The Greene Gazette E-Newsletter for April 2017 from the Greene County Board of Commissioners, Greene County, Pennsylvania

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GREENE COUNTY, PA — Friday, May 3, 2017 (April 2017 issue)


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
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Ruth Thornberg, Webmaster

Compiled by Kelli Rishell
Administrative Assistant &
Ruth Thornberg, Webmaster


Edited by JoAnne Marshall
Communications Director


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



County Government Holiday



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Greene County EMA

Did you know that a child with autism may resist assistance in cases of emergency? Increase your #AutismAwareness.


Bowlby Public Library — May Events:
  • May 4 — Adults Creative Crafting
    (Clay Pot project)
  • May 6 — One book special event
  • May 6 & 20 — Children Creative Legos
  • May 8 — Book Club discussion
  • May 8 — FREE CPR/AED Certification training
  • May 15 — Book Sale in the Gazebo
  • May 18 — K-2nd graders, Coding Camp
  • May 20 — Adults Creative Crafting
    (Clay Pot project)
  • May 20 — Special story time
  • May 24 — Movie Night at Bowlby
  • May 26 — Teen Advisory Group (TAG)



Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful

FMI, call 724-627-9054


Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency

Visitors Guide

Hot off the presses, our 2017 Official Visitors Guides has arrived!! This full-color, 35-page guide features events, attractions, and photos of your friends and neighbors! To request a copy, call 724-627-8687 or e-mail tourism.



  Rice Energy Check presentation for "Summer Recreation Programs"

Rice Energy presented the Greene County Commissioners and the Department of Recreation with $8,000 for support of the summer recreation programs on April 5.

Rice Energy will be hosting Marcellus Mania 2017 on Saturday, June 17 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Greene County Fairgrounds. The free community event features live music, games and family-friendly activities throughout the day. Marcellus Mania is an annual event that has raised 1.7 million dollars over the past five years.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Commissioner Archie Trader; Kimberly Price, Rice Energy external communications manager; Kaitlyn Joyce, Rice Energy community development specialist; Brittani Marsteller, Rice Energy community development specialist; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.


  Commissioner Dave Coder reads to the children

Early Intervention held their 3rd Books, Blocks, and Binks session on April 11th with Special Guest Reader, Commissioner Dave Coder! Commissioner Coder joined the kids in Eric Carle’s "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" along with some fun activities with homemade puppets and planting Bear Cup Flowers outside on a nice, warm afternoon!

The kids and parents also learned how to make a homemade sorting activity with cereal and talked about ways to using sorting and colors to promote language and learning at home. Each child left playgroup with a copy of the story and fun take home activities to enjoy with their families!

The Early Intervention Program has been awarded the Results Grant through the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) for the second year, allowing them to host another series of playgroups 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.



Pictured with the Playgroup on the left is Commissioner Dave Coder reading to the children and enjoying their playgroup activities. Pictured on the right are the parents and EI staff working with the children with their outside plant activities.

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  Pleasant Surprise Visit

The commissioners enjoyed a nice visit with a past county commissioner, Mr. Daniel E. Bailey (Dan); who was Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the term 1984-1988, almost 30 years ago! He is now retired and living in Pittsburgh.

Interesting fact is that Commissioner Dave Coder was serving as Greene County Prothonotary during those same years (1984-1988).

Pictured on the left, is Dan Bailey with Commissioners Blair Zimmerman and Dave Coder. —— Pictured on the right is a 1984 photo of Mr. Bailey as commissioner.


  Child Abuse Prevention Month

Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2017 Child Abuse Prevention Month during their April 5 agenda meeting. The proclamation acknowledges that child abuse, in its many forms is a growing family tragedy in Greene County victimizing many of our children each year and urges all county residents to join together to protect our children from the ravages of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

Stacy Courtwright, Children and Youth Services administrator, thanked the Greene County Commissioners and Karen Bennett, Human Services administrator for their support. Courtwright also reported that over the past year, CYS investigated or assessed more than 1204 abuse/neglect investigations and general protection services assessments with 729 families involving 1432 children. The abuse/neglect incidents have increased 68% from the previous year, in large part, due to changes in the law that have increased the number of people mandated to report potential child abuse and the expansion of the definition of child abuse.
"They have one of the toughest jobs in the County," said Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Commissioner Archie Trader; Stacy Courtwright; Pat Lemley, chair of the CYS board; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.


  Grange Month

Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2017 Grange Month during their April 6 regular meeting. The proclamation recognizes the Grange organization has played a major role in the development of rural America during three centuries advocating for legislative protection for farmers through the Granger Laws in the 1800’s; promoting research and education to improve agriculture through the Cooperative Extension Service and Land Grant Colleges and working to expand mail delivery and electricity to rural areas in the 1900’s; and encouraging the expansion of broadband internet service in the 2000’s.

The Grange brings together rural and urban families through leadership, motivation and education, and emphasizes the civic responsibility and the involvement of people in the legislative process.

"We are celebrating our 150th year," said Marty Dinsmore, Greene County Pomona Grange master/president. She also remarked that the Grange organization is one of the oldest, continuous running agricultural organizations in the country.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Bill Humbert, Carmichaels Grange master/president; Marty Dinsmore; Commissioner Archie Trader; Mary Jane Kent, Harveys-Aleppo Grange master/president; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.


  National Library Week

Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the week of April 9-15, 2017, National Library Week during their April 6 regular meeting. The proclamation recognizes libraries are not just about what we have for people, but what we do for and with people. Libraries fuel efforts to better their communities, campuses and schools. They are looking beyond their traditional roles and providing more opportunities for community engagement and delivering new services.

"We have introduced a new outreach service," said Therese Barry, Greene County Library System administrator. The new outreach service, Library-by-Mail, is for temporary and permanent homebound residents. Eva K. Bowlby Public Library in Waynesburg and Flenniken Public Library in Carmichaels will be able to fulfil requests from eligible patrons.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Maria Hallow, Greene County Library System board member; Commissioner Dave Coder; Nicole Mitchell, Flenniken Library acting director; Commissioner Archie Trader; Therese Barry; Richard Kerch, Bowlby Library board member; Tonya King Martin, Bowlby Library board member; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.


  "Pennsylvania 811 Safe Digging Month"

Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2017 as Pennsylvania 811 Safe Digging Month during their April 6 regular meeting. The proclamation recognizes the importance to minimize damage to underground utility lines, danger to workers, environmental pollution and loss of utility service to Pennsylvania citizens.

In the 45th year of continuous service to the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania One Call System is key to preventing injuries and damage when excavating. This vital service, which began with only six utility companies in western Pennsylvania and the City of Pittsburgh, now serves more than 100,000 excavators and 3,600 critical infrastructure owners throughout the Commonwealth.

Greene County excavators and homeowners are encouraged to dial 8-1-1 or 1-800-242-1776 at least three days before digging in order to "know what's below."


  Conservation District promoting Soil and Water Stewardship Week
The Greene County Commissioners proclaimed April 23-29, 2017, Soil and Water Stewardship Week during their April 19 agenda meeting. Two additional celebrations during the week include Earth Day and Arbor Day.

The schedule of events for the week include announcing the winners of the school poster contest and pre-K coloring contest, educational events within area schools, outreach through a special edition newsletter and radio spots.

For more information about Stewardship Week and conservation, contact the GCCD at 724-852-5278 or www.co.greene.pa.us/gccd.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Karlie Wright, GCCD Agricultural Technician; Lindsay Kozlowski, GCCD Environmental Program Specialist; Bill Wentzel, GCCD Board of Directors; April Brummage, GCCD Environmental Program Specialist; Lisa Snider, GCCD District Manager; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; and Tom Headlee, GCCD Board of Directors Treasurer.


  Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2017 Sexual Assault Awareness Month during their April 20 regular meeting. The proclamation acknowledges the fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts every community member of Greene County. It is time to believe survivors, start conservations, take appropriate action and change the culture to create a safer environment for all.

"We need to have open conservations about sexual violence," said Joanna Dragan, SPHS CARE Center supervisor for the Sexual Trauma and Treatment and Recovery Services (STTARS) program.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Joanna Dragan, STTARS program supervisor; Kristen Hohing, SPHS CARE Center staff; Anne Rice, SPHS CARE Center staff; Ashley Beck, SPHS CARE Center intern; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.


  Paint Greene County Purple Day

Greene County Commissioners proclaimed Friday, April 28, 2017, Paint Greene County Purple Day during their April 20 regular meeting. The proclamation supports the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greene County, which will be held May 6 at the Waynesburg Central High School Raider Field of Pride. Purple is the official color of Relay For Life.

Steve Gillis, American Cancer Society Relay For Life senior community manager thanked the Commissioners for their continued support and invites everyone to come out to the 22nd annual event.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Steve Gillis, American Cancer Society Relay For Life senior community manager; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.


  This Month in Greene County Government...

Board of Commissioners:
During the commissioners' regular board meeting on Thursday, April 6, the Commissioners made the following motions:

• Under Finance & Administration:
  • Deed of easement between the County of Greene and SWPA Water Authority for the construction, installation, operation, inspection, repair, maintenance, replacement and removal of a water line or water lines located in Franklin Township.
  • Community block grant program contract between the County of Greene and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the amount of $750,000.00.
  • Cost proposal from Management Engineering Corporation to provide construction management services for the construction of a new business park access road at the Greene County Airport site in the amount of $59,100.00.
  • Cost proposal from Management Engineering Corporation to provide construction management and inspection services for the construction of a new airport parking lot and access road for the administrative building and hangers 124,650.00.
  • Road crossing agreement between the County of Greene and Rice Poseidon Midstream, LLC pending Solicitor approval.
  • Master agreement between the County of Greene (register and recorder) and Cott Systems for products and services for a cost of $20,000 and $520 per month.
  • Exchange Agreement – Noble Energy, Inc. to CNX Gas Company, LLC for division orders.
  • Costars contract for the prothonotary's office double face rotary file/starter, rotary file add-on and installation charge in the amount of $18,998.09 to be paid from the records improvement fund.
  • County of Greene is selling/disposing of the equipment through a public auction (1981 Mercedes Benz Sedan, 1988 Ford Van, 1989 Chevy 1500, 1999 Jeep Cherokee, 2006 Ford F150, 2007 Chevy 2500 Crew Cab, 2008 Ford Explorer, 2010 Chevy Impala, 2010 Dodge Caravan w/wheel chair ramp, 2010 Dodge Caravan w/wheel chair ramp, 2012 Ford E450 Passenger Van, Small propane generator on trailer and two small trailers. The auction will be on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 9:30 am at the Greene County Fairgrounds.
• Under Tax Claims, in accordance with the 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 twelve-thousand-one-hundred dollars and 45/100 ($12,100.45), 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 07-15-112 located in Franklin Township.

• Under Emergency Management, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Resolution for the purpose of obtaining financial assistance for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Agreement and to make Greg Leathers signatory.
• Under Mental Health & Intellectual Disabilities, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • FY2016-2017 contract and vehicle lease agreement with Greene Arc, Inc – Commissioner Coder abstained.
  • FY2016-2017 contract with Diana T. Myers & Associates, Inc.
• Under Drug & Alcohol, the Commissioners approved the FY2016-2017 contract with SPHS CARE Center.

• Under Recreation, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Resolution for Wisecarver Recreation Area Improvements to apply for a grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
  • Resolution for the Greene River Trail Extension to apply for a grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

During the commissioners' regular board meeting on Thursday, April 20, the Commissioners made the following motions:

• Under Finance & Administration: the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Declare an emergency situation with respect to the Fort Jackson building at the request of EADS Architects, Inc. for removal of loose bricks per existing contract with Jesse Fisk.
  • Change order #4 from Management Engineering Corporation with a credit of $34,891.74 for the airport entrance driveway.

• Under Emergency Management, the Commissioners approved the Hazardous Material Emergency Response Report Certification.

• Under Human Services, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Grant Amendment from HUD for Grant Number PA0284LE011508.
  • FY2017/2018 Shared Ride Application with PA DOT
• Under Mental Health & Intellectual Disabilities, the Commissioners approved the FY2016/2017 contracts with SPHS CARE Center and Connect, Inc.

• Under CDBG, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • CDBG Discretionary Contract Appendix C Modifications/
  • Community Development Block Grant Contract in the amount of $516,036.


Prison Board:
During the Prison Board meeting on Thursday, April 20, the Commissioners made the following motions:
  • Security:
    • Continue to house inmates from Fayette County and Washington County
    • The #100 door has been secured with cross bars and locks. The excess material (fencing and posts) will be used to build new SEU units and a barrier fence in (H) block yard.
  • Treatment:
    • Effective April 3, 2017, Dean Virgili is now working as a full time counselor at the prison.
    • Dean Virgili helped coordinate a domestic violence group for female inmates that meet weekly at the prison.
  • Training:
    • Warden Kingston is currently at the Elizabethtown Training Academy completing a recertification course for handgun and shotgun instructor.
    • Officers Yorko, K., Hawk, J., and Sampson, B. have completed orientation and on the job training. They are now part of the officer compliment with Yorko being hired full-time, Hawk into a part-time position, and Sampson a Casual Officer.
  • Maintenance:
    • Day to day maintenance continues at the facility.
  • Financial Report:
    • Deposits totaling $2,100.00 have been made with the Treasurer's office for March work release and weekend inmates.
    • Fayette County currently $7,450.00 for the month of March 2017 inmate housing and has paid $22,850.00 for February inmate housing.

Retirement Board:
During the Retirement Board meeting on Thursday, April 20, the report from Korn Ferry/Hay Group on 2017 Actuarial Valuation including determination of County actuarially determined contribution for 2017 was accepted.


Salary Board:
During the Salary Board meeting on Thursday, April 20, the following personnel actions were approved.
New Hires:
  • Mark Bridge, Sheriff Deputy (C)
  • Stephanie Brockman, County Caseworker I (RFT)
  • Brandon Cumberledge, Custodial Worker I (RFT)
  • Jeff Hawk, Corrections Officer (RPT)
  • Michaela Hildreth, Seasonal Intern, Conservation
  • Peter Rameas, Tip Staff (C)
  • Benjamin Sampson, Corrections Officer (C)
  • Sarah Smith, Court Recorder (FT)
  • Jennifer Trader, County Caseworker I (RFT)
  • Kayla Yorko, Corrections Officer (C)
Promotions:
  • Kayla Yorko from casual to RFT Corrections Officer 1
Remove from Payroll:
  • Barbara Stowinsky, due to end of temporary assignment
Resignations:
  • Jessica Barath, Caseworker
  • John Michael Dulaney, Tip Staff
  • Amber Gauthier, Caseworker Supervisor
  • Shayla Kniha, Corrections Officer
  • Theresa Parry, Caseworker
  • Nicholas Santoyo, Corrections Officer
Temporary Pay Increase:
  • Marcy Maletta, until CYS Fiscal Officer returns from leave of absence.


  County Commissioners welcome new county employees

The Commissioners would like — to take time to welcome our new employees that were hired, and introduce each new hire to the rest of our county employees. Welcome to the county and we hope that you are happy in your new position. We have an open door policy for all our employees, and hope that you feel comfortable to drop in should you have any concerns.

Jeff Hawk
Regular Part-time
Corrections Officer

Greene County Prison
Department of Law & Order
Appointment eff. Mar. 27, 2017
(SEIU Prison)
 
Brandon Cumberledge
Regular Full-time
Custodial Worker 1

Maintenance & Facilities
Department of Finance & Administration
Appointment eff. Apr. 3
(SEIU PG2)

Sarah Smith
Regular Full-time
Court Reporter

Court of Common Pleas
Department of Law & Order
Appointment eff. Mar. 29
(SEIU PG3)
  The County Employee Handbook can be accessed through our intranet website for employees only, or you can obtain a copy of the handbook at the Human Resources office at any time. We expect all of our employees to abide with the rules and regulations stated in the employee handbook; but should you have questions, please contact Becky Harris, our HR Director at 724-852-5200.


  Congratulations to our honored inductee!


Corey Dispenza was recently inducted into the Waynesburg University chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society in Business, Administration & Finance.

Corey has worked the past 4 summers for the County, in maintenance and parks & recreation.

Our children do make us proud of their accomplishments!

Corey (pictured on the left) is the son of Mary Ann & Bob Dispenza. Mary Ann works in the CCIS office as a Case Management Coordinator for the Human Services Department, where she has been for several years.


  Greene County employees enjoy themselves at the Pittsburgh Pirates Home Opener weekend!

Friday, April 7 seasonal opening game for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves at PNC Park pulled folks from all over the area, including Greene County Government employees. Despite the snowflakes and cold temperatures, fans come from near and far to cheer on the Pittsburgh Pirates in their Home Opener. And best of all, the final score was 6-4, Pirates winning over the Braves.

Lucas Kiger and his son attended Friday's opener also, and were invited to be on the field for the opening ceremony. Lucas works in our probation office.

Some of those braving the weather to enjoy the game at PNC Park were Cara Cox, Human Resources; Amy Metz, Children & Youth Services office; Kelli Rishell, Commissioner's Office; Aimee Gillispie, Court of Common Pleas; Melissa Balogh, Early Intervention Program Office; and Maureen Maher, District Attorney's Office. And probably others that we don't know, who attended and enjoyed the game, despite the cold temperatures and the wind whipping through the main concourse. Real avid Pirates fans!

Aimee Gillispie & niece Lindley

Cara Cox & Amy Metz

Kelli Rishell and her sister

Field shot courtesy of Aimee Gillispie, pirates logo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Pirates website.


  Greene County Sheriff's Dupties arrest man on drug warrant/additional drug charges pending:
In the early evening hours on April 6, 2017 Deputies from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office were traveling to attempt to serve a warrant on Amnie Lawver, 55 of Uniontown. Lawver was wanted for failing to appear on Felony charges of Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver a Controlled Substance. An anonymous tip had come in that he was staying at a house in Alisha and was driving a blue Subaru.

While in route to the residence deputies passed a blue Subaru, and recognized the driver as Lawver on SR88 in Monongahela Township. Deputies initiated a traffic stop, Lawver slowed down and began to throw bags from his vehicle. Lawver was eventually stopped and taken in to custody without incident. Drug paraphernalia and $452 cash was found during his arrest. The discarded bags were recovered and contained suspected cocaine and crack.

Lawver is being housed in the Greene County Jail, additional charges are pending. Cumberland Township and Masontown Police responded to assist with the incident.

"Our deputies are doing an incredible job taking wanted people and drugs off the streets of Greene County. Also, thank you to the assisting agencies and our tipsters; please keep your anonymous tips coming at 724-852-5388". Sheriff Brian Tennant said of the incident.
| April 7, 2017 Press Release|


  Saturday, May 13, 2017 — Dock to Lock, 5K run/walk

The annual "Dock to Lock" 5K will be held at the Rices Landing Fire Hall, with the race beginning at 9:00 am and mandatory registration from 7:15-8:15 am. Bus leaves from the fire hall promptly at 8:30 am for the starting line on the Greene Cove Trail Head.

Pre-registration by April 28, $18 / Day of race, $20. A waiver form is included on the brochure against claims for damages against the county. Waiver form and registration form must both be signed and turned in with the race payment before joining the other walkers/runners for the event. Pre-registration guarantees a T-Shirt (shirts will be limited on race day) — adult sizes only. Click HERE for event brochure with Registration & Waiver Forms.

Timing service is provided by SERJ Racing Services from Uniontown, PA (www.serfracing.com). The event is sponsored by the Greene County Commissioners, Department of Recreation, Sheriff's Office, FFS&L, Rices Landing VFD, Walmart, and more. FMI, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.


  Greene County Veterans Affairs — announcements:
May 5, 8-12, 2017 — Veterans Affairs, Memorial Day Flag Distribution:   The Greene County Veterans Affairs office will once again be distributing flags for Memorial Day (organization pickup on May 5, individual cemeteries on May 8-12, 2017).


Veterans Affairs Outreach Activities

As part of our veterans outreach program, we will be at the following Senior Centers for the months of April, there are other dates throughout the year scheduled for other centers. Should you need directions to any of these centers or additional information, contact the Veterans Affairs office:
  • Clarksville Senior Lions Center:
    July 19, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
  • Carmichaels Senior Center:
    July 26, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

  • Click HERE to view 2017 schedule.
A locally and nationally certified Veterans Service Officer will be on-site at each of the centers to answer any questions and assist veterans one-on-one in filing claims. Veterans residing in each community who are unable to visit the Veterans Affairs office at 22 W. High St., Waynesburg, are encouraged to attend the outreach programs. FMI, call the Greene County Veterans Affairs office at 724-852-5275.
  Special days in May to remember:
  • May — Entire month Military Appreciation Month, a month which recognize and show appreciation to the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
  • May 1 — Loyalty Day, a day set aside for American citizens to reaffirm their loyalty to the United States and to recognize the heritage of American freedom.
  • May 1 — Silver Star Banner Day, day set aside to honor our wounded, ill and dying military personnel by participating in flying a Silver Star Banner.
  • Mar 4 — National Day of Prayer, an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation.
  • May 8 — VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), a day marking the anniversary of the Allies' victory in Europe during World War II on May 8, 1945.
  • May 12 — Friday before Mother’s Day is Military Spouse Appreciation Day, a day set aside to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of the spouses of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • May 13 — Children of Fallen Patriots Day, a day to honor the families our Fallen Heroes have left behind – especially their children. It’s a reminder to the community that we have an obligation to support the families of our Fallen Patriots.
  • May 20 — Armed Forces Day, a day set aside to pay tribute to men and women who serve in the United States’ Armed Forces
  • May 29 — Memorial Day holiday, a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.

— Thanks, Dalene Watson, VA Director (724-852-5275)


  Greene County Day Camp:
The Day Camp program runs for six weeks every summer, providing hundreds of Greene County children with fun and activities. Running from mid-June until the end of July, the Day Camp program is free for all county children ages 5 to 15 years old. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, campers enjoy activities at various county parks, pools, community centers and elementary schools across the county.

Day Camp begins Monday, June 19 thru Friday, July 28 except Tuesday, July 4. Day Camp runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campers can register any time throughout the six- week session. Click HERE for our 2017 Day Camp Program brochure.

2017 Day Camp pre-registration is Friday, June 16 from noon to 3 at each camp (open registration forms listed below). Our day camp locations include the following sites:
  1. Waynesburg Lions Club Park       (WAYNESBURG Registration Form)
    200 E. Roy Furman Hwy, Waynesburg, PA 15370

  2. Wana B Park       (CARMICHAELS Registration Form)
    355 Ceylon Road, Carmichaels, PA 15320

  3. Mon View Park       (GREENSBORO Registration From)
    377 Stoney Hill Road, Greensboro, PA 15338

  4. Ryerson Station State Park       (RYERSON Registration From)
    361 Bristoria Road, Wind Ridge, PA 15380

  5. Bobtown Elementary       (BOBTOWN Registration From)
    304 Grant Street, Bobtown, PA 15315 — bussed to Mon View Park — bussed to Mon View Park for all camp activities

  6. Jefferson Township Park       (JEFFERSON Registration From)
    115 Hatfield Street, Jefferson, PA 15344 — bussed to Wana B Park for all camp activities

  7. Nemacolin Fire Department       (NEMACOLIN Registration From)
    1 Roosevelt Avenue, Nemacolin, PA — bussed to Wana B Park for all camp activities

  8. Nineveh Community Center       (NINEVEH Registration From)
    1713 Browns Creek Road, Nineveh, PA 15353 — bussed to Ryerson Station State Park for all camp activities
For more information, contact the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.


  Greene County Parking Policy:
To all Employees:   This is another reminder of the County Parking Policy. Please be aware that the Parking Policy in the County Handbook states: "Employees may park in the local street parking areas to load or unload vehicles or when only reporting to worksite for less than one hour."

There are several employees parking on the streets on a regular basis. You are required to park in the designated employee lot unless you lease a spot in one of the borough lots. Street parking needs to be available for local businesses.

The Commissioners have asked HR to monitor the employees that are parking on the street and address them individually. Violation of the parking policy is subject to discipline.

If you are parking on the street, please start parking in the County employee parking lot.

— Thanks, Rebecca Harris, HR Director (724-852-5200)


  Wellness Rewards Program:
The County of Greene has once again partnered with Highmark to bring you the 2017 Wellness Rewards Program. This is an incentive-based program designed to help Greene County employees take more control of their health.

This year’s program will begin on May 1, 2017! A listing of all of this year’s activities will be distributed as soon as possible by our HR office. Lectures and activities will be announced in detail as they come up, so please be sure to check your e-mail if you would like to participate!

ALL participants MUST complete the Wellness Profile by July 1, 2017 in order to participate in this year's 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.

There will not be a kick-off meeting this year; each participant can start the program on May 1, 2017 by logging into your Highmark account and choosing Wellness Rewards. For assistance with this, please call HR. If you are new and do not carry the County insurance, e-mail Cara Cox to request an associate account be created for you to participate in the program.

— Thanks, Rebecca Harris, HR Director (724-852-5200)


  May 21, 2017 — Greene County Flashlight Drags
Street racing without the jail time! — held at the Greene County Airport.

Scheduled race dates: May 21 ✦ June 18 ✦ July 23 ✦ August 27 ✦ September 17, 2017. Dates are subject to change, rain dates will be held on the following weekend if schedules permit! Gates open at 12:00 noon, race starts at 2:00 p.m. Cost: $30 to race/$6 to watch.

Click HERE for Flashlight Drags brochure with racing rules, and HERE for event flyer.


  Waynesburg Farmers Market
May 17 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (recurring event every Wednesday) - the market provides for area residents to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs directly from the farmers and gardeners who grow them. The market also features baked goods, locally grown produce, meats, and eggs.

This year, the market will once again be located in the heart of Waynesburg and will operate every Wednesday from mid-May through mid-October from 10am-2pm. A hot lunch will be available, so downtown employees can shop at the market during their lunch hour. Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful invites the community to the weekly Farmers' Market to support local farmers and gardeners, socialize with friends and neighbors and take part in a lively downtown event! FMI, call 724-627-8119 (Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful).


  Dog Wardens to Conduct License, Rabies Compliance Checks in Greene County
Dog wardens will be canvassing Greene County during the week of June 27 to ensure all dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs. Pennsylvania law requires that all dogs three months or older must be licensed by January 1 of each year.

The fee is $6.50 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.50 for other dogs. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.50 for spayed or neutered dogs and $6.50 for others.

Additionally, all dogs and non-feral cats (three months of age and older) must be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity. Violators could be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.

Dog owners may purchase licenses online at www.licenseyourdogPA.com, in person at the county treasurer's office between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, or by mailing the application and payment to the Greene County Treasurer (93 East High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370). Questions should be directed to the Greene County Treasurer's Office at 724-852-5225.

Licenses are also available at the Greene County Humane Society, 183 Jefferson Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370. For additional information, call 717-787-3062. Click HERE for News Release (4/26/2017).
Greene County Treasurer (724-852-5225) Greene County Humane Society (724-627-9988)


  Traveling Memorial Wall coming to Greene County

Mark your calendars for September 28-October 2, 2017 — The Traveling Memorial wall stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to all people the opportunity to visit loved ones who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington DC. This project is being coordinated by the Waynesburg VFW. Sponsors and volunteers are needed to make this tribute possible. Click HERE for informational flyers. FMI, contact Rick Black at 724-998-0598. Also reference the three documents below:
Salute to Vietnam Veterans

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Vietnam Casualties

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Click HERE for brochure
Sponsorship Opportunities

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HERE to open for sponsorship form



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


May 2, 7, 9, 14, & 16 | Cardio Kickboxing — held from 5-7pm at the Greene County Fairgrounds, 4-H building, Waynesburg, PA. FMI call 724-852-5323.


May 7 & 14 | Car Bar Yo (Cardio Barre & Yoga) — held from 5-7pm at the Greene County Fairgrounds, 4-H building, Waynesburg, PA. FMI call 724-852-5323.


May 12 | Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing — held from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm at Rohanna's Golf Course, 1005 Rolling Meadows Road, Waynesburg. FMI, call 724-627-6423 or visit www.waynesburgchamber.com


May 13 | Dock to Lock 5K Run/Walk — held on the Greene River Trail, 9-11 pm. FMI, call the Department of Rec at 724-852-5323.


May 13 | Kick Cancer Motorcycle Ride — FMI, call 724-344-3545.


every Wednesday May 17 - Oct. 25 | Waynesburg Farmers Market — 10am - 2pm. Locally raised fresh produce, meat, eggs, baked goods & more. Workshops, forums and kids activities. Located on Church Street near the courthouse in downtown Waynesburg. FMI, call 724-627-8119.

May 20 | 7th Annual Greene County Salvation Army Golf Outing — Come join in the golfing fun at Rohanna's Golf Course, 1005 Rolling Meadows Road, Waynesburg. Registration starts at 7:30 am following by breakfast at 8:00 am and the shotgun start at 8:30 am. Immediately following will be lunch and a silent auction. Click HERE for event brochure and golfer registration. FMI, contact Sister Audrey Quinn at 724-852-1479.

May 20 | Ralph K. Bell Memorial Walk — come on out for a refreshing walk. FMI, call 724-852-3155.


May 20 | Crusin' for a Cure Car Show — held at the Alpha Aquatic Family Center. FMI, call 724-627-8119.


May 20 & 21 | 14th Annual Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Fest — 10am - 5pm at the Greene County Fairgrounds (www.sheepandfiber.com)

May 21 | Flashlight Drags — held at the Greene County Airport, Waynesburg. Gates open at noon and races start at 2 p.m. $30 to race and $6 to watch. 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. The crowd goes wild!

May 29 | Memorial Day holiday — Greene County Government will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. Click HERE for detailed information, or call 724-852-5210.


May 29 & 30 | Kelly Miller Circus — held at the Greene County Fairgrounds, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg. Note dates and times: Monday, May 29 at 2:00-5:00 pm; Wednesday, May 31, 4:30-7:30 pm. Organized by the Greene County Historical Society & Museum. FMI, call 724-627-3204 or visit www.greenecountyhistory.org

MARK YOUR CALENDARS, SAVE THESE DATES:

June 9-10| Annual Riverfest — held at the Rices Landing Lockwall, 137 Main Street, Rices Landing; from 5:00-11:55 pm. Childrens activities, craft shows, fireworks, live bands, all by the Mon River. FMI, call 724-881-8791.

June 14 | Electronics Recycling Event — Wednesday, Noon-3:00 PM at the Greene County Fairgrounds, Rabbit Barn. Click HERE for event notice with additional information. FMI, contact Mimi Ritenour at 724-852-5300 or Rep. Pam Snyder's office at 724-966-8953.

June 23 | Summer Open House — 5-8:30 pm in downtown Waynesburg; come enjoy live entertainment, food, fun and shopping.


June 24 | Ryerson Station State Park Family Camping Weekend — click HERE for more information.


September 9 | 16th Annual 50's Fest & Car Cruise — 10am - 4pm in downtown Waynesburg. Classic cars, trucks & motorcycles on the main drag.




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