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					                             A Bi-Weekly Update on
                        Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

              October 21, 2005  Volume 4  Issue 18  www.co.westmoreland.pa.us



Four Polling Location Changes Enacted for Upcoming Election
       Some polling locations changes were recently enacted that will affect voters at
four precincts throughout the county for the November 8 General Election. The changes
were approved by the county commissioners, in their capacity as the County Elections
Board, at their October 13 public meeting.
       The changes are as follows:
        East Huntingdon Township: Bessemer #2
            From: West Overton Museum, West Overton Village
            To: Jimmy Paul‟s Restaurant (Banquet Room)
        Hempfield Township: Todd
            From: Westpoint Elementary School, St. Andrew‟s Drive
            To: Good Shepard Lutheran Church, 501 Fairfield Drive
        Ligonier Township: Wilpen
            From: St. Anne‟s Catholic Church, Robb Road
            To: Wilpen VFD, 379 Wilpen Road
        Sewickley Township: Whyle
            From: Recreation Building, Pike Street
            To: Grace Bible Church, 113 Grace Lane
                                              In other action, the county Elections Board
                                      approved machine inspectors, as submitted by the
        In This Issue:                Democratic and Republican parties of Westmoreland
                                      County for the November 8 election, and approved a
 Hobgoblin Hike . . . . .Page 2
                                      referendum to be placed on the official ballot in
                                      Sewickley Township to establish a two-mill annual
 Health Expo . . . . . . . .Page 3
                                      tax rate to support ambulance and emergency services.
                                              The Elections Board also appointed Nancy
 Asset Building
                                      Zelmore, Janice Zelmore, Elizabeth Rua and Cecelia
 for Youth . . . . . . . . . . Page 4
                                      Antinori to the Official Return Board for the
                                      November 8 election. This board will convene on
 Proclamations . . . . . . Page 5
                                      November 14, 2005, at 9:00 a.m. Mary Lou Simon,
      Send us your feedback           Robert Smithley, Ina Smithley and Myrna McCloskey
             E-mail:                  were appointed to review and count provisional
  FKopas@co.westmoreland.pa.us        ballots cast at the election. This board will convene
                                      on November 10, 2005, at 8:30 a.m.
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       For more information, contact Elections Director Paula Pedicone at 724-830-3150
or e-mail ppedicon@co.westmoreland.pa.us.

Get Your Halloween Scares at Northmoreland Park’s Hobgoblin Hike
        The only free event of its kind in the area, the Hobgoblin Hike will be held on
Friday, October 21, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Northmoreland Park in Allegheny
Township. The event is sponsored by Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation, and
will be held rain or shine.
        Recommended for ages eight and older, the Hobgoblin Hike is a half-mile guided
walk outdoors, through the haunted woods of the park. Visitors can expect to be led
through mazes and cemeteries, and past more than 100 ghouls, goblins and monsters.
        The Hobgoblin Hike is a safe family alternative to conventional trick-or-treating,
and parents are encouraged to attend the event with their children. All children will
receive a free treat at the end of the hike.
        Northmoreland Park is located in Allegheny Township and is accessible via State
Route 356 from State Routes 56, 66 and 28.
        For more information, contact Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation at
724-830-3950 or visit the county homepage at www.co.westmoreland.pa.us (keyword:
“parks”).

Westmoreland Manor Nurses Assist Hurricane Victims
         Between the time that Hurricane Katrina tore into the southeastern United States
and while Hurricane Rita was threatening the same area, Complete HealthCare Resources
(CHR) – the company that manages Westmoreland Manor – anticipated a need in its
facilities in Texas and requested assistance from its sister facilities in Pennsylvania.
         As the call for volunteer nurses went out, six nurses from Westmoreland Manor
took the challenge. Debby Christner, LPN, Marla Goodlin, RN, Dee Nasri, RN, Sandy
Ohr, RN, Debbie Reese, RN, and Doris Rizza, LPN, joined a team of 28 nurses from
CHR homes in Pennsylvania. When they left Greensburg on September 23, they did not
know their final destination nor did they know what they would be facing once they
landed in Texas.
         Although they were not involved in the front-line rescue efforts of evacuees, the
nurses were able to assist the over-crowded nursing homes in providing nursing care for
the displaced residents. The residents and their families expressed their extreme gratitude
to the “Pennsylvania Nurses” for the care and compassion that was provided.
         Upon their return September 28 the nurses shared stories of many residents who
literally had nothing but the shirts on their backs, or in better cases a very limited amount
of belongings. The nurses also told of a slight dialect barrier that sometimes made their
care-giving even more challenging. They also had to deal with midnight calls for
schedule adjustments, lack of sleep and no regular meals. There were various policy and
procedure differences to get used to, and all credit Manor Nursing Director Margaret
Harkobusic‟s insistence on strict adherence to the rules at Westmoreland Manor for their
ability to work within a new system.
         The nurses returned grateful for the opportunity to challenge themselves and rise
above adversity. They learned a lot about themselves and learned to appreciate those
things in life that we all too often take for granted.


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       Complete HealthCare Resources provided airplane transportation to and from
Texas, and provided accommodations and transportation during the stay. The nurses
used their vacation days in order to volunteer, and adjustments were made to their Manor
schedules.
       For more information, contact Shelley Thompson at 724-830-4022 or e-mail
rthompso@co.westmoreland.pa.us.

Crime Victims Owed Money
         Westmoreland County Clerk of Courts David Patterson has court-ordered
restitution for victims of crime that have incorrect or no address registered on file. The
total amount of restitution currently being held in escrow is $71,607.21, with individual
amounts ranging from $61to $16,664.50.
         Any monies that remain unclaimed by the end of the year will be turned over to
the state Escheats Department. Claimants must provide proper identification, previous
address and details of the case.
         To see a complete list of individuals and businesses that are owed restitution, visit
the Clerk of Courts homepage at www.co.westmoreland.pa.us (keyword: clerk).
         For more information, contact the Clerk of Courts office at 724-830-3734.

Annual Health and Education Expo October 26
         The Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging, Westmoreland Human
Opportunities, Inc., the Westmoreland County Health and Welfare Council,
Westmoreland Casemanagement & Supports, Inc. and the county Board of
Commissioners will honor caregivers, seniors, persons with disabilities and the public at
large by hosting the 2005 Annual Health and Education Expo on October 26 at the Four
Points Hotel/Sheraton in Greensburg.
         The expo will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be more than 70
vendors providing a variety of interactive health screenings, activities and information,
including flu shots, bone density testing, blood pressure, depression screening, Medicare
Part D, Alzheimer‟s and much more.
         The event is free and open to the public.
         For more information, contact the Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging
toll-free at 800-442-8000.

Historical Society to Host Historic Gardening Seminar
        The settlers who traveled to southwestern Pennsylvania in the 18th century had to
be self-reliant in order to survive in the harsh frontier environment. Clearing the dense
forests in order to build shelter and cultivate the land for agriculture was among the first
tasks that needed to be accomplished. Every family put in a kitchen garden that served as
the main source of food, flavorings and medicine.
        The Westmoreland County Historical Society recently received a Westmoreland
County Tourism Grant to revise and upgrade the interpretation of the tavern‟s garden at
Historic Hanna‟s Town. New fencing, raised beds and plantings will display a more
authentic 18th century interpretation of the garden. The grant also provides funding for a
consultant to assist with planning a new design for the garden and make
recommendations for historic plants.


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        Historian Clarissa F. Dillon, Ph.D., will present a historic gardening seminar
using the garden at the site as a model for changing a “colonial revival herb garden” into
an 18th century kitchen garden.
        “Dirt and Turnips: The Colonial Kitchen Garden” will be held in two parts on
Wednesday, October 26. The garden planning session will take place in the afternoon at
Historic Hanna‟s Town, and the admission fee is $10. An evening discussion on historic
gardens will be held at the Society‟s library at 41 W. Otterman Street, Suite 310, in
Greensburg. The 7:00 p.m. seminar is free and open to the public. Space is limited for
both sessions and advanced registration is required.
        Clarissa Dillon received her Ph.D. in history from Bryn Mawr College and has
been a consultant on kitchen gardens “in the world of William Penn” since 1986. She is
active in the research and interpretation of early Pennsylvania housewifery. Dr. Dillon
has written and published extensively on 18th century domestic life, and is a founding
member of Past Masters in Early American Domestic Arts, which provides
demonstrations and workshops on this topic, and publishes a quarterly newsletter.
        To make reservations for these events contact Joanna Moyar at the Westmoreland
County Historical Society at 724-836-1800 (extension x12) or e-mail
history@starofthewest.org.

Asset Building Builds Better Kids
        What is wrong with kids today? That statement has probably been made by
parents since the Romans ruled. The answer is kids are kids and always will be. It is the
adults that have changed. With today‟s fast paced, technologically advanced world kids
have more time to be kids. As we grew up, we all tested our parents‟ rules and limits.
The problem is that kids today have more time and more ways to push the envelope.
        Do you remember sneaking out of your house just to hang out with your friends?
What did you do once you met? We talked; some drank. We joked around, some did
drugs, and others met for a more intimate purpose. The things that we did are the same
today because kids are kids and always will be.
        So what can we do to help the youth of today become the successful, responsible
adult leaders of tomorrow? We can lead by example. Each one of us is a role model.
The Search Institute has developed a framework that can make us be more intentional at
being better role models.
        Search Institute has surveyed more than two million youth throughout the United
States and Canada since 1989. Researchers have learned about the experiences, attitudes,
behaviors and the number of developmental assets at work for these young people.
Studies reveal strong and consistent relationships between the number of assets present in
young people‟s lives and the degree to which they develop in positive and healthful ways.
Results show that the greater the numbers of developmental assets are experienced by
young people, the more positive and successful their development. The fewer the
number of assets present, the greater the possibility youth will engage in risky behaviors
such as drug use, unsafe sex and violence.
        The research shows that the average young person surveyed in the United States
experiences only 18 of the 40 assets and that, 62 percent of young people surveyed have
fewer than 20 of the 40 assets. In other words, the majority of young people in this




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country – from all walks of life – are lacking in sufficient developmental assets needed
for healthy development.
        This is where role modeling and relationship building become important. It is not
that you must change but that you must be more intentional in doing responsible and
healthy things.
        Adults and youth – in large and small ways – can help increase developmental
assets in the daily lives of young people. What‟s needed is an understanding of what
actions and behaviors breed success, a willingness to apply that knowledge, and most
importantly, a desire to see young people grow up happy, healthy and confident.
        “Asset-building” – the Institute‟s term for purposefully helping youth experience
more assets in their lives – is happening in hundreds of communities by thousands of
people throughout North America. Youth and adults – in big cities and small towns –
understand in growing numbers the awesome power they have in making positive and
lasting impact on the lives of young people. Individually and together, they are actively
engaged in the movement to grow healthy communities and healthy youth.
        ParentWISE plays an integral role in this growing asset-building movement in
Westmoreland County. ParentWISE can provide resources and materials, networking,
training and community building.
        For more information, contact call ParentWISE at 724-837-5410.

Proclamations
(Editor’s Note: the following proclamations were approved at the October 13
Commissioners’ Public Meeting.)
National Business Women's Week
        Whereas, working women constitute 66 million of the nation's work force and
strive to serve their communities, their states and their nation in professional, civic and
cultural capacities; and
        Whereas, women-owned businesses account for 28 percent of all U.S. business,
generating $1.15 trillion in sales; and
        Whereas, the major goals of Business and Professional Women/USA are to
promote equality for all women and to help create better conditions for working women
through the study of social, educational, economic and political problems; all of us are
proud of their leadership in these many fields of endeavor; and
        Whereas, for 77 years Business and Professional Women/USA has been
spotlighting the achievements and contributions of working women during National
Business Women's Week; and
        Whereas, the Greensburg club will celebrate their 75th Anniversary in November.
        Therefore, we the Commissioners of Westmoreland County, Tom Balya, Tom
Ceraso and Phil Light do hereby proclaim October 16th to October 22nd 2005 National
Business Women's Week.

2005 Red Ribbon Campaign
        Whereas, the Red Ribbon Campaign promotes family and individual
responsibility for living healthy, drug free lifestyles, without illegal drugs or the illegal
use of legal drugs; and




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        Whereas, it is the goal of the Red Ribbon Campaign to involve families,
businesses, law enforcement and senior organizations in all aspects of this campaign and
to establish an atmosphere that supports awareness, education, and on-going initiatives to
prevent illegal drug use; and
        Whereas, a series of events will take place throughout Westmoreland County
from October 23-30, 2005 to promote a heightened public awareness of the negative
effects that drugs can have in their communities;
        Therefore, We, the Commissioners of Westmoreland County, Tom Balya, Tom
Ceraso, and Phil Light, do hereby declare the Red Ribbon Campaign to be officially
conducted in Westmoreland County from October 23-30, 2005; and strongly support the
efforts of this Campaign to make Westmoreland County Drug Free.
        In Witness Whereof, we have hereunto set our hand and caused the Seal of the
County of Westmoreland to be affixed this 13th day of October 2005.

Eagle Scout: Joseph Balko
       Whereas, Joseph Balko, son of Kenny and Terrie Balko of West Newton, PA, is a
member of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 259 of Wyano, Pennsylvania; and
       Whereas, Joseph has been active in scouting since he joined tiger cubs in first
grade and earned the “Arrow of Light”, the highest award attainable in cub scouts. He
also earned the religious award „God and Family‟ and was bestowed the honor of
membership in the “Order of the Arrow”; and
       Whereas, Joseph chose for the Eagle Scout Service Project to weed a 50 foot area
of the garden at the Mendon Elementary School, build 3 picnic tables, replaced shed
doors and paint the shed; and
       Whereas, having completed all of the requirements set forth by the Boy Scouts of
America, and having been examined by an Eagle Scout Board of Review, Joseph Balko
has been found worthy of the rank of Eagle Scout; and
       Whereas, a significant part of achieving this rank is for the scout to select, plan
and execute an Eagle Scout Service Project and only two percent of all scouts ever
achieve this level of advancement.
       Therefore, we the Commissioners of Westmoreland County, Tom Balya, Tom
Ceraso, and Phil Light, do hereby recognize the accomplishments of Joseph Balko, an
upstanding leader among his peers.
       In Witness Thereof, we have hereunto set our hands and cause the seal of the
County to be affixed this 13th day of October 2005.

Eagle Scout: Derek Jacob Derr
         Whereas, Derek Jacob Derr, son of David and Sharon Derr of Madison, PA, is a
member of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 259 of Wyano, Pennsylvania; and
         Whereas, Derek Jacob Derr has been active in scouting since he joined tiger cubs
in first grade and earned the “Arrow of Light”, the highest award attainable in cub scouts.
He also was bestowed the honor of membership in the “Order of the Arrow”; and
         Whereas, Derek chose for the Eagle Scout Service Project to renovate Madison
Volunteer Fire Department. He cleaned and painted the building to make it more
presentable.




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       Whereas, having completed all of the requirements set forth by the Boy Scouts of
America, and having been examined by an Eagle Scout Board of Review, Derek Jacob
Derr has been found worthy of the rank of Eagle Scout; and
       Whereas, a significant part of achieving this rank is for the scout to select, plan
and execute an Eagle Scout Service Project and only two percent of all scouts ever
achieve this level of advancement.
       Therefore, we the Commissioners of Westmoreland County, Tom Balya, Tom
Ceraso, and Phil Light, do hereby recognize the accomplishments of Derek Jacob Derr,
an upstanding leader among his peers.
       In Witness Thereof, we have hereunto set our hands and cause the seal of the
County to be affixed this 13th day of October 2005.

Eagle Scout: Bradley Jay Ruddon
        Whereas, Bradley Jay Ruddon, son of Clarence and Karen Ruddon of Herminie,
PA, is a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 259 of Wyano, Pennsylvania; and
        Whereas, Bradley has been active in scouting since he joined tiger cubs in first
grade and earned the “Arrow of Light”, the highest award attainable in cub scouts. He
also earned the religious award „God and Family‟ and was bestowed the honor of
membership in the “Order of the Arrow”; and
        Whereas, Bradley chose for the Eagle Scout Service Project to remodel a work
room fro Sewickley Library where he framed, dry walled, painted, installed a drop
ceiling, new electrical outlets and new lighting fixtures; and
        Whereas, having completed all of the requirements set forth by the Boy Scouts of
America, and having been examined by an Eagle Scout Board of Review, Bradley Jay
Ruddon has been found worthy of the rank of Eagle Scout; and
        Whereas, a significant part of achieving this rank is for the scout to select, plan
and execute an Eagle Scout Service Project and only two percent of all scouts ever
achieve this level of advancement.
        Therefore, we the Commissioners of Westmoreland County, Tom Balya, Tom
Ceraso, and Phil Light, do hereby recognize the accomplishments of Bradley Jay
Ruddon, an upstanding leader among his peers.
        In Witness Thereof, we have hereunto set our hands and cause the seal of the
County to be affixed this 13th day of October 2005.

Eagle Scout: William Thomas Weber
       Whereas, William Thomas Weber, son of Paul and Diane Weber of Lowber, PA,
is a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 259 of Wyano, Pennsylvania; and
       Whereas, William has been active in scouting since he joined tiger cubs in first
grade and earned the “Arrow of Light”, the highest award attainable in cub scouts. He
also earned the religious award „God and Life‟ and was bestowed the honor of
membership in the “Order of the Arrow”; and
       Whereas, William chose for the Eagle Scout Service Project to build an
equipment building for Sewickley Area Athletic Association. He planned the project,
constructed blueprints and got the materials; and




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       Whereas, having completed all of the requirements set forth by the Boy Scouts of
America, and having been examined by an Eagle Scout Board of Review, William
Thomas Weber has been found worthy of the rank of Eagle Scout; and
       Whereas, a significant part of achieving this rank is for the scout to select, plan
and execute an Eagle Scout Service Project and only two percent of all scouts ever
achieve this level of advancement.
       Therefore, we the Commissioners of Westmoreland County, Tom Balya, Tom
Ceraso, and Phil Light, do hereby recognize the accomplishments of William Thomas
Weber, an upstanding leader among his peers.
       In Witness Thereof, we have hereunto set our hands and cause the seal of the
County to be affixed this 13th day of October 2005.




                 Window to Westmoreland
         Volume 4  Issue 18  October 21, 2005
     A bi-weekly update on Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

                        Westmoreland County Courthouse
                         2 North Main Street, Suite 101
                        Greensburg, Pennsylvania 15601
                                 800-442-6926

                                  Editor:
                                Ted Kopas
                               Contributors:
               Dan Carpenter, Ray DuCoeur, Jennifer Kemerer,
               Joanna Moyar, Melissa Orlosky, David Patterson,
                     Paula Pedicone, Shelley Thompson

                             We welcome your feedback.
                        Please send comments or suggestions to
                 Ted Kopas, Chief of Staff for Chairman Tom Balya,
          via e-mail at FKopas@co.westmoreland.pa.us or call 724-830-3123.




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