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

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WAYNESBURG, PA — October 26, 2016

Greene County Commissioners
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Phone: 724-852-5210
County Office Building, 3rd Floor
93 East High Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370

For Immediate Release
Ruth Thornberg, Webmaster

Compiled by Kelli Rishell
Administrative Assistant &
Ruth Thornberg, Webmaster

Edited by JoAnne Marshall
Communications Director

Approved by Jeffrey Marshall
Chief Clerk, County of Greene

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The County Commissioners would like to recognize all county employees born in the month NOVEMBER and wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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November 11 Veterans Day

County Veterans Day Holiday schedule

County Transportation Veterans Day Holiday schedule

"You are not Alone"

November 1 Support Group Meeting

November 2 & 9, 10am-2pm

November 5 @ 12:00 Noon
a Human Services event

November 5 @ 7pm
Coalition for A Brighter Greene event

November 5 - 4-7:00 pm
FMI, contact the Fire Hall

November 6 @ 2:00 PM
Relay for Life Fundraiser

November 7 - 10am-noon

RSVP to Lauren at 724-852-5276

Greene County Veterans Affairs Office

Benefit Dinner 11/19/2016

Greene County Commissioners
would like to wish
everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

County Thanksgiving Holiday schedule

County Transportation Thanksgiving Holiday schedule

FMI, call 724-627-9988

Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency

Tourism Office: 724-627-TOUR
& e-mail tourism

Thanksgiving desserts to try!
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Domestic Relations needs your help in obtaining mailing addresses for the several individuals, please contact the DRS Office at 742-852-5214 should you know the whereabouts or address for any of the following individuals:
  18. GROF, JAMES V.
  39. O'HARA, RYAN C.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation
  Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of October 2016 Domestic Violence Awareness Month during their Oct. 20 regular meeting. According to information provided by Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Greene, Fayette and Washington offices last year responded to 1,159 domestic violence-related hotline calls; provided services to 2,017 new victims, children and significant others; gave 431 victims and their children 6,984 nights of shelter; and offered 12,206 hours of counseling to all victims, children and significant others. Last year, domestic violence deaths left 146 empty places across Pennsylvania.

"Domestic violence is not going away," said Cheryl McCready, Greene County satellite office coordinator for Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania. "We need to spread the word that it is not okay."

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Commissioner Archie Trader; Corrie Austin, intern for Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania; Cheryl McCready, Greene County satellite office coordinator for Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.

Commissioners with members of the local 4-H club
  The Commissioners presented a certificate to members of the 4-H in July for being chosen to represent Greene County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania during the 2016 Pennsylvania 4-H Capital Days in Harrisburg April 16-18.

Pictured from left to right: Pictured left to right: Commissioner Dave Coder; Rachel Courtwright, daughter of Tim and Karen and Courtwright of Wind Ridge; Ashley Rogers, daughter of Carla Rogers of Graysville; Johnna Calvert, daughter of Rich and Judy Calvert of Blacksville; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman. Missing from the photo is Emilee Tuttle, daughter of Ron and Mary Tuttle of Sycamore.

The teens were fortunate to participate in Capital Days, where they toured the Capitol Building, met with legislature and learned how to write, revise and pass a bill. Their final stop was meeting with the Greene county commissioners to learn about local government.
    — (Picture & article courtesy of Chris Becker, 4-H Educator)

Farmers Insurance Grand Re-Opening & Ribbon Cutting
  The Commissioners attended the Farmers Insurance (Ken & Caitlin Carlisle) Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting on October 6th, along with other members of the Community. Their new location is at 147 East High Street, Waynesburg.

Pictured left to right: Commissioner Archie Trader; Lindsey Gilbert, 2016 Greene County Fair Queen; Jeanine Henry, Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful; Ken & Caitlin Carlisle, Farmers Insurance; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; State Rep. Pam Snyder; Jeff McCracken, Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce; and Commissioner Dave Coder.
(Photos courtesy of the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce)

Commissioner Blair Zimmerman advocate for miner pension bill
  Greene County Commissioner Blair Zimmerman was among those who advocated on Tuesday, October 18 during a roundtable discussion held at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 5 for legislation in the U.S. Senate that would direct federal money into the funds that cover the pensions and health care benefits of many of the country’s 120,000 retired mine workers.

Dubbed the Miners Protection Act, the proposal calls for taking excess money in the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund and using it to shore up the plans that fund some miners’ pensions and health care benefits.

The Senate bill cleared the chamber’s finance committee last month with bipartisan support. Bill co-sponsor Sen. Bob Casey also spoke during the roundtable, saying the federal government is obligated under a 70-year-old agreement with UMWA to ensure the security of coal miners’ retirement and urging those present to put pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to put the measure to a floor vote this year. Speakers during the panel discussion also included UMWA District 2 Vice President Ed Yankovich; union officials Frank Reidelbach and Dwayne Thomas, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Pictured: Sen. Bob Casey, third from right, and Greene County Commissioner Blair Zimmerman, third from left, were among those who discussed the Miners Protection Act at a roundtable Tuesday at IBEW Local No. 5, on Pittsburgh’s South Side. Other speakers, from left, included United Mine Workers of America officials Frank Reidelbach, Dwayne Thomas and Ed Yankovich and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.(Photo & article source: Observer-Reporter, ed. 10/18/2016, by Gideon Bradshaw, visit the Observer-Reporter for complete story)

Ribbon cutting Ceremony for the new Gateway Senior Housing complex
  October 20 — Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful (WP&B), the Greene County Housing Team (GCHT), and PIRHL Developers, LLC (PIRHL) hosted a public ribbon cutting ceremony for Gateway Senior Housing, which was placed into service in Waynesburg Borough in June 2016.

The ceremony held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, October 20, celebrated the completion of the 52-unit apartment building for independent seniors 62 and older, built at the borough’s eastern downtown gateway. The ceremony was held in the third floor community room of the Gateway Senior Housing, located at the northeast quadrant of E. High and East Streets. The building offers zero-step access off of East Street or at the main entryway through the parking lot, off Nazer Street. Refreshments and tours of the building followed.

Pictured from left to right: Jason Temple, Resident Manager, NDC RE Management, Inc.; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; Steven Napolitano, Senior Vice President, Boston Financial Investment Management; Laura Rye, Community Investment Relationship Manager, FHLB Pittsburgh; Commissioner Dave Coder; Sara George, first resident, Gateway Senior Housing; Holly Glauser, PHFA Director of Development; Karen Bennett, administrator, Greene County Human Services; Patrick G. O’Brien, Sr. Executive VP & COO, Community Bank; David Burg, Principal, Pirhl; Jeanine Henry, president, Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful; and Larry Marshall, president, Waynesburg Borough Council and Main Street Manager, Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful.
Speaking during the event were: Commissioner Blair Zimmerman, Commissioner Dave Coder, and Karen Bennett, administrator of the Greene County Department of Human Services.

Gateway Senior Housing is a $10.1 million collaborative effort by WP&B, GCHT, and PIRHL. The building contains 31 one-bedroom, one-bath apartments, and 21 two-bedroom, one-bath apartments. Six apartments are fully handicapped accessible and all are adaptable. Each unit includes Energy Star-rated appliances and windows, central A/C, storage closet, and pantry. The building itself is certified to meet PHFA’s criteria for energy efficiency and conservation, operational savings and sustainable building practices. Amenities also include a large community room with outdoor patio, a wellness center, computer room, and community laundry rooms. These spaces will support enhanced living and supportive services for senior residents.

The 1.67-acre development site for Gateway Senior Housing was created from four separate parcels. The location abuts the borough’s downtown area and provides walkability to several points of interest for the residents.

Funding for Gateway Senior Housing came from Greene County, the Borough of Waynesburg, Community Bank, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Boston Financial, and through First Federal S&L of Greene County and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh.

The development is being managed by NDC Real Estate Management, with enhanced supportive services coordinated by the Greene County Department of Human Services. Service partners include Southwest Area Agency on Aging, Washington Health Systems-Greene, Community Action Senior Services, Greene County Transportation, and others.

This Month in Greene County Government...
Board of Commissioners:
During the commissioners’ regular board meeting on Thursday, October 6, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Division order from Vantage Energy, LLC for wells located on Porter Street 7H and Porter Street 10H
  • Right-of-Way Encroachment Agreement between the County of Greene and Vista Gathering to construct and use a permanent access road for light duty vehicular access
  • Agreement between the County of Greene and Peoples Natural Gas Company, LLC for the installation of an equipment crossing over Peoples’ pipeline PEGC 13411
  • Hire Sharon Willison as a Human Services/Human Relations Consultant at a rate of $30.00 per hour pending Solicitor approval
  • Resource sharing agreement and narrative budget between the County of Greene and Pennsylvania Career Link
  • Allocation up to $2,500 paid on receipt to the Cumberland American Legion Post #400 to assist with the purchase of a new ice machine the amount of $50,000.
  • Metro Ethernet & Internet Service Order Agreement between the County of Greene and DQE Communications
  • Catalyst Connection EDA Power Planning match in

Under Tax Claims, the Greene County Tax Claim Bureau has received a bid of sixty dollars, plus fees, for the following property: control # 4-85194 located in Clarksville Boro. The property has been in the office since 2004 and it was taken to upset sale on September 13, 2006 and judicial sale on October 30, 2009 and remains unsold.

Under EMA, the Commissioners approved the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Emergency Management Performance Grant Agreement.

Under Human Services, the Commissioners approved the FY2015/2016 TEFAP 3rd Quarter (April-June) Inventory and Expense Reimbursement Request.

Under Mental Health & Intellectual Disabilities, the Commissioners approved the FY2016/2017 contracts with:
  1. The Arc of Fayette County
  2. Chatham University
  3. Crossroads Speech & Hearing, Inc.
The Commissioners also approved the FY2015/2016 Block Grant Income and Expenditure Report.

Under Drug & Alcohol, the Commissioners approved the following:
  1. FY2016/2017 contract with Deer Run
  2. FY2015/2016 Drug & Alcohol Report of Expenditures
Under CDBG, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Cooperation Agreement between the County of Greene and Franklin Township for the FY2015 CDBG Program Administration
  • Sub-Recipient Agreement between the County of Greene and Greensboro Borough for the 2015 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Commissioners Announcements:
  • Town hall meeting Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 6PM at the Greene County Courthouse.
  • Senior Fair Friday, October 7, 2016, at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Greene County Fairgrounds

During the commissioners’ regular board meeting on Thursday, October 20, the Commissioners made a Proclamation for Domestic Violence Month October 2016.

The Commissioners also approved the following:
  • Modification to the contract between the County of Greene and Sharon Willison to increase the hourly compensation to a rate of $40.00/ hour based upon unanticipated taxes and insurance issues and also include reasonable expenses pending solicitor approval.
  • Agreement between the County of Greene and UGI Energy Services, LLC for the purchase and sale of natural gas effective 11-01-16 through 10-31-18
Under Bridges, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Time extension for County Bridge #36 (Wayne Township) until December 31, 2016 to finish construction inspection and all necessary close out paperwork
  • Time extension for County Bridge #15 (Cumberland Township) until December 31, 2018 due to the Rehabilitation Feasibility Study that is needed since the bridge is historic
  • Change order number 1 from J5 Construction for $20,000 for leaving temporary shoring in place at County Bridge #98 (Gray Township) pending Engineers approval
Under Tax Claims, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Real Estate Tax sale (Act of July 7, 1947, P.L. 1368 No. 542), section 613, as amended, notice is hereby given that a proposed sale price in the amount of ninety nine- dollars and 00/100 ($99.00), plus fees, has been received and approved by the Tax Claim Bureau for the private sale of the following property: Parcel #05-29-215 located in Cumberland Township
  • Real Estate Tax sale (Act of July 7, 1947, P.L. 1368 No. 542), section 613, as amended, notice is hereby given that a proposed sale price in the amount of ninety- nine dollars and 00/100 ($99.00), plus fees, has been received and approved by the Tax Claim Bureau for the private sale of the following property: parcel #05-29-214 located in Cumberland Township
Under Elections, the Commissioners approved an election precinct voting place lease agreement between the County of Greene and Clarksville Borough (Senior Center) pending election board approval.

Under District Attorney, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Savin Maintenance and Service Agreement between the County of Greene and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute
  • Memorandum of Understanding regarding Savin Maintenance and Service Relationship between the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the County of Greene and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute
  • Savin Maintenance Contract invoice for the County of Greene in the amount of $2,154.27
Under Probation, the Commissioners approved the Juvenile Probation Services Grant Implementation Plan for FY2016/2017 and financial statement of funds expended under the Juvenile Probation Services Grant.

Under Human Services, the Commissioners approved the closeout of HUD Grant PA0651L3E011301.

Under Mental Health & Intellectual Disabilities, the Commissioners approved the FY2016/2017 contracts with:
  1. Human Services Center
  2. Mental Health Association
  3. Specialized Therapy and Related Services d/b/a STARS
Under Drug and Alcohol, the Commissioners approved the FY2016/2017 contracts with the Turning Point in Washington.

Under Children and Youth Services, Commissioners approved an Enterprise lease for a Dodge Charger. The Commissioners also approved the FY2016/2017 contracts with:
  1. Alternative Living Solutions
  2. Bethany Christian Services, Inc.
  3. Crossroads Group Homes and Services, Inc.
  4. George Junior Republic in Pennsylvania
Under CDBG, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Cooperation agreement by and between the County of Greene and Waynesburg Borough for the FY2015 CDBG Program Administration
  • Exempt status determination of the environmental review for water line extension project on TR490 in Franklin Township for contract numbers C000057602 and C000060649 effective 03-31-16 per date of activity as authorized by DCED
  • Exempt status determination of the environmental review for waterline extension project on TR490 in Franklin Township for contract numbers C000057602, C000060649, C000063996 and FFY 2016 effective 05- 19-16 per date of activity as authorized by DCED
Under Recreation, the Commissioners approved to modify a recreational mini grant in the amount of $3,000 (increase of $500) to Washington Township Supervisors for concrete, in place of asphalt for the basketball court at the township park.

Public Comments:
  • Commissioner Zimmerman announced there will be a salary, retirement, election and prison board meeting running one after another.
  • Damon Cassidy, Autism Foundation, stated he will be launching his pilot program on November 13 at the Moose Lodge in Carmichaels. He is hoping it will go further than the county. His plan is to raise awareness with the first responders by developing a rear window decal and also seat belt wraps for autism. Brian Tennant applauds all the work he has done and the Sheriff’s office is on board and thinks it is a great idea.

Prison Board:
During the Prison Board meeting on Thursday, October 20, the Commissioners approved an agreement with Correctional Telecare Solutions for inmate healthcare to extend the current contract that expires on April 30, 2016 to April 30, 2021.
  • Security:
    • Change the proposed action in regards to the established practice of allowing inmates to receive gifts in the form of food and baked goods from various sources within the community both off site and within the facility. The Warden recommends that this allowance be discounted due to possible liability issues. Any gifts of appreciation for services provided or in a ministry application be made in the form of dry goods for general inmate usage such as underwear, socks, cold weather hats and gloves. Items of this type could be used to supplement inmates which are considered as indigent and would provide the opportunity to search these items prior to introduction into the facility.
    • Discontinue the practice of routinely submitting urine cup samples for follow up testing would be looking at a cost savings of about $1,000+ per month. Continue to utilize follow up testing for all necessary confirmations relative to court submissions. Also received notice from MEDTOX that as of January 1, 2017, there will be a 2% price increase for testing. Dr. Harper agrees with this change.
    • Proposed action is in regard to the refinement and development of security procedures regarding visitor, vendor, and volunteer entrance into the facility. The suggested corrective action would require the acquisition and usage of a walk through metal detector and visitor storage lockers. No motion was passed. Warden was advised to work on the project with the Chief Clerk.

  • Training:
    • Right to Know training was conducted for all staff on 10-19-16 at the facility by Mr. Brad Langerman from STERATORE SUPPLY.
    • Corrections Officer Amanda McCool and Food Service Worker Karen Taylor are currently assigned to the DOC Training Academy for certification.
Prison Board continued...
  • Maintenance:
    • Montgomery Technology Systems has still not corrected the problems with the installed intercom system and had failed to reply to inquires made on 09-28-16, starting their engineers have been consulted regarding the problems and that they would inform us as soon as they have a solution. Deputy Warden Kraus again contacted the operations manager Mr. Wesley Davenport on October 19, 2016 via email and was informed that they are attempting to resolve problems with the software itself. This ongoing issue was presented to the Board for their determination as to the continuance of services from MTS or the termination and replacement of services possibly through local outsourcing. We currently are in possession of an invoice requesting $4,682.57 on on-site services. Commissioner Coder made the motion and Controller Balint the second to search solutions and look into another system.

  • Financial Report:
    • Deposits totaling $2,420.00 have been made with the Treasurer’s office for work release and weekend inmates.
    • Fayette County owes $13,850.00 for September inmate housing and they paid $11,200.00 for August inmate housing.
    • Currently operating under a continued agreement for services provided by OASIS which expired April of 2016 and SECURUS Technologies which expired June 2016. Covered for now in one year increments.

  • General discussion:
    • Warden Kingston stated he appreciates all staff support from all the staff in regards to all the changes. He is planning progressive changes over time. He has talked to the Supervisors and Counselor and is hoping in time to not only house but have services expanded to help.

Retirement Board:
During the Retirement Board meeting on Thursday, October 20, it was said that Human Resources are testing out software to calculate the retirement benefits of employees. All retired employees will be getting statements with the vested amounts. They are going out next week.

Salary Board:
During the Salary Board meeting on Thursday, October 20, the following personnel actions were approved:

    New Hires:
    • Tiffany Huffman, regular full time Caseworker I, IDD/Human Services
    • Bradley Meyers, casual Sheriff Deputy
    • Kristina Kay Nicholls, regular part time Department Clerk I

    • Meghan Ricciuti from probationary to regular status County Caseworker I
    • Tanner Barnhart, CYS Caseworker
    • Tony Gismondi, casual Sheriff Deputy
    • Faith Headlee, part-time Department Clerk, Tax Claim
    • Sam Interval, casual Sheriff Deputy
    • Sheryl Sammons, part-time CYS Caseworker I
    • Mary Schaum, casual Corrections Officer
    • Lisa Smith, CYS Secretary I
    • John Zitz, temporary part-time Corrections Officer

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

Richard Rosendale
Tip Staff in Courts
Court of Common Pleas
Department of Law and Order
Appointment eff. Aug. 25

John Kingston
Greene County Prison
Department of Law and Order
Appointment eff. Sep 26

Douglas Berryhill
Corrections Officer
regular part time
Greene County Prison
Department of Law and Order
Appointment eff. Sep 26

Taylor Knisely
Corrections Officer
regular part time
Greene County Prison
Department of Law and Order
Appointment eff. Sep 26

Wedding Bells — Congratulations!
Shelby Yourchik and Christopher Jeffrey were united in holy matrimony on August 13, 2016 at the Jefferson Baptist Church by pastor John Dorean. The reception followed at the Jefferson firehall, where they shared an evening dancing the night away with their closest family and friends.

The happy couple have been together since 2009 as high school and college sweethearts where they attended Penn State together. Penn State was also their place of engagement on May 2, 2014, a week before their graduation.

The happy couple left for a week-long honeymoon on Monday following the wedding, going to their favorite vacation spot on Tybee Island, Georgia!

Shelby is a department clerk in our Register and Recorder's Office where she began her career as an intern; her sister Shanna Meyers is also employed as a Prevention Specialist with Drug and Alcohol Services Program for Greene County government.

The wedding pictures were taken on the Yourchik family farm in Pitt Gas. The center picture is of Shelby & Shanna with their late brother’s work boots in memory of him. And lastly, the bridal party picture was also taken on the family’s farm kicking up their heels!
Click on images to enlarge pictures, courtesy of Shelby Jeffrey

Sheriff's Deputy completes D.A.R.E. Training

Greene County Sheriff Brian Tennant is happy to announce that the Drug Abuse Resistance and Education program has taken a huge step forward toward implementation.

Deputy Amanda Stauffer has successfully completed D.A.R.E. training and is now certified to begin presenting the program in Greene County. "I believe that this program will be beneficial to the community and I am anxious to get started." Deputy Stauffer said of the program.

The program will be taught in all 5 public schools to the 4th or 5th grade in Greene County and is on the National Registry of evidence based practices.

"I could not be more proud of Deputy Stauffer for being willing to step in to this role as our DARE Deputy and for her commitment to the program. We are currently working with each district to find out the best way to implement this program into each school." Sheriff Tennant added. The implementation is expected to be completed this school year. Click HERE for Oct. 11, 2016 Press Release.

Greene County Senior Fair

Hosting the senior fair held on October 7 at the Greene County Fairgrounds were State Rep. Pam Snyder, Greene County Commissioners, the SW PA Area Agency on Aging, Inc. and State Senator Camera Bartolotta.

The highlights of the fair included: flu shots provided by Cornerstone Care, lunch prepared by Greene County Career & Technology Center (and sponsored by CONSOL Energy) and several door prizes.

Many vendors where available to assist the attendees, including our Human Services office Greene County Tourism Agency, Greene County Transportation Office, and the Veterans Affairs office.

Pictured top left with Greene County Commissioner Dave Coder, is Jim Ferruchie, Regional Representative for US Senator Bob Casey
Pictured top right is Rick BLaker, Director for the Greene County Transportation Services, HS
Pictured lower left is Shanna Meyers with the Drug & Alcohol Services and others from Human Services
Pictured lower right with Greene County Commissioner Archie Trader, is Jean Hockenberry with the SWPA Area Agency on Aging-Greene County.

2016 County Employees Benefit Fest
Our annual benefit held on September 29 was presented by our board of commissioners: Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder, and Archie Trader. Our Human Resources office, Becky and Cara with the help of Kelli from the Commissioners staff, do a fantastic job each year to make the benefest informative and rewarding. Vendors attend with valuable information about supplemental health care benefits and lots of prizes and giveaways. Some of this years participating vendors included:
  • Vision Benefits of America
  • Highmark
  • Washington EAP
  • United Way
  • Waddell & Reed
  • Allstate
  • and many more!
Lunch was prepared and catered by our Greene County Prison cafeteria workers, courtesy of the vendors. Employees hired within the past 12 months were strongly encouraged to attend; and everyone who attended was entered into a raffle for a couple of gift cards. The following were this years prize winners:
  • Aflac duck – Beth Downer, Probation Office, Adult Probation
  • $50 Dick’s gift card, donated by Washington EAP – Adam Gillingham, Caseworker, CYS
  • $50 Dick’s gift card, donated by Washington EAP – Zack Basinger, Environmental Program Specialist, Soil Conservation, Conservation District
  • $25 Amazon gift card, donated by Vision Benefits of America – Lynn Leathers, Magisterial Assistant, District 13-3-01
  • Allstate gift basket – Lucas Kiger, Probation Officer, Adult Probation
  • Potted mum, donated by Allstate – Lisa Cogar, Secretary, CYS
  • Potted mum, donated by Allstate – Michelle Howard, Caseworker, CYS
  • Roller cooler, donated by Highmark – Diane Krall, Caseworker, Mental Health Program
  • Duffel Bag, donated by Highmark – Holly Riffle, Assistant Administrator, Adult Probation
  • $25 Subway gift card – Denise Forman, Docket Clerk, Domestic Relations
  • $25 Darden Restaurant gift card – Lisa Milan, High Fidelity Wraparound Coach/Supervisor, Human Services
  • Vera Bradley Blanket, donated by United Way – Amy Switalski, Program Director, CCIS
  • $50 Walmart gift card – Mary Kovach, High Fidelity Wraparound Facilitator, Human Services
Enjoy some of the pictures taken at the Benefit Fest (smile, you never know when your on candid camera!).

PS: Blair's blood pressure was 118/60 (see pic above)! Thanks for making this year's benefest successful, we hope it was a good experience for all our employees.   —Becky Harris, HR Director

Brighter Greene Coalition town hall meetings on heroin

The Greene County Courthouse was packed with supporters of the Coalition for a Brighter Greene's town hall meeting held on the evening of October 6 to discuss the heroin and opioid epidemic throughout the county.

Jonathan Johnson, treasurer for the coalition, is a clinical social worker with a private practice in Greene County. He said the town hall meeting focused on things the coalition will work on over the next year to continue moving Greene County toward becoming a drug-free community.

He said the coalition is trying to figure out where the gaps in treatment are for residents fighting addiction and “what practical treatment options can we bring to the community."

Christine Gardner, court assistant for community prevention and education, said the coalition will work to establish a Greene County substance abuse help line for people to call when they are looking for recovery options or recovery support. She said the line would be staffed with trained volunteers from 7am to 7pm.

Another step the group wants to take is developing "Greene Zones," or neighborhood crime watch groups, which will be made up of community volunteers who will help stem crime in Nemacolin, Crucible, Rices Landing, Bobtown, Clarksville and the West Greene grange area, Gardner said. She also said the coalition is trying to organize neonatal training because "we’ve had an increase in babies being born addicted to opiates."

With all it accomplished in a year, Gardner said it’s too early to tell if the coalition’s efforts have made a direct impact on the number of overdoses or heroin users in the county.

According to a Drug Enforcement Administration report released in July, Greene County’s fatal drug overdoses skyrocketed last year, putting the county at number five in the state per population size. In 2015, the county had 14 drug overdose deaths, jumping from nine in 2014.

"We won’t know if we’ve had a big impact until the numbers come out early next year," she said. "But we’ve had a tremendous response to the awareness efforts. We hope that the message this year is that people do recover."

Pictured speaking during the town hall meeting is Craig Wise, probation director for the county.     (Top photo & article courtesy of the Observer-Reporter, ed. 10/1/16 by Katie Anderson)

Continuing the fight of the heroin epidemic
"I love the title," Christine Gardner quips as she holds up her latest reading assignment book from President Judge Farley Toothman – "Chasing the Scream – the first and last days of the war on drugs." Anyone who knows Gardner will recognize that big smile as her first line of offense against whatever problem that might come her way. The heroin epidemic sweeping Greene County and the rest of the nation is no laughing matter, but the joy to be found when a community unites to counteract the fear, pain and despair that ruins lives touched by addiction is what brought Gardner out of retirement and into the streets to join the revolution of recovery.

"If we’re going to solve this problem, it’s through grassroots community involvement,” she says. "Since we held our first town hall meeting in October, people have been activated and they’re in touch with each other. The community is involved because they know now they can do something about addiction. And we’re moving forward. This is only the beginning."

It was standing room only in the courtroom last October, when 384 people came to the Greene County Courthouse, drawn by their concern about the epidemic that was bringing addiction and death into their lives. They came to ask what could be done, and Coalition for a Brighter Greene was formed. But the months of planning, perseverance and happy coincidences that brought Gardner out of retirement to help organize that meeting and move beyond into a more hopeful future is a story in itself.

After retiring in 2011 from a career managing economic development programs and business incubators in Greene County and elsewhere, Gardner still did occasional private consulting from her home. Three years ago, she and husband Rex were living on their 200-acre farm near Jefferson and traveling whenever the mood struck when the addiction epidemic came calling. Gardner’s organizing smarts and spiritual strength were about to be put to good use. "People knew if you want help planning something, call Chris," she says.

When Bob Terry of Steps Inside, a group committed to bettering the services for addiction and recovery, heard about Gardner’s professional background and stopped to visit, “he said, ‘Chris, can you help us raise a little money? There are no recovery houses in Greene County.’ When Bob asked me, ‘are you tired of being retired? Are you ready to give back?’ I said yes."

Read the complete article at:     (Article & photo source: Observer-Reporter, Greene County Living, ed. 9/13/2016, by C.R. Nelson)

GCIDA networking at chamber social
Crystal Simmons, director of the IDA, attended the Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Greene County Business 2 Business Social at the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Readiness Center on October 13. The event catered to our business com-munity’s needs, fostering networking and helping to establish mutually-beneficial connections and partnerships in a casual setting.

Pictured at the vendor booth is Crystal Simmons, Director of the Greene County Industrial Development Authority; — FMI, visit the GCIDA website at:

Magisterial Districts remain the same
Greene County President Judge Farley Toothman decided to keep the county’s magisterial district court maps the same. In an order released Friday, September 30, Toothman explained he found no need to make changes to the court districts after pondering the idea over the past six weeks.

"After providing for public input, and fully considering the data available to the Office of District Court Administration, this court now finds no compelling justification to seek a change in the boundaries of the Magisterial District Courts..." Toothman wrote in the order.

Honorable Toothman considered redrawing the maps after he was approached by District Judge Glenn Bates last year to discuss returning Washington and Whiteley townships to his jurisdiction.

The judge held two public hearings on the issue, Aug. 31 and Sep. 8, to get feedback from the public. No one from the public attended the first one. The three magisterial districts were realigned in 2013 following the most recent census, and the past three years show an even distribution. However, the past two years with the new maps have shown the district overseen by former district judge Louis Dayich’s office has had a larger caseload, mostly because of traffic citations on Interstate 79.     (Photo & article courtesy of the Observer-Reporter, ed. 9/30/16)

Roller rink to open Oct. 28 with 'Skate & Dance'

Mon View Roller Rink in Greensboro kicks off the 2016-17 season with a "Skate & Dance," scheduled for 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. Admission for the all-ages event is $8 per person.

The skate will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., and the dance will run from 9 to 11 p.m. The first 100 guests dressed in costumes will receive an insulated lunch bag. The event is sponsored by the Greene County Commissioners and I-79 Honda Mazda.

This season, every Friday will feature a "Skate & Dance" from 7 to 11 p.m., and open skating will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission for all attendees will be $8 on Friday nights and $5 on Saturday nights. Times and prices may change.

Due to the holidays and routine maintenance, the roller rink will be closed Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 23-Jan. 21. The rink will then reopen at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, for the first 2017 "Skate & Dance." Mon View will continue to be open Fridays and Saturdays and will close for the season Saturday, April 8.

Mon View is available to rent for private parties at a rate of $120 for two hours. The price covers admission and skate rental for 20 people. A fee of $3 per additional person will be charged. Skate lessons are also available by appointment only.

Click HERE for the Skate & Dance brochure. For more information, call Mon View Roller Rink at 724-943-3440, or the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

Holiday Cake Pops Classes being offered
As the holiday season gets underway, the Greene County Department of Recreation will offer a series of Holiday Cake Pops classes in November at the Greene County Fairgrounds.

Instructor Yvonne Lee of Carmichaels will lead the holiday themed classes on Wednesdays from 6 to7 p.m. in the lower level of the 4-H Building. Classes are offered on November 2, 9 and 16.

Holiday themed classes will use demonstrations and hands-on instruction to create cake pops, such as turkeys, Santa, snowmen or Christmas ornaments in time for the holiday season.

The cost to attend is $20 per class and includes supplies. Participants should bring a container to take home cake pops and an optional apron to protect clothing. A minimum of 9 participants per class must pre-register by Monday, Oct. 31.

The Holiday Cake Pops class series is sponsored by the Greene County Commissioners and Department of Recreation. For more information, or to pre-register, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

Directors Chat

Elections Office:
Voting & Elections:   November 8, 2016 — Presidential Elections
Your vote is your voice as an American citizen. It's your opportunity to be heard, to hold elected officials accountable for their decisions and to have a say in important issues that affect your community.

On Election Day, every vote matters!

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—Thanks, Tina Kiger, Director (724-852-5230)

Greene County Veteran's Affairs Office:
  Veterans Day Parades & Services:

November 11 is Veterans Day ... a time to reflect on all military personnel and thank them for serving the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is marked by parades and services and in many places the American flag is hung at half-mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11:00 am. Click HERE for a listing of scheduled Veterans Day parades and services throughout Greene County.
  VA November dates to remember:

—For any questions, contact Dalene Watson, Veterans Affairs Director (724-852-5274)
Thanksgiving Food Drive:
Food Drive at the VA Office the week before Thanksgiving! All Veterans are invited to stock up for the Thanksgiving Holiday! The pickup time is November 14th – 21st from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM; at the VA Office. Any questions do not hesitate to contact the office at (724) 852-5275. All veterans must present a copy of their DD-214 or their Veterans ID cards are necessary!

Thank You! The Greene County Veterans Affairs Office

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

November 5, 2016 — Social Service League Holiday Extravaganza — held from 9am-3pm at the Waynesburg Central Elementary School, 90 Zimmerman Dr, Waynesburg, PA

November 5, 2016 — Veteran's Day Parade — held in downtown Waynesburg, sponsored by the Veterans Council of Greene County. The community is invited to come out to thank our veterans past and present who have sacrificed their lives for our great nations. Parade line-up begins at 9:30 am, with the parade start time at 10:30 am. Down High Street to the courthouse. Click HERE for details and a listing of other scheduled Veterans Day parades and services throughout Greene County.

November 5, 2016 — Community Candlelight Prayer Vigil — On Eagles Wings is sponsoring "a community candlelight prayer vigil" supported by the Coalition for A Brighter Greene. A memorial for lives lost to addiction and prayers of hop for God's grace and a bright future. Held in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Waynesburg, on Saturday, November 5 at 7pm. Click HERE for event flyer, or email the church at

November 6, 2016 — Vera Bradley Bingo — held at 2pm at the Waynesburg VFW. FMI, click HERE, a County of Greene Relay for Life Team fundraiser. FMI, call Jennifer at 724-852-5276.

November 8, 2016 | Presidential Elections — polls open from 7am-7pm. FMI, contact the Greene County Elections Office at 724-852-5230.

November 9, 2016 | Honor our Veterans — held on Wednesday at 7pm at Harvey's Grange in Graysville, PA. FMI, contact Sandy Jacobs at 724-998-7724.

November 11, 2016 | Veterans Day holiday — for county government offices. Click HERE for additional information.

November 11, 2016 | Veterans Day events — click HERE for a listing of scheduled Veterans Day parades and services throughout Greene County.

November 12, 2016 | Annual Harvest Ball — the Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation's 27th annual Harvest Ball to be held at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Marquis Ballroom from 5:30pm 'til 11:30pm. FMI or for tickets, contact the Foundation office at 724-852-2060 (deadline to reserve your room is 10/9/2016).

November 12 & 13, 2016 | Christmas Craft Show — held at the Greene Academy of Arts in Carmichaels, North Market Street, Carmichaels, PA. FMI, visit them on facebook or call 724-966-2731.

November 17, 2016 | County College and Career Fairs — both of these county college and career fairs are hosted this year by the Greene County Consortium of School Counselors. College and career fairs provide a great way for students and parents to receive information about many different schools at once. This is the 3rd annual college fair hosted on November 17 from 8am-11:45pm, at the Cumberland Township Volunteer Fire Department. On March 17, 2017 from 7:30-11:30am they will also be hosting their first annual career fair at the Jefferson-Morgan High School gymnasium. Greene County Consortium of School Counselors is in the process of planning a Career Awareness Day for all 8th and 11th grade students in the county. The purpose of this event is to increase students’ awareness as to the wide variety, scope and magnitude of the careers/occupations experienced by Greene County residents. Please try to attend either or both of these fairs to obtain information. If you're interested in registering for these events, click HERE for the Nov. 17, 2016 College Fair or HERE for the Mar. 17, 2017 Career Fair. FMI, contact Kimberly Cowden, school counselor for West Greene Middle/Senior High School at 724-499-5183 Ext. 2220 or email to:

November 17 & 18, 2016 | Great Cookie Caper — held in downtown Waynesburg. FMI, contact the Waynesburg Chamber of Commerce at 724-627-5926.

November 24-25, 2016 | Thanksgiving holiday — for county government offices. Click HERE for additional information.

November 26-27 & December 3-4, 2016 | Christmas Open House — held from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Greene County Historical Society Museum, located at 918 Rolling Meadows Road, Waynesburg. Celebrate the holiday season a little early this year at the annual GCHS Christmas Open House. As in years past, the museum will be adorn in a wonderful array of holiday decorations, antique toy displays and a silent auction. Candlelight tours and seasonal goodies will be available during each evening. The one and only Santa Claus will also be there to take pictures and start checking his list. The Christmas Open House will be from 3:00pm to 7:00pm on both weekends and as always admission is FREE. FMI, go to or call 724-627-3204.


December 2, 2016 | Holiday Open House — downtown Waynesburg from 5-8:30 pm. FMI, call 724-627-8119.

December 3, 2016 | Waynesburg Christmas Parade — held in downtown Waynesburg with jolly Santa at 2pm. Sponsored by First Energy Foundation.

December 3 & 4, 2016 | Christmas Open House — at the Greene County Historical Society from 3-7pm.

December 10, 2016 | Annual Mt. Morris Christmas Craft Show — at the Mt. Morris VFD from 11am-3pm.

December 11, 2016 | Annual Mt. Morris Christmas Parade — starting at 2pm.

December 14, 2016 — | Electronics Collection! — the quarterly electronics collection to be held at the Greene County Fairgrounds, Arena Barn from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Event

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