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

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WAYNESBURG, PA — Wednesday, January 27, 2016

New Board of Commissioners:

Newly elected officials were sworn in on Jan. 4, 2016, during a public ceremony at the Greene County Courthouse. New to the Board of Commissioners is Dave Coder, who was appointed Vice Chairman to the board at the reorganizational meeting following the swearing-in ceremony.

Commissioner Blair Zimmerman was elected as the new Chairman to the board, while Commissioner Archie Trader was appointed as secretary of the board.

The new board re-appointed Jeff Marshall as Chief Clerk, Cheryl Cowen as County Solicitor, and Harry Cancelmi as Public Defender.

Several other boards were reorganized on Jan. 4, including the Sinking Fund, Elections, Assessment, Prison, Retirement and Salary Boards.

The new board of commissioners held their first agenda meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 6th and their first voting meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 7 in the first floor conference room of the county office building. Click here for a listing of meeting dates.


Here we go, #Steelers!!:
A "Black and Gold" pep rally was held on the courthouse steps at noon on Friday, January 15 in honor of our Pittsburgh Steelers and to showcase Steelers pride! We suffered a loss on Sunday, but the fans will remain faithful and supportive. (Pictures courtesy of Waynesburg Borough fb&#copy;)


Special thanks to our Human Services Administrator (1/10/2016):
Dear Commissioners:

I wanted to take a moment and thank you for allowing Karen Bennett to serve as President of PACHSA. Adrienne and I took up so much of her day last week, and we regularly rely upon her to provide leadership for her colleagues in PACHSA and at the state policy setting table.

Just last week, there was a major change in the management of PACHSA. We are blessed to have a PACHSA President who is dedicated enough to take a personal role in assuring that the new staff management team has the background and understanding that she has shared.

We know that serving as President of any of our affiliates is a huge role for our volunteer leaders. We are grateful to Greene County for allowing your key staff to participate and assist both CCAP and our affiliates, and especially grateful for Karen.

Brinda Carroll Penyak
Deputy Director
County Commissioners Association of PA
PO Box 60769
Harrisburg, PA 17106


County Holiday Notices:
The County Government offices will be closed for Presidents Day on the following dates:


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This Month in Greene County Government...
Board of Commissioners:
During the commissioners Reorganization meeting on Thursday, January 4, the following administrative actions were taken:
  • Reorganization of elected officers:
    • Commissioner Coder made the motion and Commissioner Trader the second to appoint Commissioner Zimmerman as Chairman for the Board of Commissioners.
    • Commissioner Zimmerman made the motion and Commissioner Trader the second to appoint Commissioner Coder as Vice Chairman for the Board of Commissioners.
    • Commissioner Coder made the motion and Commissioner Zimmerman the second to appoint Commissioner Trader as Secretary of the Board of Commissioners.
  • Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second to appoint Jeffrey A. Marshall as Chief Clerk for the Board of Commissioners.
  • Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second to appoint Harry Cancelmi as Public Defender for the County of Greene.
  • Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second to appoint Cheryl Cowen as Solicitor for the County of Greene.
  • Commissioner Coder made the motion and Commissioner Trader the second to appoint Widmer Engineering as the Bridge Engineer for the County of Greene.
  • Commissioner Trader made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second to appoint EADS as the Building Engineer for the County of Greene.
During the commissioners’ regular board meeting on Thursday, January 7, the Commissioners made the following appointments:
  • Commissioner Dave Coder to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission.
  • Commissioner Dave Coder to the Regional Policy Advisory Committee at SPC.
  • Commissioner Dave Coder to the Corporation Board/Commission Executive Commission.
Under Bridges, the following motions were approved by the Commissioners:
  • To sign the final construction plan title sheet for County Bridge #36 (over Robert Run located in Wayne Township).
  • A supplemental engineering agreement between the County of Greene and Widmer Engineering for County Bridge #36 (over Robert Run located in Wayne Township).
Under Tax Claims, the Commissioners made the motion the Greene County Tax Claim Bureau has received a bid of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for the following property: Control #15-2081 located in Jefferson Township. The property has been in the office since 1991 and it was taken to upset sale on September 12, 1994 and judicial sale on December 16, 2015 and remains unsold.

Under Human Services, the Commissioners approved the following motions:
  • PADOT Resolution to authorize assigned roles DOTGRANTS.
  • PADOT Resolution for grant submittals and modifications in DOTGRANTS.
Under Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities,, the Commissioners approved the FY2015/2016 contract for TGCH, Inc. D/B/A Washington Health Systems-Greene.

Under Drug & Alcohol Services, the Commissioners approved the FY2015/2016 contracts with following:
  • White Deer Run
  • P.O.W.E.R.
Under Children and Youth Services, the Commissioners approved an agreement with Avanco International, Inc. for the CAPS upgrade Version 11B.

Under Conservation District Farmland Preservation, the Commissioners appointed William Cree, III as chairman to the Greene County Farmland Preservation Board of Directors.

Under Tourism, the Commissioners approved the appointment of Katy Pretz from Flenniken Library to the Tourism Board of Directors.

The Commissioners announced that the Department of Recreation will be accepting current applications for the recreation grants until March 1, 2016.

During the commissioners’ regular board meeting on Thursday, January 21, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Lease agreement between the County of Greene and Waynesburg Borough for parking spaces.
  • Attorney agreement between Count of Greene Public Defender’s office and Kimberly Furmanek for services in that office.
  • Consultant agreement between the County of Greene and Delta Development Group, Inc. for community and economic development services.
  • Consultant agreement between the County of Greene and Delta Development for transportation analysis/study.
  • Accept the Fair Housing Annual Report.
Commissioners' agreed on & approved the following:
  • Oil and gas lease between the County of Greene and Rice Drilling B, LLC.
  • Accept Gene Lee’s resignation from the Greene County Fair Board.
  • Appoint Jean Scott to the Greene County Fair Board.
  • Appoint Eric Marshall to the Greene County Fair Board to represent Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.
Under Bridges and Roads, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Change order no. 3 from Carmen Paliotta Contracting Company for County Bridge #22 (Pollock’s Mill located in Morgan and Jefferson Townships) in the amount of $2,000.
  • Table a cooperation agreement between the County of Greene and Franklin Township to exchange the ownership of Murtha Drive for the future maintenance and upkeep.
Under Controller, the Commissioners agreed on a letter of engagement between the County of Greene and John Stets, Esq. to provide legal services for the office of the controller.

Under Clerk of Courts, the Commissioners approved contracts between the County of Greene and Ford Business Machines, Inc. for the following:
  • scanning and indexing services for the Clerk of Courts.
  • archival boxes regarding preservation of old docket books for the Clerk of Courts.
Under Tax Claims, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Receive a bid of $50 for property Control #8-95 located in Freeport Township. The property has been in the office since 2005 and it was taken to upset sale on Sep. 12, 2007 and judicial sale on Dec. 16, 2015 and remains unsold.
  • Receive a bid of $50 for property Control #8-110 located in Freeport Township. The property has been in the office since 2007 and it was taken to upset sale on Sep. 23, 2009 and judicial sale on Dec. 16, 2015 and remains unsold.
  • Receive a bid of $50 for property Control #8-109 located in Freeport Township. The property has been in the office since 2007 and it was taken to upset sale on Sep. 23, 2009 and judicial sale on Dec. 16, 2015 and remains unsold.
  • Receive a bid of $100 for property Control #6-171 located in Dunkard Township. The property has been in the office since 2009 and it was taken to upset sale on Oct. 12, 2011 and judicial sale on Dec. 16, 2015 and remains unsold.
Under Treasurer, the Commissioners accepted the return of taxes for the year 2015 in the amount of $1,337,235.08.

Under Veterans Affairs, the Commissioners approved an application for Veterans’ Day expenses in the amount of $193.73 from the Filer-Sadlek Post #954 in Jefferson.

Under Emergency Management, the Commissioners approved a license and services agreement between the County of Greene and Tyler Technologies for a computer aided dispatch system.

Under Human Services, the Commissioners approved the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Inventory and Expense reimbursement for Oct. 2015 – Dec. 2015.

Under Drug and Alcohol, the Commissioners approved the FY2015/2016 contract with Another Way, Inc.

Under Farmland Preservation, the Commissioners approved the certification of county funds for 2016 program year.

Under Tourism, the Commissioners appointed Dan Wood to the Tourism Board of Directors.


Assessment Board:
During the Assessment Board Reorganization meeting on Monday, January 4, the Commissioners made the following administrative appointments of elected officers to the Assessment Board:
  • Commissioner Blair Zimmerman as Board Chairman.
  • Commissioner Dave Coder as Board Vice Chairman.
  • Commissioner Archie Trader as Board Secretary.

Elections Board:
During the Election Board Reorganization meeting on Monday, January 4, the Commissioners made the following administrative appointments of elected officers to the Elections Board:
  • Commissioner Blair Zimmerman as Board Chairman.
  • Commissioner Dave Coder as Board Vice Chairman.
  • Commissioner Archie Trader as Board Secretary.
The new board members approved previously scheduled meeting dates:
  • Thursday, April 7, 2016
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016
Meetings will be held immediately following the regularly scheduled Commissioners, Salary and Retirement board meetings in the first floor conference room of the County Office Building.


Prison Board:
During Prison Board Reorganization meeting on Monday, January 4, the Commissioners made the following administrative appointments of elected officers to the Prison Board:
  • Commissioner Archie Trader as Board Chairman.
  • Brian Tennant, County Sheriff, as Board Vice Chairman.
  • Commissioner Dave Coder, as Board Secretary.
During the regular Prison Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, the following security issues were discussed:
  • Continue to house inmates from Fayette County.
  • Additional razor wire has been added to (2) areas outside the minimum security G Block.
  • On Dec. 29, 2015 at approximately 2000 hours minimum security inmate Waylon Hanlan escaped from the prison. Inmate was serving a nine to 23.5 month sentence and had been incarcerated since December 11, 2015. Hanlan was apprehended on Dec. 31, 2015 near his home. Charges are pending and PA State Police Waynesburg continue their investigation.
No training has taken place since the last meeting. Day to day maintenance continues throughout the facility.

Deposits totaling $5,619 have been made with the Treasurer’s office for work release and weekend inmates. Fayette County owes $5,550 for December 2015 inmate housing.

General discussion:
  • A quote for a fence around the prison entire area and roof with 7,000 volts of electric every 1.3 seconds it would be a least proposal from Elite Guard Dog.
  • Regarding cameras and getting them updated.
  • The alert system worked well.

Retirement Board:
During the Retirement Board Reorganization meeting on Monday, January 4, the Commissioners made the following administrative appointments of elected officers to the Retirement Board:
  • Commissioner Blair Zimmerman as Board Chairman.
  • Commissioner Dave Coder as Board Vice Chairman.
  • Dave Balint, County Controller, as Board Secretary.
Additional appointments made:
  • Jeffrey A. Marshall, Chief Clerk, as the administrator for the Greene County Pension Plan.
  • Jeffrey A. Marshall, Chief Clerk, administrator for the 457 plans.
Other motions:
  • Adopt and approve the amended and restated Plan Document, effective Jan. 1, 2016, to be submitted to the IRS for a favorable determination letter.
  • Approve the Controller and Chief Clerk/Plan Administrator to execute all IRS documents related to the IRS Plan Determination process.
During the regular Retirement Board meeting on Thursday, January 21, there was no business to discuss. The following new business was discussed:
  • Consider approving, effective Jan. 1, 2016, the following documents between the County of Greene and Mass Mutual for their 457 plan:
    • Mass Mutual Administrative Services Agreement.
    • Mass Mutual Investment Agreement.
    • Board Resolution.
    • Trust Agreement for PA 457 Plan for Government Entitites, specifically Mass Mutual.
  • Approve a cost-of-living increment increase to a retiree’s monthly pension per Act 96 Section 11680(b) to a level which reflects a percentage of the change that occurred in the Comsumer Price Index with a funding requirement of $203,237, as calculated by the Hay Group.
Under Administration, for Pension Activity in 2015, there were 13 retirements, 4 rollovers, 12 cash outs, and 11 left money in the plan.


Salary Board:
During the Salary Board Reorganization meeting on Monday, January 4, the Commissioners made the following administrative appointments of elected officers to the Retirement Board:
  • Commissioner Blair Zimmerman as Board Chairman.
  • Commissioner Dave Coder as Board Vice Chairman.
  • Dave Balint, County Controller, as Board Secretary.
During the regular Salary Board meeting on Thursday, January 21, the following personnel actions were approved:

    Change in status:
    • Jay Stemple (seasonal to temporary)

    New Hires:
    • Katherine Barnhart (temp)
    • Darcy Bostich
    • Candice Buchanan
    • Alexsandra Chamberlain
    • David Gregg
    • Gregory Hook
    • Zackery Howard
    • Ryan Kmetz
    • Mark McCurdy

    Promotion:
    • Richard Blaker
    • Jessica Bellish
    • Jesse Caldwell
    • John Michael Dulaney
    • Janice Lahew
    • Robyn Marmie
    Resignations:
    • Kenneth Carlisle
    • Jodi Logue
    • Brandon Kozich
    • Angela Romanakis

    Retirements:
    • Chuck Morris
    • George Smith

    Salary Adjustments:
    • Christine Barnhart
    • Lori Gregan
    • Lisa Milan
    • Mary Kovach
    • Karlie Wright

    Terminations:
    • Jonathan Wilson

Sinking Fund Board:
During the Sinking Fund Reorganization meeting on Monday, January 4, the Commissioners made the following administrative appointments of elected officers to the Sinking Fund Board:
  • Commissioner Blair Zimmerman as Board Chairman.
  • Dave Balint, County Controller, as Board Vice Chairman.
  • Cory Grandel, County Treasurer, as Board Secretary.


News, Notices & Messages

Baby Kaiden has arrived:

He's a real cutie
CONGRATULATIONS to the RISHELL FAMILY
Kaiden David Rishell was born at 10:45 am on Thursday, January 14 in Washington Hospital, weighing in at 7lbs 15oz and 21 inches long.

The proud parents are Dave & Kelli Rishell, Administrative Assistant in the Commissioners Office. Baby and parents are all doing great.

Kelli says, "My best friend was born today. I didn't think it was possible to love anyone as much as I love this little boy. He's brought a whole new happiness to my life that I didn't even know was possible."

While Kelli is out of the office enjoying the baby, Katie Barnhart is temporarily filling in for her.

Full of Love!

Steeler's Babe


Word of Thanks from our Veterans Affairs Office:
On Behalf of the many Veterans of Greene County, the Veterans Affairs office would like to take this opportunity to thank the generous people who donated to make our Veterans have a brighter and warmer Holiday Season.

We have had a donation from a group who wanted to remain anonymous so we respect those wishes but extend our appreciation. We send special thanks to the following:
  • Marty Johnson and Clarence Fisher of ROLLING THUNDER, Chapter 5, PA who implemented the process of getting a roof on for a Veteran.
  • Contractor John Wesley from Oak Forest and his workers, John Wesley and David Hackey, who put the roof on a Veteran's home, which was completed before Christmas.
  • Lance Wallman and 84 Lumber Company who helped secure the material to do the roof.
  • Jane Detrich who donated blankets, and Debbie Wallace of American Legion Post 278, Fairchance, PA, who delivered the blankets to us.
  • Felecia Felton and her family for the collections of blankets they so graciously gave of their time during this busy season to collect and deliver to us.
  • The Employees of Jefferson Division of Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Authority who gave gifts to the Veterans instead of a Gift Exchange in their office.
  • Sorella's Pizzeria of Mt. Morris who held a breakfast with Santa and so generously gave all proceeds to "The veterans of Greene County."
  • Pennsylvania Farm Women' Association of Greene County (Morgan and Cumberland Townships) who gave a donation.
Our heartfelt THANKS cannot begin to express how much the hard work and generous contributions you have made have meant to our office and our Veterans.   —Dalene Watson, Director, Veterans Affairs Office of Greene County (Click here for news release.)


Pennsylvania State Farm Show:
A few county employees were fortunate to attend portions of the PA Farm Show this year, held January 9-16 in Harrisburg. This year's show marked its 100th anniversary (1917-2016).

Employees who attended included Mary Jane Kent and Jeremy Kelly from our Economic Development office and Ruthie Thornberg from the Commissioners' Office.

One of the annual trademarks of the farm show is the butter sculpture, and this year's sculpture depicts the 100th anniversary of the farm show. This image shows co-crafters Marie Pelton and Jim Victor as they work to complete the butter sculpture.

On a special side note, in the commercial wine competitions, Thistlethwaite Vineyards in Jefferson won a silver award for their 'Colonial Red Wine', and bronze awards for both their 'Colonial White' & 'Olde World' wines.

Photos courtesy of the PA State Farm Show website.

Did you know — that Pennsylvania hosts the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits? Jan. 9-16, 2016, marked its agriculture celebration for the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show.


Distinguished Service Award Recipient:
Retired Greene County President Judge William R. Nalitz recently received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Nalitz was honored Nov. 22 during the Chamber’s annual membership banquet and awards dinner at Waynesburg University.

He also received a special congratulatory certificate from the Greene County Commissioners, presented by Liz Menhart, county communications/tourism director (pictured with Nalitz and his wife, Linda).

Other honorees included Waynesburg Moose Lodge #461 & Family Center and the late Donald K. Lindsay.


Notice of new Passport Hours:


read more here

By Appointment Only:
  • Tuesday from 9 – 3:30
  • Wednesday from 9 - 3:30
  • Thursday from 10 - 3
The Prothonotary’s Office processes passport applications for international travel and related matters, a courtesy service to the residents of Greene County. In order to better serve the county residents in obtaining passports, the Prothonotary has hired a part-time worker to devote her time solely to passport processing.

Note the following office changes on passports:
  1. Passport Applications will be in the Prothonotary's Office Tuesday & Wednesday from 9:00 am—3:30 pm, and Thursday from 10:00 am—3:00 pm by appointment only. Applicants must call 724-852-5289 to schedule an appointment (NO EXCEPTIONS).

  2. Our office DOES NOT ACCEPT CASH for the Passport Fee. All fees paid to the U.S. Department of State must be a check or money order.

  3. Prothonotary’s Fee ($25.00) can be Cash, Money Order or Check.

  4. The Birth Certificate submitted must meet the following requirements:

    1. be an original (NO COPIES WILL BE ACCEPTED)
    2. have a raised state seal and
    3. contain the names of both the mother and the father
A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries. Following the establishment of new passport regulations in January 2007 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, passports are a necessity to those who want to leave the country, including local college students and local church members going on mission trips. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue or verify U.S. passports.
  • New Application for a U.S. Passport — To obtain a passport for the first time, visit the Prothonotary’s Office with two photographs, proof of U.S. citizenship (i.e., an original birth certificate) and a valid form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license. To search for other locations that accept passport applications, click here.

  • Renewal of a U.S. Passport — Passports may be renewed via mail if the most recent passport is available to submit and is not damaged; the passport was received within the past 15 years; the holder was older than age 16 when the passport was issued; and the holder still has the same name, or can legally document a name change. If the passport has been altered or damaged, it cannot be renewed via mail. The holder must apply in person for a renewal.

  • Passport Processing Fees — Adult passports—age 16 years and older—cost $110, while passports for minors—under 16 years of age—cost $80. The passport card is also available for $30.00 for an adult and $15.00 for a minor. A $25 processing fee will be added for each transaction.

  • Passport Applications for Minors — when applying for a passport for a minor (Applicants under 16 years of age)—BOTH PARENTS AND THE CHILD MUST BE PRESENT DURING THE APPLICATION APPOINTMENT.
A typical application will take four to six weeks to be fully processed, but if applicants wish to have their passports sooner, the process can be expedited for an additional fee of $60 per application. The processing time for expedited applications is two to four weeks. Please see current fee chart here.

For passport applications and forms, application processing times, passport laws, locations and hours of processing centers, or for more information about obtaining, replacing, changing or renewing passports, visit the U.S. Department of State Passport Services Office (www.uspassportservice.com).

  — Thank you, Susan White, Prothonotary


6 more weeks of winter?  "Will Phil see his shadow?"
February 2 is known to most Pennsylvanians as Groundhog Day. Phil the groundhog will leave his burrow at 7:25 a.m. February 2nd at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania; he will observe the weather conditions and look for his shadow. He will then make his prediction for the remainder of winter.

DID YOU KNOW: A groundhog's life span is normally 6 to 8 years. Phil receives a drink of a magical punch every summer during the annual Groundhog Picnic, which gives him 7 more years of life.

FAQ’s:
  1. Yes, Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just imposters.

  2. There has been only one Punxsutawney Phil. Punxsutawney Phil gets his longevity from drinking "groundhog punch" (a secret recipe). One sip, which is administered every summer at the Groundhog Picnic, gives him seven more years of life.

  3. On February 2nd, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob, in front of thousands of faithful followers from all over the world, to predict the weather for the rest of the winter.

  4. According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

  5. No, Punxsutawney Phil's forecasts are not made in advance by the Inner Circle. After Phil emerges from his burrow on Feb. 2, he speaks to the Groundhog Club President in Groundhogese. His proclamation is then translated for the world.
— Article Source: www.groundhog.org
 

Here’s one way to celebrate your birthday — Crystal Simmons (shown above), GCIDA Director, was treated (2015) to a nice weekend trip to Punxsutawney, PA where she saw Phil up on Kobbler’s Knob. A fun experience!


Fun Facts:
The average groundhog is 20 inches long and normally weighs from 12 to 15 pounds. Punxsutawney Phil weighs about 20 pounds and is 22 inches long. Groundhogs are covered with coarse grayish hairs (fur) tipped with brown or sometimes dull red. They have short ears, a short tail, short legs, and are surprisingly quick. Their jaws are exceptionally strong.

A groundhog's diet consists of lots of greens, fruits, and vegetables and very little water. Most of their liquids come from dewy leaves.


EMPLOYEES NOTICE — 2015 W-2's and 1095-C Forms
W-2’s were distributed on Friday, January 22. In addition to the W-2’s, full-time employees also received a form 1095-C. You will use this form when reporting the health insurance that you were offered in 2015. Following is a list of codes you might see on your W-2:
  • Box 14 —
    EMST EMS Tax
    OCC Occupation Tax
    PA UIE Unemployment Tax
    PN Pension
    UD Union Dues
    FS Fair Share
    VP Voluntary taxable pension contributions made over the minimum 7%

  • Box 12 —
    DD The total cost of your health insurance premium for the year.
    This includes your cost and the County cost.
    G 457 Plan
Please feel free to contact Human Resources if you have any questions.
—> Thank you, Rebecca Harris, Human Resources Director
 


Redevelopment Authority of Greene County advertises a house for sale:

January 15, 2016 PUBLIC NOTICE — HOUSE OF SALE:
Waynesburg, 540 Walnut Street, east end.
  • Central Greene School District.
  • New modular home with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, full unfinished basement and detached oversized garage.
  • Asking price $135,000.
FMI, contact Dave Calvario at 724-852-5306. Redevelopment Authority of Greene County. Click here for sale advertisement flyer.


Conservation District announces 2016 Bird Scholarship Competition:
The Ralph K. Bell Bird Club of Greene County is offering the winner of this years scholarship $1,000. To enter, write a 500-word essay stating what you know about birds native to Greene County, PA.

Applicants must be a resident of Greene County, PA; open to graduating high school seniors, or a freshman or sophomore in college. Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Essays must be received by March 31, 2016. FMI and complete details, and entry application, please E-mail rkbbirdclub@yahoo.com or visit your school or college website.   — FMI, click here scholarship flyer.


Greene County Veterans Affairs Office
VA Outreach Schedule:
Our Greene County Veterans Affairs director will meet with local veterans' on the following dates, at 10:00 am. Please make an appointment or stop by to learn about services including: Pension, Compensation Disability, Healthcare, Life Insurance, Funeral & Burial Claims, and/or Retroactibe Benefits.
  • March 9 — Jefferson Senior Center
  • March 29 — Bobtown Senior Center (meets at Catholic Church), Bobtown, PA
  • March 31 — West Greene Senior Center (meets at the Grange)
    104 Grange Road, Graysville, PA
  • July 13 — Mt. Morris Senior Center (meets at old school)
    Main Street, Mt. Morris, PA
  • July 20 — Carmichaels Senior Center
  • July 26 — Clarksville Senior Lion's Center
  • August 4 — West Greene Senior Center (Graysville)
  • August 10 — Jefferson Senior Center
  • August 30 — Bobtown Senior Center
  • October 12 — Mt. Morris Senior Center
  • October 25 — Clarksville Senior Lion's Center
VA announces special upcoming dates:
—FMI, call Dalene Watson, VA Director, at 724-852-5275 (click here for flyer).
    Appointment of MDJ:
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has appointed Senior Magisterial District Judge (MDJ) Jesse Cramer to Magisterial District 13-3-01 (Western District).

The appointment will commence January 4, 2016 and although we have not set a definitive schedule, I would anticipate him being in the office four days per week.

Cramer will be temporarily filling the vacant seat of newly elected Honorable Lou Dayich, Judge, Greene County Court of Common Pleas.

— Sheila S. Rode, District Court Administrator, Greene County Courthouse


Greene County Emergency Management & Department of Emergency Service:
Remember to check out their facebook page for the latest weather conditions, forcasts, and much more at: https://www.facebook.com/GreeneCountyCommissioners#!/greenecountyema/

And are always open! Ready to serve and assist the residents of Greene County, PA.

Phone: 724-627-5387 (Mon-Fri from 8 am to 4 pm) or 724-852-2912 (24-hours)


Recreation Department's offering winter exercise classes:



Exercise Classes — 6 programs available,
six-week sessions

Beginning the week of January 17 the Department of Rec is offering the following classes:   CIZE - P90X - PiYo - Turbo Kick - Yoga - Zumba. Six-week sessions for these 6 programs.

As always, county employees may attend at no cost. Please be sure to spread the word to anyone you know that might be interested!!

FMI, click on any of the following: Exercise Brochure | Exercise Calendar | 2016 Exercise Program & Punch Card | Waiver form |
— to reserve a spot or for more information, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.


Greene County Sheriff's Ten Most Wanted List (Updated 01/07/2016)
 

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


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


Timothy M. Stanley

Caucasian/Male, Age 50
Wanted for: Burglary/Failure to Appear for Hearing
Last Known Address:
126 Shoaf Road
Smithfield, Pa 15478
 
 
CAPTURED - 01/07/2016


Shane Hanlan

Caucasian/Male, Age 29
Wanted for: Receiving Stolen Property/Failure to Appear
Last Known Address:
311 School Bus Road
Mt. Morris, PA 15349


Terri Lynn Black

Caucasian/Female, Age 50
Wanted for: Failure to Appear / Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with intent to Manufacture or Deliver
Last Known Address:
168 Koval Check Road
Carmichaels, PA 15320


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
 
 

Thomas M. Jacobs

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


Vincent Clinton

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

Jarrod R. Hinds

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

Caucasian/Male, Age 38
Wanted for: Theft/Failure to Appear
Last Known Address:
183 Neff Road
Jefferson, PA 15344
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.  
 
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office is pleased with the arrests that have been made concerning the top ten most wanted listing for Greene County. Since the public announcement and posting of the top ten on February 28, 2014, several of the wanted individuals have been arrested, removed from the top-ten listing, and replaced with other top-ten wanted persons. Anyone who uses this information to commit a criminal act against another person is subject to criminal prosecution. Under no circumstances should anyone other than an authorized law enforcement official attempt to apprehend or confront one of these offenders. 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!
 


Greene County Domestic Relations 's DRS Locate List
Domestic Relations Office needs your help in obtaining mailing addresses for the individuals listed below, please contact the DRS Office at 724-852-5214 should you know the whereabouts or an address for any of the following individuals:
Listing is updated monthly (11/17/2015)
1.   AMMAMOO, SPENOLA 23.   JOHNSON, TIFFANY LYNN 44.   ROBERSON, ANDREW M.
2.   BLACKBURN, ALLEN W. 24.   KELLER, PATRICIA L. 45.   ROGERS, MARK A.
3.   BLACKWELL, DAVID ERIC JR 25.   KENNEDY, JOSHUA JOHN 46.   RUDNICK, TERRY LEE JR
4.   BREWER, JEFFREY LEE 26.   KING, DOUGLAS A. 47.   SABO, AMANDA L.
5.   CLARK, RAYMOND A. 27.   KING, WILLIAM A. 48.   SAMMONS, BOBBY J.
6.   CONARD, DANIEL W. 28.   KISNER, CODY D. 49.   SAYRE, EARNIE
7.   CONARD, ROBERT LEE 29.   KNOX, KEVIN L. JR 50.   SHAFFER, DAVID PAUL
8.   CONAWAY, JEREMY LEE 30.   LEMASTERS, TYLER 51.   SMITH, BRIAN
9.   CUMBERLAND, BELINDA J.  31.   MAYLE, ROBERT J. 52.   SMITH, CHRISTOPHER S.
10.   CUTWRIGHT, JASON M. 32.   MCCLAIN, BOBBY JOE 53.   TABBER, CODY
11.   EALY, DANIEL W. JR 33.   MCEWEN, KEVIN CHARLES 54.   TURNER, ANDRE L.
12.   FRIEND, GERALD 34.   NAMET, CAIN J. 55.   TYLER, TIM
13.   GOODNIGHT, DANIEL D. 35.   PASCOE, CURTIS JAMES  56.   UNDERWOOD, MICHAEL ANDREW
14.   GUMP, JOHN A. 36.   PATTERSON, GARY ANTHONY 57.   VANBUSKIRK, BRANDON C.
15.   HARDEN, BALISHIA N. 37.   PERRY, GLADYS MAE 58.   VARNER, CHARLES J.
16.   HATFIELD, CYNTHIA L. 38.   PETTIS, BRIAN K. 59.   WARD, JEREMY EUGENE
17.   HILLEN, SCOTT 39.   REBOLD, TRAVIS L. 60.   WHATELEY, CURTIS
18.   HOGE, CHARLES F. 40.   RENNER, DAVID M. 61.   WHITLATCH, GARY WAYNE
19.   HOPKINS, JASON C. 41.   RIFFLE, CRAIG D. 62.   WINN, JOSEPH R.
20.   HURLEY, JOHN P. 42.   RILEY, DAVID L. JR 63.   WOOD, LORI A.
21.   JEFFRIES, JESSE T. 43.   RINGER, TIMOTHY A. 64.   WOODS, LEROY WILLIAM
22.   JOHNSON, THOMAS C.    


Interesed in working for Greene County Government?
Apply online at www.irecruit-us.com/

Jobs currently open include:
  • 911 Telecommunicator 1 (Part Time)
  • Community Service Foreman (Full Time)
  • Confidential Judicial Administrative Assistant (Full Time)
  • County Caseworker 1 CYS (Full Time)
  • CYS Deputy Director (Full Time)
  • Drug and Alcohol Director (Full Time)
  • High Fidelity Wraparound Family Support Partner (Part Time)
  • Alternate Telecommunicator 1 911 (Casual)
  • Corrections Officer (Casual)
  • Van Driver (Casual)
The County of Greene is an Equal Opportunity Employer

FMI, contact Rebecca Harris, HR Director at 724-852-5200


COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

FMI, call Missy Wilson at 724-366-0213.




HEADS UP WARNING!
The Waynesburg Chamber office has received word that a member had recently been contacted by a company stating they were working on the "Chamber of Commerce Map" seeking advertising dollars.

Please be aware the this is a hoax, the Chamber is NOT working on a map and this is a bogus call. So please stay alert and please contact the Waynesburg Chamber if you received such a deceiving phone call. If you could gather as much information as you can from the caller and most importantly, never agree to advertise. Thanks from the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce, 143 E. High Street | Waynesburg, PA 15370 | 724-627-5926.


NEW YORK CITY BUS TRIP:
Nathanael Greene Community Development Corporation is planning its annual 2-day bus trip to New York City on April 29th-May 1st. Attendees will be staying at the Manhattan at Times Square on 7th Avenue.

Bus pick up starts at 5:30 am in Greensboro PA and continues on to Carmichaels, Waynesburg and Morgantown. Once in the city, everyone is free to enjoy all the city has to offer from shopping, Broadway shows or sightseeing. FMI, contact Mary Shine or call 724-943-4462.
  Warming shelters planned in Greene County:
People in need will now have a warm place to stay on frigid nights in Greene County.

A collaboration of multiple Greene County organizations including Greene County Human Services, Greene County United Way, Greater Waynesburg Christian Outreach, Salvation Army and individuals have come together with a new initiative to meet a need in our community, called “Greene County Warm Nights - 20° and Below." This free overnight shelter will provide a warm place to stay on extremely cold winter nights.
"We simply want to provide a warm, safe place for people to sleep who find themselves homeless or unable to afford heat for their homes this winter," said Barb Wise, Greene County Unit Way Director.

There will be 4 to 5 "Warm Nights" sites across the Waynesburg area, each open for 2 weeks at a time in January and February. The sites already selected are Greene Community Church, West Sides and Greene County Fairgrounds. Each site will be staff by trained volunteers.

One of these sites will open from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. any night the temperature drops below 20 degrees. All participants must call the SPHS crisis line at 800-417-9460 or dial 2-1-1 to register by 4 p.m. on the day they need a warm place to sleep. For safety reasons, no walk-ins will be permitted.

The shelters will need volunteers to staff the sites on a night-to-night basis. Volunteers are asked to obtain Act 34 & 35 Pennsylvania State Clearances, as well as attend one of the two-hour training sessions on the role of "Warm Nights" volunteers.

Training sessions are scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan.7 at the West Sides building at 595 W. High St., West Waynesburg. Alternate training may be scheduled as needed.

Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more about the Warm Nights Program can call Wise at 724-255-5975.

Pictured l. to r.: Ruth Enci, Carmichaels Community Volunteer; Ashley Beaman, Executive Director Greater Waynesburg Christian Outreach; Barbara Wise, Executive Director Greene County United Way; Amy Switalski, Greene County Human Services   (Click image to enlarge flyer).
(Source: Observer-Reporter 12/25/2015)


Billie Allen Book Signing Rescheduled:
Due to inclement weather, Flenniken Public Library has rescheduled the book signing with Billie Allen for Wednesday, February 24 at 6pm.


Relay for Life & area fundraisers: Don't forget the Greene County Relay for Life ceremony and walk will be held on Saturday, April 30-May 1, 2016 from 8 a.m.—8 a.m. at the Raider Field of Pride Stadium, 50 Zimmerman Drive, Waynesburg, PA. So far this year, our county team has raised over $4,100, but our team captain, Jennifer Jones, is always anxious for fundraiser suggestions and help. Following are some of the area fundraisers:
  • Teams are selling Luminaria in tribute to someone battling cancer or in tribute to someone who has passed from cancer. Suggested donation is $10.00. All forms must be turned in by April 20 to be included in the Luminaria Program.
  • Teams are selling Blackbear coffee and drink tumblers through February 8. Contact Doris Bayles at 724-747-0063 for info.
  • Team Hope is selling strombolis, pepperoni rolls, and Italian hoagies. Money is due by Friday, January 16, and they will be delivered on January 28. Questions contact Erin Kuhns cozzy.05@hotmail.com.
  • All teams that become an ACS CAN Team (10 CAN members) by the February 8th meeting will be entered in for a chance to win $250 sponsorship credit towards your team. Email Steve to find out how many ACS CAN members your team has: steve.gillis@cancer.org.
  • Teams can sell our Relay For Life Retro Shirts. All shirts are provided by the Pittsburgh Office. Shirts are $20 and $25 depending on the size. Money and order forms are due to Steve by January 30. Contact Steve for more info: steve.gillis@cancer.org.


Communities that Care youth gathering:
For Youth 6-12th Grade the second Wednesday of every month, 6:30-8:30 pm at West Sides (595 High St., Waynesburg)
  • The "Stories" Series: Find hope in the midst of addiction and recovery in our community.
    • Wednesday, February 10th. Speaker: Lisa Williams tells her personal story of the loss of her son due to addiction
    • Wednesday, March 9th. Speakers: State Police Officer Steve Dowlin & Juvenile Probation Officer Gene DiAntonio

    Food, Games, and More for Local Youth!

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

beginning January 17, 2016 (6 weeks) | GET FIT with the DEPARTMENT of REC — Beginning the week of January 17 the Department of Rec is offering the following classes: CIZE - P90X - PiYo - Turbo Kick - Yoga - Zumba. Six-week sessions for these 6 programs.
Click on any of the following: Exercise Brochure | Exercise Calendar | 2016 Exercise Program & Punch Card | Waiver form.

February 2 | Flenniken Public Library Book Club — 6:30 pm will discuss Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker The book club meeting the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm. at the Flenniken Public Library, 102 E. George Street, Carmichaels, PA 15320.

February 2 | Groundhog Day — will Pux Phil see his shadow?


February 5, 12, 19, 26 | Skate & Dance — at the Mon View Roller Rink, Fridays from 7 to 11 pm. The skate will be held from 7 to 9 pm, and the dance from 9 to 11 pm.

February 9 | Cornerstone Genealogical Society Meeting — 7 to 8 pm, February's guest speaker will be Zack Patten, presenting a talk on the "Mather Mine Disaster".

February 14 | Valentine's Day | so remember your sweetheart!

February 15 | President's Day — County Officer will be closed, except for essential personnel.

February 24 | Flenniken Public Library — local author book signing at the Flenniken Public Library, 102 E. George Street, Carmichaels, PA 15320, from 6 to 7 pm. Billie Allen, author of Superstar and Broken Wings, is back with her latest book, Love Interrupted. Stop in for a special meet & greet, purchase the newest book in the series, and have it signed!

February events| Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency — for more events, go to greenecountytourism.org/events/2016-02/.


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