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

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GREENE COUNTY, PA — Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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

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

March 12, 2017

2:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour

Greene Team Relay for Life

Quilt Raffle Fundraiser

$3 tickets w/2 numbers on them.
FMI, contact Jennifer Jones, Team Captain
at 724-852-5276.

March 18, 2017

FMI, call Patti at 724-228-7080
or Nancy at 724-852-1510

March 20, 2017

Spring Equinox March 20, 2017,
6:29 AM EDT (Spring Begins)
Farmer's Almanac

FMI, call 724-852-5323

March 18, 2017

(8-11 am)

March 24 (6:30-8:30 pm)
FMI call, 724-263-6929

March 29, 2017

FMI, call 724-627-3720 or 724-998-0598

MARCH 29, 2017,
1st Quarter Recycling Events

Noon - 3:00 PM

FMI, contact Mimi Ritenour at 724-852-5300

FMI, call 724-943-4462

Classes are free to County employees
Confirm your attendance 2 days prior!

Pre-registration required

Dept of Rec at 724-852-5323

Pre-registration required

Dept of Rec at 724-852-5323

Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency

Visitors Guide

Hot off the presses, our 2016-17 Official Visitors Guides has arrived!! This full-color, 36-page guide features events, attractions, and photos of your friends and neighbors! To request a copy (or 100), call 724-627-8687 or e-mail tourism.

Domestic Relations Locate List (1/23/2017):
DR 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:
  1. BARLOW, Travis A.
  2. BLACKWELL, David Eric Jr.
  3. BOWMAN, Teresa Marie
  4. BROWNFIELD, Justin S.
  5. BURGESS, Davie E.
  6. CALLOWAY, Nicholas A.
  8. CARDER, Mitachell Ray Sr.
  9. CONARD, Robert Lee
  10. CUMBERLAND, Belinda J.
  11. CUNNINGHAM, Todd E.
  12. CUTWRIGHT, Jason M.
  13. DANFORTH, Gary A.
  14. DAVIS, Jeffery S.
  15. DICKEY, Jeremy M.
  16. ELLIS, Roland vance Jr.
  17. FISHER, Jason R.
  18. HARRINGTON, William A.
  19. HATFIELD, Cynthia L.
  20. HAUGHT, Dusty T.
  22. HILLIER, Seth B.
  23. HURLEY, Tyler J.
  24. JOHNSON-ABEREGG, Thomas C.
  25. KING, William A.
  26. LANDMAN, Earl E. Jr.
  27. LEWIS, Andre S.
  28. LIPSCOMB, Christopher M.
  29. LOHR, William D.
  30. MARTIN, Craig M. Sr.
  31. MC CLAIN, Bobby Joe
  32. MC LAUGHLIN, Russell E.
  33. MERRITT, Jeremy
  34. MILLER, Brett A. II
  35. MITCHELL, George J. II
  36. NAPOLEON, Malention S. Jr.
  37. O'HARA, Ryan C.
  38. ORNDOFF, William H. Jr.
  39. PALMER, William Scott
  40. PASCOE, Curtis James
  41. PATTERSON, Gary Anthony
  42. PETTIS, Brian K.
  43. RENNER, David M.
  44. RILEY, Robert L.
  45. ROGERS, Mark A.
  46. RUDNICK, Terry Lee Jr.
  47. RUSH, Latisha M.
  48. SAYRE, Earnie
  49. SCRITCHFIELD, Lee James
  50. SMITH, Brian
  51. SNYDER, Lorel
  52. SOLIZ, Jose Antonio
  53. STAGGERS, Star D.
  54. STEWART, Michael
  55. STILES, Steve
  56. TEMPLE, Ashley N.
  57. TYLER, Tim
  58. VANBUSKIRK, Brandon
  59. WALTERS, Natasha M.
  60. WIGNAR, Janice
  61. WILSON, Harley D.
  62. WRIGHT, Michael Douglas

  Carmichaels 250th Birthday Celebration

During their Feb. 16 regular meeting, Greene County Commissioners allocated $3,000 for the Carmichaels 250th Birthday Celebration that will be held June 29 to July 2. Bill Groves, a Cumberland Township supervisor and chairman of the planning committee, expressed his thanks to the Commissioners and presented an initial schedule for the event.

The event kicks off on Thursday, June 29 with a dinner, live music and trivia game at the Carmichaels Senior Center. Friday, June 30 highlights with a driving tour around Carmichaels and an evening car show at Wana B Park. The celebration will be located at Greene Academy, Town Square and Wana B Park over the weekend with shuttle buses available for transportation between the locations. Activities consist of a train display, petting zoo, reenactors, fur-trappers, blacksmithing demonstrations and wagon rides. Sunday will conclude with an old-time church service followed by an old-time baseball double header using the older uniforms, bats and balls.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder, Bill Groves of the Carmichaels 250th Birthday Celebration and Commissioner Archie Trader.

  Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

During their Feb. 16 regular meeting, Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of February 2017 Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

According to the proclamation, females between the ages of 16 and 24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence, experiencing abuse at a rate almost triple the national average. With nearly half of the teens who experience dating violence reporting that incidents of abuse took place in a school building or on school grounds, it is essential to raise community awareness and to provide training for teachers, counselors and school staff so that they may recognize when youth are exhibiting signs of dating violence.

"Dating violence can happen to anyone,” said Cheryl McCready, Greene County satellite officer coordinator for Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania. “We need to stop it before it happens.”

The proclamation urges county residents to work toward ending teen dating violence by empowering young people to develop healthier relationships; assisting victims in accessing the information and supportive services they need; creating better and more resources for young people in need; instituting effective intervention and prevention policies in schools; and engaging in discussions with family members and peers to promote awareness and prevention of the quiet epidemic of teen dating violence.

For more information on teen dating violence awareness and prevention, call the Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Greene County satellite office at 724-852-2463.

Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder, Cheryl McCready of Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania and Commissioner Archie Trader.

  Commissioner Trader participates in ribbon-cutting ceremony
We have a new eatery in downtown Waynesburg, Carlisle's, a coffee and sandwich shop located at 78 West High Street. A ribbon-cutting and grand-opening celebration was held on Monday, February 6 for the new business.

Open Monday-Thursday from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, and on Friday's until 9:00 pm for live music. Check them out for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a coffee break!

Fresh brewed coffee daily; sandwiches include deli hoagies, hot/cold subs, and breakfast sandwiches; soup & salad bar with fresh veggies to make your own salad with soup of the day; desserts that include fresh baked cookies, brownies & pie. Enjoy downtown lunch delivery! Visit them at and on facebook at @carlislescoffee.

Pictured speaking and cutting the ribbon is Commissioner Archie Trader. (Photos courtesy of Melody Longstreth, Waynesburg Chamber of Commerce)

  Commissioners Coder and Trader speak at the new BeeGraphix business in Waynesburg

BeeGraphix - also known as the Bee Team has come to the burg! Located in Waynesburg next to the Subway at 1640 East High Street. The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, February 16 at 12:30 p.m.

Pictured speaking and cutting the ribbon along with others are Commissioners Dave Coder and Archie Trader. (Photos courtesy of Melody Longstreth, Waynesburg Chamber of Commerce)

  This Month in Greene County Government...

Board of Commissioners:
During the commissioners' regular board meeting on Thursday, February 2, the Commissioners made the following motions:

• Under Finance & Administration:
  • Short form agreement between the County of Greene and Korn Ferry/Hay Group for annual actuarial work in the amount of $21,756 pending retirement board approval.
  • Lease agreement between the County of Greene and Enterprise Fleet Management for the lease of four new vehicles
  • Invoice from Teleosoft, Inc. in the amount of $4,195 for the export of criminal court data

• Under Appointments, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Appoint Amanda Laucher to the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board of Directors
  • Appoint Susan King as the Eva K. Bowlby Public Library at-large member to the Greene County Library System Board of Trustees

• Under Tax Assessment, the Commissioners accepted the Greene County Real Property Tax Summary.

• Under Tax Claims, the Commissioners accepted the return of taxes for the year 2016.

• Under Emergency Management, the Commissioners approved a grant agreement between the County of Greene and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency 9-1-1 Fund in the amount of $144,029.34 to be used towards Region 13 shared CPE project and the Regional CAD project.

• Under Human Services, the Commissioners approved a project modification with PCCD for the intermediate Punishment Grant.

• Under Mental Health & Intellectual Disabilities, the Commissioners approved the FY2015/2016 contract with Greene Arc, Inc.

• Under Children and Youth Services, the Commissioners the Commissioners approved the following:
  • FY2016/2017 contract with Adelphoi Village, Inc.
  • Service agreement between the County of Greene and Corporate Security Investigations
• Under Recreation, the Commissioners approved a proposal from Cenkner Engineering, Inc. for the Greene River Trail—Rices Landing to Jessop Boat Club Bike Trail R/W stakeout and property survey in the amount of $14,400.

• Announcements, Tourism Grants are available to current GCTPA members and are awarded once a year. A limited number of grants are available each year. Information can be found on the website or by calling 724-627-8687. Deadline is February 24, 2017.

• Public Comment: Members of the Coal Field Justice and constituents spoke to the Commissioners about Ryerson State Park and the impact of long wall coal mining. Commissioner Zimmerman stated that there needs to be a balance between the two.

During the commissioners' regular board meeting on Thursday, February 16, the Commissioners made the following actions:

• Under Finance & Administration: the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Allocation of $3,000 for the Carmichaels 250th Birthday Celebration
  • Amendment #1 to the Greene County Airport Business Park Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project Grant Agreement to extend the termination date from February 28, 2017 to February 28, 2018
  • Award a bid for recycling facility upgrades project #1 lighting upgrades to Elisha Construction in the amount of $7,565.00, project #2 platform and stairs to Elisha Construction in the amount of $11,905.00 and project #3 concrete ramp to Jay D. Enterprises in the amount of $16,900.00
  • Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) October 2016 – December 2016.

• Under Bridges, the Commissioners approved the request from Widmer Engineering, Inc. for the reallocation of the funds within Part 4 construction inspection for county bridge #78 (over Owens Road in Richhill Township) move $9,075.20 from specific rate of compensation to direct cost other than payroll.

• Under Proclamations, the Commissioners proclaimed February 2017 Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month.

• Under Certificates, the Commissioners acknowledged Helen (Murdock) Meighen on her 100th birthday.

• Under Veterans Affairs, the Commissioners approved the agreement for the care and maintenance of the following:
  • 129 graves in the Centennial Cemetery located in Aleppo Township
  • 8 graves in the Green Grove Cemetery located in Morris Township
  • 8 graves in the Claylick Cemetery located in Center Township
  • 69 graves in the Thomas Cemetery located in Springhill Township
  • 17 graves in the Jefferson Baptist Cemetery located in Jefferson Township
  • 25 graves in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery located in Springhill Township
  • 52 graves in the Muddy Creek Cemetery located Jefferson Township
  • 337 graves in the Jefferson Cemetery located in Jefferson Township
  • 17 graves in the Cumberland Cemetery located in Jefferson Township
  • 139 graves in the St. Mary’s Cemetery located in Cumberland Township
  • 51 graves in the Fairview/ Kiger Cemetery located in Whiteley Township
  • 125 graves in the Jacksonville/ Wind Ridge Cemetery located in Richhill Township
  • 93 graves in the Fairall Cemetery located in Whiteley Township
  • 4 graves in the White's/Pleasant Ridge Cemetery located in Franklin Township
  • 74 graves in the Fairview Cemetery located in Dunkard Township
  • 44 graves in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery located in Gilmore Township
  • 11 graves in the Slonaker Cemetery located in Aleppo Township
  • 11 graves in the Macedonia Cemetery located in Jackson Township
  • 237 graves in the Monongahela Hill Cemetery located in Monongahela Township
  • 24 graves in the Windy Gap Cemetery located in Aleppo Township at $3.00 per grave for an amount of $72.00. Vote unanimous.
  • 91 graves in the Wolf's Cemetery located in Dunkard Township
  • 33 graves in the Smith Cemetery located in Morgan Township
  • 349 graves in the Cedar Grove Cemetery located in Perry Township
  • 322 graves in the Greene Mount Cemetery located in Franklin Township
  • 7 graves in the Roseberry Cemetery located in Center Township
  • 2 graves in the Old Swartz Cemetery located in Morris Township

• Under Mental Health & Intellectual Disabilities: the Commissioners approved the FY2016/2017 contract amendment agreement with Specialized Therapy and Related Services d/b/a STARS, LLC.

• Under Recreation, the Commissioners approved a contract between the County of Greene and Altered Gas Performance Events, LLC.

• Under CDBG, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the County of Greene and Greensboro Borough that documents the obligations of the 2015 CDBG contract conditions.
  • Response to the PA DCED Center for Community Development Operations documenting that the project submitted as part of FFY 2015 application is part of an eligible project and will meet a national objective prior to the expiration of the contract. The contracting parties understand that the state may recapture the 2015 funds if an eligible project cannot be completed in the contract timeframe

Prison Board:
During the Prison Board meeting on Thursday, February 16, the Commissioners made the following motions:
  • Security:
    • SCI Greene will be conducting their annual block training over the course of the next few months. This is an annual training recertification for a number of topics that our officers would benefit from and these course topics include transportation of inmates, use of restraints, interpersonal communications, inmate supervision, and numerous other field related topics. I have requested and received permission to send some of our staff members when feasible.
    • On 02-14-17 while at SCI Greene, I received permission to photograph several security screen doors that the facility has constructed in various areas. Pictures were taken to demonstrate the type of security door that we will require at our facility and these examples will help in our fabrication. Included are two pictures of these types of doors for review.
  • Treatment:
    • Terminated the law library contract with Thomson Reuters under Westlaw at a cost of $700 + monthly and just signed a two year agreement with Lexis-Nexis for a monthly cost of $300 with the month of March at no charge. The use of the Lexis-Nexis system requires the use of an external hard drive which can be down loaded into the same computer currently used for Westlaw.
    • On 02-14-17 received the first pieces of exercise equipment to be utilized in the main yard and H yard, these exercise stations have been mounted and secured to concrete in the main yard and temporarily secured in H yard pending the installation of a concrete pad. There is also some spot welding that will need to be done to make the equipment secure.
  • Training:
    • Recently had two employees returning from the DOC Training Academy at Elizabethtown receiving their corrections officer certifications. John Fox and Ryan Kmetz have returned to their regular shifts. On 02-14-17, Officer BJ Walters attended hostage negotiations training at SCI Greene. Today at 0800 Deputy Mike Kraus and Shift Commander Jackie Tedrow are attending an eight instructor certification course for the RACC belt hosted and offered free of charge by SCI Greene.
  • Maintenance:
    • Deputy Kraus received another update from MTS regarding their attempts to correct the inoperable inter-com system. Deputy Kraus requested on 02-13-17, that IT upload this latest software fix and at 1345 hours it was determined that this latest attempt on Montgomery Technology Systems part to offer yet another solution has failed. Deputy Kraus has been in contact with COM-TEC the organization that has completed similar work for the Washington County Prison and they will be at the facility on the 20th for a consultation. Solicitor Cowen has been made aware of this recent development.
    • Have had several maintenance issues that required outside service calls and with the exception of a back ordered part for the kitchen steamer currently back on line.
  • Financial Report:
    • Fayette County owes $26,300.00 for the month of January in regards to rental fees and has paid $22,450.00 for the month of December.
    • Deposits totaling $1,756.61 have been made with the Treasurer’s office for January work release and weekend inmates.
  • General Discussion:
    • Consideration for the development and cultivation of a farm garden located within the prison grounds or adjacent county owned lands. The development and daily maintenance would be inmate generated with inmates selected for the detail with appropriate sentence structure.

Retirement Board:
During the Retirement Board meeting on Thursday, February 16, in accordance with Act 293 of 1972, as amended, the county is required to file an Actuarial Valuation Report with the Department of the Auditor General. Employee information was also submitted to the Korn Ferry (Hay Group) for CY 2016 Pension Statements.

Salary Board:
During the Salary Board meeting on Thursday, February 16, the following personnel actions were approved:

Adjustment in Salary:
  • Kimberly Furmanek, Assistant Public Defender
New Hires:
  • John Michael Dulaney, regular full time Custodial Worker I
  • Melody Kennedy, regular full time Fiscal Assistant I, CYS
  • Fred Kovulchuk, regular full time Food Service Worker
  • Charlotte Miller, regular part time Deed Transfer Clerk
  • Waynette Pellegrini, regular full time Custodial Worker I
  • Debbie Phillips, regular full time Court Reporter
  • Lindsay Teagarden, regular full time Fiscal Assistant, Human Services
  • Zachary Burger to regular part time Corrections Officer I
  • Shayla Kniha to regular full time Corrections Officer
  • Lisa Main to regular full time Field Assessor 1
  • Donald Pope to regular full time Sheriff Deputy I
  • Nicholas Santoyo to regular full time Corrections Officer
Rescent Promotions:
  • Maureen Maher and return to prior position of Legal Secretary III
  • Mitzi Bailey to Intake Officer III
  • Robert Burrie to Custodial Worker II
  • Lisa Caltuna to Corrections Officer II
  • John Cirota to Custodial Worker II
  • Stephen T. Cummins to Corrections Officer II
  • Kathy Deynzer to Intake Officer III
  • Marilyn Dubos to Enforcement Officer III
  • Kimberly Furmanek, Asst Public Defender to MG PG 11
  • Lisa Hillsman to Probation Officer III
  • David Jones to Probation Officer III
  • Monte Keys to Corrections Officer II
  • Jana Knight to Conference Officer III
  • Nicole McGrady to Corrections Officer II
  • Paul Neligh to Corrections Officer II
  • John Nilson to Corrections Officer II
  • Kelly Rishell to Corrections Officer II
  • Nicole Roberts to Social Service Aide II
  • Sue Ellen Ruffner to Corrections Officer II
  • Lewis Santucci to Maintenance Worker II
  • Alison Shipman to Corrections Officer II
  • William Strope to Corrections Officer II
  • David Zwerver to Conference Officer III
  • Mary Kovach, High Fidelity Wraparound Facilitator
  • Donna Whipkey, 911 Telecommunicator

  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.
Brad Myers
Casual, Deputy Sheriff
Sheriff's Office
Department of Law & Order
Appointment eff. Feb. 6
Lindsay Teagarden
Full-time, Fiscal Assistant
Department of Human Services
Appointment eff. Jan. 22
Charlotte Miller
Part-time, Deed Transfer Clerk
Department of Finance & Administration
Appointment eff. Feb. 1
Fred Kovalchuk
Full-time, Food Service Worker
Greene County Prison
Department of Law & Order
Appointment eff. Jan. 30
Waynette Pellegrini
Full-time, Custodial Worker 1
Buildings & Maintenance
Department of Finance & Administration
Appointment eff. Feb. 15
  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 - proud Grandma moment!
West Greene Lions name outstanding student of the month: Lexi Keller, daughter of Patricia Keller and the granddaughter of Mary Jane Kent of Wind Ridge, are so proud of Lexi.

Lexi is the vice president of her senior class, member of the National Honor Society, and student-athlete of the year. She is captain of the varsity rifle team and a MVP of the team. She was the team’s top shot in both 2015 and 2016.

She has volunteered at National Honor Society blood drives, Produce to People, Tavion's Miracle, and at the Jacktown and Greene County fairs. She plans to attend California University of Pennsylvania, to endeavor in studies to become a physical therapist assistant.

Mary Jane has worked for the county for many years in various offices, and is currently the Program Support person in our Economic Development Department. (Information from Mary Jane Kent, photo courtesy of 1/31/2017 Observer-Reporter.)

  Emergency Management — continues upgrades to 911 dispatch center
The commissioners voted in their January public meeting to continue upgrading the county’s 911 phone system that shows dispatchers where an emergency call is coming from, agreeing to spend $147,500 for Mission Critical Partners, Inc. to update the "selective router" system and automatic location identification database sent through the Verizon network router.

Plus with the $12,000 paid through a grant from PA Emergency Management Agency, it will cost to purchase new equipment and rewire the dispatch center to the network. The current system was last upgraded in 2003; but with the advent of smartphones and texting capabilities, the selective router needs upgrading.

The biggest reason for this particular upgrade is to help pinpoint calls coming from communities along county borders, such as Clarksville, that might share exchanges or for cellphone calls that must be triangulated to find the location.

(Source: Observer-Reporter, ed. 1/19/17)

  Sheriff's Office — arrest wanted woman, finds drugs
Following up on an anonymous tip, deputies from the Greene County Sheriff's Office were headed to a residence to search for Tammy L Yakubec. A warrant had been issued for Yakubec after she failed to appear in court for possession of a controlled substance charge.

In addition to where she had been staying, it was reported that she was driving a white truck. While driving to the area, deputies encountered a white truck driving on Piper Ridge Road in Waynesburg, the driver was recognized by our deputies to be Tammy L Yakubec, who does not have a drivers license. The deputies initiated a traffic stop and arrested Yakubec.

During the arrest process, deputies found multiple syringes, multiple pieces of suspected drug paraphernalia, a suspected crack pipe, and 45 stamp bags of suspected Heroin. Yakubec is being held in the Greene County Jail; additional charges are pending.

"The Greene County Sheriff’s Office is committed to holding people accountable for their crimes. Warrant service is a priority for us, as such, I have reassigned two Deputies, whose primary focus is warrant service. Since February 1, 2017 these two deputies have been responsible for 16 people being arrested and brought before the courts for their various charges, I am incredibly proud and thankful for the job they are doing." Sheriff Brian Tennant said.

"I would also like to thank the many people calling in with anonymous tips, please keep them coming at 724-852-5388." Added Sheriff Tennant. Click HERE for February 16, 2017 press release.

  Conservation District — hosting manure management workshops
The Greene County Conservation District will host three free workshops for local farmers and livestock owners about writing manure management plans in March and April.

The workshops well be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, March 7 at the Carmichaels Grange
  • Wednesday, March 22 at the Nineveh Community Center
  • Wednesday, April 5 in the lower level of the 4-H Building at the Greene County Fairgrounds.

The workshops are free to attend, although registration is required.

According to state Department of Environmental Protection regulations, anyone whose farm operations involve applying manure to land – whether by fork, machine or naturally by animal – is required to have a written manure management plan, regardless of the size of the operation. This applies to owners of grazing livestock and farmers who use manure to fertilize gardens or fields, as well as students with 4-H projects.

"The DEP's goal is not to go out policing people about manure management plans," said Karlie Wright, agricultural technician for the Conservation District. "What they really want to do is educate everyone about the impact of livestock on the land and help people manage those impacts properly."

Offering free workshops is just one way that the Conservation District can provide resources and assistance to anyone with questions or who needs help writing or developing manure management plans. District staff can also meet one-on-one with individuals and evaluate plans in a relatively simple process.

Financial and other support for this workshop has been provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc., through a grant from the state DEP under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information, or to register for a workshop, call Karlie Wright at the Conservation District at 724-852-5278, or e-mail kwright.

  Greene County Prison — plans for modernization

John Kingston, the new warden at the Greene County prison, hired in September, is working to modernize the county facility along Rolling Meadows Road in Franklin Township to offer inmates more educational opportunities and healthier eating options.

Kingston doesn’t see the Greene County jail as a place just to incarcerate criminals, but as an opportunity to educate inmates and send them back into the community better than when they came in.

He told members of Greene County Prison Board during their January meeting that the staff is making structural and equipment upgrades that will benefit corrections officers and the inmates. "I think it’s important for the citizens to understand the system we're trying to build, that it’s rehabilitative, not punitive," Kingston said. "That should be our common goal. As a community, if we can help people who are struggling … we're duty-bound to do that."

The improvements to the housing units will include refurbishing the degraded concrete floors and purchasing new lounge furniture in the common areas. Kingston also is looking into buying e-readers to help inmates study for their general equivalency degree or improve their reading levels, along with new exercise equipment in the recreation yard. "You don’t want a place where the inmates are just playing cards," Kingston said. "You want a space conducive for learning."

He said the equipment purchases would be paid for using money from the Inmate General Welfare Fund account that collects fines, fees and dues from prisoners. The jail began housing prisoners in 1980 and has expanded over the years, including construction of a new kitchen in 2012. Kingston praised the food service at the jail but said other changes could include offering healthier meal options with non-processed food.

Meanwhile, the jail staff has recently reinstated the women’s work-release program, which Kingston said will perform weekly or bi-monthly service projects. Two female inmates on the crew spent part of Thursday helping at the Humane Society of Greene County, caring for the animals and cleaning the kennels, Kingston said.

Pictured: Greene County jail Warden John Kingston, left, and deputy Michael Kraus, right, standing outside the prison in Franklin Township. (Source: Observer-Reporter, ed. 1/19/17, Mike Jones/Observer-Reporter)

  Redevelopment Authority of Greene County (RACG) — new house for sale

145 Fairview Avenue, Jefferson, PA. Click HERE for advertisement flyer.
FMI or questions, contact Dave Calvario RACG Executive Director, at 724-852-5306.

  Greene County Veterans Affairs — announcements:
Veterans Affairs Outreach Activities — As part of our veterans outreach program, we will be at the following Senior Centers for the months of March, 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: Centers operated by Community Action:
  • Bobtown Senior Center:
    March 28, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

  • Jefferson Senior Center:
    March 15, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

  • West Greene Senior Center (Graysville):
    March 23, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
  Special days in March to remember:

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

  Greene County Commissioners congratulate Mickey's Mens Store
Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for Greene County communities, and congratulations for doing business for 50 years in Waynesburg! Your service and store apparel are excellent and so appreciated for being an important part and successful business in Greene County.

Grossman Brothers Department Store, West High Street, built in 1903, was destroyed by fire in 1925. While the Grossmans lost their business to fire, a tragedy of a different sort befell Barney Grossman who owned a large clothing store in the Messenger Building. Barney Grossman had started a tradition in downtown Waynesburg that continues today, the sale of men’s clothing from the corner of High and Washington Streets. He was followed by Harrison & Cohen, Army Navy, Roth's, and since 1979, Mickey's Men’s Store (started by Mickey Bruno), all continued in the same building.

Pictured on left are current employees of Mickey's Mens Store; pictured on the right is Mickey Bruno, the man who started it all! (Photos courtesy of the Waynesburg Chamber of Commerce)

  Greene County Re-Entry Conference & Community Resource/Job Fair, March 31, 2017
Come join us at the Greene County Fairgrounds, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA for on-site applications with employers; employment & training opportunities; housing & county services; community resources & programs; with Special Guest Speaker, Bobby Steele.

Event sponsored by the Greene County Board of Commissioners, Court of Common Pleas, and the Greene County Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board. Admission is FREE, must pre-register. Click HERE for CareerLink employer/vendor registration form. Call today to register at 724-229-5083 x31 or email Click HERE for event flyer. March 21: Registration Deadline (Equal Opportunity Employer/Program)

  Scholarship Applications now available
27th Annual Chamber of Commerce Scholarship:
The Waynesburg Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications from graduating seniors for the 27th Annual Chamber of Commerce Scholarship they will award this May in the amount of $1,500. In addition, the winner will receive a laptop compliments of PCsquared in Waynesburg.

The scholarship program is open to any Greene County student who will be a graduating senior in 2017. The Chamber urges all high school seniors who have been accepted to a College or Technical School as an incoming freshman this Fall and have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better while in high school to apply for this scholarship.
Applicants will be required to write an essay and furnish a listing of their school activities and local community involvement. Applications are available to be printed directly from the Chamber website at

Completed applications must be submitted by 4:00pm on Monday, April 17th. The winner will be announced in early May and the Scholarship Award presented at the Chamber‘s monthly General Membership Luncheon on May 24th.

For more information, please contact the Chamber office at 724-627-5926 or email to
  Rotary Club Scholarships:
Each year the Rotary Club of Waynesburg awards scholarships to worthy high school students. The awards are selected based on academic performance, community service involvement, letters of recommendation and the student's response to the essay question, "What does the Rotary motto, 'service above self', mean to you?"

"Annually, the club selects two $1,000 recipients from the applications received,' the club's scholarship chair, Melody Longstreth said. 'The committee is always very impressed by the quality of our applicants and enjoy learning about the many talented and generous students we have here in Greene County."

The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who reside in Greene County. Applicants must provide a brief essay, 400 words or less, on what the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self" means to them. A list of community service experiences, including dates and a brief description of each must also be submitted. Along with a list of school organizations to which the applicant belongs to, any offices held and any work experience if applicable. In addition, two letters of recommendation from a teacher, school administrator, employer, pastor or other adult who has knowledge of the student’s qualifications.

Applications have been sent to the five area high schools, the Greene County Career and Technology Center and the Open Door Christian School. Applications may also be obtained by calling 724-627-5926. Applications can be mailed by postal mail or sent by email upon request. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 19th, 2017.

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

March 1, 12, 15, 19, & 22 | Ladies Dayz Vendor Series — held at the Greene County Fairgrounds (Sunday, March 12 & 19 at 2 pm and Wednesday, March 1, 15, & 22 at 5 pm). Click HERE for event brochure or call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

March 2 | Perfume Workshop — held at the Greene County Fairgrounds. FMI, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

March 2, 9, 17, 23, & 30 | Essentially Yours: Spring Forward into a Healthier You! 6 to 8 pm, Greene County Fairgrounds. FMI, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

March 3, 10, 17, & 24 | Skate & Dance — at Mon View Roller Rink from 7 to 11 pm with skating from 7-9 pm and dancing from 9-11 pm. 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. FMI, call Mon View Roller Rink at 724-943-3440, or the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

March 4, 11, 18, & 25 | Open Skating — at Mon View Roller Rink from 7 to 10 pm. Admission is $5 on Saturday nights. FMI, call Mon View Roller Rink at 724-943-3440, or the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

March 5 | Cabin Fever Chili Cook-off — in downtown Waynesburg from 11 am to 3 pm. Shoppers purchase a wrist band at any participating business for $5, which enables them to visit all participating businesses in downtown Waynesburg and sample a different chili at each location. Shoppers then vote for their favorite chili after tasting each recipe.

March 5, 7, 12 & 14 | Yoga — at the Greene County Fairgrounds at 5 pm (NOTE: the 19th & 26th will be at 3 pm). Our Yoga class is a gentler style of Hatha yoga exercise that is great for beginners and senior citizens. It improves balance and overall health, while increasing flexibility and circulation. Shoes will not be worn during the class. Instructor Virginia Wainwright will teach all yoga sessions. FMI or pre-registration, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

March 5 & 12| Zumba — at the Greene County Fairgrounds at 5:30 pm. Zumba embraces all the fundamental principles of fitness with instructor Missy Brewer. Fun and music motivate the body to efficiently burn calories, tone all muscle groups, incorporate full range of motion and improves the cardiovascular system. FMI or pre-registration, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

March 9 | Essential Oil Art Therapy — held at the Greene County Fairgrounds. FMI, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

March 12 | Crafty Creations: Spring Topiary Tree — held at the Greene County Fairgrounds. FMI, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

March 12 — Daylight Saving Time begins — When local standard time is about to reach Sunday, March 12, 2017, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to Sunday, March 12, 2017, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on Mar 12, 2017 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening. Also called Spring Forward, Summer Time, and Daylight Savings Time.

March 16 | Essential Wellness for your Pets — held at the Greene County Fairgrounds. FMI, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

March 17, 2017 | St. Patrick's Day — marks the life and deeds of St. Patrick, one of Ireland's patron saints. It's largely a celebration of Irish-American culture in the United States. Get into the spirit of dressing in green clothing!

March 18, 2017 | Pancake Breakfast — You are invited! to the John Humble Memorial Pancake Breakfast (all you can eat!) from 8am-11am at the Greene County Fairgrounds, 4-H Building, Waynesburg. Event benefits the Children's Bible Ministries of SWPA. Tickets sold at the door. Click HERE for flyer. FMI, contact the Department of Rec at 724-852-5323.

March 19 | Crafty Creations: Spring Wood Painting — held at the Greene County Fairgrounds. FMI, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

March 23 | Cooking with Essential Oils — held at the Greene County Fairgrounds. FMI, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

March 22-25, 2017 | Spring Musical — "The Addams Family" at Waynesburg University's Performing Arts Center, Waynesburg.

March 24, 2017 | Design 'n Unwind — party project for a great cause. Cornerstone Care's Smile for Life, held from 6:30 -8:30 pm at the Waynesburg VFW ($40 per project). Food-fun-prizes, Chinese auction 8'x8" slotted board Simply Said project decorated to your desire. Variety of designs & colors to choose from and all supplies included. FMI, visit (to view projects) or call 724-263-6929.

March 25, 2017 | Kid's Fest — from 10am to 4pm at the Washington Crown Center. FMI, call 724-222-2200.

March 26 | Crafty Creations: Popsicle Easter Basket — held at the Greene County Fairgrounds. FMI, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

March 29, 2017 | Vietnam Veterans Day — March 29th is a very special date for Vietnam Veterans and the nation. On this day in 1973, the last American troops were withdrawn from Vietnam. The Waynesburg VFW Post #4793 is inviting Veterans, Military, Respective Families, Fellow Citizens and those who served alongside our troops from throughout the World. Food and refreshment will follow the program. FMI, contact Rick Black 724-998-0598.


April 8 — Spring Gardening Seminar — The Greene County Master Gardeners delivers a series of one-hour presentations on various gardening topics. Registration begins at 8:30 am in the 4-H building at the Greene County Fairgrounds, with the program running from 4 am to 1 pm. Pre-registration is $12 and registration at the door is $14. FMI or to register, contact the Greene County Penn State Extension at 724-627-3745.

April 8 | Annual Easter "Eggstravaganza" — Held from 10 am-4 pm by the Waynesburg Merchant's Guild. FMI, visit

April 8 | Music Program Spring Concert — held from 7-9:00 pm at Waynesburg University. Featuring, the Waynesburg University Lamplighters and Symphonic Band perform Psalms, Hymns and Traditional Spirituals, including John Williams Film Scores from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, War Horse, The Terminal, and Lincoln. FMI, call 1-800-225-7393.

April 15 | Annual Hammer-In demonstration — 9:00 am-4:00 pm, free event. Step back in time and enjoy traditional blacksmith demonstrations. Tours of the W.A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop will be available throughout the day! Plus, learn about belt line & machinery with Bly Blystone. A welcome ceremony will be held at noon followed by an auction Iron in the Hat at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit W.A. Young Foundry, Pittsburgh Area Artist Blacksmiths Association (PAABA) & Appalachian Blacksmiths Association (ABA). Refreshments available by the Rices Landing Boy Scout Troop 1168. FMI, call Bly’s cell at 724-710-4898.

April 22-23 | Mason-Dixon Ramp Festival — FMI, call 304-879-5500 or visit

If you would like to submit an article to the "Greene County Gazette," please email Ruth Thornberg or phone 724-852-5384.

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