won raffle prizes:
And the winner of the 40" TV donated by Baily Insurance Agency, was Ginelle Michael, Purchasing Clerk in the Commissioner's Office.
- $25 BP Gas gift card, donated by Aflac Sarah Braddock, CYS Casework Supervisor
- $10 Amazon gift card – Mary Ann Dispenza, CCIS Case Management Coordinator
- United Concordia duffel bag Crystal Simmons, CDBG Manager
- Giant Eagle gift card, donated by Allstate Ryan Armstrong, Courts Custody Officer
- Giant Eagle gift card, donated by Allstate Cindy Policz, Assistant Director, Domestic Relations
- Lottery ticket tree, donated by Allstate Jennifer Trader, CYS Caseworker
- Polaris figure, donated by Allstate Darlene Humble, 1st Deputy, Treasurer Office
Congratulations to all of our winners! The County Commissioners would like to thank all who attended and participated. Click HERE for benefit photo colleague.
This Month in Greene County Government...
Board of Commissioners:
During the commissioners' regular board meeting on Thursday, October 5, the Commissioners approved the following motions:
• Under Proclamations, the Commissioners approved the following:
• Under Finance & Administration, the Commissioners approved the following:
- October 2017 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
- October 2017 as Chamber of Commerce Month
- October 2017 as Lions Club Month
• Under Tax Claims, in accordance with the Real Estate sale (act of July 7, 1947, P.L. 1368 no. 542), section 613, as amended, notice is hereby given that a proposed sale price in the amount of two thousand dollars ($2,000), plus fees, has been received and approved by the Tax Claim Bureau for the private sale of the following property: Parcel 05-33-267 located in Cumberland Township.
- Special Events Agreement between the County of Greene and Pixburgh Productions effective July 14, 2017
- Allocation of $300,000 funds to Southwestern PA Water Authority for SR 18 water project
• Emergency Management, the Commissioners approved the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Emergency Management Performance Grant Agreement.
• Under Human Services, the Commissioners approved the MATP FY2017/2018 Grant Agreement and Allocation.
• Under Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, the Commissioners approved the following:
• Children & Youth Services (CYS), the Commissioners approved the Annual Child Accounting Profile System (CAPS) Contract.
- FY2016/2017 contract with Academy for Adolescent
- FY2016/2017 Block Grant Income and Expenditure Report
• Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), the Commissioners approved the following:
- CDBG Management Plan
- Section 3 Action Plan and Resolution
- MBE/WBE Plan and Resolution
- Citizen Participation Plan and Resolution
During the commissioners' regular board meeting on Thursday, October 19, the Commissioners made the following motions:
• Under Finance & Administration, the Commissioners approved the following:
• Under Elections, the Commissioners approved a lease agreement between the County of Greene and Springhill Township for the old Springhill Elementary School for election purposes pending Election Board and Solicitor approval.
- Allocation of $300,000 for State Route 18 water line ex-tension located in Franklin Township, Washington Township and Morris Town-ship out of 2017 Impact Fee monies
- Reappoint William Cree, III, Richard Belding and James Willis to the Greene County Farmland Preservation Board of Directors and to approve William Cree, III as Chairman
- Contract between the County of Greene and Jesse L. Fiske, Sr., LLC for repairs to the six columns at the front main entrance of the court-house in the amount of $20,460.00
- Resolution allowing the County Commissioners through their Solicitor to communicate with law firms and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office related to the suing of 23 companies and people associated with the surging of prescribed narcotics as other counties in Pennsylvania are doing
- Resolution to support the Redevelopment Authority 2017 Phare/Marcellus Shale fund application for the communities of Nemacolin and Cumberland Township
- Resolution to support Human Services 2017 Phare/Marcellus Shale fund application
- Modification from Widmer Engineering for construction/inspection reallocation of funds for County Bridge #78 in the amount of $9,075.20
- Time extension request from Pennoni Associates for construction inspection until 12-31-2017 for the Business Park Access Road at the Greene County Airport
• Under Tax Claims, the Commissioners approved the following:
• Under Probation, the Commissioners approved the following:
- A proposed sale price in the amount of fifty dollars, ($50.00), plus fees, has been received and approved by the Tax Claim Bureau of the County of Greene, for the private sale of the following property: Parcel #15-07-555 located in Jefferson Township
- A proposed sale price in the amount of fifty dollars, ($50.00), plus fees, has been received and approved by the Tax Claim Bureau of the County of Greene, for the private sale of the following property: Parcel #15-07-556 located in Jefferson Township
- A proposed sale price in the amount of fifty dollars, ($50.00), plus fees, has been received and approved by the Tax Claim Bureau of the County of Greene, for the private sale of the following property: Parcel #15-07-557 located in Jefferson Township
• Under Human Services, the Commissioners approved the Emergency Solutions Grant application.
- Juvenile Probation Services Grant Agreement
- Financial statement for funds expended under the Juvenile Probation Services Grant Agreement for period covered 7-1-16 to 6-30-17 in the amount of $54,351.00
• Under Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, the Commissioners approved the FY2017/2018 contract with TGCH, Inc. D/B/A Washington Health Systems-Greene.
• Under Children and Youth (CYS), the Commissioners approved the following:
• Under CDBG, the Commissioners approved an the following resolutions:
- FY2016/2017 NHS contract
- FY2017/2018 Adelphoi TLFR (Time Limited Family Reunification) contract
- Excessive Force Policy Resolution
- Code of Conduct Resolution
- Family VS Household Resolution
- Certification of completion of a four-factor analysis for limited English Proficiency Persons Resolution
The Commissioners also approved the non-discrimination clause for Waynesburg Borough and insight pipe contracting, LLC.
• Under IDA, the Commissioners approved an agreement between the County of Greene and the Greene County Industrial Development Authority for the Strategic Impact Program in the amount of $250,000 to spur economic development that will help meet the capital needs of eligible business start-ups as well as support retention, expansion and attraction of existing businesses pending Solicitor approval.
• Under Recreation, the Commissioners approved Mackin Engineering scope of work for the Greene River Trail 2.2 mile extension in the amount of $49,160.
During the Prison Board meeting on Thursday, October 19, the Commissioners made the following motions:
- Institutional misconduct reports for September are four (4) major infractions and twelve (12) minor infractions.
- Reportable Extraordinary Occurrence Reports (EOR) for September-Zero (0).
- Treatment: On 10-18-17 Counselor Virgili and the Warden met with Mr. Derek Foreman from Career Link for the purpose of developing a job search program to be conducted at the facility. This program will assist both male and female offenders in developing and or updating a work resume and allow them to currently review any employment opportunities within the County and submit resumes.
- Training: completed the Remington Armorers Course for the 870 Police model shotgun conducted at the PA DOC Training Academy.
- Maintenance: PSx in conjunction with our own IT Department has completed the necessary speaker replacement and subsequent adjustment for G-Unit and the complete system installed by PSx is operational.
- Financial Report:
- Fayette County currently owes $12,000 for the month of October in regards to rental fees and has paid $20,000 for the month of September.
- Deposits totaling $2,480 have been made with the Treasurer’s Office for September work release and weekend inmates.
- Population Report:
- Full-time males: 48
- Full-time females: 20
- Total: 68 (This includes 7 Fayette County, 1 Westmoreland, and 2 Washington County inmates)
During the Retirement Board meeting on Thursday, October 19, the following motions were made:
- New Business: Approve the request from Bishop Wealth Management/Janney to reduce the individual equity positions to add the Bishop Group Large Index Strategy to our portfolio including all associated paperwork for this action.
- Administration: Conducted bi-annual review of account positions for funds administered by Bishop Wealth Management/Janney.
During the Salary Board meeting on Thursday, October 19, the Commissioners also approved the following personnel actions:
End Temporary Pay Increase:
- Marcy Maletta, effective 9-11-17
- Zachary Burger to RPT Corrections Officer I
- Allison Gerhardt to RPT Corrections Officer I
- Donald White to RFT Corrections Officer I
- Ricky Eitner to RFT Legal Secretary II
Removal from Payroll:
- Christine Reinhard, Casual 911 Telecommunicator
- Deshawnda Bissett, Social Service Aide, Human Services
- Stephanie Brockman, CYS Caseworker
- Jeffrey Hawk, RPT Corrections Officer I
- Anthony (Ty) Negley, CYS Caseworker
- William Wentzel, Temporary Associate, Conservation
- Alyssa Hanley to RFT SAFE Coordinator
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.
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Casual Corrections Officer
Greene County Prison
Department of Law & Order
Appointment eff. Oct. 22
Court of Common Pleas
Department of Law & Order
Appointment eff. Oct. 22
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Fall, Pumpkins and Halloween
October is a sure sign of fall especially with pumpkins, fall folliage, and Halloween. Enjoy some photos of our little ones in a pumpkin patch.
Photos 1 & 2: Shanna and Duke Meyers. Duke is the 10-month old son of Shanna and Tip Meyers. Shanna works as a Prevention Specialist in our Drug and Alcohol Program, Human Services Department.
Kaiden Rishell in the pumpkin patch
Kaiden is the 2-1/2 year old son of Kelli Rishell, Administrative Assistant,
Chief Clerk/Commissioners Office.
Grammy Pam Pocahontas with grandson, Iron Man Robert. Robert turned 3 years old on November 1st. Grammy Pam Pocahontas Blaker is our Program Specialists in the County Transportation Office, HS.
Ellie is dressed as the princess Poppy from Trolls, one of her favorite movies. Ellie is the 2-year old daughter of Amie Nehls, Administrative Assistant in the County Elections Office.
Waynesburg Halloween Parade Wee Dancers from In-motion Dance Studio (Thursday, October 26).
Photo courtesy of Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful.
"NERDS" from our R&R Office
Winners of the Spooktacular
L. to R.: Jessica Harrison, Shelby Jeffrey, Annette Tharp, Kim Spence, & Donna Tharp.
Photo courtesy of Greene County Chamber of Commerce.
Spooktacular - 2nd Place Individual, Shanna Meyers with "One Night Stand", Shanna is a Prevention Specialist in our Drug & Alcohol Program, HS
Photo courtesy of Greene County Chamber of Commerce.
Meet IzzyJ, a four-legged, furry, 1-year old Jack Russell Terrier.
Posing nicely beside Shelby's pumpkin display wearing her Steeler jersey! She belongs to Shelby Jeffrey, Department Clerk, Register & Recorder's Office.
Lindley Reed (age 7 in her cat mask) with her ballet and tap teacher, Ms Victoria Bruno at Moschetta's Performing Arts Center in Waynesburg for dress up night.
Lindley is the daughter of Rachel Gillispie, Department Clerk in our Elections Office.
10th Annual Halloween Spooktacular
Tuesday, Oct. 31
3rd Place Group - "Pittsburgh Perogies" from the Treasurers Office,
Christine Brottish, Darlene Humble, Marge Kurilko & Vickie Steinmiller
Photo courtesy of Greene County Chamber of Commerce
Most Entertaining Group - "The California Raisins" from the Clerk of Courts Office,
Crystal Walters, Janice Lahew, Megan Goodwin, Lisa Murdock & Candace Buchanan
($100 Cash Prize)
Thanks for sharing your fall, pumpkin patch, and halloween photos with us; we would like to feature more in our next issue of the Greene Gazette, if you'd like to send your own fun halloween pictures to us.
Road Rally Winners:
The 2017 Fox Ford GreeneScene Road Rally held on October 14 was another successful year with lots of participants. The most numerous sign found on the road rally course was Bigfoot Road, Township Road 720.
The road rally course is timed in advance with several trial runs at safe and legal speed limits, then averaged to determine the "target time" it should take to drive the course. Scores are based on how close you come to the target time, along with bonus points for finding the answers to site-specific questions from clues provided.
This years team winners included:
The Mary Ann Dispenza is a Case Management Coordinator in our Child Care Information Services (CCIS) Program with our Human Services Department in the county.
- 1st Place: Team Burnetto ($300 prize)
- 2nd Place: Bob & Mary Ann Dispenza (prize package valued at over $100)
- 3rd Place: Lori, Lori and Carol (prize package valued at over $100)
A Chinese Auction, free catered after-rally dinner was held in the Fox Ford Showroom. Proceeds from the event went to the Greene County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund.
Pictured are of the team winners.
Veterans Day Parades and Services announced:
Click HERE for printable copy of the scheduled area events.
- Nov. 10 - USMC Birthday Party: A Birthday Party will be held November 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Carmichaels VFW! All U.S. Marines & U.S. Navy veterans are invited to attend. A special ceremony with occur during the evening of celebration! As Directed by: Carmichaels VFW Post
- Nov. 11 - Jefferson American Legion: The Filer-Sadlek Post 954, Jefferson will hold its Annual Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2017. Participants will form at the Jefferson Fire Hall, others unable to march up the hill can either ride or assemble at the Methodist Church Parking Lot/Senior Center; with the parade beginning at approximately 10:45 AM; then stopping in front of the American Legion at approximately 11:00 AM with the Honor Guard saluting our departed comrades/21 Gun Salute.
The parade includes the Jefferson-Morgan Jr.-Sr. High School Band, the West Greene High School Band and the James D. Randolph Kiltie Band; which then commences to the Jefferson-Morgan Jr.-Sr. High School. The program will begin approximately 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM in the Stanley Fowler Auditorium, the speaker of the day will be Sarah A. Smith, U.S. Navy Veteran/E-4 & Veterans Director/VSO for the County of Greene.
Following the program, the Post 954 will conduct their Post Everlasting Ceremony, memorializing eleven (11) members of Post 954 who have passed away since November 11th Veterans Day 2016. As Directed by: Thomas Shumaker, Adjutant
- Nov. 11 - Waynesburg Veterans Day Parade, sponsored by the Veterans Council of Greene County: the Waynesburg Veterans Day Parade will be held on November 11, 2017 in Waynesburg, PA. The community is invited to come out to thank our veterans’ past and present who have sacrificed their lives for our great nation. Veterans in the County of Greene will be recognized for their service & dedication to the US Military.
The line-up begins at 8:30 AM at the First Baptist Church parking lot on West Church Street in Waynesburg, PA. With the parade start time at 9:30 AM (others to participate in the parade will join at Belko’s parking lot & PNC parking lot. The parade will proceed down High Street to the Greene County Courthouse in the Borough of Waynesburg; with the Parade Marshall being a World War II Veteran. The honor goes to Ralph Conklin age 93 who served on the USS Kenneth M. Willett DE 354 from 1944-1946.
The program will take place on the Courthouse steps/portico following the parade with the Guest Speaker to be announced at a later date. Other participants in the program are as follows: James L. Farrell Post 330 American Legion; along with the Waynesburg VFW Post 4793 as the Honor Guard with the 21 Gun Salute. Then immediately following the program food & refreshments are provided by the Waynesburg VFW Post 4793 at 455 Lincoln Street served Ladies Auxiliary for all veterans and the public.
As Directed by: Michele Deems, Veterans Day Parade Chairman. For further information or questions please contact her at (804) 867-7194
- Nov. 11 - Carmichaels American Legion: Carmichaels American Legion Post 400 will hold a service on November 11, 2017 at the Post beginning at 11:00 AM. They will start with the 21Gun Salute to honor our departed comrades outside the Legion Post. The program will continue inside the Legion with the Legion Band performing a variety of songs; along with the presentation of the MIA & POW Table by Commander William Ross. The speaker of the day will be Representative Pam Snyder. Then immediately following a luncheon will be provided for all in attendance. As Directed by: William Ross, Commander
- Nov. 12 - Veterans Service at Rogersville: The Rogersville United Methodist Church will hold a special service for Veterans Day at 11:00 AM Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the church located at 102 Church Street, Rogersville, PA; which will be the Sunday morning worship service presented by Pastor Cynthia Deter. Special music and message will be presented. All veterans are invited to attend and will be recognized for their service to our country; with a luncheon to follow. As Directed by: Pastor Cynthia Deter
- Nov. 15 - Harvey's-Aleppo Grange Hall in Graysville: will be having a Veterans Appreciation Evening to honor veterans of any of the US Armed Forces. The veterans in attendance will be presented with a certificate; with respect, honor & gratitude to all. The program will be held on November 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Representative Pam Snyder and other dignitaries will be present.
A Thank You to the veterans from all branches & war times for their service to our country, all are encouraged to attend, advanced notice is greatly appreciated. As Directed by: Mary Jane Kent
Thank you, respectfully submitted by the Greene County Veterans Affairs Office
Agricultural Easement Program accepting applications:
The Greene County Farmland Preservation Board of Directors (GCFLP) is accepting applications until December 31, 2017 from landowners that are willing to be considered for the agricultural conservation easement program.
The agricultural conservation easement can permanently protect a family’s farmland from being lost to future non-agricultural development. It may be used as an estate planning tool to help landowners successfully pass farms on to the next generation. Or landowners may receive cash for some of the equity tied up in their land for expansion or improving farm operation, debt repayment or retirement while retaining ownership of their land.
The easement is an interest in land, which represents the right to prevent development or improvement of a parcel for any purpose other than agricultural production. The easement may be granted by a farmland owner to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a county agricultural land preservation program, a local government unit or a local land trust.
Easements may be sold or donated with the restrictions recorded in the recorder of deeds office in the county where the easement is located.
For eligibility, a landowner must: be enrolled in an approved agricultural security area consisting of at least 500 acres; have at least 50 contiguous acres; have at least 50% of the soils on the parcel under consideration in soil capability classes I to IV, as defined by the web Soil Survey; be available for agricultural production; and contain the greater of 50% or ten acres of harvested cropland, pasture or grazing land. The landowner will also need to provide ownership verification to the surface mineral rights on the parcel being considered.
After ranking according to the GCFLP bylaws, the highest ranked farm will pay a $2,000 good faith deposit, which will be returned when the easement process in completed.
Currently in Greene County, there are eight townships with approved agricultural security areas: Center, Cumberland, Franklins, Greene, Jefferson, Morgan, Washington and Wayne.
To apply or for more information on the Agricultural Easement Program, call the Greene County Farmland Preservation Board at 724-852-5278 or visit www.co.greene.pa.us/gccd under Conservation District Agricultural programs.
Information provided by www.pafarmland.org.
Thank you, Lisa Snyder, GCCD Director | Greene County Farmland Preservation District | 22 W. High Street, Suite 204, Waynesburg | 724-852-5278
HR - EMPLOYEE NOTICE:
This is another reminder that County employees are not to be parking on the street unless you are loading or unloading your vehicle or when only reporting to work for less than one hour. There are several County employees that are regularly parking on the street and this restricts access to parking for the local businesses. If you are parking on the street, please park in the reserved County lot. Violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action.
Thanks, Rebecca Harris, HR Director (x200 or x381)
Advanced Excel Class being offered:
As discussed earlier this year, we have asked the University to host a class on Formulas and Functions/Advanced Excel for county employees. There are 40 spots available – 20 for 9:30 AM and 20 for 1:30 PM – and the class will be on November 22nd in Stewart 304, Waynesburg University Campus. Allen Miller will be teaching the class again.
Spots will be first come, first served but Those who took the class this summer will have the highest priority. If you are interested in taking this class, please email Scott as soon as possible. Remember that you still need to get your supervisor to approve your attendance.
Thanks, Scott Kelley, IT Director
Roller rink to open Oct. 27 with 'Skate & Dance':
Mon View Roller Rink in Greensboro will kick off the 2017-18 season with a "Skate & Dance," scheduled for 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27. Admission for the all-ages event is $8 per person.
The skate will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., and the dance will run from 9 to 11 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Greene County Commissioners and Lola Energy.
This season, every Friday will feature a "Skate & Dance," from 7 to 11 p.m., and open skating will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission for all attendees will be $8 on Friday nights and $5 on Saturday nights. Times and prices may change.
Due to the holidays and routine maintenance, the roller rink will be closed during the 2017-18 season on Nov. 24-25, Dec. 22-Jan. 20 and March 30-31. The last skate of the season is scheduled for Saturday, April 14.
Mon View is available to rent for private parties at a rate of $120 for two hours. The price covers admission and skate rental for 20 people. A fee of $3 per additional person will be charged. Skate lessons are also available by appointment only.
For more information, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.
Thanks, Jake Blaker, Recreation Director
Greene Chatter 1: Ballot Question offers opportunity for property tax elimination
While lawmakers continue to work toward real and meaningful property tax reform, voters will have a chance to make their voices heard on this issue in November by voting on a ballot question that could allow local taxing bodies to completely eliminate property taxes through the existing homestead exemption.
Current law only allows taxing bodies to exempt 50 percent of the median assessed value. Very few local governments have exercised this option since it would allow the property tax to remain in place at a reduced rate while other local taxes would need to be increased. If approved by voters, the ballot question would allow local governments to completely eliminate the property tax for homeowners in their area, which may be a more attractive option for local governments.
More information about the ballot question is available HERE.
Greene Chatter 2: Access to Federal Facilities
October 13 news flash Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities through at least January 22, 2018, after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new REAL ID enforcement grace period. The grace period went into effect Wednesday, October 11, and applies to jurisdictions under compliance extensions set to expire October 10.
In addition to Pennsylvania, there are 27 total jurisdictions with extension requests still under review. The enforcement grace period applies only to entrance to federal facilities. There is no enforcement on commercial air travel until January 22, 2018. You can find more on REAL ID and Pennsylvania’s compliance HERE.
Greene Chatter 3: LiFi an interesting technology tidbit
Light Fidelity (LiFi) technology offers greater security, faster speeds, and data rates that far exceed that of Wireless Fidelity (WiFi). So, what is LiFi and why don't we already have it?
Unlike WiFi, which relies on the overcrowded RF (radio frequency) spectrum, LiFi uses light to transmit the signal. The light spectrum is 1000 times larger than RF, allowing for potentially unlimited speeds and date rates.
pureLiFi's founder, Harold Haas, came up with the concept more than a decade ago and is now teaming up with light manufacturers to speed its adoption.
For the first time LiFi is available in LED light bars, which can fit directly into universal fluorescent light fixtures that are virtually everywhere.
The LED Journal just published an article about LiFi that further explains the technology and how early adopters in finance, healthcare and defense are moving at light speed to implement the technology.
Source: LED Journal, 9/6/2017
Calendar of Community Events
Be sure to check out the many upcoming events Greene County has to offer!
November 1st, 5th, 8th, 12th, & 15th | Exercise Class: PIYO with instructor Meghan Phillips. 3:30 - 4:30 PM, MUST bring your own yoga mat. Class is held in the upstairs of the 4-H Building at the Greene County Fairgrounds. PiYo is a hybrid athletic workout, which combines the mind/body practices of Yoga and Pilates, as well as the principles of stretch, strength training, conditioning and dynamic movement. During PiYo class, you will find yourself standing in a yoga pose one minute, and down on the floor in a Pilates pose the next! FMI and to register, call 724-852-5323 (classes are $5 per class).
November 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th & 15th | Exercise Class: Cardio Kickboxing with Deneen Chulick from 5-6 PM in the upstairs of the 4-H Building, Greene County Fairgrounds. Cardio Kickboxing class by demonstrating choreographed movements of punches, kicks, and knee strikes set to fast-paced music. Cardio kickboxing combinations are a mix of punches like jabs, crosses, hooks, and upper cuts. Lower body movements include knee strikes, front kicks, roundhouse kicks, sidekicks and back kicks (classes are $5 per class). FMI and to register, call the Department of Rec at 724-852-5313.
November 2nd, 9th, & 16th | Exercise Class: Buti Yoga with Bobbi Jo Irizarry. This Indian Marathi Yoga Class is high intensity fusion of yoga, tribal dance, and plyometrics. MUST bring your own yoga mat and is performed without shoes. $5 per class 6 PM at the 4-H Building, Greene County Fairgrounds. FMI, call the Department of Rec at 724-852-5323.
November 2nd | Essentially Yours: Beautify your Laundry Room 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. 6-7 PM at the 4-H Building, upper-level, Greene County Fairgrounds, hosted by Kelly Mackey. FMI, call the Department of Rec at 724-852-5323.
November 3rd, 10th, and 17th | Skate & Dance Fridays &151; It's time for Skate and Dance FRIDAYS again at the Mon View Roller Rink from 7pm-11pm weekly. Admission is $8. Skate hours: 7-9pm and Dance hours: 9-11pm. Located at 377 Stoney Hill Road, Greensboro, PA. FMI, call 724-852-5323 to the Department of Recreation. Click HERE for event flyer, and/or HERE for informational brochure.
November 4th | Holiday Extravaganza 9am-3pm. Shop from a variety of vendors and crafters for Christmas and holiday decorations, find the perfect present or even bring something home for yourself. Hosted by the Social Service League and held at the Waynesburg Central Elementary School, 90 Zimmerman Drive, Waynesburg. FMI, please call 724-986-7866 also visit #socialserviceleaguewbg
November 4th | Greene County Heritage Workshop 9:30am-3pm. The Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation presents in cooperation with its co-sponsors, Greene County Heritage Workshop: Practical Ways to Care for Your Historic Buildings will be held on Saturday November 4th at the Margaret Bell Miller Middle School from 9:30-3pm. Registration is required by October 31st and space is limited. FMI, please call 412-471-5808 or visit phlf.org
November 5th | Time to change your clocks back Daylight Savings Time ends so, don't forget to change your clocks ... the time falls back by an hour on Saturday at 2:00 am. The mornings will get lighter and the evenings darker and those living in participating states of the United States will get an extra hour in bed.
November 5th | Break 3 Guinness Records in 1 Day! Register NOW to be a part of history! Three records to break in one day, Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Carmichaels football field from 8am to 5pm! $20 includes all 3 records, a 5-shirt (if paid before Oct. 20th) and a Guinness book medal!
November 5th and 12th | Exercise Class: CORE De FORCE with instructor Chaley. 4:30 - 5:30pm, MUST bring your own yoga mat. Class is held in the upstairs of the 4-H Building at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Core De Force brings an exhilarating Boxing, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai combination and mixes it with fat-blasting cardio and bodyweight moves to help you zero in on a complete body shedding workout. Each round is broken into 3 minute rounds. Hit it hard 3 minutes at a time for the 45 minute class and before you know it you get a 360-degree core blast and more importantly… it works! FMI and to register, call 724-852-5323 (classes are $5 per class).
November 9 | Celebration Dinner the Community Foundation of Greene County will host a Fall into Philanthropy celebration dinner at 6 p.m., Thursday, November 9 at Valley View Farm, 108 Orndorff Road, off Route 218 south of Waynesburg, PA. FMI or advance tickets, call 724-627-2010 or email to: email@example.com.
November 10 | Veterans Day Holiday Greene County Government holiday closure notice. FMI, call 724-852-5210.
November 10 | Musical Mysteries & more Dinner Theatre to Die For! and Masontown American Legion present Monster Mash Murder. The event of the century is at hand as Witch Hazel turns a century older, come out and see what happens next! $40 includes dinner and show (doors open at 6:30pm). Proceeds benefit the American Legion Post 423 Auxiliary. Click HERE for event flyer. FMI or reservations, call 412-691-2553.
November 11 | Greene County Veterans Day Parade 8:30-10am. Line-up begins at 8:30am and the parade starts at 9:30am. A Courthouse program will immediately follow. The parade ends at the VFW Post #4973 at 445 East Lincoln Street, Waynesburg.
November 11 & 12 | Christmas Craft Show 10am to 4pm at the Greene Academy in Carmichaels. FMI, call Shelley Anderson at 724-231-6671.
November 17 | Night Zero Screening held at the Greene County Courthouse. Free admission. Door open at 6:30pm. Screening with Q&A session at 7pm.
November 18 | 5K Turkey Trot Run/Walk hosted by Bowlby Library. This event will raise money to fulfill Eva K. Bowlby’s mission, “to provide through the use of traditional and emerging technologies, materials and services for community residents of all ages for Literacy, Information, Fun & Enrichment." The event will be held on Saturday, November 18th beginning at the Bowlby Library Gazebo. The 1K Children's Fun Run, "The Wobble Gobble", will begin at 9A.M., followed by the 5K Run/Walk at 9:30A.M. Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female walker/runner, in each age category. FMI, call 724-627-9776.
November 19 | Lamplighter Touring Choir Fall Concert FMI, contact Waynesburg University.
November 23-24 | Thanksgiving Holiday Greene County Government closure notice. FMI, call 724-852-5210.
November 25-26 | Christmas Open House from 3-7pm, held at the Greene County Historical Society Museum, Waynesburg, PA. FMI, call 724-627-3204.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS, SAVE THESE DATES:
December 1, 2017 | Holiday Open House in historic downtown Waynesburg, 5-8pm with three lighting at 6pm.
December 2, 2017 | Breakfast with Santa hosted by Greene County Department of Recreation and held at the Greene County Fairgrounds.
December 2, 2017 | Waynesburg Christmas Parade 2-4 pm, downtown Waynesburg.
December 16, 2017 | Santa is coming! 5-7:00 PM, free to all ages! Santa, games, cooking decorating, prizes for the kids. Take pictures with Santa. Held at the Mason-Dixon Historical Park on Dec. 17th. FMI, visit www.masondixonhistoricalpark.com or call, 304-879-4101.
If you would like to submit an article to the "Greene County Gazette," please email Ruth Thornberg or phone 724-852-5384.