Armstrong County News
Snowball Fight with the Residents PDF Print E-mail
Written by County Systems Administrator   
Friday, 03 February 2017 12:45

On February 2, 2017, the local Head Start children had a snowball fight with the residents of the Armstrong County Health Center.  To see pictures click here.

Commissioners' April 2016 Report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Commissioners' Office   
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 07:18

The Armstrong County Board of Commissioners is proud to present the April 2016 Commissioners' Report.  This report covers a County news update and an Economic Development section with Mike Coonley.  We have embedded the video below for your convenience; however, we urge you to visit our Official YouTube Channel for extended features and additional videos.

Emergency Public Alert System PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alisha Hetrick   
Friday, 06 November 2015 08:52

The Public is encouraged to attend and a brief questions and answer period will follow. 

to local residents during the course of a public safety event or emergency. 
The proposed solution will provide emergency notification

on November 16th at 7PM at the Belmont Complex. 
Emergency Public Alerting & Notification System
will be presenting a demonstration of the proposed
in cooperation with Airbus D-S,
The Armstrong County Department of Public Safety

Polling Place Change PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wendy Buzard   
Monday, 28 April 2014 13:56

Notice is hereby given that the polling place for Ford Cliff Borough is being changed from the Ford Cliff Borough Building to the Ford Cliff Volunteer Fire Department, 609 Neale Avenue, Ford Cliff,  PA  16228.   This change was approved by the Board of Elections upon recommendation by Ford Cliff Borough Council, and will be in effect starting with the May 20, 2014, General Primary.


Wendy J. Buzard, Director of Elections

Kittanning Borough Public Meeting Notice PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Bellas   
Monday, 28 April 2014 00:00

Notice is hereby given that the Borough of Kittanning will conduct a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014 at the Kittanning Borough Office, 300 South McKean Street, Kittanning, PA. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Borough’s intent on filing a Keystone Communities Application for the Kittanning Business District Market Street Revitalization Project.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the project and its effects.  The location of the hearing is accessible to the handicapped.  Persons requiring special accommodations for attendance at this hearing should call: 724/548-3224 (Pennsylvania Relay Center: TDD: 1-800-654-5984) to make such arrangements.

Special Weather Notice PDF Print E-mail
Written by Commissioners' Office   
Friday, 28 February 2014 15:40

Following a Webinar and telephone conference with the National Weather Bureau on the impending snow storm Sunday night into Monday morning, the Armstrong County Courthouse doors will be open to the public but with minimal service.

In some cases an office may be closed and it is important those coming to the courthouse call 724-543-2500 or the individual office to be certain that office is open.  In all events, the Common Pleas Court Judge will be available for emergency legal matters.

2014 Recycling Poster Contest Winners Announced PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sally Conklin   
Monday, 06 January 2014 08:23

Featured on the front cover of the 2014 Recycling Calendar is the Grand Prize Winning
entry submitted by Elizabeth Aston, a 9th grader from Kiski Area Sr. High School.

The Armstrong County Board of Commissioners and the Progressive Workshop of Armstrong County have
announced the 2014 Recycling Calendar Contest Winners.

Elizabeth Aston was selected as the grand prize winner of the 19th annual Armstrong Recycling Center Poster
Contest. Her poster titled "Armstrong County Recycling Center" is featured on the front cover of the calendar.

Posters by 12 additional students were selected to represent each month of the year. Those winners include:
Sarah Austin, Britney Edwards, Kayla Cratty and Kat Martinelli, Allegheny Clarion Valley Jr. Sr. High School;
Katherine Myers and Jayden Snyder, Apollo Ridge Elementary School; Gianna Dobransky, Divine Redeemer
School; Hallie Zidek, Kiski Area Intermediate School; Marissa Mitchell, Kittanning Jr. High School; Karlee
Shoemaker, Redbank Valley Intermediate School; Cora Crytzer, South Buffalo Elementary School; and Hannah Sperl, West Hills Primary School.

Featured Honorable Mention was Joseph Carpenter, Allegheny Clarion Valley Jr. Sr. High School. Other
honorable mentions include: Alyssa Starkey and Tracy Weng, Apollo Ridge Elementary School; Erin Alworth,
Casey Borland, Aaron Peterson, Winter Hall and Halee Wetzel, Allegheny Clarion Valley Jr. Sr. High School;
Shannon Anthony, Divine Redeemer School; Liam McIlwain, Kittanning Jr. High School; Brianna Guenther,
South Buffalo Elementary School; Natalie Grates, West Hills Intermediate School; and Ariana Bowser, West
Hills Primary School.

All winners received a certificate signed by the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners and the Progressive
Workshop of Armstrong County and an Armstrong Recycling Center t-shirt made of 50% recycled plastic.

Grand Prize Winner Elizabeth Aston, also received a gift certificate donated by Fox's Pizza Den, Kittanning, PA.

Calendars are free to the public and are available at the following locations: Armstrong Recycling Center,
Progressive Workshop and the Armstrong County Department of Planning and Development.

Commissioner Fink Serves as Liaison PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Monday, 11 February 2013 09:41

Commissioner Rich Fink will serve the position of liaison/advocate between the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) Human Service Committee and the Pennsylvania Association of County Affiliated Homes (PACAH). Commissioner Fink was requested by the Kelly Andrisano, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Association of County Human Services Administrators because of his experience in human services areas.

This position requires working closely with Mike Wilt, Director of the PACAH, giving additional comments during meetings, and providing feedback from the perspective of a county commissioner during meetings and reporting back to fellow commissioners during the CCAP Conference.

This position, held by one or two sitting commissioners, will have no additional costs or travel. These meetings will take place during CCAP conferences and during regularly scheduled Human Services Committee Meetings.

Commissioner Fink said, "It is an honor to be representing CCAP. I feel my experience as a commissioner and being on the Human Services Committee will be helpful in this role."

Emergency Plan: Hurricane Sandy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Armstrong County   
Monday, 29 October 2012 00:00

Kittanning – As Hurricane Sandy approaches, everyone needs to be as prepared as possible.  With a storm of this magnitude, we need to anticipate power outages due to high winds, flooding to roads, streets, bridges, private homes and businesses due to the excessive rains Hurricane Sandy may provide.  Road closures, community public safety delays, property damage, and other issues may arise.   When a roadway is flooded do not drive through the flooded roadway, turn around.  If there is a power outage and the traffic lights do not work, treat it as a 4 way stop sign. 

Armstrong county residents should call 911 in an emergency such as sparking wires, water getting into an electricity supply box, anyone who is ventilator dependent with no power, and all other non-storm related emergencies.   Situations and concerns such as basement flooding that is not life threating should be referred to your local fire department.  Power outages should be reported to the local power company unless it is life threatening.  All other resources that you many need, roof leaking or repairs, need of emergency heating oil, hot water and furnace issues and shelter information should be directed to call Armstrong County Community Action at 724-548-3408.  If you are in doubt, call 911.

There are many things you can do now to be prepared in an emergency situations. 

  • If you are using a generator make sure it is not in a garage connected to your house where the carbon monoxide fumes may be hazardous.  Gas stations may not have back up generators and gas pumps may be inoperable. 
  • Phones that are internet based may not work so make sure the battery back up is working and make sure your cell phone in fully charged. 
  • Make sure you have key access to your house if your electric garage door opener is inoperable.
  • In case of a flooding situation, safeguard all important documents and uncover your sewer drains.
  • Freeze gallon jugs and when the power goes out place them in the fridge, when they thaw, you can use them as drinking water.
  • Set solar lights outside during the day and bring them in after sunset for safer lighting than candles.
  • Clear gutters and exterior drains from debris and leaves.
  • Remove window air conditioners.
  • Remove all valuable items from your basement, if it is not practical to move some items, elevate them on pallets or concrete blocks.
  • Secure all outdoor objects.
  • Review how to shut off your utilities in case the need arises.
  • Power off and unplug all electronics and appliances.

Families should prepare for two scenarios in the event of severe weather: to remain in their homes during the duration of a storm, or to evacuate if it is recommended or ordered by local authorities.

Residents should always have enough provisions in their homes to last at least 72 hours because help from emergency responders may not be immediately available when severe weather strikes.

Other disaster preparedness supplies to have at the ready include:

  • Flashlights and extra batteries;
  • Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries;
  • First said kit and manual;
  • Emergency food and water;
  • Non-electric can opener;
  • Essential medicines/prescriptions;
  • Cash, credit cards and important legal documents; and
  • Sturdy shoes.
  • Diapers and baby formula for anyone with small children
  • Food and supplies for any animals you care for

If residents are ordered by local officials to evacuate, they should do so without hesitating and should take important documents with them, including:

  • Checkbooks;
  • Driver's license;
  • Credit card information;
  • Birth certificates;
  • Social Security cards; and
  • Other forms and documents proving ownership/identity.

For more information on how to make a disaster supply kit and how to prepare for all kinds of emergencies, visit or call 1-888-9-READYPA (1-888-973-2397).

If you are prepared make sure your animals are ready and as comfortable for this storm as well.   Shelters do not accept animals at their facilities.  And if you can, safely check on your neighbor if they would need anything.

If you have planned on using any non-essential service at the courthouse please reconsider doing so at another time when this emergency situation subsides.  The Armstrong County Courthouse wants to service as many people as we can but during an emergency this may become difficult. 

Brenda George elected President of the PA State Association of Prothonotaries and Clerks of Court PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Office of the Commissioners   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 07:21

Brenda George, of the Armstrong County Prothonotary and Court of Clerk’s Office, has assumed the office of President of the Pennsylvania State Association of Prothonotaries and Clerks of Courts. She will serve a one-year term from July 2012 to July 2013.

She was first nominated at the Republican Caucus and then elected by a bi-partisan vote of her peers at the conference on July 11, 2012.  She was sworn in on July 12th at the Ramada Inn, Altoona (Blair County). 

Ms. George will represent the Pennsylvania State Association of Prothonotaries and Clerk of Courts with other associations and entities throughout the state and attend legislative area meetings. 

Her additional duties include: appointing of chairpersons and committee members, conferring with executive board and legislative chair on a regular basis as to any legislation affecting the Association and it current status, in addition to scheduling and negotiating the contract for the 2013 conference. 

The Pennsylvania State Association of Prothonotaries and Clerks of Court mission statement is “The objects of the association are for the purpose of securing more uniformity and cooperation in the conduct of their offices and improving their service to the public.”

Armstrong County will host the 2013 conference at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe/Pittsburgh in Canonsburg (Washington County) from July 9 through July 12, 2013.

Brenda was first elected to the Armstrong County Prothonotary/Court of Clerks back in 1999.  She was successfully elected in 2011 to a fourth term of office, while having worked in the Prothonotary and Court of Clerk’s office for 28 years.

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