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

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WAYNESBURG, PA — Wednesday, May 31, 2016

Commissioners made the following proclamations at the May public meetings:
Older American Month

Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of May 2016 Older American Month during their May 4 agenda meeting. The proclamation acknowledges the thriving community of older citizens living in Greene County who have made contributions and sacrifices to ensure a better life for future generations. The County is committed to raising awareness about issues facing older Americans and helping all individuals to thrive in communities of their choice for as long as possible. The proclamation also emphasizes the importance of community involvement in promoting and engaging in activity, wellness and social involvement, emphasizing home-and-community-based services that support independent living, and ensuring community members can benefit from the contributions and experience of older adults.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Kay Mitchell; William Teagarden Ombudsman/Care Management Supervisor, Community Action Southwest; Nancy Riggle, Greene County Supervisor, SWPA Area Agency on Aging; Commissioner Dave Coder; Leslie Grenfell, Executive Director, SWPA Area Agency on Aging; Commissioner Archie Trader; Bridget Dennison, Senior Center Services Manager, Community Action Southwest; Pat Lemley, President, Greene County Senior Citizens Advisory Council; Janet Frye; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; Stacy Stroman, Director Senior Services, Community Action Southwest; Carol Patterson; and Joyce Faddis.
 
Correctional officers and Employees Week
Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the week of May 1-7, 2016, National Correctional Officers and Employees Week during their May 4 agenda meeting. The proclamation recognizes Pennsylvania’s correctional system as the oldest in the nation, a leading influence in the development of penology throughout the 19th century and a forerunner of modern corrections. The Greene County Prison depends on skills, efficiency and professionalism from administrators, corrections officers, counselors, educations, clergy, medical professionals and food service specialists who are all committed to a secure, safe, and humane operation of our Commonwealth’s and our County’s correctional facilities. County residents are encouraged to recognize the vital role these dedicated professionals play in the interest of public safety.

"The county facilities play a vital role more than ever now with an increase in addictions and mental health inmates,” Warden Harry Gillispie stated.

Gillispie added that "he is grateful for his staff and correction officers."

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Commissioner Archie Trader; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; Warden Harry Gillispie; and Lisa Caltuna, Medical Corrections Officer.


Mental Health Awareness Month

Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of May 2016 Mental Health Awareness Month during their May 19 regular meeting. The proclamation is designed to increase public awareness of severe mental illness and promote greater access to effective treatments for those who suffer from the potentially disabling symptoms of mental health disorders.

As part of the proclamation, the commissioners recognized Ryan McCullom of Greene Arc, who recently received an Excellence award from Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania, Inc.

McCullom was nominated for the award by Travis Duncan of Greene Arc, and also recognized at the May 17 CYSB Recovery and Wellness Conference held at the Greene County Fairgrounds.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Gigi Green, Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania, Inc.; Dean Virgili, mental health director; Commissioner Dave Coder; Commissioner Archie Trader; Ryan McCullom, Greene Arc; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; Karen Bennett, human services administrator; and Travis Duncan, Greene Arc.

Annual Greene County Law Day
The annual Greene County Law Day was celebrated on Friday, April 29 with a crowded courtroom at the Greene County Courthouse, while President Judge Farley Toothman and Judge Lou Dayich listen to Greene County's visiting Senior Judge Hiram Carpenter, the keynote speaker for Law Day, as he addressed the audience.

Carpenter stated that Law Day was established in 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower on the anniversary of the Magna Carta. "Law Day is subtle because on Law Day we celebrate a choice," Carpenter said. "There's two ways you can be governed, one by force or two you can be goverend by law. We made that choice back in the 1700's to be governed by law."

Keynote Speaker, visiting Senior Judge Haram Carpenter

Commissioner Blair Zimmerman, speaking (left), Senior Judge Farley Toothman and Judge Lou Dayich

Pictured left to right: Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; Dave Jones, Director of the Greene County Community Foundation; Carmichaels junior Alexys Mann; Commissioner Dave Coder; Carmichaels senior Calyssa Lavery and Commissioner Archie Trader
The Honorable Carpenter was surprised by a celebration to honor him for thepast year that he has spent working as a visiting senior judge in Greene County. Several court staff members spoke of his positive influence in the community and the courtroom.

Sheila Rode, Court Administrator, stated "I don't know how we would have survived this past year without him." The Honorable Toothman presented Carpenter with a framed picture of old photos and newspaper clips of Carpenter's family history.

Retired Greene County Judge H. Terry Grimes spoke about his longtime friendship with Carpenter and about their days working as a dishwasher and cook's assistant in the U.S. Army. "I'm so proud today to be here to help honor Judge Carpenter".

Carpenter plans to return to Blair County and work as a senior judge there, being called upon whenever needed to temporarily fill a vacancy.

The Greene County Human Services Drug & Alcohol Program was pleased to announce an opportunity for students in grades 9-12 to compete in a new contest, the Judge’s Award. Every two years, students across the county participate in a survey, the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS). According to data from the 2013 PAYS, our county youth believe that laws and norms favor drug and alcohol use and that there are too few activities offered in our county that do not involve drugs and alcohol.

In an effort to address these perceptions, Judge Farley Toothman, along with various community members and agencies, has created the Judge’s Award, a video contest for area high school students. Each high school is encouraged to participate.
Several students from Carmichaels, Mapletown, and West Greene High School participated in the "Judge's Awards" video competition. Click here to view the student video's and for more information on the Law Day Judge's Award.

Carmichaels senior Calyssa Lavery and junior Alexys Mann, won $1,000 for their school district for their drug prevention video. The girls also won the Judge's Award for first place; four other groups of students from different Greene County school districts won runner-up placements. Tracie Sypin, Prevention Specialist with the Greene County Drug and Alcohol Services Office assisted in the application process on the student video's.

Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder and Archie Trader participated in the Law Day ceremonies.
(Portions of this article is courtesy of the Observer-Reporter, Kitie Anderson, reporter. 4/29/2016 ed.)

Ribbon cutting & grand opening ceremony for 'Anytime Fitness'
    Anytime Fitness celebrated their grand opening of their new facility on Tuesday, May 3rd. The new facility is located at 55 Sugar Run Road, Waynesburg (previous site of Senior Life Center). The Greene County Commissioners joined in the celebration to welcome the fitness center to the community residents.

The new facility is a 24-hour gym, available for beginners or a fitness regular, and ready to make you get to a healthier place in life. The gym provides a great variety of quality equipment along with personalized attention for all members. Whether weight loss is your goal, or increased strength or improved balance and flexibility — or a combination — Anytime Fitness is committed to helping you achieve these goals. The Waynesburg facility will be staffed roughly 10 hours per day during the week and have shorter staffed hours on the weekends, although members will have access 24 hours per day, every day of the year, including holidays, by using a computerized key-fob system. For more information and/or membership inquiries, please call 724-887-9980 or go to waynesburgpa@anytimefitness.com.

Pictured for the ribbon-cutting with the Waynesburg Area Chamber, fitness representatives are our Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder & Archie Trader     (Photo courtesy of Waynesburg Chamber of Commerce)
   

Graduation PEER Ceremony
May 12, 2016

Pennsylvania’s Empowered Expert Residents (PEER) graduates new class — Community Action Southwest was excited to graduate 10 residents of Golden Living Center-Waynesburg and Evergreen Personal Care Home-Waynesburg for completing the Ombudsman Program. The gratulation ceremony included information on residents rights, various roles of facility staff, tools that can be used in solving problems, respecting confidentiality and the differences in people and how to report abuse.

Wilda Lemley provided the graduation processional.

Pictured from left to right: Margaret Barajas, State Long Term Care Ombudsman; Senator Camera Bartolotta; William Teagarden, Local Director of Ombudsman Program; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; State Rep. Pam Snyder, and resident Glenn Usher
   
Community Action SW Senior Services
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
April 29, 2016





Commissioners Dave Coder & Archie Trader enjoying the luncheon, as Commissioner Chairman Blair Zimmerman helped deliver food in his hairnet!


Commissioner Zimmerman reads to the Early Intervention Playgroup

The Early Intervention Program has been awarded the Results Grant through the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), which allows them to host an exciting, new, family activity for the children in their program. The focus is to provide literacy rich activities for our young children and encourage their Parents/Caregivers to have positive, language rich interactions with their children.

They will host 6 Playgroups, each including; a story, a craft, a game, a snack, CELL (educational) materials, and a take home kit.

Two sessions have been held and 22 children have attended thus far.


Below are more pictures of the children's playgroup:


Article and photos courtesy of Lauren Chambers, Director, Early Intervention Services Program, Greene County Human Services Department


County recreational complex ground-breaking
Commissioner Dave Coder spoke on behave of all three commissioners during the official ground-breaking ceremony held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. The Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation and various sponsors, including EQT Corp., officially broke ground for a new two-story, 60,000-square-foot recreational complex, which will include an indoor soccer field, basketball court, fitness center, track and multi-purpose rooms.

The new 13+ acre recreation center will be located at EverGreene Technology Park near the National Guard Readiness Center. The project has been in the making for several years. Commissioner Coder stated, "the foundation has taken a bold step to improve the health and quality of life for all the citizens of Greene County regardless of age or athletic ability. This new facility is just what the doctor ordered. We are excited that this facility will be one-of-a-kind for our region, and we hope it will draw further economic development, tourism and recreational opportunities to our county."

The EQT REC Center is expected to take nine months to complete.   (Photos courtesy of GCTPA, Tourism Office & Greene County Messenger, Jon Stevens)

This Month in Greene County Government...
Board of Commissioners:
During the commissioners’ regular board meeting on Thursday, May 5th, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Resignation of Francis Minor from the Planning Commission Board of Directors
  • Appointment of Sam Steinmiller to the Planning Commission Board of Directors
  • Resignation of Robbie Matesic from the Work Force Investment Board of Directors
  • Appointment of Jeff Marshall to the Work Force Investment Board of Directors
  • Increase of 2.5% for state FY2016/2017 per lease agreement between the County of Greene and Job Training Agency, Inc. on behalf of the Southwest Corner CLEO’s
  • Contract between the County of Greene and A. Folino Construction, Inc. for construction of the Airport entrance and SR 0021 Project
  • Allocation of $3,000 to the Waynesburg Legion
Under Bridges, the Commissioners approved the final construction plan title sheet for COunty Bridge #55.

Under Tax Claims, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Notice is hereby given that a proposed sale price in the amount of fifty dollars ($50.00), plus fees, has been received and approved by the Tax Claim Bureau of the County of Greene, for the private sale of the following property: Parcel # 29-04-301A located in Whiteley Township
  • Notice is hereby given that a proposed sale price in the amount of fifty dollars ($50.00), plus fees, has been received and approved by the Tax Claim Bureau of the County of Greene, for the private sale of the following property: Parcel # 29-04-300 located in Whiteley Township
Under Human Services, the Commissioners approved an amendment Grant Agreement PA0284L3E011407 with HUD for the permanent supportive housing. The Commissioners also approved the FY2015/2016 Transportation grant Supplement.

Under Mental Health & Intellectual Disabilities, the Commissioners approved a Business Associates Agreement with Washington Health System Greene.

Under Children and Youth, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • FY2015/2016 contract with Twin Pines
  • FY2016/2017 Child Accounting and Profile System (CAPS) contract with Avanco International, Inc.
Under IDA, the Commissioners approved the following items:
  • Fair Housing Resolution
  • Advertisement notice of fair housing officer and complaint process for Greene County
Under Recreation, the Commissioners approved a recreational development grant in the amount of $3,000 for Meadowlark Park Enhancement.

The following Proclamations were made:
  • National Correctional Officers and Employees Week May 1st-7th, 2016
  • Older American Month May 2016
  • National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day for May 5th, 2016
  • Foster Care Appreciation Month

During the commissioners’ regular board meeting on Thursday, May 19th, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Allocate $15,000 to the Corner Cupboard Food Bank
  • Award a bid for the roof replacement project at the Carmichaels pool house to L and L Roofing, Inc.
  • Consultant agreement between the County of Greene and Delta Development for public funding support for the judicial court system
  • Easement agreement between the County of Greene and Franklin Township Sewer Authority
  • Environmental review record for the Orndorff Road Water Line Extension project
  • Agreement for the business park access road and access road east/parking lot at the Greene County Airport to Pennoni Associates
  • Right-of-Way agreement and easement along with a temporary construction easement between the County of Greene and Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC, pending solicitor approval
  • Right-of-Way agreement and easement along with a meter site surface easement between the County of Greene and Columbia Gibraltar Gateway, LLC, pending solicitor approval
  • Greene and Columbia Gibraltar Gateway, LLC, pending solicitor approval
Under Bridges, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Supplemental proposal from Widmer Engineering for Right-of-Way acquisitions regarding Bridge #98
  • Supplemental agreement between the County of Greene and the Dept. of Transportation for reimbursement of County Bridge #98 and to name Jeff Marshall as signatory on all documents
  • Notice of Condemnation under eminent domain code issued to Cameron Lumber Company, Inc. for reconstruction of County Bridge #98
  • Settlement Statement to Graysville Volunteer Fire Company for temporary easement for construction of County Bridge #98
Under Veterans Affairs, the Commissioners approved an agreement for the care and maintenance of 93 graves in the Glades Church cemetery located in Cumberland Township.

Under Probation, the Commissioners approved the JCJC Grant in Aid award.

Under Prison, the Commissioners approved a contract between the County of Greene and Fire Fighter Sales and Service pending Prison Board approval for an IP Camera System Installation-Control and an IP Camera System Installation-Observation through the Co Stars Purchasing program.

Under Human Services, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • FY 2016/2017 sub-grant agreement with ECHO Child Development Centers, Inc. for CCIS Services
  • Contract with Sunstrata, LLC
  • TEFAP January-March 2016 Quarterly Reimbursement Report
Under Mental Health & Intellectual Disabilities, the Commissioners made a proclamation for Mental Health Awareness Month. The Commissioners also approved Consulting Services with Friel, Lokuta, Stauffer, LLC.

Under Children & Youth Services, the Commissioners approved an agreement with the University of Pittsburgh for the CWEL Program.

Under Planning Commission, the Commissioners appointed Bryan Cole to the Planning Commission Board of Directors.



Prison Board:
During the Prison Board meeting on Thursday, May 19, the Commissioners approved a contract between the County of Greene and Fire Fighter Sales and Service for approval for an IP Camera System Installation-Control and an IPCamera System Installation-Observation through the Co Stars Purchasing Program.
  • Security:
    • Continue to house inmates for Fayette County.
    • Two incidents of inmates fighting in the last week. One involved two inmates in the recreation yard and the other was during chow line. In the last case one inmate refused to stop fighting and was tasered by the Shift Supervisor. Neither incident required outside treatment.
    • Meeting with State Police and local Police Chief's concerning the admission of temporary detainees and the procedures to do so.

  • Training:
    • Officer Jamie Maher graduated from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Training Academy on May 13, 2016 after successfully completing the course.

  • Maintenance:
    • Annual fire alarm test and inspections were conducted on April 29, 2016 by Morgantown Security and Fire. No issues were found.
    • More issues with the main generator. Bridgeway Cummins has been at the prison twice and believe they have the problem solved.

  • Deposits:
    • Deposits totaling $2,540 have been made with the Treasurer’s office for work release and weekend inmates. Fayette County owes $7,000 for April 2016 inmate housing.

  • General discussion:
    • 12:10 pm Judge Toothman made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second to go into executive session regarding personnel and professional conflict.
    • 1:00 pm Commissioner Coder made the motion and Judge Toothman the second to resume the meeting from executive session.
    • Discussion of Narcan and which type would be best for keeping in the Jail.

Retirement Board:
During the Retirement Board meeting on Thursday, May 19, the Commissioners accepted the Greene County Employees’ Retirement System Financial Account Report on Governmental Accounting Standards Board No. 67 & 68 for the 2015 Measurement Period from the Hay Group.

The Retirement Board met with CIM for an update on April 21, 2016.


Salary Board:
During the Salary Board meeting on Thursday, May 19, the following personnel actions were approved:

    Change in Job Title:
    • Jessica Sphar from Deputy Director to County Caseworker Manager

    New Hires:
    • Nicholas Gustovich, regular full time Security Officer
    • Floyd Long, casual Van Driver
    • James Shriver, casual Van Driver
    • Lisa Smith, regular full time Secretary 1

    Promotions:
    • Jason Bowser to regular full time Maintenance Worker I
    • JoAnne Marshall to regular full time Communications/Tourism Director
    • Bruce E. Patterson to regular full time Working Supervisor 1
    • Marshall Simmons to regular full time Deputy Sheriff 1

    Reclassifications:
    • Denise Thomas to regular full time Legal Secretary III
    Removed from Payroll:
    • Sarah Humphreys, casual Van Driver

    Resignations:
    • Stephanie Wagget, CYS Caseworker I
    • Trystan Weir, 911 Telecommunicator Trainee

    Terminations:
    • Aubrey Holliday, Confidential Judicial Administrative Assistant
    • Mark McCurdy, casual Tip Staff

    Transfers:
    • Joanna Allen, temporary Administrative Assistant, from 100% Parks & Recreation to 40% parks and Recreation and 60% Tourism


Conservation District poster and coloring contest winners
The Greene County Conservation District announced the winners of this year’s poster contest and coloring contest during Soil and Water Conservation Week, April 24-30. The contests were open to all Greene County children in pre-k through 12th grade. Both contests offer young people an opportunity to express their views on natural resources and the environment through art.

Posters were judged in five different grade-based categories: K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th and 10th-12th. The top three entrants in each category received cash prizes. The first-place poster from each category also advances to the statewide Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Poster Contest later this year. The theme for this year’s contest was “We All Need Trees.” Entries were judged on their conservation message, visual effectiveness, originality and universal appeal. Winners were 1st Place, Landon Matthews-3rd Grade West Greene Elementary School, son of Summer Matthews; 2nd place Karissa Thompson-3rd Grade West Greene Elementary School, daughter of Gary and Debbie Thompson; Pieper Whipkey-3rd Grade West Greene Elementary School, daughter of Toby and Jim Whipkey.

The top four pre-k coloring contest entrants received bicycles and helmets. The coloring contest was open to children up to 5 that had not yet entered elementary school. Winners were Elaina Beazell, 4 yrs. old of Christian Sandbox, daughter of Noah and Joni Beazell; Abigail Kalka, 4 yrs. old of Christian Sandbox, daughter of are Jeremy and Nicole Kalka; Aria Finley, 4 yrs. old of St. Ann’s Pre-School, daughter of Lauren and Drew Finley; Nora Christner, 5 yrs. old of St. Ann’s Pre-School, daughter of Sara and Mark Christner.

The Conservation District received 66 total entries and would like to thank all who participated in this educational opportunity.

Pictured on left, from l. to r. — are Landon Matthews, 1st Place; Karissa Thompson, 2nd Place; Pieper Whipkey, 3rd Place.
Pictured on right, from l. to r. — Elaina Beazell, 4yrs.; Abigail Kalka, 4yrs.; Aria Finley, 4yrs; Nora Christner, 5yrs. (Click on either image to enlarge photo)


Conservation District honors J. Robert Rice
  The Greene County Conservation District honored J. Robert Rice at a dedication ceremony during Soil and Water Conservation Week on Tuesday, April 26 at the Greene County Historical Society Museum. A tri-colored beech tree was planted in recognition of Rice’s fifty years of service to the Greene County Conservation District Board.

Rice was first appointed to the Conservation District Board as a farmer director in 1965 and remains active today as the director emeritus and the Dirt and Gravel Program Quality Assurance board member. Rice’s service to the board includes three years as farmer director, nine years as district treasurer, thirty-three years as district chairman and the past five years as director emeritus.

Rice, a life-long resident of Greene County, operated a 327-acre farm in Gilmore Township, owned and operated the general store in Jollytown, a former Gilmore Township Supervisor, a local historian and a respected voice for the conservation movement both inside and outside the county borders. Rice was involved in many large projects undertaken during his tenure on the board as Chairman and director including: the building of the flood control project PA 647 that protects the city of Wheeling, WV; the development of the Southwest Project Grass; the development of the Greene County soils mapping in the late 70’s; the USGS groundwater study that surveyed drilled water wells in the county; and encouraged the hiring of a full-time district staff to oversee the county’s natural resources.

The Greene County Conservation District Board commends Mr. J. Robert Rice for his many years of service to the community, conservation district and local farmers.

Pictured (group) from l. to r.: Greg Hopkins, Director; Bill Wentzel, Director; Gay Thistle, Associate Director; Thomas Headlee, Director; Jim Cowell, Director; J. Robert Rice, Director Emeritus; Bradley Eisiminger; Chairman; Back Row: Jeff Rode, Associate Director; Bill Cree, Jr., Associate Director
 

Greene County Students Receive Scholarships

Three Greene County High School Students were awarded full scholarships to Penn State University’s Conservation Leadership School as part of the week-long celebration of Soil and Water Stewardship week. The Conservation District Board of Directors awarded these scholarships based on the merits of essays these and other students submitted. Gabrielle Muilenburg, of Mapletown High School, Ryan Swartz and Stephen Zacoi, both of Carmichaels Area High School were awarded full scholarships at the April 26th Conservation District monthly meeting.

All three scholarships were funded in part by Columbia Pipeline Group and by the Greene County Conservation District. These scholarships will provide these students with a tremendous opportunity and experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.

The Conservation Leadership School is hosted by Penn State each year at the Stone Valley Recreation Area in Petersburg, PA. Students spend one full week learning about the environment and our role as stewards through fun hands-on activities and field trips. For more information about the school, visit their website (http://ecosystems.psu.edu/youth/cls).

The Conservation District is proud to continue the tradition of offering this annual scholarship and believes that this experience will help these young people grow into wise leaders whose decisions will ensure the future of our natural resources in Greene County and beyond.

Pictured from l. to r., Gabrielle Muilenburg, of Mapletown High School, Ryan Swartz and Stephen Zacoi, both of Carmichaels Area High School.

Chamber of Commerce Career Day at Jefferson-Morgan Elementary

The Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce recently presented the “Annual Fifth Grade Career Day” for students at Jefferson-Morgan Elementary. The event is part of the Chamber’s community service program and provides students in Greene County the opportunity to explore various career possibilities.

Career awareness usually takes place at the elementary level and the purpose of career day is to expose students to a wide variety of careers and occupations. Professionals shared information about their specific career or vocation and offered an enjoyable way for students to apply what they have learned in studying career choices by listening to and speaking with a professional. It is also a great way to hopefully spark an interest and thought process, in the children of what their future might hold.

The Waynesburg Chamber has been involved with Career Days since 2001 when the first one was held at the Waynesburg Central Elementary School. After Melody Longstreth, Executive Director of the Chamber spoke to a group of guidance counselors from all five county school districts, the event has expanded in recent years to Jefferson Morgan Elementary and West Greene Elementary.

The students vote for their favorite presenter and taking the top honors at Jefferson were Shannon Cagle and Christy Halliday from Waynesburg Animal Hospital. These presenters will be honored at the upcoming Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon on May 25th at Waynesburg University.

Others taking part were: Chuck Trump, Katie Horr and Elizabeth Menhart of First Federal Savings & Loan, members of the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Company, Emily Bryan of Greene County Primary Care, Jeff McCracken, retired, of McCracken Pharmacy and Danin Greusel and Nicole Maltese of MedExpress.

FMI click here for press release or call the Waynesburg Chamber at 724-657-5926.   (Article and photo courtesy of the Waynesburg Chamber of Commerce)

Carmichaels team wins Greene County Envirothon
CARMICHAELS, PA — Sixty-five high school students from Greene County’s five school districts competed in the 29th annual Greene County Envirothon held Wednesday, May 4, at Wana B Park in Carmichaels. Teams of five students tested their environmental knowledge in the areas of soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and the 2016 current issue, Invasive Species: A Challenge to the Environment, Economy, and Society.

Carmichaels Team #1 won this year’s competition with a score of 429 points out of a possible 500 points. Team members Blake Conard, Emma Lowry, Ryan Swartz, Brady Watters, Kaleb Wilson and team advisor Kevin Willis will represent Greene County at the PA Envirothon, which is scheduled for May 24-25 at the Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove and Camp Mount Luther located in Mifflinburg, PA.

Carmichaels Team #2, consisting of students Finn Dobosh Joey Kurincak, Jacob Hair, Joel Spishock, Stephen Zacoi and advisor Kevin Willis, earned second place with a score of 387.

The third-place team was Carmichaels Team #3, which included students Ashley Jones, Britney Pollock, Keiriel Neel, Chris Ross, Katelyn Sinn and advisor Willis. The team earned 350 points.

1st Place Winners


Pictured, from l. to r., are Anastasia Roof, Columbia Pipeline Group; Steve Morgan, CONSOL Energy; Greene Co. Commissioner Archie Trader; team members Brady Watters-11th, Kaleb Wilson-11th, Emma Lowry-12th, Blake Conard-12th, Ryan Swartz-9th, team advisor Kevin Willis; Mike Belding, GCCD Board of Directors; Bettie Stammerjohn, Community Foundation of Greene County, Bill Wentzel, GCCD Board of Directors

2nd Place Winners

Carmichaels Team #2 won second place at this year’s Greene County Envirothon, organized by the Greene County Conservation District.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Anastasia Roof, Columbia Pipeline Group; Steve Morgan, CONSOL Energy; Greene Co. Commissioner Archie Trader; team members Joey Kurincak-9th, Finn Dobosh-9th, Joel Spishock-11th, Jacob Hair-9th, Stephen Zacoi-9th, team advisor Kevin Willis; Mike Belding and Greg Hopkins, GCCD Board of Directors; Bettie Stammerjohn, Community Foundation of Greene County, Bill Wentzel, GCCD Board of Directors

3rd Place Winners

Carmichaels Team #3 won third place at this year’s Greene County Envirothon, organized by the Greene County Conservation District.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Anastasia Roof, Columbia Pipeline Group; Steve Morgan, CONSOL Energy; Greene Co. Commissioner Archie Trader; team members Ashley Jones-10th, Chris Ross-12th, Keiriel Neel-11th, Britney Pollock-9th, Katelyn Sinn-10th, team advisor Kevin Willis; Mike Belding and Greg Hopkins, GCCD Board of Directors; Bettie Stammerjohn, Community Foundation of Greene County, Bill Wentzel, GCCD Board of Directors

The Greene County Envirothon is organized each year by the Greene County Conservation District and is funded through various donations and grants including Community Foundation of Greene County’s Community Grants Program, EQT Foundation, CONSOL Energy, Columbia Pipeline Group, Spectra Energy, PA Envirothon. Each student on the winning team secured a $500 college scholarship funded by donations made by these organizations and the Greene County Conservation District.

In addition to the continued financial support of sponsors and, other partners that made the event successful include Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder and Archie Trader; Kimberlee Moninger, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service; Russ Gibbs, state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry; Jeremy Kelly, Greene Co. Planning Commission; Ann Bargerstock, Cumberland Township, Zoning/Code Enforcement; William Wentzel, Greene County Conservation District; Chuck Kubasik, state Department of Environmental Protection; Eric Davis, state Fish and Boat Commission; Jeremy Febinger, WCO and Bill Lubich, state Game Commission; Jake Blaker and Pam Blaker, Greene County Parks and Recreation; Cumberland Township Parks and Recreation Chairman, Ken Ganocy; and Lou Ann Abbadini.

For more information on the Greene County Envirothon, call the Greene County Conservation District at 724-852-5278.

National Tourism Week celebration at the Greene County I-79 Welcome Center
In honor of National Tourism Week which was May 1-7, 2016, the state Department of Transportation hosted a week-long party at the Pennsylvania Keystone Kirby Welcome Center on Interstate 79 near Mt. Morris.

Various displays and events took place at the welcome center on the northbound side of I-79, about six miles north of West Virginia.
  • Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency was featured Monday, and our new Tourism Director, JoAnne Marshall spent a few hours talking to guests and tourists visiting the welcome center.
  • Exhibits highlighting the David Bradford House and the LeMoyne House, both in Washington, and the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society could be seen all week.
  • Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and Coal Mining Antiquities was at the center on Tuesday.
  • Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency and Microtel in Waynesburg were featured on Wednesday.
  • On Thursday, an exhibit from the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village near Avella was available.
  • Friday, booths featured the state lottery, Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Meadow Lands, Laurel Highlands Visitor Bureau and Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe.
—> Article & photo courtesy of the O-R, 4/28/2016.



Third Annual Children's Mental Health Awareness Picnic

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the third annual Children's Mental Health Awareness picnic was held at the Greene County Fairgrounds (due to the weather), on Thursday, May 5. Even though we had to change the location of the picnic, there was still a huge turn out with 202 people attending!

Human services agencies served food, games and fun to raise awareness about mental health services available to the community.

Melanie Trauth, Caseworker with Greene County's Mental Health Program Office would like to "thank all who helped for the wonderful job done at the picnic! Trauth states that "she appreciated the time and effort invested by everyone!"

Disc Jockey, Steve Barrett

enjoys entertaining the children!




Volunteers and participants

watching the children as they have fun!


Musical entertainment
by local guitarist Brian Bennett on guitar


Basket Raffle
of toys for the children

Greene County Sheriff Brian Tennant
, left, introduces Degan, his German shepherd partner, to the children, at the Children’s Mental Health Picnic at Greene County Fairgrounds.


Charles and Candace Whipkey

from Carmichaels, who won the 2015 Value Behavioral Health Exception Parent/Caregiver Award for Greene County in October 2015.
Click on any of the images above to enlarge picture.   —> Photos courtesy of Melanie Trauth, Mental Health Caseworker, Greene County Human Services (permission given for photos).


No-Till drill available for rent in Greene County:
In honor of Soil and Water Stewardship Week, April 24-30, 2016, the Greene County Conservation District has purchased a seven-foot Great Plains End Wheel No-Till Drill equipped with three seed boxes that is available for rent to Greene County farmers and landowners. The Conservation District’s goal is to reduce soil loss, protect and promote the wise use of precious soils, raise animals and support the natural world around each of us.

The Conservation District’s drill rental program encourages and assists farmers in implementing no-till crop production systems, which includes cover crops and promotes good pasture management. No-till involves planting the seed directly into the soil without plowing, tilling or disking. Advantages of no-till practices include: reducing operator’s time and expenses; promoting healthier soils through building soil structure and adding organic matter; feeding beneficial microorganisms; reducing soil loss from erosion and increasing infiltration and increasing yields due to optimal soil conditions.

The drill will be available from the Conservation District on a first-come, first-served basis. A refundable deposit of $150 is required to schedule a three-day rental. A 55hp or larger tractor is required for operating the drill and a heavy duty truck is required for transport. The Conservation District also offers a two-ton wet lime spreader for rent.

For more details, please contact Karlie Wright at the Greene County Conservation District or 724-852-5278.



College Park fountain receives a makeover


The Waynesburg Borough would like to publically give a big shout out to Harry Gillispie, Warden of the Greene County Prison and Paul Neligh, Work Crew Supervisor of the Greene County Prison and their prisoner inmate team, along with the assistance of our Waynesburg street department crew, for repairing the fountain at our "College Park" with a makeover and some TLC!

(Source: Waynesburg Borough fb© page, April 29, 2016 entry)


Dock to Lock race draws over 90 runners, walkers:
Over ninety runners and walkers turned out for the annual Dock to Lock 5K Run/Walk, held Saturday, May 7, along the Greene River Trail.

The race began at 9 a.m. at the trail starting point at the Greene Cove Yacht Club in Millsboro, Pa. An awards ceremony at the Rices Landing Fire Hall followed the race. Prizes were given for the top three male and female runners and walkers overall, as well as the top three male and female runners and walkers in various age categories.

The top three overall winners in the 5K run were:
  • Male: First place, Aaron Mylan, 17, of Rices Landing, 17:13; second place, Colten Davidson, 16, of Jefferson, 20:10; and third place, Kaden Statler, 14, of Core, WV, 20:43.
  • Female: First place, Rachel Jones, 16, of Holbrook, 22:11; second place, Amy Koontz, 40, of Monongahela, 23:27; and third place, Brooke Barner, 12, of Waynesburg, 25:21.
The top three overall winners in the 5K walk were:
  • Male: First place, Michael Journic, 60, of Carmichaels, 40:13; second place, Robert Mcelheny, 12, of Waynesburg, 44:13; and third place, John Hair, 56, of Carmichaels, 45:31 .
  • Female: First place, Linda Keller, 63, of Waynesburg, 42:07; second place, Jennifer Campbell, 44, of Rices Landing, 43:08; and third place, Kristine Knepp, 63, of Jefferson, 43:40.

Pictured: Pictured: Aaron Mylan, 17, of Rices Landing crosses the finish line during the 2016 Dock to Lock 5K Run/Walk, held Saturday, May 7, along the Greene River Trail. Mylan, who competed in the 5K run, finished first overall among all runners and walkers with a time of 17:13.

Pictured: Patty and John Hair, of Carmichaels enjoy the sunshine and good weather during the 2016 Dock to Lock 5K Run/Walk. Over ninety runners and walkers participated in the 5K run/walk, held Saturday, May 7, along the Greene River Trail. The overall race winner was Aaron Mylan, 17, of Rices Landing, who competed in the 5K run.

Pictured: Michael Journic, 60, of Carmichaels walks along the Greene River Trail during the 2016 Dock to Lock 5K Run/Walk, held Saturday, May 7. Journic, who competed in the 5K walk, finished first overall among all walkers with a time of 40:13.

The age categories awarded for runners were: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69 and 70-plus. For walkers, the age categories awarded were: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-plus. A random drawing for prizes was also held following the race. The following participants present at the awards ceremony won $25 Wal-Mart gift cards: Bruce Ellsworth of Jefferson, Kaitlin Orrahood of Waynesburg, Mary Michalik of Carmichaels and Priscille Michalik of Carmichaels.

Dock to Lock runners and walkers were timed by SERJ Racing Services of Uniontown. Race results may be viewed online at www.serjracing.com.

Proceeds from Dock to Lock benefit Department of Recreation programs, such as the summer Day Camp program, which offers free activities for county children ages 5 to 15. This year, Day Camp will be held June 20 through July 29 at various locations across the county. Major sponsors of this year’s Dock to Lock included the Greene County Commissioners, Chapman Corporation, First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Greene County, First Student, Greene County Sheriff’s office, I-79 Honda-Mazda, Rices Landing Volunteer Fire Department, Road ID, Wal-Mart, Watters Pools, and Waynesburg University.

For more information on Department of Recreation programs, call 724-852-5323, or visit www.co.greene.pa.us.


Greene County Emergency Management Message — May is a special month!
International Firefighters Day:

Our Greene County Emergency Management & the Department of Emergency Services would like to recognize all the Greene County Firefighters for International Firefighters Day, May 4th. These men and women spend countless hours away from their families for training and protecting our citizens without being paid.
 


Can they find you?

This picture is a great guideline showing how to identify your residence.

Helping emergency responders find you can save valuable minutes in the time of need.

GPS is great, but it doesn't always work on country roads. But your address sign is how emergency crews will find you when you call 9-1-1.
  Greene County Firefighters

April 30 — Firefighters from Greene and Washington Counties participated in Gas Well Emergency training at Washington County Fire Academy hosted by Rice Energy.
(Courtesy of Greene County EMA fb© page)


    'Little Free Library' coming to Waynesburg

A tiny library that would make Stuart Little feel right at home is coming to Waynesburg.

Greene County’s Department of Recreation is preparing to open the first "Little Free Library" in this area that allows patrons to drop off an old book they no longer want and "check out" a new one.

The book-sharing phenomenon is hitting many other areas as the wooden outposts, which are about the size and shape of a large mailbox and can hold dozens of books, are popping up in thousands of towns across the world.

Similar miniature library drop-off locations were installed in Peters and North Franklin townships.

"You have something you really enjoyed and loved, and you’re hoping someone else will take it and enjoy something that you’re passionate about," parks and recreation manager Pam Blaker said of the book-sharing concept.

The newest location will be near Waynesburg Borough’s parking lot No. 4 facing High Street. Borough Council approved the request to allow the location Monday night, although it delayed a decision on whether to also offer a $500 sponsorship for the program.

The location is within walking distance to Margaret Bell Miller Middle School. Where Blaker is hoping it will be a stopping point for students on their way to and/or from class. "On a nice day, that could be a little trip for the grade school (students) to walk up and get a book," she said. No library card is needed and the honor system applies to checking out or returning books.

With the first location now secured, the department will now purchase the materials and build the mini-library, although Blaker did not know when it will be installed and ready for books. Blaker said depending on the success of the Waynesburg outpost, they could expand to other locations around the county that do not have a library nearby.

"You can put them in strategic areas so people have access to them 24/7," Blaker said. "They’re in locations where people don’t have access to a library."

The concept expands the Department of Recreation’s "book cart" (Canary Library Program) that was stationed at the county’s three swimming pools in 2014 and last summer as a way to get children interested in reading. The success of that program spurred the miniature library idea, Blaker said.

Blaker said they will once again roll out the book cart when the pools open for the season later this month. "With all the technology, people do like to have a hard copy in their hand, even though everything can be accessed through smart phones and the internet," she said. "People like that quiet time and we wanted to incorporate it in the day camps."

For more information about the "Little Free Library" outposts, go to www.littlefreelibrary.org.

(Article & little library photo courtesy of the Observer-Reporter, 5/12/2016)
(Pictured: Pam Blaker (left) and Debbie Bristor (right) representing the Carmichaels Crusaders at the Carmichaels pool, 2014 book cart)
   


Greene County Industrial Development Authority — reclamation work nearly finished
Crystal Simmons, IDA Director is happy to report — that the grass is starting to green on the 65-acre Mather coal refuse site owned by IDA, but it may be a while before officials can determine what use can be made of the reclaimed property.

As part of the reclamation project, the refuse pile was covered with 2 or more feet of soil taken from the lake bed at Duke Lake at Ryerson Station State Park. The property has been fertilized and seeded.

"It looks great," Crystal said,. "It’s very green."

Some minor erosion and sedimentation control work still to be completed by the contractor who was hired by the state Department of Environmental Protection to do the reclamation work, which is expected to wrap up by July 4 according to Crystal! Then the site must sit idle for another year 'to make sure all the work is done, everything is structually sound and there are no slides or anything like that," she said.

About 250,000 cubic yards of soil was trucked to the property from Ryerson Station State Park and was used to cover the gray coal waste, after erosion ditches were filled, the property was leveled and its sides were sloped.

When the project was first announced in August 2015, the plan, devised by DEP and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources was to reclaim Mather but also to remove silt from the lake bed at Ryerson in preparation for the rebuilding of the Duke Lake dam. Unfortunately, the DCNR announced last July it would not rebuild the dam because of continued ground movement near the park, but the work at Mather continued! After the property sits idle for a year, Simmons said, the authority will then need to consider what other environmental assessments must be completed to determine what possible uses can be made of the property.

Some limitations might apply to the property’s use because it is classified as abandoned mine land, she said. What exactly those limitations might be will be determined by further environmental assessments.

The IDA expects to have public meetings as it gets closer to the reclamation project’s completion to inform residents what is going on and to discuss the possible uses for the site, Simmons said.

The authority also is moving forward with an environmental assessment of the adjoining 27 acre of land it obtained years ago from Atlas Services. The property is not considered abandoned mine land but contains several piles of old railroad ties.

The authority recently filed an application for a $200,000 grant to conduct the assessment through the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Industrial Sites Reuse Program. The application was first filed with DEP for its review before being submitted to DCED, Simmons said.

The assessment will identify any environmental problems that might exist on the property. The authority will then have to apply for additional grants to complete any cleanup work that may be needed there, she said. The assessment also will cover the adjoining reservoir property owned by Morgan Township.

The DCED grant will require a local match. The Greene County Commissioners and Morgan Township are each kicking in $15,000 and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds has provided the authority $20,000 for the project, Simmons said.   (Article & photos courtesy of the Observer-Reporter, 4/19/2016)


More than 20 win awards in Hawkeyes benefit shoot - May 1
Twenty-three individuals won awards during the benefit shoot hosted by the Hunting Hills Hawkeyes, Greene County’s Scholastic Clay Target Program team. The shoot was held Sunday, May 1, at Hunting Hills in Dilliner, PA.

Participants could compete individually or in teams of five in the shoot of 100 clay targets. Award categories included youth, ladies, male and team.

The following awards were given:
  • High Overall Male: Rex Buckhalter of Dilliner.
  • High Overall Female: Pam Blaker of Carmichaels.
  • Adult: Second Place, Matt Friend of Point Marion; third place, Ron Brandenburg; fourth place, Chuck Mallory of Greensboro; fifth place, John Riley of Waynesburg.
  • High Overall Youth Female: Emily Ozohonish of Jefferson.
  • High Overall Youth Male: Tristan Cole of Waynesburg.
  • Senior Varsity: Champion, Randy Durr of Greensboro, and runner-up, Brandon Sanders of Waynesburg.
  • Junior Varsity: Champion, Cameron Cernuska of Jefferson, and runner-up, Corey John of Holbrook.
  • Intermediate Advanced: Champion, Tristan Cole of Waynesburg, and runner-up, Arran Hinerman of Waynesburg.
  • Intermediate Entry: Champion, Owen Hughes of Rogersville, and runner-up, Landon Friend of Point Marion.
  • Rookie: Champion, Robbie Dillon of Adah, and runner-up, Cole Jones of Jefferson.
  • Team: First Place, Advanced Masonry with Andrew Buchtan, Rex Buckhalter, Eugen Latusek, Chris Popernack and Jay Salosky; and second place, Team Mallory with Randy Coss, Landon Friend, Matt Friend, Chuck Mallory and Tom Pavel.
The benefit shoot was sponsored by the Greene County Commissioners and Greene County Department of Recreation, and was organized by the Hawkeyes’ coaches and parents.

Additional sponsors were 4 Seasons Lawn and Garden, 84 Lumber Company, Advanced Masonry, Baily Insurance, Cabela’s, Chapman Corporation, East Coast Risk Management, First Federal of Greene County, Friends of the NRA, Greene County Veterans Club, Hinerman NAPA, Hunting Hills, I79 Honda-Mazda, Midway USA Foundation, NWTF-Warrior Trail Gobblers, Ozie’s Sport Shop, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Roy and Sally Sisler.

The Hawkeyes will compete Saturday, June 18, in the annual Pennsylvania Scholastic Clay Target Program Sporting Clays Championship at Buffer Creek Sporting Clays Inc. in Somerset, PA. This event involves youth shooters from across the state competing in a 100-target shoot to determine state winners in six skill divisions.

For more information, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323, or visit www.co.greene.pa.us.

Pictured: Emily Ozohonish of Jefferson received the High Overall Youth Female award at the Hunting Hills Hawkeyes annual benefit shoot held Sunday, May 1, at Hunting Hills in Dilliner, PA. Pictured with Ozohonish is Director of Recreation Jake Blaker.


Greene County pools to open Memorial Day weekend

Greene County’s three public pools will open for the first swim of the season Saturday, May 28. Alpha Aquatic Center in Waynesburg will open at noon and Carmichaels Pool in Carmichaels and Mon View Pool in Greensboro will each open at 1 p.m. during the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

Following Memorial Day, the three pools will be closed while school is in session, and will be open daily beginning Saturday, June 4. Carmichaels and Mon View’s closing season will be decided based on staff availability. Alpha Aquatic Center will be closed the week of Aug. 29-Sept. 2 as students return to school. Alpha will then reopen for the Labor Day weekend and officially close for the season Monday, Sept. 5.

Greene County Department of Recreation is offering a family-of-four season pass special during May at $299 for Alpha and $199 for Carmichaels or Mon View.

Alpha Aquatic Center hours will be noon to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Daily admission prices for Alpha Aquatic Center are $6 for children age 17 and younger and senior citizens age 62 and older, and $8 for adults ages 18 to 61.

The aquatic center features a 330,000-gallon competition-sized pool with eight lap lanes, two diving boards and a 12-foot diving pool; a 40-by-40-foot children’s play area including a 148-foot spiral water slide, a 25-foot straight water slide, a 180-foot “lazy river” with tubes for floating, water jets and other play equipment; a bath house with lockers, restrooms, showers and changing facilities; and a concession stand and seating area. A community room is available onsite to rent for birthdays or other special events in June and July for two hours, from either 1 to 3 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.

At Carmichaels Pool, hours will be 1 to 7 p.m. daily. Daily admission rates are $4 for children age 17 and younger and senior citizens age 62 and older, and $6 for adults ages 18 to 61.

Carmichaels Pool features a 300,000-gallon Z-shaped pool with an 11-foot diving pool, a diving board, an 8-foot water slide and a 70-foot spiral water slide, lockers, restrooms, showers, changing facilities and snack machines.

Newly constructed this year, Carmichaels Pool will also feature a 3,361-gallon splash pool play area with zero-depth-entry and water features including a sculptured palm tree, spinning toad stool, spinning poesy, bumble bee and super soaker.

At Mon View Pool, hours will be 1 to 7 p.m. daily. Daily admission rates are $4 for children age 17 and younger and senior citizens age 62 and older, and $6 for adults ages 18 to 61.

Mon View Pool features a 168,262-gallon pool with a 40-foot water slide; a children’s play area with a 4,000-gallon, zero-depth-entry wading pool, sprinklers and benches; and a 12-by-10-foot AquaClimb poolside climbing wall.

Returning this summer will be the “Canary Library.” While the pools are open, carts containing library books of interest for all ages will be available at each of the sites. Children and adults alike are encouraged to take a book, read and enjoy it, then either return it to the pool or keep it – all for free and without a library card.

Pool hours are subject to change in the event of inclement weather. For more information, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.
  Recreation department to offer swimming lessons

As Greene County’s three public pools officially open for the summer, the county Department of Recreation will offer swimming lessons at Alpha Aquatic Center in Waynesburg, and Carmichaels Pool in Carmichaels.

Registration for swim lessons will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Alpha Aquatic Center in Waynesburg, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2 at Carmichaels Pool. Anyone unable to attend the registration may register their child during pool business hours up until the first day of class, as space permits.

Lessons are $25 per class, and payment will be due upon registration. Each class is designed for swimmers of certain skill levels. Class instructors will determine which class to place each swimmer. A minimum of five swimmers must be registered for each class to run with a maximum of 15 swimmers per class. Classes are staggered this year, so the same class level is not held during the same week at both pools. Some classes may be combined or canceled due to enrollment. Refunds will only be given if the Department of Recreation cancels a class.

The class levels are as follows:
  • Parent and Child Aquatics for parents and children ages 6 months to 3 years
  • Pre-School Aquatics for ages 4 to 5
  • Level 1, Introduction to Water Skills
  • Level 2, Fundamental Aquatic Skills
  • Level 3, Stroke Development
  • Level 4, Stroke Improvement
  • Level 5, Stroke Refinement
  • Level 6, Swimming and Skill Proficiency
The schedule of classes at the Alpha Aquatic Center is:
  • June 20-24: 9-11 a.m., Levels 4 and 5; 10-11 a.m., Level 2
  • June 27-July 1: 9-10 a.m., Level 3; 10-11 a.m., Level 1; 10:30-11 a.m., Parent and Child
  • July 11-15: 9-11 a.m., Level 6; 9-10 a.m., Level 3; 10-11 a.m., Level 1
  • July 18-22: 9-11 a.m., Level 4; 10-11 a.m., Level 2; 10:30-11 a.m., Preschool
The schedule of classes at Carmichaels Pool is:
  • June 20-24: 10-11 a.m., Level 3; 11-12 p.m., Level 1; 11:30-12 p.m., Parent and Child
  • June 27-July 1: 10-12 p.m., Levels 4 and 5; 11-12 p.m., Level 2
  • July 11-15: 10-12 p.m., Level 4; 11-12 p.m., Level 2; 11:30-12 p.m., Preschool
  • July 18-22: 10-12 p.m., Level 6; 10-11 a.m., Level 3; 11-12 p.m., Level 1
Both pools, as well as Mon View Pool in Greensboro, will open Saturday, May 28, for the three-day holiday weekend. All three pools will then be closed for swimming while school is in session from Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, June 3, and will be open daily beginning Saturday, June 4. Carmichaels and Mon View closing season will be decided based on staff availability. Alpha Aquatic Center will be closed the week of Aug. 29-Sept. 2 as students return to school. Alpha will then reopen for the Labor Day weekend and officially close for the season Monday, Sept. 5.

Pool admission for Carmichaels and Mon View Pools are $4 for children age 17 and younger and senior citizens age 62 and older, and $6 for adults ages 18 to 61. Hours are 1 to 7 p.m. daily at Carmichaels and Mon View. Admission prices for Alpha Aquatic Center are $6 for children age 17 and younger and senior citizens age 62 and older, and $8 for adults ages 18 to 61. Hours at Alpha are noon to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Pool hours are subject to change in the event of inclement weather.

For more information about swimming lessons, click here for the printable brochure or call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.



New 'splash zone' at Carmichaels Pool to open Memorial Day weekend

Workers are putting final touches on the new children’s “splash zone” at Carmichaels Pool in Wana B Park as Greene County’s three pools prepare to open for summer swimming season next weekend.

The splash zone will include interactive features and a gentle slope into the water, which Greene County Parks and Recreation Manager Pam Blaker thinks will give children something different from the other two county pools.

"It looks really nice, and I think the kids are going to be very excited when they come up and see the (amenities),” Blaker said of the 3,361-gallon splash pool play area, which includes numerous fountains that spout water from a palm tree, toad stool, bumble bee and arch. “A lot of people have backyard pools, but this is something where they can bring their friends. With these water features, it keeps the kids moving, interacting and keeps them busy."

Workers began installing interactive features late last week and are expected to continue working on the splash zone over the next few days, including placement of a cushioned surface before opening the pool May 28 at 1 p.m. during the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

Hopefully, the summer is better than last year and gives families a 'daycation' where they don’t have to travel far and it’s affordable," Blaker said. "I think the parents will like it, especially the splash pool."

The county commissioners agreed in November to hire J5 of Houston, Pa., and spend $298,000 on the project, which was within the original budget the county estimated for it. The commissioners also spent $19,500 in August to hire Wade Associates of Harrisburg to prepare engineering designs on what could be done to improve the aging facility.

The splash area replaces the children’s wading pool previously located next to the adult swimming pool.

The county’s two other swimming pools are also set to open Memorial Day weekend. Alpha Aquatics Center in Franklin Township will open May 28 at noon, and Mon View Pool in Greensboro will open the same day at 1 p.m. All three pools will then close the following week before reopening daily for the season June 4.

(Article courtesy of Mike Jones, Greene County Bureau Chief, Observer-Reporter, 5/17/2016 & photo courtesy of Pam Blaker, Department of Rec, 5/17/2016)



Summer passes now available for Greene County's swimming pools

Summer passes are available for purchase to swim at Greene County’s three public swimming pools as they prepare to open Memorial Day weekend.
Alpha Aquatics Center in Franklin Township will open May 28 at noon and the other two facilities, Carmichaels Pool at Wana B Park and Mon View Pool in Greensboro, will open that day at 1 p.m. for the Memorial Day weekend.

Following Memorial Day, the three pools will close during the week while school is in session, but will open daily beginning June 4.

Greene County Department of Recreation is currently offering a family-of-four season pass special to Alpha for $299, while the price for passes to Carmichaels and Mon View is $199.

Alpha Aquatic Center will close the week of Aug. 29, although it will reopen for the Labor Day weekend before closing for the season Sept. 5. The closing dates for Carmichaels and Mon View will be decided based on staff availability, Department of Recreation officials said.

For more information or to purchase summer passes, call the Department of Recreation’s office at 724-852-5323.

(Pictured: Heather St. Clair (left) and Debbie Haines (back left) both seasonal employees with Parks & Rec; and Pam Blaker, Greene County Parks and Recreation manager (back right) — clean tables around the pool in preparation of the opening of Alpha Aquatics Center in Franklin Township. The pool will open Memorial day weekend.)

(Article courtesy of Mike Jones, Greene County Bureau Chief, Observer-Reporter, 5/17/2016)


Flashlight Drag season opener
The opening Flashlight Drag race of the 2016 season was scheduled for Sunday, May 22, at the Greene County Airport in Waynesburg; unfortunately due to the weather, the opener was postposed. See you June 19 for the next scheduled race!

Gates will open at noon, with races scheduled to run from 2 to 6 p.m. Admission is $6 to watch and $30 to race.

For the races, street-legal cars and trucks are eligible to race, and all drivers must have appropriate paperwork, including a valid driver’s license, current state registration and proof of insurance. Passengers are not allowed. All racers must sign a waiver and attend a mandatory drivers’ meeting prior to the start of the event.

For drivers wishing to race convertible cars, the top must be up, or the driver should wear a helmet. Mufflers and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation-approved tires are required. There will be no refunds.

Produced by Altered Gas Performance Events, LLC, Flashlight Drags consists of a 1/8-mile race along the airport runway. The format is heads-up, meaning that both vehicles leave the starting line at the same time. The name of the event refers back to the early days of drag racing, when a flashlight was used to signal the start.

Four remaining races will be held Sundays on Jun. 19, Aug. 21, Sept. 18 and Oct. 9. Rain dates are scheduled for the following Sunday with the exception of Sept. 18, which will be announced at a later date.

For more information, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323, or visit www.flashlightdrags.com for updates, a complete set of driver rules and to view videos from the races.   (Photo courtesy of Pam Blaker, Dept of Rec)


Messages from our Directors

Greene County Veterans Affairs Office:
VA June dates to remember:
—Thanks, Dalene Watson, VA Director (724-852-5274)
    Flag Day 2016
In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14.

It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress

The United States Army also celecelebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.


  Greene County Summer Day Camp

Our 6 week day camp program is for children in Greene County ages 5-15; it's a great place to make new friends and have fun during the summer months. Programs, activities, hot lunch and snacks provided. Featuring our UPSTREAM Program (which stands for yoU being Physical in Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Art, and Math). Registration on Friday, June 17 from 12:00 noon-3:00 PM. Last day picnic will be held on July 29; a fun filled day with ACTIVITIES, FOOD, & SWIMMING!

Our Day Camp program sponsored by the Greene County Commissioners and the Department of Recreation. Click here for day camp brochure with day camp locations and hours. FMI, call the Department of Rec at 724-852-5323.
    Official Visitors Guide

Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency announces the 2016-17 Visitors Guide is now available online at www.GoGreeneCounty.org!

The 36-page, full-color guide highlights attractions, businesses and organizations, along with a calendar of annual events. Plan your trip to Greene County, Pennsylvania today!

To request a copy (or 100), call 724-627-8687 or e-mail tourism.

—> Thanks, JoAnne Marshall, Communications/Tourism Director
 


2016 Wellness Rewards Program:

This is just a reminder that you must complete the Wellness Profile by July 1, 2016 in order to participate in this year’s Wellness Rewards Program! If you do not complete your Wellness Profile by that date, you will not be eligible to receive the incentive. The program will not allow you to take the profile after that date, we recommend you do the profile as your very first step.

Log in and get started, go to highmarkbcbs.com and click on the 'Rewards Program' link under Wellness Programs. The Wellness Profile is a simple online health assessment that helps you understand your health risks. It only takes about 15 minutes to complete, and it's ready for you to begin today!

If you have any questions, please e-mail or call Cara Cox at extension 381.
 
Jewelry Found

There was a Gold bracelet found in the Commissioners meeting room on Thursday, May 5th during the public meeting.




Also Gold necklace charm found in the employee parking lot (Wednesday morning) is a gold necklace charm (shown on right).

Both items will be in the Commissioner's office on the 3rd floor of the County Office building. Please see Kelli at the receptionist desk on the 3rd floor to claim either item. Thanks
 


Greene County Sheriff's Ten Most Wanted List (Updated 05/25/2016)
 
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

Jeremy M. Dickey


Caucasian/Male
Age 38

Wanted for: Theft/Failure to Appear

Last Known Address: 183 Neff Road, Jefferson, PA 15344
 
 
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

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
Captured 3/15/2016

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
 
 
Captured 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
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.  
 
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.
All tips are confidential and you are not required to provide your name!
 

Greene County Domestic Relation's Warrant Listing of Defendant's   (Updated 05/31/2016)
SHOULD YOU RECOGNIZE ANY PERSONS LISTED BELOW AND/OR KNOW OF THEIR WHEREABOUTS, PLEASE CONTACT THE DOMESTIC RELATIONS OFFICE IMMEDIATELY AT 724-852-5214 or call the IVR Anonymous Tips line (24/7) at 724-852-5214.

Anderson, Samuel J. Jr.

(Warrant 1 of 2)
Docket No: 00020 DR 2016
Issue Date: 03/28/2016
Arrears Balance: $4,580.21
Last Known Address:
260 Flowers Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370

Anderson, Samuel J. Jr.

(Warrant 2 of 2)
Docket No: 00017 DR 2015
Issue Date: 03/28/2016
Arrears Balance: $3,780.38
Last Known Address:
260 Flowers Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370

Dickey, Jeremy M.

Docket No: 00065 DR 2006
Issue Date: 1/27/2014
Arrears Balance: $3,777.05
Last Known Address:
%Joe Dockey,
106 Woodside Manor, Carmichaels, PA 15320

Lohr, William D.

(Warrant 1 of 3)
Docket No: 00268 DR 2008
Issue Date: 9/29/2015
Arrears Balance: $389.30
Last Known Address:
129 Hickman Street
Jefferson, PA 15344

Lohr, William D.

(Warrant 2 of 3)
Docket No: 00135 DR 2000
Issue Date: 9/29/2015
Arrears Balance: $2,800.61
Last Known Address:
129 Hickman Street
Jefferson, PA 15344

Lohr, William D.

(Warrant 3 of 3)
Docket No: 431 DR 1993
Issue Date: 9/29/2015
Arrears Balance: $1,469.99
Last Known Address:
129 Hickman Street
Jefferson, PA 15344

Ryan, Williams R. Jr.

Docket No: 00096 DR 2014
Issue Date: 03/23/2016
Arrears Balance: $9,506.65
Last Known Address:
215 9th Street, Donora, PA 15033

Wilson, Harley D

(Warrant 1 of 2)
Docket No: 00103 DR 2010
Issue Date: 04/25/2016
Arrears Balance: $1,944.76
Last Known Address:
139 Ferncliff Road, Rices Landing, PA 15357

Wilson, Harley D

(Warrant 2 of 2)
Docket No: 00274 DR 2011
Issue Date: 04/25/2016
Arrears Balance: $1,262.50
Last Known Address:
139 Ferncliff Road, Rices Landing, PA 15357


COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Great turnout for the "March for GREENE"

A powerful community event was held on Saturday, May 14 where people of all ages came together for a March and Rally to publically bring attention to the reality of substance abuse in our area, and to fervently pray for God to save and heal broken hearts and lives in our community.

Despite rain, nearly 1,000 people participated in the March. The Greene County Commissioners and our Drug and Alcohol Offices would like to publically thank everyone for participating in this worthy cause and exploding problem.

Following the March, recovery testimony from Teen Challenge and a podium discussion of the prescription opioids and heroin epidemic was heard. Senator Camera Bartolotta, Representative Pam Snyder and state Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Gary Tennis described the programs and state laws that help people in recovery get needed treatment and how to apply to have non-violent drug convictions removed from criminal records after addiction recovery.

Coalition for a Brighter Greene is hosting a re-entry job fair in June and has a group page on Facebook to share information.

FMI, go to MarchForGreene.com or click here for event flyer.   (Photo courtesy of the Observer-Reporter, 5/14/16 ed.)



Waynesburg Chamber of Commerce Awards 26th Annual Scholarship
The Educational Scholarship Fund Committee of the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce recently presented their 26th annual scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to Lindsey Gilbert of Waynesburg Central High School. In addition to the scholarship, Lindsey was presented a laptop compliments of Pcsquared and a custom backpack courtesy of the Greene County United Way.

Seventeen year old Lindsey plans to attend California University of Pennsylvania to pursue a degree in Sociology of Deviance this fall. She will enter Cal U as an incoming Junior as a result of courses completed on-line and on-campus during her Junior and Senior years at Waynesburg Central. She is the daughter of Richard and Heather Gilbert of Waynesburg and a 2016 graduate of Waynesburg Central High School where she maintained a 3.44 grade point average.

This scholarship, the twenty-sixth for the Chamber, is presented each year to a Greene County senior who plans to attend a college or trade school. The 2016 scholarship was awarded based on grade point average and a 500 word essay. The students community involvement and school activities are reviewed in the case of a tie. Lindsey and her family were special guests of the Chamber at the May General Membership Meeting of Chamber members where she read her winning essay.

This year, thirty-three applications for the scholarship were received by the Chamber of Commerce. The committee had a difficult task of selecting one winner from the qualified field. The Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all who participated in the process.
Pictured, left to right: Jeff McCracken, Chamber President and Lindsey Gilbert, Scholarship Winner


Rices Landing RiverFest
June 10 & 11



Happy Father's Day — June 19

A celebration of fathers started in the United States in the early twentieth century. It can be seen as a complement to Mother's Day but the holiday is not as popular as Mother's Day. Partly because it is much younger -- it became official in 1972 while the latter in 1914.
(Source: http://www.calendar-12.com/holidays/fathers_day/2016)

Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, though it is also celebrated widely on other days by many other countries.
(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father%27s_Day)

Flashlight Drags
June 19 at 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

$30 to race | $6 for spectators (Rain Dates: in the event of rain on the scheduled date, the make-up date will be determined jointly by Greene County Rec Department and AG Events, LLC. FMI, go to: www.flashlightdrags.com.
  Greene County Job Fair — June 24
The Greene County Commissioners and the PA CareerLink® are pleased to invite you to participate in the Greene County Job Fair from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday, June 24 at the Greene County Fairgrounds, Waynesbuarg, PA.

The Job Fair is free to employers and job seekers. Click here for event flyer with Registration Form. FMI, contact Barb Cole, CareerLink Office Manager at 724-852-2900 x229 or by email to: bacole@swtraining.org


Walk to End Alzheimer's Walk - Benefit Car Show - June 26




Click here for News Release (5/6/16)

FMI, call the Chamber Office at 724-627-5926.

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


June 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2016 | Waynesburg Farmers' Market — 10 am to 2 pm, every Wednesday from mid-May through mid-October next to the Greene County Courthouse in downtown Waynesburg. (May 18 - October 12 | Waynesburg Farmers' Market)

June 4, 2016 | All Town Yard Salewww.natgreene.org, Greensboro, PA


June 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2016 | Greensboro Farmers’ Market — Saturdays. Former Holy Faith Church on Stoney Hill Road, Greensboro, PA (May 14-October 15, 2016). Contact: Heather & Harley Gapen at 724-324-2279.

June 10-11, 2016 | Riverfest — $2 for Children 12 and Under $5 for Adults. All Proceeds Benefit the Rices Landing VFD. The dates are June 10th from 5:00-Midnight and June 11th from 1PM-Midnight.

June 19, 2016 | Flashlight Drags — held from 2:00 - 6:00 PM at the Greene County Airport, 417 East Roy Furman Highway, Waynesburg, PA. The Flashlight Drags feature 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. 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 (no exceptions). FMI, call 724-627-8029 or visit www.flashlightdrags.com.

June 24, 2016 — | Greene County Job Fair — The Greene County Commissioners and the PA CareerLink® are pleased to invite you to participate in the Greene County Job Fair from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday, June 24 at the Greene County Fairgrounds, Waynesbuarg, PA. The Job Fair is free to employers and job seekers. Click here for event flyer with Registration Form. FMI, contact Barb Cole, CareerLink Office Manager at 724-852-2900 x229 or by email to: bacole@swtraining.org

June 24, 2016 — | Summer Open House — in downtown Waynesburg. 5pm-8pm. FMI, call Waynesburg Prosperous and Beautiful at 724-627-8119.

June 25, 2016 — | DRYerson Festival — will be from 1 PM to 4 PM at Pavilion #1 at Ryerson Station State Park. The festival provides food, music, and entertainment for all ages and free to the public. FMI, contact the Center of Coalfield Justice at 724-229-3550.

June 26, 2016 — | Walk to end Alzheimer's - Car Show Benefit — held at Carmichaels High School baseball field in Carmichaels, PA from 12:00 noon-4:00 pm. Free spectator admission / vehicle entry fee: $15 preregistration / $20 for day of event. FMI, call 724-984-3505 or facebook event - Greene County Walk to End Alzheimer's. Click here for event flyer.


SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS:

July 10 & 11, 2016 | Rices Landing Riverfest — June 10 from 4:00 pm-midnight & June 11 from noon-midnight. Fireworks, live music, vendors & kids activities!, Rices Landing, PA



July 16, 2016 | Cabbage Flats All Town Yard Sale — Rt. 88, Monongahela Township, Greensboro, PA, FMI, call Nancy McIntire at 724-943-3645.



July 19-23, 2016 | Jacktown Fair, Est. 1866 — www.jacktownfair.org, Wind Ridge, PA





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