2017 Proclamations, Presentations and more
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The Greene County Commissioners have proudly proclaimed several proclamations this year, describing each of the following proclamations along with a group picture, we hope you enjoy reading and honoring each of the proclaimed causes. The proclamation notices are listed by decending date order.
May 17, 2017 Proclamation Commissioners proclaim May as "Children and Youth Services Appreciation Month"
Waynesburg The Greene County Commissioners today proclaimed May as “Children and Youth Services Appreciation Month” to underscore the commitment that Greene County’s Children and Youth Services (CYS) agency has to children and to keeping them safe.
Changes in recent years to the Child Protectives Services Law have significantly expanded the state's definition of child abuse, including clarification of who is to be considered a mandatory reporter as well as who can be defined as an alleged perpetrator of such abuse. Consequently, CYS agencies across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, already overwhelmed with high staff turnover, have experienced an increase in their workloads. State audits of CYS agencies have raised concerns about the burden and demands placed on caseworkers as a result of these greater caseloads added to other stressors already inherent in the nature of child welfare.
"The Greene County Commissioners are actively involved in our own internal assessment and are stepping up recruitment efforts and agency improvements," said Commissioner Blair Zimmerman. “These are hard jobs, but they are vitally important jobs providing opportunities, challenges and competitive salaries for qualified professionals who want to make a positive difference in the lives of children.”
Commissioners Archie Trader and Dave Coder join Zimmerman in recognizing the child welfare staff – administrative, fiscal, social services, casework and management.
"We are grateful for the work they do, behind the scenes, day after day after day, to make the world a better place for our children and families," said Zimmerman.
Currently, the agency has vacant caseworker and supervisory positions. Anyone interested in learning more about applying can visit the county website at co.greene.pa.us or by calling the Human Resources office at 724-852-5200.
Accepting the proclamation from Commissioners Blair Zimmerman and Dave Coder are the employees of the Greene County Children and Youth Services.
April 20, 2017 Proclamation "Sexual Assault Awareness Month"
Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2017 Sexual Assault Awareness Month during their April 20 regular meeting. The proclamation acknowledges the fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts every community member of Greene County. It is time to believe survivors, start conservations, take appropriate action and change the culture to create a safer environment for all.
"We need to have open conservations about sexual violence,&334; said Joanna Dragan, SPHS CARE Center supervisor for the Sexual Trauma and Treatment and Recovery Services (STTARS) program.
Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Joanna Dragan, STTARS program supervisor; Kristen Hohing, SPHS CARE Center staff; Anne Rice, SPHS CARE Center staff; Ashley Beck, SPHS CARE Center intern; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.
April 20, 2017 Proclamation "Paint Greene County Purple Day"
Greene County Commissioners proclaimed Friday, April 28, 2017, Paint Greene County Purple Day during their April 20 regular meeting. The proclamation supports the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greene County, which will be held May 6 at the Waynesburg Central High School Raider Field of Pride. Purple is the official color of Relay For Life.
Steve Gillis, American Cancer Society Relay For Life senior community manager thanked the Commissioners for their continued support and invites everyone to come out to the 22nd annual event.
Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Steve Gillis, American Cancer Society Relay For Life senior community manager; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman. ¬
April 19, 2017 Proclamation "Soil and Water Stewardship Week"
The Greene County Commissioners proclaimed April 23-29, 2017, Soil and Water Stewardship Week during their April 19 agenda meeting. Two additional celebrations during the week include Earth Day and Arbor Day.
The schedule of events for the week include announcing the winners of the school poster contest and pre-K coloring contest, educational events within area schools, outreach through a special edition newsletter and radio spots.
For more information about Stewardship Week and conservation, contact the GCCD at 724-852-5278 or www.co.greene.pa.us/gccd.
Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Karlie Wright, GCCD Agricultural Technician; Lindsay Kozlowski, GCCD Environmental Program Specialist; Bill Wentzel, GCCD Board of Directors; April Brummage, GCCD Environmental Program Specialist; Lisa Snider, GCCD District Manager; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; and Tom Headlee, GCCD Board of Directors Treasurer.
April 2017 Proclamation "Pennsylvania 811 Safe Digging Month"
Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2017 as Pennsylvania 811 Safe Digging Month during their April 6 regular meeting. The proclamation recognizes the importance to minimize damage to underground utility lines, danger to workers, environmental pollution and loss of utility service to Pennsylvania citizens.
In the 45th year of continuous service to the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania One Call System is key to preventing injuries and damage when excavating. This vital service, which began with only six utility companies in western Pennsylvania and the City of Pittsburgh, now serves more than 100,000 excavators and 3,600 critical infrastructure owners throughout the Commonwealth.
Greene County excavators and homeowners are encouraged to dial 8-1-1 or 1-800-242-1776 at least three days before digging in order to "know what's below."
April 2017 Proclamation "Grange Month"
Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2017 Grange Month during their April 6 regular meeting. The proclamation recognizes the Grange organization has played a major role in the development of rural America during three centuries advocating for legislative protection for farmers through the Granger Laws in the 1800’s; promoting research and education to improve agriculture through the Cooperative Extension Service and Land Grant Colleges and working to expand mail delivery and electricity to rural areas in the 1900’s; and encouraging the expansion of broadband internet service in the 2000’s.
The Grange brings together rural and urban families through leadership, motivation and education, and emphasizes the civic responsibility and the involvement of people in the legislative process.
"We are celebrating our 150th year," said Marty Dinsmore, Greene County Pomona Grange master/president. She also remarked that the Grange organization is one of the oldest, continuous running agricultural organizations in the country.
Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Bill Humbert, Carmichaels Grange master/president; Marty Dinsmore; Commissioner Archie Trader; Mary Jane Kent, Harveys-Aleppo Grange master/president; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.
April 5, 2017 Proclamation "National Library Week"
Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the week of April 9-15, 2017, National Library Week during their April 6 regular meeting. The proclamation recognizes libraries are not just about what we have for people, but what we do for and with people. Libraries fuel efforts to better their communities, campuses and schools. They are looking beyond their traditional roles and providing more opportunities for community engagement and delivering new services.
"We have introduced a new outreach service," said Therese Barry, Greene County Library System administrator. The new outreach service, Library-by-Mail, is for temporary and permanent homebound residents. Eva K. Bowlby Public Library in Waynesburg and Flenniken Public Library in Carmichaels will be able to fulfil requests from eligible patrons.
Pictured, from l. to r., are Maria Hallow, Greene County Library System board member; Commissioner Dave Coder; Nicole Mitchell, Flenniken Library acting director; Commissioner Archie Trader; Therese Barry; Richard Kerch, Bowlby Library board member; Tonya King Martin, Bowlby Library board member; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.
April 5, 2017 Check Presentation "Summer Recreation Programs"
Rice Energy presented the Greene County Commissioners and the Department of Recreation with $8,000 for support of the summer recreation programs on April 5.
Rice Energy will be hosting Marcellus Mania 2017 on Saturday, June 17 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Greene County Fairgrounds. The free community event features live music, games and family-friendly activities throughout the day. Marcellus Mania is an annual event that has raised 1.7 million dollars over the past five years.
Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Commissioner Archie Trader; Kimberly Price, Rice Energy external communications manager; Kaitlyn Joyce, Rice Energy community development specialist; Brittani Marsteller, Rice Energy community development specialist; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.
April 2017 Proclamation "Child Abuse Prevention Month"
Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2017 Child Abuse Prevention Month during their April 5 agenda meeting. The proclamation acknowledges that child abuse, in its many forms is a growing family tragedy in Greene County victimizing many of our children each year and urges all county residents to join together to protect our children from the ravages of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
Stacy Courtwright, Children and Youth Services administrator, thanked the Greene County Commissioners and Karen Bennett, Human Services administrator for their support. Courtwright also reported that over the past year, CYS investigated or assessed more than 1204 abuse/neglect investigations and general protection services assessments with 729 families involving 1432 children. The abuse/neglect incidents have increased 68% from the previous year, in large part, due to changes in the law that have increased the number of people mandated to report potential child abuse and the expansion of the definition of child abuse.
"They have one of the toughest jobs in the County," said Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.
Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Commissioner Archie Trader; Stacy Courtwright; Pat Lemley, chair of the CYS board; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.
March 2017 Proclamation " March proclaimed Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month "
During their March 2 regular meeting, Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of March 2017 Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month. The proclamation offers advocates of developmental disabilities an opportunity to educate the public, policymakers and other system professionals about the challenges that come with intellectual disabilities. The proclamation also recognizes the thousands of service providers that support individuals with intellectual disabilities to lead full and productive lives within society.
Susan McDaniel, an Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities program participant, was also presented with a special certificate acknowledging her outstanding program achievements. McDaniel has been in the program “forever and ever” according to Deneen Chulick, IDD director. In 2014, McDaniel relocated to the Ewing House, LLC and has shown great successes.
In addition, Chulick shared information on the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign that is an on-going effort to raise the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourages people to pledge to stop using the R-word. Local school districts are showing their support and taking the pledge by making videos, signing petitions, having a “wear blue” day and sharing posts on their social media pages.
Pictured, from l. to r., are Belinda Lillyey, program specialist; Commissioner Dave Coder; Alex Gallentin, direct care provider; Barry Ewing, Ewing House, LLC owner; Jonathan Rowe, friend; Commissioner Archie Trader; Susan McDaniel; Stacey Mason, IDD supports coordinator; Joyce Ewing, CEO of Ewing House, LLC; Deneen Chulick; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.
March 2, 2017 Proclamation " March 5 to 11, 2017 proclaimed Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month "
Angela Baker, MS Support and Group facilitator, thanked the Commissioners and Greene County for the proclamation. Baker facilitates MS Connections at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at Washington Health System – Greene. She encourages anyone to attend, including care givers and the community, so that they may become more understanding of MS.
Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Commissioner Archie Trader; Angela Baker; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.
February 16, 2017 February proclaimed "Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month"
During their Feb. 16 regular meeting, Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of February 2017 Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
According to the proclamation, females between the ages of 16 and 24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence, experiencing abuse at a rate almost triple the national average. With nearly half of the teens who experience dating violence reporting that incidents of abuse took place in a school building or on school grounds, it is essential to raise community awareness and to provide training for teachers, counselors and school staff so that they may recognize when youth are exhibiting signs of dating violence.
"Dating violence can happen to anyone,” said Cheryl McCready, Greene County satellite officer coordinator for Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania. “We need to stop it before it happens.”
The proclamation urges county residents to work toward ending teen dating violence by empowering young people to develop healthier relationships; assisting victims in accessing the information and supportive services they need; creating better and more resources for young people in need; instituting effective intervention and prevention policies in schools; and engaging in discussions with family members and peers to promote awareness and prevention of the quiet epidemic of teen dating violence.
For more information on teen dating violence awareness and prevention, call the Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Greene County satellite office at 724-852-2463.
Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder, Cheryl McCready of Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania and Commissioner Archie Trader.
February 16, 2017 "Carmichaels 250th Birthday Celebration "
During their Feb. 16 regular meeting, Greene County Commissioners allocated $3,000 for the Carmichaels 250th Birthday Celebration that will be held June 29 to July 2. Bill Groves, a Cumberland Township supervisor and chairman of the planning committee, expressed his thanks to the Commissioners and presented an initial schedule for the event.
The event kicks off on Thursday, June 29 with a dinner, live music and trivia game at the Carmichaels Senior Center. Friday, June 30 highlights with a driving tour around Carmichaels and an evening car show at Wana B Park. The celebration will be located at Greene Academy, Town Square and Wana B Park over the weekend with shuttle buses available for transportation between the locations. Activities consist of a train display, petting zoo, reenactors, fur-trappers, blacksmithing demonstrations and wagon rides. Sunday will conclude with an old-time church service followed by an old-time baseball double header using the older uniforms, bats and balls.
Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder, Bill Groves of the Carmichaels 250th Birthday Celebration and Commissioner Archie Trader.
For general information, please contact the Information Services at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399 Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370