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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 2018 Proclamation — " Mental Health Awareness Month "
Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of May 2018 as Mental Health Awareness Month and May 10, 2018 as National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

Mental health is an essential part of overall health. By increasing the public awareness of severe mental illness, the promotion of greater access to effective treatments increases for those who suffer from the potentially disabling symptoms of these disorders.

Two awards from Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania (VBH) were announced during the Commissioners meeting. Debbie Conard is the recipient of the Leadership in Recovery Award.

“Debbie strives daily to not let her illness define her,” said Brean Fuller, mental health director. “She takes pride of her progress and encourages others.”

Teresa Ferguson, not in attendance, was announced as the recipient of the Exceptional Family/Caregiver Award.

Addressing the complex mental health needs of children, youth and families is fundamental to the future of Greene County. To celebrate families and link families to mental health services, the fifth annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Picnic was held on Thursday, May 10 at the Waynesburg Lions Club Park.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Commissioner Archie Trader; Debbie Conard, VBH Leadership in Recovery Award recipient; Natalie Dotson, peer specialist; Brean Fuller, mental health director; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; and Jodi Berry, Value Behavioral Health/Beacon Health Options.
April 18, 2018 Proclamation — "Child Abuse Prevention Month"
The Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2018 as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The proclamation recognizes that child abuse, in its many forms, is a growing family tragedy in Greene County and victimizes many of our children each year. It is the leading cause of placement out of the home into substitute care.

“Our office investigated or assessed 1,287 incidents with 772 families and 1,499 children from April 2017 to April 2018,” said Michelle Howard, Children and Youth (CYS) casework supervisor.

Child abuse is a tragedy of the worst kind, causing lasting damage to a child and society. Many organizations and individuals work together to convey a message of care and concern to communities and families that need help.

Stacey Courtwright, CYS director, recognized and thanked kingship caregivers. Commissioner Blair Zimmerman also expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff, board members and kinship providers on behalf of the Board of Commissioners.

Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder and Archie Trader, President Judge Farley Toothman, and CYS advisory board member Thelma Szarell, are pictured with employees of Children and Youth Services, Court Administration and the Sherriff’s Office.
April 18, 2018 Proclamation — "Alcohol Awareness Month"
Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2018 as Alcohol Awareness Month. This proclamation recognizes that kids who have conversations with their parents and learn about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50 percent less likely to use alcohol and drugs.

Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States and excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year. Kids who drink are more likely to be victims of violent crime, to be involved in alcohol-related traffic crashes and to have serious school-related problems.

The Greene County Commissioners call upon all citizens, parents, governmental agencies, public and private institutions, businesses, hospitals, schools and colleges to support efforts that will provide early education about alcoholism and addition and increase support for individuals and families coping with alcoholism. Through these efforts, together, we can provide “Hope, Help and Healing” for those in our community who are facing challenges with alcohol use and abuse.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Commissioner Archie Trader; Kira Sisk, Greene County Department of Human Services drug and alcohol director; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.
April 19, 2018 Proclamation — "Sexual Assault Awareness Month"
Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2018 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The proclamation calls attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts every person in this community.

The theme for this year’s campaign is “Embrace Your Voice.” The campaign informs individuals on how they can use their words to stop sexual violence before it happens by promoting safety, respect and equality.

“People do not like to talk about sexual assault,” said Joanna Dragan, Sexual Trauma and Treatment and Recovery Services (STTARS) program supervisor. “We need to make sure we are having conversations.

Individuals can embrace their voices to show their support for survivors, stand up to victim blaming, shut down rape jokes, correct harmful misconceptions, promote everyday consent, and practice healthy communication with kids.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Commissioner Archie Trader; Joanna Dragan, STTARS program supervisor; Kristen Hohing, STTARS program team leader; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.
April 19, 2018 Proclamation — "Pastor John Dorean"
Greene County Commissioners presented Pastor John Rich Dorean with a certificate of appreciation for his service to the Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors.

Pastor John Rich Dorean has made a tremendous difference in Greene County with his dedication, knowledge and passion. From serving as Pastor of the Jefferson Baptist Church for over thirty-six years, to his strong and passionate involvement with the Habitat for Humanity, he was a vital leader on the Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors for many years.

The Commissioners thank Dorean for his passionate involvement and dedication to Greene County, and wish him and his family well on the next chapter in Norman, Oklahoma.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Commissioner Archie Trader; Pastor John Dorean; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.
April 5, 2018 Proclamation — "National National Library Week"
Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the week of April 8-14, 2018 as National Library Week. The proclamation recognizes that libraries have long served as trusted and treasured institutions, and library workers and librarians fuel efforts to better their communities, campuses and schools. The Eva K. Bowlby Public Library in Waynesburg and Flenniken Public Library in Carmichaels offer a variety of programs for all ages such as story classes, reading competitions, arts and crafts, and online Gale Courses for personal, professional and career development. Library-by-Mail also offers homebound residents that are homebound access to library materials through the mail.

“There is a different program a day at our libraries,” said Amy Ryan, Greene County Library System administrator.

Greene County libraries are also connected to libraries in Washington and Fayette County through the WAGGIN Network. Residents have access to nearly one million materials including best sellers, DVDs, audiobooks, video games, magazines, newspapers, databases, online courses and eBooks.

The Greene County Commissioners encourage residents to visit their local libraries and explore all libraries have to offer.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Commissioner Archie Trader; Amy Ryan, Greene County Library System administrator; Nicole Mitchell, Flenniken Public Library director; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.
April 5, 2018 Proclamation — "National Grange Sesquicentennial Anniversary"
Greene County Commissioners issued a proclamation for the National Grange Sesquicentennial Anniversary. The proclamation recognizes the legacy and service of the Grange and Grange members across the nation for the past 150 years.

Greene County Commissioners issued a proclamation for the National Grange Sesquicentennial Anniversary. The proclamation recognizes the legacy and service of the Grange and Grange members across the nation for the past 150 years.

Greene County has three granges, the Harvey-Aleppo Grange, Carmichaels Grange and East Franklin Grange. In addition, the Greene County Pomona Grange is a county grange for everyone.

“We are active in legislation,” said Mary Jane Kent, master of the Harvey-Aleppo Grange. They are currently working with legislation to obtain Wi-Fi for rural areas she informed.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Commissioner Archie Trader; Mary Jane Kent, Harvey-Aleppo Grange #1444 master; Mary Dinsmore, Greene County Pomona Grange #63 master; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.
April 3, 2018 Proclamation — "National Service Recognition Day"
Greene County Commissioners proclaimed April 3, 2018 as National Service Recognition Day. The proclamation recognizes that service to others is a hallmark of the American character and central to how we meet our challenges.

Blueprints received the Senior Corps’ Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) grant in the summer of 2017 to develop a network of volunteers and service opportunities in Greene County. Since then, 46 RSVP volunteers have enrolled to serve in Greene County. The volunteers provide vital support to residents and improve their quality of life.

“By issuing a proclamation today, the Commissioners highlight the importance of citizen engagement, recognize the dedication of national service members, and inspire more residents to get involved in their communities,” said Jill Peth, Blueprints RSVP coordinator.

In addition, Perth recognized and thanked Bonnie Taylor, of Americorps, serving as Blueprints project communications coordinator and Joe Cook and Chris Sheldon, RSVP volunteers and Home Delivered Meals Drivers.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Jill Peth, Blueprints RSVP coordinator; Commissioner Archie Trader; Joe Cook, RSVP volunteer; Stacy Stroman; Blueprints director; Bonnie Taylor, Blueprints project communications coordinator; Chris Sheldon, RSVP volunteer; Nancy Riggle, Southwestern PA Area Agency on Aging Greene County supervisor; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; and Bridget Dennison, Blueprints center service manager.
February 8, 2018 Proclamation — "Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month"
During their Feb. 8 regular meeting, Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of February 2018 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. By providing young people with education about healthy relationships and by changing attitudes that support violence, dating violence can be prevented.

We want to educate teens on healthy relationships and red-flag relationships,” said Andrea Foster, prevention/education specialist for Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania (DVSSP).

DVSSP will also host "One Billion Rising" at the Greene County Fairgrounds 4-H Building on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to the free dance and encouraged to wear something red, pink or black to show solidarity against exploitation of women.

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; Commissioner Archie Trader; Andrea Foster, DVSSP prevention/education specialist; Cheryl McCready, DVSSP Greene County satellite office coordinator; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.


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