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

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GREENE COUNTY, PA — Tuesday, January 31, 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
www.co.greene.pa.us
Ruth Thornberg, Webmaster

Compiled by Kelli Rishell
Administrative Assistant &
Ruth Thornberg, Webmaster


Edited by JoAnne Marshall
Communications Director


Approved by Jeffrey Marshall, Chief Clerk

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


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Presidents Day Holiday Notice



Transportation Presidents Day Holiday Notice



Jan. 31-May 19, 2017

Biggest Loser Competitions 2017


FMI, call 412-648-1542



FMI, call 412-648-1542


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.


FMI, call 724-943-4462


FMI, Carmichaels VFW at 724-966-5965
550 E. George St, Carmichaels, PA 15320

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


Pre-registration required

Dept of Rec at 724-852-5323


FMI, call 724-852-5323



Pre-registration required

Dept of Rec at 724-852-5323


Pre-registration required

Dept of Rec at 724-852-5323


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


March 18, 2017 (8-11 am)



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.
  7. CAMPBELL, 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.
  21. HILLEN, SCOTT
  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


  Chair of Honor Ceremony

The Greene County Commissioners — and the Greene County Court of Common Pleas along with Rolling Thunder worked together to bring the PIA/MIA Chair of Honor Program to Greene County. Located on the first floor in the Greene County Courthouse, the POW/MIA Chair is our reminder of more than 82,701 service members who are prisoners of war and missing in action since World War I. A ceremony commemorating the installation of the Chair of Honor was held on Tuesday, Jan. 10. The ceremony was hosted by Commissioners Blair Zimmerman and Dave Coder; President Judge Farley Toothman and Judge Lou Dayich; and Clarence Fisher, Marlys Johnson and Gary Nicholson, Rolling Thunder Chapter 5 PA members.


  Commissioner Coder attends the PA State Fair Convention in Hershey, PA

Picture #1: Commissioner Dave Coder & wife Cindy standing with Greene County 2016 Fair Queen Lindsey Gilbert || Picture #2 (l to r): 2016 Jacktown Fair Queen Laura Wise, 2016 PA State Fair Queen Darby Kasper, and 2016 Greene County Fair Queen Lindsey Gilbert || Picture #3 (l to r): 2016 Greene County Fair Queen Lindsey Gilbert and 2016 Jacktown Fair Queen Laura Wise in their evening gowns || Picture #4 (l to r): Debbie Stephenson (Greene County Fair Board Secretary), 2016 Greene County Fair Queen Lindsey Gilbert, and Commissioner Dave Coder ||

The Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs (PSACF) exists as a voluntary non-profit educational organization dedicated to promote the growth and improvement of Agriculture Fairs, Associations and Societies within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. They also educate and provide the opportunity to exchange information among members, the general public and agencies for the betterment of the Fairs and/or Fair Industry.

The PSACF has been in existence since 1912 beginning with 13 Fairs (members) and has steadily grown to 109 Fairs (members). The Pennsylvania State Fair Convention held annually during the third week of January is the opportunity for Fairs to participate in networking, seminars, table topics, meetings, trade shows and the State Fair Queen contest. FMI, visit www.pafairs.org.

(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, January 5, the Commissioners approved the following:

• Under Finance & Administration:
  • Make a contribution to the Greene Academy of Art in the amount of $10,000. Payable upon receipts
  • Agreement between Morgan Excavating, L.P. and Greene County for the Airport Access Road Project and associated stormwater construction. Pending PennDOT approval
  • Heavy-Hauling Agreement between Rice Poseidon Midstream, LLC and the County of Greene to utilize a portion of Progress Drive in Franklin Township
  • Change Order No. 3 between the County of Greene and A. Folino Construction for the reconstruction of the balance of the 12 inch undercut area at the new airport entrance driveway and the construction of two (2) ADA compliant ramps at the SE and SW corners of the intersection of Murtha Drive and SR0021. Also, included in this Change Order is the deletion of 8" and 24" White Waterborne Pavement Markings and adding 8" and 24" White Hot Thermoplastic Pavement Markings as required by PennDOT at a cost of $20,190.68
  • Solicitor Agreement between the County of Greene and Cheryl Cowen at an amount of $125,000 for duties as County Solicitor and CYS Agency Attorney
  • Solicitor Agreement between the County of Greene Department of Human Services and Gregory C. Hook at an amount of $85,000 for duties as Human Services Solicitor and CYS Agency Attorney. Hook will also perform solicitor duties to the Farmland Preservation, Coroner's office and the Clerk of Courts office Solicitor Agreement between the County of Greene Department of Children and Youth Services and Jeffry Grimes at an amount of $33,000
  • Price proposal by Widmer Engineering Inc. for engineering and permitting services for demolition of Bridge No. 1, 26, 87 & 92 and Maintenance on Bridge No. 75 in the amount of $24,129.42
  • Appoint Bradley Eisiminger as an emeritus member to the Greene County Fair Board
  • Appoint Dave Coder to the Greene County Fair Board of Directors.
 
• Under Tax Claims, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • In accordance with the Real Estate Tax sale (act of July 7, 1047, P.L., 1368 No. 542), section 613, as amended, notice is hereby given that a proposed sale price in the amount of fifty dollars ($50.00), plus fees, has been received and approved by the Tax Claim Bureau of the County of Greene, for the private sale of Parcel# 16-04- 209 located in Monongahela Township
  • In accordance with the Real Estate Tax sale (act of July 7, 1047, P.L., 1368 No. 542), section 613, as amended, notice is hereby given that a proposed sale price in the amount of fifty dollars ($50.00), plus fees, has been received and approved by the Tax Claim Bureau of the County of Greene, for the private sale of Parcel# 16-04- 208 located in Monongahela Township
  • In accordance with the Real Estate Tax sale (act of July 7, 1047, P.L., 1368 No. 542), section 613, as amended, notice is hereby given that a proposed sale price in the amount of fifty dollars ($50.00), plus fees, has been received and approved by the Tax Claim Bureau of the County of Greene, for the private sale of Parcel# 16-04- 207 located in Monongahela Township
• Under 911, the Commissioners approved a lease agreement between Gary E. Whyte and Erica Russell Whyte and the County of Greene for a tract of land located in Aleppo and Jackson Townships for mount an antenna supported by a free-standing pole, all for the use of the 911 System.

• Under Mental Health & Intellectual Disabilities, the Commissioners approved the Annual Supports Coordination Organization Qualification Application.

• Under Children & Youth, the Commissioners approved the FY 2015/2016 contract with Pressle Ridge. Other approvals included the FY 2016/2017 contracts with:
  • Pathways Adolescent Center, Inc.
  • Twin Pines Family Services, LLC
  • Adoption Connection PA

Announcements, the Department of Recreation will be accepting current applications for the recreation grants until March 1, 2017.

Public Comment, Brian Tanner talked about the benefits of UBER service in Greene County. Gave out flyers and talked about the download application that is on smart phones. UBER has 24 hour service and the payments can be made on the UBER (www.uber.com) website.


During the Commissioners' regular board meeting on Thursday, January 19, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Allocation of $4,000 to Morris Township Supervisors for a stone monument honoring members of the community that served in the armed forces
  • Allocation of $4,000 to the VFW of Waynesburg Post #4793 to purchase a refrigerator, upright freezer and oven
  • Allocation of $500 to PAX in cooperation with the VFW of Carmichaels Post #3191 towards the dinners provided every 4th Thursday at the VFW
  • Allocation of $5,000 to the Lions Club for the annual July 4th celebration
  • Grant in the amount of $37,500 to Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services for low-income residents and victims of abuse
  • Cancel a Conflict Attorney Agreement between the County of Greene and Camson Rigby, LLC
  • Conflict Attorney Agreement between the County of Greene and Erick D. Rigby, LLC
Appointments, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Reappoint Keith Davin to the Housing Authority of Greene County for a five year term
  • Reappoint Shelly Brown to the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board of Directors retroactive to 08-01-16 through 07-31-18
• Under Bridges, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Supplemental Engineering Agreement between the County of Greene and Widmer Engineering, Inc. for County Bridge #15 (over Muddy Creek located in Cumberland Township)
  • Add and deduct change order from Clearwater Construction for County Bridge #102 (Aleppo Township) in the amount of $4,356.40
• Under Emergency Management, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • First amendment to short form tower license agreement between the County of Greene and Crown Castle Company, LLC
  • Contract between the County of Greene and Mission Critical Partners, Inc. to advance voice communication capabilities by migrating the County’s Selective Router and Automatic Location Identification data base services to the Verizon Selective Router network that is currently utilized by Washington and Fayette Counties
• Under Farmland Preservation, the Commissioners approved the certification of County Funds for the 2017 program year.
  • Under Mental Health & Intellectual Disabilities, the Commissioners approved the FY2016/2017 contract with Friel, Lokuta, and Stauffer, LLC.

• Under Tax Claim, the Commissioners approved the following:
  • Greene County Tax Claim Bureau has received a bid of one thousand dollars and 00/100 ($1,000), plus fees, for the following property: control #6-639 located in Dunkard Township. The property has been in the office since 1997 and was taken to upset sale on September 10, 2001 and judicial sale on August 21, 2007 and remains unsold
  • Greene County Tax Claim Bureau has received a bid of one thousand dollars and 00/100 ($1,000), plus fees, for the following property: control #6-640 located in Dunkard Township. The property has been in the office since 1997 and it was taken to upset sale on September 10, 2001 and judicial sale on August 29, 2008 and remains unsold
  • Greene County Tax Claim Bureau has received a bid of one thousand dollars and 00/100 ($1,000), plus fees, for the following property: control #6-71342 located in Dunkard Township. The property has been in the office since 1998 and it was taken to upset sale on September 10, 2001 and judicial sale on August 29, 2008 and remains unsold
• Under Veterans Affairs, the Commissioners approved a request from the Filer-Sadlek Post #954 in the amount of $182.45 for Veterans Day expenses.


Prison Board:
During the Prison Board meeting on Thursday, January 19, the Commissioners made the following motions:
  • Security:
    • Preparing for the development of an in-house emergency response training format. Have responded recently to several inmate incidents that could have escalated to an officer involved use of force for compliance requirement. Several pieces of equipment have been obtained for this objective and will be utilized for training development in the areas of less lethal, aerosols, defensive tactics, and response team application. Will be staffing H-Unit with a corrective officer for the 0800-1600 and 1600-0000 shifts with an officers station designated on the unit. This assignment is required due to the projected increase in the number of inmates assigned to the unit and a need for increased supervision.

  • Treatment:
    • As of today’s date we are reinstituting the women’s work detail after a brief shut down to evaluate the program and the inmates selected to participate. Today’s detail is scheduled for the Humane Society and depending on this agencies need we may consider this detail as a weekly assignment. Due to the recent increase of female inmates moving the females from E unit to G unit. E-unit is only rated for sixteen (16) inmates and with the number of upper bunk restrictions this movement back to G will address this issue and facilitate access to gang showers and four (4) telephones.
    • In an effort to finalize the housing unit renovations, we have ordered twelve (12) institutional sectional lounge chair systems of the single seat type that can be bolted down. They are made of non-accessible material that can be disinfected and searched. Will be placing two (2) to four (4) on each unit depending on the housing unit size. This enhancement will allow inmates the ability to read, study, or watch television during block out periods.

  • Training:
    • Currently have two (2) employees attending the DOC Training Academy at Elizabethtown for Corrections Officer certification. They are shift commander John Fox and Officer Ryan Kmetz.

  • Maintenance:
    • Currently refinishing the housing unit floors; we have completed A-1 unit and A unit last week. During the last several days however we noticed several small areas that appeared to be peeling and are taking additional measures during the preparation process of D-unit to ensure that the application sets properly. In addition to the floor refinishing we are also painting the units along with performing necessary maintenance on the cell door drive mechanisms.
    • Deputy Kraus has continued to give notice to MTS in regards to their failure to provide a suitable fix to the intercom system. Their latest reply to the Deputy states that presenting this matter to the President of Montgomery Technology Systems with the recommendation that a technician be sent to the facility for evaluation and corrections of the problem. Solicitor Cowen has been kept informed of this ongoing development.

  • Financial Report:
    • Fayette County owes $22,450.00 for the month of December in regards to rental fees and has paid $18,350.00 for the month of November.
    • Deposits totaling $1,600.00 have been made with the Treasurer’s Office for Decembe&339;’s work release and weekend inmates.

  • General Discussion:
    • Continuing to do weekly status reports to let the commissioners know what is going on. Continue to utilize resources that we have. Planning on purchasing a heat lamp for the kitchen.

Retirement Board:
During the Retirement Board meeting on Thursday, January 19, Treasurer Grandel made the motion and Controller Balint the second to approve the certification that the Edward Jones 457 Plan is not subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended. The County further certifies that all transactions entered into and instruction given on the account complies with the Plan’s documents, including any trust document, investment policy, and applicable law.


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

Correction in Pay Rate:
  • John Fox, regular FT Shift Supervisor
  • Andrew Lock, Assistant District Attorney
Miscellaneous:
  • Sheila Rode made the motion and Commissioner Coder the second to table the hiring a Court Reporter.
New Hires:
  • Eric Hurd, regular FT County Caseworker I
  • Anthony (Ty) Negley, regular FT County Caseworker I
  • Thomas Stimaker, regular FT County Caseworker I
  • Kimberly Thompson, regular FT County Caseworker I
Pay Increases:
  • Cheryl Cowen, Solicitor
  • Gregory Hook, Solicitor
  • Jennifer Withrow, Court Recorder
Promotions:
  • Brian Bundy to Shift Supervisor (temporary)
  • Michelle Howard to regular FT Casework Supervisor
  • Maureen Maher to the new Office Managerposition, District Attorney’s office
  • Tina Smith to Shift Supervisor (temporary)
  • Karen Taylor to regular FT Food Service Supervisor
  • BJ Walters to regular PT Corrections Officer
Reclassifications:
  • Ricardo Cicconi, Assistant District Attorney, from management pay grade 10 to 11
  • Daniel Dolney, Court Reporter to MG PG 8
  • Patrick Fitch, Assistant District Attorney, from management pay grade 10 to 11
  • Michael Gashie to Magisterial Assistant II, DJ Watson’s office
  • Rachel Gillispie to Department Clerk II, Elections
  • Shelby Jeffrey to Department Clerk II, R&R
  • Andrew Lock, Assistant District Attorney, from management pay grade 10 to 11
  • Sandra Tarasi to Magisterial Assistant II, DJ Bate’s office
  • Brianna Vanata, First Assistant District Attorney, from management pay grade 12 to 13
Remove from Payroll:
  • Denise Thomas, Legal Secretary, Public Defender's Office, due to end of approved leave of absence period
Renewal of Employment Agreement:
  • Jeffrey Grimes at $33,000 per year
Resignations:
  • Sheena Smith, PT Tip Staff, Courts
Retirements:
  • Robert Burrie, Custodial Worker
Transfers:
  • Zachary Burger from temporary PT to casual Corrections Officer
  • Jenna Friend to regular PT Court Reporter
  • Adam Gillingham to regular FT Forensic Specialist

Greene County Sheriff's 2016 Comprehensive Activity Report:
    • Civil Actions Processed: 532
    • Civil Actions Served: 491

    • Real Estate Sale Processed: 49
    • Real Estate Sale Served: 70

    • Personal Property Processed: 28
    • Personal Property Served: 34

    • Protection from Abuse Processed: 130
    • Protection from Abuse Served: 102

    • License to Carry Concealed Processed: 1371
    • License to Sell Firearms Processed: 10
    • Warrants Processed: 247

    • Outside Agency Assist: 33 (Local Police Department, State, Probation/Parole/FBI)

    • County Transports: 157

    • SCI Inmate Transports: 99

    • Traffic Stops: 290

    • Mileage traveled by Deputies in 2016: 37,441

    Click HERE for Press Release (1/11/2017 from Sheriff Brian Tennant). FMI, contact the Sheriff's Office at 724-852-5218.


  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.

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.
 
Jennifer Gumbarevic
Administrative Assistant
Greene County Prison
Department of Law & Order
Appointment eff. Dec. 19 (SEIU PG9)
 
Brandy Yekel
Fiscal Assistant
Children & Youth Services
Department of Human Services
Appointment eff. Dec. 28 (SEIU PG8)
 
Kimberly Thompson
Caseworker 1
Children & Youth Services
Department of Human Services
Appointment eff. Jan. 3
 
 
Anthony (Ty) Negley
Caseworker
Children & Youth Services
Department of Human Services
Appointment eff. Jan. 3 (MG PG7)
 
Thomas Stimaker
Caseworker
Children & Youth Services
Department of Human Services
Appointment eff. Jan. 17 (UMWA HS/CYS)
 
Eric Ryan Hurd
Caseworker
Children & Youth Services
Department of Human Services
Appointment eff. Jan. 17 (UMWA HS/CYS)
 


  CONGRATULATIONS to the new mommy!
Shanna & Tip Meyers welcome the arrival of their son, Duke Stephen Meyers, born on January 5, 2017 at 3:51 a.m. and weighting in at 9lbs 11oz and 21 inches long. The proud parents are enjoying him so much! And he's already wearing his John Deere mitts/gear!
   
Shanna has worked for the county for several years, starting as an intern for the Commissioner's Office; following graduation from college, she was hired in our Human Services Department as a Prevention Specialist for our Drug and Alcohol Program. Shanna will be out of the office on maternity leave until March 10, if assistance is needed during her absence, please contact her Supervisor Kira Sisk at 724-852-5276.


  CONGRATULATIONS!



... to the mommy to be!

Nicole and Matthew Roberts are excited to share their good news, they are having a baby girl due to arrive on June 12. They are very happy as are their entire families, feeling blessed and anxiously waiting. They will soon have a full house, with a little adult and four doggies to keep the proud parents busy!

Nicole is a Social Service Aide in our Family Center, CCIS, Human Services Department.









      Pictured on the left is
      the revealing of the sex celebration a baby girl!
      and pictured on the left are Nicole and Matt
      counting their blessings over the holidays!


  Commissioners congratulate Greene County Culinary Students

Dan Wagner and the culinary high school students left Monday prior to the presidential inauguration for Washington, D.C. to cook up a storm, from fruit trays and omelets to banquet hors d’oeuvres and chocolate molds of the White House and Capitol Building. But the students agreed that this was a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" for them, which all started with Mr. Wagner contacting several locations for Trump International Hotels, requesting an internship for his culinary students during the week of the presidential inauguration.

The students were given the opportunity of working with some of the best chefs in the country, and they worked hard doing tasks that are in the school curriculum. The students performed in different departments, including room service, dining, baking and pastry, and worked with dozens of chefs, managers and other hospitality staff at the hotel. They performed so well and impressed many, they were invited back by the executive chef to help in the kitchen during the upcoming PGA Championship in Washington, D.C.

Students from all five school districts were representing the Greene County Career and Development Center, where Dan Wagner is the culinary instructor. Wagner received praise on how well his team of students worked.

Pictured are the students from the GCCTC culinary class that attended the inauguration to internship in the kitchen of the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.   (Photo courtesy of Dan Wagner, GCCTC & Observer-Reporter, ed. 1/21/17)


  AAA awards Silver Award

Congratulations to our Greene County Sheriff's Office on receiving the 2016 Community Traffic Safety Silver Award from AAA for Leadership and educational programming to protect citizens and improve traffic safety". Sheriff Tennant stated that it was an early Christmas present! (Source: Greene County Sheriff fb© page)
  COMES TO THE BURG — WAYNESBURG!

Now available in Waynesburg; need a ride?

UBER can get you there, your own private taxi! Just download the app and get riding. Click HERE for flyer.


  Sheriff's Office to continued late hours for Gun Permits
Pennsylvania law requires the Sheriff’s Office to process all applications for a license to carry firearms. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office, in an effort to make the permit process more accessible, decided in 2016 to remain open one evening per month with later hours for those county residents who wished to exercise the right to obtain a concealed weapon permit, but who could not make it during regular office hours.

The third Thursday of every month the Greene County Sheriff’s Office extended our gun permit hours. "This newly offered program went well in 2016, so we will continue offering the later hours in 2017 as well." Sheriff Brian Tennant said. Tennant went on to say "I understand why it's difficult for some to make it to the courthouse during the day and I want to do all that I can to make the application process as accessible as I can for those people who wish to exercise this right."

Please be aware that due to courthouse security measures, all applicants coming late for a concealed weapons permit will be asked to use the Church Street entrance to the courthouse. This program is again being held the 3rd Thursday of every month until 6:00pm beginning on January 19, 2017.

For late gun permit dates, click HERE for January 13, 2017 press release or call the sheriff's office at 724-627-7207.   Click HERE for Gun Permit Information and Application form .

— Thanks, Brian Tennant, Greene County Sheriff (724-852-5218)


  Greene County Sheriff's Office arrests wanted man


Press Release, January 5, 2017 — Acting on an anonymous tip, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office apprehended Briar Jones Wednesday, January 4, 2017 on a warrant issued out of Marshall County, West Virginia.

The warrant was issued in November of 2016 and multiple agencies had been searching for him since its issuance. Jones was taken into custody late Wednesday afternoon on a well pad access road in the Windy Gap area of Aleppo Township, Greene County, PA, without incident.

This was made possible through multiple anonymous tips, interagency cooperation, and a multi-jurisdictional team of Greene County Sheriff's Deputies and other agencies.

Additional charges are pending for Jones, as he was found to be in possession of a suspected controlled substance. "I would like to thank Marshall County, WV Sheriff’s Deputies, the U.S. Marshal's Service, and those who helped with giving us the anonymous tips that aided in the apprehension. Additionally, I could not be more proud of my Deputies and the work they are doing to help keep Greene County safe." Greene County Sheriff Brian Tennant said of the incident.

Jones is currently being held in the Greene County Prison.   — Brian Tennant, Greene County Sheriff (click HERE for Jan. 5, 2017 press release)


  Greene County Farmland Preservation looking for easement program applicants

The Greene County Farmland Preservation is looking for landowners to apply for the agricultural conservation easement program through the end of the year. Landowners must be enrolled in an agricultural security area of at least 500 acres. In Greene County, there are eight townships with those areas, including Center, Cumberland, Franklin, Greene, Jefferson, Morgan, Washington and Wayne.

Landowners also must have at least 50 acres, have 50 percent of the soils on the parcel under consideration in soil capability classes 1-4, be available for agricultural production, and contain more than 50 percent or 10 acres of harvested cropland, pasture or grazing land.

The highest ranking farm can continue through the easement process with a $2,000 deposit, which will be returned to them when the process is completed, according to the Farmland Preservation. FMI, call the Farmland Preservation office at 724-852-5278.


  Brand New House For Sale — Redevelopment Authority of Greene County (RACG)


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


  Message from the Greene County Veterans Affairs Office
Veterans Affairs Outreach Activities — As part of our veterans outreach program, we will be going to the following Senior Centers throughout the county on the dates indicated below. For directions to any of these centers, contact the Veterans Affairs office:

  • Centers operated by Community Action:

    • Bobtown Senior Center:
      March 28, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
      August 29, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

    • Carmichaels Senior Center:
      April 19, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
      July 26, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

    • Jefferson Senior Center:
      March 15, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
      August 23, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

    • Mt. Morris Senior Center:
      May 10, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
      October 4, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

    • West Greene Senior Center (Graysville):
      March 23, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
      August 17, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

  • Independently Operated Center(s):

    • Clarksville Senior Lions Center
      (sponsored by Clarksville Area Lions Club) tentative dates:

      July 19, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
      October 25, 2017 @ 11:00 AM



    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 February to remember:
  • February 3Four Chaplains Day, a day set aside to honor the four U.S. Army Chaplains who gave their lives to save others with their life jackets and prayed together when their transport ship, the U.S.A.T Dorchester was torpedoed eighty miles south of Greenland on February 3, 1943. The Chaplains came from different faiths and backgrounds.

  • February 4USO 75th Birthday (1941) (United States Organizations, Incorporated). A non-profit umbrella company consisting of six civilian organizations: the Salvation Army, Young Men's (YMCA) & Young Women's (YWCA) Christian Association, National Catholic Community Service, National Travelers Aid Association and National Jewish Welfare Board. The USO was founded on February 4, 1941 in response to president Franklin D. Roosevelt's request to lift the spirits of troops and their families. This had been achieved through the provision of services, programs and live entertainment, known as the USO Show, to U.S. troops and their families. Their motto is "Until Every One Comes Home."

    The USO DAY Celebration is to pay tribute to the USOs, Inc. who boosted the morale of the U.S. soldiers and their families during wartime. The annual observance is based on its foundation date (1941). The group is not a government agency although it was chartered congressionally and works with the Department of Defense.
    (Source: http://www.dates.abouttravelingtheworld.com/special-holidays/uso-day/#The_Origin_of_the_USO)
— Thanks, Dalene Watson, VA Director (724-852-5275)


  IT Tip #57 — File Storage

Just a reminder that the place to store important documents is in your My Documents folder — this folder (location) gets backed up four (4) times a day, every evening, and every Saturday, plus we keep 13 copies, on 2 different storage units, ranging back 5 weeks — so if you ever misplace something or files get "lost", or you delete something accidentally, we can retrieve it for you! (Your heroes).

The places you do NOT want to keep important files are:
  1. in your email — which eventually gets archived and we do not backup your archived files
  2. on your desktop — since that area does not get backed up until you log off
  3. on a flash drive — which often break!
  4. anywhere else except your My Documents folder

— Thanks, Scott Kelley, IT Director (724-852-5296)




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


February 1, 8, & 15, 2017 | PIYO — at 5pm at the Greene County Fairgrounds. PiYo, taught by Meghan Phillips, is a hybrid athletic workout that combines the mind and body practices of Pilates and Yoga as well as the principles of stretch, strength training, conditioning and dynamic movement. Announcements will be made on WANB Radio and the Greene County Commissioners Facebook page. FMI or pre-registration, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323, or visit www.co.greene.pa.us.

February 2, 9, & 16, 2017 | Country Heat — 5-6pm, $5 per session. instructed by Ashley Donaldson, introducing a high-energy, easy-to-follow, country dance-inspired fitness program that fires up the fun with dance to reshape the body, melt off the weight, tone and tighten. Hell at the Greene County Fairgrounds in the upper level of Building #10. FMI or to pre-register, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

February 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.

February 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.

February 6, 13, & 27 | Body Blast — at the Greene County Fairgrounds at 5 pm. New to the program is Miranda Chapman leading Body Blast. It is the perfect combination of a full body workout that involves cardio to increase the heart rate and resistance training to sculpt arms, butt and cores. All fitness levels are welcome! FMI or pre-registration, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

February 6, 2017 — S.O.A.R. OFFERING PILOT SCHOOL & FLYING CLUB — S.O.A.R. of Greene County is offering a private pilot ground school for people in the community who are interested in learning how to fly. The first class will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Old Curry Home, 931 Rolling Meadows Road, Waynesburg. A $50 donation per student is requested for the 10- to 12-week class. To reserve a spot, call Jeff Halliday at 724-998-6973. S.O.A.R. of Greene County also has established a flying club at the Greene County Airport. Greene County Flyers Club is offering limited club memberships for established and new pilots. FMI, contact Max Loughman at 724-344-9693 or visit www.soarofgreenecounty.org.

February 12, 2017 | Valentine Heart String Art — (Mommy & Me class) held at 2 pm at the Greene County Fairgrounds with instructor Katy Misechok ($20). Click HERE for Crafty Creations brochure. FMI Call Dept of Rec at 724-852-5323.


February 13, 2017 | Heart-to-Heart Discussion — 5:30-7:30 pm, the Washington Health System-Greene (350 Bonar Avenue, Waynesburg) in the Guesman Room. Join in for an evening of heart-related education, activities, food, prizes, and more. Free event to all community members, seating is limited. Topics to be discussed include: "Diabetes and the heart", "Stroke Care", "Exercise" and more. A cardiologist will be present to answer questions. Free blood pressure screenings available. Participants must register by email at info@whs or call 724-223-3131.

February 14, 2017 | St. Valentine's Day — Remember your sweetheart on this special hearts day! Also called the Feast of Saint Valentine, an annual day of celebration.

February 19, 21, 26, & 28 | 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.

February 19 & 26 | 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.

February 20, 2017 | Presidents Day Holiday — county government offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017 in observance of President Day holiday. Note that the Greene County Transportation Office will also be closed, click HERE for additional information. FMI, call the individual offices.

February 22, 2017 | Greene Arc Open Interviews — Greene Arc, Inc. will be holding Open Interviews at the Waynesburg CareerLink on Wednesday February 22, 2017. We will be available from 10am - 3:30pm. We are looking for Residential Care Workers for all 3 of our Group Home locations. Waynesburg, Carmichaels and Rogersville. All positions are full time and we will be hiring qualified applicants, on the same day of interview.

January 1-December 1, 2017 | Cache Me if You Can (Geocaching) — involves eight recreation sites across Greene County. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunt game using GPS software. Click HERE for brochure with pass code application and/or HERE for event flyer. FMI, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323.

February 26, 2017 | Cabin Fever Chili Cook-off — 10 am-5 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 vote for their favorite chili after tasting each recipe.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS, UPCOMING:

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 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.




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