Nineteen to be Honored at Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation’s Green Luncheon

Greensburg, PA – Nineteen area individuals, companies, and organizations will be honored at the Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation’s Green Luncheon on September 22 for their outstanding support of our county parks and trails.

“Free, quality recreation opportunities don’t just happen – they’re the result of hard work, dedication and support by many, many partners, from the county commissioners to private companies and individual citizens,” said Malcolm Sias, Planning Coordinator for Westmoreland County’s 10 county parks and 4 hiking biking trails. “The Green Luncheon is a chance to recognize and publicly thank some of these very important contributors.”

This year’s Green Luncheon will recognize donors whose cumulative financial and/or in-kind gifts have reached the $1,000, $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 levels, as well as those who have made outstanding volunteer contributions of time, energy, and talent.

Financial donors to be honored are:

Muir Fellows ($1,000)
Westmoreland County Commissioner Tom Balya
Jeff Begonia
Dave Hawk
Dave Haering
Lesco Federal Credit Union
Jane Null
Smail Auto Group

Olmstead Fellows ($2,500)
John Framel
Allstate Foundation
Greensburg Kiwanis Club
Allen, Nancy and Ali Kukovich
Pepsi Beverages Company

Hornaday Fellow ($5,000)

Audubon Fellows ($10,000)
Community Foundation of Westmoreland County Now & Forever Fund
Barbara Ferrier
UPMC Health Plan

Those to be recognized for their outstanding service are:

Lewis Fellows
Angela Rose-O’Brien
Benet Home of Adelphoi Village
Duane Wolley
Youth of the Benet Home of Adelphoi Village have been involved with the setup and tear-down of the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival at Twin Lakes Park since 1983. Every year for the past 28 years, 10 to 15 youth from this home volunteer two to three weeks of their time, working with the Parks maintenance staff to do the many things that need to be done to assure the success of a festival of this size. That’s a donation that reaches upward of 1,800 volunteer hours a year! But that’s not all that they do.
Benet Home youth also have been great partners with the Parks in other ways, including working on clean-ups of the Five Star Trail…and, earlier this year, helping clean up and landscape the new expansion site of Twin Lakes Park on Georges Station Road in Greensburg.

Angela Rose-O’Brien of Greensburg has been a long-time volunteer with Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation, serving on the Citizens Advisory Board since 2002.

Joining CAB just two years after it was founded, Angela was very instrumental in helping to set in motion what today are the organization’s two major initiatives – March for Parks, for which she served as the event’s first-ever chair…and the Green Luncheon, a project she helped to initiate and also guided in the role of chair for the first few years.

Although she’s turned over the chairmanships of these two events, Angela continues to support our county parks with her time, talent, and in-kind donations that range from help with publicity to supplying welcome refreshments through her work with Chick-fil-A.

Duane Wolley of Greensburg also has been a tireless volunteer for the parks, especially for the Five Star Trail, for which he has served as a board member since 1995, as newsletter editor since 1996, and even for a few years as membership chairman.

Duane also has served on the board of the Coal and Coke Trail and the Westmoreland Heritage Trail and he has participated in countless volunteer efforts over the years, including trail work parties, and March for Parks teams.

The public is invited to attend the Green Luncheon, which will be held in the beautiful, brand new outdoor pavilion on Georges Station Road in Greensburg that is in the heart of the new addition to Twin Lakes Park. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and will include a dedication ceremony for the completed elements of the new park expansion, and a lunch of fresh and local foods including grilled vegetables, free-range turkey, and tomato quiche catered by Turtletree Fine Foods of Greensburg. The sustainable event will be held rain or shine and is expected to conclude by 1:30 p.m.

Cost is $25 and reservations can be made by calling the Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation Department at 724-830-3962 by Friday, September 16.

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Thanks to the support and funding of the Westmoreland County Commissioners, the Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation Department is able to provide area citizens with a wide range of free, year-round recreation opportunities in ten parks and four hiking/biking trails throughout Westmoreland County.

Free facilities include: baseball and soccer fields; basketball, tennis, volleyball, shuffleboard, and bocce courts; horseshoe pits; toboggan/sled areas; trout- and game-fish-stocked lakes; handicapped accessible fishing decks; bicycle trails; a skate and action park; lakes for boating and fishing; swings and playgrounds; a giant slide; model radio-controlled airfields; equestrian trails; a BMX track; walking paths; adult and children’s fitness areas; areas for hunting (limited); and a scenic observation deck.

Free events include: outdoor concerts; fishing derbies; a variety of fun festivals; senior games; nature classes and hikes.

Westmoreland County’s ten parks are: Cedar Creek Park in Rostraver Township; Mammoth Park, Chestnut Ridge Park and Bridgeport Dam Park in Mount Pleasant Township; Northmoreland Park in Allegheny Township; Twin Lakes Park in Unity and Hempfield townships; Ann Rudd Saxman Nature Park and Historic Hanna’s Town in Hempfield Township; Sewickley Creek Wetlands in New Stanton Borough; and Loyalhanna Gorge Recreation Area in Derry and Ligonier townships.

Trails in Westmoreland County supported by the Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recreation are: the Five Star Trail (Greensburg — Youngwood); the Youghiogheny River Trail section of the Great Allegheny Passage (Sutersville — Smithton); Coal and Coke Trail (Mount Pleasant – Scottdale); and Westmoreland Heritage Trail (Saltsburg — Slickville).

Thanks to additional funding from foundations, state agencies, and local citizens, Twin Lakes Park is about to undergo a major expansion, adding new facilities including a dog park, tubing & sledding area, and boundless playground. Contributions for this $1.4-million addition can be made through the Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Board, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. All donations are fully tax deductible.