August 22, 2018 – A special day in South Huntingdon Township honoring a local hero and native son. A portion of State Route 981 near Smithton is now dedicated to the memory and sacrifice of Army Specialist 4 William J. Kolenc, who was killed in Vietnam in 1969. He was only 21.
August 17, 2018 – Opening ceremonies for our new and improved Westmoreland-Public Safety Training Center in South Huntingdon Township. This state-of-the-art facility provides quality training for firefighters, police officers, EMS and military personnel throughout the region.
August 16, 2018 – Checking out all the companies, and job opportunities, at our South Greensburg Commons Industrial Park. Visited with three employers, including Asset Genie, that fixes and refurbishes electronics devices like iPads. The company employs about 200 workers.
August 14, 2018 – Kicking off the 125th Western Pennsylvania Firemen’s Association business meeting. Vandergrift FD No. 2 hosted this years convention.
July 19, 2018 – A special evening in Southwest Greensburg for a terrific kid! 9-yr-old Nico Salvio is awaiting a heart transplant. Tonight’s 8u baseball tournament is also serving as a benefit for young Nico. I had the honor of catching the ceremonial first pitch from him. And Nico and I also exchanged autographed baseballs. What a kid!
July 13, 2018 – Project status update this afternoon at the Tenaska Westmoreland natural gas power plant in South Huntingdon. The $500 million 925 MW power plant is set to go online in December. This summer more than 600 union tradesman and women are working there. Really impressive.
July 12, 2018 – Always good to visit with my fellow Lions from the Mount Pleasant Club. Their work to help the blind is so important.
July 12, 2018 – Breaking ground for the new LHTC Broadband headquarters in Donegal. Located directly behind Caddie Shak on Route 31 (which they own) the company is helping bring broadband service to our more rural, and underserved, areas.
July 6, 2018 – Kudos to North Belle Vernon-Community Bank Park for making inclusion a priority! A milestone today as this fantastic park now features accessible swings.
June 24, 2018 – Breaking ground for a brand new Union Mission in Latrobe. We are providing $900k in Community Development funds to help finance construction of a 24-bed homeless shelter for men – the only one in Westmoreland County. Congrats and thank you to the staff and board members of the Mission and Homes Build Hope for their tireless work to transform lives and improve communities.
June 8, 2018 – Fort Allen’s volunteer firefighters got me to volunteer for dunk booth service at the county Fireman’s Convention.
June 7, 2018 – BIG improvements coming soon to Westmoreland County Community College! Breaking ground on the Student Achievement Center…basically a complete overhaul of the outdated Founders Hall. Set to open in 2020 it will be a great resource for students, faculty, displaced workers and our county
June 7, 2018 – Had the pleasure of meeting today Anna Lowman, now in long-term recovery, who was recently reunited with her oldest daughter. She told her victorious story, with her younger daughter Sophia, as part of our celebration of Child Welfare Professionals Appreciation Week. Many thanks to our Children’s Bureau staff, who not only reunited the Lowman family, but work hard everyday to help thousands of other at-risk families. And for reminding us all why we’re in this business of government and social service.
May 24, 2018 – Eight years ago on this day I took the oath of office for the first time to be your County Commissioner. In many ways it seems like yesterday. (even though April was pregnant with Teddy and I had a lot less gray hair!). Serving as Commissioner remains an honor and privilege that I treasure every day. Thank you all for trusting me with this responsibility.
May 23, 2018 – Fantastic afternoon at the Courthouse…all thanks to Variety – the Children’s Charity of Pittsburgh! Nearly two dozen children with special needs received adaptive bicycles or strollers and/or communication devices. Happy kids, grateful families and a more inclusive community…what could be better.
May 17, 2018 – Drug Treatment Court works! Westmoreland’s program has saved at least 13,000 days of jail time, saving taxpayers almost a million dollars since 2015. It also saves lives! Today we honored those working so hard to make it all work.
May 14, 2018 – Getting ready to tour the Alcoa Technical Center in Upper Burrell where the company is pioneering the first-ever carbon-neutral aluminum process.
May 9, 2018 – Congratulations to Samantha Factor of Penn-Trafford, the 2018 winner of an annual scholarship I award to an outstanding student at the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center. Samantha is using the money to help pay for her education at Penn College, where she’ll be studying Emergency Medical Sciences.
May 6, 2018 – Derby Days at Amulet Farms in Rostraver was a tremendous success! A big crowd to raise money for Belle Vernon schools. A first for me too, riding in a sulky.
April 20, 2018 – Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Community Living Care, with founder Hayes Treasure, the agency’s outstanding efforts to aid those with developmental disabilities. I was so humbled to be presented with a painting by RJ, a talented artist who is also one of CLC’s clients.
April 19, 2018 – So proud of my friend Tim Phillips for his well-deserved honor from Catholic Charities at their Salt & Light Dinner for his great work to save lives in the battle against the opioid epidemic. (With Tay Waltenbaugh from Westmoreland Community Action, Dr. Eric Kocian from St Vincent College and Detective Tony Marcocci).
April 18, 2018 – Kicking off our Sustainable Energy Forum at Westmoreland County Community College’s Advanced Technology Center. A full program of experts and employers presenting on the future of energy development and the opportunities for jobs and clean energy.
April 15, 2018 – Ever see a 6’3 215-lb jockey? Neither have I. Still, I make my debut May 5th at beautiful Amulet Farms in Rostraver for Derby Day. All proceeds benefit Belle Vernon Area School District’s Charitable Fund. Hope you can join me and my new friend Scorch to support this great cause!
April 12, 2018 – Welcoming state Treasurer Joe Torsella to the Courthouse this morning to kick off the “Keystone Scholars” program. Westmoreland County is part of a pilot program to grant every baby born or adopted in the county in 2018-19 a $100 bond to start an education savings account. (Not tax dollars…charitable foundations seeded the program). If you’re thinking of starting or growing your family, now’s the time!
April 11, 2018 – A great way to say thanks to the workers in our Children’s Bureau for the important work they do every day to protect kids … serve them lunch! Our annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon organized by our Children’s Bureau Advisory Board.
April 6, 2018 – Great to be with hundreds of young people today…both current and future students of Douglas Education Center in Monessen. Home of the George Romero Filmmaking School and the Tom Savini School of Special Effects, the school is a real asset to the Mon Valley, and Westmoreland County!
April 4, 2018 – Day 1 of Autism training for county staff. Today our 911 management team took part in the 2-hour training to raise awareness, sensitivity and problem-solving. Over the next three days a trainer from the Autism Services Education, Resources and Training Collaborative (ASERT) will train staff from 911, Park Police, Parks management, Probation, Children’s Bureau and Juvenile services. I organized this initiative to kick-off Autism Awareness Month in Westmoreland County. www.paautism.org
April 2, 2018 – Marking this morning the state’s commitment of $23 million to the city of New Kensington’s revitalization efforts with DCED Secretary Dennis Davin, Representive Frank Dermody, Senator Jim Brewster and Mayor Tom Guzzo.
April 1, 2018 – From our family to yours, a blessed and Happy Easter and Passover.
February 24, 2018 – Supporting the fine work of the Westmoreland Cultural Trust.
February 10, 2018 – Many thanks to Hempfield Township’s Fort Allen Volunteer Fire Department. Proud to honor members at their annual awards banquet.
February 7, 2018 – Introducing Conor Lamb to an enthusiastic Westmoreland County audience.
February 6, 2018 – Honored to represent Westmoreland County as a guest of the Governor today for his annual budget address to the joint session of the legislature…and catch up with some of our local delegation on the House floor.
February 1, 2018 – Hosting Megan McElhaney and Tyler Davis, and their mothers Beth Colinet McElhaney and Christina Yezovich Davis, to recognize Congenital Heart Defect Awareness. These wonderful kids, who have overcome heart issues of their own, are helping raise awareness, and comfort families, experiencing the same through Mended Little Hearts of Southwestern, PA. Terrific families!
January 26, 2018 – An uplifting morning at the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce annual Prayer Breakfast with our next Congressman Conor Lamb.
January 16, 2018 – Talking county government with our future community leaders … the members of Boy Scouts Pack 293 in North Huntingdon.
January 10, 2018 – Catching up with friends at the East Vandergrift Senior Center. Six years ago my then-colleagues were resigned to letting it close. I fought to keep it open. And today it is thriving!
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