December 6, 2017 – The grand opening today of “The Corner” – the Penn State Entrepreneur Center in New Kensington. We partnered with Penn State New Kensington and the city to create a business center for entrepreneurs to grow their new ideas. Honored to have PSU President Dr. Barron join us and New Ken officials to begin to reinvigorate the city.
November 30, 2017 – Our Hempfield Lumberkings lending a hand to the dedicated volunteers of Feeding the Spirit. Helping the hungry, and learning the value of community service.
November 9, 2017 – Always fun to have visitors to my office…especially when they’re the great kids from Ms. Katie Datz’s life skills class at Penn Middle School! Thanks for stopping in as part of your Courthouse tour.
November 7, 2017 – Congratulations to all of this year’s election winners…especially our great county Democratic row office team, Coroner Ken Bacha, Prothonotary Christina O’Brien and District Attorney John Peck!
October 22, 2017 – Celebrating an undefeated flag football season with our Hempfield Spartans. So proud to help coach these little guys with a great group of dedicated dads.
October 20, 2017 – There’s a reason Murrysville Parks are so beautiful. Volunteers work tirelessly almost every day to rid the parks of invasive plants. I was happy to lend them a hand. And trust me, they work hard! With Bill Davis, Pia van de Venne, Jordan Nance and Sue Munson.
October 2, 2017 – Celebrating Manufacturing Week in Westmoreland County! Starting off the commemoration with a visit to Innovative Carbide, Inc. at the county’s industrial park in North Huntingdon. More than 70 family-sustaining jobs here…and they’re hiring! Thanks to this family-owned operation for the visit and tour. www.innovativecarbide.com/
September 30, 2017 – Celebrating the completion of Phase 3 of the Westmoreland Heritage Trail connecting Murrysville and Trafford. A big crowd of community leaders, project partners, volunteers and cyclists on hand to mark this important link in our county’s trail network.
September 23, 2017 – Westmoreland County is the proud home of Hockeyville USA!
September 22, 2017 – Showing off our latest redevelopment project to state Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell. We acquired the former Jeannette Glass and are working with the DEP on environmental remediation and stream improvements to ready the site for reuse.
September 21, 2017 – Recognizing the generosity of the folks who make Westmoreland County’s network of parks and trails such a tremendous asset at our annual Citizens Advisory Board’s Green Luncheon, including my friend Christine Mohler-King from Sendell Motors.
September 14, 2017 – Celebrating Direct Support Professionals Appreciation Week by visiting, and saying thanks, to the staff at a brand new home in Jeannette run by Community Options, Inc. My new friends Jeremy and Steven are so happy for their beautiful new home and independence.
September 13, 2017 – A great day on the Great Allegheny Passage. Joined my friend and colleague, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, and two dozen other cyclists to bike the 36 miles from the Point in Pittsburgh to West Newton. This is a true regional asset. Beautiful views of our area and terrific trail towns.
September 11, 2017 – Joining city and civic leaders, and hundreds of area residents, in Lower Burrell to remember the victims, and the heroes, of 9-11 with the dedication of the new memorial at the American Legion that features steel from the Twin Towers. Never Forget.
September 7, 2017 – Recognizing those who work every day to lock up drug dealers polluting our communities. Many thanks to the Troop A Community Enforcement Team of local State Police and county detectives.
August 30, 2017 – A productive conversation as we welcomed back to Westmoreland County Attorney General Josh Shapiro for a roundtable discussion about the opioid epidemic with county, state and local leaders and members of the law enforcement community.
August 26, 2017 – Livestock auction day at Westmoreland Fair. We bought a pig from Enrico Mucci and some chickens from Neva Leonard.
August 20, 2017 – A fun evening in North Belle Vernon. Many thanks to my friends on borough council and the mayor for hosting a picnic meet-and-greet for me at their beautiful community park.
August 18, 2017 – Beyond flattered to be honored by the Westmoreland County Blind Association for our work together to protect the rights, and choices, for people with disabilities. Thank you for the recognition and for the important work you do every day.
August 17, 2017 – Welcoming back to Westmoreland U.S. Senator Bob Casey for a roundtable discussion with county business, education and community leaders.
August 4, 2017 – We’re making major improvements to our Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration is helping fund a complete rehabilitation of the main runway. Marking the occasion with Congressman Tim Murphy, Airport Executive Director Gabe Monzo, Airport Authority Board Members Janice Smarto, Doc Giffin and Paul Puleo, and Sean Kertes representing Commissioner Anderson.
July 27, 2017 – Championship Thursday at the County Courthouse! We recognized state champion Latrobe Baseball, Mount Pleasant Softball and Hempfield Softball teams, as well as WPIAL Champs Jeannette Baseball. Congrats to all these terrific young athletes. So proud that they made Westmoreland the County of Champions!
July 25, 2017 – Many thanks to Variety – the Children’s Charity of Pittsburgh and congrats to a great bunch of kids! A fun afternoon at the Courthouse as we helped present 5 young people with adaptive bicycles or strollers, and 10 people received assistive communication devices. Every child should be able to play with his or her siblings and friends, and they all have something to say! Variety is making it possible.
July 24, 2017 – There are high-tech companies, and jobs, throughout Westmoreland County. Firms like CME (Code Media Essentials) in Jeannette design websites, work flow applications and custom programming, and they’re hiring! Thanks to owners Jane and Scott Noel for the tour to show me firsthand all the good work you and your employees are doing to keep our local economy humming.
July 21, 2017 – Meeting with Senator Pat Toomey’s office to explain the impacts of proposed federal healthcare changes on people with intellectual disabilities, with Clelian Heights School staffers Lisa Liston and Michele Bittner, and board member Chris Masciantonio. Medicaid caps mean fewer services and supports, and longer wait lists.
July 21, 2017 – A big night for young Nico Salvio in Southwest Greensburg. 8-year-old Nico is in need of a heart transplant. And before tonight’s game the community rallied to support him and help raise much-needed funds. He got to throw out the ceremonial first pitch … and allowed me to be his catcher!
July 18, 2017 – Welcoming Allegheny Health Network to Westmoreland County at the dedication of its new outpatient facility in Hempfield Township.
July 4, 2017 – Starting off the Fourth of July with a Westmoreland County tradition – the Latrobe Parade – with Mayor Rosie Wolford. Happy Independence Day!
July 1, 2017 – Congratulations to the Hempfield Lumberkings! These fine young ballplayers represented Westmoreland County outstandingly with a second place finish at the International Salute to Baseball in Disney World.
June 23, 2017 – Getting ready for the Westmoreland County Airshow with the Blue Angels.
June 20, 2017 – Always fun to welcome kiddos to the Courthouse to learn about county government. Today it was the Young Wonders from the YWCA Westmoreland County summer program. Many thanks to Judge Scott Mears for helping making their visit memorable.
June 16, 2017 – Welcoming our first responders to the County EMS Council’s first-ever training symposium. Many thanks to these life-savers for what they do every day in our communities.
June 10,2017 – Kicking off the Relay for Life at Hempfield High School to fight cancer, celebrate survivors and remember those we’ve lost.
June 9 – Celebrating with the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce the grand reopening of Caddy Shak in Donegal. Now owned by Laurel Highlands Total Communication, so much of it has been redone. And there is so much to do.
June 8 – Commissioner Cerilli and I see up close the progress at the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station in South Huntingdon. The $500 million natural gas-fired power plant is employing more 300 good-paying union construction workers. This fall there will be more than 600 workers there.
May 31, 2017 – After years of legal wrangling we kick off the beginning of the end of the abandoned Jeannette Glass plant
May 25, 2017 – In time for this Memorial Day weekend, a solemn chair now sits alone in perpetuity in the Courthouse in constant remembrance of service people Missing in Action or Prisoners of War.
May 16, 2017 – Congratulations to Jeannette Mayor-elect Curtis Antoniak.
May 10, 2017 – This year’s recipient of an annual scholarship I provide to a Career and Technology Center student is Abrianna Christner of Jeannette. She is in the Health Occupations program and will continue her studies at Carlow College.
May 4, 2017 – Honoring some rock-n-rock legends, and Westmoreland County natives, the original Shondells, before a homecoming concert at the Palace Theatre.
May 3, 2017 – Welcoming new Americans during a naturalization ceremony at the Westmoreland Museum of Art.
May 1, 2017 – Baseball season is in full swing. One of my favorite hobbies is coaching youth sports.
April 24, 2017 – Congratulations to these fine Southmoreland High School students – winners of this year’s “Envirothon”, hosted by the Westmoreland Conservation District.
April 22, 2017 – A great turnout for the annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event to end domestic, sexual and gender violence. Proud to don my high heels once again and lead the march to support the important work of the Blackburn Center, and to teach my boys the importance of never initiating violence and respecting everyone.
April 16, 2017 – Happy Easter from all of us to all of you.
March 30, 2017 – Guest bartending this evening with my friend, Norwin Superintendant Dr. Bill Kerr, to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.
March 17, 2017 – Great meeting with the residents of Latrobe Manor and Loyalhanna Apartments, talking safety, transportation and other concerns, with Rep. Joe Petrarca, Latrobe Police Chief James Bumar and Housing Authority Executive Director Mike Washowich.
March 13, 2017 – Testifying before the state House of Representatives Human Services Committee about proposed policies that would have a detrimental impact on workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
March 9, 2017 – Breaking ground for phase three of the Westmoreland Heritage Trail linking Trafford and Murrysville.
March 1, 2017 – Leading an assembly at Penn Trafford Middle School promoting respect for people with disabilities and ending the “R-Word”.
February 25, 2017 – All shined up to support the Westmoreland Cultural Trust and Greensburg’s Palace Theatre.
February 24, 2017 – Proud to support the Westmoreland County Blind Association at its annual banquet.
February 12, 2017 – Coaching youth sports is great. Winning tournaments is better. Spending quality time with your kids is the best!
January 25, 2017 – Joining state Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine at the North Huntingdon Giant Eagle to announce a standing prescription for Narcan to help save people from dying from an overdose.
January 12, 2017 – A great honor today for my colleagues and me to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Westmoreland County with members of the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce.
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