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									                              A Bi-Weekly Update on
                         Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

                 June 4, 2004  Volume 3  Issue 10  www.co.westmoreland.pa.us

Voice Mail System and Long Distance Contract to Save County $250K
        The Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners announced June 3 that new
long distance service and voice mail systems for county telephones will save taxpayers
hundreds of thousands of dollars of the next several years.
        “We’ve been looking at every option to reduce the county’s budget deficit and
ensure the maximum value of our tax dollars,” said Commissioner Tom Balya. “The cost
of phone service for the county’s 2,000 employees is considerable, and it made sense to
reexamine it. The contractual and technological changes we’ve enacted will save the
county more than a quarter-million dollars over the next five years.”
        “Over the years the need for voice mail for our employees has grown
considerably, and the costs have escalated accordingly,” said Commissioner Tom Ceraso.
“But our new voice mail system, together with a new long distance contract, are resulting
in tangible savings that we are realizing right now.”
        The county implemented carrier-based voice mail seven years ago to improve
communications with the public. Because of the reduction in the cost of voice mail
technology and the major increase in voice mail accounts, the county began examining
alternatives last year.
        To save money on Westmoreland County’s 420 voice mail accounts,
                                       commissioners brought the system “in-house”,
         In This Issue:                meaning it is now on premise and is being overseen
                                       and serviced by county Information Systems
  Manor Scholarship . . Page 2         personnel. With the purchase of only $27,000 in
                                       equipment, the county is able to realize a savings this
  Free Medication                      year. When comparing the costs of operating the new
  Seminar . . . . . . . . . . . Page 3 in-house system to the previous voice mail service
                                       provided through Verizon, the county will save
  Recycling Collection . Page 3        $240,000 over the next five years – the expected life
                                       cycle of the system. The county also has the ability to
  Proclamations . . . . . . Page 4     add voice mail accounts at no charge, whereas the old
                                       system included a monthly cost for each voice
       Send us your feedback           mailbox.
                                              Commissioners also approved a two-year
                                       contract with Penn Telecomm of Cranberry to provide
                                       long distance service. Through a detailed analysis of
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phone usage, including outbound call charges and inbound toll-free charges, the county
was able to conceive a more detailed request for proposals that drove down the cost of the
contract. The $3,041 monthly cost is $2,000 less than the previous contract, resulting in a
savings of $24,000 over the life of the contract.
       For more information, contact County Information Systems Director Phil Svesnik
at 724-830-3870 or e-mail psvesnik@co.westmoreland.pa.us.

Pacelli Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund Awards First Scholarship
        The Carol Pacelli Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund was established to honor
Carol Pacelli, who worked as a Nursing Supervisor at Westmoreland Manor from 1981
until she passed away in 2003. Carol set standards that future nurses should emulate in
their professional endeavors, becoming a role model, not only for nurses, but also for all
professional women. She always went above and beyond what was considered of her
        The scholarship committee and the Seranko family pulled together in October
2003 to sponsor “Pansyfest”, in honor of Carol Pacelli. Carol was professionally trained
as a clown; lovingly know as “Pansy”, who frequently entertained the staff and residents
at Westmoreland Manor. Pansyfest was a great success and helped to establish the fund,
which has since been supplemented by donations, United Way contributions and various
fund raising activities.
        The Committee and the Seranko Family are proud to announce the first
scholarship grant awarded by the committee. This grant is for the 2004 summer semester
at Westmoreland County Community College and has been awarded to Stacey Kozak of
Mount Pleasant.
        Another grant will be awarded for the 2004 fall semester at WCCC. Any nursing
student attending WCCC who is interested in applying should contact Bev Hoffman at
724-830-4056 or e-mail bhoffman@co.westmoreland.pa.us.

Goodwill Industries Presents Westmoreland Manor With MVP Award
        Westmoreland Manor partnered with the Goodwill Industries Transition Works!
program in August 2003 to provide a wide range of services to youth with disabilities and
disadvantages. More than two-dozen high school students assist Westmoreland Manor
employees in their everyday job duties.
        Students work side-by-side with staff in areas such as maintenance, laundry,
purchasing and dietary. In the Nursing Department, students sort clothes, make beds,
perform clerical tasks, and transport residents to and from the beauty shop and therapies.
        Westmoreland Manor gives students the opportunity to interact with the residents
and provides the residents with friendly youthful visits. The partnership has been
recognized in the local and state political arena and the program has been a “win-win”
that has benefited both partners.
        At an awards ceremony on May 25 at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium,
Goodwill presented the Manor with a plaque recognizing its contributions to the success
of the Youth Services program in Westmoreland County.
        Matthew Quist, a Transition Works! participant from Hempfield Area High
School was presented with an MVP award for his hard work and winning attitude. Matt

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has been working at Westmoreland Manor in the Dietary Department during the school
year and upon graduation will be joining the dietary staff at the Manor.
        For more information about the Goodwill Industries Transition Works! Program,
contact Bev Hoffman at 724-830-4056 or e-mail bhoffman@co.westmoreland.pa.us.

Free Medicare and Medication Informational Meeting June 9
        The Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging and the Penn State
Cooperative Extension of Westmoreland County are co-sponsoring a free Medicare and
medication informational meeting on June 9.
        The meeting will cover a number of relevant topics for seniors, including basic
Medicare information, PACE/PACENET review and medication management (“Ask the
Pharmacist”). Among the presenters will be Sylvia Detar, Retired Senior Volunteer
Program coordinator with the Westmoreland County Community College and Servatus,
Inc. pharmacist.
        The seminar will be held at the Penn State Extension Office in the Donohoe
Center on Donohoe Road in Hempfield Township, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
        The public is welcome to attend. Registration is requested and may be made by
contacting Lyn Sarosi at 724-830-4488 or Toni McGovern at 724-830-4489, or by calling
the Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging toll-free at 800-442-8000.

Recycling Collection at Westmoreland Fairgrounds June 5
        The Westmoreland County Commissioners and PA CleanWays of Westmoreland
County are sponsoring a Tire, Battery, Appliance and Scrap Metal Collection on
Saturday, June 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds in
Mutual. Salandro Refuse, Crabtree, and Dan’s Tires, Dawson, collect the material for
        Vehicle batteries, clean scrap metal (no plastic, cloth or rubber attached) and non-
freon containing appliances will be accepted at no charge. No electronic items
(televisions, computers, stereos, microwaves) can be accepted. Freon-containing
appliances, such as refrigerators, freezers and dehumidifiers, will be accepted for a
nominal $15 fee.
        The costs for tire disposal are:
         $1.75 per tire for passenger and light truck tires off-rim
         $2.75 per tire for passenger and light truck tires on-rim
         Large truck and tractor tires – prices vary depending on size
            *PA CleanWays members receive a $.50 per tire discount on tire disposal.
        The Westmoreland County Commissioners and PA CleanWays are pleased to
provide this service for area residents. It is an excellent way for homeowners to get rid of
such burdensome items in an environmentally sound manner. Ridding properties of
unwanted tires is one of the most important defenses against the spread of the West Nile
        PA CleanWays offers many opportunities for people to help clean up the
environment, such as road adoptions, illegal dump cleanups, recycling opportunities, and
educational programs for schools and youth groups.
        For more information about the upcoming collection, or other PA CleanWays
programs, call 724-836-4129.

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June 10 Commissioners’ Public Meeting in Donegal
        The June 10 Commissioners’ Public Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the
Donegal Community Center, 113 Route 31 in Jones Mills. The meeting is open to all,
and residents are encouraged to attend. A meeting of the Westmoreland County
Industrial Development Corporation will precede the commissioners’ meeting.
        To get to the Donegal Community Center from Route 30, proceed into Ligonier
and turn right onto Route 711 South at the Fort. Ligonier intersection of Routes 30 and
711. Follow Route 711 for approximately seven miles through Stahlstown and continue
into Donegal Borough. At the “T”, turn left and continue on Route 711 over the
Pennsylvania Turnpike. At the intersection, with PNC Bank on the left, turn left onto
Route 31 and proceed 1.5 miles. Past Betsy’s Collections on the left will be a billboard
for the Donegal Community Center; turn up the paved driveway to the community center.
        From the Turnpike, take Exit 9 (Donegal) and turn left onto Route 31. Follow
Route 31 for about 1.5, past Betsy’s Collections, then follow directions above.
        Commissioners’ Public Meetings are typically held the second and fourth
Thursdays of every month in the Public Meeting Rooms on the first floor of the
Courthouse Annex. A complete listing of Commissioners’ Public Meetings, as well as all
other public meetings, is available on-line through the Westmoreland County homepage
at www.co.westmoreland.pa.us (click on the “calendar”).
        This meeting is the second of four this year that are being held in the evenings
outside the County Courthouse. A meeting earlier this year was held in New Kensington.
The September 23 meeting will be held in East Huntingdon Township and the November
18 meeting in North Huntingdon Township.
        For more information on Commissioners’ Public Meetings, including minutes
from the meetings, contact Chief Clerk Jennifer Kemerer at 724-830-3106 or e-mail

(Editor’s Note: the following proclamations were approved at the May 27
Commissioners’ Public Meeting.)
Erick J. Bergquist, Jr. – Eagle Scout
        Whereas, Erick J. Bergquist, Jr. was a member of the Boy Scouts of America,
Troop #416; and
        Whereas, Erick chose for his Eagle Scout Service Project to apply a wood
preserve to a building owned by a sportsman’s club and to assist in the clean up and
preservation of said building; 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, Erick has been
found worthy of the rank of Eagle Scout; and
        Whereas, along with his parents, Erick Sr. and Jeanne Bergquist, Erick will
celebrate this important achievement at an Eagle Court of Honor to be held on June 12,
2004, at Latrobe Presbyterian Church in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
        Therefore, we the Commissioners of Westmoreland County, Tom Balya, Tom
Ceraso, and Terry R. Marolt, do hereby recognize the accomplishments of Erick J.
Bergquist, Jr. as an upstanding leader among his peers.

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      In Witness Thereof, we have hereunto set our hands and cause the Seal of the
County to be affixed this 27 th day of May, 2004.

In Honor Of Alice Spadafore
       Whereas, Alice Spadafore was born on June 14, 1904; and
       Whereas, Alice resides at Westmoreland Manor and is the grandmother of five,
great grandmother of ten, great-great grandmother of sixteen and great-great-great
grandmother of one; and
       Whereas, Alice enjoys listening to music and to the musical entertainment
provided at Westmoreland Manor. Her grandson Doug and his wife visit quite often with
Alice and those visits are truly enjoyed. They frequently attend music programs with
Alice as well as many of the other recreational programs offered.
       Therefore, we the Commissioners of Westmoreland County, Tom Balya, Tom
Ceraso, and Terry R. Marolt do hereby wish Alice Spadafore a very Happy 100 th
Birthday and wish her many more years of joy and happiness.
       In Witness Thereof, we have hereunto set our hands and cause the Seal of the
County to be affixed this 27 th day of May 2004.

In Honor Of Elizabeth Ballantyne
        Whereas, Elizabeth Ballantyne was born on June 22, 1904; and
        Whereas, she was born in Latrobe, PA and had nine brothers and sisters and was
married to Mark Ballantyne in 1927. Elizabeth was employed at Woolworth Co., as a
sales clerk; and
        Whereas, Elizabeth thoroughly enjoyed reading, playing bingo and attending
Protestant services. At the present she resides at Westmoreland Manor and continues to
enjoy limited visits by the staff and watches TV.
        Therefore, we the Commissioners of the Westmoreland County, Tom Balya,
Tom Ceraso, and Terry R. Marolt, do hereby wish Elizabeth Ballantyne a very Happy
100th Birthday and wish her many more years of joy and happiness.
        In Witness Thereof, we have hereunto set our hands and cause the Seal of the
County to be affixed this 27 th day of May 2004.

Window to Westmoreland                                               June 4, 2004

               Window to Westmoreland
           Volume 3  Issue 10  June 4, 2004
    A bi-weekly update on Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

                     Westmoreland County Courthouse
                      2 North Main Street, Suite 101
                     Greensburg, Pennsylvania 15601

                             Ted Kopas
      Ray DuCoeur, Beverly Hoffman, Ellen Keefe, Jennifer Kemerer

                            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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