The Greene Gazette Newsletter for August 2016 from the Greene County Board of Commissioners, Greene County, Pennsylvania

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Greene County Commissioners
Phone: 724-852-5210
Fax: 724-852-5327
93 East High Street, 3rd Floor

For Immediate Release
www.co.greene.pa.us
Ruth Thornberg, Webmaster

Compiled by Kelli Rishell
Administrative Assistant &
Ruth Thornberg, Webmaster


Edited by JoAnne Marshall
Communications Director


Approved by Jeffrey Marshall, Chief Clerk

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The County Commissioners would like to wish these employees a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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September 14
Quarterly Electronics Collection



Corner Cupboard Food Bank
2nd annual - Race to End Hunger-Sep 17



September 17-18
CB Festival brochure & map



September 18 Flashlight Drags



Greene County Tax UPSET Sale

September 21


"Farm to Fork"
September 23



HR Benefit Fest
September 29



Local Farmer's Markets



Farmers Market Voucher
Distribution Schedule



www.cfgcpa.org


Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency

Visitors Guide

Hot off the presses, our 2016-27 Official Visitors Guides has arrived!! This full-color, 36-page guide features events, attractions, and photos of your friends and neighbors! To request a copy (or 100), call 724-627-8687 or e-mail tourism.

GREAT SUMMER FUN RECIPES:

Pineapple Shrimp Skewers



Gazpacho



Coconut Pecan Cake


WAYNESBURG, PA — August 31, 2016

Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week Proclamation
  Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the week of July 17-23, 2016, Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week at their August 18 regular meeting. The proclamation recognizes the pretrial, probation and parole officers/agents are an essential part of the justice system and uphold the law with dignity, while recognizing the right of the public to be safe-guarded from criminal activity. Pretrial, probation and parole officers/agents are dedicated to make neighborhoods safer and work together to give offenders a second chance to be productive members of society.

Pictured, from l. to r., Commissioner Dave Coder, Commissioner Archie Trader; Craig Wise, Probation Director for Greene County Adult and Juvenile Probation Office; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman


Commissioners Dave Coder & Archie Trader checking out the "Power Your Future" exhibit at the Greene County Fair
 

Commissioners Dave Coder and Archie Trader toured the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences "Power Your Future" with State Representative Pam Snyder on display August 11 at the Greene County Fair.
Photos courtesy of JoAnne Marshall, Communications/Tourism Director for Greene County


Commissioner Blair Zimmerman enjoying the Demolition Derby at the Greene County Fair


Commissioner Archie Trader working the Pony Pull at the Greene County Fair


This Month in Greene County Government...
Board of Commissioners:
During the commissioners’ regular board meeting on Thursday, August 18, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Allocation of $3,000 to the VFW Post #4793 for assistance with air conditioning
  • Amendments to the 2016 budget
  • Division order between the County of Greene and CNX/Noble Energy for distributing revenues pending solicitor approval
  • Contract between the County of Greene and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (CDBG) grant in the amount of $510,969
  • Change order from Jesse L. Fiske in the amount of $3,000 for the courthouse front main entrance
Proclamations: the Commissioners made a Proclamation for Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week July 17-23, 2016.

Under Bridges, the Commissioners awarded a bid for Greene County Bridge #102 (located in Aleppo Township) to Clearwater Construction in the amount of $446,000.

Under Tax Assessment, the Commissioners approved an agreement between the County of Greene and Industrial Appraisal for appraisal of property for Tax Assessment Appeals.

Under Tax Claims, the Commissioners appoint David Pollock as Solicitor to the Greene County Tax Claim Bureau.

Under Emergency Management, the Commissioners approved the Greene County Report on Hazardous Material Emergency Response Preparedness reporting period 2015.

Under Probation, the Commissioners approved the FY2016-2017 Grant in Aid for Adult Probation.

Under Victim Witness, the Commissioners accepted a sub grant award notification in the amount of $132,638.00.

Under Mental Health & Intellectual Disabilities, the Commissioners approved the FY2015-2016 contract with Family Behavioral Resources.

Under Drug and Alcohol, the Commissioners approved the FY2016-2017 contracts with:
  • Firetree LTD
  • Glenbeigh Hospital of Rock Creek
  • Greenbriar Treatment Center
  • P.O.W.E.R
  • Progressive Medical Specialist, Inc.
  • Pyramid Healthcare
  • Renewal Treatment, Inc.
  • Sojourner House
  • Twin Lakes Center
Under Children and Youth, the Commissioners approved the FY2015-2016 contracts with:
  • Alternative Living Solutions
  • Crossroads Group Homes and Services, Inc.
  • NHS Pennsylvania
  • Bethany Christian Services, Inc.
Under Economic Development, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Agreement between the County of Greene and Southwestern Pennsylvania Corporation for the 2016-2018 Unified Planning Work Program
  • Acceptance of an approved application for $400,000 EDA investment to the Catalyst Connection in partnership with Greene County for an economic diversification initiative in Southwest Pennsylvania
  • Resolution designating Commissioner Blair Zimmerman as sole authorized signatory on all documents relative to USEDA, Investment #01-69-14709
Under Tourism, the Commissioners accepted the resignation of Katy Pretz from the Tourism Board of Directors. The Commissioners then appointed Nicole Mitchell and Sandy Wilson to the Tourism Board of Directors.

Announcements, the agenda and commissioner meetings scheduled for Wednesday, September 7, 2016 and Thursday, September 8, 2016 have been cancelled and rescheduled for Wednesday, August 31, 2016 and Thursday, September 1, 2016 in the first floor meeting room of the County office building.


Prison Board:
During the Prison Board meeting on Thursday, August 18, the Commissioners made the following motions:
  • Security:
    • Continue to house inmates for Fayette County Prison and one inmate for Washington County Correctional Center.
    • Intercom System for the facility was repaired and working on August 12, 2016. As of August 15, 2016 the system started to malfunction again. Contacted MTI for immediate repairs.
    • XJail inmate management system has been updated so that once an inmate is no longer incarcerated the public cannot look up their previous incarceration information.
    • Camera Wires
    • Prison recently had their annual inspection with the State for compliance with Title 37. Spoken with the inspector and within the next day or two will receive notice we are in full compliance.
    • Corrections Officer Rafail and Deputy Warden Michael Kraus were called at 11:30 PM to take an inmate to the hospital for a medical issue. The inmate was cleared by medical personnel at the Washington Health Systems Greene and returned to the Greene County Prison at 0845 am the next day.

  • Training:
    • All staff has been certified or re-certified in First Aid, CPR and the AED.
    • Sargent Cline and Deputy Warden Kraus attended the annual review of Emergency Support at SCI Greene.

  • Maintenance:
    • Ongoing general maintenance continues at the Prison.

  • Deposits:
    • Deposits totaling $2,460 have been made with the Treasurer’s office for work release and weekend inmates. Fayette County owes $12,650 for July 2016 inmate housing.

  • General discussion:
    • Interviews for the vacant Warden position will be on Friday, August 26, 2016. There will be seven interviewed.


Retirement Board:
During the Retirement Board meeting on Thursday, August 18, there was no new business to discuss.


Salary Board:
During the Salary Board meeting on Thursday, August 18, the following personnel actions were approved:

    Correction in Pay Rate:
    • Linda Rush, regular full time IDD Caseworker II

    New Hires:
    • Aimee Gillispie, regular full time Administrative Assistant, Courts
    • Lee Kozich, regular full time Security Officer 1
    • Crystal Walters, regular full time Department Clerk 1

    Promotions:
    • Adam Gillingham from Probation to regular status County Caseworker I
    • Nathan Hamilton to regular full time deputy Sheriff 1
    • Joseph Howard to regular full time Maintenance Worker 1

    Removed from Payroll:
    • Steve Dulaney, due to end of approved leave of absence period. Commissioner Zimmerman thanked Steve Dulaney for his years of service.

    Resignations:
    • Jessica Bellish, County Caseworker I
    • Lori Hughes, part time High Fidelity Family Support Partner
    • Floyd Long, Casual Van Driver

    Transfers:
    • Sheryl Sammons to regular part time County Caseworker 1, CYS


County Commissioners welcome new county employees!
The Commissioners would like to take time to welcome our new employees that were hired since the last Salary Board meeting, and introduce each new hire to the rest of our county employees. We welcome you and hope you are satisfied with your new position. We have an open door policy for all our employees, and want you to feel comfortable in your new position. Thank you for joining us in support the Greene County Government.

Ashley Milcheck
Caseworker Supervisor,
Children & Youth Services,
Human Services Department
Appointment eff. July 18
 
Lisa Jordan
Secretary, Tourism Office,
Transferred from Sheriff's Office to the Tourism Office
Appointment eff. July 25
 
Aimee Gillispie
Confidential Judicial,
Administrative Assistant,
Court of Common Pleas,
Department of Law & Order
Appointment eff. August 1
 

Crystal Walters
Department Clerk 1, Clerk of Courts Office, Department of Law & Order

Crystal attended Waynesburg College, is married with two children, Aubrey 6 years old & Jacob, 17 months. She also has two family pets: Colossus & Chloe.
Appointment eff. August 22


Greene County farm receives conservation award
The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) presented the operators of five farms with the Clean Water Farm Award during its annual conference on July 27, 2016 in State College, PA. The honor is awarded annually to farmers who manage their daily farm operations in an environmentally conscious manner that helps to protect Pennsylvania’s water quality.

This year’s award recipients are from Chester, Greene, Lawrence, Union, and York Counties. The 2016 Clean Water Farm Award Recipients are:
    James A. & Billie Cowell, Jr. of Frosty Springs Farm (Greene County) — The Cowells own Frosty Springs Farm in Waynesburg, PA, which has 130 beef cattle, 170 acres of cropland, and 156 acres of pasture. BMPs installed on the farm include: rotational grazing, a heavy use area, and a manure storage system. “The Frosty Springs Farm is a prime example of conservation at its best. The Cowell’s have been cooperators with the Greene County Conservation District since settling on the farm in 1978,” said the Greene County Conservation District.

    Barclay Hoopes (Chester County) — Barclay Hoopes owns a dairy farm in Landenberg, PA. The farm has 100 acres of cropland and 20 acres of pasture. The Hoopes property lies at the headwaters of a tributary to the wild and scenic White Clay Creek in Chester County. Best management practices (BMPs) installed on the farm include forested buffers and over 1,500 feet of fencing to exclude cattle. He has used no-till, cover crops, and contour strips for decades. “The District commends the Hoopes Farm for its participation in the progressive analysis of BMPs and how they affect drinking water downstream,” said the Chester County Conservation District.

    Elder Farms – Loren & Darren Elder (Lawrence County) — the Elder's of Elder Farms in New Castle, PA, raise 75 beef cattle and 25 hair sheep. They farm 1,071 acres of cropland and 300 acres of pasture. BMPs installed on the farm include rotational grazing, a heavy use pad, and stream bank fencing. “The Elder brothers firmly believe that sustainability and profitability go hand in hand…many of the conservation practices will continue to provide improved soil and animal health for future generations to enjoy,” said the Lawrence County Conservation District.

    Allen & Linda Wehr Farm (Union County) — the Wehr's own 70 milking cows and 80 replacements with 156 acres of cropland and 30 acres of pasture in Mifflinburg, PA. BMPs installed on the farm include a roofed heavy use area, stream exclusion, and a forested buffer. "The Wehr’s steadfast commitment to improving the environment and water quality is commendable,” said the Union County Conservation District.

    Randall & Sarah Patterson (York County) — the Patterson's own Circled Patterson Farm. They raise 20 beef cattle with 300 acres of cropland and 21 acres of pasture in Felton, PA. BMPs installed on the farm include no-till, a heavy use protection area, a vegetated treatment area, and a waste storage facility. “It has been a pleasure to work with Randall and his family. Once he’s convinced that something is the right thing to do, he goes about it enthusiastically. He really cares about doing a good job. And he does a great job on his farm," said Wendy Zwally, their longtime Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation planner.
The Clean Water Farm award was initiated in 1986. Recipients of the award are nominated by their local county conservation districts. Financial support for this award is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection through the Chesapeake Bay Regulatory and Accountability Program and the Pennsylvania Chesapeake Bay Education Office (administered by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc.). For more information, visit www.pacd.org.

Pictured left to right:   PACD President Glenn Seidel, DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell, James and Billie Cowell, and Deputy Secretary at the Dept. of Agriculture Greg Hostetter. Click here for July 27 Press Release).   —> Lisa Snider,


Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation to assist Greene County Sheriff’s Office with D.A.R.E. program
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce they have received a $2,000.00 grant from the Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation. Sheriff Brian A. Tennant said "This grant money is going help with our D.A.R.E. program. This money will help us train a second D.A.R.E. Deputy to be used in the public schools in Greene county as well as cover the expenses associated with the program for the next 3 years."

D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and the program is listed on the national registry of evidence based practices. The main purpose of the program is anti-drug related and to teach students the dangers of drug abuse.

In addition, it teaches kids about school safety, internet safety, community safety, how to deal with peer pressure and bullying, awareness, education, and prevention. But beyond these it teaches children how to make better decisions as a whole.

Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation Board President, Sheila Stewart stated "The Foundation is pleased to be able to assist the Sheriff's Department in this incredibly vital program". Sheriff Tennant acknowledged "We are very happy to receive this grant and look forward to continuing to make an impact in Greene County".

If you are interested in contributing to the D.A.R.E. program, please contact the Sheriff's Office at 724-627-7207.

Pictured from left to right: Greene County Sheriff Brian Tennant, Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation President Sheila Stewart, Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation Executive Director David Jones.   (Photo courtesy of Connie Jones)


Recreation to host first Little Free Library
The Department of Recreation will host their first Greene County registered "Little Free Library" in downtown Waynesburg.

A wooden house painted red, white and blue and titled “READ, WRITE and BLOOM” will display a variety of book interests for adult and child readers. Located near 108 East High Street and residing in a landscape area at the Waynesburg Borough parking lot 4, individuals are encouraged to take a book, read and then either return it to the book house or keep it – all for free and without a library card.

The library is listed on a world mapping network at www.littlefreelibrary.org under the membership charter number 39949.

Total funding for the Little Free Library was made through a generous donation by the Carmichaels Crusaders, a group of Carmichaels Area School District teachers. Retired teacher and school bus driver, Debbie Bristor, helped raise the money through a business learning tool by offering students a chance to purchase school stationary items off a cart.

"As a thirty-five-year veteran elementary teacher, I know how vital reading is in a young child's life - from reading math problems, traffic signs, science books, signs at amusement parks and advertisements at the mall. Reading books enables students to feel confident in themselves while laughing, crying, learning, being spooked and gathering information on topics," says Bristor.

The Little Free Library serves as an addition to the Canary Library that was first introduced in 2014 as collaboration between the department and the Greene County Library System. Throughout the summer, carts containing library books for all ages are available at each of the three Greene County pool sites – Alpha Aquatic Center in Waynesburg, Carmichaels Pool in Carmichaels and Mon View Pool in Greensboro.
"While the idea behind a free library is to take a book, leave a book; there is nothing wrong with a child taking a book to call their own and unable to give one back," said Therese Barry, System Administrator of the Greene County Library System. “What matters is getting a book to the person in need."

Library’s outreach coordinator Jill Peth currently organizes and transports books to the department to be distributed to each of the remote libraries.

Recently the Colonial Place near Rolling Meadows Road put two mini library houses up, one each for adults and children. These were spearheaded by local retired teachers.

"The library has taken off tremendously," says Bristor. She takes books from these libraries to her school bus where she has a book nook inside so kids can read on their way home. "The kids love them especially the joke books. I’ll never stop contributing to this life-enhancing idea."

Bristor, speaking from personal experience, tells students a true reader loves to breath in the special smell of the book’s paper before they start reading.

Little Free Libraries began in Wisconsin in 2009, when a son built a model of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. Filled with books, he placed the model house on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it, and the concept soon spread across the region and the country.

According to the non-profit, Reading is Fundamental; two-thirds of U.S. children living in poverty (more than 10 million) have no books. In addition, a 20-year study from the University of Nevada, Reno showed that children who have access to books in their homes are more likely to attend higher levels of education and have a higher income as adults.

To further promote literacy and the love of reading, the program organizers are searching for sponsors to help them become stewards of a Little Free Library, and purchase hand-crafted book houses to be placed throughout the county for public access.

Picture from l. to r., are Nicholas Rennie, Waynesburg Borough Police Department; Commissioner Dave Coder; Jill Peth, Greene County Library System; Chief Robert Toth, Waynesburg Borough Police Department; Pam Blaker, Greene County Department of Recreation; Debbie Bristor; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman


Greene County's Transportation
Robin McGill face lights up as she talks about why she likes riding the “bus.” She smiles as she mentions her favorite bus drivers and the things she enjoys most about being a rider of the of the white vans commonly seen around Greene County. Becoming friends with other riders, knowing that she is in a safe vehicle and getting to where she can socialize with others, are some of the reason why she likes Greene County’s transportation.

McGill is one of the riders of the Greene County Transportation Services which is a program designed to transport eligible riders to destinations in and outside of Greene County. Transportation services are available to individuals who have Medical Assistance, who are between the ages of 18-64 with a disability, and who are 65 and older. There are different programs that may qualify the individuals to ride at a reduced rate or for free. There is also a mileage reimbursement program for individuals who have Medical Assistance.

Transportation assistance is helpful for individuals and their family members. Pauline Lint, who frequently uses the Greene County Transportation System, has been a rider for eight years, and rides the vans to get to different places around the county. "If I didn’t have the transportation to the Senior Citizen Centers, I would have no socialization," said Lint.

Lint's daughter, Lynne, feels fortunate to know her mother is in good hands when riding one of the vans because the drivers take care of their riders and maintain their safety.

Transportation drivers pick up passengers at their door and will provide reasonable assistance when passengers are boarding and leaving the vehicle. Drivers are not permitted in the individual’s residence. The vehicles are wheelchair accessible.

Carol Keller, a four-year rider of the transportation program believes that the bus drivers are nice, and willing to assist the riders whenever they need them. Though Keller says all the bus drivers are pleasant, Paul Kraich, who has been driving for more than 25 years, is one is as specially stood out to her.

"Paul is wonderful," said Keller. "We talk and he is nice and is willing to help me off the bus."

Each of the riders use the Greene County Transportation System program for different reasons. Some depend on the program to get to and from doctor’s appointments, others to go to places to socialize with fellow friends. Some even take the van to travel outside of the county for medical appointments in Washington, Pittsburgh or Morgantown.

But something, McGill, Lint and Keller agree on is that anyone who is qualified and interested in becoming a rider of Greene County Transportation should take advantage of the usefulness of the program.

The transportation service is provided by the Greene County Board of Commissioners, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Shared-Ride Program.

For more information about the Greene County Transportation services, or to apply for the program, call 724-627-6778.

Joseph Lilley, a driver for 25 years, stands next to his bus. Greene County Transportation System assists Greene County individuals to and from destinations, in and out of Greene County.


IT, Maintenance & Fairgrounds Staff work on the wireless network and security camera's
Our IT staff has been diligently working on the wireless network and security camera's for maintenance, transportation, fairgrounds and airport offices. Scott & Doug from IT have collected some pictures (below) of the various installations. Helping IT with the installations are the Maintenance & Fairgrounds Staff.
Doug at Maintenance feeding wire up to Scott in the basket that is attached to the hook on the crane. Doug works the network and tells Scott when everything is lined up and we have good signal quality. At the Fairgrounds building – the other side of the Maintenance link that goes over the railroad tracks - Doug and Jason Bowser are wiring up the new Nanobeam. Since moving from Security to Maintenance, Jason has assisted Doug and Scott quite a bit on the wireless and other projects.
A picture of Scott on ladder changing out the Camera on the east side of the cattle barn. Doug took this, while working in the electrical building, telling Scott where to point and rotate the camera from the laptop. "It was extremely hot and it is much harder to work from a ladder – you can see I had to set the camera cover on the roof and I bungeed the drill to the ladder. I need about two more arms when I am on a ladder."     — Scott Kelley Steve Shultz running the tractor for me last time Joshua McCartney and I replaced the AF24 at the Fairgrounds. Doug was on Vacation, Josh did good filling in for him on the ground but Josh also went up with me at the tower last year.

Scott in a shot of the tower
at Maintenenance with the old rectangular Nano and newer round Nanobeam.

Jeff Novak running the crane (boom truck)
for Scott. All 3 qualified Boom Truck Operators, Tony, Jeff, and Rich took Scott up and back down safely.

The AF24 at the Fairgrounds that shoots
up to the water tower above Walmart. The new Nanobeam is above the big antenna.

This is a picture of the water tower from the FG AF24.
The notch in the trees was cut out by Hank Workman a couple years ago to give a direct line of sight.

A picture from the ground of the water tower antenna's.
This is the main "hub" for our wireless network that connects the Ben Franklin building, the airport, fairgrounds, and jail.

A shot of the crane from the antenna height on the telephone pole.
The antenna’s are about 70 feet up and shoot over the water tower.

A shot of the Fairgrounds AF24
and the two new backup nanobeams – one for the airport and one for the fairgrounds.

The AF5 that shoots to the Jail.

A shoot of the 2.5 mile run back to the Ben Franklin from the water Tower above Wal-Mart.

This is the Nano and Nanobeam on the roof of the Airport Building.
In addition to getting up in the air for the wireless units, we also go up in the crane to service the camera’s on the Fairgrounds and other places. We replaced the left camera on the west side of the grandstands.
— Thanks, Scott Kelley, IT Director


Directors Chatter Box

Human Resources Office:
Biggest Loser Competition:

As part of the Wellness Rewards Program, HR hosted the Biggest Loser Competition again this year! Our first official weigh-in was on Friday, April 15, with baseline weight-in's the week prior, the competition is worth 25 points to our Wellness Rewards Program.

The competition was based upon total percentage of body weight lost. Weigh-in's were once a week at our HR office for 16 weeks (April 11 to July 29). Below are the top ten results from the final weigh-in week #16, thanks to all who participated!

Top Three Winners

Jessica Harrison, Jeremy Kelly,
& Marilyn Dubos

Top Ten Winners


"Choke hold

Neck-n'-neck throughout the competition!
Pictured in group photo from left to right: Jessica Harrison, Marilyn Dubos, Mary Ann Dispenza, Tricha Leary, Pam H. Blaker, Stacey Dikun, Ruthie Thornberg, and Jeremy Kelly (Not pictured: Tina Kiger & Greg Leathers)       (top three highlighted below)

1. Jeremy Kelly 19.29% Planning & Business Development Manager, Planning Commission, Department of Economic Development
2. Marilyn Dubos 17.83% Enforcement Officer, Domestic Relations Office, Department of Law and Order
3. Jessica Harrison 8.67% First Deputy, Register of Wills, Register & Recorders Office, Department of Law and Order
4. Stacey Dikun 8.59% Secretary, Department of Human Services
5. Greg Leathers 7.16% EMA/911 Director, Emergency Management Office, Department of Law & Order
6. Pamela H. Blaker 6.46% Program Specialist, Transportation Services, Department of Human Services
7. Mary Ann Dispenza 5.55% Case Management Coordinator, Department of Human Services
8. Tricha Leary 4.43% Administrative Assistant, Prothonotary Office, Department of Law & Order
9. Ruthie Thornberg 4.31% County Webmaster, Office of the Chief Clerk, Department of Finance & Administration
10. Tina Kiger 3.10% Director, Office of Elections and Voters Registration, Department of Finance & Administration

With a special congratulations to our top three prize winners!!! But a good job to everyone!!!


Greene County Veteran's Affairs Office:
VA September dates to remember: —Thanks, Dalene Watson, VA Director (724-852-5274)


Information Technology (IT) Office:
Recognizing phishing email messages, links, or phone calls

Please take a minute to click on this article from Microsoft and read it, please! I am hoping to do some training on this next year – but in the absence of that, just knowing what to look for, and seeing some of the phishing attempts, can help you avoid identity theft and getting your computer infected with Malware.

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


Parks and Recreation Office:
Public Pools Closing for Season
       
Pictured from l. to r.: Aquatic Center, Waynesburg; Carmichaels Pool, Wana B Park, Carmichaels; Mon View Pool, Greensboro; & Ryerson State Park Pool, Wind Ridge.   All pools closed for the season on Labor Day, September 5.

—Thanks, Jake Blaker, Parks & Rec Director (724-852-5323)


Tourism Office:
Announces Facebook page for Greene County Fair

That's right! Greene County Fair now has a facebook page that's ready for comments, full of great fair photos, and fun events about our local fair.

The facebook webpage can be accessed at www.facebook.com/greenecountyfairPA or through the fair website (www.greenecountyfair.org).

Check it out, even though this years fair is past (August 8-12), there' lots of nice photos, action videos and general information. (Check out this beautiful rainbow over the fair photo courtesy of Elizabeth Slamick)

—Thanks, JoAnne Marshall, Communications/Tourism Director (724-627-8687)


Human Resources Office:
KRONOS Time & Attendance System

As we get closer to implementing the new time and attendance system, Becky and Cara in HR will be setting up meetings with departments to help you access the system. In preparation for that, all employees that will use a computer to log in and out should have the icon shown on the left, on their desktop. If you did not get this icon when IT sent it out a few months ago, please let us know so we can send you a link to save to your desktop.

After extensive testing of the new system, we began phasing in live usage. On Monday, July 18th, employees in the County Office Building went live with the new Kronos T&A System, which meant no longer using paper timecards! The plan is to roll out the new system in phases, with departments being phased in as time goes on. Cara (x381) will assist you should you have questions.
—Thanks, Rebecca Harris, HR Director (724-852-5200)


Greene County Sheriff's Office ... Current Top Ten Wanted Listing:
To submit a tip concerning information on or the whereabouts of one of these offenders, please contact the Greene County Sheriff’s Office at 724-852-5388. All tips are confidential and you are not required to provide your name.


Robert F. Bacon

Caucasian/Male, Age 50
Wanted for: Accident Involving Death or Injury/Failure to Appear for Plea Hearing.
Last Known Address:
325 Toms Run Road
Brave, Pa 15316


Vincent Clinton

Caucasian/Male, Age 32
Wanted for: DUI/Failure to Appear
Last Known Address:
120 North Liberty, Apt A
Waynesburg, PA 15370

C A P T U R E D - 6/7/2016
Jeremy M. Dickey

Caucasian/Male, Age 38
Wanted for: Theft/Failure to Appear
Last Known Address:
183 Neff Road
Jefferson, PA 15344
C A P T U R E D - 06/13/2016

Daniel Rex Gamble

Caucasian/Male, Age 30
Wanted for Failure to Appear / Conspiracy, Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver
Last Known Address:
138 Chestnut Street
Brave, PA 15316

Jarrod R. Hinds

Caucasian/Male, Age 46
Wanted for: DUI/Failure to Appear
Last Known Address:
220 Lanz Road
Waynesburg, PA 15370

C A P T U R E D (TURNED HIMSELF IN) 06/07/2016

Thomas M. Jacobs

Caucasian/Male, Age 52
Wanted for Simple Assault, Failure to appear
Last Known Address:
529 Sugar Lane
Clarksville, PA 15322


Jeffrey Christopher Speer

Caucasian/Male, Age 28
Wanted for: Failure to Appear / Manufacture, Deliver, or Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Delivery
Last Known Address:
135 Hodge Avenue
Rices Landing, PA 15357


Brittany V. Stallman

Caucasian/Female, Age 26
Wanted for: Failure to Appear / Manufacture, Deliver, or Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Delivery
Last Known Address:
684 Taylortown Road
Dilliner, PA 15327
C A P T U R E D - 03/15/2016

David Michael Strohmeyer, Jr.

Caucasian/Male, Age 33
Wanted for: Intent to Manufacture or Delivery/ Failure to Appear
Last Known Address:
75 Beason Avenue
P.O. Box 216
Marianna, PA 15345
C A P T U R E D - 4/26/2016


Michael Jon Ulrich

Caucasian/Male, Age 25
Wanted for: Failure to Appear / Intentionally Possessing Controlled Substance
Last Known Address:
252 Maranda Run Road
Graysville, PA 15337


Community Interests

  1. September is Library Card Sign-up Month:   at Bowlby Public Library. Please stop by and pick up your new WAGGIN card today; the library will replace damaged or lost cards at no charge during the month of September. FMI, click HERE for library notice, or call 724-627-9776.

  2. Uber coming to Greene County:   Drew Johnson entertains his kids by day and audiences by night. A full-time singer/songwriter/band leader, he is in tune with making extra bucks, so he became an Uber driver in the Pittsburgh area in March. But now Uber, based in San Francisco, is expanding its services to reach both Washington & Greene Counties, PA; providing services to 93 percent of Pennsylvanians.

    Now that Uber will operate in both these southwestern counties, Mr. Johnson plans to be behind the wheel providing service where he grew up, here in Greene County. However, there is valid concern about enough riders in either county? So support your Greene County Eber driver and help the service stick around!   (Article Source: Observer-Reporter, Aug. 4, 2016, by Rick Shrum)

  3. Greene County Humane Society:   is continuing to waive the adoption fees for cats after receiving numerous stray kittens in recent weeks. More than 50 cats were adopted in less than two weeks since the shelter began waiving the adoption fee. Visit the Humane Society website at: www.greenepet.org to view pics of the kitty's, located at 183 Jefferson Road, Waynesburg, PA. FMI, call the Greene County Humane Society at 724-627-9988.

  4. Nathanael Greene CDC:   Nathanael Greene CDC is sponsoring a 2 day trip to Lancaster on October 7th and 8th. Trip includes: tickets to Samson at Sight and Sound Theater, an Amish dinner and a 3 hour Amish guided tour on Saturday morning. Motel accommodations will be at the Comfort Inn located in the Rockvale Outlet with over 80 shops. Cost per person if 2 in the room is $295.00. Triple is $275.00 and Quad is $255.00 per person. Pick up locations in Greensboro, Carmichaels and Waynesburg starting at 7:30 am. FMI, contact Mary Shine at shine201027@yahoo.com or call 724-943-4462.



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


September 17 | 2nd Annual Race to End Hunger — 5K Run/Walk and a 2.5 family-fun-fitness-walk. Sponsored by the Corner Cupboard Food Bank - serving all of Greene County, Pa. The event will be held at the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Readiness Center (the Armory), and registration will begin at 7:30 am. FMI, go to www.cornercupboard.org or call 724-627-9784.

September 17 & 18 | Covered Bridge Festival — Held annually on the third weekend in September, the Covered Bridge Festival is widely regarded as a signature event in the area — and a great way to enjoy the beginning of the Autumn season. Each of the ten festival locations offers a charming atmosphere and an array of activities, including hand-made arts & crafts, home-style foods, historical reenactments, crafting demonstrations and delightful entertainment. Admission and parking are FREE and held rain or shine, (activities subject to change). The covered bridge locations included in our annual festival are Carmichaels Covered Bridge, Carmichaels, Greene County — 724-966-5512 or 724-255-5229 & White Covered Bridge, Garards Fort, Greene County — 724-627-8687. Click HERE for covered bridge festival brochure.

September 18 | Flashlight Drags — 2:00 pm– 6:00 pm, featuring a Car Show, Car Cruise, vendors’ midway, music, food, and fun for the entire family. The races start with a flashlight signal, just like early days of rebel drag racing that many know only from old movies. Cars and trucks drag down the 1/8 mile airport runway. The crowd goes wild! All vehicles must be street legal, and that means real mufflers! In the event that your vehicle makes too much noise, even though you have mufflers, we will ask you to find a way to quiet your pipes or sit on the sidelines. Sorry, no exceptions.

September 23 | Farm to Fork — 7:00 pm- 9:30 pm, the evening includes exclusive sampling from local restaurants, entertainment, hayrides and bonfires at Thistlethwaite Vineyards.


September 24 & 25 | Lippencott Alpacas Open House — 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm, featuring Alpaca demos, Focus on Fiber, Farm Store, Hayrides, Vendors, Food, & Kids Activities . FMI, call 724-852-4084.


SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS:

October 7 & 8, 2016 | Lancaster, PA bus trip — Nathanael Greene CDC is sponsoring a 2 day trip to Lancaster on October 7th and 8th. Trip includes tickets to Samson at Sight and Sound, a Amish dinner and a 3 hour Amish guided tour on Saturday morning. Staying at the Comfort Inn located in the Rockvale Outlet with over 80 shops. Cost per person if 2 in the room is $295.00. Triple is $275.00 and Quad is $255.00 per person. Pick up will be in Greensboro, Carmichaels and Waynesburg starting at 7:30 am. FMI, contact shine201027@yahoo.com or call 724-943-4462.

October 15, 2016 | 46th Annual Market Hog Show & Auction — show at 1:00 pm and sale at 7:00 pm, held in the large arena barn at the Greene County Fairgrounds, Waynesburg. FMI, contact the Penn State Extension Office in Waynesburg at 724-627-3745, located at 26 West High Street.


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