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

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GREENE COUNTY, PA — Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (September issue)

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

For Immediate Release
Ruth Thornberg, Webmaster

Compiled by Kelli Rishell
Administrative Assistant &
Ruth Thornberg, Webmaster

Edited by JoAnne Marshall
Communications Director

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The County Commissioners would like to recognize all county employees born in the month OCTOBER and wish you a

October weekends

Discount Tickets for Greene County
FMI, call 724-238-3666

October Story Hours

Bowlby Library Fall Story

FMI, call 724-627-9776 x410

October 13

FMI, call 724-319-2043

or call 304-879-4104

October 15

FMI, contact the GC Parks & Rec

at 724-852-5323

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

October 14

FMI, call 724-627-3745


FMI, call 724-627-3441 x421.

FMI or to register, call 724-852-5276 x676.

October 18

FMI, 724-866-8953 or Mimi at 724-852-5300

FMI, call 724-319-2043

October 25

FMI, call Lauren, Allicia, Erin, or Melissa at 724-852-5276, at the Early Intervention Program Office

FMI, call 724-627-5356

October 31

FMI, call 724-627-5926 or 724-627-8111

2017-2018 Skate & Dance

FMI, call Department of Receation
at 724-852-5323

FMI, call 724-627-9988 or
Design by GreeneSaver

New business in Waynesburg

Waynesburg Coffee Company

located at 25 N. Morgan Street, Waynesburg, PA.
Hours of operation: 7am-2pm
Phone: 724-833-9455

Seating area available

Stop on in at the new coffee shop in town, try a cappuccino,latte, Drew's Brew and more. Many flavors of gelato! Other treats are fruit parfait, muffins, cinnamon rolls & bagels. Lunch menu consist of hot dogs, tuna/chicken salad sandwiches & salads!

10-18-2017 Grand Opening

Ribbon-cutting at 12:30 pm, Join Us!

SWPA Services

Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency

Visitors Guide

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

Farmers' Markets
only a few more weeks!

Tap into our local Farmers Markets for fresh produce — and healthy eating —

Saturday, 2:00 am, November 5, 2017 — DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS:

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.

Employ Older Workers Week
Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the week of Sept. 24-30, 2017, Employ Older Workers Week. The proclamation recognizes the value that older workers bring to the workplace and the important role they play in the current and future workforce. According to the proclamation, by 2020, workers 65 and older are projected to increase by nearly 29 percent while the working age population (20-64) is not projected to grow.

Matt Uram, job developer of the SWPA Area Agency on Aging, thanked the Commissioners for the proclamation and support. Uram also recognized the leadership of Nancy Riggle, Greene County supervisor of the SWPA Area Agency on Aging.

"Senior employment is strong in Greene County," said Uram. "There is a hunger and passion in seniors that want to work."

Receiving the proclamation from the Greene County Commissioners with Uram and Riggle are several older workers currently employed in various businesses and organizations in Greene County.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Month
Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of September 2017 as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Month. The proclamation is designed to raise awareness about the disorder, an umbrella term describing a range of mental, physical, learning and social/emotional behavioral disabilities and birth defects directly resulting from alcohol use during pregnancy. It is estimated that up to 1 in 20 U.S. school children may have an FASD, a rate comparable to Autism, and about 40,000 babies are born with effects of prenatal alcohol exposure annually.

"The disorder is 100 percent preventable when a woman abstains from alcohol during a pregnancy," said Kira Sisk, director of the Greene County Drug and Alcohol Program.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Commissioner Archie Trader; Tracie Sypin, drug and alcohol services prevention specialist; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; and Sisk.

National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of September 2017 National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. The proclamation recognizes that saluting people who are in recovery from alcohol and drug use disorders, as well as those who have helped them obtain treatment, helps to overcome barriers by educating the community about the benefits of treatment, and affirming the goal that all people with alcohol and drug use disorders should have access to treatment services. The Commissioners call upon the people of Greene County to observe this month and support this year's theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable!"

"We are fighting the fight," said George "Bly" Blystone from Steps Inside Inc. "It can be overwhelming at times, but it is moving forward."

Receiving the proclamation from the Greene County Commissioners with Blystone are members of Steps Inside Inc.

64th annual Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Show Parade

The annual Coal Show Parade was on Saturday, August 26 at 4:00 pm in downtown Carmichaels — the 64th annual King Coal Festival held from August 19-26 featuring carnival rides, games, food and fun at the Carmichaels Fire Department. The festival also included a Golf Outing, a 5K Race, the Easter Mining Collectors Show, the Coal Queen Contest; a pet parade for all ages; a Car/Truck/Tractor & Bike Show at Wana B Park; the parade, various vendors and entertainment throughout the entire week.

Read more about the history of the King Coal Show, visit

Pictured on left (top to bottom): Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder, and Archie Trader; and Waynesburg VFD engine, driven by Jeff Marshall, Chief Clerk and Fire Chief

Pictured on right (top to bottom): Cory Grandel, Greene County Treasurer; Brian Tennant, Greene County Sheriff; Julie Policz, 2017 Greene County Fair Queen; and the 2017 PA Bituminous Coal Queen, Kayce Furlong from Brownsville, PA with the runners-up in the Coal Queen Pageant.

Freedom Bridge is complete!

Wednesday, August 30 — after many months of planning and construction, commuters can now appreciate the opening of the Freedom Bridge at the underpass/railroad bridge where Greene Street meets High Street (US19 & PA21) in Franklin Township. Flowing over South Tenmile Creek.

State and county officials meet at the new Freedom Bridge for a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony, commemorating the official opening of the completed $15.1 million bridge project. The project included addition to the lane expansion, but it also enabled the contractor, Gulisek Construction LLC of Mount Pleasant, to increase the hydraulic opening of the bridge to allow more water to flow in high-water conditions. Two new railroad bridges – including the overpass at Freedom Bridge — were also part of the project.

Commissioner Blair Zimmerman stated at the ceremony, that the Board of Commissioners were "thrill" about the project's completion, this is going to make a huge difference for everyone", he said.

"Freedom Bridge is named in honor of local veterans Capt. John C. Hill, Maj. James A. Crew, Lt. Charles M. Rein and all other Pennsylvania POW-MIA’s and veterans of all wars. Snyder recognized them, stating that “everyone here is so proud to see the bridge named in their honor and in honor of all veterans. We wouldn’t be here today without their service."

The original bridge was built in 1928 by E.B. and B.F. Linnincott, the attractive two-span arch bridge included an unusual but attractive concrete lattice railing.

Pictured is the old bridge on the left; and the ribbon-cutting participants on the upper right, with Commissioner Blair Zimmerman speaking at the podium on the upper left. Pictured in the group photo are State Rep. Pam Snyder, State Senator Camera Bartolotta's representative Eric Coween, Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman and Archie Trader, with PennDOT representatives. (Top left photo courtesy of the Observer-Reporter)

Another successful electronics recycling event!
Thank you to the County Commissioners, Representative Pam Snyder, and their staffing for another successful electronics recycling event! Everyone worked really hard. Thank you to JoAnne Marshall for taking photos!

These quarterly recycling events have been very successful. The August 30 event, we had 230 vehicles come through the event to recycle tons of TV's, computer electronics, fluorescent bulbs, refrigerators, air conditioners, and more.

One additional recycling event is scheduled to be held again at the Greene County Fairgrounds on October 18. For additional information, contact Mimi Ritenour at 724-852-5300.

This Month in Greene County Government...

Board of Commissioners:
During the commissioners' regular board meeting on Thursday, September 7, the Commissioners approved the following motions:

  •   Under Finance & Administration, the Commissioners approved for I3 Engineering and Consulting, LLC, to access the airport property off of Progress Drive to address the issue with Dominion Pipeline, dated 8-23-17.

  •   Emergency Management, the Commissioners authorized Greg Leathers, Emergency Services Director, signatory in dealing with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on the Emergency Alert System project as it pertains to Greene County.

  •   Under Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, approved the FY2017/2018 contract with Pressley Ridge. The Commissioners also approved the FY2017/2018 contracts with:
    1. City Mission-Living Stones, Inc.
    2. NHS Pennsylvania
    3. Centerville Clinics, Inc.
  •   Drugs & Alcohol, the Commissioners approved the FY2016/2017 Year End Expenditures Report.

  •   Children & Youth Services (CYS), the Commissioners approved the FY2017/2018 Implementation Plan and FY2018/2019 Needs Based Budget Plan effective 8-31-17.

  •   Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), the Commissioners approved the Nondiscrimination Clause between the Contractor, the County of Greene, and Waynesburg Borough.

  •   Courts the Commissioners approved the following:
    1. Updated agreement between the County of Greene and LexisNexis
    2. LexisNexis access to the Law Library
During the commissioners' regular board meeting on Thursday, September 21, the Commissioners approved the following:
    1. Employ Older Workers Week September 24-30, 2017
    2. National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Awareness Month
    3. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month
    4. Vietnam Wall Memorial Week September 28-October 1, 2017
  •   Under Finance & Administration, the Commissioners approved a proposal from Zelenkofske Axelrod, LLC, for the annual audit process 2017, 2018 and 2019 with a savings of $6,075.

  •   Under Bridges, the Commissioners approved a time extension dated September 14, 2017 for County Bridge #55 (Gilmore Township) until October 31, 2017 to close out the project.

  •   Under Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, the Commissioners approved the FY2017/2018 contracts with:
    1. Human Services Center- Edgewood LTSR
    2. Mental Health Association
    3. The Integrated Care Corporation
  •   Drugs & Alcohol, the Commissioners approved the FY2016/2017 contracts with:
    1. Another Way, Inc.
    2. BPC Management Group, LLC D/B/A Turning Point Recovery Center
  •   Under Children and Youth (CYS), the Commissioners approved the following:
    1. Pressley Ridge
    2. Outside In
    3. Taylor Diversion Programs
  •   Under CDBG, the Commissioners approved an exempt status determination for the environmental review grant administration for a water line extension along Mount Morris Road located in Whiteley Township.

Prison Board:
During the Prison Board meeting on Thursday, September 21, the Commissioners made the following motions:
  • Security:   Institutional misconduct reports for August – six (6) major infractions and eleven (11) minor infractions. Reportable extraordinary Occurrence Reports (EOR) for August – Zero (0).

  • Training:   Will be conducting training for "Right to Know" on 09-27-17 here at the facility. This training covers the staff requirements for the use, distribution, and storage of all chemicals utilized at the facility.

  • Treatment:   A memorandum of agreement between the Fayette, Greene, and Washington Intermediate Unit I has been established. This document defines the responsibilities of the Intermediate Unit (IU1) and the Greene County Prison as it relates to the ABE/GED services provided to the facility. This agreement is effective from July 1, 2017 until June 30, 2018.

  • Maintenance:   Facility maintenance projects continue on schedule with the newly installed intercom system almost complete. It was determined that the distance to G-Unit requires a mid-line relay and some adjustment to the current line, which IT and facility maintenance is currently working on. PSx is required to return pending their installation of new software and a final check from their technician.

  • Financial Report:
    • Fayette County currently owes $12,500.00 for the month of September in regards to rental fees and currently owes $5,200.00 for the month of August.
    • Deposits totaling $2,160.00 have been made with the Treasurer’s Office for August work release and weekend males.

  • Population Report:
    • Full-time males: 56
    • Full-time females: 2
    • Total: 58 (This includes 15 Fayette County, 1 Westmoreland, and 3 Washington County inmates)

Retirement Board:
During the Retirement Board meeting on Thursday, September 21, no new business to discuss.

Salary Board:
During the Salary Board meeting on Thursday, September 21, the Commissioners also approved the following personnel actions:

    Change in Start Date:
    • Thomas Keller, CYS Caseworker I to 8-18-17 and accept his resignation 8-21-17

    Creation of Position:
    • CDBG Manager

    • Sheila Rode made the motion and Controller Balint the second to table hiring a regular full time Tip Staff.

    New Hires: (see below)
    • Emily Bosworth, RFT Associate, IDA
    • John Michael Dulaney, RFT Tip Staff, Courts

    • Michelle Pulkownik to RFT Docket Clerk I, Domestic Relations

    • George Edwards to RPT Van Driver II
    • Peter Rameas to RFT Tip Staff, change status to casual Tip Staff
    • Paul Tedrow to RFT Maintenance Worker II
    • Contessa Wilson to RFT County Caseworker II

    • Nathan Bilonick, temporary Laborer (RDA)

    • Amanda Debolt, Fiscal Assistant I, CYS
    • Ryan Kmetz, Corrections Officer
    • Thomas Stimaker, CYS Casework Supervisor

    • Kara Compton from RPT to casual Tip Staff
    • Crystal Simmons from RFT IDA/CDBG Director to RFT CDBG Manager

County Commissioners welcome new county employees

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

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

Listed by appointment date, last name, first name

Emily Bosworth
Regular Full-time
IDA Associate
Industrial Development Authority
Appointment eff. Sep 25
(MG PG 1)
John Michael Dulaney
Regular Full-time
Tip Staff
Court of Common Pleas
Appointment eff. September 11

Special Moments - Proud to be an American
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While many high school students spent the summer enjoying their vacation, some kids spent the summer working, and a very small number of high school students made the choice to spend their summer learning to be a soldier in order to protect and defend our country. This was the case for Connor Main, son of Lisa & Mark Main of Waynesburg. Connor expressed his interest in joining the National Guard in the Spring and quickly began the process to complete his acceptance requirements.

Connor, who is only 17, finished his junior year of High School on June 2nd and reported to Fort Benning, GA, on June 5th. Connor was selected as co-leader of his unit, and was later assigned the responsibility of carrying the M240 Bravo Assault Rifle, which weighs 30 lbs. unloaded. Private Main successfully completed 10 weeks of Army Basic Combat Training and graduated on August 18, 2017.

The emblem on his beret is called a flash, and once he graduates from AIT, he will receive an insignia (probably National Guard) to put on the flash.

An honor student at West Greene High School, he is also a 3-year letterman in football and wrestling. Upon graduating in 2018, he will again report to Fort Benning to complete his Advanced Infantry Training and will become a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard. He also plans to attend Penn Commercial Technical School and study to become an Electrician. Connor has an older brother, Owen Main, who is very proud of his service.

Lisa is a Field Assessor in our local Assessment Office, and a very proud parent.

Certificate of Service
The Greene County Sheriff's Office received a Certificate of Service acknowledgement for continued service to Greene County areas and beyond, from the Rotary Club of Waynesburg (September 11, 2017).

In Remembrance of those who served on
September 11, 2001
9/11 Never Forget!

All first responders, the Sheriff's Office, our Emergency Management/911 Center, our Fire Fighters.

— Thanks from all of us to all of you!

Little girl with a big heart and hand-made crosses!
On September 20, our Greene County Sheriff's Office received a care package containing an assortment of 15 hand-made tiny plastic crosses from Arianna's Cross Mission, with a note that read:

"Hello, my name is Arianna, I am 8 years old. I make crosses to spread God's word. God's word is peace, kindness, love, joy, patience, hope and faith. I am also Catholic and religious and loving and caring. I am a very happy girl. I hope my crosses inspire people to pray and love Jesus. I also hope my crosses protect you. — Love Arianna"

Arianna Nichols, from Illinois, has been hand-making crosses out of Perler Beads and sending them to police departments across the United States; tapping into her creativity in trying to keep police officers safe across the country.

There is no connection between little Arianna and our Greene County Sheriff's Office, except that she is praying for our local officers, for their protection and safety, and sharing God's love with them.

So far, the little girl has sent 6,087 crosses to 90 departments in 30 states, and even one department overseas, in Sydney, Australia, Nichols said. "I am hearing most officers carry the crosses in their shirt pocket nearest their heart, in the wallet with their badge and in their bullet-proof vest," Nichols said. Arianna "is very excited and overwhelmed with gratitude." Read more about Ariana's Cross Mission.

Pictured on right are Greene County Sheriff Deputies Amanda Stauffer and Marshall Simmons showing off their handmade pocket crosses, a reminder of a little girl's, and God's love. (Photo of sheriff's deputies courtesy of GreeneSaver)

— Thankful and appreciated, Brian Tennant, Greene County Sheriff

Purple Porch Project - Domestic Violence Awareness
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month — The Purple Porch Project sponsored by select Lowe's Home Improvement stores in SWPA is back for October! Shine a light on domestic violence by picking up your purple bulb all throughout the month. Share photos of your awareness efforts! Together, we can end domestic violence! Click HERE for Purple Porch Project flyer and HERE for Domestic Violence Services of SWPA and #PurplePorchProject

The EQT REC Center — Recreation - Education - Community:

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

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


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

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

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

WNV Grant Funding
The Greene County Conservation District (GCCD) reports that they will be receiving a grant application for funding for next year's West Nile Virus (WNV) Program. The grant application, with a due date of September 30, 2017, will most likely be brought before the GCCD board at the September meeting. The grant will help fund the salaries of two interns as well as offset the salary of one staff member who also will be working on the WNV program.

This year, funding through a PA DEP grant, the first in several years, was received to conduct monitoring.

It was noted that mosquitos, testing positive for the virus, have been found in the following areas: Rices Landing, Greensboro, and Carmichaels. These areas, as well as frequently visited areas, have been treated.

— Thanks, Lisa Snider, District Manager, Greene County Conservation District

Significant Veterans Dates for October 2017:
— Thanks, Sarah Smith, Veterans Affairs Director

Fall Exercise Classes announced by our Recreation Department

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

Exercise classes for the fall session include Buti Yoga, Cardio Kickboxing, Core de Force, Gentle Yoga and PiYo. Individual classes are $5 each, free to county employees! (Completion of any exercise program through the county is worth 25 points toward your Wellness Rewards Program).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As usual, these exercise classes are free to county employees, you must attend at least 4 classes (worth 25 points toward your Wellness Rewards Program). Click HERE for information brochure. For more information or pre-registration, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323, or visit

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

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

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

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

Tidbit: New DUI Law went into effect in Pennsylvania on August 28
Act 33 of 2016 requires first-time DUI offenders with a blood alcohol content of .10 percent or higher to use ignition interlocks for at least 12 months.

The ignition interlock requires drivers to blow into a device that measures their blood-alcohol content (BAC). If their BAC is over a certain level, the car will not start.

"Ignition interlocks are smart on crime and proven to stop drunk-driving attempts," stated State Sen. John Rafferty Jr., who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee. "With this new law, ignition interlocks will be available to more individuals and allow them to be productive members of society in a strictly-controlled environment while serving their drunk-driving sentence."

Previously, ignition interlocks were only required for second and subsequent DUI offenses, but the new law allows first-time offenders to drive immediately with the interlocks installed, rather than wait until after serving a driver’s license suspension between 30 days and 1 year, based upon the offender’s blood-alcohol percentage.

The new law also applies to drivers who refuse to submit to chemical testing. Previously, a driver who refuses the test would receive between a one-year and 18-month suspension. With the new law, the first-time offender who refuses to take the test will still have their license suspended, but will be eligible for an ignition interlock device after serving six months of that suspension, regardless of the suspension time period.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the cost of having an ignition interlock system installed may vary depending on the vendor chosen. The system is leased from the vendor. Currently, the average costs associated with leasing a system is between $900 to $1,300 per year. The individual required to have the system is responsible for all costs.

PennDOT reported that in 2016 there were 297 alcohol-related fatalities or 25 percent of all fatalities on Pennsylvania highways. Alcohol-related crashes were nearly four times more likely to cause a fatal injury than those not related to alcohol.   (Source: (Greene Messenger))

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

October 15, 22 & 29 | 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. FMI and to register, call 724-852-5323 (classes are $5 per class).

October 15, 22 & 29 | Exercise Class: CORED DeFORCE — with instructor Chaley. 4:30 - 5:30 PM, MUST bring your own yoga mat. Class is held in the upstairs of the 4-H Building at the Greene County Fairgrounds. FMI and to register, call 724-852-5323.

October 13-15 | 250th Mason-Dixon Celebration — 10am - 5pm, celebrating in the park honoring the 250th anniversary of the Mason Dixon survey. The Warrior Trail Association will be selling Buffalo Burgers and there will be many more food and craft vendors on side. FMI, visit #MasonDixon or or call, 304-879-4101.

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

October 15 | Flashlight Drags — Greene County Airport. Gates open at 12:00 pm | racing from 2-6:00 pm. FMI, visit or call the Department of Rec at 724-852-5323 (Click HERE for event flyer).

October 16, 23, & 30 | 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.

October 17, 24 & 31 | Exercise Class: Gentle Yoga — with Virginia, students of all ability levels can attend. Stretching for body, mind and spirit. This Hatha Yoga Class will teach beginning yoga pose alignments and gentle movements- in-and-out of various pose positions. MUST bring your own yoga mat and is performed without shoes. $5 per class 5-6 PM at the 4-H Building, Greene County Fairgrounds, hosted by Kelly Mackey. Come learn ways to make natural essential oil based products that will help you incorporate more natural ways and less chemicals into your daily lives. FMI, call the Department of Rec at 724-852-5323.

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

October 27-28 | Flashlight Fright Night — 7-11 pm at the Greene County Historical Society & Museum, 918 Rolling Meadows Rd, Waynesburg. FMI, visit or call, 724-627-3204.

October 31 | Halloween Spooktacular — remember to "dress in your best" for the judging of the costumes, judging begins at 8 am, awards at noon on the Courthouse steps. *Participants must be Chamber members or work in the Waynesburg Borough limits. Click HERE for event flyer. Co-presented with Waynesburg Borough (724-627-8111) & Greene County Chamber (724-627-5926).


Saturday, 2:00 am, November 5, 2017 — DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS:

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. (Trivia: The exceptions to DST are Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa).

November 18, 2017 | 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. You can register online here: FMI, call 724-627-9776.

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 or call, 304-879-4101.

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