March 16 – Celebrating 100 years of the American Legion with Post 344 Commander Sonny Blasco, Pennsylvania Commander James Vollrath and Jeannette Mayor Curtis Antoniak.
March 14, 2019 – Joining Greensburg Mayor Robb Bell to talk government and public policy as guest lecturers for the fine students in Seton Hill University’s Social Policy class.
March 8, 2019 – Fun night in Youngwood as we honored the winners of our annual Fire Prevention Awards. Congrats to all the students who went home with new bicycles tonight!
March 7, 2019 – Admittedly, some nights on the campaign trail are better than others. Spending the evening eating wings and chili with Rotary President Bill McCabe and Irwin Mayor Bill Hawley as judges for the Norwin Rotary cook-off.
March 7, 2019 – Spreading the word to end the R Word! Fun morning with the great students at Penn-Trafford’s Penn Middle School.
March 4, 2019 – Joining state Senators Jim Brewster and Pat Stefano and Rep. Eric Nelson at Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s marijuana legalization listening tours. A terrific turnout, with thoughtful comments, and some respectful disagreement, about this important issue.
March 2, 2019 – Acceptance. Inclusion. Respect. Our annual “End the R Word” event to celebrate the abilities and achievements of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Take the pledge today to spread the word to end the word …www.spreadtheword.global
March 1, 2019 – Supporting the great work of the Westmoreland County Blind Association and their efforts to help people with special needs. Great job by the Board of Directors (including my wife, April) organizing such a successful event.
February 28, 2019 – Not a typical Thursday in the office when Steelers’ legend Rocky Bleier drops by to say hi.
February 26, 2019 – Joining nonprofit, business and philanthropic leaders at a news conference to kickoff our Complete Count Committee for the 2020 U.S. Census. It’s more important than ever that every person in Westmoreland County is counted. So much of our federal funding for community development and human services is tied to the Census.
February 23, 2019 – Supporting the Westmoreland Cultural Trust and the important work it does throughout the county at the annual Party at The Palace. This year had a Vegas theme. So, of course, we had to renew our wedding vows before an Elvis minister.
February 22, 2019 – My honor to swear in the officers of the Westmoreland County Fire Chiefs Association. Keep up the great work. (And apologies again for my dress … I just finished coaching a 5th grade basketball game!)
February 21, 2019 – Meetin’ and greetin’ in New Kensington with Lower Burrell Mayor Richard Callender, Councilman Rob Hamilton and Arnold’s Aaron Moore.
February 21, 2019 – Proud to proclaim March as Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Month in Westmoreland County. Today we got an early start on the celebration! Thanks to our friends from ACHIEVA and Clelian Heights and other service providers for joining us. Special thanks to Michael, Jeremy and Matt!
February 14, 2019 – Spending some time this talking county government with students at Kiski Area High School . And catching up with their excellent teacher (and fellow Allegheny College alum) Mr. Jim McKenzie.
February 13, 2019 – In Harrisburg, representing Westmoreland County – and Pennsylvania’s 67 counties – as an appointee to the Governors Long-Term Care Council. We’re strategizing ways to best care for older citizens and address the need for direct care workers.
February 10, 2019 – Fun night celebrating Hempfield Youth Basketball. So proud of these little 5th graders I help coach.
February 10, 2019 – So much cuteness in one room! Great crowd and a great time at the Humane Society of Westmoreland County’s annual Have-A-Heart celebration.
February 8, 2019 – Honoring 4H Leaders for their great work to educate, and serve as terrific role models for, young people in the county. Especially Miss Thelma, who’s been a leader for 60 years!
February 7, 2019 – Great work by Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Irv Shipley and Deputy John Dixon, who recently apprehended a drug suspect who had fled from his vehicle during a pursuit. We honored them before today’s Commissioners’ meeting. Great job fellas…a win for the good guys!
February 6, 2019 – Fun visit with 13-year Will Baer from Grapeville, a student at Merakey School in Jeannette. He interviewed me as part of his work to become a Boy Scout 1st class.
January 25, 2019 – Greensburg Mayor Robb Bell, South Greensburg Mayor Kevin Fajt, Southwest Greensburg Mayor Carol Hudock Palcic and Latrobe Mayor Rosie Wolford join me to support Michael Stewart for Judge.
January 24, 2019 – Joining local government, business and human services leaders for our first Complete Count Committee meeting for the 2020 Census. I am co-chairing this effort to make sure everyone in Westmoreland County is counted. It means so much for our federal funding allocations, community development and reapportionment.
January 17, 2019 – With Governor Tom Wolf to recognize Franklin Regional Superintendant Dr. Gennaro R. Piraino Jr. as 2019 Superintendant of the Year in Pennsylvania. Congrats, and well-deserved, Jamie!
January 14, 2019 – Congratulations on your retirement, Yasuyuki Uruma, Elliott Company CEO. Elliott has meant so much to generations of county workers, including my grandfather and father-in-law, and to Jeannette’s and the county’s economy. Wishing you a long and happy retirement, Uruma-san!
January 9, 2019 – Smiles all around as we award $474,000 in grants to tourism and tourism-related businesses – the highest amount ever in the program’s history! Overnight stays in the county increased by 8 percent last year. Tourism remains a major contributor to the county’s economy.
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