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									Westmoreland County
Board of Commissioners
Tom Balya
      Chairman                                  A Bi-Weekly Update on
Thomas C. Ceraso                           Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
      Vice Chairman
P. Scott Conner                           October 11, 2002 Volume 1 Issue 4
         Secretary                             www.co.westmoreland.pa.us



Attention Voters: New Polling Places in 10 Communities
        The Westmoreland County Election Board met at its regularly scheduled meeting
on October 10 to vote on various issues relating to the upcoming General Election to be
held November 5. One of the items approved on the agenda were location changes to 10
polling places throughout the county. These changes are being made for various reasons,
including building renovations, better accessibility and increased convenience for voters.
The following polling places have been changed:
     City of Jeannette, Fifth Ward, Second Precinct
           o From: Jeannette Senior High School
           o To: Seneca Heights Community Building (lower level), Westmoreland
                Avenue
     Municipality of Murrysville, East Murrysville
           o From: Mother of Sorrows Parish Hall
           o To: First United Methodist Church, 3916 Old William Penn Highway
                                         Penn Township, Fourth Ward, First Precinct
         In This Issue:                        o From: Paintertown Volunteer Fire
  Business Expansion. .Page 3                       Department, Tray Road
                                               o To: Sunrise Elementary School
  West Nile Virus. . . . . .Page 3                  (Library), Sunrise Estates
                                         City of Greensburg, Fifth Ward, Second
  Cooperative                              Precinct
  Extension. . . . . . . . . . Page 4          o From: Young Voters’ Club
                                               o To: Forty Niner’s Club Social Hall
  Workforce                                         (Upper Level), 70 S. Hamilton Ave.
  Investment Board. . . .Page 5          South Huntingdon Township, Hixon
                                               o From: Bill Smouse Satellite T.V.
  Introduction to                                   Building
  Tax Assessment . . . . .Page 8               o To: Barren Run United Methodist
                                                    Church, Barren Run Road
  Proclamations . . . . . . Page 9       North Huntingdon Township, Second Ward,
                                           Second Precinct
       Send us your feedback                   o From: Old Townhouse Building
              E-mail:                          o To: Norwin Middle School West,
  FKopas@co.westmoreland.pa.us                      Mockingbird Drive
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       North Huntingdon Township, Third Ward, First Precinct
           o From: Norwin Middle School West
           o To: Sunset Valley Elementary School (Community Room), Dickens Drive
     Derry Borough, First Ward
           o From: Derry Borough Council Chambers
           o To: Derry Station Senior Citizens’ Center, 200 West 2nd Avenue
     City of Monessen, First Ward, Second Precinct
           o From: City Hall
           o To: Eastgate Manor, Oneida Street (Multipurpose Room)
     City of Monessen, First Ward, Third Precinct
           o From: Eastgate Manor
           o To: City Hall, 3rd and Donner Avenues
        In other business, the Election Board approved the appointment of machine
inspectors, as submitted by the Democratic and Republican Parties of Westmoreland
County for the General Election. The Election Board also approved the appointment of
the following people to the Official Return Board for this year’s General Election:
     Charlotte Sartoris, Election Bureau Assistant Director
     Kimberly Couchenour, Election Bureau staff
     Cecelia Antinori of Crabtree
     Betty Dominick of Jeannette
     Nancy Zelmore of Mount Pleasant
     Janice Zelmore of Mount Pleasant
        Additionally, the Elections Board approved the appointment of the following
people to the Federal Return Board to count federal ballots after the close of polls for the
General Election:
     Charlotte Sartoris, Election Bureau Assistant Director
     Dawnette Rawls, Election Bureau
     Judith Nicola, Election Bureau staff
        For more information on the polling place changes or any other general election
information, contact the Westmoreland County Election Bureau at 724-830-3150 or e-
mail Director Paula Pedicone at ppedicone@co.westmoreland.pa.us.

Commissioners Clear Way for New Educational Facilities for Diocese
        At its October 10 Commissioners’ Public meeting, the Board passed a measure
that clears the way for the construction of new educational facilities for the Catholic
Diocese of Greensburg. The Board authorized a certificate approving issuance by the
Latrobe Industrial Development Authority of its variable rate Revenue Bonds, Series of
2002, in the aggregate principal amount of $18,000,000 net of original discount (if any).
    The proceeds will be used to finance a project for the Diocese of Greensburg
consisting of:
     Construction of an expansion to an existing school located in Murrysville that will
        consist of new classrooms, renovation of existing classrooms, new library,
        administration offices, science lab, computer lab and regulation size gymnasium;
     Construction of a new school in Hempfield Township, including classrooms,
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        science lab and fine arts facility, playground and outdoor recreation areas together
        with parking facilities;
     Capitalized interest reserves and accounts;
     Establishment of reserve funds; and
     Issuance of the Bonds including financing and other costs as may be permitted
        under the Economic Development Finance Law and Applicable tax laws.
        The project financing is at the request of the Diocese of Greensburg and will
create employment opportunities for Murrysville and Hempfield Township, as well as
Westmoreland County in general. Approval was made after a public hearing by the
Latrobe Industrial Development Authority, and includes a finding by the Commissioners
that the project will accomplish the public purpose of the Tax Equity and Fiscal
Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA) and will serve to enhance the economic well-being
of Westmoreland County and its citizens by creating new job opportunities, providing
additional tax revenues and by promoting the establishment and development of
educational facilities and services.
        Under TEFRA, approval of the bond issued by a governmental unit is required for
the interest thereon to qualify for exemption from federal income taxation under the
Internal Revenue Code. Westmoreland County’s approval of the bond issue does not
create any obligation for the county to make or guarantee any payment of interest or
principal under the bond issue.
        For more information, contact the Latrobe Industrial Development Authority at
724-539-3007.

Local Business Expands in County Industrial Park
        The Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation (WCIDC)
announce October 10 the approval of an Option Agreement on 7.15-acres at the
Westmoreland Business and Research Park located in Upper Burrell and Washington
Townships.
        Richard D. Edwards, on behalf of Custom Patio Rooms, signed a six-month
option on Parcels #40, #41 and portions of #37 and #38, totaling approximately 7.15-
acres for expansion of its current operations located in McKeesport, Allegheny County.
Custom Patio plans to move its operations, including equipment, inventory and
management, to the park and expects the first phase of the facility to be approximately
30,000-square feet, with three expansion phases thereafter. Initial employment at the
park will be 12-15 workers with employment expected to reach approximately 50 in five
years.
        Other companies located at the park include Accro Tool Enterprises, Inc., A-FN
Machine Technology, Bacharach, Inc., Leedsworld, Namsco Plastics Industries, Output
Sales Corporation, Robicon Corporation, Swank Associated Companies, Whitaker House
and Yerecic Label Company. More than 1,200 workers now work at the park.
        For more information, contact WCIDC Manager of Communications Kim
Donnelly at 724-830-3061 or e-mail kdonnelly@wpa.net.

County Man Tests Positive for West Nile Virus
       The Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety was informed October 8
by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) of the first positive


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human case of West Nile Virus in the county. The case involves a 62-year-old man from
the village of Trauger.
        As a result, DEP will be placing traps in the Trauger area to determine the extent
of the mosquito population. The agency does not plan to use adulticide on the mosquito
population unless the population is extensive. The first frost of the season, earlier this
week, is expected to help abate the problem.
        West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne disease that can cause, in some cases, a brain
infection known as encephalitis. Mosquitoes acquire the virus from birds and pass it on
to other birds, animals and people.
        For more information, contact Westmoreland County Public Safety Director
Richard Matason at 724-600-7300 or e-mail rmatason@co.westmoreland.pa.us.

Cooperative Extension Showcase a Success
        The Westmoreland County office of the Penn State Cooperative Extension hosted
a program showcase October 3 at its offices in the Donohoe Center. Known for programs
in agriculture, human nutrition, food safety and 4-H, Cooperative Extension operates in
partnership with the USDA, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Westmoreland
County. The theme of the showcase “Come Grow With Us” reflected on how everyone
grows as individuals through lifelong learning. The Extension has been providing
opportunities for personal growth since 1914 and was pleased to announce new efforts
with several local agencies.
        Kicking off formal remarks, Ted Kopas, Chief of Staff for Commissioner Tom
Balya, reinforced the strong partnerships that continue to thrive in Westmoreland County.
The county has provided an additional 1,400-square-feet of office space within the
Donohoe Center to allow for new initiatives. Glenn Cavanaugh, Director of Agency
Relations for the Westmoreland Food Bank, shared information on how nutrition
education needs of the Food Bank will be enhanced by an expanded partnership with
Cooperative Extension. Likewise, Colleen Hughes, Deputy Director of Contract
Management of SW Pennsylvania, was pleased to report how Cooperative Extension
strengthens efforts through education to reduce tobacco use throughout the county.
        Alex Graziani, Executive Director of the Smart Growth Partnership of
Westmoreland County, discussed a new partnership with Cooperative Extension in
community development. A position, jointly funded between Penn State and Smart
Growth, will work with communities to help educate residents on the principles of “smart
growth.” Yet another exciting project includes a partnership with the United Way of
Westmoreland County’s School Readiness Initiative.              Cooperative Extension is
evaluating a mentoring program for non-licensed day-care providers in an effort to help
children be better prepared to enter school.
        Food, fun and education throughout the day were enjoyed by all. There was even
a chorus of “Happy Birthday” sung as the crowd celebrated the 100th birthday of the 4-H
program with a cake. Many in attendance relived their own 4-H experiences by viewing
historic pictures of the program in Westmoreland County.
        For more information on Cooperative Extension programs, call the Donohoe
Center office at 724-837-1402.            Information is also available on-line at
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Workforce Investment Board Releases Annual Report
        The Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board (WIB) has released its
annual report for Program Year 2001. The report details the activities spearheaded and
funded by the WIB and conducted by service providers at Westmoreland County's
CareerLink centers in New Kensington and at Westmoreland County Community College
in Youngwood.
        "This report shows that the WIB is making a positive impact in contributing to a
more skilled, more qualified workforce in Westmoreland County," said WIB Executive
Director Bill Thompson. "The partnerships we have built, the programs we have funded,
and the projects we have initiated are having a positive impact on the county's current –
and future – workforce. And they are especially valuable now, in the midst of a
questionable economy."
        The report spotlights the WIB's efforts to secure a $2.7 million grant for
southwestern Pennsylvania from the federal Department of Labor for technical skills
training, the board's allocation of more than $300,000 to CareerLinks to fund services for
employers in the manufacturing industry, and the WIB's funding of youth programs
conducted by the New Kensington YMCA and the local Boy Scouts Council. It also
includes findings from a public opinion survey commissioned by the WIB to find out the
public's perception of local education, employment and career planning activities, as well
as what they believe they need to know in order to get a good job.
        The WIB is comprised of 40 members and includes representatives from the
private sector, community-based organizations, economic development agencies,
education and labor. A 35-member Youth Council focuses on issues affecting young
people who are in school and out of school. Members of the Youth Council include
superintendents, counselors and teachers from local school districts, members of the WIB
with expertise in youth issues, youth service agencies and former participants, public
housing authorities and parents.
        For a copy of the annual report or for more information about the WIB, contact
the WIB at 724-755-2145 or e-mail Project/Research Manager Gene McClain at
gmcclain@westfaywib.org.         The WIB office is located near the Westmoreland
CareerLink on the campus of Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood.
The WIB is on-line at http://www.westfaywib.org.

New Consumer Resources For Long-Term Care
        Two new resources are now available to help Westmoreland County residents
learn more about long-term care options for senior citizens and people with disabilities.
Older adults and/or their children, younger adults with disabilities or professionals who
counsel these groups are encouraged to visit a new website and call a new toll-free
number that offers options, advise and answers. These resources can be utilized to plan
for the future or to address current needs.
        Easy accessible information is now only a mouse click or free phone call away.
The website is www.longtermcare.state.pa.us and the toll-free help-line is 866-286-3636.
Both of these resources will provide information on accessing local entities in
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       In Westmoreland County, inquiries may be referred to the Westmoreland County
Area Agency on Aging (AAA) at 724-830-4444 or other organizations appropriate to
provide long-term care assistance.

County Fares Well on Mental Retardation Services Survey
        Westmoreland County’s Mental Health/Mental Retardation (MH/MR) program,
through the Mental Health Association, has just completed its third year of independent
monitoring for persons who receive mental retardation services. The review teams
consist of persons with developmental disabilities, their family members and other
concerned citizens who are completely independent of the services that they are
reviewing. IM4Q is a Pennsylvania statewide initiative that gathered data for 5,298
persons to assess the quality and satisfaction with services. Westmoreland County’s
IM4Q teams competed 143 face-to-face interviews with mental retardation service
recipients. In addition, Westmoreland County office staff mailed and received 64
satisfaction surveys from family members.
        The assessment of quality is guided by the values of “everyday lives” that support
the belief that all persons – no matter what challenges they face – benefit from the
rhythms and patterns of a normal life. The interview highlights the quantity of choice
and control that the person with mental retardation has in his or her life. The interviewers
assessed stability in their experiences, the quality of their relationships and the amount of
integration in the local community.
        The results of the interviews for 2000/2001 reveal that Westmoreland County
citizens with mental retardation are more satisfied with their residential support than the
state average. Ninety-three percent of persons liked where they live (compared to 88
percent satisfaction for the state). Eighty-six percent of persons had their own bedroom
(compared to 73 percent state findings) and 66.6 percent chose some or all of their
roommates (compared to 35.3 percent state findings).
        Results of the satisfaction for day activity/work were slightly lower than the state
results. Eighty-five percent of persons who had a day service liked it (compared to 90
percent for the state). But 27 percent of this group said that they would like to work more
hours (more than double the state results of 12 percent). For persons who had no day
activity/work, 76 percent were satisfied with what they did on their own (compared to 84
percent for the state).
        The full report on the IM4Q surveys and the Westmoreland County Summary
2000/2001, completed by the Temple University Institute on Disabilities, can be obtained
through the Westmoreland County MH/MR Office at 724-830-3617.

Bureau of Parks Hosts “You’ve Got A Friend Day” for Special Children
        Three hundred twenty-five students with physical and/or mental disabilities and
more than 350 high school student volunteers flocked to Twin Lakes Park on October 3
for the annual You’ve Got a Friend Day program. The event, which continues to grow, is
always an uplifting experience for students, teachers and volunteers.
        Each special student was paired with a high school “buddy” to escort them
through the various activities at the park, including pedal boat and pony rides, fishing and
a petting zoo, as well as hay wagon and train rides. The children also got to watch a live
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        Several local schools with special needs students participated in the event,
including the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit, Clelian Heights School, as well as the
Southmoreland and Hempfield Area School Districts.
        Jackie Reed, a teacher at Southmoreland Junior High School said, “You’ve Got a
Friend Day was wonderful! The kids had a lot of fun and the high school volunteers did
a great job.”
        Participating high schools included Derry, Greensburg-Salem, Hempfield,
Jeannette, Latrobe, Norwin and Southmoreland. Hempfield and Norwin contributed the
largest number of volunteers, each with a group in excess of 100 students.
        For more information, contact Dan Carpenter at 724-830-3950 or e-mail
dcarpent@co.westmoreland.pa.us.

Hobgoblin Hikes Set For Cedar Creek and Twin Lakes Parks
        Westmoreland County’s Bureau of Parks and Recreation’s Hobgoblin Hikes will
be held on Friday, October 18, at Cedar Creek Park and Friday, October 25, at Twin
Lakes Park. Event hours are 7:00-9:00 p.m. for both hikes – the only free events of their
kind in Westmoreland County.
        The Hobgoblin Hikes, a safe family alternative to conventional Halloween events,
are outdoor guided walks covering a half-mile and are recommended for ages eight and
older. Visitors can expect to be led through mazes and cemeteries, and past ghouls,
goblins and monsters. In addition, all children receive a free treat at the end of the hike.
        Cedar Creek Park is located off Route 51 in Rostraver Township, a quarter-mile
north of Interstate 70. Twin Lakes Park is located in Hempfield Township, just east of
Greensburg, and is accessible from Donohoe Road via Route 30.
        For more information, or to offer your talents as a volunteer, call the
Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recreation at 724-830-3950.

Christmas at the Children’s Bureau
       The Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau has sponsored a formalized
Christmas Present Program since 1987 to benefit children and families active with the
agency. Approximately 40 distinct groups provided support this past year so that 1,298
children’s names could be distributed for presents. In addition, 291 foster children
received $50 gift certificates and 144 children were kept warm this past winter with new
coats.
       This program requires significant community support through fundraising and
volunteer’s efforts. At the risk of unintentionally leaving some groups out, the Children’s
Bureau would like to recognize a few significant cash contributors:
     Westmoreland County Chapter of ABATE (Westmoreland Toy Run) – $15,000
     E.C. Cruisers Cruise-In – $3,600
     Westmoreland Bar Association – $3,085
     Latrobe H.O.G. (Western PA Toy Run) – $1,000
     West Co ABATE (Western PA Toy Run) – $1,000
       Also, the Westmoreland Professional Builders Association donated 45 winter
coats ($1,575); the Level Green Community Women’s Club, via the Penn-Trafford
Elementary Schools, contributed winter apparel ($1,500); the Vandergrift Lions
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Christmas donated coupons ($1,300); and Amerikohl Mining gave Wal-Mart gift
certificates ($1,000).
        Many groups and individuals, year after year, dedicate themselves to assuring
children do not go without during the holiday season. For those who would like to be
part of this, the Christmas Bulletin Board will have available the names of children who
may be in need of clothes and/or toys by Friday, November 22. Please come to the
Children’s Bureau and take a name (or names). Information concerning age/sex/clothing
size/special needs will be posted next to the child’s name. Return of the wrapped
presents should occur no later than Wednesday, December 11.
        For more information, contact Wallie Tobin at 724-830-3468 or e-mail
wtobin@co.westmoreland.pa.us.

National Mass Mailing Not Hazardous
        The FBI is informing citizens of a recent mass mailing that may be misinterpreted
as hazardous. On October 7, a national/international mailing soliciting funds for the
RETT Syndrome Foundation was initiated. Inside each first-class envelope, besides the
requests for donation, is a packet of Equal artificial sweetener and a teabag. It is
expected that this mass mailing will enter the mail stream on or about October 13 and
will total approximately 17,000 pieces of mail. The mailings are being sent out by
volunteers from all over the country, therefore will have different postmarks. However,
the return address for the RETT Syndrome Foundation – 9121 Piscataway Road #2B,
Clinton, MD 20735 – will appear in the upper left-hand corner of the envelope. There is
no threat from this letter.
        This FBI is distributing this information in case one of the packages of Equal or
tea accidentally breaks open and causes a citizen complaint for fear of a biological
exposure.
        The Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety has informed all county
fire departments, police departments, EMS providers and hospitals about this harmless
mailing.
        Public Safety information is available through the Westmoreland County
homepage at www.co.westmoreland.pa.us (choose Departments/Public Safety).

Introduction to Tax Assessment (Part One)
(Editor’s note: the following is the first of a series by Westmoreland County Director of
Tax Assessments Phil Light.            Readers can contact Phil at 724-830-3411 or
plight@co.westmoreland.pa.us.)
        While returning from instructing 19 newly – and some not so newly – hired tax
assessors during a three-day course on the basics of tax assessment, I took the
opportunity to reflect on the lack on knowledge exhibited by these students concerning
how property taxes are determined. If these students, who had just committed themselves
to a career in this field, could not easily grasp the basic concepts of the real property tax,
it was no wonder that taxpayers, in general, had such a low opinion of the process. While
I am still in the instructing mood, I would like to use this column to share some of those
basic concepts with you.
        The course that I teach is part of the process necessary to become a Certified
Pennsylvania Evaluator. This is the designation, certified by the State Board of Certified


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Real Estate Appraisers, which is required to appraise real property for property tax
purposes in 65 out of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, including Westmoreland County. The
course is designed to give the students a basic understanding of assessment law,
terminology particular to the appraisal profession and fundamental appraisal definitions,
and covers a wide range of other subjects, including codes of ethics, standards of
professional conduct, uniform standards of professional appraisal practice and public
relations. This course, along with three other four-day appraisal courses, must be
successfully completed prior to taking a comprehensive test administered by the State
Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers. Once certified, the assessor must attend 28
hours of continuing education courses every two years to maintain the certification.
        So what does a tax assessor do once they receive their required designation?
Interestingly enough, they do not determine the assessed value for your property. They
are appointed and assigned to a specific district in the county by the Board of Assessment
Appeals and are responsible to assign a market value to all real property within their
assigned district. So where does the assessed value that appears on your tax bill come
from? Also, what criterion is used to determine the market value that they apply to
properties and what is it used for? Answers to these intriguing questions and more will
be available in the next issue of Window to Westmoreland.

Proclamations
(Editor’s note: the following proclamations were announced at the October 10
Commissioners Public Meeting)

2002 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
        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 18-27, 2002 to promote a heightened public awareness of the negative
effects that drugs can have in their communities; now
        Therefore, We, the Commissioners of Westmoreland County, Tom Balya, Tom
Ceraso, and P. Scott Conner, do hereby declare the Red Ribbon Campaign to be officially
conducted in Westmoreland County from October 18-27, 2002; and strongly support the
efforts of this Campaign to make Westmoreland County Drug Free.
        In Witness Thereof, we have hereunto set our hands and caused the Seal of the
County to be affixed this 10th day of October 2002.

In Honor of the Kistner Family
       Whereas, volunteerism is public service at its finest and represents the best of
humankind and compassion for our fellow citizens; and
       Whereas, music lifts spirits, warms hearts and evokes fond memories of
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       Whereas, at Westmoreland Manor in Hempfield Township, one band takes center
stage every month to provide an afternoon of music, socializing and refreshments for the
Manor’s residents and their families; and
       Whereas, the Kistner Family has been entertaining every month at Westmoreland
Manor for almost five years, often wearing costumes to celebrate various holidays and
spending days before the appearance baking for the residents and their families; and
       Whereas, late family members Helen Kistner and Marie Allen once resided at
Westmoreland Manor, and aunt, Edith Harbaugh, is still a resident.
       Therefore, we the Commissioners of Westmoreland County, Tom Balya, Tom
Ceraso, and P. Scott Conner do hereby recognize the Kistner family for volunteering their
valuable time and kindness to the Westmoreland Manor residents.
       In Witness Thereof, we have hereunto set our hands and caused the Seal of the
County to be affixed this 10th day of October 2002.

In Honor of Samuel E. Hayes, Jr.
        Whereas, Mr. Hayes commitment to increasing the awareness of hunger,
promoting new and flexible programs to better serve all ethnic/special populations has
been beneficial to each County; and
        Whereas, his understanding of the issues relating to food distribution in
Pennsylvania has been an asset to each County and those who distribute and receive the
benefits of these programs; and
        Whereas, he has been committed to the Food Distribution Programs in
Pennsylvania while serving as Department Secretary; and
        Whereas, the fourteenth annual World Food Day will be observed on October 23,
2002 at 11:00 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda.
        Therefore, we the Commissioners of Westmoreland County, Tom Balya, Tom
Ceraso and P. Scott Conner do hereby thank Samuel E. Hayes, Jr. for his commitment,
time and dedication to the Food Distribution Programs in Pennsylvania.
        In Witness Thereof, we have hereunto set our hands and caused the Seal of the
County to be affixed this 10th day of October 2002.

Kelly Camarote: Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient
        Whereas, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America is the world’s largest
organization for girls, serving 2.7 million girls by building character and skills for
success in the real world. With the guidance of trained and dedicated leaders, girls
develop life skill qualities that will serve them throughout their lives, such as strong
moral values, a social conscience, and the certainty of their own potential; and
        Whereas, having completed all the requirements set forth by the Girl Scouts of
the United States of America, the Girl Scout Council of Westmoreland, Inc. is proud to
announce that Erica Fontana of P.O. Box 132, Crabtree, Pennsylvania, Loyalhanna
Service Unit, Troop #320 was found worthy of earning the Girl Scout Gold Award; and
        Whereas, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the culmination of years of involvement
and hard work and is considered the highest level of accomplishment by a scout, she must
first earn four Cadette and Senior Girl Scout Interest Project awards, earn the Career
Exploration Pin, earn the Senior Girl Scout Leadership Award, earn the Senior Girl Scout
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Gold Award Service Project, which benefits the community and involves at least 50
hours of work; and
        Whereas, Kelly coordinated a day of entertainment for the patients and
employees of Latrobe Area Hospital.
        Therefore, we the Commissioners of Westmoreland County, Tom Balya, Tom
Ceraso, and P. Scott Conner, do hereby recognize the accomplishments of Kelly
Camarote as a proven leader among her peers and wish her continued success in her
future endeavors.
        In Witness Thereof, we have hereunto set our hands and caused the Seal of the
County to be affixed this 10th day of October 2002.

Erica Fontanta: Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient
        Whereas, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America is the world’s largest
organization for girls, serving 2.7 million girls by building character and skills for
success in the real world. With the guidance of trained and dedicated leaders, girls
develop life skill qualities that will serve them throughout their lives, such as strong
moral values, a social conscience, and the certainty of their own potential; and
        Whereas, having completed all the requirements set forth by the Girl Scouts of
the United States of America, the Girl Scout Council of Westmoreland, Inc. is proud to
announce that Erica Fontana of 504 Fulton Street, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Greensburg
Metro Service Unit, Troop #5013 was found worthy of earning the Girl Scout Gold
Award; and
        Whereas, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the culmination of years of involvement
and hard work and is considered the highest level of accomplishment by a scout, she must
first earn four Cadette and Senior Girl Scout Interest Project awards, earn the Career
Exploration Pin, earn the Senior Girl Scout Leadership Award, earn the Senior Girl Scout
Challenge Pin and then complete the most significant requirement, the performance of a
Gold Award Service Project, which benefits the community and involves at least 50
hours of work; and
        Whereas, Erica painted a mural on the side of the tunnel at the Lynch Field 5-Star
Trail in Greensburg. Stephanie worked with another girl and volunteers to paint the
mural. They designed the mural and solicited donations of paint from local businesses.
        Therefore, we the Commissioners of Westmoreland County, Tom Balya, Tom
Ceraso, and P. Scott Conner, do hereby recognize the accomplishments of Erica Fontana
as a proven leader among her peers and wish her continued success in her future
endeavors.
        In Witness Thereof, we have hereunto set our hands and caused the Seal of the
County to be affixed this 10th day of October 2002.

Carla McCormick: Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient
       Whereas, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America is the world’s largest
organization for girls, serving 2.7 million girls by building character and skills for
success in the real world. With the guidance of trained and dedicated leaders, girls
develop life skill qualities that will serve them throughout their lives, such as strong
moral values, a social conscience, and the certainty of their own potential; and




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        Whereas, having completed all the requirements set forth by the Girl Scouts of
the United States of America, the Girl Scout Council of Westmoreland, Inc. is proud to
announce that Carla McCormick of RD 3, Box 380, Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, Laurel
Ridge Service Unit, Troop #381 was found worthy of earning the Girl Scout Gold
Award; and
        Whereas, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the culmination of years of involvement
and hard work and is considered the highest level of accomplishment by a scout, she must
first earn four Cadette and Senior Girl Scout Interest Project awards, earn the Career
Exploration Pin, earn the Senior Girl Scout Leadership Award, earn the Senior Girl Scout
Challenge Pin and then complete the most significant requirement, the performance of a
Gold Award Service Project, which benefits the community and involves at least 50
hours of work; and
        Whereas, for her Gold Award Service Project, Carla planted and maintained a
flower garden in Scottdale.
        Therefore, we the Commissioners of Westmoreland County, Tom Balya, Tom
Ceraso, and P. Scott Conner, do hereby recognize the accomplishments of Carla
McCormick as a proven leader among her peers and wish her continued success in her
future endeavors.
        In Witness Thereof, we have hereunto set our hands and caused the Seal of the
County to be affixed this 10th day of October 2002.

Stephanie Sellinger: Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient
        Whereas, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America is the world’s largest
organization for girls, serving 2.7 million girls by building character and skills for
success in the real world. With the guidance of trained and dedicated leaders, girls
develop life skill qualities that will serve them throughout their lives, such as strong
moral values, a social conscience, and the certainty of their own potential; and
        Whereas, having completed all the requirements set forth by the Girl Scouts of
the United States of America, the Girl Scout Council of Westmoreland, Inc. is proud to
announce that Stephanie Sellinger of 31 Meadowbrook Avenue, Greensburg,
Pennsylvania, Greensburg Metro Service Unit, Troop #5013 was found worthy of earning
the Girl Scout Gold Award; and
        Whereas, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the culmination of years of involvement
and hard work and is considered the highest level of accomplishment by a scout, she must
first earn four Cadette and Senior Girl Scout Interest Project awards, earn the Career
Exploration Pin, earn the Senior Girl Scout Leadership Award, earn the Senior Girl Scout
Challenge Pin and then complete the most significant requirement, the performance of a
Gold Award Service Project, which benefits the community and involves at least 50
hours of work; and
        Whereas, Stephanie painted a mural on the side of the tunnel at the Lynch Field
5-Star Trail in Greensburg. Stephanie worked with another girl and volunteers to paint
the mural. They designed the mural and solicited donations of paint from local
businesses.
        Therefore, we the Commissioners of Westmoreland County, Tom Balya, Tom
Ceraso, and P. Scott Conner, do hereby recognize the accomplishments of Stephanie




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Sellinger as a proven leader among her peers and wish her continued success in her future
endeavors.
       In Witness Thereof, we have hereunto set our hands and caused the Seal of the
County to be affixed this 10th day of October 2002.




                 Window to Westmoreland
          Volume 1  Issue 4  October 11, 2002
                     A bi-weekly publication of the
              Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners
                          Tom Balya, Chairman
                    Thomas C. Ceraso, Vice Chairman
                        P. Scott Conner, Secretary

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

                                  Editor:
                                 Ted Kopas
                               Contributors:
       Dan Carpenter, Kim Donnelly, Ray DuCoeur, Christine Fiorina,
          Elicia George, Phil Light, Rich Matason, Gene McClain,
                Paula Pedicone, Gary Sheppard, Wallie Tobin



                             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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